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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Strawberry Whip and Blackberry Ice Lollies

31Jul

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I love blackberries and the fact they grow wild in the garden. I have been searching for the best healthy recipes using blackberries, and will write a blog on this soon. For today’s blog however, I decided to make some … Continue reading

  

How to crash your blog’s server – half a million hits!

31Jul

Half a million hits in one hour on whatallergy.com

First of all I would like to apologise to anyone who tried to access this blog on the evening of 29th July and the morning of 30th July. It appeared that whatallergy.com had been suspended. But why? I was worried. … Continue reading

  

Will there be gluten free beer at the Great British Beer Festival?

31Jul

Great British Beer Festival 2014

Great British Beer Festival 2014 – just ONE gluten free bottled beer available If you have coeliac disease or are allergic to wheat you will no doubt know that finding suitable beer is not easy, so you might not think … Continue reading

  

Epilepsy awareness survey 2014

30Jul

epilepsy survey results for talkhealth

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on epilepsy in May 2014? If you missed the clinic you can read through the content here. Alongside this clinic, we ran an epilepsy awareness survey. To find out our survey results for our … Continue reading

  

Sorry for the Absence

29Jul

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been silent on the blog and Twitter front for a while. This has been for personal reasons but now I’ve decided to come back. A few people messaged me to ask … Continue reading

  

Diabetes increases risk of head and neck cancers

29Jul

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People with diabetes are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to new research. The study discovered that groups of patients with diabetes are almost 50 per cent more likely to develop the disease compared to … Continue reading

  

Allergens in the bedroom: How to control them

28Jul

Dust mite allergens in the bedroom

Lurking in your bedroom, dust mites thrive in bedding, carpets, flooring and rugs Life can be exceptionally annoying if one suffers from allergic reactions. A trip to a friend’s house becomes marred by an absurd amount of coughing and spluttering, … Continue reading

  

Tooth decay – what is the root of the problem?

28Jul

Dentist examing patient

It was front page news in the Sunday Times, and the story continues to rumble on. The report published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre that revealed more than 25,000 children aged five to nine were admitted to … Continue reading

  

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

28Jul

talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading

  

We aren’t all the same..

26Jul

” All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they aren’t all the same”- Marilyn Monroe. Evening all. I thought I had to write a blog post after seeing this quote, in fact I … Continue reading

  

Natural, paraben free sunscreens for sensitive skin

25Jul

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It’s official, it’s hot and I hope you are all enjoying this fantastic British summer weather. However if you have sensitive skin the sun and sunscreen can cause irritation, rashes, hives and prickly heat. Many sun blocks contain parabens, perfume … Continue reading

  

Can you be allergic to loom bands? Contain latex!

25Jul

The latest craze to sweep across Britain’s playgrounds is loom bands, shooting to even higher fame after a lady sold a loom band dress made from thousands of the little loops for £170,100 plus £7 postage! Now that is insane! … Continue reading

  

Beware of disintegrating labels – allergen labelling

23Jul

Aldi burger contains wheat flour

Now this is not a rant, I’m taking full blame for this latest ‘wheating’, but things went a bit wrong in the what allergy household when husband-who-was-trying-to-help offered to cook me some supper after I had just returned from doing … Continue reading

  

Strength by numbers.

22Jul

“I may not be the strongest, I may not be the fastest but I’ll be damned if I’m not trying my hardest”-Anon. Success. Merit. Worth. All three words can depending upon the context make or break a sentence. It’s whether … Continue reading

  

From living with eczema to living without eczema

22Jul

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  Learning how to live with eczema is important. Living with eczema means understanding what eczema is, and what needs to be done about it. Living with eczema also means discovering how to get on with life regardless, and not … Continue reading

  

New clinical trial in bowel cancer

21Jul

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered how two genes – called MEK and MET – cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments used against the disease, according to research in the journal Cell Reports*. “Our discoveries in this … Continue reading

  

Struggling to stay cool in this heat? Hives? itchy skin?

18Jul

Aloe Up Pro 50 sunscreen

It’s that time of year when the temparatures soar and we all reach for the sunscreen and scuttle to the shade. Well those of us with sensitive skin anyway but sometimes the heat is just too much and the hives … Continue reading

  

Mencap Top Talent

16Jul

Well I promised in my last post that I’d let you know how the talk went… It’s been three weeks and I’ve just not managed to find the time for one reason or another. So I apologise for taking so … Continue reading

  

Garden Blessings and a Cancer Diagnosis

16Jul

Pink Zinnea

I’m a reluctant gardener. Perhaps because I can only grow zinnias and marigolds.  For real. All other seeds fail me. Perennials, except for a few, refuse to reappear in the spring. But this year the gardening muse took over, and I … Continue reading

  

Biggest campaign on record leaves charity smiling

15Jul

Southwest smile care centre celebrating National Smile Month

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE The UK’S largest and longest running campaign to promote the benefits of a healthy mouth has been an overwhelming success. More than 3,000 organisations took part in National Smile Month 2014, organised by the British … Continue reading

  

Where do you feel safe eating out? FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

14Jul

FreeFrom Eating out Awards 2014

Dear Gluten-free and FreeFrom Bloggers and everyone out there with allergies, food intolerances, coeliac disease and food sensitivities – where do you go when you want to eat out safely? Who do you trust? The FreeFrom Eating out Awards wants … Continue reading

  

Cervical cancer prevention in BME communities: raising awareness and overcoming barriers.

14Jul

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talkhealth are proud to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Ethinic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM) To highlight Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the NHS Cancer Screening programme are holding a free training day in … Continue reading

  

Aren’t we all still learning?

13Jul

“I’m still learning myself”- Mulan. Throughout life one of the main questions I’ve heard uttered from the mouths of others is “When do we ever stop learning?”. My answer to that is.. I don’t think we ever do. During my … Continue reading

  

Allergy Show 2014 – My top twenty highlights

12Jul

Audience when speaking at Allergy show

I feel like I am finally coming down from a massive Allergy Show high, so it’s time to collect my thoughts and share my top twenty . It was going to be a top ten but I had too many. … Continue reading

  

The European Anaphylaxis Task Force – working for you!

11Jul

Interviewing Frans Timmermans of The Anaphylaxis Task Force

Before going to EAACI in June I had never even heard of the European Anaphylaxis Task Force but it does indeed exist and its aim is to establish a patient driven stakeholder platform across Europe. Frans Timmermans is the President … Continue reading

  

FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2014 – the winners!

11Jul

FreeFrom SkinCare Awards 2014

One of my top Allergy Show highlights was the third annual FreeFrom SkinCare Awards ceremony which took place hidden away in a room in the back corner of the exhibition hall in the Love Natural Love Organic show, which was … Continue reading

  

National Smile Month in Numbers

11Jul

British Dental Health Foundation presents a lovely infographic with all the stats for the oral ehalth campaing - 3145 organisations supporting NSM 2014, 1785 oral health activities and events, 2009 dental practices taking part, 892 smiley selfies sent to us on social media, 811 items of coverage in the press and media, 6928 oral health posters in waiting rooms, 150k smileys reaching poorest areas of the UK, 40271 total visits to the Smile Month website, 60m people reached with campaign messages, 38 years of National Smile Month to date, 758 schools teaching oral health & hygiene.

With National Smile Month coming to an end for yet another year, we have taken a look at its impact and success. The charitable campaign in 2014 was arguable National Smile Month’s biggest and best yet, and after 38 years … Continue reading

  

A happy and healthy summer holiday

11Jul

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Have you been lucky enough to make it abroad for a holiday in 2014 yet? Sadly I haven’t – in fact it’s been over a year since I’ve seen the inside of an aeroplane. Or perhaps more importantly, felt grains … Continue reading

  

Home: the future health centre?

9Jul

As technology advances, there’s every reason to believe that at some point in the future part of this century our own homes will be the place that the majority chooses to receive a clinical diagnosis, give birth, or even receive … Continue reading

  

Oral bacteria ‘irritates IBD’

9Jul

scientist researches new study

Oral bacteria could have a role to play in the flare-up of irritable bowel disease, new research suggests. The findings, presented in the journal Oral Diseases, discovered that colitis, also known as irritable bowel disease (IBD), was aggravated by the presence … Continue reading

  

Can’t…

9Jul

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So today I thought I would talk about a couple of the mindset tricks that have helped me over the past couple of years. They relate to the word ‘can’t’. I don’t know about you, but if somebody tells me … Continue reading

  

Spirulina – Super or Spoof?

8Jul

Billed as being a super protein, what is ‘Spirulina’, and is it all it’s cracked up to be? Spirulina is a cyanobacterium (form of algae), which lives naturally in tropical and subtropical alkaline lakes with high concentrations of carbonate and … Continue reading

  

An early night…

8Jul

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Tonight I am going to have an early one and read a book I think! My soothing system is in need of some love and attention…a decent meditation is in order too. I lost 0.5lbs today. I am not really … Continue reading

  

NHS Accident and Emergency Update

7Jul

It has been some time since I last posted on Talk Health, the delay has simply been down to pressure of work and also I suppose partly a dearth of decent topics on which to expound. However I ended up … Continue reading

  

The dreaded scales…

7Jul

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One of the issues I have picked up on – that all of the lovely people I have spoken with, coached, or emailed since starting this weight loss campaign have in common – relates to scales…the dreaded scales! They become … Continue reading

  

Normality?

6Jul

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I spent last night having a look over some of my old blog posts…I was in the mood for reminiscing! I wrote a post in July last year in which I was trying to explain my fears regarding my old … Continue reading

  

Moving on…

5Jul

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Today I have been remembering a lady that I was desperately hoping to help. Unfortunately, she died before I had the opportunity to have any kind of real impact; although during our brief period of contact she kept telling me … Continue reading

  

World’s best?

4Jul

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My comments the other day surrounding variety seemed to cause a little debate! We are constantly told that variety is crucial, yet if we get the range of macro and micro nutrients we need…the body doesn’t really care. If you … Continue reading

  

I’ve done something amazing today …

4Jul

Giving blood saves lives. Do something amazing and give blood today

… I gave blood. And it took less than an hour! What a brilliant use of an hour eh? Giving blood up to 3 times a year for women and up to 4 times a year for men saves lives. … Continue reading

  

94th BAD Conference in Glasgow

4Jul

94th BAD Conference, Glasgow 2014

On Wednesday this week talkhealth was invited, via our lovely client Intrapharm Laboratories, as their guest at the 94th BAD (British Association of Dermatologists) conference, held this year in Glasgow. The day started early with a 9am flight from Southampton … Continue reading

  

Challenging times!

3Jul

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Mr WLB and I are going through a challenging time at the moment. Him with his reflux, throat issues, stress and anxiety…me with my usual fight of shifting weight, carving out a new career, and feeling frankly bloody exhausted all … Continue reading

  

One in four Brits unhappy with their smile

3Jul

Smile and the world smiles with you as the saying goes, but for more than a quarter of Brits who are unhappy with their smiles this may not be the case. New research by the British Dental Health Foundation and … Continue reading

  

Last chance to get FREE tickets to the Allergy Show

3Jul

The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free

Hello there #freefromers. This your last chance to download free tickets to the The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free. The Allergy & Free From Show sponsored by Udi’s gluten Free It’s going to be a … Continue reading

  

Don’t look back.

3Jul

“I never look back darling, It distracts me from the now”- Edna Mode (The Incredibles) I’ve chosen today’s quote from Disney Words a twitter account that I follow because it reminds me of films I’ve watched way back  when that reminds me … Continue reading

  

Ooops!

2Jul

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Oh no! My honest nature seems to have offended yet another sensitive soul! It seems that a blog post I wrote a year ago has caused some offence. Please don’t expect an apology to follow…as one will not be forthcoming … Continue reading

  

A little rant!!

2Jul

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Firstly I should apologise about the lack of blog posts recently, I have no excuse and I aim to write one most weeks from now!! Today’s topic is one that I feel passionately about…..kids. In the news today an MP … Continue reading

  

Big Fat …….!

1Jul

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Don’t blame me for tonight’s unsavoury blog post title…blame the lovely FB Natalie!   Haha – it did make me chuckle when I saw it! There were also a few additional words thrown in by other lovely FB people in … Continue reading

  

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