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Good intentions and the initial actions with which we begin a new year are often noble but not always sustainable or more accurately…strategic!

We bound into hard graft with positive goals and the energy to support them, yet how many of us subscribe to a formula for achieving our lofty fitness aims? The mind is willing but the body needs time to adapt! As we feel the after effects of physical exercise—when stiff, sore, under-used bits begin to ache—most of us fall off the workout-wagon. Science suggests this abandonment of goals relates to a lack of habit-forming strategies and contingencies. In other words we need to prepare for DOMS and other torturous retaliation from our newly recruited limbs.

So, if soreness is a given when starting a fitness routine, and starting a fitness routine is what humans like to do at this time of the year. How can we minimise the inevitable onslaught of pain so we continue to train and give our fitness goals a chance to turn into a habit?

EMPLOY A RECOVERY STRATEGY

Athletes have been exposing themselves to various theraputic strategies for centuries, though methods have changed somewhat in recent times (from acupuncture to ice baths). Amongst the more scientific approaches comes a new breed of biotech which effectively blocks pain and stimulates cellular recovery.

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo

Before hitting the opiates, the 19th Century migraine sufferer and Les Miserables scribe may well have turned to another painkilling idea in vogue at the time—an idea  that’s been around for millennia but that’s now fomenting a healthcare revolution. Electricity.

With world pain endemic and the risks of painkilling drugs becoming increasingly acute, PainPod biotechnology engineers are switching on the power of our natural bioelectrical systems, not just to kill pain, but to precisely target a widening range of health conditions.

On average, 2 in 5 have daily aches or pain, 1 in 5 chronic pain and 9 in 10 of us can expect to suffer back pain. It’s not only the pain that impairs us – constant pain causes anxiety, depression, de-conditioning, social isolation, low self-esteem and relationship breakdown. Pain’s costs are incalculable and many of us are realising that the pills simply aren’t working. A fresh study recently published in the British Medical Journal suggests links between taking high doses of anti-inflammatory painkillers—such as ibuprofen—and heart attacks.  In sport painkiller addiction is endemic, opiates are the biggest cause of accidental suicide in Australia and opiate addiction is killing 175 Americans a day. Demands for effective natural alternatives to NSAIDs, analgesics and opiates are growing.

A new generation of ultra wearable devices that harness the body’s own bioelectrical system are providing an answer. By putting the power of advanced bioelectrical technology directly in the hands of medical professionals and everyday people alike, the evidence shows that not only are they blocking all types of chronic and acute pain, they’re revolutionising health self management by giving individuals the  means themselves to address conditions untouched by drugs THE POWER OF AN IDEA.

Ever since ancient Egyptians discovered the shocking effects of electric fish on the body, low level electrotherapy has been used to manage pain by stimulating nerves, tissues and muscles. The classical  Greeks were galvanised by electro-therapeutic healing—the root of narcotic derives from “narka,” the greek word for electric fish meaning—pain relief. As long ago  as 63 A.D. Romans were easing migraines with electric rays, Scribonius Largus, personal physician to Emperor Claudius,  was an electric  advocate:

“To immediately remove and permanently cure a headache, however long-lasting and intolerable, a live black torpedo is put on the place which is in pain, until the pain ceases and the part grows numb”

Throughout centuries since, devices utilising  electrical impulses have been improving health and saving  lives—in modern medicine most commonly pacemakers and defibrillators.  In the past 50 years,  commercial interest in the field has been dimmed mainly due to the rise of  pharmaceuticals and the debunking of electrotherapy as lacking meaningful evidence.  But times they are a changing.  Innovators are now harnessing latest medical evidence with the most modern understanding  of neurophysiology and molecular mechanisms, leading to a new generation of devices working in natural harmony with the body’s peripheral nervous system, the muscular-skeletal and biocellular systems.  

Now dubbed “Electroceuticals”, an increasing volume of pharmacological research is proving the central roles of  the peripheral nervous system and neuromuscular system in organ function, immune responses and the body’s respiratory, cardiovascular and inflammatory systems—developments which would have been inconceivable only 10 years ago. The last 5 years have seen an explosion of BioElectronics ventures being set up, with billions in funding being put to developing miniaturised electronic devices and electrical stimulation therapies—market analysts predict the electroceutical industry  will be worth $ 25.20 Billion by 2021 up from $ 17.20 Billion in 2016. What’s got investors attention is the potential for electroceuticals to address medical conditions currently  untouched or underserved by commercial pharmaceuticals and without the side effects
The signs are that electrotherapy is powering  out of the twilight and into the sun light.

TAKING THE POWER IN OUR OWN HANDS

What may prove different this time around, isn’t the promise of more power to big pharma or to the markets, it’s that  we can take the power of bioelectricity into our own hands. In the same way that self-monitoring has transformed health—people using smart ultra-wearable sensors and apps to process a wealth of data to help them manage their personal health—this new generation of personal bioelectric devices is democratising healthcare, fomenting a revolution in self-management that’s improving personal health. PainPod have not only developed devices that empower people with the means to manage their pain and help recovery by stimulating the muscular and nervous systems, they’ve  produced easy to use ultrawearables that mimic the body’s natural microcurrent, promoting cellular normalisation and healing from injury or disease.  

CEO Rick Rowan says the vision is to change lives “by making these advanced Biotechnologies accessible for everyone from the young to the elderly” PainPod deliver on that promise by programming the devices with specific frequency formulations, advanced waveforms and protocols formed by  the results of the best available current medical evidence—so,  whether you’re an elite athlete, an arthritis sufferer, a diabetic patient, a parent or truck driver with a musculoskeletal problem, the positive impact on your personal health is likely to be profound. Evidence based, easy to understand and, above all, empowering, these small, lifestyle biomedical devices hold the power to change lives.

Extensive, qualitative evidence and systematic reviews show the formulations and modalities in the devices to be effective for pain relief including chronic, acute, post-surgical and neuropathic pain. Proprietary, embedded neuro-electrical muscular stimulation formulations can stimulate the body systems to produce the hormones essential for body functions and that have been shown to positively impact conditions ranging from muscle atrophy and osteoarthritis through to improved function of  Hematopoietic Stem Cells in diabetic patients—a potential regenerative tool for treating human vascular disease. The same modalities that an athlete can use to increase exercise intensity for muscle mass and strength gains can be used to improve muscular and cardiovascular conditions in the elderly, obese and diabetics.  

Further still, the imperceptible power of Microcurrent has shown beneficial effects in cutaneous wound healing with extensive evidence for  different applications to  promote healing, reduce inflammation and participate  in tissue repair.  

With the ever-growing understanding of the power of our own biosystems and the evolution of devices to harness it, along with the growing power of social evidence to influence change, Rick sees a time fast-approaching  where our first choice will be to reach for the devices not the drugs.   Putting the power in people’s hands, driven by a proposition of mass participation and accessibility “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” And, this time, it most certainly has.

IN A NUTSHELL

PainPod is a drug-free, pocket-sized device which harnesses the body’s bioelectrical system to moderate and manage pain levels. It works by delivering bio-electrical nerve stimulation pulses through the skin to the nerve endings in the affected area, blocking pain signals from travelling to the brain. PainPod has a range of devices for different applications, including some specifically designed for hands and feet, but top of its bestseller list are the PainPod 3 and PainPod Mi. PainPod 3 has 12 treatments to choose from and 20 intensity settings; it’s also a 3-in-1 device, not only blocking pain, but also accelerating recovery and increasing performance levels. PainPod Mi is a tiny, ultra lightweight smaller version which is wearable all day, offering a 10 hour micro-current painless treatment, and with a touch of a button the device gives a 15 minute booster massage for immediate pain relief. 

What Is It: A small, drug-free pain relief device.

Why Buy It: It’s wearable and portable, so it can be used on the go.

The Details: The PainPod 3 is rrp $479, and the PainPod Mi is rrp $99, available from www.thepainpod.com, pharmacies, physiotherapists and chiropractors nationally. 

Food is more than energy it is an expression of love, a vessel of memories, an important part of culture, tradition, and a way to connect to the land—its flavours and fragility. So, as others rush through the stores in search of the perfect gift, consider slowing down to make the best gift of all—good food!

Good food starts with great ingredients…

The simplest way to elevate any dish is with an ingredient of local origin, this adds to the freshness but also the story on your plate.

Stories make a meal into a memory…

Instead of a menu, make a discovery diary with pictures of the land and people behind the produce. I got this idea watching an episode of Destination Flavour: China (S.1 Ep.3), where Australian chef, Adam Liaw explores the food philosophy of Dai Jianjun, owner of the world famous DragonWellManor, (or Longjing Manor), an exquisite fine-dining restaurant nestled in a private garden in Hangzhou. Dai keeps a daily diary with pictures of the produce he cooks with and the people who grow it—his “farm friends”—which he treats as family. The importance of nurturing relationships with his suppliers stems from the philosophy that food is more than ingredients, it is a connection to the land, to culture and community.

A discovery diary is a keepsake your guests can treasure, and if you fill it with recipes from your feast, it becomes a living memory they can recreate, re-experience, reinterpret and share with their loved ones.

No Menu adds novelty…

In his earlier series, Destination Flavour: Scandinavia, Adam visited the Swedish city of Malmö and the kitchen of Titti Qvarnström, the first Swedish female chef awarded a Michelin Star for Bloom in the Park. There he found that the secret to her menu, is not having one! Titti likes to surprise her guests, allowing them to experience food as a delicious discovery. Placing emphasis on the experience of trying something new, unearthing unexpected combinations that we wouldn’t normally consider.

Let your guests make their own delicious discovery. Use this concept to introduce different foods, heirloom varieties, or better still, serve a plant-based version of a festive favourite.

Do a Heston for the Holidays…

Heston Blumenthal is known for his clever food deceptions, artfully reimagining how food looks, tastes, feels, sounds and smells. Why not apply this approach to inspire a fresh perspective on plant foods? To get you started here are some suggestions.

Ahimi: turn your tomato into tuna like chef James Cromwell.

This Cheese is Nuts: make aged-almond cheddar or cashew camembert like Julie Piatt.

Smokey Christmas Menu: stuff a breast of celeriac and give poultry the bird like Lisette Kreischer.

Plants offer unexpected benefits…

In her book OMD (One Meal a Day for the Planet), Suzy Amis-Cameron shares her families favourite foods—all of them plant-based. The book sheds light on the amazing impact of eating just one plant meal a day, a small change that dramatically reduces your carbon footprint on nature (OMD estimates that eating one plant-based meal a day saves 736,895 litres of water and 350 kilograms of carbon emissions). Suzy calls these “benefit effects” as opposed to the health and environment side-effects of consuming increasingly larger quantities of animal products.

Make Christmas a celebration of community…

Even if your motives aren’t environmental (though everyone is effected by climate change) or health oriented (according to a study by Harvard researchers, swapping just 3% of processed red meat for plant proteins reduces your chances of an early death by 34%), perhaps the incentive behind making your feast minus the meat is about celebrating and empowering community (reducing demand for industrial meat and dairy improves access to nutritional foods for poorer communities, supporting local farmers and urban/school garden schemes).

I hope this post inspires you to share your table, create memories, re-connect with nature, and celebrate your community through the best gift of all—good food!

Inga Yandell, Editor BE Journal

 

Shopping centres are a hive of activity at this time of year, store shelves adorned with seasonal gifts and fare. While for some Christmas is commercial, for others it inspires a creative spirit to make or uncover a truly unique present for their loved ones.

Strolling modern markets one discovers a surprising amount of pop-up stores, with make-your-own options transforming standard stocking stuffers into personalised ornaments, perfumes, confectionaries and much more. Creative spaces filled with happy crafters beavering away like elves in Santa’s workshop. And a beautiful hand-crafted gift certainly makes an impression but it takes time to produce—a luxury rarely afforded the deadline driven. For busy people seeking a gift of authentic and original craftsmanship, Kantala’s collection of handmade ethical fashion accessories might just be what you’re looking for.

Inspired by a 300-year-old traditional hand-weaving technique, Kantala combines Sri Lankan influences with functionality for a modern lifestyle.

Ethical Elegance aptly describes the brands aspirations, from plant-based materials to supporting local artisans. BE Journal takes you behind the brand with co-founder Nadishan Shanthikumar to learn more…

How did you begin designing consciously-crafted bags?

Both of us believe in creating value through our work that creates a positive impact in our communities and the environment. This belief was influenced by our upbringing and local culture which emphasizes compassion, care and respect towards others. So, our shared vision was to set up an enterprise based on these values with a mission to create a positive social and environmental impact.

While on his travels, Vikum found the moment of inspiration in Egypt when he saw a set of hieroglyphics cleverly incorporated into contemporary goods. He became convinced a product based on a traditional Sri Lankan craft was the business he wanted to create. Upon his return to Sri Lanka, Vikum searched for a traditional Sri Lankan craft that could be applied to a contemporary product which had a global demand. It was while on this search he came across the traditional artisans of Henavala, who were continuing a handwoven craft with a history of over 300 years, dating back to Sri Lanka’s last royal kingdom of Kandy. After Vikum shared his findings with me the two of us set out to learn more about this traditional craft. Soon we came to realise both the craft and the natural fibre material used to weave the mats gave the foundation to the positive social and environmental impact we wanted to create.

After seeking feedback from various people about the different applications of the handwoven material, we realized the material was well suited to make handbags. Hereafter, we set in motion the process of creating the perfect handbag that would champion the handwoven mat. As we brought in the different elements we needed to complete the Kantala handbag, we always stuck to the vision and mission we shared. This helped us to create the consciously-crafted bag each and every Kantala handbag is today.

What are the cultural influences and benefits to local communities?

There are multiple cultural influences at play when it comes to our work. As the core material of every Kantala product is the handwoven natural fibre mat, each product is influenced by the traditional craft which has a history of over 300 years. The weaving techniques used to create various designs have been perfected generation after generation. It is these skills and techniques which make it possible for us to create a variety of woven patterns.
Unfortunately, when we first met the artisans back in December 2012, the craft was in decline due to a lack of economically viable opportunities. We were amazed by the craft and its potential that we made it our mission to secure and revive the craft.

A fair living wage and timely payments have helped create economic benefits for the artisans. This helped to increase the number of artisans engaged with Kantala from 8 in 2013 to 22 by end of 2017. However, one concerning indicator was the average age of the artisans. In 2013 the average age of an artisan was 60, which highlighted the impending demise of the craft due to a new generation not taking up the craft. However, as we continued to promote our artisans to a global audience and reposition the craft as a highly skilled and prestigious sector, younger folks have started to take up the craft. By the end of 2017, the average age of an artisan dropped to 50. Thereby, Kantala has helped to secure a defining element of our traditional crafts and culture while creating a fair and respectable livelihood for rural communities in Sri Lanka.

What elements of nature proved the most versatile in construction and style?

One of the key elements which drew us to the handwoven mats was the natural fibre mat which was used to weave the mats. The fibre, which is extracted from the hana plan (Agave cantala), is a long fine white colour fibre with a mild sheen. The fibre is extremely strong, it’s cousin in Mexico is used to make rope, making it an ideal material for making objects that have to withstand weight. At the same time, its visual qualities give it an aesthetically pleasing texture once dyed and woven.

While this might not be of relevance to its use as a material in our handbags, the hana plant also serves quite a bit of community service as well. Hana plants can be grown as a bio-fence to stop wildlife entering cultivated land. It is a safe and environmentally conscious alternative to electric fences used to ward off wildlife. The plant can grow without watering and fertilizer while the leaves will keep on growing until the plant flowers and dies. All of this make the hana plant a genuinely versatile element of nature in many aspects.

Another element in our bags which play a versatile role is the upcycled coconut shell accessories. The coconut shell, which is discarded or incinerated, is used to make the logo tags and some of the other accessories such as D-rings and shoulder strap sliders used in our bags. Coconut shells are deceivingly tough and once polished using sandpaper and a brush, adds a unique aesthetic element to our products. Engraving the Kantala logo on coconut shell pieces has given a signature touch to our products.

Why is it vital to improve the current methods and materials used?

As an organisation which creates a positive social and environmental impact, our cost base is comparatively greater than most of our competition. In order to scale supply and maintain costs at a manageable level that doesn’t erode our competitiveness and mission, it is important for us to continuously review the processes and materials which are used to create Kantala products.

When you are working with traditional crafts, scalability becomes a key concern because all processed are done using hand tools. If the business fails to scale while maintaining cost competitiveness, the brand will ultimately fail. Therefore, certain low value add processes have to be mechanised using modern technology while labour is redirected to the core high value add activities. This will create higher efficiency, meaning the brand can scale while maintaining cost competitiveness. Also, by redirecting labour to higher value add activities, the artisans can earn more while increasing their output.

Three materials used in Kantala products are sourced from overseas, due to the lack of a viable alternative in Sri Lanka. This incurs added costs and increased lead times, which reduce the efficiency of our operations. Therefore, it is vital for us to engage local sources to improve substitutes to these imported materials, which will reduce the material cost and lead times. This also means we can redirect fund which would have been sent overseas back into our local communities as well.

What are the practical challenges of designing innovative storage solutions for modern lifestyles?

A world of fast changing consumer preferences translates into shorter product lifecycles which becomes hugely challenging when you are producing handcrafted goods. Unlike synthetic materials which can be easily moulded into any form or shape, natural materials are restrictive in their adaptability. However, by designing the interior of the products in such a manner that it gives the user functional flexibility, we manage to overcome most of these issues. We create certain products that are targeted to a very specific lifestyle while other products have the functionality to apply across multiple lifestyles.

Our plan is to carve out a niche position in the market that addresses a selected number of lifestyles which complement the personality of Kantala as a slow fashion brand. Therefore, we concentrate on achieving technical and design proficiency in addressing the storage requirements of these selected lifestyles.

How do you envision the definition and application of bags evolving in the future?

The core functionality of the handbag has remained the same over the decades. However, the purpose it fulfils changes according to the consumer who carries it. For one consumer their handbag is merely a practical necessity while to another it is an aesthetic element. To another customer, it could have emotional connotations. We believe the definition and application of the handbag will remain within this paradigm changing only from the point of view of the customer.

Bag makers who clearly identify their customer group and delivers a product that meets the customer’s practical, aesthetic and emotional expectations will see their products do well.

What is the ideal all-rounder for a travelling professional?

This is actually a question we are addressing at the moment. One of our first and favourite customers recently got in touch asking to develop a bag for her which she can use on her work trips of about one to two nights. We worked closely with her first to identify her needs while traveling on work and how we can provide her a solution.

The modern professional has many electronic devices which need to travel safely. They also like to carry a book to read, a magazine, notepad and pen etc. And then you have all the garments they need. The last thing a traveling professional needs after a long day of meetings is to have to carry multiple bags and spend time checking in and retrieving luggage.

Therefore, we created a simple solution with a comfortable handle for easy carrying, extra padding for safety, and a wide base which allows us to add multiple compartments which can accommodate up to 4 electronic devices and cables while having room for writing material and garments. From the outside it looks like the everyday elegant bag you take to work. But on the inside, it can accommodate quite a lot of things that will keep you organised and on the go for at least 2 nights. This is what we believe will make an ideal all-rounder for a traveling professional.

Explore the full range of vibrant and vegan accessories at Kantalabrands.com

Coffee is a comfort which sustains explorers the world over. Seeds from the unassuming coffee shrub have inspired voyages of harvest and trade since the 10th century. This heritage is embraced by the coffee connoisseurs at Nespresso who have released a limited collection of the world’s rarest single origin arabica’s—sourced from India, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and the Galapagos Islands.

Imbued with tradition, the four coffees in Nespresso’s 2018 Explorations Tasting Box reveal distinctive cultural and landscape qualities.

A story within a box, unfolding like origami to reveal treasures within. Four sleeves of coffee adorned with patterns unique to their origin. A photo album nestled inside, shares the stories of the coffee growers and hints at the complex aromas and flavours of the beans you are about to experience. Two special edition glasses are hidden beneath in a submerged cavity—unveiled only as you explore a little deeper.

Distilled in a drink…the mysteries of nature—a thought to savour as you unwrap this exquisite gift!

The carefully-curated Explorations 2018 box is the result of a challenge set by Nespresso coffee experts who travelled the world to source and select their ‘picks of the year’: a collection of four Limited Edition coffees considered as ‘gems’ due to their rarity, scarcity and extraordinary aromatic profiles. In addition to the four coffees, the box also comes complete with a set of two Nespresso Reveal coffee glasses, designed with Riedel, along with a coffee table book filled with coffee stories and tasting recommendations.

Mitch Monaghan, Nespresso Coffee Ambassador, said of the launch: “All of the coffees in the new Explorations box each hold a rare story that I am excited to share with Australia. Remote lands or unusual conditions can transform a normal coffee plant into a true coffee treasure; I love that each unique taste of the Explorations range comes from somewhere unexpected.”

India Mylemoney

Mylemoney Single Estate sits at a high elevation near the Bababudan Mountain in Chikmagalur, Southern India. According to legend, India’s first coffee was planted there over 300 years ago with seeds smuggled in from Arabia by a pilgrim named Bababuda, after whom the mountain was named.

All ideal factors culminate on this farm: 1200 metres high elevation rich farm biodiversity, two distinct levels of shaded trees, a meticulous processing system with selective picking of ripe cherries and eco-friendly pulping, fermenting, washing and drying under the natural sunlight.

The result is a complex coffee with dry cereal and toasted notes that are reminiscent of bread crust.

Nicaragua Las Marias

1300 metres above sea level, Finca Las Marias was the first Nicaraguan farm to be Rainforest Alliance-certified back in 2003.

Where Nicaraguan coffee is usually processed by the washing method, this single-estate gem is ‘black honey’ processed. This means the mucilage or ‘miel’ (honey) in Spanish – the sticky fruit of the coffee cherry – is left on the seed during drying.

The process enhances the coffee’s ultimate sweetness by highlighting the fruity notes which are coupled with a fine acidity for an overall comforting, balanced and round cup of coffee.

República Dominicana Valle Del Cibao

What’s striking in this medium roasted Espresso is its refreshing green notes of fruits and nuts. Complimented with a touch of acidity and a light body, this is undoubtedly a great coffee to discover.

Prone to hurricanes in the Caribbean, the Valle Del Cibao lies between two mountain chains with one being home to the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Pico Duarte. This giant mass protects the entire region from excessive climate variations, adding a stability that is evidently translated into the coffee beans, making its flavours round and balanced.

These conditions, coupled with the constant rainy season of the Caribbean Islands which yields an almost year-round coffee cropping and harvesting period, result in a refreshing medium-roast coffee with green notes of fruit and nuts.

Galapagos Santa Cruz

The Galapagos Islands are not the tropical hothouse that usually characterise a fine coffee-sourcing region. Instead – with the cold ocean current that runs from Peru, The Cromwell currents that travel from the West Pacific and carry rich nutrients, and the North and South trade that battles the heat of the sun – the Galapagos become a unique hot bed for plant growth.

These specialised conditions create a full-bodied coffee with a cacao-like bitterness, that reveals roasted and sweet biscuit notes.

The 2018 Explorations Tasting Box will be available for a limited time from 15th October 2018 to purchase from Nespresso Boutiques, or order through the Nespresso Club, and online at nespresso.com. RRP $90 for four sleeves of coffee, a set of Nespresso Reveal Glasses and a Limited Edition coffee table book.

Mental Health Week signifies a growing awareness and interest in fostering new narratives around mental health issues. First held in Australia in 1985, the annual event coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10th and includes “Mental As”, a collection of stories on mental health issues aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

These documentaries do a fine job of promoting new science and expressing unique perspectives on various conditions from Autism to Alzheimers. Though if I could add anything to their line-up it would be the cultural documentary CRAZYWISE co-directed by photographer-filmmaker Phil Borges. In this program we learn how indigenous cultures encourage exploration of altered states—what emerges is an understanding that ‘reality is relative’ to the individual and the culture.

People with unique sensitivities are offered guidance and respect to empower self discovery and confidence to embrace their differences. This is starkly different from the stigma associated with different states of mind amongst modern society. Shapeshifting and vision quests move beyond concepts of fiction or myth—this film shows how these practices represent an opportunity to master states of heightened awareness and to skilfully navigate new experiences with an open mind.

CRAZYWISE examines the effects of how modern vs traditional cultures approach mental health and what the outcome is for people who are labeled as mentally dysfunctional, disturbed or disabled. What are the consequences of diagnosing and prescribing drugs to treat an illness? Should we consider it a unique form of insight when someone hears voices in their head or experiences hallucinations? Is it better to administer pharmaceuticals to dampen these aberrations or enhance them? The film poses these questions, but also offers audiences a more expansive and inclusive view of mental health. It is a noteworthy omission from ABC’s “Mental As” showcase, one which reveals the mental health costs of limiting our state of mind.

Read our interview with Phil Borges in issue 47.

Phil Borges, a social documentary photographer and filmmaker, has been documenting indigenous cultures for over 25 years. His films and photographs are exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Phil has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic. As an experienced lecturer, he has spoken at multiple TED talks. Phil directed 13 short documentaries focusing on gender based issues around the world for UN Women, CARE, ReSurge, joinFITE, Foundation for Women and One Heart. Two recent films include: One Heart in Nepal (2012, 6:39 min), and Ms. Trung (2012, 4:51 min).

CRAZYWISE is available to stream, download or purchase as a DVD. You can also attend or host a community screening, details @ crazywisefilm.com