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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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Diet and Mental Health – Interview

POSTED IN Blog ON Nov 15th, 2017    No Comments

Here’s a copy of  my interview with Ian Craig as part of his 12 Steps to Wholesome Nutrition Course.

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What is intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”)?

POSTED IN Blog ON Nov 21st, 2016    No Comments

Under healthy conditions, the intestinal mucosa permits the absorption of vital nutrients from the gut lumen while presenting a barrier against the passage of pathogenic substances into the body.   What is Intestinal Permeability?   Mucosal surfaces are lined by epithelial cells. These cells establish a barrier between sometimes hostile external environments and the internal […]

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Sugar-proofing your kitchen

POSTED IN Blog ON Nov 11th, 2016    2 Comments

  Do you really know how much sugar your child is ingesting? You may be avoiding the obvious sugars but it’s the not-so-obvious sugars in your kitchen that add up and also affect your kids’ health at the end of the day:   Peanut butter   A serving of peanut butter contains nearly 1 Tsp […]

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