Killing for Profit Digested.

At the end of April, experts met at the European Parliament to speak about the truth, that is happening in our health system. It is frightening listening, I posted the link in a post

earlier today. The whole youtube is over 2 hours long, so I am going to paraphrase it in a number of posts in the next few days, breaking it down into small bite size chunks, so that you have the knowledge to go and challenge your doctor over medications that they recommend you take for life, namely statins, and how you can take the responsibilty for your own health.

Lifestyle Changes are MORE powerful than drugs, at preventing and treating Heart Disease.

Good Health to you All

Blessings

Joy

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Big Food & Big Pharma Killing for Profit

Do you think your doctor is more interested in your health than their bottom line? This is a must see production, from the European Parliament in Brussels.

This is over 2 hours long, so I am going to break it down into small bite-sized chunks in the coming days and weeks, with Posts entitled: Killing for Profit Digested If you can’t watch 2 hours worth, then these are for you.

Good health to you

Namaste

Joy

C is for Constipation. Chamomile, Cedarwood and Clary Sage can wait.

Thank you to all my wonderful interactors, who have left me some lovely comments since the start of the AtoZChallenge. In response to 1 comment, here is the way to massage the feet to help with Constipation. I could have added it to tomorrow’s C post, but was too excited to wait.

When I had qualified as an aromatherapist, I used to go and visit adult’s with learning difficulties and would massage them. Because of the minority of people, I was not allowed to massage their bodies, but was allowed to massage their feet. The carer’s would often comment about the quality of sleep or the individuals bowel movement after i had been to minister to them.

Let me know how you get on!

Blessings Joy

Good Friday Fast

For several years now, for no real reason other than it is a day that I do not work in the clinic, I have fasted, on Good Friday. I am now beginning to discover the health benefits of fasting, and would like to share them with you.

Every religion has references to fasting, we have probably all  heard of Ramadan, the Muslim religious observance which includes fasting, as part of the ritual, but were you aware of the references to fasting in the Bible? In Matthew 6 v 16, Jesus says “When you fast”. Let’s take a look at that again. “When” not “If” but when, so Jesus was saying when, like I might say “When you lift, bend your knees” I know that my clients will lift, so it not if, but when.  So early Christians were expected to include fasting in their lives.So is there any benefit to your health, in fasting?

Well studies are now showing that there are many benefits both physical and mental to going without food for a sustained time. Let’s see why:

This TED talk is by Mark Mattson. He is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Ageing. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or ALS. In this video he explains how fasting, boosts brain power and therefore protects us from these diseases.

In this video Mattson explains how pathways in the nervous tissue, called synapses are improved when there are ketones in the body. Ketones are the product of body fat breakdown, which happens when we fast.

Researchers from the University of Southern California in LA say that fasting for a prolonged period of time, for 2-4 consecutive days, helps to promote immune system regeneration and protects against immune system damage.

Over time, the body’s immune cells become worn out and this lowers their functioning levels. It was thought in the past that there was not a lot that could be done, other than stem cell treatment, but it has been observed, in mice and humans, that when mammals fast, the number of white blood cells decrease, and the result is that the body then “recycles” the old immune cells and triggers the production of new cells to replace them. So periodic fasting actually trips some method of regeneration in the body, to stimulate blood and immune cells generation.

When you fast, or starve, the body needs to save energy, and 1 of the things it can do is remove damaged cells from circulation. Then when you feed the body again, it replaces the old cells that have been removed. This has implications on auto-immune diseases, which have previously been viewed as incurable, but by fasting and triggering the production of new immune cells, fasting may help people who are suffering with these conditions.
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It is also extremely useful in cancer sufferers, when the immune system is ravaged by treatment. Fasting would encourage a whole new immune system to be generated.I think if any of my close friends or family were diagnosed with cancer this would be my first line of treatment, rather than the poison burning and scarring that our health service offers in the way of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. One of my friends on social media treated herself for many years using diet and a change in mental attitude to beat the diagnosis she had been given. Should I ask her to do a guest blog on it?

Whilst researching for this post, I came across Biblical references to lifespans in the Old Testament. Pre flood lifespans were recorded as 900+years, Adam lived till he was 930 (Genesis 5:5) but six generations later, Abraham died at only 175. What happened in those intervening years to affect the life expectancy so much? Well that will be anlother blog I think. It is now 36 hours since I last ate, so I think it is time for Break-Fast! Have a lovely Easter everybody.

Easter Blessings to you all!

Joy

Ayr Seaforth Athletics Sponsorship

Well after months of hard work by one local videographer, I am pleased to announce the launch of the promotional videos of my local athletics club, Ayr Seaforth. I am extremely happy to have been allowed to sponsor this video, as I am a firm believer of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, and this club has a very good reputation locally for bringing on young athletes and promoting a sense of belonging between the members.

So what are the Health Benefits of Physical Exercise?

  1. Running Makes You Happier: Exercise releases the bodies own “happy” chemicals, endorphins, even after a reasonably short burst of activity. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2006, showed that even 30 minutes on a treadmill was enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive disorder. Physical activity is an alternative to anti-depressants for treating depression, according to a study in May 2013, in the same journal.
  2. Running Gives You Better Body Shape: Running will give you a more defined body, as any excess body fat is developed into muscle. When you exercise, you will burn more calories than when you are sedentary, and this continues for quite a while after you stop, the length of time dependant on activity. Prof Greg Whyte OBE recommends short sharp bursts of activity throughout the day, rather than 1 long session, such as an hour at the gym. Activity above exercise. Doing a 1 hour workout and then sitting down for the other 23 hours is not the way to do it, so incorporate star jumps or skipping into your day. get up from your seat every 20-30 minutes and do some on the spot jogging. Stop right NOW and JUST DO IT! Post in the comments below what you did and how it made you feel please.
  3. Running Will Keep You More Mentally Alert: Regular exercise helps defeat mental decline associated with age. A study in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review published in Dec 2012 came to the conclusion that regular exercise helps with particular functions such as task switching, selective attention and working memory. Fitter elderly people scored better that their unfit peers. 1 amazing benefit noted in stroke victims was an increase by 50% in memory, language, thinking and judgement
  4. Running Reduces Your Risk of Developing Certain Cancers: Epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, and can help people diagnosed with cancer to cope with treatment, when they feel able.
  5. Physical Activity Prolongs Your Life. Just 30 minutes, 5 times a week increase your life span, but if you read point 2 you will know that short sharp bursts are better than longer periods. Even smokers can add years to their lives by doing some form of regular exercise. Cancer survivors increased their life expectancy by 5.3 years. Now isn’t that worth knowing?
  6. Running Strengthens Your Bones: Any weight-bearing activity strengthens your bones, and is better for you in preventing osteoporosis that drinking a pint of milk a day. Weight-bearing exercise increases bone mass and has the added bonus of stemming the age-related bone loss. Science has proven that the old adage “running is bad for your knees” is just not true. According to Boston University, the opposite is true and it improves knee health, probably due to the increase in muscle strength to the muscles that are attached by tendons, around the knee-joint. What they may experience more, is damage to the soft tissue, in the tendons or the ligaments, which is why I recommend a collagen supplement for those people who come to me for treatment, who are keen runners.

So now that the Spring weather is here, with the clocks Springing forward this weekend, can I encourage you to increase your physical activity. I would love to know how you are getting on, and how you are feeling.

Blessings Have a Lovely Easter

Joy,  Leader of #TeamJoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Superfood?

Green Magic and NutribulletI am of an age where I would say that it is another term for food. That is food that has been grown and picked, cut, plucked or harvested with little or no processing involved. As a child of the 60’s and 70’s I ate superfoods everyday of the week, in the form of apples, carrots, cabbage, plums, blackcurrants swede, parsnips, and all the other fruit and vegetables which were grown by my Father in our garden. That image is now a distant memory for most of us, unless you have an allotment. Gardens have been dug up, and turned into another room, an extension of our house, for enjoyment and socialising, and rarely as a place to grow our very own superfoods, literally “in our back garden”

So now we have a phrase which we have coined, to call regular fruit and vegetables, and some herbs and spices, and that is the word “Superfood”. There is no medical or legal definition of the term.

Superfoods are nutrient rich with vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants and polyphenols, which are vital for good health. So on the back of winning an award for our supergreen food Green Magic this past week, lets look at just 1 of the 16 ingredients, which are all superfoods in their own right,  and how it plays a role in maintaining health in the human body.

SPIRULINA

When it comes to superfood rankings, spirulina is one of the most powerful. Research has found it contains 100 different nutrients, ranging from protein, essential fatty acids, B vitamins, calcium, iron, to magnesium and chlorophyll plus many more, it is also one of the 16 superfoods found in proto-col’s revolutionary nutritional product, green magic.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be consuming spirulina daily:

1. Protein: Spirulina is made up of approximately 60-70% of complete protein, Green Magic Top Superfood Awardgram by gram it has more protein than beef, poultry, fish and soybeans.

2. Iron: Just 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina provides 1.5-3g of iron, which is up to 22% of your recommended daily intake (RDI). Iron is vital for energy, immune health as well as healthy hair, skin and nails.

3. B Vitamins: Spirulina contains B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9. These vitamins are particularly helpful for improving energy production. Continue reading