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Wellness for the rest of us

Improve your gut - improve your immunity!

Improve your gut - improve your immunity!

In a study which assessed Asians who had moved to the United States, it was found that after the move, individuals had reduced gut microbial diversity and function (read more here).  What also happened was bacterial strains from the genus Prevotella, whose enzymes degrade plant fibre, became disp...
Doin’ the Skeleton Dance - for Heart Health of course!

Doin’ the Skeleton Dance - for Heart Health of course!

Like lung health, heart health is something we take for granted until something goes wrong.  Darcy suffered a heart attack a few years ago, which was connected to his sarcoidosis and like when you buy a new car and notice everyone else driving the same car - he now seems to know and chat with eve...
New Year’s tips for kicking the smoking habit

New Year’s tips for kicking the smoking habit

I was speaking to a friend who told me that giving up smoking saved her $500 a week.  I just about fell over - $500 extra dollars a week that’s a pretty good reason to kick the habit, imagine what that money could go towards instead.  A new kitchen, a new car, a family holiday, onto the mortgage,...
Co-morbidities – who came up with that word?

Co-morbidities – who came up with that word?

The reality is, is that many people suffer from more than one disease.  The medical term for this is “presenting with co-morbidities.”  The challenge of course, is that for someone presenting with co-morbidities, it feels a bit like dominoes – or as Darcy describes it, “cascade failure.”  One dis...