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Your 2019 Challenge to Save The Planet & Your Health


Your 2019 Challenge to Save The Planet & Your Health
If everyone on the internet joined forces to ensure a healthy planet for future generations it could solve the survival problem that no government dare tackle.

All you need to do is to commit to a changing lifestyle over twelve months – a twelve-step programme, just a month at a time, click HERE for tips!

January: Try to avoid buying anything made of or packed in plastic. HERE

February: Buy local produce wherever possible. HERE

March: Cut back on your consumption of “stuff”. HERE

April: Help plant a hundred trees. HERE

May: Support your local community any way that helps the environment. HERE

June: Cut out all meat, fish and dairy foods from your diet. HERE

July: Conserve fresh water whenever possible, it’s a scarce resource. HERE

August: Make your own health your responsibility. HERE

Sept: Reduce the use of your car by walking more/using public transport. HERE

October: Turn your home thermostat down a few degrees lower. HERE

Nov: Try to reduce food waste to close on nil. HERE

Dec: Switch your car to any that halves your fuel consumption. HERE

If you want to know what the impact of the above would have on the planet’s future survival as a place fit for human habitation read on!

January: Plastics are based on fossil fuel for production and produce an almost permanent environmental pollutant that will take many years to start to rectify. There are biodegradable alternative materials produced from plants.

February: This would both stimulate farmers to shift to plant food production for humans, reduce the vast energy consumption involved in shipping food to and from warehouses and from abroad.

March: We all are encouraged to consume or buy far more material things than we really need, we need to remind ourselves that every article represents a substantial use of the earth’s scarce resources.

April: With the estimated 4 billion internet users worldwide this would produce 400 billion trees, the most efficient carbon dioxide consumers would remove around 8 billion tons of CO2 per year, that would help balance the residual fossil fuel use. Global production of CO2 from transport is about this quantity.

May: There is a close connection between the health of the planet, the health of individuals and the health of a community. By building stronger communities we would be find mutual support in building a sustainable future for our only planet, the earth.

June: This alone would cut greenhouse gases by between 25 – 50%, stop the loss of the earth’s lungs – the rainforests, reduce the need for food production by 75%, with the right distribution system ensure adequate food for everyone, improve the health of everyone, reduce the incidence of chronic diseases, reduce the pollution of coastal waters from agricultural medicine run-off and animal waste, permit the regrowth of our fauna and flora, especially endangered species, and much more. Currently estimates suggest between 50 – 75% of all grain and pulses go to feed animals!

July: Fresh water will be more valuable than oil in a few years time. Sources of fresh water are increasingly being depleted due to pollution or over exploitation. Producing animal and dairy foods is a major reason for this.

August: If you have already shifted your diet to a whole plant diet and are getting more exercise walking you are well on the way to meeting this challenge.

September: This will go towards the August challenge; taking more responsibility for your health.

October: Just a few degrees drop will save you over a hundred pounds a year and reduce the consumption of energy nationally.

November: Currently we waste over a third of our food. That would feed most of the undernourished or starving throughout the world.

December: Today there is no technological reason why we cannot produce cars that will give over 100 miles per gallon; even this would make a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. This needs to be the most important criteria for car purchase, not its sporty performance.

Michael Lingard BSc. DO. WPNCert.

Orthopath Buteyko Educator Plantrician
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa & The Thirty Second Pelvic Exercise


After thirty-five years in practice it struck me that I didn’t know why the vast majority of my patients presented with the same structural problem, a pelvis with a torsion anterior right & posterior left.
It was then that I thought about Pisa’s leaning tower.
If the builder had notice the first signs of leaning soon after the construction he could have advised the mayor of Pisa to send out a bunch of strong citizens every day with long poles to push it back, in which case there might never have been a tourist attraction three hundred years on! A decade or two ago engineers started doing just that; not with poles but hydraulic rams!
So maybe it was gravity that was causing this torsion?
But why was it always the same way? Was it because of the asymmetry of a heavy liver compared with lighter organs on the left? I thought I had the reason, but then couldn’t understand why most people in under-developed countries had good posture and not much work for an osteopath, yet they had the same internal organs!
I had to find another explanation.
We humans are upright and most would agree that is what is special about humans.
There are two forces acting on us all that achieve this; “gravity” that is heavy, dark, grave and pulls us down, and an opposing force, shall we call it “levity”, that is light, uplifting, and happy that lifts us upwards. Some would call the latter spirit or positive emotions. If gravity is stronger than levity we are bowed down, if levity is stronger than gravity we are no longer grounded and have our heads in the clouds, but when balanced we are upright and balanced.
To finish the concept let’s assume gravity is an anti-clockwise torsional force
and the levity a clockwise torsional force.

Thus in the West the gravity being stronger than our levity (because of stress of finance, work, environment, consumerism, etc.) we develop the anterior torsion of the pelvis, and once started gravity takes over just like the Pisa Tower. In less developed societies levity is stronger and maintains their good posture.
Could I find anything to substantiate this hypothesis?
To try to put an observation to this concept I noticed that everyone has a clockwise hair growth, could this be due to the torsional levity force?
How could we increase our levity force in the West?
This could be a tough challenge for most practitioners but maybe teaching patients to breathe better would reduce the effects of stress and make a difference. We can’t be stressed if we breathe calmly.
If patients are not interested in sorting out their stress, how else could we help?
From the Pisa problem I hit on an exercise to help eliminate them developing a pelvic torsion.
I decided to try to help them with a very simple thirty second exercise, despite the fact I find exercises are boring and rarely recommend them except in a very small percentage of patients. I guessed a thirty-second exercise couldn’t be too boring!
The Thirty Second Pisa Pelvic Exercise
The exercise involves lying on your back, taking hold of your right knee and pulling with both hands towards your chest sufficient to stretch the posterior ligaments on your pelvis for just thirty seconds then release. End of exercise! I began by trying this on myself and have maintained a level pelvis this way for over ten months, which is good for me. No adverse side effects, except it might affect your business adversely as patients are able to go longer between treatments! Simple to do in bed or lying in your bath, so why not try it yourself and even tell your patients about it, I do?
Remember this is intentionally an asymmetric exercise, just on the right side.
Who knows, perhaps from an osteopathic standpoint if we can keep our pelvis from torsioning mechanically; as “structure governs function”, it should even help us increase our levity!!

Michael Lingard BSc. DO. BBEC. Cert WPN. M.DOC Orthopath

What You Eat Affects How You Breathe & How You Breathe Affects What You Eat!

“We are what we eat!” & “Breathing is the most important activity in our life.” are two facts we cannot dismiss but did you know that what you eat will change the way you breathe and how you breathe will change the food you eat?
This is the conclusion I have reached after gathering a sample of over a hundred of my patients over the past year. It came as a surprise to me even though I have been working in the field of breath training for over fifteen years as a Buteyko Educator and as a Whole Plant Nutritionist for the last two years.
Since a poor diet can lead to many modern diseases from Allergies to Cancers and poor breathing is a major factor in the development of Asthma, Hypertension, Panic attacks, ME, Heart problems, Gut problems and many more conditions, even orthodontic problems, this link between the two needs far more attention. To explain the physiological connection between poor diet and poor breathing is easy; a diet comprised of too much meat, dairy, soft drinks, processed foods often leads to metabolic acidosis (the body becomes too acid) & to correct this the body can either draw calcium from your bones or cause you to hyperventilate to get rid of carbon dioxide to neutralize the acidity. Thus it is important when teaching people to breathe normally and stop hyperventilating to ensure they are eating a good diet.
The connection between good breathing and diet is more subtle; when we breathe normally the body is optimally oxygenated and we are usually calm and free of stress, this appears to cause us to be more thoughtful of what we eat and we tend not to snack on junk foods.
The chart below shows my most recent results of this research. You can easily check your own stats by visiting and go to “Check your own breathing” to get your Control Pause CP on the chart. Go to either and go to “Check your own diet with the 4LeafSurvey” or

The Greatest Threat to Your Life & the Planet – Livestock!


1. Over consumption of meat, fish and dairy produce is the main contributor to modern diseases; heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, strokes, obesity etc.
2. To meet the escalating demand livestock farming has gone industrial, factory farming is the main source of meat.
3. The environment is being destroyed by deforestation & soil erosion (to grow crops for meat production or to graze animals), rivers and oceans are being polluted with waste from factory farms and run off from intensive agriculture .
4. Fresh water shortages already a major consequence; it takes 3,000 gallons of water to produce the meat for one hamburger, and up to a 1,000 gallons for a quart of milk, 600 gallons to produce a pound of cheese. It is estimated that 70% of all water used in western states of America is used raising animals for food.
5. Depletion of fossil fuels, production of animal foods is a major consumer of oil supplies; animal produce needs over twenty times the energy input compared with plant food to produce the same calorific output.
6. Antibiotic resistant bacteria developing as a result of excessive and routine use of antibiotics in factory farming.
7. It takes sixteen pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat, more than 70% of grain grown in the west is fed to livestock.
8. All the above is serious enough without the moral and ethical problem of treating fellow mammals and other sentient animals as mere material to be processed for our unnecessary eating pleasure.
9. Famine and malnutrition is a major killer in the world despite an abundance of food being produced since much of this is fed to livestock rather than people.
10. There is an unspoken alliance between many commercial interests to pursue profit rather than provide for a healthier world. This includes, industrialised farming, the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance industry and indeed much of the health industry that would cease to thrive with a healthier population.

Only a progressive shift in our eating habits, from high meat, fish, poultry and dairy towards a plant based diet can reduce the deaths from chronic diseases and world famine.
Current trends show an increasing shift towards more animal food based eating habits as people become more affluent, an un-sustainable road to global disasters that our grandchildren will have to suffer.
The solution is education of school children, adults, doctors and our leaders about the above, and what is on your fork at your next meal.

Visit for more information or if you are really interested in a healthy society & planet read “Connection” by Michael Lingard available from www.Amazon.co.uk, www.Lulu.com/spotlight/lingard or direct from www.TotalHealthMatters.co.uk.

Connection – Discover How You & Your Health are Connected to, well, Everything!


After over a century of reductionism in medicine we need to relearn how our health and wellbeing are connected to the functioning of our body mechanics, the food we eat, the way we breathe, our mental state, our family and community life, the environment we live in and much more. We need to restore “Wholism ” or “Holism” to our teaching and practice of medicine if we are ever to have a sustainable health service. “Connection” by Michael Lingard gives a brief insight and practical advice as to how we can start to regain a deeper understanding of health and sickness that goes beyond “Pill for Every Ill”.
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or from Amazon.co.uk <HERE> or direct from the Author, contact by email: lingard@totalhealthmatters.co.uk.
Visit our website for more information and details of “The Real Health Assessment” as a pdf to download HERE . This Health Assessment is aimed at checking the key factors that lay the foundation for your health: your body structure, your diet, your breathing and your stress unlike standard Health Assessments that are designed to identify pathologies; you can usually get the medical tests from your doctor if necessary free of charge on the NHS.

Doctors: Transform your practice from “disease” care to “health” care.

Plant-based Nutrition Quick Start Guide

Designed to serve as a road map for patients or clients desiring to exercise greater control over their health through their dietary lifestyle, the PBN Quick Start Guide is filling the void! Many doctors in the USA & Canada are saying that this is “the best” educational resource they’ve ever encountered for their practices! Click here for PDF copy.

The study of disease, or pathology, has been the mainstay of modern medicine and we have become very skilled in identifying and naming more and more diseases, most of which could be eliminated or at least less prolific through the study and application of health promotion or ethology. The evidence is now available to show this is true. Remember the evidence that tobacco was a killer was available for decades before the medical profession accepted it, do we need to wait another fifty years before everyone is aware that diet and lifestyle are the main factors of health or disease?

Much of this information has been gathered on the TotalHealthMatters! website: HERE

2017 marks the launch of our Real Health Assessment, download pdf: The Real Health Assessmentplantdiet

Health Without Medicine!

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Nothing is new in this world! The great question that we all have to address today is a life changing question:

“Is there really a pill for every ill or can we all learn how to live a healthy life with the right guidance and support?”

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. “- Thomas A. Edison. 1847-1931

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein. 1879-1955

” Example is not the main thing in influencing others; it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965

” It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” – Albert Einstein 1847-1931

“The most powerful way to restore health is often to do nothing- intelligently.” – Dr. Alec Burton 1930-2016

“There is a Ministry of Health, and the Department of Health. Surely, in the long view, this should be The Ministry, and Department of Public Happiness?” – Lord Horder 1871-1955

“One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient, is in caring for the patient” Dr. Francis W Peabody 1881-1927

I am just one among the many thousands of individuals, either medically trained or general members of the public interested in enjoying a long, active and healthy life who are trying to take more responsibility for their own health and well being.

My small contribution is based on trying to distill the essence of many great minds who have studied health and its origins in the past; much of this is on my website HERE that I hope will be of value to others on this quest.
This year we have launched “The Real Health Assessment” Download a pdf leaflet HERE

The Great Asthma Debate Continues on and on……..

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British Thoracic Society
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Global Initiative for Asthma

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

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

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. (Middlemore & Green Hospitals March 25th 2007) “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 4. 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.
From SIGN 153 2016 “British Guideline on the management of asthma” Section:6.2.13
BREATHING EXERCISES
Behavioural programmes centred on breathing exercises and dysfunctional breathing reduction techniques (including physiotherapist-delivered breathing programmes such as the Papworth method, and the Buteyko method) can improve asthma symptoms, quality of life and reduce bronchodilator requirement in adults with asthma, although have little effect on lung function.
These techniques involve instruction by a trained therapist in exercises to reduce respiratory rate, minute volume and to promote nasal, diaphragmatic breathing. Trials that include more than five hours of intervention appeared more likely to be effective. They can help patient’s experience of their condition and quality of life although do not affect lung function or airways inflammation. They should ideally be provided as part of integrated medical care.
Surely as an asthma sufferer if you could a)Reduce your asthma symptoms, including breathlessness, b) Reduce the incidence of attacks and /or have better warning of them, c) Reduce the amount of reliever medication by up to 90%, d) Reduce the amount of steroid or preventer medication on average by 50%, e) generally improve your quality of life , f) suffer fewer chest infections as you learn to use your natural defence system- nose breathing, would you be very upset that your peak flow measures had not improved greatly? Remember the Peak Flow Meter is perhaps unique among scientific measuring instruments; the forced breathing always affects the lung function by causing constriction of the airways. Many asthmatics performing this strange test have severe coughing bouts or even an asthma attack!
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 more information visit: TotalHealthMatters!, ButeykoKent or AsthmaCareKent

Cutting out a sausage a day for a long and healthy life!

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It may seem a simple substitution, but exchanging just a small amount of processed red meat for plant protein reduces the risk of early death by 34 per cent. Ditching bacon and eggs could also extend life, the study suggests.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital followed more than 130,000 people for 36 years, monitoring their diet, lifestyle, illness and mortality.
For a man, they found that switching 19g of animal protein – the equivalent of a sausage or a few slices of bacon – for nuts, vegetables or wholegrains significantly cut the risk of early death. A woman needs to exchange just 15g for the same effect. Substituting eggs for plant protein also led to a 19 per cent reduction in the risk of early death.
In contrast, raising the animal protein share of calories by 10 per cent led to a two per cent higher risk of death from any cause and an eight per cent greater chance of dying from a heart problem.
“Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes,” said lead scientist Dr Mingyang Song, from Massachusetts General Hospital.
“While previous studies have primarily focused on the overall amount of protein intake – which is important – from a broad dietary perspective, the particular foods that people consume to get protein are equally important.

“Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices.”
Animal protein foods include all types of meat, fish, eggs and dairy products such as milk and cheese. Plant sources of protein include cereals, beans, nuts, legumes, soya and bread.
The risk was more pronounced among people who were obese, had a history of smoking, drank heavily and who did little exercise.
Among the healthiest participants, the association disappeared – possibly because health-conscious people tended to eat more fish and poultry rather than red and processed meat, said the researchers.
Prof Tim Key, director of Oxford University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit, said the findings showed th
at cutting out processed meat was crucial to good health.
“Overall, the study adds to the view that healthy diets should emphasise plant foods, including plant sources of protein, and that intakes of animal source foods – especially processed meat – should be low,” he said.
The researchers analysed data covering more than 3.5 million years of human life for the study. The findings were reported in the journal Jama Internal Medicine.
Visit our website to have access to much more detailed research data and great videos by leading Doctors in the USA who are prescribing a change of diet in preference to drugs. Click HERE te to go straight to Your Own Diet Analysis based on the eCornell University 4Leaf Survey.

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