Sunday, 9 December 2012

Bronk on posture

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

avoid fish oils like the plague

reading a lot of interesting stuff about how fish oils are actually bad for you:

Saturday, 10 November 2012

seborreic 'warts'

Vitamin D

Take a vitamin D supplement to help eliminate the seborreic keratosis. Vitamin D is said to help balance the skin and produce a healthier complexion. Skin conditions can be a warning sign of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when it is exposed to sunlight.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Setting your Passion Ablaze

Setting your Passion Ablaze

Turn up the heat in the bedroom
In order to give your libido a boost and set your passion ablaze, you really need
to take care of one thing… making sure you give your body what it needs, to
perform the way you want it to.

Sounds simple? Well it is… Desire, sex and even the big O, are all normal, natural, functions
for a healthy body. 

A very big factor in keeping our body healthy is what we eat. For a great sex life, the body
requires plenty of Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids and Omega oils: Your nutrition is an
essential key to enjoying great sex, and adding Super foods to your diet is an excellent,
natural way, to make sure you're giving everything your body needs. Let's run through
a few of them:

Think about zinc

Perhaps the most important mineral for men, is Zinc. Zinc is essential for fertility, libido,
levels of testosterone and overall sexual health, and Zincs' most vital roll is the production
of healthy sperm. If you're lacking in zinc then your sperm count will be less, you're going
to have smaller volume of semen, and also less testosterone. Zinc is also present in semen,
and with each ejaculation you can lose up to 5mg of zinc - that's one third of your
recommended daily allowance! 

To really boost your semen levels, sperm quality and sexual desires make sure you are
getting enough zinc. Bee PollenChia SeedsSpirulinaChlorella are all high in Zinc

Vitamins for sex hormones

Vitamin A (or Beta-carotine as it's more commonly known) is important too. Being
deficient in vitamin A has been linked to a decreased production of sex hormones in
both men and women. It could also cause testicular shrinkage in men and atrophy
of the ovaries in women. One of the highest sources of Vitamin A from any food, is from
Goji Berries, and they're delicious too! Others include dark green foods, such as SpirulinaChlorella,wheatgrass powder and barley grass powder.

Dark stimulation and desire

For ladies, are you looking for some dark stimulation? Raw Cacao - the main ingredient
of chocolate, can really hit the spot when it comes to sexual desire. It contains a stimulating
amino acid called phenylethlamine. Phenylethlamine creates a sense of excitement similar to
those we have when falling in love or having an orgasm, it increases your endorphin levels,
boosting your mood and acts as an aphrodisiac! 

Cacao also contains an amino acid tyrosine, and tyrosine creates an important libido-boosting
hormone in our body called dopamine. The more dopamine we have, the stronger our libido.
Cacao also contains Magnesium and the ultimate bliss chemical Anandamide, which together
create feelings of happiness and relaxation.  A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine
concluded that women who enjoyed apiece of chocolate every day had a more active sex life
than those who didn't.

Omega-3 and sex hormones

Omega-3 oils are good for your heart and they're also good for your hormones. Omega-3
oil are polyunsaturated fats, which are metabolised by the liver to produce the two important
sex hormones: testosterone and oestrogen. These sex hormones could well give your sex
drive a boost. According to Forbes magazine, omega-3 fatty acids also help your nervous
system function better, leading to improved neurological function and contributing to good
circulation. Chia seeds contain lots of omega-3 oils, and unlike linseeds are easy to eat and
don't require grinding. Bee Pollen, Spirulina, Wheatgrass Powder, and Hemp Protein are
also good sources too.

The Ecstasy vitamin

As it happens Vitamin E could also stand for 'ecstasy'. This is because of its ability to help
produce not only sex hormones but also those feelings of attraction, desire and mood. If
you want to unleash your desire then make sure you're getting enough vitamin E. 

Vitamin E  is also a very powerful antioxidant, it also slows the signs of ageing, keeping
you looking young, which could  indirectly give your sex life a boost. Spirulina, Chlorella,
Bee Pollen, Wheatgrass Powder are all great sources of vitamin E.

A natural Viagra 

Organic Maca Powder, from Peru has been shown in studies to increases both libido
and fertility in men and women. It also increases the quality and volume of semen for men,
 and balances the hormones in women experiencing sexual dysfunction with the menopause.

ref: Asian Journal of Andrology December 2001, Andrologia December 2002, Menopause
November-December 2008

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

the HCG diet - is it for real?

The "HCG diet" British endocrinologist Albert T. W. Simeons' proposed HCG as an adjunct to an ultra-low-calorie weight-loss diet (less than 500 calories). Simeons, while studying pregnant women in India on a calorie-deficient diet, and "fat boys" with pituitary problems (Frölich's syndrome) treated with low-dose hCG, claimed that both lost fat rather than lean (muscle) tissue...
 He reasoned that hCG must be programming the hypothalamus to do this in the former cases in order to protect the developing fetus by promoting mobilization and consumption of abnormal, excessive adipose deposits. Simeons later published a book entitled Pounds and Inches, designed to combat obesity. Simeons, practicing at Salvator Mundi International Hospital in Rome, Italy, recommended low-dose daily hCG injections (125 IU) in combination with a customized ultra-low-calorie (500 cal/day, high-protein, low-carbohydrate/fat) diet loss of adipose tissue without loss of lean tissue.[citation needed] Simeons' results were not reproduced by other researchers and in 1976 in response to complaints the FDA required Simeons and others to include the following disclaimer on all advertisements:
 These weight reduction treatments include the injection of HcG, a drug which has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control.

There is no substantial evidence that HcG increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets. — 1976 FDA-mandated disclaimer for HCG diet advertisements There was a resurgence of interest in the "HCG diet" following promotion by Kevin Trudeau.
 Review studies refuting the HCG diet have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, both concluding that hCG is neither safe nor effective as a weight-loss aid. A meta analysis found that studies supporting hCG for weight loss were of poor methodological quality and concluded that "there is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity; it does not bring about weight-loss or fat-redistribution, nor does it reduce hunger or induce a feeling of well-being".[26] There is no scientific evidence that HCG is effective in the treatment of obesity. The meta-analysis found insufficient evidence supporting the claims that HCG is effective in altering fat-distribution, hunger reduction or in inducing a feeling of well-being.
 The authors stated “…the use of HCG should be regarded as an inappropriate therapy for weight reduction…” In the authors opinion, “Pharmacists and physicians should be alert on the use of HCG for Simeons therapy.

The results of this meta-analysis support a firm standpoint against this improper indication. Restraints on physicians practicing this therapy can be based on our findings.” — American Society of Bariatric Physicians' commentary on Lijesen et. al (1995)
 According to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, no new clinical trials have been published since the definitive 1995 meta-analysis... The scientific consensus is that any weight loss reported by individuals on an "hCG diet" may be attributed entirely to the fact that such diets prescribe calorie intake of between 500 and 1,000 calories per day, substantially below recommended levels for a adult, to the point that this may risk health effects associated with malnutrition. For comparison, hCG diets typically recommend calorie intake approximately half that of the inmates at Auschwitz, where inmates engaged in heavy labor received 1,700 calories per day and those on light work 1,300.

Friday, 21 September 2012

still on statins ? - read this

John Parsons  · from Dr jack Kruse (paraphrased by me):
 How does low cholesterol make your brain soft? The most important role of cholesterol in humans is its unique ability to allow freedom of movement to ions in cell membranes because of its chemical composition. It has both a lipid and polar component that allow it to have diversity of chemical benefits in animal cells.
 This allows the molecule of cholesterol to have both fat and water soluble abilities in our bodies. This allows for the formation of” lipid rafts” in tissue that allow for ion transfers. In fact, insulin is taken up into muscle cells because of the presence of these cholesterol lipid rafts in the membranes!
Plants contain no cholesterol at all. Moreover, all of our hormones in the human body are also made form cholesterol. Hormones are the manner in which the brain is able to control the 20 trillion cells in our body. Its importance cannot be more apparent.
 Our liver is designed to make the LDL our brains need to thrive.... It has never made any sense to me why cardiologists do not exam the brain data closely about longevity because it is clear higher LDL levels are protective of life and don’t confer a shortened lifespan even from heart disease. It also follows, with this evidence why higher cancer rates are associated with LOWER cholesterol levels.
 Cancer is a disease of cellular stress hence it is associated with lower cholesterol levels. This result has been found in numerous studies in the literature as well... Here I have laid out two biochemical reasons why a ketogenic diet ( high in protein and fats, low in carbs) works in our brains to increase cognition. It also makes sense why in neurodegeneration we see brains starved of cholesterol and DHA levels.

The ketogenic diet is the best and most ideal way to restore both of these key fats to the brain in this time of stress to increase cognition. The bottom line is as you age, the evidence is accumulating, that you should be eating a more ketogenic diet with a liberal amount of saturated fat in MCT (coconut oil and pastured butter) and one that supports a substantial production of LDL from your liver via your diet…that is also devoid of glycosylation from carbohydrates.
This describes the ancestral paleolithic diet well. It is a version of the ketogenic diet. If one has a formal neurologic condition a more stringent version of the paleo diet should be entertained. But if you are interesting in optimizing for longevity as you age a ketogenic diet confers huge advantages. If you are overweight and wish to shred weight this option is an excellent choice. As always, discuss this with your doctor before deciding what to do.
I recommend the book “The Paleo Solution” to my patients as a resource to get them started on what the paleolithic diet means. So how should we consider eating as we age when neolithic diseases (eg Alzeimers) increase in incidence and prevalence?
 1. First, eat fats (MCT and saturated fats, PUFA’s last to decrease inflammation) then consider moderate protein (controls mTOR pathway) and then low carbs (to decrease inflammation and glycation)
 2……and those macro’s should increase as one ages for health and longevity to keep your hormones in the best balance they can be. Remember every single hormone we have are made from cholesterol!!!! If you go into aging with hormonal imbalance due to a bad diet, you will age much faster. If you eat a SAD you will age and die much faster of neolithic diseases....
 4. I completely reject the lipid hypothesis as it currently stands. I think this blog makes you understand why. You may want to consider throwing your statin Rx away at some point. The data on statins for people over the age of 60 without any risk factors says no one should be on a statin based upon the data. Only those people who listen to the opinions of cholesterol panelists that have ties to big pharma will tell you its a good thing to do.
 The older you get the more LDL your brain needs and the less carbohydrate it needs
. CITES: 1. (Tong et al. 2009) 2. 3. (cholesterol deficiency decrease synapse vesicle recycling) 4. 5.

Monday, 10 September 2012

boosting immunity with cold showers

Strengthening immunity: According to a study done in 1993 by the Thrombosis Research Institute in England, individuals who took daily cold showers saw an increase in the number of virus fighting white blood cells compared to individuals who took hot showers. Researchers believe that the increased metabolic rate, which results from the body’s attempt to warm itself up, activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

paragraph deficiency

cant understand why I am losing the paragraphs when posting

leptins rock

From Dr. Kruse: “Leptin for Dummies”
 “Here is the bottom line in as few words as possible.
 Humans are either sugar burners or they are fat burners as determined by diet.
 The High Carb – Low Fat Diet insures that we are sugar burners, and store fat.
The High Carb diet also dulls the brain’s sensitivity to LEPTIN.
The following skips all the scientific mumbo jumbo to explain a very complex & confusing subject for Dummies.
 Leptin For Dummies
  * Leptin = Hormone that comes from fat and is sent to the brain & all other cells to control energy
* Leptin is the MASTER Hormone that controls all other body hormones including insulin
 * Leptin is the feedback loop between fat cells & the brain and all systems that use energy.
 * Leptin Sensors in the brain are the “Gas Tank” that measures fat stores
 * Leptin HELPS tells the Brain when to eat, when to stop eating with the incretin hormones
* Anything that uses Energy in the body is therefore tied to leptin status.
 * The more energy dependent the physiologic process the more coupled it is to proper leptin function.
* Leptin allow the body to burn fat very efficiently even when sugar/carbs are plentiful
* Leptin allows the brain to live through “Starvation Mode”
* Leptin signaling can be blocked in the brain = High Leptin levels = Leptin Resistant = Starvation Mode/Obesity
 * Starvation Mode = body told to burn sugar, then eventually it causes osteoporosis and fatty muscles
* Leptin sensors in the brain OK = Low leptin levels = Leptin receptor Sensitive = body is able burn fat well.
* We can train our bodies to be a fat burner by a special diet to restore Leptin sensitivity
* IF the leptin receptor is permanently damaged we can train our brain to re read leptin signal with the Leptin Rx.
* Blood testing can measure Leptin levels, but they are rather useless clinically.
 * The Liver makes energy for use between meals and is our metabolic engine, the thyroid is the gas pedal, and leptin is the computer who modulates control over both using hormone signals.
 Characteristics of the Sugar Burner = High levels of leptin = Brain Leptin Resistant (LR) – A lifetime of eating high PUFA containing foods, High Carb foods, a life of elevated cortisol with poor sleep damages the Leptin Receptors in the brain
 * Brain receptors that are blocked, do not detect Leptin well any longer, and in some cases may be damaged
* When the Leptin receptor is blocked the brain sees the body as in “Starvation Mode” to store even more fat with every meal.
 * In obese, you are hungry even when overweight, urges to snack, no signals to stop eating when full
 * In anorexia no hunger, thyroid shut down and you consume your own bodies protein, bone, and fat. * Dieting wont work when LR; exercise is highly inflammatory when your are LR and wont help because you still won’t burn fat well at muscle level until you become LS.
 * Blood sugar can become out of control, leading to diabetes: Intracellular loss of Magnesium is the first step in LR.
* Thyroid Gland is no longer under control of brain in LR, and basically not functioning well regardless of lab findings
* Thyroid shuts down, preventing muscles from burning fat
*A nation of Obese People are walking around in “Starvation Mode” because their brain is blind to their fat stores.
 * Liver gets overloaded with energy, becomes fatty and sluggish causing our Ferrari’s engine to become inefficient
 * Belly fat accumulates as LR continues for the obese and waistline increases. Anorexics waste away and die.
 Characteristics of the Fat Burner = Low levels of Leptin = Brain Leptin Sensitive (LS)
* Satisfied after eating, can even skip meals without getting hungry, no desire for snacks,
 * Body burns fat instead of sugar - – Exercise & Dieting results in burning stored energy, then fat cells and NOT muscle & bone
* Blood sugar under tight control because your liver will be optimized once again to run like a Ferrari engine * Thyroid functioning normally because leptin will allow the brain to control its gas pedal once again. * Body no longer in “Starvation Mode,” healthy weight controlled for the obese or the anorexic
 *The reset can use Low Carb Diet high protein or high fat diet timed correctly to reset how our neurons work once again and allow us to once again become effective fat burners. - – Hormone levels are properly controlled and normal levels will eventually return as leptin function normalizes - – You will be able to eventually eat anything you want & not gain weight once your brain is retrained. So bottom line, people who can’t lose weight or who have diabetes- can blame it on their epigenetic switches that are set to partition calories differently than a normal persons metabolism because the are likely to be Leptin Resistant. No amount of dieting will work until Leptin Receptors get trained to function properly again. This normally takes 6 to 8 weeks of the “Leptin Reset” protocol which use adaptive neuroplasticity to allow our brain to once again be sensitive to our fat stores and restore us to energy efficient again.

The more systemic inflammation one has the longer the reset can take. This means the timing of return of the leptin reset is dependent upon variables in each one of us. Patience is the key.
For more details, refer to Dr. Kruse’s Blog Articles & message threads on Leptin here: LisaAPB Says:

Friday, 7 September 2012

Vitamin B12 deficiency and you

Just been exploring vitamin B12 deficiency: Since vitamin B12 plays a role in so many bodily functions, it’s no wonder B12 deficiency has been linked to a variety of serious health conditions. Studies have shown that over time, a B12 deficiency that is not corrected can lead to the following: 1)Heart disease 2)Certain types of cancer 3)Alzheimer’s 4)Fibromyalgia 5)Stroke 6)Chronic depression 7)tinnitus 8)erectile dysfunction A vitamin B12 deficiency will cause high homocysteine levels in the bloodstream. High homocystein levels in the bloodstream can be toxic and lead to the development of serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke and even Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely, getting enough B12 will help you avoid these diseases by naturally lowering your homocysteine levels. The important role vitamin B12 plays in the brain means that a deficiency, especially when it is undetected for a long time, will disrupt brain function and lead to problems that are difficult to reverse. The brain and nervous system are impacted the most from a B12 deficiency. Even when the deficiency is corrected with better nutrition and supplements, impaired neural functioning may persist. It may be some time before chemicals in the brain are balanced and depression is alleviated, and the patient may have an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future. B12 deficiency can easily be responsible for many all-too-common illnesses such as fatigue, depression, memory loss, brain fog all the way on to dementia, Alzheimers, Autism, and many more. It can mimic the symptoms of MS and Parkinsons. These are illnesses that we will ALL come across at sometime in our lives, either affecting ourselves or someone dear to us. And age has nothing to do with it. B12 deficiency can affect everyone. And if our doctors look at B12 deficiency before they look at anything else, many of these illnesses can be treated simply, quickly and cheaply long before they become a threat, long before they destroy a life, long before they devastate families and ultimately affect probably millions of people As a vegetarian (mostly) I suspect I may be short of this vitamin - I have been experiencing tired legs on even mild exertion and ear problems (tinnitus,etc) so went to a health food shop in Chorley and bought some vitamin B12. The sort suggested from my internet research is methylocobalmin 1000UG tablets taken sublingually - from Solgar. Since taking it every day for a few days I have felt more energy and my tinnitus has deminished. will keep posted

Friday, 20 July 2012

Chiropractic in Preston (Leyland), 01772 431133 Chiropractors in Liverpool (Ormskirk)

Parsons Chiropractic in Leyland near Preston and Ormskirk near Liverpool: CALL 01772 431133 (LEYLAND) OR 01695 581529 (ORMSKIRK) Our Chiropractors in Lancashire are registered with the General Chiropractic Council ( We are held to the highest possible standards of care and proficiency available in the UK. To become a Chiropractor requires 4 – 5 years at University and 1000s of hours of study in human health and function. Our job is to listen to you and assess your healthcare needs accurately and quickly, then, with your input, formulate a plan of action to help you achieve your health goals. This month Parsons Chiropractic is offering a FREE CONSULTATION SERVICE which includes a discussion of the history of the complaint, a thorough physical examination and explanation of the findings. Your chiropractor will then inform you whether treatment would be appropriate. This is a no obligation service, which allows you to find out at no cost whether chiropractic would benefit you. We welcome all ages to the clinic. Although our patients usually begin care when they are in pain, we encourage preventative and wellness care at Parsons Chiropractic in order to reduce the chances of re-occurrence and to maintain maximum spinal health. As you know the health of the spine has a direct bearing on your nervous system that controls every part of the body. Our personalised service will make you feel comfortable from the first visit. Expect us to take your problems seriously and spend the required time finding the right solution for you.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

dead duck

Funny dead duck joke A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, 'I'm so sorry, your Duck, Cuddles, has passed away.' ... The distressed owner wailed, 'Are you sure?' 'Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead', he replied. 'How can you be so sure?' she protested. 'I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything! He might just be in a coma or something.' The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on it's haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, 'I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.' Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. '£250!' she cried, '£250 just to tell me my duck is dead!!' The vet shrugged.' I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now £250.'

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Dr John's Health File: wrist and hand pain in musicians

I just treated a well known local musician today (double bass player) I used Koren Specific Technique (KST) – he had repetitive strain in the wrist. Certainly had better movement afterwards... I also used Advanced Muscle Rehabilitation as taught by Brian Bronk – here is a description of him treating famous jazz pianist: Les McCann, a legendary jazz piano player and singer, was around 60 years of age when he suffered a stroke on stage during one of his concerts. Afterward his right hand was partially paralyzed, stuck like a fist. His thumb could move, but his fingers were stuck in a clenched fist position. When he went back to playing piano he could vamp chords with his left hand but couldn’t play with the right, so he brought in a couple other instruments to take over solos. A mutual friend referred him in. Did I have a clue this could be fixed? Not one. My friend had more faith in me than I did. He said, “Do me a favor and see what you can do.” And this is how I know what I know – don’t think, just work. It took a dozen one-hour sessions working from his elbow to his hand when one day it broke free and was reborn right before our eyes. Les cried like a baby, he knew he was free at last. Of course his hand was weak and would take some time to regain strength, but we’ve rarely worked on it since, instead focusing on other areas. Les claims the fingers on his right hand are 98% resolved, and enjoys playing piano fluidly again with both hands. “In the four years of therapy and all the therapists I had met before Dr Bronk, nothing can compare to the treatments of Dr Bronk.” "

wrist and hand pain in musicians

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

40,000 deaths in USA caused by aspirin and painkillers every year!

"Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone." (Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S) "It has been estimated conservatively that 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur among patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis every year in the United States. This figure is similar to the number of deaths from the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and considerably greater than the number of deaths from multiple myeloma, asthma, cervical cancer, or Hodgkin’s disease. If deaths from gastrointestinal toxic effects from NSAIDs were tabulated separately in the National Vital Statistics reports, these effects would constitute the 15th most common cause of death in the United States. Yet these toxic effects remain mainly a “silent epidemic,” with many physicians and most patients unaware of the magnitude of the problem. Furthermore the mortality statistics do not include deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS." (Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs”, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol. 340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.) If you are good at maths, you can see that 40,000 Americans are killed each year by these drugs. And that makes them ten times more deadly than swine flu (because 40,000 is ten times greater than 4,000).

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Long-Distance Running Damages Your Heart

Long-Distance Running Damages Your Heart Following the recent death in the London marathon: "Do you pride yourself on running mile upon mile, week after week? Do you love the challenge and adrenaline rush that comes from completing a marathon? Let me preface the information that follows by saying this: as a former sub 3-hour marathon runner myself, I understand the drive that pushes many athletes and weekend warriors to compete in these strenuous events. But now that I have examined the research, I firmly believe doing so may put your heart at risk. For example, two recent studies showed: Heart damage after lifelong cardio: In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology,v researchers recruited a group of extremely fit older men. All of them were members of the 100 Marathon club, meaning athletes who had completed a minimum of 100 marathons. If running marathons provided cardiovascular benefit this would certainly be the group you would want to seriously examine. So what did they find? Half of the older lifelong athletes showed some heart muscle scarring as a result, and they were specifically the men who had trained the longest and hardest. Heart scarring after elite cardio training: An animal study published in the journal Circulationvi was designed to mimic the strenuous daily exercise load of serious marathoners over the course of 10 years. All the rats had normal, healthy hearts at the outset of the study, but by the end most of them had developed "diffuse scarring and some structural changes, similar to the changes seen in the human endurance athletes." from

Sunday, 22 April 2012


Saturday, 7 April 2012

chlorine health dangers to arteries;col1

Friday, 6 April 2012

“Cholesterol lowering statin drugs increase your risk for heart attacks.”

This from famous exercise trainer Brian Copeland:
“Cholesterol lowering statin drugs increase your risk for heart attacks.”
Says the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs. They released a report with over 900 clinical studies proving that statins not only increase your risk for heart attacks but cause neurological damage, muscle and bone loss, loss of equilibrium and balance and cognitive and memory loss.

Statin drugs do indeed eliminate cholesterol from the body... but guess what your brain and nerves are made of? ... that's right, cholesterol. In fact your brain is a huge hunk of cholesterol. Nerves are wrapped in a sheeth called myelin which acts as insulation for nerve fibers. Myelin is cholesterol. The more myelin, the faster nerve impulses travel, the less myelin the slower they travel.

Now think about the impact on your brain power! You want more myelin.

When Einstein died they disected his brain hoping to find the answers to his genius... guess what they found... lots and lots of myelin a.k.a. cholesterol.

The last thing you want to do is decrease cholesterol.

As cholesterol levels drop your body's ability to repair and rebuild nerves decreases as well. This is why peripheral neropathy is a common symptom of people on statins. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where your nerves die, usually starting in the feet and hands and working their way closer to the core. This is what happens in extreme cases of diabetes.

Bottom line, protect your cholesterol don't destroy it!

Friday, 30 March 2012

sports drink of olympics contains poison !

a sports drink made by coca cola is being very widely advertised as the drink for the Olympics - look ye at the ingredients - its full of syrup, salt and sucralose :

"Side Effects and Warnings of Sucralose

One of the most important things to note is that sucralose contains chlorine which can be harmful if consumed in large amounts. Chlorine in sucralose is considered to have carcinogenic effects (cancer causing). Also, excess or regular intake of sucralose can lead to toxicity. Sucralose side effects and warnings can be divided into two types; minor and severe. The following are the minor sucralose side effects in children and adults.
Blurred vision
Shortness of breath
Weight loss
Abdominal pain
Body pain
Cramps (hmmmm, just the thing for athletes then...)
Apart from these, some people also experience severe side effects that are caused due to the effects of sucralose on the important organs of the body. The following are the severe sucralose side effects and warnings:
Panic attacks
Joint pain
Reduced growth rate
Hyperplasia of the pelvis
Heart palpitations
Although there are no known long time sucralose dangers, it is believed to have a negative effect on the liver and the kidneys. Some of the potential effects of sucralose include shrinking of the thymus glands and enlargement of the liver. Sucralose is also believed to be the cause of certain kidney diseases. In pregnant women, intake of sucralose can lead to still birth, abortion, decreased birth weight of the baby, etc. It should be noted that all the above mentioned side effects are potential side effects that may or may not be experienced by people. The number and severity of the side effects also vary from person to person..."

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Advanced Muscle Reconditioning !

Benefits of AMR Massage

AMR massage therapy differs from any kind of massage you've probably had. This is the result of years of scientific study of muscles. Most therapies available today including deep tissue massage are only masking symptoms by releasing endorphins. They do not address the true source of pain which is hypertonic muscle spasm.

AMR massage focuses on reversing the hypertonic muscle spasm layer at a time by releiving it of lactic acid, breaking down connective tissue, and increasing circulation. By doing this you increase strength and flexibility along with a number of other health benefits including:

Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Restore feeling to numb limbs or fingers.
Ease medication dependence.
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.
Restore strength and size to weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover faster from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
Increase joint flexibility.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce postsurgery adhesions, swelling, and tightness.
Surgery prevention including slipped or ruptured discs, torn rotator cuff, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Relieve migraine pain.
Relieve symptoms associated with autoimmune diseases.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

get your copper copper

According to Wallach, aneurysms are caused by a copper deficiency. Copper deficiency can also cause white hair, wrinkles, and sagging in old age. Wallach recommends trying colloidal copper supplementation before opting for a face lift or any other type of lift, as the copper supplements usually work better. His most famous story about copper deficiency was the government turkey pellet disaster of 1957:

"Here's a good one. Dr S.C., 38 years old. Dead of a ruptured aneurysm. Even a turkey wouldn't die of a ruptured aneurysm! It's easy to prevent. We learned this in 1957. The government came out with its 'wonder food pellet' for turkeys. Guaranteed to grow them bigger, fatter, faster, and deader than a door nail. The farmers had to pick them up in bushel baskets, worst year ever for turkeys, they took them to the labs by the truck load, opened them up, and guess what they found? They all died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm, every last one, 50% of the entire nation's flock of turkeys... So they knew something was missing in the food. They analyzed the liver, blood, and muscles. Copper deficiency! Your arteries' elastic fibers need copper for tensile strength. The next year the copper content in the feed was doubled, and the mortality rate from ruptured aortic aneurysms dropped to 0%!"
- Joel Wallach from his "Dead Doctors Don't Lie" speech, as quoted on

Sunday, 11 March 2012

how to heal with distilled water

great news !
"Often times the blood becomes tainted and needs to be purified. There is only one way of washing the blood and that is by means of undiluted water, distilled water which contains no life organism, chemicals or similar substances. It has to be "dead" water, i.e. water condensed from steam. Distilled water, by virtue of its weight: effects a one pound pressure upon the minerals and acids which clog the bloodstream; it
presses them right through the system. Even in a short time it eliminates appreciable quantities of impurities from the blood. There is no hard and fast rule as to how to take The Cure; it may be taken quickly or slowly, hot or cold. It is left entirely to the individual to decide according to temperament and physical condition. The main thing is to obtain the necessary pressure and to ensure that two cups are always taken at one time - a total of seven pints per day. This is quite easy of accomplishment if the quantity is systematically regulated as follows:

1. On awakening take two cups.
2. Another two cups shortly before breakfast.
3. Two cups in the middle of the morning.
4. Two more 20 to 30 minutes before the mid-day meal.
5. Two cups in the middle of the afternoon.
6. Another two cups 20 to 30 minutes before dinner.
7. The last two cups in the evening shortly before retiring.

page 2

If desired, two more portions may be taken one, two hours after lunch, and the other two hours after dinner. As regards to eating and drinking, it is a matter of individual choice. Nothing is forbidden and there is no need for fasting nor privation. One may eat and drink according to individual needs. One eats only moderately after having taken two cups of distilled water. The principle of The Cure must be maintained, i.e., seven times per day, two cups of water at one time - making sure to take two cups shortly before each meal.
It will soon be discovered that even at breakfast time one eats very moderately after having taken two cups of distilled water. After three days one observes a loss of taste for this and that and quite different desires assert themselves for dishes which one may have previously disliked. Day by day one eats less: soon only half and then only a third of what one normally takes. After three days the complexion becomes clearer and more rosy and a feeling of lightness is experienced. After two to three weeks, the eyes become clearer and more penetrating; one is able to think more clearly and one becomes less easily irritated. After three weeks, the thinner ones become a little stouter and the stouter ones become a little thinner. In case of
sufferings of an acute nature, The Cure need last but three weeks; in other cases five weeks. If The Cure be resorted to for from 5 to 12 weeks
in succession, 65 percent of all ailments become eliminated, and the other 35 percent will be eliminated if one continues afterward with a correct diet. By the time one has almost completed The Cure, one has become so accustomed to the drinking of distilled water that one likes...

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Dr John's Health File: garlic for toothache

Dr John's Health File: garlic for toothache

garlic for toothache

got toothache so am trying garlic (along with the usual daily oil pulling):
. A fresh garlic clove cut sideways placed over the painful tooth and a clove over any other painful area of the mouth held in mouth for at least 20 seconds (longer if possible) and then spit out created a new burning sensation. It burns a bit and throbs when removed but about a minute later and voila - toothache gone! Not only is it immediately gone - but it also does not come back.

I wanted to find out more about why this worked so I looked into garlic. What I learned was garlic has been used as medicine by many cultures for thousands of years. They even used it during the first war when medication was not readily available. They would cut the garlic lengthwise, place on the open wound, which would help to eliminate pain and speed up healing process.

The active ingredient, Allicin, grows only in fresh raw garlic. It is an antimicrobial drug, which can fight a wide array of infections relieving pain and suffering. So the next time you are experiencing a massive toothache remember - a fresh clove of garlic, cut lengthwise ...

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

fibromyalgia, chiropractic

Can My Bellevue Chiropractor Help With Fibromyalgia?
Posted on February 26, 2012 by Dr. Michael Weir

Do you wake up feeling tired, washed out, and dragged down? Do you have generalized pain throughout your body that doesn’t seem to respond to anything you’ve tried? Do you wake up multiple times a night and fight getting back to sleep? These are classic symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM). However, when caught early and treated appropriately, FM can resolve or at least be controlled. As a Bellevue chiropractor I have found that chiropractic care and management of fibromyalgia is very effective and is becoming increasingly popular among FM sufferers. The goal of managing FM is to return you to a productive, enjoyable lifestyle allowing you to function and perform all of your desired activities.

Did you know that chiropractic is one of the most popular forms of alternative care, and 20% of American men and women utilize chiropractic at one point or another in their lives. Did you also know that chiropractic has been found to have an 80% satisfaction rate with people reporting significant pain relief, their function and overall increased sense of well-being. With all this being said I like to share with you some of the science behind chiropractic, and what it is exactly that chiropractors do.

As a chiropractor my main is to bring balance to the musculoskeletal system and reduce stress on the nervous system. This balance helps the body achieve a pain-free environment and may also help with many of your other symptoms. I achieve balance within each of my patients by the use of the pro-adjuster system, and it’s computerized technology to allow me to diagnose and treat the specific problems that my patients come to my office with. I also retrain each my patients muscle system through exercises rehabilitation and soft tissue work including massage. Some of my patients may also need nutritional and diet counseling.

Many of my patients who come to see me with fibromyalgia have pain or tender spots that travel throughout their entire body many times in their back in their neck, or arms and legs. They may also have headaches as a result of these tender spots. Chiropractic is a great way to reduce the pain that many fibromyalgia sufferers have by bringing alignment back to their spines, bringing relaxation to their muscles, and restoring normal posture. Many fibromyalgia sufferers also find that diet and nutritional counseling are also very beneficial. Research shows that chiropractic care for patients suffering from fibromyalgia is very supportive.

At Back in Action Chiropractic we know the importance of including chiropractic into your treatment plan and realize you have a choice of providers here in Bellevue. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, or have a friend or family member that requires care we appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward to serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

Dr. Weir is a local bellevue chiropractor. You can contact his chiropractic chiropractic clinic at 425-635-0495.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

how to heal

I like this doctor's approach - refreshing ...
" encourage patients to list and build upon the good influences on their lives and their personal strengths, focus on their major concern, relax with closed eyes and receive internal suggestions of the most promising next step to take, select the best one, take that step, discover real life consequences, and 90% get better. The other 10% soon sensed they were heading in the wrong direction, suddenly knew what step they should have taken, took it, and could hardly believe the good outcome. Could not wait to take the next step -- whether pleasant or not. Could enjoy the pleasant, and the unpleasant taught them a valuable lesson that immediatly brought such great good it seemed too good to be true, but time told it was true."

Dr Richard W Biek, MD, MPH,

The real reason you have back pain...?

Found this in an interesting article from Jonah Lehrer (

"Back pain is an epidemic. The numbers are sobering: There’s an 80 percent chance that, at some point in your life, you’ll suffer from it. At any given time, about 10 percent of Americans are completely incapacitated by their lumbar regions, which is why back pain is the second most frequent reason people seek medical care, after general checkups. And all this treatment is expensive: According to a recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Americans spend nearly $90 billion every year treating back pain, which is roughly equivalent to what we spend on cancer.

When doctors began encountering a surge in patients with lower back pain in the mid-20th century, they had few explanations. The lower back is an exquisitely complicated area of the body, full of small bones, ligaments, spinal discs, and minor muscles. Then there’s the spinal cord itself, a thick cable of nerves that can be easily disturbed. There are so many moving parts in the back that doctors had difficulty figuring out what, exactly, was causing a person’s pain. As a result, patients were typically sent home with a prescription for bed rest.

This treatment plan, though simple, was still extremely effective. Even when nothing was done to the lower back, about 90 percent of people with back pain got better within six weeks. The body healed itself, the inflammation subsided, the nerve relaxed.

Over the next few decades, this hands-off approach to back pain remained the standard medical treatment. That all changed, however, with the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging in the late 1970s. These diagnostic machines use powerful magnets to generate stunningly detailed images of the body’s interior. Within a few years, the MRI machine became a crucial diagnostic tool.

The view afforded by MRI led to a new causal story: Back pain was the result of abnormalities in the spinal discs, those supple buffers between the vertebrae. The MRIs certainly supplied bleak evidence: Back pain was strongly correlated with seriously degenerated discs, which were in turn thought to cause inflammation of the local nerves. Consequently, doctors began administering epidurals to quiet the pain, and if it persisted they would surgically remove the damaged disc tissue.

But the vivid images were misleading. It turns out that disc abnormalities are typically not the cause of chronic back pain. The presence of such abnormalities is just as likely to be correlated with the absence of back problems, as a 1994 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed. The researchers imaged the spinal regions of 98 people with no back pain. The results were shocking: Two-thirds of normal patients exhibited “serious problems” like bulging or protruding tissue. In 38 percent of these patients, the MRI revealed multiple damaged discs. Nevertheless, none of these people were in pain. The study concluded that, in most cases, “the discovery of a bulge or protrusion on an MRI scan in a patient with low back pain may frequently be coincidental.”

Similar patterns appear in a new study by James Andrews, a sports medicine orthopedist. He scanned the shoulders of 31 professional baseball pitchers. Their MRIs showed that 90 percent of them had abnormal cartilage, a sign of damage that would typically lead to surgery. Yet they were all in perfect health.

This is not the way things are supposed to work. We assume that more information will make it easier to find the cause, that seeing the soft tissue of the back will reveal the source of the pain, or at least some useful correlations. Unfortunately, that often doesn’t happen. Our habits of visual conclusion-jumping take over. All those extra details end up confusing us; the more we know, the less we seem to understand.

The only solution for this mental flaw is to deliberately ignore a wealth of facts, even when the facts seem relevant. This is what’s happening with the treatment of back pain: Doctors are now encouraged to not order MRIs when making diagnoses. The latest clinical guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society strongly recommended that doctors “not routinely obtain imaging or other diagnostic tests in patients with nonspecific low back pain.”
(However, most GPs and even specialists in the UK dont seem to know this!)

Chronic back pain remains a mystery. While doctors have long assumed that there’s a valid correlation between pain and physical artifacts—a herniated disc, a sheared muscle, a pinched nerve—there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting the role of seemingly unrelated factors. For instance, a recent study published in the journal Spine concluded that minor physical trauma had virtually no relationship with disabling pain. Instead, the researchers found that a small subset of “nonspinal factors,” such as depression and smoking, were most closely associated with episodes of serious pain. We keep trying to fix the back, but perhaps the back isn’t what needs fixing. Perhaps we’re searching for causes in the wrong place.

The same confusion afflicts so many of our most advanced causal stories. Hormone replacement therapy was supposed to reduce the risk of heart attack in postmenopausal women—estrogen prevents inflammation in blood vessels—but a series of recent clinical trials found that it did the opposite, at least among older women. (Estrogen therapy was also supposed to ward off Alzheimer’s, but that doesn’t seem to work, either.) We were told that vitamin D supplements prevented bone loss in people with multiple sclerosis and that vitamin E supplements reduced cardiovascular disease—neither turns out to be true."

Contributing editor Jonah Lehrer ( is the author of the forthcoming book Imagine: How Creativity Works.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

India Chiropractic Mission

Bangalore Chiropractic was launched on the 25th August and, within 10 days, it’s at 90% capacity!

This is a combination of patients returning to care (since Dr. Sonya’s last visit), and online new patient marketing (the practice website and Choose Natural) which are producing incredible results.

Dr. Nick Beckwith recently relocated from the US to India and started at the clinic earlier this week.

Dr. Sonya and Dr. Nick are seeing a very wide cross-section of patients. Interestingly, traditional back pain and headaches admitting complaints are in the minority! Complaints like ADHD, colic, bed-wetting, breathing problems, dizziness, extremities pain, etc. are more popular.

Alongside paying patients (essential so that the ministry is financially sustainable) the doctors are seeing economically disadvantaged patients… India’s poor surviving on less than $2 per day.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

USA stats on work stress

26% of adult Americans report being on the verge of a serious nervous breakdown [2].

40% of workers describe their office environment as “most like a real-life survivor program [3].”

Only 14% of Americans take two weeks or more at a time for vacation [4]. The average American therefore spends more time in the bathroom than on vacation.

61% of Americans check email while on vacation [5].

53% of employees would opt for a personal assistant rather than personal trainer [6].

62% of workers routinely end the day with work-related neck pain, 44% report strained eyes, 38% complain of hand pain, and 34% report difficulty in sleeping due to work-related stress [7].

88% of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life [8].

70% of working fathers and working mothers report they don’t have enough time for their children [9].

In 2005, a psychiatrist at King’s College in London administered IQ tests to three groups: the first did nothing but perform the IQ test, the second was distracted by e-mail and ringing phones, and the third was stoned on marijuana. Not surprisingly, the first group did better than the other two by an average of 10 points. The e-mailers, on the other hands, did worse than the stoners by an average of 6 points [10].

Unending Workweek Growth and Burnout

funny google german to english translation

The Czech Republic is more than just good beer and Prague. Here live fairy tales and myths, and Rübezahl are small mole at home. Virtually undiscovered by German tourists skiing areas in the Czech Giant Mountains now as a very successful and, above all, attractive recreational destination. In addition to the safe snow, it is primarily the people and their creative ideas that make a vacation in the Czech Republic very nice.
Tanvaldsky Spicák
The mountain and its appearance are the inspiration for the naming of the famous ski resort in the Czech Republic. How much of the tooth extends into the mountain landscape, entwined around the very good roads. This resort is situated near the Saxon border in the middle of the Giant Mountains. The difficulty of the slopes ranges from low to very difficult. Thanks to tow and chair all slopes are very accessible. The proximity to the German border makes a day trip to Spicak easy. Especially for families with children the resort holds some ready. While the parents are on the difficult slopes on the road, the children are cared for in a separate area with its own ski lift for children. I Spicák to your children are safe in the best. Snowboarders also have the opportunity to present their art in a subway train ramp. Recommended are the Nachtskiläufe from Spicák II A day ticket for adults costs to EUR 190

Niacin Flush

B3 Niacin is one of the most powerful detoxifying agents known to man.

I just took 1000mg of niacin first thing, and went bright red, flushed and itchy all over - got worried till I read this:

"Do not panic if you turn red or your heart beats rapidly when you take pure niacin because this is a good sign that your blood is pure and toxins are being removed. Some people take as much as 500-mg. niacin three times a day until they break through their toxins and feel a burn. And the less food you have in your stomach, the quicker the niacin will get into your bloodstream to do its work. While detoxing, begin taking 50 to 100 mg. Niacin and increase by 50 to 100 mg. daily until an immediate flush occurs. Some people get a stomachache when taking niacin on an empty tummy, so judge for yourself what works best for you. Just know it’s removing toxins from your blood.

Remember this general rule of thumb: if you have more toxins than niacin, you may not feel a burn through your skin. As you increase your daily niacin intake, you are increasing the amount of B3 in relation to your toxic load. When you have more niacin than toxins present, you WILL feel the burn within ten to twenty minutes after taking it."
think I will go and lie down !
ps its nice to feel warm though - its a very cold day here !

Monday, 23 January 2012

Chiropractic and M.E. (Fibromyalgia)

Experiences of chiropractic varied from member to member. Jim has had M.E. for nine years, trying many treatments along the way. “Few have helped but chiropractic is one that does. It certainly is no cure but it does relieve some of my symptoms. I have found that chiropractic treatment really helps to rid me both of the neck stiffness and the pain, which is an absolute delight. The relief is not permanent but can last for weeks and months. I visit about once every three months for one treatment and that seems to do the job. I was very careful selecting my practitioner, opting for one that was gentler and had some genuine understanding of M.E.”
(from Action for ME website)
now available at Parsons Chiropractic - chiropractic in Preston and Liverpool -

Monday, 16 January 2012

does paracetemol cause alzeimers?

according to this article a cancer researcher noticed he would lose his memory when he took paracetemol, so he started researching the link - finding that these painkillers could cause plaques in the brain :
no this one