Lots of persistent coughs and colds around in the last few weeks. The mild weather and the looming threat of Christmas is a tough combination, it seems.
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You’ve read about St John’s Wort for depression, or Turmeric for inflammation. If you’ve looked a little deeper, you’ll find a lot of supplements that are standardised for a particular ingredient: hypericin in St John’s Wort, or curcumin in Turmeric, and so on.
Now is the time to gather rose hips, before the first hard frost – if it ever comes – turns them into mush. Garden rosehips won’t do; it’s the wild dog rose, Rosa canina, that makes the best syrup. You can make a tincture of them, too, but syrups and jellies are the traditional ways to use them.
It was Antibiotics Awareness Week from 16th – 22nd November. The World Health Organisation has set this up because of the urgent need to limit their use, so that we still have effective antibiotics when we really need them.
It’s beginning to be the time for warming, comforting, substantial food: casseroles and stews, hearty soups and roasts. Although we don’t hibernate, we still respond to shortening days and colder weather, feeling the need to store some fat to tide us over the leaner months to come.
Nicole Addy from mydentist, the largest provider of NHS dentistry in the UK, explains how your mouth changes over time and how you can make your teeth last a lifetime.
When I first started learning about complementary medicine, I was working as a masseuse in a naturopathic clinic. Naturopathy places a lot of emphasis on the benefits of getting back to nature: fresh air, exercise, drinking water and eating raw food are seen as basic to good health.
Even with hectic lives and miles between us, 3rings can bring the family together to let them know our ageing parents and loved ones are safe and well.
When someone comes to see me, I always ask what supplements they are taking. The world of ‘nutraceuticals’ is huge, and growing all the time, fed by people’s vulnerability and the sense that, whatever we do to look after ourselves, it’s never quite good enough.
I am delighted to welcome Doctor Mark Porter to answer some questions for Oapschat. Before we begin, here is a brief outline of his varied TV, radio and medical career.
As a physiotherapist I have worked a lot with families facing the reality of functional decline. When I worked in hospital I thought I understood it but now I work out in the community in people’s own homes I have been educated!
I had lunch with a friend this week, and was admiring the lovely bank of catnip (Nepeta cataria), in full late bloom and humming with insects. It’s a beautiful thing, though if you have cats it will be loved to pieces before it gets the chance to flower. And it does have its uses for humans too.
Have you heard of FODMAPS? It stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols, and if you’ve zoned out already, that’s one reason why someone needs to give it a snappier name if they want to make a fortune out of it.
It’s definitely autumn all of a sudden. In traditional medicine, you can predict that people are more likely to be ill in spring and autumn; it’s as though the change in the air stirs things up inside you.
The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older Co-Authors Robert L. Weber, Ph.D. and Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.
Thank you so much for giving Bob and I this opportunity to share our book with your community. In a youth-centric society that privileges the young and reviles ageing, it’s no surprise that so many of us have been understandably challenged by the notion of growing old. Given who you all are, you will also find it as no surprise that there are many of us who are not only meeting but exceeding the challenges ageing brings our way.
So Jamie Oliver has launched a campaign to tax sugary drinks, complete with shock tactics like the pile of amputated legs lost every week in the UK to type 2 diabetes.
‘Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly. All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise’. Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and sang by Paul McCartney on the Beatles White Album in 1968.
‘I just want it to go away,’ said my sixteen-year old patient. Her mother had brought her because, after the intense pressure of taking ten GCSEs – and she did very well – she had collapsed, and acquired the label of ‘chronic fatigue’. The doctor had offered anti-depressants, which she refused.
I’ve had a series of patients lately who are going through big transitions: moving house, changing jobs, ending a marriage. Even if the change is a positive one, it is a stressful business; and too many changes at once can be paralysing.
Kew Gardens is having a spice festival,from now until September. Check out http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/full-of-spice.
A walk on the Cornish cliffs yielded a wealth of treasure this week; not the kind they used to smuggle in under cover of darkness, but lying around in broad daylight for anyone to enjoy.
‘How come tea is more refreshing than water when you’re hot and thirsty?’ The team headed back out onto the pitch without waiting for an answer. All cricketers know the truth of this, even if they don’t know why. No-one drinks coffee at teatime; it’s just not cricket.