Helping reduce exercise-induced asthma – naturally!


Pam Stone, the Director of Education at Blackmores, discusses a new study that used green lipped mussel extract as an additional treatment for childhood exercise induced asthma. This study looked at a group of children with mild exercise induced asthma and it found taking a green lipped mussel extract significantly reduced the number of times the children required their traditional medications.

Listen in as Pam discusses the study and remember this is a complementary treatment not a replacement for existing asthma medications. You can find more about this study on the Blackmores website. Always discuss your health choices with your pharmacist or your doctor. if you would like to follow the discussion join me at Health Matters with Dr John D’Arcy on Facebook.

Tired and confused? Low Vitamin B12 levels could be the culprit!


Vitamin B12 is a vital component for good health and some people are more susceptible to having low levels. So just who might have low levels of vitamin B12? The list might include people over fifty, some diabetics, people being treated for heartburn and vegans or people with very strict vegetarian diets.

Vitamin B12 is important because it keeps your nerves and blood cells healthy, it’s part of making our essential DNA and it also helps prevent certain types of anaemia. You need acid in your stomach to help vitamin B12 do its job. Tiredness, weight loss, anaemia and even confusion and depression are some of the symptoms of people suffering from low levels of vitamin B12. There are also some indications that low vitamin B12 levels might be associated with dementia.

Dr John recommends that if you fall are someone potentially at risk that you get a check of your vitamin B12 levels when you have your next see your doctor and a simple multi-vitamin could make all the difference.

Winter’s Gift – colds and flu


Dr John talks about how we can cope with the colds and flu that are so common as winter arrives. Whilst there is no golden cure there are things that we can do.

Listen in as Dr John talks with Pam Stone, the Director of Education from Blackmores, about natural treatments and supplements that can be of help.

If you would like to know more go to the Blackmores website or follow the discussion with Dr John D’Arcy on Facebook.

Macular Degeneration – tackling the cause of 50% of blindness


Last week was Macular Degeneration Awareness Week and you be surprised to know that it is the leading cause of blindness in Australia, accounting for over 50% of all cases, even more than Glaucoma and Cataracts combined!

Dr John and Pam Stone Director of Education at Blackmores discuss some recent studies which look at some promising ways of improving our eye health. Unfortunately the research did not appear to provide assistance those already suffering from Macular Degeneration (MD) but they did offer hope for people wishing to maintain good general eye health.

Listen as Pam Stone and Dr John discuss how these studies highlight the important role that lutein and omega-3 oils play in maintaining our eyes’ health. From a dietary perspective Pam Stone suggested that we should finding a place for the leafy green vegetables such as spinach in our diet as well the orange and yellow vegetables.

If you would like to know more about these studies you can read more at Blackmores or follow the discussion on Facebook with Dr John D’Arcy.

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week


Dr John reminds us about the symptoms of Macular Degeneration which is the leading cause of vision impairment in Australia. Dr John says that whilst there is a strong genetic component in the onset of MD he  speaks with Pam Stone from Blackmores about how keeping healthy helps protect us. Pam provides us with some practical tips about staying healthy.

The symptoms of macular degeneration an include any of the following:

  • Difficulty with reading or any other activity with fine vision
  • Distortion where straight lines appear wavy or bent
  • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision

Dr John encourages everyone to have regular eye examinations and to specifically ask about the health of your macular! If you would like more information contact the Macular Disease Foundation Australia or follow the conversation with Dr John on Facebook.

Acute Bronchitis – a new herbal treatment

Dr John explains his concerns about patients’ expectations to treat infections like bronchitis and sinusitis with antibiotics. However he explains 99% of infections are viral in nature and antibiotics may only have a place in cases of secondary infection. So what to do? Acute Bronchitis

Pam Stone from Blackmores talks about a new herb – Kaloba – that is useful in the treatment of acute bronchitis, something that is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Pam describes how it is useful in breaking up the mucus in sufferers.

Listen in to Pam and Dr John talk about this promising treatment for acute bronchitis and sinusitis. if you would like to know more about this product contact your health professional or visit Blackmores

A healthy mum!



Today is mothers day, a day dedicated to celebrating mothers and for children to honour their mothers and say thank you to their mothers for all they do. Modern day mothers are quite honestly super women! They multi-task, provide income, nurture their children and do the things mothers have had to do from the beginning…cooking cleaning etc.  It’s downright exhausting!

If that sounds like you, you have to remember how important it is to look after yourself, your health, your well-being!

So joining us today to share her top tips on what mothers can do to look after themselves was Blackmores Director of Education, Pam Stone.

For further information about women’s health, Blackmores Alive! Women’s Multivitamin and Blackmores Women’s D-Stress, or for free health advice from a Blackmores naturopath, visit or free call 1800 803 760.


Calcium supplements


Pam Stone Director of Education for Blackmores joined me to discuss the recent controversy surrounding calcium supplements and to reassure us of their benefits. A study in Germany found a number of women presenting with excessive levels of calcium in their blood after taking calcium supplements which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

However there was something this study didn’t reveal, listen to find out.