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Stubbington Natural Health Clinic

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September 2019

Dear Valued Patient...

We endeavour to keep this newsletter interesting and relevant... So if you have any ideas on what you would like included, feel free to email with your thoughts.
We do have hard copies of the newsletter in the waiting room if you would like to pick one up.


Recently there was a news article with the headline 'Ear Tickling may help to slow ageing'. The article was based on how the use of electrical stimulation on certain points of the ear, stimulates the vagus nerve to sends signals to the nervous system. Chinese medicine has been practicing Auricular Acupuncture for 4000 years, by inserting tiny needles into the microsystem of the ear at specific points which, in turn, balances the body as a whole. This type of acupuncture is very successful for indications such as Stress, Sleep Issues, Inflammation, Weight loss by improving metabolic function, Detoxing the body for substances such as smoking, to name just a few.

A link to the BBC News site which also covered the story:

If you have any of these issues or you would just like to discuss your health problems please call our Acupuncturists Caroline and Sophie who are here to help on: 01329 665871

An Article By Lin McFarlane - Nutritionist
Thyroid Disorders – Are You Affected?

The British Thyroid Foundation believe that up to one in twenty people in the UK suffer from some type of thyroid disorder, with far more women affected than men.

The thyroid is a gland in the neck just below your Adam’s apple that makes hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are necessary to regulate the speed with which your body cells work. When the thyroid isn’t working properly, it can cause a range of symptoms.

An underactive thyroid, also called hypothyroidism, is where the thyroid does not produce enough of these hormones. Symptoms may include fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, constipation, poor concentration and depression.

An overactive thyroid, called hyperthyroidism, is where it produces too much hormone, and symptoms may include weight loss, heat intolerance, anxiety and sore eyes.

Not everyone has the same symptoms, and only a blood test from your doctor can confirm whether or not you have a thyroid disorder. Most disorders are treatable with medication, which help to relieve the symptoms, but with varying results for each individual. As the standard test in the NHS is to monitor the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and not the active T3 and T4 levels, it may be possible for a patient to have inadequate T3/T4 levels but TSH showing normal, so treatment may not be effective. As with all hormone treatments, it can be difficult to get the right balance.

There are many different causes of the different thyroid disorders. Most commonly the cause is due to autoimmune thyroid disease - a self-destructive process in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid cells as though they were foreign cells. In response the thyroid gland may become underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism). Your genetic make up, diet and lifestyle may also have had an effect.

Although modifications to diet and lifestyle are unlikely to be a cure for thyroid disorders, it may affect the long term progression of the disorder, and the symptoms and how you cope with them. Nutrients that affect the thyroid are Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Selenium and Iodine. However, you should always consult a dietitian or Nutritional Therapist before considering supplementation, for a full review of your medications and nutritional status, to ensure the correct dosage, or it could make the problem worse.

If you suspect you have a thyroid problem, you should consult your GP.  For those already diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, it may be now time for a review of your diet and nutritional status.

Visit the clinic’s Nutritional Therapist, Lin McFarlane, to see if your diet can be optimized with nutrients to support your thyroid, and best manage the symptoms from thyroid problems. 

If you would like further information or to view the articles referred to in the article please email the clinic at

If you would like to make an appointment with Lin please call us on 01329 665 871 

Pain - Drugs vs Acupunture - a discussion

Over 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Nearly one third of American adults experience chronic pain, and almost one in five Europeans indicated they have moderate or severe chronic pain. The three most common sources of chronic pain are low back pain (29%), neck pain (16%), and severe headache or migraine pain (15%).

Pain can be acute or chronic

Acute pain warns you that you have been hurt. It starts suddenly, and when the injury heals, the pain stops. In acute injury, the pain is due to pressure from inflammation in the tissues and nerves at the site of the injury.

Chronic pain continues after the injury has healed, lasting for weeks, months, even years. In chronic injury, nerve signals that were active during acute injury continue to send messages that the body is in pain. Although chronic pain is not completely understood, it is potentially due to nerves that have become damaged. New research also suggests that chronic pain can come from a malfunction in the way the brain ‘maps’ sensory information.

Are drugs the answer?

Drugs are often prescribed to deal with a patient’s pain as a first line treatment. Yet research has shown that recommended doses of opioids were not effective for low back pain. One study found that those taking opioids were actually in more pain at 12-months compared to those who were on non-opioid pain relief. An estimated two million individuals in the United States are addicted to prescription opioids.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are another commonly prescribed first-line treatment for pain. However, a recent study found that taking NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, for even a short period of time was associated with an increased risk of acute heart attack, even in healthy people. Taking them can also lead to gastrointestinal problems.

Acupuncture for pain

Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in the treatment of pain. Its unique role in reducing suffering in patients experiencing pain is one of the main reasons it has become so popular around the world.

For acute pain, a systematic review of 13 trials found that acupuncture was more effective than both sham needling and injection with painkillers.

In a study for chronic pain patients were treated with acupuncture for headache, low back pain, and/or osteoarthritis. Effectiveness was rated as marked or moderate in 76% of cases.

A meta-analysis of 17,922 patients from randomized trials concluded, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option. Significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo.” A follow up study with this data looking at long-term pain relief, found that the benefits of acupuncture persisted 12 months after treatment ended.

How acupuncture works for pain

The mechanisms underlying how acupuncture is so effective for treating pain have been researched extensively for over 60 years. While there is still much left to learn about acupuncture mechanisms and the human body in general, the neural pathways from acupuncture point stimulation, to the spinal cord to the deactivation of the pain centres in the brain have been mapped.

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to activate a number of the body’s own opioids as well as improving the brain’s sensitivity to opioids.

In the context of pharmaceutical options for pain, acupuncture represents a safe and effective alternative with a long track-record of successful use.

For more information and details of research see this link

If you would like to try Acupuncture to help you pain please call us on 01329 665 871 

A glut of vegetables?

Griddled vegetable & feta tart

Kcalories per portion: 191

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 red onions, cut into chunky wedges
  • 3 large sheets filo pastry
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • 85g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • large bag mixed salad leaves and low-fat dressing, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Pop 33 x 23cm baking tray in the oven to heat up. Brush a griddle pan with about 1 tsp of the oil and griddle the aubergines until nicely charred, then remove. Repeat with the courgettes and onions, using a little more oil if you need to.
  2. Remove the tray from the oven and brush with a little oil. Brush a large sheet of filo with oil, top with another sheet, add a little more oil and repeat with the final sheet. Transfer the pastry to the hot tray, pushing it into the edges a little.
  3. Arrange the griddled veg on top, then season. Add the tomatoes, cut-side up, then drizzle on the vinegar and any remaining oil. Crumble on the feta and sprinkle with oregano. Cook for about 20 mins until crispy and golden. Serve with the dressed mixed salad leaves.

Turmeric Tablets

Studies have already shown how the active constituents, the curcumins, in turmeric can inhibit the compounds involved in the inflammatory response. And the two main areas of health that researchers have focused their attention on with respect to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory activity are joint and bowel health.

The most important ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is found within the root of the plant, and it is this part which is responsible for its bright yellow colour. The highly concentrated extract of turmeric roots used in these tablets is 95% curcumin, which means that each tablet provides the equivalent of 20g of culinary turmeric (or four heaped teaspoons). The tablets are taste free and coated for ease of swallowing.

Researchers are interested in the theory that the regular intake of turmeric in Asian food may be one factor in explaining the health benefits of the Eastern diet.

On Sale at Reception Now!

Dear Doctor   As part of our newsletter we bring you a series of questions which have been asked of our Practitioners and their answers which have helped genuine patients. Whilst we call this part Dear “Doctor” the term “Doctor” is used as a figure of speech only.

This month's Dear Doctor is from one of our Osteopaths.

Patient:  I have pain in the sole of my foot which is especially bad when I first put my foot down in the morning. What do you think it is and can you help?

Osteopath: Your foot needs a thorough examination to be certain but a common condition with those symptoms is Plantar Fasciitis. This is usually caused by the longitudinal arch falling due to muscle weakness and resulting in pronation of the foot. This effectively stretches the plantar fascia underneath the foot and results in a lot of pain when initially putting the foot to the floor. If this is the case, then a solution is available. You will need to do specific exercises and you may need to have your foot taped or have insoles (orthotics) in your shoes to support the arch which takes the pressure off the fascia and relieves the pain.

Patient: I can’t believe I have been suffering with this pain for months and now it is gone. I find the thin orthotics amazing and comfortable and I am doing my exercises religiously. I don’t want that pain to return again. Thank you.

We continue to be committed to your health and well-being and look forward to supporting your future health needs.
Thank you for choosing Stubbington Natural Health Clinic, your custom is most appreciated,
Caroline Herbert

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Stubbington Natural Health Clinic

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