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Water melon

W is for watermelon

It’s the time of year when big wedges of watermelon start to appear on fruit stalls.  Watermelon is 90% water, so a slice makes a refreshing snack on a hot day, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.  It’s also rich in vitamins […]

teeth

White teeth the natural way

These days the majority of celebrities have beautiful straight white teeth because these are part of their image. The dentist suggested I had my teeth whitened to match the new white crown I was having, but I kept deliberating and finally didn’t do it. The idea of having chlorine in my mouth was not good, […]

Nasturtiums

J is for July – with nasturtium leaves and runner beans

UK-grown runner beans should be readily available now – maybe you can even pick them fresh from the garden. You can’t go wrong, health wise, by eating lots of runner beans – they’re a rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin K, soluble fibre and minerals. Don’t just use them as a side – I’ve […]

Beach scene

Holiday health tips

There are so many health issues that crop up when you go on holiday, particularly abroad, and especially with children too.  Whether it’s travel sickness, upset tummy, insect bites and stings, or too much sun, this helpful A-Z provides plenty of self-help tips for problems that don’t really need a doctor. ALLERGIES Foreign lands, strange […]

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Save your skin in the sun

Once again there is evidence that sun creams can cause health issues  even though they are essential to prevent skin cancer.  The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority has conducted research (on mice) and found that many of the chemicals in sun creams cause eczema, allergies, asthma and even cancer.  One of the ingredients the researchers urged manufacturers to ban is […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Complementary therapies

Seka Nicolic

Unlock your own power – Seka Nikolic

I’d only heard good things about the bio-energy healer Seka Nikolic, and had interviewed her in the past. I went with an open mind for a healing session with her. The first thing that I noticed when I arrived was a notice saying you know more than you think.  I think this is probably very […]

Reflexology

Complementary therapies A-Z

Some complementary therapies are well-established now, having been around for 30 years. Most people are familiar with aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine, but do not always know what they entail. Chiropractic and osteopathy are regulated therapies, and they along with acupuncture should in theory be available on the NHS.  This is not […]

Bear Grylls - Men vs Wild with Will Ferrell

Bowen for Bear Grylls

Intrepid adventurer Bear Grylls, currently starring in Mission Survive, has a rather surprising ally in his efforts to stay at peak physical performance – the gentle complementary therapy called the Bowen Technique. Bowen Therapy is an alternative form of massage therapy that uses gentle touches to encourage the body to actively engage its own healing […]

acupuncture

Popular therapies – acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy

Among the most popular complementary therapies are: Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine,  (see Therapies A-Z) Chiropractic and Osteopathy (see Back Pain) and Homeopathy, Reflexology and Acupuncture. Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Osteopathy are now registered therapies and in theory they are available on the NHS. This is not always the case and many people still pay privately for sessions. […]

Professional Reiki healer doing reiki treatment to young woman

Placebo effect ruled out in healing

Trials on plants, cells, seeds, small animals and humans using non-contact healing have proved that healing therapies are not subject to the placebo effect. Sceptics always claim that healing and many complementary therapies only work through the ‘placebo effect’. Their argument is that people who have a treatment just believe that they feel better. The […]