Add as bookmark

Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 267

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 267 - January 2021

Ayurveda - The Science of Life

Ayurveda is the most ancient system of medicine known to mankind. It emerged from the Vedic wisdom expounded by the ancient seers of the culture that arose in the Himalayan foothills. It is a science-based healthcare approach which promotes wellbeing and treats illness through assessment of the biochemically unique aspects of each patient and individually tailored interventions to restore psychological and physiological imbalances.

College of Ayurveda Image 2 from Prospectus

This year we have seen a record number of students wanting to join the College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy and we are proud that we are able to continue teaching to our high standards even in the midst of this pandemic.

The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy (UK) was established in 1997 under the aegis of the Ayurveda Medical Association (UK). Based on the advice of the department of AYUSH, New Delhi under the leadership of Dr Mauroof M Athique. The college offers the most comprehensive curriculum in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Therapy based on a blended learning approach, in the United Kingdom. Registered as an educational institute at Companies House in 2000 the College developed a collaborative partnership with Middlesex University offering Ayurvedic practitioner-level programmes. The College of Ayurveda has been recognised as a centre of excellence by the Complementary Medical Association and it is the only institute to have been associated with a British University.

As the premier educator of those seeking to make a difference through a career restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit, the college has, since its inception pursued its mission of bringing the wisdom of Ayurveda to the West. The college is accredited by the British Complimentary Medicines Association (BCMA) and is also pioneering Ayurvedic education in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Croatia and Japan.

The College is committed to making Ayurvedic education accessible to all and promoting healthy living in this turbulent time.

Further Information

Enrolment for 2020 has finished and we will be preparing to open our 2021 enrolment in May to start in September 2021. For any further information please visit our website or email our administrator Ione Ashmore at



Silica Waters – Unique Mineral Water Offers New Lifestyle Option

Ground-breaking UK scientific research has emerged which allows practitioners to provide precautionary lifestyle advice that simply involves regularly drinking a unique mineral water. For a major UK discovery[1] shows that drinking a litre per day of mineral water, naturally rich in silicic acid, safely removes immuno-suppressant and neurotoxic aluminium through urine.[2]

Not for Profit

It’s the result of a lifetime’s research led by the world authority on aluminium, Professor Christopher Exley and his team of scientists at Keele University. His research shows that this modern metal, and its salt form alum, is neurotoxic – and ubiquitous as an additive in many foods, bakery, infant formula milk power, cosmetics, medications, tap water, and it is even in polluted air we breathe in our busy streets. Aluminium is an immuno-suppressant,[3] unwittingly absorbed in our daily lives, adding to a neurotoxic body burden of a modern metal that nature has never adapted us to deal with.

New Initiative for Practitioners

Now free samples of a silica-rich bottled water called Acilis by Spritzer® are being made available with discounts for practitioners to offer clients with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, epilepsy and autism.

New Research Planned

Separate from - but identically based on Professor Exley’s research - it is aimed at continuing to measure the effects of silica-rich water on such disorders. This new initiative is a joint enterprise involving Homeopath, Peter Smith FSHom, from Cornwall, whose 37 years of practice has closely engaged with patients affected by aluminium and® - the UK suppliers of Acilis by Spritzer® used exclusively in Exley’s pilot study.

This small privately-owned limited company – a certified Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise for Good, was set up 5 years ago by retired journalist Rex Garratt and wife Wendy, after they were inspired by Professor Exley’s research, which used thousands of bottles of donated Acilis water.

“Since then many families impacted by neurological disorders have shared how silicawater has made a difference to their lives",[4]  said Rex. “And we have pledged to donate a portion of any eventual profit towards further research into the effects of silica rich water.”

The properties of silica-rich water are not simply that of eliminating aluminium. It also has the long-accepted rejuvenating power of silica in naturally boosting body collagen for improved tissue connectivity.[5] Meaning softer skin, stronger hair and nails, supple joints and stronger bones.[6] Recent research also shows its effect on the heart.[7]


1.Human exposure to aluminium: and

2. How silica removes aluminium:

3. Aluminium immune-suppressant:


4.  Testimonials:

5. Collagen booster:

6. Stronger bones:

7. Effect on the heart: 

Further Information

Practitioners wishing to engage in the initiative: email or       

Click for the science:




The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy – Essential Oil Resource Consultants Online Seminar

Clinical Aromatherapy Education 2021

The International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy together with Essential Oil Resource Consultants are following up the success of their recent virtual conference, botanica2020 with the launch of another major international seminar of clinical aromatherapy for 2021.

The third edition of ‘The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy’ international seminar will be held 21-22 May 2021 via a professional virtual conference and trade show platform.

The focus of this seminar is on the application and integration of essential oils in clinical settings including hospital, hospice, aged care facilities, paediatrics and psychiatry.

Along with lectures from more than 20 experts from around the world, the event also provides live networking and the opportunity to connect directly with suppliers of essential oils and related products.

21 & 22 May 2020 Online Seminar and Trade Show

Rhiannon Lewis, host and organiser of this event says “Clinical Aromatherapy is evolving at a fast pace and our knowledge and skills need remain in step. The importance of staying current and learning more about our art and science can never be overemphasised. Hosting The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy Seminar online in 2021 provides more opportunity for participants to attend from around the world. This important seminar thereby gives the global clinical aromatherapy community a dynamic platform and opportunity for sharing, exchange and learning.”

If you are interested in clinical aromatherapy or are already working in clinical settings with essential oils, this educational event is likely to be your main educational resource for 2021.

Further Information

For more details and to register your interest in the seminar please visit:

If you missed the botanica2020 conference and wish to purchase recordings of the presentations, please visit:




Bringing groups together from around the world in support of medical freedom

Logo Medical Freedom International

Medical Freedom International is an alliance of international groups of medical professionals, scientists and lawyers from different countries around the world, who believe that our governments’ responses to COVID-19 are misguided and are not based upon the best available scientific evidence.


Our Focus:

  • Requiring fully informed consent for all testing, medical interventions and vaccines.
  • Campaigning for the freedom to choose not to accept testing, medical interventions and vaccines, without penalty or restrictions.
  • Educating on the limitations of the PCR test, which is not a suitable clinical diagnostic tool and should therefore not be used to inform government pandemic policy.
  • Requiring transparency of information. For example, the intention for the criterion of success of the Covid vaccine trials merely to be a reduction in moderate symptoms, without considering a reduction in hospitalisation and death, as well as the use of non-placebos, such as the meningitis vaccine, as the control in current trials.
  • Analysing and publicising flaws in the Covid vaccine trials designs and results. For example, the potential harm of the vaccine may outweigh the benefit for some people and trials are not designed to show if severe outcomes such as hospitalisations or deaths are reduced.
  • Calling for research to be undertaken by independent bodies, not those that stand to gain financially based on a particular trial outcome.
  • Exposing conflicts of interest and calling for health policies to be formulated by those that do not stand to gain financially from the use of a product.
  • Calling for true placebos to be used in vaccine trials.
  • Exposing and publicising other COVID-19 inaccuracies, inconsistencies and potential threats to our freedoms and health.
  • Educating both Members of Parliament and their scientific and medical advisors on these issues, offering a scientific resource for academics and journalists and providing a layman’s summary of these resources to be made available to the public.

Further Information

Please Contact and subscribe to the Medical Freedom International newsletter at  




Song Therapy Network : First Students Qualify

After eighteen months, the Song Therapy Network announces its first qualified song therapy students. "It has been quite a journey" says Nigel Neill, 60, co-founder of the song therapy network.  "Community music groups are increasingly attracting those facing up to major health challenges in their lives and our song therapy course encourages leaders of these groups to build their human and musical skills, offering sensitive and informed leadership to those in greatest need."
The song therapy certificate course is rooted in established child development psychology, humanism and person centred thinking and provides students with solid theoretical frameworks.  "Song therapy is very definitely not clinical music therapy" points out Nigel.  " Instead our course explores and celebrates some of the wonderful learning available to those who study Music Therapy. We make some of this learning available in a flexible format and at an affordable price to those many hundreds of dedicated music leaders who bring so much singing pleasure to our communities and yet who can't afford the time or money for formal post grad education to enhance their human and musical skills."


The Certificate in Song Therapy course particularly celebrates the role of popular music in providing a fun and accessible way for people to get involved in community music. The course is offered on line over twelve to twenty four months with additional ZOOM based tutorial support. It encourages responsible leadership and sensitive aware delivery. "We are extremely careful about ensuring students are aware of the limits of what can be responsibly achieved in informal music making settings", says Nigel, " this includes some of the dangers that music, as such a powerful force in people's lives, can sometimes present.  We really hope that our learning programme and wider support of independent community music makers will serve to enhance the role of musicians working informally in the community and social care. Ultimately to the benefit of all of those with whom we share our music."
Eight students will have qualified by the end of this year and a further fifteen to twenty, from the UK, Ireland and beyond are in the pipeline for 2021. The course currently has 79 enrolled students. To find out more contact Nigel at or visit the website. A classroom based diploma course is planned for 2022 and the course is accredited by Complementary Health Professionals and only available at the moment through the Song Therapy Network.

Further Information

More information about song therapy training can be found by visiting the song therapy network or by emailing Nigel direct at




Injury-Free Running – Your Illustrated Guide to Biomechanics, Gait Analysis, and Injury Prevention, 2nd Edition

by Thomas C Michaud

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2020. Paperback. £14.99 / $13.99. ISBN: 978 1 913088 16 3


This no-nonsense guide shows you how an understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, coupled with the latest strengthening exercises and rehab protocols, can keep you running injury free for a long time to come.

Cover Injury-Free Running

Each time your foot hits the ground while running, an impact force averaging three times your weight travels through your body at more than 200 miles per hour, causing your bones to vibrate and tendons to stretch. When you consider the average runner strikes the ground more than 10,000 times per hour, this translates into a remarkable amount of force that needs to be absorbed, and explains why nearly 50% of recreational runners are injured each year. The purpose of this book is to show you that impact forces are not necessarily harmful. By modifying your running form and doing specific exercises to improve tendon resiliency, not only can you effectively absorb these forces, but you can also store and return a significant percentage of them in the form of elastic recoil. Besides reducing your risk of injury, efficiently storing and returning energy can allow you to run faster with less effort.

With more than 200 illustrations and 300 references, this book reviews how to:

  • Perform an at-home gait analysis to make specific changes in your running form that can reduce impact forces and improve performance;
  • Decrease your risk of injury by identifying problems with strength, flexibility, and/or neuromotor coordination using specific functional tests;
  • Incorporate new exercises to enhance the storage and return of energy in your tendons.
  • Select the running shoe that is right for you;
  • Treat 25 of the most common running-related injuries with the most up-to-date, scientifically justified treatment protocols available.

About the Author

Since graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in 1982, Tom Michaud has published numerous book chapters and dozens of journal articles on subjects ranging from the treatment of tibial stress fractures in runners to the conservative management of shoulder injuries in baseball players.

In addition to lecturing on clinical biomechanics internationally, Tom Michaud has served on the editorial review boards for Chiropractic Sports Medicine and the Australasian Journal of Podiatric Medicine. He is also the author of Foot Orthoses and Other Forms of Conservative Foot Care (Williams & Wilkins, 1997), as well as Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders, self-published.

Further Information

Available from Lotus Publishing and




Migra-Cap Migraine Relief

What is a Migraine?

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


What are the Typical Features of Migraine?

People often use the word migraine to refer to headaches of many different types. So-called classical migraine attacks have several features:

  • Headaches that occur in bouts of between roughly 4 to 72 hours;
  • Headaches usually affect one side of the head at a time, although both sides may be affected in separate attacks;
  • Headaches are usually throbbing and worsened by normal physical activity nausea and/or vomiting;
  • Preceding symptoms, called the 'aura' that most often are visual, such as zigzag lines or flashing lights across or at the edges of the fields of vision
  • Other symptoms can include sensitivity to light and sound, or non-visual aura such as a sensation of tingling in the body.

Migra-Cap Short Feature


What is Unique about Migra-Cap ®

The Migra Cap®, developed for migraine sufferers by a migraine sufferer, is unique amongst migraine treatments as it combines cold therapy and complete darkness to provide relief from the pain associated with a migraine and most types of headaches. This 2-in-1 migraine solution is unique for any Migraine treatment product with the added benefit of being a one-off purchase. What’s more, this drug-free product is also ideal for pain relief during pregnancy.

Drug Free Relief

Migra-Cap helps to relieve pain and suffering by limiting exposure to the key elements that can prolong or enhance a migraine attack, remedies that utilise drugs such as Aspirin, Paracetemol and Butalbital can have side effects, consumption issues or even produce allergic reactions. More powerful painkillers eg Paramax, Migramax, Domperamol can require strict dosage guidelines and are often expensive to purchase.

Sports Applications

Migra-Cap can help to relieve pain and swelling caused by nearly all types of sports injuries. The Migra-Cap® can aid with the treatment and relief of pain, blows to the head and concussions. The cooling effect can aid in the reduction of swelling and can help limit post concussion swelling or brain injury.

Further Information

Please contact Migra-Cap on Tel: +44(0)1685 387788; 




Turning Point Training – Courses in Craniosacral Therapy and Homotoxicology

Turning Point Training offers 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 + CranioSacral Course 2019

Top: Jonathan Lawrence BA DO Cert Ed and Rosemary Lawrence Dip BFD Cert Clin Hom Cert Ed

Bottom: Craniosacral Course 2019

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. This course is led by Jonathan Lawrence

The Practitioner Course is a post graduate course consisting of 8 modules over 10 days including practical tuition. The modules include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology; Palpation
  • Basic and Advanced Techniques
  • Clinical Skills; Visceral Immune System and Lymphatics.
  • Mother/Baby and Reproductive
  • Physical and Emotional Trauma
  • Dental, Facial and Cranial Base.

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.

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 used are 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) for suitably qualified students. This involves electro-acupuncture assessment of meridans and clinical application of findings. Training is via small tutorial groups led by Rosemary Lawrence.

Further Information

For information about training in these disciplines visit




Mushroom Nutrition as a Disease Modifying Therapy for Neurodegenerative Conditions?- Part III

To date the development of a pharmaceutical solution to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) to reduce the increase of both Tau and β-Amyloid protein production has been disappointing. Should clinicians consider the use of mushroom nutrition to:

  1. Reduce neuroinflammation;
  2. Combat viral infections that are triggering early stage (MCI) and late stage dementia;
  3. Establish a healthy microbiota in patients with such conditions;
  4. Increase neurogenic reserve.

In essence, can mushroom nutrition slow the progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer´s disease by acting as a disease modifying therapy until a pharmaceutical product can be approved?

Impact of Microbiome on Neurodegeneration-Gut Brain Axis

The gut-brain axis is a complex system of interactions between the gut microbiota and the enteric and central nervous systems. It has been hypothesised that this bi-directional communication may be partly mediated via neurotransmitters.  The gut microbiota influences the brain. The microbiota produces neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid) and specific bacterial metabolites, which affect the enteric and central nervous systems and impact immune and inflammatory responses. It is no surprise, therefore, that there is growing evidence supporting the concept that there is a link between dysbiosis and human behaviour, autism and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Bioactive Properties of Mushroom Nutrition – Exploratory Studies

Over the past 3 years, Mycology Research Laboratories has been working with a group of researchers, led by Professor Manuela Pintado at the School of Biotechnology in the Catholic University in Porto (Portugal), to determine the bioactive properties of mushroom nutrition. Based on a previous study that noted the impact of Coriolus versicolor on the microbiota, Professor Pintado chose to conduct studies on this strain of mushroom to seek to understand its characteristics and activity as a prebiotic.

Figure 1 Simulation of gastrointestinal conditions

Figure 1: Simulation of gastrointestinal conditions.19 (adapted)

Prebiotic Activity is Strain-Dependent

A study to assess the prebiotic potential of mushroom biomass compared the growth of different probiotic cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus L10, Lactobacillus paracasei L26, Bifidobacterium longum BG6 and Bifidobacterium animalis B0) in the presence of Coriolus versicolor biomass, glucose or a negative control. The mushroom biomass was either intact or had been submitted to a simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) digestion (to simulate conditions that would follow ingestion of the biomass) (see Figure 1).

Table 1 Bacterial growth (vs glucose) in the presence of Coriolus versicolor biomass

Table 1: Bacterial growth (vs glucose) in the presence of Coriolus versicolor biomass.
Bacterial growth after the 48th hour of incubation at 37ºC. Growth was measured by enumeration of viable microorganisms (CFU/mL). ++, same level of growth compared with glucose; +, weaker growth compared with glucose; - no growth.

Results (Table 1) suggest that Coriolus versicolor (biomass) has a potential strain-dependent prebiotic effect, with higher activity on the Bifidobacterium animalis B0.

Further analysis of the incubation medium revealed that fermentation of Coriolus versicolor biomass by Lactobacillus paracasei L26 increased the concentrations of acetic and lactic acid (vs the glucose and negative controls).

Together, these results suggest that Coriolus versicolor acts as a substrate for fermentation by beneficial bacterial species, and that the consequent production of SCFA by some of these species might contribute to conditions (lower pH and preservation of the gut barrier) that support a healthy gut.

Prebiotic Activity Inhibits Cell Adhesion

Prebiotic agents can have an indirect inhibitory effect on the growth of pathogenic bacteria through a combination of their selective fermentation by probiotic bacteria in the colon (as discussed above) and their anti-adhesive properties (adhesion of undesirable bacteria to host tissue being the first step in pathogenesis). Therefore, prebiotic supplementation is another potential strategy to inhibit the growth of undesirable bacteria.

Professor Pintado tested the inhibitory effect of the pre-digested Coriolus versicolor biomass on three major intestinal pathogens: Salmonella enterica (ATCC 13076), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 6538) and Escherichia coli (ATCC CRM 8739). Its effect on adhesion of these pathogens to mucus was evaluated in vitro using mucin (Type II Sigma-Aldrich) as a model of intestinal mucus. The results showed an inhibitory effect of the Coriolus versicolor substrate on adhesion, especially in the case of Salmonella enterica, although the mechanism of this inhibition is, as yet, unknown. Additional studies are needed in mixed cultures and faecal samples in order to assess the bioactivity in an environment with a complex bacterial population.

Figure 2 Postulated prebiotic activity of Coriolus versicolor

Figure 2: Postulated prebiotic activity of Coriolus versicolor (Mycology Research Laboratories) based
on findings of Professor Pintado et al.
++, same level of growth compared with glucose; +, weaker growth compared with glucose; 0, no growth.

Potential of Coriolus Versicolor for Neurological Support

The in vitro work outlined above demonstrates that Coriolus versicolor biomass has a bifidogenic effect and induces positive changes in the gut microbiota. Acting as a prebiotic, Coriolus versicolor would support the immune system by maintaining the health of the microbiota, and potentially support neurological functions that are under the influence of the microbiota.

Further Information

The Coriolus versicolor in these studies were supplied by Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd




There’s No Pill for This – A Naturopathic Physician’s Personal Prescription for Managing Multiple Sclerosis

by Michaël Friedman ND

Published by Chelsea Green Publishing. 2020. Paperback. $19.95. £16.99. ISBN  9781603589727.


From a doctor living with MS: how to radically improve your quality of life with diet, hormones, supplements, exercise, and other lifestyle adjustments.

Cover Theres No Pill for This

Most of us take for granted the little things in life – like walking out to the mailbox, socializing with friends, or enjoying a mug of hot coffee. But what if each daily activity required intensive planning and effort? That’s what living with multiple sclerosis is like, and author Michaël Friedman knows this from first-hand experience.

Since his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis a decade ago, Dr Friedman has been searching for a cure for the disease. After years of research, he realized that he had some of the answers right in his naturopathic medicine toolbox, and others, surprisingly, lay in the realm of conventional medicine. There’s No Pill for This tells his story and offers treatment advice and hope to those who suffer from MS. He does not promise a miracle cure but instead provides the personal prescriptions he follows that are delaying the disease process and radically improving his quality of life, including dietary measures and supplements to support a healthy microbiome and hormone therapies that can reduce neuroinflammation and possibly promote neurorestoration. Dr Friedman presents a daily protocol for MS patients, including diet, supplement, detoxification, and hormone strategies; mindfulness therapy; physical therapy; and a wide range of beneficial lifestyle adjustments related to exercise, sleep routines, time management, stress management, and more. He also offers special advice for supporting healthy bladder and bowel function and improving oxygen supply.

In the book’s conclusion, Dr. Friedman reflects on what this complicated chronic disease has taught him, and continues to teach him, about the value of humility and about what is truly important in life.

About Michaël Friedman

Naturopathic physician Dr Michaël Friedman is the founder of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and the Journal of Restorative Medicine. He also creates and formulates herbal and nutritional supplements, and is cofounder and president of the Restorative Formulations supplement company. He is the author of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, a contributing author of Evidence-Based Approach to Restoring Thyroid Health, and co-author of Healing Diabetes. He has treated patients with illnesses ranging from lymphoma to liver cancer, achieving remarkable results that have been published in several medical journals. He lives with his family in Montpelier, Vermont.

Further Information

Available from Chelsea Green, and




Moringa Tea – Christmas Tree in a Cup

Forget the traditional Christmas Tree, if you really want to feel good this festive period ensure you have some ‘Drumstick Tree’ to hand…

Known as the ‘miracle’ or ‘drumstick tree’, the leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots of moringa are all used traditionally throughout Asia for a host of claimed health benefits.


Research continues[1,2,3]  to highlight, that on top of its traditional use, moringa could also help our bodies and livers better protect themselves from the onslaught of ‘poisons’. In the studies scientists looked at the effect on animal livers of moringa extracts when exposed to poison. Under normal circumstances the liver helps filter toxins from the body, but excess exposure over time can cause lasting damage to the organ and prevent it from working efficiently.

In numerous studies, scientists have found that moringa extracts can help reduce markers of liver damage and improve the condition of the liver’s cells when exposed to poison, indicating the plant somehow has a protective effect on the body.

How to Include Moringa in your Diet this Christmas

Natur Boutique’s organic moringa tea offers one of the easiest and tastiest ways to feel the benefits of the plant. The tea is one of the only organic versions available and uses the leaves of the moringa tree to create a drink that is 100% pure and free of additives, flavourings or preservatives. With a robust rich flavour, the tea offers a great way to give yourself a natural and beneficial boost.


Sweeten as desired with honey, natural sweetener or sugar

Please Note: Not recommended for individuals with diabetes or dementia, pregnant or lactating women, those with liver or kidney conditions, or those taking any form of medication, iron or supplements or suffering with a medical condition. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. If in any doubt, speak to doctor before using. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Keep out the reach of children.


1.         Mohy E Abdel Fattah 1, Hanan M Sobhy 2, Areeg Reda 3, Heba M A Abdelrazek 4. Hepatoprotective effect of Moringa oleifera leaves aquatic extract against lead acetate-induced liver injury in male Wistar rats. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. Jul 28 2020.

2.         Oluyomi SA1, Cincin SA1, Musbau AA2. Moringa oleifera-based diet protects against nickel-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. J Biomed Res. Jun 20 2017. doi: 10.7555/JBR.31.20160051

3.         Abarikwu SO1, Benjamin S1, Ebah SG1, Obilor G1, Agbam G1. Protective effect of Moringa oleifera oil against HgCl2-induced hepato- and nephro-toxicity in rats. J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 28(4):337-345. Jul 26 2017

Further Information

Available from  or leading health stores.



Managing Stress – Saskia’s Flower Essences

Our current global situation surrounding the pandemic makes this year’s International Stress Awareness Week (2nd- 6th November 2020) more relevant than ever.

Statistics show that almost one in five adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the  pandemic in June 2020; this has almost doubled from around 1 in 10 before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020).

Nearly 85% of people were feeling stressed or anxious this summer (Office for National Statistics, June 2020)

On the plus side we are also learning to be resilient. Of those who have experienced stress due to the pandemic, almost nine out of ten are using at least one coping strategy.


One of these coping strategies is using Flower Essences. More and more people are discovering these very effective and powerful tools which naturally shift and release negative thought and behaviour patterns. With the Daily Chronicle announcing that the flower essences market is to witness massive growth by 2026 flower essences are starting to be taken more seriously as tools for mental wellness by a much wider audience.

Saskia’s Flower Essences unique stress relieving, award winning* combination Breathe Deep, Seek Peace (link) has been designed specifically to help you unwind and let go at the end of a stressful day. Taken just when necessary or over a period of several weeks it can really help reduce stress, worrying and nervousness.

Saskia’s Flower Essences produces a range of 46 single essences, 8 combination essences aimed at helping with the issues of modern life and 3 essence sprays. Their essences are hand bottled and made with integrity in Somerset. They have won internationally and nationally acclaimed awards for many of their combination essences and are at the forefront of a new wave of female led flower essence companies.


* awarded Best Sleep Better Product by The International Beauty Shortlist Awards 2020

Further Information

For more information or to purchase, please get in touch on Tel: 07554 187 006;


  1. No Article Comments available

Post Your Comments:

About Cherry Coad Aldridge


  • Brief Takes Issue 267


    BAAM Anger Awareness Week 2020

    Are YOU in denial about your anger? Take the BAAM passive aggression test to find out! The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) undertakes its annual Anger Awareness Week from 1st-7th December 2020. This year BAAM encourages the British public to own our anger and dispel some of the shame around this complex but widespread mental health condition.

    Further information:


    10 Natural Solutions For Winter Wellness

    Amchara Health Retreats are offering 10 natural solutions for winter wellness including: How could natural antivirals offer defence? The link between vitamin D and stress? and What is tryptophan and how does it influence sleep?


    Further information Tel: 01823 213 111


    The Bone Strength Plan; The Anti-Inflammatory Plan

    The Bone Strength Plan by Jo Travers is a comprehensive plan for increasing the strength of your bones, including 30 easy and delicious recipes, adaptable exercises and the science behind bones and why osteoporosis and other bone diseases and The Anti-Inflammatory Plan by Anoushka Davy, is the ultimate guide to understanding the science behind inflammation in the body and how we can take steps to reduce it through sleep, diet and exercise.


    Further information: Welbeck Publishing Group


    Adopt Instead of Shop

    This year, due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, pet ownership has soared; many charities are warning would-be pet owners to consider adopting or rescuing a pet this holiday season rather than shopping for one from an online breeder. Sadly, the RSPCA has reported that in 2020, there has been a sharp increase in pet abandonments and the charity, like many other pet charities, has concerns that these numbers will continue to rise. Rescue Dogs The Essential Guide by Perfect-Pets Books looks at the growing number of pet abandonments and the crisis of re-homing that the charities face due to the pandemic.


    Further information:


    Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

    Natures Plus new BioAdvanced Menopause Support is a wholefood-based blend of nutrients and botanicals formulated to help regulate hormonal changes, alleviate tiredness and fatigue, support the maintenance of healthy bones and defend cells against oxidative stress. Containing resveratrol, magnesium, vitamin D3 and calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and niacin. It is a vegan-friendly, soy, gluten and yeast-free supplement.


    Further information and to Purchase:


    Looking After Joints Through Winter

    Regenovex is a unique science-backed supplement to help support bone health and muscle function for people leading active lives. As the weather gets colder, it makes our muscles and tendons contract and feel tighter. Regenovex combines Bionovex oil, Hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and D. Suitable for adults of all ages.


    Further information: Regenovex Actiflex capsules  are available from Boots and


    Rose-Hip for Joint Care and Wellbeing

    Self Care Week 16-22 November 2020 encourages you to show yourself a little kindness. Take a little exercise such as walking, swimming or yoga. Take a natural supplement such as GOPO, to help maintain your health and improve mood and wellbeing. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and get good sleep. Spend time with your favourite hobby or relax with your favourite book to help alleviate stress and improve mental health.


    Further information:


    New App for Measuring Obesity

    A new app, myBVI, gives users their so-called Body Volume Index (BVI), a newly-developed way to account for all factors of obesity including body fat percentage, how fat is distributed around vital organs, body fat, weight distribution, the size of the waist compared with the hips, weight and overall weight. The app also accounts for an individual's age, gender and level of self-reported physical activity.


    Further information: s


    Sun Eleuthero for Hangovers

    An unusual form of natural Asian remedy has been discovered to help with hangover symptoms. Eleutherococcus senticosus (ES) is a herb that grows in mountain forests of East Asia. Sun Eleuthero is a supplement which uses ES from wild plants, grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides and comes in easy to swallow tablets.


    Further information:


    Menopause Journey Support;  Reduce Stress Naturally

    BioAdvanced Menopause Support is a wholefood-based blend of nutrients and botanicals tailored to support you no matter what stage of the menopause you are in. Formulated to help regulate hormonal changes, alleviate tiredness and fatigue, support the maintenance of healthy bones and defend cells against oxidative stress. BioAdvanced Stress Support is a natural stress remedy which supports normal psychological and nervous system function while reducing oxidative stress.


    Further information:


    Vitamin D Against COVID-19

    Taking supplementary vitamin D has been linked with less serious COVID-19 symptoms and the government is considering supplying this key supplement to vulnerable people across the UK. IMMUNE52 also includes a full suite of B vitamins, vitamins C, D and E, co-enzyme Q10, magnesium, minerals, amino acids and herbal extracts. This includes a high-quality dose 30µg of vitamin D3.


    Further information:


    Time to Heal: Tales of a Country Doctor

    Time to Heal: Tales of a Country Doctor by Michael Dixon tells the colourful 30-year tale of a country GP, Dr Michael Dixon who is chair of the college of Medicine and Medical Advisor to Prince Charles. In turn shocking, sad and funny, Michael Dixon reveals how General Practice has changed during his career as well as finding new ways to relieve the suffering of his patients.


    Further information:


    Help for Perimenopausal Women

    We often hear about what life is like once you have reached the menopause, but what about the transitionary stage that precedes it? A great option for perimenopausal women to try is a Saalt Menstrual Cup as they come in 2 sizes, but also offer 2 firmness options. The Saalt Soft cup is recommended for anyone experiencing bladder sensitivity or stomach cramping.


    Further information:     Amazon UK and Feelunique


    Vitamin D – Amazing Health Benefits

    Vitamin D is currently all over the news; Simon Bandy of natural health specialists Veganicity gives his top reasons for stocking up on the 'sunshine vitamin' this winter. Vitamin D can reduce depression, boost weight loss, benefit bones,  help support lung function and reduce respiratory illnesses, can help regulate insulin levels, promote a healthy pregnancy, help prevent falls, could reduce the risk of getting cancer, help avoid you catching the common cold and it can give you an energy boost. Veganicity Vitamin D Complex provides the optimum daily intake.


    Further information:  Veganicity


    Lockdown Must-Haves

    5 top tips to cheer you up during lockdown: CBD oil, to help you sleep at night; it contains a unique combination of top-quality gold hemp seed oil, pure CBD and precise composition of terpenes. ; BioAdvanced Liver Support from Natures Plus is a wholefood-based blend of nutrients and botanicals. ;Uplifting shower products: Indulge you senses with Nereus London's high performing hair and body care formulations. ; Immunity Support: Try brand new Urgent-C Everyday Immune Support, an effervescent orange sachet which is either swallowed directly or dissolved in water.  


    Gusto New Immune Boosting Super DC Drinks

    Gusto has launched 2 new functional drinks: Super DC  Blood Orange and Super DC Blackcurrant & Elderberry. Packed with high strength vitamins D and C, together with vitamins A, K, Zinc and Folic Acid, Super DC is designed to deliver a daily vitamin boost and keep your immune system intact all year round.


    Further information: available from, Holland & Barrett and natural trade retailers.


    Bio-Synergy Lean & Green

    Developed from the highest quality natural ingredients which include pea protein isolate and brown rice protein. Unlike most other vegan proteins on the market, Lean & Green is entirely free from soya and hemp, with no gluten or dairy. It has L-glutamine for its amino acid profile, while pea, buckwheat and brown rice proteins are included for their unique flavour and quality protein content. Available in butterscotch, chocolate & mint and peanut. Bio-Synergy also makes BCAA powder, Essential Amino Acids powder, Activeman Energy charge, Active Woman multivitamin, Immune Boost, Vitamin C and many more.


    Further information:  Bio-Synergy


    Health Coach your Best Friend in 2021

    A Health Coach has a thorough knowledge and expertise about overall wellbeing. Health Coaches helps you to bridge the gap between basic information and knowledge-based implementation,  helps you design customized action steps to promote your success, holds the bigger picture for you and is in your corner.


    Further information: Tel: 07862 221 801;


    Affirmations... Do You? Should You?

    Affirmations are a way of counteracting psychological discomfort and disturbance according to Kyle Davies. Life is a flow of energy and consciousness that connects us all. There can be a desire to resist what you feel in the moment and attempt to overlay it with affirmations, but if those affirmations contradict your experience, you are working against yourself, you are forcing, not flowing and creating an incoherence internally. To learn more about how the combination of emotions, sleep, nutrition and movement can transform anxiety, depression and other medically unexplained symptoms of fatigue and pain.


    Further information:


    Your Story

    Your Story by Alison Warden, brings together the 4 corners of humanity – the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional consciousness, so any reader can figure out who they are, why they act as they do and how they can live their life to the fullest.


    Further information:


    Spanish Serenade

    Spanish Serenade is a new single by Ian Cameron Smith, who took up learning classical guitar at the age of 19. Spanish Serenade pays homage to the talented forefathers of this wonderful instrument and in particular, Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia, who was a giant in the field. Segovia paved a path for generations of classical guitarists, both with his masterful transcriptions for guitar and his exquisitely beautiful performances.


    Further information:


    Immuni-Tea: For a Restful Night's Sleep

    Pukka Herbs, the UK's largest organic tea company, has announced the launch of its newest bedtime tea, Night Time Berry, the ultimate restorative and restful blend with immunity supporting ingredients. Expertly blended by Pukka's Master Herbsmith, Sebastian Pole, this fruity boost of blackcurrant, Echinacea and elderberry, combined with nature's finest night-time herbs, lavender, chamomile and valerian, makes this the perfect bedtime brew.


    Further information:  Also available from Waitrose and Holland & Barrett.


    Your Best Life: A Doctor's Secret Guide to Radiant Health Over 40

    Written by a Doctor with 15 years of frontline NHS experience, Your Best Life: A Doctor's Secret Guide to Radiant Health Over 40 is a down-to-earth, easy to understand, fascinating journey around the female body and mind. Can women really have it all? Yes you can and then some! Dr Louise Wiseman tells of how a near fatal pneumonia as an NHS GP and mother of 2 transformed her life.


    Further information:


    The Guide to Musicking Mindfulness

    Just BE Here – The Guide to Musicking Mindfulness by Simon Cole is a book about an aspect of mindfulness. We all know that mindfulness is a 'good thing'. Being in touch with what is really happening, not always distracted by what we ought to be doing or have done or might do, not permanently afloat on some cloud of make-believe.


    Further information:


    New CBD Powder is Like 'Taking a Bite Out of the Plant'

    A new, versatile, edible hemp powder is the latest CBD product to be released in the UK. Hatcha is a combination of all the finest parts of the cannabis plant milled into a fine powder and is designed to be used in baking or drinks, such as smoothies, for an everyday natural boost.


    Further information:


    CAR.O.L Smart Tech A1 HIIT Exercise Bike

    CAR.O.L is pushing the boundaries of everything we know about exercise and is scientifically proven to give you guaranteed results in the shortest time possible. A session on CAR.O.L delivers a more effective and better workout than regular cardio and you won't even sweat. Every session on CAR.O.L is personalized and two 20 minute hard sprints means that 3 rides a week on CAR.O.L (as part of a fully 8 minute 40 second session that includes an effortless warm up and warm down) is all it takes to get you fit and slim and improve your health and quickly reach your fitness goals.


    Further information:


    Socks Resolving Skin Conditions

    Saniconcentrate™ produces socks which in the manufacturing process contain a technology with a significantly different approach. An approach derived from the human immune system in which the trace element zinc plays a crucial role. Zinc is identified as an element with the utmost biological importance as it is a vital element in the human immune system and in the skin, fighting off bacteria and viruses.


    Further information:


    5 Ways to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of seasonal depression in which sufferers feel lethargic during the winter months. Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK's leading Nutritionist explains why controlling blood sugar levels is important to combat SAD . Upgrade your shower by trying the Madagascan Pink Pepper Revitalising Body Wash, enriched with fresh ginger, . Cheer up with a good multi-vitamin such as Nature's Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid, . Keep exercising; exercise helps us feel happier and more alert as well as natural sunlight. Incorporate CBD; Try high quality CannabiGold's newest Terpenes+ range available from Amazon


    Look After Your 2020 Vision

    Simon Bandy, General Manager of Health Plus discusses why it is important to eat a low-fat and varied diet to look after your eyes. Key ingredients for eye health include: Lutein, a carotenoid vitamin, Zeaxanthin, found in green leafy plants, bilberry and lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Health Plus Optim-Eyes contains all the above and vitamins B6, C, E and zinc.


    Further information: 

  • Ultimate Body Detox

    Immune system support & heavy metal detox - 3 powerful products: ACS 200, ACZ Nano & ACG Glutathione

  • Flower essences online

    Fine quality flower essences international ranges to help promote vitality and emotional well-being.


    The FLEXXICORE exercise revolution: transform your fitness regime with 2 exhilarating exercisers

  • Super Patch Wellbeing

    Super Patches – a most revolutionary advance in wellbeing strategies in the history of medicine


    Aromatherapy creams & candles. Heal naturally No side effects. Holistic treatments, powerful courses

  • radical spirituality

    UK publisher of rejected knowledge in areas of esoteric thought and radical streams of spirituality.

  • College of Ayurveda UK

    Diploma in Āyurvedic Medicine, 4-year self-paced distant learning program in Āyurvedic medicine.

  • nutrition and cancer

    by Sandra Goodman PhD The latest scientific research regarding Nutrition and Cancer. Full details at

  • Seaweed as Superfood

    Comprehensive nutrient balance found in no other natural food but seaweed: colon health, weight loss

  • mycology research MRL

    MRL markets mushroom products food grade US & Netherlands GMP standards. Health Professional Videos

  • Supercoherence-System

    Supercoherence master code can restore each human to their pristine pure state at the speed of light

  • health & fitness books

    Massage, sports injury, holistic, healthcare and specialists books written by leaders in their field

  • June Sayer Homeopathy

    Training Academy Homeopathy Nutrition Reiki, Distant Learning. Diet, Health Screening, Detox, Stress

  • Liposomal Nutrients

    Optimum system for nutrient delivery to cells - fully bioavailable vitamins absorbed and metabolised

  • Beginner's Guide to ME

    Essential reading for people/carers with ME/CFS serious debilitating illness. Counteracts bad advice

  • Water for Health

    Specialist online health store focused on hydration, body pH balance and quality nutrition.

top of the page