The Energy Equation: From the Naked Ape to the Knackered Ape

The Energy Equation: From the Naked Ape to the Knackered Ape

by Sarah Myhill, Craig Robinson


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Energy as a foundation of good health—how we can get it and keep it

Whether we are elite athletes, office workers, or students struggling with assignments, we all need energy and can only optimise our performance with optimal energy levels. And if our energy demand exceeds our energy supply we eventually have to stop. In her NHS and then independent medical practice, Dr Myhill has increasingly specialised in helping patients with pathologically low levels of energy. Through this she has learned of the centrality of having sufficient energy to live well and stay healthy, and of balancing energy generation with energy use. In this, her simplest and most readable account of the fundamentals of good health, supported by editor and former patient Craig Robinson, Dr Myhill provides all we need to ensure the energy equation is resolving in our favour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781611852
Publisher: Hammersmith Books Limited
Publication date: 01/28/2021
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Dr Sarah Myhill qualified in medicine (with Honours) from Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1981 and has since focused tirelessly on identifying and treating the underlying causes of health problems, especially the ‘diseases of civilisation’ with which we are beset in the West. She has worked in NHS and private practice and for 17 years was the Hon Secretary of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, which focuses on the causes of disease and treating through diet, supplements and avoiding toxic stress. She helps to run and lectures at the Society’s training courses and also lectures regularly on organophosphate poisoning, the problems of silicone, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Craig Robinson took a first in Mathematics at Oxford University in 1985. He then joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, after which he worked as a lecturer in the private sector, and also in The City of London, primarily in Financial Sector Regulation roles. Craig first met Sarah in 2001, as a patient for the treatment of his CFS, and since then they have developed a professional working relationship, where he helps with the maintenance of, the moderating of Dr Myhill's Facebook groups and other ad hoc projects, as well as with the editing and writing of her books.

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Preface ix

Introduction x

Part 1 The Knackered Ape 1

Chapter 1 The naïve doctor stumbles into the real world 3

Chapter 2 From the Naked Ape to the Knackered Ape 9

Chapter 3 The knackerometer 15

Chapter 4 The Energy Equation 21

Chapter 5 The Knackered Ape is an addict 27

Part 2 Energy generation 35

Chapter 6 How the body generates energy for life 37

Chapter 7 Energy delivery - the mitochondrial engine 49

Chapter 8 Matching energy generation to energy demands 57

Chapter 9 Sleep 67

Chapter 10 Optimising energy expenditure through exercise 75

Chapter 11 Free energy - something for nothing 79

Part 3 Energy expenditure 89

Chapter 12 The bare necessities - housekeeping or basal metabolism 91

Chapter 13 Energy expenditure - the immunological hole in the energy bucket 107

Chapter 14 Energy expenditure - the emotional hole in the energy bucket 121

Part 4 Get your act together 129

Chapter 15 Groundhog days - getting your act together 131

Appendices 145

1 The paleo-ketogenic (PK) diet and essential micronutrients 147

2 Groundhog Basic 155

3 Groundhog Acute 159

4 Groundhog Chronic 167

5 Vitamin C 175

References 182

Resources 186

Index 188

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