Treating the whole person

Addressing the root cause

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Areas of Interest

Fatigue

Looking for the root cause(s) driving the Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & Fibromyalgia, and addressing these underlying factors, can provide a road to healing & symptoms improvement. We look closely at nutrient status, environmental exposures in the living or work environments, and any immune system dysregulation, and provide a clear plan to address anything identified. Our aim is to optimise your quality of life and level of functioning.

Behavioural Issues in Children

Anxiety, oppositional, angry, or OCD behaviour often benefits from a holistic approach, which seeks to find treatable physical problems, stress issues, nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle factors. Any of these may contribute to your child’s behaviour problems, and addressing underlying drivers can work towards improving the health and wellbeing of your child, which can also help the whole family.

Autism

The biomedical approach aims to treat any potential underlying gastro-intestinal, metabolic, immunologic, or other issues that may impact your child’s physical and mental health. By resolving the physical symptoms (for example constipation, poor sleep, fussy eating, and nutrient deficiencies) the child’s behaviour and social interaction may improve. The goal is to optimise your child’s health and development.

IBS, SIBO & Food Intolerances

IBS & food intolerances are very common. We look for what is the underlying driver or drivers of the IBS symptoms & food intolerances, by testing, and then address these one by one. Often we find causes such as dysbiosis (imbalance of good and ‘bad’ bacteria or yeast in the large bowel),  SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), hypochlorhydria, poor digestion, histamine intolerance and/or immune dysregulation.

ADHD

Looking for and correcting underlying drivers of symptoms, such as potential nutrient deficiencies, as well as environmental & dietary exposures, may improve your child’s focus, attention and learning. Helping your family implement a diet free of additives & ‘numbers’ may also reduce hyperactivity. We will discuss the importance of proven lifestyle factors such as plenty of sleep, a nutrient-dense diet and avoidance of certain environmental exposures to ensure optimal focus and attention.

Mould Illness & MCAS

Exposure to any buildings at home or work that have ever had water damage such as roof leaks, dampness under the building, musty smells, sometimes in air-conditioning or central heating ducts, can mean exposure to inhaled mycotoxins from mould. These mycotoxins can be extremely inflammatory. Often the symptoms can include fatigue, cognitive issues (easy distractibility, losing train of thought, difficulty finding the right word), sometimes aches & pains, nasal congestion or respiratory symptoms, headaches & migraines, and many more. MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) is often part of the picture.  Identifying & addressing these exposures and mycotoxins, as well as any MCAS, can reduce symptoms.

About Dr Ruth Edwards

Dr Ruth Edwards graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1993, and after working for years in Emergency Medicine, moved into General Practice, where she has worked for the last 20 years.

She is a Fellow of both the RACGP and ACRRM. She has been practicing Integrative Medicine for nearly 20 years and treats people with symptoms of nutritional and environmental imbalances, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, fibromyalgia, ADHD, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative issues, IBS, SIBO and food intolerances. She has a special interest in autism & ADHD, as well as the effects of mould and mycotoxin exposure as well as mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).                                                                                                

With post-graduate education in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Mental Health, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ruth is able to blend her knowledge of conventional and complementary medicine as an Integrative doctor. Ruth uses a ‘whole person’ approach to optimise healing through patient education, searching for and identifying the ‘root cause’ of symptoms, and by having a wider scope of treatment options.

She loves connecting with her patients and being herself with them.

Special Interests

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mental Health
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & SIBO
  • Food intolerances
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • MCAS
  • Mould Illness

Study, Memberships, Presentations

Studies and Degrees

BMed – Bachelor of Medicine (University of Newcastle) 1993
FRACGP (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice)
FACRRM (Fellow of the College of Remote & Rural Medicine)
ACNEM Primary Course (Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine)
MAPS Practitioner (Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs)
Walsh Research Institute Certified (Mental Health & Autism)
BioBalance – Annual training since 2011

Studies and Degrees

BMed – Bachelor of Medicine (University of Newcastle) 1993
FRACGP (Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practice)
FACRRM (Fellow of the College of Remote & Rural Medicine)
ACNEM Primary Course (Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine)
MAPS Practitioner (Medical Academy of Paediatric Special Needs)
Walsh Research Institute Certified (Mental Health & Autism)
BioBalance – Annual training since 2011

Professional Memberships

AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association)
ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
ACRRM (Australian College of Remote & Rural Medicine)
MINDD Foundation
IHS (International Hormone Society)
BioBalance

Professional Memberships

AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medicine Association)
ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
ACRRM (Australian College of Remote & Rural Medicine)
MINDD Foundation
IHS (International Hormone Society)
BioBalance

Presentations

International Presenter at ACNEM Annual Conference
Presenter at BioBalance conferences

Presentations

International Presenter at ACNEM Annual Conference
Presenter at BioBalance conferences

New Patients

Our process for patients new to the practice is comprehensive. It’s designed to support you and gather as much information as possible about your health before the consult with Dr Edwards. This will make the most of your time during the consult and you will be able to get more out of your time together.

After you book your initial appointment:

You will also receive a call from Dr Edwards’ Medical Assistant – Diana Killen. Diana will ask what the primary issues you wish to discuss are, as well as the details of any medication or supplements you are taking. This will take about 10 to 20 minutes. You will have the opportunity to ask Diana about Dr Edwards’ approach to treatment during this call if you wish.

You will be emailed a comprehensive multi-page questionnaire to complete. This could take 30 to 60 minute so please allow time for this. Please return your completed questionnaire to us as soon as possible, and no later than one week before your appointment. This will give Dr Edwards enough quality time to go through your questionnaire thoroughly beforehand.

ADDRESS

Suite 4,

609 Canterbury Road

Surrey Hills VIC 3127

CLINIC HOURS

Monday – Friday

9 AM – 3 PM

TELEPHONE

1300 885 257

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03 9923 6698

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