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Michael Thomsen's blog about phytotherapy (herbal medicine), nutrition, how to improve your healthspan and longevity.
Aug
13

Longvida bioenhanced curcumin extract

Curcumin. One of the great extracts with enhanced bioavailability is Longvida from Verdue Sciences. It has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier so it may be the extract of choice for anything brain related. Interesting interview by Nigel Pollard from the Natural Health Science Foundation and Grand Rounds with the CEO of Verdue Sciences.
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Aug
09

Dogs and the microbiome

When I was a scout in Denmark, it was an accepted idea that we would probably eat 7 pounds of dirt each year and that it was somehow good for us. We now know it is may improve our microbiome: "New indicate that new parents shouldn't be afraid of a little dirt — or fur. After monitoring a cohort of nearly 1,200 infants, Lynch and her colleagues foun...
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Jul
25

To my subscribers

Dear all, I have moved subscribers from my old Mailchimp to my blog to consolidate and make it easier to communicate my updates to you. If you are no longer interested in receiving news and updates from me, please just unsubscribe. I apologies if you got more than one notification. Thank you, Michael
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Jul
24

Heart disease kills more than two times as many Australian women than breast cancer

A little while ago, I read about a woman who had been told for 3 years that her chest tightness was anxiety only to be diagnosed with Three Vessel Disease (3VD: the left anterior descending, right coronary and circumflex arteries). And the other day I heard of a woman diagnosed with asthma while she was actually having a heart attack. Did you know ...
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Jun
26

Next Grand Rounds is This Tuesday June 29th. Don't miss it!

Turmeric Curcumin - a special review
I have recently become involved with the non-for-profit Natural Health Science Foundation because I support their mission and efforts to educate us all.The online Grand Rounds is a really interesting concept from the foundation.Grand rounds are methodology of medical education and inpatient care, consisting of presenting the medical problems and tr...
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Jun
20

Grand Rounds with Ian Breakspear and Ruth Trickey

June 29th: Next Grand Round is with Ian Breakspear and Ruth Trickey!Michael Thomsen will present an update on Curcumin.Natural Health Grand Rounds - patient casesPresentation of patient cases for natural health practitioners.Experienced clinicians present challenging patient cases for discussion and learning. Best practices and the latest evidence ...
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Jun
10

Withania Update May 2021

Withania somnifera Overview - May 2021 By Michael Thomsen, MSc, ND Michael Thomsen is herbalist and naturopath. Originally from Denmark, he completed studies in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in Sydney, graduating in 1986. Michael specialises in integrative oncology supporting patients with lifestyle and dietary advice, nutritional and herbal...
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Feb
11

Withania - Australia's most popular herb

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used in Ayurvedic medicine to promote youthful vigour, enhance muscle strength and endurance, and improve overall health. Introduced to Australian practitioners of Western Herbal Medicine in the mid-90s, withania rapidly became a much-loved herb and is now one of the top selling herb in Australia and even in the ...
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Jan
29

Vitex and cyclic mastalgia

Cyclic mastalgia is premenstrual bilateral and diffuse breast pain that presents cyclically and affects up to 80% of women in their reproductive years. It usually presents mid to late in the luteal phase and is associated with latent hyperprolactinemia due to the insufficient inhibitory effect of dopamine on the pituitary gland. The hypersecretion ...
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Jan
25

Nigella seed: actions and indications. Clinical study on kidney stones.

Nigella seed is such an important traditional herbal medicine in the Middle East, and in Europe, yet I don't think it is highly enough appreciated in Australia. It is a brilliant herb with so many actions and indications.Nigella seeds have long been used in folk medicine in the Arabian Gulf region, Far East Asia, and Europe. According to common Isl...
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Jan
25

Green tea and diabetes

Drinking green tea has been described as being beneficial for reducing the risk of diabetes type 2.A retrospective cohort study performed in Japan, found a 33% risk reduction of developing type 2 diabetes was found in subjects consuming six or more cups of green tea daily compared to those consuming less than 1 cup per week https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih...
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Jan
25

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) antiandrogenic activity and PCOS

M. spicata contains about 0.21–2.1% volatile oil, 29–74% carvone, 4–24% limonene and 3–18% cireole. Carvone is the most important constituents of M. spicata.(Akdogan et al. 2007) Carvone has some endocrine function but it is not well studied.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17310494/Clinicians have investigated whether the men who live in Yeniarbade...
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Jan
25

Andrographis safety

In 2008, a spike in anaphylactic and allergic adverse drug reations (ADRs) was observed for products including on the ARTG that contained the ingredient Andrographis paniculata. Nyal cold and flu products were associated with 22 anaphylactic/ allergic-type reactions in 2008. These products also contained Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) and Salix alba (...
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