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RELAX: Enjoy treatment in a luxurious treatment room

RELAX: Enjoy treatment in a luxurious treatment room


Indian head massage, goji berries and cupping amongst the wide range of alternative solutions to health problems

Suffering from health problems or aches and pains that you just can’t get any relief from? Alternative therapies could be the way to go.

Abdul Passwala is the fully qualified complimentary therapist behind Alternate Therapy in Batley. Offering a wide range of therapies and massages, Alternate Therapy can perform treatments in their luxurious treatment room based in Batley, or with their mobile service, if you prefer they can come to you, and treat you in your own surroundings.

With a number of treatments available, family-run Alternate Therapy are sure to have something on offer that can relieve that little niggle you’ve been having, or ease long-standing problems that are causing you suffering.

There are a number of massage treatments on offer from sports massage to remedial massage to deep tissue massage, which will help to ease your aches and pains.

If you are after something a little different, why not try a wet and dry cupping massage. It’s an ancient practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (using a change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.

SHOP: Alternate Therapy sell a wide variety of products to improve your

SHOP: Alternate Therapy sell a wide variety of products to improve your


Alternate Therapy also offers hot stone massages (heated smooth, flat stones, which are placed on key points on the body) and Indian head massage (a technique that has been practiced in India for over 1000 years.

Traditionally the techniques used in Indian head massage were restricted to the head and hair, to improve scalp and hair condition of Indian women. Now it incorporates the upper back, shoulders, neck, upper arms and face) and aromatherapy massage (which uses warm essential oils to activate your sense of smell and increase your sense of well-being. The oils are massaged into your skin, dropped into water for you to bathe in, or blended with other oils or steam for you to inhale).

Alternate Therapy also offers reflexology treatments. Reflexology is based around the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears all correspond with different areas of the body, and massaging them stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system to heal itself. Reflexology can help with a number of health complaints including: stress, back pain, migraine, IBS and asthma – to name a few.

They also offer the ability to buy products from their website, like aloe vera gel and goji berries. Goji berries are a great source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, fibre, zinc, iron and antioxidants, and can be used to aid in weight loss and to boost your immune system.

With the variety of treatments and health products on offer, now might be the time to treat yourself or someone you care abut?

Contact info:

Address: 151 Taylor Street Batley, WF17 5AY

Phone: 07976 257362



Are you putting your baby to sleep right?

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CRUCIAL: Getting the correct position for your baby can prevent SIDS.

CRUCIAL: Getting the correct position for your baby can prevent SIDS.


New survey shows 68% of parents do NOT know correct protocol to ensure safe sleep

A recent survey by the Lullaby Trust charity, which raises funds and awareness to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has uncovered that 68% of parents are unsure of the basic steps they can take to help protect their baby and lower the risk of SIDS.

SIDS is often referred to as cot death and occurs when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly, with the cause of death being unclear even after a postmortem has been carried out.

The Lullaby Trust released the shocking statistics in order to give parents better advice and to bring the matter to the attention of the public as even today, around 250 babies die from SIDS per year in the UK.  The charity have since released a series of top tips as a result of this research and Asian Express have shared them for you to learn:

1: ALWAYS place your baby to sleep on their back

This advice should be followed unless your doctor has advised you of a medical reason to do otherwise. Babies should be sleeping on their back until they have the strength to turn themselves back over should they end up on their side or front. Once they can move themselves, they can be left to find a comfortable position, until that point if your baby rolls onto their side, they should be place back into the correct position.

2: Don’t let your baby sleep on your bed, or fall asleep on a sofa or armchair with you.

Sofa/bed sharing with your baby greatly increases the chance of SIDS. Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby either next to you or on your chest, even during the day.  Your baby should sleep in a cot or moses basket in the same room as your for 6 months, after which, they can be moved into their own room.

3: Don’t let your baby get too hot or cold.

You need to check your baby regularly to see if he or she is too hot. Look for sweating or feel the baby’s tummy – your baby’s hands and feet will usually be cooler, which is normal. If your baby is hot, remove one or more layers of bedclothes. Babies who are unwell need fewer, not more bedclothes. Babies do not need to wear hats indoors unless medically recommended.  A room temperature of 16-20o C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag, is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies.

4: Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress.

You should avoid using soft or bulky bedding (such as quilts, pillows and duvets) as these increase the chance of SIDS.  You should sleep your baby on a firm, flat mattress that is clean and in good condition. A mattress with a waterproof cover will help you keep it clean and dry. Your baby should be sleeping on their back in the ‘feet to foot’ position – this is where the baby’s feet are placed at the foot of the cot – so they can’t wriggle down under the blanket.

5: Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

The use of loose bedding which can cover your baby’s face or head can be dangerous and can increase the chance of SIDS. Use blankets which are firmly tucked in, no higher than the baby’s shoulders or baby sleeping bag.


A huge problem: Leeds event to share findings to tackle obesity

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TACKLING OBESITY: Professor at Leeds Beckett University, Pinki Sahota, welcomed the government’s obesity plan aimed at addressing the major public health crisis

TACKLING OBESITY: Professor at Leeds Beckett University, Pinki Sahota, welcomed the government’s obesity plan aimed at addressing the major public health crisis

A 2013 study by the United Nations concluded that the UK obesity rate had trebled in 30 years, making Brits the fattest people in Western Europe. 

According to statistics, one in three British children is obese by the time they leave primary school.

With these stats in mind, a national event, which will explore how to tackle the country’s growing obesity epidemic was held in Leeds this week.

In 2015, Leeds Beckett began a three-year programme, funded by Public Health England, to identify ways in which local authorities can create a whole systems approach in tackling obesity.  

The team’s progress on creating a route map for tackling obesity was shared at the event, which took place at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 18th October.

The three-year programme, funded by Public Health England, aims to enable local authorities to make a major step change in their ability to tackle obesity through a more co-ordinated approach.

Previous research has suggested that only by taking a whole systems approach – linking a whole range of sectors and influences including planning, housing, transport, children’s and adult’s services, business and health - can local authorities make significant inroads into tackling obesity and improve quality of life, save money and create sustained prosperity for local areas.

In August, the government published its childhood obesity strategy, designed to tackle obesity and improve the nation’s health.

The plan focuses on encouraging industry leaders to cut the amount of sugar in food and drinks and encouraging primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active.

Part of the strategy states primaries should deliver 30 minutes of ‘moderate to vigorous’ activity for pupils every day through active break times, extra-curricular physical education clubs and active lessons – with parents responsible for providing another daily 30 minutes.

However, the plan has been attacked by health experts, campaigners, MPs and the boss of one of Britain's biggest supermarkets.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said the government had ‘rowed back’ on promises, and the CEO of Sainsbury's said the plan did not go far enough.

The plan asks the food and drink industry to cut five per cent of the sugar in products popular with children over the next year.

It says the ultimate target is a 20 per cent sugar cut, with Public Health England monitoring voluntary progress over the next four years.

Pinki Sahota, chair of the Association for the Study of Obesity - and Professor of Nutrition and Childhood Obesity at Leeds Beckett University, added: “I welcome the government’s childhood obesity plan aimed to address this major public health crisis.

“Whilst the actions identified in the plan are relevant, I feel that the plan lacks the ambitious and coherent actions required to support healthier behaviours in the prevention and treatment of child obesity.”

Professor Sahota continued:“The plan lacks bold actions that are needed to reverse the current high levels of child obesity such as e.g. a ban on junk food advertising before the 9.00pm watershed; reduction in portion sizes; reformulation targets for industry that address of high energy density foods; investment to increase and extend evidence-based child weight management services.”

Paul Gately, Professor of Exercise and Obesity at Leeds Beckett, said: “At Leeds Beckett, we’ve been at the forefront of understanding the issues involved in tackling obesity and finding solutions for over twenty years.

“ We have found that part of the problem is after we successfully support people to lose weight they still have to function in an external environment which is full of pressures and challenges.  By changing the external environment through a whole systems approach, local authorities can make it easier for individuals to reach a healthy weight and keep surplus weight off.”

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, added: “We know that where we live, work and play encourages us to consume too many calories and lead sedentary lifestyles. We need action from across society to support healthier places that in turn help people to achieve a healthier weight. The Whole Systems Obesity programme will help local authorities to do just that.”

The Leeds Beckett’s team have been working closely alongside a number of pilot local authorities to understand their perspectives and the realities for local government, capturing best practice, working collaboratively to overcome challenges, to co-produce new and innovative approaches that reflect what really matters to local authorities in using the latest thinking and making it work in practice for local people.  


Grotty Practice: GP surgery stamped as inadequate by health bosses

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NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Droylsden Road Family Practice was failed by inspectors in five key areas and has to clean up its act

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Droylsden Road Family Practice was failed by inspectors in five key areas and has to clean up its act

A  GP surgery in Manchester has been thrown into special measures and ordered to clean up its act after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated it as ‘inadequate’.

Droylsden Road Family Practice was inspected by the health watchdog back in March.

The surgery, run by Dr A Haq and Dr S Khan, was failed by inspectors in five key areas. They said they didn’t feel the problems can be fixed without additional support.

A report by the CQC said the floor in the surgery was 'visibly dirty' and that inspectors had found an 'extremely' dirty treatment trolley in one room, which had a number of used drug items, such as injection equipment, anaesthetic cream and an implant package lying on it.

Dusty and out-of date notes were also discovered on windowsills and on top of filing cabinets, many of which were reportedly confidential.

Inspectors said it was not made clear to staff about reporting significant events and there was no evidence of staff communicating about these issues.

Patients were found to be at risk of harm and there was no clinical accountability or responsibility in the running of the practice.

Allegedly, a patient who had suffered a severe allergic reaction to a vaccination was given emergency treatment in the form of an injection, but there were no records detailing that this had ever took place.

Sue McMillan, deputy chief inspector of General Practice at the CQC, said: “Whilst some people spoke positively about the practice, we received comments that were a cause for concern particularly about access to appointments and patients having their concerns not being taken seriously during consultation.

“Action must be taken to address the wider concerns we identified so that patients receive safe, high-quality primary care.

“I do not believe that the practice is likely to resolve its challenges without external support. This is why we are placing the practice into special measures.”

The surgery will be re-inspected again in six months to check whether sufficient improvements have been made.

If the service remains inadequate, the CQC will consider taking steps to cancel its registration. The contract for the surgery is held by NHS England.

Dr Martin Whiting, chief clinical officer for the North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We would like to reassure patients that we took prompt action with our NHS England colleagues so that there are robust plans in place to ensure continuity of care and services for everyone who uses the practice.

“The situation is a temporary measure so that the practice can address system and organisational issues by the end of June 2016.

“In the meantime, we remain resolute about putting patients first and upholding quality standards that match our vision for health care in north Manchester.”

Asian Express contacted the manager of the surgery for comment and are awaiting a response.


Government cuts could lead to job losses and drop in standards

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DISAPPOINTED: Gurjit Singh, who owns and runs the Otley Pharmacy, says cuts could lead to a ‘reduction in service’ for customers

DISAPPOINTED: Gurjit Singh, who owns and runs the Otley Pharmacy, says cuts could lead to a ‘reduction in service’ for customers

Pharmacists ‘devastated’ at proposed cuts

With junior doctors preparing to stage their second walk out in as many months next week, a separate group of healthcare professionals are worrying for their futures as further government cuts threaten thousands of jobs.

Independent pharmacies across the UK could be hit by a six per cent funding cut as soon as October, equating to approximately £170million, according to the latest Department for Health figures.

Estimates suggest that between 1,000 and 3,000 pharmacies are at risk of closure if the cuts take place, leaving pharmacists, staff and their customers unsure about

Despite an online petition with over 40,000 signatures to date, discussions on the proposals will continue until March before the cuts are likely to be confirmed.

With pharmacies providing customers with much more than just a dispensary service, the ‘face of the NHS’ could soon be changing.

One local pharmacist and owner of Otley Pharmacy, Guljit Singh, says he worries for the future of his business when the cuts come in.

Serving hundreds of customers, the business is just one of thousands of independent pharmacies in the UK which is likely to be affected by the new budgets.

Explaining the impact on his business, he said: “I reckon it will ultimately mean a big hit to our profits which might mean reduced hours and possible pay cuts for staff.

“In turn, if I’m losing staff during the day, it could easily mean a reduction in service for customers.”

Gurjit has been running his pharmacy for the past three-and-a-half years.

He says he has quickly become a known face in the community and would be saddened to see business lost because of the cuts.

CONSULTATION: Mr Khan, of Khans Pharmacy in Leeds, wants more discussions about the cuts

CONSULTATION: Mr Khan, of Khans Pharmacy in Leeds, wants more discussions about the cuts

“It is a strange situation we are in,” he said. “The government say they want more people to use pharmacies so why are they cutting our funding?

“Sometimes you get the impression that the government would rather deal with just the bigger chains and that they are trying to push us out.

“We have the personal service here. We know a lot of our customers by name, we know their families, and are able to provide more tailored services as opposed to bigger chains where customers become just another number.”

The issues Gurjit raised were reiterated by Sandra Gidley from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

She said there were a ‘number of concerns’ which needed addressing before the government could implement such ‘life-changing’ cuts.

“We have spent a lot of time and energy encouraging people to come to pharmacies for health advice to cut pressure on A&E departments and GP services,” she said.

“Under the plans pharmacies could be forced to cut staff and have less capacity to give important health advice.

“The government must consider the capacity that the community pharmacy network provides to relieve pressures on GPs and A&E.”

Elsewhere, in Leeds, Khan Pharmacy is another independent pharmacy which is at threat of suffering financial losses should cuts come in.

CUTS: Over 11,600 independent pharmacies currently operate in the UK

CUTS: Over 11,600 independent pharmacies currently operate in the UK

Mr Khan, head pharmacist said: “We cannot afford to stop our services because so many people rely on us. We are being forced to just put up with it without any discussions.”

Consultations with the Department of Health and pharmacy and patient organisations are set to conclude on 24th March 2016.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We are investing record amounts in the NHS, but the whole health and care sector must make efficiencies to fulfil the NHS's own five-year plan.

“We want to improve the way patients access their medicines, through click-and-collect as well as being able to see pharmacists in care homes, GP surgeries and A&E.

“There is no estimate of the number of pharmacies operating in coming years and with NHS England we are consulting on a scheme to give better support to isolated or rural pharmacies.”



GPs MUST tell DVLA if you’re unfit to drive

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Your doctor must tell the DVLA if you continue to drive when you are not medically fit, the General Medical Council (GMC) has said.

In new draft guidance, the GMC said doctors have a public protection duty to inform authorities if a patient is driving against medical advice.

Doctors do not need a patient's consent to inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland) when a patient has continued driving. The strengthened advice is part of a public consultation on the GMC's core guidance on confidentiality.

This aims to help doctors balance their legal and ethical duties of confidentiality with wider public protection responsibilities. The guidance says doctors must disclose information if there is a need to protect individuals or the wider public from the risks of death or serious harm.

This can include risks of violent crime, serious communicable diseases, or risks posed by patients who are not fit to drive. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: 'Doctors often find themselves in challenging situations.

"This is difficult territory - most patients will do the sensible thing but the truth is that a few will not and may not have the insight to realise that they are a risk to others behind the wheel of a car.

"A confidential medical service is a public good and trust is an essential part of the doctor-patient relationship.

"But confidentiality is not absolute and doctors can play an important part in keeping the wider public safe if a patient is not safe to drive.

'We are clear that doctors carrying out their duty will not face any sanction - and this new guidance makes clear that we will support those who are faced with these difficult decisions."

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "Thirty-seven million drivers depend on the car for getting about and for those with serious medical conditions there is a real fear around losing their licence.

"But with the right treatment, many illnesses will not lead to people having to hang up the keys.

"The worst thing motorists can do is ignore medical advice. If they don't tell the DVLA about something that impacts on their ability to drive safely, then their GP will."


Listers Health: Women’s gym and wellbeing centre

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After months of construction, refurbishment and renovations, the ‘weight’ is finally over for the launch of Bradford’s newest ladies only gym with the official opening of Listers Health.

Located at the iconic Lister Mills, the modern gym and wellbeing centre boasts all the latest Life Fitness equipment required to help you reach your personal goals, whatever they may be.

From running a marathon to shredding a few inches off the waistline, the spacious workout area provides cardio and resistance equipment of the highest quality with personal trainers onsite to offer advice and support at all times.


Be sure to visit the newly launched website, www.listershealth.co.uk, to check out packed class timetables and see how you can begin your journey to a ‘better you’.

Project manager, Shazia Sarwar, has overseen the development of the gym from day one and says she is delighted to now be able to welcome ladies into the exciting environment.

“When this project first started, we had a huge amount of work to carry out so now it is a fantastic feeling to just walk through this amazing setting,” she said.


“Today the gym is a place to be proud of, with hundreds of ladies already signing up to take advantage of the latest facilities right here in the city centre.

“As well as our workout areas and studios, the relaxing steam room, infrared sauna and beauty salon located on site are just more reasons why Listers Health is raising the bar for ladies only gyms.”

What better way to relax after an exhausting workout than a pampering session in the salon or to take the weight off your shoulders with a peaceful steam.


Listers Health is much more than just a gym, it is a setting designed with members in mind, from the comfort of their lounge area to the studios and workout space.

Maureen Coverdale is the Gym Manager and Personal Trainer, running free classes daily for members to take part in.

“I have worked in many gyms previously yet the standard we have now achieved here at Listers Health surpasses all of them,” she said.


“Members are amazed by the transformation of this place as soon as they walk through the door, and we have had so many positive comments on the way the place is run.

“Classes are always busy, from the popular Spin to Pilates and Boxercise, we have so much to offer here. I would urge any lady, thinking about joining a gym, to come down and take a tour of the facilities and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

Sign up for a Listers Health membership today and receive your discounted membership for just £19.99 a month – usually £29.99, but hurry as this offer will not last forever.


Contact details

Lister Mills, Heaton Road, Bradford BD9 4SH

Tel: 01274 270 607

Web: www.listershealth.co.uk

Email: info@listershealth.co.uk

Opening times: Mon-Fri: 7am-9.30pm

Sat: 9am-4pm   Sun: 10am-4pm


Facing the silent killer

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HEALTH: Doctors who specialise in diabetes were in attendance to talk about the condition at an event in Bradford last week, (l-r) Dr Shiraz Haider, Dr Husnat Hamdani, Dr Salman Shahid

HEALTH: Doctors who specialise in diabetes were in attendance to talk about the condition at an event in Bradford last week, (l-r) Dr Shiraz Haider, Conservative candidate for Bradford East Iftikhar Ahmed, Dr Salman Shahid

Diabetes event raises awareness in ‘at risk’ communities

It is a statistic which ‘leaders have failed to address’ according to one doctor, as diabetes continues to prove to be a silent killer prevalent amongst South Asian communities every year.

In an event organised in Bradford last week, guest speakers and members of the public gathered to discuss the issues surrounding the condition and what can be done to tackle some shocking figures.

People in the demographic can be up to six times more likely to have diabetes than the general population with Pakistani women at even higher risk.

Amongst those speaking on the night was Dr Salman Shahid from Saudi Arabia, a specialist in health science diabetes.

As well as offering advice on the best ways to tackle the persistent issue, Dr Shahid emphasised the need to lead a ‘healthy life’ to combat the life-changing disease.

SPEECH: Dr Basharat Ali organised the event to help ‘build a better Bradford’

SPEECH: Basharat Ali organised the event to help ‘build a better Bradford’

He said: “Fifteen years of our lives are lost due to diabetes. There are literary thousands of people walking around with type 2 diabetes that are not aware of the condition they are in.

“It is an illness that has quietly destroyed lives and leads to other conditions which become the main factors of death, in other words lead to major problems such as: cardio-vascular issues, amputations, blindness, and kidney failure.

“Healthy living therefore needs to be put in place to ensure good health for yourself and your children.”

Others in attendance on the night included local GPs and people who had suffered from diabetes themselves, directly or indirectly, throughout their lives.

Dr Husnat Hamdani has seen the effect of the disease in Bradford in his role as a GP.

He added: “For the past several years, despite numerous attempts, our local councillors and MPs have failed to address this very real issue.

“Diabetes is only increasing in the ‘Bradford 3’ area and the public needs to be informed. Things that can help control diabetes, include stopping smoking, regular exercise and a healthy diet.”

The event was organised by Basharat Ali and held at the St John’s Centre, Fagley.