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.
Getting To Retirement Age
Let’s consider some facts, by again looking to the USA and their statistics on
lifestyle at retirement age. Now, I want you to imagine that you’re at a party
with all your friends. Out of all of these people, how many do you think will
still be alive at retirement age? How many will be flat broke? How many will
be wealthy enough to help others? If we look at the American statistics here
(which will be similar to our own in the UK), the answers to these questions
may surprise you. Out of 100 American citizens with social security, only
one would be wealthy at retirement age. Four would be financially secure.
Five would still have to work in order to afford their lifestyle. Fifty-four
would be completely broke, and thirty-six would be dead. Only 5% would
be able to live healthy lives at this point. Now, imagine you’re looking
around at your friends at the party again. Only 5% of these people will be
able to support themselves enough to live healthily at retirement age. This is
why we need a life plan, and this is why we really need to think about where
our lives are going.
With that in mind, how old do you think your kids will live to? And does it
matter where in the world they live? Unfortunately, according to the CIA File
(October 2014), the average life expectancy of children who are born now is
not as good as you might think (especially with some scientists estimating
that all of us will soon be living into our hundreds). Broken down by country,
people born in Monaco today will have an average life expectancy of 89.57
years. This is at the top of the table. Here in the UK, it is 80.42 years. In the
USA, 79.56 years. Then, right at the bottom of the table, we have South
Africa: children being born there today will have a life expectancy of just
40.96 years. This sounds shocking, but it is something that – here in the UK
– we have the power to change ourselves, by transforming the way we think,
what we eat, how we move, and what kind of lifestyle w
Eating healthily in minutes is essential with modern busy lives.I enjoy my smoothies and juices, and know its healing my body. Whilst making these mixtures I always get my head around how good they are for my body.A positive mindset and eating healthily is a good combination. It takes about 3 minutes to prepare and a minute to enjoy.I love my morning smoothie. I make one for my breakfast to give me energy for my running, cycling, or dance/fit class. Although even if you’re not about to do exercise, it’s a great way to start the day. My favourite eating healthily in minutes task is a smoothie which I have a
lot – includes almond milk, a banana, and some raspberries or strawberries,and milled seeds and this smoothie is easy to digest, which is good for me if I’m running afterwards. Bananas are said to make more happy juice
in the brain, so I always include one in my smoothies if I can. I may also add pineapples as they have bromelain, which aids digestive pains, as well as papaya, which has papain that does the same thing, and cherries whichhave anthocyanin, a painkiller.
Then, after sport or as a snack, I enjoy my veggie juices – they’re full of
carotenoids, which are strong antioxidants and which help prevent any
form of chronic disease. Juicing really does get addictive; you can almost
hear your cells calling out to thank you. I often rummage around in my
greenhouse and fridge to find seasonal veggies and fruit to make a yummy
cocktail, which is basically a turbo shot of nutrients. Not only is this secret but its food medicine.
Why choose unnessary suffering? My mission for my book the 4 keys to health was to help avoid this. I witness unneccessary suffering day in,day out within my clinic and at presentations.I see evidence in peoples shopping baskets,in their T.V viewing, in the way they speak and the lack of exercise.So, I’m here to write about avoiding pain and suffering, which isn’t something that most people want to think about, is it? But what’s the opposite of pain? That’s right: pleasure. We all do everything we can to avoid suffering and seek pleasure, don’t we? But do we always make conscious decisions to seek pleasure and avoid pain? Let’s think about that. Is it possible that you make decisions that you perceive will give you pleasure when, in fact, it will ultimately give you pain? Yes, of course it is! We are all guilty of putting coins in the pain bank for long-term savings, rather than in the pleasure bank.
I have been puzzling over this one for many years while sitting in front of my patients. Recently, in preparation for The Z Factor – an annual health seminar run by Joseph McClendon III, where I give presentations – I asked my dear old friends, whom I’ve had the privilege of studying psychic/intuitive healing with for thirty years, about this. They responded with, “You have studied the suffering of thousands of humans over the years, and still you are confused. Study you… listen to yourself… ask yourself the question about all of your actions. Knowledge is inside us, not out there. Bring soul awareness, if you will. Bring mindfulness to your human thought processing when you make a decision about eating, working out, and so on. Get into a state of mind that is truthful about your actions.”
When we bring into focus a higher awareness, we are checking our beliefs about what we see and feel. Our vision is very inaccurate, seeing only a tiny part of what is really there. If we see the colour red, we get the memory of what red means to us, making a meaning solely for us. Therefore, red is a belief. Higher awareness says that we are accessing memory data associated with this visual input in order to get hold of the belief. We run it through a semantic memory system, finding the belief and making it into a thought. Changing beliefs kills old habits.
What we need to realise is that we are controlled by social acceptance to do what everybody else does, and that we are all intensely manipulated by advertising. We are driven to believe what we see on TV and in the press. Drugs companies, food companies and drinks companies are not driven to provide the healthiest products they can, but to maximise their profits and serve their shareholders. The only person who can look after you is you, and if all you do is follow everyone else, you are doing no better than a lemming who blindly follows the rest of the lemmings off a cliff. When we think of suffering, we need to realise that many causes of pain are self-inflicted and can be easily avoided. So, why do people choose the self-destruct button, over and over again? This is the fundamental question about pain, and one which needs to be answered. For many, suffering is a choice.
Traffic light approach to health, what do I mean ?Traffic Light Approach to Health
At my clinic, I always ask my patients to fill in a questionnaire about their
current health, and their answers are incredibly useful in letting me see
where they need to improve their mindset, their nutrition, their fitness and
their lifestyle. I call it the traffic light approach to health because we analyse
these areas by saying whether the patient is green (good), amber (room for
improvement) or red (poor). These are your fitness keys, and they will tell
you where you need to improve. With this in mind, I have developed four
questionnaires – one for each key – and have placed them in the appendix
of this book. If you want to get the most out of this book, I urge you to
complete the questionnaire at the start of each chapter, and again after
you’ve absorbed the knowledge and implemented some of my suggested
changes into your life. Soon, you should start to see your traffic light scores
changing from red or amber to green on all counts. When this happens, you
are likely to be at your optimal health for your age, which means you’ll be
giving yourself the best possible chance if a disease or injury should occur.
So, to those therapists and doctors who want to go beyond their specific
training and look at the synergy of everything they know in order to create
their own map, here is mine.
If you don’t want to commit to a new, healthy you, then now is probably a
good time to leave my blogs. If, however, you desire to work towards a healthy, fit,
pain-free body, here we go. It’s time to take your health into your own hands
and get rid of all the pain that has been holding you back
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.
The 4 keys to health guide gives you a practical method to achieve a longer happier healthier life. Enjoy the book, colour your 4 keys to health,red ,amber or green. Four green keys is what you need to strive for. If you score yourself with the questionnaires before using the manual ,then again after you should change colour.The 4 keys represent your mind, your food, fitness and lifestyle.Book available at my clinic,on the www.thepainkiller.co.uk website and amazon. Look to U tube for a video about why I wrote this book.
If you are interested in preventing illness for yourself and your family this book is for you. If you have been a patient of mine, you will be very familiar with my words.
Inside the cover are exercises, recipes, sports advice, mindset tools and 200 book references.Here is the first paragraph of my book;’My name is Nicky Snazell and I am known to some as ‘the pain killer’. After all, that’s what I do: I kill pain, and I can kill yours too. I realise how important it is to free our bodies of pain so that we can enjoy our lives to the full, and I can help you to do exactly that. As the owner of a pain relief clinic in Staffordshire, I’ve got years and years of experience in treating pain and all of its causes, some of which we are frequently unaware of. So often I feel like I’m working in the illness industry and not the wellness industry, and I believe that we should focus more on the latter – by preventing health problems before we have to cure them.
I can get you to your optimal health for your age, no matter what your ability level. How? For one thing, I have studied health and pain for thirty years, researching how we as humans function at our best. Furthermore, this is backed up by the knowledge and skills I have gained by creating and working within my integrated medical practice, which has given me twenty-five years of hands-on experience and from which I’ve collected a long list of testimonials from satisfied customers who have managed to conquer their pain. They’ve done it, and now so can you. ‘
We march into joint problems with innocent ignorance. A poor diet full of processed sugar, excess fat, caffeine and alcohol, leading to obesity, compounded by poor posture and footwear. These dark winter days we rarely get the correct amount of exercise to protect our joints, putting our bodies through repeated stresses and strains with weak muscles. On top of this it is difficult to keep a positive mindset with such negative world news.
No wonder arthritis creeps in.
My patients often ask if they have arthritis and what type. They often think that fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis.
Broadly speaking there are two kinds; osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis(RA). An examination by your physiotherapist or GP with xrays and bloods, should determine which it is.
OA, the most common type, is wear and tear in the smooth cartilage protecting the bones in joints, which eventually leads to bone erosion, bone spurs and unsightly bony end thickening. The joint juice, the synovial fluid, swells and becomes inflamed and sticky. The attacked bone haemorrages precious calcium. By 50 years old 8 out of 10 of us have OA and by 60, 9 out of 10. Left untreated, OA can have a massive negative impact on quality of life and eventually need surgery. When bone is very fragile, it becomes osteoporotic and breaks easily. By the age of 70, 1 in 3 ladies suffer this.
Clearly, for everyone, it is well worth investing time to prevent the worst. I have mild OA in my right knee following surgery and if I follow the plan enclosed, I keep the symptoms at bay.
RA is totally different to OA, whereby the malfunctioning of the immune system is self destructive to joints and muscles. It is linked to genetic makeup and believed to be triggered by a viral attack.
I am frequently asked about Fibromyalgia, but this is not arthritic or inflammatory. The symptoms of fatigue, sleepless nights and muscle pain are believed to be a malfunction of the mitochondria energy processing system in the cell.
Exercise regulary every 48 hours, include gentle exercise like Tai Chi or Yoga when you are feeling sore and stressed up, and try to exercise outside to get your daily sunshine, vital for vitamin D.
Consult a nutritionalist to check for food allergies and consider a liver function test. Many natural products support the liver, milk thistle, artichoke and dandelion.
Increase fruit and vegetable intake, especially raw. Best for arthritis are; carrots, green peppers, watercress, tomatoes, beetroot, berries, grapes, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale.
Eat less red meat, dairy, sugar laden and deep fryed food, drink less alcohol and caffeinated drinks.
Increase water, ionised if possible.
Consider supplementing, check with a nutritionalist. I take high quality antioxidants, minerals and Omega 3 & 6 every day. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are very important for arthritis.
For fibromyalgia, 5 HTP can help sleep, try malic acid with magnesium for pain and to boost ATP energy cycle, manganese and coenzyme Q10.
Check your blood sugar level. Vitamins C,E, manganese and chromium can help with this.
Menopause can increase the problems with arthritis and fragile bones. Mineral uptake can be poorer, vitamin D low in winter, hormone levels of oestrogen and progesterone and parathyroid can be out of kilter. There are great self help books out there, and your GP can advise you on your hormones and bone density.
If pain worsens on walking, consider a biomechanical check for your footwear.
For preventive treatment ask us about on the revolutionary German MBST technology that repairs and regrows cartilage and bone cells for osteoarthritic and osteoporotic sufferers.
For Fibromyalgia: the above plus Gunn IMS dry needling.
For Osteoporosis: MBST
If you would like help, please contact Nicky Snazell Clinic, 01889 881488.