Saturday, 25 December 2010

About this Site (In Pain? call 0800 0197488 now)

A few Health Principles to begin with:

Your body is a self-healing system.

You can achieve a high level of health and wellness without expensive drugs or surgery

Your body is designed to self regulate and be healthy. We just have to remove interferences to this natural healing ability...

"When you shine a bright light in a dark corner you remove the darkness. You simply can't have light and darkness simultaneously. Similarly when you focus on health, disease dramatically disappears. Disease and health can't co-exist.
When you focus on choosing natural unprocessed foods, healthy water, air, appropriate sun exposure,keeping the body in alignment, exercise, proper rest, emotional balancing and avoidance of toxic chemicals and pollutants, you will shine the light on disease and allow health to replace it".

On the right are the postings over the past 2 years. Click on the ones that interest you - from Addictions to Zinc. There are many articles on back pain, cancer,cholestorol and the effects of statins, chiropractic, execise, obesity and weight loss, transcendental mediation...
My most visited articles are about the Salt Water Flush, and the PACE exercise program of Dr Al Sears.

Orthopedic pillows - keep your neck bones in the correct position while you sleep.
Ultra Herbs - recommended herbal products - see link on top right
Wheat grass – organic superfood
‘Woodlock’– the traditional Chinese remedy for joint and muscle pain
Light boxes and daylight bulbs (SAD)
Himalayan rock salt
Dead sea mud
Colon cleansing herbs
Alexander Barrie device to correct pelvic tilt and back pain
Emotional freedom technique (see )
Tapas acupressure technique
Chiropractic - see below

all these products will be available soon from this site - in the meantime just google the names for more info..

Current state of health:
(These statistics are for USA, but you can make an educated guess for your country based on how far your country has taken up a USA diet and lifestyle)

50 percent of Americans will have some form of cancer in their lifetime.

One in six Americans is either pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight.

Over ten million Americans are taking anti-depressants.

50 percent of people over 85 will have Alzheimer's Disease.

Someone dies of heart disease every 34 seconds.

One in six Americans suffers from an Anxiety Disorder.

My practice

Chiropractic at Parsons Chiropractic
Dr Parsons has many years of experience adjusting all ages for all types of spinal and structural problems. Dr Parsons utilizes the Koren Specific Technique, a low force directional adjusting protocol. In simpler terms it means there are no heavy manipulations, no ‘cracking sounds’ and no discomfort whatsoever. This new method is ideal to work with all ages, from newborns to the elderly, even people with Osteoporosis or other degenerative spinal conditions. The key to successful use of the KST method is the Arthrostim adjusting tool. This hand held device delivers precise low force adjustments with a frequency of 12-14 light taps per second. Dr Parsons has been getting fantastic results working with patients with all types of different conditions using a very light, very safe and most importantly a very effective technique.

Conditions that respond well;
• All types of back and neck pain respond well. There is no rotation or ‘cracking’ of the neck
• Shoulder pain and arm pain respond very well
• Leg pain
• Headache, dizziness, sinus congestion, brain ‘fog’ and any other conditions that are caused by misalignments or restrictions in the cranial bones (the bones of the skull)
• Hump patterns at the base of the neck.
The hump pattern is extremely unhealthy, it is a lump of restricted swollen muscles and vertebrae, it is not only unsightly but can lead to health problems ranging from heart problems to breathing conditions.
• Fatigue
• Sleeplessness
• Some childhood health problems
• Some health problems in infants

It is also important to point out that getting regular chiropractic care does not just treat disorders and illnesses, regular chiropractic care ensures that the nervous system, the most important system in the body is working efficiently and to it’s highest potential. When the nervous system is healthy the body is healthy, natural immune system resistance is improved, digestion is more efficient and muscle is more toned and coordinated. In other words your body can be the best it can be with regular chiropractic care and chiropractic care has never been easier or more enjoyable. The Arthrostim adjusting instrument and Koren Specific Technique (KST) is truly a revolution in healing. If you live in the Preston and Warrington areas call 01772 431133 now (for Ormskirk call 01695 581529)

eat some fat!

why? Because nerves are coated with fat. The brain is largely made up of fat. So eat healthy fat if you want to have nerves that conduct in a healthy fashion. No fat - no conduction of impulses - no healthy muscular contraction, no brain. You can't live without fat, so enjoy Christmas!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


The Moth

A man wandered into a doctor's consulting rooms and asked if could see the doctor. The receptionist was hesitant to let him in, especially as it was Christmas Eve and she was waiting to turn off the Christmas lights in the waiting room and go home; but he was very insistent. So the Doctor, having had completed all his consultations for the day and feeling in a 'good will to men' mood, agreed to see him.

The man entered in a rather aimless manner and after some hesitation flopped into a chair and looked nervously around the room.

"How can I help you?" said the doctor.

"Well, it's like this" said the man. "I keep thinking I'm a moth".

"A moth?"

"Yes" the man replied. "I'm convinced that I'm a moth".

"Well I'm very sorry, but you're in the wrong place. What you need is a psychiatrist".

"That's what I've been thinking" replied the man .

"Well, as it happens, I know just the man". said the doctor "I'll give him a call and see if he can fix an appointment for you after the holiday."

The man agreed and the doctor made the appointment.

"Tell me" said the doctor "It must have been very apparent from the sign outside that I'm a general practitioner. So if you already know you need to see a psychiatrist, why did you come in?"

"Well" the man said in a resigned voice "The door was open and the lights were on .....".

Tuesday, 30 November 2010


just got this email - so I am passing it on to you:

John Parsons
Dr John's Health File

Hello John,

Did you know that 25% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur among teens 12-19
years of age (CDC, Atlanta)? Or that 50% of all new HIV infections globally are
among youth 15-24 year olds (UNAIDS, Geneva)?

These shocking statistics prompted TeenAIDS-PeerCorp, an international non-profit,
to sponsor their first-ever "Webathon", which uses social media to educate teens
around the world about HIV/AIDS prevention.

Unlike traditional telethons and webathons that focus on raising funds, the sole
purpose of the TeenAIDS Webathon is to educate vulnerable youth, the majority of
whom are sexually active by age sixteen. Young people are being encouraged to
spread life-saving HIV prevention information by pledging to communicate with
friends and peers using the social media of their choice. They post or forward short
educational alerts and then report the total number of youth contacted to the
Webathon's website: The goal is one million pledges by March 31,

Dr. Chittick, founder of TeenAids-PeerCorp, explained, "Social media has the ability
to connect an entire generation on issues of critical importance (such as protecting
friends from HIV/AIDS) before it is too late. This kind of grassroots outreach on a
global scale would have been impossible ten years ago. Now it is the model for all
future humanitarian campaigns involving youth, and it involves virtually no cost."

The Webathon is the main feature of TeenAIDS' fifth annual Global Webcast that will
be seen on World AIDS Day-Wednesday, December 1. The three-hour Webathon begins at
11 AM (EST / GMT-5). It will be repeated at 3 PM and archived on their
website- for continuous viewing.

Currently no vaccine exists to prevent HIV infection and although some palliative
medicines are available to help those living with AIDS, a cure is still years away.

"Peer-to-peer communication is the most effective prevention tool to combat HIV/AIDS
and youth volunteers are the best messengers," Dr. Chittick said. "With school
health budgets cut to the bone in these tough economic times, it is up to teens to
take the campaign into their own hands - literally, using the social media tools at
their fingertips."Chittick credited hundreds of youth volunteers for creating a vast
network. He also credited major business support for making the Global Webathon and
Webcast possible: Onstream Media of Pompano Beach, Florida for global webcast
facilities; MotionOne Studios of Virginia Beach, Virginia for the studio;
DCIteleport for additional satellite time and Newman Communications of Allston,
Massachusetts for major PR.

Dr. Chittick, a former lecturer on AIDS at Harvard, recently concluded a ten-year
Global AIDS Walk to 85 countries that trained 350,000 peer outreach volunteers.

Please let me know if you would like more information about TeenAIDS-Corps Webathon
or to speak with Dr. John Chittick.

Any support is appreciated.

All the best,


I have recently qualified as a BodyTalk Access Technician.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ayurveda and Piles (Hemorrhoids)

Piles, also known as 'Arsha' in Ayurveda, is a painful health condition that causes formation of small blood vessels in the anal canal. The root causes of piles are constipation, obesity, stress, sitting too long, genetic factors or during pregnancy. Symptoms of piles mainly include bleeding, intense pain during stool passage, and itching in the rectal region

There are many healing options in Ayurveda for piles:

* Haritaki or terminalia chebula (one of the ingredients of 'Triphala') and jimikand or amorphophallus campanulatus are two most significant and natural herbs that are beneficial for treating piles.
* Cut down potato from your diet as eating potato will aggravate the condition.

* Avoid yellow variety of pumpkins.
* Eat more of fruits, vegetables and seeds such as Java Plum (Black berry) fruits, dry figs, Indian gooseberry ('amla' available in Maharishi Amrit Kalesh), papaya, radish, bitter gourd, turnip, onion, rice, wheat, mango seeds and sesame seeds.
* Ensure that your intestine is clean. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the intestine.
* Avoid relaxing on stiff chairs and hard seats.
* Avoid horse riding.
* Physical activity is equally important in treating piles.
* You can also try yoga exercises. Cobra pose and bow pose are the best yoga poses for treating piles.

Monday, 1 November 2010

unfavorable results from back surgery

MSNBC: Back Surgery May Backfire for Back Pain Patients
October 18, 2010 15:49 by juliecoxcid

MSNBC reports on the statistics of back surgery which aren't all that favorable:

1. 600,000 Americans choose back surgery
2. 1450 Ohio Work Comp back pain patients with similar diagnoses:
* 1/2 had surgery with fusion - At 2 years, 26% returned to a 41% increase in pain killer use.
* 1/2 did not have surgery - At 2 years, 67% returned to work.
3. 2007 Agency for Health Care Policy and Reform reports
* 27 million Americans with back problems
* $30.3 million spent on back pain.
* PT, pain management, chiropractic, spine surgeries (which makes up the most)
4. complicated spine surgeries with fusion - 8 times increase in 15 years
5. "Even when the surgery is a success, it rarely dispels 100 percent of back pain."

Sunday, 24 October 2010

25000 dying

"It is estimated that up to 25,000 people die from hospital acquired blood clots in the UK each year,"
thats a lot of people!

Friday, 15 October 2010

taking the mickey

Mickey Mouse has hired a private detective to follow Minnie. The detective is delivering a report on her activities to Mickey: "Well, Mr. Mouse, I've been following your wife for a week or so, but I can't find any evidence that she's crazy."

"Crazy?!" shouts Mickey, "Who told you she was crazy?"

The detective says, "You did, Mr. Mouse, when you hired me."

Mickey says, "I didn't say she was crazy — I said she was fucking Goofy!"

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

"Military occupation causes suicide terrorism!"

Robert Pape, a University of Chicago political science professor and
former Air Force lecturer, will present findings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday that
argue that the majority of suicide terrorism around the world since 1980 has had
a common cause: military occupation.

Pape and his team of researchers draw on data produced by a six-year study of
suicide terrorist attacks around the world that was partially funded by the
Defense Department's Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

They have compiled the terrorism statistics in a publicly available database
comprising some 10,000 records on some 2,200 suicide terrorism attacks, dating
back to the first suicide terrorism attack of modern times — the 1983 truck
bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 241 U.S.

"We have lots of evidence now that when you put the foreign military presence
in, it triggers suicide terrorism campaigns, ... and that when the foreign
forces leave, it takes away almost 100 percent of the terrorist campaign," Pape
said in an interview last week on his findings.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Clash drummer now a chiropractor!

So, what do you do next after you've been in one of the most celebrated bands on the planet? Become a chiropractor, of course!

Terry Chimes, drummer with the Clash, played all of the biggest stadiums. He has had Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson and Eddie Murphy coming backstage to pay him tribute. Rolling Stone magazine places his records in the top 10 of all time.

But now, Terry has become a chiropractor in Essex, England and his stage appearances are now limited to motivational seminars for doctors.

"I felt it was time to completely change - and over the time I'd been a musician, I'd already become a non-drinking, non-smoking, non-drug-taking vegetarian who does yoga."

And that's not mentioning the triathlons.

"People say how can you prefer treating patients to being on stage in front of 100,000 people? But if you can get someone healthy, there's a satisfaction in that which is much more profound."

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

vitamin d - why you need sunlight

Sunlight’s good for your skin and critical to your overall health and well-being.
Get enough of it, and you’ll actually reduce your risk for a wide range of cancers. What sunscreens are very good at is blocking UVA rays. Yet even that presents a problem, because your skin needs exposure to UVA rays to make vitamin D.
That’s a huge problem, because vitamin D is a vitally important nutrient that insures healthy function in just about every system in your body.

Vitamin D’s also the most potent cancer fighter in the world. A report came out of a Nebraska university showing that vitamin D has the potential to lower the risk of all cancers in women over 50 by 77 percent. 1 And in a study published in the journal Anticancer Research last October researchers found that sunlight – about 20 minutes a day for fair-skinned people, and two to four times that much for those with dark skin – can reduce the risk of death from 16 types of cancer, in both men and women. Sunscreens rob you of all these health benefits.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

democrats and republicans

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

"She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat."

"I am,"replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Thursday, 26 August 2010


think alternative therapies lack scientific research?
read this:
"The Office of Technology Assessment, a branch of the United States Congress, with the help of an advisory board of eminent university faculty, has published a report with the conclusion that, " only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial."
Therefore, 80% to 90% of medical procedures routinely performed are unproven.
That report further points out that the research which purports to prove effectiveness of the remaining 10% to 20% of medical procedures is largely flawed, and " . . many of the other procedures may not be efficacious."

Saturday, 21 August 2010

ginger for pain

more useful info from Dr Al Sears MD:
As a doctor, I must warn you: Taking painkillers can have
dangerous – even deadly – side effects. Drugs such as Motrin,
Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) have
been linked to kidney damage, anemia, heart palpitations, and
gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

That'[s pretty scary stuff. Especially when you
consider that tens of millions of prescriptions (not to mention
over-the-counter drugs) are written for NSAIDs each year in the U.S. alone!

But today I want to recommend to you a painkiller that’s not
scary at all. In fact, you probably dont have to look beyond your
kitchen cabinet to find it.

I'm talking about ginger.

For centuries it's been used throughout Asia to treat joint
pain, colds, and even indigestion.
It can reduce pain in the muscles
and joints by as much as 25%.1

And taking raw and cooked ginger daily can be an effective pain
reliever – even for inflammatory conditions like

That’s because inflammation is the root cause all kinds of
problems -from arthritis to back pain to muscle aches.

Ginger contains 12 different compounds that fight inflammation.
Some block the Cox-2 enzyme which triggers it. Some lower pain receptor and
nerve-ending sensitivity. Together they work almost the same as
anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

So, if you want to cut back on painkillers and avoid the harmful
side effects, supplement your diet with ginger.

Here are some ways to get your daily doses:

Stir fry food with it: It'll add an invigorating
taste to any meat and vegetable dish. Sprinkle some grated ginger on top
for even more great flavor.

Supplement: Most pharmacies or health food stores sell
ginger powder in pills or capsules. Look for an extract with 5%

Use a ginger compress on painful areas: It’ll
stimulate blood flow and ease achy joints.

Drink ginger tea: It’s cheap. It's easy. It
tastes great. And it heals. Here's a recipe I use:


water, 4 cups
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
optional: honey and lemon slice

Monday, 16 August 2010

dangers of high fructose corn syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is an inexpensive sugar that has essentially replaced cane sugar in almost all processed foods over the last 30 years. It’s no coincidence that diabetes and obesity have increased by over 150% during the same time period. It is my belief that the introduction of HFCS into the western diet has had a direct causative effect on the dramatic increased incidence of these two killers. Here is what Dr. Joseph Mercola has to say about HFCS:

“In case you forgot, or never knew in the first place, the number one source of calories in the US is high fructose corn syrup. Let me say that in different words so you more fully appreciate the impact of this fact. Remember that fat has 250% more calories than sugar, but even with this major disadvantage, the food that most people get MOST of their calories from is sugar from corn, primarily in the form of soft drinks.

Even though I have known this for years, it is still shocking to me every time I reflect on the enormity of this truth. But, like W. Clement Stone, I believe that there is a nugget of good in this horrible fact. The good is that stopping this pernicious habit is one of the easiest things to do. Since this is such a pervasive problem in the US, we could make radically outrageous improvements in our health as a culture if we just simply stopped everyone from drinking soda.

I am HIGHLY confident that the health improvement would be FAR more profound than if everyone stopped smoking because elevated insulin levels are the foundation of nearly every chronic disease known to man, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging, arthritis, osteoporosis, you name it, and you will find elevated insulin levels as a primary factor. The evidence of increased triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels is just the latest among countless findings pointing to the dangers in HFCS.

Part of what makes HFCS such an unhealthy product is that it is metabolized to fat in your body far more rapidly than any other sugar, and, because most fructose is consumed in liquid form, its negative effects are significantly magnified.

 The delusion that fructose is an acceptable form of sugar is quite prevalent in many nutritional circles. In fact, nearly all simple sugars are metabolized quickly and disrupt insulin levels, which contributes to most chronic illness. Eating small amounts of whole fruit will not provide tremendous amounts of fructose and should not be a problem for most people, unless diabetes or obesity is an issue but fruit juices, sodas and other beverages sweetened with fructose should be avoided.

To add insult to injury, the corn that the high fructose corn syrup is metabolized from nearly all comes from genetically modified corn which is fraught with its own well documented side effects and health concerns.

Sodas, of course, are not the only source of HFCS (though they represent one of the main ones). This dangerous sweetener is also in many processed foods and fruit juices, so to avoid it you need to focus your diet on whole foods and, if you do purchase packaged foods, become an avid label reader!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

statins for children!

just got this from Dr Sears MD :

Dear john,

As a doctor, I'm outraged. As a father
I'm even more outraged

For years, doctors have been handing out statin drugs to any
patient with high cholesterol. But they're the most dangerous drugs a doctor can prescribe. They've been linked to fatigue, heart problems,
and even death.

They rob every single person who takes even one pill of energy.
And if you take one for long enough, you're going to feel very tired
and very old.

Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing this
poison to a new group.

I'm talking about children. Some as young as 8 years old!

AAP guidelines have just recommended cholesterol screenings for
high-risk children ages two and up. And statin therapy for kids as young as
eight with LDLs over 190mg/dl.1

Now, some are calling for even more aggressive screening measures
to find kids in need of these drugs. All to ensure that
pharmaceutical companies will keep making billions for years to

Consider this: Pediatrics published a new
study a couple weeks ago. Researchers screened all fifth graders in West
Virginia public schools, including 5,798 who wouldn't have met cholesterol
screening guidelines. They found 268 children with cholesterol high enough
to be treated with drugs.2

It frightens me to even think about the
Entire generations getting hooked on drugs with dangerous side
effects. Ones that include:

Muscle pain
Liver damage
Lowered mental performance
Chronic fatigue
Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart's function)

Depletion of CoQ10 in the heart (which can cause congestive heart

Whats more, this could open up the floodgates for
pharmaceutical companies to promote their use in kids. Come to think of it,
thats already happening. I just read that Pfizer introduced a sweet
and tasty gummy-likeversion of Lipitor. I'm sure
it'll boost sales before their patent runs out next year.

The lesson here is, Just say NO to statins.
You cant trust them - or the folks telling you to take

If a child came to my office with high cholesterol, I would tell
him to exercise in short bursts of high intensity for at least 12 minutes a
day, cut carbs, and eat foods that are rich in omega-3s, like salmon, flax
seeds, and walnuts.

For most children, this would solve the problem within six weeks.
Why? Because childrens bodies heal themselves quickly.

And yours will, too IF you treat it right.

Heres what I recommend for driving down LDLs:

Eat fish: They're loaded with omega-3s. And
theyre just as good at reducing the risk of heart-attack deaths as
statins. In fact for some, they can be even better. In a recent
study, omega-3s - not statins - cut hospitalizations and death
rates of heart patients.3,4

Wild-caught salmon is best. It doesn't have all the
pollutants found in farm-raised fish. Or you can supplement. I recommend
anywhere from 700 to 2,000 mg per day.

Take sustained release niacin (vitamin B3):
It&'s been found to increase HDL cholesterol by 20% to 35%.5 But don’t
exceed 500 mg a day.

PACE yourself: Quick, simple, high-intensity exercise
– like my 10- to 20-minute PACE workouts – is the most
effective way to increase your HDL levels.

Avoid grains and sugars: 99% of the time, this alone can
help regulate cholesterol.

To Your
Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

fetal cure

came across this interesting idea for boosting the immune system - am trying it - so will keep you posted
john :

"One just places a piece of a cotton ball in one ear ,
(either ear and you can switch ears for comfort sake)
the size of a small marble (not so big to be
incomfortable, but big enough to cause a little
pressure) and poke it in gently until it stops going
in any more to where you put an ear plug for noise,
next to the ear canal and keep checking it to make
sure it stays in place and wear it there with nothing
in the other ear.

Best results would be obtained by wearing the cotton
24 hours a day even during sleep , checking it every
so often to see if it has slipped out some. Poke it
gently a couple of times again to make sure its in all
the way. Replace it as needed to keep it clean and

Our immune system I have found cant be stimulated
while exposed to most types of manmade radiation such
as cell phones (even when just being carried) or
within 2 or 3 feet of you) or when using a computer
and it would be better to take the cotton out at those
times. The same problem if you smoke (80 or 90% of the
effect is lost) and some amount will be lost by things
that suppress immunity such as steroids or sythetic
opiate pain killer.

The cotton ball has to be ORGANIC cotton, it must say
ORGANIC on the package because ordinary cotton balls
are either genetically modified now or are synthetic
and neither will work, the body wont respond to them.
Most health food markets sell organic cotton balls. You
would have to call around.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

MS and de sun

interesting story on MS and vitamin D (aka sunshine):
Scientists have now proven a link between Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and a lack of Vitamin D. People in Scotland are exposed to less sunshine, and it is the energy from the sun which triggers a chemical reaction in the body which leads to Vitamin D being produced. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is rare in countries close to the equator which have a high amount of sunshine and becomes more common at distant latitudes. For example, in the US rates are lowest in Florida and rise towards Canada. At a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) conference in November 2008 scientists told the Scottish Government of the link and now it needs to act on this evidence.

That is why Ryan has started the Shine on Scotland campaign, as he believes that the government providing Vitamin D to children and pregnant mums is our chance to stop future generations from suffering the way his Mum does everyday. He’s doing it for your children and your grandchildren. Will you join him in his fight?


Saturday, 12 June 2010

Obesity biggest health problem

OBESITY has overtaken smoking as the biggest health issue facing Australian women, a landmark study has found. (note: Obesity in England has risen dramatically in the last ten years. In 1993 it was estimated that an average of 15% of men and women were classed as obese. Now 25% of the population fits the criteria)
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health released yesterday found that being overweight or obese was more consistently associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma than smoking or alcohol use.
"Ten years ago, smoking was the major health problem," said public health expert Julie Byles, of the University of Newcastle.
"That's been overtaken by obesity. That's probably the most startling thing out of all the findings."
Researchers – who have been surveying more than 30,000 Australian women across three generations since 1996 – have found fewer than one in 10 of the younger women ate the recommended five or more different vegetables a day and fewer than four in 10 ate two or more pieces of fresh fruit.
When the study began a decade ago, 20 per cent of those aged 18 to 23 were considered overweight or obese. That had rocketed to 32 per cent among the same group of women – an increase of more than 50 per cent – by 2003.
"It's scary," Professor Byles said.
"Young women are putting on weight at such a rate that they're going to overtake their mothers' generation. By the time they're the same age, they'll be a lot heavier."
Although the 180-page report found few differences in health across urban and remote areas, younger women living in small rural centres had a much higher prevalence of diabetes than other women of the same age.
Professor Byles said messages about healthy eating and exercise were not getting through as strongly as they needed to.
"But if you look at smoking and how long we've been putting out messages about quitting, it's sort of a drip, drip, drip effect," she said.
"If we keep putting out messages about maintaining a healthy weight, good nutrition and physical activity, eventually that will get through too."
The study, which will follow the women until 2016, is a collaboration between the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland and is funded by the Federal Government.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Native American Sungazing Practices

Native American Sungazing Practices and fulfilment of desires

I have been advised by several reputable sources that some Native Americans, particularly priests, healers, seers and shamans, also practiced sungazing. My afore-mentioned friend Patrick was once approached by an elderly Native American medicine man who shared with him his own practice and stories of sungazing in his culture; the medicine man stated that he still sun-gazed to that day (this was apparently in the late 1980’s). He reported that his Native American tradition believed that if you look at the Sun and go to the heart and thank Sun for life and for everything, and then ask for something, your request will be fulfilled (kinda like instant manifesting, a la the New Agers!) V Pinto

Monday, 10 May 2010

Flaxseed - hot flushes

Hot Flashes

One preliminary study on menopausal women, published in 2007, reported that 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed (taken twice each day) cut the women's hot flashes in half. And, the intensity of their hot flashes dropped by 57%. The women noticed a difference after talking the daily flaxseed for just one week, and achieved the maximum benefit within two weeks.
Mayo clinic 2007

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

I forgive...

There are no justified resentments. Practice forgiveness.
Send love in some form to those you believe have wronged you, and notice how much better you feel and how much more peace you have. - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Sunday, 2 May 2010

are cholesterol drugs dangerous?

Cholesterol Drugs (Statins) Under Fire as Ineffective and Possibly Dangerous

Several articles call into question the safety and effectiveness of the group of drugs designed to lower cholesterol known as Statins. Statin drugs are a class of drugs that that are supposed to lower cholesterol levels by blocking enzymes that are essential to cholesterol production. Among the statin drugs are: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Baycol (Cerivastatin) (This drug has been recalled).

From the Canadian publication First Word, the September 9, 2003 issue starts off by saying, "A group of Canadian researchers from the University of British Columbia warns that statins may do as much harm as good." Dr. Jim Wright, said that there appears to be almost no preventive benefit. The data showed that there was a 1.4 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke over a three- to five-year period, a news source reports. This would translate, Wright said, into a doctor having to treat 71 patients until one benefits. Side effects of the statins were the main concern among the Canadian researchers. These side effects can include, Fever, Muscle Cramps, Stomach Pain, Fatigue, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Gas, Skin rash, Nausea.

On the heals of the Canadian study a British study reported on October 5, 2003 in the British Reuters, that states, "Half of British heart disease patients failed to get their cholesterol down to recommended levels after taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs." Dr. Adrian Brady, consultant cardiologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, told a meeting of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society in Dublin that only 48 percent of 14,000 patients evaluated in a UK study reached national cholesterol goals. One of these drugs, Lipitor, produced by Pfizer Inc's, is now the world's top-selling medicine with annual sales of $8 billion.

Dangers of Chlorine in Drinking and Shower Water

Chlorine is a toxic chemical that has been used to disinfect drinking water supplies for nearly 100 years. It is economical and kills many bacteria including those which cause typhoid, cholera, and dysentery.

Unfortunately, it is also a poison that has many adverse affects on the human body. Chlorine reacts with naturally occurring substances, such as decomposing plant and animal materials, normally present in the water to create trihalomethanes (THMs). These THMs trigger free radical production in the body, are highly carcinogenic, and cause cellular damage.

Drinking chlorinated tap water may cause scarring of the arteries. Once the arteries are scared, LDL cholesterol can attach itself to the artery walls leading to arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

Cancer of the kidney, bladder, and urinary tract are more common in certain cities, because chlorine in excess of government standards is added due to the water supplies are so polluted.

For instance, Mississippi drinking water (taken from the highly polluted Mississippi River) contains approximately 63 carcinogenic compounds that are created when chlorine combines with pollutants such as methanol and carbon disulphide present in the water.

It is not uncommon for municipal water supplies to have chlorine levels higher than those recommended as safe for a swimming pool.

Drinking chlorinated tap water is only part of the problem. More chlorine is absorbed through the skin, and inhaled in the steam from one bath or shower than is taken in from drinking five glasses of tap water. The heat and steam from the shower opens the pores allowing a high rate of absorption of chlorine and other chemicals. Steam from a hot shower can contain up to 20 times the concentration of chlorine as tap water.

The inhalation of chlorine and other chemical vapors are a suspected cause of bronchitis and asthma. A report in the American Journal of Public Health links chlorine to increases in certain types of cancer, skin irritations and asthma and stated that "up to 2/3 of the harmful exposure was due to skin absorption and inhalation of chlorine in shower water."

The U.S. EPA recently stated, "Due to chlorine and showering, virtually every home in America has a detectable level of chloroform gas in the air". Chloroform is strong respiratory irritant.

Chlorine strips the natural protective oils from hair and skin, casing drying and aging. Skin can dry out and become itchy and flaky. Chlorine is also the biggest trigger of eczema - a group of skin conditions that vary from mild forms characterized by dry, hot, itchy skin to more severe forms where the skin becomes broken, raw and bleeds.

peyronie's disease, dupuytron's contracture

here is an interesting article about the benefits of taking iodine - especially the last point about dupuyton's contracture - i see this condition a lot in my practice ( :


By Dr. James Howenstine, MD.
November 5, 2005

Lack of iodine is widespread in the United States today. For many years iodine was added to bread in generous quantities which prevented iodine deficiency. Each slice of bread contained 150 mcg. of iodine filling the whole days RDA of iodine In 1960 the average diet consumed about 1 mg. of iodine daily with bakery products accounting for about 75 % of the total. This quantity of iodine was enough to decrease the thyroid glands ability to absorb radioactive iodine and it was also sufficient to prevent excess release of thyroid hormone thus preventing many cases of hyperthyroidism (Grave’s Disease).

Forty years ago the food industry decided to remove iodine from baked goods and replace the iodine with bromine. Iodine and bromine appear similar to the thyroid gland and bromine easily binds to the thyroid gland’s receptors for iodine. Bromine, however, is of no value to the thyroid gland unlike iodine and it inhibits the activity of iodine in the thyroid gland. Bromine also can cause impaired thinking and memory, drowsiness, dizziness and irritability. This substitution of bromine for iodine has resulted in nearly universal deficiency of iodine in the American populace. Iodine therapy helps the body eliminate fluoride, bromine, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum and mercury. Could this substitution of bromine for iodine have been carried out to increase diseases and thus create more need for pharmaceutical drugs?

Among the problems caused by iodine deficiency are:

Underactivity of the thyroid gland produces fatigue. In rodents iodine deficiency leads to abnormal pituitary-adrenal function. The adrenal gland provides energy and stamina.
When iodine no longer binds to thyroid cell membranes enzymes called peroxidases are able to damage these membranes and produce autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Hyperthroidism (Graves Disease). Researcher Dr. Guy Abraham has observed several cases of thyroiditis and hyperthyroidism that have been corrected by the simple replacement of iodine. For more than 100 years high doses of iodine have been known to benefit both underactivity (hypothyroidism) of the thyroid gland and overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism). Iodine therapy allows the sluggish thyroid gland to resume normal production of thyroid hormone leading to resolution of hypothyroidism. Provision of iodine stops the peroxidase injury to the thyroid membranes in hyperthyroidism which permits hyperthyroidism to resolve. Thus thyroid surgery for hyperthyroidism is no longer necessary.
Several human organs need iodine but can not absorb it until blood iodine levels reach high values (stomach, salivary glands). Most persons exhibit impaired production of stomach acid as they age. This impaired capability to produce adequate stomach acid may be a result of iodine deficiency as iodine promotes stomach acidity.
Resolution of cysts Iodine therapy resolves nearly every case of breast cysts. This treatment also can heal ovarian cysts and works well on skin cysts when rubbed over the cyst.
Iodine is found in large quantities in the brain and the ciliary body of the eye. Lack of iodine may be involved in production of Parkinson’s disease and glaucoma.
Lipoprotein (a) This dangerous substance is quite important as it produces plaques in arteries because it is very sticky and collects platelets, calcium and fibrin from the blood circulating inside our arteries. Excessive clotting and vascular disease resulting from high levels of lipoprotein (a) can be reversed by iodine treatment.
Other Health Problems Iodine has proven value in treating headaches, keloids, and parotid duct stones.

How Can Iodine Deficiency Be Detected?

An accurate test for diagnosing iodine deficiency exists. Dr. Jay Abrahams has developed a loading test to settle this issue. The patient takes 4 iodine tablets (12.5 mg each). If there is sufficient iodine in the individual the excess iodine is excreted in the urine in the next 24 hours. If iodine is lacking the body retains most of the iodine with little iodine appearing in the urine. Use of this test has shown that nearly every patient with any condition known to be associated with iodine deficiency tested positive for iodine lack. Therefore, it often is sensible to assume iodine lack and proceed to treat with iodine.

However, when a patient takes iodine for several months and has shown no improvement this test can be used to exclude a problem with absorption of iodine. Iodine lack is known to be a factor in the development of breast and prostate cancer. Sixty patients with a variety of cancers were studied. All sixty patients were found to have serious iodine deficiency.

To correct iodine deficiency by taking iodized salt is not feasible. You would need 20 teaspoons of iodized salt daily to get adequate quantities of iodine. Dr. Abrahams has developed an iodine preparation named Iodoral to treat iodine deficiency. This is composed of dried Lugol’s solution containing 12.5 mg of iodine per tablet. A person with adequate iodine stores who takes 4 of these tablets (50 mg.) will excrete 90 % of the iodine in their urine.

Dr. Abrahams thinks that the correct quantity of iodine needed to maintain sufficient amounts of iodine in the body is 13 mg. daily. This is 100 times more than the government recognized RDA for iodine. This quantity of daily iodine would be distributed as follows –six mg. to thyroid gland, five mg. for the breasts in females and two mg. for the remainder of the body. Males appear to usually, but not always, need slightly less than females.

Prominent thyroid researcher, Dr. Benjamin Eskin, has shown that the thyroid gland and skin prefer to concentrate the iodide form of iodine while the breasts concentrate iodine. His research suggested that the body needs both the iodide and iodine form of iodine. This is easy to accomplish with Lugol’s solution developed by French physician Dr. Jean Lugol in the 1820s. His solution mixed iodine (5 %) with potassium iodide (10 %) and 85 % water. Dr. Lugol’s solution killed germs and was used with success in treating infections and many other conditions. This solution in the recommended 2 drop dosage contains 5 mg. of iodine and 7.5 mg. of iodine which is exactly the quantity of iodine recommended for daily intake by Dr. Abraham. Lugol’s solution tastes metallic unless greatly diluted and stains clothing and skin.

A third solution that works well in correcting iodine deficiency is Triodide made by Scientific Botanicals of Seattle, Washington. This has the same dosage of iodine and iodide combined with a sea vegetable called bladderwrack. This can be obtained from natural food stores, Tahoma Clinic Dispensary and compounding pharmacies. This contains 12.5 mg of iodine in the same 2 drop dosage.

Dr. Abrahams recommends taking 50 mg of Iodoral (four 12.5 mg. tablets), Lugol’s solution (8 drops)or Triodide (8 drops) daily for 3 months as a loading dose. Then this dose should be gradually reduced to the 12.5 mg. maintenance dosage under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr.Abraham feels that 14 to 15 mg. of iodine/iodide daily is the upper maximum of safety. This is close to the recommended dose of 12.5 mg daily so caution is necessary in managing iodine repletion. Japanese researchers have discovered patients with hypothyroidism who were taking 20 mg. of iodine or more daily.

Another valuable iodine preparation is saturated solution of potassium iodide. This does not have the correct ratio of iodine iodide recommended by Dr.Abrahams for correcting iodine deficiency but it does have a multitude of valuable healing properties. It can help open up blocked arteries, disinfect water, cure bladder infections, reduce or eliminate ovarian cysts, diminish unsightly keloids, loosen thick bronchial secretions, reduce or eliminate Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytron’s contracture.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

dump fat - eat protein

got this interesting message from DR Al Sear"s:

"Your body can dump pounds of fat with one simple command.
With the opposite command, it can pack on the pounds.
Wouldn’t it be better to push the “dump fat” button?
Problem is, we often tell it to do just the opposite.
Why does this happen?
Over millions of years, our bodies developed a survival mechanism.
When our protein intake goes up, our bodies let go of fat stores. When protein intake goes down, our bodies hold on to fat.
These commands are really that simple.
High protein = Dump fat
Low protein = Store fat
What does this have to do with survival?
When protein intake goes down, your body fears starvation and death. To help you survive, it stores fat and doesn’t let go.
This reaction developed as humans went through periods of feast and famine over thousands of generations.
But here’s the problem. In today’s world, we’re surrounded by food, but our bodies still react as if we’re starving.
All the low-protein chips, snacks, bread, and processed foods give our bodies the “fear of starvation” reaction.
That means your body is storing fat.
The easy solution is: Get more protein, and your body chooses the “dump fat” option.
But since we’re not living in the woods hunting our game anymore, here’s what to do:
Just add a couple scoops of protein powder to your favorite juice or even water.
It really is that simple.
But there is one catch. Most of the protein that you find out there comes from sick, diseased cows.
Imagine gulping down a concentrated cocktail of antibiotics, estrogen, and pesticides?
I have a better solution: organic, grass-fed whey protein powder.
This is the real stuff. Pure protein powder from free-roaming, grass-fed cattle.
This is the kind of protein that gets your body to hit the “dump fat” button.
It’s fast and simple."

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Bill from Los Angeles, California has this to say about hydrogen pyroxide:

" I have been using Hydrogen Pyroxide (food grade 35%) for many years with Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. I am 56 yrs old now and have only great things to say about it, Thanks to God. I started using it at age 30. I had severe joint and back pain at the time. After three months, starting with 3 drops 2 to 3 times daily (FGHP) and 1 Capful of the Cider Vinegar, working up to 25 drops of FGHP 2 to 3 times daily, I've had astronomical results. The results were verified by my then girlfriend who was also useing the same program. (1) No more heavy or bad breath, (2) No body odor, (3) You will only need approximately 4 to 5 hours of sleep per day and when you awaken you will be wide awake, not sluggish or groggy. After you reach the 25 drop level you can then taper off. Find the instructions on line. Oh, people think I'm no more than 30-35yrs old! Enjoy."

Monday, 15 February 2010

Bee Pollen - the complete protein source?

Getting lots of info on Bee Pollen - its looking good:

Bee pollen contains 35 percent protein, of which half is in the form of free amino acids - these are the Essential Nutritive Elements of Life (complete protein) which are assimilated immediately by the body."

Scientists compared the amino acids of bee pollen with those of animal origin and bee pollen was superior in every respect. Bee pollen contains 40 to 80 percent free glutamic acid - an amino acid, which is able to cross the protective blood barrier in the brain. This may be the reason why bee pollen has been used to successfully enhance mental abilities.

Amino Acids:

As a percentage of its dry weight, bee pollen contains:

Arginine 4.4 - 5.7%

Histadine 2.0 - 3.5%

Isoleucine 4.5 - 5.8%

Leucine 6.7 - 7.5%

Lycine 5.9 - 7.0%

Methionine 1.2 - 2.4%

Phenylalanine 3.7 - 4.4%

Threonine 2.3 - 4.0%

Tryptophan 1.2 - 1.6%

Valine 5.5 - 6.0%

The World’s Most Complete Food
Bee pollen is the world’s most complete food. It contains every basic vitamin, mineral, enzyme and hormone essential for general well-being and good health. In its fresh, natural form, it is completely absorbed by the body and is 100% digestible.

Professor Alain Callias, Ph.D. at the Academy of Agriculture, Paris, France, investigated whether referring to bee pollen as “nature’s perfect food” was accurate, and if humans could survive on bee pollen alone for an extended period of time.

During the course of his studies, he found that 36 grams of bee pollen a day would supply the average man with every necessary nutrient!

The complete spectrum of amino acids present in bee pollen are:

* Cysteine - 3.4 mg per gram - deactivate free radicals and neutralize toxins
* Alanine - 12.3 mg per gram - strengthens the immune system by producing antibodies
* Valine - 12.1 mg per gram - essential amino acid that helps calm emotions
* Leucine - 16.1 mg per gram - essential amino acid that increases alertness
* Iso Leucine - 10.5 mg per gram - essential amino acid
* Histidine - 5 mg per gram - essential for tissue growth and repair
* Phenylalanine - 10 mg per gram - antidepressant, improves memory and reduces hunger
* Serine - 12.4 mg per gram - strengthen the immune system by providing antibodies
* Threonine - 10.1 mg per gram - assists metabolism and assimilation
* Lysine - 10.7 mg per gram - enhances absorption of calcium
* Methionine - 5.7 mg per gram - reduces withdrawal symptoms and depression
* Arginine - 8 mg per gram - promotes regeneration of the liver
* Aspartic acid - 22.8 mg per gram - aids in the expulsion of harmful ammonia from the body
* Tyrosine - 7.6 mg per gram - helps with depression and fatigue
* Glutamic acid 23.7 mg per gram - helps to decrease the craving for alcohol
* Proline - 21.8 mg per gram - helps maintain and strengthen heart muscles
* Glycine - 10.3 mg per gram - helps make hormones responsible for a strong immune system
* Tryptophan - 2 mg per gram - anti-anxiety and anti-depressant

Pollen is the male seed of flowers. It is required for the fertilization of the plant. The tiny particles consist of 50/1,000-millimeter corpuscles, formed at the free end of the stamen in the heart of the blossom. Every variety of flower puts forth a dusting of pollen. Many orchard fruits and agricultural food crops do, too.

Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.

Bee pollen is an alkaline food considered by nutritionists to be the most complete food found in nature.
Some of the minerals included in bee pollen include: barium, boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc. Bee pollen contains vitamins A, B, C, and E. It is extraordinarily rich in most of the B vitamins, including folic acid (folate).

Bee pollen contains over 5,000 enzymes. The phytonutrients (such as co-enzymes, bioflavonoids, phytosterols, and carotenoids) found in bee pollen also number in the thousands. Bee pollen is 15% natural lecithin.

Some of the Benefits of Bee Pollen Consumption Include:

- Increases energy and stamina.
- Increase muscle growth and definition.
- Builds immune system.
- Has antioxidant activity.
- Enhances sexuality.
- Smoothes wrinkles.

It has long been prescribed by traditional health practitioners - including the fathers of Western medicine Hippocrates, Pliny the Elder, and Pythagoras - for its healing properties.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

natural cures : breast cancer

Sorry - couldnt get this to work as link - but copy and paste and watch and be amazed!

Monday, 25 January 2010

global warming not due to man-made CO2 emisions

Dr. Martin Hertzberg was a meteorologist for three years in the U.S. Navy, an occupation which gave him a lifelong mistrust of climate modeling. Trained in chemistry and physics, a combustion research scientist for most of his career, he's retired now in Copper Mountain, Colorado, still consulting from time to time.

He says, "water, in the form of oceans, clouds, snow, ice cover and vapor, is overwhelming in the radiative and energy balance between the earth and the sun.
Carbon dioxide and the greenhouse gases are, by comparison, the equivalent of a few farts in a hurricane." And water is exactly that component of the earth's heat balance that the global warming computer models fail to account for.

It's a notorious inconvenience for the Greenhousers that data also show carbon dioxide concentrations from the Eocene period, 20 million years before Henry Ford trundled his first model T out of the shop, 300-400 per cent higher than current concentrations. The Greenhousers deal with other difficulties like the medieval warming period's higher-than-today's temperatures by straightforward chicanery, misrepresenting tree-ring data (themselves an unreliable guide) and claiming the warming was a local, insignificant European affair.

We're warmer now, because today's world is in the thaw following the last Ice Age. Ice ages correlate with changes in the solar heat we receive, all due to predictable changes in the earth's elliptic orbit round the sun, and in the earth's tilt. As Hertzberg explains, the cyclical heat effect of all of these variables was worked out in great detail between 1915 and 1940 by the Serbian physicist, Milutin Milankovitch, one of the giants of 20th-century astrophysics. In past postglacial cycles, as now, the earth's orbit and tilt gives us more and longer summer days between the equinoxes.