Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

Stop thinking and start!

I over-think many things…often.  Usually because I want to achieve perfection, but then cannot meet my own high standards.  Somehow non-achievement feels better than “failure” so what ever I am … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Food for Thought (part 1 of 2)

I recently had the utter privilege of attending the Swiss Re/BMJ Food for Thought conference held in Zürich in June 2018. It was great to catch up with friends who … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Is diet more important than exercise?

Is diet more important than exercise? It has been said that “you cannot out-run a poor diet”. Some personal trainers say that 80-90% of results are based on diet – … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

‘The day I meet you in the emergency department will probably be one of the worst of your life’

Conversations about end-of-life care are very difficult but very important.  When I was working in Older Adult Mental Health, most of my patients were not physically unwell, but many were … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment