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13 June 2013 - Our Owner's personal family murder mystery...

When Blood Runs Cold...

Reference:
A story from ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/

Watch video here:


Monday's Australian Story centers on a crime that has been described as one of the 'top five' unsolved murder mysteries in Australian history.
Twenty years after the heyday of the Ned Kelly gang, the nation was shocked by the brutal deaths of three siblings on a bush track.
A young farmer Michael Murphy and his two sisters were bludgeoned to death near the town of Gatton, 100 kilometres from Brisbane in 1898.
The trio were returning from a Boxing Day outing. The savagery of their deaths was all the more puzzling because of the absence of any apparent motive.
Retired dentist, turned author Stephanie Bennett has spent years painstakingly trawling through archival evidence and she now believes she's cracked the case. Others are less convinced.
But some Murphy descendants are grateful for her efforts. They say the crime scarred the family down the generations, and believe that Stephanie Bennett may indeed have delivered 'the truth'...

13 June 2013 - Our Owner's personal family's murder mystery...

When Blood Runs Cold...

Reference:
A story from ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/

Watch video here:


Monday's Australian Story centers on a crime that has been described as one of the 'top five' unsolved murder mysteries in Australian history.
Twenty years after the heyday of the Ned Kelly gang, the nation was shocked by the brutal deaths of three siblings on a bush track.
A young farmer Michael Murphy and his two sisters were bludgeoned to death near the town of Gatton, 100 kilometres from Brisbane in 1898.
The trio were returning from a Boxing Day outing. The savagery of their deaths was all the more puzzling because of the absence of any apparent motive.
Retired dentist, turned author Stephanie Bennett has spent years painstakingly trawling through archival evidence and she now believes she's cracked the case. Others are less convinced.
But some Murphy descendants are grateful for her efforts. They say the crime scarred the family down the generations, and believe that Stephanie Bennett may indeed have delivered 'the truth'...

13 June 2013 - When Blood Runs Cold - A local murder mystery

Reference:
A story from ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/austory/

Watch video here:


Monday's Australian Story centers on a crime that has been described as one of the 'top five' unsolved murder mysteries in Australian history.
Twenty years after the heyday of the Ned Kelly gang, the nation was shocked by the brutal deaths of three siblings on a bush track.
A young farmer Michael Murphy and his two sisters were bludgeoned to death near the town of Gatton, 100 kilometres from Brisbane in 1898.
The trio were returning from a Boxing Day outing. The savagery of their deaths was all the more puzzling because of the absence of any apparent motive.
Retired dentist, turned author Stephanie Bennett has spent years painstakingly trawling through archival evidence and she now believes she's cracked the case. Others are less convinced.
But some Murphy descendants are grateful for her efforts. They say the crime scarred the family down the generations, and believe that Stephanie Bennett may indeed have delivered 'the truth'...

17 March 2011 - Meal Planning with Type Two Diabetes

Meal Planning with Type Two Diabetes - Revealing the Truth and Lies

Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is vital to our general health and wellbeing. Eating the correct foods help us protect against illness, reduce stress, and provide assistance to prevent serious disease. However, for those with type 2 diabetes, making appropriate food choices can be both frustrating and confusing. Because type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, debunking the subsequent myths may actually help to save the lives of numerous.



Myth 1: Diabetes is a result of consuming too much sugar.

Though the cause is not totally understood, diabetes is considered to be the result of genetics and lifestyle factors. With diabetes, your body is unable to properly convert food into glucose, which uses insulin to provide the cells with energy. Obesity can make type II diabetes more prone to occur.



Myth 2: Diabetics are unable to eat sweets.

Consuming a piece of cake will not cause a medical emergency. Although sugars could be empty calories and cause weight gain if eaten in considerable amounts, when eaten without excess, sweets can be part of a healthy diet, especially when coupled with exercise.



Myth 3: Diabetics must consume special diabetic foods.

A healthy diet plan for those with type II diabetes is very similar to a healthy diet for anybody - limit the fats, use salt and sugar without excess, and consume whole grain foods. Lean protein, vegetable, and fruit also help complete a balanced diet. Many foods marketed as "diabetic" foods still often raise glucose levels inside the blood.



Myth 4: Carbohydrates are dangerous for diabetics.

Starches are an important part of a balanced diet. Carbs may have a significant effect on blood sugar levels, so they ought to be consumed in moderation. Carbs contain essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so eradicating them from the diet is not a healthy idea.



Myth 5: Fruit might be consumed freely because it is healthy and natural.

Although fruit is chocked full of nutrients, consuming too much of it, especially immediately can prove problematic. Also, dried fruits like dates could possibly be high in fat and abundant with calories. Fruits such as these should only be eaten without excess.



Now that the myths about the diet for those with type II diabetes have been exposed, diabetics and non-diabetics alike might make wise decisions regarding food. Coupled with proper medical care and workout, food can continue to certainly be a necessary tool to maintain our bodies healthy.



About me: Emma Wood blogs for diabetic diet recipes , her personal website she uses to help diabetes sufferers to eat healthy.

08 July 2010 - Olive leaf offers new hope in fat fight

Olive leaf offers new hope in fat fight DANIELLE TEUTSCH
July 4, 2010



Natural diet boost ... the anti-inflammatory property of olive leaves aids weight loss.

Drinking a cup of coffee fortified with olive leaf extract has the potential to combat obesity, new Australian research suggests.

The study, the first to show that olive leaf extract reduced fat stores in rats, was conducted by scientists at the University of Southern Queensland and was published in the American Journal of Nutrition.

Human trials to be conducted by dietitians at the University of Queensland will be completed this year.

The olive leaf is the latest super nutrient to be the focus of intense scientific study as well as eager exploration of its commercial potential.

The phytochemical oleuropein is present in large quantities in the leaf but in lower quantities in olive oil.

Oleuropein has already been hailed for its anti-microbial properties, and its anti-oxidant capacity is almost double that of green tea. It is recognised for its ability to lower blood pressure, ward off colds and treat cardiovascular problems.

The bitter leaf extract has been sold as a health supplement in Australia for the past decade, mainly as an immune system booster.

The study, led by the University of Southern Queensland's Professor of Biomedical Sciences Lindsay Brown, involved feeding rats a high carbohydrate, high fat diet for eight weeks until they developed signs of metabolic syndrome, including abdominal fat, fatty liver, hypertension and impaired glucose tolerance. The rats given coffee fortified with olive leaf extract for a further eight weeks showed improved cardiovascular, liver and metabolic signs compared with rats given normal coffee.

Dr Brown said the olive leaf extract led to weight loss because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The role of inflammation in causing fat storage is the subject of studies around the world. Green tea, turmeric, aspirin derivatives and ibuprofen are thought to have a similar weight-loss effect.

The study was partly funded by a Queensland company that sells olive leaf extract tea and coffee, Dr Red Neutraceuticals. The firm's biochemist, Greg Jardine, said he had observed that olive leaf extract products encouraged weight loss. Yet the results of the study on rats exceeded expectations.

02 July 2010 - When everything else irritates.... Avene...

Eau Thermale Avene is the No.1 Dermo-Cosmetic in France and No.2 in Europe for all products sold through the pharmacy channel. It is a range that combines pharmaceutical ethics with cosmetic appeal, has its basis in dermatology treatments and was designed specifically for the needs of sensitive, intolerant and allergy prone skin.

All Avene products are based on the soothing and non-irritating properties of Avene Thermal Spring Water.



French Dermotological skincare for sensitive, intolerant and allergy prone skin.
Eau Thermale Avene is the No.1 Dermo-Cosmetic in France and No.2 in Europe for all products sold through the pharmacy channel. It is a range that combines pharmaceutical ethics with cosmetic appeal, has its basis in dermatology treatments and was designed specifically for the needs of sensitive, intolerant and allergy prone skin.

All Avene products are based on the soothing and non-irritating properties of Avene Thermal Spring Water. This thermal spring water spends nearly 40 years travelling through the earth and rocks in the south of France before it lands in a spring in the town of Avene. The water has a low mineral content, has a pH close to neutral and is rich in silica and trace elements. Because it is bottled directly at the source of the spring, it is bacteriologically pure and unaltered in any way from its original form.

For centuries, the Thermal Spring Water has been used to treat serious skin conditions such as burns, eczema and psoriasis and is the basis of remedial treatments at the Avène Hydrotherapy Centre in France.

In the two and a half centuries since the Avene Thermal Spring was discovered in the depths of the earth in the heart of Southern France, it has continued to be revered for efficacy and relief in the treatment of skin ailments, particularly skin inflammation and irritation.


1736:
Discovery of the Avene water's activity. Soon after, the first patients arrived to start using the water at the spring.
1743:
First spa built in the town of Avene. The first dermatological treatments prove Avene to be a genuine "soothing source".
1871:
The Great Fire of Chicago. Chicago is devastated by the Great Fire. To soothe the skin of the many victims, barrels of Avène Thermal Water are shipped west to America..
1874:
Avene Thermal Water is declared of "Public Benefit" by the French Authorities.
1966:
The Avène treatments prescribed by doctors are approved for payment by the French Social Welfare as appropriate treatment for some skin conditions.
1975:
Mister Pierre Fabre notices the spring and hears about its great properties. He decides to buy it to carry out more medical studies and find out the activity of the water. Avene officially joins Pierre Fabre Laboratories.
1977:
The renovation of the Avene Spa begins. Pierre Fabre Laboratories transform the Avene Thermal Spa into an advanced centre specializing in scientific hydrotherapy.
1981:
Avene Thermal Spring Water and Skin care products are first marketed for home use.
First, only the water spray was available, and encouraged by its success, Pierre Fabre Laboratories decided to extend the range and to develop diverse products all based on the Avene water.
1990:
A new Avene Medical Centre (Thermal Spa) opens and the manufacturing unit is inaugurated.

To ascertain your degree of sensitivity, please read below.


First Degree - Sensitive: your skin is naturally sensitive if you easily experience unpleasant feelings such as tingling, tightness, inflammation or a burning sensation. Your skin will often react to external aggressors such as the wind, cold or sun. You are sometimes prone to redness.

Second Degree – Intolerant: Intolerant skin is easily traumatised by external factors and often reacts to a number of products. Sometimes it seems like there is nothing you can use. Not only does it experience stinging and tightness, but it can also be prone to redness and scaling. You need to use products that have a minimum of ingredients and lessen the chance of reaction.

Third Degree – Allergic: Sometimes intolerances become true contact allergic reactions characterised by dermatitis, eczema and swelling. At this stage you should contact your doctor to determine the ingredient that is causing the allergy and obviously avoid it in the future.




FAQ


Is the Avène range suitable for sensitive skin?
Yes the Avène range is specifically formulated for sensitive skin catering to all skin types that experience sensitivity such as Dry/Dehydrated Skin, Normal/Combination Skin, Oily/Blemish Prone Skin, Atopic skin, Reddened Skin, Ageing Skin, Men's Skin & Dry Irritated Skins.

Why is the range suitable for sensitive skin?
Avène is suitable for sensitive skin due to the high content of Avène Thermale Spring Water in each product which is known for its non-irritating and soothing properties.

I have tried everything, even products that claim to be for sensitive skin, I react to all of them. What would you recommend in the Avène range?
If you react to every product that you put on your skin then we would say that your skin is intolerant and we would therefore recommend that you keep your skin care regime simple, don't mix brands as they can react with each other. For people with an intolerant skin we would recommend a simple skin care regime of Extremely Gentle Cleanser, Avène Thermal Spring Water and Skin Recovery Cream. These products contain minimal ingredients and are fragrance, paraben and alcohol free.

Can people with a Normal Skin use the Avène range?
Yes of course, you do not need to have sensitive skin to use the Avène products. The advantage of using the Avène range is that the products are free of ingredients that can commonly cause irritation.

Do your products contain parabens?
Specifically for the face, Extremely Gentle Cleanser & Skin Recovery Cream do not contain parabens. The men's products, Hydrance, Pediatril, Cleanance, Micellaire, Gentle Toner, Soothing Mask, Soothing Eye Cream, and Trixera are all paraben free

Are Avène products tested on animals?
All tests are conducted on volunteers so that we can ensure that everything about the product is pleasurable from the packaging to the texture of the product.

Do you have products for Oily/Pimply skins and are they drying on the skin?
Yes we do have a range for sensitive oily skins prone to pimples. This range is not drying on the skin as the cleanser is soapless and pH adjusted. The range is called Cleanance.

Can I use the Cleanance range if I am taking prescription acne drugs such as Isotretinoin?
No. Isotretinion can severly dry out the skin and as such you should not use the Cleanance range. We suggest that you try Extremely Gentle Cleanser and Skin Recovery Cream which is for very intolerant and reactive skin.

At what age would you recommend an anti-ageing product?
We normally recommend that you start using an anti-ageing product from thirty years and on. Some people do start earlier than this.

Can you take the Avène Thermal Spring Water Aerosols into the cabin on an aircraft?
Yes you can take the 50ml can into the cabin as long as they have the lid on.

What is the difference between the two anti-ageing products Ysthèal + Emulsion and Eluage Cream?
Both products contain Retinaldehyde (an active form of Vitamin A) however Ysthèal + Emulsion also has Pre-tocopheryl (Vitamin E) whereas Eluage Cream has Hyaluronic Acid fragments. Ysthèal + Emulsion is more suitable for a normal to combination skin and Eluage Cream more suitable for a dry/dehydrated skin or mature skin.

Which product should I use if my skin is prone to flushing/redness and/or Rosacea?
Our recommendation would be to cleanse with Extremely Gentle Cleanser, spray/tone with Avène Thermal Spring Water and then moisturise the entire face. If you are prone to Rosacea you would introduce Dirosèal Cream at night to the areas that are prone to redness (usually the cheeks and nose). You would apply this to the effected areas after your moisturiser has absorbed (approx 15mins). Diroseal contains Retinaldehyde which assists with microcirculation.



Customer Testimonials



Customers who have tried Avène products just cannot believe the difference it has made to their skin. For those with very sensitive skin who have tried just about every skincare product available with no improvement to their skin are very happy with the results when using Avène!
Amanda Pound
My Chemist

Trixera really help me with my eczema!
Ana Gallardo
Health Line Pharmacy

I just started learning about Avène products through my rep at work and I love all the products and now all my customers do too thanks heaps ...its great and it works
Safa Hablas
My Chemist Altona Gate

I have used Avène Water on my daughters face after she had been bitten by an insect. her school had put stop itch on it and this had made it worse. within 15mins the redness and swelling had gone down and her face stopped itching
Josephine Rooke
Priceline

I have Psoriasis on my face, and have tried numerous skincare products. Avène is the only brand that can offer a complete regime that has a balance between products that I actually like, as well as keeping my skin under control.
Rebekah Radulovich
Soul Pattinson Belconnen

Personally I love it, use it and recommend it. I have absolute faith and trust in the quality and results that the Avène range provides. Thank you for the chance to be rewarded for giving my customers an answer to their skin conditions
Julie Sykes
Chemist Warehouse Annerley

I have always had problems with shiny skin and mild acne. I have tried a number of other leading brands (Some quite expensive) and I found that those products left my skin feeling dry and tight, and like there was a mask of moisturiser not allowing my skin to breathe. Ever since I have used the Cleanance range my skin has never felt better(sounds like a cliche but its true!). Cleanance lotion feels nice on the skin, and my skin looks healthier and is controlling my shine well
Mary~Rose Thiel
Melbourne Campus Pharmacy

22 May 2009 - IntelliGender Boy or Girl Gender Test




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* Simple urine test
* Lab results show 90% accuracy
* Use in the comfort of your own home
* Works from as early as the 8th week

Australian parents-to-be, can now discover the exciting news of the sex of their baby in the comfort and privacy of their home.

The Intelligender kit gives expecting couples a new milestone in their pregnancy - finding out their baby's sex. The test can be taken from as early as 8 weeks all the way through to the 34th week.

IntelliGender is a non-invasive urine based test that provides results in just ten minutes. Just like a home pregnancy kit, you can tell the sex of your baby by the colour match of the test.

IntelliGender has been proven to be 90% accurate in laboratory tests of pregnant women.

16 May 2009 - Tea touted as weight cure



Jackie Sinnerton
May 03, 2009 12:00am

IS A new tea coming out of Brisbane really a magic bullet for weight loss? Huge waiting lists at chemist shops throughout the state would suggest that many Queenslanders are true believers.

And while a court date late last year has made manufacturer and biochemist Greg Jardine a little cautious, it is impossible for him to keep his enthusiasm for his Spearole tea under wraps.

Mr Jardine is technical director of Dr Red Nutraceuticals, and the Mt Nebo company was last year rapped over the knuckles by Queensland Health for detailing their trial results on the company's website, claiming that their fruit punches killed prostate cancer cells. No convictions were recorded.

In spite of the court case and the recession, Dr Red is a booming success and struggling to meet demand for the brew that appears to lower blood pressure and has a welcome side effect – weight loss.

To seal the deal, the weight loss happens with no more exercise than curling an arm to lift your teacup to your mouth.

Dr Red has developed Spearole and a range of other products based on green tea with enhanced antioxidant concentrations.

"We have practically stripped bare all gunpowder green tea sourced from Madura Tea Estates in Murwillumbah in northern New South Wales," Jardine said. "I would say that we have used about 12-13 tonnes of the home-grown product.

"We can't get enough of the right kind of tea to make our special recipe Spearole tea.

"A company representative is currently sourcing more gunpowder tea in China to fulfil new UK orders."

A cup of Spearole tea contains three full cups of tea (spearmint, olive leaf and green tea), a glass of red wine, and grape skins and seeds.

The cost is 25¢ a cup.

Australians and their money are easily parted when it comes to quick-fix weight loss elixirs.

But this time there seems to actually be some science behind the brew.

Associate professor Lindsay Brown from the University of Queensland's School of Biomedical Science embarked on the research project in 2005.

During the study, overweight lab rats that were fed a fast-food diet washed down with the tea managed to return to normal weight – big news.

Professor Brown said he was amazed by the findings.

"If someone had told me you could do all these things with something as simple as green tea with olive extract, I would have said they'd been out in the sun too long," he said. "It is simply amazing."

The university study also claimed the brew offered a "significant development in the control of cardiovascular disease".

"We set out to determine whether the antioxidants in the tea helped lower blood pressure and heart function – the weight loss was just a side effect," Mr Jardine said.

A stroke of luck for Mr Jardine, who bought Brisbane Vineyards on Mt Nebo, 45 minutes northwest of Brisbane, to fulfil his dream of becoming a vintner.

He has always had an interest in the workings of antioxidants, and decided he would no longer throw away the seeds and skins of the grapes as they were a potentially wasted resource.

He put them back into a wine he called Dr Red.

Ginger punch and blueberry punch came next.

The blueberry punch, like Spearole tea, was well accepted, and news of its powers circulated.

Legendary rugby league referee Barry Gomersall, who died in 2007, spoke openly of his belief that Dr Red's blueberry punch was instrumental in giving him treasured extra time in his long battle with prostate cancer.

"When Barry knew he had prostate cancer, he asked me if I could help," Mr Jardine said. "I came up with a strong version of the blueberry punch – packed full of extra antioxidants.

"We use a quarter of a kilo of blueberries in every 750ml bottle – an expensive addition, but one which is proving to be fruitful."

Doubters may scream the words "placebo effect", and certainly the power of the mind may well be instrumental in some people enjoying successful results.

Others may not be so lucky.

But there is no doubt in Greg Telfer's mind that Spearole tea cured his high blood pressure.

"I am not really the kind of person who likes to take pharmaceuticals, but when my doctor prescribed tablets, I had no option but to take them," the 54-year-old from Cannon Hill said.

"But it didn't sit well with me. Over the last few years I have followed the work of Greg Jardine and was very compelled by his success. So I drove up to Dr Red's at Mt Nebo for a chat.

"That was about four months ago, and I have been taking Spearole tea four or five times a day ever since.

"It worked pretty quickly, although the weight loss has been slow. But that's OK – I was more concerned about my blood pressure. It's amazing, because I have really done no physical exercise."

Greg pays $23 for a box of the tea and gets 100 cups of tea from each box.

"I feel so much better in myself, I have more energy and the tea has replaced the coffee I used to drink – I'd recommend it to anyone," he said.

Despite the glowing endorsements, it is hard not to shake thoughts of the old maxim about if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Then again, when Alexander Fleming published his discovery of penicillin in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology in 1929 , no one listened.

"We are raising our fists to the world to claim leadership in 'food as medicine'," Mr Jardine said.

At the very least, he and his products have provided food for thought.



05 May 2009 - Introducing COAGUCHEK XS - for INR (warfarin) Test

The Coaguchek XS system for INR testing is a compact, convenient and precise device which allows patients on oral anticoagulation therapy who have to regularly monitor their PT/INR results to experience a significant improvement in life quality through increased involvement in the management of their condition.

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