Soothe your Stomach Naturally

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Too much stomach acid? GERD? Gastritis?  Obviously if you’re taking antacids or other drugs to relieve excess stomach acid you would appear to be in good company.  Isn’t almost everyone doing it? Relieving symptoms like heartburn and abdominal pain has spawned a multi billion dollar industry, particularly in western countries.  Encouraged to self-medicate (buy over-the-counter [...]

Can We be Fat and Healthy?

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It’s an interesting question that would make most professionals throw up their hands in horror as they push us firmly towards the dietitian or gastric banding surgeon. However there are individuals and populations who defy the statistics.  Spanish women, for example, have been found to weigh in heavier than the rest of the Mediterranean female [...]

What’s to Love about Tomatoes?

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Getting your 2 plus 5 or just eating pizza again?  When it comes to stroke prevention, the story starts to get interesting. “A diet high in fruits anad vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke”, according to Dr Jouni Karppi of the University of Eastern Finland. However, Karppi’s group particularly extols the virtues [...]

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 [...]

Arthritis: Superfood for Thought

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So are you finding arthritis has started to creep in?  Maybe it’s in the family.  But there’s no escaping this simple equation: inflammation = pain. It’s a fact that arthritis piggybacks on the increasing inflammation associated with the ageing process. Inflammation is also linked to the breakdown of cartilage that cushions your joints, which leads [...]

No Complaints in Whinge-free Zone

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Here’s some cheap insurance for longevityboomers against becoming “cranky old *****” as opposed to lovely old smilies.  But you can’t just buy it.  You have to work for it.  No excuses now because the word’s out that we have “plastic” brains.  In other words we have the ability to change. So when the script in [...]

Olive Leaf Extract for Hypertension

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Looking for natural ways to control blood pressure?  Olive leaf extract (OLE) is a herbal extract used medicinally in Mediterranean countries over thousands of years.   In the last 50 years, olive leaf extract, together with its active ingredient oleuropein, has been the subject of a number of European scientific studies.  Researchers at the University of [...]

Antibiotic Resistance: Thinking Laterally

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“Antibiotics are wonder drugs, but they face increasing problems with resistance by various types of bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus.”  Reports like this are being issued with alarming frequency by medical experts who are seriously concerned about a growing number of antibiotic-resistant superbugs spreading through hospitals, homes for the elderly and other institutions.  Antibiotic resistance is [...]

CT scans and x-rays

CT scans and x-rays

If you plan to live to a ripe old age you might want to limit the amount of medical radiation you willingly embrace. How much radiation are you getting and how much is likely to make you sick or sicker?  Just to give you some idea, a CT (computed tomography) scan gives you a radiation [...]

Beautiful Skin with Pomegranates

Pomegranate for Skin

Pomegranates are good for your skin and are becoming well entrenched in anti-ageing and sun care products. The oil is prized by the beauty industry and here are a dozen good reasons why: Anti-inflammatory – pomegranate inhibits 2 enzymes linked to inflammation and early ageing Anti-ageing Sun protection, both before and after sun exposure. Pomegranate [...]