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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:
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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/

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:

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Are You Digging Your Grave With Your Teeth?

According to an article in the Guardian on 10/10/2017 ‘obesity threatens to bankrupt the NHS’.

Figures compiled by the World Obesity Federation reveal the current cost to the UK is £14.38 billion and will rise to £23.47 billion by 2025.

Currently, or should I say in 2014, 27.3% of the UK population where classified as obese. If current trends keep going, then we can expect 33.9% by 2025.

In my opinion there are a number of things to blame for this global trend:

  • The abdication of our health responsibility thanks to drugs and vaccines
  • The abdication of our eating habits thanks to world wide food business
  • The ‘luxury’ of modern living meaning we don’t have to move to get food

In the end though, none of the above really matter, as it’s YOU that choses what to eat, and how to exercise.

So what can be done?

Learning about health in general is a great start, and I’ve written and vlogged a great deal about this already.

As I know that many, many people need an easy answer, here’s 3 videos to help:

  • 2 great supplements to battle the bulge (that are helpful for athletes to)

  • Probably the best single diet (although not for everyone) and a ‘cheat to ketosis’ I use
  • Breathe yourself thin (or rather don’t breathe!)

And finally, as  bonus, the origins of  ‘Are you digging your grave with your teeth?’

If you would like to learn more about any of the supplements, or be coached to health and wellness call the clinic on 01707 662 704.

Why I Use Sunblock All Year Round

Astaxanthin, nature’s sunblock has a host of potent health benefits, and can help athlete’s and arthritis sufferers alike…

I’ve found skin benefits start at 2mg a day, and anti-inflammatory properties start at 8mg day.

In my first video on astaxanthin I explained why I took it in summer, and D3 in winter. Now with the knowledge that ataxanthin has unique abilities to keep all our cell membranes healthy I’m choosing to take it all year.

Pop in to the clinic if you are near us in Brookmans Park. You’ll get a free healthy coffee for your troubles.

Don’t forget to read my last blog post about how to be part of the World Peace solution, rather than feeling helpless, or hoping somebody else will deal with it:

World Peace, We Can All Make A Difference

 

 

 

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.

How to Fix IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Are your bowels causing you upset?

Key Points

  • Irritable bowels can progress to inflammatory bowels, so it’s worth finding the cause and getting it fixed, rather than ‘drugging it’ or putting up with it.
  • The NHS website is a good place to start, and gives information on the FODMAP diet
  • Use bone broths and Restore to heal the gut
  • Control your stress
  • Get your spine checked

Methylation: Why Stress Turns You Toxic, (and alters your genes)

R5: Re-Establish Methylation

Many people still think genetics determine our health.  The fact is, genes only really determine what happens if WE don’t do enough of the right things, or too much of the wrong thing.

Understanding methylation is critical to this.

The short version of this article is ‘nutrition influences your genetics, and stress influences it too’. And the good news is nutrition and how you respond to stress IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL

“Nutrients can reverse or change epigenetic phenomena such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, thereby modifying the expression of critical genes associated with physiologic and pathologic processes, including embryonic development, aging, and carcinogenesis”  – http://advances.nutrition.org/content/1/1/8.full

Increase methyl donors and you will also increase glutathione

Methyl depletion also depletes glutathione which will drive inflammation.

Stress depletes methyl donors and can cause mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety and irritability.

You need methyl groups to remove toxic oestrogen metabolites.

Methyl protects DNA.

Optimal methylation pre-conception (in mother and father)  turns off ‘crap’ genes for next generation.

 “The Methylation Priority Principle”

Dr. Alan Vinitsky, a researcher and doctor, theorized that due to the importance of methylation in the body and its multiple functions, there must be a prioritization of the valuable methyl groups it uses in the many life-sustaining functions.

Your body needs methyl groups to activate cortisol and adrenalin (the 2 most important stress hormones), and if there is a lack of methyl groups it will take them away from other uses to activate the hormones needed to adapt to stress. If your body does not adapt to stress it dies, thus it adapts to survive. The problem is that now the other needs are not met and new problems will arise such as DNA damage (cancer) or genes of susceptibility being turned on. This is a new understanding of how stress can lead to a host of different diseases.

Stress is the number one way methyl groups become depleted. Remember, your body does not know the difference between physical, chemical or emotional stress. The body’s response is the same, and its use of methyl groups to adapt to the stress is the same. Yes all of your worrying is costing you valuable methyl groups and putting your DNA at risk.

If you would like help decreasing stress then, we have a free video series on Youtube: How to beat stress, or  call us on 01707 662 704

More on Methylation from my live training on Facebook in early 2017:

Dr Pompa’s PDF:

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Related Article

Stress, Insulin, Cholesterol, Hormones and Your Brain.

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

A 2017 update on more ways to boost glutathione, decrease body pollution, and help achieve better weight and World Peace too (I dare you to help)

 

Ageing can be thought of as a form of rusting.

Rusting is exacerbated by oxidation – which happens naturally when you exercise, and as part of life,  and it is accelerated by pollution and toxins in the air we breathe,  the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the 200 chemicals in our bathrooms and cleaning products.

Of all the molecules our body makes to protect us against this onslaught, glutathione is arguably the most important.

But even glutathione itself is under attack by medicine we think of as safe – paracetamol and Calpol.

Watch the video and read the article for more information:

Your glutathione levels fall, by about 10% to 15% per decade!

Decreased glutathione levels result in accelerated aging, low energy, higher inflammation, and a greater vulnerability to cell damage and disease

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant .

It functions both as an antioxidant and an antitoxin and is a major defence against illness and aging. Our glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. There are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione.

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Possible warning signs you have low glutathione:

  • abdominal pains
  • diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • joint pains
  • depression
  • rashes
  • lack of energy
  • frequent colds
  • shaky hands after exertion

Some of the many functions of glutathione:

  • required to get rid of heavy metal toxicity (included are mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium)
  • boosts white blood cell formation, which helps boost immunity/immune system
  • used by the body to neutralize/remove things like formaldehyde, car exhaust chemicals, cigarette smoke, and certain pharmaceuticals, pesticide and industrial chemicals, steroids, bacterial produced toxins, and alcohol
  • plays a role in DNA repair
  • anti-viral properties
  • positively affects insulin production and control by the pancreas
  • can help decrease/reverse cataracts

And most importantly for energy production: glutathione is the only anti-oxidant inside mitochondria, which are the energy producing factories in our cells.

If you have a sedentary, non-stressful life then you should be getting enough nutrients to make glutathione if you eat plenty of organic nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, lentils and lots of veg, some high quality grass fed meat.

If you are under stress, have any of the symptoms listed above, or exercise, then it would be advisable to take at least a good multivit/mineral with HIGH amounts of B vitamins in,  and whey protein from organic, grass fed cows.

We can give you more advice on the products we use at the clinic on your next appointment.

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