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 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.

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)

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.

Allergies Su B

There are lots of ways to test for allergies or sensitivities, from patch testing on the skin to hair analysis to kinesiology.


Dementia Su B

There’s an enormous amount of research going on into the various forms of dementia right now.

Arthritis Cathie

Patients often tell me as an afterthought about their arthritic hands or dodgy knees, not expecting to be able to do anything about it.

 Lexley Blood

Did you know that June 14th is World Blood Donor Day? We are all encouraged to present ourselves at our nearest centre.

Pain Relief

‘I don’t like using painkillers,’ a patient said to me the other day. ‘Isn’t there anything herbal I can take?’

Exam Su B
A recent study has backed up the traditional use of Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as an aid to memory – and Holland and Barrett reports a huge surge in demand as a result.


Yes, it’s another garden nuisance, growing like crazy at the moment, flowering and setting seed almost before you have time to blink. But like a lot of vigorous weeds, it has benefits to offer us.

Couch Grass Su BIf you’re a gardener, you probably think that Couch Grass (Agropyron repens) is just a nightmare.

Su B nuts

It’s a very confusing picture. In the first place, a lot of the foods we call ‘nuts’ are not nuts at all in the botanical sense: you probably know that about peanuts, but it’s also true of almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts.

Jan Hotter

Hotter Hereford Store Manager Jan Paton probably never considered herself inspirational, but when she sent us a photo of her latest craft creations we knew there was a very special story to be discovered.

Primroses Su B

Right now, Devon is full of primroses. The common primrose, Primula vulgaris, is one of those early spring flowers, like sweet violet and coltsfoot, that have a particular virtue in soothing coughs and sore throats.

Su B Stomach

I talked last week about acid reflux, and the medications that are often used to control it.