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FX Medicine is at the forefront of ensuring functional and integrative medicine gains the recognition it deserves and ultimately establishes itself as an integral part of standard medical practice. Our podcasts are designed to promote research and evidence based therapeutic practises, acting as a progressive force for change and improvement in patient health and wellbeing.
 
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“No Evidence of Disease,” or N.E.D, are the words that any cancer patient longs for once they've undergone their relevant cancer therapy. But then, what comes next? Naturopathy and functional medicine have a lot to offer oncology patients, regardless of the phase of treatment they're in. Today we are joined by Tanya Wells, a naturopath whose expert…
 
It's well established that sugar impacts metabolic health, but have you considered the impact to fertility? Naturopath Georgia Marrion delights in untangling complex biochemical pathways and creating education for both her peers and patients, that helps digest complicated clinical and research data into usable chunks of wisdom. In today's episode, …
 
From herbalists to passionate foodies, the olive plant is widely regarded for both its delicious fare as well as its medicinal properties. So, how does one identify a good quality olive oil from those of lesser quality? What are the differences between olive oil, olive tapenade and olive leaf and what do these differences mean? What is the current …
 
Do anxiety and depression have an evolutionary function? Why do we sleep? And is the explosion of neurological conditions we now see perhaps a result of selective processes? In the third and final episode of the Evolutionary Medicine series, Dr Mark Donohoe dives into why dysfunction may be happening as a result of evolution occurring faster than h…
 
Are the genes that helped us survive in the past now working against our health in the present? In this second episode of a three-part series, Dr Mark Donohoe and Andrew continue the discussion of evolutionary medicine, exploring the rise of 'diabesity', the nuances of fertility and how the human condition builds resilience . Find today's show note…
 
How do we determine when intervention is necessary in our health and wellbeing treatment strategy? In our quest to conquer pathological processes, are we overlooking the fundamentals within evolutionary biology and thus potentially doing a disservice to our patient's health? In today's podcast, part one of a three part interview series, Dr Mark Don…
 
Do we need to revisit the terminology 'antioxidant'? Are we using apprropriate vernacular that describes these compounds and their functionality? In today’s episode we are joined by Dr Christine Houghton, an international expert in the field of nutrigenomically-active phytochemicals with over three decades of research experience to draw from. Today…
 
It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have adenomyosis. So what actually is adenomyosis, and how does it differ from endometriosis? Who is most at risk and what are the best integrative treatment approaches? In this episode, Naturopath Leah Hechtman returns to FX Medicine to discuss the specifics around adenomyosis: what we know (and what we don’t) ab…
 
Should men and women athletes be training differently? Do carbohydrate requirements vary between the sexes? Should female athletes use the OCP to control their hormones? What does the research show? Does the research into these topics even exist at all? In this episode we welcome back naturopath and sports nutritionist Kira Sutherland, who takes us…
 
What do we do when exercise that should be making us healthy and strong seems only to be making us sicker? Iron deficiency anaemia is one of those conditions that can be caused by frequent and strenuous excercise, which is why it is extremely common in athletes. Despite it’s prevalence, however, it can sometimes be difficult to spot through bloodwo…
 
***NB: We recognise that the audio of this podcast may be difficult to understand/ follow for some listeners, nevertheless we felt it important to share this podcast for those with a deep interest in the work Dr Panzironi is involved within. *** Why have 60,000 years of traditional and Aboriginal methods of healing and medicine not been considered …
 
What is the most important thing that we need to do to improve the health of shift workers? Shift work has been shown to increase the risk of developing a number of conditions, including obesity, metabolic complications, cardiovascular issues, gastrointestinal problems, and even certain cancers. In this episode we are joined by Audra Starkey from T…
 
What do we do for a patient who’s periods are absent? How do we peel back the layers and identify what’s causing this aberration in a crucial part of female physiology? Today we are joined by Dr Nicola Rinaldi who is passionate about raising awareness of HA: hypothalamic ammenorhoea. Nicola’s own journey with HA combined with her background in biol…
 
Today we're joined by Dr Amie Steel and Prof. Jon Wardle to explore the aspects of lobbying, advocacy and research specifically for the naturopathic profession in Australia. Have you ever wondered what lobbying and advocacy actually is and how these could be applied for the direct benefit of the naturopathic profession? In today's discussion Andrew…
 
Where do probiotics rank in your prescribing hierarchy for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression? As we deepen our understanding of the gut-brain connection, what's becoming clear is that probiotics may have a powerful role to play in the management of mental health conditions. Today we are joined again by clinical psychologist and research…
 
Are sleeping tablets outperforming performing placebo? Following on from their discussion in Part 1 of Sleep and Sleep Disorders, today Andrew and Mark dive deeper to help unravel the complexities underlying treatment success and failures. They explore the primary pharmaceutical interventions and where complementary medicine may be an adjunct or al…
 
What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? What is “normal” sleep and what constitutes disordered sleep? Is there a link between sleep adverse health outcomes such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or Alzheimer’s Disease? In the first episode of this two part series, Andrew and Dr Mark Donohoe explore these questions and more. Mark help…
 
Chronic pain, allergies, inflammation and gut homeostasis: the game-changing potential of two emerging compounds . In this episode naturopath Christine Lennon takes us through the latest research and therapeutic considerations for palmitoyl-ethanolamine PEA and its “sister compound” oleoylethanolamide (OEA). Christine shares how PEA and OEA, though…
 
Imagine if you were told that there wasn't enough space on your hand for all five fingers, so one needed to go, what would you think about that course of therapy? This is exactly what modern orthodontics proposes for issues such as 'crowding of teeth,' an issue which is ever-increasing in developed nations with "Westernised" diet. Leading Australia…
 
We know that modern lifestyle and dietary choices, including lack of sleep, stress and the Western diet, all contribute to chronic inflammation. It can be a real struggle to make healthy choices for ourselves. But did you know that chronic inflammation literally disconnects our rational “adult” brain from the impulsive, reactive “child” brain, perp…
 
Ever get the feeling that complementary medicine is a target in the media? Have you been frustrated by the ways media have extrapolated and bastardised evidence to reflect CAM in a negative light? Today we're joined by sociologist Dr Monique Lewis who takes us through her eye-opening research into how and why the media frames unflattering narrative…
 
Are we giving enough credit to the role of nutrients in brain health and emotional wellbeing? Dr Bill Walsh is a world leading expert in the field of nutritional neurochemistry, he joins us today ahead of his speaking engagement at the 8th BioCeuticals Research Symposium. Dr Walsh has been educating medical professionals all over the world how to i…
 
How do we incorporate microbiome testing into practice? Today we are joined by nutritionist Jessica Cox who shares her clinical approach to how, when and why you might incorporate microbiome testing. Digestive health is such a crucial aspect of Jess's clinical practice, that it led to her writing a book on the subject called E.A.T (Education at the…
 
In this episode, taken from our live interactive podcast, we're joined by Dr Isaac Eliaz to explore something that has been the subject of a lot of robust discussion; the cytokine storm. Join Andrew and Dr Eliaz as they explore the mechanisms that underlie the alarm response our immune system initiates in response to infection or attack. ** Find to…
 
What herb has been shown to reduce sick days by up to 30% and which herb is the "Mike Tyson of immune herbs"? Back by popular demand for part two, taken from our live interactive video podcast, Amie Skilton dives deep into the evidence-based herbal medicine options practitioners can employ to support and strengthen immunity. **This interview is als…
 
Did you know that singing can help boost your immune system? Today we are joined by functional medicine practitioner, Dr Sally Price to share with us her personal and professional experience with singing and the associated health benefits and challenges. Sally highlights the overlooked connection between our voice and our immunity and how this is v…
 
How is biological sex different from gender, and how is that different from sexual orientation? In this episode, we are joined by Sexologist Kerrin Bradfield to guide us through the nuances, terminologies and considerations to be mindful of when we approach gender in a clinical context. Kerrin helps to bust some of the myths surrounding gender, sex…
 
In this episode, taken from our live interactive podcast, we're joined by Amie Skilton to dive deep into the dietary and nutrient considerations in optimising immune resilience. Tune in to learn Amie's top five nutrients for a robust immune system and a deep dive into how sugar, alcohol and sleep can dismantle immunity. **This interview is also ava…
 
What are the qualities needed to be a successful practitioner? How do you get your mojo back and become successful if you’ve taken time off from your practice? Author and Naturopath Emma Sutherland talks about her experience of becoming a naturopath and getting her first big break as a practitioner. She shares what she has learned about becoming a …
 
What nutrients or herbs would you use to treat a POTS patient with an “impending sense of doom?’ In the second episode of this two part series, Dr Mark Donohoe returns to discuss the treatment considerations for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. He helps us differentiate between the various subcategories of how the condition prese…
 
How does diet and supplementation affect children with behavioural disorders? In this episode, Genevieve Mlotkowski discusses her clinical passion; helping parents see the gifts and uniqueness in children with autism, ADD, ADHD and other behavioural conditions. In addition to sharing her own story about the birth trauma of her first child and how i…
 
In this podcast integrative GP, Dr Mark Donohoe and functional paediatrician, Dr Elisa Song chat about COVID-19 through the lens of functional medicine. Elisa and Mark discuss what we know so far in this emerging pandemic and what dietary and lifestyle options show efficacy and evidence, but are also safe choices for empowered preventative healthca…
 
Why is drop dosing in herbal medicine considered contemptuous? Do we idolise knowledge over wisdom to the detriment of our practice? In this episode, we welcome back Justin Sinclair as we dive into an enlightening discussion on the art and science behind crafting herbal medicine prescriptions. Justin shares his own experiences with being flexible w…
 
Quality case-taking skills are a critical aspect of naturopathic practice, yet how often is this element of patient care overlooked? In this episode we welcome back Moira Bradfield to help us dig deep into the many variables that comprise a quality, detailed case history. Andrew and Moira will take you on a drive down memory lane, revisiting the mn…
 
Did you know that Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome used to be called irritable heart syndrome? In the first part of this two episode series, Dr Mark Donohoe returns to FX Medicine to discuss Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, a condition affecting the autonomic nervous system. POTS occurs when an inadequate amount of blood…
 
Are we at risk of losing our identity in the traditional practice of herbal medicine? In this episode, we were joined by Justin Sinclair to dive into the rich history of herbalism and naturopathic philosphies. This interview will have you pondering whether, in the pursuit of science and standardisation of herbal remedies, are we at risk of reductio…
 
Is there a way to reconcile the opposing viewpoints of Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine? This is a question naturopath and herbalist Paul Keogh has been facilitating conversations about through his entire career, attempting to find the synergy and commonalities between what initially appear to be two very different modalities. In this episode, P…
 
How often are you encountering patients with an undiagnosed thyroid condition? As the probability of both male and female patients with thyroid disorders continues to rise, so too does our need to upskill in this area of practice. Today we are joined by naturopath, Tara Nelson, who shares us with what led her into specialising in thyroid health. No…
 
It's imperative that we stay informed as the conventional medical approaches to standardised care adapt and change. Today we are joined by Dr Lise Alschuler who takes us through some of the updates to the medical guidelines for breast cancer management. She talks us through some of the new treatment approaches when it comes to ductal carcinoma in s…
 
How confident are you in the short and long term health implications of a gestational diabetes diagnosis? In this episode, registered dietitian, nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator Lily Nichols shares her expertise on managing gestational diabetes. Lily covers how gestational diabetes is different from type 2 diabetes, why blood sugar con…
 
How much independent research is there to help us and our patients make informed safety choices around 5G technology? Proponents of 5G promise faster internet speeds, better and more widespread coverage and improved reliability. We have also been told that it’s perfectly safe. Or rather, that 5G has not been proven to be unsafe. It is this lack of …
 
What is Galectin-3 and how is it connected to disease? Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a protein that modulates an array of biochemical processes in the body and is becoming increasingly implicated in the development of a multitude of diseases, including cancer, fibrosis, and metabolic diseases. But what if there was a way to lower levels of Galectin-3 with …
 
Did you know the quality of your cortisol awakening response can reflect your overall general health? In this episode Dr Carrie Jones provides an in depth look the cortisol awakening response, and its importance to our health. Carrie discusses the different types of impairment to the cortisol awakening response and how that presents in a patient, w…
 
Recent media attention would have us believe that the use of glucosamine supplements is ineffective and harmful, and that the risks outweigh any benefit. In this episode, our FX Omics and FX Medicine podcast hosts, Dr Mark Donohoe and Andrew Whitfield-Cook, join forces to examine the story that hit headlines sensationalising the outcomes of one par…
 
Science studies continue to unravel the mysteries of our health and disease causing agents - or do they? In the pursuit of knowledge, are the narratives of those 'interpreting' scientific data influencing our health care decisions? In this episode Dr Johan Van Den Bogaerde and Andrew embark on a robust and thought-provoking discussion challenging c…
 
Is dementia a normal part of ageing? Many people think it is, but as Dr Genevieve Steiner tells us, dementia is not an inevitable part of getting older. In this episode, Genevieve and Andrew dive deep into the complexity of dementia, exploring the use of technology (or lack thereof) to help diagnose and track its progression, the contributing facto…
 
Oestrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer is the most common type of breast cancer. It accounts for over two thirds of all breast cancer cases. But what does ER+ actually mean? And if all women have oestrogen, why doesn't every woman get breast cancer? Tanya Wells is a naturopath whose expertise is in designing integrative oncology programs t…
 
If all diseases begin in the gut, and every mouthful of food influences our genes, how do we connect the dots between the gut, our diet and genes? We welcome back culinary genomics expert, Amanda Archibald who answers this very question. Amanda shares with us her "MISE Toolbox" and how it can be used to unravel confounding gut conditions, such as f…
 
How do you support a new mother following the birth of a baby? The postnatal period can be a mentally, physically and emotionally overwhelming time in the lives of new parents, especially for new mothers. In this episode, Naturopath and Certified Lactation Consultant Julie Cottle shares how best to support health and wellbeing through this transiti…
 
Approximately one in five women will experience a miscarriage in their lives, but it’s a topic that is rarely openly discussed. Today we are joined by nutritionist and fertility specialist Grace Miano to dive into this tender subject, as she shares how her personal journey with fertility opened her eyes to the need for supportive resources to help …
 
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