Sunday 26 June 2016

How Does It Work? Does It Matter?

Nicki Edgell

How Does It Work? There is no escape because the more you know the more there is to know. As with any science, the research on any subject is endless. While these folks are squirming in a sea of questions, their less curious counterparts are busy building large organizations and receiving handsome cheques each and every month.

For a moment, let's suppose that before any of us could use any household appliance, take any type of medication, drive a car, truck, motorcycle, use a digital camera, a smart phone, or Ipod, we had to completely understand how it worked before we could use it. Well, none of us would ever be able to do so much as make a slice of toast in the morning! A person would have to have degrees in electrical, mechanical, automotive, and civil engineering before he or she could do most anything. How about those prescriptions from the doctor? Better pick up a degree in pharmacy before swallowing any of those capsules. That's a pretty ridiculous picture to paint, but it's no sillier than someone insisting that they have to know all of the technical aspects of each Nikken product before they'll use them or offer them to someone else to use them.

The company has done their research. 40 years in the health business, what is there to doubt? The products work and are safe. They have been used successfully by over 30 million people. The company and 40 years of experience have done the work for you. All you have to do is use them, benefit from them, and tell your friends about them……… What Could Be Easier Than That?

Thursday 23 June 2016

An Inspiring Story of Hope and Recovery

Nicki Edgell

A year ago today 23 June 2015 my husband Nico came out of hospital after 3 months. It has been an unbelievable journey of recovery from his stroke, as it was a massive one. With many incredible people helping him and us as a family on the way. So many to thank for their love, kindness, generosity, healing hands and much more. Today really is a celebration of how far he has come. He could only walk down the end of our terrace within a few days of coming home. Now he walks to the seafront and on to Hove. No stopping him!
The Nikken Magnetic products have been the foundation of his recovery and (also in the support of us as a family through all the shock and trauma) along with other therapies which the magnets helped to anchor in, such as acupuncture and body talk, craniosacral therapy, physio, OT and a clean anti inflammatory diet, good supplements and tonnes of LOVE the biggest healer of all.
Have a look at some of the things he can now do! Bearing in mind 1 year ago his arm due to huge damage showed little sign of recovery.
A few things that stay in my mind from the last year and are so important for recovery, firstly, never give up! The power of the mind is incredible. I am so proud how Nico has pushed himself, sometimes in the darkest of times, he found that in him, determination. The Doctors only give one side of the story of recovery, make it your own, research, there is so much information available out there. Secondly being out in nature, when Nico was in hospital I got him out into the sunshine and where there were trees and flowers and birds singing, pushing a wheel chair was not easy but it had huge benefits. Loving him to wellness also. Crying together, laughing together sharing the good and the bad times as they were. Being in the moment and surrendering to it. Also remembering to look after myself has been a big part of this story too.
Much love blessings and thanks to all those wonderful people, you know who you are, you are all angels. Some are not on FB but I know the message will get to them. xxx
Angela Pinem
Brighton UK

The Point of Social Media

Nicki Edgell

I was thinking – what are we doing on here, those of us in business that is? What’s the point? And I concluded it’s seed planting; spreading seeds around the internet through social media, comments, blogs etc. See what takes, some will flower. There is a risk you annoy people with over posting, so mix it up, but this is less of a problem with businesses than personal stuff (it is important to distinguish the two). With businesses the potential market is millions so it doesn’t matter too much if 99% of readers ignore you, there will still be enough interest within the other 1%, and you don’t have a personal relationship (yet) anyway. Similarly don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. Social media is so fleeting many people will miss the first post but see the second one.

The other thing is it doesn’t even matter too much if no one is reading the stuff because google will! Therefore if nothing else it gets your links out there. So if someone is investigating Nikken (or any other company or product) on google it doesn’t matter if they see a link that is a website, a facebook post, a blog, a youtube video, or a tweet etc. The more words you have out there on the subject in any of these forms, the more chance google will lead a potential customer your way.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Nikken and Stroke Recovery

Nicki Edgell
Angela Pinem is a Nikken Consultant. This is her story -

Just over a year ago my fit and healthy husband Nico had a massive stroke at the age of 41. He was paralysed on his right side, with no speech and incontinent. The prognosis was very grim - I was told that he would be severely disabled and would not be able to walk again.

I had found Nikken two weeks before his stroke - I now knew I had to get as many of their products as soon as I could for both him, and for all the family, to enable his body to heal in the right environment and to support us through this hugely traumatic time. I surrounded him in hospital with the Power Bands, the Kenko Seat, the Pimag Water, and the MStride insoles inside the Far Infrared Socks. I rolled the Magduo over his head, arm and legs. Miracles happen; my husband started to walk again within 8 weeks. Once he returned home he also had the Sleep System and Air Purifier. His energy and strength returned. He now has boundless energy and is walking well. He is continuing to recover.

For further information please leave a comment or email me at

Monday 20 June 2016

Summer Solstice Newsletter

Nicki Edgell
Summer Health Advice


Welcome to summer!  I hope the rain has stopped now where you live too.  It was hard to believe this morning that summer has arrived!

But today marks the Summer Solstice and on the full moon this is a powerful day of positive expansive energy bringing opportunities for abundance and strengthening our relationships (personal, family and work relationships).  So it's a great day to give some of the positive energy to reflecting a little on your core values for those relationships to grow in positive ways.

It's also a great day to focus on abundance in all areas of your life.  All around us nature is giving us the clues to abundance and energy.  Intention via our thoughts counts for so much and has a physiological effect on our bodies, our cells and the messages that are carried on the water inside us.  Given that we ought to be 70% water, this fact shouldn't be underestimated. With this in mind summer is a time to focus on hydration.  As many of you know I recommend and use myself the pimag waterfall filter. The taste alone has everyone hooked and it's healthy and hydrating too.  Details at

You are most likely familiar with Dr Emoto's water crystal experiments with different thoughts and words creating different crystal patterns. Positive thoughts create hexagonal crystals as nature intended. These water molecules match our cellular water pores and allow the water to be uptaken so we can become hydrated and the messages taken with it into the cells. Pimag water has this same structure. So take time to be mindful of your thoughts and focus them on positive things you would like in your life and relationships.  If you want to see photos of Mr Emoto's water experiments go to my blog at

Sadly for many hayfever at this time of year is a big feature making summer a nightmare.  In my family we have tried many things both medical and natural remedies and treatments to no avail.  Then 2 years ago we invested in the Nikken KenkoAir purifier and life changed - my husband's hayfever symptoms that he'd struggled with for most of his life practically disappeared.  It felt like a miracle.  He says he loves this machine so much he wants one in every room! You'll be pleased to know that the price has just been dramatically reduced with savings of £140.

So my best advice for summer and for allergies is to focus on drinking alkaline, structured, energised water either from a mountain stream (if you are lucky enough to have one near you) or pimag Waterfall water if you are filtering water from your home tap.

Take time to get outside and ground yourself in nature during the next couple of months. Walking barefoot on the grass or on the beach every day is the best way to energise your body and calm your nervous system.

Breathe negative ion rich air by the sea or by waterfalls or if you are at home or in the office use the KenkoAir.

Eat plenty of high energy antioxidant foods - rainbow salads, smoothies, berries, and lots of proteins with every meal. The mediterranean diet is perfect. Fish, salad and herbs and spices... yum.

If you want to see me for a consultaton please do get in touch. You can email on or call on 07786405366.

Wishing you all a vibrant and energy filled relaxing summer.

Best wishes

Dr. Emoto's Amazing Water Crystal Photos

Nicki Edgell
Mr Emoto's Water Experiments

The Power of Thoughts

What we know now is that our thoughts affect water crystals.  So our thoughts should not be underestimated as we ought to be 70% water in our bodies.  Our thoughts literally change the physiology of our cells as messages are transported around our body on the medium of water.  Nature intended water molecules to be hexagonal like those on the top row above.  These structures match the water pores in our cells thereby allowing the water to pass in and carry vital nutrients into and out of the cell.

So negative thoughts will be adding to dehydration! And positive thoughts helping hydration!

Nikken pimag water has this hexagonal structure, just as nature intended.  It hydrates almost instantly. Even washing hands in this water shows improved hydration in just 2 minutes so imagine showering in this water and drinking this water.  We will be absorbing vital water and minerals into our soft tissues and into our cells.

I choose this type of water for myself and my family and recommend it most highly.

If you would like to read more about this delicious, alkaline, structured hydrating water there are other blogs here or go to

Tuesday 14 June 2016

The Nikken PiMag Waterfall

Nicki Edgell
Probably one of the easiest ways to improve your health... these little counter top bad boys retail for £215, considerably cheaper than many alternatives and with a renewable filter running cost in the region of 4p per litre (alot cheaper, and healthier, than bottled water). Please visit to learn more.

Friday 10 June 2016

Wellness Seminar - Brighton 11th June

Nicki Edgell

Monday 6 June 2016

Fomo, Facebook, and Attention

Nicki Edgell

Thank you to the excellent Barking up the Wrong Tree for the following post -

You hear about FOMO a lot these days. In fact, the word was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.

What does it really mean? A recent study on the subject defined it as:
...‘‘the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that your peers are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you’’. Under this framing of FoMO, nearly three quarters of young adults reported they experienced the phenomenon.

It's certainly not a good thing. And it leads you to check social media again and again and again so you don't feel out of the loop. So you know you're doing okay. So you don't feel left out.

Sometimes that alleviates the anxiety -- but often it doesn't. And either way it drives you to keep running around the digital hamster wheel to feel okay with yourself.

Is this just a symptom of modern life? Is it no big deal? Or is it telling us something we need to know? And is there anything we can do to break the vicious cycle?

Research has answers. And you can fix this problem. But first, the bad news: FOMO is a lot worse than you think...

FOMO Comes From Unhappiness

Caught in the FOMO cycle? You're probably not feeling too great about your life. FOMO often originates in unhappiness:
Our findings show those with low levels of satisfaction of the fundamental needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness tend towards higher levels of fear of missing out as do those with lower levels of general mood and overall life satisfaction.

So you're not feeling so hot about things. Or you're wondering if everyone else is having more fun than you. How do you scratch the itch? Check Facebook, of course:
Across all three mediation models results FoMO was robustly associated with social media engagement, b = .40, p < .001 (B path)... Study 2 showed that fear of missing played a key and robust role in explaining social media engagement over and above the other factors we considered.

In fact, FOMO leads people to check social media right after they wake up, before they go to bed and during meals:
Results conceptually replicated findings from Study 2, those high in FoMO tended to use Facebook more often immediately after waking, before going to sleep, and during meals.

Um, sounds uncomfortably like addiction to me...

(To learn the four things neuroscience says will keep your brain happy, click here.)

So you're not feeling so great -- whether you realize it or not -- and you turn to social media to make you feel better. Only one problem there: it actually makes you feel worse...

The Facebook Illusion

We all know that Facebook doesn't provide a very well-rounded picture of people's lives. It's more like the cherry-picked perfection version.

Often it seems like if bragging and showing off were banned, some people wouldn't post anything at all.

But despite knowing this, studies say we can't help but compare our lives to theirs:
After controlling for the possibility of reverse causality, our results suggest that (Social Network Site) users have a higher probability to compare their achievements with those of others.

And research shows this is the happiness equivalent of taking someone with a nut allergy and putting them on an all-cashew diet:
According to Burke, passive consumption of Facebook also correlates to a marginal increase in depression. “If two women each talk to their friends the same amount of time, but one of them spends more time reading about friends on Facebook as well, the one reading tends to grow slightly more depressed,” Burke says...

Again and again the happiness research shows comparisons to lives that seem better than yours, well, that’s some bad juju, hombre. As Montesquieu once said:
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

As Swarthmore professor Barry Schwartz writes in his excellent book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less:
“Stop paying so much attention to how others around you are doing” is easy advice to give, but hard to follow, because the evidence of how others are doing is pervasive, because most of us seem to care a great deal about status, and finally, because access to some of the most important things in life (for example, the best colleges, the best jobs, the best houses in the best neighborhoods) is granted only to those who do better than their peers. Nonetheless, social comparison seems sufficiently destructive to our sense of well-being that it is worthwhile to remind ourselves to do it less.

So you're wondering if your life measures up and you turn to everyone else's deliberately sculpted illusion of lifestyle perfection... This is the happiness equivalent of reading your bank statement after looking at the Forbes 400 list.

As Erica Jong once said: "Jealousy is all the fun you think they had."

Even if we logically know Facebook isn't an accurate depiction of people's lives, well, confronting your seeming inadequacy 24/7 against an unachievable false reality can hammer your already vulnerable self-esteem. You just can't compete with their highly-edited topiary of lifestyle awesomeness -- especially when you're feeling a little down or anxious to begin with.

So what's the most common response? To post something. As if to say: Look at me! I'm cool, too!

But this only strengthens the cycle. As internet maven and co-founder of Flickr, Caterina Fake, once said:
Social software is both the creator and the cure of FOMO. It’s cyclical.

And the research agrees. People with FOMO have ambivalent feelings toward Facebook. It brings them up and slams them back down:
To evaluate our prediction that FoMO would be associated with high levels of ambivalent emotions when using Facebook use we regressed positive affect, b=.31, p<.001, and negative affect, b = .40, p < .001, on FoMO scores. This pattern of relations indicated those high in FoMO were more likely to experienced mixed feelings when using social media.

A roller coaster of emotion. Just like the highs and lows of addiction, eh?

But posting to alleviate your discomfort also has an important secondary effect: by presenting your carefully edited version of life awesomeness, you just made anyone who sees it feel worse. You're spreading the virus.

Good for Facebook. Good for Haagen Dazs sales. Bad for happiness.

(To learn what Harvard research says will make you happier and more successful, click here.)

So this is how FOMO comes about and why it's so awful. But how do we break the cycle?

The Problem Is Attention

Looking at social media for happiness is a bad idea. You won't find it out there. Sounds cliche, but the research says you need to look inside:
"The problem with FOMO is the individuals it impacts are looking outward instead of inward," McLaughlin said. "When you're so tuned in to the 'other,' or the 'better' (in your mind), you lose your authentic sense of self. This constant fear of missing out means you are not participating as a real person in your own world."

Facebook isn't real life. It's obviously not life. And it's certainly not real. Only real life is real life. But you're comparing yourself to fake life. (Someone cue the music from "The Matrix", please.)

And the key to happiness really comes down to one word:


We all have bad things we could think about. But they don’t bother us when we pay them no mind. “Look on the bright side” is a cliche, but it’s also scientifically valid.

Paul Dolan teaches at the London School of Economics and was a visiting scholar at Princeton where he worked with Nobel-Prize winner Daniel Kahneman.

He explains the importance of attention in his book, Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think:
Your happiness is determined by how you allocate your attention. What you attend to drives your behavior and it determines your happiness. Attention is the glue that holds your life together… The scarcity of attentional resources means that you must consider how you can make and facilitate better decisions about what to pay attention to and in what ways. If you are not as happy as you could be, then you must be misallocating your attention… So changing behavior and enhancing happiness is as much about withdrawing attention from the negative as it is about attending to the positive.

But when you're caught in the loop of FOMO you tune out the real world and tune in to the fake one -- Facebook.

And that’s what the research shows: people with FOMO stop paying attention to life and turn to social media for their happiness cure.

Students with FOMO pay less attention in school and are even more likely to check their phone when they're driving:
This analysis showed that students high in FoMO were more liable to use Facebook during university lectures... Young adults who were high in fear of missing out paid greater attention to emails, text messages, and their mobile phones when driving compared to those lower on FoMO.

(To learn more about how to focus your attention and be happy, click here.)

But how do you focus your attention so that you appreciate the real world and don't turn to Facebook (which is only going to make you feel worse)? What can you pay attention to when life is, frankly, kinda sad or boring?

It's deceptively simple, really...

Try Gratitude

Sounds sappy, I know. But try a simple experiment:

Look around. What good things might you be taking for granted? Home? Family? Friends?

Now take a couple seconds to imagine those were taken away from you. How would you feel? Bad things happen to us randomly, right? So to some degree, you are lucky to have what you do.

Does this exercise sound silly? Research shows it works. Mentally subtracting cherished moments from your life makes you appreciate them more, makes you grateful and makes you happier.

In fact, gratitude is arguably the king of happiness. What’s the research say? Can’t be more clear than this:
...the more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic.

And feeling gratitude doesn’t just make you happier. It’s correlated with an objectively better life:
...we found that gratitude, controlling for materialism, uniquely predicts all outcomes considered: higher grade point average, life satisfaction, social integration, and absorption, as well as lower envy and depression.

The inevitable comparisons to the fake lives on Facebook makes you feel you have less. Contemplating what you are lucky to already possess makes you feel you have more.

So maybe it's time to look at the good things you take for granted in life rather than your Facebook wall. Turn notifications off. As the author of the FOMO study said:
"For people who feel very secure in their relationships, their relationships are important to them, but they don't feel compelled to always be connected," Przybylski said. Social media may not create the tendency, he said, but it likely exacerbates it by making sharing so easy. "Sometimes," he said, "it's good to insulate yourself from the world of possibilities."

(To learn more about how you can use gratitude to make yourself happy all the time, click here.)

Alright, let's round up what we've learned about FOMO and find out the best way to make sure you keep feeling good when you hear the siren song of social media...

Sum Up

Here's where FOMO comes from and how to beat it:
  • FOMO starts with sadness. For the best way to feel better and stop the problem before it starts, click here.
  • Social media makes it worse, not better. Facebook isn't evil -- but relying on it for happiness is.
  • Happiness is about attention. Focus on the good and you will feel good.
  • Gratitude is essential. Imagine losing the things you're lucky to have and you will appreciate them.
Social media isn't the devil. But we're wired to compare ourselves to others and you know where that leads on a medium where everyone is cutting corners to look their best.

And Facebook can help you be happy. But don't scroll and compare. Use it to plan face-to-face get togethers. Columbia professor John Cacioppo, the leading researcher on loneliness, says doing that can make your life better:
Facebook is merely a tool, he says, and like any tool, its effectiveness will depend on its user. “If you use Facebook to increase face-to-face contact,” he says, “it increases social capital.” So if social media lets you organize a game of football among your friends, that’s healthy. If you turn to social media instead of playing football, however, that’s unhealthy.

And when you’re with friends, put that phone away. Seeing friends and family regularly is the happiness equivalent of an extra $97,265 a year. Whatever you want to check on social media ain’t worth a hundred grand, bubba.

Forget the fake perfect lives of Facebook that lead to FOMO. Instead, try JOMO: the joy of missing out on all those illusions.

When you spend all that time staring in envy at the oh-so-cool pictures of cleverly crafted bliss on Facebook, keep one thing in mind:

It's your life you're missing out on.

Thursday 2 June 2016

Mobile Phones = Bad

Nicki Edgell
"That is so weird"  - the effect a mobile phone has on your strength, amazing demo... (less than 2 minutes) - what do you think? Intrigued?

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