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

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

Pectoralis Major The Heart Attack Pain Mimic

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Before I write this I am assuming you have been to see your GP and do not have any cardiac problem.

In 1979 a very tall, very overweight fellow that  worked with me took what appeared to be a serious heart attack and was rushed to Canberra hospital where he was kept for a few days and then released. He was told to change his diet, avoid stress, exercise and lose weight which was like telling a duck it was not allowed to swim anymore, he couldn’t do it. He was very concerned because he had been told by a fortune teller a couple of years before that he would die from a heart attack at age 42 and he now was 42 years old.

After a month or so he was informed by Canberra that he had not had a heart attack it was a stress attack which is a very poorly defined diagnosis. Another fellow had been lifted off a trawler by helicopter and taken to Canberra with a suspected heart attack shortly after I moved from the Bega clinic to this Eden clinic. He also was told that he had not had a heart attack, which he found hard to believe because any exertion put him on the floor in a foetal position because of pain. Continue reading