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Are GMO’s Really That Harmful?

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are-gmos-really-that-harmful-genetic-modification-400x400 Everywhere we turn, we hear about GMO’s. It’s all over the media; there are protests and documentaries, studies and papers. There is a lot of information available, and at times it can be overwhelming and confusing. But it’s crucial that we pay attention as we are faced with an issue that is of great concern and the only way to guard against the dangers, is to learn as much as we can so that we can make better and more informed decisions which will ultimately benefit our health and the health of our children.
11 May 2017

Conventional vs. Natural Sunscreens

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best-natural-sunscreens-spf-30-no-oxybenzone For weeks now I’ve been trying to compare conventional (chemical) sunscreens to natural sunscreens but I’ve come up against a bit of a barrier. Certain manufacturers of conventional sunscreens won’t provide me with a full list of the ingredients in their product, for example Coles. It seems they don’t have to either, because sunscreens with a SPF of 30 or more are classed as a medicine (a Therapeutic Good) – they legally only need to label the product with the active ingredients and preservatives. Is this not madness?!
25 November 2016

Free Online Health Summits 2017

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Free-online-health-summits-2016-expert-speakers-400x400 Online Health Summits are a great way to gain extensive knowledge about a particular subject from experts all around the world, all for FREE!  You simply don’t know what you don’t know, and by getting informed you can make better choices for your health in the future. How do the summits work? They’re all slightly different but as a general rule each day there’s about 3 – 5 speakers who’s talks are available for 24 hours for free. There’s also an encore day at the end where you can watch any that you’ve missed, or would like to watch again.
1 November 2016

How To Stop Overeating With Kefir

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how-to-stop-overeating-with-kefir-blog You know that feeling when you feel physically uncomfortable, bloated, perhaps even sick to your stomach. You’ve overeaten again! Now you feel crappy. Guilty. Regretful. Annoyed. And a little angry. Why do you keep doing this? At the time you justify it to yourself, you’ve had a hard week, you deserve this, it’s your chance to unwind. You get to a point, eventually, where you’ve had enough. The joys of indulging and eating anything you want no longer outweigh the sick, bloating, yucky feeling you have afterwards.
24 October 2016

The Difference Between Conventional And Organic Products

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Difference-Conventional-Organic-Products-blog What do some of the Conventional and so called “Organic” products contain that Certified Organic products don’t? Most conventional skin, personal and hair care products contain TEAs, DEAs, Sulfates, Glycols, Parabens, Synthetic and Artificial ingredients, Ethoxylates, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde derivatives. A large number of toothpastes & mouthwashes contain Aspartame & Triclosan. Research is showing that health issues from these chemicals are infertility, eczema, cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects & reproductive issues.
13 October 2016

Upcoming Health & Wellness eCourses

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upcoming-health-wellness-courses-programs-australia-blog It’s no wonder why millions of people from all around the world opt for online courses. Online learning has to be the greatest revolution in contemporary education, as it can make a huge improvement in peoples lives, opening up great opportunities for everyone who wants to learn something. With online learning, otherwise known as e-learning, you not only learn from the comfort and privacy of your own home, but you also get the flexibility of setting your own study schedule to fit your needs (to some extent at least).
5 October 2016

Loopholes! What’s Being Hidden In Your Food & Supplements

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food-labelling-loopholes-whats-being-hidden-food As a Naturopath & Nutritionist I spend a large amount of time educating my clients and readers on how to make better diet and lifestyle decisions. Education is such a powerful tool when it comes to improving your health. Information empowers us through choice. We live in a world where we expect transparency in labelling, especially when it comes to the food and supplements we consume on a daily basis. This is why I’d love to share with you some surprising places to look for chemical additives in your diet.
4 October 2016

The Fourth Trimester

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the-fourth-trimister-of-pregnancy-naturopath-sam-smith The days and weeks following childbirth are a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborn babies. As a practising naturopath I consider the twelve months following birth as the fourth trimester. If I am fortunate enough to work with a woman when she is considering pregnancy, my thoughts about her preparation go beyond the ability to conceive. Preparation covering pregnancy and postnatal care aims to support a woman from the follicular stage of her egg development to at least the year following the birth of her child.
3 October 2016

Five Ways To Help Heal Pain Naturally

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5-ways-to-heal-pain-naturally-physio-230x230 In my work as a physiotherapist and life coach I see it every day. Someone’s pain gets to the point where they seek help from their doctor and the first (and sometimes only) thing that happens is that anti-inflammatories and pain medication gets handed out like lolly water. When this doesn’t ‘cure’ the pain it’s back to the doctor – and the cycle continues without any consideration to the harmful side effects these drugs have on the body. Now don’t get me wrong! I strongly believe there is a time and place for such medications.
17 September 2016

5 Ways to Banish Anxious Thinking

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5-ways-to-banish-anxious-thinking-blog-muffy-churches Why do we spend such a crazy amount of time worrying about things? Small things, big things, imagined things, anything? If our anxiety paid dividends, fine, but in most cases it only serves to heighten stress levels, and dilute our confidence, courage and performance quality. Some worry of course, is realistic and useful, but the majority of our anxious thoughts create wasted nervous energy that’s based on long honed habits of negative thinking- on hypothetical, unrealistic what-ifs, and they can nip away at our ‘joie de vivre’ on a regular basis.
12 May 2016

Think You Might Have A Food Intolerance?

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food-intolerance-or-allergy-naturopath-advice So you’ve jumped on the health train, started drinking broth, cut grains and dairy out, but you still have symptoms that make you think something still isn’t quite right with your food choices. Everything we eat can elicit a positive or negative reaction in the body. If you are intolerant to a certain food and you continue to eat it, your body will react negatively. It doesn’t matter how ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ it is. The question then begs, what exactly is a food intolerance? And how does this affect my immune system?
10 May 2016

Why are we so tired, overweight and unwell?

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why-are-we-so-tired-overweight-and-unwell A common belief is that most of the illnesses, weight problems, tiredness and disease we suffer in life are somehow ‘genetic’ or ‘bad luck’. Yes, your genes have an influence on your health and longevity, but most of your health profile (your body weight, energy, skin health and disease-risk) is triggered by the composition of your daily food and lifestyle choices. The single most basic measure of human evolution and advancement is healthy life expectancy.
9 March 2016

Four Ways To Improve Your Sperm (or your partners sperm)

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four-ways-to-improve-your-sperm It takes two to tango but why is it that male fertility issues get swept under the rug. Even the procedure of donating sperm, has a certain ‘ease’ expectation, men are asked to go into a room, commit to their business and deliver with little or no question about how they feel or what they are contributing to. All, with further expectations that their sperm, regardless of quality, will contribute to the bundle of bouncing joy. I hate to put a dampener on it but conception is a two way street, in fact 50:50.
9 March 2016

GM Food: Need To Knows

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gm-food-need-to-knows-canola-blog As a Naturopath I am often asked about my opinion on Genetically Modified food. Is it safe? Are there any long-term benefits? In my opinion the answer to both of those questions is a resounding no! My philosophy as a health food practitioner is in whole foods, I believe food should be enjoyed in its most natural state possible. Tampering with genes and cross mixing different species of plant families can’t be done without implications.
11 February 2016

How to Detox Properly

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How-to-detox-properly-naturopath-kate-callaghan It’s February, which means many of you are probably embarking on some sort of “detox”, right? That’s great! However, and I hate to be the health Grinch here, unfortunately I bet most of you are doing it wrong. How so? Well let’s first get something straight…. Detoxification is not something you decide to do by going on some sort of juice fast/lemon cleanse/breatharian diet at a given point in the year after partying too much. Detoxification is an ongoing process in your body.
10 February 2016

What To Avoid In Body Wash

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What-to-avoid-in-body-wash-chemicals-Phenoxyethanol It can be confusing and hard to decipher, figuring out if a personal care product has any nasties in it. It may not have parabens, SLS or EDTA in the product and with that written all over the front of the label you might assume that the rest of the ingredients are good too. I was looking at the Thankyou Body Wash recently and on the front of the label it says “No SLS, SLES, EDTA or Parabens”. It also says “Give your skin a bit of TLC with this fresh and fragrant plant-based body wash that contains ingredients derived from…
9 February 2016

Guide To Organic Shops & Cafes in Sydney

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guide-organic-shops-cafes-sydney-nsw-blog Finding organic shops and cafes is not always an easy task, hence one of the reasons I created Guide To Organics. I know how frustrating it can be when you arrive somewhere new and google doesn’t quite give you the info you need, or google doesn’t realise that some businesses use “organic” in their name when they’re barely organic at all. If you’re heading to Sydney soon, make sure you check out my Guide To The Organic Shops & Cafes in Sydney. Or you can use the website. Go to the home page and type in “shop” and “sydney”, or “cafe” and…
8 February 2016

Interview with Jenni Madison, Coconut Magic

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Jenni-Madison-bio-picture I’m a big fan of Jenni Madison so I reached out to her recently to ask if I could interview her. I was delighted when she said yes! In this interview I ask her things like What Do You Eat For Breakfast, What’s Your Number One Health Tip, Who Are Your Favourite Health Bloggers, What Is One Thing You Wish You Knew 10 Years Ago and What’s The Difference Between Coconut Magic Coconut Oil and the Woolworths Brand of Coconut Oil. I love her insights and her recipes! Zucchini Pesto Pasta and Berry Bliss Bars… see links below.
27 January 2016

Guide To Organic Shops & Cafes on the Gold Coast

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Organic-shops-cafes-gold-coast-230x230 Finding organic shops and cafes is not always an easy task, hence one of the reasons I created Guide To Organics. I know how frustrating it can be when you arrive somewhere new and google doesn’t quite give you the info you need, or google doesn’t realise that some businesses use “organic” in their name when they’re barely organic at all. If you’re heading to the Goldy soon, make sure you check out my Guide To The Organic Shops & Cafes On The Gold Coast. Or you can just use the website. Go to the home page and type in “shop”…
26 January 2016

Folic Acid: Friend or Foe?

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Folic-acid-friend-or-foe-blog-by-naturopath It’s a term you’ve probably seen on the back of a food packet or supplement jar, but what is Folic Acid? Quite simply it’s a synthetic B vitamin created to mimic the naturally occurring Folate. Folate occurs naturally in green leafy vegetables and legumes and it is hugely important for a number of processes in the human body, but it’s most famous for its use in the development of healthy babies. Inadequate levels of folate can lead to big problems for unborn children such as malformation of the neural tube which is implicated in spina bifida and incomplete formation of the brain (anencephaly).
26 January 2016

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