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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 185

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 185 - August 2011


Endorphin Effect - Mind-Body Health and Wellbeing
17/18 September 2011, London.

This seminal training teaches the core strategies of effective and accessible mind-body healthcare and self-management. It combines the essence of the traditional eastern and holistic approaches mindfulness and body awareness - with the insights of modern psychology and neuroscience, as described in Williams book The Endorphin Effect.

Mountain Peak - the Endorphin Effect

Over the weekend you will learn and experience techniques that can improve your physical and psychological health. In particular, you will learn how to produce endorphins, the hormones that relax tissue, remove pain, and create the physical sensations of wellbeing. When you feel good, they can make you feel even better. This weekend gives you the precise concepts and techniques for achieving this:

  • Positive Triggers - Audit and use the thoughts and activities that trigger endorphins;
  • Inner Smile - The most important mind-body attitude of all for sustained good health;
  • Curled Deer - Regenerate and relax in any situation through this strategy, which is also the key to a sustained strong centre and hara;
  • Biophylia/Connection - Utilize the body's connection with the natural world to absorb vitality whenever you want.


  • Physical - Releases tension, relaxes tissue, allowing a free flow of the body's circulatory systems, enabling sustained good health and specific healing;
  • Psychological and Emotional - Empowers and encourages. People discover they can influence their own chemistry and mood but with no drugs or dependency. Also provides an effective method for holding pain and distress;
  • Leadership and Caring - Provides the foundation and fuel for genuinely feeling positive, benevolent and strong. Burnout decreased; bedside manner improved;
  • Holistic - Melts bioenergetic tension, enabling the flow and absorption of natural vitality, known in the East as chi and prana - in holistic medicine, the foundation of good health;
  • Spiritual - The Endorphin Effect, described as spiritual intelligence in practice, provides benefits similar to those of meditation, yoga, tai chi and qi gung: increased mental focus, clarity of consciousness, calm and flexibility.

Further  Information
Please contact William Bloom on Tel: 01372 272400;  Booking Form on



Masterworks International Polarity Therapy Training

Masterworks International, established in 1986, provides high quality, professional trainings in Polarity Therapy and since that time has become a leader in the field. Trainings are delivered in different formats to suit individual needs and lifestyle. The most popular format has proved to be a unique individual, bespoke, apprentice style training where the student lives and works with experienced international trainers.

Morag Teaching

Polarity Therapy is pre-eminent among the existing healing modalities in that it is a powerful synthesis of both esoteric and medical approaches to healing

Polarity embraces the skills of classical Osteopathic and Naturopathic practice integrated with the energetic and spiritual models of reality espoused by ancient Eastern and Western philosophy. Polarity can be effectively used to treat everything from lower back and sacral pain to the most complex emotional and spiritual conflicts

Trainings explore the classical five elements of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth and their manifestation at all levels of body, mind and spirit.

Graduates are eligible to join the Polarity Therapy Educational Alliance ( and The Polarity Network ( provides ongoing networking and support for the Polarity community Worldwide. The Network is an enormous online resource of Polarity articles and video as well as the Dr. Stone Museum. 

The business has expanded to include Masterworks International Publishing, producing books on all aspects of Health and Healing, Philosophy, Psychology and Spirituality, and dvds including the T’ai Chi Ruler DVD, a unique and powerful form of Chinese Chi Kung.

Further Information

For further information about Polarity Training or the T’ai Chi Ruler DVD, please contact Masterworks International on Tel: 00353 86 325 2645;



Schumacher College: Sustainable Health Care: The Challenges and Opportunities

September 26 - 30, 2011


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How can we Build Health and Wellbeing in a More Sustainable Way?

The course is designed for all who are interested in promoting health and wellbeing in the community: members of the public who want to take charge of their own health,  practitioners from conventional and complementary traditions keen to integrate their skills, and those involved in academic delivery of integrated health programmes.

Topics covered will include:

  • Health and wellbeing in the context of the holistic model of science;
  • The development of health, wellbeing and resilience as medical outcomes and the importance of self care and personal autonomy;
  • The benefits and risks of wellbeing and self care approaches in public health;
  • The new real-world research agenda;
  • The new facilitative therapeutic relationship.


Phillip Cottingham, registered Naturopath, Herbalist and Body Therapist with over thirty years in professional practice. Phillip co-founded Wellpark College in New Zealand, now one of the largest institutions of its kind in Australasia. Phillip’s vision is to establish a natural therapies teaching hospital and research centre in New Zealand for the advancement of integration of natural medicine into mainstream health care.

Simon Mills, Cambridge graduate in Medical Sciences and a Herbal Practitioner. He is Managing Director of SustainCare, a community interest company dedicated to developing new models of self-care, project lead on the Department of Health project Integrating Self Care in Family Practice, and the author or co-author of several books on Phytotherapy and Herbal Medicine, most recently: The essential guide to herbal safety.

Further Information

Please contact Schumacher College on Tel: 01803 865934;



Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice AFMCP-UK

Oct 3 – 7 2011 - London

Approved by The Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Westminster as prior learning for the MSc Nutritional Therapy




The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the University of Westminster, London have agreed that attendance at 'Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice' - being presented in London in October 2011 by the IFM in conjunction with Nutri-Link Ltd - plus completion of an additional assessment, will enable delegates to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to gain credits towards the new MSc Nutritional Therapy award starting at the University of Westminster in September 2011.  This agreement offers great savings in time and costs for delegates thinking of validating their studies through an MSc award.

A delegate who completes the 5-day AFMCP-UK programme plus an additional assessment to demonstrate how they have applied their learning from the programme to their clinical practice, can apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to gain 40 credits towards the MSc Nutritional Therapy offered by the University of Westminster, London.  Credits would be set against the Functional Medicine in Nutritional Therapy Practice module in the MSc programme. 

The assessment will be a clinical case report written to guidelines set by the University of Westminster in conjunction with The Institute for Functional Medicine, and will be very similar to the assessment in the standard MSc module.  A delegate's work would be assessed by the MSc Faculty at the University of Westminster using published marking criteria for accreditation of prior learning and the award of credits.  The University of Westminster would charge the delegate £290 (2011-2012 academic year) for completing the APL process, payable directly to the University.

Further Information

Full details of the structure and modules for the MSc programme can be found at

Additional further information may be found at



The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey from Chile

From Chile, The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey has a delicious, flavour with the aromatic taste of aniseed, jasmine, vanilla and cloves, combined with a hint of caramel and toffee. It’s excellent for your health as well.

Rainforst Honey

Chilean honey possesses natural antimicrobial properties – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic – which protect our  health in many ways.  Unique to The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey is a special property:  it includes Active H2O2NEY™, a patented process that enables the potent constituents of Chilean honey to become active only when exposed to the skin or taken internally.  These powerful ingredients are then gradually released to provide us with its health-enhancing properties over a sustained period.

Scientists at the Department of Applied Science at The Institute of Technology Sligo have found that by careful management of the bees, how the honey in harvested and then processed, they can guarantee the activity and antimicrobial potency of Active H2O2NEY, with pharmaceutical grade accuracy.  Active H2O2NEY can kill particularly virulent bugs such as MRSA and E Coli, on which antibiotics and conventional antiseptics are failing to have an effect.

The Active Honey Co range also includes sterilised Antiseptic Honey 20+  for use on the skin, including dry skin conditions, cuts and grazes, rashes, minor burns, sunburn,  as well as antimicrobial benefits.    

Rainforest Honey is taken from untreated hives that are free from pesticides and located in the unpolluted, unpopulated forests of southern Chile.  The rainforests are not affected by the harvesting of Rainforest Honey.  The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey range is suitable for both internal and external use and for vegetarians.

Further Information

The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey range, available in varying strengths of potency ranging from 10+ to 40+, is available from Harrods Pharmacy, Boots, Morrisons and a nationwide network of pharmacies and independent health food stores.  The Active Honey Co Rainforest Honey brand is owned by Lifeplan Products Limited; contact Lifeplan Products Limited on Tel: 01455 556281 or email



Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help

by Valerie DeLaune

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2011. Soft Back. £19.99. ISBN 978-1905367252.

Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help

Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to treat their own pain and other trigger point-related symptoms. Author Valerie DeLaune, licensed Acupuncturist and certified Neuromuscular Therapist, explains trigger points (specific areas in the muscle cells which cause localized pain, or pain in seemingly unrelated parts of the body, known as referred pain), and offers simple and effective advice and exercises. Health care practitioners such as Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals will also find Pain Relief an easy-to-use guide for day-to-day practice, with a section in each chapter that includes other possible diagnoses. 

Accompanied by clear colourful photographs and illustrations, Pain Relief With Trigger Point Self-Help advises readers where to search for trigger points, how to treat them by applying pressure and performing stretches, and how to prevent trigger points from forming by making simple lifestyle changes, moving in the correct manner, and addressing nutritional deficiencies and other medical issues. DeLaune describes the main aspects of trigger point therapy in simple terms, substantiated through relevant anatomical and physiological explanations.

About the Author

Valerie DeLaune is a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Neuromuscular Therapist who teaches trigger point workshops nationally. She holds a master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington, and professional certificates from the Heartwood Institute and the Brenneke School of Massage.

Further Information

Available from Lotus Publishing and from Amazon



College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM):  Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathic Nutrition

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The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM), with colleges across the UK, train students for a career in Nutritional Therapy by studying for a diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition.  Naturopathy is a healthcare philosophy based on the healing power of nature; the body has the innate intelligence and ability to heal itself if given the right conditions.

The Naturopathic approach taken in our Nutrition training emphasizes the use of whole, organic, naturally produced foods as medicine to address toxicity or deficiency. Teaching is evidence-based with expert lecturers. Students get plenty of clinical practice, first as observers then when they are advanced students, then as practitioners working under the supervision of qualified professionals.

The course starts with biomedicine studies for students who are new to health, followed by two years of part time study in Naturopathic Nutrition. Study is on fixed weekends at CNM colleges in London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, with a weekday option also available at CNM in London.

In addition to Nutrition, CNM in London trains people for careers in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy and Homeopathy.  Students on all of CNM’s full diploma courses are given an understanding of other natural therapies in order to best assist their patients upon graduation.  A range of short courses and postgraduate courses in other therapies, designed either for interest or to improve skills, are available at CNM’s London College.   

Further Information

Regular free-to-attend Open Evenings held at all CNM colleges are an opportunity to find out more about the courses available and your potential suitability to study. To find the next date scheduled at your nearest CNM college call Tel: 01342 410 505;



The Path of Synchronicity: Align Yourself with Your Life’s Flow

by Dr Allan G Hunter.

Published by Findhorn Press. 2011. Softback. £9.99. ISBN: 978-1-84409-539-1.

The Path of Synchronicity

We’ve all experienced them, those moments when things seem to go exactly right, when it feels like the stars are aligned miraculously, the perfect person or thing shows up to save the situation. We call it luck, karma or coincidence and we often attribute it to our ‘Guardian Angel, God, A Guiding Hand or the mysterious workings of the Universe.’ But what is it really? Is it just fate? In The Path of Synchronicity: Align Yourself with Your Life’s Flow Dr Allan G. Hunter leads us on a trail of discovery revealing new information about those uncanny events in our lives.

Dr Hunter presents an erudite and insightful examination of the anecdotal stories of good luck and pure chance and the profound effect of the ego and the ‘shadow’ on our choices. What’s new here is that Hunter demonstrates how to recognize the underlying patterns in these events and our choices. By demonstrating the importance of paying attention and asking the right questions, he shows the reader how to move into the ‘flow’ of synchronicity and harness it to improve their lives.

An Oxford graduate, therapist and professor of literature, Dr Hunter employs his deep understanding of myth and classic literature, as well as examples from real life situations to illustrate the points he is making and it makes for an entertaining and informative reading experience. In particular, Hunter’s chapters on the barriers to the flow are fascinating, including ones that deal with friends, family and illnesses.

Hunter’s gift is the clarity and compassion with which he writes and he has produced a book for those who feel they have fallen off course out of the ‘flow’ or can no longer feel the ‘energy’ we know is there to guide them. The Path of Synchronicity is also for those who want to know more about the mysterious workings of life’s forces and how to use what comes to them, no matter what the channel, for their highest good. 

Further Information

Available from Findhorn Press  and from Amazon



2000 Homeopaths Celebrate the School of Homeopathy’s 30th Birthday!

chool of Homeopathy Event Guests Celebrate

The School of Homeopathy held an historic event in Stroud to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Over the first weekend of July the School hosted a seminar, private party and online event at Hawkwood College in Stroud. Most of the UK’s main homeopathic organisations were represented, along with homeopaths and alternative practitioners from China, Japan, America, Canada, India and Europe. Many of the world’s leading homeopaths came to show support and give presentations and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales sent his warmest congratulations:

“I did just want to send my warmest possible congratulations in celebration of the Stroud School of Homeopathy’s 30th Anniversary. It seems to me this most noteworthy of events takes on an even greater resonance, coming as it does at a time when, sadly, we have been witnessing the relative decline of some homeopathic services in different parts of the United Kingdom.

“It makes the achievements of the School even more significant – from being one of the first in this country to offer an on-site, four year programme, to developing an extensive clinical supervision process and, in addition, creating a home-study programme which reaches students in over sixty countries.

“It seems remarkable all this has happened in spite of the apparently ceaseless attacks on homeopathy, and on the individuals attempting to build credibility around its patient outcomes, and I can only wish you every possible success in the years to come.”

The School (the longest running in the UK) was founded in 1981 and was one of the first to offer an on-site four year programme. It has worked closely with the Society of Homeopaths during a long development towards an accreditation process. The School moved from its original home in Devon to Hawkwood College in Stroud two years ago.

Further Information

Please contact Mani Norland on Tel: 01453 765 956;



New Therapy Centre for Humber Cancer Patients

The Odyssey Cancer Caring Centre at Barton upon Humber has provided a range of free complementary therapies for hundreds of cancer patients and their carers for 14 years. But the unique project, mostly funded by profits from a nearby country hotel, has outgrown its current premises. Plans have been drawn up for an ecologically built centre to encourage patients’ recovery and with as little impact as possible on the tranquil setting. A £3 million fund-raising appeal is launched to build the new centre which will provide  improved services. 


Ricahrd, Tom and Daisy

(left to right) Richard Morgan, Tom Hazeldine and Daisa Morgan at the site of the new centre

Daisa Morgan, husband Richard, and Tom Hazeldine set up the Odyssey Centre in 1997, prompted by Daisa’s frustration about the limited support available when she cared for her mum Margaret Harrison, who sadly died in 1982 from Mesathelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. 

After three years in a small cottage near the hotel, the centre moved to Nightingale House.  Since then more than 500 clients with various types of cancer have benefited from natural therapies; additionally, almost 300 carers have also used the centre’s services.  The centre has provided a total of 17,000 treatments since it opened, offering complementary therapies including aromatherapy, body massage, reflexology, visualisation techniques and Reiki. 

The existing centre consists of three therapy rooms and a lounge. Facilities planned for the new building include ten therapy rooms, a children’s area, small café and shop selling local produce and a library with IT facilities. The project will enable expansion of support and ‘drop-in’ services and additional therapies such as art and music therapies, acupuncture and Pilates, and a treatment room for doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

Subject to approval, building work is expected to start later this year and be completed before the end of 2012 A series of fund-raising events are planned; the charity wants to hear from anyone who can help. 

Further Information

For further information about the Odyssey Centre visit

For further information about the appeal, Tel: 01652 633150; Mob: 07807671302; email Jo Lomax at   or contact Daisa Morgan on Tel: 01652 633150; 01652 661881; Mob: 07711 631223;  To make a donation online go to


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    CamExpo Workshop Bookings Live

    The Complementary, Natural and Integrated Healthcare event CamExpo takes place on 22-23 October 2011 at Earls Court, London. Workshop bookings are now live and you can book one of 48 taster workshops to get hands-on experience on an array of exciting new therapies. Workshops include: An Introduction to Seated Acupressure, Ayurveda for Women, Heated Holistic Bamboo Massage, An Introduction to Reflexology and Pregnancy, Sophrology – A New Way To Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia, Bi-Aura School of Bio Energy Therapy: Working With Chakras, Energy 4 Life, Kinesiology, Neuroskeletal Re-Alignment Therapy and Cupping Workshop. A full workshop list is available on the website. CPD points are available at all the workshops.

    Further information and to register:


    Dr Robert Verkerk at CamExpo

    Dr Robert Verkerk will be talking about The Art of Nutritional and Herbal Practice in the Minefield of European and UK Registration at the CamExpo, Nutri Centre Theatre 2 on Saturday 22 October and 12.40-13.25. Practitioners are saturated with restrictive laws affecting what ingredients they can use at specific dosages and with particular claims. If you are feeling more and more handicapped by the EU regulatory juggemaut, this session will bring you up-to-date with the very latest laws, as well as the workarounds. It will enable you to build your practice in spite of what is being dished up by the EU and UK Regulators.

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    American Institute for Cancer Research Conference (AICR)

    The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is holding its annual conference on food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer on 3-4 November 2011 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. This year they are offering a session on Emerging Topics in Diet and Cancer Research. Speakers will discuss the latest research on omega-3 fatty acids and cancer, obesity and cancer and new technologies for dietary assessment. A panel discussion will follow the talks which will include: Molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of omega-3 fatty acids: new insights, Clinical and translational studies of the anti-colorectal cancer activity of EPA, Targeting the mTOR pathway to break the obesity-cancer link and New technologies and analytic techniques for dietary assessment.

    Further information: Tel: (800) 843-8114 or (202) 328-7744 in D.C.


    The Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) Seminar

    The Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) is holding a seminar in Schaumburg, Illinois on 28 Oct 2011 on Cutting Healthcare Costs through Prevention. This is being presented jointly with the American Nutrition Association. This is the 6th NHRI scientific symposium and it will be attended by a stellar panel of health and nutrition experts. The conference is focussing on current evidence regarding the financial benefits of preventing chronic diseases through the use of natural products such as dietary supplements.

    Further information: Tel: +1 (847) 303-410


    Mind Body Spirit Festival

    This year the Mind Body Spirit Festival is celebrating 35 successful years as the most popular event of its kind. As part of their celebrations, they will be hosting another London Festival – The Mind Body Spirit Winter Festival – from 11-13 November at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London with a new, exciting line up of presenters, musicians and artists from around the world.

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    The Metamorphic Technique Training

    Therapy Training4u® offers a certified course in The Metamorphic Technique. The course can be taken by attending several UK venues or via home study. The home study course consists of a manual and DVD for visual support. You can also have the manual and DVD downloaded to your computer, so there is no waiting time. Start your training course straight away. All of the courses offered by Therapy Training4u® offer full email support during and after your training. The courses are certified and recognized by leading UK insurance companies.

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    International Training Seminars (ITS)

    Lets Do It is a two-day Workshop with Robert Dilts, which is taking place at Ramada Hyde Park London on 26-27 November 2011. ITS is recognized as the most consistently successful international company in the field of Coaching and NLP.

    Further information: Tel: 01268 777125


    Professional and Accredited Ear Candling Energy Medicine Training

    The principals of ear candling are ancient and its roots go back in human history. Spirit Haven is running professional and accredited Ear Candling Energy Medicine training on 22-23 October 2011 at Spirit Haven Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Learn how energies work, how they interact and what an energetic exchange entails. Understand the way a human being interacts with his environment. This course teaches you much more than simply the practical stuff; it gives you the beginning of an insight into life, an insight you have not come across as yet.

    Further information: Tel: 01553 670156; Mob: 0778 0525 986


    Mole Clinic

    The Mole Clinic, the UK’s leading nationwide private skin cancer screening clinic offers the most thorough and technologically advanced diagnostic techniques available in the UK. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, affecting 1 in 10 people. Many make the mistake of thinking skin cancer is trivial. Caught early, melanoma is easily treated, caught late and it can kill. Moles are a risk factor for skin cancer so it is best to get yours checked out. Experts at the Mole Clinic can check your mole and reassure you in less than 45 minutes. The Mole Clinic’s TeleDerm service is recommended for anyone with an abnormal, new or changing mole.

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    Concentrated Natural Superfood Supplement

    Simon Cowell’s health secret is out. The music mogul has become hooked on the anti-ageing ‘super smoothie’, first developed by French scientists that he discovered whilst on tour in America. Simon ensures that he starts his day with a fresh helping of the juice which is packed with antioxidant berry and fruit superfoods including grapes, blueberries, strawberries, apples, lingonberries and acerola. If you don’t have the time to make a super smoothie, Blue Lightning from Nature’s Plus is a concentrated natural supplement packed with the same antioxidant superfoods contained in Simon’s vitamin packed juice. All you need to do is add water.

    Further information: Nature’s Plus Blue Lightning sachets are available from Nutri Centre stores nationwide and from


    Advice for Foot Pain

    Plantar Fasciitis is a common problem affecting the plantar fascia – a band of connective tissue similar to a ligament that stretches from heel to the base of the toes and acts as a support for the arch of the foot. Pain occurs when the area becomes inflamed through injury of conversely, under use. Louise Carruthers of Bury Osteopaths is keen to stress that there are easy and sensible measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing this condition which although highly treatable can be very painful and awkward for the sufferer. The condition is more likely to be a problem with people aged between 40-60, more likely to occur in woman and athletes.

    Further information Tel: 01284 769 153;


    Kiwiherb Manuka Oil

    Kiwiherb’s Manuka Oil is gentle in nature and kind to your skin. It brings relief for a host of everyday skin irritations and problems, especially those experienced in the summer months. Containing 100% pure essential oil taken from New Zealand Manuka Trees, Kiwiherb Manuka Oil possesses powerful natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is mild enough to put on a child’s skin and one or two drops of the oil used directly on the skin or added to a base cream will bring rapid, effective and natural relief. It can be used to soothe the irritation of insect bites and stings, cuts and grazes, acne, spots or pimples, blisters and boils.

    Further information: Tel: 01455 556281;


    Love Your Body to Lose Weight

    Obesity increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease and can significantly shorten life expectancy. New research published by BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity shows that improving body image can enhance the effectiveness of weight loss programs based on diet and exercise. Researchers from the Technical University of Lisbon and Bangor University enrolled overweight and obese women on a year-long program. Half the women were given general health information about good nutrition, stress management and the importance of looking after yourself. The other half attended 30 weekly sessions.

    Further information Tel: 020 3192 2370;


    Chinese Medicine Benefits for Patients with Breast Cancer

    Chinese medicine can help support women who are being treated for breast cancer according to new research published in the current issue of The Oncologist. The study showed that capsules comprising 14 herbs helped to prevent anaemia and to maintain patients’ immune systems whilst they were taking chemotherapy. Sixty-five women aged between 18-69 with breast cancer were recruited by researchers at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, Israel. The study was randomised, controlled and double-blinded.

    Further information Tel: 01603 623994;


    Pioneering Scientist Dr Derek Shrimpton Dies

    It is with great sadness that EHPM announces the death of one of the leading consultants in nutrition and food Dr Derek Shrimpton at the age of 83. Dr Shrimpton had been involved in the sector for more than 25 years, having been a scientific adviser to various European and international trade organisations and the author of the first EHPM publication on maximum levels of vitamins and minerals in the early 1990s. Dr Shrimpton was a founding member of the IASDA Scientific Group, convened in 2008 to focus on and offer solutions and offer recommendations for the most challenging issues in the scientific-regulatory interface regarding nutrition and supplementation.

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    Stem Cell Therapy Update

    Stem cell therapy holds great promise for the treatment of diabetes, but medical and ethical considerations have prevented its practical application. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher has found a promising new direction in the ‘memories’ of adult stem cells. Prof Shimon Efrat of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine has derived embryonic-like stem cells from adult stem cells that appear to retain their effectiveness in producing insulin in the human body. His research, recently published in Cell Stem Cell, may promise a new avenue of treatment that avoids costly and dangerous pancreas transplants.

    Further information Tel: 212.742.9070 ext 117


    No Hands Massage

    Gerry Pyves is holding evenings across the country with a chance for you to learn no hands massage. The evening starts at 7pm with a live treatment and then discussion and analysis of the treatment. In the middle of the session there will be a chance to learn about the philosophy behind NO HANDS, the research into massage therapy and injury and practical steps you can take to protect your hands from injury. In the final section of the evening there will be a second treatment and a Q & A session. Group bookings are available. Gerry has also written an ebook as a mini training course on how to work with music when providing massage treatments. Or you can buy his book The Principles and Practice of No Hands Massage.

    Further information Tel: 01422 843777;


    A Vitamin a Day Keeps Alzheimer’s Away

    Taking a B vitamin supplement plus omega-3 fish oil, may help prevent Alzheimer’s. this is the conclusion of a review of dozens of studies published in The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Memory loss and increased risk of Alzheimer’s is strongly associated with low levels of B12 and folic acid, fish consumption as is having a raised level of homocysteine in the blood. The author is Patrick Holford, a UK expert in nutrition and mental health. The most promising results have been in studies giving homocysteine lowering B vitamins – B6, B12 and folic acid in high doses.

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    Pine Bark Naturally Improves Heart Function

    New published research reveals the natural supplement Pycnogenol® taken with CoQ10 improves heart rate, blood volume output, physical fitness, blood pressure as well as heart and respiratory rate. Pycnogenol® is an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, widely available in UK health food shops and clinically proven to improve endothelial function and blood flow. A study in the journal Panminerva Medica reveals that the natural supplements Pycnogenol® and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) taken together by stable heart failure patients naturally strengthens the heart, increasing the blood volume ejected with each beat. As a consequence, the oxygen-rich blood supply to the organs improves and patients become more physically energetic.

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    Why Goal Setting Can Ruin Your Life

    According to Sarah Alexander, expert in intuition and the author of Spiritual Intelligence: The Eight Pillars of 21st Century Business Success, goal setting can ruin you life. Goals are often set in the hope that life will be better with the attainment of a certain goal. Yet the realization soon comes that even with their chosen acquisition or achievement we are no happier or fulfilled. Another problem with using goals to make us feel better is that we often create for ourselves things that are not really right for us as an individual and that are not really in alignment with who we are as a person. Sarah’s book is available from Amazon and other good book retailers.

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