Why less is more when it comes to hair health, By Dr. Eccles

The last time I wrote about hair, I made the point that of all our anatomical features, our hair is one that plays an important part in defining how we are perceived by others. It impacts on our confidence and self-esteem and has been shown to play a primal role in the chemistry of sexual attraction.

In other words, our hair is important, and when we start to lose it, the impact isn’t just , physical but can also be deeply emotional.

Hair is the one unique physical signature we have real power to change on a daily basis. Things like tinted lenses, false lashes and nails and cosmetic treatments represent a commercial sleight of hand that can give the illusion of a changed physical appearance of facial features and hands, in the end that’s not the stuff you were born with.

In 2016, women spent an average of £750 on their hair – that’s £62.50 a month and hair salons were part of an industry sector turning over £4bn annually and accounting for close to 10% of the British workforce. Make no mistake, hair is serious business.

But our preoccupation with our hair is also its greatest threat. There are all sorts of reasons why our hair starts to thin or recede as we get older and very few of them are to do with natural anatomical process: in most cases, we’ve played an active if unknowing role in helping our hair on its way.

The good news is that thinning or receding hair doesn’t necessarily have to be permanent. Here at The Natural Doctor we’re seeing tremendous regrowth results from our BioGroHair treatment after just eight weeks and as long as you act before it’s too late (there’s no coming back from complete baldness) there’s a good chance of reversing hair loss. But more on that in a moment.

If you’re one of our happy clients who’s seen their hair recover and wants to do what you can to protect it in the future or if you don’t have a hair loss issue but you’re worried you might, here are some tips on how you can do your best for your locks.

Fire engine red might reflect your vibrant personality, but it’s doing nothing for your hair health. The more colour and bleach you put in your hair, the more damage you’re doing. The same goes for perming – which is just chemical curling. It all goes back to that thing about our hair being the one thing about our physical appearance we can readily and easily control. And we do, spending hundreds of pounds in salons up and down the country in order to rock a particular look.

Bleach and other chemicals, like hair dye, removes natural pigments and changes your hair structure, making it weaker. In short, you’re poisoning your locks.

Go easy on the heat. The hair dryer and hair straighteners and curling tongs all use heat to achieve the style you want, but if you use them too much they can have a big impact on the structure of your hair – temporarily changing the natural make-up of the hair strands. Less is definitely more where heat and hair are concerned.

Scraping your hair can get your hair into a scrape. Like most things, ponytails and braids are fine in moderation but the key is not to pull your hair back too tightly, because that causes the hair to break and wearing that kind of style every day can cause long-lasting and even permanent damage. Extensions and weaves can have the same effects, causing the hair to become brittle. If ponytails, braids and extensions are your thing, then give your hair a better chance of long-term survival by styling it that way when it’s dry, since wet hair is more fragile.

Rapunzel was wrong. Received wisdom (which turns out not to be so wise) is to brush your hair through 100 times, just like the fairytale heroine. But over-brushing creates more friction than the hair can handle and leads to breakage and potentially permanent damage. Invest in a good brush, too – the cheap variety can lead to snags and tangles, stressing your tresses.

Oil leaks are good. Your scalp produces natural oils which help to strengthen, moisturise and nourish the follicles and the hair strands. Shampooing is a good way of cleansing the scalp and maintaining those oils and natural moisture at effective levels. But overdo it and you start to do more harm than good. Your hair may be the cleanest it’s ever been, but it’ll also start to become dry and brittle. Wind it back a bit and find a wash frequency that keeps your hair clean, protects the follicles and maintains natural moisture and oils.

If you’re worried about hair loss or you think you may already be suffering from excessive thinning, come and talk to me about how my all-natural, non-chemical BioGroHair treatment can help.

BioGroHair is a two-phase treatment using formulas containing only natural molecules. An initial daily phase of treatments stimulates regrowth and is then followed by a two- to thre-times weekly maintenance phase.

You can discover more by visiting our BioGroHair information pages.

As an expert in hair loss, I’ve applied my philosophy of using only natural treatments to developing a range of formulas that have seen amazing results in just eight weeks with no risk.

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The age old problem of eternal youth, By Dr Eccles

In all things in life, there’s a point where the healthy pursuit of something can, if left unchecked, be in danger of boiling over into outright obsession or addiction. It’s true of everything from love and work to hobbies and sport – and it’s especially true when it comes to the perceptions we have of ourselves.

Our daily lives are bombarded with images of how we ought to look and dress, speak and behave. Adverts filled with beautiful people seduce us into buying clothes, cosmetics, hair dye, cars, holidays, razors, fragrances, alcohol, soaps and toothpaste, furniture and food in the belief that our consumption of those products will miraculously transform us into the people we see gazing at us from a TV screen or billboard poster.

Often, the products that are promoted by images of older, overweight or out of shape people are those designed to turn us into younger, thinner and fitter people.

Large parts of what might be described as the industry for the pursuit of eternal youth are powered by the psychology of selling a miracle. Toothpaste that will instantly turn your teeth a brilliant shade of white; hair dye and shampoos that will not only conceal those flashes of grey but also thicken your hair to a lustre you’ve not witnessed in thirty years or more; laser eye surgery that will transform your blurry outlook on life into the sort of high definition focus a sparrow hawk would envy. The list is endless.

And then there’s the matter of cosmetic surgery. And this is where things get altogether riskier.

For many people, the daily reality check that the bathroom mirror brings can be unforgiving and it’s natural and far from surprising that there are a lot of people who feel their confidence and self-esteem would benefit if their skin was just a bit tighter, the creases less obviously pronounced, the appearance more healthy.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the youngest, healthiest appearance possible. Just as most of us would not generally choose to venture out in clothes that had seen better days, neither would we ignore the opportunity to make the very most of our appearance if we had the chance.

The problem is that in many cases, the road to improving skin texture and elasticity seems to lead to the door of a cosmetic surgeon and a range of treatments that include injections and surgery. And that road carries with it risks – so much so, that health experts in the UK are calling for tighter regulations around invasive cosmetic treatments.

And for those who want to achieve healthier and younger-looking skin without invasive treatment, the over the counter products available on the high street or online often lead to better looking skin by nothing more than rehydration. “There are natural molecules that the body produces that make no mistake, produce a real and tangible collagen-building anti-ageing effect on the skin. Unlike the leading anti-ageing method which creates the appearance of less wrinkles by relaxing the muscles; paralysing the nerves that supply them”.

The reality is that natural treatments that will rejuvenate the health and appearance of your skin but which require no injections of botox or dermal fillers can be extremely effective without putting your overall health on the line.

Here at The Natural Doctor, I’ve developed a non-toxic, non-chemical, non-surgical Natural Face Rejuvenation programme that uses a unique combination of light therapy and bespoke cream formulas to achieve younger-looking skin.

BioJeune™ Original Face Cream is filled with natural bioactive ingredients designed to nourish, protect and rehydrate the skin and can even be used by younger people to look after their skin where active rejuvenation is not required.

The Natural Face Rejuvenation program also includes a home CollaLift™ mask to rejuvenate the skin, and whilst BioJeune™ cream can be purchased on its own, I recommend the combined program to get maximum effects.

All BioJeune™ creams are compounded by our specialist pharmacist to be of the highest quality and to allow optimal penetration into the skin.

Click here to find out more about BioJeune™ and our other anti-ageing products.

 

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A natural philosophy, By Dr.Eccles

Prevention is better than cure….and a cure is better in prevention.

It’s an old truism and one that we live by here at The Natural Doctor. In fact, our entire philosophy is built on the core belief that many of the health challenges that face people in our fast-moving, modern world could be avoided if we all just slowed down long enough to think about how we manage our own wellbeing. Moreover, many processes that can lead to disease are easier to correct before a disease sets in; hence “a cure is better in prevention”.

In essence, we are a living organism made up of billions of parts. We’re remarkable in every way and when you stop to consider and acknowledge just how remarkable we are, you begin to realise that the billions of parts that make us who we are also represent a billion opportunities for something to stop working as it should. That said, we have built in mechanisms to repair most problems if the body has the correct raw materials to do so.

And as we age, so those opportunities and risks multiply. It’s no coincidence, after all, that people in later life are, statistically speaking, less healthy than those who are younger. It’s a natural matter of simple biology. Organisms decay as they age. Functions such as repair and metabolism become less efficient. Things stop working efficiently. We become more susceptible.

We’re now living much longer than our forefathers did. Official statistics show the average life expectancy of someone living in the UK is now 81 – a full ten years longer than someone could expect to live just 60 years ago.

Developments in clinical medicine are part of the reason. But those developments, which have

focused in large part on curative treatment, have brought with them a heavy price.

We may be living longer, but research from the Kings Fund shows a rising trend in the number of people managing multiple health conditions. According to the report, by next year the number of people with three or more conditions is expected to have risen from 1.9m to 2.9m in ten years – that’s 1 in every 600 people every year for the last decade.

Other factors also play a part in those stats, of course – affluence, education and geography among them. But the simple fact remains that while clinical research continues to look primarily at curative treatments for existing conditions – in other words, just treating the ‘now’ – we’ll simply end up with a population that’s living longer in poorer health.

At the Natural Doctor prevention is at the heart of everything we do because our aim is to strengthen the body against disease illness and ageing in the most natural, non-invasive and safe ways possible and using pioneering treatments, many of which have been designed as a result of my years of experience in conventional and natural medical practice and pharmacology.

We fundamentally believe that natural treatments we offer for the conditions we work with provide the best possible prevention because, unlike many of the synthetic treatments used by clinical doctors and medical practitioners, they are developed to be aligned with the body’s natural processes.

A good example of this is hormone replacement therapy. The mainstream clinical approach to this uses synthetic hormones in an attempt to balance and regulate the body’s declining hormone levels and mainly to relieve menopause symptoms.

Unfortunately, this treatment carries with it a certain amount of risk, particularly around some forms of cancer, heart disease and strokes and so more and more women are avoiding it. But mainstream clinical treatment with these synthetic hormones isn’t the only solution to restoring the body’s hormonal balance and conquering the unpleasant symptoms that are associated with the menopause – hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats, for example.

The compounds we use have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as the hormones produced by the body and have been scientifically confirmed to carry none of the risks.

We take the same natural, preventative approach to breast health, anti-ageing, heart health, and libido treatment and hair restoration.

The computer-assisted ThermoCheck® breast thermography screening process I developed uses thermal imaging to look for irregularities in breast tissue temperature which can be the first sign of a potential cancer risk.

Not only is it non-invasive and radiation-free, it’s also 95% accurate and can identify a risk of cancer up to ten years before a mammogram would be able to pick up a tumour. And that’s obviously important for all sorts of reasons.

Knowing there’s a risk means you can take steps to normalise breast heat and reduce the chances of ever contracting the disease, but it also represents a better way of tackling breast issues than mammography because it carries no radiation risk and is suitable for women of all ages.

Crucially, it also a very early warning system – unlike a mammogram which will only tell you whether you have or haven’t already got a tumour (and often doesn’t get that right either).

The Natural Doctor isn’t about simply treating a problem you already have; it’s about an ethos of prevention and optimizing wellness across everything we do. My research over many years has led me to lecture on a variety of topics ranging from how food can be used as medicine to natural cancer support and from breast thermography to prostate health and nutrition and anti-ageing.

The legacy of clinical medicine helping us to live longer but in poorer health makes for a bleak future. We believe natural treatments are the answer to living a longer life in better health.

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Don’t be an ostrich when it comes to heart health, by Dr.eccles

Very recently, I used our social media channels to share some alarming statistics about the dangers of ‘silent’ heart attacks – cardiac episodes so mild that they go unnoticed until the patient requires an ECG.

The statistics themselves are sobering enough – around 45% of all heart attacks are silent and their long-term effect on heart health can be significant, with a major and possibly fatal cardiac event more likely with each episode.

But they become alarming when you add in other considerations.

For example, four in every ten people admit they either avoid making an appointment with their GP to have a heart check-up, or make the appointment but then cancel it at the last minute.

Add to this the fact that heart checks aren’t a standard element of a routine NHS or GP check and you begin to see an emerging picture of increasing risk.

One of the statistics that surprises most of the clients we see at The Natural Doctor is that 50% of all heart attack victims havenormal cholesterol levels. No-one is going to tell you that lowering cholesterol is a bad thing; but if you’re someone who thinks lowering cholesterol is the whole answer to tackling the health of your heart then you could be in for a nasty surprise.

For a great many people – and especially for men who are more naturally predisposed to heart conditions – what stops them going through with an appointment is that age-old process of knowledge breeding fear.

Knowledge in the sense that they might recognise their lifestyle puts them at exponentially greater risk or, perhaps, that there is a history of heart disease in their family. Fear in the sense of having their worst suspicions confirmed.

Perversely, for those people, not knowing they have a problem means there’s no problem to deal with. Which works – but only until their heart doesn’t.

In reality, of course, we’d all logically agree that knowing is the better option, whether there is an identified risk or not, because it gives us time to take the necessary steps to make the changes that need to be made to protect our hearts.

Here at The Natural Doctor, our PULs cardiovascular risk assessment is designed to do exactly that: assess your risk of a serious cardiac event and then beginning the process of giving you and/or your GP the information you need to stop it from ever happening.

PULS stands for Protein Unstable Lesion Signature and the test measures the most clinically-significant protein biomarkers that are present in the blood of individuals with active Unstable Lesion formation.

Using these results and combining them with established clinical factors, we’re able to diagnose unstable cardiac lesion progression and the chance of rupture.

In other words, by measuring the health of heart tissue, it can detect the extent – if any – of an existing silent cardiac disease and then calculate the risk of a future cardiac event.

It’s more accurate than a routine check-up and it gives you and your health provider the very best information to help treat an existing condition and make whatever changes are needed – for example through nutrition or exercise of medication – to try to ensure the situation doesn’t get any worse.

It’s easy to live in the belief that as long as you’re showing no outward signs of a problem, all is well. And I understand that the prospect of possibly discovering the opposite is true can be scary. But suffering a major heart attack is scarier still – particularly when it might have been avoided if we’d just been that little bit braver.

There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by signing up for a PULs cardiovascular risk assessment. By taking the test, you risk discovering you’re at risk. By not taking it, you risk much more.

Find out more about PULs and how I can help you to avoid a heart attack starting right now, visit our PULs treatment page

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Getting to the root of hair loss, by Dr. Eccles

This week, Sex & The City star Kristin Davis became the latest celebrity to open up about her battle with hair loss. Her decision to go public on the problem follows candid interviews on the same subject given recently by, among others, British television personality Nadia Sawalha and former Glee star Naya Rivera.

Hair and its associated issues have long been the butt of jokes, most of which are intended to be what people these days describe as ‘banter’, but many of which stray dangerously close to the realm of personal vilification.

Personal style choices aside, everything else to do with how your hair grows – or doesn’t – has been pretty much beyond your direct control, yet what does or doesn’t adorn our scalp seems to have an unwavering capacity for drawing unwanted attention.

Baldness, thinning hair and a receding hairline are obvious issues that routinely attract an unkind comment. But even the process of ageing doesn’t avoid the very public gaze and judgement of our peers. This is especially so for men who, in terms of combating disagreeable attention, face the lose-lose choice of either being told often that they’ve ‘gone very grey’ or risk accusations of vanity when they reach for the Just For Men.

The fact is, hair loss is a deeply personal and, almost more than any other physiological degeneration – like the appearance of wrinkles, diminished eyesight or hearing etc. – it can have a disproportionate impact on our emotional wellbeing.

We are social creatures and on a primal level we are, like all animals, driven by how we fit into and are viewed by the herd. As humans, we define this as how we are judged. As with all animals, appearance is important and so it is completely understandable that how we look plays an enormous part in how we engage with fellow members of our species.

When it all comes down to it, the role our hair plays in defining us socially comes down to pure biology and the instinctive need in all living creatures to reproduce. That’s not to say the mating game is always a conscious factor in how we feel about our hair, but it seems an unshakeable subconscious part of our self-esteem and confidence.

Research has shown that a lion’s mane is principally there to attract the ladies. In the African savannah there are just too many downsides to having that much hair for it to be anything else. A full mane is a good early indication of strong genes: a male lion has survived an awful lot to live long enough to grow those impressive locks.

And it’s not just the male of the species whose hair says something about their suitability as a prospective mate – the same is true of the female, too. Abundant healthy hair is a mating signal, whatever the gender. And in the end, we can’t cheat these instincts.

So, taking all that into account, it’s not exactly surprising that what’s going on up top is plays a significant part in how positively we view ourselves. Loss of hair, whether gradual or otherwise, prompts an emotional response that is as pre-programmed as it is possible to be. It affects our the way we see ourselves and, crucially, the way we believe others see us. It can cause a loss of confidence, depression and issued with self-esteem.

And because of that, the jibes – however they are intended – hurt and exacerbate the way we feel about our place in the world. It’s no coincidence that talking about hair loss provokes such an emotional response in the Kristin Davises and Nadia Sawalhas of the world: our hair is part of what defines us.

The hair restoration business is awash with, shampoos, creams, sprays, supplements and treatments that promise to slow hair loss. But the reality is that there are options to actually reverse the process of hair loss.

Our new clinic is seeing amazing results for men and women through Dr Eccles’ development of a natural hair restoration treatment. Although our treatments won’t work for complete baldness, for people with receding or thinning hair, it’s no longer the case that it has to be a one-way journey. Get in touch and see how our hair restoration treatments can help you to find renewed confidence and happiness.

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ThermoCheck Breast Thermography

Why it’s time to take the fight to breast cancer
Dr. Nyjon Eccles

When people talk about breast cancer, I’m reminded of the story I read not so long ago about a woman called Joan, the kind of vivacious, live-life-to-the-full sort of woman just into her fifties who believed that nothing was impossible if she put her mind to it.

She was a schoolteacher who, like many women, decided to leave her job for the altogether tougher career of full-time mum and then, when the nest was empty, threw herself into a law degree, qualified and joined a law firm.

Her story, as told by her daughter Lori, spoke of a woman who met every challenge with the unwavering conviction that it could be overcome. Until she met the one that couldn’t.

Joan’s story is a terribly familiar one. A lump in her breast discovered one morning while showering, a test, the diagnosis. Stage 1 breast cancer and a mastectomy at the age of 51. Two years later the cancer metastasized to her liver and Stage 1 became a Stage 4 and no hope of a cure.

Over the next seven years life came to be measured by the intervals between chemotherapy sessions, blood tests, scans and marker tests and then, nine years after the initial diagnosis of breast cancer, Joan was gone.

Some of you will probably be wondering how long before her diagnosis it had been since Joan had undergone a cancer screening test. The answer is that she had got a clear mammogram just a few months before.

And that’s part of the problem, because a mammogram isn’t reliable enough to be a guarantee that you haven’t got – or, crucially, won’t get – cancer.

The statistic you rarely see about mammograms is that in a third of cases they give a false diagnosis. And that works both ways – either a positive indication of cancer when there is none, or a negative reading when a tumour exists.

In extreme, but not uncommon cases, that can mean unnecessary surgery, including mastectomy; and too often it can mean valuable time is wasted before the disease can be treated.

No one knows whether Joan’s mammogram gave a false reading or whether she contracted the cancer after the screening was carried out. But when I think of Joan and all the other women who went on similar journeys before and since, I can’t help but believe that the way those journeys ended could have been very, very different.

ThermoCheck is a new computer-assisted Breast thermography system; is a non-invasive procedure that uses infra-red technology to measure irregularities in heat within the breast to determine risk. And because even early breast cancers tend to have abnormal blood vessel patterns and increased metabolic activity compared to the surrounding tissue, these heat changes can begin between six and ten years before a tumour can be seen on a mammogram.

The changes in blood vessel formation are called neovascularisation or angiogenesis and neovascularisation is the earliest sign of a rapidly growing tumour. It can be detected by infra-red screening – but not my mammography.

Not only that, but the thermogram is 90% sensitive and studies show that figure can increase to 95% when incorporating a dynamic cold challenge, as is the case with ThermoCheck.

The dynamic cold challenge exposes the breast to cold room temperature for 10 minutes. Because the blood vessels that supply a developing cancer do not have a normal nerve supply and therefore do not constrict on exposure to cold like normal blood vessels, areas that do not cool arouse more suspicion.

This means that where there is an increased risk, thermography will correctly identify it in up to 95% of cases, maximising the effect of early intervention to reduce the risk. Moreover, there’s no limit to the number of thermograms you can have, as there is no ionising radiation involved.

Just think about that for a moment: the possibility that a ThermoCheck breast thermogram can give an accurate early warning of tangible cancer risk up to a decade before a mammogram would be able to pick up the disease – and offers the opportunity to reduce the likelihood of actually contracting the disease at all.

The world is becoming more aware of the huge challenge of cancer – and particularly about breast cancer. Awareness is high, the majority of women understand the need to regularly check their breast health – and yet there are still more than 55,000 diagnoses of cancer in the UK every year, one in nine women can expect a diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime and the number of young women diagnosed with the disease is rising.

Relying on mammography to tackle the march of breast cancer is simply not enough.

It may be that Joan never knew about ThermoCheck advanced breast thermography. Maybe she did and elected not to investigate that option. Maybe it just wasn’t available to her anyway. But I can’t help but wonder how ThermoCheck might have changed her story and the stories of the many others like her.

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Dr. Nyjon Eccles lauded by Marquis Who’s Who for accomplishments in health care in 2017!

We are very proud to announce that Dr. Nyjon Eccles was lauded by Marquis Who’s Who for accomplishments in health care!

This is a huge achievement for us which shows Dr. Eccles’ strong commitment and constant innovation and we are very happy to share this great news with you.

From the whole team at The Natural Doctor, we wish you a beautiful Easter break with lots of sun!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Natural Doctor Team

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