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"
I recently had reason to look up the premise to the movie Idiocracy: The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and that is devoid of intellectual curiosity, […]Read more "Renting More Time"
The only winning move is not to play. Whilst we live in a world where we tend to be automatically “opted in” on many things, or, at the very least, are convinced we need to opt in in order to send the right status signals, we can, in many cases, and if we so choose, […]Read more "Christmas: Opting Out"
It is a common perception that eating healthy food costs more than unhealthy food. Such a statement is made of many assumptions, and like many other things in life, the devil is always in the detail. I do agree, when you compare your standard ultraprocessed edible food-like substance with its reworked, but just-as-processed “health food […]Read more "The Cost Perception Reality"
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?"
It has been an interesting past 5 years. I started writing and commenting on alternatives to the generally accepted wisdom of my training, in earnest, around early 2010 (my conventional training was a largely quantitative approach to health; calories count, so burn more than you consume; translated – make sure your food choices are low […]Read more "Interconnected"
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"