Following an accident and 20 months of living with chronic back pain, I learned about how food has a part in pain management and recovery. By the time I got operated and rid of the pain, I was hooked on how nutrition works. I find it extraordinarily interesting. I discovered the keto diet, and lost and kept off 10 kilos. I began to hack my health, sometimes also helping others.
I had diabetes when pregnant and would have got it again had I not been so deliberate with what I eat. While I recognize that people’s situations are different, my experience has convinced me that diabetes (type 2) is both preventable and curable. I choose what I eat both to keep my A1C level down and to stay slim. Learning how diabetes comes about and how it works was difficult at first, but with my interest in food and nutrition it became very manageable after a while.
Following the loss of my job, I took some time to reflect upon what I want. Being able to achieve complex change, and liking such work, I fit in large organizations and in dealing with uncertainty. My family is very happy in Zurich and we wish to stay. My options here include financial services and pharmaceuticals, and I’ve already done the first of those. Although change in Swiss healthcare is slow, I believe it is bound to happen, and be significant. I decided to invest in a master of healthcare management. One of the courses was about “medicine, for non-clinicians”. It was awesome!
I have always had a passion for learning, especially about complex topics that are important. Human physiology wins in both those categories. It is simply amazing to learn bits of how we work, studying the same problems from different angles, zooming in and out of various mechanisms of physiology, always comprehending more. I find it rather stimulating that one cannot know everything, that new notions often rock previous beliefs, and that serious learning must be anchored in science too.