About Carahealth Acupuncture Naturopathy Homeopathy
it comes to your health, qualifications should matter
I hold 4 degrees, including a Masters in Public Health
and 3 internationally transferable level 8 (EQF/AQF/NFQ/Level 6 Ofqual
recognised by NARIC) honours science degrees in Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (CAM); a degree in Acupuncture, Naturopathy (Herbal
Medicine/Nutrition) and Homeopathy, having trained in Australia which is at the
forefront of natural medicine training. I have been in private practice for 20
years offering treatments in 3 modalities and tailoring treatment protocols to
suit individual needs. Being trained in pharmacology and having worked in
pharmacies, I am adept in drug/nutrient and drug/herb safety whereby I practice
pharmacognosy, matching the pharmacological action of drugs with natural
alternative compounds. I have experience using organic pharmacy grade herbs and
herbal extracts to treat antimicrobial resistant diseases including MRSA,
MDR-TB, MDR Staph. aureus, K. pneumonia, E. coli, Haemophilus influenza, MDR
Candida and neglected tropical diseases including Dengue, Ross River/ Barmah
Forest virus Lyme borreliosis, and the rising tide of non communicable disease
(NCD) including autoimmune, allergic and inflammatory disease.
I have worked in Public Health as acupuncturist at
the Northern Hospital Emergency Department (A&E) Epping, Melbourne and Box
Hill Hospital, Melbourne’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit. My ultimate
goal is to see the integration of CAM into mainstream healthcare hence I am
completing a Masters in Public Health. The WHO is looking at the role
Traditional Medicines have in keeping populations healthy and I want to play my
part in shaping future Public Health Policy to improve Global Health outcomes
using Traditional Medicines. My Masters dissertation was entilteld A Systematic
Review and Meta-Analysis of Plant-Derived Antimicrobials (PDAms) in WHO
priority antimicrobial resistant (AMR) pathogens.
I have also worked as an acupuncturist and sports
nutritionist/ herbalist for an Australian Rules Football team where I
recommended natural ergogenic aids to boost performance in professional
athletes as recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport and used
acupuncture to promote recovery and enhance performance. As a naturopath, I
have also raised a family naturally. I am a strong advocate for natural immunity.
There is not a childhood disease I have not seen nor cannot treat.
Other interests include environmental health
concerns in the air and water that lead to bioaccumulation of persistent
organic pollutants (POPs), particularly heavy metals and plastics (both
ingested BPA/phthalates and inhaled dioxins/furans), and enhancing
biotransformation using herbal medicine. Contrary to medical opinion
detoxification is not quackery. In medical terms excess toxins are called
bioaccumulation of xenobiotics and detoxification is called biotransformation which is the process of supporting Phase and Phase II liver
Carina Harkin MPH. BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.
BHSc.Acu.Cert.IV.TAE. AFPA mem.
Carina Harkin and Dr Robyn Parker, A Prospective, Randomised Control
Trial of Acupuncture for Select Common Conditions within the Emergency
Department, Journal of Chinese Medicine, Number 85, pp 45-52., October 2007
Conferences: Presenter/ Moderator/ Chair EurSciCon,
Conference Series and Allied Academies