I Never Thought I Would One Day Be Here

Where Does This Journey End?

I can never remember a time that I was not interested in nutrition. My mother and her family always spoke about eating good wholesome food. Gran used to say “Eat a good breakfast and make sure it is food that will stick to your ribs”. Dad/Mum and Gran always had a large vegetable garden, and they always had several fruit trees. I was always amazed at what they could grow in Cooma with it’s temperature extremes. Once I was old enough to buy a car and pass my test for a drivers licence I visited Gran a lot more often, and she could always be found working in the garden. As kids we were expected to work in the vegetable garden to grow the families food. I always enjoyed gardening. Dad suffered a heart attack at 43 years of age and was put on a pension so growing our own food took on a lot more importance.Continue reading

We Take Our Own Chances And Pay Our Own Dues

Life Was Summed Up Perfectly With This Line

Kristofferson wrote many words of wisdom in his songs, but none with a greater application than this line from ‘The Silver Tongued Devil And I’. Everywhere you look in life this jumps out at you.Today almost seventy percent of people attending a medical practitioners clinic is there because of their lifestyle. I am reading the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari which traces the evolution of our human lineage. Homo Sapien means wise man, but there has been nothing wise about a lot of our decisions. Even abandoning foraging in favour of farming proved to be a bad decision in a lot of ways. Foragers had a much larger ranger of food in their diets. They reproduced every three to four years unlike farmers who reproduced yearly or close. Farmers ushered in the transfer of disease from animal to human. Foragers collected all the food they needed in a few hours whereas farmers work their butts off tilling, weeding, harvesting etc and they are still at the mercy of the seasons. Europeans were amazed at the small amount of time required by our first nation to collect all the food they required. It was a great life.Continue reading

When Humans Separated From Biology

When The Third Primate Separated From Biology

Of course as we all know Homo Sapiens can not leave their genus but they can leave biological habits, and adopt artificial habits, as we have done. From the moment our ancestors commenced life on earth they were foragers, even today primates, our cousins, are still foraging for their food. We were tree foragers and then when we left the trees and started to walk on the African savanna as Homo Erectus (Upright Man) we still foraged and this went on for nearly two million years. About 6 million years a chimpanzee gave birth to twins, one was a normal chimp and the other became our grandmother, long before history started there were human (homo) ancestors, and they all foraged for food.About 200,000 years ago the cognitive age commenced, homo sapiens (Wise Man) emerged and somehow got rid of his more muscular, more robust rival with the same sized brain homo Neanderthalensis, from the Neander Valley, commonly referred to as Neanderthals. One on one they could not beat a Neanderthal but scientist think working in groups they were able to drive them to starvation, no mass killings have been found. Homo Sapiens kept on foraging.Continue reading

Lifestyle Medicine Is Evidence Based Medicine

Naturopathy Is Not Lifestyle Medicine

Naturopaths use a much lower level of evidence than lifestyle medicine practitioners. In fact all complementary medicine uses a much lower level of evidence. Allied Health Practitioners are not lifestyle medicine practitioners. All of these practitioners can become lifestyle medicine practitioners but they have to do the post graduate courses first. Naturopaths are often defined by the medicine they use, in the public eye, but this is clearly wrong.

Lifestyle Medicine is a stand alone discipline. Lifestyle Medicine is a discipline defined by evidence based post graduate courses and research. It is rapidly becoming one of the major mainstream medicine disciplines world wide. Diseases are reversed by using minimalistic interventions, prevention will play a major role in healthcare.

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If It Were Easy To Achieve Then Everyone Would Live To 100

Centenarians Are doubling Every Decade

Their numbers are doubling every decade but they are still rare and that is why we are fascinated when we find one. We always ask them how they achieved this goal but is there any accuracy in what they tell us. Longitudinal studies are cheap relatively to do compared to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) but we can usually say RCTs are accurate if they have followed the rules for methodology, participants and measured the right thing. We can’t assume longitudinal studies prove anything other than an association between two things. Part of the reason for this is because we are often asking people what they ate or did many years ago. There are also a lot of other things that haven’t been measured that might account for the benefit we are interested in. When we ask a centenarian to remember his/her eating habits or lifestyle habits we are hoping that he/she can remember, but we can never be sure.Continue reading

I Want You To Prevent It Not Just Treat It

New Diet Is Flavour Of The Month

I am over it, people won’t listen to someone that has spent a lifetime studying how to achieve healthy outcomes without medication/natural as well, yet they will listen to someone that hasn’t even walked through a university campus. Yesterday I learned about an egg and water diet, continuously people sing the praises of some bootcamp style gym program. The only diets some people are not interested in are the well researched diets. Advertising is everywhere today, just look for something sensible on Dr Google and watch the advertising leap out of the screen at you. The internet is the largest forum for misinformation found anywhere today but while the bulk of the population will tell you they know this, they continually fall victim to it. This proves they do not understand real from fake.Continue reading

A Lifetime In Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Arrived Recently

The new branch of medicine called Lifestyle Medicine only came into existence, in Australia in 2009, but even though it had not been named yet, it was what I had dedicated my life to. One branch of my father’s lineage had very short lifespans, mid 60’s or earlier. It wasn’t all bad because his mother’s side frequently went into their mid 90’s. My mother’s side was very strong with gran’s family tree showing very long lives, up to 102. Grandfather’s wasn’t bad either with family members consistently living from mid eighties to 92. Dad was sick from an early age, heart attack at 43 so I did not want to chance it, I studied everything I felt could influence lifespan. I was never a believer in genetics so now epigenetics has burst onto the scene I feel vindicated.Continue reading

You Are What You Eat Drink And Think

In 1826 Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-Moi ce  que tu manges, je te dirae ce que tu es”. Whist means ‘Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are’.

In an essay titled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote “Der Mensch ist, was er iBt.”  This translates into English as ‘man is what he eats’.

From this beginning via a very torturous route we arrive at todays adoption of this saying “You are what you eat”. So even back in 1826, nearly 200 years ago we knew food and health were inextricably linked. Today, nearly 200 years on we still are confusing people by double talk, a calorie is not a calorie, energy in energy out is to simplistic, we can put on weight but we can’t take it off. The human body tries to prevent humans from taking weight off as part of a built in survival mechanism, inherited from our paleo days where feast and famine were common occurrences.Continue reading

Have We Moved Too Far From Our Animal Base

We Are Primates

This is something I often find myself thinking about. We are primates and regardless of how we change our appearance,education, lifestyle or behaviours we are still classified as monkeys.Today’s vegetables and fruit seem a lot sweeter than those fruit and vegetables we grew in our, almost quarter acre vegetable garden from 1952 until 1975. Marketing plays such a role in everything we do today it would be inconceivable not to believe it played the chief role in food production as well. When was the last time you eat vegetables that you knew were bitter? Bitter vegetables could be a lot better for you than the new improved sweeter version. European settlers that first settled Australia struggled to get enough food so foraging was necessary if you were going to have enough greens on the table and a lot of the greens were bitter.Continue reading