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HEALTH HEALING & BODYWORK
MUSIC REVIEWS BY PHIL BENNETT
RICHIE PAVLEDIS has been plying his
folky/bluesy trade for a long, long time and a
new release of his is always a comforting treat.
This time around, he’s joined by the
superb creative t alents of guitarist Marc
Gordon (lovely t wanging solo on Thank You)
and sa xophonist Bill Rogers (breezy, eas y
lines decorating the title track) and recording
meister and keyboardist James Hewgill.
Much of the sound, though,
comes from Pavledis’ ow n
overdubbing of instruments and
these g uests simply provide some
nimble d ashes of colour to what
is already a rich, ea rthy hue.
A big part of the easygoing
charm of this album is
the sound of his vocal self
harmonising, the blend of his
ow n double tracked voice quite
accu rately reflecting the man’s
lyrics – light and deep at the
Though based in Sweden
now, his sound is still rooted in
the dust and dirt of Australia,
particularly on numbers such
as Land Of Dreams and
the melodies and syllables
often draw out like highway
This is an eminently
ANOTHER GR AND STATEMENT
from a band whose stock in trade is one
musical e xclamation mark after another, 48:13
sees this powerful unit release their fourth UK
Number 1 debuting album in a row!
And there’s a rea son for this popularity.
They know how to write a memorable tune
a nd, 20 yea rs after Oa sis reminded audience s
what pop songs and pop attitude were all
about, Kasabian continues the
tradition in spade s.
With an a lbum cover that
simply lists the track running
times, the band has now
reached a point where they are
able to take some risks and let
the listeners follow them down
w hichever road they choose.
In the case of 48:13, it’s
a ta ste for electronica that
outlines their sonic roadmap
think Primal Scream and
the Chemical Brothers with
Noel Gallagher as melodic
As expected, the album
is full of irresistible choruses
but, intere stingly, it revels
in the unexpected, lurching
bet ween simple but finely
crafted songs, atmospheric
s ynth interludes, barely
contained energy and clumsy romanticism.
All of which makes for a compelling
Finally, after all the footstomping
revelry and quirk y electronic diversions,
the album closes nice and gently with the
poignant SPS and its sleepy chorus “Didn’t
we all have such a good time?”
Yes we did.
Vibrant and vital.
listenable album, with its songs gently rocking
along with a smoothness and intrinsically feel
Another fine recording to add to a body
of work that can best be described as honest,
unpretentious and performed with a rms
w ide open.
Songs that have the gentle power to warm
like the sun’s rays.
lives (besides taking a pill that may or may not
help at all). The dependence on a self-ser ving
industry to deliver good health outcomes
means inter ventions such a s stress relief,
exercise or promotion of diet ar y strategies are
ignored or releg ated to the “too h ard ” basket.
It is much easier taking a pill; this does not
ser ve the interest s of the population.
The four different types of deaths caused
through the medical system are:
1. Adverse reactions to drugs;
2. Adverse reactions to drugs that lead to
a n increase in other diseases but are
reported as the new disease (st atin drugs
increa se a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s
or diabetes), which go unreported as a
death caused by drugs;
3. The adver se reactions of drugs that don’t
go reported that have neg ative impacts on
the quality of our lives such as energy and
pain levels which stop us from being active
and taking care of ourselves; and
4. The disempowerment of the
medical sy stem that fools people into
believing that many of the drugs
us ed to treat chronic illness work.
This misinformation a lso includes the
absence of information on what people
can do to take care of their own health
that really does work instead of drugs .
Each extra drug that is taken virtually
doubles the risk of serious side effects
and death. It does not just add onto the
risk, it multiplies the risk . Unfortunately,
recent obser vations and research show s
pharmaceutical drug use on the rise. The
latest research shows 70% of Americans
are taking at least one prescription drug,
and more than half are taking two. Twenty
per cent – or one in five – Americans are
taking five or more drugs regularly and the
average 70 year old is taking seven different
prescription medications. The same drug u se
patterns are likely in Austra lia, New Zealand,
the UK and other Western nations.
One person I know started on statins
to lower cholesterol, then wa s put on se ven
pharmaceutical drugs – half of them to
manage the side effects of the other drugs. He
then had a heart attack, which was supposed
to be prevented, a nd is now on 13 tablet s a
day. And the specialists (all four of them) put
the fear of death into him if he should not
take one of them, but warned him against
nutrition. In fact, one specialist said it was
like a stack of champagne glasses – if you
take one out the rest will collapse. What
ut ter r ubbish. The specialist has absolutely
no idea about the drug interactions and side
ef fects and even less about nutrition. In fact,
that same person has now been told he has a
failing liver and kidney.
All medications h ave serious side effect s,
some of them more deadly than the illness
they are purporting to treat. Clinical trials
are designed to show that a drug is safe and
ef fective. But even the largest trials can’t
identify unusual or even dangerous side
ef fects experienced by only a tiny prop ortion
of those people taking the drug. They
a lso aren’t designed to study how drugs
interact with other drugs; for ex ample,
antidepressants called SSRIs interact with
a com mon blood pressure medication to
significantly increa se the risk of a potentially
deadly heart condition. Nor are they designed
to determine long-term side effects.
It is time as a society to consider the
implications for our health of the profound
insights of Hippocrates, the “father” of
Dr Peter Dingle is a researcher,
educator and public health
advocate. He has a PhD in the
field of environmental toxicology
and is not a medical doctor.
‘...the average 70 year old
is taking seven different
Medicine or Dogma?
‘Drugs are the leading killer in
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