Herbal Granny Knew Best

Herbal Granny Knew Best

I can still remember in horror my grandmother grumbled in her overgrown garden picking these leaves in the leaves, throwing them all into a pot of boiling water and drinking it. Of course at the time I, plus a lot of the other young members of the family, thought she was quite mad and more than a little weird. What we didn’t realise at the time was that Grandmother was saner than any of us and quite the herbalist, and it seems,  quite a brilliant one at that. As much as I rack my brain I can’t remember her suffering from anything so common as the common cold in her entire long life time. Of course, some might say it had nothing to do with her unusual er…habits, she was just one of those lucky few who experience a better health for most of their charmed lives. Of course, I can’t argue with that. However the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that she knew something I didn’t. She knew I believe, some of the old ways. The ways that somehow tied us to the land for everything that we needed. The land, Mother Nature if you like, sustained us. Not just for our food but also (and doesn’t it make a lot of sense when you think about it), for our health.

Let me explain, I’m not one of those people we want to go back to. For all the grandmother’s wisdom, she still could not cure Rickets, TB, or Polio. Those terrible diseases that almost die will come later when we are wiser and vision is more hygienic. No, what I’m suggesting is a combination of both. A partnering of the knowledge of the past with today’s expertise in science and what have you. Of …

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Are You Still Writing for GP Reports to Manage Absence? – 5 Reasons To Think Again

Are You Still Writing for GP Reports to Manage Absence? - 5 Reasons To Think Again

As an experienced Occupational Health Nurse, I have always wondered why it is that some HR professionals and managers write to GPs rather than ask an Occupational Health specialist for a report to help them to manage absence. Occupational Health is the speciality of medicine which has the knowledge skills and training to provide advice on fitness for work in any industry setting and also has specialist knowledge of the diseases of occupations

Asking a GP, who has never had any occupational health training or even visited a workplace, for an opinion on fitness to work, rarely provides any useful advice on capability. It generally lengthens the management of the absence as GPs are very busy and can take weeks before a response is received and the report can be expensive.

Maybe it’s time to review your approach?

1. In my experience, non-medical people writing for a GP report are mostly wasting their time. I know that seeking further medical evidence is advised in many management of absence procedures, but I do not believe writing to a GP will give you anything other than a report which states the employee’s perspective on their medical condition. Once that is written in a report, it can sometimes ‘stranglehold’ the employer into a corner it is difficult to get out of without being seen to be unreasonable.

‘If Mrs Jones could be given a job nearer to home with light duties, reduced hours and a different Manager, I am sure she would be able to return to work’

2. The GP report may advise you of an employee’s diagnosis, but can you really make a judgement on what work capability an employee has from a medical diagnosis? If for example they are diagnosed with bi polar disorder, endometriosis or sciatica where does this …

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The Best Thing an Owner Can Do for Their Business Is Continue to Breathe

The Best Thing an Owner Can Do for Their Business Is Continue to Breathe

One of the best things a business owner can do for their business is continue to breathe. It sounds simple but for some business owners the hardest part about business ownership is finding time for themselves.

Health can be defined in a range of ways but the way I see it is; health is the absence of illness and the presence of vitality. Vitality is that energy and exuberance that comes from someone who is well rested, with energy to burn and the focus to put that energy to good use. I know many business owners that miss the mark when it comes to their own health.

Often business owners believe they need to work 24/7, putting themselves into a situation where it is difficult to sustain for the long term. If your business does not allow you the time to look after yourself over the long term, what makes you think the business will even last that long… Or that you will? By having your business over reliant upon you, it is likely you are starting a cycle that will turn into a cyclone, that can only result in a path of destruction.

What happens is this: first you begin to work all of the time. You are working in your business and doing the hard yards and there is a part of you that thinks ‘this is what I have to do for my business to continue’. You are being a martyr. The pressure on you builds until you are working so much you lose contact with your friends and family. Little did you know, that they were the support system of your life and without them you are left unsupported. Anyone who thinks that they have to do it alone is suffering from what I like to …

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How Strong Is Your Immune System?

How Strong Is Your Immune System?

How many of these drugs are you taking on a regular basis?

  • Cold medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Aspirin
  • Allergy medications

Far too many people are living with a vulnerable immune system that cannot successfully defend itself from diseases and sicknesses. Did you know that your immune system has the inborn capability to protect itself from ill health? When your body is healthy and fit, your immune system has the ability to defend itself against millions of toxins, bacteria, parasites, and viruses. So why are so many people these days, including yourself, turning to man-made, chemical-filled drugs to perform the natural functions of a healthy body?

What Is Inside That Medication?

Go and take some time to actually read through the ingredients on the medicines that are filling your medicine cabinet. Without a doubt, you will find a long list of words that are unpronounceable and most likely completely foreign to your knowledge. Although they may sound scientific, if you’re not sure what any of the words mean, then you are still at a loss with understanding just what is inside of those pills you are taking.

The bottom line is that most medications can and will cause unfavorable side effects, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, drowsiness, nausea, liver damage, and dizziness, to name a few.

Staying hydrated, and improving your immune system naturally is a totally safe way to help you avoid sickness and poor health. You will probably be surprised at how simple it really is to boost your immune system and thwart sickness for good.

  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a healthy diet, high in vegetables, whole grains, and fruits
  • Drink pure, clean water every day

In order to drink truly clean water, you will have to stop yourself from running out …

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Building Muscle – Core Workouts and Nutrition

Building Muscle - Core Workouts and Nutrition

When wanting to build substantial muscle mass and strength the body requires numerous necessary core workouts and nutritional supplements.

Athletes and health club users will must insert the following compound lifts, which target numerous muscle groups within the body simultaneously, into their workout and exercising regime:

Barbell Bench Press

This physical exercise focuses on the improvement on the pectoralis key muscle at the same time as other supporting muscle tissues which includes the anterior deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis, scapulae fixers, trapezii, along with the triceps.

Barbell Squat

This workout focuses around the improvement in the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and lower back.

Barbell Deadlift

This exercising focuses on the development of mostly the erector spinae, gluteus maximus, adductor magnus, hamstrings, and quadriceps

On top of that, workout routines which include Bent Over Barbell Row, Chins & Military Shoulder Press to work opposing muscle groups can also be added to compliment the core lifting workout routines.

Any other weight based exercises can be included, but without the core elements, any progress in size & strength will be limited and slow.

For those involved in weight lifting or bodybuilding, a carefully monitored diet as well as the use of nutritional supplements are necessary for gaining the desired results.

A typical diet will consist of smaller and frequent meal throughout the day with each containing 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and 20% of good fats. Most physique builders will consume approx 6-8 meals per day with most containing lean meat/chicken/fish, a portion of rice/potato and some vegetables.

It is also essential that at least 2 of these meals contain a protein supplement especially after workout. Other essentials include creatine and glutamine which can be taken separately or as an all-in-one supplement depending on individual goals.

Vitamins and fish oils will also play a key role …

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