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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 210

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 210 - November 2013

Tomatis Listening Therapy - Auditory Perception explained

With good reason Dr Tomatis said  ‘The ear is like a question mark it contains many answers’.

His work and research spanned over many decades and in his numerous books and treatises he explained the relationships between the ear, the brain and the nervous system.  He defined three basic units which are building blocks for physical, cognitive and emotional development. He called them the 3 integrators. It is helpful to know a little about them to understand how profound changes can be brought about by undergoing Listening Therapy and bringing the ears into correct functioning and balance.


The Cochlear Integrator makes differentiating sound possible so speech can be developed.

It can be affected by disturbances like ear infections which can slow down language development. It can cause problems of sequencing and decoding, making reading difficult making phonetics and schoolwork difficult, when otherwise the child can be well organized in other aspects of life.

The Vestibular Integrator helps control muscles of the body, equilibrium and verticality.

When it is not functioning well it can be the cause of:

  • Delayed motor development;
  • Sensory integration difficulties like over-sensitivity to sounds and tactile defensiveness;
  • Being clumsy and accident prone;
  • Having a short attention span;
  • Speaking too loudly and with a high pitched voice;
  • Thoughts shifting from one subject to another and the content being of dubious logic;
  • Being disorganized except for favourite activities;
  • Being able to read but not necessarily understanding the meaning or context;
  • Being rigid and not being able to adapt well to change;
  • Being a painstakingly slow writer with irregular handwriting.

The Visual Integrator allows the perception of our environment in terms of form, dimension and colour. The muscles of the eyes are controlled by the joint efforts of the visual and vestibular integrators. The muscles of the eyes are under the control of the vestibule of the ear.

  • 20% of the eye’s capacity is involved in maintaining balance. When balance is poor it becomes an even higher percentage due to slowing down of information processed by the eye.

When there is a poor ear-eye connection maintaining eye contact could be difficult:

  • Orienting ourselves in space and being able to judge proximity and distance would be miscalculated;
  • Both fine and gross motor skills could be affected;
  • Hand-eye coordination could be lacking as is necessary in drawing, handicrafts and sporting activities.

Further Information

For more information about Tomatis Listening Therapy contact Ella Williams at The Listening Centre London on Tel: 0207 3595268;


Āyurveda Overview; The College of Āyurveda (UK)

Āyurvedic Medicine is a most ancient system of medicine known to mankind, based on the Vedic wisdom expounded by the ancient sages. It emerged within the Vedic culture that arose in the foothills of Himalayas and along the banks of the great rivers of India. Āyurveda is a science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focussing assessment on biochemically unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore psychological, physiological and structural imbalances.


The basic principles upon which Āyurvedic medicine / healthcare operates are:

  • Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness;
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors;
  • Web-like interconnections of psycho-physiological processes;
  • Health as a positive vitality - not merely the absence of disease;
  • Promotion of organ reserve through psycho-neuro-immunological processes;
  • Patient-centred rather than disease focused healthcare.

Using these principles, Āyurvedic healthcare therapist/practitioners focus on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predisposition that influence every person’s experience of health and disease.  A person is considered an integral part of the Universe which is governed by natural laws.

The College of Āyurveda (UK)

The College of Āyurveda (UK) offers a comprehensive curriculum in the field of Āyurveda in the United Kingdom and Europe, based on the recommendations of the Dept. of AYUSH, New Delhi, India. The College of Āyurveda (CoA) was first established in 1997 under the aegis of the Āyurvedic Medical Association (UK).  In 2000, the CoA was registered under the Companies House, UK, and in 2006 the CoA developed a collaborative partnership with the Middlesex University, London. 

The College of Āyurveda recognizes that a variety of educational formats are needed to meet the growing demands and differing needs of students. The College offers a three-year Diploma in Āyurvedic Healthcare programme for Clinical Āyurvedic Therapists (CAyT). The College’s Distance Learning programme is a revolutionary programme that integrates home schooling, classroom education and one-to-one relationship with a Tutor who guides the students’ education. Distance learning is available in all theory-related (academic) learning; however, attendance is mandatory for all practical and clinical training. At the end of first and second academic year of study the students spend one week with an instructor in a small group study session in order to gain hands-on experience in practical and diagnostic aspects of the curriculum and participate in group discussions. At the end of year three the students attend 12-weeks of clinical practice in India, which is mandatory for Certification as Clinical Ayurveda Therapist.  The College is currently planning a 4-year Ayurveda Practitioner level programme in collaboration with Ayurveda institute in India.

Further Information

For further details please contact The College of  Āyurveda (UK) on Tel: 01908 664518;


Body Stress Release BSR Academy: Nov 2014 - March 2015

The first training course at BSR Academy Europe will commence in November 2014 at a beautiful venue just outside of Dorchester in Dorset. 

Dorchester has excellent train links into London and both Bournemouth and Bristol airports are within a reasonable distance.

The course is residential with comfortable furnished accommodation located on site. Students will have use of the swimming pool and tennis courts and there are many beautiful walks in the local woodlands and countryside. Dorchester is not far from the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Leisure activities in the area including walking, cycling, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding and fishing.

The course will take place from the beginning of November 2014 to the beginning of March 2015 each year with a two week break over the Christmas and New Year period. The Academy faculty are Dr Gail Meggersee BA UED (SA) DC (USA) and six highly experienced European Body Stress Release practitioners from both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, who have all undergone the Body Stress Release Tutor Training Program, and are also running their own busy practices. They are Tracy Highton, Gwen MacPhail-Masureik, Chris Balaam, Caroline aan de Stegge, Erik Onderweegs and Kees Varkevisser.

Course Overview

This is a full time course. The curriculum covers anatomy, principles and philosophy of Body Stress Release (BSR), the BSR technique - theory and practical, communication, client management and the BSR Constitution. Class sizes are limited as a great deal of one-to-one teaching is provided.

In the UK the hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday for a total of 16 weeks including a two week apprenticeship. Students are expected to work together outside of the classroom to revise the theory and practise the technique learnt each day. In South Africa class hours are 9am to 1pm on three days, and 9am to 3pm on two days. The course lasts a total of 21 weeks including a three week apprenticeship which takes place in the final month.

Further Information

For general and training enquiries please contact Paul Masureik on Tel: +44 (0)1276 475651;  


Bioactive, Healthy Mushroom Products by Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd MRL 

United Kingdom based, MRL was founded in 1997 and develops mycology (mushroom nutrition) as ‘functional foods’.

Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd

William Ahern [MRL] with Professor Todor Chernev (University
Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Sofia Bulgaria) presenting Prof Chernev’s
poster presentation Coriolus-MRL supplementation in Patients infected with low-risk and high-risk HPV subtypes-Bulgarian experience. Presented in 3rd Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetrics of Macedonia
(with International Participation) May 16th to 19th, 2013 in Orhid, Former Republic of Macedonia (FYOM).

MRL utilizes proprietary Japanese production technology to cultivate selected strains of the different mushrooms in California. The strains have been selected for their overall bioactivity and for their stability (purity). The cultivation process is in accordance with the California Organic Food Act of 1990 and the EU organic regulation (EEC 2092/91).

This process is one of the few cultivation processes which cultivates a biomass that is free from contamination by other fungi, pesticides and heavy metals. The cultivation system is proprietary and certified, allowing for standardized production of individual mushroom nutrition products. The choice of binders and additives used in manufacture renders these tablets suitable for vegetarian and healthy diet use. All MRL products are manufactured to food grade GMP standards in Holland (tablets (500 mg) and powders)..

MRL mushroom nutrition products are not extracts, but instead contain both the mycelium and primordia (young fruitbody) of the mushroom cultivated into a biomass on an edible, sterile (autoclaved substrate). Unlike an extracted mushroom products that may be composed of specific β-glucans, MRL biomass mushrooms provide not only β-glucans,  but also enzymes and secondary metabolites.

Mushrooms spend more than 90% of their life cycle in the mycelium. Since mushrooms cannot produce their own energy through photosynthesis, the mycelium must be able to actively obtain or produce extracellular compounds and metabolites that promote the longevity and vitality of the living mushroom. These properties lie behind the high enzymatic activity of the mycelium, which stays preserved in the carefully processed MRL products.

Further Information

Please contact William Ahern, Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd on Tel: +44 1582-485-209;


Thai Massage and Thai Healing Arts: Practice, Culture and Spirituality

by Bob Haddad

Published by Findhorn Press. 2013. Softback. £22.99.ISBN 9781844096169.

“This book is a wonderful contribution to the world of Thai massage. Nothing has ever been written like this before. I highly recommend it.”

Chongkol Setthakorn, Director, ITM Massage School, Thailand

Thai Massage and Thai Healing Arts

In Thai Massage and Thai Healing Arts: Practice, Culture and Spirituality, author and registered Thai therapist Bob Haddad delivers an intensely researched and wide-ranging anthology. He uncovers a wealth of previously unavailable information and presents the historical, spiritual, and cultural connections to the powerful healing art of Thai massage.

Included in the book are ways to refine and maintain a healthy practice, breathwork and body mechanics, self-protection techniques, reading body language, acupressure concepts, Thai medicine theory, and Thai herbal compress therapy. In the spiritual and cultural section of the book, readers will discover modern translations of ancient texts, Indian and Buddhist influences, magic amulets and sacred tattoos, and accessory modalities such as reusi dat ton (stretching) and tok sen (hammering therapy). The final section, features essays about practice with clients, written by therapists and teachers from around the world.

“This excellent book represents a significant milestone in the establishment and emergence of traditional Thai healing arts in the modern world. The breadth, depth, quality and scope of the contributions is astounding. I congratulate and thank the author and contributing writers for their diligent efforts.”

Richard Gold Ph.D., L.Ac., Author of Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique

In addition to the author’s work, other contributions in this anthology are from well-known Thai massage professionals, including the following authors: Kira Balaskas, Michael Reed Gach PhD, Noam Tyroler, C Pierce Salguero PhD and Enrico Corsi.

The extensive experience and information provided in this reference book is invaluable to students or practitioners who wish to deepen their personal and professional understanding of traditional Thai healing arts.

About the Author

Bob Haddad is a Registered Thai Therapist and teacher who has studied and practised traditional Thai massage since 1999. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Alliance International, teaches workshops internationally, and has organized international conferences on Thai healing arts. Bob has written extensively on traditional Thai massage, and is the author of books in several disciplines, including World Music: A Cultural Legacy, American Music: Hits Through History, and Trabalenguas Mexicanos.

Further Information

Available from Findhorn Press and Amazon


Homeovitality TP53 - Suppression of Growth of all Tumour Types

Homeovitality TP53 has been designed to target the gene TP53. This gene’s product, p53, slows down the growth of cancer cells and helps kill them naturally. It also helps cancer cells that have been damaged by chemotherapy and radiotherapy to undergo spontaneous cell death.


What does TP53 do?

From a health standpoint, p53 is one of the most biologically important protein molecules found thus far. Because of its biological importance, it has been described as “the guardian of the genome”, or genetic blueprint.  In 1993, p53 was also voted molecule of the year by the prestigious journal Science.

p53 (also known as protein 53) is a tumour suppressor protein that is encoded by the gene TP 53. It plays a critical role in regulation of the cell cycle and therefore functions as a tumour suppressor  involved in prevention and resolution of cancer.

There are many causes of cancer, however, damage to DNA, particularly to genes that control the cell cycle is one of the major ways in which cancer is caused. It has been found that p53 works in a number of different ways to resolve cancer. It plays a role in apoptosis (programmed cell death), genomic stability (DNA repair), and inhibition of angiogenesis (prohibiting formation of a blood supply to the tumour) and inhibition of repair of cancer cell chromosomal DNA by an enzyme called telomerase.

Firstly, it can activate DNA repair proteins when DNA of a tumour suppressor gene, for example has been damaged. It can also slow down the cell cycle so that the DNA repair system that it has activated has time to repair the damage. Secondly, if p53 decides that the damage to DNA is beyond repair, it has the remarkable property of instructing the cell to commit suicide by a process called programmed cell death [apoptosis]. It does this by activating a system that enables the cell to kill itself by destroying its own DNA. It also plays a role in killing cancer cells that have been damaged by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

To enable a tumour to grow, it needs an adequate blood supply. p53 is able to restrict a tumour’s blood supply so that its growth is impaired. Also, as cells divide, the ends of chromosomes shorten until they lose the capacity to divide.  There is an enzyme called telomerase that repairs the shortened chromosomes so that cells can continue dividing. In this way, excessive telomerase activity often found in some cancer cells helps them to grow. p53 also helps to slow down the growth of tumours by inhibiting the activity of telomerase in cancer cells (1, and references therein).

Reduced activity of p53 leads to cancer formation and tumour growth in a wide range of cancers.



Further Information

Please contact Homeovitality on Tel: 01772 691 443;


Nicola J Bradbury BEd (Hons ) MH MIIR - Medical Herbalist, Cancer Support Therapy

Member British Herbal Medicine Association

Member European Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners

Abides by the Code of Conduct of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Member National Federation of Spiritual Healers


Having run a successful clinic in complementary and holistic medicine as a medical herbalist and cancer support therapist for over twenty five years, Nicola Bradbury is now offering a range of therapeutic regimes from her new clinic in beautiful mid-Wales.

Personal consultations, phone or Skype conferences or even peaceful individually tailored breaks are available for clients to recuperate from the rigours of orthodox medical treatment protocols and these can be booked through Nicola's website.  

Classes in cookery for partners and patients wanting to embrace the dietary changes often recommended to help support a healthy body can be arranged.

Initial clinic consultation 1.5 -2 hrs: £95.00; Follow up clinic consultation 1 hr: £65.00

Phone / Skype consultation:  1 hr:  £60.00; 45 mins:  £45.00; 30 mins: £30.00

As a fully qualified teacher Nicola offers training or workshops in reflexology, kinesiology, vibrational medicine and cancer support therapy. Please e-mail or telephone for dates or details.

Further Information

Please contact Nicola on Tel: 01691 648899;   


Professionally Qualified, Experienced Teachers at Bloomsbury Alexander Centre 

Convenience isn’t everything. Whatever therapy, treatment or learning you are undertaking the most important thing is to find the right practitioner. Of course you cannot know until you are face to face with someone, but you can at least make sure that whoever you are going to see is qualified and experienced.


Convenience is also important, though. You do not want to spend so long travelling that the session is only a small part of a major expedition. And depending on what you are doing you may need to return several times, and perhaps frequently, to wherever your practitioner is located.

Only qualified and experienced teachers work at the Bloomsbury Alexander Centre. You can see their biographies at; you can look them up on the website of our professional association, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, at  . Through our website you can also contact most of the teachers directly by phone or email. But if you are unsure, then email us at . Your enquiry will be dealt with by the Centre’s Director, Natacha Osorio. She has been teaching for over 20 years, and has been running the Centre since 2006. She has also worked in various drama training institutions including Central School of Speech and Drama and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She knows the teachers, their backgrounds and their styles of work and is well placed to recommend the best teacher for any client.

The Centre is also convenient for most people in central London to get to, being located only a few minutes’ walk from Holborn Tube station and close to many central London bus routes. Despite its location, the teaching rooms, which lie at the back of the building, far from the road, are quiet and peaceful; a perfect place for reflection, introspection and self-discovery.

Alexander lessons require all of these. The teacher’s role is to help you to understand how you use yourself, and to help you to use yourself better in all aspects of life, physical and mental. Alexander’s method is to learn to stop before a habitual reaction has determined the nature of our response to any stimulus, and to re-order ourselves so that we can respond in a more whole way, with freedom of movement and of choice of action, and with clarity of thought.

The peace and quiet of our centre has proved attractive to other practitioners; we have working with us at the Centre a number of practitioners of various talking therapies - psychotherapy, counselling, CBT, group therapy and others. You can see the complete list of what is on offer at our other website,

Further Information

Please contact Bloomsbury Alexander Centre on Tel: 020 7404 5348;


Update: The Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS

by Nancy Blake BA CQSW UKCP-Accredited NLPT

Some quick updates on Nancy Blake’s progress since publication of The Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS, in addition to her positive reviews.  Enthusiastic readers have said that they wished they had had her book when they first became ill.  (One reader said that reading the book made her feel like giving up - Nancy was sad that this person felt it was unhelpful - she didn’t seem to understand that ‘giving up’ was the best way to ‘get better’!)

The Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS

Roy Lilley invited her to write a Guest Editorial for his NHS Managers Website, outlining her treatment recommendations for people with ME, and this has also been welcomed.  The Guest Editorial can be found at  

The International Association for CFS/ME (IACFSME) have just begun publication of a journal Fatigue:  Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, in which an article by Leonard Jason and associates, Energy conservation / envelope theory intervention tells of research projects over several years which support the recommendations in the Beginner’s Guide.  ME/CFS patients who can keep their activities within their energy levels gradually gain more energy, and increase their activities.  The article can be found at   

The best news of all is that Nancy has been accepted to do a PhD at Lancaster University, on the conflicting paradigms of ME/CFS, and exploring the strategies by which the psychiatric paradigm gains authority.  She hopes that if her thesis is good enough, it may raise some questions about the psychiatric model, and prove another weapon in the battle for proper recognition and proper treatment for this serious, long-lasting, autoimmune disorder. Nancy will be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to share their experiences with her for the purpose of adding data to her project.  (They claim that Graded exercise therapy (GET) cures people, so she’d love to hear from someone who has been cured by GET.  Anyone?  If it cures people, they should be lining up to say so!!!)

In the meantime the best of good wishes to all of you out there, and  - here’s to Creative Resting, and Conserving Energy for Getting Better!

Further Information

The Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS is available to purchase in paper and kindle on Amazon:


Better Health through Natural Healing: How to Get Well without Drugs and Surgery

by Ross Trattler ND DO and Shea Trattler B App Sci (Comp. Med) M Ost.

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2013. Softback. £14.99 ISBN: 978-1905367436

Better Health through Natural Healing: How to Get Well without Drugs and Surgery, released 30 August 2013, is one of the most successful and authoritative texts of its type on the market. This third edition has been fully revised and updated by authors Ross Trattler and his son Shea Trattler to encompass recent developments in holistic medicine and healing.

Better Health through Natural Healing

Better Heath through Natural Healing clearly explains the principles and tools of natural medicine, including diet, spinal manipulation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and homeopathy. In addition to this the book offers practical advice for the treatment of over 100 common diseases and ailments. Better Health through Natural Healing is an essential family resource that unites traditional and alternative techniques with time-tested natural treatments drawing on the body's natural healing abilities.

Each chapter has been revised and updated to include changes both to the approach to the treatment of a particular disorder and to incorporate changes made possible through the immense amount of nutritional research that has been done over the years pertaining to natural therapies. A host of new chapters have also been added since the book’s original release.

Author Ross Trattler said, “Natural therapies have been used to treat disease since our earliest beginnings. Among the first known written records are texts mentioning herbs and their use in healing. Every known culture has attempted to harness the healing powers in plants. Both the Old and New Testaments speak of herbs and their uses. Hydrotherapy - the use of water in healing disease - is also very ancient.”


The book is split into two distinct parts, the first: What is Natural Medicine? covers such topics as the tools of Naturotherapy; physiotherapy and massage and the mind-body connection; Part 2: How to Use Natural Medicine covers over 100 ailments that can be treated naturally including, acne, digestive disorders and depression.

About the Authors

Ross Trattler ND DO studied in the USA before attending the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in London (1975-1979). Following a 16 year stint in Hawaii running his own practice, Ross now owns a practice on the Gold Coast, Australia, Trattler advises many of his patients to adopt naturopathic principles of living to aid recovery when general health is a factor in their musculoskeletal condition.

Shea Trattler B App Sci (Comp Med) M Ost. is a second-generation osteopath and had his first osteopathic treatment when he was 5 minutes old. He has expertise in the treatment of headaches and sciatica, and has a personal interest in treating scoliosis.

Further information

Available from Amazon


The Chi Machine Controversy

Over 20 years ago a Japanese engineer invented a passive exercise machine that allows users to experience the energizing and stress-relieving effects of exercise while lying down. The device quickly gained an enthusiastic following in Japan and throughout the Far East. A Taiwanese company, HsinTen Enterprises (HTE), saw the potential and bought the global marketing rights. When the popularity of these handy exercisers reached the West they became known as ‘chi machines’ - a generic term that has stuck. In 1999 HTE trade-marked the name “The Chi Machine”.

The Chi Machine Controversy

Chi machines generate a dynamic wave of sideways motion which travels up and down the spine by swinging the user’s feet. The idea came out of a Japanese concept utilized in therapies such as shiatsu, and martial arts such as aikido. Instead of swinging the feet manually, or creating the motion oneself as taught in the earliest forms, the machine has a cradle on which the feet are supported, and the motor swings them sideways at a given speed.

The original focus of the Japanese was to stimulate the area they call hara in the lower abdomen, beneath the navel - dantian in Chinese. Orientals consider this area to be the core of our energy system. Stimulating it gives many potential health benefits.

There has been controversy for many years about the differences between the original product distributed by HTE as the Sun Ancon chi machine and competing products that followed. The original chi machine is distributed by a large network of independent distributors. Many of them claim it has various unique qualities. They generally attribute these ‘special effects’ to the speed of the swinging cradle, which is fixed at 140 (+/- 5 ) oscillations per minute. They even claim that using any other speed may be harmful.

On the other hand, later products have developed the concept to make it more accessible to people of all ages and conditions. Many find it hard to enjoy the benefits of the Sun Ancon due to its relatively fast speed and rudimentary design. Use of more advanced technologies, variable speeds and a wider swing have also made some of the later products very attractive as back care aids.

An independent website launched by Beyond Stress Foundation at  aims to lift the lid on the controversy and demystify the story of these remarkable machines. It provides unbiased information on the history, benefits, clinical trials and almost any aspect you may have ever wondered about. Example pages include:

  • Is this really exercise?
  • What are the Effects?
  • What’s the importance of speed?
  • No Pain No Gain?
  • Research and Clinical Trials
  • Brand Comparisons.

Further Information

Currently visitors to  can get a special 15% discount when buying any chi machine brand available at  - who supply to North American and European customers.


Are you making your child neurotic?...Here's what Age Regression  Hypnotherapy Tells Us!

Dr Ronnie Turner Chiropractor/Homoeopath of The Turner Clinic of Alternative Medicine in Dublin, Ireland tries to ascertain the Level of Emotional Blockage as a first step in analysing a patient's problems. By this is understood the trapped emotions left behind by the various ‘traumas’ suffered by the patient during their lives.

Ronnie Turner

These  ‘impacted stresses’ become an ongoing disturbance field in the patient's body and physical healing; wellness is not generally possible without resolving these issues.

Dr Turner  returns to his own experiences over the years...Many adults when guided back by hypnosis, and by their subconscious main, go back to seeming trivial situations. For example, many men and women go right back to an alone in the dark scene. The fear engendered had become permanent feature of their psyches and they were fearful and depressed. Hypnotist Cal Banyan, citing his 30 years of experience, said somewhere that the young child  finding itself alone long enough, fears it's going to die!

A second patient of Dr Turner went back to three years of age, being scolded by her mother?

Under hypnosis, he asked her why she was so distressed.  She said she felt guilty and rejected. Okay, very trivial. But the emotions got stuck. But before we go into that, just a brief explanation of what Dr Turner is trying to do in regression hypnosis.

The most respected hypnotists of our time, such as Cal Banyan and Gerry Kyne in the USA, believe that you can best resolve old issues by going back to the Initial Sensitising Event (the ISE). You'll find that 99 percent of the time between the ages of zero and 7 years of age. Dr Turner had an experience with a hypnosis subject, where she went right  back into the womb. In the womb she felt her mother didn't want her, and she had suffered all her life with depression.  A man went back to a scene where he was being born.  He said he could see the nurse taking him up in her arms and going to hand him to his mother.  The mother turned and shouted "no, no...take him away."   And he carried that rejection all his life. In therapy he accepted that the mother was probably having some breakdown after a very hard labour and just couldn't respond at that time.

The Turner Clinic uses an electronic kinesiology device, the Bio-Resonance Machine, to check the percentage blockage of the patient on the mental and emotional level. So if they are 90% blocked, it's at panic attack level.  They also take a careful anamnesis [a patient's account of their medical history] from the patient and look at the other factors such as the Allergy Factor, Nutritional Factor and Environmental Factor... all measured on a scale of 0 to 100. 

Further Information

Teaching in these methods is offered to practitioners, in Dublin, by arrangement. For more information and details please contact Dr. Ronald J.Turner Chiropractor/Homoeopath at


Adaptive Resilience: From Stress to Health and Resilience

1-day workshops in London: Saturday, 9:30 am – 4:30pm

16 November 2013

7 December 2013

25 January 2014

Venue: Temple Lodge Conference Centre, 51 Queen Caroline St., Hammersmith W6 9QL


This small group workshop, led by Dr Peter Gruenewald, introduces highly effective and practical techniques that help you to reduce the negative impact of stress and to develop resilience, your capacity to stay healthy, be well and perform at your best under pressure and in crisis. Peter is an internationally renowned expert in the field of adaptive resilience, stress management and performance. He also works as a GP in the NHS and in private practice and has a special interest in stress related conditions, burnout prevention, trauma, integrated cancer care and chronic illnesses.

The exercises deepen your capacity to stay calm, appreciative and confident in challenging situations, creating and maintaining physical and emotional balance, health, and sustainable performance.

In a safe and caring environment, and with individual support, these techniques will be practised together, allowing you to experience the powerful effect of these exercises and to exchange your experiences and explore your questions.

‘Adaptive Resilience’ draws upon the psychology and the physiology of stress and resilience and engages the role of positive emotions, the relationship between your conscious and subconscious mind, and the physiology of coherence. We will explore how to effectively handle issues regarding stress, health, relationships and performance. The techniques will help you to stay and perform well under pressure, through developing responsible and sustainable vision, strategies and values for your own life and the life of others.

For more information or to book a workshop, please contact HeartSpheres on Tel: 020 7617 7435;


Turmeric - Curry Cleanser

Turmeric may be best known as an ingredient used in Asian cooking, but recent studies have shown it should be in our diets this festive period for reasons other than taste…


Alongside its taste and colorant properties, turmeric has long been used in traditional Indian medicine and now new research has shown that it could help protect the body from the excesses of Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Recent studies have shown that the spice has powerful cleansing properties  that could help protect our bodies,[1] but perhaps most relevant for the coming months are new findings[2] that show turmeric can help protect our livers from some of the damage caused by alcohol and high fat diets.

Researchers showed that when mice where given alcohol and a high fat diet curcumin, the active component found in turmeric, helped counter fat accumulation in the liver when compared to those animals not given the extract. Furthermore, in those animals taking curcumin it was seen that the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase was seen to be more active – this enzyme is responsible for helping breakdown alcohol in the liver and thus prevent tissue damage.

So if you’re looking to give your body a helping hand throughout the festive period then start tucking into some winter curries or, if curries aren’t your thing, why not try a turmeric supplement.

Fito Organic Turmeric Capsules

Some of the most potent, purest and best value turmeric capsules available, fito’s organic turmeric capsules are suitable for vegetarians and contain a whopping 10,000mg of the spice extract per capsule.

From the lowlands of Vietnam, the turmeric in the capsules has been grown without pesticides and there isn’t an additive, flavouring or preservative in site.


1 J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2013 Oct 9. Inhibition of anthrax lethal factor by curcumin and chemically modified curcumin derivatives. Antonelli AC, Zhang Y, Golub LM, Johnson F, Simon SR.

2 Life Sci. 2013 Low doses of curcumin protect alcohol-induced liver damage by modulation of the alcohol metabolic pathway, CYP2E1 and AMPK.Lee HI, McGregor RA, Choi MS, Seo KI, Jung UJ, Yeo J, Kim MJ, Lee MK.

Further Information

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


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    Acmos Training Paris Seminar

    Paris is the venue of the SBJ International Academy of Bioenergetics™ at the Scientific & Technical Bioenergy Research Center on 26-30 November 2013. The seminar leads to a certificate in the Acmos Method. Students learn the most up-to-date discoveries about the Method and can also attend an update seminar for practising Bios. For more information on Acmos training and all it can bring to the quality of our professional and personal lives, you can purchase The Art of Medicine by Dr Thomas K Szulc via the SBJ International website or from Amazon. Existing Bios can attend at a 25% discount price.


    Further information Tel: 01463 794582;


    The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) Register

    The CNHC has announced that its register has been approved as an Accredited Voluntary Register (AVR) by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA). The CNHC’s voluntary register has been accredited with conditions set up by the Department of Health administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. Patients, service users and the public will be able to choose a Complementary Therapist from a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.


    Further information Tel: 07710 415 203  or 020-3178-2199


    Organyc’s Tips Period Control

    Organyc, the feminine hygiene brand, recommends five tips for a stress free period: practise Yoga, use an organic sanitary product such as Organic Moderate Flow Sanitary Towels which are made from 100% organic cotton wool, eat good food, stay warm - a warm bath with Organyc Intimate Wash with calendula extract and Aloe Vera to soothe the skin can help ease menstrual cramps, and go for a gentle walk.


    Further information: Available from and good independent health stores and pharmacies.


    Help with the Party Season

    Keep energy levels up with Spatone® Apple natural iron supplement to provide the essential iron to keep fatigue at bay. Give hands TLC with Nelsons® Calendula Cream, for dry, flaky, rough or chapped hands. If you feel uneasy, RESCUE® Liquid Melts are fast dissolving capsules with four drops of RESCUE designed to melt on your tongue. Help yourself not to overindulge with Bach™ Emotional Eating Kit - three 10ml flower essences to help with emotional eating, diet and healthy living. To ease feet use Arnicare® Arnica Cooling Gel; soak the aches away with Arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm.


    Further information: Available from Boots, Holland & Barrett and all good Pharmacies and Health Food Stores Nationwide. Nelsons Tel: 020-8780 4239;


    Shark Antibodies Breast Cancer

    Aberdeen scientists are investigating if antibodies found naturally in sharks could target breast cancer. AICR, the Scottish cancer research has awarded Biologists from the University of Aberdeen, a grant of >£200,000 to analyse if IgNAR - an antibody found only in sharks - can be used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The three-year study will look at HER2 and HER3 molecules found on the surface of cancer cells. When molecules pair up on the surface of a cancer cell, they signal it to grow and divide. The study will investigate if shark IgNAR antibodies can inhibit HER2 and HER3 from sending this signal.


    Further information Tel:  01224 272 013;  


    Kyolic Aged Garlic 600

    Raw garlic is beneficial for everyday health; it can help lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and fight the common cold. New Kyolic Aged Garlic from Quest Excellence contains the health and nutrition benefits of raw garlic, with no irritating side-effects and is odourless. This unique supplement is suitable to take once a day. The garlic in tablet or liquid form is derived from organically grown garlic cloves.


    Further information: Available from all good health stores, Holland & Barrett and


    Health Supplements Info Service

    The Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) highlights the continuing vitamin and mineral gap in the UK diet and emphasises the benefits in ensuring that levels of essential nutrients meet recommended intakes in the population. Micronutrient intakes can be inadequate in apparently healthy people with potential impacts for their continuing health and wellbeing. Vitamins and minerals perform vital functions in the body, in biochemical processes including with enzymes, release of energy from food, helping to maintain the health of the brain, heart, blood vessels, bones and nervous system.


    Further information Tel: 020-7052 8955;


    Bee Prepared Immune Support

    The ingredients in BEE Prepared formulas, sourced from hives, farms and forest, have unique natural antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions to help support the immune function. Bee Prepared Daily Defence and Be Prepared Max Strength Immune Support contain: bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf, beta glucans, astaxanthins and reishi, natural plant extract, immune support supplements to balance, support and strengthen immune function without over stimulating it.


    Further information Tel: 0207 993 2471;


    Medicarn Fitness Equipment

    To tone up for Christmas, a full body blitz with the Medicam Fitness Equipment range might be for you. The Body Balance Ball is a great all-round body exercise tool with a unique interactive exercise video manual. Medcam also produces vitamin and mineral supplements to help improve fitness training, energize, hydrate, recover and enhance performance by boosting your body’s energy levels, increase your metabolic rate and help burn up the calories consumed during the day. The Bslimmer Colours Vibration Massage Plate provides an affordable body workout complete with free workout DVD.


    Further information Tel: 0114 2329006


    Natural Remedies Promote Digestion

    Health Plus has a range of natural solutions available for beating the Christmas bloat. Health Plus’ Digest Plus contains all three major enzyme groups to promote efficient digestion. DigeZyme® provides the enzymes Amylase, Protease, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase and Peppermint oil. Health Plus Multi Probiotic provides a dairy-free way to take probiotics and is  ideal for those who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to dairy products.


    Further information Tel: 01323 872277; Also available from Amazon, Health Plus and good independent health shops.


    UV Light Helps Lower Blood Pressure

    UV light stimulates production of nitric oxide, which helps to lower blood pressure. A team led by Dr Weller at University of Edinburgh invited 24 volunteers to expose their skin to the UV light from a heat lamp initially for 20 minutes. During a second session, the UV light spectrum was filtered out and the volunteers exposed to the heat of the lamp only. Their blood pressure remained unchanged after exposure to heat only, but fell significantly following exposure to UV light. This is due to increased nitric oxide production, stimulated by UV light. Nitric oxide causes the blood vessels to expand, which in turn lowers the blood pressure. Dietary vitamin D supplements do not help in this respect; the effect is triggered by sunlight only.


    Further information Tel: 0651 358 180


    COPD Breathe and Live Well

    This guide from Singing Dragon is a 28-day breathing exercise plan by Janet Brindly. Practising regular breathing exercises help to develop healthy breathing patterns which can lessen the effects of breathing difficulties caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a short, practical guide to using new therapeutic breathing exercises which focus on techniques to reduce breathlessness and control coughing. The exercises are simple, easy to follow and designed to work alongside usual medical care. No special equipment is necessary and you can practise in your own home at your own pace.


    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;


    Coping with Cancer Stress

    A cancer diagnosis can be very difficult and affects people in different ways. Paul’s Cancer Support Services help people affected by cancer to reduce stress and improve quality of life through effective and easy-to-follow techniques. The latest flexible online course running from now to the end of March 2014 enables participants to take part in 12 sessions at their own pace, when they feel well enough to participate. The course led by Ella Titman, a trained Integrative Counsellor, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, is designed for anyone who has or has had cancer. Partners or other family members are also encouraged to participate to provide support and learn how to deal with their own stress.


    Further information Tel: 020 7738 1333;   


    Cardioace Heart Health

    In the average lifetime, your heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Vitabiotics  recommend their Cardioace Plus. The advanced formula includes specific nutrients to help maintain heart health, including vitamin B1 which contributes to the normal function of the heart. Plant sterols support normal cholesterol balance and normal blood cholesterol levels. Tips for a healthy heart are: Eat a healthy diet, Manage your weight, get moving, maintain good cholesterol levels, lower your cholesterol, stop smoking and speak to your family about a history of heart disease.


    Further information Tel: 020-8955 26545; 020-8955 2600;


    Rose Hip Syrups for Aches and Pains.

    Studies have shown that rosehip extracts may have a natural ability to help reduce joint pain. Research carried out by the University of Melbourne found that of nearly 300 patients with osteoarthritis, those who took a rosehip extract were twice as likely to see a reduction in pain against a WOMAC index. Belle+ from Phytacol is a range of rosehip syrups specially formulated for women, with added iron, omega-3 or vitamin D.


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    Muscle Pain Worse by Resting

    A study of 1,000 people aged 25-65 with aches and pains by the Simplyhealth Advisory Research Panel (ShARP), found that 35% thought bed rest was the best remedy. People visit the Dentist when they have toothache and see an Optician if their eyesight worsens; but 89.5% of those with lower back and joint pain are reluctant to consult a Physiotherapist who could devise an exercise programme to suit their needs. Physiotherapists help with pain management approaches and treat the problem. The lower back is the nation’s number one sore spot, overweight people suffer joint pain daily, 99% of over 50s have back pain, working at a computer takes its toll due to our static stature at work and more women than men suffer from musculoskeletal health issues.


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    Who on Earth are You?

    When Nick Inman was asked by his bank to identify himself (for fraud prevention purposes), he was struck by the difficulty and absurdity of the task. How do we know who we are, let alone prove it to a remote stranger? All proofs we can offer are second-hand and detached; none are connected to the real, inner self, the ‘me’ that we know intimately, but which has no bridge to the outside world. His book Who on Earth are You? Is a thoughtful guide which takes the reader through the many ways of answering the question, from the basic to the transcendental. It explores philosophical and scientific views of human nature; underlines the way we shape our identities in response to technology and asks who we will become in the future.


    Further information Available from Findhorn Press and Amazon:


    Baobab - African Superfruit

    Baobab is bursting with flavour with more health benefits than many favourite fruits. The Eden Project in Cornwall champions the growth of Baobab in the UK and works with trade association PhytoTrade Africa, to support rural harvesters and producers across Southern Africa to ensure baobab is sustainably harvested in the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biodome. A coconut and baobab ice cream and ice lollies have also been introduced. The 100% natural fruit powder tastes like a fruity blend of melon and pineapple and has gram for gram, six times as much vitamin C as orange, and more calcium than a glass of milk.


    Further information Tel: 01726 818891 / 01726 818802;  



    Fincalink is a superior extra virgin olive oil with a peppery, slightly bitter taste, the telltale sign of freshly pressed olive oil that has low acidity and high levels of antioxidants. The piquancy signals more than personal pleasure.  Research has identified that oleocanthal, the naturally occurring polyphenol present in fresh oil, produces effects “strikingly similar” to the proven anti-inflammatory Ibuprofen. Crucially, antioxidant polyphenols such as oleocanthal, are only present in fresh extra virgin olive oils. You can now buy your olive oil directly from the manufacturers to ensure you have the freshest olive oil.


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    PomeGreat, new pomegranate juice from The Simply Great Drinks Company made from fully-ripened fruit source worldwide, packs a greater health punch than other rival juices. The juice, formulated by tracking weather patterns and using what might be perceived to be over-ripe fruit, contains more phenols and antioxidants than rival juices. 912 medical studies conducted over a decade, have confirmed an array of health benefits from pomegranate juice consumption. Weight redistribution, arterial health, stress reduction, sexual potency, skin health and coronary health are amongst medical benefits derived from pomegranate juice consumption. 


    Further information Available in most supermarkets and health food stores. Tel: 01225 904 000;


    Healthy House Light Therapy

    As days shorten, many of us feel the winter blues coming on. The Healthy House develop light therapy boxes to help increase your energy levels, boost your mood and increase productivity. For people with Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD), symptoms can vary from slight to debilitating and include depression, lethargy, carbohydrate cravings and consequent weight gain. These are brought on in part by the increased levels of the hormone melatonin. Light boxes help reduce the levels of melatonin in the body. The Healthy House has a popular rental service to give you the opportunity to try before you buy.


    Further information Tel: 0845 450 5950;


    Take Organic to the Office

    Try an easy organic product to enjoy from your desk. Pukka Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey Tea will warm you up, inside and out. The modern twist on the classic combination with a soothing effect and spicy kick is a delicious tea. Amy’s Kitchen Chunky Tomato Soup contains the best quality organic ingredients - gluten and soy free, with tender chunks of vine ripened tomatoes, a smooth and creamy tomato base and completely organic. Clearspring Miso Soup on the Go is a simple and healthy instant Miso on the go Soup.


    Further information: ‎  Amy’s Kitchen: 01536 424 820  Clearspring Tel: 020-8749 1781;


    Surgery Effective than Physiotherapy for Stress Urinary Incontinence

    A new Dutch study headed by the University Medical Center Utrecht, shows that in women with moderate-to-severe stress urinary incontinence, surgery is more effective than Physiotherapy, the current standard treatment. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers propose discussing the options of surgery as well as pelvic floor therapy with patients and selecting the option that best suits the individual patient.


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    Cosmetics Chemical Ingredients

    A leading Dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, London was reported as saying that more of us are suffering from skin allergies including eczema. 100% natural skin care ranges such as Living Nature, the certified natural skin care and cosmetics range from New Zealand benefits from being certified natural by BDIH Germany and contains only 100% natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. The range has one of the lowest, safest ratings on The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, with a hazard rating of 0-3, not only because of the ingredients are included, but because of what is left out.


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    Physiotherapy Clinic for MS Patients

    Patients from around the world fly to a Scottish Physiotherapy Clinic following its success in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The O Point One MS Clinic in Edinburgh now sees health tourists from the Middle East, Spain, Ireland and England in wake of its success with a revolutionary technique. The technique involves very gentle manipulation of the spine which releases tension and allows better movement. In a series of case studies, 20 out of 23 patients showed improvement in their MS symptoms following 8 weeks of treatment.


    Further information Tel: 0131 561 2242;


    Kairali Yoga

    A new retreat teaching Kairali Yoga invites some of the world’s best Holistic teachers. The highlight of the year is one of the very few Western ordained authentic Shaolin Monks. You can learn many practices at the retreat in Kerala, India in December 2013. The Shaolin Monk will be sharing his secrets at the lush Kerala Retreat Centre. The retreat centre has all the amenities of a luxury destination and has won many awards over the years, not least Best Spa Asia 2010 by The Asia Spa Show.


    Further information Tel: 020-347 55692;

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