Magnesium, Vitamin C and Kidney Stones

It’s not a coincidence that magnesium deficiency and kidney stones share the same causes, including alcoholism, high sugar, coffee and oxalates. Deficiency in magnesium increases the risk of kidney stones. Read More

‘When’ you eat matters

A lot of dieters stick to the mantra of no food after 5pm. Research from 1976 backs this up. The study gave two groups of people an single identical 2000kcal meal every day. However, one group had their meal at breakfast and the other had their meal at dinner.Read More

“I’d rather be ‘cured’ by a placebo than rely on science and remain ill” by Kevin Maher of The Times (28/1/13)

If the choice is between a New Age effect that works or sickness in the world of Dawkins, I’ll take the meaningless pill.

Another day, another homeopathic smackdown. This time it was the turn of Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, who informed the Commons Science and Technology Committee in no uncertain terms that homeopathy was “rubbish”, that homeopaths were “peddlers” and that homeopathic pills themselves were no more effective than a placebo.Read More

Probiotics in the spotlight for heart disease and stroke risk

We’ve been conditioned think of antioxidants as the nutrients that protect us from damage and rightly so. But now it seems that probiotics may provide better protection when it comes to stroke. Researchers have found that having an altered or compromised gut flora could be linked to stroke and symptomatic atherosclerosis. Read More

Supplements explained

As a nutritional therapist, patients tell me that they are taking supplements from the local high street shop. It is great that they have identified need for additional supplementation as they understand there are health benefits to vitamins, minerals and herbs.Read More

Hand soaps could be harmful to our health

New research has found that Triclosan, an antibacterial agent widely used in hand soaps and personal care products could harm health. It is commonly found in mouthwashes, deodorants, clothing and toys.Read More

Gut bacteria may play an important role in obesity

A team of researchers at the Arizona State University have found that when there are variations in the macronutrient content of our diet, the structure of the gut bacteria can change within a few days. These altered gut bacteria have been found to be involved in energy extraction and energy regulation. Read More

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