Fellow of Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS)

Very proud to announce that I am a now a Fellow of Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS). It is an honour to be recognised.

Mentoring program is currently full

Hi everyone. Currently the mentoring program is full. It’s been a very busy time with mentoring practitioners. The next intake looks to be September, but will keep you updated if any spaces become available.

Introduction to Nail Diagnosis

Nails often reflect the general state of health and wellbeing of a person. It is known that systemic disease/s can produce changes in the nails. Detailed examination of the fingernails can provide indications of nutritional deficiencies and potential underlying systemic diseases. This brief video (originally posted in May 2018) gives an overview of some of the nail signs encountered in clinical practice.

Introduction to Nail Diagnosis

Vitamin K2 in arterial stiffness and vascular calcification

Vitamin K2 is essential for blood health,1 vascular health,2 and normal coagulation.1 There is increasing evidence that micro-calcification plays a role in atherosclerosis and is an active player in plaque progression and destabilisation. Vitamin K2 has shown beneficial effects in arterial stiffness,2,3 vascular calcification, and micro-calcification.2 A 3-year double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in healthy postmenopausal women found that 180 micrograms/day of Vitamin K2 (MenaQ7) decreased arterial stiffness compared to placebo.3

1Sato T, et al. Nutrients. 2020 Mar 31;12(4):965.

2Florea A., et al. Eur J Prev Cardiol, 2020 Mar 2,

3Knapen M.H., et al. Thromb Haemost. 2015;113(5):1135-44.

Sage advice for cognitive improvement

Salvia originates from the Latin word meaning “to heal”.

Sage has various uses relating to cognitive function, including improving attention, learning, memory, secondary memory, cognition, and cognitive decline.

Other uses of Sage include mood, inflammation, oxidative stress (antioxidant), hypercholesterolaemia, gout, dyspepsia, heartburn, bloating, ulcers, diarrhoea, tremors, and hyperglycaemia.

Sage has enormous potential for the treatment and management of cognitive disorders, learning disorders, and mood.

Nicholas Culpeper said of Sage that it “helps the memory, quickening the senses, and helps lethargy and lowness of spirits”.

Herbal medicines and optimum nutrition play a fundamental role in the prevention and management of chronic disease. Sage has multiple actions and uses such as improving cognition, attention, learning, and memory and has significant potential for use in cognitive disorders, such as cognitive decline.

McEwen B. Sage advice for cognitive improvement. JATMS 2020; 26(1): 6-8.

Positive vibes

Sending out positive vibes to everyone during this stressful time

Positive thinking

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will

– Zig Ziglar

Dr Brad’s Top 20 for 2020

  • Check in on family and friends
  • Stress less
  • Slow down
  • Think positively
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff
  • Drink more water
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Eat more fruit (minimum 2-3 serves daily)
  • Follow a Plant-based diet
  • Care more and do more about the environment
  • Use less plastic and no single-use plastic
  • Positive Work / Life balance
  • Meditate daily
  • Do something you enjoy regularly (e.g. hobby, travel)
  • Exercise (30-60 minutes) daily
  • Move for a few minutes every waking hour
  • Restful sleep
  • Walk daily
  • Watch a sunrise at least once per month
  • Watch a sunset at least once per month

Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year.

2020 is already shaping up to be awesome. So many exciting things ahead – journal articles, textbook chapter, conferences, my book on nutrition being published (mid-year), among others.

This year is going to be a big year. Manifest!

Wishing you all the best for an amazing 2020 and the new decade (roaring 20’s) ahead.

Dietary Fruits and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Diseases Risk

Diet is likely to be an important determinant of cardiovascular disease risk. The initial evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease came from observational studies. The protective mechanisms of fruit and vegetables may not only include some of the known bioactive nutrient effects dependent on their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and electrolyte properties, but also include their functional properties, such as low glycaemic load and energy density. Taken together, the totality of the evidence accumulated so far does appear to support the notion that increased intake of fruits and vegetables may reduce cardiovascular risk. It is clear that fruit and vegetables should be eaten as part of a balanced diet, as a source of vitamins, fibre, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Therefore, it may be more important to focus on whole foods and dietary patterns rather than individual nutrients to successfully impact on cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

Alissa EM, Ferns GA. Dietary Fruits and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Diseases Risk. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 57 (9), 1950-1962.

$5.2 Billion Industry

This year was a very big year for the complementary medicine industry and profession.

Most Australians (73%) have used at least one form of complementary medicine in the last year with 33% taking a supplement on a daily basis and 13% taking a supplement 1-2 times a week in 2019. In comparison, the United States (49%) and South Korea (39%) take a supplement on a daily basis.

One third of Australians using complementary medicines do so to manage the symptoms of a chronic disease. Approximately 50% of all Australians have a chronic disease.

The Australian supplement industry is currently valued at $5.2 Billion in sales annually and continues to grow. See below graph of the breakdown of sales of vitamin and dietary supplements, sports nutrition, herbal and traditional products (grouped together), and weight management. As a note, in 2015-2016, Australian’s spent $170 billion on health.


In comparison with the US industry, Vitamin supplements are $110 Billion, Weight management and wellbeing $17.7 Billion, and Sports Nutrition $21.6 Billion.

Complementary Medicines Group (CMG) has numerous customers already successfully exporting products to the US (and worldwide) and the number of customer exporting products are already growing for 2020.

Products by Health Category

The below graph shows the percentage share of products by category. By looking at this graph, you can see the 4 leading categories being Joint and Bone, Heart Health, Digestive Health, and Women’s Health. This gives you an idea where people are focussing on their health (prevention and management). General health is a broad area that covers numerous health areas.


Dosage forms available from CMG

  • CMG provide the opportunity for numerous dosage forms for your products. Please find the available dosage forms below:
  • Film-coated tablets
  • Chewable tablets
  • Capsules (size 0, 00, 00EL, 000)
  • Vegetable capsules (size 0, 00, 00EL, 000)
  • Soft capsules – e.g. Omega-3 fish oil, Ubiquinol, Flaxseed oil
  • Enteric coated (tablet, capsule)
  • Modified release (tablet)
  • Multi-layer tablet
  • Powders in bottle/jar – herbal and nutritional (AUSTL); foods (e.g. greens)
  • Powders in sachets – herbal and nutritional (AUSTL); foods (e.g. greens)
  • Liquids bottles – e.g. nutritional (AUSTL), herbal (AUSTL)
  • Liquids sprays – e.g. nutritional (AUSTL), herbal (AUSTL)
  • Liquids in dripolator bottles – e.g. nutritional, herbal (AUSTL)
  • Mouthwash
  • Creams, Ointments (AUSTL available)

Blister packs for your products are also available.

Vegan friendly products are available, along with products that do not contain gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, nuts, peanuts, sesame, egg, crustacea, and shellfish, among others.

New Product Development 2020 and beyond

Stayed tuned for new product development in 2020 and beyond 🙂

Contact: brad@cmgrouponline.com.au

As the moon rose, she shone in all her glory…

As the moon rose, she shone in all her glory.

She filled me with amazement of all things big and small. She reminds us to believe in ourselves, believe in true greatness, enlightenment, reflection and inner knowledge, inspiration, achieving one’s best, helping and supporting each other, standing up for what’s right, and doing good in this amazing world of ours.

“And we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun” ~ John Lennon

So shine on you crazy diamonds!

Starry Night

Starry Night.

Beautiful clear sky last night. Long exposure photo captured a meteor and what appears to be a nebula on the left side of the photo. Make a wish!


Impression, Sunrise

Beautiful sunrise this morning. I love art, particularly Monet. One of Monet’s paintings that inspires me everyday is Impression, Sunrise. The way Monet captured the elements of the sun, water, the landscape, and ships is amazing. The painting led to the birth of Impressionism. 🌞

What inspires you?


You are stronger than you know!

Believe in yourself. 💫

Winter solstice

Welcome to the solstice

Make a wish, send out the positive vibes 🌞