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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 199

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 199 - October 2012

 The October 2012 Quilligan Seminars : Tribute to Elinor Ostrom 1934 -2012

Tuesday 23 October 2012; 9:30 am-5:00pm

Ticket: £30 (to cover expenses)

Venue: Indian YMCA,, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ

The School of Commoning and the CommonsRising Health & Well-being group convene this seminar-gathering. Given the personal, organisational, institutional, financial and environmental challenges of our time, what is next to emerge in the evolution of healthcare?


How will it be related to the Commons? This gathering is about (re)discovering and  (re)designing the Commons of Health and rethinking the connectedness with the professional healthcare sector. What does this commons look like and how would it affect the functioning of our current existing healthcare model? How can we co-produce a fair, sustainable and equitable healthcare system that serves communities and takes stewardship of our shared resources?

What is the role and importance of Elinor Ostrom’s design-principles in this (re-)design?

Come and explore together the fundamental principles and rules underlying the design of a new sustainable healthcare system.

The Transformational Potential of the Commons in our Lives: 5 seminars in 5 days

James Quilligan,  co-founder and policy development director of the Coalition for the Global Commons (2007-2008) will help us explore many new developments in the dawning world of the commons. 

Monday 22 Oct:  How landtrusts provide deeply practical solutions for resource management. Why they are beginning to evolve into bioregional trusts, encompassing large, transboundary ecosystems;

Tuesday 23 Oct: How closing the gap between resource consumers and resource producers allows people to reclaim power over their own healthcare. The new story of health;

Wednesday 24 Oct: How our fiscal, financial and monetary structures have been captured by political and monied interests and how the decision-making for these economic systems can be restored to the common citizen;

Thursday 25 Oct: How generative conversations can reduce the disconnection and powerlessness in society and create new forms of political accountability and trust;

On Friday 26 Oct: Convened by MP Michael Meacher and Lord Andrew Phillips, we will assess today’s dysfunctional political economy and demonstrate how new leverage points for change can mobilize a commons-based society.

Further Information and Registration


Overview of October Seminars:


NLP Conference 2012: Neuro-Linguistic Programming in London


9 - 11 November 2012

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in London

The NLP conference is an annual event held in London every November which brings together some of the foremost NLP Trainers in the world to share recent innovations and developments in the field. It is an outstanding opportunity to meet and network with like minded people who are using NLP to make a difference to people's lives in areas as diverse as education, health, business and coaching.

This year the conference welcomes Michael Grinder and Art Giser who are running full day workshops on Friday 9th November, as well as an education stream with a choice of 2 parallel sessions on Friday and a half day with Michael Grinder on Saturday. Master of non-verbal communication, Michael Grinder, will give delegates the tools they need to connect more effectively, be they friends, clients, staff, suppliers, customers or bosses. This workshop will teach delegates how to become more credible, confident and persuasive in their life, business, career and relationships.

Art Giser is the originator of Energetic NLP, a unique blend of NLP, transformative energy work and spiritual development. Everyone was born with the abilities to read and transform energy blocks and programming in themselves and others. But we have been programmed by society to turn off these abilities. In this workshop participants will connect with their “Miraculous Self” and start immediately using their hidden gifts to work with energy. They will learn concepts and processes that they can use immediately to enhance and expand their work with clients and to enhance their own health, success, personal development and joy.

Other international NLP Trainers taking part include Frank Pucelik, Ian McDermott, Michael Hall, Wyatt Woodsmall, James Geary, John McWhirter, Laureli Blythe, Judith Lowe, Julian Russell, James Lawley and Penny Tomkins.

One very exciting session is a 5 rhythms workshop on Sunday afternoon with Julian Russell and Sarah Davies. Wooing people is a key competency for anyone engaging with people, leading people, running a business, selling, networking or seeking a dynamic social life. During this workshop participants will dance to five rhythms to experiment with how we build deep rapport and connection, and will learn an approach that gets us ‘in sync’ first with ourselves, and then with others.

Further Information

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Woman Balance Menopausal Essence Kit from Flower Essences of Australia Range

Developed and carefully blended for the Menopausal Woman in mind using flowers essence that are part of the Australian Aboriginal's ancient healing traditional.

Flower Essences of Australia Range

Woman balance Menopausal Essence kits contains three flower essence combinations which are designed to compliment each other and work together. They are tailor made with women in mind especially when going though the emotional and physical changes that can occur during the menopause.

The three essence combinations are:

  • Woman balance: Supports feeling emotionally balance when experiencing hormonal conditions, irregularity, PMT, Bloating, Menopausal symptoms;
  • Detox Essence:  A blend which is of benefit when wanting to clear a negative self image and past toxic emotions about ones self as a woman which can result in weight issues;
  • Dynamic recovery: A combination which gives a woman that much needed boost in times when extra demands are made on her energy. A balanced endocrine system is one of the keys to good health.

How to use the essences together: these combinations can be used together or individually at different times depending on the need.

Suggested Use: Woman balance combo can be taken as a base line essence by taking 7 drops orally in the morning and again in the evening. It is then beneficial to take 7 drops of Detox essence in the evening so that it can work on the system during the night, following it by 7 drops of Dynamic recovery first thing in the morning to set one up for the day.

Further Information

Available from Flowersense: Tel: 01963250750;  cost for the Kit: £19.95.

Massage Tables and Treatment Couches - Marsh Couch UK

Marshcouch is now the longest established UK manufacturer /supplier of portable massage tables & treatment couches and has a range unsurpassed by any other supplier. Marsh Couch now also provide special pre-natal couch / maternity couch for expectant mothers.

Affinity Sienna Couch

Marsh Couch specialise in custom built treatment couches specifically designed to actually fit the therapists using them.

  • Custom Massage Tables & Couches
  • Multi Height Treatment Tables & Couches
  • Specialist Tables & Couches
  • Reiki Tables & Couches
  • Alexander Technique Tables & Couches
  • McTimoney Tables & Couches

About the Couches

Marshcouch use the best Scandinavian softwoods and the finest sustainable hardwood to produce maximum strength and rigidity with minimum weight.

The couches are covered with a high density, fire retardant foam padding and upholstered to a very high standard of finish in fabric, vinyl or leather.

Make your choice of height, width and upholstery and Marshcouch will build your couch specially for you, normally within 14 days. Marshcouch are always pleased to help and advise you when making your choice.

Affinity Sienna Couch

4- leg cable suspension couch, with adjustable height, adjustable face cradle & armrest, open access end plates for seated practitioner comfort

Marshcouch 4 Massage Couch

The Marshcouch Multiheight is one of the most technically advanced couches available and incorporated a simple and instant height adjustment mechanism, unique to Marshcouch. The 4 leg system cable suspension offers exceptional strength combined with excellent lateral stability and is particularly suited for use in Teaching establishments, clinics, Health Centres, sports clubs and beauty salons etc, where several therapists use the couch and require different working heights

Marshcouches are durable, strong and designed to give years of service. Marshcouch offers a refurbishing service should it become necessary to repair or recover your couch in future years, in addition to our comprehensive three year guarantee.

Further Information

Please contact Nigel Marshall on Tel: 01442 263199;

Medical Seminar 2012 for Medical Practitioners

At Viva Mayr in Austria, 1 December – 8 December 2012

You are invited to the Viva Mayr Medical Seminar with Dr. Harald Stossier to be held at his renowned clinic - the Viva Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine in Maria Wörth, Austria.

Viva Mayr

The seminar is open to a select number of delegates with a maximum of 10-12. In order to fully understand the fundamentals of the Modern Mayr Medicine and to personally experience and benefit from the healing principles of the cure, Dr Stossier recommends a minimum stay of 7 days which is the duration of this medical seminar.

Seminar Topics to be Covered

  • Therapy management for food intolerances and dysbiosis;
  • Selected chapters in Diagnostic according to Mayr;
  • Diagnostics for food intolerances and dysbiosis;
  • Disease management in the Modern Mayr Therapy for food intolerances;
  • Applied Kinesiology Testing;
  • Orthomolecular Medicine;
  • Cooking advices for different intolerances.


Dr Harald Stossier (Head Physician), Dr Stephan Domenig (MD), Emanuela Fischer (Chef)

Total cost: 2800,00 Euros including seminar, accommodation and therapy           

This special offer includes accommodation (standard single room, seminar fee and:

  • Your personalized Viva Mayr diet (all food and drink during your stay);
  • Your individual Viva Mayr medical treatments and therapies (this includes an initial medical consultation);
  • Applied Kinesiology testing;
  • Nutritional consultation;
  • Colonics as needed and as prescribed by a doctor;
  • Massages including lymphatic drainage;
  • Manual abdominal therapy;
  • Kneipp therapies;
  • Final medical check-up;
  • Medical seminar.

Flights, supplements, lab tests, vitamin infusions and beauty treatments and products are not included in this special rate.


VIVA – Academy, Kerstin Unterköfler

Please make a 50 % payment to guarantee your application

Further Information

Please contact Carolyn on Tel: 07973 600875;

FlexxiCore Passive Exerciser

5 -10 minutes on this Revolutionary Passive Exerciser can transform your back care, energy levels, sleep quality & more


The FlexxiCore Passive Exerciser is the culmination of decades of therapeutic knowledge and experience, from Japan - where ‘Goldfish exercise’ has a long history and in Canada where ‘Continuous Passive Motion’ [CPM] equipment was invented in the 1970s by a specialist in treating backs. CPM equipment is used by osteopaths and other back care professionals to ease spinal problems by encouraging the flow of synovial fluid between the discs. This helps to reduce inflammation and ease pain by supplying nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, and helping to expel the toxins that arise from inflammation.

The oscillatory motion utilized by CPM mirrors some of the techniques used in therapies such as Shiatsu [Japan], Trager [USA] and the harmonic hands-on work of Osteopaths themselves. These manual techniques aim at releasing tension and inducing relaxation. Research has shown that the high incidence of back pain can be largely attributed to a chronic inability to relax, physically and/or mentally. Meanwhile a rocking motion is known to help synchronize brain waves and calm the nervous system.

The FlexxiCore Passive Exerciser combines the invigorating and toning effects of the energizing exercisers invented by the Japanese with the therapeutic back care benefits of specialist CPM equipment - at a fraction of the cost. You just lie down, put your feet up, and let the FlexxiCore’s robust motor do all the work. An elegant and rhythmic wave of oscillating ‘goldfish’ movement travels through your body, releasing tension and stress, while stimulating your body’s energy and circulatory systems.

The muscles relax, and tension that has been held through bad posture, misalignment or stress is released. The nervous system is gently but powerfully stimulated. This results in a boost to circulation of the blood and lymph systems, deeper respiration and lots more fundamental benefits that can often surprise - as the system moves on to a higher level, many longstanding symptoms of imbalance and other health challenges can be relieved.

The FlexxiCore’s ability to simultaneously stimulate the system and release tension at comfortable speed levels means that it is not only fit and healthy people who can enjoy it. People suffering from a broad range of ailments very often see very substantial benefits - generally falling into one or more of these 4 categories:

  1. Poor energy - stimulating the nervous system, deeper breathing, boosting blood and lymph circulation;
  2. Musculo-skeletal - gentle mobilisation of the hips and back, release of tension, muscle toning, realignment;
  3. Digestive system - gentle & deeply acting massage of the internal organs;
  4. Stress – many report a transformation in their mental / emotional state, including better sleep.

Further Information

Please contact Energy for Health Ltd on Tel. 08456 120 129; Fax: 08721 154406;

Theta Healing Courses

The Theta Healing Centre offers the full range of certified Theta Healing Practitioner courses.

Theta Healing Foundation Course

Fri 26th Oct - Fr 2nd Nov 2012, London; Pre-requisite: None

Catherine Shaw and Kiwiroa Marshal

Catherine Shaw and Kiwiroa Marshal

This 7-day Intensive incorporates the 3-day Theta Healing Basic Course, the 3-day Theta Healing Advanced Course and the 1-day Digging Workshop, the foundation of the ThetaHealing curriculum.

Course Curriculum: The  7-day intensive will include:

  • How to use the Theta brainwave to tap into Infinite Source and remove limiting beliefs instantly and easily;
  • Instantly teach yourself new feelings so you can experience new things in your life, co-create and manifest what you want in your life;
  • How to look inside the human body;
  • How to activate your Youth and Vitality chromosomes and your 12-strands of DNA;
  • How to work with the 4 different levels of beliefs:
  • How to instantly receive positive new feelings and experiences at an energetic level;
  • How to recognize, and connect with the 7 planes of existence for healing;
  • How to bend time; How to positively enhance your physical environments;
  • How to read the future; How to identify deep-rooted programs that keep unhelpful and repetitive programs in place; How to release those programs easily and effectively

Upon completion of this 7-day Intensive you are certified to practice as an Advanced ThetaHealing Practitioner.

Rainbow Children’s Course

Tues 13th - Fri 16th Nov 2012     London

Are you interested in increasing your psychic ability? Improving your intuition? Developing your ability to connect energetically - with other human beings, with animals, plants, and that Infinite Intelligence that some call God, Creator or Universal Source?  If so, then the Rainbow Children's course may be for you.  The course is offered to 3 age groups - young children (from 7 years of age upward), teenagers and adults.  This is an opportunity for all students to play, have fun, and experience the basics of the Theta Healing modality, including how to:

  • Communicate with fairies, angels and plants
  • Heal with crystals; Heal animals;
  • Connect to and understand messages from your power animals and animal totems
  • Change auras; Develop telepathic skills;
  • Move objects with your mind;
  • Play and create with the universal frequencies encompassed in all the colours of the Rainbow;
  • Focus, concentrate, discern and develop your creativity and imagination.

Further Information

Please contact Catherine on Tel: 020 8746 1877 or Kiwiroa on 07538 400;

Dental Treatments and Systemic Disease

Traditional dentistry has concerned itself with relief of pain, aesthetics and repairing and replacing teeth using micro-engineering techniques. There is beginning to be a realization that infections in the mouth can cause systemic problems such as heart disease; however the concern is only about gum infections around the necks of teeth. However, the problem is far deeper than this when it comes to dental infections.

Dental infections are commonly associated with root filled teeth, cavitations in bone from old extraction sites, especially of wisdom teeth, and trauma. When a tooth inside a tooth dies, bacteria flood into the nerve chamber. Traditional treatment is to open the tooth and remove all tissue from the chamber and fill the chamber with a noxious substance to kill the bacteria and ‘save’ the tooth. However, the goal of killing all the bacteria is never reached due to the anatomy of the tooth. 

This picture shows increased heat on the left side associated with

This picture shows increased heat on the left side associated with a root filled tooth.
These tests can pick up potential problems years before the onset of overt disease.

The root tip cannot be filled and remains loaded with bacteria. Even worse, the sides of the tooth are full of tiny passages, about3 km in all, in which the bacteria can stay hidden from the immune system. The bacteria which are similar to the bacteria found in gangrene, release toxins into the body and the effect of this constant toxin release, with other factors such as the genetic predisposition of the patient, eventually wears down the immune system;  cancer can result. It is possible to detect chronic infections using ultra sound scanners such as the Cavitat, the Komstar test which can measure the level of toxin released, and Thermography or heat pictures.

The only way of dealing with infections is to remove the source; antibiotics cannot reach the bacteria, and neither can the patient’s own immune system. In my view, implants are just as bad as often they are placed into infected bone encouraging corrosion and spread of the infection. Not all root filled become toxic but the majority do. Chronic infections less than two inches from the brain are really not to be recommended!

Further Information

Graeme Munro-Hall is a dentist with a clinic in rural Bedfordshire and the author of  Toxic Dentistry Exposed, about how dentists can adversely affect health and what to do about it. He is currently Chairman of Training and Transition for World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry involved with UNEP in negotiating a treaty to ban mercury and may be contacted via    Tel: 01234 840099; Fax: 01234 855844;

Seaweed in Colon Health and Nutrition

Seaweeds, or ‘kelps’ as the wild brown algae are sometimes called, are known to assist the acid-alkaline balance, have a prebiotic effect on the gut flora , help protect the gut lining, stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes, assist nutrient absorption and metabolism, and thus strengthen immunity. A certified organic wild seaweed harvested and produced specifically to human food standards could be described as a nutrient-rich, high fibre, low energy whole food, an ideal modern dietary ingredient.

Seaweed in Colon Health and Nutrition

The brown algae are some 25 times more alkaline-forming than common kelp (laminaria species), 77 times more than apples, and 1000 times more than milk, all alkaline-forming foods. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut & Psychology Syndrome recommends them and the macrobiotic approach, rooted in oriental culinary traditions, includes “a small volume of sea vegetables, about 2%, taken daily, eaten as a condiment, in soup, cooked with grains, beans and vegetables as a seasoning to supply minerals, (and) as a small side dish about twice a week”.

Their proven ability to bind and remove toxic metals and help regulate fatty acid metabolism and electrolyte balance may increase their validity in colonic dysbiosis and that these wrack seaweed species provide in themselves a virtually complete balance of all the nutrients helps explain the numerous references in the literature to their broad efficacy.

Very different from the land, the oceans are a consistently rich growing medium where abundant seaweeds feed a multitude of species. Brown seaweeds are complete, primordial food which, having no roots, absorb and convert nutrients directly from this great 'soup' which covers 70% of the planet and is the final repository of all the Earth's minerals which Nature has very limited means of returning to the soil. The seaweed, which at 75mg per gram is also rich in protein, is able to transform the ocean nutrients into a unique whole food with not only all the trace elements like selenium and zinc, but the entire B group and other rare vitamins including absorbable B12 , D, H and K. It is highly antioxidant, and like green tea, there are valuable tannins and polyphenols. Against the most nutrient dense species of land fruits and vegetables, half a teaspoon of Seagreens dried wrack seaweed has, for example, the same amount of vitamin B2 as 100g of blackberries or broccoli!.

A range of indigestible polysaccharides constituting about 25% of the seaweed are an effective prebiotic and have been shown to prevent adhesion to the gut wall by helicobacter pylori bacteria . They also bind for elimination through the bowel, pollutants and toxic metals like lead and mercury - of special importance in the treatment of obesity since fat stores toxins which are released into the system in the process of weight regulation.

Further Information and References

Seagreens® Information Service  Tel: 0845-0640040;

Practitioner Training in Craniosacral Technique

Practitioner Training in Craniosacral Technique

Want to widen your client base?  The Craniosacral Technique is a highly effective, non invasive modality, suitable for all ages.

Certificate in Craniosacral Therapy Level One

Run by Turning Point Training, established Practitioner Training Centre

The course is approved by the Complementary Therapists' Association

Certificate in Craniosacral Therapy  Level One

Starting 12th October 2012, The Martinsell Centre, Marlborough, Wilts, SN8 4JA.

This course is held over four months, with study taking place over three weekends. There is a residential option at The Martinsell Centre. Additional charges will apply.

12/13/14 October 2012

9/10/11 November 2012

18/19 Jan 2013

Final exams on 20th January 2013

Certificate in Craniosacral Therapy Level One

Starting 27th January 2013, Rowan House, 38 Glade Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1DH

This course is held over seven months, one day per month:

27 Jan 2013

13 Feb 2013

23 March 2013

27 April 2013

25 May 2013

22 June 2013

27 July 2013

Final exams on 28th July 2013

How Much Will it Cost?

Level One Course Fees £1050.  Exam Fee £85.

(For courses booked in advance, payment can be made in instalments provided the full payment is made by the start date.)

Further Information

Please contact Turning Point Training Tel:  01769 579079 or 07944 411681;  You can download an application form at

COOKS&CO Spices Up Recipe Repertoire to Celebrate Great Taste Award

COOKS&CO, the must-have fine food range for the discerning home cook, is celebrating the success of its taste bud-tantalising Chilli Olive Oil in the Great Taste Awards 2012  - by creating three delicious new ‘five minute’ recipes that are sure to spice up any dinner table.

Olive Oil with Chillies 250m

Available at the brand’s new-look website -  - the three recipes have been specially created by the team at COOKS&CO to demonstrate the great versatility of COOKS&CO Chilli Olive Oil and the ease with which it can add a burst of taste to a whole range of dishes. The recipes - Lamb Chop Drizzle, Broccoli with Bite and Chilli Dipping Sauce - come as the judges of this year’s Great Taste Awards were so impressed with the quality of COOKS&CO’s Chilli Oil that they honoured it with a Gold Star. Judges at this year’s awards included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay, and more than 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

Lamb Chop Drizzle

Add a teaspoon of chopped mint and a teaspoon of sugar to 3 tablespoons of COOKS&CO Chilli Oil, blend then drizzle over cooked lamb chops.

Broccoli with Bite

Heat 2 tablespoons of COOKS&CO Chilli Oil in a frying pan, add 1 clove of chopped garlic and gently fry for one minute.  Pour the oil mix over cooked broccoli florets, then season to taste, to create an interesting broccoli side dish.

Chilli Dipping Sauce

Try out this simple recipe for chilli dipping sauce, a great accompaniment for Dim Sum or Tempura Vegetables.


50ml of light soy sauce

1 tbsp COOKS&CO Chilli Oil

½ tsp caster sugar

1 garlic clove finely chopped

1 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped


Mix all of the dipping sauce ingredients together, combine until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust the flavours to your liking for a tart-savoury balance. This Chilli Dipping Sauce is best left for half an hour before serving with tempura vegetables, Thai fish cakes, prawn crackers or Dim Sum.

Further Information

COOKS&CO Chilli Oil is part of a whole range of delicious oils in the COOKS&CO range – including Virgin Sesame, Walnut, Hazelnut, Roast Peanut, Grapeseed, Avocado and Black Truffle Infuse Oil - available from Ocado and fine food and specialist retailers nationwide.

Help Your Heart With NoBlush Niacin

New supplement from Patrick Holford helps naturally lower cholesterol levels

NoBlush Niacin 60s

The World Health Organisation has recently estimated that almost 20% of all strokes and over 50% of all heart attacks can be attributed to high cholesterol. With incidences of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol on the rise in the UK, hearts up and down the country are increasingly in need of a bit of TLC.

NoBlush Niacin, formulated by leading nutritionist, Patrick Holford, has been especially designed to help naturally balance cholesterol levels and boost overall heart health.

It is a common misconception that cardiovascular disease only affects those with fatty diets. However, not all cholesterol is harmful for the body and people with low levels of beneficial cholesterol or ‘HDL cholesterol’ can actually be at risk of developing heart problems as well.

Niacin or Vitamin B3 is one of the best vitamins to take to help lower levels of harmful cholesterol and helps the body by supporting liver function. Patrick Holford’s NoBlush Niacin works by helping reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body, whilst encouraging the production of beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Furthermore, as the name suggests, NoBlush Niacin won’t leave you red faced . This is because the supplement contains a unique form of niacin that does not cause the normal flushing effect usually associated with other forms of the vitamin.

Further Information

NoBlush Niacin is available from Holland & Barratt stores nationwide. RRP: £18.99 for 60 tablets.

Lightning Process: The First Steps to Getting Well

by Phil Parker

Published by Hay House Publishing. 2012. Paperback. £10.99. ISBN 10: 178180057X

The results of a study into The Lightning Process and the experiences of young people with CFS/ME who have undergone the process, has just been published in the British Journal of Health Psychology. The results showed that most had positive experiences and were much improved.

Lightning Process: The First Steps to Getting Well

Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a serious condition characterized by debilitating but unexplained fatigue. Treatment alternatives are few, and especially so for young people. The aetiology of CFS/ME is still unclear and controversial, but rehabilitative interventions seem so far most promising. The Lightning Process is a 3-day training programme that has recently become available - it is a non-medical training programme that combines concepts from Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Life Coaching and Osteopathy.

The Lightning Process is a self-help technique that produces extraordinary results and has helped thousands of people to transform and enhance their lives, health and success. Individuals have used it to astonish themselves, their families and health care teams by recovering from complex conditions, including: CFS / ME, MS, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, and low self-esteem.

At the core of the Lightening Process is the idea that our health is something we can be involved in improving; that instead of being a passive patient waiting for a doctor to ‘fix’ us, we can use our inbuilt healing mechanisms to help our recovery process.  This book has been designed both as an essential first step for all those intending to take a Lightning Process seminar and also as a resource for discovering more about how this unique training programme can make a difference in anyone's life.

Phil Parker is an internationally renowned lecturer, therapist and innovator in the field of personal development. His training as a hypnotherapist, executive coach, certified master practitioner of NLP and osteopath give this book a unique perspective and provide new solutions to meet the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st century.

Further Information

Available from Hay House and Amazon:


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    Turning Point Training

    Turning Point Training is offering a Practitioner Training course in Craniosacral Technique. The Certificate in Craniosacral Therapy Level One begins on 12 October 2012 at The Martinsell Centre, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4JA. The course is held over four months, with study taking place over three weekends. There is a residential option. 12-14 October, 9-11 November and 18-19 January 2013 with final exams on 20 January 2013. The course is also being run at Rowan House, Marlow Bucks SL7 1DH, starting on 27 January 2013. This course is held over seven months, one day per month. 27 January, 13 February, 23 March, 27 April, 25 May, 22 June and 27 July. Final exams take place on 28 July 2013.


    Further information Tel: 01769 579079 or 07944 411681,


    Natural Vision Improvement

    Natural Vision Improvement expert Meir Schneider visits the UK in October for the British Natural Eyesight Conference. On 28 October 2012, Meir Schneider will be presenting his workshop Vision For Life. According to Meir “Our eyes are meant to be always relaxed with the exception of a few moments of stress, yet, most modern people stress their eyes with only a few moments of relaxation.” His new book Vision For Life: Ten Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement reveals his methods for exercising the eyes to improve eyesight for eye conditions including glaucoma and cataracts.


    Further information  and


    Birmingham’s Mind Body and Soul Weekend

    3-4 November sees the Birmingham Mind Body and Soul Weekend at The Clarendon Suites in Edgbaston. Two days of Complementary, Alternative Therapies and hands-on healing. The show includes interactive workshops and demonstrations as well as a packed schedule of more than 30 free talks from leading Holistic Health, Personal Growth and Spiritual Development experts. Described by the organisers as ‘an opportunity to recharge the body, rejuvenate the soul and stimulate the mind.


    Further information Tel: 01933 652445


    CAMExpo CThA Theatre

    The CThA Demo Theatre at CAMExpo is free and features UK’s leading trainers and practitioner service suppliers. A popular highlight, the CThA Demo Theatre reaffirms CAMExo’s ongoing commitment to facilitate and enhance learning between CAM professionals. The programme includes: Making the most of your website, Reiki, the Professional Evolves, The Ambivalent Attitude to Massage in the UK, Sun Chlorella in Your Practice, Acti-Tape: The Latest Drug Free Alternative for Pain Management, Nourishing Life with the Chinese Health Arts and VitaSil Silicium - the Forgotten Trace Element.


    Further information Tel: 01273 645119


    2012 Platinum Awards

    Janey Lee Grace, No 1 best-selling Natural Health Author and Natural Living Guru, presents the 2012 Platinum Awards for the Natural Health and Beauty World. Janey, her panel of experts, testers and consumers have scrutinised hundreds of products to arrive at a definitive list of the Best of the Best. The Janey Loves 2012 Platinum Awards were published in full on 18 September.


    Further information: 


    Petition Against Echinacea Ban

    A petition has been launched calling for a reversal of the decision by the Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency  (MHRA) and the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) on 20 August 2012, which effectively bans Echinacea products in children under 12. Echinacea is a herb with a long history; no safety issues of major concern have been reported in hundreds of years of use. The information used by both the MHRA and the IMB to make their determination was studied and no evidence or justification was found to support this decision.


    To sign the petition:


    New CNM Courses

    CNM’s courses are now recognised in the UK and Ireland; CNM graduates can practise in European countries, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. The growing interest in CNM courses means they now offer Herbal Medicine courses in Manchester and Acupuncture courses in Bristol. If you are interested in a career in Natural Medicine or would like to increase your area of expertise with a short or postgraduate course, now is the time to enrol.


    Further information Te: 01342 410 505;


    Balance and Life

    Hawkwood College is offering a variety of courses this year on Self-Expression. The Nature of Sound takes place on 29 September 2012, Let the Music Flow on 26-28 October, Storytelling for Parent 26-28 October and The Sacred Clown 26-28 October. Hear Wallace D Wattles read about Hawkwood’s Mindfulness course:


    Further information Tel: 01453 759034


    Anatomy and Physiology Course

    Alternative Training is offering a one-day seminar on Anatomy and Physiology to help students and Practitioners progress with their medical science knowledge and training. The course will come with a certificate of attendance and Continuing Professional Development hours. The seminar will take place on 16 October at the Clinical Training Academy, Stroud GL5 3BN from 10.00am-6.00pm. Tutor is Patsy Bracewell SRN SCM RSHom and there are only 12 places left for this course.


    Further information Tel: 01453 765956


    Living Nature Manuka Oil

    If you suffer from oily or combination skin, are prone to spots, pimples or even acne, or are looking for a cure-all for all sorts of everyday mishaps such as cuts, grazes, skin rashes and irritations or fungal infections, the natural solution is Living Nature’s Manuka Oil. Manuka Oil is extracted from the leaves, flowers and branches of the Manuka Plant, a wild scrubby tree that in summer is covered in pink and white flowers and grows all over the New Zealand countryside. Modern research has shown that Manuka Oil possesses naturally potent antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Living Nature products all include Manuka Oil as a key ingredient and is found in pharmacies and health stores.


    Further information Tel: 0845 250 8455


    Joanne Sumner Studio - Yoga Show

    The Joanne Sumner Studio is at stand G10a at the Yoga Show 26-28 October, London Olympia. Visit the stand to win a space on a holistic retreat and experience open Yoga classes led by Joanne Sumner. Joanne is a trained Therapist, Practitioner, Coach and Trainer in Yoga, Reiki, Meditation and Flower Essences. Share Joanne’s depth of experience as a Meditation Teacher and Energy Worker in open Yoga classes she will be giving at the show.


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    Safe Sun Advice for Scottish Mum’s-To-Be

    Too many women in Scotland are failing to follow current advice on vitamin D supplement use in pregnancy. This is leading to very low levels in some mothers and newborns, particularly in the winter months; the problem is greatest in mothers from poorer areas. This is the conclusion of a study led by Professor Paul Haggarty at the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. The researchers recommend that more should be done to improve the uptake of current advice on vitamin D supplements, but they also suggest that promoting safe sun exposure and access to green spaces in summer could be a useful additional strategy, even in the north of Scotland.


    Further information Tel: 01224 272000; 


    Snoring Spray To Help You Slim

    According to research published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition too little sleep could be making us fat. Researchers found that those who slept less than 7 hours a night had an increased risk of obesity, compared to people getting more than 7 hours per night. Helps Stop Snoring throat spray could see you sleeping soundly, and shedding extra pounds, as it has been clinically shown to reduce snoring in 80% of individuals.


    Further information:   Helps Stop Snoring throat spray is also available from major retailers including Boots and Sainsbury.


    Greek Yoga at Pavezzo Retreat

    Pavezzo Country Retreat on the Greek Island of Lefkada is a collection of beautifully renovated 19th Century maisonettes in the hills of Lefkada which is opening its doors and extensive grounds to Yoga groups throughout October. The retreat’s stunning countryside location and the temperate late season climate combine to give an ideal setting for practicing Yoga. The seven night package is available for groups of 10-15 people, an ideal option for Yoga Teachers looking to take their classes on an escape combining time for scheduled practice and the opportunity to explore one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Included in the price are: accommodation, daily breakfast buffet, fruit picnic basket, a vegetarian dinner each evening, a nature and culture island tour and transportation to the islands stunning beaches.


    Further information Tel: (+30) 26450 71782; (+30) 6972410141;


    The Guiding Philosophy for the Future of Healthcare

    The Guiding Philosophy for the Future of Healthcare by Nancy Gordon PhD, is a book for Practitioners and lay people alike; anyone who currently occupies a body and wants to be healthy and whole. The time has come to create a new philosophy that focuses on a more holistic approach to healthcare, one that is built on the concept that the body-mind-spirit is one thing -  fully connected. Dr Nancy Gordon is a Psychoneuroimmunologist and has worked for 22 years as a national Wellness Consultant, Lecturer and Coach, helping people to become the best they can be.


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    Defeat Cancer: 15 Doctors of Integrative Medicine Tell You How

    In the long-awaited Defeat Cancer, healthcare Journalist Connie Strasheim has done all the work for you. She conducted intensive interviews with 15 highly regarded Doctors specialising in cancer treatment and asked them important questions, then spent months compiling their information into organised, user-friendly chapters containing the core principles upon which they base their approach to healing cancer. The Practitioners interviewed are Medical, Osteopathic and Naturopathic Doctors trained in a variety of integrative approaches to cancer treatment.


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    Regenerative Health Holiday

    A regenerative health holiday is being offered in the South of France on 21-28 October with Dr Rosy Daniel, Catriona Galbraith and Sushila Mahto. This is their second Regenerative Health Holiday at Monastere de series, where participants will  take a creative journey together, supported with daily Yoga and Meditation and fabulous healthy food from the resident French Chef. Their first holiday in May surpassed all expectations.


    Further information Tel: 01225 745 757 or 07894 909022 to reserve your place


    Volunteer Reading Help

    Igennus Healthcare Nutrition has announced a new partnership supporting a leading UK children’s charity, Volunteer Reading Help (VRH). As part of the Vegepa and VRH Better Reading Campaign, Igennus Healthcare Nutrition is donating 50p to VRH from each box sold of health supplement Vegepa E-EPA 70 Orange Chewables which are available in independent health food stores. The children VRH help are struggling with reading and urgently need one-to-one support. Many live in households experiencing poverty and hardship; time with their reading helper can sometimes be the only one-to-one attention they receive.


    Further information Vegepa E-EPA 70 Orange Chewables are available from all good independent health food stores and from Tel: 0845 1300 424;


    Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy

    Homeopathy Research Institute is holding its inaugural international Homeopathy research conference  Cutting Edge Research in Homeopathy in Barcelona on 31 May-2 June 2013. Keynote speakers will be leading scientists in the field from around the world. This landmark event will bring together active Researchers, Practitioners, Students and those with an interest in Homeopathy research , to hear from world experts about their latest finding and what they see for the future of this rapidly developing field.


    Further information Tel: +44 16 64 44 44 32


    We Need an Anti Inflammatory Diet

    Gene Smart Wellness has released a guide to eating an anti-inflammatory diet. Our genes are the same, yet the foods we eat have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. By processing our foods to make them more convenient and cheaper to produce, industrialized food companies have inadvertently changed our food supply, adding fats that are high in omega-6 and taking away fibre and key nutrients known as polyphenols and omega-3. These changes cause mismatches between our genes and diets, resulting in higher levels of whole body inflammation.


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    High-Fat Diet Resets Metabolism and Prevents Obesity

    Surprisingly, even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories, mice that ate a high-fat diet on a fixed schedule had a lower body weight than mice eating a low-fat diet without a fixed schedule. Research from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows that carefully scheduled high-fat diet can lead to a reduction in body weight and a unique metabolism in which ingested fats are not stored, but rather used for energy at times when no food is available.


    Further information Tel: 02-5882910 / 054-8820016


    Kiwiherb Echinacea Root Extract

    Kiwiherb Herbal Remedies, the Practitioner-strength herbal remedies range created by New Zealand Medical Herbalist Phil Rasmussen is focussing on the well-researched herb Echinacea, proven to provide the body with immune-boosting benefits which help protect us from catching a cold or flu. Kiwiherb’s Organic Echinacea Root Extract is 100% natural, organic, high potency tincture which provides all the necessary elements for a superior strength, effective winter remedy that helps boost immunity, if impaired or maintains immune health when taken daily over the winter months. Kiwiherb’s Organic Echinacea Root Extract is available from health stores nationwide.


    Further information Tel: 01455 556281


    Sparkle Detox

    Toxins are everywhere. They affect everyone and all human tissues tested are affected, but Sparkle has some solutions to help keep toxins at bay. Toxins are in the air, water, soil and are produced by various industries. Indoor environments are generally more toxic than outdoor ones. Sparkle presentations and courses offer simple solutions. Sparkle Bendigo is a fun and entertaining approach to food as medicine. Bendigo gets its own Sparkle Wellness and Detox course starting on 10 October 2012, and a Vitality and Detox presentation takes place in the Basement on View View Street, Bendigo.


    Further information Tel: 0413 230 780;


    Anger Over The Summer Holidays

    Anger does not leave, it only gets worse. The British Association of Anger Management has a range of courses and one-on-one sessions available to help you deal with your anger and help you express it in a healthy way. Courses are facilitated by Mike Fisher, author of both Beating Anger and his latest book Mindfulness & The Art of Managing Anger. He is Director of The British Association of Anger Management and is referred to as the UK’s leading anger management expert. Courses take place in East Grinstead and London, but there are nationwide Clinics across the country which include Birmingham, Bath, Derby and Guildford.


    Further information Tel: 0345 1300 286;


    Timing is Crucial in Achieving Pregnancy

    A survey of women seeking fertility assistance to become pregnant found most did not know which days of the menstrual cycle they were fertile and most likely to conceive. Published in the International Journal of Advanced Nursing, the study found 68% of the women believed they had accurately timed intercourse within the fertile days of their menstrual cycle in their attempts at natural conception before seeking professional advice. The study found 87% of the women experiencing difficulty achieving a natural pregnancy tried to improve fertility knowledge. The most frequent sources of information were the internet and books.


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    Menthol Breathe New Aromatherapy Roller Ball

    Tisserand Aromatherapy has launched new Menthol Breathe,  Aromatherapy Roller Ball to naturally combat winter woes. Menthol Breathe combines a fusion of clearing eucalyptus, refreshing peppermint and purifying tea tree essential oils for an instant breath of fresh air. These essential oils are renowned for their mentally enhancing properties to help refresh and rejuvenate the mind and clear blocked airways. The Menthol Breathe Aromatherapy Roller Ball can be applied to the skin around the throat and upper chest to refresh and south. It features a blend of 100 % natural essential oils and is free from parabens and synthetic fragrances.


    Further information Tel: 01273 325666;

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