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Clinical Naturopathy

Food + Exercise + Mindset = Happiness

Claire Wakefield

At the risk of sounding like the Sheldon Cooper of the Naturopathic world, today I want to talk a little about the Chemistry of our emotions and mood.. (One of my absolute favourite topics, so forgive me when I keep on talking.. lol.) Mental health is by far one of the largest ‘issues’ I see in clinic, yet I still feel like most of us are only scratching the surface on how to correct it.  The current medical model of ‘antidepressant’ medications is dying a fast death, with the next generation of ‘gut flora’ importance breaking through.  This was a...

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Hot Flushes, Erectile Dysfunction & Adrenal Fatigue

Claire Wakefield

Hot Flushes, Erectile Dysfunction & Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is one of the fastest growing epidemics of our modern world, with the general concept being that we are running around in a constant state of ‘Sympathetic Dominance’, otherwise known as ‘fight or flight’.  When we are in this rushed state, we are constantly secreting higher than normal levels of Cortisol, which inevitably depletes over time. Today I wanted to explain the ripple effect of Cortisol depletion from a Biochemistry standpoint. You see Cortisol is required for almost all dynamic processes in the body- from blood pressure regulation, to kidney function, glucose levels, fat building (you know that...

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How minerals and nutrition effect Dental caries

Claire Wakefield

How minerals and nutrition effect Dental caries

Hey folks,  With the Victorian school holidays upon us, I thought it might be a fitting time to have a bit of a chat about dental health. If you're anything like me, you probably wait for the holidays to get your children in for their dental checkups and appointments, so it might also be the time you first find out that your child needs a filling. Today I wanted to bring your attention the importance of nutrition when it comes to dental health, and the fact that mineral deficiencies can affect your tooth structure. To demonstrate this, I am going...

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Know anybody who hates Bright lights? Loud Noises? Cold weather?

Claire Wakefield

Know anybody who hates Bright lights? Loud Noises? Cold weather?

Do you know anybody who will shy away from bright lights or loud noises? Do you have a child who, when you start to ask them a question, you can get their attention initially.. but if you take too long they appear to wander or even worse, simply shut down and ignore you? Usually these people are not too good with heat or extreme cold either… and may have already been labelled as anxious, ADHD, a ‘daydreamer’, or even plain rude and arrogant. If this reminds you of somebody you know… I am to here ask you to consider a...

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Allergy Testing; Why Skin Prick testing doesnt always cut it

Claire Wakefield

Allergy Testing; Why Skin Prick testing doesnt always cut it

Hi guys..Im sitting here this morning in the clinic, sifting through a number of different test results that i have lined up for people later in the week, and it dawned on me that whenever i get people come in with undiagnosed alleriges, they have usually gone down the same path from GP to Allergist.. and then somehow end up with me at th end of the line, still with no definitive answers. So today i want to explain a couple of clinical points when it comes to the ways in which we can diagnose something like a food allergy.Firstly...

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