Category Archives: Health

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

This is not good enough . . .

  Don’t have a heart attack or serious health event in the Manning… the prognosis is Not Good! In a shocking survey, looking back over the past few years, statistics show that the outcomes for patients in the Manning suffering 

Pulse of the Future

Sagadevan Mundree is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology—Saga to his friends. He came to Australia from South Africa but his family is of Indian origin. And he’s leading a revolution. A revolution in agriculture. And it could

Your friends in your gut . . .

Feed and look after them so they can look after you! Farmers know that animals like cows and sheep require microorganisms (microflora) to live in their guts in order not to starve. Only recently, however, have we realised that the

Leading a Brain-healthy Lifestyle!

  Dr Jacinta Guthridge, from Taree Aged Care Services, servicing the Lower Mid North Coast Sector has some practical and positive advice. ‘Some things to reduce your chances of being diagnosed with dementia include; a good healthy diet, not smoking,

Behind Closed Doors . . .

  Dementia . . . the secret dread of ageing. But it’s not all bad news . . .  Gary Thomas, Regional Manager Alzheimers Australia North Coast NSW,  and Dr Jacinta Guthridge, Geriatrician, based at Taree Aged Care Services servicing