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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 268

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 268 - February 2021

ADAPTOFLEUR Flower Essence and Wild Apán Mushroom –Protection Against Illness

†Wild Apán mushroom  is considered one of the Native American’s Most
Powerful Weapons in Protection against Illness, Disease and Ageing
Chief Tess Pahamy, Medicine Woman

Wild Tawtnúk Apán Mushroom is the sacred and ancient medicinal mushroom of the Sahaptin Native American Tribes, inhabitants and part of the Northern Plateau (Numipu) People of the Columbia River Basin and its tributaries. This sacred mushroom has been a principle part of the pemmican used by their Native American Men and Women for millennia and is an integral part of their daily healing regimen.  Now it has been recognized and classified as a certified ceremonial sacrament for use by all Medicine men and woman in their traditional healing.


Apán + Adaptofleur + Spider + Waratah +Frangipani

Clockwise: Wild Apán Remedy, Spider Lily, Apán Mushroom, Adaptofleur Remedy, Frangipani, Waratah


† “Wild Apán is far superior to other medicinal mushrooms and contains much more of the therapeutic healing components, than those found in other medical mushrooms like Chaga  and importantly it does not contain the kidney damaging oxalates. Apán’s beneficial bio available ingredients and chemistry including the bitter triterpene compounds, angiotensin re-uptake inhibitors like beta-d-glucans and germanium, and polysaccharides. Its anti-neoplastic (malignant cells, tumour growth inhibition) and immune-stimulating efficacies are considered superior." The Apán mushroom is wild harvested at its natural peak potency to ensure the maximum efficacy and strength.  Then when processed into a super concentrated liquid extract form, its bio available and therapeutic benefits grow exponentially. When blended with organic essential oils of Black Cumin, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, and Wild Sacred Frankincense, (there has been such a vast array of medical & scientific studies, worldwide on these compounds) this synergistic blend has demonstrated  an unique and significant  ability to strengthen, support and modulate the Immune Response in different ways.

†“Apán assists in helping your body to heal itself by modulation of the immune system and I have seen the immune system increase over 4000% within 20 hours after taking. Over time this modulation will start the activation of the body's healing stem cells."
Chief Man Found Standing, Medicine Man Practitioner

Having a healthy and properly functioning immune system will positively affect all other body systems. When addressing the emotional, physiological aspect of whole health and homeostasis, it’s fundamental to look at the correlation between shock stress and the weakening of the immune system. We can all relate back to past or recent events which can if left unaddressed insidiously assault our emotional immunity. That is where an aboriginal flower essence blend: Adaptofleur Shock and Trauma Combination comes into play, working synergistically to create the ideal state of emotion, mental and physical immunity.

Adaptofleur Formula 12. Shock & Trauma

An ADAPTOFLEUR ™ proprietary blend: that clears all forms of shock and trauma. Survival essence for releasing deeply held shock and trauma in the system, both acute and chronic. Useful when deep despair, extreme fears, night terrors, when feelings of isolation, desolation and being out of control takes hold. Supports: emotional immunity, courage, optimism, inner strength, tenacity, clear vision, and a fresh starts. A proprietary blend which includes: Fringed Violet, Sturt Desert Pea, Sydney Rose, Waratah, Grey Spider Flower, Angelsword, Alpine Mint Bush, Dog Rose of the Wild Forces, Red Suva Frangipani and White Spider Orchid.

†Research Quotes and studies obtained from Pubmed:

Further Information

Available from FlowerEssence CGH: ADAPTOFLEUR Flower Essence and Wild Apán contact Clare G Harvey available from Tel: 01963 250750 or



New Vistas Online Training – Environmental Medicine & Homoeotherapy

Date: February 11th 2021.

Tutor: Yvonne McLaughlin  BSc Hons Dip Kin LCPH

Time: 10am – 4pm.

Cost: £20

Homoeotherapy, combining homoeopathic detoxification & nutrition, is a multidimensional approach that helps minimize toxic threats and improve resources within the body.

Toxicology - looking at the adverse effects of chemical, physical and biological agents - can contribute to health decline and the onset of chronic & degenerative disease.

New Vistas the Healing Hand of Nature

Homoeotherapy supports the drainage of environmental toxicity while nourishing depleted or degraded organs. Our program addresses fatigued or toxic cellular and mitochondrial activity, pH balance, weakened microbiome vitality and emotional disharmony through appropriate, innovative and relevant homoeopathic actions.

This integrated approach is a gentle yet reliable tool, helping regulate homoeostasis, enhancing immune responses and restoring cell vitality.


  • What lies behind chronic illness & modern maladies;
  • The importance of revitalised resources;
  • Gentle and relevant detoxification;

New Vistas training is available for those interested in detoxification, organ and nutritional support, strengthening energetic responses and restoring optimum balance.

Further Information

For more information, please contact New Vistas Healthcare, 7A Plassey Park, Limerick, Ireland. Tel: +353 61 334455;



Everything You Need to Know about Vitamin D3 and K2

Food Scientist and Nutritionist Susie Debice explains why vitamins D and K form a powerful team for supporting daily wellbeing… According to national surveys, 20% to 60% of Europeans suffer from a vitamin D deficiency so supplements are highly recommended. Food sources of vitamin D are extremely limited and if you are vegan, vegetarian or only eat oily fish very occasionally then you may not be getting enough vitamin D from your diet.




Sunshine and Vitamin D

Vitamin D is normally produced by skin cells when exposed to the UVB rays so if you live in a country with shorter hours of sunlight your skin may not make enough vitamin D during winter. As you get older skin cells become less efficient at making vitamin D which is why the elderly at higher risk.

High Risk for Darker Skin

Melanin, the pigment responsible for protecting the skin, filters out UVB rays making it much harder for skin cells to produce desired amounts of vitamin D. The darker your skin tone, the higher the risk for vitamin D deficiency so vitamin D3 supplements are beneficial for anyone with dark skin.

Vitamin D3 is the most Effective

When it comes to supplements, it’s the bioactive D3 form which remains biologically active in the body for much longer and is more effective at raising blood levels than vitamin D2.

Oral Sprays are Fast Working

Oral sprays deliver fast, maximised absorption compared to tablets and capsules which are dependent on intestinal absorption rates. With an oral spray, vitamin D3 passes rapidly through the soft tissues inside the mouth and heads straight into the bloodstream. Great news for anyone who suffers from a malabsorption condition (IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, coeliac).

D and K form a Dynamic Team

Always choose a supplement that contains a balance of these two bone building nutrients. Whereas vitamin D support the intestinal absorption of calcium, vitmain K helps guide calcium into the right body tissues – your bones and teeth.

Immune and Muscle Function

Vitamin D3 plays an important role in helping your immune system function normally. Vitamin D3 supports innate immunity (your body’s first line of defence) by playing a key role in regulating the action and total number of specific immune cells. Vitamin D is also important for muscle function and is popular with athletes or anyone with a sporty or active lifestyle.

Neutrient D3 + K2 vegan oral spray - fast, potent and effective:

  • 2000 IU vitamin D3 with 75 mcg vitamin K2
  • 150 sprays per bottle, 5-month supply
  • Bioactive forms for maximised absorption
  • Vegan certification from The Vegan Society
  • Provides bioactive vitamin D3 sourced from lichens
  • Provides vitamin K2 as the potent bioactive form MK-7

Further Information

Article text by Food Scientist and Nutritionist Susie Debice. For more information please contact on Tel: +44 (0)20 3239 4907; or visit



Powerful Sacred Talismans from Bali – from Organic Aromatherapy

Unique designs dreamed into being by Bexie Williams and hand crafted by local Balinese craftsmen, from upcycled gold and silver, exclusively for Soul Harmony and Organic Aromatherapy Ltd. We put the money for the Talismans directly in the hands of the local people. Each piece is unique and is blessed. in Mumma Bali, with love and smiles in sacred space.

  • Chakra balancing bracelets on either colour or black option cord.
  • The Sacred Spiral available in gold or silver on traditional Balinese Tridatu or black cord.
  • Prices, designs and styles;
    • Silver bracelets: £49; Gold bracelets: £69
    • Silver necklaces: £59; Gold necklaces: £79; Om Pyramid necklace: £69

Each individual bespoke piece is a physical expression of pure Sacred geometry, which is defined as a universal language that describes the inner workings of nature and the intrinsic order of the Universe. It is the natural sanction that unites all forms of life… from microbes, plants, animals and humans to the motions of the planets and stars.


Chakra Balancing Bracelet

Sacred Geometry – Chakra Balancing Bracelet with Red Cord


Positive Feedback from Happy Customers

People have been noticing benefits from wearing these pieces. One happy customer had been experiencing IBS for many years and was on medication for it. She informed me that she "did not believe in woo-woo but she would have a solar plexus bracelet. She reported that after a week of wearing it she had no physical problems with her previous symptoms and was so delighted that she purchased a heart bracelet for her friend, who was single and unhappy at the time. The 'friend' apparently found her new hubby-to -be within 2 weeks of wearing the charm! Whilst we make no promises, we love the feedback!

The Tridatu

This is traditionally worn on the right wrist. The simple yet significant philosophy behind this unity of colours has become akin to the Balinese identity.

  • Whiteawakens goodness in spirit; representing Siwa The Destroyer.
  • Redevokes creativity and bravery; representing Brahma The Creator
  • Blackis synonymous to power or protection from bad spirits; Wisnu The Preserver
  • Tridatu, if one were to translate it, means three powers. Almost comparable to the holy trinity, it embodies the Balinese-Hindu’s three manifestations of God known as the Trimurti which permeates through the core aspects of the Balinese-Hindu’s circle of life (birth, life, and death); captured by the three entities who hold the power or ‘duty’ of creation, welfare, and destruction for each stage of the life cycle.

Wearable and Strong

The handwoven bracelets are strong and durable. I have not removed mine ever even through bathing and swimming and sleeping  with no problems  at all even after 3 years of permanent wear!  We have made them with love and invite you to begin your collection. They look great layered up or worn individually.

Further Information and to Purchase



The Cancer Patients Symposium

Author: Adriano Leto Professional Documentary Maker

The Cancer Patients Symposium – Online 26th-28th March 2021 – is an online series of talks to empower patients by raising their awareness of a variety of practical ways to support their emotional and physical healing.


Cancer Patient Symposium


I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in January 2016 and told I had a year to live.  I spent years travelling and researching cancer and how to improve my odds.  I launched the first Cancer Patients Symposium in June 2018 to share my research.  I am currently making a documentary around improving UK cancer survival rates - which are amongst the worst in Europe - and have teamed up with a charity, Cancer Solutions, to develop a protocol for prostate cancer.

Like so many others, my cancer journey started much earlier when my father-in-law and my mother were respectively diagnosed with stomach and breast cancer.  For ten years I made films for Walk the Walk, a charity that runs the MoonWalks events that raise money for cancer research and care.

I have increasingly felt the need for doctors and naturopaths to share more widely information on cancer and treatments that can improve survival rates and quality of life. Although there are already some wonderful online events on cancer, I felt that many things were not being covered - and not in a sufficiently in-depth scientific way.

I am passionate about 'informed consent’ and believe that cancer patients should know all their options - many of which are not offered or even mentioned by the NHS. Often I’ve found that cutting edge treatments being used in leading hospitals and clinics round the world only become available on the NHS some twenty to forty years later.

All too often cancer patients are driven into opting for extreme interventions before they have had time to think and inform themselves thoroughly.  I feel strongly that a more holistic approach to cancer is necessary and that many ways of supporting cancer patients and dealing with treatment side-effects are not fully considered. Indeed, although there is a consensus that genetic changes happen in cancer cells, many now believe these genetic changes are down-stream events and that cancer is actually a metabolic disease which requires support for the whole body and immune system.

This year’s online event will include a range of important presentations on subjects that all cancer patients and practitioners need to understand.  We will explore how to avoid the types of dangerous medical neglect that causes the death of a quarter of all cancer patients prematurely, and how to return your mitochondrial function to that of a 20-year-old. 

Cancer 101 - what you can do when you are first diagnosed
Presentations from a multidisciplinary team on 20 different key pathways to follow, with practical suggestions and product reviews, including sessions on functional medicine, evidence-based herbal treatments for cancer, alkalising tumour micro-environments, the importance of movement (exercise), reversing the age of mitochondria, a round-up of detox techniques, and many other practical ways of treating cancer and maintaining vibrant health.

Further Information

The full content of the online Symposium will be available at



Tips for Depression and Beginner’s Guide to Lifting Depression

LOOK UP!  And try to ‘feel depressed’ at the same time….Without lowering your gaze…

??   What?? You conscientiously tried your hardest

And you just couldn’t do it?

As long as your gaze was upward, you just couldn’t feel depressed at the same time?


Look Up + Lifting Depression


Oh dear…how scary is that? To just not to be able to feel depressed, even though you genuinely are depressed?

Or even, according to the medical professionals, ‘have Depression’.

Try it again…if you’re indoors,  fix your gaze where the wall meets the ceiling.  If you can look out a window, or if you are outdoors, look at roof-lines, the tops of trees, the sky….keep your gaze fixed upward and try to feel depressed at the same time.

You still can’t ‘feel depressed’, though you know you will the minute you stop looking up.

In the real world, we are all in increasingly difficult and discouraging situations.  We all have reasons to feel depressed, more than depressed – much more…desperate, terrified, grief-stricken, raging against injustices, against repeated mistakes that have made things worse.

Of course there are good reasons to be depressed…but when we are literally fighting for our lives, we must be at our peak of clear thinking and effective action.  There is no time to waste ‘feeling depressed’.

Use the weapon I have just handed to you.  Shamelessly cut through the apathy that might slow you down. 


And now that your head is clear, look again at your situation, and start to figure out what to do.

Further Information

Further information about A Beginner’s Guide to Lifting Depression by Les Simpson PhD and Nancy Blake CQSW  is available here. Available to order from the Author and  Amazon.



The Complete Guide To Reflexology

by Ruth Hull

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2021. Paperback. £19.99. ISBN: 978 1 913088 11 8.

Written in a clear, no-nonsense style, this is the ideal textbook for students of reflexology up to levels 2 and 3. Designed for use both in the classroom and as a home study resource, it provides all the information necessary to meet or exceed the curriculum requirements of all the major awarding bodies. Its benefits include:

  • Meets the current National Occupational Standards for reflexology;
  • Meets the standards required by all the main awarding bodies; Suitable for levels 2 and 3;
  • Outlines each body system, explaining how, when, and why to work the reflexes;
  • Includes chapters on hand reflexology and meridian therapy;
  • Comprehensive pathology of all body systems;
  • Detailed and accurate anatomical drawings;
  • Revision and multiple choice questions for each chapter;
  • Study outline at the end of each chapter; Case studies;
  • Covers current theories and philosophies;
  • Explores other complementary therapies.


Lotus Reflexology Text + Workbook


The Complete Guide To Reflexology Workbook

by Ruth Hull

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2021. Paperback. £10.99. ISBN: 978 1 913088 14 9

This workbook complements Ruth Hull’s companion text, The Complete Guide to Reflexology, Second Edition but can also be used in conjunction with any other reflexology textbook, and is the perfect study and revision aid for any­one studying reflexology up to level 3. It can be used either in class or as a separate self-study resource, and contains:

  • Over 80 illustrations for the student to label or colour;
  • A section in which students are guided through developing their own revi­sion and self-study notes that will help them both understand and mem­orise their work;
  • Exercises that test the students’ knowledge in different ways – colouring in and labeling diagrams, matching columns, filling in gaps, problem-solving exercises, cross words, word searches, and true/false exercises;
  • A series of questions designed to inspire students to think about how they will practice once qualified;
  • Mock exam papers – 10 exam papers containing multiple choice questions which cover the entire reflexology syllabus.

About the Author

Dr Ruth Hull is an integrative health consultant and author who has been working in natural health since 1999 as a therapist, lecturer and writer. Born and educated in Zimbabwe, Ruth holds a degree in philosophy and literature and master’s degree in health and homoeopathy. She studied and prac­tised complementary therapies in London and worked as a homoeopathic doctor and lecturer in South Africa. Ruth now lives in Australia where she divides her time between writing books, running integrative health workshops and being a mum.

Further Information

Both books available from; Workbook from 



Professor Sheikh - Spiritual Healer

Professor Sheikh is a spiritualist with more than 30 years of experience in dealing with many issues that affect people's lives with special incidence in the fields of astrology, readings and spiritual healing.


Prof Sheik


Hailing from a long line of spiritualists from the Maghreb and Senegal, Professor Sheikh has inherited immense power through his family master spirit and vast accumulated knowledge in dealing with many personal issues that afflict human beings in many corners of the globe. Even though humanity has and will keep evolving the problems that afflict us have maintained the same throughout the ages. Love issues, wanting better for oneself and one’s family or wanting to avoid bad luck or dealing with others who do not wish us to do better (due to jealousy or rivalries) will always afflict us. Professor has the solution to deal with these issues and deal with them effectively and efficiently. 

Professor Sheikh is a spiritual priest and producer of potions and talismans. He possess more than 30 years of experience in the realms of Vodun, Tabanane and white magic charms and love potions and he can help you in:

Spiritual Guardianship (advisory capacity or via spells and enchantments)

Are You Suffering From Any of the Following Problems ?

  • Business Problem; Job Promotion; Abroad Chances
  • Sickness; Sexual Problems 
  • Luck
  • Court Cases; Marriage Problem
  • Enemy
  • Children Problem
  • Husband & Wife Problems

Know Your Past, Present & Future

Expert In Palm Reading, Horoscope, Photo & Date Of Birth

Professor Sheikh can provide you

Protection for your house - business and other personal matters.

You can contact him and describe your problems, birthplace, and description using any piece of communication such as phones, What’s app or online chatting as per your convenience.

Do not despair, I will find a solution no matter how difficult the problem is. Allow me to help and bring happiness to your life like again with the guarantee that you will see your results. Once you see my work pan out exactly like I described, I know you will be eternally grateful 

Further Information

For more information please contact Professor Sheikh via Tel:  02084711665/ +447506854492/+447459320493 (WhatsApp Available).



Pukka’s Organic Night Time Berry Tea for a Restorative and Restful Night’s Sleep

Pukka Herbs, has launched its newest bedtime tea – Night Time Berry – the ultimate restorative and restful blend with immunity supporting ingredients. Expertly blended by Pukka’s Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, this fruity boost of organic blackcurrant, echinacea and elderberry, combined with nature’s finest night-time herbs; lavender, chamomile, and valerian, makes this the perfect bedtime brew. Made with 100% organic and ethically sourced fruits and herbs, this comforting and rejuvenating blend will swirl you into a peaceful slumber whilst promoting immune support.

Night Time Berry Pukka

Night Time Berry is blended with fruits and herbs known for relaxation. The recommended range of sleep for an adult is 7-9 hours; this highlights a worldwide worrying lack of sleep.[1]

Euan MacLennan, Herbal Director Pukka Herbs and London NHS Medical Herbalist says:, 

“A good night’s sleep can be the difference between a good day and a bad day for most of us. Over the last 50 years the average number of sleeping hours people get have reduced from eight to seven; our grandparents had a full month more sleep per year.[2]

“As our understanding of health evolves, it becomes clear there is a strong link between sleep and the strength of our immune function.[3] During healthy sleep, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines which help promote sleep. So now, more than ever, it’s important to get a good eight-hour rest per night to fight off any potential illnesses. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.[4]

“Sleep supports the proteins and cells of your immune system to detect and destroy bugs and germs[5] and importantly helps them to remember those bugs so they can fight them off even quicker in the future. Sleep also helps to reduce stress, support mental wellbeing and improve heart health.”[6]

Nature’s finest ingredients for sleep and immunity to support faster recovery:

  • Elderberries: Bursting with brightly coloured pigments that act as natural antioxidants,[7] elderberries are a natural source of vitamin C.[8]
  • Echinacea: A renowned immune tonic with some very interesting research, echinacea can be particularly helpful in seasonal wellness.
  • Valerian: A traditional tonic to support restful sleep. Valerian can help us to drop off to sleep and encourage undisturbed sleep.[9]
  • Chamomile: Chamomile contains an antioxidant called apigenin which works on the brain receptors to help to initiate sleep.

Pukka Herbs’ products are certified organic, Fair for Life and FairWild which guarantees that herbs used have been harvested sustainably and growers paid fairly. Fair for Life guarantees that all who Pukka touches across the globe are treated fairly, equitably and transparently.



Further Information

Night Time Berry tea is available at Waitrose and Holland & Barrett for RRP £2.99



Ashwagandha Ayurvedic Herb – Tested Tradition

Ashwagandha (ash-wa-gan-da) is one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda (traditional system of medicine in India). A small shrub, extracts from the plant are associated with a host of health benefits, from helping with a range of age related health issues to improving athletic performance. There have been a large number of studies published on the possible benefits of ashawagandha; highlighting its huge potential…



In a study[1] published in August 2020, 80 people were given either a placebo or Ashwagandha for eight weeks. Sleep parameters were measured, as well as sleep questionnaire. Those taking Ashwagandha slept significantly better than those in the placebo group, particularly if they previously suffered from insomnia. 

Stress and Anxiety

A study[2] involving 58 men and women assessed the effectiveness of Ashwagandha extract at reducing stress and anxiety. Participants were given either Ashwagandha extract or a placebo for eight weeks. Those in the Ashwagandha group had significantly reduced their scores on a perceived stress scale, as well as reducing their cortisol levels (a hormone strongly linked to stress). The Ashwagandha group also found their sleep improved.


Research has also shown Ashwagandha may help with our waistlines. Chronic stress is often associated with weight gain and in a study[3] 52 people under chronic stress received either  placebo or Ashwagandha for eight weeks. Those taking Ashwagandha were less stressed, had less food cravings, were happier and body weight reduced, compared to those given placebo.


An eight week study[4] involving 57 men, saw participants consuming either Ashwagandha extract or placebo whilst undergoing resistance training. The results showed, compared to those taking the placebo, those taking the Ashwagandha extract had significantly greater muscle strength, as measured when bench-pressing and doing leg-extensions, and significantly greater muscle size increase in their arms and chest. Compared to the placebo subjects, the subjects receiving Ashwagandha also had significantly greater reduction of exercise-induced muscle damage (as indicated by serum creatine kinase stabilization), significantly greater increase in testosterone and significantly greater decrease in body fat.

Other research[5]has shown that Ashwagandha may improve people’s VO2max. VO2 max, maximal oxygen uptake, the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen a person can utilize during intense exercise. It is a common measurement used to establish the aerobic endurance of an athlete prior to or during the course of training.

How to use Ashwagandha

Fito is an expert producer of natural remedies, for over 20 years. Ashwagandha capsules offer an easy and convinient way to include the herb in your diet. Fito’s vegan capsules offer a high strength and quality  Ashwagandha supplement – a standardized extract with a guaranteed content of withanolides (7.5%) – an important active component of ashwagandha.

Please note: DO NOT take when pregnant (There is some evidence that ashwagandha might cause miscarriages) or breast feeding. Consult a doctor before use if suffering from any medical condition, on any medication, or about to undergo surgery. Consult your doctor before use, if at all unsure whether hibiscus tea is suitable for you and stop use immediately, and consult a doctor, if any adverse reactions occur. Use may cause drowsiness.


  1. J Ethnopharmacol. 2020 Aug 17;264:113276. Clinical evaluation of the pharmacological impact of ashwagandha root extract on sleep in healthy volunteers and insomnia patients: A double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study. Deepak Langade1, Vaishali Thakare 2, Subodh Kanchi 3, Sunil Kelgane 4
  2. 2019 Dec 25;11(12):e6466. Adaptogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of Ashwagandha Root Extract in Healthy Adults: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Clinical Study. Jaysing Salve1Sucheta Pate 2Khokan Debnath 3Deepak Langade 4
  3. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Jan;22(1):96-106. Body Weight Management in Adults Under Chronic Stress Through Treatment With Ashwagandha Root Extract: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Dnyanraj Choudhary1, Sauvik Bhattacharyya 2, Kedar Joshi 3
  4. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Nov 25;12:43. Examining the effect of Withania somnifera supplementation on muscle strength and recovery: a randomized controlled trial. Sachin Wankhede1, Deepak Langade 2, Kedar Joshi 3, Shymal R Sinha 4, Sauvik Bhattacharyya 5
  5. 2020 Apr 17;12(4):1119. Effects of Ashwagandha ( Withania somnifera) on VO 2max: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Jorge Pérez-Gómez 1, Santos Villafaina 2, José Carmelo Adsuar 1, Eugenio Merellano-Navarro 3, Daniel Collado-Mateo 4

Further Information

Available in Grape Tree stores, and their website, for just £4.99 for a 40 capsule tub.



Asbestos Audit - Symptom Checks Data Collection

With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the world to pause, sadly we have seen a significant rise in NHS and mental health issues here in the UK. One of the main concerns around the Coronavirus pandemic was patients not getting treated for the appropriate illnesses or being misdiagnosed.
One disease that has similar coronavirus symptoms is mesothelioma, where those who suffer from either Coronavirus or mesothelioma will experience shortness of breath or chest pain. Sadly, mesothelioma has had a big impact on the UK with many mesothelioma-related deaths being recorded in the last decade.

Asbestos Symptoms % Volume Change

In light of this, Asbestos Audit, who provide asbestos surveys, health and safety services and environmental services, wanted to raise awareness of the similarity of mesothelioma and coronavirus symptoms in order to prevent misdiagnosis. Furthermore, they also wanted to look at the mental toll this may have had on people.
They analysed Google search data from the last year (Sept. 2019 - Sept. 2020) around anxiety and symptom checking to see whether these terms have seen an increase year on year, throughout the year.

Key Findings:

  1. Searches around 'continuous cough' have seen a whopping increase of  3539% - slightly problematic for people who have mesothelioma, as this may mean they are misdiagnosed with coronavirus etc.;
  2. The term 'panic attack' increased 35% rise in the last year;
  3. Searches around mesothelioma have decreased - even though the HSE confirmed there was no decline in the number of mesothelioma-deaths in the UK for the last 5 years;
  4. 'Symptoms' have also increased by 43% - highlighting the anxiety and worry the pandemic has caused for many.

Further Information

Asbestos Audit Ltd performed this research –



Fairy Herb Tea – Jiaogulan

‘Fairy herb’ may sound like a mythical plant grown by wizards and warlocks, but it’s actually another name for a plant called Jiaogulan.


Jiaogulan Tea


Past research has shown that extracts from jiaogulan could help with weight loss.[4,5,6]

One study[6] was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial and involved 74 men and women taking a jiaogulan extract over a 12 week period. At the end of the trial, those using the jiaogulan extracts were found to have significantly (compared to the placebo group) decreased their total abdominal fat area, losing on average nearly 21cm2 fat from around their bellies.

Now new research[1-3] has helped identify ten different compounds with potential weight loss properties in tea made from the herb. The plant makes a tea with a delicious bittersweet taste and could be a simple addition to your diet, if you’re looking to lose a few pounds.

Where to get Fairy Herb Tea

Herbal tea experts, Natur Boutique, have launched one of the first jiaogulan teas to be available in the UK. Natur Boutique’s drink uses just one pure ingredient and has no additives or flavourings, which gives it an added purity of flavour.

Please Note: DO NOT use if pregnant, breast feeding or suffering from a medical condition/on medication (including diabetes). Ask a doctor if in any doubt over the suitability of jiaogulan for your diet or if you are about to undergo surgery.


1-3. Molecules. 2020 Aug 15;25(16):E3737. Ten New Dammarane-Type Saponins with Hypolipidemia Activity from a Functional Herbal Tea- Gynostemma pentaphyllum Maojing Yin 1 2, Jingjing Zhang 1 2,  Lizhi Wang 3, Fangyi Li 1 2, Zhenfa Li 1 2, Wei Xiang 1 2, Songtao Bie 1 2, Chunhua Wang 1 2, Zheng Li 1 2

  1. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 1;8(11):e78731. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078731. eCollection 2013.Metabonomics study of the therapeutic mechanism of Gynostemma pentaphyllum and atorvastatin for hyperlipidemia in rats. Wang M1Wang FWang YMa XZhao M, Zhao C.
  2. Biotechnol Lett.2012 Sep;34(9):1607-16. Heat-processed Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract improves obesity in ob/ob mice by activating AMP-activated protein kinase. Gauhar R1Hwang SL, Jeong SS, Kim JE, Song H, Park DC, Song KS, Kim TY, Oh WK, Huh TL.
  3. Obesity (Silver Spring).2014 Jan;22(1):63-71. Antiobesity effect of Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract (actiponin): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Park SH1Huh TLKim SYOh MRTirupathi Pichiah PBChae SWCha YS.

Further Information

For more details or to buy visit or ask at your local health store.



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    Mushroom for Cat Viral Infections

    Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd has developed a line of mushroom nutrition products (Corpet) for small pets. Corpet can be used to support the immune system in cats undergoing viral challenges such as feline leukemia (FELV), feline panleukopenia (IPF) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV). Corpet 100g contains mycelium and primordia (young fruitbodies) of Coriolus versicolor aseptically in accordance with both EU regulations and UK.


    Further information: Corpet is available from your holistic Veterinarian or Centaur Services and from Mycology Research Laboratories;


    Cold & Flu Barrier Bacteria & Viruses

    Flavobac™ Cold & Flu Guard is a completely natural oral and nasal barrier against bacteria, viruses and influenza. Flavobac™ combines a proprietary formulation of bioflavonoids, derived from bitter oranges, with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body. It has also been proven to be effective in killing viruses within minutes, including in direct tests against SARS-CoV-2.


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    Hail The NHS! Going There

    Why do GPs consult in a particular way and ask the questions they do? How do they use this information to help patients get the best possible outcomes? This original graphic novel, Going There by Peter Worral, Dr Bevis Heap and Dr Fieza Chaudry, shows the reasoning behind this and the development of related skills by following the training of one GP and the patients and families she meets through this process. It is based on  real life experiences to which people can relate.


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    Stress Busters for Lockdown 3.0

    According to new statistics, our anxiety levels and have risen sharply during the pandemic and for some, the new lockdown will be another trigger. Top experts have given expert tips to manage your anxiety and stress levels. Dr Marilyn Glenville says to steady your sugar levels by ensuring you have a small meal every 2-3 hours. She explains that certain nutrients can lower your stress levels, B vitamins, magnesium, chromium, L-theanine and Siberian Ginseng. She also suggests writing a To Do list to tackle all those chores you have yet to do. Olivia Hemingway recommends taking new KalmAssure NightTime Capsules by Natures Plus available from Amazon. She recommends exercise to get a  sense of euphoria.


    Further information:   Amazon 


    Menopause Support

    BioAdvanced Menopause Support is a wholefood-based blend of nutrients and botanicals tailored to support you no matter what stage of menopause you are in. Formulated to help regulate hormonal changes, alleviate tiredness and fatigue, support the maintenance of healthy bones and defend cells against oxidative stress.


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    Charge Up Your Immune Health

    Public Health Nutritionist, Suzie Sawyer gives her tips for immune health. Nature's Way Sambucus Immune Support contains elderberries, vitamin C  and Zinc in a gluten, geletine free gummy. She says we should eat a rainbow every day, cut back on sugary refined foods, add herbs and spices liberally to your cooking, ensure you get plenty of sleep and breath in the fresh winter air.


    Further information: Nature's Way Sambucus Immune Support  is available from Holland and Barrett and Nature's Way;


    Apple Plan to Lose Weight

    Leading Nutritionist, Rob Hobson has partnered with British Apples and Pears to promote the Happy Apple Plan, reaping the benefits of eating an apple before a meal as part of a healthy diet. He says the Happy Apple Plan is a simple way to lose those extra COVID and Christmas pounds this winter.


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    98% of People Infected with COVID-19 have Mild Infection

    Doctors, Nutritionists, Scientists and frontline workers from over 50 countries have pledged their support to the now international 'vitaminC4Covid' campaign. The campaign aims to get vitamin C taken seriously both for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. There is already more than enough evidence that vitamin C status, perhaps even more than vitamin D, makes a big difference to COVID symptoms.


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    Amchara Health

    News from Amchara Health is that they are hoping to open in April and will be taking bookings from late February for Amchara Retreats. The Amchara Juicery is opening: the Amchara Health Team will be making organic juices for you to enjoy at home with their juice cleanse delivery service. There is a 14-Day Detox with experienced Health Practitioner, Jo Gamble to kickstart your health and wellbeing in 2021.


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    Mastering Circadian Rhythm

    A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process which regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Various studies have shown a possible link between healthy circadian rhythms and co-ordination, cardiovascular activity, cognition, weight control, immune function and digestion.


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    Diet Advice Tips Weight Loss

    MattressNextDay have revealed the 5 worst diets for disrupted sleep: The Dukan Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Macrobiotic Diet, The Alkaline Diet and The Atkins Diet. The top 5 tips for weight loss that won't cause disrupted sleep are Balance, Smart Snacking, Increasing your  vegetable intake, reducing convenience foods and do NOT diet.


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    Anaphylaxis Campaign People Severe Allergies

    The COVID-19 vaccination programme has raised many questions for the allergic community. The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity focussed on supporting those at risk of severe allergies and anaphylaxis and they have been working with clinical experts to ensure they have the most up-to-date information regarding the vaccines and their suitability for adults living with allergies.


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    Haskapa Superberry Powder

    Haskapa is a new 100% pure, plant-based, naturally vegan-friendly superberry powder which is here to help you to stay healthy. Haskapa is made exclusively from haskap berries, whose vibrant blue skins and deep crimson flesh contain remarkably high levels of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring plant pigments, which new research has linked to promoting numerous health benefits, while reducing the risks associated with chronic disease.


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    Diets for Type 2 Diabetes

    Dr Sarah Brewer, who works in association with CuraLin, the all-natural supplement which helps balance glucose levels recommends the Mediterranean Diet. The diet is largely plant-based and combines relatively large amounts of vegetables, fruit, olive oils, fish, garlic, wholegrains, beans, nuts, seeds, bread and potatoes with a relatively low intake of red meat and a moderate consumption of red wine. Alice Yeates, Diabetic Expert and Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist recommends the Keto Diet, which research suggests is good if you have type 2 diabetes. Nutritionist, Cassander Barns recommends the Paelo Diet, known as the hunter-gatherer diet.


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    Brackenbury Clinic Open

    The  Brackenbury Clinic is open six days a week, with some early morning and evening appointments available. The Osteopaths, Acupuncturists, Counsellors, a Kinesiologist and other Health Practitioners are fully qualified and equipped to work within the current conditions. They can help with a wide range of physical and mental health issues from back pain, headaches, digestive disorders and skin conditions to anxiety, depression, stress, fear, bereavement and loss.


    Further information Tel: 020-8741 9264;


    Breathe into Meditation

    Meditate: Breathe into Meditation and Awaken Your Potential by Talwinder Sidhu is a potent, comprehensive guide to reducing stress, anxiety and depress at a time when a global mental health crisis is raging. Through an intuitive 5-step process and journey through all aspects of meditation, Sidhu proves how accessible the  practice really is.


    Further information Tel: 07541 597 683;


    BioAdvanced Liver Support

    The BioAdvanced Liver Support from Natures Plus is a wholefood-based blend of nutrients and botanicals tailored to help maintain liver function on a daily basis. It is packed full of antioxidants such as glutathione, which is capable of preventing damage to important cellular components within the liver. Another important ingredient is milk thistle, a great anti-inflammatory which works to protect the liver from harsh chemicals.


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    Talk Responsibly about COVID-19 Vaccines

    A team of renowned scientific experts has joined forces from around the world to help fight the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, which hold the key to beating the deadly pandemic and releasing countries from debilitating lockdown restrictions. Together they have created a unique online guide led by the University of Bristol, to arm people with practical tips combined with the very latest information.


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    The Beginner's Guide to Ayurveda

    Anne McIntyre has launched her latest Ayurvedic course on the Learn Living Ayurveda website. She has specifically written this course as an introductory guide to Ayurveda. It is packed with information conveyed in a relaxed and easy to understand style for those wanting to dip their toes into this incredible body of ancient wisdom. Available entirely online, but with the option to download pdfs of each lesson with quizzes, reflections, recipes and meditations.


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    Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2021

    BioMed Central (BMC) has announced that the nominations for the Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2021 are now open. Awarded annually by Parasites & Vectors in association with Boehringer Ingelheilm Animal Health, the Odile Bain Memorial Prize perpetuates the memory of Odile Bain (28/04/1939-16/10/2012). Established for Odile's outstanding contribution to medical and veterinary parasitology, the award especially honours her support to young Parasitologists.


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    Top Supplements for 2021

    A great supplement 'hack' is to take a supplement stack – a combined immune supplement will cover all the basics and ensure you stay fit and healthy. Be Immune 24 – Immune System Boost is a combination of 33 ingredients which offers 24-hour protection and contains vitamins B, C, D, zinc, iron, Quercetin, Bromelain, Turmeric, selenium, Black pepper and more. Brainzyme Focus Elite is the first 3 in 1 brain food supplement combining a nootropic with full multivitamin and live culture in one supplement.


    Further information:   Brainzyme


    Fight Post-Holiday Fatigue

    Get a good night's sleep with Kalms Night One-A-Night tablets, a traditional herbal remedy can help you get off to sleep without leaving you feeling drowsy the following morning. Eat the right food, avoid sugary foods and ensure you get more vitamin D in your diet from oily fish, red meat and fortified foods, such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals. Try an energy enhancer, Pro Plus® gives you a caffeine kick to relieve symptoms of fatigue and tiredness. Finally, get moving, a healthy dose of morning exercise can release a welcome burst of feel-good endorphins.


    Further information: Kalms Night     Boots


    Sapphire Medical Foundation

    Established in 2019, Sapphire Medical Foundation was set up to reduce the financial barriers to accessing medical cannabis, potentially life-changing treatment for millions of patients. In a landmark decision by the Charity Commission, Sapphire Medical Foundation has announced its registration as a charity, the first of its kind in the UK.


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    AIHM & ACIH Merger

    The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) 'the Academy' and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) 'the Collaborative' have announced the planned merger of their business operations to advance holistic and integrative health globally. The Collaborative, founding in 2004, represents 20 national integrative health and medicine organisations. The ACIH core members national academic organizations associated with the 5 licensed integrative health and medicine professions that have a federally recognized accrediting agency.


    Further information Tel: +1 858-240-9033;    


    BioAdvanced Stress Support

    New BioAdvanced Stress Support is an all-natural stress remedy to help us through our daily lives, reduce oxidative stress and look after our nervous system while times are tough and we need that little extra help.


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    OG A Mega-3 Plus

    The OG A Mega-3 Plus supplement is a new and unique formula with the highest combined levels of DHA, EPA, DPA and vitamin D3 on the market, mixing the finest North Atlantic herring oil with organic cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and highly bio-active vitamin D3, which is further fortified with a powerful Omega-3 concentrate for a super strong and effective supplement.


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    Hands, Face, Space... Taffix

    In one human study, people using Taffix before a mass participation event reduced their chances of catching COVID-19 by 78%. Laboratory studies have revealed a 99.99% reduction in live virus cells after exposure to the active ingredients in Taffix  and maximum cell protection when compared with a standard nasal gel spray.


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    Tisserand Aromatherapy

    Tisserand Aromatherapy's Real Calm collection featuring a relaxing blend of lavender, bergamot and patchouli pure essential oils. Real Calm Bath and Shower Wash, Real Calm Bath Oil, Real Calm MoodFix™ and Real Calm Discovery Kit have a relaxing blend of lavender, bergamot and patchouli.


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    Heart Tips

    With February being the month of love, it is important to ensure that our hearts are physically healthy. Oats have been shown to be beneficial to our overall health. Try Gluten Free Super Seeded Oatcakes from Nairn's from Sainsbury which contain flaxseed, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Take the right supplements. Beyond COQ10 from Natures Plus could assist with restoring optimal levels of energy, reduce oxidative damage and improve heart function.


    Further information:  Sainsburys


    First Slimming Probiotic

    Following a successful first trial published early in 2020, a second study this year is now offering further irrefutable clinical evidence that a product called ShapeLine from Pro-Ven Probiotics can help you to lose weight. The nine month study of 70 overweight participants aged 45-65 resulted in a substantial average reduction of 3.2kg (7lbs), as well as an average 1" reduction in waist and hip circumference, simply by taking one capsule of Pro-Ven ShapeLine supplement a day.


    Further information Tel: 01639 825 107;  


    The Reluctant Alchemist

    The Reluctant Alchemist by Cathryn Abbott, a Therapist specializing in trauma transformation and transcension, a meditation guide, coach mother and former trailing spouse, is a magical fictionalised memoir channelled by the author. It is the story of Morgan Gardiner, whose life is turned upside down after an encounter with a stranger. She is then forced to harness daunting new powers and confront her demons in order to save her little girl.


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    Life Spark CBD Body Salve

    Life Spark CBD is a 100% organic CBD oil, is now available as a high concentration, soothing Intensive Relief Body Salve, to ease pain from running, cycling and walking injuries. Intensive Relief offers a higher concentration of CBD than any other CBD based salve currently on the market. It comes in two sizes and CBD strengths.


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    Amchara Health Digestive Tips

    70-80% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Amchara Health have 12 natural remedies for gut health on their website with a range of herbs which may help typical gut complaints. Learn how to remedy your unexplained digestive issues that flare at random and find out how going gluten free can favourably influence your gut health.


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    HealthWatch Competition 2021

    There are 2 first prizes of £500 each, one for medical and dental students and one for students of nursing, midwifery and professionals allied to medicine offered by HealthWatch. Up to 5 runner-up prizes of £100 will be awarded in each category. Winners will be invited attend the HealthWatch Annual General Meeting in October to receive their prizes. Sponsored by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


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    VTCT New Chair & Vice Chair

    The Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) and iTEC have appointed a new Chair and Vice Chair for their board of trusties. The new Chair is Jenny Sworder, who was previous Vice Chair and has served as trustee on the board for 7 years. The new Vice Chair is Isabel Sutcliffe, who has been on the board since 2016.


    Further information Tel: 07715 655 056,


    Alyve Wellness Vitamins

    Alyve Wellness' personalised vitamins, minerals, herbal and plant extracts and amino acids are vegan (Vegan Society approved), non-GMO and sustainably sourced, have no added fillers or preservatives, UK made, allergen free and gluten free. Alyve TWellness is introducing a new era of supplement simplicity, with tailored recipes packed into 2 capsules a day. The bespoke supplements are created using Alyve Wellness' nutritional database compiled a Harley Steet medical Doctor and a Homeopathic Nutritionist.


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    NLP Master Practitioner

    The NLP Master Practitioner Programme is going online for the first time on 26 February 2021. Featuring Ian McDermott, Robert Dilts and Tim Hallbom, the programme will impact the way you engage with yourself and others for profound and lasting change through some of the following areas of NLP: The Art of Modelling, The Wisdom Within, Time for Transformation and Beliefs, Values and Identity.


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    Atrial Fibrillation KardiaMobile

    The mission of AliveCor or is to save lives and transform cardiology by delivering intelligent, highly-personalised heart data to clinicians and patients anytime and anywhere. This is done through the FDA-cleared, CE-marked personal ECG device KardiaMobile. KardiaMobile is the most clinically-validated personal ECG in the world and provides instant detection of atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia and abnormal heart rhythm.


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    Knife in the Fast

    Knife in the Fast – A Surgeon's Perspective from the Sharp End of the Sport by Bill Ribbans charts the history of care for sports people from the expert view of a Doctor and Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 40 years’ experience. The book explores the legal minefields and ethical dilemmas faced by medics in sport. It deals with current issues like concussion, depression, drug taking and the dangers of sporting academies.


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    The State of the Free Press

    The State of the Free Press published by 7 Seven Stories Press, exposes corporate media's failures to cover systematic social problems, including the deadly consequences of enduring economic inequality, attacks on freedom of expression and the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. It documents how double standards and skewed framing have served to mystify the public about the COVID-19 pandemic, obfuscate the debate over healthcare during the 2020 Democratic primary campaign and misrepresent mass demonstrations in Hong Kong and Chile for political convenience.


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    Dr Nicholas Gonzalez

    Maverick MD – Dr Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight For a New Cancer Treatment by Mary Swander beautifully depicts the inspiring life story of this remarkable Scientist as she illustrates how Dr Gonzalez perfected a nutritional approach to cancer and other degenerative diseases that was beyond the imaginations of mainstream conventional medicine.


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