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Conversations to guide you through the two most pressing issues of our time - the climate and health crises. Join your hosts, Ben Eitelberg and Emma Strutt as they explore a wide range of topics regarding personal and planetary health; including the environment, conservation and lifestyle medicine topics such as nutrition and physical activity. Find more details at www.thelentilintervention.org
 
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We’ve been honoured to share some incredible wisdom and science with you this year, courtesy of our phenomenal guests. Last season we recapped with a look back at the year that was, but this season we thought we’d finish by bringing you the stories behind the science of climate change and humanity’s unsteady relationship with the natural world. The…
 
This episode is a dedicated Q&A show, following on from Ben and Emma’s presentation at the Doctors For The Environment (DEA) 2021 conference, where they discussed food solutions for planetary health. If you haven’t already done so, it makes sense to listen to Season 2 Episode 44 before diving into this one, as there you will be able to listen to th…
 
In this episode, we bring you the third and final recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ Wellington/online event. In this episode Dr Luke Wilson discusses the need to change nutrition guidelines, pivoting away from animal products and processed foods, towards plants. Luke is a Wellington GP and is Board Certified by the International Bo…
 
In this episode, we bring you the second recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ Wellington/online event, this time hearing from Dr Mike Joy. Mike has been working for two decades at the interface of science and policy in New Zealand, with a goal of strengthening connections between science, policy and real outcomes to address the multip…
 
In this episode, we bring you a recording of Dr Cristina Cleghorn’s lecture at the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ event. Hosted in Wellington, and online, on 30th October 2021, this event was focused on the Ministry of Health. Dr Cleghorn’s recording is the first of three presentations. Cristina is a Public Health Nutrition Researcher at the Depar…
 
Jono Lester loves driving fast, running far and eating plants. Jono is a third-generation racing driver who’s been in the driver’s seat since age 13. Jono is also an SPCA spokesperson and a passionate plant-based advocate. Typically, busy racing GT cars in Asia, Jono has been increasingly involved in ultra and long-distance trail running since Covi…
 
Ben and Emma recently presented at the Doctors For The Environment (DEA) annual conference, titled iDEA 2021: Planet Health and Hope. The conference provided an honest appraisal of the climate crisis from scientific, medical, cultural and political perspectives, with a stellar line-up of presenters. In this episode, we bring you the recording of Be…
 
Lillian Stewart is a PhD Candidate currently focusing on waste management and marine plastics on remote islands. Harrison Talarico is very soon to complete his honours project using bioacoustics to monitor the phenology of short-tailed shearwaters. Both Lillian and Harrison are members of the Adrift Lab team, (at the Institute of Marine and Antarct…
 
In this episode, we bring you the third and final recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ Auckland/online event. In this episode, Dr Mark Craig discusses a new approach to preventative care and refers to overseas hospital plant-based policy success and community plant-based courses. Mark is an Auckland GP and also a founding member and V…
 
In this episode, we bring you the second recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ Auckland/online event, this time hearing from Professor Boyd Swinburn. Boyd is Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland, and Honorary Professor at the Global Centre at Deakin University in Australia. Here he talks abo…
 
In this episode, we bring you a recording of Fuchsia Goldsmith’s lecture at the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ event. Hosted online on 9th October 2021, due to Auckland’s lockdown restrictions, this event was themed ‘Focus on Hospitals’ and this recording is the first of three presentations. Fuchsia Goldsmith is a Nutritionist and Dietitian based …
 
Amy Taylor is an award-winning filmmaker and the owner of Ahimsa Films and Chris Huriwai is a vegan advocate, a world champion unicyclist and an extreme sportsman. Together they make up part of the phenomenal team behind the new documentary Milked, a feature documentary that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar dairy industry…
 
Bianca Keys is an honours student and Karli Mylius is completing her Master of Science, with both ladies involved in projects at Adrift Lab, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. This is the third conversation we’ve had with members of the brilliant Adrift Lab team, discussing plastics and their impact on marine life – …
 
Michael Mayell founded Cookie Time, one of New Zealand’s best-loved brands, in his early twenties and has gone on to create multiple successful businesses since then. However, Michael’s focus is now much bigger than simply building businesses – he’s on a mission to build a prosperous New Zealand where both people and the environment flourish. Micha…
 
Megan Grant is currently undertaking her PhD exploring the relationship between seabirds and their terrestrial habitats, while Gabrielle Henderson is in the process of completing her undergraduate studies in Marine Biology at the University of Tasmania. Both ladies are involved in projects at Adrift Lab. We first broached the issue of marine plasti…
 
Andre Borell is a successful entrepreneur whose love of the ocean spurred him on to more recently add film director and producer to his already impressive CV. Andre is the filmmaker behind the new documentary Envoy: Shark Cull, which sheds light on the long-running ‘shark safety’ programs in place off of the Queensland and New South Wales coastline…
 
Dr Malcolm Mackay and Jenny Cameron are two of the pioneers of the plant-based movement in Australasia. Malcolm is a GP and board-certified lifestyle medicine practitioner and Jenny is a nutritionist, wellness coach and research librarian. Together they offer consultations, group education programs and resources through the website Whole Foods Plan…
 
Dr Jack Auty is a lecturer in the Medical Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. His research focus is how inflammation can contribute to disease. Jack has a broad range of research interests; from how microplastics induce lung and gut inflammation to whether commonly use anti-inflammatories can be used to treat Alzheimer…
 
In this episode, we bring you the third and final recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ event in Dunedin. In this episode Professor Jim Mann discusses New Zealand’s looming diabetes disaster and the role of plant-based diets in tackling this issue. Jim has been a Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago and …
 
In this episode, we bring you the second recording from the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ event in Dunedin, this time hearing from Yvette Hall. Yvette is a medical student and here she discusses her personal and family journey to adopting a plant-based lifestyle and the lack of nutrition in medical training. Please note there were technical issue…
 
In this episode, we bring you a recording of Dr Martyn Williamson’s lecture at the recent Evidence Based Eating NZ event in Dunedin. The Dunedin event, held on 1 August 2021, was themed ‘Avoiding Severe Illness’ and this recording is the first of three presentations. Martyn is a GP and university lecturer based in Alexandra, NZ. Here Martyn discuss…
 
Julia Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Julia has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and textbook contributions and is currently on the executive committee for the International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research…
 
Still holding the record for most popular guest ever, Dr Mike Joy returns to the podcast for round two. If you’re new to the force that is Mike Joy we suggest checking out our first conversation, Episode 12 on Season 1. Mike is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. …
 
Dr Sally Gillespie is a writer, workshop facilitator, lecturer and public speaker with a background in depth psychology and ecopsychology. Sally’s recently published book Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Reimagining Our World and Ourselves, explores the psychological experience of engaging with climate change and related ecological concerns. There…
 
Andrew Barnes is an innovator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of 4 Day Week Global. Andrew has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation, most recently in 2018 in New Zealand, where he piloted the 4-day week concept in his own business, Perpetual Guardian. The astounding results made waves around the world and …
 
In this express episode, Ben and Emma share some exciting news about The Lentil Intervention and our expanded focus and direction for the future. We’re now a registered charity in New Zealand and have plans for more community outreach, so watch this space! We’ve also overhauled our website and added a bunch of new resources, so we’d love for you to…
 
Dr Mark Messina is the President of Nutrition Matters Inc, an adjunct associate professor at Loma Linda University and the Executive Director of the Soy Nutrition Institute. Mark is a former programme director with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the United States, and while at the NCI he initiated a multi-million dollar research programme o…
 
Jasmine Duthie and Anton Leach of Jagged Peak Films are two of the passionate team members behind Lion, Bones & Bullets, a powerful new feature documentary exposing an elaborate wildlife con, centred around the lion farming industry in South Africa. Jasmine worked as Producer, Editor and Writer, and Anton worked as Director, Executive Producer and …
 
Professor Ian Shaw is highly regarded as an international expert on food safety, with extensive expertise in food chemical residues and their impact on human health. Ian leads the Toxicology Research Group at the University of Canterbury and has over 20 years of experience in academia, industry and government, which includes presenting at two TEDx …
 
Susan Scott and Bonné De Bod of Scott & De Bod Films are two passionate filmmakers based in South Africa. Susan and Bonné joined forces to bring to life their critically acclaimed documentary STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war. What started as a six-month project turned into a four-year filming odyssey as Susan and Bonné peeled back the compl…
 
In this episode, we bring you the recording of Dr Rob Wilks’ Evidence Based Eating NZ lecture. Rob is a GP based in Motueka and here he discusses his experience of being a plant-based GP in a pro-meat world, touching on the challenges of discussing diet in general practice and treating gut health and common ailments with diet. Over the coming month…
 
In this episode, we bring you the recording of Dr Wayne Hurlow's lecture, a GP based in Nelson. Here he discusses the turn-around success that is possible through the CHIP programme. Wayne details how Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease can be successfully treated through a whole foods plant-based diet. Over the coming months, Evidence Based Eating…
 
In this episode, we bring you the recording of Professor Julia Rucklidge’s lecture. Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing at the University of Canterbury and co-author of a recently released book The Better Brain. Here Julia discusses building a better brain; the foods and nutrients for optimal …
 
Kennedy Zakeer is a successful account director whose life trajectory changed in 2016, after a harrowing experience working with orphaned rhinos in South Africa. Kennedy now splits her time between the corporate world and saving rhinos in Africa, having established the Council of Contributors, a 501c3 organisation that raises funds to support ‘boot…
 
Dr Diana Bogueva is a professional journalist, Research Associate and Adjunct Fellow at Curtin University and is also centre manager at the Centre for Advanced Food Enginomics at The University of Sydney. Diana has a strong interest in meat consumption reduction, food sustainability, social marketing and consumer behaviour change, after conducting …
 
In this episode, we talk with Ryan Alexander, the co-founder and managing director of No Meat May, a registered charity that challenges people to eliminate meat from their diets for the month of May for 4 big reasons; environment, health, animals and food systems. From humble beginnings in 2013, No Meat May has quickly grown into a hugely successfu…
 
In this episode, we talk about all things kidney health with Fuchsia Goldsmith, a dietitian based in Auckland. Fuchsia is the founder of Feed Nutrition and serves as Doctors For Nutrition’s lead dietitian for New Zealand’s North Island. Also working as a renal dietitian, Fuchsia is an expert on diet and kidney health. Kidney disease is a leading ca…
 
Dr Martyn Williamson is a General Practitioner from Alexandra in Central Otago, achieving the honour of New Zealand’s Plant-Based Practitioner of the Year in 2019. In addition to his GP work, Martyn is a senior lecturer in the department of general practice and rural health at the University of Otago, is co-founder of Lifestrong Health with his wif…
 
In this express episode, Ben and Emma celebrate Earth Day and share some exciting news about joining the 50by40 network. We dive into some listener questions — Emma discusses tips and tricks for enhancing iron and zinc absorption on a plant-based diet and if oxalates are an issue; Ben delves into some strategies for overcoming shin splints. We disc…
 
Dr Rebecca Van Amber is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne and an expert in clothing and textile science. Rebecca is passionate about textile and apparel sustainability, research and development and was the winner of the 2017 H&M Foundation's Global Change Award's innovation challenge. Typically, when people t…
 
Professor Corey Bradshaw is the Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology at Flinders University, where he leads the Global Ecology Laboratory and heads the Flinders Modelling Node of the Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. Corey was lead author of a recent perspective article titled ‘Underestimating the Challenges of …
 
Professor Alan Brent is Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington. Alan also holds the position of Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University and is an executive committee member for The Sustainability Society, NZ. His research interests encompass engineering man…
 
Boyd Swinburn is a Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health in the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Originally trained as an Endocrinologist he is now an eminent public health physician conducting research on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce what he has coined the ‘o…
 
Peter Eastwood is a New Zealand philanthropist, passionate conservationist and founder of Tanglewood Foundation. Peter first ventured into the business world with a small homebrew shop but this soon went from strength to strength. This business success allowed Peter to expand his philanthropic work and support many worthwhile causes - from conserva…
 
Hannah O’Malley is a clinical pharmacist and lifestyle medicine practitioner based in Nelson NZ. Until recently Hannah served as Projects Lead for the health promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition, but has now taken on the challenging role of Events and Education Lead. Hannah also founded The Better Base in 2018, to help people consume more delici…
 
Dr Catherine Knight is an environmental historian and consultant, award-winning non-fiction author, yoga teacher, and co-founder of Better Futures Forum. Catherine’s most recent book, Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa, examines the link between nature and wellbeing and argues for the restoration of ‘neighbourhood nature’. Catherine brings a wealth o…
 
In this episode, we are joined by quite the dynamic due; Dr Heleen Roex, and her daughter, Dr Juliette Roex. Heleen is a paediatrician, Food For Life instructor and serves as Chair of Board for Doctors For Nutrition (DFN) – which, by the way, she co-founded! Juliette is currently completing her GP training and serves as South Australian ‘Ambassadoc…
 
Dr Ian Tibbetts is Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland and serves as Director of the Moreton Bay Foundation. He has authored more than 100 journal articles, many of which feature Moreton Bay, and in 2018 Ian was appointed Chair of the Scientific Expert Panel advising the Minister for Fisheries on the S…
 
Melanie Dixon is a principal ecologist and serves as a trustee and deputy chair for the National Wetland Trust of New Zealand. Wetlands are often undervalued, but are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world, home to an immense variety of species and acting as important filtration and buffer systems. These ecosystems are also hugely impo…
 
Michal Siewierski is a world-renowned, award-winning documentary filmmaker known for his previous documentaries Food Choices and Diet Fiction. Michal has continued his impactful film-making journey with his latest documentary offering Takeout. In this documentary, Michal embarks on a daring journey to expose the real drivers behind the Amazon fores…
 
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