Is you teen overwhelmed with stress & anxiety?

The recent horrifying events in New Zealand and the blanket media coverage that has followed, is heartbreaking and stories of survival and devastation are everywhere we look. Every TV station, every radio channel, every news stand on social media and the world wide web. Our hearts go out to our NZ neighbors as we all struggle to understand how this could have happened. Teenagers are living in a world where the flow of news is more accessible and more pervasive than ever before. Before they’ve barely woken up, they’re bombarded with social media new feeds on their phones, bringing them…

Self prescribing vitamins and minerals and herbs can be a mindfield…..

If the latest installment of the popular SBS program ‘Insight’ has taught us anything, it is the need to get qualified advice for taking supplements of vitamins, minerals and herbs. The program looked at the current system of sales of nutritional and herbal supplements over the counter from chemists and health food shops in Australia. Australia has some of the most rigorous safety requirements of any country in the world. It is regularly reviewed by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) so that only ingredients which are deemed safe can be formulated into supplements sold in Australia. Each year the TGA…

The latest on the fight to save your Naturopathic Health Fund Rebates

The April 1st, 2019 deadline for health fund rebates to be cut for Naturopathy is looming large. If you have been following the blog posts to date, you will see that over 100,000 people signed a petition which lead to the Federal Ombudsman being put on the case to investigate the flawed research that was used to conclude that Naturopathy was ineffective and that the health care rebates given by health insurers should be banned. Since then, the Federal Health Minister, Mr Greg Hunt has received 11,000 emails calling for a lift on the ban on health funds to continue…

Happy International Women’s Day – March 8

Today (International Women’s Day) we are reminded of the phenomenal contribution that women make to our society. However, there is still a long way to go. One area of the women’s movement that is seldom highlighted and where women need to make more progress, is in the field of women’s health. Admittedly, women now have access to a huge array of medical interventions and services, however, what is really missing is work life balance to ensure that women’s health and wellness is maintained. Far too often women are putting themselves last while attending to the needs of their family and…

Feeling rundown following the change of seasons in Melbourne this March?

The final burst of summer was exceptionally hot and dry in Melbourne this year. Temperatures in the high 30’s set the stage for sleep deprivation and difficulty finishing even the simplest of tasks, as we attempted to stay awake and motivated in the unrelenting heat. This has been followed by a week of much milder temperatures, a chill in the air and a sprinkling of rain as we entered Autumn. It’s certainly easier to sleep now the nights have cooled down. However with sun down now arriving earlier, there is also a sense of wanting to go to bed earlier…

Last chance to save your health insurance rebates in March!

We are in interesting times in natural healthcare. Legislation was passed through parliament earlier this year to prevent Australians from claiming Naturopathy (among other modalities) as a health insurance rebate. This will come into effect in April 2019. And yet, I am still encountering clients who are completely unaware of these recent changes. Clients who have hundreds of dollars worth of potential rebates to use and have not been advised by their health fund that they will soon be unable to use them! The current changes to health insurance and natural therapies have proven to be very unpopular with multitudes…

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Dehydration can affect anyone, any time, anywhere and in any season including winter. However, in the warmer months it’s very easy to become dehydrated without even realizing it. There are many people who are at an especially high risk of dehydration. They include the elderly who have a reduced sensation of thirst. Athletes and tradespeople who perspire at a higher rate due to the physical nature of their jobs. And young children and infants who need to be offered liquids frequently, as they are unable to ask or know when they need it. But you don’t just have to be…

Are you ready to put yourself first & experience best energy of your life this February?

The long school holiday break can be a challenging time for parents. The pace of modern life is such that even the holidays can seem like a marathon. Things that should be enjoyable become can unbearable, as the energy needed to keep everyone ‘busy’ throughout the break is slowly depleted. Endless rounds of cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping, while keeping everyone entertained with sport and other activities, can make the holidays seem more like work than play. Many parents are also juggling the holidays with busy jobs which can make for a pretty stressful and overwhelming couple of weeks, in…

Make the most of your Naturopathic Health Fund Rebates before it’s too late!

If you have unused Extras cover for Naturopathy in your health insurance policy this is your last chance to use it. After the 1st of April 2019 new government legislation will prevent you from attaining any health insurance rebates on Naturopathic consultations. So you have a little over 2 months to regain your hard earnt dollars on the natural health advice you love. If you haven’t already booked a Naturopathic consultation online with Getting Well Naturally, book on this website and use your rebate before it’s too late! As a added bonus you will receive 20% OFF all online bookings…

Why calories don’t matter….when you eat the right foods

Counting calories while embraced by many as a way of restricting unnecessary food intake, can also lull people into a false sense of security.   Low calorie processed foods can contain little if any nutritional value. So while swapping a cookie for an ‘allowable low calorie option’ such as a muffin may feel empowering, you may actually be doing yourself a disservice.  On the flipside, eating more fruit and vegetables which contain negligible calories, nourishes and fills you up at the same time due to their fibre and nutritional content.  Some natural foods also burn more calories than they contain, so when you eat…

Want to be a pro at reading nutritional labels, ingredients & packaging?

Comparing groceries in terms of their health ratings, ingredients, nutritional profile and packaging can be difficult for the untrained eye. How do you know if one product at the supermaket is better than another on the same shelf? The sheer volume of different choices all vying for your attention can be overwhelming. Terms such as  low fat, gluten free, high fibre, lactose free, low sodium and sugar free can further complicate matters and make it more difficult to discern the best option for you and your family. It’s often the small print on the ingredients list or nutrition panel that…

Entertainment & Media Industry Naturopath/Nutritionist

I came to Melbourne in 2002 to work in television production and prior to this I worked in regional television. Not surprisingly, many of the clients that I see are in the media and entertainment industries. From event management to producers, actors, photographers, journalists, playwriters and musicians. Having worked behind the scenes in television production for 5 years, I can attest that this a very demanding yet immensely rewarding industry to work in. However, It can also burn people out if they don’t take care of themselves. Long hours, tight deadlines, working live to air with no margin for error,…

The Patient Dilemma

Picture this….you’ve just been to the GP and you blood test results show high cholesterol, high blood glucose levels and borderline high blood pressure. It was made it clear that you really should lose some weight and that without prescription drugs you are at risk of a heart attack or stroke and type II diabetes in the near future. What to do! Mortified by the onslaught of major disease you walk away with a prescription for a cholesterol lowering drug (the most commonly prescribed class of drug in Australia) and a blood pressure lowering drug (you will probably end up…

Ageing is Optional

We all have entrenched ideas about what ‘ageing’ looks like. As we grow older we expect to see irreversible changes in our eyesight, hearing, weight, mobility, drive, memory, aches and pains and independence. It’s a depressing outlook. Comments such as ‘men mellow with age’ are commonplace. In reality, many of these changes are just a refection that the hormones that once made men assertive and dynamic have dropped. Andropause or male menopause is just androgen (testosterone) deficiency. This takes place from the 40’s onwards (occasionally earlier) and it redefines many of the characteristics that we associate with a healthy, virile…

Are You at the Mercy of Your Menstrual Cycle?

Are You at the Mercy of Your Menstrual Cycle? Whether you experience the physical effects of hormone withdrawal prior to your period or the very real and debilitating emotional effects, hormonal imbalances can wreak havoc in your personal and working life. Recently, there have been calls for women to be granted period leave each month. This has ignited some spirited debate. On the one hand women who experience painful periods and rely on pain killers and anti-inflammatories just to make it through the day, would really appreciate a day off work. Then there are those who breeze though this monthly…

Maybe Your Hormones are to Blame

Ever feel like you’re going crazy … maybe your hormones are to blame. Buckle up you’re in for a bumpy ride! If you’re a female aged in your late thirties to early fifties, you may be experiencing an assortment of emotional, mental and physical changes. This life stage is know as Perimenopause. It can begin happening 10-15 years before actual Menopause. Hormonal flutuations are a normal part of life and happen month in month out. But when hormone levels become depleted due to stress, imbalances and natural aging, it can have a massive impact on your health and wellbeing. So what…

Why Women Get Tired

Why women are always Constantly Tired and how you can Prevent it from happening to you. In this short article we look at two often overlooked Nutritional Causes for Women who experience Constant Tiredness. Most women assume their constant tiredness is caused by having a busy work load and family life, insufficient sleep or stress. But as demanding as the modern woman’s life is, there are many other underlying factors that cause tiredness too. Chief among them is Iron deficiency. Women are at risk of iron deficiency from puberty to menopause, the child baring years. Heavy periods, fibroids and cysts…

Is Weight Loss a Misnomer?

Everyone likes to talk about weight loss but what type of weight are people actually losing? In this article, you’ll discover the truth about the term collectively known as weight loss. In 2003 I attended a seminar entitled “Fat Loss not Weight Loss” as part of my Naturopathic training. Early in the day the lecturer made a comment that I have never forgotten. “You can lose weight just by going to the toilet!” Although Mr. Eddy ND was stating the obvious; it wasn’t until that moment that it dawned on me just how misleading the term weight loss can be….

Keeping Colds and Flu Away

How to keep Colds and Flu away and achieve Winter Wellness. Protect Yourself Naturally this Winter with 12 Hints to Boost Your Winter Immunity 1. Viruses such as colds and flu are most easily transmitted when large numbers of people are gathered in confined spaces. Therefore, avoidance of these situations is recommended as much as possible during winter. 2. If you do find you yourself in this situation, staying well hydrated is the best way to avoid a contracting a virus. In winter the mucous membranes of the nose and throat can dry out as people gather indoors in heated…

Natural Medicine, Why it’s for YOU

Recent research has shown that 75% of those surveyed had tried Natural Medicine in the last 12 months. As a Naturopath this comes as no surprise. My clinical experience has shown that my clients typically fit into one of four categories, especially if you’re over the age of 30. 1. The first group of clients are those who are passionate about healing themselves through natural medicine supplementation, improved nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. They prefer to use natural medicine in preference to pharmaceutical drugs to treat their health conditions. 2. The second group are those clients that know that…