Covid-19 vaccine safety: the evidence

January 12, 2022|0 Comments

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 [...]

Commit to your cells

October 19, 2021|0 Comments

Tips and tricks for remembering to take your supplements A friend told me recently that he'd been taking some very high quality supplements but hadn't noticed any difference in his health. He asked if he should continue taking them. "How many have you taken already, and when did you start?", I asked. "About half a pot, and about 6 months ago" was his reply. So he'd taken two weeks' worth of supplements over six months. That's like saying you had a full 7 hours' sleep on 14 days out of 6 months, but you can't understand why you're not feeling [...]

Superfood Salad

October 10, 2021|0 Comments

We like to have one of these amazing, nutrient-dense salads on the go during the summer (and the winter, for that matter), so we make enough for a few days and keep it in the fridge. We use quinoa (a complete-protein grain with a lovely crunchy texture), lashings of olive oil, lemon juice and rind (the rind is packed full of healthy phytonutrients), along with various other superfood ingredients for a good dose of vitamins and other nutrients. Add your own healthy ingredient ideas in to the recipe below to ring the changes.

Statins – friend or foe?

December 3, 2020|1 Comment

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, [...]

Maintaining a Rolls Royce with a 13-mm spanner

November 2, 2020|1 Comment

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 [...]

Treat or trick?

October 31, 2020|0 Comments

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 [...]