It’s A Mad World

By Dr Joe | September 29th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Two kids slide on playground

Two years ago I wrote about the case of a family, which had to take down a tree house due to the stupidity and intransigence of government. It had breached some guideline of some description. Despite governments running ads extolling children to be active, it appears that whenever there is the slightest hint that the electronic equipment might be replaced by the outdoor variety some official will step in.

Now another council has ordered a cubby house to be taken down.

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How Synthetic Blood Could Solve Our Thirst For Transfusion

By Hayley Reeve | September 26th, 2014 at 12:02 pm


Humans have a monumental thirst for blood. With the average red blood cell transfusion using around 3 pints of blood, approximately 27,000 blood donations are needed every week in Australia to meet that demand. The problem is, blood platelets have quite a short “shelf-life” lasting only 7 days, with red blood cells lasting just 35 days. Also, with most blood donors often being unpaid volunteers, supply is usually far short of demand. Just 1 in 30 people give blood, yet figures show that it’s closer to 1 in 3 people who will need donated blood in their lifetime.
This shortfall has lead to an increase in something known as autotransfusion. This is the process of donating your own blood for your own use in the near future. Typically the blood is collected before surgery, and banked should you need a transfusion. However there is another way that the shortfall can be tackled: with the emergence of synthetic blood.

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1984 – 30 Years Later

By Dr Joe | September 22nd, 2014 at 1:13 pm

1984 sign, in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Our health as individuals is linked to the health of society. Free societies have always enjoyed better health. But we can take this for granted.

Long before Hunger Games spawned a new interest in dystopia, there was George Orwell’s 1949 book “1984”. In this, the futuristic society had the four government ministries of peace, love, plenty and truth. The role of each was the exact opposite of what their name implied. The ministry of truth was responsible for lies and propaganda, and the ministry of peace was in charge of wars.

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Frozen Delights

By Cyndi O'Meara | September 19th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

ice cream

It’s a rare occasion that I am totally surprised by what is put in food these days.  It may taste like food but in reality, it is a food-like substance that has no relation to the original food ingredients, more like a bunch of chemicals resembling and tasting like food.

To be asked which is better for weight loss, blood sugar or mouth feel, I struggle to even give an F- to any of the foods I research, and that includes the heart tick of approval as well as the Diabetes Foundation’s food advice.

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New Thinking Needed On Mental Health

By Dr Joe | September 15th, 2014 at 11:19 am

Change of SceneThe United Nations has conducted a global survey on deaths by suicide and found that each year it accounted for 800,000 deaths. Whilst the highest rates were in people over 70 it was also the second leading cause of death in those aged 15 to 29 globally. Men outnumbered women by three to one in developed countries.

The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan was quoted on Reuters saying this was a “call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for too long”.

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Stepmotherhood: Role Ambiguity and Wellbeing.

By Sally Sharman | September 12th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

step mums

The steady growth of stepfamilies over the past few decades means there are millions upon millions of stepmums around the globe. Stepmum’s experience significant life changes when they transition into the role of ‘stepmum.’ These changes can be transformative as the experience may bring with it an enriching and enlivening quality to a woman’s life.

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Lets Apply Logic

By Dr Joe | September 8th, 2014 at 11:56 am

marihuana & tabs

Last week I was interviewed about the use of medical marihuana. A survey done by a news site locally showed some 97% of respondents in favour of its use especially in those with cancer. Whilst online surveys can’t be absolutely relied on, this is a remarkably high figure.

And it is not that surprising.

In the USA where President Nixon started the war on drugs over 40 years ago we now have close to 30 states where medical marihuana is legal and two states where it is fully legal. Yet concurrently its use is responsible for a large number of people being in jail.

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Sex And Aging

By Dr's Ely Lazar and Adele Thomas | September 6th, 2014 at 2:58 am

homme femme symbolYou’ve probably noticed that if the topic of sex and seniors comes up when your children or other young ones are around, that invariably you get a disgusted look appearing on their faces. Or you may get the response, “TMI” (Too Much Information).

The fact is that when it comes to sex, “It ain’t over till it’s over!”. Seniors are sexually active and can be so until well into their 90’s. In an interview, the well-known fitness guru, Jack Lalanne and his wife stated that they were still sexually active into their 90’s. Sex is a normal part of life and there is actually great benefit keeping it up into your later years.

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Pass The Salt

By Dr Joe | September 1st, 2014 at 11:06 am


The human body is remarkably good at regulating itself. Everything from body temperature to heart rate to blood levels of dozens of minerals are all kept in a range that the body needs. For everything there is a sweet spot. Too much or too little is a problem.

Temperature regulation is a good example. If we get a fever then body will seek to bring the temperature back down to the normal level, not lower than normal. In fact a low temperature is as dangerous than a high one.

So it would make sense then for this principal to be applied to most areas of our health.

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Chocolate For Breakfast!

By Kristy Zenk | August 29th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

ceramic mug cups of hot chocolate with spoon inside

Yep you heard it, chocolate!

Doesn’t just the whole concept of that sound wrong? All our lives we have been brought up to believe that chocolate is a treat, something you limit, have a little after dinner or after you have eaten some ‘good’ food to balance out the crap in which you are just about to indulge? Well if you are talking about commercial chocolate that has been heat or chemically extracted, loaded with refined sugar and other nasties then you would still be correct, however raw cacao has emerged in recent years with a gold star rating for its health benefits.

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