March Newsletter


Hello and welcome to the March newsletter, where we continue the Hayo’u and Ilapothecary journeys with the release of some powerful new products. We also launch a new haircare brand, Trinny and Shabir have another moment (well perhaps more than a moment, an entire hour) and somewhere in the middle of all of this is a treat, which I have a feeling might be over before its begun.

Additionally, we take a look at some health concerns; we welcome a new monthly contributor to our editorial team and I’ll introduce you to her further down this newsletter.

Before we go any further, I would just like to say that the tone of this newsletter will go right to the core of what really matters, our health and wellbeing. I have always believed that we are served far better if we delve into the root cause of certain health concerns, which can, in turn, manifest themselves into powerful solutions. And do I dare write about cellulite. Yes I do. Let’s go: Read More…

The Danger Of Painkillers


Q. Like most people, I take an over-the-counter painkiller for aches and pains. Now, recent headlines say that these can cause a heart attack. Can you clarify this and suggest any safe alternatives?

A. Warnings about these painkillers are not new. In 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that taking common, widely available non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen (both available without prescription), increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. They may also raise blood pressure and cause heart failure.

The warning followed the revelation that Vioxx, a prescription NSAID, had caused 140,000 heart attacks in the US over five years. It was withdrawn in 2004. NSAIDs were first launched over a century ago and most of them were registered at a time when there were few requirements for safety documentation. However, since the Vioxx scandal, there has been much more research, which showed that the risk is linked to all NSAIDs. Read More…

Pain-Free Hands

Pain Free Hands - Shabir Daya

We rely on our hands for hundreds of different activities; from typing on a computer, making tea, turning the pages on a book or magazine and so forth. We take our hands for granted until we experience pain and our daily activities are hindered.

Hands are complicated structures, and very versatile, capable of doing everything from opening a jar to performing delicate microsurgery. A hand has many moving parts comprising of 27 bones, several muscles, ligaments, tendons and thousands of nerves with all of these packed into a very small space. With such an array of different structures and tissues, a lot can go wrong especially because many of our daily activities such as texting, typing and lifting are motions that can cause long term damage to all or some of the structures of our hands. Read More…

The Breast Screening Debate in Perspective


Q. I‘ve just received an ‘invitation’ for breast screening but am confused about whether to go as there has been some adverse publicity. Can you advise?

A. In the UK, women between 50 and 70, without symptoms, are offered breast screening (mammography) every three years. But as of now, there is no clear advice to give you about the risks and benefits. However, an independent review of all the evidence for and against breast screening (mammography), led by Professor Sir Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, will report this year. Meanwhile I can explain the main issues.

The key question is whether breast-screening causes more harm than good. While the NHS leaflet on breast screening states ‘regular screening prevents deaths from breast cancer’, many experts say this is misleading and that women are not given all the relevant information. A recent review of 100,000 women over 50 by researchers at Southampton University supports previous evidence that many are treated unnecessarily. Read More…

Read This If You Are Taking Glucosamine And Suffer From Painful Joints


Arthritis affects an estimated one in five people in the UK and although considered a disease of old age, it can affect all ages. Almost everyone realises that to fully appreciate all that life has to offer, you require healthy and flexible joints. Pain relief to help ease the reduction in stiffness of joints is a multi-million pound business with both over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines and natural supplements containing glucosamine flying off the shelves, but recent studies indicate that all the existing medications may not be necessary. According to two pilot studies, Natural Egg Shell Membrane (500mg), taken once daily, significantly reduces pain, both rapidly within seven days and continuously when used in the study over a 30 day period. More on this later. Read More…