About Sarah Stacey

Sarah Stacey is the Health Editor of the Mail on Sunday YOU magazine and is co-author (with Jo Fairley) of the world’s bestselling series of beauty books, The Beauty Bible. She edits, with Jo Fairley, the accompanying website, www.beautybible.com

Posts by Sarah Stacey

Get Your Back on Track

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Jonathan Hunt, 39, is a former Premiership footballer who had to retire in 2003 due to persistent lower back pain, which manipulative therapies failed to help long-term. Then he discovered Somatics (aka Hanna Somatic Education or HSE), which teaches you how to release muscles that have involuntarily contracted. He was so impressed with the results he trained as a Somatics therapist himself – and is now playing football again semi-professionally. Knowing a colleague had a chronic knee and back problem, I suggested she went to see Jonathan. Here’s her report:
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Give Toddlers Time For Motion

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At a recent press launch I found myself in the middle of a group of mothers of youngish babies, all agitatedly discussing the problem of constipation in their little ones. They were very distressed about it so I asked GP and writer Dr Rob Hicks for advice. This is what he says:

‘Constipation in babies and children is common: about one in three parents report that their child has experienced constipation at some time. It need not mean not going to the loo at all. A person is constipated if they go less often than they would normally, produce less motion than normal – usually small hard dry pellets – or have to strain to go. Some babies and children normally go once a day, some more often, and others only a couple of times a week. Any of these patterns can be normal for that child. Read More…

Give Your Skin An Eastern Boost

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A majority of Western women say they have touchy skin, prone to break outs, rashes, itchiness, even stinging. But for some, the sensitivity can be extreme. When registered nurse Denise Leicester fell ill with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) in 1993, her skin rejected every brand of skincare she tried. In particular, products based on petrochemicals (mineral oil is a common ingredient) inflamed her skin and left it looking tired. As a yoga teacher too, Denise saw it as a problem of energy. Her skin mirrored her physical and mental condition – all were drained of energy, the vital life force known as ‘prana’ in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, and ‘chi’ in traditional Chinese medicine.
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Join The Retro Remedy Revival

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When GP Dr Rob Hicks was growing up, his family often used natural remedies from the garden or kitchen. ‘It wasn’t because they were particularly passionate about them, or against other kinds of medicine, but the belief that you didn’t trouble the doctor unless something was serious,’ he says. At work, he offers patients natural remedies and complementary therapies as well as conventional treatments. And now, so we can safely treat ourselves, Dr Hicks has put them in a book, called ‘Old-Fashioned Remedies from Arsenic to Gin’ – here are his tips for spring. Read More…

Send Spider Veins Scuttling

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You probably haven’t even thought about going bare-legged yet, but if I could give you a word of advice, it’s to deal with any spider (aka thread or broken) veins now, rather than later in the summer. These very fine dilated veins are actually damaged capillaries (tiny blood vessels) just below the surface of the skin – which is why they show up – and are most likely to occur on legs although they can sprout anywhere. Consultant vascular surgeon John Scurr says ‘most people [women and men] suffer what doctors call “dermal flares” at some point. They affect all ages but are more visible as you get older because the skin gets thinner.’ Read More…

Whip Up Fresh Skincare Treats

Health Notes with Sarah Stacey

This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

It’s that heavenly time of year when the freshness and greenness of spring positively bounces around, and you know it’s time to think about planting salads, herbs and summer fruits. But not just for eating – my friend Jane is a bit overexcited about the potential of her strawberries this year because she’s just been on a Make Your Own Natural Skin Care workshop at SenSpa, a gorgeous Thai spa based at Careys Manor in the New Forest. Read More…