Friday, 10 March 2017

Just Swell

As some of you may recall at the beginning of January I purchased a piece of exercise equipment called the "Wondercore Smart" in yet another attempt to look more like  Beyonce than Blobby in terms of buffness?  Erm….lets just say that once again things haven’t gone according  to plan, even though no Cheesecake has entered the building and no sneaky Doughnut  passed these lips, so what's going on? 

Turns out, exercise is sending my body into trauma....yes really.   I'm not in the best of health tis true, but why would a totally healthy person have similar problems?  Well since I started my research I discovered that It can happen for a number of reasons:

Eating and drinking too close to exercising, or eating  certain foods that take a long time to digest or aggravate the stomach lining.

While in exercise mode, blood is moved away from the intestines to the body part you're working on, this impairs the digestive process and It can highlight or/and exacerbate gastro conditions such as Irritable bowel. 


You can also swell  due to a  lack of salt in the blood, If you've been drinking alot of water and sweating out lots of salt, the body can interpret this as trauma and hold on to the fluid which will then show itself  in the belly area. 

My body often swells without exercise, and that's due to a condition called Fibromyalgia  anything that aggravates Fibromyalgia  can traumatize the system and make it ten times worse. While there's no visual evidence of swelling to the limbs, the insides of both my arms and legs feel swollen as though  they've been stung by a swarm of Wasps.
                                        


My belly however has swollen to uncomfortable proportions and all in all I'm feeling like the Michelin man, so after persevering for  six weeks 
I've sadly once again had to stop exercising.

With Conditions such as M.EFibromyalgia it's always going to be a catch 22 situation. If you exercise it will strengthen the muscles and organs in the long run but it exacerbates the symptoms and makes you feel a whole lot worse. But if you don't exercise, the organs and muscles become weaker and it exacerbates the symptoms.... making you feel a whole lot worse. But its been my choice over the years to keep  attempting to exercise despite the same old frustrating ending.


Once I'm over this latest episode and  my body has hopefully recovered to some degree, I will definitely be trying again to find a regime it can handle, so i'll keep you posted.

I finally purchased a Ninja Master Prep professional chopper three piece set, try saying that without your teeth in?  Apart from the cool name of course, It's so easy to use that I've been whipping up Dhal, Pate and soups already. 


At only £49.99 it's a real steal. I chose the black, but it also comes in Red or cream and you can also purchase the pieces individually.  From a site called Ninja Kitchen that has tips, tricks and recipes to help you along. 

Next up is Osmo, an award winning Childrens App that connects the real world with the digital, allowing the child to play in both.  The results are certainly exciting.  The starter kit is £75 



Lastly, bringing back the Retro with this brushed copper phone, also available in mustard, red, duck blue and all those other 70's tones. There's a twenty pound price drop on the copper one right now, meaning you can get it for just £44,95. The other colours have been dropped by ten pound and come in at £33. Available from Cuckooland
Just swell, the same applies to the interest and research being funded by Invest In ME Research.
                                            
Three new PhD students started in September 2016 in Norwich Research Park and began the ME studies. The Rituximab trial planning has began.
Good research is continuing at UCL and International collaboration is going on.

The 7th International Biomedical Research Colloquium in London has representatives from around the world from major institutions.
We also have NIH, CDC and Norwegian Directorate for health attending, with invitations sent out to the Canadian Health minister/research department and the Dutch Health Council.

Invest in ME Research aim to keep Medical Research studentships going as these turned out to be very successful in many ways. 


We will also have an interesting exhibition table at the conference from a sponser who has been looking at one of the big problems with ME, the isolation that comes with this disease.
And for those who want to support our cause to create a Centre of Excellence for ME then join our C-Selfie campaign. Make the C for Centre sign using your right hand. Examples and those contributing are here.  C-Selfie Campaign

Jon Campling of Harry Potter fame was our first celebrity, we hope there will be more who come to support this. Also Ian Gibsons book, Science, Politics.....and ME, will soon be available.


Authors Dr Ian Gibson and Elaine Sherriffs have with limited resources a book that will add to everyone's knowledge about ME.
This has taken  a while to decide on publishing but is now completes and will be a very useful reference for the way ME has been treated.
Everyone, take care of yourself, and of those you love.

Fat, is the word we're looking at today and it hasn't always been seen as a bad thing. In times where food was scarcer a hungry skinny man was seen as dangerous,whereas a large full bellied man was thought to be content and therefore more trustworthy . Originating from  Old English Faett, meaning fat, plump, obese,  Dutch: Vet (fat) German: Feist (fat) First known use, in biblical times.  
There's a lovely quote from 1939 that i'm sure many of us can relate to, where George Orwell wrote: I am fat, but I'm thin inside. Has it ever struck you that there's a thin man inside every fat man, just as they say there's a statue inside every block of stone?" 
It's hard to describe the genre of Sheffield Duo, Conor Seppy Merrison & Bethany Holland Aka: Post Collide. Their sound has a mix of flavours, Rnb, Soul, Chillout, Hiphop etc, either way they're back with their scorching new single: Cool Down. Plus another "Hard Way" out on the 17th March, there's no stopping this duo. Not only a BBC 1Xtra fave, they've supported Damage on tour and are set to support Leah Mcfall on her Manchester and Brighton dates this year,  they're hot, hip & happening and write hooks hard to get out of your head, and this track is no different, One  listen and you're gonna wanna "Cool down, Cool down, Cool down" Available now on Itunes ,  Google Play 

One definitely to watch is Plested, this singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire  certainly has an impressive musical CV, having already worked with many artists including Emeli Sande , Zayn Malik & Naughty Boy.  He has a distinctive vocal and rasp that's extremely easy to listen to, so it's exciting to hear that he is now  busy working on his own debut album and promises new music very soon.

             
                  
Well that's the last Column from me. Thanks to Invest In ME Research, Thanks to you for reading, take care, stay blessed. 
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