Constant Sinus Headaches and Migraines? Maria’s Story

Constant Sinus Headaches and Migraines? Maria’s Story

Here’s Maria’s story…..

She was suffering from continuous sinus headaches and migraines. It’d been going on for a year now.

She was taking anti-inflammatories every day and prescription migraine medication several times a month.

In addition to turning up 5 days, sometimes 6 to a demanding office job that was under staffed and under-resourced.  Sounding familiar.

Her debilitating brain fog and head pain had become a way of life that she tolerated and managed.

Maria had reached that tipping point where she just couldn’t stay in the world of pain where she was. There had to be something to make all this pain go away. That’s when she ended up in my office.

After listening intently to all that she was experiencing and had done. We delved head long into the world of food intolerances, since that was the elephant in the room when I heard her story. She welcomed the testing and I recommended changes that would shift her from where she was to where she wanted to be….pain free and enjoying life.

It was like magic….her sinus headaches and migraines quickly became a thing of the past within 14 days. Her energy soared, clarity of mind prevailed. Hence the comment……..“I can’t believe what a huge difference it’s made changing what I eat in such a short amount of time.”

The cycle had been broken.  Now, she was on the road to recovery

I so love cleaning up at the beginning not the end.  Saves money, time and energy.  Simplicity at it’s best.

So, if you want to stop patching up at the end. Or step out of the endless holding pattern of constant headches, sinus or migraines CLICK HERE to book in for initial consult and we’ll get you sorted.

Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne

Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne

Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – 10 Signs You Have Leaky Gut

Naturopath Gut Health Melbourne – Only recently mainstream medicine considered leaky gut syndrome a fake diagnosis by alternative quacks. But today there is growing research confirming ‘leaky gut’ or increased intestinal permeability as a major factor in chronic and autoimmune diseases.

Alternative practitioners have always felt the gut is the foundation of our health. It all started with Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, saying “All disease begins in the gut”. Now science is finally acknowledging this very fact.

What is a leaky gut?

Leaky gut…. is just that a gut that leaks. Your intestinal lining which is normally kilometres of tight junctions can be damaged, through infections, stress, toxins, ageing and certain foods. This damage causes inflammation and increased permeability. Suddenly poorly digested food particles and bacteria are able to pass through into your bloodstream unhindered.

“Leaky gut syndrome” is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it’s something of a medical mystery.

“From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. “Physicians don’t know enough about the gut, which is our biggest immune system organ.” – WebMD


Food Intolerance Test Melbourne

Food Intolerance Test Melbourne

Food Intolerance Test Melbourne – Many people have health problems that are caused, triggered, or perpetuated by the foods they eat every day—and some don’t even know it.

Food intolerance is a detrimental reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but generally refers to reactions other than food allergy. Food hypersensitivity is used to refer broadly to both food intolerances and food allergies. – Wikipedia

Back in the seventies and eighties when I grew up there was very little talk about reactions to foods. Sure, there was the occasional kid, but nothing like today.

Today school protocols have changed, no longer are kids sent out into the playground with lunchboxes in hand. They eat indoors supervised, discouraged from sharing foods, before being let loose into the playgrounds. All part of a strategic masterplan to limit food related incidents in schools that seem to be getting bigger, more widespread and complex each year.

Food reactions, which ranges from intolerance, sensitivities or allergies are all escalating at an alarming rate. Of course, all a little different in how they happen in the body but will make you feel similar.

Why Are Food Intolerances on the Rise?

Our immune systems are going haywire. Ideally, protecting us from bacteria and viruses. Now they’re attacking poorly digested food particles or even our own body tissues.

Why? I’m thinking it has a lot to do with how we are tampering with our environment, foods and the ever increasing number of chemicals and substances that are unleashed upon us each year.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in recent years, with an estimated 25 -50 million people struggling with one or more of roughly 140 autoimmune problems – asthma, eczema, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hayfever, cancer, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis….

Food intolerances can act as a driver for autoimmune diseases in susceptible individuals, keeping immune systems primed to cross react with bodily tissues or organs in susceptible people under the right conditions. Did you know once you have one autoimmune disease you can get many?

19 Clues of Food Intolerance

Here are most common symptoms of food reactivities I see people struggling with. You may have one or a combination of many.

  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid reflux
  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) – swing from constipation to diarrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Migraines
  • Stomach cramps
  • Hayfever
  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune disease – psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, coeliac….

To understand food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances, we have to look where the majority of the immune system resides and where digestion occurs. It just so happens that both of these are in the same place.

The gastrointestinal system is home to around 75 percent of your immune system and is also where your food is digested and absorbed. As Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “All disease begins in the gut.” That’s why I believe that overcoming food reactivities has to be centered around healing your gut.

Your microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and yeast in your gut, regulate the immune system in many dynamic and intricate ways. Research suggests that bacterial imbalances in the microbiome can lead to immune dysregulation and allergies or intolerances with foods.

Other gut problems like candida overgrowth, SIBO, and leaky gut syndrome can all be added stressors to the balance of the immune system. In leaky gut syndrome, for example, if foods are passing through the gut lining into the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to react to just about any foods, triggering inflammation throughout the body. I’ve seen even the healthiest foods cause food reactivities in people with these underlying gut problems.

If you’re going through some of the problems listed above, it’s important to uncover which foods your body is not tolerating. I’d suggest coming in for a 30 min Food Sensitivity Discovery Session / Food Intolerance Test Melbourne or if you have had multiple issues an initial 75 min consult. Available in person or phone/skype. CLICK HERE to book now for 30-minute Food Sensitivity Discovery Session, normally $90, now $75 until 31st March 2017.

Life’s too short to feel crappy all the time!

Julie xxx

Feeling Unwell and Tired all the Time

Feeling Unwell and Tired all the Time

Feeling Unwell and Tired all the Time – What’s Making Me Feel So Crap?

Feeling Unwell and Tired all the Time but can’t put your finger on it?

Noticing you’re tired, bloated, have headaches often, blocked nose, brain fog.….maybe feeling down, mood swings, shocking PMS or skin is breaking out?

Personally, I suffered from all these and more…. for more years than I care to admit before I’d had ENOUGH…..then made the decision to get it sorted.

Life is too short to feel crap all the time!

A quarter of the population claim to suffer from fatigue.

But sometimes extreme tiredness can be hiding a more serious illness.

It is easy to blame exhaustion on the stresses of an increasingly demanding lifestyle or work. – Daily Mail – Health Article


There are lots to do, feel and get inspired about in life.

But when you’re feeling like you’re doing life under a blanket of wet concrete it just takes all the juice out of it. It suddenly becomes about surviving not living.

So, my escalating chronic discomfort prompted my quest for solutions and finally became my mission.



Energy sucking, inflammatory driving and infection cultivating……they were slowly draining the life blood out of me.

More so because I had a swag of them since I’d let it go on for soooo long, plus I was eating these foods multiple times a day. Doh!

I learned the hard way about cleaning up at the beginning and all important prevention..…rather than constantly doing damage control at the other end with cortisone nasal sprays, antihistamines, Panadol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anything else that would temporarily ease the pain of feeling so goddam awful.

My biggest lesson was about taking away what doesn’t work instead of adding more and more and more.….. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose been there.

So, less is the new more for me.


Then finally, stepping back and learning why it all happened in the first place.

What set me up for all this food chaos? That’s a complex story for another day.

The short version is leaky gut or inflammatory intestinal permeability. I’d added plenty of fuel to the fire and had the predisposition, just waiting to manifest given the chance.

Looking back, my mother had lots of digestive issues, she was quite fussy about what she ate. This predisposition had been passed down the line.

Now, add to that –

  • the ‘take on too much’ work ethic, constantly stressed,
  • health short cuts because you’re time poor – ignore it all and plow on,
  • skip exercising daily (no time initially, then no energy & no time),
  • eat breakfast cereal for dinner because you’re tired, exhausted and can’t be bothered – like throwing petrol on a fire….before you know it’s exploded and out of control,
  • binge drink weekly, to escape,
  • minimise fruit and veg in your diet, until they’re almost non-existent,
  • go overseas and get a gut infection or gastro,
  • repeat all above often


Did you know intolerances (delayed or IgG type) are passed through the placenta, so mothers pass their intolerances through to their children?

Thinking of having children, clean up your health before you go there, it’ll make life so much easier. Otherwise, your children will have the same problems as you… about amplification of pain!


Now I’ve tested it all and found what works and I teach it most days in my clinic.

That’s my big why I transitioned from mainstream ‘treat it at the end’ pharmacy to bigger picture ‘get it at the beginning’ naturopathy.

Now, I can help anyone, anywhere in between.

I’ve lived it, trialed it, experimented and found what works and what doesn’t.


Food sensitivities come in many shapes and sizes….they’re not that simple.

Did you know?

  • Having a problem with certain foods doesn’t always or only affect your gut.
  • Foods that irritate and inflame you, inflames everything……your brain, liver, everything. That’s why you feel so crap.

So, if you have an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, asthma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, lupus and more…’s best to eradicate the petrol that’s keeping your immune system angry and attacking your body.


Can’t lose weight?

Food intolerances are one of the first things I look for….guaranteed to sabotage any weight loss attempts. Increases fluid retention, internal cortisol and inflammatory markers, no chance of getting into the fat burning range.

Most common reactions are to cow’s milk, eggs, beans, cereals….but can be anything really!


Had an aha moment or sound very familiar? Time to get some testing done…. to work out what’s really happening? CLICK HERE to book online a 30 min Discovery Session (phone or in person) for $75 with 10% off testing until 31st March 2017. Otherwise, email or call me on 0438 593523.

I’ll point you in the right direction to feeling great and looking fabulous once again.