Hand Wringing Doesn’t Help!

By Dr Joe | March 10th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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Sometimes it is just so clear as to why solutions are not found to the various so-called health “crises”. Nobody is asking the right questions and hence nobody finds the right answers.

I was at a panel discussion recently. The panel comprised a mixed group including doctors, lawyers and politicians. The focus of the discussion was on caring for people who are sick and how this was going to be sustainable going forwards. Through the whole discussion, including audience input, it went around who had responsibility, who should foot the bill and who was going to be the best “advocate”.

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Over-Medicated World

By Dr Joe | March 7th, 2014 at 9:44 am

Closeup Money rolled up with pills falling out, high cost, expensive healthcare

We have come to rely on pills to fix all our ills. Yet 75% of the illness burden in western countries is lifestyle related. Realistically the solutions will come from lifestyle changes not pills. We cannot medicate our way to wellness. Whilst this infographic uses American data the principal applies elsewhere too. Click the read more tab to see infographic.

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A Glimmer Of Hope On Eating Guidleines

By Dr Joe | March 3rd, 2014 at 9:07 am

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Here is an interesting parallel. Over the last fifty years as the amount of “research “ into obesity and diabetes has rocketed, so too have rates of obesity and diabetes. According to figures published in the New York Times in 1960 fewer than 1100 articles were published on these topics. In 2013 it was over 44,000. Yet obesity rates have trebled and diabetes rates increased seven fold in the same time.

In fact if I were a researcher I could do a study showing that research into these problems is linked to their increase.

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Making A Difference

By Christian Cook | February 28th, 2014 at 9:57 am

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We easily take for granted basic medical and health care facilities, education and employment opportunities however these are all necessary requirements to change and dramatically improve the state of indigenous health in Australia.

Socio-economic, cultural and environmental influences often impact the choices our indigenous community make, in terms of their lifestyles and physical activity levels.  From 2012 – 2013, three in five – (that is 62%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 years and over were physically inactive (ABS).

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The Best Way Not To Be Sick Is To be Healthy

By Dr Joe | February 24th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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The G20 met on the weekend. As usual the topic of sustainability of health systems gets discussed. It is a problem facing all countries. The demographics of aging populations coupled with increasingly expensive healthcare makes for a government economist’s nightmare.

But it does not have to be. As Albert Einstein said “We cannot solve problems with the same thinking that created them”. There is another way, which is never considered.

Before considering this it is worth quickly revisiting the current situation. Essentially we have disease systems not health systems.

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How Can “Drink Responsibly” Cut Through?

By Adam Jospeh | February 21st, 2014 at 9:34 am


One of the most forward thinking recommendations from the NSW Visitor Economy Taskforce was to “Work with the NSW wine and food industry to explore opportunities for promoting NSW as a destination on exported wine and food (for example, include Destination NSW’s consumer web address on labels).”

In the current economic, social and political climate, there’s a lot to be said for marketing collaborations that not only leverage “related variety”, but also tap in to vast audience and cost savings of digital and social media.

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Questioning The Sacred Cow Of Screening Mammography

By Dr Joe | February 17th, 2014 at 12:43 pm


In medicine, beliefs and ideas get very ingrained.  Some, such as screening mammography become sacred cows. And when sacred cows are questioned the reaction is more akin to dealing with heresy than dealing with science. This was on display again with yet another long-term trial showing little benefit from screening mammography.

This latest study is not the first to demonstrate that in isolation, screening mammography is not life saving. Even worse there is significant harm from over diagnosis and treatment of lesions, which would never have been a problem.

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Healthy Food Choices That Source Omega-3 Fats

By Jessica Robert | February 14th, 2014 at 10:06 am


The omega-3 fats are considered to be essential and healthy fats since our bodies cannot produce them. These fats therefore have to be derived from food sources for survival. It is a commonly known fact that fish is the primary dietary source for omega-3 fats. Apart from fish, there are some plants which provide omega-3. In fish, the omega-3 are of two types- the EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid and the DHA or docosahexaenoic acid. Both these fatty acids are necessary for preventing cardiovascular diseases. In plants, the form of omega-3 acid is ALA or alpha-linolenic acid.

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Back To The Future

By Dr Joe | February 10th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Arrested teenager with handcuffs

Fire is something, which if used correctly enhances our lives by keeping us warm and cooking our food. Uncontrolled it can burn the house or destroy wide areas. Hence fire is not intrinsically a good or bad thing.

It is also not avoidable or entirely controllable. The cycle of growth of vegetation and fire destroying it to enable renewal is as old as the planet. Yet governments seem to have the same mentality as King Canute who believed he could stop the tide when they believe they can stop fire.

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5 Steps To Break Bad Habits And Form Empowering Ones

By George Helou | February 7th, 2014 at 12:14 am

ISenior woman writing in notebookf habits were not that hard to break, you couldn’t hold onto the good ones either. Can you imagine being really good at something like building or playing an instrument? Suddenly, you cannot figure out what seemed natural only moments ago?

Habits are simply our ability to learn and become emotionally bonded to a way of thinking and doing something, so it becomes second nature without effort.

The subconscious brain takes over all repetitive tasks.

So how does one break a bad habit? By following the same rules that formed it in the first place.  The following rules can guide you into undoing disempowering habits and replacing them with empowering ones.

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