Knowledge is Power- If It Is Used

IMG_1262John Bobbin Basic Nutrition Certificate, Dip.Nut.Sc, Dip.Nat, BNat, MClinSc (Lifestyle Medicine) Member of ATMS, ANTA, ARONAH, ASLM (Founding Member)

When Used Knowledge Is Power

There is so much, well researched information available to anyone who wants to find it, and the best way is through a practitioner. Lifestyle Medicine has been my life’s study but it wasn’t called that until 2009. My journey started at 12 years of age and is still going strong. It is so disappointing to walk through a cemetery and see friends that should not be there.Continue reading

The Lifestyle Medicine Boffin

Lifestyle Medicine Boffins

Lifestyle Medicine Boffins are emerging from all disciplines and have a genuine passion for preventing, reversing or treating chronic disease with the least amount IMG_1262of medication, or at least medication as lay people or indeed mainstream medicine know it. Doctors have known for 50 + years that we had the answer to most chronic diseases at our fingertips, research had IMG_1077proven it for them, so why did they ignore it if they are so good at evidence based medicine? You better ask them.Type 2 diabetes (Mellitus 2) should not be here now but instead it is growing in numbers of cases reported every year, and just for the record type 2 diabetes is not caused by a deficiency of metformin. Food is the best medicine for diabetes and the closer it is to the simple garden vegetables the better, no processing or only minimal processing.Continue reading

There Is No Such Thing As Alternative Medicine

What Would An Alternative To Medicine Be

I have never understood why people used this term, if it is not medicine what is it, it is nothing and should be considered in this vein. In this day and age everything IMG_1262is subject to scientific scrutiny, I am not saying you will not make money by selling products and treatments that have no scientific value. In fact you will make more than me and that is why people do it, people go to these charlatans for the experience not the benefit derived. Look how many people go to thumb-1.phpHomoeopaths and basically all they are doing is selling you water at an inflated price, according to science. People go for an unusual experience, they see conventional clinicians all of the time, and besides research out a few weeks ago show that placebo (sham treatment) works even when people know it is a sham. The weirder it is the more likely it will succeed, or so it seems.Continue reading

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Looking Back At Our Ancestry

When our ancestors arrived in Australia from the UK, regardless of IMG_1262whether they arrived by assisted passage (ball and chain) or whether they paid their own way, they all looked forward to an uncertain future. Life was tough and as they say ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’, and they did. Tough as teak they battled weather, poor soils, primitive tools and an unforgiving climate, but with an indomitable will they survived and carved a living from some of the harshest of environments. If you couldn’t grow it, catch it or hunt it you didn’t eat.Continue reading

The Body Mechanic

College Graduation

After completing a diploma in Swedish Massage, the original and only IMG_1262qualification in Australia in this field until the early 1990’s. They divided the course into two parts after this to make more money from them. After completing this prestigious qualification the practitioner has an expectation of being able to solve great health problems, it is, after all, an academic elevation of five levels (5) of increased img_1906difficulty after year twelve (12) high school see Australian Qualification Framework http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-levels/

A lot of graduates will do some paid or volunteer work with sporting clubs, I did some with a Tennis Club.
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Speaking Mumbo Jumbo Is Not Street Speak

Learning To Speak Mumbo Jumbo

Most people seeking careers in medicine, academia or research today finish IMG_1262year twelve at eighteen years of age, go straight into university where they do a science degree in 3 years or medicine (naturopathic or mainstream) in 4 years, doctors and Unknown-1naturopaths usually stop at this point and then do ‘in house’ training. Academics/researchers may do an honours year (1 year) before doing a masters (1.5 – 2.0 years) or PhD (3 years). For 7 or 8 years they have not spoken much to real people, their dialogue is aimed at students and other academics.

John Bobbin MClinSc -Lifestyle Medicine,BNat,DNat,DNutSc,DHerbMed,DSM,DRemMass
Member Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), ATMS,ANTAContinue reading

Science Evolves Too

Nothing Stops Evolving Including Science

Researchers fervently inform us of every new finding in health with an IMG_1262impassioned plea for us to take it on board without question but how often is it wrong. Then of course we have the old guard that don’t want us to believe the new finding so they ‘muddy’ the water by introducing findings in the opposite direction, usually to protect their income source. Making money is an essential part of life and you can’t get far without it, but preventing disease should be a bigger part of life. Lying about health outcomes to make millions of dollars, as the tobacco companies did, is just plain wrong. Setting prices based on human needs is incorrigible, as the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical company is at present being charged. Experts have claimed that an epi-pen would probably cost less than $30 to make yet Mylan is charging $600 for a twin pack because people can’t do without them…they have about $1 worth of epinephrine and a syringe her company didn’t even make, they purchased it in 2007Continue reading

Neuromuscular Therapy/Myotherapy For Beginners

Massage: The Beginning

I never really wanted to do massage, I was never a person who enjoyed touching people unless it was real fast like in a boxing/karate ring, but I have to say I love Massage now. Growing up as a baby boomer I was IMG_1262influenced by a lot of academic/hippy/musical/creative/earthy/sporty people. I excelled at boxing and was told by good trainers that I could win major titles I reached unknownnumber three in the NSW Bantamweight rankings after defeating Norman ‘Sparrow’ Britton in a main bout in Goulburn 29/7/1964 he won the NSW Bantamweight title 6/4/1966, three years earlier I had been told by a legendary teacher ‘Ted’ O’Brien that I could achieve whatever I set out to achieve academically, this was also told to my parents. I had chosen my parents badly with dad taking a heart attack while I was finishing 6th class, he was only 43 years of age so University was off the radar at that time. For awhile boxing looked good until I learned from talking to two professionals that  they made no money in Australia, and there was obviously a risk of brain damage. I left high school in 1963 and tried working in Whiter’s Garage where I was paid the princely sum of four (4.00) pounds less one (1) shilling tax while my two friends Ron Doyle and Max Fulton were paid six (6) pounds ten (10) shillings and no tax at Fraser’s Garage, this was a huge difference in ’63. I lasted six weeks and left. I went to work at the Post Office, Post Master General’s Department (PMG) where I won a scholarship to IMG_1656-1study in Sydney as a Technician. I hated Sydney, I finished my degree near the top in the state but resigned when I knew I was going to spend my life working in Sydney, I had wasted 5years. I returned to Eden on the beautiful Sapphire Coast, where I tried working in sawmills, log falling, fishing before going to work at Heinz Fish Factory and from there I moved back into education, actually while I was working there.  My first sojourn back was into nutrition, first a certificate and then a Diploma of Nutritional Science. Nutrition resonated with me and I needed more. I commenced a Diploma of Naturopathy for the nutrition but first I had to complete a Diploma of Swedish Massage, the only diploma in Australia at that time. This 1981  diploma took 2 years full time and covered relaxation as well as remedial massage and I couldn’t believe the results I topped out of 700 students and at that stage didn’t even like it. I even taught massage for 3 years to students from the Eden/Merimbula/Bega area and surrounds, I was paid well for this. The now Professor of Southern Cross University Stephen Myers hired me for this position.Continue reading

Why Is The Water Always So Muddy?

How Do I Know If This Is True?

Followers of research such as myself always want to think that groups/Associations representing people are offering advice they believe to be accurate. When we were studying research at the highest levels IMG_1262(Masters/PhDs) we had to learn to critique research papers to see if they could be of value to our participating group. Could they be extrapolated to a wider group. Learning this is a study on it’s own. We often found papers written by high profile researchers had to be culled from our list of references because of flaws in methodology, selection of participants, robustness/validity (internal or external), measurements or something. Sometimes it is simply the funding that leads to the bias. Confounding bias is a problem for all researchers and we work hard to eliminate it, and this is why one paper is never enough to base a result on because of a chance bias missed. Funding bias or any income sourced bias makes researchers look more favourably in a their direction.
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People Must Take Responsibility For Their Own Health

Prevention Is The Only Thing That Can Save The Budget

In 2009 – 2010 Australia paid $121.4 billion and it has risen from 7.9% to 9.4% as a IMG_1262proportion of all spending on goods and services over the past decade. This is less than the USA (17.4%), slightly less than the UK (9.8%), NZ (10.3%), Canada (11.4%) and close to the OECD median of (9.8%)  http://www.aihw.gov.au/australias-health/2012/spending-on-health/  

 How long can this go on? Medicine is a fertile field for mining with pharmaceutical companies educating 51D-51fm+bL-1._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_doctors about drug preferences. In general they exercise to much control over much of medicine.. read ‘Bad Pharma’ by Dr Ben Goldacre who has led a campaign to bring pharmaceutical companies out of their hiding places and under the spotlight. The creation of ‘new’ diseases such as menopause, since when was a life stage a disease. Obesity is also now a disease and last week an Australian diabetes specialist claimed he had never seen a patient lose weight. What this specialist is basically saying is that calorie deprivation doesn’t work or people are to undisciplined to stick to less calories even when they know it can save their lives.Continue reading