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By Dr. Mercola

Recent Alzheimer’s research1 suggests preclinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease may be evident as early as 20 years before the disease actually sets in, allowing for much earlier intervention.

By the time your memory begins to noticeably deteriorate, about 40-50 percent of your brain cells have already been damaged or destroyed.

Early detection is all the more crucial considering estimates suggest Alzheimer’s diagnoses may triple by 2050, reaching nearly 14 million in the US,2 and 115 million worldwide.3

As reported by Time Magazine:4

“For 18 years, Kumar Rajan, associate professor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and his colleagues followed 2,125 elderly people with an average age of 73 and who did not [have] dementia.

Every three years, the researchers gave the volunteers mental skills tests, and then compared these results over time.

When they looked at the group that went on to receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, they found that these people showed lower scores on their tests throughout the study period.

In fact, their scores steadily declined with each test. For each unit that the scores dropped on the cognitive tests, the risk of future Alzheimer’s increased by 85 percent.”

Self-Administered Test May Predict Your Risk for Dementia – see youtube

Previous research found similar correlations, which led to the development of the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test. It’s a 15-minute at-home test developed by Douglas Scharre, M.D., of the Division of Cognitive Neurology at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

You can download the SAGE test from the University’s website.

According to Dr. Scharre, this simple test correlates very well to more comprehensive cognitive tests, and is an excellent way to get an early assessment of your cognitive function. If taken at intervals over time, it can also serve as an early warning, if your scores begin to decline.

Brain scans and various biomarkers may also one day be used to detect deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s.

Blood Proteins and Other Biomarkers May Allow for Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

According to recent research,5,6 long before clear signs of Alzheimer’s develop, brain proteins called lysosomal proteins can be detected in a patient’s blood.

Lysosomal proteins help remove material from damaged nerve cells, and elevations in these proteins appear to be predictive of Alzheimer’s up to 10 years before the disease develops. According to lead author Dr. Edward Goetzl:

“These proteins are in very tiny nerve cell-derived blood particles called exosomes. Abnormal levels of the proteins may be useful [signals] that could help us study early treatments to limit or reverse the damage to brain cells and even prevent the development of the full-blown disease.

The results also show us that there are major abnormalities in how these proteins function in brain cells, which could potentially provide a new target for treatments.”

Another study,7 published last year, identified a set of 10 blood-based biomarkers for Alzheimer’s.

Using these biomarkers, the researchers claim to be able to predict the disease within a two to three-year timeframe with over 90 percent accuracy, concluding that: “This biomarker panel, reflecting cell membrane integrity, may be sensitive to early neurodegeneration of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.”

Brain Scans and Eye Tests May Also Reveal Future Alzheimer’s Risk

According to Dr. Daniel Kraft, MD,8,9 a Stanford and Harvard trained physician, inventor, entrepreneur, and faculty chair for the Medicine and Exponential Medicine program at Singularity University:

“We’re on the cusp of having imaging modality so you can pick up the plaques in a patient’s brain 10 or 20 years before they’re showing any clinical signs of Alzheimer’s.

We’ll be able to give them interventions, whether that’s mind games, or exercise, or other therapeutics that fits under not just personalized medicine but this idea of precision medicine to participatory medicine.”

Using PET scans with a radioactive tracer, researchers have demonstrated they can detect the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s.10 According to Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and director of the neurocognitive disorders program at Duke University:

“Our research found that healthy adults and those with mild memory loss who have a positive scan for these plaques have a much faster rate of decline on memory, language, and reasoning over three years.”

Interestingly, researchers have found that beta-amyloid plaques also accumulate in the retina, and this buildup closely matches the buildup found in the brain. As reported by CNN11 last year:

“Based on that finding, the research team developed a noninvasive test to check the retina for the telltale beta amyloid plaques. They’re now conducting a clinical trial to see if the test can identify patients who are starting to develop Alzheimer’s but don’t show symptoms yet…

A reliable eye test ‘would be a very important contribution,’ says Maria Carrillo, the Vice-President of Medical and Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association.

‘People tend to go to the opthamologist more frequently as we age. If you could add a quick test to see if neurogenic pathology is going on the brain, it would be really helpful.’”

Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

Some medical professionals have raised questions about the psychological impact of learning you’re on your way toward developing Alzheimer’s, saying that having that knowledge may be counterproductive unless or until there’s an effective treatment.

What they fail to realize is that while there’s no pharmaceutical cure, you do have a significant degree of control over the situation if you make the appropriate diet and lifestyle corrections. So getting a 20-year early warning could likely make a tremendous difference, provided patients are given accurate diet and lifestyle instructions.

Two key instructions are:

Avoid processed foods of all kinds, as they contain a number of ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, grains (particularly gluten), genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, and pesticides like glyphosate (an herbicide thought to be worse than DDT, and DDT has already been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s)
Optimize your gut flora by avoiding processed foods (sugar, GE ingredients, pesticides and various food additives all discourage healthy bacteria in your gut), antibiotics and antibacterial products, fluoridated and chlorinated water, and by regularly eating traditionally fermented and cultured foods, along with a high quality probiotic if needed
Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) has explored these important concepts in his books, Grain Brain, and Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.

Both of them are excellent handbooks on how to take control of your health and prevent and/or treat many diseases that are considered “incurable” from the conventional point of view, including Alzheimer’s disease. From his research, Dr. Perlmutter has concluded that Alzheimer’s disease is primarily predicated on lifestyle choices, and that it is preventable—a fact that very few health professionals are talking about.

“We interact with our genome every moment of our lives, and we can do so very, very positively,” Dr. Perlmutter says. “Keeping your blood sugar low is very positive in terms of allowing the genes to express reduced inflammation, which increase the production of life-giving antioxidants. So that’s rule number one: You can change your genetic destiny. Rule number two: you can change your genetic destiny to grow new brain cells, specifically in the hippocampus…

Your brain’s memory center regenerates. You are constantly growing new brain cells into your 50s, 60s, 80s, and 90s – throughout your lifetime – through a process called neurogenesis. That said, these two ideas come together because you can turn on your genes through lifestyle choices that enhance neurogenesis and that enhance regrowth of cells and expansion of your brain’s memory center. This was proven by researchers recently. They demonstrated that there are factors under our control that can make that happen.”

How to Regrow Brain Cells

Lifestyle strategies that promote neurogenesis and regrowth of brain cells include the following. All of these strategies target a specific gene pathway called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes brain cell growth and connectivity as demonstrated on MRI scans.

Exercise. In one year-long study, individuals who engaged in exercise were actually growing and expanding the brain’s memory center one to two percent per year, where typically that center would have continued to decline in size.
Reducing overall calorie consumption
Reducing carbohydrate consumption
Increasing healthy fat consumption. Coconut oil is ideal, as it contains 66 percent medium-chain triglycerides (MCT)—a primary source of ketone bodies, which is the preferred fuel for your brain. There’s even evidence suggesting that ketone bodies may help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in. Therapeutic levels of MCTs have been studied at 20 grams per day, which is equivalent to just over two tablespoons. Intermittent fasting also boosts ketone production
Increasing your omega-3 fat intake and reducing consumption of damaged omega-6 fats (think processed vegetable oils) in order to balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. I prefer krill oil to fish oil here, as krill oil also contains astaxanthin, which appears to be particularly beneficial for brain health. It belongs to the class of carotenoids, and is very “focused” on reducing free radical-mediated damage to fat, and your brain is 60 or 70 percent fat
Alzheimer’s—A Slow-Acting Form of Mad Cow Disease?

Mounting research also shows there’s a compelling link between a particular kind of brain protein and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This protein, called TDP-43, behaves like toxic and infectious proteins known as prions, which are responsible for the brain destruction that occurs in Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease;12 two types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). As explained in Scientific American:13

“Prions are misshapen yet durable versions of proteins normally present in nerve cells that cause like proteins to misfold and clump together, starting a chain reaction that eventually consumes entire brain regions. In the past 15 years scientists have learned that such a process may be at work not only in mad cow and other exotic diseases but also in major neurodegenerative disorders….”

According to research14 published in 2011, TDP-43 pathology is detected in 25-50 percent of Alzheimer’s patients, particularly in those with hippocampal sclerosis, characterized by selective loss of neurons in the hippocampus, which is associated with memory loss. Research presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) also revealed Alzheimer’s patients with TDP-43 were 10 times more likely to have been cognitively impaired at death than those without it.15,16

The question is, how do you end up with TDP-43? The common denominator between Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease17 is forcing natural herbivores to eat animal parts—a more or less routine practice in the factory farm model—so the possibility has been raised that humans might get infected with TDP-43 via contaminated meats…

A 2005 study18 published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, titled: “Thinking the unthinkable: Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Mad Cow disease: the age-related reemergence of virulent, foodborne, bovine tuberculosis or losing your mind for the sake of a shake or burger,” states:

“In the opinion of experts, ample justification exists for considering a similar pathogenesis for Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and the other spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow disease. In fact, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Alzheimer’s often coexist and at this point are thought to differ merely by time-dependent physical changes. A recent study links up to 13 percent of all ‘Alzheimer’s’ victims as really having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.” [Emphasis mine]

The researchers also note that bovine tuberculosis serves as a vector for human Mad Cow Disease (aka Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). Bovine tuberculosis is one of the most prevalent disease threats in American CAFOs, and the researchers quote USDA data suggesting that anywhere from 20-40 percent of American dairy herds are infected at any given time. The evidence is certainly suggestive, and from my perspective, it’s one more reason to avoid all meats from livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). And remember, meat sold in grocery stores and served in restaurants are from CAFO animals unless specifically labeled as grass-fed and organic.

My Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies

Because there are so few treatments for Alzheimer’s, and no available cure, you’re really left with just one solid solution, and that is to prevent it from happening to you in the first place. Diet is part and parcel of a successful prevention plan, and my optimized nutrition plan can set you on the right path in this regard. Remember that swapping out processed fare for whole foods is an important if not KEY part of the equation, as GE sugar, corn, and grains are now pervasive in most processed foods sold in the US.

In terms of your diet and other lifestyle factors, the following suggestions may be among the most important for Alzheimer’s prevention:

Eat real food. Avoid as many processed foods in boxes and cans as you can. You, your spouse, or someone you employ needs to spend time in the kitchen to prepare your own food. Avoid eating foods from industrial kitchens that can put any one of tens of thousands of chemicals into your food.
Avoid sugar and refined fructose. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your sugar levels to a minimum and your total fructose below 25 grams per day, or as low as 15 grams per day if you have insulin/leptin resistance or any related disorders.
Avoid gluten and casein (primarily wheat and pasteurized dairy, but not dairy fat, such as butter). Research shows that your blood-brain barrier is negatively affected by gluten. Gluten also makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream, where they don’t belong. That then sensitizes your immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.
Optimize your gut flora by regularly eating fermented foods or taking a high potency and high-quality probiotic supplement.
Increase consumption of all healthy fats, including animal-based omega-3. Healthy fats your brain needs for optimal function include organically-raised grass-fed meats, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, avocado, nuts, organic pastured egg yolks, and butter made from raw grass-fed milk. High intake of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are also helpful for preventing cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, thereby slowing down its progression, and lowering your risk of developing the disorder.
Reduce your overall calorie consumption, and/or intermittently fast. Ketones are mobilized when you replace carbs with coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats. Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jumpstart your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the inulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer’s. To learn more, please see this previous article.
Improve your magnesium levels. Preliminary research strongly suggests a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain. Unfortunately most magnesium supplements do not pass the blood brain levels, but a new one, magnesium threonate, appears to and holds some promise for the future for treating this condition and may be superior to other forms.
Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate. Vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate, and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day.
Exercise regularly. It’s been suggested that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid precursor protein is metabolized, thus, slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Exercise also increases levels of the protein PGC-1alpha. Research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s have less PGC-1alpha in their brains and cells that contain more of the protein produce less of the toxic amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s. I would strongly recommend reviewing the Peak Fitness Technique for my specific recommendations.
Optimize your vitamin D levels with safe sun exposure. Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is also associated with Alzheimer’s.
Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body. Dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury by weight, are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. However, you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
Avoid and eliminate aluminum from your body: Sources of aluminum include antiperspirants, non-stick cookware, vaccine adjuvants, etc. For tips on how to detox aluminum, please see my article, “First Case Study to Show Direct Link between Alzheimer’s and Aluminum Toxicity.”
Avoid flu vaccinations as most contain both mercury and aluminum, well-known neurotoxic and immunotoxic agents.
Avoid anticholinergics and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers. Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10, vitamin K2, and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.
Challenge your mind daily. Mental stimulation, especially learning something new, such as learning to play an instrument or a new language, is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Quantum Facebook and Spiritual

Amanda Nelson shares her experience of asking the higher self and spirit for guidance in business.

As an inventor, entrepreneur and pioneer of new products I am often being told by others that what I am trying to achieve cannot be done. I’ve never yet had a failure though. If I can’t work it out, I deliberately tune into ‘Quantum Facebook’ and ask my higher self to help me find the ‘right’ higher soul to give me much needed inspiration or guidance on how to solve what seems irresolvable. I then wait to see what happens next.
Channelling Grand Masters and Celestial Guides is something that I’ve seen spiritual people do in a quest for spiritual illumination. A Channel goes into a deep mediation/trance and the Master or Guide then brings his or her wisdom through. The wisdom is often general and focussed on Spiritual matters and occasionally I’ve heard answers to philosophical questions if the master or Guide was open to answering them.
I don’t know of anyone other than me (get in touch if you do it) that sends out a call for assistance via my Higher Self for a specific person, alive or not in the Earthly sense, to step forward to help me solve Earthly challenges that I face. I suppose the nearest analogy would be that I send out a friend’s request via my Quantum Facebook.
Because I am a proficient Channel I’m lucky in that if anyone else’s Higher Self answers my call for help I can commune with them directly. I’m very grateful for the support I get; it’s worked in my favour more often than not.
On one occasion I called upon quantum facebooking when I was trying to work out how to get tiny sea salt crystals to suspend in glycerine soap without adding chemical matrix enhancers to my recipe. Why I had to do this is another story, but take it from me I just needed to do it.
My problem was that the crystals immediately sank to the bottom of the soap while the mixture was cooling and setting and ultimately this surface salt was causing liquid beading on the soap once it was exposed to the air, making the Glycerine soap unattractive and slimy. How, I asked via this higher self ‘friend request’, could I see my challenge differently and solve the puzzlement before tearing all my hair out!? Within seconds I was aware of 2 Masters that stepped forward keen to help, it was like having two eager school boys peaking excitedly over my shoulders to see what I was up to.
One introduced himself simply as ’Leonardo’ (I have to say he was very funny to Channel and he must’ve had a dark sense of humour when he was here on the planet) and the other was a dandy of a fellow called Gerard Faulkenaeu (self proclaimed Perfumer, Chemist and Alchemist). I have yet to look them up on the Internet but I’m pretty sure that they are out there documented somewhere.
Not only did Gerard help me with the salty problem but he graciously and generously gave me an essential oil blend to try which, alas, uses such old fashioned essential oils that I’ve not yet been able to source them all in order to attempt to trial the blend. I’d love to hear from a modern Perfumer or Aromatherapist that is also as keen as me to see what the blend creates. When I do finally source all the essential oils and manifest the blend who knows, perhaps it will turn out to be the recipe for one of the long lost but greatest perfumes of all time…or, it may turn out to be a disgusting boil ointment, that is the joy of it!
The bottom line is that Quantum Facebooking works, and if you have a specific problem to crack, and are a relatively good Channeller, you can network really well in the Quantum facebook field and resolve what seems irresolvable.
Oh, and did I manage to suspend the salt in the soap? Follow this link to www.authenticmermaid.com the soap is now on sale ). The soaps are divine (no pun intended) and yes, the answer (predominantly given by Leonardo) was so simple that you’d never believe it!

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How to watch the calorie count at Christmas

How to stay healthy over Christmas

  • By Kerry Torrens – Nutritional therapist

Wondering how you’re going to survive the holiday party season? Good Food nutritionist, Kerry Torrens shares her secrets for staying healthy over Christmas, avoiding overindulgence and beating the morning-after blues.

“My diet is pretty good most of the time, as you’d expect” says Kerry, “but the party season is tricky. Here are my strategies for coping with the overindulgence and late nights that are an inevitable but enjoyable part of the festive season.”

Cinnamon porridge with banana and berries

Everything starts with breakfast

If I’m going out in the evening, I’ll start the day with a generous bowl of porridge, topped with a handful of cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Porridge stabilises blood sugar levels, which helps control appetite later in the day. I also add a good dollop of probiotic yogurt, which helps boost immunity as well as combat some of the less beneficial effects of the party season, like too much alcohol and not enough sleep.

Breakfast ideas:

Glasses of water

Stay hydrated

On the day of a big night out, and the day after, I make a conscious effort to drink 6-8 glasses of water, or plenty of herbal teas or diluted juice. Even mild dehydration can lead to a headache and combined with the diuretic effects of alcohol makes maintaining your fluid intake so important. Regular teas and coffee count towards your fluid intake, but caffeinated versions shouldn’t make up your full quota. I sometimes struggle to drink enough when it’s cold, so I’ll take a full glass of water to bed with me at night and start the day with a second. I make sure I’ve drunk both before I have my breakfast.

Peanut butter and banana on toast

Sensible snacking

If I’m hungry when I arrive at a party, I struggle to resist the canapés, so I always have a pre-party snack. One of my favourites is a small pot of plain yogurt with a sliced banana. The yogurt’s protein slows stomach emptying, which helps delay the effects of that first glass of wine while the potassium-rich banana helps balance any increase in my salt intake – especially helpful if I’m going to be nibbling on olives, crisps or salted nuts. I know I’m better off eating before I go to a party because I’m more likely to stick to my resolve when the canapés come round a second or third time. Other snacks which do the trick include granary toast with nut butter, a bowl of muesli with milk, or a mug of chunky vegetable soup.

Pre-party snack ideas:

Sesame beef wraps

Back away from the buffet

Buffets can be a disaster zone – so I make sure I fill half my plate with salad and vegetables, and the rest with protein-based canapés like salmon and chicken. I take my time selecting and eating my food and I move away from the table as soon as my plate is full so I avoid non-stop grazing.

Canapés / buffet food:

Mulled apple juice

No more hangovers

Don’t be tempted to skip meals so you can stockpile calories for drinking. Alcohol only supplies empty calories, so avoiding proper meals to compensate for a booze splurge means you’re losing out on valuable nutrients, just when your body needs them to help it detoxify. I stick to one type of drink and I make it a lighter-coloured one because they tend to be lower in the chemical by-products that can worsen a hangover. I aim to have no more than one alcoholic drink an hour, alternated with juice, water or soft drinks – perfect if you don’t like holding an empty glass.

What to eat the next morning

My best ‘morning after’ breakfast is a frittata or omelette packed with veg. I love mushrooms for their energising B vitamins, tomatoes for vitamin C and onions for their liver-friendly sulphur compounds. If I have spinach to hand I’ll add a generous handful because it’s a great source of folate which helps my body repair DNA. Eggs are an excellent choice for the morning after because they provide choline, a nutrient that supports the liver. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or a chopped chilli to boost circulation and rev up your recovery. If you can’t face a cooked breakfast then have a smoothie made with fruits like bananas, oranges or kiwi – these are rich in potassium which helps replenish the electrolytes lost due to the diuretic effects of alcohol.

Morning-after breakfast: 

Get back on track

After a big night out I don’t skip meals, even if I have over-indulged. After all, it’s the balance of your diet that’s important. I apply the 80:20 principle – eating healthily 80% of the time, which allows me the space for delicious treats at weekends and on special occasions.

Kerry Torrens is BBC Good Food magazine’s nutritional therapist

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yoga pose

You get all worked up! You don’t know how to wind down. Sooner or later the stress builds up and it’s down to you to find a way to vent it before it plays havoc with your hormones, your skin, your weight, your sleeping patterns, even your relationships. So many things to do with only twenty-four hours to them in! Well – that’s not strictly true, because we at HTM love our sleep and plan on devoting eight hours a day to slumber. And if my maths serves me correctly, that leaves just sixteen hours a day (and one thing crossed off of your to-do list!). That’s plenty of time for everything else… promise!

Remember that there is a difference between suffering from stress and feeling stressed. Quite often, beating stress means beating the cause of your stress. It can be as simple as having loans to do and not knowing where to start. We want to give you a few tips before that ‘feeling stressed’ feeling takes over. Remember too that before reading this post, that these are our tips to alleviate day-to-day stresses and strains, but if you are suffering from severe stress, with physical implications, please contact your GP or health/holistic professional!

SORT your thoughts and make a list. It’s a good starting point and satisfying ticking things off as you complete each task. The more you get done, the more soundly you will sleep. Manage your time and don’t always expect to have everything done by the end of one day – give yourself realistic targets in order to avoid further stress. Don’t make your just just another thing to complete on your list, allow it to help you sort and prioritize your tasks.

GIVE yourself time and a break! While your mind is worrying with all of the things that you have to do, it is all too easy to neglect YOU! Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and eat small nutritious snacks. Water is far more effective than coffee or energy drinks to stay alert and focussed. Water helps to keep your body functioning proper… you will feel better and look fresher too!

PLAN enough time if you’re rushing from one appointment to another – you can not control other drivers, traffic jams or public transport, but you can allocate enough journey time between appointments or bookings – especially if you are a mobile therapists – it is good to avoid the stress of having to telephone clients because you are going to be late – besides it is way more professional to turn up on time, if not a few minutes early.. so that you can give your clients the best service possible. If you are calm your clients will be too!

AS a therapists of holistic modalities you would advise your clients to take care of themselves… so listen to your own advice particularly if you have a big day coming up – either with lots of appointments or early bookings. Ensure you get some me-time, give yourself TLC – perhaps a relaxing lavender oil and perhaps a relaxing session of yoga.

ENOUGH is enough! You have to know when to stop and take some time out for relaxation. Take time to do something that you enjoy! So get lost in a best-seller, listen to your favourite songs, watch a comedy, phone a friend or just take time to meditate.

EXERCISE and channel all of that stressful energy and go for a jog, or dance class or long walk… try and include some lovely fresh air and scenic surroundings to remove that stress!

MOST IMPORTANTLY REMEMBER THAT STRESS DOES NOT CHANGE THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO OR THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE – IT JUST MAKES THINGS WORST – SO ELIMINATE STRESS FULL STOP!

Try some of these reads available at Amazon:

  • 50 Ways to Prevent and Manage Stress by M.Sara Rosenthal
  • STress Busters by Prevention Health Books

 

 

 

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Km doing a handstand

Starting your own Yoga Practice: Knowing the known is nothing to know!

I had a plan, the ideal yoga nirvana space, a place for all bods and sods, no mirrors and no pressure. I wanted to be a yogic tour guide rather than teacher.

I wanted to be a part of a space where people came to be a part of a group of like-minded open people who felt relaxed and free. I wanted to guide and join them through the journey but that journey was always intended to be their own.

With a snappy name, modern logo and a catchy calling card phrase that described me –“It’s not just a hippy thing”, my yoga nirvana, my business “Moving Om” was born.

Websites, domain hire, room hire, insurance, accreditation, equipment, waivers, cold mornings, conflicting schedules and rebooked holidays. This was followed by business registration, logo registration, copyrights and social media plans.

Moving Om or rather the idea had created a whole set of problems for me as a person. In order to achieve my state of yoga nirvana, I realised I was running the risk of creating unrealistic expectations for my clients (or market) and my ability to share my vision.

How do I make money off it? If I was to be true to my vision, then it should be free, no paying customers just like-minded friends coming and going as they feel.

For me living up to the ideals and images that I believed as true, only to fail and be disappointed when it has not turned out the way I had so carefully planned is what a business is, you need to have a unique product and the ability to think on your feet and be humbled by the failures.

MY ADVICE:

  • Work hard.
  • Stay humble.
  • Research!
  • Go out into your community and find out what the people around you want.
  • Be confident to sell yourself.
  • Be aware of your ideals being sold as a product.
  • Take time to watch similar ventures in similar settings.
  • Learn from your mistakes and learn quickly.
  • If you are passionate and if you are driven then you will fail with grace and rebuild.
Moving Om is based in Canberra, Australia.

 

 

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From the very beginning of HTM, one of our favourite things to do is giving readers opportunities to win wonderful prizes via our magazine… So whether these are to improve or aid your business, or your health, or are simply a nice prize for YOU, we take much pleasure in sharing great products and opportunities…

Here are the winners for our fantastic New Year issue competitions. Find out below if you’ve won: 

Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil supplements 

  • Laura Surico
  • Tanya Moulding
  • Julie Warwick
  • Caroline Huckstepp

Slendier Pasta

  • Winner: Karen Phillips
  • Runnes up: Heather McCabe
  • Runner up: Joslyn Nair
  • Runner up: Gemma Hill

It is April 7th – and World Health Day…

The message of this year’s World Health Day is Small Bite – Big Threat: Highlighting the dangers of insect bites at home or when travelling!

Here are five other ways you can be a healthier you:

  1. It is healthy to smile! Why? Well, it feels good, it looks pretty, other people feel happy when you smile at them… and if you smile for a long enough time – not until your face aches – but a nice full genuine smile, well then you trick your brain in to thinking that you are feeling good – even if perhaps you are not having the best of days – And then you do begin to feel good!
  2. It is healthy to exercise! Of course it is! And now the weather is improving – get out and about! Share time with friends and family on a stroll, or head to the park, how about a swim? Or may be a bike ride. Whatever your choice of exercise we are talking super healthy here… improving your breathing, stamina, increasing muscle tone, and energy levels… and releasing negative emotions and positive chemicals in the brain instead!
  3. It is healthy to eat! YUM! Eat the right things at the right times. So if you are planning on eating anything naughty – try a naughty but nice treat – dark chocolate, over milky or sugary snakes, carrot sticks dipped into homemade salsas instead of potatoes chips… still making sure you enjoy food of course! Eating when you are hungry is important, not just when your eyes want the food – but when your tummy does!
  4. It is healthy to balance! Not standing on one leg all day – although this can be great for motor skills and balancing your body into a state of Yin and Yang! But, balance in the sense of having the right amount of time working, then playing, then eating, then resting, then spending time with others, then spending time with just you… not in that order obviously! But you get the picture… the point is a sixteen hour day at the computer is not healthy, so mix your world up a little in a good way.
  5. It is healthy to progress! So move on! When it comes to a healthy state of being, it goes hand in hand with happiness… and that happiness thing we strive for so very much, is aided by a sense of progression… so mark today’s World Health Day as a point you can start a new project or hobby and commit to it weekly or monthly – and see your progress on World Health Day 2015 in one year’s time.

So here are some ideas that can help you be healthier today… but there are lots more! Just like anything, feeling healthier can lead to acting healthier and then being healthier… and that lovely cycle swings back around to you feeling healthier again! Happy World Health Day 2014.

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Hello therapists! Winter is well and truly bedded in now – after such a long and glorious summer it’s been hard to let go of the sunshine but the chilly nights are the perfect excuse to wrap up warm, curl your hands around a comforting mug of hot chocolate and snuggle up with a copy of Holistic Therapist Magazine while the wind blows outside. There’s a brand new issue out in the New Year, packed with indispensable business advice from our industry experts, as well as lots of health, nutrition and beauty articles to dive into. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year from all of us at HTM!

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