Add as bookmark

Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 273

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 273 - September 2021

Find Your Bright Side with Bach™ RESCUE®’S New Unique Wellbeing Collection

The UK’s No.1 Emotional Wellbeing Brand RESCUE® is launching an exciting new, naturally inspired wellbeing collection. Containing unique fusions of ingredients, the new products provide a brand-new way to proactively manage wellbeing, night or day. 

The sleep range contains capsules, an oral spray and even a soothing dream balm to aid relaxation and encourage quality soothing sleep, so you awake refreshed.  The day range supports emotional balance/mood as well as focus and concentration so you can approach the day with confidence, knowing that you can deal with whatever it holds. 

Vegan friendly formulas combine our famous RESCUE® flower essences, (trusted for over 80 years), with active fusions of natural botanical ingredients including Saffron, Ashwagandha, Passion Flower, Ginkgo Biloba, and high purity CBD.  The perfect addition to any wellness routine!


Final Composite NPD Full Range Bach Rescue Wellbeing Range


RESCUE® knows that quality sleep after a demanding day can be difficult if you aren’t relaxed and ready for bed. In turn, if you haven’t had a good night’s sleep and are feeling tired, the next day can seem extra daunting, with day-to-day challenges often feeling overwhelming.  But it doesn’t have to be that way! 

It’s important to understand what our body and mind are telling us in order to lead a healthy, balanced life. Setting ourselves good habits – such as eating well, establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, and making time to look after ourselves and practice self-care, is more important than ever and can all help cultivate positive thinking and actions, enabling us to live life to the fullest, even on those difficult days! 

Bach™ RESCUE®’s Peaceful Night Collection

  • The Dream Balm: a natural way to massage and relax muscles, release tension and unwind the mind, containing high purity CBD, Lavender Oil, Chamomile and RESCUE® essences;
  • Peaceful Night Capsules: a fusion of Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Magnesium, Vitamin B6 and RESCUE® flower essences, to help prepare you for a restful sleep;
  • Peaceful Night Duo: includes both the Peaceful Night Capsules and Peaceful Night Spray, made from a fusion of Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm, Magnesium, Passion Flower, Chamomile, Vitamin B6 and RESCUE® flower essences.

Bach™ RESCUE®’s Day Collection:

  • Balance & Positivity Capsules: contains Saffron, L Theanine, B Vitamins and RESCUE® flower essences to help you find your inner peace, supporting balance and positivity during busy days.
  • Fresh & Focus Capsules: contains Gingko Biloba, Omega 3 vegan DHA, B Vitamins and RESCUE® Flower essences, to help sharpen the mind and keep you focused, whatever your day demands.

Further Information

Find out more at  Rescue  Available in Boots stores and



The Lesser Major and Minor Chakras – The Hidden Gems of Energy Medicine - How to Use them with Acupressure and Reflexology

by  John Cross FCSP Dr Ac

Published by John Cross Publications. 2021. E-Book. £7.95. 

I am very proud to have written about the Chakra Energy System in many publications and have always attempted to take out the mystique that has always surrounded this aspect of traditional Ayurvedic medicine and to encourage practitioners to introduce my approach into their practices. The emails I have received over the years has proved to me that my work has not been in vain. My other books on acupuncture, distance healing, homoeopathy and the holistic spine have all been well received. Over the years I have taken criticism from those who think my work is too esoteric and has, obviously, no basis in science. Scientists don’t get the fact that not everything can be scientifically ratified. Others have accused me of writing it ‘as it is’ and not giving enough references. It is, though, difficult to offer bibliography and references when ones work is original and pioneering. There doesn’t seem to be room for ‘original thought’.


Cover The Lesser Major and Minor Chakras


My latest offering concludes the set on the chakra energy system that began in 2006 with ‘Healing with the Chakra Energy System’ (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, USA – 2006) in that it deals with the little known Lesser Major and Minor chakras. My work is all self-researched and based on interpretations of traditional writings. Due to my background as a chartered physiotherapist, I have always been of the persuasion that the touch therapies of acupressure and reflexology are just as effective as acupuncture. This system can use acupuncture but with six of the eight Lesser Major chakras located on the skull, it much easier to use the fingers and hands. Each of these energy centres is linked with a specific aspect of the central nervous system, as well as having many other correspondences and associations. I place emphasis on the body’s aura and its various subtle layers and compare each of the Major, Lesser Major and Minor Chakras – as well as the important Command Points used in acupuncture and how some are more ‘powerful’ than others by its influence in reaching different layers of the aura. The material in this book is new and not found anywhere else.

Further Information

The book is available as a pdf through my web site or via Amazon as Kindle – both at £7.95. I hope to produce a paperback edition later in the year. To purchase please visit John Cross and Download Page.



Mechanism of Plasticiser-Induced Neuronal Damage; Potential Protective Benefits of Mushroom Species

A study recently published by Professor Calabrese’s team has shed light on the mechanisms underlying the ability of mushroom species Hericium erinaceus to protect against the damaging cellular effects of the commonly-used plasticiser di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (Int J Mol Sci 2020; 21: 2138.[1]  H. erinaceus has previously been shown to have a protective effect against ischemia-injury-induced neuronal cell death in rats,[2] so the authors sought to investigate whether, and how, the mushroom might afford similar protection from the neurotoxic effects of DHEP, which is widely used in PVC-containing plastics used for food packaging, clothing toys and medical devices (e.g. blood storage bags).

In this comprehensive in vitro study, pretreatment of pheochromocytoma 12 (PC12) cells – a classical neuronal cell model – with H. erinaceus (MRL*) significantly reduced DEHP-induced cell death and reduced the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within cells. The ROS overproduction by DHEP-exposed cells reduced activity of mitochondrial respiratory complexes and interrupted mitochondrial membrane potential; pre-treatment with H. erinaceus attenuated these effects. Nrf2 is a transcription factor that regulates expression of genes encoding antioxidants. Under basal conditions, it is present in the cytosol in an inactive form. Increased ROS in DHEP-exposed cells was coincincident with increased amounts of active Nrf2 within nuclei and increased levels of HO-1 (haem oxygenase-1 – a protective enzyme produced in response to oxidative stress) within the cells. This increase in Nrf2 was not seen in the H. erinaceus-pre-treated cells. This finding supports the proposition that ROS levels control Nrf2 activity and that Nrf2 controls the upregulation of HO-1 (see Figure 1).


Fig 1 Effect of DEHP and pretreatment with H Erinaceus


This study provides an indication of molecular mechanisms occurring in DEHP-exposed PC12 cells, and identifies a novel activity of H. erinaceum in counteracting mitochondrial energy deficit, ROS generation and apoptosis. As neurodegenerative disorders are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction – indicated by alteration of mitochondrial respiratory chain complex activities, reduction in mitochondrial membrane potential and ROS increase – the findings of this study suggest that H. erinaceum may prove useful in prevention of oxidant induced-neurodegenerative diseases relevant to mitochondrial medicine and anti-ageing strategies.


  1. Amara I, Scuto M, Zappalà A, Ontario ML, Petralia A, Abid-Essefi S, Maiolino L, Signorile A, Trovato Salinaro A, Calabrese V. Hericium erinaceus prevents DEHP-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis in PC12 cells. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020;21:2138.
  2. Lee KF, Chen JH, Teng CC, Shen CH, Hsieh MC, Lu CC, Lee KC, Lee LY, Chen WP, Chen CC, Huang WS, Kuo HC. Protective effects of Hericium erinaceus mycelium and its isolated erinacine A against ischemia-injury-induced neuronal cell death via the inhibition of iNOS/p38 MAPK and nitrotyrosine. Int J Mol Sci. 2014 Aug 27;15(9):15073-89. PMID: 25167134; PMCID: PMC4200813.

Further Information and Contacts

*The Hericium erinaceus biomass used in the study was supplied by Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd. (Luton, United Kingdom). Luton-based Mycology Research Laboratories Ltd. was founded in the United Kingdom in 1997 with a focus on developing mushroom-based nutrition products. Over the past 20 years, Mycology Research Laboratories has had several collaborations with hospitals and universities based in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. Please contact  William Ahern  via



The Perils of Underinsurance

by Claire Squire, Balens, Specialist Insurance Brokers

We’ve all heard the stories, insurers who won’t pay out when you’ve had a claim, but have you ever considered that for buildings and contents claims it could be that it was the individual themselves who was responsible?  Or that you could be equally at risk?  

In buildings and content claims the insurer will proportionately reduce the level of settlement if you don’t have sufficient cover in place.  For those who operate under the mistaken belief that “OK, my goods are worth £20,000, but I’m unlikely to have a claim for any more than £10,000, I’ll just insure for that value as the premiums are a lot less”, they could find any payments significantly reduced due to underinsurance in the event of a claim.




Underinsurance is defined as “Inadequate insurance coverage by the holder of a policy.”  Whilst insuring your contents and/or buildings, you will need to tell the insurer the total value of the items you want to be insured, this is called the “sum insured”.  This information is used to assess the risk that the insurers are taking on and therefore the level of premium you will need to pay.  If you give a false account of the sum insured, you put yourself in danger of underinsurance in the event of a claim.  Where your policy wording highlights an "average clause" in relation to claims and the sum insured is insufficient, only a proportion of your claim could be paid. 

The following example will hopefully give clarity: An individual insures their contents for the sum of £30,000, but find in a claim situation that they need to claim for £35,000.  If the insurance loss adjuster assesses the value of the contents at the time when the incident occurred to have been £50,000 (and not £30,000) the value of the settlement would be reduced to only £20,900 when including a £100 excess.  This is £14,100 less than the value of their losses!    

The calculation is as follows:

£35,000 (Claim)  x  £30,000 (sum Insured)  ÷  £50,000 (Value at Risk - the actual value of the Contents at the time of the claim)  =  £21,000 - £100 (policy excess)  £20,900 (proposed settlement)

It can be difficult to estimate the value of your contents or the cost of rebuilding a property, which is why a majority of insurers will offer package policies allowing you some room for maneuver.  However, it is wise to be as accurate as possible and to ensure that the sums insured are updated should your contents costs increase, for example if you purchase new equipment, as it will be your responsibility to declare and regularly review your sums insured.   

Hopefully this brief article has made you aware of the cause and effects of underinsurance.  Please check with your insurance broker should you have any questions, they are there to help.

Further Information

Balens are a Specialist Insurance Broker for Health, Well-being, Fitness and Beauty Professionals.  Further articles and information regarding insurance and risk management may be found on Balens website at




by Thomas Vaughan, Edited by AE Waite.

Published by Imagier Publishing, Bristol. Hardback. £25.00. 2021. ISBN 978 1910 216 224. (New Book)

A rare and exciting book that deals with Alchemical Symbolism in an easy to understand manner. Written in the 1651, by the Welsh Alchemist, Thomas Vaughan (Eugenius Philalethes), it was designed for students of mystical philosophy and remains an important and rare text concerning the alchemical approach to the mystical life. Lumen de Lumine was first published in 1909 by Longmans Green & Co, edited with an introduction by Arthur Edward Waite.


Cover Short Feature 273 Lumen De Lumine


Waite states in the introduction “The tract is offered by its title as a new magical light communicated to the world: let us see therefore what he has to say about Magic. Well, those who understood it of old divided it into three parts – elemental or physical, celestial or astrological, and spiritual . . . According to Vaughan, the three divisions which I have cited are intermarried, and it is indispensable that they should so be for the accomplishment of any great work. This, however, is when they are comprehended at their height, for normally they are now dismembered. Once they were united in a single natural subject; but man separated them, with the result that they became dead and ineffectual . . .”

Allan Armstrong of Imagier Publishing presents here a new hardbound edition of Lumen de Lumine, bound in blue book-cloth with gilt decoration to the front cover, and supplied with a dust-jacket. (203mm x 127mm tall consisting of 129 pages + 2 b/w illustrations). Price: £25.00 P&P free in the UK. Although not issued as a limited edition, Allan has restricted this edition to 100 copies only.

Further Information

Available from Crucible Books



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 a 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 practising 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 Practitioner Course consists of 11 modules over 5 weekends and 20 hours Zoom support days including practical tuition. In addition students must complete a portfolio of case studies and complete an exam. Practical skills are assessed during the course. This course is recognized by the CMA.

The provisional 2022 course dates are 11-13 March, 8-10 April, 20-22 May, 1-3 July and 16-18 September.

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 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, UK.

We provide further courses in Electro Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV) for suitably qualified students. This involves electro-acupuncture assessment of meridians and clinical application of findings. Training is via small tutorial groups led by Rosemary Lawrence. Dates by arrangement.

Further Information

For information about training in these disciplines visit



The Future of Migraine Treatments – Migra-Cap®

The Migra Cap® 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. Developed by a Migraine sufferer for Migraine sufferers, this unique migraine solution also offering pain relief during pregnancy. 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. This migraine relief solution is one of the most innovative migraine treatments on the market – offering headache relief, soothing sports injuries and concussions, and providing pain relief during pregnancy.


Migra-Cap Short Feature


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.

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.

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.

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, Paracetamol and Butalbital can have side effects, consumption issues or even produce allergic reactions. More powerful painkillers e.g. Paramax, Migramax, Domperamol can require strict dosage guidelines and are often expensive to purchase.

Further Information

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



Soft Tissue Release – A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists, Fourth Edition

by Mary Sanderson BA Sports Studies LSSM (Dip.) Sports Massage Cert in Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR)

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2021. Paperback. £17.99/ $29.94.  ISBN: 978 1 913088 29 3.

Originally published in 1998, Soft Tissue Release: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists was the first ever book to be written on soft tissue release and its reputation as one of the most highly respected textbooks on the subject is as strong today as it was then. Now in its fourth edition, this latest version contains the most up to date information on the role of fascia and even more comprehensive anatomical imagery to illustrate the theory and techniques involved.


Cover Soft Tissue Release


Soft tissue release (STR) is an effective treatment approach designed to be easily integrated by any therapist working with pain, injury and movement dysfunction. Put simply, STR involves a ‘lock and stretch’ of tissue – but how exactly does it work, what is accepted as ‘best practice’ in terms of application, and how can it be used alongside other tools and techniques?

In this highly practical guide, Mary Sanderson shares a comprehensive range of techniques she has found to be the most beneficial during her own successful career as a physical therapist and lecturer. Detailed chapters present the pre-requisite theory of how STR works, comprehensive advice on the treatment of over 100 individual muscles and specific guidance on how to modify techniques across different settings.

Soft Tissue Release: A Practical Handbook for Physical Therapists is a complete reference guide for students embarking on clinical practice, therapists from all backgrounds wanting to understand more about pain management, or any individual wishing to harness the power of soft tissue release to treat their own pain.

About the Author

Mary Sanderson BA Sports Studies, LSSM (Dip.) Sports Massage, Cert. Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR) runs her own private practice in Hastings, as well as being a senior tutor for the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM). Mary Sanderson has also co-written The Soft Tissue Release Handbook: Reducing Pain and Improving Performance (North Atlantic Books, 2012).

Further Information

Available from Lotus Publishing   and



The Essential Oils Apothecary: Advanced Strategies and Protocols for Chronic Disease and Conditions

by Eric Zielinski DC and  Sabrina Ann Zielinski

Published  by Rodale Books. Paperback. 2021. £11.43. $15.99. ISBN-10:‎ 0593139275.

Soothing practices, healing rituals, and 150+ practical recipes for applying essential oils to the treatment and symptom management of 25 chronic illnesses, including insomnia, libido, fibromyalgia, COPD, anxiety, depression, diabetes. dementia. and more – by the bestselling author of The Healing Power of Essential Oils

“The most comprehensive essential oils resource I know . . . I highly recommend it!” – Amy Myers, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection


Cover The Essential Oils Apothecary


Extracted directly from the bark, flowers, leaves, resins, and roots of plants, essential oils are highly concentrated plant-based chemical compounds that have been the basis for natural medicine for thousands of years. Whether you apply them topically, ingest them, or diffuse them in the air, they are scientifically proven to work on the body’s physiology gently and quickly, which is why more and more people living with chronic conditions – from insomnia, hypertension, and fibromyalgia to Parkinson’s, epilepsy, insulin resistance, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease – are reaching for them as a complementary therapy.

Drawing on their authoritative understanding of these powerful concentrations and their mastery of DIY usage, Dr Eric and Sabrina Ann Zielinski share more than 150 research-backed and easy-to-prepare topical recipes, capsule remedies, and diffusions that work to combat the root causes of all disease: stress, anxiety, and systemic inflammation. Using oils from more than 70 aromatic plants – from copaiba and lemongrass to turmeric and ylang ylang – their healing formulations include:

  • Earthy Wood Inhaler, the perfect way to bring nature inside—“forest bathing” on demand!
  • Immune-Boosting Diffuser Blend, to help protect your body against airborne pathogens.
  • IBD Synergy Capsules, a gentle mixture of coriander, Melissa, and peppermint to soothe and promote gut health
  • Extra-Strength Bone and Joint Salve, powerful pain relief that uses CBD, frankincense, lavender and wintergreen.
  • Sensual Body Spray, an alluring scent to help spice up your love life!

Easy to prepare and apply, these time-tested recipes and protocols will help you take control of your health and start to enjoy the abundant life again!

Further Information

Available from and



Turmeric’s Weight Loss Secret Unlocked

Over the last few years turmeric has become a popular supplement, with a host of potential health benefits. Among these benefits, could be an ability to help with weight loss and researchers now appear to have unlocked how turmeric could achieve this…

Scientists[1] fed mice a high fat diet and treated some of them with curcumin, the natural chemical found in turmeric thought to be behind its benefits. Those mice given curcumin were seen to gain less weight, than those that weren’t, and were seen to have increased thermogenesis, a process of heat production in organisms, which burns energy.

The scientists were able to deduce that this increase in thermogenesis occurred because of a restructuring of the gut microbiota (gut flora, including bacteria and fungi).

Whilst human studies need to be carried out, it appears that turmeric may be able to alter gut flora in a way that enhances thermogenesis, the ability to create heat, which burns energy and thus reduces weight gain.


Turmeric Curcumin


Which Turmeric Supplement

To ensure you get the most from turmeric, health food specialists Natur Boutique have created a special mix which combines whole turmeric powder with a concentrated extract, containing 95% curcuminoids, and black pepper, which is thought could help increase the bio-availability of curcumin. The result is a powerful and effective supplement, free from additives and fillers.


  1. Zaiqi Han 1, Lu Yao 2, Yue Zhong 3, Yang Xiao 1, Jing Gao 1, Zhaozheng Zheng 1, Sijia Fan 1, Ziheng Zhang 1, Shanggang Gong 1, Sheng Chang 1, Xiaona Cui 4, Jianhui Cai 5. Gut microbiota mediates the effects of curcumin on enhancing Ucp1-dependent thermogenesis and improving high-fat diet-induced obesity. Food Funct. Jun 7 2021.

Please note: Not suitable for pregnant or lactating women. If you are taking any medication or have any medical conditions always consult your doctor or pharmacist before use. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.

Further Information

For further information or to purchase, visit Natur Boutique. Fito’s Turmeric Curcumin capsules are also available to buy in Grape Tree Stores nationwide and via their online shop at Prices start from £4.99.



Yes, You Can Talk About Mental Health at Work: Here’s why … and how to do it really well

by Melissa Doman MA

Published by Welbeck Publishing Group Limited. 2021. Paperback. £11.04/$15.95. ISBN-10 ‏ ‎ 1789563038.

According to The Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 6.8 people in the UK experience mental health problems at work. Evidence also suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days are attributed to mental health conditions.


Yes You Can Talk About Mental Health at Work


This book is for any employee, manager or leader who wants to understand mental health at a deeper level in order to foster inclusive workplace conversations. With the gap between the home and the workplace closing, it is clear that good leadership and good mental health go hand-in-hand: how you set the tone in your organization is critical. Author Melissa Doman is an organizational psychologist and former therapist, specializing in mental health in the workplace. She is available for interview and to offer extract features such as:

  • How we bring our beliefs about, and experiences with, mental health and mental illness into the workplace;
  • Understanding how the language we use - consciously or unconsciously - impacts us all;
  • A ‘how-to’ conversation guide;
  • Tips and guidance on ways to action this education individually or at a team level.

This interactive guide provides contextual background leaving you feeling empowered and equipped to have constructive meaningful conversations about mental health in your workplace.

About the Author

Melissa Doman, MA uses her clinical experience to inform her practical and solution-focused approach, working with companies and leaders to equip them to build the skill set, mindset and behaviours required to discuss mental health, mental illness and stress at work. Melissa has spoken and consulted for international, national and local organisations and Fortune 500 companies across industries - including Salesforce, Charlotte Tilbury, the NHS, and the independent Publishers Guild. She has also been featured as a subject matter expert in national conferences, summits, digital publications, local television shows, international mentoring programs and as a panellist hosted at Google UK about practical and inclusive mental health at work conversations. She currently resides in the United States.

Further Information

Available from and


  1. No Article Comments available

Post Your Comments:

About Cherry Coad Aldridge


  • Brief Takes 273



    Dr Rosy Daniel has created an online course for the Health-e-Learning of her HWT charity and it is now ready for study. The course is intended to give a thorough overview of the holistic approach to cancer and the growing body of evidence behind it. It is a good way for people to get a really clear understanding of the territory, whether newly diagnosed, caring for someone with cancer or getting involved as a healthcare professional.


    Further information:   View Course   Enrol


    The Mole Clinic

    With melanoma skin cancer now the fifth most common cancer overall in the UK and most skin cancer caused by ultraviolet (UV) light damaging the DNA in our skin cells, as we edge towards the end of summer it's important to have a post-summer skin check. Aiming to lower the UK skin cancer mortality rate by detecting cancers early, The MOLE Clinic is a one stop mole check shop, providing an essential safeguard against skin cancer, through innovative and high-quality screening services.


    Further information:   


    Amchara Health

    A superfood can be loosely defined as one which contains a high level of nutrients and is therefore beneficial to your overall health and wellbeing. Superfood powders are usually made by freeze-drying fresh fruit or other parts of the plant. This method has been found to retain beneficial antioxidants and other nutrients. Amchara lists the top superfood powders for a nutritional boosts. Amchara also list 12 herbal remedies for your digestive health. Amchara also deliver fresh organic cleansing juices to your door and offer Health Retreats.


    Further information: Tel: 01823 213111;



    A new e-magazine ThinkWellness360 features articles, essays, meditations and analysis on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), especially Ayurveda and Homeopathy and a host of allied subjects, nutrition, mindful living, work-life balance, relationships, eating well, exercise, wisdom, spirituality contributed by some of the best and specialist writers and authors from India and abroad. The focus and purpose is simple, also profound to take their celebration of complementary and alternative medicine through ThinkWellness360 to the next level.


    Further information:


    Private Practice Success

    Join Jennifer Broadley live on 13 September for her How to Build a Successful Private Practice Workshop on Zoom. It is a wonderful opportunity to take time out from your usual day-to-day concerns, to consider what you really want from your Therapeutic Practice and answer any logistical questions which may have been niggling at you for a while. With individual attention from our Expert Tutor, who runs her own highly successful private practice and has years of business and marketing experience.


    Further information Tel: 01323 811 690;   Book Your Place


    Inspirational Workshops

    The School of Bodywork is passionate about building a community of like-minded people, who love to find out how the body works in health and support in ill health. They are offering a diploma in Fascia Informed Bodywork, for physical, emotional and mental health. They are also offering Touch, The Forgotten Sense in the Digital Age, Diploma in Therapeutic Massage, webinars on Stress, Anxiety and Overwhelm, Online Workshop about The Vagus Nerve and Trauma and Menopause and Pelvic Floor Health.


    Further information:  Diploma in Fascia Informed Bodywork


    Natures Plus GI Nutra Probio

    A healthy gut is essential for our overall wellness. The bacteria in our gut provide an astonishing number of health-supporting benefits. GI Nutra Probio for Women is a unique formula  which was created specifically with women in mind. It is designed to help maintain a healthy reproductive system, support vaginal and urinary tract health and to support the maintenance of a healthy immune system. Containing 60 billion live cultures, clinically backed probiotic strains and is formulated with whole cranberry to support urinary tract.


    Further information:  


    The Future of Immunity

    A new report entitled 'Mushrooming' The Future of Immunity: People and Planet predicts the top five ways that the UK can protect their immunity by 2026. From the ancient use of mushrooms as medicines to immune-boosting everyday mushrooms, converting light into vitamin D. How we will be ingesting food in new ways for vital nutrients, from new supplements and burgers, to drinks. How vitamin D enhances our adaptive immunity and function. Vertically farmed in forgotten urban spaces and how mushrooms are being used to make furniture, coffins and to create habitats on lunar missions.


    Further information:


    Ashwagandha Health Benefits

    Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Native to India, ashwagandha is often referred to as Indian ginseng thanks to its strength and vitality boosting benefits. Some clinically proven uses and advantages of this healing herb are that it eases stress and anxiety, boosts energy levels and enhances cognitive functions.  Pro Plus Ultra is the UK's first energy supplement to contain a unique blend of performance ingredients including ashwagandha, vitamin B6 and B12 and a patented slow-release caffeine that is clinically proven to provide a sustained energy release throughout your day.


    Further information: Pro Plus Ultra is available from Superdrug, Boots and Savers.


    Spiritual Journey Signposts

    Signposts of the Spiritual Journey by John Siddique is a transformative and highly practical book. The Author explores all the signs of spiritual progress which begin from a place of awareness and self-reflection. In addition to sharing encouraging real-life stories, Signposts of the Spiritual Journey provides you with a vast range of tools such as the practice of the three hearts for those who meditate using breath alone. He also teaches the three practices to cut through the noise, involving the use of noble silence and the contemplation of death.


    Further information:


    Two Step Immunity Plan

    Natures Plus Immune Support - for everyday use contains vitamins A, C, D, Zinc, Copper, Astragalus root, olive leaf and fruit extract and Arabinogalactan, perfect for protection against all ailments coming our way this winter. Immune Boost is for when you feel you are coming down with a cold. The formula contains vitamins A, D, C, Zinc, Selenium and Cysteine. Together this array of scientifically backed vitamins and minerals provide you with the support to boost your immune health when you need it most.


    Further information:


    Change Lives – Penny Brohn

    Penny Brohn UK's upcoming fundraising events to raise money for the charity. Run: join the team for the Bristol 10k and the Bristol Half Marathon on 19 September. Stomp: Walk 8 miles at your own pace on 2 October. Stroll: Their Trees and Teas event on 24 September is a guided tour of the stunning trees at their National Centre in Bristol. Celebration Fundraising: celebrate your special day by asking for donations to Penny Brohn UK.


    Further information Tel: 0303 3000 118, , Penny Brohn Events


    Aromatherapy Recipes

    10 Focus Aromatherapy Recipes for Meditation by LabAroma shares recipes to aid sleep with the -- Blissful Sleep Anti-Anxiety Diffuser Recipe, 12 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of vetiver essential oil and 3 drops of vanilla absolute. Explore their wonderful collection of curated Aromatherapy recipes in Uncover the Foundations of Aromatherapy. If you have a LabAroma subscription, you can find over 100 recipes. Or you can attend the LabFoundations Course.


    Further information:   Pick a Plan


    Love Hemp

    Love Hemp, the UK's leading CBD brand, has been accredited with a worldwide industry standard which showcases the quality of its product. The fast-growing brand, which produces and supplies more than 40 product lines, comprising of oils, sprays, topicals and a variety of edible CBD products, has received BSCG Certified CBD approval from the Banned Substances Control Group, a leading third-party certification and testing provider of dietary supplements and natural products.


    Further information:


    Tri-Dosha Training Systems

    Tri-Dosha trains luxury Spa Therapists, Salon Beauticians and Holistic Wellness Practitioners to become experts in Ayurveda. They provide them with key skills and support to understand Ayurvedic concepts, administer treatments, act as guides for meditation and mindfulness and spread the rod about Ayurvedic skincare. Training in the Tri-Dosha System can be accessed at their training facility in Nottingham, at selected Spas and through online courses. Spa partners in the UK include The Clover Mill, a beautiful, restful retreat and The Scarlet Hotel, which is about slowing down, using less and appreciating more. A .5-Day Ayurvedic Massage Therapy Training takes place on 5-9 October 2021.


    Further information:


    Folic Acid – Vital

    Folic acid helps to produce red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body and keep us in general good health. Good levels of folic acid are even believed to help fight insomnia. The effects of depleted folic acid levels often show themselves in just a few weeks and can include: fatigue, diarrhoea, indigestion and stomach pain, mouth sores and tongue swelling. Low levels of folic acid can even lead to folate deficiency anaemia. Symptoms include: being constantly tired, feeling weak, pale skin, shortness of breath and irritability. If you feel you may have low folate levels, it is worth considering taking Healthy Plus Folic Acid supplement, which is also good for coeliacs and people living with Crohn's disease.


    Further information: Available at and at all good independent health shops nationwide


    GP Type 2 Diabetes Advice

    Having type 2 diabetes makes people more vulnerable to developing severe symptoms of any viral infections whether COVID or the flu according to Dr Sarah Brewer and diabetes experts CuraLife. Their advice covers: What are the dangers of the twindemic for people with diabetes? Why are people with type 2 diabetes encouraged to get the flu vaccine? How does the flu impact sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes? What can people with diabetes do to balance their sugar levels in cold and flu season? What other lifestyle changes can people with diabetes implement during the colder seasons? Curalin Herbal Dietary Supplement helps combat symptoms of type 2 diabetes.


    Further information: https:///


    Breast Cancer Essential Guide

    For those with breast cancer, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of cancer care including screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. Only urgent symptomatic cases have been prioritised for diagnostic intervention since national lockdown was introduced in March. Since the coronavirus crisis began, those with a breast cancer diagnosis and those who are at high risk for breast cancer have been put in a uniquely difficult and sometimes frightening position. Need2Know Books is giving free digital access to The Essential Guide to Breast Cancer. A paperback copy of the book is available with a 30% discount, enter N2k30off at the checkout. Other books include The Essential Guide to Depression and The Essential Guide to Stress by Robert Duffy.


    Further information:   The Essential Guide to Breast Cancer


    Help To Get Back Into Exercise

    If you have lost your motivation to exercise in the last 18 months, you are not alone. The team behind the CAROL bike, the scientifically proven A1-powered invented for people who don't have time to do lengthy workouts, has come up with four easy to implement tips to empower you to find the motivation to get back into exercise. CAROL is the innovative exercise bike that uses cutting edge A1 to give you personalised REHIT (Reduced Exertion High-Intensity Training) sessions that deliver maximum fitness and health benefits in the minimum time. All you need is 3x8 minute and 40 second sessions a week on the CAROL bike to see measurable results.


    Further information:  


    Yoga A Love Story

    Yoga A Love Story by Douglas W Davis is a deeply moving story of spiritual awakening. East meets West in the life of John Asanga, a young man of Indian ancestry coming of age in America, from rural Indiana to the streets of Chicago to prison and finally, to enlightenment in an Ashram in India. A heart-felt semi-autobiographical story about the power of love and a universal spirituality. The central message of Yoga A Love Story is that all religions stem from the same tree and the unqualified love is the key to a fulfilling life. A wonderful book for anyone searching for spiritual meaning regardless of their religion, status or personal history.


    Further information: This book is available in paperback and as an e-book in all good book shops and online retailers.



    Deep Mysteries Milestone

    Ian Cameron Smith says he is both humbled and excited that his Deep Mysteries track from his Seventh Heaven album has just reached the thrilling milestone of half a million streams across all platforms. "In the world of Pop music this would be considered a modest tally, however in the field of instrumental guitar music, it is somewhat of a miracle. I'm both astounded and proud to reach this milestone and wanted to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has ever played at Deep Mysteries over the years." he says.


    Further information:  




    Yoppie, the pioneers of personalised period care, have highlighted some of the most common period problems that should not be ignored, from excessive bleeding to significant breast tenderness. Losing too much blood can lead to anaemia. If bad period pains last for more than a few days or result in being bedridden, they shouldn't be ignored. Irregular periods are not uncommon and can be caused by something as simple as stress, but if a period comes as a surprise, it is worth consulting a Doctor. Spotting during period is normal, but spotting outside of a period should not be ignored. Yoppie has you covered with a range of organic tampons and pads as well as 3 supplements specifically targeted at different PMS problems, all of which can be delivered through your letterbox.


    Further information: Yoppie


    AIHM 2021 Conference

    The AIHM 2021 Conference 29-31 October, Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, California is subtitled People, Planet, Purpose: Transforming consciousness and Creating Global Unity in Integrative Health and Medicine. The Conference can be attended in person or virtually. In addition to their cutting-edge clinical talks, AIHM is leading a global dialogue on moving forward traditional, complementary and integrative health and medicine globally. Join them as they bring together thought leaders to engage in powerful conversation through a highly interactive learning experience.


    Further information:  


    Airborne Viruses Protection

    Xlear Nasal Spray has been clinically proven to prevent and treat upper respiratory conditions, sinusitis and common colds. Xlear Nasal Spray contains Xylitol, which is proven to reduce inflammation in the sinuses -- a leading cause of congestion. Xlear Nasal Spray contains 2 ingredients, saline and Xylitol. The saline works by softening and loosening hardened nasal mucus that is blocking the nasal passages. The Xylitol helps to moisturise the nasal passages as well as tackling the bacterial colonies that may be causing inflammation in the nasal passages.


    Further information: Xlear products are available from independent health stores and from Amazon


    Life In A Time Of Plague

    Life In A Time Of Plague by Julian Roup, is a book about surviving lockdown and takes a bleak and forensic view of the UK Government's failure to protect Britain during the Coronavirus pandemic. The book has won plaudits from the Whitbread Prize winning Irish poet and Oxford don, Bernard O'Donoghue and Author of Seamus Heaney and The Language of Poetry says "It is a wonderful account of the time of the time of coronavirus." The book is a story of Britain under the first 75 days of its unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown, seen from the author's rural East Sussex valley home. The author's age and medical issues colour this diary with a dark humour, as a age group is most at risk. He is determined to reach his 70th birthday at least.


    Further information:    


    Adults Free Music Training

    Music as Therapy International is offering one UK care setting for adults with learning difficulties the opportunity to partner with them for a fully funded music training project. During the project, a Music Therapist will train up to four members of staff to be able to deliver their own therapeutic music groups for the people in their care. The training will take place in their place of work, half a day each week for six weeks. All staff will be able to access free ongoing support from the charity's Motivation Programme once they have completed their training.


    Further information Tel: 07792 783 183;


    Advanced Menopause Support

    BioAdvanced Menopause Support is a unique whole-food blend, rich in magnesium vitamin D3, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, B6, riboflavin, sage, Flax Seed Lig, red clover, Dong Quai, Maca Tuber and Damiana Leaf to help regulate hormonal changes, alleviated tiredness and fatigue, support the maintenance of healthy bones and defend cells against oxidative stress. While HRT has helped many women go through the menopause journey, some women prefer to use holistic practices or to combine holistic practice with HRT.


    Further information:


    Free Online Nutrition Course

    EIT Food has announced the launch of a new free online course, aiming to empower the future and current generation of Medical Professionals. EIT Food will equip Practitioners with the fundamentals in nutrition knowledge and nutrition counselling skills, enabling them to better inform and educate patients on changing their eating habits for the better. EIT Food is the world's largest Agrifood innovation ecosystem, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).


    Further information:  EIT Course Food Nutrition and Health Sustainability


  • Seaweed as Superfood

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

  • Super Patch Wellbeing

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

  • Ultimate Body Detox

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

  • 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

  • Water for Health

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


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

  • nutrition and cancer

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

  • mycology research MRL

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

  • radical spirituality

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

  • Beginner's Guide to ME

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


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

  • Flower essences online

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

  • Supercoherence-System

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

  • College of Ayurveda UK

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

top of the page