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Why The Guardian is wrong about this claim

Vitamins for health

The truth behind this latest anti-vitamin press campaign All supplements are useless – or are they? Why this one form of vitamin packs a bigger health punch Right, the gloves are off. It’s time for another bit of media-bashing from me! If you looked at the papers last week-end you’ll have seen articles about a study from the US which says vitamin and mineral supplements are useless for better brain health. For instance, The Guardian headline looked like this: ’Save…
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Go medieval to help beat illness…

How to use urine colour to determine health

Just what did the folk of the middle ages do for us? What is a metabolite and why should you be interested in them? Discover why looking down when you pee is a really good idea Those big historical Hollywood blockbusters never get it right do they? Take Camelot for example. I was forced to watch this recently (the things I do for mother-in-laws) and over ninety or so minutes I saw a lot of singing and dancing, a lot…
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Why we are all heading for pain

The UK’s commonest pain

Discover what the most searched for term is on the NHS website… …prepare to be amazed that it isn’t a cure for the cold or flu! Here is the advice we all need to listen to As I sat down to write today’s newsletter I began to think what would be the most common pain most people would have to endure. Most of us would know the agony of toothache, maybe slightly more the pain of a blister on the…
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British resolve means that you might suffer more pain

How Britain deals with pain

Does your experience of A&E match mine? Napoleons descendants were our saviours. Never say that I don’t cover the complete story… Tony is a really good friend, and a good drinking mate to boot My wife describes us as being as ‘thick as thieves’ in reference to our close friendship, rather than our mental capacity. And it’s true, we have been through school, sixth form and university together so there is not a lot of secrecy between us. A few…
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Get to grips with this major gripe

Help for back pain

The drugs don’t work – no surprise there then! Are you doing your bit for a better back? Discover the five surprising ways to achieve a pain free life Are you a martyr to back pain? Waking every morning and making those first small movements to see whether you’re going to suffer or not? Thinking twice about bending down to pick the post off of the mat? I share your pain! As a sufferer myself, I’ve written many emails on…
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Turn back the brain clock with this surprising remedy

How to eat to protect your brain

Most people forget this truth about cognitive decline How to feed your brain to keep it younger, sharper, more focussed One of the most important factors in a healthy brain (you just might not realise it) I did it again. Found myself in the kitchen wondering, “Why am I here?” It wasn’t a philosophical question. I wasn’t searching for the meaning of existence. Genuinely, I had no idea why I was in the kitchen. This happens to me a lot….
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