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Creating New Life

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I just found a note in my phone that I wrote over a year ago (early 2015) about a beautiful patient I met who had been refused treatment by IVF clinics and in fact had been told that there is nothing that can be done for her and that she would never have children.

She conceived within 2 months of the first consult, now has a 9 month old baby and we are working on helping her have her 2nd!

Here is the note in full:

April 2015.

I met a very inspiring girl yesterday. She reminded me of why I do what I do for a living.

She had been passed from Dr to Dr as a truly confounding case that has defied Western medical treatment and testing for causes.

I asked her a couple of simple questions as per my usual consult routine and saw the light go on in her eyes as were able to make sense of how her string of symptoms connect from a Chinese medicine point of view.

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I’m not saying that means we will be able to cure her- and I was honest with her that it could take time to heal- but I felt hope. I felt that given her history and the nature of the onset of her condition, that we had hope for improvement at the very least and the possibility of eventual conception.

The joy in her face at feeling recognised and not looked at as a lost cause was forever and about the exact reason why I work in the industry I do, and continue to see difficult cases.

I look forward to the journey forward with her and her beautiful willingness to try on any suggestions.

I felt that every time I spoke, an answer was being reflected for her, it was just a beautiful, symbiotic process.

She is a blank canvas full of beautiful promise.

She is a painting of new life ready to fill in the brush strokes and not resist the process.

She taught me that sometimes at our most vulnerable we are at our most beautiful.

 

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1000 year old hiccoughs- ancient wisdom for modern times

 

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It’s a joyful thing when you love what you do, and feel very present in your work. So many times in clinical consult I forget about the world outside, and even my own inner world- if I have personal stresses or days where I don’t feel well myself, it all evaporates in the moment of the consult and most of the time I am fortunate to just feel truly fully present with the person in front of me.

Sometimes however a case will come along and baffle me or make me feel nervous until I remember that in Chinese medicine we just focus on the signs right there in front of us and treat the person for those. We love the help of a Western medicine diagnosis- it is necessary so that we know the seriousness or severity of what we are dealing with but ultimately we work with what we have today, right here and now, and go from there.

My stepfather was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, though doctors are now suggesting that it might actually be a combination of Sjoegren’s disease and Lupus. Since the beginning of his baffling journey, many different drugs have been trialled, some of which put have put him in hospital with serious side effects and some of which have been temporarily very helpful until symptoms adapt and change. I think I’ll just call it runners disease!! The disease that runs from diagnosis and treatment!

 

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Just recently I went to a family gathering where my mother told me that my stepfather had had painful unrelenting, hiccoughs for over a week, keeping him up at night, at one point in tears (which in turn made my mother cry). Given that he has been relatively stoic about his condition and bears his pain with quiet grace actually, this was really saying something. Doctors said there was no explanation but google said that sometimes this can be neurological and sometimes, and most likely, from a drug reaction.

 

We were sitting at the dinner table and I wanted to offer him acupuncture but he didn’t want to leave the family and lie down while all was going on so right then and there. I applied a few needles according to his Chinese diagnosis and removed them half an hour later. The hiccoughs calmed down a little while the needles were in but seemed to be still present for a little while later, albeit calmed slightly.

The next day I was speaking with my Mum over the phone and she said that the hiccoughs stopped shortly after we left, he had none during the night and they hadn’t returned. Two weeks later they confirmed that they never returned ever!!

 

There are many beautiful stories such as this in clinical practice.. many difficult stories too- for example treating the entire mysterious auto-immune condition of my step-father is very challenging as his body has become a self-creating pathogen and we are working on the foundations of that over time.

But along the way, as I have always said, there are many things we don’t have to suffer from. There are many small things that can make life easier along the way. And I thank the Chinese for their remarkable system of diagnosis that knows the body as an ecosystem, where the mystery is revealed quite often right in front of you, you only have to look.

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I’m allergic to the modern world.. maybe so are your ovaries?

I have Hashimoto’s. In 6 years I have never had to take hormones and I keep my TSH, T3 and T4 in a nice harmonious range that enables me to function in life. Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 7.19.40 AM

I do this by of course Chinese medicine and acupuncture, but also, diet. I’m 99.9% vigilant about what I put in my body. But last night I ordered take away- it’s been so long since I had a Gluten/Pollution reaction that I thought maybe I’d get away with it this time, that it could all have been in my mind.

I enjoyed an instant potato mash which had God knows what in it. And MAN it tasted good!!! I thoroughly got into it. Mmmmm… Within minutes though I had an initial mild stomach pain that went away quickly after. 10 minutes later I felt like ants were crawling around under my skin and through my blood stream. I had muscular fatigue and pain. I woke up early am way before any self-respecting alarm. I had a bad dream. I woke up anxious. It will leave me with fatigue and mind fog today until I go through the effort of organising myself or someone else to treat it with acupuncture. And I am not formally diagnosed with gluten intolerance or any other intolerance. But I know it is there.
We can speculate about many factors contributing to these causes. We can talk about couples starting their families later, after a hardworking career has been established. The fact that our culture does not conceive of taking a rest unless it is a holiday we’ve booked ahead months before and jet off somewhere to do nothing for 2 weeks before coming back to work is indicative of this worship of achievement and action and not quietude or rest. That will definitely affect reproduction, we can talk about medicines, air pollution, increased international travel, and food. And given that we take the food and put it right inside our bodies and several times a day, I would say that among the  greatest of these is food.

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Saw these huge vats of fresh veges outside the fruit n veg shop in Mullumbimby


I have worked 6 years in fertility and 90% of the cases I see are ‘unexplained’ fertility, or age related. Ovaries are becoming impervious to sperm, sperm are becoming more and more mal-formed, counts are lower. A host of immune factors can prevent conception once in the Uterus. Australian Bureau of statistics tell us that 1 in 6 Australian couples are not able to mix their genetic material together to form a viable pregnancy without assisted reproductive techniques. That’s  a high proportion of the population
I have done enough reading and seen enough in clinic to know that even if your symptoms aren’t as clear as my obvious triggers are, that you may still be being affected by all the myriad seen and unseen things that get put into any basic food these days. Potato mash is not just potato mash. It’s a series of hydrolysed.. I dunno.. vegetable oils and preservatives and flavourings. But what are all these things? And can they be affecting our reproductive systems?

Food intolerances are on the rise. No one had peanut allergies that I know of when I was a child. Now every child has to be careful what they take to school lest they accidentally cause an anaphylactic and potentially fatal reaction in another child just by throwing their muesli bar wrappers in the bin.

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This is what I have for breakfast or snacks. GF and paleo. Delicious and nutritious. The pancakes are almond meal based. The tea is low caffeine Virgin Garden tea, very delicious!


If you want brilliant resources about food, what to read in regards to food and diet- check out Sean Croxten of Underground Wellness – he has podcasts, short youtube videos, book recommendations, all on his website or youtube. His videos turned my life around so that I can live a healthy, non-thyroid killing life. 
cidentally provide an anaphylactic shock to an allergic child just by throwing their wrapper in the bin. I was treating a couple 2 years ago who finally conceived after RELIGIOUSLY following a pure organic diet high in antioxidants and eliminating chemicals, even from their household cleaning and shampoo- their hair looked less than exciting for 6 months but they are now pregnant with their second child!

Be careful what you put into your mouth. You may not have a reaction as obvious as mine was, but with so many chemicals available in every food product, you need to be just as vigilant about what you feed your cells as I do living with Hashimoto’s when you are trying to conceive a baby.

I know you can do this. If I can, anyone can!! Changing your diet can seem very daunting at first but there is so much beautiful food available, you will feel more energy, look more beautiful, and feel clearer, calmer and happier mentally also.

Totally worth it.

If you want to go deeper on these and other topics, and feel inspired by case studies I share from clinic I have a live event discussing all things nutrition, conception and happy fertility journeys coming up.

Saturday, November 22, 2014. 

1-4pm

Kirribilli Club

Delicious wholesome afternoon tea  provided

For more information and ticket details click here. Early bird rates apply!!

Would love to see you there!

Namaste and Love,

Sage xo

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