Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year.

2020 is already shaping up to be awesome. So many exciting things ahead – journal articles, textbook chapter, conferences, my book on nutrition being published (mid-year), among others.

This year is going to be a big year. Manifest!

Wishing you all the best for an amazing 2020 and the new decade (roaring 20’s) ahead.

Dietary Fruits and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Diseases Risk

Diet is likely to be an important determinant of cardiovascular disease risk. The initial evidence that fruit and vegetable consumption has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease came from observational studies. The protective mechanisms of fruit and vegetables may not only include some of the known bioactive nutrient effects dependent on their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and electrolyte properties, but also include their functional properties, such as low glycaemic load and energy density. Taken together, the totality of the evidence accumulated so far does appear to support the notion that increased intake of fruits and vegetables may reduce cardiovascular risk. It is clear that fruit and vegetables should be eaten as part of a balanced diet, as a source of vitamins, fibre, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Therefore, it may be more important to focus on whole foods and dietary patterns rather than individual nutrients to successfully impact on cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

Alissa EM, Ferns GA. Dietary Fruits and Vegetables and Cardiovascular Diseases Risk. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 57 (9), 1950-1962.

$5.2 Billion Industry

This year was a very big year for the complementary medicine industry and profession.

Most Australians (73%) have used at least one form of complementary medicine in the last year with 33% taking a supplement on a daily basis and 13% taking a supplement 1-2 times a week in 2019. In comparison, the United States (49%) and South Korea (39%) take a supplement on a daily basis.

One third of Australians using complementary medicines do so to manage the symptoms of a chronic disease. Approximately 50% of all Australians have a chronic disease.

The Australian supplement industry is currently valued at $5.2 Billion in sales annually and continues to grow. See below graph of the breakdown of sales of vitamin and dietary supplements, sports nutrition, herbal and traditional products (grouped together), and weight management. As a note, in 2015-2016, Australian’s spent $170 billion on health.


In comparison with the US industry, Vitamin supplements are $110 Billion, Weight management and wellbeing $17.7 Billion, and Sports Nutrition $21.6 Billion.

Complementary Medicines Group (CMG) has numerous customers already successfully exporting products to the US (and worldwide) and the number of customer exporting products are already growing for 2020.

Products by Health Category

The below graph shows the percentage share of products by category. By looking at this graph, you can see the 4 leading categories being Joint and Bone, Heart Health, Digestive Health, and Women’s Health. This gives you an idea where people are focussing on their health (prevention and management). General health is a broad area that covers numerous health areas.


Dosage forms available from CMG

  • CMG provide the opportunity for numerous dosage forms for your products. Please find the available dosage forms below:
  • Film-coated tablets
  • Chewable tablets
  • Capsules (size 0, 00, 00EL, 000)
  • Vegetable capsules (size 0, 00, 00EL, 000)
  • Soft capsules – e.g. Omega-3 fish oil, Ubiquinol, Flaxseed oil
  • Enteric coated (tablet, capsule)
  • Modified release (tablet)
  • Multi-layer tablet
  • Powders in bottle/jar – herbal and nutritional (AUSTL); foods (e.g. greens)
  • Powders in sachets – herbal and nutritional (AUSTL); foods (e.g. greens)
  • Liquids bottles – e.g. nutritional (AUSTL), herbal (AUSTL)
  • Liquids sprays – e.g. nutritional (AUSTL), herbal (AUSTL)
  • Liquids in dripolator bottles – e.g. nutritional, herbal (AUSTL)
  • Mouthwash
  • Creams, Ointments (AUSTL available)

Blister packs for your products are also available.

Vegan friendly products are available, along with products that do not contain gluten, wheat, lactose, dairy, nuts, peanuts, sesame, egg, crustacea, and shellfish, among others.

New Product Development 2020 and beyond

Stayed tuned for new product development in 2020 and beyond 🙂

Contact: brad@cmgrouponline.com.au

As the moon rose, she shone in all her glory…

As the moon rose, she shone in all her glory.

She filled me with amazement of all things big and small. She reminds us to believe in ourselves, believe in true greatness, enlightenment, reflection and inner knowledge, inspiration, achieving one’s best, helping and supporting each other, standing up for what’s right, and doing good in this amazing world of ours.

“And we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun” ~ John Lennon

So shine on you crazy diamonds!

Starry Night

Starry Night.

Beautiful clear sky last night. Long exposure photo captured a meteor and what appears to be a nebula on the left side of the photo. Make a wish!


Impression, Sunrise

Beautiful sunrise this morning. I love art, particularly Monet. One of Monet’s paintings that inspires me everyday is Impression, Sunrise. The way Monet captured the elements of the sun, water, the landscape, and ships is amazing. The painting led to the birth of Impressionism. 🌞

What inspires you?


You are stronger than you know!

Believe in yourself. 💫

Winter solstice

Welcome to the solstice

Make a wish, send out the positive vibes 🌞

Waiting for the perfect wave or dive right in?

Waiting for the perfect wave or dive right in?

Watching the sunrise and noticed this surfer watching and waiting for the perfect wave. While his friends were already doing so 🌊. Don’t wait for the perfect wave, make your own. Get out there and do it. Put your mind and heart into and know you can do it!



Sunrise, beach walk, and meditation. Great way to start the day. Make sure you have a time out every day to reinvigorate and recharge 🌞💫🌊

Conference Presentation: The art and science of clinical prescribing in patients with PCOS and Cardiometabolic syndrome: Combining traditional knowledge and science for future practice

Hi everyone. I am presenting a favourite topic of mine at the NHAA International Conference on Herbal Medicine – “The art and science of clinical prescribing in patients with PCOS and Cardiometabolic syndrome: Combining traditional knowledge and science for future practice”. Melbourne on 29 March 2019.

If you are a health professional or student, contact the NHAA Office for ticket purchase details.

Happy New Year! Dr Brad’s Top 9 for 2019

Happy New Year!

Dr Brad’s Top 9 for 2019

– Eat a diet high in whole foods and plants, predominantly vegetarian or vegan. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

– Include beneficial fats and oils.

– Stay hydrated – Drink more water. Aim for 30 ml of water per kg of body weight.

– Avoid sugar, artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, and preservatives, processed and refined foods.

– Eat good quality chocolate.

– Sleep – aim for 6-8 hours of good solid sleep per night.

– Have a time out every day.

– Read more. Educate yourself.

– Appreciate what you have.

Pursue your dreams!

Eat well. Live well. Everyday.

Wishing you all the best for 2019 with good health, happiness, and abundance.

Dr Brad McEwen PhD

Holidays. We all need a break

We all need a break. Some of us choose to have a break over the Christmas – New Year time. Finish the year on a high and start the new year refreshed. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a time out!

Stillness. Calm. Clarity. Focus.

Stillness. Calm. Clarity. Focus.

Early morning walks in the fresh open air of the new day brings forth the beginnings of a new chapter.

Where are you going today? 💫

Books are awesome

I love books 📖. I have my own library of hundreds of books. I have lost count. Books broaden the mind and enlighten the spirit and soul.

Today’s purchases include:

📖 Diseases of the Heart and Circulation by Professor Albert Peel, published in 1947 (original)

📖 The Nature Doctor by Dr H. C. Alfred Vogel, originally published in 1952 (676 pages)

📖 A Modern Herbal by M Grieve, originally published in 1931 (912 pages)


I love collecting books. I love reading books. Read as many books and as often as you can. The book by Professor Peel is a new addition. One of my most favourite books is a herbal medicine original text published in 1863. She is beautiful. The information is still valid in 2018!

I am currently researching and writing my book.

Start the day with a healthy breakfast and mindfulness

It is always best to start the day with a healthy breakfast and mindfulness for optimum mental, physical, and emotional health and wellbeing. This can be done anywhere (at home, holidays, local beach or park). I’m currently on the Gold Coast having a time out. Relaxing in the sun. I presented on the topic of MTHFR and Pyrrole Disorder at the NATPRAC Conference yesterday and today is my rest and relax day. It was an awesome conference.

All the best to you. Hope your dreams come true 💫

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