The Slow Progression of Symptoms

There is a fable many people have heard. It often comes up at corporate consulting gigs or in self-help circles. The fable has to do with boiling a frog. It states that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in a pan with cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will sit there and be boiled to death. Despite the fact that this fable is false, there is some truth in the sentiment it is trying to express. Which is that, when change is small and gradual we don’t typically notice it. These incremental changes become the new … [Read more...]

Body Weight And Health

There’s something interesting I‘ve noticed - it relates to how we as a society think about health and weight. I mostly work with women. Most of them outwardly look very healthy and as they go about their day to day life, no one would think anything was wrong. They are normally slim and often have the look that most women aspire to. Some are actresses and grace the cover of magazines. But when we chat, things aren’t as you would think. Their digestion is a mess and they are suffering with constipation that leaves them going once or twice a week. Their cycle is a pain filled horror show or … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Diets Don’t Work

As the end of February approaches, the dieting train shows no sign of stopping. Despite people’s insistence on following diets, they rarely give the results ‘as listed’. Here are 5 reasons why diets don’t work. They aren’t individualised. Everyone is different and what works for one person, won’t work for the next. Nearly every diet will work for some people, but blindly trying diet after diet in an attempt to find the right one by luck isn’t the best strategy. They are static. Not only are you an individual, but your needs change with time. The diet that works for you today, might … [Read more...]

Why Most People Shouldn’t Stand On A Set Of Scales

Losing weight doesn’t necessarily lead to better looks. Likewise, gaining weight doesn’t necessarily make you look worse. The look of your body is more about changes in the relative proportions of muscle and fat. The number on the scale is almost completely irrelevant in most cases, and many people are making their body composition worse by trying to lose weight. On this basis, the scale is already a poor tool at best. But before we dig our heels into this topic, let’s first talk about what is an even bigger reason to stop hopping on a scale… We are emotional creatures. Most of our choices … [Read more...]

High Cholesterol

I had a client call me recently. I hadn’t seen them for a couple of months but they had just been to the doctor and had been diagnosed with high cholesterol. The doctor had strongly recommended that they start statin medication to bring down their cholesterol. This client really isn’t into taking medication and wanted a bit of advice with what to do. I am not a doctor and I never tell someone to stop/start medication, it is not my job. What I always tell them to do is research the pro’s and con’s, look at the alternatives and make an informed decision. I don’t want them blindly following … [Read more...]

Guest Blog Posts

While the articles on my own website have been a little slow lately, I have been writing for other sites. Below are a collection of articles I have written in the last month or so that are definitely worth a read (even if I do say so myself). This is an article I wrote on body temperature, pulse and exercise. I find that there is a tendency for people to push themselves too hard when they exercise. The point of exercise is to ask your body to make adaptions based on the type of exercise you are doing. But for lots of people they aren’t able to repair and recover and so exercise just becomes … [Read more...]

Treat the Cause Not the Symptom

I had this patient that came to see me recently. About 2 years ago she started to experience lots of burning in her stomach and acid reflux (heart burn). She would have periods of it being very bad and then a couple of weeks where it would be fine. During one period it got so bad that she went to the doctor. She had an endoscopy to examine her oesophagus and stomach: this means the doctor inserted a tube inside so that they could have a look at what was going on. The stomach and oesophagus were inflamed and the doctor diagnosed that she was producing too much stomach acid and that this was … [Read more...]