Category Archives: Health

Clyde Rathbones Battle with Depression

Today Clyde Rathbone released a courageous article regaling his personal battles with depression, and has requested his story be shared. Below it is reproduced in full:

“Sometimes we have to take risks, be terrified and do it anyway”. Julian Smith wrote this, so I decided to contact him, below is what I wrote. Just like I’ve asked Julian, I’m asking you all to send this to somebody you know if you think it might help them.

I’m not really sure where to start, if this appears as unlettered and rambling as I fear please accept my apologies…

I first heard about you whilst listening to Robb Wolfs podcast, from there I found your blog, read every single post, downloaded & read “Flinch” which resonated with me in ways I’m not nearly well enough equipped to articulate so I’m forced to drag out the cliché that it changed my life, but fuck it it did!

I know my story is neither as boring or as interesting as I think it is, I hope you’ll bare with me and read it (there’s an idea at the end, and I know you like those) but if you decide not to I’m fine with that too.

I was born in South Africa 30 years ago I’m the oldest of 4 boys, I had a difficult childhood, I was abused emotionally by someone who should have been looking after me. And it had a huge effect on me. A number of things can happen when you’ve been emotionally abused. Every negative thing I heard about myself, things that were said repeatedly to me became my truth, I started to believe that negative voice until it became ingrained, it affected me in nearly everything that I did and every decision I made. Usually people who are exposed to this abuse have extremely low confidence and low self esteem, In my case that was certainly true but those that knew me in high school may well describe me as arrogant, my defence mechanism was to project an image of myself that most protected me. Continue reading


How To Deal With Rejection!

It’s been 12 months since my heart flutter thingy. Today I had my appointment for the 12 month Echo Cardiogram. So I’ve watched my weight, exercised and taken my medication like a good boy in anticipation of seeing the heart specialist. 2 days ago I even stopped drinking coffee so that there would be absolutely no chance of my blood pressure being high during the consultation.
I arrive at my appointment and the receptionist says “you can have your ECG but Dr (insert Indian heart Dr name here) isn’t in today so you will have to come back to see him.”

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

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My mind does a double take. WTF (What the f@#k mum translation) Doesn’t he know what I’ve gone through to make this appointment! It’s not like this just happens you know. There been a lot of work gone into getting this old ticker running this good. Sometimes you just don’t appreciate what I go through for you. I mean 2 whole bloody days without coffee! For nothing. I feel used.

But what I said was. “No that’s fine when is he available next. I’ll come in then. $300 no worries” Soft, soft,soft,soft,soft. Coffee please!

My name is Shane “Sully” Sullivan and I am a unit.

What do you know about Diabetes?

I have posted a lot of Rugby posts on the Blog lately. It’s time for a change. A lot of people in my extended family are type 2 Diabetics. I am determined to stop it happening to me. Here is what I’ve found out!

I am in a high risk group. How do I know? I did a  simple 10 question test. If you score more than 14 in the Test you are high risk.

Q1: Age? 47. 4 points

No worries everyone gets old and risks go up with age. Still 10 points to go.

Q2: Gender? Male. 3 points

Doesn’t really seem fair to get slugged 3 points just for being a man but what can I do. I still have 7 points. No worries

Q3: Ethnicity? Pacific Islander decent. 2 points.

What the! Even the doctors a picking on the cuz! Joking. 2 points just because my Great Grandma was born in the wrong country. That’s not right. 5 points left.

Q4: Family history? Yes. 3 points

Well what can you say about that. It’s an epidemic. 2 points left

I am only 4 questions in and I can see where it’s going. I have 12 points that I can do nothing about. Well I could have a sex change but I think for the purposes of the test I would still have to say male. The rest of the questions I can do something about Continue reading

Should You Drink Water Before You Exercise?

Some of you just went “DUH! Of Course you should.” Well on my second last Run Swim Run I didn’t. Here is the account I promised you in “Can Surf Life Saving Keep You healthy?”

Life Savers

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I had woken up late on Proficiency day at Southport Surf Life Saving Club. Once a year every volunteer Surf Life Saver must pass their Proficiency. A series of tests to prove you have the skills to save lives. They range from doing CPR to Board rescues in the Surf. But the very first thing is the Run Swim Run a 200 metre run followed by a 400 metre surf swim and finishing up with another 200 metre run.

As I said I slept in. I grabbed a Banana and a Cup of Coffee and headed for the club. In the rush I left my water bottle at home. I signed in and got myself down to the beach. The first run went by without a problem but by half way through the swim I knew I was in trouble. I was flagging badly. I managed to get out okay but my legs were dead and the second run seemed to take forever but I made it over the line. I knew the time wasn’t that fast but was it fast enough to pass the test? Continue reading

Do You Need I.C.E. On Your Phone?

I have pinched this off Facebook via Janine Draper’s account. I thought It was important enough to share with everyone. It only takes a couple of minutes to add an important number to your phone like this.

Message from the Ambulance Service

We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn’t know which number to call. He, therefore, thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as ‘ICE’. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc

Please forward this. It won’t take too many ‘forwards’ before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest.

I have added a Photo of my I.C.E Contact from Outlook

My Left Foot and Svaroopa® Yoga

I have had a bit of trouble with the circulation in my left leg for a while now. I have a Varicose vein and the circulation is quite poor. I especially have problems when I stand for long periods as my foot swells up so much that my toes don’t touch the ground. It can take days for it to go down.

I thought I would buy a set of Skins socks to keep the swelling down while I was on Surf Life saving duty. I decided to ask my friend Angela Barnett for some advice before I bought them as she is a Nurse and knows about such things. She said to go ahead and try them but she would like to show me four simple poses that might also help. She is also a Svaroopa Yoga teacher so she knows what she is talking about so I jumped at the chance.

She showed me four very easy yoga poses that only take 15 minutes a day. The first is simple sitting in a chair with your body in a very specific position. the second is sitting in a chair with your legs crossed. The third is a lunge stretch and the fourth is a lying spinal twist. I must stress that even though these are very simple stretches you do need someone to show exactly the positions you should be in.

The change in my leg was instantaneous. As I changed positions I could see my foot shrinking by up to 1.5 cm. It was amazing. I have done the Magic Four most days and I feel better for it every time. I have started doing one of Angela’s classes to improve my technique.

You can find more information on Svaroopa® Yoga at

Below are a few photos of a local male supermodel I asked to demonstrate the Magic Four.

#1 Slow Motion Dive

#2 Crook't Knee Pose

#3 Lunge

#4 Reclining Spinal Twist

Running Log and more

I have collected a few Spreadsheets that keep track of My jogs, how far my shoes have run, my weight, my blood pressure, my target heart rates, basically it does a bit of everything. I can’t claim credit for any of it except to tweak a few things and to put it all together in 1 file. I have also included the original Spreadsheet and instructions

Available Here

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