Cassandra Henry - NaturopathAchieving your optimum level of health is my goal
~ Naturopath ~
Cassandra is a fully qualified naturopath, western herbalist and nutritionist. She is also certified in celloid mineral therapy, iridology and flower essence therapy. She has done additional training in Autism Recovery, Biotoxin & Mould, CIRS & chronic immune response & digestive health. As well as working as a naturopath in her own clinic, she owns Health Blends Naturopathic Remedies; works as a business mentor; and teaches naturopathy & business subjects.
B.HSc (Nat) (current), B.Bus (Marketing) Adv.Dip.Nat.WHM.NutriM,
CertIV TAE 40110, First Aid Cert.
I specialise and have additional training in the following areas:
– digestive health & IBS
– CIRS / chronic immune response
– Mould & biotoxin exposure
– Autism recovery & SPD
– Chronic / Adrenal Fatigue
– Intolerances & Allergies
– EBV / Glandular Fever
I was trained as a classical/general naturopath, meaning I can assist in a broad range of conditions. Given my personal experiences though I tend to work more with chronic illness recovery.
Health Haven Naturopathy ~ Gold Coast
I’ve been there…I’ve been you…
Reading this I realize that I haven’t updated in a while! This year I have a 10 year old and a 13 year old. I’m still a single mum, running Health Haven & balancing all that brings.
Mr 13 is in high school and in an Excellence Program, achieving report cards full of A’s. He is really enjoying school, is social with a great group of friends and loves to write very detailed stories of dragons and magic. This is the baby that nurses at Child Health said would never feed himself!
Mr 10 is in a normal primary school and although he still has some sensory issues & receives a little help with reading, he’s no longer on the autism spectrum. His eating has improved dramatically from the 4 “white foods” he lived on for so long – his current favorites are roast chicken and steak (for a child that previously couldn’t stand the smell of meat, this is a huge acheivement!). He’s got an amazing group of buddies, is so good with technology & computers, and is a cheeky little delight! This is the child that Child Health said wouldn’t live to see his first birthday!
As for me, you’ll see me in clinic and I’m happy to share my story so ask my anything! My digestive health is good these days, a far cry from the horrid experiences of my 20’s. I do have a pelvic mesh implant (more in the blog on that) and that is causing some issues that herbal medicines & supplements are keeping at bay for now. You’ll find info on my blog about the pelvic mesh implant, the huge range of symptoms & chronic immune issues it causes, and details for the Qld Support Group I admin for Pelvic Mesh Survivors.
Thanks for reading x
Many health professionals say they understand your health issues. But I’ve actually lived it. Let me tell you about my health history…
As most natural health practitioners do, I have a back-story of health issues that lead me to natural health. You see, these days I’m a happy single mum to two boys running Health Haven & working as a naturopath. However my working life before naturopathy was hectic! I was in the corporate marketing world, working for some of the “big guys” like McDonald’s head office & Melbourne Airport. I loved it….but…..
During this phase of my life I got sick, really sick. For about 6 years no medical person could work out why, but I couldn’t eat without severe digestive symptoms and extreme fatigue. All I could eat in the end was pureed pumpkin – and I couldn’t stay awake to digest it, I’d fall asleep every time I ate! My weight dropped dramatically to 37kg. I experienced extreme abdominal pain, nausea, irregular bowel function, fainting spells and dizziness. My life was spent in the bathroom; I couldn’t leave home without planning where the closest bathroom would be. When I think back on it, I wonder how I ever lived like this!
Doctors & specialists told me this was my life now, I was “normal” and I just had to deal with it. The best “diagnosis” they could offer was IBS. My immunity also seemed quite poor – across the course of a few years I developed multiple allergies and had pneumonia, glandular fever (twice), influenza A and ross river fever. I also had a tick bite that results in the token red bullseye, yet doctors would not test for lyme. I felt terrible! I struggled through illness after illness. But I didn’t agree this was my ‘new normal”, I didn’t believe it had to be this way. I had been normal once, I’d been well…so why had that changed? I truly believed that if I could work out the “why” I could unravel my illness.
I went from specialist to doctor; then from natural health person to spritual healer; looking for answers. It was only when I found a naturopath in Melbourne who really listened to my health issues and assessed all my symptoms, did I get any relief. Within 3 months I was able to go out and live a relatively normal life. Within 6 months I WAS back to normal!
Natural health became a foundation of my life at this point, but it was only a few years later when I became a mum, and my digestive issues also reappeared, that I saw the need to become a natural healer myself.
Let me explain…
2009 was the birth of my first son! Amazing, wonderful..and so damn hard…oh gosh, so hard! More than just getting used to a new baby, my son exhibited health issues from birth – he’d
sleep in 20min increments around the clock (ER staff were amazed to watch him stay awake for 18hrs at only 3 weeks old!). He’d scream no determined reason for hours on end. He had a severe tongue tie. He couldn’t move his bowels and needed suppositories to pass bowel motions until he was 4mths old. He had ezcema from 5mths old. He had a vaccine reaction at 8weeks old that put him in a reduced state of consciousness for three days and left him with benign epileptic fits for the next 18mths. He was diagnosed with overactive hypnogogic reflex and silent reflux, and at 10mths we added a raft of severe allergies to that diagnosis. We failed THREE sleep schools before he was 18mths old. He was assessed for autism. Reading this now I am floored at how much my little man and I had to go through! But of course, doctors told me this was all normal; and as a new mum, I didn’t know any different.
Fast forward three years and I think to myself “it can’t be that bad a second time”….and decide to have another baby…
2009 my second son is born and again from birth somethings just not right. Even before birth, I almost miscarried him at 7 weeks (thankfully naturopathic interventions saved the pregnancy). Throughout the pregnancy though he rarely ever moved in the womb and I was constantly worried. I had many frantic car rides to the hospital for him to be monitored and checked – he just never moved, it was so weird! I didn’t think he’d make it through the pregnancy at all to be honest Little man then arrives spot on his due date, with perfect apgar scores so I think “phew, I can finally relax”!
However that relieve is short lived – he can’t feed and looses weight dramatically; he screams in the bath/car/held/cot/everywhere; he too doesn’t sleep. Determined to get “this baby right” I persist with all the right things (breast-feeding, nap schedules, low stimulation) but my little boy at only 7wks ends up in hospital on a ventilator and nearly dies from a respiratory virus. A virus that you should only catch once – but that he had 3 times before he was a year old. This first hospital stay would start the dance that becomes our life for the next year.
He is severely ill with respiratory issues every three weeks. He is hospitalized 3 more times his first year with numerous other trips to the ER. We lived with packed bags in the car ready to leave at a moments notice as he’d deteriorate so quickly.
Development, speech and learning delays follow suit with severe eating and sensory issues. At 2 he’s diagnosed with an immune deficiency (his immune system doesn’t develop acquired immunity – the “immune memory” we all have), hence he repeatedly contracts the same infections. He doesn’t ever learn to crawl; he doesn’t walk until 17mths and doesn’t talk until nearly 3yrs. You can only imagine the massive amount of doctors, specialists and intervention therapies we’ve been through!
He’s 7 now and through the work done he’s not on the autism spectrum, he attends a local state school and is doing quite well. His current diagnosis is Sensory Processing Disorder, Pyrroles Disease, severe allergies & asthma and immune deficiency. He’s come such a long way, it’s a miracle really!
So that is the cascade of medical issues that lead to me become a naturopath. I’m pleased to say both my boys are doing fantastic and you’d never know either had any of their health issues or diagnoses. We continue to work on their health related issues and one day I look forward to those issues being a very distant memory!