This fingernail visualisation and imagination exercise has been on my mind for some while now.
So this February I have decided to do it because mentally growing one fingernail bigger than all the rest will clearly demonstrate the power of the mind to change the body.
For next 28 days, I am going to, for 10-20 minutes each day, visualise and imagine in different ways that the ring finger nail on my right hand is growing faster than all the other nails on both hands. On this very page, I will document and log how I am getting on along with the different techniques I am using.
On the first of March, I am hoping that there will be a visible difference in growth on the nail on the right ring finger from all my other nails.
You are more than welcome to join in too and don’t forget to let me know how you are getting on.
This is all you need do:
1. Cut your fingernails on the 1st of February.
2. Pick a fingernail.
3. For 28 days visualise for 10-20mins that nail growing faster than all the rest.
4. Take a photo every day.
5. On the 1st of March share your results to see how your mind can influence your body.
31 January 2018
I decided to do this challenge this morning as I was cutting my nails in the shower. So I will not cut them again tomorrow, but I will measure each nail, as soon as my calipers arrive at some point tomorrow.
So this is what my nails look like now:
Please comment below and keep me up to with how you are getting or what you think about this challenge.
Until tomorrow when I will give you the nail measurements and information about my first visualisation…
1 February 2018
The calipers arrived this evening, I have now measured my fingernails and the details are below:
Left Thumb = 11.5mm Right Thumb = 11.8mm
Left Pointing Finger = 9.5mm Right Pointing Finger = 10.7mm
Left Middle Finger = 10.8mm Right Middle Finger = 10.6mm
Left Ring Finger = 10mm Right Ring Finger = 10.8mm
Left Little Finger = 6.7mm Right Little Finger = 6mm
Now the visualisation begins to see if the I can make the Right Ring Fingernail grow faster than all the other nails.
2 February 2018
With the alarm set on my phone to remind me of my two 10 minute session for visualisation each day I am ready to go.
I am going to start by imagining that I have shrunk down to the base of the nail on the right ring finger and am building new nail brick by brick after completing each row I am going to imagine pushing the nail out, causing growth, before building another row and continue doing this mentally for 10 minutes.
Until tomorrow, have a good day.
3 February 2018
Today I have completed two sets of ten minutes imagining building a row of nail and pushing it out from inside my finger so the nail grows that tiny bit. I repeated this process today for a total of twenty minutes.
I even visualised that at one point I had a helper building the extra nail. This has given me an idea of how to speed up the nail growth process…
4 February 2018
Both visualisations today went well and are progressing nicely with the help of the additional nail builders who I imagine being my brother and good friend Ben, who are both professionals in the construction industry and would help me in real life, thus helping the visualisation ‘feel’ more real.
To extend this visualisation further I have also left a construction team building my nail on the right ring finger whilst I am not there. This team is busy working as I type this sentence. Before I start the next visualisation session I will check in with the builders and thank them for their great, tidy and efficient work.
5 February 2018
Upon starting the visualisation this morning the builders had been very productive and the nail had grown a lot and ready to be pushed out.
For the afternoon imagination session, I mixed it up a bit. By using a variation of this technique below but instead of imagining the fingers I pictured the specific nail getting nearer the knee.
6th and 7th February 2018
The last couple of days I have been visualising hard and took it to another level by introducing a couple other techniques.
The first one is that I imagine the part above and below the nail has less friction than all the other nails, enabling it to grow faster.
The second is imagining there is a control room in my head with lots of dials, sliders and switches. I finder the dials for all the fingernails and make sure the growth speed is set to normal. I then focus on the right ring finger nail and spin that dial up to full speed helping the nail grow faster. I have created a similar visualisation for healing which can be purchased from the Natural Healing Resources shop if you want to try it for yourself.
I also ‘feel’ the nail growing faster which is helpful. On top of this, I think I can see a difference in the length of the nail now too.
8th and 9th February 2018
Those little workers are doing a great job, each day I come back to the visualisation they have built a lot of nail ready to be pushed out to grow.
Another imagination I find helpful is picturing the nail growing rapidly towards the sun or moon. I also embrace the ‘feeling’ of the nail being longer than all the rest.
10th and 11th February 2018
Over the last two days, I have added a new feature to the building visualisation. Along with my brother and friend, we build the nail for the length of the finger before all pushing and squashing it up to the based of the nail into a concertina. I then ‘feel’ the nail growing out of my finger as the concertina straightens out. I really can feel the sensation of the nail getting bigger.
12th and 13th February 2018
For last two days, along with visualising, I have adapted an amazing technique created by Doctor Escudero called Noesitherapy. It enables patients to experience no pain, simply by filling the mouth with saliva and stating over and over again that:- “My right hand [or any other part of the body] is completely psychologically anaesthetised” you can see an example of Noesitherapy in the documentary below:
I stated with saliva in my mouth and believe “My nail on the right finger is growing much faster than all the other nails” I do this for the first 5 minutes. I then move on to the control room and nail building visualisations.
14th and 15th February 2018
The visualisation is now building layers upon layers to help the fingernail on the right-hand ring finger grow faster than all the rest.
So, along with all the imagination techniques mentioned above, I have started increasing the confirmation feelings of the visualisations. For example, in the mind control room, I have now found the lever for each individual fingers and when I adjust each lever the corresponding finger moves, for example when I slide the left pointing finger lever this happens:
This helps confirm that the control room is working. Above each finger lever is a dial which sets the speed for each fingernails growth speed. I make sure to set all dials to the slowest growing speed possible, except the one for the nail on the right ring finger which gets set to the fastest possible speed.
Then I imagine all the unneeded nail builders moving from the other fingernails to speed up the building of the nail on the right ring finger.
Well, it’s that time of year when we make that New Year resolution.
And if you are reading this I am pretty confident that losing weight is your goal for this coming year.
And more than likely it was the same year before that too! (Don’t worry we all do it from time to time until we can learn something new.)
So what happened?
We all start with good intentions for a few months or even weeks but then we start to fall back into bad habits.
We then feel angry and frustrated and move onto the next big super fat burning wonder diet, and the cycle continues.
You may have tried, special shakes, fat free foods or even attended weekly weight loss classes.
However, let’s not forget
Eating a consistent healthy balanced diet is one of best things you can do to aid weight loss.
But, do you really know what we should be eating to give you the best possible chance to lose that weight and more importantly, keep it off for the rest of life without any worry or stress.
You are told by the nutrition experts to…
Eat less Gluten
Cut out saturated fats
Add more omega 3 fatty acids
Eats less calories
We all look on the labels and automatically think just because it has hardly any calories. It must be healthy.
And to be honest, most of us have absolutely no idea what a calorie is!
I am sure you will agree it is just too confusing!
Now, that’s exactly what journalist Michael Pollan was going through!
He was so confused and frustrated he set out to find an answer to a simple question.
What should I eat?
And, after trudging through the confusing world of nutritional science.
To his surprise, he found the answer was far simpler than he could ever imagine.
In fact, it could be boiled down to just seven words!
Eat food, Not too much, Mostly plants
Michael also broke down the seven words into simple food rules that anyone can understand and apply to their daily lives!
So, let’s find out how these seven words can help you lose weight the right way!
What you are going to learn today.
The number 1 thing you must do to stop the yoyo dieting cycle for good.
The 3 proven facts that nutritional science does not want you to know about.
What should I eat, Eat food
What kind of food should I eat, Mostly plants
How should I eat, Not too much
The number 1 thing you must do to stop the yo-yo dieting cycle for good!
Ok, before we start lets you and I have a little chat.
Let me ask you this?
Who do think is responsible for you failing to lose weight over and over again.
Or simply put Yo-Yo dieting.
The big food companies?
Your parents for bringing you up on an unhealthy diet of processed food and fizzy drinks?
Blame your partner that he/she is eating unhealthy food in front you when you are trying to lose weight.
NOPE! It’s YOU!
Sorry about that! But you needed to hear it!
The fact is you are the only one that is totally responsible for your life and your health.
Ok, when you were a young child you did not have the choice to be bombarded with negative influences.
However, now you are a grown adult and you can choose to do what you like.
And if we are blaming food companies, parents and partners etc. We choose to give our power to heal away!
And quite frankly that is all it is a choice!
You are in charge of your life, it does not matter how much you try to blame people and circumstances it all comes back to the choices you made.
So you may ask how I can stop all the blaming?
Well, the best place to start is right now in this very moment.
You can choose, at this very moment, that you alone are responsible for you losing weight and never, never, never (yes that’s 3 never’s) ever lose that mindset.
You see, you can only make a choice in this moment, the past is gone and unless you are Marty McFly with a DeLorean parked on the drive outside your house you do not know what’s in the future either.
So all that leaves is this moment!
Become aware of your thoughts, feelings and the way you speak.
You may be on your way home from work you are feeling tired and hungry. You start to think, I can’t be bothered to cook I will get a McDonalds.
Now that very moment is your point of power, you have choice…
Choose to have a McDonalds and most possibly really regret it later.
Choose to drive straight home and cook a quick nutritious meal and be proud of yourself later.
Now ask yourself which is the best choice?
Of course, if want you to lose weight you would choose the latter.
But is it really that simple? Your mind is shouting out just get the flipping burger that’s what we always do!!!
This is the exact the moment to make the right choice! Yes it may be hard at first but the more you make the right choice the easier it will be to break the habits/choices that have been tripping you up in the past.
If you still find it difficult start to think why it’s the best choice to go home and cook.
Convince yourself that McDonald’s is bad idea…something like this…
McDonalds always busy this time of day and then I will get stuck in traffic and will be late home. So I think it would be quicker to go home and cook anyway. It’s the better choice! I know I will regret it later but be proud if I go home an eat healthily.
It then becomes a habit to make the right choice not just to lose weight but in how you live your life.
I would go as far to say, when you really start to take responsibility for your own life you will not only lose weight you will never put the weight back on unless you choose too.
But the big difference now is that you will have to break the habit of making the right choices
Which I think you agree is a good place to be.
Ok Mark, I get that I have to start making the right choice but there is so much information out there on what foods to eat, how I should eat and how much to eat.
I need to know how to eat healthy so I know I am making the right choice.
With that in mind Let’s move on!
The 3 Proven Facts That Nutritional Science Do Not Want you To Know About.
What if I told you that nutritional science only started 200 years?
To put it into comparison, nutritional science is no further ahead than surgery was in the year 1650!
Doesn’t fill you with confidence, does it!
Michael Pollan stated…
I’ve learned volumes about all we don’t know about nutrition, I’ve also learnt a small number of very important things we do not know about food and health.
In fact, there are only 2 important things you need to know about the links between diet and health
2 facts that are not in dispute!
And, even more important, these facts are sound and sturdy enough that we can build a sensible diet upon them.
We are never told about this very simple fact that finally cuts through the confusion and have a simple answer to the question.
What do we really need to eat to stay healthy and to promote natural health?
A population that eats a so-called western diet generally has a diet consisting of….
Added fat and sugar
Lots of refined grains
Basically, pretty much everything except, vegetables, fruits and whole grains!
For whatever reason, this diet has become a massive problem in the western world and has a major part in manifesting and the suffering of western diseases.
Type 2 diabetes
To name but a few
In fact, the four of the top 10 killer diseases in America alone, are linked to poor a diet.
If we live in the west, it’s all around us! Fast food restaurants, hot dogs stands, fizzy/soda drinks and even the media bombarding us with advertising for alcoholic drinks and processed foods.
And to be honest, we never see advertising promoting fruit and vegetables. It may even feel ridiculous to many of us.
Now we know that the western diet is not a good way to go, that’s if you don’t mind manifesting any of the western diseases.
Let us move on to the next….
Populations, who eat a wide range or a traditional diet, mainly don’t suffer from chronic diseases.
Here are a few examples…
Inat in Greenland eat largely seal blubber which is high in fat.
The Massi in Africa have a high protein diet that mainly consists of cattle blood, meat and milk.
Central American Indians eat mostly maize and beans that is high in carbohydrate.
Ok, these are very extreme examples.
But the simple fact is there is no one single diet on earth that suits all our needs, it just does not exist! TWEET THIS!
Now, Michael Pollan states that there is actually a third fact!
People who get off the western diet can see their health and wellbeing dramatically turn around for the best. TWEET THIS!
As mentioned in Michaels book…
A typical American population that made even a small change that leads them towards a more traditional diet, could reduce the….
Chances of getting heart disease by 80%.
Chances of getting type 2 diabetes by 90%
Chances of getting Colon Cancer by 70%
But, surprisingly we’re never told any of these simple facts!
Because the diet and health industry want to create confusion which in turn keeps on making them money!
2 trillion to be exact!
There is always a new wonder diet, a special pill,
Low fat this… reduced calories that!
But the simple fact is, all we need to do is eat real food!
Now, with these 3 facts in mind Michael Pollan set out to make it so easy for his family to eat a healthy diet.
Without trying to figure out if it’s healthy or full processed ingredients.
So then, Michael set out some foods rules that can be narrowed down to just 7 words…
Eat food, Not too much, mostly plants
Below are some of the best examples of 60 of Michael’s rules. You only need nine rules…
3 from eat food.
3 from not too much.
3 from mostly plants.
And you will quickly understand how simple eating can be.
What should I eat?
Eat food that will eventually rot!
Food processing all began to extend the shelf life of food! So! The more the food is processed the longer the shelf life.
Real food is alive and therefore it will eventually die! (Rot)
Natural Grains and nuts
Avoid foods products with the word “light”, “low Fat” or “Non-Fat” in their names!
Just because you remove the name fat, does not mean it is not fattening or healthy. We then think we can eat more just because it says “Low Fat” on the label!
In fact, they are just as unhealthy, as they are full of refined sugars.
Since the low-fat campaigns began in late 1970, Americans actually have been eating 500 more calories per day.
And, most of these calories are in the form or refined sugars!
Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food!
Just imagine you great-grandmother walking around your local supermarket.
I am sure you would agree most of the food on the shelf your great-grandmother would have absolutely no idea what most of the foods are.
In her day, what you might think as traditional food, was all that was to offer as food processing was probably not even been invented.
So, your grandmother would buy fresh food and then cook from scratch!
Unlike today, where we can put it in the microwave or even get it delivered to our door.
I am sure you would agree your great-grandmother’s way is so much healthier.
What kind of food should I eat?
Treat meat as a flavouring or a special occasion food!
Ok, it is true that you will be a lot healthier if you are a vegetarian! But this does mean you have to cut out meat altogether.
In fact, people who eat meat only twice a week are just as healthy as a vegetarian!
But, If you really want to eat meat everyday make sure there is simply more vegetables than meat on your plate!
Eat plants, especially leaves!
There are so many studies showing that a diet consisting of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of all the so-called western diseases.
In fact, the countries that eats more fruit and vegetables a day, the rate of cancer is half of what it is in the United States.
That is huge!
And as an added bonus, they also live longer!
All because they eat more plants!
Eat your colours!
A healthy plate of food generally has bright colours!
Take a look at your fruit bowl; it’s full of reds, yellows, orange and even purples!
Even the salad in your fridge is full of colour.
Each colour has a different health benefit. So try to mix lots of different colours on your plate of food.
And you will not go far wrong!
How should I eat!
Not too much!
Stop eating before you are full!
The Japanese have a saying, “Hara hachi bu” Which means stop eating when you are 80% full
We all do it!
We eat so much we feel bloated or we have always been told by our parents to finish our food!
So, ask yourself?
Not, am I full? But instead is my hunger gone? This makes you think from a different angle!
Eat slowly enough to savour your food.
When you eat slowly,
You will then find that you will need to eat less food to feel satisfied.
Also, put down your knife and fork between each mouth full. I have tried this, and it is surprising how it slows down the way you eat. As an added bonus you enjoy the food more.
Use smaller plates and glasses
It’s simple really, the bigger the plate the more we will eat!
One research found that simply switching from a 12” plate to a 10” plate made us eat 22% less food.
Ok you may have to buy some more plates and glasses.
But hey! It will be worth it!
Ok there it is!
If for some reason the 9 rules I have mentioned just don’t resonate with you, there are another 51 in Michaels book Food Rules.
There is one more rule I would like to share from Michael’s book.
Break the rules once in a while!
We are always worrying about dieting and nutrition and forget to enjoy food and life itself.
So if once in while if you want a high-fat burger, GO FOR IT!
If you are making the right choices 95% of the time, one burger is not going to harm you!
For example, my brother Craig has lost 14lbs in a month.
All Craig did was cut out the processed food and started to eat more fruit, salad, and vegetables. And instead of crisps he started eating natural nuts.
But what he did say to me, I will never forget it! Here is what he said:
Yes I have got into the habit of eating healthy but I will never give up my beer on the weekend and if I want a burger after a night out or have a takeaway, I am going to have it!
Ok, Craig might have lost more weight if he did not have the beer or the burger!
However, because Craig had changed his overall habits around his daily diet he will lose the weight anyway!
Oh Yes! I forgot to mention! Craig never even knew about these rules when he started, he figured it out himself!
So, you only need to pick 1 rule from each section EAT FOOD, MOSTLY PLANTS AND NOT TOO MUCH.
And know that you too can lose weight the right way.
Above all, choose to make a positive change towards a long and healthy life!
Because this is all it is… a choice!
Ok, that’s all for now.
Actually wait, no I think I have time to create a quick video for you which may help too. Here it is:
Ok, that truly is all for now.
As always if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below. I always love to hear from you
If you are reading this right now I will assume you want to give up smoking.
Or you‘re seriously thinking about it!
Now at this point I could give you a lecture on how bad smoking is for your health.
But you already know that!
Even when the packet of cigarettes has graphic pictures to try to put you off taking another puff of the chemically enhanced killing stick.
And do they work? NO!
So! I am going take it that you are really serious about kicking your smoking habit right out of your life for good, to give yourself the best chance to longer!
If you are still here I will take that as a YES!
Let’s get to it…
What you are going to learn from this post
Why your smoking addiction is more than just a habit.
4 steps to quit smoking for good and never look back!
Discover what happens to your lungs when you stop smoking.
The number one thing you must do if you have a relapse.
Why your smoking addiction is more than just a habit!
As I mentioned earlier I’m not going to go on about why smoking is bad for you. You just need to know how to quit!
And let’s get real here it is not going to be a walk in the park either!
If you have tried to give up before you know first-hand what a challenge it can be. With the obvious addiction, smoking is also part of your life.
You are always taking smoking breaks at work with your workmates…
Every time you have a drink you feel that you have a cigarette…
Most of your family and friends you socialise with, regularly smoke, which are always sharing cigarettes…
When you feel under pressure you go straight for the packet of cigarettes…
You simply enjoy smoking…
At certain times of the day, you have to have a smoke, maybe first thing in the morning or just before you go into work.
Does it sound familiar to you?
More than likely the answer is yes! In fact you may have more to add to that list.
This is why it is not only tough to stop the addition; you also have to come to terms that your day to day routine is going to have to change.
In fact, I would go as far to say that your addiction to smoking and you daily routine is like a deadly partnership.
This does not mean it is not possible to give up smoking. Thousands of people are giving up this deadly habit every single day.
So there is absolutely no reason why you cannot do the same.
With that in mind let’s show you how to quit smoking and never look back!
4 steps to quit smoking for good and never look back!
Step 1. Give yourself a reason.
If you don’t have a goal to work towards to keep you motivated you will probably full of the wagon very quickly.
So you have got to ask yourself “why do I need to give up?”
Your answer may be something like this…
I want to be able to play with my kids without getting out of breath.
Want to feel healthier and live longer so that I can be with my family as long as possible.
Set a good example to your children.
Treat yourself with the money you have saved.
Of course, this is very personal to you.
Now you have your goal, write it down on a small piece of paper in the present tense.
Here is example…
“Now that I have given up smoking I am so happy that I can run around with my kids without getting out of breath”
Or it could even be a picture of your kids?
Whatever you choose, carry this small piece of paper around everywhere you go. You could even put it in the packet of cigarettes.
Also, write on the piece of paper a set date when you will have given up completely.
This will give the motivation to keep on track.
Step 2. Tell everyone that you know.
Be brave! Tell everyone you know that you will have given up smoking by your set date and tell them why you are giving up.
While you are on a roll, also ask them not to smoke around you and don’t offer you cigarettes.
This will give you, even more, motivation to give up smoking, even if it is to avoid them, I told you so speech.
You may find that someone will try to give up smoking as well; they just needed the incentive to do it.
Step 3. Your triggers and routine.
As you start on your journey to kick your smoking habit you are going to notice when you crave a cigarette the most.
As we talked about before, your smoking habit is ingrained in your day to day routine that we do not even notice the patterns until we start to give up smoking.
It’s only then we start to realise when our cravings at their strongest.
When you are at your local bar, you have a drink in your hand and you need to have something to put in your mouth (i.e. a cigarette)
Early mornings as you wake up or with cup of coffee in the morning you need to have a craving for a cigarette.
Lunch breaks at work or just before work you feel the need to have a smoke.
When you feel under pressure, like at work, for example, you reach straight for the packet of cigarettes
Once you know what your triggers and routines you will find it far much easier to control them.
Step 4. Dealing with cravings
Knowing how to deal with a craving when it rears its ugly head is must if you are going to be successful in reaching your goal to give smoking.
So to keep you on track here are some simple ways to beat those cravings.
If you get the urge to put something in your mouth (i.e. cigarette) try to have a healthy snack close to hand.
Do whatever you think would work for you; try to keep it healthy if you can.
10 minutes of regular exercise a day is a great way to lower the intensity of your cravings. You will also feel much healthier and happier.
In fact, making overall better health and lifestyle choices, alongside regular exercise is not only good to help stop the cravings.
But also combat the weight gain ex-smokers experience once they have given up smoking.
Here are a few suggestions…
Healthy balanced diet ( link to food rules post)
Making sure you are getting enough sleep.
Drink plenty of water.
Try to distract yourself when you experience a craving by trying to keep busy
This will take your mind of the thought of having another cigarette. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate, once you start to feel like you want have sneaky smoke do something else to distract yourself as quickly as possible!
If you have a child, play a game with them.
Listen to some music
Find a hobby or a sport that enjoy
Take a shower
Go for a run
Look at your written goal.
Basically, anything you can think of that will stop you thinking about your craving.
Ok, let’s move on…
You are now well on your way to nicotine freedom.
You may be thinking, is all this work making any difference to my long term health.
When I have given up smoking for good how long will it take to be as healthy as person who has never smoked?
Keep reading and I will show…
Discover what happens to my lungs when I stop smoking?
Conventional medicine has brainwashed us into thinking our bodies are weak and needs all the help it can get to recover from disease and chronic pain.
This is simply not true!
Our bodies and minds are super healing machines, this never stops! No matter what your age!
In fact, you could not stop this healing power it if wanted to!
Do you realise your body is not the same as it was yesterday and it will not be the same tomorrow or the day after that.
That includes your cells, skin, muscles, bones and of course your lungs. In fact, your whole body is rebuilding itself every single minute.
So now that you know this do think that your lungs and overall health can improve. Or even go back to the same as a healthy person who has never smoked in their life.
Well in short, yes!
And this is what happens when you stop smoking.
The number one thing you must do if you relapse
You may be thinking 20 years is a long time,
But the fact is, it will be even longer if do not start right now!
As I have shown you, your body is well on its way to recovery after only 3 days!
This was never going to be a walk in the park and you may have a relapse and have a quick cigarette or two.
If this does happen, don’t be too hard on yourself. Most smokers may have as much as 5 relapses and still manage to quit.
Relapses happen often happen in the first week.
If this does happen to you, don’t give up! Brush yourself down and go again.
My advice is don’t hang about, do it as quick as possible, don’t start thinking all the negative thoughts on that why’s and how’s.
It’s in the past there is nothing you can do about it now! Don’t procrastinate, move on!
Here is a video I created a little while ago regarding procrastination, it may have a few nuggets to help you get started:
Remember thousands of smokers are giving up every day and there is no reason at all that you cannot give smoking as well.
You also have a great resource in front of you right now to give up smoking and never look back.
Let me know below if this was any help in any way. Maybe you could share this with someone who has struggled to give up in the past.
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions that people suffer with.
So if you are struggling to cope with this life sucking chronic disease.
You are not alone!
It’s estimated Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people, just in the US alone…
And to make matters worse.
Your doctor will find it difficult to pin down a diagnosis.
So, how do we know if we might have Fibromyalgia?
And more importantly, how do we treat it naturally?
Let’s find out!
What you are going to learn
What is Fibromyalgia?
What are the symptoms?
How to live with Fibromyalgia.
How to heal yourself from Fibromyalgia.
What is Fibromyalgia?
If we want to treat this life sucking chronic disease. We have to know what we are dealing with.
We need to know what Fibromyalgia is…
Only then can we move forward and take back control of our lives.
Ok, let’s get to it.
Fibromyalgia or Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a condition where the constant pain is felt throughout the body.
Women are 10 times more likely to manifest the disease than men.
People suffering from Fibromyalgia also experience tender points at various points on the body
This could include muscle cramps and joint pain to name but a few.
Another side effect is feeling tired or fatigued, which can lead to anxiety and depression.
Now I’m sure you would like me to say there is one test that gives an accurate diagnosis.
I am sorry to say there is not!
The fact is your GP or even a specialist will have their work cut out just to nail down a concrete diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. It gets worse, (I know I’m laying it on thick but it will get better I promise!)
And when your GP finally sits you down and says “I’m sorry you have Fibromyalgia”
You will find out that conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia.
Amazing isn’t it! All the research and Billions of $$$$$$$$ and yet conventional medicine have no cure!
Except giving you painkillers and the advice that you are going to have to live with it! I am sure you agree that is not what you want to hear.
There are things we can do ourselves that have dramatic results on how we cope with this life sucking disease on daily basis.
As I will show you later, even though conventional medicine has no cure for Fibromyalgia this does not mean Fibromyalgia cannot be cured.
There are many proven cases of ordinary people just like you and me that are now living a life without the stranglehold of pain all over the body and all the other symptoms that come with Fibromyalgia.
Before I show you how you can cope of even heal from Fibromyalgia we need to know what the symptoms are.
Of course, you will need to check with your local GP to confirm if you have the disease.
So here are the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia to look for…
What are the most common symptoms?
I spoke about some of the symptoms briefly at the start of this post, so now we are going to look at the most common symptoms.
People suffering from FMS experience pain all over the body. The pain can be unique to each individual person.
Here are some examples…
A deep sharp pain.
Dull and throbbing pain,
Aching pain in the muscles and tendons (especially around the joints)
Joints are tender to the touch.
Tiredness and Fatigue
We all feel tired from time to time but this is a walk in the park compared to what FMS sufferers experience on day to day basis.
Just think of the last time you had the flu or you had been travelling for many hours and even how simple tasks seemed impossible to carry out because you were so tired.
Well, this is what an average Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience most of the day and night.
I am sure you would agree this will dramatically affect our lives in general, such as work, shopping and even socialising.
It goes with saying that if you are in constantly in pain then getting a refreshing night’s sleep is going to be, let’s say a little difficult!
If you turn over in the night you are going to be disturbed with a shot of pain on a joint that is tender to the touch.
And even if an FMS sufferer does manage to sleep, they generally still feel tired and fatigued when they get up in the morning.
This also leads to lack of concentration or as many FMS describe it ‘mental fog’, you may have heard the nickname “fibro fog”
Another common side effect is a throbbing headache that is usually around the temples or above the eyes.
The pain can move down the neck and even as far as the shoulders.
Sufferers of Fibromyalgia claim that the pain is far worse than a normal headache, such as a migraine for example.
Also, one of the main differences is that bright lights or even a loud noise will trigger a headache and could last for as much as two days.
With all the daily challenges while living with Fibromyalgia it really is not surprise sufferers develop depression.
They have to deal with the lack of sleep, headaches and not to mention the constant pain. Also, we may have to give up activities that we enjoyed that made us happy.
The fact is depression affects each person differently and cannot just be linked to Fibromyalgia.
You need to find out what your own stress triggers are and get support if needed.
As stated before Fibromyalgia is a complicated disease. So my advice is if you feel that you have FMS, take a visit to your GP.
And if you do get the news that you have Fibromyalgia at least you can start to do something about it. Or at the very least make it easier to cope with.
In fact, let’s do that right now!
How to live with Fibromyalgia.
Ok, let’s say, for argument sake, that you have been given the news that you have Fibromyalgia.
Your GP may give medication to cope with the symptoms such as:
Tramadol (strong pain killer)
Antidepressants (improve function and pain relief)
Medication used to Parkinson Disease patients
These may be affective, but in the long term they are not getting to the real cause of the problem.
This is where Complementary Therapies can help…
I am sure you have heard of acupuncture before. But what you may not know is that the Chinese have used acupuncture to treat chronic pain for 4000 years.
It works by inserting needles into certain points on the body called acupoints. These points are located along what is known as meridians.
This releases blocked energy in the body and allowing the natural flow of healing energy called Qi.
So if you have, let’s say a headache! An acupuncture practitioner would locate the point on your body where the energy is blocked; it may be a combination of many points that is causing the blocked energy.
He or she would insert the needles and twist them to releases the energy/pain. In this case your headache.
Acupuncture is used by 3.1 Million Americans each year to cope with chronic pain like Fibromyalgia.
I am no expert in this field so if you would like to learn more here is a link.
Really! Mark, are you serious!
I thought I had to rest and reduce my activity not start going for runs around the block!
Yes ok, it used to be advised by doctors that any exercise would increase the development of Fibromyalgia.
But now scientific research has proved that light daily exercise is beneficial to control the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Here are some that you may want to try…
Further research studies have also shown that regular exercise boosts natural endorphins in the body. This not only helps reduce pain but also helps to reduce stress and anxiety and not to mention depression.
Start off slow at the beginning and then increase the intensity as you feel more confident.
If you do, I am sure you will be amazed by the results.
Chiropractic treatment is a popular complementary treatment for chronic pain associated with Fibromyalgia.
The idea around Chiropractic treatment is that the body is a self-healing machine. The goal of the Chiropractor is to reduce pain and discomfort by using precise movements around the spinal vertebrae.
This allows restricted or even slightly out of alignment bones to be released and put back into the natural position.
And in turn, you would feel less pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the most common problems that are treated by a Chiropractor…
Fibromyalgia (pressure points)
If you are interested and want to find out more here are some links for more in-depth information…
Well, the only way that is going to happen is to accept where you are right now at this very moment.
Let me explain!
You are in pain right now! That is what you are thinking about in this moment.
So accepting where you are now is simply taking a step back from the pain you are feeling.
And from that moment make a better choice that will help you recover.
Distract yourself and do something you enjoy.
Spend time with family and friends
Focus on the parts of your body that are healthy and not in pain
The fact is, you can only change in this moment, the past is gone the future is not here yet.
Unless you have a time machine, you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future.
It is only at this very moment that we can change!
Maybe you are still not convinced, you still have that nagging doubt or even fearful that it will not work for you.
You would rather use medication as your only form of pain control, even though you are suffering from the side effects.
So with that in mind, I would like to share some real-world examples where individuals are controlling pain with their minds in the most extreme circumstances.
Not only to prove that you have the ability to control pain without the need for medication.
But also to inspire you to live a life that is on your terms and not ruled by pain that is sucking the life away from you.
Discover why controlling your pain without pills or surgery is possible.
Let us start with a man I met in London last year, his name is Tim Cridland.
I can’t think of a better example of how the power of the mind can control pain and discomfort.
Remarkably Tim Cridland can insert long sharp objects through his body with no suffering, and as you will see there is no blood or bruising after he removed the sharp object from his body, again controlled by his mind.
You may find it hard to watch, so proceed with one eye shut!
I will give you a few minutes to catch your breath.
Ok! Ready, let’s move on to the next example.
You may have heard of this remarkable video in the news.
Even if you have seen it, I think it is so powerful I had to show it to you.
I so moved that whilst in Vietnam I had to visit the spot of this truly remarkable event.
If you have ever burnt yourself, you will know without a doubt that it is very painful.
So try and put yourself in Thích Quảng Đức shoes for the moment. The Buddhist monk sat down on a cushion in the middle of a crowded street, and then drenched in petrol and was set on fire by fellow monks.
This, by the way, was a protest on the way the government were treating the Buddhist religion.
Now the amazing thing is! While he burned he never moved a muscle or uttered a single sound, let alone a scream of agony.
In this example I am going to show you how Navy Seals control their minds even when the pain was so unbearable, most of us would just give up.
It showed me that we are capable of so much more than we ever thought possible.
In this particular video, the navy seal was running a 100-mile race! He had broken all the small bones in his feet and had liver damage at 76 miles.
But amazingly he finished the race 24 miles (2miles short of a marathon) later.
To find out more by watching, be prepared to be amazed and inspired!
So now you may be thinking to yourself. Yes, I am inspired but how did they do it?
What did they do to withstand so much pain?
Well, I am going to show you right now!
3 proven techniques to naturally control pain
Even though Morris Goodman, Thích Quảng Đức and the Navy seal appear to have superhuman ability’s to control and even heal pain.
The fact is they are no different to you or me!
They are human after all.
If they can control pain then we also have ability within us to do the same.
I am living proof of that!
So whatever you are going through, whether that is…
It could be anything!!
Here are some techniques that Morris Goodman, Thich Quary Duc, the navy seal runner and myself have used to control pain under extreme circumstances.
The key to success with any of the techniques is to practice every day. Set yourself some time so it becomes a routine.
It is as simple choosing a new behaviour.
If you do this you will be absolutely astonished by the results.
That brings us nicely to the next step.
Stop procrastinating and get your life back.
To start this section, if you wish, you can watch this video I created regarding overcoming procrastination:
And then I would like to remind you of this quote…
“The definition of insanity is doing the same things over again and expecting different results”
“If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got.”
I felt that anti-depressions were not right for me because I needed to know what I fighting.
Do you have that feeling? The feeling that something isn’t working!
You are still in pain.
You are still feeling distressed and overwhelmed.
The pain is still taking over your life.
Well then my friend, it is time for a change!
In fact, if this feels right for you now you have already made the first step.
And that is all you need to do.
Take one step then the next, and the next until you have reached your goal.
To live a fulfilling pain-free life!
However, for some of us, it’s not that simple.
Even though we all have good intentions at the start, life starts to get in the way.
Part of you wants to move forward and the other half wants things to stay the way they are.
We’d rather watch TV like we do every day after a hard day at work, rather than meditate or practice any of the above exercises.
And we start going backwards!
Basically, we are procrastinating, even if we desperately want things to change.
And before you know it you are back to your old habits. Focusing on the pain and discomfort and feeling there is no hope.
There is hope!
But you are the only one who is going to do it!
Just think of what life will be like on the other side
A life where pain does not rule your life.
And I am not going to let you go until I know you are going to take action.
You can thank me later!
So to get you in the habit here is a step by step guide to beat procrastination
Pick one of the pain relief exercises above.
Now I want you to pick a time each day to carry out the exercise. Here are some options that work well for most people…
In the morning just as you wake up.
This is a good time as you are already relaxed, even if you did not get much sleep from the pain and discomfort. You are still more relaxed at this point in the day.
Also, it is done and you can get on with the rest of your day!
Just before you go to sleep.
As you are getting ready for the night you are most likely feeling relaxed despite the pain you may be feeling.
Try to keep to bedtime routine, this teaches your body and mind that this is the time for relaxing and sleep.
An hour after lunch.
We all have had the Sunday nap after the roast dinner where we fall asleep in front of the TV!
No! Oh, it’s just me then!
Joking aside, this is a good time to relax and carry out your pain relief exercise.
Granted it is not as good as the first 2 as we are not always home at this time of day.
However, you can always mix it up!
Morning and early afternoon
Morning and night
Early afternoon and night
I am sure you get the idea! Just pick a time that is right for you where you feel you can set aside some time everyday.
Now you have set time, you need to find motivation. Write down on a piece card or paper why I need to do this! Here are few examples…
I want to Live a pain-free life.
I am going on that holiday you have always dreamed of.
Go on those Walks nature that I used to love
Play your favourite sport that I had to give up.
You will know yourself what your own motivation is.
Now everytime you feel like avoiding your pain relief exercise take a glance at the piece of paper and remind yourself why you are doing it.
This really does help stop procrastination right in its tracks.
Start off small and increase when you feel ready to do more. Starting with small steps gives you the confidence that you are taking action however small it is.
Then that leads to bigger steps and before you know it you are in a routine and not even thinking about procrastinating.
Have someone you trust to keep you motivated when you start to go off track. We all think we can do it alone, and some of us can.
However, some of us need that friend or family member to tell us…
“Come on you need to do this, you are doing really well. Don’t give up now!”
This makes you think that you don’t want to let them down, so you keep going! Also, you feel that you are getting help and support when the going gets tough.
You now have some tools in your locker to get your life back.
I am sure you are aware that there may be others reading this post that has similar challenges to yourself.
So why not put a comment below and let them know what you are going through and any successes you have had with pain relief.
In fact, you may be able to help them in some way?
I will also ask any questions you may have regarding your own challenges, I love to help.
If not, I’m sure you must know someone who has lost their life to cancer.
Even though it’s a terrible fact, it’s really no surprise!
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2016 there were 1,685,210 of new cases of cancer with 595.690 deaths.
And it seems we are no nearer having a cure for cancer than we were 10 years ago.
The odds of surviving cancer are so much greater if you take responsibility and look after your health and well-being.
Like they say “Prevention is better than cure!”
In fact, there are so many things we can do to prevent us getting cancer, it just means making some better choices.
So let me show you how!
What you are going to learn
The reason why prevention is better than cure
10 things you can do right now to prevent cancer
Why taking action is the key to surviving cancer
The reason why prevention is better than cure.
First of all, I want you to think of owning a car.
It has a check-up/service; you repair any dents and scratches and check the oil levels.
You don’t make the mistake that you think you have a monster truck, and take it over rocky tracks that damage the suspension!
And of course, if there is anything major you will take it to a garage to be repaired.
Basically, it’s your responsibility to do anything to keep it on the road!
Now, if you did not do anything and just hoped it would be ok, I’m sure you would agree your car would not last very long.
It would either have lots of problems that would just keep getting worse and worse.
Maybe the engine would blow up because there is no oil in the engine.
Or like I did once, you put the wrong fuel in and damaged the whole engine.
Your mind and body are no different!
You need to have regular check-ups with your doctor to see if there is anything majorly wrong. I.e. cancer!
Even more so, if you are over the age of 50.
Also, making sure you are putting the right fuel/food into your body so it does not damage your engine/body.
Like your car.
It’s your responsibility to look after yourself so you can prevent developing major problems in the future.
And it’s not just cancer! Also heart disease, Joint problems, High blood pressure or even stress and anxiety, to name but a few.
I am sure you agree that prevention is far better than just hoping you will not break down!
Now it’s not beyond the realms of possibility you could make all the right choices and still get cancer.
Like your car, some things are just out of your control.
There are things that you can control and canchange,
Other things you can influence and persuade others to change and finally
There are those things that you cannot
“Control the controllable” as the saying goes.
“You take control of those things that you can control” says Stephen Covey
And there is still something you can do for the things you cannot control
Thomas Miller in his book “How to want what you have” suggested that if we cannot change it, we must accept it.
This enables us not to suffer and to be aware of what is going on.
What the hell does that mean! You may ask!
If you have cancer you are probably suffering with pain and stress on a daily bases, because you want the situation to be different.
Basically, it’s getting too much!
But even then, we do have a choice!
There are things we can do to reduce the suffering. (more on that later)
Only if we accept what is going on now can we make choices that improve our life and reduce our suffering.
The reality is, if what we are doing now is not working, and then we can change our behaviour to give ourselves the best possible chance of surviving.
Instead of burying our head in the sand and hoping it will be ok!
“Suffering is to want reality to be different from how it is” TWEET THIS
Or as Byron Katie puts it “When you argue with reality, you always lose – but only 100% of the time” and “I am a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.”
Every expert will confirm that if you make the right choices, you will dramatically reduce the risk of developing cancer or any of the other major diseases.
Even if we develop cancer we can still make good lifestyle choices that not only helps prevent the situation getting worse but may even cure the cancer altogether.
It’s a win – win!
Yes, it may be scary and I’m not saying it is going to be easy.
But, if you know you are making poor choices and don’t make the change now you will be putting yourself at risk of a doctor someday giving you some very bad news!
Whether that is cancer or another life threating disease.
Making the right choices can be difficult if we don’t have the facts!
10 shocking facts about cancer that you need to know right now!
I am sure you agree, they are quite shocking facts.
But, instead of thinking how terrible they are, use it to your advantage.
Say to yourself I’m not going to be another statistic!
I am going to start making better choices right now in this very moment that will increase my chances of avoiding cancer!
So! If your family has a history of cancer, it does not mean you will get it too!
In fact, it’s more likely that lifestyle is the reason our families has a history of developing cancer.
To break that cycle, all we have to do is to simply make better lifestyle choices.
Ok Mark, I now know that prevention is the best course of action.
But how do I know I am putting myself at risk of getting cancer?
I am glad you asked!
Well, prevention has a lot to do with our lifestyle. We are all going about our daily lives walking around with blind folds on.
Never stopping and taking that blindfold off and really looking at how our lifestyle is affecting our mind and bodies, not just us but our loved ones too.
Or in this case cancer!
So to bring you up to speed…
6 things you can do right now that drastically prevents you from getting cancer!
1 Eating a healthy diet
The first and one of the most important is eating a healthy diet.
According to cancer research UK, our diet has been linked to many different cancers:
Upper throat cancer
There is so much information on what’s the right food we should be eating, that we can’t see the wood for trees.
Low fat this… reduced calories that!
In fact, all we need to do is eat real food!
So if you are serious about preventing cancer you need to know what food you are putting in your body.
I don’t know about you I like to keep things simple. So here are some simple changes to your diet that will help prevent cancer!
Eat more fruit and vegetables
In fact, like me I would base your whole diet on fruits, vegetables or anything else that grows out of the ground like whole grains, beans and natural nuts.
Stay away from processed foods and takeaways.
It is not just the burgers, Indian/Chinese takeaways, donuts and cakes..
Basically, if it is in packet don’t put it in your mouth!
Also avoid foods products with the word “light”, “low Fat” or “Non-Fat” in their names!
Just because you remove the name fat, does not mean it is not fattening or healthy.
We then think we can eat more just because it says “Low Fat” on the label!
In fact, they are just as unhealthy, as they are full of refined sugars.
Since the low-fat campaigns began in late 1970, Americans actually have been eating 500 more calories per day.
And, most of these calories are in the form or refined sugars!
2 Stop drinking alcohol
Drinking alcohol dramatically increases your chances of getting breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, kidney and also liver.
You will be more at risk if you have been drinking regularly for a long period of time and also the risk is high if you are a heavy drinker.
So it is in your best interest to stop. I stopped drinking 10 years ago and I have never looked back!
However if you think you have drink problem, go and get some help…