Posts by Russell Brown

  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Cheers for that Bart.. very interesting. I’ve found that starting the day with a bowl of oatmeal and yoghurt seems to be very beneficial for my overall digestive wellbeing (sorry, TMI).

    Same. I made a conscious effort to improve my breakfast diet a couple of years ago, and it's muesli, yoghurt and two or three kinds of whatever fruit's cheap most mornings. It really helped a lot. One also becomes attuned to the price of kiwifruit.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    A question for both of you. Do people on the spectrum tend to want have more diverse or less diverse diets?

    I would have guessed they’d prefer more predictable (less diverse) eating habits. If that’s true you might predict they’d have less diverse gut biomes. I guess my feeling from what I’ve read thus far is I’d probably be inclined to treat gut problems now by adding to the diet rather than subtracting – that is very much a personal guess though.

    As Hilary says, it’s not as simple as choosing. Believe it or not, colour can be a big factor in acceptability. Our older son has a relatively “normal” diet (he struggles hard to get salads down, on account of texture), while our younger son has a very limited, bready diet (mainly pizza with cheese, olive oil and garlic, but not sauce; cheesy bagels; Nutrigrain; milk). It’s not ideal, but eventually you realise a war on your kid’s nature is not ideal either. Sometimes we get him to take a supplement, but swallowing those is hard.

    So adding to the diet is hard. Suggestions on covert (not in the sense that we’d lie to him, just easily acceptable) diet diversity are very welcome.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    But hey, I've just been sitting outside reading Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker on Philip Norman's new Paul McCartney biography.

    It's a stunning piece of writing, imo.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Nice I, um, found a copy of Abba's 'SOS' at the bric-a-brac place at the Surrey Crescent shops ...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News,

    Oh, and I've just realised I missed the video for Lontalius's 'Kick in the Head' while I was out of the country:

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  • Hard News: UNGASS 2016: No one believes…, in reply to nzlemming,

    Some good points, but I look at Helen Kelly and wonder how much of it was just words.

    Some of it is just at the moment. We'll see.

    But there are things going on at MoH. I hear they're finally doing what should have been done before Helen made her application, and compiling a list of products they are actually in a position to approve under the non-pharmaceutical criteria.

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    There seem to be gut-related issues with autism and it is rare to find a person on the spectrum, and even close family members, who do not have some long-standing digestive issues. The MindsforMinds group at Auckland University has been doing some work on this.

    It would good to know some non-bogus stuff about this. My older son has uncomfortable – and sometimes socially inappropriate – belching problems.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good News, in reply to Julian Melville,

    Great Steve Newall interview with Simon Grigg for The SpinOff – conducted only this morning!

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  • Hard News: UNGASS 2016: No one believes…,

    Peter Dunne's speech:

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  • Speaker: Talking past each other:…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Nevertheless most of the folks working in the field say they personally have changed their diet to promote microbiome diversity even when they aren’t willing to put anything in a journal paper.

    Hell, that it is interesting.

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