Lifestyle Medicine Is Not Complementary Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Is Mainstream Medicine

Frequently I hear people say this is part of complementary medicine, but it is not. In fact it is far from it. Naturopathy is the highest qualification taught in natural medicine colleges. Legislation was passed here in Australia to grant the colleges the right to teach to Bachelor of Naturopathy in 1995. After reaching the Government’s Bachelor standard they were accredited to teach to this level. After eleven (11) years no-one has forced Naturopaths to complete a Bachelor of Naturopathy (BNat), in fact they are told by their association (ATMS) that the minimum standard of education is all that is required and that is a Diploma of Naturopathy. No criticism of this qualification is intended, it is a good Diploma and Naturopaths are well trained in prevention without any type of pills. All other health practitioners entering professional practice enter after completing an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor Degree. Naturopaths should also be required to do this because they are primary practitioners. Now the difference.

Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners can enter the course from any health discipline with a Bachelor Degree whether they are registered as (GP’s,BPharm etc), allied health or degree qualified Naturopaths or Herbalists. But this does not guarantee you will pass it, it is tough, as it should be.

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Sugar Pills Deliver More Than Sugar

No-Medicine Pills

Sugar Pills or Dummy Pills, No-Medicine Pills, whatever you want to call them IMG_1262have been around a very long time and they never cease to amaze me. There is nothing in them that could offer a curative benefit, but it has been proven that they do offer a cure in circumstances you would not believe, and even when the patient has had it explained to them that there is nothing in the pills that could help. There is no identifiable difference and yet it works. Some forms of medicine have always been known as ‘sham medicine’ such as Homoeopathy, at best it is nothing more than a glass of water, at worst it is a deceitful attempt to trick patients out of their money whilst knowing you are doing this. Although this might be unfair because the homoeopaths do not believe this although the evidence is overwhelming. Just as the ‘Medicine Men’ of Africa deliver their medicine with great theatre so do the homoeopaths.Continue reading

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
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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