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Being well in an over-prescribed world

Being well in an over-prescribed world

Drugs designed to heal can hurt huge numbers of New Zealanders each year - from small side effects to compounding problems that can end up causing serious illnesses, even death. Worldwide iatrogenic (drug or medical induced illnesses) have been estimated to be the third leading cause of death.

But what can people do when told they need regular medication? How can families ensure those they love get the best treatment?

A key resource in the Auckland community that aims to help with such questions is the Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Grey Lynn.

With a firm belief that true health begins with knowledge, Wellpark is holding a series of free public talks this year to help people understand the nature of wellness and how they can self determine a better outcome for themselves (

Herbal Medicine in Today’s Over-Prescribed World is the first talk of the year, scheduled for February 3 (6pm – 8pm). Wellpark College head of naturopathy Philip Dowling will host the evening, along with naturopath `Natural Ange’, Angela Haldane.

Philip qualified as a naturopath in 1994 after a long battle with poor health lead him to seek answers away from traditional medicine. He underwent a dramatic career change when he found nutrition, herbs and a natural healing philosophy helped him where drugs could not.

Today Philip leads a team of tutors training unprecedented numbers of students who want to learn similar skills. Students are quickly snapped up for roles in natural health companies, international spas, health food shops, combined medical practices – or may open their own clinics.

Phillip says students range in age from 18 through to the oldest who qualified at age 68. Around half those enrolling for the three year course became interested in natural health following their own health issues.

A range of public interest health topics will be covered at Wellpark talks throughout the year.

Numbers for the February 3 talk are limited – to book call 360 0560 ext 720 or email


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