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The Real Health Assessment

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Most health checks are focused on pathology, screening for diseases or markers for possible future health problems and little information or advice is offered the client on health promotion and possible therapies that would help them.
Our Health Assessment is primarily designed to identify areas of your lifestyle that you can change to improve your health and fitness and to reduce the chances of serious diseases in the future.
Doctors are not trained in health promotion; most of their training being devoted to pathology and medical treatment with drugs or surgery; it is this neglected area of healthcare that we focus upon.
“Health promotion” is about far more than simply the prevention of disease or sickness. It seeks to give individuals the kind of health and zest most of us only experienced when we were very young.
There is a widespread view that we should all feel less healthy as we get older but this is not necessarily true, some of my “youngest” patients are in their eighties!
So what is so different?
We check your mechanics, the Body Connection.
We check your diet, the Food Connection.
We check your breathing, the Breath Connection
We check your stress, the Mind Connection.
You then will receive practical advice in a report as to what you can do yourself to improve your health and reduce the risk of future serious diseases based on the best research information currently available.
Download our leaflet HERE

Confused what to eat?

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After years of confusion as to what is good to eat, I have at last found advice based on hard facts and sound research.

I have avoided giving any advice on diet for the thirty odd years practicing in health care because of the conflicting messages sent out by government, dieticians, nutritionists and most experts in this field.
One year, butter is good for you, then it’s don’t eat butter use margarine based on vegetable oils, then it’s back to butter. Maybe someone found a research paper proving parsnips are carcinogenic, so we’d better stop eating them….. and so on.
This all changed when I first read the book “The China Study“, here was information on diet based on over fifty years of research and the largest epidemiological study in the world, involving amongst many others 800 million Chinese!
This led me to taking the eCornell University training course on Plant Based Nutrition. I was so convinced by the accumulated evidence that I launched my website The Food Connection and recently published my small book “The Food Connection”, that gives a very brief synopsis of all this work; obtainable on my website or from Lulu.com

If you want to learn more about this revolution in dietary thinking I would highly recommend you get to the lecture by Dr. Greger, a leading researcher in this field, coming from America for a lecture tour in the UK.
His lecture is entitled, “Uprooting The UK’s Leading Causes of Death” and will be first held in London on the 28th April 2016 at The Greenwood Theatre, Kings College, London 55 Weston Street SE1 3RA. Admission by booking only.
Contact for ticket HERE

IMPORTANT WARNING: You may not like to hear the facts about nutrition and your health but people didn’t want to hear the facts about smoking half a century ago, don’t let us wait so long this time!

Could it be Your Back that’s causing your Health Problem?

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Did you know that all your internal organs, your heart, stomach, kidneys, bladder, liver etc. get their nerve supply from your spine? Did you realise that if you have a restriction or minor problem in your back it may be causing or at least contributing to your internal problem? If you didn’t you are in good company as many doctors ignore this vital connection too often. In fact this connection was the foundation of osteopathy and chiropractic therapy over a century ago but over the years we have come to disregard the mechanical relationship and rely more and more on medication to deal with our health problems. As usual life is a bit more complicated than this and if we are seriously interested in the origins or a health problem we must check out the individual’s structure, their diet, their breathing, their stress and emotional state, their work and general physical activity. Much of this is not given adequate attention in modern medicine that seeks to diagnose the pathology then treat it with medication or surgical procedures. The chart above is your guide to how your health may be affected by problems in your back and if you want to learn more about the other factors visit “www.totalhealthmatters.co.uk” to learn about “the Body Connection” ,”The Food Connection”, “The Breath Connection> and “The Mind Connection”

TotalHealthMatters! Health Workshops for 2016

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A series of Health Lifestyle Workshops are planned for 2016 held on the first Thursday evening of each month from February at 6pm to 7.30pm at TotalHealthMatters!, Hawkhurst, Kent.
Each workshop is designed to give you the information needed to help yourself to better health by learning more about each topic from body mechanics to mind training and by giving you practical advice you can use in your everyday life.
This is a great opportunity to learn from three very experience health workers with over seventy years combined practice supporting their work.
It is also an introduction to tomorrow’s healthcare, based on health promotion, holism and sound scientific research.
Your understanding of the driving forces for a long healthy life will not only benefit yourself but all your family and friends with this added knowledge and experience you will derive rom these workshops.
Book the whole series of eight at the discounted fee of £295 or select the individual workshops that interest you the most, at £45 each. Spaces are limited to only ten participants per workshop but if a space is not available you may be added to a priority waiting list for future workshops.
The Full Course (Eight workshops over eight months) view HERE
The individual workshops are shown below:
The Body Connection Part One HERE
The Body Connection Part Two HERE
The Food Connection Part One HERE
The Food Connection Part Two HERE
The Breath Connection Part One HERE
The Breath Connection Part Two HERE
The Mind Connection Part One HERE
The Mind Connection Part Two HERE

Food For Thought!

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Would you like to:

Live a longer healthy life, Look and feel younger, Have more energy, Lose weight, if you’re overweight, Lower your blood cholesterol, Prevent or even reverse heart disease, Lower your risk of prostate, breast or other cancers, Preserve your eyesight in your later years, Prevent and treat diabetes, Avoid surgery in many instances, Vastly decrease the need for pharmaceutical drugs, Keep your bones strong, Avoid impotence, Avoid a stroke, Prevent kidney stones, Keep your baby from getting Type 1 diabetes, Alleviate constipation, Lower your blood pressure, Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease, Beat arthritis, And much more…..?

If there was a new drug we could take to promise all the above it would be an immediate best seller and make the producer a fortune. Sadly the best the drug companies can offer are pills that may help one or two of the above but with the cost of the usual undesirable side-effects.

All the evidence of over forty years of research and the study of the lifestyles of hundreds of millions of people across the world suggests we may not need a drug at all but simply to change the food we eat along with a few other simple lifestyle changes to achieve the same results. No need for supplements, special diets, pills or herbals no extra shopping costs or expensive professional consultations. The super healthy life advice free for everyone who wants it!

Just click HERE to begin the journey to a healthier , longer and better life.

We love a toxic diet, over health and longevity.

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We are not talking about heavy metals, food additives, herbicides or pesticides, although it’s obvious they don’t improve our health, but four common food elements in most daily diets.
The first may come as a shock to many of you as we have been encouraged by high authorities to consume plenty of it for our health; it is protein! The truth is, backed by considerable research over the past 40 years, is that once we have consumed our daily requirement (about only one or two ounces per day) the excess has to be eliminated by the body via our liver and kidneys whilst producing acid that has to be neutralised with calcium taken from our bones and by increasing our breathing to remove carbon dioxide as a second way of reducing the body acidity.Each time we double our protein intake we increase the amount of calcium excreted in the urine by 50% increasing the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones. The second food element is fat, excess fat in our diet is readily stored by the body in liver, heart and muscles all contributing to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. This is over and above the health hazard of increased body weight and obesity. Our third element of our food that is almost exclusively found in animal based foods and is not a required nutrient for our body (we can make all we need ourselves)is cholesterol. Unfortunately we cannot easily eliminate this from our body and the excess tends to accumulate in our skin, tendons and arteries where it is major contributor to vascular diseases of the heart and brain, leading to heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.This has however laid the foundation for a multi billion dollar industry for the drug companies who offer cholesterol lowering drugs to solve the problem. The fourth element in our diet that creates health problems is methionine a sulphur containing amino acid found in large quantities in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese.Its metabolism in the body increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, arterial diseases of the legs, blood clots in the veins , dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.The added production of sulphuric acid also leaches out calcium from the bones increasing the risk of kidney stones. Finally dietary acid are the common element of animal based foods that add to calcium loss from our bones excreted in our urine.
The table below gives comparative levels of these food elements in animal based foods versus plant based foods.
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Visit The Food Connection website HERE to 1. Assess your own diet with the “4Leaf Survey” HERE and 2. To check where you are on the health risk graph and 3. To watch some of the leading doctors in the USA on video’s embedded in this site. P.S. You will also see how changing our diet will benefit the planet for future generations (click on Environmental destruction on the site map)
Finally, don’t shoot the messenger! Just start to make the steady shift from “meat & two veg*’ towards “less meat and more veg” for a longer healthier life!

The Basics of Stress Management with The Buteyko Method

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Occasionally it is a good exercise to try to condense a big idea into a few lines. We have E=mc2 (A. Einstein), “Structure governs function (A T Still- Osteopathy), “Eat a Whole Plant Diet” (Dr C Campbell), “The perfect man breathes as though he is not breathing” (Lao Tzu) so here is a slightly longer summary of the amazingly powerful Buteyko Method.

The Basics of Better Breathing & Better Health

1. The first step is learning the fact that most of us suffer some degree of CHHV or chronic hidden hyperventilation, over-breathing in simple terms.
2. Secondly CHHV makes us ill! Anything from low energy, poor sleep to serious health problems such as asthma, hypertension, sleep apnoea or panic attacks.
3. Most of us arrived at this state because of the many stressful events in our lives, emotional, physical, illnesses, chemical or whatever. Any stress triggers a primitive response called the “Fight or Flight Syndrome” that once protected us from sabre toothed tigers but today is not so useful and more often has an adverse effect on our health.
4. The Fight or Flight response produces over a thousand physiological changes in our bodies preparing us for emergency action, all but three of these responses we have little or no control over, histamine, adrenaline, corticosteroid production etc.
5. We can however take conscious control over three of them; our muscle tension, our breathing and our mental tension.
6. The neat thing is that once we start to take control over muscle tension, mental tension and our breathing all the others are reduced.
7. There is a very detailed physiological explanation for the benefits of better breathing that you can learn about later. Right now all you need to know is that CHHV causes us to lose carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide far from being the deadly gas many of us have been led to believe, it is the essential stuff of all living things, we would be dead without it! We need around 6% in our bodies to function well)
8. Carbon dioxide is so important to our life our breathing is governed by the level of carbon dioxide in our blood, and not oxygen. Receptors in the brain measure the level of carbon dioxide and adjust our breathing accordingly, if too much we are made to breathe more to “wash out” the excess, if too low we are made to breathe less to conserve it.
9. With CHHV our receptors have been set at too low a level of carbon dioxide and much of the breath training will be to correct this, returning them to normal.
10. Low carbon dioxide levels cause: a) Spasm of smooth muscle wrapped around all hollow organs in our body, blood vessels, airways, bladder, gut, etc. b) The blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to all our tissues is impaired and c) the pH, or acid/alkalinity of the body is changed affecting every chemical reaction in our bodies adversely.
11. There are many other effects associated with poor breathing but you can learn about them later.
12. So to correcting your breathing, if you need to! First you need a measure of your breathing. This is based on two very simple checks you do yourself, namely, the control pause and pulse measurements.
13. The control pause (CP) is a measure of your maximum COMFORTABLE breath hold in seconds after a normal exhalation while at rest. Effectively it measures how well your body is oxygenated, if you’re well oxygenated you don’t need another breath for a some time, if very poorly oxygenated you will want to take the next breath almost immediately.
14. The Pulse is measured on your wrist or neck by counting the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiplying by 4 to give number of beats per minute.
15. The table below gives a rough guide as to how good or bad your breathing is related to your CP, your pulse may add more information about this.

Control Pause CO2 Your Breathing State
45-60 seconds 5 – 6 % Excellent normal breathing.
35-45 seconds 4.5 – 5% Good but slight over-breathing
25-35 seconds 4 – 4.5% Moderate hyperventilation
20-25 seconds 3.5 – 4% High hyperventilation affecting your health
15-20 seconds 3 – 3.5% Serious hyperventilation
10-15 seconds 2.5 – 3% Severe hyperventilation
< 10 seconds < 2.5% Critically poor breathing As you improve your breathing you will find your CP increases and your pulse decreases for a while until your normal base level pulse rate is reached. Start Training:

Disclaimer: Please note, breathing has a powerful effect on our entire body and therefore any exercises should be done with caution. If you have a history of any serious condition including, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, psychotic conditions, severe asthma, etc. you are advised to only do breath training with the support and supervision of your doctor health professional or Buteyko Educator. This also applies to anyone with a CP of under 15 seconds.
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Why you should eat your greens as Mum said!

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Plants are amazing! They do something we can’t do. Every day of their lives they perform what seems an almost nuclear energy process as routine. They combine the common gas, carbon dioxide, with water using high energetic photons to make carbohydrates, the stem, leaves & fruit of the plant!
CARBON DIOXIDE + WATER = CARBOHYDRATES PLUS ?

The huge old oak tree in the field is made almost entirely from water and the carbon dioxide exhaled by animals and people over the years. This amazing alchemy comes at a price however.
The plants use high energetic light photons in this process that result in dangerous, potentially damaging, waste particles called “free radicals” that can destroy the plant.

FREE RADICALS CAN DAMAGE YOUR DNA & ALL BODY CELLS

Fortunately for the plants they have evolved over millions of years their own protection against these harmful particles. They produce a whole range of chemicals called anti-oxidants that can mop up the free radicals and make them harmless. They produce far more than they need for their own protection. That’s how they have survived to now.

FREE RADICALS ARE NEUTRALISED BY ANTIOXIDANTS

Animals, and that includes us humans, also produce these damaging free radicals throughout their lives, it is just one of the side effects of their metabolism, body chemistry and other chemical stressors. However animals don’t produce those protective agents like the plants in any significant quantities.
When the cow or sheep eats grass or other plant food the surplus antioxidants in the plants mop up the free radicals in the animal, the plants not only provide the animal’s food for energy and growth but also provide this remarkable protection against the harmful effects of free radicals. If we eat only animal food that contains little or no antioxidants and often a fair amount of free radicals we no longer get the protection of the antioxidants and are at risk of damage to our DNA and all other cellular structures.

BY EATING PLANTS WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THIS SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD

This is why we should eat our greens like Mum told us!
A whole plant diet will give us that extra protection and all the nutrition we need without the risk of adding more dangerous free radicals from animal based food to our own natural load, but that’s another story! You can get more on this from “The China Study” by Colin Campbell, an excellent book to make us all think again about our eating habits.

Stress Management – On Your Smartphone

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Stress Management can be literally in your hands today!

There are many systems and methods promoted to take control of stress in our lives, usually involving training courses away from the workplace at inconvenient times.

We at The Breath Connection have developed an App for smartphone or computers, the “MyButeyko  App” that you can use to train yourself to reduce the impact of all stresses you meet in your life.

The common factor that accompanies stressful situations is the triggering of the fight or flight response. This primitive automatic response puts the body on high alert physically and mentally ready to deal with the potential life threatening event. Usually the event is not in the least life threatening but our body does not take the risk and assumes any trigger could be a danger. The fight or flight response can cause over a thousand physiological changes in our bodies and most of them we have little or no control over such as release of adrenaline, increased histamine production, increased output of corticosteroids, increased sweating, raised blood pressure, suppressed immune system, etc. However, there are three reactions we can take conscious control over with practice and they are: muscle tension, mental tension and breathing.

By progressively learning to reduce muscle and mental tension and our breathing rate all the other physiological reactions are also reduced, so damping down the effect of any stress. Your training can be done wherever you are, on your smartphone or on a computer, each exercise may take less than ten minutes and is recorded on your smartphone.

If you are connected to a MyButeyko Registered educator they will immediately be able to see your results and feedback support and comments. You will also be able to track your progress yourself on a graph on your phone. Although you may use the app alone for training  we recommend you connect with  a qualified Buteyko Educator to receive support and monitoring to ensure rapid progress.

Go to our website HERE to learn more and to download the free MyButeyko App.

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The Great Asthma Debate

There are many questions that need answers for all those millions diagnosed with asthma.

Fact: both these respected organisations below have endorsed the breath training as an important aid to asthma management because of the high grade clinical research.

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THE BRITISH THORACIC SOCIETY

 

 

GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR ASTHMA

Question 1. What is asthma?

as strange as it may seem this is still an area of debate. In 2006 an article in the Lancet discussed this very point “A plea to abandon asthma as a disease concept” and recent research has indicated that up to 40% of those diagnosed with asthma should not be and should not be on the medication prescribed. “Asthma” seems to have become a “popular” diagnosis.

Question 2. Is current treatment working?

With over 5 million people in the UK alone diagnosed with asthma, approximately 1 in 13 adults and 1 in 8 children, the incidence is increasing. There are over 1,200 deaths from asthma each year just in the UK and up to 86% of those could be avoided according to recent research. It is unusual to find any class in any school without three or four children with asthma inhalers, thirty years ago there might have been just half a dozen in the whole school. What has caused this increase?

Question 3. Could emergency admissions to hospital be reduced?

Most emergency hospital admissions of asthma patients may be because of poor compliance  with their treatment, failure to recognise just how serious their breathing was in time to take early action, lack of out off hours help from their GP surgeries or a widespread ignorance of how to help themselves.

Question 5. Is there anything asthma sufferers can help themselves to manage the condition?

The answer to this question is a categorical “Yes!” The vast majority of asthma sufferers can be taught better management of their asthma in a matter of days using breath training, better breath monitoring and simple lifestyle changes. Not only are they on average able to safely reduce their reliever medication by up to 90% and preventer medication by up to 50% but they enjoy less wheezing, less coughing, better sleep and overall better QOL. Even more importantly the fact that they learn to monitor their asthma more efficiently and can seek additional medical attention before an emergency strikes, the risk of death could be dramatically reduced.

If there was one more point to encourage our overstrained NHS to adopt breath training for asthmatics it would be the enormous potential saving on drugs, medical consultations, hospital admissions, economic loss to the country of days off work not to mention the improved quality of life for the patients. Two GP’s did trial the Buteyko Method training for a group of their asthma patients and claimed to have saved the NHS thousands of pounds a year. The best estimates at present would suggest up to half a billion pounds a year savings that could be better spent elsewhere in the NHS. £500,000,000 savings is a small price to pay to overcome deep seated prejudices  and poor health outcomes. We would have though that NICE would take greater interest unless there are vested interests that can apply pressure? The pharmaceutical industry perhaps, who could lose a large percentage of their income from asthma drugs?

For a much broader picture of the impact of breathing on our health generally, visit HERE

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