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Pain – Neuroplasticity and Sports Injuries

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Have you heard of the term neuroplasticity and wondered what it means? No, our brains are not made of plastic. However, it does refer to the neural pathways in our brains can be as malleable as plastic allowing our brain to adapt to different circumstances. This means that each signal that enters our brain follows a particular pathway. This pathway can be altered by a change in behaviour.

Recently there has been several case studies to confirm the suggestion that chronic pain is not so much a true indication of current pain but that neural pathways have been developed in the brain to re-affirm the original pain that was experienced. Therefore, the pain which we perceive as chronic pain is not a true indication of anatomical pain but a memory of past pain experienced. Neuroplasticity suggests that neural pathway that has developed can be altered via different input.

There have been several cases which have successfully abated their chronic pain to minimal or none ultimately changing their lives. This has been achieved via activating the neural pathway pattern and flooding the brain with another sensory input. This in turn allows an alternative neural pathway to develop. Each time the new neural pathway is reinforced allows for the new pathway to develop and the old pathway (of pain) decreases in strength and slowly dissipates. Literally turning the old statement of if you don’t use it you lose it to an advantage!

Alternate sensory input may be light or sound. That is, by flooding the neural pathway with another direction to go in each time chronic pain is experienced stimulates new neurons to develop. If this new neuron pathway is reinforced regularly throughout the day the experience of pain has been reported to significantly reduce over a 6 week period.

Chronic pain is usually associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other degenerative conditions. However, chronic pain is actually classified after 3 months of experiencing pain in the same region consistently. Therefore this includes sports injuries which are often exacerbated by repetitive movements or sitting stationary for long periods of time (often work related). When this starts to happen reactive muscles can be a factor.

Reactive muscles is the concept of when one muscle is switched on it essentially bullies other muscles that switch off i.e. muscles are reactive towards one another as opposed to firing when appropriate. Reactive muscles can create dysfunctional movement patterns when the body moves. When this is done repetitively it can be reinforced and put strain on muscles which can lead to events causing injury. Upon injury acute inflammation and pain is experienced which is the body’s warning system to rest that area. However, when the acute inflammation dies down is a crucial stage to change the reactive pattern of muscles before the neuronal network of ‘pain’ is laid down and reinforced altering the way the body moves. This pattern can start to reinforce itself in a negative way.

By switching off the reactive muscles allows for any neuronal networks for ‘pain’ to not be reinforced thus reducing the experience of pain. This can be done by kinesiology. Essentially kinesiology identifies and activates a negative neuronal pathway, floods it with a positive stimulus allowing a new neuronal pathway to form i.e. neuroplasticity.

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy: detox at New Leaf Wynnum!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

We love our Far Infrared Sauna at New Leaf…. Book into your own private room and enjoy the process 🙂

Save $$$ by buying a 10 pack at New Leaf!!!  3348 6098

Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.)

Far Infrared (F.I.R.) is a form of radiant heat that gently heats objects directly without heating the surrounding air, like traditional saunas.  Traditional saunas use steam and hot air to heat up the external environment whereas the F.I.R. Saunas heat is a softer and gentler penetrating the skin upto 4 cm in depth thus having an effect on the deep skin layers. As a result blood circulation is increased to the skin cells and increasing repair of damaged capillaries. With an increase of blood supply to the area there is an increase of oxygen and nutrients delivered to the cells and waste products from the cells are carried out creating an overall improvement of skin cell function.

F.I.R. Saunas also has positive results with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and general lumps and bumps. The increase in circulation helps to clear blocked pores, release the deeply embedded unwanted debris and infection. Thus as a consequence the sebaceous glands shrink as the skin system is working more efficiently.

F.I.R. Saunas activates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the skin cells. ATP is the major source of energy for each cell to function. Therefore the more ATP each cell makes allows for the uptake of nutrients and dumping of the waste products out for clearing faster and more effectively. That is, ATP fuels processes within the cells that kill bacteria. Combined with the increase of circulation supports skin repair and recovery from skin disorders such as acne, cystic acne, boils, skin infections and rough dull skin.

F.I.R. Saunas also assist detoxification processes around the body. the toxins in the blood which are usually processed by the liver or kidneys are released through the sweat and out of the body by the increase of circulation. This decreases the impact on the kidneys and liver which frees them up to bereplenished (particularly the liver as it can regenerate itself).

Furthermore F.I.R. Saunas support immunity. With the increase in circulation the body is heated up thus creating an artificial fever which in turn promotes a natural healing response and helps the body to combat any viral or bacterial infections.

In combination with massage F.I.R. Saunas can be beneficial for both detoxification and deep tissue massage. That is, a massage followed by a F.I.R. Saunas will further to support he detoxification processes which have started in the massage. Where is a F.I.R. Saunas followed by a massage will increase the circulation thus allowing the depth of the massage to be more thorough.

Foundations of health – What and Why?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


Foundations of Health is our Gold Standard health care plan. It’s a 9 month Naturopathic plan and addresses your health in a deep, systematic way. We focus on an in-depth cleansing process, starting with clearing the gut and boosting digestive function – vital to our overall health. We continue with the other major filtration systems in the body – the liver, immune system and kidneys. 9 months flies by, there is so much work to do!

Our aim is to lift you out of sub-optimal health and to keep you in excellent health for the long term. It’s ideal for long term health issues (with a medical diagnosis or not!), such as chronic fatigue, poor immunity, cancer, diabetes, allergies, digestive disorders, and many others.

Our Foundations of Health clients enjoy fantastic discount on all other services and Naturopathic testing – Live Blood, VLA, Insulin/Cholesterol, Kinesiology, Remedial massage, Infrared Sauna, Microcurrent, Raindrop Aromatherapy, Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal massage, and Facials.

New Leaf now provides Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage – read on!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) available at New Leaf Natural Therapies

What is Chi Nei Tsang?

Energetically – who knows the cause of sickness?  Where does internal pain, issues with our major organs such as the liver and kidneys, the stomach, small intestines, large intestines come from?  Naturopathically, it has always been taught that step one for any long-term health problem has been to cleanse the body’s filters – the digestive tract, the liver, the immune system/lymphatic systems and the kidneys.  Congestion in any of these areas can cause poor energy, poor circulation and poor detoxification of any of these systems.

In Chinese medicine it has always been taught that blocked energy starts this toxicity building up – Chi Nei Tsang helps with both – it starts to move the inflammation, the toxicity and the energy blockages that are stopping blood, lymphatic flow and nutrient absorption throughout our major organs.

Have you ever felt ‘knots’ in your stomach, tightness under the ribs, described this to your therapist who simply prescribed antacids or digestive enzymes?  These is so much more to health than that…and the last thing you want is to suppress symptoms which may come back to haunt you down the track.

Our Foundations of Health programme is a nine month detoxification process which starts the body healing as our filters start to clear.  It is a long process (quick and dirty detoxes rarely make lasting change) to health for some people.

I found this fabulous description on Chi Nei Tsang from in the U.S. and it describes energy and the abdomen and how it relates to our health, our wellbeing, our stressors, our operations and medications…

“The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body’s vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Through meditative practices the sages learned to look within themselves. They discovered the internal organs connect with the Five Forces of the Universe and provide a link between the human microcosm and the universal macrocosm. The organs contain the essences of the spiritual force of a human being. They also provide the physical lines of force that hold the body together and give it structure.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other bodily systems and surface as negative emotions and sickness. Always in search of an outlet, these negative emotions and toxic energies create a perpetual cycle of negativity and stress. (Fig. 1) If the negative emotions can’t find an outlet, they fester in the organs or move into the abdomen, the body’s “garbage dump.” The abdomen can process some emotional garbage, but more often it can’t keep up with the flow. The energetic center of the body located at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Fig. 1 Negative energy cycle leads to knots and tangles in the abdomen.

B. Chi Nei Tsang: A Method to Clear Blocked Energy

Chi, the life-force energy, moves through the body’s internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. ‘These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one’s health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one’s stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies-that cause the organs to dysfunction. (Fig. 2)


Fig. 2 Ancient Taoists massaged their abdomens and organs to stay healthy.
C. Chi Nei Tsang: A Complement to other Disciplines”

Makes a little sense doesn’t it?

We complement Chi Nei Tsang with all of the other services we provide in our clinic, in Wynnum Brisbane.

We know that Chi Nei Tsang is very energizing, strengthening, and detoxifying the internal organ systems of our body.  It supports the removal of negative influences and is fantastic for intestinal blockages, cramps, knots, lumps, scarring, headaces, menstrual cramps, poor blood circulation, back pain, infertility, impotence and many other issues.

Imagine avoiding intestinal surgery through an incredibly systematic and thorough treatment process.

For bookings, phone 3348 6098 and chat to Linda, Annette or Gabby to discuss pricing options.

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Cardiovascular Disease… Support with natural therapies…

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cardiovascular Issues?  Always considered a medical problem only.  Did you know that many nutrients and combination protect the heart, repair and heal valves, increase flow and reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes…  Naturopath processess can find many causes and ways of improving cardiovascular health which don’t cause side effects in our bodies…

Cardiovascular problems lead to lung issues, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronciectasis, mitral valve issues…

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Natural Supplements for Depression, Cravings and Mood Disorders…

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Supplements For Depression and Mood Disorders…
How many of us choose carbs and sugars because of our moods?  Our weight spirals out of control??  We end up feeling anxious, stressed, angry, depressed…
Can we support our neurological function with natural supplements, or do we need to take ‘chemicals’ to sort our out ‘chemical imbalances’. Firstly, the chemical imbalances that are being discussed are hormones like dopamine and seratonin…  Did you know that we make these ‘feel good’ hormones with nutrients we get from fruits, vegies, proteins, eggs, raw nuts and seeds?  Gee, a good diet – you may be thinking? Whereas, when we eat carbs and sugars we create a need for more carbs and sugars.  The breakdown of these foods create inflammation, increase our likelyhood of developing (and growing) parasites, candida, fungus, dodgy bacterial infections – all of which like a sweet, acidic environment to live in.  They love it when we eat sweets!!!
So, we’ve all heard about chromium for blood sugar – at a basic level chromium supports balancing blood sugar – but what causes the blood sugar problems?  Did you know that our bugs – parasites, bacteria, fungus, candida – all release enzymes that make us crave sugar?  Cheeky little blighters, aren’t they?
So, some of the supplements I love for balancing our hormones are:
1.  Eagle Chrome, Metagenics Resist X, Insulex, Energy X:  All of these support balancing the blood sugar.  Resist X and Insulex contain ingredients which reverse insulin resistance, a condition happening in the core of each cell in our body; Energy X is a powder with liver and thyroid support, energy support, blood sugar balancing and detoxification support.
2.  Relaxan, Resilian, Stressan:  These 3 metagenics formulas are fabulous for balancing moods.  Relaxan for PMT, irritability and stress created by female hormonal imbalances.  Stressan is for full-on anger, excess ‘chi’ they call it in Chinese medicine, great for sleep disorders and stress, has a little gut and liver support as well.  Resilian is for teariness.  Unable to hold in your emotions.  Emotional resiliance.  All of these formulas support adrenal exhaustion; nerve disorders; increase dopamine and feel-good hormones and are safe to take with medications such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication under supervision from your naturopath.
3.  Proxan and Neurolift:  both of these formulas raise serotonin.  Proxan is a formula we use to support people reducing their doses (slowly and carefully) and increasing natural support for balancing the nervous system.  Neurolift is a combination of herbs and nutrients for the thyroid and nervous system, particularly increasing serotonin and thyroxin.
4.  EPA (as in fish oils):  EPA is a nutrient found in fish oils.  When fully cleansed (be very, very careful of brands) and when we’re taking 2000mg daily of the EPA component in fish oil, it raises serotonin safely and easily.  Best in a liquid form such as Metagenics or BioCeuticals.  Dose is key.
5.  Gut Support:  We make a massive amountof hormones in the gut.  Dopamine and Serotonin (feel good hormones), Oestrogen are found to be released from the small intestines.  Take care of your gut.  If it is playing up, find out what is wrong (possibly best through your naturopath as the gut is one of our specialties) and fix it.  Without sorting out the gut, it’s really difficult to balance moods and hormones long-term.
Good luck!!
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
Brisbane Australia

HCG: Diarrhoea on HCG

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Diarrhoea on HCG:  not too common, but happens occasionally.
Why would HCG create diarrhoea??  Well, a couple of things that we’ve found:
1.  HCG may stimulte gall bladder function (because we’re releasing so much fat daily) – bile is a natural laxative;
2.  Releasing fungus and candida from the intestines (because we’re eating cleanly, we sometimes detox automatically) – fungus and candida love living in a sweet, acidic environment.  We’re also eating so many vegetables that for some lucky people they are working on detoxification processes with the natural ‘broom’ through the intestines…
3. Detoxification of heavy metals, drug residue, pesticides, stress toxins – fat tissue stores toxins.  Because we are releasing so much brown fat during HCG, we are releasing toxins of many types of nutrients and toxins into the bloodstream.  Depending on how nasty the toxins are we can feel dodgy (stressed, tired, nauseus, unwell, wired) and how much nutrition is stored (iron, B12, folate etc) we can feel amazingly energised on HCG.  Sometimes these toxins are so nasty our body will do anything in it’s power to release them from our bodies.  Diarrhoea is a small price to pay for this process!!
Things to do:
Liver and Gall Bladder Function:  Lipogen 1-2 tablets per meal
Diarrhoea Specific Gut Flora:  Ultra Flora SB Dysbiosis 2-6 daily depending on how bad the diarrhoea is
Bactrex, Costat and Parex:  Supports killing bacteria, parasites, candida and fungus.
Ultra Probioplex:  When we’re killing off bacteria, parasites, candida and fungus it creates inflammation.
Ultra Probioplex is one of the supplements that helps to ‘sop up’ the inflammation caused by killing these bugs!
Detoxification Processes:  Waiora NCD, Oxidant Protection, Meta B Complex, Silymarin…
Resetting your valves:  Kinesiology ‘ NOT ‘ technique (which we do at the clinic) is a process which  boosts digestive and liver function, resets your digestive valves, and finds reasons for the valves being dysfunctional…
Good luck!
Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098
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Testimonials from clients…

Friday, November 16th, 2012

I am 54 years old and have been a carer for my wife for the last 13 years, but over the last few years my health has suffered. I suffer from Osteoarthritis and had an operation last year to put a plate in my right knee to straighten my leg. Also since May this year I have had a frozen left shoulder.


Since I started taking StemEnhance 4 weeks ago my life has changed. My left shoulder has started to loosen up and I am now able to use my left arm. I am now able to walk distances with no trouble at all and I can climb stairs comfortably which I have not been able to do for years. But the biggest improvement is my energy level, I feel like I can keep going all day long. The more I do, the more I want to do.


Also as an extra bonus, my grey hair is getting darker in colour and I am growing some hair on my bald spots. I am feeling younger and I recommend the use of StemEnhance to everyone who would like improved health and a better quality of life.



Q. First Few Days on HCG: Madonna’s comments

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
From an HCGer…
Hi, I am on day 5 (including 2 loading days) and have lost 2kgs, however today I have a bad headache and am really hungry. I have just taken some panadol but am struggling today. My loading days I ate HEAPS but was thinking the whole time I wasn’t hungry and wasn’t craving anything. Now of course every time I turn on the TV there is a food as and I want it!!
Madonna’s Comments:
1. Headaches are due to detoxification… the body is releasing toxins from the fat tissue, and our body is struggling dealing with it. Drink heaps and heaps of purified water.  In our clinic we have infrared saunas (an hour is recommended on HCG), kinesiology protocols that support detoxification, raindrop technique (essential oil technique), and energetic healings, all of which support the body’s lymphatic system and major organs to eliminate toxins faster.  Lipoic Acid (4 daily available at New Leaf) is both a fat soluble and water soluble anti-oxidant – in other words it sops up toxins from both the blood and the fat tissue.  It’s fantastic for HCG.  It also helps with blood sugar balancing which can be a major cause of headaches on HCG.
2. Hunger: homeopathic drops take different amounts of time for different people to kick in. It’s only day 3 on the VLCD, some people take up to day 5 before homeopathic drops kick in. Make sure the drops are away from eating, drinking, coffee, cleaning teeth, and keep away from electrical appliances.  We use products such as Resist X to settle down the hunger – drink heaps of filtered water, gymnema settles hunger and sugar cravings, chromium helps to create energy within the cells – there’s lots we can do for hunger!
3. Panadol: do the best you can, but obviously your adding another toxin to the body which will have to be dealt with.  Hopefully it will only be the first few days for these headaches – let’s us know whats stored in our fat tissue doesn’t it??
4. Have a treatment with Norm or Kat and start balancing the hormones – getting them to kick the hypothalamus into action might be a possibility from the kinesiology perspective as well. Kinesiology can re-connect the hypothalamus with many parts of the body so that it speeds up the process of supporting HCG to kick in as quickly as possible.
5. Resist X: 2 tabs 3-4 x daily – if you need it, it increases cellular energy, gets the sugar activated properly within the cells (supports insulin resistance) – great for hunger on HCG.  One of my favourite supplements for clients on HCG.
6. Kinesiology for food sabotage… can also be used to help your brain and body settle down into the hcg process..  HCG is a process that helps to re-frame our food tendencies, and helps us deal with sabotages, bad eating habits, munchies…things that we may not even be aware that we’re doing!  Kinesiology, energetic healings, reiki, raindrop technique all help to settle our nervous system down.
7. Raindrop Technique: essential oil technique performed by Rachel that kicks the nervous system into action.  Gives energy.  Settles the adrenals and cortisol levels so that hunger may be normalised.  Good luck!!!  Total bliss, either an hour of Raindrops Technique or 1.5 hours of Raindrop/Reiki combination.
HCG Brisbane
Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098

HCG Fat Loss Program – Frequently Asked Questions

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


1. What are HCG homeopathic drops, and how do they work?

The HCG homeopathic drops are known to suppress hunger and when used in conjunction with a 500 calorie plan your body starts to use its fat as its energy source without losing muscle.  We have proved this clinically with bio-impedance analysis throughout the programme.


2. Is HCG safe?

HCG is extremely safe, there are no current side effects of the homeopathic drops.


3. If HCG works so well for weight loss, why don’t pregnant women lose weight?

Because HCG mobilizes fat to be used in other parts of the body where needed during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant they often sustain a high calorie diet in most cases. HCG only works for weight loss in conjunction with the 500 calorie regime.


4. Will my metabolism slow down if I’m on a very low calorie regime?

When calories are cut back significantly the body will store the fat and then the metabolism will lower. As a result the fat is then used as energy. It is quite a natural process and has no negative effect to the body.


5. Wouldn’t I lose the same amount of weight eating a very low calorie regime without HCG?

Typically yes you would, however the HCG drops support the strength of muscle tissue while your body intakes 500 calories per day. In normal circumstances (without HCG) the muscle would go first, then the fat would follow. The homeopathic drops help to produce hormones to sustain muscle and use the fat as energy instead. A low calorie regime without homeopathic drops would result in making it easier to gain the weight back rather than sustaining it.


6. The HCG regime is very low calorie, will I get hungry?

Surprisingly no, this is one of the few regimes that don’t leave you craving more food. The reason is because your calories are normally the source of your energy and when they are all used up you felt hungry. When you are taking HCG your body can turn to the fat as a source of energy and therfore suppresses your appetite.


7. Will HCG interfere with any medications I am currently taking? What about birth control pills or Depo-Provera injections?

HCG does not interfere with any medications whatsoever, including birth control, or any prescription drugs.  We have had clients with many combinations of medical drugs go through the process successfully.


8. Will I experience any changes in my menstrual cycle taking HCG?

The dosage is too small to change anything in the menstrual cycle, again, there are no side effects.  Because it balances hormones, we often recommend NOT Neural Organisational Technique Endocrine Balancing after the HCG process.


9. How much weight can I expect to lose on the program?

The average comes to about 0.1-0.5kg (1lb) per day over an extended period of time. Some may lose up to 1kg (2 lbs) a day in their first week.


10. Does the weight loss slow down after the first month?

Yes, the largest amount of weight is lost in the first month. After the first 3-4 weeks some may experience a plateau effect where a day or two on the scales your weight doesn’t change. DO NOT PANIC this is normal, the body is currently losing inches and the spikes in the losses will start going down again.



Q:  Can I complete the programme if I am a vegetarian or vegan?  A Yes.


Q:  Can I complete the programme if I am lactose intolerant?  A:  Yes.


Q:  How much salt would you recommend using?

A: There is no restriction on the use of salt. On the other hand, an increase in salt can be one of the most common causes for inconsistencies in weight loss, due to water retention.


Q: The diet states that tap water is not preferred. Why?

A: Tap water contains chlorine, which affects the thyroid.



Q: Why do I “gorge” for the first 2 days of the protocol?

A: It takes 2 -3 days for diet drops to completely enter your system; gorging also helps with hunger feelings while on the program, as well as building up structural and normal fat, as opposed to brown fat.


Q: What are the best foods on which to gorge?

A: High fat calorie foods such as full fat dairy products, nuts, oils, avocados, etc.


Q: I’m not sure how many vegetables I should be eating during Phase 2.

A: You can eat as many vegetables as you want during Phase 2 as long as it remains within the 500 caloric limit. Here is a suggestion on how to measure this: Weigh out the 100 grams of protein (approximately 100 calories), then add your vegetables, apple (55-110 calories), melba toast/grissini (20 calories) for the meal. Weigh out the vegetables and use a calorie counter to make sure you don’t go over the 500 calorie limit. The size of the portions will vary with each type of vegetable, so use a calorie counter and a scale and you should do fine. An average serving size of spinach only contains 7 calories, for instance, while a 4-inch long strip of celery contains about 1 calorie. Here is a calorie counter that may be helpful for you .


Q: Are frozen veggies okay instead of fresh?

A: Fresh organic vegetables are preferred, but frozen vegetables will work.


Q: May I eat pickles with any meal on the diet?

A: Cucumbers and vinegar are on the protocol so pickles are permitted. If you find that you are not losing weight, stop eating the pickles.


Q: What can I eat while I’m completing the program?

A: The complete diet is covered in the manual available from New Leaf Natural Therapies.


Q: Won’t I starve if I only consume 500 calories per day?

A: No. Because our drops releases your fat reserves, your body begins to “consume” the fat, which acts as a source of energy in place of food. In essence, you burn up to one pound of fat each day (one pound is 3,500 calories). Therefore, your total consumption each day will be about 4,000 calories – 500 from food and 3,500 from fat. That is why most patients do not experience extreme hunger while using our drops.


Q: I am still hungry, what can I do?

A: First of all, did you do the loading days properly. Eating as many high fat foods as you could for 2 days is the best preparation for managing possible hunger. If you are genuinely hungry and it is not part of a compulsive eating pattern suggestions include:

ü  Ensure adequate hydration, hunger is often a misinterpretation of thirst. Drink 8 glasses of water and additional Yerbe Mate tea, etc per day.

ü  Add fibre such as psyllium hulls. 1 – 2 tablespoons in 8 oz of water 6-8 x per day. These are also available in tablet form but if you don’t like psyllium, take a natural and gentle fibre alternative.  Slippery Elm capsules (available from New Leaf) can also help.

ü  Use Resist X (Metagenics product available at New Leaf):  This helps to curb hunger, increase energy and speeds up fat metabolism.  Contains Korean ginseng, chromium and other nutrients.

ü  Vitamin D capsules/drops (from New Leaf) will help curb hunger at 2-5000iu daily.

ü  Follow the soup recipes on the disc and spread your meals throughout the day.

ü  Basically consider spreading your meals throughout the day.  Basically consider the food programme as having a set number of pieces on a chess board.  You can move a piece any way your want, as long as you don’t add new pieces to the board or eat more than one of any type at one time.

ü  Use miracle noodles available at New Leaf.  Permitted on Phase 2 and Phase 3.


Q: I’m experiencing food cravings.

A: If you have been on a high sugar, alcohol or gluten diet for some time, it is possible that you will experience food cravings during the program but these usually pass within a few days. Rest assured that once you finish the program, you will be amazed at how little you want these types of foods any more.


Q: I’m hungry!

A: You shouldn’t be experiencing hunger pains on this program if you are following it properly so this is something that should be easily fixed. Firstly, did you load up properly on the force feed days? If you did not then the hunger will gradually diminish, but the situation reinforces the need to use the first two days as stated by Dr Simeons and prepare properly for the shifts in your body’s metabolism. We next need to ensure that you are taking the correct amount of drops (10 drops x 3 times per day) then ensure that you are eating enough vegetables. 9 times out of 10 when people experience hunger pains, it is because they are not eating enough vegetables. Generously increase your listed vegetable intake for lunch and dinner and see how this affects your hunger pains. Have a read of the section on vegetables in Part 2 of this manual for further information. You may also wish to try drinking Green Tea, taking psyllium husks in water (4-6 glasses a day) or adding chromium and/or Vitamin D3 supplements to your diet. Miracle Noodles can also be a great and delicious way to get your fibre without calories during the program.



Q: Will I lose exactly one pound every day while on the program?

A: No. Most clients on the 23-day program will have lost about 6-10 kilos (there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram); however, the weight loss does not always happen evenly over 23-day period. Some patients may notice a plateau or a span of a few days where little to no weight loss occurs. Some patients often notice quick weight loss after a plateau period.


Q: If I live afar, how do I participate in the program?

A: Distant clients will need to complete get the manual and drops via mail, and we offer telephone consultations.


Q: Can I complete the protocol if I am nursing a baby?

A: No, when you are nursing you produce prolactin, which interferes with our drops.


Q: How should I store my diet drops?

A: Homoeopathic remedies don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator but you will need to keep them away from electronic devices such as microwaves, mobile phones and computers. You should also keep them out of direct sunlight and below 30° Celsius.


Q: What makeup can I use during the protocol?

A: You can use Makeup that does not include fats, oils, creams and ointments.  Lipstick is allowed.


Q: Can I use mineral oils?

A: Yes, you can use mineral oils externally as a moisturizer if you must. However, because there is little nutritional value, do not use mineral oil to cook.


Q: What lip products can I use? A: Lipstick is permitted.


Q: Can I use a Chap Stick?

A: Only if it is a wax product and it doesn’t penetrate the skin. You will need to be selective with the brand and watchful of your results.


Q: What deodorant can I use?

A: You can use Crystal deodorant, which can be found at health food stores.


Q: What lotion and makeup can I use?  A: Oil free lotions. See list at the bottom.


Q: Are shampoos, conditioners, and styling products okay?

A: Yes, as long as they are rinsed out immediately.


Q: Can I colour my hair while I’m completing the program?  A: No.


Q: My weight loss appears to have slowed down or stopped. What do I do?

A: Don’t panic! If your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, this usually means you have hit a plateau. This is more common in women than men and is a totally normal part of the program. You will most likely find that your weight will remain unchanged for a few days and then the weight loss will resume. It would be a good idea to read the relevant section in “Pounds and Inches ” or in the section in this manual under Key Points from Pounds and Inches which will help explain what is happening to your body during this time.  Read about an ‘apple day’.


Q: I’ve cheated and my weight loss appears to have stalled. What do I do?

A: Cheating always has a price on this program! Depending on how much you cheated, it may take several days for your weight loss to return. Stick with the diet drops and 500 calories until your weight loss returns to normal levels. Note that doing strenuous exercise to offset the cheating is actually counterproductive on this program. It won’t help you lose additional weight but will put stress on your body.


Q: I’m in Phase 3 and I have gained more than 2 pounds from my finishing weight.

A: First and foremost you need to read the section about Skipping a Meal in “Pounds and Inches” which requires you to do a Steak Day or a high protein day on the day your recorded the weight gain. However, if this pattern keeps repeating and you are not deviating from the Phase 3 eating plan, then it is possible that you are having a reaction to some of the foods you are reintroducing into your diet. If you have a dairy or nut intolerance this can cause inflammation and seeming weight gain where in fact it is actually water retention. You would need to go back and check some of the foods you have been eating and remove them to try and ascertain the culprit and then eliminate the problem.


Q: I don’t like skipping breakfast. Can I switch one of my meals to breakfast and skip a meal later in the day?

A: While it is preferable to follow the protocol as prescribed by Dr Simeons, if you would prefer to eat breakfast and skip lunch or dinner then this is okay. As long as you don’t increase your overall caloric intake above 500 calories you will still lose weight.


Q: Do I need to eat organic food during the program?

A: While it is highly recommended to eat organic food during the program we accept that organic foods can be difficult to find and often expensive. If you are able to find organic products then this will certainly support the success of the program but it is not a critical component.


Q: Is it okay to exercise during the program?

A: It is acceptable to do mild exercise during Phase 2 such as walking or swimming, and slightly more strenuous exercise during Phase 3. Of course you should track how this may affect your energy levels and subsequent weight loss. Note that doing strenuous exercise, especially during phase 2, adds stress to the body and can be counterproductive on this program. It won’t help you lose weight and may in fact stall it so best to keep to mild exercise until the program is complete.

Q: What happens if I get my period during the drops phase?

A: You should stop the drops during your menstruation but continue with the 500 calorie Very Low Carb Diet until your period finishes. You should then start up on the drops at the end of your period and add the amount of days you stopped the drops onto the end of your program. For instance, if you get your period on day 12 and it lasts for 5 days, you should stop the drops for days 12 to 17 and add an additional 5 days on after day 23 of the program to 28 days.

Q: When is the best time to start the program?

A: For women, the best time to start is on the first day that your period finishes. This means that you will most likely avoid having to stop the drops during the program.


Q: I want to do another course of the program. How long do I have to wait to start?

A: If you have completed the full 6 week or 12 week program including the relevant maintenance phases, then you can start another course of our drops straight away.


Q: Can I drink alcohol on this program?

A: Alcohol is strictly forbidden during Phase 2 of the program. Dr Simeons suggests that a small glass of red wine during Phase 3 is acceptable but you need to remember that wine contains sugar so you will need to closely monitor your weight changes the following day and do a steak day if necessary.


Q: I’m at day 23 of Phase 2 and am doing so well that I want to do the 40 day program. Can I do this?

A: Yes this is very common. If you wish to continue your program to 40 days you should maintain the VLCD and drops for a further 17 days then follow the steps outline in Part 2 of this manual.


Q: Can I do more than 23 days but less than 40 days on Phase 2?

A: Yes you can. You just need to ensure that you spend the equivalent amount of time on Phase 3 ” Maintenance Phase. For instance, if you do the HCG Phase 2 for 30 days, you will need to do Phase 3 Maintenance for 30 days.


Q: Will the lotions and diaper creams I put on my children have an effect on me, even if I wash my hands immediately after applying?

A: The lotions and creams can have a small effect. We recommend you wear gloves to prevent penetration of any lotions or creams.


Q: Can I go tanning while I am on the program?  A: Yes, but do not use tanning lotion or oil.



Q: Can I still complete the program if I’ve had a hysterectomy?  A: Yes.


Q: How does a diabetic benefit from the program?

A: When a diabetic follows the protocol our diet drops naturally stabilises the blood sugar. We often see an overall drop in fasting blood sugar after completing the program.


Q: Can I still take my medications while on program?

A: Yes, as long as the medications do not interfere with the endocrine system. This needs to be reviewed on a case-by- case basis. Any cessation of medications will need to be discussed with your doctor prior to beginning the program.


Q: Should I stop my pharmaceutical medications while I am on the program?

A: You should never stop your medications unless advised by your Doctor. If you have specific concerns about certain medications when used in conjunction with our diet drops, you should contact us directly.


Q: Should I stop taking my vitamin supplements while taking the diet drops?

A: You should try and not take your normal vitamins while doing Phase 2 of the program. You will find that through the fat loss, your body will be recycling vitamins and minerals previously stored in your fat for re- use. In some cases, vitamins may interfere with weight loss especially if they contain hidden sugars. You can resume your vitamin intake during Phase 3 of the program. The one exception to this rule is digestive enzymes and probiotics which will assist your digestion during the program and are recommended. Refer to the section in “Pounds and Inches” for further details or in Part 3 of this manual.


Q: How does the program affect cholesterol levels?

A: We have seen cholesterol levels fluctuate while on the program. For the majority of patients the cholesterol levels drop and improve.


Q: Can I continue using my hormone medications?

A: All medications that interfere with the endocrine system should be avoided during the program. This can be discussed during a consultation with one of our Naturopathic professionals.


Q: Will I be able to stop using my anti-diabetes medications after I complete the program?

A: While discontinuance of diabetes medication is possible, it should not be expected as a result of the protocol. Often it depends on how long you’ve been diabetic, how many medications you are currently using, your fasting blood sugar levels, your blood sugar range, etc.


Q: Will the program help my high blood pressure?

A: Many patients have experienced a decrease in blood pressure. Some patients have been able to stop taking their medications, but this should not be done without medical advice.


Q: Can I continue using my anti-depressant medications? A: Yes.


Q: Can I continue using my anxiety medications? A: Yes


Q: Why does the program interfere with Gout?

A: The diet drops increases uric acid levels which may aggravate the condition. Support is available to minimise this potential


Q: If I don’t have a regular menstrual cycle will the diet drops affect that?

A: Some patients have experienced changes in their menstrual cycle while on the diet drops. These irregularities are resolved with the completion of the program.


Q: Should I run and exercise while completing the protocol?

A: We do not recommend strenuous exercise while completing the protocol. However, we do recommend walking and other light exercise.


Q: Why do I need to discontinue using thyroid while completing the program?

A: The hypothalamus gland, affected by our diet drops, also controls the thyroid. Taking additional thyroid could cause hyperthyroidism.

Q: When women are on their menstrual cycle, why can’t they receive the homoeopathic dosings?

A: Women who are menstruating produce a small amount of substance like our diet drops.


Q: Will I be hungry if I don’t take the homoeopathic dosing while on my period?

A: This varies; some women report they are hungrier when on their menstrual cycle and not dosing, and many report that they are unaffected.


Q: What should I do if I get constipated?  A: Increase your water intake, and fibre such as ground psyllium hulls. Quality herbal teas including liquorice tea may also assist.


Q: What are the negative side effects of the program?

A: Fortunately, very few negative side effects have been noticed or reported. The most frequent complaint we receive from patients is hunger, but that is usually due to poor preparation and loading in the first two days.


Q: If I am really hungry while on the diet drops can I use an appetite suppressant? A: No, a better idea is to graze on vegetables throughout the day. Choose vegetables that are approved on the protocol as “unlimited.”


Q: Is cold medicine okay?  A: Yes, as long as it does not contain sugar, starch or oils.


Q: My skin is really dry. What do you recommend?

A: This is quite a common event in the earlier stage of phase 2. If you find that your skin is dry, you may want to try applying organic coconut oil to your skin which should improve hydration during the program. However be very alert to any impact on the weight loss as there is always the risk of stalling. Coconut oil is appropriate and effective for some individuals but others end up in a fat loss plateau.

During the program, it is critical that you eliminate the intake of oils, which includes oils applied externally in the form of lotions, cleansers, and cosmetics. The following products are advertised as oil free, but question the label:

Moisturisers and cosmetics

Clinique:  – Moisture Surge; Extra Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel; Face moisturisers


– Aqua Fusion: Tinted and non-tinted moisturiser, with SPF and without.

– Pure Focus: toner, cleanser, scrub, moisturiser, T-zone gel.

– Absolute: Anti-aging, Wrinkle Defying Face Moisturiser. Pump only is oil free.

– Renergie: Anti-aging, Wrinkle Defying Face Moisturiser. Pump only is oil free.

Shiseido:  Pureness: Face Moisturiser.


– Tient: Innocence and Pro Lumiere: base/foundation/compact

– Purete: Line of facial cleansers and blemish control products

Estee Lauder:  Individualist: Double wear: Foundation (liquid and powder)

Kiehl’s:  Sodium PCA and Yerba Mate lotion. • Both are face moisturisers.

NeutrogenA:  Oil-free Moisture, Face Lotion

Body Lotions

Body and Earth

– Johnson’s Baby Lotion

– Aloe Vera gel has been found by some to be a good moisturiser

Lips There is no restriction on the use of lip products as long as they are oil free. Tip: Some people put Carmex on their knuckles to relieve dry cracked skin.

Hair Tip: Most shampoos and conditioners are okay if you rinse thoroughly after each use. Leaving in a conditioner is discouraged.

Deodorant Natural crystal deodorant sticks


Note – The following products / ingredients should be used with high caution:

lanolin, glycerin, petrolatum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, beeswax. Many clients have used these products for the relief of symptoms of dry skin and chapped lips, without a negative effect on their weight loss. However, if you notice a slowing or drop off in your weight loss while using any of the above products, we recommend discontinuing use.




Those who need to lose more weight must have a second or even more courses. A second course can be started after an interval of not less than six weeks, though the pause can be more than six weeks. When a third, fourth or even fifth course is necessary, the interval between courses should be made progressively longer. Between a second and third course eight weeks should elapse, between a third and fourth course twelve weeks, between a fourth and fifth course twenty weeks and between a fifth and sixth course six months. In this way it is possible to bring about a weight reduction of 100 lbs and more if required without the least hardship to the patient.