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Many of my clients feel at war with food and with their bodies. Their logical brain asking for healthy choices, while their emotional brain screams for comfort foods. The battle between these two is incessant, and if you’ve ever engaged in it, you’ve probably tried to win it with will-power – telling yourself you just have to be stronger, work harder, or be more self disciplined, and so on. But these approaches are rarely successful for long.
Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now. It seems like every second celebrity, athlete and blogger has lost weight, improved their tennis game, cured their anxiety/acne/cancer/leprosy and won Lotto, all because they cut evil gluten out of their diet. However, coeliac disease and wheat allergy currently affect less than 2% of the Australian population. So why is everyone ditching the wheat?
Many of my older female clients (and some not-so-old ones too) have been diagnosed with osteopenia by a DXA scan, and pressured to start taking bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, Didrocal and Aclasta. In this article, I discuss the medical research that reveals some counterintuitive results.
During an Ask Robyn session – a member asked which blood tests she should request from her GP when attending her annual check-up. Her question led into a broader discussion of whether having an annual check-up is a good idea in the first place.
To summarise my answer, the general consensus among medical researchers and advisory panels is ‘no’.