Ayurvedic Massage with Sarah Ramiah

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Sarah Ramiah is now offering Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage at Greenwich Natural Health Centre.

See Sarah’s details and price list here

New Child & Family Psychotherapist

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We are pleased to welcome our new practitioner, Rebecca Bergese, a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who specialises in working with children, young people and their families.

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Doctors urge parents to never use liquid washing tabs

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Doctors are urging parents not to buy or use liquid washing capsules and to buy washing powder instead. The warning comes after soaring numbers of children being hospitalised after ingesting gel tabs.

Researchers have revealed that at least one child a week is admitted to hospital after swallowing liquid washing tabs. Often, children mistake the brightly coloured wrapped capsules for sweets.

Doctors said that using liquid tabs is just 'not worth the risk'.

The new research was carried out in the US, but is backed up by UK studies, which also found that one child a day is admitted to hospital because of liquid tab ingestion.

Figures from the National Poisons Information Service show that 1,486 patients were treated for detergent poisoning in the UK between May 2009 and July 2012. Nearly all were under five.

Source: Netmums.com

Second Sponsored Guide Dog

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Meet Eddie our second guide dog puppy.

BREED: Black Labrador cross Golden Retriever

MUM: Darcy

DAD: Luke

Eddie is six weeks old in this picture. This mischievous pup is full of confidence. He loves to play on the slide and go on adventures around the garden with other pups.

Looking forward to hearing about this training and progress, I am sure he will be as amazing as Cally.

Sponsored Guide Dog Update

This is Cally's final update

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Cally is now a fully qualified guide dog and has been partnered with Bob.

It is clear to see that the pair have already built a unique bond.

"Cally loves her food! When we are out and about and Cally is off the lead she comes back the moment I blow the whistle because she knows it means food." smiled Bob.

Bob lost his sight in his late 50’s and he quickly realised he needed the assistance of a guide dog. “I was cycling and realised I couldn’t see the end of the hill: that is when I knew I was losing my sight”, Bob has an inherited eye condition called “high myopia”, which causes his vision to be blurry in the distance, but clearer when looking at things up close.

Bob’s first guide dog was called Nicky and he loved her dearly, he kept Nicky all of her life until she passed away in February last year. “I knew I needed another guide dog but it was hard for me to get over losing Nicky - she was not just a guide, but a best friend too.

Cally gets on really well with Barney, Bob's son's dog.

Between the two dogs, Bob used a white cane to get around. He found that because of this, a lot of people would keep their distance from him when walking down the street. Now he has Cally he can’t stop people coming over and giving her a stroke and saying hello.

The day begins for them both at 7am when Bob lets Cally out into the garden and gives her breakfast. They then go on their first walk of the day around the lovely seaside town of Pakefield where they live.

Bob is an enthusiastic walker and takes Cally out for two, if not three walks a day depending on the weather. Bob and his wife Joan live nearby to their daughter Ruth, which means that Cally has lots of family around her.

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"Cally is a great companion and I am so pleased to have her."

I am sure that you will agree that it is wonderful to see the difference that Cally is making to Bob’s life, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Sponsored Guide Dog Update

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Cally has now moved onto advanced training, and has been matched with her new owner Bob, they are about to start partnership training together. This allows them to bond and learn how to work together.

Bob is an elderly gentleman, who lives by the sea, he also uses a walking stick, so Cally has been getting used to working with a mobility aid. She was curious at first, but now just ignores it and continues with her guiding tasks. This is a wonderful achievement.

Cally is a very gentle dog, and her trainer is confident that her kind nature will suit Bob’s lifestyle.

We will be able to catch up on Cally and Bob in the next update, which should be with us around February/ March.

Cally is now nearly qualified, so in the not so distant future we will be looking for a new guide dog puppy to sponsor, and trust that he or she will be as successful as our lovely Cally.

Pregnant women's diet linked to baby heart risk

Women who eat healthily before and during pregnancy may cut the risk of their baby developing a heart problem, researchers believe.

The link is suggested by a study of 19,000 women in the US who were asked about their diet in the year leading up to pregnancy. Source: BBC web site.

A healthy diet was one with plenty of fresh fish, fruit, nuts and vegetables.

Pregnant women and women trying to conceive are already advised to take certain supplements.

Experts recommend folic acid to reduce the risk of other birth defects like spina bifida, and vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth.

In England, the government's Healthy Start scheme provides vouchers for pregnant women that can be used to buy milk and vegetables.

In the study, published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition, half of the women had babies with heart problems while the other half did not.

When the researchers compared the diets of these two groups they found a healthier maternal diet was associated with a lower chance of congenital heart defects.

Pregnant women in the top 25% (quartile) of diet quality, had a lower risk of having a baby with certain heart defects - atrial septal defects and Tetralogy of Fallot - than those in the bottom 25%, even after accounting for other factors such as whether the mother took folic acid or was a smoker.

Congenital heart disease is one of the most common types of birth defect, affecting up to nine in every 1,000 babies born in the UK.

Mild defects, such as holes in the heart, often don't need to be treated, as they may improve on their own and may not cause any further problems. But others can be more serious and some, lethal.

In most cases, something has gone wrong in the early development of the foetus. Some heart conditions are due to faulty genes or chromosomes. But often it is unclear why the baby's heart has not developed normally, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the BHF, said: "This is an interesting study which highlights the importance of diet right from the start of life.

"A healthy diet before, during and after pregnancy can have benefits for both mother and child and, as seen here, the whole diet should be taken into consideration, rather than solely focusing on individual nutrients.

"Eating well isn't a guaranteed way to avoid congenital heart defects, but this will be another factor that will motivate women planning a pregnancy to make healthy choices."

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Bra Bank

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We have a Bra Bank in support of A.B.C. (Against Breast Cancer).

Deposit your unwanted or unloved bras in our Bra Bank and you are helping to raise vital funds for dedicated research to improve breast cancer detection and survival.

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