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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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

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Alexander Technique helps kids who spend hours playing games

The Alexander Technique is a practical way of improving posture by restoring natural, easy posture and functioning and the proper balance and coordination of the head and spine. It reduces pain and undoes tension and stress. It’s a great leveller: creating self-awareness and development and improving overall wellbeing. The earlier a child learns it the […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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GP practice of the future

Ever wished you could go to your GP and be offered acupuncture, homeopathy or herbal medicine as an alternative to prescription drugs? The people of Cullompton, Devon have this choice at the College Surgery. Three quarters of the British public would like to see complementary therapies available on the NHS according to a poll commissioned […]

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No more painkillers after reflexology

Last September 52 year old Bron stood on a table and as she was climbing down on to a chair she missed her footing and went over backwards. She fractured her spine and had to have four months off her job as a Learning Support Manager at a local Woking school. In January she was […]