Over the weekend I saw an article claiming that 70% of Australians wanted something done about gambling. As usual that “something” is code for government intervention of some description. The end result is generally inconvenience for the majority with no impact on the intended market.
I buy lotto about three times a year and last put $2 on a roulette wheel over 10 years ago so any changes that may be made will not affect me.
However the ongoing “assaults” on gamblers and others whose pastimes are deemed “bad for them” reminds me of these famous words by Martin Niemoller.
Maintaining an ideal weight is critical for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). A healthy weight helps to regulate insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation (two major causes/contributors to PCOS), boost ovulation and regulate the menstrual cycle, improve general wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases like Diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
With the beautiful summer months fast approaching, celebrations and parties to attend and tempting food on offer, how can women with PCOS ensure they don’t gain excess kilos?
These 7 tips will help you to avoid weight gain. In fact, they may even help you to drop fat easier than you thought possible.
When you fill up a bucket to the top with water it will start to overflow. Whilst not a perfect analogy this concept comes to mind when one considers the following two trends. The drug quetiapine (Seroquel) is now the “prescription drug of choice” on the street. There has been an over 200% increase in its prescription rate over the decade to 2011. With all drugs used to affect the mind there will be abuse. The more frequently it is prescribed the bigger the likelihood of this happening.
When one takes a dispassionate look at what is going on in mental health, one would have to say that what we are doing is not working.
Let’s face it, as we grow older, our body stops functioning with the vim and vigor as it once did –this is normal.
Do you look into the mirror now and notice you have collected some extra fat around your waist or your physique isn’t as built and shredded as it was in your early college years?
These are some of the more visible signs of growth hormone deficiency, depending on your age.
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.
Previously I have written about how new medications were often no better than the ones replaced. And how 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 ones they replace.
A fortnight ago I wrote about how the role of cholesterol in heart disease was being challenged. There was also a challenge to the widespread prescribing of statin medications. And to cap it off we saw a near hysterical reaction of some health authorities to this.
The story has continued to grow and has taken new twists.
The most notable development has been the release in the USA of new guidelines for the use of statin medications. Thus far their role has been to lower cholesterol and in particular LDL or “bad cholesterol”. These were issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology
Science fiction quickly becomes science fact these days.The communicator from Star Trek is now everyones mobile phone.
And the health industry is getting involved through apps and mobile technology helping people better manage their health.Looks like the future is upon us.
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A headline about lack of hospital beds or people missing out on care is always popular. Often statistics are used to show that certain sections of the population are getting less access to treatment than other sections. It reinforces the sense of crisis about the health system. There is one key assumption made in all this, which is that, the most amount of treatment and testing is best.
This needs to be fundamentally questioned.
It seems that there are enough physicians out there who aren’t even a tiny bit embarrassed about referring to themselves out loud as“Thought Leaders” or “Key Opinion Leaders” to keep Canada’s Dr. Sergio Sismondo busy writing about them.
I first wrote about his work in A Philosopher’s Take on Big Pharma Marketing. Focusing on what he calls the pharmaceutical industry’s“corruption of medical knowledge”, the Queen’s University professor now has a new paper in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
In it, he warns us about physicians and academic researchers who willingly become financially enmeshed in Big Pharma’s marketing efforts:*
One can tell a lot about how solid a scientific opinion is by the response to questioning. Genuine science is never settled. It is constantly questioning assumptions as new knowledge emerges. Dogma rejects questioning and seeks to harass those who dare pose questions.
The science program Catalyst has done an expose on the cholesterol theory. The information is not new or “invented” by the program. It has sourced scientific evidence, which is already in the public domain.
The response to the reports questioning the role of cholesterol in heart disease and the use of cholesterol lowering medications (statins) by those in “authority” could be best described as one of hysteria.
Home owners are starting to pay a lot more attention to indoor air quality when selecting building products.
This is particularly the case where children, elderly, or sick are involved, as they are more vulnerable to toxins.
It has been estimated that we spend 90% of our lives indoors, so it is no wonder that there is a healthy concern about indoor air quality.
There are several threats to good indoor air quality.
One of the terms that has always intrigued me is “unscientific”. It is most often thrown around in an attempt to discredit ideas that are not part of current conventional wisdom. In medicine it is used to discredit “alternative” or “natural” approaches to health. As soon as something is labelled “unscientific” no further assessment of its merits is deemed necessary.
So how reliable is “science” and what does the word actually mean?
In this modern technology driven world, we should all be having more time to do the things we love, right? Wrong. People are becoming time poor, stressed, disconnected and forgetting to take time out to enjoy life!
The UN Nations commissioned a report on happiness, ranking the happiest countries to live in. It appears that Australia, on this report, isn’t necessarily the “lucky country” after all, ranked at a lowly number nine.
Why is this?