Health advice in the media has been exploding in recent years.
On our screens, we’ve seen the likes of Dr Oz on the Arena channel on Foxtel and Dr Michael Mosley on SBS.
And social media is brimming with all kinds of health advice – some good, some not so good.
And, of course, Dr Norman Swan has been an ABC radio and TV regular for yonks.
Now Newcastle has its very own media-star doctor.
Dr Ann-Maree Kurzydlo hosts a new show called Recover/Me.
The good doctor, who specialises in dermatology at Valentine, has previously spoken on TV, giving expert comment about eczema.
She said dermatology was a “fascinating and diverse” part of medicine, but “I have always maintained a keen interest in all areas of medicine, not just the skin”.
She said the new show was about “everyday people beating the odds by overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles and illness”.
“It’s inspirational, uplifting and relatable,” she said.
“We are hoping to encourage our audience to remain positive and never give up when faced with adversity.
“The stories we present are nothing short of miraculous.”
So what does good health mean to the doctor?
“To me it means being able to enjoy the things we want in life, without being inhibited by our physical and emotional wellbeing,” she said.
What about the secret to a healthy life?
Dr Kurzydlo said it was all about balance.
“It’s true of all things, including diet, work, exercise and relationships,” she said.
The show will be broadcast through social media, with episode one released today at facebook.com/RecoverMeShow.
Long Live the Queen
It was the Sex Pistols who infamously sang: “God save the queen, 'Cause tourists are money, And our figurehead, Is not what she seems”.
The British royals have been the bee’s knees in recent years, with Wills and Kate and their kiddies mesmerising the masses.
But the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death has dredged up old stories that reveal what a pompous and cold bunch the royals can be.
And what about that conspiracy theory about the royals having knocked off Diana?
Let’s leave that one to Johnny Rotten, of the Pistols: “If the royal family was going to assassinate someone, they would have gotten rid of me a long time ago”.
Meanwhile, a renewed push for a republic has taken hold Down Under.
The Australian Republic Movement will hold a campaign event in Newcastle.
“The stars are aligning for an Australian republic,” the movement said in a statement.
The event will be held at Foghorn Brewhouse tonight from 7pm to 9pm.