Poor sleep may increase heart disease in women


New research out of Columbia University shows there may be a link between poor sleep and lower-quality diet, which could lead to complications with weight-gain and heart health. The study found that those with worse overall sleep quality consumed more of the added sugars associated with obesity and diabetes. Faris Zuraikat, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at […]

Cigarettes vs Food


We knew the cost of cigarettes was going up, but did you know that Australia is now the most expensive country in the world in which to buy them? Take a look at this post, where a Tasmanian grandmother showed her grandkids just how much food you can buy for the same cost as ONE […]

A big week for Oxytocin


Last week was a big week for oxytocin. At ACPHARM, we do have a special affinity for oxytocin – perhaps because oxytocin is the hormone responsible for it! Oxytocin – dubbed “the love hormone” – is produced by the hypothalamus and is what gives us our feelings of love and connectedness.  It is important for […]

Challenging Opioid Use in Australia


As does the USA, so does Australia – its a general rule for healthcare in this country.  For many years, Australia has followed in the footsteps of the USA when it comes to drugs, treatments, surgeries and complementary therapies. And it makes sense.  A lot of huge pharmaceutical companies are American.  A lot of medical […]

What is the microbiome?


  In the last 3-5 years, we have seen more and more talk about the microbiome in the integrative medicine community, and how it directly links gut health to brain health.   But what does that really mean? When we try and learn about it as lay people, all we get is papers full of […]