Unfortunately we are exposed to toxic chemicals everyday in our lives, even when we do our best to minimise our exposure. Below are examples of some ways you are expected to toxins:
- new cars that are less than 12 months old,
- in recently painted homes or office buildings
- pesticides on foods, smoked/cured meats, use plastics in your kitchen, use teflon cooking pans, eat tuna/swordfish/shark/orange roughy more than 3 times per week, eat canned foods
- microwaves, air freshener, household cleaners
- wifi, mobile phones, damp homes, gas, road pollutions
- apply commercial sunscreen to your skin more than 3 times per week
It makes great sense to do an annual detoxification program to give your body a chance to release it’s toxic burden. If you are wanting to get pregnant it is also highly advisable to do a detoxification program first.
Which foods tend to cause the most food allergies and intolerances that are prevalent amongst our children?
An analysis of Growing Up in Australia: has provided some interesting results. 6-7-year olds and 10-11-year olds were investigated.
In the younger age group, foods producing a reaction within half an hour were eggs (89%), other nuts (78%) and peanuts (77%); while in the older age group, 86% experienced a reaction to other nuts within half an hour and 75% had such a reaction to peanuts.
The most frequent reaction reported for eggs was skin rash (6-7-year olds 72%;10-11 year olds 78%), swelling or tingling of the mouth (26% and 20% respectively) and vomiting (20% for both ages). The most frequent reactions for peanuts and other nuts were skin rash, swelling or tingling of the mouth and breathing difficulty. In both groups, the foods associated with the highest rates of breathing difficulty was nuts and peanuts; with soy having the lowest risk.
Among both groups, the most commonly reported foods to cause a reaction were peanuts, eggs, cow’s milk and other nuts, while soy and sesame had the lowest reaction rates.
If you are interested in completing the elimination diet or would like to order an allergy kit please email, text or call me.
Hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, Hashimoto thyroiditis, thyroid antibodies, Graves’ Disease, chances are yourself or somebody you know has one of these conditions. Why are they so common now when back in Robbins Pathology Textbook in 1967 it stated “diseases of the thyroid are not common in medical practice” Fast forward to 1995 research in the United States found 11.7% had abnormal thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) with significant increases in autoimmune thyroid conditions as well.
The thyroid has the most sensitive tissue out of all of the endocrine glands in your body and therefore easily disrupted by environmental, lifestyle and nutritional factors. Take heart if you are experiencing thyroid problems because there are SO MANY things you can do to help restore your thyroid back to good health! I have seen many people with thyroid problems and have had great success. If you are experiencing thyroid issues get onto it early as this is your best chance of overcoming it. It is very important to uncover your unique reasons for your thyroid problems, then remedy them!
Preconception Care, Pregnancy & Children
Preconception Care should ideally begin at least 4 months prior to trying to get pregnant. The reason for this is it takes the ova 3 months to mature and 2- 4 months for new healthier sperm to develop. What you would embark on is a detoxification program, identifying toxins and eliminating them, achieving a healthy body composition, access existing blood markers such as ferritin, then move onto building nutritional credit to give every opportunity for fertility, an uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Pregnancy I find it very exciting the number of ways in which natural medicine can help pregnant women. It is such a magical experience feeling to have life grow inside you. Enjoy your 9 months of movement towards becoming a mum to this new being. If you are suffering from morning sickness, gestational diabetes, low iron, low platelets, threatened miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, have allergies in your family and want to do your best to avoid passing it onto your newborn, stretch marks, GORD and many more… there are things you can do to help yourself!
Children what a gift it is to have a child! I love children and see them regularly in my clinic from simple treatments such as constipation/diarrhoea, allergies, reaccuring infections, asthma, fussy eaters, common intestinal parasites, otitis media, conjunctivitis, sleep problems, warts, UTIs and many more. Children normally respond quickly to treatment!
Whether you are pro vaccination or against vaccination is not the intention of this blog. There were many families who were pro vaccination but chose to separate vaccinations opting for a slower schedule. Unfortunately these options are no longer available since the Australian Government introduced the No Jab No Play legislation.
There are many things you can do naturopathically to support a child to go through their vaccinations to minimise possible immune reactions. These include specific homeopathic remedies such as Thuja, immune support nutrients such as zinc, Vitamin A and C, baths and compresses.
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Millions of women worldwide know what it feels like to have mood swings, irritability, anger, nervous tension, breast tenderness, bloating, headaches among other symptoms leading up to their period. The actual symptoms are caused by low progesterone in the second half of your cycle. Herbal medicines such as Chaste Tree can work beautifully to help relieve PMS .
Oestrogen Dominance and Flaxseeds
If you suffer from breast pain, PMS, irregular bleeding, fluid retention, headaches, blood sugar problems, heaving menstruation, weight gain, sleep disturbances, nausea and/or thyroid problems you could be suffering from oestrogen excess.
It is possible to get a blood test or serum saliva test done through your doctor or naturopath to discover your levels of oestrogen, progesterone and the ratio between the two.
If you do find that you are oestrogen dominant there are many herbal remedies and supplements you can take to modify your hormonal profile. One of the best dietary solutions to excess oestrogen is flaxseeds. 10mg per day lower serum levels of oestrogen over time. Buy whole linseeds from the supermarket and ground them yourself, keep in the fridge and consume within one week. The already ground linseeds are rancid and are therefore low in nutrition.
Some women breeze through menopause and their only sign of them having gone through it is when their period stops. Other women suffer terribly from hot flushes, night sweats, body aches and pains, depression, decreased libido, forgetfulness, headaches, UTIs, sleep disturbances and so on. These symptoms are all caused by the decrease in oestrogen in the blood. The average age of menopause is 51 years old, is a natural part of a woman’s life and the symptoms can be managed with natural medicines.
I have a personal history with skin and understand the misery that inflamed skin can cause to your overall wellbeing. Trying to locate what foods, environmental exposure, emotions, unbalanced body systems could be causing your skin problem can take some time to work out. The skin is one of the body’s three main elimination challenges, the other two been the bowel and kidneys. Skin is directly affected by how well these elimination channels are working along with the health of your digestive system, liver, hormonal system, your sleep pattern, medications and so on. Uncovering which system(s) is causing your skin imbalance is the place to begin.
There are a variety of herbal medicines, supplements and dietary changes that can do wonders to improving overall skin health whether it be you suffer from atopic or contact dermatitis, acne vulgaris or rosacea, skin infections, psoriasis, acne caused by coming off the pill and warts.
Iridology Tongue Nails Dx
The use of Iridology dates back to 1000BC where the Chaldeans of Babylonia depicted the iris and its relationship to the body in carved stone slabs. Hippocrates taught iris diagnosis at his medical school. Iridology continued to evolve over the years with the greatest contributor Bernard Jensen from America. He tracked, recorded and created the Iridology chart most commonly used today. It truly is fascinating what your eyes can reveal about you.
Tongue diagnosis has been used for thousands of years in China. The tongue can give very clear indications of the state of your health based on it’s shape, size, texture, coating, colour and blood vessels under the tongue. For example a normal tongue should have an even coating that is slightly white and thin. If the tongue’s coating is yellowish, either thick or not, there is internal inflammation, congestion and excessive energy or function.
Nails are made from protein (keratin) they rely on a wide range of vitamins, minerals and fats to grow strong and healthy. Nails can give important insight into your nutritional status, digestive and general state of health. For example white spots can be a sign of calcium or zinc deficiency whilst pronounced vertical ridging can be a deficiency of silica, iron and B vitamins.
In consultation we combine your iridology reading, tongue and nail diagnosis in conjunction with recent blood tests or x-rays to piece together a picture of your current state of health. Eyes, tongue and nails all provide clues about your digestive health, genetic history, past medical history and helps to hone your treatment program back to better health.