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What is Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease? (GORD, GERD, Acid reflux)

Colin Chambersbiology, cells, general health, lifestyle, steps Leave a Comment

A friend of mine ask me about GORD and I have to admit I had no idea what it is so after my friend explained what it is I naturally went and did a little research. Heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) according to is: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition, where acid from the stomach leaks …

Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck

Colin Chamberscoaching, Education, Learning, Life advice, lifestyle, mind, Physical Education, spectacular performances, steps, Strategy Leave a Comment

If you have not heard of Carol Dwecks work on the Growth mindset then you are missing out. I learnt about the Growth mindset in my teens and I have been using it every since in just about every success I have ever had. The principle is simple and in fact so is the implementation which is why it is …

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How can Tai Chi help my daily life? Flow more, Force less

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I’ve always wanted to learn about Tai Chi but never found the time. I saw a great deal from TennisOne for a course teaching Tai Chi in relation to tennis. So I thought I would take this as an opportunity to learn Tai Chi while also improving my tennis game. Continually moving towards your goals is a principle of Cell …

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Functional medicine: an alternative treatment for cancer: Fitter Food Radio episode 11

Colin Chamberscancer, lifestyle, sleep, stress, Well being Leave a Comment

I’m listening to  Fitter Food Radio episode 11 with Jo Gamble on Embracing Nutrition. It is quite fascinating. Focusing on Jo Gamble explaining the value of functional medicine for health. Jo is a nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner who specialises in alternative treatment for cancer. I’m getting to know the show so I can only comment on this episode. I’m …

Is Gently Cooked Food Better for You?

Colin ChambersFood, lifestyle, Well being Leave a Comment

I just came across Is Gently Cooked Food Better for You? from the excellent Marks Daily Apple. Something I’ve wondered for a long time. Given the chance I prefer gentle cooking. I feel flavours and textures are best with this approach. My wife is the opposite. She prefers quicker cooking and loves well done steak. The article reminded me of Advanced …

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The stress of life: a modern complaint?

Colin Chambersemotion, injury, lifestyle, stress Leave a Comment

In The stress of life: a modern complaint? the Lancet takes a look at the implications of over work and over worry. The report notes that Late 19th-century doctors and their patients also believed that stress could generate or exacerbate physical illness. Clinicians sometimes explained the development of cancer, diabetes, and thyroid disease, or the appearance and severity of influenza, in …

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A message for life

Colin Chamberscompete, competing, competition, Follow your dreams, Life advice, lifestyle, mind, Psychology, steps, Strategy Leave a Comment

My philosophy is that ‘The way you think defines what you achieve‘. By that I mean that your philosophy determines the decisions you make to any given situation and thus the outcomes you can expect. It is through these decisions that you define the life and accomplishments that you end up with. Of course there are other factors but I …


Pear poached in mulled wine with brandy sauce

Colin ChambersFood, lifestyle Leave a Comment

This is a recipe for christmas. I’ve never even tasted mulled wine before so this crimbo I bought some to try it out. Now I’m not a wine person generally but I wanted to see if mulled wine is any different in case I’m missing out. Turns out I’m not really cos it’s quite dry like most wines but then …

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Natural killer cells, cancer and sleep

Colin Chambersbiology, cancer, cells, general health, lifestyle, sleep Leave a Comment

This is a fascinating animation explaining the role of natural killer cells which are a crucial part of our immune system. What I notice from listening to it is the explanation of their role in fighting cancer. Specifically that most cancer creating cells are caught and neutralised within 24 hours by these killer cells. It then seems very straightforward to …

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Calorie and nutrient intake over time

Colin Chambersactivity, balance, cells, diabetes, general health, Health Marketing, key posts, lifestyle, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, Physical Education, pre-diabetes, steps, vascular diseases, weight loss, Well being Leave a Comment

I’ve noticed for many years that physical activity is a great way to maintain or lose weight because by being active you get to add to your life. It’s a positive thing. Many people instantly tell me they don’t like being active but I quickly and consistently find things they like doing that are active that they didn’t realise could …

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The way you think defines what you will achieve

Colin Chambersbrain, compete, competing, competition, Education, Follow your dreams, Life advice, lifestyle, mind, Physical Education, spectacular performances, Strategy Leave a Comment

This phrase has defined my life because I have always noticed that those who succeed think differently than those who don’t. It has been a clear pattern I notice in those top in their profession too in that the way they think gets them to the top. In the making of an expert I see a wonderful example of how experts are …

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Living a healthy life. It’s survival of the fittest

Colin Chambersactivity, competing, evolution, general health, lifestyle, pressure, Well being Leave a Comment

I’ve spent my life learning how to balance lifestyle with health. Everything I learn points to being active on a mental, physical and spiritual level. The activity forces you to grow. The lack of it leaves you to decay.I’ve been struggling with the common assumption that health comes from what you eat not what you do. It’s the message you …

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How to live my dream?

Colin ChambersAdventures, competing, ecosystems, Everyday adventures, Follow your dreams, Fun, key posts, Life advice, lifestyle, play, spectacular performances Leave a Comment

This article is a continuation of the process I’m going through of achieving my dreams. Some parts of this process I want to share on blogger partly as a record and partly as a way of getting support and advice. The essence is that I’m spending these years learning more about how to live the dream I want in a …

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Basic movement patterns

Colin Chambersactivity, competing, general health, Learning, lifestyle, movement, pressure, sport Leave a Comment

It’s just occurred to me that I may have a way of expressing my view that there are basic movement patterns to each sport and activity. Consequently by learning these basic patterns we’d find all sports and activities easier and achieve higher skill levels sooner. That’s obviously a big ask but I got inspired whilst watching a bruce lee dvd …

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By pushing ourselves too hard do we cause irreparable harm?

Colin Chambersinjury, lifestyle, pressure, stress, training, Well being Leave a Comment

A common cause of irreparable cell damage seems to be when it’s pushed too far. When a cell is pushed a little beyond it’s limits it grows stronger when allowed to recover. Yet push them really far beyond their limits and there seems a threshold above which many cells sustain damage they can’t fix. This was implied in my previous …