Our French peers coined the term back in the 17th century to express the joy of life, from the seemingly mundane acts of eating breakfast to having a conversation with a companion.
Fast forward into the 21st century and how many of us feel the joy of having a good conversation with a friend? We are often so overwhelmed by the negativity that surrounds us, our thoughts are clouded to the extent that we are not able to appreciate the small things in life.
Ever walked into a chemist and felt overwhelmed by all of the different medicines and vitamins? This week is all about being Medicine Wise. 💊
Whether you’re taking prescribed medication or over the counter supplements it’s time to question what they are for, how you are taking them and what potential side effects they have. If medicines are not used correctly, serious issues can occur. Each year 230,000 Australians are hospitalised with problems by their medicines. It is vital that your medications are reviewed regularly by your doctor to ensure they are still needed.
So next time your getting a script make sure you’ve got all your information. If you have any concerns or questions please pop by and see me in clinic.
Take care and stay healthy 😘
Dr Nora 💉
For more information visit nps.org.au/bemedicinewise
On an average day we take over 20,000 breaths. If you’re a smoker, a proportion of those breaths will be filled with toxic chemicals such as nicotine, ammonia, formaldehye and carbon monoxide, chemicals which sound like they belong in a science experiment not your body.
This week I’m encouraging you to reduce your cigarette consumption and see for yourself what difference it’ll make to your lungs and energy. The more oxygen your body is able to take in, the more energy you’ll have and the healthier you’ll be.
If you would like more help and advice, please pop by and see me in clinic.
Did you know that almost 2 in 3 Australians are overweight or obese. Having a large waistline increases your risk of heart disease which is currently the leading cause of death in Australia. Men should aim for a waistline of under 37 inches and women under 31.5 inches.
Making changes to reduce your waist can be simple and easy. Start by picking up the pace when you’re shopping for groceries or switch your midday donut for a healthy apple and ditch the weekly takeaway for a monthly treat.
Let’s change the statistics and beat obesity together. 💪
One of my specialties is sexual health. Did you know that only 34% of young people have ever had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test?
STI rates are increasing in Queensland and you can help reduce this. Testing is simple and easy and could involve a urine test, a swab or a blood test.
It’s important to check for STI’s at least once a year or after each new partner. Treatment is available and depending on the infection it could just mean a course of antibiotics. If left untreated, you’re at risk of spreading it to others but can also lead to long term health effects such as trouble conceiving later in life.
Don’t sit on it, test it!
If you’d like any more information or would like to get tested pop by and see me in clinic.