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The body struggles to fight the cascade of acidic substances it is exposed to on a daily basis – food, pollution, chemicals and even its own internal bio-chemicals add to the on-going load.

Initially, the natural neutralising minerals are used to re-balance the pH; however, a continually increasing load results in an over-acidic environment. As the body then begins to struggle to cope, it sets up a defence mechanism to try to limit the damaging actions of the acid by storing excess acidity in our fat cells and away from the important internal organs, where cellular damage could occur. When left unchecked these acidic / toxic elements rob the blood of oxygen resulting in slower metabolism and therefore, as well as an increased weight gain, any damage to the body’s tissues can contribute to a variety of ailments.

Unexplained fatigue can be a symptom of an overly acidic body. An acidic environment impacts upon fatigue by limiting the amount of oxygen carrying capacity within red blood cells and reduced oxygen leads fatigue, lack of energy, and weakness. This fatigue is often accompanied by a lack of stamina, poor muscle tone and general weakness

Action Plan

· Reduce the consumption of acid forming foods including animal products, sugars, caffeine, alcohol and refined carbohydrates to a level of 20% whilst increasing the consumption of the alkalising fruits and vegetables (with special emphasis on the leafy greens to aid detoxification) to around 80%.

· Drink plenty of water to hydrate the cells and neutralise and flush out the excess acidity.

· Take a supplement of the alkaline minerals as these are needed to neutralize the acidic waste that can be the by-product of even the most nutritious of foods. Even when eating healthily if the supply of alkaline minerals is too low, acidic wastes cannot be neutralized effectively and in reality it can be quite challenging to correct acidity levels sufficiently without these.

Want to know what your PH balance is? go to or call 01440 786 644

Health and happiness exhibition

 Would you like better health, increased wealth and more happiness in your life?


Let’s face it – who wouldn’t? Learning to appreciate the things you have is an extremely important skill, but it is equally important to continually strive to be the best version of yourself. Whether that is achieved by pursuing career goals, taking better care of your health, or simply vowing to squeeze every last drop out of life, self-actualisation is a powerful need that burns brightly in all of us. With this in mind, we are incredibly excited for the impending arrival of the first Health, Wealth and Happiness show, taking place early next year at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.


The Health, Wealth and Happiness show provides a platform for people from all walks of life to learn more about how to optimise health, to learn new skills, to create a more fulfilling career and to understand more about oneself. Starting in the morning of Saturday 31st January, the Health, Wealth and Happiness show will take place over two days at the East Midlands Conference Centre, and will feature a vast array of seminars, workshops and prize draws all designed to educate and inspire. There are a number of well-known names in the industry taking to the stage across the weekend; including friend of the magazine Janey Lee Grace, delivering a talk about natural health and asking ‘is your skincare making you sick?’ and ‘Dynamic’ Mike Berry, who will be running an inspiration and motivation workshop. Also on the line-up is Bea Marshall, founder of ‘Yes Parenting’, Jules Mitchell AKA The Happiness Junkie, ‘wealth chef’ Ann Wilson, and bestselling author Ian Tucker.


Across the weekend there will be various talks on relationships, confidence, image, work, overcoming challenges, and a variety of health and wellbeing subjects. There will be prize draws too and plenty of opportunity for audience participation. If ever there were an event guaranteed to inspire, educate and motivate, this is surely it.


To find out more about the Health, Wealth and Happiness show, visit, or for ticket bookings, follow this link:


For 10% off your ticket, enter the promotional code ‘holistic’ at checkout!



How to watch the calorie count at Christmas

How to stay healthy over Christmas

  • By Kerry Torrens – Nutritional therapist

Wondering how you’re going to survive the holiday party season? Good Food nutritionist, Kerry Torrens shares her secrets for staying healthy over Christmas, avoiding overindulgence and beating the morning-after blues.

“My diet is pretty good most of the time, as you’d expect” says Kerry, “but the party season is tricky. Here are my strategies for coping with the overindulgence and late nights that are an inevitable but enjoyable part of the festive season.”

Cinnamon porridge with banana and berries

Everything starts with breakfast

If I’m going out in the evening, I’ll start the day with a generous bowl of porridge, topped with a handful of cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Porridge stabilises blood sugar levels, which helps control appetite later in the day. I also add a good dollop of probiotic yogurt, which helps boost immunity as well as combat some of the less beneficial effects of the party season, like too much alcohol and not enough sleep.

Breakfast ideas:

Glasses of water

Stay hydrated

On the day of a big night out, and the day after, I make a conscious effort to drink 6-8 glasses of water, or plenty of herbal teas or diluted juice. Even mild dehydration can lead to a headache and combined with the diuretic effects of alcohol makes maintaining your fluid intake so important. Regular teas and coffee count towards your fluid intake, but caffeinated versions shouldn’t make up your full quota. I sometimes struggle to drink enough when it’s cold, so I’ll take a full glass of water to bed with me at night and start the day with a second. I make sure I’ve drunk both before I have my breakfast.

Peanut butter and banana on toast

Sensible snacking

If I’m hungry when I arrive at a party, I struggle to resist the canapés, so I always have a pre-party snack. One of my favourites is a small pot of plain yogurt with a sliced banana. The yogurt’s protein slows stomach emptying, which helps delay the effects of that first glass of wine while the potassium-rich banana helps balance any increase in my salt intake – especially helpful if I’m going to be nibbling on olives, crisps or salted nuts. I know I’m better off eating before I go to a party because I’m more likely to stick to my resolve when the canapés come round a second or third time. Other snacks which do the trick include granary toast with nut butter, a bowl of muesli with milk, or a mug of chunky vegetable soup.

Pre-party snack ideas:

Sesame beef wraps

Back away from the buffet

Buffets can be a disaster zone – so I make sure I fill half my plate with salad and vegetables, and the rest with protein-based canapés like salmon and chicken. I take my time selecting and eating my food and I move away from the table as soon as my plate is full so I avoid non-stop grazing.

Canapés / buffet food:

Mulled apple juice

No more hangovers

Don’t be tempted to skip meals so you can stockpile calories for drinking. Alcohol only supplies empty calories, so avoiding proper meals to compensate for a booze splurge means you’re losing out on valuable nutrients, just when your body needs them to help it detoxify. I stick to one type of drink and I make it a lighter-coloured one because they tend to be lower in the chemical by-products that can worsen a hangover. I aim to have no more than one alcoholic drink an hour, alternated with juice, water or soft drinks – perfect if you don’t like holding an empty glass.

What to eat the next morning

My best ‘morning after’ breakfast is a frittata or omelette packed with veg. I love mushrooms for their energising B vitamins, tomatoes for vitamin C and onions for their liver-friendly sulphur compounds. If I have spinach to hand I’ll add a generous handful because it’s a great source of folate which helps my body repair DNA. Eggs are an excellent choice for the morning after because they provide choline, a nutrient that supports the liver. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or a chopped chilli to boost circulation and rev up your recovery. If you can’t face a cooked breakfast then have a smoothie made with fruits like bananas, oranges or kiwi – these are rich in potassium which helps replenish the electrolytes lost due to the diuretic effects of alcohol.

Morning-after breakfast: 

Get back on track

After a big night out I don’t skip meals, even if I have over-indulged. After all, it’s the balance of your diet that’s important. I apply the 80:20 principle – eating healthily 80% of the time, which allows me the space for delicious treats at weekends and on special occasions.

Kerry Torrens is BBC Good Food magazine’s nutritional therapist


Rosemary Pharo approaches the controversial subject of training, and while this article was published in HTM print in issue 6, it is something that is as relevant now as it was then, and so worth a read… Remember if you would like to get your hands on any HTM back issues – just CLICK HERE.

How do you create excellent complementary health practitioners? Are you worried about the kind of pressures that may be exerted on practitioners in the future over what type of courses to take? Or are you concerned about the diversity in standards of training?

A few years ago, an educational consultant stated in a review process that I was involved in, that they believed that all complementary therapists should be educated to degree level. This sent up red flags for a number of reasons: firstly the idea that a degree by itself; an academic, intellectual, training would somehow produce superior Reiki practitioners is really quite laughable. An apprenticeship model, as in an old fashioned guild – yes! A craft that is learnt and honed – yes! Writing a paper on, for example, how to scan a client will not actually prove in any way that you can do it, or, most importantly that you have done sufficient work on self-development; an absolutely crucial ingredient for many therapies.

For many excellent hands-on practitioners, whose skills have been honed over years of practice, the idea of academic study may bring up bad experiences of school or college. Ex-nurses are sometimes the most vehement opponents of medicalisation. Of course, degree courses are standard for certain therapies: osteopathy and acupuncture for instance, where a medical-standard training in anatomy and physiology amongst others is required.

However, foundation degrees are also springing up in ‘complementary therapies’, in general covering a number of subjects, for example, at Reaseheath College you have been able to take Reiki as part of a foundation degree in a Equine Science degree for a number of years now. But with fees running at six thousand pounds or so, per year for many of these courses, in what is generally a part-time profession with key users such as hospices relying on volunteer therapists, exactly how viable is this?

And yet there is no doubt that training standards in how to run a practice and client handling skills have, in the past, been taught superficially or not at all, in some areas. This has been remedied in Reiki, by the presence of the Reiki Council’s Core Curriculum and more teachers are adjusting courses and material for people who wish to practise professionally.

Is a degree, then, just another of those ‘passports to work?’

At a CamExpo lecture, last autumn (from the time of writing this), Paul Medlicott of the Sports Massage Association, pointed out that during their degree-level training, physiotherapists may have done very little massage training in their courses, and yet will be covered for massage by insurance companies, whereas massage therapists whose training is hands-on massage, who may far exceed graduate physiotherapists, would find it much harder to have an insurance company pay out for their greater experience.

However, in the last few years some of the best known degree courses in complementary therapy, e.g. at Westminster University have closed down, ostensibly due to lack of students, but also due to pressures from ‘scientists’ who rage about ‘nonsense’ subjects. Steeped in their materialist worldview, there has been a sustained campaign against CAM. And yet, if they wish to use a little bit more of their grey matter, they could do worse than consider the reasoned arguments put forward by M Franks, using logical arguments and physics breakthroughs in his 2003 book “The Universe and Multiple Reality”.

The joke is that while materialists may lambast complementary therapy for not being ‘evidence-based’, one of their chief chorus masters, Ben Goldacre, brilliantly outlines exactly how what constitutes everyday evidence-based medicine where drugs are concerned is, in fact, very often not evidence-based medicine, but rather marketing-based evidence. Poor trials, with unflattering data left languishing unpublished, major academic journals that may piously refuse to publish research on complementary and alternative matters, apparently bankrolled by drug companies by agreements to, for example, pay for two thousand reprints of specific research articles. And academics – possibly the people training graduates in degree courses – are putting their names to articles, mainly written by commercial writers employed by the sponsoring company. Oh, and the doctors who may well pooh-pooh complementary treatments may almost certainly be having their Continual Professional Development (CPD) paid for by drug companies.

Well really, that’s exactly the kind of things the complementary therapy industry can do without. While Chinese Herbal Medicine, with a 2,500 year unbroken tried and tested tradition of use is said to be “unproven”. Unproven? Or, unacceptable?

If we are all paying twenty-five percent more for drugs than is necessary (according to Ben Goldacre), then is it not time to put pressure on the Department of Health to squeeze a little of the money that is spent in prescribing over-priced versions of drugs into good quality research for lower-cost complementary treatments? Massage is one of, if not, the most popular therapies in the UK.  The gold standard research body, The Cochrane Review, notes that massage may be beneficial for low-back pain.  Cochrane also notes that concerning touch therapies for pain relief “studies with greater effects are carried out by highly experienced Reiki practitioners”.

In this economic climate, training needs to be accessible, not exclusively for those with deep pockets! And good quality research needs to be financed by a department of health that’s looking for evidence that could save it money.


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make or buy hummus

A fantastic snack for the lunch box, a picnic, or if guess a visiting is a freshly made hummus dip. Hummus can be eaten with vegetable sticks, or some lightly toasted wholegrain bread… And is is super easy to make:


1 x 16-oz can of chick peas, drained OR you could prep and cook some dry chickpeas

1 x cup of tahini

1 x cup of lemon juice

1/2 of lukewarm water

1/2 tsp garlic powder or fresh garlic (to personal taste)

1 x tsp of pepper


  • Add tahini and lemon juice to the blender, plus 1/2 cup of lukewarm water – Mix until smooth.
  • Add the chickpeas, garlic and pepper to the mix – Blend into smooth, thick paste. Hummus does thicken once chilled, and so you can add a little more water, gradually!
  • You can add olive oil for taste or if the hummus is a little dry.
  • Place hummus in a bowl straight for serving, or cover and place in the fridge for later – where it can stay for a few days before consumption.


If you would rather purchase a tub of hummus instead of making it – even though it is super easy: Then here are three organic brands that are yummy!

  1. Carley’s Organic Hummus found at
  2. Planet Organic found at
  3. Arthur’s Organics found at

holsitic camexpo clinics

HTM are super thrilled to be at camexpo this year offering practitioners sessions at the business clinic. So if you have not already done so, you can register online for your ticket at camexpo, by clicking here: … But before you do, make sure you jot this Priority Code to get your ticket for just £7.50: CMEX568.

Have you been to camexpo before? If YES! you have probably already registered, if NO! Well, 2015 can be your first time at the annual industry event where the whole natural and integrated healthcare community comes together.

If you work within natural, integrated or holistic healthcare, camexpo has something new for you to discover. Here’s a list of those that visit camexpo each year and take away new ideas, inspiration and advice:
Beauty Salons and Therapists
Counsellors and Stress Management Therapists
Fitness Clubs
Sports Therapists
Ayurvedic Practitioners
Chinese Medicine Practitioners
Complementary Healthcare Practitioners
Massage Therapists
Healthcare Professionals
General Practitioners/Nurses
Nutritional Therapist
Health Food Stores
Shiatsu Practitioners
Alexander Technique Practitioner
Holistic Therapists

For this list, more information and to register head to remembering to use your Priority Code: CMEX568

… AND WE’LL SEE YOU THERE at Olympia, London on October the 4th and 5th 2014.

Latest free stuff website

Let’s face it – who doesn’t love a freebie!? Working hard to earn something that you’ve wanted for ages, whether it be for use in the professional environment or in your personal life, is an extremely rewarding feeling. That being said, there’s not many things nicer than being given something thanks to a gesture of good will from a friend, colleague, or family member. Taking any materialism out of the equation for a second, receiving something for nothing generates positive mental signals that shine through in your demeanour for the hours, and even days, that follow. The chances are that with these positive vibes, you’ll be touching other people’s lives without even knowing it, allowing positivity to generate all around you all thanks to that one moment of gratitude that resulted from your gift. Materialistically speaking or otherwise, freebies rock – so what if we let you in on a secret that would allow you to get free stuff EVERY DAY? You’d call us crazy, would you not?

It turns out that there is a website dedicated to giving free stuff to people like us, with absolutely no catches or hidden agendas. Latest Free Stuff provides an online marketplace entirely dedicated to providing members of the general public with fantastic freebies; pet food, nappies, socks, organic children’s snacks, fragrance, gym memberships – the list goes on…

But why? As it turns out, giving away free stuff is a powerful marketing strategy used by a large number of companies – it generates exposure and interest in a product for a fraction of the cost of a national advertising campaign. There are 1000s of companies in the UK giving away FREE samples of their products on the internet – and the team at Latest Free Stuff spend all day searching high and low for the very best offers, before adding new products to their website on a daily basis. All of their offers are genuine and from reputable companies, and they promise never to pass on your details to third parties.

What I liked most about Latest Free Stuff is how every offer they have is of genuine use to a wide range of people – even us therapists! After spending just 10 minutes in total on the site, I managed to bag myself:

These were just the ones that first stood out to me; there are plenty of options to suit everyone. Best of all, the system is completely user friendly – rather than spend your time trawling through countless deals, simply follow Latest Free Stuff on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with the latest offers. You can also join their mailing list (like I have!) to receive details of their very best offers every day.

We’re so pleased to have come across Latest Free Stuff, and we’re hoping that by spreading the word, more people in our close knit community can benefit from getting something for nothing. Hopefully the karma will spread and with the money we save, we’ll be able to treat our friends and family as well as ourselves. Check them out at – happy freebie hunting!

JD Hancock

In the yin and yang world of Chinese medicine, there isn’t a particular aspect that is especially masculine or feminine. However, one area we can always focus on to strengthen men’s health is the Kidney’s function.

Those of you who know me may have heard me refer to the Kidney* as the fireplace of the home. It is the area where warmth radiates from and where friends and family congregate around. Architecturally it is often the focal point of a room. The Kidney is very much the VIP in the Chinese medicine organ system.

When the VIP is unhappy or unwell all kinds of problems can arise, including low back pain or knee pain or hair loss. A person with strong Kidney qi, whether they are young or old, will look and feel good. They are those people who bounce back from injuries much easier. They are the ones with vigour who never “look their age”. Mentally and physically they are alert and present, with less aches and pains. Their hair may be white but the hair is strong.

In Chinese medicine we refer to the Kidney as the place that stores the “essence of life”, a collective term to describe the congenital essence (essentially what the ancient Chinese called genes and hereditary characteristics as we know it today) andacquired essence, basically the nutrients we absorb from our food. This is an important point because it means that the start you had in life can be impacted by your choices later on. A poorly baby can be described as having “weak congenital essence” but grow up to be healthy and strong. A healthy teenager may go on to have type II diabetes due to a poor diet.

Since human growth and development are imperative in both men and women, then surely everyone would benefit from strengthening their Kidney functions. This is true but men can be affected by a weak Kidney in a very singularly obvious way, and that is sexual health.

All manners of private sexual male dysfunction (such as premature ejaculation, nocturia, impotence) can be due to impaired Kidney function. Traditionally it would be due to an overly active sexual life (every time there is an ejaculation the body needs time to recuperate from the loss of “essence”). However in today’s society it can be any combination of stress, overwork, lifestyle, relationships and diet that can wreck havoc on the Kidney.

But self-care can be very effective. Besides having acupuncture and Chinese medicine either as treatment or a preventative measure, nutrition should be your main port of call. Eat well, keep your mind and body happy and your Kidney can enjoy the party. On the other hand, excessive work, excessive exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol, excessive caffeine, anxiety, and stress will deplete kidney essence before its time.

Winter is the season of the kidney, a time when the body naturally seeks warmth and nourishment. So enjoy the summer and soak in the rays to give yourself a good head start.

*Important: The Kidney in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) means more than the actual human organ. It is rather a group of functions, such as the regulation of water metabolism, storage of energy, and providing nourishment for bodily growth. If in doubt always get clarification from your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner.

by Ka Hang Leoungk

june events

21-22 June 2014 Mind Body Spirit Event at White Light Events in MILTON KEYNES. To find out more head to:

14th June 2014 Free HOLISTIC FAIR at Weatherstone Therapies in Wood Green Central Library, London. To find out more head to:

28/29 June 2014 BUXTON HEALTH & HEALING FESTIVAL at Pavilion Gardens. To find out more head to:

8th June 2014 Spiritual Birmingham Holistic Event Love & Light Events in Birmingham. To find out more head to:

If you have an event you would like published online to share with HTM readers please contact the online editor.

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