Are We Over Medicated?

I was reading the paper with breakfast today and it struck me how many ads there are there, and on the idiot box, for medications to control ‘conditions’, especially lifestyle related ones.

I  searched on by condition and even sticking to mostly diet & weight related conditions turned up startling results:

  • Plain old treatment of Pain with 511 medications available is a standout.
  • Constipation is a class winner with 165 choices.
  • Osteoarthritis – often weight related – 200.
  • Heartburn – Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)  113.
  • Type 2 diabetes – 104.
  • Diarrhoea – 49.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (incl Crohn’s disease) – 48
  • Obesity –  42.
  • High Cholesterol (please note IMHO this should not be a condition at all!) – 32

Why are we such an overmedicated society?

Why do we let doctors drug us into submission, endure side effects, spend large amounts of our income on medications, when in many cases the problems can be more effectively treated with diet and lifestyle changes?

Why don’t doctors insist?  Why doesn’t the government take a more pro-active stance and rather than fund drugs for lifestyle/obesity related conditions instead fund lifestyle education to help people make the necessary changes? Are we so blind to reason we cannot see the daylight for the fields of waving wheat?

Why are we so reluctant to make changes for the better in our lives if they involve giving up temporary and fleeting oral/taste pleasures for lasting health improvements?

Do we actually want to die early?

I know since giving up all grains I never need any medications – even the paracetamol & ibuprofen tablets in the kitchen drawer hardly ever see the light of day. They’ll pass their use by date before they are taken at this rate!  Another of the wonderful benefits of eating right.


My Progress to end March 2012

I have  weighed and measured myself on 31 March – a good result for the month.

Weight – down 2.4kgs from 106.4kgs to 104kgs since 27/02/2012 (in lbs down 5.2 from 243.6 to 229.3)

Measurements (in cms)


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Upper arm





Total Lost










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And  my body fat % is 5% down since mid Feb it has dropped from 35% to 30%. Very, very pleased.

Last Friday (30/03) I had an early dental appointment to get my last crown, I had a temporary and the ‘real’ one had to go on. So  I laid out clothes the night before –  skirt (size22 – note this is 2 sizes less than the = US size, ie US size 18) and when I put it on in the morning it fell down to my feet. I was stunned and delighted. So I rooted around in the cupboard for the nice size 20 one – too loose to wear.

Did I mention I was pleased! I think I floated off the floor for a minute there . . . .

All that swimming (6 days a week) and walking (I am now walking  3 days a week in addition to swimming) is paying off.

Why We Get Fat – why is the evidence so hard for doctors to accept?

Gary Taubes, in his books Why We Get Fat and the earlier Good Calories, Bad Calories, plus his seminal article “What if it’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” in the New York Times of 97 July 2002, presents compelling evidence that the high carb low fat solution embraced by the majority of the medical world does not work to reduce weight, body fat, heart disease or diabetes risks, we are still being preached this incorrect mantra and we are, as nations, getting fatter and unhealthier and dying before our times.

In Why We Get Fat, he outlines hiow the Cochrab=ne Commission, set up to do unbiased revierws of scientific studies in the literature, set out in 2001 to assess the benefits of eating less fat or less saturated fat by reviewing literature from the 1950s to 20001.  They could only find 27 clinical trials which had been well enough conducted for reliable judgement ont hem to be made.

As Taubes states, the evidence was anything but compelling (direct quote below):

“Despite decades of effort and many thousands of people randomized,” the Cochrane Collaboration authors concluded, “there is still only limited and inconclusive evidence of the effects of modification of total, saturated, monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated fats on cardiovascular morbidity [i.e., sickness] and mortality [death].”

In plain speak, there is no support for the low fat diets!  None!

So why is it still being prescribed, when a low carb (ie removing all processed carbs), hig fat, moderate protein diet lowers LDL and triglycerides, raises HDL and has other positive effects on blood chemistry and other health indictaors like blood pressure.

In the words of the great Australian Julius Sumner MIller “WHY IS IT SO?”!

What a Hoot!

Some hilarious footage of a Canadian busker performing at St Kilda (melbourne, Vic) beach in a tiny pair of sparkly speedos has become an online sensation, attracting more than two million hits on YouTube.

The 25-year-old, who has legally changed his name from Andy Rimer to Spandy Andy Rimer, is shown strutting along the esplanade in his sparkly swimwear with an oversized boombox on his shoulder, as beachgoers stop and stare.

He breaks into a grin before busting out his best moves, including an energetic rendition of the worm along the hot concrete to LMFAO’s song “Sexy and I Know It.”

Then he vaults onto the beach and performs push-ups and poses seductively next to lone female sunbathers.

And I don’t know if he eats Primally or not but by gum, he is one fit and athletic bugger!

It is working

Well, I was just in the bathroom washing my hands and realised how much my horrible double chin and wattley neck have improved. Here are 2 pics – one is me ‘dressing’ the Xmas tree a few days before the event, and the other is taken with my on computer camera just 1/2 an hour or so ago. I am so pleased to see a positive improvement like this!




Zucchini ‘pasta’ with caramelised red onion & Smoked salmon

I am making this tonight so will come back and add some photos. The sauce could also be used with low carb noodles or pasta.

3 Large zucchinis (fat rather than long ones)
50g butter
200 g smoked salmon. I use [URL=””%5DTassal Quick & Healthy Tasmanian Smoked Salmon for Cooking 200g[/URL] $5.99 at Coles supermarkets
1 lge or 2 med red onions
Herbs, I use fennel seeds & dill
Lemon juice
75ml white wine (or water or stock)
Cream (pouring, not thickened) – optional

First julienne your zucchinis. I use a mandolin slicer – the larger julienne cutter. If you don’t have one simply slice them lengthways and then slice the other way to produce small strips.
Blot with a tea towel and set aside in a bowl

Slice the red onion, and chop the salmon roughly.
Add the butter to a largish heavy bottomed frypan and set heat to low-med. I add a sprinkle of fennel seeds at this point. When the butter is melted, add the red onions, put a lid on and cook slowly, stirring round occasionally, until caramelised. This takes 15-30 mins depending on your stove, the pan and the thickness of the slices.
After this it is pretty quick.
Add the salmon and dill, stir through, then the julienned zucchinis. Stir for 2-3 mins, turning the zucchini strips over & through the mix. Add the lemon juice and wine/stock, plus cream if you are using it.
Serve with salad or vegetables of choice.

My 4 week experiment – eating ‘clean’

Yesterday was the start of my 4 week experiment into absolutely no:

  • Grains
  • dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

It has gone well so far, whether I’ll be able to stick to it for the full 28 days is a moot point, but I want to see how my body responds to a fairly ‘clean’ diet. Swam 60 laps in 2 sessions!