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Let's (not) get physical

Posted by on 07 May, 2010
I still break out into a cold sweat when I see old video footage of ONJ in her leotard ‘getting physical’. No, not that sort of cold sweat; the kind that confirms my complete nausea and fear of a spin class or anything else that will force me into a…
GlaxoSmithKline PLC has pulled its trials of the miracle ingredient, Resveratrol (the 11 secret herbs and spices in red wine) over safety concerns. A Swedish study of over 35,000 women found that taking a multivitamin might GIVE you breast cancer, not prevent it. Another study found that taking B vitamin…
This is one for all the pregnant ladies out there; I don’t mean to be too blunt, but we need to have a pretty frank conversation. And nobody else is going to have it with you, so here goes; How have you pictured your labour? OK, specifically, where is your…
Doctors used to poo-poo the idea that your hormones could make you fat. That’s until we found out there is an entire group of people (a group growing in every sense of the word) whose hormones are doing just that. Take my quick quiz; 1. Do you have a spare…
How does she do it? She being any number of successful women in the media/ Hollywood/ CEO positions who seemingly effortlessly juggle incredibly successful careers, perfect snot-less toddlers, a body you can capture on high res photography in a bikini and smile at and an Aston Martin? Forget her ‘secret’,…
Living life by the 80:20 rule As a doctor it is my professional duty to spruik healthy living. Lucky me. Cruciferous vegetables prevent cancer so extra broccoli is on the menu. Fish oils prevent heart disease and depression so open an extra tin of tuna. Whole grains are low GI…
This’ll throw a cat among the pigeons! Forget brains.. the best way to pick a great med student is to run a personality test according to new Belgian research! The study of 600 med students followed over time found there was an ideal medico type personality that consistently performed well.…
Feeling a bit down? Grab a sugar pill and take a load off. A new study has shown that if you are one of the gazillions of people labeled with depression, unless you have a full on case of the blues, you might as well take a sugar pill for…
One of my patients came in today with - I’m not kidding - about 20 kilos of XRays. The old films- accumulated over decades had obviously had a coup and taken over an entire section of her mum’s wardrobe. Now that mum had passed away, she said, what should she…
The problem with most New Years Resolutions is the way we make them in the first place. We go too big too fast and set ourselves up for yet another crash. Take the gym membership given with the best intentions for Christmas. How many of us will go from couch…