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Wonderful Plants


A Seminar with Jan Scholten



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6th – 8th March 2015

Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Rd, Auckland




Jan will illustrate how to work with “Wonderful Plants” using his newly developed Plant Theory. Using this approach, Wonderful Plants becomes accessible and introduces a wealth of new information into our homeopathic practice.  Jan will cover the fundamentals of his earlier works as well as his ground breaking work on Wonderful Plants making this seminar accessible to all practitioners, whether they have wide or minimal exposure to his work. You will have ample opportunity to meet and talk with Jan at a social level, including a meet and greet get-together with open bar and finger food at the venue at the end of the first day of the seminar.


Seminar Fee $460 or $395 if seminar paid for by 31 Jan 2015


For more information or to register


Email: jg@jennifergarrett.co.nz or Phone: 09 625-9966


jonquil@vodafone.co.nz or Phone: 09 406-0989

Go to www.jennifergarrett.co.nz/seminar



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Both have world famous health professionals speaking on various topics.


Details below on upcoming speakers and registration/log in links should you wish to investigate further.




   Dr. Russell Jaffe – Food and Chemicals: A Hidden Cause of Disease

   Dr. Dian Ginsberg – Functional Medicine Approach to Hormone Rebalancing

   Dr. Tom O’Bryan – Natural Approaches to Autoimmune Disease

   Sayer Ji – Nutrition and Cancer

   Dr. Ron Grisanti – Functional and Natural Approaches to Adrenal Burnout

The link to register and tune into  the free sessions:





functional health summit

The talks are available for 24 hours after the event which is underway in US, we are 17 hours behind so this event finishes our time Friday. Free to listen inplus many of the speakers provide free download PDF info on their particular topic. There is an option to buy DVD’s of the full summit if you wish, and a wealth  of information to tune into.

Talks available to tune into and view over the next few days are:

Tuesday July 22 – Foods and Eating

  • Kathy Smart – Change What You Eat, Change Your Life

  • Dr. Jonathan Tait – How Eating the Wrong Food Can Cause Arthritis and Chronic Pain

  • Ymis Barroeta – The Future of Food: Clean Eating Without Toxins

  • Dr. Russell Jaffe – Food and Chemicals: A Hidden Cause of Disease

Wednesday July 23 – Aging Well

  • John Rowley – Power of positive fitness

  • Dan Ritchie, PhD – Exercises to Improve Your Balance, Mobility and Agility at Any Age

  • Dr. Jeffrey Moss – Sarcopenia: How Age-Related Muscle Loss Contributes to Chronic Health Issues

  • Dr. John Brimhall – 6 Steps to Maintaining Wellness At Any Age

To register and watch the free sessions go to:








psych eating


To register and listen in go to https://ipe.infusionsoft.com/go/2ndepoc/ 


Today’s talks 

  • 12:00pm (EST) Guðni Gunnarsson – A Deeper Look into Nourishment

  • 12:30pm (EST) Andrea Nakayama – Functional Nutrition, Love & Emotions

  • 1:00pm (EST) Ana Forrest – Yoga, Addiction, Food & Embodiment

  • 1:30pm (EST) Dr. Alan Christianson – A New View of Metabolism

  • 2:00pm (EST) Trudy Scott – Transform Anxiety & Cravings with Amino Acids and More

  • 2:30pm (EST) Tom Malterre – A Deeper Look at Nutrition, Life and True Healing

  • 3:00pm (EST) Aimee Liu  – The Journey Home from Anorexia

  • 3:30pm (EST) Sayer Ji – Exciting Research in Nutrition and Food

  • 4:00pm (EST) Deborah King – Energy Healing

  • 4:30pm (EST) Meghan Telpner – A Beautiful Relationship with Food

  • 5:00pm (EST) Dr. Hyla Cass – A Psychiatrist Looks at Food Addiction




Coffee has its benefits! How fabulous, I love a good cup of coffee! This article is written by Anthia Koullouros, a Naturopath in Australia.


In this article I explore how to drink coffee in more depth – the benefits, concerns, how much is too much and what kind is best. The origins and history of coffee enjoyed by most cultures goes a little like this…


According to popular legend, Kaldi, an Ethiopian goat herder discovered the coffee plant. His herd danced from one coffee shrub to another, grazing on the cherry-red berries containing the beans. He also chomped on a few and was soon frolicking with his flock.

History tells us other Africans of the same era fuelled up on protein-rich coffee-and-animal-fat balls and unwound with wine made from coffee-berry pulp. Coffee later crossed the Red Sea to Arabia, where things really got cooking and would later reach European colonies and so on across the globe.

Do caffeinated drinks still serve this modern, over stressed and over stimulated society?

Scientific evidence suggests that moderate coffee consumption may actually offer a number of benefits i.e. 3-5 regular cups a day, is safe for most individuals with no adverse effects. However before you start increasing your cups of coffee, please consider that ‘safe for most individuals’ would depend on one’s health status, age, stress levels and medication intake and the quality and type of coffee should also be considered.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently stated that caffeine improves both sports performance (endurance exercise) and increases attention and alertness. A cause and effect relationship has been established between a 75mg serving of caffeine – the amount found in approximately one regular cup of coffee. Caffeine in coffee also seems to increase motivation and reaction time.

Other studies show that drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of mortality in men and women from a variety of ethnicities. Many studies have investigated the protective benefits of coffee to a wider variety of cancers. It is the antioxidants caffeic and chlorogenic acid that offer these benefits. Researchers think the high antioxidant activity in coffee lowers oxidative stress, and that coffee also up regulates the expression of enzymes in the liver that help metabolize oestrogen down the healthiest 2-hydroxyestrone pathway. This is a much-preferred pathway for detoxifying oestrogen from the body and it plays a role in preventing oestrogen-
related cancers such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer in men.

Other coffee benefits:

  • Lowers risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
  • Improves vascular health and does not raise blood pressure. Coffee can increase short-term acute blood pressure, but blood pressure will return to normal once the caffeine is metabolized.
  • Improves fat burning, potentially influencing body composition, and it has been closely linked to lowering diabetes risk.

Coffee myth:

Whilst there is some indication of a mild, short-term diuretic effect of caffeine, this effect is not strong enough to counter-balance the benefits of fluid intake from coffee drinking and therefore does not contribute to dehydration.

Coffee concerns and considerations

  • Caffeine abstinence can improve sleep, both time taken to fall asleep and sleep quality, though human sensitivity to the effects of caffeine on sleep is variable and genetic differences are known to play a role.
  • The quality of coffee varies greatly from brand to brand and the type consumed. For example instant vs a freshly ground coffee bean, the type of coffee bean, organic vs non organic, when it was roasted and how long it has been stored, how it is made. Also  important is the type of milk used and the addition of sweeteners such as sugar, artificial kinds and flavored syrups such as caramel and chocolate. I always apply the same consideration to beverages as I do to food – always consider the source and processing.
  • Make sure coffee doesn’t replace a meal. This can lead to a lower consumption of healthy, whole foods abundant in nutrients.
  • Avoid coffee with meals especially if you have nutritional deficiencies. The main inhibitory compound in coffee is chlorogenic acid, which binds iron. A cup of coffee with a meal has been shown to reduce iron absorption by up to 60%.
  • Avoid snacking with coffee eg biscuits. Hidden additives and processed ingredients such as vegetable oil, refined salts and sugar contribute to poor health and negate the benefits of coffee.
  • Be mindful of how you use coffee to stimulate a bowel movement. This could disguise an underlying cause of poor digestive health.
  • Avoid coffee made with poor quality milks – processed kinds such as diet or UHT.
  • Avoid the addition of sweeteners. Enjoy the natural sugars found in coffee and milk.
  • Avoid coffee if you suffer from diarrhea, general acidic and inflammatory conditions of the digestive system and anxiety.

My favourite and healthiest way to enjoy coffee

Begin with black coffee, made from freshly ground organic coffee beans. The key to great coffee is a fresh bean. Once opened, whole beans stay fresh for around two weeks, while ground coffee only lasts seven to 10 days. Because of the relatively short shelf-life, avoid buying coffee in bulk (unless you’re a heavy coffee drinker) and only buy enough to last a week. Make or choose an espresso, filter, plunger or percolator coffee.



Here is a link to an event that I’m sure will be of interest for many. A great lineup of speakers and a topic many of us would like to understand better. Many of these health professionals you may know through the “Hungry for Change” and “Food Matters” sites.


The link to the site and to sign up if interested in the event is 





2nd Annual Eating Psychology Online Conference

with Marc David

July 21st-26th, 2014

Welcome to the world’s premier online event in an eating psychology for everyone! Listen in as over 40+ experts share their wisdom and insights. Be exposed to cutting edge ideas that can help you take a big leap forward in your understanding of weight, body image, overeating, binge eating, endless dieting, emotional eating, nutrition, health, personal transformation and more. We’re taking an approach that honors all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart and soul. The world is ready for a powerful and positive new conversation when it comes to the science and psychology of eating. Thank you for joining in!




























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