Woman With Back Pain

It’s estimated that over 80% of New Zealanders will experience back pain of one sort or another at least once. So if your back is giving you problems, you’re certainly not alone in your battle. Back pain can have many different causes, however most of them boil down to issues with the muscles that support the spine and the spine itself.


Although neurogenesis inevitably slows as we get older, scientists are discovering that growing new brain cells can be stimulated in adults by adjusting lifestyle and diet.

Resveratrol and Alzheimer's Disease

Most people are familiar with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and know that it affects short-term memory, and in the later stages even long-term memory goes. It also results in a loss of cognitive functions involved in language, recognising people, judging distances, and often culminates in dramatic changes in personality.

SAD (2)

Have you heard of seasonal affective disorder? Often called SAD, well, I think it is a complete misnomer, people who suffer from this have no disorder, it’s our environment that’s the disorder. I always feel more energised on bright sunny days with blue skies compared to grey August days. I always feel better in summer compared to winter, and its nothing to do with cold or the season.

healthy fats

What sort of image do you conjure in your mind if I speak of eating fat to stay healthy?Chances are that you would think I’m spouting nonsense. You would perceive fat much like a modern scourge of society, lurking in the same aisle as alcohol and tobacco, something to steer clear of as much as possible in order to stay free of disease for longer.


Gardasil is a vaccine supposed to protect against the cancer-causing strains of HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer. Currently it is subsidised in New Zealand for girls up to the age of 20, and recommended at age 12, in three doses over six months.

GF hot cross buns

Hot cross buns have been a household tradition for decades over Easter. This gluten free Easter buns are easy to make and simply delicious served warm with a little bit of butter.

Pharmac is on a hiding to nothing

This week we have seen crowds of people outside of parliament supporting a call for the funding of a ridiculously expensive drug called Keytruda (Pembrolizumab). You would need to be particularly hard hearted if you were not moved by a young person with melanoma who had a limited time to live, begging for the drug to be funded. We have seen it all before, young women dying of breast cancer with young children demanding the same thing for the drug Herceptin. It’s certainly hard to watch on TV, and it is very easy to want to help these people. I certainly do.


What do you think would happen if a supplement company created a single product, repackaged it a number of times to create a ‘range’, and wrote on each packet that each one was designed to do a certain job, i.e. this one is for back pain, this one for head ache and so on, and of course, charging a lot more for these ‘new’ products formulated to treat ‘specific’ pain types compared to the old, identical product, sold to treat generic pain?

Skin health

With our beautiful coasts and equally stunning mountains and native bush, most Kiwis are at heart lovers of the outdoor lifestyle. But the natural elements – sun, wind and salt air can be very harsh on your skin and as it’s your body’s largest and arguably most important organ this is really about health more so than simply beauty. So before you head out on your next summer adventure let’s look at how you can offer the best protection for your skin.

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