Expensive Placebos

Expensive Placebos

The use of antidepressants has exploded over the last 20 years. It is estimated that one in ten people in the USA is on them and as many as one in four women in their 40’s and 50’s. In Australia, the numbers are not as high but not far behind. Yet despite the...
Long May It Last

Long May It Last

Whilst accepting that there have been volumes written and said about the recent royal wedding, I am going to put my proverbial two cents worth in. It is quite incredible to think that out of around seven billion people on the planet around two billion were watching...
Food Waste

Food Waste

When I was a child we used to have a “dustbin” the size of today’s garden bucket. It was collected once a week and it was not always full. Today we have three large wheely bins. One for garden refuse, one for recycling and the third for general rubbish. Most weeks...
One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All

It is little wonder that people are confused by health messages and the latest discovery. As I have observed before when you are certain that what causes cancer this week was a cure for cancer last week, you are not imagining it. We need medical research as it does...
Reckoning Is Coming

Reckoning Is Coming

Let me be very clear upfront. We all have to make a living. Only the government can forcibly extract money to keep itself going. The rest of us need to exchange goods or services in return for money. A business which employs people needs to do the same otherwise it...
Medicinal Cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis

Every year a number of new drugs come onto the market. Some are greeted with fanfare while others just slide in. There is an assessment process to bring pharmaceuticals to market to show that they are safe, that they work and that side effects are acceptable. To get a...