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Wellness Bloggers and the Gaps in the Health System

I was approached by an ECU Daily journalist a couple of weeks ago in regards to the Popularity of controversial Wellness bloggers like Belle Gibson is a side-effect of major gaps in health system. See below some insights I shared with Danielle Austin of ECU Daily: How should Consumers approach Wellness Information on the internet? Consumers should exercise a degree of care when looking for wellness information online. Whilst this is the predominant method of research for the vast majority of people these days, it is much harder to make a

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Popularity of controversial Wellness bloggers like Belle Gibson is a side-effect of major gaps in health system

The recent revelation of wellness blogger Belle Gibson is a disappointment to her large following of cancer patients. However, it is a sign of a deeper failing in the health system such that patients are looking to online personalities for health information that they should be receiving from the health system. The health system is in need of a major overhaul to cater to the wellness needs of society. Patient engagement programs for illness like cancer may be non-existent or largely disconnected and unemotional. Health promotion efforts should have stories of real patients

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Can Modern Medicine Integrate with Alternative Health?

Avi Ratnanesan:          Hello and kia ora, as they say in New Zealand.  I’m Dr. Avi and today I’m here to answer a very, very important question and that is, can modern medicine and the alternative health system as well as the wellness industry all work together to deliver better global health and well-being for you? I’m very happy to say that the answer is yes, because in December of 2013 we brought together about 25 of the top health and wellness leaders from across Australia and New Zealand with international

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A Tapping sequence to help with addictions such as smoking

There are many types of addictions, such as for junk food, alcohol or smoking. In Australia alone which has a population of 22 million people, obesity, alcohol and smoking related problems cost the government over $67 billion dollars. The impact on the individual however, is far greater. When I worked at Pfizer in Australia, I helped get a smoking cessation drug called Champix registered in the country. It did work for many people, but in some instances it also had significant side-effects, as do all medications. That’s why I’d like

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What has Star Wars got to do with your health?

It sounds like something from the Star Wars movies, yet it is interesting how “the Force” described by Obi Wan Kenobi as permeating every object in that science fiction film is analogous to real ‘energy’ in our own universe. Dr. Jim Oschman, a leader in the field of energy medicine and author of Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, explains that modern science is beginning to reveal the role of natural “energy forces” within the human body that were previously thought to be inexplicable. “Energy medicine is medicine based

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Did you know the latest treatment for heart disease is NOT a drug?

I recently attended the Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) conference at the Marriot Hotel in the Gold Coast this past weekend https://www.aima.net.au/. It was an extraordinary conference. It has been a while since I attended any medical conference as my last escapades in this area was when I was working for the ‘big dog’ Pfizer Australia, the largest company in the industry. As one of their Medical Directors, I was always in a position of high regards amongst the attendees, including the top professors and clinicians. I found the AIMA

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The Basics of Energy Medicine

Up until mid 2012, I was a sceptic of any form of alternative therapy. My background as a medical doctor made me think that if I had not learned it in medical school, then it can’t work to help people get better. My entire perspective changed, when a friend of mine help my symptoms of stress and burnout, simply by changing the energy of my body, through a method called tapping. So what is tapping and how does it fit into this growing paradigm of energy medicine? Well, tapping refers

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What are complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) and where does energy medicine fit?

Several years ago, as a UK medical practitioner and also a senior figure in the pharmaceutical industry in Australia, I was relatively naïve about complementary and alternative medicines. As a matter of fact, I felt that anyone that sought help from a complementary or alternative medicine practitioner was wasting their time and money and it actually made me quite frustrated. Over the years, my viewpoint has matured significantly, mainly due to my growing understanding of these therapies, the science behind how they work and most importantly, the actual benefit that

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How do you know you need an ‘Energy Makeover’?

By Martine Negro and Dr Avnesh Ratnanesan One of the interesting and challenging aspect of understanding your own energy field is that most of us cannot ‘see’ it. In fact most of us cannot taste, hear or smell it. Most of time however, we can ‘feel’ it or ‘sense’ a problem, though in many cases, we don’t realise that the root cause of the problem is related to our Energy field. This is common in Western societies as the concept of human energy fields is not widely taught. In Eastern

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