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6 Foods to Eat if You are experiencing Anxiety

While chronic anxiety can be a sign of another medical condition, and it is important to tell your GP about your symptoms, adjusting your diet can be an effective way to get relief.

Chronic anxiety sufferers often experience trembling, nervousness, fatigue, increased heart rate, stomach or chest pain, excessive sweating, and difficulty concentrating. This can make life more challenging than it needs to be.

Refined or highly processed foods, caffeine and alcohol are all things to steer clear of if you experience frequent anxiety symptoms. 

Instead, opt for foods which contain the following nutrients:

  • Folate
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega-3
  • Choline
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Tryptophan
  • Antioxidants.

Including these nutrients in your diet, by eating foods similar to HelloFresh’s baked barramundi, can raise levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter which regulates mood and anxiety), improve brain functioning, and regulate your blood sugar to stabilise your mood. It is also important to drink lots of water, as dehydration can lead to restlessness and irritability.

Here are 6 foods high in many of the aforementioned nutrients:   

Fatty fish

Fatty fish (aka oily fish) like Delicious’ pan-fried salmon is high in omega-3s DHA and EPA, which is linked with improved brain function and mental health.  Research suggests that fatty fish should be consumed 2 times per week for optimal effect. Salmon and sardines are healthy options which are also loaded with Vitamin D.


Another rich source of Vitamin D, eggs are a delicious way to increase your intake of Vitamin B12, choline and tryptophan. Tryptophan is an excellent amino acid which boosts serotonin levels (similar to anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications), leading to improved mood and lowered anxiety. Choline helps create acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter associated with mood, memory and nervous system function, along with other things.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack which helps you meet your RDA for potassium and zinc – essential minerals for relieving anxiety and stress, as well as managing blood pressure. Research has shown that zinc plays a big role in the brain areas associated with emotions.

Brazil nuts

Increase your intake of magnesium and antioxidants by nibbling on some brazil nuts. These little wonders are packed with selenium, Vitamin E and magnesium, which are all known to help regulate anxiety and mood. Try adding some to SBS’ Brazil nut chocolate brownies for a delicious yet healthy treat.


Asparagus is nutrient dense, with a single half-cup providing a massive 34% of the RDA of folate. It also contains potassium, antioxidants, fibre, and an abundance of vitamins. It’s no wonder asparagus extract has been approved in China as an anti-anxiety supplement! Whether in an omelette for breakfast or a stir fry for dinner, it’s super easy to add this veggie to your next meal.


If you have chronic anxiety, there is help available. Adjusting your diet, getting plenty of exercise, a good night’s sleep and aromatherapy may all be beneficial in alleviating your symptoms. Get in touch to learn more about how our team at Integrated Health can support you. 

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So how do you find the right practitioner

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International Speaking

Dr Jason Mallia Chinese Medicine Practitioner  is a world renown speaker having spoken at various world congresses both in Australia and abroad. Topics include, Blood Type Medicine, Integrative Medicine, cancer, diabetes and inspirational talks to the general public.

He is also available worldwide for training on the Dorn Method an safe and gentle way to re-align the spine and the joints of the body

To Book Jason in for speaking appointments please email us at

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Japanese Kiko Style Acupuncture

  1. Kiiko Style Acupuncture Kiiko Style acupuncture utilizes a systematic, easy, palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. When using this system, a Kiiko Style practitioner follows a palpation sequence which, both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options which might be effective for treating a particular patient.
  2. Kiiko Style acupuncture is largely defined by its use of a highly systematized method of palpation.
    Palpation is the ability to gain information through touch. This method evolved to an extraordinary level of sophistication in Japanese acupuncture for a very unusual reason. Since as early as the Edo Period(1602-1868) Japanese acupuncture was a profession practiced largely by the blind. This fact carries through to the present day in that one of the primary influences in the development of Kiiko Style acupuncture comes from Master Nagano who is a blind acupuncturist. Once learned, palpation becomes an easy to use method for obtaining instant feedback as to the patient’s condition of health.
    The diagnosis and treatment strategies follow one another in one circular motion. Specific active reflexes suggest the diagnosis and the treatment efficacy be established by changes in the same reflexes.
  3. Kiiko’s Style addresses the patient’s health issues from several levels. By looking more deeply into the structural and or constitutional imbalances, which often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints, the practitioner is able to assist in a more complete and lasting healing. It is precisely this holistic approach which gives a Kiiko Style acupuncturist the ability to help patients with the most complex issues. Often by seeing the patient’s problem from this broader perspective, the practitioner can solve difficult cases.
  4. The practitioner using Kiiko Style acupuncture is part of a living tradition. The teachings of this system come directly from first-hand experience gained from some of Japan’s greatest acupuncturists. Kiiko Matsumoto, whose clinical experience spans more than thirty-five years, still continues her education by traveling at least twice a year to Japan to study with their masters. Because of this continual exposure to innovative treatment techniques and new clinical insights, Kiiko Style acupuncture continuously develops methods designed to achieve the maximum results when treating a patient. A living system of acupuncture must by definition reflect the changing needs of the time in which it is practiced and incorporate the technological improvements at it’s disposal. A living system is also continuously learning and deepening its understanding to provide a more complete treatment strategy and clinical results. The diagnostic and treatment methods being taught in this system accurately represent the clinical experience of some of Japan’s most respected master acupuncturists.
  5. The eclectic nature of Kiiko Style of acupuncture give the practitioner a wide number of viable options from which to choose to create an effective treatment plan which addresses the individual needs of each patient. This style of acupuncture is imminently suited to the diverse needs of our patient population

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Depression and the Gut Brain Connection

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Longevity By Jason Mallia Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Naturopath

Longevity Love and other stuff! by Dr Jason Mallia Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Naturopath

Longevity is a term thrown around to describe the length of time a person may life in their lifetime . What it does not describe is the state of wellness a person may have on this process . Now , the question is, would we still  be want a long life or longevity with ill health? , ,most would probably say NO , what do you say ??? In my experience as a clinician and a student of life  feel that there are several important factors that increase our life span and potential for wellness in this time , a popular book called  the blue Zone decribes some of these.

They include things such as:

  • A diet rich in Phytonutrients
  • Red Wine
  • diet rich in Omega 3 from fish
  • a daily spiritual practice such as going to church
  • community and a social network.

Im my day to day practice what I see that is often deficient is the need for a Life purpose, a Passion  and Love .People often come in with health conditions related to stress that is connected to these things . I ask many people do you love your job? and many respond with the answer no way its just a JOB and “thats why im here my job is stressing me” !. At this point we have the discussion about what job would you rather be doing and why are you not doing it ? After some time re-evalauting many come to the realisation that they need to follow their passion rather than just an income in their job .

The other area is the feild of LOVE, I often see diffuculty in this area or lack or this in their life weather it be in their job or in their relationships . I see many people with poor or broken relationships that is in turn starts affecting their health . When they have love in their life they seem to have a purpose and direction and rarely are unwell , when  love is non-existant  certain conditions arise causing ill health .

So when we think of health Wellness and longevity , ask your self what aspect of longevity is needing attention and start spreading the LOVE!

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Stressed, tired and fatigued, sleep not fixing it ? you may need a holiday!

Many people now days suffers from stress, tiredness and fatigue and can not seem to break the cycle.

There are many known causes including , past viral infections, toxicity, emotional stress and simply just overwork!

In most cases rest, a change of diet or herbal meds can improve a condition, but many people don’t realise how important taking time out is.

As clinician I burnt out early as a result of working too many days and not taking enough time for me, now days I have a balanced work /life ethic to offset this happening.

For some to get back on track it is required to take a month or two off work and get away to ensure stresses are minimised. I often recommend patients take a well earned holiday.

To ensure you get the most out of your holiday I recommend the following:

  • take a break to somewhere relaxing, rather than a faced paced have to do holiday. Somewhere tropical is ideal
  • Ensure where you go has nature and fresh air to help you rejuvenate your cells from the negative ions
  • avoid too much alcohol and coffee
  • take a siesta every day to catch up on sleep
  • book yourself in for a yoga or massage session
  • take walks and exercise daily in the forest or  by the sea
  • drink plenty of water.
  • Do not take work things with you such as reading and other work related items!
  • enjoy yourself and relax as much as possible
  • try and avoid using an itinerary this will only make you feel regimented like your daily life
  • Practice some kind of spiritual activity, meditation, praying or other

My recommendation is that people take small regular breaks rather that 1 large break when all else has failed this will ensure you recharge regularly. For those on a budget try doing day trips to the sea, or blue mountains, if you can stay the night this is recommended.

And remember don’t forget take your supplements with you!

Jason Mallia Sydney Naturopath Acupuncturist

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Feeling Tired and Flat as a result of the change in Weather?

Many people complain of feeling flat when the weather cools down . In Summer  due to the warmth your Qi (or energy) and Blood move around the body freely keeping you energised and healthy .However when the cold kicks in if a person has an underlying cold condition they may suffer as a result of stagnation of ther Qi and Blood . Symptoms may include , feeling flat , tiredness, acheing  joints, depression and other  . As a result many also dont get outside to replenish their vitamin D levels and become vitamin D deficient. Recent research has shown a link between Low plasma vitamin D and Depression .

Some tips to keep well this winter

  1. Eat Warm Soups with Ginger (asian style soups)
  2. Drink Warm Water , herbal teas rather than coffee
  3. Avoid cold foods such as salads and fruit \
  4. do not eat straight from the fridge
  5. Exercise in the Sun
  6. DO Bikram Yoga or Thai Chi in a Warm room
  7. Get a weekly massage or Acupuncture to help Circulation
  8. get your Vit D checked if your dont feel happy

Jason Mallia PhD naturopath Sydney

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Is your practitoner Qualified for the Job? Part 2

When searching for a practitioner as mentioned in my previous post it is essential they are not only qualified for the Job at hand but also are the right type of practitioner for the type of conditon you have

Below is a list of Practitioner qualfications and Associations to look out for  

  • Massage Therapist (Associations ATMS, ARM, AAMT) Qualificiations D.RM, D SIT, BA HSc Comp Med, BA Musc thpy
  • Naturopath (Associations ATMS, ANTA, NHHAA) ND, ADv Nat, B HSc (naturopathy) Ba Hsc Compl Medicine  
  • Acupuncturists (Associations AACMA, ATMS, ANTA) Adv Dip Acup, Advanced Dip TCM, BA TCM, BA HSc (TCM) Dip Ac, Advanced Dip AC and OT)
  • Chiropractors (Associations CAA) DC, M CHIRO
  • Homeopaths (Association AHA, ATMS, ANTA) Adv Dip Hom, Dip Homeopathy, BA Hom
  • Medical Herbalist ( Association ATMS, NHAA, ANTA) Dip BM, Dip Herb Med, Adv DIp West Herb Med, Master of Herbal Medicine

For more information about qualifications, please dont hesitate to call the clinic

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Is your Practitioner qualified for the Job?

Over my 15  years of practice it has come to my attention that Qualification for a particular modality is extremely important especially in today’s day and age where financial gain is the primary focus for some individuals. Would you let a plasterer do a job of a builder? I think not.  

When it comes to healthcare you would like to think that most people check the qualifications of the attending practitioner. Further more you would also normally  think the best of the practitioner doing the treatment for you . The reality of it is many do not check of the person is duely qualified leaving them open to possible issues related to care that is not appropriate.  

Tips for selecting the right practitioner

  • Use your intution this is never wrong if you get a bad vibe them its usually correct
  • Check that the practitioner is qualified in the modality that they are practicing and have the right to title and practice
  • Check the practitioner is registered with a reputable association ATMS NHAA ARM AAMT CAA AACMA
  • Ask the practitioner how many years experience have they had in this modality and is it evidenced based practice, this will give you the right to refuse treatment if you are not satisfied
  • Get a referal from a reputable source
  • Check them out online and check association they have
  • If they are registered healthcare practitioners ask for their registration number

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Integrative Eastern and Western Medicine

From the Book Concepts of Integrative Medicine by Dr Jason Mallia PhD

Integrative Medicine is also referred to in the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Modern Western Medicine. Combining both disciplines in theory and in practice can be very difficult however very achievable in an integrative approach to health. The main challenge however today is the language barrier as much of the TCM knowledge and philosophy is not easily translated into usable western medical practice.

There is not yet enough research to support some forms of TCM for western medicine understanding to advocate its use in conjunction with Western Medicine practice however it is well regarded in Complementary medicine circles as a great adjunct to other modalities. These include Naturopathic, Osteopathic and chiropractic medicine.

With these challenges TCM still has found its way into the mainstream with many medical doctors recommending its use. In Australia TCM practitioners are government accredited practitioners and is covered by health insurance. Several Integrative Medicine wards have emerged in Australia including use of Acupuncture and other complementary medicines as part of an integrated approach to healthcare. In the coming years a hospital first of its kind will be opening in Sydney Australia which has the objective of providing Eastern and Western Medicine treatment and research.

Mainstream research into TCM has mainly been in the area of pain using Acupuncture, and many studies support its use in various pain conditions. This is not to say that Acupuncture works only in this area. TCM can help in a wide variety of conditions and thousands of years of use support its efficacy. The approach however of TCM practitioners differs greatly from that of Western Medicine.

For example a patient may present with clinical depression diagnosed by Western Medical practitioner. TCM theory is based on the ancient study of the meridian system and the interconnections to the organs and tissues, diagnosis of the patient is obtained by understanding the patient’s clinical pattern from their physical signs and symptoms. These include the Pulse, Tongue, hot and cold principles, smell and other. An understanding of a patient’s pattern of illness is then built based on these findings  

A  TCM practitioner may refer to the Western Diagnosis of Clinical Depression as a  pattern of Liver qi Stagnation with wood affecting earth, Or  liver qi stagnation with heat .The approach on the other hand by Western medical is to focus on the symptoms and the biochemical imbalance  that constitute the prescription of neurotransmitter balancing drugs or psychiatry referral.

In TCM an individual is assessed and once the pattern identified it is treated using a variety of therapies including Acupuncture, cupping and Moxibustion on various points to treat the pattern imbalance. In the Case of Liver qi stagnation Liv 3 is a common point used for the condition which helps patients with depression.

As recent Study at the University of Technology Sydney(Dr Kirk Wilson Etal Acupuncture in the treatment of Depression) looked at an integrative treatment of Clinical Depression using SSRI medications and Acupuncture

Patients were treated over an 8 week period and given 12 treatments of acupuncture alongside their prescribed SSRI medication. After the treatment 89.66% of the subjects reported significant improvements to symptoms compared the group who received no acupuncture and SSRI medication alone  

In conclusion patients with Diagnosed Clinical depression exhibiting Liver qi stagnation as their TCM pattern diagnosis, Acupuncture is shown to be an effective adjunct therapy which may reduce dependency on SSRI Medication.

Integration of TCM into a workable care plan for patients does have its challenges however very beneficial to the patient when done effectively

Integrative TCM and Western Medicine Case Studies

36 Year old female

Presenting Signs and Symptoms

Neck and Shoulder Pain and Headache, Frontal Sinus headache and sub occipital pain, with anxiety and depression, mild chronic lower back pain, low energy

Blood Type



Ventolin and Lexapro SSRI (long term use has tried coming off drug with no success) using a lot of pain medication (NSAIDS) 

Western Diagnosis

Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Asthma

Naturopathic Diagnosis

Subluxation of C1 vertebra on right, pelvic rotation anterior on the right, Leg length discrepancy on right leg, Muscle hyper tonicity in Trapezius, levator scapulae and upper cervical muscle groups. Liver and general toxicity due to poor diet, stress, medication, dehydration, Gut dysbiosis related to poor diet and medications, Stress and tension related to life stresses


Red meat, little water, Tomatoes, and foods not suitable for blood type

TCM Differential Diagnosis

  • Tongue Pale 
  • Coat Sticky coating
  • Pulse Soggy
  • Liver yang rising heat rising
  • Liver chi stagnation
  • Chronic kidney chi deficiency
  • Spleen qi deficiency

Acupuncture treatment Plan

  • Move liver qi, tonify kidney spleen
  • Ashi Points/ Gb20 ashi gb21 bitong
  • Liv 3  Ki3  Sp 6  bladder 20 bladder 23, PC 5

Physical Therapies

  • Myofascial soft Tissue manipulation in upper neck, traps and entire spine
  • Re-Alignment of twisted pelvic and subluxation using the Dorn Method
  • Acupuncture was given on local pain points and according to pattern diagnosis.

Western/ Naturopathic treatment

  • Patient instructed to reduce NSAIDS and replace with
  • Natural Anti-inflammatory (Metagenics inflavanoid) take up to 8 daily to manage pain and minimize liver stress
  • Drugs to be continued as prescribed


Blood Type A diet given , drink more fruit and vegetables and drink less coffee and more water

Western Herbal Medicine given to support eliminatory organs and support stress containing

  • St Marys Thistle 80
  • Rhodiola, 60
  • Yellow dock 30
  • Oats 30
  • 200ml
  • 7.5 ml BID


  • Metagenics CalmX (containing high dose magnesium and Ph regulating nutrients. 2 scoop BID
  • Homeopathic Gel for pain applied topically


  • After the first treatment detoxification tiredness followed however pain had been reduced and less Pain Medication was required over subsequent visits.
  • Subsequent visits showed gradual improvement in Pain from a 9/10 to a 0/10 un medicated with NSAIDS.
  • Patients symptoms well managed while on treatment of natural medication and SSRI medication, however suggested working with her Doctor to slowly reduce Antidepressants while we are supporting her Emotional Symptoms
  • Up until this point effective and quick results where achieved with and integrated approach

Glen 68 Yr Old Female

Presenting Signs and Symptoms

Heavy smoker, SOB, Recently admitted to hospital for 02 therapy due to low blood oxygen, Dry cough, Cant sleep on sides due to pain, Cellulites, Legs on fire, Fatigue, Cramps, Joint stiffness

Blood type

O negative

Western Medical Diagnosis

  • Emphysema, treatment Oxygen therapy
  • Medications nil


Magnesium Vit D

Western Naturopathic Diagnosis

  • ES Teck Scan
  • Respiratory acidosis, metabolic acidosis, hypoventilation, Hypoxemia
  • Food intolerances, Hypertension, Liver inflammation, inflammatory bladder, decreased kidney function, increased PTH, Low 02 and ATP brain head area, arterial acidosis, electrolyte imbalances, Mis-alignment of L3 L4 L5 vertebra

Live Blood Analysis

  • Symplasts (high levels)
  • Microcytosis (severe)
  • Anocytosis (severe)
  • Atypical Lymphocytes (high)

TCM  Diagnosis

  • Tongue cracked lung area sides red 
  • Coat absent
  • Pulse weak
  • Acupuncture treatment Plan
  • Lung yin deficiency
  • qi stagnation
  • points lung7, kid 6, liv 3, bl 15 23
  • Weekly treatments using the above model

Western Naturopathic Treatment

  • Target Ph and peripheral system and tissues
  • Oxygenate the blood
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Vasodilatation, increase energy to cells and improve fatigue
  • Replenish electrolytes and detoxify acids and toxins
  • Support kidney function and elimination
  • Increase 02 to head and improve mood, treat cough
  • Dorn Method Re-Alignment of Lumbar vertebras contributing to peripheral pain
  • 4 weekly Follow up

Herbal Medicines

  • Adhotoda 200
  • Coleus forsikoli 100
  • Liquorice root 100
  • Panax gensing 100
  • 500ml
  • 7.5ml BID


  • CalmX 2 teaspoons BID (magnesium powder with Ph regulating minerals)
  • Cell Food 15 drops UID (02 drops)
  • Renoxl 1 BID (kidney tonic)
  • Hemagenics 1 (iron supplement)
  • D3
  • Tyrosine
  • Infavanoid (antiinflammatory herbs)
  • Metabolic Kit (tissue cleansing homeopathic)

Integrative Follow up 4 weeks later

After 4 weeks, Pain had markedly reduced from her joints, Patient was able to walk With less SOB, Patient has been advised to stop smoking and hypnosis was recommended.

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Potatoe and Tomatoe Lectin Found to affect as much as wheat

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