What do patients really want?

a doctor taking a patient’s blood pressure

We are, more than ever before, a society which goes to great lengths to take care of our bodies. We’re reading more food labels, taking time for the gym, doing yoga and meditation to “connect” with our inner selves…yet when it comes to our own medical treatment decisions, we are surprisingly out of touch.

The body blind spot When we are diagnosed with a medical condition, even a minor one, we are often so concerned with getting better that we develop a treatment blind spot, failing to consider the following: Is the proposed treatment my only option? Why has it been proposed? What are the advantages and disadvantages of all my treatment options? How will the side effects of this treatment affect my quality of life? What implications does my treatment have, beyond recovery? What is the evidence that my treatment has been effective in similar conditions to mine? If I chose to do nothing at all, how would my condition Read more

Slow and steady wins the race: an interview with Dr John Mayhew

a young woman jogging, followed in the distance by a young man

Best Doctors asks renowned sports medicine specialist Dr John Mayhew for key advice that everyone should keep in mind before heading out on the road or the treadmill. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just getting started with a new sport, read on for insight on how you can lessen your risk of injury and reap the greatest fitness benefits.

Dr John Mayhew is an Auckland-based consultant in Sports Medicine who has served as advisor and consultant for a number of New Zealand sports associations and teams, including New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Squash. Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Insurance Medical Association, he is currently team doctor for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League and is the former team doctor and chief medical advisor for the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. For how long has jogging been a popular exercise option, in your opinion? Is it something that has only recently become popular? Regular Read more

A healthy approach to your holiday

a pineapple made to look like a woman lying in the sand, wearing big white sunglasses, a purple orchid in its leaves, and draped with an orange and pink sarong

Many of us are taking holidays this time of year and, along with the travel, sightseeing and relaxation, the restaurants, picnics and get-togethers with friends and family abound with tasty food temptations. With the exception of those going on spa, cycling or adventure sport holidays, most vacationers are at risk of putting on a few extra pounds. In fact, a UK study found that British holiday-goers gained between 5 and 8 pounds after a two-week trip[i].

There’s no need to panic and cancel your picnic plans. With a little planning and knowledge you can have your cake- or mojito, or ice cream- and eat it too. That’s why in today’s post we take a closer look at certain foods considered “healthy” and those considered “unhealthy”. As with most things, the key is moderation. Fruit True, it’s natural sugar, but fruit contains sugar all the same. With our daily sugar consumption already higher than many of us realize, eating too much fruit can take us over our daily limit. More than 5 piece of fruit, especially “sugary” tropical fruits Read more