The 4 keys to health is all about investing in the healthiest happiest future you could wish for with sound scientific knowledge and big spoonfuls of commonsense and experience.Tonights blog is for nutrition week. The traffic lights approach to healthfor the 4 keys to health gives one point for every yes answer.
0 – 3: RED.
3 – 6: AMBER.
6 – 9: GREEN.
Scores: Now count up your scores – are you red, amber, or green for this key?
Once you’ve read the chapter and implemented any changes, take the
questionnaire again to see how much you’ve improved.This questionnaire is in 4 parts.
Diet and Blood Sugar Levels
• Is your weight good for your age and height?
• Do you have lots of energy and do you like to exercise?
• Are you free from joint pain?
• Do you rarely feel like dozing in the day and feel alert after eating?
• Do you hardly ever get stomach ache or bloating?
• Do you concentrate easily with a clear memory and few
• Do you hardly ever need sweet food or caffeine fixes?
• Do you jump out of bed, raring to go?
• Do you rarely feel dizzy / irritable / have mood swings in
gaps between meals?
• Do you rarely have thirst / dry mouth?
• Do you rarely get headaches?
• Is your urine a mild (not dark) yellow colour?
• Are your skin and lips moist, not dry?
• Do you have regular bowel movements most days?
• Do you have less than two glasses of alcohol a day?
• Do you have five helpings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day?
• Do you have several glasses of fruit water / juice / herbal
teas a day, even if resting?
• Do you avoid having too many salty snacks?
Healthy Low Homocysteine Levels (repairing DNA
and building nerves / cartilage)
• Is your weight satisfactory and stable?
• Are you a clear thinker with a good memory and rare
• Do you eat healthily with green veggies, seeds, and nuts,
but aren’t vegan?
• You are not an alcoholic, smoker, or heavy coffee drinker?
• Do you have little joint pain?
• Do you have great stamina without weariness?
• Is your cardiovascular system and blood pressure normal?
• Do you sleep well?
• Are you rarely angry, irritable, or down?
• Do you have healthy hair?
• Do you have flexible, pain-free joints?
• You are not taking painkillers?
• No arthritis, asthma, or eczema?
• No diagnosed cardiovascular problems?
• Do you spend more than thirty minutes a day outside in
• Do you eat healthily with oily fish, about four eggs a week,
seeds and nuts most days, and fewer than two alcoholic
drinks a day?
• Do you have a good memory, learning abilities, and
• You don’t get down, anxious or unnecessarily angry?
Anti-Ageing, Anti-rot, Antioxidants
• Are you a quick healer?
• Are you younger than middle aged (40)?
• Do you have healthy skin?
• No diagnosis of cancer or cardiovascular disease?
• Don’t bruise easily?
• Do you live in quiet, clear air, healthy countryside, not
near major roads?
• Do you eat healthily with five lots of fruit and veg a day,
raw seeds / nuts, and at least two oily fish a week?
• Do you take antioxidant supplements?
• Do you exercise and raise your heart rate five times a
week?If you got a red key read my blogs or get a copy of my book,through www.thepainkiller.co.uk,www.painreliefclinic.co.uk, or amazon.
Using food as medicine to stay out of pain.The Wrong Food Feeds Pain
Most of us eat too much of the food that enhances pain, and too little of the
food that reduces pain. Soil nutrients are not what they used to be, as they
have more additives, more are being processed, and more have a longer
shelf life. Our cells depend on good food and water for creating healing, energy
and cleansing, but because of the poor food we eat (which has additives
and is heavily processed), we have persistent inflammation contributing
to musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer…
you name it. Refined grains, omega 6 fats, too much sugar, and too much
dairy – especially milk – all stress the system out, and pain due to too much
inflammation damages nerves beyond any injury, and also causes tissue
pain in the tendons, ligaments, and joints.
Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers who lived on a planet with a
relatively low population, where the soil was rich in nutrients with hardly any toxic chemicals. They ate good food medicine, fresh fish or meat, berries, roots (therefore, a lot of
healthy omega 3 oils), and fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants. They
had no processed foods, no wheat, no trans fats, no excess sugar or omega 6
and no processed dairy. Even if you eat some of these foods yourself, pulling
some fresh vegetables out of your garden – from well fertilised soil – is a
small start. For our ancestors,using good food as medicine helped to control chronic
inflammation, something which pervades the modern day Western lifestyle.
We are becoming increasingly obese, including our children. We are a
fat nation, and because of this, we find ourselves in a major health crisis.
This extra fat not only strains our joints, but these engorged fat cells fire
off inflammation. Organ fat is crawling with immune cells, prolonging
inflammation and damaging the surrounding tissue. Living longer means
that these days, a lot more of us are over 35, and around this age, our
natural pain blocking anti-inflammatories (proteolytic enzymes) dry up.
We are, essentially, rotting, as these are the guys that usually help to shut
the pain gate in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Our next generation
is not going to live longer than us, and this is the first time in history that
this has happened – it says a lot, doesn’t it? Due to needing more help in
order to control our body and not getting it, we make too much fibrin,
causing too much scar tissue in our tendons, skin, and joints. This then
causes arthritis, fibromyalgia, artery narrowing, and poor healing all round.
I now have ground breaking technology at my practice that puts the clock
back on joints, however, cells still need a healthy environment in which to
flourish in the first place.
The 4 keys to health, what is it about? A question that now rings in my ears most days from those that as yet have not read my book.This book is life transforming if you take in the advice and act on it.My dear friend who had always said she would love a book dedicated to her, died yesterday with the book in her room knowing the healing work we started, so many years ago will go on, in this and future books and talks.Rest in peace June.
Everyday I bump into people telling me their life story and how the 4 keys to health has changed the way they think about life and empowered them to make the changes they needed to.This warms my heart, and today it was suggested I regularly blogged about it.
Here is an exert from my book describing what it is about.
I have spent my life searching for ways to treat pain, and I have travelled
all over the world, meeting and learning from countless specialists and
professionals during this quest of mine. Now, I want to pour all of that
knowledge and all of my experience into this book, so that my methods can
become your methods, and so that you can conquer your pain, allowing
you to have a long, happy life. It sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it? Well, it
may be simpler than you think.
This book will discuss healing through an understanding of how neuroscience
works, and I believe that this holds the keys to wellness, mental excellence,
physical fitness, prosperity, relationship skills, society contribution and
having a purpose to live – not to mention, of course, keeping out of pain. I
like to imagine all of these things as breaking down into four main sections:
the four keys of health, featuring mindset, nutrition and hydration, fitness,
and lifestyle. You will be able to read about each of these four keys in the
following chapters, and you can learn about the fifth key – how to deal with
individual health problems – in my next book, The Human Garage. This
will talk about what is lovingly nicknamed the ‘clinic of last resort’ by my
Drawing from both modern medical technology and ancient healing
wisdom, this book will guide you through your health journey, giving you
the knowledge and the tools you need to create the best lifestyle for you. Say
goodbye to pain and say hello to a fitter, healthier, happier you.
Joseph McClendons premiere health seminar, the Z Factor, will be held this year at Marbella. The seminar runs for 4 days from 3rd October to 6th October. Joseph has asked Nicky to co- present the seminar with him again this year.
If you want to
- Lose weight?
- Look and feel younger NOW?
- Have more energy?
- Reduce stress and achieve peace?
- Sleep less and wake up rested?
- Become more flexible?
then make sure you don’t miss this life changing seminar. You will find these things are not as hard to achieve as you may believe.
Come along and meet internationally renowned health expert Joseph McClendon III and Nicky Snazell and learn how to create a new you for the rest of your life.
For more information on Z Factor go to
Water is something we all take for granted in this country. After the summer we have just had, many would argue that we have far too much of it. Some countries in the world envy our seemingly endless supply of clean drinking water and their lack of it understandably leads to the serious and sometimes fatal problem of dehydration.
Less understandable is that even though we have plenty of water to drink, as much as 90% of the population in the UK is dehydrated. (We have highly sophisticated equipment at our clinic which can measure cellular health and hydration and our measurements are even worse, with less than 2% being properly hydrated) Most of us simply don’t realise we are dehydrated and would probably deny it if asked, because the usual understanding is that ‘I know if I need water because my mouth is dry’. For many of us, the excuse is that we don’t like water, for others it’s the incorrect assumption that drinking lots of coffee or tea is enough. Tea and coffee are diuretics, that is they act to expel water from the body by urination and the net effect is a loss of water. In the younger generation it is even worse as the tendency is to drink huge amounts of soft drinks, which carry other significant health risks.
The functioning of our bodies is breathtakingly sophisticated and is constantly working to keep everything in fine balance. This all goes on without our conscious knowledge which is both good and bad. It’s nice not to have to think about it, but the downside is we take good health for granted.
Our reliance on a constant supply of good quality water is one such area that we need to raise to our conscious awareness, if we are not to succumb to avoidable illnesses and disease. So why is water so important to us?
The average person is 75% water, which for the average male and female in the UK equates to 63 litres and 53 litres of water respectively. Just think how much water you drink on average and how long it takes you to replace your water. Our blood is 90% water. Everything in our bodies depends on a constant access to adequate water. Internal drought impacts our DNA and our ability to replicate healthy cells. Simply put, without a constant supply of good quality water supply, your health will be compromised, if not now, then later.
Our bodies have complex water management systems which constantly monitor water availability and work to a priority system when any form of shortage is perceived. The problem is that a lot of restrictions are in place and damage is being done long before you are aware of a dry mouth.
Now just think what that means. If over 90% of the population is dehydrated, that means that you have a 90% chance that your water management system is fired up and is actively rationing supplies to various parts of your body, slowly but surely causing damage. Damage that you won’t consciously recognise for many years, possibly after it’s too late to rectify. Long term dehydration will eventually lead to pain. Chronic degenerative diseases such as spinal disc degeneration, osteoarthritis and nerve malfunction can all be traced back to dehydration.
We supply energy to our bodies through the food and drinks we consume. This intake is eventually supplied to our cells where it is converted to energy, but there is some residual waste which is acidic. A constant supply of water is vital to help keep flushing this acidic waste out of the body.
Let’s just touch briefly on this topic of acidity. To sustain life our blood needs to have a tightly controlled level of between 7.35 and 7.45 on a scale called the pH scale. If the blood pH drifts too far away from these limits it will be fatal. You can see why that marvel of our bodies to keep everything in balance is so important.
The pH scale goes from 1, which is pure acid and 14, which is pure alkaline and a pH of 7 is neutral. Importantly each step of 1 means a change of 10. So a pH of 6 is 10 times more acid than a pH of 7. A pH of 5 is 100 times more acidic, and so on.
Common sense should tell us not to push things too far and not to overburden our bodies’ ability to cope. However common sense cannot prevail where knowledge does not exist. Parents should be aware, for example, that the younger generations’ addiction to soft drinks carries significant risk. The pH of these drinks can be as low as 2.5 which is around 100,000 times more acidic than your blood needs to be.
So in summary, don’t take water for granted and don’t ignore it just because other drinks taste better. The benefits to your long term health of being constantly hydrated with water are huge.
If you would like to know more about water and find out just how hydrated you really are, then call our clinic on 01889 881488 or visit our website www.painreliefclinic.co.uk