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How Artificial Light is Ruining Your Sleep and What You Can Do to Fix It

It has only been during the last 100 years that we have begun to see the pervasive use of artificial lighting in our homes and cities. Emerging research in the field of chronobiology suggests that exposure to certain wavelengths of light at certain times of the day may be disruptive to an organism’s circadian rhythm. In the long term, this can lead to poor sleep and disease in many individuals.1

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The Human Microbiome: Why You Need Pre- and Probiotics For Optimal Gut Wellness


Hippocrates said it best: “ All disease begins in the gut.” The gateway to thriving health is through a properly functioning digestive tract. This is why gut wellness is the top priority of many practitioners in the world of clinical nutrition. The digestive tract is roughly 9 metres long: it starts in the mouth and ends at the anus. Worldwide, millions of people suffer from some form of digestive upset somewhere along this tract, whether it is acid reflux, stomach ulcers, abdominal cramps or constipation. In the Australian Burden Of Disease Study, it is estimated that 70,000 people are living with inflammatory bowel disease and 1 in 10 people suffer from symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. According to the Gut Foundation Research Institute, more than 15000 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, making it the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia. In this article, I will discuss how pre- and probiotics play a significant role in keeping our intestines working properly.

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November 13, 2016

Diabetes ›   Fat ›   High Fat ›   LCHF ›   Low Carb ›   Weight Loss ›  

Low Carb High Fat - The Effect on Weight Loss, Diabetes, and Metabolic Risk Factors Compared to Other Diets

Low-Carb High-Fat - The Effect on Weight Loss, Diabetes, and Metabolic Risk Factors Compared to Other Diets


Low-carbohydrate and high-fat (LCHF) diets are increasing in popularity as new research continues to emerge disproving the the merits of the low-fat dogma that has shaped Australian dietary guidelines and those of most of the western world since the 1960s. The counterargument has been packaged in various forms like paleo, primal, ancestral and keto. As we rediscover these traditional ideas of food consumption, so too are we seeing the resurgence of a healthy population.

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Bulletproof Conference 2016 Recap (and why you should go in 2017)

Swag from the Bulletproof Biohacking Conference 2016

2500 people from around the world gathered to attend the 4th Annual Bulletproof Biohacking Conference in Pasadena, a sunny corner of LA. Just walking around the city, it was clear that the Bulletproof® tribe was in town. Groups of attendees would hang out near the conference center without shirts on to soak up the sun before heading back inside and putting their blue blockers on to deal with the artificial light.

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October 15, 2016

Kerrie Gleeson ›  

Bulletproof from a Nurse's Perspective Part 10

Hi there to everyone in OptimOZ Land! Well the Bulldogs have just won an amazing Grand Final…against the odds. Winning four games in which they were the under dogs….pardon the pun. Doesn’t that give you hope for us mere mortals to rise above and be extraordinary? The power of the mind is an amazing beautiful thing. If only we could get out of our own way and trust ourselves and our own ability. We are truly capable of anything. What the Bulldogs achieved we can also, albeit on a smaller scale…I’m not anticipating 99,000 people at the MCG watching me! View full article →
September 19, 2016

Adventure ›   Joe Bonington ›  

An Adventurous Mindset For Growth and Productivity

In conservation, they talk about leaving a smaller footprint.

In life, for our relationships, and for our legacy we really need to be leaving a larger footprint! A footprint of amazing experiences, learning, exploration, education, culture, personal challenge and growth.

Anais Nin said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

I love that quote, it’s spot on. I’m not talking about jumping out of the trenches facing gunfire courage, or standing firm against a marauding tiger courage, I’m talking about having the courage to calculate risks and then take them. To control as much as you can in your life, rather than have your reaction to a situation control you.

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August 07, 2016

Ghee and its Advantages vs Butter

What is ghee?

Ghee is a class of clarified butter that is caramelized to give it a unique nutty flavour. Although the term clarified butter is often used interchangeably with ghee, ghee and clarified butter are not the same:

Clarified butter is made by heating unsalted butter on gentle, low heat until all the water in the butter vaporizes. After all the water disappears, milk solids comprising of whey protein and casein rise to the top and are skimmed off. This melted butter, that is then removed from the heat and strained, is clarified butter.

Ghee is made by continuing to heat the clarified butter until the color of the liquid changes from light yellow to deep gold due to the process of caramelisation. At this point, any remaining milk solids and other impurities will clump and sink to the bottom of the pan. The ghee is then removed from the heat and strained before storing.

Brown butter is another class of clarified butter that is cooked even longer than ghee and is unstrained.

Traditionally, ghee is made with unsalted butter that is churned from cultured cream. Cultured butter is made from cream that has been inoculated with strains of lactic acid bacteria. Ghee can also be made with regular unsalted butter, called sweet cream butter, that is available in stores. Ghee is normally not made from salted butter, but flavoured infusions are increasingly common. Ghee made from butter from grass-fed cows has a superior nutritional profile:

  • Favourable omega 3:6 ratio
  • Higher levels of Vitamins A,K, E
  • CLAs
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August 07, 2016

Ricardo Oliveira ›  

Chronic Pain: The Challenge of Unlearning a Bad Habit

Imagine you sign up to a university experiment and are subjected to the next two protocols:

  • You must immerse your hand in very cold water (14ºC) for a duration of sixty seconds.
  • You must immerse your hand in very cold water (14ºC) for a duration of sixty seconds, followed by thirty seconds more, during which the water temperature is gradually raised to a point where it is still painfully cold, but noticeably less (15ºC).

After you tried both, the researcher asks you to repeat one of the two, at your choice. Which one would you chose?

If you are anything like the participants from the original 1993 experience, there is a 69% chance that you would choose the second option (after which you would be informed that there is no need to actually repeat it).

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July 29, 2016

Kerrie Gleeson ›  

Bulletproof from a Nurses Perspective Part 9

Hello to everyone in Optimoz Land! Nurse Extraordinaire here!

Well I have done it! FINALLY completed and passed all my modules in the Diploma of Bioresonance and Energy Medicine. I have actually purchased the machine called “The Professional” and am now saving to get to Athens to do a practicum with a Russian doctor who is an expert in this field….then look out Australia! It’s all about energy people…my mission is to keep you OUT of hospital (except for emergencies!)

Just read an amazing book called Earthing…I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wears synthetic shoes, works in offices, sleeps in a beds off the ground,  lives in a high rise apartment or multi-story building, uses a computer, ipad, iphone etc….basically the whole lot of us! I have mentioned energy and electrons before. We all consume our awesome high fat, low carb (brain octane as well for me!) diet to gain energy….it’s all about the electrons from that food that “charges” us so to speak. Believe it or not, we human beings are just like batteries. We need to “charge” ourselves with electrons…because so much of today’s lifestyle has taken us away from the best source of electrons on this planet…the earth. The ground. Grass, sand, dirt.

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July 04, 2016

The placebo effect - the power of expectations

A placebo is a fake treatment, a medical intervention that does not contain any physically or pharmacologically active substances with a direct ability to induce therapeutic effects. Yet, its effect is real. When you’re told that something is going to produce a specific effect on you, even though it does not really have the ability to do so, it is highly likely that you will feel it. And that is the reason why clinical trials use placebos as a control to accurately determine the efficacy of a drug.

Although the placebo effect has been acknowledged since the 18th century, only recently has there been an interest in understanding how it works. The placebo effect is currently regarded as a set of complex psychological and neurobiological mechanisms built up from verbally induced expectations, from learning and conditioning processes, from social context, from previous experiences, and modulated by emotions, motivation and attitude.

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