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August 15, 2018

Transform Your Brain


This is something we’ve been teaching in Functional Neurology for 15 to 20 years.

It’s always surprising to discover that even neuroscientists need a ‘jolt’ to realise it though:

Her prescription is 30 minutes of exercise that gets you out of breath 4 x week.

One aspect missing from the research though is the effects of poor spinal function on brain health.  If the spine is not moving properly, then you can not get the full benefits of exercise.

So make sure your spine is fully mobile by getting it checked (you’ll also help prevent injuries).

 

Diabetes Type 2, Causes and Cures

Toxic Diabetes

Most people in the West die of preventable causes, like diabetes and heart disease.

However, you can only prevent these chronic diseases if you
a) know what you are doing to cause them
and
b) take steps to address the cause.

With diabetes type 2, if you ask most health experts like GP’s and nutritionists they will probably tell you its all about sugar and poor food choices.

They may also say there’s a link to obesity.

We certainly know that an extreme ultra-low calorie diet will reverse a ‘fatty liver’ caused by a poor diet, and that this then leads to a reversal of diabetes.  (I reported on the Fast Fix back in 2012 – http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/meditation-and-diabetes/)

However, it may be that it’s not the sugar itself that caused the fatty liver, it may actually have been something else..

Toxic Load.

Studies done a number of years ago revealed that it was toxicity and not obesity that was related to diabetes development.

Certain toxins increase the likelihood of diabetes by a huge 37.7 x

https://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2015/jun/toxins-from-bacteria-could-cause-type-2-diabetes-98705712.html

Toxic Chemicals and Diabetes

The good news though is that this fatty, toxic liver can be cleaned up:

How to Detox

If you would like our help on cleaning up your liver, and lowering your sugar levels, call us on 01707 662 704 to schedule a free 10 minute ‘Metabolic Screening’.

Here’s some of my other Diabetes videos you may find useful:

Diabetes Type 1 may have a cure soon:
https://youtu.be/dHIy-9_QxpwMTOR

How my father avoided Insulin:

Diabetes and Allergies:

 

June 19, 2018

Elbow Pain

Here’s my overview of what to do to fix common types of elbow pain, along with some great exercise and advice videos to help you further.

I love  Athlean-X

Some simple advice you can apply to any part of the elbow joint

I like the wrist flexibility exercise done on all fours

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health: Looking after the Muscle of the Mind

Modern medical psychiatry tries to understand the brain only in terms of gross damage (so nothing can be done) or single chemical imbalances.  This is a simplistic and somewhat foolish approach considering the fact that any neurologist, behavioural scientist or biochemist will tell you the brain is anything but simple.

For the brain to work properly it’s an interaction between the structures,  the chemistry, the electricity, and your lifestyle and social choices.

As you’re about to discover, preventing mental health issues is really very similar to preventing cancer, heart disease, obesity, and all the other chronic diseases of the West.

You’ll also discover there are more treatment options within our control.

These 5 videos are not intended to treat or diagnose any disorder.

I’m going to cover:

  • A surprising way to improve your memory
  • Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Nutritional psychiatry
  • Stress
  • Movement and Brain Balance

A Surprising Way to Improve Your Memory (almost immediately)

Alzheimer’s Prevention (and a novel treatment)

If you have any of the following symptoms you should consider following the advice in the next video

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Problems with words
  • Problems with writing
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and behaviour

The nutritional regime form the study mentioned:

For 2 Years:
0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12 (equivalent to 500 micrograms)

20 milligrams of B6

0.8 milligrams of folic acid (equivalent to 800 micrograms)

Name of the test: homocysteine

Nutritional Psychiatry (and Leaky Brains)

Stress

In this video I describe how stress aggravates mental health,  and share my favourite ways to switch stress of and save your brain and your health.

The resources I mention:

For ganoderma products worldwide (select your country flag in top right hand corner)  www.bodybycoffee.com

For a 7 day free trial of the BrainTap – http://braintapstore.com/freetrial/drcpickard

If you’re local – http://www.bodyinbalanceuk.com/stress

(or you can sign up just to get the stress articles)

Movement and Brain Balance

Balancing the brain is something NO DRUG CAN DO.

For instance, conditions such as ADHD and OCD can actually problems with the right side of the brain. Drugs work on BOTH sides, so you can never get a cure.  Depression can be just a left sided problem.

Today I’ll reveal how to spot if you have a ‘brain hemisphericity’ and what you can do about it.

7 Ways to Manage Stress

Americans are feeling anxious — a health risk, especially for older adults.

By: Janet Lee – Consumer Reports :: June 5, 2017

Whether acute or chronic, stress can affect you physically, changing your hormone levels and activating your body’s inflammatory response.

“There’s evidence that people under chronic stress are more susceptible to the common cold and flu, and are at greater risk of developing depression and coronary heart disease,” says Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. “Under long-term stress, many of your body’s physical systems do not respond normally.”

And though older adults usually report less stress than younger ones—thanks to years of experience in developing coping strategies—age may make us more susceptible to the negative health effects of chronic stress.

This article shares 7 simple and highly effective ways to better manage stress levels including controlled breathing, practicing mindfulness, strong interpersonal relationships, connecting with nature, better sleep and taking more technology breaks.

Link to full article: https://www.consumerreports.org/mental-health/ways-tomanage-stress/

 

 

R4 – Reduce Inflammation

Are you burning up?

If you’re reading this then I’m 100% certain that this article is of prime importance to either you, or someone very close to you.

There is a large body of evidence that suggests inflammation is the root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.

It can even be behind the inability to lose weight.

Before watching my training video inspired by Dr Pompa, and originally part of www.Mi365.me, here’s a personal story as told by a colleague of mine in the USA:

And here’s my longer training (you may want to get  cup of the anti-inflammatory coffee I recommend):

Inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, leading to a diseases of genetic weakness.

There are 3 main contributors that always need to be addressed in order to down-regulate inflammation.

  • Controlling glucose/insulin

Keeping tight control of your glucose intake is of paramount importance for any anti-inflammation program to be effective as it is a driving force that cannot be remedied by any supplementation or drug protocol. For example, diabetics do not die from diabetes, but from other degenerative conditions. Despite being on medication, 68% of all diabetics die from heart disease, and 50% of diabetics end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s as they age rapidly from the inside out.

This is directly due to the oxidation/inflammation from uncontrolled glucose and insulin.

By the way, grains, not sugar, are the #1 contributor to elevated glucose. Yes, even whole grains. Did you know that 2 pieces of whole grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal raises glucose the same as a can of Coke? This is why a Cellular Healing Diet eliminates ALL GRAINS from the diet UNTIL cellular inflammation is corrected.

  • Eliminate “bad fats”.

What are ‘bad fats’?  Well it may surprise you to know that the worse culprit is probably omega 6 fats from all the processed vegetable oils we’ve been told to consume!  All the sunflower and rape seed oils we buy in supermarkets to cook in, and that are added to all baked goods.

These oils are causing massive imbalance in the oily make up of our cell membranes and are a major cause of inflammation and artery damage.

You need no worry about eating sunflower seeds though – it’s just the processed oils.

Another inflammatory fat (no surprises) is that found in processed meats and beef from non-grass fed cows.

On the other hand, limited fats from grass fed cows are fine (and contain the beneficial omega 3 oils).

You can learn more by downloading Dr Pompa’s ebook, The Cellular Healing Diet, here:
https://drpompa.com/diet/cellular-healing-diet

 

  • The Hidden and Unspoken Truth

Lastly, toxins, in my opinion, are the biggest driving factor of inflammation today. We have discussed this in every ‘R’ of cellular healing, so I will not get into it here but I will say this: if you do not remove the hidden sources of toxins within your body, the chronic inflammation will NEVER be resolved.

For example, personal care products you use every morning contain, on average, 518 chemicals that are known “hormone disruptors”.

There are also the pollutants and toxins in the air we breath (which kills between 20,000 and 240,000 people in the UK every year), the tap water we drink (a known cause of male infertility) and all the pesticides and herbicides on our fruit and veg.

Here’s Dr Pompa’s pdf on inflammation:
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If you have not already started, know would be a good time to ask us about detox!

http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/how-to-detox/

R3 – Restore Cellular Energy

Do you wake up exploding with energy?

Most people wish they had more energy, what about you?

In this video, recorded around Christmas 2016, for www.Mi365.me  again, I cover the basics of where energy is made and what you need to do:

 

When it comes to low cellular energy, it can be causing more than just fatigue.

You may not even have fatigue, but instead:

Allergies/sensitivities

And /or inflammation (arthritis, aches, pains, bowel problems)

You rectify low cellular energy by
i) increasing the fuel available
ii) increasing the number of ‘power plants’ in your cell.

The power plants inside your cells are called mitochondria, and they make energy via  molecule known as ATP.

Sick people and people with chronic inflammation have far fewer mitochondria  than the average person and, therefore, far less cellular energy even for basic function. Once again this leads to many of their symptoms including sensitivities as well as why they do not respond to what would be effective treatments.

In my  course ‘Anti-Ageing Health Lab- 7 Weeks to a Younger You’ I cover a lot more ways to improve energy .  There are multiple strategies for improving ATP production and mitochondrial performance.  There are also a further 5 ‘human batteries’ we can charge up apart from our mitochondria.

If you’d like to get on the waiting list for that you can register here:
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/get-your-health-back/

 

R2 – Regenerate Your Cell Membranes

It’s not just the 2 layers of the cell wall that are membranes.  (The brains of your cell)

There’s also the membranes around your mitochondria. (The power plants of your cell)

And also something called endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which is apparently mostly membrane.  The ER is responsible for both making everything your cell want to make and for detoxifying and cleaning it. (So the ER is your manufacturing and clean-up crews)

So, when we talk about regenerating cell membranes we’re talking about fixing your:
     1) Brain
     2) Energy
     3) Ability to repair and maintain your body
     4) Ability to keep clean on the inside, and not poison yourself

Pretty important!

Just like the video for R1 (Remove the source)….
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/fix-the-cell-to-get-well-r1/
this training was originally done online as part of www.Mi365.me

The 3 major causes of cell membrane damage:

i) raised glucose and insulin
ii) bad fats and too many veg oils (commercial)
iii) toxins
iv) a lack of all the right nutrients to build them in the first place

If you would like to learn more about R2, here’s the PDF by Dr Pompa, the originator of this cellular concept:

R2-Regenerate-the-Cell-Membrane-030616

If you are interested in assessing your cells for toxicity there are 3 tests I would recommend.

One of them is 100% free and we can send it to you, along with information on the other 2.

If you are already an existing practice member then email us, if not please fill in your details below so we can send you the information on Cellular Health & Toxicity:

Fix The Cell To Get Well: R1

R1: Remove the Source

Summary:

The body has an innate ability to heal.

One of the most important things we need to do as therapists is remove the interference, remove the source of the problem/toxicity.

Toxins like mercury leach into the hypothalamus and pituitary.

Once we can impact the cell we can impact so much more going on in the body.

Making ATP (energy) creates waste – must be removed trough membrane like smoke through a chimney.

One main pathway – Glutathione.

Reduced Glutathione removes toxins and down-regulates inflammation.

500x stronger than vit C

Oxidized glutathione needs to be recycled which is ‘expensive’ metabolically

Inflammation is a root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, ALZHEIMER’S

And even the inability to lose weight

Its all because of cell membrane inflammation which then effects your DNA

Inflammation of the cell membrane affects the way the cell communicates detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, which leads to a diseases of genetic weakness.

You can learn more in this document:

R1-Remove-the-Source-030616

The Four Horsemen of Your Health Apocalypse

I know.
It’s a dramatic title.
But it’s also alarmingly true.

Nearly all of today’s chronic illnesses are caused by a combination of these Four Horsemen. Ignore their insidious infestation into your life at your peril…

I originally made this video as part of a training series (I mentioned The Magnificent 7 Health Strategies).  For more details on that scroll down.

Back to the 4 Horsemen

1.Stress

No surprises here I’m sure. 75-90% of GP visits are related to stress, and stress contributes to everything from cancer to back pain.

2.Sedentary lifestyle

A lack of exercise is related to increased cancer, heart disease, depression, dementia, back pain etc.
Spinal motion all by itself is critically important. 90% of the brains stimulation comes from optimal spinal motion. The brain can turn on or off stress and regulates all of your body’s functions.

“90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.”
-Dr. Roger Sperry (Nobel Prize Recipient for Brain Research)

“Approximately 80% of baseline activity of the central nervous system is due to mechanoreceptor input.”
-Kandel and Schwartz “Principles of Neural Science.” 4th Edition (2000)

Related to the spine is poor posture .  Poor posture leads to an early grave.

Am Journal of Pain Management – 1994 – posture effects and moderates every physiological function

Sept 2005 Spine article on posture  – all measures of health decreased as posture deviated from normal.

3.Malnutrition

Most people associate malnutrition to mean a lack of calories and picture starving children in Africa. However far MORE people die from too many calories combined with a lack of micronutrients. This is what plagues the UK.  Proper nutrition, which means supplements as well as a good diet, is the most cost effective way to improve the health of the nation.

Nutrition 17:1 return on investment: Copenhagen Consensus 2008: The world’s best investment

“Today, an adequate supply of nutrients is often unattainable solely through a well-balanced diet, so a targeted, individually designed dietary supplement regime is necessary”

“Improvement in nutritional behavior could not replenish already exhausted nutrient reservoirs. Only supplementation was able to significantly boost nutrient levels and confer beneficial effects on general welfare, physical performance, and resistance to infections”

JournalAdvances in TherapyPublisherSpringer Healthcare CommunicationsISSN0741-238X (Print) 1865-8652 (Online)IssueVolume 24, Number 5 / September, 2007DOI10.1007/BF02877718Pages1126-1135Subject

4.Toxins

This is the most ignored area, yet often the most critical in serious and ‘terminal’ cases. There are at least 700 man made toxins in every adult and child. Toxins cause ¼ of all deaths world wide. They contribute to 86% of chronic disease (cancer, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s  etc), and account for rising cancer rates in children.

“A World Health Organization report on the global burden of disease estimated that nearly a quarter of the global disease burden is related to environmental causes.”
Neira, Maria et al. Environmental threats to children’s health – a global problem; Source: International Journal of Environment and Health, Volume 2, Numbers 3-4, 24 October 2008 , pp. 276-292(17) abstract below

‘700 toxins in every man woman and child’

-Onstot J, Ayling R, Stanley J. Characterization of HRGC/MS Unidentified Peaks from the Analysis of Human Adipose Tissue. Volume 1: Technical Approach. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Toxic Substances (560/6-87-002a), 1987.

Take these apocalyptic warning seriously, as acting upon it really will improve the quality of your life.

If you would like more information on the course mentioned in the video then you can get on our waiting list by clicking on the ‘Get Your Health Back’ link below, and make sure you reply to the first email asking for details on the £7 deal.

Get Your Health Back

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