About Me

NurseNaomi2016Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I am a Registered Nurse, Author, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer, Theta Healer and Remote Viewer in training.

Six years ago this blog was a forum for me to put forward my campaigns and theories on health and wellness within a traditional, mainstream context. But three years ago my whole outlook on health transformed radically with the diagnosis, surgery and fallout of my little girl being diagnosed with an enormous brain tumour.

For two years I battled with and also against conventional medicine to find my little girl help and a cure for the devastating condition, Hypothalamic Obesity, that was the fallout of the aggressive surgery to remove her tumour. I fought for and facilitated two medical World-Firsts within this time – one I have officially written up and been published in the Medical Evidence Base (see my case report here). My motto was been “If science won’t move for you, move science.”

What an eye opening experience it has been for me, to become a consumer of the system I previously took such pride in contributing too, as the ‘old’ Nurse Naomi. What has struck me the most is the inherent sense of ‘disempowerment’ I have felt as the vulnerable parent of a sick child for whom the health care system could not (and, sometimes, would not) help.

I was wishing my love was enough to obliterate the brain tumour in my head. It wasn't enough to do that, but it has been enough to propel my through my fight to cure her.

Two days before the surgery that changed my daughter forever. I was wishing my love was enough to obliterate the brain tumour in her little head. It wasn’t enough to do that, but it has been enough to propel me, ferociously, through my fight to cure her.

When my daughter’s brain tumour returned something within me changed – although I could barely fathom how a parent could be a peace whilst their child suffered, I was aware I had stopped ‘fighting’ Hana’s condition, but instead found love in place of hate, and peace forming in the place that had been occupied by fear. I ‘woke’ up to my Spiritual nature and quickly began training as an Energy Healer – Theta, Reiki and Intuitive Healing and will be offering Skype consults later this year.

ysh-orange-web-banner copyI now have a separate email list for those interested in exploring and elevating their Soul Health Consciousness here: Your Soul HealthSign up for Soul Health Weekly Bites here

Meanwhile, I continue to use this blog as a platform to explore alternative and integrate health modalities, document Hana’s progress and my own pursuit of ‘Truth’ surrounding health and wellness.

LBN-final-cover JPEGIf you have kids, know kids, still wanna be a kid please pop over to my children’s books at The Little Bush Nurse – my books aim to empower and inspire children to harness their own health and well being. The Little Bush Nurse is a clever clogs as she also authors her own weekly ‘Kid’s Health Questions’ emails, you can Sign Up for those here.

‘How She Healed Me‘ – my memoir on the last three years is in draft – only a few months from September publication so please sign up here to stay tuned for developments.

Thank you so much sharing this journey with me!

NN xx

  26 comments for “About Me

  1. March 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Great to find you on Twitter, and then connect with your blog. As a fellow nurse blogger, I’m always excited to see what other nurses are writing! Cheers!

    • Naomi R Cook
      March 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Hi Keith! Thanks so much for touching base and great to connect with another Nurse Blogger too! Let’s keep in touch.

  2. Keith Gregory
    April 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Naomi,

    We have a foundation whose aim is to give all children access to soap and water at critical times. Part of our global initiative is to fix the issues around hand hygiene in our own schools. Many do not have soap due to vandalism and principals are starting to rely on liquid gels in the classroom which does nothing more than bring any infection back into the classroom.

    Please have a look at our Facebook page and the petition site. At present we have the support of the Nurses Federation in SA teachers Union in WA with all others states considering supporting it. I would love for you to come on board and help with this initiative and encourage others to do so has well.
    FB http://www.facebook.com/ChildrensGlobalHygieneFoundation?ref=hl

    Another Keith

    • Naomi R Cook
      April 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Hi Keith,

      Wow, how lovely to hear from you and it sounds like you are doing some amazing work! I’m soon to implement a handwashing project in a local school and will post up details here and on Facebook/Twitter as we progress. I have some local media interest too which is going to be good to show other local schools what can be done! It would be great to do something in more schools in the area and who knows, nationwide eventually?!

      I’d love to know more about your organisation, and I’ll certainly “like” you on Facebook so I can follow, and twitter too, if you have an account, and ultimatly see how I can become involved in your campaign!

  3. Keith Gregory
    April 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

    We both have the same passion and aim I am not a nurse or health expert I have some very good people coming on to our board who I will discuss with you. It would be great if we could work together as I dont have the qualifications and I am not a women so find it hard to get the Mums of Oz behind me. You could do the blogging and I can speak with the government etc. Have already met with the Federal opposition to make the issue an election promise!!!!!!! I did speak at the Australian Infection Control Conference in 2010 on the school hygiene issue.

    I have sent you my number on FB but here it is anyway 0418938360. I also sent an email to Nurse Keith as well. Hope to speak today.



  4. Nicki
    May 20, 2013 at 1:14 am


    Have you contacted many schools in QLD? I’d love to be able to have this information available to my daughters school!

    • Naomi R Cook
      May 20, 2013 at 1:33 am

      Hi Nicki! Do you mean the Hand-Washing Campaign or ‘Stop Gastro Spread’? Let me know and I’ll get back to you or ask Keith to get back to you! 🙂

  5. May 27, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Hi Naomi

    I’m not sure if you remember me from daycare, Fox and Hanna were friends! I’ve just stumbled across your website and posts on Childhood101, it’s fantastic and it has some interesting topics that I look forward to reading! I’ve actually just sent an email to Christie Burnett about my business which I recently launched. I’d love you to check it out http://www.peekyme.com.au

    Hope you and the girls are really well!

    Jade Stapleton

    • Naomi R Cook
      May 29, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Hi Jade, of course I remember you! How lovely to hear from you and what a fantastic business you’ve set up! The website looks amazing and I love the idea. I’ll be looking the party boxes for sure! Well done and I hope that the business thrives!

  6. Sarah E.
    July 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Naomi! I loveyour site! It feels like walking into a super heroine zone where the crime fighting is replaced with a crusade for health and wellness on all levels. So epic, great work! 🙂 I’d love to connect with you about reposting one of your blogs on immunizations on my new community advocacy blog Parents For Vaccinations. I think it’s be great to have your perspectives on there, and of course you’d be credited and your website and social media sites would be linked (or whatever else you’d like us to share!) Does this sound doable? If so, please e-mail me sarah [at] pelesend [dot] com. Thank you~~!! Happy July 4th weekend! 🙂

  7. Naomi R Cook
    July 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Sarah, what a LOVELY comment to wake up to! Thank you so much, I am going to email you today!

  8. Abby T
    February 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hi there, I saw your travelling post and that you have a place in Egypt. I’m an American living in Egypt, married to an Egyptian. Our two month old son has been diagnosed with a milk protein allergy and I’m in the midst of the elimination process, though I feel he will have a gluten one as well, in my gut. As you’re probably aware, Egypt isn’t the easiest place to deal with such allergies given how people eat and given the availability of “alternate” ingredients. Do you have any knowledge of places to buy certain items here? Thanks!

    • Naomi R Cook
      February 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Abby, good to hear from you! I’m also married to an Egyptian and lived in egypt for years before moving to Australia! It’s been a few years though since I lived there though and I must admit I’m not overly familiar with products available for special people like us! I’m guessing you’ve most likely tried the obvious stores like Alfa, Metro, carrefour? I reckon Zamalek Alfa market and or metro plus Maadi metro would be good places to start due to the larger number of expats living in these places. Do let me know what you find, I’d love to know what’s available there nowadays as we when visit we usually bring our own stuff from Aus.

  9. Brenda
    March 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Is your rice pudding recipe posted anywhere? I saw that you give your kids a rice pudding in low allergy based, and would love to know the recipe.


    • Naomi R Cook
      March 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Brenda, I’ve got a buckwheat porridge recipe but not a rice pudding one (yet!). Perhaps it was another blogger you had in mind, sorry! 🙂

      • Bre
        March 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

        There was a post about feeding your kids a rice porridge in an amino acid base. I didn’t know if that was a recipe others could follow, or if the base was a prescription type powder.


  10. July 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Naomi! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you & was wondering if you could please email me when you have a free moment. Thanks! I really hope to hear from you soon and appreciate you taking the time. ☺ cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com

    • Naomi R Cook
      July 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Cameron, if you could get in touch with me via my Facebook page that would be brilliant. I get a lot of spam here and so don’t use my personal email – still need to set up a Nurse Naomi one. My Facebook page is Naomi Cook Writer/Author and you can message me there. I look forward to hearing from you.

  11. Sally Gard
    September 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Naomi, I’ve just read your post about your daughter’s obesity. Whereabouts was/is Hana’s tumour? My son was diagnosed with a Pilocitic Astrocitoma on the 3rd ventricle, near the Hypothesis and Hypothalamus, 25 years ago. We were told he wouldn’t live longer than 2 years old, however, he has defied them all, undergoing numerous surgeries to no avail.
    He’s had and still has problems with forever hunger and follows a diet 365 days a year.
    As the tumour is on the optic nerve, he’s lost the sight in one eye and only perceives light in the other. In 1998 he also became hydrocephalus and had to have a shunt put in. There have been many other problems, side-effects of drugs, and horrible manifestations in the years. It’s never ending. Removal of the tumour is not possible. We just live and wait , as the tumour is growing all the time.
    How about Hana’s? Would be nice to hear from you.

    • Naomi R Cook
      September 17, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Hi Sally, I’m devastated to hear of your son’s suffering, and yours, I can’t imagine how you find the strength to get through each day, after 25 years of this! Hana’s tumour was a Craniopharyngioma, benign histologically, but locally invasive with terrible consequences to the areas of the brain that it damaged. Her tumour extended to the third ventricle too, it was about tennis ball sized and due to it’s proximity to the hypothalamus, has caused this ‘hard wiring’ to obesity, and thought consuming Hyperphagia. I can’t let her live her life like this, it is so very, very cruel. I hope we will find an answer to end our children’s suffering – keep searching! xx

  12. October 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Naomi, Mark Stephens here from Litlle Forest Health Retreat. Good on you for having the courage to keep searching and asking for help. Not sure if I can help but have worked with some extreme cases such as Jordan Tirekidis, you can google him. He was eating 30,000 – 40,000 cals a day and weighed 310 kgs. Now eats 1,000 – 1,800 per day. Anyway would be happy to chat if I can do anything to help with hypnosis or what we do at the health retreat. You can contact me via thinkguy.au AT gmail.com. If you google think slim you will see what we do. Kind regards Mark.

  13. October 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    p.S. Mark again, forgot to mention I had cancer years ago and am lucky to still be here. We are also regular sponsors of CANTEEN so have done a lot of work with kids and teenagers.

  14. Marisa
    February 13, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Naomi,

    We just found this article on a different hydrocortisone that reduces BMI, we are going to talk to our endocrinologist to trial the medication.

    Here is the article:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23980724.

    Jakub had a rough Christmas, he had a hyponatremic seizure (picked up a gastro bug) and sodium went really low and Desmopreson made him retain to much fluid. One interesting point was made though, his endocrinologist said possibly weight gain could be due to fluid retention, so breaking through more than once a day might help with weight (also ensuring no more low sodium seizure).

    Good luck on your quest, wishing you and your family lots of happy memories this year year.


  15. Marisa
    February 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm
  16. Cherie Draper
    March 16, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Naomi, is there a way to get in contact with you? I have some information to pass on that may be useful to Hannah. Kind regards, Cherie

    • Naomi R Cook
      March 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Yes Cherie, maybe message me on my Facebook page if you have one? Or try hello@nursenaomipress.com but it can be really unreliable, so Facebook (Naomi Cook Writer/Author) would be good?

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