For your diary

Time to book your appointment for a therapeutic treat on Saturday 29th October 2016.

The Haven Health Clinic's photo.
The Haven Health Clinic's photo.
The Haven Health Clinic


The Haven will be hosting a Special Event, Saturday 29th October, from 11am until 7pm…. to raise money for Calais Kitchens who are feeding the Syrian refugees.

With refugee numbers continually on the rise and donations of food getting less, they really need all the help we can give them.

Our practitioners will be offering 30 minute Taster sessions on a donation basis (suggested minimum of £10).

To book now for The Calais Kitchen’s Fundraiser on Saturday 29th October – 11am until 7pm, please call 01364 654 954 Mon – Fri between 9-1 or leave a message and we’ll get back to you with confirmation.

(Bookings are by appointment only)

Therapies on offer:
Aromatherapy Massage
Craniosacral Therapy
Crystal Healing Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Indian Head Massage
Nutrition and Herbalism   (I will be available between 11am and 3pm)
Reiki Healing
Structural Rebalancing
Thai Yoga Massage
Trigger Point Therapy Massage
Vortex Energy Healing

#FreeSyria #CalaisKitchen #Fundraising


Looking forward to seeing you there. Don’t miss it.


Tropical smoothie

I recently discovered this smoothie recipe. Only had to try it once and I was hooked; all my taste buds are having a party and my body feels good for the nutrients, vitamins and minerals in the mix and I can relax and enjoy this treat. No stress and easy to prepare.

You will need:

250ml of milk (I use soya milk but coconut or even goat milk is ok)

2 organic free range raw eggs (optional)

1-2 tablespoons of raw (unheated) honey

2-3 slices of fresh or frozen pineapple (medium thick)

1/2 mango fresh or frozen

2 medium size bananas (fresh or frozen)

That’s it. Put it all in the blender and it should serve about 4 large glasses.

ENJOY. It is particularly good if you are recovering from illness and trying rebuild your strength and energy levels.

We can Skype

Hello everyone

It is now possible to make long distance appointment. Telephonic appointment have always been an option but it is difficult to advise someone I have never met or seen before.

So to help with this difficulty, You are what you eat is now registered on Skype. Appointment can be made in the normal way but you will be able to stay wherever you are and as a reminder for your appointment you will be invoiced the day before via Paypal. You will not need to have an account with Paypal as they also accept card payments, but you will need to provide me with your email address and Skype contact on making your appointment.

It is always better to meet face to face for your appointments but on those occasions when it is too complicated, it will be very good for me to still be accessible to help you. I hope you will feel that way too, and look forward to hearing from you.




Overcome over-active thyroid

I have been working as a nutritionist-herbalist at the Haven Heath Clinic since last November.

Although I can help and treat various conditions and illnesses, I specialise in the treatments of gall and kidney stones, weak immune system and my big favourite, the treatment of over-active thyroid.

It is my favourite because, like many people, I suffered the consequences of an over-active thyroid. If you are in this situation, you may be familiar with symptoms of itchy skin, weight loss, tremors and palpitations, feeling unusually hot and extreme fatigue. Your thyroid guides the speed of your body’s metabolism. When it becomes over-active, it produces more hormones, telling the rest of the body to go faster and therefore making you feel as if you are running marathons back to back every day.

From these symptoms, doctors will organise a blood test to check thyroid levels (TSH, T3, T4). Be encouraged to ask for a complete test of your blood levels as often the liver function will be struggling too (and ask for a copy of your results to take home).

But based on thyroid results alone, the suggested treatments will be : beta-blockers which block the effects of the excess thyroid hormones; anti-thyroid drugs (methymazole, propylthiouracil (PTU)) which actually interfere with the thyroid gland’s ability to make its hormones. The later are usually very effective at controlling hyperthyroidism within a few weeks but, apart from side effects, hyperthyroidism will come back as soon as treatment is discontinued. So it is often a life time treatment with radioactive iodine treatment being offered as an alternative. And of course, if that doesn’t work there is the last resort to surgery where the thyroid gland is removed, and hormone replacement will have to be taken (thyroxine) for the rest of your life.

Has anything positive been achieved? I am convinced it has not and for that reason, I refused all conventional treatment and went all out for nutrition and herbal treatment.

Once you start your natural treatment, you will start feeling better within a few weeks as thyroid hormones levels go down. But this treatment aims at resetting your thyroid in the way it should function and so it could tale at least 6 months to bring the hormones levels back to normal for a lasting effect. That means they will stay normal even when you stop the herbal treatment and even when you go back to eating a normal healthy diet.

I did it on my own and it is certainly worth doing. You can be well again and drug free. You will need dedication and firm determination but you can do it.

If you decide to commit to this, I will be happy to come along side you to help and encourage you.

God bless you all.

Homemade yoghurt

I use to watch “River Cottage” on TV and it made me realise that if you buy a fresh live yoghurt to use as a starter culture to make your own, you can split it into ice cube trays and keep it in the freezer.
Until now I was using 1 table spoon of the starter yoghurt and eating the rest so it wouldn’t waste. But I should be able to make it go much further with this little tip.

I have now tried this and it works really well. It makes your starter yoghurt last a lot longer and therefore making yoghurt is even cheaper.

And if you take it one step further to making cheese, don’t throw the whey (resulting liquid after the milk turns to curd and then cheese). Its unique mineral balance makes it very beneficial. It provides naturally occurring sodium and potassium in the correct ratio for cellular health and healthy bowel function, calcium, live probiotics to support the intestinal flora, B vitamins and other key nutrients to support elimination via the liver, kidneys, and colon, and a high percentage of water to hydrate the body throughout. All together possibly the best food to support cleansing and detoxification on a daily basis.

For your diary

THURSDAY 26th May 7.30-9.30
Dr Rosie Isaacs & Dr Sarah Garvis –
Why the young doctors are striking
THURSDAY 2nd June 7.30-9.30
Julie Harrison –
Overcoming illness
The talks are organised by Community Health Food Shop – The Seed, and take place at the Jelly Fish Production Studio – Buckfastleigh
Cost £3.00 including refreshments

The real side effects of antibiotics

We all know how antibiotics help us fight infectious diseases, save lives and reduce suffering. Although they will continue to do that, they are also over prescribed and particularly on young children up to 6 years old. When they are used repeatedly, they can create problems such as :

  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria have changed to become stronger and more virulent causing diseases which may persist with chronic symptoms of illness.
  • Destruction of friendly bacteria. The multitude of friendly bacteria (many in our gut flora such as Lactobacillus) in our body helps us fight against unfriendly bacteria. Antibiotics are not selective and they destroy all bacteria unfriendly or not. So after a treatment using antibiotics it is a good idea to reintroduce friendly bacteria to the digestive system with an acidophilus supplement or simply with live yoghurt.
  • Yeast growth. One problem leads on to another. In the absence of strong friendly bacteria to control the population of unfriendly bacteria and yeast, these may overgrow and bloc the proper functioning of the immune system. There appears a higher risk of becoming ill.
  • Immune suppression. The repeated use of antibiotics can undermine our own immune system and increase the likelihood of a repeat infection. Ideally, the use of antibiotics should be reduced but in any case it would be good to support our immune system with vitamins, minerals and herbs.
  • Nutrient loss. The use of antibiotics creates a new environment in the digestive tract and it may not be as functional as it should (showing signs of digestive irritation, diarrhoea, or dysfunctional intestinal flora). The loss of vital nutrient needed by the immune system may then contribute to the making of a vicious circle whereas the weak undermined immune system is not getting enough nutrients and becomes even weaker.
  • Food allergies. These can be due to genetic predisposition or to immune system disorder but it can also be caused by malabsorption, poor digestion, repeated food exposure and poor integrity of the intestinal wall. Our immune system is normally capable of recognising what is our own from any intruders it may need to fight back. But it has been shown that partially digested food protein can travel across the intestinal wall and into the body where it will be confronted as an intruder. Now, many factors can cause the intestinal wall to be damaged and these include abnormal gut flora and decrease in normal gut flora. Both, as discussed earlier can be linked to repeated use of antibiotics.

    Food allergies can be treated. First by identifying the problem food and eliminating it from the diet to decrease inflammation. Secondly, an appropriate treatment can be decided to boost the immune system, heal and strengthen the mucous membranes including intestinal walls.

These issues tend to develop from an early age but if left unattended, adults may still suffer with it. Here are some symptoms associated with food allergies : gas, diarrhoea, colic, constipation, irritable bowel or irregular stool pattern, chronic bladder infection, chronic earache, runny nose, sinusitis, wheezing, chronic bronchitis, chronic repeated infections, acne, eczema, itchy skin, painful joints, backache, cramps or headache, migraines, depression or anxiety, hyperactivity, poor concentration or insomnia.

As usual, if you feel you or someone you know are struggling with any of these symptoms, think positive. It can be treated with food, supplements and herbs. Just get in touch for more informations as treatment needs to be tailor specially for you. And if any of you have seen Food Hospital on TV, then surely you will feel inspired to use your food as your medicine.

Promotion Board

I would not normally consider myself particularly artistic but I have been working on this promotion board. I’m quite pleased with my efforts so I just wanted to share it with you all.

It will be in the window of The Haven health clinic throughout the whole of May. And even if you don’t get to see it there, you can still benefit of the £10 discount that will apply to all appointments with me – your nutritionist, Corinne – in May.

Call The Haven (01364 654954) now to book your reduced priced appointment in May.

Nutrition promo board

I look forward to meeting you.

For your diary

THURSDAY 7th April 7.30-9.30
at Jelly Fish Production Studio in Buckfastleigh
Rune Lekkerkerker
Integrate healing into your daily life
Through understanding how our state of mind affects our health, we empower ourselves, and learn to be in control of our own health and life. Combined with simple but very effective Qigong exercises this will be a healing filled evening.
Rune Lekkerkerker
As a Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist (Acupuncture, Tuina (massage), nutrition) I am specialised in ‘Wu Shen’ (The Five Spirits), a study based on ancient Daoistic wisdom to understand the human consciousness on a very deep level.
I am also a Yuan Gong Qigong teacher and work as a Yi-Qi Therapist.
Cost £3.00 including refreshments.

Run down as winter ends?

I always enjoy the transition as winter ends and spring shows up in brighter colours. But every where you meet people complaining; tired, full of cold, down, no energy left.

Some animals hibernate through the winter season and the ones which don’t slow down, winter life is quieter.

But what do we do? Come on we are human, why should this apply to us?

Well, yes we are human but the demands on the body over winter are high when the seasonal foods are less varied and the sun exposure is reduced.

Less sun exposure means we are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D making our calcium absorption less efficient.
Few people pay attention to seasonal food very much these days because the large choice of foods offered by supermarket is available all year round. But it is a fact that food in season is richer in vitamins and minerals, in the same way that local food is richer and fresher for being picked when ripe.

So we carry on working flat out all winter, with poorer sun light and with sub-quality food. By the time spring comes, we are run down and easily falling sick.

What can we do about it?
– Slow down a little if we can.
– Eat seasonal food that hasn’t travelled to far (cabbage, chard, swede, celeriac, parsnip, carrot).
– Eat food that stores (potatoes, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, herbs)
– Supplement with
fish oil for essential fatty acids and vitamin D
vitamin C and B complex
multivitamin and mineral
zinc, iron and magnesium
– Drink sufficient water, at least 1 litre even though it is colder and we don’t feel thirsty. Herbal tea made with nettle will help increase iron levels.
– Enjoy every bit of sunshine but it will only help increase vitamin D levels if it touches the unprotected skin. Difficult when we have to keep warm.

This can be done now if you feel you need a boost. And it is certainly worse keeping in mind through the year to start next autumn.
Look after your food and your food will look after you.