What Are Your Biggest Challenges Right Now?


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Over the next few weeks I’m going to be designing something completely new and I’d like to ask you what you really want to change about your life.

I’d really appreciate it if you could take just a few minutes to tell me what is your single biggest challenge you’re struggling with in your life right now, it would mean the world to me AND even more importantly I’ll be able to use that information to create webinars and blog posts around topics you want to know more about.

http://SimonMaryan.formstack.com/forms/simonmaryan_copy

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and thank you if you choose to take the survey as it may help a whole load of other people. How great a start to the week would that be 🙂

Have a fantastic week

Simon

Brain2Body Lifestyle Nutrition & Exercise Manual – 2nd Edition coming soon!!


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I have been working on the 2nd edition of my Lifestyle Nutrition and Exercise Manual, with the main focus having been on updating the supplements section later on in the book. This now emphasises health supplementation as opposed to more sports based supplements in the 1st edition and this update is based heavily on my research into this form of supplementation.

Having health issues myself, I have wanted to find ways to enhance my bodies’ ability to recover, repair and regenerate and what I found really made me smile, and feel good. So, I am almost ready to get this new version published and I will keep you all posted when it is ready.

Thanks again to everyone who bought the 1st edition and I am confident that you will find this new edition enlightening as well.

Simon

Coconut Oil and Your Thinking


Your probably thinking that I’ve lost the plot completely with the title of this blog post, and you may be right. However, as what I do is all about the connection between the mind and body, I am very interested in physical as well as mental health. So, what’s the connection between coconut oil and your thinking I hear you ask?

For most people right now, probably nothing.

Yet this article will put a very different slant on most people’s perception of that, at the moment, tenuous connection.

You see coconut oil — although being a saturated fat — is quite different from most other saturated fats. Most (96%) of the other saturated fats have a molecular structure that is made up of what are called long chain fatty acids.

On the other hand..

Coconut oil is a saturated fat that has a unique molecular structure that is made up of MEDIUM chain fatty acids. Where LONG chain fatty acids are stored in the human body as fat deposits (and incur all the associated health risks)…

MEDIUM chain fatty acids instead, are immediately processed by the liver to produce energy (they do NOT get stored as body fat).

MEDIUM chain fatty acids, when ingested, also have a thermodynamic effect on the body — i.e., they raise your body’s metabolism. In other words, coconut oil (as a medium chain fatty acid) is absorbed and utilised by the human body in a completely different and better (health-beneficial) way than other saturated fats that contain long chain fatty acids.

But so what?

What has that got to do with your thinking?

Well, in a way the way you think can be very much like either the medium chain fatty acids that are found in coconut oil, or the long chain fatty acids of the other 96% of saturated fats. Thinking in the way a medium chain fatty acid works means that you observe, experience, absorb and process in your mind in far different and better ways than many other people out there do. You won’t attract negativity in thoughts, people, behaviours, emotions, feelings that drag you down, make you feel like shit and affect your physical and mental health….

Instead you will feel positively, think positively, behave positively, experience positive emotions and attract positive people that you enjoy being with, learning from and sharing knowledge and experience with.

Whereas negative thinking runs the massive risk of clogging up your mind with “negative fat”; positive thinking and thoughts “cut out all the unhealthy (useless) fat” and fire up your mind to work in better, more efficient ways that enhance your life right across the board.

That is why my therapy practice and my training company are doing so well. I apply the principles I teach people on my courses and in therapy to myself, so in essence I am my own proof that changing the way you think works.

My courses have been run in a wide variety of countries now about to head to Central America which is a big achievement for ANY training organisation.

I’m also working on developing home-study programs to make life easier for those who can not travel to the locations that I run courses.

Something to think about when you are considering where to go to get a “healthy dose” of energising hypnosis and coaching training.

Have a brilliant day

Simon 🙂

Busting A Few Misconceptions About Psychiatry and Mental Health Care


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As I work with clients/patients with mental health issues, I wanted to share some information regarding psychiatry, psychiatric drugs and the pharmaceutical industry, because not all is as you are lead to believe.

This is not to say that it is all bad, there are some excellent psychiatrists doing some excellent work, I think it is just fair to make more people aware of some of the significant points that are misleading for many.

The majority of people assume that psychiatry is just like any other branch of medicine, with objective tests for diagnoses and drug treatments that cure real diseases. In reality however, psychiatric diagnoses and treatments differ enormously from diagnoses and treatments for diseases like cancer or diabetes, since, for mental disorders, there are no known biological ‘diseases’ for psychiatric drugs to ‘treat’.

Below are several Unrecognised Facts about modern psychiatry which every patient, practitioner and policymaker needs to be aware of.

  1. No Known Biological Causes:  There are no known biological causes for any of the psychiatric disorders apart from dementia and some rare chromosomal disorders. Consequently, there are no biological tests such as blood tests or brain scans that can be used to provide independent objective data in support of any psychiatric diagnosis
  2. Myth of the Chemical Imbalance: Psychiatric drugs have often been prescribed to patients on the basis that they cure  ‘a chemical imbalance’. However, no chemical imbalances have been proven to exist in relation to any mental health disorder. There is also no method available to test for the presence or absence of these chemical imbalances
  3. Diagnostic System Lacks Validity: Psychiatric diagnostic manuals such as the DSM and ICD (chapter 5) are not works of objective science, but rather works of culture since they have largely been developed through clinical consensus and voting. Their validity and clinical utility is therefore highly questionable, yet their influence has contributed to an expansive medicalisation of human experience
  4. Psychiatric Drugs Cause Altered Mental States: Just like other substances that affect brain chemistry (such as illicit drugs), psychiatric drugs produce altered mental states. They do not ‘cure’ diseases, and in many cases their mechanism of action is not properly understood
  5. Antidepressants Have No Benefit Over Placebo: Studies have have found that antidepressants have no clinically significant benefit over placebo pills  (inert pills) in the treatment of mild to moderate depression, while they provide some benefit for severe depression, at least in the short term. Recent research also suggests that antidepressants may be associated with with a risk of increased mortality, at least among the elderly
  6. Worse Long-Term Outcomes: There has been little research on the long-term outcomes of people taking psychiatric drugs. The available studies suggest that all the major classes of psychiatric drugs add little additional long-term benefit, and for some patients they may lead to significantly worse long-term outcomes
  7. Long-Lasting Negative Effects: Psychiatric drugs can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain and central nervous systems, particularly when taken long-term, which can lead to physical, emotional and cognitive difficulties
  8. Negative Effects Are Often Misdiagnosed: Psychiatric drugs can have effects that include mental disturbance, including suicide, violence and withdrawal symptoms. These can be misdiagnosed as new new psychiatric presentations, for which additional drugs may be prescribed, sometimes leading to long-term use of multiple different psychiatric drugs in the same person
  9. Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Can Be Disabling: Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs can be disabling and can cause a range of severe physical and psychological effects which often last for months and sometimes years. In some cases, withdrawal charities, report it may lead to suicide
  10. More Medicating of Children: Use of psychiatric drugs in children and adolescents has been rapidly expanding across the developed world. The potential long-term damage these drugs can have on developing brains has not been properly assessed. Furthermore, there is now some evidence that increased use of medication within this age group is leading to worse long-term outcomes
  11. Regulator Funded By Industry: The UK regulator of psychiatric drugs (the MHRA) is entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and employs ex-industry professionals in key leadership positions. Such conflicts of interest could lead to lenient regulation that places commercial interest above patient protection
  12. Conflicts of Interest: Ties between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry are are particularly widespread in psychiatry. In the UK psychiatrists do not have to report to any agency or authority how much industry income they receive each year
  13. Manipulation and Burying of Drug Trial Data: The majority of psychiatric drug trials are conducted and commissioned by the pharmaceutical industry or those who have extensive ties with them. This industry has a long history of burying negative results, and of manipulating research to highlight positive outcomes

Source reference:

http://cepuk.org/unrecognised-facts/

Leave Your Past in the Past 


At various times throughout our lives we can feel overwhelmed with sadness, loss, bitterness, anger etc and it’s hard to believe that your life will ever change, or you’ll ever be able to smile or laugh again. The truth is you will, it won’t always be this bad and there are things you can do to move on with your life in a truly happy and positive way:

1. Choose to face your pain. An unresolved past does not go away. You may think you have buried your anger and pain but the hurt is still there and it will surface later on. If you don’t face what happened and the feelings it unleashed, you will end up being ruled by your subconscious mind. So find the courage and a way to resolve the pain.

2. Accept there’s nothing you can do to change the past. What’s happened has happened, and what’s done is done. There’s nothing you can do to turn back time, however, there are ways such as Timeline Therapy, that enable you to rewrite the story so the ending’s positive for you. And, you can change how you think, and you can start over again, and build a different future that leads you to the life you want to have.

3. Be grateful for the good times. There’s usually something good that you can be thankful for. You don’t have to pretend that everything was bad – or write off any good times and happy memories.

4. Consciously let go and set your focus on the future: All your baggage, failures etc of the past, can affect your identity or self esteem, if you let them. When you see them as opportunities to learn and refine how and who you are, they empower you to become stronger and better equipped to live life to it’s fullest. You are NOT what you did, or how you acted previously. You’re not just a product of what happened to you. You are valuable, unique and you have so much to give. You’re the author of your future; you control your destiny.

5. Remove your past from your future. We can at times have a tendency to think that the past will morph into our future and become our lot in life. That only true if you think that’s true. The future’s a blank page. You can change your expectations and work towards those goals. Instead, look hard for the exceptions, the times when things went right and notice what you did that resulted in success. You still have those same strengths, skills and great qualities and more.

6. Be realistic and take small steps at first. You can’t snap your fingers – and find that life has changed. Accept it will take time, and you will still have some bad days and when you keep on going then the past will lose its grip.