Alyssa Tait

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Vaginal thrush issues? Time to ditch the sugar!


Vaginal thrush and sugar…do you really need to cut it out? Thrush loves sugar, Candida loves candy: it’s a piece of naturopathic wisdom. Or is it just folklore? Is there any real evidence for it? Many women who have experienced chronic or recurrent vaginal thrush suspect it: Sugar is not the vagina’s friend. I [...]

Supplements: Can You Trust Them?


Natural medicines and supplements…are they all just forms of snake oil in different coloured (and flavoured!) packages? If you watched the Four Corners special on supplements and the Australian Complementary Medicines Industry, you might think you are being taken for a ride! Here’s a few things to consider if you watched the Four Corners [...]

Autoimmune Disease and Leaky Gut: Nine Big Culprits


Autoimmune disease is exploding: Hashimoto’s, Graves, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s…but why? One major factor in the development of autoimmune disease is increased intestinal permeability. Or, in fewer letters: leaky gut. If your gut is a mosquito net, imagine puncturing a few small holes in it: that’s leaky gut. Sounds minor, but as anyone who [...]

The Gray Area of Urinary Tract Infections


The ever-present UTI is anything but boring. In fact, it turns out it's rather a shady character. My last post introduced some of the controversies in diagnosis of urinary tract infections. The fact is, the dipsticks used may not be sensitive enough, as the cut-offs were originally based on a small group of women with [...]

Annoying Abdominal Adhesions: Start Here


Abdominal Adhesions: when pain after surgery persists and a technique to resolve it You’ve had abdominal surgery. Now you’ve got persistent abdominal pain. Not the result you were after. Well, don’t look back now – most likely, you had to have the surgery – it was the best or only choice available to you. [...]

An Interview with Alyssa Tait – Adhesions, Chronic Pain, and the Nervous System


It's not often someone gives me the floor for 45 minutes to talk about the web of connections linking adhesions, pain, visceral manipulation, the gut and the nervous system... Stephen Anderson's questions were so thought-provoking, I just kept talking! Here's the interview: Alyssa Tait on Pelvic Pain, Adhesions, and SIBO This interview will either [...]

Avoiding Muscle Soreness of Olympic Proportions


Inspiring watching the best athletes in the world, isn’t it? It makes you participate in your chosen physical pursuit with just that bit more enthusiasm…until you wake up the next morning and every movement is agony, and you realise you overdid it. You’ve got DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). So is it just a [...]

Hidden Infection: When Your UTI Isn’t A UTI


Can you be sure that your bladder, urethral or vaginal symptoms are not due to infection? When is a urinary tract infection (UTI) not a UTI and when is it? It’s harder to be sure when the tests for infection are fraught with such shortcomings. Make sure you've read my blog posts on why [...]

Best Ways to Help a Tampon Go In Step 10


Time to fix the issue once and for all! I hope you have been following this series about solutions for the problem of being unable to put a tampon in. If not, head straight back to the start to not miss a thing! I have devoted 9 individual blog posts to different tips to [...]

Gut Memories: A Cause of Pelvic Pain and IBS


Chronic pain in the pelvis and abdomen is a huge mystery that may have a lot to do with gut memories. Depending on what specialist you see, and what tests are done, it might be given the name “chronic pelvic pain”, “irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)”, “painful bladder syndrome” or “functional abdominal pain”, to name [...]