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Why hormones cause hair loss

10 August 2020

Let’s be honest. Hair thinning or hair loss feels pretty awful.

Many of our patients come to us as a last result because the doctor has told them that it’s just part of ageing growing old.

There are a several primary drivers for hair loss, here are the most common ones we see in the clinic:

– Hypothyroidism
– Low Iron
– Nutritional Deficiencies

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk further about the reasons for hair loss.

1. Hypothyroidism
Many patients that are diagnosed with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s can be on medication to stimulate their TSH, such as thyroxine; however, despite taking it, still experience hair loss.

Most of the patients we see in the clinic are experiencing subclinical hypothyroidism. Their blood tests don’t reveal a dangerous enough TSH, Free T3, or Free T4 reading to be put on thyroid medication.
Both kinds of patients can still present issues with hair loss.

They often say that their hair seems to be coming out more when they brush or wash it or thinning in the front of their head.

We find that may women suffering from thyroid-related hair loss need gut support and hormone balancing nutrients to enable to the body to support itself to come back into balance and bring healthy thyroid function.

Conventional medicine often treats patients that are suffering from PCOS with birth control medication.

Patients suffering from PCOS often experience hair loss and may suffer from excessive hair growth on their face, arms, or legs.

The challenge many of our patients face with PCOS is self confidence and infertility. ��We’ve helped many women with PCOS fall pregnant. It takes time as the body needs to resume normal function after coming off the pill.

But, PCOS often is a hormonal issue that points to hormone imbalance and nutrient deficiencies.

�Once we get to the hormones in balance, the body is a stronger vessel for implantation.

3. Low Iron
Iron is a big reason for hair loss.

We had a 24 year old patient come in and her iron count was within 3% of normal range. That’s 3% out of 100%. She came in thinking that her hair loss was because of her thyroid, as her mum suffers from hypothyroidism.

She was on a vegetarian diet for years, with her favourite foods being cheese, bread, and pasta. She consumed very little foods high in iron.

She only weighed 45 kilos, so the diet seemed to be working, but her she had incredible hair loss.

Her hair was starting to thin so much you could see her scalp at the front of her head.

She was very upset sad and couldn’t understand how her diet could possibly be a bad thing.

Few women realise how important iron is in our diet and it often gets missed as a factor for hair loss.

4. Nutritional Deficiencies
Nutritional deficiencies are common in nearly every patient with hair loss.

Every body absorbs nutrients differently. The modern Australian diet has changed over the last fifty years, and as such, what our bodies receive and what our mums passed to us in utero consequentially effect our bodies.

Hair and weight are two great indications that there is some kind of nutrient deficiency in the body. ��Many women come into the clinic after taking some supplements to help support hair growth, yet haven’t had much of an effect on it.

Taking something to support hair growth doesn’t always mean it’ll work for you if there are other factors going on.

In fact, most of the patients that experience hair loss have a combination of two or all four of the above factors.

Conventional medicine is fantastic at helping us with various conditions, but sometimes our external self-conscious challenges, like hair loss or weight, are not supported by the medication.

This is why we love naturopathic treatment.

Our goal is to deal with the root cause behind the hair loss, so that we remove the problem and nourish the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive.

If you’d like to get help with your hair growth or hormones, we’d love to support you.

Simply book a free introductory consultation here:

Two “Skinny” Gut Bacterias found in healthy people…

10 August 2020

The digestive system is the chemical response system for the body.

Often what presents as a hormone imbalance in the body, is bacteria overgrowth in the gut lining masked as hormone imbalance.

What if I told you that there are two common gut bacterias found in people of healthy weight?

Several years ago an athlete required a faecal transplant from a family member for medical reasons.

She was at the top of her game before her health declined.

She was fit and healthy in terms of her body weight.

She had a problem in her colon that the doctors determined the best correction required a compatible faecal transplant.

About three months after her faecal transplant, she started putting on weight.

You see, her faecal donor was about 15 kilos overweight.

So she started training, and eating just like before the surgery to prepare for her next sports season, but she kept putting on weight.

Eight months after the transplant, she was 15 kilos overweight, despite her excellent diet and exercise.

She’d never been overweight before.

It was an anomaly that led a team of medical scientists to do a clinical study with obese mice by transplanting faecal matter from healthy, fit mice to obese mice.

What they found was amazing and supported many of the people in the clinical study to actually easily lose weight.

There were 2 key bacteria overgrowths found in lean people:

– Christensenella, and
– Akkermansia

By taking healthy faecal matter and transplanting it into an obese body, these two bacteria took harvest and supported weight loss in the obese bodies.

So let’s look at these two bacterias…

Christensenella is associated with your genetic makeup, meaning that to some extent, you have higher chances of finding this bacterium in your gut if your relatives have them too.

And akkermanisa is abundant in the microbiomes of lean people. Scientists think it could be promising for preventing obesity, which is now considered a global health epidemic.

Many of the symptoms associated with weight gain also come with hormone disruptions.

The trouble is that when the gut lining and hormones are out of balance, it’s very challenging to lose weight.

So why would someone not have enough christensenella and akkermanisa bacteria?

Believe it or not, antibiotics actually strip the gut lining of these two bacteria species.

Genetics also play a part.

But if you have ever taken antibiotics and found six months later that you started gaining weight, there’s a chance that the good bacteria may have been stripped out of your gut.

Combine that with normal chemical changes over time and an imperfect diet, and you may find yourself struggling to shed weight.

Getting your gut bacteria in balance is important for a multitude of reasons.

One of the assessments we do at the clinic for our patients suffering from stubborn weight gain, and especially from fatigue or brain fog, is a Gut Dysbiosis Map.

It helps us see if the bacteria levels are good or bad, and helps us map out a restoration of healthy gut function.

It also is very insightful if there are parasites, worms, or candida overgrowth, and provides insight into the level of damage and inflammation to the gut, a well as if there’s leaky gut and any resistance to any antibiotics.

Hormones often naturally come into balance as a result of treating the gut, because the chemicals in the body naturally are supported with the restoration of bacteria.

Pretty fascinating, right?

If you’d like to see how we can support your gut or support you in finally shedding kilos, please book in a Free Introductory Consultation with us here:

When Oestrogen is to Blame..

20 July 2020

We live in a society that literally has oestrogen in our air and our environment. It is in found in plastics that we use in every day life, right through to being in the byproducts of the wheat and sugar industry.

In 2018, there was an interesting study on alligators in the Florida everglades.

Over the last several years there has being increasing concerns at the slow and steady decline in births of the alligator population.

Researchers looking at these alligators discovered that male alligators had unusually high levels of oestrogen and low testosterone whilst females had abnormally high levels of oestrogen. These results were the key drivers of the infertility anomalies that they observed.

Now the reason I share this study with you is because it’s not just puberty, pregnancy, breast feeding, peri-menopause, or menopause that cause an elevation in oestrogen, there’s often environmental and food factors that cause excess oestrogen also. (We will be discussing more of these concerns in future posts).

Our bodies have a chemical reaction to what we eat and what we breathe. We also more than ever have problems detoxifying the chemicals our bodies absorbing.

It’s one of the key reasons many everyday Australians struggle with hormonal imbalance.

Hormonal imbalance is often one of the key drivers for weight gain, or an inability to shift weight, despite a healthy diet and exercise.

Now, the reason hormone imbalance, specifically oestrogen, is important to pay attention to here, is that before the 1920s, the average age of a young woman getting her period was 14 years old.

Today, the average age of a girls first menstruation is 12.8 years old.
According to John’s Hopkins University, the key drivers to early onset menstruation in young women is obesity.

Most people don’t realise that hormonal imbalance is a key driver to obesity today. Processed foods, gluten, and sugar, are also key drivers of excess oestrogen.

We find that nearly 67% of our patients have some kind of hormone imbalance, including excess oestrogen.

Much of the imbalance can be traced to mum and actually has a strong genetic component stemmed from mum’s gut microbiome.

There are certain bacteria’s, when in excess in the body, can affect how you breakdown and store foods causing the body to gain weight, or, produce too much oestrogen.

We deal with hormone imbalance every day.

It’s about ridding the bacteria overgrowth, and replenishing the healthy bacteria in the microbiome, while gently bringing your hormones into balance.

Many of our patients who struggle with weight, breast tenderness, muscle aches or joint pain, may be suffering from excess oestrogen.

I find the hormone and gut connection to be fascinating and I hope you found this helpful too 🙂

If you think you, or, someone you love is suffering from hormonal imbalance including excess oestrogen, we’d love to help!

Simply share or book in a Free Introductory Consultation with us to see how we can help you. You can book in here:

Look forward to connecting with you again soon.


Is your sleep disrupted?

20 July 2020

Your hormones may explain why…

The stress from Covid-19 has been one of the biggest sleep disruptions for nearly every Australian.

But, it hasn’t disrupted everybody’s sleep the same way.

One of the most fascinating things that we enjoy discovering at the clinic, is how certain patterns show up in the body.

Did you know that the nature of your sleep disruption can tell us what part of your body is struggling or out of balance?

Today, I’d like to share with you a few of the different sleep stages and how it affects your hormones whilst you are sleeping.

Most importantly, I want you to pay attention to the time that you, or your loved ones, are restless or waking so that you can see what your body is telling you.

1. The Thyroid
– struggling to fall asleep at night (even though you’ve been really tired all day)
– often need the TV on to fall asleep

2. Oestrogen
– out like a light when your head hits the pillow
– sleeping 8 or more hours a night
– struggling to get out of bed in the morning

3. Cortisol
– waking up at 2am, 3am, 4am
– waking up throughout the night
– needing a nap during the day
– struggling to stay asleep at night

4. Leptin, The Hunger Hormone

What is really interesting is that leptin, the hunger hormone, is strongly affected by sleep.

The leptin hormone is regulated by a full night’s sleep.

When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, it can wreak havoc on your sleep quality and patterns.

So, as you can appreciate, if you’re not sleeping through the night, it can have a cascading effect on not only your other hormones, but also on your leptin levels.

This can affect your weight, your metabolism, and your appetite.
Not getting enough good quality sleep can also negatively affect many other organs of the body as well.

For example, the liver detoxifies and regulates while you sleep (especially around 4am).

Waking before or around 4am, can also have a negative effect on your hormones.

If you are struggling to sleep or are experiencing any of the following symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, poor memory, irritability, depression, hair loss, splitting nails or feeling too hot or too cold, please get in touch to see how we can help you.

You can book a call in here:

Fatigue, Low Energy, and Sluggishness are the most common symptoms our patients experience.

20 July 2020

Let’s be honest, feeling tired all day is really hard.

You find yourself reaching for a caffeine hit or sugary pick-me-up around 2-3pm and daydream about your comfy bed.

So what has caused your body to feel this sluggish?

We’ve found there are 2 Key Reasons for Fatigue:

– Hormonal Imbalance
– Gut Imbalance

Fatigue and sluggishness may trigger the doctor to do blood tests. If your hormones such as thyroid, estrogen and testosterone all come back in “normal” range, we hear many of our patients’ doctors may recommend changes in diet or say “you’re fine, don’t worry”.

Do you ever wonder if it’s NOT normal to be this tired?

Do you think that it could be more than just old age?
You are right.

I mentioned in my last email that in the 1970s we moved from a combination of clinical assessment and pathology, to exclusively pathology for doctors to treat patients.

This played a big part on our growing of Australians with hypothyroidism.
Natural medicine has much to offer when it comes to hormone function and a balanced body

Let me explain how it pertains to fatigue.

REASON 1: Hormone Imbalance “Fatigue”

When your estrogen kicks into overdrive, it makes a greater demand on your liver and your thyroid.

Think about when puberty hit, you were pregnant or going through peri-menopause or menopause.

Now, after that hormonal season, you couldn’t shift your weight like you used to be able to and you noticed you slowly started to become more clumsy, forgetful, and things just moved a little slower over all.

It’s been a few years since your hormonal season and you really get out of bed slowly, you forget your keys or that thing that you really needed to remember, and between 2pm and 3pm you are desperate for a coffee or tea.
This is a big red flag indicating hormonal imbalance.

Fatigue is a key sign that your body lacking key nutrients to support your hormones.

The good news is that your body probably just needs a “nutrient top up”. Within 3 to 8 weeks, you could find yourself with that spring back in your step, looser pants and way more energy.

REASON 2: Gut Imbalance “Sluggishness”

Your gut and hormones are very closely intertwined. It is very common for the hormones to affect the gut. We see this all the time.

Your gut is the core of your foundation. So when something is “off”, there is almost always an adverse effect to the gut.

Sluggishness is a key indication of a gut concern.

Think about before you felt tired throughout the day, or, before you were desperate to spread out on the lounge or get to bed when you got home from work.
Think about what you felt like in the morning.

Was it difficult to wake up or did you struggle to get out of bed?

Were you desperate for that morning coffee?

This is one of the early flags we see when there is a gut imbalance.
Like I said, it’s normal for both hormonal imbalance and gut imbalance to go hand in hand.

If you are feeling sluggish, struggling to get out of bed, or feeling “off” and more tired than normal, please let us help.

As it may have been a while since you have been to our clinic, we’ve opened up a Free Introductory Consultation via Phone to see if we can help. You can book in here:

Wishing you optimal health and vitality!

Kind regards,

Welcome to our new naturopath and receptionist

8 January 2020

Laura has joined the clinic as a highly respected Naturopath. Laura has been working in the industry for several years and achieved distinctions in her naturopathic degree. Laura replaces our beloved Deb who has gone back to full time social work. Laura is available for consultation throughout the week. She hopes to meet you soon!

We would like to welcome Chiara as our new receptionist. Chiara joins our precious Lisa. These two girls are our amazing reception team, a team that we could not do without.

Chiara is a 2nd year naturopathic student and loves working in the Naturopathic field. Chiara replaces Jen who has moved on to full time grandmother duties. Chiara is friendly, enthusiastic and tech savvy. We feel she will be a wonderful addition to our administration team.

Staying well over the summer break

20 December 2019

It is natural when enjoying the company of family and friends during the festive season to overindulge in the wonderful treats and drinks available.

The downside is that it can leave us feeling bloated, lethargic and even a few kilo’s may suddenly appear!

We don’t want to stop you from celebrating this festive season, but we have a few tips that can help you enjoy this festive season even more.

Don’t overdo the food
Remember that fatty, sugary and salty foods put more pressure on your liver and digestion. Instead of fried or richer foods, try looking towards salad and vegetables that are not too laden with creamy or oily dressings.

Having lighter meals will help you cope better with the various social gatherings over the Christmas and New Year period.

Reduce processed treats
Alternatives to processed treats may include some soy crisps, nuts, hummus with rice crackers, guacamole with carrot or celery sticks and summer fruits. You can really make a nice spread for people that is nutritious and healthy.

Keep tabs on your alcohol consumption
It is a relaxing time to enjoy drinks with friends and family, but be mindful of overindulging, especially on warmer days. Have a glass of water or coconut water between each drink to keep you more hydrated and reduce the side effects of alcohol consumption.

You may also consider looking at the great range of mocktails available with lemon, lime juice and soda water. They are fun and fresh and will be a hit at any gathering. Try having some alcohol free days to give your body a chance to recover.

It is amazing what a difference keeping up your exercise can make to your digestion. When we move, our digestive system gets a workout too. Exercise will really make a difference to that blocked, bloated feeling and overall bowel function.

Just 20-30 minutes most days is enough to make a noticeable change! We also drink more water when exercising and this is especially important on warmer days.

Manage stress associated with expectations of family and friends
Talk honestly to family members and friends about how you’d like to spend your time over the holiday season. Where possible aim to make decisions together. Remember that others may have extra demands on them as well. Above all, be prepared to thoroughly discuss the festive choices well in advance.

What happens if you do over indulge?
It happens, we know it is Christmas and a festive time after all. If you have had too much to drink, may we suggest that you have a big glass of fresh water before bed and take one of the activated B supplements such as Bio Tress for the following few days.

We will be providing detox programs in the New Year so don’t hesitate to book in to the clinic from the 7th January 2020 and we will get you back to feeling fabulous!

Anne Wilson Schaef

17 July 2019
"Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account." Anne Wilson Schaef

A blast from the past

10 July 2019

From time to time I have shared messages from appreciative clients. Only a few days ago I got this email, I was so humbled to receive this note and thought it would be nice to share it with you.

I do remember this man, he was always a delight when he came into the clinic and it was so lovely to hear from him again after so long.

Hi Tracie,

This is a blast from the past!

I was looking through the Sutherland Shire website and found your site. You probably don’t remember me but you helped me a lot back in 1991 when I came to you for assistance after having a major heart attack and had a stent installed into my heart which was really a pioneer procedure at that time. I couldn’t lift my arms above my shoulders and with your help my recovery was successful. You treated me for a long time after then which I always looked forward too.

Good to see that you have been successful with your clinic, you have worked hard and deserve your success. Thanking you once again and all the best in the future.


Carrot Turmeric Juice

3 July 2019


  • 2 navel oranges, quartered and peeled
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 x 3 cm piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 x 1½ cm piece of turmeric, washed (or 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 cup of water, or as suited to your consistency


  1. Add all the ingredients + 1 cup of ice cubes to your blender and blend on high until smooth. Add up to a cup or to your preferred consistency.
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