About Us

Chesham’s Independent Specialist Health Store

Healthright is owned by Tessa and Roger Oliver. The store has now been supplying Chesham with wholefoods and natural health products for 30 years. Tessa and Roger both hold the Diploma in Health Food Retailing. The store Manager, Ellen Perrin,  and staff members Amy Hill and Liandra Franklin are currently studying for the Diploma.


Treating Pain and Inflammation


Ben Brown led a seminar in May 2016 at the Bagnall Centre on a very topical subject – Pain and Inflammation. There is currently a pain epidemic in Britain; 31% of the population report chronic pain of some kind, including backache, digestive issues and arthritis. Unfortunately drugs provide only short term relief from symptoms without addressing the cause.

Subtle chronic inflammation is a result of ‘wear and tear’, including in the brain, a net result of environmental factors that influence genes, such as diet, smoking, stress, lack of sleep and lack of exercise etc.

Nutrition is the best way to treat chronic inflammation. Food is not just fuel (energy, protein, carbs etc) but can change the body at a cellular level. Foods influence pain pathways in the body and can therefore relieve pain.

The modern Western diet is processed and meat-based, which gives high biomarkers of inflammation, whereas a traditional plant-based diet lowers the markers. Modern diets also tend to have an imbalance of omega 3 to omega 6 ratio – too much omega 6 can be pro-inflammatory.

Replacing a standard Western diet of processed foods, excess calories, sugary drinks, refined carbs and additives with a plant-based diet of vegetables, wholegrains, herbs and spices, fish and fish oils, nuts and seeds, tea and olive oil will help reduce pain and inflammation in the body.

For quick relief, turmeric has 245 chemical compounds which block many of the pain pathways in the body, and is good for arthritis, depression, gastric inflammation and disease prevention. Boswelia is also anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve asthma, arthritis bowel disease and chronic pain, and is also fast acting at low doses. Omega 3 reduces inflammation at a cellular level.

Following an anti-inflammation diet can give a significant reduction in pain compared to an ordinary omnivorous diet in as little as two weeks.

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