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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

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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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

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!

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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!

If It’s Got a Face or it came from anything with a face, Don’t Eat It!

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IF IT”S GOT A FACE OR CAME FROM ANYTHING WITH A FACE, DON”T EAT IT!
WHY? Because this is food that has no fibre, no anti-oxidants, low levels of calcium, iron and magnesium but will supply damaging free radicals, a lot of damaging cholesterol and animal protein that stimulates growth of cancer cells.
Don’t eat processed foods.
Why? Because they usually provide highly concentrated calories and low nutrient value using refined sugar, refined flour and oils, extra fats and chemical additives.Not whole food!
This blog is announcing the launch of a new website that could change your life, improve your health and even help you better manage or cure your health problem.Just click HERE to discover the simple secret of “Food as your medicine”
Whether your concern is better general health, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, MS, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diverticulosis or whatever other condition this site brings together some of the world’s leading doctors on the subject of whole planr based diets.
Combine dietary changes to improved breathing (Visit The Breath Connection Website) plus moderate exercise and good body mechanics and you’re heading for a long healthy 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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