WHAT ARE WE MADE OF?
On one level, this philosophical/existential question has been pondered by our ancestors since the beginning of time. Is it relevant today? Yes increasingly so.
On another level, ‘what we’re made of’ can be answered in physical terms. We’re made of atoms, cells, minerals, nutrients, genes etc. But, if we put these together, can we create a human being? Can we create a flower with the knowledge of its’ structure, components, colour and scent? No we can’t, not yet, at this particular epoch in history.
However, ‘what we’re made of’ is becoming more known and uncovered by recent scientific breakthroughs, such as the genome and the epigenome. What they show is a much greater complexity than we previously anticipated. These modern studies also reflect how past knowledge – such as Ayurveda and Hippocratic Medicine – are more applicable and practically beneficial to our busy lives in the 21st century, for example:
- the importance of diet on health
- the significance of gut function on the body and mind
- the effect of fasting on health and wellbeing
Come on the 16th of April to find out more, meet people who are interested in similar ideas and discuss these with an open mind in a friendly space, allowing for the scientific element to mingle with philosophical, cultural, historical elements and… cooking. Bring a friend if you want but, let me know beforehand, so that we can prepare the Ayurvedic snacks.
In this workshop find out the first steps to fasting for your health
Fasting allows the body to have a good ‘house-cleaning’ and a rest.
It is a way to health and long life.
Hippocrates said it: ‘the more you nourish a diseased body, the worse you make it’
Saturday 19 September 2015, 12 – 2:30 pm
8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH
More information & to book a place:
Cost: £25 per person
‘Greek mountain tea’ ‘Hippocratic snacks’ will be provided
Chef: Mariana Ivanova
Hippocrates described fasting as therapy. All the major religious traditions apply it in their spiritual practice. Gandhi used fasting making the personal political. Modern medicine rediscovers it.
Want to hear more? Are you interested in the health benefits of fasting? Eager to find out the different ways of fasting for health, weight loss or treatment of various diseases?
Come to the next Health-Being event Saturday 27th of June in London.
Places are limited and are booking fast as many are interested in the subject. Contact me to book your place, preferably via e-mail on
We are coming together again on the 9th of May to continue our exploration of the ‘Power of Foods’, what Ancient Hippocratic Philosophy can teach us and how we can aspire to a Harmonious Diet, which is called “ΔΙΑΙΤΑ”.
If you are in London, then come and join us.
For more information & to book a place,
e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone me: 07958-495537
Saturday 9 May 2015, 12 – 2:30 pm
The Woolman Room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH
Cost: £25 per person. Limited availability. ‘Greek mountain tea’ and ‘Hippocratic snacks’ will be provided.
Learn how to choose foods, combine & cook them, to use their power for your own health.
Listen to Ancient Recipes with their History and Nutrition Secrets.
This workshop will concentrate on Ancient Greek Foods, popular in modern day life, such as figs, pomegranates, greens, herbs, millet, barley, fish, dairy etc.
These two quotes taken from the Hippocratic books were written 2,500 years ago.
We will examine them under the lens of modern science and medicine.
We will continue to explore the power of foods in future workshops.
To find out more come to our 3rd “Ancient Wisdom & Harmonious Diet” workshop with Dr Eleni.
Saturday 7 March 2015 12-2:00 pm
8-9 Hop Gardens (off St Martin’s Lane), London WC2N 4EH
Cost: £20 (includes Greek mountain tea & date truffles)
More information & to book a place: email@example.com - 07958 495537
“Ancient Wisdom & Harmonious Diet”
So you think you are eating well?
Did you know that ‘time, person & place’ matter for diet & health?
2,500 years ago, Hippocrates taught how dietary needs change with age, season of the year, personal characteristics and the place one lives. Now modern science has revealed more.
To find out more about the importance of individualised diet, come to our 2nd “Ancient Wisdom & Harmonious Diet” workshop with Dr Eleni.
Saturday 17 Jan 2015 12-2:00 pm
8-9 Hop Gardens (off St Martin’s Lane), London WC2N 4EH
Suggested donation: £20 (includes Greek mountain tea & biscuits
More information & to register: firstname.lastname@example.org - 07958495537
My article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
J R Soc Med. 2013 Jul;106(7):288-92
can also be read in full here in the James Lind Library online
Hippocrates put the person at the center of his attention, while modern medicine focuses on the disease. Hippocrates was first and foremost interested in finding out what led to the development of the symptoms experienced by the person. He distinguished lifestyle patterns and personal characteristics that predisposed to certain conditions. Although modern medicine is increasingly accepting the importance of lifestyle in the development of chronic diseases, it continues to give priority to examining the illness and treating the symptoms. Hippocratic therapies involved primarily changes in food, exercise and other lifestyle patterns while modern medical treatments concentrate on pharmacological and surgical interventions.
In The Art, the writer gives general advice on how a patient should be treated. He explains that medical treatment consists of much more than drugs:
The most famous doctors cure by changing the diet and lifestyle of their patient and, by using other substances. Such capable doctors have the knowledge and ability to use
the therapeutic properties of most natural or man-made products (The Art 2.6; Jones 1923)
Introductory workshop on Saturday 8th of November from 1-3 pm
(including herbal tea made with the famous Greek Mountain sideritis flowers & Kozani saffron, Dr Eleni’s joy biscuits and recipes)
Nutritional Medicine meets Greek Philosophy
Our food & the way we eat, combined with the exercise we take and other lifestyle factors, are key factors for our health and well-being.
Come and learn in this 2 hour introductory workshop how to combine the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosopher & father of Medicine Hippocrates, with the science of Nutritional Medicine. Use the lessons and aphorisms of Hippocrates and the knowledge of modern science to begin transforming your health and achieve a harmonious diet, lifestyle and way of being.
To register, e-mail email@example.com
or call 07958 495537
Workshop to take place at the Health Being Institute, Woolman room, Quaker Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH
Slowly but steadily healthcare professionals acknowledge the important role nutrition has to play in the management of people with cancer.
Next week I will be speaking to UK oncology pharmacists about the value of good nutrition in cancer patients
I am going to talk about the two big systematic reviews which showed that current dietetic treatment of cancer patients has no evidence base. I will then ask the audience to consider ways forward.
I will also offer my informed opinion on how we should be using diet and lifestyle to support people diagnosed with cancer: at the time of diagnosis, during their treatment, when they are cleared of any signs of cancer, when they are at the palliative stage and when they are dying.
Nutritional and lifestyle medicine can be of huge help to cancer patients. The literature to support this is significant and the majority of people affected seeks ways to improve their diet and lifestyle, in parallel to their pharmacological treatment.
It’s time for the NHS to acknowledge and endorse the ancient motto that ‘Food is Medicine’
That March as part of my post op recovery, I went to Penny Brohn for a few days. During which I saw Eleni Tsiompanou ( an Intergrative Health Doctor) and we discussed the subject of exercise and how much was advisable. I told her what my plans were and that I hoped to get back to running again soon. I was not expecting what she said. I remember her words “Running – no way – this is far too much for you. Walking – most definitely and as much as you like. But running no”. I was confused!
The reason, she explained to me, was that my immune system was having a difficult time dealing with fighting off the cancer cells floating around my body. Running can suppress the immune system. So if my immune system is suppressed after I run then the cancer cells can prosper. Which is not a good idea.This made sense! Cardio/aerobic (distance) running is known to (stress) suppress the immune system, You only have to think of distance runners such as Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe who have been prone to infection illnesses .
Walking can be sustained all year and can be carried on as you get older. Walking is much easier and in my experience it is more conducive to ‘social networking’. Another advantage of walking is that it can easily be incorporated into one’s daily routine. My friends are of the age when going for a walk is not too off putting. I can’t think too many of my friends who would get excited by asking them to go for a 5km run. But a walk with Colin and me seems to be OK.
Thankfully I took the advice of that doctor at Penny Brohn. With the help of my new personal trainer, my doggie companion Colin, I walk every day. Whatever the weather he gets me outdoors for his walk and I have no choice but to accompany him.
My friend Ruth and her dog Jazz are most mornings our companions so it has become a social networking activity. I always feel better after the early morning walk and it changes the energy I woke up with. Instead of feeling sleepy and reaching for a cup of tea to wake me up I return refreshed and keen to get on with my day. Not all of us were ‘born to run’, but almost all of us were ‘born to walk’. !
So it’s walking for me ….. and I urge you to get walking now!
Posted by Brian G
Interesting linksHere are some interesting links for you! Enjoy your stay :)
- What are we made of? The Elemental in Medicine
- Wild Rice, Cabbage and Chickpea Pilaf
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Dr Eleni’s Joy Biscuits
- Dr Eleni
- Poached Fruit Compote
- Japanese Chocolate Agar Mousse
- Jewelled Porridge
- Fasolada – Bean soup
- Health-Being Institute Philosophy
- To Help
- Blog / Events
- Death & Dying
- Gut microbiota
- Immune system
- Sacred Care
- Vitamin B12