Breakfast matters

Earlier in the year (7th March) was "World Cereal Day", when food companies extolled the virtues of consuming ultra-processed foods for the "most important meal of the day". Many of us in the Western world already need no persuasion: 46% of Americans and 20% of British people start their day with breakfast cereals, and the British spoon £19 billion a year into the coffers of the grain processors. Cereals are big business! Little wonder that the industry is anxious to increase its share of the breakfast pie. Non-soak cereals first landed on the American breakfast table with John Harvey Kellogg's [...]

By |2022-06-29T14:50:29+01:00June 29, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Letting go

In Chinese Traditional Medicine, and specifically Five Element theory, the Lung and Large Intestine are associated with the Metal element, and an imbalance in these may manifest itself in lung conditions such as asthma, skin problems like eczema, or digestive problems in the large intestine. Five Element theory is not confined to physical symptoms though. Every aspect of life is embraced. The Metal element is about grief, cleaning out, letting go, boundaries. Its colour is white, its taste hot and spicy. The sound of Metal is weeping or sighing, its odour is rotten, its emotion grief and mourning of what [...]

By |2022-06-29T17:39:56+01:00February 6, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Covid-19 vaccine safety: the evidence

Informed consent is the cornerstone of ethical healthcare, and so we have published a reference list here of peer-reviewed studies to date examining the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, for those wanting to weigh up the risks versus benefits (which should be done for every drug, in conversation with your healthcare practitioner): Cerebral venous thrombosis after COVID-19 vaccination in the UK: a multicentre cohort study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01608-1/Vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia with disseminated intravascular coagulation and death after ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccination: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1052305721003414 Fatal cerebral hemorrhage after COVID-19 vaccine: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33928772/Myocarditis after mRNA vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, a case series: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666602221000409Three cases of acute venous thromboembolism [...]

By |2022-06-29T17:33:10+01:00January 12, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Statins – friend or foe?

Have you or a family member been prescribed a statin? Highly likely if you're into middle age - over 6 million people in the UK are on the drug, and Pfizer's Lipitor is the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. Originally, statins were only prescribed to people considered to be at high risk of having a heart attack. They are now increasingly prescribed to people over the age of 50 even if they have normal cholesterol levels. In 2014, NICE (the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) revised their guidelines on when to initiate statin treatment, [...]

By |2020-12-03T01:26:30+00:00December 3, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Maintaining a Rolls Royce with a 13-mm spanner

A recent study found that people with higher intakes (through diet and supplementation) of vitamins A, D and E have fewer respiratory complaints. This was picked up by multiple media outlets, and even the nutrition-skeptic UK government Health Secretary has now ordered a review into vitamin D after dismissing its benefits. But while the new official interest in essential micronutrients for health protection has to be welcomed, it is still exasperatingly myopic to those of us who like to look at the big, holistic picture. I am not a fan of picking out a few nutrients. I think it's a [...]

By |2022-08-11T12:40:55+01:00November 2, 2020|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Treat or trick?

We've all seen (or at least heard about) those people back in March this year who were panic-filling their trolleys with fizzy drinks and "goodies" from the snack aisles to keep the kids happy. And tonight, on Hallowe'en, the double nightmare of sugary treats and throwaway plastics sends chills down the spine. These treats are well-intentioned. Of course no-one would dream of poisoning their children intentionally or setting them up for chronic disease. But unintentionally, this is what is happening every day all over the Western world and in developing countries. In 2016, an NHS survey estimated that 16 percent [...]

By |2020-10-31T21:59:52+00:00October 31, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Supplement news: Clinical study finds USANA’s cognitive support supplement optimizes brain function after only one use

CopaPrime+™ study conducted by Central Queensland and Deakin Universities in Australia and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore* SALT LAKE CITY, May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A new clinical study conducted by renowned brain health and cognitive performance expert Dr. Talitha Best of Central Queensland University has found that USANA® CopaPrime+ supports three cognitive measures—working memory and accuracy, attention speed and response time, and brain efficiency—only 45 minutes after participants took a single dose. The study was done in collaboration with Deakin University in Australia and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.* Powered by USANA's InCelligence Technology and created with a dual approach to cognitive support, CopaPrime+ assists in mental performance such as focus, alertness, memory, and [...]

By |2021-10-19T14:51:19+01:00May 14, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Health Supplement Company of the Year

Named Health Supplement Company of the Year 2019 by Global Health & Pharma magazine SALT LAKE CITY, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --  Built on a foundation of leading science and technology, USANA continues to stake its claim at the forefront of the health and wellness industry with its recent award from Global Health & Pharma magazine. USANA was named as the Health Supplement Company of the Year at the 2019 Biotechnology Awards by the England-based organization. USANA wins the 2019 GHP Biotechnology award for Health Supplement Company of the Year "This award is a great achievement for USANA and asserts our claim as a leader [...]

By |2020-05-04T22:54:34+01:00May 4, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Propaganda that makes you sick

A recent tweet by the UK PM's official account suggested that we entertain ourselves by baking. It appears the Great British Public don't need much encouragement on that front, as replies to the tweet complained that flour was in short supply in shops. But the government's seemingly harmless exhortation to eat cake and carry on is dangerous and irresponsible, and is part of a problem that goes far deeper than shopping difficulties. My recent Facebook feed has been peppered with pictures of simnel cake and easter eggs, and I've been hearing the same messages from friends over and over during [...]

By |2020-04-20T10:26:20+01:00April 20, 2020|Uncategorized|3 Comments
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