Education And Lifestyle Medicine

Education First

I live in a small but beautiful backwater where bright kids go off to IMG_1262university and never return, some of the others get apprenticeships or move into similar jobs images-1-1to their parents. There is nothing wrong with this it is happening all over the world in small towns. But it leaves an academic void in the community, in fact a lot  of people don’t understand anything about education once it leaves secondary school. As most people, if not all, would know in Australia we have infants, primary and secondary school which stops at year twelve and tertiary education begins. In 2007 there were 43 universities in Australia offering higher education and a lot of Technical and Further Education (TAFE)  teaching short courses from certificate IMG_1624 (1)-11,2,3,4, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and occasionally higher education courses. Australia also has Registered Training Organisations (RTO), there are more than 1100 of these in Victoria alone. Higher Education has changed a lot since I left school in 1962, back then only 5% of kids could afford a university education. We joking called them ‘Toffee Noses’ from rich families and as you can clearly see from our first year photo no-one looked much like a Toffee Nose.Continue reading

Bug…ger Me

There Are Bugs Everywhere

Bugs,microbes whatever you want to call them have taken over our bodies and running it to suit themselves. This is like a Star Trek Movie… IMG_1262what next? We are only a termite nest…a beehive with ninety percent (90%) of the occupants unknown to us, unlike Star Trek with it’s reality distortion field this is reality, scientists have proven it. We only control ten percent (10%) of the microbes living inside us. This does not mean we should be alarmed at having 90% doing their own thing. Quite the opposite this is a new frontier for understanding/treating/preventing disease.Continue reading

Eden Massage

Eden Massage was started in Eden by Mandy Douch in the late 1980’s, she then married Chris Hodgkinson and it retained the name Eden Massage. I purchased the clinic 1/5/2000 and closed up my Bega Clinic and moved John Bobbin Natural Medicine into here. I had qualifications in IMG_1262Nutritional Science and Naturopathic Medicine to add to my qualifications of Swedish (relaxation) and Remedial Massage. For the next few years I studied images-1sporting massage, trigger point massage and finally Leon Chaitow’s Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT). I then practiced for the several years until I was satisfied I had mastered massage, I also completed a Bachelor of Naturopathy in 2003 and then in 2010 I went back to Southern Cross University to graduate with a Master of Clinical Science, the second highest degree in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) after PhD.
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Ruminating Is Good For Cows

I have just completed a beautiful, peaceful 10 km walk. No mental chatter, multitasking or whatever you want to call it, just a peaceful mindful walk through some of the most IMG_1262beautiful natural beauty to ever evolve on this planet. The Sapphire Coast of NSW is certainly the jewel in the crown. If you are attracted to wild craggy beauty such as cliffs we have them, if it is the powerful seething anger of the beautiful unrestrained IMG_0016ocean we have it as well or the magnificent clean waves rushing over the sandbars to shore, we have it all framed by the tranquility of the bush.The walk starts in total darkness and moves into an eerie light as daylight opens the day and explodes into a majestic sunrise with nature, the artist, displaying a full palate of colours.Continue reading

What You Don’t Know WILL Hurt You

The old saying ‘what you don’t know won’t hurt you’ has been disproved so many times it is surprising that anyone still believes it. Eating large amounts of fatty meats, eating large amounts of sugary foods, highly preserved foods such as IMG_1262Delicatessen meats,or cured meats such as salami, hot dogs, bacon all have to be eaten in moderation. Vegetables can be eaten in large quantities and they recommend about 4 serves of fruit daily. Fast proteins like fish or seafoods or whey are more forgiving than other meats, especially for weight loss. Working night shifts increases your inflammation load because of disruption to the circadian rhythm, new research last week suggests that living in a city where you never see the milky way because of artificial illumination may be killing us.Continue reading

Stress Is Not A Dirty Word

Adaptation,Distress And Eustress

When Dr Hans Selye MD published his book the stress of life (1978) he did not IMG_1262have a clue about the can of worms he had just opened. Selye originally called stress ‘General Adaptive Syndrome’ (GAS) and people have misused and abused what was originally meant by General Adaptive Syndrome. After researching stress from 1978 onwards it is clear now that most people are totally confused about what it is. Everyday in any book store you can find any number of articles written about the subject that will confuse you.
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