Along the way I made some connections, raised a little money for charity, drank lots of coffee, worked hard, and had fun.
What have I learned?
1. Exercise for mental health and to do things (walk up a hill, explore a new place, move furniture). Your basal metabolic rate goes down as you age and you tend to eat the same amount (or more) and your exercise is generally less vigorous.
2. Weight loss comes from your diet. Don’t kid yourselves. See 1. above. I’ve run faster before but with far more training. My time in this years City to Bay was based on weight loss not kilometres of training.
3. Sugar is addictive and unequivocally bad for you. Sugar crashes hurt. I have nothing good to say about sugar.
4. Routine works. During the time I was watching my diet and trying to train, life tried to get in the way. If you don’t make time to train it won’t happen. No excuses.
5. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I had a ball working all of these things out, but my main passion in life is Partridge Street General Practice. If you’re thinking of seeing us as a patient or aspire to working here and being part of an awesome team, say hi right here!
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You may have heard recently that GPs are blowing out the budget bottom line. I know it’s hard to hear me over the noise of another politician’s helicopter ride but bear with me. GPs train for over 10 years to get where they are, and where they are is here for You. So, to avoid us all draining the nation’s funds before the next round of politicians drinking games, here’s some free information!
It’s a horrible thing when your little person is inconsolable with a sore ear. I’ve seen so many parents turn up after dark with an unhappy child in tow, at their wits end. Do they need antibiotics? It turns out the answer is generally no. Have some pain relievers on hand – Paracetamol or Ibuprofen – and you’ll get through the night. Look at the statistics below with only 5% of earaches (Acute Otitis Media – AOM) improving with antibiotics.
As you all know, I’ll be running in this years City to Bay as one of my goals in my LCHF journey. I was recently privileged to be at GP Supervisor training organised by GPEx and, in addition to some great education and training, it was a great opportunity to catch up with some of my fellow GPs in Glenelg. Dr Lane Hinchcliffe owns The Health Hub and Dr Jennie Wright is the driving force behind Bayside Family Medical and Musculoskeletal Practice, both at Glenelg. Dr Jennie has been supporting the Zaidi Ya Dreams orphanage in Kenya for many years and is currently raising money to continue this. Being the competitive yet collaborative people we are…
Not long ago I attended my first AA meeting. Before you get the wrong idea: The event was organised to give health professionals a better understanding of the important work Alcoholics Anonymous does.
During lunch, one of the organisers said to me: “You doctors keep referring to alcohol as the ‘problem’, but alcoholics see it as a ‘solution’. That’s a major source of misunderstanding.” It was one of the lessons I was hoping to take away from the meeting.
The reason I attended is the number of alcohol related problems I see in my practice. Not a day goes by without hearing personal tragedies caused by booze. And what’s worrying: all ages are affected. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that about five million Australians aged…