The Real World

The Real World

January 26 sees the celebration of Australia Day – commemorating the arrival of the first fleet in 1788. Like all nations, there are aspects of the past and present that are positive and negative. Yet the positives outweigh the negatives by a long way. As the son of...
Unsettling Science

Unsettling Science

Recently I wrote about the PURE study which followed over 135,000 people in 18 countries for seven years. It found that current dietary guidelines are essentially wrong as there was an increased rate of heart disease stroke and mortality associated with low fat rather...
Pure Galileo

Pure Galileo

There was a time when we believed the earth was the centre of the universe. To be honest, it was not unreasonable for people in the dark ages to accept this. The technology of the time was limited. When Galileo Galilei proposed that the earth revolved around the sun...
Unsettled Science

Unsettled Science

There is an old adage that the only certainty is change. Last week a new advisory, published in the BMJ, came out saying we do not need to finish a course of antibiotics. Interestingly one of the reasons for this is a compete reverse of the previous view. It was...