Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 24, 2007

How to Supercharge Your Immune System

Here are Dr Mercola’s recommendations to supplement his excellent video for keeping your immune system in top shape, many of which coincide or dovetail with Null’s suggestions: Of course these are just a summary, but if you want a more comprehensive review please consider my new book Take Control of Your Health, which is loaded with key insights to improve your health and immune system.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately. It is especially imperative to avoid sugar if you feel you are coming down with something, but keeping sugar out of your diet for the long haul will do wonders for your health and make your body stronger. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get Enough Rest

Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight off disease. Regular rest will keep you strong and ensure that your body has the strength to fight off any potential invaders. Be sure to check out my article on Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep.

Eat Garlic Regularly

Garlic is a triple-whammy: it’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Garlic is one food that you should be eating every day. It is important to note that the garlic must be fresh to give you optimal health benefits. The active ingredient is destroyed within one hour of smashing the garlic, so garlic pills are virtually worthless and should not be used. When you use the garlic, compress it with a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through your juicer to add to your vegetable juice. If you swallow the clove intact you will not convert the active ingredient, allicin, to its active form.

Don’t Let Stress Become Overwhelming

We all face some stress everyday, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off illnesses. It has been estimated that up to 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a type of psychological acupressure. EFT is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.


When you exercise you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it has a chance to spread. In a sense, exercising helps your immune system to be more efficient in weeding out and acting upon viruses and diseases. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips to get started.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. If your immune system is strong, it should be able to fight off the virus if it does enter your body, but washing your hands provides a bit of extra protection. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. You can read my article on hygiene mistakes for more information.

Dr Mercola

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 21, 2007

For The Adventure of Being Alive.

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

from the book The Invitation

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 18, 2007

Nick Sharp-Professional Trail Runner

Record holder and two-time winner of the 2006 & 2007

Mont Blanc Marathon.



After a Start from the center of Chamonix (1035m), you steadily climb the upper valley of the Arve, progressively passing through the hamlets of “les Bois” and Lavancher to reach Argentière (1250m). You next cross the Col des Montets (1461m) into the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges game park.. Then, along the le Chemin des Diligences, the old stage-coach route, you arrive at the hamlet of Buet before reaching Vallorcine (1260m), which nestles at the bottom of a friendly valley only a stone’s throw from Switzerland.

Now you are heading towards the Col des Posettes (1997m) where you will be rewarded for your efforts by a splendid view of the massif of Mont Blanc. Opposite the Aiguille and the Tour glacier, the route now goes gradually back down across the mountain passes to reach Charamillon (1850m), then the gradient increases until the village of Tour (1453m). It now becomes calmer along the road leading to Montroc (1382m), before crossing the hamlets of Frasserands and Tré-le-champ. You return to the historic route of the Mont-Blanc cross-country race. At the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, opposite the Mount-Blanc range, the route climbs up until la Flégère (1875m). After a crossing of the magnificent comb of Charlanon (1812m), you climb, at first gently and then more steeply, until just before the arrival at Planpraz (2050m) which presents one of the most beautiful views of Mont Blanc.

The route is made up of 16% of tarmac road, 52% of forest tracks and 32% of paths and is composed of an altitude difference of 2240 meters up and 1190 meters down.

Mont Blanc Marathon

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 15, 2007

What Do You Do When You Fall?

Falling happens, Accept it
When you were learning to walk, you fell many times. You got back up and tried again. Eventually you could walk with no problem. You have to realize that falling is part of growing.

When you fall, the next natural step is to get up. We learn to grow and become stronger from our falls. While learning to walk, if you had stayed down after your first fall, you wouldn’t be walking today. So falling is part of growing; staying down is not.

“Do or do not. There is no try”

Quote YODA from Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 11, 2007

Geshinkai Karate

Meet Max Jackson Future Grand Master
Day One of Enter the Dragon with Geshinkai Karate.

A very proud day for mum and dad…

Be water my friend, You put water into a tea pot it becomes the tea,

Put water into a cup it becomes the cup, Water flows, Water crashes

Be like water my friend – Bruce Lee Quote.

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 9, 2007

The Future of Food

The Future of Food Part 1

You NEED to Watch This Video!!!

This is an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. It examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world’s food system.

Dr. Mercola’s Comment:

Without a doubt this is one of the best documentaries I have ever viewed. It will help you understand the very real threat that ALL future generations face as a result of genetic engineering

Please schedule 90 minutes and watch this film with your family

If you are unable to get a hold of a copy of the movie, don’t worry it’s on or use the links below.


Future of Food Pt. 2

Future of Food Pt.3

Future of Food Pt. 4

Future of Food Pt. 5

The Future of Food Pt. 6

The Future of Food Pt. 7

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 7, 2007

Kokoda Track-Get Training

Over the last year I have been researching doing the PNG Kokoda Track, here is some footage of people who have gone before…

More than just an Adventure Trek a Life changing adventure…

This is definitely something I want to do next year…

Who’s coming with with us in 2008?

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 4, 2007

Turn a Flashlight Into a Laser

Laser Flashlight Hack! – video powered by Metacafe

This fascinating video appealed to the gadget geek in me — and I couldn’t resist sharing it with all you other technology junkies out there.

The video shows you how to turn a regular MiniMag flashlight into an extremely powerful hand-held laser (that’s strong enough to light matches and pop balloons). It does require some specialty parts and work, namely the laser component from a DVD burner and some soldering, but the steps are clear enough for most anyone to follow.

If you decide to give this one a try, please realize that this laser is much stronger than the typical laser pointers that you can buy. You should not use it for presentations or to play with your pets, and you should avoid pointing it at anyone, even at a distance, as it has the potential to cause serious eye damage, or worse.

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 3, 2007

Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically Modified FoodsWhat to Know Before You Eat Them

Plus, What Food Producers Hope You Never Find Out …

People around the world pro-actively reject Genetically Modified (GM) products and crops. But in the United States, few people are even aware of what GM foods are — and labeling is not required.

Yet some 70% of the foods in your grocery store contain GM foods.

I’m so concerned about the grave risks in GM foods that I decided to present you with a series of articles originating from the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). Jeffrey Smith, leading spokesperson on the dangers of GM foods, founded the IRT in 2003 to warn the American public about this menace. Discover the hidden hazards of GM foods for yourself, at Jeffrey’s website:

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | September 1, 2007

Western State 100 Mile

The Western States Endurance Run is one of the oldest ultra trail events in the world and certainly one of the most challenging

The Run is conducted along the Western States Trail starting at Squaw Valley, California, and ending in Auburn, California, a total of 100 miles. The trail ascends from the Squaw Valley floor (elevation 6,200 feet) to Emigrant Pass (elevation 8,750 feet), a climb of 2,550 vertical feet in the first 4½ miles. From the pass, following the original trails used by the gold and silver miners of the 1850’s, runners travel west, climbing another 15,540 feet and descending 22,970 feet before reaching Auburn.

WSER is one of the key events that have helped Auburn, CA, earn the title of “Endurance Capital of the World.”

Most of the trail passes through remote and rugged territory, accessible only to hikers, horses and helicopters.

Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of the trail, the Western States Endurance Run differs substantially from other organized runs. Adequate mental and physical preparation are of utmost importance to each runner, for the mountains, although beautiful, are relentless in their challenge and unforgiving to the ill-prepared.

The Race begins at 5:00 am on Saturday of the last weekend in June at the west end of Squaw Valley. Runners must reach the finish line no later than 11:00 am the following day in order to be eligible for an award.

Approximately 1,300 dedicated volunteers help out at each Western States Endurance Run. They are truly the life-blood of the Run and will do everything possible to make your day a success. Many spend more hours out on the trail than do the runners themselves.

Gwezz, for those of you who don’t know me the story Dean Karnazes shared in his book Ultramarathon Man, basically was where the idea of trail running began for me. If you haven’t read it…Get it…

Posted by: Geoff Jackson | August 31, 2007

Super Mum Jana Rules World

JANA Rawlinson has won the womens 400m hurdles final in a time of 53.31 seconds at the world athletics championships in Osaka, Japan.

SUPER mum Jana Rawlinson is again champion of the world.

Just eight months after giving birth, the Sydney 24-year-old produced the race of her life to win her second 400m hurdles world championships gold medal in Osaka overnight.

Rawlinson joins Olympic champion Cathy Freeman as the only Australia athletes to have won two world titles, with last night’s triumph coming four years after her gold in Paris.

Jana’s Win 2007

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