Detox your life for a healthy 2018!

Detox your life for a healthy 2018! by Belle McCaleb Every day we are confronted with toxic material that we must deal with effectively in order to stay healthy. Toxic material is naturally produced in the physical body as a by-product of many metabolic processes and we are also exposed to many toxins in our external environment such as pesticides and electronic magnetic radiation (EMR). In the psychological and/or spiritual sense many experiences both within ourselves and with others can be considered “toxic.” For example harmful thought patterns, stress full interactions, emotional turmoil and a sense of spiritual separation can
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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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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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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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