Dr C. Edward Pitt MBBS FRACGP is a full time GP* and spare-time writer. He lives and works in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
He has been studying and working in the medical profession since 1992. He spent a number of years in hospital paediatrics before getting sick of shift-work and moving into general practice.
Since attaining his GP Fellowship in 2005, he has gained experience in many and varied areas of medicine including Skin Cancer Medicine, Cosmetic Medicine, Aged Care, and Sexual Health & Family Planning. He acts as an independent medico-legal expert in the field of general practice, and serves in executive positions on a number of national and state level boards for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
His written work has been broadly published in a number of different spheres. In the early 2000’s, he was a regular writer for the national Christian magazine, “Alive”. He published his first book in 2009, “Stress Out”, now in its second edition. In 2013, he published "Hold That Thought: Reappraising The Work of Dr Caroline Leaf", and in 2015, he published "Fats and Figures", a short book on heart health. In early 2016 his article, "Cutting through the Paleo hype: The evidence for the Palaeolithic diet” was published by the peer reviewed medical journal Australian Family Physician.
He is a husband, father to two rambunctious boys, coffee connoisseur, amateur actor and a terrible dancer.
Whatever time he has left, he usually wastes it on Facebook or Angry Birds!
(* GP is short for General Practitioner, also known as a Family Physician in some parts of the world)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
So, I'm not a naturally gifted writer. I write as much for my own catharsis and learning as for any other reason. But I want to help people too, to see people live to their fullest potential. I guess that's one reason I became a doctor. Writing helps me to share my experience to a broader audience, to help as many people as I can. And that makes me happy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Kintsukuroi Christians" is, like most of my work, a mix of benevolence and catharsis. As a doctor, I spend a fair portion of my time every day helping people with mental health concerns, but I also know what it's like to suffer from mental illness myself, and I've seen (and experienced) the knowledge gap that exists in the Christian church when it comes to mental health and illness. Kintsukuroi is such a powerful analogy for Christians who have suffered (and continue to suffer) from mental illness - it feels like your broken and useless, but God doesn't see it that way. He sees the cracks repaired with gold so that the vessel is more valuable because of the brokenness and repair. I wanted to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of mental illness in the Christian church by weaving the best theology and medical science into a single narrative so that they, too, can see beauty where there once was brokenness.
Mental illness leaves hopelessness, shame, and brokenness in its wake, but brokenness isn’t the end of the story. In the ancient Japanese tradition of kintsukuroi, things that were broken became things of beauty as seams of gold decorated the former defects. Kintsukuroi Christians applies the best of science and faith to help transform mental brokenness into beauty.
Is modern medicine wrong on saturated fat? Dr C. Edward Pitt cuts through the social media memes to examine the science. What does the evidence show about saturated fats, sugar and inflammation, can we prevent heart attacks and strokes, and just what is poly-unsaturated fat anyway? What really is good for your heart?
Does negative thinking make us sick? Does positive thinking improve our health and well-being? The popular Christian author, Dr Caroline Leaf, thinks so. Modern science disagrees. With 20 years experience in clinical medicine, & backed up by 300 current scientific references, Dr Pitt highlights the current science on thought & stress, & provides a new perspective on Dr Leafs writing and teaching.