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Is ultra-cheap food really a bargain?

As Dick Smith points out, in the scramble to match Aldi, Woolies and Coles have to pay a pittance to local food producers and manufacturers. That’s meant the dumping of home-grown brands like SPC Ardmona.  Read this post

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Depression: maybe it's not a chemical imbalance after all

That’s been the standard explanation for a long time. Our serotonin levels are too low. The reason for the imbalance is often a mystery, but there’s a lot of it going on.   Read this post

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

High cholesterol? Look after your liver

It’s big and busy, but tucked behind your rib cage your liver is easily forgotten. Which is a pity because it’s way more important than we realise.  Read this post

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Risk factors for breast cancer

Next month is breast cancer awareness month. Until relatively recently the standard line about the causes of breast cancer was ‘we don’t know what causes it’. Thankfully that’s changed.  Read this post

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Fit loses out to Fat with type 2 diabetes

Six months ago I wrote a post that revisited the old question of fitness vs fatness. Most research has concluded that overweight or obese people who stay fit have less chance of dying than their slimmer but unfit counterparts. But that's not the whole story.  Read this post

Sunday, September 18, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Are statins good for us after all?

The Lancet is a prestigious medical journal and this month it published a big review of the research on statins (cholesterol lowering drugs). The conclusion: they do more good than harm. But we need to be clear who for.  Read this post

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Could parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme improve your bones?

The Scarborough Fair Diet was developed by a group of New Zealand researchers who believe there’s value in eating more vegetables, fruit and herbs than most of us do, and in being aware that some can reduce bone turnover.   Read this post

Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Why it's OK (smart, actually) to eat your chicken skin

In our lifetimes Australians have narrowed their meat choices. Most of us no longer eat nose-to-tail; we prefer muscle meat such as steak or chicken breast. But that means we miss out on the major health benefit of using bones, cartilage, tendon, organs and skin.   Read this post

Sunday, August 14, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Rich, flavoursome winter food is also healthy

Along with the last post on the restorative nature of winter, one of the obvious ways to look after ourselves at this time of year is with food.   Read this post

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Why low-carb is not a fad

Every five minutes someone in Australia is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That’s about 280 people every single day.   Read this post

Friday, July 22, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson