Articles

Mim has written 9 books, thousands of articles and is a regular on TV and radio. Here you will find a selection of Mim’s work.

Allergies

  • Beat the Bloat

    Is your tummy bloated? Do you buy skirts and pants according to waistband elasticity rather than style? It's probably due to your digestion.

  • Childhood eczema

    Itchy, hot and irritable or scratchy, sore and sorry, whatever way you look at it, eczema and children are a miserable combination.

  • The wheat trap

    Common food allergies to wheat, corn and other grains (such as Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance) may be due to an excess in the modern diet. Mim's article outlines our prehistoric digestive tract's response, plus action you can take.

Aromatherapy

Autumn

  • Change of season

    With monotonous regularity, at this time every year I get panicked by the large number of patients ringing up complaining of sore throats, hot and cold sweats and copious amounts of green mucus. 'What is happening?' I ask myself...

Children

  • Childhood coughs

    Coughs and colds affect everyone, young and old. But at least an adult can tell you what's wrong. Young children just suffer, some more silently than others.

  • Childhood eczema

    Itchy, hot and irritable or scratchy, sore and sorry, whatever way you look at it, eczema and children are a miserable combination.

Common conditions

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Alpha Lipoic Acid may not be as well known as other antioxidants, but this is bound to change as medical research reveals the enormous benefits of this important nutrient.

  • Beat the Bloat

    Is your tummy bloated? Do you buy skirts and pants according to waistband elasticity rather than style? It's probably due to your digestion.

  • Breast Cancer

    There is a scary statistic around lately that says 1 in 13 Australian women will contract breast cancer. If it was any other disease, we would be calling it an epidemic. What can be done about beating these odds?

  • Cancer

    Cancer is not a new disease. Evidence of it appears in skeletons of prehistoric man.

  • Childhood coughs

    Coughs and colds affect everyone, young and old. But at least an adult can tell you what's wrong. Young children just suffer, some more silently than others.

  • Childhood eczema

    Itchy, hot and irritable or scratchy, sore and sorry, whatever way you look at it, eczema and children are a miserable combination.

  • Constipation

    The occasional bout of constipation is part of life's rich tapestry. More than now and then, however, can be a bit of a strain.

  • Cystitis

    Having a quiet wee should be one of lifes simple pleasures. Cystitis shatters this pastoral scene.

  • Evidence Based Complementary Medicine

    For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

  • Five Ways to Avoid a Hangover

    Useful information to have, prior to the New Year resolution.

  • Gone with the Wind

    Is your tummy bloated? Is flatulence causing you concern?

  • Natural Therapies for Jet Lag

    Australia lies in splendid geographical isolation. Unfortunately, this means a plane journey of between 8 and 24 hours if we want to travel overseas for holiday or work.

  • Sinusitis

    It is always difficult to ignore pain, and almost impossible to ignore when the pain is literally ‘in your face’. Which is why sinusitis is so horrible.

  • Slip, slap...what? Is the sun really that bad for you?

    Mim blogs on skin, sunlight and melanoma: can we trust the death rates around the world or should we give up our vampire looks for a bit more vitamin D? She shares a sunburn remedy and the results of a 13-year dermatology study.

  • Stress and Cortisol

    This article is a summary of a lecture Mim Beim gave to the AGM of the ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) in Sept 2005.

  • Theory No. 47 - Stress and Weight

    Everyone has a theory about weight gain. Mine (theory No. 47) relates to the connection between unexplained weight gain and stress.

  • Thrush

    Tell me about it girlfriend. Sprain an ankle, and you will be dripping in sympathy. But, when you're writhing around the office with a bad case of thrush, the most they will offer is a smirk.

  • Warts

    What can you do about warts

  • Weight loss

    The metabolic rate governs how quickly the body burns calories for energy. If you are interested in weight loss, you are interested in procuring a speedy metabolic rate.

Courses

  • Nutrition - The Basics

    We give you the tools to choose food that not only keeps you healthy, but increases energy, and maintains optimum weight.

Diet

  • Acid forming foods

    Our body likes to be in a state of steady balance (homoeostasis). We prefer our blood pressure to be within a certain safe range, same goes for blood sugar levels, hormone levels, temperature and pH levels.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Alpha Lipoic Acid may not be as well known as other antioxidants, but this is bound to change as medical research reveals the enormous benefits of this important nutrient.

  • Antioxidants

    Since the mid 1990s, antioxidants have been a buzzword in the fields of both nutrition and medicine.

  • Calcium

    Calcium is a major league mineral. Mainly because there is so much of the stuff in our body.

  • Chickens, hormones and the end of an urban myth

    I am guilty of perpetuating an urban myth -- the one about chickens being force-fed hormones. For years I believed the story.

  • Chocolate - redeemed

    To say that chocolate is confectionery is like saying a diamond is a hardened lump of carbon. Both statements are true, but they totally miss the point.

  • Coffee

    There are over 200 chemical constituents in the roasted coffee bean; of which, caffeine is the most widely known and studied.

  • Detox ... if you must

    Detoxing has become as fashionable as a Manolo Blahnik stiletto. I have several issues with the concept!

  • Don't toss the salad

    The Renaissance saw a return of the preprandial salad, restoring a custom from ancient Rome where bitter green leaves and herbs were dressed with salt ('salata' - salad), vinegar and the ubiquitous drizzle of olive oil.

  • Eating for teenagers

    Am I imagining it, or are teenagers taller, cleverer and better looking than they were twenty years ago?

  • Fall in love with garlic

    I have always had the utmost respect for garlic. Even so, I was surprised when I fell in love with it.

  • Fibre

    What’s so good about fibre that has everyone from grandmothers to doctors and dieticians recommending it?

  • Green tea and weight loss

    Weight loss is always going to be a popular topic. Most of us have a few unwanted kilos we'd like to shed.

  • Just add water

    It's often the small changes that make a big difference to our health. Take water for instance. I'm convinced most of us are walking around dehydrated.

  • Kingdom fungi - mushrooms

    Commonly grouped with vegetables, mushrooms are neither plant or animal, but are classified in a kingdom apart...Fungi.

  • Life's a peach

    Furry, firm and smells good. What's not to love about a peach? Originating in China 4,000 years ago, peaches are members of the Rose family that also includes, plums, apricots and cherries.

  • Party, party, party

    Being a naturopath at a party is as popular as a pork chop in a synagogue.

  • Regular Yoga Practice is Associated with Mindful Eating

    Regular yoga practice may help prevent middle-age spread in normal-weight people and may promote weight loss in those who are overweight.

  • Salmon superfood

    Once only found only on plates of the posh, salmon now has a regular gig in the Australian diet. There are a couple of reasons for the popularity of our best slimy friend.

  • Sleep

    Up to 40% of Australians suffer from poor insomnia. Whether it's not being able to fall asleep, or having a restless night, it's hard to feel 100% without a decent night's kip.

  • Tea and Health - the latest

    My day begins with copious quantities of freshly brewed tea. This ritual used to be a guilty pleasure, but now that tea has been promoted to health superstar, I now drink my morning cuppa(s) with pride.

  • The wheat trap

    Common food allergies to wheat, corn and other grains (such as Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance) may be due to an excess in the modern diet. Mim's article outlines our prehistoric digestive tract's response, plus action you can take.

  • Theory No. 47 - Stress and Weight

    Everyone has a theory about weight gain. Mine (theory No. 47) relates to the connection between unexplained weight gain and stress.

  • Too much of a good thing

    It is possible to have too much of a good thing. Take sunshine, chocolate, aspirin, vitamin C and cats. A little bit of each is good, but taken to extremes you'll suffer from sunburn, zits, stomach ulcers, diarrhoea and fur-balls.

  • Walnuts

    Did you know that walnuts contain just as many omega 3 fatty acids as fish?

  • Weight loss

    The metabolic rate governs how quickly the body burns calories for energy. If you are interested in weight loss, you are interested in procuring a speedy metabolic rate.

Family health

  • Slip, slap...what? Is the sun really that bad for you?

    Mim blogs on skin, sunlight and melanoma: can we trust the death rates around the world or should we give up our vampire looks for a bit more vitamin D? She shares a sunburn remedy and the results of a 13-year dermatology study.

  • Sports drinks

    I think enough has been said about soft drinks, so you don't need me to go on about it as well.

Food

Gardening

  • Fall in love with garlic

    I have always had the utmost respect for garlic. Even so, I was surprised when I fell in love with it.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Avocado

    The avocado stores energy as monounsaturated fat which is helpful in the prevention and treatment of heart disease... and more! Mim shares an extract of her latest book, _Grow Your Own Medicine_ to inspire you to plant avocados in your garden.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Lavender

    Lavender has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It's also an attractive plant for borders, pathways and rockeries and quite easy to grow. Mim shares an extract of her latest book, _Grow Your Own Medicine_ to inspire you to get some into your garden.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Soil

    Contrary to popular assumption...soil is not dirt!

Herbs

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    Eliminating the bitter flavour from our daily experience is like eliminating one of the colours of the rainbow.

  • Any herbal teas I shouldn't drink when pregnant?

    Are there any any herbal teas I shouldn't drink when pregnant.

  • Convalescing - a lost art

    The word convalescence brings with it visions of wan weak spinsters sent to the seaside for a 'cure', after suffering a painful bout of something vague.

  • Don't toss the salad

    The Renaissance saw a return of the preprandial salad, restoring a custom from ancient Rome where bitter green leaves and herbs were dressed with salt ('salata' - salad), vinegar and the ubiquitous drizzle of olive oil.

  • Echinacea Trial

    The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that Echinacea has no effect on the prevention and treatment of the common cold. This study may not reveal the whole picture.

  • Fall in love with garlic

    I have always had the utmost respect for garlic. Even so, I was surprised when I fell in love with it.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Lavender

    Lavender has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It's also an attractive plant for borders, pathways and rockeries and quite easy to grow. Mim shares an extract of her latest book, _Grow Your Own Medicine_ to inspire you to get some into your garden.

  • Herbal Aphrodisiacs

    Before Viagra, the natural world was scoured for aphrodisiacs from tiger's dick to jackal's bile, from ginseng to horny goat weed.

  • Herbalism for Pets

    Did you know that dogs and cats are innate herbalists? They search for plant matter to improve digestion and elimination and they often prefer not to eat if they are feeling off colour.

  • Self-Help Supplements A-Z

    An alphabetical guide to some of the more esoteric supplements available in your supermarket, chemist and health food store.

  • What's the difference between Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed and Go-Go?

    A reader asks, what's the difference between Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed tea and Go-Go tea.

Lifestyle

  • Candle Gazing Meditation

    A lack of physical energy can severely affect our powers of concentration. Meditation is a practical way to energise _and_ build concentration.

  • Convalescing - a lost art

    The word convalescence brings with it visions of wan weak spinsters sent to the seaside for a 'cure', after suffering a painful bout of something vague.

  • Day Spa

    Build relaxation into your life on a more regular basis than the occasional Day Spa.

  • Losing Weight is Easy Peasy.

    Mim gives some tips to help you lose weight.

  • Naturopathic travel kits

    I am often asked to organise naturopathic first aid travel kits for my patients before their overseas holidays.

  • Palming

    For relaxing and revitalising the eyes... Oh! so lovely!

  • Regular Yoga Practice is Associated with Mindful Eating

    Regular yoga practice may help prevent middle-age spread in normal-weight people and may promote weight loss in those who are overweight.

  • Ros's Relaxation Series

    Ease tension in your spine, calm the nervous system and clear your head. Mim's guest blogger Ros R offers a series of easy exercises to ease physical and mental stress, with step-by-step instructions.

  • Ros's Yoga Breath Sequence

    Mim's guest Ros Royal offers a yoga breath sequence to keep you calm and focused and improve circulation, posture and general wellbeing. Pictures of yoga poses (on the beach) included.

  • Seasons Greetings ... and breathing (not) in LA

    Mim is back from LA and into a frenzied few days in clinic. This crazy weather is the cause of lots of nasty colds (California winter was sunny and warm!).

  • Waving not drowning - Negative emotions and stress

    A warning to do something to ease your pain and lower the stress in your life, before you get sick.

  • What is tea?

    I am a tea girl from way back, unable to start the day without a full pot of tea under my belt.

Natural medicine

  • Aromatherapy

    I had no idea Mum was a closet aromatherapist.

  • Bach Flower Remedies

    In the 1930s Edward Bach was a poo man -- a gastroenterologist who practised in Londons famous Harley Street.

  • Doctrine of Signatures

    The Doctrine of Signatures is an ancient belief whose origin is lost in the mists of time. It purports that certain physical attributes of a plant indicate its therapeutic value -- attributes including colour, shape, texture and even smell.

  • Natural therapies snapshot

    It wasn't too long ago that natural medicine was considered a vestige of the flower power era, something only hippies were into. Nowadays, complementary medicine has become almost mainstream.

  • Naturopathic travel kits

    I am often asked to organise naturopathic first aid travel kits for my patients before their overseas holidays.

  • What is naturopathy?

    A history and guide to naturopathic medicine in Australia.

Nutrition

Pets

  • Herbalism for Pets

    Did you know that dogs and cats are innate herbalists? They search for plant matter to improve digestion and elimination and they often prefer not to eat if they are feeling off colour.

  • Winter pet care

    For three winters in a row, Bella and I shared a cold. Let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a cat's sneeze. Apparently, humans can't catch a cold from a cat, and vice versa. One of us was faking it.

Publications

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Avocado

    The avocado stores energy as monounsaturated fat which is helpful in the prevention and treatment of heart disease... and more! Mim shares an extract of her latest book, _Grow Your Own Medicine_ to inspire you to plant avocados in your garden.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Lavender

    Lavender has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It's also an attractive plant for borders, pathways and rockeries and quite easy to grow. Mim shares an extract of her latest book, _Grow Your Own Medicine_ to inspire you to get some into your garden.

  • Grow Your Own Medicine - Soil

    Contrary to popular assumption...soil is not dirt!

  • Self-Help Supplements A-Z

    An alphabetical guide to some of the more esoteric supplements available in your supermarket, chemist and health food store.

  • Stress and Cortisol

    This article is a summary of a lecture Mim Beim gave to the AGM of the ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) in Sept 2005.

Skin care

Sleep

  • Are you exhausted?

    Are you exhausted? I mean really exhausted. On a scale of one to ten (with ten being jumping-full-of-beans) do your energy levels hover around minus 3? Well, you are not alone.

  • Sleep

    Up to 40% of Australians suffer from poor insomnia. Whether it's not being able to fall asleep, or having a restless night, it's hard to feel 100% without a decent night's kip.

Stress

  • Are you Stressed?

    If you have experienced more than a couple of the following symptoms over the past two weeks, chances are you are suffering from stress.

  • Stress and Cortisol

    This article is a summary of a lecture Mim Beim gave to the AGM of the ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) in Sept 2005.

  • Stress and the HSC

    Stress not only affects adults, children and teenagers can also suffer it's ill effects. Especially when studying for the dreaded HSC.

  • Theory No. 47 - Stress and Weight

    Everyone has a theory about weight gain. Mine (theory No. 47) relates to the connection between unexplained weight gain and stress.

  • Wedding stress

    Pre-wedding stress finally took its toll.

Summer

Supplements

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    Eliminating the bitter flavour from our daily experience is like eliminating one of the colours of the rainbow.

  • Antioxidants

    Since the mid 1990s, antioxidants have been a buzzword in the fields of both nutrition and medicine.

  • Calcium

    Calcium is a major league mineral. Mainly because there is so much of the stuff in our body.

  • Change of season

    With monotonous regularity, at this time every year I get panicked by the large number of patients ringing up complaining of sore throats, hot and cold sweats and copious amounts of green mucus. 'What is happening?' I ask myself...

  • Co-enzyme Q10

    Co-enzyme Q 10 is referred to as accessory nutrient, which makes it sound like it will go perfectly with that little black dress that works so well at cocktail parties.

  • Convalescing - a lost art

    The word convalescence brings with it visions of wan weak spinsters sent to the seaside for a 'cure', after suffering a painful bout of something vague.

  • Echinacea Trial

    The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that Echinacea has no effect on the prevention and treatment of the common cold. This study may not reveal the whole picture.

  • Five Ways to Avoid a Hangover

    Useful information to have, prior to the New Year resolution.

  • Self-Help Supplements A-Z

    An alphabetical guide to some of the more esoteric supplements available in your supermarket, chemist and health food store.

  • Ten Supplements for Women

    Supplements can help fill the nutritional gaps caused by living life as we do.

Tea

Teenagers

  • Eating for teenagers

    Am I imagining it, or are teenagers taller, cleverer and better looking than they were twenty years ago?

Weight loss

Wellbeing

  • Candle Gazing Meditation

    A lack of physical energy can severely affect our powers of concentration. Meditation is a practical way to energise _and_ build concentration.

  • Day Spa

    Build relaxation into your life on a more regular basis than the occasional Day Spa.

  • Life Coaching

    Life Coach, Josephine Formosa writes about the inspiring life of Helen Keller, and how we all can live life as a 'daring adventure'.

  • Palming

    For relaxing and revitalising the eyes... Oh! so lovely!

  • Ros's Relaxation Series

    Ease tension in your spine, calm the nervous system and clear your head. Mim's guest blogger Ros R offers a series of easy exercises to ease physical and mental stress, with step-by-step instructions.

  • Ros's Yoga Breath Sequence

    Mim's guest Ros Royal offers a yoga breath sequence to keep you calm and focused and improve circulation, posture and general wellbeing. Pictures of yoga poses (on the beach) included.

  • Seasons Greetings ... and breathing (not) in LA

    Mim is back from LA and into a frenzied few days in clinic. This crazy weather is the cause of lots of nasty colds (California winter was sunny and warm!).

  • Waving not drowning - Negative emotions and stress

    A warning to do something to ease your pain and lower the stress in your life, before you get sick.

  • We are what we think

    The influence our thoughts and emotions have on our health is now scientifically proven and Josephine Formosa explores this area.

Winter

  • Change of season

    With monotonous regularity, at this time every year I get panicked by the large number of patients ringing up complaining of sore throats, hot and cold sweats and copious amounts of green mucus. 'What is happening?' I ask myself...

  • Sinusitis

    It is always difficult to ignore pain, and almost impossible to ignore when the pain is literally ‘in your face’. Which is why sinusitis is so horrible.

  • Winter pet care

    For three winters in a row, Bella and I shared a cold. Let me tell you, there is nothing cuter than a cat's sneeze. Apparently, humans can't catch a cold from a cat, and vice versa. One of us was faking it.

Women

  • Breast Cancer

    There is a scary statistic around lately that says 1 in 13 Australian women will contract breast cancer. If it was any other disease, we would be calling it an epidemic. What can be done about beating these odds?

  • Ten Supplements for Women

    Supplements can help fill the nutritional gaps caused by living life as we do.

Yoga

  • Regular Yoga Practice is Associated with Mindful Eating

    Regular yoga practice may help prevent middle-age spread in normal-weight people and may promote weight loss in those who are overweight.

  • Sleep

    Up to 40% of Australians suffer from poor insomnia. Whether it's not being able to fall asleep, or having a restless night, it's hard to feel 100% without a decent night's kip.