Balancing Cholesterol

Post by a good friend of mine…well worth a few minutes of your time.

New Dawn Health


“What should I do about my high cholesterol?” I was asked. I shall try to present an unbiased, evidence-based answer. I outline the main research, with linked references to look at, if you have time. I summarise what you need to know about cholesterol and its involvement in atherosclerosis, but please bear in mind that it’s not the whole story to cardiovascular disease management. I offer some private testing choices and non-pharmaceutical approaches to optimising healthy levels. If time is tight, just scan through the sub-titles to find the section you are most interested in.

The debate

You are probably aware of the mainstream medical view, the lipid hypothesis. It says that raised cholesterol is a primary cause of atherosclerosis (plaque deposits blocking the arteries) and cardiovascular disease. This originated from research by Ancel Keys and The Framingham Heart Study. A review of the history can be…

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A Swiss Investment Bank gets it completely one hundred per cent right

An excellent post from the ever-spot-on Dr Kendrick

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

[Yes, that’s right, a Swiss Investment Bank!]

A kind reader of my blog pointed me at a report by Credit Suisse entitled ‘Fat, the New Health Paradigm.’ I suppose I half expected the usual. Saturated fat causes heart disease, cholesterol causes heart disease. ‘We are a respected bank, what the hell did you expect – that we would rock the boat in some way. Don’t be daft.

What seems to have happened is that they actually looked at the evidence in this area and came to the conclusion that the current dietary advice is utter bollocks and is not based on anything at all. I shall start with a few key points from the Introduction:

‘Saturated fat has not been a driver of obesity: fat does not make you fat. At current levels of consumption the most likely culprit behind growing obesity level of the world population is…

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The Love Letter

I am half way through writing a romantic novel. I wrote this piece, a love letter from the main male character to his lover, and for one reason or another, I have referenced this several times recently in various conversations about masculine and feminine energies, and I just thought it was about time I posted it here.

These days, many people are too lost in looks, image and ‘what can I get’. A loving relationship is about so much more, it’s about ‘what can I give of myself, who can I become, in the expression of my feelings, what do I have to share’.


The Love Letter

I ask nothing of you but love. I have no long list of conditions to be met, things that must be done, no list of changes I would make to you, no ‘laundry list’ of ways I’d like you to change, or things I’d like you to do. I don’t want or need a ‘little woman’ to cook my meals or wash my clothes or clean my house. I do not need a domestic helper, I want a best friend. I don’t need a cook, I want a soul mate. I don’t need someone to clean my bathroom, I want someone to awaken my mind, stimulate my senses and engage with my passions. Life isn’t about a big house or a fast car or a handful of possessions, life is about the people we share our time on this wonderful Earth with, life is about the connections we make, the love we share, the lives we touch and the people who touch us. Life isn’t about a widescreen TV and a BMW, it’s about who you remember fondly in the last hours of your fading life, it’s about who you cried over losing, and who cried over losing you, it’s about the hands you’ve held, the lives you touched, the souls you helped and the hope and smiles you gave.  Continue reading

The Greatest Gifts

The Greatest Gifts

The greatest gifts you could possibly enjoy in your life:

  • Good health, ‘2 of everything’, full mobility, the energy to get out of bed in the morning and stand on your own two feet and open your eyes and see
  • Freedom from political or military oppression. This post appears on WordPress and Facebook. If you are on WordPress or Facebook, then you almost certainly live in a modern Western society that allows you to go where you like, say what you like, and do almost (within reason) anything you please
  • Someone loves you. Likely, many people do. You live in a society that largely accepts our differences and preferences, and everybody is loved by somebody. The worst of human bigotry (slavery, mass racial segregation, etc.) is moving from ‘current affairs’ into the history books. (Russia, please pay attention to this point…bigotry = out of date people. 1luvx)
  • You are reading this online – therefore, you have money, a computer, electricity, and by extension, you almost certainly have clean running drinking water, heating, a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, electric lights, a flushing toilet and hot water
  • You are reading this, therefore you have FREE TIME
  • If you the time and resources for WordPress or Facebook, then you clearly do not live in abject poverty. You likely eat a minimum of twice daily, and you likely enjoy clean clothes, probably a car, consumer electronics and other life-enhancing conveniences
  • These gifts: health, wealth, free time, political freedom, energy, food in your belly, a shirt on your back and love in your heart, are simply the MOST INCREDIBLE gifts you could ever imagine having.


Do you think I’m wrong? Try living a life without a few of these gifts and you’ll gain a new sense of perspective.

Every day, I see people online, and in life in general, who never stop complaining about their lives. I just want to scream at these people to wake the fuck up and show some appreciation for what they HAVE, and stop focussing on what they HAVE NOT.

Apathy and a sense of entitlement are massive modern day killers.

READ THAT AGAIN. Apathy and a sense of entitlement are massive modern day killers.

The world owes you NOTHING, and if you read the list above and thought “Yeah, I have all that” then QUIT COMPLAINING about your life and celebrate, you are the envy of 50% of the human race = 3 BILLION people WISH THEY HAD YOUR LIFE!!!

Your life is a GIFT, awash with splendour, opportunity and wonder. Get that in to your head and ACT LIKE YOU ARE HAPPY ABOUT IT.

You get just ONE life, use it or lose it. And stop complaining about the weather, the tube strike, the rain, the tax man, the government, politicians, the education system, the railways, the roads, the hospitals, the health care system, doctors, teachers, your spouse, your neighbour, your boss, your kids, the price of food, the cost of holidays (you actually GET a holiday FFS!) and a million other things. You have a JOB, you have an INCOME, you are fit enough to go to work or school every day = BE GRATEFUL.

Instead of moaning about the world, if there is something you think COULD be better, use you untapped talents to GO CHANGE IT. Don’t moan that others don’t do it well enough – step the hell up and show us all how it could be done. If YOU ain’t making a change and doing your best, don’t criticise the efforts others are making to contribute to this world. Screw apathy – get up in the morning and BE YOUR BEST, and make this world better with your love, your drive, your positive energy, your good ideas and your passion.

Peace. 1luvx

Beating 71% of Small Businesses

Beating 71% of Small Businesses

According to statistics, 71% of all small businesses go bust within ten years, most of them in the first 3 to 5 years. My company,, is ten years old today!

Happy birthday me!

I started this business a decade ago with £684 quid of my own money and a few free evenings, and so far it’s generated £2.2 million in sales without me ever leaving home, ever making or delivering a physical product or service, and without me ever borrowing money.

Approximately 75% of that £2.2 million quid has come from large corporations in other countries, so as a net exporter, I am bringing revenue into the UK and paying corporation tax on my profits, helping the UK economy. Running my own company has not always been easy, but it has enabled me to work from home for a decade, being a hands-on Dad, supporting my wife and enjoying sharing life with my young children as they grow up. I started the company when our first-born was 5 weeks old (I must be bloody mad!)

I see Stephen Elop take the CEO job at Nokia 7 years ago, and in the last 6 years, he has destroyed a $50bn dollar business, and sold it off for just $7bn. What is left of Nokia’s handset division is losing $250 million bucks per year. For this astronomical fuck up, he is being paid a $25.5 MILLION dollar bonus, on TOP of his multi-million annual earnings.

Portio Research cannot afford to lose $250 million bucks per year, in fact, my accountant would remind me that if I even lost £250 quid per year, I would not be running my business very well!

Small companies cannot play “the game of business” the way big companies do. Big companies have shareholders, hedge funds, banks and other financial institutions backing them…holding them afloat while they lose millions, hoping for a pay day further down the line. Small companies do not have suck luxuries available to us.

We small business owners have to run our companies PROPERLY, we have to stay in the red as much as possible, we have to make a profit every year in order to stay in business, and we have to keep our customers happy so that we can beat the 71% of companies that never reach their 10th birthday.

According to the Government , 99.2% of all companies in the UK have less than 50 employees. 96% of all companies in the UK are micro businesses (4.6 million companies) employing 0-9 people, and these small companies generate 21% of the UK PAYE tax receipts.

So not to be patting myself on the back too much, but let’s hear it for small business owners, not those Blue Chip corporate la-la land business folk who have no idea what balancing the books is all about. Let’s hear it for small business owners who never get a day off, never take a real holiday and never stop thinking about (and worrying about!) their business.

Their are pros and cons to running your own company, but generally speaking, the pros outweigh the cons.

To all other small business owners, I salute you! More power to us!

A love of trees

I love trees, all kinds of trees, I have profound respect for trees, especially old trees. I love big trees, huge tall trees or massively spread out trees. I love gnarly twisted trees, ancient looking trees, trees with strange shapes, symmetrical trees, wonky trees, beaten and battered looking trees, trees bent over by harsh weather, tall trees, broad round trees, unusual trees, I just love how trees make me think.

Trees are amazing, the oldest trees on Earth are recorded at living up to 14,000 years. Yes, really, a single tree that has stood for more than ten thousand years – there are several around the world. In Utah, there is a colony of aspen trees that covers 106 acres, and the whole thing (it looks like a forest) is actually all connected underground in one vast root system, so in effect it is a single living organism – it weighs 6,600 tons and is estimated to be 80,000 years old, making it the heaviest living thing on Earth and one of the very oldest. Amazing!

But while there are dozens and dozens of trees around the world aged at between 1000 and 10,000 years old, there are literally thousands and thousands of trees around us everywhere which date to several hundred years old. Continue reading

Love, Sex and Monogamy in Paleolithic times and Today

I have been reading ‘Paleofantasy’ by Marlene Zuk.

She discusses what she terms “paleofantasy love” and she quotes Sarah B. Hrdy and the ‘sex contract’ hypothesis.

Meat for sexual fidelity: the sex contract hypothesis

Hrdy and others suggest that our ancient ancestors traded ‘meat for fidelity’, and this forms the core of the ‘sex contract’ hypothesis. Note: to be fair to Ms Hrdy, I have NOT read her original work, and I am basing any judgements in this blog on the quotes in Marlene Zuk’s Paleofantasy. The notion goes, that as our large brains grew, caveman became smart enough to realise that his best chances of producing offspring that reach adulthood was to provide for his woman while she nurtured the babies, so he hunted the meat, while cave woman sat at home tending the babies, and she gave him sexual fidelity in return for him bringing home food for his kin.

In my uneducated opinion, this is wrong.

I see it this way.

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