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Seaweed to make junk food healthier!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
These are seaweed farms. Each rectangle of sea...
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Seaweed as you will know from Andrew Loosely’s last newsletter is a great addition to soups and casseroles.

It is rich in minerals and can help to reduce weight.  Andrew particularly recommended it during March which is the natural time to lose weight.  All good!

I see in the press that seaweed’s weight-losing abilities are now going to be used as an addition in junk food!  The thinking being that nobody can do without their junk food, so the best plan is to make it secretly help you to lose weight.

I suppose this is for two reason

The idea of eating seaweed is weird.  After all you could be at the beach and look down at the seaweed and you would be unlikely to think of having a quick munch!

Seaweed may not be on sale in places where you can buy junk food.  It is mostly in health food shops.

Seaweed in cooking or in junk food?

Seaweed to help you lose weight in junk food

Seaweed is presented in thin sheets and in fact doesn’t look like what we think of as seaweed at all.  It is not universally available in mainstream supermarkets here in the UK.

More information about edible seaweed.

Read more about the team from Newcastle University who conducted the research to put the seaweed into bread and their plans for more seaweed- based junk food products

But the best thing would be to make sure you are on Andrew Loosely’s newsletter so you get health tips for the season delivered to you .. real health nuggets not chicken nuggets!

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Snow in Britain makes a difference to health

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Snowfall on trees, Germany.
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Snow and ice in Britain over the last few days have made a difference to our health.  While the weather has created problems it has also given us opportunities for better health.

  • The hills have been alive with sledging, skiing and snowboarding.  Conditions have been so good that the snow has rivalled experiences you would normally get in the Alps.  Lots of fun ways to take exercise.
  • Parents who would normally be at work are taking the time to be with their children whose schools have been closed.  Spending quality time with those who are most important to you is important for our health.
  • Cars have been left in the drive, and people have walked.  Simply walking for 20 minutes is soo much better than always going by car.
  • We have noticed there have been more conversations with strangers.  The weather is a good subject to talk about but there has been a better connection between people and a chance to get to know new people.  (We are social creatures – we need to be in contact with others)
  • This is of course in addition to all the people who have helped each other dig cars out of the snow, and generally be good neighbours…our mind and spirit affects our health.  Being helped as well as helping others contributes massively to our well-being.
  • Food is being bought in a more planned way.  More snow is continually being threatened, so many families have stocked up.
  • We have become more aware of the weather.  In traditional chinese medicine the seasons play a large part in health, and often in modern life we simply fail to notice the season we are in.  Looking at a snow scene is also an opportunity for reflection.
  • Last but not least, winter is a time of rest and recuperation.  The snow has given us all a chance to stop and take life more quietly for a day or two.  Stopping the frenetic lifestyle is a key aspect of better health.

However, we are looking forward to seeing all of you whose appointments were affected by the weather, and hope we will be able to catch up in the next few days.

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World Health Organisation and Tamiflu

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The World Health organisation is telling people who are normally healthy to not take Tamiflu if they think they may have Swine Flu.

This is a refreshing approach to the virus hitting drug, and a contrast to the medication-friendly recommendations made by the British NHS.  Of course The World Health Organisation has world-wide responsibilities for health and there will be parts of the world where medication such as Tamiflu is simply not available or too expensive.  And the NHS deserves credit for responding to fears about swine flu and providing Tamiflu on such a large scale.

However the WHO recommendation is a useful reminder.   If you are a normally healthy person your approach should be to let your body naturally fight infection.  It is what bodies are designed to do!

Rather than panicking about Swine Flu, a healthy adult can expect viral infections, and expect to get through them.  Of course you need to look after yourself, and definitely take it easy in both body and mind, but there is no need to rush to the pharmaceutical giants for your health.

The WHO states that if Tamiflu is taken on a world-wide scale the Swine Flu virus is likely to become stronger and more resistant to the medication.  So drugs that are ideal for vulnerable people become ineffective.

The best way to fight any infection at all is to ensure that your general health and well-being is good.  This involves diet, exercise and your mind as well as your body.

Modern living can be stressful, and a general boost through acupuncture and herbs to correct any imbalances enables you to fight viruses wherever they come from.  A long-lasting solution rather than a quick hit with Tamiflu.

Pharmacist friend joins us at Healthwise Clinic

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

We are really pleased to welcome Philip Crilly on board at Healthwise. He is a Pharmacist working for a leading high street brand and writes a regular health column. He will be writing articles, books and blogs alongside Andrew and will be offering a western viewpoint on any health issues discussed. We are very excited about this partnership as it now allows us to discuss every health complaint from both the western and eastern perspectives. We hope you enjoy our joint venture and hope that this will give further insight into creating a healthy lifestyle.

Joy and health in the summer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

We talk about the “Summer of Love” and we all feel better when the sun is shining, and nature is lush and green.

The earth’s energy is moving towards its peak in the northern hemisphere, and it can improve our health. In fact, having joy in our lives not only makes us feel good but actually does us good. Feeling love is, literally, good for the heart.

So many people are permanently on pills to reduce blood pressure, while the simple answer is to feel happier! We all know that stress causes physical problems, but doctors don’t positively encourage you to enjoy life.

Each season offers the perfect opportunity to improve your health. Summer is the time to look after your heart. The circulation of blood through veins and arteries is improved with a simple cleanse through diet and by feeling good.

The weather is warmer and life feels better. Take time to savour the good things in life. Stop and look at a beautiful view, tell the people you love that you love them, make time to enjoy simple pleasures.

You get the double benefit of more joy in your life, and improving your health and circulation at the same time. What could be more natural?

Spring health changing to summer health

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

We are heading towards summer which has an impact on your health and well being.

Health issues for summer are different from the health issues in spring. There are different health problems and health opportunities which become relevant – and therefore – can be treated most effectively during that season.

This is relevant for identifed problems but also for a your attitude.

The aim of natural health is that your body is healthy, and you have a sense of wellbeing.

We can re-balance your energy with acupuncture and herbal medicine to make the changes, but you are the keeper of the key to health.

As we move into summer (as defined by the lunar calendar sytem) Andrew Loosely will be providing tips and hints on what to do for your health during this season.

Healthy diet in Spring

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The sun is out at last! Spring has arrived and the leaves are starting to turn green.

Our bodies are regaining energy after the winter but they still need to be gently supported in the Spring. So don’t immediately turn to cold food even thought the sun is out.

Soups can be made easily and quickly and are the perfect spring time meal. Lighter than the rich winter casseroles, soups help your body to make the most of the natural detox going on at the moment. They are a great way to get lots of nutritious goodness. And for an extra twist to really help your body add a little spice. It will boost your energy.

To find out

  • what to eat in spring
  • how to detox naturally
  • how to boost your energy
  • come to Andrew Loosely’s talk at Healthwise

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Weight and Diet the natural health way

    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    We are getting a good response to Andrew Loosely’s talk on 24th March. It seems everyone is interested in losing weight and learning about the natural health approach to diet. Of course it is a great deal more pleasant to work with your body, rather than punish yourself.

    People are very surprised to hear that it is easier to lose the additional toxins and the weght in the spring. Usually weight loss is a number one New Year resolution and – just as common – the weight is difficult to shift. The natural health way means that you are in tune with the season.

    Only 22 days to go till the talk

    How Can I Stay Healthy Into My 90s?

    Monday, February 16th, 2009

    A great attitude will certainly help you to get there! We certainly believe there is nothing preventing you.

    There are lots of things you can do. General advice includes things you’ll know already like taking some gentle exercise every day, drinking water, eating healthily, and avoiding excesses of tea, sugar, coffee and alcohol.

    However, the diet that is right for you wouldn’t necessarily be right for somebody else. The exercise that is right for you may also not be helpful for somebody else. Without knowing your personal situation, my best advice after the general points above is to follow the Seasons.

    The Seasons are very important in Chinese medicine. Each season brings different health problems which can best be solved within that season. I will be talking about this over the next few weeks in my column at 50 c0nnect and will also post it here so you can look at your health from this perspective.

    You may have some particular problem that can be solved, but more general advice would be to stay balanced. Have time for reflection and time for action, be physically active and also relax completely, take some time out and just be still!

    Natural medicine is based on the energy that goes round your body, and ideally you want it to flow freely and not get stuck. Getting stuck in any emotion like anger or fear, for example, is connected to your physical well-being and is also connected to this time of year.

    There is a particular emotion connected to Spring, and you will hear about that very soon.

    Keep in touch and in the meantime have some me time…….

    Healthwise on Facebook !!

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    We are finally up and running on Facebook!!  If you would like to join us you can search for the Healthwise Clinic group and click to join us. There you will receive regular updates on events and can let us know if you’d like to attend and also post questions for us to answer. We are posting our in house only newsletters there so you can now read them free of charge and get health tips too.

    We are working hard to get as much free information about natural health care out there in the public domain for the benefit of anyone who would like to read about it so please let your friends know about us and join us on Facebook too. You can also read our blog on this site to receive slightly different bits of information.

    Join, become a friend of Healthwise and help your friends get free health info too
    many thanks and best wishes
    Andrew