October 26, 2015

Volunteers are needed for a study on curcumin and saffron for the treatment of depression.

Curcumin (from turmeric) and saffron are spices believed to have several health benefits and are receiving increased attention for the treatment of a range of health problems.  Recent research has shown that both these spices have  mood-lifting effects and there are promising findings for the treatment of depression. The aim of this study is to investigate the antidepressant effects of either curcumin only capsules, or a combination of curcumin and saffron capsules for the treatment of people with depression.  As a result, we are seeking volunteers to participate in this 12 week study.   Volunteers must be aged between 18 and 65 years, be living within 60kms of the Perth metropolitan region  (travel to Murdoch University is not required), be of good general health, and not currently taking any medications (except for antidepressant medica

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October 21, 2015

Smoky quartz is formed when the aluminium impurities in clear quartz are subjected to radioactive decay. If there is enough aluminium in the crystal, the colour of the quartz can turn completely black. This rock is called morian. When treated with enough heat, the crystal will become clear again.


Hardness: 7 Colour: Smoky brown/grey to black Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: SiO₂


.Concentrates energy .Aids focus .Calming .Grounding .Draws out negative energy


October 20, 2015

  Malachite is an altered form of copper. When the copper is exposed to air and moisture, the metal corrodes, producing a green patina. In underground ores, when the malachite replaces the copper, it is then known as a secondary ore. Another similar secondary ore of copper is azurite, which is easily discernible from malachite due to it’s bright blue hue.  


Hardness: 3.5 – 4 Colour: Composed of bands of different shades of green Lustre: Dull to Earthy, polishes well Chemical Composition: Cu₂CO₃(OH)₂


.Associated with growth and abundance .Relieves pain .Absorbs envi

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October 18, 2015

Although many studies strongly suggest a relationship between what we eat and long term brain health, the picture is confused and confusing.  Researchers are increasingly looking at ‘food synergy’, the idea that, although the effects of single foods or nutrients may be small, when you combine them in a healthy diet they can pack a powerful punch.  In particular a Mediterranean style of eating is associated with longer life expectancy and lower rates of chronic diseases, including dementia. Many experts now argue that ‘food synergy’ is likely to be more important that the effects of any single nutrient and that a combination of dietary factors is likely to have the greatest effect on long term health. This might explain why the results of some studies we have looked at have been unexpected or disappointing and why supplements don’t always seem to be beneficial. Reference: Healthy eating to reduce the risk of Dementia

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October 17, 2015

Sonopuncture – ultrasonic stimulation of acupuncture points for 10 to 39 seconds using small sound heads 5 mm diameter.

  Sonopuncture – Origin, Benefits, Efficacy, Methodology, And Side Effects The human ear can hear sound waves ranging between 20 cycles per second and 20,000 cycles per second. If the frequency of sound is above 20,000 cycles per second, it is at a pitch too high for the human ear to hear. This type of sound is called ultrasound. Ultrasound waves can be obtained by applying an alternating current to a quartz crystal, thus making it vibrate. What Is Sonopuncture? Where Did It Originate? Sonopuncture is also known as ultrasound puncture. It involves the use of narrow, cylindrical, high-frequency beams of sound instead of needles, as is done in acupuncture.

  • Sonopuncture is most useful at frequencies between 750,000 cycles per second and 1,000,000 cycles per second.

How Is Sonopuncture Beneficial? Sonopuncture has proved to be effecti

October 17, 2015

  Kinesiology means ‘the study of movement’. The term is also used by complementary medicine practitioners to describe a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at what may be causing ‘imbalances’ in the body and attempts to relieve these imbalances. The kinesiology approach examines ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in a person and provides techniques intended to help the body’s natural healing process.

How kinesiology developed

Kinesiology stems from chiropractic’s and applied kinesiology. It is also based on the ancient Chinese acupuncture theory of chi energy. Unlike applied kinesiology, where muscles are tested for strength, the more recently developed forms of kinesiology use muscle monitoring as a form of biofeedback to the subject. Evidence of effectiveness of kinesiology Many nervous system diseases can affect muscle strength. Kinesiology is based on an energy model of health (not a medical one). There is little evidence of the underlying philosophy and claims of benefit. Choosing a kinesi

October 17, 2015

These delicious, nutritious VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE EGGPLANT PATTIES are so simple you won’t believe how tasty they are until you try them for yourself!! – Recipe Courtesy of WHOLISTICALLY HEALTHY  


1 eggplant cut into cubes 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic crushed 1 handful fresh herbs – I used dill, basil, parsley, and oregano 1 cup almond meal Handful of pumpkin seeds Salt and pepper to taste Good quality cold pressed cooking oil  


In a frypan, warm a little oil and add onion, sautéing until translucent. Add garlic and

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October 16, 2015

Many fruits can be used as alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) treatments, sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal a smooth complexion.  Pineapple is great for congested, oily, thick skin; guava is a good exfoliator; grapes hydrate the skin; kiwi fruit contains vitamin E; and apples are great for moisturising the skin. Papaya pulp contains natural hydroxyl acids (AHAs).  It cleanses and exfoliates the skin and is a good treatment for itchy skin, acne and psoriasis.   Here’s one for you to try:

Papaya and watermelon treatment

Normal/oily/congested skin



185g (6.5oz/1 cup) peeled, seeded and chopped papaya 185g (6.5oz/1 cup) peeled, seeded and chopped watermelon  

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October 12, 2015

Tips for carrying heavy backpacks

Girl carrying backpack

  • Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10% of a student’s weight when packed.
  • Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized – no wider than the student’s chest
  • Put comfort and fit at the top of the priority list, rather than good looks
  • Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps
  • Use both shoulder straps – never sling the pack over one shoulder
  • Use waist straps attached – they are there for a good reason
  • Don’t wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back
  • Don’t overload the backpack – use school lockers and plan homework well in advance
  • Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight

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October 11, 2015


Citrine is an uncommon variety of quartz that forms naturally when quartz crystallizes with iron (Fe) inclusions. It can also be formed when amythest is subjected to intense heat.


Hardness: 7 Colour: Yellow/Orange/Brown (can be very pale in colour) Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: SiO₂ (Silicon Dioxide)  


.Holds/stores energy .Provides a restful energy .Boosts confidence .Used in conjunction with amethyst it balances the mind .Provides warm energy