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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 182

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 182 - May 2011

Ritualising Birth: Birthlight Day Conference: Saturday 7 May 2011

Womb to World series 2010-2011, Conference 2:  Physiology and Birth Rituals Across Cultures

Birth Rituals

Birthlight’s Womb to World conference series addresses the interface between science, medicine and the social and cultural dimensions of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. This second event ‘Ritualising Birth’ will explore some examples of the complex relations between physiology and ritualised behaviour, science and cross-cultural traditions: swaddling versus movement of babies, interactive musicality, use or withdrawal of colostrum,  research findings on the placenta, fathers cutting the cord. 

Speakers include: Francoise Barbira Freedman, Wendy James, Colwyn Trevarthen, Pascal Odent, Abby Fowden,Liliana Lammers, Rob Williams and Sheila Kitzinger.

Birth rituals are not just ceremonies but the vast array of changing day to day practices through which we create culture around birth. Womb to World is linked to Born Today, a series of four events curated by Thereza Wells, Artakt, University of the Arts London for Wellcome Collection.

We hope that a large number of Birthlight members will be able to attend and that the conference will enrich your understanding and practice, offer an opportunity to listen to and meet outstanding speakers and enable exchange with colleagues from Birthlight and also from other organisations in a stimulating environment. Attendance at the events will count towards the non-teaching component of CPD for Birthlight Members.

Details and Further Information

Booking: Please book your place as soon as possible, booking form

Venue:  University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge CB2 1RU
Venue for the evening events: Clare Hall, Hershel Road, Cambridge



Hawkwood College:  Mindfulness and Breath: Optimise your Health and Wellbeing

Tutors: Dr David Beales FRCP MRCGP Dip Psych and Jonathan Nunn DO

Date: Saturday, 30 Jul - Sunday, 31 Jul 2011


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Learn how to breathe better by learning how you breathe now, then creating new conscious breathing patterns that can improve your health and well being. Biofeedback, breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation will be covered, helping you to appreciate the breath in a new and deep way and understand its pivotal role in physical, emotional and spiritual health. Led by a Doctor and an Osteopath, the course is suitable for anyone interested in mind/body balance and the process of awakening. Health practitioners and those undertaking professional development are also welcome. CPD certificates available on request.

Hawkwood is a lovely, welcoming venue with gardens, woodland, Cotswold views and delicious home cooking. Come and be looked after!

Tutor Information:

Nunn, Jonathan DO (Osteopathy) has over 30 years experience, including as a clinical tutor at the British School of Osteopathy and a Harley Street practitioner. He studied Theology and Comparative Religion at King's College London and currently runs a busy osteopathic practice in Gloucestershire. Tel. 01453 751345. Mob. 07976 278053. Email:

Beales, David FRCP MRCGP worked within the NHS as GP and physician until 2000 when he extended his holistic practice by further training in mind/body medicine, including mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive therapy. Books include Emotional Healing (Wiley 2009) and Science and the Holistic Approach. Tel. 01962 895782. 

Further Information

Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, Glos GL6 7QW. Tel:  01453 759034;

Booking Form:



Practitioner Diploma in New Homeopathic Micro-DNA Therapy

Highly diluted DNA has been used as a Homeopathic remedy for many years. It has been subject to provings and is included in Materia Medicas such as those compiled by Dr AO Julian and Dr R Murphy.

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Present Homeopathic DNA remedies include genetic material from various species and of unknown sequence. With a view to increasing the specificity of Homeopathic remediation, Dr. Marichal successfully established the use of highly purified DNA molecules of known sequence to help boost the activity of immune response genes to fight infections.

The use of highly diluted sequence specific DNA molecules to target health promoting genes is called New Homeopathy. That is because, even though it works on a “like-promotes-like principle”, it does not cause symptoms of disease in healthy subjects. The Homeovitality system uses the same principle.

Recently, scientists have shown that Homeopathic remedies prepared from plant extracts and human cancer tissues do promote the expression of genes that play an important role in killing cancer cells and slowing down their growth. With these new findings in mind, this entirely new course has been designed to give alternative health practitioners a basic understanding of molecular genetics of health and disease so that they can deliver the benefits of Homeopathy, New Homeopathy and Homeovitality to the community more effectively. 

Course enrolment is open to everyone. This distance learning course is presented in 9 modules: Cost is £285 + VAT for the 9 modules.


Participants who complete the course will be issued with a Diploma stating that they have achieved a satisfactory understanding of the benefits of and basic principles that underpin the use of gene targeting by Homeopathy, New Homeopathic micro-DNA therapy and Homeovitality. They will also be able to use the title NDTP (New Homeopathic micro-DNA Therapy Practitioner). Those who wish to have only a brief introduction to basic chemistry and cell biology will be issued with a Certificate on satisfactory completion of the first 3 modules. They will not, however be permitted to use the title NDTP.

Further Information

Applications and payments are to be submitted to

Your tutor, Dr Peter H Kay can be contacted at  His academic CV can be supplied on request. Contact details will be supplied on course enrolment..



Fountain of Youth Exercises:  For Vitality, Radiance, Joy and Fulfilment in Fifteen Minutes

by Naomi Sophia Call

Published by Findhorn Press. 2011. Softback. £12.99. $19.95. ISBN 978-1-84409-528-5.

If there are secrets to ageing gracefully, then there is no doubt that many of them can be found in the pages of Fountain of Youth Exercises. Naomi Call offers an inspiring and achievable recipe for a joyful, healthy life. Drawing upon the ancient wisdom of Tibetan monks, yoga and chi practitioners, and indigenous people, she has created a manual filled with unique exercise and lifestyle ingredients designed to help anyone, of any age, live with vitality and look great.

Fountain of Youth Exercises

The inspiring models in Call’s book are all real practitioners of yoga ranging in age from their mid 50s to their 90s. Call offers several different modifications to the asanas meaning that no matter what level of flexibility you have, you can still practise the poses.

Fountain of Youth Exercises offers a combination of Do-In (an ancient technique of self-massage that strengthens the chi and warms the body from the inside out), yoga poses, breathing exercises, meditation in motion, healthy cuisine and lifestyle, and longevity tools for the mind and spirit. With illustrations of all the exercises and advice on how to adapt them for a less than athletic body Call ensures that any reader, no matter what their degree of flexibility is, will be able to start gently exercising and improving their physical, mental and spiritual health.

Fountain of Youth Exercises will help the reader to: live in radiant health, be flexible and strong at any age and live with clarity and energy.

About the Author

Naomi Sophia Call is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher with advanced certifications and 30 years experience of teaching and consulting in the Healing Arts. Her primary focus is working with older adults and people in chronic pain. She is also the author of Yoga in Bed.

Further Information

Available from Amazon

and Findhorn Press



Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis & Have Strong Bones for Life—Naturally

by Lara Pizzorno MA LMT with Jonathan V Wright MD

Published by Praktikos Books. 2011. Softback. £6.58. $12. ISBN 978-1-60766-007-1.


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A decade ago, author Lara Pizzorno was diagnosed with osteopenia—a loss of bone density. Today, by following the recommendations in this authoritative title, she has strong, healthy bones. The medicines prescribed for osteoporosis should be your last choice: not only do they have terrible side effects; they cause retention of old, brittle bone instead of creating new, healthy bone!

Osteoporosis is a widespread problem. Nearly one-third of all women and one-sixth of all men will suffer an osteoporotic hip fracture. The most catastrophic of fractures, hip fracture leads to death in 12-20% of cases and long-term nursing home care for over 50% of those who survive.

Your Bones outlines what is putting you at risk for osteoporosis and explains why conventional medicine is not the answer for strong bones. It tells you how to have strong bones for life—highlighting safe, natural, and effective prevention and treatment strategies. It is a down-to-earth handbook written in a style which is as easy to read as the tips and insights on bone-building living are easy to implement.

About the Authors

Lara Pizzorno MA LMT is the managing editor for Longevity Medicine Review and senior medical editor for SaluGenecists, Inc. She is co-author of Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, and editor of The World's Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating

Jonathan V Wright MD is the founder and medical director of Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington. With advanced degrees from Harvard and the University of Michigan, Dr Wright has been at the forefront of natural biomedical research and treatment since 1973 and has written many best-selling books including Your Stomach, also published by Praktikos Books.

Further Information

Your Bones is available from Amazon

and from Praktikos Books 



Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum – Natural Health Beauty Awards Winner 2011

For an extra-special, anti-ageing treatment that effectively firms, smoothes and softens the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps keep the complexion looking young and fresh, and uses only 100% pure, natural ingredients, look at Living Nature’s certified natural skin care range from New Zealand.  Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum was voted Winner in the Skin Serum category of the Natural Health Beauty Awards 2011.

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In-vitro tests at the highly respected ABICH Laboratories in Italy, have confirmed that the advanced, all-natural formulation of Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum maximizes the healing and renewal process of the skin that takes place during sleep.  Crucially, Firming Flax Serum was shown to increase synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally produced by skin and gives it its firmness and protection against moisture loss, by up to 86% after 48 hours after exposure.

Firming Flax Serum draws on the powerful therapeutic properties of some of New Zealand’s unique natural botanicals, to provide skin with a vital boost of hydration and nourishment.  Active Manuka Honey is included in this unique rejuvenating serum for its ultra-moisturising, nourishing, rejuvenating and protecting benefits.  This special New Zealand honey possesses the ability to attract and retain moisture, ensuring skin is properly hydrated, and its highly nutritious nature effectively nourishes and nurtures skin to keep it soft, supple and smooth. 

Manuka Honey also possesses special antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help stimulate the body’s natural repair processes, aid rapid recovery, and prevent inflammation or infection of broken skin. Harakeke, the New Zealand Flax plant, also provides Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum with intense soothing, hydrating, antiseptic and healing benefits and Rosehip oil is included for its potent antioxidant properties that help prevent signs of ageing on the skin.

Further Information

Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum is available from a nationwide network of salons, pharmacies and health stores, by mail order and online.  For further information, contact Living Nature (UK) on Tel: 0845 2508455;



Sarah’s Last Wish

Mark Westley and his wife, Dianne raised their six children on a charming country property. The Westleys were a typical, close-knit Australian family who enjoyed happy, healthy lives - until the day eleven-year-old Sarah was struck down by a severe mystery illness. Sarah’s parents rushed her to several small country hospitals in search of help. Yet before adequate tests had been performed, doctors announced that Sarah was pregnant - an outrageous misdiagnosis that triggered a devastating chain of events for the family. It was only when Sarah was finally transferred to a large teaching hospital that doctors discovered the true diagnosis: a rare condition they had never seen before…and wanted to study.


Sarah's Last Wish


When Mark and Dianne asked the usual questions about their daughter’s treatment, doctors stonewalled them. Unable to penetrate the strange medical secrecy surrounding Sarah’s case, her parents set out on their own to find the best treatment available for their daughter. However, two of Sarah’s doctors had other ideas, and summoned the help of a government department with police powers to force their will on the young girl. The unsuspecting family suddenly found themselves up against a powerful industry and an utterly ruthless state system. Nothing could have prepared them for the horrors they would have to face…

A chilling glimpse into the dark side of health care.

The true story of a brave young girl claiming her right to live and die with dignity. 

...and of a few heroic health professionals who put everything on the line to help her.

Her last wish is already changing the system…

Further Information

To read the first chapter visit

To purchase the entire book visit



Swine Flu – What Parents Need to Know

by Terence Stephenson DM FRCP FRCPCH
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2010. Paperback.  £7.99 / US$12.95. ISBN: 978-1-84905-085-2.


Swine Flu book cover

Conflicting information in the UK about the swine flu epidemic has left many parents anxious and confused. In this clear and concise book, leading paediatrician Professor Terence Stephenson presents all of the key facts about swine flu, and explains in plain and simple English what every parent needs to know about the virus, including:

      •  What is swine flu?
      •  Just how dangerous is it?
      •  What are the symptoms?
      •  What treatments are available?
      •  Is swine flu more dangerous in children and, if so, why?
      •  What can we learn from past pandemics?

This useful book gives clear guidance for parents and carers in the United Kingdom and also offers simple yet effective tips for helping children to avoid contracting swine flu. It also includes a full list of Frequently Asked Questions with clear, honest and down-to-earth answers.

This is a must-read book for any parent who feels confused about swine flu, or worried about how best to protect their child, and for anyone working with children.

About the Author
Professor Terence Stephenson DM FRCP FRCPCH is President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK. He is Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, and a practising Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College Hospital, London.

Further Information

Available from Amazon

And Jessica Kingsley Publishers



Sanda Wellness Body Rebalance And Cleanse Programme

Sanda Wellness, the team behind the world famous resort The Beach House in Goa and their highly experienced Naturopath Christopher Pick are to launch The Body Re-Balance & Cleanse Program - the ultimate at home detox product.


Sanda Body Rebalance


The benefits of a full body cleanse such as this are many and long lasting, including reducing the risk of bowel and breast cancer as well as improving general energy and vitality, having clearer skin, a flatter stomach and weight loss. It can also help reduce the risk and lessen the effects of the conditions IBS and Crohn’s disease.*1

Christopher Pick ND a Naturopath with over 20 years clinical experience in private practice is keen to highlight the importance of breaking the taboo and understanding the serious health implications of having a toxic bowel.  He found that 46% of 800 patients tested showed indications of having a toxic large bowel.*1

The Body Rebalance & Cleanse Program from Sanda Wellness Ltd is an extensive month long programme undertaken in the comfort of the home using tried and tested products to ensure a positive outcome from a gentle detoxification program. A detailed 26 page instruction manual guides users through every step of the programme; Christopher Pick ND also provides online support for all customers to help ensure the full benefits of the cleanse programme are realized.

The Body Rebalance & Cleanse Program starts with the Remove Formula followed by the Replenish Formula and Rebuild Formula lastly the Support & Assist formula. The formulas include natural ingredients such as kelp, spirulina along with vitamins and minerals. Christopher Pick ND has launched his new book Body Rebalance & Colon Cleansing, which details the importance of colon cleansing for fulfilling health potential. Sanda Wellness is giving away the book to the first 1,000 purchasers of The Body Rebalance & Cleanse Programme


1*: Christopher Pick ND, The Health of The Nation, based on over 800 nutritional urine screens was published in the Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine – April 2002.

Further Information

Any treatments or products that we offer have been proven by us in clinical practice in the U.K. and in our health retreats in Goa, India.



Ultrasound Pain Relief at Home

A new, therapeutic ultrasound device for home use is now available from Cosyfeet. The first of its type, the Ultralieve Pro® treats pain, swelling and inflammation in the same way that doctors and physios have done for decades.


The handheld Ultralieve Pro® emits a high frequency ultrasound vibration which penetrates damaged tissue. Heat is created deep within the injury, easing pain and reducing inflammation.  At the same time localised blood flow is increased, helping to speed up healing. A typical treatment will take from 5 to 15 minutes depending on the injury.

Ultrasound can be used to successfully treat arthritic pain, muscle aches and pains, back and neck ache, knee problems, shoulder injuries, sprains and strains, sciatica, foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis.

Simple to use, a booklet gives instructions about appropriate length and intensity of treatment, and a gel is supplied which enables the ultrasound waves to be transmitted through the skin. No pain is created during use and a comprehensive list of contra-indications is supplied. (For instance, Ultralieve Pro® should not be used over pacemakers, or over electronic or metal implants.)

Further Information
The Ultralieve Pro® is priced at £149.00. For more information call Tel: 01458 447275; www.cosyfeet



Lifegain – Soy Isoflavone New Drink Product

The creation of an innovative drink using soy beans heralds the birth of a new breed of lifestyle supplement in the UK. This lifestyle supplement has been available in South Africa for over 10 years where it has helped thousands of individuals get the body they want, keep themselves in tiptop condition and recover from illness.


Lifegain Soy Isoflavone


Now Lifegain has arrived on our shores with its unique formula providing a whole host of important nutrients to help maintain good health, including essential and non-essential amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, a range of vitamins, fatty acids and fibre.

The vanilla flavoured drink also contains a powerful triple formula of soy, whey and milk proteins combined with 19 amino acids, essential for body repair, growth and fat metabolism, a must for anyone wanting efficient recovery, whether from a hard session in the gym or a bout of the flu.

What really sets Lifegain apart from the pack however is that it’s full of soy isoflavones, which have been seen to have a large range of benefits. Just one serving of Lifegain contains 66mg of isoflavones. These miracle molecules are well known for helping with osteoporosis and promoting a healthy circulatory system; just 25g of Soy Protein a day (40-90mg isoflavones) can help control blood cholesterol and therefore promote a healthy hear

Combining soy with the other nutrients and vitamins means Lifegain helps your body to stay healthy…keeping your body in tip-top condition has never been so easy.

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    Alliance of Crystal Practitioners and Healers (ACPH)

    Earlier this year, five colleges specializing in Crystal Therapy came together with the single aim to improve public awareness that Crystal Therapy has an important contribution to make to the field of Complementary Therapy. All these schools teach Crystal Therapy to the highest standard and with similar aspirations and enthusiasm. The Alliance of Crystal Practitioners and Healers (ACPH) intends to uphold the highest standards of Crystal Healing and to work together and support their students. At the same time they want to spread the knowledge of the true healing power of crystals when applied by accredited Crystal Therapists.


    Further information contact Linda Priest on Tel: 01488 683794

    Reflexology Summer School

    The Reflexology Summer School 2011 is taking place on 20-22 May in Harrogate and will be an opportunity to discover and learn different methods and techniques with six diverse workshops being held over three days. They include practical hands-on sessions and presentations on VRT, ART, Maternity and Fertility Reflexology, Back and Spine issues, plus much more, including time to exchange Reflexology treatments and a chance to meet and discuss ideas with other Reflexologists. The workshops are suitable for all practising Reflexologists and will qualify for 20 CPD points.


    Further information Tel: 01823 351010 School programme.pdf

    Speed Up Sports Injury Recovery

    Neo G, one of the UK’s leading specialist medical supports companies, has launched an innovative new range of breathable supports with embedded silver and aloe vera. The Rehab Xcelerator range includes products which promise to help injured gym goers recover more quickly from injury and workout without worsening existing problems. The whole range is 100%breathable and has Neo G’s exclusive targeted compression system. The range has 100% cotton linings which have been embedded with silver threads to increase blood circulation and accelerate rehabilitation, and also has embedded aloe vera, renowned for the assistance and refinement of skin tone.


    Further information Tel: 01423 523000

    Support for Psoriasis Sufferers

    One million Brits suffer with psoriasis; the condition can have a significant impact on the lives of sufferers, both physically and mentally. It is estimated that a diagnosis of psoriasis may claim the lives of 350 sufferers each year through suicide. 78% of females surveyed felt that psoriasis had most impacted on their confidence, yet 94% of GPs don’t have time to ask psoriasis sufferers what impact the condition is having on the patient’s life. Leading Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous is calling for more support and information for those living with psoriasis and welcomes a new website to deal with this.


    Further information:

    May Nature and Spirit Weekend Retreat

    May 20-22 sees a retreat being held in at a beautiful non-profit making Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Northern California run by Catriona MacGregor, author of Partnering Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth is a three day, two night retreat in the Sierra Nevada foothills, ringed by deep green hillsides and bordering the Tahoe National Forest. The serene house was lovingly built in 1990 and walls are made from rammed earth. While there is electricity from the grid available, power is primarily gathered by an array of solar panels on a hill behind the house.


    Further information:

    Bioenergetics is…

    Most people have never heard of Bioenergetics, and of those who have, most do not know what it is. The Lowen Foundation is embarking on a mission to define Bioenergetics in plain common language terms and bring it to a whole new generation. Upcoming events include: TRE Workshop with Dr David Breceli on 20-22 May in New Canaan, CT, USA; Bioenergetics – A Vibrant Way to Health workshop with Heiner Steckel and Anna Miller, Croatia, Europe; Back to Basics – A Bioenergetics Workshop with Anna Miller, Santorini Island, Greece and A Bioenergetic Four Day Retreat workshop with Anna Miller in Sint-Tuiden, Belgium.


    Further information Tel: 203-966-3474

    Help for Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that currently affects about one in every two hundred people according to research published in BMC Medicine. Most patients find some relief from their symptoms by treatment with antipsychotics, however they may still suffer from cognitive and negative symptoms. In a crossover study, ten patients with schizophrenia were given either 6g of L-Lysine or a placebo every day for four weeks. Each of the patients had been on a stable dose of medication for the past three months and had been free from psychotic episodes for two months before the study began. Eight of the patients responded to L-lysine treatment, as shown by an increase in blood lysine levels.


    Further information Tel: 020-3192 2370;

    Soothe Digestive Discomfort Naturally with GastroMel

    In the UK a shocking 4 in 10 of us admits to suffering regularly from digestive discomfort; many more suffer in silence. GastroMel is a new natural solution that has just been launched in the UK, produced by honeybees. The bees are fed a diet of powerful herbs for balancing and stabilizing the digestive system; the active ingredients of the herbs then enter the honey they produce. One spoon twice a day can soothe the symptoms of digestive discomfort, including IBS, indigestion, stomach aches and reflux issues in the upper digestion caused by an imbalance of stomach acids.


    Further information: GastroMel is available from healthfood stores nationwide.

    Hayfever Season

    With the hayfever season kicking in, Boots is on hand with a range of new products to help relieve  symptoms. Allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and congestion may be significantly reduced with Boots Pharmaceuticals Electronic Allergy Device. Alternatively you might like to use Boots Pharmaceuticals Multi Allergy Test Kit, a quick and convenient home allergy test to help people with asthma, eczema, hay fever and other allergy-related conditions.


    To find out about these and many more allergy-related products

    Star Clippers Greece and Turkey Yoga Cruise

    Tall ship specialist Star Clippers is offering guests free daily Yoga and Meditation this August as part of two Yoga-themed cruises in the Aegean Sea on board the 170-passenger tall ship, Star Clipper. Qualified Yoga Teacher, Christel Vollmer will be holding the daily sessions of Ashtanga Yoga, also known as Power Yoga on deck in the cool morning air, with a second session just before sunset, including meditation. The two cruises are Southern Cyclades departs from Athens on 16 August and calls at Rhodes, Bodrum, the Dalyan River, Santorini and Hydra and Northern Cyclades also on the Star Clipper, departs Athens on 13 August and calls at Kusadasi, Patmos, Amorgos, Mykonos and Monemvasia. Each itinerary includes a day at sea for extra relaxation and contemplation.


    Further information Tel: 0845 200 6145;

    Kids Using Complementary Therapies

    A new study has shown that children are using more Complementary Therapies than adults. In America, 80% of teenagers used Complementary Therapies, twice the adult rate. When 290 Australian children with ADHD were studied, 65% were found to be using alternative therapies. It is thought that around 50-75% of US teenagers use Complementary remedies and 18-37% of children in the UK. Often it is the parents of the sickest children or those with chronic conditions who are the biggest users. Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in New  Zealand has been gearing up its teaching program for the global demand.


    Further information:

    VitaNat Supplement for Bone Health

    VitaNat has been re-launched with its Bone Health benefit as the stand-out feature on the label. The bone health benefit in VitaNat is provided by natto, one of the richest natural sources of vitamin K. Natto is a traditional breakfast food in Japan, prepared by fermenting Soya beans and associated with superior bone health. Osteocalcin, the protein responsible for the deposition of calcium in bones, needs an adequate supply of vitamin K to be fully activated.


    Further information 0115 912 4370;

    Junk Food and Low IQ

    Recent press headlines that a junk food diet may damage children’s IQ have highlighted the potential value of nutritional supplements. According to researchers at Bristol University writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, there is a link between a diet high in processed foods and a slightly lower IQ. By comparison, youngsters whose diets are packed full of vitamins and nutrients tend to have a higher IQ, even after taking into account such factors as mother’s level of education and social class. Principle Healthcare has formulated a range especially for children from 3 years upwards called Vit Heroes. Vit Heroes are totally free from artificial colours, sweeteners and preservatives.


    Further information:  Vit Heroes are available from branches of Asda and Morrisons and leading independent pharmacies.

    London Green Fair

    London’s biggest free green event is launched. It is the first ever and an exciting evolution of the Camden Green Fair. Spanning two days, the London Green Fair, powered by wind, solar energy and hydrogen, is an event that reflects the green aspirations and achievements of London. Innovative and exciting, the show will boast over 10 different ecological zones, and some firsts for London, including the crowning ceremonies and grande finale for Miss Earth UK, the revival of Wango Riley’s travelling stage and the travelling bike music troubadours, ethical fashion shows, health and healing area, speakers and conference and huge children’s area containing all free, natural and organic play.


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    Dancing With The Midwives

    Dancing with the Midwives, A Memoir of Art and Grief shows grief as a profoundly beautiful experience. The book has an unusual approach to a difficult subject makes it unique and important. Ann Faison takes a non-linear approach to telling her story of transformation after her child died in utero. Poetry and short prose describe each moment when something in her shifts.


    Further information Tel: +1 707-939-9212

    Knead – Allergy Friendly Baking

    Knead, the allergy friendly baking company produces delicious cakes and sweet treats for those with multiple allergies. Research has shown that if you are sensitive to one allergen, unfortunately this usually opens you up to a whole host of other ones. Knead is launching online with six core products, catering for everything from breakfasts to desserts including chocolate chip cookies, ginger cookies, mini blueberry muffins, mini lemon and poppy seed muffins, carrot cake and chocolate brownies. All products are freshly made and don’t include any additives or preservatives. Knead also offers a bespoke baking service for celebration cakes and parties.


    Further information  Tel: 07920 102284; 

    Wholistic Healing Publications

    Wholistic Healing Publications offers summaries of leading edge explorations in Spiritual Awareness and Wholistic Healing, Wholistic Approaches, Complementary Therapies, Technology, Environment and Human Ecology. They are now offering new workshops on WHR. The WHEE Level 1 Practitioner Workshop will take place in New York. Day 1: 10 June 2011 – Personal experiential learning, Day 2: 16 September 2011 – Instructing individuals in WHEE. WHEE Level 1 Practical Workshop also in New York.


    Further information Tel: (609) 714-1885; (866) 823-4214;

    Anni’s Cancer Companion

    Anni Matthews was a remarkable and generous woman who sadly, lost her battle with cancer – but she died fighting and left behind a legacy that has become Anni’s Cancer Companion. When Anni was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided to do something really valuable with the experience. She researched every possible therapy that she believed would help her chances, carefully recording the efficacy and side-effects of each one. From the value of green tea, garlic and new drugs like Herceptin, to how targeted drugs work and the reason why chemotherapy may cause hair loss.


    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;

    Robert Dilts NLP Workshop

    International Training Seminars is preparing for the latest in a long line of new programmes. New Tools for a World of Transformation takes place on 5-8 May 2011 with Robert Dills, Evening Seminars are being held by Tim Halborn, Robert Dilts and Ian McDermott. The bi-annual Essential NLP Workshop will take place with Ian McDermott on 2 July 2011.


    Further Information Tel: 01268 777125;

    Mucus May Not Protect

    New Tel Aviv University research has found that mucus, which was thought to protect our bodies against harmful pollutants, may in fact leave our bodies more vulnerable to them. The bad news however, has a silver lining. Dr Michael Gozin and Dr Dan Peer of TAU’s Raymond and Beverly Sackier Faculty of Exact Sciences are reporting that one day, their discovery may prove useful in enabling some drugs to enter cells and treat diseases like cancer. Their research, reported in the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Research in Toxicology, overturns existing scientific belief about the human body and provides a new pathway to future research.


    Further information Tel: 212.742.9070, ext 117;

    Regular Breakfast Helps Reduce Lead Poisoning in Children

    It is well known that fasting increases lead absorption in adults; consequently regular meals and snacks are recommended for children to prevent lead poisoning. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health demonstrates that having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children. Breakfast habits are determined by family tendencies with both parents and grandparents of children who ate breakfast tending to be professionals or more educated.


    Further information Tel: 020-3192 2370;

    Silver Care Oral Health

    A new range of innovative toothbrushes may use silver as their secret weapon, but studies show they win the gold medal when it comes to oral hygiene. Silver Care utilizes the anti bacterial properties of silver to solve the problem of bacteria being held on the toothbrush bristles. The range uses a silver plated head into which the bristles are inserted. When the brush is run under water, silver ions are released which have the effect of killing off bacteria on the bristles and head, leaving your brush sparkling clean ready for the next time you use it.


    Further information Tel: 0870 609 1180;


  • Seaweed as Superfood

    Comprehensive nutrient balance found in no other natural food but seaweed: colon health, weight loss

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