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Testosterone Deficiency in Men & Women

Testosterone is a sex hormone essential for both men & women.

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Meningococcal B Vaccine

SPONSORED. Find out more about a fully funded programme to help protect children against meningococcal B.

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Preparing for Winter

Taking measures to support our immune system during the cold winter months can help us to stay healthy and keep our community safe.

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Welcoming a New Baby into a Busy Household: Tips for Preparing Older Siblings

Preparing to welcome your second baby is a very exciting time. You may feel a little more confident knowing what to expect from a newborn.

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Tinnitus driving you crazy?

The word “tinnitus’ comes from a Latin word ‘tinnire’ which means ‘to ring’.

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Plant powered

Living lightly on the planet isn’t about being perfect. It's about figuring out how to do a bit better, in ways that suit us.

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Side Effects From Coffee And How Best To Give Up

For some, caffeine has its perks, but it can pose problems, too. Even small amounts of caffeine are enough to affect some people adversely.

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Maximum 3-in-1 Immune Support

Achieve the maximum health benefit from this high absorption and high dose immune support supplement.

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Strawberry and Cream Bliss Balls

I’m forever reaching for healthy snacks that hit the spot when a sweet craving comes along, whilst also ticking the nutritious box.

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What to do if you have a fearful dog

It can be very upsetting if you have a dog that’s fearful of people, other dogs, specific noises or particular experiences.

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Oral health and how it can affect the body

The connection between good oral health and the health of the rest of our body is fascinating.

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Flu Vaccination

We’re all susceptible to flu and know how important that flu shot is, to keep us doing things we need or love to do.

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Hearing Loss – is it an inevitable part of aging?

Many people assume that hearing loss is an inevitable part of aging. Adopting strategies to protect hearing as early as possible can help.

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Labneh With Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

If you’re not familiar with Labneh, it’s a soft cheese made by straining yogurt to remove the whey.

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Natural ‘First Aid Kit’ for Travel

In my mind, nothing is as inspiring, energising, and enlightening as travel. The anticipation, the journey....

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Scalp Conditions – Psoriasis and Dandruff

It is normal to shed skin from your scalp, but there are two common scalp conditions that cause the skin cells of the scalp to shed quickly.

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Green Wellbeing

A sustainable lifestyle has been better for the wellbeing of the planet, but it has been undeniably better for my own wellbeing in many ways

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Falafel Sliders with Pickled Red Slaw and Sriracha

Summer + Easy Dinners = Happy Days! While the ingredient list for these falafel sliders may look a little daunting, it is actually a breeze.

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Importance of Probiotics for Good Health

When you think about germs, what comes to mind? Disgust? Anxiety? You’re not alone. Germs have been cast as the bad guy...

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Know Your Numbers

The start of a new year is a good time to review your health and wellbeing and may be a catalyst to make some long-term changes....

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How to Help Your Scaredy Cat

If your cat is fearful and anxious of many things and situations, here are a few tips to help you give them some peace and confidence.

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Good Money

We can be blissfully unaware that our money is being used to invest in things with harmful consequences. The great news is...

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Made using 30% Recycled Plastic Packaging

Handee, Purex & Sorbent have a low carbon footprint across the manufacturing process including responsible forestry & using geothermal steam

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How to Raise a Relaxed Pet

Having a pet is one of life’s greatest joys! And if you have a calm & happy companion it can allow you to feel more at ease and enjoy life.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once thought to be a childhood disorder that disappeared in adulthood, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD..

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Warm Lentil, Tomato, Courgette & Pesto Salad

I love a Kiwi summer for so many reasons, but one consistent highlight is the sudden increase in shared meals amongst friends.

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Eight Top Wellness Trends of 2024

As we cruise into a new year, wellness is often at the forefront of many people's minds.

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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of an allergy and can be life-threatening. It occurs when the immune system overreacts to a substance...

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Using Other Dogs to Help Train Your Dog

Imagine how good it would be if your dog could train themselves…?! Not quite possible yet, however they CAN help train each other!

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PMDD

Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) has been described as “PMS on steroids”. It is a hormone-based mood disorder...

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Diarrhoea

Acute Diarrhoea is not a disease itself but a symptom that can have many possible causes. Experiencing diarrhoea can be very unpleasant...

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Covid still….

It appears that New Zealand is experiencing a new wave (the fifth to be exact but who’s counting…) of Covid infections.

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How to tell if your pet has fleas and how to get rid of them fast

Fleas are the most common external parasite in dogs & cats.

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Snoring – Don't Let It Ruin
Your Summer Holidays!

SNORING. It can be freight train loud, kitten purr soft, scary, and in some cases, endearing.

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Christmas Strawberry and Basil Compote

Strawberries are synonymous with summer and a bright and warm New Zealand Christmas. Be it sliced on the top of a pavlova...

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How to Feel More Confident When Training Your Pup or Dog

Training a mischievous new puppy from scratch or trying to solve ingrained behavioural issues with an older dog can both feel overwhelming.

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Navigating Gift Giving

When you really strip it back, giving gifts is all about showing love, appreciation and gratitude. It’s a beautiful act of human connection.

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Scabies

Scabies is a common skin condition which results in a red, intensely itchy rash. It's a highly contagious condition, and can spread easily.

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Treat Pain and Fever

Pain and fever are two of the most common symptoms experienced by individuals of all ages. Usually are a signal that something may be wrong.

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Eye Inflammation and Infections

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the protective membrane (conjunctiva) lining the inside of your eyelids and the whites of your eyes.

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Prevention and Treatment of Minor Skin Infections

There are a wide variety of germs that can cause skin infections. The most common conditions are caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Head lice infestation is a common problem particularly among children. 

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Eczema

The term Dermatitis is used to describe a number of skin irritations and rashes characterised by inflammation of the skin. 

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Live Brave Mana Ora “Do Blue Day”

Live Brave Mana Ora Do Blue Day aims to raise awareness and support for young Kiwis with Type 1 diabetes.

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Men's Health

The health statistics for New Zealand men aren’t ideal…one in four Kiwi men die before they reach retirement age.

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Slow furniture

I love my second-hand couch. It’s at least 50 years old and built to last. I’ve had it recovered and repaired...

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Contrast Therapy – Part 3

We’ve talked about the heat, and we’ve talked about the cold. Now what happens if we bring the two together?

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Healthy Halloween

Want to celebrate Halloween this year, but trying to keep it a bit healthier? Check out our top picks for fun Halloween treats...

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Nutritional Support for a Healthy Mouth

Your smile and the appearance of your teeth and mouth are important factors in making a good first impression.

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Blue Spirulina Bowl

Move over beige, boring smoothie combos …blue spirulina is here to shake things up and brighten your day!

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How to keep your pets safe and calm in Guy Fawkes season

With Guy Fawkes season coming up, you may be feeling anxious about the impact it will have on your pet.

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Immunisation Schedule for Adults

Many parents are aware of the Immunisation Schedule vaccinations for their children, but there are also several that are funded for adults.

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Immunisation Schedule for children

Compared to other countries, New Zealand has a low childhood immunisation rate.

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Travelling lighter

Holiday, vacation, road-trip, mini-break – whatever you call it, there is something magical about getting away and exploring new places.

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Broccoli & Leek Cleansing Soup

Spring is often synonymous with shedding layers, discarding winter hibernation habits, & getting ready to get a bit more bounce in our step.

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Wellness at Work: Game-Changing Workplace Wellness Trends

Stressing and slaving away at your desk all day under fluorescent lights isn’t exactly conducive to health and wellness.

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Three Easy Ways to Improve Your Bond with Your Pet

Building a strong bond with your pet is not only essential for their well-being, but also contributes greatly to our own happiness!

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Cold Water Immersion – Part 2

Now we’re on to the other end of the heat spectrum with cold water immersion, or CWI. CWI has a slightly bigger job to do to sell itself...

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Heat Therapy – Part 1

Hot and cold exposure therapy has hurtled in to the trendy wellness stratosphere with people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian etc.

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Cervical Screening Changes

From the 12th of September 2023 some significant changes to cervical screening services in New Zealand will take place.

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Change in COVID restrictions

The final COVID-19 mandates have now been removed, including mask wearing and isolating, which are no longer a legal requirement.

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Te Wiki o te reo Māori – Celebrating te reo Māori

"Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori, ko te kupu te mauri o te reo Māori". The language is the life force of Māori,...

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The Importance of Play (For Your Pet AND You!)

As we become adults, we’re much less inclined to “play” as a general rule. Pets help us reconnect with that youthful playfulness...

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Thai Red Curry Soup with Peanut & Sesame Tofu

Tofu is a great source of vegetarian protein. It contains all the essential amino acids your body needs and is rich in minerals & vitamins.

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Five Essential Oils to Help Manage Stress

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits. Recent scientific studies have shown that certain essential oils...

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Living lightly with Pets

I’ve learnt that ‘living a bit lighter on the planet’ isn’t a solo sport. We have the most impact when we bring others with us...

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Blistex Lip Care Range

SPONSORED. Dry, cracked or chapped lips, we all know winter wreaks havoc on our lips. With our lips having the thinnest layers of skin...

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Blistex Agave Rescue

SPONSORED. Meet the newest member of the Blistex family, Agave Rescue...

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Treatment for Chronic Rhinitis

SPONSORED. Tired of a constant runny nose, nasal congestion or mucus in the back of your throat?

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Treatment for COVID-19

SPONSORED. You could be forgiven for thinking that COVID-19 is no longer a big deal, especially if you’re fully vaccinated.

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Immunisations available from pharmacies

There are now over 450 pharmacies providing vaccination services around Aotearoa and this number is continuing to grow.

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Immunity Boosting On The Go

“If you do not make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.”

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie

This bright and bold smoothie packs an anti-inflammatory punch like no other, thanks to the star ingredients, turmeric and ginger.

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Reigniting Resourcefulness

These days we can buy pretty much anything we want, at any time of the day. Most supermarkets are open 7 days a week, if not 24 hours a day.

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HPV Vaccination

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is thought to be the most commonly sexually transmitted disease in the world.

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Why We Can't Treat Dogs Like Humans (Even Though They're Part of the Family!)

Dogs have undoubtedly earned their place as members of our families, and it’s natural to feel a strong emotional bond with our dogs.

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Welcome to ZOOM Pharmacy

ZOOM Pharmacy is one of New Zealand’s largest online pharmacies providing a world class service nationwide since 2018.

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Waste Reduction 101

Reducing the waste we throw away is a really tangible way to cut down on our environmental impact.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, meaning that the human body can’t make all of its requirements on its own and has to get it other ways.

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How pets can help with daily mindfulness

Mindfulness is one of the most transformative changes you can make in your life, and one unexpected source of mindful practice is our pets!

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Winter Lip Care

If you thought summer was the worst time for dry, chapped lips, think again. Winter can actually be the time more of us suffer...

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How pets contribute to the health of the family (or otherwise!)

Pets are more than just companions, they are essential parts of the family and have the power to enhance our lives in numerous ways.

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Te Rā Aro ki a Matariki

Matariki and Puanga rising in the skies signal the beginning of the new year according to iwi Māori.

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Oat & Chocolate Chia Muesli Bar

These muesli bars came into my family's lives after much trial-and-error trying to make healthy lunch box treats that both my boys liked.

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6 Ideas to Transform Your Workspace into a Healthy Hub

By making a few simple tweaks to your workspace, you can create a healing, rejuvenating refuge to create more balance!

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Community Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service (MAS)

There is good news for those unable to access or afford healthcare for minor health conditions. 

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Removal of the $5 prescription charge

From 1st July the $5 prescription fee (co-payment) is being removed. The $5 prescription fee has often been considered a barrier.

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Ten Ways to Restore Your Energy After Burnout

Have you been working or studying long hours? Here are ten tips to help you enhance your own natural energy levels.

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Raspberry, Cacao & Chia Porridge

Rising to this bright, warm, and wholesome bowl of goodness makes winter mornings that much easier!

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Preparing for Winter

Taking measures to support our immune system during the cold winter months can help us to stay healthy and keep our community safe.

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Smoking and COPD

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in New Zealand after heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

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Locavores

I’m not really into labels, but when I heard the term ‘locavore’ it really resonated with me and my approach to food.

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My Little Green Book

I was recently asked if I had a ‘Little Green Book’ – a directory of all of my favourite resources.

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Medicinal cannabis

Medicinal cannabis or ‘medical marijuana’ is the term used to refer to all forms of cannabis used in the treatment of medical conditions or dise..

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Gluten-Free Ginger and Pistachio Crunch

A Kiwi classic, with a modern upgrade to suit the more health-conscious ginger crunch fans! I’ve been making ginger crunch from the Edmonds Cookbo..

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Are Spuds Your Buds…or Duds?

Many would vouch that potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Baked, fried, boiled, mashed, sliced or diced, they’re also the ultimate in convenie..

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Pre-loved fashion

Most of my wardrobe is second-hand – I mean, why not? There are already enough clothes out there.

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Creating ripples of change

Sometimes on a Friday I get takeaway sushi for lunch. I always grab a plate from the office kitchen to take with me.

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Changes to Abortion Law in NZ

It wasn’t until 24 March 2020 that abortion was decriminalised in New Zealand. On this date Parliament voted for radical reforms to abortion legis..

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Easy Edamame Medley

This has to be one of the easiest throw-together dishes in the history of healthy living! It is super healthy, and super quick to make…

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Skip a trip

These days, supermarkets are open 7 days a week and sometimes even 24 hours a day.

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Superfood Superstar Focus: Lucuma

Ok, so first things first, I want to clear a little something up before I dive into the “superfood” Lucuma. The health world has been abuzz with..

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Menopause in the Workplace

In the New Zealand workforce there are approximately 400,000 women in the menopause age bracket, and in a recent study it was revealed that 70% of t..

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The repair buzz or feel good repairs

My six-year-old frequently has visible repairs on his clothing. Recently I watched on as another classmate started pointing and laughing...

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How to clean your air fryer

So you are loving your air fryer, but are not sure how to clean it? Regular cleaning will extend the lifespan of your air fryer and keep it in good ..

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Autism

Autism affects 1 in every 100 New Zealanders, however, this may be a conservative estimate. Internationally, the rate of autism appears to be rising..

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Insomnia

“Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt ..

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Cleaning your garden tools

Want your gardening tools to last longer? By keeping your garden tools clean you will not only prolong their life but also help stop the spread of d..

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Diabetes Management

SPONSORED. Do you have diabetes and want to take back control of diabetes management?

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Cleaning your toothbrush

When was the last time you cleaned your toothbrush? Most of us don't tend to think about cleaning our toothbrush very often. Toothbrushes can harbou..

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Climate Action

The term climate change can feel really difficult to reconcile on a personal level.

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Roasted Beetroot Hummus & Herbs

#vegan #dairyfree #glutenfree This magnificent magenta-colored hummus has both the looks and the substance and sustenance to back the beauty!..

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Easing into Compost

Almost every sustainable living guide in existence will likely instruct you to start composting. And rightly so...

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The Many and Varied Benefits of Kawakawa

Nature’s One-Stop Shop How lucky are we to inhabit the lush landscape that is Aotearoa New Zealand, a veritable smorgasbord of rich nutrien..

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Cleaning your yoga mat

Giving your mat a quick spray with a natural cleaner with each use will keep grime and buildup in check. It also pays to give it a deep clean every ..

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition causing facial redness that looks like a blush or sunburn, and doesn’t go away. It affects the ti..

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Over and over again

A few years ago, the Collins Dictionary word of the year was ‘single use’ – which is a pretty big indication of how disposable we’ve become.

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Cleaning heat pump and air conditioning filters

Cleaning the filters in your heat pump, humidifier and air-conditioning units on a regular basis is important to ensure that the air you breathe is ..

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20 Super Simple Ways to be Healthy

Our everyday lifestyle choices can benefit us physically and mentally. Choosing healthier habits will lead to a longer, happier life. Plus it will low..

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Talk Peach

Over 400 New Zealanders die from one of five gynaecological cancers every year, and most women don’t know that some of these exist. Talk Pe..

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Pancreatic cancer

The pancreas is a small, pear-shaped gland located in the abdomen. It produces enzymes that help with the digestion of food. It also produces hormon..

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Smelly Containers and Rubbish Bins

Smelly Containers do not have to be thrown out. Try this tip for getting rid of odours. Works well in lunch boxes and empty rubbish bins. For extra ..

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Dry skin

The skin is your first barrier of protection from the outside world. It should keep the moisture in and infections out. Usually this works well, but..

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How to Give the Gift of Wellness This Christmas

Can we really believe Christmas is almost upon us? It feels like this year has truly rushed by…yet don’t we all say that year after year?! For m..

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Conscious celebrations

Celebrations are a wonderful part of being human. They bring us together, connect us, and offer a chance to reflect on the busyness of life.

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Christmas Chocolate Bark Recipe

Simple to whip up and it’s loaded with dark chocolate, freeze-dried raspberries, macadamias, and pistachios, and it looks festive...

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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer begins when the skin cells are damaged and become cancerous. 90% of skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to the sun.

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Men’s Health Tips for Movember

Move over November, Movember is here again! Movember is an initiative to help raise awareness and funds to help support Kiwi men's mental health, su..

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Eco-conscious kids

When it comes to living a bit lighter on the planet, I’ve realised that raising eco-conscious kids is a big part of what I can contribute.

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Green Goodness Dressing

You may have heard of the Green Goddess Dressing, a surprise, surprise, green dressing which is said to have originated around 1923, at a hotel in S..

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Help protect against meningococcal disease

Even if your child has been immunised, they may be missing protection against meningococcal disease.1 Meningococcal is a rare but potentially deadly..

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Neurodiversity

All human brains are powerful, magnificent and unique. Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the way some of our unique brains work – thinking..

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Blistex Hemp & Shea Hydration

SPONSORED. Blistex’s new Hemp & Shea Hydration has arrived just in time for spring!

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Active B6 & B12 Vitamins

SPONSORED. When you're tired and stressed vitamin B can really help. With standard Vitamin B you only absorb a tiny amount...

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Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia sometimes say they “hurt all over”. They often feel really tired. Each person tends to experience fibromyalgia differen..

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Hepatitis from Imported Frozen Berries

There are several types of hepatitis. They have letters for their names: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C. They all affect your liver. H..

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Preparing for Spring Weather

Spring is here and with it, finally warmer, drier, sunny weather. It’s time to take the opportunity and get outdoors, and with that, a reminder to..

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Insight into Iridology

Put simply, the eye works in two ways; it enables us to bring images of the outside world within, and also shows images of what is within the body, ..

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Vegan Chocolate Orange Mousse

#vegan #glutenfree A rich, silky mousse that tastes like Jaffas…but is healthy?! It sounds too good to be true, but in this vegan mousse, y..

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Nuturing nature

We have a kōwahi tree in our backyard. It grows on a weird angle, and when we first moved in I seriously contemplated pulling it out.

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Dementia. Caring for the carers.

We observe World Alzheimer’s month in September each year, to recognise the impact of dementia on people’s lives. Certainly the disease affects ..

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. In New Zealand, around 4000 men are affected each year, and around 700 will die from the ..

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It’s nice to share

A friend was talking about buying a sewing machine. When I suggested she borrow mine, she felt uncomfortable.

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10 Ways to Naturally Improve Your Mental Health

Mental health can be defined as a state of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. To be in prime mental health means being able to maintai..

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Spiced Roasted Walnuts

#glutenfreen #dairyfree These are one of my favourite additions to any cheese board or salad. They are slightly spiced, slightly salted, and ..

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Feeling stressed, can't sleep or having trouble moving?

Life is busy & active and requires a lot of energy, mobility, rest and recovery, which is why we sometimes need some extra help.

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Daffodil Day

Tautoko Te Ra Daffodil/ Daffodil Day is held on the last Friday of August every year. The beautiful daffodil flower has become an international symb..

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Antiviral Medicines for COVID

Covid antiviral medicines have been available in New Zealand for several months now, on prescription from your doctor. They have recently been recla..

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Help with Weight Loss

SPONSORED. Are cravings and hunger getting in the way of achieving your goals?

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Tips to Help Reduce Cancer Risk

So. Here we are (almost) post-pandemic, having spent the better part of 2 1/2 years attempting to arm ourselves every which way to ward off the drea..

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Vegan No-Bake Lemon & Coconut Slice

#glutenfree #dairyfree I’m not sure about your neck of the woods, but in mine, lemon season has been going off! There’s nothing quite lik..

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Getting around

In New Zealand our car ownership rate is one of the highest in the OECD and each year, we drive a collective 49 billion kilometres.

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Preventing and treating burns in the home

We need to think about protecting young and old from being burns all year round.

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HRT for perimenopause and menopause

Menopause and the lead-up to it (called perimenopause) is a time of huge change for women, both physically and mentally. While some women sail throu..

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Immune Support

SPONSORED. Winter is when the immune system can really be put to the test. When you start to feel run down you need immune support fast.

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Taming packaging waste

Packets, pouches, pottles, bottles, bags, wrappers, tubes, containers… it’s easy for our rubbish and recycling bins to fill up...

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Winter Wellness Tips

I’m not going to beat around the bush about this winter and bugs. You can chill out now thanks colds and flus! We get it…you’re back, seemingl..

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Hearty Vegetable and Chorizo Soup

This hearty soup is the ultimate comfort food, and the fresh basil pesto twist packs a punch of flavour. Ingredients: Olive oil ..

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What are kidney stones?

Your kidneys filter your blood and takes out the water soluble waste products that you do not need. The kidneys make urine (pee) by dissolving these..

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Diabetes and Dietary Considerations

Most of us are aware that diabetes has become a rapidly rising health concern in New Zealand. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas doesn’t secrete..

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Spiced Roasted Cauliflower with Maple Tahini Sauce & Almonds

Gone are the days when cauliflower was merely an over-cooked, watery afterthought to accompany a roast. Its status was elevated thanks to the cheese..

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Once-A-Day Treatment for Asthma

SPONSORED. If you have asthma, you’ve probably been using a puffer to prevent your symptoms for some time.

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Cervical cancer

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus infects cells on the cervix and causes changes t..

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Keeping a Healthy Weight During the Winter Months

For many of us, winter and weight gain seem to go hand in hand like a blustery cold night and a creamy warm bowl of comfort food. As mercury drops, ..

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Dairy-Free Feijoa and Ginger Loaf

If you’re a fan of feijoas, you’ll know that it is hard to stop at just a few. In fact, I have a knife scar on my finger from childhood, proof o..

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Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in New Zealand (lung cancer holds first place), but it doesn’t need to be as it is one of the can..

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World Asthma Day Aotearoa

Every year we have a day to remind people about asthma; how many of us suffer with it and how many New Zealanders die from it every year and what we..

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Thyroid issues

The thyroid gland and the importance of iodine The thyroid is a gland at the base of your neck. It produces thyroid hormones like T4 and T3. ..

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Understanding Healthy Weight Loss

A successful weight loss program must be consistent with all four cornerstones of good health: a nutritious diet, adequate exercise, a positive ment..

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Butternut Pumpkin Soup

Ok, guilty! As a little girl sometimes I did want a pumpkin to turn into a carriage fit for a Princess and sweep me off to a glamourous ball! But wi..

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All-Year-Round Immune Support

SPONSORED. There’s never been a more important time for immune support. Vitamin D is also essential for a healthy immune system.

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Folliculitis

Thanks to my dear little four-year-old niece, who pretty much lived in her plastic outdoor swimming pool in Auckland over this hot summer, I know al..

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Iron Deficiency Anaemia

Iron is a very important mineral in the body as every cell needs it to function healthily. The medical name for low iron levels is anaemia which mea..

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‘Nana’s’ Polish Cucumber Salad

As a little girl, I was lucky enough to have a beautiful Polish neighbour that invited me and my family into her home with open arms. She was my ‘..

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Healthy Hydration

"Drink more water” is one of the most fundamental guidelines in the pool of health advice splashed around our everyday lives. Water makes up about..

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COVID and why vaccinate children

The usual back to school flurry includes getting clothes and books ready and finding the lunch box. This year there is also the consideration of mas..

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Shifting Away From Sugar

Sugar sure has been in the spotlight in recent times, and not for being a superstar or superfood! The sweet stuff has been coming under scrutiny int..

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Clean your washing machine

Most of us take our washing machine for granted, believing that washing clothes is enough to keep it clean. You will be shocked to see what your was..

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Back to school and childhood immunity

When children first start school or daycare it's common to “catch everything” that is going around as they build their immunity.

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Raspberry, Vanilla & Peach Collagen Smoothie

A delightfully light and fruity summer smoothie. The addition of marine collagen powder is optional in this beauty, but research suggests that addin..

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Food poisoning – how to avoid and how to treat

Nothing ruins a summer holiday quicker than a tummy bug. The vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps that come with a bout of food poisoning (gastroe..

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Excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)

Our body’s way of cooling us down when we get hot, stressed or after exercising is to sweat. Sweat is a weak, salty solution produced in sweat gla..

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Indigestion

How to tell if you have just eaten too much or if there is another reason for your pain. A lot of us eat too much over the festive season. In..

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Soothe Sunburn

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Many people say “I’ve got the flu” when really they have a cold. While a bad cold can make you feel pretty miserable for a few days, you will ..

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Cuts and wounds are a part of life, especially during childhood when falling from trees or tripping on concrete are a rite of passage.

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Orange, Walnut & Chocolate Cookies

I was on a mission. My munching mission was to pretty much ‘free’ the classic choc-chip cookie for those who have food sensitivities.

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Adverse drug reactions

While medicine can make a huge improvement to our health, there are times when the medicine may make us feel unwell. Before a medicine is available fo..

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Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptive pills have been available since the 1960’s as a way for women to prevent pregnancy and have control of their fertility. They were..

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Surviving The Christmas Season With Your Health Intact

‘Tis the season to celebrate and I think we’re all ready to toast “Cheers to that”! It’s time to relax, be with family and to indulge in som..

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Tropical Fruit Salsa

A tantalizing touch of the Pacific, with the sweet spice of Mexico. Hola! Take your taste buds on a stress-free journey. This is ridiculously easy to ..

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Shingles

Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has previously had chicken pox – and most of us caught ..

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Meningitis

There was a recent death from meningitis reported in the newspapers. Although meningitis is more common in winter it is good for everyone to be aware ..

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Raspberry Louise Slice

#dairyfree #glutenfree Best tucked into straight from the fridge, one bite and the light coconut meruinge-like topping breaks to allow the cold ras..

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Food As Medicine

What we eat and what we drink really are vital parts of what we are – and what we will become. From before we are born all the way into old age, sus..

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Fungal infections

As the weather continues to become warmer we see more people coming into the pharmacy to ask for help with their fungal infections. Fungi are like mus..

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8 Mood-Boosting Foods

New-Zealand’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 8th October - 14th October. This year’s theme is; Let nature in, strengthen your wellbeing �..

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Roasted Banana, Maple & Pecan Ice-Cream

#glutenfree #dairyfree So you may be dairy-free, but do you still scream for a lick of ice-cream every now & then? No need for the trembling bo..

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What is Menopause?

The technical description of menopause is "a point in time 12 months after a woman's last period”. The time of life this happens can vary but it usu..

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Go Gold for Kids Fighting Cancer

While child cancer is rare it has a profound effect on the entire whanau. Around 150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in New Zealand. So e..

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C – it’s the vitamin we’ve all heard of and we all know we need it in our diet to stay healthy. But what does it actually do and why do ..

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Cranberry Lime Spritzer

Ingredients: 3 sprigs fresh mint, washed1 tablespoon fresh lime juice100 ml Ocean Spray® Cranberry Classic™ or Cranberry Light Fruit DrinkSparkli..

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Broccoli and Cranberry Salad

Ingredients: Prep time:
10 minutes plus chilling 8-10 servings Salad: 5 cups broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup chopped red ..

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Natural Remedies For Joint Pain

When it comes to treating the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, a whole-body approach is the best plan of attack. Taking drugs to help minimi..

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Goat Feta, Spinach & Parsley Dip

This is a simple concoction, yet with distinct flavor complexities ...peppery, zesty, rich, fresh & salty.

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Acne

Acne is a very common skin condition – in fact most people will be affected by it at some stage in their lives.

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Herbs and Supplements for Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week is a global event between 1 - 7th August that aims to celebrate, protect, and promote the act of breastfeeding. Breast milk i..

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Ginger and Banana Pregnancy Smoothie

#glutenfree Pregnancy is undoubtedly incredibly demanding on a woman’s body, but ultimately, it can be a radiantly happy time where energy is in ..

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World Hepatitis day

Worldwide, 300 million people who are living with viral hepatitis are unaware they have it. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, there is an international..

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The bugs that happily live in our intestines

New science around probiotics proves that the bacteria (or bugs) that live in your intestine have a huge impact on the function of your body and your ..

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Macadamia Crusted Mango & Lime Raw 'Cheesecake'

#glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan A lusciously creamy cheesecake with no cream cheese, sour cream or any cream at all for that matter. Say what?! No ki..

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Five foods to help lower inflammation

Many of the world’s most common diseases are related to chronic inflammation in the body. Think heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood press..

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Urinary tract infections

A urinary tract infection is sometimes called a UTI. This is an infection of any part of the urinary tract like the bladder, the kidneys or the tubes ..

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Colds and flu – What's the Difference

Cold A cold is a viral infection that affects your nose, sinuses, throat and upper chest. It usually goes away by itself in 7 to 10 days. The symptom..

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19 Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration, which can cause fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure...

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Men's Health Month

“Hey bro, how’s your health? Are you feeling well?” Men checking in on their fellow brothers, fathers, sons and colleagues to see how their heal..

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Polenta Pizza with Balsamic Veggies & Kale Pesto

To me, a polenta pizza base is infinitely tastier than your standard flour-based pizza. It's also a tonne easier than trying to make your own 'traditi..

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Concussion

Winter sport season is a time to consider concussion.

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Keeping Kids Well This Term

Waking up to sick kids can throw even the most efficient of routines right out the window and send one’s week into a total spin!

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Vegan Kale and Walnut Pesto

Pesto may just be one of my all-time favourite condiments, but store-bought varieties are often loaded with preservatives...

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Asthma

More than one in every ten people in NZ have asthma and many do not take their asthma seriously enough. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of as..

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Type 2 Diabetes: Foods to Eat, Foods to Avoid

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting around 90% of New Zealand diabetes sufferers. With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produc..

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Natural Treatments For Shingles

Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles affects the nerve endings...

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Rosewater, Honey & Almond Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Frosting

This silky and sweet frosting uses soaked cashews as the 'butter' base and is lightly sweetened with Medjool dates & stevia.

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Mixed Berry Coulis

A divine coulis doesn't have to be loaded with cane sugar. In fact, I like letting the natural tartness creep into the sweet...

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Lemon Curd Squares

Lemon lovers rejoice! If I call it lemon, then lemon it shall be. I'm not one for just squeeze of lemon in my citrus sweets.

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Almond Crusted Fish with Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges & Dill Aioli

've turned the tide on the classic here, with a fresh take on this favoured dish in the form of a much healthier, flavoursome rendition.

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The Spirit of Christmas

They don’t call it the silly season for nothing. December is a month I have a love/ hate relationship with and I’m sure I’m not alone. If thi..

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In the Summer time

For many of us, a sunny, warm summer is exciting. Getting outside and enjoying summer is part of being a kiwi. I’m all for that as long as we also r..

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Cooling Foods to Include in Your Summer Diet

The heat is on! It’s looking to be a scorcher of a summer which means plenty of al fresco dining, beach picnics and warm evening BBQs. Food plays su..

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Lavender & Earl Grey Tea Cakes

Earl Grey tea and lavender flowers pair beautifully in these moist and lightly fragrant darlings, delicately sweetened with honey and dollop

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Dogs in Summer

Auckland has recently had some hot days – in fact all of NZ has – it’s just that I happen to live in Auckland...

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A Nutritionist’s Tips for Supercharging your Smoothie

A healthy smoothie is usually packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and should contain satiating fats and protein to ensure..

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Coconut, Honey & Vanilla Bean Cake

This little honey is as dreamy as she sounds. Delicately sweetened, moist & decadently rich... Yet without refined sugar, gluten or dairy!

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Being Aware of Anger

I was fascinated to read that the UK have an Anger Awareness Week in early December. Of all the awareness weeks that exist, this surely is one that al..

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Movember

Movember is here. Men’s Health month – roll on hairy men. Well, actually there’s a lot more blokes sporty hirsute faces these days, be it the cl..

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Let’s Talk Medicine Safety

Pharmacists across New Zealand are raising awareness of medicine safety this month. It’s all part of National Patient Safety Week which is being hel..

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Meals without meat

The first of October was World Vegetarian Day and the first of November is World Vegan Day. And if the word ‘vegan’ is a first for you, it means y..

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Mental health and young children

Children as they grow up, learn to grapple with big feelings, but it takes a while to do that (hey, even us adults aren’t pros).

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A guide to eating well with the season

Spring is a time of year when you likely notice that your body naturally craves a gentle cleanse. The energy in nature becomes lighter...

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Chèvre, Honeycomb & Thyme on Rye

The combo of goat's cheese,  honey & thyme is the stuff dreams are made of. Time to step away from your staple jam…

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Breast Cancer Awareness – risks and prevention

I’m sure most people know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with promotions and events such as the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal, the Pi..

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School holidays

Depending where you sit on the age and with/without kids scale, school holidays will mean different things to you.

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Stroke Week – a call to take action

In this blog I want to promote Stroke Week which was held in the first week of October. Stroke Week leads into the Big NZ Blood Pressure Check. Why..

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5 foods & drinks to add into your diet for a healthy gut

It’s fascinating to think that about 100 trillion bacteria consider your gut home. While a lot of this bacteria is welcome, some are guests that see..

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Spring Cleaning – start with your medicines

It’s that time of year again, the weather is supposed to be slowly warming up and the days are getting longer. Daylight saving is now here! While th..

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Strawberries & Cream Cheesecake

Cake! Of the raw strawberries and cream kind! Oh me, oh my!

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7 Signs You Might Have Candida Overgrowth

Feeling a little under the weather? Can’t put your finger on what is causing a seemingly random collection of symptoms?

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Pear, Hazelnut and Salted Caramel Tarts

A heavenly trio of a textured hazelnut & ginger base, silky & sweet salted caramel centre + lightly baked maple pears.

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Raising Children – parenting help is at hand

Looking for some expert approved, family friendly parenting advice? Well, let me help you there!

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Grilled Salmon with Cranberry Relish

Ingredients  Relish ¾ cup Ocean Spray® Reduced Sugar Craisins® Dried Cranberries 1 cup Ocean Spray® Cranberry Classic™ or Light Cranberry F..

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Cranberry Lime Refresher

Ingredients 250ml Ocean Spray® Cranberry Light Fruit Drink, chilled 2 ounces sparkling water Lime wedge, garnish Mint, garnish Directions Fi..

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Grief

Grief – it’s a fact of life. At some stage, you or someone close to you is going to have to deal with the loss of someone or something special to ..

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A winter of flu

This winter looks set to be one to remember although maybe not for reasons we'd like to remember it. As well as setting weather records, notably for c..

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5 Tricks to Sneak Vegetables into Kids Diets

Research shows that it can take as many as 10 to 15 tastes before a child learns to appreciate a new flavour or food.

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Gluten-free Moroccan Vegan Lasagne

 To me, lasagne of any kind has always been an ultimate comfort food so I was delighted that my creation of a very healthy version...

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HPV vaccine for the lads

If you haven’t caught up – and you have a teenage lad in your household – NEWS FLASH – the HPV vaccine is now funded free for the blokes. T..

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Travel tips

I’m about to head away on a bit of an epic family adventure – something we have managed every couple of years or so, which is pretty lucky really...

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Breastfeeding

I was recently reading an article about two mums who had both breastfed their babies, and had quite different experiences. Nothing new there – women..

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Poisoning Prevention

Poisoning – it’s a major cause of hospitalisation for young children in New Zealand.

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Keeping a diary

I’m an advocate for keeping a diary of health symptoms – it’s something I often recommend when someone asks me for advice in the pharmacy. Somet..

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Three Mighty Green ‘Superfoods’

It’s safe to say that most of us are fairly well versed on the numerous health benefits of eating our greens. Childhood memories may mean...

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Homemade Raw Almond Milk

I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how easy (and cheap) it is to make almond milk myself!

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End of Semester stress

If there’s a tertiary student in your house, end of semester is a tense old time. Hand ins for the last assignments, prepping for end of course exam..

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Dry skin in winter

Dry skin – it’s a common winter thing At this time of year, as winter kicks in, I frequently talk to people asking for help to relieve dry skin. ..

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How to beat some winter health woes

Most of us know that we’re more likely to get a cold, sore throat, flu or other virus in winter.  But did you know that the chilly temperatures and..

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International Father’s Mental Health Day

I saw an email through the inbox this week, and thought – wow, I bet not many people know about that day – I didn’t. As per the logo above, t..

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Spiced Kale Chips

Straight up...I'm going to warn you that these super-food babies are hugely addictive. What chips aren't though, right?

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Nits

Yeah, an altogether stunning start to an article, a title like that. I could just as easily change it to kutis (or cooties) or head lice, but…let’..

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Health Benefits of Pine Nuts

Firstly, pine ‘nuts’ are not actually nuts but are in fact the edible seeds from about 20 different species of pine cones.

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Back to School may mean back to battling headlice

Headlice, kutus, nits – whatever you call them – most parents dread their discovery in their child’s hair.

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The differences between a dietician and nutritionist explained

When setting out on the journey to improve one’s health, many people find their first port of call is finding a suitable health professional to help..

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Fragrant Moroccan Vegan Lentil Soup

Oh, sweet bowl of comfort, how you warm my Autumn soul!

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ANZAC Day

In the coming weeks poppies will start being seen on people’s chests, in the run up to ANZAC Day on 25 April. There will again be huge turnouts at d..

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Cacao Cream Tart

This dark beauty of a tart has texture and taste to die for. While it's gluten and dairy-free, it's rich and moreish like any good...

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Millet, Pomegranate & Pistachio Pilaf

Studded with nuts and bejewelled with pomegranate, this vegan dish is as aesthetically pleasing as it is tasty.

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Is Soy Healthy, or Not?

Without a doubt, soy is one of the most controversial foods in the natural health world. Depending on who you ask, you may be told...

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Arthritis

As I struggled to open the lid of a jar recently – saved by the 18-year-old son who made it look utterly effortless – it made me wonder how diffic..

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Threadworms

Let’s talk threadworms. Something most children are likely to get at some time during their life – especially between the ages of 5-14yrs.

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Planning a pregnancy

It’s been a good long while before I had planning a pregnancy on my mind (my babies are now 21,18 and 13) but planning is in fact what you should do..

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What is gluten and is it really bad for you?

You’d be hard pressed to walk into a supermarket these days without spotting the words ‘Gluten-Free’ proudly positioned on packaging, jumping ou..

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Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad

Gluten-free, Vegetarian A seemingly unlikely combo, but when it's foolproof in its success and so charmingly bright, why wouldn't you give it a sho..

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Beasties that bite

Every time I set off for an outdoor adventure, I think about how lucky we are in New Zealand that we don’t have real nasties.

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Back to school

It’s here! School is back. A new routine and regular rhythm starts to daily life. Are you ready? Are your kids?

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New Year Resolutions

It’s something about the calendar rolling over to a new year that makes us take stock of our lives. Perhaps it’s simply the enforced holiday seaso..

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Beating Blisters

We’re about to set off on another family hiking adventure.  For the last few summers we’ve done a multi-day hike somewhere around New Zealand enj..

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It’s time to be SunSmart

Written by: Jenny Cade In my last blog I wrote about a recent personal experience with a mole that had to be removed because it could become a mela..

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Coconut, Vanilla Bean & Honey Ice Cream with Salted Almond Brittle

Fear not ice cream lovers with dietary restrictions...you can still indulge in sweet satisfaction! After many a trials to achieve the perfect consiste..

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Learning to ride a bike

The earlier you get your kids on a bike, the more confidence they will have to keep progressing through the stages.

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Garlic roast chickpeas with almonds, feta, mint & lemon

Go beyond falafel & hummus with this zesty chickpea dish that is sure to be a staple in your summer repertoire!

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The Medicinal Benefits of Manuka Honey

For thousands of years, honey from around the world has been revered for its remarkable healing properties.

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Toxoplasmosis

Our dog has had toxoplasmosis. Altogether a bit scary. I last heard the word ‘toxoplasmosis’ some 21 years ago, when pregnant with my first baby, ..

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If in doubt check it out

Earlier this year, I had a skin cancer check i.e. a specially qualified doctor ‘inspected’ my body to check for anything that already was or might..

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Never too old to learn

Never too old to learn

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Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries, native to North America, have a long history of medicinal food use. Native Americans used the fruit for the treatment of bladder and kidn..

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Respiratory illness in a child

I remember ‘back in the day’ as a student nurse at Middlemore in the 1980s being astounded at the amount of respiratory illnesses on the medical w..

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Exams – ten tips to prepare for them

Well it's that end of the year... the sharp end where all that learning is meant to come together efficiently and eloquently in an exam. Easy? No. Exc..

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World Diabetes Day

As I write this it is World Diabetes Day. As you read this, it probably isn’t. But one awareness day a year isn’t really what’s important.  Wha..

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Understanding the Basics of Breastfeeding Nutrition

Producing milk to sustain life is a miraculous thing indeed. It can also be incredibly draining if you’re not looking after yourself properly and ea..

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Get ready for Halloween!

Ok, so yes, you might feel like you’ve had some Americanised mass market thing foisted upon you, your family and your neighbourhood...

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Travel health

A headline “Getting Sick on Holiday” in the Travel supplement in the New Zealand Herald earlier this year caught my eye. The article quoted resear..

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Ocean Spray® Light Cranberry Smoothie

A simple and delicious berry smoothie, with only 4 ingredients!

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Ocean Spray® Reduced Sugar Craisins® Chicken Salad

Chicken salad with Reduced Sugar Craisins® is a perfect filling for sandwiches

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Cacao & Coconut Granola

'Tis a good morning when you start your day with chocolatey goodness. This deliciously crunchy granola is the stuff dreams are made of...

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A Modern Bed of Nails – Shakti Mat

If you’re like me and have only just heard about the Shakti Mat, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about!

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Breast cancer awareness

It’s breast cancer awareness month, but really it’s something year round us girls need a good understanding of. 3000 Kiwi women a year are diagnos..

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Blue September

I’ve left it a little late in September to talk about the blokes and Blue September – but you know as long as they don’t leave it till the last ..

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Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is an amazing journey but certain stages can make for a fairly bumpy ride! Most of the discomforts that occur during pregnancy are the resul..

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Antibacterial this and that – one of my pet topics!

In my last blog about the gastro outbreak in Havelock North, I wrote about the importance of hand washing in the context of preventing illnesses sprea..

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Smoked Salmon and Leek Omelette

I made this egg dish kind of by accident. What started as something with lofty aspirations as a main ensemble, got flipped on it's head...

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Gastroenteritis

Previous health crises in places like the Havelock North gastro outbreak, have shown how easy it is for some infections to spread. Thankfully an outbr..

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The Health Benefits of Cacao

Centuries ago, cacao beans were so revered, that they were regularly used as a form of currency. Fast-forward to the modern...

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Lamb Koftas with Tzatziki & Fresh Apple Mint Chutney

Granted that it's not for all, there is a place for red-meat based meals in a healthy eating regime. These softly spiced lamb koftas are delectably mo..

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Breastfeeding awareness

World breastfeeding awareness week runs in the first week of August. One of the themes has been about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us..

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School holiday's

This term is almost done and dusted. Good thing if you’re in Auckland? Less traffic on the road. Bad thing? Quelling a quiet sense of rising panic w..

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Plastic Free July

It’s ‘Plastic Free July’ and I for one need to try harder. And I want to. Earlier this year I went on a beach clean-up day with my daughter’s ..

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Coeliac Disease

With an increase in people choosing not to eat gluten, many people have heard of going ‘gluten free’ but it’s actually only deemed...

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The importance of hand washing

It's one of the basics we all need to teach our kids - how to wash your hands. That and brushing your teeth, how to use the toilet and saying please a..

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Paracetamol for children

Giving advice is a huge part of what I do as a pharmacist. One of the conversations I always try to make time for is to give advice...

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Paracetamol for Adults

Find out about the important points when using paracetamol to treat pain and/or fever in adults.

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Get Ready for Winter

Now we've officially hit winter, it's time to think about what you can do to protect yourself from winter illnesses.

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Colic and Reflux

Colic is when a baby cries for several hours a day and there is no obvious cause.

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Wound Care – Cuts and Grazes

Skin is made up of different layers and substances which make it supple and tough and allow it to stretch. But sometimes skin is broken...

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Worms

Threadworms look like small pieces of white cotton, about 1 cm long. The most common sign of threadworm infection is an itchy bottom.

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Women's Health Checklist

Regular Health Checklist for Women: Breast health check...

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Wise Use of Medicines

Instructions for taking medicines differ from one medicine to another and from one person to another...

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Weight Management

As many have discovered, simply cutting back calories without addressing lifestyle imbalance: stress, inactivity and poor dietary patterns..

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Warm Home

Keeping your home warm over winter makes it a much healthier living environment for you and your family.

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Viral illnesses in Children

Chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, slap cheek, meningitis...

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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are caused when valves don't work properly, causing blood to pool and veins to bulge.

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Thrush

Oral thrush causes thick white plaques to grow on the inside of the cheeks or tongue.

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