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SPA Wide-ranging health clinic to launch

T e Be Well London multi- disciplinary complementary health clinic will open on 26 November. It is being formed having been formed and run by alumni and teach- ing staff of the University of Westminster – a health institution specialising in complementary medicine training and research. Therapists at Be Well

London will offer a wide range of complementary therapies, including western herbal medicine, acupunc- ture, naturopathy, nutritional therapy and diff erent types of massage. Specialists clinics will feature on topics such as eczema, fertility, female wellbe- ing, weight loss, sport and fi tness, plus stress. All practitioners at the facility have been

educated to at least BSc level, which involves three years of full time training, up to 500 hours spent in a practical clinic and a thorough understanding of biomedical theory. “We believe that raising standards is

essential to ensure optimum outcomes for patients,” said clinic manager Susanne Kaiser.

It will be run by alumni and teachers at the University of Westminster

“If we can help we will, and if we can’t then we will refer the patient on to our extensive network of other healthcare professionals.” Naturopath Kate Fismer added:

“We believe in working as a close team, while sharing our collective knowledge. As a co-operative, practitioners benefi t equally whether treating patients or working on the educational programmes. T is eliminates any potential therapy bias.” Details:

C M Y CM MY CY CMY ‘Chemical concerns’ aid natural cosmetics K

T e major trigger for consumers to start using natural and organic products is concern over health, according to a recently released consumer behaviour report. T e report – by London-based research

consultancy Organic Monitor – is the sec- ond edition of the UK Consumer Insights report – which was fi rst conducted in 2007 – and shows a signifi cant increase in aware- ness of synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and toiletries, thus driving growth in the natural and organic personal care products market. Around 90 per cent of UK buyers of

Consumers are now eager to avoid synthetic products

natural and organic personal care prod- ucts said ‘avoidance of synthetic chemicals’ was important or very important to them. Specifi c chemicals were identifi ed by respon- dents as ones to avoid. For example, almost two-thirds of buyers stated they look to avoid parabens, while 19 per cent of buyers wished to avoid phthalates and lanolin, compared to just 3 per cent in 2007, highlighting increased consumer awareness of synthetic chemicals. 43 per cent of buyers say they look for sym-

bols and logos on personal care products, which represent ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ cer- tifi cation, up from 33 per cent in 2007. T e


Soil Association logo, associated with organic products, is sought out by 30 per cent of buyers. 21 per cent of buyers said they look for the Fairtrade symbol, however this logo represents the presence of certifi ed Fairtrade ingredients – not certifi ed fi nished products. T is therefore conveys consumer confusion about elements of certifi cation. Although the number of organic product

brands has mushroomed in the UK, established brands such as Weleda, Dr Hauschka and Jason Natural comprise most sales in every product category. Details:

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