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Is SIBO causing you gut problems?

If you think you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), there could be an explanation for your gut issues - a little known condition called SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. 


Conquer the flu - why you feel so bad and what to do

So you’re coughing and sniffling, you have a high temperature and your body aches. You’ve got the flu - now what? Modern medicine has told us to take whatever you can to suppress your symptoms and get on with it, but Naturopaths have quite the opposite view of the best way to speed up your recovery and feel better. 


Peter Presents - Part 4

I’m so excited to be sharing with you tips on how to stay fit, sane and healthy with some more great businesses and friends of mine. Community and good health come hand in hand, so I’m looking forward to shining a light on some fantastic people in our loop. Enjoy!


Is anxiety getting the best of you?

Feeling anxious every now and then is a normal response to modern life. But for some people, their anxiety is like a little monster living inside, who stirs up uncomfortable feelings when they are with faced simple everyday situations. 


Healthy Swaps for Kids

Changing your child’s diet can seem daunting and confusing. In addition to this, typical ‘kid’s foods’ can be packaged and marketed in very misleading ways. Here, I will go though some of these foods, explaining why they might not be the healthiest choices for your child, and providing you with some healthier options that are sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.


Peter Presents - Part 3

Last week I got to talk to some great business owners last week who had some really great tips to share with you.


Peter Presents - 2

I have been catching up with some more of my friends and local businesses, check out the videos below!


Peter Presents

Now more than ever we need to come together as a community, to support each other and support our local businesses that are still operating. I think health is now being brought to our attention as our most important asset and is something we can all achieve together. Over these last couple of weeks I have started something call ‘Peter Presents’ where I’m talking to some of my patients, friends and local businesses about any tips they have to stay fit, sane and healthy through these uncertain times. Community is what I am most passionate about and staying together is what I think our secret weapon will be to survive this isolation and come out of it fitter, healthier and more prepared than before. Below are the interviews I’ve done lately. I hope you find some great tips in them

Yours in health,


Self-Isolation survival tips for your mental and emotional wellbeing

While this is a strange time of uncertainty, stress and fear, and you don’t have much control over what is happening in the outside world, you have the power to control your inner world.


Natural Remedies for Psoriasis

It’s itchy, chronic and debilitating — but what natural relief is there for psoriasis sufferers? 


3 essential nutrients for healthy kids

We all want the best for our kids. But when it comes to feeding them nutritious and healthy food which helps them grow and develop, it can feel like a bit of a minefield!


Essential nutrients for a healthy thyroid

As a Naturopath, I see a lot of people struggling with thyroid problems, even after they make the decision to go on thyroid medication.


Are You a First-Time Naturopath Visitor? -Hunter Hunter article

" If you’re planning on visiting a Naturopath for the first time, there’s absolutely nothing to be nervous about. To calm those nerves, here are my top ten takeaway tips for those first visiting."


Health benefits of Kombucha + how to brew your own

You might know it as the fizzy, slightly sour-tasting drink that’s taken off in popularity — but how much do you know about kombucha? Let’s explore what it is, the benefits of kombucha and whether kombucha is all it’s cracked up to be. 


Forget resolutions, set goals this new year

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?


Why our weight loss program is different

At this time of year, I guarantee you’re being inundated with advertisements telling you how to ‘Lose Weight Fast’ and ‘Get In Shape’.


Christmas Survival Guide

Christmas holidays can be the best time of the year, where you get to relax and spend time with your family. It can also be the most stressful time of the year, when keeping everyone happy can mean forgetting your own needs!


Christmas Gift Ideas

We've put together a list of our favourite gifts to help you find just the thing for the ones you love. Avoid the busy shopping centres and pop into our centre located at 16 Murray St, Hamilton to browse our great range of natural goodies for friends, family, colleagues and even teachers! We will even give you a cup of herbal tea to sip on while you shop!



Stress is a symptom of modern life… but too much is no good for you. Today I’ll share my top 3 herbs for managing stress naturally… and some simple changes you can make to your lifestyle to help control your stress levels. 


Iridology — what do your eyes say about you?

They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but how much do your eyes say about your health? Quite a lot, actually.


How to make a healthy baby

Naturopaths consider pre-conception care to be the ultimate form of preventative medicine. It’s all about making sure you and your partner have the best possible health before attempting to pass your genes on to the next generation.


3 things you can do to keep your gut happy

Naturopaths have known the gut is the key to health for years, but recently modern medicine has caught on to the power of the gut microbiome. 


19 natural ways to get relief from Eczema

If you suffer from eczema, you’re not alone. While this condition affects about 1 million Australians, there is a lot you can do to treat it… Today I’ll share with you 19 natural ways to get relief from Eczema.  


Natural Support for Breast Cancer

If you think traditional breast cancer treatment and natural therapies don’t mix - think again. Natural therapies can be a vital tool to help support patients preparing for treatment, during and after treatment with proven benefits.  


My top 3 herbs for anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In any one year, around 2 million Australian adults will have anxiety. 


Battling brain fog — the hidden symptom of menopause

Have you had a great idea, only for it to disappear into thin air? Welcome to menopause! Brain fog is just one of the many wonderful symptoms that women experience as they go through ‘the change’.


My Top 3 Herbs For Insomnia

Can't get to sleep? Waking up often, or too early?


Coffee: friend or foe?

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. On average, Australians drink 9.5 cups of coffee every week. 


The Herb Bar - The first of its kind in the Hunter Region

Our new Herb Bar is now open and ready for you to come in and help you with all your Naturopathic needs. The wonderful team from Hunter Hunter have written the below article about the Herb Bar and what it is all about. 


5 most common food intolerances

If you’ve ever been to see a Naturopath, chances are they’ve told you to cut out certain foods. Trust me, we don’t do it for fun! There’s a very good reason why — these foods are some of the biggest culprits for intolerances.


Periods shouldn’t be painful –– it’s a sign you may have endometriosis

Crippling pain and excessive bleeding during your period aren’t normal, but many women believe these symptoms are just part of being a woman. 


Fighting Chronic Fatigue Naturally

There are many roads that lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and each person takes a different path. Unfortunately, CFS has become an ‘endpoint’ that you may arrive at after eliminating other conditions, with little light shed on how you actually got there.


9 signs you have a leaky gut and what to do about it

You may have heard the term ‘leaky gut’ — it’s a condition that has been getting more attention in the medical world recently. But Naturopaths have long known that the gut is the key to unlocking your best health. 


Why your microbiome is the key to good health

It turns out the key to weight loss, immunity and a healthier life has been living right under our noses, literally — your gut microbiome. Now there’s a simple way to harness the power of your gut microbiome for good. 


The Power of Herbs + My top 5 herbal medicines

As Naturopaths, we have many tools in our tool kits to achieve the best health outcomes for our patients. Herbal medicines are one of my favourites — harnessing the power of plants to treat disease and enhance your overall wellbeing. 


How to Beat the Mid-Year Blues

It’s cooler, it’s darker and sometimes you wonder if you’ll ever get a chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. This time of year can really get you down — leaving you feeling tired, sapped of energy and even low in mood. Today I want to share with you some simple tips for beating the mid-year blues… 


Understanding Autoimmunity

Your immune system is meant to protect you from bacteria and viruses, but what happens when it goes too far? 


Essential Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Our skin is our largest organ and what we put into our bodies directly effects the quality and appearance of our skin. Some foods in particular can leave our skin looking dull, dry and contribute to skin conditions such as acne or eczema. This is why eating a balanced, wholefoods diet is essential for overall healthy skin.


Turmeric — your secret ingredient to better health

It’s the golden powder found in delicious curries and, more recently, lattes. Turmeric may be having its time in the sun right now but it has long been a tool used in natural medicine — particularly when it comes to chronic inflammation.  


Healthy hormones — 5 ways to balance your hormones naturally

Hormones — we either rarely talk about them or we blame them for everything! But have you ever stopped and tried to understand your hormones and the crucial role they play in mental, physical and emotional health? Well, today’s your lucky day.


Natural remedies for PCOS treatment

When I first started practicing Naturopathy 25 years ago, I rarely saw a patient with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Today, it's estimated that 10 to 20% of women have PCOS – that’s up to one in five women. Yet, it's so rarely talked about and almost 70% of women go undiagnosed.  


10 Signs you might have Hyperthyroidism

Have you unexpectedly lost weight? Do you have a rapid heartbeat? Do you struggle with anxiety, irritability and heat sensitivity? If you answered yes to these questions, there’s a chance you could be suffering from an overactive thyroid, or Hyperthyroidism.


The Adrenal - Thyroid Link

Are you exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep? Are you struggling to lose weight? Do you find it difficult to concentrate, or feel cold all the time?


Dealing with hot flushes naturally

The dreaded ‘hot flush’ or ‘hot flash’  is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, with half of all perimenopausal women and more than three-quarters of postmenopausal women experiencing them.


Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins

Every day, we’re exposed to a huge range of environmental toxins as we go about our lives — whether that’s at home, work or out and about.


The battle of kids and screen time — how much is too much?

It's the battle that every parent now has to face, and it's only getting more and more difficult — managing kids' screen time.


6 ways to lower your weight set point — lose weight and keep it off

Have you ever lost weight, only to gain it all back again plus more? Weight loss and management is complex and can be extremely frustrating, but there is a way to lose weight and keep it off.


Feeling tired? It could be an underactive thyroid…

If you’re constantly exhausted even after a good night’s sleep, you’re struggling with weight gain and you’re having difficulty concentrating — there’s a chance you could have an undiagnosed thyroid condition called Hypothyroidism.


Is SIBO causing you gut problems?

If you think you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), there could be an explanation for your gut issues - a little known condition called SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.


Australia no longer supports Natural Therapies

It’s a disappointing week to be an Australian who benefits from natural therapies — as I know you all do. From 1 April 2019, the Australian Government will no longer support a range of natural therapies — including Naturopathy — through private health insurance subsidies.


Is your child suffering from Pyrrole Disorder?

Is your child struggling at school? Do they have difficulty concentrating? Does your child find it difficult to cope with stress? Do they experience emotional mood swings?


7 Tips to treat menopause naturally

Menopause doesn’t have to mean mood swings, hot flushes, weight gain, low libido and feeling drained. It also doesn’t have to lead to hormone replacement therapy.


7 factors contributing to acne and how to beat it

Acne is extremely common and can affect anyone of any age. While there are no serious risk factors associated with acne, the psychological and emotional toll it can take can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health and quality of life.


Set Your Kids Up to Thrive

Can you believe we’re already a month into the new school year? This week, I had a six-year-old come to see me and even he was commenting about how fast this year is going!


Is Anxiety getting the best of you

Do you avoid social gatherings with strangers? Do you find it difficult to be assertive or hate confrontation? Do you worry a lot? 


7 signs you may be chronically dehydrated without realising

There’s no escaping it — it’s hot! The extreme heat we’ve been experiencing in Australia lately means it’s more important than ever to pay attention to your hydration.


Hunter Hunter Article - A Visit to the Naturopath

We had the pleasure of having the team from Hunter Hunter come to the clinic to find out about what a visit to the Naturopath entails - Here is their article 


The Best Exercise for Weight Loss

First up, let’s be real. While exercise is great for your health and your body, there is one thing that trumps it, and that’s food. What you choose to fuel your body with is even more important than your exercise routine when it comes to weight loss. That doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel, though. It just means that it’s crucial that you make sure your food choices aren’t undoing all your hard work.


Love Your Liver

Today I want to share with you why your liver is so important and some simple tips on how to care for your liver every day.


Could your gut bugs be the secret to weight loss?

If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight and the number on the scales keeps creeping up, you’re not alone. In fact, almost two-thirds of Australians are overweight or obese.


Stay Healthy This Christmas

The Return of the Silly Season


4 foods for better thyroid health and 1 to avoid

The thyroid is one of the most important glands in our body - it secretes hormones that control weight management, energy production and even sleep - yet most people don’t even know where to find it, let alone how to support its function.


16 ways to boost your fertility naturally

Conceiving doesn’t have to be hit and miss. If you’re trying to conceive and you need a little help, there are so many ways to boost your fertility naturally.


Are you drinking the right water?

Drinking enough water is an important part of keeping healthy. But how much thought do you give to where your water comes from and what it contains?


Is your gut weighing you down?

While exercise, a healthy diet and adequate sleep are all important for maintaining a healthy weight, evidence now shows your gut bacteria could be just as important.


A guide to managing Hayfever naturally

If the thought of lying on the grass on a sunny day brings tears to your eyes and an itch to your throat, you’re not alone.


My Day on a plate- Peter Mullen

Have you ever wanted to take a peek at what a Naturopath really eats? Over the next few weeks, we’ll let you in on what our Naturopaths eat to fuel their bodies and share with you their favourite recipes so that you can try it for yourself!


10 ways to reduce your toxic load

It’s in the cleaner you used to wipe the bench, the perfume you sprayed on before heading out, and even on the apple you’re having for a healthy morning snack.


Natural Therapies for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia and the third most common cause of cancer death. Yet men still seem to have trouble talking about it.


Do you need more Magnesium?

Balance - we all want it, but it’s hard to achieve when you’re trying to juggle family, work, home, friends, health and all the other things you said ‘yes’ to!


Why Dairy isn't your friend

Dairy is one of those food groups we grow up eating without questioning. But as a Naturopath, it’s one of the first things I recommend my patients eliminate from their diets. You might love dairy, but it doesn’t love you back!  


The Case for going Gluten Free

About one in seven Australians now report a sensitivity to eating wheat. That’s almost 3.4 million people who are potentially experiencing a whole range of symptoms, from bloating and IBS to brain fog, joint and muscle pain.


Truth behind natural flavours

If you see the words ‘natural flavours’ on a label, you might be led to think you’re making a healthier food choice. But is there really a difference between natural and artificial food flavourings? Well, the answer is yes and no.


Is Stress wiping you out?

Stress. A little of it is healthy - it challenges you and makes you stronger. But too much stress, without adequate recovery, can substantially affect your energy levels, to the point where you become fatigued. And if you fail to do something about it, this feeling of being tired and stressed may become your new ‘normal’ day to day experience.


A Beginners Guide to Intermittent Fasting

Fasting may be the latest fad, with the 16:8 diet taking over lunchroom talk, but religions have long maintained that fasting is good for the soul. However, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that doctors recognised the health benefits, when they began recommending it to treat various disorders like diabetes, obesity and epilepsy.


Fasting to improve gut health

Naturopaths have been touting the benefits of good gut health for years, but it’s only recently that modern medicine has started to catch on to role that gut health plays in your overall health. While there are many things you can do to create healthier gut bacteria, there is one simple tip to achieve better gut health right away - fasting.



Stress – it’s a symptom of modern life, but how well do you cope with the stresses you face daily?


How to tell if you have a food intolerance

Ever feel bloated or a bit sick after a meal?


7 reasons why we love Zinc! Are you getting enough?

It helps with everything from your immune system, to cell growth, wound healing, and even your smell and taste. Zinc plays a hugely important role in the human body, but around 1 in 10 people are deficient.


A Natural Guide to Treating your Adrenal Fatigue

How stressful would you rate a normal day for you? If you’re the kind of person who is always go-go-go and struggles to turn off the ‘stress switch’ you may be on the road to adrenal fatigue.


Tired of feeling tired? It could be your iron…

If you’re always feeling exhausted and rundown, there could be an easy explanation: iron.


Are you inflamed?

It’s usually pretty easy to tell if you are experiencing acute inflammation. If you get a cut or a scrape, the affected area turns red, puffy and hot as your immune system rushes to assess the injury and fight any pathogen that might have entered your body.


Why your Thyroid test is wrong

It’s entirely possible that you have been tested for thyroid function by your GP and told that your thyroid is functioning well, when it is not.


Understanding Anxiety: More than a feeling

Twenty years ago, if you went to the doctor and said you were feeling ‘stressed’, you would have been turned away and told ‘There’s no such thing’.


Probiotics - the wonder bugs!

You know you’re meant to take a probiotic to balance out the effects of antibiotics, but new research has found that probiotics are not just good for your gut!


How much protein is enough?

We all know that a healthy diet includes a balance of good-quality protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates (in moderation), but do you know how much protein is enough?


Protect your family from cold and flus this winter

Whether you like it or not, winter is coming, and with the cold comes the annual bout of winter sickness. Every winter when you get sick, you tell yourself to be more prepared next year.


Lee Holmes Supercharged

Meet nutritionist and bestselling author Lee Holmes when she stops in Newcastle on Tuesday 22 May as part of her national tour for her new book Supercharge Your Gut. You’ll learn how to eat your way to better gut health, increased energy and happier moods in just two days a week.

This follow-up to Lee Holmes' bestselling Heal Your Gut provides an in-depth survey of our most influential body part, based around a two-day-a-week gut maintenance plan and over 100 gut-loving recipes.

The research is in and the facts are undeniable: the gut has an immense influence over our health - directly impacting immunity, weight, sleep, mood and overall wellbeing. Yet many of us race through life ignoring this incredible ecosystem, until something wakes us up.


5 Ways Meditation Improves Your Health

Meditation - it seems like a good idea, sitting still and focusing your mind. But how many times have you said, “I don’t have time to meditate” or “I’m not very good at it”?


The Beauty of Healthy Ageing

In the age of botox, face lifts and plastic surgery, there’s something to be said for aging naturally. But while many think of aging gracefully as the act of ‘letting go’, it actually does require commitment - to yourself.


Are you getting enough sleep?

You should spend about a third of your life doing it… but are you getting enough sleep?


The food pyramid you should be following

Most Australians are quite familiar with the Healthy Eating Pyramid. It was first developed by Nutrition Australia in 1980 to introduce the population to the concepts of nutrition, using labels like ‘eat more’ and ‘eat less’.


Step away from the perfume! Why your scent is causing you harm

It’s one of the first things many people do before walking out the door each day, but have you ever given any thought as to whether your perfume or cologne is actually good for you?


How food could be making your child sick

Does your child suffer from eczema, asthma or reoccurring ear infections?


What's causing our kids' anxiety?

One of the more disturbing changes I’ve noticed while treating children over the past decade is the number of kids, sometimes as young six, being diagnosed with anxiety.


The Four Causes of Weight Gain

You’ve probably heard the weight loss mantra a thousand times: it’s all about “calories in versus calories out”.


Healing Hashimoto’s Disease naturally

You might be familiar with Hashimoto’s thanks to Sarah Wilson, TV personality and founder of I Quit Sugar, who has battled this condition and is successfully managing it naturally.



We grow up thinking that pimples are a curse of adolescence, and that when we’re all grown up, we’ll be blessed with clear skin. But unfortunately, acne is not restricted to teenage years and these spots can continue to sprout on our faces well into adulthood. In fact, up to half of all men and women experience acne well into their 30s, while some suffer for years more.

There are many different causes of acne, and as Naturopaths, we look at the location of the pimple to determine the root problem and formulate a successful treatment.

What’s the difference between pimples and acne?
Acne is a long-term skin disease that is associated with excess sebum production. It occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil, and can result in blackheads or whiteheads, cysts, papules, pustules, pimples and scars. It mainly affects the face, upper chest and back - where you have the highest number of oil glands.

It’s important to remember that while acne is a physical condition, it can have serious psychological effects, including anxiety, reduced self-esteem and even depression.

Pimples are a symptom of the disease, and can often be hormone related depending on where they occur. Ie. Jawline is related to hormones and lymphatic system, while pimples on the forehead relate to stress and excess oil production.

Why medication is not the answer
If you go to the doctor suffering with acne, you’ll probably end up with an antibiotic cream or tablets, the contraceptive pill, or for more severe forms of acne, Roaccutane.

The problem with topical treatments is that they merely treat the symptoms, not the cause, while medications often result in drastic side effects - from mood changes and depression, to liver damage and inflammatory bowel disease.

Natural therapies for treating acne
The good news is there is actually quite a lot you can do to combat acne, but the best method will depend on the type of acne you have. It’s always best to see your Naturopath so that they can guide you as to the best solution for you.

There are a few things you can do right now to reduce your acne:


Easy Tips to Help You Lose Weight

Sometimes it can be hard to muddle through all the information out there about losing weight.


10 tips for a happy & healthy holiday

Christmas holidays… on the one hand it can be the best time of the year where you get to relax and spend time with your family. On the other hand, organising food, entertaining guests and keeping everyone happy can be quite stressful at times, and your own needs can get lost in the mayhem!


Why you really should be taking a multivitamin

One of the most common questions I get asked as a Naturopath is, “What’s the point of taking a multivitamin if I eat a well balanced diet?” To which I answer, “What does a ‘well balanced’ diet mean to you?”



Do you regularly experience common digestive complaints? Things like IBS, heartburn, reflux, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, food intolerances or allergies? Maybe you have celiac disease or even more serious bowel issues like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?


Why the health star rating has to go

Have you ever tried using the Health Star Rating System? It’s meant to make your supermarket experience easier, so that you can decide which foods are healthier to feed your family.


4 Gluten Free Bread Alternatives

It may seem like a fad to some, but there’s a good reason why people are going gluten-free.


Prepare yourself for pregnancy, naturally

Most people don't realise that a healthy pregnancy actually starts well before conception. It takes four months for all of our cells to regenerate, meaning that any healthy change you make will take this long to have an effect on a cellular level.


What is a Naturopath?

A Naturopath is a holistic health coach - someone who will help you, guide you, teach you and support you in all areas of your health and wellbeing.


5 Milk Alternatives to try

As a Naturopath, milk is one of the first things I recommend my patients cut out of their diets. While we’re taught that milk is a good source of calcium, it also happens to contain the common intolerance lactose and proteins that may also trigger immune responses such as eczema or asthma. You can read more about my thoughts on milk on our Is Milk For You? blog.


How to Eat - Practicing 'Foodfullness'

Do you know someone who eats standing on two feet? This is just one of the many eating crimes that many of us commit every day, so I thought it might be time to post my definitive guide to eating.


Why juicing is your secret health weapon

We’re coming up to my favourite part of the Healthy Habits Challenge – our 3-Day Juice Cleanse!


Get Ready! Healthy Habits is almost here

Can you believe it’s just 4 DAYS until the start of our free Healthy Habits Challenge?


The Healthy Habits Challenge is coming!

If you’re feeling sluggish and tired, if you’ve put on a few extra kilos over winter, if you’ve slipped back into bad habits - this is for you.


5 reasons to drink more green tea

We all know green tea is good for us, but there’s so much more to this cuppa than meets the eye.


Organic, free range, barn laid and conventional – where to find a good egg

How many times have you stood in the supermarket, staring at the shelf full of eggs, trying to work out which brand is best?


Antipodes- Detox Your Skincare

They say ‘beauty is only skin deep’, but what goes on your skin goes a lot further than you might think.


10 Reasons you have brain fog

Do you struggle to think clearly? Ever feel fuzzy and heavy in the head?


Natural approaches to diabetes and insulin resistance

Most people have heard of insulin, but few know what it means to be insulin resistant.


The difference between a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist

What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Nutritionist?


The Problem with Soy

Depending on who you listen to, soy is either an amazing superfood, or it’s going to increase your risk of cancer. It is that divisive. So what is the problem with soy? And should you really be eating it?


Cure those sniffles with simple tips

It’s almost winter again, and already the dreaded flu is making an appearance. If you’ve caught the flu, here are some natural ways to clear up those sniffles and help your body recover naturally.


5 Natural tips for better sleep

Be honest. When was the last time you had a really good night’s sleep?


Get to know your gut bugs

It may be unappealing to think about, but there are about 10 billion bacteria living in your gut right now and your survival depends on keeping them healthy and happy.


Why you should throw away your non-stick pan

The non-stick frying pan has been a staple in the kitchen for decades, but just how safe is it? And what should you use instead?


Why the humble ACV is great for your gut!

What if I told you one of the best ‘superfoods’ for your health is already in your pantry?


5 Dairy free ways to get Calcium

Calcium and dairy - they’re so intertwined in our minds. As a Naturopath, when I tell my clients that it is best to stop eating dairy for their health, the most common reaction I get is, “What about my calcium?”


What is a Naturopath?

A Naturopath is a holistic health coach - someone who will help you, guide you, teach you and support you in all areas of your health and wellbeing.


What will I get out of working with a Naturopath?

A Naturopath will provide you with an understanding of your current health and how your diet, lifestyle, relationships, stress and workplace has contributed to where you currently are.


What qualifications and specialisations do Naturopaths have?

Until recently, Naturopathy was not taught in mainstream institutions and was only offered as a Diploma at private colleges. Now, there are lots of options. The Bachelor of Applied Science (specialising in Naturopathy) is the ideal qualification.


What is the difference between a naturopath and a nutritionist?

A Nutritionist advises you on what to eat in order to reach a specific health goal or lead a healthy lifestyle.


What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Herbalist?

In terms of education, a Herbalist studies herbal medicine, whereas a Naturopath studies nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle medicine in addition to herbal medicine.


How is a Naturopath better compared to other health services?

Think of your Naturopath as being able to see the forest for the trees. Unlike other health services, Naturopaths look at ALL aspects of your health, taking into consideration of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.


10 Signs Your Child Has a Food Intolerance

As a parent, you often have to rely on your gut instinct when it comes to your child. So often I see parents who know that something isn’t quite right with their child’s health, but they have been turned away by doctors who say there’s nothing wrong.


Are you an emotional eater?

It starts with a scoop of ice cream, and before you know it, the whole tub is gone. For a moment it gives you satisfaction. But then comes the guilt. You ask yourself, “Where was my will power? How did that even happen?”


4 Healthy Swaps to start 2017 right

Want to start 2017 off on the right foot?



Last week I shared my excitement about a brand new feature at Mullen Health – the TGA-approved CR3000 mini pathology lab.


Find out if you are at risk of developing Diabetes

More than 2 million Australians are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, but most have absolutely no idea. Unless detected early, the first sign of Diabetes is often a serious health complication like a heart attack or vision problems. But if you know what signs and symptoms to look out for, you can turn your health around and avoid developing this serious disease altogether.


5 Meat-Free Sources Of Protein To Add To Your Diet

There are so many reasons to eat more meat-free meals: they are almost always cheaper, lower in kilojoules and better for the environment. Vegetarianism has also been associated with  lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and the risk of heart disease!


Why you need FAT in your diet

Since the 1980s we’ve been waging a war on fat - blaming it for widening waistlines, high cholesterol and increasing rates of heart disease. Instead, we opted for ‘light’ and ‘low-fat’, not realising these foods were being pumped with sugar to make up for the lack of flavour.  


Cocoa V Cacao

Until recently, you have probably never even heard of cacao. Growing up, mum would use cocoa in all her cooking – chocolate brownies and muffins, slices and rum balls all heavily featured cocoa powder.


GAPS- For Kids

As a parent, you may struggle with your child’s attention, focus, mood or behavioural issues. It can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming not know what is contributing and what might help. But what you might not realise is their gut could be to blame.


How to make Healthy Habits for life

There’s just three days left of our Healthy Habits Challenge, which means it’s the perfect time to look back at how far you’ve come and set some goals for the future.


How to cope with withdrawals

We all know you can have withdrawals from drugs and smoking, but did you know you get them from giving up sugar, caffeine and any food you’re intolerant to? Crazy, huh?


How to set health goals you’ll actually achieve

Whenever you get on a health kick or a new diet bandwagon, what kind of goal do you set yourself? Are you guilty of saying “I just want to lose weight?”


Why do our 21-Day Healthy Habits challenge

Are you feeling sluggish and tired?


How your gut controls your mood

We often talk about a ‘gut feeling’, but there’s more to that saying than you might realise.


Health issue no one talks about - constipation

It’s a topic no one wants to talk about. But constipation affects as many as one in five people over thirty, and surprisingly, I’m seeing an increasing number of young children and babies with it too!


Why sitting is the new smoking

We all know smoking is bad, but there’s another habit you have that could be doing you serious damage: sitting too much.


Reduce the risk of allergies naturally

It may surprise you to know that allergies are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia.


The difference between allergies and intolerances

If you feel like the number of children with food allergies is greater now than when you were at school, you would be right. The instances of food allergies have increased in the past 15 years. When I was at school, there was no such thing as a list of foods you couldn’t bring due to allergies, but these days every school or childcare has restrictions on certain foods like peanuts, tree nuts and eggs.


Labor’s plans to scrap Natural Therapies rebate

You might be aware that the Labor Party has announced it will cease the rebate for Natural Therapies if elected.


Meet Your Thyroid

It’s only the size of a golf ball, but its impact on your health is far-reaching. From weight issues to fatigue, anxiety to digestion, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in your overall health and wellbeing.


Four ways to wean yourself off sugar

How difficult is it to actually quit sugar? If you’ve ever tried, you’ll know it’s harder than you think.


The truth about vitamins & supplements

By now you will have heard questions are being raised about the safety of taking vitamins and dietary supplements on both the ABC’s Four Corners and the Project on Channel Ten, rehashing a story that aired in America on PBS Frontline.


Why you should be eating organic

We’re bombarded with food marketing every day — claims like ‘all natural’, 'healthy' and ‘nutritious’ are practically on every label! But there’s one claim you should be paying attention to and that's whether or not your food is organic.


10 signs your stress is worse than you thought

Do you struggle to get through the day without a coffee? How stressful would you rate a normal day for you?


Don’t let the flu get you this Winter

Did you know now is the best time to start boosting your immune system to ensure you stay as healthy as possible this cold and flu season?



Cancer has now overtaken heart disease as the number one cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organisation, there were 14.1 million cases in 2012 alone.


Lee Holmes - Supercharged Food

One of our favourite health food gurus, Lee Holmes, is coming to Newcastle to launch her book Eat Right for Your Shape in a special night for Mullen Health clients!


7 health-boosting reasons to try Fermenting!

Cultured and fermented foods have been an important part of the human diet in many cultures for centuries, but we seem to have forgotten the amazing health benefits that can be gained from this ancient tradition.


What does your poo say about you

It’s not exactly dinner conversation, but your poo actually reveals quite a lot about what’s going on inside your body. So next time you go to the toilet, be sure to take a look so you can figure out whether you’re as healthy as you think you are.


7 Worst Food Additives for Kids

There are over 300 additives approved for use in Australia, but have you ever wondered how safe they are to eat?


How our kids' health is changing for the worse



5 Signs you have an underactive thyroid

1. Fatigue - An underactive Thyroid creates very specific fatigue symptoms. Look out for:


The real secrets behind every diet that works

You’ve heard of clean eating, Paleo, the CSIRO diet, the Mediterranean Diet and hundreds of others.


5 not-so-obvious reasons you can't lose weight

One of the most common things I hear clients say is ‘I just can’t seem to lose weight’. It’s something almost all of us struggle with, and there are a myriad of reasons – both physical and psychological – why you shake the weight.


Are you wasting your money?

Are you wasting your money on supermarket vitamins?


Organic Blueberries

Bobs Farm Berries is principally a blueberry farm, growing southern highbush and rabbiteye varieties.   


Why constantly stressing is doing your body damage

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes – from constantly worrying about the little things, to injury and disease, to dealing with work and relationship problems.


A Guide to our 3-Day Juice Cleanse

We’re coming up to my favourite part of the 21-Day Reset – our 3-Day Juice Cleanse!


What to expect when Detoxing

You know that you get withdrawal symptoms from drugs and smoking, but did you know you get them from coming off sugar, caffeine and any food intolerances?


21 Day Reset 2015

This program has been designed by our Naturopaths to help you reset your body and give you the tools to create healthy habits for long-term wellness.


Reach your goals on our 21-Day Reset

In just a few short days, the new Mullen Health 21-Day Reset program will be kicking off!


How our 21-Day Reset can help you

We’re so excited to introduce you to our brand new 21-Day Reset program – a diet and lifestyle guide designed to help bring your body and mind back into balance! And the great news is that it’s free!



I grew up without a microwave in the 1960s. Shocking, I know. How on earth did my mother cook for a family of six? Vegetables were boiled, meat was grilled or baked and food was fresh. 


5 Natural Remedies for Asthma

Over 2 million Australians have asthma – meaning 1 in 10 people in this country suffer from this respiratory condition. But did you know that many asthma symptoms can be managed naturally?


Natural Remedies for Eczema

Many people believe Eczema is purely a skin condition, but the problem is more than skin-deep.


12 foods our Naturopaths won’t eat

We all know the sorts of foods we should be eating – fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.


Supporting Cancer Treatment Naturally

Supporting Cancer Treatment with Natural Therapies


Why All Fish Oils Aren’t Equal

You might be surprised to know that ‘oils ain’t oils’ when it comes to fish oil.


How to treat IBS without drugs

It’s common to think that if you suffer from IBS, the only way to fix your gut and feel normal again is to take medication. But medication doesn’t actually fix the real cause of IBS – it merely masks the symptoms.



They’re debilitating, painful and one of the most common conditions in the world.


Are genes making you fat? Here’s what you can do

Many of us know of someone who has made a change to their lifestyle, usually through diet and exercise, and achieved incredible results. At the same time, another person will have made the same changes but will not have achieved the same outcome.


Avoid the ‘One Size Fits All’ approach to your health

Why you should avoid the ‘One Size Fits All’ approach to your health


Find it hard to shop organic? Try this

If you’ve ever tried to buy organic ingredients or healthy cooking alternatives you’ll know what a struggle it can be to not only find what you’re after, but to find it at a decent price. 
You wander from aisle to aisle, shop to shop, in search of that one elusive ingredient. By the time you finally find what you’re after, you’ve wasted half an hour and ended up paying an arm and a leg.
If you live in the Hunter, there is an alternative – The Healthful Pantry. It’s a local bulk food buying group that sources organic and natural foods to save members time and money. The products are less than retail stores due to the power of buying the goods in bulk - they pass the savings on to you directly. 
If you live elsewhere, The Healthful Pantry can deliver your order to you at home or work - the immense savings you will enjoy in their prices are well worth the cost of delivery.
We spoke to one of the organisers Sonia van Huisstede about how The Healthful Pantry works and what benefits it offers its members.
What is Healthful Pantry?
The Healthful Pantry helps people in Newcastle to purchase organic wholefoods and natural products at affordable prices though becoming members of a co-operative. We are not a shop-front but work from a warehouse in Warners Bay.
How does it work?
All goods are offered first and then brought in on a pre-sold basis, which means we only order what we need and generally goods are not kept on shelves. This keeps goods fresh as they are straight from the wholesalers. We are now ordering every 4 weeks - this ensures you have a regular and reliable service of wonderful organic whole foods & natural home and personal care products picked and packed for you to collect or for delivery to you.

What was the genesis of the Healthful Pantry?
It all started 5 years ago when a few families from Newcastle decided to source organic and natural food products in bulk from one organic supplier and divide it amongst themselves.This not only saved money but provided much fresher organic and natural food, plus they enjoyed the experience of working together. I became a part of The Healthful Pantry in the very early days and took over when it outgrew my friend’s home. We have since grown significantly and now have our own warehouse in Warners Bay - 1/8 Walker Street. This has allowed us to offer many more products than ever before.

What do you love about the business?
I personally love how we help out so many families with organic and natural goodness at affordable prices and how we help bring the community together.

How can new members sign up? 
Anyone can join our members mailing list by asking via our website


Don’t let the flu get you in Winter

Did you know now is the best time to start boosting your immune system to ensure you stay as healthy as possible this cold and flu season?


It's time to go green!

It's that time of the year again - the weather is getting cooler and it's almost time to start swapping your summer smoothies for winter greens.


Is your Thyroid making you sick?

You feel like you’re going great, you’ve got life by the horns, you’re travelling along just fine… until one day, BAM. It feels like you’ve been hit by a truck. A visit to the doctor reveals you have developed an auto-immune condition.


Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

Do you struggle to put together a healthy lunch box that your kids will love?


Eat your way to a healthy weight

Many people equate losing weight with going hungry. But life-long weight management is not about starving yourself. It’s really about nourishing your body with the food it needs to achieve a healthy body weight.


Savoury Recipes for Christmas

Are you still searching for the perfect things to make on Christmas Day? Here are some healthy, gluten free and grain free recipes we love making from some of our favourite cooks and authors. Click on the links below to find the full recipe. Have fun baking. 


Sweet Recipes for Christmas

Are you looking for some new ideas on what to bake for Christmas Day or perhaps take to a celebration. Here are some healthy, gluten free and grain free, sweet style recipes we love making from some of our favourite cooks and authors. Click on the links below to find the full recipe. Have fun baking. 



Food is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to create a healthy and vibrant body, while reducing your risk of cancer.


Why menopause doesn't have to be difficult

Menopause should be a natural and simple process: Women are born with a limited number of eggs in their ovaries. When your eggs run out, your body no longer needs to produce hormones at such a high level, because who wants to have a baby when they are 50?


Find the Best at Hunter Markets



Find the Best Veges at Hunter Markets



Find the Best Fruit at Hunter Markets



Simple tips to fight stress

Do you struggle to get to sleep at night? Are you a teeth grinder? What about a nail-biter?


A NEW way to measure your health progress

I’m really excited this week about a brand new addition to the Mullen Health team… the CR3000 mini pathology lab! I know that might not sound all that exciting, but hear me out.


73% of Australian adults are deficient in . . .

The vitamin 73% of Australian adults are deficient in.


Beware of your lip balm!

This cold, windy weather has probably got you reaching for your lip balm more than usual. But have you ever thought about what you are really putting on your lips and whether it is it actually good for you?


Chocolate Chia Cake

If you’re on the hunt for a simple, yummy treat, you can’t go past Tania Hubbard’s delicious Choc-Chia Cake, recently featured on her Gluten Free Grain Free blog.


4 tips for healthier thyroid

Your thyroid affects so many aspects of your overall health, from your weight to the way you feel. So it is important to make sure that it is functioning well.


Are your hormones making you fat?

Are your hormones making you fat? And other signs you have an underactive thyroid...


The virus you don't know you're infected by

The Epstein Barr Virus infects 95% of adults around the world. But many have never even heard of it, let alone know that they have it.


10 Simple tips to a naturally healthy pregnancy

Ensuring your baby gets off to the best start in life is the most important gift you can give your child.


How the pill is harming your fertility

Are you trying to fall pregnant after being on the pill for years?


Having trouble conceiving? We can help...

Falling pregnant comes so easily for some couples, and yet can be one of the most difficult things for many others.


Are you flu ready?

It’s only April, but would you believe now is the time to start preparing your immune system if you want to stay healthy this winter.


Finally a simple, yummy gluten-free bread recipe

Have you gone gluten-free or low-gluten? Ever thought about it?


The disorder 10% of kids have...

Does your child find it difficult to cope with stress? Do they experience emotional mood swings, and a sensitivity to light and sound? Do they have a learning difficulty or struggle listening in a noisy environment?


Does your child have leaky gut?

Ever wondered why there is such an increase in food allergies and behavioural problems in our kids today? Would you believe that much of it has to do with their gut?


Living your best life- additive free

Five years ago Melanie Avery decided to make the switch to live additive free for the benefit of her family’s health – little did she know the far-reaching effects the switch would have. Her story is so inspiring we asked her to share it with you today. Since the switch, Melanie has become the author of Let’s Party! Additive Free and Let’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free, as well as starting  where you can read more about why she made the choice to live additive free.


The Truth about Salt

Salt has always been controversial – being blamed as a contributor to heart disease and high blood pressure. But I’m here today to tell you that salt is NOT bad for all people.


Is milk for you?

Milk – we’re taught it’s the best source of calcium and essential for bone development. But milk may not be as good for your health as you might think.


Why we recommend shakes

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know how hard it can be – especially in the time-poor world we live in.


Your salad may not be as healthy as you think

Are you guilty of dousing your salads in pre-made salad dressings?


Lee Holmes' Supercharged Christmas

With just two weeks left until Christmas, it’s well and truly time to start thinking about what you’re going to serve up to family and friends.


Celebrate Christmas additive free with Melanie

If you’re struggling to think of some fresh Christmas ideas, the wonderful Melanie Avery – author of Let’s Party! Additive FreeLet’s Celebrate Christmas! Additive Free and more – has generously shared some of her favourite additive-free Christmas recipes. Here’s how she likes to celebrate:


Why we love coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the best oils for you – from weight loss benefits to healthy, glowing skin, it has a lot going for it.


Butter or margarine - Which is better for you?

It’s the age-old debate that keeps rearing its head: which is better for your health, butter or margarine?


Foods to manage menopause

Might be hard to believe, but most menopause symptoms come back to one main organ – your liver. The best way to manage these symptoms is to make sure your liver and digestive system are as healthy as possible.


The truth about fish oil

By now you have probably heard the media hype linking fish oil to an increased risk of prostate cancer. As fish oil is a supplement we recommend at our practice, I wanted to take the time to assure you that there is no cause for alarm.


5 ways to ward off the winter flu

There’s never a good time for cold and flu, but in my experience the best way to treat these viruses is to prevent them.


Did you know the flu can be good for you?

Coming into winter, the flu is the last thing you want to catch. Most of us try to avoid it at all costs.

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