Our Winter 2020/21 issue was packed with sage nutritional advice – and we loved this piece on strengthening our immunity through nutrition, by Meaghan Esser. Scroll on to learn more!
We are huge fans of CNM (The College of Naturopathic Medicine), who provide expert, science-based training and education in a variety of holistic health disciplines, including Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Biomedicine and so much more. They are holding an online Open Event on Saturday June 20th, which will be perfect for prospective students, or anyone curious about what CNM offers. Read on to learn more!
If you’re looking for a nutrition brand that will help you to improve your health and energy levels, while also bearing the needs of the planet in mind, look no further than One Nutrition! We had the chance to interview the founders, Darragh Hammond and Dominic Galvin, for our Winter 2019/20 issue.
A balanced diet is pivotal to maintaining overall good health, but when it comes to additional nutritional support that you may need, we love Sun Chlorella!
In this extract from our Spring 2019 magazine, we heard from a number of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) students, who told us how their decision to enrol in CNM’s Naturopathic Nutrition course changed their lives and their careers.
In this extract from our Autumn 2018 issue, we spoke to Sinead Mitchell of the renowned nutritional supplement and research company Pharma Nord. She had some exciting news to share about heart health, based on a revolutionary Swedish study! If you haven’t had a chance to pick up our Autumn 2018 issue yet, click here to find your local stockist, or here to subscribe to the magazine.
Health Boosting Nutrients
Revolutionary study gives hope for heart health
by Aisling Cronin
Pharma Nord is a Nutritional Supplement Brand renowned for its revolutionary approach to nutritional support. Its high grade supplements are backed by rigorous scientific research, which documents their products’ safety and superior bio-availability (which, in laymen’s terms, refers to how easily absorbed they are). Pharma Nord’s research database contains over 9,000 scientific studies which serve to inform their impressive product development program. To date, more than 300 scientific studies involving Pharma Nord products have been published, one of the most striking being the KiSel-10 study, carried out in Sweden.
I spoke to Sinead Mitchell, Product Trainer for Healthcare Professionals at Pharma Nord to learn more.
‘The KiSel-10 study was a five-year, placebo-controlled, randomised double-blind study,’ Sinéad explained. ‘Two Pharma Nord products were used in the study: Q10 and Selenium. While there has been a lot of research done about the benefits of selenium for heart health, and the benefits of Q10 for heart health – when taken separately – there wasn’t a lot of research out there investigating the relationship between them, or the potential impact of their combination, which was the primary focus of the KiSel-10 research. The KiSel-10 trial was carried out in a small town in Sweden, with Swedish citizens who were aged 70 to 88. 443 participants took part, making it a very rigorous trial.’
The aim of the study was to observe how Selenium and Q10, when taken together, would affect participants’ heart health. Participants were divided into two groups. One group were administered 200 milligrams of BioActive Q10 Gold every morning, combined with 200 micrograms of BioActive Selenium, while another placebo group did not receive either supplement. Once the five-year study was complete, the results amazed researchers: those receiving the Q10 and Selenium combination were shown to have a 54% reduced risk of mortality through cardiovascular disease.
‘In addition to the reduced risk of mortality measured by the KiSel-10 study over the five years, positive effects could also be seen in all of the inflammatory markers, which are used to measure heart health,’ Sinéad revealed. ‘In fact, in many cases, the supplementation eased the inflammatory markers to a point lower than would be considered ‘normal’ for the participants’ age group, which is fantastically encouraging.’
The KiSel-10 study is now referenced extensively in a number of leading health and scientific journals, including the European Journal For Clinical Nutrition. An additional fourteen further studies have since been pulled from the original KiSel-10 data, as health professionals seek to gather even more insight into the heart-protecting effects of long-term Selenium and Q10 supplementation.
It has been known for decades that Q10 – particularly when consumed in the high grade form, ubiquinol – is a very powerful nutrient, so the KiSel-10 study results, demonstrating the immense impact of both Q10 and Selenium on heart health, are not all that surprising.
Coenzyme Q10 (as it is formally known) is a natural, vitamin-like compound that all cells require in order to produce energy. Levels of this nutrient peak in our twenties and decline from that point onward. However, the discovery of coenzyme Q10 by American scientists in 1957, and the array of scientific studies done in the interim, has empowered us with a tool to potentially prevent this ‘energy drop’ from taking place. Selenium, too, has long been known for its incredible immune-boosting qualities. However it appears that these two nutrients have an even more powerful potential when used in combination.
Based on the promising results of the KiSel-10 study, it seems that long-term consumption of these vital nutrients could have the power to unlock new potential for longevity and improved health.
Our friends at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) Ireland have a series of exciting new events to announce during the month of September! Three open evenings will be offered in Dublin, Cork, and Galway, where you can learn all about CNM’s range of courses. Dr. Udo Erasmus will also be appearing at CNM in Dublin for a talk entitled ‘Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill’. Read on to learn more!
CNM’s Open Evenings
CNM offers an incredibly wide range of courses in the field of naturopathic medicine. These include: diploma courses in Naturopathic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Homeopathy; short courses in Nutrition for Everyday Living and Herbs for Everyday Living; and a post-graduate course in Iridology. If you are curious and want to learn more, what better way to do this than by attending one of CNM’s upcoming open evenings?
- CNM will host their Dublin open evening on Wednesday the 12th of September from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at 25 Wolfe Tone Street, North City, Dublin 1.
- The Cork open evening will also take place on Wednesday the 12th of September from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Rochestown Park Hotel, Rochestown Road, Douglas, Co. Cork.
- The Galway open evening is scheduled for Tuesday the 18th of September from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. in the Galway Business School, Salthill, Co. Galway.
Trained Course Consultants will be present at each open evening to answer any questions you may have about the courses and about CNM in general. Each open evening is free to attend – you are simply advised to register your interest using the links above – so why not give one of them a try?
Visit of Dr. Udo Erasmus
Health-promoting fats have been shown to help prevent and reverse so-called incurable degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type II diabetes. These fats also enhance athletic performance, skin beauty, longevity, and energy levels.
Dr. Udo Erasmus is an internationally recognised nutritionist, lecturer, and writer who specialises in the study of fats, oils, cholesterol, and essential fatty acids.
In collaboration with Savant Health, Dr. Erasmus will visit CNM Dublin on the 6th of September, exposing the manufacturing processes that can turn healthy fats into ‘killing’ fats. He will explain the impact of both good and bad fats on human health and disease.
During his talk, you will learn:
- The role of fats in the diet – the good, bad and the ugly.
- How to improve your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics.
- Current research on common and less well-known oils with therapeutic potential.
Dr. Erasmus’ talk will take place from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 6th September in CNM Dublin, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Merchants’ Quay, Dublin 8. Tickets cost €15. To book your place, just click here.
In this article – featured in our recently released Summer 2018 issue – Patrick Holford shared his thoughts on the upcoming Vitality Expo, set to take place in the RDS, Dublin, on the 8th and 9th of September.
Patrick Holford discusses upcoming health show
by Aisling Cronin
This September, Dublin’s RDS will play host to the amazing Vitality Expo 2018, brought to you by Health Stores Ireland. The Expo will be dedicated to all things health-related, with a diverse array of wellness, lifestyle, fitness and nutrition talks being delivered by Irish and international speakers and natural health brands.
The passionate organisers behind the Expo are proud of the fact that this event is Ireland’s only consumer and trade natural health exhibition. Here, you can learn about exciting new products and remedies, meet natural health suppliers, discover the latest natural health trends, and obtain expert advice from the many well-known figures who will be in attendance. Ahead of the Expo, I met with the nutrition expert Patrick Holford, who will be delivering two talks as part of the event. I was struck by his great passion for improving people’s quality of life. He told me that one of the greatest privileges of his career is being approached by people who are eager to share their stories of how his nutritional tips improved their health.
Patrick Holford’s career began in the 1970s, when he trained as a psychotherapist. As his career progressed, he developed a special interest in the areas of boosting intelligence and treating schizophrenia. After learning about the promising results nutritional trials had yielded in this area, he went on to study nutrition in greater depth, and founded the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 1983. His bestselling nutrition and health titles have included The Optimum Nutrition Bible and How to Quit Without Feeling Sh*t.
The latter title touches upon a subject that has become increasingly important to Patrick in recent years: helping people to tackle their addictions. He believes that we can be addicted to many things: not just substances that commonly come to mind when addiction is mentioned – such as narcotics, prescription medication, or alcohol – but also things like coffee, sugar, and our phones. Technology addiction is increasingly prevalent in modern society. Whatever our addictions are, Patrick believes that appropriate nutritional therapy can hold the key to solving the problem.
“To give you an extreme example,” he explained to me, “two colleagues and I went to an addiction treatment centre and asked them to refer some patients to us – not to change anything the centre were doing, but to add some nutritional therapy to the centre’s methods. We ran blood tests on twenty-three patients and we found out which neurotransmitters were depleted. We then gave them an intravenous drip every day, for six days, containing the exact nutrients that their brains would need to make those neurotransmitters. We followed that up with supplements for about a month, and then asked the treatment centre to follow up with these patients after one year. The normal success rate for the centre was about five percent: that is, one year on, just five percent of patients were still clean, sadly. However, twenty-one out of the twenty-three people we had treated were clean and sober, which is absolutely extraordinary. So at the health show, I’m going to be talking about how to end addiction, whether this is to caffeine, sugar, or even Facebook.”
Another issue he will be speaking about at the Expo is how people can reduce their risk of cancer through the foods that they eat. He said, “Appropriate nutrition can strengthen the immune system. As an example of this, one recent study found that soya actually dampens down the notorious BRCA gene that is responsible for a large proportion of breast cancer diagnoses. What we are really beginning to understand is that the environment of the cell can turn genes up or down. So rather than being unable to do anything about your inherited genes, you are able to empower yourself. This is a whole new field of study called ‘epignetics’ – effectively, the study of the environment of genes.”
Patrick is determined to empower people to take control of their own health. He does this by presenting clear evidence – backed up by rigorous scientific studies – to show that appropraite nutritional intervention can make an enormous difference to our energy, mood, and overall wellbeing.
To learn more about Patrick’s work, go to patrickholford.com. He will be discussing the effective treatment of addiction, cancer and other health issues in greater depth at the Vitality Expo 2018, set to take place on September 8th and 9th in the RDS, Dublin.
The Vitality Expo will feature an exciting array of expert speakers from around the globe. In addition to Patrick Holford, the Expo’s Vitality Stage will play host to Alison Canavan, Vivienne Campbell, Rachel and Hannah Dare, Dr. Robert Verkerk Ph.D, Phil Beard, Dr. Sarah Murphy, Jessica Hatchett and Fiann Ó Nualláin (a bestselling author, horticultural therapist and community gardening advocate). All of the talks will be hosted by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe.
Some of the confirmed exhibitors include Abundance and Health, Altrient C, Hifas Da Terra, Creacon Wellness Centre, Dr. Mahers skincare, Emma’s So Naturals soya candles, Genovese Pestos, IINH, Macánta, NaturaLife, Optimal Brain, Pharma Nord, PPC and Sun Chlorella. Many other companies will be present at the Expo too, offering a wide range of products to help boost your wellbeing. Be sure to check out the Vitality Expo’s website or Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all exhibitors, as they are confirmed.
The Expo will will also feature a Food and Cookery Stage. Here, you can experience the best of wholefood cooking with chefs like Marie Power, Henrietta Norton (founder of the amazing natural supplement brand Wild Nutrition), Oliver McCabe and Susan Jane White, to name a few. The Outdoor Entertainment Area is another major highlight, offering live music, yoga and pilates sessions, as well as a kids’ area where they can practice some moves too! At The Village, you can sample tasty delights from over 100 artisan and local health food producers in the Irish marketplace.
The glorious days of mid-summer are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by getting out and about to enjoy some exciting events or sample some of the best holistic products on the market? Read on to learn more about the highlights we’ve picked out for you for this month. We are also thrilled to announce that our Summer 2018 issue is out, packed with some amazing content (including an interview with the legendary Adyashanti, who graces the cover). It is available at stockists throughout the country. You can also subscribe here to get a copy delivered right to your door.
NTOI Announces Two-Day AGM & Conference
NTOI (Nutritional Therapists of Ireland) is the professional association supporting qualified Nutritional Therapists in Ireland. All NTOI members study for a minimum of 3 years at a recognised college and are trained in clinical practice. They are fully insured and must comply with the NTOI requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). On Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd, NTOI will be holding its Annual General Meeting and Conference in the Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. This is the first time their conference will be held over two days. “We are very excited about this years event. It will be bigger and better than ever! We have 2 world class Functional Medicine speakers: Dr David Brady and Dr Deanna Minich, fantastic sponsors, including a lunch sponsor (so lunch is included in the ticket price), and a wide variety of exhibitors.” Check out their website for more information.
Dreaming of Nature
We love the work of the spirituality, nature and ancestral skills collective, Earth Dreaming. Founder Sky Maria Buitenhuis has extensive experience in supporting people to deepen their connection to nature. This process includes connecting to our own inner nature as part of the larger natural landscape. Sky has worked as a facilitator for a variety of different programs as well as developing her own workshops and trainings. She is also the co-founder of GIFT (Global Institute of Forest Therapy) and the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Working in tandem with her many talented guest teachers, Sky aims to help people connect to their true nature by offering workshops and courses in Ancestral Skills, Spirit Work, Forest Bathing, Womens’ Courses and Nature Connection Training.
Support Your Health with Thermography
Mairead McDermott is a qualified thermographer, guidance counsellor and teacher. She has received qualifications from ACCT Florida, NUI Maynooth, University of Brighton and IADT Dun Laoghaire. She has also studied nutrition, food science and psychology. Having regained perfect health after a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, Mairead is passionate about working with people who have been affected by an adverse health diagnosis. Thermography is one of her tried-and-trusted means of assisting clients. She explains, “thermography is Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). It is a method of capturing an image of the body based on the thermal patterns it emits. Some clients use it as an annual health check, some use it to discover the source of pain, some use it for obvious symptoms and some use it as a preventative tool. It is suitable for both men and women and it can also be used for pets.” You can book an appointment with her here, or visit her website below for more information.
Upcoming Positive Night: Music to Lift the Heart with Ayla Nereo
Ayla Nereo’s voice is a beacon of light that hits straight to the heart. Her songs call us to listen deeper. For the depth of each song is in the words; her lucid storytelling and lyrical imagery ring as anthems, riddles, and mantras for hope, humanness, profound healing, and love. To listen to one of her songs, “Whispers”, click here. She is visiting Positive Nights on Sunday June the 24th, from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m., for a performance that is sure to be spectacular. It will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Bewley’s Café Theatre on Grafton Street, Dublin 2. You can purchase tickets via this Eventbrite link.
Golden Egg Holistic Centre Announce Their Latest Courses
Golden Egg Holistic is a peaceful healing space and training centre located near to Portlaoise, Co.Laois. Treatments & therapies available at Golden Egg Holistic include Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Fertility/Well Woman Massage, Indian Head Massage, Sound Healing, Hopi Ear Candling, Energy Healing, Holistic Facials, Touch therapy for Autism, and Paediatric Massage. They source the most highly qualified and experienced Irish and International Holistic Trainers, in order to offer only the best quality Diploma, Postgraduate and CPD approved training courses to Irish holistic therapists. Their Diploma courses include Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Holistic Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.
Awaken to Your Intuition With Psychic Art
Colin Hall is a psychic artist who uses his creativity to give evidential demonstrations of the of survival of the soul and proof of life after death. Early experiences led him on a lifelong quest to develop his spiritual gifts and express them through his artwork. Colin’s work is strongly influenced by Celtic, Chinese and Art Nouveau styles, with endlessly flowing forms, mythical images of Gods and Goddesses and the nature of a world that dwells all around and within us. He will be delivering a Pastel Painting workshop on Saturday September 29th, and individual readings and auragraph sessions on Friday September 28th and Sunday September 30th. He will also be appearing at Positive Nights very soon – watch this space for more details! To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Colin’s website below.
The Planted Bean is an up-and-coming café and food business situated on Baggot Road in Dublin 7. It offers a wide range of both savoury and sweet plant-based food options, all of which are made without oil, refined sugars or processed ingredients. The promotion of excellent health is central to the business’ ethos – founder Kevin Odgers says he would never offer anything to a customer that he would not give to his own children. Read on to learn more!
Planting Seeds of Health
by Aisling Cronin
The Planted Bean is an up-and-coming café and food business situated on Baggot Road in Dublin 7. It offers a wide range of both savoury and sweet plant-based food options, all of which are made without oil, refined sugars or processed ingredients. Founder and head chef Kevin Odgers is passionate about the quality of his food. When I visited the Planted Bean recently, he said he would never offer anything to a customer that he wouldn’t give to his own children.
When asked what inspired him to set up the business, he replied with just one word. ‘Cancer.’ Prior to being diagnosed with skin cancer a few years ago, Kevin had spent 22 years as a chef. The diagnosis prompted him to evaluate how his food choices could assist his recovery. He is also passionate about advocating for animals through his work, by showing customers that plant-based foods can be extremely tasty and satisfying.
The café first opened its doors in December 2017, but it has already attracted a significant fanbase. When I was there, the space – small as it is – was constantly busy, with a steady stream of customers coming in and out to collect a quick snack or cup of coffee. I tried their Mexican Quinoa Burger, which was both incredibly indulgent and healthy: a rare feat! Other savoury options available on the day included vegan sushi, Grain Buddha Bowls (consisting of broccoli, kale, red quinoa, red cabbage, beetroot hummus, spicy chickpeas and cherry tomatoes) and a scrumptious-looking chickpea wrap.
I can highly recommend The Planted Bean’s desserts too. I took home their raw Snickers bar and their brownie – both of which were affordable and tasty. I was also highly impressed by the quality of their coffee. I took it with oat milk, which lent the coffee a delicious creamy flavour. The café also serves soya and almond milk.
The Planted Bean’s menu changes every week. Changes are announced on their Facebook page. It is open each Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so make sure you check it out during one of these beautiful summer weekends.