16 Oct 2018 – Chill & Chat in Eastleigh

Just a few friendly people having an informal meeting where we chat and share information over a cuppa!
This support group is open to anyone affected by cancer (doesn’t matter what type of cancer). Run by survivors for survivors, this group aims to offer a safe environment for men and women affected by cancer to get together over a cup of tea/ coffee and chat! You are free to come and go as you wish.

We look forward to seeing you! Please feel free to call us or fill in our contact form if you’d like to have a chat first.

Date: Tuesday 16 Oct 2018

Time: 19:30-21:00
Venue: Wessex Cancer Trust, 91-95 Winchester Rd, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2GG (just above Domino’s Pizza)
Cost: £1 for tea/coffee and snacks (please don’t worry if you forget to bring your pound, You can give it to us at the following meeting)

4th and 18th September 2018 – A talk by Tasha Ault on Pain and how to deal with it

In September 2018, we welcomed Tasha Ault to both the Winchester and Eastleigh Group meetings on 4th and 18th September to give us a very interesting talk about pain and how to deal with it.

As with any advice, we do recommend doing your research first before embarking on a course of therapy and we don’t recommend you try any of the information provided without careful consideration and consultation with your doctor if required.

Both meetings were very well attended with much debate and discussion.

Tasha told us how she initially had chronic debilitating back pain and an auto-immune condition, but was simply given pills to cope. She had no real quality of life – so she started to look into other options and she became interested in how the body deals with pain. She discovered that what we eat (nutrition) and what we put on our skin, hair and nails (make-up, nail varnish, shampoo lotions, washing powder and liquids etc) could impact our bodies’ set-up and potentially cause pain or inflammation – it all gets into our blood stream.

She told us how the body tells us if it is not happy, by causing pain / inflammation – so pain is created by an imbalance in the body.

When acute pain occurs, pain receptors send messages to the brain, neo-transmitters activate the immune system and send fluid and blood to heal the area, and the body swells to make room for the extra fluids flowing to aid healing.  But we usually take anti-inflammatories for inflammation and painkillers for pain, but this could delay or stop the body healing itself.

Chronic pain therefore occurs when the messages have stopped but the body hasn’t healed itself yet.

Pain can be in various forms – physical pain, emotional pain (eg. bereavement), mental pain (eg. stress), nutritional pain (eg. gluten allergy)… and there are 11 body systems that could be affected eg. Respiratory, Heart, Lymphatic system etc.

Tasha likened our bodies to a car, which needs water, oil and petrol to run smoothly. Our bodies need Clean water, Amino acids and Healthy / Nutritional food to run smoothly. We all know what happens to a car if you put Petrol in, instead of Diesel.

We need to drink lots of water to hydrate our bodies. Tap water contains lots of “products” so you could try a Brita water filter or fit a filter to your water system under the sink.

Our bodies also need to rest (physically and mentally) while this healing process happens – no stress! Our body needs to move from a state of “Fight or Flight” (panic) to a state of calmness to help with the healing process.

Eating healthily is important and with so many additives to our food, more people are looking to grow their own and reverting back to local produce so that we know where the food comes from.

Magnesium Oxide drinks can flush our systems through and help to prevent food / sugar cravings eg. Chocolate.

Too much acid in the body could also cause pain. We can try to neutralise this with eg. Apple cider vinegar, Lemon, Drinking plenty of fresh clean Water.

There is an App called “Thinkdirty” where you can enter any products to see how good or bad they are for you.

Vitamin C is important for our bodies – a deficiency manifests itself as Scurvy
Vitamin D is important for our bodies – we know that this deficiency causes Ricketts
Vitamin E is important for skin, nails, hair and Collagen creation.

If we have a positive outlook, we can sometimes influence our body’s ability to heal.

 Meditation and Mindfullness can help – even 5 minutes per day. It uses another part of the brain so it distracts the brain from the pain signals. This is where “attitude can change biology” so concentrating on something other than the pain is a positive step. There are a number of Websites and Apps available – here are some that you might like to research:-

Mindvalley.com

Doyogawithme.com

Breathe – App

Headspace – App

Any form of exercise will help – even gentle exercise, as the lymphatic system doesn’t have a “pump” so it relies on our muscles moving to keep the lymphatic system working. This Lymphatic System drains waste from our bodies and is an essential part of our bodily functions. Daily Exercise is good – whatever the level – whether sitting down or standing.

Organic / vegan supplements, not from the high street but from specialist outlets, have a higher % of actual nutrients in them and can therefore provide much more benefit to us.

Sleep is so important for healing, and again, there are a number of Apps available to encourage sleep.

“DREAMMS” helps you remember what the body needs :
-Drink clean water
-Rest
-Eat nutritious and delicious
-Attitude / beliefs can change biology
-Meditate, breathing exercises / mindfulness can help
-Movement pumping lymphatic system + blood
-Supplements and sleep

Tasha uses Cycloidal Massage (on a Cyclossage bed) to treat patients’ pain. Vibration and Infrared heat is used to promote blood flow and lymphatic system drainage, to reduce pain. It is a passive form of therapy. (The bed was developed by a German company.)

Scenar Therapy was developed for Russian astronauts as a way of promoting and encouraging the body to self-heal whilst in space. It is Micro Current therapy, connecting the body to the brain. It can also be used as another form of pain therapy which transmits signals to tell body to heal itself – especially if the pain triggers have been blocked by taking painkillers or TENS machines. Tasha rents these small hand-held devices for anyone to try before you think of buying one (she thinks they are about £500 to buy)

Tasha also advised that Philip Day is giving a talk on cancer in November in Bournemouth. He has researched cancer and other illnesses, around the world. He has a DVD called “Food Matters” if this might be of interest and a Book called “ABC of diseases”.

The Penny Brohn centre in Bristol offer weekend retreats – all free of charge – for a donation – where all of the above areas are discussed in a calm, relaxing environment.

We would like to thank Tasha very much for attending both of our meetings this month and if you would like to know more about any of the information above, please go to Tasha’s website –  www.alternativepainrelief.co.uk

As with any advice, we do recommend doing your research first before embarking on a course of therapy and we don’t recommend you try any of the information provided without careful consideration and consultation with your doctor if required

24 Oct 2018 Health & Wellbeing Event

Event: Health & Well-Being
Venue: Kings secondary school off the Romsey Road
Time: 9am-1pm

Donna Bulpitt, Healthcare Support Worker for living with and beyond cancer from North Hants Basingstoke hospital is organising health and well-being events in Winchester and Andover area for cancer patients who are living with and beyond cancer.

We need volunteers to be around to chat with patients about our support group and take contact details for our mailing if anyone is interested. We have A5 promotional cards with meeting dates to hand out. There will be a table available for us. We can set up from 8:30am if needed.

Click here to volunteer. Thank you!