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A War Against Acne

How to Win the War Against Acne

Acme: noun - the point at which something is at its best or most highly developed. Acne: noun - the complete opposite of this. It is not a great de...
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Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever: The Bad Kind…

My wife would not be impressed to hear that if given the choice between watching the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever and developing an actual fever,...
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Sunscreen and Heat Protection Solutions

How On Earth Does Sunscreen Work?

When I have travelled around the world, one of the main things I notice is that the sun just seems to hit a little bit harder down under. I have sp...
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 Parasites in Human body

The Six Coolest Parasites of the Summer! (You’ll Never Believe No. 4)

Fashion is so passe… Why not be truly original this summer and pick up a parasitic infection? Make your friends jealous with the hottest new tapewo...
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Supplementary Wisdom and Vitamins Manuals

Supplementary Wisdom

In a perfect world, there is no such thing as a pharmacy. Controversial, I know. But in this perfect world, nobody would ever be sick and I would b...
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Common Flu Symptoms and Their Reliefs

Dropkicking the Flu

The average person gets the common cold two to four times a year. The flu? Once every five years. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those od...
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Baby Is not Sleeping

Why Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

Whoever coined the phrase ‘sleeping like a baby’ really should have articulated what they meant. Did they mean not sleeping at all? Sleeping on a c...
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Toothpaste what we put twice a day in our mouth

Toothpaste: What on Earth Are We Putting on Our Mouths Twice a Day?

There are few things in life which we use frequently and have no idea what they do. I would argue that toothpaste falls into this category. I doubt...
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Snakebites | First Aid

Snakebites: What Not to Do…

If you are ever foolish enough to click on one of those “Reasons why you should never visit Australia” videos on YouTube, you’ll come across a lot ...
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Counting Sheep | Sleep Problems

When Counting Sheep Doesn’t Quite Cut It

I can vividly remember Christmas Eve of 1984. I was just old enough to really understand what Christmas was all about, but not yet old and world we...
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No Sleep

You Spend One Third of Your Life Asleep. Let’s Get It Right.

Confession time: I’m a huge fan of the Beastie Boys. For those of you not up to speed with your 80s New York hip hop, I’m talking Mike D, MCA and A...
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Relieve Fever. Restore Wonder

Relieve Fever. Restore Wonder.

Helping your baby when they’re hurting. Nothing compares to holding your baby for the first time. If you could bundle up the entire universe and pl...
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Smooth as a Baby’s Bum

As Smooth as a Baby’s Bum

You all know that feeling. Someone hands you a newborn and they feel like pure velvet. The fact that this is often accompanied by the ‘newborn smel...
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The Infectious Diseases on the Planet

The Infectious Diseases on the Planet.

I know, I know. This is a little on the nose, given the last few years we have had. Last week, my RAT test returned the dreaded double stripe, and...
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Put Full Stop on Periods Pain


Although we know by now how instrumental the period is in a woman’s reproductive cycle, it is my bet that no woman in the history of ever actually ...
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Puncture Wound | First Aid

Disaster Class: How to Treat a Puncture Wound

I pray that you never need to use this information. Treating puncture wounds is a critical part of first aid. It could be as innocent as tripping a...
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Stomach Cramps and Treatments

Waving Goodbye to Stomach Cramps

There are few things more debilitating than violent stomach cramps. I imagine being shot would be worse, but for some people, there isn’t much diff...
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Allergens Medications and Symptoms

99 Red Balloons: How Allergens Affect Your Body

This is tempting fate, but thus far in my life, I have been pretty fortunate with my health. Sure, it could be that as a pharmacist, I know a bit m...
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Tis the Season | Holidays

Tis the Season…

At any point in the year, there is something lurking behind the corner to affect your health. It is incredibly easy to long for the greener grass (...
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Burnout Treatments and Reasons

When Burnout Comes to Call

If you are anything like me, you pine for days gone by when the world seemed to spin just that little bit slower, and there seemed to be more hours...
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Common Cold Symptoms and Relief

How to Kick the Common Cold This Winter

How many times have you come down with the common cold this year? In a world of COVID, we tend to be pretty careful about hygiene, masking up, and ...
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Online Skincare Guide

Loving the Skin You’re In!

There is some irony to me talking about skincare. Let’s just say that I have a face for radio. But in my latter years, I started to moisturise and ...
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Fragrances and Perfumes

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Pharmacies are often pigeon holed as merely a place to pick up painkillers and patches. Of course, this will always be a big part of our social res...
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GERD Treatment

GERD Alert!

GERD is one of those ailments that sounds a lot worse than it actually is. Look, I am not trying to minimise it, but it does sound like the kind of...
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Online Prescriptions

What Is the Deal with Prescriptions?

It sounds like the beginning of a Seinfeld episode. I mean, are they good for you, or aren’t they? And why does the pharmacist always keep you wait...
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Vitamins and Supplements

What to Do If You Can’t (Or Won’t) Eat What Everyone Else Eats

This is going to sound strange, but in a perfect world, there would be no such thing as vitamins and minerals in pill form. Ideally, you would be g...
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immune system

Here’s to the Immune System!

I am notoriously bad at being sick. I am impatient, I don’t follow the advice that I give to customers, and I complain to my wife at the drop of a ...
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Endemic does not mean it is ending

Endemic Doesn’t Mean It Is Ending

Working in healthcare over the last three years has been a harrowing experience. Whether is be frontline health workers working triple shifts to ca...
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Gut health

Trusting Your Gut

Every so often, something comes along which is a game changer. We are talking sliced bread, the wheel, salt and vinegar chips. Things that come alo...
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Saturday night fever

Saturday Night Fever

I feel like fevers get off pretty lightly in popular culture. Think about how many films and songs use fever with positive connotations; it is some...
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Look after your teeth

Look After Your Teeth. They Don’t Grow Back…

Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish writer from the middle ages, wrote that every tooth in your head is more valuable than a diamond. In his day...
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weight loss

Weight Loss Is Hard. Don’t Make It Any Harder…

There is a physiological principle called ‘reversibility’; the fact that fitness is incredibly easy to lose, and incredibly difficult to regain. It...
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sunburnt country

I Love a Sunburnt Country

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of drought and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her...
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nasal spray

Nasal Spray Technology

For some reason, whenever I hear the words ‘nasal spray technology’ used together in a sentence, I am instantly drawn back to the advertisements fo...
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why baby not sleeping

Why Won’t My Baby Sleep?

I see you there, parents of a newborn! You’re wondering whether you will ever feel like your old self again; fresh, energetic and lively. As someon...
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The Most Misunderstood Product in a Pharmacy

Any guesses? No, it isn’t analgesics, which, despite the first two syllables, are to be taken orally. It’s not even vitamin C pills which some peo...
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Under Pressure

Under Pressure

Ever blown your top? Flipped your lid? Everyone has their tipping point.  Heavy traffic may be the perfect incubator. You’re already running late w...
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Dealing with Unwanted Guests or Treating Allergies

Growing up, Seinfeld was a constant on the family TV set each evening. Apart from The Simpsons, there was no other show that was guaranteed to have...
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Camping Season

Camping Season

Something changed last week.  I don’t know if you felt it, but I sure did. I was outside watering the garden and I realised that I didn’t have a j...
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Acne Curb

Kicking Acne to the Curb

I was talking with a younger customer a few weeks ago about some options for dealing with his acne, and he turned to me (with the most mournful ash...
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Brush Your Teeth

Why You REALLY Need To Brush Your Teeth

When I was a young boy, I remember the dentist quite fondly. He was fairly gentle, and I got a brand new toothbrush at the end. As I got older, vis...
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Immune system

How Your Immune System Actually Works

I’m always fascinated by the concept of the ‘immune system’. It’s all that stands in the way of you and certain death, and yet most of us don’t kno...
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Snake bite

What to Do If You’re Bitten by a Snake

The sad reality is that Australia is home to some of the world’s most deadly snakes. In fact, of the top ten most venomous, three of them hail from...
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Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth

I remember the day I found my first grey hair… I had just turned 30 and it felt like the new decade had arrived with a vengeance. I sat in the show...
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Cold Keeps You Up at Night

When a Cold Keeps You Up at Night

I never used to worry too much about the amount of sleep I was getting. I was studying pharmacy, busy working in the industry so I could take over ...
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Look Ten Years Younger

How to Look Ten Years Younger

I naively thought I was going to look young even when I got old. I have no idea why I thought this. Perhaps it is part of the arrogance of youth, w...
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Supplements Or Not

To Supplement Or Not To Supplement?

To supplement, or not to supplement? That is the question. Well, maybe not the question, but it is certainly a question that is worth considering. ...
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Cold and flu

Cold and Flu and What to Do

I think it can largely be agreed that the lockdown and social distancing measures implemented throughout the world during the peaks of the COVID-19...
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The Resolution of Thermometers

When I was a kid, I rarely got sick. However, if I did go down, I tended to go down hard. Illness for me almost always involved a seriously high te...
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equal game

Panamax Vs Panadol: Know Your Drugs

It sounds like some truly awful wrestling pay per view event: This time, it’s personal! In reality, it is one of the questions that I get asked all...
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Varicose veins

How to Avoid Varicose Veins

When we are young our skin is almost immaculate. Ironically, we are far too young to appreciate this at the time, and as our self awareness improve...
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When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Go To Plan…

When an expecting mother looks ahead to life with a child, there are a number of things which they might expect: newborn snuggles, a lack of sleep ...
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Antibiotics and Probiotics

Antibiotics and Probiotics

There is a good chance that you have taken both of these in some form, but have almost no idea what they are or what they do. Not knowing what you’...
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Having Your Best Pregnancy

First things first, congratulations! Pregnancy is a rewarding (and challenging) time in any person’s life, and we want to celebrate this moment wit...
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stings and bites

Bites and Stings

Summer is well and truly upon us! Whilst that prompts memories of barbeques, warmth and friends, it also brings with it the possibility of a whole ...
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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Have you ever noticed that we spend a lot of time learning about how to deal with physical emergencies, and almost no time focusing on what to do w...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Painkillers

Your head is pounding. Your nose is flowing free. Opening your eyes invites a stabbing pain into the back of your head. It is in these moments that...
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Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil: The Enemy of Sensitive Skin

Skin. It’s a pretty magical thing. An organ with three basic layers, providing a multitude of different services to the body.  To begin with, the o...
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Cold and Flu Tablets

Cold and Flu Tablets and What to Expect

Patience is a virtue. This is certainly true but our society is not really structured in such a way as to promote this virtue. We want it all and w...
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Skin Care

Skin Care: A Daily Routine

Now, we all know the saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, in the case of people’s skin, the cover can often provide a glim...
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common cold

Acting Early with the Common Cold

It’s an awful feeling; that slow looming realisation that you are probably coming down with something. Some people bravely (foolishly) press on, wh...
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summer in Australia

Summer’s Here!

Rejoice! The warmth has well and truly arrived, and (unless you live on the east coast where La Nina is keeping things a little cooler and wetter t...
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Avoiding Medicine

Why Avoiding Medicine Isn’t as Clever as You Might Think

Many people wear this as a badge of pride. “I avoid taking medicine if I can help it,” they declare proudly. “I like to stay natural.” In some ways...
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gut health

Your Gut, Your Second Brain

There are few more interesting areas of research in modern medical science than the connection between your brain and your gut. We have long known ...
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super food

Superfoods That Could Save the World

The German Philosopher Arthur Schopenheur said that “every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world”. While this...
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Cold Sores

Cold Sores: The Dos and Don’ts

Anyone who suffers from cold sores doesn’t need to be told how inconvenient a cold sore can be. And it is actually more people than you think. Rece...
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new year health resolution

New Year, New Your Health Resolution

The new year’s resolution: It’s a pattern that has been repeated so many times in our lives, that it has almost lost all meaning whatsoever. In fac...
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getting health balanced

Getting the Balance Just Right…

In the 21st Century, it has never been easier to learn about health and all the things your body needs to function well. Paradoxically, it has neve...
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online pharmacy

Online Pharmacies: What to Know

Some facets of our life slip seamlessly between the online and the physical world. Whether it’s booking tickets to a show and flashing your QR code...
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Healthy Blood Pressure

The Yays and Nays of Healthy Blood Pressure

Have you ever begun to feel faint or dizzy or even fainted for no apparent reason? On the other side of the coin, have you ever experienced headach...
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weight loss diet

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Atkins Diet

The whole field of weight loss can be a nebulous minefield of misinformation, disappointment and failure. Everyone has tips and tricks of what work...
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biting pain

Treating Whatever the Ocean Throws at You

Summer is here! For many of us, this will involve time spent in or around the ocean, barbecues with friends, and long nights of festivities. There ...
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temperature thermometer

I’ve Got a Temperature. What Now?

Checking your body’s temperature is one of the best ways to measure your general wellbeing, and yet there seems to be a generation of people who ar...
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Dettol - Germs Worst Nightmare

You would be hard pressed to find a more iconic smell than the instantly recognisable aroma of Dettol. The scent immediately conjures childhood mem...
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skin and acne problems

Problems with Your Skin? We’ve Got Something for That…

You have to love the skin you’re in. As much as you might wish otherwise, it is the only one you’ve got. There are a whole host of different condit...
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mind and gut foods

Inner Health Plus Could Be Good for the Mind as Well as the Body

Inner Health Plus is a probiotic focused on the improvement of gut health. What is particularly interesting though is the possibilities it has for ...
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mental health

2023: The Year of Better Mental Health

One of the most pleasing trends in recent years has been the growing understanding about how our brains work. Only last century, we would lock peop...
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Why You Need to Strike First Against Diabetes

Diabetes is poorly understood, and frequently underestimated. It relates to the way your pancreas produces insulin, the hormone which allows your b...
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How to Avoid the Big Five Cancers

Few things unite Australians like a shared hatred of the ‘Big C’. We might be polarised in our politics, worldviews or religious views, but when so...
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sick kid

When Your Kids Get Sick…

When your child is unwell, it can be the most testing experience of your life. You are torn between sympathy and irritability and it can sometimes ...
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Asthmatics Rejoice

The feeling of asphyxiation is one of the least pleasant experiences. Anyone who has struggled to break the surface of the water, or felt crushed i...
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back kinesiology taping

How RockTape Can Help to Treat Back Pain

The concept of modern athletic strapping tape has been around for over 100 years. This style of strapping is rigid, not elastic and concerned with ...
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arthritis pain

Arthritis and Forms of Treatment

What is arthritis?  Arthritis, despite affecting 1 in 6 Australians, which totals nearly 4 million people, remains surprisingly misunderstood. Whil...
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Mental Disorder

Living with a Mental Health Disorder

In years gone by, mental health disorders were largely swept under the carpet. Stiff upper lip was the going wisdom. Thankfully, we don’t live in t...
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HayFever or Asthma

How Can You Tell If It’s HayFever or Asthma?

You know how it goes - the sun is shining, flowers blooming, the beach is calling and the kids are playing outside way into the evening. It’s idyll...
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skin Routine

Skin Problem Managed, Now What Does an Everyday Routine Look Like?

For the largest organ in the body, the epidermis sure does come with its own host of conditions, disorders, problems and issues. The skin on the fa...
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gut brain health

How Your Gut Health Affects Your Mental Health

Every single day, you take steps to make sure that you can be as happy as possible. You’ve tried to pick a job you don’t hate. You take a meal to w...
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Asthma Treatments

Asthma and Available Treatments

You would have a tough time finding something more scary than not being able to breathe. We can take it for granted but nothing is more important t...
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back pain

How to Avoid Back Pain and Relief Options for When It Strikes

Back problems seem to be almost on par with death and taxes, particularly as you move past thirty. Whether your job involves heavy lifting or tappi...
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Vitamins and Supplements: Strengths, Weaknesses and Their Benefits for the Elderly and Arthritic

Vitamins and Supplements: Strengths, Weaknesses and Their Benefits for the Elderly and Arthritic

  Vitamins and supplements get spruiked pretty heavily as an easy solution to virtually any problem your body might have. You’ve almost certainly s...
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skin problems

Cetaphil as a Treatment for Skin Disorders

We regularly hear the age-old adage spruiked that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Whilst there is unquestionably some wisdom in not basing ...
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back pain

When Back Pain Becomes Too Much

There is an old saying that pain lets you know you’re alive, and back pain makes you wish you weren’t. Hyperbole? Maybe. However, back pain can be ...
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skin problems

Loving the Skin You’re In: A Beginners Guide to Skin Disorders

The world is a daunting place at the best of times. If you’re feeling self conscious about your skin, this only gets more frightening. The only goo...
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young back pains

Strategies to Fortify Your Back Against Pain and Discount Pharmacy Pain Relief Options

If you have ever suffered from back pain then you know how debilitating it can be. There isn’t one single activity that doesn’t involve your spine ...
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Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu Season

We don’t mean to sound unnecessarily bleak here, but the new year heads downhill fast. The heat begins to slip away, and autumn arrives before you ...
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Seasonal Illnesses

Seasonal Illnesses

There is beauty to every season in life. There is an unmistakable joy that comes with sitting by a fire on a cold winter’s day, but equally, the fi...
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skin care problems

Why Skincare and Mental Health Have More in Common Than You Think.

You know it well. The glossy cover of the teen magazine bears the image of a perfect-faced girl, a scattering of freckles across her nose, perfect ...
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back problems kinesiology tape

How to Avoid Debilitating Back Problems

Most people by the age of twenty have suffered some kind of long term injury: a broken arm, a torn ACL, even just a sprained ankle. It can take wee...
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antiseptic solution

Betadine: Everything There Is to Know About It… Ever

It’s the antiseptic solution we’ve all got somewhere in the back of our bathroom cupboards; rarely used, possibly past its use-by date, but instrum...
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skin care products

WHAT Skin Care PRODUCTS to Prioritise When You’re TRAVELLING

It’s a quandary we’ve all faced: when the skin care routine is robust (with no signs of decreasing), and the suitcase space for upcoming travel pla...
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Mental Health Difficulties

When Should I Seek Help Around My Mental Health Difficulties

It’s a question that has probably crossed everyone’s mind at some point, not least of all during the global pandemic we have all just endured in bo...
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Vitamin D

Vitamin D: Do Supplements Sufficiently Replace the Real Thing?

You may not know much about vitamins and minerals, but almost certainly, you’ve heard about vitamin D. Vitamin D is most closely synonymous with th...
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Cold and Flu Tablet

The Pros and Cons of the Cold and Flu Tablet

It never fails to shock us that the common cold - so-called because it is so run-of-the-mill, simply so probable, so universal, so trivial - can un...
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Mental Health

Struggling with Mental Health? The Answer May Lie in Your Gut

A quick Google of the words “gut health” yields 1.3 billion results in thirty seconds and the number grows by the day. Not too long ago the notion ...
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Mental Health

Caruso’s Products as a Tool for Achieving More Balanced Mental Health

Balance is really the key. However, it’s not easily achieved. Often, without even realising, we get pulled too far in one direction, throwing us al...
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woman consoling and therapy meeting

Warning Signs of Mental Illness and What to Do Next

Language is important. The words we use carry weight and a very different meaning can be established with the words we choose. Words and their mean...
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Physical Health

Pursuing Good Physical Health to Support Your Mental Health

If you have ever suffered an injury that has put your ability to exercise on hold, then you will know just how closely related physical and mental ...
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Mental Health Supplements

The Benefits of Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Nobody is going to call into question the severity of your broken arm. The disfigured shape, the swelling, the likely obvious way in which you sust...
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Herpes Simplex Virus

Cold Sore Creams to Assist with the Dreaded Symptoms of HSV

There are certain illnesses that are discreet. Sure, they may be frustrating, impacting upon your day-to-day routines but they’re your business and...
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Treating Skin Disorders

Treating Basic Skin Disorders with Dettol and Keeping Your Household Healthy

If there is one thing that you can be sure of with kids in the house, it’s that you’re going to need Dettol. Skinned knees are virtually a daily oc...
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Unhappy Young People

Youth Mental Health: Why Are Our Young People So Unhappy?

Some food for thought: In 2013–14, 1 in 5 (20%) young people aged 11–17 had either high or very high levels of psychological distress (13% and 6.6...
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The Right Vitamins and Supplements for Your New “Wellbeing and Lifestyle Choice”.

The Right Vitamins and Supplements for Your New “Wellbeing and Lifestyle Choice”.

Diet is definitely a dirty word these days - connotations of restriction, yo-yo weight loss, disordered eating and fads - it’s hard to find someone...
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The Keto Diet

Isn’t the Keto Diet Just Atkins with a New Name?

Googling “keto diet” gets you four hundred and fourteen million results in 0.4 seconds. One of the most heavily celeb-endorsed diets, on the rise i...
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Navigating to the World of Pain Relief

Navigating the World of Pain Relief, One Question at a Time

Our bodies have been hurting since the fall of man. Ancient Greeks relieved fever with willow bark, Ancient Egyptians depicted people suffering inj...
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Heartburn Symptoms


You have to admit, the song was a banger. In fact, every song from her 2003 album, The Diary of Alicia Keys has stood the test of time, luring even...
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Thrush Treatment


It would come as a surprise to no one that thrush is not the number one most desirable topic of conversation to have around the dinner table. And y...
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Youth Mental Health

Things to Look Out for and Strategies to Support Good Youth Mental Health

Being an adult can give you some perspective that can be pretty hard to come by as a young person. When you’re in that phase of adolescence where y...
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Wanderlust Plant Calcium + D3 for Maximum Health

Wanderlust Plant Calcium + D3 for Maximum Health

As a kid, calcium was one of those simple things, that in my mind, I had no shortage of because I consumed an enormous amount of dairy products. Ch...
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Arthritis Symptoms in bones

Treating Arthritis with Caruso’s

There are certain universal truths when it comes to health. Basic things that will have a big impact, not just on certain aspects of your health bu...
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skin care & hygiene products

Skin Care Products for Dry and Sensitive Skin

Dry skin is one of those things that strikes everybody at some stage. Depending upon where you’re located, it might come about as a result of too m...
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mental health disorders

What Are the Main Mental Health Disorders?

For a long time, mental health was not something that was spoken about. There are a few reasons for this. Physical injuries and their treatment oft...
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The Relationship Between Skin Disorders and Mental Health

The Relationship Between Skin Disorders and Mental Health

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover but if you’ve got no other context, what else are you left with to judge? It’s natural for us to make a...
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acne problem

Know What Causes Acne and How to Treat It

When I was growing up, there was an advertisement on television for an acne product, where a bunch of adolescents rattled off a series of things th...
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mental and physical illness

What’s the Relationship Between Mental and Physical Illness?

It may seem like a simplistic question but the relationship between mental and physical illness is a really complex interplay. If you have ever bee...
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cold sore

Which Cold Sore Creams to Turn to When You Feel a Cold Sore Coming On

There are certain words that even the very mention of them can strike fear into those who hear them. Cold sore has to fall into this category. The ...
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probiotics for better digestion

The Benefits of Probiotics Go Way Beyond Just Gut Health, Thanks to the Gut-Brain Axis

We’ve all heard the saying and have likely used it ourselves; “I’ve just got a gut feeling about it.” This saying reflects those moments when somet...
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personality disorder problem

What Is Personality and What Are the Most Common Personality Disorders?

Personality can be difficult to pin down because it essentially comprises all the different aspects that make us who we are. Rather than how we mig...
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common head cold


Like clockwork, April rolls around, and with the change of season, so too comes the blocked-up sinuses, the razor-sharp sore throat, and the endles...
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fever and headache


Assuming that you’ve experienced a temperature at some point in your life is not a huge leap, but it is not an illness unto itself. So have you eve...
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woman with cold and flu

Can I Beat a Cold Without Medication?

We are beginning to head into cold and flu season again. The days are getting shorter, the mercury is dropping and all around the country, people a...
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man with nasal drops

The Benefits of Otrivin Nasal Spray as We Enter into the Cold and Flu Season

There weren’t a whole lot of positives during the Covid years but one of the perks was a virtual disappearance of the cold and flu during that peri...
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man with Anxiety

Do I have Anxiety?

Here is a little secret which is wildly underappreciated in 2023. Yes, you probably have anxiety at some point in your life. But that doesn’t mean ...
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period pain

Simple Ways to Relieve Period Pain

Period pain is genuinely one of the least pleasant things a person can experience. 50% of the population should consider themselves lucky that this...
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woman suffering from strong mouth pain

Got Mouth Pain? We’ve Got You…

The mouth can be one of the most frustrating places to experience pain. After all, you need it to breathe, eat and talk. When you shut down the mou...
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