Nutrition can be a confusing subject. Let’s face it, there’s a mass of diet-related information out there, but a lot of it is very conflicting. One controversial and contentious area which has been the subject of much debate over the last few years has been the recommended dietary allowances (RDAs). Deemed to be the amount […]
Doctors and scientists have worked long and hard to find a cure for colds and flu. Recent advances have given us the flu vaccine and the anti-flu medication Relenza (zanamivir). However, stocks of the flu vaccine are running dry, and Relenza is only recommended for those over the age of 65 or with significant illness. […]
Migraine affects 6 p.c. of men and almost one in five women. Characterised by intense, localised pain, usually on one side of the head, migraine attacks can last from anywhere between two hours and several days. Some attacks may lead to severe symptoms such as intense, throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. About 75 p.c. […]
This month, the British Medical Journal published research which calls into question the widely held belief that taking an aspirin each day is good for us. While aspirin may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, it also increases the risk of bleeding in the gut, and this may have serious and even fatal […]
It’s not true that doctors don’t practice nutritional medicine: they do. Any doctor who has written a prescription for iron has, whether they like it or not, engaged in nutritional therapy. Iron is, in fact, by far the most commonly prescribed nutrient by members of the medical profession. It is ironic, therefore, that this is […]
I was intrigued to learn of the recent research which suggests that the British are showing signs of addiction to curry. An urge to eat Indian food is, however, just one of a range of food-based addictions which are commonplace in our society. For many individuals, the desire to eat certain foods can be overwhelming, […]
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