Medical research

Seal of approval for NHS natural health care

NHS Natural Heathcare for cancer patients  > Faced with ever increasing financial constraints, the NHS has sounded the death knell on unproven homeopathic treatments.  It thus may come as a surprise that it is still investing in natural health remedies. What is believed to be the first NHS Natural Health School has opened its doors […]

If exercise hurts – exercise

‘It’s raining, it’s pouring, my pain levels are soaring’  > So said a caller struggling with arthritic pain on a wet cold morning. In fact, in the US this is arthritis awareness month, though in Britain it was concertinaed into a week. Maybe the length of these awareness events is dictated by population size! Either way […]

Body clock linked to mood disorders

Listen to the tick-tock of your body clock  >   Disruption to your body’s internal clock may be putting you at an increased risk of mood disorders. It has been known for decades that a clock ticks in nearly every cell of the body, changing how the tissues work in a daily rhythm. But only now […]

One man’s daydreaming is another man’s day

‘I try to daydream but my mind keeps wandering!‘  > So joked one of our clients who was seeking help with his lack of concentration. At times we have all felt mentally somewhere else and, as long as we are not doing something safety critical, it is both a pleasant experience and a useful coping […]

Doctors recommend CAM treatments

Studies into complementary therapies  >  Three healthcare studies have caught the eyes of Tonic therapists this week. The first is that researchers in Germany surveyed 582 paediatric doctors and found that 99% had recommended Complementary and Alternative medicines (CAM ) for children. In general, the doctors agreed they associated these treatments with a lower risk […]

Therapy to put colour in your cheeks

If you are off-colour you may be feeling blue >  Tonic has always admitted that a face-to-face consultation is better than therapy-by-phone. But needs must in a fast moving society where time is at a premium. A lot can be learnt from a voice, but so much more can be learnt from reading a face. […]

Prepare for spermageddon

When you feel worthless, remember you were once the quickest sperm We don’t want to worry you, but the human race is dying out. Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60% in 40 years. In fact, across the world sperm counts are falling so fast […]

If it sounds good – it is good

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation  >  Silence is indeed golden, but in our helter skelter world it is a commodity in short supply.  Worst of all are those sounds that drive us crazy and there is in fact a scientific reason why we recoil from unpleasant noises. There is an interaction […]

Jury out on fascia therapy

‘Myofascial release cures chronic pain’ – says who?  > Media hype would have you believe that fascia therapy is a cure-all treatment for chronic pain. It is not.  For the uninitiated, fascia* are the webs of fibrous connective tissue so beloved by chiropractors. Myofascial Release (MFR), to give this variant therapy its pseudo-medical name, claims […]

Join the social medicine revolution

Lifestyle medicine will change the way we think about health >  Tonic predicts that social medicine will be the hip therapy phrase in 2018. The concept is hardly new but it is grabbing the media’s attention, not so much as a way of solving our ills, but as a way of reducing the pressure on the […]