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THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF DISRUPTION TO SPORTS EVENTS CAUSED BY COVID19

JULY 22, 2020 A good friend of mine, Professor Rylee Dionigi, is involved in this survey and study. If you have been affected by disruptions to sports and you are in a regional or rural area please fill in this survey. The social and emotional impact of the disruption of ...

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DIGITAL HEALTH CHANGES

JULY 29, 2020 There have been many changes to the way healthcare is performed over the last several months. Bushfires initially led to changes and then a global pandemic necessitated sometimes daily changes to the way we do things. TELEHEALTH Consultations with General P...

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INCREASE IN NUMBERS QUITTING SMOKING DUE TO COVID 19

JUNE 3, 2020 MY QUITBUDDY APP Between January and May this year the My QuitBuddy app had an increase in downloads of 310%! This means it was downloaded 24000 times! Unless there was a shortage in cigarettes (which I didn’t hear about) during the height of COVID 19 hopeful...

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VENTOLIN/ASMOL CHANGES TO PURCHASING

JUNE 10, 2020 If you have asthma you may be used to walking in to a pharmacy and asking the Pharmacist for a Ventolin or Asmol puffer to treat asthma symptoms. Did you know that as of March 2020 it is not so easy to obtain a puffer from a pharmacy? Ventolin/Asmol regulati...

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TAKING AN ACCURATE BLOOD PRESSURE READING

MAY 6, 2020 In 2019 the American Heart Association published an article giving tips on checking blood pressure correctly. TAKING THE READING Before checking it is preferable to sit resting in a chair for 3-5 minutes to obtain an accurate resting reading. Blood pressur...

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GOUT

APRIL 15, 2020 WHAT IS GOUT? Gout is a type of arthritis. Attacks can occur rapidly and are very painful. Gout usually affects the big toe though it can occur in the rest of the feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists, elbows and even ears. WHAT CAUSES GOUT? Gout occurs whe...

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TELEHEALTH PRESCRIPTIONS

APRIL 29, 2020 HOW DO I RECEIVE MY PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE AFTER A TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENT?  A lot of GP appointments are now being held via Telehealth ie appointments are taking place over the phone or other electronic means in preference to visiting your GP in person. Th...

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WISE SUPPLY AND USE OF MEDICINES

MARCH 25, 2020 In order to avoid a “toilet paper scenario” Pharmacists have commenced policing of medicine sales like never before. Part of our role as a Pharmacist is to ensure that the right people are obtaining the right medicines in a suitable quantity. There have al...

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COVID-19 MYTHS

MARCH 26, 2020 Can the pneumonia or flu vaccinations prevent me from getting COVID-19? No they can’t because they are different. However if you are vaccinated against other illnesses you will have better overall health and will be less likely to catch COVID-19 or get as...

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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 Coronavirus is a word that we have all heard mentioned lately. WHAT IS A CORONAVIRUS? Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can make us sick (animals too). Some coronaviruses cause mild illness, like the common cold, and others can make people very s...

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ASK THE PHARMACIST

FEBRUARY 10, 2020 It’s live! I am very proud to announce that the “Ask the Pharmacist” app is live! Visit the website www.askthepharmacist.com.au A lot of hard work has gone in to this. Thank you Ollie Cloud Concepts Australia Pty Ltd. Please save the a...

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FEVER

FEBRUARY 19, 2020 WHAT IS A FEVER? A fever is a rise in body temperature above the normal body temperature of about 37 C. It can vary by up to a degree either way depending on the person, what they’ve been doing and time of day. Body temperature is different depending ...

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TAKE PAIN MEDICATIONS REGULARLY

NOVEMBER 25, 2019 Once again this is a current topic in our house. Shattered collar bones cause a lot of pain. From my experience when someone is in a lot of pain and leaves hospital or the Doctor’s surgery with multiple prescriptions and instructions it can become confusi...

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R.U.M.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 (Return Unwanted Medicines , not the drink)  Do you know what to do with medicines you don’t want anymore? The RUM project is a way for medicines that are either out of date or not needed anymore to be disposed of safely. Community Pharmacies...

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CHANGES TO TREATMENT OF REFLUX

AUGUST 7, 2019 If you are someone who takes prescribed medicine for reflux you are likely to be aware of changes that came in to effect in May with respect to what Doctor’s are able to prescribe. Lower doses or shorter lengths of treatment are recommended where possible. ...

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ASK ME A QUESTION!

JULY 6, 2019 Exciting News! It’s been a long time coming but I have to tell you all I’m very, very excited. The next time you’re checking out my blog you can use the first of my upcoming changes. If you have a look in the bottom right hand corner you’ll see...

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VITAMIN D – IMPORTANT FOR MANY REASONS

JUNE 24, 2019 Winter is here! A lot of us will be spending more time indoors and wearing more clothing that covers our skin. This means we will have less exposure to sunlight. Less sunlight means we may have lower levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for the stren...

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 26, 2019 In two days’ time it will be two years since I published my first Healthful Wisdom article. At that time, I knew I wanted to do something more with my knowledge as a Pharmacist. I have enjoyed writing articles that hopefully help people have a better under...

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK

MAY 1, 2019 School holidays are over and some much enjoyed time off work is over for me also. The break coincided with the end of an 8 week gym challenge. At the end of this I was the fittest and healthiest I have ever been! And now I’m slightly less so…..and that’s o...

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MAGNESIUM

MAY 6, 2019 Magnesium has been my best friend over recent months. It has helped with muscle pain and mood and has so many more benefits for the whole body! EFFECTS OF LOW MAGNESIUM Low levels of magnesium can cause muscle pain and spasm. This can show as leg cramps, gen...

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HAPPY BELATED MOTHER’S DAY

MAY 15, 2019 Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the Mums out there reading and supporting me every week. My day was good and I hope yours was also. It was a very busy end of the week for me. I was fortunate enough to sneak a little nap on the lounge in the afternoon. ...

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TAKING MEDICINES WITH FOOD

MAY 20, 2019 I have written previously about why some medicines should be taken with food and some should be taken without. In this article I will give some examples of medicines that should be taken with food. WHY MEDICINES SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH FOOD To recap, the main r...

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PATIENCE

MAY 22, 2019 No I’m not talking about the Guns n Roses song, as good as it is! What is patience? The Oxford Dictionary meaning is: The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Sounds easy doesn’t it?! ...

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TAKING MEDICINES AWAY FROM FOOD

MAY 27, 2019 I’ve written about medicines that should be taken with food so this week it’s time for medicines that should be taken away from food. WHY SOME MEDICINES SHOULD BE TAKEN AWAY FROM FOOD To make sure the medicine is processed and absorbed properly. Calcium i...

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END OF CHALLENGE 1!

APRIL 3, 2019 CHALLENGE NUMBER 1 FOR THIS YEAR IS COMPLETE! I did it! WAS IT EASY? No! However I did not miss one gym session in 8 weeks! That’s right, you read correctly, I trained every weekday for 8 weeks- 40 sessions!!!!!!! WAS IT HARD? Yes! It was not as ...

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WINTER SPORT TIME

MARCH 6, 2019 Summer has finally (and sadly for me) ended. With this comes the psychological change of things getting colder. Less beach time, less daylight and cooler water if I feel like having a swim. What this change of season does bring is the traditional winter sport...

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AUTISM IS NOT CAUSED BY MMR VACCINATION – MORE EVIDENCE

MARCH 11, 2019 It has been shown previously that there is no link between receiving the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccination and autism. Recent results of a study in Denmark, of more than 650 000 people, that lasted more than ten years have shown no link and this study went o...

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TAKE AS DIRECTED

MARCH 25, 2019 Part of my role in performing Home Medicines Reviews is finding out what medicines people are taking and how they take them. This is often in stark contrast to what and how their Doctor and Pharmacist think they are doing! DO YOU READ THE LABEL? How many o...

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BACK PAIN

MARCH 27, 2019 Back pain is very common. It’s also an issue that has ‘flared’ this week in our household. For most people back pain goes away after a few weeks but for some it can last months and years. WHAT IS BACK PAIN? Our backs are complex structures and quite...

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2019 HERE I COME!

FEBRUARY 4, 2019 Well it’s the 4th of February but for me it feels like the year has begun today. My children returned to school for the year today. I can’t believe they’re in years 5 and 8 already! Today also marks the start of my first full week back at work a...

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STARTING A CHALLENGE MAKES WAY FOR CHANGE

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 As you know from last week I’ve started an 8 week fitness challenge. It certainly is a challenge but a welcomed one. Doing this with my partner is proving to be a great idea as we are accountable to each other and can offer encouragement also. WITH T...

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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES?

FEBRUARY 18, 2019 WHERE DO YOU BUY MEDICINES? Do you buy medicines from the supermarket without Pharmacist advice? Do you buy vitamins or supplements from the supermarket or health food store? If you take prescription medicines or have medical conditions you need to b...

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THRUSH

FEBRUARY 20, 2019 Most women will experience this vaginal infection at least once in their lives. It is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast candida albicans. This yeast is present on and in our bodies normally but can increase in numbers at certain times which leads to the ...

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I DON’T WATCH TELEVISION

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 I’M NOT QUITE SURE WHEN IT STARTED BUT I’VE REALISED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT I DON’T WATCH TELEVISION. To be totally accurate so far this year I have watched some Australian Open tennis matches and one episode of Better Homes and Gardens and the m...

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GOODBYE 2018

JANUARY 2, 2019 2018! WHOA YOU WENT BY QUICKLY! There are still a lot of things on my list that didn’t get done last year but there are a lot of things that did. There are even more things that I could not have imagined at the beginning of 2018 that I can add to my list of...

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ALCOHOL AND MEDICINES

DECEMBER 10, 2018 It’s the time of year for celebrating! A lot of us have Christmas parties to attend and with Christmas day and New Year’s Eve to come it’s important to consider the effects of alcohol on the medicines we take. MANY MEDICINES CAN BE AFFECTED BY ALCO...

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“ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE BECAUSE ONE DAY YOU WILL LOOK BACK AND REALISE THEY WERE THE BIG THINGS”

DECEMBER 12, 2018 I have this quote on a canvas on my wall and I have looked at it at various times over the last few years. With my eldest child starting high school this year it has really hit home just how quickly our children grow up! I read an article recently about ...

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SLOW DOWN THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON!

DECEMBER 19, 2018 I’m feeling nostalgic and philosophical again this week! It’s nearly Christmas again. They really come around quickly. This is likely also the last Christmas of a certain kind as my youngest child is growing up! I’m going to enjoy it for all it’s ...

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WHAT REALLY MATTERS

DECEMBER 26, 2018 I hardly ever watch the news. In fact I hardly ever watch TV. I don’t know of any TV shows worth watching and the news is always bad or sad and I don’t need that stress in my life! I stay informed in other ways and today was pleased to discover an arti...

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BEACH THERAPY

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. We all know that swimming in the ocean can make us feel good but it is actually proven to be good for your health. Thalassotherapy is the use of seawater for health benefits. For over 200 years doctors have ...

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NEW SHOES!

OCTOBER 17, 2018 NEW SHOES! This afternoon I went to the gym as I usually do on a Wednesday. Today was different however as I had new shoes! It’s something I knew I needed to do but have been putting off for a long time. There was always something else to pay for and kid...

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TEA REDUCES STRESS!!

AUGUST 29, 2018 THERE IS A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR ME TO DRINK SOOOO MANY CUPS OF TEA AT WORK!! After water tea is the second most consumed drink in the world. The results of a study on the effects of tea on stress were published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology...

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LOW FAT VS LOW CARB EATING

JULY 11, 2018 LOW FAT VS LOW CARB Tonight may not be the best night to discuss dietary habits as many of us are ready to eat “footy food” and watch the final State of Origin match however I’ll go ahead anyway. A RECENT STUDY CONDUCTED OVER A YEAR LOOKED AT WEIGHT C...

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IS A GLUTEN FREE DIET HEALTHY?

JULY 19, 2018 IF YOU ARE NOT INTOLERANT OF GLUTEN AND DO NOT SUFFER COELIAC DISEASE THERE IS NO BENEFIT TO AVOIDING GLUTEN IN YOUR DIET AND IN FACT IT MAY BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH. THOSE WHO NEED TO AVOID GLUTEN DO SO TO AVOID SYMPTOMS THAT CAN BE SEVERE. THESE PEOPL...

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MEDICINES FOR DIABETES CAN BE AFFECTED BY

JULY 23, 2018 MEDICINES FOR DIABETES There are many medicines that are used for diabetes. There are tablets and injections that lower blood sugar levels or help our body’s to use our own insulin better as well as injectable insulin itself. ALCOHOL AND DIABETES MEDICINE...

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CORTICOSTEROIDS FOR USE ON THE SKIN

JUNE 25, 2018 WHAT IS A CORTICOSTEROID? Corticosteroids are substances that act as an anti-inflammatory for the skin. They also suppress the immune system so are helpful for allergic reactions. Corticosteroids come in lotions, creams and ointments and vary greatly in streng...

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SHOULD YOU HAVE A FLU VACCINATION?

MAY 2, 2018 2020 FLU VACCINATION In the year 2020 it is more important than ever to have your annual flu vaccination. It will not prevent you from contracting COVID-19 but it will protect you from the most common strains of flu and so prevent you getting COVID-19 and the flu...

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ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES (OC) AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY CAN BE AFFECTED BY

MAY 7, 2018 ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY It is the oestrogen and oestrogen like hormone medications that the following refer to. Progesterone only OC and HRT do not have these same effects. CAFFEINE AND ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES/HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERA...

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TINEA

MAY 9, 2018  What is tinea? Tinea is a type of fungal infection that commonly occurs on the feet including the toenails. Fungal infections like warm moist areas which is why they commonly occur on the feet due to the wearing of shoes and socks especially when sweating o...

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THYROID MEDICINE CAN BE AFFECTED BY

MAY 14, 2018 THYROID MEDICINE The type of thyroid medicine I will be discussing is the one used for hypothyroidism where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are low and need to be increased. There are a couple of other medical conditions where thyroid hormone medicines are...

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HYPOTHYROIDISM

MAY 16, 2018 What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a gland in the neck that releases hormones that regulate our metabolism. Growth and energy levels are important parts of our metabolism that are controlled by thyroid hormones. The main hormones made in the thyroid are th...

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IODINE DEFICIENCY IN PREGNANCY

MAY 21, 2018 IODINE IS IMPORTANT IN PREGNANCY Most women know that it is important to take folic acid before and during pregnancy. A recent Western Australian study found that not as many women know the importance of ensuring adequate iodine levels in pregnancy. Almost a...

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ACNE

MAY 23, 2018 ACNE Everyone from teen age onwards knows about acne. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who didn’t suffer much you will know someone who did. Acne, also known as pimples, usually occur on the face but can occur on the chest and back as well. They can app...

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CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D USE IN THOSE WITH HEART/CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

MAY 28, 2018 Why are calcium and vitamin D important? Adequate calcium and vitamin D are very important in ensuring bone health as well as other uses. As our bones are constantly breaking themselves down and remaking themselves it is never too late to ensure that we have suf...

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THE EFFECT OF NUTRITION ON MENTAL HEALTH

APRIL 4, 2018 NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH As I have discussed previously nutrition is an important part of our health. Inadequate nutrition can lead to medical conditions and medications taken to treat medical conditions can themselves cause nutrient deficiencies. Prescr...

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MEDICINES FOR INDIGESTION CAN BE AFFECTED BY

APRIL 9, 2018 MEDICINES FOR INDIGESTION There are three types of medicines used for indigestion (also known as reflux, heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux). Antacids eg Mylanta, Gaviscon and Rennie contain ingredients such as calcium carbonate, aluminium and magnesium...

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MELATONIN AND SLEEP

APRIL 11, 2018 WHAT IS MELATONIN? Melatonin is a hormone that our bodies produce naturally. It helps to regulate our body clock. When it gets dark outside as night time comes melatonin is released in to our brains to make us feel tired so that we can go to sleep. In the mo...

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MEDICINES FOR DEPRESSION CAN BE AFFECTED BY

APRIL 16, 2018 Medicines for depression There are several different groups of medicines used to treat depression. There are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), tricyclic antidepressants (TCA’s) and other antidepressants that don’t fall in to these groups....

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STRESS!!!

APRIL 18, 2018 SUFFERING WITH STRESS There are many sources of stress that most of us will encounter at some stage in our lives. Some common causes of stress are exams, workplace, relationships and financial worries amongst others. Stress is a natural response to events ...

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PARACETAMOL (OR ACETAMINOPHEN IN THE US) CAN BE AFFECTED BY

APRIL 23, 2018 PARACETAMOL USE Paracetamol is something we commonly take for pain such as a headache, toothache, joint or back pain. It is also an ingredient in most cold and flu preparations as well as combination pain medications. Most people wouldn’t think twice abo...

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ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES CAN BE AFFECTED BY

APRIL 30, 2018 ANTI-INFLAMMATORY USE                                     A lot of us use anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation, pain and temperature that can occur when we inju...

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NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES CAUSED BY ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS

MARCH 5, 2018 Antidepressant medications  Antidepressants are medicines that are used to treat depression. There are different groups of antidepressant medicines that can cause different deficiencies.  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) and n...

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EFFECTS OF LONG TERM ANTIDEPRESSANT USE

MARCH 7, 2018 Use of antidepressants The number of people using antidepressants has more than doubled since the 1990’s. Long term use of antidepressants is usually defined as more than three years of use. It is generally accepted that in someone who has suffered wit...

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WHY TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN?

MARCH 12, 2018 MULTIVITAMINS There are several reasons why taking a multivitamin is a good idea. As I have mentioned previously food just isn’t food anymore. Often even when we think we are eating healthily we may be missing out on certain nutrients simply because they ar...

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL VITAMINS?

MARCH 14, 2018 VITAMINS                                                We get some of our vitamins from what we eat and drink as well as from supplements. ...

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MEDICINES FOR ADHD CAN BE AFFECTED BY

MARCH 19, 2018 Medicines for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are used by children and adults. These medicines stimulate dopamine levels in the brain to improve concentration and focus and reduce impulsive behaviour. FRUIT JUICE/VITAMIN C SUPPLEMENTS AND AD...

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ADHD

MARCH 21, 2018 WHAT IS ADHD? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been researched and written about for more than 100 years. There are specific diagnosis criteria and much evidence to show that when people (usually children) are diagnosed earlier they have muc...

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MEDICINES FOR EPILEPSY CAN BE AFFECTED BY

MARCH 26, 2018 MEDICINES FOR EPILEPSY There are a lot of medicines used for epilepsy. Examples include phenytoin, sodium valproate, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin and pregabalin. These medicines are known as antiepileptics or anticonvulsants. Anticonvulsants can...

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HOW TO USE AN EPIPEN

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 EPIPENS With children starting back at school and childcare and recent changes to how EpiPens are used it’s a good time for a review.  WHY ARE EPIPENS USED? An EpiPen is used in a situation where someone has a severe allergic reaction. This react...

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ANAPHYLAXIS

FEBRUARY 7, 2018 WHAT IS ANAPHYLAXIS? Following on from the post about how to use an EpiPen in cases of anaphylaxis I thought I would discuss what anaphylaxis actually is. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency as it can be ...

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MEDICATIONS CAN CAUSE NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 I’m really excited to have received this book I ordered today. It is a great reference for medications and the nutrient deficiencies they can cause as well as how to treat them. This is an area of medication use that I am passionate about and I look fo...

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VALENTINE’S DAY

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Well it’s the theme of the day. I don’t have a “Valentine” but I’m happy for all those that do. Rather than espouse the view that it’s a day for Florists, chocolate and card makers to make money I believe any opportunity to tell someone you love...

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NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES CAUSED BY BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS

FEBRUARY 19, 2018 Before delving in to specifics I will discuss how medications affect nutrients. HOW MEDICATIONS AFFECT NUTRIENTS There are a few ways that medications can affect how our bodies absorb vital nutrients. The medication may Take hold of a nutrient and...

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GUT HEALTH

FEBRUARY 21, 2018 Gut health is something that seems to be talked about everywhere. The health of our guts is being linked to almost every health condition there is. Words like microbiome are thrown around with most of us not sure what this is and why it’s important. ...

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NUTRIENTS DEPLETED BY ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES IE “THE PILL” AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 Many women use either an oral contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is the oestrogen in these medications that causes the nutrient deficiencies. There are a couple of contraceptives and hormone replacement therapies that do not contain...

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HEAD LICE – A BACK TO SCHOOL DELIGHT!

Head lice Now that we’re well and truly back to school head lice is starting to make an appearance again. It’s a good idea to check your children’s heads regularly particularly if they are scratching their scalp. The itching can occur due to irritation from lice saliva!...

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MEDICATIONS AND HEAT

JANUARY 8, 2018 Medications and the sun Most people probably haven’t taken much notice but medication labels state that they must be stored below 25 degrees Celsius. Keeping medications away from moisture is also important and this is why an elevated shelf in the pantry ...

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DEHYDRATION

JANUARY 10, 2018 At this time of year with many of us enjoying activities outdoors in the sun dehydration is a real risk particularly for the young and the elderly. Dehydration occurs when our bodies do not have enough fluid to function properly. Fluid can be used or lost mo...

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TURMERIC

JANUARY 15, 2018 USING TURMERIC Most of us have heard of turmeric and its many health benefits. This yellow spice has been used for centuries in cooking and as medicine. The medicinal benefits come about through its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which mak...

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BENEFITS OF TURMERIC

JANUARY 17, 2018 TURMERIC OR CURCUMIN When looking at the benefits of turmeric it is important to remember that most studies are carried out using curcumin which is the most active component of turmeric. What this means is that it is very difficult to get the benefits by jus...

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BACK TO SCHOOL TIME!

JANUARY 22, 2018 HEALTHY BACK TO SCHOOL         My nephew (pictured) in QLD had his first day of big school today and the rest of the country’s children start back over the next two weeks so it’s a good time to look at making a healthy start back....

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ARE VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS GOOD FOR ME?

JANUARY 24, 2018 TAKING VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS Taking vitamins and supplements is a very personal thing. Some people take several and others wouldn’t dream of it. There are some general practitioners who tell their patients to steer clear of these and there are those wh...

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LIFE AFTER OVER THE COUNTER CODEINE

JANUARY 29, 2018 PRESCRIPTION ONLY CODEINE As of the 1st of February 2018 all codeine containing medications in Australia will become prescription only. This has come about due to the abuse of codeine containing medications by many people. There are, of course, many other p...

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WHAT IS GLUTEN INTOLERANCE?

JANUARY 31, 2018  Gluten Gluten is a protein that is found in whole grains such as oats, rye, barley and wheat. It is therefore also found in wheat products such as white flour, wholemeal flour, pasta, bread, cereal, biscuits and beer to name some examples. Gluten ...

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TRAVEL MEDICINES

DECEMBER 6, 2017 It’s that time of year when people (other than me) have time off from work and can do some travelling! It’s important for those who take regular medicines to be organised and find out what restrictions may apply in the country(ies) they are heading to. I...

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“NATURAL” AND “ORGANIC” CLAIMS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM

DECEMBER 19, 2017 Many people choose products with these claims thinking they are safer and better for them. Just because a product has the word natural or organic in its name doesn’t always mean it is. The following article, though written in 2015, explains well how t...

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WHAT DOES A PHARMACIST DO?

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 PHARMACISTS Every now and then I am reminded that a lot of people don’t know what it is that Pharmacists do. We are not all old men in white coats lurking mysteriously at the back of Pharmacies (or Chemist’s shops as some people may call them). We certainl...

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TREATING STUBBORN REFLUX

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 H2 RECEPTOR ANTAGONISTS AND PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS (PPI’S) Last week I discussed causes of reflux and how to treat mild infrequent symptoms. If symptoms are becoming more frequent and/or are not relieved with the use of antacids the next step is to take a med...

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THE DREADED “SCHOOL SORES”

NOVEMBER 8, 2017 IMPETIGO/SCHOOL SORES Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria live on and in our bodies, such as on our skin and inside our nose, without causing harm. If there is a break in our skin such as a ...

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CHOOSING YOUR SUNSCREEN

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 ALL SUNSCREENS ARE NOT EQUAL Everyone knows that they should wear sunscreen not only to avoid the pain and unsightliness of burning but also to avoid potentially deadly skin cancers. Choosing a sunscreen is just as important as remembering to wear it. Ther...

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SUNBURN

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 SUMMER IS COMING. AVOID SUNBURN. If you have fair skin like mine you know that sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes or in the time it takes to hang out the washing! We looked at how to protect our skin from the sun earlier in the week. Now let’s look ...

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CAN I CRUSH UP MY MEDICINE TO TAKE IT?

NOVEMBER 21, 2017 CRUSHING UP MEDICINES There are times when you may be tempted to break up, crush or chew a tablet or other medicine to make it easier to swallow. It is very important that you find out first if this is ok. This should not be done with certain medicines. S...

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CONSTIPATION

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 WHAT CAN I DO FOR CONSTIPATION? Constipation is something that all of us have suffered with at some point. Bowel habits vary between people. Going a couple of times per day down to only going a couple of times per week can be normal for different people. ...

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CONSTIPATION

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 WHAT CAN I DO FOR CONSTIPATION? Constipation is something that all of us have suffered with at some point. Bowel habits vary between people. Going a couple of times per day down to only going a couple of times per week can be normal for different people. ...

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ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

NOVEMBER 27, 2017 This is something that I have touched on before but it is such an important issue that I wanted to devote a whole post to it. WHAT IS ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE? If antibiotics are taken frequently or not used correctly, for example if the whole course is not ta...

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SELF CARE

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 I sat down with a cup of tea to decide what to write about tonight. My head is throbbing and my eyes are stinging. I know it’s because I’m tired. I know it’s because I go to bed between midnight and 1am most nights and my alarm goes off at 6:30am. Work...

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SHOULD I TAKE MY MEDICINE WITH FOOD OR NOT?

OCTOBER 2, 2017 TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT Should you take your medicine with food or not? This is quite a complex topic and the answer really depends on the medication and the type of meal. Generally taking a medication with food means it will take longer to work and may be less ef...

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DO SOMETHING TODAY THAT YOUR FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU FOR

OCTOBER 4, 2017 I have spent a long time wanting to do something different with the knowledge I have accrued over 16 years as a Pharmacist and in life in general. When I came up with the idea for Healthful Wisdom I was, and still am, really excited about it. I honestly love hel...

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PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS

OCTOBER 9, 2017 PROBIOTICS Probiotics are living microorganisms made up of “good bacteria” and yeasts. They are beneficial for our bodies when present in adequate amounts because they help our gut perform the functions it needs to. PREBIOTICS Prebiotics are foods int...

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WORMS

OCTOBER 11, 2017 ITCHY BOTTOM? IT COULD BE WORMS! Worms are the first thing we think of when a child has an itchy bottom! Threadworms, also known as pinworms, are the most common worm infection in Australia. Infection is common. Anyone can get worms though it is usually small...

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ASTHMA – PREVENTERS AND RELIEVERS

OCTOBER 16, 2017 ASTHMA MEDICATIONS The main types of asthma medications are preventers and relievers. There is also a type of preventer that also contains a reliever. They come in different kinds of devices to be inhaled and there is also a preventer, montelukast, that comes ...

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MY EAR HURTS!

OCTOBER 18, 2017 My ear is blocked/My ear hurts These are common problems presented to Pharmacists. If you have pain, pressure, loss of hearing, discharge or feel that your ear is blocked your Pharmacist is a good person to speak with. A lot of the time these symptoms can be...

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I FORGOT TO TAKE MY MEDICINE!

OCTOBER 23, 2017 Forgetting to take your medicine is something that can happen to anyone, young or old, myself included! If you have medicines that are essential to take eg for epilepsy, high blood pressure, depression and many others setting a reminder on your phone is a great...

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WARTS

OCTOBER 26, 2017 WARTS AND ALL These unsightly growths on the skin are quite common, particularly in children. Warts are caused by a virus and can go away on their own but this may take years. WART SYMPTOMS There are many different types of warts and they can look differen...

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ANTACIDS

OCTOBER 30, 2017 ANTACIDS FOR REFLUX A lot of us have probably reached for an antacid at some point in our lives to deal with the burning sensation of reflux. Available in chewable tablet and liquid, antacids work quickly to neutralise the burning that occurs when stomach conte...

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LET’S LOOK AT ANTIHISTAMINES

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 ANTIHISTAMINES Now that Spring is upon us let’s take a closer look at antihistamines. Histamine is a substance that our body releases when we are exposed to an allergen. An allergen is something that we are allergic to. Histamine makes our nose, ears, thro...

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ECZEMA

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 ECZEMA PREVENTION AND TREATMENT Most of us have probably seen what eczema looks like. Eczema is more common in young children and people who also suffer with asthma and allergies. Children who suffer with eczema may outgrow it. Another name for eczema is ...

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TEA AND COFFEE AFFECT IRON ABSORPTION

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 TANNINS IN TEA AND COFFEE AFFECT IRON ABSORPTION Tea, coffee, red wine, dark chocolate, most berries and other food sources contain substances called tannins. Tannins cause the dry feeling in your mouth after having these drinks and foods. There are two type...

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TEA TIME!

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 TEA Anyone who knows me knows that I love to drink tea! After making some small dietary changes and huge exercise changes in my life recently I started looking in to health benefits of different teas. All teas actually come from the same plant camellia sinen...

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HOW TO USE A NASAL SPRAY

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 Nasal sprays are available for allergies and colds and flu. Judging by what I’ve discussed with patients most people are not using nasal sprays correctly. STEPS TO USING A NASAL SPRAY Step 1 Blow your nose before spraying if it is blocked with mucous. ...

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I CAN’T SLEEP!

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 INSOMNIA Most of us have trouble sleeping at some stage. Some of us are unlucky enough to have ongoing trouble sleeping which is called insomnia. Lack of sleep can affect long term health by leading to overweight and obesity, poor concentration and conditio...

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HOW TO USE EYE DROPS PROPERLY

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 Putting in eye drops can be a tricky thing to do on your own or even if someone is doing it for you. Most of us have a natural aversion to things coming towards our eyes! Read on for the correct use of eye drops and some tips. EYE DROP USE Step 1 Wash ha...

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SHINGLES

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 Shingles is commonly thought of as something that affects older people. Indeed it is more common in those over 60 however younger adults can also suffer with it. I have even recommended a few children be taken to their GP over recent years as it appeared, and...

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DO YOU HAVE DRY EYES?

AUGUST 6, 2017 DRY EYES Every time we blink tears wash over our eyes to keep them moist and stop them from drying out. I know that it seems strange but watery or teary eyes are often a symptom of dry eyes. This is because our eyes are trying to moisturise themselves but either...

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COLDS AND FLU

AUGUST 9, 2017 COLDS AND FLU – WINTER HEALTH ADVICE  A lot of people use the terms cold and flu (influenza) interchangeably. There is a difference! Colds are very common and there are many viruses that cause them. There is no cure for a cold but there are things you...

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LET’S LOOK AT IBUPROFEN

AUGUST 13, 2017 IBUPROFEN Ibuprofen is the most commonly used over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine. Nurofen is the most well known brand of ibuprofen. When it was first released it was available on prescription only. Now it is not only available in pharmacies it can be...

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COLD SORES

AUGUST 16, 2017  COLD SORES Cold sores. Yuck! Sufferers dread the tingling and itching that signal a cold sore is on the way. These symptoms can occur up to two days before there is anything visible at the usual cold sore hangouts around the mouth or nose. Cold sores a...

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LET’S LOOK At PARACETAMOL

AUGUST 20, 2017 PARACETAMOL Paracetamol (known as acetaminophen in the US) is one of the most commonly used over the counter pain medications. Unfortunately it is easy to intentionally and unintentionally overdose on paracetamol as it is contained in so many different products ...

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CONJUNCTIVITIS

AUGUST 23, 2017 CONJUNCTIVITIS The suffix “itis” appears at the end of a lot of medical words and means inflammation. Therefore conjunctivitis means inflammation of the conjunctiva, a layer of the eye. There are three types of conjunctivitis. Most people automatically thi...

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LET’S LOOK AT CODEINE

AUGUST 27, 2017 CODEINE Codeine is a medication that is available over the counter in combination with paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin. Codeine belongs to the group of medicines called opioids. All other opioid medications are available on prescription only. From February...

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HAY FEVER

AUGUST 30, 2017 HERE COMES HAY FEVER! Winter is nearly over! That means spring is almost here and spring means allergies. Or does it? Pollens from plants are more common in spring and this can definitely mean that hayfever symptoms are more common then. Hay fever due to dustmi...

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THE ESSENCE OF MIESSENCE

JULY 29, 2017 THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTHY SKIN, SKIN PROBLEMS AND DRY SKIN, NUTRITION AND MORE!   MiEssence is the first company in the world to achieve international organic certification for its skin care, hair, body, cosmetic, oral and nutrition products. The produc...

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