From August, until the end of October, Balance Whanganui had the fantastic opportunity to have the involvement of a young, enthusiast GP from the U.K. who has been on placement at the Wanganui District Hospital.

Dr James Bush specialises in metabolic function (the way that our body utilises energy for all its systems), which of course is directly affected by the quantity and quality of food that we eat, how we exercise and also by how certain medications affect the body.

It is of concern that many of the medications used to treat psychosis contribute directly and indirectly to metabolic syndrome (excessive weight gain and insulin resistance), so there is even more need when taking these medications to carefully monitor food and exercise habits, so as to avoid the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Dr Bush has an engaging and lively way of providing information regarding metabolism and those attending had the chance to make goals for themselves in terms of diet and exercise. Members found the sessions informative and enjoyed Dr James direct and friendly manner.

James is keen to return to Whanganui at the end of 2016 and would like to continue his work with Balance Whanganui members when he is back.

Thank you Dr James for your knowledge, enthusiasm and generosity. Balance Whanganui will miss your presence.


Annie Chapman will continue to provide a session in the same time slot (11am -12noon Fridays) regarding healthy eating and exercise.

Annie’s emphasis will be on the use of raw foods, micronutrients, herbs, and cultures for a healthy gut, healthy body, healthy mind; and the link between healthy gut flora and mental health.

We will explore:

  • Sprouting legumes
  • Yogurt and kefir cultures for milk
  • Making yummy salads
  • Making pickled vegetables (Sauerkraut and kimchi)
  • Using herbs and edible flowers
  • Delicious, healthy smoothies for breakfast instead of processed foods
  • Common, relatively inexpensive supplements
  • The importance of the balance of omegas
  • Good cholesterols
  • The need for Vitamin D over winter
  • Mineral supplements
  • Delicious treats that don’t involve processed sugar

We may incorporate occasional trips for walking in the beauty of nature