Perspectives

Are you eating enough to get a period?

  By Dr Lara Briden As more women move to restricted diets such as “clean eating”, vegan, or keto, more women are losing their periods. Losing periods to undereating is called hypothalamic amenorrhea, and it’s common. How does under-eating stop periods? Too few calories or too little of any macronutrient can switch off signalling from Read More

Daylight Robbery: Part 2

  By Jamie Scott As previously mentioned, there is much focus on melatonin as our primary ‘sleep hormone’ because of the association of low levels of melatonin and poor sleep architecture (such as delayed sleep onset or an inability to stay asleep for long).  This often leads to people trying to boost melatonin levels via Read More

Daylight Robbery: Part 1

  By Jamie Scott Over the course of 2018-19, I was involved in a research and writing project, a part of which fundamentally changed how I view the key drivers of day-to-day wellbeing in our societies.  I was initially looking at the primary promoters and disrupters of sleep, and with respect to the disrupters, there Read More

Plant Based Health Special Series: Why Women Thrive on Animal Protein

By Dr Lara Briden As a biologist and a clinician, I’m a practical person. I don’t adhere to any particular theory or “diet philosophy” but am instead open to any way of eating that demonstrably supports the vitality and wellness of my patients. For me, that’s the fundamental test: “Is this diet working for my Read More

Plant Based Health Special Series: Vegan diets and protein

By Dr Mikki Williden While I’m an advocate of a whole-food based diet that includes animal protein, there are people who may do really well on a vegan diet (a diet that excludes meat). For most, though, there are nutritional considerations of excluding animal protein that I want to raise awareness of, and some practical Read More

Special Series: Plant-Based Health?

The Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand is a broad church of health professionals, scientists, and interested laypersons, who are firmly of the belief that there is no single way to live a healthy and vibrant life.  Indeed, taking nutrition and diet as an example, each member of the Society follows their own path, with some Read More

Winter Health Special, Part 2

  In the last post Dr Anastasia Boulais spoke about what you can do every day to help yourself survive and enjoy winter. This time she’ll answer some questions which she most frequently gets in the clinic. Do I have a cold or a flu? While we frequently use these terms interchangeably they are quite Read More

Winter Health Special, Part 1

Many of us feel that staying healthy in winter is almost an insurmountable challenge. We struggle to find motivation, reduce our activity levels, argue with our family and co-workers about the perfect heatpump temperature, and frequently succumb to the dreaded coughs and colds. But is there a way to stop wallowing in our own misery Read More

AHSNZ International Symposium 2017 Opening Address

  Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa Nga mihi nui ki a koutou katoa Ki a papatuanuku – tena koe Ki te whare – tena koe Ki te hunga mate Ki te hunga ora   Ko Tawera te maunga Ko Otakaro te awa Ko Pakeha te iwi Ko Jamie Scott ahau Tena koutou katoa Read More