Sensitivity or allergy to wheat and other gluten containing foods is a very real issue for some people.

Nothing substitutes exactly for wheat flour but a mixture of flours works best.   Try a mixture of the following:   2/3 cup of arrowroot, 1 cup maize corn flour, 2 cups rice flour, 2 cups soya flour, 3 cups potato flour.   Store in an airtight container and one cup of the mixture to replace one cup of wheat flour.   Reduce cooking temperature by 20 degrees Celsius and increase the baking time.

Many existing recipes with wheat flour can be altered without difficulty.   For example, whenever wheat flour is used as a thickening agent as in soups or sauces, substitute corn flour, potato starch or arrowroot in half the specified amount.

Fortunately, these days many alternative types of flours are readily available in the supermarkets and health food stores.

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Spirulina is a blue-green single cell alga, microscopic in size and spiral in shape.   It thrives in warm alkaline lakes, absorbing an abundance of minerals.   To the Aztecs it was so highly prized as a sustaining food that it was used as a currency.

Today spirulina is used widely in Japan both as a food and a medicine, it is composed of 65-71% complete protein, providing all the essential amino acids, a rarity amongst plant foods.   The protein is so well balanced that it is five times easier to digest than meat or soy protein.

Like pollen, Spirulina is one of the rare plant foods to supply usable amounts of Vit B12.   In addition, it contains Vit A and E, essential fatty acids and an array of enzymes that aid digestion.   Another major constituent of Spirulina is chlorophyll, known to detoxify the liver, soothe inflammations and prevent tooth decay.

Most studies of the effects of Spirulina have been conducted in Japan, they show that it has great rejuvenating effects and produces substantial energy increases in athletes, it has a blood sugar stabilizing effect and can therefore help control diabetes.   Anemia responds to the Vit B12 and Folic acid component.   To strict vegetarians, Spirulina provides Vit B12 and complete protein and Iron.

Dieters can also use Spirulina, it’s low calorie nourishment quickly enters the blood stream and raises blood sugar levels, preventing the hypothalamus in the brain from sending out hunger messages.   This is because the protein in Spirulina contains a high proportion of phenylalanine which transforms in the brain into neurotransmitter substances which control appetite.   By taking Spirulina before a meal, dieters will find themselves eating less but adequately meeting their nutritional requirements.

Spirulina is grown and harvested in unpolluted places, it is free from environmental contaminants, pesticides and other industrial poisons.   It can be used with a higher degree of safety than many common foods.

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There is a general belief amongst marijuana users that the drug is safe, or at least no more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol.

The following article outlines the risks to overall health of the human body.

Marijuana smoke contains many of the same carcinogens and toxins found in tobacco smoke, sometimes in higher concentrations and the daily use of one to three joints appears to produce the same lung diseases and potential cancer risks as smoking five times as many cigarettes.

EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN AND CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM – changes of distribution of blood flow to the brain inducing defects of short term memory, anxiety, confusion, depression, difficulty in concentrating and thinking, affects educational development, decreased ambition.

EFFECTS ON THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – possible decrease in resistance to Herpes Simplex 2, THC prevents B cells from producing interferon, a substance the body uses to resist virus’s and cancer.  Marijuana users appear to be more susceptible to cancers of the upper jaw, larynx and head.

EFFECTS ON THE LUNGS – rebound broncho-contstriction which is very dangerous for asthmatics, worse lung damage than that caused by tobacco smoke.

EFFECTS ON HEART AND BLOOD PRESSURE – increase of up to 50% in heart rate and increases of up to 16 points in diastolic blood pressure have been reported, these effects could be quite serious in individuals with diabetes or heart disease.

EFFECTS ON REPRODUCTION AND FERTILITY – decreases blood levels of testosterone, affects sperm motility and reduces sperm counts.

Two studies conducted on children of mothers who smoked marijuana demonstrated infants were more often premature, low birth weight and were more frequently born with major defects.

Thankfully now medicinal grade marijuana can be safely prescribed by Specialist Doctors.

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Many of us enjoy an extended holiday season at this time of the year, which makes it possible to travel.

Unfortunately for some, motion sickness can dampen one’s enthusiasm.

Studies of novice civilian pilots revealed that those who ate three or less meals per day had least incidence of motion sickness.

Choose to eat a light meal three hours prior to travelling, comprising fruit and vegetables, avoiding milk products, cheese, preserved meat, corn chips, potato chips, pork, beef and eggs.

Ginger can prevent motion sickness, so also prescribed homoeopathics.

It is wise to take on a daily basis Lactobacillus Acidopholus and Bifido bacterium to encourage healthy bowel flora, plus garlic and Vitamin C, all to ward off gastro-intestinal infection.

Homoeopathics are available to effectively combat any case of diarrhoea or vomiting.

Vitamin B1 taken consistently acts as a mosquito repellant.

To seriously work on preventing any illness during your holiday, take Echinacea or Astragalus or Olive Leaf extract, these herbs cleanse and stimulate the immune system and display definite anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Combining all of the above should see you enjoying a healthy, happy holiday.

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You may have heard of the upsurge of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The most powerful antibiotic we have available is now too losing its’ effect against bacteria such as Golden Staph, a bacteria capable of causing death.

As a result of these manifestations enquiries are under way as to why the rate of prescription antibiotics is so high in Australia.

Thus far the bottom line appears to be that the community holds the mind set that antibiotics quickly heal illness and that society in general expects an antibiotic prescription and exerts a very real pressure on Doctors to oblige, otherwise there is an individual dis-satisfaction if such prescription is not forthcoming.

We must understand that antibiotics are effective against most bacteria only, they are of no effect against a virus, virus’ must run their course.

Many chickens and cattle are these days given antibiotics to protect the animal [dollars], we eat these antibiotics as we eat the flesh.   I suggest we try to avoid eating so much meat, chicken and beef.

Resort to visits to the Doctor for antibiotics only when quite ill and feverish, do not expect a prescription for antibiotics from every consultation.

We can boost our natural defense system by eating abundantly from the Liliaceae family, ie shallots, onion, garlic and leek.

We can tap and stimulate a gland called the Thymus, located below the junction of the two clavicle bones, which has the function of making white blood cells that fight virus and bacteria.

Herbs such as Astragalus, Echinacea and Olive Leaf , boost our natural immunity to fight virus and bacteria.

For further information on improving immunity, I invite you to make an appointment by calling me on 0427 239 676

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According to tradition, soy beans were one of the five sacred crops named by the Chinese emperor Sheng-nung, nearly 5 thousand years ago.

Recent increased interest in the health benefits of the soy bean has focused on the possible role of soy bean consumption reducing cancer risk, heart disease, menopausal symptoms ie hot flushes and osteoporosis.

Soy beans are an excellent source of fibre, Vitamin B12 and many other vitamins and minerals and they contain high amounts of proteins, including all the amino acids, which makes them an  important food for vegetarians.

The phytochemicals contained in the soybean, known as isoflavones ie Genistein and Daidzein, are the active, most beneficial components.

Asian societies eat far more soybeans than Western society, as a result these women do not seem to suffer the consequences of menopause.

In a study done at the Royal Hospital for Women NSW, nine women were given 160 mg of isoflavones daily for three months, a significant reduction occurred in several menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes.

In another study of post menopausal women, each were fed 40 gram of soy protein daily, containing 2.25 mg of total isoflavones, which resulted in a significant increase in bone mineral content and the bone mineral density in the lumbar spine, compared to the control group.

CANCER – Isoflavones have been shown to minimise the effect of synthetic estrogens that enter the body most commonly via the food chain, therefore soybean isoflavones may help reduce incidence of breast, endometrial, ovarian, colon and rectal cancers as they are thought to be estrogen dependent.

HEART DISEASE – The effect of soy protein on a group of children’s LDL’s was demonstrated.   Compared to a standard low fat diet which can result in LDL reduction of 7 – 8%, a diet incorporating approximately 20 grams of soy protein isolate showed a decrease of 16 – 22%.

Genistein may benefit those with heart disease by its anti-clotting activity and inhibition of platelets sticking together.

Soy beans are both a nutrient packed food and an effective medicine.

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Male infertility is on the rise throughout the world, the recent increase is thought to be influenced by contamination of the environment with Estrogen via human waste products entering our waterways, and through our food chain, by meat and fowl that have been brought to maturity rapidly by administration of Estrogen.

Another modern-day influence has been the introduction of the fashion garment, the under pant, designed to provide firm support which lifts the testicles closer to the body.  The male reproductive system works best when kept cooler than the rest of the body, boxer shorts are a healthier under-garment option.

Infertility is caused if too few sperm are produced, normally only one in ten complete the journey from the vagina to the Fallopian tubes anyway.

Sperm are sometimes produced that are not strong enough to swim for very long and others can be a malformed shape which reduces the opportunity for conception.

Natural therapeutic agents recommended to improve the production levels and health of sperm are:-  Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, Zinc, various amino acids, the herbs Ginseng and Damiana, and raw eggs and milk.

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Colloidal silver is widely promoted as a super-antibiotic and a cure for everything by many American multi-level marketing and health food companies.

It is claimed that colloidal silver is virtually non-toxic, however silver toxicity from the indiscriminate use of silver products, industrial exposure and even environmental dietary sources, is well-recognized in medical literature.

Due to wide industrial applications, an historically high incidence of silver toxicity has been reported.

The current reference dose of oral silver exposure is 5 ug/kg/day with a critical dose estimated at 14 ug/kg/day for the average person, thus the maximal silver exposure for a 70 kg adult should be less than 350 ug/day.   As food and water supplies often provide as much as 300 ug of silver per day, additional forms such as colloidal silver, particularly when taken long term, can add an unnecessary and potentially dangerous exposure to consumers.

Silver readily denatures proteins by binding to reactive groups of proteins, causing precipitation.

Silver inactivates enzymes and is deposited in the liver.  Animal research has demonstrated that silver accumulates widely in the body.   Upon absorption the highest concentrations are found in the skin, liver, spleen and adrenals, with lesser deposits in the muscles and brain.

Silver deposits have been found in the walls of most blood vessels, kidneys, heart and testes, and has been reported to cause nerve defects including vertigo, gait disturbance, weakness, nausea, headache, tiredness, nervousness and abdominal pains.

Some researchers have suggested that Vitamin E or Selenium deficiency may increase susceptibility to systemic silver toxicity.

The potential long-term risk of toxicity from colloidal silver exceeds the benefits.



Andropause, the equivalent of the female menopause, occurs around the age of fifty in some but not all men, biological changes take place similar to those in women, causing loss of virility, fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats, increased body fat, decreased bone and muscle mass and depression.

Testosterone is the predominant male hormone that at puberty stimulates rapid growth of bone and muscle, resulting in far larger muscle mass than women, facial hair, deepening of the voice and driving sexual desire.

Production of the androgen Testosterone peaks between 20 and 30 years of age and then slowly declines until the 50’s when the decline can be more rapid.

Testosterone blood levels vary widely, 11 – 37 nmol/L is normal and under 8 represents a deficiency.   With high levels of Leutinizing Hormone present, indications would be that the pituitary gland is trying to stimulate sluggish testicles; a series of three blood tests at 8 week intervals is necessary to understand trends.

Injections are the best short term option for 3 to 4 months, thereby reducing irritability and depression.   Long term, implants into fat depots of the abdominal wall or buttocks are safest the hormone enters directly into the blood stream, bypassing the liver.

Long term supplementation with Testosterone stimulates cell growth in the prostate gland, enlargement and the associated problems with the possibility of cancer need to be considered.  Screening for early signs of cancer are of utmost importance before commencing such Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The best approach men can take is, quit smoking, exercise regularly, maintain acceptable weight, take Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Ginseng, high B complex and a herb called Saw Palmetto.   Reduce stress levels, stress reduces production of Testosterone, and make love regularly as the more Testosterone you use, the more the brain will instruct the body to make.

Consult a Naturopath regarding correct, safe dosages of the above-mentioned herbs.

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Soy’s naturally occurring phytoestrogens are a potential alternative to HRT.

The amount of soy protein that must be consumed in order to experience positive effects of menopausal treatment is disputed, but the average recommended amount is between 20 and 30 grams per day.

Soy protein in the diet might help reduce the risk of heart disease by more than 20%.   As little as 25 grams of soy protein in a day can significantly reduce blood cholesterol and heart disease.   A diet high in soy protein can reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 12.9% which translates to a reduction in the risk of heart disease by more than 20%.

A recent study showed that soy protein-based sports nutrition supplements promoted and enhanced performance and strength in athletes, improved Iron status and maintained muscle growth, without increasing body fat.



Soy protein with isoflavones compares favorably with traditional HRT for effects on cardiovascular disease and risk factors.

Soy protein with isoflavones do not appear to increase breast and endometrial cancer risk and may be protective.

Soy protein with isoflavones is less effective than HRT for reducing menopausal symptoms, preventing bone loss and genito-urinary tract symptoms.

Neither purified isoflavones nor soy proteins without isoflavones appear to have the same beneficial effects for cardiovascular disease and menopausal symptoms, as does HRT.

Uncertainty continues about the safety and efficacy of soy for bone density and cancer.

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