I've decided to defend my UCI Masters 65+ Mountain Bike World Championships title to be contested at Mount Saint Anne, in Quebec, Canada this August. The flights have been booked and the accommodation is confirmed. The final decision to go was made after completing New Zealand's most intensely challenging mountain bike race last Saturday - The Karapoti Classic. Why? Because the race confirmed that I'm in the best shape of my life. I know I'm going to be hard to beat. I ha
Here's something to think about and you don't need to be a medical or nutrition expert to follow the logic: New Zealand has one of the highest dietary intakes of calcium of any country. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis. This does not compute! Let's continue: Calcium is but one of dozens of minerals found in bone, along with a whole lot of other nutrients. It happens to be the most abundant of the minerals found in bone. Sand is the dominant ingredient
Image above: Cathleen graduated on the 6th of November 2018 with a masters degree of criminal justice and criminology Cathleen's Story I was preparing to submit my final assignment for my first semester of university, when I suddenly had my first seizure. This unexpected event created a slow ripple of chaos in my life. I begged my GP not to put me on to medication immediately. I justified it, it was a freak incident, I was under pressure, I just wanted it to go away. But seve
"My daughter had been getting very tired and her energy levels dropping. I originally just put this down to a growth spurt but noticed that the simple things became hard and she wasn’t concentrating and focusing on things as she used to. Even her sports that she usually excelled at were dropping off. I thought maybe we were getting her to do too much, it really makes you question everything. She had been fighting eczema on and off since she was little but all of a sudden it c
It has been a long time coming! Alofa and I have the awesome job of setting up Interclinical laboratories New Zealand. Interclinical Laboratories provides the 'Gold Standard' of hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), along with a range of custom trace nutrient and nutraceutical formulations. I have dedicated the last 15 years to thoroughly understanding how to interpret this HTMA and how to apply it in the clinical setting for wide-ranging needs such as managing a terminal ill
A wonderful example of detoxification in action! Image: Charlie Smith and Grant (Axe) Rawlinson (foreground) struggling to haul in the anchor while rowing from Singapore to Darwin To Gary: "I have two main aims with my current 12,000km expedition to travel from Singapore to New Zealand completely by human power. The first is not to die. The second is to arrive on the shores of New Zealand at the end of this one year journey feeling healthy and strong, not having 'wrecked' m
In a word, the answer is "Yes!", if you bathe in the wrong waters! There are thermal pools in the Central North Island that are so toxic with arsenic that they should be shut down, or at least, come with health risk warnings. The highest levels of arsenic contaminated thermal waters tend to concentrate about the Tokaanu region, bordering on Lake Taupo. This may represent a hazard to health. I asked this question myself, when my partner, Alofa fell unusually ill after bathi
As I have said, many times, I love my job because it is like being a crime scene investigator in the movies. I solve "health crimes". It's a fun challenge and the results can be most satisfying indeed! This article reports an unusual case involving a very health-conscious man in his mid-40's who, despite all his best efforts, has begun to suffer progressive, serious knee arthritis and early signs of similar degeneration of the hip joints. He has visible bowing of one leg.
It has long been known that the Waikato River has elevated levels of arsenic from thermal water feeding into it from natural sources, as well as via discharge from geothermal power stations. There is no debate about there being elevated levels; the only question for that remains unanswered is how harmful are these levels of arsenic to human health? Lake Maraetai: a focal point for arsenic contamination Lake Maraetai, on the Waikato River, receives the outfall waste from the
One of the things I love about my job is the challenge of unraveling unexplained health problems in people who, by any kind of measure, should be at the pinnacle of good health. In this article, I present the cases of two athletes, Trevor, a former friendly running rival of mine, and Natasha, a professional triathlete. Trevor is now 59 and Natasha is 22 years of age. Both are health conscious people who appear to have been doing all the right things to remain in great condi
Although it is many years since we got rid of lead in our petrol and there is stricter control of lead in everything from cosmetics to house paint, the problem, in my opinion, is still wreaking widespread havoc on health. Here are three recent examples (permission obtained from patients to use these charts): Home renovators take care! One baby and toddler, both with widespread eczema and food allergies. Parents and doctors at a loss to do anything other than relieve symptoms
Emma's Story I love low light.. the lower and more ambient the better. I had my house rebuilt recently and requested that no down-lights were put in. The designer said, ‘yes but normal people actually use their light switches.’ She has a point but I am a fan of low wattage lamps and as many candles as I can squeeze onto tables, window ledges and floor lanterns to illuminate the room. I have tea lights constantly going in my many oil burners, always a scented candle in the bat
There seem to be more stress fractures happening nowadays My impression is that stress fractures among endurance athletes are more freequent because more people than ever are seeking our assistance with this injury. I am not alone in having this opinion. Take a few minutes later to read some of the research here about the incidence of stress fractures in athletes. Image: Fit Kiwi ably demonstrating the "Lift & Press", the best bone-building exercise there is What are stress
You don't have to be a health professional, such as a nutritionist, to understand what I am about to explain. All you need is half a brain and a modicum of logic and common sense to understand that we have all been fed a load of cobblers about "more calcium being good for the bones". I am as guilty as anyone for having been sucked into believing the Calcium Lie. Think about these statements: "Calcium builds strong bones" "New Zealand has the highest intake of calcium per ca
We are told: “live your life to the fullest”. I am here to help you do just that. My blog serves to project my passions, and clue in my loyal readers about what inspires me in this crazy world. So, sit back, relax, and read on.