Base Formula Consultant Aromatherapist and FHT Expert Adviser, Christine Fisk MFHT, writes about the use of black pepper essential oil for aches and pains on the Base Formula blog:

Black Pepper is part of the Piperaceae family, and is commonly known as Pepper oil. It’s native to South West India, and is obtained by steam distillation of the still green unripe berries. Black Pepper is composed mainly of monoterpenes (64%) and sesquiterpenes (22%) as well as a small percentage of alcohols, ketones and oxides. Monoterpenes are said to have slightly analgesic properties whilst sesquiterpenes are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. The aroma of Black Pepper is described as crisp and fresh and, I believe, is more suited for working on a physical rather than emotional level. The oil ranges from being clear, colourless to an olive green liquid, yellowing with age.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised £2 million for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) and $94.3 million for its US equivalent, The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (ALS).

Donations made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association are used to fund the 3 main pillars of our work in support of people with MND and their families:

  • undertaking research to find the causes of the disease and a cure;
  • providing care and support for people with MND and their families; and
  • raising awareness to ensure people with MND are recognised by the wider society.

NHS offers further details about Motor Neurone Disease and share’s the story of Julie Genovese who suffered from this incurable condition »

For further details about how to get involved »

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Quote of the week via FHT Vice President @dalgleish_mary

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Military metaphors for cancer

A ‘views & Reviews’ piece by GP Margaret McCartney, published in the BMJ, looks at the use of military-related terminology and cancer, and how it could be detrimental to some patients.

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The King’s Fund alternative guide to the new NHS in England

Still confused by reforms to the NHS? Watch and listen to a new short animation by the King’s Fund, which “gives a whistle-stop tour of where the NHS is now – how the new organisations work and fit together – and explains that our new system is as much a product of politics and circumstance as design”.

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Parliamentarians call on all political parties to commit to tackling alcohol harm

In a manifesto released on Monday 11 August 2014, the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Alcohol Misuse is calling on political parties to effectively minimise alcohol related harm in the UK.

The Alcohol Misuse All Party Parliamentary Group, which exists to promote the discussion of alcohol-related issues, raise matters of concern and to make recommendations to government and other policy makers, is asking all political parties to commit to 10 measures.

The 10 measures include calling for the strengthening of alcohol advertising regulations and a phased ban on alcohol sponsorship, an increase in funding for treatment and access levels for problem drinkers, and the introduction of minimum unit pricing. There are also calls to make the training of parental substance abuse mandatory for all social workers and healthcare professionals, and for national public awareness and behaviour change campaigns on alcohol to be independently funded.

Tracey Crouch MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, said: “Due to alcohol, one person is killed every hour and 1.2 million people are admitted to hospital a year.”

“Getting political parties to seriously commit to these 10 measures will be a massive step in tackling the huge public health issue that alcohol is.”

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, said: “After smoking, alcohol is the second biggest preventable killer. Not only does it cost lives but burdens the NHS and the Criminal and Justice systems and others with ever increasing costs.

“All the political parties know that but they run for cover when they are confronted by the drinks industry and its immensely powerful lobby.

“These proposals give them another chance to consider whether they really have the guts to take a different line for the country’s wellbeing in the future.”

Alcohol Concern provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse and welcomes the calls from the APPG.

Jackie Ballard, Chief Executive of Alcohol Concern, said: “Alcohol misuse costs Britain £21 billion a year. We need urgent action to tackle this and the significant harmful effects alcohol misuse causes to individuals. I hope all parties will read the manifesto and show a commitment to the vital measures which it highlights.”

Further reading:

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On Thursday, 21 August, at 7.30pm, ITV’s Tonight programme investigates whether the health claims made about superfoods are based on fact or fiction. 

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Quote of the week via chartered physiotherapist and author, Jane Johnson.

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Researchers find that a daily aspirin may reduce cancer risk

To reap the benefits, said the study, patients needed to take a 75-100 mg daily dose for at least five years, and preferably for 10 years, between the ages of 50 and 65. No benefit was seen while taking aspirin for the first three years, but an effect was then seen on incidence. Death rates reduced only after five years, and most of the benefits were seen after patients had taken aspirin over a prolonged period and then stopped.

You can access the full article on thebmj.com for 14 days

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One lucky FHT member will win a complete Hydrotherm Massage System and training, worth £594!

For entry details, see page 51 in your latest issue of International Therapist, or read online at: www.fht.org.uk/internationaltherapist

Closing date: tomorrow!

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