Taking Care of your Immune System

The immune system protects us against infection, clears damaged tissue and keeps a constant surveillance of abnormal cells in the body. It needs to be balanced so that it doesn’t get over-vigilant and give an unwanted response to healthy tissue.

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Keep Calm and Carry On

a peaceful, calming view

  The ‘global epidemic’ of the coronavirus is giving the catastrophe-loving press much to get their hands on. There are so many emotive terms flying around the airwaves and on the papers, with very little to keep things in perspective. It can make one feel fearful and anxious. I think today was the first time I heard a voice of reason.

Statistics tell us very little. Nothing is said about the living conditions of those who died, their existing health condition and age. Poor over-crowded, insanitary conditions, inadequate or unhealthy nutrition, all serve to make the very young and the very old more susceptible. As the saying goes “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”.

It is a nasty bug and very contagious, like regular ‘flu, so there is no room for complacency. However, step back from the hyperbole that headlines use to sell their copy. Look around you and take the usual precautions one might adopt during the winter.

Keep warm. Boost your immunity by taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, a lactobacillus supplement (rather than just the probiotic drink) and have 1-3000mg Vitamin C* daily (an orange a day may not give you that amount). Zinc also boosts immunity. Drink up to 2 litres fresh water a day. 

Wash your hands when you return from shopping or travelling/commuting, before preparing food and before eating. 

If you have a cold, stay at home. Don’t go to work and sneeze over everyone, leaving cold germs on every surface you touch. However, I appreciate this is not always possible. If you have to go, be selfish with your symptoms. Catch your sneeze in a tissue and put the tissue in a sealable disposal bag, which you can keep closed during the day. Take the bag home at the end of the day, seal it and put it in the bin. Sanitise your hands as frequently as possible. If you share a computer or other equipment, wipe it over with a disinfectant wipe when you leave it. A fuss I know but it may help you get over your cold more quickly and I’m sure your colleagues will be grateful.

Above all, keep a relaxed and positive outlook on life and avoid the news and papers for a while  – especially in the evening. 

As always, if you are concerned about your condition or the symptoms are worsening and lingering, speak to your Doctor.

*If this level gives you loose poo, cut back the amount to 2,000mg or less until the symptoms stop.

More on Light

natural light
“strip lighting”

More on Light

Last week I listened to a discussion with those people who felt unwell when exposed to fluorescent lights or LED lights. 

Some people are more affected by this phenomenon than others. The exact reasons are not fully understood. However, it is now known that we need to absorb the vibrations from the full spectrum of “observable” light i.e. all the colours of the rainbow or ‘natural light’. These vibrations are absorbed by the eyes and go via the optic nerve directly to the brain. 

Over exposure to artificial light decreases levels of melatonin in the brain, a hormone that is created in the brain by the pineal gland. When interrupted it can impact our mental and psychological functioning, including our ability to sleep and think clearly. The timing and release of hormones and also the regulation of blood pressure is affected. 

In Sweden exposure to natural or full spectrum light for even a portion of the day has been found to be as effective as anti-depressants for the relief of depression during their long, dark winters. The added benefit is that there are no side effects unless you count more energy and a more positive outlook on life.

Fluorescent lights flicker at a very rapid rate, sometimes undiscernible to the conscious mind; sometimes at a rate that is easily observed, which is more unpleasant. Both situations cause headaches, tension, irritability and/or lack of concentration. This becomes significant in large office blocks where people are often a long way from the windows or, even worse, in rooms that have no windows at all. This has to affect motivation, mood and productivity over time. It is something to consider in large workshops, factory assembly spaces and classrooms as well as in our own homes. Is the lighting affecting productivity or contributing to absenteeism and mental health?

LED lights are strange, especially the bright white kinds. They do not so much light a room as remove the darkness. They can be disturbing. The “warm” lights are easier to tolerate. I don’t know what wavelength of light they produce. I wonder what effect the new street lights and car lights have on us? Also, how does the lighting in supermarkets and shopping malls affect those who work there?

Suffice to say that if you feel not quite yourself at work, in your office at home or feel enervated by the dark days of winter, invest is a full-spectrum light. They are available as bulbs to fit into desk lamps or as larger, therapeutic light boxes.

Exposure to full spectrum light can lift mood, increase energy and aid restful sleep and puts less of a strain on the eyes.  A good result from simply replacing a light bulb. Better yet, take a walk outside sometime during the day.

We are on our own now…

Well we are out of the EU now… 

Regardless of personal opinion, whether we think it will be for the best or we think it will be a disaster, as Henry Ford said, we will be right. The attitude we favour will affect the decisions we make, which will affect the outcomes.

It will work for the best if we make it work. The government can do so much, the rest will be up to us. Can we adopt an attitude of co-operation and inclusion? Move from the attitude of the now-proven erroneous “survival of the fittest/me first” to ‘survival of all through knowledge, understanding, help and compassion’? 

These are not soft options but challenging to get right. Decisions still have to be made. But perhaps the criteria for those decisions can be reviewed. How many people will benefit from this course of action? The many or the few? Perhaps too often in business the beneficiaries tend to be just a few people, regardless of the many. 

In a world of diminishing resources and the negative impact human behaviour is having on our planet, our whole philosophy about the way we live needs changing before even more major disasters force reactive change upon us, rather than us having time to respond intelligently to our situation, with consideration for all.

Perhaps we are being put on notice to move from a ‘go getting’ attitude to a ‘go giving’ approach so that the United Kingdom, the planet and her people can prosper.

It is up to us.

More on Vitamin D3

Winter sunshine brightens the flowers and our day, but is not strong enough for our skin to make Vitamin D
  • Vitamin D deficiency is most common in winter, affecting 30-40% of the population, with institutionalised adults being the greatest affected. In addition, many more people have sub-optimal levels of vitamin D.
  • Those at particular risk of vitamin D deficiency include people consuming a vegan diet, people with dark skin, older adults, people who rarely expose their skin outdoors and obese individuals. Children under 5 are also at a higher risk.
  • Vegan sources of vitamin D are in the vitamin D2 form which needs to be converted by the body to vitamin D3. Therefore, it can be difficult for vegans to obtain adequate levels of vitamin D especially during the winter.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is associated with seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D supplementation has been shown to be helpful for these individuals who experience this during the winter months.
  • Vitamin D deficiency also plays a significant role in the onset of many other conditions.*courtesy of Cytoplan.com

Vegan foods containing Vitamin D include mushrooms – portobello, maitake, morrel, button and shiitake are best.

Fortified vegan milks – Some milks may be fortified with D2 which is not so easily absorbed. D3 is easily absorbed.

Tofu and supplements. True vegetable sourced Vit D in supplement form can be obtained from The Vegan Society Certified Vit D3 https://www.gardenoflife.com Please check this company out. I have no experience of them, but they say they extract Vit D from lichens on their website.

Vit D boosts immunity, which is a good thing with the ‘flu ( of various strains) season upon us.

Taking care of our gut biome by topping up friendly bacteria with a supplement of Lactobacillus spp. from reliable firms such as BioCare, Cytoplan and Lamberts, also boosts immunity and digestive health.

orders@cytoplan.co.uk customerservice@biocare-email.co.uk https://www.lambertshealthcare.co.uk

How to get the best from your supplements.

Taking a few nutritional supplements is a good idea, especially if you are unusually busy or feeling stressed. It is not so easy to obtain the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats needed for the body to function optimally from a regular diet. Even less easy when you are so busy that you may skip meals or have a quick, fast food snack on a regular basis.

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How are you building your new future?

rainbows or black clouds?

Are you happy with all the changes in Westminster or not? While some of the outcomes in the next few months and years is a matter of conjecture, the effect all this turbulence will have on our lives, our businesses, our trades is actually up to us. There may be challenges, there may be new opportunities, it is up to us, you, me, your directors, sales people, HR departments whether our business or Practice continues to grow or not.

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Stress and Osteoporosis – might they be linked?

19/07/2019

Osteoporosis or “thinning of the bones” is generally associated with older women who are past the menopause. It is attributed to the loss of oestrogen that occurs at this time.

In my own experience and in line with some of my training, I wonder if long term stress has as much to do with this condition as hormone imbalances? Of course, there are many causes, but for this blog, I want to concentrate on stress. Stress of any kind has a dehydrating effect on the body physiology.

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A few thoughts on allergic reactions

The radio was still on when Jeremy Vine’s show started earlier this week. I don’t really listen to it, but this time he was going to talk about allergies and anaphylactic shock. Very interesting.

You may not have heard it. This reaction is life-threatening and needs to be noticed and action is taken to keep yourself alive.

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Why would I need to know about water crystals​? I’m very busy!

A water crystal exposed to the word Love

In the last post, (which WordPress seems to have swallowed!?), I wrote about how water can hold a pattern in its molecular structure1. The pattern changes, and therefore the molecular structure, according to the sounds directed at the water, which could include various sorts of music, words, prayers, conversations.

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