Proactiv skincare launch

Proactiv is a new specialist skincare range from the US, aimed at solving specific problems such as acne and spotty outbreaks – for people of all ages and men/women.

And since it’s also great value is it growing something of a cult following already in the UK. Proof of that is the fact that Boots ran out of the cleansing bar (£14.99) and had to keep a list of customers who wanted to get their hands on it.


Proactiv Cleansing Bar

The bar’s ingredients do not dry or irritate the skin and can be used by all skin types.  It helps to slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores, reduing and preventing a whole host of nasties such as whiteheads, blackheads and future breakouts!

US actress, Julianne Hough is the face of this product – she’s already well-known Stateside but we will hear more about here in the UK when the romantic film, Safe Haven, in which she stars with Josh Duhmand goes on release.

Dancer & Actress Julianne Hough

Dancer & Actress Julianne Hough is the ‘face’ of Proactiv

The range includes products that suit oily skin and also non-oil based mineral makeup powders especially for skin that breaks out easily.


We particularly liked the Replenishing Eye Serum.  It contains all the quality ingredients you would expect from a product three times the price, such as retinyl, ubiquinone, and vitamin C. All products are allergy-tested

Replenishing Eye Serum, £10.95 for 14g

Replenishing Eye Serum, £10.95 for 14g

Boots stores nationwide (call 0845 124 4545 for your nearest store) and from

Longer lashes instantly with FreezeFrame

This is a new ‘mascara’ which aims to extend your lashes without all the bother and fuss of getting them done in a salon.


What you do have to remember is that you only put it on the ends of lashes – this is so that the tiny fibres attach to the end. It’s also something that is not good to do in a rush, although it only takes about three minutes to apply.

lash product

We tried putting on our usual mascara to build up some colour then applied the FreezeFrame Instant Lash – and that worked well.  And it did extend lash length beyond what you would normally expect from an ordinary mascara.  You have to be a little careful with clumping but you can use our own mascara want to separate lashes.

This product costs £27.99 from Boots and lasts for one month – that’s with daily use.  Our verdict is that this is a very useful product in between using falsies.



A tropical island in Europe?

All is not what is seems at this tropical paradise…
A tropical island?

It’s actually man-made and built on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany. The tropical Islands are built inside a hangar built originally to house airships.

And while its snowing outside the holiday paradise which has 6,000 visitors daily maintains a temperature of 80 degrees plus.

As well as beaches, there are shops, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. And you can even stay in a beach tent for the night. It also houses Europe’s largest sauna complex.

As well as flamingos, free-flying canaries also fly around the site.

As well as the thousands of visitors each day, approximately 500 people work at the site which first opened in 2004.
Incredibly, the hangar, which is 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and 107 metres high, is tall enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty.

Look at the video on the resort here:

Alcohol link to cancer deaths revealed in new US study

A new study says that alcohol consumption causes 18,000 to 21,000  cancer deaths per year, or about 3.5 percent of all U.S cancer deaths.

Researchers led by National Cancer Institute scientists say breast cancer accounts for more than half of alcohol attributable cancer deaths in women, and that upper airway and esophageal cancer deaths accounted for most alcohol-attributable cancer deaths in men (53% to 71%). A cancer death linked to alcohol resulted in about 18 years of life lost. The authors say daily consumption of up  to 1.5 drinks accounted for 26% to 35% of alcohol-attributable cancer deaths.


Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology, said: “The new analysis on alcohol and death from cancer published in the American Journal of Public Health demonstrates that alcohol use continues to cause a sizable number of cancer deaths in the United States. The estimate from the new analysis, that alcohol causes about 3 to 4% of all cancer deaths in the U.S., is consistent with older data.
“While even light drinking may increase risk of some cancers, notably breast cancer, light drinking may also help lower risk of heart disease and overall death rates do not appear to be increased in light drinkers. Heavier drinking causes larger increases in cancer risk as well as in overall risk of premature death.
“The American Cancer Society recommends that if you drink alcohol at all, you should limit your intake to no more than two drinks a day if you are a man and one drink a day if you are a woman. Whether or not you drink alcohol, not smoking, being physically active, and maintaining a healthy weight can greatly lower your risk of fatal cancer as well as improve your general health.”
Article: Alcohol-Attributable Cancer Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States, Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print February 14, 2013: e1-e8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301199)

Cheska – why I am no longer a fag hag

Cheska from the UK realityTV show, Made in Chelsea,  gave up smoking at the start of the New Year and had a teeth and mouth hygiene makeover at the London Smile Clinic to get her teeth looking sparkling and healthy again.

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Francesca Hull (Cheska from popular E4 series Made in Chelsea) said: “My decision to quit smoking is something I hope to never go back on. My life is pretty hectic and I’m always on the go with meetings, photo shoots, interviews and filming for Made in Chelsea, so it’s important to me that my teeth look good and I have fresh breath.

“After I gave up smoking using the Allen Carr 5 hour programme I was even more conscious about my teeth looking their best.  I wanted to have a proper dental MOT; a check-up and stain removal as part of a very thorough hygiene clean and a consultation for an at-home whitening treatment. The London Smile Clinic team were fantastic and totally rejuvenated my smile – it’s always a lovely experience when I visit them. I know I can rely on them to get me the results I’m looking for.”

So support your own health and ditch the cigarettes on STOP SMOKING DAY: 13th March 2013.

The Fast Diet: Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Mimi Spencer & Dr Michael Moseley

The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting – Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer A radical approach to weight-loss that claims you can eat what you like (most of the time) and become slimmer and healthier.

 You eat normally for five days and for just two days you drop your calories – 500 for women and 600 for men. Co-author Dr Michael Moseley is a medical journalist who first alerted the nation to intermittent fasting in a BBC Horizon documentary. He quotes scientific trials that have proven this diet works and also lowers the risk of a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. There is a useful calorie counter and menu plans to inspire you. The paperback version costs £2.95 from Amazon – click on the image to buy.

Linguine with asparagus and peas

Spring vegetable linguine

Linguine with asparagus and peas

Serves 2-3

For the pasta

200g Tipo ‘00’ pasta flour
2 large eggs, preferably free-range or organic
Pinch of salt
Fine polenta or semolina
*(Alternatively use 300g dried linguine or tagliatelle)

For the sauce
30g butter
1 sprig rosemary, picked
8-10 spears asparagus
2 large handfuls green peas
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh parmesan, to serve

Making your pasta

Place the flour on a board or in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs in the well, add a pinch of salt then with a fork, mix the egg into the flour as much as possible so it’s not sticky. Don’t worry if there are lumps in the dough. Keep mixing and when crumbs form put it on a floured surface and knead together. Once it is all combined, knead the dough until you have a silky smooth elastic dough. You are aiming to achieve a playdough-like texture. If your dough is crumbly (too dry) add a teaspoon of olive oil. If the dough is sticks to your hands (too wet) add a little extra flour. Cover with cling film and rest for 30 minutes.

Take tennis ball-sized amounts of the dough squash it flat with your fingers (remember to keep the rest of your dough covered with the cling film so it doesn’t go dry and crusty). Place on a floured work surface and using a rolling pin roll into a rough square sheet of pasta which is about 2 playing cards thick. Sprinkle some flour over both sides of the pasta sheet and fold it into three. Then using a sharp knife, cut strips 3mm wide and unravel so you have long linguine.

If you are using a pasta roller, take your flattened tennis ball-sized piece of dough and push it through the pasta roller on the widest setting. Fold into thirds, then repeat 3 times. Once you have a rough square shape, start working it through the machine, taking it down one setting at a time, until the thinnest setting. If your pasta is too sticky, it won’t go through smoothly, so add a little flour to each side before you put it through the roller. Then roll it through the setting for tagliatelle or thin linguine.

Leave the linguine on trays with a dusting of fine polenta or semolina to stop it sticking, or you can hang them individually on clean coat hangers. Repeat the process until you have used all the remaining dough. Get a large pan of salted water on a high heat to boil.

Making the sauce

This part is super quick so we would advise getting all your ingredients ready before you cook your pasta. Chop the ends off your asparagus and discard, then chop the heads off (but don’t throw these away). Using a speed peeler (see below on how to use and where to buy), finely peel the asparagus stalks into thin strips.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized frying pan, and when it starts to bubble like champagne add the picked rosemary, cooking until lovely and crispy. Then add your asparagus strips and heads to the pan along with the fresh peas and lemon zest , stirring together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the linguini to the boiling water and cook until al dente – fresh pasta will take under 2 minutes to cook.

Once the pasta is cooked using tongs add the pasta to the saucepan and mix together. Serve in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon.

Rosemary plant oil enhances memory

RosemaryResearchers have discovered that the aroma from the essential oil of the Mediterranean herb rosemary aids memory.

Tests, carried by Northumbria University in Newcastle,  have shown that people who breathed the aroma increased their chances of remembering to do things  by 60-75 per cent compared with those who did not.

Other studies have shown the oil increases alertness and enhances long-term memory.
It is also used in modern-day herbal medicine as a mild painkiller and for migraines and digestive problems.

Dr Mark Moss,  said: “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic.In this study we focused on prospective memory, which involves the ability to remember events that will occur in the future and to remember to complete tasks at particular times. This is critical for everyday functioning, for example when someone needs to remember to post a birthday card or to take medication at a particular time.”

Rosemary essential oil was diffused in to a testing room by placing four drops on an aroma stream fan diffuser and switching this on five minutes before people entered the room. Altogether 66 people took part in the study and were randomly allocated to either the rosemary-scented room or another room with no scent. In each room participants completed a test designed to assess their prospective memory functions.

This included tasks such as hiding objects and asking participants to find them at the end of the test and instructing them to pass a specified object to the researcher at a particular time.
All the tasks had to be done with no prompting but if the task was not performed then different degrees of prompting were used.The more prompting that was used the lower the score.

The volunteers, all healthy adults, also completed questionnaires assessing their mood.Blood was taken from volunteers and analysed to see if performance levels and changes in mood following exposure to the rosemary aroma were related to concentrations of a compound known as 1,8-cineole present in the blood.The compound is also found in the essential oil of rosemary and has previously been shown to act on the biochemical systems that underpin memory. The results showed that participants in the rosemary-scented room performed better on the prospective memory tasks than the participants in the room with no scent. This was the case for remembering events, remembering to complete tasks at particular times, and the speed of recall. The results from the blood analysis found that significantly greater amounts of 1,8-cineole were present in the plasma of those in the rosemary scented room, suggesting that sniffing the aroma led to higher concentrations.

Researach suggests that the rosemary oil works by being absorbed into the bloodstream via the nose. The chemicals also stimulate the olfactory nerve in the nose directly, which may also have have effects on brain functioning.

Researcher Jemma McCready said: “The difference between the two groups was 60-75 per cent, for example one group would remember to do seven things compared with four tasks completed by those who did not smell the oil, and they were quicker.
‘We deliberately set them a lot of tasks, so it’s possible that people who multi-task could function better after sniffing rosemary oil.’ Miss McCready said ‘There was no link between the participants’ mood and memory. This suggests performance is not influenced as a consequence of changes in alertness or arousal. These findings may have implications for treating individuals with memory impairments.
“It supports our previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults, here extending to the ability to remember events and to complete tasks in the future. Remembering when and where to go and for what reasons underpins everything we do, and we all suffer minor failings that can be frustrating and sometimes dangerous.”

Facial Plastic Surgeon, Mr Kambiz Golchin discusses his treatment philosophy and his new Angel Facelift

Facial Plastic Surgeon, Mr Kambiz Golchin, answers your questions on his approach to cosmetic surgery
1.  What is your general philosophy on cosmetic surgery – when and how much anyone should have done?
I believe it must be done carefully and conservatively, always with the intention of keeping it natural, and age appropriate.
2.  What are your ethical principles when it comes to giving treatment?
I am very strict on this. I must be absolutely certain in my professional opinion that a procedure is right for the patient, that they need it and that there will be significant benefits to them. I will decline to treat a client if the procedure they are requesting is unnecessary, their expectations are unrealistic, or I feel they have psychological issue to address first.

People with higher levels of Omega-3 have lower risk of dying

A 16-year-old study of older adults  has revealed that those with higher blood levels of omega-3 polyunsaturated acids had a lower risk of dying.

Smoked Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, have already  been linked to a number of health benefits, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study included 2,692 US men and women aged 65 years or older who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study between 1989 and 1993.

Researchers questioned them about their eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake. Blood samples obtained during 1992-1993 were also analysed for plasma phospholipid EPA, DHA and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA).

Over sixteen years of follow-up, 1,625 deaths occurred, including 359 caused by coronary heart disease (CHD) and 130 resulting from stroke. But the men and women whose total omega-3 fatty acids were among the top one-fifth of participants had a 27% lower risk of dying than those whose levels were among the lowest fifth.

When omega-3 fatty acids were individually analysed, those among the top fifth of EPA, DPA and DHA levels were found to have a 17%, 23% and 20% lower risk. The risk of dying of heart disease was 35% less among those whose total omega-3 levels were highest, and arrhythmic cardiac deaths were lowered by 48%. On average, having an omega-3 fatty acid level among the top fifth conferred 2.2 extra years of life in comparison with whose level was lowest.

When the relationship between omega-3 fatty acid intake and plasma levels was examined, the largest effect was seen with an intake of up to 400 milligrams per day.

Research lead author, Professor Dariush Mozaffarian, of the Harvard School of Public Health said: “The findings suggest that the biggest bang-for-your-buck is for going from no intake to modest intake, or about two servings of fatty fish per week. They support the importance of adequate blood omega-3 levels for cardiovascular health, and suggest that later in life these benefits could actually extend the years of remaining life.”

Depression – it seems there is a worldwide epidemic?

CatherineDepression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, according to statistics from the World Health Organisation.

And here are more facts:

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease
More women are affected by depression than men
At its worst, depression can lead to suicide
There are effective treatments for depression
Depression affects 1 in five older people living within our community – that is people we see everyday around us.
Dr Catherine Hood (pictured), an expert in psychosexual medicine at St Georges Hospital in London, tells me about more research that has been carried out by the herbal medical experts at Kira.

Apparently millions of people in the UK are battling depression and low mood alone because they fear the social stigma surrounding the condition. And I can understand why many people would not want to tell their doctor because it can have a potentially negative effect on careers and even health insurance.

Aside from the serious kinds of depression, most of us feel down in the dumps from time to time. Especially with the winter weather and the depressed economy. But most of the time the reason is very close to home. Kira discovered the following reasons for feeling down:

· Forty per cent said their low mood was caused by work-related stress.
· A third (35%) said it was down to their personal life
· One in five blamed family reasons
· One in five said it was triggered by a specific event
· Nearly one in five felt down or miserable without knowing why

Of course there are proven mood boosters such as exercise, yoga and meditation but sometimes we can be overwhelmed by a bad situation, even if its only temporary. So what else can you do?

Nutritionists tell us that there are foods that help our body produce the feel-good-hormone serotonin – and one of those foods is turkey. But I suspect that we would have to eat a hell of a lot! Then are are vitamins and minerals which are helpful – folic acid, the Bs 12,6, 1 and 2, vitamin C and potassium.

And some people find St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) helpful. In Germany its covered by health insurance and some 20 million people there take it for depression. Various Clinical trials have shown that this plant extract works by prolonging the action of serotonin in the brain.

Dr Hood says it is not currently fully understood how this works – but it must be better than suffering in silence.

Kira LowMood Relief is a traditional herbal medicine for the relief of symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. (Available at Boots and pharmacies nationwide, RRP £15.99.). Or from Amazon online here:

Asparagus – the anti-ageing superfood is almost in season

It’s only a matter of days before the asapargus season starts in the northern hemisphere. Bunches of this delicious vegetable in green, white and purple will be fresh and abundant – so in this timely feature we reveal why you should tuck in for your health and enjoy this delicious superfood.

Green Asparagus

Green Asparagus

Asparagus has been used as a food and a medicine, because of its diuretic properties and mild flavour since ancient times.

It is shown as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. It was also known in Syria and in Spain. Greeks and Romans ate it fresh when in season and dried the vegetable for use in winter. The Romans would even freeze it high in the Alps, for the Feast of Epicurus. In Indian literature it was credited with aphrodisiacal powers. And in the 15th century is was cultivated in French monastries.

In France, the delicate and sweet tips became known as ‘points d’amour’ and were served as a delicacy to Madame de Pompadour, official chief mistress of Louis XV, the King of France.

Asparagus Cannes Market

Cannes Market in the South of France

Flash forward hundreds of years and we discover that not only is it low in calories but its packed with nutrients that are good for us. The most abundant variety is the green asparagus, but there are also white and purple varieties.

And the strange smell that some people experience in their urine after eating it is apparently harmless.

If that wasn’t enough, eaten regularly, asparagus packs an almighty punch to diseases such as cancer and heart disease as well as boosting your immune system.

It’s estimated that 4 out of 10 of us (Cancer Research Campaign) will get cancer at some point in our lives and that about 30 per cent of all cancers may be the result of our diet. Asparagus contains high levels of vitamin A, folic acid and dietary fibre all believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer. Vitamin A (an antioxidant vitamin) may help prevent cancer by protecting body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Folic acid is thought to have a role in preventing certain types of cancer and dietary fibre keeps the bowel working normally and helps protect bowel cells from cancer-causing damage. Recent research has shown that a diet high in fibre is linked with a lower incidence of bowel cancer.

Heart Disease
Asparagus is rich in soluble fibre, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. Asparagus also contains high levels of potassium, which may help to control blood pressure and the high folic acid content helps to reduce blood homocysteine levels, thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is also low in fat and sodium, making it the perfect choice for those concerned about a healthy heart.

Immune System
Asparagus is one of the richest sources of rutin (a natural substance found in plants) which together with vitamin C, can help to energise and protect the body from infections. Asparagus is also a source of iron, which boosts the immune system and prevents anaemia.

Additionally, asparagus can make you feel good by boosting your sex drive, assisting in weight loss and detox, and is also great for nails, skin and hair.

Lovely Libido!
Claimed to ‘stir up lust in man and woman’ by herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper, in the 1600s the debate has raged ever since over whether any foods actually contain aphrodisiac qualities or not. Histamine production appears to be triggered by folic acid and lack of histamines has been linked to an inability to reach orgasm in both men and women. Asparagus is high in folates so may boost abilities in this department. Traditionally eaten with the fingers, it is also a seductive eating experience!

Low in Calories
Asparagus is low in calories with less than four kcal per average spear, which as part of a balanced diet can help weight loss. Asparagus is also very low in cholesterol, has no fat and very little sodium so can help to maintain heart function and blood pressure levels.

Asparagus is a mild diuretic and is believed to help detoxify the body, helping it to get rid of excess water and combat cystitis. Asparagus contains prebiotics, which selectively stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, soothing the stomach and aiding digestion.

Natural Beauty
Women might also be keen to learn that the levels of vitamin C and E present in this miracle vegetable make it great for skin, nails and hair!

Roasted British Asparagus with Chilli and Lime Butter

Cooking time: 8 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Pam Lloyd PR Asparagus Recipes (23rd & 25th November 2011)

Asparagus with Chilli & Lime Butter

You’ll need: 100g butter 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely diced 2 tbs fresh coriander, finely chopped ½ tsp cumin seeds, roughly ground juice ½ lime 2 bundles British asparagus Salt and pepper for seasoning 1 lime for garnish What to do: Bring the butter to room temperature then mix in the chilli, coriander, ground cumin and lime juice, add a good twist of black pepper then place onto a sheet of clingfilm. Roll into a sausage shape then chill in the fridge. Trim the ends of the asparagus and place on a roasting tray, drizzle with some oil, season and roast in an oven set at 200°c / 180°c fan for 6-8 minutes. Place the asparagus spears onto serving plates and top with a slice of the butter, serve with a wedge of lime.

Asparagus, Smoked Salmon with Ginger and Soy Dressing

Cooking time: 8 minutes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Asparagus and smoked salmon with ginger soy dressing

Asparagus and smoked salmon with ginger soy dressing

You’ll need: 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated 2 cloves garlic crushed Oil for frying 50ml dry sherry 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 bundles British asparagus 200g smoked salmon slices Fresh coriander to serve 1 red chilli sliced 1 lime cut into wedges What to do: Fry the ginger and garlic in a little oil for 2-3 minutes then add the sherry and soy. Once the mixture has reduced slightly leave to cool for a few minutes. Trim the ends of the asparagus and coat with a little oil, cook on a pre-heated griddle pan for 4-5 minutes turning until cooked through but still retaining some bite. Cut the smoked salmon into 2 cm thick strips and wrap around the asparagus spears, drizzle over the soy dressing and garnish with some chilli and coriander leaves. Serve with a wedge of lime.

You can find more gorgeous recipes at

Some useful presents for asparagus lovers

An asparagus cutter

The Asparagus Festival Cookbook


A change is as good as a rest – especially where exercise is concerned!

In pursuit of the body beautiful I go to visit fitness guru Melissa Crosby at the Kinesis Studios just off Ladbrooke Grove in London

In her light airy studio she has all kinds of interesting fitness devices which are used to combine Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga and general fitness for an ‘inter-displinary’ approach to keeping in shape.


The lovely Melissa (pictured above) believes that movement should feel good. So I take her at her word and sample a Gyrotonic class.I seem to recall reading that Madonna does this – but she probably has the whole kit at home.

Now Gyrotonic uses high-quality solid wooden benches and other paraphernalia, equipped with pulleys to support movement. It’s all about specific and smooth movements to stretch and unknot muscles and joints. I can see the rationale for this kind of exercise and the next day I feel it too particularly in my buttocks.

Melissa takes our class – there are only three of us since the instructors pay great attention to ensuring that everyone gets it right and that you don’t hurt yourself doing it!

Gyrotonic teaches movement that stretches and elongates the body- above

The way Melissa encourages you to work is entirely different from most forms of exercise I have experienced which are usually about cardio and calorie burning.

At Kinesis its more about taking a combined approach so you get to do a variety of things that target the problem areas (tums and bums) of the body such as Pilates.

And its not so easy even though you don’t work up a sweat when you are trying to turn both arms in a circle without moving the rest of your body.

You can try a lesson for free – more here at

Red wine’s anti-ageing benefits revealed by scientists

An ingredient in red wine that energises cells, making them younger, has been confirmed in a new US study.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School have found that the resveratrol, an antioxidant compound, found in red wine, stimulated production of a serum called SIRT1, that speeds up energy production in the body’s mitochondria – this helps protect the body from disease.

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Senior research author, David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics said: “In the history of pharmaceuticals there has never been a drug that binds to protein to make it run faster in a way that resveratrol activates SIRT1. Almost all drugs either slow or block them.”

Resveratrol occurs naturally in plants including red grapes and cocoa and protects them from the excessive effects of ultraviolet light, infections and climate changes.

Resveratrol has been linked to protection against obesity and diabetes, a reduced risk for blood clotting and a way to lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, due to the compound’s ability to dilate blood vessels, increase nitric oxide and block the stickiness of platelets.

It is important to note that Sinclair is a co-founder and scientific advisor of Sirtris, a GlaxoSmithKline company. Sirtris currently has a number of sirtuin (SIRT1)-activating compounds in clinical trials. GSK acquired the company in 2008 for $720m.

In another interview Sinclair said he wants to continue the studies to see if reveratrol can help people who are already really healthy.

“Things there are also looking promising. We’re finding that ageing isn’t the irreversible affliction that we thought it was,” he commented. “Some of us could live to 150, but we won’t get there without more research.”

Growing threat to patients as superbug resistance grows

The rise of drug-resistant superbugs is a ‘timebomb’ which could make even routine surgery life-threatening, the UK Government’s Chief Medical Officer has warned.


Professor Dame Sally Davies warns that the growing resistance to antibiotics could leave millions vulnerable within the next ten years, and ‘will send the health service back to 19th century’.

There has been no new class of antibiotic discovery since 1987, whereas a new infection emerges yearly.The risk is so serious that Dame Sally has asked the Government to put antibiotic resistance on the national risk register, along with terrorist attacks or a national flu pandemic. Doctors are also being ordered to prescribe fewer antibiotics.

‘That is one way of getting central and cross-government action internationally,’ she said. ‘It should be [on the register] because this is a growing problem. And if we don’t get it right, we will find ourselves in a health system not dissimilar to the early 19th century at some point.
‘If we don’t act now, any one of us could go into hospital in 20 years for minor surgery and die because of an ordinary infection that can’t be treated by antibiotics. And routine operations like hip replacements or organ transplants could be deadly because of the risk of infection.’

A number of infections are already difficult to treat including E Coli; drug resistant TB – cases of extensively-resistant TB, which resists almost all types of drugs, have also emerged in the UK, with 12 in the past two years – as many as in the previous 15 years.

In the past five years, the number of cases of blood poisoning from antimicrobial resistant (AMR) forms of E. coli – which is twice as fatal as the normal bug – has gone up 60 per cent.

The drug-resistant gut bug alone, which is picked up in hospital in half of cases, could be responsible for up to 2,500 deaths in 2011 – more than MRSA and C. difficile combined.

Another issue which is undermining the efforts to stem resistance is the use of antibiotics liberally used in agriculture, and their availability over the counter in some countries.

In 2010, infectious diseases accounted for 7 per cent of all deaths and 4 per cent of all potential years of life lost in England.

Fast-track your fitness at London’s Vitality Show

Britain’s best health show is back at London’s Earl’s Court this week (21-24 March), packed with everything you need to know about beauty, fitness and more..

Yoga at London's Vitality Show

With hundreds of experts from the worlds of health and nutrition, beauty, fitness, wellbeing and the biggest day spa created by Neal’s Yard Remedies, there is bound to be something for you.

The show marks its 14th birthday this year at Earl’s Court, London, from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th March. Over a decade of bringing the UK the latest trends and technology in all things health, beauty and fitness has made it the largest event of its kind.

The experiences on offer reflect the varied and diverse lifestyle of our audience and this year is as epic as ever. New food products from Urban Fruit, Rude Health and GOOD Hemp Nutrition can be sampled alongside beauty products and treatments from Beauty at Tesco, Amy Childs’ Dolly Diamonds, fashionista must-have Aduna, Green People, Bomb Cosmetics and The Vintage Cosmetics Company as well as spiritual readings by Mystic Sisters. Visitors will be able to try out new-to-the market brands from Heinz as well as Keep It Kind, a new and natural deodorant for teenagers.

A make-up demon

Once again leading authorities and celebrity experts, including Camilla Sacre-Dallerup and Dr David Hamilton, will grace the stages giving advice to our guests on everything from healthy eating and career breaks to how to dress for your shape. The most indulgent pampering sessions in town will be on offer in our day spa where visitors can choose between a Luxe and Classic treatment by Neals Yard Remedies.


For the first time Vitality has teamed up with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation to bring an ‘arenaful’ of sporting activities for guests to try out and maintain the golden Olympic legacy of women’s sporting successes. Visitors will be able to try out the 2013 version of a hulahoop, the Powerhoop, and let loose at the Tantrum Club. Not forgetting our personal lives, we are also enrolling our guests in a sex academy, which features every thingymagig you need to be a success in bed and loads of advice from our sexperts, including Tracey Cox and Belle de Jour Dr Brooke Magnanti. We will also be conquering fears and phobias with celebrity favourites Ali Campbell and Phil Parker so you can spring clean your psyche too. All in a day’s work!

So grab your girlfriends, pick up a glass of champagne and book your places for the ultimate feel-good event, the Vitality Show. Tickets cost £25 on the door and £20 if you buy online in advance. For ticket info click here

Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March at Earl’s Court, London

10am – 6pm on Friday 22nd March to Sunday 24th March
1pm – 9pm on Thursday 21st March


Tickets details and treatment pre-booking are available at
Speakers and Experts

Adele Theron
Ali Campbell
Alison Evans
Amanda Hamilton
Amanda Street
Andrew Thomas
Annie Ashdown
Arti Lal
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup
Caroline Carr
Caroline Sandry
Catie Foroughi
Celest Pereira
Charlie Sales
Dr Christy Ferguson
Claire Tredgett
Dr David Hamilton
Fiona Kirk
Graham Price
Heather George
Jamie Isaac
Janet Thomson
Jemima Eames
Jo Hemmings
John Bruno
John Whiteman
Jolene Setterfield
Julia Anastasiou
Juliette Scarfe
Lisa Jackson
Louise Presley-Turner
Lucy Pemberton-Platt
Lyndsey Oliver
Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD
Neil Shah
Nicola Bunting
Nisha Gera
Oliver Gray
Olivia Roberts
Dr Oriane Chasiaux
Phil Parker
Rosa Whitehead
Sarah O’Neill
Sarupa Shah
Sean Patrick
Dr Sohere Roked
Swami Saradananda
Suzy Mitchell
Sybille Gebhardt
Terry Hope Romero
Tracey Cox
Uta Demontis
Zoe Palmer-Wright Beauty & Styling Exhibitors
AJ Fashion Accessories Ltd
Angelic Nails Europe Ltd
Beautiful Brows Ltd
Beauty at Tesco
BOMB Cosmetics
Designer Shades UK Ltd
Dr Diane Keith
Fifth Avenue Collection
Fortina Spa
Green People
Hairstyle N Fashion
Kedem Cosmetics
KeepitKind Deodorants
Less Bounce
Lucy Annabella Organics
Lumina Jewellery
Mimi’s Miracle
Nail Spa Cafe Limited – Belle Gel
Nail Spa Cafe Limited – Red Tea Natural Skin Therapy
Nails Supreme
Niki’s Organic Balms Ltd
Oh Organics
OMG Nails
Oro Gold
Palmistry & Tarot

Professional Teeth Gels
Purple Bay (UK Ltd)
Purple Bay (UK Ltd)
Relaxus Europe Ltd
S B Promotions
Samina Pure Make-up
Silver Fern Productions Ltd
Souk Souk Ltd
Splash of Ice
Sue Ardley
The Event Business
The Lazar Clinic
The Vintage Cosmetic Company
Unique Beauty
Unmistakably Chic
Vanity Studios
Wish 4 Beauty
Sport & Fitness Exhibitors
Bordoni Sport
Health & Fitness Magazine
Hey Jo
Pelvic Floor Protection Programme
Register of Exercise Professionals
Simply Feet
Stretch works
Sub-4 Ltd
Vita Coco
Women’s Fitness
Women’s Sport & Fitness Foundation
Workplay Bags
Yoga bum
Life Change Exhibitors
A Life at Work
Chakra Jewellery and Silks
Confucius Institute
Easypzee Travel
Get Back Out There
Get Slim Guaranteed
Hay House Ltd
Jyorei – Japanese Spiritual Healing-art
Kaya Responsible Travel
Mystic Sisters
PACT Adoption and Fostering
Quantum Balance UK
Soaring Star Trading
Spice London
Stephanie J King

Sure Clinic UK LLP
The Circle
The Game of Life

The Orassy Quantum Spa and Research Centre
The Pressure
The Smart School of Coaching
The Stress Management Society
Watkins Publishing Ltd
Health & Nutrition Exhibitors
Aduna Ltd
Aliment Nutrition
Aquarian Therapy Ltd
Back in Action
Bergs International
BetterYou Limited
Cardiaware, LLC
Casada Health & Beauty Ltd
Channel Island Flower Essences Ltd
Cherry Active Ltd
Cheshire Cheese Company
Click Heat
Conscious Foods
Creative Nature
Da Capo Lifelong Press
Desert Rose – Forever Living
Easy Bean
Forvivo Limited
Four Sigma Foods Ltd
Garbanzo Snacks Ltd
Go Coco Drinks
GOOD Hemp Nutrition
HealthAid Ltd
Health Connection
Hello Fresh
High Barn Oils
Ibiza Angels
Julia Banderis
K Co UK Cosmetics
Kangen Water
Kara Dairy Free
Kinetic Enterprises Ltd
Koyu Foods Ltd
Lifeplan Products Ltd
Linwoods Health Foods
Macmillan Cancer Support
Minvita Baobab
Munchy Seeds
NAH Foods – Eat Water
Natural Balance Foods
Natural Health Practice
Naturally Cool Kids
Neals Yard Remedies
Oh My Goodness
Pamper Yourself
PhD Femme
Pulsin’ Ltd
Qi Wellness
Radiant Life Technologies
Rice Bran Products
Rude Health Organic Foods
SAD Lightbox
Salveo Ltd
Shotz Health
Snowdonia Cheese Company Ltd
Tenscare Ltd
The Big Kick
The Collagen Company
The College of Naturopathic Medicine
The Food Doctor
The Good Whey
The Holistic Doctor
The Marketing Store Worldwide
The Urology Company
Tropic Skincare
Urban Fruit
Vibrator Kingdom
Vital Health Europe
Wellness Beverages
Wild Trail
Windmill Organics
Women’s Health
Wyke Farms
Yogi Tea
Zen School of Shiatsu Ltd

Complementary Health & Healing Exhibitors
Betty Palko
Original Earthing
Star Temple
The Jesus Experience
Yoga Exhibitors
Body Map
First and Third Ltd
Yoga Magazine

Briton’s ignore gum disease but fear tooth loss more than weight gain

Tooth loss is the nation’s biggest confidence fear, even though most adults leave gum disease untreated, says a new survey.

The State of the Nation’s Gum Health’, launched today, highlights that over half (51%) of adults surveyed, rate tooth loss as their biggest confidence killer, compared to changes in weight (19%) or having a bad skin day (10%)[i].


The report, from the makers of Corsodyl, reveals that many people in the UK know little about gum disease which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. In fact, it seems that many Brits don’t actually care about their gums. Nearly half (48%) of those surveyed admitted that healthy looking gums are not as important as other aspects of their oral health care routine. Only 18% of people said they would visit the dentist about gum problems.

At a time when 83% of people show signs of gum disease[ii], this report aims to persuade Brits that now is the time to become gum aware…

Spotting the signs
If you spit blood when brushing your teeth it can be an early warning sign of gum disease. Today’s report suggests that more than one in 10 people (13%) mistakenly believe spitting blood is normal. According to the findings in the report, almost six out of 10 (58%) people have experienced blood in their spit after brushing teeth at least once in their lives, yet the nation is in a state of confusion about what action they should take:
• Almost a quarter (24%) admit they don’t do anything because it happens all the time
• Only one in ten respondents (10%) would visit their dentist to discuss the problem
• Just one in five (19%) would begin to brush their teeth more regularly
• Less than a quarter (23%) would start to use a mouthwash

Dentist Amit Rai says: “Gum disease is prevalent in Britain and this new report highlights what I see in my practice on a daily basis – that some British adults seem to know little about the health of their gums. Although most patients nowadays understand the importance of brushing twice daily, they don’t often realise that the bugs, which cause gum disease, love to hide within the spaces in-between their teeth. A build up of bugs causes the gums to become inflamed, commonly resulting in red, swollen gums which may bleed upon flossing or brushing. Over time gums could pull away from teeth and, if left untreated, gum disease could result in the scary reality of tooth loss. There are many products available to treat gum disease. Where appropriate, I often recommend a medicated mouthwash, containing chlorhexidine, for short term use to treat the signs of gum disease, as well as a good oral care routine.”

How healthy are your gums?
Healthy gums should look pink and there shouldn’t be any bleeding during brushing, flossing or eating. The gums should have a firm grip on the teeth, forming an arc high up on the teeth. Shockingly, only 10% of people have excellent oral health(ii).

Treating Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to follow a good oral care routine including brushing for two minutes twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing to remove plaque from between teeth. If you do have signs of gum disease, it’s important to tackle the problem quickly to minimise the effects, so visit your dentist for advice. They can advise on treatments for gum disease, including mouthwashes. Mouthwashes are very effective at improving plaque control and gingival health when used alongside tooth brushing.[iii]

To find out more about gum health and gum disease, talk to your dentist or visit

The report was commissioned by the maufacturers of Corsodyl Original Mouthwash 300 ml; Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash 300 ml & 600 ml; Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash (Alcohol Free) 300 ml; Corsodyl Spray 60 ml and Corsodyl 1% w/w Dental Gel 50 g. Contains chlorhexidine digluconate to treat gum disease. Always read the label.

[i] Unless otherwise stated all statistics are from Corsodyl consumer research conducted in July 2012, which surveyed 2,000 adults aged 18+ in the UK.
[ii] O’Sullivan, D Lader (eds). 1. Oral health and function – a report from the Adult Dental Health Survey 2009. The Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2011. Pg 6.
[iii] Department Of Health. (2009). Delivering Better Oral Health- An evidence-based toolkit for prevention. 2, pg 33-34

Beetroot lowers blood pressure & increases stamina

Beetroot has become increasingly popular in recent years – not only is it cheap but its packed with healthy nutrients.
Most of its health benefits, come from high levels of nitrates – more than any other vegetable – that can help lower blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels.

A new study from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia,discovered a 500ml glass of the juice resulted in a significant drop in blood pressure after six hours. The researchers concluded that if more of us drank beetroot juice, there would be a ten per cent reduction in death from cardiovascular disease.

Other studies have shown that beetroot can improve stamina. A 2010 study found that adults who drank 500ml of the juice a day could exercise 16 per cent longer than those given a drink supplement with nitrates removed. It was discovered that beetroot reduced the oxygen supply required by the muscles, enabling them to work more efficiently.
A 2011 study carried out by Wake Forest University in North Carolina found beetroot may slow the progression of dementia.
It is thought this is because nitric oxide boosts blood flow to the brain. Beetroot’s high folic acid content – approximately 75 per cent of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) in just two or three small beetroots – may also play a role as previous research has suggested the nutrient protects against Alzheimer’s.

Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its rich hue, is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to possess anti-cancer properties.

In 2011, a study carried out by Howard University in Washington, USA, found that betacyanin slowed tumour growth by 12.5 per cent when exposed to prostate and breast cancer cells.

If all that wasn’t enough its high in fibre and good for the liver. The antioxidants in beetroot encourage the production of glutathione, a substance that helps it process toxins.

Beetroot Fun Facts from

1. Hangover cure – Beta cyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is an antioxidant so the humble beetroot could be the key to beating your hangover! Beta cyanin speeds up detoxification in your liver, which enables your body to turn the alcohol into a less harmful substance that can be excreted quicker than normal. To really kick the hangover why not do it with our Beetroot, Bacon & Cheddar Brunch Bread or Beetroot Pancakes with Eggs, Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup recipes.

2. Nature’s Viagra – One of earliest known benefits of beetroot is its use as an aphrodisiac during the Roman times. And it wasn’t all folklore as it has been found to contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

3. Getting in the mood – Beetroot contains betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used in other forms to treat depression. It also contains trytophan which is also found in chocolate and contributes to a sense of well being.

4. Getting in a jam – The red pigment in beetroot is used to colour strawberry jam as well as to improve the colour of tomato paste, sauces and strawberry ice cream.

5. Food of love – The Lupanare, the official brothel of Pompeii, which still stands despite the best efforts of Vesuvius in 79AD, has its walls adorned with pictures of beetroots.

6. Healing power – Hippocrates advocated the use of beet leaves as binding for wounds.

7. Beware garlic – Platina recommended taking beetroot with garlic to nullify the effects of ‘garlic-breath’.

8. The commander’s code – Field Marshal Montgomery, an army commander in WWII, is reputed to have exhorted his troops to ‘take favours in the beetroot fields’, a euphemism for visiting prostitutes

9. Rags to riches – Sir Alan Sugar of Apprentice fame demonstrated early entrepreneurial flair when, while at school, he got a job boiling beetroots for the local greengrocer.

10. Litmus test – You can use beetroot juice to measure acidity. When added to an acidic solution it turns pink, but when it is added to an alkali it turns yellow.

11. Potent like a horseradish – The Oracle at Delphi claimed that beetroot was second only in mystical potency to horseradish, and that it was worth its weight in silver.

12. Everlasting love – In many cultures the belief persists that if a man and a woman eat from the same beetroot then they will fall in love.

13. Head and shoulders – If you boil beetroots in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.

14. Out of this world – In 1975, during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, cosmonauts from the USSR’s Soyuz 19 welcomed the Apollo 18 astronauts by preparing a banquet of borscht (beetroot soup) in zero gravity.

15. Wonders of the world – Around 800 BC, an Assyrian text describes beets growing in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world.

16. Turning heads – Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. The Victorians used beetroot to dye their hair.

17. Bottoms up – Beetroot can be made into a wine that tastes similar to port

18. Vanish – Beetroot is a water-soluble dye, and hot water seems to ‘fix’ the colour stain more, so use lukewarm or cold water to avoid staining. To cure the inevitable ‘pink fingers’, rub with lemon juice and salt before washing with soap and water. On fabrics, try rubbing a slice of raw pear on the stain before washing, or rinse in cold water before washing in a biological powder.

19. Beetroot burgers – In Australia, a true Oz-style burger must have a slice or two of beetroot. Even McDonalds and Burger King have had to toe the line and include it in their menus.

20. A diet for cricketers – The Beetroot Diet involves followers eating beetroot three times a day, alongside other vegetables and whole foods. The Warwickshire County Cricket Club adopted the Beetroot Diet in 2004 and won the county championship that season!

21. Record breakers – The world’s heaviest beetroot weighed 23.4kg (51.48lb) and was grown by Ian Neale from Somerset in 2001.

22. Sugar rush – Beetroot has one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of beetroot is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.

23. Messy business – The Elizabethans prepared beetroot by wiping it with fresh dung before cooking it.

24. Darling buds of May – Catherine Zeta Jones is reported to have become addicted to beetroot after eating it while pregnant with her two children

Fish oil may help fight flu, reveals new research

A component of fish oil can zap flu symptoms, a new study reveals.

Flu, a highly infectious viral illness that evolves becoming increasingly resistant to drugs, may be combatted by a substance in fatty acids from fish.

Sardines are superfood

Current antiviral drugs don’t protect the most seriously ill patients and are only about 60% effective in any event as new strains continue to emege.

But researchers, whose report is in the magazine Cell, have found a compound derived from fats found in fish oils prevents death in mice infected with influenza. It even works at advanced stages of the illness.

Study author Yumiko Imai from Akita University in Japan, said: ‘Given the potential for future lethal pandemics, effective drugs are needed for the treatment of severe influenza, such as that caused by H5N1 viruses.

‘We have identified a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of severe influenza that is effective under conditions where known antiviral drugs fail to protect from death.’
In an attempt to discover more effective drug targets for influenza, the scientists studied naturally occurring lipids derived from omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils. The researchers tested the lipd PD1 on human lung cells that had been infected with various flu strains and found it stopped the the viruses from replicating.

Further tests on influenza-infected mice revealed treatment with PD1 in combination with an approved antiviral drug improved survival rates and worked even after the infection had started.
‘Our findings suggest that PD1could serve as a biomarker as well as a much needed antiviral drug for severe and lethal influenza virus infections,’ Imai says.

Father quits smoking to become a marathon runner

Guilt-tripped into quitting smoking by his young daughter, Stefan Klincewicz transformed his inactive life where he puffed through 20 cigarettes a day to become a devoted marathon runner – and 3.5 stone lighter. 


Stefan, age 41, from Guildford, Surrey explains: “I was approaching 40, I had three young children and I knew I wanted to change my lifestyle. I’d had 20 years of working hard but complete physical inactivity and fairly heavy smoking and drinking. 

”My daughter was on my case too. She kept telling me how bad it was to smoke and that she wished I didn’t, and I could see she was genuinely upset about it. It was a real dose of guilt every time and really pulled at my heart strings. I definitely quit more for my children than for me.” 

Stefan joined an NHS Quit Smoking Group, where he met up with fellow quitters once a week for six weeks, and used patches and gum to help him stay off the cigarettes. 

He said: “I think the hardest part is getting to the point where you really, genuinely want to quit. If there’s any element of doubt in your mind I don’t think people will manage it. Once I’d made my mind up, the whole experience was actually a lot easier than I thought. The group sessions were particularly good, and the patches helped with cravings.” 

To break his ‘smoking routine’ Stefan started exercising, at first just a small amount on a treadmill. But he soon got a taste from it, and less than a year after quitting in June 2010 he completed the London marathon in 4 hrs 13 mins and lost 3.5 stone in the process. 

Five weeks later, he ran the Edinburgh marathon in 4 hrs 20 mins, and he finished the Dublin marathon in October 2011 in 4 hrs 7 mins. 

He said: “I wanted to do something to take my mind of smoking and break all the routines I’d got in to, like having a cigarette after dinner, or whenever I got in a car. I used to get out of breath going upstairs so I started with half a mile on the running machine and it went from there. It really was like something out of Forest Gump. 

”Now I can’t get enough. I’m lined up to do some longer endurance marathons to really push myself. I never imagined my life could be so different, and I feel absolutely great for it. My family’s been really supportive too. My wife has realised it’s not a passing phase and even comes running with me twice a week. And my daughter often does a 5k park run with me on Saturday mornings, so the whole family is healthier. 

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”My daughter hasn’t mentioned the fact I don’t smoke and I hope in time she’ll forget I ever did. I know children are more likely to smoke if their parents did – I used to pinch my own dad’s cigarettes – so I hope there’s a really positive legacy to my quit decision too.” 

Stefan (pictured above) lives with his wife, Claire, and their three children, Eva (8), Roza (6) and Alexander (2) in Guildford, Surrey. 
He recently completed the Druid Challenge, which involves an 84-mile run in under 21 hours.

No Smoking Day is on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Smokers who want get more information and advice can visit or join us on twitter #NoSmokingDay call 0800 434 6677.

Exercise in your own gym – join InstructorLive and do your classes ‘on demand”!

The secret of exercising successfully is to do what you enjoy doing. Then you will keep it up. And it’s important to try different things so that your muscles are continually being challenged.

And if like me you are gym adverse or lead a hectic lifestyle then this is a convenient way of exercising which doesn’t cost the earth – only £5.99 per month and no contract. So far I have tried the Barre class – it was easy to follow and you didn’t need any special equipment only a chair in your living room.

So here is everything you need to know followed by an explanatory video – have fun:

InstructorLive – this is what you see on screen and to the left the live chat with questions from fellow exercisers

What is InstructorLive? InstructiveLive broadcasts live, interactive fitness classes over the internet. Subscribers pay £5.99 per month for access to over 40 live classes per month and unlimited access to an archive of on-demand classes. All classes are led by experienced instructors. There is no contract so the subscriber can stop their subscription at any time.

How do the live classes work? Participants (subscribers) can see and hear the instructor. They cannot see other participants and the instructor cannot see them. The participants can ask the instructor questions or chat with one another through a live messaging service on the screen. The instructors provide live feedback and motivation in response to the participants’ questions. As classes are live and interactive they are different every time. All of the classes have been developed for this format and the instructors chosen for their ability to simply explain how to do the exercises. Each class lasts between 30 and 60 minutes and none of them requires any exercise equipment more sophisticated than a kitchen chair.

What is the on-demand archive? For those days when the class you want to do isn’t being run live when you want to do it, InstructorLive provides subscribers with unlimited access to recordings of previous live classes meaning that they can work out when they want.

Free trial & Sign up Even though there is no contract anyone who wants to sign up to InstructiveLive automatically gets a one week free trial. Once the free trial is up participants will be invited to join. NB they can cancel their membership at any time with no penalty and no card details are required until the participant chooses to become a member.

Why can’t the instructor see the subscribers? Research highlighted that many people don’t want to be visible when they are exercising as they feel self-conscious or lack confidence. InstructiveLive therefore enables participants to see and hear the instructor though the instructor can’t see or hear the participants and the participants can’t see one another. Instead participants can ask the instructor questions by typing them into a “chat” panel on their screen.

How is InstructorLive sociable? Subscribers are notified when their friends are online and can use the panel to chat with each other as well as with the instructor creating a sociable and morally supportive atmosphere. Some attendees join sessions as much because they want to catch up with friends as for the health benefits.

How InstructiveLive compares to other exercise classes

1. No contract
2. £5.99/month
3. Body image irrelevant – nobody can see you so it doesn’t matter how you look
4. Your schedule – if you miss a live class watch the recording at your leisure
5. Time efficient – you don’t need to travel or change, great if you’ve got kids or a busy lifestyle
6. Instructors provide advice, encouragement & motivations
7. Class is different every time

Traditional Gym
1. Contract
2. Average £442/year or £36.83/month
3. A significant number of people are self-conscious about exercising in public
4. You’re tied to the gym’s schedule – classes are only available at scheduled times
5. Travel and change time can take a lot of time out of your day

Fitness Videos & Consoles
1. No contract
2. Cost of console or video
3. Classes are repetitive
4. No motivation, advice or encouragement from instructor
5. Lack of social element

Instructor Live Classes
• Barre Concept: Barre Concept combines Yoga and Pilates with the grace of Ballet. The result is a clearly visible change in body shape whilst improving posture and overall fitness.
• Fit Club: The 8th and final rule of Fit Club: If this is your first night at Fit Club, you HAVE to dance! Fit Club is only available LIVE. Thursdays at 7pm. Be there!
• Legs, Bums, and Tums: Get ready to tone up your legs, tighten your bum, and flatten your tum! This class focuses on those key areas of your body using specially designed exercises.
• Pyjama Pilates: There is something about being in our pyjamas that makes us feel good. Now feel even better by joining this class to help improve your posture, muscle tone and flexibility.
• Cellulite Dynamite: Fed up with unwanted lumps and bumps? It’s time to focus on blasting off that stubborn cellulite! Don’t be fooled, it can be done, and this class will show you how.
• La Bomba: With music provided by top latin DJ Jose Luis (La Bomba at Ministry of Sound), this dance fitness class will bring out the latin blood in everyone. Prepare to sweat!
• Yoga – Dynamic Flow: From advanced to those completely new to Yoga, this class has options for all levels. It will help you to a more lean, agile body, and a mind with a greater ability to ‘let go’ of your troubles.
• Yoga – Monks Method: Forget the stresses and strains of life with this unique yoga class. Based on developing good co-ordination and focus to help you refine, unwind and relax.
• Pre & Postnatal: For pre/postnatal women, this class will help you; prepare for labour, speed recovery, and give strength for carrying your baby whilst inevitably multi-tasking!
• Fusion Power Pilates: Combining a powerful workout with the elegant movements and music of ballet, this class has been created by Mao to specifically address core strength, balance, and body tone.
• Aerobics: There’s a good reason Aerobics has been going strong for decades; It’s a great workout and loads of fun! With music you’ll want to sing along to, this class is suitable for all. 

What exerciser say:

“InstructorLive allows me to do classes from home, at my convenience, for an affordable price. I do classes in the morning before work, and love the archive of classes which is being constantly updated. Being able to ask the instructor questions live online gives the classes a nice interactive feel. The variety of classes is great, my favourite is the pyjama pilates as Sam is a fantastic teacher.” Natalie, young professional.

“I love the convenience and do the yoga classes once a week.” James

“InstructorLive is easy to slot into my busy life and if I miss the live class I can do archive classes whenever. I use it two or three times a week.” LBT & Aerobics regular

“It’s like going to classes at the gym but I can do the classes at home so don’t have to leave my baby and at £6/month it costs the same as one Zumba class. Pyjama Pilates is paced exactly right for me – it’s challenging without being impossible, and the instructor’s guidance means I can be sure that I am doing it right. Great value for money.” Andrea, new mum

InstructorLive Founder Luke Walter “We’ve spent the last six months trialling InstructorLive with a wide variety of test users. The feedback has been fantastic and has enabled us to develop a unique fitness experience for our members that is accessible, sociable, flexible, affordable and most importantly effective. With New Year’s resolutions around the corner, InstructorLive provides a great value alternative to a gym membership. People will be able to slim their waistline without doing the same to their wallet.”

The Inspiration for InstructorLive “My mum and sister have spent a lot of their lives struggling with their weight and have never felt like the kind of people who ‘belong’ in the gym. Discovering classes that they loved, pilates in my mum’s case and Zumba in my sister’s, completely changed them. They became more confident, self-assured and looked great too. It saddened me that it took them so long to get up the courage to venture into a group exercise environment. Justin and I set off to find a way for the millions of people, like my mum and sister, to be able to have that transformative fitness experience in complete privacy and from anywhere in the world. It just didn’t make sense to us that fitness at home was still stuck in the dark ages of pre-recorded videos and DVDs, and such a solitary experience. It’s been great for me too – I’d never have dreamt of doing pilates or yoga a year ago. All the great feedback is really exciting and encouraging. Our New Year’s resolution is to be runninglive classes 24 hours a day by the end of the year.”

Baroness Nueberger heads Government review of controversial “euthanasia pathway”

Following the nationwide controversy over the so-called “euthanansia pathway” when food and medication are withdrawn from dying elderly patients in hospital, the government has announced it is to conduct an independent review.
Members of the public are now being invited to share their experiences of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients (LCP), both good and bad, as part of the review being chaired by Senior Rabbi and Crossbench Peer, Baroness Julia Neuberger.
Their views will feed into the independent review of the pathway, which was announced in November 2012 by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb to investigate concerns about the pathway, particularly accounts of the withdrawal of foods and fluids from dying patients and the use of financial incentives.
Julia NeubergerSpeaking today, Baroness Neuberger said:
“I am honoured to have been asked to lead this review. It will tackle a really important area of concern and, I hope, be able to make recommendations that will improve how dying people are treated within our health and social care system.
The review will examine various elements of the LCP, including:
  • the experience and opinions of patients and families;
  • the experience and opinions of health professionals;
  • hospital complaints;
  • the role of financial incentives in respect of the LCP;
  • the literature about benefits and limitations of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb added:

“Experts agree the Liverpool Care Pathway, if applied properly, can help patients die a dignified and pain free death, but, as we have seen, there have been too many unacceptable cases where patients or their families were ignored or not properly involved in decisions. There have also been reports of food and fluids being denied to people inappropriately.
“It is vital for relatives to have complete confidence in the care that their loved ones are receiving. This is why we want to hear from people with experience of the Liverpool Care Pathway, where it met the high standards expected and where things went wrong.
“I urge people to get in touch to share their experiences, so we can ensure that lessons are learned and things put right.”
As part of the review, Baroness Neuberger will be holding meetings with families who have had experience of the LCP.
Today, Baroness Neuberger also announced full details of the panel of independent experts she has appointed to run the review:
Denise Charlesworth-Smith – Has experience of the Liverpool Care Pathway when her father was placed on it
Tony Bonser – fund-raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support; North Western Champion for the Dying Matters Consortium
The Rt Revd Richard Harries – Former Bishop of Oxford
Lord Charles Guthrie – Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University; Chairman of both the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth and St Johns Hospice.
Professor Emily Jackson – Dean of Law at the London School of Economics
Dr Dennis Cox – Royal College of General Practitioners
David Aaronovitch – Columnist for The Times
Lord Khalid Hameed – Chairman of the Alpha Hospital Group; Chairman & CEO of the London International Hospital,
Sarah Waller – A former trust chief nurse and director of human resources: currently leads The King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment Programme.
The review will report to ministers and to the NHS Commissioning Board in the summer.
For further information about the review and to submit evidence, please visit:

Drinking traditional tea helps prevent memory loss

Drinking as little as one to three cups a day helps older people’s brain function, according to a new study from Singapore.
The positive effects of tea drinking were particularly beneficial to woman, the study of 1,500 men and women revealed. And drinking more than four cups a day cut the odds of memory failing by three-quarters.
The study looked at the effects of Ceylon (Sri Lankan) tea and showed that just one to three cups of Ceylon tea a day had an effect, cutting the odds of cognitive decline by 43 per cent.
Anti-oxidant compounds in tea are thought to protect against the poisons that ravage the brain in Alzheimer’s.One plant chemical, theanine, is found only in tea and in mushrooms.
Experts in the US recently  analysed several studies on the effect of caffeinated drinks on memory and mental alertness. The thousands of men and women who took part logged how often they drank tea or coffee and did a memory test that is used in the initial stages of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. They discovered that tea was more beneficial than coffee which has more caffeine.
In another study which tracked 4,000 Americans for almost eight years suggested tea to be of particular benefit to women.
The University of California researchers who reviewed the studies said the weaker results for coffee mean caffeine is unlikely to be responsible for the cognitive benefits.
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Relief from joint pain – new products that work from the inside and out

The link between bad weather and an increase in discomfort from joint problems has been revealed in new scientific research.
In the UK, about 10 million people suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) and many more have undiagnosed joint stiffness. The prevalence of osteoarthritis increases with age and is greater in women than in men. About 20% of adults aged 45-64 years and 35% of women aged 75 years or over have osteoarthritis in the knee while about 25% of adults over 50 report disability from severe knee discomfort. All too often, the early warning signs and symptoms of joint problems are ignored or just put down to old age, until they become serious and potentially crippling.
People with joint health issues often complain that the weather and climate can badly affect their health. However, scientists have struggled to prove the association and doctors can assume the perception of increased discomfort is in a patient’s mind.
Now new research from the makers of Regenovex® – a pioneering formulation backed by research to help maintain the health of joints – has shone light on the relationship between changes in weather and an increase in joint health problems such as stiffness. Four out of 10 respondents have even considered moving from the UK to a warmer country because of their joint problems. One in nine (11%) are actively contemplating relocation. Containing two functional ingredients from natural sources – a marine oil and hyaluronic acid – Regenovex® Capsules, from the smart technology experts at Mentholatum, is specifically formulated to help keep joints healthy. The Regenovex® range includes one-a-day capsules, a gel and a patch, all containing a marine oil.
Weather misery…
Adults aged 35 to 75 – with an average age of 50 – who suffer from joint health problems or stiffness were questioned about their experiences with weather-related joint issues.
· More than half (55%) said it was during cold periods, followed by damp weather (45%), wet weather (38%) and frosty weather (19%). Just 4% thought hot weather could trigger joint problems.
· A staggering 72% of respondents agreed that they suffered more from joint problems such as discomfort and stiffness because of the weather.
The biggest joint problem symptoms triggered by weather were:
· Discomfort (63%)
· Stiffness (56%)
· Difficulty getting up when seated (30%)
· Difficulty going up or down stairs (24%)
· Difficulty moving (23%).
Other problems included getting out of bed (20%), bending down (17%) and exercising (15%).
When it comes to the areas of the body that are most affected by stiffness, respondents from the Regenovex® survey cited knees as the worst by more than half (56%), followed by the back (39%), the fingers (26%), hips (25%), hands and neck (both 20%).
Reactions to stiffness triggered by the weather varied:
· A third (32%) said they just put up with it and don’t take any further action
· One in seven would take over the counter painkillers (14%)
· 12% would opt for a hot bath
·  Other coping strategies included using a hot water bottle (7%) and seeing a GP or pharmacist (5%).
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Physiotherapist, Paul Hobrough (pictured) says: “Joint discomfort and joint health issues are a huge problem in the UK, with millions of diagnosed sufferers and many others who struggle on in silence. Joints that are stiff or cause discomfort can badly affect quality of life, with many activities we take for granted proving difficult or even impossible, including the health benefits of taking regular exercise.
“I see a large number of patients in my clinics nationally, that report bad weather or the cold and damp as a trigger for their joint aches or make them worse. For a long time these people have been told that it is in their mind however I was delighted to read the latest research from Regenovex, building on a growing body of evidence, that supports the association between weather – especially temperature and air pressure – and increased levels of joint discomfort and stiffness. The Regenovex survey found nearly three quarters of those questioned said the weather could be a joint health trigger, with cold and damp conditions blamed the most and Scientists are now investigating the mechanisms behind this phenomenon.”
Paul adds: “Regenovex is a new generation of joint care preparation, with a unique formulation that helps to support joint health, backed by extensive scientific research. The key ingredients are Bionovex Oil, a marine oil derived from New Zealand green lipped mussels and hyaluronic acid. The Bionovex Oil has a proven anti-inflammatory effect which could relieve the pressure build up in the joint, while hyaluronic acid acts to lubricate and cushion your joints. Regenovex could be a major help in treating joint health problems. It not only helps tackle inflammation along a range of pathways, but it may also improve and maintain the synovial fluid in joints. No other product works this way.”
“I am thankful to Regenovex for providing a possible answer to scores of patients who have until now, found themselves suffering without a solution. Only time will tell the extent to which Regenovex will help these people but vast progress has been made and people feel like they are finally being listened to by the healthcare industry.”
About Regenovex®
Regenovex® is a technically advanced range of products for joint care from the smart technology experts at Mentholatum. The range includes liquid-filled capsules, readily absorbing gel and a flexible patch. The Regenovex® formulation is a combination of two functional ingredients from natural sources – marine Bionovex® Oil and Hyaluronic acid (HA).
Marine Bionovex® Oil is a pure, patented, marine lipid oil derived from Green Lipped Mussels found only in the waters between North and South islands of New Zealand. This unique Bionovex® Oil ingredient contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) including omega-3 PUFAs. It is particularly rich in eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), an omega-3 PUFA unique to Green Lipped Mussels.
Bionovex® Oil is produced from a unique proprietary extraction process which results in a high quality oil. Marine lipids have been shown to help encourage the body to produce its own anti-inflammatory agent, lipoxin. They do this by inhibiting two separate inflammatory pathways which involve different enzyme systems known as cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX). But, unlike oral NSAIDs, marine lipids have not been associated with stomach discomfort and gastric bleeding.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found naturally in the body in a wide range of tissues, including the joint cartilage. It is also a major component of synovial fluid, the naturally occurring lubricant found in the joints. HA has a variety of functions in the joint, restoring lubrication, providing cushioning, allowing movement and helping to maintain the health of the joint. At low levels of joint impact, such as standing and walking, HA’s properties are primarily lubr
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At high levels of impact, such as running, football, rugby, hockey, tennis and jumping, HA functions to cushion the joint.
Regenovex® – An A-Z
Regenovex® is available in three unique, technically advanced formulations:
·         Regenovex® Capsules. An advanced formulation designed for daily joint health, one-a-day Regenovex® Capsules are very small and easy to swallow.
·         Regenovex® Gel is for targeted application on individual joints. Easy to use Regenovex® Gel is dispensed via a pump and can be rubbed on the joint up to 3 times per day.
·         Regenovex® Patch is flexible and can be worn for up to 12 hours, making it ideal for day and night use.
Who can use Regenovex®?
·         Regenovex® is suitable for adults of all ages and particularly those over 40*.
·         Regenovex® Capsules, Gel and the Patch should not be used by pregnant/breastfeeding women or by those allergic to molluscs or shellfish.
·         Regenovex is available from most Boots stores (Jointcare or Vitamins & Supplements aisle) nationwide or online at and
Prices include:
·         Regenovex® Capsules, pack of 30 capsules: RSP £23.99.
·         Regenovex® Gel, 40ml: RSP £11.29.
·         Regenovex® Patch, single patch: RSP £2.49.
New research by Deep Relief Gel reveals that 10 million people in Britain suffer pain almost daily, with a quarter (23%) of us taking time off work because of bodily pain. Over 1000 people took part in the study in the UK:
·         88.3% of us experience bodily aches and pains
·         35% of us will experience this daily
·         40% of us would prefer to use a topical pain relieving product rather than taking pills.
·         34.2% worrying about becoming addicted to popping pills
·         21.8% note that they knew someone who has been addicted to pills.
·         Back pain is the biggest pain area (73.5%), followed by neck and shoulder pain (61.6%), joint pain (51.5%) and tense muscles (42.9%).
·         Topical pain relief gels work differently to pills as they go direct to the site of pain, resulting in far fewer dangers of side effects and work quickly to target the site of pain.
·         A new scientific study proves that Deep Relief works faster to relieve pain than other plain Ibuprofen gels on the UK market.
Deep Relief is a topical analgesic with two active pain relieving ingredients. (Available at Tesco and pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £5.10 for 50g or £10.20 for 100g).
In clinical trials, topical NSAIDS have been shown to be as effective as oral NSAIDS for relieving the pain of sprains and strains. Deep Relief gel is a topical analgesic containing the NSAID ibuprofen, together with the counter-irritant levomenthol; these two ingredients both treat pain. Ibuprofen reduces inflammation and swelling through the inhibition of the COX pathway and the reduction of inflammatory prostaglandins, this inhibition of prostaglandins helps to block the pain creation mechanism, as prostaglandins are mediations of pain. Levomenthol works by interrupting the pains signals with either sensory stimulus (i.e. cold), which results in the sensation and perception of pain being reduced (Levomenthol is the single active ingredient which is used in 4head). Levomenthol has a synergistic effect with the ibuprofen, which means that the amount of ibuprofen permeating across the skin membrane after 1 and 4 hours from the Deep Relief gel is found to be 2.6 and 1.7 times higher respectively than other topical pain relief gels containing just ibuprofen.
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