Hi, I’m Monique Duncan. As a Natural Health Practitioner I’m committed to using the latest advances in functional pathology testing and nutritional supplementation, combined with health and lifestyle coaching, to support and empower you and your family to maximize your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. All of the approaches that I use in my clinic, I use to support my own health and that of my family.
Is your child struggling with their learning or communication?
I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the education sector for almost 20 years, supporting children with a range of learning and communication needs, including those with Autism, ADHD, selective mutism and behaviour difficulties. Over the years it has become increasingly clear to me that all our children, regardless of their educational needs, require a holistic approach to education involving more than purely educational strategies. Targeted nutrition and lifestyle factors are key to helping our children reach their full learning potential.
Do you suffer from fatigue, anxiety, depression, poor attention, weight gain, recurrent infections, female hormone imbalances, or digestive issues? It could be stress!
All these issues can often be linked back to emotional or physical stress, including demanding jobs, poor dietary choices, nutrient deficiencies, chronic pain, or hidden inflammation.
Modern living places huge demands on us women! Trying to juggle our busy work, family and social lives can be quite a challenge at times! Add to this our modern environments, with increased pollution levels and poor nutrition, our bodies are having to cope with many more emotional and physical stresses than ever before. Some people manage to continue under the demands, but for those of us with particular genetic predispositions, our modern way of living can easily tip the balance from health to dis-ease.
When you’re chronically stressed, the communication between your brain and adrenal glands becomes dysfunctional and the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA get out of balance. These imbalances can set off a cascade of effects throughout the body, including:
- Weight gain, especially around the tummy
- Female hormone issues, such as PMS, fertility, or more severe menopausal symptoms
- Reduced serotonin levels, triggering anxiety or depression
- Suppressed immune response
- Imbalances and infections in the digestive system, triggering diarrhea, constipation, heart burn or food reactions
- Thyroid hormone imbalance
What a mess!! I know! Back in 2011, in my early 30’s, I experienced a period of high stress which left me so unwell that even a slow 15-minute walk made me feel nauseous. On top of that, I developed IBS and many food sensitivities and chemical intolerances. I was tired all the time and, frustratingly, nearly nothing showed up on conventional blood testing. For a long time, I went from doctor to doctor and Naturopath to Naturopath, making very little progress.
Luckily I never gave up, because I believed that my body would heal when it was given the right supports and, in the course of improving my own health and brain function, I developed a passion for natural health. I went on to formally study mind-body practices, health coaching, herbal medicine, functional medicine and nutrition with a number of leading local and international institutions (including the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition; the world’s largest nutrition school).
The Kalish Method
If your health is stressing you out, it’s not your imagination! By taking the time to talk to you, and incorporating non-invasive functional testing as needed, I can identify key physical and emotional stresses which may be impacting on your brain and body. Together we can develop an individualized plan combining lifestyle, diet and lab-based supplementation; to reduce stress, improve nutrition, and gently re-balance the neuroendocrine, digestive and detoxification systems.
This approach, called the Kalish Method, is backed by research from the Mayo clinic and has already helped thousands of people reclaim their health and achieve optimum wellness. I’d love to work with you, so book an appointment with me today. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Kalish Method, Certified Practitioner (1 Year Mentorship), 2019 Dr Daniel Kalish
- Fitgenes, Certified Practitioner, 2019 Fitgenes Australia
- Diploma in Health Coaching, 2017-2018 Institute for Integrative Nutrition, United States
- Bachelor of Natural Medicine, 2019-2024 (anticipated) South Pacific College of Natural Medicine
- Diploma of Homeopathy, 2011-2014 College of Natural Health and Homeopathy
- Certified NLP Trainer, 2014-2015 Communications Plus
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, 2001-2003 University of Cape Town
- Bachelor of Science in Logopaedics, 1997–2000 University of Cape Town