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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 179

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 179 - February 2011

Breast Health: MammoVision™ – Dr Nicola Hembry Bristol

Traditional diagnostic methods for breast cancer - the most common malignant disease in women - usually detect established disease, but may fail to spot the initial phase of disease development. Before a lump is detected by mammography or ultrasound, the cancer could have been developing for as long as 10 years.

Breast Imaging

MammoVision™ Thermal Camera


Infrared Regulation Imaging, used in MammoVision™ is a clinically proven screening tool to aid in the early detection, prevention and management of breast cancer. MammoVision™ uses no radiation, no needles, no contact - just a set of thermal 'photographs' which are stored on computer and can be compared to later examinations, enabling the detection of changes, follow-up of suspect lesions, and monitoring after treatment.

Dr Nicola Hembry  BSc MB BS MSBiol  and Clinical Team in Bristol

Dr Hembry, Director of Integrated Health Screening (IHS) Ltd, is an experienced integrated medicine physician with a particular interest in complementary and supportive approaches to cancer. She works closely with InfraMedic™  in Germany, and is a member of the European Thermographic Association. The IHS team also includes:
Mr Zenon Rayter: respected Bristol breast surgeon;
Dr Lyn Jones: radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging.

For Cancer Patients

Dr Hembry also offers minimal residual disease screening and chemosensitivity testing. These specialized tests can help in the early detection of a cancer recurrence, and also offer guidance on which treatments may be most effective. For further information  

Further Information
Please contact Dr Hembry at Litfield House Medical Centre, 1 Litfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LS. Tel: 0117 317 1460;



Complementary / Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference:  March 3-5

The Annie Appleseed Project's mission is to provide information, education, advocacy and awareness for people with cancer about natural therapies/substances, lifestyle issues, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and other issues from the patient perspective. The Annie Appleseed Project supports people with cancer making more fully informed treatment decisions.

Anni Appleseed Conference

The Fourth Annual Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies Conference is being held in West Palm Beach, Florida USA on March 3-5, 2011. Registration is only open until Feb 20 to enable ordering of organic food only meals.

The Annie Appleseed Project are members of the Society for Integrative Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research (2005-7), Organic Consumers Association, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Further Information
For more information to register, or to make a donation, please contact Anna Fonfa, President, The Annie Appleseed Project, on Tel: +1 561 749-0084;


Bowen Technique, Neuro-Structural Integration Technique (NST) – Kalikalos Greece 10-17 June


Teaching Bowen/NST


Bowen Therapy has become a near-household word in the past 17 years or so, and variants of Tom Bowen's wonderful work have also come to the world. NST is an interpretation of Bowen's later work, and for me it 'flows' more easily. It is considered by many to be the world's leading technique in structural and spinal therapy for lasting pain reduction, initiating a process of natural auto-regulation in the spinal column and consequently throughout the whole body.

Tim Willcocks
Tim Willcocks

Tutor Tim Willcocks affirms "As a certified teacher, I am committed to helping others to learn this 'magic', and I am thrilled to be teaching the Introductory NST course at the Kalikalos Holistic Centre in Greece in June this year. My own experience is that almost anyone can learn the basics without difficulty, and just like me after my first course, can get rapid long-term results. Not only is it ideal for novices, but it is also a great horizon-expanding experience for other therapists."

Venue Kalikalos Greece

This is a magical place, based on a supportive sharing ethos, and offering a range of courses over the summer (See The five star course this year has to be the "NST Introductory", usually scheduled as a 2-day intensive, but being held from June 10 to17 to make full use of the holiday potential of local beaches every afternoon, or leisurely walking in this lesser known region of Greece - the leafy green Pelion peninsular, home of mythical centaur Chiron the 'wounded healer'.

Further Information
The price of only £390 includes the course and manual, with all meals and accommodation for the full week. Please contact Tim Willcocks on Tel: 01684-567721;



Cleanse for Health 6-Day Retreats Glastonbury, Somerset

You are invited to come and experience a six day Life-Changing, Full Body Deep Cleansing Program, including a Liver/Gall Bladder flush,  in Glastonbury, Somerset, with Araura Berkeley and her team of highly qualified therapists. Araura has chosen to work with only 1 to 3 people at a time in order to give each person the very best care and individual attention.

Cleanse for Health Logo


The Program Incorporates

  • Colon Hydrotherapy;
  • Bodywork - Massages, Reflexology and Acupuncture;
  • Sound / Energy Healing;
  • Organic Vegetable Juices;
  • Cleansing Herbs;
  • The highest quality Supplements and Nutritional Advice.

Clearing the gut of toxic matter encourages all systems of the body to de-toxify and release, allowing the cells to re-hydrate with purified water and flush out the clogging toxins. Clearing the gut enables good absorption of nutrients and freer functioning of the intestinal muscles.

The raw organic vegetable juices taken in during the cleanse are bursting with vitality and the sun's energy, easily absorbed and boosting the nutritional intake. The supplements also provide a boost to the system, providing nutrients and minerals often lacking in the body. The cleanse affects and releases toxins from all our body's systems. It has a powerful effect on every aspect of our whole Being. The cleanse helps release emotional and mental toxicity leading to re-patterning and integration.

The cleanse is truly a life-changing experience and empowers each person, giving them the 'tools' to take responsibility (if they so choose) for their own health and wellbeing. It is never too late to make major improvements and changes to reclaim one's health and peace of mind.

Further Information
For more information please contact Araura by Tel: 01458 833596;  Mob: 07717855581;  


Birthlight Holistic Approaches to Pregnancy Birth and Babyhood

The Birthlight Trust UK registered educational charity promotes an integrated and holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and parent-baby interaction with Yoga with an aim to support women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy and birth and to help both parent and infant relax in their shared enjoyment of their new life together. From conception to the third year, parents can join Birthlight classes at any point to create what we describe an 'expanding spiral of joy and wellbeing'. 

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Birthlight Training

Birthlight promotes a high standard of teaching and offers quality attention to all parents to be, babies and new parents.

Birthlight courses refer to detailed anatomy and integrate inter-disciplinary research findings on reproductive health and infant well-being. Priority is given to offering safe and simple practices, which are informed by research but directly accessible and beneficial to women, babies and their families. Birthlight courses are compatible with, and expand upon practices recommended by medical practitioners, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists and complementary practitioners in the UK.

Birthlight has developed five main training areas

  • Pre & Postnatal Yoga
  • Baby Yoga & Massage
  • Aquanatal Yoga
  • Infant Aquatics
  • Well-Woman Yoga.

Birthlight Conference Series - 'From Womb to World'  - 7 May 2011

The second in Birthlight's 'Womb to World' conference series is twinned with a Wellcome Trust event in London called 'Ritualising Birth'.  Birthlight's Cambridge series looks at the interface between science, medicine and social/cultural aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. 

Further Information
For information about Birthlight's Teacher Training programme and Full Range of Classes, please contact Birthlight on Tel: 01223 362288;


The Science of Healing Arts Association (SHAA)

Manipulation Therapy and Dry Needling Courses

The Science of Healing Arts Association  (SHAA) are pleased to announce their Manipulation Therapy course  starting from February 2011 and the Dry Needling course commencing 19th and 20th March.

SHAA advert


Manipulation Therapy Training

The course comprises of 20 sessions will be held over 10 weekends throughout the year, at our two beautiful new venues in London or Southampton. It focuses on the vitality of the body, with a commitment to learning that is both informative and enjoyable. Particular attention is paid to relating structure and function to the living body.

There is an emphasis on practical elements, and experiential work designed to facilitate your own body awareness is a major theme. The course incorporates unique teaching styles including practical exercises in touch and palpation skills, surface and deep anatomy, body movement and mobility testing to give participants an experiential understanding of the work being covered.

The material presented provides an ideal foundation for those who wish to study on our Dry Needling and Colon Irrigation courses. This course is lectured by the top leading Osteopaths and Naturopaths in the country.

Additional Courses and CPD

  • CPD Weekend for Manipulative Therapy sessions Saturday and Sunday over 10 months = 12 hours CPD;
  • CPD Weekend one day MT Practical Sundays  = 6 hours CPD;
  • Colonic Intensive Course: 3 weekends practical over 6 months with home study;
  • Sports therapy and Remedial massage 10 month on Sundays;
  • Dry Needling: Weekend courses;
  • Basic Massage: two weekends.

Further Information
To make a booking or for further information about this or other CPD Training weekend courses please contact: David Lintonbon on  Tel: 0208 8091719;     


Viva Mayr - 2011 New Year Welcome

Viva Mayr, Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine prestigious clinic was set up in 2004 by the Mayr practitioner and physician Dr Harald Stossier. Dr Stossier's aim is to nurture all patients so that they leave the Viva Centre feeling well and revitalized. Dr Stossier and his medical team work closely with each guest to ensure they receive a personalized and effective treatment programme combining both conventional and alternative medicine.

Viva Maayr Cookbook cover


New Viva Mayr Cookbook in English

Health that tastes good - this is the motto of our cook and award-winning chef Florian Klinger. Following high demand from our guests, this culinary experience is now also available in English. In addition to lots of tasty recipes, the book also contains a great deal of information and tips on healthy nutrition and preparing food and drinks.

The English and German editions are available at the VIVA online shop:  

VIVA New Look Following Renovation Work

Guests have been marvelling at the results of our renovation since 2 January; the focus was on extending the restaurant and gym and fully redesigning the teaching kitchen for guests. Viva also added a new medical practice, large beds in the single rooms and a new internet corner.

VIVA Cookery Courses

VIVA is kicking off 2011 with some new cookery courses in which our physician and chef share their extensive expertise with guests. Anti-ageing menus, spreads, flatbread and bread recipes and base soups are just a small selection of what the courses include - as well as plenty of nutritional tips for staying healthy and enhancing personal well-being.

Further Information
Please contact and to book your stay at Viva Mayr Centre for Modern Medicine on  Tel: +43 4273 31117; 


Geranti Bio-Germanium Approved by FDA in US, Japan and Korea


Geranti Bio-Germanium

Geranti Bio-Germanium is the only natural organic germanium approved by US FDA (NDI), Japanese FDA and Korean FDA as a new Functional ingredient for immune function enhancement.

Therapeutic Effects of Bio-Germanium

  • Immune function enhancement;
  • Oxygen enrichment;
  • Free radical scavenging;
  • Heavy metal detoxification.

The efficacy of organic germanium in treating cancer, arthritis, anti-viral and inflammation, and avian flu etc. have been affirmed through strenuous tests and research published in numerous journals.  

Bio-Germanium is produced through biosynthesis of germanium by yeast. A unique yeast prepared by electrofusioned  (a Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is cultivated in the fermenter with GeO2 and other nutritious rich media, and during its cultivation process, the inorganic germanium, GeO2, is naturally incorporated into the yeast under optimum conditions. Our new invention of Geranti Bio-Germanium has found an innovative method to produce a natural organic germanium for safe human consumption.
Geranti Pharm has conducted extensive research to prove its safety for human consumption and  efficacy in the enhancement of immune function, arthritis, AI (avian flu), anti-tumour, anti-inflammation, and other areas from 1994 to 2008. After fifteen years in safety and efficacy testing, Geranti Pharm has obtained the following approvals and recognitions:

Approvals from Health Authorities*

2010.04:   Geranti Pharm completed the US FDA regulatory filing for NDI (new dietary ingredients), and the US FDA approved that Geranti Bio-Ge Yeast can be marketed and distributed as a new dietary ingredient in the US; 
2009.04:   The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan (equivalent to the FDA) approved import, manufacturing and distribution of Geranti Bio-Germanium Yeast products in Japan;
2007.09:   The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) approved Geranti Bio-Germanium Yeast as a new nutraceutical ingredient based on its safety and immunity enhancement function; 

Awards and Recognitions

2010: Best Inventor from the World Intellectual Property Organization, and 2 Gold Prize at 'Seoul International Invention Fair 2010';
2005: Grand Prix for Top 100 Invention by the Korea Intellectual Property Office;
1997: Order of Science and Industrial Merit by the President of Korea;
1996: Gold International Award at the Invention Convention by the National Congress of Inventor Organizations, USA.
Further Information
Please contact John Sohn, President and Founder, Geranti Pharm Ltd on Tel: 82-2-556-8275
(*NB These approvals for 'Geranti Bio-Germanium' have significant meaning because the FDA in USA, Japan and Korea do not approve organic germanium sesquioxide (Ge-132); the US FDA issued import alert to detain Ge products (Ge-132) to be used as food or drug from June 28, 1988 until the present. This is why it has taken over 10 years for Geranti Pharm Ltd. to get approval in Korea, Japan and USA)


The Heart's Note: Sounding Love in Your Life from the Heart's Secret Chamber

by Stewart Pearce
Published by Findhorn Press. Softback. 2011. £7.99.ISBN 978-1-84409-506-3.

The Heart's Note Cover


Open up to the Heart's Secret Chamber and Bring Love into Your Life

The Heart, according to Master of Voice and Sound Healer, Stewart Pearce, is the seat of the soul and in his new book The Heart's Note: Sounding Love in Your Life from Your Heart's Secret Chamber he reveals practical ways to unlock the chamber and bring love into your life. According to Stewart, the indigenous wisdom keepers such as the Mayans, Aztec and Kogi traditions knew that the heart has a secret chamber enabling them to communicate with communities in other parts of the planet and the cosmos. The Shante Ishta or 'the single eye of the heart' is its name! This is where the individual soul attunes to the collective, universal heartbeat, uniting us all through a field of vast consciousness.

In this book, Stewart Pearce, internationally renowned voice coach and sound healer with a career spanning three decades, uses his  skills as a communicator to coach and transform the reader to levels of success far beyond their present achievement. Pearce knows how to find the Heart's Note and urges the reader to make decisions from the heart, to speak from the heart and heal ourselves and shape our world from the heart.

Stewart was Master of Voice at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Head of Voice at the Webber Douglas Academy in London.  During his career he has been called upon to work with hundreds of celebrities and world leaders including Diana Princess of Wales, Vanessa Redgrave, the 2012 Olympic Bid Team, and many corporations. Throughout this book, he gives case studies which demonstrate his knowledge of the 'heart' and belief in the importance of 'emotional intelligence'. Stewart is the author of The Alchemy of Voice and the Angels of Atlantis Oracle Cards, which will be published in 2011.

Further Information
Available from Amazon and Findhorn Press.  


Tragedy behind Fitness Champion Joey Bull's New DVD

Less than 12 months after tragically losing her baby during delivery, top international trainer and a four times UK Fitness Champion Joey Bull filmed and released her latest workout DVD.

Joey Black's DVD cover

Joey was left physically and mentally shattered after a full term pregnancy resulted in the death of her baby during the latter stages of labour. A ruptured womb and messy caesarean added significant physical trauma to the overwhelming mental anguish.

And despite Joey's lifetime in all-action fitness competition, Adventure Athletics and training of  children and first time exercisers to rock stars and athletes which has seen her battle all manner of odds including knee reconstruction and life threatening inhospitable terrain, nothing could prepare her for the greatest loss.

"Because of the ruptured womb and caesarean I was incapacitated anyway, but my body still thought it had a baby to rear; in fact everything about my body and house suggested there was a baby to look after. Except Edward had not left the hospital with me," explained Joey.

Joey freely admits that for several weeks she was a wreck. However after three months she was back in shape, was able to undertake a magazine photo shoot and was back training and inspiring others. Only a few weeks after that she was devising and testing out two new workouts for her latest DVDs. And just 11 months after the horrors of 2009 she was in front of the lights and cameras and working with IMC Vision once more. 

Joey's latest DVD 10 Minute Method Workouts for Back Pain and Posture concentrates on a body part that is critical to our ability to move well and physically function efficiently, but it is so often ignored - the back. A series of different exercises are designed to cater for each different back type and shape and to enhance its strength and flexibility.

Further Information
Joey Bull's 10 Minute Method Workouts for Back Pain & Posture is available in high street shops, online stores and from  More information on Joey at .


Miruji Sit And Slim

Miruji massage chair

Miruji wellbeing therapy combines a state-of-the art therapeutic Miruji Wellbeing Chair with powerful, cutting-edge audio programs that use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to deliver an experience that channels the mind and increases the chances of success. The Miruji Sit and Slim programme offers a new method of losing weight whilst maintaining an optimum level of relaxation.

So how does it work? The deep massage that the chair provides, which can be set to a person's desired pressure level, together with a series of audio tapes within each programme, blend together to create an experience that delivers impressive results. NLP is a proven methodology used by many to enhance one's own performance, motivation, willpower and will to succeed.

Sit and Slim, as the name suggests is a program designed for people who have problems with their weight and who may also be low in confidence and self esteem. Developed by experienced, leading mind coach Tianne Crowshaw, each tape is designed to channel and refocus the mind into achieving the required weight loss targets.

The combination of audio and massage together is a powerful way to assist an individual to achieve consistent weight loss without entering into a yo-yo dieting regime. Proven to work and now winning over the medical fraternity in the UK, Miruji Sit and Slim is already changing many people's lives. Increasing a person's will to succeed, motivation and overall confidence whilst making them feel totally at ease is producing results for many who previously felt they had no other option to turn to.

Further Information
The first session of the Miruji programme are free of charge; subsequent sessions priced from £3 to £12. Miruji therapy can fit into any lifestyle or social calendar and is currently available at the Topnotch Gyms in New Malden and Brentford with further locations opening throughout 2011.


The Knead To Sleep

We all need to sleep, but some of us are better at it than others.  Insomnia, restlessness, childhood sleep issues, anxiety...sleep problems come in all shapes and sizes, but now you can leave your worries on the bedside table thanks to a whole new concept in sleep health.

mohdoh sleep product shot

Mohdoh is a cool new brand that combines aromatherapy, colour therapy and play therapy in a mouldable dough to create health boosting remedies like nothing you've seen before.

The Mohdohs themselves look like a cross between Playdoh and stress balls, but as you play with and mould them, aromatherapy oils are released into the air and absorbed by your skin, whilst squeezing the dough itself helps relieve stress and keep you calm. Furthermore the Mohdohs' colours have been picked specifically for the feelings and healing qualities they are thought to enhance.

The Sleep Mohdoh uses oils picked specifically to help with restlessness and sleep problems - Juniper, Lavender, Geranium and Palmarosa, and its violet colour is calming and relaxing, being a mild sedative that assists in finding balance and relaxation. Then there's the dough itself; playing with and moulding it help relieve stress, easing you or the kids into gentle, natural sleep. Getting your 40 winks has never been so easy and enjoyable...

Further Information
Available from Boots, health stores and the Mohdoh website


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  • Brief Takes

    The Truth Matters Conferences

    The Truth Matters Conferences offer the opportunity to discover the truth about your own healing potential other than conventional treatments and brings together the truth on unconventional routes to disease and health.

    The conferences take place at Birmingham, UK on 26th Feb 2011, Brighton, UK on 26 March, London, UK on 18 June, Austin, Texas on 23 July, Vancouver, Canada on 6 August, and Glasgow, Scotland on 29 October and in Holland in January 2012.

    There are opportunities to exhibit natural health products and treatments or to sponsor the event or parts of the event such as carrier bags and the programme guide. Birmingham Speakers include Professor Jane Plant, Jill Swyers; Brighton speakers include Margaret Straus, Grand-Daughter of Dr Max Gerson.

    Further information:

    Now Non-Profit: Int’l Journal of Healing and Caring Online (IJHC)

    The IJHC has recently announced that it is now registered as a non-profit organization in the US. This means that donations made to IJHC are now tax-deductible. The IJHC provides: healing information from 10 years of wholistic articles,

    The WHEE process, methods and reports on ways WHEE can be helpful; a monthly eZine of IJWC and Wholistic Healing Research and Practice (WHR), healing research information on WHR, remarkable recoveries reports and more. Donations make it possible to bring these and further healings to people around the world.

    Further information Tel: +1 609 714-1885  +1 866 823-4214

    Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Jamaica

    Ashtanga Yoga is running a Jamaican Yoga Teacher Training Retreat on 1-28 June 2011. Caroline Klebl’s Yoga Teacher training has international Certification and you can take the 200 or 500 hour course.

    Suitable for Yoga Teachers, aspiring Teachers and Yoga Practitioners the training combines the high standards of practice, Ashtanga Vinyasa System. The course will take place at the  Negril Spa Resort, Jamaica. Spacious rooms with outdoor patios will be provided and three meals a day.

    Further information
    : Tel: +1 415-200-6794

    Alexander Lowen 100 Years

    December 23 marked the 100th birthday of Alexander Lowen MD; the Lowen Foundation has announced a year-long celebration commemorating Dr Lowen’s life and work. Dr Lowen was the founder of Bioenergetic Analysis which is ever more relevant as it continues to challenge conventional Psychotherapy and inspire people all over the world to reconnect with their bodies.

    The year’s commemoration will include events and workshops throughout 2011. Six workshops are already scheduled in the United States and Europe for March, May, June and November 2011. They are launching exciting new features on their website including a Community Calendar where you can find local and international Bioenergetics workshops.

    Further information:
    Tel: +1 203-966-3474

    Everyclick Fundraising for Charities

    Polly Gowers runs a company called Everyclick, which develops fundraising technology for UK causes. The company has recently launched a new online fundraising tool that allows people to donate to their favourite causes without spending a penny more.

    Give as you Live™ is a new online shopping app that lets you raise funds for your favourite cause with everything you buy online. With Give as you Live™ you could raise an average of £75 in additional donations for your favourite cause. 

    You can use Google, Yahoo and Bing or shop directly on your favourite cause. Visit  to learn more and download the app. Please send them any feedback you have via the ‘Help’ button.

    Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

    Solution Focused Therapy for the Helping Professions by Barry Winbolt MSc, Therapist, Mediator and Consultant, is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. This accessible guide to Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an effective therapeutic approach which focuses on strengths and achievement and provides a practical introduction to what SFBT is and how to use it with clients.

    Barry Winbolt leads the reader through the principles, techniques and steps involved in the approach, including forming a productive working relationship with your client, using questions creative, the effective use of language and working with the client to find solutions. Case studies are included to demonstrate the ideas and techniques.

    Further information:
    ISBN: 978-1-84310-970-9. Paperback. UK Tel: 020-7833 2307;  US Tel: +1 866-416-1078

    Sue Ricks Reflexology Website

    Sue Ricks Cert Ed AoR Hons MBRCP CP AMT MICHTwebsite offers charts for foot reading, chakras and Reflexology as well as a range of books and DVDs. The website offers tips on how to improve health, wealth and happiness with Feng Shui and how to choose crystals for your child.

    In February 2011, Sue is running a two-day course on Reflexology for Babies and Children in Loughborough.

    Further information
    Tel: 01509 214373

    Losing Your Teeth Linked to Dementia

    Elderly people showing early signs of  dementia are more likely to lose their teeth and this  in turn may even speed the decline in memory function according to new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Behavioural and Brain Functions.

    Researchers at the Nara Medical University and surrounding hospitals in the Nara region of Japan, examined the teeth of more than 4000 volunteers aged 65 or over. The number of natural teeth remaining in the gums was counted by a qualified Dentist and participants also underwent a psychiatric assessment to determine the level of mild memory impairment.

    Further information
    Tel: 020-3192 2000

    Holistic Heaven at Bourne Hall

    Bourne Hall, Ewell, Surrey is the host of Holistic Heaven on 12 March 2011, 10am-5pm. Hundreds of people from all walks of life visit Holistic Heaven to discover new treatments, stimulate their mind and inspire their senses.

    There are free workshops and over 100 therapies and products for visitors to try and buy including clothing, crystals, jewellery, health and beauty products, books, music, taster treatments and gifts. Visitors can indulge in treatments, relax with experienced Therapists and discover a new direction in life.

    Further information
    Tel: 0845 302 4924

    Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children

    The National Institute of Environmental Sciences has suggested that exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence. The Authors eliminated both lead exposure and iodine deficiency as a cause for lower IQ in the 512 children aged 8-13 in two Chinese villages.

    The study showed that 28% of the children in the low-fluoride area scored as bright, normal or higher intelligence, compared with 8% in the high-fluoride area. 15% had scores indicating mental retardation as opposed to 6% in low-fluoride areas.

    Further information:
    Tel: +1 315-379-9200;

    VegfestUK Bristol

    VegfestUK Bristol will take place on 28-29 May and is free to the public on both days from 11am-5.30pm. It becomes a pay event from 6pm-11pm with headline bands and DJs. There is also an evening event on Friday 27 May from 6pm-1pm.

    There will be over 100 stalls and slots for talks and demonstrations. All the food and produce at the event will be 100% vegan, making Vegfest the largest vegan event in Europe for 2011. The event is preceded by VegfestUK Bristol Fringe Week, which starts on 21 May and sees a number of vegan related activities in multi-venues across Bristol.

    VegfestUK Brighton will take place on 19 March 2011 at The Hove Centre.

    Further information
    about the Bristol VegfestUK Tel: 0117-3079 872

    Fresh Herbs Worth Their Salt

    As National Salt Awareness week approaches on 21-27 March 2011, you might wonder how you could cut down on your intake. Fresh herbs provide a tasty, healthy alternative to salt, both in preparation and serving.

    Most top Chefs use fresh herbs in their recipes and Jamie Oliver in his recent series of Thirty-Minute Meals claimed that fresh herbs are a great alternative to salt. A website offering advice and recipes and ways to preserve and keep fresh herbs is now available.

    Further information

    The Infertility Cleanse

    The Infertility Cleanse  by Elizabeth Heller and Tamara Quinn is due to be published in July 2011. This is a hands-on companion workbook to their book Fully Fertile.

    The book includes step-by-step guidelines for implementing holistic methods such as Nutrition, Yoga, Acupuncture and other mind/body methods to cleanse body, mind and spirit in preparation for pregnancy. The book comes with a 75-minute fertility Yoga practice DVD.

    Further information:
    ISBN: 978 1 84409 508 7.  Tel: 01309 690582;

    Serrapeptase for Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis

    Lifeplan’s new Serrapeptase is an enzyme that has shown it reduces the inflammation of arthritis as well as stopping the release of pain-inducing amines, which in turn helps relieve the pain associated with the condition.

    Lifeplan Serrapeptase benefits from being a high strength version of this health-benefiting enzyme, with each tablet providing 37.5mg of Serrapeptase, equivalent to 80,000 IU. Serrapeptase is available from independent health food stores and by mail order.

    Further information Tel: 01455 556281

    Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer

    We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many of us consume breakfast that is lacking in nutrients or skip the meal altogether. Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer is a great-tasting complete meal replacement made exclusively from plant-based whole food ingredients.

    Packed with nutrients, including 100% of our recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. It is also easy to digest and alkaline-forming. With a fraction of the calories, Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer provides many times the fibre, Omega-3, greens, vitamins and minerals than other breakfast choices.

    Further information:  

    Remedy Can Reduce Medication Expenditure

    Researchers at Charité, University Medicine Berlin were first to show that a specific food supplement made from fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, significantly reduced the number of days with severe cold symptoms.

    The report published in the British Journal of Nutrition sees the potential benefits of the product in a reduced number of sick days and correspondingly lower expenditure on cold medicines. Juice Plus+® was tested on more than 500 employees of the Charité in an 8-month study.

    After 2 months the results showed that the number of colds in each group was equal, however the group that received the drug had milder colds. Further study will be done to see if the product is suitable for prolonged use.

    Further information 
    *Stephanie Roll et al: Reduction of common cold symptoms by encapsulated juice powder concentrate of fruits and vegetables: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. In: Br J Nutr. 2010 Aug 23: 1-5. DOI: 10.1017/S000711451000317X.
    Tel: +49 30 450 529002

    UV Light Therapy for Vitamin D Deficiency

    During winter months when UV rays are not sufficient to stimulate Vitamin D production, the human body can suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. A pilot study by Dutch scientists has been found to be at least as effective as supplements and is cheaper.

    The treatment of 8 patients in a Nursing Home who were suffering from low levels of Vitamin D, with UV light, once a week over a period of eight weeks, raised their Vitamin D levels to almost the scientifically recommended minimum dose.

    For the study, the eight patients with an average age of 79, had Vitamin D levels of an average of 28.5 nmol/L of Vitamin D at the beginning of the study, which is considerably below the deficiency threshold of 50 nmol/L. Following the study, Vitamin D levels averaged 46.5 nmol/L. The study was conducted by The Sunlight Research Forum (SRF) which is a non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands.

    Further information 

    Raw Food Restaurant Directory 2011-01-20

    Published by KI Publishing the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory 2011 was launched in January 2011 at the Organic Pharmacy, Richmond.

    The directory has over 600 listings in over 30 countries and also has information on raw food cooking classes and raw meet up groups. To see the cover of the book visit

    Further information
    Tel: 01608 685 606; 

    Essential Oil Pill Prevents PMS

    A pill containing a mix of essential oils has been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Reproductive Health tested the tablets by carrying out a randomized, controlled trial of 120 women. The women were given capsules containing 2 grams of a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, other polyunsaturated acids and Vitamin E and reported significantly eased PMS symptoms at both three and six months after they began treatment. Few adverse events were recorded and these were mild, insignificant and did not appear to be directly related to the medication.

    Further information Tel: 020-3192 2000;

    Greens Can Give You A Tan

    New research suggests that eating vegetables gives you a healthy tan. The study, led by Dr Ian Stephen at The University of Nottingham, showed that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy glow than the sun. The research, published in Journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, showed that instead of heading for the sun, the best way to look good is to munch on carrots and tomatoes. The work was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Unilever Research.

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    Tranquillity with Tai Chi in Devon

    Tai Chi Nation, based in Devon has been running residential courses for ten years. Designed for beginners looking to access the many benefits of this relaxing and energising art, their residential courses are beginning once more in February 2011. A variety of courses will be held throughout the year until November 2011 for people at different stages of development in Tai Chi. Each course is limited to 22 people. Tai Chi will help you to improve fitness, balance and flexibility. Courses in Tai Chi and Qigong take place in London, Devon, Gloucester, Bristol, Surrey and Italy.

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    A recent study has shown that those who took spirulina over a four week period increased their time to exhaustion by 25% over those on a placebo.

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    Their range of spirulina powder and supplement is not only great for you, but is good for the environment and the charity YES TO LIFE.

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