Would You Like To Live To 100

How Difficult Is It To Live To 100 Years

The obvious answer to this is pretty difficult when you look at the figures, not many achieve it, but take heart from the fact that the

numbers of centenarians throughout the world is doubling about every decade, and no-one has

satisfactorily explained why. Jeanne Calment lived to 122 years and 164 days but no-one else has lived this long…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment

Jeanne’s father made 93 years, her mother 86 and her older brother lived to 97 years all above average lifespans. Researchers have now ruled out genetics as playing a huge role in most diseases finding instead that it is lifestyle that plays the biggest role in longevity. It is still comforting to have ages like this in your close family tree.Continue reading

Old Ways Were The Best Ways

Hard Life – Long Life

When Captain Arthur Phillip sailed into Botany Bay on January 16 th and 18th 1788 with the first fleet  of 11 ships and approximately 1350 people  he found it unsuitable for settlement so 26th January 1788 they sailed further around to Camp Cove, known as Cardi to the Cardigal people. Captain Phillip was under instruction to establish a British Colony in Australia but they were poorly prepared for the poor soils they found to establish their farms, they had to trade food with the Aboriginals to survive. The second fleet known as the ‘death fleet’ arrived in 1790 with badly needed food and supplies. 278 of the convicts and crew died on this voyage compared to only 48 on the first fleet. The new fleet arrived with the occupants very ill, many near death, so they weren’t much use to the settlement..http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/european-discovery-and-colonisation

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Lifestyle: The Silent Killer

Killed Prematurely By Their Lifestyle

I am here for a good time not a long time is the motto a lot of Australians seem to be saying, as they over eat for taste, drink for euphoria, smoke dope and cigarettes  because they think they are bullet proof, and stupidly think they can jog it off tomorrow. They are truly temporary Australians..here today and gone tomorrow. Since 1950 or thereabouts scientists have known that we can prevent more than 80% of our chronic, killer diseases. Why don’t people engage in this preventive lifestyle? That is an interesting question but in this ‘Lifestyle Medicine Clinic’ it is hard to have an adult conversation about health. People 30>40 kgs over weight think they have the answers, they simply have a problem with not being able to get enough exercise…they have been brainwashed by gym owners into believing this problem will go away if they work harder in a gym. This belief is supported by shows like the biggest loser. It is not what you burn up as much as it is what you put in your mouth.Continue reading

Naturopaths Should Be Leading The Way

When I See Real Research On Vitamins

I always look to see which Naturopaths have been involved in the research, and you know it is rare to see an Australian Naturopath doing randomised controlled trials or literature reviews of randomised controlled trials. This is very sad because a lot of them could easily do what I did, a Master’s Degree in Research. Australian Naturopaths depend to much on industry brain washing, as doctors depend to much on pharmaceutical brain washing. Quite a few Naturopaths are doing some qualitative research but I would like to see them doing quantitative research. A lot of medical doctors get a masters degree and plunge into the research and I guess it only a matter of time before Naturopaths do the same. A perfect forum for them to begin research has been provided by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine now funding the lifestyle medicine degrees at Southern Cross University.Continue reading

They Don’t Join Gyms, Run or Swim Marathons,Diet or Listen to Doctors

Introducing the World’s Longest Lived People

In Sardinia this Wednesday Consolata Melis turned 105 years old, she is the oldest of 9 surviving siblings, there are no deceased family members and between them their years on earth add up to 818 years a guinness record. Consolata (105), Claudia (99), Maria (97), Antonio (93), Concetta (91), Adolfo (89), Vitalio (86), Vitalia (81) and Mafalda (78). Claudia’s doctor offered some medicine and she replied “Take your medicine away, all that is wrong with me is old age and medicine can’t cure it”

Consolata had very little schooling and speaks in the Sardinian dialect. Consolata said when she was young they had to wash the clothes in the river, today her daughters have washing machines,she said “When I hear the word stress, I am confused and don’t know what they are talking about”. When asked about the secret of her longevity she said make love every Sunday.Continue reading

Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

Last night I watched Professor Brian Cox present ‘The Human Universe: Series 1 Ep 2 Why Are We Here’ for the second time, again this morning, and if it were on again tomorrow night I would probably watch it again. I am not religious, I study science.I am a degree qualified Naturopath but until they totally embrace evidence based medicine I could not think of myself as one of them. I am, however, a proud lifestyle medicine graduate with a Masters Degree in Clinical Science specialising in Lifestyle Medicine from Southern Cross University. For those people that don’t know what Lifestyle Medicine is you better catch up quickly or your going to finish up light years behind – it is the world’s fastest growing area of mainstream medicine, with new colleges and associations joining continuously. Apart from all of the joined Lifestyle Medicine Associations already on board a new 13 colleges and societies from around the world called the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance has joined http://lifestylemedicine.org.au/content/introducing-the-lifestyle-medicine-global-allianceContinue reading

Lifestyle Medicine Can Save The World’s Health Budgets

Lifestyle Medicine Will Be The Saviour Of Health Budgets World Wide

In every developed country you look at you will find a health budget in tatters, utterly destroyed by governments lack of direction. Money is thrown at pharmaceutical companies, universities and anything else that is developing treatments for diseases, but the section of health that could reduce suffering and government expenditure the most practically goes unnoticed.

Currently it is acknowledged that 70% of the worlds diseases are lifestyle diseases, not communicable, bacterial or virus and yet this is where the lion’s share of the money goes. Politicians claim to be clever and working in the best interest of their country but their actions suggest otherwise. 

Prevention and reversal is the hall mark of lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle Medicine is the fastest growing branch of mainstream medicine because of it’s pragmatic approach to dealing with disease. If the evidence does not support an intervention then it is not used.
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Why Smart People Believe Dumb Things

Dumb Things That Smart People Believe

I have always been fascinated by this, and believe me some of the smartest people believe the dumbest things.This is not something that has suddenly started to appear because it has been around for ever. Dr Edzard Ernst started his career in health as a Homoeopath and believed it worked until he became a medical doctor and a doctor of science,a PhD. Dr Ernst had been fooled by science sounding words. Dr Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh, a particle physicist wrote the book ‘Trick or Treatment’ about applying science to complementary medicines.Dr Ben Goldacre lectures medical doctors about falling for dumb science, and in his book ‘Bad Science’ he claims nutritionists are the worst because they know good science but refuse to use it.They push poorly researched diets and pills instead.I remember walking with a doctor of Entomology (PhD) from South Australia when he shocked me by saying he thought Iridology might be a good diagnostic tool. Iridology has been studied and found to be no better than chance. I know several PhDs that think homoeopathy works…how…how tell me…there is not even a molecule of the original substance left in the mixture and forget that rubbish about water having memory.This is the opposite of everything we learned in science. When you dilute a substance it gets weaker not stronger.

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First Nobel Prize Winner For Natural Medicine

Natural Medicine Is Gaining Credibility

2015 Nobel Prize winner for medicine was Tu Youyou a Traditional Chinese Medicine Researcher from the China Academy of Chinese Medicine Science in Beijing. When Professor Tu Youyou went to university there was no post graduate courses in China so after finishing her Bachelor Degree in Pharmacology she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine for two and a half (2.5) years. Tu Youyou is the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize. In China she is being called the Three (3) Noes Winner – No medical degree – No PhD and never worked overseas but her research into Artemisinin extracted from Wormwood has saved millions of lives from Malaria…http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-34451386Continue reading

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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