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Monthly Archives: August 2013

What a day…

31Aug

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I am shattered…but so bloody pleased! My Jessie event went really well…I have had text messages from the ladies saying what a great time they had – how motivated and inspired they feel. For me, this is what today was … Continue reading

  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Necrosis: Does It Really Work?

31Aug

If you’re an athlete or a cancer patient, you’re probably familiar with hyperbaric therapy. If you’re not, you should be. It’s a treatment option for people suffering from different conditions, including sports injuries and radiation necrosis. Hyperbaric therapy offers 100 … Continue reading

  

Breadsticks!

30Aug

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Bloody breadsticks! Those little sticks of loveliness caused a bit of a ruckus between my other half and I today I would like to put it down to stress…but it is because I am a madam! Today has been manic … Continue reading

  

Testosterone Deficiency: Should You Get Tested?

30Aug

I received an email a few days back about someone having problems with his sexual drive. The email sender said his testosterone levels were found to be lower than normal. He then mentioned TestRush, a supplement that claims to boost … Continue reading

  

Girly Road Trip!

29Aug

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What a fabulous day! My Mum and my niece and I all headed off to the wilds of Lincolnshire to visit our mare who is currently in training to become a ridden horse rather than a giant lawnmower The morning … Continue reading

  

Nakd Infused Raisins

28Aug

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The bumpf on the Nakd website says: “Delicious, fruity raisins with a burst of flavour, from zingy lime to fizzy cola and sweet juicy cherry. These are a great alternative to sweets and because they’re made with all natural flavours … Continue reading

  

Grace Cheetham’s Chocolate Semi-Freddo – the easiest, yummiest DF, GF pud EVER

28Aug

Since the success of the Grace Cheetham ginger biscuits, Sophia has been on at me to ‘make something else’. So much so that when we were packing on Saturday for our half term holiday at the seaside at Nana’s house, … Continue reading

  

New study says tea and coffee may protect your liver

28Aug

New study says tea and coffee may protect your liver

A new study (which could be good news for tea and coffee drinkers) shows that drinking four cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The study, found that increased caffeine intake could reduce the disease that … Continue reading

  

Trolls – contains really bad language…don’t look if you are the ‘offended’ type! ;-)

28Aug

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I don’t really have a huge problem with trolls or abusive people…as most people are decent and realise that I am clearly trying to make significant changes to my life.   However, there is one lady – Karen…I won’t mention … Continue reading

  

Some lessons I’ve learnt this month

28Aug

So it’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a long month – work has been full on and I’ve had to go to the US, which was stressful for many reasons, least of which is that I’m petrified … Continue reading

  

Sous Vide Cod with Crushed Peas, Salsa and wilted Spinach

28Aug

Sous Vide Cod

Prep Time 5 Mins Cooking Time 25 Mins Cooking Sous Vide is one of my favourite cooking methods. Meat tastes succulent, flavoursome and perfectly cooked. Veg retain its colour and nutritional value. Fish in sous vide is outstanding!I am always … Continue reading

  

Ooooh…unexpected!

27Aug

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For the first time in 37 weeks I had a gain on the scales! A little gain of 1.5lbs…but a gain is a gain! I think that the most frustrating thing is the fact that I really wanted to get … Continue reading

  

Effectiveness of Ultrasound Cavitation: Evidence-Based Approach

26Aug

If I get a penny for every relative who asks me about cosmetic, non-surgical ways to get a smaller waistline, I will probably be $10 richer. Okay, that’s not much, but you get the picture: Everyone wants to know about … Continue reading

  

Vitamins – Fact and Fiction – Again!

26Aug

Of the 35 years I have been writing about health, there has not been a single one where vitamins, supplements or alternative therapies have not rubbished and vilified or simply dismissed as nonsense. I often feel I am trapped in a … Continue reading

  

Embarrassment

26Aug

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One of the main worries that I have in going out and about is due to embarrassment. Most of the time, it is not my embarrassment that I am concerned about though really. I worry that if someone says something … Continue reading

  

Planes and Pains!

25Aug

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Well…today has been a challenging one! Not physically, but mentally – yet I am still alive, no-one stared, no-one took the p*ss out of me…or at least not that I noticed… At 11pm last night I had a text from … Continue reading

  

Silent Sunday

25Aug

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To-Do List?

24Aug

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Where on your ‘to-do’ list does weight loss come? Another silly question it might seem…of course weight loss is pretty high on your agenda…but is it really? I mentioned the chap in my group who has a really regimented attitude … Continue reading

  

Skin infections – our latest challenge

23Aug

Last year Zac had a horrible spot on his elbow that turned into a rash with an erupting abscess at the epicentre. The first GP who saw it said it was nothing. A few days later when it was oozing, … Continue reading

  

What’s your story?

23Aug

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Everyone has one. Watching ‘Welcome to the World of Weight Loss’ really bought that home for me. We are so quick to judge, yet have no idea why a person has ended up where they have – be that overweight, … Continue reading

  

Paleo Eating in the UK

23Aug

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How easy is it eating paleo in the UK? During any given week, I read many blog articles about eating paleo. I read recipes, restaurant reviews and nutritional articles. Common denominators relating all these wonderful articles are that they are … Continue reading

  

Superheroes

22Aug

The following post is written for Learning Disability Week – an annual awareness-raising campaign organised by Mencap. This year it takes place from 19-25 August and will celebrate people with a learning disability, their families and supporters by asking the … Continue reading

  

Death (now that got your attention) a [slightly] funny blog post

22Aug

It’s been a while since I posted on Talk Health and morbidly, for reasons I will not bore you with I have been thinking about the grim reaper. The top five causes of death in the UK (according to the … Continue reading

  

Integrity?

22Aug

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I don’t normally begin with a picture, but for the purposes of today’s blog post it just needed to be done! Last night saw me getting involved in a Twitter ‘discussion’ with a chap who was clearly trying to tout … Continue reading

  

Paleo Bacon and Egg Muffins

22Aug

Amazing Egg Pots!

This was the recipe of the week at my local Crossfit box, Crossfit HG3. When the recipe hit my inbox, I knew I had to give it a go. Thank you guys!!! I have seen similar style recipes on a … Continue reading

  

Millions of patients to benefit from easier access to medication and fewer trips to hospitals

21Aug

New legislation comes into force today which will mean that physiotherapists and podiatrists in the UK will be the first to be able to independently prescribe medication to their patients, Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb has announced. The move … Continue reading

  

Soup Poop

21Aug

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Soup poop, curry slurry, brown bubbles – I wonder how many blog readers I have lost so far?! – supersonic sewer sauce…whatever it is that you want to call it, I have it. My bum sounds like an espresso machine … Continue reading

  

I don’t eat that…

20Aug

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Another good day in the world of Weight Loss Bitch! This was today’s weigh in result… Not far from being halfway there…and 1.5lbs away from dropping into the 27 stone-something bracket. I am aiming for at least 2.5lbs off next … Continue reading

  

Just diagnosed with hep C? Ten things you should ask your doctor

20Aug

Just diagnosed with hep C? Ten things you should ask your doctor

A diagnosis of hepatitis C can leave you experiencing a variety of emotions. You may feel shock, worry, anger, denial and even depression. Knowing as much about hep C as possible is one of the best things you can do to help you … Continue reading

  

Living well with hep C

20Aug

Living well with hep C

If you’re diagnosed with hep C you’re likely to have questions, concerns, and worries for the future. It’s important to remember that hepatitis C is not a death sentence.  One in five people will recover, and for the others there are treatments … Continue reading

  

Cornwall, chums and chips

20Aug

It only takes a day or so back in work before the holidays dreamt of all year become a distant memory. We’ve had a wonderful time visiting beautiful Cornwall, bringing back with us some cherished memories of days out exploring … Continue reading

  

Summer foods vs good oral health – not always a breeze

20Aug

By Dr Nigel Carter OBE As a nation, we might rejoice when the summer season comes around, yet millions of holiday-makers and picnic-goers could be putting their oral health at greater risk with their summer diet. Consuming too many acidic … Continue reading

  

The Top 5 FODMAP & IBS Articles from July 2013

19Aug

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I’m a bit late this month reviewing the useful information twitter sends our way.  Weddings (not ours!) and general summer activities have taken up my time along with far too much painting and redecorating.  Anyway sit back and enjoy this … Continue reading

  

Is extreme ‘healthy’ crucial?

19Aug

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I have been wondering recently about the merits of healthy food. I don’t just mean the food that I am eating on Slimming World – which the ‘clean’ purists would likely shudder at…melted LowLow cheese would see them running for … Continue reading

  

Back to the baking – df, gf ginger snaps

19Aug

It’s about time I put up a new recipe. Life has been somewhat chaotic of late and I feel guilty for not trying anything new for a while. So as I was running out of ideas, I decided to treat … Continue reading

  

How do you take emollients out with you?

18Aug

Travel bottles for emollient

So we can manage MyItchyBoy’s eczema properly, we have always taken a small bottle of decanted emollient out and about with us.  We use it quite often, especially on long days out when he needs a cream top up during … Continue reading

  

Challenging week…

18Aug

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It has been a good week in the world of WLB! What may have seemed like everyday occurrences to most, have actually been a bit traumatic for me, but in a good way. First off there was the challenge of … Continue reading

  

Trout with salad – Low FODMAP, dairy free, gluten free

17Aug

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We are heading towards the end of Summer, early in the morning it certainly feels like Autumn is on the way. However there is still time left to enjoy a cold salad with a small glass of chilled white wine … Continue reading

  

Dream on! Slimming World ‘issues’…

17Aug

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Slimming World is fabulous as far as I am concerned…but there is a downside! Aside from the increase in flatulence – which I actually don’t mind, as I think that a nice fart can be quite satisfying – the biggest … Continue reading

  

Allergies and eczema: starting school

16Aug

So, over the next couple of weeks, we are going through all the necessary preparations for school.  MyItchyBoy starts this September but not before I seriously get my act together (I hope!). MyItchyBoy at school Prior to the end of … Continue reading

  

Frustrations of a weekly weigh in

16Aug

Friday again, time to weigh to see how my “food optimising” is going. Its not called a “diet”, not on Slimming World, its food optimising. Makes sense really once you start doing it and get a gist of how it … Continue reading

  

Temptation

16Aug

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Hospital vending machines have come under fire this week for making high-calorie junk foods too readily available. I read an article on the BBC website in which a survey by the World Cancer Research Fund found that 73% of English … Continue reading

  

Stem Cell Therapy: The (Lack of) Ethics Behind the Controversy

16Aug

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When an honorable physician resigns his covetable post at the Department of Health (DOH), it begs the question, “What gives?” In a public statement, DOH Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona expressed his support for doctors who charge patients for stem cell … Continue reading

  

Borough Market, London

15Aug

Borough Market 8 Southwark Street London SE1 1TL http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/ Walking around Borough Market Welcome to Borough Market, London. Busy, bustling, colourful! In the heart of London, this is the go to place for fresh, regional, and international organic produce. Borough … Continue reading

  

Skin infections – the update

15Aug

Before we went away, I blogged about Zac’s skin infections. He had a nasty one on his thigh, one in his ear and then one in his finger nail bed. All required anti-biotics. The ear one burst without ‘assistance’ but … Continue reading

  

10 Top Combos for a Bad Ass Steak

15Aug

Top Tips for a Bad Ass Steak

Top Tips for a Bad Ass Steak Bad Ass Steak Steak is a perfect meal for when you’re feeling a little lazy, and are contemplating eating ‘junky’ food. Steak takes around 5-10 minutes, so it is extremely quick from fridge … Continue reading

  

Eventful

15Aug

Well, eventful for me anyway. Went shopping Tuesday, the delights of Tesco. It is though one of the very very few times I can just be me and forget all about the stroke issues. Believe it or not using a … Continue reading

  

Battle of the berries!

15Aug

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Can you believe that, only fifteen minutes after telling my other half I was going to pick them, he let some guy into our garden who had knocked on the door and asked if he could pick our blackberries?! I … Continue reading

  

Thinking of taking your e-cigs on holiday? Check before you go

15Aug

Case packed, passport in hand, Euros in purse/pocket – ready to go! The big question now is “Can I take my electronic cigarettes on holiday?” Well, it depends on where you go, as regulations vary from country to country. I … Continue reading

  

Super Bud!

14Aug

I’m extremely honoured to have been asked by Mencap to write this post as part of their annual awareness-raising campaign for Learning Disability Week. This year it is taking place from 19–25 August 2013 and will celebrate people with a learning disability, their … Continue reading

  

What does practice make?

14Aug

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Hi, I hope you are all well and finding the information you need right here at the Talk Health Partnership. I’m not just here as a Hypnotherapist – I am also here as a Personal Trainer. So I think it … Continue reading

  

Using Self-Hypnosis To Create Numbness & Anaesthesia

14Aug

This article is the one promised in my previous article here at my Health Talk blog; it’s aim is to further and develop your self-hypnosis skill set for applications of self-directed pain relief. During lectures in recent years and when … Continue reading

  

Self-Hypnosis for pain blocking

14Aug

In an exchange in an online clinic here at the TalkHealth website regarding pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers I explained that self-hypnosis can be utilized greatly and thought it would be useful to share a couple of ways and means … Continue reading

  

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry calls on the nation to get active and get healthy

14Aug

One year on from the Olympics and Paralympics more than half the adult population is doing the recommended amount of physical activity, but worryingly more than a quarter are not doing even 30 minutes a week and putting their health at risk, Public Health Minister Anna Soubry has warned today.

One year on from the Olympics and Paralympics more than half the adult population is doing the recommended amount of physical activity, but worryingly more than a quarter are not doing even 30 minutes a week and putting their health … Continue reading

  

Comfortable?

14Aug

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My first foray into the horsey world for a long time went pretty bloody well! Today I was watching a lady called Kathleen Lindley Beckham working her magic – a fabulous lady with a great sense of humour. My Mum … Continue reading

  

I have lost 15st with Slimming World

13Aug

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Apologies for the boring blog post title…my social media ‘guru’ other half said that I had to use it, as people looking for weight loss stories would use those words! Argh – he has also been filling my mind with … Continue reading

  

Smart move?

12Aug

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I don’t think so! Last night I read a little tweet which shocked me. It was a screenshot of an exchange between two people – and it wasn’t great. One of these people I ‘know’ via social media – as … Continue reading

  

Another Week Begins

12Aug

Well, another Monday arrives. I had a sneaky weigh this morning. Something I keep telling people off for, stick to weighing on your chosen day of the week so that you don’t feel disappointed with a gain or no loss, … Continue reading

  

Why so sad?

11Aug

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I feel a little bit like a fast-food advert today…a bit false. Not false as in dishonest, just false as in trying to put a front on when I don’t really have the goods to back it up! I watched … Continue reading

  

Pondering

11Aug

Wow, what a few days that has been. Funeral on Friday. My dear Mother lost her Sister, my Auntie. I haven’t seen Her for years so felt a little detached at the crematorium but still it was a sad occasion, … Continue reading

  

Nakd Bars

10Aug

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So the bumpf from the Nakd website says… “Our simplest and most beloved bars. Just raw fruits and nuts smooshed together. Containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, these bars are also wheat, dairy and gluten free, … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP inspired Beef Rendang

10Aug

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This curry is cooked for a couple of hours so the meat is lovely and tender. Choose some vegetables that will cook slowly with the dish. We found some cheap butternut squash already sliced in a packet so added these … Continue reading

  

Pork loin, Low FODMAP, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free

10Aug

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The following recipe is for lovers of Thai flavours, I am not really a huge fan, I always feel that coriander tastes a bit soapy.  I was tempted to call this Soapy Pork Loin, but thought better of it – … Continue reading

  

“Slam it in harder!”

10Aug

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“Not that hole!”, and, “It needs to be deeper!” Those were the words echoing around the countryside this afternoon. My dulcet tones could be heard barking orders at my other half from miles around – I am a demanding lady! … Continue reading

  

Controversy!

9Aug

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Prior warning was given by me last night to all who follow me on Twitter. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stop my commentating during ‘The Men Who Made Us Thin’ – so I thought it only fair … Continue reading

  

Skiing, hiking and ICDs

9Aug

ICDC Surrey is the support group for patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and their families. We are based at St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, but members are welcome from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Epsom Hospital, Frimley Park Hospital and East … Continue reading

  

I’m not dead yet

9Aug

Anniversaries focus the mind. Bring back memories. A talk radio discussion this morning reminded me how angry I was in the month before Mom died. How determined we were that Mom would not die in hospital. Mom was admitted for … Continue reading

  

My first blog

8Aug

Where to start? I suppose the pleasantries would be good? My name is Darren, otherwise known as Daz, but NEVER Dar. Grrr, hate it with a passion. Funny how as a kid I grew up with a hatred of the … Continue reading

  

The Men Who Made Us Thin!

8Aug

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Having just watched a clip from this programme – which is on BBC 2 this evening at 9pm – I am ready to hunt a man down and show him the sharp end of WLB! Venice A Fulton, author of, … Continue reading

  

Summer Sports Camp

8Aug

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Over the first two weeks of the summer holidays, MyItchyBoy spent 5 days at a local sports camp.  The 5 days were spread over the fortnight as he is still only 4 yrs and I figured that with such a … Continue reading

  

Sacked for losing weight!

7Aug

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This is a new one for me! I read that the Bradford City football mascot was sacked after losing 7st; his bosses told him that his streamlined figure “no longer matched the original concept” of the mascot ‘City Gent’. The … Continue reading

  

Posh Frocks and Pizza

6Aug

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Pizza Lady was on fine form today during group! I thought for one moment that myself and my consultant would have to remove ourselves from the room in order to compose… In a nutshell, the raffle prize in group were … Continue reading

  

Electronic cigarettes make headline news!

6Aug

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The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a press release stating that electronic cigarettes would be regulated as a medicine in 2016. The media did respond with a few stories and e-cigs made headline news, as you probably … Continue reading

  

Do you have kids…?

5Aug

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This question sparked a bit of a debate on Twitter yesterday! It was asked in response to a tweet in which someone said that they couldn’t understand women who eat healthily yet feed their children junk. In true Twitter style, … Continue reading

  

Performance – it is all in the mind

5Aug

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As I crossed the first peak of the mountains my legs were like jelly. The wobble in my legs vibrated through my body. Then the cramps started. These were deep cramps right across my hamstrings and calves. I felt wasted, … Continue reading

  

Reintroducing FODMAPs

4Aug

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Having now completed the low FODMAP diet for the full 8 weeks (time does really fly!) the next phase was to reintroduce the foods high in FODMAPs back into our diet.  Following the low FODMAP diet had become part of our daily eating routine, and after … Continue reading

  

Knickers!

4Aug

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Knickers – some people change their diet plans more often than they change their knickers! Over the past few months I have seen people – not just one person – switch from Slimming World to calorie counting, then to a … Continue reading

  

As easy as ABC!

3Aug

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Right then. I am guessing that by now you have realised that I place a huge amount of importance upon the mind being as healthy as the body…and that a mind that isn’t healthy makes it a hell of a … Continue reading

  

3 things we use to deal with eczema

3Aug

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Our super useful supply of cloths 1. Cloths to wipe our hands on We are still using the packs of muslin cloths that we bought before he was even born. Thankfully they are still in one piece, despite endless laundering, … Continue reading

  

Breast Pain in the Menopause

2Aug

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You might guess the lady above is thinking poetic marble lady thoughts. Nope. She’s in a grump because her top hurts. She hasn’t had a period for over two years, but the other day her top starting hurting like it … Continue reading

  

Event management!

2Aug

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I have a headache already and I haven’t really event managed anything! My grand plan at the moment is to arrange for Jessie Pavelka – who is touring the UK at the end of August – to come and give … Continue reading

  

Is it a disease?

1Aug

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I wasn’t sure what to think when I read that obesity has been classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. It seems that there are a lot of people – the majority of commentators in fact – that … Continue reading

  

Health Food…….REALLY??

1Aug

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Every now and then there is a health topic that, if you put it into google, a whole host of points for and against it will pop up. One of the most controversial topics that has been highlighted for many … Continue reading

  

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