The Pulsatility/Homeostasis Paradox

“We often hear about the human body’s desire or continued efforts to maintain homeostasis or balance. Homeostasis also spelled homoeostasis (from Greek: ὅμοιος homœos, “similar” and στάσις stasis, “standing still”), is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant.

The concept is after all rather intuitive, that the body likes to maintain a constant level of activity and health. The reality is that the ultimate homeostasis in a living body is death…..quite the paradox.”

“The key takeaway here is that your body thrives on variation. Variation in your diet, your workouts, your thoughts, energy, sleep, body temperature, and activity are crucial to a well functioning, healthy body. Using a long term plan with true health promoting goals that incorporate regular changes and encourages variables in all of your efforts will prime your body to stay in functional shape or what we know as health and wellbeing. Try and keep things constant, comfortable or the same for too long and your body will rebel, resist and start to break down causing all of your well intentioned efforts to backfire.”

Dr Don Clum gets to a key truth in this article that’s applicable to many areas of life.

Hacking Happiness

I jumped on Dr Robert Lustig’s new book, “Hacking the American Mind”.  It promised to show the differences between happiness and pleasure (reward) and how they are easily confused.

“…things can bring you pleasure. But no thing can make you happy. Experiences can make you happy. People can make you happy. You can make you happy…”

He describes happiness as a state of contentment  and connected to the neurotransmitter serotonin.  Pleasure is different; the rush from gaining a reward for doing something, connected to another neurotransmitter, dopamine.  (From my research, I’d say the highest dopamine point is anticipation, right before you get what you want (something important to bear in mind from a sales/marketing perspective).)

So, how to avoid chasing after happiness as something elusive, thinking that there’s a right to be “happy” all the time?  As you might expect, life doesn’t work like that.  It’s a mixture of highs and lows.

But, balance the serotonin and dopamine and you might think things aren’t so bad.


This is a coaching site, what has pre-diabetes to do with anything?!

Energy.  Mood.  Motivation and drive.  Performance from physical and/or mental standpoints.  To name but a few.

I think this topic affects a lot of people!  It’s something I’m passionate about because my Father died from complications of Type II Diabetes.  The disease compromised his health and performance at work with increasing severity over 15-20 years.

However, there’s evidence out there that my Father’s condition may have been reversible if he changed aspects of his diet before his organs became severely damaged.  And not in the way you’d expect from the medical advice of the last 40-odd years!  Some eminent scientists and researchers now challenge the dogma of, “eat less, move more”, “a calorie is a calorie” and that complex carbohydrates and whole grains are good for everyone!

There’s good scientific research that many people may be going through each day in a state of health that’s below their best and which could eventually lead to ill health.  The data have been available for many years but only via the freedom of information via the Internet has it been possible for an average person to read the research and challenge the idea that, “you get old, you get diseases, you die” and we can do nothing about it.

What if you could have the knowledge to be able to change not only feeling better and having more energy today, but lessening the risks of a variety of “diseases of aging”, e.g. metabolic syndrome, Type II Diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and possibly cancer?

Sounds like quackery or a pharmaceutical company sales pitch, doesn’t it?

Don’t believe  the naysayers Dear Reader, read on…

I’m a bit late with this but there was a special offer for World Diabetes Day, 14th November, on  (be aware that the price increases from the original offer, each day, from the 14th Nov).