Blog Posts

Resveratrol displays anti-stress effects

POSTED IN Latest News ON Jul 31st, 2019    No Comments

New research has revealed that the plant compound resveratrol, which is found in red wine, displays anti-stress effects by blocking the expression of an enzyme related to the control of stress in the brain. Resveratrol, which has been linked to a number of health benefits, is a compound found in the skin and seeds of […]

Read More

Nutrition in Bipolar Disorder (BD)

POSTED IN Article ON May 22nd, 2019    No Comments

In recent years it has been increasingly indicated that diet/nutrition is important in the pathogenesis, course and effectiveness of treatment of various mental health disorders.  It is therefore important to assess possible nutrient deficiencies as well as dietary habits in BD patients.  This will most likely result in considering supplementation or dietary modifications (with obvious […]

Read More

Lithium in Nutritional Psychiatry

POSTED IN Blog ON May 17th, 2019    No Comments

Usually, when I mention lithium, clients immediately picture mental asylums and frontal lobotomies. I think we can blame Hollywood for giving lithium such a bad name. The truth is that lithium is a natural salt. Drinking water is the most common source of  lithium although it also occurs naturally in some plant-derived foods (like thyme). […]

Read More

Potential triggers for auto-immunity in children

POSTED IN Blog ON May 14th, 2019    No Comments

  All roads lead to the gut. It is crucial to address the factors negatively impacting gut health.

Read More

Nutritional support for thyroid function

POSTED IN Blog ON May 13th, 2019    No Comments

Thyroid dysfunctions impair physical and mental health, and their incidence is increasing in western countries, in part due to exposure to insidious environmental pollutants and widespread chronic stress. Diseases of the thyroid are typically classified as thyroid dysfunction; hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, or as structural disease presenting as nodules, goitre and cancer. Autoimmune thyroid disease results […]

Read More

Integrative approach to HPV infection and risk

POSTED IN Blog ON May 13th, 2019    No Comments

Long standing and recent research continues to document the effectiveness of natural treatments for the prevention and treatment of HPV infection of the cervix. While the PAP smear and associated high risk HPV DNA testing have helped reduce the incidence of cervical cancer worldwide, high risk HPV infection remains common. The following nutritional research interventions […]

Read More

Practical Guid to Pre- and Post Surgical Nutrition

POSTED IN Blog ON May 10th, 2019    No Comments

I was asked to present at the SAAGS conference a few weeks ago about pre and post op surgical nutrition. These slides offer a very practical guide to anyone preparing for surgery. Practical Guide to Pre- Post Op Surgical Nutrition

Read More

Nutrigenomic Profiles – How Important Are They?

POSTED IN Blog ON Feb 14th, 2019    No Comments

What is Nutrigenomics? Nutrigenomics is the study of the effects of food and food constituents on gene expression, and how genetic variations affect the nutritional environment. It focuses on understanding the interaction between nutrients and other dietary bioactives with the genome at the molecular level, to understand how specific nutrients or dietary regimes may affect […]

Read More

Eat Well and Be Happy

POSTED IN Blog ON Feb 6th, 2019    No Comments

I frequently harp on about the importance of diet in mental health. I feel the need to constantly report on trials to prove my point not only to clients but to doctors as well. So finally, here we have it, a 2019 meta-analysis of 16 RCT (randomized controlled trials) showing dietary interventions significantly reduced depressive […]

Read More

Managing Menopause

POSTED IN Article ON Jul 25th, 2018    No Comments

The following is an excerpt taken from an article I wrote for Natural Medicine, September 2009 For many women, the menopause can be a turning point. Not only physically but psychologically as well. Because of this, the first step to managing the menopause is to keep a positive outlook: menopause is not a disease. It […]

Read More