Birdsong – The Essential Soundtrack

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With 7 billion of us on the planet, it’s becoming a very noisy place.  Maybe you haven’t noticed yet but recorded birdsong is beginning to appear, anywhere from blogs and websites to airport lounges and service station toilets.  Seems good sound may be starting to equate to good business. Natural sound may also help you [...]

Ginger Reduces Chemo Nausea

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Car sickness is not the only form of nausea where the common herb, ginger, might come to your aid. Research also shows it to be better than placebo when used to treat seasickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Nausea and vomiting are the most significant influences on quality of life in patients [...]

Green Tea Lowers Cholesterol

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There are so many ways green tea can improve your health, and cholesterol lowering is certainly one of them. Chinese cardiovascular researchers  recently compared 14 studies into the cholesterol-lowering properties of green tea, both the drink and the extract used in the supplement industry.  They found significant effects in lowering total cholesterol and LDL (the [...]

Coffee may delay onset of Alzheimer’s

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Coffee is no longer the nutritional bad guy it used to be. There’s scientific talk that it might reduce the risk of diabetes; possibly also endometrial cancer.  Apparently it can reduce the damage associated with a fatty liver, but the good news this week is that moderate coffee intake can significantly slow the onset of [...]

Poetry – the Quiet Health Booster

Feather Hand On Book

Poetry, like journaling, can be a very relaxing pastime but it’s also a great brain exercise. Write it, read it or just listen; it’s a free resource that many Longevityboomers might not have accessed for a long time, if ever. The world’s oldest person, the late Jeanne Calment, enjoyed the poems of her childhood right [...]

Recipe for Home Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Only roast pumpkin seeds with the shells on. You can use seeds taken from a whole pumpkin but first wash them to remove pumpkin sinew and leave to air dry overnight.  Otherwise, buy raw (unsalted) pumpkin seeds.Many recipes suggest roasting pumpkin seeds at temperatures up to or above 200C (400F).  Unfortunately high temperatures and fats/oils [...]

Double Espresso or the Hospital Trolley?

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Perhaps it’s something you’ve noticed. Coffee makes you “go”.  Some say yes, some say no. Actually, in this instance we’re referring to the effect of a good, strong coffee after abdominal surgery.  The British Journal of Surgery has just published Swiss research indicating that drinking coffee will get you “going” again after bowel surgery faster [...]