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Monthly Archives: August 2014

What Are Weak Ankles?

29Aug

I suffer from weak ankles, as does my friend. Key difference? I’m self diagnosed. I don’t even know when I started saying this about myself or even where I heard it from. I’ve been reporting “weak ankles” since I was … Continue reading

  

The Perfect Retreat – freefrom cafe in Chesham, Bucks, UK

29Aug

Wheat, gluten, soya, dairy and nut free cake! at the perfect retreat in Chesham, Bucks

The Perfect Retreat allergy friendly cafe in Chesham, Buckinghamshire is possibly my favourite cafe in the world EVER because you can get wheat, dairy, soya, egg and nut free cakes which taste amazing. Lucia, who runs this little cafe with … Continue reading

  

Vodka made from milk? – dairy allergy #milkallergy

29Aug

Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka

This week I heard about an amazing new product being made in Dorset with whey from grass grazed cow’s milk. I can’t drink milk because I’ve got a dairy allergy so I was only half listening, but when I realised … Continue reading

  

Help the Anaphylaxis Campaign make life-saving short film

28Aug

Anaphylaxis Campaign Logo

The Anaphylaxis Campaign are making a film to help raise awareness of the stigmas surrounding anaphylaxis and encourage more young people to carry their adrenaline auto injector around with them at all times. A recent study proved that many were … Continue reading

  

iPads can cause nickel allergy

28Aug

Are you allergic to nickel in your iPad

If you have a nickel allergy then you probably know the main things to avoid like metal objects, coins, zips, studs on clothes, jewellery, certain foods even. The list of things containing nickel is endless but had you ever considered … Continue reading

  

Spaghetti Carbonara

27Aug

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On today’s blog is a spaghetti carbonara recipe. I adapted this recipe from others I found online, to make it simpler – by using one cheese instead of two, and by using a lower fat spread (instead of butter). I … Continue reading

  

A slice of what you fancy….

27Aug

Chocolate cake

You would be forgiven for thinking that all we do is eat cake at talkhealth as it is currently looking that way – as the last Wednesday of the month we have ‘Cake Wednesday’ in the office….. The saying a slice … Continue reading

  

V is for Vaser surgery

27Aug

The cosmetic surgery industry was booming last year and so far, in 2014, it has continued to go from strength to strength. MYA reported that last year that 2,063 breast augmentations were carried out, making them the most popular procedure. … Continue reading

  

“Breathing’s Just a Luxury”

25Aug

I was incredibly moved by Saz’s recent post about how some Coldplay lyrics had proven to have a deeper meaning relating to her experiences with Epilepsy. I feel the same when it comes to my own condition. There are certain … Continue reading

  

Hazel nuts and country walks – nut allergy alert

25Aug

Hazel nuts picked on a country walk

This is something I had never ever considered as a danger. After all, I’m an adult, I won’t be picking up nuts from the floor so I’ll be fine, right? We are also not in the habit of holding hands, … Continue reading

  

Great expectations?

25Aug

“You can’t base your life on other peoples expectations”-Stevie Wonder. Expectation. To expect something from someone, to expect that life will be easy or to base our own problems on what we expect ourselves to be. Great expectations was a … Continue reading

  

Great expectations?

25Aug

“You can’t base your life on other peoples expectations”-Stevie Wonder. Expectation. To expect something from someone, to expect that life will be easy or to base our own problems on what we expect ourselves to be. Great expectations was a … Continue reading

  

3 years later…

23Aug

3 years ago this week, I started a blog. A blog about my baby daughter Ella. A lot had happened since her birth and I wanted to capture her milestones and achievements and to share our journey. I wanted to … Continue reading

  

My Story

23Aug

My problems with my mental health started when I was 13. Not long after I started my third year of high school, I started suffering from depression. My problems worsened when I started being bullied, and this bullying lasted for … Continue reading

  

Is coffee making me wheeze?

23Aug

The ‘itching palms and soles of feet’ saga continues after yesterday, my test coffee, made from fresh ground beans, initially seemed to not cause any reaction. By lunch time though I was rubbing my palms and wriggling my feet. The … Continue reading

  

Wheat, soya, rye, barley and corn in your filter coffee!

22Aug

Is there wheat, barley, rye, corn and soya in your filter coffee?

I’ve been thinking a lot about coffee lately and drinking a lot of coffee lately. I always grind up my own coffee beans as I KNOW that instant and ground coffee affects me. Not always, but sometimes I get a … Continue reading

  

Beware of Spanish Romesco sauce – contains nuts and wheat!

22Aug

I love a bit of food porn, which is what I call my fascination with cookery programmes despite the fact that nearly every recipe on TV is laced with allergens that I can’t eat. I think in some way I’m … Continue reading

  

Itchy palms of soles of feet – is this a sign of an allergy?

22Aug

coffee allergy

Just this week I’ve noticed something strange has been happening. When you have allergies and eczema you get used to that – makes life interesting (Not!). So this is the thing. The palms of my hands and the soles of … Continue reading

  

talkhealth Office Round Up

21Aug

The Big Birthday cake

It’s been an extremely busy week in the talkhealth office, so we thought we’d tell you what we’ve been up to. Firstly, we’ve had two birthdays so lots of cake has been consumed! Helen, the youngest member of our team, … Continue reading

  

Statins ‘help prevent tooth loss’

20Aug

Elderly couple smiling and holding a toothbrushes

The article was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section New research has discovered that people taking statins for general health problems were almost three times less likely to suffer from tooth loss compared to those not on … Continue reading

  

Attitude and Atopic Eczema in the Elderly

19Aug

Stereotypes

At all ages the personal experience of chronic atopic eczema can lead to passive pessimism, a mindset that may need taking into account if treatment is going to be successful. Atopic eczema in the elderly has the added challenge of … Continue reading

  

Smoke-free cars ‘a step in the right direction’

19Aug

Smiley Children - Sunny Day

The blog entry was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section The proposal to ban smoking in cars carrying children is a very welcome one indeed. As mouth cancer campaigners, the British Dental Health Foundation believe the consultation put forward … Continue reading

  

Stress at work raises diabetes risk by 45%….

18Aug

Tired young business man with problems and stress

An interesting article appeared in the Mail Online today stating that not only can being stressed at work make you feel tired, grumpy and stressed, it can also significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – even if you’re not … Continue reading

  

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

18Aug

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I love a good soup. I usually make mine the traditional way – sweat the veggies in a little butter, then add stock. However today I had a little more time so decided to roast my veggies instead. It was … Continue reading

  

The day after the beer festival with a wheat allergy

15Aug

Beer soap at the Great British Beer Festival 2014 - not much #GF beer though

Well I braved the beer bellies and crowds of men and had a hoot at the Great British Beer Festival. I did indeed find ‘the only gluten free beer at the beer feestival’ and enjoyed quite a lot of Stringers … Continue reading

  

Glastonbuddy 2014

14Aug

Well we’re now back from our Summer holidays and I thought it was about time I wrote a post, so here goes…A week and half ago we packed up our car filling every single available space with camping equipment and … Continue reading

  

Emerade adrenaline auto injectors are in stock

14Aug

My Emerade adrenaline auto-injector in this months prescription

Social media and even the tabloid press have been covering news that some adrenaline auto injectors are having stock problems, some have even been out of stock, which is a big worry if yours has expired or even worse, you’ve … Continue reading

  

Mediterranean diet reduces mouth cancer risk

14Aug

Man eating salad

The article was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section A Mediterranean diet can halve the risk of developing mouth cancer, according to a new study. The results, published in the British Journal of Cancer1, discovered that patients who … Continue reading

  

There’s no quick fix…

13Aug

“Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you”-Coldplay. First and foremost this has to be one of my all time favourite lyrics from a band that I’ve loved since I was a … Continue reading

  

In Loving Memory of Robin Williams

13Aug

I am aware I haven’t blogged in a rather a long amount of weeks and I apologise for my absence, however the past couple of days has sent me crashing back to earth and given me a stark and saddening … Continue reading

  

Cervical Awareness survey results

13Aug

syringe and medicine for injection

In March 2014 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month we ran an online clinic on gynaecology with NHS Choices, Multi-gyn, Promensil Menopause, Sylk Intimate Moisturiser, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Eve’s Appeal. To find out more about our talkhealth members views, we also … Continue reading

  

Food Allergies survey results

13Aug

lacteos

From 9-15 April 2014 NHS Choices and talkhealth teamed up with Allergy Academy, Action Against Allergy, Allergy UK and MedicAlert to present an online clinic on food allergies. Alongside this, we ran a survey on food allergies. Most people who answered this … Continue reading

  

Gemstone Healing: A Not-So-Serious Look

12Aug

Snow Obsidian Jewellery

Whenever I see advertisements for herbal medicine, gemstone healing and magnetic treatments I can’t help but feel a tug of curiosity. I know that such forms of complementary therapy are offering non-specific results at best and expensive placebos at worst … Continue reading

  

How emollients work & how much to use

12Aug

If you live with eczema then you know that using emollients regularly is a vital part of an overall routine. But do you know how they work, and more importantly how much emollient to use? Molnlycke Healthcare, manufacturers of the … Continue reading

  

Top 10 Blackberry Recipes

11Aug

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I love blackberries, and let the brambles grow wild at the end of my garden every year. Blackberries are now in season and are such a brilliant, versatile fruit. If you don’t want brambles in your garden, why not try ‘PYO’ (pick … Continue reading

  

American College of Gastroenterology Issues 2014 Evidence-Based Review on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Management

11Aug

This past week, on August 5, the American College of Gastroenterology Task Force on Functional Bowel Disorders, publicly released the 2014 ACG evidence-based systematic review on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also known … Continue reading

  

American College of Gastroenterology Issues 2014 Evidence-Based Review on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Management

11Aug

This past week, on August 5, the American College of Gastroenterology Task Force on Functional Bowel Disorders, publicly released the 2014 ACG evidence-based systematic review on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), also known … Continue reading

  

When Did I Need Help?

9Aug

Rosacea

When it comes to this question, the answer for all three of my conditions seems to be “months before I actually tried to get any”. It’s pretty much the case of everyone I meet, a total reversal of hypochondriacs and … Continue reading

  

Wheat allergy and the wheat harvest – house bound!

8Aug

Living opposite a wheat field during harvest time - wheat allergy

It’s harvest time. The wind is blowing in swirling sweeps and the sun is shining and I am inside with the windows closed. This is because I’m allergic to wheat or just the sheer amount of dust in the air. … Continue reading

  

Top sports stars encouraged to brush up ahead of busy summer

8Aug

Athlete - Fitness

Written by Dr Nigel Carter OBE for  the Blog section of the British Dental Health Foundation Website We’ve had Wimbledon, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. With the return of the domestic football season, sports men and women across the … Continue reading

  

Bloglovin

7Aug

The FODMAPPER Blogging about the FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers and eating lots along the way FODMAP, glorious FODMAP! all things FODMAP friendly Cooking for the Sensitive Gut Delicious soothing recipes the sensitive gut FODMAP free living Yummy recipes for … Continue reading

  

Little butterfly

6Aug

Today was Ella’s leavers party at nursery. Saying goodbye to all the children leaving to go to school or pre school. They had a great day, with bouncy castle, games and party food. There was still very much a party … Continue reading

  

The art of courage.

6Aug

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”-Anon. The quote above has been chosen today because I’ve drawn the conclusion that life and courage walk simultaneously together. Courage can be underestimated to others because we are … Continue reading

  

Oral health deteriorates during hospital stays

5Aug

Nurse writing down into a file

New research suggests that oral health deteriorates during hospitalisation and is associated with an increased risk of malnutrition in older patients. Research published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology1 provides the latest evidence that oral health is being overlooked in hospitals, … Continue reading

  

Five alluminium and paraben free natural deodorants

4Aug

Pitrok natural crystal deodorant

What deodorant do you wear if you have sensitive skin? Some high street anti-perspirants can be too harsh and irritate dry or sensitive skin, especially if you have eczema but there are quite a few natural alternatives out there. Even … Continue reading

  

On a Roll

3Aug

I suddenly seem to have a little girl by my side, no longer a toddler… She’s very independent, chatty, pushing boundaries and generally growing up way too fast.   Over the last few weeks, the biggest change in her has … Continue reading

  

No Pain, No Gain? Keeping Fit with Tietze syndrome

1Aug

I know that almost all gyms and fitness instructors have long-since moved away from the die-hard dedication to “No pain, no gain” but it can still be a psychological issue for someone with a chronic pain condition. Depending on what … Continue reading

  

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