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Which blood tests should you be getting?

Which blood tests should you be getting?

by Jessica Giljam Brown January 07, 2020

Blood testing is a big part of my practice. Why? Because more often than not I need more than just physical signs and symptoms to establish the root cause of your problem.

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Oils - The Good the Bad and The Ugly

Oils - The Good the Bad and The Ugly

by Jessica Giljam Brown January 07, 2020

With shelves full of different oils, it’s often hard to know which one you should cook with, put on your salads, put in your hair, or not touch at all. So, let’s start from the beginning.

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Summer Produce + 10 Recipes

Summer Produce + 10 Recipes

by Jessica Giljam Brown December 02, 2019

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time we start switching up the produce we buy to make the most of everything summer harvesting has to offer. Fruit and vegetables are an absolute powerhouse of nutrients, a wonderful source of fibre, and a versatile snack. Here are some healthy recipe ideas and food storage tips to help make the most of the summer produce and increase your variety!

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Meet the Team!

Meet the Team!

by Jessica Giljam Brown December 02, 2019

I am very grateful to have two powerhouse women helping me behind the scenes  here at WBJ. Both Tayla and Loren bring such a wealth of knowledge and help to make your experience with WBJ that much better. 

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5 Health Myths You Need To Stop Believing

5 Health Myths You Need To Stop Believing

by Jessica Giljam Brown November 29, 2019

Dietary myths have always been around and are built on simple ideas with limited or no scientific backing. Read here for 5 myths that I commonly run into at my practice and my explanation as to why should not be believed or followed.

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Practitioners We Love

Practitioners We Love

by Jessica Giljam Brown November 20, 2019

When you come for a consult at the WBJ clinic you not only have access to Jessica's wealth of knowledge, but you also gain access to her wide network of top quality practitioners with other specialities. Jessica has carefully selected the best in each category to best support her clients. Two of these special health care providers are Sarah and Pip - have read about them below.

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Test your hormones the right way

Test your hormones the right way

by Jessica Giljam Brown August 08, 2019

How many weeks, months or years have you wasted seeing your GP and doing blood tests only to be told that your hormones are normal and there is nothing wrong. However, the giant cysts on your chin, painful periods, and anxiety tell you otherwise. 

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Absent periods, facial hair and weight gain? Let's talk PCOS

Absent periods, facial hair and weight gain? Let's talk PCOS

by Jessica Giljam Brown August 05, 2019

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition, affecting about 5-10% of women in NZ. PCOS is a hormonal and metabolic condition where there is an excess production of androgens (male hormones) by the ovaries, leading to an imbalance of female to male hormones

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Endometriosis - more than just period pain

Endometriosis - more than just period pain

by Jessica Giljam Brown July 01, 2019

Endometriosis, or ‘endo’ as it is commonly referred to, is a common condition that affects about 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age within New Zealalnd. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when endometrial-like tissue grows in places other than the uterus.

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Pregnancy Supplement Recommendations

Pregnancy Supplement Recommendations

by Jessica Giljam Brown May 22, 2019

Pregnancy is a physically demanding process. Your body needs extra nutrients to ensure that you and your baby get the nutrients needed for optimal growth and development.

In my opinion over the counter supplements and those provided by GP’s and midwives are not good enough.

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Progesterone vs. progestins – what’s the difference?

Progesterone vs. progestins – what’s the difference?

by Jessica Giljam Brown May 10, 2019

Progesterone is often used as a generic term to describe any type of hormone that mimics the human-made progesterone. However, it is important to understand that progesterone made by the body is very different from the synthetic forms of this hormone used in products such as birth control.

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Daily green juice

Daily green juice

by Jessica Giljam Brown May 10, 2019

I often encourage patients to start the habit of drinking a green drink in the morning, this could be in the form of a green; juice, smoothie or ready to drink powder. Greens’ are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients essential to great health, and a green drink is a good way to ensure that you getting a dose of these nutrients each day.

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