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Gluten-free Chocolate Cookies

These biscuits resemble shortbread but have a delicious rich chocolate flavour. This is a great way to eat nuts! Happily, arrowroot and tapioca powder are unrefined and butter improves the flavour and further increases the nutrition.  Ingredients 1 1/2 cups or 160 g activated almonds or Read More …

Pappadums

Pappadums, a traditional Indian food, are a great accompaniment to curries but also make a delicious after-school snack. Made from urid or lentil flour, pappadums are less problematic than other legumes that have higher phytate and lectin contents and need to be soaked or sprouted Read More …

How and why to supplement with magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is widespread according to many sources, including a research article published in the British Medical Journal. (1) What’s the big deal? Magnesium is the second most abundant mineral within our cells and essential for the proper functioning of over 300 enzymes – wow! Read More …

Natural medicine for IBS-related nausea

Nausea can stem from many causes. In this case, Cindy (name changed for privacy), a young mother and sole parent, presented with severe nausea leading to occasional vomiting with increasing frequency. A full case history also revealed a mouth ulcer, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhoea, Read More …

Lentil Soup

This soup will warm you up in winter (although I enjoy it all year round!) and nourish you at the same time. The broth supplies nutrients for the gut lining; the lentils provide energy, some protein, vitamins and minerals as well as prebiotic fibre for Read More …

The Brilliance of the GAPS Protocol

I was going to call this blog post “The Magic of the GAPS Protocol”. But I realised that, magical as it does seem, this would downplay the very real science behind the success of the GAPS Protocol for so many people. (1) History of GAPS Read More …

Natural medicine for Glaucoma

Increasing incidence Glaucoma affects 1 in 50 Australians and is now the second leading cause of blindness in Australia and the world, after macular degeneration. Both of these serious eye conditions are chronic, implying the body is not coping. (1) What is it? Glaucoma is Read More …

Bone broth for healthy gut, joints, bones, skin and mood

The new mood food? Did you know that the modern Western practice of eating muscle meats without the cartilage is an unwise practice? Muscle meats include chicken breast and steak. This is because the ratio of amino acids (building blocks of proteins) are different in Read More …

Low carb diets: benefits and cautions

Low-carbohydrate eating has become quite fashionable. All over the Internet it’s touted as a panacea for a range of issues from overweight to unexplained pain. It’s true, low carb dieting can be fantastic for weight loss and the symptoms of high blood sugar combined with insulin Read More …

Natural medicine for colds and flu: Herbal Treatment

In my last blog post I discussed prevention and outlined some ways to reduce the frequency and severity of colds and flu, which you can read here if you haven’t already. This week I provide practical tips to manage the symptoms of common respiratory illnesses Read More …

Natural medicine for better immunity: cold and flu ‘prevention’

In this blog post I will outline some strategies for prevention of colds and flu. My next blog post will be about managing the symptoms of common respiratory illnesses with natural medicine. Let’s begin by asking some important questions: Why do we get colds and Read More …

Do you have a personal healthcare team?

Work your way through this checklist to get the most out of life: Anyone who wants great health and wants to age with vitality needs to be under the care of a team of medical and natural medicine practitioners. Here are 5 crucial members of Read More …