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Information regarding Full Fat Dairy, taken from www.mercola.com

Most mainstream dietary advice recommends low-fat or non-fat dairy. But a growing number of experts argue that it’s far healthier to eat and drink whole dairy products, with all the fat left in.

Dairy foods contain roughly 50 to 60 percent saturated fat, and conventional thinking is that saturated fat is bad for your heart. This idea has been thoroughly refuted as false. It’s a mistaken interpretation of the science. In a 2010 analysis,1 scientists said:

“...There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease].”

More recently, research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna, Austria, found that eating full-fat dairy products such as whole milk, cream, cheese, and butter, reduces your risk of developing diabetes.


Full-Fat Dairy Associated with Lower Risk of Diabetes

The study included nearly 27,000 people between the ages of 45-74 who were followed for 14 years.

As reported in The Telegraph,2 those who ate eight portions of full-fat dairy products a day cut their risk of diabetes by nearly 25 percent, compared to those who ate fewer portions. One serving counted as:

  • 200 milliliters (ml) of milk or yogurt
  • 20 grams (g) of cheese
  • 25 grams of cream
  • 7 grams of butter

Also, consuming 30 ml of cream or 180 ml of high-fat yoghurt daily reduced the risk of diabetes by 15 percent and 20 percent respectively, compared to those who ate none. According to lead author Dr. Ulrika Ericson of the Lund University Diabetes Center in Malmö, Sweden:3

“Our observations may contribute to clarifying previous findings regarding dietary fats and their food sources in relation to type 2 diabetes. 

The decreased risk at high intakes of high-fat dairy products, but not of low-fat dairy products, indicate that dairy fat, at least partly, explains observed protective associations between dairy intake and type 2 diabetes...

Our findings suggest, that in contrast to animal fats in general, fats specific to dairy products may have a role in prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

In 2010, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine4 proposed that it’s the palmitoleic acid, which occurs naturally in full-fat dairy products, that protects against insulin resistance and diabetes. People who consumed full-fat dairy had higher levels of trans-palmitoleate in their blood, and this translated to a two-thirds lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people with lower levels.

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Chelmsford Osteopathic Practice now supplies ROCKTAPE!!

What is ROCKTAPE? (Taken from www.rocktape.net)

RockTape is a premium brand of kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain.

How does it work?

Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn't stretch, ROCKTAPE is engineered to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind ROCKTAPE. ROCKTAPE stretches up to 180% of its original length but has amazing 'snap-back' or recovery. This is what gives ROCKTAPE its performance advantage over other tapes.

RockTape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:

When RockTape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convulsions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects:

• Fluid Effect: By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.

• Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the vertical layer cake of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant!

• Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source. Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying ROCKTAPE is to improve our Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.

When Rocktape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue ‘snapback’ are enhanced.


Information regarding ''Referrals to Osteopaths'' from The General Osteopathic Council Web site http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/practice/referrals-to-osteopaths/

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  Using a combination of osteopathic and conventional diagnostic techniques, treatment is based on mobilising and manipulative procedures tailored to the individual patient, reinforced by guidance on diet, lifestyle and exercise.

This approach emphasises the integration of the musculoskeletal system with other body systems, and the influence that impaired function of each has on the other.  It also seeks to empower patients in assisting their recovery to good health.

Increasingly osteopaths are working alongside GPs and other healthcare professionals, providing treatment both privately and through the NHS.  Commonly treated conditions include back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, sport- and work-related injuries, arthritic pain, joint pain and digestive disorders.

A Medical Research Council trial comparing treatment options for lower back pain found that spinal manipulation, added to GP care, is clinically effective and the most cost-efficient option for patients (UK Back Pain Exercise and Manipulation trial, MRC, 2004). 

In 2006, the Department of Health published guidelines which advocated the establishment of multidisciplinary clinical assessment services and recognised that MSDs can often be resolved quickly and effectively by treatments such as osteopathy (The Musculoskeletal Services Framework. A joint responsibility: doing it differently, DH, 2006).

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on the treatment of non-specific low back pain in May 2009.  Recommendations in Low back pain: Early management of persistent non-specific low back pain, include manual therapy, as practised by osteopaths. This includes spinal manipulation, mobilisation and massage, for patients who “have been in pain for longer than six weeks but less than one year, where pain may be linked to structures in the back such as joints, muscles and ligaments”.

Most patients visit an osteopath of their own accord, but some may be referred by a doctor. Osteopaths are trained to recognise when osteopathy will not help a medical condition, and will refer a patient to a GP when necessary. 

Guidelines for the referral of patients to an osteopath have been published by the General Medical Council (Good Medical Practice, GMC, 2006). This guidance confirms that GPs can refer patients to osteopaths as statutorily regulated health professionals.



More about Osteopathy from The British Osteopathic Assiciation, http://www.osteopathy.org/MXENQ85VAJ

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.

What we do
Although osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of us as ‘back specialists’. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance. We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows us to focus on every patient’s precise needs.

Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people.

How we do it
Your medical history
Before we start to treat you, we will make a full medical assessment. We take time to listen to you and ask questions to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis.
We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.

Your posture
We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.

Trouble areas

Using touch, we may also find the areas which are sensitive or tight and this helps us to identify what’s going on.

When we have done this, we can diagnose your condition. We may sometimes feel that osteopathy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Your treatment
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis.

Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.

We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life.

Conditions we treat
The most common conditions that we treat are:
• back and neck pain
• shoulder and arm problems
• pelvis, hip and leg problems
• sports and other injuries
However, patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, any osteopath will be happy to talk to you.

What should I wear?
As with any medical examination, you will probably be asked to undress to your underwear, so please wear something you are comfortable in.

Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

Does it hurt?
Some soft tissue treatment may cause discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain.  You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.

Do I need to see my doctor first?
You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first.  Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas – and national guidelines say it should be available everywhere for low back pain.

How much does treatment cost?
The costs of treatment vary from practice to practice and across the country – make sure you ask before booking

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else.


Rob is a member of the British Osteopathic Association. Below is an article on the history of the BOA taken from their website http://www.osteopathy.org/W8E82IE8

The BOA is a merger of the three professional bodies representing osteopaths and was formed in 1998. The roots of the three founder member organisations are deep. 

Osteopathy commenced its history, in this country, with the first osteopaths arriving here between 1900 and 1903. Dr F J Horn established a practice at 1 Hay Hill, London, in the spring of 1902, Dr L Willard Walker was in Scotland and Drs Jay Dunham and Harvey Foote practised in Ireland. Dr William Smith returned to the UK, 1900-01, after teaching anatomy at Kirksville and commenced practising in Dundee. 

Previous to 1911, there was an organisation called the British Society of Osteopaths. In 1911 it changed its title to the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). It was the formal wing of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for American trained osteopaths ‘to uphold the professional ethical standards and to provide the public with a list of trained and qualified osteopaths, to advance osteopathy and to maintain a professional spirit’. Members were also eligible for membership of the AOA. As in the case of other associations, membership was purely optional and there were “doubtless osteopaths with equal qualifications outside its ranks.” 

The Osteopathic Association of Great Britain was set up in 1925 by osteopaths who had trained as theBritishSchool of Osteopathy, as the Incorporated Association of Osteopaths. Their intentions were to further their academic standards, to meet on social occasions and to help raise funds for osteopathy. In 1936 the new title, Osteopathic Association of Great Britain was adopted. 

In 1991, the OAGB allied itself with the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association (BNOA). The full merger or incorporation took place between the two associations in the Spring of 1992. 

The Guild of Osteopaths was founded in 1971 for the purposes of enhancing, promoting and unifying the profession of osteopathy worldwide and to provide a range of educational and professional services for its members. Under the leadership of George Palmer and Dennis Cox, assisted by Robin Fairman and Leslie Rice, The Guild succeeded in bringing together a nucleus of highly successful osteopaths prepared to share their knowledge and experience with younger members of a growing profession. 

During the period 1990-1996, following the appointment of Ian Swash as Chairman in 1990, The Guild rose from being the smallest of the osteopathic registering bodies to the second largest organisation overall. In 1991, the Oxford School of Osteopathy (founded by Ian Swash) became an affiliated Schoolof The Guild of Osteopaths, to be followed in 1996 by the AndrewStillCollege under the leadership of Malcolm Mayer. 

At the end of 1997, the BOA made overtures to all the other Associations, the result of which was the new British Osteopathic Association in April 1998. The first election to the Council took place on 31st October 1998.


Interesting article from The General Osteopathic Council website, www.osteopathy.org.uk

Osteopathic profession

There are currently 4,685 osteopaths on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths. Of these, 2,363 are male and 2,322 are female [correct as of 3 July 2013].

The majority of osteopaths are aged between 31 and 50, although the profession includes all ages between 21 and 70.

Although osteopaths practise in all corners of the United Kingdom, the greatest number are to be found in England (4,028). The rest are in Scotland (147), Wales (109), Northern Ireland (18), and outside the UK (383).

Osteopathic training and professional development

Training to be an osteopath takes 4 years full-time or 5 years part-time.

There are 11 osteopathic education institutions awarding qualifications recognised by the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopaths must complete 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per year.

Osteopathic patients Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day.

54% of new patients are seen within one working day after contacting the osteopath; 95% are seen within one week.

Osteopathic treatment

Most osteopaths work in private practice. Treatment costs vary across the UK, but typically start at between £35 to £50 for a 30-minute session. Osteopathy remains principally a form of private healthcare with more than 80% of patients funding their own treatment. Most major private health insurance policies provide cover for osteopathic treatment. In 2007, private health insurance accounted for 10.4% of payments for osteopathic treatment.

Public opinion surveys show that 88% of respondents feel the NHS should provide osteopathic treatment, or believe that it is already doing so.

Sources: Statutory Register of Osteopaths; the GOsC Public Awareness Survey (2006) and the GOsC Osteopathic Practice Survey - Pilot Study (2006-07).