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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:
R4-Reducing-Cellular-Inflammation-030616

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/

The Benefits of Ketosis

Epilepsy, Endurance, Energy and Weight Loss

Did you know that a cure for epilepsy, discovered in the 1920’s is now the ‘new big thing’ in the health and fitness industry? Learn more in the video, including the ‘1 hour keto cheat’

It’s called the ketogenic diet and it was originally developed to treat epilepsy.  The strict ketogenic diet consists of about 90% fat, however a well research, much more sustainable ‘Modified Atkins’ version is

  • 70% fat
  • 20% protein
  • 5% carbs

At first glance, you may think all that fat is a bad thing, and it certainly will be if you are eating rubbish, processed fats. It’s a lot of effort, and a big change, but if you can stick with it and you are eating good quality healthy fats though, this is the list of possible benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Reverses diabetes
  • Starves cancer cells
  • Treats heart disease
  • Reverses non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Cures polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Helps MS
  • Helps Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Helps Parkinson’s’
  • Decreases inflammation (which improves acne, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, IBS, pain, etc…)
  • Up-regulation of brain mitochondria and mitochondrial enzymes: Focus, memory, clarty,
  • Mood
  • Hormone control
  • Improved fertility
  • Improved energy
  • Better sleep
  • Assisting gastrointestinal and gallbladder health (less heartburn and acid reflux, less risk for gallstones, improved digestion, less gas and bloating)
  • Muscle strength, building and endurance
  • Ketosis turns on the SiRT-1 gene that helps extend life

Pretty impressive, and the really good news, is there is now a way to get into ketosis, within an hour, without having to change your diet.

I share some more facts, including the cheat method in the video.

If you’d like to try the ‘exogenous ketones’ I spoke about then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 for more details.

Fixed v Growth Mindset, ‘Oww’ v ‘Wow’

Are You ‘Oww’ or ‘Wow’ When it Comes to Health?

I first encountered the concept of Fixed and Growth mindsets thanks to Todd Herman, a performance expert (in business and sport).

Todd called these ‘Oww’ and ‘Wow’.

More on Brain Chemistry:
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-chemistry/

Here’s some cool graphics for summary:

ow v wow oww-brain wow-brain

If you would like to interact with the conversation on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

How to Defeat Depression

How to Defeat Depression

“By 2020 depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
–   The global burden of disease, Cambridge, Murray and Lopez

Here are my notes for the above video on chronic depression:

Psychoneuroimmunology – goes both ways

3 months – therapy, drugs

Inflamed brain feels no pain! Not like a muscle or a joint – signals with psychiatric symptoms

Inositol 4g x3 /day  for 4 weeks
ECGC – green tea extract

Diet – sugar!

Toxins!

Your gut!

No Grains

No Dairy

You Are Enough

Brain Based Wellness

Boost DHEA, serotonin, GABA, melatonin and beta-endorphins – the hormones that are the brain’s defence against stress.

Restore the body’s natural pH balance

Rid the body of toxins

Balance the immune system

The neurochemicals in the limbic system mediate all of one’s feelings and emotions.

A direct connection exists between the nocioceptive reflexes at every level of the spine and the limbic system. Every spinal level has an intimate relationship with the proper functioning of the limbic system. [Blum and Holder 1997]

And other relevant blog posts:

http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/glutathione-pollution-health/
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-based-wellness/
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/walking-is-the-ultimate-exercise/
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-chemistry/
http://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/i-am-enough/

If you would like help implementing any nutritional strategies then you can book a consultation, either in person, or if you are not local, via phone or skype:  01707 662 704

 

Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss, Part 1 – Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting – Probably Your Most Powerful Tool For Healing Yourself

If you think I’m exaggerating then check out the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine (links below)

Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss

Without going into too much detail fasting regularly improves your body’s ability to get rid of its ‘sick’ cells, and encourage new ones, and it does this through various mechanisms.

One is that it stimulates a process as autophagy or ‘self-eating’ – think of this as self cleaning and recycling. (See the 2016 Noble Prize).

Another is that it lowers sugar (glucose).  Sugar is a very ‘dirty’ energy, but it is easy to burn. Think of it like kindling that gives off lots of foul black smoke.

Another is that it raises the really good energy source, made from fats,  known as ketone bodies.  Ketones are a really clean energy source, but less easy to produce than sugar. Think of it like solar energy. A lot of installation needed, but once set up it’s much, much easier with no smoke.

And this is the problem.  Because sugar is so much more ‘easy’ our body will burn it in preference to fat, no matter how much fat we have.

We can only store 12 hours’ worth of sugar (about 2000 calories), after which our body is forced to break down fat into ketone bodies.  Even lean people have 60-80,000 calories of fat they can burn, so you cannot actually ‘starve’ to death for quite some time.

The trouble is, with the myth of ‘breakfast’ having to be early, many of us rarely go more than 10 -13 hours without eating more food that contains sugar. Sugar means any carbohydrate or starch – so the typical breakfast cereal, even muesli or porridge oats, is sugar. Pasta is sugar. Potatoes and rice are sugar. Even proteins from meat and fish, nuts and seeds can be turned to sugar.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be practiced in a number of ways, but the one I focus on for patients is daily, trying to have  at least 13, and really at least 15 or 16 hours, from your last intake of calories on one day, before breaking your fast the next day.  In reality this often equates to skipping breakfast and eating 2 meals a day.  You don’t have to jump right into this, and if you do have a medical condition then you should really consult us first, so we can help ease you into it.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be profoundly beneficial to your health

  • efficient weight loss,
  • reversal of type 2 diabetes
  • improved cardiovascular health
  • reduced cancer risk, gene repair
  • increased longevity
  • protects muscle
  • protects the brain and nervous system
  • decreases inflammation
  • helps reduce autoimmune diseases
  • improves mode
  • decreases stress
  • improved endurance and athletic ability (see the Running on Fat movie – link below)
  • and more

Caution:

  • People that would be best served to avoid fasting, unless they are being supervised by a specialist, include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting

For more information

Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important book:

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore. It details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting.

Make use of our free daily coaching on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

If you would like help making intermittent fasting a part of your life we consult by phone, over Skype, or in person. Call us to book – 01707 662 704

The Running on Fat movie:

The 2016 Nobel Prize:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2016/press.html

Move on to Part 2 of Permanent Perfect Eating

Permanent Perfect Eating for Permanent Weight Loss 2 – Cultured Foods

 

Happy World Freedom Day

Happy World Freedom Day

This is an email I sent to patients today (9/11/16)

Yes, it really is World Freedom Day. (..and health freedom for you if you keep reading)

It was mentioned on ClassicFM this morning, and along with Trump winning the US election, and the recent UK Brexit vote and it started me thinking.

…and then I listened to my favourite morning motivation – Pete Cohen at www.Mi365.me and he had made me think even more.

Pete said that nothing you can do today will change the outcome of the two recent votes.

Life isn’t about what happens outside of us, it’s what we choose to do with these ‘happenings’ that determines our future.

Today you can choose to ‘Vote for Yourself’, you can grab your own headlines.

…and so I thought, ‘What is my manifesto, what would I do if I had millions of pounds to run for office?’

This made me realise that my manifesto needs no multi-million pound campaign.  I can start right now.

You see, what I want, is to make my community the healthiest, happiest place to live in Great Britain.  I want to make Great Britain the healthiest, happiest country in the world.  I want the World to take note, and become a healthier, happier planet for my children to enjoy.

At the moment in the UK, our amazing NHS is under crippling pressure, and prescriptions for anti-depressants and mood altering drugs is spiralling upwards out of control.  We are getting sicker and less happy.

But do you know what the shocking truth is?

About 50% of everyone depending on expensive medication could be off it in 6 months with just one change!  One FREE change.

This would mean in one year the entire health of the nation would be vastly improved, the NHS saved, and more able to cope with emergencies, which would make us all happier.

So, would you like to know what that one change is?

A change that can improve heart disease, diabetes and dementia?

A change that alters DNA and decreases cancer risks?

A change that can lead to permanent fat loss, better moods, clearer thinking and less pain?

All you have to do is make a choice that will change your life for the better, forever.

I’m already sharing this patients this week as I learned of new discoveries this weekend, but I’m going to get very public about it, especially if you decide to help me save the NHS.

For 7 weeks, every week day, from next Monday, I’ll be doing a ‘Live’ broadcast:
https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

You don’t have to wait until Monday though, as you can get onto Facebook today as I start sharing my NHS-M:  National Health Saving Manifesto, later today – 2pm.

I also plan to hold a talk in Brookmans Park within the next 4 weeks, going into detail on the ‘one change’.

For now, get onto Facebook and tell your family and friends it’s time to vote for themselves.

Look out for another email on Friday from me.

Be Well

Chris
01707 662 704

Adult Pain Starts In Childhood

Did you see the news?

Arthritis Research UK funded a study that found chronic pain is far more prevalent than anyone thought (unless you happen to be a pain relief specialist like little old me).  Over 50% of the adult population is suffering.

While mild chronic pain can be ‘lived with’, up to 14.3% have moderate or ‘severely disabling’ pain. That means more than 1 in 10 people have their life negatively affected, and often in more than one way.

First off, there is the immobility, meaning less enjoyment of once pleasurable activities and hobbies and even inability to do everyday things like getting your socks and shoes on.

Next up is the emotional toll. For some the mental/emotional strain is so great they consider suicide.

Then there are the side effects of medication. There is no such thing as a safe pain killer or anti-inflammatory drug.  Some can prove fatal with just one dose, but all have long term effects either on the liver, kidneys, brain, bowel, stomach, immune system or joints.  Medication leads to side effects and more medication and often a shorter life.  It is a common occurrence that when elderly patients are hospitalised with an ‘unknown illness’ it is found to be the side effects to the 4 or 5 drugs they are on that proves to be more fatal than the actual conditions they are being treated for.

What is the answer? Where did all this pain come from?

What the study did not look into was what is causing all this pain and disability and what the way forward may be.  This is where my 20 years of experience and continued research may shed some answers.

Many of the chronic pain conditions suffered by our aging population actually have their route causes in earlier life – even childhood and child birth.

Poor Posture

The development of poor posture is a big one, and this really starts at the age of 5 when we go to school and get told to ‘sit still’.  Our spine, our nervous system and our bodies are NOT meant to be still at 5.  In order to fully develop a healthy brain and nervous system, and a good upright posture, you need to be fully mobile.

This is why we offer free annual posture checks for our patients children from age 3 – 10, and why we would love to perform posture checks in nearby primary schools.

poor posture causes pain

A second huge, under diagnosed cause of chronic pain is toxic accumulation. This again starts in childhood.  Even the safest pain killer – paracetamol – given to children as Calpol, can cause lifelong health issues with as little as one dose!  Asthma, eczema, kidney problems, liver toxicity and increased diabetes have all been linked with levels of paracetamol currently thought safe in Calpol.

toxins cause pain

I have written about the dangers of Calpol in the past, and have more extensive articles on toxicity planned.  The toxic cause I’d like to highlight today is ‘polypharmacy’ – the use or 2 or more drugs in a single patient.

Too many people are mistakenly being prescribed more drugs than they need. 66% of people suffer bad reactions, some so severe that even properly prescribed medicine is a leading, preventable cause of death in the UK. 40% of the elderly are actually given the WRONG prescription.  Ideally you should have regular full reviews with your GP. Next best is the pharmacy that dispenses the drugs.  Often GP’s and pharmacists are too busy to fully check prescriptions, so we offer our local community this free service.  We can give you guidance so when you next see your GP things can be dealt with quickly.

To make use of our Posture Checks for Children, or our Prescription Review service, call us on 01707 662 704.

May 16, 2016

I am enough

By ‘I am enough’ I mean ‘You are enough’

Whatever health, stress or ‘life’ problem you have, there are 3 things about your brain and mind that if you know about, you can use for your benefit.

Marisa Peer was voted ‘Britain’s favourite therapist’ for a very good reason. Her approach is simple, clear, and above all, effective.

Take the time to learn from Marisa, and watch what happens.

Be Well

Chris

 

The Cause of Fibromyalgia

Is this molecule the cause of all fibromyalgia symptoms?

Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome, characterised by body wide pain, chronic fatigue and ‘brain fog’.  This is just the 3 main symptoms, there are as many as 200. There is no known cause, and no known cure.

My own belief is that fibromyalgia, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and the rest of our western chronic diseases have many causes, and the art of helping these patients is in understanding each individual case.

Having said that, there now seems to be an explanation for the vast amount of symptoms and the common link between them.  The link is a molecule called AMPK. (Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase).

AMPK is needed for many different processes including energy production (via your mitochondria) and pain control.

ampk fibromyalgia cause

In certain cells of fibromyalgia patients AMPK is not being ‘activated’, so this disables energy production and promotes pain and inflammation.

What is not yet known is why AMPK is not activated, but it seems possible it is to do with environmental toxins, and general strain on our detoxification systems  – mainly the liver and kidneys.  Stress also has a detrimental effect on at least brain AMPK. ( The role of oestrogen in pain, liver function, mitochondria, and why women suffer more with fibromyalgia will be the topic of another post soon).

There are a number of ways to safely and effectively promote AMPK activation.  One is via a calorie restriction diet (which is part of our detox protocol).  Another is to exercise (which if you have fibromyalgia is unlikely to happen).  A third is to take a Chinese medicinal mushroom called ganoderma lucidum.

Ganoderma is Good for You

There is a drug (called metformin) used for diabetes that can also activate AMPK but it can lower B12 (not good for fibromyalgia) can cause lactic acidosis (not good for fibromyalgia) and can cause a long list of side effects.

A recent study has shown that 6g a day of ganoderma for 6 weeks improves the physical fitness of women with fibromyalgia.

Ganoderma has a number of other general health benefits (including liver and kidney) , you can learn more about it here:

Improve Your Health in 30 Days – Drinking Coffee

And here:

The Health Benefits Of Nitric Oxide

If you have fibromyalgia and would like to keep in contact, then please enter your details on this form:
http://fibromyalgiahelp.gr8.com/

List of related scientific studies:

Ganoderma and Fibromyalgia
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26545669
Fibromyalgia and AMPK
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25779083
AMPK and environmental toxins
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25422162
AMPK – needed for mitochondria – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25861159
AMPK and pain – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26132721
Metformin and lactic acidosis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26882092
Vitamin B12 deficiency – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27130885

Ganoderma and AMPK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23266269  (liver protective)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21929808

Ganoderma and Liver and Kidney – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24716165

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26826268  – pancreas and ganoderma

Metformin Side effects:

More common

  • Abdominal or stomach discomfort
  • cough or hoarseness
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • fast or shallow breathing
  • fever or chills
  • general feeling of discomfort
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle pain or cramping
  • painful or difficult urination
  • sleepiness

Less common

  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest discomfort
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • difficult or laboured breathing
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased sweating
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing

Rare

  • Behavior change similar to being drunk
  • difficulty with concentrating
  • drowsiness
  • lack or loss of strength
  • restless sleep
  • unusual sleepiness

 

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