Health

Study has shown that breathing extends lifespan

Well, not really, but expect such a study anytime soon on the basis of this latest research from the ‘school of the bleeding obvious’. Quote:

Learning how to cook when you’re young could be good for your health and nutrition in the long term, a University of Auckland researcher says in the Herald. Quote:

BT.com

A decade-long, US-based study, just published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, analysed the link between early life cooking skills and nutrition later on.

“The impact of developing cooking skills early in life may not be apparent until later in adulthood when individuals have more opportunity and responsibility for meal preparation,” said author Associate Professor Jennifer Utter, now based at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. End of quote.

Teach kids how to cook and prepare meals and the results may not be apparent until they no longer have a parent doing everything for them: wow! Quote:

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old, white, male. WH enjoys exercising the white male privilege, that Whaleoil provides for him, to write the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing.  WH also enjoys his MG.

Looks like bad news for Cindy and Clark

The Middlemore story is looking pretty bad now for David Clark and now it has trapped Jacinda Ardern who looked decidedly shifty when questioned by media yesterday.

Stuff reports:

Two Counties Manukau District Health Board members have been pushed out by the health minister in the wake of the Middlemore Hospital building saga, but questions remain over what really happened.

The DHB has been under fire after news that several buildings at Middlemore Hospital were dealing with extreme mould, asbestos and raw sewage issues.

Mark Darrow is a professional director, chartered accountant and Justice of the Peace who sits on numerous boards, including the New Zealand Transport Agency, and who lived in the Counties Manukau area for nearly 30 years.

He leaves the board with a “heavy heart” and says he has had absolutely no explanation for why he’s been removed.

The story begins in December 2016 when four ministerial appointments were made under the then-National government. They were Darrow, Rabin Rabindran, Lester Levy and George Ngatai.

Levy has already left, Ngatai is staying on, but for Rabindran and Darrow their time on the board has ended without warningsimply a letter from Health Minister David Clark saying they’re being removed.

Earlier this month Rabindran, who is the acting chair, and Darrow received a letter from Clark saying their position on the board was being reconsidered and they had until April 12 to make a case for why they should keep their jobs.

Rabindran, fed up with how things had been handled, chose to respond by saying he didn’t want to continue on the board regardless of Clark’s final decision.

Darrow, however, responded several times through until late on April 11 with documents outlining how the Board had dealt with various issues over the last year.

But by 7.39am on April 13 Darrow had a response from Clark – his time was up and his last day on the board would be May 2. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Someone lied, but no one died

It looks like David Clark stands accused of telling porkies and, as a result of his pokies, has led the PM to make incorrect statements about Middlemore Hospital.

Lizzie Marvelly probably should be doing some apologising too as it is revealed that the “shit in the walls” was, in fact, a code brown on the floor that simply got mopped up. The NZ Herald reports:

One of the sewage leaks that caused alarm about the poor condition of Auckland’s biggest hospital was a stain on the ground that was cleaned up with water.

A multitude of building issues at Middlemore Hospital and the extent of them have been revealed recently: Rot and toxic mould caused by leaking, asbestos, seismic and power supply issues – and sewage leaks.

The worst affected are the Scott Building, Kidz First, McIndoe Building and the Manukau SuperClinic.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Outrage over euthanasia pod

This a pretty cool solution to offing oneself without making too much of a mess. Predictably it has outraged some people. Quote:

The announcement of the world’s first 3-D printed euthanasia machine has been met with outrage in the country it’s to be unveiled in.

Australian Philip Nitschke, a prominent international euthanasia advocate, has built Sarco, a device that allows people to end their own life at the simple press of a button, the Daily Mail reported.

The machine fills with nitrogen, which results in a person painlessly losing consciousness after a minute. They then die five minutes later.  

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Health activists caught out bullying private company despite MoH advice to the contrary

Look at what government funded public health campaigners have been up to.

The Taxpayers’ Union busts their little scam of fabricated complaints against a private company: Quote:

Taxpayer-funded health activists ignored advice from the Ministry of Health, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, to bully a company into dropping a promotion to raise money for Youthline, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Healthy Auckland Together (HAT), a coalition of public agencies and taxpayer-funded health groups, used taxpayer money to try and shut down a Youthline fundraiser because they objected to a Coca-cola billboard.
 
HAT complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a Coca-cola bus stop billboard because it was 550m away from a school. This particular billboard encouraged people to text a number to donate to Youthline.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Looks like the health minister has been caught telling porkies

The government went large on issues at Middlemore Hospital, and people started digging, wondering where was the evidence of all this.

It seems to have turned out that the health minister has made up some of the story: Quote:

National says reports of leaked emails showing the head of Middlemore hospital was unhappy with denials by Health Minister David Clark that he had been properly briefed on the extent of leaky building problems there raises serious questions of inconsistency.

Gloria Johnson, the acting chief executive of Counties Manukau District Health Board (which runs Middlemore), emailed board members on March 23 after Clark publicly complained about not having been told more during a visit the previous week.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

So much for positive news over Jacinda’s ‘nuclear free moment’

Labour and Jacinda Ardern haven’t had any positive press from their economic sabotage announcement on Thursday.

Jo Moir joins the columnists bad mouthing the government: Quote.

Nobody can say the Prime Minister isn’t serious about clean energy – she’s driving an electric car around Auckland – but yet again her Government is fighting fires in regional New Zealand because it got its delivery all wrong. End quote.

A $100,000 heavily subsidised mobile lithium bomb that not many could afford to buy, let alone maintain. Quote: Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Hooton on the curious Middlemore case

Matthew Hooton, name checks me as he explores the curious claims over Middlemore in the NZ Herald: Quote.

They had me fooled.

Last week I wrote here that the Middlemore “scandal” meant a brand-new hospital in South Auckland was required.

The next day, my colleague Lizzie Marvelly wrote in the Weekend Herald that there was “shit in the walls at Middlemore” as a result of “years of drastic underfunding”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern picked up the theme, saying “the state of Middlemore Hospital … is emblematic of what we’re seeing across the board”. Consequently, next month’s Budget wouldn’t have all the goodies it might have.

The impression ministers and their media allies portrayed was something like a faecal version of The Blob. After a week of sunlight, though, something doesn’t add up. End quote.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

Old white man of the day

An old white man inventing something to give women like Julie Anne Genter control and freedom? Well, that will never do! quote

Carl Djerassi, chemist and recipient of the 2004 AIC Gold Medal, 17 June 2004, at Heritage Day, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

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Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills, nicknamed the father of the pill.

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In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old, white, male. WH enjoys exercising the white male privilege, that Whaleoil provides for him, to write the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing.  WH also enjoys his MG.

Labour’s election promises for health


 

Currently, the government is using Middlemore hospital as a distraction and as a possible excuse for their future inability to deliver on their own spending promises, so I thought that now would be the perfect time to have a look at what exactly it was that they promised the New Zealand public.

 

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If you agree with me that’s nice but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo. Look between the lines, do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.