The recent Royal Commission into Aged Care in Australia has released four basic recommendations.

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  1. There is a strong need for a new Act that should determine the rights of older people, including their entitlement to care and support based on their needs and preferences.
  2. The system needs stronger governance to ensure the rights of the elderly.
  3. Age care workers need better conditions & training.
  4. More funds should be made available for the Aged Care sector.

Although I agree with all these recommendations, I believe this very expensive exercise of having the Royal Commission in the first place & then implementing…

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For over 50 years now, we have been bombarded with the message that there is a strong link between all forms of dietary fat and coronary heart disease. Over the past 20 years, the message has softened to basically pick on trans fatty acids and saturated fats.

We are constantly being reminded by many heart societies & institutions that reducing our intake of all saturated fats and trans fats will lead to a reduction in coronary heart disease. High-fat dairy products have long been thrown into this mix with many people taking the low-fat or skim options.

But, over the…

I occasionally have a patient who says to me, “Doc, I haven’t had a holiday in 10 years!” They wear this fact like it’s a badge of honour. No-one has the epitaph on their gravestone saying, “I only wished I worked harder.” The reality is that our bodies were designed to function well wandering around a jungle with a spear for somewhere between 30 to 40 years. We worked to find food & rested the remainder of the time, including very long hours sleeping.

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Because we live in a much less harsh environment, we are now typically living double our…

The commonest call I am receiving to my radio programs and also the commonest email enquiries are all around the clotting risk of the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19. Firstly, let me make the general point about vaccination that it is a medical fact and not just an opinion that vaccination was the greatest advance of the 20th century.

Vaccinations have stopped millions of children dying from very nasty infectious diseases. Also, with conditions such as Polio, vaccines have stopped lifelong disability. …

I was sitting in my local cafe and couldn’t help but notice the number of people with varying degrees of obesity walking through the shopping centre. It is estimated that a third of the Australian population has a BMI over 30, excluding those with a large muscle mass, such as body builders & professional athletes.

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A study published in 2015 in the American Journal of Public Health examined the probability of an obese person attaining normal body weight. …

The major medical news story over the past few weeks has been the potential risk of clotting associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19.

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To date, around 25 million people around the world have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The total number of vaccines for COVID-19 globally being 734 million with 159 million people fully vaccinated. The majority of these being in the United States using either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in most cases.

Over the past couple of months there have been a number of reports of blood clotting events within two weeks of vaccination with the…

It is often said that symptoms are your ticket into the medical system. One of the most common symptoms, especially as we age, are changes in our bowel habit in some form.

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These symptoms can vary from changes in frequency & consistency to obvious diarrhoea, constipation, plus varying colour of our stools to obvious blood loss. Also, to bring up a somewhat unpleasant concept is the odour of our stools may also change.

The problem for a non-medical person is when should this should be reported to your doctor?Firstly, and probably most importantly, is when you notice a significant change…

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Q: I have researched “Serrapeptase” which is supposed to aid the breakdown of clogged artery fats to help with better blood flow….? Do you know about this product….? It would seem it is available in every other country except AUS due to the TGA rules here. I am 64, I just had an Angiogram due to a calcium score of 1620 & a slight irregularity in the ECG during a stress test. Your thoughts please & is there another supplement to help de/fat arteries…? Yes i excersise & eat very well.

A: There are no well conducted studies in…

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There is no doubt that the world is experiencing an epidemic of diabetes with 415 million around the globe with this condition. Type 2 diabetes is the cause of 90% of diabetes with the second most common being Type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes typically commences in childhood between the age of 4 to 14. It is thought to be caused by some type of immune attack on the insulin producing cells in the pancreas, leading to a lack of insulin production in these cells & thus the current need for life-long insulin therapy. The current management of Type 1…

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With the vaccine rollout now occurring in Australia, it is important to dismiss any ridiculous conspiracy theories and myths that surround this vaccine.

A recent article in the excellent medical website, “Medical News Today” examined many of the myths around the COVID-19 vaccine and I thought I would summarise this article as I believe the topic is so important.

The anti-VAXXERS had a field day when two elderly people in Queensland were given four times the dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the initial week of the Australian vaccination program. But, this unfortunate mistake has actually backfired in the face…

Dr Ross Walker

Dr Walker is an expert in the field of preventative cardiology and has published seven books. He gives lectures nationally and internationally.

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