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

Locavores Live Longer

Locavores Live Longer Because They Eat Healthier

First of all you have to know what a ‘Locavore’ is. A locavore is someone that eats food grown or raised in the local area, usually within 100 kilometres of where they live. When you eat from a known locality you can check on things like herbicides, organic composting and anything else that takes your fancy. You can get to know the growers and retailers. People who take the care to become a locavore usually care equally about other aspects of their health, such as activity levels, alcohol within reasonable limits (drinkers live longer than non-drinkers proven), control of anxiety levels, often through mindfulness practice, weight gain and anything else that influences their health and longevity.Continue reading

Would You Like To Live To 100

How Difficult Is It To Live To 100 Years

The obvious answer to this is pretty difficult when you look at the figures, not many achieve it, but take heart from the fact that the

numbers of centenarians throughout the world is doubling about every decade, and no-one has

satisfactorily explained why. Jeanne Calment lived to 122 years and 164 days but no-one else has lived this long…

Jeanne’s father made 93 years, her mother 86 and her older brother lived to 97 years all above average lifespans. Researchers have now ruled out genetics as playing a huge role in most diseases finding instead that it is lifestyle that plays the biggest role in longevity. It is still comforting to have ages like this in your close family tree.Continue reading

Old Ways Were The Best Ways

Hard Life – Long Life

When Captain Arthur Phillip sailed into Botany Bay on January 16 th and 18th 1788 with the first fleet  of 11 ships and approximately 1350 people  he found it unsuitable for settlement so 26th January 1788 they sailed further around to Camp Cove, known as Cardi to the Cardigal people. Captain Phillip was under instruction to establish a British Colony in Australia but they were poorly prepared for the poor soils they found to establish their farms, they had to trade food with the Aboriginals to survive. The second fleet known as the ‘death fleet’ arrived in 1790 with badly needed food and supplies. 278 of the convicts and crew died on this voyage compared to only 48 on the first fleet. The new fleet arrived with the occupants very ill, many near death, so they weren’t much use to the settlement..

With four men to every woman many problems and conflicts arose within the settlement, it remained like this for  many years.Continue reading

Lifestyle: The Silent Killer

Killed Prematurely By Their Lifestyle

I am here for a good time not a long time is the motto a lot of Australians seem to be saying, as they over eat for taste, drink for euphoria, smoke dope and cigarettes  because they think they are bullet proof, and stupidly think they can jog it off tomorrow. They are truly temporary today and gone tomorrow. Since 1950 or thereabouts scientists have known that we can prevent more than 80% of our chronic, killer diseases. Why don’t people engage in this preventive lifestyle? That is an interesting question but in this ‘Lifestyle Medicine Clinic’ it is hard to have an adult conversation about health. People 30>40 kgs over weight think they have the answers, they simply have a problem with not being able to get enough exercise…they have been brainwashed by gym owners into believing this problem will go away if they work harder in a gym. This belief is supported by shows like the biggest loser. It is not what you burn up as much as it is what you put in your mouth.Continue reading

Naturopaths Should Be Leading The Way

When I See Real Research On Vitamins

I always look to see which Naturopaths have been involved in the research, and you know it is rare to see an Australian Naturopath doing randomised controlled trials or literature reviews of randomised controlled trials. This is very sad because a lot of them could easily do what I did, a Master’s Degree in Research. Australian Naturopaths depend to much on industry brain washing, as doctors depend to much on pharmaceutical brain washing. Quite a few Naturopaths are doing some qualitative research but I would like to see them doing quantitative research. A lot of medical doctors get a masters degree and plunge into the research and I guess it only a matter of time before Naturopaths do the same. A perfect forum for them to begin research has been provided by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine now funding the lifestyle medicine degrees at Southern Cross University.Continue reading

They Don’t Join Gyms, Run or Swim Marathons,Diet or Listen to Doctors

Introducing the World’s Longest Lived People

In Sardinia this Wednesday Consolata Melis turned 105 years old, she is the oldest of 9 surviving siblings, there are no deceased family members and between them their years on earth add up to 818 years a guinness record. Consolata (105), Claudia (99), Maria (97), Antonio (93), Concetta (91), Adolfo (89), Vitalio (86), Vitalia (81) and Mafalda (78). Claudia’s doctor offered some medicine and she replied “Take your medicine away, all that is wrong with me is old age and medicine can’t cure it”

Consolata had very little schooling and speaks in the Sardinian dialect. Consolata said when she was young they had to wash the clothes in the river, today her daughters have washing machines,she said “When I hear the word stress, I am confused and don’t know what they are talking about”. When asked about the secret of her longevity she said make love every Sunday.Continue reading

Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

Last night I watched Professor Brian Cox present ‘The Human Universe: Series 1 Ep 2 Why Are We Here’ for the second time, again this morning, and if it were on again tomorrow night I would probably watch it again. I am not religious, I study science.I am a degree qualified Naturopath but until they totally embrace evidence based medicine I could not think of myself as one of them. I am, however, a proud lifestyle medicine graduate with a Masters Degree in Clinical Science specialising in Lifestyle Medicine from Southern Cross University. For those people that don’t know what Lifestyle Medicine is you better catch up quickly or your going to finish up light years behind – it is the world’s fastest growing area of mainstream medicine, with new colleges and associations joining continuously. Apart from all of the joined Lifestyle Medicine Associations already on board a new 13 colleges and societies from around the world called the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance has joined reading

Lifestyle Medicine Can Save The World’s Health Budgets

Lifestyle Medicine Will Be The Saviour Of Health Budgets World Wide

In every developed country you look at you will find a health budget in tatters, utterly destroyed by governments lack of direction. Money is thrown at pharmaceutical companies, universities and anything else that is developing treatments for diseases, but the section of health that could reduce suffering and government expenditure the most practically goes unnoticed.

Currently it is acknowledged that 70% of the worlds diseases are lifestyle diseases, not communicable, bacterial or virus and yet this is where the lion’s share of the money goes. Politicians claim to be clever and working in the best interest of their country but their actions suggest otherwise. 

Prevention and reversal is the hall mark of lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle Medicine is the fastest growing branch of mainstream medicine because of it’s pragmatic approach to dealing with disease. If the evidence does not support an intervention then it is not used.
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