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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.

To view the full article click here

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

Ian White, Australian Bush Flower Essences

Ian White – Kinesiology Workshop

Muscle Testing with ABFE

Following the success of last years’ event at Malahide Castle, we had been eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated return of Ian White to Ireland this year. A two-day workshop entitled ‘Kinesiology and Australian Bush Flower Essences’ took place on June 29th & 30th at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone. Participants travelled from all over Ireland and even as far as Scotland to take part in this wonderful event. The workshop was attended by both proficient Kinesiologists and those that are new to the technique! The workshop has been designed to help users to accurately muscle test using the Australian Bush Flower Essences.
Ian White is the founder of the Australian Bush Flower Essences and a 5th generation Australian herbalist. Like a breath of fresh air, Ian White arrived on the Saturday morning in one of his signature pastel suits. Yellow was the colour of choice! (It was pink on the Sunday) Ian’s passion and commitment brought great ease of listening and flow to the workshop. His wealth of knowledge is abundant and the manner in which the information is delivered is inspirational. There was a perfect balance between theory and practical interaction. Throughout the two days the participants had plenty of opportunity to pair up and practice Kinesiology with each other. Knowledge was shared and relationships formed. Ian touched on the essences and their application in practice also. His profound respect and connection with nature shone through. It truly was, a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening workshop that showcased Kinesiology as a key diagnostic technique for Natural Therapists.
Our Customer Service team were kept busy at the event with purchases being made on Australian Bush Flower Essence books, insight cards, white light essence CD, body love creams etc. The Australian Bush Flower pendants were in high demand! Some stocks are still available.
On behalf of the team at New Vistas Healthcare we would like to extend our thanks to Ian White for delivering a fantastic workshop and to all the amazing participants for helping to make it such a memorable event.

Travel Tips

With holidays on the hopefully sunny horizons, it is helpful to be prepared as we gather together some essentials. For those travelling abroad, it is useful to have some staples on hand. Whether it is therapeutic or preventative care, these double-up as capable remedies. BAC is always popular to help boost the immune system as well as an instant hand sanitiser. It is useful for stomach upsets too. For those preferring something more solid, Olive Leaf Extract capsules offer anti-pathogenic properties as well as antioxidant virtues, helping neutralise free pathogens. ANX or REL are helpful for nervous travellers. For those travelling by road, VTG is an excellent homoeopathic for motion sickness. HCZ helps ease constipation symptoms. Travel Essence from the Australian Bush Flower Remedies helps offset the emotional effects of travel, especially if one feels disorientated or drained after their journey. For skin subjected to a little too much sun, Argiltubo, a ready-to-use clay, is a soothing mask which eases hot or stinging skin. It also doubles up as a luxurious face and body exfoliator. It is always best to consult with your CAM Provider so that individual health requirements can be met and monitored. Happy Holidays!

Magnesium – Osteoarthritis

A study published in the Journal ‘Osteoarthritis and Cartilage’ outlines the impact of low magnesium levels on pain and function in patients with knee Osteoarthritis. Magnesium is needed to regulate calcium transportation and absorption. It helps balance electrolytes, metabolism and normal protein synthesis. It is also required to regulate levels of calcium, copper, zinc, potassium and Vitamin D.

The article concludes that lower magnesium intake was associated with worse pain and function in knee Osteoarthritis, especially among individuals with low fibre intake.

The management and monitoring of Osteoarthritis is best achieved under the guidance of a CAM Practitioner, where a person’s individualised needs can be met. Magnesium Citrate CAPSULES (60s) offer 200mg of highly absorbable magnesium per capsule. They are suitable for those avoiding wheat, gluten, yeast, sugar and salt. They are also kosher.

Reference: A. Shmagel et al, Low magnesium intake is associated with increased knee pain in subjects with radiographic knee osteoarthritis: data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative1, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2018.

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World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. On the 5th June 2019, World Environment Day will be on the theme of air pollution. Hosted by China, World Environment Day invites us to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution, which in turn can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit people’s health too.
Air pollution has a profound effect on our well-being and on the health of the flora and fauna of our planet. Apart from causing respiratory diseases, air pollution is a major cause of heart attacks, lung cancer and stroke in people. Air pollution also harms our natural environment, decreasing the oxygen supply in our oceans, making it harder for plants to grow and contributing to climate change.
How much pollution we breathe in is dependent on many factors, such as access to clean energy for cooking and heating, the time of the day and the weather. Rush hour traffic is an obvious source of local pollution, but air pollution can travel long distances, sometimes across continents on international weather patterns.
Ireland’s position on the west of Europe means that it is the first in line for fresh air from the Atlantic Ocean. However more than 1,500 people are thought to die in Ireland each year from breathing polluted air.
The five main sources of air pollution are agriculture, transport, household, industry and waste. These are all man-made and can be averted through good policies and practices.
Methane and ammonia produced by agricultural processes and livestock, contributes to ground level ozone causing asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The global transport sector accounts for almost one quarter of energy related carbon dioxide emissions. Diesel emissions have been in the spotlight since 2015 when Volkswagen was caught cheating regulatory tests. Virtually all diesel cars were then revealed to be pumping out far more pollution on the road than in official tests. In 2016, 71% of new cars in Ireland were diesel; the highest share of any European country. The main source of household air pollution is the indoor burning of fossil fuels such as wood and other bio-mass based fuels to cook, heat and light homes. Research at UCC found that particulate pollution can increase by 10 times during the evenings in small towns across Ireland because of coal, wood and peat burning. Industrial energy production is also a leading source of air pollution. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor, while diesel generators are a growing concern in off-grid areas. Industrial processes and solvent use in the chemical and mining industries also pollute the air. Open waste burning and organic waste in landfills release harmful dioxins, furans, methane and black carbon into the atmosphere. Globally, an estimated 40% of waste is openly burned. The problem is most severe in urbanised regions and developing countries. Open burning of agricultural and municipal waste is practiced in 166 out of 193 countries. However not all air pollution comes from human activity. Volcanic eruptions, dust storms and other natural processes also cause problems. Sand and dust storms are particularly concerning. Fine particles of dust can travel thousands of miles on the back of these storms, which may also carry pathogens and harmful substances, causing acute and chronic respiratory problems.
New Vistas provide a range of xenobiotics which can help people with health issues arising from air pollution. Opsin II can help the body to detox toxins resulting from inhalant allergies. Agritex is a remedy specifically designed to help the body to deal with agricultural toxins while Industriox is specifically designed to aid in detoxifying industrial toxins from the body. Envirox is a highly recommended remedy in the treatment of pollution sensitivity. Fringed Violet can also be helpful in decreasing sensitivity to environmental irritants and chemical pollution.

Hay Fever Season

Allergic Rhinitis, more commonly known as Hay Fever becomes a cause for concern for many at this time of year. The pollen count is on the rise and symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing are exacerbated leading to poor concentration, fatigue and irritability among sufferers. Thankfully, therapies like Acupuncture and Homoeopathy can help to ease symptoms. An article published in the Journal ‘Allergology International’ discusses the use of ‘Complementary and alternative medicine for allergic rhinitis in Japan’. It is always best to seek professional advice as individual health requirements can vary from person to person.

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Reference: Syuji Yonekura et al Complementary and alternative medicine for allergic rhinitis in Japan, Allergology International, Allergology International, Volume 66, Issue 3, July 2017,

Strengthening the immune system during hay fever season is also key. The ‘Whole Health Immune Complex’ supports an optimal immune response, keeping symptoms under control.