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Research: Frequent Sauna Bathing May Protect Men Against Dementia, Finnish Study Suggests

Another great article in Science Daily featuring research on the benefits of sauna therapy. Again, I’ve included the whole article and the link below.

“Frequent sauna bathing can reduce the risk of dementia, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week. The association between sauna bathing and dementia risk has not been previously investigated.

The effects of sauna bathing on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia were studied in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), involving more than 2,000 middle-aged men living in the eastern part of Finland. Based on their sauna-bathing habits, the study participants were divided into three groups: those taking a sauna once a week, those taking a sauna 2-3 times a week, and those taking a sauna 4-7 times a week.

The more frequently saunas were taken, the lower was the risk of dementia. Among those taking a sauna 4-7 times a week, the risk of any form of dementia was 66% lower and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease 65% lower than among those taking a sauna just once a week. The findings were published recently in the Age and Ageing journal.

Previous results from the KIHD study have shown that frequent sauna bathing also significantly reduces the risk of sudden cardiac death, the risk of death due to coronary artery disease and other cardiac events, as well as overall mortality. According to Professor Jari Laukkanen, the study leader, sauna bathing may protect both the heart and memory to some extent via similar, still poorly known mechanisms. “However, it is known that cardiovascular health affects the brain as well. The sense of well-being and relaxation experienced during sauna bathing may also play a role.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161216114143.htm


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Materials provided by University of Eastern Finland. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Tanjaniina Laukkanen, Setor Kunutsor, Jussi Kauhanen, Jari Antero Laukkanen. Sauna bathing is inversely associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged Finnish men. Age and Ageing, December 2016 DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afw212

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University of Eastern Finland. “Frequent sauna bathing may protect men against dementia, Finnish study suggests.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 December 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161216114143.htm>.

 

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Research: Sauna Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiac, All-Cause Mortality.

A great article in Science Daily outlining a study conducted by Dr Jari A. Laukkanen, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio on the benefits of saunas on health.

I’m such a fan of saunas myself, and they have made such a positive impact on my health and well-being, that I’m going to include the whole article here, as well as link it below.

If you would like to explore the incredible and surprising levels of health your body can experience when living the way we were designed to, the contact me on tim@timaltman.com.au or 0425 739 918 to book in a consultation.

“A sauna may do more than just make you sweat. A new study suggests men who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Although some studies have found sauna bathing to be associated with better cardiovascular and circulatory function, the association between regular sauna bathing and risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and fatal cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is not known.

Jari A. Laukkanen, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, and coauthors investigated the association between sauna bathing and the risk of SCD, fatal coronary heart disease (CHD), fatal CVD and all-cause mortality in a group of 2,315 middle-aged men (42 to 60 years old) from eastern Finland.

Results show that during a median (midpoint) follow-up of nearly 21 years, there were 190 SCDs, 281 fatal CHDs, 407 fatal CVDs and 929 deaths from all causes. Compared with men who reported one sauna bathing session per week, the risk of SCD was 22 percent lower for 2 to 3 sauna bathing sessions per week and 63 percent lower for 4 to 7 sauna sessions per week. The risk of fatal CHD events was 23 percent lower for 2 to 3 bathing sessions per week and 48 percent lower for 4 to 7 sauna sessions per week compared to once a week. CVD death also was 27 percent lower for men who took saunas 2 to 3 times a week and 50 percent lower for men who were in the sauna 4 to 7 times a week compared with men who indulged just once per week. For all-cause mortality, sauna bathing 2 to 3 times per week was associated with a 24 percent lower risk and 4 to 7 times per week with a 40 percent reduction in risk compared to only one sauna session per week.

The amount of time spent in the sauna seemed to matter too. Compared with men who spent less than 11 minutes in the sauna, the risk of SCD was 7 percent lower for sauna sessions of 11 to 19 minutes and 52 percent less for sessions lasting more than 19 minutes. Similar associations were seen for fatal CHDs and fatal CVDs but not for all-cause mortality events.

“Further studies are warranted to establish the potential mechanism that links sauna bathing and cardiovascular health,” the study concludes.

Editor’s Note: Health Benefits of Sauna Bathing

In a related Editor’s Note, Rita F. Redberg, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, and editor-in-chief of JAMA Internal Medicine, writes: “Although we do not know why the men who took saunas more frequently had greater longevity (whether it is the time spent in the hot room, the relaxation time, the leisure of a life that allows for more relaxation time or the camaraderie of the sauna), clearly time spent in the sauna is time well spent.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150223122602.htm

 


Story Source:

Materials provided by The JAMA Network Journals. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Tanjaniina Laukkanen, Hassan Khan, Francesco Zaccardi, Jari A. Laukkanen. Association Between Sauna Bathing and Fatal Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.8187

 

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150223122602.htm

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Use of Sauna and Cold to Increase Net Resilience, Mitochondrial Biogenesis, Mood and Longevity

A fantastic video by Dr Rhonda Patrick on the health benefits of saunas and cold water exposure on the brain, metabolism and longevity.

She claims that our bodies are beautifully designed to handle all types of stress.

http://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15ccfa6cd98cae2d

Definitely worth a watch.

I’ve certainly found these benefits from regular sauna use, so listening to this will reinforce my resolve to continue. Why would I not anyway as you feel so good afterwards…and you’ll have the best sleep in years.

 

 

 

Juice Fasting

Fasting As a Solution To Optimal Health

Introduction to Fasting

Fasting is a process that allows us to see from direct experience the incredible innate healing and restorative powers that our bodies possess as well as the incredible inherent capacity for health that we all possess as our birthright – a capacity for which most people only ever experience a fraction of its ultimate potential.

In his book ‘Staying Healthy With Nutrition’, Dr Elson, M Haas M.D. describes fasting as nature’s ancient, universal “remedy” for many problems and the single greatest natural healing therapy. Animals instinctively fast when ill. It is the oldest treatment known to us, the instinctive therapy for many illnesses, nature’s doctor and knifeless surgeon and the greatest therapist and tool for preventing disease.

Further, Dr Haas calls fasting, or the cleansing process, the “missing link in the Western diet”.

Most of the conditions for which fasting is recommended are ones that result from the discord to the human system created Western diet and lifestyle. Conditions which are best described as resulting from “chronic sub-clinical malnourishment” (despite having more choice than ever before in human history) in the face of severe “over-consumption or over-nutrition”. In other words, we consume excessive amounts of toxic nutrients such as refined sugars, saturated and trans fats, and chemicals, yet receive inadequate amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fats.

These conditions are the chronic degenerative diseases including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Chronic immune system disorders or deficiencies.
  • Weight Loss – via intermittent fasting only.

Over 90% of deaths in Western countries result from these chronic degenerative disorders. Indeed, ignorance (of how to live in accordance with nature) may be our greatest disease.

Fasting is therapeutic and, more importantly, preventative of many of these diseases.

The term fasting here is used to describe the avoidance of solid foods and the intake of liquids only and we offer mainly juice fasts. Juice fasts support the body nutritionally by providing some of the essential nutrients it requires whilst offering a deep and profound cleansing and detoxification of the system.

Dr Haas describes detoxification via fasting as an important “corrective and rejuvenating process in our cycle of nutrition” (balancing and building being other processes), and a time when we allow our cells to “breathe out, become current and restore themselves”.

It was through the use of fasting to heal a very chronic and debilitating illness that I became involved in natural medicine and nutrition. It literally changed my life and gave me a completely new outlook on food and the incredible innate capacity our bodies have for health if we only take a step back and live our lives naturally in accord with how our evolutionary history has modelled our systems’ to function optimally.

Instead of suffocating my cells and organs via overconsumption of processed and refined foods and ‘new to nature’ chemicals, I simply started eating and living naturally. As such, I have continued to fast occasionally and have continued to enjoy the preventative, healing and transformative benefits that this beautiful and natural cleaning process avails.

Intermittent fasting, or fasting over smaller intervals, but more regularly, has been heavily researched and implemented as an extremely effective solution for reducing weight and inflammation (that contributes to most of the chronic degenerative disorders we suffer and die from).

We now offer a variety of fasting options to clients as a fantastic way of enhancing wellness, slowing down ageing, treating a variety of illnesses and increasing resistance to disease.

Contact me via email, tim@timaltman.com.au or 0425 739 918 to book in or discuss what type of fast would most suit you. I offer consultations in Melbourne and Torquay, or online via Skype…

The Power of Referrals

Before the digital age, advertising your business was very simple. Put an ad in the paper, print some flyers and, if you’ve got the budget advertise on radio or TV. It has become a lot more complicated recently.

Facebook, email, Google Plus, Instagram etc. etc. etc. Unless you’re and expert on advertising, it becomes very difficult for a small business owner to figure out what options suit them best. And opinions vary that much with the experts it becomes very difficult to determine quality advice from straight out pitch.

And the time spent trying to figure it out, makes it even more daunting given time is better spent honing your professional skills. But there’s no point being the most skilled and knowledgeable professional out there if people don’t know about you, let alone come and see you.

I confess that I am terrible at advertising and PR (having been told so by many advisers over the years). I just don’t think to ask for a testimonial from a happy client, or take photos of a situation or scene promoting my business, and I am especially uncomfortable with self-promotion. I am more focussed on getting better outcomes for clients and learning to offer better services.

However, I have learned a couple of things over many years of trying to work out what form of advertising my services and business works best. It has taken a lot of time and money, however I am starting to feel more comfortable with what options work.

There are a few options, and all of them have to with people getting to know me and getting a greater understanding of what I do. Not the technical details (and I often get in trouble for getting way too technical and long winded),More to do with my story (how I got to where I am and what motivates me), and what my services can do for potential clients.

I have found that writing regular blogs gives people a better feel for my services. Or video. And, it seems Google loves blogs, and especially video.

Also, I do regular free talks at the local Wholefoods store (Surfcoast Wholefoods) and these have always worked very well – even if only one or two turn up.

But, as has always been the case for many, or most businesses, referrals are number one. By far. Despite the myriad of variety of advertising options and technology sources for this, referrals from people you know and trust has always stayed the greatest provider of new business for so many business types.

As a result, it is time that I spend a little less time learning and commit some more time to writing regular newsletters, understanding that being out of sight also leads to being out of mind.  In doing so I am putting out a request to my old and current clients for referrals.

If, in receiving these newsletters you remember to refer my services to a friend, colleague or client, then I would be very appreciative. I know it is difficult to read all of the emails that you receive, so I will commit to writing only one newsletter per month, so as not to inundate you.

I have linked my home page and the bio for anyone who I haven’t seen for some time. Despite being in Torquay most of the time now, I still work in Melbourne and most of my work can be done online via Skype (or phone) nowadays, so the clinic can come to you. This is an option many clients are taking up nowadays and, in my experience, it is no less effective than in person.

http://timaltman.com.au/ http://timaltman.com.au/about-tim/

My Favourite Quote – For Now :-)

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts”.

Bertrand Russell

The incessant bombardment of ‘fluffy’ quotes on Facebook and the like really annoys me. It’s just not my thing. Having said that, over the years I have kept a book of quotes or excerpts from books and movies that resonate with me.

I’m not going to go into detail explaining what this one means to me (You can determine what it means to you yourself), other than to say it allowed me to feel more comfortable with the fact that I have never been able to look at myself and the world and be content with the way things are.

Ironically, the more I have learned and transformed, the more I have come to know that ‘everything is perfect exactly as it is’. However, I still question many things and my thirst to grow and continue to transform personally has never waned. I am simply more comfortable that this is a natural process and evolves exactly as it needs to – the less one fights change, and more one observes and becomes open to the opportunities for growth, the freer and more content one feels.

 

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Testimonial – Post-viral Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Another Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Success

It is always very humbling to bear witness to and guide clients back to health following long term chronic illnesses. Below is a testimonial from another client who had suffered from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 20 years, who can now look forward to a future free from illness, and full of happiness.

“Mickel Therapy really works!! When I first stated sessions 6 years ago, I had been practically bed ridden with post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I could barely walk to my letterbox, was too exhausted to even read and felt as though I was wearing a concrete body suit. I started off doing phone sessions with a therapist in England as there was no-one available in Australia at that time. Within a short time I was able to walk around the block and over a year later I had gained some quality of life back. However a further serious unrelated illness set me back and I let things drift for a few years before I realised I needed to pick up the threads again with Mickel Therapy. I found Tim via the internet and, once again, began to improve remarkably as I applied what I had learned. After 8 sessions my foggy brain has gone, I am doing two walks a day, and I am sleeping beautifully after years of sleeping problems. Tim has been very helpful and is easy to talk to, and I can thoroughly recommend both Tim and Mickel Therapy.”

Sue Judkins, 13/11/15

 

 

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New Study: Sauna Extends Life Expectancy

To Extend Your Life, Spend Time In A Sauna

Linked is an article on a new study performed in Finland, following 2,315 Finnish men from 42 to 60 years of age over a 21 year period.

It turned out the more saunas the men took, the better their chances were for living longer.

More specifically, the men who had more than four sauna sessions per week had the lowest risk of death — 40% lower than those who went twice a week — but those who had two to three sessions still got some of the cardiovascular benefits.

I’m glad I get into the sauna regularly. Whilst previous research from Russia, Japan and Scandinavia, going back many years has already confirmed similar benefits, this certainly suggests there is a method to our madness.

And, even better, the sauna I use is a traditional Finnish sauna. Personally, I have always preferred the feeling of well-being I get following a traditional Finnish sauna over a far-infrared sauna.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17617/to-extend-your-life-spend-time-in-a-sauna.html