Sugar-free eating: why it may pay to quit the sweet stuff

It is regularly called ‘white poison’, toxic, deadly, addictive, a killer, and the driver behind obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer – just about the worst PR anyone could ever imagine. But does sugar really deserve such a bad rep? Yes and no, depending on who you speak to. Some nutrition specialists … Read more

Statins – more calls for wider use despite research showing ‘absence of evidence of overall benefit’

There’s something about statins that makes even the most intelligent doctor say silly things – such as that everyone over 40 should take them, even that children should be given them. Statins  have a reputation as  ‘wonder drugs’ for prevention of deaths from cardiovascular disease. The real wonder is how these drugs have become the … Read more

Ian Thorpe – how a mentor could show him the way out of depression’s darkest waters

A blog on BizNews about Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe going into rehab for depression recently,  raised the question: can depression ever be beaten? Human brand specialist, brand wellness consultant, educator and author Robert Opie argues that just like Everest, depression can never be truly “beaten”. The mentally healthy trick, he says,  is to work with … Read more

Swimming is healthy for your heart – and the rest of you

Your heart rate can change in seconds, depending on what you are doing and feeling, whether you are standing up, sitting down,  exercising vigorously, or having a romantic Valentine’s Day tryst. The aim is to get your heart rate up often enough, so that  settles down into a slow rate at rest. That will help … Read more

‘White poison’ – sugar should be classified as ‘a Class A drug’

It has been called ‘white poison’, which may be a little extreme – to some. Sugar in moderation is not necessarily damaging to your health, and it is a source of energy. However, it’s easy to consume far too much. Sugar is common not only in carbonated soft drinks, chocolates, cakes and sweets, but also … Read more

Drug companies to work together to speed up new products

  Here’s a nice change:  profit-driven multinational pharmaceutical companies are seeing the value in collaboration and co-operation with competitors, it seems, to  get new medicines onto the market sooner. Here’s hoping they spend just as much quality time making sure those medicines are safe, and don’t wait for the drugs  to kill people before they … Read more