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In Defence of Salt…

In Defence of Salt… Like so many other essential nutrients and foods, salt has been demonised in recent years. So much so, that I am now seeing sodium deficiency in many of my clients.  It has come up so often lately that I had the urge to write a blog post about it.  So here it is! Sodium: the basics. Sodium is an essential mineral that attracts water and therefore controls fluid levels including our blood volume and regulates our…

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How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut.

How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut. Are you overweight? Struggling with high blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure? Wanting to avoid medication at all costs? Then this blog is for you my friend. Let’s start with a definition: Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term that includes a cluster of symptoms such as excess weight/obesity, increased blood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides and blood sugar.  It is a major risk factor in the development of hypertension, type 2…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cholesterol has been touted as ‘the enemy’ in recent years and prescriptions for statin medications are regularly handed out to keep cholesterol in check.  In fact, the two top selling pharmaceutical drugs in Australia are statin medications. But is cholesterol really as bad as we have been led to believe?  Let’s take a deeper look. A quick stroll down memory lane. Have you heard of a guy called Ancell Keys? He is the reason for the…

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Are you living with an invisible illness?

Are you living with an invisible illness? I see a lot of patients in clinic who have been let down by standard medical care because they don’t fit neatly into a box for a diagnosis.  Patients present with a list of symptoms, sometimes diverse and apparently unlinked, and often their blood work will come back as “normal.”  So the doctor tells them they are fine (or worse – that it’s all in their head) and sends them home.  Except they…

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Ovulation as a marker of health and wellbeing.

Ovulation as a marker of health and wellbeing. “Did you know that being more ‘fertile’ can actually improve your health and wellbeing?” Dr Nat Kringoudis Ovulation is a sign of health. Ovulation is how we make oestrogen and progesterone, both of which have amazing health benefits. So let’s dive right in and see what all the fuss is about! Oestrogen. Oestrogen is needed to stimulate luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), both of which work together to trigger…

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Spotlight: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE/Lupus)

Spotlight: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE/Lupus) Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also commonly called lupus, is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune inflammatory condition, mainly affecting connective tissue. Lupus impacts multiple organ systems including the skin, muscles, joints, lungs, kidneys, central nervous system and blood. The hallmarks of lupus are the production of large numbers of autoantibodies and circulating immune complexes that are deposited in various tissues and organs around the body. Key Symptoms Because lupus is a multi-system disease, individuals can present with…

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Spotlight: Rheumatoid Arthritis

Spotlight: Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body has lost the ability to recognise its own cells as ‘self’.  With RA, immune cells produce autoantibodies that attack the synovium in the joints.  The inflammation that results from this thickens the synovium, which goes on to destroy the cartilage and the bone within the joint. Whatever the trigger is, both the innate and adaptive immune systems respond quickly…

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Spotlight: Hashimoto’s Disease

This is the first mini-blog in a series on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The goal is to highlight the causes, risk factors and symptoms, and discuss common approaches to treatment and how Naturopathic care can support patients to alleviate symptoms and improve their quality of life.  Hashimoto’s Disease Hashimoto’s disease is the most common type of thyroid condition in Australia. It is also the number one autoimmune disease I see in clinic, with patients who have been diagnosed or who…

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The Pillars Of Health For Autoimmune Mastery (Part 2)

The Pillars Of Health For Autoimmune Mastery (Part 2) The biggest success stories I see in women with autoimmune disease are the ones who address all aspects of their life. They eat well, move their body, rest when needed and set boundaries (important). They make changes in their life to ensure their needs are met, reduce and better manage stress and as a consequence, they see a reduction or eradication in symptoms and get to experience true joy and pleasure…

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The Pillars of Health for Autoimmune Mastery (Part 1)

The Pillars of Health for Autoimmune Mastery (Part 1) Health is multifaceted. It is never just about what you put into your mouth or how many sessions you do at the gym each week.  True holistic health comes when we address ALL aspects of our health, including our physical, financial (yes, money is important as financial security helps us to feel safe), mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Many people focus solely on diet when it comes to managing autoimmune disease,…

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