Chocolate Is Good For Us

By Dr Joe | April 13th, 2014 at 6:44 am

easter choc

Here is something that might surprise you. Eating some chocolate is good for you. And Easter is the time when our love of chocolate can really be indulged a bit.

Chocolate is universal.  It is said that nine out of ten people say they like chocolate and the tenth is lying

Do we need to feel guilty about enjoying some chocolate?   The simple answer is no. Chocolate is not intrinsically bad for us.  At levels of cocoa of 70% it is actually good for us.

Lets look at the health benefits of chocolate.

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Top Three Tips To Super Health

By Dr Lori Shemek | April 11th, 2014 at 10:48 am

Senior man giving woman piggyback ride

How many of us want to feel that boundless energy again or that excitement for life? How many of us want to keep our minds clear and sharp, to resist illnesses and disease? Who doesn’t want to feel good the rest of his or her life?

Inflammation is at the heart of poor health. Despite your family history, you CAN make small changes in your lifestyle that will help control your genetic destiny and live healthier and happier than you ever thought possible.

Do you know we have 80-90% control in how healthy we are and how we age?

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A Matter of Trust

By Dr Joe | April 7th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

father and his son plays outdoors

I read an interesting article by writer Brendan O’Neill about trust. Essentially he made the point that in the UK, officialdom had fostered a climate of mistrust. “The institutions and organisations which crow most loudly about a crisis of trust are the same institutions and organisations that actively stir up mistrust across modern society” he writes.

He then gives examples in health, education, aged care and of course politics. Whilst writing about the UK, I think it applies in other countries too, including Australia. There are constant warnings about danger and how we cannot trust anyone we have dealings with (unless the government has cleared them).

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Why Coffee And Tea Are Amazing For You

By Dr Joe | April 4th, 2014 at 9:42 am

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Most of like a cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Both have been shown to have health benefits. It is worth keeping in mind that tea comes from leaves and coffee is a member of the apple family. Hence both are part of nature. Whilst you do not want to overdo it, enjoying a cup of your favourite brew is both enjoyable and healthy. Click the tab to learn about some of the health benefits.

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Falling and “Failing”

By Dr Joe | March 31st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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My late mother used to say about fashion that if you had a washing basket big enough you would pile clothes on top of each other for 20 or 30 years. Then you would tip it upside down. At this point the clothes on the bottom would be new and fashionable again.

Whilst we associate clothes with fashion trends, the principal applies in many other aspects of human existence. I was reminded of this when plans by a school to stop praising everything that children did was described as being on the “cutting edge” of a new way of thinking.

Perhaps I am getting old but the washing basket analogy immediately sprung to mind. This is not new thinking but a return to a way of thinking that was fashionable up till about the 1980’s.

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Five Ways to Ramp Up Your Energy Levels

By Bob Choat | March 29th, 2014 at 7:56 am


Whenever I worked the early morning shift back in my LAPD days, it sure seemed that my energy levels were down.  Back then, me and my partner would stop (with other officers) at the local donut shop after role call.  And yes, cops did eat donuts.

So it’s not a fairy tale.  Little did we realize that those freaking donuts only made things worse as far as our energy levels.

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What Conspiracy?

By Dr Joe | March 24th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Mediterranean diet

A survey has shown that nearly half of American adults believe there are conspiracies in health to cover things up. This sounds crazy but lets reserve judgment for the minute.

Here is something that should concern all of us.  Whilst we hear about the wonders of medical research and how important it is that we give it more funding, not all is well in medical research land.  The following is from The Economist “A recent series of articles in the Lancet noted that, in 2010, about $200 billion (an astonishing 85% of the world’s spending on medical research) was squandered on studies that were flawed in their design, redundant, never published or poorly reported”.

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Five Medications Kids Should Never Take

By Back Up Care | March 21st, 2014 at 11:24 am

Group Of Children Running In Park

When you pick up a bottle of over-the-counter medication to treat symptoms of an illness in your child, you do so with the belief that anything you can purchase from a pharmacy shelf is probably safe for use. While over-the-counter medications may be marketed to kids, not all of them are actually safe for every child, and some can even cause severe adverse reactions.

Despite the rigorous testing involved in the approval process before a drug hits the shelves, there are some medications that simply aren’t safe for young children.

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Some Run Faster

By Dr Joe | March 17th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Friends laughing

A new book by Dr Richard Saul claims that ADHD, as a “condition” does not exist. He claims that whilst the symptoms are real, there are a number of underlying reasons for them and that these are ignored in the rush to label children with ADHD and then put them on drugs.

The drugs (mostly amphetamine derivatives) do change behaviour. It is important to remember the fact that giving a child (or adult) a mind-altering substance will alter their mind.   But this does not mean that they had a “condition” to start with.

Not surprisingly this has again ignited debate.

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Success – 5 Keys To Unlock Your Hidden Talents!

By Mandy Napier | March 14th, 2014 at 9:00 am


The ancient proverb ‘Time will tell’ still rings true today, especially with the creation of our goals and desires. With as many as 98% of New Year’s Resolutions failing, how can you ensure you are one of the few who succeed? How can you be a doer, and live a happier, more fulfilled life?

Here are the 5 keys: -

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