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Jo Abbott MSc

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Thumb joint corrects foot pain! Seriously?

I know, crazy right?  I must be mistaken?  It has to be some kind of black magic?  I'm pain-free because of some other factor?  It must be psychosomatic?To be honest, I have heard it all now.  What's important? My wrist is pain-free enabling me to get back to a normal life after 2 years of pain!

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Virtual Screening Advantages

It's exactly the same service as you would have received when attending my clinic but with the added bonus of no travel & more flexible time / date options.

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where the automatic immune system attacks the central nervous system because it thinks it’s a foreign substance. The Central Nervous System (CNS), brain and spinal cord, is the system of nerve tissues.  Nerve tissue controls voluntary (walking) or involuntary (breathing) activities for vertebrates, like you and I. What happens in the body? When the immune system attacks the spinal cord it damages the outer layer (myelin sheath) of the nerves and causes inflammation in small patches (plaques or lesions).  These eventually become scar tissue (sclerosis).  All these changes in the CNS can be seen on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Breaking down The myelin sheath protects and insulates nerve axons so that nerve impulses do not ‘leak out’. So if this outer layer is damaged it can cause chaos with the messages that travel along the nerve.  The damage can; …

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Is your blood causing you poor health?

You have impaired tissue oxygenation and there are three reasons why this is happening to you; (1) the cells in your body lack oxygen they become hypoxic causing the blood lactate to increase or, (2) you are not able to clear lactate or, (3) you have both!  

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How to Drain a Toxic Overload

"The hardest part of being a Musculoskeletal Specialist is to be able to have these conversations with patients who believe that their symptoms are due to structural issues.  Often bodily symptoms are compounded with a 'toxic overload' and is in combination with structural issues."

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How to make organic ghee

Ghee has a higher burning point and a higher smoke point than standard clarified butter and oils, which means it is ideal for frying or sautéing foods. Ghee is again a healthy fat of choice if you are intolerant to lactose, or if you have been on a specific diet and are wanting to gently re-introduce dairy, this is a great start.

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World Congress Low Back Pain 2019

October 2019 saw the 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain in Antwerp, Belgium. Held every three years and attracting 1000 to a maximum of 1500 participants, it is the only truly multidisciplinary conference on lumbopelvic pain.

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Great Professionals

Since 2008, I have been trying to understand 'why' the practice of musculoskeletal science and therapy is failing the World's Population who have a musculoskeletal disorder, disease, and disability.

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The White Stuff

Going in to a supermarket these days to pick up a pint of milk can be more confusing than ever before.  Since 2012, non-dairy milk sales have risen by 61% in the US, and since 2015 by 30% in the UK.  These alternative milks pea, coconut, oat, cashew, almond, soya, potatoes, banana, macadamia, hemp, and flax seed are reportedly being bought by the ‘millennials’ or those under the age of 35 years under the belief that these milks are healthier for the body and planets.  But are they? In general plant-based milks are made by grinding up the plant, soaking it in water, then adding emulsifiers and stabilisers to thicken the liquid and stop it separating.  Is it not better for the environment to just each the plant?? There is no doubt that non-dairy milk alternatives are better for the environment, however, their popularity may cause future environmental issues i.e. …

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Vegetarian Anti-inflammatory Soup

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Carrot Soup This is a really simple, speedy, and tasty and soup recipe for all. The ingredients list is for making up to 8-10 litres. Ingredients 100kg carrots Freshly ground black pepper corns (using a pestle and mortar) 2 litres organic broth (see existing recipes: Chicken or Vegetarian) 1 pint of milk – your choice! 1 tbsp organic cumin 2 tbsp of homemade ghee 1 tsp unrefined sea salt 1/4 cup organic liquid turmeric (centrifugal juicer) 1/4 cup organic liquid ginger root (centrifugal juicer) Handful of fresh organic coriander (cilantro) leaves Methodology Heat ghee in pan until completely melted. Add all the carrots to the ghee and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Add all the broth, milk, pepper, cumin, salt, turmeric, and ginger and leave to simmer for 30 minutes. When cooking is complete, add the coriander leaves then blend. Eat immediately or freeze for another day …

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Super Scientific Mushroom Soup

Jo Abbotts Amazing Mushroom Super Soup This is one of my favourite recipes.  I set out to create a ‘go-to’ meal that, primarily, would support my families health needs, whilst also being a meal that I could freeze and turn too on those days when I completely forgot to organise food for the day! The ingredients list is for making 8 pints of soup. Good for veggies or paleo food plans. Please note: I use a military size pot and make 8-10 litres. Health benefits Regulates blood pressure (REF) Garlic Lowers cholesterol (REF) Garlic Reduces the ageing process (REF) Garlic Improves athletic performance (REF) Garlic Reduces risk of yeast infections (REF) Coconut milk (caprylic acid – neutralises any candida albicanus of the gut) Anti-inflammatory (REF) Turmeric root Supports disease fights within the immune system (REF) Turmeric root Increase oestrogen in menopausal women (REF) Garlic Superior management of microbiome (REF) ghee (Butyric Acid) carries the good …

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