Cancer, Obesity

Obesity and Cancer

Strong Evidence for 11 Cancers and Obesity

An extremely comprehensive research article has been published in the British Medical Journal  with strong evidence for particular cancers and being obese.

An increase in body mass index (BMI) was associated with a higher risk of developing:

  • oesophageal adenocarcinoma;
  • colon and rectal cancer in men;
  • biliary tract system and pancreatic cancer;
  • endometrial cancer in premenopausal women;
  • kidney cancer; and multiple myeloma.
Weight gain and waist to hip circumference ratio were associated with:
  • higher risks of postmenopausal breast cancer in women who have never used hormone replacement therapy and endometrial cancer, respectively.
The risk of postmenopausal breast cancer among women who have never used HRT increased by 11% for each 5 kg of weight gain in adulthood, and the risk of endometrial cancer increased by 21% for each 0.1 increase in waist to hip ratio.

Five additional associations were supported by strong evidence when categorical measures of adiposity were included: weight gain with colorectal cancer; body mass index with gallbladder, gastric cardia, and ovarian cancer; and multiple myeloma mortality.


Spring Detox with Sally

Can you smell spring in the air? Its finally here!

Lets Spring Clean your Body from Inside to Outside and everything in between.

Let’s embrace the idea of the warmer weather to follow.

Do you want to get into that favourite outfit for Spring Racing?

Improve your energy and stamina overall?

Increase your confidence?

Sally can help you with that journey.

What about a tailor made Integrated Detox Program to get you started?

You will drop a few kilos; improve your energy and mood;

Break some old habits and make some new ones too!


Results may include reduced bloating and cramping, better sleep, decreased anxiety, improved energy, and weight loss, to name a few.

Sally can tailor a Detox program exactly for your needs, ranging from 2 to 4 weeks or a ‘specialised’ Detox program, depending on your priorities, and at the same time conduct a thorough check of your overall health.


If you feel like you are being held back Sally can help you with Neuro Emotional Technique to break those recurring behaviours.


October is an ideal month to focus on Spring and new beginnings.

What are you waiting for?

Book an Appointment with Sally Benstead Naturopath on a Tuesday


Naturopath Lindy

I’m Lindy Cook and a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist. I offer a holistic, evidence based approach to health care, emphasizing prevention, education and the use of natural medicine to support the body’s ability to restore health. My core belief is ‘Let Food Be Your Medicine and Medicine Be Your Food’ and helping you plan and create a balanced, healthy eating plan is a key component of any appointment with me.


Weight Loss 
It may seem hard to believe but Australia is now officially the fattest nation in the world, with 72% of middle aged men and 58% of middle aged females being overweight or obese! An individual weight loss program is designed for your needs and is focused on low G.I, high protein foods that switch on fat burning. You will be supported and monitored every step of the way.  More importantly you will be educated to understand what foods work for your body so you can take away a life long understanding of what healthy eating means to you and maintain good food choices. The very latest testing is available to uncover  any underlying issues that may make weight loss  difficult for you including state of the art genetic screening.

Digestive Health
People with IBS  and other digestive problems such as fructose malabsorption suffer constipation, diarrhea (sometimes one alternating with the other), abdominal aches, spasm and pains, abdominal bloating and flatulence on a day to day basis, restricting their food intake, quality of life and overall health and vitality.
Research has indentified that subtle and complex etiologies all play a large role in the progression of this common disorder. These can include neurological stress, food allergies/ sensitivities, fructose malabsorption, bile malabsorption, hormone imbalance and dysbiosis. I have achieved amazing results treating these common digestive disorders. Appropriate pathology testing gives specific information  regarding underlying problems. Treatment programs include individually prescribed herbs, nutrients and dietary changes that allow for natural repair and rebuilding of your digestive system.

Hormonal Issues, Preconception/Pregnancy and IVF Support 
Women move through distinctly different stages of health needs.  Lindy is familiar with every step of the journey and can offer support to your wellbeing at every turn.  From hormonal irregularities such as PCOS, endometriosis to menopause, pre-conception, fertility & pregnancy support to teenage skin problems.

Detox Programs
Feeling sluggish or just not quite right?  A detox is one of the most effective tools for rapidly improving the state of your health.  Kick start renewed vitality and improved health with a common sense approach to cleansing your body with a safe and simple to follow program.

Preconception, Fertility & Pregnancy
There is no doubt that deciding to conceive and becoming pregnant is one of the most exciting, joyous times of your life. It is also probably one of the most critical times in your child’s life regarding their future health. There is overwhelming evidence now that optimizing you and your partner’s well being and addressing health issues before becoming pregnant can be seen as the ultimate form of preventative medicine. Lindy can help you on your journey to not only create life but give your child the best health outlook possible. Appropriate pathology and heavy metal testing are all available that give more insight into the state of your own health preconception

Immune & Allergy Issues
Sneezing, eyes watering, feeling tired and run down?  Sound familiar?  It could be spring time in Melbourne has hit and your body is reacting to the pollens in the air.  Or you have just been around too much dust, animal hair and grasses.  Either way supplements work to reduce your allergic response with natural antihistamine actions.  Reduce your dependence on those cortisone nasal sprays and get through Spring without the red eyes and that tired, run down feeling.

Stress & Insomnia 
Finding it difficult getting to sleep at night?  Or are you waking in the very small hours, tossing and turning and only getting to sleep again just as the alarm goes off?  Sleep is one of the few essentials your body can’t do without yet approximately 1 in 3 people suffers some form of insomnia to varying degrees of severity and frequency.  A recent U.S. Army study concluded that sleep deprivation and insomnia reduces emotional intelligence and constructive thinking skills, not to mention its effects in compounding daytime fatigue. Studies suggest that in the long term, sleep loss weakens willpower, causing individuals to skip the gym and eat more. Ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, is increased due to sleep deprivation, while mental alertness, judgement and reflexes all diminish. Fatigue and insomnia are a vicious cycle leading to serious health risks such as hypertension, depression and obesity.

Natural supplements can help regulate your sleep/wake cycle and get you sleeping through the night once again.  Even better, along with a good healthy eating plan and appropriate lifestyle changes, they can pick up your flagging energy during the day, ensuring you are strong, focused and calm ready to take on what the world has on offer.

Most Australian women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 years, with variation on either side. While not all women experience menopausal symptoms of those who do, about 70% will experience hot flushes and 40% will suffer from depression.  Other symptoms include sweating, fatigue, irregular menstruation, bladder irritability and insomnia will occur in 20 to 40% of perimenopausal women-all thanks to the drop in the hormone oestrogen!.  Holistic menopausal treatment, including dietary, lifestyle, herbal and nutritional support can offer symptomatic relief to the effects of oestrogen withdrawal that can cause some much despair for women during this transitional stage. Menopause may be part of a number of adjustments that women experience at midlife. At the same time a woman is beginning to experience signs and symptoms of menopause; she is usually approaching her fifties. Natural therapies allow women to find some balance and sanity amidst all the changes they may be experiencing.
I offer up-to-date information on the treatment management of peri-menopausal symptoms to post menopause and holistic strategies to treat the vast array of symptoms that trouble women and compromise her quality of life during these years of hormonal change and help you enjoy a health, happy menopausal journey.

Dietary Planning 
Lindy is passionate about healthy eating and her goal is to educate you with simple to implement, life-long healthy eating plans including low allergy, wheat free/gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan programs. Let Lindy  help you select foods specifically suited to your individual health program and inspire you with the very latest nutritional and superfood news.

ADHD, children


A new study has found the effects of EPA, DHA and gamma-linolenic acid can improve reading in children aged 9 to 10 years, both with and without attention problems.5 A randomised controlled trial published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that three months of omega-3/6 treatment improved reading abilities of mainstream school children compared to placebo, with particular significance in boys. Furthermore, children with ADHD symptoms displayed greater improvements in visual analysis and reading speed. Increasing intake of specific fatty acids reveals “oils well that ends well” for children’s brain health and cognition.

Learn more about Naturopath Sally Benstead and how she can help your child’s health. 



Those who enjoy reading books can likely enjoy a longer life in which to read them. A cohort study recently combined the data of 3,635 people to assess the impact of various reading patterns on longevity. Engaging the mind in book reading was shown to maintain cognitive status and increase longevity by 23 months, compared with non-book readers. This novel finding was independent of gender, education, health or wealth and showed that any amount of book reading increased survival.

Read more about the research in


ADHD, children, kids

Kids Health with Sally

Glow are thrilled to announce naturopath Sally Benstead has joined Glow on Tuesdays.

Sally has loads of experience in treating children and teenagers with conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, food allergies and intolerances, poor immunity and gut health.

Sally uses gentle non-invasive methods so your children will feel safe and comfortable.


Learn more about how Sally can help improve your childs health here.


Gluten, Wheat

Could wheat be contributing to chronic health conditions?

Could wheat be contributing to chronic health conditions even if you are not a coeliac?

Scientists have discovered that a different family of proteins in wheat than gluten, called amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs), can lead to the development of inflammation in tissue beyond the gut and could be negatively affecting those with asthma, fatty liver, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.
Read the article published by medical express here.