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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 204

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 204 - March 2013

Chakra Balancing  with Organic Aromatherapy

Sarah Williams ITEC MGPP AC regd internationally trained holistic bodywork therapist with her roots in aromatherapy, runs Organic Aromatherapy, a small company based in West Sussex. Sarah qualified with the International Therapists Education Council (ITEC) and has worked internationally over the past 15 years, continuing her training. As a member of the Guild for Professional Practitioners (GPP) and registered with the Aromatherapy Consortium (AC), she incorporates many bodywork and advanced massage techniques, stress relief, healing , acupressure, homeopathy, psychoneuroimmunology (pni), nutrition, reflexology, chakra energy balancing (15 chakra system), crystal healing and vibrational remedies into each treatment.

Organic Aromatherapy

13 years ago, Sarah began to channel the Soul Harmony™ range of Chakra and Organ Balancing Creams, which are now being widely used by individuals and therapists as effective healing tools.

Sarah practises from clinics in Hampshire and West Sussex, where she teaches Raise your Vibration™ courses twice a year, also Aromatherapy, advanced Massage, Back Care techniques, Colour Therapy and Chakra Healing

Sarah Williams and the Chakra Balancing Creams and candles will be at the following events:

Sunday 3rd March 2013: Denbies Mind, Body & Spirit Event 

Saturday 9th March 2013: Stedham Mollie's Easter Market

Sunday 10th March 2013:  Wickham New Growth for the New Paradigm (TALK)

Sunday 17th March 2013: Gosport "Made with Love" Mind, Body & Spirit Fayre

23rd & 24th March 2013: Wickham Mind, Body & Spirit Experience

13th and 14th April 2013: Petersfield Mind, Body & Spirit Spring Fair

Sunday 5th May 2013: Old Portsmouth at the Square Tower. Health and Wellbeing Event

Sunday 19th May 2013: Crawley Mind, Body & Spirit Event

15th & 16th June 2013: Kempton Mind, Body & Spirit Weekend

Further Information

Please contact Sarah Williams on Tel: 0844 357 9843;

Balens - Not just your Average Family run Insurance Brokerage

One of the largest Specialist Insurance Brokers for Health and Well-Being Professionals in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Balens are a fourth generation, ethical, family business established in 1950.  The business has grown and continues to grow even through the current economic down turn by focusing on advice, support and most importantly customer service. 

Balens Insurance Brokerage

from left - Josh, Joe, David and Annie Balen

Managing Director, David Balen, moved the company from London to Malvern in the early 1990’s where he also shifted the business to focus on pioneering policies for Health and Well-being Professionals with a philosophy to offer unique, wide ranging specially designed wordings at competitive premiums.  Scroll forward 20 years and today Balens are growing from strength to strength.  Operating from purpose built offices at the foot of the Malvern Hills; a team of over 40 staff look after a wide range of clients and their businesses. 

Balens has invested heavily in IT since the early 1980s which allows them to deliver an excellent personal service for a very large client base.  Keeping up the times, the system allows those that want 24/7 delivery and don’t need personal advice, to transact online or pay by electronic telephone payment system.  Corporate clients receive regular visits, revisions and a much more personal service.

Joe Balen, David’s eldest son, was made a director of Balens in 2011 and heads up the largest sector of the business, the Affinity Schemes department, which looks after individuals and associations, whilst David’s second son Josh is in charge of the commercial arm that also includes Balens ever growing European department.  The commercial side of Balens has developed greatly over the last few years, with the company able to quote for businesses as wide ranging as Spas, Salons and Gyms, Products Manufacturers, Schools and Educational Establishments, Charities and Home Insurance among others. 

The most recent addition to the Balen family team is David’s daughter, Annie. A qualified Occupational Therapist, Annie decided to join the family business in 2011 and is currently re-training to become an Independent Financial Adviser.  She is working in Balens sister company H&L Balen and Co, which offers Holistic financial planning, including income protection (increasingly important for the self-employed), mortgages, life and critical illness cover, pensions and investments. 

But Balens is not a business that is focused purely on profit – Education is a key cornerstone of what the company is about.  David Balen regularly lectures and writes articles on a wide range of insurance and practice management issues, many of which are available on Balens website, and this year they will be holding their second CPD Training event, at the Holistic Health Show, NEC in May.  

Balens are also shortly launching the Balens Charitable Trust- a vehicle for giving back to the Natural Medicine and Wellbeing Sector that has meant so much in helping David personally over the years and of course which has contributed so much to the success of Balens as a Company.

Further Information

For more information on Balens and the services they offer please visit

The European College of K-Practic

Simple and Safe non-manipulation techniques for all health professionals.

All the main techniques you need to get started are on our K-PRACTIC 1.01 DVD COURSE.

European College of K-Practic

For details, click here:

Special Price until August 30, 2013  is €150 plus postage.

You can order it through

or just by simple email. You can also arrange personal hands-on training at ECKP College in Dublin, on application.

Basically you’ll be able to do all a chiropractor can do, and more:

  1. A totally comprehensive system of diagnosis, based on reflexes which establish exactly which segment of the spine is out of balance;
  2. New smart ways of 'switching off' pain by simple finger-tip manipulation of muscles.It's been called the manual nerve block;
  3. New methods of pin-pointing exactly  which muscle in causing the problem.  Causative muscle spasms are precisely detected, allowing distinctions between primary and referred muscle pain.

And yes, you can use some instrumentation… Some excellent devices which spare your hands and make the job easier. You buy it yourself, in the USA. Also a very economical portable drop-leaf table makes repositioning easy. Or you can keep it all totally manual.

This work can be incorporated into the practices of acupuncturists, reflexologists, masseurs, body workers etc., without any insurance difficulties because the techniques involved all fall within the recognised procedures normal for these practitioners.

Until recent times , we have only accepted medical doctors as students, but now  we are opening these safe and effective techniques to all health professionals. Certainly, there's good evidence that a lot of the old style cracking and popping of bones, and heavy manipulation, is totally unnecessary and sometimes unfortunate.

Ronnie Turner has been a chiropractor and acupuncturist since 1975.He practices in Dublin, Ireland, with his wife Dr Olga Turner MD, a consultant paediatrician with a special expertise in spinal problems.Their Clinic specialises in back pain, homoeopathy and allergy testing.

In the Basic Course of K-Practic you get 4  DVDs , fairly hard packed. They run to over three hours.

Further Information

Please contact Ronnie Turner on Tel: 0035312893147;

Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Britain

It’s more than 30 years since John Butler PhD(Lond) MBSH CHT MA BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) DHP Dip AT had his first client session as a hypnotherapist.  He smiles when he think of the small amount of knowledge he had then: a few basic methods of trance induction, all requiring considerable time and sustained attention from the client, and sets of suggestions called ‘scripts’ intended to address the symptoms the client had presented. 

Hypnotherapy Training Institute

John Butler PhD(Lond) MBSH CHT MA BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) DHP Dip AT having an operation under
self-hypnosis which can be accessed on YouTube:

While these methods are still core hypnotherapy practices, Dr Butler rapidly found that his clients stretched his therapeutic resources and forced him into creative redesign and invention.   As he discovered, hypnotherapy has an appeal across a wide range of people, encompassing many different levels of education and economic status, generations, and ethnicities.  So he started a long process which took him through studies in psychology, neurology and different therapeutic practices.

With a continued and varied stream of clients seeking help for smoking cessation, weight loss, phobias, anxieties and almost every situation which is affected by the human imagination and emotions, John consistently found that the most effective methods were those of classic hypnotherapy.  Based on over 200 years of research and clinical practice, they are powerful and rapid in effect because they work directly with the client’s imagination and emotions.  They also have the advantage of being extremely flexible, allowing the hypnotherapist to adapt to clients in a partnership role and supply more or less support, guidance and encouragement as required.  The well-trained practitioner can use very rapid methods of trance induction when needed and employ trance to engage the client’s attention in inner dialogues, addressing confusions and conflicts which are limiting their lives and often causing acute suffering.

Classic hypnotherapy respects the primacy of the client’s own resources and the human need for making meaning of their lives at a profound level.  Clients can learn to discover their freedom to make choices and to acquire and exercise creative mental skills to shape their lives in accordance with the choices they make.

At the Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Britain, the training programme in hypnotherapy has been designed based on decades of extensive clinical experience, study and research, to train hypnotherapists to be the adaptable, skilful practitioners that clients need and deserve. Over 200 hours of classroom training combined with study of course materials and mentorship are provided in the programme, with live demonstrations and practical experiential exercises forming a core part of the curriculum.

Further Information

For details please contact HTI on Tel: +44 20 73951166;

Cha Cha Publishing Health and Fitnes DVDs

Cha Cha Publishing offers a collection of health and fitness DVDs compiled by a wide array of professional fitness instructors and qualified therapists, covering popular topics. The DVDs focus on holistic approaches to wellness, promotes and encourages positive steps to help manage health challenges. These methods and techniques can help individuals achieve and maintain aspects of the self: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual (energy).

Cha Cha Publishing

Holism was practised for centuries in many ancient civilisations including ancient Egypt and Greece. They used various natural methods and techniques to restore physical and mental balance. We follow this passage through to the present time. During the 19th century Dr William Fitzgerald developed ‘Zone Therapy` in the western world; today it is known as reflexology. Since then, Reiki, Yoga and Aromatherapy have been used to enhance natural wellness.

The day-to-day workings of modern life can lead to a tremendous amount build up of stress; studies claim that overtime high levels of stress can lead to serious health challenges. Evidence shows that stress and tension prevents the body’s system from functioning effectively and could contribute to emotional distress and a state of imbalance.

Exercise also plays a vital role in restoration of the body, exercises focus on endurance, by strengthening bones, building muscles and aiding weight loss. Our lifestyle DVDs have a variety of fitness activities such as; core workout, mixed martial art and golf which can be done outdoors and natural surroundings; this helps to boost mood and motivation. Benefits of exercise can be measured in different ways and shows to boost brain activity, thereby optimizing cognitive function, improving memory and concentration.   

Holistic approach seeks to support the individual’s lifestyle, to help normalize and balance the body’s system to an optimum level of wholeness. Choosing our lifestyle DVDs depends on whether there are specific health issues you wish to address or if your goal is to achieve a feeling of well-being, relaxation, enjoyment or personal development.

Cha Cha DVDs offers tuition with essential methods and techniques that take you through clear step–by-step actions at home:

Reflexology: Help to support, and restore the body naturally;

Aromatherapy: Help relief anxiety, fatigue, reduces head, neck and shoulder pain;

Meditation: Help de-stress, induce relaxation, inner peace, and reduce negative emotions;

Reiki: Help create an environment conducive to healing, restore balance;

Yoga: A physical system of health exercises, stress management;

Core workout: Help stabilization of core muscles; maintain balance, agility, posture;

Back Pain exercises: Help lessen episodes of pain, improve posture and mobility;

Mix Martial Arts: Strengthening abs and cardiovascular fitness;

Golf: Outdoor exercises help improve physical health, personal development;

Self Defence: Develop self-awareness, personal development.

Further Information

For further information please visit

Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling with Bill Bliss

Bill Bliss MNCP MGHR MHA is a professionally qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, as well as a Reflexologist. He also acts as a supervisor for other Hypnotherapists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors. In addition he teaches first year students basic counselling skills and various therapeutic skills, hypnotherapy and hypno analysis.

Bill Bliss

As a registered NHS Independent Provider, it is possible, providing your GP and the local Primary Care Trust agree, for sessions to be funded through the local PCT. This does not normally apply to smoking, weight control or similar issues but each case is considered on merit by your GP and the PCT. ME, MS, Stress, Grief and similar issues are now being considered.

Critical Incident Debriefing: 2-day Trauma Seminar

Next 2 Day Seminars: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2013

Bill has been involved in teaching and coaching adults for over 20 years and is a fully qualified teacher in adult education. This two-day seminar from 10am to 6pm is specifically for the qualified therapist who would like to add a very vital tool to their toolbox.

This is a CPD Course of 14 hours duration accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council. It also qualifies delegates for affiliate membership of the NCP and for entry to the Register of Trauma Cognisant Therapists. The CID seminar teaches the seven-stage model and identifies how it can be utilized by a wide variety of therapeutic practitioners on a one to one or group basis. The course is available to any therapist with counselling experience even if this is not their main theoretical approach. Knowledge of counselling skills will enable the therapist to ask open questions and, using the empathic rapport of counselling, be capable of developing further effective questions that may be utilised at a later date. In addition to the 7 stage model you will see demonstrated the process recommended by  National Institute for Clinical Excellence  using EMDR and CBT

Further Information

If you would like to arrange an appointment to see Bill or would like more information please contact Bill Bliss on Tel: 01245 426414;

D’Mix - Chew your way to Improved Digestive Health

Around 40% of the UK population suffers from digestive problems, with more than £126 million spent on indigestion remedies annually in the UK alone. Causes for indigestion include eating too fast, stress and anxiety as well as eating the wrong foods; all of which are exacerbated by the busy lifestyles we lead and most importantly, by the fact that we don’t chew our food properly.


Digestion starts in the mouth, as chewing breaks down foods into suitable portions for swallowing.  So for many of us, chewing is a simple first step towards better digestive health.

D’Mix from Conscious Food is the first Ayurvedic organic product specifically formulated to encourage chewing and naturally target digestive problems.

Developed by expert herbal and Ayurvedic doctors in India, D’Mix is a unique blend of eight herbs and spices, derived from the highest arable farms in the world to deliver superior concentrations of vitamins and minerals in their purest form for enhanced results. The blend includes peppermint, fennel seed, raw jaggery, hari patti, flax and sesame seed, liquorice, coriander and ajwan - all specifically chosen for their unique properties which have shown to alleviate digestive problems.

D’Mix contains:

  • Peppermint: an analgesic and antispasmodic, eases discomfort and relieves gas and heartburn;
  • Hari Patti: stimulates bile production;
  • Fennel seed: aids digestion and sweetens the breath;
  • Liquorice: relieves abdominal colic, bloating, flatulence and freshens breath, has anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Flaxseed: provides fibre and omega, high in soluble and insoluble fibre;
  • Sesame Seed: provides essential omegas and minerals, high in soluble and insoluble fibre;
  • Ajwan: acts as an anti spasmodic and traditionally used to treat intestinal cramps, flatulence and ‘nervous’ stomach disorders;
  • Coriander seed: acts an anti-acid and natural mouth freshener;
  • Raw Jaggery: naturally high in protein, contains vitamins and minerals and aids absorption.

Taken after every meal, D’Mix enhances the digestive process by encouraging you to chew more often, more slowly and more thoughtfully, soothing your stomach and bringing your digestive system into a naturally balanced state. Results can be seen within five to 21 days and include alleviation from a wide range of every day digestive issues such as food intolerances, constipation, indigestion, bloating and acid reflux as well as helping ease digestive disorders such as IBS, Colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Further Information

D’Mix retails for £18 and lasts for 30 days and is available at

Medicinal Mushroom Extracts for Diabetics

In the UK it is estimated that around 3 million people including both adults and children are currently living with Diabetes, which amounts to nearly 5% of our UK population. Year on year this figure is growing and over the next 10 to 15 years is expected to reach around 5 million diagnosed cases of the disease.

Medicinal Mushrooms Grinfola

Diabetes is a condition where the body has blood sugar levels higher than normal, for various reasons such as obesity, high cholesterol, lifestyle, smoking and genetics. Not all sufferers need to take insulin to control the condition; many can make lifestyle changes and adapt their eating habits to help with the symptoms. The disease in most cases can be managed effectively but it can be incredibly serious leading to heart disease, kidney failure, strokes and blindness especially if left untreated. 

The UK based company Bujtar Medical Ltd is offering highly effective supplements, made using medicinal mushroom extracts. Their products offer an alternative supplement to the chemically formulated medicines traditionally prescribed to treat diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, mental health problems and cancer.

People who have diabetes can purchase one of their diabetic specific products:

  • Caronax, which is a mixture of medical mushroom extracts Agaricus Blazei Murill and Grifola Frondosa. It naturally supports the metabolic process and is best suited to type 2 diabetics;
  • Dianax, which is made up of the mushroom extract, Shaggy Ink Cap, naturally supports the metabolic process and is best suited to type 1 diabetics;
  • Metanax can contribute to the preservation of the body’s healthy blood-sugar level, carbohydrate metabolic balance and the cardiovascular system. This is made up from Camellia Sinensis, Mulberry leaf extract and Grifola Frondosa.

Bujtar Medical’s mushroom extract products hinder the process of the formation of diabetes. They don’t replace a healthy diet and physical exercise but they do help in the prevention and controlling of diabetes. The extracts help maintain insulin levels and with weight loss, in turn helping improve the overall physical and mental well-being of the patient.

Bujtar Medical offers a wide range of medical mushroom extracts not only for the treatment of diabetes but also for other conditions. Bujtar Medical are working to see their wide range of medical mushroom extracts widely available in retailers throughout the UK both in stores and on major online retail websites. They are expecting their products to be available in pharmacies from March 2013. In the meantime products can be purchased from their online store.

Further Information

For more information or to purchase medical mushroom extracts please contact Bujtar Medical Ltd on Tel: 0116 319 7869;


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    Headache and Migraine Management

    David Lintonbon’s updated website  has been a great success and finally provides him with the opportunity to offer CPD courses, direct to the healthcare and fitness industries. Each course occupies a full day with a one-hour lecture and six hours of practical application. The first course is Headache and Migraine Management and takes place at the London School of Osteopathy, just south of Tower Bridge on Sunday 10 March.

    Further information Tel: 07958 488 784


    CNM Spring Open Weekend

    2nd and 3rd March 2013, CNM London

    Our great line-up of speakers across the weekend will show you why natural therapies are fantastic for health, from making your own skincare, to using herbs for a healthy life, to loving your heart, and so much more!

    TV Health Chef Dale Pinnock  - Medicinal Cooking 2-3 March; Spring Forward Food - 13th March 2013, Belfast; Jan de Vries - 20th March 2013, CNM Edinburgh

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    Principles of Hypnotherapy

    Principles of Hypnotherapy by Vera Peiffer, published by Singing Dragon is an introductory guide which gives a definitive introduction to Hypnotherapy. It explains what Hypnotherapy is, how it works, what its origins are, what to expect when you go for a treatment and how to find a reputable Hypnotherapist. It also looks in detail at how Hypnotherapy can be used to address difficult memories and help with mental and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias and confidence problems and unwanted habits such as smoking.

    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307


    Foodtank The Food Think Tank

    Food Tank has launched the Time to Change the Food System a bold new voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, stemming the tide of obesity and improving nutrition and environmental sustainability. They want to highlight the need for changing the metrics regarding how food security and nutrition are measured. They are trying to bridge the major disconnect between organizations that are fighting hunger and organizations that are fighting obesity. The two groups have more in common than they think. The truth is we are all fighting to get people access to nutritious food, no matter where they are in the world.

    Further information:  Tel: +1 202 590-1037;   Tel: +1 917 617-1276;


    Health Leads E-smog Protection Bed Sheet and Cover

    Our bedrooms are full of man-made electromagnetic force fields - from household wiring, mains powered radio alarm clocks, mobile phones and their chargers, DECT phones and other Wi-Fi devices, entertainment electronics, remote controls and even pocket sprung mattresses. These all add to a constantly increasing burden of radiation in our bedrooms. This phenomenon affects many people with considerable stress which imposes a strain on the organism and disturbs our night-time rest and recuperation. CosmoVITAL© by Health Leads UK Ltd, makes E-Smog protection bed sheets and cover to help counteract the electromagnetic  force-fields in our bedrooms and comes in sizes from baby cot to super king size.

    Further information Tel: 0845 345 8880;


    Good Vibes Pilates

    Pilates expert Carol Sehat has created a special programme of invigorating exercises to help improve your posture. The way you carry yourself has a direct impact on the way you feel and the way in which others perceive you. Long days sitting in an office chair, struggling home with shopping bags and bad lifting habits can all contribute to making you slump. If you would like to stand up straighter, hold your head higher and walk taller, then it might be worth attending the workshop. Good Vibes is in London WC2H 9BU.

    Further information:


    Living with Energy Awareness Training

    The Living With Energy Awareness training is a life-changing weekend leaving you with tools you can use for a life-time to live a more intentful, conscious and transformative life. Address the stuck parts of your life and move beyond them instead of continually cycling through the same issues time and time again, albeit in different guises. Life Energy Awareness is now practised by a world-wide community. Join the Life Energy Awareness Forum for free to share their experiences and insights via online trainings and services. Places are very limited as they prefer small groups in order to maintain the integrity of the training. Personal consultations are also available.

    Further information Tel: 020-7193 7614;


    Why Suffer – Ann Wigmore’s Early Years

    Why Suffer is a fascinating account of Ann Wigmores’s early years, the illness she endured and how she evolved into a healer and proponent of the healing benefits of raw foods. Ann is a Pathfinder and Natural Healer, and her book is a first-hand account of how the Wheatgrass message got its start. Book Publishing Company has teamed up with The Ann Wigmore Foundation to republish the inspirational autobiography of raw and living food pioneer Ann Wigmore.

    Further information Tel: +1 888-260-8458;


    Fast-Track Your Studies to Start a New Career Sooner

    There is still time to enrol for the 2012-13 academic year with the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) and if you choose the option of attending the Summer Schools, you could shorten the time it takes to complete your CNM diploma course. CNM’s Summer Schools provide intensive training in Biomedicine, enabling you to complete the first year of your course within 6 months. This means you could start your specialist training in your chosen therapy in Autumn 2013.

    Further information Tel: 01342 410 505 (London) Lynne; 01342 410 505 (Manchester or Bristol) Ami;


    Suffering from Joint Pain?

    Phytodol® is an effective, all-natural, topical treatment designed to help care for joints and muscles and maintain their health. It is available in a convenient spray form that is rapidly absorbed, providing fast, effective relief. The formula is non-stain and both the spray and the cream are conveniently sized to carry with you to the gym or elsewhere, with the 100ml cream small enough to fit in your pocket. Phytodol can be applied as many times as needed. It contains a unique combination of glucosamine, MSM, arnica, ginger, zedoary and cinnamon oils, all known for their beneficial effects for joints and muscles.

    Further information Tel: 020-7372 8146; or from Holland & Barrett, Nature’s Way, GNC, Revital, Vita Healthcare UK ( ) and in all good independent health food stores and pharmacies.


    Positive Results Clinical Study of Bimuno® for Metabolic Syndrome

    Clasado, the manufacturers and suppliers of Bimuno®, a unique trans-galactooligosaccharide prebiotic, has announced the result of a clinical study on the use of Bimuno® (B-GOS) to alter bacteria in the human gastrointestinal tract as a candidate to help prevent and manage Metabolic Syndrome. The results from the study will be published in the March 2013 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study has been conducted on behalf of Clasado by a research team led by Dr Jelena Vulevic of the School of Food Biosciences, University of Reading. The trial tested the effect of consuming the trans-galactooligosaccharide mixture Bimuno (a prebiotic used by human gastrointestinal microbes), altering which bacteria reside in the gastrointestinal tract and its effects on Metabolic syndrome.

    Further information Tel: 0044 777 333 6517


    Hawkwood College Courses

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    Further information Tel: 01453 759034;


    Principles of Chinese Herbal Medicine

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    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;


    EU Threat to Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

    The consumer organization Consumers for Health Choice has warned the UK and EU regulators that setting low dose levels for dietary supplements will hit consumer choice and cost jobs. New developments in Brussels have put the issue of maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for nutrients firmly back on the political agenda with the expectation that this would stifle consumer choice and remove large numbers of safe, popular and beneficial supplements from the market. Consumers for Health Choice (CHC) has launched a brand new, highly visible and integrated Save Our Supplements (SOS) campaign that will draw attention to the issue and encourage people to sign a petition.

    Further information: 020-7463 0692


    Principles of the Alexander Technique

    Principles of the Alexander Technique: What it is, how it works and what it can do for you is a new book by Jeremy Chance, published by Singing Dragon. This introductory guide presents readers with a definitive overview of the Alexander Technique which teaches us how to co-ordinate mind and body effectively so that our thinking is clarified and our movements become naturally lighter. Encompassing everything from teaching lineages to how the method works to how to find a Practitioner, the book provides all the information on the topic.

    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;


    >Holistic Health 2013 NEC Birmingham

    The new Holistic Health website is now live, giving you all the information you need about Britain’s premier beauty show and enabling you to book your show tickets online. Holistic Health 2013 returns to the NEC Birmingham on 19 and 20 May, showcasing the latest products, treatments, treatment launches, equipment innovations and training courses for the UK’s growing Complementary Therapy sector. The show is supported by Balens specialist insurance brokers, the Federation of Holistic Therapists and Guild News. Visit the website to book your tickets worth £10 each.

    Further information Tel: 01332 227 698;


    Kiwiherb Echinacea, Thyme and Liquorice

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    Further information Tel: 01455 556 281;


    Step-by-Step Tapping

    Step-by-Step Tapping by Sue Beer and Emma Roberts is published by Gaia. In this new book, the renowned EFT Masters introduce an innovative approach to healing the mind and body. Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a simple, yet powerful way to make positive changes in your life and step into a better future. Suitable for all ages, tapping is a therapeutic method which trains your brain to overcome lifelong negative patterns, helping individuals to overcome stress, beat addictive problems and even soothe aches and pains.

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