April 2024 Already!

Good grief – I was going to be so onto it this year with keeping my website up to date!

I’m pretty sure I have failed to mention before that I am involved in a Not For Profit organisation called Wellness Agents Inc.

Our tagline is “Thriving in a Changing World”. And, “There is always more to learn.” For us at Wellness Agents, it is important that people take responsibility for their health but, we also accept that this is not as easy as it may sound.

Wellness Agents started back in 2016. We were all set to launch in 2020 with a live event that never went ahead because it was 2020. So, here in 2024, we finally stepped onto the stage, letting people know we even exist by creating YouTube content once a month. The first YouTube link is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVRLmiIrXYc and, there are more after that! Please like and subscribe if you want to be alerted to future productions!

Our website link is here https://wellnessagents.org/ you can subscribe to our newsletters. The Wellness Agents take turns writing on subjects we feel are worth writing about. Take a look by choosing the Articles tab on the website. You can also take the opportunity to check out any upcoming events. Here is my submission for April on the challenges of researching your health issue https://wellnessagents.org/articles/

We are hosting an event in May 2024, “Art Play for Adults” at CASM in Mandurah. This is an opportunity to switch on your creativity with colour, movement, and joy! You get to take home your creation too!

As well as great writing skills, Kelly will lead the art workshop as she’s an accomplished artist as well! And don’t worry if you feel you can’t do art. You’ll be amazed how you can!

The cost of the workshop includes all the materials and, you will get to experience some simple and effective yoga and kinesiology that will get your creative juices flowing!

Goodbye 2023 – Hello 2024

I just re-read my March 2023 post – I’m stunned that the last time I added to the page was in March and it is now the end of December! Oops!

Reflecting back on the year helps me to appreciate the peaks and troughs on how life has rolled out for me in 2023. I also encourage you to look at what learning has come out of the “troughs” you have experienced and also have an attitude of gratitude towards your peaks or wins!

For me, I am lucky to be doing the very thing I feel I am meant to be doing. I have worked in health care delivery since 1988 as a Registered Nurse (I didn’t renew my registration in 2022) and I’m now working only as a Kinesiologist.

Please note that I made the word “feel” in bold and italics for a reason. To quote the “Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary” (7th Edition)


  1. examine or search by touch
  2. perceive or ascertain by touch
  3. experience, exhibit, or be affected by …
  4. have an impression
  5. consider, think
  6. seem
  7. be consciously: consider oneself
  8. have sympathy or pity

Hmm, powerful word! Indeed, from a kinesiologist perspective, it is pretty well the be-all and end-all of words! To quote out of “Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat”, “you are what you feel”!

Dare I ask – how do you feel 2023 went for you? Some of us do this “feeling” stuff better than others but it can be brought right back to – does it feel good when you reflect on 2023? If it does, fantastic! If it doesn’t, then reflect on how much you felt you had a say in the way things rolled out. If there are any niggles, then there is “work” to be done! Also reflect, what did you do to make things better for you?

If you’re hurting emotionally then I implore you to put a complementary therapist you gel with in your health management team! Now!!

If you are physically hurting, what did you do for yourself to help alleviate the pain outside of taking some form of medication? Now, if I have just caused a reaction/pushed a button – and you’re pretty annoyed with me right now – then that is EXACTLY what I want you to reflect on. Believe me, I have experienced significant debilitating physical pain. But I’m a wimp when it comes to ongoing pain and take action really quickly.

Maybe you feel you have tried everything (including kinesiology). Did you, in all honesty, give the complementary therapies a fair enough go? Once or twice isn’t enough! Or once or twice with big gaps in between?! Yep, I hear it all the time. And, the older the issue, quite likely the longer it takes to get back to comfortable and functional. I’m not saying you have to sign up to us complimentary therapists for life but once you get comfortable you will know when you need to come back for a tweak. And it may just be a little more frequently than you expect because living makes things happen – particularly, the unanticipated hurdle.

As an example, in days gone by, (actually years now), if I had a headache, I would take a couple of over-the-counter pain relief tablets and expect the headache to be gone inside 1/2 hour. I haven’t taken any mainstream pharmaceuticals since 2020 because they no longer did the job. Have I had headaches since then? Of course! I had to find what worked for me and, please note, I am not talking about migraines that puts people to bed for hours or days and causes vomiting and light aversion (but also note, this is also treatable outside of pharmaceuticals). The point I am trying to make is that you find what works for you that the only side effect is that the pain is gone. Pain is a signal from the body that you shouldn’t ignore. There are no medals for who can suffer the most pain!

With regards to headaches, I use different things at different times. It maybe (and these aren’t in any particular order) –

  1. stop what I am doing, go outside and stand barefoot on the lawn/or lie face down on the lawn &/or connect to a tree, do some yoga – in other words, earth connection
  2. rest – I just might be really tired or over-cooked on the computer!
  3. have a herbal tea using filtered water – hydrate and settle the body system with herbs;
  4. activate acupressure points – settle the meridian system – I have a great app on my phone called “Acupressure: Heal Yourself” (one of my portable first aid kits!)
  5. for some reason the combination of Vit C (good quality) and magnesium (also good quality) worked for me – nutritional top up for what must be my deficiencies
  6. definitely essential oils (use with care – particularly around your pets) – always use diluted if applying to your skin – and buy quality!
  7. strategically placed crystals (for me – usually clear quartz on the hairline at the back of my neck) – warning – its tricky getting the tape off in the hair line!
  8. homeopathy or tissue salts – follow the instructions
  9. perhaps a session with a fellow complementary therapist if the headache is proving difficult to move on.

Note: When it comes to purchasing herbs, supplements and homeopathy etc, start at a reputable health food shop (or naturopath or homeopath!). These products are the Health Food shop’s core business and unless your local pharmacy has a resident Naturopath, they may not know a lot about whether a supplement is quality or not (meaning absorb-able in your gut). The pharmacy’s core business is pharmaceutical products. And, never buy your supplements at the grocery store.

My travel kit includes all of the above! Sometimes the headache is gone within 1/2 hour but not always – and then it is up to me to establish my next plan of action.

The point is that you find out what works for you – that doesn’t have a negative impact on another part of your body. It is a bit about trial and error.

2024 – I dub you The Year of Taking Responsibility for Yourself! It is so empowering to do things that feel right for you and this action shouldn’t cause harm to others. Like I said back in March:

  1. I am kind to myself
  2. I am kind to others
  3. I allow others to be kind to me

You can replace “kind” with “love” or “respect” or any other positive word.

If something doesn’t “feel” right for you, then it probably isn’t right for you. But it may be right for others to do it differently. You – respect your boundaries, respect others boundaries and others need to respect your boundaries. That would be a kinder 2024.

Also, I am slowly building a YouTube presence and this link is to my first published video (with less than adequate editing!) talking about my Mum – I’m including this here because it brings up the topic of self-responsibility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ9mUs0LMXI&t=100s

I’ll take this opportunity to thank all of my clients for trusting me to help them on their journey in life and all the very best for everyone in 2024 and beyond. And remember, you are the only one who really knows what is right for you. Be brave, ask questions and discern what is right for you.

Ultimately, take responsibility for you.

To Hell and Back

At the beginning of this week I had a terrible realisation that caused a couple of days of deep pain with tears following listening to a documentary on a medication I had regularly administered when working in General Practice back in the 2000s and early 2010s.

Points to know:

1. One thing you may not be aware of is that the moment a nurse takes responsibility for dispensing a drug, they carry responsibility for what happens when that drug is administered. This onus of responsibility is well above the nurse’s paygrade but that is how it is. So if the doctor writes a drug order that is not correct and the nurse administers it, then the nurse is as responsible for the drug error as the prescribing doctor.

2. The nurse’s Charter is to be the patient’s advocate. The doctor’s charter is to do no harm. I always took the nurses charter seriously and this sometimes caused conflict for me but who has ever had a job where there is no conflict? Unfortunately, if you read the AHPRA guidelines, health professionals registered with them have to all sing from the same song-sheet (obviously paraphrasing!) so if a nurse seems to be obstructive to the proposed health plan – even if it is on behalf of the patient, there can be a backlash for the nurse. Like, if-you-want-to-work-here (or work at all)-you’ll-do-as-you’re-told type of backlash. I have heard from patients directly of them being bullied into having medical procedures done and I have had no qualms in supporting the patients and their rights being protected.

The documentary was actually not focused on the particular medicine I am talking about but included it through the credits at the end of the 30min doco – almost as an aside. The drug’s generic name is Medroxyprogesterone acetate but the trade names are either Depo provera or Depo ralovera.

Depo provera and Depo ralovera are injectable forms of contraception that the woman only needs to have every 3 months to have contraceptive cover. I looked up the current information through the www.nps.org.au website. This is a website utilised by health professionals in General Practice and other areas of health for informing the general public on how and when to take the medication they have been prescribed and to assist in what to do if they are experiencing an unexpected symptom since commencing the medication.

If you are taking one of these medications or have in the past, I am hoping that your GP or Obs/Gynae (women’s specialist doctor) advised you of all the things listed in the PDF document (see links above for a copy to print). It could be you are male and taking this medication as part of your cancer treatment (according to the PDF).

What the research scientist in the documentary stated that so gut-punched me is that the medication has been responsible for sterilising women – a much greater step than contraception – and without the girls and women’s informed consent. And yet, I can’t see this risk mentioned in the nps.org.au PDFs. Just think – this can also equate to the GP/Specialist/pharmacist not knowing this information as well.

It may be that you’re of an age where sterilisation doesn’t matter to you or that even though you are of reproductive age, you have already chosen that you don’t want children for whatever reason. Take a look at the side effects the drug manufacturers are willing to acknowledge and consider whether any of these are desirable.

Any health decision is a personal one but the decision should be made after you are truly well informed. I knew about weight gain, changes to menstrual cycles and undesirable skin breakouts because women were reporting that back to me but I had no idea of the fuller potential effect. I did know that some women took a long time to get any form of a cycle back but I can’t vouch that some could never reproduce because that wasn’t my role in the surgery.

It is imperative you do your own research for any medication but the truth is, you won’t find it using the normal search engine that has now become a verb. Dr Mercola could be a place to start. Another excellent place for information that is hard to find is through GreenMedInfo. It may be that there is a minimal (justifiable) cost to finding out the information but I have found their sites full of valuable information that is either blocked or buried deeply by the common and highly censored search engines.

New Year 2023

Good grief! In coming into my website, I saw so many drafts that I thought had been posted! And given that keeping my website and other tech points of contact are kept up to date was part of my 2023 business plan, I had better rectify that very soon!

Another New Year comes and goes and I can only hope the weirdness of this world we are living in balances itself out sooner rather than later.

It is part of my plan to use video for my “sound bites” or “inspirations from the shower” – I have such clear thoughts when I shower!

By doing video, for good or for bad, you get my tone, facial expressions and the real meaning behind my words so I hope that makes it an ok experience for you.

Also, my daughter Nicola, has taken my room on Mondays for her Milyana Sound Therapy business. She is qualified to Diploma and will have achieved her Advanced Diploma by February 2023. Her contact details are 0422 494 764 if you’d like to make an appointment with her.

All the very best for 2023 and I hope all things you have planned for the year come to fruition!

Hello again!


It’s now September 2021 and I have just found this post still sitting in the draft section rather than “out there” in my webpage! It was written in 2020 but is more relevant than ever. I’m glad I have found it as I didn’t remember documenting anything through this time of “stupid”, “madness”, incomprehensible”, “divisive” – you name it anything but reasonable.

Sometime late in 2020 – It’s been too long since I have visited my own site to update and touch base. I have had a few attempts to do an update that I now understand to be either half-hearted or distracted!

So much has happened and is still happening for everyone, everywhere in this year of 2020 – the year that keeps on “giving”. For me, these extreme times of change we’re all living have at times been triggering, many times intriguing and sometimes fearful but also with an element of excitement for the future.

Probably, the most important message I’ve received for myself out of this range of emotions is to allow myself to feel the emotion and then find some way to process it so that it is no longer causing stress (think anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness …).

Kinesiology is an obvious path for me but I do know to never limit myself to one type of therapy. It is incredibly important to incorporate movement into you energy health practice. For me, this is Dru Yoga and Meditation. We live in a time with many options and fabulous talented local therapies to explore.

If your chosen form of movement is highly aerobic, then balance this with a therapy that helps your mind be calm. By this, I am meaning slow and meditative. I have heard comments like “it’s boring” or, “I need to be doing something” etc. This is the point. When sitting and meditating, it appears from the outside that you are not doing anything but on the inside you are activating the “relaxation response” and this is your own body’s way of countering the “stress response”. If you ever get the opportunity to see “The Connection” produced by Shannon Harvey, you will get a very good explanation of the importance of sitting peacefully. From my understanding, meditation is the only way to diffuse the cortisol released at times of stress, particularly long term stress.

You may be like me and have enormous trouble doing this process on your own – even with the assistance of an an app – so join a group. The group energy is amazing and so powerful. There is going to be a massive world wide meditation event on December 21. The first time I became aware of this was a calling for as many Australians to participate because of an activation of Uluru – the literal heart of this great land. I highly recommend you look this up (see link) as it will be a fabulous event to be a part of in your own chosen space. https://www.facebook.com/events/317077279557379

So I guess the real message I’d like this to carry today is to feel whatever you are going through at the moment and process it through at least one modality of energy work you resonate with so that you can live with peace and calm. If nothing else that 2020 has taught us – we need to be able to live with peace and calm! Look for things that you can be grateful for and process the emotions that are making your life feel uncomfortable. Kinesiology is a brilliant tool for assisting the body in the processing of emotions.

Sleep and Memory

Anyone that has had a bad night’s sleep knows how it can intrude on productivity the following day!  Have you ever experienced “brain fog”?

As I progress through my studies on dementia, I’d like to share some of the information given by Dr Michael Breus, Ph.D.  He is a Clinical Psychologist and author who is nationally-recognised in the US as an expert on sleep.  All of the information below has come from an interview he gave in the “Regain Your Brain” series by Peggy Sarlin.

He talks about the importance of establishing and maintaining a consistent waking and sleeping routine to assist your circadian rhythm and by doing this assisting your memory.

Questions to ask yourself about sleep – because sleep is definitely about quality and quantity.

  • Do I have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep?
  • Do I wake feeling rested?
  • Do I snore? (you might need to ask your partner this one – and believe them if they say you do!  You’re asleep – you may not know!)
  • Do I have sleep apnea (your partner may have to answer that one too!)  This is when you actually stop breathing and may do a big gasp when your body realises it’s running low on oxygen!

According to Dr Breus, if our circadian rhythm is functioning well, our focus will be best earlier in the day as we should have higher levels of cortisol in our system.  In the later part of the day, our creativity is at its best because the cortisol is dropping off and our melatonin levels are beginning to rise.

One way of developing a good sleep/wake routine and reducing the brain fog effect is this:

On waking –

  1. Hydrate – have at least one glass of water to make up for the fluid loss overnight.
  2. Sunlight and movement – natural light helps shut down the melatonin release.  Exercise gets the blood flowing assisting your body to function well
  3. Nutrition – have a protein-based breakfast rather than a carbohydrate loaded breakfast as the carbohydrates elevate melatonin levels.

 “Light (natural) is Medicine” – “Movement is Medicine” 

During the day – Most people can maintain good focus for about 45 – 50 minutes before fatigue sets in.  When you notice your focus is dropping, Dr Breus suggests:

  1. Re-hydration – keep the body hydrated – he really stresses this point
  2. Walk outside – recharge and turn off the melatonin!  Also getting outside gets you fresh air.  Do exercises that cross the mid-line of your body.
  3. Deep breathing (regardless of whether you can get outside).
  4. Nutrition – Eat a good, healthy lunch – you can have more carbohydrates in this meal

In the mid-afternoon, there is a drop in energy levels and body temperature so go outside again to get more natural light.

Dr Breus advises a consistent bed-time and wake-up time.  Every body is different but most people need 7 to 8 hours sleep a night and certain behaviours encourage a good night’s sleep followed by a productive day and then a good night’s sleep …  So, before going to bed, there is a little preparation required.

For the healthy, non-medicated person, using the example of their bed time being 10 pm:

  • 9 pm to 9:20 pm – turn off all the gadgets – phones, tablets, computer work and do the preparation for the next day – organise anything that you know needs to be done for tomorrow that can be done tonight
  • 9:20 pm to 9:40 pm – end of day hygiene – showering, brushing teeth etc
  • 9:40 pm to 10 pm – relaxation – find the technique that works for you that allows you to fall asleep.

If anxiety and depression or a busy brain gets in the way of easily falling asleep then try this technique.  Maintain a “worry journal” – or call it what you like!  Divide the page in 2  and have a “Problem” column and a “Solution” column.  Sometimes the solution will be that you will concentrate on that tomorrow!  Having the problem written down sometimes helps resolve the problem or at least put it into perspective.  This activity should be done before the routine written above.  That is, before you turn of the electronic devices and preparing for the next day.

Things that can get in the way of a good night’s sleep can include:

  1. Medications – your doctor/pharmacist can advise you of the best times to take your medication so that sleep problems from the medication are minimised.
  2. Pain – Dr Breus works in a pain clinic and specifically mentions that pain and sleep should be treated simultaneously
  3. Sleep Apnea – maintaining a healthy weight helps to reduce this problem.  Also using devices that help you to breathe well through the night eg CPAP, mouth devices that keep your jaw forward
  4. Nocturia – needing to go to the toilet through the night.  Dr Breus didn’t have any suggestions for this but I would suggest you start by being referred to a Continence Adviser as they have so much knowledge to share.  Nocturia comes into their area of expertise.  You could also consider a Urologist.

Dr Breus’s guide to successful night’s sleep starts with his Banana Tea as it is very high in magnesium – great for a muscle relaxant.

His instructions are:

  1. wash the banana (skin intact)
  2. cut off the tips
  3. cut into half
  4. put into a pot of water – 3 to 4 cups
  5. boil for 4 to 5 minutes
  6. drink the water

This wouldn’t be great if you hate bananas but if you love them, then apparently it is very delicious!






Change to Government Policy on Private Health Rebates

As of the 1st of April, it has been legislated that no private health fund can offer rebates for Kinesiology (and 15 other commonly used therapies).

The down-side of this legislation, besides financial cost, is that it will now be more difficult to identify the fully qualified practitioner from someone with less qualifications or studies gained at an institution that is not a Government accredited organisation.  This is a question you can put to the therapist (if this is important to you).

The Government decision has the potential to be reversed if enough Australians petition their Federal local member and the Federal Health Minister – there is a petition circulating at the moment on social media where they have over 100,000 signatures – please consider adding yours to the list!

The decision was made on the basis that there is no research to support the value of the 16 therapies now not covered and yet 2 out of 3 Australians choose to spend their hard-earned $ in the direction of complementary therapies.

Please do know that my peak body, the Australian Kinesiology Association, continues to expect me to maintain a professional standard in my delivery of Kinesiology.  I have to maintain 20 Continuing Professional Development points a year (more than 20 hours of additional learning or Kinesiology therapy participation) as well as maintaining a current First Aid certificate.



Anti-Inflammatory Drink

The story behind the drink recipe

The gentleman (I’ll call Bill – not his real name) who shared this recipe with me was given it from a friend of his.  Bill told me that 5 months ago, one of his knees was very painful and double the size it is now and he also used to have dreadful pain in his neck that caused him to stoop – and this is completely gone as well.  He credits these changes to the drink.  What I also saw was a motivated and charismatic elderly man who had a new lease on life! 

Bill attends a clinic where a while back he was delivered the news that he carries the gene that makes him susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.  He understood what this meant as he had watched family members progress through the disease.  This brought about an initial bout of depression but he courageously picked himself up and decided to make the most of what he had.

Please don’t let your genetics to get in the way of your perception of your health.  If you feed your cells with good food, a healthy attitude and do regular exercise, you’re a long way down the track of living well.  A good read on this topic is “The Biology of Belief” by Dr Bruce Lipton – the Cell Biologist that really put Epigenetics out there.  Epigenetics means “above the genes”.  He does a fabulous presentation on this subject on You Tube as well if you find that easier than reading.

Anti-inflammatory drink

1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric

1 heaped teaspoon of coconut oil (the oil that goes solid in cool temperature)

Make a paste of the above ingredients.

Add a couple of “twists” from dispenser of black pepper to paste

¾ cup of hot water

Add ½ a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of honey (ensure it is a quality honey – our local SW unprocessed honey has healing properties)

Hold your nose and drink!  (This was Bill’s advice!)


This is how the recipe was handed to me but there are points to note:

Go for quality ingredients –

  1. Cocoa powder could be substituted with organic cacao from health food shop
  2. Not all honeys are equal! Avoid honey sold at the supermarkets, pay the extra and get honey that will serve you well.  In the SW of Australia we have fabulous suppliers of unprocessed honey from bees in our forests.


I feel so blessed when I come into contact with amazing people and their stories. 

Below is information about each of the active ingredients in the drink – I’ve sourced these off the internet but please do your own research and take control of your own health.  Be aware that you may have an intolerance or allergy to one or more of the ingredients so take responsibility and make healthy substitutes that suit you.

Properties of the ingredients:

Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (improves brain function), contributes to assisting with lowering risk to heart disease, assists with preventing cancer, assists with arthritis, benefits those with depression. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-662/turmeric

Coconut Oil – Raise HDL levels, contain medium chain triglycerides, a quick source of energy, convert easily to ketones that benefit the brain, increase fat burning, has an anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal effects.  There are gut side effects so watch your dosages and make changes that suit your body’s response. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#section9

Black Pepper – Bill told me that he was told that black pepper helps the body to absorb the turmeric.  Other sources advise it’s great for providing manganese, Vit K, Iron and fibre.  It is also an antioxidant, discourages intestinal gas from forming, helps breakdown of fat cells.  Increases the body’s ability to absorb a multiple of nutrients.  https://foodfacts.mercola.com/black-pepper.html

Cacao – an anti-oxidant, it contains protein, and a multitude of nutrients and essential fatty acids.  It contains phytochemicals that can lower LDL cholesterol, improve heart function and reduce cancer risk.  https://foodfacts.mercola.com/cacao.html

Honey – a blend of sugar and multiple nutrients, amino acids.  It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties as long as it is unprocessed honey.  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/20/health-benefits-honey.aspx

Water – it’s also my policy to look at the quality of the water you drink and the additives that contribute to your daily intake and therefore health.  Loads to research there!!

Memory Loss and its Recovery!

My latest research has taken me in the direction of Alzheimer’s, dementia and brain health from the mainstream perspective. This is because my nursing work has a restorative focus usually involving older patients with cognitive issues and other health issues generally related to aging.  Even if the aging patient has no cognitive issues then their health issue almost always has a neurological deficit eg Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease or immobility from another cause.

I watched the “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” series that explained the importance of lifestyle changes to reduce the inflammation in your gut and therefore your brain (think microbiome).

The presenters are all experts in their own fields of either delivering health care as physicians or research scientists developing treatment models.

One common message was the necessity of being aware of foods that feed and foods that destroy brain cells – but the good news is healthy changes do bring about improvements.

Exercise is imperative – both cardiovascular and strength (think what you can do around the house and garden if you’re not into gyms!)

Sleep – sleep – sleep! If you are not waking feeling rested, have difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, or need medications for sleep, then take action now! There are multiple cycles that make up our sleep patterns and these are necessary for rest and restoration of our physical body but also the REM sleep is required for transferring short term memory into long term memory.

There are so many different ways you can help your brain function. Not surprisingly, I can tell you that kinesiology can play a significant role towards brain health and integration. There are many authors writing valuable information regarding lifestyle and brain health.

Listening to this series offers only optimism for health improvement.  Although these presenters are focusing on Alzheimer’s and memory loss, the information shared is completely on track for how my son’s profound dyslexia (diagnosed as a 6 year old at the Neuroscience Unit in Perth) was reversed after being on a nutritional and kinesiology program in 3 weeks – close to his 7th birthday!  I could not convince his Year 2 teacher of what he couldn’t do in Year 1 as we started the program in the holidays – and his Year 1 teacher had left the town we were living in!  At the end of Year 1 he had around 30 of the expected 100 sight words – yet he was reading individual letters and numbers as a 2 year old.  He now has a tertiary English qualification as a Professional Screen Writer.

Feel free to contact me if you want help with finding good books to read on this topic or presentations to watch. Happy to help!

Methylation and what it means to you

For those interested in the way things work!
A couple of weekends ago I was reminded that I really wanted to look at the Methylation Cycle in its relation to chronic health conditions like auto-immunity, thyroid issues, mental health issues, cancer and the list goes on. It is where toxins, infections (bacterial, viral and fungal), heavy metal toxicity etc fits in with health outcomes.
I’d been taught aspects of the cycle particularly in my kinesiology studies courtesy of Dr Igor Tabrizian’s “Visual Textbook of Nutritional Medicine” but hadn’t got to the point of joining the dots until now.  I don’t remember being taught much more than the Kreb’s Cycle in nursing but then maybe they didn’t know the extent of it back in the 80s or maybe I blocked it all back then!

If you’re interested in biochemistry there are some fabulous lectures available on YouTube (I started with the 4 part series called “Methylation Made Easy” and progressed from there!) and some great images of the Methylation Cycle map in Google images to help complete your understanding.

The main point is – stomach acid must be at pH 2-3 (Guyton) and from then on the right balance of proteins, vitamins and minerals in the diet and presence of necessary enzymes needed to cause the chain reactions required for good health.

So when you are told that it doesn’t matter what you eat – the Methylation Cycle tells differently!

Things that can alter your stomach acid pH outside the pH 2 – 3 range:

  • poor dietary choices
    • (high starch carbs like wheat based foods, excess potatoes, rice etc)
    • carbonated drinks – particularly those high in sugar (watch “That Sugar Movie” to see just how much sugar is in some drinks that you may not be aware of)
  • stress
  • medications – particularly those that are designed to bring comfort from reflux and heart burn.

When you are told that supplements “… make expensive wee”.  It is really very important to make sure you are only supplementing under the advice of a qualified practitioner and that you are not buying substandard supplements that can actually cause more harm than good.  An example of this is our milk (dairy and alternative versions) are supplemented with calcium – but not a calcium that is easily absorbed into our body system.  One of the reasons I make my own almond milk if I can’t get the organic version that is not “value”-added.