Are You In Denial?

By George Helou | January 31st, 2015 at 4:13 am

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We all are in denial in different areas of our life and the consequences once confronted are frightening.

If someone accuses you of being in denial, what is your immediate reaction? Notice we feel insulted and feel the need to defend before we understand the context? This is denial in action. Why don’t we usually ask more questions? Why do you think I am in denial is a great question to ask.

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Everything Old Is New Again

By Dr Joe | January 14th, 2015 at 2:53 pm

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We have a tendency to think that everything which is new, as an improvement on that which is old. Whilst new inventions can improve our lives I am talking about changing things that work quite well for no reason other than something new has turned up.

Research has shown that new medications are often no better than the ones replaced. And the gap between medications and placebo had dropped considerably over the last 40 years. It also turns out that many “new” medical procedures are not any better than the ones they replace.

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The Answer To Excess Drinking Is To Drink Less

By Dr Joe | December 15th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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Lets start with something that is obvious. Drinking too much is not good for your health in either the short or long term. However, that does not mean that all the myths about alcohol are true. And neither are the solutions.

One of the terms bandied around is that of “alcohol fueled violence”. This comes up whenever there is violence in nightlife areas or in Emergency Departments.

People are not drinking more than in the 1970’s. In fact per capita we are drinking less.

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The Health Benefits Of Music

By Dr Joe | December 12th, 2014 at 9:58 am

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All cultures have music and as they say music calms the savage beast.. In addition there are health benfits. So relax, enjoy your favourite tune, and look at this infographic on health benefits of music.

 

 

 

 

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Dump The Low Fat Fad Diet

By Dr Joe | December 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am

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A fad is something, which comes into fashion and then fades quickly. The dictionary definition is “an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short lived”. Time frame is not critical to the definition. The notion of “short lived” is a relative one and depends on the total time frame.

Where am I going with this?

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The Power Of Gratitude



By Dr's Ely Lazar and Adele Thomas | December 5th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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There are three tenses related to our existence: past, present and future. Two of these can be highly emotionally charged while the other is devoid of stress and emotion. One has the power to enhance our life, while the other two distract our lives. Can you see the distinction? 

When you are in a state of gratitude, you are in the present—in the “now”.

Giving thanks and appreciating what you have in your life keeps you centred and reduces stress.

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Use What We Know

By Dr Joe | December 1st, 2014 at 11:22 am

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Recent “ new “ research has shown that 80% of heart attacks in males and 54% of strokes in women could be avoided. To do so requires people to do regular exercise, follow a healthy diet (with fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, nuts, and not too much meat and dairy), not to smoke and have but a moderate alcohol intake.

Whilst the study groups were gender specific, I have no doubt that the findings apply to everyone. And as a bonus we also know that these measures lower by at least 50% ones chances of getting cancer.

As usual these findings were not seen on any front page.

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Your Holiday Survival Guide

By Tom Shiyoya | November 30th, 2014 at 7:51 am

Holiday Dieting

It’s here – whether you’re ready or not. Just look at the seasonal shelves in your favorite store. Retailers like to call it ‘holiday season’ but let’s be more accurate. Weight Gain season begins now and runs straight through New Year’s. 

The next two months will bring ample opportunity for you to expand your waistline.

Of course the choice is yours. 



Why discuss it now and not mid way through December? Because now is your opportunity to plan for the weeks ahead.

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Taking Too Many Pills

By Dr Joe | November 24th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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It has been show that 82% of those in aged acre facilities are taking seven different medications. Meanwhile 30% of hospital admissions in those aged over 75 are related to problems with medications.

I  have written an article on this for Australian news websites. Click to read.

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Three Secrets Your Physio Will Never Tell You

By Joni Edmunds | November 22nd, 2014 at 7:02 am

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#1 – There’s more to the story than muscles and bones

Bones give us stability and muscles allow us to move, right? What if there was a third body system that is more stabilising than bones and more dynamic than muscles, yet has been overlooked?

Surrounding every muscle, bone, and cell of our body, is a web-like connective tissue called fascia. This dynamic, fluid-filled whole-body system, through which everything else integrates, is responsible for giving us our shape, posture and stability.1

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