Monthly Archives: March 2010

What’s the matter with the British Heart Foundation?

This is a quote from the British Heart Foundation website.

This food group, sometimes referred to as ‘starchy carbohydrates’, includes:

• bread
• breakfast cereals
• pasta
• rice
• oats
• noodles
• maize, millet and cornmeal
• potatoes (including low fat oven chips), yams, plantains and sweet potato – these foods fall into this group, rather than fruit and vegetables, because they contain starchy carbohydrates.

How much should you eat? Most of us should EAT MORE!

Do you agree? Do you actually think most people aren’t eating enough carbs?

How about these quotes  from the British Diabetic Assoc. website

Why is carbohydrate important?
All carbohydrate is converted into glucose and will have an impact on blood glucose levels. Since this is the case, some people with diabetes wonder if it would be better not to have any carbohydrate in their diet to keep their glucose levels under control . This is not recommended, as:
• glucose from carbohydrate is essential to the body, especially the brain.
(Factually wrong .The brain is just as happy feeding on ketones produced by humans from fat and the rest of the body can use fat directly for fuel. There may be lots of things you can say in favour of carbs – (like they are cheap and tasty), but you can not say they are ESSENTIAL. Not unless you re planning to run a marathon or take up professional cycling).
• high fibre carbohydrates, such as whole grains and fruit, also play an important role in the health of the gut.
True, but they are talking to diabetics so what about fibre from low carb sources like celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, avocados etc, etc, etc.
• some carbohydrates may help you to feel fuller for longer after eating.”
No they won’t they will do the opposite. Especially as they are diabetics because once they inject the inulin (which they will have to or they will go into a coma) their blood sugar level will crash and they will get a massive attack of the munchies or not fall enough in which case they will fall asleep. Unless of course they can exactly work out how many carbs they have eaten, how the rest of the meal will slow down the digestion of the carbs and then time the injection perfectly – which they won’t be able to because it is impossible.
How much do I need?
The actual amount of carbohydrate that the body needs varies depending on your age, weight and activity levels, but it should make up about half of what you eat and drink.
HALF!!! and remember this isn’t advice for you and me, this is dietary advice from the government for diabetics!!!!! People who can not process carbs at all! And this says DRINK MORE CARBS!!!– are they seriously suggesting diabetics drink more undiluted fruit juice and cans of coke?
I simply can not understand why the British Diabetic Assoc still continues to recommend a high carb diet!!! If you do please explain it to me.
Here’s a recent report from 24 doctors and scientist who also think this is bonkers.

Vitamin D – how much do we need?

Today majority of the world’s population lives above latitude 35° N and is unable to synthesise vitamin D from sunlight for much of the time between late October and early April owing to the angle of the sun.

Vitamin D supplementation has been in the news a lot recently, here are just a few examples…

just a couple of days a go The Mail on Sunday carried an article by Roger Dobson called “Why levels of Vitamin D are lower in the north” You can read it here. Dobsone writes…

“Results show clear differences in Vitamin D status between the north and south and marked ethnic differences,’ says the study.
Adequate Vitamin D levels are vital for good health. It helps the body absorb calcium for stronger bones, and too little can lead to osteoporosis in adults and rickets in children.”

Then there was this article in the Times last year

Multiple sclerosis could be prevented through daily vitamin D supplements, scientists told The Times last night. The first causal link has been established between the “sunshine vitamin” and a gene that increases the risk of MS, raising the possibility that the debilitating auto-immune disease could be eradicated.

George Ebers, Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford, claimed that there was hard evidence directly relating both genes and the environment to the origins of MS. His work suggests that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and childhood may increase the risk of a child developing the disease….

And this piece in the Independent in January

High levels of vitamin D cut risk of colon cancer: study

High levels of vitamin D are linked with a lower risk of colon cancer, according to a comparison of more than half a million Europeans, published online Friday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D in their blood had a nearly 40 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those with the lowest levels.

So with a lot of stories in the news recently about vitamin D, I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick summary of what we know already.

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Posterior subluxation of the glenohumeral joint

Subluxation of the glenohumeral joint

Subluxation of the glenohumeral joint

I’m nil by mouth at the moment because latter today I’ll be checking into the hospital for a several procedures that are going to be carried out under a general anaesthetic.

  • An injection of hyaluronic acid into the glenohumeral joint (to lubricate the joint
  • Another cortisone injection
  • Some x rays that will be taken after some die has been injected into the joint to further investigate the cause of the problem.

Last week both my surgeon and my physiotherapist thought that the problem with my left shoulder was due to some post operative adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). Due to the small range motion I have at posterior abduction.  However, I think the problem may in fact be due to some glenohumeral joint subluxation (partial dislocation). I think the confusion has occurred because of something that happens to the muscles at the point of subluxation called – “Apprehension”. This prevents the muscles moving any further and dislocating the shoulder, and at this pint it becomes impossible for me to move the shoulder any further.

What I have realised this week, is that if I support the shoulder (so that the shoulder muscles are not involved in the movement) by leaning my elbow against a wall, I can then move my body so that the shoulder is moved through the point of rotation where I am unable to move it normally. When I did this the first time I expected it to be very painful – as you would expect with a frozen shoulder that was being forced to move further than normally possible, but in fact there was no pain at all.

What did happen was a very strange sensation where I thought for a second the arm was going to come completely out of the shoulder joint, but then at the last second it popped back into the right place.

Here is a good explanation of subluxation of the glenohumeral joint I found at the website of  Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington

Dislocation of the glenohumeral joint is the complete separation of the articular surfaces; immediate, spontaneous relocation may not occur. Glenohumeral subluxation is defined as symptomatic translation of the humeral head on the glenoid without complete separation of the articular surfaces. Subluxation of the glenohumeral joint is usually transient: the humeral head returning spontaneously to its normal position in the glenoid fossa. In a series of patients with anterior shoulder subluxation reported by Rowe and Zarins, (Rowe and Zarins, 1981) 87 per cent were traumatic and over 50 per cent were not aware that their shoulders were unstable. Like dislocations, subluxations may be traumatic or atraumatic, anterior, posterior, or inferior, acute or recurrent, or they may occur after previous surgical repairs that did not achieve complete shoulder stability. Recurrent subluxations may coexist with or be initiated by glenohumeral dislocation. Rowe and Zarins (Rowe, 1956; Rowe and Zarins, 1982) reported seeing a Hill-Sachs compression fracture in 40 per cent of the patients in their series on subluxation of the shoulder, an observation indicating that at some time these shoulders had been completely dislocated. Apprehension refers to the fear that the shoulder will subluxate or dislocate. This fear may prevent the individual from participating fully in work or sports.

From what I can gather the problem has been caused because either the tendons are too lose, or the muscles are not working (coordinating) properly following on from the surgery in January. Treatment is usually physiotherapy (exercises to strengthen the scapular muscles) and if that fails surgery.

British Summer Time/Daylight Saving Time

British Summer time is what the rest of the world calls Daylight saving time. In the UK we have had British Summer time since the First World War when it was introduced in 1916. During World War II, Britain retained the hour’s advance on GMT at the start of the winter of 1940 and continued to advance the clocks by an extra hour during the summers until July 1945. During these summers Britain was thus 2 hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time. The clocks were reverted to GMT at the end of the summer of 1945. In 1947 the clocks were advanced by one hour twice during the spring and put back twice during the autumn so that Britain was on BDST during the height of the summer. Confused!

Well the idea is that by moving the clock forward in the spring the afternoons have more daylight and the evenings are longer. Of course it works the other way too, so that the mornings are going to be a bit darker from no on.

Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. If you like to get things done in the early evening like sports, shopping and give it a few more weeks a BBQ, then it’s great, but it’s not universally popular with farmers and others who have to make an early start to the day.

What about it’s effects on health? Well that’s unclear. What is clear is that it’s important to get plenty of sleep. Check out this article by Mark Sisson for everything you need to know about the benefits of sleep.

Thanks for reading.


Just got back from training. Some great oaf stood on my foot during randori. Nothing broken, just a bit bruised.

Hope I can still get my ski boots on next week.

Workout 27 March

  • Running 45 mins – nice and slow
  • Leg extensions 5 x 10-12 (slow)
  • Leg curls 5 x 10-12 (slow)
  • Shoulder rehab – Press-ups, internal and external cable pulls, shrugs, triceps pull downs

Victoria Pendleton defends sprint crown at Worlds

Victoria Pendleton

Britain’s Victoria Pendleton was in imperious form as she collected her fourth successive sprint title at the Track Cycling World Championships.

The 29-year-old Olympic champion easily saw off Australia’s Anna Meares in her semi-final in Copenhagen.

She suffered a nasty fall in the second race of the final but completed a 2-0 win over China’s Shuang Guo at the Ballerup Super Arena.

Full story…