Perspectives

Public Health Strategies Part 2: Personal Responsibility

By Steven Hamley If you find one of the ideas in these posts on public health strategies objectionable consider waiting before jumping to conclusions because I may address your concerns in a later post In an earlier post I mentioned a few different commonly proposed public health strategies, and how most of them fit quite nicely into Read More

Values, Politics and Public Health

This is the first part of  a Public Health series written by Steven Hamley. Steven is a PhD candidate who will be speaking at the AHSNZ Symposium in Queenstown, 20-22 October 2017. The prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases is quite a problem whether you approach this by looking at the burden on medical systems or simply Read More

Part 2: Addressing 21st Century Excesses and Deficiencies

This post follows on from Part 1 – On 21st Century Excesses & Deficiencies. Dr Karen Faisandier gives her thoughts on how to restore yourself to your most optimal level of wellbeing after physical and mental health difficulties, using a range of nutritional and lifestyle interventions.  Symptoms of physical and mental health difficulties often co-occur via the gut-brain-axis Read More

Part 1: On 21st Century Excesses and Deficiencies

Dr. Karen Faisandier provides an overview of her talk in late 2016, under the auspices of AHSNZ. This talk was part of a women’s wellness event with Dr Lara Briden and Dr Anastasia Boulais. Karen discussed the psychological expression of physical excesses and deficiencies. Here is part one of her summary of the talk, including Read More

There is Nothing Inevitable or Natural About Chronic Disease

There seem to be no silver bullets. Causation at the molecular level, deep inside the body, appears to be beyond our current reach. But what about pushing against the ultimate cause – not within us, but in the outside world? Are we fated to follow the New Zealanders’ folly, causing damage with every effort to treat? Or, can we learn what external forces have made us so chronically ill, and push back there?

Weight Loss: Pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

Any discussion about health and well-being, whether at your doctor’s office, office tearoom or over a coffee with friends, inevitably focuses on weight loss. As a society, we are preoccupied with our relationship with gravity and we often judge our health, social success and overall happiness against that marker.

Modernity’s Fadism

Nutritionists, dietitians and others in this industry are living in tense times. Practitioners who aspire to follow an ancestral health philosophy are no exception. Tensions abound in many facets of their work, such as those that exist between contradictory bodies of knowledge within the general field of nutritional science.

Fertility Versus Famine

Our survival as a species depends on our ongoing fertility however modern lifestyles, diets and attitudes are creating more of a “famine” environment, pushing our body into fight-or-flight mode and compromising our ability to reproduce. Find out how you can optimise your nutrition, exercise and mindset to optimise your fertility and the survival of the human race.

Our Love Affair With Speed

There’s a greatly underplayed relationship between living fast and poor health – not just physical, but also of the mind and spirit. Speed and stress unbalance our mind and spirit; over time this silently erodes our full capacity and power, and we unknowingly become more and more unconscious.