Nutritional & Green Magic

Nutrition: How important is it? How good body is designed to feel

Have you heard the saying, “We are what we eat”?

If you want your body to perform well, then you need to give it the right fuel to run on, simple as that. You wouldn’t expect a car to run on a poor quality petrol or gas, so why treat the body any differently?

Good nutrition is at the forefront of good health, and it is therefore a subject that I investigate whenever anybody comes to see me. As a McTimoney Chiropractor, just about everybody who comes to see me has an inflammatory issue somewhere, an -itis of some joint, or tendon or ligament. ginger

Google “foods for treating inflammation naturally” and you will get a plethora of herbs, spices, and all manner of alkaline foods all extolling their virtues as an anti-inflammatory, and so they are, but this post is about why I recommend Green Magic by Proto-col. If you want to read more, look up Ross Bridgeford known as the “Alkaline Diet Guy”. He has over 10 years experience of it.

Getting as many green leafy foods into you is simply the best way to increase your input of alkaline foods, and thereby combatting inflammation, the leading cause of disease in the Western World, but it is very difficult to get enough concentrated nutrients in our diet due to our deficient and depleted soils. For a therapeutic effect we really need to concentrate the nutrients into food supplements. Green Magic was developed by Dr Larry Milam, President of the Universtity of Natural Health, California. It is a quick and cost effective way of increasing the right type of food into your diet. Just 1 heaped teaspoon of the powder, mixed into water, fruit juice or smoothie, is all your 7 a day just there. Now how easy is that? It works out at about 50p per teaspoon too.

You can read the full ingredient list with more information here.

You may have noticed the word “therapeutic” above. What does that mean? It means that if you are wanting help to heal some -itis or other, or you have repair that needs to happen in the body, then you are looking for a therapeutic effect. That is why top athletes take Green Magic. The MD, James Greenwell, of the proto-col company is an elite athlete, and trained to Olympic level, and still competes on the International stage in Triathlons and Bi-athlons. He sponsors athletes like Laura Massaro, 2014 World Squash Champion, and Victoria Barr.

Green Magic has NO added sugar. It is gluten free. Who wants to give it a go?  To purchase  Click here

Laura Massaro @ljmassaro  ·  Nov 18

@Morganmassage @joyofhealth96 @HolHealthZone @swimstar2008 the green magic particularly helps with energy levels and illness prevention!

That’s what Laura tweeted about GM.

Victoria Barr, another great athlete tweets

Victoria Barr @vicbarr82  ·  Nov 18

@joyofhealth96 @protocolUK @Teamprotocoluk @Morganmassage yes,after a year with proto-col collagen it has helped recovery +injury prevention

If you think that Green Magic could help you recover from injury or illness, or if like Laura and Victoria, you would like to add it to your training regime,then click here, to be taken to the shop on my website. Sorry UK shipping only.



 Spirulina and Chlorella, high in Protein, Icelandic Kelp for Minerals, Green-Magic-200gKamut Juice, Minerals Calcium and Magnesium

CoEnzyme 10 Anti-oxidant and energy,Nova Scotia Dulce for Minerals,Lactobacillus acidopholus, Probiotic,Jerusalem Artichoke Powder, Probiotic, Royal Jelly, Enzymes and Minerals amongst others

The algae found in Green Magic has a high Chlorophyll content, which is the life blood of the plant kingdom and one of the planets cleansing, detoxifying and healing substances. It has a molecular substance similar to haemoglobin, and has at its core, magnesium.

 Chlorophyll deodorizes breath, stops the growth of anaerobic yeasts and fungi in the digestive tract, counteracts inflammation, revives tissue, activates enzyme, boosts immunity, promotes healing of wounds by stimulating the production of connective tissue.


The planets 2 highest sources of protein, spirulina and chlorella.

High pectin apple fibre which traps cholesterol and helps remove it from the body.

2 sea vegetables which contain over 28% natural minerals and trace minerals.

Royal Jelly one of the highest sources of Vitamin B

 Only 12 calories per serving.

 Why do we need Green Foods?

 Folic Acid

Vitamin B12


Minerals (calcium, minerals

help alkalize the body)

Trace minerals


Cancer fighting agents

Natural Iron

Are great detoxification

Help clean excess oestrogens

bile acids

Many contain GLA

 Suggested Use

 Serving Size = 3 grams (1 rounded tsp.)

Add to water, juice, food, or smoothie.

Regular use – 1 to 2 servings per day in purified water or juice or smoothie drink

For quick alkalizing of the body – 3 to 4 servings per day

As a detoxifier – 4 servings per day

Super Therapeutic Use (cancer, blood disorders,

immunity) up to 8 servings per day

Collagen, What is it? Which Type do you Need?

Have you thought about taking Collagen and if so, why?

It can be confusing trying to find the Collagen Capsules which will best suit your needs.  Some people may not even realise there are different types of collagen!  The question you should be asking yourself is “Why am I taking Collagen in the first place?

Collagen the facts?

Collagen is the primary structural protein found in the body, making up over 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.  It is abundant throughout the body and is found in connective tissue, bone, all organs and especially skin where it makes up to 90% of the structural protein.

Collagen is the main component of connective tissue.  Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as tendon, ligament and skin, and is also abundant in cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral disc. It is like a superglue, holding us all together. Unfortunately we start to lose it from the age of about 25, and the results of collagen loss start visually, the changing shape of your face, loss of skin elasticity, formation of line and wrinkles, but it’s the internal issues that we really have to worry about.  The loss of strength in ligaments, tendons, cartilage and of course bone, which long term could contribute to Osteoarthritis.


Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of collagen found in the human body.

Type I Collagen

Type I Collagen is the most common type of collagen found in the body.  It’s found in tendons, skin, artery walls, cornea, and the organic part of bones and teeth.  Type I Collagen is good for improving your skin and hair as well as being an overall balanced collagen type.

Type II Collagen

Type II Collagen is found in Hyaline Cartilage and makes up 50% of all cartilage protein.  It’s also found in the Vitreous Humour of the eye.  This collagen gives our body its structural strength and stability.  Although very beneficial the source of type II collagen in an edible form is still restricted to fish collagen, and although available there is no scientific evidence that it can deliver the potential benefits that we require.

Type III Collagen

Type III Collagen is the collagen of granulation tissue and is produced quickly by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  It’s also found in muscles, artery walls, skin, intestines and the uterus.  This makes us strong, it is the collagen structure in the muscle that is torn during exercise and is responsible for repair of the muscle.

proto-col’s new Bioactive type I & III collagen. The Proto-col range have a variety of Collagen Capsules and tablets available. 

The new bioactive collagen peptide containing type I and III collagen is a triple helix structure and combines the three most repetitious amino acids glycine, proline and hydroxyproline.  Collagen type III is a form of granulation tissue, and is produced quickly once stimulated by young fibroblasts before the tougher type I collagen is synthesized.  The new bioactive peptide of this sport collagen has been optimised so that it also covers all the potential benefits of type II collagen without actually being type II in a raw form.

By delivering all three required types of collagen requirements which are naturally found in our body, our “body and joint formulation” becomes a ground breaking new formulation of collagen hydrolysate that can be used both by the elite athlete and the health and well-being enthusiast.

All you need to know now is which proto-col Collagen Capsules are right for you. The following table should help assist you in your selection for the right Collagen Capsules. They can all be purchased here

Product Type I Collagen Type II Collagen Type III Collagen Hyaluronic  Acid, Vitamin A,C,E and Zinc CollagenDosage perserving (mg)
Proto-col collagen capsules           Skin Care Range Yes No yes No 1200
Proto-col collagen Body and Joint Capsules Sports range yes Yes Yes No 1200
*Proto-col Skin Plus Range Capsules Skin Care Range Yes No yes Yes 1065
Proto-col Sport’s Nutrition Collagen Tablets-Sports Nutrition Range yes Yes Yes No 5000
Proto-col Pro Gold Protein Chocolate or Strawberry contains BCAA’s yes Yes Yes No 5000

A note on *proto-col skin plus

Ingredients include: Hyaluronic  Acid one of the key chain molecules in the key – responsible for skin maintaining a youthful complexion.

What is special about Hyaluronic Acid?

It is the biggest among the molecules that surround skin cells and it absorbs moisture up to 6000 times its weight.  Maintaining sufficient quantity of these special molecules, which decreases with age, is one of the key factors to stay young and radiant.  Vitamin A, C, E and Zinc which are all vitamins and minerals that are known to aid skin health.

Why choose proto-col and what makes proto-col the market leader

Proto-col is the only collagen brand on the market that works with CRI (The International Collagen research institute).  Proto-col guarantee to use only the highest quality collagen in the world and the only material that is backed with clear and conclusive clinical research and data.  proto-col’s sports collagen product is also HFL tested for elite athletes to use. Available here:



Defence against the Dark Arts or Ebola, Whichever you feel the Need.

You can hardly have failed to miss the scaremongering that is going on around the Ebola virus at the moment. I have personal views on the situation itself, but this is not the time or place to go on about that. What would be more helpful is information about how you might be able to protect yourself from it, naturally. So what can we do to help our immune system from not only this virus, but any number of viruses that abound in the winter months?

Well I came across this great article written by Dr Dave McCarthy, and he writes so eloquently what I believe to be true, so I won’t re-invent the wheel, and will let you read the ful article here

He explains that the late symptoms of being infected with the Ebola virus, is very similar to scurvy. In the  late stages of both of these 2 diseases,  a haemorrhagic stage persisits, where the body has multi-organ failure and bleeding  from multiple sites, ultimately leading to death. The treatment may be the same in both of these diseases too. Vitamin C, pure and simple. Dr McCarthy explains why.

When a human experiences a demand for Vitamin C (ascorbate) that cannot be met by intake and the stores become utterly depleted, cells are unable to be repaired or replaced. Organs initially struggle to function and ultimately fail. Viral infections routinely deplete vitamin C stores. Some viruses are particularly adept at quickly reducing the stores of vitamin C. Certain common medications, such as acetaminophen, interfere with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of inactivated vitamin C. As vitamin C gets expended in the fight against the virus, the use of agents that deplete glutathione, hasten the end.


I believe that when vitamin C levels are checked in patients with end stage Ebola, the levels will be undetectable. Given the high load of viral particles nearing the end of the disease, use of oral vitamin C would be futile, as the demand would exceed the ability to absorb it. If administered early enough, intravenous (IV) vitamin C could demonstrate remarkable efficacy.

Now for those of you who may be reading this in the US, the penny may have already dropped, but for my UK readers let me point something out here. Acetaminophen is sold in the UK under the name, Paracetamol!

Ok so let’s just take a look at that again.

Paracetamol interferes with the production of glutathione, which is required for the recycling of the inactivated Vitamin C.  ie as Vitamin C is used by the body to fight the virus, the use of medications that deplete glutathione hasten the end. Now go take a look in your medicine cabinet, if you have one, and have a look at the list of ingredients in your Lemsips, or any other ‘flu remedy that you may have in there. Do you see Acetaminophen/Paracetamol as 1 of the ingredients? Can you guess what I think you should do with those remedies now?

So how do you lower your risk of becoming ill to the usual viruses that abound at this time of the year?

Let us look at our immune system. We have 2 types of immune defence. 1 is “Adaptive defence” which utilises the pre-formed anti-bodies and anti-viral cells, and 2 “Innate Defence”. This second type of defence allows us to defend an attack by an organism previously never encountered by our body. Both defences are highly reliant upon the availablity of Vitamin D3. Let me remind you, if you need reminding that Vitamin D is often referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because it can be made via the skin, when we are exposed to sunshine. Now do you begin to see the relationship between winter ‘flus, coughs and colds, and the Vitamin levels in our bodies? When the sun is limited the virus’ come out to play.

So my advice to those of you who live in the Northern hemisphere, where the nights are about to get longer with the clocks going back to GMT this weekend, is to make sure that you are having adequate intake of Vitamin D and keep your levels of Vitamin C up too. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so a regular intake is required.

As a good all round immune boost with an extremely high ORAC score, I highly recommend Green Magic. Seriously, I have not had a cold for 2 years since I started taking a teaspoonful a day.

Keep Happy and Keep Healthy.
Dragonflies and Lotus Flowers

Dragonflies and Lotus Flowers

You may have noticed that over the past week, I have changed my logo from an abstract one that was designed for me, to that of a dragonfly over a lotus flower.

My work and business is going through a transformation, and, although being a McTimoney Chiropractor is very much my main business at the moment, I am also aware that as I enter what might possibly be my last decade of being a McTimoney, I needed to look forward to an income when I no longer see clients in my clinic. And so I set about looking for that new venture and to incorporate it into my business.

After having a career change from Nursing, to Massage Therapist and then McTimoney Chiropractor, over 20 years ago, I started out being very excited that I was able to help people improve their health, in a way that being a nurse didn’t. I witnessed people’s health improving as they implemented the tips that I suggested to them when they consulted with me. These tips were to eat more healthily, drink more water, take more moderate exercise and to develop a spiritual aspect to their lives, and to take ownership and responsibilty of their health, and not hand over the responsibility to others, namely Doctors. Transformations came about which I was privileged to be a part of.

When Chiropractors became registered in the UK, I started to become disillusioned with my profession, but I continued. Over the 17 years of being a McTimoney I have seen my profession be reduced to being “bad back specialists” That is so far from the truth that it saddens me. Chiropractors are Masters of Innate Intelligence. They ensure that the spine is aligned so that they nervous system can function optimally, and that health can be expressed as a result. When I started out on my Chiropractic career I was so intune with my own Innate Intellligence, after nearly 20 years, I find myself so bogged down with what the “scientific bods” think that we do, that I am less enthusiastic about my career as I once was. But that is changing.

I used to naturally incorporate in my work a spiritual aspect, sometimes the client was aware, if during record taking I sensed a spiritual part of their life, and often covertly if they did not seem receptive to it. However I feel that I have strayed from this path and now I am returning to it.

So what do the dragonfly and lotus flower symbolise?

The dragonfly is symbolic of change and transformation.

Dragonflies start to grow in water and then move into the air and fly. When this spirit animal shows up in your life you may be called to transform and evolve. Symbol of metamorphosis and transformation, it inspires those who have it as a totem to bring about the changes needed in their lives in order to go to reach their full potential.
When this spirit animal shows up in your life, it’s an indication that it’s time for change. Just like the dragonfly changes colors as it matures, you may be called to live and experience yourself differently. Stay open to the enfoldment of your personal journey.

So me, and my business are transforming. Watch this space as you witness the emergence of a new venture take flight. Peace and Blessings

Before you exercise after childbirth, read this!

Joy Gill DC MUCA RGN (ret):

A brave and honest blog about someone’s experience of exercising post-birth. Workout for a pre-pregnancy body-shape at your peril. Thanks for sharing Melanie x

Originally posted on by melanie kaye:

Like the majority of women who have just had a baby, I wanted to get my body back. You know, lose the jiggly bum, get rid of my love handles and most importantly, get a toned and flat tummy. I couldn’t wait to get back into a solid exercise routine. I did what I was told, “wait until you get clearance from your Doctor at your 6 week checkup”. I’ll admit, I did some gentle walking here and there during my first couple of weeks of being a new mum but it was at a very slow pace and only usually around the block.

2 weeks post partumThe day before I gave birth to Millie vs two weeks postpartum

My 6 week checkup came around and my Doctor gave me the all clear that I had healed well, and everything was looking A-O-K “down there”. Right! Green light… here I go! Time to…

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7 Steps to Health and Happiness

If I could wave a magic wand and make everybody happy and healthy, I would do so in an instanLive life as Well as you Feelt. But I believe that health and happiness come from within. Over the coming weeks, I will share the 7 steps that I have come to believe, in my long career as a Health Professional, are the way to be happy and healthy, and yes it takes work and commitment, and for most of you, more than likely a change in attitude. No easy way, sorry, although there are people and products out there that I believe will help you enormously, but fundamentally YOU need to put the work in and be prepared to change.

To make sure that you get each of the 7 steps, why don’t you follow me and get each new post as I publish it?

Thank you, Blessings, Amen, Shalom and Namaste


SlimFizz a Gastric Band in a Glass

As a McTimoney Chiropractor and Health Coach, I firmly advocate healthy eating, along with moderate exercise, to people who come and consult me, on any number of issues, as an all round lifestyle to maintain good health.

Being overweight, by even just a few pounds, puts increased physical stress on the lumbar spine, the low back, increasing your risk of wear and tear, osteoarthritis, and “slipped” discs, to name just a few of the problems you may encounter. On top of problems to the spine, then are a number of other health related issues connected to obesity. So it really does make good spine health sense to maintain a healthy weight.

Medical Complications of Obesity

Medical Complications of Obesity

However you only have to watch TV programmes like Channel 5’s “87 Stone, Fat Chance of Work”, to realise that there are any number of people out there who are so obese, who have no idea of what “healthy eating” means, who cannot exercise and really do need help getting them off the treadmill of obesity. They need help, and for this reason I am happy to recommend SlimFizz by Proto-col, as recently highlighted by Health Journalist, Hannah Ebelthite’s article in the Daily Mail’s on Mon 20th July 2015.

So what is SlimFizz?

The large pill looks like a Vitamin C tablet, which, when dissolved in water, tastes like orange squash. It is designed to be taken 30 minutes before a meal, and has the effect of making you feel full, and so you eat smaller portions. Giving you a “full” feeling also means that you are less likely to snack between

So what is in SlimFizz to make you feel like that?

The main ingredient is from the Konjac plant, the active ingredient being known as Glucomannan. It has long been known as a weight loss product, recognised by the European Food Standards Agency, who also class it as a cholesterol lowering supplement when 3g or more is taken. 3 SlimFizz tablets a day, 1 before each meal, would give you 4.5g.

“It is designed to aid the control of hunger and cravings to help you lose weight, rather than speed up the metabolism or block fat absorption as most diet pills do”, writes Hannah in the Daily Mail.

Being a liquid when you swallow it, means it slides down the oesophagus (food pipe) quickly, and goes to work in the stomach, where it acts as a gastric band, in fact it has been dubbed a “Gastric Band in a Glass”. Other products which contain Glucomannon in a more solid form have been known to be a choking hazard, which is why proto-col decided to make their product soluble. It sets like a gel once in the stomach, giving rise to that satisfied feeling and so limits the food intake for the individual.

A study into the efficacy of glucomannan published in the British Journal of Nutrition found those taking it lost up to 10 lb in 16 weeks compared with 1.7 lb in the group taking placebo pills. Other studies have echoed this with an average of 5.5 lb lost over eight weeks.

Now many of you reading this may think, well all it takes is willpower, cutting down on calories, and exercising more. Yes all of those things will definitely help, but for the group of people who don’t seem to know when to stop eating, or who want some help, then Slimfizz is defintiely worth considering. I would recommend combining it with a therapy such as EFT or hypnotherapy to address the emotional issues which may be leading an individual to overeat, especially if you recognise that there is an emotional component to your overindulgence.

To purchase Slimfizz in the UK, for yourself then click here.

Immunity is Everything

This week in the UK is Spinal Awareness Week, so I have spent the past few weeks either busy in my clinic, or busy on my clinic. I have been writing press releases, being asked to give interviews on radio for an upcoming event that I am facilitating, meeting with a marketing expert, updating my webshop and generally doing lots of creative stuff around my business.

Ayshire Post

Once the week is here I expect my telephone to be red hot, as all these press articles get people understanding what it is that I do, and ringing to make an appointment and get themselves checked out. Then after a few hectic weeks, I shall be taking a well earned rest, to go away somewhere sunny and write an e-book entitled

“How to Naturally Improve your Immune System”.

How does that grab you, is that something that you might be interested in getting your hands on? Absolutely Free, and for Nothing!

With the gloom and doom news in the UK, as a result of the General Election results last week, and the threat to our NHS, now might be the best time to learn to see if there is anything that we can do to enhance our immune system, and lessen the risk of succumbing to those opportunistic bugs that are everywhere.

If this is something that might interest you, then keep your eyes peeled and pop back soon, or even better still, follow my page and get regular updates as soon as they happen.

Happy Spinal Awareness Week.Poor computer posture

The Longterm Effects of Carrying your Child

Congratulations to HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Birth of your gorgeous Daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, almost as good a sounding name as Holly Katrina Rose, even if I do say so myself.

There has been a lot in the press over the past few days about Princess Diana. Bet the media love it don’t they? Kate and Diana, sell papers, there’s no doubt about it. So I will add my slant to things too, well why not? Would be silly to miss out on the trends wouldn’t it?

This classic picture of Lady Di grabbed me, as I was reading Slick Mummy’s blog. lady di see through1I was reading it because Slick Mummy loves proto-col’s Moisturising Gel, but that’s another story. What I was drawn to in this picture, is how she is adapting in her frame, to rest the young child on her right hip. Now how many of you have done that, or know someone who has? Come on, own up, most of us have at some point or other, no big deal Joy.

I will admit, at this point I was in “jump on the royal baby bandwagon mode”, so I googled for this picture, but what struck me was another 1 that I found.

Look closely at the second picture and what do you see? Look slightly lower than the waistline, at the level where you would put your hands on your hips. Can you see anything? Can you see that her right side is still higher than the left, even without a child on her hip? And the left leg kicked out to the side, to compensate for the drop on the left, is still needed. Not to the same degree, I admit, but it is still there.

lady di see through2I see this everyday in my clinic. Women who carry young children around on their hips, put their pelvis’ out of alignment. These pictures show that rank and status does not make you immune from this.

Can anything be done about it? Of course there is, it is what I do everyday. I realign the structure of the body by adjusting the framework, or the skeleton. Then I give you advice Not to do this habit again. Of course that is not easy, habits are hard to break, especially if the young child is tired and crabbit, you are hungry and you need to get the dinner on. So my advice is, if you continue with the bad habit, you will continue to need to be straightened out, at least as long as your child is carried on the hip. But that is not the only thing we carry like this is it? We might put the laundry basket on there, or heavy items at the supermarket.

So my message to the new Mum is try and not get into the habit, but if you do, just keep the telephone number of your local McTimoney Chiropractor handy, they will save you from heartache in many years to come.

Please feel free to add a comment, I would love to hear how many of you carried a child or children like this on your hip?