Happy New Year! All the best for 2021

Happy New Year. 2021. Wishing you all the very best for 2021. Chase your dreams and make them a reality.

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” – Goran Persson

The clinical utility of the B Vitamins: A snapshot

The B Vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that include thiamine (vitamin B1; active form is thiamine diphosphate), riboflavin (vitamin B2; active form riboflavin-5’-phosphate), niacin (an umbrella term for niacinamide, nicotinamide, nicotinic acid; vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6; active form is pyridoxyl-5’-phosphate (PLP)), folate (folic acid and the active forms of folinic acid and methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF)) and cobalamin (vitamin B12; active forms of methylcobalamin, hydroxycobalamin). The B vitamins have a multitude of functions in the nervous, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems, energy metabolism, metabolism of DNA, cell signalling, and various metabolic reactions. Some of the clinical applications include stress, depression, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, memory impairment, anaemia, insulin resistance.

B vitamins have a synergistic effect with each other. It is best to supplement with the complete B vitamin complex rather than supplementing with just one or a couple of the B vitamins.[1] With this being said, after a consultation, a practitioner will be able to determine the primary and secondary B vitamins for the individual and prescribe accordingly.

Conclusion: The B Vitamins are a synergistic group of water-soluble vitamins that have numerous functions in each of the body systems. Some of the clinical applications include stress, depression, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, memory impairment, anaemia, insulin resistance. The B vitamins should be thought of as essential in improving health and vitality.

McEwen BJ. The Clinical Utility of the B Vitamins: A Snapshot. J ATMS, 2020; 26(3): 138-41.

Dr Brad has been nominated for the Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) Board

I have been nominated for the Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) Board.

Worldwide, Australian complementary medicine products are highly regarded as safe, effective, and of the highest quality.

My vision for the direction for the Australian Complementary Medicines Industry is to:

  • Increase public health and wellbeing, quality of life, physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and reduce the burden of chronic disease of Australians, now and for future generations, through education and information on the use of complementary medicines.
  • Increase the research and education of complementary medicines and health foods through supporting programs.
  • Support and enhance a robust complementary healthcare products industry through advocacy and promotion.
  • Support the ethical and responsible promotion and use of complementary medicines through education.
  • Strengthen the position of CMA internationally and enhance its reputation as a leader of complementary medicine.
  • Increase, foster, and strengthen the position of the CMA members through advocacy and promotion.
  • Strengthen the position of complementary medicine in the media, by promoting CMA members being the first choice of expertise in their areas.
  • Enhance the support of manufacturers, importers, exporters, raw material suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, consultants, and retailers.
  • Enhance the positive interaction with Government and non-Government organisations of the benefits of complementary medicines on improving health and wellbeing and reducing the burden and impact of chronic disease on quality of life as well as the economy.
  • Enhance the relationships with industry partners, professional bodies, associations, and consumers through advocacy.
  • Provide stability, strength, and sustainability of the industry through advocacy, support, and promotion.

If you are a CMA member, please vote. I will do my best to represent you.

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!