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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 164

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 164 - November 2009

Medical / Neuromuscular Taping: The Cure Tape Product Line

The Cure Tape Product line is used by physiotherapists and medical doctors in physical rehabilitation and in sports injuries. The basic methods of application (known as Medical Taping Concept or Neuromuscular Taping Method) is taught in a 15 hour course.

Medical Taping
Medical Taping

Objectives in the application of Cure Tape
  • To raise the skin to enhance both blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • To support muscles, ligaments and tendons during rehabilitation or recovery from sports injuries.
The range of application of Medical Neuromuscular Taping is very wide:
  • Treatment of injuries
  • Reducing inflammations or accumulations of fluid
  • Correction of posture
  • Treatment of symptoms caused by overuse (such as RSI, tennis or golf elbow).
  • Neuro-reflexive manipulation, e.g. with headache
  • Prophylactic taping.
Various techniques are taught in the 10 to 15 hour modular courses scheduled for 2010:
  • Basic : 31st / 1st November  28th / 29th November
  • Sports Injuries  : 16th / 17th January  27th / 28th February
  • Advanced  : 12th / 13th December
  • Lymphatic Drainage  :  20th / 21st February
  • Paediatric Care  :  23rd / 24th January
  • Neurological  :  Scheduled for 2011
Further Information
Please contact Aneid UK Ltd c/o Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd on Phone / Fax: 44-1582-485209;  info@aneid.com    www.aneid.com  



Create a Natural Swimming Pool

Create your own green paradise at home with the new self-build guide for natural swimming pools from the renowned landscape designer Michael Littlewood.

Create a Natural Swimming Pool

The book will provide you with everything you need to know about constructing natural swimming pools, including building instructions and detailed information about water quality, plants and general maintenance. Using the guide for a self-build project will halve costs to around £10-£15,000 whereas a pool can cost between £35,000-45,000 to construct depending.

Natural swimming water is free of harmful substances because of the effective use of natural filters. Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes which are carcinogens and result from the combination of chlorine with organic compounds in the water. Chlorine is also known to aggravate conditions such as asthma and eczema.

Further Information
Natural Swimming Pools: A Guide for Building is available from Michael Littlewood on Tel:  01460 75515; Michael@ecodesignscape.co.uk   www.ecodesignscape.co.uk   and from www.amazon.co.uk  



Jin Shin Jyutsu – The Feelgoodcentre London EC1

Jin Shin Jyutsu is the Art to Know oneself, the art of the Creator for Human Kind.  This is a Japanese ancient art rediscovered by Jiro Murai  and brought to the west by Mary Burmester to America.

Jin Shin Jyutsu – The Feelgoodcentre London EC1

Energy is constantly flowing, it can never be destroyed and it always has the desire to manifest. Energy circulates around the body as a main source, down the front and up the back, and divides into two streams, crossing both sides of the body – left and right – through 26 energy locks.

If energy cannot pass through the normal channels it diverts to other sides of the body and can cause symptoms and disturbances.  Jin Shin Jyutsu is about harmonizing and rebalancing energy in the body.

The practitioner places his/her hands and holds certain points and functions like jumper cables for the energy flow.  The client remains fully clothed as the points and parts of the body are touched by the practitioner over A cloth. A Jin Shin Jyutsu session is usually up to one hour.

Further Information
Regular courses in Self Help and Jin Shin Jyutsu Sessions are available in the Feelgoodcentre, in London EC1 on Tel:  07946084848; www.feelgoodcentre.com



Omnitom Yoga Wear


We are delighted to inform you of the launch of OMNITOM yoga wear in September 2009. Our garments are made of pure organic cotton and that's why OMNITOM yoga wear is irresistibly soft to your skin, kind to nature and breathes with you as you breathe without restriction.

Omnitom Yoga Wear

Our garments feel as if they weren't there, moulded over your body like a second skin. And at the same time, their bubbly yet subtle presence will enhance the energy of your practice.
The models that we have created incorporate the needs of a yogi – security and stability in the chest area and freedom of movement for the arms and shoulders. Let them accompany you on your path, discovering ever more depth, ever more fun and ever more love for yoga.

Further Information
OMNITOM yoga wear is available online at www.omnitom.com  and in studios throughout Europe.



Meditation Conquers Stress


The effects and benefits meditation can have during times of recession have rarely been more acutely in evidence than right now in the West. A new CD features a guided meditation for all those who are financially stressed by the current credit crunch, feel lost and in despair and don't know what to do. This probably applies to most adults in the UK today. There could not be a more appropriate time for film producer and author Mark Forstater to launch his revitalising new audio CD The Age of Anxiety.

Meditation Conquers Stress
Mark Forstater's The Age of Anxiety is essential listening for everyone who is battling to keep their heads above water in the current economic climate. The Age of Anxiety CD is fully instructional and provides the listener with all the information they need to complete a successful meditation practice.

Mark Forstater. Film, TV, Radio and Audio Producer has produced many films including Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Mark's interest in spiritual matters began in the 1970s when he was introduced to the works of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. His self-cultivation practices include meditation, yoga and tai chi.

Further Information
The Age of Anxiety: A Guided Meditation for the Financially Stressed is available to download from www.theageofanxiety.com  



Hypnotherapy and Depression

Most people feel sad or low sometimes, and after a while this usually lifts. But when it doesn't lift – even when something really great happens, there may be cause for concern. Typically, symptoms of depression include one or more of the following:
  • Feeling tired with no energy
  • Feeling persistently sad and low
  • Loss of confidence and self esteem
  • Having a sense of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Avoiding things you enjoy – especially if these involve other people
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling guilty or worthless, frightened or anxious
  • Losing interest in food, or sex
  • Eating for comfort, aches and pains, or other physical symptoms.
Hypnotherapy and Depression

Hypnotherapy can be a very effective way to treat depression, because it can, if appropriate, get to the core reason why you feel so bad and enable you to make real changes for the better – quickly. The therapist can talk to your subconscious, the place where all the information is filed away, and then find the right information to fix the problem.

Further Information
Caroline Carr  Adv Dip Hyp Dip LC BA (Hons) is the author of several self-help books published by White Ladder Press which are available in good bookshops. Caroline may be contacted on Tel: 01202 731385; Mob: 07846208378;  caroline@carolinecarr.com  www.carolinecarr.com    Read sections at www.amazon.co.uk



Acupuncture: The Limericks

by Cornelia Davies
2009. ISBN: 978-0-9563142-0-8.
Acupuncture's old theories, sublime,
Have survived all the tough tests of time-
Upsets major and minor,
In far distant China-
And now it's surviving in rhyme!
Acupuncture: The Limericks is a funny and informative book on a subject that is both popular and intriguing. It's a marriage of the author's skills as a professional acupuncturist and writer. Patients and the curious can learn everything they need to know in an accessible, unforgettable way.

Acupuncture: The Limericks

Limericks interspersed with clearly written, informative prose will encourage the reader to pick this up and be reluctant to put it down again. Read, learn and laugh-therapy in itself.

There's general background and there are more detailed sections. For instance, remember seeing those newspaper pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow with cupping marks on her back?
A young person had reason for sneezing
With cold (she was practically freezing).
Some cups on her back
Helped repel the attack:
Now her wheezing is easing... how pleasing!
Further Information
Available from Golden Barn Publishing on Tel: 01548 550251 info@acupuncturekingsbridge.co.uk  www.acupuncturekingsbridge.co.uk



Pukka Herbs Christmas Gift Pack

Organic herbal expert Pukka Herbs is introducing a special Christmas gift pack, combining its beautiful organic Rosewater spray with heart warming Love tea. 

Pukka Herbs Christmas Gift Pack
 
A gentle spritz of Pukka's exceptionally pure Rosewater leaves skin feeling radiant whilst helping you to feel instantly uplifted and refreshed. Use as a natural facial cleanser, toner and for gently removing make up.

Love tea, blended by Pukka's herbalist, Sebastian Pole, is a delicate infusion of rose, chamomile and lavender. The soothing properties of this irresistible blend will help you to feel delightfully relaxed and cherished. 
 
Beautifully designed in true Pukka style and wonderful for both body and soul, the special pack makes a perfect Christmas gift for those you love and is available online at just  £12.95.

Further Information 

Selected lines are stocked by leading retailers. The complete range is available online at www.pukkaherbs.com



New Inexpensive Light From Lumie Lightens Up Winter

According to latest figures released by light therapy expert, Lumie, one in four people in the UK are thought to suffer from either Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues.  To help provide relief to such conditions, Lumie is launching Arabica, a new affordable light priced under £100.

New Inexpensive Light From Lumie Lightens Up Winter
 
Arabica will offer inexpensive treatment to SAD sufferers and is the first budget light of its kind to have medical device certification. 
 
With a modern, contemporary and stylish appearance, Arabica has been designed to provide treatment at home and because of its size, can be stored away easily.  Emitting 10,000lux at a practical distance (around 20cm), Arabica produces the same intensity of light as a bright spring morning and is around 20 times brighter than a well-lit office.  Extensive research has shown that light therapy of this brightness is proven to help alleviate symptoms of SAD.

Recognised by the World Health Organisation, SAD is a medical condition that affects people between the months of September and October through to March and April.  It is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain and stems from the lack of natural light available in winter.
 
Further Information
Please contact Lumie on Tel: 01954 780500; Lindsay@lumie.com   www.lumie.com  



Mental Ill-Health Get Well Soon Cards

To coincide with World Mental Health Day, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has produced the first 'Get Well Soon' cards specially designed to send to people who are unwell with mental ill-health.

Mental Ill-Health Get Well Soon Cards Mental Ill-Health Get Well Soon Cards
 
Research has shown that people who are admitted to mental health in-patient units receive far fewer cards and messages of support than people who are admitted to hospital with a physical health problem. Just over half (51%) of the survey respondents said they had received a 'Get Well Soon' card the last time they were physically ill – but only 31% received a card when they were last unwell with a mental health problem. Over half (52%) said they did not receive any cards, flowers or gifts when they were last mentally ill – compared with 36% the last time they were physically ill.
 
More than 8 out of 10 (81%) of people surveyed said receiving a 'Get Well Soon' card would help their recovery. Almost half of these (46%) thought it would help their recovery 'a lot'.
 
The cards come in two striking and colourful designs. The greeting inside the card reads: "Thinking of you at this time. Hope things improve soon." The cards form part of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' three-year Fair Deal campaign, and promote the concept of recovery from mental ill health.
 
Further Information
Cards come in a choice of two designs – 'Flowers' and 'Grapes'. A single card and envelope costs £2.25 (incl. p&p). Discounts are available for larger orders. www.rcpsych.ac.uk/getwellsooncards  


 

Mushrooms for a Healthier New Year

If your New Year resolution is to follow a healthy diet, then make sure you pop a pack or two of mushrooms in your shopping basket.

Mushrooms for a Healthier New Year
 
Being low in calories and virtually fat and sugar free, whilst having a high water and fibre content that helps keep you feeling fuller for longer, mushrooms are the ideal slimming ingredient, as well as being a natural superfood. Their delicious meaty flavour and texture makes them a fantastic meat substitute in a number of classic dishes such as Chilli Con Carne, Chicken Stir Fry, Beef Bourguignon and Chicken Korma. In fact, last year 10 volunteers who followed just such a diet over five weeks managed to lose an average of 12.7 pounds each, with the top dieter shedding a stone and half.
 
Mushrooms are also great for maintaining good health. They are brimming with the five B vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and folate and also contain the essential minerals potassium, selenium, copper, phosphorous and small, but nutritionally important, amounts of iron.  They are one of the highest antioxidant vegetables in the world, in the same league as the red pepper and spinach.
 
Greek Style Roasted Mushrooms
Preparation time: 5mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Serves 4
 
Ingredients:
6 large flat mushrooms
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small clove garlic, chopped
75g/3oz reduced fat feta cheese, crumbled
50g/2oz pitted black olives, halved
45ml/3tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
15ml/1tbsp olive oil
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Brush a little oil over each mushroom and place stalk up on a roasting tray.
  2. Mix the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cheese, olives and parsley and season to taste. Heap the tomato mixture on top of the mushrooms. Bake for 15mins or until the mushrooms are tender. Serve hot or warm with a crisp salad.
Further Information
To find out more about the mushroom for meat replacement healthy eating plan, visit www.mushroom-uk.com/health/slimming.htm


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    Protect Herbalists and Herbal Choice

    The below link will take you to a petition going directly to Gordon Brown to save the rights of herbalists to continue working.  Please take two minutes TODAY to sign your name to this petition to protect herbalists and your right and choice to use them and herbs in the future.
    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/
    herbal-ban/#detail
      


    Further Information Linda Crockett, Medical Herbalist, lindacrockett@talktalk.net

    Codex Alimentarius and the Regulation of Food Supplements

    Nigel Griffiths MP forwarded to Catherine M Crawford a reply to her letter [that CODEX would restrict the use of food supplements in the UK to prescription only] from Gillian Merron from the Department of Health, stating that there is no intention to restrict the use of food supplements in the UK to prescription only. The letter assured Catherine that UK food supplements are regulated under the European Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC which came into effect in 2003 and has applied since 2005. The directive is implemented into national UK law by the Food Supplements Regulations (England) 2003.

    The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this programme are protecting the health of consumers, ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Codex membership is restricted to member country Governments and the European Community. There are over 180 member countries.

    Editor's Note: [We thank Catherine for her ongoing valiant efforts to thwart the international conspiracy which is CODEX. PH Online readers may use their own judgement and refer to past published correspondence regarding the likely outcome of the above anodyne scenario re CODEX.]
    www.positivehealth.com/article-view.php?articleid=2656  

    Further information: www.codexalimentarius.net

    Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week

    UK Pancreatic Cancer charities have united to launch Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Week which runs from the 16th to the 22nd November 2009. During that week the individual charities will be organising events to raise awareness among the UK public. Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer, difficult to diagnose. Most victims, when diagnosed, find that they have untreatable terminal cancer. There is no early detection test and treatment is limited. The average survival time after diagnosis is merely six months. This awareness week is designed to make the UK public more aware of a deadly killer which is not receiving enough attention or support in finding a cure.

    Further Information Tel: 01494 872386;  www.pancreaticcancerawareness.org

    Killing Cancer Photodynamic Therapy PDT Appeal

    A major public health campaign spearheaded by the charity Killing Cancer calls for the public to support a new type of treatment – and to pressure the NHS to increase its availability nationwide. The campaign aims to raise £50 million to fund further trials and change lives for the better.
     
    People are being urged to donate to medical trials of 'Photodynamic Therapy' that could revolutionise cancer treatment in the UK – and around the world.
     
    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) kills cancer cells through a combination of drug and light, which starves the cancer of oxygen allowing the body to heal and create new, healthy cells. Despite being approved by the DoH for the treatment of some cancers, fewer than 250 of the 300,000 patients diagnosed with cancer killers received it last year.
     
    The treatment has the ability to destroy cancers usually with a single 20-minute session, avoiding the need for invasive surgery and the traumatic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
     
    Further information: www.killingcancer.co.uk  

    Medical Seminar 2009 For Practitioners – ARCH seminar II

    The Viva Mayr Medical Seminar with Dr. Harald Stossier is to be held at  the Viva Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine in Maria Wörth, Austria on22-28 November 2009. The seminar is open to a select number of delegates with a maximum of 10-12.

    Seminar topics to be covered:
    • Relation between breathing and belly problems
    • Additional techniques for the manual abdominal treatment
    • Disease management in the Modern Mayr Therapy for Candida, Parasites, hormonal dysfunctions
    • Applied Kinesiology Testing
    Speakers: Dr. Harald Stossier, Dr. Christina Stossier

    Further information:
    Tel: 01273 509852; office@viva-mayr.com  
    www.viva-mayr.com  

    Klamin – Natural Anti-Depressant

    Kalmin is a new supplement with  natural anti-depressant molecules. Klamin is a concentrated extract from Klamath Blue Green algae, a nutrient dense organic green food that grows wild in Klamath Lake, Oregon. It contains PEA, a feel-good endorphin which balances neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine that support brain function and improve mood. 
     
    Clinical studies  have shown that Klamin significantly improves symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are also features of  SAD, the low mood syndrome associated with the autumn and winter months. The study participants included patients diagnosed with depression, menopausal women and terminal cancer patients; all experienced reduced stress and anxiety, and increased self-esteem and vitality – without any of the side-effects often associated with anti-depressants.
     
    Klamin also contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules exclusive to Klamath algae known as AFA-phycocyanins, which protect the brain and nervous system from environmental, stress and poor dietary factors implicated in development of neuro-degeneration.

    Further information
    Tel 020-8480 1000; www.healthy.co.uk  

    IADSA Clarifies Myths Surrounding Codex's Work on Food Supplements

    The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) has spoken out against false statements vilifying the goals, purpose and transparency of Codex Alimentarius' work on food supplements.

    IADSA, which has been monitoring the work of Codex for the last 10 years, said that the statements circulating the Internet in recent weeks have "absolutely no factual basis at all".

    These false statements range from claims that Codex plans to make supplements 'prescription only' products, to confusion about the legally binding nature of its guidelines and standards, and clams questioning the transparency of its meetings and procedures.

    Byron Johnson, Chairman of IADSA, said: "There are currently false statements being circulated in a number of countries claiming that the activities of Codex Alimentarius will have a negative impact on food supplements. One of these statements, for example, is that it plans to make supplements available by prescription only. This is completely untrue. Just four years ago Codex adopted a Guideline for vitamin and mineral supplements, which clearly placed supplements under food law. Codex bases its guidelines and standards on the latest available scientific knowledge gathered from experts across the world."

    Further information David Pineda Ereño, IADSA Director of Regulatory Affairs, 50 Rue de l'Association, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, Tel: +32 (0)2 209 1155; Fax: +32 (0)2 223 3064;  davidpineda@iadsa.be; www.iadsa.org

    Wise women of Aotearoa, New Zealand

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    Franchelle Ofsoské-Wyber is a modern medicine woman, a shaman who works with the same magical abilities as her ancient ancestors using plant essences to help heal wounded bodies and souls.
     
    Maria Middlestead is a cutting-edge natural Nutritionist who left her home in Canada to start a new life in New Zealand and is now employed in schools to help teenagers improve their education and potential.
     
    Further information: Wellpark College Tel: (64 9) 360-0560; (64 9) 415-9468;
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    Save Your Hands! Home Study Online Course

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    The online course is approved for 10 Continuing Education Credits by NCBTMB and the Florida Board of Massage. Included is information on body mechanics,  addressing emotional issues that increase injury risk, and modifying techniques to reduce stress to the practitioner's body. Physical conditioning, with stretches, exercises and workout routines designed specifically for manual therapists by a doctor of physical therapy.

    Further information: Tel: 1-877-424-0994; syhcourses@saveyourhands.com  
    www.saveyourhands.com  

    Vegan Skincare

    As winter quickly approaches the unpleasant menace of dry, flaky skin and chapped lips quickly follows. For those who worry about the chemicals found in many lotions, Natural Elements offers an Organic and Vegan certified solution. Made from fruit, vegetable or mineral extract. Natural Elements is also the perfect resolution for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin.
     
    All products are Vegetarian Society Approved, Certified Organic Products and Vegan Society Registered. All products are free from: Sodium Laurel Sulphate, Petro-chemicals, Synthetic perfumes, Alcohol, Dye, Soap and Lanolin
     
    Further information www.naturalelements.co.uk  

    ITS Programmes and Workshops

    The Essential NLP Workshop is due to take place at the end of the November.
    The NLP Conference 2009 takes place on the 13th-15th November.

    The NLP Conference, an internationally recognized event, brings together many top Master Trainers and globally renowned speakers within the NLP and Coaching community.

    The conference is supported by major organisations: The Professional Guild, NLPtCA, INLPTA, NLP Connections, Anglo American Books, and International Teaching Seminars.

    Further information Tel: 0845 370 9705; info@nlpconference.co.uk   www.nlpconference.co.uk  

    Acupuncture  for Back Pain

    More than 1.1 million people in the UK are affected by back pain; the recent announcement by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Research (NICE) recommending Acupuncture has been welcomed by low back pain sufferers.
     
    Back pain is the UK's leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence. The NICE guidelines mean that patients with persistent low back pain can now receive free Acupuncture treatments on the NHS.
     
    Back pain can be caused by minor injuries such as muscle strains and sprains, pregnancy, infection, stress and poor sleep. NHS funded research shows that Acupuncture is one of the safest and most cost-effective treatments for chronic low back pain.
     
    Patients should choose an Acupuncturist who is registered with a professional body. British Acupuncture Council members have extensive training in acupuncture and bio medical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture in the UK.
     
    To find a practitioner in your area call the British Acupuncture Council on Tel:  020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk  

    Grandma Vine Heavenly Feast

    GV, the newly branded Grandma Vine's skin care range, has utilized the aromatic and therapeutic benefits of rose oil and combined it with a whole host of other natural ingredients to make available its highly nourishing, and super-hydrating, Heavenly Feast Body Cream.
     
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    Further information
    Tel: 01455 556281;  enquiries@lifeplan.co.uk www.lifeplan.co.uk  

    Sisel Anti-Ageing Range

    Sisel International, based in Salt Lake City, is about to launch a new range of anti-ageing and health products into the UK market.

    The products come in the form of highly saturated liquid drinks, which are much more effective than pills or tablets. The latest product Eternity contains Resveratrol. Sisel have created a process to supersaturate Resveratrol in cooler conditions allowing the end product to retain its properties. Resveratrol is extracted mainly from the skin and seed of the red grape.

    Other Sisel products have been made with long life and quality of life in mind including Fucoidan, developed from a remarkable sea plant grown in Okinawa, Japan and Tonga, known to local people for centuries.

    Further information:
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    Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnancy

    Many pregnant women are not getting enough Vitamin D even when they take supplements. Dr Valerie Holmes from Queen's School of Nursing and Midwifery co-authored the study which was published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Nutrition. The study was the first of its kind measuring the vitamin D status of pregnant women in Northern Ireland.

    The group studied 99 expectant mothers living in Northern Ireland and tested them at three separate times during their pregnancy.

    Testing at 12 and 20 weeks of pregnancy revealed that as many as 96 per cent of the women had insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood. Examination also revealed that at these test points, 35 per cent could be classified as vitamin D deficient at 12 weeks and 44 per cent at 20 weeks. During the third trimester, at 35 weeks, 75 per cent had insufficient levels of the vitamin and 16 per cent of women were deficient.

    Further information Tel  028 9097 3091; comms.office@qub.ac.uk   www.qub.ac.uk  

    Menopause Naturally

    The menopause is a time of significant change in a woman's life; for significant numbers of women these changes are not always easy. There are many natural and complementary approaches that are beneficial including Aromatherapy.

    Rosacea is a chronic condition characterised by facial redness and sometimes accompanied with pimples. Aromatherapy can be helpful in easing the condition with the use of oils such as rose otto, true lavender and Roman chamomile used with a light base cream or in a spray three times a day.
     
    Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptom of the menopause. For night sweats a blend of clary sage, cornmint and Roman chamomile in a lotion can be used. For hot flushes during the day, use cornmint which gives a cooling and cleansing sensation and diminishes the effect of the hot flush.
     
    Sleep problems often associated with night sweats can be eased with an evening drink of warm hydrolat of chamomile Roman chamomile with a warm teaspoon of honey. When combined with 1 drop of true lavender, orange sweet and amyris on a tissue to gently inhale, this has proven extremely effective.
     
    Memory malfunction is all part and parcel of the changing time; there are a number of oils that can be used to help with memory; rosemary, basil ct linalool, cornmint and lavender true can be used in equal proportions on a tissue for inhalation.
     
    To find a qualified Aromatherapist near you visit www.fht.org.uk   or call the FHT on Tel: 0844 875 2022

    Joya – Crystal Massage for Everyone

    Joya – Crystal Massage for Everyone by Michael Gienger & Ulrich Metz is a self-help paperback with a full colour format with Illustrations.
     
    Even for someone who is not so skilled in massage or in using crystals, this book and the tool it describes offer an easy way to perform a crystal massage and with no great knowledge required.

    The tool is a Joya Massage Roller, a new, revolutionary wooden implement that holds a crystal ball and allows it to spin freely and glide with ease over the skin, giving the recipient of the massage a soothing gentle and relaxing experience. It is very easy to swap from one crystal ball to another, making it possible to incorporate the benefits of different crystals into the massage.
     
    Further Information Price: £9.99 ISBN: 978 1 84409 168 3 www.amazon.co.uk  

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