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A Growing Problem

One of my keen areas of interest is bone health or more specifically the thin bone disease known as osteoporosis.

It is an area of consistent research interest and the influence of diet, nutrition and vitamins is gaining a lot of press. We have come a long way from the idea that bone strength is all about calcium but the message is slow to leak through to the conventional medical community and general public alike. Personally, I feel that many people view bone as a hard, inert and brittle substance similar to the skeleton that use to hang in the corner of the school biology lab. In reality, living bone is a very different. Our skeleton is a highly active metabolic tissue and undergoes a regular process of renewal known as ‘bone turnover’. This process changes with age and is influences by many lifestyle factors.

I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to an article written by Kate Miller on the subject of bone and joint health; thanks to Natural Product News, you can read the final article here A Growing Problem. By Kate Miller, Natural Product News July/August 2016.


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Rye Mind Body Spirit Fayre, 2012.

Rye Mind Body Spirit Fayre, 2012. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March, Time: 11am – 5pm.

Admission: FREE!!

Venue: Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye, East Sussex; TN31 7LE.

This is a great opportunity to meet a diverse range of alternative, holistic and spiritual therapists, practitioners, artists and musicians. There’s a wonderful programme of workshops including yoga, dance, Qi Gong Tai Chi.. and loads more!

Ann Caird will be there talking baby sleep, colic calming techniques and promoting her Baby Sleep workshops.

Check out the website for more information and the full programme of workshops Rye Mind Body Spirit Fayre, 2012.

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Bone Health webcast now available to view

Bone Health Talk

For anyone interested in the Bone Health talk I gave this Wednesday in the Book Shop at NutriCentre in Park Crescent London I have attached a clickable image which takes you to the recorded webcast that went out live that night.

I have the slides in PDF format if anyone wants them.


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Visit us at CAM-Expo, 22-23 October, Earls Court, London

Hadley Wood Healthcare will be attending (stand number 2415) the CAM-Expo hosted in London’s Earls Court exhibition centre. This is the UK’s only dedicated event that open to health professionals and those in the health trade and its now just weeks away.  With more exhibitors, more education and innovation than before we have chosen the CAM-Expo to showcase our unique range of enteric coated live probiotic supplements called Acidophilus Pearls.

As well as our Acidophilus Pearls range we will be exhibiting a number of other innovative products including Elthea-100, Dr Shamsuddins IP6 with inositol, CherryBomb, Garlinase and many more… We would love to see you!

If you would like a FREE admission ticket we still have a few left to give away. Simply call us on 0208 449 1113 and we will pop one in the post for you!

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Free talk 7th September on Bone Health in Regents Park, London

Join me Wednesday evening at the NutriCentre in Regents Park, London, for an evening free lecture in the book shop on Nutrients and Bone Health
The lecture will include many key aspects relating to supporting optimal bone health and diagnosing the early changes before the osteoporosis gets out of hand.
The evening lecture will discuss many factors relating to bone health including;
  • Normal bone and it’s healthy regulation
  • Diagnosing thin bones; osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Types of osteoporosis and their causes
  • Making sense of your bone density (DXA) scan results
  • Using biochemical merkers for bone turnover
  • Key dietary aspects for healthy bones
  • Key nutrients and their controversies; The issue of calcium and heart disease
  • Specific supplements and their safe and effective use

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Breastfeeding and Reducing SIDS Risk: Another Amazing Breastfeeding Fact!

Ann Caird, postnatal Doula and infant sleep consultant

Breastfeeding has physical and emotional benefits for both mother and baby; and we know that breastfeeding can potentially reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, until now research has provided inconsistent evidence of a protective factor associated with breastfeeding specifically on risk if SIDS.

A new meta-analysis conducted by Professor Hauck and colleagues, examined whether breastfeeding specifically, that is by itself, lowered the risk of SIDS. The study evaluated the protective effect of breastfeeding associated with SIDS and the influence of exclusive and longer duration of breastfeeding associated with greater reduction of SIDS risk.

The study concludes that the rate of SIDS is 60% lower among babies who were breastfed to any extent and duration compared to formula fed infants. However, the rate of SIDS is 70% lower in exclusively breastfed infants, so the protective effect is stronger for exclusive breastfeeding. The conclusions confirm that breastfeeding in isolation of any other protective factors, such as absence of smoke exposure and socioeconomic status is protective.

The association between breastfeeding and SIDS reduction then is dose related, but the protective effect is also biological. Compared to babies who are formula fed breastfed babies are more easily aroused from active sleep at 2-3 months – within the peak age of 2-4 months for SIDS. Breast milk also provides immunity; it provides babies with immunoglobulins and cytokines that may help to protect them from minor infections that may make SIDS more likely at the vulnerable age of 2-4 months.

So, in light of their conclusions the authors make these recommendations to reduce risk of SIDS; “Therefore, we recommend that mothers breastfeed their infants as a potential way to reduce their risk of SIDS. Ideally, breastfeeding should be exclusive (ie. formula should not be given) for at least 4-6 months and should be continued until the infant is at least 1 year of age”.

Please note though, that the World Health Organisation also recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age, but also recommends continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods up to or beyond the age of 2 years.

 View the study here:

Hauck, R., Thompson, J., Tanabe, K., Moon, R and Vennemann M. Breastfeeding and Reduced Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A meta-analysis Pediatrics 2011;128;103; published online June 13th 2011; DOI:10.1542/peds.2010-3000.

The World Health Organisation’s Infant Feeding Recommendation.

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