An inquest has found that Eloise Aimee Parry, who took highly toxic “diet pills” purchased online, died as a result of an accidental drugs overdose. Police said the tablets were believed to contain dinitrophenol, known as DNP, an industrial chemical.
At the inquest, Eloise’s mother re-branded DNP as “Do Not Purchase” and “Death’s Not Pleasant”.
Eloise was 21 years old.
Lord Richard Layard, Jon Kabat-Zinn, with Chris Cullen and Mark Williams from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, based at the University of Oxford, visited 10 Downing Street to meet with a Senior Policy Adviser about mindfulness.
The team explored the potential application of mindfulness in the fields of mental and physical health, education and other public services.
This is part of an ongoing investigation into the ways mindfulness can benefit the recipients of these services (such as children and young people, older adults) as well as looking at how mindfulness can help the well-being of the doctors, nurses, medics, clinicians and other staff, who look after them.
Researchers at King’s College London have found that the current strategies for helping obese patients are failing.
“The greatest opportunity for fighting the obesity epidemic might be in public health policies to prevent it in the first place at a population level.” said lead researcher Dr Alison Fildes. “Treatment needs to focus on stopping people gaining more weight and maintaining even small levels of weight loss,” she said.
The study found that more than a third of the men and women studied went through cycles of weight loss and weight gain.
In the largest study of its kind, Oxford University and University College London will study 7,000 school children aged between 11 and 16.
Mindfulness is already attracting the attention of politicians and policy makers In January a cross party report found that mindfulness had a positive and beneficial effect on frontline public servants. Those who practiced mindfulness suffered fewer stress related illnesses, took fewer days off sick and were less likely to quit.
Willem Kuyken, a professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University, who is leading the study, said the spread of mindfulness among children could do for the British population’s mental health what fluoride in the water did for its teeth.
The study will last 7 years and will cost £6.4 million pounds. It is being funded by The Wellcome Trust.
read more in The Guardian NewspaperOxford University and UCL to study the effects of mindfulness on 7,000 teenagers
The ancient practice of acupuncture is founded on the belief of the existence Chi (or sometimes spelt qi) and the flow of this “chi” along “meridians” around the body. There is no scientific evidence that supports this theory. Most people with an ounce of scientific or medical education would realise that this theory is just plain nonsense.
So do acupuncturist need to know their chi points from their chakras and their meridians from their lay lines?
Clinical trials show that a sham acupuncturist, with no formal training can achieve the same results as an acupuncturist who has trained for years.
Fake acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into non-acupuncture points, or the use of non-penetrating needles (kind of like a stage dagger, where the blade collapses into the handle). It may be difficult or impossible for the patient to tell whether or not they are receiving “real” acupuncture.
It begs the question, what value is there in spending years and significant sums of money. training as an acupuncturist, when sham acupuncture works just as well? Apparently, the only training you need, for effective acupuncture, is knowing how to open the packet of needles.