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  • 5 Nov 2013

    5 natural cold remedies

    It’s a magical time of year, memories of Halloween still dancing through children’s minds and fireworks bursting through the evenings. Christmas twinkling on the horizon but what’s that sound coming from the upstairs bedroom? Oh no, one of your littles has the sniffles. It’s THAT time of year again. Coughs and colds are unavoidable and are, according to a growing body of research, actually important for our long term health. But that doesn’t make them any more pleasant or bearable when the whole family is struck down at once. Instead of reaching for the Calpol, Tixylix or antibiotics why not try to find relief naturally, without any chemicals, to help give your body the best possible boost it needs. […] more

  • 31 Oct 2013

    ARE CHILDHOOD INFECTIONS A GOOD THING?

    We vaccinate against lots of childhood diseases now because we are told that having the diseases is a bad thing and leads to thousands of deaths. However, when we look at the figures from the Office for National Statistics, we see that 95% of the people who used to die from measles stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968 and similarly 99% of the people who used to die of whooping cough. The mortality rate for tuberculosis fell no differently in countries that did and did not use the BCG vaccine. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and typhus were deadly killers. They all disappeared without a vaccine. Why? […] more

  • 29 Oct 2013

    Five books to help you conceive

    There’s every chance that a woman or man you know well has experienced infertility. Perhaps you or your partner has. Though it is still a taboo subject, 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience difficulties conceiving – that’s about 3.5m people. There are many factors cited; more stress, toxic lifestyles, families planned later in life. Many of these factors point the finger of blame at the hopeful couple, adding to the stress and guilt at an emotional time. There are also the well-meaning but frustrating comments from people such as ‘just relax’, or the endless stories of someone they know who got pregnant when she went on holiday/gave up her job/stopped eating wheat/filled in adoption forms/delete as appropriate. […] more

  • 28 Oct 2013

    5 ways to treat psoriasis naturally

    29th October marks World Psoriasis Day, when the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA), its member associations and support groups host events and activities all over the world to raise awareness about psoriasis. This is how the NHS describes psoriasis: “A skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. These patches normally appear on your elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but can appear anywhere on your body. Most people are only affected in small patches. In some cases, the patches can be itchy or sore.” Affecting 2% of the population, it is most common in adults under 35 years old. […] more

  • 25 Oct 2013

    Five ways to cope with clocks going back

    It’s a time of year a lot of us dread. Suddenly, on the 28th October at 2am, the clocks go back and we find ourselves entering the darker evenings of winter. Even the brightest of souls can feel affected by the clock shift, and those with a tendency towards Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD may dread the onset of symptoms. Research shows that clock shifts can have a real impact on our health, with the governments of Kazakhstan and Russia abolishing them because of the increase in suicides around this time. Clock shifts impact our circadian rhythms, our individual internal ‘body clock’ that dictates when we feel sleepy and when we wake up. There are several ways to manage this. […] more

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