The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine – Issue 12

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Overweight? Bloated? Moody?
If you’re struggling with your weight, “Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick?” may give you some answers to help you shed unwanted fat easily and safely.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
About 10-20% of New Zealanders suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and many people with this condition are told that they just “have to learn to live with it”. Fortunately there are treatments for IBS and naturopath David Hodges gives an overview of conventional and naturopathic treatments that have helped many people relieve uncomfortable symptoms.

The Evidence is In
If you have children you will want to read the article about how beginning to use a mobile or cordless phone as a child or teenager has been showing to increase brain tumour risk.

Arthritis and Balancing your Gut Bacteria: An Important Discovery
Do you, or someone you know, suffer from arthritis? This issue features an article about how the balance of bacteria in the bowel can influence arthritis, as well as how a simple topical treatment using ginger can help relieve symptoms.

Tired Eyes?
Considering glasses? For many years, people have been exercising their eyes to strengthen them and coordinate the muscles that control your eye movements.

Toxic Psychiatry
Veteran health journalist Jon Rappoport investigates the lack of science behind psychiatry’s façade. Millions of people have been victimized by a completely unscientific ruse posing as fact.

Dangers of Smart Meters
Also in this issue, local EMR pollution expert Paul Waddell covers the very latest information about the health risks of the new electronic “smart meters” which are being installed in many parts of NZ and Australia.

Other topics in this issue include the new research that suggests that probiotics may help reduce symptoms of autism, how genetically engineered foods may be contributing to the rise in the numbers of people who are developing food allergies or sensitivities… and much more.

Issue 12 has now been posted so NZ subscribers should receive their copies by the end of the week, assuming that post is not affected bythe public holiday on Waitangi Day. Copies will be with Australian subscribers in the first week of March.

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Watch the Burzynski movie for free

The excellent documentaries that detail Polish-American physician and scientist Stanislaw Burzynski’s development of a treatment for cancer based on non-toxic peptides are available to view for free for a short time.  Details are below.

UNTIL MARCH 25, 2014

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BioBalance Health Training Opportunity

BioBalance, an Australian organisation that offers training in how to treat conditions such as depression, autism, ADHD and schizophrenia with nutritional medicine has training opportunties for health professionals coming up in April.

There are also opportunities for assessments for people who suffer from these conditions.

For more information, please see the website

Events are at this link:


“Smart meter” talk at Voices of Sacred Earth Eco-Festival on February 22


This event has come and gone…to find out about the smart meter situation in NZ please visit


This year’s Voices of Sacred Earth Eco-Festival is coming up on February 21-23.

Katherine Smith will give a talk on the “smart meter” issue at the festival on Saturday, February 22 from 12.30-12.45.

The Voices of Sacred Earth Eco-Festival takes place in Albany, Auckland and begins with a concert on Friday night and the next two days feature a large range of healing and environmentally-friendly activities, including a stream clean-up, talks and workshops.  Early bird tickets are still available:

For details please see:

Voices of Sacred Earth Eco-Festival

This year’s Voices of Sacred Earth Eco-Festival  will take place on February 21-23

The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine will have a stall at this event which is coming up on February 21-13.  The festival takes place in Albany, Auckland and begins with a concert on Friday night and the next two days feature a large range of healing and environmentally-friendly activities, including a stream clean-up, talks and workshops.

Jonathan Eisen, co-editor and publisher of The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine will be giving a 15 minute talk at Hooton’s Reserve at 2.00 pm on Saturday February 22.

For details please see:

My marathon

By Tina Gale

May 4, 2013 was the date for this year’s Rotorua Marathon;  an annual event in which competitors run around the beautiful lake from which the city of Rotorua takes its name.  We were lucky to have a wonderful day weather-wise, with a nice temperature and no wind;  excellent conditions for running an endurance event.  In this article, I would like to share with you a little of my journey over the 20 week training programme which I complemented with the use of good nutrition and supplements which helped me finish injury-free.

Having completed my first marathon back in October 2011, I was always keen to do another.  The buzz of finishing my first marathon was simply extraordinary;  I was on a great high for two weeks afterwards – and I was back at the gym training a week later, without injury.


Dunedin Health and Spirit Festival

Coming up in March 2014 is Dunedin’s Health and Spirit Festival which features a free Holistic Health Open Day on March 29th  with activities for children and families and an expo on March 30th.


Details for the Holistic Health Open Day on March 29  (which features infant massage, yoga for children, reiki and much more) are at this link:


Details for the Expo on March 30, which Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber from First Light Flower Essence of New Zealand will be a keynote speaker are as follows:


Venue: South Dunedin Community Hall 253 King Edward Street (click here for a Google Map of the location)
Time: 11am – 5.30pm
Cost: $3 entry

For more information see:


There will also be workshops, talks and healing sessions taking place from Saturday March 29 to Saturday April 5.  Details will be advised on the website:



Fluoride expert to give public talks

Dr. Paul Connett,  Director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and the Executive Director of its parent body, the American Environmental Health Studies Project (AEHSP).  is visiting NZ to give pubic talks in February.His talks in NZ have been organised by Fluoride Action Network NZ

Dr Connett is a must-not-miss speaker who has spoken and given more than 2,000 presentations in forty-nine states and fifty-two countries on the issue of waste management.  He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College and is a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St. Lawrence University.  He lives in Binghamton, New York.  In his fascinating presentations Dr. Connett shares his wealth of information with you, bringing new research to light, including links between fluoride and harm to the brain, bones, and endocrine system, and informing us about how the evidence that fluoridation reduces tooth decay is surprisingly weak.

Public Talks

Tuesday 4th February 7 – 9pm Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral,Auckland
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Sunday 9th February 3 – 5pm The Cafe, The Lighthouse Church, Intermediate Street, Masterton
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Tuesday 11th February 7.30 – 9.30pm Welsey Church Hall, Taranaki Street, Wellington
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Thursday 13th February 7 – 9pm Raumati South Memorial Hall, Tennis Court Road
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Other Events

Saturday 15th February 1 – 5pm Massey University, Buckle Street, Wellington. Prof Connett has been invited to be a Panel Member for Discussion organised by Fluoride Information Network of Dentists.  Professionals from both sides have been invited to discuss the fluoride issue.

Dr Don Maisch to speak on North Shore November 28

Ed note: This event has come and gone but Dr Maisch’s talk in Remuera was videoed and when this footage has been posted online, this link will be updated with the link.


Visiting electromagnetic radiation expert Dr Don Maisch, PhD (who runs gave a free public lecture on “smart meters”, including health risks in Remuera on Tuesday 26th November. The informative lecture and power point presentation included question time in which members of the public shared their experiences with smart meters, including reporting symptoms developed after  exposure to “smart meter” radiation as well as being able to ask Dr Maisch questions.

Dr Maisch will be speaking on Auckland’ North Shore on Thursday November 28th.  Details are at this link:

The next “smart meter” related event after Dr Maisch’s talks will be the free Auckland screening of the new documentary Take Back Your Power on November 30. Please see this link for details:


To learn about up coming events, please join the email list for and you will be emailed information.


NB:  The illustration for this post is the cover image for Dr Maisch’s thesis The Procrustean Approach.


Arranging a Funeral: What Your Can Do Yourselves – A New Zealand Guide

Arranging a Funeral:  What Your Can Do Yourselves -  A New Zealand Guide

By Philip Tomlinson

Published by the author

Price $10.

(Please email through the Contact form at this link for details of how to pay;  please use topic line “Funeral book enquiry”  Thank you.)


Reviewed by Katherine Smith


No one likes to dwell on the subject of death, but as the old saying goes, the only certainties in life are birth, death and taxes.

The author, of this book, Philip Tomlinson has helped family and friends arrange low cost, personalised funerals, and shares the knowledge that he has gained through this process with his readers.  He simply and succinctly explains the legal requirements that need to be met after a death has occurred, and breaks the task of caring for the deceased and planning for a funeral service and cremation or burial into seven discrete tasks that can be assigned to different members of a family or circle of friends.


Review of burials and cremations

Editor’s note:

The article below, contributed by Philip Tomlinson, author of the book Arranging a Funeral:  What Your Can Do  Yourselves – A New Zealand Guide (reviwed at this link discusses the current review of laws and regulations concerning burials and cremations.  This is a chance for people to have their say about appropriate and respectful care for the dead and to advocate for  families to be able to choose the funeral, burial or cremation options that they feel most appropriate for the deceased, taking into their personal, religious and cultural beliefs.


In early October, the Law Commission launched a national review of burials and cremations. The media has suggested potential sweeping changes.

Submissions are invited (and are due by December 20, 2013) and our fundamental human rights will hopefully be preserved.

The Commission has sympathy for the public and to some degreee, I tend to foresee funeral freedoms being furthered rather than fettered. The Commission’s deliberations are too vast to detail here and the book delineating them costs a whopping $65, so it is not light weekend reading.

This article then, outlines some key points …


Australia: Health Freedom Alert

Following the unsuccessful attempt by the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) to unlawfully censor the Australian Vaccination Network (an  organisation that promotes freedom of choice concerning vaccination and warns parents about vaccine side effects) a Parliamentary Inquiry has now been launched into “the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices”. 

From the terms of the Inquiry, (below) it appears that the target of the Inquiry is the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) and other organisations that provide information about vaccines that may “encourage”  people to decide against vaccination for themselves or their children;  however, the very broad terms of the enquiry potentially mean that many other people and  groups could be affected by the Inquiry, for example, those who inform the public about alternatives to the conventional medical treatment for any illness.

Groups or individuals who run websites or blogs that provide information to the public about treatment options could be affected by the outcome of the Inquiry, regardless of whether the information is provided on a not-for-profit basis by a community-minded individual or charity, or whether it is provided on the website of a health professional or company that offers one or more treatment modalities or products that compete with conventional treatments, such as pharmaceuticals or surgery, for example.


The deadline for submissions to the Inquiry is December 13.


Below the terms of reference you will find information from the Alliance for Health Freedom Australia ( ) that will help you to make a submission to the Inquiry, should you wish to do so.




TERMS OF REFERENCE – That the Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission inquire into and report on possible measures to address the promotion of unscientific health-related information or practices which may be detrimental to individual or public health. – The Inquiry will focus on individuals who are not recognised health practitioners, and organisations that are not recognised health service providers. — The Committee will have particular regard to: -

.    (a) - The publication and/or dissemination of false or misleading health-related information that may cause general community mistrust of, or anxiety toward, accepted medical practice;

.    (b) - The publication and/or dissemination of information that encourages individuals or the public to unsafely refuse preventative health measures, medical treatments, or cures;

.    (c) - The promotion of health-related activities and/or provision of treatment that departs from accepted medical practice which may be harmful to individual or public health;

.    (d) - The adequacy of the powers of the Health Care Complaints Commission to investigate such organisations or individuals;

.    (e) – The capacity, appropriateness, and effectiveness of the Health Care Complaints Commission to take enforcement action against such organisations or individuals; and

.    (f)  - Any other related matter.




Latest News


The NSW watchdog about to be turned upon an unsuspecting public.

The NSW Parliament is about to make laws that gag freedom of speech. Even China and Russia don’t have laws like this.

 If the HCCC has its way, in future, any member of the public that questioned the commonly held medical consensus or gives advice could be gagged and have legal proceedings taken against them. This is a very slippery and dangerous legislative slope.


References for article on EMR and autism

Issue 11 of The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine features an article by Dr Martha Herbert, PhD, MD.  Dr Herbert is an assistant professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and works as a paediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Dr Herbert’s article “Is EMR another cause of autism?” summarises the evidence of how exposure to electromagnetic radiation may be contributing to the large increase in the numbers of children developing this distressing condition.  More information about Dr Herbert and her work may be found at:: and


Due to the large number of references for Dr Herbert’s article, they have been posted on this website, rather than being printed in issue 11.  References for her article are below:




1.            Herbert M. Time to Get a Grip. Autism Advocate 2006;45:19-26

2.            Milham S. Dirty Electricity: Electrification and the Diseases of Civilization:; 2010.

3.            Rapin I, Katzman R. Neurobiology of autism. Ann Neurol 1998;43:7-14.

4.            Herbert MR, Sage C. Autism and EMF? Plausibility of a Pathophysiological Link, Parts I and II. Pathophysiology In press.


EMR Expert to Visit NZ

Ed note: This event has come and gone but Dr Maisch’s talk in Remuera was videoed and when this footage has been posted online, this link will be updated with the link.


Don Maisch, PhD will be visiting New Zealand in November, where he will be giving talks and also conducting electromagnetic radiation (EMR) risk assessments.  Dr Maisch’s PhD thesis The Procrustean Approach examines the influence of vested interests on EMR safety standards.

Christchurch Talk

Dr Maisch will be giving a public lecture in Christchurch on Thursday November 21 at St. Mark’s Church in the ‘Wilsons Room’ (entrance at back of church)
101 Opawa Rd, Opawa, starting at 7 pm.  The topic for his talk is “The  Smart Electricity Grid:  Claims,  Pitfalls, and Unintended Consequences”.

A gold coin Koha would be appreciated.


Auckland Talk

Dr Maisch will be giving a public lecture in Auckland on Tuesday November 26 at the St Lukes Church,  130 Remuera Rd, Remuera, starting at 7.15 pm.  The topic for his talk is “The  Smart Electricity Grid:  Claims,  Pitfalls, and Unintended Consequences”.

The event is free.  (Koha are welcome.)


Auckland (North Shore) Talk

Dr Maisch is also giving a talk on the North Shore on Thrusday November 28.  Please see this link for details: 


More information about Dr Maisch and his work may be found  at his website

For information about the “smart meter” situation in NZ, please see


The New Zealand Journal of Natural Medicine Issue 11

Purchase the NZ Journal of Natural Medicine: Issue 11 (postage and handling included)
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Introducing Issue 11

Issue 11 includes an exciting line up of articles… Harvard trained paediatric neurologist Dr Martha Herbert asks if the proliferation of wireless devices which produce electromagnetic radiation (EMR) – such as Wi-Fi, smart meters, cell phones and DECT cordless phones – is harming our children’s development in her article “Is EMR another cause of autism?”

Also weighing in on children’s health is clinical nutritionist and medical herbalist Angela Frieswyk whose article “Corporate philanthropy grows a milk drinking generation” discusses the distribution of free cartons of  UHT (ultra-heat-treated) milk in NZ primary schools and asks whether this is a good idea…given the large number of childhood ailments linked to the consumption of processed milk…and the growing obesity problem in NZ children.

Dr Gabriela Segura explains how ketogenic diets are not only useful for epilepsy, but provide many other metabolic benefits, including efficient weight loss.

Dr Michael Godfrey’s article “The Fluoride Debacle” provides a sobering comparison of how NZ health statistics compare unfavourably with countries that have abandoned water fluoridation, but are comparable to similarly depressing statistics in terms of infant mortality and cancer incidence in countries which still add fluoride compounds to the public water supply.

Anne Gastinger investigates a time honoured detoxification technique in her article “Sauna’s Cleansing Power”, while homoeopath Lee-Anne McCall discusses how homoeopathy can provide a safe treatment for ear infections, and may obviate the need for grommets in some children.

Sayer Ji, PhD has contributed an article on Nigella sativa, colloquially known as “black seed”, this Middle Eastern herbs has numerous applications from treating asthma, high blood pressure and seizures to helping to treat infections and is also being investigated for its anti-cancer activity.

To New Zealand native flora, and herbalist Amy McComb has contributed an article on Koromiko (Hebe stricta) fondly remembered by many older New Zealanders as the native plant that helped save the lives of NZ serviceman during World War II, large quantities of it having been picked and dried and shipped to soldiers in overseas locations where death from dysentery was a real possibility without an effective treatment such as was provided by Koromiko.

Also in this issue, how a turmeric extract may prevent type 2 diabetes, advice for protecting your health in the light of increased radioactive contamination of the environment from Fukushima, and how drugs commonly prescribed to treat “mental health” problems may actually shrink the brain.

In the reviews section of this issue, editor Katherine Smith discusses Dr Nicholas Gonzalez’s award-winning new book What Went Wrong that details how the clinical trial of the enzyme and nutrition based therapy for pancreatic cancer was sabotaged.  She also reviews a new book by naturopathic and osteopathic physician Michael Sichel about the research by American surgeon Dr Prudden, who pioneered the use of bovine tracheal cartilage extracts in the treatment of cancer, and book on simple meditation techniques to help busy people de-stress and enjoy life more.

NB:  Issue 11 is now on sale in NZ and will be in Australian stores by the end of the first week of December.  NZ subscriber copies were posted out on October 29 while Australian subscribers should receive their copies of this issue by the end of the first week of December.


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Take Back Your Power: Free screenings

Free screenings of the new documentary on “smart meters” Take Back Your Power are being organised around New Zealand.

“Smart meters”‘, as the documentary illustrates, can cause significant health problems, as well as infringing on people’s privacy and often resulting in higher electricity bills.


Details of public screenings in NZ in 2014 may be found at this link:

Australian and UK readers who are concerned about the “smart meter” issue are recommended to visit or

To view the trailer, please visit this link:

Launch event for issue 11

Issue 11 of The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine will go on sale in retail outlets this coming week (from 29 October) and will also be posted out to NZ subscribers on Tuesday October 29, so they should arrive this coming week.  (Australian subscribers should receive their copies in the the first week of December.)

To celebrate this new issue we are having a launch event on November 3rd, featuring three guest speakers.

Allison Roe

Dr Gerald Lewis

Tom Brown


Details are:

When: 3 November 2013

Where: Grey Lynn Community Centre,
510 Richmond Rd

Grey Lynn, Auckland

Time: 2PM – 6PM




Each of our three speakers is outstanding, in different ways. You’ll see.

Allison Roe, MBE is a NZ icon, first a champion marathon runner, and in recent years as an elected member of the Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland – a “people’s champion” for honest medicine . She has organised sports events, helped launch thermography in NZ and contributes to many other activities promoting women’s health.


Dr Gerald Lewis is one of the precious few cardiologists who has expertise in both nutritional as well as conventional medicine. With his enormous ability he has been a guiding light in NZ for “integrated medicine” that is authentically “evidence-based”. His scientific papers include -

  • MD theses on “the treatment of patients after open heart surgery”
  • Many publications in medical journals and papers.
  • Presentations at international meetings
  • Author of 4 books – on Heart Disease, Cancer and Nutritional Supplements

Tom Brown is the former editor of Borderlands Science journal and has had the temerity to think outside the box … and then write and lecture about his discoveries for the past forty years. He is one of today’s more interesting explorers of multi-dimensional healing. He is the Science Editor of Uncensored magazine.



Pip Oxlade to speak at Natural Health Expo

Pip Oxlade, the advertising manager for The NZ Journal of Natural Medicine is also a well-known health professional in her own right, having begun her career as a nurse and midwife, before developing her abilities as an intuitive healer. She will be speaking on Sunday in the Rotary Lounge at 2.15.

The Natural Health Expo is an annual event in Hamilton and this year features a new food hall as well as well as an exciting range of speakers and exhibitors.


(The editors of the the journal are also speaking;  please see this link for details: )

Pentosan polysulphate: A medicine made from beech bark

A document about this naturally-derived medication which may be used to treat interstitial cystitis, and other conditions, will posted posted on this link in the next few days.  Please check back if this is a topic that interests you.  Thank you.

Click here to download the document.


Dr Prudden’s paper on bovine tracheal cartilage

American physician Dr Prudden pioneered the use of bovine tracheal cartilage as a treatment for cancer. His full text paper on the treatment of people with advanced cancer with bovine tracheal cartilage (either as a stand alone therapy or adjunct to other treatments)  will be able to downloaded from this link in a few days;  please check back if this is a subject that interests you.

In the meantime, you may like to read the abstract:

Click here to download the document.