BOOK UP T O S TAY YOUNG
EVER heard of f th the d drug metformin? If you are like me you probably haven’t.
It is used in the first line of defence against type 2 diabetes. It features in Townsville gastroenterologist Dr Stephen Fairley’s, new book dealing with looking after your body, Ageing, How to Kick the Habit. Dr Fairley says everyone middle- aged and over should be talking to their doctor about taking Metformin.
He believes it could be useful in fending off cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia. He cautions there could be studies down the track that show it is of no use whatsoever, but he doubts it. He’s blunt. He doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for people who live on a diet of sugary drinks and carbs and who never exercise and wonder why they are obese and have high blood sugar. This book, like his others, is all about people helping themselves.
His tips for delaying the ageing process, are: Minimise animal- based protein and focus more on beans and lentils. Eats lots of vegies.
“This is to be the mainstay of your diet. Not just any vegetables but the more colourful the better,” he says.
Avoid carbohydrates as much as possible – put starchy vegetables like potatoes, grains and all added and concentrated sugars on the banned list. Dr Fairley’s loyal readers will recall that he is no fan of carbohydrates. His last book was titled Death by Carbs. “If food is processed, forget it. You should not eat processed foods, they contain large amounts of sugar, dangerous saturated vegetable fats and emulsifiers which worsen your insulin resistance or diabetes,” he says.
Drink alcohol in moderation, one to two glasses a day, preferably wine. Drink coffee regularly. “If you don’t like coffee, keep at it at until your do” he advises. Dr Fairley’s mission is to try and put a dent in the obesity epidemic.
Don’t get him started on the government paying drug companies for anti- obesity drugs. “No one wants to say the truth which is simple. If you stop eating too much carbohydrate and to a lesser extent protein, you cut fatty liver disease. Even without exercise. No drugs required,” he said. The book costs $ 10 and it is steal. It is available Dr Fairley’s rooms at 163 Kings Rd, Pimlico, Townsville Day Surgery, GP clinics and Mary Who? Bookshop.
STORY OF FAMILY FAME
IT has been a big couple of weeks for book releases in Townsville. Yvonne Cadet- James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty and Russell McGregor have written the story of the Gugu Badhun, People of the Valley of Lagoons. This is richly illustrated and tells the stories of the different indigenous families who lived in the Gugu Badhun homelands of the upper Burdekin. The Gertz, Hoolihan and Snider families and many others all feature in this detailed account about life and history on the upper Burdekin. There is even space given to how Parky Atkinson or “Parky Woologorang” found his way to the Greenvale area from the Northern Territory. The Gertz, Buller, Snider, Hoolihan families along with many others feature in the book. It is available at Mary Who? Bookshop.
Dr Stephen Fairley