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Health Confusions – A thought…

I stopped by my local coffee shop this morning to grab a Flat White before my working day began. Whilst I was waiting for it to be made I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation at a nearby table.

An elderly gentleman was explaining to his friends at the table that he had read in the paper last week that drinking up to six cups of coffee a day are good for you and can help prevent cancer and heart disease amongst other things.

What struck me about this was not the subject matter he was talking about – though if I had six cups of coffee a day I’d be zipping around faster than roadrunner – but the fact he had garnered this snippet of information from a newspaper.

These little gems of health information are drip fed to us regularly in the media – presumably because they have nothing important to write about and to my mind they are responsible for confusing people about how to maintain health.

In the last few months in my health food shop in Garstang I have seen demand suddenly rise then fall after a while for kefir (it is good for your gut and immune system) and inulin (it helps you sleep) – we had inulin last year too as it helps burn off brown fat! I won’t bore you with the details about that but the information is out there if you want to find it.

Before that it was raspberry ketones for weight loss! All these trends come and go over a few months as people look for a magic bullet to help their health improve. It is human nature to look for the easy options and a magic pill is so tempting to many of us but I have news for you….there is no magic bullet. There is no magic pill that will give you extraordinary good health all your life.

In my opinion much of this idea stems from the pharmaceutical industry who by stealth have brainwashed us into thinking our health is maintained by taking pills. It is not. They have bought up our healthcare systems and turned them into massive dispensing systems for countless drugs handed out without thought or logic.

A simple example of this is that millions of people are given anti inflammatory drugs when they have an injury. So let’s unravel the almost pavlovian response from many people to take such a drug when they have pain:

First of all, what is acute inflammation? It is a rapid response by your body to an injury – it causes swelling, immobility, redness, heat and pain – but why does it do this? Simple – the acute inflammatory response happens to heal your injury, yes, that’s right, it is a HEALING response. Which begs the question…if acute inflammation heals you why on earth would you take an anti inflammatory that actually suppresses your body’s attempts at fixing you. There is no logic in doing this and in my experience, repeatedly suppressing your body in this way leads to worse trouble down the line such as damaged joints, weakened soft tissues and chronic pain. However, it is inconvenient to think of it like this so we are fed the message that pain is bad so get rid of the pain with a pill.

Yet pain is our friend…just look at the terrible condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) where children with this problem will eat scalding hot food or bite off their own tongue! Pain protects us so look for WHY you have pain and get it fixed if you can.

Sadly, because of media bombardments and misleading advertising along with a medical system that focuses on disease, we are left without any sense of how to maintain health and look for snippets of miracle cures in the media.

But good health is not a pill – it is a way of life – actually a pleasurable way of life. Take joy in cooking real food from raw, high quality organic ingredients. Ensure you have a balanced diet (and yes, CBD undoubtedly has a role to play in a balanced diet) Exercise and stretch your body every day and laugh a lot! Ensure your relationships are based on mutual respect and love and live in a clean environment. You own the keys to your health, not snippets in newspapers or pills from drug companies.

Enjoy your days

Nick Tofalos

Our First Blog…

Welcome to CBD One and welcome to my little blog! Every month or so I shall endeavour to discuss the wider aspects of maintaining good health. From the myths and deliberate misinformation of some mainstream thinking to the more natural view of how your body works and how it responds to threats and disease.

I have worked for many years in the natural health field and advise my patients how to learn that they hold the key to good health in their own hands. It does not require a doctor or medic for you to be healthy. Of course, our health system has a vital role to play in helping us in times of need but it is my aim to educate you so that you do not have to always go knocking at your GP’s door.

We can start with this simple fact – the best way to not become ill is to be healthy. Of course, modern life throws many insults at our mind and body which mean it is not always easy to be healthy.

However, it is actually remarkably simple to ask your body to be healthy. There are only a few aspects one has to take care of to encourage good health.

Nutrition. You are what you eat. There are many nuances in this area that I can address over the coming months and years but rule number one in this field is: do not eat processed food, and for the record I consider bread, pasta and most cereals to be processed foods. Oh, and do not forget rule number two which is an extension of number one: do not consume sugar, or at least limit it severely. Your plate of food should be a rainbow plate of many colours.

Use your body. Your body is a moving machine and thrives on movement. We are made mainly of water and consider for a moment the difference between a flowing stream and a stagnant pond. The same is true for your body. Move it every day. An extension of this is to take care of your body’s structure both through exercise and getting experts (like we osteopaths) to check that it functions well every now and then. People happily get their teeth checked up by the dentist every six months – well what about the rest of your body surrounding your teeth?

 

Your environment. By this I mean both the physical and social aspects of living. Is your home clean and uncluttered? Do you interact with other people or are you isolated or lonely? Your environment may be difficult to change as it can be subject to many external factors but learning to manage this can help. Do you practice good hygiene? Such as brushing your teeth twice a day – I’m always amazed when my dentist friends tell me how many people do not do such a basic thing. By the way, good hygiene does not involve using antibacterial sprays, which are effectively an antibiotic – throw them all out please. One of the biggest mistakes of modern medicine, in my humble opinion, is to have declared war on bacteria – the very things which give us life.

You will notice from the above that there is no mention of taking medication. Drugs of any kind are not necessary for good health. Nor is there mention of worrying about such things as bacteria and bugs (what are these bugs that apparently do the rounds every year?) which apparently are floating around waiting to make us ill (they’re not!). I will go into more detail on all these subjects and many more but for now please have a good look around the CBD One website which is bursting with lots of information and keep an eye out for my next blog in the weeks to come.

Be happy.

Nick

You can’t catch a cold!

Keeping out the winter bugs

We are rapidly hurtling towards another wintry festive season – as ever my first thoughts tend towards the, ‘where on earth did that year go?’ type of thing!

This time of year I hear people tell me that there is this or that bug going around, making everyone ill. Therefore, I felt compelled to touch upon why this idea is way off the mark.

Did you know it is nigh on impossible to make someone catch a cold? Scientists have tried to induce colds in people so they can study them and they cannot make anyone catch a cold. Not a single person!

 

So what exactly is going on? Well first of all we have to look at the symptoms of a cold – a runny nose, streaming eyes, a cough, sneezing and possibly a raised temperature. These are symptoms of a body ridding itself of something toxic. It is removing that which it does not require or that may cause harm.

Those symptoms are signs of a healthy body doing its job – so DO NOT take medication that stops these things happening – all that does is prevent the cleansing and lead to further trouble down the line.

The next step is to understand that at any one time our body has at least 400 viruses in it but we are not ill. That is because providing our immune system is functioning well it can deal with all these viruses and keep them in their place. Viruses and bacteria are kept in balance by good immune systems.

This means we do not have to live in fear of bugs and germs as so many people now obsess about these days, in fact, steady exposure to lots of bacteria and viruses makes our body stronger.

Anyway, moving on, we can perhaps work out that if our immune system drops or becomes inefficient then one of these viruses, that come from within, can take hold. The delicate balance of our system tips and we start to exhibit the cold symptoms because our body desperately tries to restore balance by removing excess viruses and bacteria.

So a cold is actually a cleansing action from an imbalance. This is why, if you have had a long weekend overindulging (will anyone be doing that anytime in December I wonder?) come Monday morning you have a lousy cold. It is a simple response to excess intake of toxins, a depleted tired immune system and an imbalance in our system.

This also explains why it is common to get a spring cold, or an end of the summer cold – it is the body carrying out a cleansing of the system!

Therefore – you cannot catch a cold other than by your own behaviour affecting your internal environment.

Hang on I hear you say, what about when I was told to where a coat in winter or I’d catch a cold…and I did!

Well, the explanation for this is that going out in cold weather without wrapping up warm is actually not a very clever thing to do as this puts enormous stress on your body to stay warm – this stress then depletes our immune system and away we go – so there is some truth in this but it is not because a bug was lurking in a darkened corner waiting to pounce on you! It was inside all along.

Of course, there are simple things you can do to help your immune system stay strong such as taking echinacea when you feel a cold coming on. Some people prefer to take it all the time over the winter. High dose vitamin C is also useful. Interestingly, keeping your digestive system in order has a powerful effect on your immune system so taking a good quality probiotic such as Immunbiotix by Quest or drinking kefir can also help. This is even more important if you’ve had antibiotics recently – it is a bizarre phenomenon that antibiotics will weaken your immune system if you take them for an infection. Do not forget most infections will be dealt with without the need for antibiotics – they are last resort weapons, not front line instant use meds.

 

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