As you might have noticed it has been a little quiet on primalmeded. Anyone who has ever had personal contact with hospital residents would appreciate that we have very little time on our hands for anything other than sleepandeat. I have become very proficient with checking Twitter and reading other people’s posts while running between wards but I know it’s only a matter of time before I knock over a patient. I also once again have confirmed to myself that I am a secret introvert. While I enjoy interaction with patients, families and other doctors, I really need time on my own to regroup and recover. Blogging is a form of communication that requires giving the mental energy I do not have at the moment.
However, while I have not had any time to write anything I have been busy networking within this amazing community. First, the omnipresent Jimmy Moore kindly asked me for an interview and our conversation on everything from medical education to doctors’ nutrition knowledge and my own story was released on February 20 (you can listen to it here). It was a totally novel experience for me (you can tell by the amount of nervous “errs and ahms” I do in the first 10 minutes) but Jimmy was very patient and got me talking. A warm welcome to those of you who found me through Livin La Vida Low Carb and a heartfelt thank you to everybody who listened and sent their encouraging messages.
I also got invited to register on PrimalDocs, a website listing physicians and healthcare practitioners with an evolutionary approach to health and nutrition. At the moment I am one of 2 (!) medical doctors listed in Australia and I don’t even have my own practice so technically I would class myself as half a doctor anyway. But I guess it’s a start.
Which brings me to the third bit of news.
A few weeks ago I got contacted by Dr Rod Tayler, an anaesthetist from Melbourne and the principal investigator of The SWEET (Sugar and Weight Effect at Epworth sTudy). For those of you who have been diligently reading everything paleo for a while (i.e. you have no social life) you might recognise his name from a post by ThatPaleoGuy, Jamie Scott “Can eating fruit lead to weight gain?”. That post was the cause of several cordial e-mails between Australia and New Zealand (weird, huh?) and to cut a long story short Jamie put Rod in touch with me. The end result of our mutual emails and phone calls is a Melbourne get together with all interested parties in attendance.
The event will be held at Port Melbourne Town Hall, 333 Bay street Port Melbourne on Saturday March 17, 2012.
The program at the moment looks like this (the talks and titles are still being finalised):
“Are 30 Teaspoons of Sugar Per Day Too Many” Rod Tayler
“Fructose and Fat” Ken Sikaris (the Head of Chemical Pathology at Melbourne Pathology)
“What Should We Eat” Anastasia Boulais
“Evolutionary Mismatch in the Workplace” Jamie Scott
10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am “Big Fat Lies” book launch by David Gillespie
The best thing is that the event is FREE. If you happen to be in Melbourne and want to come and hang out with us, listen to some short talks and ask a few questions you are very welcome. As far as I know the hall can fit 200 so we have some room. If you have any questions you can shoot me an email on (anastasia at primalmeded dot com).
That’s all folks. My team is on take this weekend (i.e. every patient who comes through the door of this hospital since Friday night will be under our care tomorrow morning, yikes) so I am expecting a very hectic few days. Over and out.