Preventing Saropenia by intensive exercise, 15 minutes a week.
We all know that exercise keeps us healthy. So when I heard that science has recently identified a hormone like chemical that is produced by our muscles, I was intrigued. Particularly as this chemical, known as Myokine, may be effective in protecting against chronic diseases seen in aging.
Myokines are produced in muscle cells during intense exercise, so our muscles are now compared to an endocrine organ, with the ability to produce hormone like substances. This means that muscles are much more than just a support for the skeleton. This new understanding has initiated research into discovering how maintaining muscle mass improves long term health issues and quality of life as we age.
Once we humans reach our 35th birthday, the DNA blueprint of our existence reduces its instruction to naturally build muscle. This results in age-related frailty, insecurity and reduced physical activity contributing to a progressive loss of muscle mass and function, commonly referred to as sarcopenia.
Though to a certain extent the level of muscle a person can develop is down to their genes, regular resistance exercise is proving to be the best option to gain muscle mass. Even over nutritional programmes which by themselves don’t provide the full answer. The benefits of building strength are body wide, and include improved flexibility and posture, lowering of inflammation and body fat, increased heart and body strength, better blood sugar control and the best fact is that there is no age limit for starting. Significant results of increased strength have been recorded many times in people over 75 years old!
How it works
At a time when survival relied on being physically able to fight or run away, reaching your physical limit signalled that your life was at risk. A dramatic event like this would prompt our DNA to stimulate the body’s repair and growth programme making sure that doesn’t happen the next time. High intensity resistance training like Rev5 works on this principle. Experience is showing that by working only 5 muscle groups for no more than 2 or 3 minutes each, to complete fatigue, you are stimulating your body’s ancient DNA map to repair and build.
Another interesting fact is that a total of only 15 minutes once a week is all that is needed to reach complete fatigue (or failure), when the weights are calibrated to the right level. The muscle fibers that are activated recover slowly and need 7 to 10 days to rebuild. In fact research has shown muscles shouldn’t be stimulated earlier as this would further break them down and hinder growth.
Speaking as someone who has been “sporty” since school, the knowledge that 15 minutes once a week will maintain and even build my muscles is really hard come to come to terms with. But after 4 work outs with Rev5 I am already seeing and feeling the benefits. And knowing that I do not have to follow in the footsteps of my parents, to joint replacements and the frailty that comes with such major surgery, means that for me this is the way to make sure my old age is as active as I have always been.
Lyme Disease is increasing and still the Britsh public are not aware of how debilitating it can be.
Through my ongoing studies in Nutritional Therapy, I have become interested in Lyme disease, and its potential treatments, I also live in the South East of England, an area where it is known to be quite common.
Lyme disease is not particularly well publicised in the UK, though it has been showing up as a major health problem over the last 10 years. Typically transmitted by sheep and dog ticks in the UK; The infected tick,(which is the size of a pin head) injects the problem bacteria as it feeds on a hosts blood.
“The Iceman” who lived 4000 years ago has shown a positive for Lyme, so it has been around for a long time.
Lyme, or rather the bacteria involved; Borrelia Burgdorferia, in their active form are spiral shaped bacterium, and are very clever. Not only do they trick the immune system into attacking itself, they can also mutate into other non active forms, which anti-biotics are not able to destroy, returning to their active forms 36 hours of stopping anti-biotics. So there is an urgent medical need to find a treatment that can eliminate it in all its different forms, and improve the medical professions understanding of Lyme.
The list of Lyme symptoms is long; blood tests are often negative and patients are misdiagnosed with other conditions such as Fibromyalgia, MS, facial palsy and even accused of being hypochondriacs.
The 3 most common stages of disease development are:
1. Acute – 5 -21 days, only 50% likely to get the bulls’ eye rash on skin where bitten, or a red migrant lump.
2. Neurological – 3-6 months, migrant arthritis, memory loss, loss of appetite.
3. Fatigue – 12 months, total exhaustion, tingling in limbs, heart problems and anxiety.
Over time BB leaves the blood system and burrows into muscles, brain and spine, making blood tests un-reliable.
A poor diet can induce many of these symptoms alone. Magnesium and zinc are used by BB to replicate, complicating diagnosis and treatment as more of the hosts supply is used up. So an already immune compromised host is further depleted, making it very difficult for allopathic treatments to have a good success rate without a more holistic view.
It is important that signs are posted in woodlands alerting the public, particularly through the spring, summer and autumn. Adults, children and pets should be checked for ticks after any walk and if a rash or flue like symptoms occur go straight to your G.P. taking Lyme information with you.
I have learnt of two protocols using natural remedies designed by Drs Kuiper and Cowden: which are considered safe long term use. The Dr Cowden protocol has been studied in Germany in 2012 and came back with an 80% to 90% success rate in symptom reduction. Both programmes involve de- toxing, diet improvements and attacking the bacteria and associated microbial infections.
The University of Ecuador has demonstrated these herbs can be given many thousands of times, unlike pharmaceutical drugs which over time cause gut upset. And as 80% of our immune systems are based in the gut, this is a problem when trying to naturally combat such a clever invasion.
For information on how to protect from Lyme and increase awareness click on:
Lyme disease action and Worldwide Lyme protest
For further information about using these protocols please contact me.
Why find out if you Have Food Allergies
When you consider that our genes developed over millions of years, but only really recently in the the last 40 years, have they had to cope with the millions of toxins we have in our industrialised environment today, it is not surprising that our bodies are struggling with this burden.
Nutritional therapy recognises symptoms as the result of the body not managing to adapt to its present surroundings. It then investigates each client’s life experiences and health, to try to piece together the cause of the problem, treating the client on an individual basis. That information is used to target nutrient dense foods in the diet, to help the body to carry out its normal functions. How our genes are protected by nutrients in our diet is a fascinating and developing science for today.
What is a food allergy?
Identifying the toxins is part of the process, and if the body is over-burdened it can start to “confuse” some foods with toxins and starts to attack these foods, creating an inflammatory reaction as if to an aggressive invader. So removing these foods (sometimes temporarily), can allow the body to heal and reintroduction can be successful.
There are two types of allergy, medically known as IgE and IgG.
The IgE type is the instant, or at least within 2 hours, allergic reaction that can lead to one or more organs becoming inflamed, and in certain cases set up a body wide inflammation or anaphylaxis, which can be fatal, but is actually quite rare.
The other is IgG, and takes place over hours or days after eating the offending food, often going unnoticed. However, it can be painful and though it is not likely to be life threatening is common in nearly half the population today.
IgG antibodies have a long life and are part of the immune system; antibodies remember past infections and protect against reinfection if the body encounters it again.
What are the effects of Food Allergies?
Science is showing that individuals with dermal, neurological, digestive and movement disorders often suffer with IgG food intolerances.
Celiac disease is a diagnosed and lifelong reaction to the gluten in wheat, rye and barley. The wall of the digestive tract is damaged and the ability to absorb nutrients is impaired.
Living with allergies can be very stressful, they can be internal or appear on the skin, affecting appearance sometimes dramatically, either way it can be very debilitating to normal life, and go on to cause depression and anxiety.
Removing foods that are suspect and then noticing how the symptoms change can help to identify the cause. This is a really good way to identify the problem foods. However, elimination diets take a long time, reintroducing the foods one by one, and then sometimes, the diet is void of valuable nutrients unnecessarily, unless you know which ones to focus on. Using a food intolerance test can allow you to remove the problem foods directly and then help you to work towards a solution.
Testing for intolerances
Using a finger prick test, sent to the laboratory is enough to test against an array of the most common foods, and check for any reactions.
This yeast or fungus is very prevalent in the population;when overgrowth happens, can cause quite severe digestive problems which have been connected with problems such as autism, MS, depression and chronic fatigue. If a client has used antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication and steroids the instance of Candida is greatly increased.
As a fungus it can take over large parts of the digestive system causing structural and toxic problems. On entering the blood Candida Albicans can also cause a system wide inflammation which over a long time uses a lot of energy making the host energy depleted and it also reduces nutrient absorption, compounding the effect.
Foods tested for include Dairy, legumes (beans and peas), fruit, fish, nuts and seeds and meat, fowl and grains, bakers/brewer’s yeast, honey, cane sugar, coffee, mushrooms and level and presence of Candida Albicans.
I am offering a Food Sensitivity Panel Test for IgG antibodies. This test tests the main 94 foods and Candida Albicans.
A FREE one hour discussion on your results and a food and diet plan to help you learn how to avoid the problem foods and still eat enough nutrients to be healthy is included in this price, the normal price for this test and consultation would be £250.
I am offering to do the test and consultation for £185
Turnaround from test to results is 2 to 3 weeks. Other tests are available; please ask if you require further information.
Allergy UK Report (2007)," Stolen Lives 3, The Food Allergy and Food Intolerance Report
York Testing Labs, internet; http://www.yorktest.com/food-intolerance-advice/allergy-or-intolerance/?gclid=CIyDgqv3icMCFQiWtAod3lsAzw Accessed Jan 2015
It seems that its well known how diet/lifestyle and emotions are part of developing cancer cells.
"Consider this fact: The lifetime risk of breast cancer for those with the “breast cancer gene” or BRCA1 or 2 is presently 82 percent and increasing every year. Before 1940, the risk of getting cancer for those with the cancer gene was 24 percent. What changed? Our diet, lifestyle, and environment—both physically and emotionally. Might these factors be a better place to look for answers on how to address our cancer epidemic?"
A paragraph from Dr Hyman's blog. He is the chairman of The Functional Medicine Institute in the USA. Read the full blog at: http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/11/06/cancer-new-science-on-how-to-prevent-and-treat-it-a-report-from-tedmed/#close