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

Boundless by Chef Ryan Turner

I was very fortunate to meet Chef Ryan Turner, and his team, at Low carb Breckenridge and even more fortunate to have a) a meal cooked by him, b) have … Continue reading

September 11, 2018 · 1 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

How many lives will be lost if we wait decades for action?

Apart from being best-selling authors, clinicians and public health researchers, what else do Aseem Malholtra, Grant Schofield and Robert Lustig have in common?  They have teamed up to take on … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sleep and insulin resistance

Sleeping badly for any reason is well-known to cause or aggravate poor health.   This is one reason why shift workers can often be at higher risk of metabolic disease. In … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Dual Oscillation Model: Why insulin is secreted in a pulsatile fashion.

Along with many other experts, I see little value in measuring fasting insulin.  However, my reasons may differ to others.   One reason is that fasting insulin does not generally reflect … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 6 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

“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

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