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Prevent hay fever

Hay fever facts : Around 12 million people have hay fever in the UK 95  per cent are affected by grass pollen, but many suffer from the tree pollens that are abundant from the spring. Silver birch is the most prevalent hay fever trigger from trees, and it releases pollen as the temperature goes up. Nutritional […]

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Hay fever top tips

You’ve started sneezing, your eyes are sore, and you know that this year’s hay fever has started. Read our top tips from Alison Cullen of A. Vogel. And read Prevent hay fever. 1. Caffeine triggers histamine release which can bring the skin up in a red, itchy, angry looking rash and dilate your blood vessels […]


W is for Wales – Happy St David’s Day

The leek is the national symbol of Wales.  It is also an exceptionally, though sometimes overlooked, vegetable. Leeks belong to the Allium family, along with onions, spring onions, shallots and garlic, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge,   freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. […]

Stress is on the up

Stress has been a hot topic for years, and it’s not getting any better.  People are even more stressed now and technology is making it worse.  How many emails do you have to deal with each day?  Do you get phone calls and emails wherever you are at any time of the day or night? […]


M is for Mexico

I’ve not been to Mexico, nor have I eaten in a ‘real’ Mexican restaurant, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge,   freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. But I’ve made up three Mexican-style recipes which I suggest are at least as authentic as the […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Complementary Therapies


RaphaYad Bioenergy healing taps into frequencies

I am familiar with healing so it came as no surprise when Michael Cohen was moving around me feeling my energy, but then he stood back and was watching me intently.  While you’re sitting, standing or lying he scans your body with his eyes for imbalances or energy blocks. Having developed the RaphaYad Bioenergy Healing […]

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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 […]

Judith Kilgallon practises Bowen therapy

Bowen banishes headaches and more

Eileen’s first thought when she went for a Bowen appointment was, ‘What absolute rubbish. The therapist twiddles me a bit, goes out and leaves me. Imagine my surprise then the next morning when my husband brought a mug of tea and two Co-Codamol as he usually does. I said, “I don’t need the co-codamol. My […]

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Lavender fields revival

Lavender fields have returned to Surrey over 100 years after they were big business. From the 18th to 20th centuries anyone standing on the hills of Chipstead, a village close to Banstead, Surrey could look towards London and see a sea of blue lavender fields. There were literally thousands of acres of lavender in the […]


GP practice of the future

Ever wished you could go to your GP and be offered acupuncture, homeopathy or herbal medicine as an alternative to prescription drugs? The people of Cullompton, Devon have this choice at the College Surgery. Three quarters of the British public would like to see complementary therapies available on the NHS according to a poll commissioned […]