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Dr Rosy Daniel October 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my October news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Mental Health

Exercise ‘Fundamental’ for Healing of Mental Illness

Thinking about skipping your workout because of a flat mood? If you’re upset, depressed or anxious, a recent study indicates that’s when you need exercise the most. It’s so effective for mental health, it may even speed healing for psychiatric patients. A study on physical exercise has shone a spotlight on the positive effects to be gained from deliberate, structured movement of your body. Published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, the 2019 study was conducted by researchers from the University of Vermont Medical Center, in conjunction with the medical center’s inpatient psychiatry unit.

Click here to read the full Green Med Info Article

Researchers Develop New Metrics for Measuring Mental States During Meditation

In a recent proof-of-principle study, researchers developed a new framework, based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, to identify mental states during meditation, including the focus-on-breath state and mind wandering, and to estimate how much time meditators spend in each state. The study—partially funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health—was recently published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Click here to read the full College of Medicine Article

Environment

International Day of Clean Air for blue skies

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution to hold an International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on December 19, 2019, during its 74th session and invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to facilitate the observance of the International Day, in collaboration with other relevant organizations. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) worked with UNEP and the Republic of Korea to advocate for the day in the lead up to the decision. WHO is working with BreatheLife partners to coordinate activities for the day.

Click here to read the World Health Organisation article

Combatting Stress

Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation. Research by psychologists at the University of Konstanz observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only ten minutes of receiving a massage. Even ten minutes of simple rest increased relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage. The findings, reported on 8 September 2020 in the journal Scientific Reports, provide the first indication that short-term treatments can robustly reduce stress on a psychological and physiological level by boosting the body’s principal engine for relaxation — the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

Click here to read the full Science Daily Article

Combatting Stress

Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline

Results from a new study suggest that lifestyle changes may help to improve cognition in older adults experiencing cognitive decline that precedes dementia. In the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 119 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomised to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement.

Click here to read the full Science Daily Article

Is consciousness continuous or discrete? Maybe it’s both, argue researchers

Two major theories have fuelled a now 1,500 year-long debate started by Saint Augustine: Is consciousness continuous, where we are conscious at each single point in time, or is it discrete, where we are conscious only at certain moments of time? In an Opinion published September 3 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychophysicists answer this centuries-old question with a new model, one that combines both continuous moments and discrete points of time.

Click here to read the full Science Daily Article

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel September 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my September news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Yoga Studies 

Kundalini yoga reduces anxiety symptoms, according to researchers at NYU

Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine have found Kundalini yoga is effective in relieving the effects of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults, following a clinical trial. In 2019, an estimated 275 million people suffered from anxiety disorders worldwide, and there is an increasing need for solutions as a result of the pandemic, according to Dr Naomi Simon, the study’s lead researcher. Simon said: “It seems there are exacerbations of anxiety as a result of COVID-19 – people have less access to normal structure and their usual rewarding activities, plus, they may also be coping with economic challenges, illness and grief.”

Click here to read the full Good News Network Article

Study on the power of yoga for mental health sparks new calls for NHS to ‘clinically prescribe’ it

Practising yoga regularly can be almost as effective in treating anxiety as seeing a talking therapist, new US research has found. The study, carried out by New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, asked 226 people who have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) to try three different treatments; stress management education, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Kundalini yoga to monitor their effect on the mental health condition.

Click here to read the full College of Medicine Article

Yoga Could Be A Lifesaver For People With a Common Heart Condition

Yoga could be a lifesaver for people with the most common type of irregular heart beat, according to new research. A study of 538 patients has found the ancient Indian form of exercise almost halved the number of symptoms among people with Atrial fibrillation (AF). Lead author Dr Naresh Sen said, “Our study suggests yoga has wide-ranging physical and mental health benefits for patients with atrial fibrillation and could be added on top of usual therapies.”

Click here to read the full BBC News article

Nutrition

Honey is ‘better than conventional medicine for sore throats and coughs’, new research says

A new study suggests that honey is better for easing sore throats and coughs than many over-the-counter medicines and antibiotics. The sweet nectar made by bees – meaning it’s cheap to mass produce – has strong antimicrobial properties and has been used for thousands of years as a traditional health remedy. New research by scientists at the University of Oxford, published by BMJ Evidence-based Medicine, examined honey’s effectiveness in treating upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).

Click here to read the full College of Medicine Article

Mangiferin: The Health-Boosting Antioxidant in Mangos

Mangiferin, a polyphenol found in mango fruit and plant extracts, possesses potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mangiferin has been shown to have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal health, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular health, and may have anticancer properties. Mango, a type of juicy stone fruit native to eastern Asia and India, is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, micronutrients and minerals, and a unique polyphenol called mangiferin.

Click here to read the full Green Med Info Article

Five Seeds to Improve Your Health

There is nothing seedy about the health-enriching properties of five types of seed: flax, black seed, hemp, sesame and chia. Each of them has their own distinct time-tested benefits for wellness and fighting off diseases the natural and affordable way. Seeds, as the starting point for growing rich, thriving plants, are a source of complex nutrition. They deliver not just fiber but also a formidable list of good fats and nutrients of great health value and importance.

Click here to read the full Green Med Info Article

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel August 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my August news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Acupuncture for Cancer 

Is Acupuncture Helpful for Easing Cancer Pain?

Treating cancer is a team effort. Now, recent research suggests recruiting an acupuncturist may be beneficial. Cleveland Clinic acupuncturist, Jamie Starkey, did not take part in the study but said results show acupuncture may be useful for easing cancer pain. “It’s safe, it’s effective and it’s quite helpful in terms of bringing your cancer-related pain scores down without a significant amount of side effects,” she said. The study reviews 17 trials looking at acupuncture and acupressure.

Read the full Newsroom Article:

Click here

Nutrition

Best vitamin B12 foods: Supplements and RDA

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for good health. Most people can obtain it from a varied diet that includes animal products. However, people eating a plant-based diet can only get vitamin B12 from fortified foods or supplements. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is important for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. A vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anaemia, as well as neurological and psychiatric symptoms.

Read the full MedicalNewsToday Article:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/vitamin-b12-foods

As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

Rome – More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition. The latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, published today, estimates that almost 690 million people went hungry in 2019 – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years.

Read the full BBC News article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53493550

Hesperidin: The Citrus Bioflavonoid Powerhouse You Haven’t Heard Of

Hesperidin, a polyphenolic compound extracted from citrus fruits and known for its anti-inflammatory properties, may have beneficial effects in the prevention of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Further study indicates that hesperidin may prevent varicose vein formation and be useful in the treatment of hemorrhoids and diabetes, yet many have yet to hear about this powerful flavonoid.

Read the full Green Med Info Article:

https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/hesperidin-citrus-bioflavonoid-powerhouse-you-havent-heard

Yoga Mental Health Benefits

Cinnamon may improve blood sugar control in people with prediabetes

Cinnamon improves blood sugar control in people with prediabetes and could slow the progression to type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. It is estimated that nearly 90 million people in the United States have prediabetes, which occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal and often leads to type 2 diabetes. Identifying strategies to prevent the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes is challenging, yet important for a large population.

Read the full Science Daily Article: 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200721102143.htm

Positive News for Air Pollution

UK air pollution still down despite return to normal traffic – study

Air pollution has remained at lower levels in UK towns and cities despite a return to near-normal traffic levels after the easing of coronavirus restrictions, according to research. Analysis of data from more than 100 urban roadside locations shows nitrogen dioxide pollution levels were 30% below normal at the end of June, despite HGV traffic being back at 95% of normal levels, vans at 90% and cars at 75%. Scientists think the small reduction in traffic that remains is enough to cut congestion on the roads and that this has an outsized impact in reducing dirty air. People may be staggering their commutes to work, which would also cut congestion, they said.

Read an extract from this Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/10/uk-air-pollution-still-down-despite-return-normal-traffic-study

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel July 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my July news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Britain beyond lockdown: can we make more space for nature?

The first post-lockdown crops of the land army have been harvested. The food – chard, spinach, lettuce and radish – is being parcelled out to the local shops, market stalls and those in need. Now the volunteer labour force has its sights on a new goal: a land-use revolution that will make UK farming more nature friendly, plant-based and resilient to future shocks. At Machynlleth, a bucolic town on the southern fringe of Snowdonia, the recently formed Planna Fwyd! (Plant Food!) the movement is encouraging sheep farmers to diversify into vegetable production as their ancestors did.

Read the full Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/30/britain-beyond-lockdown-can-we-make-more-space-for-nature

Vitamin D Benefits

The role of vitamin D and COVID-19 – the latest research

This in-depth and detailed article is provided by Eshani King, a researcher in immunology and health. It is now widely known that a disproportionate number of COVID-19 related mortalities in the UK have been in non-white, BAME populations [2]. The obese, diabetics, hypertensives and the elderly have also been disproportionately affected. BAME doctors account for 94% of total deaths of doctors but comprise 44% of doctors [1]. The suggestion that these deaths result from deprivation does not fit with the high numbers of deaths of doctors and others in higher socio-economic classes; there must be a different and perhaps more comprehensive explanation.

Read the full Cytoplan Article:

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A good vitamin D status can protect against cancer

A good vitamin D status is beneficial both in cancer prevention and in the prognosis of several cancers, according to a new research review. The anti-cancer effects of vitamin D are especially pronounced in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer and blood cancers. In addition, high vitamin D responsiveness can be linked to a smaller cancer risk. Vitamin D responsiveness varies between individuals, affecting their need for vitamin D supplementation.

 

Read the full Guardian article:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200610102728.htm

Loneliness

Loneliness alters your brain’s social network

Social media sites aren’t the only things that keep track of your social network – your brain does, too. But loneliness alters how the brain represents relationships, according to new research published in JNeurosci. A brain region called the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) maintains a structured map of a person’s social circles, based on closeness. People that struggle with loneliness often perceive a gap between themselves and others. This gap is reflected by the activity patterns of the mPFC.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200615140904.htm

Yoga Mental Health Benefits

International Yoga Day 2020: Yoga may help ease depressive symptoms in people with mental health issues

In today’s scenario, it is important for everyone to realise that mental health is equally as important as physical health. It is something which should never be ignored as it can leads to an unhealthy life. Yoga is one of the key to lead a happy and prospers life.

 

 

Read the full Guardian Article: 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/international-yoga-day-2020-yoga-may-help-ease-depressive-symptoms-in-people-with-mental-health-issues/story-QyQPmuUtyrFvJ4FvTYXGOM.html

Vitamin A & Vision Loss

Vitamin A may help treat early vision loss in diabetes

Scientists have recently found that mice with diabetes that received treatment with a vitamin A analog had significantly improved eyesight. New research has shown that a single dose of the chromophore 9-cis-retinal, an analog of vitamin A, can significantly improve reduced visual function in mice with diabetes. The research, which appears in The American Journal of Pathology, may help scientists develop effective treatments for visual loss associated with early diabetic retinopathy.

Read an extract from this Medical News Today Article:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/vitamin-a-may-help-treat-early-vision-loss-in-diabetes

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel June 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my June news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Tree Planting

Vitamin D levels appear to play role in COVID-19 mortality rates

After studying global data from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates. Led by Northwestern University, the research team conducted a statistical analysis of data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States. The researchers noted that patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as Italy, Spain and the UK, had lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in countries that were not as severely affected.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200507121353.htm

Celebrating Trees Planted!

TreeSisters – Celebrating 10 Million Trees Planted!

10 million trees! What an incredible milestone to reach! We are so proud and deeply appreciative of each and every TreeSister around the world who has ever given for the trees. This achievement is yours, we have all done this together by stepping into intentional community. Thank you!

Watch the TreeSisters Video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZhnxXz7g20&feature=youtu.be

EU plan for 3bn trees in 10 years to tackle biodiversity crisis

The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3bn trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent’s last primeval forests. The draft policy document, published online by an environmental NGO, admits that to date in the EU, “protection has been incomplete, restoration has been small-scale, and the implementation and enforcement of legislation has been insufficient”.

Read the full Guardian article:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/19/eu-plan-for-3bn-trees-in-10-years-to-tackle-biodiversity-crisis

Is the Ketogenic Diet Effective for Women?

The ketogenic diet is a popular very low carb, high fat diet favored by many people for its ability to promote quick weight loss.There are other benefits related to the keto diet as well, including improved blood sugar regulation and other markers of metabolic health. However, you may wonder whether the ketogenic diet is equally effective for all populations, including women.  This article reviews how the ketogenic diet affects women’s health.

Read the full Healthline Article:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/keto-for-women#effectiveness

Positive Change 

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan. Through rampant overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction, humanity has inflicted severe damage on the oceans and its inhabitants for centuries. But conservation successes, while still isolated, demonstrate the remarkable resilience of the seas.

Read the full Guardian Article: 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/01/oceans-can-be-restored-to-former-glory-within-30-years-say-scientists

5G Petition & Article

Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health

The fifth generation of telecommunications technologies, 5G, is fundamental to achieving a European gigabit society by 2025. The aim to cover all urban areas, railways and major roads with uninterrupted fifth generation wireless communication can only be achieved by creating a very dense network of antennas and transmitters. In other words, the number of higher frequency base stations and other devices will increase significantly.

Read an extract from this EU 5G PDF:

https://healthelearning.online/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EU-5G.pdf

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

Images bought from iStock Getty imageshttps://www.istockphoto.com

Dr Rosy Daniel May 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my May news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus Alternative Treatments: Can Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbs Help?

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on how to deal positively with the Coronavirus pandemic. There are four attachments that you can download through the links below – do please feel free to share these with others. And if you do not wish to receive information from me in future, there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email. I have written an article Finding the Health Creation Opportunity in the Corona Crisis urging us all to go further with our self-care and really make the most of this very rare time to focus on ourselves. 

Read the full Rosy Daniel Article on the previous blog post.

The good news files: joy and silver linings in the coronavirus pandemic

One of the more improbable upshots of the pandemic is the sheer volume of amateur mask makers out there. Everyone it seems is reaching for the sewing machine or the 3D printer. Like these two Irish schoolboys, featured in the Irish Times. Clear skies and gorgeous spring weather have powered Germany to record solar power generation, according to Time magazine. Meanwhile, we quite like the new bite-size “tarts app” (there’s always reason to smile). Though it’s early days, it will be interesting to see if this kind of service takes off and sustains its appeal.

Read the full Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/24/coronavirus-good-news-pandemic-joy-upbeat-optimistic-covid-19

Diet & Nutrition

Meditarranean Diet may help preserve cognitive function

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet – high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil – correlates with higher cognitive function. Dietary factors also seem to play a role in slowing cognitive decline. Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, led the analysis of data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and AREDS2. They published their results today in Alzheimer’s and Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Read the full NIH article:

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/diet-may-help-preserve-cognitive function

Is the Ketogenic Diet Effective for Women?

The ketogenic diet is a popular very low carb, high fat diet favored by many people for its ability to promote quick weight loss.There are other benefits related to the keto diet as well, including improved blood sugar regulation and other markers of metabolic health. However, you may wonder whether the ketogenic diet is equally effective for all populations, including women.  This article reviews how the ketogenic diet affects women’s health.

Read the full Healthline Article:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/keto-for-women#effectiveness

Positive Change 

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan. Through rampant overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction, humanity has inflicted severe damage on the oceans and its inhabitants for centuries. But conservation successes, while still isolated, demonstrate the remarkable resilience of the seas.

Read the full Guardian Article: 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/01/oceans-can-be-restored-to-former-glory-within-30-years-say-scientists

5G Petition & Article

Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health

The fifth generation of telecommunications technologies, 5G, is fundamental to achieving a European gigabit society by 2025. The aim to cover all urban areas, railways and major roads with uninterrupted fifth generation wireless communication can only be achieved by creating a very dense network of antennas and transmitters. In other words, the number of higher frequency base stations and other devices will increase significantly.

Read an extract from this EU 5G PDF:

https://healthelearning.online/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/EU-5G.pdf

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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The Health Creation approach to Coronavirus

Dear Friends,

You are receiving this message because you we have met during my previous seminars and events at which you expressed an interest in receiving information from me. Today I want to share with you my thoughts on how to deal positively with the Coronavirus situation. There are four attachments that you can download through the links below – do please feel free to share these with others. And if you do not wish to receive information from me in future, there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email.

Turning the crisis around

I have written an article Finding the Health Creation Opportunity in the Corona Crisis urging us all to go further with our self-care and really make the most of this very rare time to focus on ourselves. I have also been in consultation with Cytoplan’s top nutrition experts team to provide you with the best Nutritional Recommendations both for prevention of infection and to support you more strongly still if you develop symptoms. And if you would like to truly understand the benefits of the immune booster Beta Glucan which is in the Max-immune that I recommend, then here is Beta Glucan: The Scientific Evidence.

Furthermore, Weleda’s Pharmacist Evelyn Davies has provided us with Weleda’s Recommended Remedies for prevention and treatment from their treasure trove of natural remedies. I am now giving regular health advice to Weleda and find their products to be completely inspiring in their beauty and purity.

Offering you volunteer support from the Health Creation Mentors 

At this time of peak anxiety, my lovely Mentors are offering free ‘calming calls’ to help you to get yourself grounded and focussed on the steps that you will take to get yourself into the driving seat with your health and wellbeing as top priority. This can then be the start of some regular Mentorship support if you so wish, to get you fully engaged in your own Health Creation journey and into the best shape you’ve been in for years!

To arrange for a Mentor to call you, please leave a message on the Health Creation Helpline 01225-745737 or email rosy.daniel@healthcreation.co.uk.

And if you need my help, I am here for you too! Just go to www.drrosydaniel.org and then click ‘Make a booking’.

We will get through this difficult time, and we will all learn many brilliant lessons about living more simply and in greater harmony with ourselves, each other and nature. So, I suggest that you embrace this challenge and hopefully you will look back on this time as the moment that you really stepped up your self-care and became truly resilient, energised and healthy!

With warmest good wishes as we connect and share the great outpouring of love, kindness and creativity of this special moment,

Rosy

Dr Rosy Daniel – March 30th, 2020

Dr Rosy Daniel April 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my April news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air pollution

‘Largest scale experiment ever’ shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels. The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily slashing air pollution levels around the world, satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows. One expert said the sudden shift represented the “largest scale experiment ever” in terms of the reduction of industrial emissions.

Read the full Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/23/electric-cars-produce-less-co2-than-petrol-vehicles-study-confirms

Coronavirus Alternative Treatments: Can Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbs Help?

Certain herbs and ancient practices might help protect against COVID-19 coronavirus, or ease its symptoms, according to the Chinese government and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. But these claims come with scant scientific evidence, leaving many to wonder whether they work at all.

Read the full Medicine Net Article:

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=228775

Transcendental Meditation

How transcendental meditation alters the brain

Transcendental meditation (TM) involves sitting with eyes shut for 15–20 minutes twice a day while saying a mantra. The practice has several advantages for mental health but, until now, it was unclear how those effects came about. TM differs from other meditation practices in that it does not require concentration or visualization. Instead, TM practitioners come up with a mantra, which is a word or phrase that has no real meaning.

Read the full Medical News Today article:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321401#essential-oils

The Benefits of Essential Oils for the Flu 

What essential oils are good for the flu?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. In some cases, it can be life threatening. Flu viruses are constantly changing, which can make them hard to treat. Medications can help relieve symptoms, and some people also try alternative therapies, such as essential oils. However, there is no evidence to suggest that essential oils can treat or cure flu symptoms or those of other viruses, including coronaviruses. They also will not prevent a virus from becoming more severe. That said, some people with mild symptoms may find that essential oils help them feel better. In this article, learn more about how to use essential oils, their potential benefits for flu, and some risks associated with them.

Read the full Medical News Today Article:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321401#essential-oils

Sensitive Skin Tips

Sensitive skin: Home remedies and prevention

Sensitive skin is a common issue but not a medical diagnosis in itself. The term generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin may have strong reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin. They may also get rashes or irritation from clothing or friction. In many cases, sensitive skin is a symptom of an underlying condition. Finding ways to avoid potential triggers and soothe irritated skin may help people with sensitive skin find relief and improve their quality of life.

Read the full Medical News Today Article: 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/sensitive-skin

Upcoming Tantra Exhibition

‘Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution’ Exhibition at British Museum 23rd April – 26th July

The exhibition, ‘Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution” coming up at the British Museum explores Tantra, a set of beliefs and rituals that began in 6th-century India. Ramos said it was a salacious stereotype and misunderstanding of Tantra in any case, similar to imagining the Kama Sutra was part of it. “Tantra is very much about harnessing desire in order to ultimately transcend it and also to embrace all aspects of the body, all aspects of the sensual, to generate power. “It is a very different approach to the erotic and to the idea of desire. It is not about pleasure for its own sake, which the Kama Sutra is.”

Read the full Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jan/23/sex-please-were-the-british-museum-tantra-exhibition-to-open

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel March 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my March news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Health Tech Advances

This machine 3D prints bones for better, healthier implants 

As a nurse in Denmark, Casper Slots got used to seeing the pain that ill-fitting artificial bone implants caused in patients. Some were left in permanent discomfort, or had their faces disfigured by “one size fits all” models. In 2012, he enrolled in a masters course in medical technology and welfare, where he met Martin B Jensen. They began work on a better solution, and in 2017 founded Particle3D, a startup with a single mission: printing bone.

Read the full Wired Article:

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/st-bone-printer

World’s first ‘smart’ yoga mat – YogifyFI

The world’s first interactive yoga mat which promises to reduce back pain, ease anxiety and help you lose weight has launched in Australia. YogiFi, a ‘smart’ exercise mat created by Indian technology company Wellnesys, is made with pressure sensors which record and provide real-time feedback on your posture, strength and flexibility to help you improve as you work out.

Read the full Daily Mail Article:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8035801/Indian-tech-company-Wellnesys-launches-YogiFi-worlds-smart-yoga-mat.html

Turmeric Health Benefits 

Turmeric May Improve Heart-Related Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

A study finds that Curcuma longa, more popularly known as turmeric, can alleviate certain symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, namely arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The findings strengthen scientific evidence that turmeric, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, has an important place in wellness and healing today. Curcuma longa (C. longa), commonly known as turmeric, is a plant native to South Asia. A source of a bright yellow spice and a member of the ginger family, it is used as a dye, as an ingredient in Asian dishes such as curry and as herbal therapy. Dubbed “the Golden Spice,” it has been used to alleviate the symptoms of digestive disorders and to treat a variety of ailments, including cancer and diabetes.

Read the full Green Med Info Article:

https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-may-improve-heart-related-symptoms-type-2-diabetes

Human Rights 

Female Genital Mutilation Hurts Women and Economies

Female genital mutilation (FGM) exacts a crippling economic as well as human cost, according to World Health Organization (WHO). “FGM is not only a catastrophic abuse of human rights that significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women; it is also a drain on a country’s vital economic resources,” said Dr Ian Askew, Director of WHO’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research. “More investment is urgently needed to stop FGM and end the suffering it inflicts.”

Read the full WHO Article:

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/06-02-2020-female-genital-mutilation-hurts-women-and-economies

DNA Sequencing & Cancer 

Targeting cancer is about to get easier – thanks to DNA sequencing

The greatest knowledge of cancer genetics yet will help advance the field of precision cancer medicine – in which the genome of a patient’s tumour is sequenced, and drugs are designed to target its vulnerabilities. Cancer is a genetic disease that occurs when mutations in DNA cause cells to divide and grow uncontrollably. Some cancer treatments already target specific genetic mutations – Herceptin for HER2-positive breast cancer is a well-known example. But the majority do not, and the mainstays of cancer treatment, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, can damage healthy cells in the body as well as the cancerous ones. In many cases, a person’s cancer may not respond to a particular treatment at all.

Read the full Science Daily Article:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200205132330.htm

Green Fashion 

Do you have it in green? The living fabrics that can help clean the air

Mushroom, pineapple and algae: it sounds like the topping for a rather unusual pizza. In fact, they could be the crucial ingredients in the wardrobe of the future as growing numbers of designers try to create fashion that doesn’t harm the environment. Examine a garment’s care label and you may find that it was made out of pineapple stalks or cactus leaves, or a tote bag was woven with thread made from banana trees. From mushroom leather to algae T-shirts, the search is on for alternative materials with smaller carbon footprints. And the latest result are carbon-negative clothes made with algae that absorb carbon dioxide from the air.

Read the full Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/08/fashion-living-garments-suck-carbon-from-air

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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Dr Rosy Daniel February 2020, News Bulletin

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my February news update with the pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Please explore these new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel

Recent Advances in Cancer Research

Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’

A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have “enormous potential”. Experts said that although the work was still at an early stage, it was very exciting.

Read the full BBC News Article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51182451

HPV infections nearly eliminated in England under vaccine scheme

Figures boost hopes that cases of cervical cancer will fall, but separate study questions link. Very few sexually active young women are now getting infected with the virus that causes most cervical cancers following the introduction of a mass HPV vaccination programme in schools, Public Health England has said. In 2008, the year vaccination began, 15% of young women were infected with HPV (human papilloma virus), which circulates among sexually active people. Two types, HPV16 and 18, cause the vast majority of cervical cancers.

Read the Guardian Article:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/22/hpv-infections-nearly-eliminated-in-england-under-vaccine-scheme

Australia Bushfires

Australia fires: ‘Incredible’ signs of life return to burned bush

Australia’s bushfires have burnt through 10 million hectares of land, and it is feared some habitats may never recover. But in some worst-affected areas, the sight of plants growing back and animals returning to habitats is raising spirits.

 

 

Read the full BBC News Article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-australia-51186238/australia-fires-incredible-signs-of-life-return-to-burned-bush

The Touch Test

Exploring touchy attitudes

A new survey commissioned by Wellcome Collection to explore people’s attitudes towards the physical experience of touch launches today on BBC Radio 4. The Touch Test is an online questionnaire developed by researchers in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. It creates a unique opportunity to understand the similarities and differences in our experiences of touch, with the aim of increasing our understanding of its role in health and wellbeing. The Touch Test will be launched in a special programme, hosted by All in the Mind presenter Claudia Hammond,  on BBC Radio 4, with the results set to be explored in a new series, The Anatomy of Touch, in the autumn.

Read the Psychologist Article:

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/exploring-touchy-attitudes

Veganism

Veganism: Why are vegan diets on the rise?

Across Britain, people are spending more money on vegan products, and plant-based diets are trending online. With major supermarkets catching on and stocking up on vegan-friendly food – BBC News asks what’s behind the rise? The number of vegans is on the up. A vegan diet involves cutting out animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs. According to the latest research by the Vegan Society, conducted in 2018, there are around 600,000 vegans in Great Britain.

Read the full Psychologist Article: 

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/exploring-touchy-attitudes

Acupuncture Easing Neuropathy

Cancer patient trial finds acupuncture lessens chemotherapy neuropathy

Acupuncture can help cancer patients who suffer with neuropathy as a result of chemotherapy, a study has found. A trial at Manchester’s The Christie found 68% of patients getting the treatment, which sees needles inserted into the skin, reported that symptoms of the nerve condition had lessened. One patient with the condition said he could “walk now without any trouble”. Professor Andrew Wardley said it was hoped the findings would “lead to a new standard of care”. The three-year study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the Manchester hospital’s charity, involved 120 patients, half of whom were offered weekly hour-long acupuncture sessions over a 10-week period.

Read the full BBC News Article:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-51195500

To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-e-learning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.

 Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust 

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