Thursday, 16 December 2010

Five portions a day 'saves lives' - BBC

The BBC reported today that "Around 33,000 lives a year could be saved if everyone in the UK followed dietary guidelines, research suggests.

Eating five portions of fruit and veg a day has the biggest effect, say experts at Oxford University.
Only a third of Britons consume enough fruit and veg, with the worst results in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The UK daily guidelines are to eat five portions of fruit and veg, no more than 6g of salt, and keep saturated fat to 10% of total energy intake."

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Assured Effects goes to the moon!

Assured Effects Ltd - goes to the moon!

"Beauty sleep concept is not a myth" report BBC

The BBc reported today that: "The idea of people needing "beauty sleep" has acquired some scientific backing, according to a Swedish study.
People deprived of sleep for long periods appear less attractive and more unhealthy than those who are well rested, say researchers.
Volunteers were photographed after eight hours sleep and again after being kept awake for 31 hours.
Observers scored the sleep-deprived participants as less healthy and less attractive, the BMJ reports"

Monday, 13 December 2010

Hypnosis snippet

Hypnotherapy is safe for all ages, and works on 90% of the population.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Hypnosis snippet

Hypnosis tends to lower your heart rate & body pressure, & changes your brain wave activity

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

One in 20 pregnant women is dangerously obese - BBC Health

The BBC reported today that: "Around 5% of all pregnant women in the UK - more than 38,000 - are severely obese, putting them and their babies at risk, according to a new study.
A stillbirth is twice as likely if the mother is severely obese.
Very overweight mothers are also at greater risk of blood clots, high blood pressure and bleeding after birth"

Small daily aspirin dose 'cuts cancer risk' - BBC Health

The BBC reported today that "A small daily dose of aspirin substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests."
"Research at Oxford University and other centres found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth.The study, published in the Lancet, covered some 25,000 patients, mostly from the UK."

Friday, 3 December 2010

Quote of the evening

Weather forecast for tonight:  dark ~George Carlin

Chionophobia - phobia of snow!

Hopefully you are enjoying the snow, or at worst tolerating the inconvenience. Did you know there was a phobia of snow: Chionophobia!

People with chionophobia have a fear of snow usually associated with the thought of becoming snowbound.
Sufferers will watch the forecasts and stock up in advance so they don't have to go out and brave the severe conditions.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Quote of the day

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony - Gandhi

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

Quote of the day

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Binge drinking 'doubles heart risk' - reports BBC

The BBC reported today that "Binge drinkers have a risk of heart disease twice that of people who consume the same amount of alcohol but more steadily".

"The study compared 10,000 male drinkers from "booze-bingeing" Belfast and "moderate" France over 10 years. It concluded that downing lots of alcohol in one or two sessions is worse than drinking more regularly in a week".

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Things have changed ...

Hey ... it's Christmas !! ... well not quite ... but ... I've updated my website... .. please visit and comment!!

Quote of the day

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness~Author Unknown

Friday, 19 November 2010

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Quote of the day

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

Monday, 15 November 2010

Watch Panorama BBC1 Tonight - Tax on Fat!

BBC1 Panorama Tonight 20.30 - Tax on Fat - Watch it!!
"Britain is the fattest nation in Europe, and it's slowly killing us. So is it time to tax the fat? Would putting up the price of junk food, high in sugar and fat, cut obesity rates in the same way as a tax on cigarettes has helped reduce smoking? Panorama travels to Denmark - the first country in the world to implement such a tax - to see how it's working there, and to the US, where a proposal to tax sugary drinks like Coca Cola has met with fierce opposition.
Could a fat tax here help the NHS to afford the ever-rising cost of treating obesity-related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease? Reporter Shelley Jofre puts the idea to the Health Secretary, and to families who would have to pay more for junk food."

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Quote of the day

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy ~Robert Anthony

Exercise today!

Statistically, every week spent inactive is roughly equivalent to smoking a packet of cigarettes.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

BBC - "Fewer people quit smoking in recession, figures suggest"

The BBC reported today that "fewer people have tried to give up smoking in England during the recession than did so before"

"Although it can be an expensive habit, experts say some people rely on smoking during hard times.
In 2007 - before the recession - about 32% of smokers said they had tried to quit within the past three months."

"This had fallen to 23% by 2008 and 22% by 2009. Latest figures up to 2010 show only 17% have attempted to quit, says Cancer Research UK."

Quote of the day

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.  ~Joey Adams

Monday, 8 November 2010

Exercise Today!

Whether slim or fat, a person leading a sedentary lifestyle has similar chances of dying young to a smoker

Quote of the day

Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.  ~Douglas Busch

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Quote of the day

My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass ~T Guillemets

Monday, 1 November 2010

Exercise reduces risk of depression - BBC Health

BBC Health - "People who take regular exercise during their free time are less likely to have symptoms of depression and anxiety, a study of 40,000 Norwegians has found"

Quote of the day

We drink one another's health and spoil our own.  ~Jerome K. Jerome

Friday, 29 October 2010

Laziness is a killer!

The BBC has reported today that "95% of the UK population are not even doing the minimum recommended amounts of physical activity to confer even basic health benefits (30 minutes' moderate to vigorous physical activity on at least five days a week - or the equivalent).
Whether slim or fat, a person leading a sedentary lifestyle has similar chances of dying young to a smoker."
Time to get up and act!

Quote of the day

Physical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something.  ~Lord Chesterfield

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Stress at work

Up to 5 million people in the UK are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressed through work

Quote of the day

They claim red meat is bad for you.  But I never saw a sick-looking tiger.  ~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

Thursday, 21 October 2010

"Low levels of vitamin B12 linked to Alzheimer's" - New Scientist

The New Scientist reported today that "people with low levels of vitamin B12 may be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports previous research showing large doses of B vitamins might halve the rate of brain shrinkage."

"Although B12 deficiency is common among elderly people, more evidence is needed before recommending B12 supplements to stave off dementia, says Hooshmand".

Quote of the day

If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself.  ~Leon Eldred

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Quote of the day

He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors ~Chinese Proverb

Friday, 15 October 2010

Quote of the day

It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. – Tom Brokaw

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

"Changes caused by smoking block tumour-fighting genes" - New Scientist

The New Scientist reported today that "the first direct evidence has been found linking smoking to epigenetic changes in genes that help fight cancer. Reversing these changes may one day provide a new route to treating cancer.

Women with cervical cancer are known to have higher levels of epigenetic modifications – methyl groups attached to particular sites on their DNA – affecting a gene called p16, which is known to be involved in suppressing tumours.

To find out more, Yuk Ting Ma at the University of Birmingham, UK, re-analysed samples from a series of cervical smear tests taken over four years from 1075 women. Ma found evidence of p16 methylation in the cervical cells of 37 per cent of smokers compared to 9.3 per cent of non-smokers. Women who started smoking during the study were 3.7 times more likely to acquire p16 methylation than non-smokers.
In two-thirds of the 19 smokers with p16 methylation who gave up smoking during the trial, the methylation disappeared. This suggests not only that smoking caused the changes, but also that it might be possible to reverse them before they lead to cancer."

Quote of the day

Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down. – Unknown

Monday, 11 October 2010

Limited Sleep May Affect Body Fat Loss - say Better Health research

Better Health Research have reported that not getting enough sleep may prevent optimal weight loss results, according to findings published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Over the course of one month, a total of 10 people aged 35 to 49 who were considered obese followed a low-caloric diet. Researchers then had participants follow two different sleep regimens for two weeks – eight and a half hours and five and a half hours."

"The results of the study showed that throughout the first phase, individuals lost more than 3 pounds of body fat. However, when their sleep was restricted, they only lost approximately 1 pound of body fat."

Quote of the day

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. – Norman R. Augustine

Friday, 8 October 2010

Quote of the day

QOTD: The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.  ~Elbert Hubbard

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

"Thighs and abs have a different take on fat" - New Scientist

The New Scientist reports that fat stored on different parts of the body has diffferent health effects and significance:

"As many women will no doubt attest, not all fat accrues equally. That may be because cells in your thighs and abdomen store fat in different ways."

"Michael Jensen and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, put volunteers on a fattening diet for eight weeks and then measured what happened to their fat cells, or adipocytes. While abdominal cells got larger, thigh cells multiplied, by recruiting more adipocytes from pre-fat cells. The more new thigh fat cells recruited, the less abdominal fat people gained."

"Fat on the abdomen increases the risk of diabetes and other disorders, while fat on hips and thighs has a protective effect. Jensen thinks thigh fat may soak up excess food energy to keep it away from the abdomen, where fat does more damage."

Quote of the day

QOTD: Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.  ~Glenn Turner

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Help for phobia sufferers

In hypnotherapy it is possible to find and release the emotions which originally caused or created phobias

Quote of the day

QOTD: Troubles are a lot like people - they grow bigger if you nurse them.  ~Author Unknown 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Driving 'could damage health' - Sun Article

An article in The Sun today revealed that driving could damage health.

"MOTORISTS face hidden long-term mental health problems, research suggested today.
Dr David Lewis, the psychologist credited with coining the phrase "road rage", warned stresses such as congestion and delays can raise blood pressure and lead to more serious issues further down the line.
However, travelling by bus could reduce mental stress by up to a third and produce long-term health benefits, he said. "

"The findings revealed average stress levels were 33 per cent lower on bus journeys..... Some 93 per cent said they found driving more stressful."

Quote of the day

QOTD: I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.  ~Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Quote of the day

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Andy Cox has joined The Wimborne Clinic

Andy Cox has joined the team of Specialist Professionals working at The Wimborne Clinic.  He has become the resident Clinical Hypnotherapist. He combines this role with his continuing existing commitments at Assured Effects Limited.

The Wimborne Clinic is an independent multi-practitioner medical clinic. It offers a comprehensive range of professional therapies and consultations.

The Clinic is designed with patient comfort and confidentiality in mind. You do not have to be referred by your GP or have private health insurance all you need do is telephone our friendly receptionists to make an appointment.

For more information visit The Wimborne Clinic website on the following link:

Quote of the day

QOTD: Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. - Sophocles 

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Monday, 27 September 2010