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A Functional Medicine Approach to Autism

The concepts of Functional Medicine are well suited for disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder. The development of autism involves multiple organ system imbalances, including the brain, gut and immune systems and detoxification pathways. There is a wide range of severities and causes for children and adults with autism, so not everyone should be treated in…

A biochemistry approach to schizophrenia treatment

Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. It can cause many symptoms, including hallucinations, paranoia, breaking from reality, flat affect or a reduced ability to express emotions.  People with schizophrenia require lifelong treatment. Early treatment may help get symptoms under control before serious complications develop and may help improve the…

9 most common causes of fatigue

Are you feeling tired all the time? Do you find yourself wanting to hit snooze more than usual? Functional Medicine and clinical nutrition can help restore your energy by understanding the underlying issues that cause fatigue. Exhaustion and low energy are often a result of what’s happening on the inside, or sometimes, the lack of what’s…

11 causes of sleep disorders and how to improve your sleep

In Australia and throughout the world, many of us do not get the sleep we need to function optimally. Often, there are underlying problems that cause regular cycles of sleep to be disturbed and the development of sleep disorders.  Sleep disorders are often a result of an underlying deficiency or an overstimulation of the brain.  Balancing…

What is the COMT gene and how do treatments balance mood, hormone levels, and improve overall health?

May 11 2020 By Jarrod Cooper Category: Mental Health,

COMT Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is one of a number of enzymes that process neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.  As we know, not everyone in Australia or anywhere in the world responds to stress in the same way. Life experience influences our perception of stress, but certain genes make us more or less sensitive to…

How to reduce Anxiety and improve Mental Health by regulating your gut bacteria

In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 percent of people will experience anxiety or another mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, over 2 million Australians have anxiety. 1 It is in our nation’s best interest to look for ways to reduce anxiety and improve the overall wellbeing of the population. An increasing…

Nutritional Psychiatry – Recover from Mental Health conditions by balancing your brain chemistry with nutrient therapy and improved diet

Nutritional psychiatry is an emerging field that achieves outstanding results in improving and resolving mental health conditions. Most of us can easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness. Many people, however, are unaware of the impact nutrition has on mental health. Nutritional psychiatry is an emerging discipline shedding light on the fact…

Stress and Fatigue

August 18 2019 By Jarrod Cooper Category: Conditions, Mental Health,

Causes, Symptoms & Natural Treatment Stress can come from events that cause feelings of frustration, anger, irritability, nervousness, tension, etc. Stress is a normal part of the adrenal fight-flight response, and in small doses is important in order to cope with challenges. Stress causes a response in the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands. When…

Schizophrenia

August 18 2019 By Jarrod Cooper Category: Conditions, Mental Health,

Causes, Symptoms & Natural Treatment Schizophrenia is a complex mental health disorder characterised by: Difficulty differentiating between what is imagined and what is real (hallucinations, delusions) Difficulty thinking and concentrating Abnormal emotional responses or lack of emotion Abnormal social behaviour Schizophrenia affects men and women equally and usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood. For…

Eating Disorders

August 18 2019 By Jarrod Cooper Category: Conditions, Mental Health,

 Anorexia & Bulimia – Causes, Symptoms & Natural Treatment Anorexia nervosa is an emotional eating disorder characterised by severe and potentially life-threatening weight loss through self-induced reduction in total food intake. People with this disorder have an intense fear of weight gain, even when they are underweight. They may diet or exercise obsessively in order…