Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

“A bloody disgrace”: A message from Jamie Oliver to New Zealand politicians

The British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver recorded a message for the Auckland FIZZ symposium (Fighting sugar in softdrinks) held this week.  This message was recorded in his garden. You can … Continue reading

June 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Go back to first principles.”

At high school, I can remember having a bit of a struggle with calculus, so my Dad (a marine engineer) was helping me out.   The maths was a bit different … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The dilemma of after hours health care.

Imagine – it is outside normal business hours and now someone in your household is quick unwell.  You knew they were unwell earlier in the day, but between your job/s, … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lessons from the World Masters Games 2017

I have just had the privilege of being a volunteer for the Orienteering World Masters Championships held in Auckland this week as part of the World Masters Games.    Anyone over … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

No ‘I’ in sex

Many years ago I had a traumatised young woman as a patient who had suffered a sexual assault because she was too scared to say no to the young man … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dr Joseph R. Kraft (1922-2017)

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” Kevin Kraft, Dr Joseph Kraft, and Catherine Crofts, Chicago. November 2014. Less than four years ago … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who has the right to discuss nutrition?

Many years ago I was certified to supply Xenical (orlistat) without a prescription.  Xenical is a weight loss drug that prevents about a third of the consumed fat from being … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Have you ever thought about how you are going to die?…….”

Over the weekend, I presented on early detection of Metabolic disease at the NZ Hospital Pharmacists conference.   I hadn’t been to this conference before and my accepted abstract on … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

Eating less meat: Good for the planet, us or both?

I was asked the other day whether I would eat meat that had been created in a vat probably like this hamburger. I think my answer is “maybe” as long … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Health Stories Round-up

Here is a round-up of some of the interesting health stories I have found recently in a number of internet magazines.   Is there a health benefit to riding a … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

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