The importance of meaningful friendships, the latest podcast by Dr Chatterjee


Dr Chatterjee’s latest podcast looks at friendship and why it’s a necessity for good health.

Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a GP, TV presenter and best-selling author of The Stress Solution and The 4 Pillar Plan, who kindly contributed an article to International Therapist (IT) magazine last year about lifestyle medicine. He also produces Feel Better, Live More, the number one health podcast in the UK.

In his latest podcast, Dr Chatterjee interviews Dhru Purohit, who Dr Chatterjee dubs the ‘professor of friendship’. Purohit explains that loneliness is an epidemic, with a fifth of men in the UK who say they don’t have any close friends. He goes on to discuss that although social media allows us to feel connected to others’ lives, it can often lead to a lack of deep meaningful relationships in our lives.

Purohit says that friendships can positively impact every aspect of our life, from our health to our happiness. He explains that every area of our lives is touched by friendships but, like stress, it’s not always immediately noticeable.

Dr Chatterjee said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation, I hope it inspires you to take some time out to sit down and talk to one of your friends.’

Listen to episode 80 of Dr Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More podcast  

N.B. The Winter issue of IT magazine will feature a short excerpt from Dr Chatterjee’s new book, Feel Better in 5. Feel Better in 5 is published by Penguin and will be released on Thursday 26 December. The Winter issue of IT magazine will be published on Thursday 23 January.



Meet our 2019 FHT Conference host, Janey Lee Grace… 


Now that we’ve introduced you to all of the expert speakers joining us at this year’s FHT Conference, we thought we’d dedicate this blog to the expert presenter who will be introducing them to you on the day Janey Lee Grace. 

Janey’s early career was as a backing singer to stars such as George Michael and Wham, Kim Wilde and Boy George. She also had a top ten hit record in the 90s with Cola Boy (Seven Ways to Love).  

Today, you are more likely to hear Janey on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon show or on UK Health Radio, where she runs her own health and wellbeing programme called the Spotlight Show. She’s also a regular on TV and has appeared on Good Morning Britain, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, The Wright Stuff, BBC Breakfast and Sky TV Entertainment News. 

Janey has long been a champion for all-things natural and organic. As well as being an Amazon best-selling author, Janey runs the health and wellbeing website, Imperfectly Natural, and has been voted number one in the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty Industry’ yearbook for three consecutive years.   

Janey’s latest venture is the launch of a new online community, The Sober Club, after she gave up alcohol in 2018 – a topic she covered in a recent TEDx talk. 

If you haven’t booked your place at the 2019 FHT Conference yet, hurry – ticket sales close on Monday 25 November!  

Join us at The King’s Fund on Friday 29 November for just £85 105 for non-FHT members) and enjoy talks from leading experts in research and integrated healthcare, networking opportunities, a hot fork buffet lunch, awards presentation and drinks reception.  

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Lorraine Senior, MFHT, founder of Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT), receives humanitarian award

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At the 2019 International Council of Reflexologists conference held in Anchorage, Alaska, FHT accredited course provider, Lorraine Senior, was honoured to receive a humanitarian award in recognition of her voluntary work in Zambia.

‘Functional Reflex Therapy Global Projects is a foundation which is very early in its development,’ says Lorraine. ‘Its aim is to encourage sharing nurturing touch through the FRT Rainbow Relaxation Routine for children and adults, reaching out to those living in challenging environments and communities throughout the world.

‘Our project began in July 2017, when FRT travelled to St Mulumba school in Choma, Zambia, Africa. St Mulumba is a special place that provides a home, education and family support for over 200 children with physical, emotional and life changing conditions.

‘We felt very privileged to share our skills with many of the staff and pupils. I am now working with the senior education officer in the Southern Province in Zambia to continue developing the programme in 2020.’

Lorraine received an FHT Tutor of the Year award in 2017, which recognises and celebrates excellence in therapy education.

For more information, video links or to donate to Lorraine’s Global Projects, visit

Read an article about Lorraine’s FRT work at a school for children with autism, first published in International Therapist (Winter 2018, Issue 123).

Blood pressure tablets found to be more effective if taken in the evening


People who take their blood pressure medication before bedtime are 66% less likely to die from heart and circulatory conditions, according to research published in the European Heart Journal (EHJ).

Globally over 10 million people per year die from conditions related to high blood pressure. This study finds that taking blood pressure tablets at a different time of day can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack by 44%, heart failure by 42% and stroke by 49%.

The Hygia Chronotherapy trial is the largest of its kind to date, looking at 19,084 Caucasian Spanish men and women over a period of six years. Patients were split at random into two groups with one group asked to take their medication in the morning and the other in the evening.

Experts believe a person’s circadian rhythm or ‘body clock’ can change the effect of medication. The study found those who took their medication before bed saw their blood pressure dip lower at night than those who took the medication in the morning.

Researchers say that further studies looking at people of different ethnicities should take place before doctors change their advice on when to take blood pressure tablets.

See the full report.

Warm bamboo massage in the December issue of In the Moment magazine.


Warm bamboo massage treatments use different sized bamboo sticks on various muscle groups to stretch muscles and soothe away aches and pains. 

In the latest issue (#32) of In The Moment magazine, we introduce readers to warm bamboo massage treatments, looking at what a session would typically involve, as well as five key benefits of this therapy.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Michele Broom, FFHT, for her support with this article. Michelle is a training provider for FHT accredited course provider, Teach Therapy. Michelle’s courses can be viewed on 

This article forms part of In The Moment’s regular ‘Have you tried’ series, putting a spotlight on different therapies practiced by FHT members.

In The Moment is a monthly lifestyle magazine, covering wellbeing, creativity, good living and travel, and is available to buy in a range of high street shops and supermarkets.

The FHT regularly contributes to national consumer publications to promote the FHT, its members and the therapies they practice.

Read the full article, featured in In the Moment Magazine.

Quote of the Week

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Dr John Hughes is speaking about Research at the FHT Conference on the Friday 29 November at the Kings Fund, London.

John will be providing an overview of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), including different types of PROMs that are client and therapist-friendly, the contexts where these can be used, benefits and limitations of PROMs, and how the data can be used to evaluate treatments and further integrated healthcare.

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Five great reasons to come to our 2019 FHT Conference this November

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The 2019 FHT Conference at The King’s Fund, London on Friday 29 November, is only three weeks away now! Last year was a sell-out and this year is shaping up to be the same, so if you haven’t already booked a place, now is the time to do it.

Following in the steps of last year’s event, which was a finalist for Best New Association Conference or Event at the 2019 Association Excellence Awards, this year’s conference will inspire, inform and involve you:

1. Discover how to get involved in the future of healthcare

Influential GP, Dr Michael Dixon, said at last year’s conference, ‘GPs interested in complementary medicine are prescribing antibiotics 25% less’, indicating a positive shift towards integrated health. Be inspired by our expert speakers who are working at the forefront of integrated healthcare, who understand how our healthcare system works and the future opportunities available for complementary therapists.

2. Learn new skills to support your practice

Gwyn Featonby, winner of the 2018 FHT Tutor of the Year at our annual Excellence Awards, said, ‘highly skilled and enthusiastic practitioners are key to the provision of quality assured and effective complementary therapy.’ Gain insight into integrated healthcare, how to support your clients and develop your practice by evaluating treatments using patient reported outcome measures.

3. Hear about integrated healthcare success stories 

President of the FHT, Chris Byrne, said of last year’s event, he ‘came away inspired to think of new ways we can all work together to ensure even more people get access to the best of both conventional and complementary care’. Hear from our speakers, who will discuss the successes of the integrated health initiatives they have spearheaded, highlighting the benefits for both patients and the therapists.

4. Network with industry figures and like-minded therapists

Helen Robinson, MFHT, came away ‘buzzing with all the potential’ after last year’s conference. You will have ample opportunity to network with industry figures and other therapists, allowing you to make new connections, learn from each other’s experiences and strengthen the holistic therapy community as a whole.

5. Be inspired

The expert speakers and 2019 FHT Excellence Award winners will leave you inspired about the possibilities for your own career and how can you support your clients, fellow therapists and integrated healthcare. We hope you leave the conference with ideas that will help you evolve as a therapist and be part of the integrated health cause that will help more people access effective health and care.

Jackie Hamilton, FHT Member and Local Group Coordinator, praised the 2018 FHT Conference, ‘I was so motivated and inspired after attending last year’s FHT conference, I went back to Norfolk, determined to make a difference. I formed a new Facebook group to unite like-minded therapists and promote integrated healthcare, became chair of my local GP surgery’s Patient Participation Group and started a charity called TherapyAid, which provides free therapy treatments to unpaid carers in our local community. If you’re attending this year’s FHT Conference, go with this in mind: it might just inspire you to do things that you never dreamed of. It might just change your life.’

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