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The language of medicine

The language of medicine

Around 10% of Australians* have household or family members that have trouble getting information about their medicines because English is not their first language. To tackle this information gap, community pharmacists working in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities around Australia are helping their customers this Be Medicinewise Week (19-25 August) to get to know […]

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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Lachlan Cornell Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), sometimes known as Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), is a stem of holistic medicine that originated in China over 3500 years ago. TCM encapsulates the modalities of herbal medicine, acupuncture, gua sha, cupping therapy and massage. In more recent times, TCM has started to include selected parts of Western medicine […]

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Let’s hear some ap-paws for therapy dogs

Let’s hear some ap-paws for therapy dogs

The bond between people and animals is one that spans millennia. Dogs are known as the friend that’s always there, offering a relationship of non-judgment, unconditional love and loyalty. For founder of Australian charity Animal Therapies Ltd Wendy Coombe, it was Jack, her Border Collie, that helped build her life again, literally from scratch. Ms […]

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What is Holistic Dental?

What is Holistic Dental?

When it comes to dentistry, choosing a traditional approach or a holistic one can be confusing. Sometimes called biocompatible dentistry, holistic practises offer an alternative to traditional dentistry methods. Although both traditional and holistic methods focus on the link between oral health and our overall wellbeing, holistic dental takes a more overall approach. What should […]

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The Power of Meditation

The Power of Meditation

Meditation is as individual as you are How often do you spend time getting to know yourself? In the modern world, we’re more ‘connected’ than ever; to the internet; to our phones; to networks of people across the world. But what about connection to ourselves? Meditation is an increasingly popular way to gain focus, de-stress […]

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Stroke prevention – what can you do?

Stroke prevention – what can you do?

Aslan Shand One in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime. A stroke is caused by a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain and impacts on your ability to move, feel, and think. According to Associate Professor Seana Gall from the University of Tasmania and Stroke Foundation Clinical Council member […]

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Are we what we drink?

Are we what we drink?

Rachel Jeffery, Accredited Practising Dietitian When we are active, we are very conscious to eat well, but we do not often think about the things we drink.  All of us are made up of around 50-80 per cent water, so it is very important that we replace fluid lost from our body everyday.  Water is […]

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Get cleaning – mould season is here

Get cleaning – mould season is here

Becky Thompson Warm weather and humidity – just what we’re known for in the Northern Rivers – is a perfect recipe for mould. The long-awaited rains have finally arrived so locals should be on the lookout for this unwelcome visitor in their homes. As the floodwaters subside in Queensland, mould is already rearing its ugly […]

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Don’t let snoring ruin your sex life

Don’t let snoring ruin your sex life

    Aslan Shand Do you ever wonder what the point of sleeping is? For some people it takes up half their lives. So much time that could be used to learn another language, a musical instrument or secretly binge on you most favourite TV series from Game of Thrones to – well whatever takes […]

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Fruit and nuts take the energy test

Fruit and nuts take the energy test

Can what you eat enhance your performance as an athlete? This is the question that is being put under the microscope at the University of South Australia’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA). More specifically they are examining the impact of almonds and some dried fruits. ‘The bioactive components in almonds and […]

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The meat vegans might eat

The meat vegans might eat

Desmond Bellamy Winston Churchill was one of the first public figures to believe that we would one day grow animal parts without the animal. In 1931, he predicted that by the 1980s people would grow chicken breasts and wings rather than raising the entire bird. Although his timeline was a little off, Churchill’s vision for […]

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Breath testing for cancer

Breath testing for cancer

While there have been rumours of dogs and bees being able to detect cancers from the smell of peoples breath and urine for many years, a clinical trial using a breath test for cancer is being launched, but it doesn’t involve any animals. The trail will analyse molecules that could indicate the presence of cancer […]

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Why detox?

Why detox?

Byron Bay Detox Retreats team Cleansing, fasting and detoxification all have one goal in mind – to rid the body of toxins and allow it time to heal naturally. The body is actually in a constant state of detoxification. Little do we realise, our body is working every minute of every day to eliminate all […]

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Sing for the trees: a journey of healing

Sing for the trees: a journey of healing

Susan Hale All across the world people are singing, using their voices to recharge the earth. People are singing to create awareness and galvanise action. The Civil Rights Movement is a historical example of the power of song to create change. Singing is part of the joy of being human, of connecting us with ancient […]

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Why physiotherapy?

Why physiotherapy?

Nigel Pitman Physiotherapy is an evidence based clinical health science. Practitioners aim to use treatments that have been demonstrated to be effective through evidence based scientific research. This is then underpinned with clinical reasoning and experience that compliments any treatment and can be further individualised for the client and their needs. Physiotherapists are specialists in […]

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Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine

Ele McIntyre Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, has been around for thousands of years and incorporates various treatment methods, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, tuina chinese massage and acupressure, moxa heat therapy, food therapy, and qigong. Originating in China, TCM is now practiced throughout the world. The aim of TCM is to achieve balance and harmony […]

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So what exactly is Hypnotherapy?

So what exactly is Hypnotherapy?

Matthew Lee Tet Hypnotherapy is used in a clinical sense, to help people remove or alter old thought patterns, negative beliefs, unwanted habits and many other issues. Hypnosis for therapy. Hypnosis on stage and T.V. is for amusement. The two are the same in the sense that the hypnotist’s goal is to induce trance. We’ve […]

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Could you take the journey to veganism?

Could you take the journey to veganism?

Angela McDermott My mother was from Belgium, my father was from Hungary and both of them were great cooks. Goulash, stuffed cabbage rolls, Jarlsberg cheese, ox tongue, sour cream, paprika chicken, speck, salami and liverwurst were staples and I loved them all. The kids in my primary class wanted to swap their Vegemite sandwiches for […]

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Are there any limits to our souls?

Are there any limits to our souls?

‘We all have that inner strength inside of us. We just never get tested to see how incredible we all are.’ Turia Pitt This quote could be thrown among the social media Instaquote movement and wouldn’t cause much of a stir these days. However, when you know the story behind these words, it becomes quite […]

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Diet obsessions turned food fiascos

Diet obsessions turned food fiascos

To eat everything in moderation or to stick to a regimented diet? To swear off alcohol or to enjoy a drink every now and again? To go gluten free or not? Grain or no grain? Meat or no meat? Vegan or vegetarian? Whoa! The overwhelming choices are greater than ever on the food front. Thanks […]

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To live longer, move more

To live longer, move more

Charles Eugster was a dentist for most of his working life. On retiring, Charles decided to begin exercising more, from gym work to rowing to athletics. Now 96, Charles is the fastest man over 200 metres in the 95+ age category. Helen Frith competed in the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games and to this day […]

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A healthy gut

A healthy gut

The foundation of your overall health An imbalance or absence of certain bacteria in the gut can affect the entire body, weakening the immune system and playing a role in all sorts of health issues including heart disease, cancer, allergies, poor sleep, problems losing weight, low energy, and depression. The good news is that getting […]

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