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03/04 March 2010
Therapies offer support on National No Smoking Day
ON the 10
March 2010 it will be National No Smoking Day, but for anyone trying
to quit smoking it is often easier said than done. Conventional
wisdom says that smoking is a major cause of illness and death,
including many preventable cancers, lung and circulatory diseases,
as well as permanent damage to skin and gums (DoH, 2008). Cigarette
smoke contains over 4,000 hazardous chemicals, these include;
arsenic, carbon monoxide, tar, acetone, ammonia and formaldehyde (DoH,
2008). In the UK, 26% of adults smoke and in parts of the North West
this can be as high as 52% (Smoke-Free North West, 2007).
However if you are a smoker looking to give up smoking, there is
increasing support from the NHS with the use of Complementary
Therapies. The Christie Hospital in Manchester has been offering
Complementary Therapies for smoking cessation for many years with
success. Paula Maycock, a clinical aromatherapist and Peter
Mackereth, Clinical Lead for Complementary Therapies, are both
trained in smoking cessation advice/support work. They provide a
smoking cessation service within Christie cancer care hospital. The
service started to develop 5 years ago and they see between 10 to 20
patients, carers and staff a week for help. Aside from providing
advice and support with nicotine replacement products they also
offer massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and
acupuncture to help relieve stress and ease cravings associated with
withdrawal. There is an increasing body of evaluation studies
identifying that these therapies can have a valuable supportive and
complementary role to pharmaceutical products.
One Complementary Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, involves placing 5
very small sterile needles into each ear, which is said to manage
the cravings and provide deep relaxation. In general 3 acupuncture
sessions are provided for the patient but as each person is unique
the number may vary. This treatment triggers the release of natural
body chemicals, including endorphins, which help reduce cravings for
cigarettes, ease withdrawal symptoms and increase relaxation.
Aromatherapy has also shown positive results for alleviating
Nicotine cravings. It works by using essential oils, often through
massage, which are prepared by a qualified practitioner. The oils
are added to a base of cold pressed oil and then applied to the
patients’ skin through a remedial relaxing massage. Results have
shown that the inhalation, in addition to the relaxing effect, seem
to reduce the urges for Nicotine.
The Federation of Holistic Therapists is the UK’s largest
Complementary Therapy member organisation in the UK, with around
20,000 members, supports the work on Smoking Cessation by the
Complementary Team at Christie Hospital. Commenting Melanie Prince,
General Manager at the FHT says:- “Members of the public are
not always aware that Complementary Therapies can be used
successfully to stop smoking and also that therapies such as
massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and acupuncture can
help relieve stress and ease cravings associated with withdrawal”
To find out more visit:-
fht.org.uk or call:- 0844 875
Your local FHT member is Marcus Croman - Sports Injury Therapy,
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or call him on:- 0787 038 2109 to book a relaxing combination of
Manipulation, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage and Exercise.
Climate Change boss must go says MEP
THE head of
the scientific body that assesses evidence of global warming should
step down, says a North West MEP.
Chris Davies claims that the conclusions of the UN’s
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have not been shaken by
recent criticisms, but admits that political will for action has
He is calling for IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri to offer his
resignation to assist the organisation in regaining its authority.
Davies said:- “Trust in the independence and absolute
integrity of the IPCC’s conclusions is vital if politicians are to
have public support for the actions that must be taken to combat
global warming. Dr Pachauri has been targeted by climate change
deniers with commercial interests to defend. It may be unfair but
damage has been done.”
Despite cold weather in Britain and Northern Europe, across the
world as a whole it was the second-hottest January since surface
temperatures were first measured 130 years ago.
Davies commented:- “If true it will be a reminder that short
term changes in local weather bear no relation to long term changes
in global climate. While we freeze, others boil.”
Southport's James Cole now in F3
Photograph and report by Craig Boon
story from the 17 January 2010, that the local 21 year old racing
star James Cole, from Southport, who is the current reigning British
Formula Ford champion, will be graduating to Formula 3
report). We can now
tell you he has confirmed this and he will be racing in the British
F3 Championship with the multi-race winning
T-Sport team. He will
line up his No.44 Dallara-Mugen-Honda car alongside team mates Alex
Brundle, who is the son of the famous British F1 racer and now F1 TV
commentator and Menasheh Idafar. Competing in the National F3
series will enable James to try once more for the coveted McLaren
Autosport Young Driver Award for which was a finalist in 2009.
If you wish to follow James on the track, the 10 event season starts
at our local Oulton Park circuit on the 3 April to 5 April 2010,
before moving to Silverstone for the next round of races on the 1
May to 2 May 2010. We wish him all the very best of luck...
Did you know? In
he was in 26 races. he had 7 wins and 16 podiums. He had
5 pole positions and gained 7 fastest race laps over the season...
CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE UNDERAGE DRINKING LAUNCHED - KNOCK THEM BACK
Police and Trading Standards Alcohol & Tobacco Unit have launched
the 'Knock Them Back' campaign in Tesco on Mather
Avenue to remind adults of the consequences of buying alcohol for
The campaign has been funded by South Liverpool Neighbourhood
Management Services and is supported by Liverpool Primary Care
Trust. Staff in Tesco are wearing t-shirts asking 'Can you
afford a £5,000 hangover?'. There are also posters in all
local licensed premises reminding adults to 'knock them back'
if young people ask them to buy alcohol on their behalf.
Childwall, Church and Mossley Hill Neighbourhood Inspector Andy
Wignall says:- "Under-age drinkers desperate for alcohol
approach people outside shops asking them to buy it for them.We want
to make adults aware that there is a fine of up to £5,000 and a
criminal conviction for buying alcohol for under-18s. But these are
not the only consequences, we know that young people who are
drinking are more likely to commit anti-social behaviour, damaging
our community and making lives miserable for some of our residents.
We hope that this campaign will raise awareness and make people
think twice before they purchase alcohol for any underage."
Elizabeth Hartley, Assistant Neighbourhood Manager at South
Liverpool Neighbourhood Management Services added that:-
"Under age drinking in the south of the city is a concern for
residents and local councillors. The South Liverpool Neighbourhood
Team was therefore pleased to support this campaign which
discourages adults from purchasing alcohol on behalf of young
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