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Lifestyle trumps medical treatment for most conditions

By Dr. Ross Walker April 2021 There is no doubt that your genes load the gun and your environment pulls the trigger. Thus, I am inferring that there is a genetic basis to all modern diseases, even a reaction to infection. For example, two brothers in Holland developed severe COVID, one succumbed to the disease…

Heart disease—the cause is not always obvious

By Dr. Ross Walker March 2021 When a person develops heart disease, such as a heart attack, needing a coronary stent or undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting, most people attribute this to poor lifestyles, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking and diabetes, as the major causes. It may, however, surprise you to learn that…

Bring on 2021

By Dr. Ross Walker November 2020 2020 is a year the vast majority of us would like to forget. This time last year most of us had never heard the word coronavirus. COVID-19 hadn’t been invented and concepts like lockdown, social distancing and “doing the three” had not really entered our consciousness. It has been…

Food-drug interactions: should we be concerned?

By Dr. Ross Walker October 2020 The human body is such a complex structure and is working all the time to keep us in balance. This requires the coordination of thousands of different proteins and other natural chemicals interacting on a moment by moment basis. When something goes wrong in the body, this typically manifests…

Daylight Saving – Can it really impact our health?

By Dr. Ross Walker September 2020 As we approach daylight saving, the usual supporters and detractors start to emerge. Recently, a Melbourne Professor of Medicine has called for the ending of daylight saving because of its proven health detriments. A number of studies have suggested that on the day after we lose an hour’s sleep,…

Heart disease risk

By Dr. Ross Walker August 2020 Heart disease risk – it’s not as simple as just looking at your cholesterol levels! Cardiovascular disease remains the major killer around the globe being associated with around 17 million deaths annually. In Australia alone, one person dies every 12 minutes from this condition. Typically, when you considering the…

Five industries profoundly changed by COVID-19

By Angus McLeod, on behalf of Firstlinks July 2020 Four months have passed since the country and the world were rocked by a pandemic not seen in the lifetime of almost everyone. The virus has caused a major shake-up in the way we work, play, shop and live. There will be huge ramifications for many years to…

Live to 100

By Dr. Ross Walker July 2020 In the modern world, one person per 10,000 lives beyond the age of 100. There are small pockets around the world known as the “Blue zones” where people have extraordinary longevity. But, is this all good luck and pure genetics or are there lifestyle factors that are also vitally…

The power of appreciation

By Kamal Sarma June 2020 Understanding The Relationship Between Positivity And Productivity If we take a moment to think of the kind of situations that cause people to go “above and beyond”—whether it’s a parent staying up all night with an upset child or an activist willing to risk anything for a cause—we soon notice…

Sleep and Happiness

By Dr. Ross Walker April 2020 Sleep and happiness are two of the five keys for being healthy. Sleep is a vital part of our day with 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep per night being as good for your body as not smoking. The purpose of sleep is to rejuvenate, repair and…

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