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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 276

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 276 - February 2022

Seagreens in a Plant-Based Diet

The popularity of plant-based diets, ranging from ‘flexitarians’ substituting animal derived foods for plant-based alternatives, to fully vegan diets, is increasing. A recent study showed that in the UK 2-3% of the population are choosing to eat plant-based diets.[1] Uptake of plant-based diet is rising with health consciousness, initiatives such as Veganuary, publicity such as The Game Changers film[2] and the accessibility of plant-based convenience foods. This has benefits for the environment and ethically, but it can leave deficiencies in the diet. Making Seagreens® Nutritious Food Seaweed a daily part of the plant-based diet ensures that almost every nutrient is present.




Nutritional deficiencies in a plant-based diet are particularly likely where consumers are choosing ultra-high processed convenience foods. In The Pitfalls of a Plant Based Diet, dietitian Priya Tew identifies in like-for-like meal swaps: “the plant-based versions can be higher in fat, sugar, and lower in micronutrients plus higher in terms of cost.”[3] Scientists are warning that certain dietary deficiencies such as iodine, may also be of consequence.[4] Symptoms of iodine deficiency include weight gain, muscle pain, lethargy, heart disease, cognitive impairment, and various cancers.[5]

The iodine in Seagreens is naturally occurring and has been found to maintain better sufficiency than common potassium iodide supplements.[7]  Drawn from the ocean into the plant, iodine is chelated by proteins in the seaweed.  These proteins, alongside other cofactors in Seagreens® species create a proven, safe and effective level of bioavailability, shown by independent research to be approximately 33% of stated total iodine.[6]

Studies in vegans and vegetarians show that 25% of vegetarians and almost 80% of vegans are iodine deficient, compared to 9% of those consuming omnivorous diets.[4]

In all diets, if the correct nutrients in the right volumes are not consumed, deficiencies will arise.  However, some nutrient deficiencies such as magnesium, zinc, Vitamin B12 and iron are found to be significantly higher in plant-based diets with these nutrients being more abundant in animal products.[7]

Seagreens® certified Nutritious Food Seaweed is a great way to balance all the nutrients in the daily diet, since it contains virtually all the vitamins and minerals, amino acids, protein, essential fatty acids, enzymes, antioxidants, polyphenols, phlorotannins and soluble fibre. It is also an effective natural prebiotic.

Easy-to-use products such as Seagreens® Culinary Ingredient (100% Ascophyllum),  Pelvetia Pieces (100% Pelvetia), or Food Capsules (Ascophyllum, Fucus, and Pelvetia) are a natural and effective way of improving the deficiencies in nutrients which are more difficult to find in plant-based diets. A concise booklet on daily use is available from .


  3. Tew, P. The Pitfalls of a Plant-Based Diet Network Health Digest issue 166: 9-11. 2021.
  4. Leung, A.M., et al., Iodine Status and Thyroid Function of Boston-Area Vegetarians and Vegans. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 96(8): E1303-E1307. 2011.
  5. Meletis, C.D., Iodine. Journal of Evidence - Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine.16(3): 190-194. 2011.
  6. Combet, E., et al., Low-level seaweed supplementation improves iodine status in iodine-insufficient women. British Journal of Nutrition 112(5): 753-61. 2014.
  7. Barrington, K. The Top 5 Nutrient Deficiencies On A Plant Based Diet. 2018; Available from: .

Further Information

Seagreens® are available from independent health stores and clinics, by mail order, and online.  Seagreens Ltd, 1 The Warren, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6DX, Great Britain

Administered in the interests of Partners and Customers by Seagreens Trust and may be contacted on Tel: +44 1444 400403;  Seagreens.Shop



Tales of Brother Marcus – The Rose Priory Dialogues - Audible Audiobook

by Allan Armstrong

A group of unconnected people are invited to a meeting about the spiritual life at the Rose Priory, an ancient building that is the residence of a mysterious and secretive order. Little did they realize that the meeting was to be the beginning of an extraordinary mystical adventure...

Sound interesting? The author thinks so too! Listen to The Rose Priory Dialogues, and experience the compelling world of horror fiction.


Cover Tales of Brother Marcus



A Remarkable Encounter

I first met the old monk in the autumn of 1981. A work colleague invited me to a meeting of people interested in the esoteric. I had agreed to go but without expecting much from it. The truth was I was quite worn-out and too tired to get excited about anything, because for the last five years, and with no great success, I’d been wandering the world looking for genuine exponents of the mystical life. I had not long since returned from a fascinating but fruitless visit to India, where I had spent the best part of a year looking for an Indian holy man...

Further Information

For further information please visit 

Available at Amazon   audible   Amazon Kindle



John Cross Publications – Lesser Major and Minor Chakras; The Holistic Spine

Six years ago I wrote an article for this excellent publication saying that I was retiring from giving experiential seminars as I was the grand old age of 69. Since then I’ve had more comebacks than Frank Sinatra by giving at least twenty more seminars at home and abroad. Sadly, due to Covid (and that I am now 75) I really am hanging up my lecturing hat on the peg for good. It has been an absolute pleasure to partake to others my zeal for hands on (and hands off) healing. I’m also thrilled to have had many ‘converts’ during the 50 years of lecturing.


Lesser Major and Minor Chakras and The Holistic Spine


I have also completed my 12th and 13th publications in paperback – details below. These too will be my final books, but I hope to write many interesting articles in the future, and shall, of course, continue answering questions from practitioners from around the world.

 In 1998 when I was approached by the Editor of Butterworth Heinemann in Oxford to write a couple of books on Acupressure and Reflexology for the newly formed Professional Complementary Therapies Imprint, I never dreamed that it would sprout ten more. In 2010, having dealt with British, American, and Continental publishers, with all the vagaries that that entails, I decided to go into self-publishing under the imprint of ‘John Cross Publications’. There are pros and cons in both formats, but I prefer to be in charge of my own literary destiny.

 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. 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’.

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. This was advertised in ‘Short Features’ of Positive Health Online, No. 273.

The final paperback book is a limited edition of just 100 copies and represents updated versions of Holistic Spine One and Two. The font is larger, and illustrations have improved, enabling the whole to flow easier. Much of the work is original. It also makes a terrific companion to the poster of the same name.

Please continue to support Positive Health Online. It is, by far, the best periodical that supports the practice of professional Complementary Medicine in all its forms.

Further Information

Both books and poster are available through my web site –

The Lesser Major Chakras paperback is £9.95

The Limited-Edition Holistic Spine paperback is £15.59

To ‘celebrate’ my 75th birthday, there is SALE on most of my books and posters. Please contact John R. Cross FCSP DrAc



The Latest Rayonex Innovation: The New Rayoscan® Human and Rayoscan® VET

Over the past few years, Rayonex Biomedical GmbH in Germany have invested a lot of time, effort and money to further develop and innovate the Rayonex portfolio of both hardware and software. The most significant developments have been the new Rayocomp PS 1000 polar 4.0 and the redesign of the Rayocomp PS10 to comply with the newest medical device regulations, as well as the release of new bio-field forming devices, namely the Mini-Rayonex 5G, the 5G-Rayonator and - most recently - the Rayo®-Guard with its necklace holder.


Rayoscan Human and Veterinary Medicine


Now the company released its greatest innovation yet: the new Rayoscan® for both the human and veterinary area. The Rayoscan® is the high-end software module based on heart rate variability for the Rayocomp PS 1000 polar 4.0. Through a fully automatic energetic test based on ECG analysis, the practitioner will be able to create a fully comprehensive, cause-oriented therapy proposal as a result. 
The new Rayoscan® Human energetically evaluates 22 physiologies to determine those physiological areas that are in need of treatment from an energetic point of view. A further automatic scan in the cause-oriented area of the Rayonex Analysis and Harmonisation System (RAH) then determines the energetic burdens from pathogens, heavy metals, electro-smog, geopathic stress, environmental toxins and other select causes. In addition, the new Rayoscan® also features a handy Progress Analysis that shows the course (progress) of the therapy, for example on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

Your Benefits at a Glance

  • The operation can be learned extremely quickly.
  • An ECG-based application is known and familiar to both the therapist and the client.
  • The determined therapy programs can be saved on a memory card for home therapy with a PS10 basic
  • The integrated progress analysis shows the progress of the therapy on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis
  • The Rayoscan® can also be used to determine the energetic fingerprint of the client.
  • The Rayoscan® software is not a third-party development but was developed in Rayonex's own laboratories.
  • Further developments of the module can easily be imported via an internet update.
  • Future updates of the module can be downloaded free of charge on the Rayocomp PS1000 polar 4.0.
  • The therapy programs determined by the Rayoscan® can be archived and emailed as a pdf file via a dedicated USB stick.

Further Information

For more information about the new Rayoscan® please contact Rayonex Biomedical UK Ltd on Tel. 0203 866 1192;



The International Science Nutrition Society – ISNS

"Creating a community that comes together to leave behind a clean, happy, and healthy world for future generations – healing the planet one life at a time." 

Bringing information, education, research, and advisory panels, ISNS focuses on the core of health and wellness.

The International Science Nutrition Society (ISNS) is a unique and innovative concept to acquire and share expertise in science and nutrition. Science incorporates nutraceuticals, phytology, ecology, and nutrition. Nutrition in its fullest sense of the word encompasses emotional, mental, and spiritual nourishment.   

ISNS, a society of excellence, is led by eclectic doctors, healthcare professionals, and research scientists with combined experience in science, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical environments. Together they create a strong foundation for healthy living to improve global health and wellness. 


ISNS Logo + Research Image


The ISNS provides its members with the latest in research publications, abstracts, journals, posters, case studies, and white papers. The ISNS also provides opportunities for research and grants with an extensive library of multidisciplinary resources, including natural ingredients, minerals, vitamins, and seeds that are the basis of a natural and nutritional-rich lifestyle. One of the basic principles of ISNS is to study the science behind nutrition in the broadest meaning as it is often relegated to addressing problems without solving the root cause. 

The ISNS Advisory Panel is an elite group of influential and highly regarded professionals in traditional, complementary, and integrative medicine, including scientists and researchers. In today's highly toxic environment, ISNS Advisory Panel specializes in finding natural solutions and bringing opportunities and education to the professional and consumer communities.

With our global team of experts in the health and wellness community, ISNS provides a foundation for research, exploration, information, and education that can assist professionals and consumers with holistic solutions to their wellness journey and nutritional planning," comments ISNS Founder Dr. Christina Rahm.

"In my opinion, the most significant benefit for both doctors and consumers is getting to the root of the problem with science-based nutrition to promote healing, well-being, and a healthy lifestyle," comments ISNS Advisory Board Member Dr Dori Naerbo, PhD.

Clare G Harvey              Dr Dori Naerbo

Executive  Director        Research Director

Further Information

Please visit The International Science Nutrition Society– ISNS – The International Science Nutrition Society



Ayurvedic Medicine – Most Ancient System of Medicine Known to Mankind

Ayurvedic Medicine,  the most ancient system of medicine known to mankind, emerged within the Vedic culture that arose on the foothills of Himalayas and along the banks of the great rivers of India. It is based on the Vedic wisdom expounded by the ancient sages. Ayurveda is a science-based healthcare approach that treats illness and promotes wellness by focusing assessment on biochemically-unique aspects of each patient, and then individually tailoring interventions to restore psychological, physiological and structural imbalances. There has been a worldwide surge of interest in Ayurvedic medicine as people seek health and well-being. Ayurvedic medicine not only recognizes the uniqueness of the individual but also the oneness of all creation and how this translates into human health on all levels.


College of Ayurveda Facebook


The basic principles upon which Ayurvedic medicine/healthcare operates are:

  • Biochemical individuality based on genetic and environmental uniqueness
  • Dynamic balance of internal and external factors
  • Web-like interconnections of psycho-physiological processes
  • Health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease
  • Promotion of organ reserve through psycho-neuro-immunological processes
  • Patient-centred rather than disease focused healthcare

Using these principles, Ayurvedic healthcare practitioners focus on understanding the fundamental physiological processes, the environmental inputs, and the genetic predisposition that influence every person’s experience of health and disease. A person is considered an integral part of the Universe which is governed by natural laws. Ayurveda works primarily on human constitution called Dosha and Prakruti through lifestyle counselling, herbal preparations, nutrition, massage, yoga and Panchakarma all used to bring about balance and harmony in the body.

The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy is the premier educator for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world through a career restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit with the wisdom of Ayurveda. This mission has been the central driving force of the College since its inception. The College of Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy is the only institution in the UK that offers a complete Ayurvedic programme comparable in content to the B. A. M. S. (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery) degree course taught in India.

The College aims to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive Ayurvedic medical education. It promote the values of a tolerant and democratic society and the ideals of scholarship and the benefits of life-long education and training. It works to develop and support educational programmes and select a student body of such a size that every student has a quality and relevant educational experience, and provide students with clearly defined academic programmes, competent teaching, a caring and supportive academic structure and an attractive and facilitating environment.

Further Information

If you would like to register your interest for the next intake in September 2022 please leave your details at; we will be in contact as soon as we release the information for the next year. For further information or a prospectus please contact the College of Ayurveda’s Administrator Ione Ashmore at or visit their website at



Natural Therapeutics – Online Learning with Professional Qualifications

Have you looked an online learning in the past or even tried some and felt it was lacking? Did you want a professional qualification only to find that what you have done isn't recognised? Have you done an online CPD course and felt you had learned nothing new?


Carole Preen Natural Therapeutics


Natural Therapeutics is different as we are experienced HE and FE educators with over 25 years of experience in teaching and assessing, and 30 years' experience as a practitioner in the subjects taught. We are dedicated to high quality training and with your coursework, everything is marked by a tutor with lots of individualised developmental feedback. Just take a look at our Google reviews to see what our students have said, especially about our Essential Oil Diploma. As are also involved at a national level with qualification standards, our courses are all recognised and accredited. We work with one of the UKs leading professional associations - Complementary Health Professionals (CHP) - who are also a verifying organisation for the UK self-regulatory body.  This means that not only will you be offered free student membership of the professional association during your studies with us, you will also be invited to join as a full member upon successful completion of your studies. CHP has a discounted insurance scheme available for its members, so we can provide you with everything you need to set up your practice and really stand out from the crowd. 

As well as diploma courses, we also have a wide range of valuable and meaningful continuing professional development courses that will really enhance your practice and are therefore worth the cost! This year, we are excited to launch the level 5 aromatherapy upgrade diploma, which is ideal for existing aromatherapists who want to enhance their knowledge and skill set. All the modules are thoroughly researched and referenced and you will find the details set out on our website. 

As well as online courses, we also have some blended courses available and workshops in person. Our Neuroskeletal Re-alignment Therapy course is very popular where you can do your theory online but come into class at the Complementary Therapy School in Mildenhall, Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. The venue is easy to get to off the A11 from the A14, about 35 minutes from Cambridge and1 and half hours’ drive from London and for staying overnight, there is a Travelodge nearby. We also offer a Trigger Point and Remedial Massage Workshop there and an Aromatic Tour of Kew Gardens in June.

Further Information

For full details of all our courses please visit our website at 



The Pocket Atlas Of Human Anatomy – A Reference for Students of Physical Therapy, Medicine, Sports, and Bodywork Revised Edition

by Chris Jarmey MCSP DS MRSS

Published by Lotus Publishing. 2022. Paperback. £12.99 / $16.95. ISBN 1913088316.


Revised and updated: a user-friendly illustrated guide to human anatomy, written for students and practitioners

This concise, pocket-sized guide is a full-colour, on-the-go reference for students and practitioners of anatomy, massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, medicine, nursing, and physiotherapy. The Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy, revised edition, interweaves text and images in a user-friendly and accessible way. Images have been critically assessed and modified from the previous edition for a highly reliable learning tool of bones, muscles, and nerves, plus all the other major body systems.


Cover Pocket Atlas of Human Anatomy


A final chapter by Thomas W Myers outlines The Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians, which presents a map of how tracks of fascial fabric wind longitudinally through series of muscles. This new approach to structural patterning has far-reaching implications for effective movement training and manual therapy treatment.

Three appendices illustrate cutaneous nerve supply and dermatomes (Appendix 1), the major skeletal muscles, including detailed charts of the main muscles involved in movement (Appendix 2), and the remaining body systems (Appendix 3).

About the Author

The late Chris Jarmey MCSP DS MRSS, qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1979, and subsequently taught body mechanics, bodywork therapy, and anatomy extensively throughout Europe for over thirty years. He was the author of several best-selling books, including The Concise Book of Muscles, Fourth Edition, also published by North Atlantic Books.

Contributor Thomas W. Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains, Fourth Edition (2020 Elsevier) and a number of online learning programs available at

Further Information

Available from and Lotus Publishing



Turning Point Training – Postgraduate 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

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.

The Practitioner Course consists of 8 modules over 5 weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime) and 20 hours Zoom support days. 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 2022 course dates are 8-10 April, 20-22 May, 1-3, 23-25 September and 7-9 October.

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 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. 2022 training dates are 16 March, 9 April, 2 July and 24 September.

Further Information

For information about training in these disciplines visit



Role of NLRP3 Inflammasome in Neurodegenerative Conditions

It has been shown that oxidative stress and inflammation are tightly linked to neurodegenerative pathologies, including Alzheimer´s disease (AD). Additionally, current studies have verified that redox homeostasis disruption and increased oxidative stress induce a cascade of events that include inflammasome activation.

Many studies suggest that ROS overproduction induces neuronal death and related pathological changes during AD. Additionally, as outlined in Figure 1 below, in both in vitro and in vivo studies and in post-mortem patient brain tissues, the key role of NLRP3 [NLR family pyrin domain containing 3] inflammasome activation in β-amyloid plaque deposition and p-Tau and APP (Amyloid Precursor Protein) overexpression has been shown.


Figure 1 B Hericium erinaceus and NLRP3

Figure 1  Hericium erinaceus and NLRP3

Modulation of cellular stress and inflammatory pathways through small redox and anti-inflammatory molecules could be a useful approach to impede this cascade effect and possibly prevent or treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Hericium erinaceus biomass has displayed antioxidant activities by increasing antioxidant enzymes activities such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione (GSH) and reduced malondialdehyde (MDA) levels. In addition, recent and novel finding indicates significant presence in the biomass of polyphenolic compounds, all these being compelling evidence suggesting health-promoting effects due to redox modulation exerted by this nutritional biomass.

Researchers at the University of Messina in Italy evaluated the effect of Hericium erinaceus biomass administration on reactive oxygen species and NLRP3 inflammasome activation that categorize AD in the following rat study.  


In this rat study, by decreasing both oxidative stress and NLRP3 inflammasome activation, Hericium erinaceus biomass manages the characteristics of AD: behavioural changes, phosphorylated Tau levels and aberrant APP overexpression, B-amyloid accumulation, and neuronal degeneration. While the results are encouraging, further studies are required.


Figure 2b Hericium erinaceus and NLRP3

Figure 2 Hericium erinaceus and NLRP3

Further Information

Should you have any questions, please contact William Ahern  via /



The Future of Migraine Treatments – Migra-Cap®

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.




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.

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.

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; 



Cinnamon & Black Pepper Tea – Invigorating Winter Warmer

Both cinnamon and black pepper have a host of claimed health benefits, but it is the taste of this invigorating new tea that steals the show.


Cinnamon and Black Pepper Tea


Cinnamon is famed for its festive flavour and black pepper enhances the spice’s sensory aromas, whilst adding a spicy kick of its own. The result is an incredible tea with a fantastic flavour.

A truly delicious tea that has been created by expert blenders, it’s not just the taste of this drink that will leave you feeling invigorated. Its two, 100% natural ingredients, will help you feel enlivened and ready for any challenges ahead.

Please note: We recommend you drink no more than one cup a day. DO NOT use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Large intake of pepper has been linked to miscarriage. Consult your doctor before use if suffering from a medical condition, including diabetes, or taking medication or about to undergo surgery. See packs for other health contradictions

Further Information

Available from and independent health stores.


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    Further information Tel: 0161 464 8688;


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    Further information: Rada


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    Further information:  Fundraising Events



    Lion’s Mane, made with functional mushroom. According to Fran McElwaine, Functional Medical Practitioner from Real Health and Wellness, the real benefits of Lion’s Mane is its ability to support brain function and neurological health. Reishi Mushroom Extract helps the body to reduce its inflammatory responses. CBD Muscle & Joint Balm is formulated to be used on joints and tight muscles; this cannabinoid infused balm is packed with natural ingredients.


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    Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation Best Articles & Interviews 2021

    The Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation have compiled the best articles and video interviews of 2021 all in one place. Now with these new offerings in place, The Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation has the unparalleled opportunity to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of people everywhere. You can help make their research and education efforts and impact even greater, please consider making a much-needed, tax-deductible year end donation to their non-profit 501 foundation.


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    Tridosha want to congratulate all their students for training in the Tri-Dosha methods. They also want to thank their massage industry partners too – National Massage Championships, Massage Warehouse, Olympia Beauty, Federation of Holistic Therapists and Massage World.


    Further information Tel: 0115 752 2425;  2022 Training Dates


    What is Iridology?

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    Cytoplan’s Vegan Care Bundle

    Cytoplan’s innovative Vegan Care Bundle has been created by experienced Nutritional Therapists and selected to specifically support a vegan diet. Containing vitamin B12, vitamin D3, wholefood iron and omega-3 vegan, this group of vital vitamins and minerals pack a powerful punch to support a diet free from meat, dairy and eggs this Veganuary.


    Further information:   Vegan Care Bundle


    Ditch the Diet for a Happier 2022

    The London Centre for Intuitive Eating (LCIE) founder Laura Thomas PhD is on a mission to empower women to phase out fad diets, fitness trackers and meticulous calorie counting, which can lead to eating disorders, lower self-esteem and yo-yo weight fluctuations. Instead, Laura and her team at LCIE are supporting women to have a more positive and harmonious relationship with food and their bodies in 2022.


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    The Neuroscience of Leading Under Pressure

    Live on 24 February 2022, ITS Workshop -  The Neuroscience of Leading Under Pressure is for anyone who wants to better understand leadership challenges when under pressure. You may be a manager, leader, aspiring leader or a coach who supports leaders, this workshop will give you the practical tools on how we can best adapt to stressful situations for more effective outcomes.


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    Human Givens College: Guided Imagery and Visualisation

    If you want to help people overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, addictions, phobias, self-harming and more, mastering the skills offered on this course are essential. The course takes place at Engineers’ House, Bristol on 15 February 2022 and the skills learned can be used to increase motivation, confidence and performance; reduce pain and promote healing; reframe life circumstances; instigate long-lasting changes in behaviour and induce the relaxation response.


    Further information Tel: 01323 811 690;


    Effective Treatment for Trauma (PTSD) and Phobias

    Human Givens College is offering the course Effective Treatment for Trauma (PTSD) which takes place at Engineers House, Bristol on 16-17 February. The version of the Rewind Technique, you will learn on this 2-day workshop, is an extremely safe, non-voyeuristic and reliably effective psychological intervention for treating even severe phobias and trauma.


    Further information Tel: 01323 811 690;


    2022 Retreats

    Pause Breathe is running 3 great retreats in 2022. Loch Monzievaird Retreat on 6-8 May 2022, near Crieff in Scotland staying in wooden cabins is about facing your fears and meeting challenges. Be Here Now Retreat, near Macclesfield takes place on 8-12 August 2022 where you will be sinking into their Mindfulness practice. The Isle of Mull Retreat on 5-10 September 2022, takes place on an island in the West of Scotland where you can practice Qi Gong on the beach and connect with nature.


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    Functional Wheat Starches Replace Titanium Dioxide

    As EFSA [The European Food Safety Authority] no longer considers the white pigment titanium dioxide (E 171) to be safe, it will not be allowed to be used in foods from 2022 onwards, according to EU regulations. Loryma’s ingredient portfolio includes two wheat starches that can be used to replace this soon to be banned additive. The native small-grain starch, Lory® Starch Iris, optimizes the appearance of dry or cold applications, whereas the resistant wheat starch, Lory® Starch, Elara is suitable for applications that contain water and are heated.


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    Nasofed Anti-Viral Nasal Spray

    Nasofed Anti-Viral Nasal Spray is a unique new concept in the battle against colds and flu, RSV and year-round viruses such as Coronaviruses but has not been tested against COVID-19. Targeting the nose, as the body’s main entry point for respiratory viruses, Nasofed combines unique thixotropic properties which create an effective, long-lasting barrier film on the surface of the nose to keep viruses out, while delivering a targeted dose of scientifically proven anti-viral ingredients including natural anti virals kappa-carrageenan and fucoidan (red and brown seaweeds), proven to disrupt virus attachment, absorption, and its replication process, xylitol, a sugar carbohydrate which helps inhibit virus and bacteria adhesion; diterpenoid, a natural anti-inflammatory and Siberian fir oil, an anti-inflammatory and a natural decongestant.


    Further information: Nasofed Anti-Viral Nasal Spray is drug and steroid free.


    Teething Tips for Your Little One

    Ashton and Parsons share their top tips for teething pain in infants. Chewing can ease discomfort and teething rings can be chilled in the fridge for extra soothing effect, dribbling can make baby’s skin sore, but a “neckerchew” is useful, soothe with singing, massaging the gums can help stimulate tissue and alleviate pain. There are a variety of medicines from to help; Ibuprofen and Paracetamol suspensions, topical liquids and gels, herbal traditional therapies such as teething powders and granule, including Ashton and Parsons Teething Powders.


    Further information: Available from Pharmacies and major Supermarkets.


    Complementary Therapy Week

    Complementary Therapy Week takes place on 20-27 March 2022. There will be a schedule of events taking place every day with a focus on a different therapy each day. These will include free videos and webinars. The website is still being built but will be completed in early January.


    Further information:  Complementary Health Professionals 


    How to Master Anxiety

    How to Master Anxiety is a self-help book, by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell. When you are in a continual state of anxiety, your body is doing the equivalent of getting all dressed up with nowhere to go. The energy the stress hormones create doesn’t get properly discharged, giving your body some kind of physical workout, will help to get those trapped stress hormones out of your body.


    Further information Tel: 01323 811 662;


    Winter-Proof Your Joints

    If you are a joint pain sufferer, you may have noticed that the onset of wintery, cold and wet weather can make joints ache more than usual. GOPO® is a natural anti-inflammatory compound derived from rose-hip can help to reduce joint pain.


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    HayMax Wins WGTD 2021 Gold Award

    With over 50 awards and counting, HayMax, the makers of the famous organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm for hay fever, pet and dust allergy sufferers, is very proud to have won a Gold WGTD [What’s Good to Do] award 2021. The balm is applied to the rim of the nostrils and around the bones of the eyes and works by trapping pollen before it gets into the body.


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    Prevent Burn Scars with Kelo-Cote

    More than 80,00 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns. Kelo-Cote can help prevent burns leading to scars. It has a self-drying formula, is clinically proven to both improve the appearance of existing hypertrophic and keloid scars in around 82% of patients, is recommended by Surgeons and is the number one brand prescribe silicone gel in the UK and works on scars up to 4 years old.


    Further information: Available from Superdrug and Boots


    Your Blueprint for Strong Immunity

    Your Blueprint for Strong Immunity by Dr Jenna Macciochi, offers readers a personalised plan to get on the path to strong immunity, no matter their starting point, breaking down the complex science behind our long-term health. It starts by guiding you through your own ‘health MOT’, a full audit of your current lifestyle and areas to improve. In part 2, you will learn what to do when you fall ill, while part 3 covers immune support for those living with illness.


    Further information: Available from and Yellow Kite Books


    BOMIMO’s Menoshake

    BOMIMO’s new product, the MenoShake is a nutritional protein shake is specifically designed to support women through the menopause. It is formulated with 80mg of Red Clover and 50mg of Wild Yam Extract per serving, both of which are phytoestrogen-rich nutrients. This helps maintain health blood-sugar, blood pressure and lipid levels, promote lean muscle mass, enhance fat burning and supports weight management and metabolic functions.


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    Mind Food for Positive Mental Health

    Mind Food, Plant-Based Recipes for Positive Mental Health by Lauren Lovatt, is peppered with wellness information and mindful magic, Mind Food offers a tangible lifestyle framework for our mental health and reconnects us to the adage ‘we are what we eat’, focusing on hero ingredients and the power of plants, whole grains, healthy fats and tonic herbs.


    Further information: Available from and

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