About Magdi S.N.H.S,
Member of the British Holistic Medical Association
CEO of the British Association of
Holistic Skincare Practitioners
The back ground
I am originally Egyptian and studied Egyptology to become and work as a tour guide in Egypt before I moved to the UK 20 years ago. I was exposed to lots of historical facts about ancient Egyptians use of herbs and oils starting from religious rituals to the impressive techniques of mummification. This left me thinking about it for a while.
What had really changed this from admiration to curiosity and interest was a film that was based on a true story, Lorenzo’s Oil. The story made me to think seriously about getting deep into this fascinating subject ever since.
About seven years ago, I took the first serious step into my journey through Alternative Therapy study because of my background and the known fact that We Are What We Eat.
Now, let me explain a bit about this; the food we eat the surroundings where we live in and our life style plays a very important rule in our life and health.
Kidney stones can be prevented by healthy diet. Type 1diabetes, one of the most devastating diseases, that can befall a child, is convincible linked to infant feeding practise. Impressive evidence now exist to show that advanced heart disease, relatively advanced cancers of certain types, diabetes and few other degenerative diseases can be reversed by diet.
Protein, the most sacred of all nutrients, is a vital component of our bodies and there are hundreds of thousands of different kinds. They function as enzymes, hormones, structural tissues and transport molecules, all of which make live possible.
Live longer, look and feel younger, have more energy, loose weight, lower your blood cholesterol, prevent and even reverse heart disease, lower your risk of prostate, breast and other cancers, preserve your eye side in your later years, prevent and treat diabetes, avoid surgery in many instances, vastly decrease the need for pharmaceutical drugs, keep your bones strong, avoid impotence, avoid stroke, prevent kidney stones, keep your baby from getting type 1 diabetes, alleviate constipation, lower your blood pressure, avoid Alzheimer’s, beat arthritis and more.
Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, advocated diet as the chief way to prevent and treat disease or that George Macilwain knew that diet was the way to prevent and treat disease or that the man instrumental in founding the American Cancer Society, Frederick Hoffman, new that diet was the way to prevent and treat disease. How did Plato predict the future, so accurately? He knew that consuming animal foods would not lead to true health and prosperity.
Nature Cure focuses on cleansing the body, removing accumulated waste matter and toxins, and improving overall vitality. Other important aims are to improve nutritional status through good eating practices and to ‘restore the spirit’ by boosting confidence, stimulating hope, and encouraging self empowerment and self-help.
The mind is one of the most powerful tools you have for healing and health. Your state of mind has a huge impact on how your body reacts to stress – whether it react in health–harming ways or in health-protective ways. It is estimated that about 70% of medical visits are either directly or indirectly related to stress.
Stress is a physical or an emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension. But there is the key: it is your perception of an event that determines whether or not your body experience it as stressful. While many events are inherently stressful, you can use the mind to significantly impact the body’s response to the stresses. This mind-body connection is the key that opens the door for protecting your body and mind from the significant health risks of stress.
Stress causes many physiological changes in your body as it activates a number of different hormones. These changes raise your heart rate, increase your blood pressure and blood sugar, and have major effects on your immune system. White these responses might be helpful in the sort term; chronic stress clearly contributes to health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
CAM therapies (Complete alternative medicine)
Can different forms of massage such as aromatherapy, reflexology & others help me?
There are many studies on the health benefits of massage, but most are small, however, research has found several types of massage to be effective for the relief of the following conditions or symptoms;
Nausea, Headache, Postoperative pain, Low back pain, Sports injuries, Premenstrual syndrome, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Prematurity/low birth weight, Depression & anxiety, Stress, Cancer, Aggression, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Sleep disorders, Bedwetting, Multiple sclerosis, Autism, Cystic fibrosis, Spinal cord injury, Stroke.
The fascination & action
Now, let me explain a bit about what we exactly do!
Complementary Medicine aims to treat a patient by considering all aspects that make up a person (mind, body, spirit). Conventional medicine treats only the part of the body which is no longer working correctly and fails to deal with the imbalance which caused the problem in the first place. Complementary and alternative medicines use non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical techniques as an alternative to the conventional medical approach. It is currently estimated that 3 in 10 local health authorities in Britain now offer some form of alternative therapy to patients and that as many as one third of people in the United Kingdom have tried at least one form of alternative therapy, usually for the treatment of various problems such as backache, arthritis, or headaches migraine. Since massage affects circulation of the blood, the muscles, the nervous system, and organs of the body, in addition to being a most effective treatment for symptoms arising directly from stress situations, massage can greatly reduce pain in many arthritic and rheumatic conditions, it can hasten a number of the body's processes for healing, and actually change a person's psychological mood.
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
- The Encyclopaedia of New Medicine, written by different doctors & Scientists in the Centre for Integrative Medicine at Duke University, USA.
- Complementary Medicine by Jacqueline Young.
Always take advice from your GP before accepting an alternative medicine to your current treatment.