Inspirational Friends – Selina Singh

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Over the last year I have been seeing Naturopath, Selina Singh to help with some health issues I had been dealing with. I am so grateful to know Selina, and appreciate the responsibility and thoroughness, the breadth of knowledge and integrity that she brings to her work.

Before I came to see Selina, my energy levels were very low, I was experiencing constant headaches, bloating, found it hard to lose weight, and had reoccurring skin breakouts. I had been experiencing these symptoms for a year, and they were greatly affecting my life.

Selina helped me solved these problems through her holistic approach. Now my energy levels have improved, I can wake up in the morning and not feel exhausted after having 8 hours of sleep. I can exercise without feeling fatigued after and also have the energy to exercise. I no longer experience headaches, my bloating has gone, I have lost weight and my skin has cleared up.

Thank you Selina for everything, I really appreciate everything you have done to help me physically, mentally and emotionally. Your advice and guidance is invaluable to me and will continue to be!

Below is Selina’s inspirational interview! :)

Where are you based?

My Remedy – An Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic, Takapuna, Auckland.

Current occupation/what do you do?

I am a Naturopath, its what I’ve always wanted to do! I specialize in helping people with hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances. This includes conditions such as PMS, endometriosis, PCOS, thyroid disorders, infertility, hormone cancers, depression, menopause, amongst many other health disorders. Hormones affect everything in your body!

For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

In a nutshell – I am a gentle soul! I love to nurture others around me, be it friend’s family, even my cats!

Give us a small insight into your daily routine. 

I live as simply as possible. I try not to burden myself with too much (mentally and physically) and I always listen to my body.

I wake once I feel I have slept enough (or I really need to get out of bed so I’m not late!) I have breakfast in a very peaceful space to gather my thoughts, I do my best not to get ahead of myself and enjoy the moment. Breakfast is usually porridge with seeds, or eggs on toast, and sometimes a smoothie as a snack – I aim to only eat whole foods, and I try to eat in a relaxed state so I absorb all my nutrients.

Lunches and dinners for me are usually a combination of vegetables, whole-grains sometimes meat too (I only eat organic free range meat for ethical reasons) I do my best to eat locally grown produce, usually from the farmers market. I’m also growing lots of fruit at the moment – including heirloom black apples!

Once I get to work, I see patients, something I feel incredibly privileged to do.

In between seeing patients I’m writing protocols for my patients, taking a few minutes of down time is important too. I try and make it to the gym 3 times per week, I walk a few times per week, and sometimes I make it out in to the surf with my partner. On the weekend I love cooking up a feast and gardening!

What is the philosophy you live by? 

My philosophy is to live life in the moment. Giving back, whether it is to nature or by helping others – how ever possible. Nurturing and respecting yourself, others and nature. My favourite quotes are below; I remind myself of them if I am in doubt, they never fail to inspire me.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted” Albert Einstein

What sparked your interest in health?

I’ve always been interested in health, as a 4 year old I would tell my grandma I would make her young, by changing her blood! I would make potions out of leaves in the garden; mix them in my mug with a paintbrush as a hair tonic.

I’ve always been interested in health, I spent a lot of time reading health books staring in my early teens; I used to grow my own vegetables and compost at an early age. I was always (and still am) keenly interested in natural health. In my last year at school a teacher asked me what I wanted to be, and I mentioned I would like to be a health professional, possibly a Doctor who helped people by focusing on the cause of their health problem and then prescribing natural health; at this point he mentioned that this is what a naturopath does (a word I had never heard of before this). We moved house the next week and my neighbor asked me what I wanted to do when I finished school I mentioned I wanted to be a naturopath, she told me that 2 of her daughters are naturopaths. In the next few months I found myself-starting my degree in Natural Medicine. Over the years I’ve had health struggles myself, in particular with my hormones that has lead me down the path of specializing in hormones.

Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

Top 3 Tips to Optimal health:

  1. Rest plenty – nothing can substitute this.
  2. Nourish your body with whole foods, avoid almost everything that comes in a packet – always be aware of what you are putting into your body.
  3. Listen to your body, eat foods that suit you, rest when you know you need to; drink enough water.

Top 3 Tips to Happiness

  1. Make peace with yourself
  2. Be grateful for everything, everything is a lesson
  3. Be yourself. You don’t have to look or be like anyone else.

Where can we find you? 

www.myremedy.co.nz

https://www.facebook.com/MyRemedy

L x

 

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Friday Friends – Cobus Botha

Every month Julia and I interview someone that we find inspirational and someone we aspire to and learn from.

For the past two weeks I have been seeing Naturopath Cobus Botha who works at My Remedy to help with some gut issues I have been having, and also for low energy levels. He gave me some liquid herbs and supplements that I have been taking everyday, I have already noticed a big difference with my digestion, and I haven’t been experiencing any sugar cravings which is a big deal for me. YAY!

I thought Cobus would be the perfect person to interview for our ‘Friday Friends’ interview because he is such an inspiration, not only has he helped improve my health but he is helping people every day deal with health issues and is treating them naturally.

Q. Where did you study and what did you study.

Initially I studied toward a Bachelor of Therapeutic & Sports Massage at the Southern Institute of Technology and then later I studied Naturopathy at the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine and completed my Bachelor of Natural Medicine with my focus on Herbal Medicine.

Q. Where do you work.

I practice at My Remedy Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic.  I also work as a consultant providing technical support to other Naturopaths and Integrative Doctors at Salvacare Biotechnologies which focuses on supporting cancer patients.

Q. Your hobbies.

As a Medical Herbalist, of course I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, bush walks and camping.  I am really into making “potions” and love spending some spare time trying out new formulations for anything from throat spray to acne cream for which family & friends are often guinea pigs.

Q. What is your favorite quote.

“The doctor of the future will give no drugs, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison

Q. What sparked your interest in health.

Ever since I was a young boy I had a keen interest in medicine and healing.  I have always felt this need to help people, in high-school I was a First-Aider and my part-time job was as a caregiver. From that point there was no stopping me, I have worked in health ever since and never looked back. I believe it truly is my calling!  My interest in Natural Health came after I had a bad experience with a medication mix-up and I was forced to find an alternative to deal with the pain of an injury I had at the time, this lead me to Herbal Medicine and so I decided to become a Herbalist.

Q. Your top three tips to optimal health.

1 – You truly are what you eat:  Eating a diet of whole, natural, vibrant foods will result in you feeling vibrant & energized.   And for goodness sakes, drink some water!

2 – Exercise: Daily physical activity (even just a slow stroll) is definitely in my top 3.  It will help you sleep well which is crucial to good health as well as clearing the mind; not to mention the physical benefits.

3 – View your health in a holistic manner, good health comes from more than just looking after your physical body.  Building good relationships with those around us, looking after our environment and our emotional health is just as important as the physical stuff.  Everything is intertwined to make us whole, unique people.

Contact details/website.

cobus@myremedy.co.nz

www.myremedy.co.nz

My latest project:

I am developing my own range of skin and body care products – my aim is to develop a range of effective, natural products for all types of concerns.  I’m calling the range YOUnique because I believe each person is unique and just as medicines should be formulated taking into consideration the individuality of each person so too should skin and body care.  Buying a face cream off the shelf means that you have been put into a “box”, a “one-size-fits-all” approach is taken by skincare companies who develop products for the masses.  My range will be different, I will take 10-15 minutes to find out exactly what someone needs and then develop a YOUnique product especially for them.

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Inspirational Friends Lynette Hill

Meet Lynette Hill, a Naturopath and Homeopath based in Takapuna, Auckland.  Lynette recently opened a wellness clinic called My Remedy.

Over six years ago I went and saw Lynette for a Naturopathic consultation to help with some health issues I was having.  Lynette specialises in Hemaview which is a type of live blood screening that investigates the size, shape and ratio of your blood cells. Lynette was very helpful in getting my health back on track, I had such amazing results after seeing her which I am so grateful for. Lynette has worked in this health field for 8 years and is an expert at what she does. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Check out the My Remedy website or Facebook page for more information.

Interview

Where abouts did you study and what did you study.

I studied at South Pacific School of Natural Medicine  (BNatMed) majoring in Homeopathy.

Where do you work.

My Remedy Integrated Natural Medicine Clinic

What are your hobbies.

Gardening.  Scrap booking and Hiking

What is your favorite quote.

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
-Hippocrates

 What sparked your interest in health.

My family – a child who had a severe reaction to his first vaccination forced me to look for other options – and then shortly afterwards my own diagnosis of cancer 13 years ago.  Both of which I found an answer for in natural medicine and practices.

 Your top three tips to optimal health.

Sleep (and if you can’t sleep – seek naturopathic and/or homeopathic help)

Honest communication – at home – at work – at play

A health full diet with plenty of water!
Contact details/website.

lynette@myremedy.co.nz

www.myremedy.co.nz

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Libby xx

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Cliff Harvey

We were lucky enough to interview the very busy Cliff Harvey, a well known Naturopath, Nutritionist, author and speaker who is well known in the health and fitness industry in New Zealand and overseas.

Cliff has over fourteen years experience as a health practitioner and has helped thousands of people around the world reach premium health, life balance and success.  He has helped people who suffer from cancer, crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, ulcerative colitis, diabetes, metabolic syndrome X and heart disease.

Cliff helped create two of our favourite products, Good Green Stuff and Clean Lean Protein and is the author of two books ‘Choosing you’ and ‘Time Rich Cash Optional – an unconventional guide to happiness.’

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Hardworking, dedicated and inspirational are three words we would use to describe Cliff. Read below to find out a little bit more about him and check out his website for more information.

Where did you study and what did you study?

I initially started at AUT where I studied Fitness Training, I then carried on and studied Naturopathy at the Naturopathic College of New Zealand as well as Homeobotanical Therapies. I’ve also reached the Masters level in Reiki and advanced facilitation in Psych-K.
I’m currently studying towards a Masters degree at AUT with a focus in Nutrition and more specifically the metabolic advantages of low carb and ketogenic diets.

Where do you work?

I currently spend about 2 days per week teaching Sports Nutrition, Physiology and Biochemistry at Wellpark College and around 2-3 days per week in my clinical practice. Outside of the most of my time is spent writing books and articles and giving lectures and workshops.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling, All-Round Weightlifting, reading, yoga, and I’m just getting into scented candle making (yeah…really!!…..)

What is your favourite post training meal?

This really depends on what ‘phase’ I’m in metabolically.
Right now as I’m highly fat and keto-adpated I have UCAN ‘Super Starch’ mixed with Clean Lean Protein, berries, almond butter and Good Green Stuff.

What is your favourite quote?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle” ~ Philo

Your top three tips to optimal health:

1. Eat REAL food (natural, whole, unprocessed)
2. Lift heavy things
3. Meditate

Contact details/website

Site: www.cliffharvey.com

New nutrition support site for practitioners: www.holisticperformancenutrition.com

Libby x

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