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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 251

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 251 - January 2019

Turning Point Training  Postgraduate courses in Craniosacral Therapy and Homotoxicology

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds both in conventional and holistic disciplines. This allows an exchange of information and experience that enriches the learning experience. Courses are mixture of leading-edge, scientifically based theory and clinical and practical tuition. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their gifts and talents in bringing their unique experience to the disciplines taught. Students are thus empowered.


Jonathan and Rosemary Lawrence

Jonathan Lawrence BA DO Cert Ed; Rosemary Lawrence Dip BFD Cert Clin Hom Cert Ed;
Class; Craniosacral Course 2017


Small groups help to facilitate this experience. Turning Point teachers are enthusiastic and experienced practicing therapists who keep their knowledge up to date.

The philosophy of Turning Point encompasses the idea that medicine is an art informed by science. We believe that the conventional materialist paradigm is very much out of date and that scientific knowledge has now reached a point where much of holistic medicine can incorporated into a new paradigm.

Turning Point courses introduce the concepts of research and encourage students to critically evaluate current information.

  • Craniosacral therapy is based on the relation of the relationship between the structure and function of the body and health. Specific, gentle and skilled manipulation can restore the structure-function relationship supporting the patients’ own homeostatic mechanisms. This non-invasive and safe therapy can be used on patients of all ages from the new-born to the elderly
    The Level 1 Practitioner Course consists of 7 modules over 8 days including practical tuition. In addition students have to complete a portfolio of cases and complete an exam. Practical skills are assessed during the course. This course is recognised by the CMA:
    Level 2, Advanced CST consists of five modules; Mother/Baby and Reproductive, Visceral, Immune System and Lymphatics; Physical and Emotional Trauma, and Dental, Facial and Cranial Base. Assessment is via Case studies;
    These courses are led By Jonathan Lawrence.
  • Homotoxicology is based on the idea that disease results from toxic load. In modern life we are subject to toxins from a variety of sources. This has the effect of stressing the immune system leading to ill health. Accurate prescribing can help the body to gently detoxify aiding the restoration of homeostasis;
    The remedies uses are may be single potency homeopathic remedies or combinations of remedies to achieve a specific physiological response;
    There is access to online training via the Society of Homotoxicology
    We provide further courses in Electro Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV). This involves electro-acupuncture assessment of meridians and clinical application of findings;
    We also offer Homeopathic Mesotherapy for suitably qualified doctors and practitioners. A subcutaneous injection technique to support healing;
    These are led by Rosemary Lawrence and Jonathan Lawrence

Further Information

For information about training in these disciplines visit



ME/CFS in Crisis; Information in A Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS Needs to Become Common Knowledge

by Nancy Blake BA CQSW

The powerful group of UK psychiatrists who use the biopsychosocial (BPS) model of ME/CFS to promote Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) as ‘evidence-based, safe and effective’ treatments appear to remain in control of the current review of NICE Guideline CG53 for the treatment and management of ME/CFS. If these treatments continue to be recommended, seeking treatment from a doctor, and especially being referred to a specialist service will be the most dangerous thing a person with ME/CFS can do. From the 1955 Royal Free Hospital outbreak up to 1970, ME/CFS was treated as an infectious disease. The standard treatment was several months of complete rest.  Recovery was not uncommon. In 1970, psychiatrists claimed that ME/CFS was a form of ‘mass hysteria’, contemptuously dismissed the medical model, warned of the dangers of rest.  Exercise was recommended, and the BPS model evolved. The BPS model insists that ME/CFS patients become deconditioned and overanxious as a result of having had a mild viral illness.  The patient acquires the false beliefs that he has a serious medical illness in which exercise must be avoided because it will harm him.  CBT is directed at changing these beliefs; GET is a programme of increasing aerobic exercise.

These treatments have been enshrined as ‘evidence-based, safe and effective’ in NICE Guideline CG53 for ME/CFS, despite extensive evidence that patients are harmed.

Challenging the ‘false beliefs’ theory, a report by the US Institute of Medicine published in 2015 stated that ME/CFS is a serious, disabling multisystem chronic disease.  It is not psychogenic. The core feature of this disease is that ‘exertion, of any kind – physical, cognitive or emotional – may adversely affect many body systems’.  Exertion does extensive harm throughout the body. The BPS model is wrong; psychiatry has no place, CBT is irrelevant, GET is culpable medical abuse.


Nancy Blake + Cover Beginners Guide to ME-CFS


A Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS takes us back to Ramsay and the early medical experts.  Rest rest rest, conserve muscular exertion.  Your helpers need to know that saving you exertion is the best available treatment.

Why is this?

Rest is how we empower our immune system. It needs enormous amounts of energy, especially to fight this disease. Every bit of exertion we save hands that energy over to our immune system.

Why does this need to become common knowledge?

Ramsay insisted that the sooner the patient began a regime of rest, the better the chances of recovery.  People only find A Beginner’s Guide for ME/CFS after they have a diagnosis and are seeking treatment.  At first they may have tried to push themselves through their symptoms.  Visiting doctors for diagnosis takes energy.  They may even have tried GET.

Readers tell me they would be so much better if they had found the book straightaway. ME/CFS needs a public awareness campaign similar to the one for the symptoms of stroke.  An  incapacitating illness with wide-ranging variable symptoms, which is made worse by exertion is likely to be ME/CFS.  Immediate rest is required.

But the BPS people are in control.  British mainstream media would never do this.

If you have ME/CFS, if you have a friend who has it, if there is a doctor who needs to be informed, please get A Beginner’s Guide to ME/CFS.  Give it away, lend it, photocopy it (yes, I really don’t care, as long as the information gets out there!).  Leave a copy with your GP, your MP, your hairdresser, your charity shop; spread the word.....

You may never know, but you will have helped someone escape a life of permanent disability.

Further Information

Further information about The Beginner's Guide to ME/CFS here. Available from Nancy Blake the Author and Amazon



The Ultimate Winter Survival Kit: Altrient C and Altrient GSH -  Two Antioxidant Powerhouses for Total Immune Support

by Jacqueline Newson BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy 


Getting through winter without succumbing to the annual raft of colds and flu bugs might seem an impossible task but actually maximising your immunity at this time of year may not be so difficult if you take advantage of liposomal vitamin C and glutathione.


Vitamin C+sachet + Glutathione GSH+sachet


Vitamin C is an old favourite in the winter and there’s good reason for this. When the body is being assaulted by inflammatory conditions like colds and flu, the cells in the immune system are under high levels of oxidative stress.

An antioxidant like vitamin C, which has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of a cold, can stimulate production of defence cells in the immune system, whilst offering powerful protection against free radicals released by the body in its fight against infection. What’s more, these benefits are greatly enhanced when partnered with the exceptional antioxidant properties of glutathione.

Glutathione is present in high concentrations in every cell in the body, which underlines its significant importance as an antioxidant when it comes to healthy immune function and protection against winter borne diseases. Together Altrient C and Altrient GSH help to neutralise the free radical damage caused by viral and bacterial infections. In fact studies have proven this – identifying that vitamin C can maintain glutathione concentrations in the blood improving its overall antioxidant capacity.

Teaming up these two powerful antioxidants gives a double dose of cellular repair and means you can rest assured that your immune system is bullet proof this winter.

Why are Liposomal Supplements Superior?

Liposomes are unique because they can incorporate and release both water and fat soluble components simultaneously, whilst maintaining a protective barrier around their biologically active ingredients. This makes them resistant to digestive enzymes, gastric juices, bile salts, alkaline solutions, gut bacteria and the free radicals that our bodies produce.

The liposomal delivery system makes sure that the nutrients you take - unlike others, are protected from oxidation and degradation and will deliver the contents undamaged to the exact target site where the body can best utilize them.

As an example; over three quarters of the Vitamin C contained in most tablets and powders on the market is destroyed in the digestive system, never even reaching the blood circulation. Whereas the Vitamin C carried in a liposome can be in excess of ten times more bio-available bringing far greater benefits.

And most importantly….Studies show that liposomes increase stability and solubility allowing for greatly improved absorption in the body. Supporting your immune system with liposomal supplements makes perfect sense.

Further Information

For more information go to our website at email us at or call on Tel: +44 (0)20 3239 4907.



The Holistic Spine – Reflections and Associations

Acupressure and Reflexology in Action  - Book Two

This book was published in October 2018 under the ‘John Cross Publications’ imprint, being the continuation of BOOK ONE that was published in 2017. The two books represent 240 pages of pioneering, innovative and original work aimed at the practical bodyworker and reflexologist. It shows how practitioners can think ‘outside the box’ regarding the many and various causes of spinal anomalies.


HS Bk Two + TS Line


BOOK ONE covers a simple anatomy overview plus the true meaning of many spinal conditions, including emotional causes. There is an extensive section on the energetic concepts of the spine that includes the ‘energetic’ history of Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Polarity Therapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology and Applied Kinesiology plus a large section on how muscles and other soft tissue affect spinal movement

BOOK TWO consists of two distinct sections. Section One discusses the practical considerations of each vertebra, including the associated occiput and sphenoid bones. With unique and pioneering full page illustrations, each vertebra describes the Spinal Nerve, Autonomic Nervous Supply, Muscles supplied, Linked Vertebra, Linked Internal Organ, Acupuncture Meridian influence, Posterior Major Chakra influence, Mental and Personality Links. Diagrams also show the reflected spine on the Skull, Arm, Leg, Foot, Hand and Temporo-Sphenoidal Line. Section Two is the practical Section of the book that shows how to treat pain, acute and chronic spinal conditions using the touch and massage therapies of acupressure and reflexology.

There are also chapters on Assessment and Analysis and Sacro-Occipital Therapy (SOT). SOT was pioneered by John over a decade ago and has been taught worldwide since. This section discusses both the Original and New Versions of this work. The New Version incorporates how one may use touch therapy on the sacrum and occiput to treat spinal conditions caused by Physical, Autonomic and Emotional imbalance. It also includes diagrams and descriptions on how the reflexologist may use this work solely on the feet.

These two books are John’s 10th and 11th in a series of practical handbooks on touch therapy, acupuncture, the chakra energy system and healing. John’s next project is to introduce the physical therapist to Clinical Acupressure in the Treatment of Neurological Conditions – it is well into its planning stages.

Further Information

All John’s books (and three A1 size posters) are available from  John is also willing to answer queries (as he had for the past 40 years) through  



Quick Tips re Insurance Claims for Therapists from Balens, Specialist Insurance Brokers


Demonstration Sessions

If you are providing a demonstrating session, or quick taster treatment perhaps on a stand at a show, you still need to keep a record of the date and name of the person you have treated, and to ask them relevant medical history questions.  We have had cases where people have made a claim in this situation, and it was the therapist’s notes that showed the Individual was not treated at the time, thus the claim was repudiated.




Allergic Reactions and Reactions to Treatments

These should always be handled with care.  Do make sure that you give clients adequate pre and post treatment advice and information detailing possible reactions which may occur. These could include information about possible physical discomfort or even temporary reduced mobility and how to deal with it.  Explain to them that if symptoms do not subside after a reasonable period they should contact you for further advice. You should note this advice in their records.

Always follow what you were taught to do in situations where a client experiences either an allergic reaction or reaction to treatment and refer to your Broker if unsure.  Where a product or procedure requires a patch test, including as required by your insurance conditions, please make sure you perform it: if you do not comply then any claim could be rejected potentially leaving you directly liable.  It is particularly important that a patch test is completed for IPL (Intense pulsed light) at least 24 hours in advance, and that the treatment is given at the same strength of laser as the patch test was performed. If you wish to increase the strength of the laser, a further patch test must be taken.

Refunds – General Malpractice Claims

We often get clients who prejudice their claims by trying to pacify injured, difficult or angry clients with refunds, purchasing remedies, paying medical expenses or offering free treatments – please don’t do this, as it may invalidate your insurance cover leaving you liable.  Please speak with your Insurance Broker first and they will guide you through these situations.   Remember - it may be a requirement of your insurance to advise of any incident that MAY give rise to a claim.  The sooner you seek assistance, the sooner your Broker can help you to deal with the situation, and give advice to help prevent the incident turning into a claim against you. 

Further Information

For further information and advice on the dos and don’ts in some common complaint or claim situations please see Balens website at



Childrens' Mental Health Solutions

Kevin Leivers of The Naked Pharmacy explains how to boost children’s mental health

Autumn and winter summons our youngsters back to school, college and university. This may mean the start of somewhere new which is stressful for both students and parents alike. Increased screen time, pressure to succeed and the inability to switch off can tip the nervous system into permanent “sympathetic nervous system” mode. This is the “fight or flight” mode the body originally evolved as a mechanism to protect us from imminent danger. The anxiety response in the brain causes a cascade of hormones with wide-ranging effects such as shortness of breath, a racing heart, paling or flushing of the face, sweaty hands... The list goes on and, if left unchecked, may lead to more regular and extreme symptoms. Youngsters who suffer from anxiety may feel abnormal and isolated. Depression is a deeply personal issue and masks itself in many varied symptoms. Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that perhaps the most effective treatment is personal empowerment of the sufferer’s own treatment. This means that they can learn to recognize and manage their symptoms, assisted by their parents.


Finding the tools that work for the individual is key to success. A regular exercise routine is both physically and mentally beneficial for health, especially within a group or team which will help reduce isolation. Regular sleep and a bedtime routine is very important, so turn off all blue light-emitting devices, avoid late food or drink (give at least two hours to digest) and avoid caffeine and sugary drinks after 1pm. Encourage children to express themselves by drawing or writing. Correct breathing is also vital – learn how to retrain the breath. The hormonal cascade during an anxiety response causes us to shallow breathe and suck in more air than we breath out, making the panic worse. A great technique is “The Big Breath”. Tony Ulatowski has used this with more than 400 students in west London, from pre-schoolers to secondary students, and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents, teachers and pupils. Tony says: “One of the preschool teachers shared her story of a four-year-old girl with anger issues who has now learnt to take herself away, regulate her emotions, and just two or three of the big breaths help her feel better about taking control of her emotions.”

A healthy balanced diet including “live” foods, vegetables and fruits can be helpful’ 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut. A study from Victoria, New Zealand in 2017 found patients with moderate to severe depression had a statistically significant improvement in symptoms on a modified Mediterranean diet. Dr Chatterjee, star of BBC’s Doctor in the House, shows diet can make a difference. There are also natural supplements which are safe, effective, non-addictive and adaptogenic, and that provide an evidence-based approach for mood imbalance and anxiety in children and teenagers.

One of the most widely tested is the ancient spice saffron. Saffron targets the gut as well as the brain. Dr Paul Clayton, Fellow at The Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour, believes saffron should be considered in place of current therapies, which he believes are outdated and on off target. He says: “By targeting core aspects of mood and anxiety, saffron works more rapidly than the pharmaceuticals, which are shooting at the wrong target. In short, saffron restores normal nerve function in key areas of the brain. If you have chronic inflammation, the ‘brakes’ are put on a few key processes. Saffron takes the brakes off. Moreover, it acts fast (hours, not weeks or months), has no withdrawal symptoms, no side effects, and is safe to use with children.”

Further Information

Free pharmacist advice, food supplements and natural medicines available from The Naked Pharmacy. Please contact on Tel: 01483 685630;



Behind the Seaweed Headlines

by S. B. Ranger, Founder, Seaweed Health Foundation


If the benefits to health were as ubiquitous as the media would have us believe, ‘seaweed’ should be a staple. Heston Blumenthal advocated it instead of salt in hospital meals, followed by Jamie Oliver who called it the most nutritious vegetable in the world and attributed his remarkable weight loss of nearly 13 kilos to it. The Daily Mail has just reported that “eating seaweed can do everything from aiding weight loss to promoting heart health and even making the skin glow”.

So the myths proliferate, and consumers are munching everything from ‘seaweed spaghetti’ to ‘seaweed crisps’ imagining this to be a nutritional panacea. Truth is, that seaweed, like ‘vegetables’, is a generic term for a vast number of very different species, and the conditions under which these are grown, selected, harvested, processed and further distributed mean that seaweeds are by no means the same, a subject I addressed in Positive Health at about this time last year.


Seagreens Iodine


Most nutritious overall are the brown seaweed species, in particular the wild Wrack family with names like Bladder, Channel and Knotted Wrack. To add to the confusion, the food regulations require them to be identified on labels by their Latin names - in this example Fucus, Alaria, Pelvetia, and Ascophyllum. Today these species are available to nutrition and food product manufacturers and consumers, with certified compositional analysis, free from harmful contaminants and in the best examples, such as Seagreens®  which over the past two decades has pioneered this field, are supported by extensive independent nutritional profiling and research.

A small number of other species are also of interest (because only a small number are so far available) such as the tasty and nutritious Winged Kelp - Latin Alaria esculenta - but are scarce or costly, more gourmet than a food ingredient for regular, preferably daily, use. An example is Dulse, sometimes called Red Dulse (Palmaria palmata), so enthusiastically consumed that it is already in short supply internationally. Its smokey, sweet flavour belies a nutritional profile inferior to the Wrack species, and coming as it does in small amounts from many different sources, should not be relied on to deliver consistent nutritional values or even food safety.

Finally, with the exception of Seageens in the UK, whose applied nutrition studies are on the complete seaweed, most research is on seaweed extracts, bearing little relation to what can be expected from eating natural seaweed in any variety of forms. A good example is the recent surge of research data on Fucoidan, often reported as ‘seaweed’ though it is in fact a polysaccharide fragment found in most brown seaweeds. A concentrated form is touted as beneficial in cancer, cardiovascular and other health conditions. Alginates, another extract, were hailed as the ‘cure for obesity’, but proved to have side effects including the binding of valuable minerals.

The growing media coverage is to be welcomed, and most of all properly informed. But professional application does require more than a peek behind the headlines!

Further Information

Seaweed Health Foundation, The Warren, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6DX

Telephone 01444 400403 Email



Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking - How to be an Eco-System for Well Being


A place to grow – a place to create – a place for conversation

Loneliness and isolation hit most of us at some time in our lives, but there are places that provide solace and connection. One place is Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking near Stroud in the Cotswolds.

Nature is known to provide comfort to troubled spirits, such as Wordsworth, wandering “lonely as a cloud.” When we are insulated from the noise and franticness of urban life, our heart rates can slow down and the beautiful views from the house over large trees, gardens and the landscape beyond uplift us in subtle ways.


Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking


But it’s not only the auditory and visual senses that are soothed here. The air is remarkably fresh as the property faces the prevailing southwesterly wind and the breeze rustles the leaves that give shelter for lots of creatures. Birdsong is heard throughout the day, including the hoot of owls in the woodland at night. If traffic can be heard it is like a distant memory or waves on the shore.

“Hawkwood is like a sustainable eco-system, says Katie Lloyd-Nunn, programme manager and garden volunteer coordinator for the charity which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. “I especially see the benefits of working together outdoors every Friday. Our volunteer team includes people with special educational needs, in life transitions and recovery or just local friends who want to lend a hand. I experienced mental health support myself the other day. I was feeling uncharacteristically low, but turned up for our garden group. At tea break we started bantering and ended up in peals of laughter. It was really therapeutic for body and mind,” she continues.

Silence, rest and renewal are strong themes in the Inner Life autumn to winter retreats programme. “Deep winter is a time for slowing down, becoming still, and moving towards contemplation,” says Mel Skinner who leads Rest and Restore new year retreat in early January 2019. “The aim on this retreat is to let yourself move at your own pace. You may be surprised by how tired you really are!”

Working with the hands with crafts or painting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It can also improve hand-eye coordination, ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from aging. Hawkwood’s arts and crafts courses range from one-day tasters to immersive retreats in icon painting or life drawing.

Further Information

More information can be found on Hawkwood youtube channel and future thinking events.

For more information, contact Katie Lloyd-Nunn, programme and communications manager at Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking via



The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy: A Spotlight on Essential Oil Resource Consultants


As the person behind the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy and the world renowned ‘Botanica’ conference series, Rhiannon Lewis continues to educate and inspire practitioners around the world with her passion for making a difference at the bedside : improving quality of life and improving symptom management with essential oils. She believes that clear communication is the key to the integration of aromatherapy within mainstream healthcare and that the dialogue between medical professionals and aromatherapists needs to be informed, appropriate, evidence-based and above all, pragmatic. With this in mind, over the course of thirty years, Rhiannon has developed a number of strategies for sharing research and information, improving therapeutic interventions and encouraging closer collaborations between healthcare practitioners. These include:


Rhiannon with her husband Marcel at Botanica


  • As an experienced author, therapist, educator, editor and conference organiser who is well known in the English-speaking world, Rhiannon is now also helping therapists make a difference at the bedside within her country of adoption: France, via teaching and participation in the organisation of French conferences such as Phyt’Arom Grasse;
  • Living in the mountains of Provence and as director of the company Essential Oil Resource Consultants, Rhiannon also hosts regular advanced clinical aromatherapy training programs in English, providing qualified therapists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and extend their therapeutic skills;
  • The International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy continues to grow in status and in subscribers; with Rhiannon as editor and assisted by Gabriel Mojay, the IJCA remains the leading clinical aromatherapy publication since its inception in 2004;
  • The biennial ‘botanica’ conference series celebrates herbal therapeutics and clinical aromatherapy via a professional 4-day international conference and trade show event. Organised and hosted by Rhiannon, the fourth conference edition: Botanica2018 welcomed delegates and speakers from 49 different countries to the University of Sussex, Brighton 31st August-3rd September 2018. The date and location of botanica2020 will be announced shortly;
  • Rhiannon is also the organiser of the second ‘Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy’ Seminar taking place the 19th October 2019 at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. This one day intensive event specifically promotes essential oil use in healthcare settings by bringing practitioners, researchers and expert speakers together for an intensive day of lectures, networking and trade show. This event is an extension of her regular ongoing training programs at the Royal Marsden Hospital conference centre

Further Information

Rhiannon may be contacted via Tel: 00 33 483 11 87 03; Mob: 00 33 632 39 58 43;;



Mushroom Nutrition has Potential for Improving Brain Function 

A research team, based in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Coimbra (FMUC) and in the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), Portugal, has found that feeding adult mice with the mushroom Coriolus versicolor increased the complexity of new neurons (nerve cells) formed in the hippocampus, an area of the brain linked to emotions and memory. This finding may have implications for the development of a disease-modifying therapy to prevent or slow the cognitive decline associated with neurodegenerative diseases.


Coriolus Research Neurodegenerative Conditions

The researchers discovered that feeding the mice with Coriolus versicolor resulted in a significant increase in the length, volume and arborization (fine branching) of the dendrites  of newly-generated neurons in the hippocampus. They also discovered that this increased ‘dendritic complexity’ was accompanied by an increase in the levels of the protein β-catenin within these neurons. β-catenin plays a major role in neurogenesis (the development of new neurons) through a process known as Wnt/β-catenin signaling.1,2,3 Thus, the positive effect of Coriolus versicolor on the dendritic complexity of hippocampal newly-generated neurons may be mediated, at least in part, by increased levels of β-catenin and enhanced Wnt/β-catenin signaling. The authors concluded that there is a thus-far unexplored neurogenic potential of Coriolus versicolor supplementation, and that it might represent a preventive strategy for neurological conditions that involve cognitive decline.

William Ahern, Managing Director of Mycology Reseach Laboratories and sponsor of the study noted:
“It is widely accepted that there is an important link between the microbiome (the microbial population within the body/specific body parts) and neurodegenerative disorders.4 The finding that supplementation with Coriolus versicolor biomass may benefit the hippocampus of mice indicates that more research on the impact of Coriolus versicolor on the microbiome and on cognitive reserve is required in order to assess its potential in humans.”

The team, from the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC) and the Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR) of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra (FMUC), recently published their findings in the journal Oncotarget  (Oncotarget 2018 Aug 31;9(68):32929).


  • β-catenin, also known as catenin beta-1, is a protein that, in humans, is encoded by the CTNNB1 gene. β-catenin is a dual function protein involved in regulation and coordination of cell–cell adhesion and gene transcription.5,6
  • Wnts are secreted glycoproteins that function as ligands to stimulate receptor-mediated signal transduction pathways in vertebrates and invertebrates. In the absence of a Wnt signal, cytoplasmic β-catenin is phosphorylated and degraded.7
  • Wnt/β-catenin signaling is involved in neurogenesis and the maturation of the newly-generated dendritic tree.1,2,3


CNC, Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology; iCBR, Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research; FMUC, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra


  1. Lie DC, Colamarino SA, Song HJ, Désiré L, Mira H, Consiglio A, Lein ES, Jessberger S, Lansford H, Dearie AR, Gage FH. Wnt signalling regulates adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Nature 2005;437:1370–5.
  2. Varela-Nallar L, Inestrosa NC. Wnt signaling in the regulation of adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Front Cell Neurosci. 2013;7:100.
  3. Yu X, Malenka RC. Beta-catenin is critical for dendritic morphogenesis. Nat Neurosci. 2003; 6(11):1169–77.
  4. Ferrão J, Bell V, Calabrese V, Pimentel L, Pintado M, Fernandes TH. Impact of mushroom nutrition on microbiota and potential for preventative health.  Journal of Food and Nutrition Research 2017;5(4):226–3.
  5. Kraus C, Liehr T, Hülsken J, Behrens J, Birchmeier W, Grzeschik KH, Ballhausen WG. Localization of the human beta-catenin gene (CTNNB1) to 3p21: a region implicated in tumor development. Genomics 1994;23(1):272–4.
  6. MacDonald BT, Tamai K, He X. Wnt/β-catenin signaling: components, mechanisms, and diseases Dev Cell 2009;17(1):9–26.
  7. Moon RT. Wnt/beta-catenin pathway. Science’s STKE 2005;2005(271):cm1.

Further Information

The sponsor is Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd; please contact William Ahern via  For further details please contact Diane Lace at



Herbal Formularies For Health Professionals

Volume 1: Digestion And Elimination: The Gastrointestinal System, Liver And Gallbladder, Urinary System And The Skin; Volume 2: Circulation And Respiration: The Cardiovascular, Peripheral Vascular, Pulmonary, And Respiratory Systems

by Dr Jill Stansbury ND

Published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Hardback. 2018.

While naturopathy and alternative medicine have been on the rise, practising clinicians have not had an authoritative resource on herbal formularies - until now. Dr Jill Stansbury - one of America’s leading clinical herbalists, with over 30 years of clinical experience - has made the creation of such a desk reference her life’s work: Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, a five-volume series, provides a comprehensive, user-friendly reference manual for herbalists, physicians, nurses, and students.


Herbal Formularies Vol I and II


The texts in this series are more extensive than any existing clinical guide - covering more particular diagnoses and conditions, and embracing both traditional and modern research - and a professional index makes information accessible and user-friendly for busy clinicians looking to quickly find some guidance in the middle of a patient day.

Organized by body system, these formularies are also a tutorial for budding herbalists. Rather than prescribing a one size-fits-all treatment for a basic diagnosis, Dr Stansbury’s approach focuses on the sophisticated art of fine-tuning the precision of an herbal formula for the constitution and overall health condition of an individual patient. The series starts with Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume I, an in-depth guide to using herbal therapies in treating conditions of the organs of digestion and elimination, which are considered the foundation of health. Volume II focuses on circulation and respiration, offering formulas and supporting information for treating a wide range of vascular, pulmonary, and respiratory conditions, including angina, coronary artery disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, Reynaud’s syndrome, anaemia, coughs, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, and emphysema., and Volume III: Endocrinology, Volume IV: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pain Management and Volume V: Immunology, Orthopaedics, and Otolaryngology will be published in 2019. This definitive guide is a must-have resource for naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, and other allied health professionals.

About Jill Stansbury ND

Jill Stansbury ND is a naturopathic physician with 30 years of clinical experience. She served as the Chair of the Botanical Medicine Department of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, for over 20 years. She remains on the faculty teaching herbal medicine and medicinal plant chemistry and leading ethnobotany field courses in the Amazon. She is the co-author of The PCOS Health and Nutrition Guide and Herbs for Health and Healing. Dr Stansbury lives in Battle Ground, Washington, and is the medical director of Battle Ground Healing Arts. She also runs an herbal apothecary offering the best quality medicines from around the world, featuring many of her own custom tea formulas, blends, powders, and medicinal foods.

Further Information

Both Volumes available from Chelsea Green Publishing, Chelsea Green Publishing,, and and



Harmony - 70th Birthday Celebration Conference for the Prince of Wales

About two hundred people converged on Canterbury to celebrate the 70th birthday of HRH the Prince of Wales in the precinct of Canterbury Cathedral. The Dean, Very Revd Robert Willis,  welcomed us, and emphasised the Prince’s already close connection with the cathedral.

David Lorimer introduced the conference with a personal speech, and this was followed by contributions from Ian Skelly, a film about sacred geometry with Keith Critchlow.


Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar speaking at Harmony 70th Birthday Celebration of HRH The Prince of Wales



Satish Kumar of Resurgence and Tony Juniper CBE,  Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK both spoke about the Prince’s connection with the ecosystems of the Earth, followed after lunch with a practical explanation of agriculture at Highgrove by the long-time farm manager, David Wilson, and some more general observations from Patrick Holden of the Sustainable Food Trust.

The Conference attendees then walked over to the Cathedral for Evensong, where the music was chosen by the Prince to include the hymn  Immortal, Invisible and Widor’s Toccata played on the magnificent organ.

The final talks were from Dr Rosy Daniel whose charity The Health and Wellbeing Trust, works to promote integrative healthcare education and Richard Dunne, a head teacher who had applied the principles of Harmony to his school.

All in all, it was a most inspiring and memorable celebration ending with a toast to HRH.

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    ‘New Era’ Midwifery UK Education

    Ambitious draft midwifery education standards have been outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  The draft standards informed by the best evidence and developed in partnership with midwives, mothers, families and other health professionals, set out the proposed knowledge and skills the next generation of midwives will need to know so that they can deliver world class care in communities across the world.


    Further information Tel: 020-7681 5649;   


    Anne McIntyre, Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda

    Anne is offering a unique course over 4 weekends/8 days during 2019 devised for herb lovers, students and practitioners alike. She will introduce you in some detail to the inspiring concepts of Ayurveda and relate these to an understanding of yourselves and others. The aim of Ayurveda is nothing short of moksha which means, bliss. Weekend dates: 30-31 March, 8-9 June, 6-7 July 28-29 September. Weekday dates: 9-10 April, 18-19 June, 16-17 July and 8-9 October.


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    7 Reasons to Eat More Ginger

    Sense for Joint and Bone Vitamin & Superfood powder releases 7 reasons why we should eat more ginger. The supplement contains primarily ginger, but also many other superfoods such as rosehip and bananas. Ginger helps prevent digestion dilemmas, deters sickness, it is a well known remedy for nausea. Soothes joint stiffness, beats bad breath, helps heart health, maintains blood sugar and helps maintain energy.


    Further information: Sense for Joint & Bone Vitamin & Superfood powder is available from Boots.


    Yoga Retreats - Ireland and Sri Lanka

    Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is Ireland’s leading Yoga retreat destination offering a variety of retreats in January and February including 4-6 January and 1-3 February, Connect to Nature Yoga and Hiking Weekend;  

    25-27 January and 8-10 February Rest, Recover, Reflect

    Sri Lanka: Experience authentic Ayurveda in Sri Lanka with Barberyn Ayervedic Resorts offering full Ayurvedic programs in the New Year.


    Further information Tel: (00) 44 7718943216;   


    The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

    The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People is by former Prison Governor, Mel Collins, who now works as a psychotherapist specialising clients with the high sensitivity trait. Are you often told to stop taking things to heart or to toughen up? Do you overanalyse things and get ‘stuck in your own head’? Or do you become easily overwhelmed and frequently need to withdraw? Do you absorb the moods and energies of those around you and take on others emotional pain. If the answer is yes, you are probably a highly sensitive person (HSP).


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    CBD Oil, Hemp Oil,  HempCeutix Capsules

    What is the difference between CBD oil, Hemp oil and Hemp capsules? CBD is one of the phytocannabinoids present in Cannabis sativa known to interact with our endocannabinoid system. Emulsification is crucial for successful absorption; Hemp oil is very unstable and prone to oxidation, encapsulating it provides a safer stable environment; Hempceutix is an emulsified hemp oil. HempCeutix by Natures Plus provides full spectrum phytocannabinoids, not only isolated CBD. 


    Further information:  HempCeutix  capsules available at Natures Plus


    Introducing Naturopathica

    To mark the launch of Naturopathica in the UK, Pharmacare Europe has unveiled the first instalment of the new range. Naturopathica CBD Lozenges are the only CBD lozenge supplement currently on sale in the UK. Naturopathica has a delicious citrus flavour to make them more palatable by disguising the naturally bitter taste of CBD oil.


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    2019 AICR Research Conference

    The 2019 AIRC Research Conference takes place on May 15-17 2019 at The Carolina Inn in historic Chapel Hill, NC. They have enlisted two of the top minds in the field of diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer research to serve as their Conference Co-Chairs. Dr Wendy Demark-Wahnefried and Dr Stephen Hursting are leading a scientific program that will address the latest research, the greatest current challenges and controversies and highlight the impact of research on populations at risk and cancer patients.


    Further information Tel: (800) 843-8114; ;


    Yoga Teacher Training - Caroline Klebl

    Immerse deeply in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice in this Source of Yoga Teacher Training with Caroline Klebl. This certification course is registered with the Yoga Alliance and surpasses their 200 and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training standards. Upcoming event 22 April to 22 May at The 1909 North  Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Topanga, CA 90290.


    Further information:   Source of Yoga


    2-Day Coaching Masterclass

    Coach Camp Portland, Oregon for March 2019.  Over 2 days, Robert Holden  presents eight 90-minute coaching modules on Coach Camp that feature a creative mix of coaching exercises, conversations, meditations and live coaching on stage. The key themes for Portland are: Soul-Centred Coaching, Miracle of Self-Acceptance, More of the Real You, Following Your Bliss, Your Happiness Set-Point,  Love-Centred Coaching,  Spiritual Growth & Enneagram and Say Yes to Miracles. Coach Camp is ideal for you if you wish to take a deep dive into your spiritual growth and/or expand your business as a professional coach.


    Further information: Coach Camp Portland


    AICR Project Update and Report

    AICR has recently released a new and unique Continuous Update Project (CUP) report, Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Energy Balance and Body Fatness. The CUP is a partnership between the AICR and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). This report presents strong evidence that walking, aerobic physical activity, foods containing fibre and Mediterranean-type diets, rich in fruits and vegetables, reduce the risk of weight gain, over weight and obesity.


    Further information: Energy Balance and Body Fatness


    Tips to Relieve Hangover Symptoms

    Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor Cassandra Barns offers top tips to help you survive the Christmas period. Replenish your micronutrients; take in water-soluble vitamin B and C, try Sense for Busy Lives Wholefood Supplement Capsules; drink plenty of water, eat something before drinking alcohol, help detoxify your liver using protein rich vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage or try using Losing Your Veganity, a low calorie meal packed with protein rich tofu and cruciferous vegetables to help detox.


    Further information: Boots  Natural Health Practice  Itsu  Curalife   


    Gut Hormone Secretin Does More than Previously Believed

    The long known gut hormone secretin has a newly discovered, additional function: it activates thermogenesis in brown fat, which triggers saturation. Scientists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in collaboration with an international team have succeeded in this important step. Only a few weeks ago, it was proven that brown fat is just as strongly activated by a meal as by cold.


    Further information Tel: +49(8161) 71-2386  Technical University of Munich


    Your Body’s Environmental CHEMICAL Burden

    Your Body’s Environmental CHEMICAL Burden by Cindy Klement is the first book to demonstrate the impact of our life-long exposure to chemicals and how to reduce our toxic build-up. Cindy Klement realized as an adult, that her childhood doctors had no answers, just treatments for her wide-ranging ailments, starting with asthma and allergies and progressing to GI blockages and recurrent kidney infections. Following a new protocol of herbal medicine and nutrition, Cindy’s medical issues disappeared.


    Further information: Your Body’s Environmental CHEMICAL Burden is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, Video book trailer


    Dementia 2020

    Dementia 2020  – Roadmap to Delivery, takes place on 30 April 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine, London and is the most established annual dementia conference in England – the Govconnect 2020 series, now in its 4th year, has provided the platform for discussion to shape a better policy in order to deliver the commitments of the Dementia 2020 Implementation Plan.


    Further information:  Register to Attend   View Programme


    Endometriosis – Steps to Help Manage

    Endometriosis is an acutely painful disease of the reproductive system and 1·5 million women currently suffer from the condition in the UK. There is currently no cure, but here are 6 ways to help ease the symptoms. Try to stress less, be wary of red meat, soothe symptoms with spice (anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sage, thyme, rosemary and oregano), be aware of dioxins (dioxins can be found in food, material used for tea bags and even sanitary products. Improve your gut flora with probiotics and make exercise a habit.


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    Organic Lemon Grass Tea

    Christmas is officially one of the most stressful times of the year, however research has shown there could be an easy, cheap and tasty way to help relieve stress and anxiety during the festive season. Natur Boutique’s Organic Lemon Grass Tea has only one natural ingredient and no fillers or additives.


    Further information: Available from, health stores and


    The HPV Crisis, Real or Manufactured? New Film Release

    A substantial new documentary film, released online to audiences in the UK and across Europe, questions  claims made by the UK, Danish and Spanish Health Authorities that widespread administering of the HPV vaccine is both safe and a guaranteed means of preventing cervical cancer. It comes at a time, when flying in the face of independent science, UK and European Medical Experts are proposing to extend the vaccine’s use from teenage girls, adding teenage boys and children below the age of puberty. What they are not telling you is that the HPV vaccine can cause cases of severe, life-changing adverse conditions.


    Further information:   Manufactured Crisis


    The Crystal Fix: Healing Crystals for the Modern Home

    Every crystal has a unique set of healing properties,  which armed with a little knowledge, you can unlock and harness to improve all aspects of life.  The Crystal Fix: Healing Crystals for the Modern Home by Juliette Thornbury, founder of Luminosity Crystals, provides all the information you need to source, care for and display your crystals. Published by White Lion Publishing, part of The Quarto Group.


    Further information Tel: 01273 403 925; available from Amazon and all good retailers.


    Kneipp Holistic Bath and Body Care Brand

    Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt Crystals are naturally very high in trace minerals, which are absorbed by the body while soaking in your bath. The perfect body treatment to detoxify, exfoliate and tone. The essential oils’ therapeutic effects benefit body and mind through skin absorption and inhalation while water’s natural therapeutic effect augments the essential oils efficacy. Available products are: Kneipp Joint & Muscle Arnica Mineral Bath Salts,  Kneipp Cold Season Eucalyptus Bath Salts and Kneipp Balancing Lavender Mineral Bath Salts.


    Further information: Kneipp Bath Salts sachets are available from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.


    First Arthritis E-Learning Platform

    Arthritis Action has unveiled a new resource to help patients manage the condition themselves. This is a free online self-management learning platform, the first of its kind in the UK, to help improve the quality of daily life for those living with arthritis.


    Further information: Tel: 020 3781 7120;


    Sun Chlorella for Period Pain

    Dysmenorrhea, or period pain affects up to 90% of women. Chlorella is a type of fresh water algae that can be harvested and dried to create a powder or tablet supplement, which significantly reduces the severity and duration of dysmenorrhoea pain. Sun Chlorella breaks down the cell walls of the algae to ensure that whether you use graduals or tablets, you are getting the most nutrients possible to help aid dysmenorrhoea.


    Further information: Available from  and health stores nationwide


    4 New Superfoods Boost Wellbeing

    Accredited Nutritionist at Sense, Dimitra Sentelidow explains how you could benefit from incorporating these 4 superfoods into your everyday diet. Siberian Ginseng helps increase your work capacity by increasing immediate and long term energy. Beetroot powder, which improves your mood. Maca Root is an energy enhancer and mood stabilizer. It is a nutritionally and powerfully complex with life-giving and beauty enhancing ingredients. Baobab provides many key nutrients which are important for maintaining a stable mood in times of stress. All these can be obtained from the brand sense for Busy Lives Superfood Supplement Powder which can be added to your favourite smoothies or stirred into your food.


    Further information:  Sense for Busy Lives is available from Boots  


    The Wee Yoga Room

    The next luxury Yoga Retreat run by  takes place on 26-28 April 2019 in Stronachlachar, Scotland.  Experience 2 full days of Yoga and Pranayama in this beautiful location including all yoga and full board. Two Yoga sessions per day (one Pranayama plus Ashtanga Mysore style in the morning and one led Vinyasa flow class in the evening)

    All meals are prepared using local produce and all are made by our regular chef Layla Tree.


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    Improving Relationships Course

    This important new course clarifies what can go wrong between people and how best to help. Interacting with other people is integral to everything we do and it is also one of the most common causes of distress and confusion. Improving  Relationships takes place on 30 January 2019, London.


    Further information Tel: 01323 811 690


    The Sound Doctor Works with Medical Professionals

    Health Educator, The Sound Doctor, is working wonders for diabetes patients, with some GPs reporting an 89%  reduction in visits, according to recent statistics.  The Sound Doctor works with Medical Professionals  with the aim of reducing visits to the GP and helping manage their condition independently.


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    Katie Pande’s Top 5 Spice Tips

    Medical Herbalist Katie Pande gives us the top 5 spices to get you through the festive season. Turmeric supports liver function and purifies the skin, cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, ginger helps boost blood flow to the joints and muscles and ease aches and pains, cardamom helps relieve flatulence and indigestion and Cocoa which produces serotonin, the happy hormone. Pukka Herbs provides practitioner grade herbs and spice and their new organic range includes: Cacao Mac Magic Latte, Ginger Joy, Turmeric Gold and Majestic Matcha Chai.


    Further information: Pukka Herbs Range available from Tesco and Amazon.


    Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes

    Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Recipes by Beverly Lynn Bennett, experienced vegan chef and baker, writer and animal advocate, presents a science-based dietary approach that offers protection against inflammation, a silent danger to our health. Inflammation can instigate or exacerbate a wide range of illnesses, including arthritis, cancer, Crohn’s disease, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s.


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    Applied Neuroscience Programme

    The Applied Neuroscience Programme starts in March 2019. Learn how to apply current research so that individuals, teams and organisations can be more effective, with practical neuroscience for real application. This programme is unique in that it is the first of its kind anywhere. Presented by Professor of Applied Neuroscience, Patricia Riddell and Ian McDermott, who have collaborated to make current state of the art neuroscience available in practical format.


    Further Information: Applied Neuroscience Programme ITS International Teaching Seminars


    The Innovation and Evolution of Medical Devices

    The Innovation and Evolution of Medical Devices by S Abbas Shobeiri, a urogynecologist, is a new manual addressing vaginal mesh kits. This includes a chapter by Sherrie Palm on Medical Device Innovation and Errors: The Medical Perspective, which dissects the physical, emotional, social, sexual, fitness and employment quality of life impact of pelvic organ prolapsed to women’s life.


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    Nutrition Impact on Bone Health

    For years, there has been a debate on what could have a greater impact on bone health, exercise or nutrition.  New research suggests that nutrition may well be the leader in bone health. The study, from the University of Michigan, looked at mineral supplements and exercise in mice and found that nutrition had a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. Sense for Joint and Bones Superfood Powder helps your bones get the nutrition they need.


    Further information:  Sense for Joint and Bones Superfood Powder is available from Boots.


    Is Stress Impacting on Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

    If you are struggling to get pregnant, it can be a very tricky time. It is a lot more difficult to get pregnant than we may have once thought. If you think stress could be affecting your chances of getting pregnant, the experts can offer advice to increase your chances. Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist specialising in women’s health explains that a potential factor that could be affecting your chances of falling pregnant is stress. Marilyn recommends lifestyle changes that can help reduce stress. A healthy exercise regime, regular exercise and sleep help, but also Natures Plus HempCeutix Complete capsules could help.


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    Amchara Health – Restore your Gut

    Amchara Health gives advice on how to restore gut health. Amchara says you should avoid a hormone imbalance and enquires whether your genes can influence your health? You can receive a free 360 health consultation at home to measure your hormones, genetics and gut health. Using the results, your Amchara Practitioner will produce a health plan tailored to your health needs and goals.


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    Festive Digestive

    PrecisionBiotics, makers of Alflorex, commissioned a survey to find out how many people with gut health problems feared the looming Christmas season, because of their condition. Alflorex is a specialist-recommended digestive health supplement which has been clinically tested by scientists and gastroenterologists in two double blind studies and shown to reduce abdominal pain, bloating, gas and unpredictable bowel movements.


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    6 Reasons to Eat More Beetroot

    Have you ever wondered which health benefits beetroot could provide? Nutritionist, Alix Woods shares the top benefits of this nutrition dense superfood. It helps prevent winter sniffles with the vitamin C it contains, which is a powerful antioxidant and helps boost the immune system and protects cells from inflammation and free radical damage and promotes collagen production, wound healing and aids iron absorption, cuts out cramp, good for gut health, can support weight loss, boosts brain health and helps lower blood pressure.


    Further information: Get your daily dose of beetroot and acai berry with a number of other superfoods in sense for Busy Lives Superfood Supplement Powder.


    Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook

    Slow Cooker Baby Food Cookbook  by Maggie Meade, published by Harvard Common Press, shows you how to make your own baby food from natural, safe ingredients and flavours you know your baby will love. Not everyone has time to make fresh meals after work or adhere to unpredictable feeding schedules.


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    Breathe with Ease

    Breathe with Ease by Alison Waring explains how to alleviate asthma and transform your breathing help using a natural approach. As an unconscious body function, we typically breath in a way which does not optimise the health, healing and stress reduction and by learning specific techniques, it is possible to teach the body to release trauma, stress and anxiety.


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