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This Monthp “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
his single sentence from Bertrand Russell reflects the essence of this issue. We say “Yes to Life!” on that basis every month. In Patient Advocate, we hear how we should follow our instincts and ‘never assume’ that the first professional opinion cannot be questioned. The case is well made here, with solid evidence. This issue opens with a very practical guide to making the most of any trip abroad, long-haul or short, from booking to looking to leaping on board! Then we start exploring the synergy between alternative and conventional medicine. Next we look at the vital importance of TRUST in both personal and professional relationships. Gordana Biernat shares Part One of her unique spiritual story, followed by news of Wolfgang’s inspirational activity with Winspiration. Back down to earth with good advice on Property and Nutrition, before addressing the many benefits springing from the application of Sisterhood. Janey Lee Grace announces the 2017 Winners with her signature enthusiasm! Margaret Ahmed sums up 30 years of Medical Advisory Service in a single page, before we return to the challenge of Diabetes. Finally, we remember the legendary Film Critic, Barry Norman, who “lived a life inspired by love and guided by knowledge”. Our latest film reviews share Barry Norman’s honesty - if not his unique wit and style. “And why not?!”
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Health Focus Before you Travel
When the TRUST is gone by Paula Quinsee
Gordana Biernat Connecting the world with values & spiritual energy that matters - Part 1 The Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2017 Winners Biotechnology by Ira S. Pastor CEO Bioquark Inc
Yes to Life a gloriously mixed bag of contributions from Robin Dalyâ€™s recent guests on the Yes to Life Show Why Sisterhood is Good for Womanâ€™s Health by Tanishka Kathy, Karen & Margaret the Founders of MAS Homeostasis for our world by Wolfgang Sonnenburg
Public Health Collaboration by Katharine Tate
Diabetes Corner by Maureen Sullivan
Barry Norman by Reg Starkey
The Patient Advocate
Medical Marvel Moments Weird and Wonderful facts by Amanda Thomas
Real Life Connections by Kidney Contenders
Poetry Corner by Reg Starkey
Film & Theatre Reviews by Reg Starkey
rom travel insurance to vaccinations, here’s what to think about before you travel. Start preparing for your trip, especially long trips, four to six weeks before you go. Read the latest health and safety advice for the country you’re travelling using: GOV.UK TravelHealthPro country information
WHICH JABS DO I NEED?
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you’ll be visiting on these two websites: NHS Fit for Travel Travel Health Pro Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter. For example, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. Many tropical countries in Africa and South America won’t accept travellers from an area where there’s yellow fever unless they can prove they’ve been vaccinated against it. If diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start treatment before travelling. Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers and antiseptic. Consider taking condoms with you to avoid the risk of buying fake, and potentially unsafe, brands when you get there.
SUN PROTECTION WHAT SUN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) SHOULD I USE? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly. When buying sunscreen, make sure it’s suitable for your skin type and blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. The sunscreen label should have: • the letters “UVA” in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection • at least SPF15 sunscreen to protect against UVB Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.
Tips on applying sunscreen: • To be most effective, sunscreen should be applied liberally. The amount of sunscreen needed for the body of an average adult to achieve the stated SPF is around 35ml, or six to eight teaspoons of lotion. • If sunscreen is applied too thinly, it provides less protection. • If you’re worried you might not be applying enough SPF15, you could use a stronger SPF30 sunscreen. WHAT ARE THE SPF AND STAR RATING? The sun protection factor, or SPF, is a measure of the amount of UVB protection. The higher the number, the greater the protection. In the UK, UVA protection is measured with a star rating. Sunscreen ratings range from zero to five stars. The higher the number of stars, the greater the protection. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE SUN? • Don’t spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen. In the UK the sun is at its strongest from March to October, especially from 11am to 3pm. • Try to spend time in the shade between these times. You can still burn in cloudy conditions, even if it’s not warm. • Find out your skin type and your sensitivity to sunlight on the Cancer Research UK website. • Should I reapply sunscreen if I swim? • Water washes sunscreen off, and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you’re not getting burned. Water also reflects UV rays, increasing your exposure. • Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you’ve been in water – even if it’s “water resistant” – and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.
Whether you’re off on a six-month trek to the Himalayas or a family holiday in Spain, it’s vital to have the right travel insurance. Make sure your policy covers your destination and the duration of your stay, as well as any specific activities you might do. When travelling in Europe, make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC will entitle you to free or reducedcost medical care. However, it won’t cover you for everything that travel insurance can, such as emergency travel back to the UK.
DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS
If you think you may be at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), seek advice from your GP. WHO’S AT RISK OF DVT? Conditions that may increase your risk of DVT on flights of eight hours or more: • history of DVT or pulmonary embolism • cancer • stroke • heart disease • inherited tendency to clot (thrombophilia) • recent surgery – pelvic region or legs • obesity • pregnancy • hormone replacement therapy BEFORE YOU TRAVEL If you think you have a risk of DVT, see your GP before you travel. Don’t leave it until the last minute in case you need to buy medication, compression stockings or anything else for your flight. Wearing compression stockings during flights of four hours or more can significantly reduce your risk of DVT, as well as leg swelling (oedema). The below-knee stockings apply gentle pressure to the ankle to help blood flow. They come in a variety of sizes and there are also different levels of compression. Class 1 stockings (exerting a pressure of 14-17 mmHg at the ankle) are generally sufficient. It’s vital that compression stockings are measured and worn correctly. Ill-fitting stockings could further increase the risk of DVT.
Flight socks are available from pharmacies, airports and many retail outlets. Take advice on size and proper fitting from a pharmacist or another health professional. DURING YOUR JOURNEY Tips to reduce your risk of DVT during a longdistance flight, train or car journey: • wear loose, comfortable clothes • consider flight socks • do anti-DVT exercises • walk around whenever you can • drink plenty of water • don’t drink alcohol or take sleeping pills RECOVERING FROM DVT If you had DVT recently, you’re probably on medication, such as warfarin, to prevent the formation of blood clots. If that’s the case, then your risk of developing DVT is low and there is no reason why you can’t travel, including long haul. However, if you’re still in the recovery phase, you should get the all-clear from your consultant before travelling. On long-haul flights, get up from your seat to walk around and stretch your legs whenever you can. Drink regularly, but avoid alcohol, and wear loose, comfortable clothes.
Jet lag is worse when you move from west to east because the body finds it harder to adapt to a shorter day than a longer one. Travellers who take medication according to a strict timetable, such as insulin or oral contraceptives, should seek medical advice from a health professional before their journey. PREVENTING JET LAG Jet lag can’t be prevented, but you can try some strategies that may reduce its effects. Some of these strategies have been studied in laboratory simulations of jet lag, but haven’t necessarily been tested on people experiencing jet lag after real flights. BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: change your sleep routine a few days before your departure - if you’re travelling east, try going to bed
an hour earlier than your usual time, and if you’re travelling west, try to go to bed an hour later; the idea is to “prime” your sleeping routine with your destination in mind get enough sleep before you travel - flying when you’re tired may make the jet lag feel worse DURING THE FLIGHT: • drink plenty of fluids - ensure you’re well hydrated before, during and after your flight • rest during the flight - take short naps • limit your caffeine consumption - avoid drinking too many caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea and cola, and avoid drinking them within a few hours of planned sleep • avoid alcohol - eat light meals and avoid drinking alcohol as it can make the symptoms of jet lag worse • keep active - when flying long distances, take regular walks around the cabin and stretch your arms and legs while you’re sitting down; this
will also help reduce your risk of developing a potentially serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) • change your watch to match the time of your new destination - this will help you adjust to your new time zone more quickly Try to get some sleep if it’s night time when you arrive at your destination. You may find using ear plugs and an eye mask useful. SHORT TRIPS It may be better to stay on “home time” when taking a short trip (less than three to four days). If possible, arrange activities and sleep to coincide with the time at home.
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by Paula Quinsee
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” - Warren Buffett Many people don’t fully understand the impact of this popular statement until they find themselves in a precarious situation. Unfortunately when trust is broken, it can take a lifetime to rebuild it. Irrespective of whether it be a personal or professional relationship, there are some key elements that form the foundation of a healthy relationship namely: honesty, respect, trust and communication.
When it comes to the workplace, employees not only put their trust in the organization they work for but also the manager they report to as well as the team they work within. Individuals will tend
We need be honest with ourselves first and foremost before we can be honest with someone else, we need to respect ourselves in order to be able to respect someone else, when we can be honest and respectful, trust is established and when there is trust, then a connection will be established and only then real communication can take place.
to be more open with their thoughts and feelings if they feel they are able to trust these elements as well as they are trusted – trusted to make decisions, do their job and the responsibility they have been given. Just as children mimic their parents’ behaviour, so too do employees mimic the leadership behavior in the organization. Parents set the tone by which the family functions and thrives whilst leaders set the tone for the corporate culture, values, vision and mission so yes the basic principles are the same, Trust is the foundation for all relationships. Trust drives positive motivations towards work and as managers and leaders we need to walk the talk to ensure we capture our teams’ complete confidence and trust. If we can’t walk the talk then we need to change our talk. Levels of seniority can also have an impact on trust within an organization where those who sit at higher levels potentially perceive the trust as being higher than those lower down the food chain. And those at the top are also potentially unaware of the perceptions of employees within the organisation.
So what are some of the ways you can build trust? Open communication – sharing as much information as possible, encouraging a shared sense of ownership through company goals, vision and mission and people’s input being welcomed and valued. Establish strong company values – values are the moral compass that keep both an organization and its employees focused, engaged and on track. Create a strong sense of community – connect employees to one another in ways that empower them and increase their sense of belonging, connection and security. Recognition and rewards - reward individual and team achievements in alignment to shared values and goals providing them with a sense of fairness, purpose, recognition, belonging, and choice.
Relptionships Personal growth and development – individuals that have a high sense of self-awareness and emotional intelligence are able to use their emotional information to guide their thinking and behaviour as well as manage and/or adapt to environments and situations. Flexibility and adaptability are key to ever changing environments which is the norm in today’s world. Trust is a necessary condition for employee engagement but the two are very different. Engagement involves giving of one’s energy to an organisation whether that be cognitive, emotional or physical, but it is almost like an exchange relationship. Trust is about accepting a certain amount of uncertainty but being willing to take risks and go into the unknown because you trust the other party that they will act in a positive way towards you. It is about a willingness to make oneself vulnerable in the face of uncertainty or insecurity. Trust is more a personal and fundamental relationship and has key moral dimensions to it than what engagement does. In an organization, trust stems from the behaviour of direct managers as well as the organisation’s leaders however, organisations that have high trust are those where staff feel their trust is reciprocated and that they are themselves trusted by their mangers. Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Expert, Tedx speaker and author of the self-help guide Embracing Conflict. Paula is also a consultant to the TV show ‘Married at First Sight SA’. She works with individuals and organisations to cultivate healthy relationships in both personal and professional arenas by focusing on real skills and personal growth and development. Go to www.paulaquinsee.com for more info and also listen to her show: Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics on UK Health Radio.
Gordana Biernat Connecting the world with values & spiritual energy that matters!
ordana Biernat is a thinker, writer and a speaker. Oprah Winfrey has recently named Gordana a SuperSoul100 Teacher and included her on the SuperSoul100 list of world leading visionaries and awakened leaders who, in Oprah’s words, are “connecting to the world with values and spiritual energy that matters”. Gordana is also a wisdom philanthropist on Twitter (@ Mypowertalk) where she shares her truths and thoughts about who we are and why we are here on a daily basis with an audience of over 320 000 followers.
In her upcoming book (published by Hay House on September 5th) “#KnowTheTruth - Why Knowing Who You Are Changes Everything”, she offers surprising truths about what reality is and who we truly are. Gordana also explores the nature of desires, the purpose of memories, the illusion of beliefs and the real reason we have an ego. She talks about the difference between conscious and unconscious manifestation and the role daydreams play in the creation of our reality. But most of all she talks about our true nature and who we all are behind the conditioned beliefs and mind constructs placed upon us before we even could speak. You have said: Your life becomes the story you believe it to be… Gordana, what does your life story say? As long as you are breathing you can change your stars… No matter where you were born, no matter what kind of obstacles your past has brought you, no matter what problems you are facing, your reality can change to the better. Always! I know this for sure, because I was born into a challenging environment where I had to dodge
fear and emotional distress on a daily basis. My parents did not create the stressful environment of my childhood consciously. They reacted to their own past and conditioned fears. I used to tell myself that their inherited “insanity” would end with me. I would not allow it to pass through me into my reality. Even as a child I knew deep within me that there were options to their behaviour. I just didn’t know how to make them aware of it. They saw life as a struggle. I knew that life was beautiful. There was a fundamental difference in our way of perceiving the very same reality. Because of these childhood experiences, shedding light on how beliefs and perception shape our reality has become an important part of what I do and who I am. You have stated that: The more we know who we are the harder it gets to describe who we are. Why do you think it is so? Actually, in my upcoming book “#KnowTheTruth - Why Knowing Who You are Changes Everything” I take some time trying to figure out why it is so hard to answer that question. On the surface, it seems like a simple question. Who are you? I am Gordana Biernat and I am a thinker, writer and a speaker. But that is not the whole truth. I mean, how do you describe the ONE thinking, writing and speaking in YOU? Because that is who you are. You are not your thoughts. You are not your words. How do you describe the “I” in the “I am”? It’s not just beyond words it’s beyond time and space itself. The closest I can come to a truthful answer to “Who are you?” is that, I am All That Is - pure consciousness - experiencing itself, through the passions and desires of Gordana Biernat. So, if you really want to know someone, the actual question is not “Who are you?” but
“What are your desires?”. Answering that becomes much easier. I have a deep desire to transform my experiences into wisdom and share that knowledge with others. If I have to put a label on me, I would identify myself as a wisdom keeper....A wisdom keeper is someone who acknowledges their life journey with all the lessons along the way and who knows that this information is valuable and important to share. Some years ago I saw a documentary about the pyramids in Egypt. There was an elderly man by the name of Abd’el Hakim Awyan, who was like a walking library filled with long forgotten ancient memories and with knowledge of universal truths and principles. He called himself a wisdom keeper. I fell in love with the expression because it actually describes every human being on the planet, with no exceptions. We are all keepers of our own life wisdom. The difference between Hakim and the rest was that he was conscious of the wisdom coming from within. He was conscious of his part in the creation of his life. He was conscious of who he was. Most of us are not. The information is there but we have no conscious access to it. I think that we are born with the knowledge of our own inherent power. As children we do not perceive the conditioned limitations created by beliefs and “knowledge” about how the outside world works. We simply see only the possibilities until the grownups correct us and show us the obstacles and problems. Once we are conditioned into the rules of our culture and society we adapt to a “truth” that our inner thoughts don’t matter when it comes to “important” matters of the outer world. So we end up spending our entire lives figuring out, that our thoughts actually do matter because they create matter. And most of us never realise this universal truth. This is one of the reasons I want
to help raise consciousness in the world. I mean, imagine what our world would look like if we all knew, beyond all doubt, what incredible deliberate creators we all actually are. Your mission statement is: My purpose is to help people realize how powerful and unique we all truly are. What motivates you? Creating abundance is a very strong motivator for me. My definition of abundance is to be able to do what you want, when you want to do it. The way I see it, abundance is almost interchangeable with the word freedom as in; physical freedom, spiritual freedom, intellectual freedom and financial freedom. Since I know that I create my own reality by what I think, feel and believe, figuring out how to create abundance in all areas of my life and sharing my findings with others so they can become more deliberate creators of their own reality, is both fun and strongly motivating. Think about this: if we don’t know who we truly are then every action is per definition an unconscious action. That is why knowing who you are changes everything - You become more conscious. I have a strong desire to help people remember the immense power we all inherently possess and to see how people use that knowledge to reshape their reality. I want to leave this earth a brighter place than it was when I came. I want my son to live in a more compassionate world. I want to shed more light on this reality. I want people to wake up to their greatness by realizing their true luminous, invincible self. I want more people to enjoy life. I want more love everywhere.
I am Writer, Speaker, Wisdom Keeper and Oprah’s SuperSoul100 Teacher. At the age of eleven I realised that the stars in the heavens and the stars in my mind were made of the same “stuff”. This truth changed the way I perceive myself and set me on a lifelong adventure of exploring who I am and why I am here. I cannot be labelled but I am often described as passionate, creative and audacious, constantly learning and searching. I am curious, multicultural and multilingual. As a Speaker I talk about the Perception of Reality, Consciousness, Creativity, Leadership and Art.
In Part 2, Gordana will shed some light on how beliefs and perception shape our reality as well as toxic relations and true forgiveness. I convey a universal message, appealing to audiences representing practically all cultures, religions and genders. My message is inspiring and not biased by politics or temporary trends. Oprah Winfrey has included me on the Super Soul100 list; a team of 100 awakened leaders and visionaries with mission to guide and inspire. Oprah also named me a SuperSoul100 Teacher. As a Writer, I influence conscious communications through higher thought. I have been featured on Oprah. com, Huffington Post, Times of India and many other major news aggregators and blogs as well as printed magazines and publications. Using Twitter as my main channel, I interconnect daily with my 320,000+ followers. I provide knowledge and encouragement necessary for allowing change, assisting those who seek self-development and a greater sense of being through intellectual and spiritual exploration of the worlds seen and unseen. My purpose is to help people realize how powerful and unique we all truly are. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Art History and I have also studied Psychology, Communication and Media at Lund University in Sweden. My family, life, serious reading, food and wine is what I enjoy the most.
Announcing Janey Loves
2017 PLATINUM AWARDS I
tâ€™s that time again, and weâ€™re excited to announce the winners of Janey Loves 2017 Platinum Awards! Every year these Awards get bigger and better and I love finding new, innovative, natural products and services. This year we also included categories for alternative treatments, therapies, and wellbeing books, apps, and charities.
Award entries are voted for by our readers and we do ‘real life’ testing by a panel of esteemed Judges. This year we welcomed ‘The Medicinal Chef’ Dale Pinnock, to our judging panel alongside the familiar faces who were thrilled to be able to test so many wonderful products once again. Dale joined TV and Radio personality Zoe Ball, TV presenter and ‘voice coach to the stars’ Carrie Grant, best-selling author and researcher Lynne McTaggart, and UK’s leading expert in women’s nutritional health Dr Marilyn Glenville. Category sponsorship came from our premium sponsors Medichecks, supported by AEOS, Rhythm of Beauty, TIANA Fairtrade Organics, Real Remedies, Incognito, The Book Midwife, Panoma Press, Symprove and UK Health Radio. There were a large number of categories this year including Skincare and Beauty, Haircare, Health and Wellbeing, Mother and Baby, Food and Drink…to name but a few.
In Skincare and Beauty amongst our winners are Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq from AEOS www.aeos.net Facial Wash from SkinGenius www.skin-genius.co.uk Rainforest Collection Mini Pore Refiners from The Konjac Sponge Company - www. konjacspongecompany.com Nail Enamel from NATorigin - www.natorigin.co.uk Weleda also won an accolade for their gorgeous tinted lip balm - www.weleda.co.uk
AEOS The Konjac Sponge Company
Tabitha James Kraan won in the Haircare category for her golden citrus hair cleanser www.tabithajameskraan.co.uk Facial moisturisers are always a popular category and Rhythm of Beauty won for their unique Seasonal Face Cream with Flower Essences, Q10 and Vitamin A - www.rhythmofbeauty.co.uk
Tabitha James Kraan
Rhythm of Beauty
We didn’t leave out the men either, Pure and Light Organics won a well-deserved award for their Gentleman’s Face Cream www.pureandlightorganic.eu Of course, at Imperfectly Natural we believe that beauty also comes from within, and to that end Rejuvenated won for their fantastic Collagen Shots - www.rejuvenated.co.uk and Pure Balance Supplements for their ‘Hair, Skin and Nails’ supplement www.purebalancesupplements.co.uk In Sun Care a gong went to Incognito for their multi-tasking 3-in-1 Suncream Insect Repellent www.lessmosquito.com
Pure and Light Organics Rejuvenated
WINNERS In Health and Wellbeing it was great to see Fembev picking up an award for a natural sleep-aid www.naturesnaturals.co.uk and Enzymatic for their Digest Gold digestive enzymes - www.enzymedica.co.uk It’s always hard to find great protein powders but finally we are thrilled to have discovered an organic whey protein from The Organic Protein Company www.theorganicproteincompany.co.uk Onto probiotics, and Symprove were the winners for their liquid bacteria drink - www.symprove.com and a very innovative product Enterocele was also awarded – www.enteromed.co.uk
The Organic Protein Company
In Food and Drink we applauded Tiana Fairtrade Organics for what our judges called “the best tasting coconut water” - www.tiana-coconut.com Symprove
We had some wonderful teas at our Awards Breakfast Ceremony too, courtesy of award winners Real Remedies - www.realremedies.co.uk There were also awards in the Mother and Baby category. We loved the innovative Baby Finger Toothbrush from Barkeepers - www.bickiepegs.com
Tiana Fairtrade Organics
Health, Wellbeing and Spirituality authors were also recognised in these awards - it’s a truly comprehensive array of holistic living! Real Remedies
You can see all the winners at:
Harnessing Nature for Regeneration, Disease Reversion, & Rejuvenation
by Ira S. Pastor CEO Bioquark Inc.
Many lower organisms can replace lost or damaged organs and tissues that are identical in both structure and function to the original, effortlessly regenerating a wide variety of tissues, including spinal cords, limbs, hearts, eyes, and even large segments of their brains. In a similar fashion, many of these same species possess fascinating skills for repairing and reversing cellular and genetic damage. Some of these organisms don’t age and exhibit “negligible senescence”. Some can age, and then return to a youthful state later on in life. Some can even die, and be re-born. Needless to say, humans are extremely weak when it comes to accomplishing any of these feats, and unfortunately, the outcomes are very different. The ability to tap into nature, and mimic its capabilities with novel bio-products, in human beings, will offer potential solutions to a wide range of disorders responsible for human degeneration, suffering, and death.
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN FROM NATURE Throughout the 20th century, natural products (primarily those from plants, fungi, and bacteria) formed the basis for a majority of all pharmaceuticals, biologics, and consumer healthcare products used by patients around the globe, generating trillions of dollars of wealth. However, many scientists believe we have only touched the surface of what the natural world, and its range of organisms, which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than human beings, has to teach us. Lately, novel research disciplines, including “interkingdom signaling” and “semiochemical communication”, the respective abilities of one species living signals to affect the genome of another, not to mention in-depth study of the microbiome, are highlighting entirely new ways that non-human bio-products can affect the
human genome for positive transitions in health and wellness. Merging a 21st century, “convergent” knowledge base of regenerative biology, evolutionary genomics, and bio-cybernetics, offers us new guidance to understand how nature is so successful in warding off disease and degeneration, and eventual clues to how humans can achieve the same outcomes, and perhaps even move beyond.
CLUES FROM REGENERATIVE BIOLOGY Regenerative biology, is the integrated discipline that studies genomes, cells, organisms, and even their ecosystems, and finds out what makes them resilient to natural fluctuations, or events that cause disturbance or damage, allowing for proper renewal, restoration, and growth. Of the five major classes of regeneration (i.e. physiologic turnover, hypertrophy, wound healing, epimorphosis, morphallaxis), humans possess the first three. However, when it comes to epimorphosis and morphallaxis, which represent higher order complex organ, limb and body segment regeneration, primarily seen in amphibians and lower invertebrates, humans possess no such capabilities in our fully developed state. During the epimorphic regeneration process, cells that remain in the damaged body region are reprogrammed, literally erasing their functional history and re-starting their life again along a defined generative developmental pattern.
e currently live on a planet with many other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than human beings.
Nature has developed very reliable methods for biologically “turning back the biological clock” and “starting over” in a controlled fashion that benefit the underlying organism, and these learnings can be leveraged for human health and wellness.
CLUES FROM EVOLUTIONARY GENOMICS Evolutionary genomics is an integrated discipline that investigates and compares the genomes of various species, and their respective models of evolution, from bacteria on up to humans. Why as humans should we be interested in this? Every disease that is responsible for the degeneration and death of human beings, has some particular genetic property
from the evolutionary past, which was a benefit to another species survival. High blood sugar levels (seen in diabetes) are required by fast sprinting organisms requiring quick energy bursts when pursuing a prey, or being pursued by a predator. Various forms of inflammation many lower organisms only form of infectious disease defence. One only needs to visually observe the tails, and gills, and webbed hands and feet, that are present during human development, to appreciate the unique, “locked down” layers of our evolutionary past. As such, while the sequencing of the human genome was quite useful, we must move beyond our sole focus on this data and more fully embrace comparative, inter-species genomics in our study of the progression between healthy and disease tissue states.
CLUES FROM BIO-CYBERNETICS Bio-Cybernetics is the application of cybernetics (complex regulatory systems) to biological science. While much of the pharma industry focuses solely on “genomic outputs” of disease, the world of bio-cybernetics is taking a much higher level perspective on disease, looking at all the hierarchical levels of control from the whole organism and its environment, on down to genes and their complex regulatory networks. What we know about complex, multifactorial diseases, and the related regeneration / reversion processes in nature, it would be quite difficult to recapitulate any such dynamics with the traditional pharma “single magic bullet” approach, and more complex, “combinatorial” approaches will be required to alter such systems and control them.
COMBINATORIAL BIOLOGICS One area that our company, Bioquark Inc. has been working on the past few years, is that of “combinatorial biologics”, focused on novel combination biochemistries, and applying them for the induction of complex regeneration and repair. While the therapeutic targets for combinatorial biologics we feel are quite broad in scope, Bioquark is focusing to generating human clinical data in discrete disease indications that represent areas of substantial unmet medical need. These include the formerly mentioned cancer reversion opportunity, as well organ repair/ regeneration programs.
THE FUTURE? Whether we are talking about the 100,000 people who die daily from age related ailments, or the 50,000 that die from acute traumas, it is well within the intellectual capacity of humans to solve these problems of disease, degeneration, and death.
But we must truly think “outside the box”, and not fall into the traps set by the traditional pharmaceutical industry, its regulators, and the century old model of drug development which has truly run into a brick wall. There is a reason that microbes, and plants, and invertebrates, and amphibians, have survived for many hundreds of millions of years on this planet, and developed their own unique answers to many of the problems that plague humanity. Nature has shown us the way; we must now follow her lead. www.bioquark.com Ira Pastor - Chief Executive Officer – Bioquark Inc. - Over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care, distribution, OTC, and retail; Served as VP, Business Development for drug development company Phytomedics Inc., raising $40 million of private equity, consummating over $50 million of licensing deals, and bringing lead drug candidate from discovery stage to Phase III development; Prior to that, employed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals working in sales, marketing, and business strategy positions. Mr. Pastor has also served as Vice President of Corporate Development for the pharmacy benefit management company Prescription Delivery Systems (acquired by Cigna Health Insurance); MBA, Temple University; BS, Pharmacy, Rutgers University; He is also a Board Member of RegenerAge SAPI de CV, (www.regenerage.clinic/en/) a clinical company focused on expedited translational therapeutic applications of regenerative and rejuvenative healthcare interventions, the Reanima Project (http://www. reanima.tech), member of the Executive Council of the World Academy of Medical Science - WAMS (https:// wams.online/our_team/ira-s-pastor/), and member of the World Economic Forum’s Human Enhancement council (https://www.weforum.org/people/ira-pastor).
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or this month’s edition of Health Triangle we have very contrasting articles from three of my recent guests. Dr Nasha Winters is a formidable force in cancer, having herself recovered from a very challenging diagnosis, through researching integrative options to aid her recovery. She is a firm supporter of the metabolic view of cancer - more about this below and in her interview - and has recently published a book on the subject: The Metabolic Approach to Cancer. Paul Homoky is a Chiropractor with such a strong interest in wellbeing and in the body’s abilities to heal if we give it the right environment and fuel, that he was inspired to launch the Creating Wellness event in Edinburgh earlier this year. Here he lays out his thinking about wellness and his ‘8 Wellness Elements’. Dr André Young-Snell is an Integrative Medicine practitioner based in Brighton. André provides a broad range of additional choices to people with cancer, but places particular emphasis on the role of the mind and spirit in recovery.
WHY AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO CANCER? Nearly half of the US population will have cancer in their lifetime. Twelve EU countries declared cancer as the #1 killer, over heart disease, in the last few months, with America soon to follow. Cancer rates are expected to double worldwide by 2030. Clearly, the way we Dr Nasha Winters have been addressing
cancer is not working. Weaving in the best of evidence-based medicine with empirical and anecdotal considerations and strategies based on the individual at any given time is the only way we are going to change the trajectory of the ‘doom and gloom’ statistics we are currently facing. Moving beyond conventional Somatic Theory (the outdated notion that cancer is purely a genetic disease and simply ‘bad luck’) to a Metabolic understanding (that cancer represents a brokendown mitochondrial - or energy-production - function), beyond the tumour and into the ‘terrain’, the milieu in which cancer thrives or dies, is where our focus must lie. Though the tumour is the symptom of the underlying imbalance, simply removing it rarely results in a cure. So finding tools to address multiple targets with little or no side effects has been my life’s work, for over a quarter of a century. Intellectualising and focusing on studies and statistics is but a small part of the equation. There is a living, breathing Being in the centre of all of this, interacting with the environment in, on and around them, every moment. As someone who has had an intimate relationship with the cancer journey, I am here to tell you that had I only used the conventional line of attack, I would not be here today. My approach to the process of cancer, and to that Being at the centre of it all, is based on the metaphorical tree. I see the soil as the Microbiome (the gut environment), the canopy as the Epigenetics (the interplay between our genes and the environment), the trunk as the Mental/ Emotional body and the other 7 branches as Inflammation, Immune function, Hormone balance, Metabolic function (the processes necessary to a living organism) , Angiogenesis (the aggressive development of new blood supply by a tumour),
Toxic burden, Stress and Circadian rhythm (our inner ‘clock’). Together, these make up what I have coined as the ‘Terrain Ten’ TM. Exploration of these underlying imbalances, by looking into personal and family history, trauma and toxic exposures, diet and lifestyle, through Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP pronounced ‘snips’) analysis, terrain testing, etc, helps to prioritise where to start, as this process is often overwhelming. Statistically, those who have undergone cancer treatment have a 70% likelihood of having a recurrence. And those that have had cancer and cancer treatment also have a higher rate of having a brand new cancer (up 300% since the 1970s), thanks to the damaging impact on the mitochondria of previous cancer therapies. In my opinion, it is malpractice not to do everything we can to explore and support the biochemistry of the terrain through an individual and targeted approach. Therapies such as • Mistletoe (aka Viscum Album Extract), used since 1917 • High Dose IV Vitamin C, since the 1970s • Cannabis, which has a 3000+ year-old history and was included in US Pharmacopeia until the 1940s • The Ketogenic Diet in use since the 1920s • Hyperthermia/fever therapy, which dates back to Hippocrates in ancient times, Coley (of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the early 20th c) and Mayo (as in Mayo clinic) into the 1940s are but a few examples of old therapies that have shown promise in supporting recovery from cancer. The common theme of these therapies is their gentle, yet powerful, impact on restoring terrain rhythm and balance to the whole organism, often bringing synergy to other more toxic therapies, and even shown in some cases to cause successful response on their own. And, the most important aspect of an integrative approach is restoring health to the mitochondria - the energy-producing organelles - as when they thrive, all disease, including cancer, is kept at bay. There is no such thing as a single target and treatment for cancer. There is no magic bullet. We have to do all we can to avoid becoming just
another ‘doom and gloom’ statistic. Integrative Oncology offers such hope. Sometimes we cure, sometimes we stabilise, and sometimes we help people live more fully into dying. Most importantly, I have seen what was once a death sentence morph into a long-term maintenance process, in thousands of people - people thriving with cancer, not merely surviving. To learn more, read: “The Metabolic Approach To Cancer” available on Amazon by Dr. Nasha Winters and Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT. Follow Dr Winters on Facebook at Optimal Terrain Consulting and The Metabolic Approach to Cancer to learn more about upcoming events and courses, and updates on research in the field of Integrative Oncology. To schedule a consultation to explore your terrain and help you achieve optimal health, please visit Dr Winters’ website (see below). Listen to Dr Nasha Winters here. www.optimalterrainconsulting.com
There is an incredible fact regarding your body’s ability to heal that you may not have known or fully understood before now. It may have never been revealed or explained to you. It may even have been purposely kept from you. In my search, I have found it to be the most incredible truth about your health which can be known. I have discovered
and experienced this scientific reality with literally hundreds of thousands of people over decades of professional practice, working with patients over a broad range of health challenges, from cancer to the common cold. And it is a truth that many powerful people and organisations do not want you to know. When faced with illness, there are some questions we commonly ask of ourselves: What is the diagnosis? What treatments are available? How can I alleviate the symptoms? What is the cure? If it is true health and healing you search for, it turns out that these are the wrong questions. You see, no disease is caused by a lack of treatment. Treatments and diagnoses are offered usually in response to illness or the symptoms of illness, in a reactive approach to health. But external treatments are not the cure for disease, nor will they prevent illness. The reason? Simply, that health and healing do not come from outside of your body. You are a natural born healer. You were formed from a single cell, which through the incredible complexity and intelligence of life,
multiplied into an adult body with 70 trillion cells, each one specialised for its particular function and perfectly formed, each one in communication with every other, working together to keep you alive and well. Every cell, tissue and organ of your body is naturally equipped with an ability to protect itself from foreign invaders and toxins, to cleanse and repair itself, and to reproduce and grow new healthy cells, to replace old or damaged ones. For example, every day your bone marrow produces 220 billion new red blood cells and your spleen recycles the old blood cells. And your body/mind can do this, over and over every single day, for 70-100 years or more. Without any medical intervention. Truly, even newly born babies can heal from the trauma of birth without any sense of self-awareness. The lie is to believe that you are fundamentally flawed; that your body or mind will not be capable of healing without artificial intervention. That outside intervention is more powerful than the healing power within you. You are a natural born healer. To be
capable of healing and repair, you do not need drugs or medicine or operations or injections or an appointment with a consultant. It comes from within you: healing is your birth-right! The extent of repair which is possible in your specific situation depends largely on your body’s capacity to heal and on your unique circumstances. Whatever your capability for healing, it will happen in the right environment when your body’s fundamental needs are being met. These requirements for healing are not a mystery of science and medicine; they are knowable—and valid research reveals them to us. If you can reach and maintain an equilibrium between damage and repair, by both reducing the physiological stresses affecting you and also by ensuring your body’s own resource needs are being met, then you can continue to function at your optimum ability to heal when faced with any health condition, from the common cold to cancer. What are these pre-requisites for health and healing? My research has led me to these eight elements which I call the “8 Wellness Elements” and it is worth taking the time to evaluate the balance of each one of these Wellness Elements in your life.
Nutrition & Hydration
You eat a variety of whole foods every day, including 6 or more portions of fruit and vegetables, and you drink plenty of water. You cook your own meals and gain satisfaction from your food.
Rest & Sleep
You look forward to sleep every night and waken feeling well rested. You set aside time every week to re-balance your mental and physical life, and take breaks when they are needed.
Relationships & Social Health
You have a support network who can be there for you when you need them, and you reach out to others on a regular basis to support them too. You enjoy regular meetings with others.
A Healthy Environment
You are often in an environment with easy access to elements of nature such as plants, running water, sunshine, and fresh air. You are surrounded by people and things which inspire you.
Choice & Personal Empowerment
You look for the possibilities in every situation and feel that you have the power to make choices towards the life you want to live. You focus your attention on what you can change.
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Living With Purpose
Movement & Breathing
You lead an active lifestyle, including ample movement at work and play, daily strength and flexibility exercises, with at least 5 aerobic miles of activity per day.
Outlook & Attitude
You expect the best from each scenario you encounter, and nurture hope for the future. You have clear goals and look forward to seeing them through to completion.
You are motivated and encouraged by a strong sense of purpose for your life, which helps to drive you onward when times get tough. You know your life has value and meaning. As the founding director of Health for Life and Creating Wellness, Dr. Paul Homoky, BSc, DC, LRCC is passionate about helping others to achieve their full health potential through lifestyle and evidencebased natural health care. Paul is a popular public speaker, director of two complementary health centres in Scotland and member of the Royal College of Chiropractors. For more information and resources, visit www.healthforlife.co.uk or visit Facebook at @creatingwellnessuk and @spinalwellness Listen to Paul Homoky here.
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control. Stubbornness is also strongly linked with determination and tenacity, which are essential.
FAITH, LOVE AND THE MIND In my experience with the patients I see at my clinic, wellbeing and outcomes seem to be improved in those who have, or who learn to develop, certain mental characteristics or habits. These are: • Stubbornness • Acting, as far as possible, as if you don’t have cancer • Setting strong and exciting goals and getting started on them • Looking at a cancer diagnosis as a wake-up call and a strong message that you need to restore balance by changing behaviours or traits • Researching and reading books and online articles, so as to stay informed • Avoiding negative people and surrounding yourself with positive supporters • Prioritising activities such as yoga, meditation, holidays, time with grandchildren, prayer, music…activities that allow you to connect on a spiritual level with yourself and others Going through these individually Stubbornness: though not seen as desirable in many quarters these days, in my experience stubbornness is an outstandingly important quality to have if you have cancer. Those who are often classed as ‘difficult’ patients ask lots of questions, because they want to be informed. Being informed is vital, as it enables you to make more effective decisions, to become empowered and to feel in
Acting, as far as possible, as if you don’t have cancer is important, as it allows you to get on with things in life that you enjoy doing. So at the very least, when doing these enjoyable things, you can have fun, and, for this time, avoid negative thinking about cancer. So, as far as possible, people with cancer should continue with the enjoyable activities that they were doing before diagnosis. Setting strong, and exciting goals is important as - like acting as if you are well - it gets you busy with things that you enjoy; and taking up new activities that also will give you joy. This joy can be ‘infectious’ and can spread to others who you do the activity with. For example, I encouraged one client who came to me to help increase his wellbeing and immune system, to do a half marathon run in Brighton with a large placard on his back saying that he had stage IV lung cancer. As you can imagine, on the day, he inspired the crowds of spectators as well as the other runners, and his story featured in the local paper. He also got a huge buzz from all the cheers and well-wishers encouraging him. So it was clearly a win-win situation for everyone. Also, tackling goals can help to boost the immune system, as engaging in this way releases endorphins into the body. Remember, age is no barrier to setting and achieving goals. There are marathon runners who are in their 90s, and one who is over 100 years old, who regularly runs marathons. Looking at your diagnosis as a wake-up call can be crucial, as people will often find that there is a behaviour, or stored up emotion, or trait, that they need to change. This behaviour or trait, if left unchanged, could lead to chronic stress, which will, in turn, lower the immune system. Often people are in the habit of not allowing any time for themselves, or they may be very unassertive, constantly aiming to please others, to the detriment of their own mental wellbeing. Changing such behaviours can lead to great emotional release for some, and can result in feeling that they are now in control of their life. Research and reading are always a good idea for people with cancer to inform themselves and thus become more empowered. It is also a way
All the above have the potential to lead to lower stress, greater empowerment and a hopeful, forward-looking view of life. These, in turn, result in increased endorphins which can help to boost your immune system. So which of the 7 above habits have you yet to start on? There’s no time like the present, and really no reason to wait!! Important Note: None of the advice above constitutes a treatment for cancer nor should it be considered as a substitute for any medical treatment. Dr André Young-Snell is the Founder and Medical Lead of the Vision of Hope Clinic in Brighton, offering a broad range of choice to people with cancer.
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The Cancer Revolution has been written to introduce the public to a revolutionary way of looking at cancer: Integrative Medicine. An alarmingly high and relentlessly growing number of people are being affected, either directly or indirectly, by this deadly disease. They do not have the luxury of waiting for science to come up with ‘the cure’; they need answers right now. The Cancer Revolution has answers.
With music, it doesn’t matter how much of a beginner you are. Remember it’s the fun and the connection with yourself and others that are the key elements, not the skill. The Beatles are not remembered for their technical prowess as musicians, but they continue to make people smile and experience tremendous emotion, whenever their songs are played - me included - probably more so than any other band in the history of music. Remember, it’s about fun and connection. To see just how the universe resonates to music, put your radio on outside, and watch and Dr André Young-Snell hear the birds singing
in response; or watch a baby rock and smile widely if you put them near a source of music.
THE CANCER REVOLUTION
of being encouraged and inspired by what others are doing, both orthodox and complementary approaches, and to pick up insights as to how others are improving their wellbeing. Avoid negative people: negative people will sap your energy, cause stress and lower your immune system. Conversely, being around positive people, who make you laugh, feel comfortable and who care for you, can boost your immune system. Making time to laugh, even for just 5 minutes a day, at a comedy film or TV programme that you like, especially in the company of others, is very important. Try to avoid negative soap operas and also the news, which has a strong tendency to focus on the negative. Prioritise yoga, meditation, holidays, prayer or time with children as this will support you in connecting with yourself and in getting in touch with your intuition. Listen to music. It is often said that music ‘speaks the unspeakable’, a very true saying. Or you might even want to go beyond being a passive listener, and take up singing or playing a new musical instrument, and making music with others. Singing can be tremendous fun; your whole body resonates when you sing and it is a wonderful way to connect with yourself, others and the world around you. It could be described as transcendental.
Why Sisterhood is Good
for Womenâ€™s Health
hilst we women have the ability to multitask, it isn’t necessarily a healthy way of operating over a sustained period of time. Why? Simultaneously juggling many thoughts and activities runs directly counter to possessing the ‘one directional’ state of mind that leads to inner peace. SO HOW DO WE MANAGE THE DEMANDS OF OUR MULTI-FACETED LIVES WITHOUT BECOMING A NERVOUS WRECK?
feelings once a month during the darkest lunar phase when women are most at risk of anxiety and depression. This process creates a bond of trust through mutual compassion. Whilst the aim of sharing circles is not to fix anyone, but to access insight into life challenges by attuning to one’s intuition, my experience is practical solutions are often discussed after the circle over a shared meal so support is gained on all levels.
By adopting a more socially sustainable approach inspired by the ancient feminine customs of our ancestral grandmothers who lived during the matriarchal Neolithic period (the new stone age). During these times women understood the more they interwove their lives in a spirit of sisterhood, the more support they generated. WHEN SOMETHING IS WOVEN IT IS STRONG. So the less community support we have, the more we tend to unravel in isolation or feel like a basket case! ANCIENT CUSTOMS TO INSPIRE A NEW WAY FORWARDS Women once shared their domestic responsibilities and their harvest. What’s more, artifacts discovered from Neolithic settlements in Old Europe show women of many generations lived together and equally shared the task of child rearing. Compare this scenario to today where the majority of mothers work in addition to parenting in relative isolation a social norm which undermines everyone’s needs and results in a truckload of mother guilt. So if living with the women in your family tree isn’t an option and you can’t see an immediate opportunity to live in an intentional community, how do you create more practical support for your personal wellbeing through sisterhood? RED TENT SISTERHOOD CIRCLES This ancient communal practice involves women taking turns to share their innermost thoughts and
3 REASONS TO ATTEND RED TENT SISTERHOOD CIRCLES TO ENHANCE YOUR HEALTH 1. Heal Past Wounds & Shame with Acceptance and Compassion We heal the emotional and psychological wounds of our childhood in three stages. The first stage commences when we commit to take responsibility for our wounds through attending one-on-one sessions with a trusted healer or counsellor. The second stage is being witnessed in our vulnerability within a trusted group dedicated to a shared process of healing and empowerment. The third stage is when we mentor others, offering experiential wisdom from our own healing journey. If we haven’t undertaken the first stage understandably we fear speaking in a group. Why? The fear of our wounded self being seen is the underlying reason why public speaking is feared more than death by the global majority. Fortunately with so many people embracing many forms of therapy to address their core wounds, a growing number are ready to take their healing and empowerment to the
Wpmen’s Health next level, by transcending their fear of emotional & psychological intimacy. How? By practising the art of openly expressing one’s authentic truth and feelings. When we witness such vulnerability within a safe space we experience deep compassion for ourselves and each other. This is the healing power of sisterly / brotherly love.
and space each month to be witnessed as our true self, our self confidence grows to express our inner self - our feminine side which heals the unconscious need to rebel against our mother’s example or advice. 3. Create More Mental & Emotional Balance Sisterhood circles address our primary social need to belong and by gathering in alignment with the lunar cycle we learn to better caretake our emotional needs. This reduces mood swings and our tendency to self-soothe by comfort eating. By expressing our emotions on a regular basis we clear blocked energy out of our body minimising the likelihood of developing chronic physical conditions. Sisterhood circles also provide somewhere to process our life experiences on a regular basis, which enhances our mental wellbeing & reduces ailments like insomnia. And by having ongoing access to women of all ages we reduce our fear of ageing as we demystify the process and gain mentoring support for our own life transitions.
2. Heal Your Relationship With The Feminine Most of us have experienced some form of bullying by ‘mean girls’ during our school years. This is a dysfunctional group dynamic that occurs when girls aren’t initiated into sisterhood practices - they attempt to bolster their self-esteem by putting others down or excluding them. When we experience a circle of women facilitated by a well trained group leader it heals those earlier imprints by anchoring a more positive and uplifting experience. In addition, gathering in sisterhood circles helps us heal our mother issues whether we feel To find out about her free Red Tent webinars we were under or or her latest book, Goddess Wisdom, released with ove r- m o t h e re d. Hay House in conjunction with her Goddess Wisdom How? When we online course go to www.themoonwoman.com feel truly seen and heard we feel loved. So by having a time
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Started by Bruno Hussar, it is named Oasis of Peace after the Biblical passage: ‘My people shall dwell in an oasis of peace’. Here Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel live together. Receiving minimal government funding, this village is a demonstration of managing many inter-dependent relations. The metaphorical inter-dependent health levels in this village are the sensitive education of two deeply wounded peoples; two different faiths; two languages and the ordinary business of governing themselves as a recognized state. They are actively successful at, as they say, ‘living with conflict’. Terror and tyranny do not rule in this village. The only security the village has is the law imposed by government. They have achieved their homeostasis. In 2016 they were presented with our Winspiration Award, which they received at our main stage event in Austria.
Our World by Wolfgang Sonnenburg
n our body there is a crucial process which carefully regulates inter-dependent conditions such as our body temperature, the PH of extracellular fluids, as well as glucose levels in blood plasma, and oxygen levels, and which keeps them constant, despite changes in the environment, and what we have been eating or doing (for example, resting or exercising). It makes us sweat when we’re hot, shiver when we’re cold. Without this, the body cannot function effectively. A breakdown in stabilising blood sugar levels is recognized as diabetes, for example. Without this process, a biochemical riot would ensue. The kidneys would be under stress; sugar levels would be unstable. Our system would be unable to function. The one reason that doesn’t happen is because of this ‘checks-andbalance’ system called homeostasis. The conceptual origins of homeostasis reach back to the ancient Greek concept of balance, harmony, equilibrium, and steady-state; all of them fundamental attributes of life and health. When I applied science to society I found myself asking: What is homeostasis for society? How do we reach equilibrium? A small village between Jerusalem and TelAviv has been answering this question since 1969.
However, our global society has poor vision. Often it does not pick up small initiatives from a distant place of hope and tolerance. So you have probably never heard of this practical peace in the Middle East that has been ongoing for over 40 years. Rather, our eyesight is used for magnifying possibly threatening objects so that they appear closer than they are - just like the sticker on side view mirrors in our cars. We see the war on terror instead. It seems bigger, closer, and scarier. Focusing on terror is reckless abandonment of our collective self. We can liken it to focusing on the diagnosis of terminal disease and not on the prognosis of good health. Homeostasis for humanity is asking
the question: What makes a healthy society? We know If we change our intention, we can go much further. too well what the diagnosis is. We know which news It is the difference between a conflict-resolution style channel, which tabloid newspaper and which social of thinking, or peace initiative determination. They networking website to visit for that. This is the extent sound the same, and start side by side, but as we to which we have been taught war. Where do we go extend into the future they grow in radically different for the possibility of peace? We know if we eat that directions. and drink this, we may fall ill. We know if we swallow We can have an extraordinary future when that, or inject this, we will have temporary relief. This we spend enough time thinking about it. At our is the extent to which we have been taught sickness. last forum we had the presence of ‘Think Tank’ Every country’s’ measuring stick of prosperity, the deans, professors, space technology innovators and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) also measures wealth heavyweight marketing gurus. In 2018 we will again from the high usage of medication, chemotherapy bring different super-minds together, from different and actions relating to war, amongst other negative walks of life, to discuss and agree on a future we but profit inducing productivity. So in direct relation want to have. Thinking about our future, believing it to how sick and scared a country and creating it, is how we’ll create is, we can then borrow accordingly We at Winspiration are homeostasis for society. You may from the World Bank. This is not a ask, why Jerusalem? The answer committed to being win-win situation! is if the three leading religions the change we want to Homeostasis for society cooperate more in this one City, see in the world. is about focusing on peace and the entire Earth will be 70% closer health. The doctor has little interest to world peace. This is a possibility in the healthy. They are not the main fascination of worth working towards. most psychologists. However, this is changing. A small To support the work we at Winspiration do, I team, known as Positive Psychology, scientifically would like to renew my invitation for you to become a studies the strengths that enable us to thrive. Their supporting member of our organisation. We suggest premise is that people desire to lead meaningful, an annual donation of $247 which is used to fund the fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them, Extraordinary Future Forum, as well as our ongoing and enhance their experiences of love, work, and efforts to fund Winspiration Day workshops, which play. We have proof that this is working with the take place on May 7th each year, around the world. acceptance of mindfulness into the mainstream All members will have exclusive access to at least 15 conversation on mental health. Mindfulness is also webinars where ideas and various topics are covered now acknowledged by the NHS in England. by a dozen visionaries, world renowned personal We at Winspiration are committed to being development coaches, and bestselling authors and the change we want to see in the world. In alignment institute CEOs. To apply for membership, please with that, we are holding our 2018 Extraordinary email us at email@example.com expressing Future Forum in Jerusalem. This is a forum where your interest. we, together with a group of prestigious experts and I would like to thank you for your interest in thinkers come together with the intention to agree, Winspiration. If you join with us you will play your and put our heathy future into being. The forum leads part in shaping an Extraordinary Future – for yourself and facilitates the discussion of new inspiration, new and for the world. insight and ideas on how to create a society based on abundant health, wealth and peace. We recognize The best is yet to come! this is only possible when we change our thought and feeling patterns because ‘good enough’ is just Oasis of Peace (Wahat al – Salam) NOT good enough. We need to be the best we can www.wasns.org be. Change is the only constant and so Winspiration Positive Psychology Center: continues to work towards ways in which we can www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu get better, and better. In this Universe of duality and polarity, there is always a solution to every problem. p
With Sam Feltham An Interview on UK Health Radio by Katharine Tate
n the U.K., 25% of adults are categorised as obese, the highest prevalence in Europe, type 2 diabetes has risen by 65% in the past 10 years with no sign of slowing down and both cost the NHS £16 billion a year. The large amounts of conflicting, often sponsored, information available via the Internet and the mainstream media can make understanding what is right for us as individuals a real challenge. Sam Feltham is director of The Public Health Collaboration a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health. The charity helps to inform by publishing evidence-based reports on the most pressing public health issues alongside coordinated campaigns and implementing initiatives for improving public health. Sam Feltham shares his personal story and
the development of the collaboration. Sam has his own health story after developing Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was aged just 13. After a full recovery at 16 he then started working at his local sports centre, later went off to university and then worked as a snow boarding instructor for 4 years. After this he decided that he wanted to help as many people as possible so he trained to become a personal trainer where he delivered standard personal trainer advice. In 2010, Sam read ‘Why We Get Fat’ which initiated his interest in research and led him to start advising his clients to follow a low carb diet to lose weight. After so many success stories he planned to reach a bigger audience and decided to set up a boot camp called ‘Smash the Fat’. He soon realised
his impact could be much greater if he collaborated with doctors, health care professionals, researchers and patients therefore in 2016 the Public Health Collaboration (PHC) was born. To achieve their mission to inform and implement healthy decisions for better public health they produce reports and research, which informs and empowers patients and doctors. They review the NHS recommended Healthy Eating Guidelines and question what evidence is used and what the results are. As a nation we are are told that we are more or less, eating the right amounts of fat, carbohydrates, red meat, fruit and vegetables but obesity and diabetes has significantly increased in
the last 20 years. The information that the Healthy Eating Guidelines gives us is clearly not working and many researchers question the conflict between the food companies and manufacturers that sit on the board for such guidance. An example of the work that can be accomplished by the PHC is supporting a GP/Nurse to advise patients with type 2 diabetes to follow a low carb, real food diet. They have seen that over time the surgery can spend £40,000 less on drugs for these patients. If all surgeries followed this example, the NHS could save £350m on diabetes drugs alone. The PHC has 12 scientific advisors on board which include GPs, Cardiologists and diabetes educators who are all well connected to help make a difference. The PHC also wants to engage more nutritional therapists to work alongside GPs to support patients to become more empowered about their health and receive a more personalised model of medicine. Take a look at the PHC website and also consider joining the PHC and downloading their material and advice. To find out more about Sam Feltham and the PHC: www.phcuk.org
About The Food Teacher:
Katharine Tate, has worked as a teacher and education consultant internationally in primary and secondary schools for over 20 years. Qualified as a registered nutritional therapist, Katharine, combines her unique education and nutrition expertise to offer schools, organisations and families advice, education programmes, practical workshops, and individual/family clinical consultations. Katharine also presents The Food Teacher show on UK Health Radio where she discusses the importance of food for health and wellbeing. She has published 2 books: ‘Heat-Free & Healthy’ and the award-winning ‘No Kitchen Cookery for Primary Schools’. Look out for The Food Teacher at Food Festivals and events throughout the country during 2017. www.thefoodteacher.co.uk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes and depression: Is there a connection?
by Maureen Sullivan, RN, CDE* *(CDE-Certified Diabetic Educator) www.MaureenSullivanRN.com
tudies have shown that people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing depression. Although there is no single reason why depression occurs in this group, there are several challenges associated with diabetes that can be overwhelming to those with inadequate support systems. Daily monitoring of diet, activity and medication regimens can be stressful. Lack of knowledge on your chronic diabetic condition can be frustrating. Diabetic related complications, such as kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve damage (neuropathy) further compromise one’s coping abilities, increasing the risk of depression. Knowing the symptoms of depression is the first step to addressing the issue and improving the situation. Some symptoms of depression may be the following: • Changes in sleep patterns • Changes in appetite • Trouble concentrating • Loss of energy • Lack of interest • Feelings of sadness • Loss of pleasure It is important to discuss your concerns, and symptoms with your healthcare provider. Certain medical conditions may also mimic symptoms of depression (thyroid conditions, substance abuse, medication side effects). Medical illnesses can cause depressive illness, further prolonging the recovery period. Oftentimes, a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors is involved in the onset
of a depressive disorder. It is important to rule out all causes for your symptoms and work with your healthcare provider to address an individualised treatment plan specific to your condition. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, additional health education, psychotherapy, medication changes, and support groups. Knowledge is power and education is empowering. Simply learning more about diabetes, through formal classes, nutritional counselling, and support groups allows a person with diabetes to feel in control, less isolated, and capable of handling the daily demands often associated with diabetes. Diabetes can be a challenging health condition. Unlike other chronic health conditions that may require a simple diet change and basic medication compliance, diabetes is a multifaceted condition. Calorie and carbohydrate counting, daily activity requirements, frequent glucose monitoring, ongoing weight management, and more can be daunting to the individual lacking strong coping skills. Fortunately, there are multiple resources available to ensure a person with diabetes does not feel alone, isolated, and unable to manage their disease. Know the symptoms of depression and seek professional help. Learn effective coping skills and take back ownership of your health and wellness. www.diabetes.org www.diabetesforecast.org psychcentral.com p
by Reg Starkey
arry Norman was born in London on the 21st of August 1933. His father Leslie was a Producer/Director who was involved in some iconic British films of the 1950s, including ‘The Cruel Sea’ and ‘Dunkirk’. Despite this, Leslie Norman recommended his son into Journalism, starting as a cub reporter on the Kensington Times, moving from there to the Daily Sketch, a national tabloid, and from there to the Daily Mail, then a broadsheet, where he stayed for 13 years before being made redundant. After a short spell with the Times, Barry Norman joined the BBC to present Film 1972. He did this every year for 26 consecutive years until 1998, when he joined Sky for 3 years. He won a Richard Dimbleby BAFTA award in 1981 and a London Film Critics Award in 1994. In 1998 he was also honoured with a CBE. His distinctive style and iconic status were also acknowledged on Spitting Image with a voice impersonation created by Rory Bremner. The phrase “And why not?” was first created for him in this popular puppet show and then adopted by Barry Norman himself in real life. He also wrote 10 novels, as well as film guides, and gave his name to a brand of pickled onions! He was a Renaissance Man of the 20th Century and we shall not see his like again. p
Image: Curtis Brown
Britain’s most popular Film Critic, died on the 30th of June, aged 83
Advocate A Monthly Healthcare Advocacy Editorial by Joni Aldrich, Christopher Jerry, and Graham Whiteside
FOLLOW THROUGH IS CRITICAL: When the medical test results are NORMAL but you know you are not NORMAL
y good friend, Chiqeeta Jameson, relates the difficult and courageous story of her breast cancer diagnosis this way:
“It was early morning, in the beginning of April 1998. I was 41-years-old. I jolted awake, and announced to the ceiling, ‘I have breast cancer.’ Craig, my fiancé said, ‘Are you talking about the lump on your right breast?’ I immediately pressed my left hand over my right breast and began what I now know to be an SBE (Self Breast Examination), and there it was; a small hard lump on the outside of my right breast. I was freaked, to say the least. I then asked Craig why he didn’t tell me about this. He became embarrassed, and then a little irritated (and,
rightly so). He said, ‘It’s your breast. Don’t you check yourself on a regular basis?’ All I could say was, ‘No, I don’t.’ But from that moment on I knew, instinctively, that I had breast cancer.” While Chiqeeta was confident of that fact, no treatment can start until a doctor recognizes it, right? One of the most memorable and personally distressing stories I have encountered as a patient advocate, Chiqeeta’s story is a great example of a test result giving wrong information. “Every day, we patients are given medical tests and we trust that they are accurate. The results determine whatever happens next. We may be diagnosed with something new or prescribed a new treatment. A treatment may be changed, or maybe we’ll be declared cured of whatever our medical problem was. The results might suggest we just keep doing what we’ve been doing. What most of us don’t realize is that not all test results are correct or accurate. Incorrect or inaccurate test results may lead to a misdiagnosis, a missed diagnosis, or a failure to diagnose. We may have something wrong and not get treated for it, or we may suffer through treatment for something we didn’t really have.” ~Trisha Torrey, www.verywell.com, How Accurate Are Your Medical Test Results?, March 2017 Next, Chiqeeta went to see her OBGYN. He knew she had had lumpy fibrocystic breasts and several cysts removed, so assumed this also had to be a cyst. “He then reminded me that six months earlier I had my first mammogram with negative results. He told me that I was under stress because I was getting married soon and not to worry. And besides, he said, I was 41 and too young to have breast cancer. I left his office thinking that my sister was 51 when she had breast cancer, so I had ten more years to worry about it. I moved on. At least I tried.” The lump got bigger. Chiqeeta was still plagued with the nagging thought that she had breast cancer. Like many of us, she probably told herself that she was being a hypochondriac, but Chiqeeta persisted anyway. She met with a 2nd OBGYN who sent her for another mammogram. Six weeks later, the mystery continued when Chiqee-
ta received what she refers to as her second ‘Happy Gram’ letter saying that her results were negative and to come back next year. Many people would have simply gone on with their life, but Chiqeeta is a great example of a patient advocate. “A dear friend recommended that I see a breast surgeon for yet another opinion. He had to know more, right? Breasts are what he works on all day. The surgeon looked at my mammogram, did a CBE (Clinical Breast Examination), and read my reports. He supported what the other two doctors were telling me; the lump is a cyst. He said, ‘Nothing showed up on either mammogram. And besides, you are too young to have breast cancer. Stop second-guessing your diagnosis.’ Well, there you have it. They were the doctors with the experience. They should know. So, I put the issue behind me…for a minute. The nagging thought that I had breast cancer kept coming back. I could not stop thinking about my sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 51 and had a double mastectomy. Why could I not let go, and why was no one else worried about this lump that seemed to be getting bigger?” Nine months after she discovered the lump in her breast, Chiqeeta made an appointment with Dr. Kevin Kelly, a Radiologist and head of the breast imaging department at The Hill Breast Center in Pasadena, CA. “I took my mammograms and reports, with me. Again, I thought that he had to know more. All he did all day was look at mammogram images. I thought that maybe he could see something in my mammograms that the others missed. I told him my entire story. He listened and before he did an examination he told me, ‘I learned a long time ago to trust the instincts of a woman.’” Dr. Kelly ordered another mammogram. But this time, he told Chiqeeta to “stay put” because they would look at them together. “A little later Dr. Kelly came into the room and shoved the films on the light board and showed me my mammogram images. He told me, ‘You could hide a Mack truck in there.You have extremely dense-breast tissue (DBT). That means that your tissue shows up white on the mammogram.
Mammography uses radiation to see through your breast tissue, and it just can’t see well through dense tissue. It’s like looking for a snowball in a snowstorm. Mammography is not enough of an examination for your tissue type. You also need to have an ultrasound examination.” The ultrasound revealed a 1.7cm invasive ductal carcinoma…yes, cancer…that was later confirmed by the pathologist. At diagnosis, it was the size of a walnut, and was just getting ready to spread into Chiqeeta’s lymph nodes. She kept wondering how big her cancer would have been back in April; if it had been discovered earlier, would she have had to have those eight rounds of chemo, 30 days of radiation, and be thrown into menopause which took away any possibility of having children…all in her second year of marriage? Chiqeeta says, “The answer is probably not.” Before we move ahead to the moral of this story, here is some critical information that every woman (because we all have breasts) should know:
“You cannot tell breast density by look, size or touch. Forty-seven percent of women in the U.S. have dense breast tissue (DBT). Mammography misses over fifty percent of cancers in women with DBT, and yet it has been the standard screening for women in the U.S. for fifty years. Over seventy percent of all breast cancers occur in women with DBT. Over seventy-five percent of all women don’t know their breast tissue type. If you have ever had a mammogram, you can call the office of the screening facility and ask for information about your breast density from the report. Be aware that your breast density may be different in each breast. If you are dense (www.areyoudense.org, www.eachonetellone.org), ask your doctor what additional breast examination and screening may be a good choice for you.” ~Joni Aldrich, Advocacy Heals U
How do I know how important this is? Several years ago, Chiqeeta flew me to a medical facility in Missouri to have my own SonoCiné (meaning sound in motion) Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS). Dr. Kelly was initial in developing this state-of-the-art technology to detect more and smaller cancers in women with dense breast tissue than by mammography alone. I had had a similar feeling that my mammograms were not telling the whole truth. Sure enough, I had two intraductal papillomas hiding in the dense breast tissue of my left breast. After a needle core biopsy and a surgical biopsy, I was assured that all of the “suspicious” cells were gone. Unless my breast density changes (which it can do), I will continue to insist on an ultrasound in addition to my regular mammograms—even if I have to pay for it myself. This is my body…I have a responsibility to be sure that doctors know as much about it as they need to know. Women…take fifteen minutes to watch If You’re Dense, You Need to be Smart, Chiqeeta Jameson, TEDxLoyolaMarymountU on YouTube. What you learn may save your life.
“But I had my medical test, and got my ‘happy gram’… How can I have cancer?” 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed every year. Oftentimes, it is up to the patient and their family members to follow their instincts to get to a correct diagnosis. What would have happened if Chiqeeta had not followed through with her instincts and knowledge of her own body? Upon her diagnosis for her aggressive breast cancer, it may have been too late to give her a chance of survival. A false negative is a medical test result that indicates a person does not have a disease, or condition when the person actually does have it, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). False negative test results can occur in many different medical tests, from tests for pregnancy, tuberculosis or Lyme disease to tests for the presence of drugs or alcohol in the body. Conversely, a false positive test result indicates that a person has a specific disease or condition when the person actually does not have it. Both a false negative and a false positive can lead to a wrong diagnosis, a critical delay in the right treatment for the right disease, and in some cases even death. “A false negative is when a test reveals favorable news that contradicts empirical evidence. Conversely, a false positive occurs when an incorrect unfavorable condition is reported. One might assume that results from a million-dollar piece of equipment would represent an authoritative conclusion. Quality of the imaging coils put around the body part being scanned and the computer programs used to control the imaging and to analyze the images are important. But perfectly tuned equipment is only as reliable as the person who views the images and prepares the report. Unless it is of considerable volume, a mass detected on an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan is often a dot requiring a judgment call. Determining whether a dot is an anomaly depends upon the skill, experience and alertness of the technician.” ~Kevin RR Williams, www.clinicalposters.com, How Accurate is an MRI Report
In Chiqeeta’s case, the wrong (and yet standard) medical screening tool was used to detect her cancer. This is a perfect example of how medical technology can fail. However, in the world of cancer (where screening is not perfect) some screening is better than no screening. Keep the mammogram, breast self-exam, and other screening tools such as a colonoscopy (the only cancer screening tool that can stop cancer before it starts through the removal of pre-cancerous polyps) on your calendar. However, regardless of the consideration of the results, listen to your body and be certain that you are comfortable and secure in your health. If the lump doesn’t go away and seems to be changing, it may not be just a cyst—whether it is in your breast or elsewhere on your body. If you’ve been told that everything okay, but the symptoms haven’t gone away…follow-up and keep speaking up until you have a diagnosis you feel confident is the right one. We all need to be cognizant of what we do to protect and support our healthy body every day—including our dream instincts! We are all busy individuals, but your health is always priority one. Your survival may depend on finding a doctor (such as Dr. Kelly) who is aware of the most up-to-date research and technologies in medicine. If Chiqeeta had not been vigilant in her medical care, she might not have lived to tell her story. Author’s Notes: Written by Joni Aldrich, Pulitzer prize nominated author, speaker, radio program host and producer, cancer, caregiving, and patient safety advocate. Contributions by Graham Whiteside, Vice President of Sales and Marketing SIMnext LLC, and Chris Jerry, founder and CEO of The Emily Jerry Foundation (www.emilyjerryfoundation.org) and international patient safety advocate.
Medical Mprvel Moments
by Amanda Thomas
A few medical marvels to make you think! 1. Donâ€™t stick out your tongue if you want to hide your identity. Similar to fingerprints, everyone also has a unique tongue print!
2. Your pet isnâ€™t the only one in the house with a shedding problem. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour. That works out to about 1.5 pounds each year, so the average person will lose around 105 pounds of skin by age 70.
3. An adult has fewer bones than a baby. We start off life with 350 bones, but because bones fuse together during growth, we end up with only 206 as adults. Did you know that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days? If you didn’t, the strong acids your stomach uses to digest food would also digest your stomach.
parts of the world. You can even map it out by latitudes. No one knows exactly why cold weather and MS go together. One theory advanced in The China Study holds that it may have to do with the consumption of dairy products, which is more common in colder than hotter parts of the world. Others suggest it may be that MS is genetic.
4. Our nose is not as sensitive as a dog’s, but it can remember 50,000 different scents.
9. Very low cholesterol levels are associated with violence. According to Golomb and colleagues in their study of 79,777 patients, violent criminals had a much lower level of cholesterol than non-violent individuals. Low cholesterol is also associated with higher rates of suicide. In a study of monkeys, low cholesterol was also linked to aggressive behaviours.
5. The small intestine is about four times as long as the average adult is tall. If it weren’t looped back and forth upon itself, its length of 18 to 23 feet wouldn’t fit into the abdominal cavity, making things rather messy. 6. The source of smelly feet like smelly armpits, is sweat. And people sweat buckets from their feet. A pair of feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day. 7. The air from a human sneeze can travel at speeds of 100 miles per hour or more -- another good reason to cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze -- or duck when you hear one coming your way. 8. Multiple sclerosis (MS) occurs much less frequently in tropical and semitropical areas than in cold
10. Some drugs that treat restless leg syndrome have a side effect of compulsive gambling. Dopaminergic agents that treat a variety of conditions, including restless leg syndrome, can cause otherwise ordinary people to become gambling addicts. Physicians do not always warn patients about this potential side effect, and patients and their families do not associate it with drug therapy. If you take any new medications, read the label for potential side effects. Gambling may be one of them! No one clearly understands why this happens.
“Real Life Connection” Q & A with Executive Director of HealthCode, Steve Amos
n his exclusive interview with Kidney Contenders, Steve Amos shares both his professional and personal views & expresses on the benefits of communicating health outreach. Q: How does HealthCode translate preventative care for the average, private citizen, nationally and internationally? A: Today’s sedentary life styles and poor diets are literally killing us. HealthCode’s mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives free from preventable diseases. HealthCode’s programs encourage people to be physically active, eat smart and establish positive communities of support. Q: Is outreach accessible for every person, nationally and internationally? A: HealthCode’s programs are accessible globally, plus no fees are required. Just connect to the Internet for program access and get active in the real world. We’ve seen adults do care about their health, their family and friends, but sometimes lack tools and support. Sadly, in our society we often see a huge disconnect between mind and body and comprehending the importance of loving one’s self worth.
Q: Healthcode’s website powers additional affiliations under its umbrella. What are some of these other affiliations? A: Participants from Million Mile Month (MMM) requested quarterly events to encourage physical activity, not just for themselves but for their communities. Social outreach, person-to-person communicating their interest of the well-being of their colleagues, friends, neighbours, etc. This July MMM has “triathlon in a month (https://millionmilemonth. org/events)” where participants can create their own mileage for the month of July. Registration is open to local, regional and global participants. The point is to encourage people to set their own goals with their physical activities. HealthCode provides quarterly activity events to encourage everyone to get up and move, including families, colleagues at work and throughout communities. It has been wonderful to see companies participate around the globe in support of their employees’ health and wellness. Q: Who are the people HealthCode contends for? A: All those who make up our communities – individuals, families, folks at work, organisations, companies – everyone! Because everyone should experience the benefits of a healthier, happier life.
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Ppetry Corner by Reg Starkey
From a Shropshire Lad
by A. E. Housman
Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again.
Three short verses from two of my favourite poets. Housman was gay - at a time when homosexuality was ‘the love that cannot speak its name’. Wendy Cope, from her poetry, comes across as enthusiastically heterosexual. Declaring her love for a dead gay poet, like this, is bound to make her readers smile! p
Another Unfortunate Choice
by Wendy Cope
I think I am in love with A. E. Housman, Which puts me in a worse-than-usual fix. No woman ever stood a chance with Housman And he’s been dead since 1936.
Film & Theatre
by Reg Starkey
BABY DRIVER **** Written and directed by Edgar Wright, with music by Steven Price, this is non-stop excitement, at a relentlessly intense pace. Ansel Elgort plays the title role with cool quiet charm. Lily James provides the love interest. Kevin Spacey is the cold criminal mastermind who still believes in honour among thieves. Jon Hamm, famous for his leading role in Mad Men, is convincing as a hard man gone bad. For maximum enjoyment, you simply need to suspend disbelief right from the start, enjoy the speed and the soundtrack and just go along for the ride. You still may find it an exhausting experience!
SOUVENIR *** Here we find Isabelle Huppert, sensational star of ‘Elle’, now playing a very ordinary French factory worker called Lilianne – but a factory worker with an unusual past. 30 years ago, we discover, Lilianne represented her country with a song in the Eurovision Song Contest – a contender, not a winner. But it created a celebrity of sorts. Lilianne was once nearly-famous ‘as seen on TV’! Now she is reduced to the mind-numbing repetitive tedium of decorating Pate on a production line, day after day. Enter a young co-worker, with dreams of being a boxer, whose father was/is a fan of the singer Lilianne and whose mother isn’t happy about his attraction to her. The son recognises her and persuades her to try a return to Show Business. Their Spring: Autumn affair perhaps is doomed to failure, like Liliane’s shaky Comeback. But their wishful thinking is understandable and pleasantly light though bitter-sweet. Definitely not ‘Nul Points’ this time around.
SPIDER-MAN, HOMECOMING *** Tom Holland takes the title role, aka Peter Parker, in this High School version of the Marvel comic character. He is a teenager with shy eyes on his own Homecoming Queen… His Uncle, ‘Iron Man’, is played by Robert Downey Junior. His nemesis ‘Vulture’ is played by Michael Keaton. The screenplay has a team of writers and a single director: Jon Watts. The result is a commercially successful blockbuster that is good entertainment, well acted, well produced, yet somewhere short of great.
WONDER WOMAN ****
This beats Spiderman for me, even though it springs from the same suspect heritage - kids’ comics. In the title role, Gal Gadot plays an Amazon Princess Diana, who always looks gorgeous but has been trained to be tougher than old boots and more than a match for anyone, any time. The production has its share of embarrassing pseudophilosophical dialogue, on both pacifism and feminism, but there is also some delightful cinematography and lots of unusual lighting. The villains are marvellous (no pun intended!) and Chris Pine is excellent as the American pilot/hero who tries to take Wonder Woman under his wing. Directed by Patty Jenkins, with virtually no Unity of either time or place, nevertheless it is huge fun throughout, long but never dull and well worth seeing!
Programme Schedule All times quoted are London time
00.00 Cancer SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 01.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker NEW Edition 02.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb NEW Edition 03.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton 04.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 06.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly 07.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize 08.00 Business Health and Emotional Wealth The Easy Way!! Your high performance thinking for high performance success - Paul Rees 09.00 Cancer SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 10.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate 11.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen 12.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace 13.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James 14.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce 15.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson 16.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan 17.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King 18.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams - NEW Edition 19.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan 20.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally 21.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati 22.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy 23.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee
00.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry - NEW Edition 01.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson - NEW Edition 02.00 Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley - NEW Edition 03.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke - NEW Edition 04.00 Advocacy Heals U - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 05.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker 06.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb 07.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton
08.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 10.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly 11.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize 12.00 Business Health and Emotional Wealth The Easy Way!! Your high performance thinking for high performance success - Paul Rees 13.00 Advocacy Heals U - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 14.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate 15.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen 16.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace 17.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James 18.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce 19.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson 20.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan 21.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King 22.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams - NEW Edition 23.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan
Wednesday 00.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally - NEW Edition 01.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati - NEW Edition 02.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy - NEW Edition 03.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee - NEW Edition 04.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry 05.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson 06.00 Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley - NEW Edition 07.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke 08.00 Caregiving SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 09.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker 10.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb 11.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton 12.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 14.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly 15.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize 16.00 Business Health and Emotional Wealth The Easy Way!! Your high performance thinking for high performance success - Paul Rees 17.00 Caregiving SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 18.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate
19.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen 20.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace 21.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James 22.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce 23.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson
00.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan - NEW Edition 01.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King - NEW Edition 02.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams - NEW Edition 03.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan - NEW Edition 04.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally 05.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati 06.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy 07.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee 08.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry 09.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson 10.00 Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley - NEW Edition 11.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke 12.00 Treatment SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 13.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker 14.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb 15.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton 16.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 18.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly 19.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize 20.00 Business Health and Emotional Wealth The Easy Way!! Your high performance thinking for high performance success - Paul Rees 21.00 Treatment SOS - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 22.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate 23.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen
00.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace - NEW Edition 01.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James - NEW Edition 02.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce - NEW Edition 03.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson - NEW Edition 04.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan 05.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King 06.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams
07.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan 08.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally 09.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati 10.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy 11.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee 12.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry 13.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson 14.00 Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley - NEW Edition 15.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke 16.00 Ladies who Inspire - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 17.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker 18.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb 19.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton 20.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 22.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly 23.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize
00.00 Business Health and Emotional Wealth The Easy Way!! Your high performance thinking for high performance success - Paul Rees - NEW Edition 01.00 Ladies who Inspire - Joni Aldrich - NEW Edition 02.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate - NEW Edition 03.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen - NEW Edition 04.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace 05.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James 06.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce 07.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson 08.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan 09.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King 10.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams - NEW Edition 11.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan 12.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally 13.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati 14.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy 15.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee 16.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry 17.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson 18.00Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley - NEW Edition 19.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke 20.00 Listeners Choice Reloaded - NEW Edition 21.00 Supporting your child's sleep with care - Kerry Secker 22.00 Living Raw Radio - Geeta Sidhu-Robb 23.00 Sunshine UKay Health Show - Kirsty Ashton
00.00 The Robert Scott Bell Show direct from the US - NEW Edition 02.00 Yes to Life - Robin Daly - NEW Edition 03.00 LadyXsize Fitness Hour - LadyXsize - NEW Edition 04.00 Freedom Lifestyle - Paul Wakefield 05.00 Listeners Choice Reloaded 06.00 The Food Teacher - Katharine Tate 07.00 The Integrated Dentist - Dr. Brian Halvorsen 08.00 Spotlight Show - Janey-Lee Grace 09.00 The Raw Chef Experience - Russell James 10.00 TheWayForward - Stewart St Clair Pearce 11.00 Easy Detox Expert - Amanda Nelson 12.00 The Health & Humour Show - Maureen Sullivan
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13.00 Dr. King’s The Healing Revolution Show - Dr King 14.00 I Can’t Make Your Legs Grow Longer - Chris Williams - NEW Edition 15.00 Healing Ties - Chris MacLellan 16.00 Vince the Vet - Vince MacNally 17.00 Natural Healing Show - with Yara Ghrewati 18.00 Unlock Your Health - Dr Vijay Murthy 19.00 Paula Quinsee: Talking about Relationship Dynamics - Paula Quinsee 20.00 Surviving Healthcare Today - Chris Jerry 21.00 Master Your Life - Leaha Mattinson 22.00 Total Celebrity Show - Neil Haley 23.00 The Relaxback UK Show - Mike Dilke Do you have expertise in the areas of issues of general health, cancer prevention and treatment, cardiovascular care, women’s issues, mental health, elder care, sexual health, fitness, wellbeing, avoidance of stress, nutrition, healthy eating, fitness and avoidance of accidents and trauma? Would you like to contribute a regular audio blog (3 – 15 minutes) or weekly hour-long show and share your knowledge and passion? If so, please contact UK Health Radio at: email@example.com
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