Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood and least recognised mental illnesses. It comes in various forms but at its core is a cycling between deep and dark depression and elated moods or even outrageous and flamboyant behaviour. There’s a belief that the...
A common affliction – FOMO

A common affliction – FOMO

Rich considers pop-cultural affliction FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. It comes from our desire to belong to a group. Surprisingly, this isn’t built on insecurities, but on our survival instinct. Tonic TV | T-S045 | S02E07
Breatharianism

Breatharianism

According to breath Arians a deep breath and some light are all we need to survive… Rich Brophy ponders whether he could be a breath Arian, and why anyone would want to attempt to survive entirely on breathing alone. Tonic TV |T-S033 I S02E05
Minus the Meat – San Choy Bow

Minus the Meat – San Choy Bow

Studies have shown excess meat consumption is positively associated with weight gain in men and women, and excess consumption of red meat can significantly reduce your lifespan. We encourage viewers to go ‘meatless’ just two days a week to help save those creeping...
Dancing in your genes

Dancing in your genes

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy is looking for someone to blame for his tragic inability to dance, and he’d like to point the finger at his parents. So he heads to the dance studio to find out – is rhythm genetic? Tonic TV |T-S025 I S03E04
Doctors learning from pilots

Doctors learning from pilots

You’d never get on a plane if you thought the pilot was flying for the first time They practice over and over in a simulator before they start flying the real thing, so how can we get doctors real life experience without risking real lives? The role of simulation in...
Does your mobile phone zap you

Does your mobile phone zap you

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy discusses the long held debate around radiation from mobile phones causing cancer. Tonic TV |T-S024 I T-S024
Food Fix – Asian chicken broth

Food Fix – Asian chicken broth

When we think of therapy we think of medications, but food can be therapeutic too. On this week’s Food Fix, a fantastic feel good meal that you can make when you’re feeling a little under the weather – don’t miss this delicious Asian Chicken Broth. Tonic TV |T-S038...
Food fix – Healthy muffins for kids

Food fix – Healthy muffins for kids

Food Fix looks at foods that can help when it comes to your health. Children love sweet snacks, and it can be difficult to keep them away from the treats they want that are often packed with sugar, preservatives and food colourings. Nikki has the perfect solution in...
Food Fix – Roast vegetable and quinoa salad

Food Fix – Roast vegetable and quinoa salad

When we think of therapy we think of medications, but food can be therapeutic too. On this week’s Food Fix, a delicious roasted vegetable and quinoa salad that’s crying out to be a weekly table favourite, as well as a great lunch option for those of us watching our...
Food Fix – Warm beetroot salad

Food Fix – Warm beetroot salad

Food Fix looks at foods that can help when it comes to your health. Beetroot is a wonderful root vegetable that’s high in fibre, low in calories and fat free. It’s also a powerful source of antioxidants – which chase away damaging free radicals that age cells and...
Fun, Fit, Fast – Exercises for balance

Fun, Fit, Fast – Exercises for balance

As we age we can lose strength and also our balance – it’s a big contributor to falls and accidents, especially amongst older people. Geoff Brockenshire shows us how to strengthen the lower body for better balance – no expensive gym membership required. Tonic TV I...
Fun, Fit, Fast – How to do dips

Fun, Fit, Fast – How to do dips

Tonic’s personal trainer shows us how to do a simple but effective exercise for your arms that many people include as part of their exercise routine and get wrong – dips. Tonic TV I T-S049 I S02E06
Fun, Fit, Fast – Interval training

Fun, Fit, Fast – Interval training

You might have heard of interval training, but does it work? Casey Beros talks to exercise physiologist Geoff Brockenshire about how to get the most out of interval training. Tonic TV I T-S046 I S02E11
Fun, Fit, Fast – Stabilizing your lower back and pelvis

Fun, Fit, Fast – Stabilizing your lower back and pelvis

Geoff Brockenshire explains how the pelvic and the lumbar spine are at the centre of all activities we perform, a mobile area of the body that’s stabilised by the muscles that make up the ‘core’. We explore the idea of a ‘neutral spine’ and show you how to avoid...
Fun, Fit, Fast – step ups

Fun, Fit, Fast – step ups

Tonic’s personal trainer gives the lowdown on a common exercise many people get wrong, and it could be doing them more harm than good. Tonic TV I T-S041 I S02E05
Anxiety in children

Anxiety in children

Part two of our three part series on anxiety – childhood Last week on Tonic we started a three part series on anxiety – an incredibly common psychological problem that often goes unrecognised and untreated. This week we look at the time in life when anxiety...
Breast implant controversy

Breast implant controversy

Over the last decade around the world, tens of thousands of women have received PIP breast implants, only to find years later that the manufacturer had substituted industrial grade silicone for approved medical grade silicone. A lot has been learned from the way the...
Chest pain in women

Chest pain in women

Question: If you’re a woman, what are you more likely to die from: breast cancer or heart disease? If you answered breast cancer you wouldn’t be alone, but in actual fact its heart disease by a country mile – women are five times more likely to die from heart disease...
Communicating your pain

Communicating your pain

It is important to be able to be able to communicate to your doctor what level of pain you are in, and what type of pain you have, in order to get the right treatment for your type of pain. Karen Carey discusses the challenges of communicating pain with Dr Michael...
Complimentary treatments for people with cancer

Complimentary treatments for people with cancer

Acupuncture and yoga for cancer – Complimentary treatments There’s not a huge amount of scientific research into complementary therapies, especially in the field of serious illnesses like cancer. However that is slowly changing, and Tonic recently travelled to...
Exercise to prevent dementia

Exercise to prevent dementia

Regular aerobic exercise, such as jogging, cycling and swimming, has countless benefits for your health, but what not many people realise is that it might also improve brain function and can help prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s...
Extreme moisturisation for skin problems

Extreme moisturisation for skin problems

We don’t often think about skin conditions as being so severe they can affect quality of life, but for many sufferers this is exactly the case, and if you think the constant itching, scratching and infected skin as well as sleepless nights is tough for adults, think...
Late talkers

Late talkers

Most children begin to speak within their first year of life, but many can be delayed, prompting parents to panic about learning disorders and developmental problems. So how do you know if your child will self-correct and ‘catch up’ or whether they need some help...
Polycystic ovary syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Up to one in six women suffer from a condition that can profoundly affect their lives, yet many of them don’t know what’s wrong with them. When they see their doctor they don’t get the right diagnosis or help. Norman sits down with an internationally recognised expert...
Sleep problems and type 2 diabetes

Sleep problems and type 2 diabetes

Snoring keeps your partner awake all night and means they’re grumpy in the morning – but could snoring be causing more problems when it comes to your health? Casey Beros heads to the Baker IDI Institute in Melbourne to find out about the link between snoring and a...
Stand up for yourself

Stand up for yourself

Getting off your bum at work and moving around can make an enormous difference to your health and wellbeing and can help burn an extra 700 calories a day – which over time can add up to several kilos lost. For those of us with busy desk-bound jobs though, getting up...
Weight loss discovery

Weight loss discovery

Scientists at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas have developed a drug that targets fat cells in the same way cancer treatments target cancer cells. Dr Norman Swan reports.
Does sun tanning cause cancer? Let’s hear the facts

Does sun tanning cause cancer? Let’s hear the facts

Having a suntan used to be considered the sign of a healthy glow, evidence of time spent outdoors being active or the remnants of a recent sun filled holiday. But as we’ve come to understand, the damage caused by UVA and UVB rays can be not only irreversible and...
Offspring of people with serious mental illness

Offspring of people with serious mental illness

A staggering one in two of us will have a mental illness sometime in our lives. For most people that means anxiety or depression but a significant proportion will have severe mental illness. Many of those people have children, so how does their condition affect the...
CBT for insomnia

CBT for insomnia

Norman speaks with Dr Lee Ritterband, one of the creators of an exciting and experimental online intervention for insomnia that forms part of Tonic’s real world insomnia trial. Tonic TV | T-S072| S01E10
What is a Patient familiarisation program?

What is a Patient familiarisation program?

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, so there’s reason to be sceptical when one is on offer. Drug Manufacturers are employing a new strategy called Patient Familiarisation Programs, in which patients are being provided with free drugs. Sound like a good...
Obesity and your brain

Obesity and your brain

Being obese can have a number of harmful effects on your body – from cholesterol problems to diabetes right through to things like strain on the joints and osteoarthritis, but what about the brain? Research from the University of California suggests the amount of...
Other people’s smoke

Other people’s smoke

We’re well aware of the health consequences of smoking, so it’s surprising to think that so many people are still lighting up. Smoke free laws are one strategy aimed at minimising smoking in public places to reduce the impact on our health – but do...
The truth about clinical trials

The truth about clinical trials

Clinical trials – essential to advancement of health care but there’s still room for error. We see regular headlines about a clinical trial having found a new ‘breakthrough’ in medical research. They’re important stories that influence what care we receive and how...
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