Benign Fasciculation Syndrome Intro

Hi, you may have watched my YouTube video where I talk about discovering that I may have this condition a few weeks ago in the middle of September 2019.

I plan on creating a library of sorts of information related to Benign Fasciculation Syndrome Causes, treatments, help, advice and anything else I can uncover and share for people who are also experiencing it.

The above link is to a YouTube search for the condition and if you haven’t already seen those videos then there are a couple that are worth looking at. I wouldn’t recommend watching watching them all as many can be quite negative and if you have fasciculations you probably are stressed out about it enough already.

This video:

Benign Fasciculation Syndrome Causes and Treatment, by Dr Simon Freilich is good an informative.

And this one I liked as well just to hear how the condition can vary so much, although we don’t know if all the symptoms he describes are a part of the same condition:

Benign fasciculation syndrome(If you have it..let it be known here)

In the comments to that video are some good descriptions from people on their symptoms, thoughts, experiences and advice.

Anyway, drop me an email if you want to be kept up to date or come back and visit and I should have more to add. I have 7 research papers on Glutamate Toxicity, GABA and overexcited neurotransmitters, just to start with.

I think/hope/pray that my condition is due to stress beyond belief I was and and am still experiencing in the months and weeks leading up to the start of what I think/hope/pray is Benign Fasciculation Syndrome.

Time will tell.



The many health benefits of daily journaling

The latest research finds that journaling, or writing a daily diary, is a surefire method for increasing happiness and improving your success in life?

Psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker at University of Texas has found among other benefits that regular journaling strengthens immune cells and decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

He states:

writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.

The benefits of journaling

Research show that daily journaling can help you to:

  • Clarify your thoughts and feelings
  • Know yourself better
  • Reduce stress
  • Helps you solve problems more effectively
  • And help you resolve disagreements with others

But there is even more research from many different universities on the astounding benefits of writing.

I just chose a few, but there is so much research and evidence that you would be crazy to not journaling doing immediately.

  • Participants writing about “imaginary” traumas also showed improvements in physical health (Greenberg et al., 1996)
  • Writing about the “worries” relating to an exam before it takes place significantly improves test scores, especially for those who are normally anxious about exams ( Ramirez & Beilock, 2011)
  • Participants who wrote about their relationship were significantly more likely to still be dating their romantic partners 3 months later (Slatcher & Pennebaker, 2006)
  • Spending 2 minutes writing for 2 consecutive days caused people to have fewer physical symptoms at 4 to 6 weeks follow up than did controls (Burton & King, 2008)
  • A decreases in male’s aggressive behavior was evident in relationships when the male was assigned to the expressive writing condition, however, when the female had been assigned to the expressive writing condition, there was a strong decrease in marital satisfaction within the couple(Baddeley & Pennebaker, 2009)

Did you imagine even for a second that daily journaling could have such beneficial effects on your health?

Has your doctor ever told you about keeping a daily diary to help with these and other health issues?

It’s evident that sometimes the most simple things, when done consistently, can have a dramatic influence on your health and life.

And these solutions are available to everybody, they are free and you can start straight away.

The same is true with POWER Questions. What drug has EVER achieved a 91% rate of effectiveness? NONE! But POWER Questions have proven to offer just that and help people:

  • Feel happier in life
  • Feel like life has more meaning
  • Engage in life more
  • Reach goals more consistently

Phone diary

A phone is great tool to help keep a diary if you don’t think you would ever write one.

You can just use the voice to text option that most phones have and record your daily diary using your voice.

You can also set it up to record the journal next to your POWER Question results using the handy Google App (POWER Questions app instruction here), therefore making it easy to correlate the data when you want to analyse the results.

Daily journaling combined with your POWER Questions are powerful, free, easy to use techniques for improving your mental and physical health as well as your life.

If you need help setting them up or advice on how to use them, just contact me and I will be happy to help.

Who do you think you are?

We aren’t what we think we are!

If you are not your memories, and you are not your thoughts, then what are you?

What are we left with if we take away our memories and thoughts that we believe define us?

Physically, without them, all you really are as you sit there reading this post is bones, blood, brain, organs, skin, muscle and some other stuff, right? That analysis isn’t very specific I know, but you get the picture.

Yet, the strange fact is, that isn’t strictly true either, that you are you.


In reality, your body includes more foreign organisms, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses than it does of your own cells and DNA. Depending on which research you read the reality could be that only 10% of you is “human” and the rest is made up of other… beings or microbes.

Which for me is handy because now when I screw up I blame all the other organisms that make up me, rather than the 10% of me that did it 🙂

So physically, you aren’t really you, according to the biologists.


So what about our memories? Are they what define us?

Neurologically, your memories are simply patterns of connected neurons within your brain that pulse with an electrical charge when you recall a past event.

And according to Neuroscientist, Professor Schiller, “Not only are our memories faulty… but, more importantly, our memories change each time they are recalled.”

So, potentially, a lot of what you remember now, has been changed and… may be completely made up.

But, that might be a good thing according to Schiller, “My conclusion is that memory is what you are now. Not in pictures, not in recordings. Your memory is who you are now.” So if we tell our Microglia and neuronsstories differently, the emotions that are elicited will also differ. An altered story is also an altered interior life.”

OK, so if some memories have been altered and may be completely inaccurate, and we believe they define us as who we are, we may as well choose to re-create those memories each time we re-member them for a better interior life right now. Right?


OK, that leaves those thoughts we are having at this moment. What about those?

Can you control your thoughts?

Most people, even the scientists, say that you can’t control your thoughts.

However, It’s not that we can’t control our thoughts, but more accurately, most of us just don’t take the time to give our thoughts direction.

“Control of the mind is something that has never occurred to most of us; to some it may even sound cold or rigid…. But when we learn to control the mind, to slow down its feverish pace, to welcome those thoughts we approve of and dismiss those that are negative, we will find what a sense of mastery this brings….. We can all have such control over the mind that calmness becomes our natural state….” ~ Eknath Easwaran

And if you leave your thoughts to their own devices, they can start to rage out of control, just like an airplane would if it didn’t have a pilot flying it or the autopilot switched on.

Yet, did you know that with just a minute a day’s practice asking the right questions, you can begin to steer your thoughts in the exact direction you need them to go.

According to research by Professor Goldsmith involving over 5,000 people, when they asked the right questions they were able to improve the following areas of their lives with a 91% success rate WITHIN JUST 10 DAYS:

  • Become more happy and joyful
  • Find more meaning in life
  • Make better progress towards their goals

So, even your thoughts don’t have to define you if within 10 days, or quicker, they can be completely replaced by new useful, self empowering supportive ones.

Imagine if you could do that too. What questions would you ask that could change your life in less than 10 days?


And here’s one more sobering fact to help you appreciate that WHATEVER you are feeling or going through, you are not alone, and never will be, as someone else has been or is going through it right now too:

There have been approximately 107,602,707,791 (almost 108 Billion) 🙂 people on this planet before you and me. And there will be a lot more than that after us.

Leave a comment if you have any questions and please SHARE THIS or LIKE IT if you think a friend might need to read it too.

If you want to learn more about improving your mindset and the science of how to improve your happiness and “asking the right questions” you can get my training. Just email me and I will give you full access.

30 amazing health benefits of walking

If you want increase your lifespan by up to seven years then get into the habit of walking for 20 minutes or more every day.

Research from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congres) has been found that it helps the anti-aging process and can even help repair old DNA.

Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, told The Independent

We may never avoid becoming completely old, but we may delay the time we become old. We may look younger when we’re 70 and may live into our nineties. Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an antidepressant, it improves cognitive function, and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia.

Think of ways to include walking into your daily routine. Examples include:

  • walking part of your journey to work
  • walking to the shops
  • using the stairs instead of the lift
  • leaving the car behind for short journeys
  • walking the kids to school
  • doing a regular walk with a friend
  • going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner

According to the NHS regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as –

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Stroke
  • and some cancers

But it’s also known that walking can –

  • Strengthens your heart
  • Reduce your risk of colon cancer
  • Reduce your risk of breast cancer
  • Reduce your risk of womb cancer
  • Help you lose weight
  • Prevent dementia
  • Tones up legs, bums and tums
  • Boost vitamin D
  • Give you energy
  • Make you happy
  • Improve sleep
  • Support your joint health
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce the incidence of disability in those over 65

And this is a list of benefits from the Arthritis Foundation

  • Walking improves circulation
  • Walking shores up your bones
  • Walking leads to a longer life
  • Walking lightens mood
  • Walking can lead to weight loss
  • Walking strengthens muscles
  • Walking improves sleep
  • Walking supports your joints
  • Walking improves your breath
  • Walking slows mental decline
  • Walking lowers Alzheimer’s risk
  • Walking helps you do more, longer

Overcoming hay-fever using natural medicine

It’s yet another example of how much we should be accountable for our own health and happiness in life.

Having never suffered from hay fever I was surprised when 9 day ago I suddenly had a ridiculously tickly nose that was way beyond unpleasant along with bouts of sneezing fits with such ferocity I thought a lung was going to pop out of my nose.

After 3 days I realised it wasn’t just a passing phase and so concluded that as it was affecting the health happiness and well-being levels of my life I had to deal with it pronto.

So, I got my 9 year old daughter to look up cures for hay fever using Google.

Nettle Tea.


The Chinese medicine view of nettle tea is that it cools the body down. This is typical in natural medicine. The things that hurt us most also cures us the best when used properly. It’s weird that a plant that stings the outside of your body and makes it feel like it is burning, can also cool the inside of the body down and help alleviate conditions like eczema.

So, off to the local herbalist’s who I’ve used many times over the years in Glasgow and Edinburgh and offer great advice, Napiers.

They also prescribe a product called Pollen’Ease by New Horizon.

pollen ease for hay fever

It wasn’t long before I noticed my nose returning back to normal and within two to three days there was no more blowing my lungs out or the desire to punch myself on my own nose.

As a bonus, I’ve discovered that if I mix nettle tea with green tea I don’t need to add any honey to sweeten it, reducing another high GI food from my diet.

A little addition to the story of the visit to Napiers:

I actually drove to the store with my Mum and as I couldn’t get parked anywhere nearby she went in to ask about the medicines for hay fever for me. While there, a person walked in and thanked the people working there for the medicine that they had given him to help alleviate his hay fever that he had suffered from for many years. He went on to say that this was the first time he had been free from what were for him some very sever symptoms.

At the end of the day, this is another example of how just your attitude in how you ask a question can help solve a situation that maybe millions of people are possibly suffering from needlessly.

I believe what we ask ourselves every day is much more important than what we say to ourselves.

And being prepared to make the best of any situation and have plans in place and ready to deal with any curve balls, like hay fever, that life may throw at us.