The World Health Organisation defines health in terms of physical, mental and social wellbeing and 'not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'. As a nation, Australia's health isn't too bad. We have the third highest life expectancy of all nations and a reasonably good health care system - but it's not all good news. Surveys suggest many of us don't feel as well as we should. Depression and anxiety are under recognised and under or mistreated, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have an appalling health gap compared to non Indigenous Australians and we're storing up huge problems for the future with our obesity and diabetes epidemics. It's also a case of buyer be wary.Health care has been called a medical-industrial complex (an unholy alliance between the medical products industry and the health care system) full of conflicts of interest where the rights of the patient may come second. We know more about the computers and motor cars we buy than our health care. New technology and constant research make for an ever-changing landscape and never before has it been so important for all of us to have the facts, when making some of the most critical decisions of our lives.
Tonic is about maximising your health, your health care and your years on this planet. So while we look at diagnosis, treatment and management of health conditions, prevention and healthy living is a major focus.