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Wellness for the rest of us

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...
Plant medicine for human health – real, or a scam?

Plant medicine for human health – real, or a scam?

For those who question the efficacy of plant medicines, close to 50% of modern pharmaceuticals, approved in the past 30 years, originate from plants, or are analogues of plant compounds.  Further to that, 80% of these plant derived pharmaceuticals are related to their original ethnopharmacologica...
Hippocrates hypothesised that all disease begins in the gut…

Hippocrates hypothesised that all disease begins in the gut…

We have all experienced what happens when things go wrong – the only holiday I ever lost weight on was when I travelled with a cricket team throughout India!  That was extreme gut dysbiosis, but gut problems can also be insidious, gradually creeping up on us after years of poor diets and/or medic...