#FridayFreebie: The Holistic Guide for Cancer Survivors by Mark Greener

This week’s Friday Freebie is  The Holistic Guide for Cancer Survivors by Mark Greener. 

Today, more people than ever survive cancer. Some two million people – about 1 in every 33 of the UK population as a whole – are survivors, and doctors expect this figure to reach four million by 2030. Many cancers are increasingly chronic diseases, and holistic management is common, often over a period of several years.

This impeccably researched and reassuring book offers balanced, informative advice can help you live a full life during and after your cancer treatment. 



To enter, simply look out for our pinned competition on Twitter.

The Holistic Guide for Cancer Survivors is also available via Amazon.

Mark Greener spent a decade in biomedical research before joining MIMS Magazine for GPs in 1989. Since then, he has written on health and biology for magazines worldwide for patients, healthcare professionals and scientists. He is a member of the Royal Society of Biology and is the author of 22 other books. 


Take a moment to be mindful

The following extract is taken from Sheldon Mindfulness: Stress by Philip Cowell and Lorraine Millard. 

Take a moment to just stop and be with yourself.

In a moment, after you’ve read these few sentences, stop what you’re doing and just be. It’s harder than you might think! You might be in a bookshop, or one of those places we used to call libraries, or you might be at home having downloaded this to your e-reader, or at work on your lunch break, on a crowded train with your noisy kids, or on the bus heading somewhere nice (or not nice).

Pause, look and listen to the things around you

Wherever and whoever you are, just take this moment to stop and be; bringing attention to yourself, noticing yourself in this moment. Take yourself by the hand and guide yourself round this moment. You might notice things like objects, sounds, feelings; there might be expectations, other people, or even just your plain old breathing. Notice all of them. Acknowledge them without trying to get rid of them or following them. Simply let them be, and let yourself be with them. Take a minute or two. Literally, enjoy yourself.

This is mindfulness

Holding onto yourself in this way – letting things be as they are, letting them come and go – is what we call mindfulness. That’s as easy and as difficult as it gets.
Knowing that, I would like you now to read this next sentence to yourself – either out loud, if you can, or in your head if you can’t. So get back to that place you were just in – that place of noticing yourself, your body’s sensations, your breathing, your quietness, with
your eyes shut if that works for you; and, when you’re ready, read this sentence out loud, or in your head:
There’s something lovely about me.
Give yourself some time with that. This is an unusual thing to do, of course, let’s recognize that right away, particularly if you’ve said it out loud on a train. But even before we wonder how it feels, let’s try it again. So, sitting or standing or walking along quietly, say out loud – either in your head, or to the world:
There’s something lovely about me.

How was it that second time? You don’t have to wonder what it is that’s lovely about you. You might not even feel it’s true. It could sound like I’m trying to flatter you (I’m not). You might have experienced some judging – something like ‘This is a silly thing to do’ – but
let’s not worry too much about our judgements.


Dr Dawn Harper recommends five comfortable breastfeeding positions for you and your baby

In this trusted guide popular media doctor Dawn Harper recommends five positions that will make breastfeeding comfortable for you and them.

Experiment with different seats in your home and soon you’ll find what works best for you. And remember, this is not a time to be rushed.

Cradle hold

Probably the most popular (Figure 3) but it’s not the only option and if you are struggling with breastfeeding it’s worth trying some of the alternatives.


Cross cradle hold

This position allows you to cuddle your baby while feeding. Using a pillow to support your arms as you hold your baby will prevent your arms from  tiring (Figure 4)


Football hold

This position frees your hands up so if you are having difficulty getting your baby to latch on, one hand can manoeuvre the breast towards your baby’s mouth while the other supports his or her head (Figure 5)


Side lying position

Again, this allows your hands freedom to help out if you have issues with latching on and it’s a great position for mums who have had a caesarean section and find it uncomfortable to have their baby lying on their tummy (Figure 6). Do make sure that you don’t fall asleep while feeding and smother your baby.


Saddle hold

Again, a great one if your tummy is a bit tender after a caesarean section and one I enjoyed during night feed but, again, make sure that you don’t fall asleep and smother your baby. You may need to lie a small baby on a pillow so that baby can reach your breast (Figure 7). Your baby needs to have good head control for this one, but it’s a good one for older babies still breastfeeding.


Whatever positions work for you, remember, feeding is a time to relax and enjoy that special bond with your baby and it needn’t be a time to exclude the other children. I have lovely memories of being cuddled up on a sofa reading to my older children as I fed my youngest.


Dr Dawn Harper is the author of Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year




Sheldon in Review – Part 1


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Sheldon Press has been publishing authoritative, reliable, helpful, ethical and responsible books for over twenty five years.

Our best selling books include titles focusing on mental health, physical health, relational dynamics, and many other issues.

Sheldon is part of SPCK, the oldest Christian publisher in the UK, and the 3rd oldest publisher in the UK, but maintains editorial independence and our books are authored by people from a variety of religious backgrounds, and those of no religion.

Sheldon Press is committed to publishing books that are reliable and helpful, accessible and useful. We have had a range of designs and approaches over the years, but perhaps the best way to describe us would be the things your GP would say if they had the time, complimented by exploration and discussion of a myriad of other topics.


We are about information – well researched, well presented, and done so reassuringly. In recent years we have started to use Twitter and Facebook to connect with authors and readers, and we are in the process of redeveloping our website.

We hope you’ll stay in touch!

In the second of our ‘Sheldon in Review’ blogposts, we’ll celebrate some of our best selling and quirkier books.


#FridayFreebie – Gestational Diabetes: your survival guide

We hope you know by now about our #FridayFreebie weekly giveaways! And we hope, too, that you’ve heard about our October Release, Gestational Diabetes: your survival guide to diabetes in pregnancy.

Well, this week’s Friday Freebie is our new book on Gestational Diabetes! Whether you are suffering yourself, or have a friend or relative grappling with Gestational Diabetes, this book is the perfect companion and guide.


The usual drill applies – you can win a copy on Twitter, and a copy via Facebook. You may also like to place a preorder via Amazon.

Introducing: Sheldon in Review


While we blog and prepare for the launch of our new website, we are excited to look back, even as we look forward. Sheldon Press has been publishing helpful, authoritative and timely books on medical issues of all types for a number of years now.

In a brief blog series, we are going to look back over the decades, and celebrate the Sheldon books that have helped, encouraged and comforted hundreds of thousands of people.

We’ll revisit some best-sellers, enjoy some retro cover design, and read a little of the history of Sheldon, from a brilliant idea, to international translation, to where it sits organizationally…

Sit back, relax, and wait for our blogs to waft over you like a good herbal tea – as we enjoy, Sheldon in Review