Infused Oils are an easy and effective introduction to the world of herbs in your own home, allowing you to start taking responsibility for your own health and that of your family. You can even use some herbs you have growing in the garden. Infused oils are most amendable to herbs which have properties that are best applied topically. Read More

Picking a credible and trustworthy natural health practitioner can be difficult

At this time in Australia we do not have mandatory registration of natural therapists such as naturopaths, herbalists and naturopathic nutritionists. Registration is voluntary.  It is a way to ensure that practitioners have adequate qualifications and are held accountable if they ever harm or abuse their power with clients. Because registration is voluntary, the titles are not protected, which means that, despite having no qualifications at all, members of the public can use any of these titles and open a practice. This is unethical and irresponsible at least, and dangerous at most, as evidenced by the recent case of a naturopath, who incidentally had no naturopathic qualifications, giving advice that caused a significant weight loss in a small child. At present, there has to be significant harm done to a member of the public and the police involved before any great consequence is realised. Read More

New research presented at the European League Against Rheumatism has alarming consequences for fertility. Women with mild musculoskeletal pain were treated with three different non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for 10 days and then tested for ovulation. Compared to a 100% ovulation rate in the control group only 6.3% to 27.3% of the test group ovulated depending on the test drug with the drug diclofenac having the lowest rate (6.3%) and etoricoxib having the highest with just over one quarter of subjects ovulating. One of the drugs tested (naproxen) is a commonly used drug for period pain. It begs the questions how many women out there are tearing their hair out trying to fall pregnant whilst unwittingly taking these drugs and does it extend to all NSAIDS which includes over the counter medications containing ibuprofen. NSAIDS have been typically linked to erosion of the gastric lining but here we have another side effect with devastating consequences.

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