Alison Cassar successfully treats a wide variety of health conditions. Areas that she specialises in include:
Skin conditions such as Acne, Eczema, Rosacea
Liver and Gallbladder problems and detoxification programmes
Tiredness and feeling run down
Blood sugar control and insulin resistance
Infertility and re-current miscarriage
Childrenís health and allergies
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to go on a very strict diet?
I believe that the greatest fear people have about seeing a naturopath is that they are going to be told that unless they are very strict with their diet, they wonít achieve results. Many people fear they wonít have the willpower to act on the advice they are given. My goal is to educate people about how to live their lives in balance while still correcting a health concern and preventing its return. Therefore itís often unnecessary to completely eliminate all of a personís favourite indulgences.
Will I have to buy lots of expensive supplements?
Another fear people have is that they will be given lots of supplements that will cost them a fortune. Every supplement I prescribe will have a very important purpose that will be thoroughly explained. Where possible, food will be used instead of a supplement, but sometimes this isnít possible, or isnít desired by the patient. Please be assured though, that every supplement is carefully thought out and in most cases will be available from an outside source if the patient wishes to obtain it elsewhere.
Conditions I can help you with;
Are you ashamed of your skin? Do you find yourself hiding away from the world because of your skin? Is your skin painful and irritated to the point that its affecting your everyday life?
I have had extensive experience in the treatment of conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis (peri-oral, contact, seborrheic), keratosis pilaris, psoriasis, general unexplained rashes and allergy rashes. I am the co-author of the book Radiant Health, Radiant Skin. I have written numerous articles and seminars about skin for various publications.
As someone who has experienced acne as a teenager and adult, I understand the frustrations and effect on self-esteem this condition can have. In fact, itís the main reason I became a naturopath in the first place. After using unsafe and mostly ineffective medications, I eventually learned how to improve my skin by addressing my internal health as well as using safe topical skin care. Over the last twelve years, I have been researching and studying theories and treatments for acne which has led me to develop my current successful approach to this stubborn and frustrating condition.
Unfortunately, eczema mostly affects small children. This highly irritating and often painful skin condition is difficult and stubborn to treat. As a mother myself, I understand how heartbreaking it can be to see a child in pain or chronic discomfort. As most parents and adults who deal with eczema have discovered, the triggers for eczema often vary from person to person - what helps one person can worsen another. Thankfully, there are safe and effective treatments that involve dietary changes and topical treatments that are tailored to the individual.
Unfortunately, rosacea often strikes at a time in life, when you thought you should be finished with pimples and acne. For the many women and men who first develop rosacea in their thirties and later, it can be a terrible blow to their self esteem. There are a number of causative factors for rosacea and each person who develops it, has a combination of these factors that needs to be addressed. They include: nutrient deficiencies; food intolerances and reactions; digestive disturbances; stress; hormonal and immune imbalances and topical skin pathogens.
Having a personal trainer and ex- athlete as a husband, I have been interested in weight loss and fitness for many years.
What I have found over and over again, is that being overweight is rarely about food. There are a number of underlying health conditions that can contribute to weight gain including thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, chronic stress and mood disorders, allergies and liver congestion. After investigating any possible problems, I tailor an eating plan to suit the individual. Throughout the process, I use a bio-impedance analysis machine that allows me to accurately monitor fat and muscle ratios as a person loses weight. This ensures that the weight loss a person achieves is actually fat loss and not muscle Ė this is a very most important factor when aiming to keep weight off permanently.
It has been said that ďDigestion is the seat of all diseaseĒ.
Most of us are unaware of our digestive system other than though feelings of hunger, fullness and needing to pass a bowel motion. However for the many people with digestive disturbances - such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, bloating, Crohnís, Ulcerative Colitis - they are all too aware of the pain that a digestive disturbance can cause.
I have had extensive experience in the treatment and resolution of all of these conditions.
Liver and Gallbladder problems and Detoxification programmes
The liver is our hardest working organ and needs to be treated with respect and care. Symptoms that the liver needs extra support include allergies and intolerances, tiredness, nausea/indigestion with fatty foods, blood sugar fluctuations (not caused by diabetes), tiredness, menstrual irregularities, weight gain, headaches and skin problems. I can devise a plan for you that has your liver working at optimal peak as well as a detoxification programme if needed.
My interest in fertility began when I experienced two concurrent miscarriages over seven years ago. This then led me to do extensive research about recurrent miscarriage and infertility. I then went on to have two healthy daughters who are now 7 and 5. I can offer nutritional support during pre-conception care as well as throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Having two children of my own has taught me more than any textbook about childrenís health. Conditions that I am very experienced at treating include: environmental allergies, eczema and asthma; general immunity and wellbeing; behavioural disorders and their link to food intolerance and nutrient deficiencies; glue ear and general mucus problems.
The most common complaint I hear from patients is that they regularly feel tired. I find that people generally fall into two categories. They have either accepted that feeling tired is 'normal' and they are unaware of how good they are capable of feeling. Or, they know something is wrong and have seen their doctor, but the standard tests haven't found any problems. They are usually told to take some time off and rest. For some people it is this simple, but for many others it isn't. Chronic tiredness is a frustrating condition because there usually isnít a simple solution. My interest in chronic tiredness led me to create a website and book called Why Do I Feel Tired. It can be found at www.whydoifeeltired.com
About Me - Alison Cassar
Bachelor of Heath Science (Complimentary Medicine)
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and Nutrition
I am a co-author of the book Radiant Health Radiant Skin, published by ABC/Harper Collins.
I have written and appeared in various magazine articles about skin including Wellbeing magazine, Sunday Telegraph Body and Soul, Femail magazine, Spa Australia.
I have written and presented seminars about skin and digestive health.