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So Gwyneth Paltrow talked about adaptogens, and suddenly they are the answer to everything. And it’s true that they turn up in probably four out of five herbal prescriptions. An adaptogen is a herb that helps you function at an optimal level; it supports your vital energy, so that a lot of problems fall away.


I’ve talked about this before, but new evidence is stacking up about the potential risks involved in long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors.

Harvest Su B

So you’ve come home with a basket full of berries, or roots, or fungi. What do you do with them? Unless you’re going to use them straight away (see ‘Making herb teas’), you’ll need to preserve them somehow.

Tuscany Su B

Last day in Tuscany today. Even now in mid October, there are plenty of herbs still in flower: thyme and marjoram, oregano and rosemary grow at the side of every path.

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.