Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

In response to Mac Mckenna: Taxing sugar does not discourage its use.

On Monday, the 2017 FIZZ (fighting sugar in soft-drinks) symposium was held in Auckland.  There was an overwhelming support for New Zealand to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.   Today, this opinion … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · 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

Are carbohydrates the new cigarettes? (Part 1)

A new study has shown that consuming foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) increases your risk of developing lung cancer.  But it is what you eat, not how many … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hyperinsulinaemia: The unifying theory of chronic disease?

I got some amazing news yesterday.  A manuscript submitted to the journal “Diabesity” was accepted.  You can read it here.  Diabesity is a new journal, but it is Open access, … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 14 Comments

Seed oils increase the risk of cancer

I worked in a fish and chip shop in the early 1990s. I can remember my boss, Ron, chipping out great chunks of beef tallow (solid beef fat) to top … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 3 Comments