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July 2, 2014

Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1] Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash Universi...

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July 2, 2014

Selected Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Research Abstracts

Symbiosis between the gastrointestinal microbiota and the host is the basis for these health benefits. In exchange for a stable environment and adequate nutrients, the microbiota play a role in maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, provide the...

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June 18, 2014

Once Broken; Difficult To Fix Microbiomes Have Long Term Consequences

The gut microbiomes of young children appear to fail to fully recover from the trauma of early-life malnourishment, even after they are treated with more-complete diets, according to a 2014 study published in Nature.[1] In this paper the research ...

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May 26, 2014

The Detox Summit

A group of health experts (very kindly including Michael Ash DO, ND, BSc, Dip ION) have been interviewed by Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS to provide a unique, considered set of opinions in the Detox Summit on the role that enhancing the safe and heal...

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May 20, 2014

Boost Brain Function: PRPS Are Beneficial Neuro-Cytokines That Protect The Brain

Can proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) protect your brain and even boost brain function? Studies in vitro on animals and humans support that idea. The neuro-protective cytokines in PRPs have a remarkably stabilizing effect on cognitive function in Alzh...

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May 8, 2014

Adrenal and Thyroid Cookery Day

Loss of vitality is an all too common feature in our modern lifestyles. We hear in it in our clinics more regularly than any other complaint: ‘I just don’t have the energy I used to’, ‘It’s a struggle to get up in the mornings’ and , ‘I...

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May 5, 2014

Mitochondrial Medicine: Diving Deep into the Secrets of Cellular Health

As basic science and clinical research cross paths, a new understanding of the importance of mitochondria in health and disease has emerged. On March 20, 2014, FOCUS moderated an international Skype conversation between Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.Di...

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April 24, 2014

Building Bone: The Novel Role of Tocotrienols

An Interview With Professor Dr. Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman, MBBS, PhD, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Biography: The focus of Dr. Ima-Nirwana’s research is the impact...

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April 9, 2014

Shorter Sleepers Are Over-Eaters

Children who sleep less found to eat more Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers. The study found that 16 month-old children who slept ...

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April 8, 2014

5 Tips To Help You Work More Effectively

"Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other practitioner is a good strategy. Prepare and then rework your to-do list.   A counter intuitive but effective method for increasing productivity is to limit how many items y...

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April 1, 2014

Paleo Cookery Day

Paleo Cookery Day with Christine Bailey & Antony Haynes With over 50% of the UK population overweight or obese and the rise in long term chronic diseases including diabetes many people are looking for a long term eating approach to lose weight...

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March 26, 2014

Vitamin D Deficiency May Compromise Immune Function

Vitamin-deficient older adults more likely to have biomarkers for heart disease, inflammation It appears, albeit without any great surprise based on the many years of vitamin D research that has occurred, that older individuals who are vitamin D def...

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June 18, 2014

The Use Of Vitamin U For Gastric Ulcer Recovery

From a nutritional point of view, the gastrointestinal tract is considered one of the most important organs in the body. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract is paramount in achieving optimal health, as poor digestion can cause a multitude of seemin...

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May 16, 2014

Self-Diagnosis of Gluten Sensitivity: Potentially Disturbing Trends

A recently published paper in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice[1] discussed the results from an Australian group exploring the global trend in self-diagnosis of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). We are all aware that the possibility t...

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May 5, 2014

Gods, Nuclear Weapons and Potent Pathways – How Gamma Tocotrienol Works Molecular Magic: The Mevalonate Pathway

Introduction: The mevalonate pathway is a hotbed of new research. It is best known to us through statins—which interrupt and downregulate the pathway at an early step, and thus lower cholesterol. But now scientists are realizing that this profoundl...

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April 30, 2014

10 Key Attitudes Employed by Successful People

As a health care practitioner it can sometimes be part of the human make up of a caring person to neglect skill sets that enhance the success of your practice outside of training - these skill sets or habits are commonly employed by people driving th...

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April 24, 2014

Colostrum Meets the Microbiome A Tried and True Remedy for Gut Health Takes Centre Stage

The microbiome is one of the most exciting discoveries of 21st century biomedicine, and scientific heavyweights as prominent as Craig Ventner, whose company sequenced the human genome, are now sequencing the microbiome. The microbiome is the ecologic...

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April 9, 2014

Vitamin A: Friend or Foe

It is well established that high retinoic acid (RA)  levels leads to teratogenic effects both in human and experimental models. Brain abnormalities such as microcephaly, impairment of hindbrain development, mandibular and midfacial underdevelopment,...

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March 13, 2014

A Healthy Heart Diet – Confirmed and Its Delicious

It’s one of those great paradoxes, that trouble researcher’s, clinicians and their patients – why is there so much variable information about the role diet has in heart health and why can we not have a universally agreed approach to one of the ...

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February 24, 2014

Garlic Counteracts Virulent Bacteria

Garlic has long been recognised as a malodorous but important medical plant with a wide range of health supporting properties. Until recently when Turmeric overtook it, it had the greatest number of research papers in PubMed for a food derived health...

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February 11, 2014

Naturopathic Treatment Strategies for Depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  According the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression affects about 350 million people.  Untreated depression can lead to suicide, and the WHO estimates that 1 million people worldwide c...

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February 11, 2014

Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr Todd Born ND reviews current understandings of this increasingly common problem. The definition and classification of chronic kidney disease (CKD) guidelines were introduced by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality I...

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January 29, 2014

SCFAs – A Treatment for Gastrointestinal Inflammation?

As each month goes by the dynamic and intersecting relationships between our gastrointestinal organisms and the food we consume continues to open all sorts of opportunities for comprehension and treatments. Faced as the western and many non-western c...

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January 7, 2014

Think Coeliac Disease

As Nutritional Therapists we are all aware of the problems linked to gluten exposure, from wheat allergy, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease, yet at times it can be difficult to convince other clinicians of the increased frequency of ...

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