Blog

so there was an interesting article , in the ft this weekend , about exercise and diabetes and its author was no less than james watson, as in watson and crick,,as in dna , as in the double helix guys.. so this 85 year old still working , still physically active man is extolling the benefits of exercise to stave off type two diabetes.he write s that type two diabetesis one of the worlds fastest growing causes of ill health.but interestingly, his work and findings he says also relate to dementia, cardio vascular disease and some cancers.. so he describes how type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancrease is damaged , by an inflamatory process  and this s caused by a lack of biological oxidants , this lack can be curtailed by regular exercise.having worked with several moderately severe type 2 diabetic patients iin the gym, who seemed to poddle around the gym.  i was and am ,amazed, how their fledgling efforts often made big changes in their blood sugar levels within a few weeks..

 

heh some days are harder than others arent they......, when the motivation and duende seems a little absent, missing .

i suspect these are days for a little more relection, for taking stock, for emotional re grouping,

 

possible remedys , eat less , allowing your body a respite from the work of digestion.. all religions propose and seem to incorporate a lillte or a lot fasting,, abstinence make s the heart grow .....stronger..

the countryside .. communing with nature , particularly for us urban dwellers,,

 

social contact .. we all social beings,, talking with others , take us away from the self over analyse ...

as vivien leigh said ..in .. gone with the wind..

and tomorow is another day xx

worrying as someone posted to me recently...

 

is your imagination thinking of things you dont want to happen..

and we are all worry of course, people worry when they have injuries.. 

will it resolve, will it ever get better..what will happen if it doesnt .. 

the interesting thing is how often the propensity to worry increases as we get older.. in medicine this phenomen.. is called catastrophising.

 

how wonderfullly in the moment children are , how we all were. and how this unbridled  joy of being ,becomes slowly often insidiously , eroded and too commonly lost.

lifes viscitudes clawing at our sense of fun , enthusiam and forward looking.

 

the key , oh the key is to take your medicine, your treatments, your life lesson and understand that all these  misfortunes colour the palette of our lives .

how grey, how monochromatic life would be without these falls , these knocks and stumbles.

 

and rememeber that it is often darkest before the dawn..,,..

 

im often struck by the reasons for people coming for treatment..or as is more often the case , the reasons they dont come.

firstly .... finances 

the notion that that cannot afford the treatment is a common one, but more often a perceived rather than an actual one. imagine how much less productive we all are when in pain. how difficult it is to remain focused, be on task, even to delegate or manage others.

secondly .. image/pride/roles

i had an interesting patient , male of course. let me qualify that.men are notoriously bad at coming for treatment and attending to their health in general.this perhaps from how they view their roles, particularly in society,namely  bread winners, anyway this late middle aged man, presents in some considerable pain and i ask him how long he has had this pain..he replies, 5 years .i question again to clarify, no. how long have you been in pain like this.... he repeats his first answer. i say are you are mad or something. he says i  thought it was going to get better......shocked i say for 5 years  you must be mad....and he says says .. well at  least i was being ..optimistic.

at which we both laughed.

so back to the theme of asking for help and why so many people struggle with asking for help, until often they are desperate and often quite exhausted and broken.

 

and then we all move snail like to the revelation that we cannot do all and everything on our own, that we are all bonded to each other through wants and needs. we need to be helped, we all need to interact to be something other than just our selves . and thank goodness for society, for friends, for helpers be they partners, family, and for professionals..

so felt very tired after that young man work out and my wisdom  teeth started to ache..............

and i ve often noticed how when people become run down they can present with sore wisdom teeth, which seems to symptomatic of a depleted or over challanged , immune system.. so hold fire on those dental extractions .....

 

 

 

so last week had an interesting.... encounter,.....

met a middle aged person who wanted me to personal train them..but this individual came armed witha series of questions, for me ..

like a vetting process, i was a bit surprised at this , not least because they had had a personal recomendation to me, but we ploughed on through it..i parried the questions with comments like.. well my grandfather opened his first gym in 1933 and my father his first gym in 1948,,, etc.. i pushed on inviting the would be candicate to come and observe me when i was personal training.. all i suspect to no avail..

so it got me thinking.. yes asking your would personal trainer some salutary questions about how long they have been doing it seems all quite fine. 

but there is another dynamic or rather several going on here.

my job as a personal trainer is to provide a service, to get the job done.. its not a popularity contest is a frequent remark i make..

the realtionship, though is one fraught with difficulties , because sometimes you will be asking the person who is paying you to do things they do not want to do , to achieve something they do . and there is often some conflict, and some inertia here.

 so my vetting process centres on, do they have something other the finnacial means to bring to the table. they may struggle , as we all do but there must be an underlying commitment and ambition. not  a wish or a casual desire , but a real need to change the thing they want to change at this point in their lives. the latter is rarer , and the other rarer ingredient is do you like each other , because like any relationship the mutual friendship will weather the storms and flurries that are sure to come

The Liberty Clinic
394 Romford Road
Forest Gate
East London E7 8DF
tel 020 8552 6063

City Clinic
65 Redchurch Street
City of London
London E2 7DJ
tel 020 7739 8009

Liberty Osteopathic Clinics
The Liberty Osteopathic Clinics are based in Forest Gate, East London and in the City of London.
All osteopaths at the Liberty Clinics are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).