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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 245

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 245 - April 2018

Sports Massage - About so Much More than Sport

I [Justin Johnson] don’t think of myself as particularly sporty. Like most people, I try to keep fit. I run a bit and I have the good fortune to be able to swap treatments (I’m an osteopath) for personal training sessions with my neighbour, who’s a professional trainer. It sounds keen on paper, but I’m a pretty reluctant athlete.

Sports Massage - About so Much More than Sport

However, I’ve just been on holiday that involved one week of extreme actively and a high risk of injury. I went skiing. Our group consisted of all ages from 20-somethings to the retired and all abilities from beginners to crazy speed freaks. In terms of fitness, we ranged from the seriously sporty to some (most?) who rarely walk further than the car.

Despite these differences and the mountainous landscapes, skiing is a fairly level playing field for injury. Everyone in our group experienced pain at the end of the first day – squashed feet, boot-bruised shins or (hopefully not) something worse. By the end of one week, the only serious injury our group had sustained was one broken collar bone. For 50 people on a skiing holiday, that’s a good average!

The great thing about Sports Massage is that everyone on the trip could benefit from treatment: massage to those calves and shins, traction to those lower backs compressed by G-forces, release to those shoulders, tense with cold and concentration. Even poor Dave’s broken collar-bone, once he’s healed a bit, will benefit from sports massage and re-hab.

A good sports masseur can:

  • Assess posture and identify common patterns of dysfunction, relating to both sports and everyday activities;
  • Use a wide range of manual therapy and sports massage techniques;
  • Devise treatment plans that are specifically aimed at individual needs;
  • Treat athletes both before and after activity, as well as maintaining athletes during training;
  • Devise a specific plan of exercises, designed to re-habilitate or strengthen – for anyone, sporty or not.

Sports Massage can be used to treat any musculo-skeletal problem, including back pain, tight shoulders, a stiff neck, as well as tennis elbow, runner’s knee, a skier’s shin or Dave’s shoulder.

Despite the name, Sports Massage is very definitely not just for sports people.

Accredited Massage Courses Ltd teaches ITEC Sports Massage at Level 3 and Level 4, with courses starting at various times throughout the year.

Further Information

Information about these and all our courses can be found on our website at


Protecting your Business with Professional Indemnity Cover 

Starting your own business can be an exciting time, but also challenging, particularly with the associated setup costs. We all know, things don’t always go 100% to plan, no matter how diligent we may be. It is important to remember that you don’t have to do anything wrong, it just takes someone to allege that you have and you may still need to defend yourself.

Faith Chapman

One of Towergate’s specialist advisors, Faith Chapman, an expert in Complementary Health insurance explains why professional indemnity and public liability insurance is essential to professionals like yourself and how Towergate can provide both within one policy.

Professional Indemnity cover will protect you against any claims made against you should you be accused of Professional Negligence; this can include things such as incorrect advice or recommendations, breach of professional code of conduct, loss of documents or breach of confidentiality. A client could allege that as a result of a recommendation you made in a session, they suffered an adverse effect and as a result have been harmed. This type of policy will cover costs to defend you against this allegation, and ultimately if the client is successful in suing you, will pay out the damages awarded.

Public Liability cover will protect you in the event of any claims made in respect of accidental injury or damage to a client or a member of the public, and it also covers loss or damage to public property. If for example you accidentally spilt coffee on a client’s laptop this would be covered or if a client were to trip over whilst visiting you, this policy would cover the legal costs to defend you, and again pay out if the client was successful in suing you.

At Towergate Insurance our Professional Liability policy provides cover for both Professional Indemnity and Public Liability meaning you only need one policy to be covered for both eventualities, giving you peace of mind. Also included in the policy are 24 hour legal and health & wellbeing helplines, for those times when you may need some extra support.

Whether you need protection against allegations of libel or slander, or cover against accusations of professional negligence, our insurance will protect you against the expense and worry associated with legal action being sought against you. Our experience, coupled with a strong track record means we are well placed to assist you in achieving an effective and efficient settlement, allowing you to focus on your job.

With affordable rates starting from £70*, visit our website and get yourself protected in as little as 5 minutes.

*All cover subject to insurers underwriting criteria. Full terms and conditions available upon request. £70 is based on £1million cover, claims free, turnover not exceeding £70,000 and purchased online.

Further Information

For a quote and to find out more, get in touch with us on Tel: 01438 735251;


Robert Gray - A Cleanse to Fit the Modern Lifestyle!

In our modern society we are pressed for time; convenience has become essential in our everyday living habits. Needless to say though, our wellbeing cannot be considered a ‘convenience’ Robert Gray, a renowned nutritional counsellor and author, stated that every man, woman and child living in modern society today is constipated whether they know it or not. To understand such a statement the word constipated fully understood is derived from the Latin root “constipare” which means to press together.

Robert Gray - A Cleanse to Fit the Modern Lifestyle!

We are all at some point going to experience digestive discomfort, poor nourishment and general feelings of lethargic inactivity as a result of a poor diet/ digestion. Some of us will suddenly kick into motion and believe it time to do something about our diets; but the process is slow if not futile at best because by this time the digestive system is so clogged up, over-acidic and completely incapable of absorbing any good nutrition due to mild or even heavy compaction.

The only sensible action would be to eliminate the colonic compaction but in order to do this one often needs severe if not unpleasant cleansing that is difficult to confront. So many programmes available for effective ‘colon sweeping’ require a lot of maintenance resulting in severe detox symptoms and due to the fast paced lifestyles we lead there simply isn’t time to take down-time…

The Digestive system should be seen as a long flexible tube which starts from the mouth and ends at the rectum. The major organs included in this process of ‘digestion’ are the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum. Every ounce of our welbeing physically depends on the effective working order of this very sophisticated system.

Most foods create mucoid material which passes from the body in the normal elimination process but some of this remains in the colon clinging to the walls creating plaque which becomes the ideal breeding ground for parasitic infestations as well as toxins leading to a very common problem called ‘toxic colon’.

Our Bestcare Holistic Horizons™ brand of colon cleansing products are the only colon hygiene products formulated and approved by noted nutritional counselor and author, Robert Gray.  In his ground-breaking book, The Colon Health Handbook, his extensive experience, knowledge and expertise were brought to bear on the problem of formulating the very best natural colon cleansing program.  Our products are the formulae he developed to implement "The Robert Gray Intestinal Cleansing Program".  Not only does our program cleanse the colon mildly and gently, but it also promotes the growth of healthy colonies of beneficial and friendly lactobacteria. 

All of our products are made from the very highest quality ingredients.  They have been proven effective over more than two decades of use by thousands of users world-wide.  Each batch of product produced is tested for purity and quality. 

Further Information

For more information please contact us via our website:


Active School of Complementary Therapy ASCT - Massage and Soft Tissue Courses

An Introduction to Massage (2 Day General Skills Workshop)

  • Ever thought about a career in massage?
  • Ever considered what it takes to provide this ‘hands-on’ therapy?
  • Interested in adding techniques to your Personal Training or Coaching role?
  • Or just want to learn a skill to help friends and relatives?

Active School of Complementary Therapy ASCT - Massage and Soft Tissue Courses

This short two-day workshop is designed to provide you with an insight into the role, training, and techniques required to enter this caring profession. It will also provide you with basic massage skills. The Introductory weekend is an entry-level requirement for our ISRM/BTEC (Level 5) Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.

  • Are you seeking a career in massage?
  • Interested in learning advanced techniques?
  • Need a Massage Course to take you to the next level?

This course is an intensive route to a level five qualification in Soft Tissue Therapy. The course is run over 12 months, through a mix of home study/practice, and attendance on practical weekends - one per month. The final assessment is shortly after completion of the course, leading to the ISRM/BTEC (Level 5) Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy.

If you hold an appropriate qualification e.g. a Level 3 or 4 Sports/Remedial Massage Certificate, and have experience, the ASCT Bridging programme offers two options:

  • If you have less than three years’ experience and/or have attended few CPD workshops you should register for the full programme;
  • For practitioners with extensive experience you may opt for the Assessment Track

On successful completion of the Bridging programme you will gain the ISRM/BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy qualification.

ASCT also offer CPD workshops for those looking to extend their knowledge and skills our next workshop is in July and called Active Fascial Release.

Further Information

ASCT is located in the centre of the Country in the East Midlands, with courses held in Leicestershire, and Lincolnshire. For further information on our courses please contact us on Tel: 01509 556101;


Getting Sick Is No Accident

A super controversial title, I know, but let me just lay out my justifications for that:

There is a well-known saying: it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The story is that there is a young strong camel, a beast of burden, and on its’ back is a bag of gold, a sack of coal, a cage of chickens, a barrel of oil and a kitchen sink. Yet it is a strong animal, although it is now heavily burdened and then a puff of wind blows a straw onto the camel’s back and it’s just that bit too much weight and the camel collapses.

To get the camel back on its’ feet we must remove the bag of gold, the sack of coal, the cage of chickens, the barrel of oil and the kitchen sink, and then the camel will be able to start walking again.

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People are like that: we go through life acquiring burdens or stress factors, sometimes we start life with stress factors – perhaps mother drank too much alcohol, not enough water, took too many or even any drugs, too many fizzy drinks or ate the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods and so on, we know the possibilities. So, our new human came into the world already burdened. A bit. But he’s young and strong and copes.

Life goes on. Our young person receives vaccines, containing mercury, aluminium and other toxins. He gets a few ear infections, treated with anti-biotics which disturb his gut flora. He receives mercury amalgam fillings (more mercury), cooks in aluminium foil and uses anti-perspirants (more aluminium), uses sunscreen (contains cadmium, particles of which enter the body), has more vaccines. He lives in a house with plug-in chemical-based air aromarisers. He lives in a sea of electro-pollution. He consumes his own weight in food colourings. He eats too low in fats or too high in bad fats. He breaks a bone and has some x-rays (radiation is forever – look it up). He eats pesticide-laden foods. He is a car mechanic and gets a lot of oils etc. on his hands (skin is not waterproof). He drinks water with fluoride. He works with asbestos. He gets married (stress – another burden), has children (more stress), he gets divorced (more stress).This paragraph could go on a long time but you get the picture. He acquires burdens.

Then, one day he is diagnosed with cancer, motor neurone disease, arthritis, asthma, eczema, migraines, heart disease, any disease you care to name. That disease/ailment is a consequence of too many burdens/stress factors on his/the camel’s back. There may even be stress factors that no one has identified, bearing in mind that some of the above stress factors are somewhat controversial in certain circles.

It is not an accident.

Further Information

Stephen MacAllan may be contacted on Tel: 01270 650336; Fax: 07985 585718;


Leeds Eco Trail Trekker Sports Health and Wellness Expo June 16-17

A Sports Health and Wellness Expo event is being held on the weekend of June 16th & 17th at the iconic armouries venue in Leeds. The Expo is in association with the Leeds Eco Trail Trekker event which will take place on the Sunday.

Trail Trekker

The Expo will feature arrange of exhibitors offering natural and holistic ways of life. There will be complementary practitioners, therapists, taster treatments in massage, reflexology and an array of associated sports products, health books, personal care items, natural and healing foods etc. The event is being promoted extensively via social media; our exhibitors our event sponsors and via the charities that are involved in raising not only their own awareness but are looking to raise much needed funds.

Our nominated charities are:

  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Candlelighters Children`s Charity
  • ABF The Soldiers` Charity
  • Canal and River Trust

All other charities and good causes are invited to get involved in our events and raise money through individual sponsorship. All competitors in the event will be encouraged to pick up their TEAM kits on the Saturday. Each Competitor will receive 2 Free tickets for their guests.
Admission to the Expo is £5 and you can register and pay on the day
Free admission for children under 16 

Further Information

If you would like more information or be added to our mailing list please email with your full contact information to    Exhibitor Bookings can be done online at:   Information regarding other events in 2018 is available at

Please join us on our social media

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GDPR, Record Keeping and your Business - Info from Balens

As you may be aware there is a new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, that will affect any business (including privately practicing Therapists) that processes personal data - defined as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier’ - 

GDPR, Record Keeping and your Business - Info from Balens

If you record personal details about individuals, i.e. a therapist recording details of a client’s session, you will have to comply.  There are a number of new systems and processes that the Act requires, including the introduction of Privacy Notices (which will need to be given to clients at the time that you take their data).  There are also enhanced rights for the data subjects (individuals who the data relates to), which may require changes to the way you manage your business.

Record Keeping

We at Balens have been contacted by many practitioners requesting guidance on how long they should keep their client record in light of the GDPR requirements and what happens if a client requests that their data is erased under their ‘right of erasure’?

The Statute of Limitations in the UK (i.e. time when an individual is able to bring a claim) is 6 years for certain injury claims, or 6 years after the individual reaches the age of majority in the case of minors.  Your records are your best line of defence in any claim situation, and it is important that all key information is noted and kept to defend you.  Indeed it is part of Balens Policy Terms that records are kept for at least 7 years following the last occasion on which treatment was given (or at least 7 years after they reach the age of majority (18) when treating minors).  There are also instances when these Statutes of Limitation may be overturned, hence our Managing Directors longstanding recommendation to keep client records indefinitely. 

The GDPR allows for this, specifically noting that you are able to refuse an individual’s request for erasure when you require the information to defend yourself in a potential claim situation. When can I refuse to comply with the right of erasure). The Act itself does not define how long records must be kept, but as part of the ‘Accountability’ requirements you need to demonstrate your considerations and justify your decision making as to how long you keep your client records.

Further Information

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has some very useful guides available on its website and whilst the information can seem daunting and very complex, a bit like the ancient proverb related to a ‘journey of a thousand miles …’, if you approach the requirements one step at a time, the complexity becomes more manageable.  Equally, don’t leave it too late to get to grips with the requirements of the Act, as there may be a lot you will need to do in order to comply.

Further Information

Balens Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For further information and advice on what Balens can offer Tel: 01684 893 006;


Jacqueline’s Diary - When Cancer Came to Visit

by Jacqueline Clara Shephard

Published by PublishNation. 2015. Softback. £8.99. ISBN 978-1-326-49576-3.

Cancer Survivor’s Book Hits Top of Charts

A chance encounter with a world-famous cat led to cancer survivor Jacqueline Shephard penning a chart-topping account of her ordeals. The 53-year-old secretary from London survived a lengthy battle with the disease almost a decade ago.

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Her touching, yet humorous, diaries from throughout her treatments were turned into Jacqueline’s Diary after she met A Street Cat Called Bob owner James Bowen. Jacqueline explained: “I think my greatest achievement has been to write Jacqueline’s Diary and actually get it published.

“It was borne out of really tragic circumstances, but I managed to come through that, write the book and get it published… that is a major achievement considering I nearly died three times in one month.

“It was only after I had the illness, I felt inspired to write my experiences down and James from Bob the Cat, made me realise I to could get my work published. 

“I actually met James and Bob on the streets of Covent Garden just as they were writing their book.
“He inspired me to get my book published.”

Jacqueline’s Diary has reached number one of Amazon’s medical biography charts. The moving account of fighting cancer is already proving inspirational to readers. Jacqueline continued: “The message I want to send out to people with cancer is that it doesn't have to be a death sentence. People do come through it and live a life.

“Do as much as you can for yourself to heal yourself throughout the treatment and beyond.  Jacqueline's Diary also has a lot of practical information that may help people. 

“Cancer makes you take a good hard look at yourself, it’s a life changer.”

After being given her own cat during recovery from treatments, Jacqueline is now considering her own feline follow-up. She added: “My friend gave me a kitten which has helped me to heal and I now want to write up a book about the cat and how he helped me.”

Since the publication of Jacqueline’s Diary is has attracted five-star reader reviews. Paul Searle stated: “During research for information for a family member I came across this little gem. “I am sure that this book will help others to realize that they are not alone; there are other people who have been through the same situation.”

Monica Baxter said: “This is something that the NHS should sit up and take note on how best to treat their patients.”

Further Information

Paperback and Kindle formats of Jacqueline’s Diary are both available on Amazon


Goji Berries are Back

A decade ago they were one of the first fruits hailed as a ‘superfood’, but ten years on, they have dropped off many shopping lists. Recent research shows this may be a mistake as they could help with a host of age related health issues…

Goji Berries

Several studies[1,2] published in recent months have highlighted the potential of extracts from goji berries to help prevent neurodegeneration in the brain, the process of our brains aging. Scientists have discovered that certain natural chemicals in the berries appear able to protect cells in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which is associated with memory, specifically longer term memory.

This ability to help prevent some of the signs of aging may not to be confined to the brain and another study,[3] published in January, showed goji berry extracts slowing down the degeneration of photoreceptor cells in the eye.

A further study, published this month,[4] highlights the berries’ potential ability to protect against osteoporosis. Researchers discovered that extracts from the berries were able to prevent the death of osteoblasts (specialist cells found in bone which help make and reshape bone) caused by a chemical that mimics part of the process of osteoporosis.

There are those who don’t like the phrase ‘superfood’, but taken together these studies certainly show goji berries to be a very beneficial food! Gojis are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a similar way to raisins or sultanas, whether as an ingredient in cakes and muffins, an addition to crunchy salads or eaten on their own as a tasty snack.


1. Yu Y1, Wu X2, Pu J2, Luo P2, Ma W3, Wang J2, Wei J2, Wang Y2, Fei Z4. Lycium barbarum polysaccharide protects against oxygen glucose deprivation/reoxygenation-induced apoptosis and autophagic cell death via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in primary cultured hippocampal neurons.  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 495(1):1187-1194. Jan 1 2018.

2. Hu X1, Qu Y2, Chu Q2, Li W2, He J2. Investigation of the neuroprotective effects of Lycium barbarum water extract in apoptotic cells and Alzheimer's disease mice. Mol Med Rep.  doi: 10.3892/mmr.2017.8310. Dec 19 2017.

3. Liu F1, Zhang J1, Xiang Z1, Xu D1, So KF1,2,3, Vardi N4, Xu Y1,2,3. Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides Protect Retina in rd1 Mice During Photoreceptor Degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 59(1):597-611. doi: 10.1167/iovs.17-22881. Jan 1 2018.

4. Jing L1, Jia XW1. Lycium barbarum polysaccharide arbitrates palmitate-induced apoptosis in MC3T3‑E1 cells through decreasing the activation of ERS‑mediated apoptosis pathway.  Mol Med Rep. 17(2):2415-2421. Feb 2018. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2017.8128. Epub Nov 21 2017.

Further Information

One of the best ranges of goji berry products can be found in Grape Tree stores, who now have over 100 stores nationwide, stocking a host of healthy foods and ingredients. Their range includes not only bags of gojis, but snacking mixes, which combine gojis with other fruits and nuts, and even Choc Chip & Goji Berry Cookies-


What’s Making Our Children SICK? - How Industrial Food is Causing an Epidemic

of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It

by Michelle Perro MD and Vincanne Adams PhD

Published by Chelsea Green Publishing. 2018. Softback. £16.20.  $16.22. ISBN 1603587578.


A radical rethinking of the relationships between our children’s food, medicine, and health in the twenty-first century

What's Making our Children Sick

The Problem

Children across the Western world are struggling with a new wave of chronic health problems that simply didn’t exist several decades ago. Michelle Perro MD a veteran paediatrician with over thirty-five years’ experience successfully treating children, and Vincanne Adams PhD believe the following facts have contributed to this epidemic:

  • Chronic exposure of children to poisons in their environment, especially from foods produced by our modern industrial food system;
  • Outdated models of clinical care and disease causation;
  • A scientific community that is embattled when it comes to food-health science.

The Solution

What’s Making Our Children Sick? presents a roadmap to help parents, practitioners, and health educators navigate the current landscape - from new knowledge about the microbiology of gut health, to a review of scientific studies on the effects of glyphosate and other pesticides, to the clinical experiences of doctors who are trying to treat children with chronic, hard-to-diagnose health problems.

Woven throughout the narrative are case studies of patients that demonstrate the effectiveness of a food-focused approach to medicine, specifically organic food. They also showcase the various diagnostic tests and treatment methods that are available in an integrative doctor’s toolkit when the goal is to find the root cause of a problem, rather than prioritizing drugs to alleviate the symptoms.

The book serves as a resource for others who are trying to connect the dots between agro-industrial food and poor health, and offers a template for larger social and political change on issues of food health, -children’s well-being, and the future of medicine.

About the Authors

Michelle Perro MD is a paediatrician with over thirty-five years’ experience in acute and integrative medicine. She is a former director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at New York’s Metropolitan Hospital, and has her own practice.

Vincanne Adams PhD is a professor and vice-chair of medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of six previous books, and is editor-in-chief of Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Note: All statistics are referenced in full in the index section of the book

Further Information

Available from Chelsea Green Publishing and Amazon


On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions

by Kate Figes

Published by Virago. 2018. Hardback £13.48; Kindle £7.99. ISBN 0349011028.

From one of Britain’s best-loved journalists writes about living with a life-threatening disease to give us an intelligent and passionate look at the way we can approach disappointment and trouble, friendship and love – every day.

Kate Figes On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions

Coming up to her sixtieth birthday, Kate Figes found herself turning to the larger questions of family, love and life’s meaning. It is like this author to examine different stages in writing, and her books - from new motherhood and adolescence to coupledom and infidelity - testify to this way of understanding herself and others: so naturally she turned to writing to explore the challenges of becoming sixty. And then - a horrible, and sudden diagnosis of breast cancer which has metastasised.

In her usual fashion, Kate examines different life’s stages in writing and her books and coming up to sixty, she found herself turning to the larger questions of family, love, life’s meaning, all at the same time as the arrival of a demanding new puppy. Then - a horrible, and sudden diagnosis of breast cancer which has metastasised. Instead of a gentle journey into middle-age, Kate began to write for her life. Her writing became an honest reflection of the struggles of ageing, failing, regrets, and, just as crucially, memories of childhood and the importance of friends, family and love (and - as the title suggests, a dog!).

Instead of a gentle journey into middle age, Kate Figes began to write for her life. Now, clawing back confidence and control was not just the ordinary business of these years: it was the only way to try and survive great pain and emotional turmoil. As her writing became an honest reflection on aging, falling, regrets and the important of childhood memory, friends, family and love, she found a new determination to live to the full and about finding ways to face up to a shortened life expectancy with dignity.

Original, passionate, funny and moving, On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions will resonate with anyone dealing with the many griefs and freedoms of midlife.

Kate Figes is the author of five previous works of non-fiction: The Big Fat Bitch Book, Life After Birth, The Terrible Teens: What Every Parent Needs to Know and Couples: How We Make Love Last, Our Cheating Heart: Love and Loyalty, Lust and Lies, as well as two novels. She is married with two children and lives in London.

Further Information

Available from Little Brown and Amazon


Welcome to The Royal Jelly Company - Where your Health Matters

Royal Jelly is produced by worker bees for their Queen and has been used for centuries to enhance health and well-being in humans. Royal Jelly contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and amino acids including vitamins B, C and E, and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and iron to name but a few.

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The Royal Jelly Company prides itself in producing Royal Jelly Elixir containing Fresh Royal Jelly (preserving the active ingredients). There is 120mg of fresh Royal Jelly in every 10ml of the Royal Jelly Elixir, making this a potent formula. Our product is made in England.

Proprietor Anne has always had an interest in health, beauty and nutrition since my early 20s. Her mother introduced me to supplements even though I was brought up on fresh food, fruit and vegetables and she used garlic, royal jelly and other supplements. For 25 years she has always used supplements to support her body and has completed a number of courses and qualifications in nutrition, beauty and health.

After talking to a friend one day about supplements, she commented to Anne that she had so much knowledge and how she always learnt so much from her. She asked the question, 'why don't you produce your own supplements?'. That is how The Royal Jelly Company was born.

The Plight of the Bees

Since this journey began, Anne has become more mindful of the plight of the bees, which we have all taken for granted for many years not only spreading honey on our toast but by continuously destroying our environment. How many of us have actually thought about where the honey comes from, or how the destruction of our environment is affecting the bees? Anne educated herself on the plight of the bees and actively imparts her knowledge to anyone and everyone who wants to take an interest in our goal of allowing the bees to thrive once more.

Our Products

The Royal Jelly Company uses trusted sources for our ingredients, ensuring that they are all fresh, of the best quality, and most importantly sustainable. Our products are manufactured in England.  Royal Jelly has been used for thousands of years by humans for its unique health benefits and is still used today to support the body, mind and spirit. By the same token we now have to support the bees which give us so much.

Further Information

Please contact The Royal Jelly Company via


Clarity Cleanse 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfilment and Emotional Healing

by Habib Sadeghi DO;  Foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow

Published by Sphere - Little Brown Imprint. 2018. Paperback. £14.99. ISBN: 9780751572506

A GOOP insider and advisor to Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily Blunt, Tim Robbins, Stella McCartney and others, Dr Sadeghi shows you how to turn obstacles into healing and energizing opportunities. Based on the powerful mind-body strategy Dr Habib Sadeghi developed to help himself recover from cancer more than twenty years ago, The Clarity Cleanse will enable you to clear your mind and heal your body. 

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The Clarity Cleanse has two components: dietary and emotional. The diet is designed to negate the physical residue of repressed emotions in the organs most affected by negativity. By following this diet for 10 days a month while alternating between emotional purging exercises - 12-minute writings and 12-minute dialogues - readers will find emotional clarity, clarity of vision and clarity of action in their daily lives.

With The Clarity Cleanse you learn how to:

  • Create clear intention;
  • Purge negative emotions;
  • Practice compassionate self-forgiveness;
  • Refocus negative energy to move beyond doubt and fear;
  • Ask the kind of questions that will help your relationships.

By following the twelve steps in this book, you will achieve a sense of peace and control, raise your self-esteem, and assert yourself in ways to achieve positive and lasting change. Then you will be able to express your true, authentic self.

About the Author

Dr Habib Sadeghi DO is the co-founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative health centre based in Los Angeles. He provides revolutionary healing protocols in integrative, osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, and family medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-SM Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. 

Further Information

Available from Little Brown and Amazon



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    Mystics and Scientists 2018 - Has Science Taken a Wrong Turn?

    The Scientific and Medical Network is holding a weekend event Mystics and Scientists 2018: Has Science taken a Wrong Turn? Towards a More Harmonious Approach on 6-8 April 2018. How can we reconcile the most profound ancient wisdom with the most up to date science? How do we find the space and time to integrate our thoughts, feelings, emotions and higher self, in the West?


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    Daniel Benor Workshop: Clearing Meta-Anxieties at 20th Int’l Energy Psychology Conference

    The  American College Emergency Physicians ACEP Conference welcomes a wide variety of energy and mind-body related healing tools, but still maintains enough grounded professionalism to be recognised to offer CEs by the American Psychological Association (APA). Daniel Benor will be teaching a 2-hour workshop on Clearing Meta-Anxieties in Challenging Clients. Energy psychology clears many problems, but meta-anxieties can block EP progress.


    Further information Tel:  519-265-0698 (CAD), (US) 609-714-1885;    


    Oriental Diagnosis for Mind and Body with Bill Tara

    Visual Diagnosis Course 24-25 March in London. MACROVegan  practice wholistic medicine and believe that our state of health is not simply a reflection of our DNA or forces beyond our control, but mostly a result of our habits and actions. They are offering students and clients from around the world the opportunity to study diagnosis with a fabulous course in London at Clearspring UK.


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    Florida Society Bioenergetic Analysis FSBA Open Workshops

    Florida Society Bioenergetic Analysis FSBA upcoming events are: Bioenergetics Meets Men’s Work with Eric Diamond - 26-29 April 2018, Reclaiming Your Sensuality, Sexuality and Spirituality with Laurie Ure, Rev Elizabeth Anne King - 18-20 May, Supervision for Bioenergetic Practitioners with Ana Murillo and Alberto Wang 25 June, A Workshop for Couples with Ana Murillo and Alberto Wang 30 June - 1 July, Summer Bioenergetic Workshop: All We Need is Love with Soledad Valenzuela - 3-5 August. Training Workshops take place in April and June.


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    Ozone Therapies Aruba Conference 6-8 April 2018

    Feel and see the reality of ozone therapy as never before. This conference is a place to gather and share therapies and research, but also a place where leaders in the industry can get together and talk about the topics that can better not only humanity, but those patients that trust their health and healing every day to ozone therapies. The Conference takes place on 6-8 April 2018.


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    Astral Gains Launches the 24K ‘Gold Potion’

    Astral Gains, the business championing the benefits of colloidal solutions in modern day supplements has launched 24K Gold Potion. The highly anticipated first product from Astral Gains is formed of 24K  colloidal or ‘activated’ gold nanoparticles suspended in the purest fluoride-free water and designed to improve body, mind and soul.


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    8 Box Method with Dr Rakam Sankaran

    Experience the new 8 Box Method with Dr Rakam Sankaran at the School of Homeopathy. A 2-day seminar where he brings everything together into one beautiful simple and reproducible tool to find the remedy. The 8 Box Method builds on and develops the Synergy method ideas and goes a step further. During the weekend you will learn all about the 8 Box Method and will leave with the tools to be able to utilize this new powerful, yet simple method for everyday use in your practice.


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    Increase Pelvic Floor Strength with Kegel8

    Losing just 10% of your body weight can increase the strength of your pelvic floor by 50%. Experts say this can help increase sensitivity during sex and intensify orgasms. Exercise and sex are similar in more ways than you would think. There are simple ways you can take to ensure you are keeping your pelvic floor muscles fighting fit and Kegel8 have created a range of pelvic floor exercises designed to strengthen these.


    Further information Tel: 0800 043 0173,   


    Willpower Doesn’t Work - Hidden Keys to Success

    If you are relying on willpower alone to help you lose weight, improve your relationships or achieve more at work, you are doomed to fail. That is the premise of Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy, an organization psychologist and Medium’s most read self-help guru. Building on copious existing research as well as his own experience of growing up in a broken family afflicted by addiction and drug use, Hardy explains how people can change their lives on every level by making small, impactful changes in their environment.


    Further information Tel: 020-3122 6757  


    You Can Stop Humming Now - Doctor's Story of Life, Death and In Between

    You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Story of Life, Death and In Between by Daniela Lama begins with Lama’s memories of a medical internship, when she replied to a Facebook friend request from a dying patient and became captivated by his photos of life before illness. From that starting point, Dr Lamas takes readers on a journey through the world between sickness and health.


    Further information Tel: 020-3122 6757   


    2018 Health Creation Training Programme

    Health Creation have announced their Health Creation Training Programme for 2018, which will include the Golden Path Spiritual Development Programme over 4 weekends from April to July 2018. Mentor Skills Training will run in the Autumn, the Online Principles and Evidence of Health and Wellbeing will gain a diploma in Health Creation Mentorship. The Golden Path Spiritual Awakening Programme draws on Pat Pilkington’s guidance before her death in 2013 and facilitated by Rosy Daniel and Sue Caden.


    Further information Tel: 01225 745 737;   


    The Drugs That Changed Our Minds - Science and Brains behind Psychotropic Drugs

    The Drugs That Changed Our Minds by Luren Slater is an explosive account of the science and the brains behind psychotropic drugs 0 how they hurt and heal us. With the rise of psychopharmacology, an ever-increasing number of people  are taking a psychotropic drug, yet nearly 70 years after Doctors first began prescribing them, we still don’t really know how or why they work on what ails our brains.


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    9/10 Pancreatic Cancer Patients Diagnosed in A&E Die Within a Year

    9/10 patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as an emergency presentation will be dead within a year and only 4/10 will survive more than one month. For all cancer types, patients are much less likely to survive the next year if they are diagnosed in A&E, but the figures for pancreatic cancer are worse than most cancers.


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    ‘Coloured (White, Pink, Brown)  Noise’ Secret to Better Sleep

    Over half of Brits (63%) are unhappy with the amount of sleep they get; only 8% of people state that they always wake up feeling refreshed. White noise, a constant shhh sound, works by reducing the difference between background sound and peak sounds, such as a door slamming. Pink noise has been matched with a busy London overpass and brown noise is a deep, rolling rumble of wind blowing through the trees. You can listen to AXA PPP Healthcare’s coloured noise recordings on YouTube.


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    School of Bodywork Myofascial Release  Diploma

    The Myofascial Release Diploma (Accomplished), will run on 17-29 June (not May as previously stated). A full list of courses and course sheets is available on their website. The School would also like to share with you BUFF-luxe, eco-friendly body care started in Devon by an ex-student.


    Further information Tel: 07711 656011;


    High Intensity Exercise for Prostate Cancer

    Researchers from the University of Surrey and Royal Surrey County Hospital are undertaking new research to help improve survival rates of men with metastatic prostate cancer. Funded by the Movember Foundation the worldwide study has provided an exercise programme for 866 men with prostate cancer over a 3-year period at sites across Australia, North America and Europe.


    Further information Tel: 01483 684 380;  


    Living Pain Free - Pain Care Clinic

    Living Pain Free by Amanda Oswald has year round relevance and is revolutionary in its understanding of how the human body works. It is a must read for any sports lover, anyone living with chronic pain or anyone who wants to understand more about how to recover from injury, maintain great health and genuinely live pain free. Amanda and the Pain Care Clinic are opening their Myofascial release workshops to press and journalists on 3 March in Harley Street, London.


    Further information Tel: 07742 567 528;


    Race the Sun - Brecon Beacons 23 June 2018

    Race the Sun is a very popular and long-running event set in 3 stunning locations in the UK. Brecon Beacons 23 June 2018, teams of 4 are challenged to cycle 37 miles, climb Pen y Fan and canoe the Pontsticill, Isle of Wight 30 June, teams of 4 cycle 44 miles, trek the Tennyson Trail and canoe a 1·5course on the River Medina. Lake District 1 September, Teams are challenged to cycle 50 miles, climb Helvellyn and canoe Lake Thirlmere. Starting at sunrise and finishing by sunset – racing the sun.


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    The Journey Method to Resolve Physical, Emotional and Behavioural Issues

    Sometimes a child or an adult, may not have the words to explain how they feel – so they may show it in their behaviour. The Journey Method is a gentle and effective way to resolve physical, emotional and behavioural issues in adults and children. Some of the issues that have been resolved include: anger, anxiety, depression, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, loss/bereavement, self-esteem, sleep problems, stress, tummy ache, weight issues and ADHD.


    Further information Tel: 01442 213 152; 07976 795 666;


    Desk Bound? Standing Desks for Health

    Varidesk offers different model offers that suit everyone’s working style and shape. Standing desks help burn up to 50 calories per hour, when used for 4 hours a day, that is 1,000 calories per week, or 48,000-52,000 which is the same as the calories burnt running 18 marathons.


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    Comvita Day & Night Manuka Honey Elixirs Remedies

    Comvita has developed a new range of targeted Manuka Honey elixirs and lozenges that help fight coughs and colds throughout the day and night in the cold winter season. Unlike other cough remedies, Comvita contains only natural sugars from Manuka, Thyme & Rewarewa Honey, a renowned natural remedy for coughs and colds.


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    Food Hygiene Training Game - Food Hazards, Personal Hygiene, Pests

    The Food Hygiene Game was developed by Brenda Black of eQuality Nutrition, a registered dietitian and food hygiene trainer, in collaboration with Focus Games Ltd. The educational board game is designed to support and consolidate learning delivered during Food Hygiene training course. Two teams compete to ask and answer questions on food hygiene with topics including: food hazards, personal hygiene, working environment, food pests, cleaning practices, introduction to HACCP and temperature controls.


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    Glioblastoma Promising New Treatment

    Tessa Jowell has spoken eloquently about her own brain cancer on Radio 4’s Today Program, beginning a campaign for better cancer treatment with a speech in the House of Lords. Dartrix is a project lead by UCL in London and in particular by Dr Paul Mulholland. The project has developed an extremely novel and promising treatment for Glioblastoma - which sees proteins coated with a particle injected directly into the tumour.


    Further information Tel: 0117 2033 12om  


    Anne McIntyre Courses 2018 - Herbfest, Trill Farm, Medicinal Herb

    Anne McIntyre, Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda specialist has a number of courses in 2018. 24-27 March Anne is lecturing at Arbor Vitae School of Herbal Medicine, New York. 7-8 April - Ayurveda Apprentices, Artemis House, Cotswolds. 12-13 May - Ayurveda Apprentices, Artemis House, Cotswolds. 19-20 May, Herbfest in Ireland. 26-27 May – Trill Farm, Axminster, Spring Medicinal Herb Course. 1-3 June Herbfest at Dartington Hall, Devon, 16-17 June Hawkwood College, Stroud.


    Further information and more dates Tel: 01451 810096;  


    Increasing Energy Tips - Spring Clean and Energy Boost

    Tara Jackson, holistic health and wellness coach is running a 31-day ‘Spring Clean and Energy Boost’ programme starting on 1 March and includes daily emails and a plan to clear out some of the old (at home, mentally, physically and emotionally), moving on to diet and lifestyle tips for cleansing the body and re-energizing, with self-care tips that work for you, so you can start spring feeling full of energy. She also will be giving a talk on increasing energy at work on 1 March at Kensington Olympia.


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    Adria Wu College of Naturopathic Medicine Course CNM Interview  

    Adria Wu went on the College of Naturopathic Medicine Course CNM and was interviewed about her experience. She said she gained a deeper knowledge of naturopathic ingredients needed to support optimum and improved health. She now enjoys cooking guilt-free food for people who don’t have time to cook for themselves. She now owns a chain of healthy eating cafés called Maple & Co.


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