Cholesterol: goody or baddy

Cholesterol dementia

Confused about cholesterol

For so many years we’ve been told to keep to a low cholesterol diet and that cholesterol clogs our arteries and causes strokes and heart attacks.

Little by little this advice is being rolled back; first of all eggs aren’t bad for us, then animal fat isn’t the cause of strokes (that is sugar).

It’s very confusing. Do you remember the advice that if your grandmother wouldn’t recognise it, don’t eat it? I think there may be something in that. Here is another interesting article from What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You about cholesterol and dementia.

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Homeopathy – could it give you a boost?

We don’t say enough about homeopathy at Hoxton Health. Anita, our homeopath, is a brilliant homeopath. Homeopathy is used across the world to treat problems across the spectrum. This is how the fastest man on earth uses it.

At the beginning of July 2016 Usain Bolt withdrew from olympic trials with a grade 1 tear in his hamstring. He immediately went to Germany for homeopathic medical treatment. Then he improved so quickly by getting this amazing homeopathic treatment that he competed just a month later in the Rio 2016 Olympics and won gold!


The Olympic sprinter and famed winner of numerous gold medals has been using homeopathy since the age of 16. He is a patient of German sports doctor Hans-Wilheim Muller-Wohifahrt who uses homeopathy at his Munich clinic. “I’ve been coming here since I was 16,” the world record holder said at a press conference in Munich. “It’s been a long relationship. Every time I have a problem, he always gives good advice and treatments. He’s the best at what he does. We are very close,”

Bolt was born with scoliosis, a curvature of the lower spine, which makes him more susceptible to back pain and injuries.

There are thousands of trained homeopathic physicians in Germany and Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt is a world leader in the treatment of sports injuries. “He is well-known for his holistic approach. Though conventionally trained in medicine and orthopaedics, his treatment includes manual diagnostics, as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies and acupuncture. Other  famous patients include Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes, Tyson Gay, Ronaldo, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Boris Becker. He is also the team doctor for the German national football team and FC Bayern München.”


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Well, fancy that, I’m doing Tai Chi!

Tai chi

Tai chi? My knees don’t work. I’ve got several slipped discs in my back. I’m frightened of having a fall. Every bit of me aches. And I’d lost my confidence. Just doing simple things like going on the buses or walking made me worried. A friend suggested Tai Chi. Huh? Me? Surely I wouldn’t fit in. But I really needed to help my poor body. So along I went to the Hoxton Health Tai Chi class at Brougham Road Pensioners’ Hall. How bad could it be?

What an eye-opener. Continue reading

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Nordic Walking

PastedGraphic-1FREE Taster NORDIC WALKING classes, for Hackney Residents aged 60 and over.

Offered for the afternoons of Monday 7th March and Tuesday 8th March.

If you would like to come along and see if it is for you then please telephone our Reception and leave your name, and contact details. The classes will last approx an hour.

Call us on 020 7739 2533.

Alternatively call Michelle direct on 07860 932 636


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Hatred has side effects

dreamstime_xs_25382127Hatred feels like such a strong emotion, but it leaves you weakened. Loving kindness might be the answer.

A couple of years ago my friend Kate and I went to see a healer guy in Barcelona. I asked him about how to deal with feeling hate and he showed us the most amazing thing.

He took me outside the room (so Kate didn’t know what we were doing) and asked me to think negative thoughts about her. When we went back in, he asked me to push Kate. With a firm push from me and Kate stumbled backwards and she could do the same to me. This is what hatred does to you he said. ‘How do I not get weakened by hatred then?’ He took me outside again and asked me to send loving thoughts to Kate. With the same push I didn’t move. Nor did Kate. Not only did hating weaken the person I was sending the thoughts to, but it weakened me too. And the antidote was to send love. Continue reading

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alt = stomach acid indigestion


Ah ha! So you’ve got indigestion again. It’s that terrible pain in your chest that always makes you think you are having a heart attack. Or that horrible feeling of fullness that means you can’t consider tying your shoelaces. Or you have a burning sensation or belching and a bad taste in your mouth. Whatever it is it probably comes from a faulty upper digestive tract.

It’s not surprising that it feels so awful because digestion is a complex system of mixing enzymes that require strong alkaline and then strong acid solutions to work. So you’re dealing with a chemistry set. The acid in your stomach can be as low as 1 or 2 on a ph scale of 1 – 14 with 7 being neutral, that is very acidic.

Your symptoms may range from mild to severe, depending on what is causing your indigestion. They may also go very quickly, come and go, or they may be regular and last for a long time.

So what do you want to do? You can take the antacids from the pharmacy. Antacids are medicines that can relieve symptoms of indigestion by neutralising acid in your stomach. They usually contain magnesium or aluminium. They work quickly but usually only for a short time. Continue reading

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Seated chair exercise – my experience

Full body workout, sitting down.

Full body workout, sitting down.

One day, the 50-something cialis generique year old me was being visited by the representative of one of our funders. She wanted to visit one of the projects that they had been funding.

We walked briskly along to Brougham Road and joined Diana’s Chair-based Full-Body-Workout. We were in a room of about twenty people, sitting in a ragged sort of circle, music coming out through the speakers.

‘This will be a breeze’ I was thinking, ‘what a fantastic way to spend an hour while at work’. Using balls and brightly coloured rubbery bands, we started on arm exercises, side bends, twists and then moved down to leg work. I started to feel a little sweaty. This isn’t what I had been expecting. I don’t know what I was thinking. I knew the session was called a full-body-workout but I was astonished that it was. It reached parts I just wouldn’t have thought you could reach in a seated class. By the time it finished I felt stretched and strengthened, a little wearied but exhilarated. Continue reading

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Reaching 60

Happy birthday?

Happy birthday?

Of all the landmarks of birthdays 60 has got to be one of the biggest. Being a woman, all my life I expected that is when I was going to retire. Well, that has changed and I’m now down for retiring at 67 but I can’t imagine it.

Just as life seems to go faster every year, age seems to take its toll more and more every year. I remember being 30 and my friends all commiserating with each other about how things had changed. At 40 they said everything started going south. At 50 that you just can’t have a slim waist anymore. At 60 it seems to be a bit less about appearance, not because it doesn’t matter or it isn’t getting worse, but the terrifying truth is that unless I keep really active I am losing the strength and ability to be active.

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Time is whizzing by too fast

alt = time speeding byYour life is passing too quickly. Time is going too fast. Every day seems to flash by in a whirr of things that have to be done and your To Do list doesn’t get shorter despite your best intentions.

It’s true that days, weeks, months and even years seem to go more quickly. It’s common across the generations. As a teenager I remember hearing uncles and aunts saying how fast life was going, and my grandparents telling them ‘just wait until you’re my age’.


Apparently the reasons that we feel like this are because we are either distracted and don’t pay enough attention to each thing that we do, or we have to do things that cause us stress and anxiety and so we don’t concentrate on the time we are not doing them.

Whichever way, the consensus is that time passes too quickly because our brains aren’t latching on to our activities. When we are young lots of things we are doing are still novel. As we age fewer and fewer things we do are new, so your brain doesn’t pay them much attention. Like a huge book with identical looking pages and no bookmarks, how can you possibly know where you are? Continue reading

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