The ‘Snowball’ tree…

Growing up, it was the ‘Snowball’ tree that always indicated, more beautifully than a calendar, that my birthday was approaching. In hindsight, the snowball tree was responding to spring, more so than my October birthday, but to a kid it was really quite magical. On a good year, the snowball tree flowered for my birthday….

Healthy as…

I think I can speak for all Naturopaths when I say that we take it very personally if we get sick. After all, we’re in the business of wellness. That means we have to be healthy… right? Speaking for myself, it also means that I tend to ignore all warning systems my body has in…

NAC, NAC.

Me: NAC, NAC. You: Who’s there? Me: N-Acetyl-Cysteine! Okay, so I’m better at Naturopathy than comedy! But NAC is emerging as a heavy weight in our human battle against oxidative stress. And before you think that oxidative stress only relates to aging and you’re not worried about aging yet, keep in mind that oxidative stress…

“Trick or Treatment”

I caught most of a really interesting segment on 60 Minutes on Sunday night. If you want to have a look at it, it was called, “Trick or Treatment,” and it pops up fairly easily on Google. It highlighted one of my growing fears. You have to understand that my fear doesn’t come from insecurity….

Drink plenty of Water…

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” So said Leonardo da Vinci, and he was absolutely right! We all know that we need to drink ‘plenty’ of water… but how much is plenty? As a very very general rule, men need to drink around 2.6 liters of water a day, which is about 10…

Happy New You!

There are no calories at Christmas, right? Right! So we ate and we drank. We sat around in the heat and watched kids and cricketers run around like lunatics. And all the while, we told ourselves that in the New Year, we’d get back on track… right? Well, the festive season is over and the…

Samantha Clause…

I was just saying goodbye to one of my lovely clients when a little red hatchback pulled up in front of my clinic. “Hi there, I’m Fran,” I welcomed as a happy looking middle-aged lady moved slowly out of her car. “Hi,” She smiled. “I’m Samantha. Your new clinic is much easier to find than…

Self care? Yeah… nah.

Self care. Two little words that have us cringing in our boots. As part of a Naturopathic Consultation I always ask, ‘what you do for yourself?’ The answer is usually somewhere along the lines of, ‘I try to walk a couple of times a week,’ or, ‘there’s a class I’ve been aiming to get to,’…

Feeling Blah.

I don’t mind admitting that this morning I woke up feeling blah. I was tired and I was achy. Every joint in my body hurt and if I could have rolled over in bed and forgot the world for just a day, I probably would have. But, as the mum of two beautiful kids, I…

Gold stars for Thermo!

Your two weeks of Thermo is done and dusted! Woot woot! Here’s what happens next. First you get a gold star from me. It takes dedication to your health to take the goodies I send you home with. You might laugh at this, but they’re really more effective in your system than on your bench…