Claridge Naturopathics Blog

March 29, 2016


Author: Emma Wisbey


Did you know that a healthy diet for you and your family is not always about limitations and restrictions? That’s right….there is proof that a healthy diet can be about variety. Recent studies have been published linking lowered food diversity in the childhood diet with allergic complaints such as hayfever, asthma and atopic dermatitis. It is a known fact that exposure to both disease and allergens is how our immune system learns to build resistance. One particular trial has found that diversity of diet is inversely related to childhood asthma, allergies and food sensitivities. Studies such as these bring us to the conclusion that a varied diet with exposure to numerous foods and nutrients is best for pregnant mothers, their infants and furthermore children.

Just another reason why balance is the key. So enjoy food with your little ones and stop stressing about what to take out, and rather consider what healthy foods to put in. The more your kids try, the more diversity they will be exposed to and chances are they will consume many more micro and macro nutrients.

March 29, 2016


Author: Emma Wisbey



Did you know that not all natural medicines are created equally? And it is not simply a case of something being safe to self-prescribe because it is “natural”. As specialist naturopaths, when you visit us at the clinic, we tailor make your health program and/or prescription to suit your individual needs. I believe it is what sets our healthcare profession apart, that is that we acknowledge that not one size fits all.

I have been fortunate enough in my career in the natural therapies industry to have spent 10 years working with a leading Australian nutraceutical company. And this experience often assists me in educating my patients on the quality of products in our dispensary here at the clinic. What many patients don’t realise is that the products that we stock are hand-picked by our practitioner team to ensure you not only receive the best quality but also most value when being prescribed a therapeutic. 

You may have noticed that many vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements are now readily available at the pharmacy, health food store and even your supermarket, as well as all sorts of things being marketed online. But did you know that the quality and manufacturing of these retail brands can be quite different to those in our practitioner ranges at the clinic?

For example, a product might appear to have a long list of nutritional ingredients but do you truly understand the forms? For example, a cheap way to supplement magnesium is as magnesium oxide. However this is not the best form to ingest and it can severely upset your bowel. Additionally, different forms of magnesium are specific for different therapies. For example, magnesium orotate has been highly researched for cardio vascular health whereas magnesium citrate is an easily digested form of magnesium that is ideal for sensitive patients. As we speak our dispensary stocks no less than 10 different magnesium formulas, simply because as I mentioned earlier one size does not fit all patients.

What you may also not realise is that in manufacturing any of these products the process involves the addition of excipients (ie additions to the formula that assist with taste, dissolvability, shelf life etc). In Australia, it is not compulsory to list these additional ingredients and this in itself can reek havoc with your health. Some brands that have the tick of approval of gluten free, vegetarian friendly and the like may not be as good as their labelling suggests. These products often have hidden nasties such as artificial sweeteners or foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulphate. Obviously all things we need to steer clear of in prescribing the best quality product for your needs.

Many people are under the impression that something can be cheaper if purchased online or at a discount store but the cost to your health can be enormous. As cheaper may mean poor quality raw ingredients, hidden excipients (additives and preservatives), or no cofactors ie the other nutrients required for optimal assimilation and therapeutic effect. The other factor is that as your body changes and heals your nutritional needs will also change. Therefore you may not necessarily need to take your prescription long term. So in the long run you are always best to seek professional advice regarding anything you wish to take. And we will be only too happy to help sort the chaff from the hay.

If you are interested in the rationale behind practitioner prescriptions stay tuned for my upcoming post on Fish Oils. This nutrient is by far one of the most highly prescribed nutritional products in the world, but as you might now imagine there is a vast array of both quality and purity.

March 29, 2016


Author: Robert Claridge 


It is interesting to note that a number of recent studies on the use of fish oil for cardiovascular health have had different outcomes to earlier, more favourable, studies. So what’s going on? I had a look at the contrary findings and found a glaring error in the science! The researchers didn’t account for the use of statin drugs in their trial population. Statin drugs are the most common prescription for cardiovascular disease in the western world and, despite lowering cholesterol, (which is a whole different discussion), they also negate the effect of fish oil.  

At the time of the earlier, more favourable, studies statin drugs were not as prevalent and therefore, would not have had the degree of negative influence. Given such, it is obvious that fish oil would have had a much better chance of proving its effectiveness at this time. 

How could you expect an effect from the tested item if it is being blocked in the test environment????? Given that inflammation is the major cause of cardiovascular disease and fish is a safe, yet powerful anti-inflammatory, I’m still sticking with my fish oil!!!

March 29, 2016



1. Lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world.

2. People who regularly eat dinner or breakfast in restaurants double their risk of becoming obese.

3. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bicycle.

4. Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces your life expectancy.

5. One can of soft drink a day increases your chance of getting type 2 diabetes by 22%.

March 7, 2016
Men's Health


Author: Robert Claridge 

Man, are you okay?


When I open my doors each day the majority of people that walk through them are women. Women see their health as a priority and are willing to invest time, effort and money into it. So despite the fact that men have unique disease tendencies, the main issue that I see with men’s health is their general lack of awareness about their health. If you are not connected to your body, you will not hear its messages and therefore, miss out on the opportunity to take action when needed. In general, my male patients tend to only come to see me when the dam has broken. They seldom arrive with the mindset of prevention. And so I say to my fellow “Y chromosomers” - invest in an annual check- up and use it as an opportunity to reconnect to your health.

March 7, 2016
Eat a Rainbow


Author: Lindsay Ingleton 

Eat a Rainbow

March 7, 2016
Surrender the need to control


Author: Emma Wisbey

Too Little Too Much


Starting the year at the clinic I was very quickly reminded of the enthusiasm many patients possess in order to get their health back on the right track. Lots of you naturally try different diets, and know that exercise is good for you and overall have some understanding of what needs to be done to stay healthy. But many people don’t realise that ‘control’ can also be extremely detrimental to one’s health. We are always assisting patients to acquire a balance, and this is why one size never fits all. For some people a dietary or lifestyle change is essential, however for others learning to relax and removing the stress (or in other words the need to be in control) is far more important than anything else.

Don’t get me wrong I’m all for being driven and in charge of your own destiny. Striving for the best and goal setting is important. But at what point do we let go of wanting to be so in control of everything? We are currently living in a competitive society of “go go go” and with this even the best intentions can be lost if we forget to stop and slow down. I know because this is by far one of the things I personally find the hardest to do to achieve ultimate health.

For example, do you ever forget to enjoy food because you are too busy counting calories or trying to follow the next fad diet? Or are you too busy following an exercise regime to stay fit that you forget to breathe and relax as often as you train? In everything we do as naturopaths, we are always referring to balance. But what can you do to achieve this?

Lets consider Newtons Law of Physics, the idea of “every action having an equal and opposite reaction”. This means that in every interaction there is a pair of forces acting. So if we are trying to acquire balance in energy, life and ultimately health I believe we need to look at both forces at play. Ensuring we measure both can be as simple as asking yourself two questions at a time...

Have I been active or exercised today AND have I relaxed today?
Yes I have a huge list of things to do this week AND have I left time to just be spontaneous?
Or even simpler, have I worked today AND just as importantly have I played?
I love the Finnish proverb that states “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”
So I ask you to question yourself… Where do you sit on the pendulum of life and more importantly is your life balanced?

March 6, 2016
Type 2 Diabetes


Author: Robert Claridge

One of the world's most common and costly chronic diseases is reversible!

 I watched ABC’s informative show INSIGHT on Tuesday night with much interest as it centred on the global pandemic - Type 2 Diabetes. 

The thrust of the program was a discussion around a breakthrough finding out of the UK that was proven to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. In simplistic terms, Type 2 Diabetes or insulin resistance is where the “insulin key” used to open the “door” to the cell to let nutrition in is not working effectively. This in turn leads to a decrease in energy and an increase in body fat –along with the development of a whole heap of other chronic consequences including cardiovascular disease (C.V.D.), Alzheimer’s disease and peripheral neuropathies. Not much fun!!

After observing the breakthrough improvements in Type 2 diabetic patients choosing to have bariatric surgery, (reducing the size of the stomach via banding or surgery), where the subsequent reduced calorific intake reverses their Type 2 Diabetes - Professor Roy Taylor postulated that a low calorie diet should also achieve a similar effect. In short, his study showed that after 8 weeks and a loss of approximately 10% of their body weight these patients had normal blood glucose regulation. 

Specifically, all subjects lost fat around their liver and pancreas and once returning to a healthy diet of appropriate calories and regular exercise were able to maintain their improvements without medication!

Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, (N.A.F.L.D.), is in plague proportions around the world. Given that blood glucose regulation depends on the health of the liver, (which makes glucagon a hormone that mobilizes stored energy into the blood stream), and the health of the pancreas (which makes insulin needed to move energy from the blood into the cells) - it’s not hard to see that if each of these organs are being “strangled” by fat then they are not likely to function properly. 

The exact strategy of the diet is to consume 800 calories/day from a specific list of low glycaemic index, (G.I.), ingredients that contain protein, carbohydrates and fat for an 8 week period. During this time it is important that you are well hydrated and do not exercise to exertion. It’s challenging –but there is no other therapy on the planet outside of surgery that can deliver this impact. It is also a lot less expensive and arguably has less long term side effects than surgical intervention. 

So what’s stopping Australian’s embracing this landmark finding? Perhaps the following observations might help to explain. 

1. Despite the amazing corrective impact of the “new science” explained on the show – some Type 2 diabetic patients said they would rather take a pill and endure the risks of the disease progression than change their lifestyle. (Short term pain for long term gain is not a pill easily swallowed by some).

2. It appears that the wheels of Diabetes Australia seem to turn very slowly as some of its advice was shown to be at best archaic but in all honesty wrong. This is a huge concern if the governing body is not accurately leading the way. Perhaps the fact that much of their sponsorship comes from big business- whose interests are more fiscally than factually driven might be part of the explanation. (Never let the truth get in the road of a good profit!)

3. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease with a reasonably long lead time. The proposed 8-week corrective diet is a “drop in the ocean” compared to such an extended causative prelude. Yet there was argument and uproar that a patient should have to spend that amount of time treating the problem with lifestyle change. Even when the treatment reduces the long term burden the disease places on an individual’s health span and substantially reduces the national health budget. Go figure?

So it seems we have an answer for the reversal of what many experts see as the greatest burden to human health in the future. The question is, are we up to the challenge?