Humans Are Social Beings

Humans Are Social Beings

There are eight pillars of health. One that does not get as much airtime as movement, sleep and diet is relationships. According to Medical News Today “Two new meta-analyses from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT, reveal that loneliness and social isolation...
How Dare You Improve Your Health?

How Dare You Improve Your Health?

Recently I saw the “controversial” movie “The Magic Pill” which looks at the role of food in our lives and how what we eat might influence our health. It is accepted that 75% of the disease burden in western societies are lifestyle related. This is a function of many...
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...
Strange Bedfellows

Strange Bedfellows

There is an old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows. The E-cigarette debate in Australia has given a new twist to this with the Tobacco industry and Tobacco control effectively on the same side when it comes to people continuing to smoke. Sound bizarre? Well...
The “Deplorable” Kitchen Table

The “Deplorable” Kitchen Table

Certain things have significance beyond the obvious. One of these is the kitchen table. In a hectic world where many eat in front of screens and eat food, which lacks in nutrition, the kitchen table stands as a sentinel, where people stop the other things they may be...
Three Kilograms

Three Kilograms

The original concept of public health was to deal with outbreaks of and prevent spread of infectious diseases. This included advice on quarantine, and treatment. Useful advice included sanitation of water and other basic (as would be regarded today) hygiene. The...