Your Health in Your Hands







Q - What does holistic mean?


A - Holistic simply means that we treat the body as a whole, rather than just addressing the symptoms.  Issues like daily diet, balance, cleansing and digestion etc are all key features in acquiring good health.






Q – Why are people moving towards natural healing?


A – I have noticed over the last five or so years there is a ‘turn’ in the way people are viewing their health and well-being.  For those with long-term conditions or recurring illnesses, conventional medicine is not always the answer.  In fact, when you start working with Mother Nature you are working with your bodies own innate healing system – therefore allowing healing to take place.  Over burdening the body with toxic medications and expecting it to heal at the same time is contradictory.







Q – Why does my GP not give me any nutritional advice?


There is a very simple answer to this question!  Sadly, your GP does not study nutrition in the years he/she is in medical school.








Q – What is Iridology?


A – Iridology is a non-invasive health assessment tool.  It was developed in the early part of the 20th century in Europe, and grew in popularity during that time.

The examination of the iris is done using photographs of the eye.

The findings can help target key areas of focus in health, identify toxic build-up in the elimination channels, point out where dietary support is needed and help identify inherited strengths and weaknesses.

Iridology can also point to possible underlying areas of emotional challenges that may be linked to addictive patterns or lifestyle imbalances.

















Q – What is a food diary and why is it important to have one for my consultation?


A – A food diary is basically a chart of what foods and drinks you have consumed over several days.  It does not need to be over complicated – just honest.

Whilst we do ask some very detailed questions about your diet – often things can be overlooked or forgotten.  A food diary will show exactly what foods have been ingested, what time and in what combination.  This information is extremely important for the practitioner, as it will show any deficiencies and areas that need improvement.  Often the client will be surprised at the amount they do in fact eat through the day. Your food diary is not about counting the calories you eat or to judge you in any way so please don’t feel under pressure about doing one.






Q – Should I take anti-biotics?


A – Typically, a visit to the doctor nowadays will see the patient leave with a prescription for an antibiotic.  It seems that we have become a nation of wanting a ‘quick fix’ and our GP is only too happy to oblige.  A common example of this would be ear-infections in children – despite whether the infection in viral or bacterial, it is still treated with the same course of antibiotics.  In actual fact, most ear infections in both adults and children can be successfully cleared up with a simple solution of garlic infused oil.

The vicious cycle of overuse of antibiotics places a tremendous burden on the health of children and adults alike.  Couple this with poor nutrition and you have a recipe for a lifetime of misery.  Antibiotics kill off beneficial bacteria and promote the colonization of more disease causing strains.  The knock-on effect of this is the next ear infection has a greater chance of being bacterial and not viral.  Either way, another antibiotic will be prescribed, the cycle of infection after infection occurs and the immune system becomes more and more depleted over time. These weaknesses in the body now allow for more serious illnesses to occur and are more difficult to recover from.1

So what is the answer – get off the vicious cycle! Stop eating foods that are creating an inflammatory response and build up your immune system so that you are better protected.


1. Fuhrman J Dr. How to Live your Life. Article. Available at:







Q – What type of conditions can affect me if I have food intolerance?


A - The symptoms of food intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact, the reaction is usually delayed by many hours or even several days. For example, the cheese eaten on Monday could be the cause of Wednesday’s asthma attack. It is these delayed reactions that make the detection of the culprit foods a very difficult task without the help of expert laboratory testing.


Food Intolerance Associated Conditions:





Irritable Bowel


Eczema / acne

Recurring cystitis


Hay fever



*Please see our services page for details on how to get tested.



Q – Do you have a recipe for natural toothpaste?


A - Yes – here is one of them.


½ cup baking soda

10 drops pure peppermint essential oil (this is not the same as peppermint extract or fragrance oil.  Also, it should be a high quality food grade essential oil, which is available from many health food stores)

5 drops pure myrrh essential oil (optional, also available in many health food stores)


Mix all ingredients in a small jar with a lid, cover, and shake well to disperse oils throughout. Use a small amount on a damp toothbrush the way you would use toothpaste.


The peppermint essential oil helps freshen breath, kill bacteria, and clear sinuses.  The myrrh oil is highly antibacterial and anti-fungal.  It is often used in the ancient healing arts of Ayurvedic Medicine.  The baking soda restores a natural, slightly alkaline pH balance to the teeth and gums and helps to whiten teeth.


*You could use activated charcoal in addition to the above ingredients.







Q – How do you make Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah)?


A – Here’s an easy and tasty recipe:


Using a fine mesh sieve wash the quinoa with filtered water.

Add to pot and stand on a hot hob for a minute or so.  This infuses the quinoa and helps in the cooking process – just take care not to burn it.

Add boiled water – roughly twice the amount but you might need a bit more.

Let the water simmer away until it’s gone – just like you would make rice.

You are left with fluffy tasty quinoa.

Save any leftovers in a sealed container and use cold in a salad – delicious!


*Option – Adding 1 x teaspoon of ginger powder, 1 x teaspoon of turmeric and salt and pepper to taste makes a wonderful aromatic version.  (Ideal to use with Thai curries or stir-fries)

*Note – if you use turmeric always add black pepper, this is an aid in the uptake of the nutrients in the turmeric.






Q – What is the difference between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating one?


A – There’s quite a big difference, not only in performance but in price too, so budget could be a deciding factor here.

Centrifugal juicers are generally cheaper to buy and are often an adequate first time choice.  They work by spinning the juice (at high speed) from fruits and vegetables with a grating device and the pulp ends up in a container.  Designs will vary slightly but the mechanics are the same.

Masticating machines use a much lower speed that ‘squeezes’ the juice from the produce.  They are quieter to operate.  Some designs will have additional features like homogenizers to make nut butters, baby foods and frozen treats, or grinders for coffee beans and grains etc.


The masticating machines use much less speed, and therefore lower temperatures occur during the process.  This equates to higher levels of live enzymes and nutrients in the juice, as they are not damaged in the extraction.

The cleaning of all juicers is best done directly afterwards as most of the residue will rinse off under a running tap.  To be honest, it’s not a big deal – once you get used to dismantling and reassembling it’s done in a couple of minutes.


*If you need some help on the different models available – drop me a line.

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