Issue 165

Are You Iodine Deficient ? Many Australians Are!:By Nirala Jacobi ND!


According to research, mild to moderate iodine deficiency is wide-spread in Australia.

Recent studies show that over 40% of Victorians and over 20% of Queenslanders are iodine deficient (measured by urinary excretion rates)

Iodine plays a vital function in the body-it is essential for growth and development and for the production of thyroid hormone. Without it, we cannot make proper thyroid hormones and suffer from fatigue, weight gain, low metabolism, PMS, and general lack of vitality. Even worse, an iodine deficient pregnant woman puts her fetus at high risk for cretinism and retardation.

Other medical conditions that suggest iodine deficiency include cystic problems: fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, thyroid cysts, etc.

Australians lead the western world in iodine deficiency. Why is that?

1. not enough intake of iodine rich foods

2. high intake of minerals such as chloride, bromide and fluoride which compete with iodine's function

Iodine plays a vital function in the body-it is essential for growth and development and for the production of thyroid hormone. Without it, we cannot make proper thyroid hormones and suffer from fatigue, weight gain, low metabolism, PMS, and general lack of vitality. Even worse, an iodine deficient pregnant woman puts her fetus at high risk for cretinism and retardation.

Other medical conditions that suggest iodine deficiency include cystic problems: fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, thyroid cysts, etc.

Not enough intake

We used to get most of our iodine from dairy products as dairy storage containers were routinely sterilized with an iodine solution in between use. This practice now uses chlorine instead of iodine. Another source is produce grown in iodine rich soil, iodinized salt, as well as sea vegetables such as kelp. As it turns out, Australia's soil is very iodine-deficient and I don't know too many of us who eat enough iodinized salt and sea weed to make a significant difference.

Iodine, Chlorine, Bromine, and Fluorine

In the periodic table of elements these minerals all belong into a group known as halogens. The problem is that chlorine (think drinking water and swimming pools), bromine (now fortified in breads, and also found in Gatorade), and fluorine (think water fluoridation) can compete with iodine's function. This means that the more you're exposed to the other halogens, the less iodine is actually available to make thyroid hormone.

This is clearly seen in iodine deficiency rates across Australia-those states that have water fluoridation practices in place the longest also have the highest rates of iodine deficiency!

What you can do

" eat more sea vegetables like dulse and nori

" take a supplement providing at least 150 mcg of iodine daily

" get tested-a 24 hour urine iodine test is relatively inexpensive -around $50.

" Ask me the next time you come in for a visit. you come in for a visit.

Nirala Jacobi Specializes in women’s health, gastro-intestinal disorders, chronic illness, dermatologic conditions, cancer support but treats all conditions including diabetes, syndrome X, pediatrics and fertility issues

Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapies Center 151 Boundary Road

(07) 3368 130





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

5. GENE'S: Genes are the building blocks in life. Life's blueprint.

In 1994 the discovery of a breast-ovarian cancer susceptibility gene, known as BRCA1 (Breast Cancer-1) led to further research and the discovery of other breast susceptibility genes BRCA2 and BRCA3.

The BRCA1 is present in everyone. When it functions normally it is thought to suppress the growth of cancerous cells in the breast.

However when it is mutated the altered gene allows uncontrolled cell growth, which is breast/ovarian cancer.

This discovery caused many problems including the issue of voluntary prophylactic mastectomy.

The truth of the issue here is that true hereditary breast cancers according to the American Cancer Society are only 5% of all breast cancers.

Much of the beast cancer epidemic is due to the increasing exposure of women to radiation, chemical mimicking estrogens, chemicals and pathogenic factors.

95% of women do not have the breast cancer gene mutation.

There is a lot of controversy over the BRCA1 gene.

The university of UTAH did research into this gene in a Mormon community in southwest UTAH. This group of people had a generational history o breast cancer.

The study was under scrutiny as these people were subjected to the fallout form nuclear testing in the area. A total of 26 above ground tests and 11 underground detonationsb3teenn 1951 and 1980 occurred.

The Mormons were tested for cancer and the existed an increased incidence of cancer in all age groups61% in al age groups.

By 1996, when the blood collection was collected for the gene identification study, 45 years of radiation exposure had passed.

This is plenty of time for radiation exposure to have caused significant gene damage.

From these studies it was impossible to tell if the BRCA1 gene had ever been present prior to the testing.

Did the Utah clan of "One-breasted" women suffer genetic damage form radiation or were there hormone-disrupting chemicals that commented their food, fish ad livestock?

The tests are still under question. What remains is a fear in women's heart that if they carry this gene they are automatically up for breast cancer and at this stage this cannot and has not bee substantiated.

First the overwhelming majority of women the blame for breast cancer needs to be placed elsewhere.


1] Increase Progesterone Levels.

2] Maca.

3] Balancing Blood Sugar.

4] Exercise.

5] Water.

6] Detoxification.

7] Bra's

8] The Peaceful Heart

1] Increase progesterone levels.

The use of natural progesterone is the safest way to do this. Natural progesterone's are synthesized in a laboratory form the Wild Yam or Soy. Progestin is different in that it is synthetically produced progesterone like compounds that do not exist in nature. The national Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the World Health Organization as carcinogenic have listed progestins.

Symptoms of low progesterone levels include, Fluid retention, low libido, menstrual migraines, sweet cravings, weight gain, swollen and fibrocystic breast. Ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Progesterone application requires 2-3 months of use before maximum benefit is experienced.

Symptoms in younger women include Breast tenderness and lumps, severe mood swings, irritability, severe PMS, anxiety.

While using natural progesterone products will alleviate many Hormonal imbalance symptoms other factors such as poor nutrition, improper sleep, lack of exercise, compromised digestion, environments toxins all play their part to exacerbate the problem.

The most popular effective progesterone products are available as creams oils roll-ons.

These can be applied to the face neck chest abdomen and the upper and inner areas of the arms and thighs.

This can be applied from day 12-26 of the cycle. This is when the levels of progesterone area their lowest

Women with longer menstrual cycles than 28 days can find the appropriate day by counting backwards 2 weeks from the expected first day of the period and begin to apply the cream then.

2] Maca.

Dr Viana Muller author of "Maca: hormone regulator for Women and Men - The secret Royal herb of the Inca's" has written at length of the therapeutic qualities of the herb that grows at 14,000 feet and is the highest cultivated vegetable in the world.

Maca promote the optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary thereby improving the functioning of all the endocrine glands.

Maca is effective as it promotes the ovaries and the other glands to produce the needed hormones.

Unlike the other phyto-estrogenic herbs and foods like black cohash and soy isoflavones maca does not itself contain and plant hormones. It simply balances the glands and creates the correct hormonal balance in the body.

Due to its influence on the hormonal system and the fact that chemicals and pesticides disrupt the hormones, Maca that is organically grown is essential rather than that grown under laboratory conditions.

3] Balancing blood sugar.

What we eat directly affects and influences our blood sugar levels.

A high glycemic index food raises blood sugar rapidly and a low glycemic index raises blood sugar slowly. Hormones released in response to the food that we eat control our blood sugar.

High insulin levels will increase estrogen dominance

4] Exercise.

Exercise produces endorphins the body's natural HIGH mechanism

Exercise decrease the flow of estrogens and narrows the window of vulnerability to breast cancer in young women.

Exercise alleviates moodiness and depression and a 30-minute workout daily brings s much relief as n anti depressant.

5] Water:

Dr Batmanchelidj in "your Body's Many Cries For Water" states that dehydration through inadequate consumption of water causes the breast to secrete a hormone called prolactin, which at times can cause the breast to form cancerous tissue.

Water also flushes the liver, kidneys and the breast, The biological role of the breast is as a fluid secreting organ IF we are dehydrated the breast is not flushed of its natural waste products.

Inadequate amounts of water can cause a build up of toxins in the body generally lowering vitality and preventing the lymphatic fluids systemically in the body (the breasts are full of lymph nodes, as any woman with PMS will attest to!) from being cleansed.

6] Pure Plant/Herbal Detoxification:

The liver processes a large number and % of female hormones.

IF the liver is congested, sluggish and unhappy it is unable to purify the blood stream.

The hormones will not be processed and the blood will not be detoxified effectively.

Liver and gall bladder de-toxification help enormously with lumpy, painful, fluid filed breasts.

7] Bra's: A Swedish study has shown a strong correlation between breast cancer and under wire bra's and a 29%decrease in breast cancer when women went without this garment or wore bra's that were not under wired.

Women who went without a bra also showed a lower risk of breast cancer as a group.

Also 90% sufferers with fibrocystic breast improved when they quit wearing bras

Wearing camisoles or tanks tops also considerably reduces the pain with women who have swollen and fluid filled breasts.

8] The Peaceful Heart. Last but not least.

Stress is one of the greatest enemies to abundant and vibrant health

Fostering inner peace in whatever way you can is one of the hall marks of good breast health and a balanced hormonal system


Early detection of breast lumps is vital to the health of the breast and to general overall health. Breast tissue constantly changes according to the menstrual cycle.



Stand in front of them mirror with your breast exposed. Visually examine your breast and note any changes. Does one breast look any different to the other? Note skin and nipple changes or discharge. Inspect your breast in 4 steps a] Arms at the sides. b] Arms overhead. c] Hands on your hips pressing firmly to flex your chest muscles. d] Bending forward.


a] Lying down place a pillow under your right shoulder. Place your right hand under your head.

Using the first two/three finger pads of your opposite hand begin to palpate your breast.

Start at the nipple and work your way around the breast expanding the circle outwards and including the under arm area.

Use 3 different kinds of strokes. Light medium and firm over each area of the breast. The deeper stoke is done by pressing deeper into towards the rib cage. B] Standing up (this can be done under the shower) raise your right arm and with soapy or fingers oiled with almond oil check both breasts as you have done lying down.

3] MENTAL: In a relaxed state allow your mind scan the inside of your breasts. Is there any pain, sensation, anything different or unusual? Mentally explore your breasts for whatever images you can experience, sensations colors, and temperatures. Become totally familiar with your breasts for an inner perspective.


Our breasts are full of lymph nodes and tubes that carry white blood cells called lymphocytes.

These clean the breast of waste product, impurities, viruses, infections and cancer cells. The lymphatic system is densely interwoven into the breast tissue.

In breast cancer the lymph nodes are usually those first involved.

Doing gentle lymphatic massage around the breast area is vital to ensure that the breasts are drained on a regular basis.

~ Excellent way to ensure breast health throughout a woman's life.

~ Self-breast massage allows for the waste product in the lymphatic fluid to be discharged fully.

~ It allows clean and vita blood to flood the area.

~ It stimulates the entire endocrine system via working on the energy meridians of the body. Thus providing the entire system with a charge up!

~ Stimulates balancing our delicate female hormones.

~ PMS, mood swings, menstrual cycle breast tenderness, pain, cysts and fluid retention, menstrual irregularities all will be affected positively by regular breast massage.

~ Keeps us in contact with our breasts. The strokes of the massage allow us to check for lumps accessing early detection.


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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Leading By Example: By Jenni Madison!

Knowing who you are - being who you are - and doing what you love.

My experience and research has shown that leading by example is about living an authentic life - and finding our highest form of self-expression. I have also found that for many women, including my self and my personal journey, that these are very powerful words and statements. And so I have questioned, what do they really mean? How do I do this in a practical and successful way? And for most why would I want to be anything other than my real and authentic self?

Where leadership was once a paradigm of control and authority, of telling people what to do, and creating followers, we have now evolved to a place where we are seeking to find our own meaning, value, purpose and personal mission, and then from here our individual way of expressing this. We are becoming leaders of ourselves and embracing a more feminine role by trusting our intuition, caring for something bigger than ourselves, and developing our work and business as vehicles of this authentic heartfelt expression. From here we then serve, collaborate and partner with others in a shared vision that aligns with and contributes to our personal values, purpose and passions for life.

Living by our core values - from the inside out.
So why would we not be who we truly are, why follow or hide rather than lead? Why not trust ourselves, express our inner world, our passions, and gifts? The answer is fear, fear of not being enough even though we know we are worthy, fear of not succeeding even though we know we are smart, and fear of being exposed even though our real strength is in our vulnerability.

In a positive light these fears are an opportunity to take our work and our selves to the next level. In this process we conquer our own demons, and master our selves - is that not leading by example? What greater gift can we give to others than an example of courage like this? And so it is worthwhile to befriend our fears as they may very well be an integral ingredient within our recipe for success, fulfillment, self-expression and a much more enriched inner and outer life.

To value a tangible product is often determined by the market, depending on the economy, interest rates, and other influences out of our control, it may go up and it may go down. To value ourselves, our inner treasure, our worth and our passionate expression is most challenging for many of us, as what can determine its value?

As women and as leaders, to honour the feminine part of ourselves is to reveal our inner world - our world of insight, intuition, wisdom, and inner strength. Think about some of the most difficult, even painful experiences you have had in life, did your intuition advise you otherwise?

To appreciate the life that you have and love the work that you do means being who you are and expressing your passions in a way that makes a difference, adds value and creates desired results for yourself and others. Our most successful and inspirational leaders are those that really put themselves, their heart and their core into the work that they do, it becomes their service to others and is one of the greatest examples of leadership I have seen.

I have found that leading by example is to be aligned with our own core values, from here we are naturally honouring our inner world - we are rich on the inside and as we express, in creativity and in action - our service and business offering, we attract that richness on the outside. We are naturally giving to others.

Discover what makes your soul sing with delight and passion, in here you will find your gift.

Trust yourself, your own inner guide and intuition it is your biggest asset.

Take purposeful action that is in alignment with your values and focus on giving your gift.

Stay connected and take the journey within to know yourself and find your inner gift, purpose and authentic expression, show the world who you really are and do what you are here to do.....that is leading by example.

Jenni Madison is a personal coach and presenter. Her style is both intuitive and practical, designed to deliver and create a balance of strategy, creativity and spirit in your work and in your life.

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Misleading Food Labels Feed Obesity Problem:By Great Ideas in Nutrition!

Are we being tricked into eating too much by the major snack food brands?

Misleading labels on snacks that look like one serve but are in fact in multi-serve packs has sparked a worrying trend that is not helping our health, according to dietitian and author of Portion Perfection - A visual weight control plan, Amanda Clark Adv APD.

"Some nutrition information panels trick us into thinking they are single serves, but when you look closely, the fine print tells us there is more than one serve in there," said Mrs Clark. "Most of us usually eat the entire pack because it looks like a single serve, but this could be too much for our energy needs."

Cadbury recently reduced its 250g block to 200g, in a move applauded by Mrs Clark. "This new size is still too much to be consumed by one person in one day, but it is a positive step towards providing appropriate portion-sized packs. Usually we don't notice when we have 20 percent more or less so 20 percent less will help."

"A single serve should contain 100 Calories for weight loss and 200 Calories for weight maintenance for Australian men, women and children, said Mrs Clark.

Beware of these popular snack foods that include multiple serves in one small pack: " A small 70g bag of Cadbury Boost mini bites contains 2.8 serves, but how do you divide the 9 pieces in the pack between 2.8 serves?

" A 45g pack of Maltesers contains 1.8 serves per pack and 125 Calories per serve which means 225 Calories per pack.

" A 90g pack of Red Rock Deli, Deli Style Potato Chips contains 3.2 serves per pack and 136 Calories per serve - that's 435 Calories per pack.

" A 300g tub of Gippsland Dairy yoghurt (mango and passionfruit twist 94% fat free) looks like a single serve but actually contains 3 serves per tub, each with 160 Calories per serve.

" A 45g pack of Natural Confectionary Company Chews Fruity Mix contains 1.8 serves per pack and 97 Calories per serve.

"If you intend to eat the entire pack, you need to multiply the number of Calories by the number of serves per pack to work out how many Calories you are having," said Amanda Clark.

"To make it easier, snack foods should be packaged in single serves or clearly state the number of serves in whole numbers like on a 12 pack of mini Mars Bars."

"There are many food brands that do provide snacks in the right portion sizes, packaged in single serves and we really congratulate them for helping us eat the right amount," said Mrs Clark.

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

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1 1/2 cups green lentils 6 tbsp pine nuts, toasted 1 cup coriander leaves salt and pepper 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 5 tbsp olive oil 2 preserved lemons, rinsed and finely chopped 2 spring onions, finely sliced 1 stalk of celery diced 1 carrot diced

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Laughter is the best medicine!

Children's Science Exam answers..

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour? (Brilliant!)
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. (The kid gets an A+ for this answer!)

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? ( e.g., abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts -- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. Th e brainium contains the brain; the boraxcontains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What does 'varicose' mean? (I do love this one...)
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarian Section.'
A: The Caesarian Section is a district in Rome.

Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?'
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

.Quote of the week!

“The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.” Alexandra Stoddard

For a Good Cause: Why Support The RSPCA?

The RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

RSPCA Australia is a Federation of eight independent State and Territory RSPCA bodies called member Societies.

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