I had an interesting conversation with a friend the other day. He asked me for advice related to a few gastrointestinal issues he had been having. After delving into some details which I won’t cover here, I suggested that he needs to go gluten and dairy free. He was not surprised. In fact, it’s as […]Read more "Knowing vs. Doing"
This post has been awhile coming but hopefully will worth the wait. In Part 1 I described the principles I follow to minimise the circadian rhythm disruption from shift work. This post is basically what I do. I work 3 types of shifts: DAY SHIFT – Start time between 7.15am and 9am. Finish time between […]Read more "SURVIVING SHIFT WORK. PART 2"
This is not a blog post on why good sleep is essential or about the physiology underlying human sleep/wake cycle. Many folks have written about this and I will add some good resources at the bottom of this page. This is a condensed version of a talk Jamie and myself give about shift work with […]Read more "Surviving Shift Work. Part I"
In my last post I spoke about my new direction to learn new skills. One of the consequences of this decision was joining a local Kung Fu martial arts club together with Jamie. With my 35th birthday on the horizon and 3 short months of training under my (now yellow!) belt I wanted to share […]Read more "STARTING A MARTIAL ART AT 35"
Anyone who has any familiarity with Russian schooling will tell you it is tough. Growing up in a family which was very academically-oriented was doubly tough. My high school subjects included astronomy, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, Russian history, law, world culture, Russian literature, English literature, biology, and a bunch of other stuff that clearly didn’t […]Read more "CONFESSIONS OF AN IMPOSTER"
This morning I had the unfortunate experience of watching a particularly vile video. This was brought to my attention by Dr Yoni Freedhoff and I have to say that I share his outrage. The video is supposed to be a “satirical representation” of a typical encounter between a doctor and an overweight patient. It was […]Read more "SHAMING THE FAT AWAY"
The change in our food system could probably be classed as one of the most powerful social and cultural changes of our time. The shift experienced by a Western country like New Zealand or the USA has been fairly gradual and, in consequence, somewhat invisible to the populations exposed to it. We have, if you […]Read more "Niue Adventures: Part 3 – Western Food"
There is a prevailing narrative in many foodie circles that Indigenous people have access to huge variety of plant and animal foods. Interestingly, the conventional nutritional recommendations also frequently lament the fact that nowadays we eat too few vegetables and fruit compared to the good ol’ times. Add to that a popular culture belief that […]Read more "Niue Adventures: Part 2 – Traditional Food"
Since the cancellation of this year’s Ancestral Health Symposium in the U.S. Jamie and I decided to go crazy and actually take a holiday. Something warm in the Pacific beckoned but we weren’t keen to join the brigade of pasty NZ and Aussie tourists resembling beached whales on the shores and pool bars of Fiji […]Read more "Niue Adventures: Part 1 – Paradise, Lost?"
I like independent, strong, self-sufficient people. If you complain about the weather you are none of those. I get it. It’s a Kiwi/Australia/British thing. That’s how we break the ice and start a conversation. Once you bond over bitching about the rain, or oppressive heat, or snow, or drought, you can cautiously proceed to more […]Read more "Stop whining about the weather"