On 8th April I wrote to Healthy Magazine, which you may be familiar with as it's the Holland & Barrett magazine. I explained who I was and that RLS-UK were trying to secure a piece in the magazine on RLS. I offered to assist them if they wished to run an article on the condition.
Helathy Magazine responded on 18th April saying: "Thanks for yor email. We are, in fact, doing a feature on restless legs in our May/June issue. Please look out for it in your Holland & Barrett store. If you get in touch nearer the time we would be happy to send you a link."
On 18th April I responded to this, saying: "That is wonderful news! I would very much appreciate if you could afford us the chance of seeing your article before it goes to print. This would give us the opportunity to assist you in ensuring the article is accurate. We regularly encounter medical professionals who are staggeringly misinformed about RLS, who list it as a psychological condition, who call it Ekbom Syndrome, the list goes on. I will advise our 900 forum members to look out for the article. They tend to be particularly vocal about misrepresentations of RLS in the media and while I have no doubt that yours will be an excellent portrayal of the condition, I do hope you will allow us to work with you on it to ensure yours is the professional represenation we would expect from Holland & Barrett."
Healthy Magazine replied: Our article was written by an expert in his field and has been checked and verified. Thanks for the offer though.
On Saturday past I went to my local Holland & Barrett to get a copy of the magazine as I was looking forward to reading the RLS article. The promised article was not in the magazine. I then secured a copy of the March/April edition (thanks so much to Kaarina for all the work she put in helping me get this!) of Healthy Magazine and while there was an article on insomnia, there was no article on RLS.
So, I am left in a position where I do not know whether or not Healthy Magazine will be running an RLS article or whether they have confused RLS with insomnia. I have no name for the person with whom I was in contact as they simply signed their email 'Healthy'.
I wrote to Healthy Magazine on Monday but have had no response. I will keep you posted...
Daragh, Chair RLS-UK