Issue 163

The Benefits of Tai Chi:By Joshua Geyl!

The Benefits of Tai Chi Tai Chi is a health and martial art base gentle exercise that brings the mind and body together. The principles used to perform and master Tai Chi is based of the Taoist concepts and the all commonly known ying and yang. Like all exercise it is wise to know all aspects of movement and mind and without one the other cannot function. This is why when it comes to Tai Chi and with constant application of the principles a strong body and mind is developed through relaxation.

Tai Chi has been know to increase flexibility, co-ordination, joint strength, balance and agility, lower blood pressure and improve the condition of diabetes within months of starting.. The conventional way of training, the body to gain improvements usually involves stress with weight lifting or cardiovascular training and increased risk of injury. Tai Chi does very little work in terms of energy and straining, and has a high demand on a mental workout also, which brings noticeable results to those who practice. It has been shown to increase the central nervous system, improve co-ordination of the various organs of the body, and facilitate metabolism- all of which contribute to a lower rate of incidence of hypertension and arteriosclerosis.

Wester Medicine still finds it hard to know exactly why Tai Chi brings many benefits to those that practise it on a regular basis. Those who practice it say they experience a work out while relaxing which for them is like meditation with dynamic body movements. Science does point toward all things that reduced stress and give relaxation will help with a healthier body and promote a longer life. Tai Chi develops these principles and through the application of them within the exercises and in life.

Joshua is acurrently teaching at Optima Fitness (683 Sandgate rd, Clayfield), Monday 6am, Tuesday 6pm, and Thursday 10am.

07 3262 2928




Breast Care - A Natural Alternative( Part One): By Annie O'Moon-Browning from My Health Sanctuary!

This article is a journey into the health if our reproductive system, what we can do about hormonal imbalance and the issue of this as the major contributing factor to the scourge of Breast Cancer that afflicts 1 in 12 Australian women today in the western world.

This article was birthed after I saw a program on voluntary mastectomy and its hideous outcomes on the mental emotional and physical well being of its recipients.

It is practical and informative look into why as women we should look after our breasts, why we can have problems with our breast, the causes of those problems and what we can do about it.


o An organ
o A channel for energy
o A nurturer of babies
o An object of desire


I believe the breasts are truly one of the greatest marvels of nature.

Not only do they bestow on us our femininity and womanliness but they also are intriguing, tantalizing, fascinating, seductive, nurturing and alluring.

They come in all shapes and sizes and are not only an expression of our beauty as women but also of our sensuality, sexuality, fertility and nurturance. Breasts feed and sustain new life.

No other organ apart from the uterus experience changes so dramatic in size, shape and function as the breast does during puberty, pregnancy and lactation.


Up until 15 years ago breasts were cut off the cadavers in the Student wet labs in the Medical training hospital. Luckily, Today the breasts are left intact on the cadavers for medical student study.

Prior to this date BREASTS were considered "non-functional;" and that they stood n the way of medical explanation of the anatomy of the human body.

Any woman will know that her breasts represent more to her than procreation and suckling of young.

I consider the breast to be an organ with a function not a disposable commodity even on a woman's body that is no longer alive.


Menstruation issues = lumpy, swollen, painful, tender, full, fluidic Pregnancy and lactation = blocked ducts, mastitis, infection, inflammation, growth. Menopause = Pain, swelling, loss of tone & breast cancer! Breast Cancer affects 1 in 12 Australian women. Many are young and would never have imagined that they wild be candidates for the disease. 10% of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer are under 40 years.


Also stress and certain food substances.

Inadequate care of the breasts at crucial times in a woman's life can cause long term damage and the slow development of health problems.

Crucial times are, puberty, pregnancy, lactation, menopause and menstruation.

If the breasts are not cared for properly at these times changes can begin to occur that may be eventually life threatening.


Hormone disruptors have invaded the highly sensitive endocrine system all animal life here on planet earth.

They come in many forms e.g. chemical exposure in the environment; hormone-laden meats and dairy products; chemical lacing foods and household product.

In the entire history of human civilization there has never been such dangerous levels of chemicals in our foods, environment and in our bodies.

Exposure to toxic chemicals that possess unintended hormonal actions has resulted in anatomic, physiologic, reproductive, carcinogenic and behavioral abnormalities to all forms of life on this planet.

Toxic chemicals have been undeniably proven to contribute to the escalating issue of cancer in our communities.


These come in many forms.

Toxic influences in the environment and homes, synthetic hormones, pharmaceutical drugs, dietary indiscretions, immune dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies and cultural misperceptions all play their role in this insidious problem.


Xeno-estrogens are chemical hormone mimics that gain entrance to the bodies of humans and animals alike.

The delicate hormonal system of a woman's body is vulnerable to these and to their disruption and alteration of the natural balance of hormones in the body.

There are many of these man-made chemicals that mimic estrogen.

E.G. Estrogen blockers, androgen blockers, progesterone blockers. These all adversely affect the delicate female hormonal system and the health of the breasts.

Estrogenic chemicals also alter the hormonal nature of all animal life

E.G. Estrogenic compounds found in effluent in sewerage have been directly attributed as the cause of gender bending or sex change in fish exposed to this effluent.

The studies into this phenomenon discovered that the sewerage taken from this source was heavily contaminated with estrogens.

The source of these estrogens was shown to be synthetic hormones from the urine from women taking HRT and Oral contraceptives.
I.E. Millions of women on HRT and taking oral contraceptives were unwittingly causing this contamination. Other alarming statistics show that there are worldwide reports of declining fertility in males and reduces ratio of male babies due to the over-estrogenising of the species.


Synthetic chemical compounds are notorious for accumulating in fatty tissue.

These chemicals bio-accumulate up the food chain and can be passed through the placenta into the unborn fetus accumulating in the breast milk.

IF they are not eliminated from the lymphatic system of the breasts they can collect in the ducts of the breasts causing potential sites for cancerous lumps to grow.

These chemicals are unable to be flushed through the body and accumulate in the fatty tissue and in breast milk reaching very high concentrations.


Trans fats are formed when oil is hydrogenated. Hydrogenating allows the fat/oil to stay solid at room temperature.

Trans fat is essentially 'shortening' or 'margarine'.

It's why your piecrust is so flaky and why Ritz biscuits stay crisp!

The American Institute of Medicine has warned that no level of trans fat is safe to consume.

Trans fat has been shown to cause heart disease, cancer and insulin resistance.
It is almost impossible to remove trans fats from all products especially those that have been manufactured.

To find food products that whether a product have trans fats in them, look for cold/expeller pressed oils, poly or monosaturated oils, olive coconut, palm or grape seed oil. These will not have any trans fats in them.

Foods that have many trans fats include,

Fast food, commercially baked foods, chips and crackers, spreads sauces and mixes.

Also in unexpected places like some breakfast cereals and energy bars, tortillas, fish sticks Microwave popcorn, frozen foods and pizzas.


Detergent metabolites are members of a class of chemicals called ALKYL


APE's mimic the hormone estrogen.

APE's have caused estrogen sensitive breast cancer cells to proliferate in test tubes.

Next week:
"The Estrogen Connection", The PILL and others, The "Cancer Gene" Hormone Harmonisers, Looking after our precious breasts.

Annie O'Moon-Browning is the Director of 'My Health Sanctuary' in Brisbane and has practiced as a Natural Health Care Practitioner for 27 years. She has been a senior educator of Homeopathy and Naturopathy in colleges in Queensland and specializes in Pre-conception Care, Infertility and Detoxification programs. She can be contacted on 07- 3369 9965

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Push Me Pull Me: By Sue Lester NLP Practitioner, Coach Trainer!

Have you ever wanted something so badly that the sight or thought of someone else having it made you furious, sick to the stomach or tearful? Maybe it's that promotion, that baby, that income, that partner? Desire can motivate us, but taken to the extreme it works in reverse, driving away what we most want, spiraling us down into despair. This may sound overly dramatic for those who haven't experienced this, or know someone who has. However, I've worked with many clients experiencing this, and I know many of you will totally relate to what I'm saying.

You've no doubt heard, seen or read of "The Secret", The Law Of Attraction etc, so perhaps feel that since you want something so badly, it has to come to you. The key, of course, is how you feel when you thinking about what you desire. How you feel about a goal anchors into your body, so, after repetition of desire, simply the sight, sound, mention or thought of the goal (or similar) will immediately generate the same response in your body. The idea is that you are filling your body with positive sensations, so psychologically and physiologically you program yourself that this goal is a very good thing for you. The bonus is that you are certainly more likely to achieve your goal/desire, and most importantly, your journey will be a pleasant positive experience.

The opposite works the same way. If you continually experience strong negative emotions when you think of your desire e.g. anger, jealousy, frustration, sadness, fear, guilt, you will anchor those into your body. The result is you'll associate your goal with pain, and strive to avoid achieving it. So, you not only miss your desire, you have a miserable journey grabbing at something you always keep out of reach, in order to protect yourself from the pain.

For example, this means that if you are conceiving, on IVF or not, yet the sight of someone else's baby or a pregnant woman sets off a negative emotional chain reaction, you are training your body that "baby=pain". To train your body to believe that "baby=love", you need to collapse your negative anchor (easily done using NLP), and layer in a new positive anchor by flooding your body with warm, loving, protective, happy feelings. This will involve stepping out of your own 'stuff' and looking at a baby with new eyes, marveling at it as the innocent, unique and miraculous being it is. Touching, holding, smelling and looking at it lovingly will all generate the positive anchoring in your body. Likewise, the pregnant woman you see is also a miracle on her own journey. She's not chosen to conceive to hurt you, and ascribing that meaning, in your body, only hurts yourself.

Likewise if you are jealous of another's good fortune, e.g. a promotion or successful business, you are anchoring in that success=pain, or wealth=pain. You are also closing off opportunities to share that good fortune. If you were expanding your business and looking to 'head-hunt' a former colleague, would you consider the one who had sour grapes, or the one who was generous of spirit, and genuinely pleased at your success. Take a moment to look at a desire you haven't yet achieved, and ask yourself what you are anchoring in, and whether you are helping or hindering your chance of success. Look at ways you can turn your attitude and behaviour around to serve your purpose better.

The idea of making this shift may seem impossible, but it can be achieved more quickly and easily than you can imagine, if you have access to the right techniques, and you do.

TO BOOK APPOINTMENTS with Sue Lester: PH: 07 3369 0045 for Mondays & Wednesdays (Paddington). Paddington Clinic, 12/261 Given Tce, Paddington, QLD 4064

PH: 0428 128 679

for Tuesdays & Thursdays (Fortitude Valley) Valley Pool Complex, 432 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Telephone appointments Tuesdays and Thursdays by prior arrangement.Ph: 0428 128 679



Plate Smash Exposes Calorie Overload:By Great Ideas in Nutrition!

We are so used to eating ever-increasing quantities of food that we haven't noticed how many extra calories we are overloading on our plates according to dietitian and author of Portion Perfection - A visual weight control plan Amanda Clark.

The number of calories per serving in classic recipes cooked at home has increased by nearly 40 percent in the past 70 years. This is the finding of a recent study that reveals the trend of growing portion sizes in numerous cookbooks.

"A calorie increase of 40 percent per serving is sizeable because a rise of just 10 percent is enough to result in weight gain," said Australian dietitian Amanda Clark.

The author has developed a new e-game called Plate Smash as a visual tool to show adults and teenagers how much is right to eat for lunch.

The game features an animated angel who helps you choose the foods and drinks you want, but if you go into calorie overload based on your age, gender and weight loss goals, your plate smashes.

"I believe most people would like to eat the right amount, if only they knew what that was. The Plate Smash game makes you stop and think about how many calories you are putting on your plate for one meal," said Mrs Clark.

The game was also designed for parents who want to learn the right quantities of various foods their active or inactive teenagers devour for lunch, including pizza, sushi, sandwiches, meat pies, French fries and chicken nuggets.

"If parents and teens know their calorie limits, this could help prevent and manage rising obesity in young people," said Mrs Clark.

"Latest research shows the best way to lose weight is to eat what you want and get into the habit of limiting your portion sizes."

"Reduced-calorie diets result in meaningful weight loss if you stick with them, regardless of whether they are low-fat, low-carb or high-protein."

"If you focus on eating the perfect portions, you can eat the foods you like, including the occasional treats. This means you won't feel deprived and can stick to a healthy way of eating for life," said Mrs Clark.

Amanda's book Portion Perfection features hundreds of photographs of popular foods and drinks to graphically show how much is right to eat for adults, teens and children.

About the Portion Perfection book, plate and bowl

Portion Perfection is a visual weight control plan that shows you exactly the right amount to eat if you want to lose or maintain weight. It includes everyday and occasional foods (such as treats like chocolate or wine) and spells out just how much to eat for various age groups. It has hundreds of pictures showing popular packaged foods, including almost every brand of yoghurt, cereal, muesli bar and crisps available in Australia, as well as common take-away foods. There's also a Portion Perfection plate and bowl to help you serve up the right amount. All the Portion Perfection products are available at

About the Author

Amanda Clark is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian who received one of the highest accolades in her profession when she won the Dietitians Association of Australia's President's Award for Innovation. Amanda has spent the past 15 years reviewing other nutrition authors' work for listing of the best on her online bookshop at

Mothers Day 10th May - How Will You Celebrate?: By The Natural Way!



If you had to fill out an application form to be a mum, there would be very few people who would actually sign up - simply because the job description is so long! Chief cook, cleaner, child-minder just to name a few tasks AND you are on call 24/7.

No doubt you are aware of all the things your mother did for you when you were younger, and if you are a mum now, there are some days where you wonder how you manage to keep it together. If you are carrying extra kilograms, it can be even more difficult - this can certainly take a toll on your energy and health which may really restrict the activities you are able to do as a family.

This was certainly the case with Tracy Dionysius, a busy mum who attended our Gatton Clinic and successfully lost 55kg. One of the biggest motivations behind Tracy's weight loss was to be a better, more active mum. Tracy says, 'My weight started affecting my health ... I have a foot spur and walking became difficult. I couldn't play with my children because I didn't have any energy .....'

Tracy's world certainly turned around after her massive weight loss and she still can't believe how much her family life has improved. She says, 'I feel so much healthier and happier than I have in a very long time. I can run and play with my children now, which they love…it has saved my life, thank you The Natural Way'.

So make this a Mother's Day to remember…see it as the day you took charge and took serious steps towards achieving the body you have always wanted. Call your nearest clinic on 1300 SLIMMER (7546637) and get on track to being a happier, healthier mum!

Of course, don't forget to put your feet up and let your family absolutely spoil you rotten! Just go easy on the chocolates…flowers and beauty treatments are a great alternative though, start dropping hints now!


Mothers Day Gift Ideas: Day Spas!

The Dome Retreat- City Receive a complimentary Dry Body Brush Treatment with any massage booked. Offer valued at $29. Offer must be mentioned at time of booking and is not transferable. Offer does not apply with any other offers or gift voucher bookings. . clickhere for details

Stephanies Urban Spa (Bulimba)
Stephanies Urban Spa -Special Offer: Exclusive launch of the Stephanies Signature Body Infusion. Rose petal foot infusion, Frangipani body scrub and Frangipani body wrap including refreshments in our Tranquil Lounge.90mins $149
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Radiant Body Bar (Capalaba)-
purchase a Contour Body Wrap and Receive a Free 1/2 hour Sauna (Value $35.00) . click here for details

Urban Retreat Massage Day Spa - Paddington
Receive a”Complimentary Ion Cleanse Detox Spa” with every Detox & Tone Salt Scrub
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Nirvana Rejuvenation Spa & Hair Salon (Lutwyche)

Pampering for Mum YOU PAY ONLY $109 1 Hour Deluxe Hydrating Facial $96 Revitaleyes – eye mask $55 Rejuvenating Hand Mask $35 Soothing Foot Massage $35 TOTAL VALUE $221 click here for details

Beautiful Beings(Milton)

20% off Dermalogica products!

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Short and Sweet:Chick Pea, Roasted Beetroot & Capsicum Salad!

Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil 2 cups cooked chickpeas (canned is fine) 1 large red capsicum, chopped 150g baby spinach 1 diced red onion 1 tbsp cumin 1 tsp sesame seeds 3 tbsp tahini (hulled) Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup chopped parsley 6 small baby beetroots, halved roasted and cooled Place olive oil, chickpeas, capsicum, spinach, beetroots, onion, cumin and sesame seeds in a bowl. Blend tahini, lemon juice and water to make a dressing and drizzle over the salad ingredients. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

Joan went to a psychiatrist. "Doc," she said, "I've got big troubles. Every time I get into bed, I think there's somebody under it. Am I going crazy?"

"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink, "Come to me three times a week, and I'll cure your fears."

"How much do you charge?" "A hundred dollars per visit."

"I'll sleep on it," said Joan. six months later the doctor met Joan on the street. "Why didn't you ever come to see me again?" asked the psychiatrist.

"For a hundred bucks a visit? No way! Instead, I went on one of those 'Dude Ranch' vacations, and an old cowboy cured me for the price of a bottle of whiskey."

"Is that so! How?"

"He told me to cut the legs off the bed!

Ain't nobody under there now!!!"

.Quote of the week!

"Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started." David Allen

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In the next issue of "Naturally Happy"

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  • Great Ideas in Nutrition!
  • Ion Secret!
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