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Nancy Upton

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Jul 10, 2014
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Simon Cowell mistakenly asked a reflexologist to wash his anus

Simon Cowell has a filthy colon. He does. And the reason Simon Cowell’s bum canal is full of anal plaque, mucus and hardened stools is because it’s been denied a regular hosing by its bungling owner. The former boyfriend of Sinitta mistakenly requested colonic irrigation from a reflexology clinic in Chelsea. And they deal with feet not faeces. I bet he felt red in the face. And the arse.

According to staff at the reflexology place we’re not going to name so as not to give free advertising to totally unscientific bullshit therapies, Simon entered their establishment and “took a look around, checking out the foot maps.”
When he enquired about colonic irrigation they had to set him straight. And gave him directions to the correct purveyor of the treatment that has no medical benefits and several genuine health risks.
There’s nothing else to this story, really. We can only presume someone then shoved a pipe up Simon Cowell’s bumhole and sucked all the shit out. And then he went and had a colonic. Badum tish.
Seriously though folks, there is absolutely no need to have colonic irrigation. The bowel is not “dirty”. What’s up there is meant to be up there. And you risk making yourself ill by removing it. They can even cause heart failure.
Simon reckons they make his eyes sparkle.
Buy some Optrex you overpaid loon.

(via The Sun)

Jul 9, 2014
Nancy Upton

Reflexology workshop planned Wednesday in Kennewick

A workshop on reflexology is planned from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick.

It’s the latest in the cancer center’s pain series and will include discussion of reflexology’s history, benefits and holistic approach and how it can coexist with traditional medicine. Techniques will be demonstrated.

To RSVP, call 737-3427 or go to

The cancer center is at 7350 W. Deschutes Ave.

Jul 8, 2014
Nancy Upton

Natural remedies for dry, cracked heels

Health Advice Paula Owens

Health Advice Paula Owens

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:57 am

Natural remedies for dry, cracked heels

By Paula Owens
Special to AFN

Ahwatukee Foothills News

The appearance of your skin, including the skin on your feet, is a reflection of what’s going on internally with your health. Dry, cracked heels are an indication that your body is out of balance, not an indication that you need an expensive foot cream or a pedicure. Dry, cracked heels are a very common problem that can be embarrassing and unsightly. Fortunately, the following remedies will result in smooth, happy, healthy feet.

12 remedies for dry, cracked heels:

1. Nutrient deficiencies, specifically essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiencies and lack of quality fats in the diet, is often the No. 1 culprit of dry, cracked heels. Other common nutrient deficiencies that can also contribute to dry, cracked heels include zinc, vitamins A and B deficiencies.

2. Start with your diet. Increase daily intake of healthy fats including coconut oil, pastured butter, grass-fed meats, fatty fish (sardines with the bones, wild salmon), extra virgin olive oil, egg yolks, avocado, nuts and seeds. Supplement with only high-quality EFAs that includes GLA such as EFA Sirt Supreme, a blend of DHA, EPA and GLA. Prevent dehydration and drink plenty of clean (nonfluoridated, nonchloridated) water daily.

3. Dry, cracked heels (and toenail fungus) can be linked to yeast overgrowth, Candida, fungal and bacterial infections. If this is the case, the infection must be addressed and treated properly, and prioritize attention on healing the gut.

4. Eczema, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, thyroid disorders, pre-diabetes and diabetes, and kidney disease can also cause cracked heels. It’s important to identify the root cause.

5. Dry brush your feet including the bottoms prior to showering. Use a pumice stone, loofah or soft brush every day before showering to gently exfoliate the top layers of dead skin.

6. If fungus is the problem, heal the gut. Soaking feet in warm water with 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup magnesium oil or 1 cup Epsom salts for 10-15 minutes two to three times per week can be very helpful for toenail fungus. Add 30-50 drops of liquid iodine forte and either 4-5 drops tea tree oil or 4-5 drops of oregano oil. Dry feet thoroughly afterward.

7. Moisturize your feet. Before bed, rub a mixture of coconut oil, raw shea butter or castor oil, a few of sprays of magnesium oil, aloe vera gel and a couple of drops of lavender or myrrh oil into your feet. Wear a pair of light socks. If a fungal infection is the root cause, add liquid iodine forte, tea tree or oregano oil to the mixture.

8. Exfoliate feet with a mixture of sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil and your favorite essential oil (frankincense, calendula, lavender, myrrh).

9. Do you experience tired, achy feet? Soak them in a foot bath with a few drops of peppermint oil combined with apple cider vinegar, baking soda and Epsom salts or magnesium oil to relieve and relax tired, worn feet. Dry thoroughly and massage feet with coconut oil, olive oil or castor oil and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Topical aloe vera, jojoba oil and vitamin E also have excellent soothing, healing and moisturizing properties.

10. Enjoy a reflexology massage. There are reflex areas on the feet that correspond to every limb, organ and gland of the body. When pressure is applied to these specific points, it stimulates the corresponding limb, organ or gland.

11. Foot roll out with self-myofascial release. Stand on an avocado pit or golf ball as you apply gentle pressure on the tender trigger points of your feet to release knots, tight and tangled fascia, and restricted and blocked energy.

12. Keep your feet and nails groomed. Be aware of nail salons that do not practice proper hygiene and disinfection techniques to avoid bacterial infections.

Apply the above remedies consistently and in just five to six weeks you’ll notice a drastic improvement in the appearance of your heels.

• Paula Owens, M.S., is the author of “The Power of 4” and “Fat Loss Revolution.” An Ahwatukee resident for 22 years, she is a leading expert in nutrition, functional health, fitness and fat loss with more than 20 years of experience. For more information, visit

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Jul 7, 2014
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Jul 6, 2014
Nancy Upton

Complex nixes dog autistic boy


Shelley Ann Foot and her autistic son, Conrad.

Durban – As the mother of seven-year-old Conrad, Shelley Ann Foot knows how much extra work is needed in caring for an autistic child.

As part of her commitment to Conrad, Foot has given up her work as a reflexology therapist to ensure the well-being of her son. In fact, she has recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Foot is renting a duplex at Bellamont Gardens in Umdloti, which has a back garden. With her husband often away due to work commitments, Foot and Conrad are often home alone.

Always on the lookout for new forms of therapies to help Conrad cope with autism, Foot learnt that the South African Guide Dogs Association is training dogs that could help Conrad counter the impact of autism, which is characterised by difficulty in social interactions and communication.

But when she approached Bellamont Gardens’ board of trustees, via her landlord, about Conrad using a therapeutic dog at her home, she was refused.

Unhappy with the decision, Foot approached the Equality Court.

In her affidavit submitted to the court, she described the rejection as being discriminatory as it marginalised her child, who suffers from a serious disability.

She also raised the issue that, while the trustees cited the rule from the sectional title conduct rules as their reason for rejecting her appeal, this was contradicted by the Code of Conduct handbook for Bellamont Gardens.

That particular clause reads: “Bellamont has no pet policy. Should exceptional, mitigating circumstances exist, application may be made to the trustees for consideration.”

Foot claims she had been reliably informed that the trustees never conducted a meeting to consider her request, as prescribed in the handbook.

“As a tenant who pays for the use and enjoyment of the rental property, I am fully entitled to be treated with the same dignity and respect as owners of apartments and (to enjoy) the benefits offered at the complex,” said Foot.

She has also offered to fence off the garden so that a dog could be contained there, but even that wasn’t enough to sway the opinion of the trustees.

“They (the trustees) have not taken into account the wellbeing and health of Conrad, therefore infringing on his constitutional rights, and it’s unfair discrimination on the grounds of disability,” she alleged.

The aggrieved mother is puzzled by the fact that many residents, including a trustee of the body corporate, have been allowed to keep cats on their premises.

“I have found the conduct of the trustees to be frustrating and traumatising,” she said.

Foot is not keen on the idea of moving as it would have an impact on her son.

“For autistic children, routine is important as they don’t deal well with change. Conrad has a daily routine that is designed to keep him calm; his anxiety levels are raised in unfamiliar circumstances,” she said.

The potential for her son having a “meltdown” is Foot’s biggest concern, as Conrad has, in the past, harmed himself during a tantrum.


Foot became interested in using dogs as part of her son’s treatment when she learnt that guide dogs help to bring down a child’s anxiety levels, prevent meltdowns and prevent them from wandering.

Foot has made an application to the South African Guide Dogs Association and has been placed on a waiting list, and will be subjected to an interview by the organisation.

In written correspondence, Maxine Gedie of the South African Guide Dogs Association, said: “Autism assist dogs are trained to help autistic children in a variety of ways. The dog is controlled on a lead by the parent… and also wears a harness that the child holds.”

Hillary Douglas of North Coast Property Management company, which tends to the daily affairs of the complex, confirmed a responding affidavit would be filed by Monday’s deadline.

Sunday Tribune

Jul 5, 2014
Nancy Upton

Former reflexologist hosts book launch for her new novel

A north Northumberland author will be reading from her writings and her newly-published novel at an event next weekend.

Tricia Coxon, who grew up in Alnmouth and now lives on Ford and Etal Estates, recently published Sing Jess, Sing, which was inspired by the story of Antonio Vivaldi’s choir of abandoned girls at the Pieta in Venice.

It tells the story of Jess, a young woman from Newcastle, who has survived a childhood of cruelty and abuse.

Jess can sing. Singing is the only connection she has to the feelings she has inside. With gritty determination and little knowledge of the world beyond the physical structures that surround her, Jess sets off on a bus to find the Pieta.

Her journey becomes a quest, her destination a shrine and with the love of a good man and the wisdom of some unconventional women, Jess finds her real connection in the world.

Tricia Coxon is a retired reflexologist and in 2006 she published a book about her experiences as a reflexologist – Footpaths, an Odyssey around Reflexology in a Rural Community.

Last year, she collaborated with an artist friend on Harmonic Happenings: Little Musings on Life in Words and Pictures.

She has also completed a novel on the lives and memories of six women on a stroke ward in the North East.

The event at Lady Waterford Hall, Ford, is on Saturday, July 12, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Admission free.

Jul 4, 2014
Nancy Upton

Through the glass window

Sonya Loya, seated, and her mother Delma at Hosannas Ionic Foot Spa  Reflexology/Gallery located at 2213 Sudderth Drive, Unit A.

Sonya Loya has come full circle.

Loya, a Ruidoso native, is perhaps best known for her glass work and as the owner and facilitator of the Bat-Zion Learning Center — an entity that, from 2004 until 2010, operated as a Hebrew learning center and Hosanna’s Glass at 2204 Sudderth Drive. After an accident left Loya disabled, she closed down the center and moved her gallery to White Mountain Plaza on Mechem. But almost as soon as she closed the doors on the Sudderth location, the phone began to ring. Loya, also a convert to Judaism, had a story to tell and people wanted to hear it.

Kelly Brooks mdash; Ruidoso NewsGlass artist Sonya Loya has incorporated reflexology and aroma therapy/healing treatments into her business. Here she

“The week I was closing I got five calls from communities around the country asking me to come and show my art and tell my story,” Loya said. And that would send her on a journey of international travel and bring her full circle to her new location at 2213 Sudderth Drive, directly across the street from her original location.

Her artwork

“I started working at the very young age of 12, waiting tables, then working for a neighbor at 13 stringing jewelry for his store,” Loya said. “Everything I made, sold. Creating was never difficult. It seemed to come as natural as breathing to me. Growing up, I learned leather skills, welding, beading. I started using a potter’s wheel in the third grade.”

Shortly after turning 18, Loya met her future husband while she was hitchhiking in Arizona.

“He ended up taking me all the way home to New Mexico and asking my father if he could take me to Dallas with him,” Loya recalls. “My father, knowing me, made a deal with him. He told him, ‘Before you hit her, send her home COD.’”

Loya divorced and returned home 16 years later, a single parent, and within three months made the decision to return to her passion. With just her two hands, a few tools and a bit of glass, she opened up shop.

Kelly Brooks mdash; Ruidoso NewsSonya Loya is an accomplished glass artist who is well known for her stained glass, free flowing mobiles, jewelry and

“It was 1993 that I started working with glass and I fell in love with it,” Loya said. “A friend got some glass out of storage and wanted to teach me. I ended up teaching her.”

Stained glass, beautiful free-flowing mobiles, kaleidoscopes and stunning jewelry made from dichroic glass are Loya’s specialty. Created by NASA, the dichroic glass must be seen outside in the sunlight to appreciate the multi-colored, many-compressed layered fluidity of design in the work she creates.

Amidst the process, Loya discovered that her heritage held more than just Spanish roots. Through a series of events and what she calls “a gut feeling,” Loya discovered that she was a descendant of Sephardic Jews — those persecuted in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. She discovered that her father was Jewish but never spoke of it. She dreamed of Israel, and through those discoveries, Loya says, it all began to make sense. Throughout the years she has studied, travelled to Israel, made a full conversion to Judaism and tells the story of her discoveries through the Roads Scholars Program and other speaking engagements while demonstrating her craft. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree and dual citizenship in Israel so that she can attend Yeshiva — a rabbinic school in Israel — to become a rabbi.

However, in the meantime, in April of this year, Loya reopened her gallery at 2213 Sudderth Drive where she showcases her glass work with a few new additions since she closed the doors of the building directly across the street four years ago.

Now also a reflexologist, Loya also carries a Level One certification in aroma medicine. She offers Zokoshindo reflexology treatments, Ionic Foot Spa treatments, ear candling and aromatherapy/essential oils treatments for pain, stress and depression.

“I treat many post-cancer patients, those with bad backs and other ailments,” Loya said. “The Zokoshindo reflexology is a serious practice used for centuries in the ancient Asian dynasties. It’s all done through the feet.”

Cancer survivor Karla Snyder has the treatment every two weeks.

“After chemotherapy and radiation, the nerve endings in my feet were just dead,” Snyder said. “Since I’ve started the treatments I can walk and not feel pain or the constant burning I used to have in my feet. The leg cramps from the chemo have gotten better. Sometimes you have to go get healing that you’re drawn to get in better health. It changes your thinking.”

Loya also is an Isogenics dealer — a line of nutritional products designed to promote better health and wellness.

As she continues to pursue her goals in her faith, she continues to create.

“What are the odds that I’d end up right across the street from where I began,” Loya said. “If you know your destiny, nothing keeps you from it.”

Hosanna’s Ionic Foot Spa Relexology is located at 2213 Sudderth Drive, Unit A. Loya is open seven days a week but recommends calling ahead — particularly to make an appointment for the spa. She can be reached at (575) 937-9100

Reporter Kelly Brooks can be reached at (575) 257-4001 ext. 4114.

Jul 3, 2014
Nancy Upton

Third annual Women’s Wellness Fair offers full spectrum of health choices


Anne Berleant

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital drew its largest crowd ever to the third women’s health fair on June 26. Over 275 women participated, “which is a lot more than we’ve ever had,” said BHMH Community Relations Manager Kelley Columber.

Held at Bay School’s Emlen Hall, women of all ages moved, elbow to elbow, between vendors and exhibits, to learn about traditional and alternative health options from local practitioners. They also registered for raffle and door prizes, and sampled reiki, acupuncture, massage and reflexology.

“I think it’s so cool that someone gets to try reiki or [acupuncture] needles for the first time, something they wouldn’t ordinarily try,” said Columber.

Well over 30 vendors were on site, plus booths hosted by the hospital from its cardiovascular, diabetes, rehabilitation, pre- and postnatal care and other departments. While many vendors fell into the alternative healing camp, there was plenty of information on sleep disorders, hearing and eye health and cancer care, along with tables hosted by Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Island Nursing Home and the Blue Hill YMCA.

But the focus was squarely on women and their health concerns, with raffle prizes such as a menopause emergency kit from Many Paths to Healing, exhibits on state-wide sexual assault services, family planning information and beauty products vendors.

“There’s a lot of little tidbits” of information, said Courtney McIntire, who brought one of the few males in sight, 3-month-old Ronan, who mainly slept. “After having [a baby], you don’t do anything for yourself, so it’s nice to come here.” One of the vendors McIntire visited was the Beauty Counter, and owner Kayte LaCasse, for some postpartum skin care tips.

The fair also helped alternative health practitioners connect with each other, said Sally Clinton of Ayushri Yoga. “It’s great to meet other practitioners—and people in the community,” she added, after advising one attendee on yoga therapy options for degenerative joints.

Bernadette Dempsey, a registered nurse with the BHMH Cardiology Center, offered free blood pressure checks and alerted women to risk factors and symptoms of diabetes and heart disease. “Prevention is key,” she said.

And there was food, from the green or pink smoothies that greeted women as they entered, courtesy of Healthy Peninsula, to the individually wrapped chocolates at many exhibits. Dede Sylvester of BHMH Dietary Services kept platters full of fruit kabobs, tea sandwiches, bottled water—and chocolate cupcakes.

“You need a treat now and again,” she said, and most of the women attending appeared to agree.

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