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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”.
Review or buy this book here:

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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.

Official Government Advice in Holland; Cut Back on Meat for Health Benefits

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As I have repeatedly stated,the connection between our affluent western diet and most of our killer diseases is too well proven not to be dismissed by governments and individuals. Holland has set the pace of change by officially recommending reducing meat consumption and increasing vegetable & fruit consumption. The fuller report can be seen
HERE
Get more detailed information from my website The Food Connection 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

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 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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Does Your Child Mouth Breathe? Why This is a Serious Health Problem.

 

sleeping_babies_with_open_mouth-1680x1050Most parents would rarely notice that their child was a mouth breather and even if they do would not think it mattered much. As long as they are breathing and are healthy that’s all that matters surely?

Well the truth is no! It matters a lot but the unfortunate problem is that you won’t be advised by your GP or dentist otherwise! With rare exceptions I may add.

Problems that may often arise for mouth breathing children include:

Chronic hidden hyperventilation

Crowded teeth & many other orthodontic problems

Poor facial bone development

Repeated throat infections

Asthma in children genetically predisposed

Poor concentration due to brain hypoxia

Behavioural problems associated with the above

A lifetime of many varied health problems if not corrected

See the other blogs relating to some o the above for more detailed information.

Check your child’s breathing today:

1. If a baby, does he or she breathe through the mouth a lot of the time?

2. If an older child see how many steps they can do after a normal out-breath whilst holding their nose and keeping their mouth shut. If they can’t easily manage over 40 steps the chances are they are hyperventilating.

3. For your adult child get them to see how long they can hold their breath for comfortably after a normal out-breath. If they can’t manage more than 30 seconds they have a over-breathing problem that will be adversely affecting their health.

4. Does your child snore in sleep?

Most children can learn to correct their breathing with a little training very quickly and permanently. Contact us for details of distant or face to face training.

 

Hyperventilation: The Tip of The Iceberg

Dr Claud LumDr L Claud Lum 1916-2008

Emeritus Chest Physician Papworth Hospital UK

Under the heading of ”hyperventilation syndrome” standard English texts mention only the classic triad of massive overbreathing, paraesthesiae and tetany: a syndrome well known to any recent graduate but spontaneous tetany is one of the rarest manifestations of hyperventilation and in my experience occurs in about one per cent of cases. This is merely the tip of the iceberg; the body of the iceberg, the ninety nine per cent who do not present in this fashion (and are not accorded the dignity of a mention in any standard
English text), presents a collection of bizarre and often apparently unrelated symptoms, which may affect any part of the body, and any organ or any system. The many organs involved are often reflected in the number of specialists to whom the patient gets referred, and my colleagues have variously dubbed this the “multiple doctor” or the “fat folder syndrome”. Indeed the thickness of the case file is often an important diagnostic clue.

Some of the conditions found associated with hyperventilation are shown below in the
table. Symptoms may show up anywhere, in any organ, in any system; for we are dealing with a profound biochemical disturbance, which is as real as hypoglycemia, and more far-reaching in its effects. Such patients are often pursued relentlessly with every investigative device known to modern science, and end up with the label of “anxiety state” and the implication that they are inadequate or in some way inferior.
They may be advised: “pull yourself together, it’s only your nerves” or possibly a more sympathetic surgeon may be persuaded to tinker with or remove the complaining organ–an organ, which, I may say, is merely protesting against an unbalanced diet deficient in carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, oxygen, and calcium ions: to name but a few of the well -known biochemical disturbances which accompany acute hypocapnia.

Hyperventilation has often been labelled–stigmatized is perhaps a better term–as anxiety
state. I would emphatically disagree with this. Anxiety, in my experience, has usually been the product, not the prime cause. Emotional upset has been the most frequent trigger which has set off the chain of symptoms; the anxiety state seems to have most frequently been engendered by doctors who have failed to recognize the profound biochemical disturbance just outlined. Unfortunately when his many investigations prove negative the patient is left with the belief that he is suffering from something which is beyond modern medical science, or he may begin to question his own sanity. Are these not sufficient
grounds for chronic anxiety?

It has always seemed to me that hyperventilation is essentially a bad habit; a habit of breathing in such a way that the day-to-day level of PCO2 is relatively low. Given this basic bad habit, any physical or emotional disturbance may trigger off a chain reaction of increased ventilation, rapidly producing hypocapnic symptoms, alarm engendered by the symptoms, consequent sympathetic arousal resulting in increased ventilation and increased symptoms.

(Oh yes! Some of the symptoms that you may be treated for with drugs that might be largely due to your over-breathing include: asthma, anxiety, panic attacks, angina, palpitations, hay fever, IBS, hypertension, sleep apnoea, snoring, headaches, migraines, orthodontic problems with young children, ME, tiredness, breathlessness, and more. M.Lingard)

From The Paper by Dr L Claud Lum “HYPERVENTILATION: THE TIP AND THE ICEBERG”
Michael Lingard BSc DO BBEC

Is Your Child Condemned to a Lifetime of Asthma & Drugs?

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Every parent is concerned for the health and well-being of their children, especially if their child has been diagnosed with asthma. Unfortunately even with good medical support most asthmatic children still live a restricted life, they have to be careful playing sport, often have problems near pets, may have low energy and poor sleep and cannot look forward to ever being free of their asthma and the need for medication.

The long-term use of asthma medication has its own health risks that the parent has to balance against the risks of serious asthma attacks; not a situation anyone would like to be in. No alternative approach is offered or suggested by most doctors despite the fact that there are ways to help any asthmatic child become less reliant on drugs and to enjoy a more normal life.

The most well researched and practically proven method is without doubt the Buteyko Method. It is no coincidence that the Buteyko Method is the only system that is endorsed by the British Thoracic Society because of the high quality of clinical research supporting it.

So the dilemma is who does the poor parent believe? Well if you are struggling with this decision perhaps hearing from children themselves might help you consider the Buteyko Method for your child? In Glasgow a number of schools have used the Buteyko Method after years of sustained efforts by a Buteyko Practitioner Jill McGowan working with Paul O’Connell, an Australian Buteyko Practitioner. The results speak for themselves or to be more precise the children who took part speak for themselves. If you have a few minutes to spare listen to their stories for your own child’s sake, there really is a way of improving your child’s asthma they can learn themselves.  Buteyko in Glasgow Schools (Skip the adverts at the beginning)

If you live in Kent or East Sussex why not take advantage of a free consultation and a chance to discuss this further. Book a free introductory appointment with Michael Lingard, phone 01580 752 852 or

e-mail  info@asthmacarekent.co.uk.

Michael Lingard BSc DO BBEC