It's time to dump the junk

Not all food is created equal. But what exactly is junk food? Fish and chips, pizza, burgers, kebabs, white bread, sugar, cakes, refined sugary cereals, alcohol, fizzy drinks, sweets, crisps, chocolate bars and most ready meals; essentially, they provide your body with negligible amounts of nutrients and can actually be detrimental to your health. More…

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What your cholesterol test is really telling you.

In Part 2 of my interview with Bart Kay (listen to Part 1 here), we discuss why many of us are confused about cholesterol, its role in our lives and why there is a need for better information to enable us all to make informed decisions for ourselves. Cholesterol is essential for life. If we…

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Are you being fed a pack of lies about red meat?

Bart Kay is New Zealander with a background in Science. He has had an extensive academic career, including Senior Lecturer in Clinical Physiology at the De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He has also worked as consultant with New Zealand’s iconic rugby team, the All Blacks, as well as the New Zealand and Australian Armed Forces.…

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The real cause of Type-II diabetes

More than 30 years ago Dr Kraft, a medical doctor and pathologist identified the real cause of Type-II diabetes as elevated insulin, that eventually becomes insulin resistance. His work is significant, because it provides an opportunity to identify the onset off this debilitating disease decades earlier than the current medical approach. Unfortunately, his work is…

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high cholesterol and heart attacks

Cholesterol gets a bad rap. If you’ve ever had a ‘high cholesterol’ blood test result it’s likely you’ve also been told that a diet low in fat may help reduce your cholesterol levels and potentially reduce the risk of a heart attack. This can offer little comfort, particularly when that diet doesn’t make an ounce…

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The beginning of a new year is a great time for reflection of the past and the possibility of new beginnings. My reflections for 2018 include moments of joy; with beautiful weddings and the birth of a new grandson. It has also been a year filled with sorrow – with the loss of some very…

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Susan Birch - Real Health Blog - Weight Loss

  I’m eating well and exercising so why am I not losing weight? Is it true that I need to burn more calories than I put in to lose weight? Why can some people eat a lot and be really skinny and others hardly eat anything and are overweight?   In today’s Q&A session we…

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Susan Birch - Real Health Blog

Her GP said “there’s nothing wrong it’s just what happens at your age”   Rachel lives an incredibly healthy lifestyle. She eats organic foods, plenty of fruit and vegetables, does a good amount of exercise, loves her work, and has joy in her life. It wasn’t until a staph infection landed her at her GP’s…

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Are your symptoms getting all the attention? The Real Health Blog with Susan Birch

The end of another year is almost upon us and it’s a great time to take stock and celebrate all that you have achieved. It’s also a time to notice those things that were left on the shelf for when you had more time. Those are the things that fall into one of two categories 1)…

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