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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 237

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 237 - April 2017

Eternity Crystal Light - Fusion Crystal Light Therapy

With over ten years of global health and wellness experience and feedback on Theragem™ Light technology equipment 2017 sees a new concept in light therapy. The Theragem™ Eternity Crystal light therapy system has been redesigned to fuse a blend of wave, frequency, colour, light and crystalline energy for skin and physical wellbeing.

Eternity Crystal Light - Fusion Crystal Light Therapy

Here is the ultimate non-invasive tool to offer your clients a range of high end products and services to make them look younger, more attractive and feel energised. Bathing clients in soothing light from precious gems whilst they have a massage, aromatherapy, reflexology or whilst they recover from dermabrasion or chemical peel treatments to regain their senses. Theragem offers an effective enhancement to any treatment within the spa and wellness environment in a light positive way. The best environment where people come together to relax their bodies and minds using it prior, during or post treatment, or in isolation as a treatment in itself, which is how it is currently operated in the integrative health and wellbeing field. 

Photo Rejuvenation, Light Therapy, Colour Therapy or Crystal Light Therapy is the use of light to create anti-aging effects on the skin. Science indicates that light works on human tissue at the cellular level, transferring energy to the mitochondria, which function as microscopic power plants, helping the cells of the body repair itself.

Light also can speed up or slow down certain chemical processes in cells and can be used for tissue repair, increased blood circulation and reduction in pain throughout the whole body. With the energizing powers of light fused with precious gems, and gentle low frequencies, triggers off a whole chain of cascading responses. An ultimate natural high, aiding de-stressing, starting detoxification processes supported by sauna, water baths and massaging.

This is quickly becoming recognized as one of the safest, fastest, and most affordable ways to achieve younger, more radiant looking skin along with enhanced wellbeing. It’s non-invasive, safe for all skin types, builds collagen and elastin, and uses no injections, chemicals or surgery. The Eternity Crystal Light Therapy System harnesses the earth’s elements to create a younger more vibrant you!

Benefits of Eternity Crystal Light Therapy on skin

  • Help Diminish Fine Lines and Wrinkles;
  • Firm and Tone Skin;
  • Restore Skin’s Youthful Radiance and Appearance;
  • Support Production Of Collagen.

Eternity Crystal light therapy on the body is the ultimate anti-ageing therapy increasing energy & vitality with over 45 different blends of gems, crystals and minerals promoting enhanced sense of well-being.

  • Reduces Inflammation;
  • Deepens Relaxation; Calms Anxiety and Nervousness;
  • Boosts Circulation; Stimulates Lymphatic Drainage;
  • Energizes Detox;
  • Balances Hormones.

Eternity Crystal Light -Total Body Experience; click the gemcups in the light head with each program perfectly timed for 20 to 30 minutes to be targeted to specific regions of the body. As with all Theragem equipment, Eternity Crystal Light systems are portable, simple to use and available to the global market.

Further Information

Please contact Medica Health International Ltd on Tel: 01254 245013;


Imagier Publishing

Imagier Publishing (UK) was established in 2008 for the purpose of publishing past and new works that express the depth and richness of esoteric streams of Christian spirituality. These ‘radical streams’, of which there are many, are important for they reconnect us with the ancient roots of Christian thought, which for almost two thousand years have been the source and inspiration for much of Western spirituality.

The inspiration of Allan Armstrong, Imagier publishes books that relate to the essence of that esoteric tradition - the interior life of the soul - with its spiritual values, traditional disciplines and religious experience. Allan seeks to work with authors who have dedicated their lives to the subjects they write about; making their work available to readers is central to his mission.

Cover Spiritualise Your Life

Imagier publishes books that contribute to our society’s currency of ideas concerning Christian spirituality, a counterbalance, if you will, to the dominant secularism of the modern world. Such books are intended to inform and inspire readers interested in the life of the soul, introducing them to the richness of their Christian spiritual heritage. Thus far, the books produced by Imagier have included biographical studies, guides to esoteric traditions, prayer & meditation, reprints of historic interest, allegorical tales and spiritual poetry. To date, twenty-three titles have been published, with more in the pipeline.

One example is Understanding Time by Jolyon Trimingham (2016), approaches ‘time’ as a phenomenon which is not the property of any particular discipline, and uses this eclecticism to move towards an understanding of time that unites and transcends narrower perspectives. Philosophy, cosmology, physics, psychology, film, art, sex, mysticism and music are all here and given equal value. In this manner, it stands apart from most other books about Time. His objective, which to a large extent he achieves, is to describe a paradigm of time which is a synthesis of modern science, ancient wisdom and common sense.

Another example is Gnosticism and Gnosis (2012) by RA Gilbert, which provides a clear, concise and objective overview of the phenomenon of Gnosticism, tracing its origins in Egypt and the Middle East; setting out the variety of its forms and beliefs from surviving gnostic scriptures, surveying the complex history of the early gnostic schools during the Roman era and beyond, down to the pervasive presence of gnostic ideas at the present day.

The forthcoming title: Spiritualise Your Life - What Every Christian Should Know (1st May 2017) by Allan Armstrong is an important introduction to the essential disciplines of the spiritual life of traditional Christianity.

Imagier Publishing is a welcome resource for all who seek meaning and purpose in their life.

Further Information

Please contact Imagier Publishing via   Distributors are Combined book Services on Tel: 01892 837171;


BCNH - Academic and Clinical Standards Excellence, Top Quality Nutritional Graduates

BCNH was formed at the dawn of the new century, in 2000, by its founder and Principal, Breda Gajsek, who is passionate about high quality education and a firm believer in the power of Nutritional Therapy. It all started with a medical check-up with Breda’s GP who said ‘If you are that passionate about nutrition, why don’t you open a college?....’ and that was the beginning of the journey…. 

BCNH - Academic and Clinical Standards Excellence, Top Quality Nutritional Graduates

BCNH Partnership with University of Greenwich

At BCNH we pride ourselves on a long (11 years) and fruitful relationship with the University of Greenwich (UG) who credit rate all our courses. This relationship allows our students to either graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Therapy, or in the case of our Diploma students, gives them reassurance that their education is delivered at degree-level.

In-Depth Understanding How Nutrition Influences Health

At BCNH, our aim is to provide the best possible academic and clinical standards for our students. We believe in a thorough education and an in-depth understanding of mechanisms (why and how nutrition influences our health) so that, on graduation, our students can practice with confidence.

Nutrition an Evidence-Based Complementary Discipline 

We believe that Nutritional Therapy is not an ‘alternative medicine’ but a complementary discipline to the medical profession. Hence our teaching is based on the latest research and students are required to apply the latest research findings when seeing clients in a clinical setting. Our students say that Year 4 clinical practice is the most difficult yet most rewarding part of the course.

Personalized Nutrition and Learning Experience

At BCNH we emphasize food as ‘medicine’ and the use of supplements with caution, thus encouraging long-term diet and lifestyle changes to promote and maintain optimum health for every individual. Studying at BCNH is demanding, but enjoyable. Every student is treated as an individual and students appreciate both the academic support they receive and the quality of the educational materials.

Equal Learning and Flexibility for Attendance and Distance Students

BCNH focuses on offering high quality courses in Nutritional Therapy. As many of our students are mature students who come from all parts of the world, we offer our courses with flexibility in mind. Students can attend our courses live online, on an attendance basis at UCL in London, or a combination of both. The technology we use for delivering lectures online allows students to watch and participate in lectures live, or watch them in their own time. The lecture and audio recordings are of high quality and receive excellent student feedback.

Further Information

To find out more about our courses or to arrange an interview, visit our website at


NeuroCranial Restructuring with NCR Developer Dr Dean Howell

Have you, a friend, or a member of your family taken classes designed to increase his/her intuitive abilities? Many people want to feel more emotionally grounded, more intuitive, or to feel more assured when trying to guess about decisions affecting his/her life.

There are many specialized nerve cells in the brain, and they run on a combination of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The parts of your brain that have more circulation have more brain activity than the areas with poor flow. Medications like antidepressants and tranquilizers increase activity in the neurons, changing brain functions temporarily. Once the medication wears off, brain functions return to its common function (for that brain). If we do this mechanically, then the improvements have the potential to be permanent. This is one of the big appeals of NCR - permanent improvements in nervous system functions. 

NeuroCranial Restructuring with NCR Developer Dr Dean Howell

There is a modern, mechanical way to improve brain performance. NeuroCranial Restructuring is one of the newest methods to gradually optimize the alignment of the skull bones. As the bones align in increasingly ideal patterns, so also does the flows of blood and cerebrospinal fluid optimize. When the brain has a skull that fits it perfectly, then and only then can the performance of the brain be optimal. Regardless of someone's talents, as NCR treatments accumulate, brain performances must improve. In the clinic, we routinely see people with psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder improved greatly. We routinely find people to be more creative, to be better at scholastics, more emotionally grounded, and to see, hear, breathe, and chew better, too!

NCR is the only physical medicine treatment that can routinely optimizes physical structure. Most physical medicine techniques try to correct everything during each day of treatment. These common treatments are only temporary. What NCR developer, Dr Dean Howell, discovered was that soon after receiving treatment, the body returned (reverted) to the stable baseline of physical structure that the body had prior to receiving therapy. This is the familiar situation that many of us have had with chiropractic treatments or massage: you feel great after treatment, and within a few days things are back to ‘normal’.

With NCR treatment, the incremental changes that are made each day to the body's musculoskeletal system gradually accumulate and also the blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow patterns begin to optimize. Large scale improvements in brain function are routinely seen after as little as five or six 4-day treatment programs. It is so routine that we see these improvements, that the better question is:

How can you expect to be more psychic or intuitive if you have not had NCR treatments yet?

Further Information

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Corporate Ties That Bind: An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health

by Martin J. Walker (Editor)

Published by Skyhorse Publishing. 2017. Hardcover. £28.53/ $28.57. ISBN-10: 1510711880.

In the 21st century, corporations have worked their way into government and, as they become increasingly more powerful, arguments about their involvement with public health have become increasingly black and white. With corporations at the centre of public health and environmental issues, everything chemical or technological is good, everything natural is bad; scientists who are funded by corporations are right and those who are independent are invariably wrong. There is diminishing common ground between the two opposed sides in these arguments. Corporate Ties that Bind is a collection of essays written by influential academic scholars, activists, and epidemiologists from around the world that scrutinize the corporate reasoning, false science and trickery involving those, like in-house epidemiologists, who mediate the scientific message of organizations who attack and censure independent voices. This book addresses how the growth of corporatism is destroying liberal democracy and personal choice. Whether addressing asbestos, radiation, PCBs, or vaccine regulation, the essays here address the dangers of trusting corporations, and uncover the lengths to which corporations put profits before health.

Corporate Ties That Bind:

Reviewers’ Comments

“Congratulations to the courageous souls who wrote this book. Those who speak out about the harmful effects of toxic chemicals and radiation often do so at their peril. Corporate Ties That Bind is an important and much needed book that warns of the undue influence corporations have in perverting science, delaying public health policy, and swaying media information. A society that doesn’t protect its children doesn’t have a future. If you care about your health and the health of your children, this book is a must read.”
Dr Magda Havas BSc PhD, Associate Professor, Trent School of the Environment, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

“This monumental volume represents decades of dedicated research and expertise into major issues of industrial influence against national and international public health. This expose will lead to more fairness in public and occupational health and to a new generation of objective public health-oriented advocates."
James Huff PhD formerly head of IARC Monographs Program (France) and Associate Director for Chemical Carcinogenesis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (US).

“The use of corporate power to manufacture scientific doubt about the harmful effects of their products in the minds of the public and regulators has been documented for tobacco. Corporate Ties That Bind casts its net wider to include a host of other examples that reveal the depths that corporations can go to defend their products, creating distorted science, health and environmental harm, and huge taxpayer costs that fly in the face of the polluter pays principle.”
David Gee, retired senior science adviser, EEA, & visiting fellow, Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, Brunel University, London

Further Information

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Prebiotic Properties of Mushroom Nutrition on Gut Bacteria

Gut bacteria appears to alter the intestinal as well as behavioural patterns in patients with leaky gut, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Therefore, addressing gut bacterial is of key importance for those suffering from the aforementioned gastrointestinal conditions.  A group of Portuguese universities have focused on the potential for mushroom nutrition to act as a prebiotic and indirectly reduce the ability of gut bacteria to adhere to the wall of the gastrointestinal tract.

The mushroom studied was Coriolus versicolor and the publication is entitled Bioactive Properties of Mushroom Coriolus versicolor-(Aritson Cruz, Ligia Pimentel, Prof. Tito Fernandes and Prof. Manuela Pintado, published in Clinical Journal of Mycology Vol 5, January 2017).

Coriolus versicolor Prebiotic Activity Impact

Coriolus versicolor Prebiotic Activity Impact

In this in vitro study, researchers from the Catholic Portuguese University in Oporto and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon (Portugal) compared the prebiotic effect of Coriolus versicolor in four probiotic strains: (Lactobacillus acidophilus L10, Lactobacillus casei L26, Bifidobacterium longum BG and Bifidobacterium animalis B80). The researchers demonstrated a potential strain-dependent prebiotic effect with higher activity on the Bifidobacterium animalis B80 when compared to Lactobacillus casei L26 and Bifidobacterium longum BG6. There was no impact on Lactobacilus acidophilus L10.

Prebiotic agents can have an indirect inhibitory effect on pathogenic bacteria through its selective fermentation by the probiotic bacteria in the colon. In addition, prebiotics may inhibit the adhesive capacity of pathogenic bacteria. Following-up on this hypothesis, the researchers tested the impact of Coriolus versicolor biomass upon Salmonella enterica (ATCC 13076) Staphylococus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli (ATCC CRM 8739) adhesion to mucin was evaluated in vitro using mucin (Type II Sigma-Aldrich) as a model of the intestinal mucus.

The results showed a potential inhibitory effect of the Coriolus substrate, especially in the case of Salmonella enterica. While encouraging, additional studies are needed in mixed cultures and faecal samples to assess the bioactivity in an environment involving complex intestinal microbiota.

About the Authors

Please contact Prof Manuela Pintado or Prof. Tito Fernandes  

Link to original article:

References and Further Reading

Mushroom Nutrition, Dect-1, Autophagy:Implications for Celiac Disease-Chris J Newton Ph.D.

Coriolus versicolor Supplementation in Leaky Gut Syndrome by Dr. Rajendra Sharma.

For more information about Coriolus-MRL we direct you to the following link.

Further Information

The Coriolus versicolor used in this study was supplied by Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd. For more information, please contact William Ahern at Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd- Tel: 44-01582-485-209;


Moving Stretch: Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body

by Suzanne Wylde

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2017. Paperback. £14.99/ $24.95. ISBN: 978 1 905367 74 0.

Moving Stretch® is an effective, powerful, and enjoyable program of resistance stretching that strengthens and frees the body, reconditions the body’s fascia, rejuvenates the tissue, relieves pain, and increases both strength and flexibility. This accessible book gives easy illustrated step-by-step instructions for people who want to feel more upright, taller, more youthful and energized. By using the body’s own natural resistance, Moving Stretch can work the age and tension out of the body, rejuvenating it, boosting performance in amateur and professional athletes and restoring strength and flexibility in young and old, flexible and inflexible alike.

Moving Stretch: Work Your Fascia to Free Your Body

With many different stretches for the whole body, this book also gives you routines for specific goals such as boosting your posture, freeing office workers’ bodies, improving back health, and more. It only takes just 10-20 minutes of stretching to feel better for the rest of your day. Try Moving Stretch and you will never want to stretch ‘normally’ again!

About the Author

Suzanne Wylde is the founder of Moving Stretch®, which grew out of her years of experience as a stretching trainer and more than ten years’ experience as a therapist. She explains how moving with tension engages the fascia and re-conditions it, freeing our bodies from tension and limitation. She has worked with clients from many backgrounds and with very different bodies, and found one thing to be universally true; a strong and flexible body with good posture, capable of powerful, subtle and coordinated movement not only helps you fulfil your physical potential, it is the basis for reaching your potential in all other ways as well. Through stretching she helps people to get rid of old patterns of tension and pain which can hold us back and make us look and feel older than we are, once again uncovering the youthful, relaxed and powerful bodies that we deserve.

Further Information

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Cleanse for Health Retreats with Araura Berkeley

Spring 2017 is an ideal time for a six day Life-Changing, Deep Cleansing program in Somerset, with Araura Berkeley. Araura and her team of highly qualified therapists work with only 1 to 2 people at a time in order to give each person the very best care and individual attention. The program, briefly, consists of colon hydrotherapy; bodywork every day; rural walks; nutritional advice as well as fresh organic vegetable juices; cleansing drinks; appropriate high quality supplements and EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids).

Cleanse for Health Retreats with Araura Berkeley

This regimen not only deeply cleanses our physical body but also enhances the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our Whole Being, which can promote major Life Changes and Wellbeing. The program consists of the following:

  • Removal of old impacted faecal matter/mucoidal plaque from the intestinal digestive tract;
  • Removal of parasites and unwanted fungal overgrowths e.g. candida;
  • Repopulation of the intestinal tract with full spectrum probiotics, essential for the immune system and proper digestion/absorption of nutrients;
  • Organic vegetable juices boosting nutritional intake, as well as cleansing herbs, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) and supplements;
  • Special cleansing drinks which stick to and rehydrate the ancient toxic matter, making it swell and come away from the intestinal walls;
  • Re-hydration and flushing of the cells with purified water;
  • Three sessions of colon hydrotherapy (colonics), one every other day;
  • 'Bodywork' daily:- combination whole body massage/ deep tissue massage/ reflexology/ acupuncture and Sound energy healing;
  • Skin brushing that stimulates the circulatory and the lymphatic systems, revitalizing the skin which is our largest organ of elimination;
  • Nutritional advice and ‘tools’ for self- empowerment;
  • Liver/Gall bladder flush. (Not always suitable for every cleanser.);
  • Release of mental and emotional stress/blocks;
  • Kidney Cleanse Kits available on request (A 21 day easy process to do at home after the cleanse).

Further Information

Please Contact Araura Berkeley on Tel: 01749 939 694; Mob: 07717 855 581;


Hemp Oil Cannabidiol / CBD Linked to Improved Mental Acuity

Hemp oil, a dietary supplement supported by a growing volume of medical evidence, is being embraced by a growing number of elderly consumers due to the supplement’s links with better mental acuity. Legally available, hemp oil (cannabidiol / CBD) has all the psychoactive properties removed and is taken as a supplement for a wide range of complaints, from anxiety to skin conditions to heart health. Hemp oil is high in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.  It is thought that hemp oil could delay the onset of age-related conditions that result in mental deterioration.

Hemp Oil Cannabidiol / CBD Linked to Improved Mental Acuity

Currently affecting more than 35 million people worldwide, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of neurodegenerative disorders and results in a progressive loss of cognitive processes. Patients with Alzheimer’s experience build ups of amyloid-[beta] as well as inflammation and signs of oxidative stress.

Recent studies [1, 2] have indicated that taking cannabidiol (CBD) extracts can reduce amyloid-[beta] production as well as having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which could potentially slow down the effects of the disease for many people.

Professor Mike Barnes, a leading neurologist, said: “We’re only just starting to understand the array of benefits connected with cannabidiol consumption.  For a long time, wrongly in my view, hemp oil has carried a stigma.  It’s pleasing to learn that some evidence is emerging that there are benefits for the elderly, extending the reach of the supplement into new communities who may benefit from its addition to their diets.”

Tony Calamita, co-founder of Love Hemp, said: “We’ve seen a real surge in sales of our hemp oils in the last 12 months.  A lot of the sales that we’ve made are to customers in their late twenties and thirties but we’ve been really struck lately by the volume of sales that we’ve made to senior citizens.  It’s interesting that cannabis has generally been associated with vagueness, whereas hemp oil has been shown in peer reviewed studies to sharpen mental acuity.”

Worldwide, the UK ranks second in the number of web searches for CBD products online.  It is estimated that the global CBD industry is already worth around $200million and the UK market is expanding rapidly.  Increased demand for Hemp has led to an additional 42,000 acres of crop-farming across the EU for its non-psychoactive compounds such as CBD, whilst the legal cannabis industry is experiencing worldwide exponential growth.


1. The therapeutic potential of the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol for Alzheimer's disease.

Tim Karl, Brett Garner, David Cheng - Behavioural Pharmacology. 28 July 2016.

2. Frontiers.  In vivo Evidence for Therapeutic Properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Alzheimer’s Disease  Ethnopharmacology, Georgia Watt and Tim Karl - Behavioural Neuroscience, Western Sydney University, Australia. 3 Feb 2017.

Further Information

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Herbal Antivirals - Strengthen Your Immunity Naturally 

by Sorrell Davis

Published by Book Publishing Company. 2017. Paperback. £12.50 / $14.93. ISBN-10: 1570673446.

The common cold, Ebola, herpes, HIV, influenza, shingles, Zika, and even several foodborne illnesses are among the countless diseases caused by viruses. Many viral infections don’t have preventive vaccines or effective remedies, and battling them is an ongoing global challenge.

Herbal Antivirals - Strengthen Your Immunity Naturally

In terms that laypeople can easily understand, author and veteran health researcher Sorrel Davis summarizes the nature of viruses and makes it apparent why these often pathogenic organisms are so tenacious and difficult to defend against. In addition, she explores how herbal medicines - nature’s health insurance - can minimize the effects of viruses on human health, safely and with fewer side effects than conventional treatments, by boosting immunity, stopping a virus from progressing, or shortening the duration or severity of symptoms. 

Davis puts the spotlight on an amazing collection of plant allies—astragalus, barberry, Chinese skullcap, echinacea, elderberry, ginseng, green tea, lemon balm, licorice, and peppermint - and explains the capacities of each of these herbal protectors to thwart viral infections naturally. Detailed guidelines regarding their usage, safety precautions, and side effects are provided, along with a glossary of terms. 

Tips on lifestyle strategies that can maximize protection and minimize infection are also included. Herbal Antivirals is an essential guidebook that can help safeguard your health.

About the Author

Sorrel Davis, long-time advocate of the healing properties of herbal remedies, is a proponent of the adage “let food be thy medicine.” She is also is a fan of kite flying, horror films, spicy cuisine, Little League baseball, and dancing as if no one is watching.

Further Information

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Ergo-Q 260 Notebook Stand from BakkerElkhuizen

The Ergo-Q 260 Notebook stand from BakkerElkhuizen iss a must-have accessory for office workers to increase productivity while reducing pain and discomfort. Laptops have become a necessity for office workers, the ability to keep all your files in one portable device is too convenient to pass up. With many office workers now juggling between home, the office and meetings, the portability of a laptop is indispensable. However it has to be mentioned that prolonged use of a laptop also has its ergonomic limitations.

Ergo-Q 260 Notebook Stand from BakkerElkhuizen

Working all day with a regular laptop can result in an uncomfortable working position, along with pain and discomfort at the end of a day. It is recommended that office workers spend no longer than 2 hours a day on a laptop, when used without additional accessories. Adding computer accessories can increase productivity and allow you to work for longer on a laptop, as they can reduce the negative effects on the body.

When using a laptop on a flat surface, an office workers posture becomes the main health problem. With the screen and keyboard being a single unit, a laptops design encourages a hunched over working position throughout the day. The hunched position leads to fatigue and discomfort in both the neck and shoulders. Using a laptop also discourages head movement, meaning a healthy working position can be achieved by using a raised screen. As well as a range of health problems, laptop users also type slower and less accurate due to the size of the laptop.

Using computer accessories such as a laptop or notebook stand, along with an external keyboard and mouse, can increase an office worker’s productivity by 17%. Using these accessories together significantly improves posture as well as reduces neck strain by 32% and improves worker’s comfort by 21%. By eliminating the physical problems caused by a laptop alone, workers can utilise their laptop throughout the day, rather than only 2 hours.

The Ergo-Q 260 from BakkerElkhuizen is a portable notebook stand that is super light and thin at only 7mm thickness, so it easily fits into any notebook bag. The stand also offers 5 different heights for ultimate comfort, ranging from 9cm to 21cm. As well as holding your notebook, the stand contains an integrated document holder to increase data input and productivity. The Ergo-Q 260 also has a stylish, classy appearance, made from Hylite aluminium so it’s not only functional, but looks great too.

Eliminate all the problems caused by everyday laptop use, by simply investing in the Ergo-Q 260. It’s the route to increased productivity and reduced health problems, all in a thin, lightweight portable design, perfect for on the go.

Further Information

The Ergo-Q 260 from Bakker Elkhuizen has an RRP of £119.99; for further information visit BakkerElkhuizen. The Ergo-Q 260 is also available for £122.39  from Posturite.


Natural Cycles First Contraception App Approved

Women now have a new, regulatory approved, contraception to choose from - an app. Natural Cycles, the fertility tracking app that uses a smart algorithm to help women pinpoint their fertility, has become the world’s first app to be approved specifically for contraception. Tüv Süd, one of the leading notified bodies worldwide, approved Natural Cycles as a class IIb medical device intended to be used for contraception. This means women now have a new, clinically tested, regulatory approved contraception to use besides condoms, The Pill and IUDs.

Natural Cycles First Contraception App Approved

Natural Cycles was created by husband and wife team Dr Raoul Scherwitzl and Dr Elina Berglund. Dr Elina Berglund is one of the scientists who discovered the Higgs Boson which led to the Nobel Prize in 2013. Natural Cycles is a hormone- and chemical-free birth control alternative and, in 2016, a clinical study showed that the app was as effective as The Pill.* This is good news for the UK’s estimated 3.5m women who use hormonal contraception following the 2016 University of Copenhagen clinical study, the largest of its kind with 1 million women, which confirmed a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression.**

Natural Cycles works by recording your daily temperature. A smart algorithm then determines whether you are fertile on that day so you accurately know if and when to have protected intercourse - and this helps to prevent (or plan) a pregnancy.

Dr Elina Berglund, CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles said: “Women around the world are interested in exploring effective non-hormonal, non-invasive forms of contraception - and now they have a new, clinically verified and regulatory approved option to choose from. Our high quality clinical studies, together with the required regulatory approvals, means we can provide women everywhere with a new option for contraception. Natural Cycles allow women to better understand their bodies so they can make choices that are right for them.”

The Natural Cycles app joins a range of medical products that have been clinically tested and regulatory approved to achieve a IIb classification, such as intensive care monitoring and alarm devices, anaesthesia machines, blood pumps for heart-lung machines and blood bags, to name a few. Natural Cycles is used by over 150,000 women in 161 countries and is the first fertility tracking app for women to be regulated as a medical device.

Find out more about Natural Cycles and download the app here:


*Results of the clinical study demonstrating the effectiveness of Natural Cycles as a natural birth control has recently been published in the peer-reviewed European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care

**The Guardian: The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it 

Clinical Study:

Further Information

The Natural Cycles app may be downloaded from


Active Working Summit 2017:  Reducing Sedentary Behaviour at Work Improves Wellness & Productivity - Thursday March 30th 2017

The average UK office worker sits 10 hours each day, with almost 70% of sitting taking place at work and 73 per cent only leaving their desk for toilet or tea breaks, according to research commissioned by Active Working and published in British Journal for Sports Medicine in June 2015. Growing scientific evidence continues to draw our attention to multiple health risks (including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and mental health) associated with excessive and prolonged sitting.

Active Working Summit Banner

Now in its 3rd year the Active Working Summit™ has established itself as the pre-eminent international thought leadership event of its kind. Taking place on Thursday March 30th 2017, this year’s Active Working Summit is hosted by international law firm K&L Gates at their iconic offices overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral at One New Change in central London. With delegates and speakers from 20 countries, the Active Working Summit™ 2017 is attended by public health experts, opinion leaders, researchers and decision makers responsible for wellness, productivity and engagement of office workers. The programme for Active Working Summit™ 2017: How Reducing Sedentary Behaviour at Work Improves Wellness & Productivity is divided into four sessions:

Session 1        The Sitting Disease: is it now official?

Session 2        Workplace wellness & productivity - the benefits of sitting less;

Session 3        Core solutions and best practices;

Session 4        How to incorporate physical activity into the workplace of the future.

  • Keynote speaker Alan Hedge, Professor of Ergonomics, Cornell University, USA;
  • We will be showcasing major US government backed research findings including “Stand-Up to Work - research project conclusions on long term impacts of sit-stand desks”, Joanna Frank, Executive Director at Center for Active Design. New York, USA;
  • National strategies on 'combatting' sedentary behaviour in the workplace , Matleena Livson, Physically active lifestyle Senior Advisor at Finnish Olympic Committee;
  • Latest research evidence, behaviour change programmes, best practice and case studies focusing on reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing activity amongst office workers;
  • Also featuring Public Health England, the new Active Building standard Fitwel (Center for Active Design) and other case studies from pioneering companies.

The Active Working Summit™ 2017 will present ground breaking new research which will attract international media interest. Take this opportunity to learn more about how Active Working may deliver measurable improvements in employee health, productivity & engagement. Download the Event Programme here.

Further Information

Please contact Gavin Bradley on Tel: 020 8977 5541; Mob: 0798 651 9671;


How to Overcome Pain -  Natural approaches to dealing with everything from arthritis, anxiety and back pain to headaches, PMS and IBS

by Leon Chaitow

Published by Watkins Publishing. 2017. Paperback. £8.58. $8.63. ISBN-10: 1786780178

Gain knowledge and lose pain! An invaluable guide to natural approaches to pain management from a leading expert in holistic health and well-being. When a fire alarm rings, finding the source of the fire is far more urgent than switching off the alarm. In How to Overcome Pain, internationally recognized registered osteopath and naturopath Leon Chaitow shows us how to tackle the root causes of chronic pain without covering it up with temporary solutions. Chaitow firmly believes that the more we know about our bodies and why they might not be working, the better equipped we are to manage them properly and effectively. 

Cover How to Overcome Pain

Living with pain can provoke frustration, anxiety, depression, and even a reliance on pharmaceutical painkillers. In this important and highly accessible book, Chaitow outlines a wide range of tried and tested natural approaches to pain relief. He provides ground-breaking research, including the role played by fascia in the experience of pain, as well as a whole host of breakthrough mind-body techniques. 

The author explains the nature of pain and why the more you understand it, the greater an ability you tend to have to overcome it. He outlines key pain relief approaches including meditation, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, light and colour therapy, breathing techniques, massage, stretching, hydrotherapy, and herbalism. 

There is also extensive information on the importance of nutrition and supplements, with clearly defined nutrition plans laid out for varying types of pain management. As a special feature the book includes an extensive pain directory that provides treatment advice for the most common problems including headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and backache. 

This is a highly practical book, featuring step-by-step self-help exercises and diagrams, empowering readers to take control of their bodies through knowledge. This is an essential book for everyone wanting to take control of pain, get their health and vitality back, and enhance their sense of comfort, ease and freedom in everyday life.

About the Author

Leon Chaitow is a registered osteopath and naturopath, editor of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and Honorary Fellow and former senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, London. Author of more than 60 books, including Holistic Pain Relief, he lectures internationally on both bodywork and general health topics from an integrated perspective.

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    Fermentation for First Timers

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    Spanish Retreats 2017

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    Choose the Right Supplements

    There are thousands of nutritional supplements on the market. Simon Bandy, General Manager of nutritional supplement brand, Health Plus talks about what to look for in a supplement. Understanding packaging is the first step. Many vitamins are listed as ‘stabilised’ version, which will be recognizable from words beginning with ‘di’ or ending in ‘ate’ or ‘ide’. Most minerals are not readily absorbed by the body, so are often bound to amino acids to make them more absorbent.


    Further information and for Health Plus products Tel: 01323 872277;


    Lindens Hair, Skin and Nails

    Specially formulated to improve skin health and complexion while strengthening hair and nails, Lindens Hair, Skin and Nails is a complete multi-nutrient formula. With Vitamins C and E, Calcium, Zinc and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), this one-a-day tablet provides potent nutrients working in harmony to boost the three key areas of hair, skin and nails.


    Further information Tel: 01924 230 875;


    Minerals Secret Weapon for Health

    Minerals - The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy by Joy Stephenson-Laws, founder of Proactive Health Labs (pH) is written as a way to inform readers about a secret weapon to health that has been long overlooked.  She discusses why relying on the latest health trends is a risky game, why having a balanced diet isn’t always the answer to ensuring you are getting the proper minerals your body needs, the truth about multivitamins and mineral supplements and a great deal more.


    Further information Tel: +1 267-980-2765;


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