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hat does ‘whole’ mean to you? As always, we have many different perspectives on this theme and as you turn the pages, what resonates with you? When I reflect on ‘the whole’ I think about how the magazine is created… a wide variety of people all sharing their magic to make up the whole magazine. Each person’s energy is a contribution and adds a unique ‘flavour’ to the whole edition and then all the messages and energy filter out into the world. What a joy! Most of our articles address the whole person, not just isolated parts or things and we look at covering many aspects of living from relationships, to food, to the environment, grief and loss, business, holistic beauty and natural animal care… When I go out for a walk on my block of land and I am present with the birds,


the trees, the plants, animals, and my Border Collie, the Earth’s message to me is clear… to be whole is more than the money and possessions we have (although I am so grateful for what I continue to create and what I have), it’s more than how fluorescently white we can make our teeth, it’s not just the relationships we create or the number of children we choose to have or not have, and it’s more than the projects we are excited about… it’s remembering and being all the many hues, shades, tints and tones we naturally be… What a treat to interview our cover girl Lee Holmes this month and include her life-changing story and share her holistic tips. See pages 20-21.


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Grilled Fish with Sautéed Onion and Burnt Lemon RECIPE HELEN PADARIN

Onions are one of the unsung heroes of the health world, as they provide the prebiotic inulin (a type of fibre) that gut flora convert to helpful shortchain fatty acids. Another wonderful thing about onions is that, when cooked slowly, they add a natural sweetness to dishes. This simple dish is a lovely way to get dinner on the table quickly. Feel free to add a dollop of homemade mayonnaise or aioli or some sliced avocado to enrich the dish. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tbsp coconut oil or good quality animal fat, plus extra to rub 2 onions, sliced into rings 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ bunch chives, snipped into 2cm lengths Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 x 150g snapper fillets (or any whitefleshed fish of your choice, such as barramundi, cod, mackerel or mullaway), skin on 2 lemons, halved Olive oil, to serve Chilli flakes, to serve

Method: Melt the coconut oil or fat in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, tossing frequently, for 8-10 minutes until the onion starts to caramelise. Throw in the garlic and chives and sauté for 30 seconds, or until the garlic is fragrant and just tender. Season with salt and pepper. Heat a char grill pan or frying pan over high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper and rub both sides with the extra coconut oil or fat. Place the fillets, skin-side down, in the pan, cover with foil and cook until golden brown (about 3 minutes). Remove the foil, flip the

fillets with a spatula and cook until the fish is just cooked through (about 2-3 minutes). While the fish is cooking, add the lemon halves, cut-side down, to the pan and cook for 1½ minutes until nicely charred. Place the fish on serving plates and add the sautéed onion. Drizzle on some olive oil, sprinkle with some chilli flakes, then squeeze some burnt lemon juice over the top. Recipe from Pete Evans' The Complete Gut Health Cookbook.

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o you know the one thing your digestive system loves more than anything else? (Nope it’s not fibre, although that’s a good guess.) It’s routine! That’s why when we travel for work or leisure, many of us experience a change in bathroom habits. Jet-setting makes us more susceptible to stress, junk food, late nights, dehydration and nasty bugs, so here’s my tips to help you enjoy your trip without digestive side effects. KEEP THINGS MOVING #1 Constipation is the number one gastrointestinal complaint people experience when travelling. A great supplement I recommend to help stay regular on the go is Magnesium Citrate. The magnesium works by passing through your digestive tract and gently drawing water from the surrounding tissues into your intestines, keeping everything in your colon nice and soft. This process stimulates contraction of the muscles around your intestines, resulting in an easier, more regular


bowel movement even when you’re away from your usual toilet at home. KEEP THINGS MOVING #2 Another great way to keep your insides moving is to get your outsides moving! Exercise is often neglected when we travel, but it’s so important to help prevent constipation and bloating. Even just a 20-minute walk around the block can help draw a lot of oxygenrich blood to your colon muscles, assisting your bowel perform its natural peristaltic action to ensure your waste doesn’t get backed up. SNACK ATTACK Sometimes it’s really hard to find healthy food when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. That’s why I always come prepared with a homemade travel trail mix to curb those cravings. Simply combine in a zip-lock bag a handful of cashews for protein, walnuts for brain power, brazil nuts for selenium to kickstart your metabolism, goji berries for an antioxidant boost and cacao nibs for a flavor kick. Plus

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his dental clinic with particular issues like gum disease, points on his own head would activate. Through using questions, it became apparent that there were many systems in the body which had become ‘switched off’, but which could be activated by touch. These systems include regeneration of gums, bone, lymphatics, salivary glands and much more. There are now 16 different Happy Mouth activation points on the head, including one to activate a ‘Youthening’ system for the whole body. There’s also a series of hands-on body processes, a protocol to grow new teeth and verbal processing to clear traumatic experiences about teeth, eating, speaking, self worth and more. ‘Happy Mouth’ practitioners are being trained all over the world. While they are not Access Consciousness classes, the tools of Access Consciousness are used and gratefully acknowledged.

On a purely physical level, the link between gum disease, tooth decay and dis-ease in the whole body has been long established. Energetically, the whole mouth holds many emotional associations – with food, speech, sex – and is a major holding point of many limitations and judgements. There’s much more – but here’s a key I’ll leave you with. Teeth wearing out, breaking down or decaying is part of the whole ‘Bodies are Designed to Age and Die’ paradigm which many people are now questioning. It seems that a healthy periodontal cavity is selfregenerating (you do still need to brush and floss!!) and leads to the choice of a much longer, more vital living! You can find out more at and SHAUNA TEAKEN, worldwide coordinator for Happy Mouth (and Access 3-Day Body Facilitator) will be holding ‘Happy Mouth’ classes in New Zealand in March/April.

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here is not one word in the English language that would respectfully articulate New Zealand’s majestic wonder. With its undulating green hills and 60 million sheep, deep blue oceans, exquisite lakes, remarkable mountains and idyllic scenery I feel you cannot help but be stricken in complete awe when you visit. As a Kiwi I feel when it comes to wildlife you will be spoilt for choice, from seals, penguins, dolphins and whales to alpine parrots, tuatara, tui and of course the nation’s sweetheart, the kiwi. I would describe the people of NZ as welcoming, laid-back and friendly types with a penchant to ‘give-anything-a-go’. You will find an esky is more correctly known as a chilli-bin, thongs are jandals and a dairy is in fact a local corner-store where you can get the most exquisite Hokey-Pokey ice-cream. Place names are not easily said and many of us Kiwis enjoy seeing the look on foreigners’ faces when places like Whakatane are correctly pronounced ‘fuk-a-tarn-aye’.

New Zealand is definitely home to the mighty ‘All Blacks’, ‘Lord Of The Rings’, ‘Crowded House’ and ‘Phar Lap’ and more. Respect for the land, clean-greenliving, the Maori culture and such diverse multi-culture is something we are proud of. I particularly love the fact we sing the National anthem in both languages. Yes, I am a Kiwi living on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and I love Australia with all my heart and am a proud dual citizen. What I am particularly excited about, is the fact my beautiful business Twenty8 is now open for business in both countries. I get to spend time on both sides of the Tasman. However, when it comes to rivalry nothing will ever change my loyalty. I even have a silver-fern tattoo! Yes, you can take the girl out of the country but you will never take the country out of the girl. Arohanui (big love!) xx

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oes the idea of changing careers feel too hard? Are you holding on to work that neither ignites or adds to your life? Play with these tips to enjoy what you do more, or explore new possibilities with ease. 1. Clear your prejudgements What does work mean to you? Hard slog? Pressure? Creativity? Fun? Let go of all the definitions, projections, expectations and judgements you have about what work should be. They will keep you from seeing everything that is possible right here and now in your current role or beyond that. Question what else is possible beyond working, a job or career that you would love to do or create and make money with. 2. Does your work still work for you? Are you energised by what you are currently choosing, or drained? What lights you up about your current work? What would it take to do more of that? Ask: What can I change here? 3. Your reality reflects your viewpoints Be aware of your thoughts,

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I know what it’s like to wish someone or something would change so I could be happy. What I know today is everything you see around you in your life is just a reflection of what’s going on inside you. To make lasting changes, you must make the changes within yourself. When you make the changes within, what I refer to as ‘the more real,’ everything around you seems to change. The first and most powerful step is recognising your blind spots. Blind spots are connected to beliefs and fears that are getting triggered inside you. These fears and beliefs are rooted in the past and are keeping you stuck… keeping you from moving forward to the life you desire. Blind spots such as the fear of rejection, abandonment or betrayal or the need to control or to be perfect. Blind spots like worrying about what people think and comparing yourself to others. Whatever your specific blind spots are, chances are good they are

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WORDS JEAN SHEEHAN, Principal – Millennium Education


or a young child or teenager to feel whole, they need to know they are loved and accepted for who they, their mistakes, their gifts, their challenges and their evolving personality are in to adulthood. This is the meaning of absolute empowerment and this will allow children to feel happy, healthy and confident. Having worked in the medical field as a nurse, there were many times I heard children being told they were not whole or parents were told their child was not whole. That instantly destroys a child’s self-esteem. This is also happening in the education system too. There is an easy solution to having children feel whole and growing up to being confident adults. It is knowing the child’s gifts and challenges and teaching the child these and assisting them to work with what they have. From my Millennium Children® book, CRYSTAL children gifts include: • Auditory and visual learners • Work to rules and regulations • Analysers • Think and process


But this can be their challenge, as there is duality to all wholeness according to Sacred Geometry. As CRYSTAL children do not like kinaesthetic learning, they can get stuck actually practising what they learnt which leads to procrastination. Only working to rules and regulations means that they sometimes do not think outside the square and allow themselves to be creative. Thinking, processing and analysing, means the CRYSTAL child can over-think things, procrastinate and be the perfectionist. Knowing this about the child, and then the child learning things for themselves, allows them to balance their own lives out so that they feel whole, complete and confident. In this case, the CRYSTAL child learns she/he is whole by seeing both sides to life, themselves and their gifts. Sometimes our gift is our challenge. According to universal laws, everything is already perfect and whole so when we are challenged, this allows us to tap in to our innate wisdom to see the whole picture. Children do this easily when they say ‘why’. Have you noticed they


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ara Line straightening is something that is helpful to taking action in your life. Your Hara Line is your intention for this lifetime and when it is straight, you are on your path for what you agreed to do this lifetime, however when it is crooked you are off your path. Cathy came to me, not knowing what she wanted to do work wise. When I straightened her Hara Line she virtually got off the massage table and said, “I know what I want to do now” and went full steam ahead into her chosen field of study and is so grateful every day that she is on her path. Did you know that the Allergy Treatment System can be used to overcome sea sickness and motion sickness? Carmel came to me because she always used to get sea sick whenever she was on a boat in the ocean. She was determined to go on a cruise and

had booked and paid for it. She was going with a male friend who was very used to boats and rarely did it ever affect him. I treated Carmel for motion sickness and she cleared the treatment in one session. She went on her cruise and said she felt fantastic, never once did she feel any sea sickness but her friend was a little queasy for a day! The Allergy Treatment System is usually a series of treatments to normal things found in the body like proteins, vitamins and minerals, hormones etc. When used in this way, the body heals itself from illness. It consists of little glass vials with the energy of the substance in them. They are held by the client and acupuncture points are tapped on by the practitioner. Being an intuitive, I am also able to scan your body to see the condition of your organs and body systems, and to see what needs to be worked on. Matthew was having trouble with

digestive problems and loose stools. After his first treatment, he came back ecstatic to say his digestive problems had all calmed down and stools were forming normally. He then went on to do the list of allergies his body was sensitive to. I had a mother bring in her daughter who was so sensitive to egg that they couldn’t keep eggs in the house. One day the mother ate egg when she was out, away from the baby, she went home and kissed the baby on the lips and the baby broke out in huge blisters all over her lips and mouth. Through a series of treatments the baby is now free from any reaction to eggs and no one needs to worry if they have been around egg. To change your life and your health for your highest good, visit the Allergy & Health Clinic in Buderim.


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Is your being ‘good’ getting in the way of your being WORDS ROSEMARY COLSTON


e are born in a state of wholeness. We have no sense of right or wrong, good or bad. We just are and all we really want is to love and to be loved, and to this day, if we peeled back the layers of everything we did, we would find at the heart of our actions this drive to love. In our very early years we look for the formula for love. For many, we learn that being ‘good’ is essential to being ‘loved’. Our parents unwittingly transmit this learning to us through the reward and punishment of our ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour, respectively. This form of conditional love progressively fractures our sense of wholeness, resulting in our self-subjugation of the ‘bad’, or secret self, into the ‘shadows’, and the self-promoted ‘good’ self, which is made publicly visible. This process occurs before memory and becomes an overwhelming subconscious behavioural protocol, which leaves the

individual under-resourced, lopsided and guaranteed to make for a wobbly course through life; being ‘good’ becomes an affliction. Being cut off from the wholeness of our being is disabling. The inner and outer struggle that ensues, subsequent to our learned judgment and condemnation of that which is perceived to be ‘good’ and ‘bad’, both within us and between us, gives birth to an inner punitive voice that leaves us drained and distracted. Having our behaviour held to ransom over some ill-defined concept of ‘goodness’, with its historical roots buried in a distorted morality, wherein ‘work’ and ‘suffering’ were akin to godliness, is outmoded, and suffocating of a full, thriving existence. Love is, after all, the gateway that allows us to switch out of surviving into thriving. If our formula for love is faulty, so too will our ability to successfully navigate

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our way through that passage. As Carl G Jung, the father of analytical psychology suggests, “I’d rather be whole, than good”. In wholeness we can more effortlessly draw upon the inner resources that are required of any given situation. We, as individuals, need to have the kind of inner revolution required to overthrow the old formula for ‘love’. Our lovability must not be dependent upon things like our appearance, our house, our earnings, or how much crap we will endure. We need to adopt a more wholesome formula for love, whereby, we know that we are still lovable irrespective of how ‘bad’ our fame, fortune, or good looks are, or even if we simply refuse to oblige a request. In order to claim our whole light, we must pass bravely through our shadows. ROSEMARY COLSTON is a Transpersonal Psychologist with expertise in wholeness, happiness and love.

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time. It also releases emotions that we pick up from other people who we are close to. What most people don’t realise is that emotions are just energy that we store in our body which attracts more things into our life, which triggers the same emotions over and over. Q: What changes have you seen in people? A: Most people feel relaxed and lighter after a session, they also walk away feeling more empowered and in control. For some it is subtle and sometimes it can be extreme to the point where one woman looked 5 to 10 years younger. Because the treatment is done by the person coming for the healing, the more they are willing to put into it, the more they get from the treatment. It’s a bit like going to the gym; the more effort you put in, the bigger results you get. Plus they have the bonus of being able to walk away with the tools to do it themselves.

Q: What are your plans and projects this year? A: My short-term goal is to help as many people as I can with this process, whether it is one-on-one or by running workshops on the process to teach others, as well as teach and open up people’s awareness to the different energies that are going on at the moment so that they can also help others along their path. I also intend to visit and work in all the main cities in Australia this year. My long-term goal is to open up a retreat and healing centre here in Queensland, where people can come in to learn how to find themselves or to pick up life skills. Email:


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ometimes our greatest life challenges, can show us who we really are! Seven years ago Lee Holmes received two diagnoses which turned her whole life around and her healing story over subsequent years has inspired people from all over the world to not only live and eat consciously but create yummy, wholesome food, easily. Imagine for a moment, your health deteriorates over a number of years.


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You’re a single mum working fulltime and for a long time you have felt constantly fatigued; like your body isn’t working properly, you start falling asleep in work meetings, you come out in hives, your hair falls out in clumps on your pillow and you lose a lot of weight in a month without any real explanation. Then one morning you wake up and you literally can’t move… These were some of the symptoms that Lee could no longer ignore which eventually led to a diagnosis of a

non-specific autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia. After a big search; going from one specialist to another, in and out of hospital for six months, she came across an amazing immunologist Professor Wakefield who finally made the diagnosis. Initially she was prescribed a concoction of medications and said the side effects from these were almost worse than the symptoms of her illnesses. This didn’t feel right to Lee so she started to ask questions and noticed when she

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ate processed meals and foods with additives/chemicals, her symptoms flared up. Lee’s light bulb moment was when a friend bought her the ‘Food Matters’ DVD, and straight away the ‘food as medicine’ philosophy resonated with her whole being. So she obtained permission from her specialist to make changes to her diet and stopped eating foods that were processed, or had MSG, preservatives and additives. She also cut out caffeine, alcohol, sugar and gluten and started to feel a lot better. Lee eventually weened herself off all the medication she was taking by keeping her diet clean and simple. She added anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric to her daily regime and increased the amount of raw garlic she consumed, which meant she was able to cut down on the antibiotics she was prescribed. Even though she had studied nutrition and went to cooking school, she didn’t find a lot of people who could assist her at the time with natural healing so her holistic approach was based on her own research and trial and error. The relationship between stress and her illnesses became another important factor to address. She reflected on her hectic work schedule seven years ago when she headed up the ‘ABC Kids Music Team’, winning record labels such the ‘The Wiggles’ and ‘Bananas in Pyjamas’. While she loved the job, the stress of budget deadlines and long hours took its toll. “Stress was a big part of my illnesses. I noticed during really stressful times, my fibromyalgia symptoms would flare up,” she said. Lee’s holistic search to heal her life opened up a whole new world. She cast the net wide and explored the area of holistic wellness, becoming a yoga teacher and travelling to India to study Ayurveda. Lee mentioned, “with fibromyalgia, changes in weather conditions can lead to flare-ups, if you do too much you’ll get pain but if you don’t do enough you can get really stiff, so finding what works for your body, (for me it’s walking and yoga), but it is all about balance.” Living according to your constitution really appealed to Lee and she has integrated this Ayurvedic concept into her work, life and cooking. “All I wanted was to make simple beautiful affordable recipes that would improve people’s health,” she said. It was only natural that Lee desired to share the information she found


with others. But when she started a small blog to share her tips, recipes and experiences, she wasn’t expecting to receive such a big response. People shared their auto-immune symptoms and a lot of common stories were expressed, such as: being prescribed steroids and then blowing up like the ‘Michelin Man’. Lee said she was inspired by their tips and they were inspired by her information and so they supported each other in an online forum which has had lots of ripple effects. Lee eventually found a naturopath and nutritionist and felt a big part of her healing was restoring the state of her gut health. She also interviewed gut experts from all over the world and discovered they all agreed on these three areas: 1. Have diversity in your diet and all the colours of the rainbow. 2. Have a high plant-based diet 3. Reduce stress for good gut health When Lee was 17 she would get cystitis and be put on recurrent antibiotics which reduced all the good bacteria in her gut so healing was a priority which took time. “I believe the gut is the epicentre of the body, 80% of the immune system is located there. Our gut health is connected with our weight, our cravings, hormones, digestive health, mood and the way we sleep. Our gut flora is like a community which has conversations with each other in a biochemical way. And we need some bad bacteria to keep that balance too.” Lee shared, some diets don’t have enough fibre rich foods and she believes it’s not good to restrict food groups. Also, if you do eat something that is not that great for you, it’s best not to worry and ruminate about it but instead move on and make a different choice next time. For people who are unsure of where to start with making changes to their life and diet Lee suggests, “make changes layer by layer and do it slowly. I did a

four-week easy-to-digest diet to start with. Raw food and salads gave me bloating so I ate everything that was cooked or squished or smoothied.” Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in the gut so she avoided all forms but now her gut has healed, she has raw honey and a bit of coconut sugar. “It’s taken a few years to get my energy levels back and I’m about 90% healed, it’s not just about looking at your diet, it’s looking at everything holistically,” she shared. Lee teaches yoga every week and also goes to classes herself twice a week and to further manage stress, she listens to online hypnosis CDs. She has always gone to church from a young age and still does for the reflection time. She believes so many people don’t give themselves this sacred time and it’s what is so needed in our society. Family time is also a special part of Lee’s life and she loves making her healthy, wholesome creations in the kitchen for her husband (whom she married last year) and two stepsons who are 11 and 15. She also has a close bond with her 22-year-old daughter whom is currently studying philosophy in Sydney. Lee is a rare balance of ‘power house’ creator and kind, gentle, wise soul. Her healthy, creative heart focus is clear. LEE HOLMES is an holistic nutritionist, wholefood chef, yoga and meditation teacher and the best-selling author of seven books. Her latest book is called, ‘Supercharge Your Gut’ and for more information visit:

Lee’s Morning Rituals: • Oil pulling, tongue scraping and dry skin brushing. • Every morning Lee walks her dog Oscar Smidmore (who has his own Facebook page and is a gorgeous Shitsu-Maltese-Schnauzer cross with Jack Russell). She loves having a Chai and taking her own ‘Love Your Gut’ powder. • Lee eats two days a week for digestibility and does intermittent fasting. • She has a late breakfast: usually a smoothie or eggs or porridge. Holistic Bliss | MARCH 2018 |

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apple seed (yes every living organism has DNA), is already whole, it knows exactly what its destiny is. The seed just needs to be planted for the journey to become the manifestation of its potential, which is the whole apple that you bite into, the complete story,


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journey, growth, experience to finally arrive in your hand, to complete its ‘destiny’. From an apple seed, into a sapling, to a tree which can possibly flourish if well-tended, to BECOME the ‘promise’ hidden within the depths of DNA, is a seamless process of being whole. We are just like that. A divine spark of light enters the soul, we become ‘manifest’ through DNA. The imprint of our potential is locked in. We are already WHOLE at the soul level. The trees or vegetables, need to be fertilised correctly, watered just enough, absorbing minerals from the earth, pruned, ‘trained’, supported, paid attention to, in order for the bountiful apple to flourish. The potential for the apple you will eat one day is already there, the passage of time is what brings the ‘whole’, which already exists inside the seed, into reality. Before the fruit is available, the energy imprint of the apple you will one day bite into, exists as an outcome and promise in the DNA, which goes through the stages of growth spurts, stagnation, being pruned right back, facing the weather, perhaps droughts at times. But the ‘vision’ of the whole is never doubted. The same applies to each of us, we are a sum of all that we think, feel,


say and do, past and present, every experience, heartbreak, challenge, success, celebration, releasing, letting go, change of direction, new purpose is like the seed, becoming a tree, to become strong, before the hidden potential can bear ‘fruit’. It is all seamless, the invisible blueprint of wholeness. We spend our lives growing, expanding, looking for the abundance, trying to ‘remember’ the imprint of our potential, offering to heal, releasing, facing conditions that test us, yet most of us will grow and evolve naturally because it is written in us. Conditioning and beliefs of being wrong, not enough, no purpose, can be viewed as being fed the wrong fertiliser.

It gets absorbed into the tree, and can cause immense damage. Once the sickness or damage is recognised, the quest to correct the balance by paying attention and extra care, getting the ‘correct’ fertiliser will restore the tree to its course of growth and towards supplying this apple for you. Does this sound familiar? Looking for ways to be more whole? You already are WHOLE, it is your essential frequency, it is you. So if you think you feel broken, lost, distracted, not enough; it is part of the cycle of growth, which helps you to connect back to the whole self, by taking care, pruning back, finding support, regenerating, as you remember that “everything you need to know, you already have within”, maybe that can be all you need to remember, to connect to your eternal whole self. Pay attention, tune in, listen, take action, feed yourself the correct ‘fertiliser’ to flourish in your own WHOLENESS. The imprint of everything you can be, is in you, like the apple hidden in the apple seed. The apple needs the story of the tree’s growth, the challenges, so it can flourish, into its wholeness and to become the realised whole intention hidden in the seed’s DNA.

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Change equals opportunity! WORDS KIRSTEN RECK


ou know those times in your life when you reflect back and think, wow I was so brave; I didn’t put any brakes on what my heart wanted to experience! What experiences were those for you? Seventeen years of age was that for me! It was the year I made the choice to be an exchange student in Sweden for a year. Sweden for me represented adventure, possibilities, new friendships, exploration and yes, Swedish boys! When I arrived after a long, long flight and stepped outside into -10 degrees temperatures, with an extra three layers of clothing, I remember feeling excited about this BIG life change! So, what happens to that fearlessness with change in our 30s, 40s or 50s and beyond? How can we believe that ‘change’ equates to possibility and opportunity? Why aren’t we always actioning a new adventure, just like we may have in our younger years? The answer: societal conditioning and old, limiting beliefs! Our hearts are

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Your full moon energy focus for March 2 – using emotions and numerology




uring the next Full Moon Phase – a day before, during and a day after – direct the ‘energy’ of your emotions, both light and heavy, and the ‘energy’ of the Full Moon to enhance your forecast below. The numbers below represent your Life Path Number. To find out your Numerological Life Path Number visit my website or, if you already know it, find your number and read your forecast. No. 1. Use your intuition this full moon to enhance all the present, doable possibilities available to you after asking this question to your higher self. “What will it take to realise the ‘jail’ I perceive I am in, has no bars?” “I AM Free!” Emotion to focus on: Freedom. No. 2. If you are experiencing pain – both physical and emotional – it’s from beliefs that are affecting your energy frequency and your body’s consciousness. Many unwanted ‘reactions’ can be changed by simply changing your unconscious beliefs. “Change our beliefs, change our world!” Emotion to focus on: Patient.

No. 3. With this full moon, embrace the warmth of ‘unconditional love’ for who you are right now. Give yourself total allowance and acceptance for what is. “I AM Peace!” Emotion to focus on: Natural No. 4. Use all the energy to turbo boost your imagination. The imagery and visual frequencies are readily available to tap into using your sixth chakra and intention. A great time to visualise your heart desires and especially how you imagine they make you feel. Emotion to focus on: Joyful No. 5. If there is room for more growth, take action on it! Now is the time to expand your mind. To contribute to this, make your spiritual growth practical and fun through rhythms such as meditation and journaling. Emotion to focus on: Trusting. No. 6. Be in allowance that there are many different points of views that come from the one experience. Stay mindful of the points of views of others – as well as, not instead of – your point of view. Listen and be present. Emotion to focus on: Safe.

No. 7. With decisions and choices in your life right now, food and water are your friends. Use them with the intention to raise your vibration. This makes it easier to know the difference between feeling light and heavy, from your heart’s point of view. Emotion to focus on: Warm. No. 8. Use the energy and step into nature, both day and night. The elements and elementals are at a frequency you can easily receive. Take your 10-year-old self and curiously explore some silent walks in nature. Listen to what they have to say. Emotion to focus on: Playful. No. 9. An exciting time to tune into the frequency that will contribute to you letting go of excuses. Write them all down and burn them outside under the moon. “With gentle ease, I let go and listen to my heart.” Emotion to focus on: Love. For your free monthly emotional forecast:

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The path to wholeness WORDS KATE M FOSTER


etting comfy in your skin often means making new agreements with yourself. Three I can recommend are: 1. Love yourself beyond the confines of your understanding. 2. Love yourself as fiercely as you love others. 3. Forgive yourself when you get it wrong. Until I had children, I was at constant war with my body. I was forever imposing some new eating regimen, exercise structure or criticism upon it. I wasn’t comfy living in my skin. It was another way I felt inadequate, not enough. As with all challenges, eventually I reached my limit. I was no longer willing to consciously criticise myself. I had two daughters. If they were to have healthy relationships with their bodies I couldn’t continue to brutally attack myself on the inside.

Children are wise. They would have absorbed the truth of what I felt about myself, change had to come. I knew I had vast kindness and compassion to offer others, but I was yet to offer this same salve to myself. It was time. My ‘not enough’ story had to end. So I learnt to dance naked in front of the mirror, to hold my shame and awkwardness as precious as I held my beautiful babies. I made friends with my wobbly bits, my stretched and tired bits and I unwaveringly committed to building a friendship with all of me. For the first time, I asked my body, “What do you want to be? What do you want to eat? How do you want to move and express your divinity?” And to my shock, it answered. I listened. And just like that, the war with my body ended. Each moment living in my body is new. Each moment I enquire what my body

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The need for wholeness and harmony in mind, body and spirit WORDS MICHELLE MANN

“Taking the time to play”


laying connects us with our inner child. As an artist, I have journals for writing and journals for art practice. The journals I keep for art practice are mostly full of colour and design, a place for me to experiment and see what works and doesn’t work. I use it as my jumping off point for larger art pieces and canvas works. I have special journals that are just for playing in, these I don’t show others, it is strictly for me. I use these for my expression and freedom from restraint, where I don’t have to conform to rules. These fun journals, as I call them, are great to let go of my serious side and play. The connection with hand, brain and paper evokes mindfulness and in turn is directly linked with happiness. Journaling brings you into a state of mindfulness and by coming into

the present moment, past and future drop away. It helps you actively engage with your thoughts. Unlocking your creativity through writing without thinking or ‘stream of consciousness’ writing allows you to express thoughts you may not think were in there. Creativity can flow and if you write first from your stream of consciousness before you start to draw, your outcome may be very different. I feel for me it is like a deeper connection to the self and the divine. Journaling and drawing exercises help you to gain more confidence. You may journal or paint about a happy experience you have had and by doing this, you are connecting back to a feeling of happiness. This affects the brain and releases dopamine and endorphins which have a positive effect and will boost your self-esteem. Goal setting exercises flag a message

to the brain that this is important. Setting long and short term goals are the building blocks to our future dreams and desires. In my workshop ‘Journaling and Art Practice with Gold Lotus Oracle Deck’ I ask my students to select a card and journal about what they feel. I ask a series of questions and use this as a starting point to explore and create a symbol or marks that then become part of the drawing or painting in which they express a feeling or emotion. If others are to look at the finished work they may not see the underlying expression but may feel an emotion behind the work. This workshop is fun and light and allows you to explore and selfreflect in a positive environment. For more information about Gold Lotus oracle and workshops go to

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ometimes all we need from a lover is a good stimulating conversation. Sometimes we need emotional support and understanding. Other times we need to experience and share our love through physical intimacy. These are all important ways to share our heart and give and receive love in relationships. However, have you ever felt like this is not enough or not what you need? Have you felt like you need something that goes deeper, that is beyond an emotional, intellectual or physical connection and attraction? We are moving into new times, and many empaths, lightworkers, Indigos and other advanced souls are looking for more than the traditional ways of being intimate. It is not that you don’t want those types of intimacy but you are searching and even craving for more – not only are you seeking to find

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purpose, you are seeking a relationship that serves a purpose. The issue is that you are drawn to or draw in the same type of soulmate – the familiar partner that attracts you usually – over and over again. The person where you usually end up triggering old karmic patterns together – not ever being able to move forward or past it. It is your Love Karma. Have you ever wondered why your relationships seem to go over the same arguments or you just can’t reach the levels of intimacy you truly desire? Have you ever wondered why you keep attracting the same type of person when dating or end up in the same type of situations? Each of our chakras contain various types of intimacy wisdom. When they are blocked, they prevent us from giving and/or receiving various types of intimacy that has us attracting the same types of energies (people and situations)


over and over again. We become a rider on an energetic karmic wheel. Our goal is to unlock more intimacy levels in all of our chakras, so energetically, we are more open to different vibrational levels and experiences of love and relationships. This allows us to move beyond soulmate relationships and allows us to become more whole and rounded as a lover who has the capacity to give and receive various types of intimacy. We all vibrate at different levels, depending on how much work we have done clearing the blocks out of our chakras. In my upcoming webinars ‘How to Move beyond your Love Karma’ I will be discussing the various types of soulmate relationships and how you can open up to the different levels of intimacy and move beyond your Love Karma – for singles and couples. Please register at my website


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ave you thought about the relationship you have with yourself? What about the way you speak with yourself? Do you speak harshly, frequently telling yourself how you aren’t good enough, smart enough, don’t have enough motivation or willpower? Would you speak that way to others? Or perhaps you do speak more gently to yourself. Perhaps you speak to yourself in the same caring way you speak to people you love. If so, you’re positively affecting your physical wellness. And if you’re a wellness practitioner, you’ll likely understand how important this is in your communication with others. Why is this talk – this personal and interpersonal communication – important for our wellness? Let’s consider our autonomic nervous system (ANS). The functioning of the ANS can be understood as the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS. We can think about the relationship between sympathetic and parasympathetic

functioning by considering that the sympathetic system works as the body’s accelerator, and the parasympathetic as its brake (a useful metaphor from Stephen Porges, in Neuroception: A Subconscious System for Detecting Threats and Safety). Too much activation of the sympathetic nervous system can result in the excessive release of cortisol, and cortisol can adversely affect physical and emotional health. Too much cortisol in our system results in things like a reduction in muscle mass, increased bone loss, interference with the generation of new skin cells, an increase in fat accumulation, and reduced memory and learning abilities. (Dawson Church elaborates on this in his book The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic medicine and the new biology of intention.) Surprisingly, one of the ways many of us trigger the sympathetic response and the related increase to cortisol levels is through our harsh self-talk. These processes are also relevant in the way we communicate with others, both

in our personal and professional lives. Anyone who interacts with people in their day-to-day lives will attest to the importance of good communication skills, and speaking and being spoken to with kindness. Today, we are all becoming more aware of how we can improve ourselves to enjoy a better life. Those of us who work as wellness practitioners are usually required to demonstrate that we continue to learn and refine our practice, as well as give attention to our own mental, emotional and physical wellness. Whether you are a wellness practitioner or simply interested in building strong and healthy relationships, there are many tools we can use to enhance our personal and professional relationships – and our relationship with ourselves. Our good health and wellness, and that of our community, can only be enhanced when we actively seek opportunities to improve ourselves.

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Dear Linda, I am feeling stuck about a lot of areas of my life: where I am living, my job and what will create a happier family life? – Joan, Sunshine Coast. Hi Joan, The matriarch of the home always seems to be the glue of the family. If you are happy it ripples out to everyone. So my reply to you personally is, start to do things you love, to get the passion of life back, spirit will mirror you. Follow hobbies and do things that make your heart sing. There will be a flow-on effect. The card I pulled for you is ‘Native American Shamanism’. Listen to some wonderful Indian flute and drumming music. Notice the birds in flight showing you messages. Spend time in nature and take note of your dreams. You are in control of how you feel Joan, by finding things you love to do, you will create momentum in your life, and the Universe will bring more of that. Remember you have freewill so ask spirit for help. Many blessings Joan.


elf-love is giving yourself permission to accept all aspects of you and to embrace the life you truly desire. To love one-self is to have the courage to move forward from past experiences and negative thought patterns and to allow yourself to honour your true essence. It is important to realise that loving yourself does not mean you love others less. In reality, it means you are capable of loving others from a full heart. When you show yourself love and respect, it flows freely from your energy system, surrounding all aspects of your life. The ability to recognise a negative thought pattern is the first step, then instantly replacing it with a thought pattern of self-love, and positive self-talk. It is learning to accept and love yourself no matter where you are in life and being willing to let go of past wounds. Keeping your energy system clear and balanced allows you to be open to giving and receiving love in all ways. AFFIRMATIONS TO FILL YOUR SELF-LOVE BUCKET – FEELING OVERWHELMED AND STRESSED: “I am calm and centered. I focus on what I can do right now.” UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: “I am worthy of a loving relationship, full of love, trust and respect.” DOUBTING YOURSELF: “I approve of myself and fully trust in the decisions I make.” ANXIOUS AND SELF-CONSCIOUS: “I inhale peace and exhale fear. I am centred, calm and confident.” If you feel you are ready to let go of limiting beliefs, fill your self-love bucket and lift your personal energy system, contact VIKKI SPELLER to receive a nurturing Reiki Energy Healing and Chakra Balance to help you achieve your goals. Join Vikki on Facebook at Intuition Plus or Mobile 0417 643 435

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Are you holding back your

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ome of my family were travelling in the car a couple of days ago; my son is learning to drive and I’m learning to be calm when not in control of the car! Our discussion included where we’d like to travel, who plays what instrument and many other topics. I said I’d like to learn to play a new instrument, maybe the guitar, then I was reminded it’s not too late and I do already play – singing bowls, gong, hand drums, tuning forks and the Tibetan bell. The next comment surprised me, “you can sing too Mum”. A very confident “No”, was my response. “Yes you can, you just aren’t confident,” my son assured me. That’s true, ever since Mr Music Teacher in primary school graded me with a ‘C’ in singing – before that I would happily sing loud without caring what others thought. Interestingly, a week before this

conversation I had bought ‘The Naked Voice – Transform Your Life through the Power of Sound’ by Chloe Godchild, as I have been thinking of putting toning vocals on the meditation songs and recorded healings I’m making, which seems less scary than singing (I like to challenge myself!) In this book Chloe Godchild writes, “Your sound is the invisible architecture and geometry of your emotions, expressing the relative resonance or dissonance of your relationship with Earth, humanity, Heaven and the whole universe.” She concludes, “audible frequencies that harmonise and unify us, transform our negative emotions into deeper positive feelings.” I have experienced and witnessed (through assisting others) how not expressing who we are greatly affects us, so in what ways are you not expressing? Think about this, write a list, detailing what makes you feel whole such as:

writing, gardening, painting, cooking, research, complex maths. Are you expressing yourself fully in these areas? They’re not hobbies, they are an aspect of you. Whichever way we express, suppress or repress, creates a vibration. I accepted that music teacher’s assessment for too many decades, when it was one person’s opinion on one day, and it may not have been a good day for him… in other areas of his life, who knows? So what I’m saying is do what you love, express freely, wear stripes and spots together if you feel inspired. Creations don’t need to be perfect, they need to be started, embraced and shared or kept personal and sacred. I would like to invite you to my website – there’s a link to my new free meditation recordings, and you’re welcome to listen, share, and of course let me know what you think!

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his Easter many celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as stated in the New Testament. But very few know that cannabis played a big part in the Bible including the anointing of Jesus Christ prior to his crucifixion. If Easter is a sacred time for you, then you may enjoy my Sacred Biblical Anointing Oil recipe below. But first, let us look into the history of cannabis and the Bible… During these last days before His crucifixion, Jesus stayed in Bethany on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. This famous anointing by Mary took place two days (Matthew 26:2 and Mark 14:1) before the Passover at which Jesus was crucified. The anointing oil includes Kaneh-Bosm (cannabis). Author Chris Bennett, claims that the plant Kaneh-Bosm in the Bible was indeed cannabis: “In 1860 the Ohio State Medical Society concurred with Biblical scholars that ‘the gall and vinegar or myrrhed wine offered to our saviour immediately

before his crucifixion was a preparation of Indian Hemp (cannabis)’. “If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient Christian anointing oil, as history indicates, and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ. The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of Kaneh-Bosm – a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists, anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture. “The first solid evidence of the Hebrew use of cannabis was established in 1936 by Sula Benet, a little known Polish etymologist from the Institute of Anthropological Sciences in Warsaw. The word cannabis was generally thought to be of Scythian origin, but Benet showed that it has a much earlier

origin in Semitic languages like Hebrew, and that it appears several times throughout the Old Testament. Benet explained that ‘in the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament there are references to Hemp, both as incense, which was an integral part of religious celebration, and as an intoxicant’. “Benet demonstrated that the word for cannabis is Kaneh-Bosm also rendered in traditional Hebrew as Kaneh or Kannabus. The root Kan in this construction means ‘reed’ or ‘hemp’, while bosm means ‘aromatic’. “This word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.” Sacred Biblical Anointing Oil recipe: 200ml Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 200ml Organic Hemp Oil 10ml Myrrh Essential Oil 10ml Cassia Essential Oil 5ml Cinnamon Essential Oil 5ml Calamus Essential Oil

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or Dr David Hendrey of Hendrey Chiropractic on Lake Kawana, his work reflects his commitment to his profession, the local community and his keen interest in sport. Since graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic), Dr David has helped establish Australia’s busiest chiropractic centre for children, practised in Ireland, Scotland and England; served as a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia and is a popular spokesperson in his field. In 2006 he was flown to Melbourne to provide chiropractic care for McLarens Formula One Driver Juan Pablo Montoya. In the past, Dr David has been a team chiropractor in national and international triathlon events. He has also represented Australia at the International Triathlon Championships in Mexico in 2002 and again in 2009 on the Gold Coast (World Championships) in one of his favourite sports. Dr David is also highly active in the community competing in many local sports charity events and raising money for groups on the Sunshine Coast. For more information about the full team at Hendrey Chiropractic, please visit:


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made me giggle out loud. My exercise sessions slowly became training sessions and I developed a sense of humour about my physical flaws and poor fitness. Dmitri applied this brilliant technique of distracting my mind from feeling sorry for myself by either telling me adventure training stories or getting me to tell him stories. This strategy worked well for me. By April 2015 training was more enjoyable, I had lost 10 kilos and although my weight stagnated at 97.8 kilos, my healthy eating and fitness activities were daily routines. At this point I began to appreciate Dmitri’s skills as a PT, I didn’t know much about him other than he was the owner of FamilyFitNation, so I googled his name. It turned out that my long suffering PT was actually a widely acclaimed and awarded chef and a world class triathlete who trained professional athletes. I decided then and there I was the luckiest grossly obese 40-something Mum and I had better stop complaining

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or decades, we’ve been told to ‘slop’ on sunscreen whenever we get out in the sun (in order to avoid skin cancer). But we need to take a closer look at this… The truth is that for generations, prior to the introduction of chemical sunscreen, there were few cases of skin cancer. For thousands of years many longlived cultures have worshipped the sun for its physical and emotional, life-giving energy. The sun has been the very source of all life on earth and is actually vital for preventing a host of cancers and even avoiding and overcoming depression. There is a compelling relationship between the increase of skin cancer diagnostics and the mass-marketing of commercial sunscreen that began in the late 1950s. In addition to ‘food-less foods’, ‘lifeless drinks’ and the chemicals people put on their bodies each day, there is an argument that the primary cause of skin cancer is not getting enough fresh fruits

and vegetables grown seasonally (in the temperate zone where people live) into their diet on a regular basis. Also, there is mounting evidence to support the carcinogenic dangers of commercial, big-brand chemical sunscreens. A recent study by the Environmental Working Group found that over 75% of 2000 sunscreens, covering 257 brands, contained toxic chemicals. The study also noted: ‘…some sunscreen ingredients absorb into the blood, and some have toxic effects. Some release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight, some act like oestrogen and disrupt hormones, and several can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation.’ Despite this, the excessive use of commercial sunscreen is promoted and the sun continues to be blamed for incidences of skin cancer. What if it’s precisely the sun that holds the key to avoiding and overcoming many diseases that are now considered epidemic in the Western world? And what if there are chemical-

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What does

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very year I take a God-inspired word into the new year. This year it was ‘revelation’. Now, I’m still exploring the full meaning of the word as it unfolds in my life. So far I have learnt this. My identity is not my looks (as they are fading) nor my money (as I’m only getting it together now), my business or brain. It’s my heart and sunshine that people gravitate to. How wrong I have been for

so many years. I’m still in shock that my super fit, totally gorgeous husband loves me with complete zest as I’m fading so spectacularly! I guess I underestimated my essence. The whole of me that is shining brighter with every decision I make to forgive. To love. I crave the whole person I am. I crave the parts that were overlooked to make way for the show.

So as my phones flash up with messages of love from Romanian children that I helped up from utter despair, I have the revelation of the word whole! Such a fulfilling spirit shaking experience, to lift others up. So as my body’s facade fades, my being gets a chance to live. For me to be whole requires others to be whole. Sonya Driver is the creator or Eco Tan.

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5 secrets to

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n average did you know that most women have approximately 40 make-up products in their cosmetic kits, and even more surprisingly only use around five items. Do you ever get confused about what to buy when you run out of your favourite make-up? In a world filled with consumerism, buying the latest products is seen as a must do. Only to get it home, use it a couple of times before you lose it at the back of the beauty bag, never to been seen again. Would you like to know the secrets to becoming a minimalist make-up user? For me I am a total minimalist, in fact I could be considered lazy when it comes to make-up application. I have around five products in my must-have kit that I use for over 15 different items. Even when I’m creating products I’m thinking how else can this be used, what else is it good for? I am also a big believer in combining health benefits with beauty products.


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3 things to consider

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Why I don’t do

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Parabens and breast cancer It has been suggested that antiperspirants might be a cause of breast cancer, because they contain a variety of chemicals that are applied frequently to an area directly adjacent to the breast. The strongest supporting evidence comes from clinical observations showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, exactly the local area to which antiperspirants are applied. The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study by Dr Phillipa Darbre, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumours. Dr Darbre said, “These results are of concern because parabens have been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen, and oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours. The fact that parabens were detected in the majority of the breast tissue samples cannot be taken to imply that they actually caused breast cancer in the 40 women studied. However, the fact that parabens were present in so many



of the breast tissue samples does justify further investigation.” Aluminium and breast cancer Oestrogen is a well-established influence in breast cancer. Some research suggests that aluminium-based compounds found in anti-perpsirants, may be absorbed by the skin and cause oestrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Results demonstrated that aluminium in the form of aluminium chloride or aluminium chlorohydrate can interfere with the function of oestrogen receptors of human breast cancer cells. This adds aluminium to the increasing list of metals capable of interfering with oestrogen action and termed metalloestrogens. Aluminium is known to be genotoxic, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, which would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells. An earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants and underarm shaving Findings from a study examining the

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What! My hot dog

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label savvy. It comes with practice and is made easier with the use of apps and books such as The Chemical Maze, Think Dirty and EWG’s Skin Deep. Here are a few carcinogens to start you on your way… Processed Meats. In 2015 the World Health Organization officially classified red and processed meat as ‘carcinogenic’ – anything that has been salted, cured, fermented, or smoked by adding chemical preservatives, which means hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, corned beef, salami, frankfurts, dried meat such as beef jerky, and canned meat or meat-based sauces. Carcinogenic chemicals can also form during meat processing. Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork has been classified as a ‘probable’ cause of cancer. When a chemical in red meat called haem is broken down in the gut, N-nitroso chemicals are formed and these have been found to damage the cells that line the bowel, which can lead to bowel cancer.


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What is RTT and how does it work? Using a combination of trance, regression and hypnosis, RTT has a transformative effect on the mind, enabling it to tell the body what to do. Simply put, it rewires your unconscious mind to work in your best interests; for example, moving away from addictions, turning fear into excitement, as well as replacing anxiety and stress with happiness. Rapid by name, rapid by nature So many people are suffering from stress and/or anxiety, the pain of loss, insomnia, being bullied, being overweight, with a lack of confidence or self-esteem. In the complete opposite of conventional therapy, RTT works by discovering the root cause of the problem and then treating it. Yes, in most cases, this can be done in weeks, rather than years. People spend thousands of dollars and many years on therapy, trying to understand why they feel the way they do; often during this process they are asked to relive traumatic events over

olistic Bliss recently had the pleasure of meeting Spiri Buhagiar, a practitioner in Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) – a groundbreaking, hybrid therapy incorporating the most beneficial principles of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, neurolinguistic programming and cognitive behaviour. Marisa Peer, the creator of RTT – widely recognised as one the world’s best therapists, has been achieving amazing results with her method for over 30 years. Only recently has Marisa made her method available to other therapists, opening the doors to treatment otherwise only available by Marisa herself. Currently, there are only a handful of RTT therapists practising in Queensland. Spiri is one of them and she studied in London and was personally trained by Marisa Peer. So Spiri was excited to explain this method to us.

and over, which only serves to increase their emotional attachment to the event. RTT does not do this. RTT aims to set you free. Spiri’s work Although Spiri is happy to work with anyone, she prefers to work with women. Over the coming months, she will be offering free workshops on empowering women – women who are in situations that are stressful or fearful; this may include being in a relationship which causes them fear or where they suffer physical violence. Her aim is to give individuals clarity on why they remain in situations that are not in their best interests. Another special interest is weight control. Excess weight brings many issues, including low self-esteem and health risks, such as heart problems, diabetes type 2 and more disturbing diseases. Read SPIRI’S domestic violence and weight issues blog on her website:

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Caring for your guinea pig WORDS DR ELAINE CEBULIAK


ental extractions can be tricky, especially with guinea pigs. For a year Braveheart the guinea pig had regular tooth trims because of uneven wear and growth. Common dental problems for guinea pigs include insufficient wear of rear teeth, causing them to grow over and into their tongue which is painful and inhibits food intake and digestion. Braveheart’s rear teeth were okay, but a front lower incisor was overgrown. Perhaps his early start to life in appalling conditions with an inappropriate diet and inadequate Vitamin C (required for immune, bone and tooth health) had contributed to this. Though his herbivorous diet now consisted largely of fresh silica rich grass (great for abrading teeth) and high cellulose plant foods, with good vitamin and mineral content, he needed dental treatment. Subsequent to trimming his lower incisors, gentle probing revealed a suspected fracture. Guinea pig teeth are long, extending well into the jaw, and a surface visible fracture can mean further damage below the gum line remains unseen without radiology or extraction. A fractured tooth is painful and needs

treatment. The tooth tip was discolored indicating it was likely dead, and needed extraction. There were two options for Braveheart – surgery or euthanasia. Surgery with full anaesthesia requires careful management at the best of times, and guinea pigs are highly sensitive to all drugs, making it especially risky. Euthanasia was an option as the fractured tooth and subsequent pain were unmanageable as they were. Surgery was opted for, and Braveheart was anaesthetised. Successful tooth extraction, including the root, took place and the gum stitched closed. The fracture extended for most of the tooth length. Ouch! Braveheart’s ordeal wasn’t over. His tiny body still needed to recover from anaesthesia, process drugs out of his system, recover from stress (guinea pigs are extremely susceptible to stress), and show evidence of normal kidney and liver function. He was provided with additional fluids during surgery to assist with this. Two days post-surgery Braveheart’s recovery is continuing. He’s eating well, is bright and alert, has healthy urination

and plenty of poos, indicating good organ function. He’s also being provided with poo from healthy guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are hindgut fermenters and practise corophagia (eating their own poo). Excreted bacteria are re-ingested to repopulate gut microbiome, especially in the large intestine and caecum where fermentation takes place, breaking down cellulose in ingested plant material. Braveheart’s getting plenty of dietary Vitamin C from organic vegetables, herbs and fruits (red capsicum, kale, kiwi fruit, broccoli, parsley), celery tips for liver health, and supplemental hay, lucerne and pellets. Food and nutrition is really important for a guinea pig’s overall health and tooth wear. Inappetence, weight loss, drooling, a mouth that remains open, and an inability to consistently pick up and chew food, can indicate dental problems for guinea pigs. If you suspect any dental problems with a guinea pig, seek veterinary advice. Prevention and early detection are critical.


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ith so much information available on animal ‘training’, how do you know what’s best for your animal companion and you? Here’s the lowdown: everything you see, read or hear is merely opinion, suggestion or guidance; what works for the majority may not work for everyone. Just as every human individual has quirks and idiosyncrasies making up their personality, character and responses, so too do non-human animals. That’s why, for example, socialisation works well in particular settings and timeframes for some animals while others might withdraw and become fearful in those same settings and timeframes. Disregarding an animal’s nuanced responses and cues about how they’re feeling in relation to things, and continuing to push them toward desired outcomes or what common literature suggests, creates tension. When humans push to create their desired version of an animal, rather than appreciating the animal as the individual they are, then humans lose the connection, trust and respect from the animal. That connection, trust and respect however,

is the very thing that will contribute the most enrichment and harmony in any interspecies interaction. To encourage it is to slow down and let go enough of your own agenda to allow the relationship and individuals within it to know one another, to know themselves in relationship, and thereby know themselves. Whatever stage of animal companionship you’re at, I invite you to remember the following two things. Firstly, you’re becoming friends with someone who neither verbally speaks your language nor has your same limbs with which to gesticulate sign language, so you understand it might take careful observation and listening with your eyes and intuition to know one another. Secondly, you’re prepared to be patient and sensitive to their wants and needs, and to compromise as needed, to ensure balance and harmony of being. A simple example of this in action is observing a dog wanting to frequently stop, wee and sniff on a walk. Knowing this, you provide these opportunities through letting go the need to have them walk to heel or in a straight line or even to follow the same pathway every

day or to say hello to every person and dog along the way. You use long-lining, you allocate time for exploratory dogled walks, and you allow your dog to be themselves, thereby allowing them to grow into their self-confidence and relationship with all things, knowing you’re at the end of the lead to guide, support and protect them on their journey to self-discovery. Remember, you’re their teacher and guide in an often human-dominated world, rather than their disciplinarian or controller. By enjoying and accommodating their individuality, they will trust, respect and connect with you more deeply. That’s relationship alchemy at play.

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Is your pet on their path to wellness yet? WORDS DR RENEE O’DUHRING, BVSc (Hons) CVCHM (IVAS) GradDip VCHM (CIVT)


s an holistic veterinarian, I see many pets suffering with a vast array of acute illnesses and chronic disease, and one of the hardest parts of my job is knowing that many of these problems can be prevented by setting the pet up for a lifetime of wellness, by providing the correct diet and exercise, reducing toxic input, understanding the pet’s psychology, and meeting their basic needs. Many people have the tendency to put physical disease or emotional challenges down to genetics, or past traumas, but in fact the health trajectory of almost every pet (and human) can be changed at almost any stage by implementing correct diet and lifestyle practices. You can set your pet on a path to health and vitality, and it is never too late! There are crucial steps along the path that need to be implemented in order for robust health to manifest. One of the most important, but often forgotten, is avoiding or minimising toxicity. What is toxicity? Toxins can be inputs from the external environment, such as: contaminants in one’s food or water supply, inappropriate diet selection,

vaccines and medications. Toxins can also be internally generated, such as the by-products of digestion and metabolism that require filtration through the kidneys. The body becomes diseased when toxin levels in the body overwhelm the body’s detoxification capacity, and physical health is impaired as a result. Easy ways you can reduce toxic input for your pet include: • Feeding a species-appropriate, raw, organic diet • Following a minimal vaccine protocol • Providing pure, filtered or distilled water as their water source • Consider chemical-free alternatives for parasite control • Supporting your pet with supportive herbal or homeopathic medicines when they become unwell, rather than pharmaceutical drugs that may not always be needed • Ensure your pet’s bedding (where they spend much of their days) is toxinfree • Avoid using toxic chemicals around your home and garden for cleaning and pest-control purposes

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Australia's premier holistic lifestyle magazine created on the Sunshine Coast

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