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It’s an addiction that runs deep within our society, resulting in the astronomical rise of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity & fatty liver disease in children1. Yes, you read right, in CHILDREN! Why is it that diseases once reserved for adulthood are now being reported in unprecedented levels in children? Aren’t these diseases the downstream effect of the rising obesity epidemic? It would be easy to make this connection however there are few reasons that challenge this assumption: Iceland, Mongolia…
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics ranks cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in Australia, with 45,600 deaths in Australia in 2011, equating to one Australian dying every 12 minutes1. Despite huge medical advancements over the last few decades, CVD remains one of the biggest health burdens on our economy. Cholesterol has strongly been implicated as the enemy and that we must restrict our intake of cholesterol in order to reduce our risk of developing CVD. Truth is,…
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Anxiety, panic attacks, nervousness, insomnia, breathlessness, palpitations, jumpy, inability to relax, poor digestion, fear?  All of these are signs of our sympathetic nervous system being overstimulated. Our sympathetic nervous system is our bodys fight or flight response to a temporary threat or stressor, a process essential for human survival.  When stimulated by an assumed threat or stressor, our body will release cortisol and adrenaline along with another whole host of hormones including glucose and insulin. Once the threat no longer…
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We’re being exposed to toxins like never before, from the air we breathe to food we eat. We’ve become a toxic soup swimming in chemicals. The ramifications of this daily exposure is clear cut, cancer, inflammation, oxidative stress, impaired hormone regulation, obesity, diabetes the list goes on have all been linked to environmental chemicals. It’s scary to think that the average newborn can have anywhere between 55 to 121 environmental toxins lurking in their umbilical cord blood at birth. With…
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The Day Before the Scheduled Medical Induction My due date had come and gone without a whiff of our baby girl coming any time soon. Adam and I had discussed with the midwife (Rosie) that I wanted to push back my due date as far as I could as I loved the idea that our baby girl would choose her own birth date, she would decide when she was ready to head earth side. Fortunately, our baby girl was healthy…
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In todays society babies are being born with more toxins in their blood stream than ever before! Environmental Defence a Canadian organisation recently tested umbilical cord blood of newborn babies for known carcinogens (chemicals known to cause cancer), endocrine-disruptors (they muck with your hormones) and neurotoxins (nobody wants these). What they discovered was startling! Each of the newborn babies had anywhere between 55 to 121 of these substances floating around in their umbilical cord blood. YUCK! The results closely resemble…
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Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and one we so often take for granted. It has a multitude of roles, most importantly acting as our first defence against any harmful pathogens from our external environment. I believe skin health starts from nourishing your body from the inside out. Supplying your body with the correct nutrients can do wonders for skin elasticity, tone, complexion and can help give you that glow! Here are my 5 favourite tips…
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The placebo effect. Scientifically speaking it’s the beneficial effect that occurs from a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the placebo drug or treatment itself. Therefore, must be related to the patient’s own belief in the treatment. In layman terms, if you ingest a drug or have a treatment administered, believe that you are receiving the real drug or treatment and believe this drug or treatment will fix your condition. That belief is enough to make your…
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years you’ll know that being “gluten free” is as trendy as men with beards #beardspo. There is now a smorgasbord of gluten free products to choose from and just about any food product whether it be bread, pasta and even tomato sauce are now all readily available as gluten free at your local grocery store. So what’s the big deal if you decide to take yourself off gluten because…
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Vitamin D seems to be the vitamin on everyone’s lip these days and rightly so! Vitamin D deficiency is now considered an epidemic among not only the elderly but seemingly every other population group. Today I will of course focus on pregnant women. Firstly, let’s get one thing straight vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin it’s a hormone. Meaning the body can produce its own supply. Whilst on the other hand a vitamin must be obtained through foods as the body…
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