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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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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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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

POSTED IN Article ON May 14th, 2018    1 Comment

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disease in women, affecting 5-10% of those of child bearing age. Common symptoms include: menstrual irregularities, hirsutism, acne, painful periods and alopecia. The cause of PCOS is unknown. But most experts think that several factors, including genetics, could play a role. Women with PCOS are more […]

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5 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Lose Weight

POSTED IN Article ON Feb 7th, 2018    1 Comment

Banting, Blood Type, Low GI, Low Fat, Fasting… you’ve tried them all. Yet, those kilos just aren’t budging and your mood is sinking with each incremental increase on the scale. If you’ve been losing the battle against the bulge, perhaps it’s time to start investigating the underlying contributory factors:   Adrenal stress and thyroid function […]

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Defeat Autism Now (DAN!)

POSTED IN Article ON Jan 15th, 2018    3 Comments

  INTRODUCTION Having just attended the Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) conference in Long Beach, California, I was amazed by the collection of scientists, researchers, doctors and nutritionists all of whom have adopted a biomedical approach to treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). It was really incongruent to have to remind myself that this approach, […]

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Eye on Nutrition

POSTED IN Article ON Feb 3rd, 2017    No Comments

I’m an optometrist’s daughter. I grew up fully appreciating the importance of vision and eye health – something that most of us take for granted. Over the past few years, the importance of nutrition in vision has really come to the fore. Yet, how many of your optometrists ask you about your diet when you […]

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Sugaring it up

POSTED IN Article ON Jan 27th, 2017    No Comments

My daughter just turned three. Before I had her, I never imagined what a “thing” a child’s birthday could be. Aside from the actual party, there is the actual birthday, the school ring and finally, the nanny’s party. That’s potentially, a lot of sugar. Effects of Sugar I worry about sugar, especially the effects of […]

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IBS – LOW FODMAP DIET

POSTED IN Article ON Oct 17th, 2016    2 Comments

  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal condition worldwide. It can be a debilitating functional disorder, which includes widely varied symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation and/or diarrhoea. IBS treatment often includes dietary and lifestyle modifications, fibre supplements, probiotics, and medications (antispasmodics, laxatives, antidepressants). While the mainstay of most integrative practitioners […]

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Cruciferous veg and thyroid function

POSTED IN Article ON Sep 2nd, 2016    1 Comment

  I see a lot of clients with thyroid dysfunction or auto-immune thyroid disease like Hashimotos. Generally, at some point in the consultation, many will ask me if they should avoid cruciferous veg because of their goitrogen content.   What are goitrogens   Goitrogenic compounds are found in some cruciferous vegetables. These compounds can interfere […]

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Don’t be a Gluten for Punishment

POSTED IN Article ON Jun 25th, 2013    No Comments

  By Hannah Kaye   Free From Gluten   It is estimated that 1 out of 133 people suffer from coeliac disease. For every person with coeliac disease, there should be at least six or seven people with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. For these people, avoiding gluten can seem like a daunting, yet essential, task.   […]

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