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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 161

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 161 - August 2009


Qigong Master Healer Rare London Visit

Chinese Master Shen Chang, one of China's greatest living Qigong masters and healers, is making a rare visit to London on September 1st.

Qigong Master Healer Rare London Visit

Master Shen Chang will give a demonstration of his healing power with real patients with verification by Western doctors at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1.

Master Chang has over 3 million followers in China and has successfully treated cancer patients and sufferers of other debilitating illnesses in both China and London. 

Further information call Freefone 0800 404 7326;;


Cancer Care Landmark Seminar Series
For all Healthcare Practitioners and Serious Students

Centre for Nutrition Educational and Lifestyle Management – 3-4 Sept; 26-27 Sept; 10-11 Oct;

Cancer Care Landmark Seminar Series For all Healthcare Practitioners and Serious Students

Topics Include:
  • Strengths and weaknesses of mainstream medical and CAM approaches to supporting individuals with cancer;
  • Deconstructing and reframing the current model of cancer, philosophy and changing paradigms of health care;
  • Cancer statistics, cancer research, and cancer options;
  • Tumour biology, oxidative stress, detoxification, inflammation in immunology of cancer, endocrine and neuroendocrine mediators, psychoneuroimmunology and cancer;
  • Data linking diet to cancer risk with a focus on mid-Victorian and Mediterranean diets, pharmacological properties of a range of foods, nutritional and herbal products associated with cancer protection and support;
  • Practical implementation  – Food Demonstration Workshop
Speakers Include:
Dr Paul Clayton
Dr Alexandra Concorde
Dr Sandra Goodman
Liz Butler
Christine Bailey
Kate Neil
Patricia Peat
3 and 4 Sept and 10 and 11 Oct: £50 per day, or all 4 days for £180
26 and 27 Sept Landmark Seminar: £150

Further Information
Please contact Kate Neil at Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management on Tel: 0118 979 8686;

Psychosynthesis: Psychotherapy with a Spiritual Context

Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis – 4 – 7 September, 20 – 23 November and ongoing dates: London NW4 3AQ.

Psychosynthesis: Psychotherapy with a Spiritual Context

Founded over 80 years ago by Italian Psychiatrist, Dr. Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis was well ahead of its time with its psychological approach involving the discovery of spiritual purpose and meaning for the individual's life alongside their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Assagioli, a colleague of Sigmund Freud and CG Jung, combined methods and ideas of Western psychology with spiritually oriented Eastern traditions in his proposal that the purpose of psychological healing was to contact a deeper centre of spiritual identity which he called the 'Self'.

The Institute of Psychosynthesis holds regular explanatory Open Evenings and Open Days in London; its four-day Fundamentals courses provide opportunities to rediscover the Self. In addition, the Institute's short CBT+ programme adds the depth and spiritual values of Psychosynthesis to CBT's methods of rational enquiry.

The Institute delivers part-time professional training programmes in the Psychology of Psychosynthesis, leading to Institute Diplomas and Masters Degrees validated by Middlesex University in Psychotherapy, Coaching, Counselling, Research and Post-Graduate training.

Further Information:
For further information about the Institute's Fundamentals courses and free Open Events, please contact: Tel: 020 8202 4525;

Homeovitality – New Launch

Developed by world renowned scientist Dr. Peter Kay, Homeovitality is a merging of scientific discovery, the biology of natural super-health and alternative healthcare technology, and was launched at the Organic Expo 2009 in Melbourne on the 24-26th July.

Homeovitality – New Launch

Scientists have recently discovered that features of mind and body health involving the heart, immunity, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, memory, intelligence and bone strength, as well as slowing down the ageing process, can be greatly improved by application of hybrid vigour, nature's highest health level possible. Dr. Kay has selected genes that control these beneficial health features for targeting by the Homeovitality system.

Beneficial genes are targeted by inclusion of highly diluted DNA molecules that have the capacity to work in ways described by Dr. Kratz (see, as well as the natural mind/body process known as the psychobiological gene expression system.

The Products
Super Heart
Super Memory/IQ.
Super Weight Loss
Super Strong Bones
Further Information
Please contact the Developer, the Manufacturer;  and  visit  and

Spirit of Beauty – Flower Remedies from Amazonian  Orchids

Created by internationally renowned authority on flower essences and author Clare G Harvey, Spirit of Beauty is the first facial skincare range to be blended with flower remedies, to naturally heal skin and create a sense of wellbeing. From a refreshing facial cleansing gel to holistic moisturisers and spritzes all packed with flower essences and floral essential oils, Spirit of Beauty will refresh, revitalise and renew. What's more, it's 98% natural and parben preservative free!

Spirit of Beauty – Flower Remedies from Amazonian  Orchids

The energetic qualities and ingredients of flowers can care for skin by nourishing, detoxing and revitalising to your skin whilst lifting spirits and bringing a sense of happiness.
Orchid And Mandarin Cleansing Gel – For All Skin Types
Sun Orchid Collection – For Dry/Sensitive Skin
Dancing Orchid Collection – For Combination/Oily Skin
Bird Of Paradise Collection – For Mature Skin
Further Information
Spirit of Beauty is available at Nutricentre, Whole Foods,  Revital and New Vistas and Ainsworth other independent retailers. Stockist number Tel: 01494 671 775;

Ispaghula / Psyllium Husk® – Herbal Medicine Fibre

Husk® is all-natural, containing just one ingredient, Ispaghula Husk (also known as Psyllium Husk), a vegetable grain; there are no fillers, colourings, sweeteners or preservatives, therefore Husk® can be taken every day as part of your dietary regime.

Ispaghula / Psyllium Husk® – Herbal Medicine Fibre

Husk® has been approved as a herbal medicine indicated for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Constipation and short term treatment of Diarrhoea. It is safe to take daily and also being a rich source of dietary fibre, is a welcome addition to a balanced diet. Husk® is a quick and easy way to help achieve the recommended daily intake of fibre, being in powdered form, to be taken mixed with liquid (juice, water, cordial, milk etc) or sprinkled on food such as cereal, yoghurt etc.

Husk® can provide highly effective, safe and completely natural relief to sufferers of:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation
  • Hard Stools (especially distressing for anyone with haemorrhoids or anal fissures)
  • Diarrhoea
HUSK® has been sold for over 25 years in Denmark and is sold in Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria, with the distinction of being approved as a herbal medicine by the Danish Medicines Agency, and in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Further Information
Please contact Lucas Husks on Tel:020 8360 6885; Fax: 020 8360 6854;

Crystal Keys – Lemurian Wisdom with Kathleen Murray

Healing with Sound, Crystals, Colours in Imprints of Wholeness, Symbols and Vibrational  Remedies with Kathleen Murray, the author of  The Divine Spark of Creation, The Crystal Skull speaks.

Crystal Keys – Lemurian Wisdom with Kathleen Murray

Glasgow: Crystal Keys Part One 25th/26th September
Glasgow: Crystal Keys Part Two 27th/28th September

Paris: Part One  – October 4th/5th
Petit Paradis, Cathar Country (near Rennes le Chateau): Part One – 10th/11th October

Channelling Workshop – Petit Paradis, Cathar Country – 12th/13th October,
Earth Guardianship – Working with the Devic Kingdom in Nature Near Toulouse 17th/18th October  
Introductory talk and Meditation evening – 16th October

Crystal Keys Part One – Athens – 21st/22nd November
Crystal Keys Part Two, plus a trip to Delphi during the week – 28th/29th November

After the two and a half days course the Healer will be given a certificate to practise, a Manual, a Set of Imprints of Wholeness, and a Set of Symbols. Cost £193.  Lunches, Workshop CDs and refreshments included. Crystals and Vibrational Remedies are available to purchase.

Further Information
Please contact Kathleen Murray on Tel: 01464 861 584;;

The Psyche in Chinese Medicine

by Giovanni Maciocia CAc(Nanjing), Acupuncturist and Medical Herbalist, UK; Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, People's Republic of China

The Psyche in Chinese Medicine

The Psyche in Chinese Medicine discusses comprehensively the aetiology, pathology and diagnosis of mental disorders, exploring the nature of the Mind (Shen), Ethereal Soul (Hun), Corporeal Soul (Po), Intellect (Yi) and Will-Power (Zhi), and then presents the diagnosis and treatment of the most common psychological disorders with both acupuncture and Chinese herbs in detail.
  • Specific chapters focus on the treatment of common conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;
  • The first detailed description of the nature and functions of the Hun (Ethereal Soul) and how that
  • relates to conditions such as depression, bipolar disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;
  • An entire chapter dedicated to the functions of acupuncture points in the treatment of mental-emotional disorders;
  • Case studies from the author's 35 years-long practice that offer realistic insights and understanding to the range of diagnostic and treatment choices the practitioner can make;
  • Attractive 2-colour page layout gives easy access and navigation around the text.
Further Information
Available from Elsevier and Amazon:  

Cranial Laser Reflex Technique (CLRT)

This new technique in natural pain relief and soft tissue normalization, developed by Dr Wise DC, second generation chiropractor from South Carolina, is holding its first teaching seminar in the UK at the Gatwick Hilton on Saturday 24th October.

Cranial Laser Reflex Technique (CLRT)
This unique system, using Low Level Laser light on the head, changes the way we think about the human body. It also changes the way that chiropractic, osteopathy, massage and bodywork can be delivered.

In this seminar, for practitioners, you will learn:
  • How it is possible to significantly reduce pain almost instantly...even your own!
  • How to make trigger points, spasms, and muscle tension reduce with zero discomfort (to the patient) and very little effort (for the practitioner);
  • How Cranial stresses affect muscle tension, subluxations, and pain;
  • How to take your clinical results to the next level;
  • How the body's information is holographically organized in Microsystems;
  • How to increase referrals because patients can't stop themselves spreading the word
Further Information
Please contact Gill Jacobs, Light for Health, on Tel: 020 7428 3368;   

CAMEXPO 2009: Impressive Speaker Line-Up

CAMEXPO is being held over 24-25 October during the complementary healthcare show at Earls Court, London. 
CAMEXPO is where 1000s of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) professionals converge to share learning and invest vital time in their own training and development.

CAMEXPO 2009: Impressive Speaker Line-Up
The final line-up of its 7th annual FREE Keynote Seminar programme include some of the most influential scientists, authors and practitioners in the industry, include: Jayney Goddard, Jan de Vries, Dr Rosy Daniel, Patrick Holford, Dr Marilyn Glenville, Dr Robert Verkerk, and Dr Mark Atkinson. 
All 26 seminars offer attendees CPPD points, as do CAMEXPO's ever-popular Taster Workshops. With 48 to choose from, qualified or aspiring practitioners gain the chance to enjoy hands-on experience of an array of exciting new therapies before committing both time and money to a full-time course.
The show's 150 exhibitors comprises representatives from all the major associations, all the leading educational organisations, plus many of the industry's key suppliers and manufacturers; including A Vogel, BioCare, Good Health Naturally, Higher Nature, Inspire Massage Workshops, and The Nutri Centre amongst others.
Further Information
£5 Early Bird tickets available before 24 September; to book please call Tel: 01923 690696 or visit   Quoting camex072, Saving £13 off the door price.

Vital Calm for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Legs that twitch when trying to relax or sleep, creepy, often painful sensations creating an overwhelming urge to move? This is a problem affecting over 1.5 million people in the UK alone who suffer from a condition known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

Vital Calm for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

The uncomfortable sensations of RLS are usually triggered by inactivity, are often more noticeable in the evening and, for some, prevent them from sleeping. Symptoms can be temporarily relieved by movement and recently GPs have been allowed to prescribe the same drugs used to treat Parkinson disease since low dopamine is implicated in RLS.
vitalCALM has been specifically developed to address severe imbalances in neurotransmitter status, which can lead to restlessness in both mind and body. Delivering a high concentration of PEA and supporting nutrients, vitalCALM helps maintain a healthy and balanced nervous system.

1) Szabo A., et al. Phenylethylamine, a Possible Link to the Antidepressant Effects of Exercise, in Br. J. Sports Med. 2001 Oct; 35(5):342-3.
2) Sabelli HC, Mosnaim AD, Phenylethylamine Hypothesis of Affective Behavior, in Am. Journal of Psychiatry, 1974, Jun.; 131(6): 695-9.
3) PEA simulates amphetamines providing mental and physical energy like the latter. However, PEA is endogenous to the human brain, does not cause addiction or tolerance problems and has no side effects. See Mosnaim AD et al., The Influence of Psychotropic Drugs on the Levels of Endogenous 2-Phenyethylamine in Rabbit Brain, in Biol. Psychiatry, 1974 Apr.; 8(2): 227-34.
4) Methylphenidate (Ritalin), one of the most widespread and devastating drugs used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders in children, acts by stimulating the production of adrenalin and PEA but has devastating effects on other neuronal circuits.
5) Bhat V.B., et al., C-phycocyanin: a Potent Peroxyl Radical Scavenger In Vivo and In Vitro, in Biochem Biophys Res Commun., 2000; 275(1):20-25.
6) Romay, C. et al., Antioxidant and Antinflammatory Properties of C-phycocyanin from Blue-Green Algae, in Inflamm Res, 1998, Jan.; 47(1): 36-41.
7) Romay C., et al., Phycocyanin Extract Reduces Leukotriene B4 Levels in Arachidonic Induced Mouse-ear Inflammation Test, in J Pharm Pharmacol. 1999¸51(5):641-42.

Further Information
For more information please contact Simply Vital on Tel: 0870 609 1180;


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  • Brief Takes

    Postgraduate Diploma in the Study of Integrated Medicine

    Britain's first Postgraduate Diploma in the Study of Integrated Medicine for Doctors and Nurses has received accreditation from the University of Buckinham Medical School (UBMS). Professor Karol Sikora, Dean of UBMS assesses that around 80% of cancer patients use CAM therapies and self-help techniques, however the majority of doctors and nurses are not in a position to advise them on the safety and effectiveness, evidence or lack of evidence for these approaches.

    The establishment of the Faculty of Integrated Medicine (FIM), represents achievement of the first strategic objective of Bath-based charity the Integrated Health Trust (IHT) which is pioneering the study of integrated medicine at the new faculty at Bailbrook House, Bath.  IHT Patron, actress Hayley Mills, opened this on 9 July.

    Further information: Tel: 0795 897 5650; 0790 155 6453; 01225 319131;

    Autism: Roadmap to Recovery

    Resource oriented workshop for parents and practitioners on 26th – 28th September 2009, London.

    This workshop will look at damage to the genome of the unborn baby caused by Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) – from household electrical wiring, wireless internet, cordless phones and microwave radiation. It will also consider recent evidence of neurological problems caused by the transfer of toxic metals, chemicals and biotoxins (from mould, Lyme disease etc.) from the mother to the foetus.

    The 3-day workshop will focus on practical and simple solutions. Topics to be covered include:
    • Inflammation
    • Lyme Disease
    • Mercury/Neurotoxins, Mould and Electromagnetic Fields • Microbes • Pyrroluria
    • Nutrition
    • Hypothyroidism and others
    Further Information: For further information and to register please Tel: 01342 824906, or visit  and fill in the registration form provided.

    Rethink Your Mindset

    Change your thinking and you can change your world.

    The Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden, London is the venue for the Rethink Your Mindset Event with Dadi Janki. Dadi is 93, a woman of deep wisdom, boundless energy and profound presence. She travels the world engaging and empowering individuals. The event is for 2000 people with the aim to reconnect to your well-being to recapture your natural rhythm, vitality and resilience.

    The event takes place on 17 August, 6.30-8pm where you can learn to rethink challenges, problems, being busy and worries and fear.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7836 6688;;

    Jan de Vries Combination Flower Essences

    Flower Essences have no contraindications, so can be taken alongside supplements and medication. They are taken orally in a little water or directly under the tongue.

    The Jan de Vries Combination Flower Essences by Bioforce are:
    • Emergency Essence;
    • Female Essence;
    • Male Essence;
    • Child Essence;
    • Night Essence;
    • Bowel Essence;
    • Vitality Essence;
    • Concentration Essence;
    • Mood Essence;
    • Confidence Essence;
    • Craving Essence;
    • Relaxation Essence.
    Further information: Stockists Tel: 01294 277344;

    Médecins du Monde UK Marathon

    Médecins du Monde UK has 7 places for the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 11 October 2009 in London. It is a 13.1 mile long course following London's most beautiful parks, past the Thames, the Houses of Parliament and other monuments such as Marble Arch and the Royal Albert Hall.

    Médecins du Monde UK (also called Doctors of the World) is a medical charity that provides medical health care to vulnerable populations around the world in both developed and underdeveloped countries.

    Registration fee: £25; Minimum sponsorship: £450; Registration deadline: 14 August 2009.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7515 7534;  http://events.assistant@medecins


    Speakeasier is a registered charity funding speech aids for people with MS. Steve Brisk, now a qualified meditation teacher accredited by the British School of Yoga, was diagnosed with MS 30 years ago, and decided to learn meditation to combat his MS-related pain and help others in a similar position.

    His Pain Reduction CD, Painezee, takes the meditation theories of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, director of the stress reduction and relaxation program at the University of Massachusetts Medicine Centre, to what Steve claims is the next level by using the pain as the meditation object.

    All proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to Speakeasier, which is run entirely by volunteers.
    Steve has also produced three other titles: How to Meditate and Gentle on your Mind Deep Relaxation 1 & 2.

    Further information: Contact Adrian Jones,
    Tel: 07815 783748;

    ITS NLP Practitioner and Coaching Courses

    ITS is running its NLP Practitioner Certification Programme commencing September 2009.

    The European NLP Coaching Certification Programme commences in October 2009, and helps to build an international coaching practice, or expand and deepen current NLP skills.

    The Essential NLP Workshop on 28 November 2009 is a one-day workshop designed to give you a thorough introduction to the basic principles of NLP. Hosted by Ian McDermott the workshop will ensure that you have the maximum insight into the certified programmes at ITS.

    Autumn Master Classes will be announced soon.

    Further information: Tel: 01268 777125;

    Huna Healing Events

    Huna residential retreat at Earth Spirit Centre, near Glastonbury August 16 (eve)-21 (eve) 6pm Sunday-5pm Friday. Shamanic initiations, meditations, ancestral and family lineage constellation work, chants, energy healing, elemental initiations in nature.

    Lomi ongoing group begins this autumn with massage, shamanic ritual, chants, circles, creating sacred ground within and without. You will give and receive the gentle and profound Hawaiian Kahi Loa and Lomilomi Nui healing touch in a powerful energetic field. (3 modules of 4 days) Slad Valley, Gloucestershire. APNT accreditation and CPD points available

    Further information:   

    Live Life in the Pink

    Rose pink Himalayan crystal salt not only looks lovely, but is also healthy. Two new varieties are now available from Profusion. There are two new table shaker salts: Himalayan Rose Pink Crystal Herb Salt and Himalayan Rose Pink Crystal Fine Salt Shaker with a double sided lid to allow sprinkling or pouring.

    Himalayan Rose Pink salt contains an almost identical set of elements as those in our body, 84 of the 92 trace minerals, in the same proportions as occur in our blood. The distinctive rose pink colour is a result of the salt's high content of iron, potassium and magnesium, all vital for good health.

    Use the subtle flavour of Profusion's Himalayan Rose Pink salt to season food, in cooking and to make energising mineral water. The Salt rocks can also be used for cleansing sole baths or drinking sole.

    Further information:

    Higher Nature Healthy Lunchboxes

    Higher Nature has developed a practical workshop to help parents to make tasty, nutritious lunchboxes for their children with Christine Bailey MSc PGCE. Christine is an experienced nutritional and dietary educator, chef and health and food consultant.

    The course will include cookery demonstrations and food sampling and will take place on 6 September 2009 at The Only Running Footman, 5 Charles Street, London W1J 5DE.

    Further information: Tel: 0800 458 4747;

    Managing Depression with Qigong

    Managing Depression with Qigong is a new book from Singing Dragon Books by Frances Gaik. It provides a guide to an effective and increasing recognized form of treatment that will be invaluable to people with depression and their families.

    New research shows that Qigong, a traditional Chinese practice can be an effective treatment for depression, and can provide a good alternative or supplement to medication in some cases. Frances Gaik explains the basics of what Qigong is and why it is effective for depression, and shows the reader how to make use of Qigong to rise from the darkness of depression and regain strength and motivation in life.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7833 2307;

    A New Kegel Exercise for Men

    The KegelPad is a new, resistance-based 'Kegal' exercise pad for men, which can substantially improve circulation and muscle mass to a man's pelvic floor muscles, resulting in better pelvic floor health, prostate issue prevention, improved incontinence control and revitalized sexual enjoyment.

    Kegels are a common pelvic floor muscular exercise typically targeted for women. This simple, non-evasive exercise pad is specifically designed for men to target the pubococcygeus muscles (PC muscles).

    The KegalPad exercise works the pelvic floor muscles like a normal flexing exercise, and can improve bladder control issues, benefit prostate health and increase sexual prowess.

    Further information:

    NuBeginnings – Weight Loss and Holistic Retreat

    NuBeginnings is a boutique weight loss and holistic retreat, conceived by expert mind mentor Victoria Wills. Located in a rural mansion in Devon, NuBeginnings offers bespoke nutritional, physical and hypnotherapy courses for men and women who want to lose weight, increase their general wellbeing and find self-harmony.

    NuBeginnings offers luxury en-suite accommodation in one and a half acres of gardens. Delicious meals are prepared on site by the NuBeginnings chef. Each meal is created with superfoods, locally sourced low GI foods and organic vegetables grown in the mansion's gardens.

    Further information: Tel: 01271 862792;

    International Arthritis and Psoriasis Conference

    Children with psoriasis represent a challenge to researchers and clinicians alike. One third of all psoriasis patients see signs of the disease in childhood.

    The second World Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Conference took place in June in Stockholm, Sweden this year to highlight the problems and discuss treatments of psoriasis.

    Treatment for childhood psoriasis is an area that has been fairly limited. Topical treatments have been common in mild psoriasis. In cases of severe, widespread disease, systematic treatment with drugs is done with care, and restricted in children.

    Further information:

    Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health

    Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK; The Prostate Cancer Charity  reports that over 30,000 men annually contract the disease. Over half the men over 50 years of age develop Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that causes the prostate to enlarge due to changes in male sex hormones. 

    Components found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, certain plants and herbs, help fight against prostate problems including prostate cancer. Saw Palmetto is important in maintaining a healthy prostate, and helps promote urine flow in men suffering mild to moderate BPH.

    Further information: Tel: 01455 556281;

    2009 Green Awards

    The 4th Annual Green Awards  take place on 18 November in London. Green Awards™ included 'people power' in its annual awards for environmental, ethical or social campaigns.

    A shortlist of Campaigners will be notified by 14 October by email, and invited to the awards ceremony on 18 November. The winner announced at the event will receive a trophy, a photo accepting the award, Green Awards™ publicity to further support their campaign and invaluable exposure to more than 360 influential individuals involved in green issues.

    To apply for the awards visit  to download a form. The closing date for entries will be 18 September.

    Which Supplements Should We Take?

    An independent YouGov survey commissioned by Healthspan reveals that whilst almost half (47%) of people in the UK take at least one supplement a day, a staggering third of these are potentially missing out on the benefits because they don't know what combinations to take and when to take them.

    Government restrictions prevent nutrition companies from mentioning the benefits of their nutritional supplements on packaging and this lack of information and constant conflicting reports serve to baffle us.

    Further information: Tel: 0800 7312 377;

    Age Menopause Starts is Linked to Genes

    Current research states the age women go through menopause may be genetically determined. This is due to the discovery by US Scientists who found a new gene variant that triggers a woman's first and last menstruation.

    The Menopause Exchange founded by Norma Goldman, head of an independent menopause organization, pharmacist and health promotion expert set up a panel of experts.

    The Menopause: Ask the Experts is set out in Q&A format, with questions asked by real-life women, the chapters cover a wide range of topics including general information, symptoms, osteoporosis, HRT, complementary therapies, nutrition, lifestyle and self-help advice, as well as general women's health.

    Further information:  


    Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick is due to be published in September 2009.

    John T Cacioppo, a professor at the University of Chicago and William Patrick, a science writer, use pioneering research to show the physiological and psychological effects of loneliness in the human race, analyzing data including brain scans, blood pressure measurements, hormone levels and behavioural patterns.

    Loneliness sets out to define what the word means, and to identify why it is that about 20% of people feel lonely at any given time.

    Further information: Tel: 020-7323 1579;  

    Fighting Fatigue

    Fighting Fatigue is the first comprehensive book that provides a range of strategies for managing CFS/ME as well as practical exercises that readers can follow and complete. Fighting Fatigue is the result of Sue Pemberton's clinical knowledge and Catherine Berry's personal experience of CFS/ME.

    The book looks at Catherine's story and other CFS/ME patients' stories who have benefited from treatments received at the Leeds CFS/ME service.

    The chapters offer expert advice, with tips and exercises laid out in an easy-to-follow format that can be worked through at the reader's own pace.

    Further information:
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