Sunday, 25 August 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Body Clock, Acclimatisation & Fliers.

Following my article "Why Frequent Fliers Should Take Exercise Seriously to Fly Better" posted on (1st Aug 2013) I just want to offer some additional information business and frequent fliers can use to maximise their body clocks when travelling.

The information speaks to the principle I like to call Acclimatisation at my NoJetStress Clinic. Body clocks help us acclimatise to environments, especially so when we travel long distances. Getting back in sync after flying can become a problem if you are a frequent flier. If you want to stay healthy without resorting to stimulants and pharmaceuticals here are some solutions to the challenges out of sync body clocks pose to fliers.


Fatigue - Physiologically, flying is stressful on everyone regardless of which cabin you fly in.

Time of day challenged - Landing into daytime when your body is on nighttime and vice versa.

Sleep - Not getting enough quality sleep when you need it and want it for the purpose of your journey.


Challenge - Fatigue
Action - Make rehydration a priority.
Best practices - Coconut water and Megahydrate supplement.

Challenge - Time of day.
Action - Reinforce local time markers to adapt quickly.
Best practices - When in Rome do as Romans do!

Challenge - Sleep
Action - Recreate your home sleep ritual on the road and stick to it.
Best practices - No late meals, No - bright lights, TV, phones, computers or laptops in bed, or ideally two hours before bed. Use red or orange hued light after dusk.

Additional Comments

Fatigue through dehydration is a common factor in flying, a two percent drop in hydration has been shown to affect productivity adversely.

Zeitgebers are internal and external cues we use to know what time it is wherever we are.
Seeking or shunning them can help reset the body clock.

Frequent fliers have their daily rhythms upset regularly by being on the road. The antidote is to create rhythm and rituals around the travel schedule as much as possible. Sleep rituals and exercise rituals are good ones to start with.

Additional Reading

Susan M Kleiner PhD, RD. Water : An essential but overlooked nutrient.
Journal of American Dietetic Association Vol 99, Issue 2, Feb 1999 Page 200-206.

John E Greenleaf and Fredrick Sargent. Voluntary dehydration in man
Journal of Applied Physiology July 1,1965, vol 20 no. 4, 719-724


- Christopher Babayode

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Why The Threat of TSA Scanners Is Still With Us

TSA ProVision Xray machine screening ..Good.
English: TSA ProVision Xray machine screening a person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Discontinued in USA, may be found elsewhere BAD
English: Backscatter Unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In May 2013 John Pistole the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wrote a letter to the US Congress, confirming that the 1st of June deadline, for all its airport body scanners to be privacy compliant had been met. All airport scanners in the US will now use Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) software which only shows a generic image. While this may be great news to many who hated the pervy naked scanners it is not the end of the story, especially if you travel outside the United States.

Legislation requiring all airport scanners to comply with privacy concerns was passed by the US Congress in January 2013. The TSA through its partnerships with Rapiscan and L3 Communications had till June 1st to make their machines compliant. L3 Communications was the only company able to produce software to satisfy the privacy requirement. As a result the Rapiscan Secure 1000 machines have been removed and the L3 Communications Provision Millimetre wave machines are their replacement.

The first hint of a problem is that the TSA is still adamant that the Rapiscan backscatter scanners are completely safe! The sole reason for withdrawing them they say is because they are not privacy compliant. Some of the reports in the media seem to suggest that if Rapiscan can solve the software issue we could see the return of the backscatter technology. While it is only inferred, it is not hard to see that if you spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on machinery and you can recoup your investment by fixing the software glitch you may favour that option. Hence we may nt be out of the woods yet.

The second cause for concern is that these Rapiscan backscatter machines were fitted in other countries around the world who do not have a robust government to implement the changes like the United States has. Frequent fliers are left to fend for themselves in these cases. They have to deal with the breaches of privacy and the ionising radiation they are subject to. Often times the airport workers are not knowledgeable enough to understand the legitimate concerns of the traveller. In these instances the choices are comply and subject yourself to these violations or remain trapped in the country until you do, which is no choice at all. For this reason the dangers of backscatter technology may still be with us for a while longer yet.

Some reports online confuse the issue of scanners more than it needs to be.
Know your scanners and know which ones to avoid.
All scanners are Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners.
Rapiscan Secure 1000 ( 2 Metal Blue Boxes you stand between) BAD.
L3 Communications Provision Millimetre Wave scanner ( Glass tube you stand in) GOOD.

See this helpful diagram if in doubt.

- Christopher Babayode

Monday, 10 June 2013

What Frequent Fliers Must Know About Hydration - Part 2

One of the complaints frequent fliers have about flying is the dehydration the cabin atmosphere creates. Although planes do not carry an infinite amount of drinking water, supplies are rarely exhausted because drinking glass after glass of water just isn't as sexy as a glass of Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. We seem to have a love hate relationship with drinking water even when it would benefit our health on arrival. In this article we are going to look at our relationship with water.

Periodically since 1958, The World Health Organisation (W.H.O) has continually revised the standards by which water purity fit for human consumption is measured. From a lay perspective there is only one measurement that matters; Does the water you consume regularly increase structured water in your body?

I hinted in the previous article that structured water supports organisation which is another word for growth and health in this context. As humans we are made up of complexes of organisation. Structured water slots into place and supports this system by aiding better function at the cellular level. Before we were physical and biochemical beings we were electrical beings, structured water plays an integral part in this function.

There are 2 ways to get structured water into your body, they are through eating and drinking. Fruit and vegetables naturally contain structured water in their juices. Eating and drinking the juices of raw fruit and vegetables is the simplest way to make sure you are getting enough, there is still debate as to whether cooking destabilises structure. If you consider that most of us consume less fresh fruit and vegetables than we once did you begin to see how this nutrient can become deficient.

The amount of water you drink comes under similar scrutiny. Are you drinking enough water and is the quality of the water you consume up to standard? Most drinking water is treated water. Treated water lends itself to being de-structured through the treatment process. If you consume spring water this can be marginally better depending on where and who bottled it. Other factors like inorganic mineral content, water hardness and turbidity also count.

Do you know how many glasses of water you drink a day? The habit of drinking water instead of soft drinks and other beverages is worth cultivating as a means to improve our relationship with water. As simple as it sounds making a ritual out of drinking water is a sure way to increase consumption and if you are a frequent flier it is a necessity.

Another reason to increase your water intake as a flier is because it indirectly serves as a protector against cosmic radiation. A NASA website article demonstrates the use of hydrogen as a shield against cosmic radiation when incorporated into a spacecraft polymer material. Water, H2O which is two part hydrogen and one part oxygen offers this same benefit to hydrogen rich fliers!

In a nutshell you have to eat more and drink more water, the better the quality the greater the benefit. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices. Invest in a juicer and find out where the nearest juice bar to your hotel is. If you want a long term solution consider investing in home water system that cleans and restructures water fed in from your mains supply.


WHO -  Previous editions of the Guidelines for drinking-water quality WHO

NASA - Space Technology Mission Directorate - High Hydrogen Content Nanostructured Polymer Radiation Protection System NASA
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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Why The Pushback Against Ionising Radiation Scanners Mattered

As the TSA continues to swap the Rapiscan ionising radiation scanners for the ProVision millimeter wave variety, frequent fliers can see this change of tools as a victory for privacy and health. The official line according to a Forbes magazine article (Jan 2013) is that Rapiscan could not change the offensive nude images their machines produced to something less offensive. The ProVision machines were able to do this making them an ideal replacement. Another reason the ProVision machines are ideal is the fact that they use millimeter wave technology instead of backscatter technology, which beams low level ionising radiation into the skin of the person being scanned. As a flier the reason the outcome of this conversation matters is because all fliers, especially frequent fliers need to be protected from the dangers of low dose ionising radiation.

As far back as 2010 experts in the field of radiology, biochemistry and biophysics had voiced their concerns about the dangers backscatter machines posed and the lack of independent research or evidence to the contrary. Five of them were signatories to a letter sent to the Secretary of State for the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and the Chief Scientific Officer of the Obama Administration White House. Chief among them was John Sedat Ph.D a fellow at the National Academy of Science and Professor Emeritus in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California San Francisco. Dr Sedat's resume led me to his fellowship at the National Academies of Science (NAS) and a body of research detailing the dangers of low level exposure to ionising radiation. The National Academies Press has volumes of papers putting the argument beyond any doubt, low level ionising radiation is dangerous to human health.

I emphasise this point not because it has been in any doubt but to state a fact that has been the basis for the way forward in exploring this field. As far back as September 1978 in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Dr Karl Z Morgan said  " There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of malignancy is zero..." Furthermore the celebrated nuclear physicist John Gofman said "Harm in the form of excess human cancer, occurs at all doses of ionizing radiation, down to the lowest conceivable dose and dose rate."  These well respected experts laid the groundwork of credible research upon which our understanding of the dangers of ionising radiation have been built. 

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) was well aware of the added burden these machines placed on pilots when it published a letter asking its pilots to opt out of using the Rapiscan machines. Its argument was that pilots receive enough radiation in the course of flying and using the Rapiscan scanners would add more. Can't  the same be said of all fliers these days? Due to the technological age we live in we are all being exposed to more sources of ionising and non-ionising radiation. Protecting flier healthy is as good a reason to remove these scanners as any. Imagine my dismay when I came across this video trying to hoodwink us into believing that low dose ionising radiation is not that dangerous. 

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Protecting Frequent Fliers | Business News, Articles & Blogs | SunZu

Protecting Frequent Fliers | Business News, Articles & Blogs | SunZu

In today's world jet lag is commonplace and everyone suffers when they fly. Everyone else offers the same tired cures for it, the pill. Take a look at the articles in these pages, an expanded understanding of the perils of flying is required to truly get to the bottom of jet lag, let us be your guide to help you fly and arrive well. no pills.......I promise.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

What You Must Know About Hydration As A Flier - Part lll

The best thing about the tips I am about to give on how to stay hydrated on the road is the simple rule fliers should abide by when it comes to all things flying. Keep It Simple. In our quest for better energy, performance and health through hydration, Habits, Supplementation and Planning all play their part. Keeping it simple when so much is out of your control on the road really is the best policy.

To underline the importance of hydration as a tool to boost productivity and performance I would like to remind you of an example from the sports arena, lest we forget frequent flying is an endurance sport! At the London 2012 Olympics, in the men's 20km walk, the defending champion Valeriy Borchin collapsed due to exhaustion. In sports exhaustion, endurance and dehydration go hand in hand. Our professional sports are littered with athletes suffering from dehydration resulting in poor performances.

Away from the sports arena a recent high profile case of dehydration was that of General David Petraeus head of US Command in Iraq. General Petraeus collapsed during questioning in front of a US Senate hearing having flown in from Afghanistan.Everywhere you look the facts are the same, dehydration impairs performance, it is the same for frequent fliers. One peak performance site states that

"even low levels of dehydration have physiological consequences. A loss of 2% bodyweight (just 1kg for a 50kg person) causes an increase in perceived effort and is claimed to reduce performance by 10-20% A fluid loss exceeding 3-5% bodyweight reduces aerobic exercise performance noticeably and impairs reaction time, judgement, concentration and decision making"

These are not traits conducive to business success on the road in an ever changing environment.

The 3 simple tips I would offer to all frequent fliers are

1) Habits to cultivate and habits to avoid
2) Supplementation options to consider
3) Planning for the road and home.

Habits to cultivate are easy, drink more water. To get used to this do it at regular intervals. First thing in the morning, half hour before each meal and an hour before bed. If it really is a push to remember you can find apps for your smartphone to remind you. You could even set it up to remind you to drink water while in-flight.
Get into the habit of asking the flight attendants to fill up your water bottle for you. The best time to do this is not when they are serving you and everyone else drinks, they will worry they might run out and have to make unnecessary trips to the galley in the middle of serving you. Wait till they are in the galley next to all that water that doesn't get used and ask them then, they will have no reason to refuse you. If you feel galleys are no-go areas spot your friendly flight attendant in advance and make a beeline for them if the galley seems unwelcoming.
Habits to avoid may require a bit of willpower but if you structure them well with a reward in the future they won't be hard to maintain. Stop drinking dehydrating liquids on the plane and limit them in your diet in general. That includes wine tea coffee and soft drinks. Limit salty foods as well because getting rid of excess salt pulls water from the body in the process.

Supplementation options, I use the word supplementation loosely and specifically. There are specific healthy supplements on the market that have a track record of helping keep the body hydrated because of their abundance of Hydrogen ions. In keeping with this line of thought any food which has a lot of hydrogen in it is also useful. Of the three main food groups carbohydrates fit that bill with a basic chemical formula of (CHO). In practice this means that high protein or high fat and low carb diets are not great for hydration. If you do use these diets be sure to over compensate with your water consumption.

Planning for the road and at home. Always carry a water bottle with you and remember to sip from it regularly. If you are in a fancy hotel charging you $7.50 for bottled water in the room see if there is a gym in the hotel, water is usually free from the fountains in gyms.
At home you can do as little or as much as you like. Get a carbon filter jug to remove impurities from your mains tap water, source your water from a fresh water stream, install a total home plumbed in solution or buy drinking water in bulk on discount.
In closing as simple as it is the benefits of hydration are many for fliers in terms of health and performance and should not be overlooked by anyone who wants to be at their best while away on business travel.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Detox & Fly, Preparing for The Year Ahead - Part 4

Liver, Helping Herbs and Supplements.

This week’s article (the last on detoxification)  looks at specific tools you can use to support the liver. The musician James Brown was known as the hardest working man in show business, your liver is the hardest working organ in the body. The liver majors in detoxification but it also stores energy, makes some immune substances, helps maintain electrolyte balance,  filters the blood,  helps with the breakdown of  fats and many other functions. As a testament to how hard it works it also generates the most heat of all the organs in the body.
The liver is one of the organs in the body that can sustain damage and regenerate itself if given the opportunity. Regeneration* can be assisted through diet and herbs, in this way they have an amphoteric effects on the liver –  they specifically nourish the liver back to health.  As a busy person I much prefer to use diet and herbs as I don’t always have the time or inclination to subject myself  to  a full liver and gall bladder cleanse,* I think you may find them useful too. My top 3 I use and recommend are
There are others but I chose these 3 to start with as they are easy to get hold of and use. Goji berries travel well and half a handful a day is more than enough to benefit you. Schisandra berry tincture is also easy to use or if you get a good source you can boil your own berries into a tea and add some licorice. Licorice twigs or tea bags are a better choice over the confectionery.  TOP TIP: Add all three items together to make a great tasting tea you can start the day with. One of the great things about this formula is that you can drink it  as a tonic beverage and keep on getting adaptogenic* benefits from it.
Bitter herbs are very good for the liver on account of the fact that they tonify it. Some of the best are
I found it best to be at home when using Bitters as you never know how your body may react. The best way I know of taking them so far is through bitter tonics and digestives. Swedish bitter and aromatic bitters are good examples.  TOP TIP : If you are not yet ready for some of these herbs the bitter principle in any plant food will provide some benefit. Aloe ferox a wild relation of aloe vera is a good example that may serve as a half way medium.
A more comprehensive list of liver protecting substances including some from the previous article is included for your benefit. Note they all offer antioxidant properties so they are grouped by other types
  • VITAMINS   Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A
  • FLAVONOIDS  Catechin, Quercetin, Rutin, Kaempferol, Luteolin
  • MINERALS   Zinc, Selenium
  • AMINO ACIDS  Methionine, Glutathione, Cysteine
On a final note I would always suggest caution when using herbs or supplements you are unfamiliar with. Do find out as much as you can before taking them especially if you are on any medication.If you intend to use them while travelling remember that altitude can increase or decrease your biochemical response to drugs supplements and substances ingested. Be safe and consult your primary or qualified healthcare practitioner if it gives you peace of mind. On that note if you need to find any of the items mentioned in this series of articles or would like the help of a qualified nutritional therapist do not hesitate to contact me for an informal chat.

Liver Flush

What You Must Know About Hydration As A Frequent Flier

I think it was a Tony Robbins website quote that once said "We are surrounded by knowledge but starving of wisdom," this quote has a corollary when it comes to hydration.The earth is approximately three quarters water and a quarter land mass, yet we have great challenges staying hydrated for health and well being. This article is going to explore what you can do about hydration for general health and in the context of staying healthy while flying. First of all we are going to look at water, what it really is and what it's purpose is. Then in future articles we are going to look at our relationships with water and start to develop strategies we can use to help us get healthier for general and flier health.

Water tends to be seen as similar to food, as in the saying food and water, but it is much more than that. It is an Element and this is an important distinction to make from many perspectives. The big picture about water being an element is that elements are primordial substances and in our case 70 per cent of our body is made of one. Water is in fact an essential element and its form and function are integral to your well being. What does this imply? To make the point I will use a fresh water micro-organism to demonstrate.

Spirulina, a single cell fresh water algae is distinctive by its blue green hue. As a single cellular organism spirulina is at the bottom of the food chain. This means it has been around for a very long time. Scientists have linked spirulina to having been on earth at a time when the Sun's rays beat down on earth with such intensity that it would not have been possible for us to survive on Earth. Spirulina did! The blue pigment in spirulina is an adaptogenic trait it developed to enable it to survive the hash onslaught from a stronger shining Sun. (This adaptability is passed on to us when we consume spirulina regularly by the way).
Water on the Earth pre dates any type of organism single celled or otherwise and would have had to endure scorching sunlight and more. By the same token water has adaptive qualities. As it has weathered harsh atmospheres before the arrival of humans and is still here, it is safe to say it has some adaptive qualities which it transfers to us. To be without these health giving qualities is to demonstrate less than your health potential. If you are a flier it can even get you into trouble during your travels.

From a purely nutritional view we know water is essential for digestion and metabolism. It's value is not always recognised in the role it plays in producing energy. Science is revealing to us that good quality water has a major function as an aid to conducting electricity in concert with the electrolytes of the body. The better quality water you have in the body the more efficiently it works, the more efficiently you produce energy. Getting good quality water is about getting STRUCTURED WATER.

Structured water is the water that sits between the cellular membranes in the body. Any habits or tools you can use to help the water you drink to become structured are good for your health. It starts with making the water as pure as possible by considering its t.d.s (total dissolved solid) count, other contaminants, surface tension, zeta potential and other measures.

Looking at the health of the body from the perspective of good water is a shortcut to greater health for two reasons, one it is ubiquitous in the body and secondly it is a component of the blood which is another major player in the determination of your health.


Dr Gerald Pollock

Total Dissolved Solids

Zeta Potential

- Christopher Babayode

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Detox and Fly,Preparing for The Year Ahead – Part 3


Water - Chlorophyll - Alkalinity - Electrons

In order for the saying "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" to be true, food has to be nourishment and detoxifying agent at the same time. When food is digested and broken down it naturally produces unusable bits we call toxins. Nature being the perfect foil for our needs supplies the detoxifying agents we need in the foods we eat. Knowing how to use them can be of great benefit. This article is going to look at some of the easiest ones to use and a couple of other items which help accelerate the detoxification process.


via Jet Stress

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Detox and Fly, Preparing for 2013 – Part 2

For the month of January I am going to follow up on my previous article Detox and Fly, Preparing for 2013 with a continued focus on detoxification. This article delves deeper into specific things you can do and why detoxifying is important for frequent fliers. If you think you don't have time to detox listen out for tools the busiest flier can make use of and the reasons why you must pay attention to this aspect of your health if only once in a while.

As previously stated, any time you have more toxins leaving the body than are being generated through diet and metabolic processes you have a state of detoxification. We can help the process along by arming the body with tools for it to use to get the job done.

If we are going to spend any time doing this we might as well go to the major players.

via Jet Stress

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Five airlines with advanced IFE systems - Business Traveller Asia

Five airlines with advanced IFE systems - Business Traveller Asia

Inflight Entertainment (IFE)systems can make or break a flight
What do you think of these 5 offerings? Notice how few of them
have Wifi connectivity, do you rely on the airline offering or bring
your own?

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Detox and Fly, Preparing for 2013

As the season to be jolly makes way for the season to detoxify a closer look at how to detoxify can aid you in getting the best out of the detox you undertake and set you up for a great 2013. As a frequent flier taking time to detox physically will stand you in good stead for the road ahead and will protect you from the stresses of flying and help you build sustainable energy reserves.

Before the next latest diet detox fad takes hold try to understand some basic things about detoxification.
- Any time you have a state of more toxins leaving your body than are existing inside the body you have a state of detoxification.
- Toxins get inside the body from food water air, what you put on your body directly or indirectly and your internal and external environment.
- Toxins are produced naturally as part of the day-to-day metabolic activity of the body.
- Your body requires energy in order to detoxify properly.

When thinking about detoxifying decide in advance exactly what you want to achieve. You can detoxify the digestive tract, the blood, or the liver, which will reap benefits for the entire body. In reality all three are related and it's best to do an element of each to get the best result.

The lightest form of a detox you can do is an abstention from intoxicating substances or stimulating foods. In this way at least you won't be adding toxins to the load you already have and it may enable your body to start ridding itself of toxins it already has. Another form of abstention is fasting, it could be on juice, water or nil by mouth. This type of detoxification needs to be undertaken with a quantified practitioner and is not suitable for everyone.

After that comes the digestive tract detox, which is useful in any case as any toxins generated for elimination by the body need to pass through the digestive tract in some form in order to get eliminated. These type of detoxes tend to concentrate on soluble fibre which literally sweeps the large intestine clean and helps get rid of debris and undigested matter as it passes through.

The blood is a liquid tissue that gets everywhere in the body. It has an ability to clean the organs of the body as it goes about its job of oxygenating and supplying nutrients. Chlorophyll based detoxifiers are best-known to help cleanse the blood, you can also use certain herbs to help build the blood. Making sure you drink enough water when detoxifying the blood is also an important practice otherwise toxins from the body dumped in the bloodstream can make the blood less fluid. This can impair the removal of toxins to the sites of elimination.

One of the deepest types of detox you can do is a liver cleanse. The liver is the hardest working organ in the body. It detoxifies many substances and makes them safe for elimination by storing them in inert forms in the body. A liver detox is best undertaken with help of a nutritional therapist until you are confident enough to undertake it by yourself. Herbs and oils are best used to get any detox response from the liver, especially bitter herbs*.

Whatever type of detox you choose preparing properly beforehand is important. Preparation should always include consuming more water than normal to assist the detox process. Skin brushing is always a good idea. Making sure you are in a safe environment is also important (if you are back on the road and trying to detox it is not usually a good idea). Let important people around you know, so if your energy drops or you need to take a rest or some time out they can respond appropriately.

If your travel schedule is so hectic that you cannot find the time to do any of the detoxes above there are some short cuts you may find useful. They are simple to implement and they work every time if done properly. Here are two you can use right away and I give a brief scientific explanation of why they work.

Geophagy* - is the art of using clays to cleanse the body, it is an ancient practice seen as primitive but with validity in science. All effective clays have a negative electrical charge which binds to toxins (most toxins have a positive charge) and escorts them out of the body. You can easily buy these clay preparations and mix them in drinks and water to cleanse your body wherever you may be. In the Chernobyl radiation disaster one such clay (Zeolites) was used for this porpoise with great effect.

A High Alkaline Diet* - making sure you eat a high percentage alkaline diet as an ongoing practice. This works along the same lines as geophagy. A high alkaline diet leans towards introducing more negative ions into the body which in turn speed up the detox ability of the body.

The take-away for healthy frequent fliers is that there are detox tools for every traveller no matter how busy you may be. Seasonal detoxifying is a way to arm yourself against any harmful environment on the road and shouldn't be underestimated.


Bitter Herbs -
Geophagy -
Alkaline Diet -

- Christopher Babayode