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Kaitlyn Anderson - Our Clinic Dietitian

Posted on 11 February 2021

Kaitlyn Anderson, our clinic dietitian, is welcoming new clients and is pleased to return to face to face appointments after a few months of Telehealth.

She brings a fresh perspective to functional nutrition, understanding the need for an individualised approach to diet and lifestyle to see the whole person rather than just their symptoms. Every body is different - therefore everybody deserves a unique, tailored plan that suits their own health goals and priorities and supports their holistic wellbeing.

Kaitlyn provides nutrition counselling across a wide range of health conditions, including management of autoimmune disease, mental health issues and chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease; but has a particular interest in using food as medicine in the management of chronic pain, fatigue and fibromyalgia after her own health experiences and seeing how easy it was to "slip through the cracks" of the conventional healthcare system.

Kaitlyn also works extensively with food intolerance, including RPAH/food chemical intolerance, which can play a big role in IBS and digestive upset along with sometimes surprising symptoms like migraines, sinus congestion and eczema.

Book a consultation today and learn how the food you eat can be literally life-changing!

Posted in:Dietitian  

Meet Caroline Hales - Holistic Counselling & Energy Rebalancing

Posted by Caroline Hales on 11 February 2021

"Supporting people for over two decades to release the pain of the past and learn a different way to live." 

Hello there, I am delighted to share more information about me and the services that I offer.  These confidential sessions are a place for you to come to be listened to, a confidential space for you to share your challenges, fears, struggles, regrets, hopes and dreams.

My belief is that you have the answers to your questions and the insights that you are searching for are within you. It is my privilege to provide the right conditions for you to discover them. I use reflective feedback, open minded questioning and intuitive insights. I will encourage and sometimes challenge you but I will believe in you and your potential to live life reflective of your values.

Each session is unique and reflective of you on the day, for example if you are low in energy ,feeling out of balance and unsure of the next step in your life.  You can opt for a rebalancing treatment, that balances and recharges your physical body's energy.  This treatment is for you, when you are experiencing overwhelm, uncertainty, fear and anxiety. When you find yourself stuck in a rut, an energetic boost can be recharging.  It can take a few sessions to create longer lasting change, which also gives you the time to learn different responses to create change within your mindset, your relationships and your life.

Specialised Services

*Holistic Counselling
*Energy Rebalancing
*Emotional Support
*Mentorship for navigating stages of change
*Relationship Counselling
*Physical Healing for pain relief

For sessions available at Whole Medicine, through Zoom or phone, call reception on 5986 4229 or Book Online

 

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! - Skin Cancer Diagnosis,

Posted by Dr David Parsons on 11 February 2021

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! " (1989) - A Metaphor for Microscopy in Skin Cancer Diagnosis

My kids watched this video dozens of times when they were young. The premise was that Dad wanted to invent a machine that would miniaturise objects to further scientific study. He was working on it in the attic but his kids and their friends accidentally made it work --- they were reduced to the size of a pin head. All of a sudden common household and garden features became a fearful world of dangers and monsters.

This story is a helpful metaphor for explaining how skin cancer diagnosis works using a hand-held microscope called a Dermatoscope. This device magnifies the skin structures more than 20 times. But it also has a special trickif you shine a bright light on skin the light is  reflected back at you and you just see a shiny surface layer of keratin. So the Dermatoscope has a polarising filter in it to sort out the reflection and let you look at the "three storey house" of the superficial skin layers that we are looking into.

We have to imagine ourselves miniaturised and exploring the "three storey house" for signs of the "monsters" of skin cancer. The three main types of skin cancer we commonly find are:

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  3. Melanoma

BCC and melanoma arise in the ground floor of the housecalled the basement membrane of the skin. But by the time the cancer is big enough to see  through the Dermatoscope, the cancer cells have started to impact both the basement of the house, called the dermis in the skin, and the upper storey, or epidermis.SCC arises in the epidermis but quickly involves all three floors.

Through the Dermatoscope the doctor receives an enormous amount of information aboutwhat is going oninthethree storeys of thehouse. Interpreting this information takes dedicated training and experience. One Australian skin cancer expert likened it to deciding whether we were looking at "pussycats or tigers"tigers being the "monsters" of skin cancer.

This new field of scientific inquiry has taken off in the last 30 years. Because of our high skin cancer rates, Australia has been one of the leading countries in the world to study and teach it. Where skin cancer rates are highest in the communitysoutheast Queensland and northern NSW--- almost every GP has learnt this skill, and they now have the lowest death rates for skin cancer for the whole country.

So until you have your skin spots checked by a doctor with a hand-held Dermatoscope, you can't be sure you haven't a "tiger" hiding somewhere on your skin.

Need your skin checked? Call 5986 4229 or Book Online.

Posted in:Skin CancerSkin Health  

Access Consciousness

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 16 August 2020
Access Consciousness

Symphony of Possibility Sessions
With Dr Cristina Cooper

Cost: $100 per hour, $150 per 90 minutes

These sessions, designed by Dr Cooper aim to help you find new pathways to health and wellness.
  • Would you like new possibilities of living that are greater than you could have imagined?
  • Would you like more ease, joy and glory in your body and your life?
  • Do you feel stuck and have no idea how to get around the stuckness?
  • What are health and disease for you and could they be something else other than what you have defined them as?
  • What if you always had a choice no matter what?
  • What if you were the composer of your reality?
  • What if you were willing to see the gift of you and everything in your life?
Dr Cooper is a GP who has worked with bodies and health for over twenty years with a variety of different approaches, including conventional medicine, hypnotherapy, NLP, rebirthing, kinesiology, nutritional therapy, functional medicine and combined this with intuitive healing techniques such as Theta Healing. And now she has immersed herself in the world of Access Consciousness and Access Bars, finding this to be the most direct, no-nonsense and easy route she has found for people to connect with their knowledge and what the body requires. She has found this to be the fastest route to self-empowerment.

The underlying motto of Access Consciousness is "Empowering you to know that you know."

These "Symphony of Possibility" Sessions are about energetic empowerment. 

If this sparks an interest, all which is required is to come to a session with something you want to change and a curiosity to try something different.

Each session lasts 60-90 minutes and begins with a short dialogue to become clear what you are asking for and what we are creating together. 

For more information about SOP, this is a link to its creator Dr Dain Heer. https://drdainheer.com/what-is-the-symphony
Posted in:Women's HealthPreventative MedicineMen's HealthHealth and Well BeingMental Health  

Nutrition and Immunity

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 21 July 2020
Nutrition and Immunity
COVID-19 is a novel virus, meaning it has never been in circulation within the human population before, therefore long term research isn't available on treatment options. However, good principles of nutritional medicine are likely to be supportive to strengthen the immune system. 

The immune system is a complex whole-body system that is mainly housed in the gut wall and through the body via the antibody system, white blood cells and lymph nodes. These collections of tissues are the source of our immune defence. When we are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals we know that this has a negative effect on the immune system.

Vitamin D is a remarkable vitamin that our bodies make from the sun. If we sun avoid due to fear of skin cancer, excessive indoor time or covering our skin we may be deficient in Vitamin D even in this sunny country. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a poorer immune response. 

Zinc has long been used as an anti-viral agent, however, it has fallen from "fashion" as more pharmaceutical medicines have taken its place. Zinc is currently being research in the ICU units in some Melbourne Hospitals. Zinc is commonly deficient as our soils are over-farmed and with the latest dietary trend heading to vegetarianism, we are finding a lot of zinc deficiencies. Zinc stores within the white blood cells and acts as a first-line defence against viruses. 

Vitamin C is a ubiquitous anti-viral agent and is a potent anti-oxidant used to mop up inflammation and cell debris caused by the immune system's defence actions. Vitamin C  also supports mucous membrane healing, which may play a role in the COVID-19 mechanism in more severe cases. 

Others lifestyle medicine interventions have all good evidence to support optimising immunity, such as adequate sleep, nature-based exercise, good air quality, stress management, and connection with those we love. Our immune systems are dynamic and provide an omnipotent healing presence inside all of us. 

So along with following the DHHS guidelines, such as social distancing, wearing a mask in public, restricting contact with others, avoiding crowds and washing hands frequently and vigorously, there may be some good evidenced-based interventions worth considering. For more information and individualisation please book an appointment and speak it through with your practitioner.
Posted in:VitaminsPreventative MedicineMen's HealthChildren's HealthChronic IllnessHealth and Well BeingFamily GPCOVID-19  
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