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As we age, our metabolism slows, along with our level of activity, meaning we need less food. Unless we adjust for this, we will gain weight. Today many people are overfed and overweight, yet under-nourished, through excess consumption of poor quality food. Get out some photos of yourself in earlier times – they could be the wake-up call you need. read more


A number of years ago I was seriously unwell for several months. My doctor diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and said there was not much he could do for me. As luck would have it, my wife suggested I go to a doctor I met when I was a pharmacist, visiting doctors to advise on cost effective use of medicines. Dr Higgins was unusual in that he focused on nutrition and lifestyle before resorting to medicines. During my visit he checked me out in the orthodox manner and found nothing unusual. read more

The paperback version of my book (a manual to show you how to take care of your health) is now available as follows;

Contact me direct; denis@betterhealthforyou.co.nz, or see the following outlets in New Zealand;

Gluten Free Shop; 435 Cameron Rd Tauranga 07-5799958 www.onestopglutenfreeshop.co.nz

Godfrey Medical Limited; 1416A Cameron Road, Tauranga. Phone 07-5430832

National Library of New Zealand; Wellington

Paperplus Mount Maunganui; 130 Maunganui Road 07-9273160

Unichem Bethlehem Pharmacy; 16 Bethlehem Road, Tauranga 07-5791486

Unichem Brookfield Pharmacy; corner Bellevue and Otumoetai Roads, Tauranga. Phone 07-5765132

Paperback copies can also be ordered direct from Lulu by clicking on the link

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/betterhealthforyou

 

Because germs are invisible, it is easy to overlook them. There are many ways we can reduce their spread and impact, as follows; read more

Chapter 1: Common Health Issues
Chapter 2: Fact or Fiction?
Chapter 3: How Do You See the World?
Chapter 4: The Media & Advertising
Chapter 5: Risk Factors for Disease
Chapter 6: Germs & Immunity
Chapter 7: Medicines & You
Chapter 8: Health Professionals
Chapter 9: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Chapter 10: Improved Use of Medicines
Chapter 11: Nutritional Building Blocks
Chapter 12: Food is Your Foundation
Chapter 13: A Healthy Lifestyle
Chapter 14: You and Your Health
Chapter 15: Health Care in the Future

Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘health is real wealth, not gold and silver’ and Dr Andrew Moulden, physician and neuroscientist in the USA, says changing the medical system to help people help themselves is the most important work we can do.’ read more

1. Discover many ways to good health.

This will happen through education about your body, health, food, medicines, supplements and how you can take more responsibility for your health and live a longer, healthier life and save money in the process. Because there is no magic bullet, I’ll show you how to build strong health foundation for you to build on. read more

 

Over exposure to the sun with UVA, (ultraviolet light, wavelength group A) causes skin aging and skin cancer and UVB causes burning and more skin cancer. Whilst the sun has its benefits (i.e. vitamin D discussed later), it is important to control exposure, especially with rising skin cancer rates in NZ. Experts say it is prudent to seek shade and go to the beach in the morning or late afternoon. read more

Like many other western countries, we in New Zealand have serious health issues with many people dying prematurely from a range of diseases.  Heart disease is our number one killer with 16 deaths per day.  One in three people are affected by cancer and diabetes, obesity, dementia and many other diseases are on the rise.  Our government spends $14 billion a year on health but are we winning the war on health? read more

Let us look at a few examples to see how easily communication can fail. Many professionals use the term ‘blood thinners’ to describe medicines that slow the blood’s clotting process. Hearing a blood specialist (Haematologist) use the term at a conference, I raised the point that the emotive description might scare patients out of taking their medicine. He agreed with me, and pledged not to use the term again. read more