ADHD: Are we overmedicating our kids?

Dr Joseph Beiderman is the psychiatrist known as the “father” of ADHD. For 30 years, he’s led the Ritalin revolution, responsible for dosing up millions of children. 60,000 kids in Australia alone are on powerful drugs to control their behaviour. Have our children been overprescribed and overmedicated? Doctor John D’Arcy investigates.

Antibiotic Resistance

Because of antibiotics, half a century ago we thought we had beaten the bugs. Not so! Today, the misuse and overuse of these life-saving medicines is contributing to one of the greatest threats to human health. Every time we use antibiotics incorrectly or inappropriately we contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Spread knowledge, not infections. This means always practicing good hygiene, talking to your health professional about antibiotic resistance, and encouraging those around you to become resistance fighters too.

Watch Dr John on Studio 10 talk about the issue …

What You Need To Know About Antibiotic Resistance

When you have a cold, do you reach for the antibiotics? 💊 Dr John D'Arcy explains how doing it can lead to antibiotic resistance and put you at risk. #Studio10 Full clip:

Posted by Studio 10 on Monday, November 5, 2018

Heart Disease is the biggest killer of Women

Knowing the symptoms of heart attack may just save your life. In this video Dr John and the panel discuss how the symptoms of heart attack in women can be different to men. For women this may include pain and pressure in the chest, neck, arm, jaw, shortness of breath, dizziness and a cold sweat.

Women don’t always feel the classic chest pain men often feel. Instead women may feel breathless, and have nausea, back pain, tightness or discomfort in the arms and a general feeling of being unwell.

Women often wait too long to seek help because they think they are not at risk of heart attack. As we age it is important to speak to your GP and get a heart health assessment.

For more information on this topic, go to the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health website.

What makes a meal Diabetes friendly?

What to Eat is an online Diabetes friendly meal plan that is partnered with Diabetes NSW and ACT. It takes the guess work out of knowing what to eat. It helps you achieve optimal weight. It offers people with pre-diabetes and other many obesity related diseases a 12 week program to better health. It also offers people a skill for life, as it allows them to better understand what are Diabetes friendly meals.

To learn more about the program go to the What 2 Eat website. As always speak to your GP before commencing any nutrition health and weight loss program to make sure it is suitable for you.

Andre’s life and death struggle

Andre The Giant

Warning: this story contains some confronting materialAustralia’s heaviest man has been ‘addicted to food’ his entire life. But as our guest reporter Dr John D’Arcy discovers, he’s risking everything with a world-first operation

Posted by The Project on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Andre Nasr is the heaviest patient to ever undergo dramatic weight loss surgery. Almost immobile, he hopes the weight loss will bring him down to 118kg — a staggering 350kg lighter than his top weight.

Speaking to Dr John D’Arcy, Andre Nasr understood that he could die from the procedure, with a one in 10 chance of not pulling through.

“I told the surgeon I’d be happy with 50/50 [survival rate],” Mr Nasr said.

Mr Nasr’s wife, Natasha, who has tried to change his eating habits for years, said food for her husband is like a drug.

Don’t put up with Hearing Loss

Dr John speaks about the unexpected impacts that hearing impairment has for people. He talks about his own experiences after an accident that left him with no hearing in one ear and reduced hearing in his other. 60% of people over 60 years of age have a hearing impairment and this just grows and grows as we age. But for men the situation is worse. Typically men are exposed to more sound damage and Dr John John makes the point that noise destroys.

For many years Dr John got by with the help of some useful tips – telling people that he was hearing impaired and sitting in the right spot to maximise his chances of hearing what was been said. However, there comes a time when he needed more help.

His first hearing aid radically reduced the fatigue of listening and this is the case for everyone with a hearing impairment. Dr John said that the hearing aid made a huge difference for him – not just in his personal life but also in his professional life. He has a message for men and he urges them to do something about their hearing loss. The evidence is clear that as men’s hearing diminished so does their level of social interactions. This leads to some really significant problems with regards to social isolation and depression.

Dr John’s recommendation is to make use of the National Hearing network and get a free hearing check today.

For more information go to the Australian Hearing website – They provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians – they are all about working with you to get the most out of everything hearing related.