Michael PollanI mean, what other animal needs professional help in deciding what it should eat? True, as omnivores—creatures that can eat just about anything nature has to offer and that in fact need to eat a wide variety of different things in order to be healthy—the “What to eat” question is somewhat more complicated for us than it is for, say, cows. Yet for most of human history, humans have navigated the question without expert advice. To guide us we had, instead, Culture, which, at least when it comes to food, is really just a fancy word for your mother. What to eat, how much of it to eat, what order in which to eat it, with what and when and with whom have for most of human history been a set of questions long settled and passed down from parents to children without a lot of controversy or fuss.

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MICHAEL POLLAN, "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" (New York: The Penguin Press, 2008)

I was privileged to be part of EAMC’s recent post-graduate course.

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Receiving my certificate of appreciation and thank you gift (a beautiful rainbow hued shawl) for the talk I gave during their lay forum.

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My talk introduced the human microbiome and the significance of bacteria in our health.

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Before I ended, I also emphasized that the microbiome is just one of several intertwined roots that contribute to both our health and our diseases.

Date: August 18, 2016
Event: Skin for All Seasons: Revitalizing the Skin at Any Age
Topic: Redefining Germs: Your New Best Friends (A Primer on the Role of Microbes in Our Health)
Sponsor: East Avenue Medical Center Department of Dermatology
Venue: Luxent Hotel
Location: Quezon City
Public: Public

In one of my favorite video lectures, Dr. Mike Evans gives a convincing answer to the question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health?”

Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Conceived, written, and presented by Dr. Mike Evans
Illustrated by Liisa Sorsa
Produced, directed, and filmed by Nick De Pencier
Picture and sound edit by David Schmidt
Gaffer, Martin Wojtunik
Whiteboard construction by James Vanderkleyn
Production assistant, Chris Niesing
©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

John J. Ratey MDI have faith that when people come to recognize how their lifestyle can improve their health span—living better, not simply longer—they will, at the very least, be more inclined to stay active. And when they come to accept that exercise is as important for the brain as it is for the heart, they’ll commit to it.

JOHN J. RATEY, MD, "Spark" (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2008)

The Human Microbiome is the community of tiny single-cell organisms that are living in and on our bodies.  Rob Knight is one of the pioneers studying human microbes and their relationship to our overall health.  He says, “The three pounds of microbes that you carry around with you might be more important than every single gene you carry around in your genome.”

Learn more in this video of his TED talk (published Feb 23, 2015).