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What lies beneath, the silence you don’t see

What lies beneath, the silence you don’t see

The more patients I see, the more chronic the picture seems to be getting in this busy and stressful world. What lies beneath, the silence you don’t see of the leaky gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, environmental toxins, stress from family life, are influencing health in profound ways. The issues are multi-factorial and are compounded by your genetic profile and how you live your life.

My role as a clinician, is to find the underlying reasons why you are not healthy, and what you need to do to change this. Sometimes the job can be overwhelming, which is why the approach needs to be slow and steady, step-by-step.  As a Naturopath I often comment to my patients if your disease state is manifesting now, imagine how long it has taken to build (festering) in your body! My rule of thumb (and really there is no rule of thumb because we are all unique), for every year you have had your condition, allow one month of dedicated healing to change it. This appears daunting at first however my aim is to show you that it can take time, patience and dedication to your health, to get you back on track.

3 things that make your life easy now!

  • Focus on the now, one thing at a time, that is all you need to do
  • Chunk your health condition or issues into smaller bite size pieces – a bit like a puzzle. Each part of the puzzle has a aspect or clue as to what you need to change
  • Don’t listen to your negative self-talk. I’m not sure if you are aware, you are not your inner self dialogue. You are much more than that. Often this inner talk is negative and stops you in your tracks.


Each day in every way, I am getting stronger and stronger

Maybe this is your positive mantra or personalise it and make one of your own. This keeps you motivated and moving toward better health in your life. There will be times that you go off track, life’s cycles, ups and downs. That is part of life. And most of all be kind to yourself.

Ask yourself: What dedicated practice do I need to embrace to daily to create what I want in my life? Choose one thing at a time and it slowly and grdaully. Slow and steady wins the race.  Do you need more help in getting the results you need? What is holding me back from taking better care of me? And, who would be the best person to help you through? Seeking help from a professional to work and find out your best approaches and resources to create a newer, happier you are super important to you.

The reasons why a clinician tests…what lies beneath

So often after many questions asked, delving deeply into conditions, finding out what lies beneath, compiling research I still ask patients to complete testing with me. We call this functional testing. Why? Finding valid approaches too complex, multifactorial cases is useful, saves time in the long run and provides a direction that can be useful to gain health.

Recently with a client we conducted Heavy Mineral Testing Analysis. Why? You may ask. She was overweight (which concerned her) and part the investigation showed perhaps heavy metals being a culprit. To our surprise the heavy metals were not the culprit, the balance of major minerals was. She had an imbalance of calcium to magnesium, always supplementing with magnesium, and had many minerals out of balance.

Suffering in silence with mood swings, not herself and lacking motivation, I recently conducted a Urine Hormone Analysis with a client that showed adrenal fatigue and lowered sex hormones. An extremely valid test for a woman who was tired, lacking motivation and finding it difficult to feel energetic and vital.

Biocompatibility Hair Testing is another test that I use. It always surprises me the foods that come up as being the culprits that will therefore be placing the immune system on red alert and leading to inflammation, skin conditions, possible weight and energy issues (to name a few). If you have autoimmunity it is highly recommended. The common ones  – wheat, dairy, soy, nuts and shellfish usually appear however there are also obscure foods that are unique to you that can be predisposing you to health issues such as leaky gut, SIBO and immune dysregulation.

OATS – organic acid testing provides valuable insights to evaluate four critical areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function, cellular and mitochondrial energy production, neurotransmitter processing, and amino acid/organic acid balance as influenced by vitamin/mineral cofactors. Results can be used to address chronic systemic complaints ranging from chronic fatigue and mood disorders to headache, muscular/joint pain, and digestive problems.  A simple urine test can provide much information about your general internal state of affairs.

MTHFR and genetic testing can be as easy as you would like it to be and as complex. Getting a full genetic profile testing is not for everyone. Some people just don’t want to know what the potential health hazards can be. Let’s put this into perspective. It is genetic potential – that which you are predisposed to, not necessarily going to get! Many clients are happy to stick with MTHFR which can provide some understanding as to why you feel lethargic, cardiovascular dissease risk and slowing of repair mechanisms or detoxification in the body.  For more information ask Karen on 0400836254.

Don’t suffer in silence make changes today! The tests that are available today are numerous and too many to mention here. If you would like something explored further there is probably a test that can help however I only recommend testing when I completely believe it will assist the client.

Seek professional help today from an experienced naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist Karen Green from Gaining Health Naturally

Gaining Health Naturally Naturopathy Brisbane, Sunshine Coast Qld

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