Should I get the flu vaccine?

The first batch of government-funded flu vaccines have arrived, and many medical centres and pharmacies have been offering private flu vaccines since March. But do you need the flu vaccine? What are the side effects? How effective is it? If you don’t get it, will you catch the flu?

What is the flu?

Any conversation about the flu vaccine should start with the flu, or influenza. The flu is more than just a cold. I last caught the flu when I was a teenager, and I can still remember that terrible feeling of fatigue. I felt like I had been run over by a bus. I kept trying to get out of bed to finish my school assignments, and I kept having to get back in. And if you know me, that is very unusual!

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Low Carb Living: some FAQs

As we know from my previous post, I am a fan of low carb diets for weight loss and improved health outcomes, albeit in specific groups of people. I thought I’d write a little today about some of the FAQs I get about low carb living. Continue reading “Low Carb Living: some FAQs”

Marijuana: is it really harmless?

Can marijuana really be considered a “social” drug like alcohol- potentially dangerous if imbibed in large quantities, but on the whole, generally harmless?

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Coffee: how much is too much?

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Coffee. The national beverage of Australia (arguably competing for that title with beer), we pride ourselves on having a coffee palate like no other country (I’m looking at you, Starbucks-swigging United States). But how many is too many? Are there any health benefits to our daily pick-me-up? Continue reading “Coffee: how much is too much?”