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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 155

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 155 - February 2009

Divine Direction Seminars

Full-day seminar Unlocking the Kingdom Within & Blessed Horizons 9am to 5:30pm Plymouth, UK on 12th April 2009.

Divine Direction Seminars

Come and join the journey, YOUR journey into an abundant life, fulfilling your true potential, a journey of strength and knowing – one of insight and protection.

Learn how to tap into this ageless wisdom and explore how this is backed by modern science.  There is an exciting element to this path that brings real practical results at the same time as satisfying the most mystically minded souls. It blends hard ground science with higher meditative dream states. It oscillates between these to create something excitingly powerful. Presenter, Terry Power has taught energy medicine techniques to many health professionals from all over the world – techniques which have greatly improved the health of their patients. Now Terry from Australia has been redirected to use these principles to help ALL people apply similar methods to not only health but abundance and success in every way imaginable. He teaches them how to gain clarity for their true purpose in life. This puts people in touch with their amazing journey.

Our seminar will teach you tools from energy medicine, grounded in spiritual principles, which can be used to improve any area of your life.

Further Information
Please contact Divine Direction Seminars Tel: +61 2 6583 9667;

Sound And Spiritual Discovery

Who and What am I?
Where am I going?
How can I change my life?
Tuning Forks

We are created from Harmonic Sound; broadly each of us has a unique sound/frequency; health is a reflection of Harmony, and disease dis-harmony. Our perception of life is built on our experience through the senses; hearing develops from around week 9 in the womb; life experience begins before birth and is last to go with death.

The Good News is, as sensory beings we can 'tune' ourselves like a musical instrument, raising our self-awareness and health to a new level of being. When you change your 'tuning', you change the music of your life.

Tuning Fork Therapy, pioneered by John Beaulieu uses specifically designed tuning forks for energy balancing. A simple, effective self-help tuning can involve clearing your personal space and environment of static energy and stress, creating deep relaxation easily; wonderful to precede meditation and inspiration, balancing both sides of the brain; enhancing Creativity, groundedness and focus in life. Imagine the difference to an Individual, a Family and a work group if more of us tuned up this way!.

Further Information
The next course on sound and spiritual discovery is at the Wilbury School of Natural Therapy Brighton in March 09. Bookings via The Wilbury School Tel 01273 552766;  For information on courses and contact details visit

4th Edition: The Complete Guide to Food Allergy and Intolerance

The Complete Guide to Food Allergy and Intolerance

First published in 1989, when food intolerance was much less well known, The Complete Guide to Food Allergy and Intolerance by Professor Jonathan Brostoff and Linda Gamlin played a big part in making the public, the medical profession and complementary health practitioners more aware of common food problems. Now the completely updated and rewritten 4th edition has been published, to widespread acclaim.
The new edition of the book is published by Quality Health Books, an imprint set up by Linda Gamlin, one of the co-authors of The Complete Guide to Food Allergy and Intolerance.
The book is expanded; it includes an in-depth chapter on allergy tests and tests for food intolerance: a field that has mushroomed since 1989, not always to the benefit of consumers. Another chapter regarding  coeliac disease, brings together all the research information available on the new DIY coeliac blood tests, and what a positive test result means, especially for those with few or no symptoms.
Other chapters do the same for key topics that complementary therapists regularly have to deal with, such as IBS, lactose intolerance, and baby colic. The role of food reactions in rheumatoid arthritis, atopic eczema and asthma is also considered in detail. And the core chapters on food allergy and food intolerance remain the most accurate and comprehensive sources of information you will find anywhere.
Further Information
The Complete Guide to Food Allergy and Intolerance 4th edition is available direct from Quality Health Books, price £12.50. It can also be ordered from bookshops.
Please contact Linda Gamlin at Quality Health Books on Tel:01548 511378;

The Breath of Life Conference: London, May 2009

The fifth bi-annual Breath of Life Conference, will be held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1 on 23rd and 24th May 2009.

Gabrielle Roth
Gabrielle Roth

This years' line-up of pioneering practitioners and scientists includes Professor Stephen Porges who discovered the 'Polyvagal Theory' and 'Social Engagement System' which give new insights into the functioning of the autonomic nervous system.

The Conference is also proud to feature Dr Rupert Sheldrake, the accomplished biologist probably best known for his theory of 'morphic resonance', in which he challenges the fundamental assumptions of modern science. Gabrielle Roth, originator of 5Rhythms(r), a movement practice for spiritual awakening, internationally renowned artist, philosopher, teacher and dancer, will also be a presenter.

The Conference also welcomes Jean-Pierre Barral, eminent Osteopath. Barral's research and work with Visceral Manipulation is pioneering within the osteopathic community and his talk, "What are our Organs Thinking?", will explore the relationship between our organs and emotional states.

Other speakers include Hugh Milne, Craniosacral Therapist, Osteopath and Naturopath, leading international teacher of 'Visionary Craniosacral Work' and author of The Heart of Listening Vols 1 & 2, Dr Anngwyn St Just, Psychotherapist, Somatic Educator, Director of the Arizona Center for Social Trauma and author of Relative Balance in an Unstable World, and Katherine Ukleja, a leading teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral work.

Further Information
The Conference is supported by the University of Westminster and the Association of Physical and Natural Therapies. Please contact Agnesia Agrella (Conference Administrator), on Tel: +44 (0)131 656 9199;

77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing

by Angela Hicks. Published by How To Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-905862-25-2.

77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing

77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing by Angela Hicks teaches us how to use Ancient Chinese Wisdom to enhance our physical, mental and spiritual health.

Easy to read from cover to cover (or dip into relevant chapters), this book reveals the profound, yet simple health maintenance secrets that Chinese medicine has developed over many centuries. These secrets enable us to deal with stress and return us to our natural physical and mental balance.

By practising these secrets, Angela Hicks shows us how to recover the ability to nourish and protect our energy, overcome illness, and feel an easy joy in simply being alive.

Angela Hicks has been a practitioner of Chinese Medicine for over 30 years. She is an acupuncturist and herbalist who also practises qigong. She is Joint Principal of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, UK, and is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook; and co author of Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture and Healing Your Emotions.

Further Information
77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing is published by How To Books Ltd is available at £8.99 in major bookshops and online retailers across the country and from

4-day Intensive Quantum Aromatherapy(r) CPD training with Dr Daniel Penoel

4-day Intensive Quantum Aromatherapy(r) CPD training with Dr Daniel Penoel

Essential oils are currently used both in the traditional holistic approach as in well as the more clinical or medical orientation. The traditional holistic and  molecular models do not assist us in deciphering the full power of essential oils and fail to give us a tangible explanation. There is a need for aromatherapists to acquire deeper, more systemic approaches to extend the existing knowledge. To get the full picture of Dr Penoel's in-depth knowledge, a substantial course is now offered to English-speaking people. CPD Module 1 is a stepping stone and is the first module out of the 3 in-depth modules offered to gain a qualification in Quantum Aromatherapy(r).

The first training in Quantum Aromatherapy(r) will be held from Saturday, 11 July to Tuesday, 14 July 2009. Set in the beautiful Drôme valley, in France, near Provence, the Quantum Aromatherapy(r) training is a truly uplifting experience. You will be immersed in a French context with French tutors involved in aromatherapy for over 30 years. This will enhance the richness and diversity of this unique experience. The 4-day CPD training gives  time to really get into a Quantum Aromatherapy(r) Mindset to explore  practical and effective skills.

The Quantum Aromatherapy(r)  framework enables us to unravel the code of essential oils from another viewpoint. Dr Daniel Penoel MD, in realizing the full potential of essential oils, has drawn 7 key principles from New Physics including Quantum Mechanics, space-time Theory and interconnectedness. He has combined these principles with his knowledge as a medical doctor and from his thirty years of experience.

Further Information
Please contact Quantum Aromatherapy on Tel: 00 33 4 75 76 83 42;

New DVD:  Tui Na Student to Master

After many years experience with Tui Na, Errol now presents the DVD:  Tui Na Student to Master,  a step by step video on how to do and improve your Tui Na massage.

New DVD:  Tui Na Student to Master

Tui Na, which literally means push and grab, is a bodywork technique developed in China over 3,000 years ago. A combination of massage, acupressure and stretching, Tui Na works by applying pressure to acu-points, meridians and groups of muscles or nerves to remove blockages that prevent the free flow of energy (Qi). The work is done entirely with the practitioner's hands to help increase the beneficial flow of Qi through the patient's meridian system.

The aims of the tuina massage are to disperse, activate, harmonize to bring about the body's natural healing process. These aims are achieved by varying the speed, pressure and duration of a Tuina treatment. It is the development of the practitioner's ability to control their body, breath and hands that separates the student from the master. While they will often appear similar in execution, the master's techniques will be profoundly more effective due to the control and development of the body and stances. This is a process that is accomplished through determination, practice, endurance, insight and the help of senior Doctors of TCM.
Further Information
Please contact Errol at Tui Na UK on Tel: 01904 679868;

Cannons Re-branded: Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres

Following last year's acquisition of Cannons Health Clubs by Nuffield Health, the new clubs will be called 'Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres' which will offer a combination of fitness facilities, health services and highly qualified staff to provide a holistic and joined up approach to managing health and wellbeing under one roof.

Cannons Re-branded: Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres
A comprehensive, 60 minute health assessment, known as the Vi1, will be available free of charge to the majority of clients. The Vi1 will measure body mass index, aerobic fitness, resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Clients will receive a written report which will contribute to a personalised action plan and fitness programme.

Centres will also offer:
Accredited Nuffield physiotherapists;
Nutritional advice from Senor Wellbeing Advisors;
Relaxation Zones – offering soothing and nourishing treatments and therapies;
Health workshops and seminars.

Further Information
To find a Nuffield Health Wellbeing Centre near you go to

Half Moon: Ultimate Yoga Escape

Half Moon, the luxury resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has introduced the Ultimate Yoga Escape for holidaymakers looking to improve their overall health and wellbeing during 2009. 

Half Moon: Ultimate Yoga Escape

The package includes two 50-minute sessions of Iyengar yoga daily. Participants will receive special programmes tailored to their individual needs to help deepen their yoga practice; suited to beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners.

The package also includes a daily meditation, a consultation with the Spa Elder – a master therapist versed in the art of using indigenous herbs and botanicals to create custom treatments and remedies, a peronalised massage at Fern Tree. Access to the meditation labyrinth, swimming pool, soaking tub, sauna and steam room at Fern Tree offer further options for relaxation.

Prices start from USD900 per night, based on two people sharing a superior room, including all meals and drinks and return airport transfers.

Further Information
For more information visit

Ultrasound In Your Own Home

Ultrasound has been used by doctors and physiotherapists for healing since the 1940s but now, for the first time in the UK, this therapeutic pain relief is available in a home use device so the treatment and therapy you get from your osteopath, chiropractor or physio for any sprains, strains, aches and pains, can now be carried on at home for maximum relief and faster healing.

Ultrasound In Your Own Home

Therapeutic ultrasound, as opposed to the diagnostic imaging ultrasound, is a very high frequency massage that penetrates deep below the surface of the skin to assist in the healing process by increasing blood circulation and reducing inflammation.
Ultralieve(r) will deliver 1 million vibrations per second (1MHz) pulsed ultrasound waves with varying intensity levels deep into damaged tissues and is scientifically and medically proven device to treat a range of medical conditions. 

Ultralieve(r) treatment can take between 5 and 15 minutes, dependent upon the type and severity of injury.  Simply apply the treatment gel to the target area and move the device in small circular movements.  With ultrasonic waves so you don't feel heat, noticeable vibration or an intense experience – this allows the treatment to be used even on very tender parts of the body such as ankles, wrists or the forehead
Further Information
Available from – special introductory launch price  £129 (£30 off).

Light Therapy from Lumie

If you're feeling fed up, run down and in need of a natural energy boost after Christmas, make sure you take some time out during the New Year to recharge your batteries with light therapy specialist, Lumie.

Light Therapy from Lumie
Start everyday afresh with a glorious Bodyclock sunrise...

Bodyclock dawn simulators work by mimicking the effect of the rising sun.  Based on scientific evidence, they use the body's natural response to light to provide a gentle and gradual wake-up that will leave you feeling refreshed, alert and ready to go.  They can also help reset your natural 24 hour cycle so that you feel ready for sleep when it's night.

Restore your energy levels by brightening up your day...

Lumie lights provide LOTS of bright light and can be used as an extra supplement on the days when nature doesn't deliver.  Based on scientific evidence, bright light therapy can significantly improve symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the winter blues and also help improve energy levels to help you feel more motivated, sociable and energised- so just what you need at this time of year!

Further Information
Lumie on Tel: 01954 780 500;

Massive Veggie Event in London

EUROPE'S largest vegetarian event comes to London in April 2009, hosted by Europe's largest veggie and vegan campaigning group Viva!.

Massive Veggie Event in London
Featuring over 100 stalls, cookery demos, talks, free food samples, nutritional advice, a kids' play area and a café, The Incredible Veggie Show promises to be a hit with the veggie-curious, those new to a veggie diet and to the most seasoned veggies and vegans.
It takes place on Saturday, April 18, at The Royal Horticultural Halls, Lawrence Hall & Conference Centre, Greycoat Street, from 10am - 6pm.
Show highlights include;
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about being or going vegetarian or vegan – or simply cutting down on meat;
  • The chance to discover a whole new world of animal-free products including food and drink, bodycare, clothing and footwear and much more!
  • Over 100 stalls;
  • Cookery demos;
  • Three talks areas;
  • Free food samples including dedicated areas run by Viva! providing a selection of hot dishes from around the world and ready-to-eat products;
  • Free nutritional advice, provided by the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation;
  • Competitions and special offers;
  • Kids' play area;
  • Vegan café.
Further Information
Admission is £4, under 18s free and you can save 25 per cent by booking your tickets in advance by visiting or calling Viva! on Tel: 0117 944 1000.


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    BCNH Nutrition Courses

    BCNH is known for its excellence in the field of nutrition. Courses are known globally and graduates and students come from all over the world. BCNH now offers part-time Diploma and BSc courses with or without clinical practice. The BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Nutritional Health) courses are credit rated by the University of Greenwich.

    Students on the BCNH diploma courses follow the same curriculum as degree students, which enables them to top up to a degree at a later stage.

    Students can now download their course materials, lectures, audio recordings, course assignments, templates, research papers etc, from a secure, password-protected website. This is good news for distance learning students, as it enables them to access materials instantly from anywhere in the world.

    Further information Tel: 0844 736 5836;

    Expectancy Educational Developments

    Expectancy provides a professional education on the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and childbirth, offering courses in London and near Manchester, as well as bespoke in-house courses for colleges and schools.

    Starting in September 2009, Expectancy is beginning two new programmes. The Diploma in Maternity Complementary Therapies, a year-long programme aiming to provide a comprehensive training in the safe administration of complementary therapies during pregnancy and childbirth, and The Maternity Support Therapist (Doula) Programme, for women wishing to accompany mothers in labour and to provide support after childbirth, similar in concept to a doula training.

    Expectancy also runs a FHT-accredited course on Caring for Pregnant Clients. Students who complete this course are then eligible to progress to other courses including implementing Aromatherapy in maternity care and Reflexology techniques for pregnancy and childbirth.

    Further information Tel: 08452 301323;

    Harmony Technology for Asthma

    Harmony United Ltd claims that many cases of disappearing asthma are a natural effect of the correction of the disturbed information structure affecting the lungs, which their Harmony Evolution brings about. They are so confident, that they are offering a six-month money-back satisfaction guarantee on each purchase.

    Further information:

    Gateway Workshops™ Training School

    If you are contemplating a career in Massage or Beauty, if you are a beginner or an experienced therapist, Gateway Workshops(tm) offer many popular courses. Established for over ten years, Gateway Workshops(tm) has many courses and venues to choose from. Regular week and weekend monthly course dates are run in London, UK, Scotland and Ireland.

    Course fees include VAT, practical tuition and training materials (towels, blankets, and creams/oils). Massage tables or chairs are provided on the day and a full comprehensive manual. For many courses a DVD is available.

    Gateway specialise in small training courses to ensure individual and personal attention. Massage courses are insurable and recognised/registered with many professional bodies.

    Further information Tel: 020-8852 0742; for a range of portable massage couches, accessories and health products to buy online; Health checks and consultations and a UK shop for 100% pure and natural vitamins, herbs and minerals.

    All About Natural Medicine

    All About Natural Medicine is organising a series of CPD workshops and seminars with experienced practitioners and lecturers. 
    Tongue Diagnosis
    (21/22nd Feb) with Philip Weeks will explore this important holistic tool.  
    Medicinal Cooking (March 15th) with Philip Weeks is a rare opportunity to see cooking demonstrated according to body types and disease. Philip will prepare food right in front of you revealing delicious dishes to balance people's health. 
    Face Reading (April 4/5) with Philip Weeks is used in Chinese medicine as an essential aid to diagnosis, it can also be a valuable asset to understand yourself and other people better.
    In April (24/25/26) we have a wonderful American herbalist and nutritionist, Judy Griffin, who will share her huge knowledge of herbs, nutrition and flower essences.

    Come and be inspired!  More details:  020 8350 4607 – Steve/Antoinnette.

    Japanese Study into Reflexology

    A Japanese study into Reflexology has made a significant breakthrough in establishing a scientific link between Reflexology areas in the foot, and parts of the human brain.

    The research, which used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to measure the brain activity of people undergoing Reflexology, is the first study of its kind and offers proof that differences in the brain can be made by stimulating specific areas of the feet.

    Although Reflexology is believed to be more than 4000 years old, little is known about how the therapy actually works.

    The latest study follows similar research into acupuncture using neuroimaging techniques, which establish the relationship between different acupoints with corresponding functional areas of the brain.

    The Association of Reflexologists (AoR) is a membership organisation offering a range of professional benefits to its members. The AoR was founded in 1984 and has expanded to more than 8000 qualified Reflexologists and is the largest Reflexology organisation of its kind in the UK.

    Further information Tel: 0787 982 3397;

    Fulham Yogashala

    Fulham Yogashala, one of London's premiere yoga studios, has announced that it will host the city's only Certified Power Yoga Teacher Training programme beginning 1 March 2009. The programme is structured for anyone who wishes to embark on a career as a Yoga Instructor, or for those keen to develop their practice and understanding of yoga.

    Renowned Yoga Instructor, Fred Busch will lead the training, which will cover Yoga Philosophies, Yoga Asana Alignment and Posture Clinic, Physical Anatomy, Energetic Anatomy, Pranayama, Sanskrit, Hands on Adjustments, Bandhas, Healing Sequences, Mantras and Chanting, The Yoga Diet, The Business of Teaching Yoga and Yoga in Everyday Life.

    The Fulham Yogashala 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training Programme is certified by the Yoga Alliance and takes 9 weeks to complete. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be qualified to teach Power Yoga.

    Further information: Tel: 07786 934 803;

    Taoist Course

    Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Fantzis will offer a rare course teaching the tools necessary to effectively and efficiently reduce stress, develop awareness and counteract emotions such as anger, fear and anxiety. Frantzis will teach the powerful chi gung/qigong set known as energy work and described in his book Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body. The course will take place at the University of Sussex, Brighton on April 4-5.

    All students who attend this course will receive one-to-one tutoring from Instructor trainees on fundamentals including: finding your individual body alignments, movements to stimulate chi flow and Longevity Breathing – a method for oxygenating and enlivening your whole body.

    Further information Tel: 001 415 454 5243;

    Pain Relief BrodPod Magnet Module

    Nigel Broderick, inventor of the world's most successful and clinically proven magnotherapy bracelet has returned to the market after several years with some fresh ideas.

    Using the latest developments in super-magnet material to produce a field of alternating parallel poles, Nigel has created the BrodPod a magnet module that mimics the expensive electromagnetic therapy devices used in most hospitals. As blood passes through a series of static parallel magnetic fields, a pulsing effect is created and the new module creates the perfect environment for magnotherapy to work efficiently. Having designed the magnet module, he passed it over to design studio Coco-Ria, who produced some groundbreaking jewellery designs.

    Further information

    Boost for Gluten-Free Products

    The charity Allergy UK aimed to raise awareness of the plight of the nation's coeliacs and gluten intolerants during Food Allergy and Intolerance week on 19-23 January. Gluten free specialist Livwell plans to make its gluten free products even more accessible to its customers.

    Gluten free products such as bagels, petit pain, pitta bread, cherry bakewells and blueberry cake bars have always been available from selected retailers and mail order from the bakery, but now plans are being made to make both the standard and prescription ranges available online.

    A new website means that Pharmacists will be able to order Livwell's prescription products online with a direct link to PolarSpeed's site. Livwell, sponsors of the 2009 Foods Matter FreeFrom awards, plans to go live with its online store by Easter. People are able to access advice and information through its helpline Tel: 01322 619898 and and

    Livewell's online shop:

    White Meat is No Superfood

    The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation  (VVF) has announced in it's publication White Meat Myths that, contrary to popular belief, white meat is not a healthy choice. Research from the VVF has revealed that white meat is an unhealthy and potentially health damaging food that can be replaced with healthier, meat-free alternatives. It revealed some little known facts such as that a medium-sized bird contains almost a pint of fat, cooking white meat at high temperatures produces forms of cancer causing compounds which can damage DNA even at low concentrations and that white meat contains as much cholesterol as beef. White Meat Myths is full of easy-to-digest information, illustrations and delicious meat-free recipes. To order a copy Tel: 0117-970 5190;

    Simple Steps to a Healthier Old Age

    With life expectancy set to soar by a further 10 years before 2060, scientists from the British Nutrition Foundation's Task Force, speaking at BNF Healthy Ageing: The Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle conference in London, warned that a plan is needed to address lifestyle habits of people throughout life, to ensure better physical and mental health in old age. Research presented at the conference shows that nutrition and physical activity play an important role in keeping certain organs healthy and protecting them from disease. The BNF says that making people get enough of certain nutrients in the diet will have a positive impact on long-term health. It offers advice on maintaining healthy eyes, brain, bones and heart.

    Further information see

    The Key to a Healthy Lifestyle is in the Mind

    A study of 5167 Canadians reported in the open access journal BMC Public Health has shown that psychological concerns are the most important barriers to an active lifestyle. Sai Yi Pan, from the Public Health Agency of Canada, led a team of researchers who carried out a study which examined data from a nationwide series of telephone interviews.

    One question asked participants how confident they were that they could regularly do a total of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (PA) three or four times a week and a total of 60 minutes of light PA each day. This 'self-efficacy' score was consistently found to be related to higher PA across gender, age group, education level and family income level.

    The authors concluded that future research is needed to identify how those influences can be optimally incorporated into interventions that will increase people's belief in their ability and motivation/intention to be physically active.

    Further information Tel: 020 7079 4804;

    Tibetan Monks visit the UK

    In December 2008, Tibetan monks travelled to the UK from Samtenling Monastery in Kathmandu. Whilst in the UK the monks are being supported by the Lama Queen Mother Healing Foundation. The monks decided to dedicate their time to helping people to find peace and harmony in their homes, by performing traditional Tibetan Buddhist Pujas in homes in and around the South East. The monks do not accept payment for their Pujas, instead they are happy for people to make donations to Traditional Honouring Solutions, a registered, not for profit organisation designated to raise funds on behalf of the Lama Queen Mother Healing Foundation and the Tibetan Monks World Pujas for Peace Programme.

    Further information Tel: 01580 753 510;

    Tai Chi Retreats

    Tai Chi Nation(r) is offering weekend retreats in Devon and Somerset. Relax and unwind in the fresh countryside air and enjoy the food, location, a massage or sauna and like minded people.
    The 2009 Retreat Programme at Sharpham House, Devon and Croydon Hall, Somerset features four Tai Chi weekends with Matthew Rochford, Joe Salmon, Helen Holden and Andrew Broadhead now available to book online with £10 off for all bookings during January (use the code TCN2009 in the shopping cart checkout).

    Tai Chi Nation(r) also offers a free eco-transfer from Totnes station (Sharpham Weekends) and a special £32 return ticket from London to Croydon Hall or free eco-transfer from Taunton Station.

    Further information Tel: 0845 257 2142;

    Visioning Your World

    The Black Hills, South Dakota – is a website designed for people who want to harness the power of dreaming about their future, without the sometimes daunting gravity and structure of traditional goal setting. offers a simple process for creating a personal vision board, incorporating written goals, music and reminders, in a personal, password-protected site.

    The website is filled with beautiful music, inspirational quotes and motivational goal statements. Choose from their libraries or upload your own images, songs and words.

    Further information

    Healthy Ageing

    The British Nutrition Foundation Conference in January was all about foods that may slow the ageing process, how to protect against Alzheimer's disease in later life, what impact your diet can have on skin ageing, arthritis and bone health.

    Year on year, countries across the world continue to see an increase in life expectancy, largely attributed to the impact of modern medicine and disease eradication. There is now increasing evidence that environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle also have a significant role to play. However with this increase in years there often comes an unfortunate rise in chronic morbidity, with the quality of later life severely compromised by ill health.

    Further information

    Beta Alanine

    Beta-Alanine is a non-essential amino acid found naturally in foods such as chicken, beef, pork and fish, and it naturally occurs in the body. When taken orally, it provides the types of effects that help anyone who wants to be bigger, faster, stronger and more defined.

    Beta-Alanine enters the muscle cell and becomes a rate limiting substrate to carnosine synthesis and assists the body in the creation of Carnosine, which helps stabilise muscular pH by soaking up hydrogen ions that are released at an accelerated rate during exercise. By helping to keep us in a more optimal pH range, our muscles can continue to contract forcibly for a longer time.

    Beta-Alanine is produced by Eladon Ltd.

    Further information Tel: 0845 345 1636;

    Passion for the Planet Gift of Free Radio Advertising

    Passion for the Planet, the UK's radio station focused on helping us all live a greener, healthier and more ethical life, has celebrated its 6th birthday by choosing six charities to benefit from free advertising.

    Guests at the birthday celebrations were asked to nominate a charity to receive a free radio advertising campaign and the winning charities were: The MS Trust, Cancer Research UK, The Westminster Society, The RSPCA, PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools) and Unicef.

    The MS Trust campaign will launch on air on Passion for the Planet from 12th January 2009.

    Passion for the Planet reaches over 90,000 people per week and broadcasts on DAB radio in London and across the South and nationwide via the website.

    Further information Tel: 020 8544 0091/07788 184 649;

    Aloe Vera Extract for Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is constant, inflamed intestines that can be a life changing condition. It is still unknown what causes it, though it is currently believed that the immune system is responsible for attacking the intestines.

    Aloeride is a pharmaceutical grade aloe extract in capsule form designed for those with Crohn's. The laxative portion of the plant has been removed, but everything else is left intact in a pure, safe product. Although medical research has not yet figured out exactly why and how aloe is effective for Crohn's disease and other related gastrointestinal conditions, it has already been shown that it is effective. Aloeride provides a full spectrum of aloe vera molecules in unprecedented quantities. Its nutrients have been careful extracted from whole leaf aloe vera so as not to damage even the most heat-sensitive polysaccharides and is a highly effective aloe vera supplement.

    Further information:

    Book Helps Children with EFT

    An inspiring new children's book aimed at 7-11 year olds, has been written to show children how they can positively deal with the many day-to-day problems they face, by using Emotional Freedom Techniques. Tapping for Kids is written by Australian author and energy therapies trainer Angie Muccilo. Published in December by DragonRising, the book uses a mix of story, activities and rhymes to effectively enhance children's learning. It shows how EFT can be used to help them overcome their fears, worries and everyday traumas, while building up their self-esteem. The story in the book is set within 'The EFT Palace of Possibilities for Kids', a multilevel healing high rise where its caretaker, known as the TapMeister, runs play shops to help children master the art of tapping.

    Further information:

    Design Your Own Fabulous Future

    A recently launched program of life-changing workshops, retreats and courses run by Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) specialists Somerset Consulting shows you how to design you own future and pave the way to living the life of your dreams. It is a unique concept which skillfully combines the latest Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy techniques with Emotional Freedom Therapy and the Law of Attraction. The co-facilitated programs enable clients to realise their personal and professional potential by identifying life goals and removing the barriers that prevent success.

    The program offers a number of one-day workshops and a series of 'The Secret of Designing Your Future' intensive weekend workshops. One of the most popular aspects of the Design Your Fabulous Future has been its series of long weekend and 7-day retreats hosted throughout the year in venues in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Suffolk.

    Further information:

    Fish Oil Supplements in Cardiovascular Disease.

    The Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) has commented on the role of fish oil supplements in cardiovascular disease following a systematic review including data from over 30,000 patients, published in the British Medical Journal. The findings in the review were very positive. The systematic review of randomised trials of fish oil supplementation found a 20% reduction in deaths from cardiac causes. This is similar to previous systematic reviews that included studies of dietary intake of fish oil either by increased intake or supplementation, which showed a significant reduction in cardiovascular events.

    Fish oils provide the essential omega-3 fatty acids, for which intake in the UK is significantly lower than recommendations. Overall, the UK population fail to consume the two portions of fish (one of which should be oily) each week recommended by the Food Standards Agency.

    Further Information HSIS on Tel: 07867 513 361;

    Detox with Crussh Cactus Juice

    Crussh has released the first freshly pressed La Nopalea organic cactus drinks ever available in the UK.
    The drinks are clean in taste and nature and are full of healing and soothing properties.

    The organic cactus detox is available either as a smoothie, blended with 98% fat free yoghurt, lime, pineapple and banana, or as a traditional juice mixed with freshly squeezed orange juice.

    Celebrated for its wealth of health-promoting benefits including cleansing the liver and colon, the cactus offers a variety and high levels of antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and Bs, as well as providing a rich source of fibre and hydration due to its high water levels.

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    Age and Health Management System

    I-M Health is an early-detection diagnostic tool; a software system designed to provide an accurate assessment of your patients' health by measuring their biological age. Drawing on years of research and medical date, it enables the practitioner to pinpoint and address potential areas of concern as soon as they become apparent.

    Chronologically your patient may be 35 or 40, but biologically they may have the heart and lungs of an older person, indicating that something might be wrong. I-M Health measures the rate at which individual body regions are ageing in comparison to the patient's age group average.

    It is the first system in the world to determine biological age through physical, blood, urine and cognitive tests.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7177 0886;

    Allergy Alerts: Nickel in Jewellery

    AllergyBestBuys aims to help allergy sufferers with hundreds of tried and trusted products and professional advice on the best allergy busting home wares, gifts and cosmetics.

    Products include Nickel Solution, a two step product to warn against Nickel in jewellery and guard against direct contact with the skin, Suncoat Natural Mascara, which is chemical free and available in soft brown or black. There is also a host of useful books such as Let's Eat Out, a guide to eating out while managing food intolerances.

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    Hoodia Mint Appetite Suppressor

    People who complain they are overweight because of their genes may be right after all. Scientists writing in the medical journal Nature Genetics have discovered new genetic variants linked to the MC4R gene, which influence fat mass, weight and risk of obesity. The study analysed the DNA of 90,000 people, and found 5 of the 6 variants are associated with genes that are active in the brain, suggesting that being overweight is more to do with the way your brain works than with your metabolic rate.

    The statistics were estimated using data published in the Health Survey for England. Between 1993 and 2004, obesity almost doubled in men and women. Scientists believe that obesity treatments in the future may be based on the psychology of overeating rather than aiming to reduce the physical need for food.

    Hoodia Mint, from the Hoodia gordonii plant, which grows in the deserts of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Angola, contains high levels of P57, a potent appetite suppresser, which could lower your calorie intake by as much as 40% a day. Hoodia Mint is a Hoodia supplement with a minty taste, which can be dissolved in the mouth, chewed or swallowed.

    Each mint contains 1000mg of pure, refined Hoodia gordonii; the mints are sweetened with xylitol, a natural, low-calorie alternative to sugar. The supplement is suitable for vegetarians.

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