Kinesiology Blog

HeartSpeak: A new healing and stress reduction tool

This weekend I attended a training event and qualified as a HeartSpeak practitioner. 

HeartSpeak is an amazing new healing and stress reduction tool developed by Dr Anne Jensen -  DPhil (PhD) in Evidence-based Health Care, University of Oxford

It uses the premise that there are two parts to the mind: The Logical Mind and the Emotional Mind. Our Emotional Mind is often the seeker of ‘truth’ that is so often drowned by our Logical Mind. Yet being separated from our truth is one of the classic triggers of anxiety, depression and self-loathing.

HeartSpeak can be used for any stress related condition such as anxiousness, depressed mood, low self-esteem, not reaching your full potential, as well as physical symptoms such as chronic pain, skin rashes and digestive disorders.

HeartSpeak is:

  • Fast – it typically takes only one or two sessions for clients to experience results
  • Non threatening – There is no requirement to discuss past trauma or events, just to silently work through the feelings they evoke
  • Fear-busting – HeartSpeak helps break old, fearful, futile patterns so healthier, more expansive ones can quickly emerge
HeartSpeak is for anybody who wants to make changes in their life, for those who believe that things can be different. 

The end result of a HeartSpeak session is usually a feeling of lightness, clarity, peace and ease - you feel distinctly different afterwards.

If any of the below apply you may benefit from a HeartSpeak session:

  • Do you ever feel anxious or stuck?
  • Unable to achieve change on an issue that has plagued you?
  • Have you ever kept repeating the same mistakes?
  • Do you feel there is a distance between the ‘real you' inside and the ‘you’ that’s on show to the world?
For more information on HeartSpeak please visit www.heartspeak.com

Please note the fees shown on the HeartSpeak website are for a session with Dr Anne Jensen, my fees are the same as for a kinesiology session.  

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World Health Day: Importance of Gut Health in Chronic Conditions

I am sharing this article for World Health Day (7th April) in the hope that it will help many people suffering from chronic health problems. Chronic is the term used to describe long term health conditions.

If you are suffering from a long term condition, or think that pain and discomfort is an inevitable part of the ageing process and something you ‘have to live with’, then please read on.

Introduction
Whilst many chronic conditions are not life threatening, they can have a huge impact on our quality of life and wellbeing. By the very nature of being constantly there, there is no reprieve from them. People learn to live with them but feel worn down by them. When you are living with a chronic condition it’s all too easy to forget what it’s like to feel well, let alone to feel vitality alive.

In my kinesiology practice the majority of people I see present with chronic conditions. The most common ones include digestive issues, IBS, migraines, skin conditions, joint pain and back pain. In many cases I have found that the key to restoring health is to focus on improving gut health.

Recent science recognises the gut as ‘the second brain’, which connects with all systems in the body - including the nervous system, the immune system, the cardiovascular system and even the skin – and that any changes in the balance of the trillions of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract can adversely affect those systems.

So how can those trillions of gut bacteria, or ‘microbiome' as it is collectively known, be put out of balance?

Antibiotics
Researchers at University College London (UCL) recently found that just one prescription of antibiotics can change the composition of the microbiome (click for more information). Antibiotics are undoubtedly necessary at times but can have side effects. When I question clients about when their health condition first started it can often be traced back to a course of antibiotics.

Symptoms typical of gut dysbiosis (imbalance) include, although are not limited to:
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • IBS
  • Upset stomach
  • Bad breath
  • Vaginal or anal itching
  • Difficulty urinating
Probiotics are all the rage and can be found everywhere, including supermarkets. However, for me this standard ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not targeted enough and may potentially contribute to putting the existing gut bacteria even more out of balance by overpopulating with strains that are already present.

I prefer a more targeted approach and work with a range of 23 different product strains of bacteria to identify a combination that is tailor made for each individual. If you suspect you have gut dysbiosis I would recommend seeking someone who takes a similar approach.

Parasites
Parasites (or intestinal worms) can be a taboo subject, but they are incredibly common! They can be picked up from a variety of sources, including pets, undercooked meat and from veg/salad that is not washed sufficiently.

Common symptoms of parasites include:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Wind/bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss or never feeling really full
  • Waking up a lot in the night
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Mucus in stools
  • Grinding teeth in sleep
  • Diagnosis of iron deficiency
Parasites can be easily treated using over the counter medication. However, if you would like to check you have them before treating them then you can visit your doctor or a kinesiologist.

Leaky Gut
Leaky Gut is a condition in which the intestinal lining becomes more permeable than normal, allowing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to enter the blood stream. These are recognised as foreign by the immune system which triggers antibodies, causing inflammatory and allergic reactions.

Symptoms of leaky gut are not dissimilar to parasites and include:
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Arthritic type joint pains
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Irritability
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Sensitivity to many foods (when you sort the leaky gut, the sensitivity often disappears)
A leaky gut can affect the body’s ability to produce the enzymes needed for proper digestion, so the body may struggle to absorb essential nutrients, which can lead to a weakened immune system and subsequent health issues.

Leaky gut can be resolved through diet (there is much information online). In addition it can be supported and healed by targeted formulas/nutritional supplementation. Kinesiology can help to identify which ones will do the best job for you as an individual.

Conclusion
As you can see there are a dizzying range of unpleasant symptoms caused by imbalances in the gut microbiome. I have been humbled by how resolving many of these issues and gut health has helped to restore the health of so many of my clients. I very much hope this article will help other people.

Kinesiology recognises that we are all unique and have our own unique genetic make up. Its focus on the individual, rather than the disease/condition itself, can be highly beneficial in helping to manage many chronic conditions.

If you would like to find out more about kinesiology or would like to find a kinesiologist in the UK please visit the website of The Association of Systematic Kinesiology.

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Lyme Disease, its Coinfections and the Immune System: Kinesiology protocols

Over 200,000 Lyme disease infections occur each year, according to Harvard medical school researchers. I’ve recently become aware of a growing number of people being affected by the disease in my local Hampshire area, which motivated me to find out more about the Lyme and why it is becoming so prevalent.

I attended a course at the Classical Kinesiology Institute entitled ‘Lyme Disease, its Co-infections and the Immune System: protocols for the kinesiologist’, which was quite an eye opener. I learnt that that with around 300 species of Lyme worldwide there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for the disease or any of its coinfections, and due to so many strains it is not always easy to detect.

Whilst antibiotics are helpful in many cases of Lyme, especially if caught early, they aren’t always effective.  Let’s take the Borrelia strain for example, which comprises 52 species. Borrelia is adept at generating a biofilm, where it is shielded from antibiotics as well as the immune system.

Borellia bacteria live deeper within the body’s tissues than any other bacteria and scavenge on our tissues by releasing enzymes which break the tissue down, causing problems in areas such as the joints, heart, eyes, gut, brain and nervous system.

As the strains of Lyme and its co-infections are varied, so are the symptoms wide-ranging, from mild lethargy and nerve problems (such as pain and numbness) to severe arthritis and debilitating mental dysfunction.

The strains Babesia and Bartonella have been found to make psychological symptoms worse. For me this begs the question, could some cases labelled as mental illness actually have a physical cause, i.e. Lyme disease?

We all know we can get Lyme from ticks. However, that’s not the only way to become infected - the disease can be also passed on via blood, saliva and semen. Borrelia DNA has even been found in breast milk, and Bartonlla is known as the cat scratch disease for obvious reasons.

It’s hard to say exactly why Lyme is becoming so prevalent, potentially several factors, but there is certainly a correlation with poor immune response. The stresses of modern life, poor diet, reduced vitamin and mineral content in food due to modern farming methods, traffic pollution, electromagnetic stress from electronic devices and toxicity from dental amalgams all negatively impact the immune system.  

The kinesiology Lyme disease protocol is based specifically on supporting the immune system with the aim of strengthening it and making the body's environment inhospitable for the bacteria. The protocol uses herbal tinctures and supplements which, with permission from your doctor, can be used alongside antibiotics.  And, where relevant, it includes suggestions for dietary changes and help with stress management. 

If you would like more information on Lyme disease search online for Stephen Buhner, an award winning writer of many books on the subject.  Image courtesy of pexels.com.

It all starts with good digestion . . .


You will no doubt be familiar with the old adage, “We are what we eat”. However, perhaps more accurately it should be, “We are what we digest and absorb”. If we are not digesting our food properly then we are unable to absorb the vital vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health. 

Acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion

An adequate amount of stomach acid is vital to help break down food, activate important enzymes and hormones, and protect us against bacterial overgrowth in the gut. Unfortunately levels of stomach acid typically decline with age and older adults are more prone to digestive problems.

Acid reflux and heartburn are often attributed to too much stomach acid and acid suppression medication is usually prescribed to manage the condition. However, what is less commonly known is that low levels of acid can also be to blame – when stomach acid levels are low and food is consumed, the body tries to aid digestion by sending the little acid that remains to the top of the stomach. This causes reflux, making it seem like too much acid is to blame. If you are on acid suppression medication but experiencing no long-term benefit this is something you may wish to explore.

Kinesiology muscle testing is a simple and painless way of finding out whether supplementation with natural sources of acid (or digestive enzymes) could help.  It can also look to see whether B vitamins (often depleted in times of stress) or Zinc might be implicated, as the body needs these for acid production. 

I once heard an NHS doctor say that 80% of our ‘feel good’ hormones, serotonin and dopamine, are produced in the gut. Perhaps little wonder then that clients report such a dramatic change when their digestion issues are resolved!

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The ICV – Could this little known valve be behind your IBS type symptoms?

The Ileo-Caecal Valve (or ICV for short) sits between the small and large intestine and plays a vital role in our gut health and overall wellbeing.

A malfunctioning ICV allows waste products to build up in the body, causing toxicity and a range of symptoms, which may include:

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Chronic tiredness

  • Stiff neck

  • Joint Pain

  • Mid-back pain

  • Carpel tunnel

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Headaches

  • Skin problems

  • Depression

Here’s how it works (or doesn’t!)…..

After food is broken down by the stomach it goes into the small intestine, where all the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body are absorbed. Once the goodness has been taken out, the remaining waste product heads towards the large intestine, via the ICV, to be formed into faeces and expelled.

The ICV is like a gatekeeper sitting at the end of the small intestine – opening at the appropriate time to let the waste matter through to the large intestine, and closing afterwards.

Problems occur when the valve either stays shut (allowing waste matter to build up) or remains open (allowing faecal matter to flow backwards) - in both cases toxic matter is absorbed into the body via the small intestine, resulting in many of the symptoms listed above.

Causes of ICV malfunction

One of the main causes of ICV malfunction is emotional upset, which is why many IBS sufferers experience a worsening of symptoms when stressed.  

Another cause is food sensitivities.  Although it can often be difficult to identify the offending foods because, unlike allergies where the allergic reaction is usually instantaneous, food sensitivities can sometimes take days to manifest.

How kinesiology can help

A kinesiology assessment can help to identify ICV involvement in your symptoms.  It can also help to address any emotional cause as well as identify specific foods that might be causing you problems.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me for a non obligation chat.

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