Subluxations – Spinal Misalignment

Do you have a back problem or a health problem?

Subluxations are minor misalignments of the skeletal verterbrae which cause nerve interference or damage.  This leads to  body and brain miscommunication causing malfunction or dis-ease.  At Natural Healing Centre we do spinal care to correct subluxations.

Your nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) controls and coordinates everything in your body and mind.  When your nerve energy flows abundantly without obstruction, your body and mind are 100% self-communicating, self-healing, self-regulating and robust.

When nerve flow is impeded, similar to static on your mobile phone, you are no longer functioning at 100% and your health and vitality are compromised.

Subluxations are caused by our inability to handle life’s three major stressors, physical, mental-emotional and chemical.

Left uncorrected they have a devastating effect upon human health and well-being, leading to breakdown, malfunction and dis-ease.

The goal is to locate subluxations, remove them and their causes and allow you to heal yourself on every level.

Our practitioners can determine if you have subluxations i.e. Osteopath Paul Turner, Remedial Massage Therapist/TCM Doctor Andrew Moulton, Acupuncturist Scott Brisbane.


The chart below is an illustration indicating which organ system could be affected and the potential symptoms if there is a subluxation at a particular vertebral level.


Natural antibiotics can often be more effective than the synthetic medical antibiotics for common infections.

Medical antibiotics can be lifesaving in special circumstances but should be used sparingly and on the advice of a specialist or M.D.

The following are our choice of natural antibiotics that can be as effective without the unwanted side effects.


Propolis boosts the immune system and helps build resistance to infection.  It is particularly great for treating and warding off influenza.

It is a substance bees collect from the bark of  trees… especially poplars, horse chestnut, spruce, larch and other conifers (pine trees).

The bees coat the doorway of their hives with this substance and it stops any infection getting inside the hive. The bees also brush against it going in and out of the hive thus protecting their home.

Propolis has been hospital-tested by numerous doctors over the years and it has been found to be effective against staphylococcus (throat-chest infections), salmonella (food poisoning) and E.colli (gastric infection).

External ulcers, such as leg ulcers, respond well to Propolis, as do internal ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach.

There are no harmful side effects, and in fact, Propolis does not kill off the “good” bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Note: in very rare cases it has caused mild allergic reactions.


A well known antibiotic and is particularly effective in fighting coughs, colds and flu.


Garlic contains natural antibiotics known as anicillan and sulphur, long understood to be effective for bacterial, viral and fungal infections.  It can be used as a preventative or to treat an existing condition.

If consuming fresh garlic be sure it is at it’s freshest and hasn’t been sitting in your pantry too long.


Olive Leaf Extract

Olive trees are among the world’s oldest and longest living plants and act as a natural barrier to microbial invasion.

The leaves in particular concentrate large amounts of oleanolic acid.  Extracts of olive leaves have been used medicinally for several hundred years as it lowers fevers and treats malarial infections.

More recently, olive leaf extract has been shown to be a potent remedy against viral diseases, yeast and fungal infections, bacterial, protozoan and parasite infections.

Colds, food poisoning, strep throat, warts, gastro, hepatitis, influenza, pneumonia and ringworm plus many more have all been successfully treated with olive leaf extract.


Echinacea has the ability to handle upper-respiratory infections – coughs and the rhino virus (common cold).  It can shorten the duration of illness and is also an effective natural pain reliever.

It is a herb well publicised for its terrific immune building properties.


Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit Seed Extract is an excellent antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral medicine.

It has been known to successfully treat various types of infections such as bacterial, candida, parasitic and intestinal illness.

The main chemical compound in grapefruit seeds are polyphenols known as limonoids and naringenin and are thought to be responsible for their ability to kill infectious agents.

“Traveler’s Friend” which contains grapefruit seed extract is a natural water purifier, and as the name suggests is great for people traveling overseas for it’s effectiveness in treating dysentery and diarrhea.



Astragalus is a Chinese herb that is used extensively as a natural antibiotic and immune booster.

Fantastic for flu and bacterial infections, Astragalus together with other Chinese herbs is used in our “Infection Fighter” tonic.


Andrographis is an Ayurvedic (Indian) herbal medicine known to increase white cell count.  It can also assist your body to fight infections.

Golden Seal

Golden Seal is fantastic for staph infections, colds, flu and general inflammation.  It is great for catarrhal conditions such as chronic sinus.


The effects of antibiotics on the body

Medical antibiotics not only kill the “bad” or harmful bacteria but also destroy the “good” intestinal bacteria. This often causes deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B12 and can considerably lower a person’s resistance to infection.

The destruction on the good intestinal bacteria is one of the major causes of the fungal infection Candida and vaginal thrush which plagues many women.

A strong probiotic (good bacteria) is always recommended when prescribed medical antibiotics are being used.   Take the probiotic 1 hour either side of the medical antibiotics and at least 1 week after finishing.


Plain yogurt is one of the best natural sources of friendly bacteria to keep your gut healthy.


We hope this information has been enlightening and alerts you to the fact we do have natural remedies for infections… remedies with all the benefits but without the harmful side effects.




The difference between pain (effects) and function (clues to underlying causes).


PAIN:  Is the END EFFECT of an underlying pattern of dysfunction and usually occurs in the tissues which are stressed (overloaded , stretched or compressed).

The structures which are painful are simply stressed but may actually be functioning (i.e. coping) – at least until they have a ‘breakdown’ (at which point they may need emergency care to get them back to ‘coping’ once again).

BUT – WHAT IS CAUSING THE STRESS IN THE FIRST PLACE?  Why are the painful structures under load?  This is where function comes into play.


FUNCTION:  The answer to this “why” has more to do with other things going on in our lives.  Often elsewhere, being mentally, emotionally, energetically, environmentally, socially or nutritionally etc.

The physical effects often located in other or distant areas from the site of pain) – which are DYS-FUNCTIONAL (but not always symptomatic) placing load upon the symptomatic tissues, setting them by placing them under stress, or otherwise interfering with (slowing) the natural healing process.

Thus – the underlying PATTERNS of DYS-FUNCTION which are more important to identify address if we expect to achieve long lasting results from any treatment or self-healing work.

This has particular benefit in helping those with complicated and chronic health issues which I am passionate about.  In these cases there is always a lot more going on than merely the tissues causing pain.



Treating symptomatically is like mowing the lawns without pulling up the weeds – whereas identifying the underlying problem patterns is like noticing both the healthy and weedy areas and then pulling up the (primary) weeds (roots and all) and planting healthy seeds (or habits) in their place.


This means a person not only potentially clears their symptoms but they also improve long term inner well-being and health (by learning how to feed the flower of health and starve the weed of disease – so to speak and thus get healthier).


If anyone has any questions or wants to learn more on how to start the healing process please contact the clinic to find out more.







Food sources high in L-Methylfolate (Folate)

Food sources high in L-Methylfolate (Folate) Activated form of (Folic Acid)

Most leafy green plant sources contain approximately 80% of folate in the active L-methylfolate form.  In other words all of the folate in green plant sources is reduced (ready to be methylated if not already methylated).

Virtually none of the folate in fresh food is folic acid which is considered to be harmful to those with the MTHFR Gene Mutation.

Green smoothies containing raw spinach or kale and organic strawberries are a folate powerhouse.

Green smoothies containing raw spinach or kale and organic strawberries are a folate powerhouse.


Grains such as wheat, corn and rice are low in folate, resulting in low folate status in most people.

Meat is generally low in folate, except for liver, which is high in non-methylated (not 5-MTHF) folate.

L-methylfolate is essential for brain health – raw or lightly cooked dark leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and other fresh vegetables are required for a healthy happy brain.

Foods high in L-methylfolate (Folate)

  • Sprouted legumes (e.g. mung bean, lentil, chickpea, whitebeans)
  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Strawberries (and other berries)
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges, grapefruit, and their juices
  • Fermented foods such as kefir, water kefir, sauerkraut
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Peas
  • Sweet peppers

Dried legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, and white beans have the highest folate concentration of any food, however they are mostly in the non-methylated form.  Sprouting legumes for four days causes a 3 – 4 x increase in total folate, a near-complete conversion of the folate to L-methylfolate, and a spike in vitamin C content that protects and stabilizes the 5-MTHF.

Eating legumes sprouted for 4 days is quite possibly the single most powerful way of increasing your body’s supply of L-methylfolate (aside from 5-MTHF supplementation).

Eating legumes sprouted for 4 days is quite possibly the single most powerful and natural way of increasing your body’s supply of L-methylfolate (aside from 5-MTHF supplementation).


Green smoothies containing raw spinach or kale and organic strawberries are a folate powerhouse. Vitamin C in foods powerfully protects folate from breaking down. Hence, foods with both folate and vitamin C (such as broccoli and citrus) are super sources of L-methylfolate.

Other sources of  L-methylfolate

Bacteria and yeasts are folate factories, and hence fermented foods are excellent sources of active folate.

L-methylfolate (5-MTHF) supplements are rapidly gaining in popularity because they work.

If you have MTHFR gene mutations, eating fresh folate-rich foods every day becomes even more important, however supplementation may also be required.


Berries fresh or frozen never lose their folate

Berries fresh or frozen never lose their folate


Effects of food processing on folate

Folate (L-methylfolate included) is relatively fragile and degrades when food is processed, therefore it is important to buy fresh green vegetables (primarily leafy greens and cruciferous) from the fresh produce department.  Organic vegetables are the preferred choice especially for those who are sensitive to pesticides.

Berries fresh or frozen never lose their folate and can remain frozen for up to 5 months.

Vegetables as close to their raw state as possible is best for folate availability.  Lightly steamed vegetables preserve the folate.  Boiling vegetables leeches the folate into the water.  Avoid boiling unless the water will be used in a soup where the liquid is also consumed.

 Article sourced from mindwhale

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy is a non invasive drug free option.

Cold Laser Therapy is a non invasive drug free option.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold Laser Therapy is a non invasive drug free option that offers a natural solution to pain management.  The  cold laser device emits 4 radiances of light that identify and target inflamed tissue without damaging healthy tissue.  The different lasers have been proven to quickly and effectively reduce inflammation giving the body the best environment to heal and relieve pain.  It can be used alone or in combination with other natural therapies.  It is ideal for those who wish to avoid surgery or drugs.

What does it treat?

Cold Laser Therapy can effectively resolve chronic and acute pain in many conditions including:

  • Bursitis
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Arthritis pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle strain
  • Tendonitis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Many other conditions

 Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-Invasive
  • Very little or no contra-indications
  • Easy to apply
  • Very Safe
  • Cost Effective
  • Highly effective for the patient
  • No side effects or pain
  • Alternative to analgesics, NSAID’s and other medications.

 How many sessions are required?

A result may be noticed after the first treatment, however for optimum results 3-10 sessions are usually recommended depending on the duration and severity of the condition.


Light radiances identify and target inflamed tissue without damaging healthy tissue.

Light radiances identify and target inflamed tissue without damaging healthy tissue.


This service is available at Mitcham and Ferny Creek with several of our Practitioners.  Initial consults may be required for new patients to assess the condition.  Follow up consults for Laser Therapy only will be $40 for a 15 min session, or can be combined with a full consultation at $20 extra on top of consultation fee.

For more information or to make an appointment call us,  9873 0966 Mitcham or 9755 1900 Ferny Creek.




Keeping your Kids Healthy and Happy with Osteopathy

A child’s health and well being can benefit from Osteopathy.  Infants, children and teenagers generally have plenty of energy and enthusiasm for life, bouncing back from colds, flues, accidents and other life stresses, usually quite well provided their inner health is well, their posture is balanced and habit patterns and technique with other life and sporting activity are good.


However, there are many things in life that can hinder the natural healing process and cause stress and strain on growing bodies.  For example – imagine a tiny baby about to be born, contained snugly (hopefully) within Mum’s abdomen and pelvis It is about to take its first journey into the world.  If mums pelvis is a bit imbalanced and restricted it may not be able to yield correctly through the birth process and so this tiny little baby may come out with a slightly tilted or squished head (so mum’s – its sometimes good to make sure you are all balanced also).  A babies head can sometimes be jammed in mum’s pelvis for many weeks prior to birth.  Then there is the birth itself.  Normally this is a natural process but parts of the body can be compressed or subject to excessive traction resulting in a wide range of health problems from reflux, to irritability, behavioural problems, excessive head tilting or bumping, suckling issues, digestive difficulties and so on.  Furthermore after birth some of these restrictions may resolve themself but what if something gets jammed or over stretched and can’t resolve itself.  This can have long term effects on growth and development because the tissues need even stresses placed upon them for even development (and may, if not even, contribute to postural problems later in life such as a scoliosis).  Then this little baby starts to crawl, stand and then walk, often having a tumble or two and sometimes a severe knock.  Maybe there are restrictions in the body that contribute to fluid drainage problems or respiratory difficulties such as asthma, not to mention colds and flues, which are all propounded when the little one begins swimming or dance lessons, sporting activities, and goes to school.


Sometimes poor postural or sporting habits develop (e.g. sitting poorly at school, carrying a bag always on the same side), sometimes on their own or sometimes a consequence of an old unresolved injury.  Then there are falls out of trees and off the monkey bars? God forbid.  We can’t stop children (or even adults) from doing these things, and in many cases these are great and necessary experiences.   All of these things are a natural part of a person’s life experience.


So, is there any need to worry? Of course not – All that is required is to keep an eye on a Childs growth and development and make sure all is progressing as it should.  If you notice something isn’t right, something is crooked or not developing as it should or behaviour changes (in a less healthy way – especially after an accident), or a child has poor posture, is irritable, gets constant colds, or ear trouble, or an ankle sprain is not resolving in a normal time frame, etc – these are all signs that something is not right – that things aren’t flowing and clearing as they should.


So – What can you do the check everything is ok?  Osteopathy may be able to help.  When my kids aren’t right I assess their posture, outwardly and also inwardly for their inner health, balance and well being – to make sure everything is flowing, balanced and function ok.   If it is ok – this gives me the confidence to know nature is sorting things out naturally and all is ok.  I know not to panic and that the cold, flu, strain or other issue will more than likely resolve itself in time.  So I watch and wait.

When not right, the tissues, organs, energy and rhythms are not flowing, may be congested or blocked – telling me the system is not coping and need some support to regain this balanced state.   This is where treatment may help, either direct Osteopathic treatment which works more with massage, manipulation, joint movements or indirect (cranio-sacral/biodynamic) Osteopathy (either or both depending on the practitioner approach and needs of the tissues – which an assessment will determine) which is more subtle, energetic and working (without pressure) on the inner rhythms, tissues, fluids and organs of the body to bring the whole back into a healthy functioning state.  This latter approach (which some of our practitioners practice) is particularly useful for resolving many of the developmental problems mentioned above, and is very gentle and effective on infants, children and those with difficult and chronic and complicated health concerns (and which involve the inter-relation of many systems of the body).

Natural Medicine can help with Food and Environmental Intolerances


There are so many different food and environmental intolerances and sensitivities that affect us these days. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones and you are not affected by any of them! But how much do you know about these and what it means for the people living with them? We think it’s important for everyone to be educated even just a small amount. So here is some information on a few things that can cause people A LOT of discomfort.

Lactose Intolerance


Lactose is a sugar found in the milk of mammals. We as humans produce an enzyme called Lactase which is produced in the small intestine to break down lactose into galatose and glucose which is then absorbed into the blood stream. People with a lactose intolerance are usually lacking or not producing enough of the Lactase enzyme. This means the body cannot break down the Lactose into a simpler form for the body to absorb. People with a lactose Intolerance typically experience bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. Abdominal cramps are also a fairly common experience with lactose intolerance. Therefore people with this type of intolerance generally avoid milk and other dairy products to avoid these symptoms.


Gluten Intolerance


A gluten intolerance generally describes a non-coeliac Gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found in some grains such as Wheat, Rye, Oats and Barley. This protein is often used in many products to help bind ingredients together and those with Coeliac Disease or a gluten intolerance learn very quickly to decipher those strange number and letter combinations on ingredients lists. Like those with a lactose intolerance, people with a gluten intolerance often experience flatulence, bloating, abdominal cramps as well as “brain fog”, extreme tiredness, headaches, flu-like symptoms and/or joint pain. To learn more about Gluten Intolerance head to our blog piece


Yeast Intolerance


A yeast intolerance is an inflammatory response to yeast proteins that are present in many foods and drinks. As you may know, yeast is a living fungus, it is often used in foods like baked goods to make them rise, and alcohol in which it is used to help the fermenting process. People with this type of intolerance usually need to avoid other foods as well, including blue cheese, mushrooms, malt and truffles. Sugar and sugary foods also need to be avoided often as fungus inside the body will feed off the sugar.


Environmental Intolerance


Environmental intolerance covers a HUGE range of things. From the typical pollen, animal hair and dust to electronic devices and chemicals. We are all familiar with “Hayfever” and if you don’t happen to suffer yourself, chances are you know many people who do. What you might not realise is that the intolerance might not be the dust or the pollen or the dog, but something else in your life.


If you think you are suffering from an intolerance – either environmental or food consider booking a consultation with one of our naturopaths. They offer a range of testing including Iridology, Biogenetic Hair Analysis, Kinesiology and blood testing. They can also provide support and treatment to help with symptoms and intolerances.


Call Ferny Creek 03 9755 1900 or Mitcham 03 9873 0966

Some of our testing can be done via mail and phone consultations, so if you don’t live near us we may have an option to help you!


New Year’s Resolutions! They feel so good to make! It almost feels as though you have already done them. It feels so good to say ’In 2017 I’m going to get fit!’ while you’re eating the leftover Christmas ham and pudding. It feels great!

The thing about resolutions is there is something missing from them so often; there is no follow through.

So the right way to go about New Years Resolutions is to, yes, have the goal in mind but the thing that will help the follow through is to make a plan that will secure the goal.

The best possible New Year’s Resolution you could make if you have a drug or alcohol problem is ’To get clean and sober!’ which I’m sure you may have uttered before, many many times. The plan would then be the ’how’. As an example, a good plan could be something like this:



  • Talk to your family or support group
  • Make contact with an ’intake coordinator’
  • Make an appointment for an assessment, etc.

The effect of making the decision and allowing the help is enormous. Firstly, your family will finally have a chance to feel relief, to not worry endlessly, to get some well-deserved quality of life. Imagine giving that to them? You could finally give yourself a chance to turn your life around, to start the new chapter, to enjoy life without the endless chase, the looking over your shoulder, the wondering if the lie you told was true or not, the tragedies.

Of course, rehab is hard, but anything worthwhile doing will have its share of confronting moments.

Do you want to remain in this trap? If the answer is no in your mind, you are already half way there.

We can help you make a plan. Please call one of our Intake Coordinators today to get help and to finally realise a great New Year’s Resolution. 1300 88 7676


April Practitioner of the Month – Liz Conder – Naturopathy Blog

Elizabeth Conder|Naturopath

I love it when people  are excited about their own life and good health is a big part of that. Naturopathy has always been an interest of mine since I was a small child, I remember looking at Kombucha and wondering what is was as it looked weird. I love it now and I have it daily. My mother is very interested in natural foods as she used to be a cook.

I also love the EBT as it is such an effective technique for intolerance, usually what we crave or have to have, we had an intolerance to. Theses intolerance’s can be assisted with EBT. I’m glad more people are taking an interest in the quality of their food these days. If you cannot grow your own, buy organic. It’s far more affordable in the long run, when you have good health, one enjoys life.

I love giving the NAET treatments but especially the emotional NAETS (EBT) as this really can alleviate a lot of the blockages or emotions we hold onto that we don’t always need.

Don’t forget I am offering $40.00 off an initial consultation with 10% off any follow up appointments during the month of April, this is gives you an opportunity to get to know me and see how I can help you! (Codeword for claiming this offer is “Fun In Life”)

I also offer Iridology photo and assessment for $45.00.

Call Ferny Creek on 03 9755 1900 to make an appointment.

Yours in Health
Elizabeth Conder.

April Practitioner of the Month Questionaire

Elizabeth Conder|Naturopath

As you know Liz is our April Practitioner of the Month, we thought you might like to know a little more about Liz, so we are asked her some questions.

  1. What do you do to spoil yourself?
    I love to go to the beach. I enjoy the sea and going fishing.
  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?
    I enjoy my vegetable garden, taking walks in the forest and seeing a movie.
  2. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
    I have a westie named Billie he loves walks, the beach and food. I have Seth, my cat, he likes lap sitting and sleeping. I also have a chicken named Honey. She likes company and to scratch in the garden.
  3. Where would your dream holiday be? Why?
    Would love an around the world trip to experience different cultures and scenery. I would also love to see the Amazon.
  4. What kind of music do you like?
    I love Australian music. I admire Molly Meldrum for what he has done for Aussie Music.
  5. If you could do anything to change the world, what would it be?
    Everyone would benefit and appreciate their food if they had the opportunity to grow some fruit or vegies even if it is in a pot. The taste, the freshness and the nutrition is far superior to what you buy

Thanks Liz! Stay tuned for more about Liz! and don’t forget she is offering $40.00 off an initial consultation with 10% off any follow up appointments during the month of April. (Codeword for claiming this offer is “Fun In Life”)

Liz also offers Iridology photo and assessment for $45.00.