Virtual Medical
Issue 107 | Tuesday 18 October 2011

Message from the VMC Medical Spokesperson

Dr Joe Kosterich



Dr Joe

Welcome to this edition of Health eNews!

Nutrition has been made much harder than it needs to be. A sheep in a paddock does not need ten books to know that it needs to eat grass. The needs of the human body have not changed in 10,000 years, yet what we eat has changed considerably. Getting back to basics with eating is easy and healthy.

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Dr Joe Kosterich

The power of fruits and vegies

article image Prevent colorectal cancer with fruits and vegies
The effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on colorectal cancer appear to differ by site of origin, according to a new study. Researchers found that within the proximal and distal colon, brassica vegetables....
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A healthy diet for a healthy mind

article image Diet key to preventing adolescent mental health problems
Health researchers revealed that diet quality predicted mental health in adolescents over time, suggesting that it might be possible to use diet to prevent mental health problems developing in the first place....
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New phenomenon of 'sexting'

article image Sexting driven by peer pressure
Both young men and women experience peer pressure to share sexual images via the new phenomenon of 'sexting', preliminary findings from a study has found. 'Sexting' is the practice of sending and receiving sexual images on a mobile phone....
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Living with obesity

article image The stigma of obesity
Obesity stigma exists within many workplaces and cultural settings, often having a negative impact on individuals' health, social behaviours and outcomes. A new study looks at how obese individuals respond to different types of obesity stigma....
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Alcohol at the office party

article image Why people 'accidentally' get drunk at the office party
Getting drunk at the office party and behaving in an inappropriate way may be down to the fact that drinking alcohol in an unfamiliar environment can lead to an inability to reign in unsuitable behaviour,....
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Early bedtime a key to better health

article image Early-to-bed teens have improved fitness and weight
Research shows that an early night may be a key factor in reducing obesity and improving fitness for teenagers. Bedtimes and waking times of more than 2000 Australians aged between 9 and 16 years....
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Nutrition during pregnancy

article image Eat well in pregnancy to reduce risk of birth defects
Healthier dietary choices by pregnant women are associated with reduced risks of birth defects, including neural tube defects and orofacial clefts, according to a new study....
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Men at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes

article image Men develop diabetes at lower BMIs than women
Men develop type 2 diabetes at a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than women, according to new research which helps explain why men have higher rates of diabetes in many parts of the world.....
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The support of the following commercial entities is gratefully acknowledged:

Ferring Pharmaceuticals
Novogen Regenerate

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Boehringer Ingelheim

Pfizer Oncology

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Healthy, low GI muesli

With plenty of fibre from wholegrain cereals, this is a breakfast that both your taste buds and your digestive system will enjoy.

Makes twenty 80 g serves


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups natural bran
  • 2 cups natural oat bran
  • 2 cups barley flakes
  • 2 cups wheat germ
  • 2 cups millet meal
  • 1 cup natural sultanas
  • 1 cup chopped fruit medley, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup lecithin (soy)
  • 1/2 cup linseed, sunflower seed and almond meal (LSA) mix
  • 1/2 cup raw mixed nuts


1. Mix thoroughly.

2. Store in an air-tight container.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: No cooking
Difficulty rating: Easy

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Fred came rushing in to his Dad.

"Dad!" he puffed, "is it true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away?"

"That's what they say," said his Dad.

"Well, give me an apple - quick! I've just broken the doctor's window!"

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