Issue 189

Depression - Treating Mood Blocks to Happiness:By VIVE Health!

Happiness is a combination of pleasure, fulfilment and meaning; and distinctly: freedom from anxiety and depression.

Up to 1 in 3 of our population will experience a mood disorder at least once during our lives, which is a major concern for happiness. Anxiety affects approximately 25% of us, depression 15%..

There are several causes of these chemical imbalances, including: .

Traumatic early life experiences

Role modelling an anxious parent

Life situations (social or financial problems)

Blood sugar imbalances, mainly hypoglycemia

Unhelpful thinking patterns and schemas

Stimulant or drug use (including alcohol, caffeine and marijuana)

Sleep deprivation and low melatonin

Food allergies and intolerances (salicylates, amines, MSG, sulphites, additives, wheat, gluten and dairy being the most common)

Over or under-active thyroid

Testosterone dominance or deficiency

Oestrogen dominance or deficiency

Nutritional deficiency (particularly omega 3 essential fatty acids)

Adrenal fatigue

Insufficient methylation

Excess histamine



Infections, including glandular fever viruses, yeast overgrowth and parasites


Toxicity (chemicals, heavy metals)

Lack of exercise

Lack of dietary protein

Genetic susceptibility

It is generally accepted that depression is mediated by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, acetylcholine and GABA. Orthodox treatment of depression is generally aimed at modulating these pathways.

Most people experience a combination of these factors. The best recommendation is to consult a practitioner who can identify the individual contributing factors so that you can apply accurate solutions.

However, it may be helpful to try basic self-support.

1. Eat enough protein. Aim for a palm size of protein at each meal (meat, fish, fowl, legumes, tofu or eggs), or supplement with a protein shake.
2. Eat low glycemic carbohydrates, such as sweet potato, basmatirice, apples and wholegrainbreads and crackers. Small amounts with 1-2 meals per day can help to release serotonin and keep blood sugar balanced.
3. Cut out sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and other drugs that are not prescribed by a medical doctor. Some people require a supported withdrawal process.
4. Hydrate - with water and herbal teas. Ditch the stimulants and sugar.
5. Exercise regularly - every day is ideal.
6. Take omega 3 fish oil (if not allergic). This is required for nerve structures and neurotransmitter balance, and almost everyone requires supplementation for optimal neural function and mood.
7. Counselling. Talking not only helps you to vent confidentially, but it is an opportunity to identify issues and gain skills to resolve them. You can improve your coping skills for example with cognitive behaviouraltherapy, through a counselor or with a good guide like Change Your Thinking, by Sarah Engelmann.
8. Consult your complementary practitioner for evidence based solutions such as:

Nutritional supplements magnesium, calcium, zinc, taurine, chromium and B complex. Magnesium powders contain many of these nutrients in one formula, and at adequate doses

Zinc tally and supplementationNervineherbs such as John's wort, oats, damiana, lavender, vervain

Adrenal support adaptogenssuch as withania, licorice and Siberian ginseng

5-HydroxyTryptophan(precursor to serotonin)
DL-Phenylalanine(precursor to endorphins)

Dietary planning and detection of food allergy/sensitivities

Referrals and testing for hormonal and other imbalances



" If the feelings run deeper, they may be linked to trauma and loss, which can shape our conditioned patterns and core beliefs (schemas) about the world. Addressing core beliefs helps to remove the emotional reactivity in trigger situations, and can have a longer and more permanent affect in relieving depression.

Vive Naturopaths recommend the following products for Energy and Fatigue: Products Suggested Dosage

1. Herbs of Gold Extra Strength St John’s Wort 3600 (30Tabs, 60Tabs)

1 tab x 2 daily.

2.Herbs of Gold Omega 3 Concentrate (200 caps, 400 caps)

3 caps x 2 daily.

3. Thompson’s Mood Manager (30 Caps, 60 caps)

2 tab daily on an empty stomach.

4. MICROgenics Stress & Stamina Formula with Rhodiola (60 Caps)

1 cap with breakfast & 1 tab with lunch

5. Bach Rescue Remedy (10ml, 20ml) OR

Australian Bush Flowers Emergency Essence (30 mls)

As needed.

6. TNP Life Eze (30 Tabs, 60 Tabs)

1 -3 tab daily on and empty stomach (begin with 1 for the first week and increase if necessary).

7. Cabot Health Tyrosine Pure (75g)

1/2 - 1 tsp x 3 daily on an empty stomach away from food.

8. MICROgenics Mega B High Potency (60 Caps)

1 tab with breakfast.


NOTE: Consideration should always be given to individual requirements. Please consider seeing a qualified practitioner before commencing a new treatment protocol or when combining supplements with pharmaceutical medication.

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3 Steps For A Stress Free Nights Sleep: by Sue Lester.


1. At the End Of Your Working Day:

Just before shutting down your PC, plan out your next day, transferring any unfinished tasks across. Prioritise the top 3, and allocate specific time slots to complete them. Be realistic about what you can achieve, and either delegate or put excess task on another day. Tidy your desk so the next day you get a sense of being in control when you come in. This applies to both business and home management.

2. At the End of Your Day:

Spend the last half hour before bed unwinding, whether listening to relaxing music, cuddling with your partner, pottering around etc. Avoid stimulation like TV, reading, caffeine, alcohol. If you need to, dump down all the worries of the day into at least 3 pages of continuous writing, rip it up with great satisfaction, then do your unwinding bedtime routine. As you get into bed, set your intention for the next day e.g. productive, signing up a new client at the end of the meeting, have fun with the kids etc, and ask for all flashes of inspiration to assist in this to come after your alarm goes off (NOT 'when I wake up' )

3. If You Wake During The Night:

Note any flashes of inspiration on a notebook by your bed and tell yourself you will work on that (never 'worry about that' ) during business hours. Focus on relaxing breathing, in for a count of 3 (or 4) and out for count of 6 (or 8). If your mind wanders, bring it gently back to focussing on your breathing until you sleep again. If you keep having lots of churning thoughts, get out of bed and write them all down, continuously writing until you have it all out, you're tired, cold and more than ready to get back into bed to sleep. Use the relaxing breathing to focus on settling into a deep, restful sleep.

4. Children

Children need a wind-down routine too, to ensure they get all the sleeping and growing time they need to thrive. Set a regular bed time and a routine which transitions them from playtime to bedtime. Tidying up, cleaning teeth, reading a story etc, before they get overtired and cranky, works best. When they learn that bedtime is quality time with you, there will be less fuss. If you have an early riser, put up dark curtains to block the light, and encourage playing quietly in bed until they hear you get up, or see a certain time on the clock. Training is always easier than re-training, but getting more Me and Us time for you and your partner is worth it!

If you consistently apply these strategies, and still struggle with night time worries, please book yourself in to discuss your concerns with Sue Lester, Master Practitioner of NLP, and Personal Results/Transition Coach, so she can help you easily make those changes you want to see in your life right now.

(c) Sue Lester, Growing Content.


Cleanse Your Impurities: with Alkaline Water!


Our bodies were designed to be healthy, energetic and have the ability to heal itself in the correct environment. Instead we are overweight, disease-prone and tired. Why?

Dr Robert O. Young author of "The pH Miracle" simply states that the over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease. Dr. Young has found that when the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to survive.

Optimal health starts with maintaining the right acid-alkaline balance. If your body's pH becomes too acidic, you may experience fatigue, low energy levels, poor digestion, excess weight and even more serious conditions. This is often due to the foods we eat, lack of exercise, stress and the body not eliminating acids properly. The correct acid-alkaline balance starts with proper nutrition. This includes eating more alkaline forming foods and drinking plenty of alkaline water.

Alkaline Water

The most important thing you must learn is to hydrate the body with alkaline water. Food cravings are often the body's cry for water. A thirst for water will begin as one begins to hydrate with water.

A diet high in acid foods such as meat, dairy grains, high sugar fruits and bread, causes acid wastes to build up in the body. When acid wastes enter our blood stream, the blood system will attempt to dispose of these wastes in liquid form through the lungs or the kidneys. If there are too many wastes to handle, they are deposited in various organ systems like the heart, pancreas, liver, colon, and other locations.

The breakdown of this disposal process of acid waste could also be called "the aging process". To slow down and reverse this process, one must begin by removing this over-acidification of the blood and tissues by including liberal amounts of alkaline water in the diet. Alkaline water will neutralise harmful stored acid wastes and gently remove them from the tissues.

Water is the most essential element in establishing and maintaining the correct acid-alkaline balance. The quality of the water is just as important as how much of it you drink, as it must be capable of preventing toxins from accumulating and damaging bodily cells. It also transports minerals and nutrients that are necessary for cell metabolism, and remove substances that can damage the cell. Only alkaline water can help neutralise acid and allow your body to remove them.

alkalife Natural Alkaline Water supplies alkaline bottled water that helps neutralise acid waste and flush toxins from the body. Sourced from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, it is a naturally occurring alkaline water high in calcium, bicarbonate and silica. alkalife is available in in Sydney and interstate.

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Chronic and Persistent Pain Sufferers - You Must Read This


Do you still hold out hope to live pain free but find yourself getting increasingly frustrated with quick fixes and empty promises?

One Brisbane clinic has been providing relief for hundreds of chronic pain sufferers just like you.

At the Lifestyle Pain Clinic, we realise we can't help everyone and if we don't help you, then you don't pay. That's our guarantee to you.

Principal physiotherapist, Dianne Hermans has been treating for over 20 years and loves nothing more than to see her patients living and moving pain free. Dianne has presented chronic pain case studies at national and international conferences and has educated some of Australia's leading sports medicine teams on the application of neuromagnetics.

This is not a new therapy, neuromagnetics has been around since the 1990's with thousands of patients successfully treated and many related research articles published in medical journals.

In 1999, Channel Nine's Good Medicine travelled to the Vanderbilt Medical University, Centre for Neuromagnetics in Nashville, Tennessee to interview the pioneer of this work, neurologist, Dr Robert Holcomb MD, PhD. But soon after, the inventor got caught up in legal proceedings over patent ownership, eventually sent bankrupt and was forced to leave his life's work. You can still see the original Good Medicine feature online here.

Now Dianne Hermans and her husband, James have advanced this original research and chronic pain sufferers are experiencing pain free living better than ever before.

"So why haven't I heard of neuromagnetics before"? You might ask.

The gatekeepers of chronic pain sufferers are doctors and sadly, most have simply never heard of it. The fact is, unless a treatment involves drug therapy or surgery it's hardly going to get on most doctors' radar. Doctors are pressed for time and have little interest in new therapies outside of drugs and surgery.

Don't misunderstand us, we have tremendous respect for doctors but even if there were a better way, there are plenty of vested interests to keep the status quo and deny patients from safe, inexpensive and effective treatments. And let's face it, if the health system had all the answers, your pain would not be persistent.

See just a few of our chronic pain case studies here.


Make an appointment to see Dianne Hermans before Easter Thursday, 21st April and you will only pay $80 for the initial consultation, which is half the normal fee. Follow up consultations if needed are $70. Simply phone 3396 9111 or visit us at

Say Goodbye To Candida with Virgin Coconut Oil: by Jenni Madison.


Candida is a type of yeast that is normally found in low levels as part of the regular flora of the skin, intestines, mouth and vagina. It naturally lives in damp areas of the body and can only cause a problem when there is an overgrowth. An increase of Candida in the body is known as a yeast infection, fungus overgrowth or Candidiasis.

Candida in the intestines can manifest itself both internally and externally. This cause's symptoms such as stomach bloating, poor and irritable digestion, skin rashes such as eczema, dermatitis, athlete's foot, thrush, brittle nails, lethargy, laziness and lack of mental clarity. Candida, fungus overgrowth and yeast infections are a very common issue.

Candida overgrowth is a signal to you that your body would like to return your consciousness back to health and natural balance. Three important areas to pay attention to when bringing the natural balance back into your body are PH Levels Acid/Alkaline Balance, Immune Function and Healthy Intestinal Flora. You need to take care of your body's inner balance and strength. This health awareness is not just for healing Candida it is important for ongoing wellbeing, energy and radiant health.

Diet For Strength
When the human body is weakened it is vulnerable to attack. Keeping your PH levels in balance, and your immune system high is how you can maintain a strong body that can resist attack from any foreign organism. Foods that have the characteristics of being high in sugar /carbohydrates and low in minerals contribute to an increase of acidity, mould and fungus/Candida in the body. They therefore add to the toxicity of the body that weakens your immune system and causes various health issues.

Sugars and refined carbohydrates are poison to your body. They directly feed the imbalance of Candida and the growth of mold and fungus. These processed foods are foreign to the natural body and should be completely avoided. The addictive cycle of sugar and carbohydrates is usually the 'false signal' of sugar cravings as a result of the bodies imbalance. Think nature and give your body what it truly needs not what it has been habituated to crave. Weak foods create a weak body. Organic natural and super foods rich in minerals, antioxidants and nutrients create a strong body.

Probiotic cultures are excellent for replenishing gut and intestinal flora by putting the good bacteria back into your system. Kefir is not pasteurised, therefore, after it is cultured, it contains the best probiotic cultures of any dairy product. Supplements of live probiotics are also available and can be taken daily on an empty stomach for healthy gut bacteria replenishment.

Coconut Oil for Balance and Health

Internally. Many people experience an immediate relief from the symptoms of Candida by introducing coconut oil into their diet. The Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA's) in coconut oil have potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. When you ingest MCFA's they help bring balance back into your body by enhancing immune function and killing bad bacteria without harming the good. Coconut oil offers deep nourishment that also helps reduce sugar cravings. An effective and therapeutic dose of coconut oil is 2-3 tablespoons per day.

Externally. Your skin naturally produces it's own oil called Sebum. This oil also contains MCFA's and can destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses from attacking the skin. This oil however is mostly removed when we washing our skin with soaps and shampoos, which means we are removing our natural protection and disrupting the skins PH balanced state.

Coconut oil is an incredible skin lotion. Because of its large quantities of MCFA's it moisturises and protects the skin. It also fights lipid-coated viruses and bacteria on the skin surface, and its unique molecular structure makes it easily absorbed. See for more information on how to use coconut oil and its abundant benefits.

So to say goodbye to Candida overgrowth eat food that gives your body strength, ingest 2-3 tablespoons of good quality, raw, cold pressed virgin coconut oil daily, apply it to your skin, and include a good quality probiotic supplement. Your body will return itself to a healthy balance naturally and you will enjoy the feelings of wellbeing, energy and optimal health.

Jenni Madison Real Nature Pty Ltd


10 Double Tickets to Giveaway to see 'My Afternoons with Margueritte': thanks to ICON Film Distribution!

MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE is a new and uplifting French comedy debuting in Australia at the 2011 French Film Festival and opening in cinemas on April 7. It's the story of one of those improbable encounters that can change the course of one's life: the encounter, in a small public garden, between Germain (Gerard Depardieu), fifty and barely literate, and Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus), a little old lady passionate about reading. Forty years and 220 pounds separate them. One day, purely by chance, Germainsits down beside Margueritte. She'll go on to read aloud extracts from novels and thereby allow him to discover the magic of books, from which Germain imagined he was excluded for life. Until then, his family circle and drinking buddies took him for an idiot; stupidity will now change places! But Margueritte is losing her sight. For the love of this charming, mischievous and caring grandmother,Germain will teach himself and show her that he's capable of reading aloud to her when she is no longer able to do so herself.

Directed by Jean Becker and starring Gerard Depardieu, Gisele Casadesus, Sophie Guillemin


10 doubles to giveaway!

To grab a double ticket simply email with MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE in the subject line.

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Short and Sweet:Chickpea, Coriander & Chicken Bake!

Serves 6

2 tablespoons plain flour
salt and pepper to season
12 chicken drumsticks
1/3 cup olive oil
300g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 x 400g cans good quality diced tomatoes
1/2 cup MSG free chicken stock
75g low fat feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley & coriander leaves, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine flour and salt and pepper on a plate. Lightly coat drumsticks in seasoned flour.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, turning occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a shallow 8-cup capacity baking dish. Add chickpeas.

3. Heat remaining oil in frying pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper & half of the coriander & parsley. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until thickened slightly.

4. Pour sauce over chicken, stirring to coat. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with feta. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until feta has melted and chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with remaining herbs.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

After being married for 45 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said,

"Darling, 45 years ago we lived in a cheap flat, drove a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 18-year old girl."

"Now, we have a $1,000,000.00 home, two $100,000 cars, a nice big bed and plasma screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 63-year old woman who is not a hot chick anymore."

"...It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman.

She told me to go out and find a hot 18-year old chick, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap flat, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching an ancient, second-hand TV.

Aren't older women great? They really know how to eliminate our frustration and solve our problems...

.Quote of the Month!

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”


For a Good Cause: Why Support Earth Hour?

On March 26, hundreds of millions of global citizens, from one hundred different countries, will unite in the action of lights out. Will you be one of them? Earth Hour is a call to action to every individual, every business and every community. It starts with a simple flick of the switch at 8:30pm on March 26 2011, in a collective display of commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all - the planet

Make 2011 Your Healthiest and Best Year Ever Seminar!

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