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It is clear that humans have only eaten an appreciable amount of the very high-carbohydrate, ultra-refined foods (in particular those containing large amounts of sugar, and ultra-refined grains) for a fairly short time in their overall development.

Now before anyone accuses me of being some crazy ‘Paleo guy’, remember that I started consulting in the nutrition field before Paleo was ‘cool’….way …

Fatigue is a common presenting symptom and unfortunately, its treatment is wrapped in woo! This article presents evidence-backed interventions to help you recover from fatigue

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Fatigue is one of the most common concerns that we face in clinical nutrition and complementary health practice. While the estimates of the prevalence of generalised fatigue in patients seeking primary care (i.e. mostly from medical doctors) range widely from ~8% to over 40%, (1, 2) those of us providing secondary care can see this as a primary or associated complaint in many of our clients. Basically, a lot of people we see are tired and they are damn tired of being tired all the time!

Diagnosable disorders like fibromyalgia in the general population affect around 2% of people, and fewer still exhibit chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). (3) But much of the fatigue seen is a comorbidity of other physical and mental illnesses (depression, in particular, has a very high association with fatigue) (4) but a significant proportion of fatigue is idiopathic or without any apparent cause. …

Recent calls for the reduction of meat and dairy in hospital meals are misguided and could put people’s health further at risk.

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The New Zealand Ministry of Health recently suggested that meat and dairy should be reduced in hospital meals to reduce climate impact and improve health. This call was supported by Ora Taiao (The New Zealand Climate and Health Council), supported by Doctors for Nutrition (a vegan advocacy group) and they have urged the Ministry of Health to follow through with these reductions.

There IS a likely effect on climate change gasses from both meat and dairy farming. However, the effect has typically been modelled in a very absolutist way and may not properly account for the carbon-sequestering effect of pasture lands. It also accounts for the animal feed used in US-style factory farming, which increases the inputs and climate effects, versus Australian and New Zealand style free-range farming. When we consider the carbon sequestering effect of pasture and appropriate land-usage (i.e. …


Cliff Harvey PhD

Author | Clinical Nutritionist | Researcher

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