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Try Not To Let Dementia Creep Up On You – Take Preventive Action by Diane Shawe

Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

I just came across this article which I am pasting below.

It outlines some of the things I have been saying this past three years because our parents around the world are increasingly falling victim to these terrible diseases and we could be walking with or eyes wide shut into the same problems.

I am just going to reprint the entire article below, but before you go on to read it, I would also like to recommend that anyone experience memory lapse watch the video and then take a look at this product which is available at Holland and Barrets. Seriously think about incorporate it as a daily supplement.

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Article as follows:

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly antidepressants such as paroxetine or amitriptyline, bladder antimuscarinics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine, antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or olanzapine and antiepileptic drugs such as oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine.

study is important because it strengthens a growing body of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk,” said Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in primary care at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and first author of the study.

We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

What really causes it?

Will there ever be a cure?

Are there any natural preventatives?

How do my other medications that I’m taking affect my risk of such problems?

In fact, many prescriptions have actually been linked to memory loss!

We hope to answer these questions and more below. So, if you or a loved one is worried about or currently living with this problem, please keep reading…

How Common Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Most people associate Alzheimer’s with memory loss, one of first and most common symptoms of the disease. On average, the progressive (and currently) irreversible brain disorder starts affecting people after 60 years of age. However, there are many factors that contribute to an individual’s experience such as their genes, diet, lifestyle habits, and more.

According to Alzheimers.net, there are 44 million people who have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, approximately 5,700,000 of whom are American.

Health officials expect that number to rise to 16 million by 2050. And because it’s the sixth leading cause of death in America – the only one in the top 10 that cannot be cured, prevented, or slowed – it demands everyone’s attention.

10 Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

As outlined by the Alzheimer’s Association, they can include:

Memory loss

Inability to plan things or solve problems

Difficulty completing simple tasks

Getting confused about times, dates, and places

Inability to understand spatial relationships and visuals

New problems when it comes to speaking or writing

Forgetting where you put stuff and being unable to retrace steps

Increasingly poor judgement Growing less and less social

Uncharacteristic changes in mood and personality

How About Dementia?

Not unlike Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, general dementia is also a progressive syndrome that impairs your cognitive function. That is, your ability to think, reason, remember, and behave properly (if at all).

Many of the symptoms actually overlap with those of Alzheimer’s disease.

Growing by 10 million new cases per year, there are around 50 million people worldwide currently living with dementia… According to the World Health Organization, that’s a figure that we expect to hit 82,000,000 by 2030 and 152,000,000.

Although these numbers are alarming, there are numerous ways to decrease your risk of development Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia – naturally and otherwise. But the possibility of keeping the number of dementia cases to a minimum seems unlikely when so many people are on medications that can increase the likelihood of getting it… (RE READ THAT STATEMENT)

Common Drugs Like Benadryl Linked to Increased Dementia Risk
In March 2015, researchers published a prospective cohort study in JAMA Internal Medicine called “Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia.”

The University of Washington and Seattle healthcare system, Group Health, conducted the long-term study which tracked 3,434 men and women who were aged 65 and up, and had no dementia when the study began.

The team accessed every participant’s history of drug use for the previous decade, including both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Over a 7-year timeline, they followed up with all the participants every two years, during which 797 participants developed dementia (637 of whom developed Alzheimer’s disease).

As researchers looked back on what those 797 individuals took, anticholinergic drugs became the main suspect. The most common anticholinergics participants used were tricyclic antidepressants, first-generation antihistamines, and bladder antimuscarinics.

Compared to those who didn’t take anticholinergic drugs, people who did for as little as three years were 54% more likely to develop dementia.

What Are Anticholinergics?

Usually, these types of drugs are prescribed to treat problems including urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).

Anticholinergic drugs’ main purpose is to block the actions and effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which causes muscles to contract, activates pain responses and regulates endocrine and REM sleep functions.

It’s just a natural fact of life – as we age, our bodies’ ability to produce acetylcholine decreases. Since the brain actually contains many acetylcholine-producing cells, as Harvard editor Beverly Merz highlights, “blocking its effects can deliver a double whammy to older people.”

Related: NHS outlines over 45 Common Medications Linked to Memory Loss!

If you want to keep your head clear and brain functioning as highly as possible, steering clear of anticholinergic drugs seems ideal.

However, it is important to recognize that the long-term study revealed only a small portion of drugs was interfering with cognitive function. So, please discuss with your doctor if you’re thinking of getting off any prescribed medications.

Experiencing Memory Loss? It’s Not Necessarily Alzheimer’s

There are reversible dementias that, although worrisome, people can treat and even overcome. Some of these problems might surprise you:

1) Delirium
Although this condition seems similar to dementia, the mental changes that occur in delirium happen within days in comparison to months or years. Another key distinction between these two problems is that with dementia, you maintain consciousness; with delirium, you don’t.

2) Depression
People with depression have likely experienced moments of forgetfulness and disorientation. A simple way to tell the difference between depression and dementia is looking at the timeline… Depressed people become depressed first and experience memory-related symptoms later, whereas people with dementia become depressed as a result of their declining cognitive function.

3) Vitamin B12 Deficiency
This crucial deficiency can lead to pernicious anemia, a rare condition associated with confusion, slowness, apathy, and irritability. If you suspect this is the case, see your doctor as soon as possible to make sure your body can even absorb vitamin B12 properly.

4) Thyroid Disease
Individuals with hypothyroidism will likely exhibit dementia-like symptoms. One of the best things you can do is get a thyroid hormone blood test to determine the best possible treatment.

5) Alcoholism
People who are alcoholic can suffer bouts of confusion and amnesia which can mimic the same experiences as someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Although alcoholism can deteriorate the ability to remember and orientate oneself, abstinence and overcoming addiction can help reverse dementia.

Think You Have a Memory Problem?

This Is What You Should Do
Not all memory problems or moments of forgetfulness mean you have dementia! That alone should let you have a sigh of relief. But, if you or someone you think thinks a seemingly small memory problem is getting worse, there are a few things you can try.

First, make an appointment with your doctor and talk about your experience(s) right away. No matter the hold-ups you might have with doctors, they are our best source and can help point us in the right direction.

Second, get some blood tests done to make sure your dementia-like symptoms aren’t being caused by hormone imbalances or nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin B12.

There might even be some prescription medications that could be causing your cognitive lapses. In that case, simply ask your doctor for more details about the medications you’re taking.

Third, examine your diet and lifestyle habits. This could look like cutting out sugar, eating healthy fats, and getting a bit more daily physical activity.

It may be hard to make such habitual changes, but a perfect place to start is to visit the Alzheimer official website and downoad 8-Step Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan to Stop Memory Loss Before It Starts.

Forth, try incorporating natural supplements into your daily diet. These can include science-backed herbal remedies such as ashwagandha, turmeric, gingko biloba, and/or coconut oil!

That was a lot of information…
But, we hope that it answered any questions you may have had.

Dementia is a terrible and currgently incurable disorder that scientists, doctors, and people like you and us have all been affected by.

With the growing number of cases each year, we need to do all we can to foster a healthy and protected brain care.

If everyone plays their part, maybe we can keep this heart-breaking health problem from growing and stop walking into it with our Eyes Wide Shut!

Top Dudley Salon named as finalists for the Prestigious Salon Awards West Midlands 2019 in 3 Categories

Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon in Dudley, West Midlands has been named as one of the Midlands top salons after being announced as a finalist in three categories for the Salon Awards 2019.

West Midlands Salon Awards 2019 Finalists

The salon which is renowned locally, now awaits the awards ceremony in September, to see if they have been crowned the overall category winner.

Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon impressed the judge’s thanks to its commitment to meeting customer needs, making their mark as a new business locally, providing an exceptional range of hair extensions techniques to new clients and for their exception salon design and interiors.

Commenting on the result, Jill from the Good Salon Guide said; “To be named as a finalist in not just one but three categories highlights how exceptional this salon is. With hundreds of entries for each category and a panel of judges that excel at looking for the finer details, just to make the shortlist is an outstanding achievement. We wish them all the very best of luck for the awards night, which promises to be a spectacular evening for all.”

The Salon Awards celebrate and acknowledge the success of the most creative, dynamic and innovative hair salons, hairdressers and barbers across the country through county awards events.

As a hair industry professional, these businesses are part one of the most exciting business sectors, and this is an opportunity to be recognised professionally for the great work that they do in there home county.

Commenting on the announcement, Diane Shawe owner of Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon, said, “We’re delighted to have been named as a finalist in three categories for the Salon Awards West Midlands. It reflects the tremendous hard work everyone at the salon has put in over the past 30 months, and we’re indebted to them and our fabulous clients for making this such a fantastic year. We’re so excited and cannot wait until the awards ceremony in September!”

To find out more about their services and products visit:

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http://www.needahairmakeoverfranchise.co.uk

http://www.hairextensionstraining.academy

LEARN TO BE AGILE WHEN CHALLENGES, DIFFICULTIES AND FAILURES ARE ON YOUR STEPPING STONES TO SUCCESS BY DIANE SHAWE

Greatness is not achieved by never falling but by rising each time we fall. Confucius

Failure, or failing at something, is a natural part of life. People experience failure both in their personal and professional lives on a daily basis.

The great thing about failure is that it provides you with a another chance. You get the opportunity to pick yourself up once again, come back stronger and have another go!

You can and should learn from your mistakes and your shortcomings, and use them as stepping stones to achieve success and greatness, be it in your personal life or in your professional life!

In other words, failure is a great teacher. One of the best, in fact!

The fact is that everyone fails, or experiences failure in their life. Even wildly successful and famous people – people who have seemingly achieved just about everything in life – have experienced failure and the disappointment that comes with it many times in their life. How they chose to deal with their failures is what made them successful, and got them to where they are today.

Remember, consistency is the evidence of belief. Keep smiling at the person in the mirror.

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again. ~ W. Clement Stone

You don’t need a reason or permission to be happy just a choice. Dont let your excuses or doubts be greater than your faith in success or your positive vision.

Everything we see around us was once a thought, a dream a vision until it was committed to action.

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14 Top Selling Authors on Kindle by Diane Shawe

If you’re one of the twenty million and the rest new Kindle owners, you’re probably ready to load some books. But where do you start? I mean, seriously, in a recent Author Earnings report in from 2016 to early 2017 Amazon sold over 487,298,000 Kindle books.

Amazon reported that in 2017 net sales increased 31% to $177.9 billion, compared with $136.0 billion in 2016. Excluding the $210 million favorable impact from year-over-year changes in foreign exchange rates throughout the year, net sales increased 31% compared with 2016. Operating income decreased 2% to $4.1 billion, compared with operating income of $4.2 billion in 2016.

Here’s an idea. Fourteen authors have sold more than a million eBooks each on Kindle. Type the following names into your Kindle search or mobile kindle reader and you’ll find their catalog of eBooks. Some are more expensive than others, but these are the top-selling authors, so their books are almost certainly worth the price.

  1. Stieg Larsson
  2. James Patterson
  3. Nora Roberts
  4. Charlaine Harris
  5. Lee Child
  6. Suzanne Collins
  7. Michael Connelly
  8. John Locke

  9. Janet Evanovich
  10. Kathryn Stockett
  11. George R.R. Martin
  12. David Baldacci
  13. Amanda Hocking
  14. Stephenie Meyer

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m Diane Shawe, and I would like to get on the above list.

Just to be clear:

I recommend you buy their books first, because you probably already know and love them. Buy as many of their books as you can afford. Then, if you’ve got some dollars left over, I recommend you give one of my books a try. You see, I have over 13 eBooks on various topics.

So a little about me

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How I found out how to get some top quality back links by Diane Shawe

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In this post I’ll show you how to get some top quality back links (a hyper link from one site to another) from a variety of different sources, each source is completely unique and I hope to give you a little insight into some of the methods you can use to create back links . When linking to your website you should always try to focus the links using your keywords in the anchor text of the link if it’s possible.

1) Google Profiles

The big G allows you to create your very own profile page on Google.com, use the link and create your own profile page, add a picture and some text about yourself and then add a few links to your websites. Save the page and your done.

2) MSN Articles

Msn is updated everyday with news and articles on just about every subject you can think of, to get a backlink you just need to comment on an article leaving behind your thoughts, name & website link. I created a video on the process to see it use this link Using MSN for free traffic & backlinks

3) Yahoo Answers

Yahoo answers takes a little bit of work initially before you can get your links on their site but once you have done this first bit of work your ready to reap the rewards. Just create a yahoo account, help others by answering questions, once you have answered about 10-20 questions you will be able to add link in your responses. You can see a more detailed article on how to use yahoo answers here

4) Godaddy

I’m sure you’ve heard of GoDaddy ? but I bet you didn’t know you can use the website to get backlinks to your website. All you need to do is visit the site and watch at least one of Bob Parsons videos. At the end of the video you can leave a creative comment and include a link to your website. Once again a more detailed on how to do this can be found here -> How to get back links from Godaddy

5) Free-Web-Submission.com/Blog Yes!

You can get a back link from this very page and lots of other too. All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of the article where it says comments.

Note:- I’ll allow most comments but please don’t blatantly leave a spammy comment or three words of text if you I’ll just hit the trash button. Please leave a creative, constructive comment or even a criticism. Just write what you think. I’ve also created a article where you can promote your website without having to spam just go and get a free backlink here

Big Backlink List) Credit goes to ideapro for creating the original list.

Hope you like the list, I’m sure it will help in your back linking efforts.
Leave your comment below or share your favorite backlink sources

What could be the defining hairstyles in 2019? It’s not what you think..by Diane Shawe

This is a very big question. Just in the UK alone we see a diversity of hair trends across the various groups. However I have seen a surge in two areas regardless of the wearers hair type or length.

Article by Diane Shawe

Modern top-knots

Top-knots used to be the hairstyle of you did if you didn’t have time to do your hair or you was a granny. But then Chanel’s Fall 2018 ready-to-wear show happened.

The models appeared on the runway as if they had literally just thrown their hair up into the up-do and suddenly ‘undone’ hair was cool again.

For the first time in my life I actually wore a modern top bun and felt really chic.

The trick to the perfect ‘imperfectly perfect’ bun, is to tie your hair into a ponytail before twisting it into a bun, so that the ends remain loose and messy. Then, for added texture

Adult accessories

From the humble hair clip to more statement bows and ribbons, hair accessories have stolen the hair limelight in recent months. I predict a sophisticated version will only grow in popularity as women with limited time and wanting to make a statement reach for those clips, grips, bows, gems and pins.

“It really started over the summer months where the heat was extreme and so people were wearing their hair up and accessorising.

Although all of the accessories differ in shape and style, they all can be adapted to a multitude of looks which is why I think it will be key for 2019.” we are even seeing natural hair being accessorised by grown women.

Let’s hope we get another wrapping hot summer like 2918.

Does Rice Water help grow your hair quicker?

Firstly all hair has a growth cycle, so let’s explore that first

Article by: Diane Shawe

Anagen Phase – Growth Phase
Approximately 85% of all hairs are in the growing phase at any one time. The Anagen phase or growth phase can vary from two to six years. Hair grows approximately 10cm per year and any individual hair is unlikely to grow more than one meter long.

Catagen Phase – Transitional Phase
At the end of the Anagen phase the hairs enters into a Catagen phase which lasts about one or two weeks, during the Catagen phase the hair follicle shrinks to about 1/6 of the normal length. The lower part is destroyed and the dermal papilla breaks away to rest below.

Telogen Phase – resting phase
The resting phase follows the Catagen phase and normally lasts about 5-6 weeks. During this time the hair does not grow but stays attached to the follicle while the dermal papilla stays in a resting phase below.

Approximately 10-15 percent of all hairs are in this phase at any one time.
At the end of the Telogen phase the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen phase. The dermal papilla and the base of the follicle join together again and a new hair begins to form. If the old hair has not already been shed the new hair pushes the old one out and the growth cycle starts all over again.

What are the Benefits of Rice Water for Hair and Skin?

Rice water is no ordinary remedy. Its benefits are backed by modern science. According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, when you apply rice water to your hair, it can reduce friction between the hair strands as well as improve hair elasticity. It means combing and detangling will be so much easier, and hair breakage a thing of the past.

The amino acids present in rice water, in particular, help in the regeneration of hair and aid faster growth of your hair. Also, rice water contains vitamins B, C, and E, which further help in hair growth.

Another amazing thing about rice water is that it has inositol, a carbohydrate, which repairs damaged hair. Specialised imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection. These are some of the reasons why rice water is hailed as a super aid to hair growth.

The best way to use rice water to grow hair is to rinse your hair with it after a wash.

Hair and Makeup Ideas for this Valentine

Article by Nikki Brown Stylecaster

January felt like an entire year and February has finally arrived– a major feat if you ask us. There’s much to be considered during the shortest month of the year, but more often than not, Valentine’s Day hair and makeup ideas are something that have probably crossed your mind. If not, social media has already reminded you and now, you either could care less or are making plans to woo or be wooed by a bae.

If you’re part of the latter, that may include stepping out of the house and doing anything from a fancy dinner with your special someone to a night out with your other single friends. Regardless of where you’re headed, a face beat to the gawds or hair snatched into a camera-ready ‘do never hurt. To be honest, we’re all for getting dolled up any day of the week, including holidays.

This one is practically synonymous with red lipstick and well, not much else. So instead of sticking to the status quo, we’ve got some seriously stunning inspo that go beyond the basic. From micro-braids tied into a glittery bow to blended-out red eyeshadow, here are some hair and makeup combos we’re this close to trying ourselves.

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Tie It With a Bow

If you’re leaving your makeup neutral like Zoe Kravitz and would rather put more effort–but not too much effort–into your hair, a blinged-out hair bow gets the job done in seconds.

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon.

Tall, Long and Sleek

When you want to keep hair out of your face, but still have something to run your fingers through, may we suggest a high ponytail with serious inches, a la Ciara?

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty.

All Pink Everything

Leave it to Rihanna to remind us of the ever-elusive power of a pink lipstick (probably from Fenty Beauty) and tousled hair waves.

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Stunning Shimmer

We can’t think of a better combo than foiled, silver eyeshadow surrounding a set of brilliant brown eyes. Combined with a glossy lip and few coats of mascara and you’re as good as gold.

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GLSEN.

Tuck ‘Em Away

We didn’t think Bettie Page bangs could get any cuter, until we saw this textured variation modeled by Yara Shahidi.

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for LACMA.

Blush Lids & Lips

Once you can get over this perfect blunt bob, get into the rosy eyeshadow and matching lipstick against Kiki Layne’s gorgeous brown skin.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour.

Understated Under-Liner

Effortless may just be a pipe dream, but you’ll get pretty close if you throw your hair into some pigtails like Janelle Monae and opt for under-liner, which can be as attention-grabbing as a face full of makeup.

David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage.

Ramp Up With Red

Red lipstick is classic, but why not take it to new heights with matching red eyeshadow and a bit of shimmer just because? Margot Robbie totally gets it.

Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic.

Pretty in Peach

Vanessa Hudgens knows the power of Pantone’s color of the year. So much so, that she delivered top-notch beauty goals in head-to-toe coral.

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Classic Updo

A sophisticated updo like Danai Gurira’s will never not look beautiful.

Steve Granitz/WireImage.

Blend It Out

If you’re not into building color on top of color, blend it out instead and pair with a glossy lip like Lili Reinhart.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards.

Bejeweled Tresses

How could you not be inspired to dress up like a bonafide queen after seeing Indya Moore in a bordeaux lip and updo accessorized with gold rings?

Steve Granitz/WireImage.

“Effortless” Ponytail

There’s a wide spectrum of effortless, I-woke-up-like-this ponytails out there, but one of our faves is the one that houses lived-in beach waves, like this one on Olivia Munn.

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Floral Bun

Though we’re always enamored with Lady Gaga’s makeup, there’s no denying the can’t-look-away appeal of this low bun, which resembles the type of flowers you’d get in a Valentine’s Day bouquet.

George Pimentel/WireImage.

Match Your Fashion

When all else fails and your creative muscles need rest, match your outfit to your makeup like Emmy Rossum.

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Messy Curls

The more curls, the better…at least according to us and Amber Heard.

Morgan Lieberman/FilmMagic.

Old Hollywood Glamour

Kristen Cavallari’s shoulder-length, uniform waves are taking us back in time.

Jerritt Clark/Getty Images.

The Classic Half-Up, Half-Down

Kelly Rowland’s light pink lip and half-up, half-down do is a look we’d wear every single day of the year.

BBC News Reports on Alopecia patients call for NHS to fund real hair wigs

People with alopecia want better access to good quality wigs to help with the psychological impacts of the condition

The NHS should fund real hair wigs for people with alopecia and better recognise the psychological impacts, people with the condition have said.

Julie Mees was diagnosed more than two years ago after her mother noticed a bald patch the size of a coin on the back of her head.The hair loss has since worsened, and she will eventually be completely bald.NHS Wales funds wigs for patients with hair loss but they are often made with synthetic hair.

The Welsh Government said health boards were given a list of approved suppliers to choose from for patients who have alopecia, burns or have lost hair because of treatments such as chemotherapy.

They also help patients with fitting and styling.But it is up to each health board how much funding they provide – meaning people in some areas could be offered more to buy a wig than others. Former lecturer Ms Mees, from Barry, said the £50 voucher she was given would only buy a synthetic wig from a specific shop, and she was not able to offset that against the cost of going private. She saved £600 of her own money for a real hair topper – a type of mini wig.

“They give you a voucher to take to a shop for what I call a ‘wiggy wig’… like a fancy dress costume, which look awful and do absolutely nothing for the person’s emotional and psychological needs,” she said. “Your hair is the first thing people see… I’ve always had long hair, it’s part of my identity.

“I’m losing it all and that’s emotionally hard, it’s very difficult.”It’s a case of if you have good finances, you can live life normally.”

Ms Mees added those overwhelmed by the search for good quality wigs could end up paying over the odds, and she had since found a supplier for half the price she originally paid.

Diane Shawe Top Hair Extensions and Hairloss Educator, Consultant and author in two of her recent blogs about hairloss tackled the subject of wigs.

Click to read articles here:

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2017/03/17/20-different-hairloss-conditions-you-should-know-about/

https://academyexpresscourses.com/2018/10/17/benefits-of-silk-base-wigs-and-why-alopecia-chemotherapy-hair-loss-condition-customers-should-use-these-types-of-wigs-by-diane-shawe/

Moira Jones’ 18-year-old son Thomas Barry, from Cardiff, has had alopecia universalis – complete loss of hair from the scalp and body. He started losing his hair when he was 11, and it was gone within three months.

Doctors believe his body is producing an allergic reaction, reacting as though hair is a disease – but no treatment has helped so far.

Ms Jones has paid more than £2,000 for two wigs for her son but neither was suitable. She said she was not helped by the NHS in her search and her son has never been offered counselling.”He was really strong, stronger than everybody else around him,” she added.

Thomas wore two beanie hats – in case one fell off – to hide his scalp during his teenage years, even during sleepovers and in the heat of summer. When he went to Camp America last summer, his hair began to grow back in the sunshine – but fell out on his return to the UK.

While Thomas’ experiences abroad have given him the confidence to go without a hat at university, Ms Jones feels the family should have received more support.

Betsi Cadwaladr, Cwm Taf, Hywel Dda, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Aneurin Bevan health boards said they fund two wigs per person annually. They said all suppliers go through a procurement process to ensure quality.

Cardiff and Vale and Powys health boards were also asked to comment. Amy Johnson, from the charity Alopecia UK , said: “For many people with alopecia, wearing a wig is an essential part of managing the psychological impact of losing their hair; those who wear wigs for medical necessity don’t see their wig as an optional luxury.

“The charity hears from individuals who struggle to go to work or school, or even leave the house. There should be provision within the NHS to support individuals with access to suitable wigs.”

Source: ews

Taking a look at food Fads and Trends by Diane Shawe

I dont often write about food, but when you think about it, it plays a major part in our daily life.

I researched and found some observations from the Compass Group UK & Ireland, the Food People who compile a list of the top 10 food trends we can expect to emerge or, in some cases, continue into next year.

Multi-cuisine restaurants

Serving up dishes that take inspiration from all sorts of exciting and international sources are coming to the fore at the same time as nano-specialists that pour all their energy into mastering single ingredients.

When you look at the world of food, you realise that food trends are really being driven by consumers and what they need and want.

The other point that’s important to consider is the difference between a trend and a fad, A fad is confined to one category, channel or geography and usually just lasts for one season or year.

A good way to spot trends that will stand the test of time is to identify the ones that have one or more wider social drivers, such as health and wellbeing, or seeking experiences that support them.”

BBQ 2.0
Different barbecue techniques inherited from around the world will become part of restaurant theatre, Consumers will continue to crave the charred and smoky flavours from a barbecue.

As we see more chefs and barbecue operators starting to think of the barbecue or fire as an incredibly versatile cooking method, rather than an institution confined by history we can expect this momentum to continue with alternatives
to meats, such as fish and game, vegetables, new cuisines and desserts from the barbecue.

Who’s doing it: Temper, London W1F

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Global larder
As travel has become more affordable and technology ensures the world becomes better connected, the lines that divide regional fare have blurred.

Chefs and home cooks are growing, buying and cooking with ingredients more typical of exotic cuisines than with their own flare, forget about geographical barriers – flavour profiles from across the globe are being used in our kitchens, as consumers become more aware of the unusual flavour imparted by these world ingredients.

Who’s doing it: the Providores, London W1U

Multi-cuisine cooking
This is a food movement that is less about fusion and more about choice,

Quantity and quality are key, as influences and ingredients move from specific regional classics to global favourites, taking their seat at the world table.
Who’s doing it: Caravan, London N1C

Nano-specialism
This is almost the perfect counter-trend to multi-cuisine cooking, focusing as it does on expertise, excellence and the narrative.

“Now is the time to be a specialist in your field,” says Banks. “Make your food shine, showing it off to its best possible potential. These specialists are showcasing individual ingredients and creating surprising and delicious dishes with only one main ingredient.

“These nano-specialists are becoming masters of the humble avocado or bag of crisps, as boundaries are pushed and experimentation takes over.”

Who’s doing it: Yolk, London EC2M

Provenance
Consumers are more interested in where their food comes from than ever – from the breed to the farm and the farmer’s name. But why do they want so much information?

Gorgeous Group’s Bargh says: “In a world of consumer distrust, knowing the back story helps to create an element of trust and transparency between the consumer and the retailer, brand and chef, and gives consumers the ability to create a real emotional connection.”

Compass’s Davies agrees: “People seek honest stories they can trust in an uncertain world. It feels good to know who made your food or drink, where it comes from and how it was cared for.”
Who’s doing it: Lyles, London E1

Authenticity
Simon Parton, Compass Group UK & Ireland’s head of food and beverage innovation, says: “Authenticity is a delicate balance. At the very top level, it means total authenticity of the recipe and the ingredients. This is expensive, so to most of us authenticity means capturing the essence of the cuisine, the flavours, the key ingredients, the colours and smells; not breaking the rules by using the wrong meat, for instance.”
Who’s doing it: Hill & Szrok, London E8

Veg-centric cooking
Meat-free dining has become a lifestyle choice for today’s health-conscious and environmentally aware consumers and it’s one that they’re choosing to dip in and out of.

“Veg-centric cooking is a trend that’s been bubbling away for a while,” says Nick Vadis, culinary director at Compass Group UK & Ireland. “That’s why we’ve developed our new vegetarian Root Kitchen concept for the business. But the people asking for it are not necessarily vegetarian.”

Vadis describes this group as ‘flexitarian’, while the Food People refers to them as ‘reducetarians’.

“This isn’t about being perfect, it’s about moderation of our carnivorous side,” says Banks. “Reducing any processes that harm the planet and finding cleaner ways to live and eat is better for our bodies and better for the world.”
Who’s doing it: Root, Bristol

Waste not, want not
The arguments for reducing waste are so compelling, for both the planet (less waste to landfill; conservation of natural resources) and hospitality operators (reduced costs), that the real question should be why not?

So it’s little wonder that food businesses are becoming increasingly innovative when it comes to lowering the levels of waste they produce.

“Restaurants are promoting themselves as having ‘no food waste’, using not only nose-to-tail but also root-to-tip [of fruit and vegetable]. Never before has so much of every plant and animal been used,” says Banks.

“There are a few operators that are responding to the desire from consumers to live within a sustainable food ecosystem. And it is extremely difficult to do if it is done properly. To quote Doug McMaster from Silo: ‘I don’t have a bin in my kitchen.’ Just think about that for a moment. Nothing is thrown away – no food, no packaging, nothing. That would completely change how a kitchen operates. He admits it’s very difficult, but it does mean you get very creative.”
Who’s doing it: Silo, Brighton

Craft carbs
We can kiss goodbye to ‘plastic white bread’, says the Food People, as the craft of bread baking returns and a trend for artisan, flavoured and luxury loaves emerges.

Of course, craft carbs go well beyond bread, as Banks explains: “Forget about cheap and cheerful, carbs have taken on a luxurious edge, elevating their position from midweek staple to fine dining. Fresh, authentic pasta made with finely milled ancient grains, or bright, vibrant tagliatelle coloured with vegetables.”
Who’s doing it: Trullo, London N1

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Food by occasion…
… rather than food by type because, says Bargh: “Consumers are choosing to eat according to their mood, rather than the nationality of the food.”

This means, for example, that diners are looking for dishes that can provide a kick-start to their day, rather than food that is typically associated with breakfast. Banks says this is a trend that is particularly prevalent in the health space, but from an operator’s perspective, it’s not necessarily an easy appetite to satisfy: “The challenge is getting consumers to understand and articulate what they want at a more functional level.”
Who’s doing it: Detox Kitchen, London (various locations)

Food on the go
The grab-and-go food trend is expected to evolve in 2018 and it’s an opportunity not to be missed by hospitality businesses. The market was valued at £20.1b in 2016, with robust consumer demand for quick and quality food leading to substantial growth and no signs of it slowing down.

“On-the-go is the buzzword driving this trend,” says Parton. “We are all busy people – the average lunch in the UK is only 34 minutes – so we insist on eating on the go. Research we conducted found the sandwich has remained the favoured lunchtime choice, chosen by 63% of the UK workforce. We’ve done a massive amount of work to make sure we’re leading the way in delicious and convenient food. ‘On the go’ must not mean we compromise on quality and enjoyment.”
Who’s doing it: Pret a Manger/Leon, various locations

Whilst I agreed with some of the findings I was not overly surprises. The UK is becoming one big cultural melting pot, but you would think the only place this is happening is London.

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