Aseem Malhotra’s talk to the UK parliament

This is well worth the watch. Some NZ twists in here from our team and the battles going on (see the last post for more on the spoiler plays against low carb and diabetes reversal coming out of NZ that were mentioned by Aseem)

Jim Mann’s new study: are high fat diets really dangerous, or is soybean oil toxic?

We were surprised to hear this Radio New Zealand interview with Jim Mann regarding a Chinese study he co-authored.[1] In it he predicts various terrible things for people eating LCHF diets, which we think is out of line and not supported by the study. In fact, the LCHF and Paleo community have been warning about exactly the type of diet that was used in the study – high in energy from soybean oil, rice, and wheat – for years, and Jim Mann’s crowd have attacked us for that, while the NZ Ministry… Read More

Science in a minute: Which diets work for who?

SCIENCE IN A MINUTE: @Caryn Zinn Nutrition reviews the latest Lifestyle Medicine research released two weeks ago in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on weight-loss maintenance. Which diet works best for maintaining weight loss? Find out… #foodismedicine Follow our science in a minute series at Prekure.com Click here to see the full paper.  

Fitness is medicine

What’s more important to you – your left arm or your right foot? What would you rather keep if you had to lose one or the other? Well, here’s my opinion in the video below and longer blog here Actually it’s all about how we need to talk about fitness more. Fitness is medicine. Enjoy…and get fit! You will see yourself linked to Prekure’s www site. Prekure – “prevention is cure” is a social enterprise I’m part of with 8 other health professionals from oncology to public health to general practice to… Read More

Four Challenges for a Good Life

Here’s a little piece I wrote for the Education sector in the Education Gazette, around the big issues for our kids.. Opinion piece: By Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health and Director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT Millennium, and the Ministry of Education’s Chief Education Health and Nutrition Advisor. Challenge 1: Mobile devices Challenge 2: Getting outside Challenge 3: Free-range kids Challenge 4: Food Grant’s family and friends enjoy a day at Frog Rock in Hikuai, Coromandel. What should a rich, developed country like New Zealand be aspiring towards? I… Read More

New Zealanders eating “too much meat” again – What does the evidence say?

Once again we have headlines about how we need to cut back on meat consumption for the sake of our health, and the planet’s, fueled by a recent review.[1] We’ve addressed the climate effects of ruminant agriculture before, this (most particularly with regard to intensive dairying and least of all with regard to sheep) is a conversation we need to keep having in NZ, but we would prefer experts to stop conflating this agenda with health advice. As we’ll show, no-one has good data about how much meat New Zealanders currently eat,… Read More

Democracy in action, food labelling and sugar. Have your say.

Here’s your chance everyone…The Australian and NZ governments are calling for public consultation on food labelling, especially around sugar. The letter I got is pasted below. Make your submissions at this link  So, they are asking us what we think. Let’s not just complain afterwards…Have a go if you care about what we eat. ———————-paste————— Dear Stakeholder   The Food Regulation Standing Committee (FRSC) is inviting submissions from stakeholders on the labelling of sugars on packaged foods and drinks. A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (Consultation Paper) has been prepared to seek information… Read More

National Business Review’s fasting challenge

This is a good little watch. Last month I sat down with Todd Scott CEO of the National Business Review, and Chris Keall also at NBR. Chris had let his weight get away on him and needed to front up to this. Todd was in pretty good shape, but is always aiming to be a high performer. He was looking at a reset to be in his best possible shape. So they took on a fasting challenge following our “super fasting” protocol in What the Fast?  Here’s the full article and video… Read More

The same old diet recommendations in New Zealand’s new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment and Management for Primary Care. https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/cvd-risk-assessment-and-management-for-primary-care-v2.pdf Its the same stuff – saturated fat is bad for you. Avoid it, and replace it with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats But hang on minute, is this still the best advice you have?  And will it really prevent people getting cardiovascular disease? The advice to limit saturated fat misses more important effects? We think there are a few holes in the argument. Or at least we aren’t getting the full story. They say…… “Substituting dietary saturated fat with mono and polyunsaturated fats… Read More

#letschangemedicine

Our health system is awesome at fixing up sickness, if I have an accident or get an infectious disease, get ear ache or a sore tooth, then it’s good to know that we have world class medical professionals and a system to deal with all of that. But, let’s face it, our health system is not so awesome at preventing us getting sick, and providing us with the tools to have a great life where we are the best we can be. Let’s face it, we spend billions on sickness and very… Read More