ZEN+ : Helping you Stay Young and Age Well

My new favourite scientist is…

Tis true.

My favourite scientist used to be astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

You know, the dude who presented the recent series: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey

But he’s been pushed into No.2 by Emma Allen-Vercoe. Professor in the Dept of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph and member of the worldwide Human Microbiome Project.

Phew, taint no doubt she’s an expert in the field of Microbes.

So let me explain why she’s my favourite scientist and why it’s important to you.

You see, I’m fortunate that a number of folk regularly send me links to interesting articles and videos on subject relevant to ZEN+.

Most of the stuff is gold.

But every now and then I get sent platinum =)

Like the link Bruce A. of Canada sent me.

Here’s his email:

Hi Marcus,

Last week, I heard Dr Emma Allen-Vercoe speak

Here she us at TED:

Short and to the point.

I watched the video (you should too) and after watching it I found myself thinking:

“Hmm I’d like to know more about her views on how best to sustain the army of microbes working with me to keep me strong, healthy and alive.”

And I did some digging around and found her University contact details. Thinking it was a million-to-1 shot I wrote to her. Here’s a snippet of my email:

“…I was wondering if you’d be so kind, to tell me what in your opinion is good food for looking after the trillions of micro organisms living in my gut?

There’s a lot of spammy, over-hyped marketing aimed selling all kinds of crap (pardon the pun) online and I’d love to know from someone who knows this subject, what the truth of the matter is.”

And you know what?

To my complete and utter amazement… She replied!

I tell you, it made my week and it was only Monday.

And it was a good reply, you know what I mean?

It was juicy and succulent, full of real quality, science based information. It was like a fine meal. Because there’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of writing on health matters on-line and it’s this:

Too much certainty.

The writing usually goes like this:

If you’ve got “X” then all you have to do is “Y”
and you will get “Z”.

But during the research for my ZEN+ book I developed a growing suspicion that life isn’t as simple as that. That there’s a lot more going on than many health writers realise.

And you know what?

I’ve been guilty of that too.

But not any more.

My aim is to hold myself to a higher standard, to write more scientific like this:

If you’ve got “X” current thinking is if you do “Y” then you might get worthwhile benefits even though we’re not totally sure how it works yet.

I like how science is cool with uncertainty.

But having said all that I believe the weight of scientific research is strong enough to have confidence in the benefits of:

Even if some of the whys and hows aren’t exactly understood… Yet.

And I cover these subjects, with plenty of references, in my book. So if you haven’t got yourself a copy of: ZEN+ The Art and Science of Living Healthier for Longer you can download it here.

Bye for now



P.S. Nearly forgot…

Professor Allen-Vercoe’s answer to my question focused on eating a diverse diet and to be careful where it comes from, especially things like meat and eggs.

And it’ll come as no surprise to learn that avoiding artificial food is important too.

The message: Eat Real Food comes through once again, loud and clear =)

You can find out more details here.

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