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Losing weight, diarrhoea and loss of appetite are symptoms associated with a number of common health issues, and may not cause alarm for many but did for me when I suddenly started experiencing them in the summer of 2007. After … Continue reading



Once you’ve made the decision to enter an marathon or endurance race of any kind, the same is true for all sports in general for that matter and that is don’t let all the hard work and effort be wasted … Continue reading



Where Did Pilates Come From? Should you be practicing Pilates?  Joseph Pilates was initially a frail young German who took it upon himself to become a very strong, educated, healthy man. Joseph took part in wide range of sports including fencing, … Continue reading



The lonely peanut, By Ruth Holroyd

And I don’t mean the people are crazy… haha, I mean nuts, particularly peanuts make an appearance on a regular basis where I’m living at the moment. I did grow up in a house with peanuts; my father used to … Continue reading



This week in health

It’s been a varied week in health. There’s been some shocking and saddening news stories, including a report about the links between depression and cancer and the passing of Stephen Hawking. However, there’s also been a great deal of awareness … Continue reading



I get asked this question a-lot across support groups as I have been quite vocal about diversion colitis since having this diagnosed. I have decided to do a video entry for this to explain about the condition and how it … Continue reading



This week in health

Bringing together some of the biggest news stories in the world of health, this week’s talkhealth news roundup will focus on some wide-ranging topics. Obesity has been one of the biggest health topics of the week, with many papers and … Continue reading



Women in health

It’s international women’s day, and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of some of the most influential women in medicine. Ranging from the 19th century right up to the modern day, we’ve included just some of the woman who … Continue reading



It’s one of the most common symptoms of menopause, but vaginal dryness is often the least talked-about. Though it can affect women of any age (with an estimated 17% of women aged 18-50 experiencing it at some stage) it is … Continue reading



Protein is a key component of a healthy diet and ensuring your daily meals include an ample amount should be a key focus if you’re looking to improve your health or levels of fitness. However, this can be made more … Continue reading



This week in health

It should come as no surprise, but the topic on everyone’s lips this week has been the sub-zero temperatures that have hit the UK. With snowfall across much of the country, the attention to health conditions during these treacherous times … Continue reading



Rare Disease Day

Today is the 28th February and a very special day…today is Rare Disease Day! Rare Disease Day is help on the last day of February to raise awareness for rare diseases and improve access to treatment and medical representation for … Continue reading



When we think of celebrities, we think of perfection. Flowing, shiny hair, slender figures, and blemish-free, radiant complexions. Or so we think. But in reality, famous people are just like us. While they may have the luxury of professional makeup … Continue reading




http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/11/27/ginger/ The next ingredient to be reviewed is ginger. Ginger has many studies into it’s use to treat vomiting in pregnancy and to treat nausea during treatments such as chemotherapy or reducing sickness after surgery. Ginger has a long history … Continue reading



What Is A Low Residue Diet? So for those of you facing stoma surgery you may have heard this. You may not have heard this. So what is a low residue diet? A low residue diet is something that needs … Continue reading



Businesses in the healthcare industry have certain specific considerations that they need to keep in mind when they’re creating a uniform. Businesses in the healthcare industry have certain specific considerations that they need to keep in mind when they’re creating a … Continue reading



A review of the effectiveness of a plant-based diet compared to a meat-eating diet on health, performance, and weight-loss.   When considering a plant-based diet, what option do you have to consider: –   Vegan, complete removal of all animal products … Continue reading




What are goujons? They are small chicken fillets that are coated in breadcrumbs. They are fairly easy to make using gluten free breadcrumbs but it is important to use the correct ones for the low fodmap diet. Clearspring rice crumbs … Continue reading




I have purchased some Fodmapped sauces and soups to try, so I thought I would give you the low down. I bought them through the IBS Network website so that they would benefit from the purchase – were you aware … Continue reading



A virulent strain of influenza, H3N2 has severely hit the UK this flu season. The number of patients combating the virus at one point rising by 78% in just a week, according to statistics from the Royal College of GPs. … Continue reading



Not all is what it seems. From the outside, you’d say I’m a healthy, happy young woman who looks fine. Look beyond what your eyes tell you and you’ll find chronic illness. Invisible illness is a condition or disability that’s … Continue reading



Tinnitus Awareness Week is running from 5-11 February this year. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population. A recent British Tinnitus Association survey found that just under … Continue reading



I am going to give my views on how best to implement agonist-antagonist paired set training and their benefits over traditional set training based on my own experience of training myself and others as well as a recent review was … Continue reading



I wish I could watch as you click off this page when the reality of what you are about to read hits home with you and begins to sink in. It is a horrible feeling; I know I’ve been there! … Continue reading



I have listed 5 methods of the many available when considering a nutrition protocol for weight loss. The fundamentals must exist when choosing your protocol but the protocol must also be fit with your lifestyle and level of engagement, choosing … Continue reading



Hey guys, I’m Alice. This is my first blog here on talkhealth. I’ve suffered with acne since I was around 14, and I want to help people going through the same thing. I thought I’d start with a bit of … Continue reading



Here are my 5 tips to recovery for active individuals who wish to get back to the sport of training that they enjoy so much at the best level possible for them. Recovery according to sports physiology literature is a … Continue reading



So, you’ve been told you need to have an ileostomy formed and the big day arrives for you to go down to theatre and have it formed. All the questions you were going to ask have flown through your ears … Continue reading



For those of you have been reading and (hopefully) enjoying my recent blog posts regarding how best you as parents can help your children navigate the choppy waters of education and careers related learning, and, by so doing mitigate the … Continue reading



Now that it’s January everybody wants to get back to the gym and start a new diet or exercise health kick of some description whether that’s a detox protocol or simply couch to 5k. For the average person in the … Continue reading




Peppermint has a history of being used as a treatment for IBS. It is even used as a medication in a capsule that ensures it reaches the digestive tract where it is most useful. Peppermint, or more precisely menthol, relaxes … Continue reading



Q1. What does it mean to be independent? For me, it means not having to rely on others in order to perform everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. Q2. What is the thing that scares me most … Continue reading



It’s been well over a year since I last posted on here which is a new record for me! Truth be told I just haven’t felt like it. I think I became a bit disillusioned with the whole thing and … Continue reading



Recently there has been a lot of media coverage of brave ostomates baring all in magazines, Tv and breaking stoma stigmas. More and more articles are being featured of men and women embracing their stoma bags and talking openly about … Continue reading



Anxiety is everywhere these days, we all experience it and some people experience anxiety on a gargantuan level on a regular basis, but it’s a perfectly normal and natural feeling! Anxiety is our body and brain looking after us. Any feeling … Continue reading




Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am … Continue reading



Are you tight for time and want to try Pilates?  “I don’t have 10 minutes to myself” sound like you? To busy to book in at a club, drive to the club, and attend a class…. I know that time … Continue reading




http://www.compoundchem.com/ Turmeric is a wonderful ingredient to add to a curry – it also has been exalted as a wonder food with lot’s of great benefits for health. Some of the more pervasive anecdotes with regards to turmerics ‘heath benefits’ … Continue reading



New year, new you? It’s one of the biggest myths perpetrated by, well, just about everyone and everything. The simple function of chronology doesn’t allow one to entirely reinvent oneself because the hand of a clock sweeps past an arbitrary … Continue reading



Eczema on hand and wrist

If you’ve been using topical steroids for your eczema for many years and are worried about overuse, please read this. When you get a flare up of eczema do you find that nothing helps except more steroids? Prurigo eczema on … Continue reading



Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign specifically promoting healthier snacks in order to help parents take better control of their children’s snacks. Shockingly, half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes … Continue reading



Patients are being urged to adopt a new three-step approach in order to help relieve pressures on GP services over the winter. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have launched a campaign called ‘3 before GP’ which refers to three questions patients … Continue reading



Beautiful place for an anxiety attack

Recently I experience he best of times and worst of times. It was a Saturday and I broke my ParkRun PB. I also broke a few of my rules for staying alive and faced some pretty starling side effects. I … Continue reading




It’s New Years eve and if you want a celebration dessert that can help people following a low fodmap diet but is also tasty for all your New Years Day party guests, this is ideal – it is made with … Continue reading



If you are very allergic to dust, cleaning the house is probably NOT your favourite job and you wouldn’t be alone. No one likes vacuuming… ha ha. So imagine how excited I was recently when I was given a Dyson … Continue reading




This is an ideal Christmas recipe for low fodmappers who want to have a festive bread without marzipan and probably one of the only bread recipes that I have managed to produce that has risen well! It is based on … Continue reading



Struggling with sleep? Constantly wired? Have to dash to the toilet immediately after drinking your morning brew? It’s possible that coffee is causing these symptoms. The caffeine contained in coffee is a gastrointestinal stimulant, this means caffeine increases the contractions … Continue reading



Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons #freefreemTop14allergens

I’ve just read the recent article in the Daily Mail about Raymond’s Blanc’s issues with food allergic and intolerant diners. Salted Beef salad with cabbage, gherkins and cournichons from Brasserie Blanc I have always loved Raymond, not least because his … Continue reading



Over the last few years, something amazing has happened… Brave ostomates (people with an ostomy bag) have been proudly baring all with their stoma bags on show in the media and the general public. As a community, over the last … Continue reading



 Over 1 in 5 children have eczema or a dry skin condition. Winter is often worse with wind-chill, cold, and central heating triggering flare ups. The associated itching, irritation and poor sleep can really spoil little ones fun, so dry … Continue reading



While many of us spend our winter dreaming of a white Christmas we often forget the impact the harsh weather can have on our skin is overlooked! The main culprits to blame for this are cold, dry air, low humidity … Continue reading



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First of all, you are not alone. The first thing you need to do, if you have a diagnosis for a serious life threatening allergy is to arm yourself with all the information you can. Get the best help, get … Continue reading




This is a spiced vegan pate starter – a really nice way to begin Christmas lunch. It is based Moroccan themed flavours and has lots of seasonal flavours to remind you of the traditional Christmas. Being very easy to make … Continue reading




Having guests around for Christmas lunch and wondering what to serve for a starter? This recipe is a tasty soup, suitable for vegan low fodmappers and has Christmas flavours with mixed spice. I have been using my copy of the … Continue reading



EverFresh Sprouted Rye Bread

For years I’ve been trying to eat less processed food and bread is one of the harder things to crack. I discovered EverFresh Sprouted Rye bread at Food Matters Live last week. (Thank you EverFresh for the free loaf to … Continue reading



It’s that time of year again when we welcome back crisp mornings, short days, and colourful leaves. Winter is the favourite season for many, but for others, well, it’s not so straightforward! If you have been allergic to winter in … Continue reading



For another year, a focus on quitting smoking swept the nation with the Stoptober campaign. This is a 28 day long event run each October during which smokers are inspired to stop smoking. There is always a considerable amount of … Continue reading



New Push freefrom chocolate  coming soon in 2018

Food Matters Live is the UK’s first cross-sector event which brings together the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future. … Continue reading




Just the ticket for giving out to friends who come caroling. Ingredients 4 egg whites 200g castor sugar Pinch of cream of tartar 400g of mint dark chocolate 3-4 drops of peppermint flavouring. Method Add the egg whites to a … Continue reading



With the nights growing longer and the weather getting colder, it is safe to say that winter is well and truly upon us! But what does this mean for our psyche? Often these longer nights can lead to us feeling … Continue reading



A study conducted by Chris Seal, Professor of Food and Human Nutrition at Newcastle University, has stated that the incredible health benefits of porridge outweigh those gained by taking daily cholesterol-lowering medication. “Porridge is known to have many health benefits; … Continue reading



Our new book IBS dietary advice to calm your gut was published last week. We wrote the book to provide information about diet and living well with IBS.  [Look at talkhealth‘s freebies page with a chance to win a copy … Continue reading



Anaphylaxis - Fear of using auto-injector

I could probably write a whole book about this and maybe I will, but for now this is more about a kind of therapy for me. In September I ate out in a cafe in America and had the worst … Continue reading



The operation to remove a cancerous testicle – The surgeon’s view by Dr Ian Eardley, consultant urologist at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds. “When a man has testicular cancer, almost always it is best to remove the whole testis. The … Continue reading



Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many of us. It gradually becomes more common as we age but can also occur in those who are younger with osteoporosis-associated conditions. But what can we do about it? Firstly lets look at … Continue reading



The common cold or flu? It’s not uncommon around wintertime for you, or the people you know, to start falling ill, complaining of sore throats and blocked noses – maybe even missing a day or two of work. Often, people … Continue reading



There are two main types of diabetes with type 2 being the most common. In the last decade the number of obese people developing Type 2 diabetes has increased, despite the condition being preventable with a healthy diet and regular … Continue reading



Exercise can play a vital role in managing osteoarthritis. People are often fearful of exercising the affected joint in case it causes further pain and damage yet this review of studies done on exercise programmes states  “People with OA should be … Continue reading




Koshari is a dish served in Egypt and usually has plenty of fried onions on the top and pulses mixed in the rice/pasta blend and added as a topping. Obviously the onion is a no-go for low fodmap diets, but … Continue reading




Whilst reading the Guardian newspaper recipe booklet this weekend I decided to have a go at one of the recipes in the pasta special and reduce the parmesan and low fodmap modify it. OK – this recipe scared me, adding … Continue reading



In my previous blog post I spoke about how the gravity of the choices facing our students could be, amongst other factors, having a demonstrably negative impact on their wellbeing and mental health. This is an idea that has certainly … Continue reading



A nasty strain of Norovirus (otherwise known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’) is expected to sweep across Britain this winter and leave us all feeling under the weather. What actually is Norovirus and is there a way of preventing the … Continue reading



My top points when looking at protein needs in general and when trying to lose weight. My top points when looking at protein needs in general and when trying to lose weight. When our aim is weight loss by default we … Continue reading



Parkin is a rich spiced cake from Yorkshire or Lancashire that is consumed during bonfire night. Are you unsure of what Bonfire night is? It is a festival in the UK marking the failure of a plot to blow up … Continue reading



In September we ran a survey to see if patients suffering with eczema are more likely to also have allergies or sensitivity to foods such as eggs, nuts, diary and wheat. The aim of the research was to find out … Continue reading



You may remember a few months ago the much hyped headline which stated that Marmite may be the key to preventing miscarriages and birth defects. Newspapers around the country jumped on the story branding it the new miracle cure. Results … Continue reading



A new survey conducted by talkhealth1, on behalf of Enteromed, shows that stress, rather than food is the main cause of sufferers’ IBS – with 34% saying stress triggered their IBS. And almost 9 out of 10 (88%) said that … Continue reading




There’s much in the press about antibiotic resistance and rightly so. Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to modern medicine with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for ten million deaths per year by 2050 and cost the global economy … Continue reading



On 10th October 2017, talkhealth and Janssen collaborated to run a tweet chat for World Mental Health Day focusing on Schizophrenia. Using the hashtag, #TalkSchizophrenia and #WMHD17.  Talkhealth, Janssen, members of the talkhealth community and other interested parties including MIND … Continue reading



Breast Cancer Awareness Month is drawing to a close, but this doesn’t mean we should stop talking about it. Breast Cancer can strike at any time and in most cases, early detection is key! Early Detection Women of all ages … Continue reading



Given the renewed focus in the UK to address years of stigmatising, ignoring or explaining away it is refreshing to see mental health is being acknowledged as an issue worthy of time, money and initiatives. For too long the rote … Continue reading



We all experience stress on a daily basis, it is completely natural and that being the case, we can’t stop it, however, we can stop it in its tracks and reduce our stress triggers. Firstly, lets look at what’s going … Continue reading



It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Including the undiagnosed, that’s around 4 million people in the UK alone. And since 1996, the number of people with diabetes … Continue reading



At #TeamEve we are very excited to announce a twelve month charitable partnership between Sylk Intimate and The Eve Appeal.  This partnership  will help to raise much-needed awareness into the 5 gynae cancers and funding for pioneering research into early … Continue reading



Greek physician, Hippocrates said: “Walking is a man’s best medicine,” and over 2000 years of medical and scientific research later his statement still holds pretty strong! Even celebrities like Brooke Shields, Katherine Heigl and Bethanny Frankel enjoy a good stroll … Continue reading



The NHS is struggling to cope. It has stretched funds and increasing demand, and the UK’s ambulance service and Accident and Emergency Departments need your help to avoid total overload. The national target for an ambulance is 8 minutes, but … Continue reading




I feel so bad. I’ve been neglecting you all. But please rest assured I haven’t gone anywhere and I still have loads of plans for useful and helpul blogs all piling up just waiting to be written. Lots has been … Continue reading




I feel so bad. I’ve been neglecting you all. But please rest assured I haven’t gone anywhere and I still have loads of plans for useful and helpul blogs all piling up just waiting to be written. Lots has been … Continue reading



OK – so, how on earth do you make an authentic curry without an onion base? Masala is a mix of spices that are first fried in oil to release the flavour and then finely chopped onion and garlic is … Continue reading



To mark Global Handwashing Day here is our guide for washing your hands the right way. Handwashing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of germs and infections, such as the common cold, meningitis, diarrhoea and hepatitis A. It … Continue reading




As someone who has recently lost weight (22 pounds or 9.7kg in new money) I was interested to read a recent study published in The Lancet. A recent cancer diagnosis within my family made me stop and think. I’m middle-aged … Continue reading



I haven’t had a decent, proper pair of slippers for a long time. So, a couple of weeks ago I treated myself while out shopping, especially thinking of the cooler days ahead, night feeds with a newborn and also just … Continue reading



Stop smoking

This month thousands of people are taking on the Stoptober challenge, Stoptober is a 28 day non-smoking awareness campaign run throughout October. It has been said that you are five times more likely to quit smoking after 28 days! Smoking … Continue reading



It isn’t easy to stop smoking; I know because I used to smoke, I even became a secret smoker at one point. I would smoke about 5 a day and then reached 20 a day and I couldn’t even afford … Continue reading



Childbirth is one of the most wonderful miracles in the world and thanks to an army of incredible midwives, doctors and nurses, the experience can be exhilarating. Despite the adrenaline and excitement that comes with giving birth, there are several … Continue reading



It is of course this time of year where all you see are things spider related and even see the little critters invading your home. Arachnophobia is the worlds biggest fear and causes many people unnecessary stress and anxiety, oddly, … Continue reading



To mark World Mental Health Day (#WMHD17), we have collaborated with Janssen to host an hour long tweetchat on 10th October focusing on schizophrenia. If you have been affected by or are interested in this condition, we welcome you to … Continue reading



Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here and we thought it would be good to shine a light on this very important subject. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females and represents a major health concern for women worldwide. … Continue reading



I am trying again with Kale, using kale is a way of getting more cruciferous brassica vegetables into a the low fodmap diet. Why should that be important? These vegetables contain sulphur compounds such as glucosinolates, compounds that have been … Continue reading



You may remember in late last year us talking about the very inspiring twin brothers, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, that have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to raise £100,000 in the space of a year. The campaign, titled SIX … Continue reading



There are many benefits of breastfeeding as breast milk provides the best nutrition for a baby, containing antibodies to help the baby fight off infection and can act as a great bonding experience for mother and baby. However, there are … Continue reading



With hundreds of health insurance plans to choose from it is never easy to find the right one that suits you best. Many people’s thoughts on private medical insurance are….”not for me too expensive”, “I have a condition already so I … Continue reading



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Tobacco smokers are twice as likely to develop a debilitating skin disease, according to new research published in the British Journal of Dermatology this week. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic and recurring inflammatory disease of the hair follicles, which … Continue reading



Regular eye checks and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand with healthy eyes, yet too often we overlook the health of our eyes until we start to experience vision problems. So what should we be doing to protect our … Continue reading



This week, talkhealth will be joining thousands all across the UK in supporting National Fitness Day 2017. Wednesday 27th September will see people all across the country shoving on their running shoes or slipping on their swimming costumes to have … Continue reading



Unwanted scarring on your face or body – What can you do? Most people have at least one scar somewhere on their body (i) so you are not alone. Scars can be caused by a number of factors including surgery, … Continue reading



We have all suffered the discomfort of a headache at some point in our lives, but anyone who has ever suffered from migraines knows all too well the misery and suffering that this condition can cause. Migraines are a disorder … Continue reading




This week is National Meningitis Awareness Week, but how much do we really know about Meningitis and the different strains! As a parent to 18 year old twin daughters who recently lost a very dear friend (George Zographou) to Meningitis, … Continue reading



So many people out there are having difficulties with their weight, in fact more and more people are becoming overweight and plenty are on a losing battle to reduce the weight they have gained for a couple of reason. Firstly, … Continue reading



OK, so it really has an Autumnal feel today perhaps a comforting meal is required and macaroni and cheese is definitely one to make. This is a low fodmap recipe made with lactose free milk and cheese suitable for a … Continue reading



Endometriosis   is a condition where the cells that line the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. The lining of the womb is what is shed during your period but the cells that are found in other parts of … Continue reading



Recent media stories, a landmark study and the Autumn/Winter TV schedules highlight the Össur Unloader’s ability to offer pain relief, improve function and maintain a healthy lifestyle Recent national news stories (London, UK – August, 2017) have drawn attention to the … Continue reading




Autumn days are really setting in now and we are entering my favourite time of year with lots of squashes and root vegetables to roast – great for sensitive digestive tracts. As we are entering the cooler days of the … Continue reading



Stress is a part of life. Sometimes the stress that comes out of each situation is good and sometimes it’s bad. For instance, achieving a goal can become stressful but once you reach it you feel a sense of accomplishment, … Continue reading



Most women, at some point in their lives have experienced urine leakage while running, but never talk about it and more often than not, this is due to weaker bladder muscles. Exercising should be enjoyable and not uncomfortable and there … Continue reading



One of the things you will want to do is remain as healthy as possible. This can allow you to get more out of life and enjoy the good things it has to offer. Another reason to work towards the … Continue reading




Do people seek information from HCPs online or do they prefer online support from fellow patients? Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the availability of patient-focused websites offering health information and support across a wide range … Continue reading



Despite the major advances in mental health, seeing a therapist still holds a stigma in general society. We are afraid to seek out help because in some way it’s means that we are “broken”. That we aren’t as healthy as … Continue reading



Publich Health England (PHE) are now considering the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and are setting the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most. These foods include pizzas, burgers, ready … Continue reading




modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patients

There’s little doubt that the 21st century patient is very different to the 20th century patient of my era. Much has changed and technology has been the key driver for change. So what does the modern, tech-savvy, self-caring, all-knowing patient … Continue reading



The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)  have just announced the approval of Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment to be made available through pharmacies without a prescription. At talkhealth we would like to thank everyone that responded to our request to … Continue reading




According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy … Continue reading



  The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning people not to purchase or use Hightop HIV/AIDS home test kit as they may be unreliable and produce inaccurate results.  If you or someone you know has used a Hightop … Continue reading



I am at the moment experimenting with Greek and Middle Eastern dishes and modifying them to suit a low fodmap diet. I was surprised how well these flat breads turned out – although they are better when served slightly warmed. … Continue reading



 After I broke my shoulder in an accident three years ago, my GP suggested a DEXA scan to measure bone density for osteoporosis. I was not surprised, at the age of 70 and more than 20 years after suffering from … Continue reading



Over 2000 years ago Socrates stated “All disease begins in the gut”. Clearly not – but most symptoms of IBS start in the gut and having a dip made with lactose free Greek yoghurt will help keep it calm and … Continue reading



I am on Holiday this week and I have not picked a good one for the weather unfortunately. I decided to being some colour into my evening meal and brighten my day. So here it is a nice crunchy salad.  … Continue reading




Listening to Sheryl Sandberg this week on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, made me really think about our community and those that live day to day with a chronic condition. Sheryl is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and for … Continue reading



How I Cover Rosacea With Makeup - Rosy JulieBC - 2

As much as I work hard to avoid rosacea triggers and make lifestyle changes to keep my skin condition under control, there are times when flare-ups happen. Inevitably, flare-ups happen at points in my life when I can’t just hide … Continue reading



Just the job for using up all those extra glut of courgettes that you have in the garden! Courgettes are great for the low fodmap diet, this recipe used yellow courgettes but green ones will work just as well so … Continue reading



This dish is really easy to make and can be incorporated into your low fodmap recipes for working week nights, plus you don’t need to use fresh herbs – dried are just as good but maybe use a little less … Continue reading




This recipe is another Ottolenghi recipe which I have modified to make it low fodmap and is quite simply delicious the original version can be found in his Jerusalem recipe book. It was very easy to modify really- just don’t … Continue reading



I hadn’t actually realised that it had been so long since I posted something, anything on here!  The blog has crossed my mind over the last few months but I’ve been struggling a bit with ‘writers block’ and not really … Continue reading




What is labneh? It is a middle eastern strained yoghurt that removes some of the whey component – some individuals can tolerate yoghurt when they have lactose intolerance however it is unclear if the draining of the whey will concentrate … Continue reading



The NHS was born was 5 July 1948. Aneurin Bevan, a Welsh Labour Party politician who was the Minister for Health following the Second World War, launched the NHS in the Park hospital in Manchester, otherwise known today as Trafford … Continue reading



In a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center researchers found that yoga classes specifically designed for chronic lower back pain (my italics!) helped patients feel better. In light of this those with non-specific Lower … Continue reading



I think you’ll all agree, this year has been an incredible summer so far. I love England in the sun, it’s like being on holiday and the feeling of the sun warming the skin is one of my favourite things. … Continue reading



This is a great recipe for dinner parties with friends and is really easy to do! No one will guess that you are following a low fodmap diet at all. Often on the low fodmap diet people have a very … Continue reading




Just the ticket to dress thinly sliced cucumber for a fresh salad or sandwich filler. The cream cheese is lactose free but not cows milk protein free. If you have a small amount (less than two tablespoons) you could use … Continue reading



Photo of sunny beach

Don’t use the sun as an excuse not to exercise but use these handy tips to ensure you stay healthy. 1)      Keep hydrated – make sure you have a water bottle with you and take sips during your session and … Continue reading



I had to use the rest of the radish I bought and thought I would make a bright salad for this very sunny day. Balsamic vinegar enhances the flavour of strawberry and when combined with radish shoots and sliced radish … Continue reading




It would seem that KoKo Dairy free have recently changed their packaging due to circumstances at their factory. I was made aware of this by someone on Instagram who was very quick to point out that I was wrong to … Continue reading



Photo of a weight, towel and bottle of water

New research has shown that just an hour a week of resistance exercise can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). You don’t have to leave your house … Continue reading




This salad has onion flavour as it’s base and uses chives to achieve this. It can be made without the chive flowers but if you can get them they do make a really pretty addition to this dish. I am … Continue reading



There is a plethora of information on the internet on how to improve IBS or even how to ‘cure’ IBS (if you see the word ‘cure’ you should be very skeptical – we have no cure unfortunately at this moment … Continue reading




Do you want a side salad with some heat but avoiding chilli and spices? Then radish is your choice. Here I have used three coloured radish but this works just as well with the basic red variety that is common … Continue reading



Imagine you are going to a party and have no time to prepare a dessert. If you have made the elderflower cordial recipe then you can whip up this beautiful dessert to take to a summer party and impress your … Continue reading



On a walk this afternoon I gathered a handful of elderflowers. This recipe is based on a recipe from the book Hedgerow Cookbook. The elder is a wonderful bush although it generally doesn’t look that way when you find one. … Continue reading




This potato salad is great for a summer barbecue and really easy to make. I have used lactose free plain yoghurt with mayonnaise to keep the calories lower and chives to flavour the salad. If you serve it slightly warm … Continue reading



I adore Ottolenghi recipes but he does use lots of fodmaps in them so I was very surprised to find a Lebanese seven spice rub in Marks and Spencer that is low fodmap and just the right spice mix for … Continue reading




I can’t claim that these are the Cornish variety but they are tasty and the celeriac gives a nice celery flavour to them. The pasty is a portable treat that can be taken on any picnic and these are low … Continue reading



Several individual and group exercise formats are offered by fitness centers, such as those that are choreographed to music like dance and aerobics classes. Many offer boot camp, fall prevention, sculpting, kickboxing, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates and core conditioning. Group … Continue reading



A report, published today, by the Nuffield Trust, suggests that when reciprocal health arrangements within Europe end, post Brexit, the cost to the NHS could be as much as an extra £500m each year as expats return to the UK for … Continue reading



Raw courgette adds another dimension to this dish it is crunchy and refreshing. This dish uses the yellow variety but is just as good with the green courgette. Ingredients 2 yellow courgettes 1 handful of walnuts 1 handful of pumpkin … Continue reading



On the theme of salads again here is a lovely refreshing peppery salad. Watercress is suitable for the low fodmap diet according to the Monash App and I love it’s hot taste. I also added a few mint tips and … Continue reading



Last week talkhealth had the honour of winning one of the BHBIA’s (British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association) 2017 BOBI awards. The BOBI Awards (Best of Business Intelligence) are the first and only healthcare-specific business intelligence awards scheme in the UK, … Continue reading



talkhealth recently partnered with Mediaplanet UK on the 2017 Ears, Nose & Throat Campaign in The Guardian newspaper and online. Our article, titled 5 Remedies for blocked Ears, covered a number of remedies and manoeuvres to alleviate blocked ears such … Continue reading



In an ideal world, no cost is too high to preserve health, but the unfortunate reality of health care pricing is almost always a factor in deciding which treatment approaches to take. High Cost of Health Care Worldwide How expensive … Continue reading



Rice pudding is a real comfort food and often advised for people who need to have nutrition support for weight loss as it is easy to eat and tastes great. If you have lactose intolerance however, this might be a … Continue reading



Garlic contains fructans (an oligosaccharide) and is for some people a potent cause of symptoms in IBS. It is a shame that it does as it is found in many ready meals and processed foods so can be a challenging … Continue reading



For those living with chronic health conditions, self-management is crucial for managing and controlling symptoms day to day. Protecting your own health is a responsibility that can require some help and guidance to ensure you pursue the right treatment for … Continue reading



Truth be told, a lot of people are confused when it comes to identifying snacks that are really healthy. Even popular labels like “sugar-free” and “organic” tend to mislead us. You should know that not all claims are true and … Continue reading



Super Pollen and Thunder Fever on Radio 5 Live

Super Pollen and Thunder Fever on Radio 5 Live Hayfever is a worry for many people around spring and summer time but what if I told you that things could be about to get much, much worse. Think pollen on … Continue reading



This is a salad that is vibrant and although rainbow carrots have been used these are not essential to the dish, it can be made cheaply with plain orange carrots, if needed. The dressing is fresh and adds another dimension … Continue reading




This is a quick light lunch for a sunny day. This is a mix of salad leaves, herbs and chicken with grapes. Low fodmap and yummy! ingredients 1 Carrot 1 roasted chicken thigh 80g grapes Mixed salad leaves 2 Radish … Continue reading



Love cheesecake and having problems with lactose intolerance? Then look no further – this recipe is for you! It is a simple recipe and other grape varieties can be used – but for a special dinner party then these muscat … Continue reading



Allergic to wound dressings

If you have a latex allergy the chances are you are also allergic to plasters. I have known about my allergy to sticky plasters for years and usually have a stock of the hypo allergenic plasters but when you get … Continue reading



Half of all adults in the UK will develop Osteoarthritis, 1 in 2 will develop osteoarthritis (OA) in their knees while 1 in 4 will develop it in their hips and 1 in 12 will develop it in their hands. … Continue reading



I love roasted vegetables and these are no exception. This is a Moroccan themed dish using Fodify low fodmap spice mix (purchased) to flavour the gluten free couscous (corn based.) Ingredients 200g of carrots 1 small bag of mini aubergines … Continue reading



Vaccines have made a lot of the illnesses associated with childhood a rarity, but many others continue to be a fact of life. They range from such common infections as conjunctivitis and croup to the more mysterious ones, such as … Continue reading



If you have a family, you will want to do all you can to keep them healthy. This will take the right amount of effort on your part and know-how. It’s important to understand how and why you will want … Continue reading



Oatly oat milk advertising hoarding in london

Have you noticed? Oatly is everywhere. In the newspaper, on advertising hoardings, in the shops, in my fridge and now, now I even have a tshirt! For those of you who are not familiar with Oatly, they make a range … Continue reading




Welsh rarebit is one of those lunch or supper dishes that is easy to do and as with all cheese dishes, really hits the taste buds to satisfy! How do we make this low fodmap? With a slice of gluten … Continue reading



This recipe is based on mini parsnips – they do taste great roasted, even the well done ends are crisp and add a flavour to the dish. Something to pick up the mood on a wet damp bank holiday weekend. … Continue reading



I adore chard – it is so pretty and very tasty. I have not been able to source a regular supply of it, perhaps because it may be a seasonal leaf. I was surprised and very pleased to find it … Continue reading




Ingredients Cake 150g self raising gluten free flour 150g margarine 150g golden castor sugar Grated rind of 1 orange Juice of half an orange 2 eggs 15g cocoa powder (check gluten free if needed) 1 teaspoon of gluten free baking … Continue reading



For many people, as they get older getting the proper amount of sleep just doesn’t seem possible. If you have trouble falling asleep every night or a few times in a week, you’re not alone. Scientific research shows that over … Continue reading



Children today live in a world that’s changing rapidly. Processed foods are the new norm and electronic devices are replacing activity. If you’re concerned that your children are caught up in the fast lane, it’s time to put your parenting … Continue reading




The weather this weekend is fabulous for April. We are famous in the UK for discussing the weather – not surprisingly when it can change so frequently. Days when it is unexpectedly fine are few and far between. It makes … Continue reading



AAA support for coeliacs Action Against Allergy is giving its support to the campaign being co-ordinated by Coeliac UK to persuade the NHS to seek an alternative to their proposed withdrawal of prescriptions for the gluten free foods needed by … Continue reading



This is a recipe to make for dinner parties or special occasions it has lots of flavour and doesn’t require any stock as the vegetables and mustard provide the flavour in abundance. Most people with IBS will be fine having … Continue reading



I really rather enjoyed these gluten and dairy free pasties

For those of you who have heard about the new West Cornwall Pasty Company Gluten and Dairy free Everybody pasty, you may be interseted to hear you can get these at Marylebone station. They may be avaiable at other stations … Continue reading



Living with severe allergies and being at risk of anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction) seriously affects the lives of those at risk. There is currently no cure or treatment to prevent anaphylaxis – instead people must learn … Continue reading



More than 100,000 children and young people are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs across the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave. Do you know a … Continue reading



Spring rosacea prevention - Rosy JulieBC

I absolutely love the spring. As someone who lives in a very snowy part of Canada, it’s such a relief to see the snow banks melting and to finally enjoy a walk that doesn’t include bitter wind whipping in my … Continue reading



Ingredients 200g Cod 100g ham 200g celeriac 1 glass of wine 10g thyme 2 bay leaves 1 tablespoon of oil 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida 200ml of lactose free milk 2 teaspoons of cream (lactose free if needed) Method Add the cod … Continue reading



Delicious home-cooked #freefrom roast lamb dinner with all the trimmings

If you have allergies or are coeliac and you’re planning a visit to Teignmouth in Devon you’ll be very satisfied with what you find. This visit involved some of the usual military plannng but also some unplanned spontaneous eating out … Continue reading



Growing up can be hard for any teenager without the added stress of acne. Sadly acne affects around 80% of adolescents aged 13-18 years at some point. Three out of five teenagers* surveyed by the British Skin Foundation said that … Continue reading



Healthcare organizations are searching for the best tools to improve patient care and, in some cases, reduce healthcare costs. These technology advances may replace obsolete procedures and treatments in the future. However, not all of them are as promising as … Continue reading



If you want to remain healthy, and retain your levels of concentration, you need to make sure you get the right amount of sleep. Different people require different amounts of sleep, but the average adult generally needs between seven and … Continue reading



You may have read in the news this week (19 March 2017) about the link between people using paraffin based skin creams and dozens of fire deaths across England. People living with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis who use paraffin based … Continue reading



The welfare system is there to help us should we end up in difficulties – it’s the rainy day fund that we all, collectively as a society, contribute to through our salaries. One way in which it’s there to help … Continue reading



Two Lymington brothers are preparing to row the Atlantic Ocean in memory of their late father Peter Massey, who sufferer with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and sadly passed away in 2015 aged 63. Jude Massey, 17, and Dr Greg … Continue reading



Have you had enough of not being able to smile because you’re worried about what people think of your missing teeth? If that’s the case you would have likely already heard of how getting dental implants can give you the … Continue reading




I would like thank ALL my friends. Not only are you my eyes and ears when we go out and my little saviours when I’m getting a bit blase, some of you really go the extra mile. Some of you … Continue reading



West Cornwall Pasty company Gluten and dairy free pasty

Can you eat pie? The chances are that if you’re a coeliac or have a wheat, dairy or celery allergy that they are totally off limits. Well no longer! You can still eat pie! There are quite a few gluten … Continue reading



Really tasty Bubble and Squeak, ham and egg for main #glutenfree #dairyfree #soyafree #nutfree

This place is amazing. If you’re travelling to Stafford and have allergies or are a coeliac you MUST visit for lunch. It’s a lovely, homely, friendly, family-run cafe who were proudly displaying their certificate for their Shortlisting in the FreeFrom … Continue reading



Allergy Blog Awards

The Amazing Allergy Blog awards at the Malmaiisoon Manchester Piccadilly I’m still buzzing from the Allergy Blog Awards on Saturday 25th February at the Malmaisson Manchester Piccadilly hotel. In my opinion everyone at the awards was a winner. Bloggers give … Continue reading



Did you know that each year in the United States more than 480,000 people die do to a tobacco related illness? When you factor all this up it means that 1 out of every 5 deaths in the United States … Continue reading



March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who … Continue reading


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