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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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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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Canine Health Advice better than ours?

Becoming a Dog Owner Nearly five years ago my Partner and I made the HUGE decision to invest our-complete-selves into becoming Dog Owners. For me, I was incomplete without my canine friend, for my Partner it was about seeing me happy and sharing the magical times that come with owning a dog.  Our dog is a male Golden Retriever called Ripley.  He is a well-travelled dog, he has an unusual arsenal of games he likes to show guests, and albeit he is today a happy and healthy dog, like most dogs – he has had his up’s and down’s along the way.  The best tool I continue to invest in to support my continued training and education as a dog owner is…. Dogs Monthly Magazine.  It never bore’s me: every month it has new important updates to keep your dog happy and healthy, whilst adding tools to build the bond …

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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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Injuries and their Tissue Mechanics 1/12

A Journey on injuries Tissue Mechanics Join me on a journey exploring injuries, here is your ‘open-ended ticket’ and I invite all disciplines involved in Health and Fitness to join in with intelligent discussions here – troll’s (cyber bullies) will not be tolerated and will be removed from joabbottmsc.com. Over the next 12 weeks We shall be exploring the Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) world of injuries: What are injuries? How do injuries happen? What are the most common injuries? What happens when an injury occurs?  What can we do to help?  What advice should we be giving to a Patient/Client who has injured themselves? What rehabilitative tools should we be using/advising? Why do some people never improve post injury? Why do some injuries initiate a domino effect when going through rehab? When do we know we have optimised the rehab programme?  And many more questions that I hear on a …

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Injuries and their Tissue Mechanics 2/12 (Warning: Prosected Images)

Personal Trainer to Clinical Anatomist When I worked at a Personal Trainer, with a successful client base, I quickly learnt that my anatomy education had been bias towards understanding the principles of anatomy through classic anatomy ‘book’ and it’s application to exercise rehabilitation.  I personally believed there was a ‘missing link’ in my anatomy knowledge.  In 2010 I begun my Clinical Anatomy Qualification at Keele University, Staffordshire.  I spent three years dissecting and exploring our human form and documented the anatomy in the books we read was only present in 56% of the population – the rest have a variety of forms. For my final exam I chose to dissect the path of the sciatic nerve (SN); observe its anatomical relationship with the piriformis muscle (PM) and to measure; the diameter of the SN as it exits the greater sciatic foramen, the motor branches (MB’s), motor entry points (MEP’s) innervating the …

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