‘I’m still here’: cancer survivor sets new record in two-day fell run.

Nicky Spinks completes 132-mile double Bob Graham Round across Lake District’s highest peaks in less than 46 hours

Nicky Spinks on Lake District fells
Nicky Spinks: ‘Being told I had cancer was hard to deal with but it keeps me going through the races when I’m struggling.’ 

There are probably easier ways to celebrate surviving breast cancer than running 66 miles with more than 27,000 feet of ascent. There are definitely easier ways than doing it twice, back to back, and setting a new record in the process.

But for Nicky Spinks, 49, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and underwent a hysterectomy in 2012, completing one of Britain’s more demanding athletic trials was her way of commemorating her achievement.

“I want to celebrate the fact that I am still here, living and running, 10 years after being diagnosed and treated,” she said after completing a double Bob Graham Round, a non-stop fell run that takes in the Lake District’s highest peaks.

She said her experience with cancer was the driving force: “It has changed my perspective on things and made me do challenges as soon as I can, and to appreciate it that much more. Being told I had cancer was hard to deal with – there are not many things worse – and that keeps me going through the races when I’m struggling.”

The Bob Graham Round is no mean feat, completed by fewer than 2,000 athletes since its inception in 1932.

Over time the Bob Graham Round became a challenge in its own right. But only one other runner, Roger Baumeister in 1979, has completed two back-to-back in under 48 hours.

Spinks, a beef farmer from Huddersfield, completed the run last weekend in a record time of 45 hours 30 minutes, beating Baumeister’s time by over an hour.

She had set out at midnight on Friday, and Dan Bailey from UKHillwalking said she “was soon a couple of hours ahead of her own schedule, a position she maintained throughout the two days, despite the hot weather”.

Baumeister was there to offer his congratulations at the finish, along with fell running legend Joss Naylor. Now 80, Naylor ran the section from Wasdale to Honister on the Sunday by way of encouragement. Spinks’s dog, Wisp, had completed four legs of the run with her, along with 22 supporters who carried her rations and clothes. During the run she took 10 breaks of no more than a few minutes and one 10-minute power nap on the Sunday morning.

Once done, there was only one way to celebrate her remarkable sporting feat: curry and chips – although her plan to wash it down with the beers she had stashed in the boot of her car was met with complications.

Nicky Spinks
Nicky Spinks took 10 breaks of no more than a few minutes and just one 10-minute power nap during the run. Photograph: Amanda Lui

“It would have been good to have a beer last night but I locked my keys in the car,” Spinks said. “The sinking feeling was fleeting, as I was spark out in my tent within minutes. Friends got the breakdown people out and sorted it all out for me as I was in no fit state.

“My brain is a bit fuzzy and muddled at the moment. I feel incredibly satisfied and happy. It’s been an incredible weekend, even with the slightly anticlimatic ending.”

Spinks started training for the round in October and it was the longest she had run without sleeping, having completed the 36-hour L’Echappée Belle challenge in France last August.

“I felt fairly relaxed all the way round as I wasn’t really trying to set a speed record like I have in the past. It was more about completing it. I was able to look after myself, go a little slower – a steady pace – and enjoy it really.”

She discovered her aptitude for endurance running fairly late in life – in 2001 she ran a competitive four-mile fell race for the first time and since then has broken record after record.

In an interview with Runner’s World she said the secret to her success was being steady: “I’m not the fastest runner; I think when you’re older you take more care of yourself. There are lots of runners that come into the sport later. Runners who start in there teens are impatient, they get away with a lot, but the benefit of age is patience. When you set goals you give yourself a year, not two weeks!”

It is an outlook she maintains today. “It’s not about being the fastest, it is about going at a steady pace and being well organised, and of course having a good team around you to keep you company during the low moments,” she said.

For her most recent challenge she had only one wish: “I just wanted the weather to last. It was a bit hot but apart from that it was pretty perfect – I was incredibly lucky.”

Lee Procter, from the running brand Inov-8, for whom Spinks is an ambassador, said: “To complete one Bob Graham Round is tough enough but to do two back-to-back is truly incredible. I ran with Nicky at various times during the challenge and I don’t think she ever stopped smiling. What she achieved will go down in fell running history.”

How to ACCELERATE Toxin Removal By Stimulating Your Liver With These Commonly Ignored Herbs

As we go about our day, we ingest, inhale, and drink all sorts of health-boosting nutrients. At the same time, we take in waste and toxins. To get rid of these toxins, our body relies on all sorts of organs like the lungs and kidneys. But few are as important as the ‘detox powerhouse’ – the liver.

As one of the core detox organs, the liver detoxifies your blood of toxins, drugs, and alcohol. Aside from that, it stores vitamins and minerals and converts stored sugar into usable energy. And to boot, it produces bile that helps digest fats, breaks down hemoglobin, insulin, and other hormones, and destroy old red blood cells. You can bet it does a lot for your health!

Just like us, our livers can be overworked. Luckily there are many herbs and spices that help you detox. The most effective of these are bitter herbs. Bitter herbs stimulate the liver to work even better!

The most well-known herbs that support the liver are milk thistle and dandelion root. There are plenty of articles about the effects of milk thistle and dandelion, but have you heard of these herbs and their effects?

Blessed thistle is a bitter herb originally used in Ayurvedic medicine. It was given the name “blessed thistle” as it was thought to be a cure-all. When it comes to digestive problems and liver support, blessed thistle has few rivals. Blessed thistle is often made into a tea where it serves as an expectorant and, in large doses, an emetic. An expectorant is something which helps clear the chest of mucus, perfect for when you’ve got a cough and cold. As an emetic, it would cause vomiting which would be a last resort when supporting your liver. In lower doses, it stimulates your stomach acids and supports digestion.



If you’re familiar with Japanese cuisine, you may know about this plant. Like blessed thistle, burdock is a bitter herb. While the whole plant is used, more popular is the root which can be prepared in food, mixed with alcohol for a potent tincture, or made into tea. Burdock is used primarily to purify the blood and detoxify the liver. Burdock functions as a diuretic to encourage urination. By using burdock, you’re able to remove waste from the blood and relieve the stress put on your liver. Burdock’s detoxification powers don’t end there! In Native American tradition, burdock has been used to treat all sorts of skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. This is due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and diaphoretic (sweat inducing) properties. Have you ever thought of growing your own burdock? Well it definitely doesn’t take much effort, and it rewards you with one of the best ways to detox naturally!

Red Clover


Red clover is a wild herb that grows native to northwest Africa, Europe, and Asia. Red clover has many similarities to burdock. Like burdock, it has blood purifying powers and stimulates sweating which expels toxins from our skin. This makes it effective when treating skin conditions. Red clover can even be made into a salve to relieve inflammation. When used for liver support, red clover is typically taken as a tea where it lends a slightly sweet taste. As a tea, red clover acts as an expectorant helping your body get rid of mucus. Who knew helping your liver could be so easy and sweet?



Whenever I have a salad (which is quite often!), one of my favourite ingredients to include is watercress. Watercress is an excellent source of bone-strengthening vitamin K (over 300% of the daily recommended value!), skin maintaining vitamin A and protein. But did you know it also helps with your body’s detoxing process? Watercress is rich in phytochemicals calledglucosinates. This compound enhances your liver’s detox abilities, possibly to an extraordinary degree! One study from the University of Illinois found that these glucosinates allows the liver to detoxify cancer-causing carcinogens. Similar to other detox herbs, watercress serves as a diuretic.

Sheep Sorrel


Like many of the other herbs on this list, sheep sorrel is a bitter. It supports the liver as a diuretic which flushes out toxins through the urine. Sheep sorrel is one of the main ingredients in the cancer-fighting essiac tea and for good reason! It is nutrient-rich and purifies the blood of infections and other impurities.

Each of these herbs are effective at removing toxins and waste from your body. When you give your body a natural cleanse, you give your always-working liver a much needed break!

LinkedIn digitally mapping economy.

Professional networking platform LinkedIn is banking on its second biggest market India to drive innovation and is working on creating localized content specifically for its 35 million Indian members, says the company’s new country manager Akshay Kothari.

In an exclusive interview to ET’s Anumeha Chaturvedi, he says that the research and development team at LinkedIn ‘s Bengaluru centre is behind the platform’s global offerings such as spam checks, and email and mobile notifications. Edited excerpts:

The vision for LinkedIn is to create economic opportunities for all professionals and that vision is in line with what the country is trying to do. If we’re able to execute on that well, we can have a massive impact economically and socially. LinkedIn is trying to create the world’s first economic graph and we’re trying to digitally map the world’s economy . There’s a bunch of different nodes.

There are skills that you need to get those jobs nodes in the graph. If we’re able to connect them well, we can connect people to opportunities. LinkedIn has 435 million members and India has 35 million members. Our graph is expanding quickly. India had 3.5 million in 2009; it has grown 10 times in seven years. It’s our second biggest market after the US.

How else has India contributed to the platform?

LinkedIn India from 2009 to 2012 was a sales organization selling to customers. In 2012 we built an R&D organisation and have an amazing engineering group building platforms here. Detecting spam, decreasing spam, how we send email notifications are innovations that happened in Bengaluru.

Over the last four months we have been trying to build products and features and do customisation to make it work better for Indians. Four months ago, we launched the new mobile app and moved from an email interface to a messaging interface. The number of jobs available on the platform has grown significantly over the last year.

Miraculous save: Doctors deliver baby after mother dies in car crash in US

After the accident, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section and delivered Sarah Iler’s daughter, Maddyson.
The newborn, who weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was full-term when she was born, was immediately put on a ventilator. (Photo: Pixabay)

 The newborn, who weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was full-term when she was born, was immediately put on a ventilator.

Cape Giraradeau, United States: Missouri doctors managed to deliver a baby whose mother was killed in a crash on her way to a hospital to give birth.

Sarah Iler and the baby’s father, Matt Rider, were headed Wednesday from Cape Girardeau, where they lived, to a hospital in Poplar Bluff, a city about 60 miles southwest where she grew up, when his SUV was struck by a tractor trailer, theSoutheast Missourian reported.

The collision pushed the SUV into the median, and Iler and Rider were ejected, Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Adam Glueck said Monday. Upon arriving at the scene, officers began performing CPR on Iler in an attempt to save her and the baby, but Iler was declared dead upon arrival at a Cape Girardeau hospital, he said.

Doctors, though, performed an emergency cesarean section and delivered her daughter, Maddyson.

The newborn, who weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was full-term when she was born, was immediately put on a ventilator. She was able to come off of it on Friday.

Iler’s sister, Kasandra Iler, said Maddyson opened her eyes and grabbed a nurse’s finger. Still, doctors don’t yet know if she suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen after her mother’s death, relatives said. A hospital spokeswoman would say only that the baby is in fair condition.

Matt Rider suffered extensive injuries but is recovering. He was flown to a St. Louis hospital with several broken bones. He has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Iler’s family has set up a gofundme.com account to raise $5,000 for her funeral expense. More than $4,200 had been raised as of Monday morning.

“She had her whole life ahead of her,” Iler’s mother, Patricia Knight, told the newspaper. “And now the baby has to grow up without her mother.”

Julia Roberts’ Barefoot Protest: One More Nail In The Coffin of Patriarchy.

Hollywood diva Julia Roberts made waves last weekend at the Cannes Film Festival when she arrived barefoot for a screening of her film Money Monster. It was probably a form of protest against the unwritten dress code at the festival, where many female actors were kept out last year for wearing flat shoes – ie, shoes without heels.

While it is no secret that women go to extraordinary lengths to appear comfortable in high heels, and footwear companies encourage this kind of fashion statement in women, one wonders whether high heels are not another covert feminine acknowledgement of continuing patriarchy.

High heels emphasise legs and the female form, but they also come with physical risks. In October 2012, then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tripped at Rajghat wearing high heels. Thousands of women sprain ankles while walking with heels on uneven surfaces and/or soft terrain. Many have sported broken shoe-heels and courted embarrassment in public places. Men may like watching women in heels, but women court risks wearing them.

In a patriarchal world, emphasising legs and body shape probably gave women an evolutionary advantage in the competition for mates with status and power. But the developed world is moving fast towards equality, and it should have been a matter of time before the human species followed nature’s law – where the male is the one taking risks to woo the female. Western women should have been giving up risky heels to emphasise equality with males, but the billions of dollars spent by the fashion business probably makes it tougher for them to give up on the idea.

In India, where men are in chronic oversupply in most states due to female foeticide, one would have thought that the heel should have been on the other foot. A skewed demography should have meant men having to do more of the wooing than women. While growing sales of male grooming products indicates that this trend is coming, one area where it isn’t happening is in the heels business – which continues to be female dominated.

Nature made the male of the species the risk-taker, and often the better looking partner in the mating game. This is because males have to woo females in most species.

The lion looks much more majestic than the lioness. The peacock, despite the risk of being eaten by predators, sports elaborate feathers that get enhanced during its mate-wooing dance. The peahen is nowhere in the business of being attractive. Similarly, male pheasants or mandarin ducks are more colourful than their female counterparts. This may not be universally true, but the point is this: more often than not, it is the male of the species that needs a leg up in the wooing game.

The human female’s assumption of risks with high heels is probably an anachronism left behind by the rise of patriarchy in our evolutionary journey. But it is sure to change.

Julia Roberts was probably sending a coded message that this needs to change. Good for her. Men should take note.

Correlation between Neuroimaging and Clinical Presentation in Eclampsia


Eclampsia, the dramatic and life-threatening complication of preeclampsia, is characterized by convulsion or coma not attributable to any organic neurological disease. This study was aimed to assess the utility of MRI by correlation of clinical presentation and neuroimaging findings in patients with antepartum and post-partum eclampsia so as to initiate the proper management. The objectives of the present study were to correlate the neuroimaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) findings and clinical presentation in patients with eclampsia. This one year prospective study was conducted in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, PT.B.D.Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak. A total of 50 women with a diagnosis of eclampsia (both antepartum and postpartum) were included in the study. MR Imaging was done in all cases. Twelve (24%) patients had findings on MRI and no abnormality detected in 38 (76%) patients.  Accordingly, the study was divided into two groups, study group in which patients had findings on MRI and compared with control group in which patients had no findings on MRI. In this study MRI revealed normal findings in 76% of the women. In those with abnormal MRI findings the commonest diagnosis was cerebral venous thrombosis with infarct (10%) followed by infarct (8%), Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (4%), hypertensive leucoencephalopathy (2%). The commonest neurological presentation in patients with CVT with infarct was headache (65.22%), followed by unconsciousness (47.83%).



Does Grilling Your Food Really Cause Cancer?

Here’s what the experts say about flame-cooked foods and your health.

can grilling give you cancer

The warm weather is here—and so are the warnings:

“Grilling leads to cancer.”

 “Eating a single charred chicken wing is like smoking an entire carton of cigarettes!”

While it’s true that recent research shows a link between eating grilled foods and an increased risk of prostate and pancreatic cancers, some of the responses to that research might be overblown.

Yes, cooking food at high temperatures may create potentially carcinogenic compounds, dubbed “heterocyclic amines” (HCAs) and “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” (PAHs). These nasty chemicals have been shown to cause cancers in animal studies, but large-scale intervention studies on humans are nearly impossible to conduct.

Plus, asking a man to stop grilling is like asking James Bond to put down the cocktails.

So what’s a health-conscious, cancer-fearing, grill-loving man to do?

Tip #1: Turn down the firepower.

“Most of the links between cancer and grilling specifically surround meat, and more accurately meat that is charred or cooked to a high temperature,” says Phillip Gray, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School.

Basically, if you’re incinerating your burgers, chicken breasts, salmon fillets, or any other grill-able, until they don’t look all that different than a charcoal briquette, you may be putting yourself at risk.

“I’m a BBQ junkie,” Gray says. “Whenever possible, I grill over indirect heat. Low and slow is the way to go and allows natural flavor development without all the char.”

So if you’re a well-done man on your burgers and steaks, try to go medium-rare.

For reasons dealing with foodborne illness, the USDA recommends cooking all ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F and red meat to 145°F, “but those rules are purposely conservative,” Gray says. Buying good-quality meat and using proper handling practices can help cut your risk of getting sick from dinner.

Tip #2: Marinate.

Disease-fighting antioxidant polyphenols in marinades may cut the supposedly carcinogen deposits found in grilled foods by up to 88 percent, according to the Food Science Institute in Kansas.

That effect could occur because certain herbs and spices, such as rosemary, turmeric, and fresh garlic may block HCAs from forming.

Bonus: Marinades make grilled meats taste even better.

Tip #3: Eat your vegetables.

“Grilling fruits and veggies don’t really create PAHs and HCAs,” says Brian St. Pierre, M.S., R.D., C.S.C.S., Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition.

Plus, produce actually helps prevent the absorption of PAHs and HCAs—and they help your liver rid your body of existing ones, St. Pierre says.

For great grilled vegetables try asparagus, red bell peppers, zucchini, squash, eggplant, corn on the cob, green beans, carrots, onions, romaine, radicchio, and mushrooms.

For fruit, try pineapple, peaches, strawberries, plums, bananas, watermelon, nectarines, and kiwi.

Need help with how to grill any of these? Tweet your questions to@GuyGourmet.

And, no, ketchup isn’t a vegetable.

Tip #4: Stand upwind.

Standing near the grill for long periods of time may also increase your risk of health hazards.

A 2015 Chinese study found that people who were exposed to barbecue fumes for one hour a day had a higher cancer risk than those that didn’t.

The scientists found that the fumes infiltrated the study participants through inhalation, but also through their skin.

“I keep my grill 10 feet away from my outdoor dining table,” says Gray. “There’s not hard and fast rule though. Again, if you’re cooking smart there will be less smoke.”

Are you socially stressed?

Today’s tech- savvy world offers limitless expansion of social network which compels even the introverts to convert to extroverts! Consequently, each individual strives to build his or her social status by engaging in chats, gossips and social gatherings. But do you know what is the disadvantage of living such a life? Have you experienced the bitter truth?

Watch the slideshow.URL:http://www.speakingtree.in/slideshow/are-you-socially-stressed?utm_source=mailer&utm_medium=eng-daily&utm_campaign=09May2016


How to Deal with Passive Aggressive People

Passive aggressive behavior can be defined as a kind of indirect hostility. A person suffering from passive aggressive behavior can demonstrate behavior such as stubbornness, procrastination and repeatedly and sometimes deliberately failing to complete a given responsibility. In other words, passive aggressive behavior can be summed up as a series of self providing resistance to perform adequately occupationally and socially and thus, demonstrating a string of restive negative attitudes.

How to Deal with Passive Aggressive People

The reason to demonstrate passive aggressiveness could bud from a childhood stimulus (abnormal childhood, continuous absence or seductiveness of parents, abusive relationship between the father and mother etc) in such an environment where the victim was not able to vent anger or frustration. Thus they look for other medium and channels through which they can express their suppressed anger.

Passive aggressive behavior was first discovered among-st the American soldiers during World War II when some of them would react differently to military compliance by deliberately demonstrating inefficiency, resentment, stubbornness and procrastination. Over the course of years, this mental disorder has gained much understanding and psychologists have propounded numerous ways to deal with individuals with passive aggressive behavior.

Below are 10 amazing effective ways with which one can effectively handle people with passive aggressive behavior:

1. Recognizing the disorder

The first and foremost important aspect about passive aggressive disorder is to identify it. The discreet expressions of resentment can involve numerous behaviors, sometimes without people recognizing Some of the common attributes include sulking, purposely behaving inadequately, withdrawal and pretending not to understand, remember, hear or see. Recognizing the warning signs is the first vital step in disengaging.

2. Find out the history of the victim

The next step is to get to know the person with passive aggressive behavior. This will ensure that you find a link to his or her past history versus the current behavioral pattern and practice awareness accordingly. The passive aggressive behavior arises due to a person’s lack of strong mental ability and thus the inability to cope with difficult situations. As time passes, the fear of being victimized once again channelizes the victim to develop a set of resistive, defensive and survival strategies. The ideal way to interact is to ask a set of pen ended questions in a non judgmental manner so that the victim in any way, does not feel threatened with the conversation.

3. Accept the circumstances but refuse to participate

Once you have recognized the passive aggressive disorder, you can be on alert and decide to not get intertwined in a meaningless situation even though you feel you are being dragged into hollow power struggle. The key is to restrict your own behavior in a way that the conflict does not go out of bounds.

4. Combat the emotion, not the person

Combating the anger of the victim is crucial to gradually help them change the behavior gradually. The resentment should be directly pointed out as passive aggressive people live their lives avoiding acknowledging their anger. It is imperative to mention that this should be done in a non threatening way and verbiage such as ‘I think you are angry with me for…’ should be used to create a deep impact. In any case, take utter precaution to not trigger aggressive emotions.

5. Refrain from imposing

In almost all cases, a person with passive aggressive disorder would deny the covert emotional resentment which has been lying buried in the mind for so long. In fact he or she can deny the existence of such a feeling completely. It is advisable to not become defensive or justify your statements. Instead reply in a composed manner that it was simply a thought that you intended to let him or her know and limit the conversation at this.

6. Refrain from trying to change them

Causes of passive aggressive behavior is deep seated and complicated. Granted time consuming frequent lectures will not solve the problem. Instead, the victim will become frustrated and disappointed. A passive aggressive person becomes better with time, in a soothing environment when he learns to practice self-awareness. Focus on regulating your own behavior when you are with them and refrain from adopting a tit for tat strategy.

7. Display humor where appropriate

Humor can be an effective tool to disarm attacking behavior and ascertain the fact that you have better grip on your composure. It can be used to diffuse complicated situations, break the ice and conflict management. Humor can be used in a variety of ways to deal with passive aggressive people and more than often disarms their resistive behavior.

8. Formalize all kinds of communication in grave situations

Be the one who decides the tone of the relationship with the passive aggressive person, especially during difficult situations. If the victim realizes that you will tolerate any inappropriate behaviour which comes forth, you will be taken for granted. Refrain from using accusing statements which begin with ‘you’, instead ask probing questions and once the facts have been established, refrain from deliberating the truth. Speak in the third person voice if possible.

9. If possible, render the passive aggressive person an attempt to solve the problem

Much of the passive aggressive behavior arises from the victim’s innate thoughts that their opinion is never asked for or that they are never being listened to. In relevant situations, try and include the person in the discussions and willingly ask for their opinion. This way they will feel empowered and will try to come up with concrete conversations instead of complaining.

10. Maintain distance whenever possible

If you are not a psychiatrist or an expert, refrain from getting involved. Dealing with passive aggressive people on a regular basis is not easy. Maintaining distance would ensure that you are not igniting any difficult situation unknowingly and creating trouble for yourself too.

Such strategies and effective skills can be employed to gain cooperation and cause minimal damage to the passive aggressive individuals. Alternatively, dealing with such behavior improves your problem handling skills, helps you maintain composure and confidence.