Cosyfeet Swanage

Swanage Disabled Club is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award. The charity has won £500 to enable it to rent a beach hut on the sea front for a fortnight next summer, coinciding with the Swanage Carnival and Regatta.


It’s a time of transition, when we’re more vulnerable to colds and other acute infections, and old problems tend to resurface.

Ginger Su B

You’ve probably heard of ginger in various different contexts, apart from its role – often together with garlic – in various curry recipes.


Elder is a sovereign remedy for all sorts of respiratory tract problems, from coughs and colds to sinusitis, chest infections and sore throats.

Ellie Holmes Cancer

The lopsided Christmas tree was aglow in the hospital corridor. In her office, the doctor had cards on her filing cabinet – ‘Season’s Greetings’, ‘Yuletide Joy’.

Flu Prevention

A lot of older people nowadays opt to have the flu vaccine before winter sets in. While it does reduce your statistical risk of getting flu, it can only prevent the strains of flu included in the vaccine, so it’s a bit of a lottery; and it certainly won’t stop you getting colds.

 Freya North

I am publishing this article on the website to help author Freya North raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer. Below is Freya's account of why she is doing this cycle ride. 

 Omega 3,6,9

Are you confused about these? You’re not the only one. So here is a very simple breakdown of the facts.

Morton Gray illness

Our society often seems to have become dependent on the medical profession. We increasingly expect to see a doctor with an ailment and come away with a prescription that will hopefully miraculously heal our condition. It has not always been so of course.

Probiotics Su B

There’s a lot of focus on healthy gut bacteria these days, and how we can achieve and maintain a healthy balance. And that, of course, creates an opportunity for the supplement makers. But how useful are the products they sell?

Maggie Cobbett

I've been on an emotional roller coaster since my last post. Out of the blue came a series of visual disturbances that I convinced myself were TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks or mini strokes)

Su B Vitamin B12

As a general rule, if you have a healthy diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and protein, you should be getting enough of most nutrients the old-fashioned way, as part of the food you eat.

Su B Professional Help

‘Why should I pay for professional help when I can buy a remedy for myself?’ Fair enough; people have always tried self-help first and foremost, and they always will.

 Su B Food

Are you tired of being browbeaten about what you should or shouldn’t eat?

Sugar Su B

We’ve all got the message that too much sugar is bad for us, and food manufacturers are spending small fortunes looking for substitutes, or hiding the fact that there is still plenty of sugar in their products.

Drugs article Su B 

It’s unusual nowadays to reach your seventies without taking at least one prescribed medication on a regular basis, and one tends to lead to another.

 Herb Gathering Su B

What’s the best way to get value for money, top quality and no problems with adulteration? Go out and harvest your own herbs.

Herbal First Aid

‘My child has earache/stomachache/nettle rash’. ‘I’ve burnt myself/cut myself/pulled a muscle’. These are the sort of first aid issues that people call about; not serious enough to go to the doctor, but needing attention right now.

Chocolate SU B

Back in the 70s, when I first started getting interested in food and nutrition, chocolate was recommended as part of a vegetarian diet because of its high iron content.

Organic Food Su B

This debate will run and run. Where fruit and vegetables are concerned, the consensus seems to be that there is not much difference where nutritional value is concerned.