Perspectives

Winter Health Special, Part 2

  In the last post Dr Anastasia Boulais spoke about what you can do every day to help yourself survive and enjoy winter. This time she’ll answer some questions which she most frequently gets in the clinic. Do I have a cold or a flu? While we frequently use these terms interchangeably they are quite Read More

Winter Health Special, Part 1

Many of us feel that staying healthy in winter is almost an insurmountable challenge. We struggle to find motivation, reduce our activity levels, argue with our family and co-workers about the perfect heatpump temperature, and frequently succumb to the dreaded coughs and colds. But is there a way to stop wallowing in our own misery Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4C: Bans

Public Health Strategies Part 4C: Bans, Steven Hamley Bans on Unhealthy Foods In earlier blog posts I discussed taxes and subsidies as public health strategies, mainly related to the current more popular calls to tax sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and subsidise fruit and vegetables.  In researching those posts I came to the conclusion that both Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4B: Subsidies

Public Health Strategies Part 4B: Subsidies, Steven Hamley In an earlier blog post I discussed taxation as a public health strategy, particularly related to the proposed tax on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Australia.  In this post I’m going to look at the opposite of taxation: subsidies. Putting a tax on unhealthy foods would generate Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 4A: Taxes

In an earlier post I mentioned a few different commonly proposed public health strategies, and how most of them fit quite nicely into a political spectrum characterised by an authoritarian-libertarian axis and a left-right axis.   In this post I’ll discuss the strategy of taxation/subsidies, which I thought fits nicely into the authoritarian left quadrant.  This is because this strategy holds the food environment primarily responsible for people not adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours rather than personal responsibility, and then uses government controls to manipulate the free market.

Public Health Strategies Part 3: Education

By Steven Hamley In an earlier post I mentioned a few different commonly proposed public health strategies, and how most of them fit quite nicely into the political spectrum characterised by an authoritarian-libertarian axis and a left-right axis.   In this post I’ll discuss the strategy of education, which I thought fits nicely into the libertarian Read More

Public Health Strategies Part 2: Personal Responsibility

By Steven Hamley If you find one of the ideas in these posts on public health strategies objectionable consider waiting before jumping to conclusions because I may address your concerns in a later post In an earlier post I mentioned a few different commonly proposed public health strategies, and how most of them fit quite nicely into Read More

Values, Politics and Public Health

This is the first part of  a Public Health series written by Steven Hamley. Steven is a PhD candidate who will be speaking at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown, 20-22 October 2017. The prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases is quite a problem whether you approach this by looking at the burden on medical systems or simply Read More

Part 2: Addressing 21st Century Excesses and Deficiencies

This post follows on from Part 1 – On 21st Century Excesses & Deficiencies. Dr Karen Faisandier gives her thoughts on how to restore yourself to your most optimal level of wellbeing after physical and mental health difficulties, using a range of nutritional and lifestyle interventions.  Symptoms of physical and mental health difficulties often co-occur via the gut-brain-axis Read More