Saturday, 13 August 2011

"Miracle" Drink

The Miracle Drink?

OK it’s done!  I have dusted off my juicer and I’m feeling rather smug that I can gather the 3 ingredients for this “miracle drink” from my garden just now too!  Do you know - that makes me feel good all by itself!  However the juiced combination of beetroot, carrot and apple is simply delicious as well as nutritious.  Give it a try yourself, keep the skins on, chop one of each item and whizz through the juicer.

Circulating around the internet the following claims can be read for this juice combination.  I’m not sure if this drink alone can do all of this, but in combination with a healthy diet it must go some way to helping.

·        Prevents development of cancer cells.
·        Strengthens lung, liver, kidney and pancreas.
·        Cures ulcers.
·        Prevents heart attack.
·        Prevents high blood pressure.
·        Strengthens the immune system.
·        Strengthens eyesight.
·        Eases muscle aches.
·        Detoxifies, eases bowel movement, eases constipation.
·        Rejuvenates the skin.
·        Prevents bad breath and throat infection.
·        Reduces menstrual pain.
·        Prevents hay fever.
·        Helps in losing weight.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Pampering or Essential Maintenance?

Whilst battening down the hatches against the summer rain, it seems to me a good time to indulge in some “self maintenance.”   During my busy week as a chiropractor I find it necessary to “unwind” the strains and stresses of leaning over my bench and focus on keeping myself in balance.  One of the ways I chose is regular massage – with our own fabulous Rebecca of course!  Why have I just called this an indulgence?  *smacks own wrist!* It couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is a necessary part of my routine for health.  It constantly amazes me how much we will spend on our car’s maintenance whilst expecting ourselves to carry on regardless, without maintenance, for free.  Luckily I am not alone in my thoughts.  Here are a few recent, unprompted, testimonials to our facebook page.

  • Just had the most wonderful aromatherapy massage from Rebecca.  I feel so much better and am all set for going on holiday tomorrow.  Thanks Rebecca x (WM)
  • Thank you for this mornings treatment.  I am like a new woman!!  (LA)
  • I had to write.  I came to your health centre just before my holiday a couple of weeks ago to have a facial.  I have had several facials in my time but I have to say this one was the best.  I have never had a facial massage before and didn't expect it but it was fantastic.  I was totally relaxed and my skin felt and looked fantastic.  I will be back soon for some more.  Thanks very much.  (TJ)
  • The best place to be put together again.  Thank you all. (SC)
I thank you too Rebecca for supporting not only myself but also my patients who need muscle relaxation work to complement my chiropractic work.  You know how to find "those spots" whether it's deep work in those knotted calves from running on the roads or stiff back from over zealous gardening (ermmm..  yes that will be me too - moving the compost heap last week...) or a more gentle technique for a relaxing aromatherapy. 

Now, though I’m still feeling lovely and “mellow” from my massage, I must now wind myself up to get back in the rain and collect the kids from school.  Reality!!  But on the way *toot toot* lets hear it for routine maintenance and *toot toot* lets use that cliche "prevention is better than cure" where've I left the umbrella...

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Easter Chocolate - Not all bad!!

Well what do you know, an Easter break, kids on holiday and fabulous weather - better than the Mediterranean - I'm all for that!  So hopefully the Easter Chocs made it to the fridge OK before melting in the heat and you managed to put your feet up and enjoy the sun too.

Chocolate has been damned rather as a "health food" due mainly to the amount of calories from the high sugar and fat content (however chocolate also contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay!).  It may also trigger headaches, especially migraines in some individuals but it's not all bad - here are some facts for you to chomp on:

Chocolate has:
Flavonoids - pigments found in (usually dark coloured) plants that act as antioxidants.  Antioxidants reduce oxidative damage to your body by neutralising destructive free radicals.  Free radical damaged cells can result in clogging of the arteries, arthritis, cancer and a myriad of illnesses and aging.  The flavonoids also help to keep blood vessels elastic.  Antioxidants are an important part of our diet, found in leafy vegetables and fruit and in certain vitamins and minerals eg Vits A,C & E, zinc and selenium.

Serotonin - a neurotransmitter that acts as an anti-depressant.

Theobromine & Phenylethylamine - stimulants and mood elevators (though theobromine is dangerous to dogs)

Minerals & Vitamins especially Potassium, Magnesium, B1,B2, D & E

Stearic Acid - a neutral fat that doesn't raise "bad" cholesterol

Stimulates the secretion of endorphins - like a "runners high" without the work! 


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Wild Garlic Pesto

Tracy writes:
Thanks to one of my patients, I was alerted to the idea of making some wild garlic pesto this year.  Now is the time to pick the fresh tender green leaves for this delicious paste.  Great as a “garlic bread”, on baked potatoes, pasta……ummm.  So far I’ve remembered not to indulge in large quantities the night before treating my patients the next day…..or have I?!  That said, the flavour is more subtle and less peppery than common garlic.  Apart from the deliciousness of this pesto it has a multitude of health benefits.  Here’s why:
Scientific studies in Germany have proven that Wild Garlic contains more magnesium, manganese, iron and sulphur compounds than common garlic.
Magnesium is involved in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation (prevents cramping!) and bone and teeth formation.  I am often recommending my chiropractic patients to supplement with this mineral for those reasons.  Magnesium, in conjunction with calcium and potassium magnesium regulates heart rhythm and clots blood.  It also aids in the production and use of insulin. Similarly Manganese, a trace mineral, helps keep bones, nerves and your thyroid gland healthy and helps regulate blood sugars levels. Iron provides vitality, keeping your immune system functioning at its best and helps keep you alert. Sulphur is known to regulate cholesterol and prevent clogging of red blood cells. This is extremely important for the prevention of diseases such as arteriosclerosis and its consequences, like heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory disorders.
Medicinal uses of wild garlic


Anthelmintic (Expels parasites from the gut), Antiasthmatic, Anticholesterolemic (Prevents the buildup of cholesterol), Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Cholagogue (Increases the flow of bile and its discharge from the body), Depurative (Eliminates toxins and purifies the system, especially the blood), Diaphoretic (Induces perspiration), Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge (Reduces fevers), Hypotensive (Reduces blood pressure),  Stimulant, Stomachic (Aids and improves the action of the stomach) , Tonic, Vasodilator(Widens the blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure)
So there you have it - a delicious bundle of goodness readily available at this time of year!  In my recipe I used pumpkin seeds which are loaded with Zinc (helps immune system and benefits production of various hormones)
My Recipe:
150g wild garlic leaves (washed if necessary)
50g pumpkin seeds
200ml Olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp sugar
Whizz up first 3 ingredients then add salt and sugar.  Most recipes call for the addition of 50g finely grated parmesan but I didn’t have any available at the time and pesto is still delicious without it!  Makes about 2 jars.  Sterilize jars and make sure oil sits over top of pesto for storage.  Seems to keep for ages in fridge but will probably freeze well too.  

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Christmas Raffle 2010

We are delighted to report that we collected £115 for our 3 chosen charities during our Christmas raffle.  Tracy donated a £50 voucher for any therapy at Rolls Mill Health Centre to the winner, Mrs Spicer.  Proceeds were split between Ataxia UK, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Children in Need.

Zumba - Keep fit

Tracy writes:
I was asked to take a few photos tonight for a friend who is a Zumba teacher.    Over a hundred men and (mostly) women worked out to upbeat music in the local Zumbathon party held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.  This form of exercise is fun, fast and well sweaty really! Zumba is a way to get/keep fit whilst having a smile on your face and a with a few whoops later I'm sure everyone burnt multiple calories.  In fact it is reported that you can burn 600 - 900 calories an hour by choosing this dance based work out.  Worth giving a go with a class near you, but I reckon you need a degree of fitness already to get the most from it without causing injury.  But think of it 900 calories .....gone....! Oh and did I mention the party had a Mexican theme.  Full credit to the lass who dressed as a cactus and danced flat out in her costume for over 2 hours (got to be 1200 calories there me thinks!) 

I am often asked by my patients which form of exercise would benefit them and my answer is always the same;  it has to be something you enjoy, otherwise the likelihood of continuing to exercise is slim. My personal preferred choice is dance (belly dancing usually) but I'm a fan of any exercise form that a patient chooses to raise the heart rate somewhat and gets that blood and lymph circulating.  Walking the dog is my other personal favourite.  Whatever the weather you have to get out there in the elements and get a good lung full of fresh air! 

Bear in mind it is necessary to "unwind" your body if you chose a one sided sport (such as raquet sports).  I advise my patients to cool down by playing a game with their opposite hand. (which can be like beginning all over again in the chosen sport...!)

Friday, 18 February 2011

About Rolls Mill

The Aim of Rolls Mill is to provide a range of complementary therapies to help individuals become and remain healthy and to be free from disease and discomfort or even just to relieve the symptoms of stress. It is especially for those who want to take responsibility for their own health, wellbeing and vitality.

To this end the centre also offers a comprehensive range of nutritional supplements, toiletries, personal care products and household cleaners to help both the user and the environment. 884 known toxic chemicals are routinely used in personal care products and part of the centre's mission is to highlight these dangers to health.

Users of Rolls Mill often comment on the relaxing atmosphere. All rooms have wooden panelled ceilings, 2 with skylights, which can be very therapeutic on their own! "Cranky" & "Clinical" this centre definitely is NOT! We aim to provide a comprehensive range of therapeutic techniques to help you stay well or bring balance and Harmony back to your life. Get yourself back on track - we have the tools to help or you can gift a treatment using our gift vouchers.