DIY Health Revolution with Dr Vincent Li

Dr Vincent Li from The Angiogenesis Foundation gives a fascinating TED Talk
Dr Vincent Li from The Angiogenesis Foundation gives a fascinating TED Talk

This is an excellent TED Talk (video below) by Dr Vincent Li from the Angiogenesis Foundation on how to start your own DIY Health Revolution – giving practical advice, backed up by scientific evidence.

It’s not the first time I have heard a doctor say that ‘what we provide is sick care, not health care’. In the video, Dr Vincent Li suggests that ‘health care’ is perhaps what people should be doing in between their doctor visits.

In the Western world, we have seen a huge increase in obesity, diabetes and cancer, to name a few. But how do people in other places like Okinawa or Sardinia live to be 100 years or more with low to no rates of say, cancer, Alzheimers or obesity among their population? The answer does not lie in the pharmaceuticals, or hospitals or even doctors.

The answer lies in what you can do yourself. DIY: Do It Yourself.

Dr Vincent Li explains what you can do to prevent disease and promote health, and it’s backed by scientific data – and the best news is: for most of us these things are relatively easy to do.

For instance, good quality sleep is really important. And it’s important to sleep enough, so seven hours minimum is a good start. And don’t read a tablet or digital device before bed because it suppresses the melatonin in the brain which then interferes with sleep patterns.

I have to add to that: keep your bedroom as free as possible from EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies). Switch off the wifi at night, turn your smart phone off and keep it far away from the bedroom. Same goes for digital alarm clocks and any other devices I haven’t even thought about.

Watch Dr Vincent Li’s top ten list to start the DIY Health Revolution below:

Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Hold for Fatigue

Sometimes there is just no way to get to sleep no matter what I hold or what self help I do. So when I have to get up after a night like that, I feel exhausted and I have that ‘hung over’ feeling. Not very pleasant at all.

jin shin jyutsu fatigueThe good news is that there is an easy way to take fatigue out of the body, and get rid of that ‘hung over’ feeling.

All you need to do is sit on your hands for a few minutes (I tend to give it about 20 minutes).

The last time I felt that way, I sat on my hands and was ‘right as rain’ for the rest of the day. And I slept very well that night. This hold is also really helpful after exercising (to avoid sore muscles) and when you do have sore muscles.

So tried and tested, and I hope it works for you too.


Back to Basics: Five Ways to Detoxify the Body

Flows for Life

Our body is a wonderfully intelligent and complex system. As I said in a previous post, all the zillions of cells require good fuel, clean water and oxygen to work optimally and maintain homeostasis (balance).  In our fast-paced modern world, our body has to work overtime to clean itself, given what it is bombarded with on a day-to-day basis. In many cases, it can’t cope and then it starts breaking down. Dis-ease, discomfort and pain are often the result.

In many cases, this overload of toxins in the body is what causes allergies  and other hard to pin point conditions. Here are five ways to start helping the body clean itself. They are in no particular order of importance, because they are all important.

1. Avoid Chemicals in Food and Drink
For a while (like a week), reduce or even eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol, cow’s milk, processed foods (read the labels!), pre-prepared foods (those tv dinners are full of nasty E’s!), low fat products (they say ‘low fat’ but they might have lots of sugar or nasty sweeteners), fizzy drinks and carbonated water which steal calcium from the bones, avoid low fat sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin and others are dreadfully toxic), mass-produced biscuits and sweets, fruit juices (most are concentrated and encourage very fast weight gain), wheat (most breads on the market are not fit to be called bread with all the stuff that is added to each loaf – it causes bloating, heaviness, weight gain, gluten intolerance, celiac disease), meat and poultry (unless organic).

So after all that, I hear you thinking, what do I eat then? Everything else that is not on the list above – I believe 70-80% of the products in the supermarket are not fit for healthy consumption. Go for nuts and seeds, pulses, legumes, fresh vegetables, free range eggs (good source of  protein) – if you can recognise what the basic product is, then that’s a good start!

2. Avoid Chemicals On The Body
Reduce the amount of products you use to clean and groom the body. Perfumes, deodorants, hairsprays and gels, hair colourants, body creams, shower gels and shampoos, fluorinated toothpaste etc, all have chemicals and these build up in the body and have to be processed and eliminated.  So choose, where you can, natural options. For instance, give your body a break from perfumes. Change your regular deodorant for a natural mineral deodorant stick. Instead of regular toothpaste, choose a natural aloe vera toothpaste (here in the UK  we have a brand called Aloe Dent, since using it, my teeth have stopped being sensitive). Use natural products if you can, to colour your hair (I’ve read that red hair colour is particularly carcinogenic, but unfortunately it is very popular !)

3. Avoid Chemicals In The Home and the Environment~
We are all tempted by advertising campaigns to buy, buy, buy cleaning products that will make our lives ‘easier’. The truth is, all these cleaning products are extremely toxic for the body over a period of time. Bleach is probably the worst offender. Although I have it in the home, I use it sparingly and only for very specific jobs.

4. Drink more natural still spring water to flush out toxins from the body (at least 1 liter a day!) Avoid tap water as it is recycled many times and contains lots of chemicals.

5. Speed up the deep cleaning process by practising this dynamic self help exercise every day: Main Central Source of Life

When you detoxify the body, you feel cleaner on the inside, you have more energy, you lose weight and you can think more clearly. It’s about going back to basics.

How to Lose Weight with Jin Shin Jyutsu

Now that Spring is here, many of us are looking to shed a few winter pounds…and I know that we need all the help we can get.

The good news is that there are two energy sites on the body (four if you count the right and left sides) that help with weight loss.

The first one is right under the cheeckbone on the face (energy site number 21). Hold the RIGHT side of the face just under the cheeckbone (near the nose) for weight LOSS, hold the LEFT side of face on the cheeckbone for weight GAIN. If you forget which side is which, hold both sides and the body will adjust itself to what it needs. It will! The body is very clever that way.

The other two energy sites are on the right and left  sitting bones (number 25). Sit on your hands (with the palms up) at least 20 minutes a day to stay fit, to take lactic acid out of the muscles after exercising, and to lose volume from the hip and thigh area. It also tones the body.

Both these exercises can be done in front  of the TV, or for a more meditative experience, sit or lie quietly with your eyes  closed.

Magic Exercise: Hold to Stay Fit

jin shin jyutsu fatigueSitting on your hands at least 20 minutes a day has a magic effect: it takes fatigue out of the body, releases lactic acid from the muscles (great to relax after a work out), keeps your body fit and helps reduce thick thighs and bottom (yeah!). Sitting on your hands for 20 minutes is said to be the equivalent of running 3 miles!

Just sit in a soft, comfortable chair and place your right hand, palm up, under your right buttock (where the sit-bone is). Place your left hand, palm up, under your left buttock (where the sit-bone is). Or you can lie down and do this hold – great for a quick power nap.