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In my line of work, I am continually confronted with the need to address patients’ social and psychological problems, and I have come to realise that my prescription pad is less critical than my ears and my referral networks. I believe that listening to patients and helping them address their psychological and social issues Is vital for long term health. Every week I discuss a topical issue with friends and colleagues, all of whom are experts in what they do. Together we unpack and analyse complex problems that affect our society and hopefully we can come to some meaningful conclusions that can benefit us all in our daily lives.Visit our website for more information and free courses https://www.meducate.com.au/courses

MedHeads Dr Ferghal Armstrong - MRCGP

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In my line of work, I am continually confronted with the need to address patients’ social and psychological problems, and I have come to realise that my prescription pad is less critical than my ears and my referral networks. I believe that listening to patients and helping them address their psychological and social issues Is vital for long term health. Every week I discuss a topical issue with friends and colleagues, all of whom are experts in what they do. Together we unpack and analyse complex problems that affect our society and hopefully we can come to some meaningful conclusions that can benefit us all in our daily lives.Visit our website for more information and free courses https://www.meducate.com.au/courses

    Smoking Cessation

    Smoking Cessation

    The harms of smoking are related to three constituents in tobacco smoke. Firstly, nicotine causes addiction, secondly the tar causes progression of atheroma and cancer, and thirdly, carbon monoxide causes poor oxygen delivery to tissues.

    The benefits of smoking cessation occur within minutes, and it is never too late to consider quitting. In fact, one should never quit quitting. Smoking cessation by will power alone has a very low success rate because nicotine is so addictive.

    We know that people do better with a combination of treatments, including counselling, nicotine replacement therapy and medication such as buproprion, varenicline and nortriptyline.

    Vaping has recently become an issue in Australia because it is now illegal to possess nicotine vaping liquid without a prescription. Vaping can be a useful adjunct for smoking cessation for those who have tried unsuccessfully to quit using other treatments, but it is not recommended for children because it can act as a gateway to smoking.
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    • 25 min
    Health Coaching - Lifestyle Matters

    Health Coaching - Lifestyle Matters

    This week we feature Julie Schutz who is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, a Physiotherapist and a Health Coach who predominantly supports women with autoimmune diseases and other chronic diseases.
    Julie’s interest in Health Coaching stemmed from her personal experience of being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. She was determined to face the challenge of this autoimmune condition by including lifestyle changes to manage her chronic condition and has not looked back since.
    These include the 3Fs (feet, fork and fingers) and 3Ss (stress, sleep and socialisation) which we covered in our first episode.
    Health Coaching is an evidence-based approach to health involving sustainable changes to behaviours that are consistent with one’s personal goals and beliefs. In an ideal world, every doctor should be able to use these approaches in their practice, but this is not always practically possible. Therefore, the collaboration between a Health Coach and a doctor is very helpful in order to holistically manage a patient’s chronic medical condition. There are various evidence-based techniques used to assist in behaviour changes such as motivational interviewing, positive psychology etc.
    If one is keen on finding a health coach, there is list of highly qualified health coaches that can be accessed at Health Coaches Australia and New Zealand.
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    • 11 min
    Intermittent Fasting - Lifestyle Matters

    Intermittent Fasting - Lifestyle Matters

    The concept of fasting is not new to many especially if we look at the various cultures and religions around the world e.g., Muslims fast during Ramadan, or the various fasts practiced by Hindus and Buddhists. Even Greek philosophers such as Hippocrates and Aristotle have prescribed fasting for various ailments. This week, we look at how and why intermittent fasting works.
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    • 18 min
    The Keto Diet - Lifestyle Matters

    The Keto Diet - Lifestyle Matters

    This week Saveena and Ferghal discuss the Keto Diet
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    • 17 min
    Low carb high fat diet - Lifestyle Matters

    Low carb high fat diet - Lifestyle Matters

    The highs and the lows of the “Low Carb High Fat” diet.
    Many people tend to subscribe to the famous “Low Carb High Fat” diet and others swear by it but a pertinent question to ask is whether these individuals do it well or if they are successful? Can the diet really improve diabetes control?
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    • 15 min
    The DASH Diet - Lifestyle Matters

    The DASH Diet - Lifestyle Matters

    Pass the ‘DASH’ on the table – The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
    We often hear practitioners recommending the DASH diet to someone with high blood pressure. But how people friendly is this diet?
    On this episode of Lifestyle Matters, Dr Ferghal and Dr Saveena explore the famous DASH diet.
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    • 12 min

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