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Aloe vera - ancient myth or modern day miracle?; aloe vera - the true aloe; choosing aloe vera products; the professionals have their say; what aloe vera can do for you; nutrition - you are what you eat and absorb; animal magic - they can use it too!; aloe vera - research or anecdotal evidence; how to use, store and maximise the benefits of taking aloe vera; aloe vera - last thoughts and what next? Appendices: references and sources of information; recommended reading; bibliography and references; glossary of terms.
In 1995, Alasdair Barcroft established the Aloe Vera Centre - a London-based distribution and retail mail order business supplying natural health products. The background to how and why he did this are explained within this book and are a fascinating insight as to how a personal experience can change one's career and life path. His life and career are now firmly focused on and around his family and working with other people all over the world to help them achieve the enormous potential that he believes exists within all of us but is often hampered by a lack of opportunity and vision or entrenched views, beliefs and prejudices in society. He and his family now have an international business with one of the world's leading network marketing companies, which is also the largest grower and producer of aloe vera and beehive products. He feels that this association has, in his words, 'set us free to develop our lives and our lifestyle in the way that we want'...'and everyone, wherever they live and whatever their background, should have a chance to do the same'. Audun Myskja qualified as a medical doctor and has worked in both general practice and as a hospital doctor. His career has encompassed not only allopathic medicine (since 1981) but he has also gained considerable recognition in Norway and other countries for his work in a number of complementary therapies. He has qualifications in herbal medicine, energy medicine and flower remedy treatment, and has practised complementary and herbal medicine for nearly thirty years. He teaches and lectures on medical music therapy at universities in Oslo, Bergen and Sandane and for the Norwegian Medical Association (NMA). He has been awarded two prizes by the NMA for his work on music therapy in the Norwegian health service. He has been at the forefront of the development and use of music in geriatrics and palliative care in Norway. He is also a leading teacher and lecturer on symptom relief, terminal care and complementary medicine at the Norwegian Academies of Advanced Nursing in Oslo, Bergen and Drammen. He was Chief of Staff at a large hospice in Oslo and a consultant to the Norwegian Cancer Association on complementary therapies and terminal care. He was also engaged in a cancer research project at the Norwegian Cancer Hospital on music therapy and relaxation as support measures in advanced breast cancer. He and his wife, Reidun (an aromatherapist and reflexologist) also run the Norwegian Aloe Vera Centre and a private medical and natural health clinic in Oslo. Audun Myskja often lectures on complementary medicines, herbal remedies and natural therapies and is also a prolific author and has had over 100 articles and papers on complementary therapies and palliative care published in newspapers and periodicals. His published books include: Den musiske medisin (Musical Medicine - Sound and Music in Medicine, 1999 and 2000); Flower Remedies for Growth and Healing (2000); Aloe Vera - naturens skattkammer (Aloe Vera - Nature's Treasure Chest, 2001).