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Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Homoeopathy, Spinal Touch
The Practitioners’ practitioner
Sean Kulyk is an experienced and well qualified Natural Medicine Lecturer and Practitioner with 20 years clinical experience, specialising primarily in Homoeopathy, Applied Kinesiology, Reflexology and Spinal Touch.
The holistic approach
Sean is a firm believer in the Holistic approach and the need to involve the patient in their healing process via nutritional improvements, homoeopathic remedies, stress release techniques (including deep breathing and Kinesiology self help exercises), along with other lifestyle adjustments .
“Most chronic problems have a multitude of influences i.e. they are multi-factorial. Attempting to use a single (unilateral) treatment approach to a multi-factorial problem, is obviously going to have only a limited effect – or at least not be sustainable”.
A multi-factorial problem requires a multi factorial solution
Logic dictates that if we are to achieve a significant and sustainable result with any multi-factorial (chronic) problem, we need to adopt a multi factorialsolution. This means, we need to know as much as possible about the patient and the circumstances which have led to or influenced their current problems, not just the pathological end result.
This is based on the premise that every patient is unique, as are their circumstances. Thus for treatment of chronic diseases to be successful we need to be focused on the patient and the context of ‘stresses’ in their life, not just the condition which has manifested.
This by definition means a truly holistic case analysis. Best results are achieved when the patient is fully involved in the healing process, through the above diet and lifestyle improvements i.e. the holistic solution.
Disease doesn’t just happen nor is totally determined by genetics
We take the view that chronic disease of is primarily as a result of how we have lived our lives coupled with how good our genes are.
Genetic influence is for the most part a potential pre-disposition, susceptibility, or tendency which is expressed (or not) dependent on the environmental conditions which the individual is subjected to or indeed the conditions to which the individuals subject themselves.
That old chestnut ‘it’s your age’
‘Old age’ is a result of the body wearing down prematurely. Ultimately we are as healthy as our cells and our attitude to our circumstances. All cells fundamentally need :
If we can achieve all the above we have the fundamentals for health.
- an adequate balance of a range of nutrients
- the ability to effectively eliminate toxins
- a proper pH (acid – Alkaline) balance both intra-cellularly and extra-cellularly
- a strong selectively permeable cell membrane which keeps out pathogens whilst allowing nutrients, oxygen, and hormones inside.
If you feel comfortable with such a holistic approach to health improvement and wish to make an appointment with Sean, he can be contacted either on :
Tel. 07949 191508 or E-mail :[email protected]
Besides working at the Central for Health clinic, Clerkenwell, London EC1
Sean also works from clinics in Stratford Shopping Centre, East London plus Gravesend, and Bexleyheath, Kent
Health : a sense of peace and harmony that comes from integrity and compassion
Kinesiology Testimonial Re Crohn’s disease
By Catherine Fell (30 September 2009)
I first came to see Sean Kulyk as a patient about 2 years ago, when I was newly diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I was on 4 types of medication and numerous other tablets for the side effects. I had lost so much weight and was seriously ill but the Doctors couldn’t seem to get the illness under control.
Sean took a detailed case history, then used Applied Kinesiology muscle testing to establish what was happening in my body overall and my guts in particular. The Kinesiology enabled Sean to pin point what supplements, herbs and Homeopathic remedy I needed and what foods to avoid. He also got me to do a detailed food and symptom diary and told me to begin eliminating factors which were contributing to my condition. I hadn’t been told that I was possibly making myself worse due to food I was eating.
He prescribed a Homeopathic remedy for the pain I was in and after taking it just once I had a full night’s sleep for the first time in months.
I began to see Sean regularly and over the next months I became so well that I was able to stop taking most of my medication until I was only taking one tablet every day. I am now able to lead a normal life again, without so many trips to the hospital, and have gone back to work after 4 years!
Sean helped me to understand how my body works and how it will respond if given the right ingredients! I continue to see Sean as and when I need to, now that I am in remission, so I’m doing very well! Thank you so much Sean x x x
Testimonial from Diane B (London) Re long term Chronic fatigue Syndrome
There was a period of my life where I did suffer from ill health and M.E / C.F.S, I have never viewed this as a problem but rather as a spring board because it was during this time that I found that the conventional western style of medical treatment made me worse rather than better, and with the help of various complementary treatments I made a full recovery.
Inspired by the practitioners I met, who have incidentally became good friends, I wish to continue my life in holistic medicine as a practitioner!
And this gives me an opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU Sean...... for helping to give me my health back all those years ago !
Kindest regards and the warmest of wishes Diane
The Complementary approach.
One of the basic tenets of the Complementary Medicine approach is that all chronic conditions, by definition are multi-factorial. This is why a uni-lateral ‘solution’ (involving either western or natural medicine) is of limited value.
A multi-factorial approach to a multi-factorial problem.
Really what a multi-factorial problem needs is a multi-factorial solution, i.e. a holistic approach to case analysis / testing and treatment regime. By doing this we are not just treating the symptoms (i.e. the effects), but are also treating the various layers of interdependent causality of the patient. So good complementary medicine is (a) patient centred and (b) ‘complements’ the western medical approach in a pragmatic way.
The need to involve the patient.
This approach should also however also provide proper explanation to the patient regarding how their condition has developed, particularly regarding dietary, lifestyle, attitude and stress factors and how these have led to compensatory responses in the body.
Similarly this approach should provide explanation, support and motivation, in ways which the patient can regain more control over their health particularly through changes in nutrition, use of supplements / Homoeopathic remedies, reducing exposure to electro-magnetic pollution and other stress factors (be they mental/emotional, biochemical or structural).
All this takes more time, which is why a proper holistic consultation takes longer than perhaps patients would expect. However, such a session frequently answers questions that the patients have pondered on or have not had a satisfactory explanation from their GP. This is usually because GPs have too many patients on their books and so just don’t have enough time per patient.
Ultimately however, it is implementation of such changes will help create a more appropriate homeostasis and thus improve health and ultimately negate the need for symptoms or at least considerably reduce them.
Symptoms are not the enemy, but the language of a body in distress.
In other words a holistic approach should be empowering to the patient and enable the patient to see that illness/disease symptoms are really only ‘indicators’ that underlying bio-chemical, structural or mental / emotional / spiritual conditions are wrong. So uncomfortable as they may be, the symptoms are not the problem only specific indicators of a system in an unbalanced state.
It is therefore important to recognise that the symptoms (such as pain and discomfort etc) are the ‘language of the body’ and that simply suppressing them is tantamount to an ancient king killing the messenger who brought the bad news, it does not ultimately help the situation.
The answer lies in correcting the underlying bio-chemistry and homeostasis (balance), by doing this we are creating the right conditions for a return to health.
Regaining homeostasis, the key to re-creating health.
Whilst this natural approach may not usually work as fast as working directly on the symptoms, it is more robust and sustainable and makes more sense. Why? Because simply getting rid of the symptoms does not get rid of the underlying problems/causes. As a result the symptoms just keep coming back soon after they have been suppressed, meanwhile the underlying problems not having been dealt with inevitably worsen and end up creating worse symptoms.
The answer is to respond in a timely and supportive way that will create the right potential conditions for a more optimal level of homeostasis and therefore increase chances of success!
The location of the symptoms is often not the where the underlying problems originate.
So the Kinesiology / Naturopathic approach recognises (a) the location of the symptom is not necessarily where the problem(s) is/are. So we need to look deeper. (b) We also need to look at the broader context. ; i.e. we are all a product of our genes (which we can not do much about) and our diet and life circumstances and how we react/respond to them. These are the things we can learn to change.
The stress of life.
Whilst the man in the street has long recognised the effect of our daily stresses on physical conditions, it is actually only recently that western medicine has done so. However, now the science of Psycho Neuro Immunology (PNI) has scientifically demonstrated the mind-body link, the effect of mind on matter.
Emotional stress in its various forms causes very definite and measurable changes in our biochemistry including a reactive tendency to towards excess acidity and inflammation. However just how much of a reaction occurs is in turn often influenced by e.g. nutritional deficiencies and / or toxic excess / adrenal fatigue / liver function status, amongst other things.
To be truly effective in dealing with patients with chronic conditions, we need to ensure that they have been checked by their GP to rule out possible underlying more serious problems. We then need to look at all the factors which are contributing to their condition, and this may involve more than one approach/therapy or a therapy which draws on many different approaches such as Kinesiology. But always we need to work in a supportive and empowering way with the patient.
Sean Kulyk is a complementary medicine lecturer and practitioner with 20 years clinical experience. He works at a number of clinics in London and Kent including the Central for Health Clinic, The basement, 68, Exmouth market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QP.
Directions : The nearest tube is Farringdon which is on the Circle / Metropolitan line. Turn right at the tube exit and walk about 50 metres to the main road (which is Farringdon Road). It is then about a 5 or 6 minute walk up Farringdon Road. Exmouth market is located on the corner of Farringdon Road where it meets Rosebury Avenue. The clinic is a short walk down the market in a side entrance next to Starbucks coffee shop. Please press the buzzer on the right side of the gate.
Sean can be contacted for appointments on Tel. 07949 191508 or via email : [email protected]
N.B. If you do make an appointment and subsequently find that you really can not make it, please give at least 2 days prior notice, or a charge of a 1 hour session cost will be incurred by you, to cover clinic rental, travel etc. Tel. 07949 191508 or email [email protected]
Health ; a state of peace and balance that comes from awareness and flexibility in ones response to life plus consideration to others who share this precious planet with us.
Stress Related Illness and the Adrenal Glands.
Being stressed – just about one of the commonest words we use today to describe ourselves and how we feel. We tend to for the most part shrug our shoulders, make a feigned joke about it and drink yet another cup of coffee, accepting it is part of life, but not really knowing just how much it is affecting us. But it is affecting us, often in rather slow insidious ways. In fact stress is one of the commonest complaints patients bring to Practitioners.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), approximately 80% of GPs’ patients have symptoms which are either primarily due to stress (such as depression or extreme anxiety) or whereby the course of actual pathological illnesses are worsened and / or lengthened by stress. It is rare nowadays to be told your problem is ‘psychosomatic’, which was taken to mean it’s all in your mind, and thus if no pathogen could be found then there was no real problem. Nowadays the power of the state of one’s mind to affect us physiologically is much more accepted in medicine.
Indeed in the last 10 years or so there has now emerged a new science called Psycho Neuro Immunology (PNI), which recognises the strong connection between our mental / emotional status and its effects on our body. PNI. has e.g. identified and demonstrated connections between neurological pathways and our white blood cells (a major part of our immune system). Researchers have now proved categorically the direct effect of stress on our physical health, showing precisely how we are much more prone to infections when stressed.
More than just a mental / emotional problem ….
According to Professor. Hans Selye, stress can be defined as ‘The non specific response of the body to any demand’. In other words, stress is not just a psychological term but the total response of a person to the various demands of the context of their life. Some of the changes produced by stress are merely adaptations, others are signs of damage. However when asked about being stressed, patients will often assume the practitioner means only emotional or mental stress and will often strongly deny being stressed. However, stress can take many different forms :
Mental and / or emotional stress
In fact stress is actually anything which disrupts our bodies normal homeostasis (balance), which is very important as to be healthy one needs to maintain ideal homeostasis. Illnesses will occur where the homeostatic balance has shifted to a new more precarious ‘balance’.
Physical stress – lack of good quality sleep, excessive exercise without proper rest, bio-mechanical strain due to poor posture / injuries, etc.
Bio-Chemical stress – from poor diet, poor eating habits, environmental pollutants allergies, hormonal imbalances etc.
The Adrenal Glands
The body deals with stress in a number of ways, primarily via the ‘sympathetic’ branch of our autonomic nervous system, which in turn affects our endocrine (hormonal) system, particularly our adrenal glands, which then has disruptive effects on the rest of our body’s functions. Short infrequent periods of stress are of course inevitable and indeed are what our adrenals were designed for (producing the ‘fight or flight’ response via the hormone adrenaline) enabling us to survive major life threatening events.
It is because of the ‘fight or flight’ response of adrenaline that there is a close association between the adrenals and our blood sugar levels. During a ‘fight or flight’ (stress) situation, we need instant energy, and so the release of adrenaline causes the conversion of stored glycogen (in the liver) into glucose, thus rapidly raising our blood sugar to very high levels.
It is of course the prolonged / frequent stress events, which are part of modern life and indeed are now contributing to poor health and early demise.
According to Professor. Hans Selye (the world’s leading stress expert) our bodies response to long term stress progresses in the following stages, known as the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.).
Stage 1. Initially with short periods of stress, our adrenals will increase their hormonal output (of adrenaline) causing the person to draw on their ‘reserves’ to enable them to deal with the threat. This is the ‘Alarm Reaction’ stage and is the primary function for which the adrenal glands were designed, to deal with the ‘sabre toothed tiger’! It is known as a functional hyper-adrenic response to stress.
Stage 2. If the stress continues, the adrenals will actually begin to increase in size in order to cope with the (perceived) increased demands. This increased size and activity defines the ‘Resistance Stage’. As stated above, there is a close relationship between adrenal, output and blood sugar levels. Hence this is usually the time when the person begins to consume coffee and / or other stimulants such as cigarettes, colas and chocolate to get going or keep going (because their blood sugar has dipped), or indeed just to stay awake especially mid to late afternoon! If the person does not get these stimulants, then there will be a tendency to become irritable / snappish, which occurs because the adrenals have been forced to release adrenaline (or cortisol) to bring the blood sugar levels back up
Stage 3. If the stress is prolonged, it will eventually begin to overwhelm the now larger adrenals, which then will eventually lose their ability to respond. More and more coffee, cigarettes and other stimulants are needed to do anything at all. The person starts to feel overwhelmed and procrastinate more often, just can’t get their head together to do things which were easily done previously. They also start to get a reputation for being unreliable due to forgetting things and becoming late for appointments/meetings. The latter is because it takes the possibility of being late to really whack the adrenals into action, to get things started. Eventually no amount of stimulants will work, and it really is a case of ‘flogging the dead horse’.
Now the patient has reached the ‘Exhaustion Stage’, where they really are unable to cope with any additional stress as the adrenals simply cannot give the essential burst of energy, when it is needed regardless of how many coffees and cigarettes are consumed. It is invariably at this point that the patient seeks medical help as they now feel totally and utterly exhausted, listless, irritable/miserable and unmotivated yet angry with themselves as they can’t cope any more.
These are all indications of chronic functional hypo-adrenals (adrenal fatigue), due to the above prolonged exposure to stress. Because the adrenal glands produce a wide variety of hormones which in turn affect other endocrine glands, patients with adrenal exhaustion can show a wide range of symptoms, depending on the individual’s constitutional strengths and weaknesses..
Symptoms associated with Chronic Adrenal exhaustion:
Of course stress related illness following functional hypo-anrenia, can come about not just after prolonged stress / involving blatant abuse of one’s body, but also following a single extremely stressful event. These include death of a loved one, separation, divorce, loss of job/career/finance/status and most importantly loss of trust or sense of purpose.
- Poor memory / presence of mind, difficulty focussing, poor concentration
- Lightheadedness on standing up, trembling
- Prefer to walk rather than stand (even though they are drained)
- Chronically fatigued
- Recurrent infections inc. constant sore throat
- Development of allergies and intolerance’s to things which were previously fine
- Sore eyes with increased sensitivity to light
- Insomnia, don’t feel rested in the morning on waking
- Frequent urination
- Low back (lumbar) pain
- Change in appetite and or recurrent gut problems inc. diarrhoea
- Increased consumption of stimulants, coffee, colas/fizzy drinks, cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, cakes etc
- Constant aches, stiffness and pains especially in the legs and upper back/shoulders
- Desire to sleep during the afternoon along with increased energy at night.
- Decreased libido without necessarily having a headache!
If you are the wrong side of fourty and unfortunate enough to have a GP who themselves adrenally exhausted, then you may be told ‘it’s your age’, ‘this is what’s supposed to happen’ and up to a point this is true. However, it really is not normal for a person to feel fatigued all of the time, whatever your age. If you reach stage 3 and do not deal with the cause and effects of stress, it can lead to more serious health problems, as well as premature ageing, so it is wise to take action, the earlier the better.
Helping your body to help itself
The good news is, all is not lost, as these are all signs of not just overwork / over worry etc. but also that the body is severely lacking in various nutrients needed to support the adrenals and the nervous system and prevent damage caused by increased free radical activity of the stress response. .
So what to do ….?
If you at stage 2 or 3, first and most importantly, recognise you cannot carry on like the above indefinitely without serious health consequences, so put yourself first for a change! Seek help from a Nutritional/Kinesiology practitioner for the physical or metabolic problems which are beyond your control. Follow whatever nutritional advise is recommended including supplementation and Kinesiology exercises aimed at regenerating/supporting the adrenals
The wise person then helps their body cope with stress, by learning to respect the limitations f their body and give it at least the same level of support/maintenance they would give to their car, e.g. by..
Drinking plenty of water and less tea and coffee.
Getting as much sleep as your body needs to feel rested.
Taking regular moderate exercise but if you are chronically fatigued and exercise makes you fell worse, don’t’ try to ‘work through it’. Don’t mistake fitness for health.
Learning to say ‘why’ and ‘no’ politely but firmly and much earlier in your daily transactions, rather than allowing things to build up into resentment.
Learning to accept help and where necessary to delegate.
Build in quality time to relax and regenerate on a regular basis.
Have a hobby, which you do simply for the enjoyment.
It is unlikely that you will eradicate stress from your life entirely, but the right attitude towards it may prevent chronic adrenal dysfunction and associated illnesses.
Sean Kulyk is a Complementary Medicine Lecturer, Practitioner with 20 years experience and was Director of the Centre for Integrated Medicine for 3 years. He specialises in dealing with stress and related illnesses and also constantly lobbies for getting Complementary Medicine onto the NHS. Sean practices in clinics both in London and Kent.
If you have a Chronic problem, including stress which is not responding, then you can contact Sean Kulyk, to arrange an appointment, by calling him on 07949 191508 or by e-mailing him on [email protected]
Complementary Medicine approaches to healthcare ; A real life example.
A Holistic Complementary Approach to the treatment Osteoporosis (taken from a reply to a concerned relative of an osteoporosis patient with associated Kyphosis of the upper spine).
Kyphosis with osteoporosis is literally a hump on your aunt’s thoracic (upper) spine with associated loss of bone density. In Chinese medicine, it is an indicator of Kidney Meridian deficiency, basically you get this when you’re exhausted. The Kidneys of course help to regulate amongst other things your electrolyte (mineral) levels, i.e. your salts including calcium salts. Your thyroid and para-thyroid also contribute to regulating calcium in your blood and bones, as does the level of Vitamin D. So the question is - does she expose enough of herself to get sufficient sunshine to make Vitamin D? (NB Some of the sunshine passes through the skin and converts the cholesterol just under our skin into vitamin D3).
From a metaphorical point of view, having a physical hump, often indicates the person has ‘the hump’ i.e. is angry and or depressed (the latter of which can be seen as anger but with the inability to do anything about the situation). This anger then literally ‘eats away at you’, causing the loss of Calcium from the bones. This happens because the person is constantly going over some previous issue which they can’t seem to let of of and so this is a constant mental ‘stress’ on the person. So what are the physiological processes behind this mind-body phenomenon?
Mental Stress affects the we breathe (causing us to breathe shorter and shallower) which tends to cause us to round our shoulders, also stress causes a build up of carbonic acid and lactic acid. This in turn is constantly making the person’s system more acid than it should be and indeed, will contribute to either direct erosion of the bones or to loss of the alkali mineral calcium from the bones (and muscles and nerves). Calcium is needed to neutralise the above excess acidity in the blood, lymph and intracellular fluid etc. Hence by robbing the calcium from the bones they ultimately (over many years) begin to become brittle (Osteoporosis) and in the extreme produce crumbling of the spinal vertebrae leading to a loss in height and a hump.
Other (often more significant) causes of over acidity are, over consumption of acid forming foods, such as meat, wheat and sweet foods (e.g. hamburger –meat and wheat, followed by a fizzy drink- sweet).. This is typical of the modern diet where we also have under consumption of alkali forming foods (fruit and vegetables). The body HAS to deal with this immediately through Homeostatic Mechanisms which cause a loss of calcium which whilst not being good in the long term prevent the alternative, which would be for the body to die very quickly!
Why is this? Because the body functions optimally with blood, lymph and interstitial and intra-cellular fluid having a pH of between 7.35 and 7.45. Any movement above or more typically below (towards acidity) results in Homeostatic Mechanisms being activated to re-establish the correct balance. If we ultimately are unable to mobilise the homeostatic balancing mechanisms to bring us back to a pH of between 7.35 and 7.45 then death occurs quite rapidly. NB pH is a measure of how acid or alkaline one’s body is currently.
So what is the answer? Well, there are several things we can do (bearing in mind the level of success depends on how far the physical pathology has advanced). If these suggestions are followed there will be improvement to some extent – at least a slowing of the pathological process. More importantly, the person will feel better in themselves.
- NAT-MUR is clearly the Homoeopathic remedy needed for your Aunt, beating in mind the ‘disappointment in Love’ you mentioned she suffered earlier on in life, so she will start to let go of the pre-occupation with past hurts and become more happy in the present. No small thing! Nat-Mur also helps on a physical level to regulate our Kidneys (and Thyroid and para-thyroid glands) and hence our electrolytes (salts) including calcium and so she will tend to hold onto her existing levels of calcium more easily. Remember, Osteoporosis comes about usually not through deficiency of calcium but through excessive loss of the calcium stores we have. Nat-Mur will help in the above regulation.
- She needs to drastically reduce her sources of excess acidity in her system, meat and wheat and sweets (including all sources of sugar except fruit) – NB meat also, includes poultry. Fish is much, better (especially oily fish) for not only preventing calcium loss but also helping rebuild bone, because of its Vitamin D. She should eat the bones of the fish where she can, such as where the fish have soft bones. Also, instead of cows milk produce, goat and sheep milk produce is much better tolerated and indeed absorbed particularly amongst the Asian and Afro Caribbean community.
- She needs to eat plenty of fruit (the wider range the better though not too many strawberries) and lots of vegetables. Minimum 5 pieces of fruit per day (about 0.7Kg) and around the same in vegetables. Contrary to popular opinion, most fruit is not acid forming, rather while it comes into the body acidic, it forms an Alkaline ‘Ash’ in the body.
- She desperately needs to re-hydrate – so lots of water – over there in Iran, at least 4 litres per day (in the UK, for an adult 2 litres in Winter, 2.5 litres Spring/Autumn, 3 litres in Summer)
- She needs a good calcium supplement which also includes Magnesium, Boron, Zinc and a little Copper, ideally and Vitamin D3, - something like Osteo Care or one of Natures Own Osteo products.
- Stimulants for the kidneys could include Nettle herb tea – but check with e.g. Balwin’s herbalists (Tel: 0207 703 5550) or other kidney herbal tonics (ensuring non are contra indicated to any medication she may be on).
- Although you have not mentioned it. I would be surprised if she didn’t also have a tendency towards hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) or indeed gall stones. The good news is, that the above will help these too. However, assuming she has arteriosclerosis, if the extent of it is severe, then she should urgently consider Chelation Therapy and get get her blood pressure checked, alongside these recommendations. (Look on the Net for info on this).
- She needs to get more Sunshine, though obviously not the harsh Mid-Day Sun.
Sean Kulyk is a Complementary Medicine Lecturer, Kinesiologist, Homoeopath , Naturopath, and health lobbyist, with over 20 years experience. He has helped countless patients with chronic conditions including osteoporosis. If you wish to make an appointment with Sean you can do so via either : 07949 191508 or indeed via e-mail: [email protected] for a private consultation.
Sean works in clinics in Central London, East London and North Kent. If you are wondering if he can help, then why not call him for a free mini assessment.
Health is the only true wealth
KFRP, Dip.Hom(med), PG.Dip(Hom), ISHTA, D.Ac
Homeopaths, Kinesiology, Naturopaths