In 2005 I was happily working as a community pharmacist in a suburban Sydney pharmacy.
One day a regular patient walked in with a pile of scripts and said he would return once he bought his lunch. The scripts were for blood pressure, cholesterol and acid lowering drugs; the patient walked back in with a pie, a sausage roll and a Coke.
I realised then that whilst my training had equipped me to help people manage the common diseases of our age, I wasn’t doing enough to actually help fix the root cause. I went home that night and enrolled in a nutrition course. So began my journey towards integrative health care, which now forms the basis for my approach to treating the many and varied people who come into our pharmacy in Greenwich.