It Is All Just Greek To Me

Even in these unusual times in which we live, the basics in health still matter. There was an interesting piece in The Weekend Australian, exploring the life expectancy of first generation migrants from Greece living longer than the national average. The article by...

Olympic Lessons

Like most people, my interest in sports like swimming, high jump, and canoeing, to name but three, increases for the two weeks of the Olympics. There is something that touches us about seeing people who excel at what they do. Regardless of whether it is winning gold...

Questions Not Beliefs

As Led Zeppelin said “you know sometimes words have two meanings” Words do mean different things to different people.  The dictionary defines science as “…knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation, experimentation and systematic study”. It...
Counting The Unseen Health Cost of Covid19

Counting The Unseen Health Cost of Covid19

As each month passes, we are discovering more about the cost of the response to Covid19. Whilst there is a daily update on the number of cases and deaths, we here little if anything about the medical and health consequences of lockdowns. In fact, any questioning of...

What A Step Parent Really Wants To Say

What A Step Parent Really Wants To Say

What a step parent really wants to say to their partner’s ex is: “I do not want to be your child’s parent and maybe if you stopped playing all the emotional games you are currently playing, the bad mouthing of me and your ex and actually parented your child which is...

Time To Help Smokers Quit!

Time To Help Smokers Quit!

Regular readers will know that I am Chairman on Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA). The organization has been lobbying for three years to legalise vaping in Australia so that the death and illness toll from smoking can be reduced. It is no secret...

The Problem With Chronic Glaucoma

The Problem With Chronic Glaucoma

The problem with chronic glaucoma is that the disease causes no symptoms early on, but the treatments often do! Glaucoma is a chronic disease which causes no symptoms at all in its early stages, but which can cause progressive loss of peripheral vision and ultimately...

Welcome To 1848!

Welcome To 1848!

Handwashing, as a way of reducing the spread of infection, has gained new traction in 2020. It is worth remembering that this concept was not always accepted. In fact, when first proposed as a way to reduce puerperal infection and maternal mortality- it was rejected...

Dealing with Other People’s Lack of Empathy

Dealing with Other People’s Lack of Empathy

Does other people’s lack of empathy upset or annoy you?  Is your manager, colleague, family member or friend coming across as uncaring or cold?  Are you feeling unsupported as a result of others’ lack of empathy? Empathy Empowers When we feel empathy, we feel how...

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

Spring is the time of renewal. Last weekend there was actually warm spring weather. This prompted a venture into the garden and the pre-requisite trip to Bunnings, together with a not surprisingly large group of others. Reticulation parts and some assorted hardware...

Don’t Be A ‘Bush’ Step Parent

Don’t Be A ‘Bush’ Step Parent

After 15 years of step parenting I have heard it all. The good, the bad, the plain ridiculous. But nothing upsets me more than the completely ill-informed know-it-all. You all know the type – they tell you everything about everything all the time. I have coined the...

Digging Down Reveals Critical Data

Digging Down Reveals Critical Data

A well-researched piece by Dr Malcolm Kendrick, which I encourage all to read, was published this week. It examined the reasons why countries are seeing more cases of Covid19 but fewer deaths. Statistics can be bamboozling and are often used to confuse people. This is...

A Deeper Look At Short-Sightedness

A Deeper Look At Short-Sightedness

Short-sightedness, or near-sightedness, or myopia, is a condition in which there is a mismatch between the focussing power of the eye and the length of the eye. Light coming into the eye is focussed to a point on the retina by the cornea (the clear structure on the...

Living And Learning

Living And Learning

Usually medical interventions require testing before being released to the public. This is to demonstrate that the intervention/treatment works and that it does not cause unacceptable side effects. There have been many drugs over the years that have not made it to...

Top Nutrition For Your Immune System

Top Nutrition For Your Immune System

You’re washing your hands multiple times a day, have stopped touching your face and are social distancing.  What else can one do to further protect against viruses? It all boils down to one thing: The strength of your immune system! A vital part of living a healthy...