Welcome to At Source – a place where natural health and wellbeing is at the forefront of the conversation.

Gain useful insights direct from the source – from doctors, industry experts, wellness advocates and everything in between. This is a place for busy people who want to get to the core of health and wellness with information about the latest health advances and trends.

Health and wellbeing are often personal and subjective to perception – while one might classify mental health at the top of their list, another might say that clean eating and nutrients is what they focus on.

In this series we talk with and learn from inspiring leaders from all walks of life, touching on important topics that will help answer some of the key questions about natural health, wellbeing, fitness and all things direct from the source.

May 27, 2021

Sergey Brazhnikov – personal journey of becoming the epitome of wellness after hitting rock-bottom

Sergey Brazhnikov, personal training manager at Les Mills New Zealand and an award-winning fitness and wellness educator and nutrition expert who takes a holistic approach. He has a strong passion for providing others with a platform beyond fitness to create a successful life, and chats with Keren about cultural differences in the understanding of wellness – he is originally from Russia – and what underlies his approach to all-round wellbeing.

In this episode, we chat with Sergey Brazhnikov, who shares his personal story about wellness after hitting rock bottom. We also cover:

  • His journey and background into fitness;
  • Being mindful and practising mindfulness and making conscious choices in your everyday life;
  • Top foods people should be incorporating into their diet;
  • How people can keep active at home;
  • Social media’s rise and the false sense of ‘fitness goals’ or ‘body image’.

May 19, 2021

Phil Lester – extraordinary power of nature’s most powerful insect and a vital member of our eco-system, the honeybee

We can’t go further without talking about the power of one of the most vital insects in our ecosystem, the honeybee!

Phil Lester is a Professor in Ecology and Entomology at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of The Vulgar Wasp and Health Bee, Sick Bee, and has published more than 140 articles on invasive ants, bees and wasps and other insects. Listen in as he shares his expertise in population and community ecology of social insect species.

In this episode, we chat with Professor Phil Lester, who will give us insights into nature’s most powerful insect. We also cover:

  • Phil’s research which focuses on the population and community ecology of social insect species.
  • The population dynamics of ants, bees and wasps, how species co-exist and co-occur;
  • The influence of invasive species;
  • How pathogens influence the population dynamics of social insects.

May 13, 2021

Rob Haines – The story of a four-generation family business and their journey into health and wellbeing

Rob Haines, co-founder (with wife Lynda Haines) of the New Zealand Health Food Company, which has brought together four generations of the family working in the company for over 30 years to share good health and vitality with people around the world by supplying local hand-picked health products. More recently, son Sam Haines developed Manuka South, a premium brand focusing on high-end luxury products.

In this episode, we chat with Rob Haines about his family’s journey into health and wellbeing. We also cover:

  • The New Zealand natural food DNA;
  • The impact of technology on his industry;
  • The indigenous natural products his company has taken to the world;
  • The shift in trends and consumer demands around health food and ethically and environmental sourced products.

May 6, 2021

Medical microbiology scientist Ben Harris and immunologist Dr Gill Webster – Panel discussion about the source of natural health and wellbeing

Dr Gill Webster has more than 28 years of experience in the biotechnology sector, emphasising early drug development to treat human disorders by developing strategies to harness the immune system. Her expertise in immunology has seen her work as both a founding entrepreneur and private consultant for both domestic and international biotechnology companies and develop an award-winning natural product; currently, she is the founder of Immunostrategy Ltd and Chief Scientist at NatureBee.

Ben Harris is a medical microbiology scientist with 40 years of experience. Harris has a particular focus on infection prevention and control, epidemiology, emerging antibiotic resistance and its relationship to our microbiome and adverse health outcomes. He is leading the NZ Infection Prevention & Control Consultancy, based in Christchurch and Auckland, where he provides New Zealand-wide IPC consultancy services and is also co-founder of Sanipure.

In this episode, we chat about their journey into healthcare and research. We also cover:

  • The importance of immunity and microbiology, particularly in this current environment as we face a global pandemic;
  • Infection prevention and control and risks involved in over-sanitation;
  • Antibiotics – have they saved us or diminished our bodies’ natural fighting power?
  • Herd immunity, travel bubbles and being aware of Dr Google;
  • Ways to support natural health and wellbeing.

April 27, 2021

Gilbert Enoka – Performing under pressure and things that assist

Gilbert Enoka has a long history of success as a mental skills coach with New Zealand’s corporate and sporting elite. He is internationally renowned for his 21-year history with the All Blacks, first as their mental skills coach and now as manager. Gilbert is a sought-after speaker, giving insight into the psychology behind individual and team success in world-level sport and how this can be applied to any walk of life.

In this episode, he chats about performing under pressure and things that can assist. We also cover:

  • His journey into the New Zealand sporting industry;
  • What his work as a mental skills coach entails;
  • Performance under pressure and tips around performing your best when the team is relying on you;
  • Social media and the impact on people’s mental/emotional health;
  • High-performing teams and mental health during a pandemic.