Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma – from the Mesothelioma Resource Centre Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer caused by exposure  to asbestos  which attacks its host’s lungs with ferocity. Around 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with the disease a year and the survival rate is staggeringly low.  Research has show that on average that patients diagnosed with it live between 4-11 months. Horrifyingly, the exposure to the asbestos is most often  due to the negligence of an employer or landlord who knowingly used products containing asbestos.  Firefighters, factory workers, auto-mechanics, and shipbuilders are all occupations that come with a higher risk of asbestos exposure.  Moreover the
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Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow

 Depression: Restoring Emotional Flow   Sadness is a response to loss and, as with all our emotions, is a vital aspect of our self.  It allows us to honour our losses. Sadness, when allowed to flow freely is self-limiting – running its course and finally diminishing, finding a natural balance with our other emotions.   If we fail to be open to and honour our sadness, we risk it becoming “stuck”.  Once obstructed, pushed away or ignored sadness can solidify into a pervasive state of mind called depression. Depression is often characterized by feelings of hopelessness & despair fueled by
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Heavy period problems? Natural medicine can help!

Heavy period problems?  Natural medicine can help! Heavy period problems can have a variety of causes or contributing factors but a common underlying issue is that of estrogen dominance.  This refers to the relative excess of estrogen to progesterone during the menstrual cycle.  As estrogen causes proliferation of the endometrial lining and progesterone “stabilises” the endometrial lining, a relative excess of estrogen or relative lack of progesterone results in the lining coming away in a less than coordinated fashion.  This results in heavy periods, often associated with clots and pain.  In younger women this is often a true excess of
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Diet to De-Stress your Body and Mind!

  What and how we eat has a huge impact on our health and well-being and can either increase or decrease our stress levels, both physically, emotionally and mentally. Stress on any level affects our hormonal balances and can lead to poor energy, poor sleep, weight gain (less frequently weight loss) and emotional lability.  Life circumstances are often already stressful and difficult to cope with when our stress coping system is strained to the max.  Our resilience to stress is lowered so we are more reactive, more tired and more likely to go for food choices that give us a
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Natural Remedies for Menopause Misery

Natural Remedies for Menopause Misery (originally published Innerself Magazine)   Are you in the peri-menopausal years or in menopause suffering from flushing, sweating, sleeplessness, anxiety and a foggy brain or any combination of these symptoms?  Are you looking for a natural solution rather than taking synthetic hormone replacement or a more recent medical approach – taking anti-depressants for these symptoms?  If so I can tell you from my own personal experience as well as my professional clinical experience that there are natural remedies for menopause misery that do work!   For some women it is a simple matter of estrogenic
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Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches

Unexplained Infertility – Herbal Medicine Approaches (originally published in Innerself Magazine)   Infertility can have many causes but as often as 20% of the time no specific cause is determined and the diagnosis of “unexplained” infertility is made. A very frustrating diagnosis in many ways as there is nothing specific to “fix” and often the recommendation is to “keep trying” or “try IVF” and related procedures.  But is there another option?  Can fertility be improved by natural means? Absolutely!   The first step is to optimise general health and well-being starting with gut and liver health. Estrogen production and elimination
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Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support

Endometriosis Natural Medicine Support Originally published in Innerself Magazine www.innerself.com.au Endometriosis, or growth of the endometrial lining outside of the uterus, affects approximately 10% of women of childbearing age.  The condition is associated with painful periods, heavy periods and infertility.  The degree of symptoms varies greatly from severe, debilitating symptoms to mild or none at all.  Although the cause of endometriosis remains unclear, several of the proposed causative factors are amenable to natural medicine support including oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, lymphatic flow dysfunction and hormonal imbalance (particularly relative estrogen to progesterone excess). Lifestyle and other factors that are associated include
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Prostate cancer prevention and polyphenols

Prostate cancer prevention and polyphenols By Belle McCaleb ND, RN, MSS-C, BSN, RYT, Cancer Support Naturopath & Registered Nurse, Founder Cancer Support Alliance, South Australia Prostate cancer has a long latent period, tumour marker availability (PSA) and easily identifiable precancerous lesions and is therefore an ideal candidate for chemoprevention or the use of specific natural (dietary) agents to prevent, delay or slow the carcinogenic process.  According to the National Cancer Institute of the US about 400 different compounds have been listed as potential chemopreventative agents and about 40 are currently under clinical evaluation.  Polyphenols are one class of such agents
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Diet for health and wellness

5 Simple Steps: Diet for Health and Wellness   Number 1: Plant Based Diet This does not mean you are a strict vegetarian/vegan.  It simply means plants make up the majority of your food.  The more brightly coloured and fresh the plants the better. The benefits of a plant based diet include high antioxidant, high fibre, many anti-cancer nutrients, alkalinizing which helps deter diseases such as cancer, best for the planet, best for your karma :0) See Food as Medicine article below for more info on phytonutrients and cancer prevention/support.  It is very important to source low contaminant if not
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Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps

Diet for Health and Wellness – 5 simple steps   Number 1: Plant Based Diet This does not mean you are a strict vegetarian/vegan.  It simply means plants make up the majority of your food.  The more brightly coloured and fresh the plants the better. The benefits of a plant based diet include high antioxidant, high fibre, many anti-cancer nutrients, alkalinizing which helps deter diseases such as cancer, best for the planet, best for your karma :0) See Food as Medicine article below for more info on phytonutrients and cancer prevention/support.  It is very important to source low contaminant if
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