Archive | October 2012

Add inches to your height.


New gym class A-Grow-Bics promises to add inches to your height – but is it a tall story?

 

It sounds ideal for short men like Simon Cowell and Jamie Cullum who may want to be taller than the ladies in their lives, while petite women such as Kylie Minogue and Lea Michele could ditch their sky-high heels if claims from a new gym class are true.

Fitness chain Gymbox say they can have developed a workout that guarantees to make you taller. They are so confident of their claim, they even offer money back to anyone who tries it and doesn’t grow at least 2cm.

Fitness trainer Pierre Pozzuto developed the gym class which involves a mix of pilates, yoga, strengthening and speed work – plus a session on a scary-looking 15th century-inspired rack.

Petite: Kylie Minogue, left, is 5ft while actress Lea Michele is 5ft 2 - a new gym class claims it could make them taller

Petite: Kylie Minogue, left, is 5ft while actress Lea Michele is 5ft 2 - a new gym class claims it could make them taller

Petite: Kylie Minogue, above, is 5ft while actress Lea Michele is 5ft 2. A new gym class claims it could make them taller through yoga, strength and speed work

Such implements were once used to torture people but Pierre insists it isn’t a painful experience as it’s designed to gently stretch the body once the muscles are warmed up.

Pierre developed the six week course because he was keen to increase his own height from 5ft 7. 

He said: I wasn’t the biggest guy in the world and it always bothered me, so at the age of 26, I decided to do something about it. I set about designing a set of exercises to help me grow and they worked – so much so that my height jumped to nearly 5ft 9 in only a few months.

Tall order: From left, could Simon Cowell, Jamie Cullum and Tom Cruise gain in stature by following fitness trainer Pierre Pozzuto's techniques?

Tall order: From left, could Simon Cowell, Jamie Cullum and Tom Cruise gain in stature by following fitness trainer Pierre Pozzuto's techniques?

Tall order: From left, could Simon Cowell, Jamie Cullum and Tom Cruise gain in stature by following fitness trainer Pierre Pozzuto's techniques?

Tall order: From above, could Simon Cowell, Jamie Cullum and Tom Cruise gain in stature by following fitness trainer Pierre Pozzuto’s techniques?

When I told a few people, they begged me to help them grow too and that’s the aim with the A-Grow-Bics class.’

Pierre said his class works by inducing the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) through repeated sprint exercises.

He said repeat sprinting also ’causes micro fractures in the bones that repair in a week encouraging them to strengthen, remould and grow.’

The rack, yoga positions and inversion exercises, such as hanging upside down from the feet, are also said to increase height ‘by inducing spinal decompression which stimulates growth by increasing the fluid capacity in the spinal disks’, according to Pierre.

No pain, no gain? The 15th century-inspired rack used during the gym sessions looks like a torture device

No pain, no gain? The 15th century-inspired rack used during the gym sessions looks like a torture device

Drawn out: Pierre, pictured left, said the device works by gently stretching the body once the muscles have been warmed up

Drawn out: Pierre, pictured left, said the device works by gently stretching the body once the muscles have been warmed up

But Dr James Noake, an expert in sport and exercise medicine, told Style magazine he was skeptical about Pierre’s claims.

‘The discs between our vertebrae are made of tough material, with little capacity for expansion, and the rigid join structures either side of them will be resistant to lengthening,’ he said.

He added that the rack was ‘highly unlikely’ to permanently help someone become taller while encouraging micro fractures was ‘a little alarming’ and ‘unlikely’ to be caused by speed work in those with healthy bones.

Growth spurt: Pierre claims he has increased his own height from 5ft 7 to 5 ft 9 over two years using his methods

Growth spurt: Pierre claims he has increased his own height from 5ft 7 to 5 ft 9 over two years using his methods

But Gymbox insist they can add inches to anyone who follows Pierre’s method.

Managing director Richard Hilton said: ‘People join our gyms for all sorts of reasons, but one of the more unusual requests our trainers often receive is for exercises to aid growth. While we know this is a tall order, Pierre’s techniques are head and shoulders above the rest and really do work.

‘We are so confident in this class that we guarantee all participants will grow by at least two centimetres – if not, we’ll happily give them their money back.’

The six week A-Grow-Bics is held at Gymbox’s Farringdon, London, branch, at a cost of £200.

Ann Romney in the brightly-colored BIKINI


Cooling off before the hot debate: Ann Romney relaxes on Florida beach as Mitt gets fired up for tonight’s last showdown with Obama

Ann Romney cooled off on a Florida beach this weekend as her husband got fired up for the final presidential debate.

As husband Mitt indulged in a beach football game between his staffers and invited reporters, Mrs Romney took advantage of the Florida sunshine in her fetching floral suit, going for a swim with her family at a public beach.

The 63-year-old wife of the Republican presidential candidate looked glamorous in the brightly-colored, halterneck suit with matching sarong on Delray Beach.

She splashed around in the water with her son Craig, his wife Mary and grandchildren, before she grabbed a towel and headed for a hired sun lounger surrounded by other families.

 Beach beauty: Ann Romney, 63, looked glamorous in a bright and flattering floral suit on the Florida beach this Sunday

Beach beauty: Ann Romney, 63, looked glamorous in a bright and flattering floral suit on the Florida beach this Sunday

Life's a beach: The mother-of-five (with her son Craig) looked delighted to be going for a dip

Life’s a beach: The mother-of-five (with her son Craig) looked delighted to be going for a dip

Mrs Romney went almost unnoticed as she milled around talking to family at the water’s edge although Secret Service were discreetly present.

Hours before they hit the beach, Mitt Romney and wife Ann were pictured attending church in Boca Raton  where she grabbed attention in a scarlet dress with full-length zip and chunky jewellery.

Although he did not attend the family outing, Romney organized a game of flag football between his staffers and pool reporters on Delray beach on Sunday.

The latest poll has Romney neck-and-neck with Obama as they each have 47 per cent of likely voters ahead of their debate this evening.

Monday’s face-off represents one of the last major opportunities for Obama and Romney to capture the attention of millions of voters – especially that small but sought-after group who haven’t yet made up their minds.

Laughter: Mrs Romney's daughter-in-law Mary affectionately ruffles her hair during the family day at the public beach

Laughter: Mrs Romney’s daughter-in-law Mary affectionately ruffles her hair during the family day at the public beach

Glamor: The Republican candidate's wife wraps up in a towel as she heads for a sun lounger with daughter-in-law Mary

Glamor: The Republican candidate’s wife wraps up in a towel as she heads for a sun lounger with daughter-in-law Mary

Family trip: The Romneys went almost unnoticed among other families at the Florida beach

Family trip: The Romneys went almost unnoticed among other families at the Florida beac

Part of the crowd: The Republican candidate's wife hired sun loungers at the beach surrounded by other families

Part of the crowd: The Republican candidate’s wife hired sun loungers at the beach surrounded by other families

Bold choice: Mrs Romney took some time to relax ahead of her husband's final presidential debate in Florida tonight

Bold choice: Mrs Romney took some time to relax ahead of her husband’s final presidential debate in Florida tonight

Inconspicuous: Ann Romney went virtually unnoticed on the Florida beach although the Secret Service were close at hand

Inconspicuous: Ann Romney went virtually unnoticed on the Florida beach although the Secret Service were close at hand

And while the former Mass

achusetts governor was relaxing on the beach, Obama was holed up in Camp David in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.

The President had arrived on Friday to prep for the debate, a 90-minute encounter focused on international affairs.

Mrs Romney has given Michelle Obama, noted for her sartorial choices, a run for her money on the campaign trail.

Last week she attended the annual Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in a sweeping black and white gown and cape.

At the second presidential debate in New York, both Mrs Romney and the First Lady appeared in bright pink which fashion bloggers noted was in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Mrs Romney has herself battled breast cancer and also spoke this weekend about her struggle with M.S., when she visited a Cuban restaurant in Florida.

Romney was diagnosed in 1998 with the incurable neurological disease, which attacks the central nervous system and immobilizes many of its victims.

Mrs Romney said she was an avid tennis player when she first started noticing her symptoms, which primarily affected her balance and coordination.

‘It was really tough on my balance,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

‘That was sort of what was happening. I was trying to figure out what was going on, what was wrong with me.’

Master of ceremonies: Mitt Romney, who was at the beach separately from his wife, organized a game of flag football between the pool reporters who cover his campaign and his staffers

Master of ceremonies: Mitt Romney, who was at the beach separately from his wife, organized a game of flag football between the pool reporters who cover his campaign and his staffers

Steely-eyed: Mitt and Ann Romney were in Florida over the weekend, attending church on Sunday and preparing for the third and final debate on Monday

Steely-eyed: Mitt and Ann Romney were in Florida over the weekend, attending church on Sunday and preparing for the third and final debate on Monday

 

Advice for pregnant women


Pregnant women who eat chips increase their risk of having underweight babies

Eating chips during pregnancy can lead to significant health problems for new born babies, research suggests.

Consuming a vast quantity of chips, crisps and biscuits during pregnancy can lead to babies having a lower than average birth weight, the study found.

Mothers-to-be who have a high intake of acrylamide – which is found in commonly consumed foods and coffee – are also more likely to have a baby which has a smaller head circumference.

Eating chips during pregnancy may have a negative effect on

Eating chips during pregnancy may have a negative effect on the health of the resulting child

The size of a child’s head has been associated with delayed neurodevelopment while lower birth weights have been associated with adverse health effects in early life and as children grow up.

Babies born to mothers with a high dietary intake of acrylamide were found to be up to a third of a pound (132 grams) lighter than babies born to mothers who had a low intake, researchers said.

The mean birth weight among children who were exposed to the highest levels of acrylamide compared with children in the lowest was around 100 grams, the authors said.

The effect caused by acrylamide is comparable to lower birth weights caused by maternal smoking, they said. The infant’s heads were also up to 0.33 centimetres smaller, they found.

Acrylamide is a chemical which is produced naturally in food as a result of cooking starch-rich food at high temperatures, such as when baking or frying. It has been found in a wide range of home-cooked and processed foods including crisps, chips, bread and coffee.

‘The potential public-health implications of our findings are substantial,’ the authors said.

‘Increases in head circumference are an important indication of continued brain growth, and reduced birth head circumference has been associated with delayed neurodevelopment.

‘Reduced birth weight is a risk factor for numerous adverse health effects early in life, and has been associated with multiple adverse outcomes later in life such as reduced stature, increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and osteoporosis.’

They added: ‘These findings provide evidence supporting the need for changes in food production and for providing clear public health advice to pregnant women to reduce their dietary intake of foods that may contain high concentrations of acrylamide.’

Researchers examined the diets of 1,100 pregnant women between 2006 and 2010 in Denmark, England, Greece, Norway and Spain.

They used food-frequency questionnaires on mothers and also examined each baby’s cord blood – which provides information about levels of acrylamide exposure during the last months of pregnancy.

The study, led by the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, involved 20 research centres across Europe including the Born in Bradford research programme.

The programme is one of the country’s biggest research projects, studying the health of around 14,000 children born in the city.

Dr Laura Hardie, reader in molecular epidemiology at the University of Leeds, said: ‘186 women from the Born in Bradford study took part in this major European research programme. We found that their babies had the highest levels of acrylamide out of all of the five centres, almost twice the level of the Danish babies.

‘When we investigated their diet it was clear that the largest source of dietary acrylamide is from chips.’

CREAL researcher and lead author Dr Marie Pedersen, added: ‘The public-health implications of the findings in this study are substantial.

‘Reduced birth weight, in particular low birth weight, has been shown to be related to numerous adverse health effects early or later in life such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Furthermore, reduced birth head circumference has been associated with delayed neurodevelopment.’

Professor John Wright from the Bradford Institute for Health Research, who is leading the Born in Bradford study, added: ‘This is important new research which demonstrates a clear link between acrylamide and the health of newborn babies.

‘The effect of acrylamide is comparable with the well-known adverse effect of smoking on birth weight. Our advice for pregnant mothers is to follow a balanced diet and go easy on the crisps and chips.

‘The results provide further evidence about the potential toxicity of acrylamide and should also encourage food manufacturers to start exploring methods to reduce acrylamide in their products.’

 

Not the type of people we want here


Wedding planner’s bid to ban couple from posh Goldfinger hotel is revealed after she sends the BRIDE snobby e-mail by mistake

A bride-to-be who had set her heart on holding her wedding reception at a five-star hotel that features in James Bond movies has been left heartbroken after staff deemed the couple unsuitable for the exclusive venue.

Pauline Bailey, 27, burst into tears after a blundering wedding co-ordinator at Stoke Park Hotel accidentally sent her an internal e-mail in which she sought advice on how to ‘put off’ the couple, because she believed they were not the ‘type of people’ the venue aims to attract.

Miss Bailey and her engineer fiance Paul Carty have been left devastated by the snub from the opulent Buckinghamshire hotel, which appears in James Bond movies Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies along with a host of other hit films.

Snub: Bride-to-be Pauline Bailey believes the five star hotel didn't want to host her wedding because her fiance Paul Carty has a pierced eyebrow and two earrings

Snub: Bride-to-be Pauline Bailey believes the five star hotel didn’t want to host her wedding because her fiance Paul Carty has a pierced eyebrow and two earrings

Miss Bailey, from Luton, received the e-mail written by hotel wedding planner Michele Connelly after she showed the couple around the hotel and golf club in Stoke Poges.

She and her husband-to-be fell in love with the venue, and were willing to pay £10,000 for a celebration for a party of 30 guests.

But after their visit Miss Connelly e-mailed her seniors at the hotel to raise her concerns over the suitability of Pauline and Paul, and explain that she was trying to find a way of avoiding taking the booking.

Miss Bailey believes it was because her husband to be, who is 24 years her senior, sports a pierced eyebrow and two small earrings in his ear.

The couple had visited 30 different venues before finally settling on the luxury hotel, which is set in 14 acres of stunning gardens and boasts a championship golf course.

Former law student and certified MoD engineer Paul, aged 51, spent 10 minutes with Michele Connelly and were quoted £240 pounds per head for the event.

Luxury: Posh Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire was featured in the James Bond movie Goldfinger

Luxury: Posh Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire was featured in the James Bond movie Goldfinger

Blunder: This e-mail from wedding co-ordinator Michele Connelly was accidentally sent to bride-to-be Pauline

Blunder: This e-mail from wedding co-ordinator Michele Connelly was accidentally sent to bride-to-be Pauline

'Sincerest apologies': A grovelling e-mail from the sales manager at Stoke Park to the 'deeply hurt' couple

Sincerest apologies': A grovelling e-mail from the sales manager at Stoke Park to the ‘deeply hurt’ couple

Pauline, who works as a counsellor, said: ‘We were excited at the prospect of marrying in such a grand place and didn’t quibble about prices.

‘We had expected a call back the following day, when we intended putting a few more questions to the hotel, like specific dates, etc, but we were more than willing to put down whatever deposit they needed.

'Caring face': Stoke Park wedding planner Michele Connelly

‘Caring face': Stoke Park wedding planner Michele Connelly

We had even agreed to spend a further £1,000 pounds to hire the grounds for a firework display, although we’d have had to pay extra for the pyrotechnics.

‘However, after 10 days had elapsed without any contact, we finally spoke to Michele, who apologised, explaining that she had been away on holiday.

‘She said she needed to discuss dates as provisional bookings had been made around the date we’d chosen.

‘The next morning I was mortified reading her email, which she had sent to her boss but had also forwarded to me by mistake.’

Paul said that he felt something was amiss when the couple told staff about their plans for the and were informed it would cost them £1,000 to light their own fireworks.

‘Whatever we wanted, it felt like they were throwing obstacles in our way,’ he said.

Michele Connelly’s email to her sales manager boss, Carlo Zoccali, was entitled ‘yesterday’s show around’.

It read: ‘Hi Carlo, I need your advice on this wedding, I know this probably doesn’t sound very nice, but I am trying to put this wedding off as I don’t think they are the type of people that we would want to have at Stoke Park.

‘I spoke to the Bride yesterday as she was enquiring about availability, and I have put her off for now by telling her the dates that she is looking at are not available, but she has asked me if I can get back to her with available dates around end of June beginning of July 2013.’

She signed off: ‘Help!!! Michele.’

Pauline was so shocked by the snub that she hired a solicitor to explore the possibility of taking legal action against the hotel for defamation.

Witches are being put on trial in Italy.


Italian scientists and one official jailed for six years for failing to predict 2009 earthquake that killed 300

An Italian court has today convicted six scientists and a government official of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warning of the deadly earthquake in 2009.

The city of L’Aquila was decimated by the killer quake, which measured more than 6.3 on the Richter Scale and killed more than 300 people.

Now the group of seven, all members of an official body called the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks, have been found guilty of negligence and malpractice in their evaluation of the danger of an earthquake and their duty to keep the city informed of the risks.

A packed courtroom listens as the guilty verdicts are delivered in the trial of six Italian scientists and a government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of the 2009 earthquake

A packed courtroom listens as the guilty verdicts are delivered in the trial of six Italian scientists and a government official charged with manslaughter for underestimating the risks of the 2009 earthquake

Verdict: Bernardo De Bernardinis (left) who in 2009 was deputy chief of Italy's Civil Protection Department

Verdict: Bernardo De Bernardinis (left) who in 2009 was deputy chief of Italy's Civil Protection Department, and Mauro Dolce (right)

Verdict: Bernardo De Bernardinis (above) who in 2009 was deputy chief of Italy’s Civil Protection Department, and Mauro Dolce (down), who was director of the office of seismic risk at the Civil Protection Department, were both found guilty in a trial that has seen widespread condemnation from the scientific community

 

The case has drawn wide condemnation from international bodies including the American Geophysical Union, which said the risk of litigation may deter scientists from advising governments or even working to assess seismic risk.

A 6.3 strength earthquake struck L’Aquila, in Italy’s Abruzzo region at 3.32 a.m. on April 6, 2009, wrecking tens of thousands of buildings, injuring more than 1,000 people and killing hundreds of others in their sleep.

At the heart of the case was whether the government-appointed experts gave an overly reassuring picture of the risks facing the town, which contained many ancient and fragile buildings and which had been partially destroyed three times by earthquakes over the centuries.

HOW SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY LIKENED INVESTIGATION TO A ‘WITCH HUNT’

The case was watched closely by seismologists around the world who insist it’s impossible to predict earthquakes and that no major temblor has ever been foretold.

Last year, about 5,200 international researchers signed a petition supporting their Italian colleagues and the Seismological Society of America wrote to Italy’s president expressing concern about what it called an unprecedented legal attack on science.

But prosecutors focused on a memo issued after a March 31, 2009 meeting of the Great Risks commission which was called because of mounting concerns about the months of seismic activity in the region.

According to the commission’s memo – issued one week before the big quake – the experts concluded that it was ‘improbable’ that there would be a major quake though it added that one couldn’t be excluded.

In 2011, a spokesman for the U.S. Geological Society told FoxNews.com that the investigation ‘has a medieval flavour to it – like witches are being put on trial.’

Despite the difficulty in predicting earthquakes, Boschi had warned – prior to the 2009 disaster – that a large earthquake would hit Italy but that he didn’t know when, his lawyer said.

Widespread damage: Bodies were still deing discovered three days after the devastating earthquake which hit the medieval mountain city and its province

Widespread damage: Bodies were still deing discovered three days after the devastating earthquake which hit the medieval mountain city and its province

Speaking today, Dr David Rothery, senior lecturer in Earth Sciences, Open University, said:’I hope they will appeal. Earthquakes are inherently unpredictable.

‘The best estimate at the time was that the low level seismicity was not likely to herald a bigger quake, but there are no certainties in this game.’

Prof Malcolm Sperrin, director of Medical Physics, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, said: ‘Assuming that negligence and malpractice are not factors here then the prosecution, and now sentences, of the Italian seismologists comes as a considerable surprise.

‘In seismology, as with many other branches of the pure and applied sciences, opinions are derived from observables and the application of experience and training.

‘It is never the case that predictions are completely without uncertainty and any scientist will make this clear as well as an estimation of how accurate such predictions are.

‘If the scientific community is to be penalised for making predictions that turn out to be incorrect, or for not accurately predicting an event that subsequently occurs, then scientific endeavour will be restricted to certainties only and the benefits that are associated with findings from medicine to physics will be stalled.

‘It is worth pointing out that many of the valuable contributions made by scientists such as penicillin, radiobiology etc have stemmed from the enquiring mind rather than absolute certainty of success.’

the old tower of Finale Emilia was nearly totally destroyed by the quake - and a later aftershock then destroyed the building

the old tower of Finale Emilia was nearly totally destroyed by the quake – and a later aftershock then destroyed the building

the old tower of Finale Emilia was nearly totally destroyed by the quake - and a later aftershock then destroyed the building

Further damage: An aftershock hours later then destroyed the rest of the church tower

Santa Maria di Collemaggio's Basilica, in L'Aquila, Italy, pictured two days after the earthquake hit the region

Santa Maria di Collemaggio’s Basilica, in L’Aquila, Italy, pictured two days after the earthquake hit the region

The quake’s focal point was 22 miles northwest of Bologna, at a relatively shallow depth of 6.3 miles.

The earthquake – along with around 250 aftershocks – caused an estimated 10billion euros of damage within 48 hours.

The case focused in particular on a series of low-level tremors which hit the region in the months preceding the earthquake and which prosecutors said should have warned experts not to underestimate the risk of a major shock.

The scientists are unlikely to be sent to jail pending a probable appeal trial.

 

 

Disadvantages of magazines


Are magazines at the dentist a health risk? Publications ‘can spread germs and should be thrown out after a week’

Magazines in the waiting room can provide a welcome distraction before having to face the dentist.

But they could do more harm than good by spreading germs, claim infection experts.

They insist that magazines should be thrown out or recycled after just a week and not left out to be leafed through by patient after patient.

Guidance: Dentist Monica Symes (right) sits in the waiting room of her Lyme Regis surgery with a selection of magazines. She has been advised to throw them out after a week

Guidance: Dentist Monica Symes (right) sits in the waiting room of her Lyme Regis surgery with a selection of magazines. She has been advised to throw them out after a week

This advice was handed out to Monica Symes, a dentist in Lyme Regis, Dorset, by an NHS infection control worker.

She was also warned that ignoring it could lead to her failing an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Critical: Miss Symes, who has practised for more than 30 years, said she did not believe that old magazines would pose a risk to patients

Critical: Miss Symes, who has practised for more than 30 years, said she did not believe that old magazines would pose a risk to patients

Miss Symes, 65, who has practised for more than 30 years, said: ‘I can’t believe the magazines would pose any risk to patients.’

She has some dating back to 2004 but added: ‘Generally we try to keep up-to-date but plenty of old magazines are quite interesting.’

The adviser, from Dorset Primary Care Trust, also warned Miss Symes that Blu-tack on posters in her waiting room posed a health risk if re-used.

The General Dental Council said it was heavy-handed to wage war on magazines.

Dr John Milne, chairman of the organisation’s general practice committee, said: ‘Providing magazines in waiting rooms for patients is a good way of helping them relax and can ease the concerns of anxious individuals.’

He added that posters are used to give advice on oral health or provide information about the surgery and its services.

The Care Quality Commission stressed that it has not banned magazines from waiting rooms, or set any rules about Blu-Tack.

A spokesman said: ‘The only time these things would be an issue would be if they were used in such a way as to compromise someone using the service – and it’s pretty hard to see what these circumstances might be.’

Dorset PCT said that waiting areas should be kept clear of clutter.

It added: ‘There is no specific requirement for practices to remove magazines within a specified period.

‘However, practice owners, as part of a regular cleaning schedule, should ensure that the magazines are in good condition and free from obvious contamination.

‘This advice will be kept under review and may be modified in the event of any future community infection outbreaks.’

Magazines were removed from some doctors’ waiting rooms during the swine flu outbreak.

Health and safety risk: Magazines in dental surgery waiting rooms could spread germs, it is claimed. (Picture posed by model)

Health and safety risk: Magazines in dental surgery waiting rooms could spread germs, it is claimed. (Picture posed by model)

 

Spa massacre in Brookfield


Pictured: The tragic wife gunned down in spa massacre by husband who shot three dead before turning the gun on himself

This is the smiling face of Zina Haughton, pictured for the first time since she was gunned down by her estranged husband on Sunday.

Ms Haughton was among three women killed by 45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton during his terrifying shooting spree at a day spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

He opened fire days after his wife was granted a restraining order preventing him from going near her, having taken to Facebook to appeal for help in escaping the state.

Four other victims, all female, were shot before Haughton turned the gun on himself. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Tragic: Zina Haughton was among those shot dead by her estranged husband on Sunday at the spa where she worked

Tragic: Zina Haughton was among those shot dead by her estranged husband on Sunday at the spa where she worked

Haughton was targeting his estranged wife when he arrived at the spa at around 11am.

Court records show that a judge issued a order of protection against Haughton just three days ago on October 18, hinting that there was a credible threat against her.

Under that order, Haughton was prohibited from owning a firearm.

It was filed after an October 4 incident at the salon, where Mrs Haughton worked as a hair stylist, when the enraged 45-year-old slashed his wife’s tires in the parking lot.

Suicidal: Haughton shot himself dead after going on his terrifying shooting spree

Suicidal: Haughton shot himself dead after going on his terrifying shooting spree

Suicidal: Haughton shot himself dead after going on his terrifying shooting spree

Haughton’s two daughters – one of which was believed to have been at the salon at the time of the shooting – were found by police and are safe, according to Brown Deer police chief Steven Rinzel.

Chief Rinzel said that his department was familiar with Haughton – most recently on a domestic violence investigation at the home, which resulted in Haughton’s arrest.

On his Facebook page Haughton wrote about a pressing need to leave his home in Wisconsin.

‘Need to get out of Wisconsin. HELP…’ he posted on October 8. The next day he followed it up with: ‘Can anyone help me get out of Wisconsin?’

The Journal Sentinel contacted his father, Radcliffe Haughton Sr., who lives in Florida.

He said the he spoke to his son by phone last week shortly after his estranged wife had been awarded the restraining order against him.

Terrifying: Radcliffe Haughton killed three women and injured four others during his gun-wielding rampage

Terrifying: Radcliffe Haughton killed three women and injured four others during his gun-wielding rampage

I told him, whatever you do, don’t do anything stupid,’ Mr Haughton Sr. said.

‘He told me, “I have to get out of Wisconsin.”

‘I am so saddened. I don’t know what to tell you. As his father, I am very, very sorry and I did not expect this from my son.

‘So he hasn’t been apprehended? Oh Lord. Have mercy, God.

A witness saw a woman screaming, and running out of the spa towards traffic.

‘She ran right out into the street (and) was pounding on cars,’ David Gosh told The Journal Sentinel

He then saw a man carrying a handgun run after her, and he was thought to be chasing after the woman.

The gunman then saw police beginning to gather and he ran back in the direction in which he came, and back into the spa.

‘He was the shooter. He was looking for an escape route,’ Mr Gosh said.

Disturbing: In the weeks leading up to the shooting Haughton appealed for help in leaving Wisconsin on his Facebook page

Disturbing: In the weeks leading up to the shooting Haughton appealed for help in leaving Wisconsin on his Facebook page

A witness told the Journal-Sentinel that a he saw a young girl running through a parking lot in a panic after her mother was reportedly shot.

‘She was screaming, yelling, crying hysterical. She was pleading for help,’ Christopher Pfeiffer told the local paper.

‘She kept saying, “My mother was shot.” And she mentioned that there was a gunman. She ran into the bookstore and I followed her. But I watched her from afar.’

Live video of the Azana spa shows a tactical team moving in around 2pm on Sunday.

According to the spa’s website, it boasts that it is the largest salon and day spa in Brookfield with 9,000-square-feet. Scene: Women are seen gathering outside of the Azana Spa where the shooting took place on Sunday morning when a man opened fire at his estranged wife's place of work

Scene: Women are seen gathering outside of the Azana Spa where the shooting took place on Sunday morning when a man opened fire at his estranged wife’s place of work

The layout of the spa- which has ten treatment rooms, male and female locker rooms, and a cafe area-complicates issues for police as people may be hiding inside.

The owner of the salon was out of the country at the time of the shooting and is reportedly headed back now.

Speaking at a news conference after the shooting, Brookfield Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said: ‘It appears that he is deceased of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.’He added: ‘There is no other suspect that we are seeking.’

During the investigation, cops encountered smoke from a small fire that had been started in the building, prompting them to issue a call for extreme caution and keeping them out.

Haughton was described as a bald ethnic man with darker skin, about 6 foot one inch tall and 270 pounds. He is believed to have taken a taxi to the spa.

This is the second mass shooting in the state in the past two months. An Army veteran opened fire at a Sikh temple in August, killing six people and injuring three others.

Local news reporters drew comparisons to an earlier incident in 2005, when a shooting took place at the nearby Sheraton hotel during a mass service.

In that  shooting, seven people were killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself.

Federal investigation: An FBI tactical team patrols outside the Brookfield Square mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin, after the shooting at the Azana Spa

Federal investigation: An FBI tactical team patrols outside the Brookfield Square mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin, after the shooting at the Azana Spa

Perimeter: Tactical team members move past a McDonald's on the way to spa next door where the shooting occurred

Perimeter: Tactical team members move past a McDonald’s on the way to spa next door where the shooting occurred

First picture: Reporters surround Brookfield police Lt Mark Millard, pictured left holding a photo of shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton, as he answers questions at a news conference

First picture: Reporters surround Brookfield police Lt Mark Millard, pictured left holding a photo of shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton, as he answers questions at a news conference

Police tape surrounds the the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, where Haughton shot seven people - killing three of them

Police tape surrounds the the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, where Haughton shot seven people – killing three of them

First responders: Emergency vehicles surround the spa after the shooting massacre

First responders: Emergency vehicles surround the spa after the shooting massacre

On the scene: Multiple ambulances responded to the shooting Sunday afternoon

On the scene: Multiple ambulances responded to the shooting Sunday afternoon

Unknowns: The shooting began at a spa near a Milwaukee mall

Unknowns: The shooting began at a spa near a Milwaukee mall

Guns drawn: Police patrol at the entrance to Brookfield Square Mall across from the scene of a shooting at Azana Salon and Spa

Guns drawn: Police patrol at the entrance to Brookfield Square Mall across from the scene of a shooting at Azana Salon and Spa

Preparing: Police said that they are concerned that there may be explosives on the scene and have since ordered the bomb squad as a result

Preparing: Police said that they are concerned that there may be explosives on the scene and have since ordered the bomb squad as a result

Tactical units: Police and swat team respondents entered the Azana Spa during the investigation

Tactical units: Police and swat team respondents entered the Azana Spa during the investigation

Starting point: The shooting is thought to have began around 11am when Azana Spa opened

Starting point: The shooting is thought to have began around 11am when Azana Spa opened