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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lemon mustard roasted winter vegetables and chicken

31Oct

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Roasted vegetables are one of my favourite winter recipes and I have cooked them before for this blog. It is Halloween tonight and what better to come home from trick or treating to a warm filling meal? I have never … Continue reading

  

Epaderm Twitter Chat

28Oct

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On 16 September 2015, talkhealth and Mölnlycke Health Care collaborated to run a Twitter Chat. Using talkhealth’s hashtag #talkskin, talkhealth, a number of specially-selected skin care experts, and members of the talkhealth community all took part in a lively discussion … Continue reading

  

ME is an invisible condition with very clear effects

27Oct

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ME, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is also known as CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It is often asked if ME is a valid disease as there are no objective, definitive tests that prove you have it. However, it is generally now accepted … Continue reading

  

IBS? Really?

27Oct

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As a dietitian specialising in Irritable Bowel Syndrome I usually begin my consultations by discussing how the patient feels about their diagnosis. Many of my patients instead of being reassured by their diagnosis find it very hard to accept that … Continue reading

  

The Danger Of Buying DIY Tattoo Kits Online

27Oct

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Hi my name is Maria Patricia and I own a laser clinic where one of the predominant treatments is tattoo removal. Over the years I have noticed alarming numbers of my clients that have had tattoos done when they were … Continue reading

  

Following a low FODMAP diet when travelling in the Philippines

26Oct

View from our hotel in El Nido, Palawan

I absolutely loved the Philippines it is a spectacular place with some of the best scenery and beaches in the world. View from our hotel in El Nido, Palawan Stunning scenery at Las Cabanas beach, Palawan We spent 5 weeks … Continue reading

  

The mess that is ‘may contain’

25Oct

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As you may know, I’m the editor of Foods Matter, an information and support website for people with food allergies an intolerances. Recently, we’ve been running a survey to find out people’s experiences with food labelling. The results are now … Continue reading

  

8.5 Ways to Keep Your Bones Healthy

23Oct

Bones are complex organs and rather than being static as most people think, are in constant dynamic change, adapting and adjusting to all the knocks and traumas and changes in lifestyle that we throw at them on a daily basis. … Continue reading

  

Coriander carrots

22Oct

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My love of the carrot is growing – it really is a very versatile vegetable and the colour it provides to dishes adds a bit of warmth during the winter. Carrots partner very well with coriander and I have decided … Continue reading

  

Why comparing murder with anaphylaxis is pointless

22Oct

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Dr Robert Boyle can be heard talking about how you are more likely to be murdered than die from anaphylaxis on Inside Health which features adrenaline auto-injectors and their suitability for general use. Skip to minute 18:30 to listen to … Continue reading

  

22Oct

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A blast from the calorie past! Cliff found this calorie list among my mother-in-law Vivian’s papers.The doctor’s name is at the top, and in Vivian’s handwriting are the words “For Al.” So did the doctor want Cliff’s dad on a diet or … Continue reading

  

A Pink Umbrella

21Oct

Today was wet! And we can’t complain too much as the weather has been quite dry of late. But I guess it’s that time of year when the days are just going to get darker, colder and wetter. After I’d … Continue reading

  

Back to the Future – 21 October 1985

21Oct

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Today, as many of you will know, is Back to the Future day. The day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled forward in time on 21 October 2015 in the film Back to the Future. This iconic film is being discussed on … Continue reading

  

Saturated Fats – Truth vs Myth

20Oct

Last week’s blog was all about trans fats, and as promised, this post is about saturated fats. Now before I start, it’s important to point out that this post is not about demonising particular nutrients  – there is a place … Continue reading

  

But Who Will Heal The Healers?

19Oct

What went wrong? When I was at school in the 70s the ultimate vocations were considered to be law and medicine. Law for the ‘arts’ students and medicine for the ‘scientists’ and if you were clever and worked really hard … Continue reading

  

Very quick, simple, easy #freefrom salmon fish cakes

19Oct

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Phil Vickery challenged me to make something different using Nestle gluten free corn flakes. Well OK he didn’t really but Nestle did and Phil is right behind this campaign. Check at the bottom of this blog to find out what … Continue reading

  

Can we blame male trees for the dramatic increase in the rates of hay fever? Tom Ogren says ‘yes’!

18Oct

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The sex life of plants, including trees, is not simple. Some, known as perfect flowered plants, have their male and female parts in the one flower so are effectively self pollinating (roses or apples);  some, known as monoecious flowered plants … Continue reading

  

Stuffed Aubergine

18Oct

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Aubergines are my favourite vegetable and suitable for a Low Fodmap diet. Aubergines have been stated to be the vegetable to use if you wish to replace meat in a dish as they have a good texture and is satisfying … Continue reading

  

Breast reduction surgery in men. Is it necessary?

15Oct

‘Man boobs’ (gynaecomastia) have always threatened the masculinity and machismo of men of all ages but a recent article in The Independent has suggested that breast reduction surgery in young adolescents has surged in the US in the last few … Continue reading

  

You are my sunshine

15Oct

You may have picked up from my last post that little Bud is becoming much more demanding at home and as a result much harder work for us. It’s not so much the behaviour as the relentless need for attention. … Continue reading

  

Recap of “DNA Blood tests”: An NPR story

15Oct

In January 2015, National Public Radio (NPR) released a story featuring the new options non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) brings to women in the U.S. The feature, presented by Nell Greenfieldboyce, examines the impact of NIPT on the way previous genetic … Continue reading

  

IBS is no fun for anybody

13Oct

As a practicing Consultant Gastroenterologist, by far the commonest condition that I see in my out-patient clinics, is IBS The patients are usually are at their wit’s end by the time they get to see me, having harassed their GPs … Continue reading

  

The Health Benefits of Cycling in Old Age

13Oct

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All kinds or reports show that staying active in old age is important, so a lot more people are looking for ways to take more exercise as they age. They are doing this in lots of different ways. Walking and … Continue reading

  

Why ALL women with anaphylaxis should have an ultrasound

12Oct

Me at the BSACI talking about needle length of adrenaline auto-injectors

You might think I’m crazy, suggesting you go and get an ultrasound before requesting a repeat prescription of your adrenaline auto-injector but it’s very important for women to understand something about adrenaline injectors. They are not all the same. Some … Continue reading

  

Frustration and anger of ‘may contain’ labelling

12Oct

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A very brief post as I am just off to catch a plane to Dublin to help launch the new Irish FreeFrom Food Awards! As you may already know, we at FoodsMatter are looking at starting a ‘freefrom’ assurance scheme the … Continue reading

  

Is soya milk low or high FODMAP? Recent FODMAP content updates have changed current advice

12Oct

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There have been some recent FODMAP content updates to the range of alternative milks available to purchase including soya, coconut, almond, hemp, oat and rice milks. Just before I left the King’s College London FODMAP research team we sent a batch … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin soup – gluten free, wheat free, milk free, Low Fodmap

11Oct

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During the 1970’s when I was growing up – (you now have some idea of my age!) a pumpkin in the UK was a rare thing! We usually used swede to make our Halloween lanterns and cooking with pumpkins was … Continue reading

  

Best FreeFrom blogger of the year 2015

9Oct

Please vote for What Allergy for Best FreeFrom blogger of the year award 2015

This is your chance to win £50 worth of vouchers and more… and for just a few seconds of your valuable #freefrom time you would be doing me a huge favour. Read on to find out how you can reward … Continue reading

  

Cheese Souffle low lactose, gluten and wheat free (low Fodmap)

9Oct

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This is my first attempt at a souffle – I have always been scared of making them due to listening to the difficulties people report in getting a rise and the consistency right. More of a challenge then to use … Continue reading

  

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

8Oct

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that … Continue reading

  

Your Recovery Toolbox: How to Adopt Physical Exercise While Beating Your Addiction

8Oct

Fighting an addiction of any kind may be one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Relapse rates are notoriously high among recovering addicts – as many as 60% will relapse at some point, and … Continue reading

  

Trans fats

7Oct

When you look at popular media, there always seems to be a new food or nutrient being demonised… fats, carbohydrate, sugar, fruit – the list goes on. However, when it comes to fats, the feedback I’ve had is that the … Continue reading

  

‘The clap’ hits the 21st century

6Oct

Gonorrhoea, that most ancient of sexually transmitted diseases is back in the news again! First described as ‘the clap’ in the 16th century and possibly even referred to as ‘zav’ or ‘zavah’ in biblical times, the gonococcus (N. gonorrhoeaea)  has … Continue reading

  

What’s on your mind?

5Oct

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Are you aware that Monday 12 October marks the opening of the talkhealth online clinic on Mental Health? Good mental health means feeling good about life and feeling good about yourself. There have been recent articles in the press about … Continue reading

  

Alert5 – a really useful app!

5Oct

I have rather lost count of the number of ‘allergy’ apps that have been launched to help you do your ‘freefrom’ shopping. I am not entirely sure how successful any of them have been – but it always seemed to me … Continue reading

  

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

2Oct

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The news of an obese 3 year old from Texas being the youngest patient ever with type 2 diabetes is shocking indeed. She reached the weight of 5 ½ stone and developed symptoms of extreme thirst and excess urination after … Continue reading

  

Can e-cigarettes and liquids help smokers quit sooner?

1Oct

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So you want to quit smoking. Whereas you may have tried in the past – using nicotine patches, gum, or inhalers – and view e-cigarettes as nothing more than another fad that’s going to leave you turning back to your … Continue reading

  

The worm doctor

1Oct

The Worm doctor

“I achieved remission of chronic urticaria (with hookworms) at 5.5 months and was able to stop the certirizine at that point. Also by that point my migraines had completely stopped, headaches were minimal and I was having pain-free periods for the first time in … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

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