“Anti-Inflammatory DIAITA: Diet & Lifestyle” Workshop, 11 March 2017, London

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Following our last successful meeting on Anti-Cancer DIAITA, in this multi-dimensional workshop, I will expand on ways to reduce inflammation in the body, the primary cause of many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, depression etc.

I will explore Science, Medicine and Ancient Wisdom to find the available knowledge and understanding offered to us to create an anti-inflammatory way of living.

Anti-Inflammatory DIAITA combines:

• foods, herbs and spices

• ways of eating and fasting

• types of exercises (natural and unnatural)

• meditation

• ways to deal with stress & anxiety & improve sleep and

• a connection with other people, the environment & something higher than us!

Connect with others in a friendly environment which invites questions and offers answers to a modern problem of an ‘inflammatory life’ that affects us all.

Learn about healthy meals, herbal remedies and easy recipes to use in your daily life.

Explore philosophy, spirituality and try meditation to connect with your body.

Saturday 11th of March, 11-13:30.

Venue: Woolman room, 8-9 Hop Gardens, London WC2N 4EH

Cost: £25 per person

Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and demand is high.


I can provide you with a CPD certificate, if you need it.

“Seven Spices for Health”

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Learn how to use spices in your everyday life to support your health. We will explore 7 spices for their medicinal properties but also for their ability to enhance the taste and smell of our food, bringing life to our mealtimes.

“Food is Medicine”, Hippocrates the wise Greek physician of the 5th century BC wrote. When I was researching his books for my thesis, I found quotes such as ‘Coriander is hot and astringent; it stops heartburn, and when eaten last also causes sleep’ and ‘Wild saffron passes by stool’. Spices were differentiated according to their taste and the effect they had on the body. Clearly the ancients also used spices for their medicinal purposes. They recognised spices had an effect in the body and used them accordingly. Modern science confirms the powerful properties of spices.

Eating a tasty, aromatic, colourful, nutritious meal in a quite, pleasant environment and with attention is a powerful holistic experience that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. When we leave out one of these factors, then we feel like we are missing something and turn to more food or other substances and experiences to make up for the loss and to seek happiness. This has led in the 21st century to the epidemic of obesity and other chronic diseases. Spices can be one of the factors that can save us from disease and poor quality of being.

For this workshop I am very happy to welcome my guest speaker Vivian Voulgaraki. Vivian was born and raised in the island of Crete. Her journey in life brought her back to her roots where she set up “Pure Philosophy”, a private company that produces Holistic skin care and nutrition products and promotes natural and healthy living with respect to animals and nature. She will talk to us about a very special spice called carob which she has researched. The story of carobs has a special meaning for Greeks, as the consumption of carobs saved a lot of people and children during the war period and austerity. Evidently, this spice has special properties which Vivian will discuss further.

AGNOTIS – Pure Philosophy www.agnotis.eu

Please join us for this special event and taste a caramelised carob cake and raw carob gluten and dairy free biscuits, made using Vivian’s organic Carob syrup and powder, prepared by our chef Mariana Ivanova. Recipes will be provided.

 

Walking v Running – which is the healthiest?

 

While I was away, I read some interesting articles about the relative benefits of walking and running. This was of interest to me, as I had taken the advice of Eleni Tsiompanou, the integrative doctor at Penny Brohn, to stop running some time ago.Overall, it seems the benefits of a 5-minute run, match those of a 15-minute walk. Broadly speaking, it seems the benefits associated with a 25-minute run are equivalent to walking for 1 hour 45 minutes. Obviously if you are  young  healthy and reasonably fit, running is more time-efficient. Or is it? With running there is time spent getting changed twice and showering afterwards. (Assuming that you have a healthy attitude to personal hygiene) Plus, there is the  time stretching (before and/or after running) and maybe even cooling down. So a 15-minute run could, in reality, easily take an hour out of one’s day. This is  significantly more time than that devoted to say, a 45-minute walk (which, generally, will require no changing, stretching or showering) and you spend all the time outside!Runners may also be prone to injury. I know from first hand experience about this. When I used to run a lot, I had a succession of running related injuries (shin splints, right calf,  lower back, to name a few), which was one of the reasons which eventually led me to think about giving up running.Prior to my liver resection in February 2011, I had a personal trainer who was helping me get fit again, after a year of very gentle exercise. My aim was to run a 10km race and raise money for cancer charities. I was feeling great and beginning to enjoy the running. Then I was diagnosed with a metastasise in my liver. It required surgery. I had to stop the running while I recovered from my surgery.

That March as part of my post op recovery, I went to Penny Brohn for a few days. During which I saw Eleni  Tsiompanou ( an Intergrative Health Doctor) and we discussed the subject of exercise and how much was advisable. I told her what my plans were and that I hoped to get back to running again soon. I was not expecting what she said. I remember her words “Running – no way – this is far too much for you. Walking – most definitely and as much as you like. But running no”.  I was confused!

The reason, she explained to me, was that my immune system was having a difficult time dealing with fighting off the cancer cells floating around my body. Running can suppress the immune system. So if my immune system is suppressed after I run then the cancer cells can prosper. Which is not a good idea.This made sense! Cardio/aerobic (distance) running is known to (stress) suppress the immune system, You only have to think of distance runners such as Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe who have been prone to infection illnesses . 

Walking can be sustained all year and can be carried on as you get older. Walking is much easier and in my experience it is more conducive to ‘social networking’. Another advantage of walking is that it can easily be incorporated into one’s daily routine. My friends are of the age when going for a walk is not too off putting. I can’t think too many of my friends who would get excited by asking them to go for a 5km run. But a walk with Colin and me seems to be OK.

Source: http://addictedtogreentea.blogspot.co.uk

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Health begins in the Gut – Bacteria help to ‘put out fires in our body’

Bacteria who live with us in our gut & lungs and on our skin affect our health.
A new study has shown how a type of friendly bacteria in our gut tell our immune system to ‘wake up’ and create an anti-inflammatory response.
This means that our gut bacteria help our immune system to keep our body healthy, free of inflammation i.e. ‘fires’ which irritate it.Such inflammations can lead to chronic diseases

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CELL-Gut microbes modulate anti-inflammatory response