MY TOP BOOK FOR LEARNING ALL ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS…

Here are my top three books all about essential oils.

Aromatherapy: 600 Aromatherapy Recipes for Beauty, Health & Home plus advice and tips on how to use essential oils by Beth Jones.

This book opens up the world of aromatherapy by providing lots of information and practical advice on how to maximize the use of essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes will teach you how to create your own blends in the comfort of your home, advise you what steps to undertake when buying essential oils, and also how to store them properly.

42 oils are explained in detail, outlining their benefits, advantages, properties, and what other oils they blend well with. Carrier oils are also explained, along with some very important safety guidelines that must always be adhered to.

Living a greener, healthier, more natural lifestyle is easily achievable with aromatherapy and essential oils. 600 Aromatherapy Recipes shows you the potential power of essential oils and how they can achieve results that are nothing short of amazing.

All for £7.99 paperback or £2.39 for a Kindle Edition – this book is exceptional good value for money and has all you need to know about aromatherapy oils.

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DO YOU GET THAT FEELING IN YOUR BONES WHEN IT STARTS TO RAIN?…

You hear many people say I can feel it in my bones when it starts to rain, well according to Harvard Medical School, in an article from Science Daily, they found no relationship between rainfall and joint or back pain.

The notion that certain symptoms and weather go hand in hand has persisted since antiquity. Hippocrates, writing in On Airs, Waters, and Places, exhorted those who wish to understand medicine to look at the changing seasons of the year and study the prevailing winds to see how the weather they bring affects health. The belief has endured over the centuries and well into the present, likely fueled by a combination of folklore and small studies that have repeatedly yielded mixed results.

The newly published analysis led by Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy said “No matter how we looked at the data, we didn’t see any correlation between rainfall and physician visits for joint pain or back pain,” said Jena, who is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The bottom line is: Painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters.”

The human brain is good at finding patterns, Jena noted, and these beliefs are often self-fulfilling. If you expect your knee to hurt when it rains and it doesn’t, you forget about it, he said, but if it hurts and you blame it on the rain, it tends to stick in your mind.

“As physicians, we should be sensitive to the things our patients are telling us. Pain is pain, with or without rain,” Jena said. “But it’s important to know that, at the clinical level, joint pain does not appear to ebb and flow with the weather.”

Well, I don’t know about some of my readers but I have to totally disagree. I am most definitely worse with certain weather conditions and better in other type of weather conditions. I find my body has to adjust to the change of seasons and if I go abroad for a holiday the same applies so it’s not just a UK thing.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are on rain and pain ?

Source : Harvard Medical School and Science Daily

FIRST MEDICALLY APPROVED BACK PAIN APP in EU and UK AIMS TO END THE NATIONWIDE EPIDEMIC of BACK PAIN in UK OFFICES…

  Back pain in UK offices ‘nationwide epidemic’ experts claim

 Sedentary workplace lifestyle to blame but simple measures can reduce condition

London, UK – Bad posture among UK office employees is a nationwide epidemic. Sitting at desks all day, slouching over computers and a general sedentary lifestyle has led one in five Brits to give up their job or reduce hours because of their condition1. Experts behind Kaia, the first and only medically approved back pain app in the EU and UK, want to end the nationwide epidemic of back pain in UK offices, and claim that a few simple changes in the workplace can help to reduce the risk.

 ‘Epidemic levels‘

According to WHO, back pain is the leading global cause of disability worldwide.2 Meanwhile, in the UK, an estimated one-third of the adult population are affected by back issues each year.3 And according to the Office for National Statistics, back pain accounts for almost 31 million days of work lost annually costing the UK economy £14 billion a year.4 In another study, 63% in higher managerial jobs attributed their back pain to bad posture, and took more days off sick for back pain than any other type of employee.1

The Kaia back pain app was developed by digital therapy company Kaia Health in conjunction with physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons and clinical psychologists. The app offers video exercises with education, physiotherapy and psychological strategies. Users can chat online with a physiotherapist or sports scientist for motivation and exercise-related questions

 

Video: Kaia back pain app unveils 10 exercises to relieve back pain at work:

http://ow.ly/SWcq30pomaN

Sedentary office occupations can cause back pain as a result of inactivity between back muscles and the spine – but this is not the only factor. A combination of high workload, posture, job dissatisfaction or fear over termination can increase the occurrence of back pain at work.

In an independent clinical study published recently in NPJ Digital Medicine, patients using Kaia reported significantly lower pain levels compared to the control group treated with physiotherapy and online education.

A few simple changes can help to reduce the risk of back pain in the workplace. These include:

 

● Walk and talk during phone calls

● Take a break from the screen every 30 minutes for at least two minutes

● Exercise regularly at your desk including arm stretches and neck rolls

● Walk over to and talk with a colleague rather than emailing them

● Arrange a workplace assessment to optimise the seating position and workstation

● Meditate for 10 minutes. Be mindful of the influence workplace stress and strain has

● Sit correctly with your thighs at right angles to your body or sloping slightly down

Stephan Huber, Chief Medical Officer at Kaia Health, says: at Kaia says: “The core problem is our modern, sedentary working life. We’re hunched at desks all day and this puts a strain on our back. We’re encouraging UK employers to adopt a holistic approach to tackling back pain in and out of the workplace – this could include increased access to exercise and relaxation like the Kaia app offers. Implementing these measures systematically for workers could lead to a more active way of dealing with the condition – and this will help to alleviate back pain and reduce the strain on the NHS.”

Kaia can be downloaded via the App Store and Google Play with a 7-day free-trial.

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About Kaia Health

Kaia Health is a digital therapeutics company that creates accessible, evidence-based treatments for a range of disorders including back pain and COPD. Working with experts in various medical fields, the company uses technology such as machine learning algorithms, to deliver individualised app interventions that aim to empower and motivate patients to take control and self-manage their condition with digital alternatives from their home using devices they already own (i.e., smartphones and tablets). Kaia Health is a member of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), an international association of manufacturers that set industry standards for what clinical evidence levels are required to call a product a digital therapeutic. Kaia Health is located in New York City. For more information about Kaia Health, visit www.kaiahealth.com.

 

Media enquiries

Stephan Huber, Chief Medical Officer at Kaia Health is available for interviews

Harry Cymbler, Hot Cherry, harry@hotcherry.co.uk, +44(0) 7801 289 996

 

References:

1. Survey: 2.5 million people experience back pain every day in the UK https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181009/Survey-25-million-people-experience-back-pain-every-day-in-the-UK.aspx

 

2. WHO: Back pain is the leading global cause of disability

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31678-6/fulltext

 

3. An estimated one-third of the UK adult population are affected by LBP each year

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11709/

 

4. Bad backs cost the UK 31 million days of work costing the UK economy £14bn a year. http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2015/04/bad-backs-cost-the-uk-31-million-days-of-work

TURMERIC THE NEW HEALTH SUPPLEMENT FOR A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS…

Turmeric has many healing powers and has become the latest supplement being used for a number of complaints including pain, improve brain function and even tackle cancer.

The root which comes from India, is apparently being added to everything from health supplements to juices and beauty products says The Mail’s Good Health.

Professor Susan Hewlings, a dietitian at Central Michigan University who co-authored an extensive 2017 scientific review on the spice said that ‘Increasing evidence suggest curcumin reduces levels of damaging inflammatory protiens released by our cells and therefore has the potential to help many inflammation-based disease like arthrtitis, dementia, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Even the NHS dietitian Dr Sarah Schenker says that ‘the research on turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects in the body are very promising.’

Turmeric is available as a tea, in a capsules, as a drink shot, as a spread, as a daily oral spray, as a drink, and even as a clay mask for your face, but before you start taking this on a regular basis you should check it with your Doctor first. The Bad Back Company sell the 10,000mg Turmeric Tablets for £19.95

PLEASE OFFER ME A SEAT AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN AREAS…

In the event that you battle to stand while using open transport, there is a free identification badge which enables you to alarm others that you need a seat.

A considerable number of people have conditions or a sickness but have nothing to show about there condition are in need of a seat on all forms of transport. With this badge you don’t have to clarify your purpose behind the badge but you should be offered a seat.

Around 78 per cent of people who carry the TfL badge say that they now find it a lot easier to get a seat on the bus or Tube. But this is a London-centred scheme. With more than one in six people in the UK have an ‘activity limiting’ condition, accounts from across the UK generally paint a picture of inaccessibility and discomfort on public transport for those with invisible conditions.

If you see someone with a badge or card and you are seated, they say you should stand and offer them your seat. While there are priority seats on public transport, they would like to encourage all customers in any seat, to be considerate and offer their seat to those that are less able to stand.

I am surprised it has taken so long for this to be developed but just reading the difference it has made to people suffering from MS, cancer, being pregnant, to name a few. I just hope it won’t be long before other councils follow suit. If your council has launched this please let us know in a comment for others to take advantage of it.

Not all local councils cover this badge but it might be just worth writing to yours if you cannot find anything online. The ones I found were London, Greater Manchester, and Network West Midlands.