Issue 170

Time Is A Reducing Asset: By Sue Lester Master Practitioner NLP, Hypnosis, Result Coaching!


Have you noticed how often Time pops up in conversation, whether there isn't enough of it, or it is dragging on? Too little or too much, either way, we tend not to focus that it is finite, at least in this body. So as your 'asset', your lifetime, reduces, are you getting the best return from it? Every day?

So how do you get the best return on your life time asset every day? Simple - you live it, each day, as it comes. Of course you have goals (dreams with deadlines) to aim for, but your focus is enjoying your life right now, a day at a time, taking steps towards the goals. If your thoughts dwell in the Past, picking at the scab of memories, worrying over them until they bleed in your heart, very likely you'll end up depressed.

On the other hand, if you spend your day living in the Future, in the What Ifs, you'll live in a constant state of uncertainty or, in other words, anxiety. Naturally you are fearful as you can't control what isn't actually happening , unless of course you change your thoughts.

Or have you given your personal power away, giving others the responsibility for your own feelings and actions, or inactions? If you think of yourself as powerless, other people or events having more influence on your feelings and actions than you do, if you regularly live in the Past or Future, and you have reasons for everything going wrong, you are living At Effect. It's a very common way to live, but is neither happy nor productive.

The empowering alternative, and the easiest way to make the most of your life, is to take full responsibility, and live At Cause. This means accepting that, through your actions or inactions, you are responsible for your happiness and everything that happens in your life. You know you can choose how to respond to certain events or people.

You live fully in the Present, knowing you happen to Life, not the other way around. You are focussed on Results, not Reasons for things not working out. You know that everyone does the very best they can at the time, with the resources they have, and forgive. You also forgive and accept yourself, learn from your mistakes and move on.

Taking responsibility and living At Cause gives you enormous personal power, and a wonderful sense of freedom. You are no longer at the mercy of others, the Past or the Future. You can enjoy the Present (your gift of life) and empower others by example. You make the most of your 'reducing asset'. And on your last day on Earth you look back without regret, just a smile of contentment.

If you'd like help with making switch to living At Cause, call me, Sue Lester, for a chat or to book yourself a time to change. Ph 0428 128 679. Telephone/Skype appointments are also available Australia-wide.

Sue Lester B.A. Dip Teach. Master Practitioner NLP, Hypnosis, Results Coaching. Facilitator of Conception Coaching and Emotion Detox Workshops. Ph 0428 128679

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If Not Dieting, Then What?: by Mia West Dietitian @ Iridium!

"I can have it if I want it, but do I really feel like it?" is not the usual catch-phrase promoting a weight management strategy! However, this and other similar self-awareness/thought provoking questions provide the cornerstone for Dr Rick Kausman's 'If not dieting®' approach to weight management.

It is well known that fad diets don't work in the long run. In fact "...dieting is a notoriously ineffective means of achieving weight loss. Some 95% of those who lose weight will regain the weight within a few years, and many will gain more than they originally lost." (Heatherton et al, 1997). With this in mind, it is worth considering other alternatives.

The 'If not dieting® approach' to healthy weight management is a person-centred approach as opposed to a one-size-fits all, diet centred approach. It assists people make sustainable changes and puts them back in the driving seat. No longer do they fall victim to handing over the reins to a diet, to numbers (on a chart or scales) or to calories. Instead, people are encouraged to eat with awareness and listen to their body's cues; to eat slowly and enjoy! Other key concepts include reducing non-hungry eating®, decreasing guilt around food and having a positive attitude to food.

If you want to learn more, Dr Rick has written a book, If not dieting, then what?" which is available from bookstores. Mia West, Dietitian, APD at Iridium - For Life in Brisbane's West End also believes in this philosophy and uses it in her practice. For appointments please phone 07 3217 2470.

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Ageing Skin - Does Diet Play A Role?: By Ananda Mahony ND from Vitale Natural!

The simple answer is yes. Environmental factors, nutritional status and dietary intake more than genes can add years to a person's appearance. While topical applications make a difference, a healthy glow is more often a sign of internal health than anything else. There is a growing body of evidence to show that what we eat certainly influences skin aging and not surprisingly, the dietary correlations that relate to reduced skin aging also relate to reduced aging in general. Apart from dietary interventions, research is showing that supplementation with specific nutrients and antioxidants supports the use of topical anti-aging products and that in fact the combination is more effective than either treatment alone. Below is a review of the most significant dietary and nutritional influences on aging.

An Australian study at Monash University looked at the effects of food and nutrient intake on skin wrinkling in areas exposed to the sun. The participants were from Melbourne, Greece and Sweden.

Food intake questionnaires were used to measure diet and microphotography of the skin was used to measure skin wrinkling. The study showed that Swedish had the least skin wrinkling, followed by Greeks and Australians had the most. The types of foods consumed did have an effect on the degree of skin wrinkling with more damage seen in those with a higher intake of meat, dairy and butter. Foods that had a protective effect against skin wrinkling included vegetables, legumes, olive oil, tea, prunes and apples (see full list below). Overall, positive dietary habits trended towards a low-GI diet.

Another study supports the above food associations showing that skin wrinkling in a sun-exposed site in older people of various ethnic backgrounds may be influenced reducing intakes of fats and carbohydrates and increasing antioxidants and beneficial fats, dietary measures which are associated with better skin-aging appearance.

It is worth noting that research linking skin aging and dietary habits should not be taken out of context. Overall dietary trends produce these effects rather than any single food group in isolation. However, the dietary trends in both studies show that high GI and saturated fats seem to have the most significant pro-wrinkling effect. Due to their higher saturated fat content meat, dairy and butter can increase skin inflammation and lead to faster skin aging. In addition a high sugar intake is also associated with greater skin wrinkling. Simple sugar has a pro-inflammatory effect but it also promotes the production of advanced glycosylation end products (AGE). AGEs are closely associated with oxidative stress. A combination of a high antioxidant diet and low sugar reduces inflammation, free radical damage and AGE production in the body. Again the trend shows that the protective foods are low or have no saturated fats and are low GI and rich in phytochemicals which support skin collagen and reduce inflammation.

The Monash study indicated that these foods associated with less wrinkling:

Mono-unsaturated fat including those from olive oil and olives
Nuts and legumes
Fish (particularly those rich in essential fatty acids)
Low fat milk and milk products, such as yogurt
Wholegrain cereals
Fruit and fruit products (especially prunes, cherries and apples)
Tea and Water

More wrinkling was associated with diets that included higher intakes of:

Saturated fat (including butter)
Trans fats (including margarine)
Meat (especially fatty processed meats)
Full fat dairy products
Refined carbohydrates and sugars such as cakes, pastries and desserts
Soft drinks and cordials
Confectionary of any kind
Many packaged and processed foods contain hidden sugars
Packaged cereals

Apart from dietary trends, certain nutrients also show promising effects on skin aging. Studies have shown that antioxidant nutrients, specifically vitamins C and E, as well as lipoic acid and flavonoids, exert protective effect against oxidative stress in the skin, in particular photoprotective effects. That is they help protect the skin from the oxidative damage caused by the sun. Lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin as a specific subset of carotenoids may also be used as oral sun protectants and contribute to the maintenance of skin health. In fact, taking carotenoids prior to sun exposure will increase the depth and lasting effect of a sun tan (not that extended tanning is advised).

In other research, a daily dosage of soy isoflavones (40mg per day) resulted in the improvement of fine wrinkles and increased skin elasticity after 12 weeks of supplementation in middle-aged women with aged skin. Interestingly, a common arthritis supplement glucosamine also improved the appearance of visible wrinkles and fine lines. Glucosamine is incorporated into glucosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the body. GAGs work to increase epidermal thickness and elasticity of the skin although they have no effect on skin hydration.

Research into oral proanthocyanidins flavanoids from grapeseed extract or pycnogenol has shown they both have a significant protective effect on the collagen matrix of the skin and capillaries. They work by reducing capillary fragility and inhibiting collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin breakdown. Both substances also have an anti-inflammatory effect and can improve peripheral circulation.

Again it is important to note that while supplemental nutrition can support skin health in a number of ways, if concurrent dietary changes aren't made, the supplements will be combating the constant inflammatory cascade from high GI foods and saturated fats. Removing these dietary items will ensure that inflammation, AGEs and oxidation are all reduced allowing the supplements to work to their optimal level and effect real changes in skin health.

Author: Ananda Mahony ND. Ananda is a naturopath and skin specialist. She owns Vitale Natural, an organic skin care store and beauty salon in Paddington, Brisbane.

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BioFAST™ was developed by Dr. Dzung Price, an Australian medical doctor and Bojan Schianetz N.D. after several years of clinical research and experience. Their goal was to design a drug-free, personalized, integrated and complete allergy relief program in order to achieve long term wellbeing. .

What differentiates BioFAST™ from other programs is the multilevel approach and the use of cutting edge C.H.I.™ technology to reprogam the bodies cellular memory. Every body has an unique energy field made up of energy vortices and the pathways that link them (called energy meridians). Nobel Prize Laureates, Prof. Murray Gell-Mann, Albert Einstein and scientists from across the world have demonstrated the existence of these human energy fields, and that they are affected by the energy fields around us. It is happening all the time, even though we are not aware of it. These discoveries have led to new technologies that can tune into these natural life-promoting energetic patterns and imprint those patterns into the energy fields of particular organisms. font> .

With this technology and carefully designed energy-frequency patterns, BioFAST™ can quickly and powerfully target your body's informational systems to reprogram your body's cellular memory. This plus the precise combination of natural therapies to promote healing make the BioFAST™ Allergy Free Program so effective. .

BioFast™is based on the understanding that there is no single cause of illness; it always results from the interaction of multiple causes like allergies, viruses, infections, parasites, toxins, hidden thyroid problems, enzyme deficiencies and stress. Clinical research shows that allergies often play often a major connection in many diseases, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis and chronic fatigue.

That's why BioFast™ considers allergies as underlying roadblocks to health. So, as you get rid of these roadblocks, other problems may start to clear faster, and your body can respond better to other treatments. In other words, after desensitizing you body, your potential to heal is strongly increased and all complementary treatments will be highly accepted by your empowered body mind system. Taking in account the "Multiple Cause to Disease" approach the BioFast™ Program is designed as a 3 level step by step program with following components:

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Menopause Naturally: by Miriam Young Medical Herbalist!


Menopause has occurred when a whole year has passed since the date of a woman's final period. Prior to the final menstrual period there is perimenopause, a transition lasting from two to eight years, during which time women ovulate less and less and their cycle begins to lengthen. In Australia menopause commonly occurs between 48 and 53 years of age.

Many doctors believe that menopause is a disease of oestrogen deficiency. There seems to be something amiss with this reasoning which indicates that all women past a certain age are biologically defective and in need of medication! Medical Herbalists believe that like menstruation, perimenopause/menopause is a normal phase in life and therefore encourage women during their mid-life to adopt a balanced lifestyle and healthy diet. Perimenopause/menopausal symptoms include hot flushes, sweating, insomnia, nervous irritability, depression, lack of concentration, joint pain, vaginal dryness, excessive menstrual bleeding, headache and palpations.

Some women however, experience very few, if any, symptoms during perimenopause/menopause. In Japan there is no such word! Much research indicates that this has to do with the traditional Japanese diet, which consists of no dairy products and is high in tofu and sea vegetables (weed). In women who do experience symptoms, flushing rarely lasts more than two years. This is interesting information for those women who have been on HRT for ten and twenty years!

HRT No orthodox medication will ever be able to precisely mimic the finely tuned, ever-adjusting levels of hormones produced by an individual woman. Oral administration of oestrogen and progesterone totally crushes the capacity of a female body to make the gentle transition to a new mechanism of natural hormones that relies on the adrenal glands, the liver, fat and muscle tissue and intestines for its production. This is a menopausal, (and increasingly the perimenopausal), woman's natural hormonal system. And whilst HRT is taken, it is rendered useless. HRT produces a non-physiologic pattern of breakdown products that the liver does not recognise and increases undesirable levels of certain liver proteins as well as increasing the likelihood of gall bladder stones. Premarin, the most commonly prescribed oestrogen pharmaceutical, is derived from PREgnant MAres' urINE.

In July of 2002, you may remember press releases about a major clinical trial on HRT (the oestrogen plus progestin trial) that was stopped in its tracks three years short of its completion. It was decided that the health risks outweighed the benefits. They had found that HRT increased the risk of invasive breast cancer beyond the specified safety limit. The study also found increases in coronary heart disease, stroke and pulmonary embolism in those women receiving HRT, compared to women receiving placebo. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) concluded that the combination HRT in any form should not be used for long-term disease prevention in postmenopausal women because the risks outweigh the benefits.

The best, most effective way to come off HRT is slowly and in conjunction with your health care professional. Most women have to re-experience some symptoms, often more than what they would have experienced initially if they had never gone on HRT. (All those extra toxins in the liver). But with a pure diet, liver cleansing techniques and herbal medicine, 90% of my clients thus far, have been symptom free within three to nine months.


The dietary intake of phyto-oestrogens improves many perimenopausal/menopausal symptoms including flushing, sweating and vaginal dryness. Adding just 100gms tofu and 1 tablespoon of cold pressed flaxseed oil has had a remarkable effect on many of my menopausal clients. And when you add herbs containing plant oestrogens, the benefits are even greater.

Edible sprouts; particularly Alfalfa sprouts have been scientifically proven to have oestrogenic activity. Most fresh and dried beans and possibly all legumes (beans, chickpeas, etc) are thought to contain quantities of plant oestrogens. Linseeds (flaxseeds) and the grains including corn, rye, buckwheat, millet, oats, and barley all contain lignans, phyto-oestrogenic compounds. And the culinary herbs, aniseed, caraway, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, parsley and fenugreek also possess oestrogenic activity.


A 1988 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that calcium excretion and bone loss increased in proportion to the amount of animal protein ingested. A diet high in protein (the typical acidic Australian diet) leaches calcium out of the bones. This is because calcium is an alkalising agent. The body maintains blood calcium levels for brain function, muscle contraction, heartbeat, blood clotting, electrolyte balance, nerve transmission and cell division at the expense of bone calcium. When the blood calcium level drops, the mineral is drawn from the bones. An acidic forming diet, a diet high in pasteurised, low fat dairy products, red meat, junk food, sugar, alcohol, refined (not sea), salt, soft drinks, coffee and black tea, orthodox and recreational drugs, all pull calcium out of the blood and ultimately the bones. The deadly nightshades - tomato, potato (not sweet), eggplant and capsicum interfere with calcium utilisation.

The dairy industry continues to promote milk as preventing osteoporosis because milk is high in calcium and we need calcium for healthy bones. Yet milk is a protein, and skim milk because of its higher protein content is even more likely to promote a greater rate of calcium excretion. Pasteurisation of milk renders calcium less available - some researchers claim that up to 50% of the calcium in milk is not utilised by the body.

There is more calcium in sea vegetables (wakame, nori, kombu etc) than milk; calcium is also high in almonds, Brazil nuts, amaranth grain, parsley, tahini (made from sesame seeds), sunflower seeds, eggs, tofu, brown rice, organic chicken and fish.

Calcium in perspective

After studying over 200 scientific papers, a recent reviewer concluded that the overemphasis on the "importance of calcium tends to cloud the importance of other essential nutrients." One paper shows that calcium supplementation works better for bone improvement if they are taken in conjunction with a trace mineral supplement. The Recommended Daily Allowance of calcium for middle-aged women is 800-1000mg per day. Certain tribes living in South America and Africa only consume between 200-300mg of calcium daily and yet show no deficiency symptoms or skeletal deformities.

Calcium cannot be absorbed without magnesium (leafy green vegetables, Spirulina), phosphorus, vitamins A, C, and D (obtained from sunshine). We need far more magnesium than we do calcium. It is important that we achieve and maintain a balance of minerals. Mineral Colloidals (a product from plants) contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and 75 different minerals and trace elements. They are the most natural and effective way of maintaining a balance of minerals in the body - calcium is only one mineral - many other minerals are important for the maintenance of our bone matrix.


From my understanding the best exercise you can possibly undertake promoting bone density, fitness and to enhance emotional well-being are walking, swimming (preferably in fresh/sea water), Tai Qi, Qi Gong (gentle Chinese exercise) and some of the more gentle forms of yoga, such as Tibetan and Chinese yoga.

Liver Function

The liver recycles over 15% of a woman's hormonal supply. Cleansing or detoxifying the liver can not only improve hormonal balance, but also assist in the healing of a wide range of conditions such as period pain and flooding, dark blood and clotting, headaches, breast lumps, chronic fatigue, digestive complaints, fuzzy head and afternoon lag, puffy eyes, dark circles underneath the eyes, waking between 1-3am in the morning, depression, constipation, food cravings and allergies. The liver is responsible for heat and energy production and so if you are tired all the time and experience hot flushes and/or night sweats, it is certainly worth giving your liver a gentle detox with change of diet and a more powerful cleanse (thereby gaining further results) by adding herbal medicines. Interestingly enough many liver herbs are also 'cooling' in their thermal nature. And when the liver has been 'cooled' flushing tends to lessen, if not cease altogether.

Home Help

The common sage is very well known to reduce sweating and flushing in peri-menopausal/menopausal women. Up to 500mls of sage tea may be taken hot or cold throughout the day. Two teaspoons per cup of fresh sage should be used or one teaspoon per cup of dried sage. Lemon may also be added for taste. Sage also has a sedating, mentally calming effect, yet also enhances concentration. Wheat germ oil, or infused Calendula oil are the best lubricants for vaginal dryness and irritation. Wheat germ is the highest food source containing vitamin E and Calendula is a proven anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and healing agent. Applying a little natural yoghurt to the area is helpful also. Oestrogen-promoting herbal medicines and foods can also alleviate vaginal dryness.

Herbal Medicines contain oestrogen-like substances (phyto-oestrogens) that bind to oestrogen receptor sites and increase the oestrogenic response in the body. There are herbal medicines to support adrenal gland function, thereby promoting the production of oestrogen. Herbs during peri-menopause/menopause are also needed to detox the liver, manage anxiety and depression, (especially when behaviour and feelings are uncharacteristic to the individual), alleviate insomnia, reduce or clear hot sweats and flushing, promote vaginal mucus production, cease menstrual flooding, resolve fluid retention, increase energy levels and libido and can also heal a sluggish or irritated digestive system. Many women also experience the added benefit of weight loss whilst taking herbal medicine, especially during a liver cleanse.

Miriam treats peri-menopause and menopausal symptoms in her practice. She also prepares women in their mid to late forties and fifties, wishing to avoid menopausal symptoms!

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Short and Sweet:Red Salad!

Red salad

1 good-sized head of red lettuce 12 medium radishes 2 red peppers 12 cherry tomatoes 4 small cooked whole beetroot 1 bunch fresh parsley 4 tbsp dressing

Wash and separate the red lettuce into individual leaves. Wash and quarter the radishes. Wash and slice the peppers into rounds and remove any seeds. Cut the beetroot into julienne-style strips. Wash and quarter the cherry tomatoes. Wash and finely chop the parsley. Arrange the red lettuce leaves in a bowl. Add the pepper slices, then the beetroot strips, then the radishes and tomatoes. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with the parsley.



Laughter is the best medicine!

How do you get a kleenex to dance? … Put a little boogey in it.

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“If we want to be compassionate we must be conscious of the words we use. We must both speak and listen from the heart.” - Marshall B. Rosenberg

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We go to schools to teach kids how to stay safe, and we speak up for kids through informational and social change campaigns. But we also run one-on-one counselling services for kids and families who are already suffering abuse-related trauma. Formerly known as the Abused Child Trust, ACT for Kids is celebrating its 20th year of helping families keep kids safe in 2008.



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