Michael van Straten is an Osteopath (retired), Naturopath, Acupuncturist and Nutritional Consultant

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Michael van StratenMichael van Straten is an osteopath (retired), naturopath, acupuncturist and nutritional consultant. He's also one of the UK's most respected medical authors, broadcasters and journalists and has written more than 40 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide.

Well, here we are at last, the Summer Newsletter. Sadly, this is the first since last Christmas and I do apologise and thank the many of you who sent such kind messages. We have been through a few problems, but all is now back on track.

Life here is calm and peaceful in spite of dreadful things happening elsewhere and in our rural village the world follows the rhythms of nature and the seasons. Of course we have our excitements; the 24 hour race at le Mans, a general election, Bastille Day which, by the way the French call the 14th of July a day when the entire population has a grand knees-up and evening meal by our wonderful lake. The night ends with a giant fireworks display and it is all provided by the Mayor and town council.

With the lunatics now running the world asylum and the two mad men with their fingers on the buttons, you may think, "why worry about healthy eating and better lifestyles" but we have seen it all before. Don't give up and use this as an excuse to drink more booze, smoke more fags and live on junk food.

So, here is what I hope you will find is some interesting information. You can read about nine simple things you can do to reduce the risks of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. There's a simple but delicious recipe from my wife that uses up a glut of tomatoes, followed by a major story about migraine and self-help.

I am no lover of artificial sweeteners and I tell you why. Are you one of the "worried well?" You can read how to avoid being conned out of your hard earned cash and not falling into the trap of over-diagnosis.

If you are dashing round the shops preparing for back to school, make sure you read the article on how to keep your children healthy in the winter term.

By the way, there is also a list of 10 foods you should never put in the fridge and an important warning about Alternative medicine and the increased risks of dying of cancer.

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Use up those tomatoes!!

Finally, you can read all about the mysterious vitamin D, why you need it, what it does and how to make sure you get enough more than a third of Brits don't. I hope you all enjoy what is left of Summer and stay well until my next Newsletter at Christmas.



Thai Chi - good for neck painDementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life
One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity.

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Cancer - The Dangers of Alternative Medicine
Refusing conventional treatment can, for example, increase the risk of dying from breast cancer, by five times! Few doctors today would object to the use of nutritional therapy, relaxation exercises, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and other non-interventional treatments. But this is true so long as they are used as complementary therapies and not as alternatives to proven scientific methods.

Researchers at Yale have finally quantified one type of risk for cancer patients - the risk of premature death.

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Vital Vitamin D
Latest research shows another surprising side effect of missing out of this essential nutrient; low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis, a common infection of the vagina which can put pregnancies at risk.

In a study with 469 women participating in a pregnancy cohort study, Lisa Bodnar from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, studied nearly 500 pregnant women. She found those with below normal vitamin D had a 34 per cent increase in bacterial vaginosis compared to women with healthy vitamin D levels. This protective effect may be due to the vitamin's strong influence on the immune system.

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Migraine Awareness Week 2017

In Migraine Awareness Week, there can't be many people who don't either suffer from migraine, or know someone who does. The blinding headaches, the sickness and vomiting, the sensitivity to sound and light, and the utter wretchedness of the severe migraine sufferer, have only to be seen once, never to be forgotten.

  • Nearly one in three (27%) UK adults say that they have experienced a migraine headache at some time.
  • Of those migraine sufferers, 47% say that it is usually triggered by stress, 38% tiredness and 28% simply don't know why they suddenly get a migraine attack.
  • These findings are the result of a One-Poll survey among 3,000 UK adults in February 2017 commissioned by MigraHerb.

Many doctors, friends and family ignore, or don't understand the dramatic social consequences of this wretched condition. Missed schooldays, cancelled meetings, lost social opportunities, and refused invitations; all because you have, or fear you may get an attack. Migraineurs deserve and need your unswerving support.

Women are more likely to have this condition than are men, though in children, the illness is divided equally between boys and girls. Attacks usually start after puberty, and may continue into middle age. Many women find that the problem is closely related to the menstrual cycle, and often disappears after the menopause and during pregnancy.

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Kids Get Migraine Too


MigraHerb - MHRA registered herbal medicine from Schwabe Pharma


When a child regularly complains of tummy ache and feeling sick just as it's time to go to school, it's all too easy to think they just fancy a day off. Before you push them on to the bus with a flea in the ear, think again it may be migraine.

Children get migraine too and though it's not surprising that parents find it difficult to recognise the symptoms, it is surprising and also extremely alarming how many doctors fail to identify this condition early on. Problems arise because childhood migraine does not always follow the normal pattern of this condition, and in fact headache may not be present at all. Up to the age of puberty migraine is far more common in boys than girls, but these figures are rapidly reversed once puberty is reached and cyclic changes in female hormone levels start to have their effect.

The most common early symptoms in young children are those that affect the stomach nausea, stomach ache and vomiting. The intensity of these attacks can be so severe, sometimes lasting up to 48 hours that it's not so long ago that youngsters used to die as a result of severe dehydration. It wasn't until the middle 1960s that the medical profession accepted that children could and did suffer from migraine.

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Over-diagnosis Makes You One Of The Worried Well

Medicalising normal life events combined with massive over-diagnosis turn people into huge numbers of "worried well", especially those who tend to take more responsibility for their own health.

The definition of over-diagnosis is the diagnosis of "disease" that will never cause symptoms or death during a patient's lifetime. But medicine is now harming healthy people whilst at the same time producing enormous amounts of cash for doctors, alternative practitioners they use questionable screens like electric fingertip tests, hair analysis, obscure blood tests from labs in the US and iris diagnosis - drug companies clinics touting screening for almost everything.

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Beat The Back To School Bugs


Kaloba Syrup- MHRA registered herbal medicine from Schwabe Pharma


Kaloba pelargonium extract to relieve the sore throat, cough and runny nose, suitable for adults and children over 6. Available as tablets, drops and syrup.

Echinacea; available as EchinaCold Effervescent offers natural relief from colds and flu.

EchinaCold contains pure Echinacea, well known for its power to boost the immune system and helps prevent and relieve the symptoms of flu and colds for adults.

All the above available from www.schwabepharma.co.uk

You dashed round the shops buying the new school uniform, trainers, pens, pencil cases and sports bags, but did you spare a thought for your child's mental performance and immune defences. As they set off for school for the first time or get ready to go back after the long summer holidays they're going to be exposed to a range of bugs which they haven't met before.

Their young bodies won't have the natural immunity to protect them and within the first few weeks in the classroom they're liable to go down with coughs, sneezes, tummy upsets and sore throats they are likely to catch between 7 and 10 colds each year, equating to a massive 16 million lost school days! By taking action now you can help build up their natural defences and so increase their self-protection. You can also help them to achieve their maximum academic potential by including fish oils, oily fish and other essential nutrients in their diets.

How your kids can beat the bugs

Here are some top tips and herbal remedies to help you and your kids fight the cold war at school:

  1. Remind your children to wash their hands thoroughly. The Centre for Disease Control recommends washing hands with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds, or long enough to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.
  2. Provide your Children with a pocket-size pack of tissues - and teach them to Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.
  3. For children as young as 6, Kaloba Syrup® is a fully-licensed traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections including common cold, such as sore throat, cough and blocked or runny nose, exclusively based upon long-standing use.

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Why You Should Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have no nutritional value whatsoever. They have been heavily promoted as an aid to weight loss, but by depriving the body of the satisfaction of sugars they can lead to cravings, more food consumption and weight gain.

The only reason for their existence is to line the pockets of chemical companies that make them and to boost the sales of "light" versions of canned drinks and processed foods. There are many stories of plots, counter plots, conspiracies and dire health consequences related to this group of additives. However, much of this information is false and promoted on spurious websites, but my belief is in the need for the "Precautionary Principle" the absolute proof of safety.

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10 Foods you should never keep in the fridge!

michael with his tomatoesSome things lose their flavour and texture, and though many are protected by low temperature, others can be nutritionally degraded.

Humidity in your fridge will spoil their taste and speed up rotting. It is better to keep them in a dry, cool place, but not too close to potatoes to avoid tainting.

Many people think the fridge is a good place to keep their coffee beans. Wrong! They will quickly lose flavour and may become spoiled.

Never, never, never. It will form solid fats and will not pour from the bottle.

Please don't put them in the cold. They lose all their flavour and become floury

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Vital Vitamin D

Nearly a third of Brits are deficient in vitamin D, due to a combination of grey weather, lack of skin exposure to the sun, overuse of sun screens, more time spent indoors and diets low in fresh foods containing vitamin D such as liver, red meat, oily fish and mushrooms.

These Research findings are from "The interfaces between vitamin D, sleep and pain" Journal of Endocrinology, 24 May 2017. This new study shows Vitamin D3 is key. The body's need for the well-known 'sunshine vitamin' vitamin D has been extensively researched and documented. And now new research1 confirms that vitamin D3 is actually better absorbed and utilised in the body than vitamin D2.

Studies show that in combination adequate vitamin D increases absorption of calcium by 30-40% compared to only 10-15% absorption without sufficient vitamin D.

Nature's Way has created a well-balanced 'go-to' product to ensure that any dietary gaps or deficiencies are quickly plugged". Mike Wakeman, a pharmacist with a Master's in Pharmaceutical Analysis, Nutritional Medicine and Clinical Oncology, adds: "Long-term calcium and vitamin D supplementation reduces the risk of hip fractures in the population as discovered in the Women's Health Initiative trial.

However, it is generally acknowledged that many people find it hard sticking to a daily supplement regime, hence the need for a more appealing supplement format such as a fruity, chewable Soft Jell. Whilst many supplements contain the vitamin D2 form, Alive! Calcium Soft Jells provide Vegetarian-Society approved vitamin D3, ensuring the product is suitable for vegetarians and is ideal for the whole family from aged three years. The delicious strawberry flavour, together with its easy-to-take Soft Jell format, makes this a unique product within the marketplace.

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With Calcium and vitamin D it helps promote the health of bones and teeth as well as providing nutrients for growth.

In addition, dried fruit and vegetable extracts are included for all their special and unique health benefits.

For more info, go to: www.feelaliveuk.com/product/alive-calcium-soft-jell/


I do hope you all enjoy this newsletter. Eat well - live longer.


Michael van Straten - Osteopath (retired), Naturopath and Acupuncturist D.O., M.R.N., M.B.Ac.A.

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