health

Overdosing on cleanliness

It seems that we have taken the proverb, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ , far too literally and that it’s going to take pig faeces to save us. Yesterday I heard the news that there may be welcome relief for people suffering from auto immune diseases such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and autism. The hope for sufferers comes from Coronado Biosciences Inc which is developing a drug which contains thousands […]

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The ABC bows to pressure

Last October the ABC’s  ‘Catalyst’ progam presented a two- part special on cholesterol. It was fantastic to see such a reputable program present the other side of the cholesterol story – that there might just be something wrong with the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol are the villains in heart disease.

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First do no harm

Homeopathy was recently back in the headlines. This time following a major review of the practice by the National Health and Medical Research Council that found that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy can treat health conditions. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine and its worth has long been debated. While I don’t know much about homeopathy and whether it’s effective or not, I do know that there […]

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Work until we all drop!

“Old age ain’t no place for sissies,” declared Bette Davis, once upon a time. I would have to agree with the first lady of the American screen about the formidable rigors of ageing. This final stage of the human condition is to become even more uncomfortable as the demands for baby boomers and their offspring to extend their working lives, increase. The age of retirement is predicted to rise to […]

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Premier Denis Napthine has reignited the debate over women’s reproductive rights

  Common sense should dictate that the issue of abortion be left to pregnant women to decide. But when the history of women’s fight for the right to abortion is considered, it’s no wonder it’s still firmly in the hands of wheeling and dealing politicians. In the state of Victoria, abortion has made the headlines for the last two weeks with the Independent and balance-of-power MP Geoff Shaw  plotting the […]

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