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Experiments with coconut

I’m just back from the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy and was struck by how many of the 200 artefacts from the Pacific on display used coconut fibre as a material, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, our dedicated guest blogger and freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and […]

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Cannabis for multiple sclerosis?

The debate about cannabis has brought to mind how many people with Multiple Sclerosis found that the herb eases the discomfort and helps them to live a normal life.  However, the fact that GPs are now prescribing CBD (cannabis oil) doesn’t mean that they will get it because it is solely available for children with […]

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Don’t get SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

We’ve had such a lovely summer, but it is clocks back time again – so the nights are longer and darker.  Winter blues affect some 17 per cent of Britons*, while 7 per cent experience  SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).   Winter blues can mean feeling extra tired, lacking in energy and feeling low.   Symptoms of […]

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Experiments without potatoes

You can replace potatoes with other root vegetables that contain more vitamins and fibre, without sacrificing any of the comfort or taste element. The recipes below would work well at a Halloween/Bonfire supper or party if you’re planning late autumnal events. Also, I’ve been struck by the number of food delivery bikes in my area […]

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Vitamin D levels low even after summer

For years we have been told that too much sunshine is dangerous and it is, but the sun is also vital to healthy living.  A recent study by The University of Surrey on Vitamin D. showed that most people in UK are deficient even at the end of the summer. Vitamin D is produced in the […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Healthy Advice


Not much help for emotional over-eating

Misunderstanding, lack of help and stigma affect people with emotional over-eating issues  a survey by Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – has found. Over 1,000 people across the UK responded to the survey and the findings were significant. 88 per cent said their problems with food were related to emotional problems. 73 […]

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Menopause positives

Alison Cullen, nutritionist at A. Vogel, and a Healthy Soul expert, offers hints on how to cope well with the menopause. The menopause is a tough time for your body. As hormone levels fluctuate, the adrenal (nervous) system is weakened making it difficult to cope with symptoms. Eat Right: Eat regularly – skipping meals can […]


Restless legs at night?

It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve just woken up again with an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. There’s a bubbling, crawling feeling in your calves and the whole length of your legs are aching. If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). RLS is a debilitating condition that is more […]

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Traveller’s tummy

Between 20 and 50 per cent of international travellers suffer from some form of stomach bug according to research, and it can be dangerous, causing severe dehydration, malnutrition and in worse cases, hospitalisation. Traveller’s Tummy is probably one of the most unpleasant conditions you will get while on holiday, but unfortunately it’s also one of […]

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How much alcohol, and what’s a portion of fruit?

  According to The Health Survey for England: Only 14 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women know what a portion of fruit or veg is. Only one third of adults knows what the recommended amount of alcohol is for a man or a woman per week. One third know how much […]