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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Up-healthing popular foods

Last Sunday’s ‘Cheese toastie day’ and September ‘Shake’ month seem unusual celebrations but I’m not one to turn down an opportunity to talk about food.  Those timely celebrations link to my recent opinion piece...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – My new love affair….with stress!

I am sorry, I owe you an apology.  In my October 10th, 2018 piece I discussed the problems of stress.  Thanks to ‘The Upside of Stress’ by Kelly McGonigal PhD my relationship with stress...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Taken by takeaways?

Wrapped up by wraps?  Hung up on hamburgers?  Captivated by curries?  With ‘up-health’ing’ fish and chips as an appetiser last week, let’s look at how to ‘up-health’ other takeaways.  I obviously can’t recommend any...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – How to eat takeaways

An unusual title for an Integrative (Nutritional and Environmental) GP but an experience on a recent road trip inspired me to write about this topic.  It’s also hopefully a little bit of light relief...

Opinion: Putting mental health front and centre

It's a rare occasion when the front page of this newspaper breaks so completely with tradition as it does today. Over the centuries, the presence of advertising on the front has come and gone and...

Response: Dr David Richmond – The flaws in pro-euthanasia propaganda

Dr. Miles Williams began a critique of current euthanasia laws by likening a good death to good medical treatment. The patient is acquainted with all the available options and once fully informed makes a...

Opinion: Joe Ascroft – Healthcare productivity has become an economic illness

By 2060, Treasury’s Long Term Fiscal Model forecasts that government debt will reach 205.8 percent of GDP – approximately ten times our current debt burden as a proportion of the economy. Just financing that...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Food industry deception

Thank goodness we live in New Zealand!  It’s not just our beautiful natural resources and Kiwi-can-do’ness but the fact that here, like in Europe, certain food ingredients are banned.  I know I’ve talked about...

Response: 5G and Wireless Risks to Public Health

There has been a lot of hype around 5G and there is some misinformation in this information-overloaded time we live in. We contend the article by Katie Chadwick-Smith titled “Response: Claims that 5G is...

Opinion: Peter Lyons – The framing of the 2020 cannabis referendum is crucial

Just back from my daily workout in the local park. The meth heads were somewhat bemused by the fuller figured old guy doing his calisthenics amidst the blue haze. It's always difficult trying to...
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DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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