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LUNCH RECIPES

It's time we put the health of the public before all!


Why is there an 8,9 hour waiting time in the Emergency Departments across the country?


I have spent 2 years in the mids of the covid19 pandemic.


Facing the unknown at the beginning, never really knowing if I will get sick or not. Some colleagues got intubated, some spent weeks on ITU. But it's ok, this is what we signed up to, and hey at least it made it a priority for me to take out life insurance in case I do die.


But what is NOT OK with me is what we are NOT telling our patients, and thus we keep failing them day in and day out. The fact that governments globally keep ignoring the lifestyle advice that could have prevented so many serious admissions and deaths is NOT OK.




Yes vaccines are great.


Yes social distancing, washing hands & masking up great too.

But we must not stop at this advice, because non of these measure address the reason why so many patients with underlying (preventable)chronic diseases were most severely affected.


FACT: Patients with lifestyle related chronic conditions such as: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the combination of many of these diseases etc. had the most severe response to COVID19.


These patients had an increased rate of morbidity and mortality when compared to those who did not suffer from predisposing conditions.


FACT: These lifestyle diseases can be prevented, treated and even in many cases reversed with cost effective strategies


We know that even before the COVID19 pandemic started, our patients had long been presenting with lifestyle related chronic diseases.


Instead of taking this opportune moment to educate our patients and our communities about the importance of building healthy lifestyle practices we continue to keep this information away from the public as if we had some sort of unspoken agenda to keep our nation sick and make them sicker!!!


National, global guidelines should be bringing lifestyle education full force into the frontlines! Since they are not doing it, we must make it our own agenda and do all we can to empower our patients, one by one.


Doing anything else, means we are not doing our job, and we will continue to miss the opportunity to heal.




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I cannot agree with you more, Linda, thank you for writing this article. I cannot quite comprehend why we don't talk lifestyle changes in the media, at PHE press-conferences, in the Parliament or on the local level. When I happened to stand in local elections in my district last year and suggest to the party I hoped to represent that we should include lifestyle changes in our promotional materials, I was told that we cannot be seen as interfering in people's lives. Frankly, I didn't know what to respond to that. How come big corporations can sell us whatever they want with almost no scrutiny (unhealthy snacks, damaging fast food, problem creating shoes etc) and this is considered to be…

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Hero of Health
Hero of Health
Jan 14, 2022

Hello Manji, Thank you for your very valuable observations! You are completely right when you say that we have no nutrition or lifestyle training built into our curriculum. And thus it is not the doctors to blame, but it is time that we take responsibility for this and force the government and the medical institutions to review the curriculum and integrate lifestyle medicine into our training. While it's noone to blame, we just need to do it.

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Manji C
Manji C
Jan 12, 2022

How much nutrition training to medical students get as part of their education? Who designed such an education system? Whose interests are they serving? We can't blame doctors if they were not trained appropriately. Does the issue lie with institutions with vested interests in promoting products which enable lifelong dependencies to generate profits for a select few organisations? Just asking, because I don't know the answers, but that shouldn't stop us from asking the questions to challenge the status quo.

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Janet Stevens
Janet Stevens
Jan 10, 2022

Very true I get very frustrated that there is little or no mention in the media of the actions we could take to help ourselves. Keep up the good work. Jan xx P

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Hero of Health
Hero of Health
Jan 10, 2022
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Yes I completely agree, it's very frustrating. Thank you very much Janet for you kind words and support.

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