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Good intentions and the initial actions with which we begin a new year are often noble but not always sustainable or more accurately…strategic!

We bound into hard graft with positive goals and the energy to support them, yet how many of us subscribe to a formula for achieving our lofty fitness aims? The mind is willing but the body needs time to adapt! As we feel the after effects of physical exercise—when stiff, sore, under-used bits begin to ache—most of us fall off the workout-wagon. Science suggests this abandonment of goals relates to a lack of habit-forming strategies and contingencies. In other words we need to prepare for DOMS and other torturous retaliation from our newly recruited limbs.

So, if soreness is a given when starting a fitness routine, and starting a fitness routine is what humans like to do at this time of the year. How can we minimise the inevitable onslaught of pain so we continue to train and give our fitness goals a chance to turn into a habit?

EMPLOY A RECOVERY STRATEGY

Athletes have been exposing themselves to various theraputic strategies for centuries, though methods have changed somewhat in recent times (from acupuncture to ice baths). Amongst the more scientific approaches comes a new breed of biotech which effectively blocks pain and stimulates cellular recovery.

“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo

Before hitting the opiates, the 19th Century migraine sufferer and Les Miserables scribe may well have turned to another painkilling idea in vogue at the time—an idea  that’s been around for millennia but that’s now fomenting a healthcare revolution. Electricity.

With world pain endemic and the risks of painkilling drugs becoming increasingly acute, PainPod biotechnology engineers are switching on the power of our natural bioelectrical systems, not just to kill pain, but to precisely target a widening range of health conditions.

On average, 2 in 5 have daily aches or pain, 1 in 5 chronic pain and 9 in 10 of us can expect to suffer back pain. It’s not only the pain that impairs us – constant pain causes anxiety, depression, de-conditioning, social isolation, low self-esteem and relationship breakdown. Pain’s costs are incalculable and many of us are realising that the pills simply aren’t working. A fresh study recently published in the British Medical Journal suggests links between taking high doses of anti-inflammatory painkillers—such as ibuprofen—and heart attacks.  In sport painkiller addiction is endemic, opiates are the biggest cause of accidental suicide in Australia and opiate addiction is killing 175 Americans a day. Demands for effective natural alternatives to NSAIDs, analgesics and opiates are growing.

A new generation of ultra wearable devices that harness the body’s own bioelectrical system are providing an answer. By putting the power of advanced bioelectrical technology directly in the hands of medical professionals and everyday people alike, the evidence shows that not only are they blocking all types of chronic and acute pain, they’re revolutionising health self management by giving individuals the  means themselves to address conditions untouched by drugs THE POWER OF AN IDEA.

Ever since ancient Egyptians discovered the shocking effects of electric fish on the body, low level electrotherapy has been used to manage pain by stimulating nerves, tissues and muscles. The classical  Greeks were galvanised by electro-therapeutic healing—the root of narcotic derives from “narka,” the greek word for electric fish meaning—pain relief. As long ago  as 63 A.D. Romans were easing migraines with electric rays, Scribonius Largus, personal physician to Emperor Claudius,  was an electric  advocate:

“To immediately remove and permanently cure a headache, however long-lasting and intolerable, a live black torpedo is put on the place which is in pain, until the pain ceases and the part grows numb”

Throughout centuries since, devices utilising  electrical impulses have been improving health and saving  lives—in modern medicine most commonly pacemakers and defibrillators.  In the past 50 years,  commercial interest in the field has been dimmed mainly due to the rise of  pharmaceuticals and the debunking of electrotherapy as lacking meaningful evidence.  But times they are a changing.  Innovators are now harnessing latest medical evidence with the most modern understanding  of neurophysiology and molecular mechanisms, leading to a new generation of devices working in natural harmony with the body’s peripheral nervous system, the muscular-skeletal and biocellular systems.  

Now dubbed “Electroceuticals”, an increasing volume of pharmacological research is proving the central roles of  the peripheral nervous system and neuromuscular system in organ function, immune responses and the body’s respiratory, cardiovascular and inflammatory systems—developments which would have been inconceivable only 10 years ago. The last 5 years have seen an explosion of BioElectronics ventures being set up, with billions in funding being put to developing miniaturised electronic devices and electrical stimulation therapies—market analysts predict the electroceutical industry  will be worth $ 25.20 Billion by 2021 up from $ 17.20 Billion in 2016. What’s got investors attention is the potential for electroceuticals to address medical conditions currently  untouched or underserved by commercial pharmaceuticals and without the side effects
The signs are that electrotherapy is powering  out of the twilight and into the sun light.

TAKING THE POWER IN OUR OWN HANDS

What may prove different this time around, isn’t the promise of more power to big pharma or to the markets, it’s that  we can take the power of bioelectricity into our own hands. In the same way that self-monitoring has transformed health—people using smart ultra-wearable sensors and apps to process a wealth of data to help them manage their personal health—this new generation of personal bioelectric devices is democratising healthcare, fomenting a revolution in self-management that’s improving personal health. PainPod have not only developed devices that empower people with the means to manage their pain and help recovery by stimulating the muscular and nervous systems, they’ve  produced easy to use ultrawearables that mimic the body’s natural microcurrent, promoting cellular normalisation and healing from injury or disease.  

CEO Rick Rowan says the vision is to change lives “by making these advanced Biotechnologies accessible for everyone from the young to the elderly” PainPod deliver on that promise by programming the devices with specific frequency formulations, advanced waveforms and protocols formed by  the results of the best available current medical evidence—so,  whether you’re an elite athlete, an arthritis sufferer, a diabetic patient, a parent or truck driver with a musculoskeletal problem, the positive impact on your personal health is likely to be profound. Evidence based, easy to understand and, above all, empowering, these small, lifestyle biomedical devices hold the power to change lives.

Extensive, qualitative evidence and systematic reviews show the formulations and modalities in the devices to be effective for pain relief including chronic, acute, post-surgical and neuropathic pain. Proprietary, embedded neuro-electrical muscular stimulation formulations can stimulate the body systems to produce the hormones essential for body functions and that have been shown to positively impact conditions ranging from muscle atrophy and osteoarthritis through to improved function of  Hematopoietic Stem Cells in diabetic patients—a potential regenerative tool for treating human vascular disease. The same modalities that an athlete can use to increase exercise intensity for muscle mass and strength gains can be used to improve muscular and cardiovascular conditions in the elderly, obese and diabetics.  

Further still, the imperceptible power of Microcurrent has shown beneficial effects in cutaneous wound healing with extensive evidence for  different applications to  promote healing, reduce inflammation and participate  in tissue repair.  

With the ever-growing understanding of the power of our own biosystems and the evolution of devices to harness it, along with the growing power of social evidence to influence change, Rick sees a time fast-approaching  where our first choice will be to reach for the devices not the drugs.   Putting the power in people’s hands, driven by a proposition of mass participation and accessibility “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” And, this time, it most certainly has.

IN A NUTSHELL

PainPod is a drug-free, pocket-sized device which harnesses the body’s bioelectrical system to moderate and manage pain levels. It works by delivering bio-electrical nerve stimulation pulses through the skin to the nerve endings in the affected area, blocking pain signals from travelling to the brain. PainPod has a range of devices for different applications, including some specifically designed for hands and feet, but top of its bestseller list are the PainPod 3 and PainPod Mi. PainPod 3 has 12 treatments to choose from and 20 intensity settings; it’s also a 3-in-1 device, not only blocking pain, but also accelerating recovery and increasing performance levels. PainPod Mi is a tiny, ultra lightweight smaller version which is wearable all day, offering a 10 hour micro-current painless treatment, and with a touch of a button the device gives a 15 minute booster massage for immediate pain relief. 

What Is It: A small, drug-free pain relief device.

Why Buy It: It’s wearable and portable, so it can be used on the go.

The Details: The PainPod 3 is rrp $479, and the PainPod Mi is rrp $99, available from www.thepainpod.com, pharmacies, physiotherapists and chiropractors nationally. 

Coffee is a comfort which sustains explorers the world over. Seeds from the unassuming coffee shrub have inspired voyages of harvest and trade since the 10th century. This heritage is embraced by the coffee connoisseurs at Nespresso who have released a limited collection of the world’s rarest single origin arabica’s—sourced from India, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and the Galapagos Islands.

Imbued with tradition, the four coffees in Nespresso’s 2018 Explorations Tasting Box reveal distinctive cultural and landscape qualities.

A story within a box, unfolding like origami to reveal treasures within. Four sleeves of coffee adorned with patterns unique to their origin. A photo album nestled inside, shares the stories of the coffee growers and hints at the complex aromas and flavours of the beans you are about to experience. Two special edition glasses are hidden beneath in a submerged cavity—unveiled only as you explore a little deeper.

Distilled in a drink…the mysteries of nature—a thought to savour as you unwrap this exquisite gift!

The carefully-curated Explorations 2018 box is the result of a challenge set by Nespresso coffee experts who travelled the world to source and select their ‘picks of the year’: a collection of four Limited Edition coffees considered as ‘gems’ due to their rarity, scarcity and extraordinary aromatic profiles. In addition to the four coffees, the box also comes complete with a set of two Nespresso Reveal coffee glasses, designed with Riedel, along with a coffee table book filled with coffee stories and tasting recommendations.

Mitch Monaghan, Nespresso Coffee Ambassador, said of the launch: “All of the coffees in the new Explorations box each hold a rare story that I am excited to share with Australia. Remote lands or unusual conditions can transform a normal coffee plant into a true coffee treasure; I love that each unique taste of the Explorations range comes from somewhere unexpected.”

India Mylemoney

Mylemoney Single Estate sits at a high elevation near the Bababudan Mountain in Chikmagalur, Southern India. According to legend, India’s first coffee was planted there over 300 years ago with seeds smuggled in from Arabia by a pilgrim named Bababuda, after whom the mountain was named.

All ideal factors culminate on this farm: 1200 metres high elevation rich farm biodiversity, two distinct levels of shaded trees, a meticulous processing system with selective picking of ripe cherries and eco-friendly pulping, fermenting, washing and drying under the natural sunlight.

The result is a complex coffee with dry cereal and toasted notes that are reminiscent of bread crust.

Nicaragua Las Marias

1300 metres above sea level, Finca Las Marias was the first Nicaraguan farm to be Rainforest Alliance-certified back in 2003.

Where Nicaraguan coffee is usually processed by the washing method, this single-estate gem is ‘black honey’ processed. This means the mucilage or ‘miel’ (honey) in Spanish – the sticky fruit of the coffee cherry – is left on the seed during drying.

The process enhances the coffee’s ultimate sweetness by highlighting the fruity notes which are coupled with a fine acidity for an overall comforting, balanced and round cup of coffee.

República Dominicana Valle Del Cibao

What’s striking in this medium roasted Espresso is its refreshing green notes of fruits and nuts. Complimented with a touch of acidity and a light body, this is undoubtedly a great coffee to discover.

Prone to hurricanes in the Caribbean, the Valle Del Cibao lies between two mountain chains with one being home to the Caribbean’s highest mountain, Pico Duarte. This giant mass protects the entire region from excessive climate variations, adding a stability that is evidently translated into the coffee beans, making its flavours round and balanced.

These conditions, coupled with the constant rainy season of the Caribbean Islands which yields an almost year-round coffee cropping and harvesting period, result in a refreshing medium-roast coffee with green notes of fruit and nuts.

Galapagos Santa Cruz

The Galapagos Islands are not the tropical hothouse that usually characterise a fine coffee-sourcing region. Instead – with the cold ocean current that runs from Peru, The Cromwell currents that travel from the West Pacific and carry rich nutrients, and the North and South trade that battles the heat of the sun – the Galapagos become a unique hot bed for plant growth.

These specialised conditions create a full-bodied coffee with a cacao-like bitterness, that reveals roasted and sweet biscuit notes.

The 2018 Explorations Tasting Box will be available for a limited time from 15th October 2018 to purchase from Nespresso Boutiques, or order through the Nespresso Club, and online at nespresso.com. RRP $90 for four sleeves of coffee, a set of Nespresso Reveal Glasses and a Limited Edition coffee table book.

Mental Health Week signifies a growing awareness and interest in fostering new narratives around mental health issues. First held in Australia in 1985, the annual event coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10th and includes “Mental As”, a collection of stories on mental health issues aired by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

These documentaries do a fine job of promoting new science and expressing unique perspectives on various conditions from Autism to Alzheimers. Though if I could add anything to their line-up it would be the cultural documentary CRAZYWISE co-directed by photographer-filmmaker Phil Borges. In this program we learn how indigenous cultures encourage exploration of altered states—what emerges is an understanding that ‘reality is relative’ to the individual and the culture.

People with unique sensitivities are offered guidance and respect to empower self discovery and confidence to embrace their differences. This is starkly different from the stigma associated with different states of mind amongst modern society. Shapeshifting and vision quests move beyond concepts of fiction or myth—this film shows how these practices represent an opportunity to master states of heightened awareness and to skilfully navigate new experiences with an open mind.

CRAZYWISE examines the effects of how modern vs traditional cultures approach mental health and what the outcome is for people who are labeled as mentally dysfunctional, disturbed or disabled. What are the consequences of diagnosing and prescribing drugs to treat an illness? Should we consider it a unique form of insight when someone hears voices in their head or experiences hallucinations? Is it better to administer pharmaceuticals to dampen these aberrations or enhance them? The film poses these questions, but also offers audiences a more expansive and inclusive view of mental health. It is a noteworthy omission from ABC’s “Mental As” showcase, one which reveals the mental health costs of limiting our state of mind.

Read our interview with Phil Borges in issue 47.

Phil Borges, a social documentary photographer and filmmaker, has been documenting indigenous cultures for over 25 years. His films and photographs are exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Phil has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic. As an experienced lecturer, he has spoken at multiple TED talks. Phil directed 13 short documentaries focusing on gender based issues around the world for UN Women, CARE, ReSurge, joinFITE, Foundation for Women and One Heart. Two recent films include: One Heart in Nepal (2012, 6:39 min), and Ms. Trung (2012, 4:51 min).

CRAZYWISE is available to stream, download or purchase as a DVD. You can also attend or host a community screening, details @ crazywisefilm.com

Home Vibe Inspires Restaurant Experience

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On February 27, the Dining Room component of Gem opened in New York City with 19-year-old “prodigy” chef Flynn McGarry. The Living Room—Gem’s casual, café counterpart—opened on February 12, 2018. This exciting debut follows the world premiere of his namesake documentary “CHEF FLYNN” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and is a culmination of nearly […]

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Self-confessed Herb Nerd, Reece Carter explores gut and brain health in his new book ‘The Happy Gut’. This recipe-rich reference is filled with tonics and elixirs from the garden along with the latest research into the gut-brain axis. Based on traditional naturopathic remedies, made using ingredients sourced from nature that anyone can make at home. […]

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