The Sanctuary Byron Bay
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Newsletter #3 - September 2008

In this issue:

Director's Introduction

Director's Introduction

Welcome to our third Sanctuary E-Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed of new developments in our constantly evolving Sanctuary model.

We have had significant media attention over the past few years focusing on The Sanctuary being ‘luxurious’ and ‘indulgent’. However, the reality is that The Sanctuary leads the integrated treatment field, not because the comforts we can provide, but because of:

- the highest staff to client ratio found anywhere amongst its peers around the world;
- our ability to respond and adapt treatment to the client’s needs on a DAILY basis;
- our flexibility in being able to offer a wide variety of treatment settings for each client according to their specific needs; and
- the exceptional quality of our staff who are leaders in their respective areas of expertise.

The fact that our programmes are always one-on-one and individually customised, means that each client has available to them, an enormous range of resources dedicated to their recovery.  They have their own homes, their own staff and an entire team of practitioners from different modalities treating each client under an integrative care plan conceived and monitored by highly experienced clinical consultants who are leaders in treating co-morbidity.  It is this very integration of outstanding medical and complementary healthcare that distinguishes the Sanctuary Byron Bay from other treatment centers around the world. Moreover, our infrastructure is extensive and is structured to maximise security, confidentiality and discreet privacy.

We are a PREMIER therapeutic service with every part of the therapeutic experience – from environment through to treatment – carefully conceived and choreographed for optimal results.  Our aim is simply to provide the best therapeutic service possible – and while we undoubtedly provide one of the most comfortable and responsive treatment settings in the world, our real value lies in the exceptional quality of our clinical services. For those who want the best integrated treatment, our services are no mere indulgence nor luxury, but a potentially crucial life-changing opportunity.

Please note I am very aware that some people will prefer not to receive this newsletter. In that respect, if you would like to be removed from our distribution list, please reply to this email and insert “Unsubscribe” in the subject heading of the email and we will remove you from the list. For those who are happy to continue receiving the newsletter, I sincerely hope you enjoy the information we have provided. Please feel free to contact me should you wish to ask any questions or discuss any aspect of this newsletter or our programmes further.

I thank you for your time and wish you all the best in health and happiness.

Yours sincerely
Michael Goldberg

Byron Bay Early Recover Settlement Fund

In July 2008, I established an Early Recovery Settlement Fund, a new philanthropic venture fulfilling a long cherished dream of mine to assist those in need in the larger community.

The fund provides those without means who are in early recovery from substance misuse, with a $250 grant able to be applied towards settlement costs in the Northern Rivers area.  Such costs might include:

The establishment of the Early Recovery Settlement Fund marks an exciting new direction for The Sanctuary’s involvement in local philanthropy, helping to establish and build community generosity for the benefit of those less fortunate.  The establishment of the Fund has attracted interest from both businesses in the area wanting to contribute services in-kind and people in local recovery networks who have expressed the desire to help – highlighting a community spirit that is alive and well in Byron Bay.

The Fund’s fundamental aim is to help motivated people get their life back on track and most importantly, remind them that the community cares!

The Sanctuary Byron Bay is happy to assist those with any queries about the Goldberg Early Recovery Settlement Fund:

Please call +61 2 6639 8888 (The Sanctuary Byron Bay)

Michael Goldberg – Director

Healing with Food – by Luke Southwood (Senior Chef)

Director's Introduction

Beetroot has been recognised for centuries for it’s healing properties. It contains betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used to treat depression. It also contains trytophan (also found in chocolate!) which contributes to a general sense of well being.

It is fair to say that, in recent history, beetroot has earned itself a bad reputation and become, arguably, one of the most maligned vegetables in existence. It is up there with overcooked cabbage and undercooked Brussels sprouts, fighting hard for the title of our top childhood food aversion that we carry over into adulthood. This is mainly due to unfavourable, early memories of a somehow tart yet bland, muddy tasting, texturally devoid, soggy sandwich filler.

Fresh beetroot is easy to prepare and, in every way, vastly superior to the mass-produced and pre-cooked alternative. Many people who insist they dislike beetroot have only ever eaten the canned, crinkle-cut, sliced or shredded variety. Normally drowned to death in cheap, overpowering vinegar and devoid of nearly every quality that makes this vegetable a truly valuable part of a delicious, healthy diet.

I would encourage anyone who feels this way to ignore their prejudice and give beetroot another go. I have yet to meet anyone (even those who claim to find beetroot truly disdainful) who has not thoroughly enjoyed the beetroot, almond, parsley and fetta salad (recipe follows). It’s deep, sweet, earthy nature definitely classifies beetroot as an acquired taste but combine it with the briny bite of sheep’s milk fetta, the crunch of pan-roasted almonds and freshly chopped, chlorophyll-laden, flat-leaf parsley and it’s hard not to appreciate the resulting symphony. When prepared correctly and combined well it can be the magnificent, marvellous, mighty beetroot. It’s time to reclaim the forgotten, misunderstood, humble beetroot from the uninspiring realms of insipid airline salads, grotty sandwich bar bain maries, and greasy Australian hamburgers and bestow upon it an altogether higher culinary status.

Beetroot, almond and fetta salad

This delicious salad is a true symphony of taste, texture, colour and flavour. The many benefits of including fresh beetroot in a healthy diet are well known and have been documented since Roman times. Even those who claim to have a strong aversion to this under-rated root vegetable have become enthusiastic converts after trying this salad.


500 grams cooked beetroot
40 grams slivered almonds
150 grams cherry tomatoes
100 grams (1 small Lebanese) cucumber
1/2-cup flat leaf (continental) parsley
30 ml olive oil
10 ml white vinegar
2 pinches salt
1 pinch black pepper
5 ml water
100 grams goats milk fetta (Meredith dairy is recommended)


Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees. Spread the almonds out evenly on a flat baking tray and roast in the oven for 4-5 minutes or until a deep golden brown colour. Keep a close eye on them, as they will go from being golden brown to being burnt in no time at all.

Peel the cooked beetroot and cut into 2 cm cubes (Peeling beetroot can be a messy job. The deep red pigment can stain clothing and your skin. I recommend wearing a bib apron and latex gloves if you want to avoid this problem).  Combine the toasted almonds and chopped beetroot in a mixing bowl.

Wash and halve the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl.

Wash and pick the parsley. I like to leave the parsley leaves intact for this salad but they can be roughly chopped if desired. Add to the other ingredients in the bowl.

Slice the cucumber down the middle. Use a teaspoon to remove the seeds (you can leave the cucumber seeds in place if you wish but their high moisture content can make the salad quite wet and soggy, if it is not being eaten straight away).  Cut the cucumber into cubes, the same size as the beetroot. Add to the bowl.

Combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl with a splash of water. Use a fork or a small whisk to mix together and make a dressing.

Pour the dressing over the beetroot and other ingredients and gently toss the salad to thoroughly combine. Transfer the contents to a serving bowl.

Crumble the fetta cheese evenly over the top of the salad and serve.


Nutrient Deficiencies & Addictions – by Reine DuBois

Director's Introduction

The pre-disposition for substance abuse and addiction in a person is critically related to the deficiency of particular nutrients in their body.  Maintaining appropriate nutrient levels is therefore an important aspect of treatment for drug and alcohol addiction – especially as a complex interplay exists between psychological states and the ways in which nutrients influence these states.

Often, regular and damaging drug and alcohol consumption is motivated by a need to manage the distressing inner psychological states of depression and anxiety. While using drugs and alcohol may be a coping strategy, it is only effective in the short term and can in fact compromise long-term recovery by destroying the very nutrients that may assist in creating a more positive psychological state.

On the other hand, if appropriate nutrient consumption can be encouraged, a more positive psychological state will follow, diminishing the need to resort to drugs and alcohol to cope with anxiety and depression. Nutrient intake therefore plays an important role in breaking the addiction cycle.

To effectively treat depression and anxiety, the body’s natural ability to produce the ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine must be encouraged and enhanced.  As alcohol and drugs artificially boost serotonin and dopamine levels in the body but deplete them in the long run, enhancing the capacity of the body to boost natural production is the only effective long term solution.

To support the enzymatic processes involved in the conversion of amino acids such as Tryptophan, Phenylalanine and Tyrosine into dopamine and serotonin, the use of cofactors such as Zinc, Vit B6, Iron and Folic Acid are recommended.

To determine which nutrients are best indicated in treatment, blood and urine tests are utilised: For example, zinc and iron levels can be effectively checked in a standard blood test; deficiencies in Vit B6 and Folate metabolism can also be revealed by high homocysteine levels; and neuroendocrine (cells that release a hormone into the circulating blood in response to a neural stimulus) levels can also be measured in a urine sample to give a clear picture of serotonin and dopamine levels.

Deficiencies and low levels of nutrients are treated with direct supplementation and at The Sanctuary Byron Bay, we use a range of high quality products to achieve optimum nutrient saturation.

All measures can be checked again after initiating supplementation – to confirm that adequate absorption is occurring. Generally the improving symptom picture indicates the efficacy of the nutrients prescribed.

Ideally the nutrients required to support healthy psychological function should come from nutritious food intake associated with a healthy lifestyle. It is the Naturopath’s task to assist their clients to create this lifestyle with the goal of discontinuing supplementation when optimum health is achieved.

Good quality protein such as organic meats, fish and dairy produce all give the body an abundance of amino acids. Whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables supply the cofactors necessary for healthy brain function.  Some individuals may not be able to produce serotonin and dopamine naturally and in those instances supplementation may be considered long term but at a reduced level after the initial deficiency has been corrected.  If the patient does not have the capacity to cook fresh nutritious food on a regular basis ongoing supplementation may also be required. In many cases however, after the initial period of restoring appropriate nutrient levels, most of the supplements are no longer needed.

Reine DuBois
Senior Naturopath
Sanctuary Byron Bay

Staff Profile: Amos Hee

Director's Introduction

The Sanctuary Byron Bay is one of the only treatment centers in the world to have a consultant medical anthropologist on staff. Generally, medical anthropologists study the variety of ways in which human beings throughout history develop technologies and philosophies of healing with their focus being:

This focus is especially compelling and relevant in a setting such as The Sanctuary Byron Bay where our client base is international in scope. Our clients arrive from all corners of the globe, each bringing with them, different expectations of treatment and unique needs.  Bringing a medical anthropological perspective into the mix, allows us to consider culture from the beginning so that each treatment programme is relevant, sensitive and designed for lasting impact.

Amos Hee joined the Sanctuary Byron Bay’s executive team in 2006 as a Process Consultant, helping to consolidate and document the Sanctuary’s unique interdisciplinary clinical procedures and programme protocols.  One of the first post-graduate trainees in Medical Anthropology at the Centre for Study of Health and Society, an interdisciplinary programme jointly run by the Faculties of Medicine and Arts at the University of Melbourne, Amos’ research interests have been in the areas of ethno-psychiatry and psychology and complementary health care, focusing on the range of ways in which psychological treatment might be offered in Western and non-Western contexts.

Similarly, the holistic focus of the Sanctuary requires careful integration of a range of bio-medical and complementary healthcare perspectives – a task Amos has contributed towards, bringing with him, a non-judgemental attitude towards healthcare and an ability to utilise ethnographic research methods to critically review organisational procedures. His role as a cultural mediator has enhanced communication between different parts of the organisation and consolidated shared practices between practitioners trained in different modalities.

With Amos’ contributions, The Sanctuary Byron Bayremains a leader in the field of integrated treatment as we constantly improve dialogue between different healthcare perspectives and remain committed to continual improvement in how we deliver our services.