Case Studies

As people in the helping profession, it is highly likely that you have been faced with situations involving mental ill health… But if you were asked to define mental health, what would you reply?

Many of us have heard or used the terms; stressed, OCD, Anxiety, schizophrenia for example, but do we really know enough about #MentalHealth? And more importantly, would we be able to recognise the symptoms of mental ill health and feel confident in managing such situations?

Generally, people can explain what physical first aid is… but there are also first aid courses available for mental health…

Mental Health First Aid courses are recognised in 25 countries, and the overall purpose of the courses are to offer an equivalent to physical first aid. You can find out more by reading our interview with the CEO Poppy Jaman, and of course on the MHFA website, which states:

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. We know that 1 in 4 British adults will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives.

I attended the Mental Health First Aid two-day adult course in London at the end of last month… And here are my thoughts:

If you do a Mental Health First Aid course, it is likely that after the two days you will recognise early signs of mental health issues, that you will feel confident in approaching somebody experiencing a mental health issue, and be able to provide first aid, using the models that are learnt on the course.

Various models and statistics are shared throughout the two days, and it is one specific model that is reinforced because it offers a systematic, straightforward way to deal with somebody showing signs of mental ill health, be it somebody at your work, one of your clients or a loved one.

If you are an experienced therapist, then you will be adept at dealing with sensitive issues, and aware that much dis-ease is a result of something underlying… some of you may be qualified in a talking therapy too. This course strengthens existing knowledge, reminds us that we also need to demonstrate self-care in a helping profession, and provides up-to-date statistics, as well as offering an easily applied action plan.

This Action Plan will enable you to help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, help stop a mental health issue from getting worse, help someone recover faster and guide someone towards the right support. And whilst you are likely to have an idea of what the condition a person has, it is not the role of a Mental Health First Aider to provide a diagnosis. All of this is made clear during the course.

If you have your own business or practice, it is certainly worth your receptionist or other staff going on the course too, and for any new practitioners or students, this course will support your learning. On the days, I attended there were a variety of people, working in different fields; from the construction industry to business psychology, those attending from corporations, charities, medical professionals and those for personal reasons.

Below is a statement from a past attendee;

“Gaining more up-to-date knowledge about mental health has given me more confidence in myself. The information given and discussed has certainly made me look at how I can improve my practice to best support others… I have personally benefited from the training and will continue to look at changes that can be made when meeting with my line manager”
The above is taken from the following paper which has a range of quotes from people who have trained as Youth MHFAiders (see p16-19) – Borrill, J. & Kuczynska, P., Evaluation of Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in the North East of England. University of Westminster (December 2013)

My experience of the two-day course:

The experienced and trained instructor delivered content pretty much to the book, referring to a thick manual that is supplied as part of the course fee. Alex, was the facilitator for the course I attended; she was professional and experienced (including working in Health and Safety, training, and as a qualified yoga instructor). Alex clearly had sound knowledge of the course content and her delivery was calm and engaging… she ensured that there was variety in group set-up, level of physical activity and allowed all members to ask questions and share experiences… however, this course is not intended to be therapeutic, and Alex managed the group delicately if the subject steered off track, bringing it back to the material and the overall course purpose.

Day 1 was quite intense content wise, and the atmosphere in the room was dense at points, but this is expected for some of the subject matters dealt with, including depression, and suicide.

Day 2 included more case study discussion in groups, and interesting practical sessions to break-up the talking, as well as revisiting and discussing any parked questions from over the period of two days.

The best thing about the course was that it highlighted some areas of mental health that are not often discussed or considered, and it also shatters myths surrounding certain conditions. The video content and work booklet were effective ways to break-up the listening and learning sections, and the group work created a space for shared views. Alex is very approachable, yet stuck to timings and content, which allowed for fluid learning.

The only thing that I would change about my experience on the course, would be to have had two ten minute slots of actual stretches, and focused breathing… to allow any stiffness to dissipate… but I understand that due to the nature of the timed course, and the limited space this isn’t always easiest, and I believe that Alex balanced the days very well overall.

Mental ill health can affect our clients, our loved ones or indeed ourself; so the more awareness on the subject, the better for everybody’s overall health and wellbeing. I am really pleased I went on the course, even though I am trained in various modalities, as well as having personal experiences of mental ill health with loved ones… so I certainly recommend the course for other therapists too.

For more information on any of Mental Health First Aid courses, visit their website:

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Hon. William J. Watson (left), Dylan Lewis (center) and Alison CEO Mike Feerick (right) at Lockport City Court on Wednesday, March 3, 2016 in Lockport, N.Y. Watson recently mandated Lewis to take a free online course as a sanction in treatment court. (Joed Viera)

CPD and learning is so important… and if you are a creator of a course in your field, the learning of your subject could benefit an unexpected demographic…

ALISION is a website that offers free courses… you usually have to pay for the certificate, but the learning is for free… and it seems that this online learning could be used as a positive solution to sentencing in the court of law…

“Last month, a US Judge in Up-state New York sentenced a young drug-offender to complete a free online ALISON course instead of sentencing him to community service or jail.

On Tuesday, 1st March last, ALISON CEO Mike Feerick was invited to attend the court session when the youth appeared again before the court. As he had completed the course online, he avoided jail and was released from further court sanction. We believe that free online learning can be become an integral part of court sentencing across the globe.”

How can your courses help others?

Also why not try one of ALISION’s courses yourself.

Reflexology, Massage, complementary therapy


Complementary Therapy for a good night’s sleep

A cancer patient who has been experiencing hot sweats at night time as a result of his cancer is now able to get a good night’s sleep thanks to a reflexology treatment at St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Newcastle.

Shaun Fawcett, 67, from Whittingham, Northumberland, has been coming to the Hospice for pain and symptom management since September 2015. He has Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of bone marrow cancer.

During Shaun’s stays on St Oswald’s adult inpatient unit, he sees a complementary therapist to help keep his hot sweats under control and to help him to have a comfortable and relaxing night’s sleep. Shaun’s wife, Nancy, tells us more:

“Shaun’s cancer makes him sweat profusely at night time, sometimes it can be so bad that I have to change his t-shirt five or six times a night. The nurses at St Oswald’s frequently change Shaun’s bedding a couple of times a night too. This obviously impacts severely on Shaun’s sleep and mine too.

“After speaking to a member of the nursing team about Shaun’s hot sweats, they arranged for us to see one of their physiotherapists. For a while, acupuncture worked for Shaun’s condition but as it became more complex, his hot sweats came back. It was at this point we met with Gaenor, a Complementary Therapist at St Oswald’s.

“Gaenor suggested that we try reflexology, and the difference has been extreme. Shaun barely sweats thanks to the treatment, which means we both sleep so much better. This not only impacts on us at night time, but throughout daily life as it means we’re not tired all the time, which no one wants, especially when you’re unwell.”

Gaenor Evans, Complementary Therapy Team Leader, said: “At St Oswald’s Hospice we work holistically with our patients to support and promote their physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy and is based on the theory that feet correspond with different areas of the body. It uses a unique method of stimulating reflex areas on the feet whilst applying gentle pressure with thumbs and fingers.

“Some people find it works and fortunately it did for Shaun. After one aftertreatment, Shaun’s hot sweats significantly reduced and the effects lasted up to three days post treatment. Shaun told me his reflexology treatment reduced his night sweats and improved his quality of life.”

St Oswald’s Hospice offers a Complementary Therapy service to all patients accessing Hospice services. This including Aromatherapy, Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki and the M technique.


St Oswald’s provides hospice care to adults, young adults and children from across the North East. No charge is made for the service, ensuring care is available for all. They need to raise £7million through voluntary giving each year to continue their services. To find out more about St Oswald’s please visit, find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Emma Wharfe, Clinical Communications Officer

Tel: 0191 285 0063 ext 328

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PICTURED: A St Oswald’s Volunteer Complementary Therapist and patient

A practical guide for therapists of Healing within complementary therapy
“Total attention, with good intention”

By Sue Knight, chief executive of the Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO):

Living as a Healing practitioner can be a lonely experience. We are a long way off from broad client understanding and acceptance of the world’s oldest form of treatment.

The reason is clear. For many recipients of healing, the process by which it works is not widely understood. Not only that, but little of the scientific evidence that does show that healing can work reaches the mainstream and is ‘heard’. The apparent lack of scientific evidence in a modern sense is a barrier to attracting a wider reach of clients for practitioners.
Sue Knight, chief exec, The Confederation of Healing Organisations (The CHO)
Healing, within complementary therapy, works holistically on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Typical practices range from Reiki, reflexology, acupuncture, massage, energy therapy to non-contact healing, among many others. All use the same principle of healing intent. That is, the intentional influence of one person on another without physical intervention, essentially by channelling energy, to promote healing and wellbeing. Healing by intention, is considered by many, with the current fashion for clinical trials, to be unmeasurable and inexplicable. That healing intent can be proven (scientifically) is our first step towards a greater acceptance and understanding of why it works.

Latest research into healing now gives practitioners the platform from which to say that healing offers a scientifically proven benefit, no longer clouded by the myth of the Placebo Effect. From this we now have an opportunity to begin to better understand the dynamics of healing

Practitioners wanting to offer their clients a deeper understanding can use the following points as a guide:

1. The trial

The University of Northampton recently published a peer-reviewed study of research results of non-contact healing, which examined critically whether there was evidence of an effect of healing intention. In order to reduce potential biases from placebo and expectation effects, the University examined trials carried out on cell and tissue cultures, small animals and plants, as well as on humans. For example, examining trials on whether healing intent or energy channelling accelerated the germination of seeds, and the enzymatic activity within cell cultures. It was vitally important to test healing on both humans and non-humans, which brought about the following:
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2. Dispelling the Placebo Effect

Critics of healing often cite “the placebo effect’ for its potential success. Our view tackles just this point, and then goes on to challenge whether a placebo effect event matters or not. Most patients we have come across want a healing result or relief, and sometimes care less about the process. What the research uncovered, however, placed the science at the forefront of the answer. The human trials showed that healing generated statistically significant positive outcomes. Humans aside: cells in a petri dish, animals and plants all showed a positive response to healing and indeed a highly statistically significant effect was seen. It’s impossible for cells, plants and animals to experience any kind of placebo effect, therefore this proved without doubt that healing can make a difference.

3. Why it’s down to Healing Intent

While results of the research are groundbreaking for healing there is still much we do not know or understand. Metaphysical reactions do not carry the same easily understood reactions as conventional medicine. But what we do know now, in a scientifically demonstrable sense, is that healing intent is what made the difference. This healing intent was used with all the research subjects forming part of the research. This is not new to holistic practitioners, but allows us to understand and impart on a greater level what contributes to positive results that can occur.

4. Using the research for your outreach

While not all recipients will need a detailed explanation of how healing works, or scientific evidence, practitioners can explain it is about restoring a balance to life, and to relationships with others, about expressing feelings, about change and the need for it. Healing can help bring a sense of proportion and perspective and a greater feeling of ‘groundedness’, irrespective of whether clients are ill or not. On the other hand, it can be especially helpful in crisis situations and with terminal illness. It can stand alone as a therapy, has no harmful side effects and works well with any other therapy. It is a process, above all, to self-empower clients to heal themselves.

While we cannot claim healing cures, it is important to understand science does support the process by which healing works. So many factors contribute, whether it’s the match between the client and healer, the state in which both parties have arrived for the session, to the severity of the health issue. The point is, there is now a scientific basis for the effects of healing intent. Maybe from this we can generate a greater acceptance for the place of healing within the therapeutic spectrum.


About Sue Knight, Healing Practitioner:

Somerset-based Sue Knight has been a Healing Practitioner for more than twenty years. Recently she worked as a spiritual wellbeing practitioner within NHS mental health units (Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and has worked on a committee level within healing organisations since 2000. She specialised in training healers; delivering workshops; and giving talks and demonstrations. Having been appointed chief executive of the Confederation of Healing Organisations in 2012, she has represented healing at regulatory and governmental levels. Sue’s ethos is to enable her clients’ self-healing mechanisms, which address mind, body and spirit.
About the CHO:

The Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO) is the leading charity advancing the practice of Healing: promoting its benefits as a recognised complementary therapy by providing education, research and information to a wider audience of Healing and healthcare practitioners, and society as a whole.

The Confederation of Healing Organisations – Reg. Charity No. 1119533

About the meta-analysis research:

Scientific evidence for the effects of non-contact healing

Further information visit

By Dr. Mercola

Recent Alzheimer’s research1 suggests preclinical signs of Alzheimer’s disease may be evident as early as 20 years before the disease actually sets in, allowing for much earlier intervention.

By the time your memory begins to noticeably deteriorate, about 40-50 percent of your brain cells have already been damaged or destroyed.

Early detection is all the more crucial considering estimates suggest Alzheimer’s diagnoses may triple by 2050, reaching nearly 14 million in the US,2 and 115 million worldwide.3

As reported by Time Magazine:4

“For 18 years, Kumar Rajan, associate professor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and his colleagues followed 2,125 elderly people with an average age of 73 and who did not [have] dementia.

Every three years, the researchers gave the volunteers mental skills tests, and then compared these results over time.

When they looked at the group that went on to receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, they found that these people showed lower scores on their tests throughout the study period.

In fact, their scores steadily declined with each test. For each unit that the scores dropped on the cognitive tests, the risk of future Alzheimer’s increased by 85 percent.”

Self-Administered Test May Predict Your Risk for Dementia – see youtube

Previous research found similar correlations, which led to the development of the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test. It’s a 15-minute at-home test developed by Douglas Scharre, M.D., of the Division of Cognitive Neurology at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

You can download the SAGE test from the University’s website.

According to Dr. Scharre, this simple test correlates very well to more comprehensive cognitive tests, and is an excellent way to get an early assessment of your cognitive function. If taken at intervals over time, it can also serve as an early warning, if your scores begin to decline.

Brain scans and various biomarkers may also one day be used to detect deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s.

Blood Proteins and Other Biomarkers May Allow for Earlier Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

According to recent research,5,6 long before clear signs of Alzheimer’s develop, brain proteins called lysosomal proteins can be detected in a patient’s blood.

Lysosomal proteins help remove material from damaged nerve cells, and elevations in these proteins appear to be predictive of Alzheimer’s up to 10 years before the disease develops. According to lead author Dr. Edward Goetzl:

“These proteins are in very tiny nerve cell-derived blood particles called exosomes. Abnormal levels of the proteins may be useful [signals] that could help us study early treatments to limit or reverse the damage to brain cells and even prevent the development of the full-blown disease.

The results also show us that there are major abnormalities in how these proteins function in brain cells, which could potentially provide a new target for treatments.”

Another study,7 published last year, identified a set of 10 blood-based biomarkers for Alzheimer’s.

Using these biomarkers, the researchers claim to be able to predict the disease within a two to three-year timeframe with over 90 percent accuracy, concluding that: “This biomarker panel, reflecting cell membrane integrity, may be sensitive to early neurodegeneration of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.”

Brain Scans and Eye Tests May Also Reveal Future Alzheimer’s Risk

According to Dr. Daniel Kraft, MD,8,9 a Stanford and Harvard trained physician, inventor, entrepreneur, and faculty chair for the Medicine and Exponential Medicine program at Singularity University:

“We’re on the cusp of having imaging modality so you can pick up the plaques in a patient’s brain 10 or 20 years before they’re showing any clinical signs of Alzheimer’s.

We’ll be able to give them interventions, whether that’s mind games, or exercise, or other therapeutics that fits under not just personalized medicine but this idea of precision medicine to participatory medicine.”

Using PET scans with a radioactive tracer, researchers have demonstrated they can detect the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s.10 According to Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and director of the neurocognitive disorders program at Duke University:

“Our research found that healthy adults and those with mild memory loss who have a positive scan for these plaques have a much faster rate of decline on memory, language, and reasoning over three years.”

Interestingly, researchers have found that beta-amyloid plaques also accumulate in the retina, and this buildup closely matches the buildup found in the brain. As reported by CNN11 last year:

“Based on that finding, the research team developed a noninvasive test to check the retina for the telltale beta amyloid plaques. They’re now conducting a clinical trial to see if the test can identify patients who are starting to develop Alzheimer’s but don’t show symptoms yet…

A reliable eye test ‘would be a very important contribution,’ says Maria Carrillo, the Vice-President of Medical and Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association.

‘People tend to go to the opthamologist more frequently as we age. If you could add a quick test to see if neurogenic pathology is going on the brain, it would be really helpful.’”

Can Alzheimer’s Be Prevented?

Some medical professionals have raised questions about the psychological impact of learning you’re on your way toward developing Alzheimer’s, saying that having that knowledge may be counterproductive unless or until there’s an effective treatment.

What they fail to realize is that while there’s no pharmaceutical cure, you do have a significant degree of control over the situation if you make the appropriate diet and lifestyle corrections. So getting a 20-year early warning could likely make a tremendous difference, provided patients are given accurate diet and lifestyle instructions.

Two key instructions are:

Avoid processed foods of all kinds, as they contain a number of ingredients harmful to your brain, including refined sugar, processed fructose, grains (particularly gluten), genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, and pesticides like glyphosate (an herbicide thought to be worse than DDT, and DDT has already been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s)
Optimize your gut flora by avoiding processed foods (sugar, GE ingredients, pesticides and various food additives all discourage healthy bacteria in your gut), antibiotics and antibacterial products, fluoridated and chlorinated water, and by regularly eating traditionally fermented and cultured foods, along with a high quality probiotic if needed
Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) has explored these important concepts in his books, Grain Brain, and Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life.

Both of them are excellent handbooks on how to take control of your health and prevent and/or treat many diseases that are considered “incurable” from the conventional point of view, including Alzheimer’s disease. From his research, Dr. Perlmutter has concluded that Alzheimer’s disease is primarily predicated on lifestyle choices, and that it is preventable—a fact that very few health professionals are talking about.

“We interact with our genome every moment of our lives, and we can do so very, very positively,” Dr. Perlmutter says. “Keeping your blood sugar low is very positive in terms of allowing the genes to express reduced inflammation, which increase the production of life-giving antioxidants. So that’s rule number one: You can change your genetic destiny. Rule number two: you can change your genetic destiny to grow new brain cells, specifically in the hippocampus…

Your brain’s memory center regenerates. You are constantly growing new brain cells into your 50s, 60s, 80s, and 90s – throughout your lifetime – through a process called neurogenesis. That said, these two ideas come together because you can turn on your genes through lifestyle choices that enhance neurogenesis and that enhance regrowth of cells and expansion of your brain’s memory center. This was proven by researchers recently. They demonstrated that there are factors under our control that can make that happen.”

How to Regrow Brain Cells

Lifestyle strategies that promote neurogenesis and regrowth of brain cells include the following. All of these strategies target a specific gene pathway called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes brain cell growth and connectivity as demonstrated on MRI scans.

Exercise. In one year-long study, individuals who engaged in exercise were actually growing and expanding the brain’s memory center one to two percent per year, where typically that center would have continued to decline in size.
Reducing overall calorie consumption
Reducing carbohydrate consumption
Increasing healthy fat consumption. Coconut oil is ideal, as it contains 66 percent medium-chain triglycerides (MCT)—a primary source of ketone bodies, which is the preferred fuel for your brain. There’s even evidence suggesting that ketone bodies may help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in. Therapeutic levels of MCTs have been studied at 20 grams per day, which is equivalent to just over two tablespoons. Intermittent fasting also boosts ketone production
Increasing your omega-3 fat intake and reducing consumption of damaged omega-6 fats (think processed vegetable oils) in order to balance your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. I prefer krill oil to fish oil here, as krill oil also contains astaxanthin, which appears to be particularly beneficial for brain health. It belongs to the class of carotenoids, and is very “focused” on reducing free radical-mediated damage to fat, and your brain is 60 or 70 percent fat
Alzheimer’s—A Slow-Acting Form of Mad Cow Disease?

Mounting research also shows there’s a compelling link between a particular kind of brain protein and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This protein, called TDP-43, behaves like toxic and infectious proteins known as prions, which are responsible for the brain destruction that occurs in Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease;12 two types of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). As explained in Scientific American:13

“Prions are misshapen yet durable versions of proteins normally present in nerve cells that cause like proteins to misfold and clump together, starting a chain reaction that eventually consumes entire brain regions. In the past 15 years scientists have learned that such a process may be at work not only in mad cow and other exotic diseases but also in major neurodegenerative disorders….”

According to research14 published in 2011, TDP-43 pathology is detected in 25-50 percent of Alzheimer’s patients, particularly in those with hippocampal sclerosis, characterized by selective loss of neurons in the hippocampus, which is associated with memory loss. Research presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) also revealed Alzheimer’s patients with TDP-43 were 10 times more likely to have been cognitively impaired at death than those without it.15,16

The question is, how do you end up with TDP-43? The common denominator between Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Disease17 is forcing natural herbivores to eat animal parts—a more or less routine practice in the factory farm model—so the possibility has been raised that humans might get infected with TDP-43 via contaminated meats…

A 2005 study18 published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, titled: “Thinking the unthinkable: Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Mad Cow disease: the age-related reemergence of virulent, foodborne, bovine tuberculosis or losing your mind for the sake of a shake or burger,” states:

“In the opinion of experts, ample justification exists for considering a similar pathogenesis for Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and the other spongiform encephalopathies such as Mad Cow disease. In fact, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Alzheimer’s often coexist and at this point are thought to differ merely by time-dependent physical changes. A recent study links up to 13 percent of all ‘Alzheimer’s’ victims as really having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.” [Emphasis mine]

The researchers also note that bovine tuberculosis serves as a vector for human Mad Cow Disease (aka Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). Bovine tuberculosis is one of the most prevalent disease threats in American CAFOs, and the researchers quote USDA data suggesting that anywhere from 20-40 percent of American dairy herds are infected at any given time. The evidence is certainly suggestive, and from my perspective, it’s one more reason to avoid all meats from livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). And remember, meat sold in grocery stores and served in restaurants are from CAFO animals unless specifically labeled as grass-fed and organic.

My Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies

Because there are so few treatments for Alzheimer’s, and no available cure, you’re really left with just one solid solution, and that is to prevent it from happening to you in the first place. Diet is part and parcel of a successful prevention plan, and my optimized nutrition plan can set you on the right path in this regard. Remember that swapping out processed fare for whole foods is an important if not KEY part of the equation, as GE sugar, corn, and grains are now pervasive in most processed foods sold in the US.

In terms of your diet and other lifestyle factors, the following suggestions may be among the most important for Alzheimer’s prevention:

Eat real food. Avoid as many processed foods in boxes and cans as you can. You, your spouse, or someone you employ needs to spend time in the kitchen to prepare your own food. Avoid eating foods from industrial kitchens that can put any one of tens of thousands of chemicals into your food.
Avoid sugar and refined fructose. Ideally, you’ll want to keep your sugar levels to a minimum and your total fructose below 25 grams per day, or as low as 15 grams per day if you have insulin/leptin resistance or any related disorders.
Avoid gluten and casein (primarily wheat and pasteurized dairy, but not dairy fat, such as butter). Research shows that your blood-brain barrier is negatively affected by gluten. Gluten also makes your gut more permeable, which allows proteins to get into your bloodstream, where they don’t belong. That then sensitizes your immune system and promotes inflammation and autoimmunity, both of which play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.
Optimize your gut flora by regularly eating fermented foods or taking a high potency and high-quality probiotic supplement.
Increase consumption of all healthy fats, including animal-based omega-3. Healthy fats your brain needs for optimal function include organically-raised grass-fed meats, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, avocado, nuts, organic pastured egg yolks, and butter made from raw grass-fed milk. High intake of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are also helpful for preventing cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, thereby slowing down its progression, and lowering your risk of developing the disorder.
Reduce your overall calorie consumption, and/or intermittently fast. Ketones are mobilized when you replace carbs with coconut oil and other sources of healthy fats. Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool to jumpstart your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the inulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer’s. To learn more, please see this previous article.
Improve your magnesium levels. Preliminary research strongly suggests a decrease in Alzheimer symptoms with increased levels of magnesium in the brain. Unfortunately most magnesium supplements do not pass the blood brain levels, but a new one, magnesium threonate, appears to and holds some promise for the future for treating this condition and may be superior to other forms.
Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate. Vegetables, without question, are your best form of folate, and we should all eat plenty of fresh raw veggies every day.
Exercise regularly. It’s been suggested that exercise can trigger a change in the way the amyloid precursor protein is metabolized, thus, slowing down the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s. Exercise also increases levels of the protein PGC-1alpha. Research has shown that people with Alzheimer’s have less PGC-1alpha in their brains and cells that contain more of the protein produce less of the toxic amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s. I would strongly recommend reviewing the Peak Fitness Technique for my specific recommendations.
Optimize your vitamin D levels with safe sun exposure. Sufficient vitamin D is imperative for proper functioning of your immune system to combat inflammation that is also associated with Alzheimer’s.
Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body. Dental amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury by weight, are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. However, you should be healthy prior to having them removed. Once you have adjusted to following the diet described in my optimized nutrition plan, you can follow the mercury detox protocol and then find a biological dentist to have your amalgams removed.
Avoid and eliminate aluminum from your body: Sources of aluminum include antiperspirants, non-stick cookware, vaccine adjuvants, etc. For tips on how to detox aluminum, please see my article, “First Case Study to Show Direct Link between Alzheimer’s and Aluminum Toxicity.”
Avoid flu vaccinations as most contain both mercury and aluminum, well-known neurotoxic and immunotoxic agents.
Avoid anticholinergics and statin drugs. Drugs that block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter, have been shown to increase your risk of dementia. These drugs include certain nighttime pain relievers, antihistamines, sleep aids, certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers. Statin drugs are particularly problematic because they suppress the synthesis of cholesterol, deplete your brain of coenzyme Q10, vitamin K2, and neurotransmitter precursors, and prevent adequate delivery of essential fatty acids and fat-soluble antioxidants to your brain by inhibiting the production of the indispensable carrier biomolecule known as low-density lipoprotein.
Challenge your mind daily. Mental stimulation, especially learning something new, such as learning to play an instrument or a new language, is associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers suspect that mental challenge helps to build up your brain, making it less susceptible to the lesions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

It had been brought to my attention recently that we had a new Complementary Therapy Centre in town and this time one with a difference. The Float Spa is an exceptional centre situated on Third Avenue in Hove and has everything you could hope for the Feel Good experience.

float reception


On my arrival I was greeted by The Float Spa Managing Director Camille Pierson, whose enthusiasm for the Floatation experience and all the benefits that floating can give is really quite infectious.  Camille had been introduced to using flotation tanks through her own unfortunate experiences with stress as a result of family illness, you can read her full story here this did however lead her on to a journey of wanting to assist others to access this very mellow and non invasive form of therapy.


Having had issues with being in confined spaces myself I have to admit I was somewhat nervous about my first float but needless to say Camille put me at ease and talked me through everything I would likely experience and how the whole session would work. You are very much in control once you get into your pod and with the water at a lovely skin temperature there is no chance for getting cold.

I did decide to leave my light on to begin with and as I became more confident was able to turn it off, however I am assured that  once you are hooked and a expert floater you desire nothing more than to get in to a total sensory deprivation arena straight off and simply allow yourself to float away.


Although I found it difficult to quieten my mind on the first session I am really looking forward to going back as I now know what to expect and will probably avoid my early morning coffee this time!!

The one thing I was the most surprised about was how I felt afterwards. I was  amazed at how chilled out I had become, and not just that night but for at least the next few. Totally relaxed, buzzy, it reminded me of the sensation you would have if you had  a really good workout but without the muscle ache. My skin and hair felt soft and really nourished , I am sure the excellent Faith In Nature Products provided on site certainly helped. The whole experience – Wow, were my thoughts, how have I got to my ripe old 41 years without experiencing this treatment. 

After getting out of the pod and freshening up, I was able to go through to the lounge area where I was served a very delicious Water Mellon Sorbet again part of the truly exceptional first class service The Float Spa offer, every detail has been well thought and catered for.

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In our busy working lives we can endure the build up of stress which can lead on to many diseases within the body such as cancer, diabetes, mental illness to name but a few. I can see how a regular float session could combat chronic stress and help balance and restore us.

I was thrilled to see the diverse range of classes on offer here as well, with Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Pilates & Desire Mapping , as well as complementary therapy rooms to hire for the development of further therapies so Please do contact Camille to obtain further information if you are a therapist who is interested in being part of this amazing centre.

Although The Float Spa is already open it will be launching officially April 18th-19th, with some fabulous offers and opportunities so get along and experience what this top notch spa facility has to offer for you.




Calling all Volunteer (and future volunteer!) Therapists –

Have you ever thought about volunteering your beauty/holistic services or maybe you already do? Would you like to meet with like-minded, heart-led therapists to chat about your business, fundraising events, case-studies or just ask questions on how to get involved with local placements in your region? Then read on…

Volunteer Therapist Hub UK

The newly-launched Volunteer Therapist Hub (UK) could be the perfect place to hang out, meet new friends and make a positive change in the world too! The brainchild of Liz Badger, Founder of Face The World, the Hub is already proving to add real value and create quite a buzz – having attracted nearly 200 members in under 3 weeks.

And it’s all free of charge via a members-only facebook group.

Liz says “I realised there was a need for this service – matching therapist volunteers with local demand – over a year ago now. There was no joined up approach, nationally. After putting out some feelers and brainstorming with a wonderful group of my trusted colleagues/contacts, the plan was to create an all singing/dancing website – but sadly funds, time and resources were not on our side! Rather than delay any longer, the facebook group was the perfect “launch pad” for getting things started, proving the need – and hopefully the funds and website will manifest!

“The scope seems endless. The list of possible services and member benefits keeps growing!Liz BadgerWe of course have the “match-making” at the core of the Hub, though we’d like to start collating case studies where beauty/holistic therapies enhance ‘standard’ medical treatment/recovery – through tosharing events, raising awareness, inspiring stories and articles. It’s of course a great place to therapy swap and make new friendstoo. Who knows, we may also have a “Volunteer of the Month”, newsletter and our own annual conference and guest speakers one day… even arranging CRB/Clearance for therapists so they are ready to go for the organisations that need them.”

Liz’s enthusiasm for the group seems to be justified – in less than 3 weeks there have already been several new volunteers for Look Good, Feel Good, Therapies 4 Forces, local hospices and local events – and it’s growing all the time. She now wants to invite representatives of organisations/end users of the group to join too and post their need.

Want to get involved? Here’s how –

Simply sign into your facebook account and either search for “Volunteer Therapist Hub UK” or follow the direct link given below. Click to join the group – and be prepared to answer a few questions if your professional background isn’t clear from your profile page.

The Hub looks forward to welcoming more new therapists and now end users too. Feel free to contact Liz directly on 0845 544 1555, [email protected] or via the Contact Form below –

Competition Winner Becomes a UK First!

When Holistic Therapist Magazine randomly picked a winner from their autumn 2014 competition, little did they know they were about to create a piece of history. For the winner, professional massage therapist Trevor Frost of Corpus et Animus in Hertfordshire, was about to become the first male practitioner of the unique Face The World choreographed facial massage.

Trevor receives his Diploma Certificate from Face The World tutor Lauren Harley.

Trevor successfully attended the next training day in his region, held in the Holistic Training Courses centre in Hatfield on 12th January. He joined fellow students, Carolynn Binnie, Claire Wild and Kirsti Johns to literally get to grips with the patented facial “routine.” The Face The World holistic facial incorporates music therapy, aromatherapy, massage techniques and natural, ethical products – taking clients on a memorable virtual journey around the world.

The advanced one day course, aimed at professional therapists, covered all aspects of a facial from cleansing the skin to acu-pressure of the facial meridian points. Some mini Thai Foot, Tibetan Hand/Arm and Indian Head massage techniques were also taught for during the Ocean Rain Mask stage. To round off the experience, a sachet of overnight serum is given to the client to take home.

Some gentle stretches prior to the Eastern Acu-pressure stage of the facial.


Trevor applies the Ocean Rain mask cloth using tapotement “raindrops”.


Trevor says of his win “Thank you for a super course yesterday. I really enjoyed learning some new skills, and also being able to use some of my current skills in a different way. The whole package is excellent and the music enhances the treatment so much more.”

To find out more about the facial, visit – or call Liz on 0845 544155 ([email protected]) for the latest offers and training dates.

In the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border region? You can book your multi-sensory Face The World Facial with Trevor by contacting him at [email protected] or on 07428 590511.


A Journey into Healing The Emotions Using Tools For Transformation By Lucy Batham -Read from Loveursoul

I Spent much of my life suppressing my emotions as I did not want to make others feel any worse than they already did. In part because there was a lot of trauma in my life but also because as I was always told there is always someone worse of than you and always be grateful for how lucky you are. You see I am highly sensitive not in an emotional way but in an empath kind of way. I feel other peoples ‘stuff’ and quite often I would take on their feeling’s so that they did not have to. I wanted to make things better for them. Eventually it made me ill and after a while I became really ill and it was difficult to tell what was my stuff and what was others.
My journey of unravelling took about 10 years, it was painful, difficult and full of stops and starts but a the end of it not only could I tell what was my stuff and what was someone else’s but I also no longer had the phsyical symptoms of suppressing my emotions such as asthma, eczema, IBS, and anxiety. I was also able to manage my fibromyalgia and lifes stresses with ease. You see my body’s answer to me suppressing everything was to develop auto-immune ‘dis-eases’ and eventually I went into adrenal fatigue. I consider myself lucky,I could have kept going and it could have been much worse. I am eternally grateful for my journey and all its lessons.
During my journey I found many things and people to help me and even when I did not feel safe enough to communicate how I was feeling I slowly found ways to let the corsitol out of my body.
As a result of this part of my journey I started collecting things I thought would help others through particular points in their lives too. Be that Trauma, Birth, Insomnia or simply learning to love and accept ourselves just like I had to because all I had to learn was to choose love over fear. Simple but not always as easy to do.
As a result of what I was learning LoveurSoul was born and it was my way of leaving a trail of light for others along there own journeys as I am incredibly grateful for my lessons and acutely aware no two story’s are the same, no matter what others tell you. Yes be grateful for what you do have but allow yourself to feel your ‘stuff’ too. It is the quickest way to heal and move on.
One such product range I am incredibly proud of are the 10 Wellbeing boxes created to help others begin their own journeys to self love and acceptance. I am very passionate about the need to allow others to find their own lights because no two journeys are the same but equally so we all need a helping hand. Often it is simply a question of knowing where to look and feeling safe enough to be heard and valued.
Our boxes are designed to open your heart and mind, they are there to guide you and more importantly they are there to show you you are valid, important and worth it. We trust you might know someone else who needs to hear how much they are loved to.
To find out more about the boxes go to and to find out more about Lucy and her work to help others find the essence within you can contact her on 07803 931027

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A Typical case from my Homeopathic Practice

A Typical case from my Homeopathic Practice.
A Mother brought her 15 month old baby girl in to see me because of the ‘barking’ cough she had on and off from the age of 3 months. She was ‘off colour’ whining and clingy, only sleeping about two hours at a time then waking up coughing and angry. She had had a few courses of antibiotics with little or no effect.
In Homeopathy we want to know more about the symptoms in order to find the exact homeopathic medicine that will restore the baby to a balanced state of health, e.g. how the baby has changed from her normal state and what makes the symptoms better or worse. So I asked the Mother to explain a little more…
She told me that her baby had a history of high fevers and especially now during this bout of illness she can become very hot, she becomes very angry particularly when she cannot get her own way which brings on a bout of coughing. After the coughing fit the baby usually becomes very sleepy and her face which at present is usually bright red (especially her cheeks) goes very pale. When she has temper tantrums she can bite, either herself, other babies or even the Mother. She can push the Mother away, pull her hair and generally will not tolerate any interference. During the consultation I noticed that the baby would want to be on the Mother’s lap one minute then want to be on the floor playing with toys. One minute wanting cuddles then the next minute pushing away. Mother said she was like an Angel when she was well but a Devil when she was poorly. She had become very fearful of late especially for loud noises like the vacuum cleaner or raised voices, she had also developed a fear of dogs.
Taking everything into consideration I prescribed one dose of the homeopathic medicine Belladonna in a 30c potency and asked the Mother to contact me in a few days time.
The Mother rang to tell me that on the same day the remedy had been given, her baby had developed a slight fever but slept well throughout the night, the following day she had perked up, smiling a lot but still a little clingy. After two days she noticed that her whole mood seemed to have changed for the better with less and less episodes of violence, anger and temper tantrums. Her cough became looser and less ‘barking’.
I saw Mother and baby for a proper follow up appointment after one month where the Mother reported that baby was very well in every way and said to me “Thank you so much for giving me my baby back”
This case is just one of many Children’s and babies cases I see every day. All are individuals presenting with different problems from, bed wetting and night terrors to colic and respiratory conditions as well as behavioural problems and Autism.
Please note that other children suffering with similar fevers and coughs may need a remedy other than Belladonna, It is always advisable to seek advice from a professional homeopath.
Monica2Monica Robinson MBRCP Hom Bingley, West Yorkshire

The Yorkshire College of Classical Homoeopathy


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