Mickel Therapy

There is a Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – CFS, ME, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue

The Cure For CFS is Mickel Therapy

I’m going to keep this blog brief.

Linked (below) is a page from the Victorian Government ‘Better Health Channel’.

I have grabbed a section from this page and pasted it here:

“Scientists are starting to understand the biological causes of ME/CFS, although they have not yet found a prevention or cure. Genes appear to be a factor in many cases.”

Other medical and government pages state that ‘there is no cure for CFS, ME etc. etc.”

This is universally accepted in the medical community.

I have only 3 thing to say about this:

BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT

They may not have a cure with their approach or their paradigm, however there is a cure, and I have witnessed it many times now in clients.       The solution lies in finding a completely different approach to the medical/natural medicine approach. A different paradigm in fact, which involves investigating the ‘root cause’ of chronic illnesses like CFS, ME, fibromyalgia etc. at higher levels than where the symptoms show up – that is, going to the level of the brain stem that regulates all automatic bodily functions. The hypothalamus. By rectifying a dysfunctional hypothalamus (one in overdrive), the body finds it’s own way to health.

To be specific, by cure I mean a complete removal of symptoms.                                                                                                                           These sound like strong, fighting words, and when I first investigated Mickel Therapy, whilst it made sooo much sense, I didn’t entirely believe. I sounded too good to be true. However, my experience as a practitioner once I started using Mickel Therapy surprised me in ways I hadn’t dared to imagine. Based on my education in the medical paradigms, I did not believe that any technique could yield such potent results.                         It is not often in this world that we are left both speechless (despite what Facebook says) and very pleasantly surprised. That has been my experience since incorporating this technique. I have guided and witnessed multiple complete recoveries or ‘cures’ from a range of chronic illnesses, including:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), ME, Fibromyalgia, Adrenal Fatigue, Post Viral Fatigue.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Chronic Pain – including arthritic.
  • Auto-Immune Conditions.
  • It is alse fantastic for removing blockages to performance and happiness.

Enough talk.

There is a cure for CFS. Just because the medicos haven’t seen it or researched it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!!

Go to the Mickel Therapy tab on my website, watch the videos by Dr Mickel.

Feel free to call me on 0425 739 918 to discuss. I’ll even send you Dr Mickel’s book for free.

It also works equally as effectively via Skype or phone if you live remotely.

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cfs

 

 

 

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Breathing Dynamics Solutions for Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Breathing Dynamics for the Treatment and Prevention of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Snoring is the resultant sound caused by vibration of respiratory structures (usually the uvula and soft palate) due to obstructed air movement during breathing whilst sleeping. The blockage in the airways can be due to a number of reasons:

  • Obesity – fat gathering in and around the throat.
  • Dental Reasons – mispositioned jaw, caused by tension in the muscles.
  • Alcohol or drugs relaxing throat muscles.
  • Throat weakness – causing it to close during sleep.
  • Nasal passage and sinus obstruction.
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea – indeed snoring can be one of the first symptoms or signs of sleep apnoea in a person, and is almost always present in sleep apnoea.
  • Sleeping on the back – leading to the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.
  • The tissues at the top of the airways touching each other.

Whilst incidences of snoring can vary, it is estimated that at least 30% of adults snore.

The impact of snoring occurs both for the snorer and those who sleep with or near them. The impact can include sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, lack of energy and focus, irritability, decreased libido and potential psychological problems.

Research on snoring has confirmed an association or correlation of snoring with a number of diseases, including:

  • A correlation between loud snoring and increased risk of heart attack (+34%) and stroke (+67%).
  • Development of carotid artery atherosclerosis (due to turbulence in the artery closes to the airways).
  • Risk of brain damage.
  • Significant improvement of marital relations following correction of snoring.
  • Treatment of Snoring
  • Treatment options for snoring are varied and can depend on the believed causative factor. All treatments focus on clearing the blockage in the breathing passage. Treatments range from:
  • Weight loss
  • Cessation of smoking.
  • Reduction of alcohol consumption.
  • Having patients sleep on their side.
  • Over the counter aids – nasal sprays, nasal strips, nose clips, lubricating sprays, anti-snore pillows and clothing.
  • Dental appliances – splints (mandibular advancement splints – are far more compliant than CPAP machines).
  • The Pillar Procedure – surgical insertion of strips to strengthen the soft palate.
  • CPAP machines – continuous positive airway pressure machines – mainly for sleep apnoea. Is quite invasive as it requires wearing a mask and having a machine beside the bed (that can be noisy). Compliance is as low as 13%.
  • Surgery – i.e. removal of tissue in the back of the throat (although this involves risks of side effects, including scarring), or turbinate coblation (removing obstruction caused by enlarged turbinates in the nose).
  • Pharmaceuticals drugs or herbal preparations.

Breathing Retraining to Prevent and Treat Snoring

Note: it is recommended you read the previous blogs on breathing,  nose breathing and the Bohr Effect, relevant to snoring on this website prior to reading this section, as the following is a simplified summary based on a knowledge of this theory.

The Breathing Dynamics approach to snoring addresses an aspect that is prevalent in most snorers. That is mouth breathing at night.

Up to 6 times the volume of air can travel in and out of the mouth compared to the nostrils. Given the anatomical, physiological and biochemical make-up of our respiratory system is designed for us to breathe through our nose, the increased volume of air flow experienced during mouth breathing can not only increase the air flow in the throat and likelihood that any obstruction or loose tissue will rattle, it can seriously upset our blood chemistry and reduce delivery of oxygen from our arterial blood to our cells for energy production (based on ‘The Bohr Effect’) and lead to smooth muscle constriction or spasm in the respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, urinary and digestive systems (any systems that involve tubes). This can obviously lead to a number of symptoms throughout the body.

In addition, in normal breathing (according to diagnostic norms), not only should you breathe through the nostrils only, your tongue should rest at the roof of the mouth, preventing it from falling to the floor of the mouth and obstructing the throat (as is often the case during mouth breathing). An obstructed throat at night can or will usually results in snoring. When you breathe through your nose, with your mouth closed, your tongue will naturally sit at the roof of your mouth.

The objective in breathing retraining is to:

  1. Ensure that the mouth is closed at night – there are a number of techniques to achieve this, sometimes initially involving the use of other techniques or interventions such as dental splints or retrainers (especially if there is obstruction due to the positioning of the mandible) in addition to our techniques, but, over time, this can become habitual.

  2. Retrain the person to habitually breathe at all times using the nose, not the mouth. This second aspect takes time and requires the use of breath hold techniques to increase the body’s tolerance to elevated CO2 levels (as are seen when breathing through the nose and with patterns that promote breathing at the right rate and volumes) and CapnoTrainer biofeedback technology to retrain functional breathing patterns that will have your body become more comfortable with nose breathing and slower breathing rates with reduce volumes of air flow.

Once your body becomes more used to breathing with mouth closed (except when eating or talking/singing), and with reduced air flow and breathing rate, this eventually becomes more habitual.

To book in for a consultation to see Tim regarding the use of Breathing Dynamics to prevent or treat asthma, email Tim or call 0425 739 918.

Alternatively, the Breathing Dynamics for snoring and subsequent breathing retraining techniques and rhythm development can be purchased via the shop section of this website.

Breathing Dynamics for Sporting Performance

Advanced Breathing: The Last Unchartered Frontier of Sporting Performance

Breathing Dynamics for Sporting Performance

Benefits derived from optimal breathing during exercise:

  • Greater surface area of lungs used for gas exchange.

  • Increased oxygen delivery to cells.

  • Delayed lactic acid onset.

  • Enhanced buffering of lactic acid (via bicarbonate derived from CO2)

  • Reduced heart and breathing rates.

  • Increased relaxation.

  • Greater access to ‘alpha’ or ‘zone’ states.

  • Greater postural stability and potential injury prevention via diaphragm and deep system stabilization.

The Bohr Effect states that the lower the partial pressure of CO2 in arterial blood, the tighter the bond between haemoglobin and oxygen (and subsequently less O2 is released to cells).
As a result of less O2 delivery, cells produce less energy. And, during exercise, lactic acid is produced  more plentifully and quickly.

In addition, CO2 is necessary for the production of bicarbonate ions which buffer the affect of lactic acid on blood pH. If CO2 levels are low this does not occur as effectively. Arterial CO2 levels are lowered as a consequence of over breathing or mouth breathing. Our respiratory system is designed for us to breathe primarily through our noses. Mouth breathing is far less efficient in that requires more energy, and higher breathing and heart rates to deliver sufficient oxygen to cells. Mouth breathing serves as an emergency mechanism to acute stress or if our nose becomes blocked. It is not designed to be our principal method of respiration.

Learned behaviors (as a response to stressors) and a lack of understanding have led us to mouth breathe (or over breathe) not only during exercise, but also in most of our day to day functioning. Consequently, our bodies become used to lower levels of arterial CO2 and we develop a breathing pattern that is elevated in rate and volume, and uses mostly our chest and shoulders rather than our diaphragm (meaning that we do not necessarily fill our whole lungs).
The result of this ‘over breathing’ pattern is that our cells receive a reduced level of O2 from our breathing and arterial blood and our body creates a range of adaptive mechanisms designed to reduce CO2 loss (and resultant reduced arterial CO2) that may include smooth muscle constriction or spasm, apnoea or excessive mucous production.
In addition, over breathing creates or exacerbates an imbalance in our autonomic nervous system, specifically between our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Over breathing (or mouth breathing) leads us to be sympathetic nervous system dominant or perpetually in fight or flight mode rather than being able to draw on either this or a more relaxed mode of functioning (via the parasympathetic nervous system) as desired during exercise. If not balanced or moderated over time, this sympathetic nervous system dominance or ‘fight or flight’ mode of functioning can become extremely debilitating to our bodies.

The balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems during exercise will allow us to attain ‘zone’ like or ‘alpha’ even at high level exertion, such as in competition. This ‘zone’ or ‘alpha’ state allows us to be super relaxed and quietens our mental chatter during exercise or performance.

The objectives of Breathing Dynamics for sports performance training include:

  1. Nose breathing at all times.

  2. Building tolerance to hypercapnia (elevated CO2 )

  3. Developing diaphragmatic strength

  4. Creating a breathing rhythm with reduced breathing rate and volume

The exercises take time to learn, but you will learn to exercise whilst breathing using nose only, driving breathing using the diaphragm and with lower heart rates and breathing rates at most levels of exercise intensity.

I coach athletes to nose and diaphragm breathe whilst performing their sport or during recovery phases either one on one, or in groups. Contact me to set up a time to make a difference in your performance.

Breathing Man meditating - breathing optimally...

Video: A 3 Minute Diaphragmatic Breathing Bodyhack to Relax and Recharge

An example of a 3 minute diaphragmatic breathing rhythm session to show how you can switch your nervous system from constant low level fight or flight into complete relaxation in a very short amount of time. It feels fantastic and is the only automatic bodily function that we can consciously control quite easily, so it is a way of regulating the same nervous system that regulates our response to stress – the autonomic nervous system (ANS). And all other automatic functions – digestion, metabolism, elimination, detox, immune, all endocrine glands, mood, sleep cycles etc. etc. As such, it allows you to give your body a profound, internal rest and recharge as often as you want 🙂

 

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February 2015 Detox and Juice Fast

 

Starting in early February I will be offering a group (or individual) juice fast and/or clean food driven detox as a way of eliminating the toxins accumulated throughout 2014 and the festive season, and cleansing from the inside out to improve energy levels, digestive function, mental clarity, sleep quality and the immune system to prevent the 2015 winter colds and flus and spring hayfever – amongst other benefits.

There will be 5 different juice fast or clean food driven detox options offered.

I will monitor all participants along the way, including using Bio-Impedance testing which will offer measures of biologocal age, cellular energy production, toxicity and inflammation levels and muscle and fat mass levels.

As an introduction, I will be offering a free talk at Surfcoast Wholefoods on Thursday 29th January at 7pm, where I will discuss the benefits of fasting and outline  all of the details of the 5 fast or detox options. And the differences between each option.

Give your body a fresh start and a head start for 2015. It will love you!!

Below is a testimonial from a client who has previously conducted my longest juice fast on offer.

 

“I would absolutely recommend to anyone to do the 2 week fast followed by the 4 week detox which Tim recommends and supports you through.

You must be mentally prepared. Fasting is not an easy challenge, it is breaking all habits and living a very clean and simple life with minimum intake. Fast = juicing + herbal teals…THAT IS IT for 2 weeks!!!

Therefore some days are extremely tough and you just want to throw it all in…however you get past day 3, coffee cravings have gone as have the thirst for wine!

Day 4 is onward and upwards. Certainly not the energy you are use to but a lighter feeling indeed and not just because you are losing weight (which was not the reason I signed up to do this!!) but there is a sense of feeling very clean…cleansed!

Fast is finally over and onto the detox program, reintroducing simple, fresh, raw foods. Eating small meals, regularly. Not too dissimilar to the way I was eating but no wine, less socialising but a great new outlook on life.

My new outlook was you can socialise without food, without alcohol. You can sit around a pot of herbal tea of veggie meal and have an amazing time with your friends.

The process was to cleanse my body, which it did, then reintroduce whole foods which I did, and gradually bring back meat, poultry, fish, etc.

My partner and I did this together, his support was crucial, very much leant on each other. We didn’t exercise throughout the fast for obvious reasons, but once we started getting our energy back from our food intake we had healthy minds and so much energy. We achieved so much personally and physically throughout this program.

We met Tim weekly and had our tests done, I decreased weight, lost necessary fluids, lost inches and gained my youth. I am 33 years of age and came out as a 29 year old!! Got to love that.

Tim would talk us through the different stages, the feelings we were having, encourage us when we were at a low and reassured us we were on the right track.

Tim has been through the fast/detox many times and can help you through the feelings of doubt and can share the celebrations at the end of each week’s measurements.

Almost 3 months on and I still very much feel the benefit of the program.

My mind is clearer, I don’t feel the need to have a wine with dinner, eat a lot of raw, organic food, a lot of juices.  I don’t crave sugar like I use to and I just simply feel great, healthy and full of energy.

Good luck!”

Melinda Cummins