What you need to know before you get your flu vaccine

With the temperature cooling down this past week, it’s made me realise that our summer days are truly behind us and the cold and flu season is around the corner. This year the flu vaccination programme started last Wednesday for people aged 65 years or over. I have personally vaccinated a number of you already. Just in case you don’t … Read More

Are You Prepared For The Fight This Flu Season?

After my last article, I’ve been asked to cover what types of supplements people could be taking during this outbreak and the upcoming flu season. Many patients who know me well will know that I’m a strong advocate of getting your minerals and vitamins through your diet first before considering taking any supplements. However, because of the changing pharmacological landscape … Read More

How to build your immune system weapons WITHOUT supplements

Many of you have asked me the same question recently – “Is there something we could be doing right now when we don’t feel sick to boost our immune system?” My reply is always the same: the first thing you could be doing to give your immune system a boost is to get a flu vaccine done as soon as … Read More

Our immune system fortress

The past couple of weeks has been very busy for everyone in the pharmacy, not just consulting on prescriptions but also, I see many of you getting yourself and your family prepared for the coronavirus and upcoming flu season by contacting us about ways to place yourself in a better position in this mist of uncertainty. It’s great to see … Read More

Viral Pain or Migraine??

It’s me again. I hope all of you are keeping well in this weather. I’m still seeing lots of patients suffering from an awful flu virus. Make sure all of you are keeping up with your fluid intake (water or diluted fruit juice are great choices) this keeps your body well hydrated and stops the membranes in your nose and … Read More

Can antibiotics do more harm than good if you don’t have an infection??

Every year, your family faces its’ share of colds, sore throats, and stuffy noses. This year is no different. In fact, after seeing the number of antibiotics being prescribed so far, I am sure that this winter is one of the worse winters I’ve seen in recent years. So many of my patients and customers are getting sick.   One … Read More

Why do I get an asthma attack every time I have a cold or flu??

I hope all of you are doing well. Staying warm, eating healthy and keeping fit. This winter has been extremely busy for all of us in the pharmacy. It is probably one of the worst winters I’ve seen in recent years in terms of people catching a cold or flu.   A regular patient came into the pharmacy this morning … Read More

My privilege to have you in my inner circle

So yesterday, a regular customer of ours dropped by the pharmacy to say that she loves my weekly email. I was over the moon after hearing that! Not for the fact that my emails were opened and read, but most importantly, they had a positive impact on her and her health.   I have to be honest with you, writing … Read More

[True Story] If he LISTENED to my advice, he would have recovered faster!!

This conversation between my friend and I happened last week: Chris (on the phone): You don’t sound good mate. Are you feeling alright? Dom: I think I’m coming down with something. My throat feels scratchy, and a bit sore and my nose is a little bit drippy. Chris: Are you taking anything for it? Dom: Nah, I think I’ll be … Read More


Thanks for your continued loyalty to eastMED Pharmacy! Moving forward, I want to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the area and share tips and trick to keep you and your families healthy. Did you see the recent TVNZ Sunday episode regarding a Researcher in Australia exploring the benefits of probiotics in relation to peanut allergy? The … Read More