Activated charcoal, sound baths, coffee enemas, adaptogens – wellness trends continue to rise and rise, and many of them are totally (wholemeal) crackers.
While it’s easy to make fun of the more bizarre notions floated by self-styled wellness gurus, there’s no escaping the fact that the wellness industry is serious, multimillion-dollar business. How much of it is harmless nonsense, how much is actually helpful and how much is exploitative and dangerous? And to what extent does the rise in the wellness industry reflect real deficiencies in traditional medicine, especially in the treatment of women?
We’ll ask these questions of Nick Toscano – one of the journalists who exposed Belle Gibson’s cancer hoax – as well as nutritional scientist and dietician Tim Crowe, writer Clem Bastow and host Jacinta Parsons.
Leave your spirulina smoothie at the door and your chi-invigorating, Paltrow-endorsed jade vagina eggs … in a sterile container at home, as our panel subject the wellness industry to some healthy (and vital!) scrutiny.
Nick Toscano is a multi-award-winning journalist based in Melbourne, who specialises in federal politics, business workplace relations, and the labour movement for the Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
He has been awarded the Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism, and has twice received the highest honour in Australian journalism, the Walkley Award, for exposing the country’s biggest-ever underpayment scandal.
Toscano has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Journalism from RMIT.
Tim is a career nutrition research scientist and educator, dietitian, and regular media and social media communicator.
Clem Bastow is an award-winning cultural critic and cake-baker. Her work appears in the Saturday Paper and Guardian, and she co-presents Superfluity on 3RRR. In 2017 she co-presented the ABC professional wrestling podcast Behind The Belt, and she co-produced the first wrestling 'death match' ever held on Tasmanian soil, Night Massacre, for Dark Mofo in 2018.
When she's not fighting crime by night, Clem works as a tutor in screenwriting at the University of Melbourne, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in action cinema and screenwriting at RMIT.
Jacinta Parsons is the co-host of the Breakfast programme on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Jacinta has had extensive experience with music broadcasting beginning her radio life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago, where she coordinated live music broadcasts and hosted several shows, including Detour and Breakfasters.
She made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as music director for Local Radio. As well as presenting The New Music Show on ABC Radio, she has produced and presented several national broadcast events.