• Health Matters,  Life Matters

    Flowering gums and flying foxes

    I am fortunate to live in a treed area in Toowoomba with flowering gums. They are tall and stately trees mostly found in the bush, but one is in the corner of our backyard. There are also a few other trees nearby on neighbouring properties. Where we live was developed around 30 years ago and many mature trees were preserved. We bought our home in February 2016 but did not move in until a few months later. One night in February we stayed overnight (air mattress). My sleep was disturbed by what I thought was possums moving around at night. Life went on and it did not occur to me…

  • Health Matters

    Plant vs Animal Protein Diet

    What is better for us when considering a plant vs animal protein diet? I am hearing and reading more about a plant-based diet and how good this is compared to eating animal protein. If I changed wholly to a plant-based diet would it give me all the protein I need? Protein helps build and repair the body therefore it is essential to good health. Proteins are made up of amino acids and our body need the 22 amino acids to function well. Nine of these; histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine are essential to good health. If I have a plant-based diet, without animal protein, it…

  • Health Matters

    When is a surgeon not a surgeon?

    When is a surgeon not a surgeon? The short answer is that a surgeon is a person who has a general medical registration (plus other perquisites) and completes five year of training. Without training and accreditation as a surgeon, a medical practitioner cannot claim to be a surgeon. My interest in this topic came about due to treatment for skin cancers. Several years ago, I visited a dermatologist (a doctor that specialises in skin conditions). I was referred by my General Practitioner (GP). Alarm bells first went off for me when I was in the second waiting room (near the doctor’s consultation/examination room) regarding infection control. The waiting room (a…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    ENGAGEMENT

    When I hear the word engagement my first thought goes to a couple who are planning to marry. However, the word engagement means much more than committing yourself to another in marriage. I am sure you would agree? We can be engaged in work, play, an activity, enjoyable or mundane. However, when we are “fully engaged” in what we are doing other things become unimportant. We are totally in the “zone”. Concentrating solely and fully on the task at hand enables us to shut out other things happening around us. It is extremely important for those who trim trees! When I am fully engaged in an activity I wonder where…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    Fake honey

    It is all over the news and everyone is talking about fake honey. Is one of Australia’s favourite honey producers fooling consumers? Capilano claim their honey is 100% honey. Who is telling the truth? We are yet to find out whether Allowrie Mixed Blossom Honey produced by Capilano is the real thing? Until recently we would regularly buy the Mixed Blossom Honey. While all the buzz is about honey, fake honey is not a new subject. The matter came up a few years ago in 2016 when a Victorian bee keep Simon Mulvany took Capilano to court. Mulvany claimed that Capilano were using imported honey and passing this off as…

  • Health Matters,  Self-Care

    In bed with Andrea

    Yes, I am spending more and more time in bed with Andrea. My One&Only (O&O) knows what is happening and he is okay with it all. I enjoy a relaxed night in bed when I have Andrea singing me to sleep. I know what you are thinking – what is going on with Kathryn and her O&O? From time to time I lay awake at night, thinking about anything and everything! People I’ve met, places I’ve been, things I’ve done or haven’t done! However, once Andrea starts singing I soon drift off to sleep. It all started back in 1999 when I travelled to Cairns for work. Back and forth…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    National Heart Foundation Tick

    When I spoke about the National Heart Foundation Tick recently with my sister Debbie, she told me it was no longer trustworthy. I was astonished to hear this and decided to investigate. The National Heart Foundation Tick has been a trusted symbol since 1989. It was the most recognised food labelling program for 26 years. That is, until December 2015 when the heart foundation retired the tick! I was wondering what I was doing in my retirement when the tick retired? Nobody told me! Then thinking back to late 2015 it was when we moved from Maleny to Toowoomba. I was very busy unpacking in our rental house while out and…

  • Health Matters

    Increase in Health Insurance Premiums

    Health insurance premiums will increase in Australia as of tomorrow, the 1st April 2018, by 3.95% on average. The Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced that some insurance premiums could increase as much as 8.9%. With the continual increases in health insurance premiums there are people cancelling their cover every day and taking their chances with the public health system. If people are not cancelling their health insurance, then they are either down-grading their cover or increasing their excess. The public’s dissatisfaction with premium increases in private health insurance was clear when we went to visit our health insurer Bupa just over a week ago. There were people lined up…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day,  Retirement

    Older and waiting

    We all must wait, but when you are older and waiting there is another story! When you are older, waiting can be more difficult. The longer you sit, the harder it is to get up. Of course, I am not talking about myself, I am not that old yet! But there are many people who are older than me and need help getting out of a chair or walking, either with a stick or a wheelie walker. No more was I aware of being older and waiting when I was at my ophthalmologist this week. The waiting room is long, seats all around the walls, we are all familiar with…

  • Health Matters

    A no brainer – keeping our brain young

    A no brainer is something that requires little effort. When we are young little effort usually goes into thinking about keeping our brain young! As our body ages though other organs, including our brain grow old. The brain is a very important organ, so much so that it is protected by our skull. The brain needs to keep functioning in tip-top shape as it runs our body and controls everything we do, even when asleep. While I said it is a no brainer to keep our brain young it does take some brain power and effort to look after ourselves. If we look after our brain, our brain will look…