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I was working out at my gym the other day, S.O. Crossfit in Southend, and chatting to the owner. He said jokingly "I've found an empty packet of peanuts and if I find out who was eating them they'll have to do 30 burpees!" Now anyone that goes to a gym and does burpees will know that this is a particularly unpleasant prospect. However, on this occasion it led on to a rather interesting discussion. Why are these innocuous nuts which are found in honey coated breakfast cereals, dry roasted in the pub or contained in 'healthy' fruit and nut mixes, such a pariah at my gym?

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I was working out at my gym the other day, S.O. Crossfit in Southend, and chatting to the owner. He said jokingly "I've found an empty packet of peanuts and if I find out who was eating them they'll have to do 30 burpees!" Now anyone that goes to a gym and does burpees will know that this is a particularly unpleasant prospect. However, on this occasion it led on to a rather interesting discussion. Why are these innocuous nuts which are found in honey coated breakfast cereals, dry roasted in the pub or contained in 'healthy' fruit and nut mixes, such a pariah at my gym?

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Improving Sports Performance!

You may spend many hours training for your particular sport. You could be a swimmer who goes to the pool and practices for as much as four hours every day. You could be a footballer or rugby player or you could be out every day perfecting your golf swing. You could be in peak physical condition, but for some reason you are not doing as well as you should or as well as you know that you could.

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A note of caution!

For those of you who are working with me at the Centre, this programme of exercises will make far more sense than for those of you who are not yet Centre Members and who should start off with extra care. I do not want anyone to harm themselves, so please approach with extreme caution.

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Take my word for it, milk is bad for you! We are told time and time again that if we want to get calcium in our diet, e nee to drink lots of milk and eat lots of chee. This not good advice. Humans are pretty muthe only animal in the known world that milk after it'seen weaned. More importantly we are the the only species that drinks the milk of another animal – cows!

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Recent research from America has shown that certain changes in your posture can actually shorten your life. This naturally begs the question ‐ what posture can really be that bad for your health? Well, quite simply, it is when your head comes forward over your shoulders?

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Not a diet, but a whole new way of life

Managing your weight by use of the 'Hypnotic Gastric Band' method is far safer than a surgical gastric band, which requires a major operation. With a surgical band there could be complications such as an infection occurring around the gastric band, or an injury to the stomach or other organs during the surgery. It is possible that the band could slip out of place or could even slowly work its way through the stomach wall, in which case it may need to be repositioned or even removed or replaced. There is also the possibility that the patient may have an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic. Other complications may include: a chest infection, excessive bleeding or the development of a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (DVT).

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Not a diet, but a whole new way of life

Managing your weight by use of the 'Hypnotic Gastric Band' method is far safer than a surgical gastric band, which requires a major operation. With a surgical band there could be complications such as an infection occurring around the gastric band, or an injury to the stomach or other organs during the surgery. It is possible that the band could slip out of place or could even slowly work its way through the stomach wall, in which case it may need to be repositioned or even removed or replaced. There is also the possibility that the patient may have an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic. Other complications may include: a chest infection, excessive bleeding or the development of a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (DVT).

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This is always an interesting topic and one I decided to write about after a very interesting conversation with a lady working at Morrisons in Benfleet. Whilst trying to find some Gluten free biscuits as a snack (see Gluten issues ‐ October 2010), she told me about her daughter's lactose intolerance and her use of Soya. As it is such a serious issue, I decided to write this not just for her and her daughter but for anyone else out there who regularly uses soya products, including soya baby formula!

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Breastfeeding is an interesting and often contentious topic. I remember debating it with my partner Emma when our Aimee was born and it is not always an easy decision to reach. So why is it so tricky? After all, we know that to breast feed is more healthy for the baby.

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Homoeopathy is a safe and gentle treatment that can be used by the whole family, even new‐born children. It aims to treat the condition you are suffering from ‐ not just the symptoms.

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An article published in New Scientist magazine statedthat hypnosis and hypnotherapy enjoyed greater succes than any other method of quitting smoking. For example, simply uing willpower requires you to keep thinking bout it is you want to stop doing. But thinking about it always makes it that much harder.

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Last week one of my patients asked me an excellent question, "Why does my backache get worse just before the weather turns bad?" I explained that it was because of the barometric pressure. "Baro what?" my patient asked and thus it was that a very British conversation about the weather began.

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Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state, it is not sleep and you are not unconscious. It is a bit like having a daydream or being completely engrossed in a book or TV programme. There is no standard 'hypnotised feeling' ‐ everyone experiences it differently. No‐one can make you do anything that you don't want to do. It is a tool which allows you to make beneficial changes in your life.

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Massage is an art as old as man himself! To hold or rub an injury is an instinctive reaction to ease the pain. In those far off days, massage was largely practiced by a priest or doctor for the relief of pain and the acceleration of health in tissues. It is first recorded in 300 BC in China, where it was said that "massage keeps the temper more relaxed, protects against cold, keeps the organs supple and prevents many minor ailments". In 1800BC Hindu priests wrote that "massage reduces fat, strengthens the muscles and firms the skin" and it is still an important part of Ayurvedic medicine to this day.

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Well its September the kids are finally back at school and now the fun starts. What new subjects do they get to learn this year? More importantly how many books will they have to carry in that bag?

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So what is it with this fad about 'Gluten Free' this and 'Gluten Free' that? Surely we've being eating bread and stuff for thousands of years? Surely it can't be that bad for us! A bit of toast in the morning, a sandwich at lunch time and a big bowl of pasta for dinner is absolutely fine ‐ isn't it? Well, in reality, it is generally quite a normal day's intake for many people, but is it a healthy diet? More importantly if it isn't, is it safe to eat wheat and If not why not?

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Over the last 12 years of practice I have come across many patients who, although they may be in their 60's or 70's, have responded really well to long term supportive care. Over the years they have looked after themselves with both regular exercise and good nutrition. Perhaps even more importantly, their posture and bone structure show minimal degenerative changes. This happy situation has been demonstrated by x‐rays that have been taken in the past for other problems. Amazingly they show little or no change over the period from when they were first brought to the clinic. Yet more frequently I am coming across patients many years younger who, due to the modern lifestyle they lead, are displaying degenerative changes far worse than you would expect for their age! These changes are caused by fast food diets, too much alcohol, lack of exercise, smoking and by adopting poor working positions. The thing is, some of these patients are only interested in getting out of pain! They do not realize that without making the choice to change a few simple things in their lives they are heading for trouble. Worryingly they are setting themselves up for more severe and, often far more painful, degenerative changes as they grow older.

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Bringing Beneficial Information

Welcome to this our first issue of FeelGood. It is designed to bring you not simply news but also information. News from our clinic here in Benfleet together with informative articles which we feel may be of benefit to either yourself, a friend or to a family member.

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