denise hales

SENIOR NATUROPATH
AT KANGAROO POINT NATUROPATHS
AND WELLNESS CENTRE

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I started my career as a registered nurse in 1970, specialising in Paediatrics. My passion for providing high quality health care led me to study naturopathy. After completing my bachelor degree, my focus and passion led me to concentrate on the GUT and BRAIN connection.

I combine laboratory testing to help identify what may be contributing to a client’s underlying health issue. Specific tests can result in a faster successful treatment outcome. For example, breath testing to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) or a variety of non-invasive tests to evaluate specific gastrointestinal imbalances and assess digestive health and function; food allergies and hypersensitivities or hormone testing.

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I have been lecturing at Endeavour College Natural Health since 2012, and I also supervise student clinics, and mentor naturopathic or nutrition students in my private clinic; which I find extremely rewarding.

So my mission is to restore your gut microbiome to a more natural state to help maintain good health.

Recently I have been working with a UK company known as BIOME RESTORATION. They provide HDC, a higher organism (a helminth) which helps complete your intestinal ecosystem and provides diversity that probiotics alone cannot. I have been using HDC therapy, in combination with diet and lifestyle changes, to improve food allergies and intolerances, immunity and gut health.

SO WHY IS THE GUT BRAIN CONNECTION IMPORTANT?

There have been numerous studies in recent years that have demonstrated that there is a connection between the GUT and the BRAIN. Our gut has been described as the “second brain”; this means the gut can upset the brain, just as the brain can upset the gut.

SEVERAL FACTORS CAN AFFECT THE GUT AND BRAIN CONNECTION

Gut Flora (gut micobiome)
There are billions of bacteria that colonise our gut, and more than 400 of these species have been identified. The micobiome is responsible for its involvement in metabolism, nutrition, physiological, and immune function. Imbalance of the normal gut microbiota have been linked with gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small intestinal Bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Intestinal Dysbiosis
An imbalance of bacteria is known as Intestinal dysbiosis (an overgrowth of unwanted/bad bacteria in the gut). This may also result in an array of behavioural symptoms, along with digestive disturbances, skin rashes, poor immunity, fatigue, joint pains and auto-immunity.

Leaky Gut (gut permeability) 
Leaky gut can allow undigested food proteins, to move into the blood stream where they are then able to cross the blood brain barrier and can affect behaviour, in certain individuals.

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) IBS and SIBO can be very debilitating, and are increasingly common problems in the community. It is likely that 60-80% of IBS is due to SIBO.

Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Bloating, abdominal pain, cramping
  • Reflux, frequent burping
  • Diarrhoea, constipation
  • Food intolerances, malnutrition
  • Joint pain, headaches, fatigue
  • Stress, anxiety, brain fog, depression
  • Chronic infections or immune dysregulation

Neurotransmitters
pproximately 85% of the body’s serotonin is manufactured in the gut to help control intestinal movements. Serotonin regulates our mood, appetite, sleep, and muscle contraction. It also plays a role in some cognitive functions, including in memory and learning.

So if you have any of these symptoms, it is time to Heal the Gut First, if not the rest of the healing process will be more complicated and less effective.

Please feel free to contact me with any queries you have regarding this topic.

juliana ribeiro

NATUROPATH

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My mission to make a positive difference in this world starts with helping everyday individuals live a happier, healthier life through individualised, holistic treatment with the gifts that nature provides.

I have always had a natural interest for health and wellbeing. As a child, I played games where I was a healer and mixed herbs to give to my patients. My innate passion for herbal and nutritional medicine further developed through my own personal journey battling illness. I gained a deeper understanding of how metabolic conditions can affect an individual physically and emotionally. During my studies, I began my own path to wellness. I discovered the power of natural medicine as I eventually found my way to health. This experience has forever reassured me that significant, meaningful changes can happen through the healing power of nature.

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My particular clinical interests are diabetes, metabolic disorders, female reproductive health and fertility. I have treated patients with a variety of conditions including fertility and menstrual disorders such as PCOS, endometriosis and ovarian cysts, skin conditions, mental health disorders, recurrent headache, obesity and weight gain, autoimmune conditions and so on.

My patients have benefitted from individualised treatment plans including herbal and nutritional medicines, dietary and lifestyle advice.

My evidence based approach to herbal and nutritional medicine incorporates traditional knowledge and current scientific research; formulating a holistic treatment strategy that is integrative to modern medicine.

Each patient is individual; we do not all fit into a box. Your story is unique and I believe in working together, we can find your healing path to wellness.

I completed my Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) in 2013 from Endeavour College of Natural Medicine here in Brisbane. I have been a practicing Naturopath for the past four years and have developed a special interest in gut health and the mysteries of why ‘I just don’t feel right’.

I am a qualified SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Practitioner and treat the many associated symptoms and underlying causes of SIBO and the widely linked SIFO (Small Intestinal Fungal Overgrowth) which results in Candidiasis (Candida) overgrowth.

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Is weight gain, no energy, poor sleep quality, brain fog or stress ruining your life? I have a passion for assisting people to improve their general health and vitality through ‘food as medicine’, Practitioner only products and what lifestyle changes to make that will improve and reduce the effects of toxin overload.I have tried many different diets and detox’s, such as those marketed on TV by celebrities as well as the ‘fad’ diets over the past 30 years. I am extremely excited to have found the ‘Total Body Reset’ program as it assists in achieving the results that I have been looking for over the years. The ‘Total Body Reset’ program is suitable for people who are vegetarians or vegans as well as the meat eater. I will be holding fortnightly check-ins, giving you delicious quick and easy recipes to make and individual support so that your ‘wellness’ journey is as easy and enjoyable as possible which will lead to successful lifestyle changes and outcomes. Does this sound like something that is calling your name????

I have worked in Aged Care for almost seven years, working mainly in Dementia Care. It is certainly a cruel disease that not only affects the person but also the family members as well.As a Naturopath I have found that there are seven main lifestyle factors that can be implemented too reduce your risk of cognitive decline, especially the early stages and early onset Dementia.If this is something that is of interest to you or a family member, book an appointment with me to discuss how to implement these changes into your daily lives.

I believe in ‘healthy living, healthy ageing’ as well as the importance of ‘food as medicine’.

katrina froome

NATUROPATH

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