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Bonikka Willettes Rag Doll - Blu Belle
Bonikka Willettes Rag Doll - Blu Belle
Offered by Kiddymania & Dollymania
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This doll is even better in real life than in the picture, 2 Mar. 2016
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This doll is even better in real life than in the picture. It is soft and cuddly and has an adorable face. The dress and boots are removable with velcro closures. The hair in particular is very soft to touch and is more of a blonde shade than it appears in the picture.

Nickelodeon Crazy Circuits Experiment Kit
Nickelodeon Crazy Circuits Experiment Kit
Offered by The Entertainer.
Price: £15.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Science kit ever, 14 Feb. 2016
Worst Science kit ever. It is very cheaply done and has hardly anything in it, even the copper wire you have to supply yourself! Once you have all the things requried the experiments don't work. Mu husbad and I are scientists and were able to solve the problems, but clearly none of the experiments were tested and the average family is going to get no results at all. Huge disappointment and more likely to put your kid off science for good.

Phytotherapy Essentials: Healthy Children: Optimising Children's Health with Herbs
Phytotherapy Essentials: Healthy Children: Optimising Children's Health with Herbs
by Rob Santich
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for the herbal practitioner, 21 Jun. 2015
I'm a UK medical herbalist as well as a parent and this book is one of the most referred to in my library, both for my patients and my own children. Kerry Bone is one of the most highly regarded authorities in Herbal Medicine, with a depth of insight and experience that shows throughout this book.
The book is clearly aimed at herbal practitioners and medical professionals, rather than the lay person. If you are just after some simple recipes for home remedies, this is not the best book for you, as you might find it heavy reading without a background in medicine and non-practitioners may find it difficult to get hold of many of the herbs mentioned.
For the student and practitioner, it is throughly referenced to scientific research papers throughout. It covers all the common health issues that might affect a child, from simple cradle cap to big topics such as autism and ADHD. Each topic is discussed in good depth, covering not only herbal therapeutics but dietary management and other relevant interventions. There are several example prescriptions for each condition. Complete and concise, it is by far the best book on this topic that I have come across. Highly recommended.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause
by Izabella Wentz PharmD
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.76

112 of 123 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview but with (too) many shortcomings, 10 Oct. 2013
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I'm a medical herbalist and wholeheartedly agree with the author's approach that having an autoimmune disease should not simply be a matter of taking a pill without worrying about what's going wrong with your body. As such I was excited to see this book. The content touches on a very wide selection of relevant topics that the average Hashimioto's patient will not have heard about (at least not from mainstream doctors), including immune system imbalance, the problems with gluten and other food allergens, gut dysbiosis / leaky gut, chronic infection, insulin resistance, adrenal fatigue, omega3/6 fatty acid imbalance, iodine toxicity, oral contraceptives etc. It will be an excellent starting point for you in understanding why you got Hashimoto's and how you might put it right.
Unfortunately, the devil is in the detail. I found so many annoying inaccuracies and half-truths, that I soon started to doubt how reliable the rest of the information was, especially as most of it is not scientifically referenced and many of the references are simply internet websites. For example, as a herbalist I was particularly intrigued by the author's assertion that Echinacea and Astragalus strengthen the Th-1 arm of the immune system (which would make them potentially contraindicated). Unfortunately no reference is given (and I couldn't find any papers confirming this), so can you trust the information or is it just someone's opinion?
This book will give you many important dots, but often fails to connect them in a meaningful way, in fact it sometimes seems to contradict itself leaving you utterly confused. For example take the following paragraph:
"Some researchers believe that HPA axis dysfunction and prolonged cortisol elevation may be the cause, rather than the consequence of autoimmune disease. Cortisol is a natural steroid and suppresses cellular immunity (Th-1), preventing tissue damage from excessive inflammation." - Makes sense?
Or this one: "In 2008, it was reported that out of a cohort of twenty-four Hashimoto's patients who were undergoing the Marshall Protocol, seven out of the nine patients improved in their first year of treatment, while two showed intermediate improvement. Three of five patients improved during the second year, and six out of the ten beyond their second year improved." - Is it just my brain fog?
Overall an important book that brings together an excellent selection of topics, but it feels like it has been written in a hurry and poorly researched and referenced.
As far as putting the advice into practice goes, if you follow the author's recommendations you will likely end up with a cupboard full of supplements to add to your medication, spending a fortune in the process, as the author does not believe you can get most of these nutrients from food. This may not be the sort of 'natural' approach you were hoping for. Also keep in mind that the author's own recovery does not mean her approach is valid or superior to others. As stated in the book 20% of Hashimoto's patients recover spontaneously without any interventions whatsoever, so one person's success odes not prove anything, but it is often presented that way in the book.
Many of the resources (e.g. for lab tests) and product endorsements are US based, and hence not that relevant for readers in other countries.
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Herbal Antibiotics
Herbal Antibiotics
by Harrod
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but could be better, 26 July 2013
This review is from: Herbal Antibiotics (Paperback)
As a medical herbalist, I found the book useful and interesting. It covers a few herbs in reasonable depth and suggests herbs suited to certain pathogens. Many of the herbs discussed were new to me. A lot of attention is also given to the right mode of preparation of each herb. A whole chapter is dedicated to herbs to boost the immune system, a very important approach when fighting any infection.
The book is fairly chatty, with plenty of repetition. The level is suitable for the interested lay person, while practitioners will probably have to speed read over many sections. My main criticism is that the range of herbs discussed is very narrow. I would have expected an overview of the majority of known antimicrobial herbs with their respective merits. Unfortunately the book covers only about 20 plants, many of which are not commonly used by most Western medical herbalists in the UK, and as a result would be fairly hard to obtain (Cryptolepsis, Sida, Alchorna, Bidens...). Many very well established herbal antimicrobials receive no mention at all (Garlic, Tea tree, Thyme to mention but a few).
Another criticism is that, while there is a comprehensive bibliography at the end of the book, there is no referencing throughout the text, so it's pretty difficult if you want to look up the specific research behind a certain piece of information.
Overall, the book falls somewhat short of my expectations, but at the price it's still a worthwhile addition to my library.
SK, B.Sc.(hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH
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