I have just completed a beautiful, peaceful 10 km walk. No mental chatter, multitasking or whatever you want to call it, just a peaceful mindful walk through some of the most beautiful natural beauty to ever evolve on this planet. The Sapphire Coast of NSW is certainly the jewel in the crown. If you are attracted to wild craggy beauty such as cliffs we have them, if it is the powerful seething anger of the beautiful unrestrained ocean we have it as well or the magnificent clean waves rushing over the sandbars to shore, we have it all framed by the tranquility of the bush.The walk starts in total darkness and moves into an eerie light as daylight opens the day and explodes into a majestic sunrise with nature, the artist, displaying a full palate of colours.Continue reading
The old saying ‘what you don’t know won’t hurt you’ has been disproved so many times it is surprising that anyone still believes it. Eating large amounts of fatty meats, eating large amounts of sugary foods, highly preserved foods such as Delicatessen meats,or cured meats such as salami, hot dogs, bacon all have to be eaten in moderation. Vegetables can be eaten in large quantities and they recommend about 4 serves of fruit daily. Fast proteins like fish or seafoods or whey are more forgiving than other meats, especially for weight loss. Working night shifts increases your inflammation load because of disruption to the circadian rhythm, new research last week suggests that living in a city where you never see the milky way because of artificial illumination may be killing us.Continue reading
Adaptation,Distress And Eustress
When Dr Hans Selye MD published his book the stress of life (1978) he did not have a clue about the can of worms he had just opened. Selye originally called stress ‘General Adaptive Syndrome’ (GAS) and people have misused and abused what was originally meant by General Adaptive Syndrome. After researching stress from 1978 onwards it is clear now that most people are totally confused about what it is. Everyday in any book store you can find any number of articles written about the subject that will confuse you.
Lifestyle Medicine Is Your Future
Maximum lifespan for humans is probably around 120 years with Jean Calment being the only accurately documented case that exceeds this. Often people make erroneous claims about people living in remote mountain villages but they are not true, scientists have proven these claims fallacious. Eating a calorie restricted diet like the Okinawans do has been shown numerous times to increase the lifespan of different species. When the Tucson, Arizona biosphere was build it covered 3.14 acres, it was a dome or shield that enabled seven people including Dr Roy Walford researcher to supervise the diet and health of its occupants for 2 years. On a calorie restricted diet all markers of good health improved.Continue reading
Can You Make Weight Disappear Into Thin Air?
That is exactly where it goes.
If you ask your doctor,naturopath, dietitian, sports coach or personal trainer you will be surprised to learn how little they know about where the fat mass goes, some will argue that it is ‘burned up as energy’ others will say it is converted into muscle but they are wrong.This burning up as energy probably comes from the old saying energy in energy out.We live in an obesogenic climate where tasty food is everywhere and we can afford to buy it. Marketing people target the most gullible, the kids. People eat food when they feel good, bad, want to party or just want to catch up with friends, no longer do we eat to survive.Continue reading
Lifestyle As Medicine Can Prevent 80% Of All Chronic Diseases – No Other Medicine Comes Close To This.
The biggest problem with lifestyle Medicine is how do you get the message across to people so they understand and can make sense of what they are being told. If you look at the healthiest, longest living people in the world, ‘ The Blue Zones’ – Okinawa An Isolated Japanese Island, Sardinia, An Italian Island, Loma Linda, California, Nicoya Peninsula,An isolated Peninsula of Costa Rica, Ikaria, An Isolated Island Of Greece. These are the regions of the world where people live the longest and healthiest lives. If you read about them they have lots of things in common.Continue reading
The Birth Of Lifestyle Medicine In Australia
Lifestyle medicine, as a university degree commenced life in Australia in 2009 at Southern Cross University, Lismore. The Master of Clinical Science – Lifestyle Medicine was developed to address the chronic diseases, targeting diabetes mellitus 2 mainly.Continue reading
Real Science Does Not Cherry Pick Research
There is so much bad science being used today to try to give credibility to products and ideas that it is easy to become overwhelmed if you are not a science post graduate. Over the last few days several high profile people and websites have demonstrated they either do not understand science or they want to confuse the public, why would they do this? Well a sceptic might say there is a lot of money to be made by doing this. Do you remember the allegedly true joke about the pharmaceutical drug company salesman who informed a group of doctors that selling drugs cured malnutrition. He had them spellbound until he explained that by selling drugs he was able to feed his children. It is a job.Continue reading
Naturopathic doctor licensing in Colorado
Ignorance is not bliss
Mark Cooper is spot-on when he says “The whole issue is fear-based ignorance.” I find that even in Ontario (a province which licenses NDs) most critics of naturopathic medicine are ignorant as to the training we have and treatment we provide.
This is pretty ironic considering that these critics also demand evidence for naturopathic medicine yet neglect to seek out evidence of the claims that they are making against naturopathic medicine! If they took some time to learn about the profession, they would find lots of information in support of naturopathic doctors and the efficacy and safety of naturopathic medicine. In many cases, the evidence for naturopathic interventions (diet, lifestyle, botanical medicine, Asian medicine, homeopathy) is far more compelling than for the conventional medical treatments.
Human Guinea Pigs
At no time in our evolutionary past has technology moved as quickly as it is now, and never before have we been forced to change our postural habits as far or as fast as we have to now. The agricultural period ushered in a new dynamic in terms of how we used our bodies. We stopped hunting and gathering and started using technology to grow crops and look after animals for our food supply and later to make money by selling these products and other products made from them. Today the majority of us sit in offices using computers and other technology to make money and when we leave for recreational purposes or keeping in contact with family and friends we use smart phones, tablets etc.