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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 153

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 153 - December 2008

Professional Training Courses: British Academy of Sound Therapy

Lyz Cooper and The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) now offers three professional training courses based at the Bognor Campus of the University of Chichester.

Professional Training Courses: British Academy of Sound Therapy

Learn how to help improve health and wellbeing with a range of instruments including Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, voice, gong, drum, tuning forks and sound essences.

There are professional courses to suit all needs and budgets as well as self-development courses and workshops for those who do not want to work in a professional capacity. BAST are enrolling now.

Further Information
Please contact BAST on Tel:. 01243 544454;


Rent a Light Box to Help with SAD

Rent a Light Box to Help with SAD

Most people are now aware of SAD and how many people feel depressed in the winter. Will light therapy work for you? Now you can rent a light box to try it out - if you decide to buy they will deduct the first month's rental off the purchase price.

SAD is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated half a million people every winter. It is characterised by recurrent episodes of depression, oversleeping, loss of libido, lack of energy and overeating. The direct cause is lack of bright light and the effect this has on hormone production. Normally, as day breaks the increasing level of light stimulates our brain to stop the production of melatonin, the hormone that sends us to sleep.  At the same time the light should stimulate the production of serotonin, a hormone that affects emotions in humans. On dull winter days not enough light is received to trigger this waking up process, resulting in high melatonin levels, causing lethargy and sleep problems, and low serotonin levels, causing depression.

A lack of bright natural light is not made up by normal artificial light. The intensity of light in an office is only 200 to 500 lux, whereas on a bright summer day it is over 100,000!  The main treatment is light therapy. This involves sitting a few feet away from a specially designed light box that emits very bright light. Depending on the intensity, the sufferer merely needs to sit near the light for 30-90 minutes, and can carry out normal activities such as reading, eating and working.

Studies show that light therapy is effective in up to 85 per cent of diagnosed cases. Within three to four days hormone production is restored to normal and users should experience a marked improvement. Various strength light boxes are available from The Healthy House, a mail order business for people with allergies. They can be rented for the winter from £19 a month.

Further Information
Please contact The Healthy House on Tel: 01453 752216;

Honduran Flood Appeal 

Honduran Flood Appeal

Floods and landslides have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes, damaged roads and bridges, and left Honduras on the brink of disaster.  As many as 100,000 people - including 35,000 children - do not have access to safe drinking water. UNICEF have said that life-saving supplies are quickly running out in Honduras; that it has already used up many of the blankets, medical and hygiene kits, and other relief items it had stockpiled before the storm season. The agency warned of the increased risk of malnutrition and waterborne diseases for children.

"We've got a time-bomb in the making," said Nils Kastberg, UNICEF's regional director.

"This flooding is worse than what was caused by (Hurricane) Mitch in 1998" said Chet Thomas, Mercy Corp's representative in Honduras.

"Our crops are totally destroyed and only God knows how we will eat this next year" Kathy Rubio. Medical Relief worker, Danli, Honduras.

Physiotherapy Volunteers Overseas will be sending donations and volunteers to Honduras and urgently need your help.

Please send a donation through our secure web service:

LCTA College Principal Launches Essential Acupuncture Handbook

Acupuncture: an Aid to Differential Diagnosis - A Portable Reference

by Susanna Dowie MA LicAc MBAcC HonMRCHM MATCM

LCTA College Principal Launches Essential Acupuncture Handbook

LCTA Principal Susanna Dowie has launched a new book which gives comprehensive conventional and acupuncture differential diagnosis, referenced by presenting condition and by acupuncture diagnosis. Presented in an accessible format and spiral bound, it gives the practitioner and student access to a handy and portable memory aid to differential diagnosis.

Each page is cut horizontally once, making four sections on a double page spread.  The top pair of sections cover the Western and Chinese medicine differential diagnosis of a given condition, whilst the bottom sections cover the Chinese medicine syndromes listed together with the acupuncture and lifestyle advice appropriate. The cut pages can be turned independently to enable rapid reference and comparison.

Copies of the book are available through LCTA or through a range of complementary medicine book suppliers including

About the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA)

LCTA is a leading private college based in North London offering a range of entry-level and advanced courses in traditional acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Courses are available for study on a full- or part-time basis, including weekend study options. 

LCTA's courses were accredited by their respective professional bodies well in advance of statutory regulation; College remains at the forefront of Chinese medicine study.  Graduates of accredited courses enter into practice with automatic professional body membership, a comprehensive knowledge of their chosen field and  practical knowledge and clinical experience.

Further Information
Please contact LCTA on 020 8446 3332;

Sacred Ecstasy Trance Dance

Sacred Ecstasy Trance Dance

After the success of their last trance dance at Zu Studios, Sacred Ecstasy are back, and have found the oldest church in Brighton for our next round of Trance Dances. It's a beautiful space - and BIG! - perfect for all their needs. Really looking forward to taking this sacred work into such a sacred space!

The next 3 dates in Brighton:

Saturday 22nd November
Winter Solstice Trance Dance Special: Saturday 20 Dec
Friday 16 January 2009

Further Information
Please contact Shanti Dass, Ecstatic Trance Dance Facilitator on Mob: 07863 134255;

Holigral International Retreat on the Edge - Land's End Cape Cornwall

Holigral International Retreat on the Edge - Land's End Cape Cornwall

The world's quickest way to become a stress free - self empowered human being
Public interest: A no-nonsense, unique and sustainable, life changing experience that accommodates even the busiest of people.

05-12 December - Land's End Cape Cornwal

Now there is an accelerated path bringing permanent change and sustainable at-one-ment for those who committed themselves to a 7 day residential workshop. Here you find your own unique way to your at-one, authentic self that is present in all of us. The workshop is guided by experienced facilitators who have all found their own at-one, authentic self through the principals of the universal laws of physics applied to the human mind. In the workshop, the facilitation is based on a minimum of reality intrusion and working with the delegate's system rather than fighting it. For many this means addressing those shadows that have created the blocks and limitations that have stopped you from realising your dreams. That experience is not for the fainthearted but at the same time it is a lot of fun, as the relief experienced brings great moments of joy and happiness on your journey towards achieving mankind's Holy Grail: Pure beingness of joy, fun and love.

About the workshop:

The work shop, being held in Cape Cornwall from Friday the 5th of December till Friday the 12th, is a 7 day all inclusive residential retreat where, in an environment of minimal outside world intrusions, you are able to shed life's baggage that is holding you back. The group size is limited to 9 and there is one facilitator for every 3 delegates. The workshop is fully experiential and at no time anything is 'done to you'. You yourself are in the driving seat on a journey of self discovery and exploration, that ultimately leads to achieving sustainable at-one-ment and a stress-free, worry-free existence for the remainder of your life. The 7 day workshop is complemented by 9 months of ongoing support from your Holigral International Facilitator. There are airport transfers available from Newquay Airport ( for flights from London Stansted, Barcelona and Alicante & for flights from London Gatwick, Dublin, Cork, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Bristol).

Further Information
Please contact Holigral on Tel: 084 56 03 56 99;

New virtual Classroom for Anatomy and Physiology Launched

New virtual Classroom for Anatomy and Physiology Launched

Essentials for Health, the UK leader in massage training, has launched an online film based anatomy and physiology training package.

The package features one of the UK's leading Anatomy and Physiology teachers and chartered physiotherapist Jane Johnson and will enable students to gain an equivalent of an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, a requirement of all health and wellbeing related courses and professions.

The training, of approximately 60 hours in duration, consists of twelve unique hours of activity based films along with activity sheets, interactive quizzes, drag and drop exercises such as building a skeleton, self assessments to measure progress and teleconferencing support with tutors and other students. The package has all the benefits of distance learning with regards flexibility, but is also fun, inspirational and designed to be available to refer to once qualified.

Further Information
The package is available to trial for free at; or Tel: 0845 108 0088.

NiteHerb - Natural Relief for Restless Sleepers

NiteHerb - Natural Relief for Restless Sleepers

NiteHerb is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances due to symptoms of mild anxiety, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.
About one in five people has some difficulty with sleeping,(1) with women twice as likely to suffer than men.(2)  One of the most common causes of sleepless nights is stress and anxiety.(3)
NiteHerb, a new registered traditional herbal medicine containing valerian root, has been assessed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) under the traditional herbal medicine registration scheme (THMRS).
Valerian, which is common across Europe, Asia and North America, has been used since Greek and Roman times to help relieve anxiety and hasten sleep. Clinical studies have confirmed that valerian root extract is considered by users to be an effective aid to sleep which improves the quality of sleep and the regularity of sleep patterns.(4) Proper rest is essential for people to restore energy levels to ensure they are equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of the next day.


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(4).  Leathwood PD, Chauffard F, Heck E and Munoz-Box R. Aqueous extract of valerian root (Valeriana officinalis L.) improves sleep quality in man. Nestle Res. Lab., 1814 La Tour-de-Peilz SWITZERLAND PHARMACOL. BIOCHEM. BEHAV. (USA).17/1 (65-70). 1982.

Further Information
Each NiteHerb tablet contains 150mg of extract (as dry extract) from valerian root. Available nationwide from Boots and leading pharmacy and health food stores.  For more information Tel: 01628 401980;

Winter Solstice Retreat 19th -21st December 08

Winter Solstice Retreat 19th -21st December 08

The key to a healthy mind, body and soul can be found in the food we eat and the juice we drink. Emma Jones, The Natural Doctor, an experienced Naturopathic practitioner from Cardiff, specializes in helping people to reconnect with their minds and bodies via diet and the turning wheel of the season. 

The Winter Solstice Retreat at Buckland Hall in the Brecon Beacons will include workshops on Natural medicine; how to prepare healthy recipes with Emma Jones and Inspiring Angel workshops with Joanne Hughes. There is also the opportunity to get physical with Yoga, enjoy a dance workshop and walks to the waterfalls.

The menu includes an exclusive naturopathic diet of organic seasonal celebration food and cocktails. With two workshops per day designed for your personal needs.  These include how to self diagnose through face and tongue analysis, as well as designing your own health programme for the season.

Further information:
Price inclusive of accommodation, food and all classes £300. Please contact Emma Jones on Mob: 07854 425930;    


Acupuncture Lecturer Joins Chinese Research Team

Acupuncture Lecturer Joins Chinese Research Team

Dr Jason Tsai, an acupuncture lecturer from the University of Lincoln will travel to Beijing to join a research team of 12 other academics to explore the effectiveness of traditional Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of panic disorders.

The group has been awarded a grant by the Chinese government to carry out the work at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The research team will compare the effectiveness and side effects of modern drugs and traditional Chinese herbal medicines in the treatment of panic disorders. A pilot study has already indicated traditional Chinese methods could be used to tackle panic disorders without the adverse side effects of western drugs - which can induce nausea, insomnia, tremors or dizziness.

The research project, expected to last three years, will involve patients from Beijing hospitals who are being treated for panic disorders. They will be randomly assigned into two groups: one group will be given conventional western medicines, while the other will receive Chinese herbal medicine called the Three Sen Decoction - a type of herbal tea.

Dr Tsai studied pharmacy in his native Taiwan then took a masters degree and a PhD in biochemistry. Dr Jason Tsai was recently appointed as a member of the accreditation committee of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board. Details of the research project will be published in the Chinese Journal of Psychiatry - the country's leading journal in the field.

Further Information
Please contact University of Lincoln on Tel: 01522 886042;

Osteopath Wins National 'Hero' Award

Osteopath Wins National 'Hero' Award

A Stockport osteopath has won a national 'hero' award after being nominated by a local woman whose migraines stopped after she underwent treatment.

Clifford Lomas, from Great Moor, was awarded the 'Best in Complementary Medicine' title at the 'Migraine Heroes Healthcare Awards', held in London on Monday 8th September by national charity, Migraine Action.

Migraine Action asked people affected by migraine - estimated at 8 million people in the UK  -  to nominate their migraine heroes as part of its celebrations for Migraine Awareness Week (7th -13th September).  Clifford was nominated by Philippa Bonorino, from Romiley, whose migraines stopped when she began treatment last November. 

Philippa had been affected by migraines since she was a child, and these continued throughout adulthood.  Philippa gave up traditional treatment which had offered little relief from her migraines, but was amazed at the results of her treatment by Clifford, and that this was done without the need for drugs.

Further Information
For further information and advice on migraines, please visit  For details on osteopathy visit the British Osteopathic Association website at 

Pangarden Game Offers Solutions to Life Questions!

Pangarden Game Offers Solutions to Life Questions!

The recently launched Pangarden Game is designed to help you find balanced and harmonious solutions to whatever challenges you face. The Pangarden Game builds a bridge to your innate creativity to support your personal evolution.

This game contains coloured shapes to map-out any life situation you have questions about. As you address the situation with openness and honesty, specific card-sets for Needs, Light, Shadows, Genetic Patterns, Healing and Spiritual Impulses give insights, understanding and trigger shift-processes. The detailed instructions offer lots of useful advice and guidance. There are no strict rules, as intuition, creativity and Nature Intelligence are your partners in this game. Pangarden is the perfect gift for people of all ages. Anyone can play alone or with friends or family and there are no special skills required.

Further Information and Special Offer
Normal price £62.00 available to PH Online readers for only £52.00. To claim the £10 readers discount for the Pangarden Game please mention this code when ordering or use it on our website checkout: Reader08. Offer ends 29th September 2009. Please contact Martin Kutternik at Pangarden on Tel: 01309 694 809;

Perfekt Granolas Strike Just the Right Balance 

Perfekt Granolas Strike Just the Right Balance

Perfekt Nutrition's range of organic granolas is blended to provide exactly the right proportion of nutrients for optimum health. 
Founded by Karolina Gardiner, with the aim of spearheading a new generation of 'super' cereals, Perfekt is the only granola to combine the ideal 60:40 ratio of carbohydrates and protein (including essential fatty acids). 
A low GI food, Perfekt granolas are made with the finest organic-grade ingredients, from Omega-rich Cold-Pressed Rapeseed Oil to Agave Nectar, a natural fructose from the blue Agave plant which gives a delicately sweet taste but without the calories of sugar or honey. 
The range currently includes Organic Granola Nuts and Seeds and two first-to-market granolas: Nut Free Organic Granola with Pink Apple and Naturally Gluten Free Organic Granola with Quinoa Nuts and Seeds, to enable allergy sufferers the chance to enjoy the tastes and benefits of a perfectly balanced granola.
Further Information
Perfekt granolas is available from Fresh & Wild, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic. For further stockist information visit

Sharpen your Eyesight without Reading Glasses


Sharpen your Eyesight without Reading Glasses

Middle age is the time when near eyesight begins to suffer blur, and the need for reading glasses or bifocals appears. This is accepted as fact, a natural development, unavoidable after age 40+. But this is a belief or theory, not a fact, and may not be true for you.

The Read Without Glasses Method could help you reduce, or even get rid of reading glasses forever. Created clinically by international vision expert, Dr Ray Gottlieb, and developed for the wider public by Martin Sussman, the method is now available for home use on DVD. The Read Without Glasses Method DVD makes a great Christmas present for relatives. 

On 15 March 2009 Alternatives are hosting a workshop with Martin personally introducing this unique technique.  Many workshop participants experience a sharpening of their near vision during the day, and each person leaves with a specific understanding of how to continue their improvement.

This workshop is for reducing presbyopia, that is the need for reading glasses. It is suitable for people who have normal distance vision, as well as those who have in addition to their presbyopia myopia, astigmatism or long sightedness.  It is not for people with squint, 'lazy' eye, amblyopia, blindness in one eye, or eye pathology. To see if The Read Without Glasses Method could work for you try the pre-test at

Martin Sussman is an international authority on vision and founder of the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision in Massachusetts, USA. Martin is author of The Program for Better Vision, the world's number 1 best-selling vision improvement audio system, co-author of Total Health at the Computer, and co-presenter of The Read Without Glasses Method  DVD

Further Information

To book for Martin Sussman's workshop go to  or call Tel:  0207 287 6711. Buy the DVD at


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    Sunningdale College of Homoeopathy

    Sunningdale College of Homoeopathy, Essex,  (SCH) are pleased to offer a free introductory CD covering 20 commonly used homoeopathic remedies to Positive Health readers (please note postage will be charged to requests from overseas). 

    SCH interweave homeopathic materia medica and philosophy with medical sciences giving you a thorough grounding in all aspects of this wonderful method of healing as they teach you in a professional yet vibrant, friendly, interactive manner training you for a qualification to practise homoeopathy. 

    The next Diploma course starts on 10th January 2009 – Special introductory first year rate applies. Class numbers are limited allowing for individual attention.

    Further information Tel: 01702 340315. Please mention Positive Health when calling.

    Aid for Honduras Flood Victims

    More than 300,000 people in Honduras in Central America, have been affected by major flooding, and over 70,000 are in need of shelter. There have been an estimated 60 deaths and as many as 100,000 people, including 35,000 children, do not have access to safe drinking water.

    Richard Graham of Physiotherapy Volunteers Abroad, has been asked to work in a rehab centre in Danli in the new year to help with the injured, many of whom will need long term physiotherapy. He hopes to take as much basic equipment as he can with him: Hot packs, ice packs, strappings, support and tens machines, acupuncture needles etc.

    The news cover of the disaster and ongoing need for further assistance has been minimal. Richard is hoping to raise funds in support of the victims. Further information

    LCTA goes Green

    The London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA) has been awarded a government grant to create a Liftshare group for students and staff travelling to and from the College.

    The private Liftshare group means that students and staff will not be travelling with total strangers. Bonny Williams, Director of LCTA explained that people who practise, teach or study Chinese Medicine are, by nature, concerned about the environment and pollution. Liftshare's aim is to encourage and enable more efficient travel and transport by helping individuals to find travel companions and offering them a choice of more sustainable travel modes.

    Further information: Tel: 020 8446 3332;

    Holigral Emergence e-Book

    Holigral has brought out the first of their series of Little Books of Holigral Wisdom, About Emergence  in time for an early Christmas present. A printed version will soon be available on the Buy a Tool page of  Holigral's website. The world is experiencing a fear campaign where it hurts, in your pockets! Only, there isn't less money in the world, all the fear is slowing down the flow of it.

    Holigral suggests that if you have a quiet ming, without worry, fear and stress, you will not be affected by the fear. Download a copy of their ebook on The book Mind Tricks, Ancient and Modern by Steven Saunders is now available in limited edition hardback or softback from A life-changing 7 day retreat will be held at Land's End, Cornwall on 5-12 December 2008 called Holigral Retreat on the Edge.

    Further information: Tel: 084 56 03 56 99;

    Nutritional Therapy Council Discusses Possible Statutory Regulation

    The Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and representatives of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), met the Health Professional Council on 30 October, to discuss the possible statutory regulation of practitioners of Nutritional Therapy.

    The NTC is concerned that the provision of Nutritional advice in the UK is currently unregulated to a large extent. There is a voluntary regulatory framework in place that is intended to offer the public a route by which they can verify the credentials of practitioners of Nutritional Therapy. There are a number of inadequately trained practitioners, who have done courses at institutions which claim to give them the skills to give individualized Nutrition Advice. As a regulator, the NTC has the protection of the public at heart and is exploring the options for mandatory regulation of Nutritional Therapy practitioners.

    Further information:

    Prebiotic for the over 65s

    Recent trials published  could empower older people to counter a decline in their immune systems and boost their health.

    The double blind placebo-controlled study, conducted at Reading University's Food Biosciences unit and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, investigated the role of a natural non-digestible carbohydrate similar to that found in breast milk, for people ages 65 and over.

    It showed Bimuno, a specific prebiotic, positively affected the bacterial balance towards a more health promoting one, but also had a significant positive affect on immunity measurements that otherwise decline in people aged 65 and over. During the trial, volunteers aged between 64 and 79 were divided into two groups, with one starting with a sachet of prebiotic daily, and the other a placebo in sachet form. After 10 weeks, the groups switched over to the other treatment for a further 10 weeks. The effect of the two treatments was then compared. Bimuno is the result of eight years of intesive research conducted in collaboration with the University of Reading's Food Microbial Sciences Unit and is available at Boots.

    Further information Tel: 01908 577 850;

    Christmas Week at the Bach Centre

    The Bach Centre in Oxfordshire is holding a pre-Christmas sale from 1-5 December 208 where every item sold, Bach Original Flower Remedies, books, DVDs etc will be sold at a discount of at least 10%. The centre is the only place to buy alcohol-free remedies and the cheapest place in the UK for Bach Original Flower Remedies. Customers who already receive a Bach Centre discount, including Bach Foundation Registered Practitioners, Registered Students and Registered Supporters, will receive the special Christmas discount as an additional reduction. The shop opens at 10am each weekday and will be open until 4pm until Christmas. The discount does not apply to mail-order purchases.

    Further information Tel: 01491 834678;

    New Book by Breda Gardner

    Breda Gardner, a popular complementary health practitioner, has recently published a new book containing 101 articles from her weekly health columns for the Kilkenny Advertiser, Carlow First and Waterford Today newspapers. Since setting up clinics in Kilkenny and Waterford in 2003, Breda has carried out many thousands of consultations, and this book sets out some of the more intriguing discoveries she has made about the causes and solutions for the health imbalances in people's bodies. The book Words of Wisdom for you Health & Happiness tells how Breda overcame her own clinical depression with the help of complementary medicine and positive thinking. It demonstrates the strong links between our emotions and illness in different parts of the body. Natural, and often simple alternatives for common ailments and childhood diseases is outlined, and an explanation of some of the more usual maintaining causes of illness which are often overlooked by traditional medicine.

    Available from local bookshops and health stores or by calling Tel: 056 772 4429;

    Christmas Trees for Christmas Presents

    The Woodland Trust is trying to take some of the stress out of Christmas by dedicating a beautiful native tree, here in the UK, to mark the birth of a child, and giving the baby a gift that will grow with them and last a lifetime. For the older child, from just £12 per year, a gift membership of the Woodland Trust's Nature Detectives Club, will foster a love of nature and the outside that will stay with them. A tree dedication with the Trust is a perfect way to celebrate an ethical Christmas or to remember someone special. With over 20 UK woodland dedication sites and free access, gift givers can choose a local wood, so that the recipient and their families can visit the tree. Dedications cost as little as £15 and the person receives a Christmas card and details of the chosen wood with a map showing where your tree is planted. Three tree dedications cost £30 or for 10 trees, it is £60.

    Further information Tel:0800 026 9650;

    New Leader for UK Midwives

    Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, has taken the post of General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), succeeding Dame Karlene Davis who has retired. Professor Warwick comes to the RCM from King's College Hospital in London, where she was Divisional Manager of Women and Children's Services and Director of Midwifery. Cathy has been a midwife for over 30 years and has an esteemed record throughout the UK for advising on midwifery and sustainable service changes.

    Further information Tel: 020 7312 3456 

    2nd Food for the Brain Conference

    The second Food for the Brain Conference was held last month and was a huge success, Captain Joe Hibbelin from the US Public Health Service presented undeniable evidence for the link between low intakes of omega-3 and sea food, with poor mental health as a basis for establishing a long overdue recommended daily allowance (RDA). This links low levels of DHA, a type of omega 3 fat, with depression, addiction, aggression, homicide and suicide.

    The conference also focused on the mental health of children with Dr Madeleine Portwood from Durham LEA and Dr Natalie Sinn from Australia reviewing the substantial body of evidence that now exists for vitamins, minerals and essential fats in helping children with learning difficulties and challenging behavious. Professor Jill James presented her research showing a deficit in sulphation pathways in autistic children, indicating the potential reason for increased oxidation, and the potential benefit for certain antioxidants.

    The Food for the Brain Conference is now available on audio.  all proceeds go to the Food for the Brain Foundation.

    Breathing Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed a variety of herbs, prescriptions and therapies to treat paractically any health problem, including breathing ailments. Those wishing to improve their lung capacity and to improve their breathing can draw on a resevoir of Chinese therapies. Among them is the application of acupressure for coughing spasms, where pressure is applied to a point between the shoulder blade and spine at heart level. Acupuncture therapy can also be effective. Another common therapy is the use of Qigong, which is a traditional breathing workout which improves health, mobilizes energy and stamina and improves respiration.

    For more information on how acupuncture can help with breathing problems call Pacific College at 800 729 0941;

    Milk Thistle Complex

    The festive season often means too much alcohol and rich food and lack of sleep. A.Vogel Milk Thistle Complex can help you face the new year in better shape.

    If the liver can't cope, problems such as headaches, bloating, fatigue, constipation and nausea are likely to be the result. Milk Thistle Complex is the ideal remedy for an over-worked liver. It detoxifies the liver, helping to quell the more unpleasant effects of over-indulgence. Milk Thistle is also a great natural hangover cure. To survive a big night out, take it before going out, on returning and again in the morning. It will still help if not taken until the morning after. Milk Thistle Complex tincture is available from health stores and pharmacies.

    For stockist Tel: 01294 277344;

    Otosan Ear Drops

    Children are susceptible to all sorts of illnesses, especially in the winter, due to the fact that their immune systems are still developing. Eight out of ten children will have had an ear infection by the time they reach three years old.  Once they have had an infection, children have a 50:50 chance of getting another during the next year, with some children suffering on a regular basis. Otosan Natural Ear Drops are suitable for children aged three and over, and can help maintain general ear health and hygiene, without antibiotics or other prescription drugs. Otosan Natural Ear Drops contain only natural ingredients including sweet almond and maize oil, geranium essential oil, juniper essential oil, propolis, chamomile extract and cajeput essential oil. Otosan products are available in Holland & Barrett and other independent outlets.

    Further information

    Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy

    Health Eating During Chemotherapy is a cookbook with a mission to help patients and carers to cope with the various eating problems commonly associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Both treatments can cause side effects such as changes in sense of smell and taste, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores and difficulty swallowing. All of which can lead to weight loss and hinder recovery.  In the first book of its kind, professional chef José van Mil bases her first-hand knowledge of caring for a cancer sufferer with expert medical advice from Christine Archer-MacKenzie. Together they have devised a comprehensive plan of over 100 recipes that patients and carers can choose from. With titles like Soft with a Bite, Crisp, Liquid and Smooth, the dishes focus on the all-important texture of food, while keeping portions small and manageable.

    Further information Tel: 020 7692 7232;

    Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture

    The Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture 2008 will take place on 4 December at the Bruei Gallery, School of African Studies, Thronhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG. The event named One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: The Costs of Ignoring Ecology in Managing Pests is sponsored by the Cooperative Group. A lecture by Dr Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist of  The Organic Center, USA will be held, and the tickets include buffet, organic wine and music.

    To book tickets Tel: 020 7065 0905;,;
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