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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 (www.internal-instinct.com). By this stage of the digestive process, the mouth, stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas […]

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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 purchase some cold and flu tablets when our families are sick, but there is another […]

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A GUIDE TO GOOD DIGESTION.

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 the second article, I wrote about the role of the stomach, and the importance of […]

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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 role of saliva and chewing. If you missed it, catch up on my website, or […]

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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 said “all disease begins in the gut!” It might be an ancient idea, but it’s […]

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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 to treat heart attacks at Manning Base Hospital.  If this unit were made available, the […]

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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 young? Or is being talked about and dealt with in the open more these days? […]

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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 to take their children into the outdoors, and are much more vigorous in how they […]

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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 even (nearly) has a two story carpark! Of course, there is no strong strategy in […]

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Your Country Needs You: How you can prevent the spread

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 to breathe because their respiratory muscles were paralysed. There were homes for crippled children, and iron callipers to […]

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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  serious medical issues,  such as  heart attacks, are the second worse in NSW. While there […]

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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 transform the tropics—and don’t forget that 38 per cent of Australia is tropical. In the […]