When  are you ‘past it’

When are you ‘past it’

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy likes to think he’s still ‘got it’, and wonders – when do you officially become ‘past it’? Tune in to find out… Tonic TV |T-S011 I S02E08
Ye old diseases

Ye old diseases

SARS, bird flu, swine flu – Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy takes a step back in time to look at some of the most prominent disease epidemics from throughout history. Tonic TV |T-S036 I S02E13
You can beat your genes

You can beat your genes

Tonic’s Consumer Affairs reporter Karen Carey explains how what’s in your genes can determine everything from your susceptibility to diseases to what foods you like. Plus, how women can reduce their chance of having a stroke by doing exercise. Tonic TV |T-S008 I...
A safer way to take hormone replacement

A safer way to take hormone replacement

After trials conducted in the 1990s concluded that Hormone Replacement Therapy could potentially do women more harm than good, finding a trusted method of relieving the symptoms of menopause has become a trying task. This week we explore whether there’s hope yet for...
Sceptic – Body Mass index

Sceptic – Body Mass index

Body mass index: Indicator of good health or simply out of date? BMI or body mass index was dreamt up over 160 years ago as a rough guide to patient health. Nowadays it’s the official measure of obesity, however according to their BMI most NRL players are obese and...
Sceptic – Homeopathy

Sceptic – Homeopathy

Homeopathy. Not just a great word for Scrabble, but also an incredibly popular alternative medicine. But does it work? Homeopathy is based on the idea that illnesses can be cured by substances that produce similar symptoms. Water molecules have a memory of the...
Sceptic – Internet diagnosis

Sceptic – Internet diagnosis

The internet has given billions of people access to free information and a voice to the suppressed masses. When it comes to our healthcare, it’s also given GP’s around the world a headache, as websites invite people to self diagnose their conditions,...
Sceptic – Is gonging more than just noise

Sceptic – Is gonging more than just noise

Rich Brophy gets to grips with his reverberations. ‘Gonging’ is an alternative therapy based on the idea that negative energies in the mind and body can lead to illness and negative emotions. The sound made by the gong resonates and the vibrations are said to unblock...
Skeptic – Phobias

Skeptic – Phobias

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy explores the difference between a fear and a phobia and gives the 8% of the population that have a phobia some tips on what treatment might look like. And you’ll never guess what Rich is afraid of… Tonic TV |T-S016 I...
Sceptic – Positive thinking

Sceptic – Positive thinking

There’s a strong cultural belief that positive thinking is good for your health, but is there any evidence to support it? Rich explores the power of positivity. Tonic TV |T-S010 |S01E12
Sceptic – Red wine

Sceptic – Red wine

What’s the consensus on a glass of wine a day? It seems like every week a new study is released on the benefits and pitfalls of a glass of wine a day. Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy weighs in on the debate… Tonic TV | T-S027 | S01E09
Skeptic – Work sickies

Skeptic – Work sickies

Tonic’s resident sceptic Rich Brophy looks at ‘chucking a sickie’. Tonic TV | T-S041 I S01E10
Staying safe from harm

Staying safe from harm

Karen explores recent data of Australians being harmed by their healthcare and its potential implications. Tonic TV | T-S007 | S01E10
Tests for lower back pain

Tests for lower back pain

Experts have long believed there isn’t much point imAgeing the spine in ordinary low back pain because nothing’s likely to change the way you’re treated. Yet, a fortune is spent on scans and X rays for people who’ve got back pain. In most cases you can save yourself...
The benefits of two languages

The benefits of two languages

The brain benefits from speaking more than one language There’s really good news about bilingualism or speaking two languages in terms of improving cognitive function. We’re not just talking about spoken languages, there are significant benefits with sign language...
Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery. What do we know about gastric bandage? Tonic TV | T-S034 | S01E02
The Origins of Language

The Origins of Language

The Neanderthals may be a greater part of modern humanity than previously thought, developing as part of humanity instead of being a precursor to humanity, which still leaves open the question of when did modern humanity acquire the traits that define us a human and...
What Makes Us Human

What Makes Us Human

As we search for the essence of ‘what makes us human’ researchers are focusing on the development of language as the clearly defining trait that sets us apart from apes – but in doing so researchers in Japan have stumbled upon some fascinating findings about ape...
White and Black

White and Black

Few human characteristics have caused as much conflict as skin colour, but what is the evolutionary driver for the colour of our skin? Researchers studying vitamin D have found that not only is the vitamin essential to staying alive it may also be the reason some...
Prostate Cancer and Lifestyle

Prostate Cancer and Lifestyle

“More and more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer because they’re being screened by their GP. But the big question is which prostate cancers need active treatment and how aggressively. Lorelei Mucci and her colleagues at Harvard School of Public Health...
Types of Dementia – Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia

Types of Dementia – Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia

Dementia is a group of diseases, involving loss of memory, cognitive function and behavioural change. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s and the second most common is vascular dementia. We investigate how these types are different, both in terms of...
Carer challenges – Help for Carers

Carer challenges – Help for Carers

For every person with dementia, there is usually 3 or 4 people who are involved in the care. Carers have a crucial and under recognised role in keeping people with dementia out of hospital and well cared for in the home. Tonic TV | T-S160 | S06Ep07
Non drug treatments for insomnia

Non drug treatments for insomnia

In episode 8 we launch the treatments for Tonic’s insomnia trial and encourage viewers to take part. We’ve partnered with two fantastic organisations to bring viewers the best insomnia information available. Choose from relaxation therapies, sleep hygiene and an...
Gynecological cancers in women

Gynecological cancers in women

In this special episode of Tonic, we explore a poorly discussed and misunderstood set of cancers which have an enormous impact on women, their partners and their families. Gynaecological cancers aren’t often spoken about, but include cancers of the uterus, the vulva,...
Male depression

Male depression

Depression affects men and women differently, making it more difficult to identify and diagnose effectively in males. It’s estimated one in six men will suffer from depression in their lifetime – and far fewer are treated. Tonic speaks to Clyde Rathbone, a former...
A Swedish treatment for eating disorders

A Swedish treatment for eating disorders

Almost 9% of female adolescents are affected by an eating disorder. There aren’t many effective treatments available, but a controversial program from Sweden seems to be getting good results. These experts say that eating disorders aren’t in fact caused by mental...
Find out about Melanoma

Find out about Melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but many deaths could be prevented if moles which could turn malignant were detected early enough – which means knowing the warning signs and knowing that they can turn up ANYWHERE, not just in areas that see the sun....
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