Alkaline foods: increasing longevity and eliminating illness

A free information session about the benefits of eating alkaline foods. From improving longevity to eliminating illness. The session covers:

  1. What is Immunity and how does it function in a healthy body.
  2. Benefits to boosting your Immune System.
  3. Identify and Discuss food sensitivity and immune cellular protection.
  4. Identify and discuss Allergy V Food Sensitivity.
  5. Hypersensitive and Hyposensitive immune system. What is it and the outlining conditions associated with each immune system.
  6. Alkaline V Acidic Foods.
  7. 80/20 Rule of thumb. Discussion of a balanced food plan.
  8. Alkalizing Supplements.

Tea and snacks provided after the session.

11 December 7pm

Free event - seats are limited, bookings essential.  Book Here


As the Jacaranda's Fall

As the Jacarandas fall it is an indication that we are heading towards the end of the year and exam time.

The final school term of the year is upon us and pressure has started to mount on our children to complete the year on a high.

At any age children are now prone to stress and anxiety. It is important to look out for the signs that your child is under stress.  Children become more irritable and irrational as they start to reach exam week and when assignments and exams are due at the same time.  Each child reacts differently to pressure and stress.

This year my son, has started Year 7, first year of high school and at a new school.  It is a lot to learn, new school, different friends and different procedures. He starts the term with all eagerness but he likes to be on top of his assignments and exams. 

My son and I do not like change and it has taken us time to adjust to a new routine.  The problem arises when we get to the second last week of term (assessment week) which is called melt down week.  This week is when most of the exams and assignments are due. If I suggest any ideas or change to the routine, I can sense his frustration and non-acceptance.  He gets quite upset at you and you must make sure you provide a calm and to the point idea while communicating with him.  Also as a parent I need to make sure that I am not getting upset and that I listen to his points of view.  Every school day, my husband and I ask him how his day was and what was a highlight of the day and then ask what homework is due and if he needs any help. Communication is the key and works two ways.
Debbie Scarlett

Melissa’s Thoughts

I think back to when I was at school and I don’t remember myself or those around me having meltdowns as much as I see and hear from parents and their children today.  There seems to be more pressure on students throughout the year and the exam period becomes the icing on the cake.  The feedback I receive from parents that bring their children to me for BodyTalk is that they are calmer and they are not reactive – at least for a few months until everything builds up again.

One of the most effective techniques of BodyTalk is called Cortices technique which is designed to improve and balance the communication between the two halves of the brain.  (It’s like hitting the reset button on your brain’s computer).  This will improve the efficiency of the brain - thereby improving overall health.  Specific immediate effects include improvements in thinking ability, memory, concentration, stress reduction, feelings of wellbeing, and general physiological functioning of the body.

This technique takes only a couple of minutes to do and my suggestion is to do it before your children go to school and again when they come home.  I have some students that have got to the point where they know they feel better after the technique so they tell me that they do it themselves at school when they are stressed!

A quick technique to help your kids

1.     Placing one hand on your child’s head at the base of the skull where it meets the neck.  (Keep fingers and thumb together during this technique to avoid missing any areas of the brain.)  While holding that position lightly tap the head, then the sternum (or mid-back if preferable), alternating for two full breath cycles. Focus on connecting all points of the right hemisphere of the brain to the left hemisphere, and high-lighting circulation and communication between them.

2.     Now move your hand up onto the head to the position just above the one you just used.  (You are going to systematically cover the whole head, one hand-width at a time.)  In the new position, tap out the head and then the sternum, alternating for two full breaths.

3.     This main objective is to make sure that the entire brain is covered.  The hand positions may overlap to ensure that no areas are left untouched.  Maintain deep (but not forced) breathing throughout this entire procedure.This procedure is repeated until you have covered the whole midline of the head from the base of the skull to just above the eyebrows.  This could mean three hand widths for a large hand to cover a small head or five hand-widths for a small hand to cover a larger head. 

4.     Now cover the sides of the head to balance the temporal lobes.  Preferable, have your child cover both sides of his or her head with their own hands. Or you can cover both sides of their head with your hands.  Now tap out head and sternum while the person takes two full breaths.  (If you are doing it the second way, let go with one of your hands to tap the head and sternum [or back].)



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Turmeric Buzz


In medieval Europe, turmeric became known as Indian saffron because it was widely used as an alternative to the far more expensive saffron spice.  In Asia, turmeric has been used for thousands of years, first as a dye then later for it's medicinal qualities.  In India, turmeric has been used as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as healing sores.

So, turmeric has been used in therapeutic preparations through the centuries around the world and is through to have many medicinal properties including strengthening the overall energy of the body, relieving gas, dispelling worms, improving digestion, regulation menstruation, dissolving gallstones, and relieving arthritis.  In various countries it has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent and today is used in the formulation of sunscreens.  

What Studies Show

Turmeric has an active ingredient called "curcumin" which is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumor, antibacterial and antiviral activities which indicate that it can be used in clinical medicine.

Many Studies for the uses of turmeric have been undertaken. In particular, one study concerning the effect of turmeric was examined on patients with irritable bowel syndrome. When 1 or 2 tablets of a standardised turmeric extract were given daily for 8 weeks, the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome was significantly decreased, as was the abdominal pain/discomfort score (Bundy et al 2004).

Turmeric was also found useful in healing peptic ulcers. In a clinical trial, 45 patients with peptic ulcer received 2 capsules (300mg each) filled with turmeric orally five times daily. After 4 weeks of treatment, ulcers were found to be absent in 48% of cases. After 12 weeks of treatment, ulcer-free cases increased to 76% (Prucksunand et al. 2001).

Another study showed that the presence of turmeric in curry helps activate good bacteria in the colon. As well, turmeric paste is used to heal wounds and protect against infections.


Some of the benefits of using turmeric may be as follows:

  • Assisting with some types of cancer
  • Skin conditions and rashes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anti inflammatory activity
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Improve blood circulation

How to Use Turmeric

Turmeric can be used in cooking, taken in tablet form or there is turmeric oil.

When to to use Turmeric:

Turmeric might slow blood clotting.  Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Beetroot a forgotten superfood

I watched Heston Blumenthal make a beetroot risotto which looked absolutely yummy! The great benefits of beetroot are not widely advertised in magazines or other articles you read. Here is a website that goes into a lot of the benefits of beetroot.

So whether you stem, boil, roast or shred it - go a grab a bunch today and boost your mind and body!

Mind Body Spirit Festival - Brisbane - What a success!

I had a BodyTalk stand at the Brisbane Mind Body Spirit Festival again this year.  We caught up the regulars that visit us each year and met a lot of new people to spread the work about BodyTalk.  We performed over 30 sessions each day which kept us really busy.  Thank you to Robyn Spooner, Madonna Matthews and Therese Wicks for all your contribution is bringing it together again for another year - your energy, organisation and knowledge of BodyTalk is amazing!