Tommy Wood MD
PhD Fellow in neonatal brain metabolism at the University of Oslo, Norway
I am a qualified medical doctor, graduating from Oxford University in 2011. I have a previous Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences and Biochemistry from Cambridge University. After working as a junior doctor in the UK for two years, I am now working towards a PhD in neonatal brain metabolism at the University of Oslo, Norway. I am also an experienced rowing and strength coach, and have written and lectured on the multiple beneficial effects that optimal movement can have on both health and performance. My middle name is Ragnar.
Though working with patients and family members I have experience in studying the effects of diet on chronic inflammatory diseases, particularly multiple sclerosis. I have used ‘systems dynamics’ modelling to study disease systems as a whole and through this work, I have lectured at international conferences on the effects of diet and nutrition on chronic disease. As knowledge of disease processes on the cellular level increases, system dynamics is the perfect way to bring this information together and adopt holistic solutions to the chronic inflammatory diseases that plague the Western world.
Having spent the best part of a decade rowing at Cambridge and Oxford, I became increasingly interested in how nutrition affects athletic performance. Far from the complex synthetic powders and bars I used to consume, I believe true health and performance will come from a simpler approach. Diet and a holistic approach to lifestyle should form the basis of all treatment of systemic disease. Medications and modern medicine certainly have their place, but it seems intuitive to try and improve health through evidence-based changes in diet and lifestyle first.
When not surrounded by the latest scientific studies, I make sure to prioritise those things that are inextricably linked with long-term health: sleep, food, movement, and time with my girlfriend, Elizabeth. Not only does she love, support, and teach me things every day, she is also behind every article and talk – often knowing better how to explain what I want to say than I do myself. For all of this, I am eternally grateful.
My blog, writing, and podcasting are an ongoing effort to use the knowledge I have acquired to help people make sense of the world of health. We all find it increasingly difficult to do so when we are constantly given mixed messages by the media, health professionals and even scientific studies. My objective is to shine some light on the best way for people to approach these conflicting issues, and to help find ways to practically implement them in our daily lives.
Visit Tommy’s website: Dr. Ragnar-Health and Fitness in the Real World