Defend or heal: fighting the ‘flu

“A time to kill, a time to heal…a time to build up, a time to break down” Turn, turn, turn The Byrds (from Ecclesiastes 3.3) “At the cellular level you can either heal or defend, but you can’t do both” Dr David Comely, my magical mysterious health adviser (in Wellington, NZ). This struck me as…

On sinuses..mysterious caves in your face

So blogland, why have I been neglecting you? Glad you asked, or ruminations on sinus infections. Before a 4hr flight to a fabulous conference I fought off a nasty sinus infection; had a lovely week at conference then the very day of the flight back, same thing. Fever, hallucinating, days off work and miserable. Couldn’t…

Mind-body wellness and lightness of being, via symbols, dreams and magick

Health is more than physical; never underestimate the mind-body link, which in recent times has become known as the mystery of the ‘other’ you. Connecting with the other intelligence that hides within your brain and your gut feelings can bring healing, wholeness and a sense of completeness. I’ve been reading some amazing books that allow a glimpse into an…

Mealtimes…trained hunger

So Pavlovian (trained) hunger. As a La Leche Leader, I learned that mothers produce milk in quantities that match the baby feeding. So if a mother feeds frequently, she produces milk in that pattern, but a mother who pumps milk before work and stores it to feed her baby during the day soon has a morning…

What is Hunger? The Seven Hungers of Highly Stubborn Obesity

The book Cravings (see first ever post) brilliant idea is that when we have an addiction (reward pathways), our brain will lie to us to enable that addiction. We cannot trust our own excuses, rationale, logic or emotions. One such message is that when we are in the middle of a craving, it will seem…

How to face the Singularity

So last time we looked at the insane rate of health breakthroughs occurring and its just accelerating. Things exist today that did not exist five years ago: 3d printed trachea, stem cell grown tiny livers that function, genetic splicing, nanoparticle delivery of medicines, devices that enable telepathic messages between brain and limb (across the country,…

Eternal youth…life before and after immortality

I can’t remember which book it was (Bully for Brontosaurus??) but prior to about 50,000 years ago, cave-person stuff looked pretty much like primitive chunks of rock with flakes chipped out. Then in a short space of evolutionary time, there was a cave-person super-renaissance, when (by caveperson standards) all sorts of art, crafts, design, and…

The modern ‘S’ word…Stress, exercise and obesity

The evolutionary logic is debatable (evolution relies on selection) but there seems evidence that if a person/animal feels valuable to its herd it lives longer. A sense of being a ‘winner’ seems to epigenetically switch on the repair mechanism. While I’ve seen this earlier in other research on ageing, its worth reflecting on the common…

Less insulin, quicker glucagon, less hunger

So this post tells you exactly how to get rid of big he-man insulin and coax shy glucagon out of the weather house. Long lasting satiety, aka no hunger, depends on glucagon bringing out her picnic basket and scattering the nutrients to the little cells that need them. But she won’t show her face until big…

Micronutrients: Sugars that Heal, or seaweed, bark, fungi

Continuing on Paul Jaminet’s  theme that micronutrient deficiencies trigger hunger, I’d like to explore this little gem hidden in (let’s be generous) mud. I’m saving you some reading here, but the main tediousness is that “Sugars that Heal” (Emil I. Mondo) is serious multi-level marketing hype for a company who’s name ends in -atech and first…