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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 […]

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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). […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Fish oil vs lard: Why some fat can help or hinder your diet

POSTED IN Latest News ON May 15th, 2018    No Comments

  According to the latest research in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, a diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control what you eat. This means that if people are looking to lose weight, they should stay clear of saturated fat (found in butter, lard, animal fats and fried food).   Saturated […]

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