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.

It does not feel much like Christmas here in France. The weather is warm, wet and foggy, just like the UK. We have our tree in the village Square and pretty coloured lights on the lamp posts and the Town Hall and our Christmas Market was held on the 10th of December - the local towns and villages try not to clash. But, Christmassy or not, it IS just around the corner, so be prepared.

In this edition read about the 20 reasons that Christmas is good for your health. It is not all gut-busting, unhealthy calories, and learn how to stop stress from ruining your family get together. Basil, hops and lavender all have a part to play.

Do not miss out on your chance of a free pack of the best vitamin and mineral supplements around. Nature's Way has packs of their special Alive! Men's and Women's 50+ products to give away. You can also discover the natural way to deal with nasty coughs.

I hope that all this positive information will make you happy, as new research shows that being a glass half full person means you are likely to live longer than the glass half empty misery. The power of positive is greater than we all thought.

If you have had it with endless board games, repeats of The Sound Of Music and constant defeat in all the screen games, then while a way some happy time and take my Christmas Health Quiz.

Céline and I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas. I will be back with lots more natural help for your good health next year.

Kindest regards,


This Months News


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Glass half full?Tea For You?
It is official; the good old British cuppa is good for you. A study in the BMJ Open reveals that the incidence of type 2 diabetes is lower in countries where they drink the most black tea.

» Read more here

Is Your Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?
It's time to be honest with yourself. Having an optimistic outlook on life - a general expectation that good things will happen - may help people live longer, according to a new study from Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Researchers found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death - including cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection - over an eight-year period, compared with women who were less optimistic.

» Read more here

Why Christmas Can Be Good For Your Health

I don't know about you but I'm fed up with the food police who keep saying how unhealthy Christmas is.

Listen to them and we'd be eating nothing but pears and drinking bottled water. Before you start feeling guilty or decide that you're having a wheat-free, dairy-free, fat-free, pleasure-free Christmas this year - don't do it.

There are loads of good things to eat, but please do not plough your way through the 11,000 calories that can make up a traditional day's eating. You'll be pleasantly surprised with my 20 reasons for enjoying Christmas

» Read more here

Stress Can Ruin Christmas - But Not Yours!

Christmas Trolley

It's supposed to be the season of goodwill to all men, but how often is that the truth. You dash round the shops in total panic looking for all those last minute Christmas presents, cocktail sticks and spare bulbs for the tree lights. Everywhere is packed, you're in a panic and so is everyone else. You get pushed, shoved, jostled, hot and more bad tempered by the minute.

Hardly a promising start to the festive season. Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year, especially for the family member organising it, and you don't need me to tell you it's usually the woman of the house.

The anxiety begins in September when the Christmas packaging, decorations and gift boxes start appearing in the stores, and culminates in the traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings.

» Read more here

Natural Anti-anxiety Remedies


KarmaMood - MHRA registered herbal medicine from Schwabe Pharma


Make sure that you are prepared in advance by having these registered herbal remedies in your medicine cupboard. Take care though; the bathroom is not the best place as humidity can degrade most tablets.

To give you a lift if you are down in the slumps, use KarmaMood, the registered extract of St John's Wort, a long standing traditional herbal medicine for the relief of low mood and anxiety.

NiteHerb is the first ever registered traditional herbal medicine sold in the UK containing an extract of Valerian root. This plant is great to help you sleep when mild anxiety keeps you tossing and turning till the small hours.

For more information on these natural medicines go to www.schwabepharma.co.uk


Stress Busting Herbs

This is your chance for a free health boost to help you over the over stressed and overindulged festive period!

Healthy eating means plenty of essential nutrients which most people don't get enough of. In spite of all the information available most men, women and children do not meet their essential daily need for some vitamins and minerals:-

  • Over 95% of adults are deficient in folic acid
  • 60% of women are short of iron
  • 90% of men and women miss out on vitamin B6
  • 50% of women are short of vitamin A
  • 50% of children don't get enough vitamins A, B12, folic acid, D or E
  • Many adults and children lack calcium, iron, zinc and selenium

At this time of the year optimum nutrition is more important than ever. High levels of immune boosting nutrients; maximum intake of energy producing ingredients; substances to balance your hormones and the special vitamins and minerals for good skin and hair are what we all need.

A good quality multi vitamin and mineral supplement is a major factor in the long term help your body and mind require to fight infections, winter blues, stress and anxiety.



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Almonds Add Good Health To Your Daily Diet

Adding almonds is a perfect way to create a mouth-watering taste and that you can use as a snack or in recipes and enjoy without guilt. Plain, toasted in a dry pan, roast or chopped, they are delicious as nibbles with a drink and popular around Christmas.

Did You Know that . . .

1 ounce of California Almonds contains:

  • 35% Daily Value of vitamin E to increase the antioxidant content of your day
  • 3.5 grams of dietary fibre, an important ingredient for bowel health.
  • 6 grams of plant-based protein for vegetarian and other dishes.
  • 8% Daily Value of calcium, for those with a dairy intolerance.
  • Only 1 gram of saturated fat and 13 grams of “good” mono and polyunsaturated fats.

BUT they are NOT so good salted, sugared or covered in chocolate!

COUGH cough cough cough cough!

It is the season of coughs, so what can we do?

Symptoms; Coughs can be short, dry and painful, or loose and productive. They can come singly or in paroxysms of violent coughing.

  • Eat more raw fruit and vegetables for vitamin C and beta-carotenes;
  • Eat more garlic, onions, leeks, chives, thyme for their antibacterial effect;
  • Eat more lemons and honey for soothing properties;
  • Eat less dairy produce and salt.
  • Avoid smoking.

A cough does not always indicate chest disease or infection. Dust, atmospheric pollutants, smoke, chemical fumes or even a wrongly swallowed piece of food, can trigger the cough reflex. The cough expels the irritant from the lungs and so acts as their first line of defence.

A cough however is the most common of all respiratory symptoms and may indicate the presence of asthma, a chest infection, chronic bronchitis, or any chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Coughs are generally worse at night or first thing in the morning, and can even be irritated by changes in temperature or weather.

Parents often expect their GP to prescribe antibiotics for themselves and their children when suffering from a nasty cough, but most chest infections are viral so not helped by antibiotics. Sadly, over use of these lifesaving medicines has led to more and more resistant strains of bugs appearing.

» Read more here

Flu Beating Supplements



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.

FlexiHerb Devil's Claw extract; this helps with all the aches and pains of flu.


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

Kaloba - MHRA registered herbal medicine from Schwabe Pharma


Your Questions Answered - December 2016

A regular reader of my newsletter asks the following question:

After two years of trying for a baby, we have finally discovered that I am okay but my husband has a low sperm count. Is there anything natural we can do to improve our chances?

Michael says . . .

How often have I heard this sad story? The poor woman endures years of testing and uncomfortable procedures before anyone thinks of the most basic and simple test that should be the first - the quantity and quality of the sperm.

The doctor will want more specific hormone and other tests, but here are the basic practical things to start right now.

» Read more here

Michael's Health Quiz - Just for fun

Bored with board games, fed up with the sound of music, can't stand another computer game with the kids? Then have a go at my special health quiz.

These days everyone's an expert. Now's your chance to test your knowledge and find out how much you really know about good health and your body.

» Read more here

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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