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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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This is not so much about weight loss, more about reducing excessive overindulgent behaviour – from eating better, drinking less, moving more all the way to looking at gift giving. Essentially trimming the excess to expose a leaner and healthier way to get through this busy season.

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The 206 bones in the adult body that make up the skeleton provide the basic frame upon which the body is built giving us our structure and shape, but your skeleton has a number of other essential functions too. Your bones provide attachment points for your muscles allowing you to move,  they form protective structures around your organs and nerves, they’re involved in maintaining mineral and pH balance in the body and the bone marrow is where your red and white (immune) blood cells are produced.

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It’s a topic that comes up in the media a lot; it’s something we here at About Health mention frequently too – but just what exactly are we referring to when we talk about heart health?

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