Naturopath Melbourne | Vital Health and Natural Medicine
04:52 27 May 21
Domenic has a great understanding of the body and how to treat it with natural protocols. I am truly grateful for his help on my health.Highly recommended.
06:40 03 May 21
I came to Dom with a long list of symptoms I was experiencing and he helped me to identify underlying issues when other treatments had not been helpful. Dom is very knowledgeable, down to earth and has helped me to get my health back on track!
22:34 14 Apr 21
Highly recommend, professional, quality care and great results for my teenage daughter.
02:21 22 Feb 21
Dom is a wizard. Got to the cause of my problem within one session.Thanks Mate.
06:58 04 Jan 21
I have suffered from chronic eczema for more than 10 years now and recently it was so extreme that I had inflammation from head to toe and was looking desperately for help. I have been to so many other doctors, dermatologists, eczema clinics and even overseas doctors who could not help me with my skin. Within 2 months of following Domenic's prescription, my skin has improved dramatically and I have been feeling so much happier with being able to sleep and function normally. Thank you so much Domenic!!
The digital pattern maker
07:58 03 Sep 20
After being diagnosed with unexplained infertility and trying with many doctors and health practitioners for four years, my husband and I were able to conceive a child naturally after treatment form Dominic. He was was the first health practitioner that looked in detail into what was happening in both my body and my husbands. After years of being told nothing was wrong by fertility doctors Dominic observed hormonal imbalances in both of us which were the cause of our 'unexplained infertility'. If you are a couple who has been given this diagnosis of unexplained infertility and been recommended IVF or other assisted reproduction therapy to treat this supposed condition, do your self a favour and consult Dominic first. We cannot thank him enough.
06:54 14 Aug 20
So grateful I found Dom, he is the only person I trust for my sons health and well-being and also my own. I have gone to GPs who give no explanation just suggest a chemical to treat my child with rather than investigating and treating the root cause. Dom is so caring, fair and genuine and I cannot recommend him more! Thank so, so much if I could recommend more than 5 stars I would⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jordan Du Plessis
02:41 04 Aug 20
Domenic is a fantastic naturopath - I have been seeing him for over 10 years. He has always been able to solve and treat my systemic health issues when mainstream doctors have not. Issues have included a lack of immune system, inflammatory skin rashes and reactions, and more recently weight gain caused by hormone imbalance and oestrogen dominance. He is thorough and knowledgeable and treats his patients holistically. I whole-heartedly believe in Domenic's skills as a naturopathic practitioner & will continue to see him as an essential element of my health and wellness journey. :)
Luke Murray (Murray93)
01:31 10 Jul 20
Since seeing Domenic for issues with my anxiety and just feeling exhausted. I have never felt better, since following the plan Domenic has given me I am full of energy and my anxiety levels are low and another great bonus is that I am losing weight. definitely recommend Dominic for your health and natural medicine
14:08 02 Jul 20
Such a knowledgeable practitioner. I've been suffering IBS for over 5 years, been to so many doctors with no outcome. Dominic worked out what was wrong and formulated a personalised program and already feeling so much better. Thank you so much!
23:47 01 Feb 20
06:51 10 Dec 19
For many years I suffered with IBS symptoms including bloating, eczema, inflammation, anxiety etc....I saw many Naturopaths who would provide temporary relief. Domenic was the only one who could actually provide me with an ongoing solution to manage my symptoms. This was done through testing and treatment. Currently I have regular check ups with Domenic for ongoing maintenance of my IBS symptoms.
20:53 12 Nov 19
Dominic is an excellent practitioner with good knowledge in the area of health, diet, fitness and general well-being. He has a friendly, positive and jovial approach to his practice and is a natural motivator.
01:39 14 Jun 19
After suffering with hives on and off for nearly 15 years and seeing lots of doctors, specialists and natropaths in NSW and VIC with no results, Domenic got straight to the problem, sending me for the right tests. Once we knew what whas going on, he helped get my body back on track within a month - and I have not had any hives since. This was amazing for me as I was previously taking very strong drugs to try and keep the hives under control, but they weren't working. I was also worried about the side effects of these drugs after taking them for so long.Now as a busy mum of two under two, I see Domenic occasionally and he helps me with the right supplements so I can keep up with the demands of hectic mum life.After dealing with so many other specialists and natropaths, I can see Domenic really knows his stuff and I highly recommend him!
00:27 12 Jun 19
I very much value and appreciate Domenic 's expertise through which my health has improved in a myriad of areas. His knowledge, and genuine care is evident in his practice and he lives out his passion of taking people to a place of optimal health.
Body, Birth & Baby
02:43 05 Feb 19
Domenic is very knowledgeable. He was able to pinpoint what was going on with me early into our consultation.
10:12 26 Sep 18
I highly recommend Vital Health and Natural Medicines.Domenic is a talented naturopath. He is extremely knowledgeable and is genuine on assisting his patients achieve their health goals.Domenic has treated my family, extended family and friends on a wide range of health concerns. All rave about their positive experiences and improved health.I am so grateful to Domenic for improving my health and that of my family.
00:33 04 Jul 18
Dom has been incredibly helpful to help me heal my stomach/digestion issues which I have been suffering with for years. He genuinely cares and has worked with me to feel healthier and happier. I am very appreciative of his knowledge and help, it has changed my life (in a very short period of time). I am excited to work with him in the future to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Would highly recommend Vital Health and Natural Medicine.
03:07 24 Jun 18
I would highly reccommend Domenic's services to anyone suffering any health concern at all. I particularly like Domenic's all encompassing approach to health and lifestyle and lifestyle factors. Domenic is a pleasure to deal with.
22:55 03 Jun 18
Thank you Domenic for helping me with my pain management. I went from constantly being in pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis feeling lethargic and extremely depressed. I can now say in only a month i have so much more movement and much less pain. Finally I found someone who has put me on a path to a better quality of life.. thankyou for giving me back my life . ~ Carmela
08:39 25 Feb 18
Domenic Pisanelli is extremely knowledgeable, very thorough and genuinely cares about his clients. As a six month client of Vital Health Solutions, I highly recommend Domenic. In this time my health has improved immensely. Domenic has taken the necessary time to fully understand my health issues, how they make me feel and the impact on my life. He is conscious of striking a balance between alleviating the symptoms and finding the root cause in order to improve my health in the long term.I am glad to have found Domenic and extremely grateful for his kindness and the help he has given to me.
Carlo Di Carlo
11:10 08 Feb 18
Dominic was able to help my daughter with her hay fever problems and constant sore stomachs. I would recommend Dominic to anyone who may be experiencing these problems.
22:42 17 Oct 17
Highly recommend Dom. I have been seeing him for weightloss and by taking the time to get to know me and my body I have successfully lost 9 KG. Would highly recommend to anyone that has been through the fads and is truly looking for a lifestyle change and confidence boost! Thanks for all your knowledge and time Dom!!!
09:57 02 Aug 17
07:10 18 Dec 16
I have been going to Dom for over 10 years. I consider him to be the best health professional I know. He has helped me overcome many health issues incl blood pressure, digestion, and bronchitis. Since going to Dom I have not had to take antibiotics at all. I would highly recommend him as his manner is so warm and welcoming. I now travel from Ormond if I need to see him and the trip is always worth it. Mary
21:05 01 Dec 16
I have been seeing Naturopath Domenic for more than 10 years. He is very caring and thorough in his approach. I have seen him for various reasons over the years and I have always had great results and his guidance and support has helped me to feel well again. He has always offered different options of care and some of the latest testing available to ensure the best outcome for me. Domenic is always available and if I have been travelling I am able to have a phone/Skype consult with him as well which has helped immensely. I would highly recommend Domenic.
11:51 30 Nov 16
Very good, friendly & experienced service. Spends time with u to find out exactly what the issues are. Resolved my health issues and I highly recommend seeing Dom to anyone! I even take my 5yo Son to see him! :)
08:36 28 Nov 16
I have had many dealings with Dom over past few years and I consider him to be one of the best practising naturopaths in the market place. Dome has a genuine interest in helping people to understand their individual health and his diagnostic abilities are second to none. Dom is consistent and reliable and you can be assured he will always be there to help you take care of your health.
07:31 22 Jun 16
Naturopath Domenic Pisanelli is a very knowledgeable and experienced health care provider who has helped me immensely with my health concerns. His caring approach and strategies have allowed me to live a healthier and happier life. I have no hesitation in recommending him and Vita Health.
The Vital Health “6R” Gut Program: Six Steps to Save Your Health Through Your Gut
Have you tried everything to heal your gut? Or, are you just getting by with a chronic condition like an autoimmune disorder, eczema, or arthritis? Maybe you’ve “gone Paleo,” made buckets of bone broth, said “sayonara” to sugar and gluten, and made friends with sauerkraut. You might have a stockpile (or cabinet!) of digestive enzymes, vitamins, herbs and probiotics… Yet, you are not much better off. It turns out, when it comes to healing the gut or recovering from chronic conditions, order and timing is everything. We use a 6 “R” Program, along with an individualized treatment approach, to help clients revitalize their health and gastrointestinal function. For those already in the know, this is the latest version of the 4R Program, originally developed by Jeffrey Bland, co-founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Here, we’ll fill you in on what the 6R Program is, why it works, and how to avoid some common missteps. What is the 6R Program and who is it for? The 6R Program is a systematic, comprehensive approach for restoring your gastrointestinal function, along with a surprisingly long list of other health problems. It’s for two types of people who may think they have nothing in common. The first type is someone with obvious gastrointestinal distress, who experiences one or more of these symptoms:
Gas, bloating, stomach pain
Food allergies and intolerances, like gluten and dairy
Candida overgrowth, SIBO, dysbiosis
Gut inflammation like Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel disorder
The second type is someone with stealthier problems that don’t seem related to gut heath, such as:
Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
The overall health of the gut depends on three things: digestion and absorption of nutrients, elimination of waste including toxins and bugs, and the ongoing maintenance of good gut function The reason a 6 “R” Program works for both types is that overall health in large part depends on three things happening in your gut. First, your intestines need to digest and absorb the nutrients you eat. Otherwise, even the fanciest shopping cart goods won’t reach your cells. Second, the gastrointestinal system needs to adequately eliminate the toxins, wastes, viruses, and dead cells that are generated as a result of eating and living. Third, the gut needs to avoid becoming inflamed or constipated, because fire and garbage are never a good pair. If these upstream functions don’t work well, you may develop symptoms and disease in the areas of the body that you are most genetically and environmentally susceptible to. That varies from person to person, hence the long list above. Your immune and cardiovascular systems, hormonal balance and nervous system, skin, bones, joints, and even the function of your DNA all depend on a healthy gut. FREE 20 MINUTE PHONE CONSULT TO DISCUSS YOUR HEALTHWhat are the benefits of a 6R Program? Simply put, the Program restores healthy digestion, helps you detoxify, and allows the body to rebalance immune function, inflammation, and other key drivers of illness. It can: “Reset” your GI tract by normalizing digestion, absorption, and assimilation. This reduces gas, bloating and stomach pain, and ensures your body can utilize the food you eat and supplements you take. Populate your microbiome with probiotic microflora. A healthy microbiome can produce folic acid, other vitamins, and health-promoting short chain fatty acids. It can regulate bowel movements, and influence your weight, nervous system and mood, and prevent the overgrowth of candida and other dysbiotic organisms. Heal Leaky Gut to restore intestinal permeability to healthy levels. This step can reverse or reduce chronic related conditions like autoimmunity, food allergies and intolerances, inflammation, and immune system dysfunction. Healing leaky gut is also an important piece for those with symptoms who eat fast food or processed foods, drink alcohol, do high-intensity exercise (like long-distance running), are frequently stressed, or who have a history of antibiotic, NSAIDS, or birth control pill use. These factors, and a surprising much more, all influence leaky gut. To learn more, check out our blog: Expanding Our View on Leaky Gut. Detoxify your body from the inside out by reducing the toxins your gut flora produce from inadequately digested carbohydrates and proteins. Preventemergence of diseases in the gut, like SIBO or IBS Crohn’s disease and even inflammatory bowel disease, and beyond, like migraine headaches and hives Here is a deeper dive into the additional benefits you can get from this program. Condition Dysbiosis, Candida 6R Program Benefits
Restores health-supporting intestinal flora and reduces pathogenic species, fungus and parasites.
Re-locates intestinal flora to proper environment.
Why does the 6R Program work? The 6R Program leverages what we know about life in your gut. To get the picture, imagine you have a tomato garden with plants that are under-hydrated, growing in nutrient-deficient soil, and exposed to stress like weather fluctuations. The leafy greens begin to wilt, then yellow, and are eventually overcome by fungus and bugs. Weeds take over and crowd out the plants. How would you turn things around? Would you fertilize? That might help the plants, but give the weeds a hand up too. Would you use pesticides or weed killers? That might help at first, but certain plants and important soil bacteria might die-off, and unless the soil’s nutrients and composition changes, the garden would soon revert. After considerable expense, you might be left tired, frustrated, and with no tomatoes. Just like a garden, your gut is a habitat. Stress, diet and even how well you hydrate, disrupts things considerably. The 6R Program carefully tends the GI habitat so unhealthy bugs and fungus don’t take over, good (probiotic) bacteria doesn’t die off with the bad, and the gut’s equivalent of soil (epithelial tissue and intestinal mucosa) becomes replete with the right nutrients and substances. In this growing, living, dynamic environment, your intestinal cell walls constantly regenerate. Those new cells can be healthy or unhealthy, and you have a choice over their fate. The 6R Program restores long-term health by phasing and adjusting interventions as your gut health changes. It usually takes between 3-6 months to complete, which is miraculous considering you are rebuilding your gut, resetting your digestion, overcoming chronic health conditions that developed over years, and changing your life. Severe gut conditions like Crohn’s may take longer. That said, healing is personal. We don’t have to tell you that. A 6R Program is a foundation that allows other tailored therapies to work. Sometimes it takes more than a 6R Program to meet all of your health goals. However, it’s nearly impossible to initiate the healing process without it. Also, spoiler alert! The Program cannot change a stressful job or home-life. Stress reduction, lifestyle, relationships, and choices that let your “garden” grow, all play a role in how quickly your body can respond to a 6R Program. One reminder: no need to disrupt what’s working. If the symptoms and conditions above do not apply (lucky you), then a 6R Program is probably not a fit. You can optimize your health with whole foods and recipes, including enzyme-, probiotic- and prebiotic-rich ferments, and addresses nutritional deficiencies with diet and/or supplements. We’d also suggest avoiding parts of the Program while pregnant or breastfeeding due to its detoxifying effects. GET YOUR FREE CONSULT NOWWhat are the 6 “Rs”?1. Reduce: This is about helping you feel better now so that you have the energy, ability, and motivation you need to put the rest of the plan into action. You’ll reduce symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, and reactions related to certain foods. You might add foods or herbs that calm inflammation, take probiotics or nutrients that are tailored to your needs, like Bifidobacteria for diarrhea, magnesium citrate for constipation, or Saccharomyces Boulardii for candida overgrowth. Or, you might start Epsom salt baths to introduce sulphur and magnesium to aid detoxification or soothe body aches. 2. Remove: There is two side to the removing stage. One side is diet, which plays an important role. While we are big believers of food as medicine, in this stage the magic comes from the foods you eliminate, as opposed to those you add to your diet. The goal? To reduce the burden of irritants and poorly digested foods in your GI tract, to lower inflammation, dampen food allergies and intolerances, and create the space to heal later on. Gas, bloating and stomach pain usually lessens and disappears quickly once the right foods are eliminated. This is when an elimination diet, oligoantigentic (low allergy), paleo, autoimmune-paleo, Wahls protocol, elemental, Candida, gluten-free, casein-free, Feingold, GAPs, FODMAPS and other healing diets shine. It is helpful to work with an attentive nutritionist or functional medicine provider to determine which diet works best for your needs. You may need to continue a specialized diet until you reach the “Rebalance” phase to avoid the reemergence of symptoms. The other side is to eliminate pathogenic populations of bacteria, viruses, fungi/yeast (such as candida), and parasites. It often involves taking antibiotic, antiviral, and antiparasitic agents from herbal sources, like oil of oregano or berberine, or pharmaceutical sources, such as Nystatin or Rifaximin. Pro Tip: Skipping or prematurely ending the “Remove” stage can prolong the time it takes to heal and may lead to symptoms becoming chronic. On the other hand, using therapeutic supplements along with a healing diet can dramatically rev up your progress. 3. Replace: Now you replace or promote substances that are lacking in how you digest, which may be central to how your health and digestive problems began. Options include enzymes, such as proteases, lipases, cellulases, and saccharides, that break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. These are normally secreted in sufficient amounts from your intestinal walls and pancreas. Other supplements that may be necessary are hydrochloric acid, which is secreted by the stomach for protein digestion to provide protection from various pathogens. There’s also bile, which is secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder for use when digesting and utilizing fats. Pro Tip: Medical herbs, ginger tea, bitters, bitter greens, beets and beet tops, and other foods help may help out a lot here by promoting the body’s ability to produce digestive substances naturally. Though, sometimes in the early stages of a 6R Program even some of these foods may be problematic. An individualized approach is a must. 4. Reinoculate: Enter the mighty microbiome! In this phase, you reintroduce probiotics to reestablish microflora balance. Depending on your progress, it may be helpful to introduce lacto-fermented vegetables like kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and beets, dairy or non-dairy yogurt, and beverages like kefir and kombucha. It also may be useful to bolster probiotics with foods that contain prebiotics (to feed probiotic bacteria.) These are foods like Jerusalem artichoke, berries, cruciferous vegetables, and fibers like ground flax seeds, beans, lentils, chickpeas, and artichokes. The non-6R Program initiate might make the understandable mistake of introducing these foods and probiotics before removing and replacing, which can result in the return of your original symptoms like gas, bloating, brain fog, or arthritis. Pro Tip: If you introduce probiotics too soon (by skipping the stages above), you may interfere with an effective “Remove” stage. On the other hand, some may do well with certain probiotic species from the beginning of the program to prevent candida overgrowth. It’s best to get some expert guidance. 5. Repair: Finally, healing begins! Is this stage, you support intestinal cell regrowth, help probiotic bacteria take up residence in your gut, abate inflammation, and establish healthy mucosa with nutrients and foods critical to cell structure, formation, and healing. Favorites are vitamins A, C, E, and D, zinc, glutamine or cabbage juice, collagen or bone broths, amino acids or whey and colostrum (if not allergic to dairy), NAC, glutathione, aloe vera, and mucilaginous herbs like slippery elm and marshmallow root. There are options and it works best to tailor your choices to your particular needs. Pro Tip: If helpers like slippery elm, aloe vera or marshmallow root makes you feel worse it’s another sign you are moving too fast. Dysbiotic pathogens or yeasts are likely getting fed by the same nutrients you intend for yourself and your probiotic bacteria. In particular, if you experience gas and bloating, it may mean you have SIBO. In cases like this, pop back to Repair. 6. Rebalance: In this stage, you’ll have the capacity to eat more foods than before, along with the energy it takes to throw a dinner party! You’ll be passed any digestive problems you may have had, and may be noticing a lot of other health improvements. You can taper off your “Elimination” phase healing diet, reintroduce foods, expand your diet to meet macro and micronutrient needs, and (re)discover how to eat for pleasure. You’ll also maintain GI health with sufficient fiber, probiotics, hydration, and lots of anti-inflammatory fruit and vegetables. Stress management, mindful eating, and avoiding eating while stressed are also key lifestyle factors for rebalancing and maintaining a healthy gut. FREE 20 MINUTE PHONE CONSULT TO DISCUSS YOUR HEALTH