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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 187

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 187 - October 2011


“Love Food Nourish Life” Macrobiotic Cooking Course

The course will guide participants through a repertoire of delicious healthy dishes that integrate the wisdom of natural macrobiotic food.  Begins in London on October 6th.


Wholefood Harmony Sush


Macrobiotics is about enjoying pure, unrefined foods that enhance the body’s health and balance.  Macrobiotic, meaning the big life, is a form of personalized diet bringing delicious, vitalising and seasonal foods together with Eastern medical insight to promote natural body balance. 

Natural and unprocessed foods bestow powerful benefits to health and mitigate against disease.  Macrobiotic foods act by cleansing and detoxifying, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and healing and strengthening the body. 

Wholefood Harmony was set up by Anna Freedman in Spring 2009 to inspire health through delicious natural cuisine.  They offer Health Consultations and Coaching, Cooking Workshops, Events and Catering.

Anna is a qualified and accredited Macrobiotic Cook and Health Coach.  She underwent a professional training for four years at the International Macrobiotic School, studying whole foods, natural ways to expand health and life counselling. 

The “Love Food Nourish Life” cooking course covers classes including Wholegrain Wonders, Vegetable Heaven, Healthy Treats & Snacks and Pure Puddings.   There are seven packed classes each including themed teaching, hands on cooking and enjoyment of a full macrobiotic meal. 

Anna also holds private Food & Health Consultations and Kitchen Impact Workshops to cultivate and integrate clients’ wellbeing through a bespoke and natural healthy eating plan and practical private cooking classes.  

Further Information

Please contact Anna on Tel: 07957 313 187; You can find recipes and further details about Wholefood Harmony events and Health Coaching at



The Integral Life Practice

The Integral Life Practice is owned and run by Simon Padgham, who is pioneering the growth and development of health coaching in the UK.


Integral Life Practice Handshake


Simon is an Integral Health Coach, trained in Health & Wellness coaching, Nutrition, Yoga, Ayurveda and Energy Psychology, working with individuals and groups to adopt and integrate health and lifestyle changes and attain their goals of peaceful, balanced, and energized lives.

Simon is passionate about health coaching; rather than simply making a diagnosis and  sending patients away with a prescription Simon provides ongoing support and collaboration in partnership to guide them to make the lasting and sustained health behaviour changes they need. Each person takes an active role in their own care clarifying what is of most concern to them about their health and defining their goals. Gradual and manageable changes in health and lifestyle behaviours are made through a process of ongoing communication, commitment, emotional, cognitive and behavioural change. The individual learns to take full responsibility for their wellbeing and comes to realize that they, ultimately, determine how healthy they are and how healthy they can be.

Research studies have shown health coaching to be especially useful in the management and treatment of the following:

  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Weight Loss
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease

And it is beneficial for anyone wanting to:

  • Effectively manage stress, anxiety & depression
  • Improve their energy, focus & concentration
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Improve their digestion
  • Improve flexibility and remove aches and pains
  • Understand and reduce cravings;  Improve their eating habits
  • Improve the quality of their sleep; Understand their body better
  • Feel confident in choosing and preparing healthier food for themselves and their family.

Further Information

To schedule your free initial health consultation please contact Simon at the Integral Life Practice on Tel: 07866 737087;



Practitioner Diploma Courses with Sayer Complementary Health

June Sayer of Sayer Complementary Health has 19 years experience in the field of complementary health, being qualified in Homeopathy, Nutrition, Iridology and Reiki.

Working closely with her clients she uses a range of holistic treatments to provide the best possible solution to their health problems. 


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Symptoms of ill-health are your body’s way of expressing signs of imbalance; in order to treat those symptoms, June will look for the cause of your complaint and select a homeopathic remedy suited to the individual symptoms, physical or emotional you are experiencing.  Homeopathy is a safe, non-toxic system of medicine that has been used for over 200 years,  suitable for all ages.

Using the Bio-Meridian Vantage health screening system June measures the meridian points on her client’s body, prints out their unique chart and discusses a tailor-made programme of nutritional supplementation and homeopathic remedies to combat problem areas.

Some clients enjoy the benefits of a Bio-d-tox foot spa treatment that stimulates the body’s cells and gently releases toxic build up through the pores of the feet, followed by a Reiki session enhanced by the sound of the drum beat taking them into a state of deep relaxation and healing.  

She runs a variety of health and well-being workshops in homeopathy and believes that a flexible approach to learning brings out your true potential.   The Level 1 course (attendance or e-learning), which may be taken at any time throughout the year, is a basic course in homeopathy that guides you through a selection of remedies suitable for acute conditions such as coughs, colds, travel sickness, etc.

If you are thinking of changing your career path and expanding your potential, choose the Level 2 course, as this will deepen your knowledge of homeopathy and lead to a Practitioner Diploma qualification.

Further Information

For more details, contact June Sayer on Tel: 01702 826049; 



Lynn Booth Vertical Reflexology (VRT) Outstanding Contribution Award

Lynne Booth founder and originator of Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) was awarded a Highly Commended certificate to in its Outstanding Contribution to Complementary Medicine category from The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM).


Lynne Booth ICNM Award


Lynne’s work, also known as Vertical Reflexology was developed when she was working in a Bristol nursing and residential home in the mid 90s.  This method allows the therapy to be briefly carried out on the dorsal (top part) foot/hand rather than traditional reflexology which works on the palm and base of the foot. VRT  may be applied  as an effective short treatment in its own right and can also be easily integrated into classical reflexology sessions.


VRT book chart dvd collage


The VRT techniques are taught by Lynne Booth and tutors in the UK and internationally and a 60 minute VRT DVD for Hands and Feet is available with six sections of step-by-step VRT techniques suitable for all levels ranging from beginners to qualified Reflexologists.

Further Information

For details of VRT Workshops, Books, Charts and DVD please contact Booth VRT Ltd on Tel: 01179 626746;



Migra-Cap® - Future of Migraine Treatment

What is a Migraine?

A migraine is a throbbing, intense headache in one half of the head. It can affect people of all ages. The cause of migraine is not known. During an attack, the blood vessels in the brain dilate and then draw together with stimulation of nerve endings near the affected blood vessels. These changes to the blood vessels are probably what cause the pain, but migraine headaches is a condition that is poorly understood.




Developed by a Migraine sufferer for Migraine sufferers. The Migra Cap® is unique amongst migraine treatments, combining cold therapy and complete darkness to provide relief from the pain associated with migraine and most types of headaches.

The Lycra cap covers the whole of the head area, and is filled with specially formulated gel packs strategically positioned to target the areas of the head affected by pain. Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort the breathable, flexible Lycra material enables the cap to fit all head shapes. A 'cut-away' in the material allows users with long hair to pull the hair through for maximum comfort.

Drug Free Relief

Remedies that utilize drugs such as Aspirin, Paracetemol and Butalbital can have side effects, consumption issues or even produce allergic reactions. More powerful painkillers eg Paramax, Migramax, Domperamol can require strict dosage guidelines and are often expensive to purchase.

This migraine cure is one of the most innovative migraine treatments on the market - offering headache relief, soothing sports injuries and concussions, and providing pain relief during pregnancy.

Further Information

Please contact Migracap on Tel: 01685 387788;   



Energy Works Reflexology Training in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and St Neots, Cambridgeshire

Energy Works Knot


The Centre Principal and Lead Tutor is Anna Jeoffroy-Salmon who has over 20 years experience actively practising and teaching complementary medicine. Anna brings this vast wealth of knowledge and experience along with 20 years working in partnership with Philip Salmon to the students on their professional Reflexology Course and Post Graduate Reflexology Training courses in Potters Bar Hertfordshire and St Neots Cambridgeshire.

The course entitles post graduates to become members of the AoR (Association of Reflexologists)and /or Professional Reflexology and has a reputation for delivering the highest quality standards of Reflexology Training. The accrediting body for the course qualification is ABC Awarding Body, a national awarding body approved by QCA (Qualifications & Curriculum Authority to offer qualifications in the UK. ABC Awards specialise in developing VRQs (vocationally related qualifications) for the National Qualifications Framework. The Level 3 Reflexology 7 unit qualification awarded by ABC Awarding Body Consortium includes 7 Units.

Venue, Dates and Prices

The first teaching day of each course is the official start of the course. The next course will begin Contact Sessions on Saturday 21st January 2012. The Course will run at weekends (8 during the course of a year)at Elm Court Potters Bar Hertfordshire and in St Neots Cambridgeshire.

The course consists of 120 contact teaching hours on 8 study weekends. Contact teaching is supplemented by guided learning homestudy projects and case studies which students complete in their own time.

Further Information

Please contact Energy Works on



Surge of Chi® Exerciser - 2nd Generation Chi Exercise Machine with Adjustable Speeds & Advanced Programming

‘Chi exercise machines’ come out of a long tradition in Japan which the Japanese call “Goldfish Exercise”. The invention of chi exercisers to swing the feet has made this invigorating exercise easily available. A rhythmic wave of sideways movement travels through the body, releasing tension while stimulating the body’s healing and energy systems.


Surge of Chi Exerciser


The Surge of Chi® Exerciser features advanced technology for a smooth ride, precisely adjustable speeds and maximum control. The padded ankle rest gently swings the feet while the user simply lies back and lets go. The body’s natural response is a gentle sideways oscillation, starting from the pelvis and travelling up the spine in a graceful wave.

With the Surge of Chi the brain seems to easily tune into its smooth and regular rhythm. After a short while it realizes exercise is happening, and breathing starts to naturally deepen. The brain and body also realize that it is now completely ‘safe to let go’ - as the body is fully supported while lying down. The tension normally inherent to any active exercise can be released.

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

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

No Obligation 60-day trialTwo level Money Back Guarantee

Further Information

Please contact Energy for Health Ltd  on Tel 08456 120129;    Product Showcase with Video:



Birthing with Loving Reiki Hands

4pm Friday 16th December to 4pm on Sunday 18th December 2011

Oxon Hoath Estate, near Tonbridge, Kent

Want an antenatal class with a natural health focus? In a country house setting? Where you not only learn all about birth, but you also learn Reiki and enjoy a pregnancy yoga class?


Birthing with loving Reiki hands


During this amazing workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How to give yourself a self-treatment with Reiki
  • How too use Reiki to help you bond with the baby
  • How Reiki can help you feel in harmony and connected
  • How partners can feel more involved in the pregnancy and birth
  • How to reduce pregnancy aches and pains with Reiki,
  • How to use Reiki to improve sleep now and after birth
  • How to use Reiki to reduce fear and anxiety
  • How Reiki may help ease pain
  • How to use Reiki du during a caesarean
  • How to use Reiki to speed recovery after birth

Suitable for mums and their partners and birth supporters at any stage of pregnancy, Birthing with Loving Reiki Hands is a unique new concept that combines antenatal education with natural health, empowers expectant mums AND their partners and help them approach birth through the eyes of love, rather than the eyes of fear.

These unique workshops are run by Melanie Hoffstead and Rosemary Pharo: two highly experienced Reiki masters. Rosemary has a university diploma in antenatal education and has been teaching childbirth classes for 6 years and Melanie is a therapist and qualified doula. Between them they have 30 years' experience of teaching Reiki and both have used Reiki in pregnancy and birth

Our mission is to provide Reiki classes for pregnant women, their partners and/or birth supporters combined with an antenatal education course and a pregnancy yoga class - all in one place... with time to relax, meet new people, be in nature and have fun.

Further Information

Please contact Melanie Hoffstead on Tel: 0207 263 2628; Mob: 07940 913382;



Sei-Ki: Life in Resonance - The Secret Art of Shiatsu

Akinobu Kishi and Alice Whieldon

Published by Jessica Kingsley Pub. 2011 Paperback. £15.99 / US$25.95 ISBN: 978-1-84819-042-9/

The therapeutic art of shiatsu is now widely practised in the West, yet practitioners find it difficult to acquire the training that will take them beyond the mechanistic level.


Sei-Ki Life in Resonance


For many years Akinobu Kishi has been visiting the West to teach, but never before has his approach been recorded in book form. Regarded as one of the leading exponents of shiatsu, Kishi trained with and assisted Shizuto Masunaga, and is widely regarded as the heir to his work, developed to the higher level of Seiki Soho, which takes the practice beyond technique. With the assistance of his long-term student Alice Whieldon, Kishi's theory and practice of Seiki Soho are described and explained for the first time in this important book. Setting his work within the historical context of shiatsu, the long central section of the book consists of a dialogue about the fundamental principles and practice of Masunaga's Zen Shiatsu and Seiki Soho as taught by Kishi. The final section consists of case studies of practice, including the experiences of people treated by Kishi.

This groundbreaking and generous book is illustrated with Kishi's calligraphy and other artwork, and will be essential reading for all shiatsu practitioners and students who want to deepen their practice, and a rich and rewarding read for anyone interested in Eastern approaches to life and healing.

Further Information

Available from  Singing Dragon – Jessica Kingsley Publishers:




Album Release "Yoga Philharmonic - Music for Relaxation" Five Volumes of New Age Music from SK Infinity

Yoga Philharmonic, a set of music albums in five volumes are latest most uplifting musical compositions from composer Sandeep Khurana, with sounds that are relaxing, and meditative with a subtle ethereal touch to the whole creation.


Yoga Philamonic


The music creates an out-of-body experience, transporting the listeners to realms beyond the physical, helping them achieve that inner peace and harmonious state of mind.  The sounds are a fascinating blend of New Age synthesized and organic guitars sounds, voices, and nature sounds, creating that magical ambience in the minds of the listeners, taking them away to an entirely different part of the universe.

Yoga Philharmonic Volume 1 – Enlightenment - The music of the album is about healing the mind, uplifting the spirits of the listeners, and helping them achieve a relaxed state of being. Be it flutes, piano notes, strings or guitars, the idea is to keep the instrumentation pleasant, the mood relaxed, and the sounds gentle yet mysterious.

Yoga Philharmonic Volume 2 – Ethereal, as the name very well says, has sounds with feel more ethereal. They are reflective of the mood characterized by lightness and insubstantiality, as if one is experiencing an existence more intangible.

Aum Vibration”, is about resonating with the universal sound “Aum” or “Om” as we feel it.  “Inner Child” plays with the inner child in the listeners, the innocence, and the truth that lives in every being. “Kundalini Yoga” is about aspiring for enlightenment, to be able to raise one’s vibrations, to make the Kundalini rise to the Divine Chakra. “Chakra Yoga”, is an exercise for healing the 7 major Chakras, Balancing them, and tuning them to heal the mind and the body. “Om Mantra Yoga” is another opportunity to resonate with the universal sound, “OM”. “Pranayama Breath Yoga”, helps the listener to practise Pranayama, a very old technique that employs varying breathing patterns, and pauses between inhalation and exhalation to heal the body and the mind and bring oneself in harmony.

Yoga Philharmonic Volume 3 - In Voice Harmony, a blend of new age music with soothing voice sounds

Yoga Philharmonic Volume 4 - Ethereal Chakra Sounds - Resonant sounds composed to help balance the seven major Chakras or the energy centers within the body.

Yoga Philharmonic Volume 5 - Zen Meditation - Healing music for relaxation and meditation.

Further Information

Please contact SK Infinity World Media on Tel: +1 408 390 7200. Details on



Hike for Hope Trek Morocco

22-30 September 2012

If you know anyone who has been affected by prostate or gynaecological cancer and would like to help stop these cancers destroying lives - take action today and Hike for Hope.


Hike for Hope


Hike for Hope is a very unique and special event. People from all walks of life will come together to do something very special. Our challenge involves five days trekking in the stunning Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It will be a challenging trek that is achievable with plenty of training beforehand. The friendship and camaraderie along the way however will be amazing.

Funds raised by Hike for Hope will be divided equally between two very important charities Prostate Action and Wellbeing of Women to support their valuable work. To take part you need to pay a registration fee and then raise minimum sponsorship funds of £3,000. Previous Hike for Hope treks have raised a staggering £1.35m to help stop prostate and gynaecological cancers ruining lives.

Raising Funds for:  Prostate Action,  Wellbeing of Women

Further Information

Please contact Action for Charity at



Beneficial Effects of Green Lipped Mussel Extract on Joint Health

A new clinical study conducted by the University of Queensland confirms that the green lipped mussel extract GlycOmega™-PLUS is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties in humans. Participants diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knees completed an eight-week trial which showed that GlycOmega™-PLUS by Aroma (NZ) Ltd significantly reduced joint pain by 59 per cent and improved joint mobility.


Aroma Whole Mussels


During the non-randomized single group allocation trial, 21 men and women aged between 41 and 87 took a daily supplement of 3000 mg and completed a set of standardized questionnaires (WOMAC, Lequesne Index) measuring pain, stiffness and physical function. Furthermore, all were asked to keep two diaries that recorded daily intake of GlycOmega™-PLUS, daily knee pain experienced and any rescue medication taken for knee pain. In order to determine the safety of the supplementation, participants were included in a clinical safety trial and filled in a health-related quality of life questionnaire (SF-12) assessing different dimensions of physical and mental health.

Study results

Baseline screening was followed by two measurements taken after four and eight weeks. Significance tests were performed on the WOMAC and Lequesne Index (average) between baseline and week four, week four and week eight, and baseline and week eight. The WOMAC demonstrated improvements in pain, stiffness and physical function of 59 per cent, 41 per cent and 42 per cent respectively from baseline to week eight. The Lequesne Index showed a 30 per cent improvement from baseline to week eight. The amount of rescue medication taken during the trial decreased and the general physical function indices improved. Overall, the results confirm that supplementation with 3000 mg GlycOmega™-PLUS per day is safe and may be indicated for significant symptomatic relief of joint pain and poor mobility in patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knees. 

Green lipped mussel products have been marketed for the treatment of arthritic symptoms since the early 1970s. Since then, numerous in vitro and animal studies have suggested that green lipped mussel extract has a modulating role in regulating inflammation. This new study now confirms the efficacy of supplementation with GlycOmega™-PLUS in humans diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knees. 

Further Information

For further information please contact Aroma New Zealand Limited on



Seagreens The Mineral Salt - voted 'Best New Product'

Another health promoting product from Seagreens! A delicious way to cut salt intake by half and boost natural minerals, trace elements and vitamins! The Mineral Salt is a unique combination of Seagreens’ Organic wrack seaweed from its sustainable harvesting among the Scottish Outer Hebrides, and unrefined Certified Cornish Sea Salt.

Seagreens Mineral Salt

This 50/50 mix from the top and bottom of the British Isles offers “twice the flavour and half the salt”, with a nutritional profile even the best salt in the world can only dream of!

Click here for nutrition information and the story behind The Mineral Salt jar.

Consumers described The Mineral Salt at the Real Food Show, London and at the Weston Price Foundation Conference in the USA as: “Lovely", "Brilliant” and “Just as good as salt & pepper”.

This is the ideal mineral balanced alternative to table salt. It is simply tastier and healthier!

Reducing sodium chloride in manufactured foods has been top of Seagreens research agenda since 2007.

Dr Andrew Fairclough, lead researcher at Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Food Innovation, announced in 2010 that “Seagreens® Ascophyllum nodosum is a potential replacement for salt as sodium chloride and can be used to achieve salt levels below the recommended limit specifically in breads with additions”.

In 2009 Seagreens set up the independent, not-for-profit Seaweed Health Foundation for seaweed research and education. A study in obesity, the first project sponsored by the Foundation, won the Alpro Foundation Masters Award in 2010.

The product was voted Best New Product (CAM 2011) and Highly Commended (Free From Food Awards 2011) - please click for details.

Further Information

The Mineral Salt is available from the best natural food stores as a 100g glass jar with a shaker top at RRP £4.95. A grinder top and refill pack will be available soon. If you have no local stockist, Seagreens products are available worldwide by mail order Tel: 01293-520460 and online from


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    Craniosacral Training Courses


    Turning Point Training is offering a Level One Craniosacral Practitioner Course on 11-13 November, 13-15 December and 13-15 January at the Martinsell Centre nr Marlborough. There is a residential option. Level Two Advanced Courses on Treating Mother and Baby after Birth takes place in Marlow, Bucks on 1 October 2011 and Physical and Emotional Trauma on 5 November 2011 in South Molton, North Devon, this workshop looks at the factors that determine the origin and maintenance of tensions resulting from traumatic experiences which subsequently have a deleterious effect on patient’s health.

    Further information Tel: 01769 579079 Mob: 07944 411 681


    Practitioners for Bio-Energetic Health


    On the weekend of 15-16 October 2011, Practitioners from many disciplines and from a number of countries will meet in Petersfield to explore and develop their understandings and use of Bio-Energetic Medicine. The NutriVital Seminar will be useful for any Practitioner using Bio-Energetic screening or EDS systems as well as Practitioners with a broader interest in the Bio-Energetic Healthcare model. Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Kinesiologists, Nutritionists and others will come from as far away as Australia to hear a range of experts in Bio-Energetic Health and related topics. Attendees will earn 12 CPD points.

    Further information Tel: 01730 237248


    Vantol College of Crystal Therapy


    The Vantol College is offering a one-year Introductory course which will give the student a solid foundation towards the two-year Diploma Course. A two-year professional Crystal Therapy diploma course, accredited by the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). Forthcoming Workshop: 8 October 2011, a one-off Post Graduate Workshop Day. The College is planning a Reflexology Course incorporating crystals providing there is enough interest; they will offer this Diploma Course again in the Autumn of 2011. All courses take place in Egham, Surrey.

    Further information Tel: 01932 423696


    Money and the Chakras


    If money is an issue for you and you would like to feel more empowered around it, Delcia McNeil’s course on 6 November 2011 in Muswell Hill, London N10 3NU might be for you. The chakras are like huge databases and when you enter them and ask the right kind of questions, you receive insights a help way beyond what your conscious mind can ever come up with. You can overcome difficulties in your relationship to money and feel emotionally and physically better and richer through shifting deep seated anxieties, negative energy and limiting beliefs.

    Further information Tel: 07515 807366


    Virtual Book Launch


    In Case of Spiritual Emergency by Catherine G Lucas is having a virtual launch on 10 October 2011, World Mental Health Day. Pre-register for this free webinar event. Catherine will be talking with two people who are featured in the book, Kimberly Jones and Emma Goude, sharing their experience of spiritual emergence and emergency. You will also hear from Kaia Nightingale of the Canadian Spiritual Emergence Service, Ted Esser, Operations Manager for the Spiritual Emergence Network (US) and Carol Shaw from Findhorn Press.

    Further information:


    Real Leadership with Ben Renshaw


    Real Leadership brings together Ben Renshaw’s latest insights and experiences from running senior leadership programs all over the world. Key themes include: clear identity, inspired vision, authentic relationships, great performance and true meaning. The talk is being run by Success Intelligence and is taking place on 14 October 2011 at myhotel, Chelsea, London SW3.

    Further information Tel: 0845 430 9236;


    The American Institute for Cancer Research Conference


    The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Conference takes place on 3-4 November in Washington, DC. The conference on food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer will feature lively and thoughtful discussion around questions like: How have we come to know what we know about diet and cancer? Why do studies that ask the same questions yield different results? And How can we improve our methods to find the answers we still seek? The AICR has invited some of the most eminent researchers in the field to field and present and debate these important questions.

    Further information: Tel +1 (800) 843-8114


    10 Years: IJCH - The International Journal of Healing and Caring


    The International Journal of Healing and Caring (IJHC) has celebrated its 10th year of publication with a shift to open access. This gives you free online access to all of the articles from 2001 to present. Learn about the lasted, most up-to-date wholistic healing approaches, explore creative and innovative healing options, find new scientific research on wholistic, complementary therapies and enjoy heart-warming stories of fellow seekers on the paths of healing.

    Further information


    Top Industry Speakers Confirmed for CAMExpo 2011-09-24


    CAMExpo has announced a host of top names to headline this year’s free keynote seminar line-up. Prof. George Lewith, Dr Marilyn Glenville, Patrick Holford, Jan de Vries, Bharti Vyas, Dr Robert Verkerk and leading Clinical Nutritionist Neil E Leven, are just a few of the speakers confirmed to appear over the 22-23 October in one the show’s two theatres sponsored by Nutri Centre. CAMExpo offers a free education programme which seeks to include and promote as many different CAM modalities as possible, offers attending Practitioners and Healthcare Professionals an unrivalled opportunity to be kept up-to-date with all the latest research and developments.

    Further information Tel: 01273 645119


    NLP Conference


    The NLP Conference is taking place on 18-20 November 2011. Booking via the website entitles you to a free book from a choice of 3 and all prices include a buffet lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. In addition, Saturday/weekend/full passes will receive an invitation to the drinks reception in the Grand Suite on Saturday evening. Preferential rates have been negotiated at the Conference Hotel.

    Further information Tel: 01267 211880


    Deepak Chopra Launches LEELA – Whole-Body Meditation and Breathing on Xbox


    Deepak Chopra, the internationally renowned author and expert on mind-body wellness, brings his extraordinary creativity, insight and philosophies to an entirely new milieu this Autumn – video games consoles. Deepak Chopra’s Leela, developed by Curious Pictures and published by THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), is an extraordinary journey into the self that is scheduled to debut on 8 November on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and on Wii™, blending ancient philosophies with the newest home-entertainment technology.

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    New Treatments for Neurodegenerative Conditions


    American Friends Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) technology is creating neuroprotector proteins from a patient’s own bone marrow stem cells, providing the promise of new treatments of many neurodegenerative conditions. Through a clinical product called NurOwn, research from Prof. Daniel Offen and Prof. Eldad Melamed of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine is turning bone marrow stem cells into the astrocyte-like cells that are responsible for the well-being of the brain’s neurons. Trials for the technology, which has the potential to treat a broad range of neurodegenerative conditions are now scheduled for Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Further information Tel: 212.742.9070 ext 117


    Obesity 2012 Seminar


    Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar Obesity 2012 takes place on 7 February 2012 in Central London. The seminar will be a timely opportunity to assess progress towards reducing obesity in the UK in light of a new publication on tackling obesity expected from the Department of Health later this year. Following recent research which predicts that adult obesity in the UK will rise over the next twenty years, leading to extra cases of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This seminar will critically examine whether current Government programmes including Change4Life and the Public Health Responsibility Deal go far enough to deal with obesity.

    Further information Tel: 01344 864796;


    Green Tea Arthritis Relief


    Green tea has received a huge amount of attention over the last few years for its apparent ability to aid with weight loss, but this simple drink could hold many more benefits and new research supports in use in helping the millions in the UK who suffer with osteoarthritis. A report published in Arthritis Research and Therapy looked at studies which used an extracted form of green tea called green tea polyphenol, which reduces the effect of cytokines which cause inflammation. Natur Boutique has a new Green Tea Diet Blend which combines green tea with the rare and exotic Java tea orthosipon stamineus, which is a powerful antioxidant.

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    Moroccan-Inspired Spa Launches in Dolphin Square


    Spa goers will get a taste of authentic Morocco in October when they visit The Spa, Dolphin Square, London SW1. The capital’s newest luxury spa will be the only one in London where guests can have a complete immersion in the age-old cleansing and purifying rituals of a true Moroccan Hammam. For him and her, the spa’s philosophy fuses ancient expertise with modern innovation, a concept that is echoed throughout The Spa’s design.

    Further information Tel: 020-7798 6767


    Seiki Half Day Workshops


    Saiki, originated by Japanese Shiatsu Master, Akinobu Kishi, brings a unique quality which can be utilized alongside whichever discipline we work with. These workshops can also count towards your CPD, although they are not restricted solely to practising therapists. Daniela Coronelli’s special half-day workshops Seiki-Touching The Now are being held on 1 October 2010 in Exeter Natural Health Centre and on 15 October at Abbey Mead Natural Health Centre, Tavistock.

    Further information Tel: 01803 862653


    Neal’s Yard Holidays


    Neal’s Yard Holidays are offering a Wellbeing Holiday Round Up, detox and yoga holidays in 2012. India and Sri Lanka are the top destinations for authentic Ayurveda/Yoga holidays by the sea. Perfect for solo travellers or groups of friends who want some pampering time away from the family. Travel after March to benefit from summer discounts up to 50% off full board accommodation. Ayurveda Ocean Village in Kerala is an idyllic village style resort overlooking a long sandy beach. In Sri Lanka, the West Coast and South Coast Ayurveda Resorts have been offering Ayurveda holidays for 25 years. Yoga Turkey on the Bodrum peninsula offers Yoga holidays against a backdrop of mountains and pine forests and Yoga-Plus by the Sea in Greece offers holidays with Yoga or Qigong.

    Further information Tel: 0844 888 5050


    VegfestUK Brighton 2012


    The dates for one of Europe’s biggest vegetarian events have been announced and Brighton is set to host an expanded two day show on 17-18 March 2012 at The Hove Centre. Highlights of the show, which is free to the public, include a Ready Steady Cook competition with some of Brighton’s top chefs, a Best Veggie Sausage competition, films, veggie cookery demos, entertainment, music, performance, talks, product presentations and over 100 stalls.

    Further information Tel: 0117-3079872


    Birmingham’s Mind Body and Soul Weekend


    Birmingham’s Mind Body and Soul Weekend on 5-6 November 2011 will be held at The Clarendon Suite in Edgbaston. Two days of Complementary Medicine, Alternative Therapies and hands-on healing awaits visitors to the weekend. The show will include a variety of interactive workshops and demonstrations, as well as more than 30 free talks from leading holistic health, personal growth and spiritual development experts. There will be stands including a variety of Complementary and Alternative Therapists and free workshops to try out different therapies.

    Further information Tel: 01933 652445;


    GastroMel! for Digestive Discomfort


    Gastromel! Is a formula made from honey which has an antibiotic effect which kills the harmful Helicobacter pylori bacteria which cause stomach ulcers and gastritis. Laboratory studies on GastroMel! Showed that it has an efficient antibiotic effect when compared to a range of mainstream antibiotics that kill Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Being natural means that a higher level of the good bacteria is maintained. Mild symptoms can be relieved within a few minutes of taking GastroMel! And more severe symptoms will be alleviated within 7-10 days. Gastromel bees are fed on a variety of herbs and Gastromel! also contains propolis, the resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds and sap which is a powerful antibiotic and has strong antifungal properties.

    GastrolMel! is available from health food stores nationwide.


    Plant-Based Lifestyle Could Save NHS Billions


    In a paper distributed to all MPs in the House Magazine entitled Plant-Based Diets: A Solution to Our Public Health Crisis, leading physicians predict that a switch to a diet free of meat and dairy products could dramatically reduce the incidence (and therefore costs) of the most menacing maladies currently threatening public health, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

    Further information: 


    Proven-Effective Stress Reduction Techniques


    Chronic stress can disrupt your ability to focus, think clearly and harm your health. Daniel Goleman’s research focused on methods that counter the impact of stress and he has now drawn on this expertise to develop Relax: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress, a 45-minute audio program to help listeners effectively master methods that can help them naturally reduce stress. Methods include: deep breathing, deep muscle relaxation, guided auto suggest, relaxation countdown, breath focus and tension release and breath count.

    Further information visit:  for a sample audio clip. The session is available in CD format and as a digital download.


    How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down


    In her new book Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down, world-renowned keynote speaker Sonia Ricotti lays out in an easy-to-read style, the step-by-step tools, strategies, stories and exercises that will powerfully move forward, take action and create the life you deserve, transform your way of thinking, experience inner peace and happiness and release your negative past experiences.

    Further information: Tel: +1 707.939.9212


    New Super Supplement for Women’s Health


    Lifestream Calciflax combines four of the finest certified organic superfoods: flaxseed (linseed), prebiotic inulin, cranberry seeds and calcium, to create a vitamin and mineral-rich formulation ideal for bolstering natural sufficiency and promoting optimum health through the winter period. Formulated without artificial additives, preservatives, colours or flavours, Lifestream Calciflax is vegan and free from gluten and dairy and available as a powder which adds a deliciously nutty flavour when mixed with muesli, porridge, soups and yoghurts.

    Further information: or from health food stores.


    Knead – Allergy Friendly Baking


    Knead products from the allergy friendly baking company will be made more readily available through two new outlets this Autumn. The multiple allergy goodies will be available online at and in store in Napket, Mayfair, London. Cityform specialize in fruit baskets and gift hampers and deliver to over 135 postcode areas in the UK. Knead Bakery products are now offered as part of their range. Napket will launch four of Kneads core products into two of their Mayfair stores this September. All products are gluten, dairy and sugar free and have been given the coeliac seal of approval.

    Further information:


    Natural Health Research Institute Conference


    The Natural Health Research Institute (NHRI) is holding its 6th conference in Schaumburg on Reducing Healthcare Costs Through Prevention on 28 October and will show a very significant way to reduce healthcare costs and our budget deficit. Join a stellar panel of health and nutrition experts for a half-day conference focused on the current evidence regarding the financial benefits of preventing chronic diseases through the use of natural products such as dietary supplementation. Speakers include: Mark Blumenthal, Meg Jordan, Artemis Simopoulos, Russel Jaffe and Len Saputo.

    Further information: Tel: +1 (847) 303-4100


    Releasing the Power to Heal


    We all want to live fulfilling and healthy lives, but for many of us, good health is something we take for granted. Releasing the Power to Heal by Mavis Cunningham who has spent fifty years working in the health industry, is a health guide which teaches discreet yet effective therapeutic activities and lifestyle changes that can be implemented by all. Nutrition, exercise, rest and relaxation, psychological well-being and self-development are vital tools of healthy living  which, with the correct application, can keep us healthier for longer.

    Further information:


    Winter-Proof your Body


    The Nutri Centre says that with careful planning, this winter could be your healthiest yet. Nature’s Plus Source of Life Gold, BioCare Vit C Complex and Immiflex are all immunity boosting products. BioCare Acidophilus Forte is good for overindulgence during the Christmas party season. Begin taking two weeks before the party. The Nutri Centre also offers Neuropret, to boot your natural mood levels during the short winter months when you are more likely to suffer from SAD.

    Further information Tel: 020-8752 8450


    Panic on a Plate


    Author Rob Lyons claims that obesity is more of a firecracker than a time bomb in his new book Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder. People are, it’s true, fatter than average than before, but rates of obesity, particularly in children, have plateaued and may be falling. For the vast majority of the population, expanding waistlines are not a significant threat to life. Life expectancy for mildly obese, overweight, normal weight and slim people is about the same. Obesity is not  a disease, but very fat and very thin, are prone to illness and effort would be better focused on explaining why a small percentage of people become fat rather than lecturing the whole population about its eating habits.

    Further information:  Book details: Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder by Rob Lytons, Paperback, Imprint Academic. Published 27 October 2011.


    Holt On: The HCG Diet Revolution


    Dr Stephen Holt MD, Physician, pioneer of Integrative Medicine and Author of the recently released book Holt On: The HCG Diet Revolution – The Definitive Guide does not recommend the diet HCG Diet as a simple antidote to weight loss. Rather, he proposes we become open-minded to the possibilities that this diet, in combination with other interventions, may be effective in sustained weight control. Modern society is faced with the growing challenges of obesity and Dr Holt reminds us that we must consider alternative modes of combating this disorder which is associated with the onset of Metabolic Syndrome X and diabetes.

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