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December: Some healthy comfort food for the festive season

Had enough of Christmas food ads already? Let’s plan ahead and make sure to include some healthy home-cooked dishes amid the festive frenzy. I recently had some very delicious mulligatawny soup at a posh Indian restaurant and decided to recreate it (particularly as I’ve just been at a conference where the health benefits of lentil […]

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Don’t get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

It happens so suddenly that the dark nights draw in and only a short while ago we were sitting in the garden.  Winter blues affect some 17 per cent of Britons*, while 7 per cent experience  SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).   Winter blues can mean feeling extra tired, lacking in energy and feeling low.   Symptoms of […]

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Spotlight on seeds for November

Seeds are probably more nutrient-dense than any other food – after all, they contain everything a plant needs to grow to maturity. They are rich in protein, essential fatty acids, fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Here are just a few reasons why my recipes this month are all about seeds, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer […]

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Tea tree oil – nature’s healer

Aborigines have recognised its healing qualities for hundreds of years, it’s natural and it can heal cuts and burns, boils and warts, athlete’s foot and thrush, and boost the immune system. It is antiseptic, a fungicide, fights bacteria and viruses, has anti-inflammatory qualities, expectorant and balsamic characteristics. It is a natural household disinfectant and insecticide […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Complementary therapies

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Bowen for Bear Grylls

Intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls, currently starring in Mission Survive, has a rather surprising ally in his efforts to stay at peak physical performance – the gentle complementary therapy called the Bowen Technique. Bowen Therapy is an alternative form of massage therapy that uses gentle touches to encourage the body to actively engage its own healing […]

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ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It is estimated that there are up to 240,000 people in the UK with M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).       M.E. is a little understood and complicated illness with a variety of different symptoms that aren’t always recognised by doctors. At its worst it is severely debilitating and can result in someone being bed-ridden for […]

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Alexander Technique helps kids who spend hours playing games

The Alexander Technique is a practical way of improving posture by restoring natural, easy posture and functioning and the proper balance and coordination of the head and spine. It reduces pain and undoes tension and stress. It’s a great leveller: creating self-awareness and development and improving overall wellbeing. The earlier a child learns it the […]

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Placebo effect ruled out in healing

Trials on plants, cells, seeds, small animals and humans using non-contact healing have proved that healing therapies are not subject to the placebo effect. Sceptics always claim that healing and many complementary therapies only work through the ‘placebo effect’. Their argument is that people who have a treatment just believe that they feel better. The […]

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Complementary therapies on the NHS

More people would enjoy the benefits of complementary therapies if they were available free on the NHS. One of the big advantages of our health service is that you can go to the doctor and receive treatment free of charge, but while you may be given a prescription for drugs or referred to a specialist, […]