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Monthly Archives: November 2015

3 Signs You May Have Anxiety Disorder


I was about the age of 25 when I was diagnosed with having anxiety attacks. Anxiety attacks are also known as panic attacks. There are several symptoms of suffering from anxiety disorder. However the symptoms varies from different people. I … Continue reading


Safety Before Style: Keeping Eyes Safe with Contact Lenses and Makeup


Most contact lens wearers aren’t aware of some of the potential hazards that make-up and hair products pose for their contact lenses and ultimately, their eyes. Wearing colored contact lenses can help people achieve the look they want as well … Continue reading


Multiple Sclerosis – One Inspiring Mum’s Story



“I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS nearly three years ago after I developed double vision over a few hours one Thursday morning.  I’d had pins and needles in my arms and legs, and other odd sensory problems on and … Continue reading


Dental Care Myths You Need To Bust Right Now


Back from when we first learnt how to brush our teeth, we were always told what to do and what to avoid so that maximum oral hygiene could be maintained. These dental and oral health tips given to us by … Continue reading


The Health Benefits of Liquorice


In the past, liquorice roots have always held great commercial value. Besides this, their status of luxury meant that they were often offered as a gift to kings. Today, while maybe not treated as quite as luxurious a product as … Continue reading


Tips to ease ear infection pain in children


Middle ear infections (acute otitis media) are one of the most common childhood illnesses. More than 80% of children will have at least one infection by their third birthday, and nearly 100% will have experienced an episode by age five. … Continue reading


#TakeaSEQondLook Twitter Chat



You may have seen a video on Facebook over the last few days about people pledging to #TakeaSEQondLook – so far, it’s been viewed by around 11 million people. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you may have noticed people you … Continue reading




I was sorting through Ella’s school book bag on Sunday evening, getting ready for the week ahead. In and amongst the parent governor nomination letter, her communication book and the many drawings she comes home with on a daily basis, … Continue reading


World Antibiotics Awareness Week


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  Last week (16-22 November) was World Antibiotics Awareness Week. This has come about because for a long time antibiotics have been over-prescribed and in many cases given to patients who just don’t need them. This has made antibiotic resistance one … Continue reading


Managing IBS. Problems with GP’s, national guidance and the low FODMAP diet.


Managing IBS. Problems with GP’s, national guidance and the low FODMAP diet

Believe it or not, not everyone who has IBS needs to follow the low FODMAP diet! The low FODMAP diet has been such a revelation in the treatment of IBS symptoms that one can forget there are actually many things … Continue reading


The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them


Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading


What to Do if Your Young Adult Has an Addiction to Marijuana


Addiction to a substance can begin at any age, but more often than not it starts when a person is a teen or young adult. Marijuana is a common drug for teenagers to begin taking, and if you think that … Continue reading


How to Beat your Fear of the Dentist


Alex Mungo

Odontophobia is the fear of going to the dentist or receiving dental treatments. Anxiety towards the dentist is one of the most common fears in the UK. Roughly 20% of all adults in the UK suffer from some form of … Continue reading


Cinnamon and lemon thyme roast chicken


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It is the first cold snap of the season today and what better to warm the cockles than a roast chicken? This is a very simple roast, sprinkled with cinnamon and thyme. Ingredients 1/2 roast chicken 2 teaspoons cinnamon 5-6 … Continue reading


HIV is not AIDS



Charlie Sheen’s very recent and very public admission that he is carrying the HIV virus has hit all the headlines. Of course although a very private thing for him he felt he had to ‘come out’ to put an end … Continue reading


3 Things a Cancer Patient Should Do Before Passing On


My late father-in-law was 67 when he passed away with Stage IV of Pancreatic Cancer in June 2015. He underwent several cycles of chemotherapy and had lived for 1.5 years before succumbing to the cancer this year. He was very … Continue reading


Our favourite low FODMAP dishes from the Philippines


favourite low FODMAP dishes from the Philippines

As we travel around the world when we come across meals that we enjoy and are low FODMAP (or close to being low FODMAP) we will share these to provide some inspiration for different cuisines. You can read our experience … Continue reading


3 Ways To Manage Total Steroid Withdrawal Symptom


Total Steroid Withdrawal Symptom is one of the hardest thing to manage because of the physical, physiological and emotional can be badly affected. Recently I have decided to stop applying steroid totally and I experience Total Steroid Withdrawal Symptom. I … Continue reading


Stress and Self Medicating: A Deadly Combination


There is no denying the fact that stress can be very damaging to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Stress is common and isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, when a person is unable to handle it effectively it can … Continue reading


Epaderm Winter Skin Twitter Chat


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Yesterday (Wednesday 11 November), we collaborated with Mölnlycke Health Care, makers of Epaderm® emollient, to bring you a #talkskin Twitter Chat. This time, we wanted to give our members a chance to pick each other’s brains about dealing with skin … Continue reading


The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them


Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading


Following the low FODMAP diet long term. What is a modified low FODMAP diet?


Three phases of the low FODMAP diet

There is a new term starting to emerge in relation to the low FODMAP diet and this is the modified low FODMAP diet. Put simply this is the long term diet the majority of people follow after completing the reintroduction … Continue reading


We’ve Won an Award!


Our Healthcare & Pharma Award!

We’re delighted to announce that talkhealth has won the 2015 Healthcare & Pharma Award for Leading Online Social Healthcare Community of the Year – UK. We like to talk here at talkhealth, so it’s been difficult to keep quiet about … Continue reading


What To Expect If You Are Having An MRI


Five years ago I barely even knew what an MRI was.  Since then, the word MRI has featured far more frequently than I would have liked within my family.  Due to serious health scares with three of my four children, … Continue reading


Chlamydia: “The Silent Infection’s” Symptoms in Men


Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is notorious for its lack of symptoms – especially in women. The infection is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis, and in up to half of the cases of confirmed chlamydia, an … Continue reading


Medical Benefits of Botox


In the medical world, Botox treatments are generally looked at for its benefits in anti-aging. Although Botox has proven to be useful in that field, studies have shown that the treatment can actually help in other areas. It has also … Continue reading


Laser Eye Surgery Breakthroughs on the Horizon


Most people are aware of the different types of laser eye surgery out there for correcting vision, such as LASIK, but there are many different procedures for many different issues within the eye. Currently, the same researchers that helped advance … Continue reading


My diabetes health scare


It’s not often I share my personal health secrets with the world (!) but a couple of weeks ago, I went to see my Doctor about the fact that I had been feeling tired and run down, and had some … Continue reading


Sleep deprivation, and why it’s dangerous


For some, sleep deprivation sounds like a problem that’s only experienced by people who have severe sleeping disorders. We all know that not getting enough sleep isn’t a good thing – but a lot of people don’t understand just how … Continue reading


Emma-jane – a serious good news story!


Emma-jane in bathing costume

It is always so nice to get good news stories, isn’t it? So, I was chuffed to bits to get an email from a proud gran who had been a subscriber to the Foods Matter magazine way back in 2002. At … Continue reading


Common journalist questions on the low FODMAP diet


Common journalist questions on the low FODMAP diet

From time to time I get asked questions from journalists about the low FODMAP diet. I thought it would be useful to put some of these questions on the blog along with the answers I gave. You can also see … Continue reading