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World Heart Day 2019

The World Heart Federation organises World Heart Day, an international campaign held on the 29th September to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, which are the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year. The day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
The heart has played an important role in understanding the body since antiquity. In the fourth century B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle identified the heart as the most important organ in the body. The heart was considered to be the seat of intelligence, motion and sensation. Aristotle described it as the centre of vitality in the body.
In the modern world we tend to view the brain as the source of our intelligence, thoughts and creativity. The new discipline of neurocardiology explores how the heart and brain interact. It shows that the heart is a sensory organ which receives and decodes information. The heart sends signals to the brain affecting brain functions such as perception, memory and problem solving. The research shows that when we feel negative emotions such as fear or anger, the rhythm of the heart becomes unstable sending signals to the brain to curb higher cognitive functions. Therefore, we make poorer decisions when we are stressed or afraid.
According to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions, the Anahata or the Heart Chakra is the fourth primary chakra. In Sanskrit, anahata is the spiritual place where past experiences and grievances can no longer harm us. Located in the centre of the chest, the heart chakra corresponds to the heart, lungs, thymus gland and cardiac plexus. The heart chakra is associated with the colour green and the element air. This chakra is responsible for regulating the energy associated with self-acceptance, self-love, compassion, openness and unconditional love of others.
A number of holistic remedies can be used to heal the heart chakra and bring the body, mind and spirit into alignment. Such remedies often involve homeopathy, aromatherapy, sound healing, colour therapy, meditation and crystal healing.
Zephorium Soul Tonics are a range of chakra pick-me-ups formulated to help encourage self-awareness and positive reflections. These tonics combine colour therapy, aromatherapy, homeopathy, crystals and affirmations. The beautiful colours of the glass bottles are linked to the body’s chakra system. High quality oils, aromatherapy, powerful affirmations and potentised crystals are added to the vibrational mix, culminating in a wonderful blend.
The Zephorium Love & Surrender Aura Spray is a powerful combination of pure Rose Oil and homeopathic Rose Quartz Crystal. Rose oil helps to open the heart chakra to loving the self and others. Rose Quartz rebalances the heart and helps us to find calm, peace and joy.
The Balance & Protection Aura Spray is another powerful combination of Jasmine Oil and homeopathic Emerald Crystal. This unique blend is aligned to the green aspect of the heart chakra, which is the masculine and the ability to both give and receive love. Whilst the Love & Surrender Aura Spray is focused on healing the heart chakra, the Balance & Protection Aura Spray is focused on balance and finding the middle ground.
The Zephorium Aura Sprays come in 50ml bottles and retail at €17.65 Each bottle has been hand blended with great love and positive intention. All products are also Vegan friendly and GM Free.

‘The Wonder of Stillness’ – Meditation for Children

Incorporating meditation for children into school or home routines can provide them with an abundance of positive reinforcements and possibilities. Meditation can also help overcome sleep problems and encourage improved self-esteem. A healthy balanced mind blends left brain activity such as reasoning or logic with right brain activity like creativity, art and intuition.

In her new book, Michelle Sorrell, a homeopath, presents a practical guide for parents and teachers who wish to encourage and guide children to a place of inner stillness. The book is divided into five sections; Calming, Uplifting, Creativity, Confidence and Self-Healing. She provides leading meditations and tips to enhance the child’s learning environment.

The book is suitable for children aged 3-11 although there are some options for infants. In a modern environment where there is a lot pressure early on to succeed academically and with social media and technology at the forefront of kids interests, providing a lifelong skill such as mediation can help balance and anchor children who need reassurance and time to reflect or feel calm.

‘The Wonder of Stillness is available now throughAMAZON

Curcumin/Tumeric – Liver Support

A recent study published in the March Issue of Integrative Medicine Research supports the use of dietary curcumin/turmeric for liver support. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a growing health concern. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of supplementation on liver enzymes in patients with NAFLD.

Curcumin/Turmeric Juice is a popular supplement used to help fight free radicals. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s specific health requirements for and monitor their needs. The article concludes that supplementation might have a favourable effect on NAFLD in higher dosage.

Reference: Fariborz Mansour-Ghanaei et al, Efficacy of curcumin/turmeric on liver enzymes in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials, Integrative Medicine Research Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2019

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Multivitamin/Multimineral – Supplementation

A study published in the ‘Journal of Functional Foods’ advocates the use of dietary multivitamin/multimineral supplementation. Dietary supplementation continues to provoke debate. The purpose of this study was to determine if supplementation affects nutrition status, antioxidant status and cardiovascular health in healthy individuals. Preferably, a CAM Provider can evaluate an individual’s specific health requirements and create a personalised health plan.

Whole Health Immune Complex and Vibracell are popular supplements recommended by CAM Providers to replenish vitamin/mineral intake.

The study concludes that mutltivitamin/multimineral supplementation improved several aspects of human health.

Reference: Mark A. Levy, Consumption of a multivitamin/multimineral supplement for 4 weeks improves nutritional status and markers of cardiovascular health, Journal of Functional Foods, 2019

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Omega-3 – Type 2 Diabetes

A recent study as published in the Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism supports the use of dietary omega-3 in the management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Type 2 Diabetes is an increasing health concern and management is best achieved under the guidance of a CAM Practitioner where a person’s individualised needs can be monitored and met.

Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and anti-lipidemic properties that may be beneficial in the management of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications. Norsan Omega-3 vegan oil is a popular supplement. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate people’s health requirements for and create a helpful strategy to achieve wellness goals.

Reference: The role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus: A narrative review, Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 2018, C. Itsiopoulos.

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Mark Cullen, New Vistas Healthcare

Mr Mark Cullen – In Loving Memory

It is with deep sadness and profound respect that we share with you the unexpected passing of our beloved friend, colleague and Managing Director, Mark Cullen.

Mark worked passionately and diligently alongside us for almost 10 years. The last 2½ years he dedicated himself to his role as Managing Director. Under his leadership, we strengthened our role internationally as a key stakeholder throughout the natural medicine’s community. He was pivotal in arranging this year’s ECHAMP conference in Dublin. Ever the proud local man, he epitomised Irish hospitality, marketing both Dublin and Ireland to their fullest potential. With keen observational and astute senses, he sourced the best of local services and made sure there was plenty of traditional amusements available, enhancing the entire weekend for everyone who had flown in especially for the occasion. Mark had participated fully in recent CEO workshops in Spain and France also. His valued contributions were acknowledged by his peers throughout both these events and the annual conference. He had also spent valuable time within our UK and Italian markets, securing our goals for the next number of years. He had such a delightful way of making people feel secure and comfortable. No doubt it was his special manner that had mass-appeal, whether working with staff, Practitioners, Consultants or the countless members of the CAM community in between.  He was welcomed with open arms and served as a brilliant brand ambassador for New Vistas.

Mark’s attention-to-detail was clearly honed from his previously esteemed retail career. He had carved a serious name for himself within this sector, having served Dunnes Stores, Brown Thomas and helping lay the foundations for Lidl when they first came to Ireland. His meticulous manner was evident in evolving our own working environment as well. He was a man who saw an opportunity to make things brighter and more beautiful. That ranged from doubling our floor space in Limerick, improving team communication networks and optimising marketing and training materials. Everything he turned his hand to was better for his input. He was a generous man, sharing his wisdom, experiences and skills. In recent days, we have been overwhelmed with shared stories of his kindness and how his help and consideration have touched so many lives; quietly working behind the scenes to make life easier or nicer for those who needed a helping hand.

He was a man with a vision to develop the natural healthcare sector. Not just because of the current illness epidemic, but because it is truly a vocation. Mark’s compassion and kindness made him the perfect advocate for such a noble cause. He acknowledged the amount of practical assistance and reassurance the sector needed and he was actively contributing to improving this over-all environment. Mark enabled many positive changes throughout his time; giving due attention to research, education and planning for a more integrated and secure platform for natural therapies.

Mark lit up the space he held here on Earth. We will be forever blessed to have known his gentle nature and generous spirit. It is his wonderful laugh and beautiful smile we will miss in Limerick. Mark fulfilled his earthly duties here with enthusiasm and joy. We pray now for the peaceful release of his soul. May he rest with as much happiness as he brought to all of us.

Facial Moisturisers & Cleansers by New Vistas Healthcare

The Skin You’re In

The skin is the body’s largest organ and like any other organ, it is a specialised set of tissues that works together to perform necessary biological functions. Skin problems are among the most common reasons for which people seek homeopathic treatment. In homeopathy, the body is viewed as a complex network of interconnected parts. When all of these interconnected parts are in balance, the body is considered healthy. Any issues that pop up – skin related or otherwise, can be traced back to an imbalance within the body. A kinesiologist can test non-intrusively using muscle testing and the body will show where imbalances, deficiencies, injury or stress lies and what is needed to regain equilibrium.

Skin conditions can be addressed both topically and internally, recognizing the importance of a holistic approach. We supply a range of therapeutic formulas in a gentle cream base, each geared towards specific ailments where topical applications are appropriate. Our creams use a non-toxic lanolin-free base. Creams such as Chickweed Complex can help with eczema and psoriasis, Comfrey is suitable for sprains, strains and painful joints while Thuja provides anti-viral properties used to soothe inflamed skin such as shingles or chicken pox. NuDerma cream offers soothing and excellent relief for psoriasis, itching or Athlete’s Foot. Traumaide cream is our most popular first-aid savior. Blending our homeopathic TRA formula with vitamin E oil and ingredients including Symphytum Officinale and Bellis Perrenis, this cream has shown time and again its usefulness for aches, pains, bruises and helping provide reassurance during stressful periods. Have a jar on hand for children’s tumbles or knocks. It is great for sports enthusiasts who may feel stiff or strained after a heavy workout. It is popular among ageing golfers and tennis players, helping loosen tightness. It has also been used for those experiencing shock or upset, gently massaged on the hands and over the chest area, taking time to slowly breath in its relaxing properties. Traumaide is the #1 all-rounder cream, helping soften and release some of life’s little blows.

Heart Health – CoQ10 Ubiquinol

A review article published in the Indian Heart Journal provides an overview of systematic reviews to determine the efficacy of CoQ10 supplementation in the treatment of patients with poor heart health. CoQ10 exists in two different forms: a reduced form, as Ubiquinol (CoQ10H2), and an oxidized form, ubiquinone (CoQ10). The article addresses the potential for the use of CoQ10 in the maintenance of heart health. Evidence suggests that CoQ10 supplementation can be a useful tool for managing patients with poor heart health.

Bio-available CoQ10 in the form of Ubiquinol is a popular supplement. Ideally, a CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s health requirements and create a helpful strategy to achieve wellness goals.

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Reference: Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of heart failure: A systematic review of systematic reviews, Mehdi Jafari, Seyed Masood Mousavi, Asra Asgharzadeh, Neda Yazdani, Indian Heart Journal, 2018

Kinesiology – Prevalence of Use

The article published in the Journal, ‘Advances in Integrative Medicine’ focuses on the prevalence of use of kinesiology style manual muscle testing. Manual muscle testing (MMT) is a non-invasive assessment method used to evaluate neuromusculoskeletal integrity. It is a fundamental component of physical examinations performed by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and some medical specialists. The aim of the study was to estimate the number of people formally trained to use Kinesiology.

The article concludes that through Internet searches, surveys, personal communications and expert opinion, Kinesiology has been estimated to be used by over 1 million people worldwide. Therefore, its widespread use merits further consideration and in-depth exploration of its usefulness in clinical settings.

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Reference: Estimating the prevalence of use of kinesiology-style manual muscle testing: A survey of educators, Anne M. Jensen, Advances in Integrative Medicine, (2015) 96–102

Vitamin C and Metabolic Syndrome

Vitamin C – Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is an increasing worldwide health concern and the disorder is associated with the obesity epidemic. It is a serious public health problem that leads to the increased prevalence and severity of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease, and stroke. A review article published in the Journal ‘Redox Biology’ addresses ‘The relationship between vitamin C status, the gut-liver axis, and metabolic syndrome’. The article identifies that low circulating ascorbic acid concentrations are commonly associated with this syndrome. Poor vitamin C status exacerbates inflammation along the gut-liver axis that increases the demand for antioxidant defence.

Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids can help to increase the body’s capacity to fight free radicals, protecting against cellular damage and preventing inflammation. Ideally a CAM provider can evaluate people’s health requirements and create a helpful strategy to achieve wellness goals.

Reference: Maret G. Traber , Garry . Buettner , Richard S. Bruno. The relationship between vitamin C status, the gut-liver axis, and metabolic syndrome Redox Biology Volume 21, February 2019, 101091

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New Vistas Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium – Heart Health

Magnesium is a popular food supplement recommended by CAM Providers to help the body deal with many health concerns. The article identifies the importance of this mineral intake and its association with arterial calcification. It may play a contributing role in protecting against stroke and fatal coronary heart disease.

A recent study as published in the Journal ‘JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging’ addresses the benefits of magnesium intake and its association with Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC). As we are aware, its deficiency can lead to many adverse health conditions. The article specifically outlines its importance in heart health. Magnesium supplementation is best achieved under the guidance of a suitable CAM Provider, where individual needs can be monitored and assessed.

Reference: Adela Hruby PhD, MPH , Christopher J. O’Donnell MD, MPH , Paul F. Jacques ScD , James B. Meigs MD, MPH , Udo Hoffmann MD, MPH, Nicola M. McKeown PhD, Magnesium Intake Is Inversely Associated With Coronary Artery Calcification: The Framingham Heart Study, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2014.

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Psych-K, empowering others to learn tools for change

PSYCH-K® 3 Day Workshop

PSYCH-K® – Dublin – October 2019

Taught over three days, the 25th–27th October 2019 in the Clayton Hotel Swords, this PSYCH-K® Workshop will look at the differences between the super conscious, conscious and subconscious minds. Instructor Sharon Lock will also examine the basic theory of split-brain research – the differences between the left and right brain hemispheres, and why both are important when changing beliefs.

Many change processes and self-help methods fail or produce limited or temporary results because they communicate only with the conscious mind; relying heavily on insights, reason, will power, positive thinking and motivation. Neuroscientists tell us that it’s not enough to rely on good intentions and will power to make lasting changes in our lives. We must do something different by learning how to change our subconscious beliefs.

In a 2005 article, “How your Unconscious Really Shapes your Decisions”, cognitive neuroscientists revealed that most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behaviour depends on 95% of brain activity that goes beyond our conscious awareness. This suggests most of our lives are driven by beliefs we don’t even know we have – beliefs that are the result of lifelong programming that can sometimes be sabotaging and self-defeating. It is important to work from a whole brain state, allowing for optimal personal and professional development.

PSYCH-K® is a safe and effective way to access and change the subconscious mind. Once changes have been made at the subconscious level of the mind, repeating and sabotaging patterns can be released.

During this 3-day  PSYCH-K® Workshop you will learn:

  • How PSYCH-K® works and the theory behind it
  • Muscle Testing in PSYCH-K®
  • Two PSYCH-K® Balances (change processes)
  •  A Goal Clarification process to support and enhance the effectiveness of the Balances
  • How to create new supportive beliefs
  • Self-muscle testing to support you to change your own beliefs
  • Understanding Secondary Gain
  • Using PSYCH-K® in your daily life

At the end of the workshop you will have all the tools you need to be able to change your own beliefs and to facilitate changes with your family and friends too. If you are already working in a professional capacity with clients you might also introduce PSYCH-K® in to your current practice.

For more information, please contact Sharon Lock directly – sharonlock36@gmail.com.

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Sharon has also created a video to give participants a feel for what it’s like to attend a workshop