Mindd Our Kids

The Mindd Our Kids Wellness Challenge is the greatest challenge any of us will ever face – a change in lifestyle! .
The Wellness Challenge is a virtuous cycle that will provide a supportive environment for leading practitioners to guide and educate mums on how to care for their sick children and for themselves while raising funds and awareness for Mindd Foundation.
Mindd Ambassadors, Patrons and practitioners will donate their time to train and educate mums and one another while raising funds for and awareness of effective Integrative Healthcare for our kids.
While this inaugural challenge is limited to a few, the aim is to workshop and develop a program that can educate and empower mums across Australia.
Mothers have the power to create health in their families – for their kids, for their partners and for themselves. The Wellness Challenge empowers mums to give the gift of optimum health, wellness and happiness to their families and community.
The Challenge will be held in a remote setting in Northern NSW for 4 days (Friday August 21-Tuesday August 25).
Millions of people globally are successfully raising money for charities by engaging their community in collaborative events that raise funds and awareness. Many of these events are quite challenging and for all but the elite athlete stress the body in ways that do not fit the Integrative Healthcare model.
The Mindd Our Kids Challenge (MOK) asks the community to support participants in a journey to wellness and disease prevention that nurtures their health while posing the greatest psycological challenge – changing lifestyle.
Participants will be challenged to adopt an Integrative approach to heatlhcare and lifestyle by;
  • taking 5 days out to care for themselves
  • detoxing with fresh, unrefined, organic food that avoids sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten and dairy
  • daily exercise
  • daily spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, gratitude)
  • daily energy work (yoga, xi-gong)
  • daily creative expression (music, art, writing)
  • daily connection with human beings who care and offer support
  • connecting with nature
  • daily instruction in cooking, nutrition, psychology, anatomy & physiology
All of the above will be created and lead by experienced chefs and health professionals.
Integrative Healthcare Strategies for:
The Foundation
As a non-profit Health Promotion Trust set up and run by a team of patients, medical doctors and health care professionals, MINDD promotes an integrated health approach and treatments. Our key campaign is fast-tracking effective treatments to children during key developmental stages.
Since 2005, Mindd Foundation has trained over 1500 practitioners with internationally recognized accreditation, run 6 international conferences, held over 60 seminars, promoted over 2000 healthy products and helped thousands of Australian children some of whom have recovered from Autism, ADHD, depression and much more. The Mindd website, www.mindd.org has many hours of talks on Integrative Health approaches and offers ongoing support to practitioners and families with recipes, treatment information, access to practitioners. and healthy product promotions.
Modern diseases are at an all time high and are now affecting our children in large numbers
  • 16-24 year old Australians have a mental illness prevalence of 25% with depression being the most common in females (1).
  • More than 20% of Australian teens suffer from some mental health condition (2)
  • 1% of Australian children have Autism (3)
  • 10% of Australian children struggle with ADHD (4)
  • Up to 70% of Australian children are low in iodine which lowers IQ (5)
  • Allergies affect 1 in 3 Australian children, Asthma
    1 in 4 (6)
  • Childhood cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have each more than doubled in two decades (7).
(1)(2) Australian Community Surveys, 2007 (3) Autism; Autism ACT, B. Buckley, A4. (4) ADHD & Mental Health; M. Sawyer, Australia & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2001 (5) Are Australian Children Deficient in Iodine. C.Eastman et al, University Sydney, 2006 \(6) Allergies; B. Hill, Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy Annual Conference, Nov 2003. (7) Childhood Disease rise in Past 2 Decades; Dr R. Cosford, DAN! Conference 2009
But there is hope. Emerging research points to diet and lifestyle impacting on the 70 trillion plus cells in the human body as well as the 700 trillion plus cells that make up the “good bugs” in our digestive tract. By recognising that disease is not solely genetic, we can take charge of our health as well as the wellbeing of future generations.
The Challenge Coaches
Dr. Christabelle Yeo
MBBS, MRCP (London), MSc (Nutrition)
Dr Yeoh is a general physician who specialises in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is experienced in the management of gut disorders, allergies and other immune disorders, chronic fatigue and chronic infections. She sees children on the autism spectrum and approaches these individuals with a wholistic approach integrating the key foundations of nutrition, understanding the neurophysiological connections between the brain and body and helping to identify the total load of factors which lead to chronic health conditions.
Dr Frank Golik
Dr Golik graduated from the University of Queensland with 2nd class Hons in 1975; 2 years as junior RMO at Royal Brisbane Hospital; 1 year as Senior RMO at Atherton Hospital, Nth Qld. He commenced in solo Private Family Practice in Clayfield, Brisbane in 1979. He later formed a multi-disciplinary clinic in Clayfield some 11 years ago. Dr Golik gained his fellowship in the RACGP in 1982; and is a member and occasional lecturer of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. His special areas of interest and passion are Autism, ADD/ADHD/ASD, Musculoskeletal medicine, Dietary and lifestyle therapy, Thyroid conditions and the Metabolic Syndrome. Biomesotherapy forms a significant part of the therapeutic approach of his clinic.
Helen Padarin

Helen Padarin is a biomedical naturopath and nutritonist working to help children and adults with MINDD disorders. Helen utlises nutrition, specific diets, such as GAPS and BED, nutri3onal supplements, herbal medicine and lifestyle habits. To achieve health and treatment goals. She is passionate about real food, fermented foods and educa3ng and empowering individuals and families to take control of their health. Helen contributes artcles to health magazines and has wrioen a chapter on paediatrics, autsm and ADHD for the textbook for practitioners and university students called “Clinical Naturopathic Medicine” published by Elsevier and released in June 2011. Helen has practices in Sydney Australia and Wellington NZ. See www.nourish-ed.com for more info.
Iolani Grace
Iolani Grace has served thousands around the world to heal and love themselves. From Sacred private healing sessions to group journeys ‘Iolani’s gift is in weaving a sacred, magical and safe space to relax, connect deeply within and discover more about who we are and why we are here. Since 1980 ‘Iolani has worked with children and adults integrating her personal healing journey with her life experience as a professional dancer, healer and teacher of Sacred Hawaiian Bodywork, Rebirthing, Sacred Facilitation, Soul Purpose Manifestation. She has facilitated women’s retreats and more for over 26 years.
Jemma Rivera
Advanced Yoga, Qigong & Ayurvedic Therapist, Wholistic Lifestyle Mentor, Presenter and founder of Jing Life.
From a dance, presenting and acting background, Jemma has always had a strong attraction to the Spiritual Path for self- discovery and self- development from an early age.
She continues to study with great Masters in Australia and internationally, all who have fertilized her understanding and appreciation of the Ancient Arts of Yoga, Qigong, Tantra and Ayurveda. This journey has assisted in her own evolution, also to bring forth a high level of integrity to all people she meets, teaches and encounters in her life.
Jemma has gained certification in Qigong with her studies in China with The World Medical Qigong Society, Dr Xu from Xiyuan Beijing Hospital and Master Yu from Mt. Wudan. Jemma has also been featured in national & international yoga festivals and major events. Jemma’s passion for writing and presenting has led her presenting on a wellbeing program on Foxtel, “Wellspring”, has also contributed in Good Health & Medicine Magazine and Body & Soul.
Kim Morrison
Kim Morrison is a mother, world-record holder, 5 times best selling author, aromatherapist and founder of Twenty 8 essential oils and chemical-free skincare. She was the youngest ever female to run 100miles in less than 24 hours and she is dedicated to sharing her lessons of achieving the impossible, overcoming self-imposed limitations and shining in your darkest hours. Sharing the highs and lows of her own journey to success – as a mother, athlete & business owner – Kim inspires audiences to keep going when they think the only option is to stop and provides them with tools and ideas on how to be at your absolute best no matter what! Her secret? The daily use of pure essential oils and knowing that self-care is the path to self-love!
Leela Anna Brett
Leela Anna Brett is a mother of three children: 15, 7 and 4.She has over 17 years cooking experience,working at fine restaurants in the USA and Australia including with Pete Evans at Hugos, Sydney for 3 years. For 13 years she has been running her own business, catering weddings and events, as well as a personal chef service for clients with special dietary needs.This work and her desire to make healthy food for her own family have led her to an interest in nutrition and healthy whole food cooking.Her love for food, study of nutrition and passion for excellence make every meal she cooks an absolute delight.
Leslie Embersits
Director Mindd Foundation
Leslie is the Founding Director of Mindd Foundation. She has nearly 30 years of experience in advertising, marketing and film across New York, Los Angeles and Sydney. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years and in 2003 she ran a woman’s yoga and mediation retreat outside of Sydney called Bootcamp for Goddesses.

In 1997 Leslie became a mum which began her campaign for more informed healthcare for children. In 2004 she began seminars on kids health that officially became Mindd Foundation in May 2005. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Masters in Film Producing from the University of Southern California.
Matthew Bourke
Matthew is the director of an Integrative Natural Health and Wellness Centre – Optimum Health Essentials in Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The clinics focus is “The Science of Feeling Amazing”. Matthew specialises in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Neuro-Emotional Technique, Neuro-linguistic Programming (Master Practitioner), Positive Psychology, Peak Performance and Functional Biochemistry. He has worked in Europe and Australia and studied Vedic philosophy and meditation in India. The Science of Feeling Amazing focuses on integrating different modalities and health systems to restore health and maintain a centered state of mind amongst the many challenges of modern living and at various stages of life.
Rachel Bourke
Meta-Coach (ACMC) Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer,
Neuro -Semantics Trainer
Rachel has worked with a diverse client base, from large corporates to small businesses with spectacular results including 100% growth year after year for some of her entrepreneurial clients.
Her mission is to show that being great at selling is enjoyable, trainable and hugely rewarding. Her belief is that to greatly increase your sales you need to ensure you are the person that people love to buy from.
The Sales Skills Rachel teach are so effective that we can successfully improve sales performance immediately.
The Skills and Research she drawn upon include the advanced skills of NLP and the latest research in Neuroscience and its application to Business (Neuro-Leadership).
Robyn Cosford

The alarming rise in childhood illness and the prediction that many of our children will predecease us is sending a clear signal that we all need to reevaluate dietary, medical and lifestyle practices. Underlying drivers in various cognitive and “mental health” conditions such as autism, ADHD and depression are also found in adult disease such as cancer and heart disease. Dr. Cosford will summarise disease trends, highlighting the need for effective integrative treatments presented throughout the Forum.

Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle School of Biological Sciences, Dr Robyn Cosford is one of Australia’s foremost complementary medicine practitioners. Robyn Cosford is founder and Director of the Northern Beaches Care Centre where she combines Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Kinesiology and Orthodox Medicine to treat the whole person. She is the recipient of the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners Medal For Community Medicine.

Simon Borg Oliver
MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy)
Simon Borg-Olivier is a Co-Director of Yoga Synergy, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools. The Yoga Synergy style is based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional Hatha Yoga. Simon has been teaching since 1982. He is a registered physiotherapist, a research scientist and a university lecturer. Simon has been regularly invited to teach at special workshops and conferences interstate and overseas since 1990.
Suffice to say, Simon has led an extraordinary life. At the age of six, he was introduced to yogic breathing (pranayama) by his father George who taught him to swim underwater, and the main bandhas (internal locks) through a family friendship with Rhodesian Olympian Basil Brown. At the age of 17, he met a Tibetan Lama who introduced him to the philosophy and practice of Tantric Yoga. In 1985, Simon met his primary teacher Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) with whom he studied for almost two decades. He has also studied with such internationally revered Indian teachers as BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar. Since 2007, Simon has been developing his yoga practice and understanding by studying with Master Zhen Hua Yang.
Therese Kerr
Neuro-Therapist. Author, Speaker
The skin, the body’s largest organ, plays an important role in fending off toxins and sending sensory messages throughout the body. So its important that you surround yourself with toxic-free home and personal care products. Therese will explain the health benefits of organic skin and personal care products and provide samples of her own organic personal care range.
Integrative Healthcare offers Treatment Solutions for;
ADHD, anxiety, asthma, Aspergers, autism, conduct disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes, digestive disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, eating disorders, eczema, epilepsy, food intolerances, heart disease, learning delay, memory loss, mood, behavioural, obesity, sensory processing disorder, sleep disorders and more.

Did You Know?

  • Australian children are struggling with epidemics; allergies (1 in 3), asthma (1 in 4), ADHD (1 in 10); Autism
    (1 in 100). Childhood cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression have each well more than doubled over the past 2 decades.*
  • Nutritional deficiencies create an imbalance in neurotransmitters which can affect behaviour, concentration, mood, sleep and addictions.
  • Many individuals with learning and behavioural disorders have auditory, visual or sensory processing issues that do not show up in standard hearing, vision or behavioural tests.
  • Digestive health can drive allergies, anxiety, ADHD, arthritis, asthma, autism, bedwetting, depression, diabetes, eczema, infections, learning delay, mood and sleep disorders.
  • 70% of the neurotransmitters in your brain are also in you digestive tract.
  • Food allergies and intolerances can be misdiagnosed as ADHD.
  • Digestive disorders can drive attention deficit, allergies, asthma, anxiety and chronic infections.
  • Individuals with learning delay may have auditory or visual processing problems not detected in standard tests.
  • Minerals, vitamins, essential fats and amino acids support neurotransmission which affects concentration, mood, sleep and addictions.
  • An experienced
    Integrative practitioner can help identify underlying triggers and then select and sequence the right treatments. An educated and willing patient can help create best outcomes. And an informed approach saves time and money!
  • By recognising that disease is not solely genetic, we can take charge of our health.
    And by understanding epigenetics, that diet and lifestyle can trigger genetic expression, we can help prevent disease going down the generations.
“Most people would agree with the statement “Food can cause disease” but fewer people are familiar with the concept that “Food can cure disease” and that disease actually goes away as a side effect of creating health”
Dr Christabelle Yeoh
Mindd Foundation Medical Advisory Board
Many of today’s complex and chronic diseases are multi-system problems that do not have a quick, one stop fix but that can be improved dramatically with an Integrative approach. This is not a replacement or alternative to conventional medicine but a complementary approach that can yield dramatic result when tailored to the particular needs of the individual. The only question we need to ask is “Are we prepared to do what it takes to be well?
Leslie Embersits
Founding Director,
Mindd Foundation
If we take full advantage of our body’s natural healing power by restoring intestinal balance, tailoring our food and nutritional intake and using integrative whole body approaches to our overall health we can prevent and alleviate the symptoms of chronic illness
Dr Leila Masson


  1. Make a positive contribution to the country by empowering Mothers to take charge of their children’s healthcare.
  2. Promote your organisation and your products to a highly targeted community that is motivated to purchase Integrative products and services
  3. Increase brand awareness, respect and likability through affiliation with a respected organisation with a world-class Medical Advisory Board that is helping Australian children.
  4. Support and benefit from a charity that is growing the Integrative Healthcare consumer base and recruiting investment into products that help people and the planet.
  5. Network and build relationships with leaders in the Integrative Healthcare movement
  6. Create positive PR and raise positive awareness of your company or organisation as a whole
  7. Receive Mindd partner benefits; invitations to special events, speaker receptions and information evenings


  1. Logo on MOK promotional material (posters, flyers, and advertisements)
  2. Logo/link on MOK e-materials (Mindd website, e-flyer, social media)
  3. Listing as Mindd Partner on main partner page of Mindd website
  4. Product samples and/or information kits to delegates
  5. Logo and 200 word write-up on Mindd Partner page
  6. Promotion as Mindd partner in selected Media Releases

Will Women Lead the Environmental Health Movement?

How can we imagine that ordinary people might be able successfully to challenge the overwhelming internal logic of the global economic system because of concern over environmental health?

There is an Ethiopian proverb that when spider webs unite they can tie up a lion. The lion of the globally destructive patterns of production and consumption may one day be ensnared and ultimately domesticated by the gossamer webs of human consciousness and community action. What will happen when ordinary people, whose lives are often mortally wounded by the destruction of the biosphere, come to understand that their wounds are so often intimately related to the wounds of the earth?

What will happen when a working woman comes to a realization that her own breast cancer, her husband’s lymphoma, her brother’s melanoma, her son’s learning disability, his best’s friend’s attention deficit disorder, her daughter’s endometriosis, her niece’s cleft palate, her cousin’s chronic anxiety and panic disorder, her best friend’s severe chemical sensitivity, her best friend’s daughter’s asthma, her uncle’s infertility, her neighbor’s son’s testicular cancer, and her sister’s daughter’s childhood leukemia, may form a pattern?

What will happen when this working woman begins to understand that these new human pandemics, that affect her family and her community directly, may be profoundly connected to what is happening to the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and the animals of the earth?

I believe this working woman will understand that the cancers and infertility of the fish, the disappearance of the frogs, the cleft palates of the mice, the shifts in gender orientation of the birds, the susceptibility to viruses and infections of the seals, the disappearance of the songbirds, — that all this and much, much more may be telling us a story that is also our story.

The story that the birds and the fish and the mice are telling us is the story of InterBeing — the story that all life on earth is truly, breathtakingly, concretely connected right now, and that what we do to the mice of the field and the birds of the forest, we also ultimately do also to ourselves and our families right now.

I do not believe that we can hide from this story much longer. It is among the great stories of our time.
Michael Lerner, http://www.commonweal.org/pubs/lerner/article_extinction.html
The Age of Extinction and The Emerging Environmental Health Movement

Mindd Foundation