17th April 2019
Herbal remedies

Spotlight on herbal supplements for the menopause

Hot flushes are no fun. Neither are night sweats, forgetting where your keys are, or indeed what your keys are for, and feeling glum, angry and tearful. All these delightful symptoms and more are signs of the peri-menopause that we will endure to a greater or lesser extent (maybe we already have or are in the midst of it all). Understandably, lots of ladies will look for natural and over the counter alternatives to help manage the symptoms because natural is better, right? I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do but I want to give you the facts about traditional herbal medicines so you can make an informed choice. I don’t want to take HRT! […]
20th March 2019

Why the public have had enough of experts and would rather listen to Gwyneth Paltrow

I am the expert and you must listen to me! Have I lost you? I don’t blame you. Communicating complex science is always going to be tricky. But most people wouldn’t claim to understand or have experience of astrophysics whereas everyone eats, so everyone can claim to have knowledge about nutrition. A quick glance at the #nutrition hashtag on Instagram reveals that the majority of the content comes from brands, influencers and celebrities and not from registered professionals with a background in nutrition. Obviously, this means that pseudoscience and miracle cures drown out the facts, which is to the detriment of public health but what can and should people like me do about it? “A lie can travel halfway around […]
15th March 2019
Hydration

Water water everywhere but how much should I drink?

Do I really need 6 to 8 glasses of water a day? Or is it 2 litres? Can you really ‘drown’ if you drink too much? Do I have to drink only plain water? How will I know when I’m dehydrated? We can survive for weeks without food (not that I’d recommend it) but we’d die within a few days without water or at least something that provides us with water in one form or another. Our bodies are on average 60% water, after all. Our blood, cells and muscles contain water aplenty and it’s needed to regulate our body temperature, lubricate our joints and allow most of our metabolic reactions to occur. But there are so many myths about […]
6th March 2019
processed meat

Deadly food: Is eating bacon as bad as smoking?

Deadly food. Is bacon the new smoking? Eating 2 slices of bacon a day increases your risk of bowel cancer by 17%. Alarming statistics like this abound in the media, suggesting that eating food X will increase your risk of cancer, stroke or dementia by what can seem like a huge percentage. Similar stats regarding how food Y (usually something green or purple like kale or blueberries) will decrease your risk of disease by an equally large percentage lead many to (erroneously) conclude that “food is medicine”. While it is true to say that the way we eat and generally live our lives can influence our risk of disease, the way nutrition is portrayed in the media is highly misleading. […]