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Green Leaves

We are a subscription based website with the aim to create a trusted online community to discuss and share information and recommendations related to health.

In this time of information overload it has come increasingly difficult to sift through information and determine if it is to be trusted. Here on this site we provide personalised, selective information.

The community that we set out to create is not about generating traffic. It is about giving an opportunity to people who work with us to have access to the tools and information we use to continue to help optimise your health through education and personal examples.

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Mission

This site is designed to unpack modern health issues and discuss practical and proven solutions to maximise human health.

Our purpose is to build a trusted community of people interested in health to share and learn together.

We are real people behind real things.

THE TEAM

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KHELGA COOPPER IVANOVA

Functional Medicine Practitioner, ND, researcher, scientist, nutritional and lifestyle strategies, epigenetics, educator

She practices Functional Medicine root cause approach. 

 

Main focus on patient education and healing through addressing the underlying causes that trigger and promote the state of ill health. Her firm belief is that disease is the loss of function, and identifying which function is at loss is crucial to be able to treat correctly and therefore successfully. 

 

Her main goal is to advocate prevention, and encourage people to check their biochemical and biological sufficiencies. For this she uses the latest state of the art testing that can provide the full picture rather than just the blood biomarker which can be high or low. More often than not the tests are non- invasive such as saliva, stool, urine which provide a fuller picture of metabolic activity within the body. 

 

One of her passion and challenges is to dig in at cellular level of inflammation, and get to understand individual immune reactivity, chronic inflammatory responses, and hypersensitivities to certain toxins and harmful metabolites that reside in the body, causing inflammation. In these particular cases the blood draw would be required. 

 

She participates in regular clinical application and scientific round tables with other clinicians around the world and continually extends her collaborations and knowledge. This she considers the true clinical germs.

 

Staying up -to - date with the latest and being able to translate the complexity of science to clients o audience, personalise science into actionable treatments is her goal and her challenge. 

 

People who get better are those who learn about the triggers and mediators driving the dysfunction, it is not a mere action upon the prescription. Treatment is a process, a commitment to self and a therapeutic partnership. The practice is constantly evolving with the pace of the knowledge and science. We are committed and modesty proud to be able to transmit this to those who reach out to us. 

 

She likes to focus on chronic inflammation, neuroinflammation, central sensitization driven pain such as multiple myalgias, toxic load, endocrine disrupters, immune system reactivity, autoimmunity, cognitive optimisation, gastrointestinal health. She incorporates gene - based medicine in individual studies and is fully qualified in epigenetics. 

 

She merges many different modalities and collaborations and refiéralas to be able to achieve positive impact, as and when needed, such as BHRT, compound pharmacy, dental cavitation, neural therapy, photobiomodulation, low laser, far infrared light, pulsing therapy, micro- immunotherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, neurofeedback, brain reader, neuroQ, thermal imaging, fascial decompression, and other. 

 

Bredesen ReCode 2.0 Certified clinician. 

ProdromeScan (Plasmalogen) Certified Clinician. 

British Society for Ecological Medicine Associate. 

Member of BANT, IFM, FMU, NNA, GCRN, CNHC. Member of SESAP (Sociedad Española de Salud de Precisión). Certified to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). 

 

She is the founder of Functional retreats and Optimal Health Hub. And runs charitable foundation that focuses on guiding people to achieve their individual optimal health. 

 

She actively practices within the team of Apollo Health. Please click on the link to learn more: 

 

https://www.apollohealthco.com/

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CATHERINE ROGERS

Health Coach and Mental Health Therapist

Catherine Rogers is a mental health therapist and health coach passionate about the link between physical and mental health.

 

Providing multi-disciplinary insight into health issues, her 20 years of experience and work with Oxford University PhD researchers looking at gut bacteria in relation to the immune system has led her to firmly believe in the importance of good gut health for mental and physical wellbeing.

This belief saw her write Amazon bestseller, “Gut Well Soon”, which reveals how health problems are connected to gut health and found Reset Your Health, an online programme providing recipes tailored to an individual’s health challenges and food preferences.

 

More recently, Catherine has founded Reset Your Brain Health, where she works alongside doctors to reverse dementia. She is one of only a handful of UK based practitioners who has successfully completed Dr Bredesen’s ReCODE training.

Gut Well Soon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gut-Well-Soon-Practical-Healthier/dp/1784521566

Reset Your Health - https://resetyourhealth.com/

Reset Your Brain Health - https://resetyourbrainhealth.com/

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ELIZABETH ELRINGTON

Healthy Home, Breathwork & Postural

Alignment Practitioner

Elizabeth is a certified Buteyko Clinic Instructor,  Oxygen Advantage Coach & Postural Alignment Specialist. She has specialized in Radiation Protection (GEOVITAL Academy) and holds a Master of Science from Manchester University, UK.

 

Through combining her scientific knowledge with her genuine passion for health Elizabeth has honed her skills to provide solutions which allows each individual to reach their full potential. This is achieved through a combination of breathwork, postural therapy and tools such as Nerve Express. 

 

With an avid interest in the functional medicine model, which addresses the underlying root cause of disease, Elizabeth works closely with esteemed Functional Medical Practioner, Khelga Coopper, to provide holistic care for all clients.

Nerve Express is an FDA approved medical device that allows us to study your individual heart rate variability. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has an important clinical reference and it is an actionable approach. This means we measure to create your baseline from which you can improve and monitor your progress. 

 

There is an important difference between the heart rate and Heart Rate Variability which has clinical significance and relevance. While heart rate focuses on the average beats per minute, heart rate variability HRV measures the specific changes in time /variability between successive heart beats.

 

Your Heart Rate Variability reflects how adaptable your body can be. If your heart rate is highly variable, this is usually evidence that your body can adapt to many kinds of changes. People with high heart rate variability are usually less stressed and happier in general. Healthy individuals will have scores of 60-70 (depending on biological age), and top endurance athletes can have numbers of 90-100 (or even higher). Conversely, less healthy people will have numbers in the 40-55 range, and anything below that indicates a low level of vagal activity, which may be a cause for concern.

 

Stress is a big contributor to ageing. If we are to describe ageing in simple terms, we shall distinguish a progressive oxidation and depletions that lead and cause dysfunctions. And disease is the lack of function. 

 

We may often ignore or rather be unaware of certain stressors such as environmental stress (pollutants, noise, blue light, mould exposure), inadequate nutrition such as too many carbs, easily oxidized or rancid oils, frequent alcohol consumption, eating throughout the day without giving time to the digestive tract to rest and recover, hidden infections, stress on the adrenals with inappropriate exercise, incorrect breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, amongst others. 

 

Oftentimes we are not even aware of such stressors as they may not be particularly obvious. But every stressor does count. And, how much we stress our system and how long we stay in sympathetic mode (fight and flight) vs parasympathetic mode (relax and digest) matters. Healthy autonomic nervous system represents your ability to switch between the two modes. Using Nerve Express we examine your “switch” and help you to adjust it to work optimally, and therefore to feel better and age less. 

 

Real age is your biological age and not your chronological age. We all have inside us 78 organs, if we can optimise these organs and stress them less, the ageing will be slower because the health will be more optimal, you will feel recharged and positive inside out. Understanding each individual body functioning at cellular level is at the core of everything we do. 

 

The studies which we conduct on each client then translated into recommendations about technics and tools available to you to continue your health optimisation journey, to become your own master.

For more information about breathwork click here.

NERVE EXPRESS

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LIBBY PICKETT

Vagus Nerve Toning & Thymus Stimulation

From Artist to Therapist through her own healing journey, Libby masterfully combines her creative talents together with medical science to assist others on their journey to wellness and wholeness. 

 

The Vagus Nerve is crucial contributors to health and wellbeing and yet very little heard of outside clinical realm. The vagus nerve plays an important role as the body’s communication highway, carrying information back and forth between the brain and most internal organs. 

 

It establishes connections between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract, sends information about the state of the inner organs to the brain via numerous afferent fibres: the vagus nerve is responsible for the regulation of internal organ functions, such as digestion, heart rate, and respiratory rate, as well as vasomotor activity, certain reflex actions, such as coughing, sneezing, swallowing, and vomiting. 

 

The stimulation of vagal afferent fibres in the gut influences brain systems in the brain stem that play crucial roles in major psychiatric conditions, such as mood and anxiety disorders. 

 

The most important function of the vagus nerve is afferent, bringing information of the inner organs, such as gut, liver, heart, and lungs to the brain. The inner organs are major sources of sensory information to the brain. The gut as the largest surface (the size of the tennis court) toward the outer world and is therefore, a particularly important sensory organ. Emerging research points out that gut bacteria has beneficial effects on mood and anxiety, partly by affecting the activity of the vagus nerve. 

 

Vagus nerve plays an important role in supporting memory creation and, therefore cognition by activation leading to the release of acetylcholine neurotransmitter at the synaptic junction with secreting cells, intrinsic nervous fibres, and smooth muscles. In the latter, Libby provides invaluable support and therapeutic add - on to the ReCODE clients. 

 

Preliminary evidence suggests that vagus nerve stimulation is a promising add-on treatment for refractory depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and inflammatory conditions, such as bowel disease to name a few. 

 

In few words and without complicating, treatments that target the vagus nerve increase the vagal tone and inhibit cytokine (pro - inflammatory molecules) production. Both are important mechanism of resiliency. 

 

Vagus nerve tone is correlated with capacity to regulate stress responses and can be influenced by breathing, its tone increases through simple daily patterns of meditation and yoga postures for instance. Libby helps to establish other daily patterns that can be easily incorporated into your life and practiced easily and even, discreetly should a situation require so. 

 

Another pearl, is attention to the thymus gland, which diminishes in size speedily and progressively with the pace of time. It is a crucial part of the immune system, located at the breast bone, and amongst its key health enhancing function is the production of immune white cells (so called T lymphocytes, T standing for thymus). These cells help us fight infections. Libby guides you through the awareness process about this vital part of the body and puts you back in touch with your system. 

 

Her toolbox of other therapeutic practices includes vocal toning, singing, guided customized meditation, EFT tapping, silk painting and dance. 

 

Libby supports you on your journey back to balance, to peace, and to your heart.

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LUA SAENZ

Clinical Psychologist

Lua Sáenz, licensed B-1920, is a Clinical Psychologist and has gained her 3 academic degrees (Bachelor and Masters) and over 10 professional training and qualifications in Spain, UK and Argentina. 

She studied several innovative psychotherapeutic currents: Trauma Brain Integration Techniques,Cognitive Psychotherapy, EFT, Gestalt Psychotherapy, Gestalt Art Therapy, Positive Psychotherapy, etc. Counting on her resume with master’s degrees, psychology majors and multiple complementary training courses.

Lua Sáenz has over 16 years of experiences working as a Clinical Psychologist. Over the years, she has practised many branches of psychotherapy and has created her unique method which combines Gestalt Psychotherapy, Cognitive Psychotherapy, Trauma Brain Integration Techniques and Emotional Freedom Techniques.

Lua has extensive experience in helping clients to overcome psychological Trauma, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Anxiety disorders, Depressive disorders, low self-steem, etc. She now practise her methodology in Spain, as well as giving online consultations and facilitates workshops.

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HUI FONG

Taiwanese Reflexology & Fascia Release

Hui Fong is originally from Taiwan, she studied and worked in Italy. She developed a special method of Taiwanese reflexology for the feet and fascial decompression for the body which help clients to achieve optimal health. 

 

How do disproportionally small feet sustain our big bodies? Well, the feet is where the first chakra is — your connection with the Earth, and if you do not take good care of it the loss of connection may follow. The feet are full of sensitive nerve endings and body energy centres. All body systems flow through the feet. When was the last time you took proper care of your feet?

 

According to ancient Japanese medical knowledge, our human body has over 360 acupuncture points. More than 60 of the acupuncture points are found on the soles of one foot. Our feet are the reflective zones of our internal organs. Her Taiwanese reflexology is carefully curated to stimulate, tone, rebalance and bring to life the 60 acupuncture points of each foot, help gently detoxify the body by encouraging the lymphatics. 

 

The relationship between the nervous system and the connective tissue is at the core of her fascial decompression approach. This helps to recognise fascial restrictions. She treats specific injuries, tissue connection and blockages, chronic conditions targeting fascia. 

 

Her methods promote self-healing in a non-invasive way. Her treatments are synergetic with other modalities we offer in our dynamic approach to health and well-being.

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OSCAR SAZ

Nutritional Science, Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), Pharmacist (Member of Functional Medicine Pharmacist Alliance FMPhA)

As pharmacist Oscar knows that “a pill for every ill” is not the answer to the chronic disease epidemic. 

 

Oscar found solution in adopting Functional Medicine approach to be the solution as reflective practicing. Pharmacy (when needed) combined with nutraceuticals and right lifestyle and, nutrition can be effective to treat the root cause of diseases and chronic conditions and restore health to the optimal levels. 

 

Oscar has furthered his knowledge and trained as Nutritionist, and Psyco Neuro immunologist. He proudly belongs to a growing collective of pharmacists who specialise in functional medicine approach and has special interest in developing personalised nutritions strategies, and applying PNI to treatment and prevention. 

 

He masterfully advises on and helps us integrate pharmaceutical interventions when such interventions are needed and patient can clearly benefit from them. 

 

Psychoneuroimmunology is an interdisciplinary medical field that studies the relationship between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems, and the effect this has on health. Examining interactions between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system is crucial. Communication between these systems is complex. Psychological phenomena such as stress and depression may impact the immune system and have profound and lasting effects ok health.


As pharmacists who practices functional medicine, Oscar masterfully combines his extensive knowledge of health conditions with a therapeutic mindset and a root cause approach. 

 

Member of SESAP (Spanish Society for Precision Medicine)

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MARCELA BORTHIRY

Trained Chef (Master), Certified Functional Medicine Health and Nutrition Coach

(IFM Coaching Academy)

Marcela is a trained chef, and a certified Functional Medicine Health and Nutrition Coach; she specialises in healthy and sustainable behaviour change. She safely and gently guides clients into developing a set of behavioural pattens that reflect their optimal health vision. This is closely related to enhancing clients values and inner wisdom to transform health goals into action. 

Marcela helps to support evidence based clinical interventions and conduct nutritional education. She also provide tailored menus based on nutritional prescription or recommendation during our “functional retreats”. Interactive cooking classes and sessions in person and via zoom and, bespoke approach to help clients achieve optimum health are some of the tools Marcela uses in her practice.

After many years of catering for clients from different backgrounds, dietary and nutritional needs, it was very clear to Marcela how lifestyle factors and nutrition play a huge role in the burden of chronic disease and how much people struggle to close the gap between intention and behaviour. Marcela helps put goals into action and close the gap between intention and behavior. 

Her aim is to help individuals discover their intrinsic motivation for change, to be self-determined to set challenging yet attainable goals with the focus on an integrative optimal wellness vision that will empower them to see new possibilities with specific and clear direction. She helps our planning for clients in terms of nutrition and lifestyle goals to be long - lasting and sustainable. 

Being part of a modern collaborative optimal healthcare team allows us to not only address the underlaying causes of chronic disease but most importantly to stay healthy and return to balance. It provides a safe and sustainable space for growth and personal development.

https://www.ifm.org/partnerships/fmca

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MARIANA SALINAS PhD

Craneosacral therapy, family constellations, Kundalini yoga y meditation

She has an impressive array of university degrees including two master's degrees, the first in Gestalt Psychotherapy and the second in Transgenerational Family Systemic Psychotherapy (Family Constellations) and a Doctorate in Modern Letters with a dissertation on the relationship between Language and the Construction of Identity. 

She also holds numerous certifications such as Transcendental Meditation Instructor from the Chopra Institute, Craniosacral Therapist from the Upledger Institute of NY and Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

 

Mariana has been fortunate to be in the presence of spiritual leaders such as: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yogi Bhajan, Swami Sathya Sai Baba, as well as learning directly from masters such as Deepak Chopra, John Upledger and Bert Hellinger. Among many others.

 

In love with the island of Mallorca, where she has lived for six years where she has created and runs, CEO, Sadhana Works, a company of Conscious Lifestyle, convinced that more than ever it is important to bring people the knowledge and tools necessary to have a healthier and more conscious life.

She works as an Individual Therapist, leads Family Constellation groups, retreats and teaches daily Kundalini Yoga classes.

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AINSWORTHS HOMEOPATHIC PHARMACY

We collaborate with the knowledge and wisdom of Ainsworths Homeopathic Pharmacy in London

Homeopathic doctors at this renown pharmacy are indeed in possession of the utmost reliable wealth of information and knowledge. Presently, our collaboration is particularly with the central London branch on Cavendish Street, for the UK based patients the remedy can be sent directly. For international patients we dispense from Palma de Mallorca. 

 

Although homeopathy is available worldwide, we particularly identified Homeopathic doctors of Aisnworth Homeopathic Pharmacy for specific formulations. The specific formulations are compound homeopathy and Narayani Remedies. 

 

We effectively incorporated compound homeoapathy and the range of Narayani Remedies. Narayani Remedies whave been

formulated by classical Homeopathic doctor Swami Narayami in the late 60s. These remedies focus on physiological and systemic drainage, stress, toxicity and so much more. Doctors worldwide reply on the synergy of Narayani Remedies for treatment of the root cause. It is the most recognised formulations used in the best medical practices to address the root cause, and to modulate and balance. The knowledge is ever expanding, so important to be able to offer reliable and proven sources of different modalities and approaches. We especially relied on Narayani for brain health, detox, stress and sleep/circadian rhythms Support. 

https://www.ainsworths.com/

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MENTORING

If you are interested in the possibility of a mentoring program contact us for more information. 

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Interested in a particular topic and would like to know more. We are available for webinars.

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