You Might Live To A Very Old Age If You Don’t Die Young

You might live to a very old age if you don’t die young.

This might seem like a conflict in terms when you first read it if you have never studied in this area.I have never been convinced by the genetic researchers that
all disease has a genetic basis and we can do nothing about it, it always seemed a much too fertile field for growing mistruths and making a lot of money. There I go again the skeptic in me, naturopaths are not meant to be like this, it must be all that boat-people-cartoon-1deductive thinking that I can’t stop my brain from doing, and a lot of evidence from the past. My Australian ancestors arrived soon after the first wave of European boat people – the locals didn’t send the Europeans to Naru but instead allowed them to settle and wreck their lives forever.Continue reading

Chronic Disease Is Not A Deficiency Of A Pharmaceutical Drug

There Seems To Be A Pill For Every Ill

It is rare, if ever, that you will go to a doctor and not be given some drug to fix whatever the problem is, even obesity now considered a disease so it can be medicalised, will be treated by a drug intervention. The medical associations images-1through medical practitioners  hand down opinions by an erudite community of medical researchers in an erudite (scholarly) language that confuses almost everyone, even the well educated. Is it deliberately designed to confuse?Continue reading

Naturopaths Can Be Friends Of Science Too – I Am

Naturopaths Can Be Friends Of Science Too – I Am

First of all let me say to Professor John Dwyer that I have no argument with his attack on pseudoscience I know it is justified but John would throw out the baby with the bathwater images-1by lumping us all into the same category. http://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au  I like John’s Friends Of Science In Medicine and I think we should also start one and call it Friends Of Science In Natural Medicine because a lot of us do practice, and always have practiced scientifically. What attracted me to Naturopathy in the first place was it’s reliance on natural methods not supplements, they entered the naturopathic landscape much later. What John is ignoring is the fact that naturopaths have to follow guidelines set down by their associations, similar to doctors with their association AMA, and if these associations do not provide sound  direction, like sheep they follow their leader.Continue reading

Coffee – Friend or Foe

Coffee – The Mediterranean Gift To Europe

Coffee is probably the most vilified liquid after alcohol and it has never deserved any of it. It seems to be a whipping post for tea drinkers, hippies, naturopaths and doctors – united Unknown-2they stand. One of my pet hates is to walk into a coffee shop, order a cappuccino and when it arrives it is 80 C and it is undrinkable and the milk tastes burnt. Anyone who has ever owned a coffee shop and had training from a coffee college will know 55C – 60C is the correct temperature for cappuccino and lattae, no self respecting Barista would ever make a disgusting brew like this. People who make coffee like this should be rewarded with a lengthy gaol (jail for Americans) sentence of 10 or 15 years for disrespecting the mediterranean culture.Continue reading

We All Need Activity

Activity Is Essential For Human Survival

Gym owners will tell you we all should be members of the gym. Sporting clubs will tell you to join their club for best results, and then you have images-1-2walking/hiking/mountain climbing clubs that offer just what you need. But what do you really need? We have heard the old saying ‘The family that plays together stays together’ and there is a lot of truth in it.  If you are choosing sport for your children what do you look for? Is it safety as well as the health benefits of the activity, we know some sports are a lot more dangerous than others. We know the dangers of boxing, football, racing cars/bikes/boats/mountain climbing/cliff climbing  and we can find the evidence anytime we look. Continue reading

Lifestyle Medicine Has Been The Most Exciting Thing I Have Been Involved With

Looking Back

I did very well in fifth and sixth class after a teacher pulled me aside in the playground and said”Son, you are going into my class next term and I have been checking you all out, you Unknown-2could top the class if you weren’t the class clown” After 56 years I still remember it clearly. I did not know whether he was right but it sure lifted my academic game after he said it and I did really well in his classes. It was after the half yearly exams in sixth class that my father at the age of forty three years took his first heart attack. My health journey started here. I had been considering trying to become a medical doctor or a scientist of some description but now I had to consider what the future held in store, had I just witnessed my own future?Continue reading

The Medical Landscape Keeps Changing

The Changing Medical Landscape – Does doctor know best?

Going back to the late seventies a lot of medical measurements were much higher than images-1-1they are today, cholesterol measurements, blood pressure measurements and type 2 diabetes was not even on the radar yet. Cholesterol had only just been listed as a cause of heart disease and the measurements were not considered problematic if it was under 5.5 mmol/litre. Continue reading

Adductor Muscle Trigger Points Cause A Lot Of Pain

Adductor Muscles

People that engage in high intensity workouts, sport or simply working can 250px-Anterior_Hip_Muscles_2-1cause muscles to form extremely painful trigger points. According to Travel and Simmons trigger points have no flow of oxygen into the muscle cells and because of this they can not complete their Kreb Cycle. The Kreb Cycle is performed by the mitochondria of the cell and it’s job is to make Adenosine triphosphate  or ATP, this is the cell’s energy molecule.
Muscles like the adductor muscles have to perform a lot of work when we are moving around and obviously some movements encourage a greater risk of injury for these  muscles than others.Continue reading

Iliocostalis Thoracis T6 – Another heart attack mimic

images-1-1Iliocostalis Thoracis T6

Many times people have come to the clinic after having tests for angina pain and discovered that it was nothing more than a very frightening muscle. Obviously the angina tests performed by their GP showed nothing or they would not have arrived at the clinic in the first place. This muscle plays a very important role in movement of the scapula but it can be  the site of very painful and confusing pain referral for poorly trained therapists. Continue reading

Vegetable Oil Not As Healthy As We Thought For Cooking

Cooking In Vegetable Oil May Be Dangerous

For decades doctoUnknown-2rs (MBBS)have been telling us we must stop using lard and other saturated far because it caused our cholesterol levels to go up. Only use vegetable oil
(omega 6) because of it’s heart benefits and now after a series of experiments in the UK doctors (PhDs) are telling us the doctors (MBBS) are all wrong and we should immediately stop using vegetable oil for cookingContinue reading