Past Events

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An Introduction To Personalised Lifestyle Medicine

Dr Charlotte Chandler, GP

Did you know that 80% of ill health is due to our modern diet and lifestyle?

Humans were not designed to thrive in an environment of a calorie rich, nutrient poor diet, high stress levels, poor sleep and lack of movement. We are becoming sick as a result. Modern illnesses affecting the mental and physical health of our community both young and old are all too easy to see.

The good news is that by understanding the causes of these illnesses and targeting lifestyle change we can treat and even reverse and cure many of these conditions.

“The physician works to treat the whole person rather than just the disease.

The mind body and soul of a patient are taken into consideration to promote healing and well-being.”

Our modern lifestyle is a major factor in the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and some autoimmune diseases.

What we often don’t appreciate is that the right lifestyle and nutrition can actually BE OUR MEDICINE.

Personalised Lifestyle Medicine recognises the body as one interconnected system and addresses factors such as sleep, stress, nutrition and movement we can start to treat the root cause of disease rather than just suppress symptoms with drugs."

2018:- 17th March & 12th May, 2018 - held at the Budleigh Hub

2019:- 15th June 2019 - this event was held in Exmouth and was very well attended with a room capacity audience and generated a lot of questions in the Q&A session.

The Human Microbiome - The ‘forgotten organ’

Dr Lucie Wilk, Consultant Rheumatologist & Lifestyle Medicine Doctor

We explored:

  • What the human microbiome is and how it affects our mental and physical health
  • Dr Lucie gave us top tips on how to nurture our own biome for improved wellbeing.

Date held: 14th July, 2018 - The Budleigh Hub

An Introduction and Demonstration on Kefir

- and how to make it

Tiffany Jesse of

A talk and demonstration for those who are curious about making their own Kefir. A great way to learn how to support your gut health with some simple techniques which will take away any fears and confusion you may have surrounding Kefir with principles that apply to all other fermented foods.

  • We discovered how easy and safe it is to have healthy probiotic food as a part of our daily routine.
  • We learnt about the history of Kefir and how it made its way to the West.
  • We understood the importance of gut health and the many benefits of eating fermented food for our health and wellbeing.
  • We also learnt how to use our intuition to ferment with confidence, and the difference between making our own and buying it ready made.

There was a chance to sample some Kefir - both dairy and non-dairy - and plenty of time to ask lots of questions.

Date held: 15th Sept, 2018 - at The Budleigh Hub

To access information about Kefir from this event with Tiffany Jesse on "Kefir" on 15 September,

please click or tap on the "Articles and info from previous talks" section under the Resources tab, or click here.

An Interactive Talk on Movement and Exercise

Cara Simpson of

Cara's interactive and entertaining presentation opened our minds to the vast potential for change. From how you sit when watching television, to how you stand when making a sandwich and even how you move when on the toilet!

The trouble with that they don't come with an instruction manual on how to move well which is exactly what this talk/workshop on exercise, movement and pain prevention is all about!

We all suffer aches & pains in our everyday lives, some of which are persistent and debilitating.

What if there was an easy way to prevent this happening without changing your lifestyle?

​I showed you simple, easy to follow advice for your everyday tasks.

Did you know standing on one leg (like a flamingo) can help prevent low back pain?

Why not try just that the next time you brush your teeth?

Date held: 27th October, 2018

Flamingo Physio is the brain child of Cara Simpson, an experienced physiotherapist on a mission to educate people about simple and functional ways to prevent pain.

Cara has over twelve years experience working as a physiotherapist in the NHS. She realised that the majority of people she was seeing in her clinic had aches and pains that could have been prevented. Most of the time it was the persons lifestyle that had lead them to develop the pain and not injury.

Flamingo Physio will teach you incredibly easy ways to prevent pain, or ease the pains you already have, and the best part of all is that it doesn't involve exercises, yay!

An Introduction to Nutritional Therapy

with Nutritionist Lesley Harper

with an introduction by Dr Charlotte Chandler

With so many confusing messages about food and healthy eating it can be difficult to know where to start when trying to make positive changes to your health.

Date held: 23rd February 2019

For further information and to see Lesley's slides, click or tap here: Articles & Info from previous talks

Fermenting Vegetables

a Workshop with Tiffany Jesse of Culture Love - Saturday May 4th, 2019 - 2-4p.m.

A great afternoon learning about the health benefits of eating fermented foods and learning how to prepare and making our own saurkraut.

We will be posting a link with the recipes shortly.

Access to Dr Wilk's profile The Doctors

A Talk by Dr Lucie Wilk - NHS Consultant Rheumatologist and Lifestyle Medicine Doctor on IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

12th September, 2019 at Exmouth Community College

People with IBS struggle with miserable, often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, and pain.

Dr Wilk talked about various causes of IBS and what helps and what doesn't.

And whether or not you attended the talk you may find the

Blog on Gut Health on the Doctor's own website - Gut Health really useful.

Learn Transcendental Meditation

with Dr Gemma Beckley, Clinical Psychologist

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is uniquely simple, effortless and natural – a silent use of a mantra (or sound) which brings results more quickly and profoundly than effort or control. By allowing the mind the freedom to be still, the body gains very deep rest, and releases accumulated stress.

21st - 23rd September 2019 at the Venue - The Budleigh Hub

Find out more about the Meditation Trust

How Can Nutrition Help Make Longer Lives Healthier?

We all want to understand how eating well can help make our lives longer and healthier - to increase our ‘Healthspan’ means a longer QUALITY life, not just a longer life.

As we age our bodies become more susceptible to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and others.

We may also feel less energetic, more achy, and a bit down.

Understanding what might help improve our quality of life as we get older is worth knowing about.

During the talk I’ll be covering:-

What foods make a difference and which foods don’t?

What’s in those foods and why should I bother eating them?

How can I easily and economically incorporate them into my everyday life?