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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 159

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 159 - June 2009

Nurturing The Roots Of Wellbeing: Focus on Early Pregnancy and First Weeks after Birth

Birthlight Conference: Institute of Child Health, London
11th-12th July 2009

Birthlight, a UK charity promoting a holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood with original interactive yoga-based practices, launches its annual conference in London.

Birthlight Baby

Early pregnancy and the period following childbirth are the most neglected times in global maternity care. This conference focuses on early nurture, specifically the first and fourth trimesters of pregnancy, as research shows their interconnection. We would like to highlight the ways in which Yoga can offer practical applications of research findings, as a foundation for the promotion of breastfeeding, infant massage and baby wearing. The mothers' mental well-being is key to the babies' mental well-being.

The programme includes both main speaker presentations and hands-on workshops. Michel Odent, Naomi Stadlen, Vivette Glover, Simon House and Francoise Freedman voice possibilities for making the transition to parenthood a more positive experience in society at large. Workshops complement these inspiring presentations and introduce essential techniques to put nurture into practice.

This event is an inspiring opportunity:
  • Hear  respected visionaries talk about the links between early pregnancy and the postnatal period;
  • Participate in stimulating discussions for which a lot of time has been devoted;
  • Develop your professional practice through workshops
  • Meet other practitioners; exchanging ideas, views and techniques.
Since the 90s, Birthlight has pioneered the continuity of support to mothers-to-be and new families from conception to the third year. 0ver 1,500 certified instructors spread the benefits of 'mothering the mother' (Marshall Klaus) through simple yoga, before and after birth in the community, on land and in water, and during labour in maternity units or at home.

Further Information
For information about the Birthlight Conference please contact Christine on Tel: 01223 362 288;


Q-Link Teams Up With Somerset County Cricket Club

Q-Link, the pendent designed to boost and maintain the body's natural energy system and help combat the effects of stress and stress related ailments today announced that they are working with Somerset County Cricket Club.

Somerset County Cricket Team and QLink
Somerset County Cricket Team and QLink

Having been approached by Darren Veness, Head of Strength and Conditioning for SCCC, the Q-Link team spent the day with squad who were each given useful tips on stress reduction and a Q-Link pendant to wear.  Each pendant contains a pre-programmed resonating cell (silicon carbide) that has been programmed with the healthy frequencies of the body – similar to a tuning fork that vibrates at a certain pitch.  Each person's Q-Link becomes uniquely tuned to their own body's bio-electric fields, resonating with the body's energies and reminding it of the 'healthy frequencies' thereby helping it to self-correct on a continual basis.  Research has shown that wearers experience enhanced mental and physical performance, reduced stress, increased energy and improved focus and concentration. 

As a long-time user of Q-Link products, Darren was keen for members of the team to sample the benefits, commenting. "We have approached the season from a different perspective this time around – looking more at the overall benefits of nutrition, health, fitness and general well-being and focusing on the individual as well as the team. We want to give the squad every opportunity and I firmly believe that Q-Link products can help both the individual players and the team in general manage stress and stress-related ailments."

Further Information
Please contact Q-Link on Tel: 0845 165 2052;  

Quality Reflexology Training – Philip Salmons Reflexology Centre

As an Association of Reflexologists (AOR) accredited  training school, we have seen a large increase in the numbers of people wanting upgrade training – referred to as bridging courses. More and more employers are requiring that therapists are trained to the exacting standards set by the AoR.

Foot Pillows

It is not generally understood that not all Level 3 qualifications are recognized by the AoR. There are many that require 'bridging' which is recommended to be at least 50% of an accredited courses syllabus and taking an external examination set by an independent examining body.

If being a member of the AoR is important to you, then do check that the course you are intending to do is accredited. There is a list of accredited Courses at  

While bridging does mean the door is not closed – your training is a journey and it is always easier to get a direct ticket! Philip Salmons Reflexology Centre, located in Hertfordshire and Cambridge/Beds border,  runs both Accredited Reflexology professional training  and bridging courses in Reflexology.

Further Information
Please contact Energy Works – Philip Salmons Reflexology Centre  On Tel: 01480 404946;  

Micropulse Filter to Counter Electromagnetic Pollution

The number of people reporting skin complaints has risen sharply in recent months; the cause may be low energy light bulbs – Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs).

Micropulse Filter
Micropulse Filter

Dr Robert Sarkany, Consultant Dermatologist at King's College, London said "I am seeing regular handfuls of patients who are complaining of skin allergies, after fitting low energy bulbs, as are my colleagues". Dr Larry Newman, senior Neurologist in New York is reporting a high incidence of patients with migraines after fitting the bulbs. Common symptoms are severe stinging, burning and itching of the skin, along with a red rash and migraines.

When the new energy-saving lightbulbs became compulsory the change in the law attracted controversy because they emit ultraviolet light and contain mercury. CFLs produce high levels of radio frequency radiation 'dirty electricity', which adversely affect health, with symptoms such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, nausea, sleep disorders, respiratory problems, rashes, along with anxiety and depression. 

Dirty electricity has worsened due to the proliferation of lap tops and cordless phones which use switch mode power supplies (AC Adaptors) that create dirty electricity. Like low energy light bulbs they 'chop up' the electric signals, which produces power 'spikes'. This energy has nowhere to go except into the indoor environment.

Micropulse filters, designed and manufactured in the UK, neutralize the dirty electricity by smoothing out the spikes. In recent tests using dirty electricity monitors, the high levels recorded when a CFL lightbulb was switched on all dropped dramatically when an electricity filter was used.

Further Information
Wireless-Protection offers a money-back guarantee if consumers don't experience real physical benefits  For more information or to order your Micropulse filter, please contact Wireless Protection  on Tel: on 01772 614177;  

Voice Dialogue – Technique for Integrating Elements of our Personality

Have you ever heard yourself say something like:

"A part of me really feels uncomfortable when I'm around certain people. Another part of me doesn't want to say anything in case I upset them. And yet another part of me thinks I'm stupid for letting them get to me in this way!"

Voice Dialogue – Technique for Integrating Elements of our Personality

Drs Hal & Sidra Stone developed a process called Voice Dialogue in the late 1970s for tuning in to these voices and allowing the different parts of us, or 'selves', to be heard more clearly. John studied Voice Dialogue with Drs Hal and Sidra Stone in the USA and Europe and has over 30 years experience in developing and delivering seminars that help participants improve intra-personal and interpersonal communication. John Kent set up Voice Dialogue UK to help people get in touch with and better understand the different selves that determine their values, attitudes, belief systems and behaviours.

The benefits of Voice Dialogue:
  • Teaches you about yourself and why you do the things that you do
  • Clarifies conflicts and helps resolve them
  • Broadens your options and reveals new choices
  • Helps you manage stress and change both at home and at work
  • Enables you to discover new ways to deal with old problems
  • Supports the natural flow of your creativity
  • Identifies and transforms habitual life patterns
  • Deepens and improves intimate relationships
The next Level I Facilitator training will take place 27th - 28th June in London. The workshop will provide a basic introduction to Voice Dialogue and how to facilitate a session. The methodology is experiential and process oriented and based on the ancient wisdom: "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."

Further Information
To find out more or register for the next workshop, please contact John on Tel: 07941 141377;

Vertibax Joint Healthcare Supports for Joint Pain Relief

VertiBaX™ joint pain relief products, target lower back pain, wrist pain, elbow pain as well as knee and ankle pain; not only offering increased mobility and pain relief, but by promoting rehabilitation after injury.

Vertibax Joint Healthcare Supports for Joint Pain Relief

Healthcare Products: Sensory Belts and Joint Sensory Wraps

Joint sensory wraps are available for the wrist, elbow, ankle and knee and the sensory belt works on the body's core muscles to bring lower back pain relief. The sensory products use natural body heat to keep muscles warm and relaxed, without overheating and sweating. They are also:
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Can be worn all day every day
  • Reduce stiffness
  • Relieve lower back and joint pain
  • Increase blood flow around joints
  • Enhance rehabilitation following injury

Active Joint Supports

Active joint supports enhance prevention of injury and are worn on the lower back, wrist, elbow, ankle or knee during activity. The VertiBaX(tm) joint supports strengthen and support joints during activity, allowing for a higher level of exercise, without causing further damage or injury to the protected body area.

Lower Back: Healthcare Sensory Belt

Pain relief for sufferers of persistent lower back pain. A Class 1 Medical Device; for use by the professionals. Designed to be worn comfortably all day, benefiting sufferers of sciatica, scoliosis, degenerative disc disorders and arthritis. Features of the Lower Back: Healthcare Sensory Belt pain reliever include:
  • The back support belt is made from 2mm breathable fabric which can be worn for extended periods of time without experiencing sweating or overheating
  • It ensures that body heat, blood flow and compression remain consistent, whilst the lower back belt is being worn all day, every day
  • It is lightweight and can be worn comfortably underneath clothes
  • Unique shape prevents the build up of muscle tension and pain in the core muscles of the lower back

Lower Back: Active Support

Manufactured from high density 3mm neoprene, a stiff material providing support to the body's core muscles without restricting movement, relieving back strains and pains during increased levels of exercise.

Further Information
Please contact VertiBaX™ on Tel: 01729 841114;

Dr Marilyn Glenville Wins Best Nutritional Health Writer Award

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD has been awarded the title of Best Nutritional Health Writer at the 2009 Optimum Nutrition Awards.  She scooped 77% of the votes beating other well known writers including Patrick Holford, Lynne McTaggart and Amanda Ursell, to win this prestigious title.

Dr Marilyn Glenville Wins Best Nutritional Health Writer Award
TV presenter Amanda Hamilton presented the award to Dr Glenville at an event which took place in April in London.  While announcing the award Amanda revealed that Dr Glenville was her inspiration and one of the reasons she began to study nutrition.
Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is one the UK's foremost nutritionists. She is a registered member of the Nutrition Society, President of the Food and Health Forum at The Royal Society of Medicine, psychologist, author and broadcaster who obtained her doctorate from Cambridge University.  She has studied and practised nutrition for over 30 years, both in the UK and in the USA, focusing on the nutritional approach to female hormone problems. Today she is recognised as the UK's leading nutritionist specialising in women's health.
Dr Glenville is the author of the international best-selling book Natural Alternatives to HRT published in February 1997 by Kyle Cathie, revised in 2002 and now called New Natural Alternatives to HRT.

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) is an  independent, not for profit educational charity whose purposes are to advance education of the public and health professionals in all matters relating to nutrition and to preserve and protect the health of the general public by giving advice, assistance and where necessary treatment through nutritional therapy. ION members, students and members of the general public were invited to vote in the awards.
Further Information
Please contact ION via; Further information about the awards can be viewed at

'Nano-Tech' Fan: Help Blow Away Flu Threat

The SmartQ Breezer brought to the UK by Mummy Stay Close, could be just what the Doctor ordered when it comes to protecting yourself and loved ones from viruses and bacteria. 

'Nano-Tech' Fan: Help Blow Away Flu Threat

SmartQ 'Baby' and 'Family' Breezers are set to revolutionize control of the spread of viruses and bacteria with their unique protective action, working as a versatile and mobile decontamination and deodorizing unit giving any room a pure and clean air smell which is instantly noticeable.

The SmartQ Breezer is ideal for preventing the spread of airborne infections by way of neutralizing the bacteria and viruses; and will work not only in the home but also in public areas with notable uses including hospital wards and waiting rooms, care homes, day centres, schools and nurseries.

Each of the fans is fitted with either a singular or double tubular UV-A lamp surrounded by an impregnated Titanium Dioxide (TI0²) catalyst. The nanotechnology of the titanium dioxide crystals combined with the UV-A light source incorporated within the fan produces hydroxyl radicals. The hydroxyl radicals are highly oxidizing, which are non-harmful to humans and animals but deadly to bacteria and viruses. The fan throws out these hydroxyl radicals into the room which attach themselves to bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores and destroy them without leaving behind any harmful substances. Hydroxyl radicals last on average between 3 to 7 seconds and as they are carried by the breeze created by the fan can reach hard to reach areas.

The SmartQ Breezer purifies the air within a room and tests from German laboratories have seen the aerobic microbial count in a 20m³ room over a 60 minute period improved the air quality by over 95% for the Baby Breezer, and by over 99% for the Family Breezer.

The 'Baby' Breezer is ideal for use in an area up to 60m³ and the 'Family' size unit can decontaminate a space up to 80m³.

Further Information
SMartQ Breezers cost £149.99 for the 'Baby' size and £179.99 for the larger family unit which includes free delivery to UK mainland.  Please visit the company's secure online at  

Bristol Lido Spa

The Lido Spa boasts artisan skincare by ila, whose range is free from synthetic chemicals and are hand blended in a consciously created environment of peace and purity in the heart of the English countryside.

Ila and the Lido Spa team have developed new treatments that reflect the holistic ethos of this urban oasis and the needs of clients for some pure escapism in the heart of the city. These include:
Rainforest Rejuvenation Facial

Bristol Lido Spa
This is a new, stunning restorative facial that utilizes handpicked and blended extracts from the Amazonian Rainforest. This treatment combines the purity of these elixirs with deeply draining lymphatic techniques and hot poultice massage to restore the skin, encourage the natural cell regeneration process and stimulate the removal of toxins from the face & eyes. This new range of products contains a raw, highly potent blend of four key Rainforest plants that are anti-ageing, strengthen collagen fibres, reduce swelling around the eyes & protect skin against the environmental elements.

Lido Maternity Massage

This gorgeous massage is specifically designed to suit a woman's changing needs during her pregnancy. Our Maternity Massage uses Ila's' luxurious Argan and Rosehip seed oils to nourish the skin, incorporating an effective combination of soothing strokes, joint mobilization, rebalancing energy techniques and deep pressure according to each mother-to-be's unique experiences. This massage provides a wonderful respite from the outside world, a gorgeous way to rebalance the changes that a new baby brings and ensures both a relaxed spirit and time and space to connect with the unborn child.   

Lido Lomi Lomi Massage

Lomi lomi is the traditional massage style of Hawaii, which brings together the warm spirit of these incredible tropical islands with a deep massage that feels 'to the bone'. In Lomi lomi the therapist uses their forearm to apply a profound, rhythmic yet soothing pressure to the whole body, mobilisation techniques to bring movement into joints and palms to knead away aches and pains.               

The Perfect Hawaiian Ritual

The Hawaiians are strong believers in cleansing rituals prior to Lomi lomi, including steam sweats, a cleansing diet and herbs to aid the body inside and out. Ila has put together a black sand scrub with white ginger to fully prepare the body before this exquisite massage takes place.

Further Information
Please contact The Lido, Oakfield Place, Bristol on Tel: 0117 9339530;

Focus Health – Mobile Personal and Fitness Training

Marta Kargbo is the Director of Focus Health, launched in 2005, to provide bespoke fitness regimes for people across London. Focus Health offers a mobile service and provide training in the comfort of your own home to help you boost your wellbeing and energy levels by enhancing your vitality, stamina and strength. Focus Health come to you so that you can train in the comfort of your own home. If your home is not convenient then you can train in the park.

Focus Health – Mobile Personal and Fitness Training

Personal Training

All clients' programs are designed as per the individual.
  • Come to you
  • Complete a FREE consultation on first visit
  • Bring the equipment
  • Keep the workouts fresh, fun and exciting
  • Set up training appointments to keep you motivated
  • Design custom fitness plans to help you reach your goals
  • Time workouts around your busy schedule
Focus Health are here to help you achieve your goals, whether they are to: –
  • Lose weight
  • Gain muscle
  • Increase stamina
  • Tone up muscles
  • Improve your general health
  • Increase energy levels
  • Improve flexibility
Focus Health Specialize In
  •  Boxercise – combination of boxing and exercise, great stress buster and enhances hand-eye coordination;
  • Kickboxercise – combination of kickboxing and exercise using kicks, knees and elbows, very challenging and great fun
  • Weight loss
  • Cardio training
  • Toning and shaping
  • Abs
  • Strength training
Further Information
Please contact Marta Kargbo, Director Focus Health on Tel: 0207 703 9565; M: 07536 795 639;

Red Reishi – Cancer Research Studies

Research published in Cancer letters1 highlights the benefits Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), as a complementary cancer treatment. 

Red Reishi – Cancer Research Studies

Red Reishi has previously been studied for its effects on leukaemia, as well as on cancers of the breast, bladder, colon, and prostate, but the new study set out to investigate its effects on small-cell lung cancer and took extracts of G. lucidum which were tested on three different types of cells: drug-sensitive small-cell lung cancer, drug-resistant small-cell lung cancer, and normal lung cells.

The researchers discovered that G. lucidum killed lung cancer cells as they responded to the herb much in the same way as they would react to chemotherapy drugs. Yet unlike chemotherapy drugs, which can also be toxic to healthy cells, herbal extracts were more deadly to cancer cells than to normal cells, indicating that they have some ability to specifically target cancer.

Health Benefits of Red Reishi

Published research on red reishi demonstrates the mushroom has several potentially powerful health benefits 2-4, from reducing inflammation 5 to increasing energy levels. Studies have shown its ability to boost general health through supporting the immune system 6-8.Clinical trials now reinforce red reishi's potential use as an immune booster. Leading the way were two studies that investigated reishi's immuno-modulating effect on patients with cancer 10, 11. In these trials patients were administered reishi orally for 12 weeks and significant numbers were seen to show increases to their immune function. Research shows it appears to have the ability to help beat tiredness and fatigue12. Other research has also indicated it may help with health issues such as an anti-inflammatory, protecting the liver and improving sleep13-15.

Scientific Studies

1. Effect of Ganoderma on drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant small-cell lung carcinoma cells. Sadava D, Still DW, Mudry RR, Kane SE. Cancer Lett. 2009 May 18;277(2):182-9. Epub 2009 Feb 1. 
2. A preliminary study on the sleep-improvement function of the effective ingredients of Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) fruiting body. Jia, W; Wu M et al.
3. Novel antioxidant peptides from the fermented mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (reishi). Sun J; He H; Xie B. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Oct 20;52(21):6646-52
4. Effect of 26-Oxygenosterols from Ganoderma lucidum and their activity as Cholesterol Synthesis Inhibitors. Hajjaj H, Mace C, Roberts M, Niederberger P, Fay LB
5. Stavinohoa V.B.e.a. In study of the anti-inflammatory activity of Ganoderma lucidum.
6. Immunomodulating Activities of Gandomerma lucidum (reishi) and its possible mechanisms. Lin Z; Zhang E
7. Akihisa T, Nakamura Y, Tagata M, Tokuda H, Yasukawa K, Uchiyama E, Suzuki T, Kimura Y. Anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor-promoting effects of triterpene acids and sterols from the fungus Ganoderma lucidum. Chem Biodivers. 2007 Feb;4(2):224-31.
8. Yue GG, Fung KP, Tse GM, Leung PC, Lau CB. Comparative studies of various ganoderma species and their different parts with regard to their antitumor and immunomodulating activities in vitro. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Oct;12(8):777-89.
9. Safety and tolerability of Ganoderma lucidum in healthy subjects: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial.Wicks SM, Tong R, Wang CZ, O'Connor M, Karrison T, Li S, Moss J, Yuan CS. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(3):407-14. 
University of Chicago.
10. Monitoring of immune responses to a herbal immuno-modulator in patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Chen X, Hu ZP, Yang XX, Huang M, Gao Y, Tang W, Chan SY, Dai X, Ye J, Ho PC, Duan W, Yang HY, Zhu YZ, Zhou SF. Int Immunopharmacol. 2006 Mar;6(3):499-508. Epub 2005 Sep 15. Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
11. Effects of ganopoly (a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract) on the immune functions in advanced-stage cancer patients. Gao Y, Zhou S, Jiang W, Huang M, Dai X. Immunol Invest. 2003 Aug;32(3):201-15.  Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, New Zealand.
12. A randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study of a Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharide extract in neurasthenia. Tang W, Gao Y, Chen G, Gao H, Dai X, Ye J, Chan E, Huang M, Zhou S. J Med Food. 2005 Spring;8(1):53-8. New Zealand Institute of Natural Medicine Research, Auckland, New Zealand.
13. Stavinohoa V.B.e.a. In study of the anti-inflammatory activity of Ganoderma lucidum.
14. The protective effect of Mikei Red Reishi Essence on chemical induced liver injury. Jiang X.
15. A preliminary study on the sleep-improvement function of the effective ingredients of Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) fruiting body. Jia, W; Wu M et al.

Further Information
Mikei Red Reishi Essence is a Reishi extract available in the UK from Haeon Limited. Buy online at  or from leading health stores.


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    Save Herbal Medicine

    The Government wish to further regulate Herbalists by bringing them under state control, protecting both the function and title of a Herbalist. Alongside this regulation they wish to change the Herbal Medicine laws again to prevent anyone, other than a state regulated herbalist (or possibly other health professional), from prescribing herbs. This, coupled with a previous change to our herbal medicine laws, will take Herbal Medicine away from the people, with state regulated Herbalists and pharmaceutical companies claiming Herbal Medicine as their own.
    Please pass this link and information onto as many people (patients, family, friends, practitioners, MPs, MEPs, media) as possible.

    Higher Education for Tibetan Nuns

    A group of Tibetan nuns from the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, who are living as refugees in India, have been offered the rare opportunity to receive higher philosophical Buddhist teachings. Traditionally in Tibet, these nuns would have been supported and educated by their monasteries and nunneries, which were funded by the generosity of their families, communities and patrons.

    His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the head of the Sakya tradition, wishes to establish a College of Studies (Shedra) to train nuns in the major philosophical works of Buddhism. The planned Shedra will be located at the present Sakya Samten Ling Centre in Northern India.

    Some funds have been promised but there is still a shortfall of £8,500. Funds are needed to provide food, robes, accommodation for both nuns and teachers.

    Further information or to make a donation by credit card or PayPal Tel: 0117 300 9646;

    Migraine Awareness Week

    Migraine affects eight million people in the UK and is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.

    Migraine Awareness Week is 6-12 September, and the charity The Migraine Trust wants migraine to go up the public health agenda to increase understanding about this condition which can affect people of any age.

    Migraine is characterised by recurring headaches sometimes linked with sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and eyesight changes.

    Further information:
    Tel: 020-7436 1336; ;

    Intuitive Diagnosis in the UK

    Dr Nader Butto from Nazareth, is a specialist in invasive cardiology at the Rabin Medical Centre.

    Dr Butto has developed a method of diagnosis using an analysis of facial characteristics that he calls the human code which gives precise information as to an individual's psychological and physical health state, based on observable characteristics.

    Dr Butto is running seminars in Dorset and Edinburgh in May and September for the first time in the UK.

    Further information: please contact John Wilks on Tel: 01963 220991;

    UK Reiki Federation's Reiki Awareness Week

    The UK Reiki Federation is one of the largest professional Reiki associations in the UK. It will be holding its annual Reiki Awareness Week from 7-13 June 2009, where members of the UKRF and members from some other Reiki organisations will be running a variety of events throughout the UK.  This offers the public the opportunity to find out and to try Reiki for themselves.

    Further information on what is happening in your area during the UK Reiki Federation's Reiki Awareness Week 7-13 June 2009, or to find a local practitioner or teacher, either visit the website  at the beginning of June, send small stamped addressed envelope to RAW Info, PO Box 71, Andover SP11 9WQ or call the UK Reiki Federation office on Tel: 01264 791441;

    Draycott Nursing & Care

    Draycott Nursing & Care is the UK's leading nursing and caring agency.  Started by Angela Hamlin in 1996, it provides care for clients with chronic health conditions, rehabilitation or respite care all in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.  

    From July 2009, Draycott Nursing & Care will be offering a unique service to all relatives who find themselves in the role of carer. This is Relatives Lifeline which gives regular free support and advice.
    Draycott Nursing & Care is ISO registered and recognized as the market leader for their teaching and educational support in healthcare. With over 100 nurses and carers on staff, Draycott Nursing & Care has their own full time in-house nurse/tutor, Sharron Robertson, who together with Angela Hamlin personally oversees all the educational training.

    Further information:

    Healthy Eating

    In the light of a shocking new survey carried out by the Developing Patient Partnerships, it was found that many parents are baffled by the mixed signals given out about healthy eating and struggle to know which foods their children should be eating.

    Creative Nature, a leading supplier of health foods, are launching a guide to healthy eating in the hope they can bring clarity to Britain's confused parents. Creative Nature offers apricot kernals, goji berries and pumpkin oil amongst other foods and supplements and aim to make parents aware of healthy eating products.

    Further information:

    Bowen Therapy Study for Knee and Ankle Problems

    Between now and the end of June, Bowen Practitioners across the UK will be taking part in a national study project designed to provide tangible evidence of how Bowen can help with knee and ankle problems.

    The study is the latest to be organized by the Bowen Therapists' European Register. Previous studies into migraine, asthma, frozen shoulder and back pain showed that the great majority of people treated during the study experienced significant relief from their conditions.

    For this study, BTER-registered practitioners are offering special rates to local people with knee or ankle problems who agree to participate for us to three treatments. As well as experiencing the benefits of the therapy, clients will be invited to contribute to the survey by recording the effects of their treatment.

    Further information Tel: 0844 561 7173;

    How to be a Successful Therapist

    Celia Johnson a successful and experienced Complementary Therapist, has recently launched the second edition of her book How to be a Successful Therapist.

    Building on the success of the first edition, Celia has teamed up with Helen Parkins, a qualified Lawyer turned Small Business Advisor and Complementary Therapist. The authors combine their knowledge and experience to cover every aspect of running a practice, from choosing a couch and finding reliable suppliers, to dealing with complaints and creating good relationships with other health professionals. The easy-to-read book guides Therapists through the maze of legal, professional and practical issues they will encounter, from the completion of their training, to their very last client.

    Further information:

    Quest Natural Health Show

    Quest Natural Health Show will take place on 2-5 July. Four days of Workshops, Exhibition Stalls, Healing, Dance, Music and Talks at the Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon.

    Events will include early morning Yoga and QiGong, Circus Skills, Wandering Poets, Biodanza, Sweat Lodge, Tantra, Shamanic Healing, Mantra, Shiatsu, Singing, Wild Food Foraging, Evening Meditations, Angel Journeys, Family Constellation, Celtic Ceremony, Chanting and Glass Walking.

    You can visit the show daily or camp on site. If you buy 3 tickets, you get the 4th one free.

    Further information: Tel: 01803 762674;

    Silica – the essential mineral for beautiful hair, skin and nails.

    Silicea is an essential mineral that acts as an important building material within the body that helps to maintain silky hair, clear skin and strong nails.

    A.Vogel's Silicea Original Gel is a colloidal formulation of Silicea and is available in capsule form and suitable for any digestion.

    A trial for thickness using Silicea Original Gel for Hair, Skin & Nails lasting six months and involving 53 thin-haired women with an average age of 27 years. Hair thickness was measured at the start of the study, when it averaged 59 micrometres. After 3 months it had reached 64 micrometres and after 6 months 66 micrometres, an increase of 13%.

    Further information: Tel: 01294 277344;

    Good Shopping Guide

    Since its launch in 2002, The Good Shopping Guide has offered advice on all major decisions that need to be made at home and in the workplace.

    The 8th edition is now well underway and will feature new research and sections including Good Food & Drink, Good Money, good Health, Supermarkets, the Ethical Marketplace and Cars.

    Their free online ethical shopping tool has attracted over 2.5 million unique users. It enables free ethical views and purchasing on around 100,000 different online products.

    Most of the UK's leading ethical companies have now gained Ethical Accreditation and they have now received several new applicant companies. Look for the Ethical Company and Ethical Award logos.

    Further information:

    Happiness Project

    Happiness Project is running a Success intelligence Masterclass in June. Robert and Ben Renshaw, a director of Success Intelligence, will present a public half-day Masterclass in London on June 17th.

    To celebrate the launch of Robert's new book Be Happy, Robert is undertaking a tour of North America in May and June.

    The Real More is a brand new workshop to explore the psychology and spirituality of true abundance in Central London on 25-26th July.

    Being Happy in Ireland on July 18-19th, with Ian Lynch in the Trim Castle Hotel.  The degree to which your life is fulfilling and successful depends upon the degree to which you are truly happy. This is a two-day workshop in Ireland.

    Success Intelligence the best selling book is now available in the US and can be purchased from Amazon or Hay House.

    Further information: Tel: 0845 430 9236;;;

    Forty-Two Minutes to Save a Generation?

    The National Trust has launched a new campaign; Food Glorious Food and aims to create a new generation of grow it yourselfers. The campaign will help equip the nation's children with the knowledge and ability to grow their own food, and inspire families to enjoy more local and seasonal produce.

    The National Trust estimates that it takes forty-two minutes from preparation, to planting, watering, nurturing and harvest for children to enjoy their own meal. In this time the child can learn how easy and enjoyable it is to grow their own food, introducing them to a lifetime's worth of simple fun.

    The seed give-away will take place at over 700 family events across the UK and will be supported by advice from National Trust gardeners on a new interactive website

    Voluntary Register for Complementary Healthcare Opens to Aromatherapists

    The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) today opens its register to Aromatherapists, which means that members of the public will be able to choose their practitioner in confidence that they meet national standards of practice.

    Established in April 2008 as a voluntary regulator, with the purpose of protecting the public, the CNHC opens its register to practitioners of complementary and natural healthcare disciplines as they become fit for purpose.

    With more than 25,000 Aromatherapists in the UK, the discipline has been engaged in a programme of work to bring it to the point that it is ready to join the process of self-regulation offered by the CNHC register.

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    The Four Gates Workshops

    The Four Gates is offering a programme of course for 2009. August is Shamanic Practitioner and Healer Training. No prior experience of Shamanism or healing is necessary. Spanish Healing Retreat with a range of therapies to help to take it easy and heal. A free information pack is available for both courses. September sees Write in the Heart of Spain A relaxing and inspiring creative workshop, Soul Retrieval and Shamanic Healing. Learn the issues of soul loss and the practice of soul retrieval. The Return of the Serpent: Plant Spirit Shamanism and the Vine of Souls.  

    The Four Gates are also setting up The Humming Bird Retreat Centre in Spain, a relaxing and magical space where you have the freedom to breathe, dream, heal, explore and allow your spirit to flourish. The retreat centre has a Facebook page at  

    Further information:
    Tel: 07854 459708;;

    Temple of Peace

    Temple of peace thanks everyone who completed their healing survey, and invite new members to the prestigious Healing International.

    There are now more than 5500 healers and therapists amongst their membership, the Healing International is an excellent way to exchange news, views and speak to like minded individuals on healing and health subjects around the world.

    To become a member of Healing International visit

    Experiential Chi Kung

    You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung by Ged Sumner is a book with rich insights into how to begin to think about your body and how to take the steps that will enable you to transform your practice. Chi Kung is a powerful way of becoming fit, healthy and balanced through opening and mobilizing the body and joints, breathing techniques, slow movement exercises, standing postures, special walking methods and meditation.

    Available in paperback ISBN: 978-1-84819-014-6, £12.99.

    Further information: 020-7833 2307;


    Healthvibes is a Natural Health Clinic in London, which uses bioresonance to treat a multitude of health problems, from allergies and food intolerances to pain and addictions.

    Further information:
    Tel:  07941 559 359;

    Earth Friendly Products

    Earth Friendly Products, a leader in manufacturing eco-friendly cleaning products, have introduced their new ECOS Magnolia and Lily 20 Wash laundry detergent and the new Phosphate-free Wave Concentrated Automatic Dishwashing Gel.

    ECOS is the best-selling green laundry detergent in the world and is now available in a 20 wash size. ECOS Magnolia and Lily will last longer in the laundry room that any other green laundry liquid and the built in fabric conditioner will eliminate the need for a separate purchase. 1oz of ECOS is all that is needed to clean a full load using an HE machine.

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    Lincoln Hypnotherapist

    An experienced Hypnotherapist is bringing new therapeutic techniques to her home city of Lincoln. Lorraine Undasan is the only therapist in the Lincoln area offering metaphysical hypnosis to help her clients.

    These techniques can be used to address addictions, allergies, anxiety, binge eating, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, exam nerves, fears and phobias, jealousy, lack of confidence, lack of motivation, pain, panic attacks, post traumatic stress, shyness, smoking, stage fright, stress, tension, weight issues, worry, writer's block and nail biting.

    Lorraine is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

    Further information: Tel: 01522 842690;

    Magnetic Pain and Injury Supports

    Online natural health retailer has now added new magnetic supports and plasters from NashPharm for enhanced support and healing for muscular injuries and pain.

    The new support range is made form high quality Neoprene rubber, which provides comfortable, constant uniform compression with maximum flexibility, while magnetic therapy is incorporated to increase blood circulation to the injured area to promote natural healing.

    There are supports available for numerous injuries including wrist, knee, ankle, neck and back.

    Further information: Tel: 0800 7313 345;

    Summer Events with ITS

    ITS has a new series of workshops, courses and seminars for the summer. Essential NLP Workshop on 27 June is a one-day workshop designed to give you a thorough introduction to the basic principles of NLP. NLP Hypnosis Certification Programme commences in June. It uses the natural hypnosis found within the body and your own creativity to enhance the trance work. NLP Practitioner Certification Program commences Sept 2009. ITS will be hosting a number of Evening Seminars throughout the year.

    Further information: Tel: 01268 777125;

    Holigral Detox

    The Holigral Detox Programme is a 7-day Residential Retreat where your body and mind will experience lasting rejuvenation, vitalisation and a calm sense of well-being. It is all about creating momentum in body and mind. The Holigral Methodology is applied to gaining clarity of mind resulting in a lasting inner stillness and peace of mind. The Mind-Detox works with your own unique structure that makes you who you are; and all of these have a common underlying deeper structure of your life's peak experiences that have affected your health, including injuries, medication use and living in toxic environments.

    Further information: Tel: 0845 603 5699;

    Healthy Living Show Comes to Edinburgh

    The Healthy Living Show is going to Scotland for the first time this year on 18-19 July at the Assembly Rooms, George Street.

    The event will be packed with free workshops and demonstrations, exhibition on all types of Complementary and Alternative medicines and health foods, including special diets, vegan and vegetarian foods to natural and organic Fair Trade products, ecologically-friendly homeware and bodycare products. Visitors can also enjoy a massage or undertake allergy and bone-density testing with resident experts.

    Further information: visit:

    Online Wellness

    Thrive in 30 is a free 30-day program developed by professional triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Brendan Brazier. The program was designed to increase knowledge about plant-based nutrition, optimize physical and mental performance and offer a fresh approach to total body health.

    This is a month-long journey based on The Thrive Diet; made accessible in an easy-to-follow and engaging program, guiding health enthusiasts to make a life enhancing change. In Thrive in 30, participants will receive 12 emails a month, each touching on a different key health-enhancing topic.

    Further information: visit:

    Skin Guru for Rosacea

    Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and swelling on the face. It often begins as a tendency to flush or blush easily.

    Using her own prescriptive interactive skincare range, Helen Sher creates a routine for rosacea that will soothe the skin, restore its natural balance and help reduce redness. Helen's holistic treatment includes Colloidal Silver (an exceptional antibiotic), the process of splashing your face with temperature controlled water upward of 20 times and washing your face with a foaming face wash, then applying a lavender based serum and moisturizer. She also advises on sunscreen, vitamin supplements and diet.

    Treating the inside is as important as treating the outside as there is evidence to confirm that many rosacea sufferers do not make enough stomach acid, and that incomplete digestion of food may be a major cause of the condition.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7499 4022;

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