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SUSANS STORY

Hi, my name is Susan Garrad. Let me tell you my story.

I guess I’ve always been interested in health. But it took me until my late 30′s to really follow my passion.

I started my working life in TV and radio in the ’80s as a news journalist.  But even then I was a bit of a hippy. Making my own clothes, buying organic, doing yoga and going vegetarian for a while. I was a bit of a strange fit in the high pressure world of tight deadlines, working in a hard drinking, hard smoking mainly male environment.

Nonetheless as a girl from country South Australia, it was all very exciting and I thrived on the thrill of the day to day chase to be the first with the news. I rose through the ranks and was reading weekend news bulletins for Channel 9 by the time I was 23, at the same time working as
breakfast newsreader on a  top rating radio breakfast show.

My day started at 5 am and didn’t finish until 7 pm, seven days a week.  By then I had joined the ranks of the hard smoking, hard drinking journo set.  Doing all the wrong things to help me cope with my very stressful and tiring life.  No more time for yoga or eating well, or even getting enough sleep.

Then, along came love, and I travelled to London for a new life with my English husband. But my intense lifestyle didn’t end here as I got a job with BBC TV as a producer on a Breakfast Current Affairs show. My working hours were even worse – 7 pm to 9 am the following day!
As you can guess, it just wasn’t sustainable. The stress was too much and I was exhausted.  I was homesick for the blue skies and clean air
of home, and my physical and mental health was deteriorating.

So, after a year we came home and I got pregnant with my first baby boy.  Being pregnant really puts my health front and centre, and I began to get back in touch with my body.  There’s really no avoiding it when you’re pregnant!  My body was telling me loud and clear what it wanted and needed.

But despite being healthy, I had a really tough labour – 36 hours culminating in a high forceps delivery. Ouch!

Within six weeks of giving birth I was pregnant with my second boy -my obstetrician told me it was a statistical impossiblity to get pregnant
so soon after giving birth – (while also taking the mini pill and fully breastfeeding as I was!)  Well, I proved him wrong.  Again, I had another really long and painful labour.

So, there I was with two babies born within 12 months, living in a city where we had no family support. It doesn’t get much tougher than that.  All the stress I’d been through as a journalist was nothing compared to this.

Then when my second baby was around 2 months old, we all got very sick.  Vomiting and diarrhoea that went on for weeks.  The GPs thought
it was just a virus, but by this time my first son had lost almost half his body weight and was not getting better.  You can imagine how worried I was. He had always been a thin baby and really couldn’t afford to lose the weight.

After seeing doctor after doctor who kept telling us it would pass, we were finally given a referral to see a paediatrician who diagnosed the parasite, Giardia.  At last, we had a diagnosis and could get on and treat it.

This episode got me thinking about natural medicine.  I was seeing so many of my friend’s children being treated for everything from runny noses to itchy skin with antibiotics.  As if they were the answer to everything.   And when they would recover from one bout of illness, within a month or two they would be sick with something else. I came to see it as the antibiotic merry go round.

I began to think there must be a better way.  A better way to support the body to resist illness, so that the antibiotics and many of the other pharmaceutical medications wouldn’t be necessary.

So, I did my research and hit upon Naturopathy.  A way of healing that would allow me to diagnose medically, but treat naturally, giving my patients the best of both worlds. I then found the best and most respected course in Naturopathy in Australia – A Bachelor of Naturopathy at Southern Cross University in Lismore near Byron Bay.  While I was studying I was lucky enough to travel to the US to study at the
prestigious Bastyr University where I learnt the latest in natural medicine treatment.   What a great experience!

It took me 10 years to finish my degree, as I was still working as a journalist at the same time – plus I gave birth to my third child, a
beautiful daughter.  But this time my labour was just five hours and virtually pain free.  Thanks to my studies, I had discovered the wonders of herbal medicine in helping prepare the uterus for labour.  My passion for women’s health was ignited!  How wonderful to be able to help other women with their birth experience.

And as a working woman and mum of three I felt I could identify with the stresses and strains that most women face. What really excited me was how much naturopathy can help women – there’s really no need to have problem periods every month, raging PMT and be hostage to your hormones. Getting pregnant can be and should be easy.

So, I moved to Sydney and set up Women’s Health, Naturally and have now, seven years later,  also set up a clinic in Bangalow. I love every minute of being able to help women regain their health and vitality and get the most out of life.

I look forward to helping you too.
Yours in health,
Susan

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Crystal, Dulwich Hill
I decided to go to a Naturopath a few months ago as I was just not feeling "100%". I'm only 29 and was thinking to myself, "surely I can feel better than this?" I knew I was a few kilos overweight, but also regularly had an upset stomach and bloating, nothing major but enough to make me feel less than my best. I met with Susan and she put me through a Detox for the first 2 weeks, not a scary lemon detox type thing, but just lots of vegetables, and lean meat. The first couple of days were hard and I felt a bit under the weather, but by the end of the first week that had passed and I started getting my energy back. After the 2 weeks of detox I went onto the Shake It Diet Plan. I have lost about 4 kilos of pure fat and have put on muscle in just under 2 months, I'm half way! But more than that I have my energy back, my stomach problems are extinct and eating healthier is becoming part of my lifestyle rather than a chore I do for a short amount of time to loose some weight. I have gotten creative and now substitute rice with grated cauliflower when I do a stir fry, and use julienne zucchini instead of spaghetti. This not only tricks my brain into thinking its not missing out, but also makes it easy to get 3 handfuls of veggies in a meal. Doing these types of substitutions bit by bit has made it easier to work them into our weekly meals and I have been feeding them to my guests as well - everyone is surprised at how good they taste!
Crystal, Dulwich Hill
I decided to go to a Naturopath a few months ago as I was just not feeling "100%". I'm only 29 and was thinking to myself, "surely I can feel better than this?" I knew I was a few kilos overweight, but also regularly had an upset stomach and bloating, ...more
Emily , Summer Hill
Thank you again for everything you have done for me this year. When I think of how tired, stressed and unwell I felt back in February to where I am now, you truly are a miracle worker! Joel and I are both so excited for our pregnancy and have so much to be grateful to you for
Emily , Summer Hill
Thank you again for everything you have done for me this year. When I think of how tired, stressed and unwell I felt back in February to where I am now, you truly are a miracle worker! Joel and I are both so excited for our pregnancy and have so much ...more
Jo, St Ives
When I first came to see Sue I was suffering from extreme period pain every month. The pain was so severe that on the first and second days of my period I was often unable to work and had to take high strength pain killers. This had been going on for years. After four months of treatment with herbal medicine and supplements I experienced my first period completely free of pain. It was like a miracle! I really couldn't believe what a difference the treatment made. I now no longer have to take any herbal medicine and the pain has not returned. I would strongly recommend anyone who suffers from regular period pain to make an appointment with Sue at Women's Health, Naturally.
Jo, St Ives
When I first came to see Sue I was suffering from extreme period pain every month. The pain was so severe that on the first and second days of my period I was often unable to work and had to take high strength pain killers. This had been going on for ...more
Sarah , Ashfield
Sue at Women's Health, Naturally has helped me improve my physical and emotional well being enormously. One of the best things about working with Sue is that she explains what is occurring inside the body and why it is happening. The respect she showed me to understand and be involved in my recovery has empowered me to maintain long term health and well-being. It seems to me that Sue's methods of treating the patient holistically not only relieves symptoms but creates the opportunity for a vibrant, healthy life. When I first visited Sue I was suffering from long term symptoms that general practitioners and specialists were at a loss to explain. Sue explained that she has many years of university study and clinical practice as the foundation for her technique of treating the body not as a series of parts but as a functioning organism that must have balance to function effectively. Over several sessions Sue and I worked together to address the underlying health issues caused by a modern lifestyle. Because I had been feeling low for such a long time I found that as my health incrementally improved I was astonished by how good it was possible to feel. I trust Sue's advice, and recommend Women's Health, Naturally.
Sarah , Ashfield
Sue at Women's Health, Naturally has helped me improve my physical and emotional well being enormously. One of the best things about working with Sue is that she explains what is occurring inside the body and why it is happening. The respect she showed ...more