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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 –

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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.

Natural Mineral Clay – Antibacterial

A review paper published in the Journal, International Geology Reviews outlines the antibacterial properties of natural clay. Natural clays have been used in ancient and modern times to heal skin conditions. Clay minerals are added to cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations because of their therapeutic characteristics. Untreated clay minerals are abundant in nature and very effective at killing a broad spectrum of pathogens. Therefore, clay is an inexpensive treatment modality for infection. Argital natural cosmetics are a popular clay based skincare range for those suffering with chronic to mild skin conditions. Ideally a CAM Provider can assess individual health requirements and advise with regard to suitability of use. This article addresses the benefits of clay and it’s healing properties.

Reference: Lynda B. Williams and Shelley E. Hayden ‘Evaluation of the medicinal use of clay minerals as antibacterial agents’, Int Geol Rev. 2010, 52(7/8)

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19th May 2019. This year’s theme is body image. This topic is relevant to everyone. It spans across gender, age sexuality and ethnicity. Body image can have a profound effect on mental and physical health. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to ignite conversation about the relationship between the body and the mind. A holistic view towards the body/mind connection can help to prevent mental health problems. Another key goal of Mental Health Awareness Week is to share research on the topic of mental health and it’s impact on our overall health status. An article published in Positive Health Online gives great insight into the impact of emotional stress on health.
Reference: Sally Ann Hutcheson, RS Hom., ND, Cert. ASK, MBANT, CNHC, CSTA – As published in Positive Health Online – Issue 232, August 2016

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World Asthma Day

Each year, the first Tuesday of May marks World Asthma Day (WAD). It is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. GINA organises WAD in collaboration with healthcare groups and asthma educators throughout the world. The aim; to increase information, care and support for those affected by asthma. Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world. The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI), our national charity, is dedicated to empowering Ireland’s 470,000 people with asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems. Symptoms of asthma include breathlessness, coughing, wheezing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. These symptoms vary in frequency and severity. The symptoms may simply occur when the body has to work harder, for example walking quickly, running or going upstairs. House dust may provoke an asthma attack as may exposure to cat, dog or horse hair. People who suffer from hay fever may find that they get asthma-like symptoms too. Whilst asthma cannot be cured, the symptoms can be controlled enabling people with asthma to live full lives. A kinesiologist can help to identify the stress that’s a contributory factor to asthma. Muscle testing is a unique way to find out what specifically is affecting a person, such as food sensitivities, emotional stresses and other imbalances. Kinesiology acupressure techniques can be used to access the areas of stress through the Chinese energy system, helping alleviate severe or troublesome symptoms. Kinesiology can also help detect the root of ill-health problems. Chronic illness is a complex and multi-layered issue. Homeopathy maintains an individualised approach to medicine. It considers the reasons why an illness took hold in the first place by addressing deeper constitutional issues. As systems in the body start to deteriorate, other things can go wrong, leading to increasingly poor health. The opposite is true when we begin to support, repair, drain and detoxify the body. Good health can return when we give ourselves the right stimulus. There are plenty of opportunities to educate, learn and explore, especially when it comes to patient care and chronic illness. We encourage all CAM enthusiasts to consider and share how natural medicines and therapies can contribute to improved quality-of-living and better health.

Hurry!!! – Limited availability for Ian White Workshop

There are limited spaces now available for the much anticipated ‘Kinesiology and Australian Bush Flower Essences Two Day Workshop’ on June 29th and 30th, 2019.
The workshop is filling up quickly so to avoid disappointment book online or call a member of our team to secure a place.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!