Health & Lifestyle

The birds and the bees

Often times in the garden my goals and practises clash with Mother Nature. That is the challenge of being a gardener – to both work with and against nature at the same time. Never more so than in the case of the birds and the bees. On the one hand,...... Read More

Drinking religiously

Compliments of the season to one and all, and welcome to the last beer column for 2018. I have just returned from sampling some of the delights of Europe’s vast beer list on my recent trip to Germany. I was lucky enough to be near the Dutch border...... Read More

Sharing joy at Christmas

Christmas joy is not far away. Christmas is a time to spend with family, extended family and friends and gives us an opportunity to appreciate each other. Christmas does not need to be a huge expense, even though this is not what retailers would have...... Read More

Preserving paradise

Firstly, I want to thank the Warkworth community for making me feel so welcome into our beautiful area. I have been the Warkworth Police sergeant for the past eight months, and I’m passionate about this place as I live and raise my own family here....... Read More

The lost art of bending

There’s one statement my clients hear me say on more than one occasion  – “It’s not how you move in the coaching sessions when I’m with you, but how you move in your daily activities”. What I’m getting at,...... Read More

A cool way to use up Christmas treats

With Christmas just around the corner, you are probably stocking your cupboards with all sorts of treats. Sometimes there are so many Christmas cakes, chocolates and candy canes about that they last well into the New Year. You may get to the point when...... Read More

Medical cycles

Medicine goes in interesting cycles. Twenty years ago my practice nurse and I used to run menopause seminars at which we strongly promoted hormone replacement therapy. Besides the benefits for hot flushes and bone strength, we presented evidence ...... Read More

Snap up the snapper

What a great time of the year this is. Fishing is going off as snapper are everywhere to be found. The days are longer with daylight saving and we are six weeks away from Christmas! Now is a good time to fish deeper – around the 40 metre plus depth....... Read More

Unfeeling fingers

Numbness and tingling in the fingers is a very common condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome, or pressure on the median nerve at the wrist, affects between 3 to 5 per cent of the population. This presents as numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in all or...... Read More

Action and reaction

Have you ever thought that you might not want to take a medication simply because the side effects sound worse than the benefits? Medications today can be amazing. Many people’s lives are longer and more enjoyable due to our ability to treat ailments,...... Read More