Nail Surgery now available

We are pleased to announce the introduction of nail surgery for ingrowing toenails at the Greenwich Natural Health Centre.

Please call the centre on 020 8691 5408 and ask for the Podiatrist if you require advice.

For further information, read our web page about nail surgery.

Mitochondria in Health & Disease

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What are the functions of mitochondria in the human body?

Why might they stop working properly and what can happen as a result?

How can personalized nutrition help to optimize mitochondrial function and prevent or address chronic conditions?

This innovative book explores the incredibly complex biochemical roles of mitochondria in health and disease.

When healthy, mitochondria provide us with ninety percent of our body's energy. When unhealthy, this can lead to many chronic and degenerative conditions including cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

This guide helps practitioners to identify the mitochondrial dysfunction underlying a wide range of health complaints, and provides inspiration about relevant and emerging mitochondria-supportive dietary regimes and nutrients to explore within the model of personalized nutrition.

Series editor and foreword by Lorraine Nicolle

London Marathon

Are you running the London Marathon this year?

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Need some treatment or advice to ensure your feet are happy & healthy for the race?

Book an appointment now with Annie Dafydd.

We can help 👣

Good luck all!

Reducing plastic waste

Greenwich Natural Health Centre is opting for a more ecofriendly approach to how we run and maintain the Centre.

With this in mind we are cutting back on any waste we are accumulating, especially plastic.

With all the publicity around at the moment, you are all aware of the amount of plastic that we are dumping into our oceans.

Around 8 million metric tons of our plastic waste enters the oceans from land each each year, which means every minute one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans.

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We were astonished to discover that in 2017 GNHC used around 6,000 plastic cups, and we only have one water machine.

Mind you people taking 5 cups at a time for one drink did not help! We have now stopped ordering plastic cups for the water machine and have ordered bio-degradable paper cups instead.

We have also ordered re-fills for the antibacterial hand wash and will be re-using the plastic bottles that we have.

These might seem like small steps, but we think “Hey, every little helps” and will continue to think of way that we can reduce our footprint on the environment.

We would also welcome any workable suggestions that you may have.

New Podiatrist

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a Podiatrist, Annie Dafydd (pronounced Dav-ith) to the Greenwich Natural Health Centre.

Annie provides a full range of podiatry therapies, including treatment for:

  • Corn & Calluses
  • Diabetic foot assessments
  • Foot pain i.e bunions
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Nail care, thickened and fungal nails
  • Skin conditions of the feet
  • Verrucas
Read more here

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

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.

Read more about Bra Banks

Eat to Get Younger

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Lorraine Nicolle's newest book "Eat to Get Younger" is available from today:

For more information please contact www.lorrainenicollenutrition.co.uk

Deep Tissue Massage

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Mark Kiely, Acupuncturist, is now providing Deep Tissue Massage on Tuesday evenings and alternate Sunday mornings.

Link to Mark's profile page