In 1921 one of my heroes, Mahatma Gandhi wrote a Guide to Health.
It has to be said, that he lived a long and active life, and he promoted health, and good living as part of his overall philosophy of peace and understanding.
The book contains some far out ideas, that I don’t cover, I’m only summarising the things he got right (if only partially about mud!)
Just like Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi believed more people suffered ill health through over-eating than from starvation (a fact that is even more true today).
He believed you should only eat AFTER doing some work – so eating first thing in the morning was NOT on his list. Gandhi taught skipping breakfast, and waiting 3 hours before you ate. He also liked fasting, not just as a political protest. Something now proven by Nobel Prize winning science to be essential for long term health.
Gandhi saw the stomach as the engine of the body, and therefore of health, so it was important to feed it the right food in the right amounts.
He was a vegetarian, and preached against the use of cow’s milk (it after all for calves, not humans). Ahead of his time, as now modern milk is full of antibiotics and hormones.
Surprisingly, like me, he also advocated ‘eating your water’ rather than drinking it. He reasoned quite correctly that if you ate enough water filled plant, you would not need to drink much.
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Gandhi was very much for regular daily exercise, realising that a lack of exercise ‘weakens the mind’. Now we know exercise protects not just against heart disease an cancer, but also depression and dementia.
Likewise he believed you had to exercise the mind as well.
His ideal ‘job’ was a farmer – using mind and body daily.
Getting out doors to get plenty of fresh air was a big must for Gandhi, as he saw being inside breathing the air that others had just breathed out as quite disgusting. Today however air pollution is linked to hundreds of thousands of early deaths every year in the UK alone.
Finally, Gandhi believed in the healing power of mud. This is something that I think he partially got right – the idea that you could decrease a fever by being buried in it.
This is most likely because of ‘grounding’ see my Natural Pain Relief Report page for more on that.
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Nitric oxide supplements are a common method for many people to get the benefits of nitric oxide:
Hello, I am Chris Pickard, and I am going to be sharing with you today some amazing facts about nitric oxide and nitric oxide boosting supplements. Before I start though, make sure you subscribe to the channel, so you stay up to date with everything that I’m discovering in the world of health, fitness, and longevity. And hit the bell button as well, so you actually get a notifications of new videos.
Now you’re going to want to stay to the end because I am going to tell you something very surprising about nitric oxide, and give you more about…well, exactly what you’re trying to achieve with nitric oxide. I’m going to tell you some ways and where to get it that are going to be even better.
So nitric oxide, what is it, first of all? Well, nitric oxide is a gas, and it’s used in your body for various reasons. It’s a signaling molecule. So it means it’s very important for the brain. So it’s great for memory, it’s great for protecting your brain.
It’s also a signaling molecule inside your immune system and your anti inflammatory system. So it’s very important that you have the right amounts for your immune system to work properly, and for you to bring down inflammation. One time you create a lot of inflammation is when you exercise. So it’s actually very useful for endurance.
And there’s one particular area, I’m pointing down here for men, that men are very interested in endurance in, or perhaps they’re having some problems down there and nitric oxide gets searched a lot for that reason. I know because I have a video that I did two years ago on a simple exercise that you can do that actually helps release nitric oxide from your blood vessels into the bloodstream so it can get to work. [You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/vCTSBcv4g5A ]
And it’s had about a quarter of a million views so far. So I thought I’d do a follow up to show people actually how to boost the nitric oxide as well as just release what you already have. So it’s great for physical endurance, supports the immune system, anti inflammatory and yeah, it also helps optimize the liver and kidney function as well. So very, very, very important.
So how do you go about boosting it? Well, if you go and look at all the supplements out there, there are some specific things that tend to be in there, and I’m going to tell you the exact amounts. Then I’m going to do something better. I’m just doing this for completeness. So l-arginine is usually the first thing that’s in a nitric oxide boosting supplement, and you need to really make sure there’s at least five grams because that’s what most of the studies have been done on.
However, a lot of arginine gets broken down, and so it’s better to have something called arginine alpha-ketoglutarate. So often there will be five grams of arginine, there’ll be a gram of arginine alpha-ketoglutarate, then there’ll be l-citrulline in there, because that’s critical for the process of turning arginine into nitric oxide, I’m not quite sure of the entire mechanism. And then some of them contain something called yohimbe bark as well, and also pomegranate extract, because this helps to protect and make the whole system work.
You only need a small amount, like six milligrams of yohimbe bark and maybe half a gram of pomegranate extract. So those are the things you’re looking for in a supplement. But here’s the thing… the only way that arginine is going to help you is if you actually have an arginine deficiency. So if you are already eating lots of meat and protein, you’re probably not arginine deficient, and these nitric oxide boosting supplements are a complete waste of money.
So where do you go? Well first of all, eat more protein, but there’s something better that I’m saving for the next video. But what I have found works really, really well is a super food called ganoderma lucidum. And I’ve got a number of videos about this before, because what ganoderma lucidum does, is it not only helps you make the right kind of nitric oxide, it actually helps decrease… Because when you have certain forms of inflammation, nitric oxide goes out of control and actually causes more problems.
But what ganoderma lucidum does, is it basically helps control and bring down inflammation. But it also helps you produce nitric oxide where it’s needed, so in the brain, in the areas that you want it. And it also has lots of other health effects as well. So it’s not just about boosting nitric oxide, it’s actually something that’s really good for the entire body.
It helps protect you from environmental pollutants, the whole lot. And it seems to be even better when you actually add it to hot drinks. And something we already know is that coffee can also help nitric oxide production. So when you put ganoderma in hot coffee, because again, ganoderma seems to work better when it’s heated. When you put it in coffee, it’s even better.
But if you’re a man and you’re looking for some late night action, okay? It’s even better in hot chocolate, and possibly even better to use ganoderma lucidum mycelium, which is the root. And we actually sell hot chocolate with about three grams of mycelium in it, and that has a good effect.
So if you are interested in that, and if you’re interested in actually finding out more ways to actually work your whole system to get the desired effects, whether you’re looking for endurance, whether you’re looking for better health, decreasing inflammation, then sign up for my Seven Days To Less Pain program. It’s free, and even if you’re not in pain, you’re going to learn some strategies that are going to help the whole of your health.
So I make sure I’ve got the link to that, and hopefully I’ll put somewhere in here the link to the nitric oxide releasing exercises as well. So, thank you very much for watching. Subscribe to the channel and look out for the link for the less pain. I’ll put it in the description below, and I’ll probably put a card around here as well. Be well, be fantastic, be magnificently healthy.
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TRANSCRIPT of ‘Chronic Pain Relief Program’
Hello, it’s Chris Pickard at Body In Balance, and today I’m going to be sharing with you the chronic pain relief program that we use at the clinic and I’m going to show you how you can actually start it for free as well as without even having to come in.
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So chronic pain relief. Let’s start with actually what is chronic pain? Chronic pain is really any pain that’s been with you for six weeks or longer. It doesn’t have to be a bad pain. It’s just a pain that’s been there a long time, and that’s what chronic pain really means.
If you’re watching this, you’ve probably had pain for a lot longer than six weeks and you’re desperately trying to find out what is going on, what you can do. You’re probably sick and tired of just getting painkillers and nowhere with normal medical advice.
Now, here’s the first thing you need to know about chronic pain, pain that’s been with you for more than six weeks. It’s already starting to change your brain. So no matter whether you’ve got knee pain from arthritis, whether you’ve got a back problem, whether you’ve got fibromyalgia, if you’ve had pain for more than six weeks it’s changing your brain. This is one of the most important areas to actually work on. No matter where your pain is, your brain is changing. People in chronic pain have twice the deterioration of the grey cells of the grey matter of your brain than people who are not in pain. It’s very important to start working on brain health. Again, I’ll show you how to do that.
But where does chronic pain come from? There’s usually, I apologize for the lighting, three major causes of any pain. You have the sort of the structural, physical things going on, so knee pain. Very often if you have knee pain, you go to physiotherapists, they look at knee, you go to someone for back pain, they look at the back, if neck pain or headaches, they look at the neck or the head. If you’ve got fibromyalgia and all over body pain, they don’t know what to do. They just give you pain killers, opioids, things like that.
But let’s go back to structure. Let’s look at just knee pain. So for instance, knee pain. If you’re just looking at the knee and you’ve just had therapy on the knee and it’s not getting better. Why might this not be getting better? Well, one is because a lot of knee pain is actually secondary to stuff happening in your hip. The muscles in your hip and your low back support your knee, and if they’re weak you’re going to have extra pressure on your knee. If you have a foot problem that can be aggravating the knee. If you have a balance problem that could be originating from your neck or your ear or your jaw, that’s going to put extra pressure on your knee as well.
When you’re looking at the structure of the body, you actually have to make sure the entire body gets checked, not just the painful area and getting these other areas fixed could then fix the area of chronic pain.
But you then have chemical causes. This could be either not enough of the right nutrients you need for a bone to heal, like your knee, or you could be eating things actually rip cartilage from your knee. If you’ve got a chronic knee problem, you need to get your whole structure looked at. But you also need to look at what’s happening chemically. Are you actually eating all the right things that will actually regrow the knee, bring down inflammation, or are you eating things actually increase inflammation in the joints, that actually decrease your chances of rebuilding your cartilage and making it as strong as possible?
This is the same for this is really, really important for things like fibromyalgia as well because there are so many things that people with fibromyalgia are doing that are actually increasing inflammation in their body and they’re not putting enough of the right things that decrease inflammation, especially at the level of the brain where a lot, this is where all pain is felt.
And then you have the emotional stress as well. When you are stressed it switches off the functioning of your body so you can’t actually heal properly. It doesn’t matter how much structure it gets looked after, it doesn’t matter what’s happening here. If you’re chronically stressed your body is going to switch off its healing mechanisms. You really have to look at all three of these areas and you have to keep in mind that the brain, looking a bit like a boxing glove, is really looked after as well. You need to start hitting from the centre of the brain, the nervous system and looking at all of these structures. So that’s great.
Now you’ve got something to do, but what do you do? Well, first of all, you’ve got to find someone that looks after structure and brain-based balance, brain-based wellness rather, and also the nutritional chemical side of things and stress. I’ll give you a link down below where you can actually look at the brain balance program. I’ll give you links to some of the chemical things that you need to take care of, especially, especially if you have something like fibromyalgia, something called NRF2. Don’t worry, I’ll put the link down below in the directions, in the description.
But here’s how you can get started free step by step. We have a seven days to less pain program. Why seven days? Because we have had people who’ve had years of chronic pain actually start to reverse that in as little as seven days, and seven days really is the absolute minimum that it takes.
I like to introduce some of the concepts like starting to eat properly, hydrating properly. You’re probably getting it wrong. The secret ingredient in this that will help NRF2 and brain inflammation. I’m going to show you why a pair of headphones, you don’t need these bits. Just how a hat pair of headphones can actually help you decrease your chronic pain. That’s all in the seven days to less pain program. I’ll put the link in the description below. I’ll put the link in the comments as well at the top and I’ll make sure there’s a link in the video as well that you can just click on to sign up for seven days. It’s completely free for you to listen and act upon as well. Thank you for listening. Be well, spread the word that chronic pain relief is available.
To receive a copy of the leaflet, you can either ring the clinic, or reach out via Facebook messenger: https://m.me/BodyInBalanceUK and we can then email it to you.
If you prefer to read, here’s the transcript:
Hello, I am Chris Pickard and I’m Director of Body in Balance in Brookmans Park, and we’re right between Hatfield and Potters Bar in Hertfordshire. And today, I would like to speak to you about spinal movement deficiency [SMD] and spinal decay. Now what are these? Why are they important? Well, a huge proportion of the population, so over 80%, I think it’s up to 97% of the population, will at some point get back pain that’s so severe that they cannot move. It may just be for a few days, but it can last months and then it becomes repetitive. And spinal decay or spinal arthritis is rife and this is starting in young age and then it’s increasing up to 80% of 80 year olds have arthritic decay in the spine. But a significant amount of people have this younger as well.
Now just imagine your teeth decaying. Would you like your teeth to just steadily decay as you age? Would you like your teeth to start decaying at five years old, at 10 years old, at 15 years old? Yeah, this is what’s happening to the spine and it’s not just about the decay. It is about the effects of a lack of spinal motion on the brain. You see, there’s a part of the brain just here called the cerebellum and the cerebellum needs input from movement. Otherwise, it doesn’t function properly. In fact, the whole brain does not function properly if the spine is not moving properly and in fact, if you just have a general sedentary life, not only does your brain not operate, your immune system doesn’t operate as well, so it’s in your best interests to get your spine checked to see if your spine is fully functioning so that when you do exercise, you get the full benefits.
There’s a couple of simple tests you can do to see if you might be getting a problem in your spine even before you feel stiffness. Now it’s actually outlined in our leaflet here. It’s Spinal Movement Deficiency and Spinal Decay. If you’d like a copy, we can send it to you. Just contact the clinic and we can send you a PDF or just drop by in Brookmans Park and pick up a copy. But here’s the test. Okay? It’s not the only one, but it’s a simple one. Now you will need a partner. All you have to do is lie down on your back on a bed with your feet just over the end. And then get your partner or a friend to have a look to see if your feet are level. Sometimes it can be easier if you’re wearing shoes and you can just look at the heels of the shoes and say if one is protruding over the bed longer than the other one. And then if you turn over and lie on your front and just rest your head in your hands so your head is straight forward and say, “Is the same leg shorter or does it change or was it level before and now it’s different?”
And then turn your head to one side. Does it change again? Turn your head to the other side. Does it change again? If any of these problems cause your leg lengths to change just by changing position, it means there must be a problem in the processing between your brain and those muscles because the pressures and different pressures of your spine on those nerves and muscles. So it’s important to get it checked before you have a problem, but it also is an indicator of what we can do to help you. So if you would like us to check you further, if you’d like us to help you, give as a call on 01707662704 and we’d be happy for you to come in and for us to run through a few checks for you. See you all.
Hello, this is Chris Pickard at Body in Balance in Hertfordshire, and this is the Superfood series. And when I’m speaking about superfoods, I’m talking about plants. So these are plant superfoods.
What is a superfood? Pretty much a superfood is any particular plant that seems to have either much higher levels of a specific nutrient than most other plants or it’s got some unique benefits or some unique chemicals inside it that give it amazing properties. So I’ve already covered a few and we’ve got more to come. And today talking about something that a lot of people have heard of. Kelp. Now kelp is a seaweed. It’s actually a brown seaweed, but most kelp tablets seem to be green. And it comes from the coast of Japan and Korea mainly. It’s very rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. So pretty much good for the heart, the nerves, the blood and the bone.
But most people seem to take kelp because of a particular constituent, iodine. Now iodine is really important for the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland is really important for producing energy. So lots of people think iodine, if you’ve got low energy, take some iodine. Also, often people think of iron as well. So kelp can help with both of those. But iodine isn’t just good for the thyroid. I will come to the side effects at the end as well. Iodine is also really good for proper brain health. It’s critical for the development of brains. And it’s critical for the brain to think properly as well. It’s also very beneficial for your immune system, so a lot of alternative cancer experts really, really want to check that you get enough iodine, if you have a serious immune problem.
Now in recent years we’ve found other things inside kelp that tell us why it’s so amazing and why there are so many other things that are attributed to having lots of Kelp. One is a protein called fucoxanthin. And fucoxanthin seems to help aid weight loss, it helps liver function, and it seems to also decrease the resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs. So if you have cancer and you’re put on chemotherapy, and chemotherapy can kill you, well when you take it alongside fucoxanthin it seems to actually make the cancer cells much less resistant to resisting the chemotherapy drugs. So you need less of the chemotherapy drug to have the same effects, which means it’s safer for you. There’s also something called fucoidan, which is a glyconutrient. And fucoidan seems to have antiinflammatory properties, seems to maybe have anti-herpetic, so anti-herpes as well, and seems to also help lower cholesterol.
Now there is a danger with kelp. There’s two. One is if you have too much of it, you could get too much iodine, and too much iodine is linked with an overactive thyroid which can cause health problems. So don’t go eating bags and bags and bags of kelp and having lots and lots and lots of iodine, unless you know you have a massive deficiency. But small amounts, absolutely ideal.
Now the other thing with lots and lots of kelp is where it’s grown, especially off the coast of Japan. It can be full of heavy metals, pollution and now radioactive material, thanks to the Fukushima disaster. But the kelp grown off the waters of Korea seem to be actually pretty healthy, pretty clean. And I only tend to use kelp, and in fact all of the superfoods, as you find out at the end, I use lots of them but only in small amounts so I get no side effects, just all the benefits.
Thank you very much for watching and stay tuned for the next one. If you missed the previous ones, look in the description below. I’ll have a link to all the other superfood series and subscribe to make sure you get the next one, or look out to see if the actual video’s already up and then you can go and watch the next video in the series.
Thank you very much for watching. Be magnificently healthy.
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Have you ever gone to a restaurant and after being sat down all you did was waited for the food you wanted to arrive, without actually telling the waiter what you wanted?
Of course not.
At least, not until we have mind-reading robot waiters.
And this brings me to the future, your future.
In order for a waiter to know what you want, you have to tell them what you want, not what you ate for lunch or breakfast.
So many of us are great about complaining about the past, but very poor about defining what we want for the future.
In the words of Tony Robbins,
“So much that could help you achieve your dreams is never noticed or utilized simply because you haven’t defined (taught your brain what’s important!) your goals with clarity.”
“the only limit to what you can achieve is the extent of your ability to define with precision that which you desire”
If you are stuck with what you want, start with these 2 tests to see if you get inspired
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The quality of the decisions you make are a direct reflection of the quality of your health.
If you fail to make any decisions, nothing will change, and you’ll get nowhere.
George Washington and Mahatma Gandhi both took on the British Empire against overwhelming odds, yet with Energy, Passion, Inspiration and Courage they both won.
You too can be EPIC when it comes to health, and leading your family and friends.
It’s your choice which type of decisions you make.
In the end, only you can decide to build the life you want..
What happened when I asked an 80 year old to have cold showers?
Known effects of controlled cold exposure, technically known as cold hormesis:
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that an 80 year old with brain fog and headaches resulting from a stroke found dramatic improvement just by having a cold shower every day for 2 or 3 minutes.
Hormesis is anything that stresses you that makes you stronger. So exercise is a form or hormesis, as is fasting, and using saunas.
If you want to learn more about hormesis, and how to get it into your life, along with other techniques that make you more energetic, then check out my 7 Week Anti- Ageing Program
It’s great that Prince Harry and Prince William are doing what they can to decrease the stigma about mental health and getting people to talk more.
Here’s some facts from www.mentalhealth.org.uk
So what can we do?
Well first it’s important to realise that the brain is the most stress vulnerable, toxin vulnerable, energy dependent, and nutrition dependent organ in the body.
While most psychologists and mental health workers target stress, and also use drugs to modify brain behaviour, the 3 areas of toxins, energy and nutrition are almost universally neglected.
What does this mean?
It means that there are thousands, if not millions of people with mental health problems, that could be completely cured IF they detoxed, where well nourished, and exercised in the right way.
I covered a lot of this last year:
And here’s some of the latest research on the links between brain health, your gut, what you eat, and the environment:
I don’t expect you to read all the above articles, but I do want you to realise that mental health is not all ‘in the mind’, it is actually all around us, and very much tied to our need to clean up our environment.
Many Functional Medicine practitioners around the world find adults and children with ADHD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, addictions, self-harming tendencies, memory loss etc. can improve with techniques and protocols that are natural, available to anyone, and have long lasting results.
This is urgent to share, and urgent to take action on.
If you’d like to discuss any of this with me then just ask.
I’m here to help Body and Mind.