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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US Congress Recognises the Value of Naturopathic Medicine!

UNITED STATES SENATE RESOLUTION REGARDING NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE On 10/9/13 the senate of the U.S considered and resolved that: 1. Designated an annual Naturopathic Medicine week 7-13 October. 2. Recognises the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective and affordable health care. 3. Encourages the people of the US to learn about naturopathic medicine and the role that naturopathic physicians play in preventing chronic and debilitating illnesses and conditions.   EXCELLENT!  Now that the US Congress has recognised the value of naturopathic medicine let’s hope Australian powers that be join in this recognition in the near future!  
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Food for cancer prevention and support

  Food for cancer prevention and support (Originally published in Cancer Care Centre’s Healthy Living Magazine)   In recent years nutritional medicine research has helped our understanding of the healing qualities of natural foods.  Diet does matter and many foods are actually “anti-cancer” foods in that they have compounds which act to “turn-off” the processes by which cancer gets established and spreads.   These compounds, referred to as phytochemicals, are found in all edible plants but are particularly concentrated in a relatively small number of “medicinal foods”.  Consumption of these foods as part of an “anti-cancer” diet may assist the body
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Nutrition during cancer treatment – Yes it matters!

Nutrition during cancer treatment – Yes it matters!! (originally published in Cancer Care Centre’s Healthy Living Magazine)   Nutrition is an extremely important aspect of health and well-being and is of particular relevance for cancer patients – both during treatment and beyond.  Recent research would suggest that the adage “just have a good diet” may be missing the mark with people under treatment.   According to a recent article on Chemotherapy Advisor.com (an update service for medical clinicians) up to 85% of patients with cancer develop clinical malnutrition.  This is not recent news but it is nice to see it
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Is a sluggish thyroid making you sick, fat and tired?

Is a sluggish thyroid making you sick, fat and tired? (originally published in InnerSelf Newspaper)   As women age the incidence a “sluggish” or non-optimal thyroid function is prevalent quite despite what is termed a “normal” thyroid hormone test.  The most common screening test for hypothyroidism is the TSH or thyroid-stimulating hormone.  Often in women in their 30’s and beyond the TSH starts to creep up – an indication of sluggish response by the thyroid.  Even though the range of normal TSH goes up to 4, many women have signs of poor thyroid function or cellular response to thyroid hormones
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