IMPORTANT:

Following guidelines regarding Covid-19 pandemic. We ask patients not to attend appointments if you have been in contact with others who have the disease, if you have been to an infected area or have symptoms of persistent cough and/or a fever.

If you need to cancel for this reason please ring the clinic 01769 574833 and leave a message if necessary. We have a waiting list to fill appointments.

This is a fluid situation and Turning Point is keeping up with advice from Government and Professional Bodies. The clinic remains open but we have made telephone consultations available at no extra cost for those who consider themselves at most risk.

We have rearranged the waiting area, toilets and consulting rooms making it easier to clean surfaces. These will be cleaned more frequently.

We request that patients wash their hands on entering the premises. All staff will wash their hands regularly.

We will not be leaving a water jug out as usual but patients can request a glass of water.

Homeopathic protocols that may help with the immune response to this virus are available following a consultation. Please contact the clinic for more information.

As the situation develops we will keep you updated on our facebook page.

Rosemary and Jonathan Turning Point Clinics.

Immunity? Naturally!

7/8/2020
Immunity? Naturally!
Andrew Baird
 
The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and an important part of the immune system. Both the lymphatic and the immune systems are uniquely affected by stress. Most of the lymphatic system surrounds the digestive system. One of the best ways to boost your immune system is to boost your gut microbiota through inulin in foods like chicory, burdock root, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes, probiotics in the form of supplements and fermented foods like yogurt, kefir and miso. Prebiotics like pectin in apples and citrus fruit, beta glucans in oats, inulin in resistant starch like chicory, dandelion roots and onions and xylose in aloe vera, guavas, broccoli and psyllium seeds, also encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria through indigestible fibre usually in the starch of these foods. Gut bacteria help boost your mucosal immune system in particular. Variety is perhaps more important than quantity. The mucosal surfaces are the point of entry for most infectious diseases. Boosting your sleep and your melatonin through more dark time helps keep the bad bacteria under control, activates the glymphatic system and stimulates the immune response. The glymphatic system works to remove toxins and proteins from the brain and the head. The glymphatic system is active at night when we are asleep.
 
Melatonin is one of the most powerful antioxidants and this helps the immune system communicate better and clean up its free radical damage. Sunshine during the summer helps boost your Vitamin D levels and synthesis of this also requires good gut bacteria. Boney broths with gelatine (or vegetarian gelatine) and, to a much lesser extent, sunflower seeds for vegetarians help repair the intestinal barrier. Herbs like slippery elm, marshmallow root, licorice root, plantain and yarrow would be very useful in healing the gut. Amino acids in gelatine like alanine, proline and glycine are very good for improving the effectiveness of the immune system and these could be supplemented separately. As final synthesis of the active Vitamin D takes place in the kidneys (which requires magnesium) it’s worth considering low Vitamin D (after plenty of summer sunshine) as being related to a deficiency in magnesium and/or boron. Eating too many foods high in Vitamin A such as liver, sweet potato, peppers, carrots and squash could also affect vitamin D synthesis. Crops heavily sprayed in glyphosate such as wheat, oats, corn, soy and potatoes might also increase retinoic acid and chelate vital nutrients from the soil and our food. Low Vitamin D can also be due to inflammation and infections. Herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage can help with underlying infections. Magnesium chloride or Epsom salt baths or massages might go some way to remedy this low magnesium. Transdermal magnesium is the best initial approach to improving levels and reducing muscle tension. This then helps move the lymph by contracting and expanding muscles. Magnesium glycinate supplementation is another way of restoring magnesium deficiencies and providing glycine for healing inflammation in the gut. Prunes and almonds are good sources of boron. Drinking water helps in production of lymph, oxygenates your blood and allows the kidneys to remove toxins (which can also be reduced by eating organically). Conversely, antibiotics can damage your gut bacteria and efforts to avoid these when not absolutely necessary through food and herbs will keep the immune system intact. Beneficial gut bacteria are also very susceptible to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup pesticide. Birth control pills can also affect your gut bacteria.
 
In the context of bringing up a child then a natural birth can provide the best start for the bacteria that will develop to provide the immune system. Cesarean births can take swabs of the vaginal fluid to baby's mouth, face and the rest of body. Delaying cord clamping for 3 minutes at least increases stem cell concentration in fetal blood and these play a crucial role in the development of the immune system amongst others. Leaving the vernix on the newborn baby and delaying the first bath. The skin on babies has a well-developed immune system and this acts as the first barrier against pathogens. Lots of close skin contact also help swap body fluids that help pass antibody messages back and forth. In the same way, there is a role for breast feeding to transfer immunity that the baby needs. The colostrum given in the first hour after birth will provide a major boost to the immune system.
 
Co-sleeping with parents creates calm, love and a trusting bond which reduces stress. Babies are breastfed twice as much as formula-fed babies and the milk is crucial to the immune system which develops considerably in the first 6 months. Those babies go on to have more loving relationships which helps the immune system. Donor milk can sometimes help those having difficulty expelling their own milk. First foods are best to be more balanced foods like avocado and butter, boney gelatine soups with barley, egg yolks and asparagus to prevent the developing immune system being affected by too high blood sugar levels. The egg whites might be harder to digest at first. Sauerkraut or kimchi with broccoli for digestibility. Easily mashable fruits and cooked vegetables, like organic strawberries, cauliflower and guavas, help provide flavonoids and Vitamin C which play a role in fighting those early infections. Having pets, playing in the garden and living rurally all boost the immune system in childhood.
 
Vitamin D plays a major role in boosting the immune system. T and B cells need Vitamin D. Vitamin D is affected by stress because the reduction in magnesium affects the active form of Vitamin D and affects the lymphatic system. The stress also includes oxidative stress. A high carbohydrate diet without much fat and fibre may lead to insulin resistance and oxidative stress. The extreme point is obesity where Vitamin D levels are found to be low. Too much sugar and antibiotics can also affect the gut bacteria. Inflammation in the gut perhaps from food intolerances will also affect Vitamin D levels. Some foods can provide Vitamin D in relatively small amounts. Examples are herring, salmon, mackerel and lard from outdoor reared pigs. Fasting in different ways can boost the immune system possibly because of the cellular recycling of damaged immune cells (autophagy), the improvements in Vitamin D status (less insulin regulation) and reduction in blood sugar levels. Fasting from early evening meal to breakfast, protein restriction, 5 days on 2 days off, a 3 day water fast (if well enough), a low fruit lymph cleansing diet or a very low carbohydrate diet for at least three weeks are examples. The benefits of fasting are maximised by getting better sleep which encourages autophagy. Illness can play a role in this recycling as well as providing future immunity against some illnesses and reducing others. Measles (reduces lymphatic cancer), mumps (reduces ovarian cancer) and chickenpox (reduces household shingles risk) are three examples. Autophagy can also be stimulated by cold shock, foods like pomegranates, red grapes, blueberries and brussel sprouts and herbs and spices like turmeric, green tea and cardamom. The lymphatic system helps the body get rid of toxins, recycles damaged immune cells and maintains the fluid balance all of which help the immune system.
 
The kidneys are crucial to the overall health of the immune system for a number of reasons. The active form of Vitamin D is synthesised by magnesium in the kidneys. The kidneys play a key role in clearing the body of waste products. And the lymph and immune systems are uniquely affected by stress which affects magnesium which in turn is required the most by the energy requirements of the kidneys. Clearing the body of waste products will reduce inflammation and allow the immune system to work more efficiently. In general, we don't fast as much as in the past and that played a role in recycling proteins. We also generally again eat either too much meat or too much flour products or both causing acidity in the body and the kidneys. Therefore, fasting, protein reduction and a more alkaline forming diet can address the acidity and improve kidney filtering. Foods that are particularly helpful are beetroot, asparagus, apricots, broccoli, celery, berries, kelp, pecan nuts and walnuts. Herbs that are helpful are hydrangea root, juniper berries, horsetail, uva-ursi and dandelion root. Stress reduction and relaxation techniques help the adrenal glands just above the kidneys and reduce the strain on the kidneys. Going on holiday, assertiveness training, anger management, tai chi or qigong, keeping a journal and painting might be some of the best ways (see the last paragraph for more). Hydration is very important for kidney function and fruit combines water with an alkalising effect to help regulate blood pH. Exercise while doing something we enjoy, like growing your own food, is also beneficial for reducing stress. Magnesium chloride or Epsom salt baths help the kidneys considerably with chloride, magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Chloride reduces acid levels and works with the other electrolytes so crucial to kidney health and sulfur plays an important role in detoxification. The warm baths help stress reduction also.
 
Antioxidants from foods like raw garlic, onions, capers, cloves, coffee, cocoa, oysters, apricots, guavas, kiwis, berries, camu camu powder, Indian gooseberries and vegetables will all boost the immune system. Coenzyme Q10 can be obtained from sardines and resveratrol can be obtained from red wine and peanut butter. Antioxidant supplements can be used for additional alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione stimulants like milk thistle, sulfur foods and selenium from shellfish and brazil nuts all have their uses at different times. Reducing sugar and lowering high grain intake will allow more Vitamin C to get into the cells, improve availability of B vitamins and use up less Vitamin D, magnesium and zinc in insulin regulation. A diet of more than standard diet fat from coconut oil, butter, beef fat and olive oil will help you obtain Vitamin D, E and K better and crucially enable you to absorb the important antioxidants as well. If you can afford organic then it is most important to buy organic fat as fat is where toxins are stored. You will be able to fend off infections quicker and they will be less severe in nature. Herbs like astragalus, ginseng, borage, echinacea, liquorice and sage among many more also help strengthen body defences. Cannabinoids activate receptors in the immune system, colloidal silver can be used as a topical natural antibiotic in emergencies, raw honey contains a probiotic that boosts immunity and hydrogen peroxide that acts as an antimicrobial. A deficiency in iodine can affect the thyroid and the immune system and this can be countered with eating a small amount of kelp, shellfish, fish, cranberries and potatoes. You might also supplement with iodine as the soil can be lacking in this element. Medicinal mushrooms can increase production of B and T lymphocytes which are the crucial immune cells that help control our response to pathogens. They are also a natural cancer preventative. Other herbs and spices are useful in specific cases. For example, juniper berries for urinary tract infections, burdock root for cleansing the blood and detoxifying the system and clivers for the lymph nodes.
 
People who are more social tend to have less infections. More activities get the lymph moving in different ways. Family support and sound relationships will reduce stress in difficult times. Music, singing, sounds, specific frequencies, Tibetan crystal bowls, meditation, exercise and reducing stress all improve the immune system. Techniques to reduce the effects of electromagnetic fields, air and water pollution like negative ionisers, air filters, water filters, magnetic devices, house plants and flowers, garden streams and fountains, swimming under waterfalls and hiking up mountains. The immune system is very responsive to right brain thinking. Visualisation, the colour red, inspiring and transformative films all help. Cuddling, hugging, sex and love making all boost oxytocin which boosts the immune system.
 
Viewing great art, yoga, exercise, walking in nature and foraging, particularly near ancient trees, sea swimming, walking along the sea shore, dancing, walking barefoot on the grass, prayer, religion and spirituality, a cheerful attitude, being happy, practising gratitude and laughter all boost the immune system. Therapies help like Ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, Alexander Technique, Reiki, massage, saunas, hot/cold switches, hot stone massages, lymphatic massage, coffee enemas, colonic hydrotherapy, detoxing by sweating in warmer climes, reflexology, acupuncture, aromatherapy and leech therapy. Living well is the best immunity. That's why I choose to boost my immune system naturally. 
 
Andrew Baird.

Homoeopathy in Epidemics

6/6/2020

These are extraordinary and exceptional times. For the first time in history much of the world has been in 'lockdown' (a term derived from the American prison system) or quarantine. Normally it is the ill or vulnerable who are quarantined. This time it is the healthy. The economy in the UK has been mostly shut down and GDP has plummeted more than at any time in the last few hundred years.

This is in response to a novel virus of the family of coronaviruses that include the common cold. This particular virus is highly transmissible and is very dangerous to the elderly who have other illnesses such as diabetes. There are other at-risk groups too but in general youngsters are spared. Fortunately it seems as if the virus is doing much less damage than the most pessimistic forecast because of, or perhaps in spite of, the actions taken by the authorities as well as the cooperation of the populace.

Coming from a Complementary Medical background it is disappointing to note the lack of interest and even the hostility to some of the more obvious and cheap treatments which may help patients with their immune response. Some of these such as Intravenous Vitamin C have been used apparently successfully by some doctors in the USA and China. Similarly Vitamin D and zinc are obvious candidates for the vulnerable and are readily available, cheap and above all very safe.. See our previous blog https://turningpointclinics.co.uk/Blog/2_Strategies_for_Coping_With_Covid-19_Naturally

It is gratifying to see though that a number of countries are using homoeopathy as a treatment. In India there is an astonishing 200,000 registered homoeopathic doctors. The latest statistics show 5 deaths per million in India in comparison to the UK 600 per million. Cuba is using homoeopathy too and has a rate of 7 deaths per million. Now none of this is absolute proof that homeopathy works in epidemics. There are so many factors to take into consideration however the use of homoeopathy in epidemics has an interesting and rather good record in this respect.

In the 1918 influenza pandemic which is by far the worst in modern times and I believe the reason for some of the fear about the present pandemic, it seems that homeopathic treatment may well have been much more effective than more conventional approaches: See Slide 17 in the presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/drprabhatlkw/homeopathy-in-pandemics-epidemics  Of 24,000 flu cases treated with conventional medical care, the death rate was 28.2 percent; of 26,000 cases treated with homoeopathy, the death rate was a nearly miraculous 1.05 percent.

There are many examples of where homoeopathy has been used in epidemics as illustrated in the slide show link above. One of the most stunning examples however occurred in Cuba:

"In late 2007, after a period of particularly heavy rainfall, Cuba faced an potential epidemic of Leptospirosis but only had enough vaccine to treat 15,000 high-risk people. The government therefore decided to treat the entire population over one year of age (around 2.3 million) in the province worst affected with a homeopathic medicine prepared from the inactivated causative organism by the Cuban National Vaccine Institute.

Within a few weeks the number of cases of Leptospirosis had fallen from the forecast 38 to 4 cases per 100,000 per week, significantly lower than could have been predicted from previous years’ figures. The 8.8 million population of the other provinces did not receive homeopathic treatment and the incidence of the illness was as forecast.

Moreover, the effect seemed to last: there was an 84% reduction in infection in the population who had received the homeopathic treatment region in the following year when, for the first time, incidence did not correlate with rainfall, while the incidence in the untreated region increased by 22%." https://www.foodsmatter.com/natural_medicine_comp_therapies/homeopathy/articles/leptospirosis_cuba.html

The study can be viewed here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20674839/

Two years ago Jonathan and I were privileged to attend the Conference at the Royal Society of Medicine "New Horizons in Water Science-Evidence for Homeopathy" hosted by the late Dr Peter Fisher physician to Her Majesty the Queen and featuring two Nobel Prize winning scientists including Dr Luc Montagnier discoverer of HIV.  The conference highlighted a number of emerging areas of scientific research that may be able to explain the mechanism of homoeopathy. These presentations can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_ZfccmzItE0gZZUdOQHqxZWBZCB4r_wm

Disease is part of the ecology of life. Viruses will always be present, indeed some viruses are good for us! When we cannot defeat the disease directly or quickly I am certain that we can make it much harder for the disease by the use of good diet, targeted supplements and homoeopathy. These methods are cheap and safe.

We have nothing to lose.

Yours in Health,

Rosemary

Don't Feed the Fear

Strategies for coping in these times. | 10/5/2020 | Comments: 1

We were out walking the other day in the countryside, paying attention to social (or as I prefer to call it physical) distancing to anyone we encountered. We turned a corner and some twenty feet away or so was a woman with 2 dogs. She was cleaning up the dog poop and obviously hadn't heard our approach until were level with her. She jumped and and said in a high pitched voice "Don't come near me!" She was obviously and unreasonably terrified that she may become contaminated with the coronavirus. I felt so sorry for her being so frightened. She is not the only one!

If you are not anxious or fearful at this time you must be quite exceptional, congratulations!. Our world has been turned upside down. Most of us are naturally worried about catching the coronavirus ourselves or our loved ones. Many of us are worried about our economic situation as well. We may be feeling isolated or lonely. Humans don't like change very much much especially when we can't control it. The media don't help, the newspapers, TV and social media are full of fear-inducing perspectives to the stories they publish.

We experience fear when we recognise a threat and fear is useful to help us evade or escape the threat. But fear can be damaging to our health and well-being when we see no way out.

Many people I talk to, professionally and personally are showing symptoms of fear. Poor sleep, difficulty focusing on tasks, heart palpitations and not being able to engage effectively socially, for example being unable to hold a conversation normally and not being able to listen to what is being said.

Much fear is held at a very deep level of our being, often in parts of the nervous system that we cannot reason with. Deep in the brain are some of the structures that evolved before our human intellect developed. And whilst they may be useful in helping us escape predators in the jungle they can be quite negative in the modern world.

Our reaction to fear can also stem from our family and our experiences especially when we were young. Physical and emotional traumas can leave their mark.

One way of coping is to realise that there are things that we can control. In this case a health threat from an infectious disease can be minimised by making sure that we are as healthy as we can be.

Exercise diet and some supplements can reduce the risks (see previous blogs) and you can seek advice from health professionals.

As to things we can't control? Well there is no point in worrying, just be prepared to adapt. Also try not to be in a position where you can't see the wood from the trees as it were, have a bird's eye view see and understand the big picture. Finally do not be drawn into someone else's fear. Be supportive but avoid taking on their troubles.

When we are in our state of fear our primitive, autonomic nervous system gets out of balance. We are unable to relax. There are a number of simple exercises you can do to help reset the nervous system. This does not eliminate your fearfulness especially if the origin is a long time ago, but may help you manage it.

This exercise was developed by a craniosacral therapist colleague of mine Stanley Rosenberg. It allows the body to access the part of the nervous system that calms and relaxes. https://youtu.be/-CKxRkZ6Ynw

There are some more ideas on the Craniosacral Answers Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/cstanswers

If you need any further help then feel free to contact the clinic and make an appointment to speak to Jonathan or Rosemary.

 

 

Using the Sun to boost your Immunity

23/4/2020 | Comments: 9

Covid-19 is affecting many people in this country. This has coincided with some glorious weather, certainly here in the South West.

You may know that getting sunshine on the skin has many immune boosting benefits not least is the production of vitamin D which helps your immune system a lot!. So go and get some sun! Hold on! Just get your sun with caution. The strength of the sun is getting toward the summer peak and in the middle of the day we cannot tolerate too much. Over time you will more tolerant to longer exposure.

The way I get my dose of sun is to limit the exposure especially when it is at it's strongest between 11am and 3pm. Then I cover up. I don't use sun screen because you want the sun to touch you and because sun screens contain chemicals that are potentially toxic. So for me it is a balance of sun and senisble. You may need to put sunscreen on your children there are some non-toxic versions.

This method has held me in good stead when I lived in Africa as a child and when I visited Australia.

Vitamin D is manufactured in the body from the oils produced on the skin in response to the sun. I believe it takes 3 days too complete this process.

Natural light outdoors is also good for your hormones and sets your body clock.

One part of the spectrum of light from the sun, infra-red, can penetrate quite deeply into the body and some scientists believe that this helps produce energy. It certainly makes us feel better.

Go and make the sun your friend!

Jonathan