Achieving greater potential

Nutritional supplements aren’t just uncontrolled, they’re out of control. The Fibromyalgia/CFS/Lyme patient co-operative store ProHealth offers 341 products for extra energy alone, among a totally bewildering array of natural solutions. Mailouts offer miracles, only just short of promising a cure. There’s some 600 compounds in your blood, and no body wouldn’t benefit from supplementing so as to make a new you – with boosted verve and pep. All supported by laboratory tests, of course.

Energy potentials realised
Energy potentials realised

This proven formula I’m revealing at this link,  is also cost effective. All you need is a copper bracelet, top-ups of zinc, and regular lemon juice. Schooldays science showed this combination will give you extra power!

Charged with energy

The suggestion is nonsensical – as indeed are arthritic bracelets, and there’s minimal evidence for zinc supplementation (low levels are associated with poor nutrition, which should be prioritised instead). Lemon water is rumoured to alkalize your body despite the obvious contradiction of being an acid, however since its flavonoids are beneficial to liver function I’d encourage consumption anyway. The reality is that your system is self-regulatory (no, I’m not going to discuss anomalies such as essential amino acids!), so if your condition is not deteriorating then chemistry is in balance. You can’t simply swallow or inject turbo.  Any supplementation really needs to be informed by a reported deficiency.

To explain by example. Coenzyme Q10 is synthesised by the body and sold in 75-150mg capsules. Sometimes known as ubiquinone, since it’s ubiquitous. Found everywhere, it’s vital to cellular powerhouses the mitochondria. Citing the usually conservative TGA consumer advisory as a firm endorsement:

  • -The elderly have an increased requirement for CoQ10 as levels decline with age.
  • -CoQ10 may support healthy immune function
  • -Protects body from oxidative stress
  • -CoQ10 Converts food energy into ATP to drive cellular machinery and is an essential antioxidant, which regenerates other antioxidants
  • -Tissues that are metabolically active have a higher requirement for CoQ10 such as the heart
  • -CoQ10 may maintain and support cardiovascular health.
  • -CoQ10 levels deplete with Statin therapy
  • -Supplementing with CoQ10 may support healthy cardiac function of Statin users

Thus, it’s safe to assume that lower levels are presented in the over-50s or takers of statins. The question as to benefit of supplementation arises over the caveat ‘may‘, because the evidence base is inconclusive. The 2014 Cochrane Heart group meta-analysis (aggregation of results from clinical studies) is non-committal: “...results presented should be treated with caution and further high quality trials with longer-term follow-up are needed to determine the effects on cardiovascular events.” Yet a decade ago, meta-analysis by Baker Heart researchers concluded strong benefits for lowering blood pressure without side-effects! There has been inadequate funding for investigation of supplemental therapies, consequently your decision is made largely unaided by facts such as outcome tracking and longterm survival rates.

Contrast this difficulty with the ease of practitioners writing scrip for anti-depressants. Whether SSRI, or SNRI/TriCyclicAntidepressant, the intent is elevating levels of serotonin by means of inhibiting reuptake. That is the neurotransmitter being recalled into the neuron for recycling and reuse. Side-effects include suicidation, anxiety, confusion, weight gain, and worse symptoms are reported upon discontinuation. Wouldn’t this warrant a baseline test of serum serotonin before undertaking an addiction? Notwithstanding that this measure is an imperfect indication of levels in the brain, and that the bloods pathology centre takes ages to process such an unusual request, nothing hinders the business of promoting Effexor, Paxil, Prozac, Endep, Lexapro, Zoloft, Pristiq, Cymbalta, etc….

To improve your situation, changed thinking must start at the top. Using your brain. When I wanted more from an engine, a holistic approach included opening up the exhaust to remove waste alongside improved air induction and carby rejetting. Adding a turbo without a corresponding engine management chip changeover is stupid. If you’ve already read our articles on mind&body, then I’d commend ‘Is neuroplasticity in the central nervous system the missing link to our understanding of chronic musculoskeletal disorders?‘ for another fresh perspective.

Author: Geoff suggests further consideration be given to tyre profile & compound offering better traction, and judicious choice of road to fang it. 


The Blue Bird, and the black dog.

We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us…. The Blue Bird authorMaurice Maeterlinck

It was during a period suffering the black dog of depression around 1906 that Maeterlinck conceived the fairy tale of two children searching for the elusive bluebird of happiness. Diagnosed with neurasthenia, suffering from fatigue, pain and anxiety, he wrote an epic fantasy around what’s most important to the human spirit.

We just attended Positive Psychology powerhouse The Mind Room’s showing of doco ‘Project Happiness‘, chronicling the meeting together of American, Nigerian, and Tibetan teenagers with luminaries to pose the question: how to be happy? The Dalai Lama had no magical answer to this, as Buddhists drop the egoistic self. His Holiness said: “Too much anger, too much hatred. Affection, compassion, sense of community, honesty, truthfulness – these are the key elements to counter mental unhappiness“. The film’s key message was that happiness arose out of loving service to others. Yet I know many patient carers, or nurses, who’re profoundly miserable at performing their often thankless duties. The prostitute who’s trapped into providing pleasure may seek solace in opiates to numb the unpleasantness. A dozen years as a volunteer skifield paramedic left me with memories of a toxic culture driven by authoritarian protocol. The environment of funseekers egged on by friends to legendary feats, followed by mobiles video-ing our efforts to clean up the casualty didn’t help there. Simply caring won’t create happiness, indeed it brings much pain when vulnerable refugees are concerned.

Event coordinator's namesake
Event coordinator’s namesake

Sailability is a fortnightly outing for special-needs young adults in Access dinghies, which can’t be capsized. It’s loads of fun. Though ably supported by Hastings Yacht club womenfolk, handling the weighty lead keel that’s keeping the boat upright results in a male dominated event. And a very blokey one, with banter and bluster, and laughter comes from ridicule instead of loving kindness (excepting the saintly coordinator). It’s simplistic to consider sarcasm and compassion as mutually exclusive. I remember a brotherhood of bikers whose Pres was nicknamed ‘Dropper’.

Sailability at Hastings Yacht Club
Sailability at Hastings Yacht Club

Answers to our innate need to help others take many forms. As many as there’s self-help books on the subject. The path taken must be your own, and renowned Buddhist, Richard Gere’s answer to the ‘I want to be happy’ demand is that one must “move towards happiness and away from suffering”, which paraphrases the Dalai Lama from his book ‘The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World’. It’s a journey. Metaphorically so rather than a tourist adventure – doubtless the culture shock upon those kids return from impoverished Dharamshala to wealthy USA was disturbing.

For a simple solution: don orange robes and chant to Kṛṣṇa. Or else embrace the many colours of life’s tapestry, and even lose aversion to the blackness. For in craving to be happy, it proves to be elusive.

To read more about mucking about in boats, continue here.