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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 170

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 170 - May 2010

University of Westminster  New Integrated MSc CAM Courses

The University of Westminster School of Life Sciences, which  presently offers BSc (Hons) Complementary Medicine courses in Acupuncture, Complementary Therapies, Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy and Nutritional Therapy, announces new Integrated Masters (IM) and MSc courses over the next 18 months to run alongside the BSc syllabus.

University of Westminster

These new courses, which extend U of Westminster CAM syllabus to 14 CAM courses, are in response to the demand for highly skilled practitioners able to contribute to both the development of their practice and the profession as well as the research base of CAM.

The Integrated Masters (IM) , which are planned to commence in September 2010 are in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy and will run alongside the BSc courses. The fourth IM course includes two pathways, one in Complementary Medicine (Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy and Shiatsu) and the other in Naturopathy. 

The MSc courses that will be offered from September 2011 will be in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy with the fourth entitled Complementary Medicine for practitioners of the other CAM professions. Both the IM and MSc courses are designed for practitioners, with attendance in short bursts of three days, appropriate use of virtual learning environments and with a strong focus on practice and practitioner skills.

Modules of the BSc (Hons) will continue to be available for continuing professional development; in addition, from September 2011 modules of the IM and MSc be available as short courses for practitioners. 

Further Information

Please contact School of Life Sciences Admissions, University of Westminster on  Tel: +44 (0)20 7911 5883; Fax: +44 (0)20 7911 5079;

The Diagnostic Clinic – UK Premier Centre for Integrated Medicine

The Diagnostic Clinic (TDC) is a leading provider of Integrated Medicine – complementary Medicine combined with conventional, orthodox  medicine – with their clinic based in Central London. TDC offers a highly personalized, integrated health assessment by a diverse team of medical experts tailored to suit the needs of each of our patients.

The Diagnostic Clinic

Dr R Sharma, Medical Director of The Diagnostic Clinic, is a fully qualified doctor registered with the GMC and the Care Quality Commission.

The clinic offers the widest range of diagnostic tests to identify life-stage issues including fertility, post-natal depression, menopause, ageing, lifestyle related health issues such as insomnia, including those due to stress, alcohol, smoking, diet or occupation. In addition TDC's medical team offers services that support long standing and difficult conditions such as; Tired All The Time (TATT), ME and Chronic Fatigue, cancer, chronic diseases and depression.

The physician team utilize fully conventional tests ranging from blood tests through x-rays and CT/MRI scans, but also using blood, urine, saliva and stool whereby the doctors can review levels of environmental toxicity, heavy metals, neurological function, energy production (mitochondrial function), the health of bowel flora – essential for good health, digestive processes and many other metabolic functions. 

TDC not only provides Pro-active health and lifestyle management, but more importantly focuses on prediction and  prevention of disease. The correction of muscular-skeletal imbalances, the elimination of harmful toxins and organisms from the body and the strengthening of the digestive and immune system will help to bring patients as close to their optimum health as possible.

Further Information
Please contact The Diagnostic Clinic on Tel: 020 7009 4650;

Institute of Craniosacral Studies – Craniosacral Therapy in Oxfordshire

The Institute of Craniosacral Studies announce that their next two-year training course, starting in October, is available on a residential or non-residential basis at The Abbey in Sutton Courtenay, 10 miles south of Oxford. 

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Since the training began in 1999, the Institute's teaching team has been continuously working to develop the course structure to maximize each student's potential for both personal development and clinical effectiveness. The current course now benefits from this 10-year period of constant reflection and refinement and fully emphasises both of these qualities.

The training explores the way in which we hold experience within the fluids and tissues of the body due to the organizing potency of the Breath of Life.  The training looks at the ways in which these experiences affect our physicality, as well as the importance of psychological and emotional factors in this process.

Process-based Craniosacral Therapy regards the body as a process to be engaged with, rather than a mechanism to be fixed. It is a holistic approach which directly engages the Intelligence of life that animates the human system, and expresses itself through rhythmic and tidal motion.

The training is accredited by the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK.

Further Information
Please contact The Institute of Craniosacral Studies on Tel: 0118 986 3986;


The Welsh School of Aromatherapy – Diploma and Aromacarer Courses

The Welsh School of Aromatherapy is now registering the September intake for the Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma Correspondence Course. This contemporary one-year training to professional Aromatherapist level, provides home based assignments complemented with seven student-centred, inspiring and hands-on practical tuition weekends in beautiful Snowdonia.  On successful completion, students are eligible to become members of the acclaimed International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).

The Welsh School of Aromatherapy logo

This autumn, the school is also providing the first professional Carers Aromatherapy and Massage qualification in Wales with their new courses Aromatouch  and Caretouch Wales. This will enable those working in schools, day centres, residential settings and other caring professions to use their skills in their working environment. This inspiring five-day course will enable carers working to become Caretouch or Aromatouch practitioners, and includes legal and ethical considerations. This course is due for accreditation by the International Federation of Aromatherapists, whereby practitioners will be able to access insurance to work within the caring sector.

To enable you to experience the quality our aromatherapy courses, and a chance to meet with tutor Lindsay Woodman the Welsh School of Aromatherapy offers an Aromatherapy Discovery Day. Open to all, from beginner to qualified massage therapist. See the news page on their website for current course dates.

Further Information
Please contact  Lindsay Woodman at the Welsh School of Aromatherapy on Tel: 01766 890 500;

Aikido – Journey into Physical and Spiritual Transformation

Aikido is a reflection on how we should live our every day lives, whether in business, relationships, sex or just how we interact with fellow human beings.  Everything we do has to have balance to succeed, whether you call it give and take, or seeing from another's point of view. Aikido is a rare thing – real and honest – opening your mind to the possibilities that exist when you can focus in the present. It is the very definition of balance.

Hara Aikido

We are developing a series of seminars, based at the Lincoln Aikido Club and beginning in September, that introduce students to the principles of Aikido. See the dojo at . Each seminar builds on previous elements, increasing the student's knowledge and proficiency one step at a time. We begin with basic meditation exercises to still the mind, stretching and movement to prepare the body and then move onto the study of individual techniques.

The practice of Aikido necessitates a challenging of many Western cultural preconceptions about strength, competition and success; these seminars would be ideal for anyone interesting in learning an authentic martial art with a philosophical twist. They explore a variety of concepts, including balance, control and communication, and involve using the body as a vehicle for self exploration and understanding. You will soon find that Aikido is about a group of people, coming together in a joyful and cooperative manner, to better themselves and the society in which we live.

Further Information
Please contact Shantelle Svarc via  and Bob Willmington on  

New Remedies for Homeopaths and Naturopaths

Homeovitality products (see were originally designed to promote various forms of natural super-health; however, important scientific discoveries have been made confirming that the parts of the genetic blueprint that they are designed to target also have important homeopathic properties.

The anti-ageing Super Heart product, developed to target the KL gene and help people live longer lives, has now been shown to have important anti-cancer properties.[1] KL also supports part of the immune system that declines with age and protects against development of rheumatoid arthritis, [2] as well as slowing down the ill-effects of ageing[3] and protecting against heart and kidney disease. Since KL activity decreases with age,[2] everyone could benefit from taking Super Heart on a long term basis.

The weight loss product targets the gene that produces leptin, which reduces the feeling of hunger, enabling people to eat less. Leptin levels fall as obese people lose weight,[4] so as weight is lost, the urge to over-eat increases and weight is regained. Once weight is lost, increased leptin activity plays an important role in maintaining a healthy body mass index; consequently, the weight loss product can also help avoid weight gain when the desired body mass index is reached. Also, scientists have just proven that leptin can also correct diabetes.[5]

The Super Strong Bones product may also be helpful in the treatment of osteoporosis, and the memory/IQ product may be used to help clients suffering from dementia or other forms of memory loss or lack of attentiveness.


1.       Wolf I et al. Klotho: a tumour suppressor and a modulator of the IGF-1 and FGF pathways in human breast cancer. Oncogene. 27:7094-7105, 2008.
2.       Witkowski JM et al. Klotho - a common link in physiological and rheumatoid arthritis-related aging of human CD4+ lymphocytes. J.  Immunol. 178:771-777, 2007.
3.       Rosenblatt KP and Kuro-O M. Klotho, an aging suppressor gene. Horm. Res. 67:191-203, 2007.

Further Information
Dr Peter H Kay, the creator of Homeovitality products may be contacted at
For online sales please contact For expressions of interest in usage and sales in UK, Pakistan and India, please contact

B.E.D.A. Therapy™ – Health Therapy Through Education

B.E.D.A. Therapy,™ brainchild of natural health therapist, stress consultant and Buteyko practitioner Michael Clark, has taken over 18 years to develop.

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B.E.D.A. Therapy™  offers a new paradigm in the treatment of clients and patients, aiming to take the responsibility for health out of the hands of 'specialists' and placing it firmly back where it belongs; which is of course in the hands of the client themselves. B.E.D.A. Therapy™ in effect encourages people to become guardians of their own health.
B.E.D.A. Therapy™ is an acronym standing for 4 key areas of health:
  1. Breathing
  2. Exercise
  3. Diet
  4. Attitude
Michael A Clark wishes now to train people who ideally should already have an interest in natural health or be medically trained to be B.E.D.A. Therapists™.  .
Further Information
Please contact Michael Clark on Tel: +44 (0)1482 342100;

Spring Shaper with VitalDETOX

In the UK we consider detoxing as a post New Year activity; our resolutions soon fail because our bodies simply resist. Because the Earth's changing position profoundly affects us, detoxing is more effective at the major seasonal shifts of spring to summer and autumn to winter rather than at the turn of the year, in deepest winter. 

Vital Detox

Toxins enter our body via our food, air, water and products we apply our skin. The greater the toxic load, the greater the stress on the liver, which converts toxins into forms that can be eliminated from the body. An overload of toxins and/or a diet deficient in certain nutrients will impair this natural detox process; these poisons accumulate in body tissues, especially our fat cells.

The 'Spring Shaper pack' from Simply Vital contains three products which together will help you detox, and shape up for summer the Mediterranean way.

VitalDETOX is based on the Mediterranean herbal detox recipe and was developed by an Italian Naturopathic physician using very gentle methods of extraction of the herbs found around the Mediterranean, including Milk Thistle, Artichoke, Rosemary and Boldo.

VitalLIFE, including nutrient dense flakes of Klamath blue-green algae provide a rich spectrum of vital anti-oxidants, (particularly carotenoids), minerals and amino acids, nourish and prepare the skin for extra sunlight, protecting it and enabling a richer colour to develop.

VitalSHAPE contains digestive enzymes and high quality probiotics to help digest food and bring the digestive system back to health, an important factor to help neutralize and remove harmful toxins out of the body.

Further Information
The 'Spring Shaper pack' retails at £45.75 and contains 4 bottles of vitalDETOX, 1 of vitalSHAPE and 1 of vitalLIFE. All products can also be bought separately – for more details and to buy visit  

Acupuncture Proven to Help Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most traumatic events the body can experience is a spinal cord injury. The aftermath of this debilitating injury is almost always severe and in the most extreme of cases can result in death or permanent paralysis. When the nerve roots or fibre tracts of the spine are damaged, signals to and from the brain fail to occur, or have difficulty happening, thus causing the impedance of certain motor functions. Acupuncture and massage therapy have proven to be highly effective in helping aid patients with spinal cord injuries.

Acupuncture Proven to Help Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

In a clinical study carried out in 2003, a team of doctors directed by Alice MK Wong M.D began spinal cord therapy through acupuncture on a group of patients recovering from their injuries. The doctors found that after beginning treatment at various acupoints including the bilateral Hou Hsi (SI3), Shen Mo (B62), the antihelix, helix, and the lower portion of the ear-back areas, patients were showing significant improvements. Neurological behaviours including sensory and motor skills improved greatly in the patients who were put through a regiment consisting of Oriental medicine (including acupuncture and massage), and physical therapy. The team of doctors and researchers concluded that the use of these therapies, when implemented early in acute spinal cord injury, contribute to significant neurological and functional recoveries.

The ASIA impairment scale is the American Spinal Injury Association's standard of assessing the neurological status of a person who has sustained a spinal cord injury. When this rating increased in patients who had undergone acupuncture treatments, the scientific evidence revealed that Oriental therapies such as acupuncture and massage indeed did improve the body's neurological response times, and helped patients with spinal cord injuries on the long road to recovery.

Further Information
Please contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at Tel: 001 619 574-6909; Toll-Free 800 729-0941;

CHOXI+ - Healthy Chocolate!

Prestat – chocolatiers to The Queen – have created a fabulous range of CHOXI+ bars. The dark bars contain 70% cacao – making them intensely irresistible and confirming CHOXI+ as The Naturally Rich in Antioxidants Cacao Bar.  What's more, just two squares of Dark CHOXI+ contain all the antioxidants your body needs for a whole day – about the same as two bowls of blueberries or 1lb (0.46kg) of Brussels sprouts. 

CHOXI+ - Healthy Chocolate!

Although Choxi+ is definitely a food and not a medicine, there is increasing interest within the scientific community concerning antioxidants. Scientific studies have shown how flavanol antioxidants may reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers and stroke. A range of other health benefits are still being researched by leading scientists.

Bill Keeling the MD of Prestat – the chocolatiers by royal appointment to The Queen – says "CHOXI+ means that chocolate can be thought of in a whole new light – as a nutritional plus and not a minus. CHOXI+ really is a positive indulgence. You should still aim at eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day but, at around 50 calories for the dark chocolate (slightly less than a typical apple), it couldn't be much easier to fit two squares of CHOXI+ into a balanced diet. "

Nothing is added to CHOXI+, just more of the cocoa beans' natural goodness is left in, and because of the revolutionary and extraordinarily gentle processing techniques that are used it tastes absolutely delicious, too.

Further Information
Choxi+ Bars are available from the Prestat shop, Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose, Ocado, Tesco and Sainsbury's stores and are available in Milk, Dark, Dark with Oriental Mint, Milk with Aztec Orange and Dark with Stem Ginger. Prestat Tel: 020 7494 3372;  

Women's Challenge To Fight Cancer

Television presenters Dawn Porter and Aggie MacKenzie are among an amazing group of women taking positive action in the fight against breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

Women's Challenge To Fight Cancer
Dawn and Aggie were among the first women to sign up for the unique, new challenge.  Aggie is best known for her Channel 4 series How Clean is Your House? and Dawn for hard-hitting documentaries like Super Slim Me and My Breasts Could Kill Me. They will both be challenging themselves as part of a women-only team of cyclists riding through Kenya to support the work of three charities: Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Women of all ages and all cycling abilities from across the UK are invited to join the adventure from 29 October – 7 November 2011. Cycle training advice will be provided by event organisers Action for Charity and there will be a pre-event training weekend for everyone taking part.
The group will cycle around 400kms over five days – both on and off road – experiencing Africa away from the usual tourist trails through savannah plains, wildlife game parks, tropical rainforests and traditional villages.
Further Information
To take part in Women V Cancer women need to pay a registration fee and pledge to raise minimum sponsorship funds of £2,800.  For further information and to register telephone Action for Charity on Tel: 0845 408 2698; 


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  • Brief Takes

    The Integrated Health Trust presents an audience with Dr Andrew Weil

    American author, physician and leading pioneer in the field of Integrative Medicine, Dr Weil is the founder and program director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine (IM), which he started in 1994 at the University of Arizona.

    This is a rare opportunity to hear from a truly inspirational IM luminary. Dr Weil will present an international perspective on Integrative Healthcare Reform and Education and finish with a Q&A session. Networking within the IM community will follow.

    Further Information

    Reader Offer: 1/3rd off tickets (quote Positive Health Online for £50 tickets – normal prices are £75 per person), including refreshments. Bailbrook House, London Road West, Bath. 2.30pm-5.30pm Book now by calling Abi Leeder on 01225 319131 or emailing

    Herbal Medicine Register

    The National Institute of Medical Herbalists has given a cautious welcome to the Government's announcement that Statutory Regulation of the profession of medical herbalism will be implemented. Contact: Andrew Hoyle, National Institute of Medical Herbalists. 

    The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) has been asked by the Secretary of State for Health to register Practitioners supplying herbal medicines to the public in England.

    Further information Tel: 020-3178 2199

    LCTA Introduces Ground-Breaking Masters in Chinese Medicine

    The London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (LCTA) has introduced a Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine. The course, available to study from September 2010, will enable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners to gain an MSc by researching an aspect of TCM that is of specific interest to them in their practice, whilst continuing to treat their patients.

    LCTA has introduced a special discount of £1,000 off the first year’s course fees to students enrolling for Acupuncture or Tui Na beginner’s courses starting in October 2010 and paying their first year’s fees in full by 31st May 2010.

    Further information Tel: 020-8446 3332

    International Teaching Seminars Events

    NLP Hypnosis Certification Programme commences on 27 May 2010. Accredited by the International Society for Hypnosis Certification (ISFHC).

    International Trainer Training commences on 15 June 2010.

    Essential NLP Workshop will take place on 19 June 2010.

    NLP Practitioner Certification Programme commences September 2010.

    Robert Dilts - Fitness for the Future - Self-Leadership and Well-Being for Personal and Organizational Transformation. 6 May, 6.30-8pm, Hammersmith, West London.

    Further information Tel: 01268 777125

    College of Body Science Courses

    • Advanced Anatomy: The Back 5 May 2010.
    • Know Your Viscera. 22-24 May 2010.
    • Advanced Anatomy: Hands and Feet. 2 June 2010.
    • Know Your Nerves. 19-21 June 2010.
    • Advanced Anatomy: Circulation. 1 July 2010. 
    • Know Your Neuroanatomy. 14-15 July 2010.
    • Certificate in Body Science. 14-16 April, 10-12 May, 8-10 June 2010.
    Further information Tel: 0845 108 1088;  01934 733611;  

    Robert Holden's New Radio Show

    Robert Holden has announced his new, live radio show Shift Happens! Starting on 29 April 2010 10am PDT/1pm EDT/6pm BST. Join Robert every Thursday and ask him questions on subjects like success, happiness, relationships and your purpose. As part of the weekly show he will be featuring guests such as Tom Carpenter, Shawn Gallaway, Chuck Spezzano and Michael Neil.

    To participate in the shows you can either ask questions through the Shift Happens! Radio Show Facebook page or click to be redirected to the  Hay House Radio Website where you can find details of how to call in and talk to Robert live.


    Building Healthy Relationships - Voice Dialogue UK

    Voice Dialogue are running One-Day Workshops in Brighton on 5 June on Building  Healthy Relationships,  4 September on Befriending Your Inner Critic and 4 December on Decoding Your Dreams. Run by Level III student Jay Beichman Tel: 07817 404562. Another Level III student Jane Fox is organising a Befriending Your Inner Critic Workshop in Bridport, Dorset on 29 May 2010 Tel: 07792 056019.

    John Kent will lead a  one-day introduction to Voice Dialogue workshop for the Hampshire Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors in April and another for the Dorset Psychotherapists and Counsellors in October.

    Further information Tel: 07941 141377

    Seaweed Could Hold the Key in the Battle Against Obesity

    Benchmark research was presented by Scientists at Newcastle University that shows that seaweed alginate added to food could hold the key in the battle against obesity. A 100% natural weight management product, APPEsat, made from the same form of seaweed alginate is already widely available for those who want to lose weight. APPEsat's active ingredient is a Bioginate Complex, a patented plant complex extracted from kelp seaweed Laminaria digitata. Clinical trials have shown that APPEsat helps people control their appetite and reduce the amount of food they need to eat to feel full. When combined with a reduced calorie diet, it has also been shown to help overweight people to lose weight.

    Further information  

    Get Your Dream Bike with Team Green Britain Bike Week

    Team Green Britain Bike Week is 19-27 June. The UK's biggest mass participation cycling event is challenging everyone to rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling  as the most convenient way to get around.

    The week will see towns, villages and cities across the UK hosting free cycling events with the theme of everyday cycling for everyone. Events are open to all, from total novices to passionate cyclists.

    The money raised from the auctioned celebrity bikes will support cycling social enterprises and provide jobs for the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities and young people who are not in education.

    Further information

    Deep Tissue Massage for Plantar Fascitis

    Deep tissue massage can be used to help treat multiple sports-related injuries. One injury, commonly found in runners is plantar fascilitis. This is when the thick connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs the entire length of the bottom of the human foot, comes under strain; when the strain is too much, the plantar fascia is likely to tear. Deep tissue massage loosens muscle tissue, removes muscle toxins and ensures proper circulation of blood and oxygen to the injured area. It works because it physically breaks down the adhesions that are formed by tissues in the muscles caused by over exertion or strain.

    Further information contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
    Tel:  +001 619 574-6909;

    Survey Results Support the Health Practitioner Community

    BioCare® recently carried out a survey, which revealed that 40% of consumers feel visiting a Complementary Health Practitioner benefits their health. The poll of 3,000 Brits, showed that over a third of people would prefer to see a Complementary Health Practitioner than their GP. BioCare® offer a range of high quality nutritional supplements to consumers via Health Practitioners and health food stores throughout the UK ranging from probiotics to vitamins and multinutrients, unique fatty acids and complexes.

    Further information Tel: 0121 433 3727 

    Fruit From Heaven

    Baby Jackfruit, used for food and medicine across Southeast Asia, is still an unrecognized food in Europe. Recent findings had led to fruit extracts to treat problems such as dry eyes and night blindness. A natural source of  beta-carotene and lycopene, recent studies have fount that the levels it contains are unparalleled. Oil from the Baby Jackfruit contains other nutrients such as high levels of Vitamin E that increase the fruit's overall health benefits and its flesh is full of fatty acids.

    The first Baby Jackfruit product to be launched in the UK is in one a day capsules and is now available from Natur Boutique

    Thousands Attend Natural and Organic Products Europe Trade Show

    London's Olympia was buzzing with activity over 11-12 April as over  8000 people attended Europe's leading annual trade show for natural and organic products - Natural & Organic Products Europe. The two-day show included the launch of the latest Soil Association's Organic Market Report, which noted that whilst sales of organic product in the UK fell by 12.9% in 2009, there were clear signs of increasing confidence among consumers during the early months of this year. The winners of the Natural & Organic Awards included the winners of 17 categories including Best New Food Product, Best New Non-Food Product, Best New VMS Product, Best New Natural Beauty Product, Best New Sports Nutrition Product and Best New Organic Food Product.

    Further information Tel: 01273 645110

    Hypnotherapy for Hayfever

    Two young women have beaten their annual battle with hayfever by having their affliction cured completely using hypnotherapy.

    You can see Claire and Cassie talking abut their experiences with Hypnotherapist Sally Stubbs at

    Life Is Simple

    A series of lectures to help us to understand life and health take place at The Physic Garden, Rear 16 High Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3JJ. All lectures start at 7.30 pm.

    The Disease Process 18 May 2010. How do you truly get ill?

    Healthy Foetus and Baby. 15 June 2010.

    Childhood Diseases. 20 July 2010.

    Further information Tel: 01730 894635

    Organic Milk for Traditional Kefir

    Nourish Kefir, the natural probiotic yoghurt drink made in London is now produced with organic whole milk supplied from a farm in Bedfordshire. Small producer Carr Foods, has switched to using organic milk to enhance the quality and purity of their traditional kefir drink sold in independent health food shops around the UK.

    Nourish Kefir is sugar free, tastes slightly sour and creamy and is a refreshing drink for any time of the day and delicious over muesili or made into a smoothie.

    Further information

    RCT: Expanding Evidence-Based Cancer Treatment Options

    Reliable Cancer Therapies (RCT) is a Swiss, non-profit organization with a start capital of 5 million euro, that provides information on evidence-based cancer therapies and selectively funds the development of promising therapies. RCT is a developing website that provides scientifically checked information on evidence-based cancer treatments. It intends to expand reliable treatment options for cancer.

    Further information

    TCM and Cancer Management

    Managing cancer with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has gained popularity as some Western methods such as chemotherapy, have fallen out of favour.

    TCM has long held that many cancers can be managed with the right combination of Acupuncture and herbs. The most popular herbs are an important source of natural antioxidants. Rosemary for example, may detoxify substances that can initiate the breast cancer process. It is widely known that an imbalance of oestrogen hormones in women can contribute to breast cancer. Rosemary offers a safe, natural alternative by stimulating liver enzymes, which inactivate oestrogen hormones.

    Further information contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine:
    Tel: +001 619 574-6909;  www.PacificCollege.ed

    The Ancestor Diet

    Metabolic Typing Diet traces our genetic heritage back thousands of years to discover the best healthy eating habits. The theory behind the diet is that people's bodies metabolize carbohydrates and proteins at different rates. Protein Types metabolize carbohydrates quickly, so if they eat a meal composed of largely carbohydrates, their body will burn through these calories quickly, leaving them hungry again soon after.  For Carbohydrate Types the opposite is true.

    The CHEK Institute has developed a simple questionnaire to enable you to identify which type you are.

    Further information  

    Cycle from London to Paris

    Following the success of the sponsored bike ride in 2009, Doctors of the World UK (Médecins du Monde) is calling for more adventurous cyclist to sign up for the fifth London to Paris Bike Ride 2010. This three-day challenge covers almost 190 miles of stunningly colourful countryside and reaches Paris in time to see the professionals peddle up the Champs Elysées. Riders from the UK will be joined by a team from the French HQ. The team leaves London on 22 July, arriving at the Eiffel Tower in Paris by late afternoon on 24 July. Funds raised with be used to provide medical care to vulnerable people through projects around the world who are touched by natural disasters. Participants pay a £99 Registration Fee, then pledge to raise £1000 in sponsorship funds which covers all the trip costs.

    Further information
    Tel: 020-7515 7534

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