Health Matters

Tenets of Health

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 15 December 2014

I’m Tom Meyers and welcome to the last regular episode of Health Matters for this year.

In the last 14 episodes I‘ve taken you an a journey to find answers to the question: What is health?

We all seek health but are we ready to take up our responsibility to give it at least a chance to express itself? Are we willing to look into our own bosom and act today rather than wait till someone else does it for us as I can tell you with certainty that day will never come…

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As soon as we are born we know one thing for sure the body will die. However from that moment of birth until your last day, your body – by nature – is genetically programmed towards health which in other words means that it strives for unity or wholeness through creating a physiological dynamic equilibrium.

That dynamic equilibrium however is being challenged more than ever before through our changing environment that leads us astray from nature towards an artificial unsustainable IT dominated culture that is in conflict with our biological system that hasn’t changed since prehistory.

However health and our current technological environment don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Both systems have laws that govern them and what we need to find is the right milieu where both support each other and not work against each other as is the case now.

As the IT world doesn’t stop expanding and renewing itself it isn’t there that we need to start our quest for change or reflection on health matters. Health on the other hand is being halted even though we have more means to our disposition to stay and be healthy we do get sicker by the day not only individually bot also as a society.

So why not add to your list of new years resolutions the intention to reflect upon the essence of health and to implement health behaviour?

To get you started here are a few tenants you might like focus on:

  • Health is in my hands it is my responsibility.
  • I’ll be mindful of what I think and say as thoughts alter my biology.
  • What I eat I become.
  • I will remember that what I send out comes back, what I saw, I reap, what I give I get, what I see in others exists in me.
  • I am human, not super human.
  • I will find out and never again ignore what my heart beats for.
  • Unless you start caring about myself no one will.
  • Don’t live another ones dream live your own there is room for all.
  • Have less be more.
  • Know that you are awesome

Well, that’s it from me this year I hope I’ve been able to inspire you with the information shared here in Health Matters on Radio X. The English commercial radio station that has a heart for you.

Rest me to say may love and light accompany you during the holiday season and be good to you always.

TomTom Health Navigator

Happy-Holidays

When you like more information about my presentations or consultations or when you just want to get in touch, then visit the website www.tommeyers.be

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Health Matters Today

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 12 May 2014

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Take Time Out and Reaset Yourself

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Today I like to talk postponing health promoting behaviour.

I often see it in people who have to much on their mind – with deadlines at work, family obligations, kids to take care of – and are hoping and waiting till it gets a bit calmer to then take time to take care of their health.

However that calmer day never seems to come, the day that there is less to do, that all troubles are solved and that we have more time… and so the inevitable happens.

We’re living in a society where the current challenge isn’t over yet or the next is already there and thus time for health, well never presents itself.

Think about it when you recognise this behaviour in yourself. Think about it for just a second. What will the outcome be eventually?

Yes you’ll probably fall ill or create a ground for chronic disease or cancer that manifest themselves years later.

Taking care of your health can’t be postponed as everything else depends on it and I don’t know anybody that doesn’t see good health as one of there top wants in life. However few will act accordingly and really take care of their health.

The reason for our ignorance is probably that we don’t feel it that we’ve upset our health until it is too late. Our mind usually knows and tells us in the form of an internal twitter message ‘hey ho you know if you continue like this you’re going to get ill’ but there is no physical sensation backing it up and that tells us that something is not ok and thus we continue and override the twitter message.

My view however is that we probably do get a physical sign with that twitter message but we are so astrayed from our physical sensations that we aren’t aware of it.

The bottom line is that we’re forgetting that we are biological beings with a body that has very different needs and limits than our mind.

The very down to earth observation I usually bring up is I can’t see my thoughts but I can see my body that means they are two very different frequencies with their own spectrum of possibilities. Or in other words in my mind I can run several marathons one after the other and win them all in an instant but my body can’t it can’t even complete 1 marathon.

Being more mindful of the body can it be learned? Yes… Mindfulness and yoga are typical practices that are training you to do just that. However these aren’t always the best to start with as they take time and aren’t they also a form of postponing behaviour? Haven’t got time to do my exercises now but this evening I’ll rush off to my yoga lesson.

Breathing exercises on the other hand are always to your disposition and are the most effective way to calm body and mind.

Go to my website and download the FREE eBook ‘Reaset: The return to ease’ which has all the info you need to make breathing for health a ongoing dynamic process in your life.

Take time before time passes you by.

I’m Tom Meyers Osteopath and Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to your health and wellbeing.

For more information about my work and presentations on understanding and managing stress, visit the website tommeyers.be

 

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Ageing with Ease

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 20 January 2013

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

This week I like to talk about ageing. Have you hear or read about research done by Doctor Rudi Westendorp from the University of Leiden as regards to our life-expectancy?

In brief Dr Westendorp says that biologically we’re programmed to become 50 years old but children that are born today will probably become 100. Yes 100… doubling what we are biologically programmed for. Interesting to know is that in 1914 the average age of British men was 50 and women 54. That’s a huge increase in life expectancy in a very VERY short time… and probably never seen before in our history.

Today a life expectancy of 80 or 90 is already considered normal. However how are going to experiencing these extra years? In health or sickness? Will we age gracefully?

I don’t think it will come as a surprises to you but all that depends on your health behaviour of today. Keeping those stress levels balanced out is one major factor for staying healthy in later life.

Knowing what you want is another. Many people fall into a black whole when they retire… according to Dr Westendorp we don’t seem to know what to do with the extra time that is given to us.

To live longer should be a present and we should accept that getting older comes with a wrinkle … or two. Also it is not because you’re having your 65 plus card that you suddenly should stop using that stair in the metro or your bike to get around for short distances no you need keep moving.

Keeping up a good social life is also critical. Who lives alone will get ill more quickly and dies faster. Statistics show that being alone is far more deadly than smoking… still… smoking should be avoided as it will reduce your quality of later life and reduce your life expectancy significantly too.

To come back to element of stress. How does stress reduce your life expectancy? Well it will increase the wear and tear on your heart and vascular system for one but also and what is less known it will effect your DNA. Stress has an influence on the length of your telemores which is a protective hood that sits at the end of your chromosomes. Stress increases the speed of degeneration of these telomeres and reduced telomeres length is associate with disease and decrease in life expectancy.

It is not only stress that has an influence on telomere length also lifestyle factors, like smoking, and malnutrition

However the good news is that health promoting behaviour like breathing exercises, meditation, a balanced diet, social support and exercise have proven to reverse telomere loss and even increase it size again.

There another good reason for taking good care of your body as Health Matters today and can’t be postponed till tomorrow.

On that note I’m Tom Meyers stress coach for body and mind and contributor of thought to a healthier and more joyful way of living.

For more information on Health Matters visit my website tommeyers.be

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Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 20 January 2013

Want to listen to this feature then visit: Health Matters on Radio X

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

This week I like to talk about ageing. Have you hear or read about research done by Doctor Rudi Westendorp from the University of Leiden as regards to our life-expectancy?

In brief Dr Westendorp says that biologically we’re programmed to become 50 years old but children that are born today will probably become 100. Yes 100… doubling what we are biologically programmed for. Interesting to know is that in 1914 the average age of British men was 50 and women 54. That’s a huge increase in life expectancy in a very VERY short time… and probably never seen before in our history.

Today a life expectancy of 80 or 90 is already considered normal. However how are going to experiencing these extra years? In health or sickness? Will we age gracefully?

I don’t think it will come as a surprises to you but all that depends on your health behaviour of today. Keeping those stress levels balanced out is one major factor for staying healthy in later life.

Knowing what you want is another. Many people fall into a black whole when they retire… according to Dr Westendorp we don’t seem to know what to do with the extra time that is given to us.

To live longer should be a present and we should accept that getting older comes with a wrinkle … or two. Also it is not because you’re having your 65 plus card that you suddenly should stop using that stair in the metro or your bike to get around for short distances no you need keep moving.

Keeping up a good social life is also critical. Who lives alone will get ill more quickly and dies faster. Statistics show that being alone is far more deadly than smoking… still… smoking should be avoided as it will reduce your quality of later life and reduce your life expectancy significantly too.

To come back to element of stress. How does stress reduce your life expectancy? Well it will increase the wear and tear on your heart and vascular system for one but also and what is less known it will effect your DNA. Stress has an influence on the length of your telemores which is a protective hood that sits at the end of your chromosomes. Stress increases the speed of degeneration of these telomeres and reduced telomeres length is associate with disease and decrease in life expectancy.

It is not only stress that has an influence on telomere length also lifestyle factors, like smoking, and malnutrition

However the good news is that health promoting behaviour like breathing exercises, meditation, a balanced diet, social support and exercise have proven to reverse telomere loss and even increase it size again.

There another good reason for taking good care of your body as Health Matters today and can’t be postponed till tomorrow.

On that note I’m Tom Meyers stress coach for body and mind and contributor of thought to a healthier and more joyful way of living.

For more information on Health Matters visit my website tommeyers.be

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The biological nature of stress (II)

Transcript of the Feature Health Matters on Radio X  from 07 October 2013 (4)


I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters here on Radio X. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

I hope you’ve been listening to the previous episodes of Health Matters. If you haven’t you can always go to the Health Matters section of the radio’s website radiox.eu

Today I like to take you once again to the biological nature of stress and more specifically into the world of neurons and hormones.

Stress is a response to stressors, a response when triggered for a short time leaves NO negative influence on our health. However when demands outweighs resources problems start and those problems have to do with the disrupted balance of our autonomic nervous system and hormonal levels.

When your stress response is in action mode the sympathetic nervous system is being activated. This nervous system is all about defense and getting yourself to safety with an action also referred to as the fight and flight response.

As soon as it’s activated it will stimulate the release of the hormone adrenaline that in turn will narrow blood vessels your skin, digestive system and in parts that are not immediately contributing to protecting you from danger. It will also contribute to the tensing up of muscles in neck, back and shoulders.

At the same time that this nervous system is being activated other parts of our brain are also being triggered like the amygdala, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland. Those parts are of the brain are responsible for sending a hormonal messenger to the adrenal gland to make even more adrenaline and cortisol.

Cortisol will release stored energy, help break it down to glucose and send it to where it is needed. It will also prevent that energy is being stored by preventing insulin to do its work… hence why stress can lead to diabetes.

In the meanwhile the other part of your autonomic nervous system the parasympathetic part which is responsible for relaxation, regeneration and recuperation and the release of serotonin and dopamine – hormones  that play part in mood regulation and feeling of joy and happiness will be put on hold…

Do you see the picture that is emerging chronic stress leads to overstimulation of one part of our nervous systems that prevents you from relaxing and recuperating, your muscles stay tense, heart rate and blood pressure high, blood flow to stomach and digestive system impaired and you stay on alert all the time which in time creates ware and tare and you get muscle aches and pains, become anxious, short-tempered, sleep deprived, your immunity becomes weaker and your concentration falters …

So what can you do? You need to help your body to reset itself and find balance again. How? By taking a break several times a day and practicing some relaxation exercises like the reaset breathing exercise I shared with you before. You have no time? Well, why not start applying this breathing technique when you have to wait in line at the checkout of the supermarket, for the bus or when stuck in a traffic, wait patiently and use that time to reset.

A few minutes here and there will really make the difference. Your body needs you, It needs attention in this time and age where the demands of our culture outweighs the bodies coping abilities.

I’m Tom Meyers and this was another episode of Health Matters. In the next episode l’ll talk a bit more about cortisol and the influence it has on our memory. I’m sure you’ll like that one.

In the meanwhile I wish you a great week and if you like more information on this feature then visit the radiox.eu website or go to tommeyers.be where you’ll also find information on the upcoming conference Understanding and Managing stress at Cook and Book in Woluwe.

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‘Mind over Matter’

What is more dominant ‘Mind over Matter’ or Matter over Mind’?

From a neurological point of view the brain is geared more towards ‘Matter over Mind’: There are more neural pathways from the lower centers – the reptillian brain (primary survival functions) and limbic system (emotions and memory) – to the higher up regions of the neocortex (cognitive functions) then visa versa.

Mind over Matter – visualisation, affirmations, possitive thinking,…) is not to be underestimated as among other things it creates an improved environnement for healing. 

However, know that biochemical imbalances – for example through chronic stress leading to depression or burn-out (Matter over Mind) – can be resistant to our envisionings which can lead to discouragement and take us further down the drain… thus Mind over Matter can create the opposite effect of what we initially inteded to achieve.

Tom 
Contributior to healthier and more joyful living.