Show #7: Deficiency Detective – Uncovering and treating deficiencies

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Today, I speak with Dr Leila Masson, a brilliant paediatrician who I’ve invited on the show to discuss deficiencies with. This is by no means reserved for people with children, as the information is as much for adults as it is for kids, so there’s plenty for everyone in this show. We look at

  • Some of the most common deficiencies
  • Their symptoms
  • Dietary action you can take
  • Supplements that are safe to take without a practitioner and ones that aren’t
  • Practitioner action you can take – what to request / explain
  • General wellness tips to prevent deficiencies


Dr Leila Masson


Dr Leila Masson’s website

Her amazing Children’s A-Z Health book. A must have for parents.

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Nordic Naturals Fish Oil – available online and through health stores.

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And the Algae version for vegetarians and vegans (You can get it from I Herb for the best value)

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Remember: This is not medical advice. Use any clues you received from this episode to see your health care practitioner and explore your options together and do NOT self prescribe anything natural or otherwise.

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  1. Hello again – I was wondering if you could advise where you buy your Nordic Naturals Algae supplements? It doesn’t look like they are available online at the Australian distributor (that I could see, anyway). Thank you. 🙂

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  2. Hi Alexx. Great podcast! I was listening to it whilst doing my glucose tolerance test and the hr flew by! What I found interesting was there was mention of taking zinc supplements for deficiency but no mention of foods you could take. Any suggestions on food and suggested amount? Or would there not be enough in our food due to the soil. Apart from oysters which I think most peopke don’t eat on a regular basis. Thanks!

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      Thanks so much for taking the time to say Carla! Excited about going weekly in October! Just too many great people, stories and information to bring you guys x

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  3. Hi Alexx,
    I stumbled across your podcasts a few days ago, and I am addicted. So far I have LOVED LOVED LOVED every single one of them. Thanks so much for supplying such great information and for interviewing such interesting people. Can’t wait to listen to more.

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  4. Hi Alexx,

    I love listening to your podcasts on my runs!! So, firstly, Thankyou!!

    I have just recently found out i’m about 8weeks pregnant and i remember this podcast (as well as the more recent episide about our skin) mentioned the Nordic Naturals Algae. Would you reccommend this product for a daily supplement during pregnancy? I know they do pre and postnatal fish oils, however i am a fan of the Algae option.

    Many thanks

    1. Hello! You’re super welcome and CONGRATS!!! Dr Masson is a vegan and recommends these and I have every confidence that they’re as good and more sustainable to boot – BUT, as you can appreciate I can’t make medical / pre natal recommendations over the internet so I would run it past your doctor or naturopath before switching x

    2. Hi Eve,

      Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’m thankful you asked this question. Have you spoken to your GP/Naturopath and made any decisions on what you will take? I’d love to know, if you’re happy sharing.



  5. Hi Alexx
    I’m loving your podcasts, thank you for bringing this content to us.

    I was just looking up the Nordic naturals algae omega and the ingredients include sunflower oil which I try to avoid.
    I know you said you also take this brand, what are your thoughts on this?

  6. Thanks so much for the podcasts Alexx! Love your interview style! And thanks so much for the discount code for the ettitude sheets. I’ve just used it 🙂 xo

  7. Hi Alexx

    I am a newcomer to your podcasts and am loving them! I found this one so interesting and practical.

    I have just ordered the algae oil – an easy convert from krill which I didn’t realize was so unsustainable, but was just looking at the ingredients and noticed that the soft gels list carrageenan as an ingredient. This is one I usually avoid and I was really surprised to see it in a health supplement. I haven’t received my products yet (just ordered) so maybe it’s an error on iherb? Your thoughts?


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      When I asked Leila about this, she felt very strongly that the benefit outweighed the risk for such a tiny amount. I’m so glad you enjoyed that particular episode too – so many people have got so much from it and yes Krill – so unsustainable. Great to have a good alternative x

  8. Great episode thanks! It really is such an overwhelming process to try and make our environment healthy for my kids and of course for me.

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