The Salt of the Earth Or a Deadly White Powder?

Salt is such a basic item in our lives that we hardly give it a thought – unless we have run into the thought police telling us that too much salt is bad for us. Which sounds odd to me really. We are accustomed to adding salt to most meals and to hearing phrases meant to praise someone like "The salt of the earth" which is a very welcome compliment indeed. So in this post I'd like…

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Asthma, Pollution and Anti-oxidants

Have you ever been in a fog so thick that you could not see your hand in front of your face? I have ! These fogs were so thick they were called "Peasoupers" and as an ex resident of London I remember them. Just as I remember the asthma I suffered because of that smog and pollution. Insert photos The worst of these scandals occurred in 1952 when, to quote from the Wiki, "4,000 additional deaths were…

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Andy Murray’s Cramps – Is He Really a Drama Queen?

Suddenly a sportsman is wracked with pain as if he has been shot by an enraged fan or rival. But Andy Murray is not the only Sports Star to suffer in this way – he just gets teased about it in the Press. His Tennis rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are also reported to suffer from muscle cramps of startling pain and suddenness. As seen in this video… Muscle cramps can be suffered by just about…

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What Are The 3 Best Supplements To Take?

Asked what the 3 best Food supplements are that we can take to enrich our diet and boost our health I generally ask who the supplements are for! We Are All Individuals People have very different needs; the person who eats a lot of fruit and vegetables is going to have different needs from someone who eats one piece of fruit every day or two. Anyway let's play with this question and see where it takes us.…

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7 Steps To Stronger Bones

Getting weaker is no fun. Astronaut Sunita Williams knows that unless she exercises for 2 and a half hours every day that she is in the Space Station she will lose bone mass and muscle strength. Back here on Earth we lose muscular and bone strength much slower than that because we have the power of gravity pulling on us 24/7 and the body tissues automatically strengthen as a result. And we all know that we need…

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What is Health? Deep Questions and Tough Answers

Growing up I had lots of "childhood diseases" in my early years at school. So much so that I missed so many classes that my Mother was given the option of me repeating the last year of my primary education so I could catch up! Luck for me she skipped that option and found another way for me to catch up and the rest of my schooling was pretty smooth. In those early years I hated that…

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Is Resveratrol Responsible For the French Paradox?

The story goes that the French have a diet that is high in saturated fat, where they eat high amounts of cheese and drink lots of wine and rather than having the massive wave of heart attacks we might expect of such a diet they have fewer heart attacks than Americans and others who eat supposedly healthier diets. That is the "French Paradox"! So how do the French do it? And more important – can we do…

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How to Choose Your Vitamin Tablets

In the first part of this article we looked at Why we should take Vitamins and other nutrients in addition to our meals. Next we dig into some of the details of what vitamin and mineral tablets to take. Once you get the buzz of being able to raise the level of your health by using vitamin and other nutrient tablets you face several questions about how much to take and are some types of supplements better…

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Why To Take and How To Choose Your Vitamin Tablets

I first got clued in to the power of vitamins and other food supplements when I suffered an attack of asthma in my mid-thirties. I was used to asthma as a childhood disease but had gone a long time without puffing and struggling for breath and I was determined to do something to deal with it. I knew from my experience of inhalers and asthma "tablets" that conventional medicine did not work so I went looking elsewhere…

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Does Your Body Need an Oil Change?

Oils and fats are probably the most hated and undervalued part of our diet. They inspire fear and loathing and motivate people to obsessively read ingredient labels when shopping so they can exclude foods that contain them from their diet. Fats and oils don't just have a bad reputation, they are also blamed for weight gain and even accused of clogging up the pores of our skin and giving us acne and more seriously, of clogging up…

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