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Colloidal Minerals – Immunity

We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Whole Health Immune Complex’, a colloidal mineral solution for optimal immunity.

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As with any mineral supplement, a CAM Provider can evaluate individual health requirements and needs.

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Quercetin – Diabetes

A review paper was recently published in the Journal ‘Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy’ which outlines the literature supporting the role of the flavonoid quercetin in protecting against diabetes and its complications. Quercetin possesses hypoglycemic properties as well as its much researched anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet and estrogenic properties.

New Vistas Vitamin C Capsules contain quercetin. This supplement was designed to fight free radicals, cellular ageing and inflammation. Ideally a CAM Provider can devise a suitable program to cater for an individual’s health needs. This article discusses the benefits of supplementation to combat chronic health issues like diabetes.

Reference: Guang-Jiang Shi et al In vitro and in vivo evidence that quercetin protects against diabetes and its complications: A systematic review of the literature, Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2019

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Brain Awareness Week

March 11th – 17th is ‘Brain Awareness Week’. It is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

A study published in the Journal ‘Nutrition’ supports the use of vitamins and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the elderly population to help combat brain aging. Dementia related diseases such as Alzheimer’s are prevalent worldwide but the focus is primarily on offering palliative treatment of symptoms for the patient. A more promising alternative in disease prevention is to maintain a healthy brain for as long as possible. This study investigates the optimal supply of nutrients necessary for maintaining normal functioning of the brain. One of these nutrients is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This omega-3 fatty acid is found in high levels in algae oil. The Norsan Omega 3 Vegan Oil contains 1176mg of DHA per dose. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate individual health requirements and devise a suitable personalised health plan so as to monitor and meet a person’s needs. This review concludes that the use of vitamin and DHA supplementation for the aging population is a viable alternative approach to delaying brain aging and for protecting against dementia.

Reference: M. Hasan Mohajeri Ph.D., Barbara Troesch Ph.D., Peter Weber M.D., Ph.D. ‘Inadequate supply of vitamins and DHA in the elderly: Implications for brain aging and Alzheimer-type dementia’, Nutrition 2015

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Blood sugar levels – Noni Juice

A recent study published in the Journal, ‘Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine’ supports the consumption of Noni fruit juice to regulate elevated blood sugar levels in patients with Type II Diabetes. The number of patients diagnosed with Type II diabetes is on the increase worldwide. The primary goal of Type II Diabetes management is to reduce the fasting blood sugar level. This is best achieved under the guidance of a CAM Practitioner, where a person’s individual needs can be monitored.

The fruit of the tropical plant Morinda citrifolia L. (Noni) has been used as a food and medicine by indigenous people of South East Asia and Polynesia for hundreds of years for multiple reasons among which is the treatment of diabetes. In the last 20 years Noni juice has become popular worldwide as a wellness drink. Ideally a CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s health requirements and devise a suitable plan to achieve optimal health goals. The article discusses the benefits of Noni juice as a suitable additive to the diet of diabetic patients.

Reference: Petra Algenstaedt, 1 Alexandra Stumpenhagen, 1 and Johannes Westendorf, The Effect of Morinda citrifolia L. Fruit Juice on the Blood Sugar Level and Other Serum Parameters in Patients with Diabetes Type 2, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018

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Update – VAT on Food Supplements

We are delighted to announce that Revenue have confirmed that the VAT on food supplements will remain unchanged until November 1st, 2019. Well done to all who campaigned against this proposal.

Ian White – Back by Popular Demand!

We are delighted to announce Ian White’s return to Ireland this June. Following the success of last years’ event in Malahide Castle, Ian will be teaching a two day workshop entitled ‘ Kinesiology and Australian Bush Flower Essences’. This workshop helps users accurately muscle test using the Australian Bush Flower Essences. It is suitable for all CAM Providers, both experienced and non experienced Kinesiologists. Ian will teach a number of Kinesiology methods to determine health issues. For further details on the event please visit our training section click here

Rose Quartz Crystal for Heart Chakra by New Vistas Healthcare

Matters of the Heart

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Many of us know that the brain sends information and issues commands to the heart and body in the form of neural signals but did you know that the heart possesses a heart-brain connection composed of about 40,000 neurons that can feel, sense, remember and learn? According to Harvard Medical School, chemical “conversations” between the heart and brain affect both organs. Research has found that negative emotions throw both heart rhythms and brainwave patterns out of sync. On the other hand, when a person experiences positive emotion, heart rhythms & brainwave patterns are harmonious and coherent. When we experience sincere and positive feelings such as love or appreciation, the heart processes these emotions & feel-good information is sent throughout the entire body. A great way to help boost and enhance positive emotion is with the Zephorium Aura Sprays. They combine colour therapy, aromatherapy, crystals and positive affirmations in beautiful chakra tonics. There are two sprays designed specifically for the Heart Chakra; Love & Surrender and Balance & Protection . The Love & Surrender Aura Spray is a powerful combination of pure Rose Oil and Rose Quartz Crystal properties. Rose oil helps to open the heart chakra to loving self and others. Its nurturing fragrance is said to help relieve grief and sadness and focuses on healing. The Balance & Protection Aura Spray is another powerful formulation, combining Jasmine Oil and Emerald Crystal vibrations. Jasmine is an uplifting and inspiring fragrance. The tonic protects heart vitality, encouraging areas of balance or finding middle-ground. Both Aura Sprays promote and support a healthy heart-brain connection.

Other remedies known for their effect on positive emotions and heart energy are the Australian Bush Flower Essences. The Relationship Essence is a combination essence that can help enhance the quality of relationships. When used regularly, these drops can help break early negative family conditioning or patterns which can hinder adult relationships. Combine with Sexuality Essence to improve intimacy this Valentine’s.

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison & Cystic Fibrosis – A Personal Journey

Michael MorrisonMichael Morrison was well known and respected througout our CAM community. He worked from Tuan Health Sanctuary in Co. Wexford. Mike had a huge personal connection with integrative medicine. He was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder. His family were advised of low survival rates – he may not survive beyond his 12th birthday. Against the odds, Michael had 36 happy years with his family. He wrote books on personal well-being and spiritual development. He share his knowledge and experiences in the hopes of progressing the environment for other CF patients.

His story is featured in this month’s edition of Positive Health Online. His parents, Breda and Ed, discuss how CAM therapies such as homeopathy, flower therapy and spirituality helped strengthen and encourage Michael during his life. They note how his quality-of-living was enhanced and how he used his own experiences to teach and help others with cystic fibrosis.

Michael passed on in 2014 but his kind, gentle nature lives on through his books and in the memories of all who had the pleasure to know him.

To view Michael’s article, click here.

Beta-glucans: Immune System support

The outcome of a clinical trial to determine if yeast-derived beta-glucans can prevent the occurrence of common cold was published in the European Journal of Nutrition. The trial concluded that supplementation reduced the number of common cold episodes and symptom duration.

ImmiFlex® and ImmiFlex Kids are immune supplements containing Wellmune® beta 1,3/1,6 glucan together with Vitamin D3 for additional immune health support. The ImmiFlex range of dietary supplements for the immune system promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.  The article evaluates the benefits of supplementation on the innate immune system and the body’s potential to defend against invading pathogens. Ideally, a CAM Provider can assess an individual’s health requirement and provide a personalised health plan.

Reference: Nielsen, Annegret & Riede, Linda & Bothe, Gordana & Busch, Regina & Gruenwald, Joerg. (2013). Yeast (1,3)-(1,6)-beta-glucan helps to maintain the body’s defence against pathogens: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, multicentric study in healthy subjects. European Journal of Nutrition. 52. 10.1007/s00394-013-0492-z.

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Antibiotic Resistance – Threat to public health

There is a current growing awareness of the public health threat owing to antibiotic resistance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a United Nations agency.   They advocate for international public health and monitors and assesses health trends. WHO have said the problem is ‘rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.’

Antiobiotic resistance happens when bacteria changes or responds differently to prescribed medication. This makes infections harder to treat and antibiotics less effective. Over-use or misuse of antibiotics can give rise to this problem. To help combat this global threat, national health plans are aiming to reduce the use of antiobitics, prevent patients from contracting infections and reduce the number of drug-resistant infections.

WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 has indicated it would like to strengthen the role of Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicines (TCAM) and look for solutions for improved healthcare. Promoting self-care, people-centred care and safe, effective use of TCAM may help contribute to lowering risk factors and the perceived threat. It is worth considering the anti-pathogenic abilities of natural options and supportive immune supplements to aid therapeutic activity.

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Antioxidants; Benefits to Wellness

In conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is an insightful and well-documented account of antioxidants, free radicals and how they impact everyday health and our wellness. Antioxidants are natural molecules which support the health and integity of optimal cellular functions. They can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. If the body is exposed to free radicals – unstable molecules, which may be from sources of toxicity or environmental pollution, this may lead to oxidative stress, which can impede optimal cell health. Oxidative stress may contibute to impaired health, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive concerns and age-related macular degeneration.

The article, found in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), clearly explains what antioxidants and free radicals are, discusses the defense actions of well-known super-nutrients like glutathione and vitamin C, and how how antioxidants can help support preventative medicine or enhance physiological functions. It is an interesting read for those looking to learn more about functional foods, medicinal plants and natural, non-toxic antioxidants. The centre provides access to health and science-related papers to help further the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes influencing health and disease.

Reference: Lobo V, Patil A, Phatak A, Chandra N. Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacogn Rev. 2010;4(8):118-26.

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VAT on Food Supplements

The Revenue have announced plans to start charging VAT (23%) on all food supplements as of March 1st 2019. This is concerning news for all health enthusiasts and for people who rely on the support and actions of health supplements.

Our Government launched Healthy Ireland in 2013. This approved, national framework called for action to improve the health and well-being of our population. The initiative outlined four goals;

  • Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life,
  • Reduce health inequalities,
  • Protect the public from threats to health & well-being,
  • Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland.

The Department of Health acknowledged that Ireland’s health profile is changing. A healthy population is both an asset and a national priority. The Revenue’s plans appear on face value to completely challenge these goals. Some people rely on nutritional support to manage pain, improve flexibility or to enhance immunity during stressful or challenging periods. This price increase completely threatens the reduction of health inequalities.

VAT is predominantly charged on luxury items. However, this new tax questions the Government’s priorities and how it distinguishes staying healthy or maintaining a level of wellness with that of a superficial or low necessity commodity.

What can you do:

Write to your local TD, senator or councillor. Object vocally to the price increase. Health is not a luxury item. Have your voice heard and take back freedom of choice when it comes you own well-being.