How to change your brain (and why it’s so hard)

A few years ago I was fortunate to interview American  neuropsychologist and author Dr. Rick Hanson.  He has written a number of best-selling books that draw on his scientific and clinical knowledge of how the brain works combined with Buddhist concepts to teach people how to shape their brain for greater contentment, love, and wisdom.

Essentially, he teaches how neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways – can be used to create change in our lives. One of his comments stuck with me as it is a fundamental concept for understanding human behaviour. Continue reading How to change your brain (and why it’s so hard)

As infections increase, are we in the end times for antibiotics? Be afraid, very afraid.

MIddlemore Hospital in Auckland recently notified that it had three patients infected with Carbapenem-resistant organisms (CRO) and this is something we should all be very worried about. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been running a global campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance because it is a major threat to everyone’s health. That reported cases of CRO are increasing in New Zealand is terrifying because once it gets established, it is almost impossible to get rid of and we are fast approaching a time when the simplest of infections could kill you.

Continue reading As infections increase, are we in the end times for antibiotics? Be afraid, very afraid.

The Wind That Slices – Part Two

Part two of my “just do it” university project. If I wait for it to be perfect, it will stay in my laptop forever!

Rulers never die alone

The king was dying. Drako, Ajawal of the City of a Thousand Islands, had lain ill in bed for weeks, barely able to move, but he knew today was to be his last in this life. The cold seeped through his body, turning his bones to ice as he fought to take each breath. Beyond the silken curtains that enveloped his bed, and as befitted a great ruler, he could hear the court quietly chanting, standing vigil in the hope that he would rise and once again be their powerful and strong leader. It was the fate of all rulers to never die alone. Continue reading The Wind That Slices – Part Two

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