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May/Jun 2017


Vitamin C kills Cancer Cells Is Serrapeptase the new health cure? Mind & Body Spa Day! Meditation Seminar


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The Mind & Body Spa Day - £65 A spa day like no other! Enjoy a day of relaxation, meditation and Yoga at The Odyssey Health Club & Spa in June. Included in your day will be a relaxing ELEMIS back massage, Hatha Yoga, Meditation Class, welcome drink and fresh fruit, buffet lunch, tea & Coffee, full use of our club and wet facilities, robe, towel and slippers to use during your visit. A day designed to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase vitality! Available on Sunday 11th & 25th June Only!


ur last edition was packed with club news, 2017 food trends, Spa offers, Charity of the Year news and more, and this edition is no different! A quick mention to all our Odyssey members and friends who ran this year’s London Marathon, well done to you all! We’re here to help you re-align your fitness goals for the year and keep you on track. Be sure to book in with one of the fitness team for a free review ASAP as consistency is the key to fitness success. Our membership team are looking for opportunities to support local events and promote the club in the wider community, so if you or someone you know are organising a health or wellbeing event and would like us to come and get involved please get in touch with us. If you're looking to get in shape for the Summer, now is a great time to get in touch as we have some great options available with fantastic support from our coaches. Contact us on 01438 313320 option 2 and speak with the team today or visit our website for more options.

Pilates Workshop

Mind & Body Spa Day

Saturday 17th June 12:30 with Amy

June 11th & 25th Sundays

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on using both the mind and body to achieve optimum performance. It focuses on the deep stabilising muscles of the body using a sequence of movements.

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There are many benefits some of which include: improved flexibility, improved strength and muscle tone, lowered stress levels, improved posture, less incidence of back pain and injury, increased bone density and greater joint mobility.” Come and find out how Pilates can help you with your daily life, learn the concepts behind the ever growing Pilates world and master the basic moves with our Pilates expert Amy.

Meditation Seminar Saturday 20th May 12:30 with Caroline Discover meditation with Pure Therapies, a workshop on Saturday 20th May, offering guided meditations, tips and advice on how meditation can benefit you.

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Discover the basic principles behind meditation, so that you can reach that inner space effectively and with ease.

Enjoy a day of relaxation, meditation and Yoga at The Odyssey Health Club & Spa in June. Included in your day will be a relaxing ELEMIS back massage, Hatha Yoga Meditation Class, welcome drink and fresh fruit, buffet lunch, tea & Coffee, full use of our club and wet facilities, robe, towel and slippers to use during your visit. A day designed to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase vitality!

Only £65

20 Ways to Succeed in the Gym! Wednesday 28th June 6:30 – 7:30pm Discover a range of simple but incredibly effective tips to maintaining your programme, planning your year and getting the most from your training.

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Is Serrapeptase the all new Health Cure?


Serrapeptase, technically known as Serrato Peptidase, is a unique and very powerful protein digesting enzyme. Originally discovered as a specific bacteria found in the gut of silkworms it is used to “digest” their cocoons. Serrapeptase is now synthesized and sold for medicinal purposes in Europe and Japan under the registered name Danzen® and sold under a variety of names including, DanzenTM, AniflazymTM, and SerraZymeTM. In the US Serrapeptase is sold as a nutritional supplement.

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SPRING IN YOUR STEP SPA DAY - £75 Get set for Spring from head to toe with our Spring In Your Step Spa Day! Enjoy an ELEMIS Targeted Toning Tightener on your legs, an ELEMIS Scalp Massage followed by a Jessica Prescriptive Pedicure. Also Included in this spa day is lunch, glass of Prosecco full use of our club & wet facilities, robe, towel & slippers to use during your visit.

Most of the scientific research done on Serrapeptase has shown it to be a powerful antiinflammatory substance. It is used as an alternative to NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Serrapeptase also relieves pain and reduces swelling. Perhaps the most exciting benefit comes from the clinical application of Serrapeptase for cardiovascular problems. European physicians including the late Dr. Hans Nieper, successfully used Serrapeptase to reduce the levels of arterial plaque and improve blood flow and cardiac function. Serrapeptase reduces inflammation in three ways: 1. Breaks down the insoluble protein by-products of blood coagulation known as fibrin. 2. Thins the fluids formed from inflammation or injury and facilitates their drainage which speeds the tissue repair process.

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3. Serrapeptase alleviates pain by inhibiting the release of specific pain-inducing amines known as bradykinin. The cardiovascular effects are due to the remarkable ability to break down dead or damaged tissue without harming living tissue. Atherosclerotic plaques can be slowly dissolved without harming the inside of the arteries. Who Should Use Serrapeptase? If you have an inflammatory condition like arthritis, sinusitis, fibrocystic breasts or you regularly take pain

medication such as aspirin or NSAID’s then a trial with Serrapeptase is highly recommended. If you have known cardiovascular disease then it is prudent to discuss Serrapeptase with your physician so that your progress can be monitored. If a decision is made to use Serrapeptase, it can be used in conjunction with EDTA chelation therapy and may enhance the outcome. At least 10 mg of Serrapeptase daily is recommended for anyone over the age of 40 years who is interested in preventing arterial plaques. How Much Serrapeptase Should You Use? The recommended dose range for Serrapeptase is 10-30 mg per day. For prevention, 10 mg daily. For arthritis, sinusitis, fibrocystic breast, bronchitis, and cardiovascular problems, 20 mg daily. For pain use 1020 mg daily, starting with 10 mg and working up to 20 mg daily. For injury, trauma or post surgery recovery use 30 mg daily for 2 days then drop to 20 mg daily until swelling and pain is resolved. Conclusion: As we age we experience some profound alterations in the flesh, blood and bones that make up our bodies. Age brings potential inflammation, pain, arterial deposits and a host of other unwelcome changes. It is not often that a compound like Serrapeptase becomes available that can legitimately address so many health concerns. This enzyme is very powerful in very small doses and relatively inexpensive. We highly recommend a 3 month trial for anyone over the age of 40 years. Safety: We have two cautions about the use of Serrapeptase. Gastrointestinal irritation can occur in elderly individuals with long-term use. It is rare but it has occurred. There is also a possibility of increased susceptibility to infection of the lung with using Serrapeptase. This is also rare but is thought to be the result of the ability of Serrapeptase to thin mucus secretions. In most cases this is a highly beneficial response, but caution is advised especially if you have a history of lung problems.

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This is the Alex Game article you’ve all been waiting for! Our Odyssey coaches are now using the fantastic ‘Coach eye’ video application! Coach eye is the most effective way to provide meaningful feedback to our clients, so they can make rapid improvements. It enables the coaches to video a movement/exercise; then be able to watch it back in slow motion, ability to pause each split second frame and draw angles onto the screen to help explain and show the client exactly what position they should be in for optimum results.

This technology is changing the way coaches deliver personal training to a whole new dimension, having the capability of analysing a movement to such a degree of precision, brings professional athlete performance analysis to Odyssey clients on a daily basis. Using this technology the coaches are able to physically show the difference and progression from one still frame to another on the same screen. Comparing a movement from before the coach works with you, to weeks down the line and the resulting positive effect it has had; sometimes seeing the results can be difficult as they may be small over a period of time, now it can be seen in the blink of an eye, with coach eye.

Coaching points can now be explained much more clearly with the visual aids that coach eye enables the trainer to use, helping to explain the key technique points in the most effective way of learning. Sometimes you can’t see the way certain joints and muscles are moving from side on, or behind, while trying to perform that movement, and being able to see it is extremely beneficial when understanding where you should be compared to where you may think you are. Book a review and see how Coach Eye can help you perform more effectively!

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Sun,Skin Skinand andSafety Safety Sun, Laura Starks By by Laura Starks

Spring here! Summer Spring is is here! Summer is is justjust around the corner, and around the corner, and thethe longerandandwarmer warmerdays daysareare longer starting to set in hooray! starting to set in - hooray! It’sIt’s timeof ofyear yearweweall alllook look thethetime forward to, but also the time forward to, but also the time of of year many forget year many of of us us forget to to actact onon one very important topic - sun one very important topic - sun protection. protection. The is without a doubt The sunsun is without a doubt thethe skins worst enemy, bombarding skins worst enemy, bombarding it on a daily basis with harmful it on a daily basis with harmful UVA and UVB rays. These rays UVA and UVB rays. These rays are responsible for an increase are responsible for an increase lines,wrinkles, wrinkles,dehydration dehydration of oflines, and hyperpigmentation and hyperpigmentation onon skin, namebutbuta afewfew thetheskin, to toname unwanted conditions. unwanted conditions. DidDidyouyou know that even a cloudy know that even onon a cloudy day,day, just a 20 minute walk outside just a 20 minute walk outside withoutwearing wearingan anSPFSPFcancan without cause irreversible damage? cause irreversible sunsun damage? Sunlight is the number one Sunlight is the number one cause of the signs of premature cause of the signs of premature ageing, while many ageing, andand yetyet while many of of us take care in following a good us take care in following a good daily skincare daily skincare

routine to keep these signs at bay, we fail to use an SPF on a daily basis. Here at Odyssey, we care greatly about the topic of sun, skin and safety (#odysseySSS) and we want to make sure that your skin stays looking beautiful and healthy. That’s why if you book in for a Dermalogica Advanced Skin Treatment in the months of May or June, we’ll give you a free gift along with all the advice you need to keep your skin safe this summer. Laura’s top tip: Don’t fall victim to thinking an SPF in your foundation is enough to protect your skin from the sun. Not only do many foundations only contain somewhere between an SPF of 5 and 15 (Dermalogica recommend a minimum of SPF30 on the face), foundation often wears off very quickly, leaving gaps in your protection


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and therefore allowing harmful UV rays into the skin. Be sun savvy and use a higher SPF directly over or as part of your daily moisturiser. Laura’s favourite sun defence product: Skinperfect primer SPF30 is the ultimate base for your make up! Velvety silicones instantly smooth the skin whilst powerful peptides and AGEsmart actives help to minimise line and wrinkles. This is all topped off with a sunscreen of SPF 30 to keep your skin protected, therefore keeping it looking healthier and younger! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @spaodyssey and use #OdysseySSS to let us know your favourite SPF product and how you plan to keep your skin safe in the sun!


Vitamin C Kills Cancer Cells


t was 20 years ago that Linus Pauling said very high doses of vitamin C could kill cancer, and this year scientists have finally proved he was right

have any cancer-fighting effect.

The new study, says Dr Chen, demonstrates the cellular mechanisms that explain the vitamin’s You could set your watch by biologist Rene Dubos. effectiveness and hopefully provides the scientific He reckoned it would take the medical orthodoxy 20 evidence to convince oncologists to at least begin years to warm to the ideas of American chemist Linus entertaining the use of high-dose vitamin C in Pauling and especially his claim that high-dose vitamin their range of options, if only as a complement to C could reverse cancer. conventional chemotherapy. Twenty years on from Pauling’s death in 1994, scientists have this year demonstrated that high-dose vitamin C (ascorbic acid) does indeed kill cancer cellseven those in the final third and fourth stages-and are calling for the therapy to be adopted alongside chemotherapy. Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center have tested high doses of vitamin C in ovarian cancer patients and on cancer cells in the laboratory. For the patients, the vitamin made their chemotherapy treatment more tolerable and reduced its toxic effects while, in animal and laboratory tests, it singled out cancer cells and killed them, leaving the healthy surrounding cells alone.1 In the human study, the researchers worked with 27 patients who had recently been diagnosed with stage III or IV ovarian cancer. All were being given chemotherapy-paclitaxel and carboplatin in combination-and some were also given high-dose vitamin C intravenously (by injection). The patients were monitored for five years, and those who were also given the vitamin experienced fewer toxic effects from the chemotherapy. When high-dose vitamin C was given intravenously to mice with a mouse model of ovarian cancer, it killed only the cancer cells without causing any damage to the liver, kidneys or spleen. But it was effective only when given intravenously; oral doses, even at a similar level, had no positive effects. And this was the vital breakthrough that supported Pauling’s theory. This one difference, says lead researcher Dr Qi Chen, is what has divided the believers from the sceptics for years. Previous studies that kept drawing a blank had been using oral vitamin C supplements, which weren’t powerful enough to

The Kansas researchers want to see others take up their work and test intravenous high-dose vitamin C in bigger trials. But that may never happen because no one will pay for it. As Dr Chen says, “Because vitamin C has no patent potential, its development will not be supported by pharmaceutical companies. We believe that the time has arrived for research agencies to vigorously support thoughtful and meticulous clinical trials with intravenous vitamin C.” The terrain isn’t promising. In 2011, America’s drugs regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), caused a stir when it pronounced that it wished to restrict the sale of vitamin C as it was being used as a drug-presumably by alternative cancer therapists-and it needed to pass through all the usual drug-approval procedures. It was a dubious claim and one that was quickly kicked into touch, but it is equally hard to see who will step forward to pay for the trials as nobody actually ‘owns’ vitamin C. It’s not a much rosier picture across Europe where the European Union is still trying to restrict the sale of high-dose vitamins. It’s been a bumpy road to get to even this point. During his lifetime, Pauling himself was ridiculed and dismissed as a quack for postulating that high-dose vitamin C could not only reverse cancer, but also heart disease and infections-including, perhaps most famously, the common cold. The doses had to be very high, however. The standard recommended daily dose for vitamin C is just 75 mg, but Pauling was advocating doses of 10,000 mg, an amount he claimed could improve a cancer patient’s survival rate by three to four times. Other high-dose advocates have said even this dosage is relatively low and recommend levels twice or even three times as high as those used by Pauling. American

biologist Frederick Klenner was giving up to 20,000 mg doses to children with polio over a 24-hour period, as he had observed it prevented paralysis. The therapy never gained traction in conventional medicine after two trials, involving around 120 cancer patients, found no differences in survival rates between those given 10,000 mg of vitamin C and those given a placebo.3

is between our cells. Illness is an expression of an impaired flow, he argued, which arises when ‘free radicals’-molecules lacking an electron-are allowed to proliferate. Vitamin C is a natural free-radical ‘scavenger’ that produces high-energy electrons to counteract the errant molecules.

The story of Edie

But as the University of Kansas researchers have pointed out, those doses were given orally, not intravenously.

Edith Hubbard was given three months to live when she was given high-dose intravenous vitamin C for her breast cancer. Bryan Hubbard tells the remarkable story of his mother.

Pauling suffered from other examples of bad science. The prestigious US National Institutes of Health (NIH) claimed Pauling had been wrong about the need for high doses, that relatively low doses could saturate the body and, indeed, any dosages above 1,000 mg were potentially dangerous.

My mother, Edith, was a wonderful, kind woman who always seemed to have time to help others. She was brought up in a different era, of course, and her upbringing was far from easy. She learned to bottle things up and keep her feelings to herself.

But when Manchester University researchers Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts reexamined the data, they discovered that the NIH researchers had made many errors, including waiting until the vitamin had been excreted before carrying out their measurements. This was a fundamental mistake: they assumed that high doses weren’t making much difference to the levels of vitamin in the blood as they erroneously thought levels had reached saturation and didn’t consider that the vitamin had already gone from the body.

The ABC of C

Hungarian physiologist Albert Szent-Györgyi was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1937 for discovering vitamin C. There were a few strange things about the vitamin, however, which its discoverer pointed out at the time.

Trouble was, she had quietly nursed breast cancer for 18 months, bandaging her wounds without telling anyone, not even my father. One day the pain became so great that finally the family came to learn that something was badly wrong. The following day she went to see the doctor, who was so overcome by what he saw that he almost fainted. He told the family there was no hope and that mother had just three months to live. At least we had time to put affairs in order, he said. Lynne and I couldn’t accept this prognosis and asked the doctor if we could take over her care. He agreed. Immediately we took Edith to see Dr Patrick Kingsley, who thought the position was far from hopeless.

Dr Kingsley, who has since retired, radically changed her diet, including eliminating dairy, added sugar, red meats, refined carbohydrates, yeast and wheat. But For one, humans are like guinea pigs, higher monkeys the main part of her therapy was high-dose vitamin and some bats in that we don’t produce our own C, given intravenously. He administered around 20g vitamin C, which suggests we need far more than the twice a week for the first few months and then recommended daily intake (RDI) of 75 mg to function reduced it to just once a week. healthily. Working on the ratio of vitamin C that a rat requires, an adult human should be consuming Within a few months, the breast-at one stage an open between 2 to 4 g a day when healthy, and up to 15 g wound-started to heal and, within six months, Dr a day when ill. Kingsley was confident the tumourhad gone. For another, it isn’t really a vitamin at all. SzentGy”orgyi postulated that the vitamin is an essential molecule for maintaining cellular communication in the body. So, the larger the amounts of vitamin C we have in our body, the better the electron flow

The GP who had given the gloomy prognosis was shocked to see Edie walking down the street one day; he genuinely thought he was looking at a ghost! Still unconvinced, he did various tests on the breast and confirmed that the tumour had indeed disappeared. Bryan Hubbard

Discover Meditation Saturday 20th May Discover the basic principles behind meditation, so that you can reach that inner space effectively and with ease. The benefits of meditation are well publicised and include: •Reduced stress levels •Enhanced energy and inner strength •Increased blood flow and reduced heart rate •A deeper sense of focus and concentration •A decrease in restless thinking •Heightened intuition •A deeper understanding of the self Book your place to discover meditation and what it can do for you.

Fluoride in the water causes thyroid problems


dding fluoride to the public water supply should be stopped, say researchers.

Any supposed benefits of preventing tooth decay are more than outweighed by the increased risk of causing thyroid problems, leading to fatigue, depression and weight gain. High rates of underactive thyroid-or hypothyroidismare 30 per cent more likely in areas that have been fluoridated, say researchers who have surveyed 98 per cent of GP practices across the UK.

thyroid problems simply because their local water supply has been fluoridated, say researchers from the University of Kent. Areas of the West Midlands and the North-East of England-where many local authorities have started fluoridating the water-are especially affected. Lead researcher Prof Stephen Peckham said: “The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t, was striking. There was nearly double the number of cases (of hypothyroidism) in the West Midlands”. The researchers compared areas of fluoridation against health records from 7,935 GP practices around the UK. Rates of hypothyroidism were at least 30 per cent more likely in practices with fluoride levels in excess of 0.3mg/l. Previous studies have shown that fluoride inhibits the body’s iodine levels, which are essential for a healthy thyroid. The thyroid gland regulates the body’s metabolism, and an underactive gland can lead to depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles. (Source: BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2015; doi: 10.1136/jech-2014-204971)

This suggests that around 15,000 people now have



estrogen is a naturally occurring human hormone. It’s a pro-growth hormone and since too much of anything is generally not good, it can be the root cause of a myriad of illnesses.

Conditions associated with this include weight gain, fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, endometriosis, infertility problems,

endometrial polyps, PCOS, autoimmune disorders, low blood sugar problems, and menstrual pain, among many others. Anything that impairs liver function or ties up the detoxifying function will resulting excess oestrogen levels, whether it has a physical basis, as in liver disease, or an external cause, as with exposure to environmental toxins, drugs or dietary substances. Not only is oestrogen produced internally, it’s also produced in reaction to chemicals and other substances in our food. When it’s not broken down adequately, higher levels of oestrogen build up. This is true for both men and women, although the effects are more easily recognised in men. To compensate for excessive oestrogen you should be eating plenty of cruciferous vegetables, citrus fruits, flax seeds, apples and leafy green vegetables.

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Odyssey Mail May/June 17  

May/June Edition of Odyssey Mail. Focus this month is on Serrapeptase and Vitamin C for Cancer

Odyssey Mail May/June 17  

May/June Edition of Odyssey Mail. Focus this month is on Serrapeptase and Vitamin C for Cancer