Laura Knowles

Alternative Health Expert

I am an Health Practitioner managing Balanced Wellness - a group of clinics, schools and wellness centres in the South of England.

I write about the topics that get me going including health, wellbeing, psychology, diet, lifestyle and my therapy Kinesiology.

I write from my professional experience in clinic, my personal beliefs and welcome discussion around any of the topics I bring.
Is Exercise Bad for

Is Exercise Bad for Me?

One woman gets stronger, fitter and healthier. The other woman frequently injures herself, picks up colds she cannot shift, starts to experience sleep disturbances and nightmares and her body fat increases. Why such a difference in experiences?
02/10/2015 11:10 BST
The Great Oestrogen

The Great Oestrogen Imbalance

Many women suffer with hormonal symptoms thanks to an imbalance in the primary female hormone 'Oestrogen'. Where the medical model will look to the Pill, HRT or painkillers to control oestrogen symptoms, the Naturopathic model looks to diet, lifestyle and supplements to balance the endocrine system.
28/09/2015 11:35 BST
Why Eczema Is a

Why Eczema Is a Gift

Skin is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. My condition revealed to me that the hatred and resentment I felt towards my skin was actually how I deep down felt about myself. Once I stopped being so darn angry with myself my skin started to heal.
19/09/2014 12:22 BST
Too Little Acid Causes

Too Little Acid Causes Heartburn

Many of us know acid related indigestion, heartburn or dyspepsia from first-hand experience. The assumption is that there is always too much acid in the stomach. The adverts with the cartoon firemen soothing away the burning fire in our guts only reinforce that heartburn equals too much acid.
18/03/2014 13:35 GMT
Women: Take the Day Off -

Women: Take the Day Off - Period

The pattern of running ourselves into the ground to achieve money and power has to stop because the burn out is literally killing us. Could menstrual mapping enable us women to find the balance we all crave?
03/09/2013 11:12 BST
Is DIY Bad for Your

Is DIY Bad for Your Health?

I can feel a proper mood coming on. It's a similar mood to the one I had last week, where I couldn't work the rotavator in the garden, kicked it and made my toe bleed. It was there and then I decided DIY is very bad for health.
19/08/2013 12:42 BST
Does Alternative Health Need to Step

Does Alternative Health Need to Step Up?

Alternative health, including therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy and kinesiology has often been considered flaky and new age, sitting on the fringes of society. So when I made the decision to jack in my well-paid marketing job to do some strange unknown therapy called Kinesiology, my family were a little bemused.
01/08/2013 10:04 BST
When Organic Is a Must - The Dirty

When Organic Is a Must - The Dirty Dozen

Our intensively farmed, pesticide treated soils aren't what they used to be. Fruit and veg no longer contains the levels of the oh so important vitamins and minerals that we need to keep our bodies doing their thing and this is contributing to the increase in illness and disease that we are experiencing.
18/07/2013 14:31 BST
Painkillers Cause Headaches - Finding Another

Painkillers Cause Headaches - Finding Another Way

Painkillers can't be considered as a cure for headaches. They block the pain receptors that are giving the brain the message that there is a problem. Painkillers are not addressing the problem of where the headache is really coming from.
20/09/2012 22:15 BST
Redefining Great

Redefining Great Sex

All the advice is focused on the physical act of having a good bonk, not one mention of emotional connection. I believe girls mags are missing a huge trick here.
28/08/2012 22:20 BST
Loving Cake - The UK's Increase of

Loving Cake - The UK's Increase of Diabetes

Hello my name is <a href="" target="_hplink">Laura </a>and I am a reformed cakeoholic. I absolutely adore cake. Homemade, sticky, stodgy, sweet, delicious, naughty, full of raisins lardy cake has always been an deep guilty pleasure. It takes great willpower to stay away from the cake counter in tea shops and for me to utter the words 'Just a herbal tea for me please'.
16/08/2012 20:25 BST
Throwing a Wobbly - Is Anger Good For Our

Throwing a Wobbly - Is Anger Good For Our Health?

Why do we get angry? It's a very natural reaction to being offended, threatened, wronged or denied. It's a human instinct, proof that we are still animals. Anger is immediate. It's like a fire, it ignites, it rages and it burns out.
08/05/2012 23:41 BST
Hot But Not Healthy - Body Damage Through

Hot But Not Healthy - Body Damage Through Exercise

How can a man, obviously at the peak of physical fitness be struck down with cancer? There could be a number of reasons. I don't know his family history. But a theory I believe contributed to his illness is the physical stress he put his body under.
11/04/2012 09:01 BST
Spring Cleaning - Eight Ways to

Spring Cleaning - Eight Ways to Detox

Spring has sprung. Oh sun in the sky, blossom on the trees, you know how I feel. Forget the 'after Christmas bloats' in January - spring is the perfect time to cleanse ourselves and have a good detox.
21/03/2012 10:13 GMT
Sunny D - The UK's Vitamin D

Sunny D - The UK's Vitamin D Deficiency

Ah Vitamin D. You've become quite a celebrity recently. You seem to be in every health story I read. The majority of the Vitamin D created in our bodies come from exposure to sunlight and after years of slapping on the factor 50 and worrying about skin cancer, it would appear we have all become D deficient.
05/03/2012 17:42 GMT
Houston We Have a Problem - Is Bobby Brown to Blame for the Demise of

Houston We Have a Problem - Is Bobby Brown to Blame for the Demise of Whitney?

This is a loss to the music world. Whitney gave us much; the greatest selling single of all time by a female artist as well as the harsh lesson of the effects of a destructive relationships and drug abuse. RIP Ms Houston, we learned from the best, <a href="" target="_hplink">we learned from you.</a>
14/02/2012 09:05 GMT