Diabetes Type 2 – You Can Reverse it Naturally by Dr Sandra Cabot

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Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the world. This volume shows that with the right diet, nutrional supplements, and lifestyle changes , you can not only control Type 2 Diabetes but you can actually reverse it.

Diabetes, which usually begins in adulthood and is caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise, causes poor health and shortens lifespan.

This book teaches you how to use protein to control blood sugar and help weightloss and how to reduce the risk of diabetic complications such as blindness, heart attacks, nerve damage, kidney disease and erectile dysfunction.

Dr Cabot has an easily understandable style and explains the medical detail so its easy to understand.

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The Bonus Years Diet by Ralph Felder MD

The Bonus Years Diet by Ralph Felder MD


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On doctor’s orders you can indulge in the finest dark chocolate; enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner; snack on some tasty almonds.Miraculously, with every delicious bite you are lowering your blood pressure, keeping your cholesterol in check, and preventing clots that can easily cause a heart attack or stroke.

Make this routine part of your lifestyle, and soon you’ll be reaping the bounty of the Bonus Years Diet-an expanded lifeline and shrinking waistline!! How it is possible that such a great tasting meal can do so many good things for you? What is the secret behind all of those bonus years foods?

Well to answer those questions you need to know a bit of the history and science of the Bonus Years. Based on revolutionary research over the past twenty five years, doctors now routinely prescribe a drug cocktail consisting of aspirin, a statin to lower cholesterol, and medications to decrease blood pressure and reduce inflammation. All of these drugs have been carefully chosen because they all also help to protect the lining cells (endothelium) of the body’s blood vessels, cells which we understand after decades of intensive medical study are critical in preventing the formation of those dangerous fatty clots which can cause strokes and heart attacks.

The Bonus Years Diet distinguishes itself from every other diet or “super foods” book because its eating plan is based on a proven medical protocol, which includes exactly which foods- and in what precise amount (“dosages”) -are needed to receive their full medical and longevity benefits.  The result is seven Bonus Years Foods, recommended in exactly the right amounts to provide maximum cardiovascular benefit. They are:
                                                      Red Wine
One five ounce glass of red wine daily reduces overall cardiovascular risk by 32%. Red wine helps to increase the good cholesterol (HDL) and prevent the formation of fatty blood clots.
                                                     Dark Chocolate
A two ounce serving of chocolate daily reduces blood pressure due to its plant chemicals called flavonoids, leading to a 21% reduction in cardiovascular risk.
                                                 Fruits and Vegetables
Eating four cups (measured raw) of fruits and vegetables reduces cardiovascular risk by 21% due to  blood pressure lowering effects.

Eating three five ounce servings of fish each week reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14% because it helps to prevent heart rhythm disturbances and the formation of fatty clots in the blood vessels.

One clove of garlic a day helps to lower cholesterol and reduce cardiovascular risk by about 25%.

Eating two ounces of nuts daily reduces cholesterol and cardiovascular risk by about 10%.

The result, The Bonus Years Diet, features thirty days of meal plans and more than 125 recipes, which include the Bonus Years Foods along with Booster and Bonus Compatible foods.

The Bonus Years Diet: 7 Miracle Foods–Including Chocolate, Red Wine, and Nuts — That Can Add 6.4 Years on Average to Your Life costs  $29.95 (£15,50, €22)

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The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno

The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno

Eat-Clean Diet [640x480].jpgTired of yo-yo dieting, self-deprivation, and unhealthy eating?  Want to lose weight, get fit, and stay that way for the rest of your life?  This book is filled with solid nutritional advice, a two-week meal plan, delicious healthy recipes, and real-life stories to keep readers motivated.


Tosca Reno’s THE EAT-CLEAN DIET cuts through the maze of fad-diet misinformation, presenting a lifestyle plan that guarantees healthy, steady weight-loss by eating five or six meals a day.

Reno, who struggled with her weight for more than twenty years, discovered the Eat-Clean lifestyle at age forty.  Within a year, she not only lost weight, but gained body tone and overall fitness – so much so that she became a cover girl, bathing-suit model, and an inspiration for other women who want to look and feel great.  For the past several years, Reno has been a columnist and spokesperson for the women’s fitness magazine Oxygen. 
According to Reno, the Eat-Clean Diet works because it incorporates healthy eating habits into daily life.  “It’s not just a diet; it’s a lifestyle,” she explains.  “Eating Clean isn’t about
denying yourself or going hungry, it’s about eating with thought and planning.  By adopting the Eat-Clean lifestyle, your body will have a chance at looking its all-time best.”

THE EAT-CLEAN DIET focuses on consuming delicious, nutrient-rich “clean” foods at regular intervals throughout the day, beginning with breakfast.  Eating five or six smaller meals a day allows the body’s metabolism to burn steadily, keeping insulin and blood-sugar levels stable – preventing hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods like soda or chocolate.  For Reno, a “clean” food is anything nutritious that is as close as possible to how it occurs in nature, with no added color, taste, or preservatives, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, poultry, fish, dairy, whole grains, and more. Costs $16.95 (£8.60, €12.68)

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Chinese herbs may help eczema sufferers


A traditional Chinese herbal medicine consisting of five herbs may benefit people with eczema, new research in the British Journal of Dermatology reveals.

Scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong evaluated the effects of the Pentaherbs brand formulation on patients aged between five and 21 with atopic eczema, the most common type of the disease which affects at least one in 10 children.

The Pentaherbs formulation capsules contain extracts of five raw herbs based on a widely used ancestral Chinese concoction – Flos lonicerae (Japanese honeysuckle), Herba menthae (peppermint), Cortex moutan (root bark of peony tree), Atractylodes Rhizome (underground stem of the atractylodes herb) and Cortex phellodendri (Amur cork-tree bark).

The first study was a clinical trial of 85 patients divided into a control group receiving a placebo, and a group taking the pentaherbs formulation. Using a questionnaire index that measures how much a skin problem affects a patient, the scientists found that the quality of life improved by a third in the group taking the herbs, compared to no improvement in the placebo-treated group.

The researchers also found that the herbal remedy reduced patients needs for the conventional treatment of topical steroids, with the duration of use reduced by an average of four days per month in the herbal group, compared to one day per month in the placebo group.

The team went on to explore the clinical effects of pentaherbs on the immune system. This is because people with eczema have been found to have higher blood levels of certain cytokines, a group of proteins and peptides that have a pivotal role in the immune system and which trigger inflammation in eczema.

The herbs reduced the expressions of four proteins and cytokines thought to have inflammatory effects linked with eczema.* This was confirmed in tests done both by adding an extract of the pentaherbs formulation to blood cells in a test tube (in vitro testing), and by testing the blood of 28 children taking the supplements (in vivo testing).

Study co author Dr Ting-fan Leung said: “Our recent clinical trial showed that Pentaherbs formulation reduced topical corticosteroid usage and improved quality of life in children with moderate to severe atopic eczema. Our latest study further clarifies this by showing that the herbs suppress the production of atopic eczema-related inflammatory mediators. Further studies are needed to explore this in more depth; however this is an interesting first step.

Caution needs to be exercised when using Chinese herbal medicines and patients should consult their GP before doing so. Like any supplement they can interact/interfere with prescribed drugs or a current medical condition.

Herba menthae (peppermint), one of the ingredients in the Pentaherbs formulationcan have a number of adverse effects, for example it can induce biliary colic in patients with existing bile stones, may worsen heartburn and cause a burning sensation in the mouth. The application of peppermint oil to the face of infants and children has caused narrowing of the tubes or airways of the lung (bronchospasm), swelling and spasm of the opening to the breathing tract (laryngeal oedema and spasm), both of which are potentially life-threatening complications.

These facts, other contra-indications and more are revealed in a new book raditional Herbal Medicines – A Guide To Their Safer Use

Co author Dr Lakshman Karalliedde MB BS DA FRCA, consultant, Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (London), Health Protection Agency, says: 밢ne of the key reasons for the increased use of traditional herbal medicines in developed countries is the generally accepted perception that 몁atural?products are safe. They have stood the test of time and do not carry the risks inherent in newly developed conventional medicines.

There is not enough awareness that the ingredients that make traditional medicines effective could also be potentially capable of causing serious illness such as allergy, liver or kidney malfunction, blindness, cancer or even death.

Herbal medicines should therefore be used with the same degree of caution as conventional medicines, but this is difficult given the lack of information available about effectiveness, optimum dose or adverse effects.

The problem is that while the toxic profiles of conventional medicines have been extensively documented and publicised, the harmful effects of herbal medicines either taken on their own or in combination with conventional medicines are not well enough known. According to a National Institute of Medical Herbalists survey, 96% of qualified medical herbalists believed that conventional doctors do not know enough about herbs to give their patients advice. And if GPs are relatively in the dark, what hope is there for members of the general public.

It was with this in mind and the growing, urgent need for more information to be made available to the public ?that a group of toxicology experts got together to co-author Traditional Herbal Medicines namely Dr Lakshman Karalliedde, who spent 10 years at the MTU and is now a toxicologist with the Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division of the Health Protection Agency; Debbie Shaw, who heads the MTU Chinese Medicine Advisory Service; and Indika Gawarammana, former registrar at the MTU. They have combined their significant knowledge of traditional medicines to produce a comprehensive herbal compendium covering traditional herbal remedies from around the world, describing their sources, known effects and side effects, dosages, interactions and ?most importantly precautions. It’s a must for anyone involved in prescribing either conventional or traditional herbal medicines as well as the growing number of people who are taking them.

Traditional Herbal Medicines: A Guide To Their Safer Use is published by Hammersmith Press, price £9.99.

Study details: British Journal of Dermatology, publication date March 2008, in vitro and clinical immunomodulatory effects of a novel Pentaherbs concoction for atopic eczema T.F. Leung, K.Y. Wong, C.K. Wong*, K.P. Fung C.W.K. Lam*, T.F. Fok, P.C. Leung K.L.E. Hon; Departments of Paediatrics and Chemical Pathology*, and Institute of Chinese Medicine. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong. DOI 10.1111/J.1365-2133.2008.08502.X

Win Kim Wilde’s new book for first-time gardners


For those who are eager to tackle the gardening this year but don’t know where to begin, First-Time Gardener is the answer. Packed full of practical tips and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book is the beginner’s guide to gardening. Kim Wilde turned to gardening as a form of therapy to escape from her hectic show biz schedule. Now she is a recognised expert in the field.

Beautifully illustrated throughout this one-stop guide will teach you the very basics of what gardening is about.

• Why gardening can be so rewarding
• Why it’s important not to expect too much too soon
• Why planning is the key

Details of each essential garden technique:
• Main soil types and the benefits/drawbacks of each
• Fundamental tools
• Guide to plant terms – demystifying words such as perennial, biennial, bulbs, rhizomes and many more

This book assumes no prior knowledge and takes the reader through the basics of planning a garden, choosing plants and turning ideas into reality – including how to make the most of climbers, containers and hanging baskets. But it will also help you assess what you’ve already got in your garden. Not all gardens should be created from scratch, as per the TV makeovers. In fact, if you can wait a while to see what happens in your new garden, then you may find you’ve inherited some weird and wonderful plants.

Kim Wilde studied horticulture and planting design at Capel Manor before becoming a resident designer on BBC’s ‘Garden Invaders’. She has since presented daytime coverage of ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ and ‘The Great Garden Guide’ as well as gardening slots for GMTV and ‘This Morning’. Kim has written regular gardening columns for The Guardian and for Prima and Bella magazines. Kim also continues to enjoy a busy pop career, her family and her garden.

Publisher Harper Collins is giving away six copies of this beautiful and very useful gardening book worth £12.99 – simply email us at readeroffer@elixirnews.com with your name and address, stating Kim Wilde Book in the email header. This promotion closes 24 February 2008. No cash equivalent is being offered. The Editor’s decision is final.

How to Master your inner critic and succeed in life


Do you know someone who?

* loses sleep worrying about what they haven’t done?
* finds it difficult to list their achievements?
* allows criticism to get them down?
* feels terrible when they make a mistake?

The inner critic is the little (or, sometimes, big) voice in our heads that says: ‘You’re not good enough’ or “Why did you do that?” or “Nobody wants to be friends with you!”

This negative voice can have a profound effect in personal relationships or professional situations. And yet, (if we’re honest) many of us have an “inner critic” that can hold us back, make us feel inadequate, make us feel unnecessarily guilty and can make us downright miserable if we don’t learn to control it.

In a new book, Master Your Inner Critic, Release Your Inner Wisdom chartered occupational psychologist Melanie Greene shares her 20 years of experience to show you how, step-by-step, you can transform your thoughts, feelings and behaviour by learning to celebrate your strengths and to recognise the positive.

Master that inner critic and release your own inner wisdom to become more confident, successful and content in all aspects of your life.

Melanie Greene is a chartered occupational psychologist and NLP master practitioner. She has 20 years experience as a coach, trainer and consultant in private and public organisations, and runs her own consultancy, Grovelands Associates www.grovelands.org

Master Your Inner Critic, ISBN: 978-1-84024-630-8 Paperback January 2007 £8.99, is published by Summersdale. It is available through all good bookshops and internet booksellers or by telephoning Mail Order at Summersdale Publishers on: +44 (0) 1243 771107

Loose weight without diets


Simple Secrets to Easy Weight Loss is the new book by UK author and therapist Steve McNulty Steve makes a confident and sincere offer that if you do as he asks (and that what he asks costs nothing, is easy to do and doesn’t hurt) and if you do not lose weight, he will refund your money.

At 53, Steve decided that he needed to lose some serious weight if he was going to lead a long and healthy life. However, as he had a reputation for ‘eating for England’, he knew that he needed a plan that involved no diets or deprivation, no supplements or surgery, no pain and certainly no ongoing associated cost. He tried all the modern courses and plans and although he managed to lose some weight it quickly went back on.

Fed up of yo-yo dieting, he then set out to put together the perfect plan. Being a therapist and having trained in the most modern ‘mind sciences’, he knew roughly where to go to find everything ‘out there’ about losing weight. Having identified all the necessary ingredients he tried them out, keeping the ones that worked to and binning the rest.

The main ingredient Steve uses is Thought Field Therapy which enables him to collapse or eliminate any anxiety or food cravings, so allowing him to relax and eat heartily at the right time. Over the first eighteen months he lost two and a half stone (sixteen kilos) and has continued to lose another stone (six kilos) over the last year, making a total loss of three and a half stone.

“I haven’t been hungry once in the last 3 years”, says Steve “and my friends cannot believe how I still eat for England without increasing my weight”. Steve has identified that the real secret to managing our weight is to understand why we eat when we are not hungry. Once we understand this we can easily shift our eating patterns, eat plenty when we are hungry and manage our weight to a healthy level.

“There are three good reason to eat”, says Steve. Firstly, you must eat if you are hungry – that is the way we are built and we should never ever starve our bodies of food when we are hungry. Secondly, we should eat for our pure enjoyment. This means that eating a special meal, a really good dish or a rare treat is OK. Thirdly, eating to be sociable is OK as Steve says “I would never say no to a piece of the cake my Mum has just made especially for us when we pop round for afternoon tea.

However, he believes that all the other reasons for eating when we are not hungry are based in Anxiety. Reasons such as boredom, frustration, distraction, stress, anxiety, or habit should never force us to eat unnecessarily, and once the anxiety, or comfort element is eliminated the urge or compulsion to eat disappears. If you are not hungry and you have no compulsion you don’t need to eat. Eat when you are hungry and hey-presto the weight just drops off.

Steve uses his book as the text book for the weight management courses he regularly runs in Watford and London. The book includes everything which he has found to work for himself and his clients.

Steve believes that effective weight management requires a personalised plan and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Adopting the right plan will for each user become an unnoticeable part of everyday life. Steve’s courses last one day and the participants get all the tools they need to achieve their planned weight loss without ever having to return for more classes or having to spend more money. Steve says “2 weeks practice is all that is required to develop the right eating patterns and drop bad habits.”

Steve also offers one to one coaching and training in weight loss from his clinics in Harley Street, London and Watford. He also runs online support groups and forums to ensure everyone is supported while reaching their goals.

His book can be bought from his websitewww.stephenmcnulty.co.uk or on-line.

New Book: Trends Beyond Life – in search of immortality


London-based trend forecaster Susan Muncey’s book Trends Beyond Life – In Search of Immortality is an extremely opportune and relevant book. The beginning of a new year is always a time to reflect on the past and, more pertinently, consider the future.

However, in this rapidly changing world where technology and science are opening new and challenging doors, where does that leave us morally and culturally? Susan Muncey assesses recent social trends affecting our daily lives, including our quest for eternal youth and immortality, which she sees as a key trend of our times. Muncey then expands on this theme and explores the ways that death and remembrance have been handled historically and analyses current developments and thinking.

‘The quest for longevity by reversing the signs of ageing and increasing life expectancy seems to have become the Holy Grail. I wanted to explore what drives us towards this desire and taking it further, what immortality actually means. Why do we wish to be remembered? How do we wish to be remembered?’ says Susan Muncey.

The book also includes in-depth research into experiences of death and bereavement in both the developed and the developing world. Muncey travelled to Zambia where she saw how the country is coping with a huge increase in mortality rates and the initiatives being made to implement changes within the burial system. Back in the UK, Muncey details how our views on death are evolving and highlights new trends in funerals – such as green burials and freeze dried cremation – and remembrance including the use of the internet as a vital tool in helping to create immortality.

‘What started as a study of trends in death turned out to be a contemplation on immortality and the many ways that we can achieve it these days,’ says Muncey.

Susan Muncey is the founder of the digital time capsule Diary of Mankind www.diaryofmankind.com where users can record their life, their wishes and their desires for future generations. Muncey also runs Visuology www.visuology.com, a trend forecasting and lifestyle coaching company. Her clients include the cutting-edge designer uniform company, nouniform. A Cambridge graduate, Susan Muncey has had a broad career ranging from working in investment management in the City to opening the late 90s cult boutique Fashion Gallery in London’s Little Venice. Costs $15.44 (£7.95, €11.70) Buy www.amazon.co.uk and at leading booksellers

89-year-old gets first novel published


London: Proving you are never too old to become published, SJ Morrison, from East
Yorkshire, will finally have his work published at the age of 89.

SJ Morrison (pictured right) won the Academic category of the Undiscovered Authors National Literary competition, winning a prize of £2,000, plus publication of his text Introduction to Statistical Engineering, which will be available from 30th October 2006.

SJ Morrison was originally commissioned to write his Engineering text by a top London publisher, but whilst Morrison was busy completing his book, the interested publisher sold their Engineering list on to another publisher who was not interested in Morrison’s text. After years of trying to get his work published, Morrison decided to enter it into the Undiscovered Authors competition and will at last get to see his work in print. Commenting on winning the prize, SJ Morrison said; “Winning this prize in the Undiscovered Authors competition has given me the great satisfaction of knowing my book will finally be published and could potentially influence engineering procedures of the future.”

The competition was launched for the first time last year to search out fresh British literary talent in the categories of General Fiction, Non Fiction and Academic, as each year the words of many talented authors go unpublished. Huw Thomas of Cornwall won first place in the General Fiction category, his novel The Tale of Findo Gask, tells the story of a thief, born in a ditch, raised in slums and educated by the underworld – a story of an unconventional life, of alienation and a desperate search for acceptance.

Jo Nisbet from Surrey, won the Non Fiction prize with her book Laughing Star – an autobiographical account of a mother dealing with children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). When Emily becomes so out of control, sending her to Brat Camp becomes her mother’s last and only resort.

The Undiscovered Authors competition, run by publishing house Discovered Authors aims to seek out new literary talent. The competition is now open for 2006. Please visit www.undiscoveredauthors.co.uk for more information.