Health Matters Radio Show


Autoimmune Diseases:¬†From Raynaud’s Disease, to Lupus, Chronic Fatigue to Hashimotos. psoriasis to Crohn’s….autoimmune diseases can strike anywhere in the body. In this show, I cover helpful tips to identify and address the symptoms of auto-immune conditions and how you can get to a state of complete remission….honest!

Overwhelm!¬†Finding life too stressful? Too many demands? Not sleeping well? Giving all your time to others? Yep – that’s overwhelm! STOP! Breathe, sit down, slow down and listen to the wonderful Kate Southward from a Yogafied Life as she provides helpful tools and techniques for coping in today’s crazy world.

Gut Health:¬†Bloating, gas, constipation, diahrrea, reflux……know them well? Then tune in to discover some simple tips to identify and address the causes. (And please don’t ever accept a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome….aaaggghh!!!)

Skin -the mirror of inner health¬† –¬†Discover the link between your gut health and how it affects common conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Why am I unwell? This is such a lovely conversation with Trisha Jacobsen. A wonderful lady who thought she was doing all the right things….only to find ‘healthy’ food choices were actually working against her. Hear how she has transformed her life, lost weight and resolved numerous health issues that she has struggled with FOR 25 YEARS!

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – asthma, bronchitis, respiratory conditions) Given that this is the 3rd highest cause of death in New Zealand, the more we know about it the better! In this show I’m joined by the very knowledgeable Julie Shaw, Clinical Nurse Manager at Breathe Hawke’s Bay who¬† gives an overview of the work of her team and¬†some helpful information for anyone living with respiratory issues. You can contact Julie on 0800 278 462

Oh My Goodness Breads – gluten intolerance and tasty bread. I had the privilege of chatting to the very talented Scott Wynands who has perfected the recipe for gluten free bread. Searching for a palatable solution for his own family, Scott developed the most amazing breads which have to be tasted to be believed. You don’t need to be gluten free to enjoy them.

Fascinating Facts about Feijoas ūüôā Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of this local fruit? Well, wonder no more! Listen to Heather Smith,¬†who¬†has an orchard in Havelock North¬†who will reveal all! Versatile and tasty, this innocent looking fruit certainly packs a punch!

Fabulous Fermented Foods! In this show, I speak with Nadia Kersel from Old School Ferments about the powerful health benefits we get from fermented products such as kombucha and kimchi. (And found out what SCOBY stands for!)

To snack or not to snack….that is the question! Tune in to discover the answer and hear¬†some yummy, healthy snack choices, including those for diabetics.

The Resolution Revelation! Avoid the January ‘Diet Trap’!!¬† New Year Resolutions almost always include the traditional ‘weight loss’ targets. In this show I talk to client Debbie Cook who, like so many, has embarked on the predictable crazy January treadmill of diets and weight loss programmes over years, only to experience the highs and lows (literally!) that such a pattern delivers. Listen to¬†what happened when Debbie¬†took her eye off the scales and focused on her health instead. A resolution revelation indeed!

Tips for a happy and healthy Christmas: This is a time of year to eat, drink and be merry (if you choose to!). One day of over-indulgence will not send your cells into a nosedive. There are ways to eat the extra crunchy roast potato or indulge in the cream-laden chocolate sundae without too many repercussions if you know how to prepare and protect your body. Tune in for some hints and tips Р and have a very happy Christmas!

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease: Although there are currently no known cures for these conditions, there are foods that can boost concentration and memory, and activities that can stimulate brain function.


Mood and Food: ln this show I talk about the impact of food on behaviour, depression and ADHD


Hospice: Hear about the great work of  the lovely team at Cranford Hospice


COPD  (asthma, bronchitis and other breathing conditions). Yes there are foods that can help! Plus learn about the side effects of the common medications used for respiratory health.


Lymphoedema & Lipoedema:  This show explains the difference between these two conditions. Massage expert Amanda Bell reveals the sgnificant role that lymphatic drainage massage can play in alleviating symptoms, whilst I cover the nutritional aspect.


Using food as medicine: We have wonderful healing and preventitive properties in our food. Discover the top superfoods that can help manage conditions such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. 


Arthritis: In this show, I’m joined by massage therapist Debbie Tait. We discuss how massage and nutrition can have hugely positive effects on arthritis.