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  • 6 Nov 2013

    Look after your feet in winter

    Our poor old feet. After a glorious summer of feeling the caress of sweet fresh air, they often spend the winter trussed up in socks, slippers or winter boots. My own feet rarely see daylight in the winter months; without carpets, the floors in our house are pretty cold underfoot and I like to wear socks in our chilly bed. Our feet can get forgotten just at a time they need our attention. I have to admit to finding people who made a fuss of their feet a little highly strung before I trained in reflexology. My study of the feet – and their unique connection to the health of our body – instilled in me a deep respect for these miraculous workings of nature. Because feet really are incredible! […] more

  • 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

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