Acupuncture as a treatment for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

By Becky Martin Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety, depression and stress. Recent studies show that a series of regular acupuncture sessions can significantly decrease anxiety levels. This is done by calming the nervous system down, and preventing the release of stress hormones.

Serotonin – Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune Part 3

  By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut There is increasing evidence that the microbiome has an effect on the central nervous system and brain, affecting how we think, feel and act and on the development on neurological conditions. Serotonin: The Brain-Gut Connection Over 95% of the body’s serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ is found […]

Serotonin – Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune Part 3

  By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut There is increasing evidence that the microbiome has an effect on the central nervous system and brain, affecting how we think, feel and act and on the development on neurological conditions. Serotonin: The Brain-Gut Connection Over 95% of the body’s serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ is found […]

What is good/bad for gut health? Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune Part 3

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut Today we are challenged on many fronts: lifestyle and diet, deficient intestinal flora, stress, toxic chemicals in our food/water/environment, consumption of alcohol and frequent use of antibiotics all deplete our healthy supply of beneficial enzymes and bacteria. This allows disease to take hold.

Immunity – Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune Part 2

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut Did you know that approximately 80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? The digestive system comprises of cells, proteins, tissues and organs which work together in a complex way to defend the body against harmful bacteria, infectious diseases and toxins. Our bodies rely […]

Immunity – Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune Part 2

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut Did you know that approximately 80% of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? The digestive system comprises of cells, proteins, tissues and organs which work together in a complex way to defend the body against harmful bacteria, infectious diseases and toxins. Our bodies rely […]

Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune – Part 1

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Never was there a truer statement. Everything we do in life depends upon our digestive system’s ability to derive nutrition from what we put in our mouths. But how does the digestive system work? What is the […]

Gut Health, Microbiome/Serotonin & Immune – Part 1

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut We’ve all heard the expression, “You are what you eat.” Never was there a truer statement. Everything we do in life depends upon our digestive system’s ability to derive nutrition from what we put in our mouths. But how does the digestive system work? What is the […]

Integrated Cancer Care – Part 1

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut What is Cancer? Definition of Cancer from Cancer council: “Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, if something causes a mistake to occur in the cells’ genetic blueprints, this control can be lost. Cancer is […]

Top Six Mindfulness Apps

By Simon DuBois – Psychologist, The Health Lodge As a Psychologist, I am using Mindfulness training more and more in my daily treatment of clients. Mindfulness helps us identify when our minds are engulfed by unhelpful, stress-producing thoughts, and encourages mental distance from them. We are then in a better position to achieve emotional calm and […]

What increases your risk of Cancer? – Integrated Cancer Care – Part 2

By Sally Pattison BAppSc, Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip. Nut Cancer is not a single disease but a group of related diseases. Many things in our genes, our lifestyle, and the environment around us may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer. Scientists are studying many different ways to help prevent cancer, including the following: Ways […]

Kirstie Hobson – My Story from Sickness to Health.

I have spent the last 9 months in recovery from a bout of severe sickness. I originally became ill after a meal on a night out in Sydney and had severe diarrhoea for several days, to my knowledge it was just a bad reaction to a piece of salmon and in a few days I […]

What is Blastocystis?

Blastocystis spp. infection- Blastocystosis Blastocystis spp. is a group of parasites that is sometimes found in the lower intestine (large bowel). Infection with Blastocystis spp. is called blastocystosis. Blastocystis spp. is thought to be transmitted through oral-fecal contact from poor hand washing and hygiene practices, ingesting contaminated food or water, and exposure to animals. Our […]

What are eating disorders? Treating with mainstream and complementary medicine

What are eating disorders? Eating disorders are a complex and serious group of mental illnesses associated with significant problems with eating habits, weight management practices, and body image. People with eating disorders have extreme attitudes towards food intake, weight, and body shape. These factors become unhealthy preoccupations, interfere with daily activities, and negatively impact quality […]

Motor Neurone Disease – integrative treatment approach

What is motor neurone disease? The muscles that allow us to speak, breath, swallow, and move around are all controlled by nerve cells called neurones. In motor neurone disease (MND) these neurones stop working normally. Muscles need to be used to stay strong and function properly, and without neurons to activate them, muscles gradually weaken […]

What is ulcerative colitis? An integrated treatment approach

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that covers a number of conditions that involve inflammation of the bowel. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In this week’s blog we will discuss ulcerative colitis, and you can find out more about Crohn’s disease in last week’s blog. What […]

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease is a chronic disease of the small intestine (also called the small bowel) caused by intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt and kamut. Cause of coeliac disease  As we mentioned above, coeliac disease is caused by an abnormal immune reaction to the protein gluten. In […]

What is Crohn’s Disease – An integrated treatment approach

In the next two blogs we will be discussing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a general term that covers a number of conditions that involve inflammation of the bowel. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In this week’s blog we will discuss Crohn’s disease, and you can find […]

Hyperthyroidism – An integrated treatment approach

To understand what hyperthyroidism is, it is important to first understand what the thyroid is, and the role of the thyroid in the body. The thyroid is a small gland located at the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid is responsible for releasing two thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. These […]