Men, Mums & Minors - The Best Herbs You Never Knew!

Plenary Session (1hr) - Group Presentation with Dan and Belinda Robson

In this Plenary Session, three panelists, Dawn Whitten, Daniel Robson and Belinda Robson come together to give their go-to herbal remedies for conditions affecting men, mothers and children.

Dawn will share her experiences with herbs she considers to be standout herbs when working with women and mums. These are herbs that consistently and reliably work, and that she feels are worth highlighting and rediscovering.

Daniel will discuss herbal medicines not commonly thought of as “male repro herbs” that he finds particularly useful, with the aim to broaden clinicians male reproductive materia medica.

Belinda will discuss some of her favourite herbs to use with children, that are easy on compliance, and suitable across a broad range of conditions.

Blood in the Stool of a Thriving Breastfed Baby - Food Allergy?

Case Study (45min)

Blood in the stool is a relatively common presentation in young infants with both serious and benign causes. This Case Study provides an opportunity to highlight the important differentials of blood in infant stool and explore a naturopathic approach to treating probable allergic proctocolitis.

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Men, Mums & Minors - The Best Herbs You Never Knew!

Plenary Session (1hr) - Group Presentation with Dan and Belinda Robson

In this Plenary Session, three panelists, Dawn Whitten, Daniel Robson and Belinda Robson come together to give their go-to herbal remedies for conditions affecting men, mothers and children.

Dawn Whitten: Dawn will share her experiences with herbs she considers to be standout herbs when working with women and mums. These are herbs that consistently and reliably work, and that she feels are worth highlighting and rediscovering.

Daniel Robson: Health concerns relating to sexual and urinary function are common in men, with an increased prevalence of erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) especially seen as men age. A growing body of evidence points to the role of cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome, and systemic inflammation as important contributors to these conditions, and as such underscores the important role Naturopathic clinicians have in helping men to manage these issues. As a member of this panel, Daniel will discuss herbal medicines not commonly thought of as “male repro herbs” that he finds particularly useful, with the aim to broaden clinicians male reproductive materia medica.

Belinda Robson: Minors represent a tricky cohort to treat for naturopaths and herbalists due to the taste issues associated with liquid mixtures, and inability to swallow capsules. As patients however, children are also vital and responsive to herbs and nutritional intervention. Natural medicine can play a very important role in their acute health care, while also promoting positive long term health outcomes. Childhood is a key time of life for proactive and preventative healthcare, and implementing healthy lifestyle choices that may persist throughout the lifespan. Creativity and flexibility is a key part of successful prescriptions for minors, to be able to move past the taste and form difficulties, and be an effective part of their health care. As a member of this panel Belinda will discuss some of her favourite herbs to use with children, that are easy on compliance, and suitable across a broad range of conditions.

Presentation #2 

Blood in the Stool of a Thriving Breastfed Baby - Food Allergy?

Case Study (45min)

Blood in the stool is a relatively common presentation in young infants with both serious and benign causes. This Case Study provides an opportunity to highlight the important differentials of infantile blood in stools (haematochezia) and explore a naturopathic approach to treating probable allergic proctocolitis. Allergic proctocolitis is a non-IgE mediated food protein allergy observed in thriving exclusively-breastfed infants and is probably one of the more common causes of haematochezia in this population. It has been proposed that this condition is a milder version of Food Protein Induced Entercolitis Syndrome (FPIES), a more serious condition typically restricted to formula-fed infants and infants who have commenced solid foods.

Dawn Whitten is a naturopath, herbalist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has been in clinical practice for 15 years, mostly in busy apothecary and clinic settings where she has had the opportunity to work with many mothers and babies. Dawn blends practice with clinical and academic writing and enjoys participating in peer-education. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge about lactation and infant and toddler health in the naturopathy field. She is part of the collective running Goulds Natural Medicine, an apothecary and clinic, with associated herb farm, established in Hobart Tasmania in 1881. Dawn also coordinates two units within the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine post-graduate program at the University of Tasmania.