Eye opening account of a woman’s journey with Anti-depressants

A fascinating insight

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-15-01-56Are we medicating people for the right reasons.  Is medication always the answer.

Surely anger, sadness, anxiety, happiness, laughter, depression are all part of the cocktail of human emotions and are reactions to situations.  Surely childhood is about developing a tool box of coping strategies for situations.  Anti-depressants definitely have a place as a short term fix, but is it right that we have 1 in 5 people on Anti-depressants in some of the most highly populated cities.

Do anti- depressants really answer the questions?
What horrendous side effects do they have – headaches/ stomach?  What are they doing to your insides?  To your personality?  Are you as loving now as before – do you get as happy?
Do you have to take other medication to protect other parts of your body?
And then when you feel worse – they say – “wow you really are depressed, maybe we need to up the dose ….”

“You are lucky” I hear people say that you have not experienced depression – no I have never let depression take hold.  I have had happy times and sad times, I have had break ups and lost jobs, and felt a financial burden, but i have learnt the things that balance the “downs” in my life.  I was brought up slightly with a “grunt up and get on with it mentality” which when you are down can feel like no one cares and ones sadness is swept under the carpet – but in retrospect this gave me a healthy balance – go and do something nice and fun if you are feeling down.  And here lies the problem, many people cannot remember what they did for fun, they don’t have time/money/people to do things with.

So then we get to the bigger problem – are you living your life or are you living someone else’s?
What did you do as a child that made your heart sing – that you loved – that made you laugh/smile/ be happy?
What was it about that that you you loved?
What of that are you not getting or doing now?

These questions are the answer to the way out.
Looking at having fun, not over burdening oneself with things one cannot solve, manage.

Normal conditions such as shyness, worry, fear of public speaking are becoming conditions.
These are human behaviours, they should be managed by overcoming them not with drugs.  Drugs mask the situation and dull it rather than solve it – the problem is still there but left in the “can’t cope with that basket”.  I am sure those of you reading this who have taken or do take anti depressants will try to tell me that it is an illness and that you simply cannot get up and move on – and i agree – I think NOW you cannot – but back then when this first started – that first “down moment” – if you had had better skills to deal with that time, maybe just maybe now you would be ok.

Food for thought – great read by someone with first hand experience and a lot of research and medical knowledge in it as well.
But shocking truths like – when medicine is tested do they report all the results – so 50% success rate – or do they say this was successful on 100 people and ignore the fact that 100 others it was unsuccessful with.  I will leave you to google and investigate that – i know what the answer to that question is!!

Pelvic Stability, Knee stability, ankle stability …. which is first?

So the question seems to be where does instability start.

The symptom is often knee pain/ hip pain/ lower back pain/ sore shins/ sore ankles.  How often does one have one of these issues and after seeking help it goes away for a while and then niggles and comes back.

We walk and run and skip and play sport.  All of these actions require us to stand and move from one leg to the other.  We move on a stable base when we walk, dance, run – in rugby, tennis, and golf etc, but sports like sailing, windsurfing, surfing, kiting, horse riding, all require stability in order to move and have control on an unstable or moving platform.
How can we perform to the best of our potential if we cannot do the simple action of stepping from one leg onto the other with stability.
How can we avoid injury and pain if we are unstable – we will be relying on the stronger areas of our body which will get over worked and over used.

If you know you cannot balance, or have experienced instability then maybe you should get in touch – the source of the problem could be one of many things – it could come from poor ankle posture, unstable hips, restricted upper back mobility, tightness in one shoulder and not the other – it may not necessarily be from  the joint that you are thinking or that is sore.  This is the foundation of repetitive strain injuries in knees, backs and ankles.

Race Horse Trainers – Jenny and Chris Gordon working on their core strength along side their fitness for their sport.

Chris and Jenny have both competed racing horses throughout their life – they have had many wins between them on point to point jump courses, none less than they have both taken on the Grand National Course at Aintree.  Now, they train horses and have a consistent stream of runners.  Recently they have decided in their own way and using their own approach to work on agility and fitness for their work and sport for training race horses.  One of the biggest problems with professional sports people is the time commitment and the regularity required to regain consistency when travelling.

Possibly to the surprise of many – “fitness training” is not always thought of to be necessary when one is on ones feet all the time, however, as we get older the niggles catch up with us and the aches and pains start to make our day to day work difficult.

Both Chris and Jenny have had:

  • An assessment to create a picture image of what is going on skeletally,
  • This shows how much certain previous injuries and postural habits are actually affecting their overall movement and performance.
  • This is followed by stretching and mobilising exercises
  • Which in turn has been followed by stabilising exercises
  • Then strengthening will follow.

The problem for jockeys is the race position – which is hunched over and bending forwards.  The shock absorbing and weight loads end up through the knee due to the leg position and there is a lot of pressure on the back from the hip position with short stirrups, and what is thought of as an aerodynamic back posture, also created in order to keep the weight off the horses back and allow freedom of movement and speed.  This race position becomes a way of life in walking, standing and sitting and due to the excessive curve in the thoracic spine potentially puts a huge load on the vertebrae, and hip joint and may even switch certain stabilising muscles off.

The aim is to keep and regain the full range of motion around their joints which in turn will lessen discomfort as the loads required to ride will be spread more evenly around the body, all the while fitness will be increased through doing more diverse exercises to embed the postural corrections.

Richard P made it – at last achieved his goal of completing the Etap du Tour at the age of 60.

Emma  – Many thanks – made it ! Thanks in no small part to your excelRichard Plent programme and cajoling. Hugely appreciated.  Col de Joux Plane 11.9km at 9% was a struggle at the end of the day. The 3 of us 60yr olds were all between 7.5 and 8hrs and everyone got round safely on a hot day.  Now to think of the next challenge !“


Hope you enjoy the attached You tube and pic !    Very best wishes  – Richard”

“I want to thank you for the significant contribution you have made to my and my family’s life over the last year.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 10.58.51“I want to thank you for the significant contribution you have made to my and my family’s life over the last year. I am looking forward to keeping up this level of flexibility, strength and ph
ysical confidence. I am absolutely sure that if it had not been for your input, I would not be in the significantly improved physical state I am in now.  In case you need reminding, you are incredibly good at your job and I am so grateful and happy that our paths crossed, albeit for a second time!

This is an excerpt from a lovely client of mine – Emily Davidson.

Emily is an avid sailor and came to me a year or so ago after having had intensive physio for a back issue.  She had had a herniated disc in her late teens and has had a partial discectomy, way back then.  A year ago this was bothering her again, and led her to further scans and pain management etc, and a fear that she would not be able to achieve the family goal of sailing off into the sunset on their yacht was causing concern.  Anyway the decision was not to operate, but to learn to manage this – her journey started with some physio and then we looked at her posture and the way she moved in life and around the yacht, which led to a year of hard work.  The journey was probably helped by the knowledge that I have of sailing and the conditions that she is likely to encounter out there, a huge part of many peoples journey is regaining the “belief that they can do it”.

So here we are she has reached her goal and has now set sail for an amazing adventure with her husband Tom and two kids aged 7 and 5.

Sugar Tax in South Africa….Already came into the UK in March …

Awesome – finally a sugar tax …. and in South Africa – a country that produces sugar that is at risk for being accused of upsetting a national trade.

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Click here for more information

Several interesting articles click here for more:


Britain is not doing so well on Sugar intake, but we have already taken steps to tax soft drinks – currently running 3rd after Mexico and USA!! SA is the country to implement the tax and of these listed it is at the bottom! Click here for more

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Sugar is one of the main sources of fuel for bacteria and disease aside from the fact that it is the main contributor to obesity and all its side effects.

FACT: You cannot reduce fat/obesity by exercise alone, but you can by dietary intake – you have to watch what you eat to stay healthy.  Exercise keeps you fit and strong, nutrition keeps the balance of fuel right.

Tom Hanks talks about how his weight gain led to Type 2 diabetes

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Thank goodness at last we have acknowledgement of the seriously bad effects of an unhealthy diet.  This is a simple correlation – too much high energy food (fats and sugars) leads to extra weight being carried …. we all know this …. we gain weight because we have eaten “energy” thaScreen Shot 2016-05-17 at 14.23.58t has not been expended and so we store it.  But what many people choose not to see is the story does not end there – there is a balance within our body, energy eaten is stored and there are hormones involved in releasing this – Insulin – the equation gets disrupted when we eat an unbalanced diet and the end result is certain organs give up and can’t be bothered – one being the pancreas.

It is so important to respect our bodies if we want to live a long and happy trouble free life.

There are certain jobs that require us to put on weight – actors are one, sailors for certain types of boat, rugby players to be heavy, etc.  There is something to be said for not trying to be something we are not.
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We are designed to eat:

  • Lean meat, that has roamed free on the Prairie
  • Fresh as near to raw vegetables as possible
  • Limited fruit in summer months when the days are longer and we are up and about for a longer day
  • Fresh water
  • Anything else is polluting our body and we need to work to digest/ dissolve/ absorb it.
  • This taxes our organs – liver/ kidney/ stomach etc…..