Reversing #Diabesity may improve the mood of the nation #diabetes #phc

My relatives in California say healthcare is in the UK, for most citizens, is far better than where they are.

Will healthcare in UK improve further in 2020? Yes! I certainly believe it will for millions of people. Take a look at this new charity I am getting involved with www.phcuk.org

Many of the experts, such as…

Public Health Collaboration…were videoed at previous PHC conferences. These videos are now on YouTube.

PHCPublic Health Collaboration is challenging the thinking/advice that has failed to stop the increase of chronic physical and mental health conditions.

Will you be at their 2020 conference in Bristol, UK?

 

How I am monitoring my sleep these days

Sleep and Mood are so much linked. I was told this again and again while in hospital in ’97, ’98, ’99.

How to sleep well and monitoring hours slept was a big part of the self-management courses I started attending in June 2000 and went on to teach for the next few years.

I became so good at glancing at the clock every time I woke that I could plot how long I was sleeping to the nearest few minutes and did this for about 12 years. This helped me manage medications and gradually reduce the amount I needed.

It was sometime after coming off all the medications that I came to appreciate the habit I had of looking at the clock the moment I woke, any time, day or night, might be less than ideal.

Just recently I have adopted a new way of sleep monitoring. It is not so precise yet, for me, is very easy. I’d like to share with you.

How I am monitoring my sleep these days

How much influence caffeine has on sleep varies a lot from person-to-person. Many people cope easily with lots of caffeine as teenagers, then by 30, 40, 50 years old suddenly find that coffee late in the day disrupts their sleep. Timing of caffeine intake has certainly been a factor for me for decades.

I was not sleeping well for the first half of 2019, then decided to record every time I had any caffeine. I log how much and at what time for coffee, tea, dark chocolate and cocoa. The immediate effect was that I consumed a little less caffeine and within days I was sleeping better.

I did not plot these results until a few months after moving house and finding I was waking too often in the night. Then the idea of plotting my first drink of the day came to me. This tells me a lot about my sleep because one way I manage my mood is to go to bed when I am tired which most nights is about the same time. Then because I almost always make a hot drink within minutes of getting up, I had near enough been recording my getting up time.

It was a visiting friend who said they were unable to tolerate the chemicals from new carpets that prompted me to keep my bedroom window open all day and all night. The graph reveals a step change from the first 24 hours I kept that window open.

Sleep and MoodHere are just a few of the things I find influence my sleep:

  • Caffeine
  • Fresh air
  • Cool bedroom with enough bedding to stay warm
  • Distanced walked in a day (especially in the evening) matches well with hours slept
  • Not eating late
  • No excessive drinking in evening
  • Darkness – This did not use to matter to me, but sleeping at the front of my new house on a road with only a little traffic at night – each set of car headlights seemed to disrupt my sleep, so now, no gaps in curtains.

 

Battling bipolar – not alone – sharing about psychosis

A letter to a friend in USA

Hi John,

For almost all my life I have been a, kind, of, high energy person. It was excess high energy that led to me being prescribed anti-psychotics etc. Prior to this any lows I had only lasted for a few hours.. then with the anti-psychotics I was low for weeks/months at a time.

I have been off all meds for nearly 8 years now and not had any extended lows…. Until very recently when I have been low for several days at a time – several times. I have just come out of one of these with renewed determination to make a difference, while of course not going high!

Up early (still before 7am here) I thought I’d use a little of my extra energy to tweet  [John Poehler sharing about psychosis] to promote your work. Keep at it. I know it is a rare thing that someone who has been through the whole bipolar thing finds the stability to work consistently on one project. (I’ve been jumping from one thing to another, which is not so clever.)

Kind regards and best wishes

Roger Smith

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If you believe all foods containing wheat mess with your moods why eat it any of that?

“…wheat mess with your moods why eat it any of that?” – That was the question I was asked  this morning.

I’m so busy these days answering questions by email that I have hardly been blogging at all. At the risk of sharing too much I am simply going to paste my email response here for all to read:

Since 12th Oct just one toasted teacake with thick butter that I had instead of my more usual coffee at local café. That is the only bread I have had in past 31 days. I made a point for noting any adverse-affects and did not. I probably tolerate one small one-off dose of gluten or even glyphosate fairly well…. While, I have so many other digestive issues that something would, perhaps, need to be a lot worse than that one teacake to be noticeable.

As for the article you point to  greatest danger in your diet – great pictures for tempting people (not me) back to bread however, I was sure it would be about #glyphosate yet not even one mention of it.

On the subject of ‘ancient wheats’… what have you done with the about 200g of organic spelt I let you have? If you still have it and boil it for half hour or so you may find it both acceptable and digestible. I enjoyed eating it but will not buy it again.

In that article it says, “That’s because 75% of the carbohydrates in wheat are in the form amylopectin A.” – My previous looks into this revealed, to me, that this is no big deal. Amylopectins are a common form of starch found in all cereals, potatoes and all over the place not causing much damage to us at all.

When it comes to sugar in blood from carbohydrate sources I believe > Dr Robert Lustig < and others who warn against fructose are on the right track. Do you remember our discussions about refined fructose (molecule-for-molecule) doing about 10x the damage to red blood cells (raising HbA1c = worsening diabetes) than glucose. Is it true? I think so, while fructose from fresh fruit may be close to harmless. It is refined fructose (including the fructose released from refined sucrose that could be causing more harm than anything else in the typical western or SAD diet.) Then supermarket bread, in the UK, tends to have refined sucrose added, so another reason to avoid it.

Currently I find the article’s reminder about arsenic adds to my dietary concerns…

“Chronic arsenic exposure can lead to headaches, fatigue, brain fog and digestive issues… not to mention, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.”

“Just Say No” to rice flour ..”, “on the gluten-free aisle”, “Rice plants use silica to strengthen their stalks. But arsenic ‘looks’ like silica to the plant, so it is readily pulled from the soil.”

“…testing over 200 samples from 65 different products that contain rice. They found arsenic in EVERY product tested.!

…because I have boiled rice several times per week and have become addicted to rice cakes, plus fish a few times a week. All fish contains (typically low levels of) arsenic. In the lab we used to test samples of fish destined for dog and cat food for arsenic content. Not a regular thing but I remember we used to find it. Some fish considered too toxic for our dogs and cats yet does anyone test the fish we are eating?

Best wishes

Roger

That was my response to which my friend has asked, “Is it worth the risk?  Maybe No bread or rice.  Why not just eats oats?” – Now that is a good question as I love oats. One argument against oats in the UK is that even organic and even “gluten-free” oats tend to contain some gluten as the same vehicles are used for transporting wheat.

5G and Depression

A phrase you may remember from Star Trek is “Resistance is futile.”

It certainly seems that way when it comes to the roll-out of 5G. In the UK, we have a system where getting 100,000 signatures on a petition like this one: “Postpone the rollout of 5G in the UK, pending further independent investigation.” means parliament is obliged to debate it.

With 27,201 signatures this petition is to be stopped very soon “due to general election”. So far as I can tell no political party, in the UK, is against the 5G rollout (not even the Green Party), or in favour of greater safety testing, so whatever the outcome of the election… 5G is coming to a street near you… in UK and across most of the world.

Is it safe? Businesses that make money from Wi-Fi all say it is safe and surely they should know as they could afford to pay for testing if they had any doubts. They seem to have no doubts!

What do experts say? Very dangerous! Who wants to hear that potentially depressing fact? I have found researching and writing about 5G to be exhausting and for me, exhausting is very like depressing so maybe it is time for me to take a break from looking into 5G and get back to how readers of this blog can move on after a bipolar diagnosis.

 

5G and Lithium

I have been asked my opinion of 5G/Wi-Fi. My understanding is there is no way that 5G can be used safely as the pulses work in the same way as pulses within our own bodies that create tension and relaxation. Again, my understanding from reading the science is that with 5G your ability to be tense or to relax will be controlled by telecoms providers. It would seem that using 5G you can be woken at any time during the night and put into a state of extreme anxiety without knowing where feelings such as fear and panic have come from. Eliminate Wi-Fi from your home and switch off mobile at night.

One thing rapid pulses of radiation, such as from any cell phone, does is put more calcium into our cells = more tension. Ensuring plenty of magnesium in your diet seems to help many people to be less severely affected by Wi-Fi. Lithium will most likely have a similar, slightly protective effect. If you are currently taking Lithium tablets, it may be worth staying on a low dose, especially in an area where Wi-Fi is unavoidable, such as neighbors who keep their’s on at night.

High doses of lithium are toxic, while low dose lithium may be beneficial for many people.

Does that make sense?

Will avoiding WiFi / RF help with stabilizing moods?

I must be a very sensitive person as just about anything containing big magnets or giving off microwaves I get confuse with head-hurting. Its not good for my moods and maybe not good for yours to be too close to these devices.

I hold my mobile (cell phone) away from my head and gave my microwave oven away.

The biggest and most positive change for me has been to hard-wire my laptop so I can have WiFi in my house switched off – all the time. It is faster and more reliable.  I have quickly got very used to having the internet without WiFi.. I like it.

If you are wondering how real this might be when it comes to physical and perhaps emotional health here is a 2 minute video about risks.

 

Food Matters TV – Making Best Use Of This Resource

I just signed up with Food Matters TV through one of their special offers so I am paying  less than £8/month for access to just about everything they have on offer.

For me, this could the best value thing I am doing right now for my own well-being and for helping others.

Here is one of their newer videos. Watching this without paying and the price I just paid are time limited (ends tomorrow) so take a look now: https://www.fmtv.com/transcendence/live/episode-1

 

Life after bipolar and a letter from Sir David Attenborough

I am not sure if Karen will remember emails we exchanged many years ago while we were each still struggling, having been told no one recovers from  bipolar disorder.

Contrary to ‘expert’ opinion, we have we each recovered. Karen has a video on this web page where she talks about her recovery: http://www.karentyrrell.com/recovered-bipolar-you-tube/

This is not new news, so why am I mentioning Karen now?

There is something about her latest book that is grabbing a great deal of attention. It is a letter of support from Sir David Attenborough for Karen’s ‘Great Barrier Reef Rescue’ for children, an eco-adventure mystery, to educate and empower kids to care for the reef.

I am sharing this because not only may it help inform more people of a new or greater danger to this habitat… It also to let more people know recovery is possible and Karen is one of many examples of people thriving beyond / after being described as bipolar.

 

Bipolar, Migraines and Ginger

I am fortunate to have only had one severe migraine in my whole life. That was after eating a huge quantity of Brazil nuts on a train journey and then having extreme suffering right through to the next morning.

I know nothing of any link between migraines and bipolar disorder but do hope you’ll watch this short video as I feel it says so much about how ‘modern’ medicine looks to sell drugs rather than look for simpler solutions.

Whatever ailment, disorder, disease, dis-ease we experience, let us look to natural remedies and minimize the use of pharmaceuticals. As always, I need to immediately add that everyone needs to take great care and get appropriate advice when coming off pharmaceuticals that are addictive and often have severe mood altering withdrawal effects.

The video is just 3m 29s

Flashback to London 2012 – just before the Olympics

I was interviewed about some of our research work… This was on the top floor of a building overlooking the Thames. With the start of the Olympic Games just days away, every few minutes another helicopter would go over, hence a lot of editing.

Anyway, I felt it worth saying about this interview again now while I am getting some help tidying my place – skip to 4m 16s to hear what I was saying about surroundings.

Then at 10m 40s I share my views on medication. These have not changed, “the same drug everyday is not likely to be ideal”, “people need choice” (for those in USA paracetamol = acetaminophen).

The video takes a few moments to load…

Ups and Downs – Video – Alice Hicks and Roger Smith #bipolar

Update on my fasting 16:8 for steadier mood

It is hard to know if intermittent fasting does steady the mood. I am sure it helps with self-discipline and that has to be a good thing.

I believe the main benefits for me have been:

  1. Clearer thinking in the morning while stomach is empty
  2. Digestive system will be repairing better while stomach is empty
  3. Far less tempted by junk food as I am not eating between meals

My graph is looking busy as there are now a lot of points, as simply write in my diary the time I have my first and last food each day. Mostly first food is anywhere between 10am and 2pm. Last food is usually close to 6:30pm.

This next week I am going to be experimenting with finishing eating even earlier to see if that helps with sleep.

Intermittent fasting 16-8 update 2018-04-14th

 

Not Bipolar Today? Cholesterol for Life

I have been much healthier recently. Off all medications for many years now and getting back into the world. Not easy after Bipolar 1. It takes time.

I continue to be interested in recovery from mental health troubles (even today I have paid research work on this at Nottingham University) yet more interested in sharing what we can do physically to be well.

Maybe, by April, I’ll be writing on subjects more related to mood. For now, this is planning for Saturday. Hoping lots of people come along to learn about the importance/usefulness of healthy cholesterol.

Upstairs at the museum - Cholesterol for Life - 23rd March 2019

Good Physical Health for Good Mental Health

I am continuing with Displays and Discussions near my home, while making these ‘transportable’, by which I mean I can pack it all into my car to share anywhere in England, Wales or Scotland. If you’d like to find out more about reversing bipolar or whatever has been challenging your well-being please contact me.

Next 3 Display and Discussion events:Wellness at Grantham Museum 23rd March to 6th April 2019 - Roger Smith - sharewellness.co.uk

Wellness Displays at Grantham Museum 26th Jan and 2nd Feb 2019 1pm to 4pm

I am now into my 8th year since my last dose of medication relating to bipolar disorder. Recovery from such diagnosis/medication takes a long time. Back on my feet now, I am sharing what I have learned along the way.

I am making these events in Grantham ‘transportable’, by which I mean I can pack it all into my car and display the same information anywhere in England, Wales or Scotland, only limited by the cost of fuel to get to a venue near you.

wellness at grantham 19th jan to 2nd feb 2019

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