James is a pioneer in health-care and co-founded the free association of diverse ‘whole-system philosophy’ practitioners that today integrate their efforts in a relationship-centred primary practice at the HOUSE OF HOLISTIC HEALTH, the place James calls home.
With early beginnings in the field of Biokinetics, he has read for several degrees in the health sciences, culminating in a postgraduate certificate in Integrative Medicine; he is currently a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
With clinical experience of some 23 years fuelled by constant inquiry, James currently focuses on precise health-strategy development using DNA/genome analysis and the exciting new fields of genomics to create lifestyle balance, disease risk-reduction and higher performance based on an individual’s genetic variance.
JAMES` FAVOURITE BOOKS
ENLIGHTENMENT NOW | STEVEN PINKER | 2018
A case for reason, science, humanism and progress. I read this last year and keep going back to it when the world seems worse than it ever was, to remind myself that it is actually better than it ever was. This does not imply a denial of a whole lot of deep trouble in our current world of greed, suffering and poverty but that an informed perspective like Pinker’s is needed to understand how much progress we have made and how we have managed to achieve it.
CONSCIOUS | ANNAKA HARRIS | 2019
A brief guide to the fundamental mystery of the mind. Concise and enlightening, this book covers challenging arguments about the self, free will and felt experience. It’s also interesting to me because it was written by Annaka, who is married to Sam Harris, one of my favourite philosophers (who is also a PhD neuroscientist).
12 Rules for Life | JORDAN B. PETERSON | 2018
An antidote to Chaos. Former Professor of clinical psychology at Harvard and U Toronto, Jordan Peterson is a controversial person in the media’s eyes but I believe this only developed because he had the courage to challenge some populist beliefs. I enjoy challenging my own beliefs through Dr. Peterson’s lectures and books, this one is clear and simple and I believe valuable for especially young earthlings in 2019.
THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO | ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN | 1973
After Jordan Peterson called this possibly the most important book of the 20th century, I decided I had to attempt to read it. It is a marathon of Soviet camp suffering and literary masterpiece of critical political indictment. So many parallels existed in South Africa during apartheid and I can’t help but cringe every time I hear a modern politician use the word ‘comrade’ today. “Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago”
ON HAVING NO HEAD | DOUGLAS HARDING | 1961
Zen and the re-discovery of the obvious.
A short book about meditation and flipping one’s awareness to the observer who is “home”.