Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paul to complete a Firewalk for 'The Stroke Association' on February 20, 2011

On February 20, 2011, Paul will be walking across 1300 Degrees F Coals for The Stroke Association.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel.

Paul's Dad - Johann Hopfensperger (b. 1923)

In 1990, 6 months after retiring, my dad had what is called a TIA (transient ischaemic attack) sometimes called a mini-stroke. For many hours he did not know where he was, where he had been that day or anything you told him literally 10 seconds previous. Just over 10 years later in 2001, he had a full stroke which affected his speech, and right arm and leg. He has never fully recovered and requires a zimmer frame to walk. But he was one of the lucky ones as you will see below.

Facts about stroke

Every 5 minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. Each year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. A quarter of a million people in England and Wales are living with long-term disability as a result of stroke.

What is The Stroke Association?

It is the only charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. They want a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need. Their mission is to prevent strokes and reduce their affect through providing services, campaigning, education and research. The Stroke Association helped my dad, and so now I will be helping raise funds for them.

I will be doing a firewalk for The Stroke Association on Sunday February 20, 2011. The firewalk will involve walking barefoot over a 5 - 6 metre strip of burning hot embers reaching temperatures of 1300 Degrees F. A fire-team builds the fire, and when it has burned to red-hot embers it is raked level and prepared for the walk. I will remove my footwear and walk across the coals! Prior to the event, I will use my Neuro-Lingustic Programming (NLP) skills to mentally prepare myself for the challenge. I will visualise the event many, many times before the actual day, and on the day, the brain will not know the difference between the mental rehearsals and the actual event.

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Paul Hopfensperger (Hoffy)

Diet & Nutrition to assist with Stroke Prevention

Good diet and nutrition, with good quality supplementation is an important element in stroke prevention. A massive study on nurses, found that those who consumed 15-20mg of betacorotene per day, had a 40 per cent lower risk of a stroke and a 22 per cent lower risk of a heart attack compared with those only consuming 6mg per day. Those with the high dietary intake of betacarotene had half the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Betacarotene is found in orange fruits and vegetables such as apricots, cantaloupes, and carrots, as well as leafy green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach. Betacarotene is a substance from plants that the body converts into vitamin A.

Foods to eat

Whole grains, fish (especially those rich in Omega-3: salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines), rye (good-quality rye bread), potatoes and sweet potatoes, squash, beans, peas, and soybean products such as tofu, green and yellow vegetables, round vegetables, root vegetables, especially carrots, mild spices and cooking herbs, including garlic, ginger, turmeric and shallots.

Foods not to eat

Foods high in fat, especially red meat, dairy products and eggs, sugar, salt (minimise the intake of salt which causes high blood pressure, a major cause of stroke, alcohol and tobacco.

Vitamin A (retinol and betacarotene)

Vitamin A comes in two forms: retinol which is the animal form and is stored in the body, and betacarotene, the vegetable form which is converted into retinol unless body levels are already high. It is needed for healthy skin, inside and out, protecting against infections. It is an antioxidant and immune-system booster and protects against many forms of cancer (source: Patrick Holford, The Optimum Nutrition Bible).


At Body and Mind Studio, we strongly recommend daily supplementation to ensure that our bodies receive a balanced diet with the optimum nutrition our bodies require. This is the foundation of our business, and something we have practiced on a daily basis as a family for over 23 years. We recommend the following 
Nature's Sunshine® Products as a minimum daily nutritional supplement to help ensure good health and well being:-

Super Supplemental Vitamins & Minerals (Contains 1000mg Vitamin A: 80% Retinol, 20% Betacarotene), SynerProTein® (Protein Drink: Chocolate : Original), Total Nutrition Today (TNT - Fibre), Super Omega-3, Pro B11, Proactazyme (Digestive Enzymes), Zambroza® (One of the most effective Antioxidant drinks on the market!). Call Paul on +44(0)1284 756444 if you are unsure of your specific requirements before purchasing these products so a consultation can be undertaken.

Treatment after Stroke at Body and Mind Studio

At Body and Mind Studio, we have a regular client who having suffered a stroke in 2010 and following consent from his doctor for us to massage him, has seen significant benefits in his well being following regular monthly massage with us.

I would like to reproduce an article by John W. Cartmell, LMP called "Massage for Strokes" published in "Progressive Health CHOICES", Spring 1997, which I think speaks for itself.

Massage is probably the most effective therapy there is for restoring normal nerve function after a stroke, but it’s been virtually ignored as a therapy option. Nerve damage occurs when areas of the brain are deprived of adequate oxygen, usually from a burst blood vessel, blood clot or a spasm in an artery. Symptoms may include numbness, muscle weakness or paralysis, confusion and memory disruption or pain.  Potentially every cell and organ in the body can be affected.

One of my mother’s fears was that something like this might happen to her and she’d be resigned to a life of having to depend on others. It was very discouraging for her when at age 67, with diabetes and heart disease, she suffered a stroke that left her numb on her entire left side. She couldn’t walk without a limp or write her own name, her mouth drooped, she slurred her speech and her eyes crossed so she couldn’t read or watch TV.

That happened during the second week of my massage schooling. Our homework included doing a full massage on someone every day. I asked if I could do all of my massages on my mother because of her recent stroke, and the instructor, who had used massage therapy to recover from a stroke herself, readily agreed.

With strokes, the intent of massage is to stimulate the nerves in such a way that the nervous system can’t ignore the stimulation. It’s believed the tactile stimulation of "Nerve Strokes" causes the nervous system to track and process the tactile sensations. In trying to find better more efficient ways of handling the information, the brain is forced to develop new circuitry by establishing cellular connections around the damaged areas. Traditional massage is also recommended for the therapeutic benefits stated above, but the primary focus of massage for strokes should be to stimulate the nerves.

"Nerve Strokes" are done by dragging the full palm, fingers trailing, slowly and lightly from head to feet or down the arms to the hands. The pattern is changed frequently so as not to become monotonous. After a few times stroking from the head to the hands, you go perhaps from the head to the hands and on to the leg on one side, while the hand on the other side goes perhaps only to the elbow... Then, every ten minutes or so you may do some fast, brisk strokes from feet to head, and then resume the traditional slow tactile strokes. These slow strokes can also be varied and done just above the skin so that just the electrical field from the therapist’s nerves is impacting the patient’s nerve field. Frequency of treatment should be daily for weeks or months. Best results are probably achieved if massage is begun as soon after the stroke as possible. Complete recovery is common when massage is utilized in this manner.

I had a 52 year old male client who was unable to walk across the room without the aid of his wife. After 5 treatments, he was driving himself alone to my office and walking down the steps without a handrail. I had another client in her 70’s who’s pain after her stroke all but disappeared after 3 treatments. As for my mother, except for a little numbness on the tip of her tongue and two toes, she fully recovered from her stroke after 5 months of daily massage.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Vitamin D - Essential to maintain strong and healthy bones by retaining calcium

Girl suffered Vitamin D deficiency due to use of High Factor Sunscreen

Living by the beach in one of the sunniest parts of the country, Lisa Attrill made sure her daughter wore plenty of high-factor sun cream when she played outside.   But her good intentions left 12-year-old Tyler suffering from a vitamin deficiency linked to the bone disease rickets.  The factor-50 sunscreen deprived her of essential vitamin D, which is produced by the body as a reaction to sunlight on the skin.

She was eventually diagnosed in November [2010], after tests to establish why she had failed to recover properly from an unrelated operation on her hip. Her vitamin deficiency, which could have developed into the more serious rickets, has been treated by taking a multi-vitamin.

Details of Tyler’s case emerged a month after health experts urged people to spend up to 15 minutes in the midday sun without sunscreen three times a week to help boost levels of vitamin D.

Rickets is a rare disease caused by lack of vitamin D which results in the bones becoming soft and weak. In extreme cases it leads to fractures and deformities such as bowed legs and curvature of the spine

The disease was common 100 years ago when diets were poor and many cities were surrounded by thick smog which limited sunlight. It had virtually disappeared by the 1940s, largely through improved diet as vitamin D was then added to many foods such as breakfast cereal and margarine. In 1946 the Government ordered all schools to give children free milk. This upped their calcium intake, also reducing the rickets risk.

The body gets 80 per cent of its vitamin D from a chemical process that happens when sunlight is absorbed by the skin. It is also found naturally in oily fish,egg yolk and liver.

Around one in 1,000 children are diagnosed with rickets, although figures suggest that as many as 70 per cent have a vitamin D deficiency.

In November, Professor Nicholas Clarke, an orthopaedic surgeon at Southampton General hospital who also treated Tyler, warned of an astonishing resurgence of rickets. He studied 200 children suffering from bone conditions and found 40 of them had rickets.

Mrs Attrill said Professor Clarke told her the liberal application of sunscreen was likely to have caused Tyler’s vitamin D deficiency. Last night Professor Clarke’s colleague orthopaedic surgeon Vel Sukthivel said: ‘We have seen a staggering number of cases of vitamin D deficiency over the last few years.

Source: The Daily Mail, January 19, 2011.

Vitamin D (ergocalciferol, cholecalciferol)

What is does: Helps maintain strong and healthy bones by retaining calcium.

Deficiency signs: Joint pain or stiffness, backache, tooth decay, muscle cramps, hair loss.

How Much should I take?
EU recommended daily amount (RDA): 5 mcg
Average Optimum Daily Amount for an adult (ODA): 11 mcg
Supplementary range: 3-5mcg
Toxicity: 1,250 mcg is potentially toxic.

Best food sources: Herrings (22.5 mcg), mackeral (17.5 mcg), salmon (12.5 mcg), oysters (3 mcg), cottage cheese (2mcg), eggs (1.75 mcg).

Helpers: Sufficient exposure to sunlight, as Vitamin D is made in the skin. Under these conditions dietary vitamin D may not be necessary. Vitamins A,C and E protect D.

Robbers: Lack of sunlight, fried foods.

Source: Patrick Holford, The Optimum Nutrition Bible.

What's the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3?

Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 are the two most important forms of Vitamin D for your health. Vitamin D2 is produced by plants, and Vitamin D3 is made by your skin when you are exposed to sunlight. Fortified foods can contain either form. Studies show that Vitamin D3 is far more important for our health than Vitamin D2. So either choose a Vitamin D3 supplement, or one which contains optimal levels of both forms because Vitamin D2 on it's own is not enough.

You can purchase Vitamin D supplements in store at Body and Mind Studio.

Paul Hopfensperger of Body and Mind Studio holds a Diploma in Diet & Nutrition and a Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, London, UK. He has been involved in the health and nutrition industry since 1987. 

Welcome to the new Body and Mind Studio Blogsite. All the latest news from Suffolk's premier personal wellness company...

Above: Beccy and Paul Hopfensperger, owners and therapists at Body and Mind Studio, Bury St Edmunds, UK.

With all the news constantly in the media about personal wellness, obesity, children's health and wellbeing and other, we felt it was time to share some of this with our existing and potential customers all in one location and show how we can help combat just some of these issues to give you and your families a happier and healthier lifestyle.

We hope you enjoy the blog, and look forward to seeing you soon for a treatment at Body and Mind Studio.

Yours in health.

Paul Hopfensperger MIfHI
Personal Wellness Coach, Sports & Clinical Massage Therapist and IfHI Master Instructor

Beccy Hopfensperger
Massage Therapist