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Newsletter Vol.1 Ed.2
All Natural Advantage is a clinic in Melbourne offering specialist integrative medicine testing and Naturopathic treatments for a variety of health conditions. This newsletter features articles featuring comprehensive information on children’s health, gastrointestinal disorders, mood disorders, dietary interventions, testing options, and much more. At All Natural Advantage we combine a comprehensive medical history, dietary assessment, with integrative medicine testing (where appropriate) to unravel underlying causes of illness and help you onto a path of wellness again.

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  • An Alternative ADD/ ADHD Diagnosis – Beyond a behavioural checklist
  • Supplements – Buyer Beware
  • Vitamin D and Skin Cancer
  • Monthly Research Review
  • Featured Webinars
  • An overdue query in autism science: What, exactly, is autism?

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I was listening to a radio talkback program with a doctor that has a regular weekly health segment. A caller was asking about his high cholesterol and statin drugs. The doctor’s response was that the high cholesterol result was not as important as calcium scoring. Calcium scoring or calcium scans of the coronary arteries are a more accurate predictor of coronary artery disease. However, doctors continue to test for cholesterol and unnecessarily place patients onto statin drugs. The caller went on to ask “why then is my doctor still focussing on cholesterol and recommending a statin drug?” Because “Many conservative doctors are resistant to change.” That was a “wow” moment for me.

When presenting current research relating to a patient or child’s condition, I occasionally hear the patient or parent say “Why doesn’t my doctor know about this?” Simply because doctors rarely learn of new discoveries at conferences or through journals. Most doctors rely on being kept up to date by information disseminated by pharmaceutical companies. A review of past medical discoveries shows that acceptance of new ideas has been met with fierce resistance by the medical community. If a doctor refuses to listen to the research that is presented to them, then maybe it is time to find another doctor that will.

I was recently reading an article on ADHD, “Who Is Diagnosing All These Kids With ADHD?” The article was commenting on a recent study into ADHD diagnosis, “Diagnostic Experiences of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”, which provided 2014 data on ADHD diagnosis. I was interested to read that “family members were overwhelmingly the first individuals who had been concerned about whether the child might have ADHD. However, for approximately one third of the children who received a diagnosis after age 6 years, someone at school or daycare was the first to raise concern.” “Parents reported that in 89.9% of the cases, behavior rating scales or checklists were used for diagnosis.” I actually found this amazing that in this day and age we are still diagnosing children as ADHD solely based on “behaviour ratings” and “checklists”.

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Supplements – Buyer Beware
As the supplement industry has expanded to become a billion dollar industry, I have seen the market flooded with poor quality...
Vitamin D and Skin Cancer
There has been an explosion of research into vitamin D for many years now. The research is telling us that vitamin D has far more wide...
Monthly Research Review
As ASD individuals become adults, more research studies are being published showing that these adults have a higher incidence...
Featured Webinars
Two short videos from The Autism Experts, two young Aspies or “Aspergerians” that try to help parents unravel the mysterious world...
An overdue query in autism science: What, exactly, is autism?
The single diagnosis of autism can represent a diverse set of symptoms from many different causes. As powerful genetic tools identify increasing numbers of autism genes, scientists are teasing apart the pool of autism into new syndromes, each with a distinct genetic origin. The advances in genetics over the past few years has only confirmed this variability. As researchers identify people with autism who share the same rare genetic mutation, they are finding that each subgroup has its own distinct profile, with differences even among members of the same subgroup...
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