Category Archives: Health


Essential Oils have been used for centuries to promote healing and relaxation and, as our knowledge increases, we create stronger and more potent forms of what was used so many years ago. Like the pyramids of Egypt, they have stood

The Large Intestine: THE GUT MICROBIOME

The large intestine is the final stage of the digestive tract before the gut’s contents and waste leave your body. There are many interesting functions of this tube-shaped organ. The large intestine extends from the small intestine down near your

Our nutritionist, Lydia Irving, introduces us to The Small Intestine

Here we are at the small intestine, in the Fourth instalment of my Guide to Good Digestion. Parts One, Two and Three of our journey down the digestive tract are available on my website, if you need to catch up

Calm winter blues

Have you been feeling stressed, low on energy, unwell? Just not quite yourself? We all seem to have a busy lifestyle, so we don’t have time to be sick or unwell. Most of us go straight to the chemist to


Part 3: The Liver, Gallbladder and Pancreas.  Welcome to my third instalment of A Guide to Good Digestion. In the first instalment, I wrote about the role that the mouth plays in effective digestion, and the importance of chewing. In

A Guide to Good Digestion

Part 2: The Stomach   Welcome to the second part of my introductory guide to digestion. I hope you enjoyed Part One. I talked us through the beginning processes of digestion, everything to do with the mouth, and the important

A Guide to Good Digestion

Nutritionist Lydia Irving begins a series on Good Gut Health Digestion Begins at the Mouth. A healthy gut is essential for wellbeing. This idea has been at the core of medicine for thousands of years. The ‘Father of Medicine’, Hippocrates, famously

The Heart of the Matter!

Concerns in the community about having a heart attack are growing.  This paper has received several complaints about the lack of facilities and treatment of public patients who suffer a cardiac event due to there not being a cath lab

What’s wrong with families

There are good people in our community, quietly going about their work, who are seldom singled out or recognised for what they do. This month we meet a child mental health care worker.  Has family life deteriorated since we were

Girls should be wild and free

How do we raise girls to be strong and free? It actually starts in the toddler years.  They need encouragement and permission to be adventurous, messy, noisy and phyiscal.  Fathers are often the key to this – many dads like

Hospital Without Hope?

  Why is Taree’s Manning Base Hospital being treated as if it has a bad case of leprosy? Hunter New England Health seem to want to bypass it, and make life difficult for doctors, staff and patients. Why, Manning Base

Your Country Needs You: How you can prevent the spread of disease

by Professor Eugenie Lumbers I belong to a declining population which knows what it is like for a child to live in a society scared of a dreadful contagious disease: poliomyelitis. I knew children who had polio. I saw pictures of children in iron lungs, unable