Do I need extra magnesium? (Part 1)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Magnesium is one of the most commonly prescribed supplements by natural health practitioners. The nutritional medicine textbook ‘Integrative Medicine' (Rakel 2012) is a well-respected reference... Read More

Cartilage (Part 3)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Last week we saw that damage and death of the specialised cells that maintain cartilage is the real driver behind osteoarthritis. An excellent study (Carlo and Loeser, 2003, Arthritis Rheumatology) investigated... Read More

Let’s talk about your cartilage (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz I have been helping someone with osteoarthritis in a knee, thumbs, back and neck. We started with a double dose of my joint support formula which gave her more than 1500mg of high grade chondroitin and... Read More

Cartilage loss (Part 1)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Osteoarthritis is all about loss of cartilage, subsequent inflammation and changes to bone and joint structure. The result is pain and loss of mobility. The ends of bones such as the femur are covered... Read More

Therapy for Osteoarthritis (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Nutritional therapy can be effective in helping osteoarthritis. For example I have been helping someone with osteoarthritis (OA) in one knee which affected her mobility. She also had hypertension and... Read More

Therapy for osteoarthritis (part 1)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Everyone is different and this is certainly true when using nutritional therapy for osteoarthritis. Sometimes these differences are obvious – helping someone in their 80s with advanced arthritis... Read More

Going Green

Rebekah Sharpfrom Elm Tree Early Learning Centre Growing children who live sustainably, respect nature and have a heart for the environment is easy with these great tips from Rebekah Sharp from Elm Tree Early Learning Centre. Be a good role model... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10 (Part 2)

John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Co enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the most important things made by your body. The crucial function of CoQ10 is to shuttle electrons in the final stage of making our energy.  The main symptom of low... Read More

Should I take Co Enzyme Q10? (Part 1)

  John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Co Enzyme Q10 – also known as CoQ10 – is a vitamin-like substance essential for life. While we normally make all of the CoQ10 we need, some people because of age, health problems or... Read More

Manganese: An essential trace mineral

  John ArtsAbundant Living www.johnarts.co.nz Manganese is often confused with magnesium. Magnesium is a major mineral needed in larger amounts while manganese is an essential trace mineral needed in tiny amounts – about 3mg daily. We... Read More



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Salisbury Wharf at the Mount, c. 1950. Locals queuing up ready to board the ferry to Tauranga. Photo: Craig McFarlane.

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