March 29, 2017


In Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, a chakra is an energy point on the physical and spiritual body. It is derived from the Sanskrit word for wheel, Cakra. There are 7 main chakras, and many more minor ones, with each chakra having a specific location and function. These 7 chakras are located from the top of the head down to the base of the spine. Each chakra has different locations and attributes, and are not something you can physically touch, but rather something you can feel and sense. The chakras are formed at the junction of three energy shafts along the spine. The two lesser channels of energy (the Pingala on the right and the Ida on the left) and the main central channel (the Shushumna) run parallel to the spinal cord. Chakras absorb prana (life force energy), and also transform and pass on this energy. Each of the seven chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs, as well as one’s emotional, psychological, and spiritual states. Everything is moving, and therefore it is important that the chakras remain aligned and opened, for if there’s a blockage, energy cannot flow.

January 20, 2017


Halite, also commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride. Halite is often found alongside other evaporate minerals that result from the drying/evaporation of lakes and seas. Other evaporates (water soluble mineral sediments that have been concentrated and crystallized by evaporation) that are often found alongside Halite are: sulphides, halides, and borates. Halite is often used to lower the freezing point of ice (freezing-point depression), especially by homeowners in colder climates to melt the ice from their driveways and sidewalks. Some places also add this salt to the roads during snow storms to improve traction.


Hardness: 2 Colour: Can be colourless, white, red, yellow, orange, pink, blue, violet, green, and grey. Halite can also be multicoloured. Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: NaCl (sodium chloride)  


  • Detects negative influences
  • Aids in the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Maintains the salt balance in the body
  • Stabilizes the emotions
  • Removes environmental pollution (effective by placing bowls of salt or pieces of halite around the home).
  • Balances the body’s energies
  • Used to alleviate blood disorders, low blood pressure, and aid with the intestines.
  • Blue halite is o

March 11, 2016

Health screening is an important part of disease prevention. There are many screening tests and examinations that healthy men can undertake to help with detection of diseases such as cancer. Your General Practitioner is well placed to carry out some of these tests, refer you to have other tests, or to advise you on some of the self-checks you can be doing to monitor your health. One of the key roles of your GP is to prevent disease, so they will be only too happy to help you. The recommendations below often refer to screening for the general population – for men with specific risk factors for a particular disease the recommendations may be different. Your GP will be able to advise you if you are in any doubt.

March 9, 2016

It’s so simple and convenient that it couldn’t possibly count as exercise, right?  Wrong.  Study after study shows that regular moderate walking can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease.   In a study published in “Diabetes Research in Clinical Practice”, Japanese researchers tested obese men before and after they joined a one-year modest walking plan.  All they did was increase the number of steps they took during their daily activities.  The result: their blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved and the amount of body fat around their abdomen – the dangerous kind that leads to higher rates of heart disease and diabetes – significantly decreased.   For walking to count as exercise you need to walk five days a week for 30 minutes. Listening to music or even an “e” book while you walk takes your mind off the actual walk and making it easier to achieve.   Most people walk around 5000 steps per day without participating in any sport or exercise.   Using a pedometer, find your normal baseline of how many steps you take in a normal day.  Then, increase that amount by at least 200 steps a day until you reach 10000 or 12500 daily steps. (10000 is considered “active” while 12500 earns you the title of “highly active”)   reference: readers digest

March 1, 2016

Emerald is the valuable bright green variety of the mineral beryl. It is often found in granites and pegmatites (rocks with coarse – very coarse grains). The bright green colouring of emerald is due to the presence of chromium and vanadium. Pure beryl is colourless and can also turn blue/green or yellow/green due to the presence of iron. This colouring depends on the state of oxidation of the iron impurities.   Emerald crystals may form via hydrothermal processes where hot, hydrothermal fluids escape from magma deep in the earth’s crust and begin to cool in the fractures/cracks of previously existing bed rock. For this process to occur, the hydrothermal fluids must be rich in beryllium. The majority of emeralds mined in Columbia are formed via hydrothermal processes.   The other common way that emeralds are formed, are as pegmatite deposits. These form when molten magma rises and begins to cool. Certain minerals form faster than others as the magma cools, so the remaining solution will be rich in beryllium, concentrating the emeral

December 16, 2015

  Cholesterol forms the basis of steroid hormones such as testosterone and progesterone (sex hormones), cortisol (for stress adaptation), and vitamin D (for healthy bones).  It also helps to build and maintain health cell membranes, ant the insulating sheath around nerve fibres which act like “broadband”, speeding nerve signals to and from the brain.  Also, the liver uses cholesterol to make bile salts that help digest food more effectively.

How can I check my cholesterol Levels?

  The only way to establish your exact cholesterol profile is by having a blood test – often called a lipid profile.  Lipid is a collective term for fats in the blood, and a blood test can tell you how much cholesterol is present, and what type. A random blood test can measure total and HDL cholesterol levels.  A fasting blood test (where of fast for at least 12 hours beforehand, drinking nothing but water) can measure LDL cholesterol  and triglyceride levels in addition, giving a more comprehensive picture. Choleste