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Should our diets go back to basics?

Should we return to the diet of our ancestors to prevent everything from cancer to hot flushes in menopausal women?

The role of diet and herbal supplements in the workings of the human body will be highlighted at a unique event at the University of St Andrews this week (Thursday 2 December 2004).

The ‘Symposium In Integrative Medicine: Health Promotion Without Limits’ will hear world-leading specialists air their latest research into the impact of diet, traditional Chinese medicine, stress and meditation on the human body. It will also highlight a breast cancer programme in Germany which has revealed the staggering effect of stress-reduction, relaxation and exercise on early breast cancer patients.

The event is being organised by Dr Margaret Ritchie, Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow in the University’s Bute Medical School. A chemistry graduate of the University and former practitioner in complementary medicine, Dr Ritchie now heads research at the interface of chemistry and medicine.

The full programme is available at –

http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/symposium2004.php

NOTE TO EDITORS

Media are invited to attend the event – please contact Claire Grainger/Gayle Cook on 01334 462529 for more information.

Alternatively, speakers will be free to talk to the media on the morning of the event -please contact Dr Ritchie initially on 01382 534206, 01334 463534 or 07711 810 162 to arrange.

Strictly embargoed, plain English abstracts available from Claire Grainger/Gayle Cook on 01334 462529.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information, please contact Claire Grainger, Press Officer – 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk; Ref: press releases/symposium-2 View the latest University news at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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