July 2019

An Aluminium Thread

Thirty years ago during my time in Sydney, I chose to highlight the dangers of aluminium on one of my weekly radio programs. In those days many frying pans, saucepans, teapots, graters and other culinary-related items were commonly made of aluminium. It was also present in a number of items commonly consumed.

One of my patients back then, Betty Jenson, was an ex-music teacher who had retired early to write a book on the history of the style of music in which she specialised. At least, that was her plan. However, she was finding that […]

June 2019

Recipe Evolution

Last Friday, I provided a ‘whiz’ as my contribution to the dinner for the group of guests that joined me for our regular Open House Evening. I needed to make another dish this week that would show my guests that eating ‘raw’ can be delicious and satisfying.

It had been a busy day and I only had fifteen minutes between the departure of my last client and the arrival of the first visitor for the evening, so my dish had to be something quick! I chose ‘cauliflower rice’ which is a dish that many people […]

Raw Note

As usual, last Friday evening we had our weekly Open House. This regular event is open to our clients and to people with cancer who are interested in following our Metabolic approach to cancer support. These evenings are educational and informative on one hand, supportive and fun on the other!

Each attendee is asked to bring a dish of raw, low-starch organic food to share. We set the food out on the table at the beginning of the evening and began with a general discussion that got the evening going. When we got to the […]

May 2019


While I was in general practice in Australia, I enjoyed working with people with arthritis.  One morning, I was particularly inspired following a radio interview to which I listened as a trapped audience on my way to work. The interviewer described the arthritis specialist in glowing terms, she was clearly impressed.  The specialist stressed that he had done seven years of medical training, then several more years of surgical training, then even more years of training in arthrology. Wow, impressive credentials! He outlined the different types of arthritis and described them in detail. He […]

Returning Client

Looking at my diary, I saw that Pauline Summers had booked in for a consultation. The name seemed familiar, but I could not place her. When I looked at her file I knew why. It had been nearly four years since I had last seen her. At the time, she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. She began to follow my recommendations but had given up after three appointments and I had not heard from her since. I was interested to hear what she was doing since I had last seen her. It […]

April 2019

Metastasis and Surgery

Many years ago, before I specialised in cancer support, a friend contacted me to say she had discovered a lump in her breast. She lived many miles outside Sydney, but she wanted to come and see me to discuss her health. She had seen her doctor who wanted her to do a mammogram and have a biopsy. She knew of the dangers of both in relation to encouraging metastasis and was terrified. This was the early 1980s and it was difficult to get information as there was no ready internet that we could turn […]


National Health Service or National Disease Service?

I have been a naturopath for forty years. In this time, but especially at the start, I was curious as to the difference between the medical approach to health and the naturopathic approach. I’ve also been asked the question over the years, “What is the difference between being a doctor and being a naturopath?”

I started my studies in naturopathy following fifteen years of science and chemistry, from school, through two universities and a decade of jobs. Science was my foundation.

Imbued with this academic background and respect for the […]

Foundation Breakfast 2

Last week I wrote about the combination of Yoghurt (or some equivalent amount of vegetable protein powder) with flaxseed oil. This is enormously helpful. Dr Budwig stated that this combination improves the structure and function of cell membranes, increasing the uptake of oxygen and other nutrients by the cells. This combination has been recommended for several decades and the reported results have always been very positive.

Most people’s diet has too high a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. This can be especially true of people who reduce their intake of animal proteins and eat large amounts of […]

March 2019

Foundation Breakfast

A few decades ago, the standard breakfast in many homes was cereal with milk and sugar followed by toast and marmalade, and possibly, for the big eaters, a middle course of eggs, bacon and fried bread.   Muesli then came into fashion, a bowl full of muesli usually with milk and sometimes with sugar – or alternatively, the muesli had already been sweetened before it was packaged for sale.

These breakfasts have one thing in common, they are heavily based on starch and sugar. More recently we have come to realise how unhealthy a high starch […]

Prevent or Treat?

Veronica came to see me. She looked very stressed and worried which made me wonder what type of cancer she had and how bad it was. However, her story was different. She had been encouraged by her friend Betina to schedule an appointment with me.

Betina had been seeing me for some time. She had breast cancer and was undergoing treatment from her oncologist. However, she had asked me for as much supportive help as I could give her, both in general and to help reduce some of the toxic effects of the chemotherapy. Veronica, […]