Feeling stressed, tired or irritable? 

What can you do if you are deep in the mid-year, mid-winter drag? A herbal tonic called Rhodiola rosea is a natural pick-me-up to help you cope with feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and down. Rhodiola has been used for hundreds of years in many different cultures for its anti-stress, anti-fatigue and antidepressant properties. A 2016 review of the scientific studies on Rhodiola found evidence … Continue reading Feeling stressed, tired or irritable? 

Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashimoto's) is the most common autoimmune disorder in the world affecting more than 10% of females and 2% of males causing hypothyroidism with fatigue, weight gain / difficulty losing weight, infertility, constipation, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, swelling and more. A study was completed on women in … Continue reading Hypothyroid, not yet medicated, but need to feel better?

Sonia McNaughton, naturopath, herbalist, newcastle, vitamins, minerals, nutrition, confused, vitamin d, magnesium, thyroid, pms, acne

I call bullshit on oversimplified info on supplements

The amazing peeps at Harvard are trying to help the average shopper interested in their health with an article on why information on nutrients and supplements (and I think herbs too) is so confusing and overwhelming. Simply put it comes back to the science: what formulation of the nutrient was used in the scientific trials, what dosage, … Continue reading I call bullshit on oversimplified info on supplements

‘Smudging’: is there room for traditional beliefs in modern, scientific, natural medicine?

Ahhh the irony 'smudging' my new room in the integrative medical practice where I proudly use scientific, research methodology to help people get better. Have you heard of smudging? It's an ancient practice of native Americans where they burn herbs, mainly white sage, to waft smoke through the air of a space to cleanse the … Continue reading ‘Smudging’: is there room for traditional beliefs in modern, scientific, natural medicine?

Infertility, miscarriage & thyroid

I wish more than anything in the world that I had found a thyroid-literate naturopath & doctor before I suffered through so many miscarriages & spent thousands of dollars on IVF. It's one of the reasons why I went back to school for 4 years of full time study to become a naturopath myself & … Continue reading Infertility, miscarriage & thyroid

Sonia McNaughton Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, Newcastle, Hunter, Charlestown, Belmont, Warners Bay, PCOS, obesity, facial hair, insulin resistance

Study says PCOS helped by sunshine

Women with PCOS have been found to have worse symptoms if their vitamin D* levels were low.  That is worse obesity, lower pregnancy success, excess facial hair as well as a long list of other problems. 1;2. An alarming 67–85% of PCOS women have been found to have extremely low levels of vitamin D in their bodies. 2. So it’s time … Continue reading Study says PCOS helped by sunshine

pcos, thyroid, naturopath, herbalist, newcastle, nsw, infertility, weight gain, inositol, myoinositol, facial hair, no ovulation,

A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is on the increase causing rising rates of devastating infertility. But sadly that's not all.  It's also found with insulin resistance which means for PCOS gals they experience debilitating fatigue, easy weight gain / difficulty losing weight and a higher chance of diabetes.  The buzz around myo-inositol has been so strong that a high … Continue reading A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS