SPECIFIC CONDITIONS

Our talkhealth conditions blogs cover a wide range of general health topics including eczema, allergies, asthma, acne, psoriasis, menopause, diabetes, weight, fitness & exercise and much more.

Teignmouth tops for allergies

24Mar

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

  

Adolescent skin: 3 in 5 teenagers say acne affects self-confidence

23Mar

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

  

Top Healthcare Technology Advances to Watch Out

23Mar

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

  

What healthy sleep habits should you adopt?

23Mar

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

  

Paraffin in skin creams linked to fire deaths

21Mar

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

  

Antioxidants fight histamine inflammation

18Mar

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Research tells us that consuming antioxidant foods at every meal helps us stay out of “oxidative debt”. If you’ve been reading my blog and following a similar diet to mine, you’ll be doing this already (and it certainly explains why I can … Continue reading

  

What Is the Disability Living Allowance?

16Mar

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

  

Brothers to brave Atlantic Ocean in row for skin cancer research

15Mar

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

  

What Steps Are Taken in a Dental Implant Procedure?

13Mar

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

  

When your friends invite you to dinner and cater for your allergies

10Mar

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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

  

Gluten and dairy from Cornish pasty, because it’s pie week

10Mar

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

  

Fantastic #freefrom cafe in Stafford – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Emporium

9Mar

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

  

Researchers confirm that inflammation, histamine, cause anxiety (GAD)

9Mar

It’s hardly news to us those of us with histamine intolerance and mast cell activation that inflammation can cause symptoms of anxiety. Now though, the research has finally caught up, with scientists identifying altered pro and anti-inflammatory profiles in patients … Continue reading

  

Not winning but still a winner at The Allergy Blog Awards

8Mar

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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

  

Exploring The Major Health Risks That Are Associated With Tobacco

7Mar

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

  

Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017

6Mar

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

  

How Histamine Causes Leaky Gut

4Mar

The gut barrier is meant to keep bacteria from our food from crossing into our bloodstream. Histamine, an inflammatory mediator released by mast cells that make up part of the immune system, and also contained in foods,  can compromise this … Continue reading

  

Health news round up

3Mar

There’s been quite a bit of interesting health news this week; from footballers and dementia, to artificial embryos and  ovarian cancer. Blood tests and ovarian cancer – doctors have revealed that a blood test every 4 months could help women that … Continue reading

  

THE GREAT PRETENDER

1Mar

My Freddie Mercury (again!) – originally by The Platters (way back) After receiving such great care from The Royal Derby Hospital, I completed an on-line form to be a Volunteer Patient, partly to ‘give back’ a little and also in … Continue reading

  

Fake Tan Fail?

1Mar

Some of you with eagle eyes may have noticed over the years especially during the summer months that my hands are noticeably lighter than the rest of my body. This is not the result of me washing my hands too … Continue reading

  

After the Rosacea Diagnosis: What Now?

28Feb

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Finally knowing what’s up with the symptoms you’ve been experiencing on your face can come as a kind of relief. After all, you now know why you’re experiencing seemingly random redness, spots, burning cheeks, or other discomforts. Then the real … Continue reading

  

Pancake recipe for Shrove Tuesday

26Feb

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Here is a savoury choice instead of the sweet varieties of pancake often eaten on Shrove Tuesday. It is a Moroccan themed meal. Ingredients Pancake batter 2 large eggs 150g of plain gluten free flour mix 75g of maize flour … Continue reading

  

Melatonin, mast cells and histamine

25Feb

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A round up of the latest research reveals that the sleep hormone melatonin can prevent mast cells from activating, thereby preventing the release of histamine and other inflammatory agents into the bloodstream, when they’re not needed. As a bonus, melatonin is possibly beneficial in … Continue reading

  

How to detox your body

23Feb

A detox is essentially a holistic regimen to clear your body of toxins, invigorate your senses and rejuvenate. If you don’t want to go to extremes like colonic irrigation, here are a few simple and effective ways to help you … Continue reading

  

Call the Midwife episode featuring a character with Down’s Syndrome

21Feb

  Being a regular viewer of the BBC One drama ‘Call the Midwife’, I noticed last week during the preview for this weeks episode that there was to be a character with Down’s Syndrome appearing. I was intrigued and a little … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about chlamydia

21Feb

What is chlamydia? Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact (semen or vaginal fluid). Infection can occur via vaginal, anal, and oral sex and even when a man does not ejaculate. It is treated with antibiotic, usually azithromycin … Continue reading

  

Lactose free soft cheese

19Feb

This recipe was adapted from Gerard Baker’s ‘How to make soft Cheese’ recipe for Halloumi. Unfortunately I would not describe it as halloumi it is more like a standard soft cheese – but lactose free. It is very easy to … Continue reading

  

Histamine friendly cleansers and bath products

18Feb

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When people tell me they’re still highly reactive no matter what dietary, stress busting, or lifestyle changes they make, I immediately suggest looking at bath and beauty products. My reactions to these were so very severe that they resulted in … Continue reading

  

Wilted spinach with pine nuts and sultanas

18Feb

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I love spinach it has a really vibrant colour when just wilted and combined with pine nuts a small amount of kale (purple) and sultanas it makes a really great low fodmap vegetable dish. Ingredients 200g bag of spinach 40g … Continue reading

  

Should you take Vitamin D to combat colds and flu?

17Feb

Yesterday (16 February 2017) it was widely reported on TV, in newspapers and across the Internet that taking Vitamin D could significantly reduce the incidence of colds and flu amongst the general population. In fact, some newsrooms went as far … Continue reading

  

Tri Colori mini pizza’s – made with verdi, bianca and rosso pesto! Low Fodmap

15Feb

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It was national pizza day last week and I decided to focus on the three colours of the Italian flag and make three colours of pesto and use small gluten free pizza bases – one is just enough for a … Continue reading

  

Introducing Action Against Allergy – our latest charity forum partnership

14Feb

talkhealth are excited to announce that we are now hosting the forums for the charity ‘Action Against Allergy’. Log on to the AAA forums to join the general discussion, view charity news and individual to talkhealth we are especially delighted to announce a forum … Continue reading

  

How to Choose a 30 Day Rehabilitation Program

14Feb

If you, or perhaps someone that you know, need to go to an intensive rehabilitation facility then you may be considering a 30 day program. This is exactly what it sounds like, a month on lock down without the influences … Continue reading

  

What is the recovery time for knee realignment surgery?

13Feb

Like any type of surgery, it’s useful to know the recovery time so you can make any necessary changes or arrangements for your care. So, how long does it take to recover from knee realignment surgery? Find out more about … Continue reading

  

Ginseng, as effective as Benadryl for histamine itching?

11Feb

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Researchers find that several varieties of ginseng can lower histamine levels and stabilise mast cells (a key component of the immune system), preventing them from releasing  histamine and other inflammation into the blood stream. In certain animal studies it has been … Continue reading

  

Avocado and poached egg on gluten free crumpets #crumpetchallenge

10Feb

Beautiful gluten free crumpet hamper from Newburn Bakehouse

Firstly, thank you to Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse, who sent me this amazing little hamper of delicious goodies and invited me to take part in the great gluten free crumpet challenge! Beautiful gluten free crumpet hamper from Newburn Bakehouse Just look … Continue reading

  

BSF – Pollution: How it affects our skin

9Feb

Concerned about the effects of pollution on the skin? Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation Spokesperson discusses the measures you can take at home to protect your skin. Dr Mahto explains, “As skin is your outermost barrier, … Continue reading

  

Could microscopic worms help rebalance your biome?

8Feb

Autoimmune illnesses and allergies are becoming a more and more common occurrence. We regularly hear about people with food and seasonal allergies. Many of us know someone who suffers with migraines, Crohn’s disease or eczema. And the increase in the … Continue reading

  

Meal delivery services – is this the new way to lose weight and eat healthily?

6Feb

In theory, losing weight should be easy – eat fewer calories than you burn. But in practice most of us know that it’s really difficult to lose weight and requires a combination of the right food and portion size, with lots … Continue reading

  

Learning to cook wheat, dairy and tomato free Italian

5Feb

FreeFrom all'Italiana by Anna Del Conten & Michelle Berridale-Johnson

If you’re living with multiple allergies and get fed up cooking the same meals day in day out… this cook book is just what you’re looking for. It is packed with wheat and dairy free recipes, which are all really … Continue reading

  

Oxalic Acid Inflammation linked to Histamine, Thyroid Dysfunction & Hashimoto’s

4Feb

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  I’ve spoken quite a bit about my experiences dealing with and the link between oxalic acid (found in some of the planet’s healthiest foods) and histamine related inflammation. Today it’s time to examine how a build up of oxalic … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day – Saturday 4th February – We can, I can.

4Feb

Currently 8.2 million people die a year from cancer with lung cancer being the most diagnosed globally. In the UK 2.5 million people are living with cancer and this number is expected to rise to 4 million by 2030. Living … Continue reading

  

Even celebrities get rosacea

2Feb

It is estimated that around 6 million people in the UK are currently living with Rosacea. It is a common but poorly understood condition and can often be mistaken for acne. Symptoms of rosacea include permanent flushing and redness of … Continue reading

  

Can a robot really help the elderly?

31Jan

You may have seen in the news that researchers from Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire are using £2m of EU and Japanese funding to develop robots that will be culturally and socially aware, in order to help the … Continue reading

  

I’m her worst allergy! No I’M her worst allergy…

30Jan

Sorry Dairy, I think Peanut wins this fight. Definitely my worst allergy!

This is a silly blog inspired by a cartoon I saw recently of a glass of red wine arguing with a lovely mug of black coffee about who she loved the most. She loves me more! said the angry glass … Continue reading

  

Low histamine foods I don’t eat

28Jan

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While it’s true that the foods in this post are technically classified as being either low in histamine or not triggering the release of histamine already in our body, they still aren’t part of my diet. Read on to find … Continue reading

  

Ask the Expert: Children’s Skin Conditions

27Jan

Last week saw the launch of our latest venture – Ask the Expert. The one day clinic, which took place Wednesday 18th January, was the first in a series of Ask the Expert sessions which will run in partnership with … Continue reading

  

Why I’ll Gladly Use LED Light Therapy for Rosacea for the Rest of My Life

27Jan

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I’ve been using LED light therapy for rosacea since June 2015.  The first light I ever tried, an LED all-red light therapy powerhead, arrived on June 1, 2015, and I tried it that day.  I tracked my progress for quite … Continue reading

  

Feta, orange and pine nut salad

23Jan

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It’s time to get back to fresh ingredients, I always crave fresh salad after the Christmas excess. This salad is a tasty low Fodmap salad that will fill you up for lunch, it also contains one of your fruit portions. … Continue reading

  

Go for gold

23Jan

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), you shouldn’t eat burnt toast as you may be increasing your exposure to acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical formed via a reaction between amino acids and sugars when foods with a high starch content are … Continue reading

  

It’s Seville Orange Season

22Jan

Seville oranges are oranges that are in season around January and are a taste experience that has both sweet and bitter overtones. They are not oranges for eating but do make an excellent marmalade and this is what most people … Continue reading

  

What teeth say about your gut health

21Jan

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When dental hygiene doesn’t prevent bleeding gums and cavities, it’s time to look to histamine, mast cells and the wondrous world of bacteria living in the mouth. Dentist and author Dr. Steven Lin shares the tell take signs of mouth … Continue reading

  

What teeth say about your gut health

21Jan

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When dental hygiene doesn’t prevent bleeding gums and cavities, it’s time to look to histamine, mast cells and the wondrous world of bacteria living in the mouth. Dentist and author Dr. Steven Lin shares the tell tale signs of mouth … Continue reading

  

Jo’s trust #smearforsmear campaign

20Jan

Jo’s trust is the only UK charity which dedicates itself to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Every year, Jo’s trust campaigns for women to be increasingly aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and the need to … Continue reading

  

Do e-cigarettes work at helping you kick the habit?

19Jan

In the UK, smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for around 96,000 deaths a year. This figure is more than those for obesity, alcohol, road traffic accidents, illegal drugs and HIV infection combined. The … Continue reading

  

Caring for a child with eczema: Jasper’s story

17Jan

Looking after a child with severe eczema can be exhausting for parents as well as the child. There’s so much to consider, environment, clothes, weather, treatments, financial implications – the list goes on. Sorrel Ronan faces a relentless battle every … Continue reading

  

Should GPs run a 7 day service?

16Jan

The government are keen for GP surgeries to open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Doctors are being told that if they fail to meet their commitments to keep surgeries open for longer, they may lose extra funding. … Continue reading

  

(Supposedly) high histamine foods I still eat

14Jan

  The fact I’ve been including (supposedly) high histamine foods back into my histamine intolerance/mast cell activation diet has been a source of confusion, contention and downright anger to some of my readers. Some of the reasons I’ve worked hard to add … Continue reading

  

(Supposedly) high histamine foods I still eat

14Jan

  The fact I’ve been including (supposedly) high histamine foods back into my histamine intolerance/mast cell activation diet has been a source of confusion, contention and downright anger to some of my readers. Some of the reasons I’ve worked hard to add … Continue reading

  

Do you feel to old to start exercising?

14Jan

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According to the findings of a study from the University of Dundee, published in the journal Age and Ageing, the most powerful ‘deterrent’ among the over-65s is a lack of interest, and disbelief that exercise can enhance and/or lengthen life. … Continue reading

  

The Fight To Stay Sober: Why You May Not Want To Battle Your Addiction On Your Own

12Jan

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Addiction – no matter what it is that you are addicted to – can be a very hard thing to beat on your own. There are many factors that play into why it is such a tough road for people … Continue reading

  

Tickly coughs and dribbly noses

11Jan

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It’s that time of year, and if you’re working in an office you’re probably surrounded by coughs and colds. A nasty cold bug started doing the rounds in the talkhealth office just before Christmas with about half of the team … Continue reading

  

Reasons Why Paternity Tests Should Be Beneficial

10Jan

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Giving birth is one of the most exciting, memorable and painful experiences of your life. In the ideal world, you are accompanied by your loving partner; and you end up with a happy, healthy baby that you both can love … Continue reading

  

Let’s talk about it!

10Jan

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I wonder what makes it OK to talk openly about breast health yet we still find it awkward to discuss problems with our downstairs department? We all go a bit embarrassed, give it a silly name and laugh it all … Continue reading

  

Pink peppercorns are actually antihistamine berries

7Jan

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UPDATE: I made an error, though I know perfectly well these are pink rather than red, I somehow ended up goofing. I’m also moving further up in the post that this tree is a member of the cashew family so … Continue reading

  

Pink peppercorns are actually antihistamine berries

7Jan

Dried red pepper spice on burlap

UPDATE: I made an error, though I know perfectly well these are pink rather than red, I somehow ended up goofing. I’m also moving further up in the post that this tree is a member of the cashew family so … Continue reading

  

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

7Jan

Pizza dough recipe Something a little different from my usual content but as it’s a new year, there are new things to share and new directions to explore! After being repeatedly asked for the recipe whenever I’ve made pizza for … Continue reading

  

Don’t let high blood pressure affect your vision

6Jan

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An eye examination can prove beneficial to more than just your eye health. Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and excessive levels of cholesterol can all be spotted during an optician’s routine checks. Whilst this is hugely beneficial for catching irregularities … Continue reading

  

Uncovering the Causes of Self-Medication

5Jan

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We live in a world with thousands of different kinds of drugs. Some of these are common in our daily lives (caffeine, nicotine) and some are more exotic (ayhuasca). It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, … Continue reading

  

Dentists urge us to cut the cake culture in the office

4Jan

Yesterday, (3 January 2017), the Royal College of Surgeons, Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) issued a press release urging workers to cut the cake culture that seems to have become established in many offices up and down the country. The FDS … Continue reading

  

New Year Resolutions

3Jan

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  We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In the talkhealth office today, we’ve been talking about our various New Year resolutions. It’s safe to say we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas and several … Continue reading

  

2017 New Year Resolutions… taking control!

3Jan

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This year I’m going to get my focus back and find my caring side. For too long I’ve been in denial, that I already cut out so many things so why shouldn’t I indulge in freefrom processed foods as a … Continue reading

  

Natural, non-irritant shampoo for dry, eczema scalps

2Jan

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One of my real bugbears and struggles is finding good, natural shampoo that doesn’t make my scalp dry, itchyand sore. I’ve blogged about this a great deal. No longer available – Skin Blossom Herbal Shampoo And this year I am … Continue reading

  

What’s the future of freefrom skincare?

2Jan

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Reading the Telegraph Saturday magazine this weekend I read a feature by Victoria Hall, their acting beauty director who said that, and I quote… “Two thirds of women believe that what they eat directly impacts on how their skin looks … Continue reading

  

Scientists: wheat triggers inflammation (even if you’re not coeliac)

31Dec

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Columbia University Medical Center researchers recently found that gluten/wheat issues in non-coeliacs can be due to a weak intestinal barrier (leaky gut some may call it). A second study has now confirmed their findings that wheat is inflammatory, and that it triggers or … Continue reading

  

Scientists: wheat triggers inflammation (even if you’re not coeliac)

31Dec

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Columbia University Medical Center researchers recently found that gluten/wheat issues in non-coeliacs can be due to a weak intestinal barrier (leaky gut some may call it). A second study has now confirmed their findings that wheat is inflammatory, and that it triggers or … Continue reading

  

2016 eczema and allergy highlights

31Dec

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It’s been a long year and in many ways a very challenging one but it’s easy to forget the highlights and focus on the negatives. I’m not sad to see the back of this year but I have a lot … Continue reading

  

7 BEST foods for histamine intolerance

27Dec

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Start the new year right with these 7 histamine intolerance foods that fight inflammation, are histamine friendly and super healthy for the body overall. I guarantee that you’ll always find these foods in my fridge and cupboards because I’ve leaved … Continue reading

  

7 BEST foods for histamine intolerance

27Dec

Fresh watercress or cress growing in small cups at home.

Start the new year right with these 7 histamine intolerance foods that fight inflammation, are histamine friendly and super healthy for the body overall. I guarantee that you’ll always find these foods in my fridge and cupboards because I’ve leaved … Continue reading

  

3 tops tips to improve your quality of life with a long-term health condition

20Dec

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It is estimated over a quarter of the population in England (15.4 million people) has a long-term condition such as diabetes, coronary heart disease or chronic lung disease and an increasing proportion of these people have multiple conditions. Although there … Continue reading

  

My Winter Rosacea Skin Care Routine to Stop Flare-Ups Before They Happen

20Dec

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When I stepped out the door to walk the dogs this morning, the sun was shining brightly despite the fact that it was -9ºC with a wind chill factor of -16ºC. At this time last year, the weather in my … Continue reading

  

How secured emails protect Healthcare industry file exchange

19Dec

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Need to exchange files in health sector: File exchanges in the health care sector is a common affair that needs to be done with complete security. There is a constant need to exchange medical data and records about a patient, … Continue reading

  

Histamine Intolerance Christmas Desserts

17Dec

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It’s dessert time! This month I’ll be giving away my 110 page Happy Holidays ebook free with every purchase, this year I’ve added a slew of non-alcoholic drinks and canapés. There’s several full menus of nutrient dense and totally delicious festive … Continue reading

  

talkhealth backs the new sepsis awareness campaign

15Dec

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Today (15th December 2016) a new campaign has been launched by Public Health England (PHE) to help raise awareness of Sepsis – a condition which has been blamed for approximately 37,000 deaths a year and arises as a complication of … Continue reading

  

Weight loss surgery: which option is best for me?

13Dec

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Being overweight can have all sorts of side-effects. There are lots of well-advertised health risks associated, like heart attacks and strokes, but it can affect you in other ways too. It can cause your joints to hurt, make it difficult … Continue reading

  

Dairy free, nut free, wheat free tapas, twice in one week!

10Dec

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This is a really quick blog with some delicious pictures of food that I’ve eaten recently at Tres Corazones tapas restaurant in Wendover. I went with a group of friends for a Christmas dinner and then treated myself to lunch … Continue reading

  

Most Innovative and Environmental Allergy Blog Finalist!

10Dec

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Well wouldn’t you know it, despite having a major blog blip and neglecting my blog for over two months my little baby has managed to make it to the finalists of the Allergy Blog Awards 2017. I’m so proud What … Continue reading

  

Eczema, stress and itching

10Dec

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on here and I apologise whole heartedly for leaving you all so lonely and ignored for so long. You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m back on it! There is a part of … Continue reading

  

talkhealth went to Parliament

8Dec

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On December 7th, talkhealth was kindly invited to attend an event organised by the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC) in the Houses of Parliament. The event, which was titled ‘Living better with Chronic Pain: The Vital Role of Primary Care’, … Continue reading

  

Winter warmers: top tips to get through winter

8Dec

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Winter is indeed here. With more long dark and cold days ahead, it is important to know what you can do to stay warm, happy and healthy over the coming months. talkhealth want to give you a few of our … Continue reading

  

Exciting new campaign SIX TIMES OPEN in association with the British Heart Foundation

7Dec

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Twins, Jonathan and David Stretton-Downes, have partnered with the British Heart Foundation to launch an exciting campaign called SIX TIMES OPEN. The official launch happened in November and was attended by representatives from the BHF. The story behind the campaign – … Continue reading

  

6 Reasons You Are Tired All of The Time

7Dec

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Do you feel sluggish throughout the day? Tired of looking at everyone else and wondering how come they have so much energy? If so, don’t lose heart, many people feel this way. There are many reasons that you could feel … Continue reading

  

Lemon drizzle spiced bundt Christmas cakes – low fodmap

4Dec

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When baking with gluten free flour the recipes are improved by a ‘drizzle’- to add moisture to the cake. Plus, for this special time of year, I have used best butter! Yes – B…U…T…T…E…R you heard that right . Consumed … Continue reading

  

How to survive the holiday season without too many gut problems

1Dec

The holiday season means many different things to different people, it is supposed to be a period of joy but often it really doesn’t live up to all those expectations that we often have. The media portray images of idealistic … Continue reading

  

Introducing the British Skin Foundation

1Dec

Established in 1996, the British Skin Foundation (BSF) was set up to raise money for research into skin disease and skin cancer. Our mission is to find cures and better treatments for all skin conditions. We receive no statutory funding, … Continue reading

  

Nutrients to support fertility in women and men

1Dec

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If you and your partner are thinking of trying for a baby, by consuming the right amount and type nutrients, both of you may enhance your chances of conception as well as carrying a healthy pregnancy[1]. Read on for more … Continue reading

  

Welcome to wonderful

1Dec

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Mencap ‘FamilyHub’ – A new online community for parents and carers of children (young and old and yet to be born!) with a learning disability. This will be a great resource for people … Continue reading

  

Chicken liver and rosemary stuffing – low fodmap Christmas recipes

29Nov

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Sage and onion stuffing is a classic accompaniment to Christmas dinner, however for people following a low fodmap diet this is not an option because it does contain lots of onion. Perhaps this recipe might be a good alternative and … Continue reading

  

What happens when I have my wisdom teeth removed?

29Nov

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The words ‘wisdom teeth’ alone are enough to send a shiver down the back of many a spine. Getting them removed can improve your quality of life enormously, and can spell the end to upsetting toothache. Having your wisdom teeth … Continue reading

  

Alternative Medications That Can Improve Ailments And Quality Of Life

28Nov

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During the past few years, the media has helped to make consumers aware of the dangers of prescription medications. While these drugs may offer temporary relief, they also come with risks. And, those risks may last for an extensive period … Continue reading

  

Now you are six

26Nov

A letter for Ella…To Ella, our wonderful girl, today you are 6!Six years since I missed my own baby shower because you decided to show up three weeks early. Six years since our journey into the unexpected started. Six years … Continue reading

  

‘WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?’

21Nov

Good old Freddie Mercury classic – ‘hitting the nail on the head’ brilliantly!  The one sure thing in life is that we’re all going to die – we’re all headed in the same direction – and yet it’s a subject … Continue reading

  

Christmas bread & butter pudding low fodmap

20Nov

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Yes it’s still November and thoughts are turning to Christmas. I apologize now for posting this recipe but you do need to be planning and perhaps trialing recipes before the big day so here is one for consideration. Bread and … Continue reading

  

How can family help substance addicts on the road to recovery?

17Nov

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Substance addiction can bring in a very powerful, negative impact to any individual and the people around him. In fact, substance addiction costs the US government around $200 billion per year, so the problem is indeed very demanding. But how … Continue reading

  

GHC launch “Small Steps for Big Change”

16Nov

More than 3 million children under 5 years old will die from infectious diseases next year and now, with the cold and flu season firmly upon us, the risk of infectious illnesses spreading thick and fast is far more prevalent. … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: prostate and testicular care

15Nov

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November is considered by many to be the month of men’s health awareness. Campaigns such as Movember have made waves in recent years, raising awareness and funds across the world for men’s health issues, in particular the issue of prostate … Continue reading

  

Living with carpal tunnel syndrome: the facts

11Nov

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Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause major discomfort, here BMI Healthcare  discuss the number of ways you can deal with the condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common condition, which can lead to pain in the hands and fingers. There … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading

  

Everything you need to know about your CT scan

9Nov

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If it’s not been possible to diagnose what’s causing your symptoms from a physical examination, you may need to have a scan of some kind. In this article BMI Healthcare  discuss one of the more common scans and what it … Continue reading

  

MHRA – The Importance of Reporting

9Nov

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This week, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is running a social media campaign to stress the importance of reporting suspected side effects. The campaign, which runs from 7 – 11 November, has been launched as part of … Continue reading

  

9 questions you might have about your colonoscopy

7Nov

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Having a colonoscopy can help doctors diagnose all sorts of conditions. While it’s completely normal to be nervous about any examination, this is a commonly performed procedure and knowing what’s involved can help allay any fears. Here BMI Healthcare  answer … Continue reading

  

Vegetable tart

7Nov

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This vegetable tart was made using frozen gluten free pastry bought at the Allergy & Free From Show over the weekend. It is a quick and tasty recipe for a weekday evening. Serve with some green salad.I used coloured carrots … Continue reading

  

Vegetable tart

7Nov

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This vegetable tart was made using frozen gluten free pastry bought at the Allergy & Free From Show over the weekend. It is a quick and tasty recipe for a weekday evening. Serve with some green salad.I used coloured carrots … Continue reading

  

Our little Rainbow

6Nov

I have fond memories from my childhood of my time as a Brownie and Girl Guide…   Drinking my first cup of tea at Brownie camp, first time away from my mum and dad (a whole 3 miles down the … Continue reading

  

Dear Rosie, Thank you.

2Nov

In the weeks since the BBC documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome? there has been a great deal of discussion around the subject. As with any good debate there have been many opinions shared, however there was one comment I read … Continue reading

  

Hot roasted vegetables

30Oct

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I adore roasted vegetables – I have said this before but I can’t get enough of them at the moment. These choices are low fodmap and packed with fibre, really filling and comforting. The spice mix I chose to use … Continue reading

  

Hot roasted vegetables

30Oct

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I adore roasted vegetables – I have said this before but I can’t get enough of them at the moment. These choices are low fodmap and packed with fibre, really filling and comforting. The spice mix I chose to use … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin and chocolate tea loaf

28Oct

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Ingredients 175g of roasted pumpkin 175 muscovado sugar 175g caster sugar 125g of low fat margarine 3 eggs 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 300g plain gluten free flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon of baking powder (use gluten free … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin and chocolate tea loaf

28Oct

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Ingredients 175g of roasted pumpkin 175 muscovado sugar 175g caster sugar 125g of low fat margarine 3 eggs 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 300g plain gluten free flour 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 tablespoon of baking powder (use gluten free … Continue reading

  

Thai green chicken curry – scarily low fodmap!

28Oct

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It’s now October – time for the nights to draw in and Halloween is just around the corner. Have you time to cook some dark dishes for All Hallows’ Eve? Would you like a story before we begin out tasty … Continue reading

  

Thai green chicken curry – scarily low fodmap!

28Oct

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It’s now October – time for the nights to draw in and Halloween is just around the corner. Have you time to cook some dark dishes for All Hallows’ Eve? Would you like a story before we begin out tasty … Continue reading

  

Early Osteoarthritis Diagnosis Blood Test

28Oct

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Warwick University are engaged in research that could see a blood test developed that can provide an early diagnosis of osteoarthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms. The blood test will work by allowing the detection … Continue reading

  

Psoriasis Awareness Week 2016 – What Does Psoriasis Mean to You?

27Oct

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Psoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to inform and raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This year the awareness week is running from Saturday 29th October – Saturday 5th November and talkhealth are working to support Psoriasis Association with … Continue reading

  

5 Healthy Activities That Are Actually Enjoyable

25Oct

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Do you ever feel like all the things that are fun for you have over the years been proven bad for your health or waistline? We hear you. But it might delight you know that things aren’t actually as bad … Continue reading

  

5 Things You Should Do If You Have a Problem with Alcohol

24Oct

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There is no clearly defined line that separates moderate drinking from problem drinking. If you feel ashamed of your drinking, hide your habit from others, or feel that you “need” to drink in order to feel better, you may have … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin chicken and pesto pasta

23Oct

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It is my favourite time of year and I do love roasted vegetables. Here is a dish that provides some comfort on cold nights and left overs can be warmed up the next day for lunch. Ingredients 75g of garlic … Continue reading

  

Pumpkin chicken and pesto pasta

23Oct

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It is my favourite time of year and I do love roasted vegetables. Here is a dish that provides some comfort on cold nights and left overs can be warmed up the next day for lunch. Ingredients 75g of garlic … Continue reading

  

Relief from IBS – your route to digestive comfort

20Oct

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Around one in five people in the UK experience IBS or troublesome digestive problems with symptoms such as reflux, heartburn, vomiting, nausea, flatulence, stomach ache, discomfort, and diarrhoea. Self-management of lifestyle and diet is key to managing the daily discomfort … Continue reading

  

SUDEP Awareness Day 2016 encourages people with epilepsy to take key steps to reduce their risk

20Oct

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SUDEP Awareness Day aims to improve awareness of SUDEP by highlighting key risks and steps that people with epilepsy can take to reduce their risk. Launched by UK Charity SUDEP Action on 23 October 2014, the awareness day shines a … Continue reading

  

‘I’M STILL STANDING – (ME ‘N ELTON!)

19Oct

… And Breathing! Reasons to be cheerful – thanks to Derby Royal Hospital I finally was given the correct diagnosis and, importantly, excellent treatment from the team of Consultants in the Respiratory Clinic, which means my breathing is the best … Continue reading

  

Superstar

17Oct

I’m still getting used to the double drop off and pick ups on the school run, with Ella and Lucy being at different places for this school year. Wednesday to Friday, Lucy is in pre-school which means I drop off … Continue reading

  

7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was First Diagnosed With Rosacea

14Oct

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It’s my birthday this month and I’ve recently taken the time to go over some of the things I’ve done in the last year. Call it a dry run for New Year. This year, I’ve applied myself to understanding, overcoming … Continue reading

  

Getting a Bikini Body the Healthy Way

13Oct

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Whenever the slumber of winter ends, the goal on the tip of everyone’s tongue seems to be “bikini body.” In many ways, the idea of being “beach body ready” has got a bit out of control, with diets claiming to … Continue reading

  

An interview with Dr Andrew Thompson: Support for dermatology patients

11Oct

Back in July, talkhealth published an article which highlighted the need for psychological support which dermatology patients are severely lacking. The article was inspired by the team of experts from the Severe Eczema and Psoriasis Team at St. John’s Institute … Continue reading

  

A World Without Downs

7Oct

I will write more about ‘A World Without Down’s/NIPT soon – I need some time to gather my thoughts first (and I’ve got a poorly Ella to look after at the moment!).  The following post is cobbled together from my … Continue reading

  

A spoonful, a spoon less

6Oct

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“Day in bed for me it seems…#spoonie.” You may have seen tweets or posts similar to this pop up on your social media news feed which include #spoonie. For many of you that do know what it means, it’s probable … Continue reading

  

What should you avoid whilst trying to conceive?

6Oct

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Mr David Chui is a specialist in fertility and has experience in helping couples to conceive for over 25 years. He is currently the Medical Director of the Sussex Downs Fertility Centre, BMI The Esperance Hospital. Here Mr Chui explains … Continue reading

  

No hidden agenda's

6Oct

Well that was quite something…I  hope those of you that tuned into watch “A World Without Down’s syndrome?” enjoyed it as much as I did. A quote that struck a real chord with me came when the Icelandic geneticist spoke of the manger … Continue reading

  

Tomato, pepper and spaghetti squash soup

5Oct

This is a lovely flavoured soup and has a very vibrant colour. A great winter soup to warm you up on cold days! Ingredients 800g of plum tomatoes 1 large spaghetti squash 400g tin of roasted red pepper 1 teaspoon … Continue reading

  

What to expect during a prostate exam

5Oct

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Mr Richard Brough  is a Consultant Urologist at BMI The Alexandra Hospital and has over 25 years’ experience in urology. Here, Richard explains what to expect during and after a prostate exam as well as the common symptoms of prostate cancer. … Continue reading

  

A World Without Down's Syndrome?

4Oct

Some of you may have noticed (many of you won’t care!) but it’s almost a year since I posted on here. Not something I’m proud of nor ashamed of but it has made it harder each time I approach the … Continue reading

  

What to expect in a bone density test

4Oct

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If you’ve been asked to have a bone density test, here’s everything you need to know. Bone density tests are commonly used to determine if someone has osteoporosis – a disease that weakens bones, causing them to become thinner and … Continue reading

  

Voting starts tomorrow for the Best FreeFrom Allergy Blog Awards!

30Sep

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Voting opens tomorrow, 1st October so please vote for your favourite Allergy Blog – Whatallergy.com Allergy Blog Of The Year – Sponsored by Asda Free From our headline sponsor Allergy Blog Of The Year Award category is for the allergy … Continue reading

  

Top Tips for Losing Your Baby Weight

29Sep

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You have just spent the last nine months getting ready for the life-changing birth of your new bundle of joy and we know, you are probably a little bit exhausted after the whole event. The birth of your baby will … Continue reading

  

Milk monitor

27Sep

I’m still struggling with getting back into the school routine.  Mornings particularly are a hectic and stressful time of day for me – as they probably are in most houses where school age children live. Ian leaves for work at … Continue reading

  

Lamb wrapped in kale

24Sep

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Kale is tough, stringy and overtly pretentious, but it looks really great in photographs – perhaps the reason most ‘wellness’ bloggers overstate it’s usefulness. The real deal with kale is however it is low fodmap and really great for making … Continue reading

  

NEW HUB: talkscars has officially launched

23Sep

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At talkhealth, we are are very excited to announce that our newest hub is now officially live. talkscars (and wound care), our newest health hub, will bring together articles, blogs and news on the latest developments and research in the … Continue reading

  

I’ve never tasted an Oreo…

22Sep

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What is all the fuss about with Oreos? At work, if anyone is traveling to America there is a whole bunch of my colleagues who are clamouring for particular Oreo’s to be brought back through customs for them. I mean, … Continue reading

  

Visit from the Tooth Fairy

22Sep

When Ella was a baby, one of many things we were told (that subsequently turned out not to be the case), was that as she had Down’s Syndrome she would teeth later than other babies and when they did start … Continue reading

  

Dangers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as legal highs

20Sep

This video tells the very tragic story of Laurence, the son of a lovely family I know who live on the same street as me. On the 1st anniversary of Laurence’s passing (19.09.15), please share this video with your family … Continue reading

  

8 Facts you should know about laser eye surgery

20Sep

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There are different types of laser eye surgery There are three main types of laser eye surgery, LASEK, LASIK and Smile. LASEK involves removing the epitheral layer to perform the surgery, which then grows back within a few hours. Recovery for … Continue reading

  

3 Things You Need to Know About Finding Home Care for Your Parents

19Sep

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As children, we want nothing but the best for our parents. Sometimes, that means letting them live at home instead of an assisted care facility. Your parents will have a better time spending their days with the family – including … Continue reading

  

Comment on Following the low FODMAP diet long term…What is a modified low FODMAP diet? by Research on the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet

18Sep

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

  

Low FODMAP Fruity Flapjacks

18Sep

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One aspect of the low FODMAP diet that requires a fair amount of preparation is snacking. This is because it is that much harder to buy things out and about which don’t contain wheat, problem fruit and vegetables, flavourings etc. … Continue reading

  

Refusal to treat obese patients and smokers: should this plan be put on hold?

13Sep

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In April of this year, the Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) voiced their plans to make people wait for up to a year for treatment for non-life-threatening conditions such as hip and knee replacements if their body mass … Continue reading

  

Maple Syrup

10Sep

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The Chemistry of maple syrup A great infographic from compound chemistry about maple syrup http://www.compoundchem.com Maple syrup is a sweet tree sap that is high in sucrose and low in other sugars, so it is suitable for the low fodmap … Continue reading

  

Celeriac Soup – low fodmap

7Sep

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I have half a celeriac left so as promised I have made a soup. This was very easy to do and is based on home made chicken stock and has a topping based on bacon, pecan and sunflower seeds. If … Continue reading

  

Tuna, courgette and celeriac slaw, Low Fodmap

5Sep

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This recipe can be used as a sandwich filler, topping for jacket potatoes or a salad dressing. Lunch time ideas are very important when following a diet for food intolerances. Being prepared will prevent you needing to buy food that … Continue reading

  

Potty Training a child with Down’s Syndrome – our journey

4Sep

Potty training is a rite of passage and a skill that most children conquer between the ages of 2 and 4 years of age.  And, just like every other life skill children have to master, some get the hang of … Continue reading

  

Moroccan spiced corn couscous – low fodmap

3Sep

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Gluten free couscous made from corn! It is available in the Free From Sections of most large supermarkets and can be purchased online. This dish complements the Moroccan Salmon dish perfectly. The spices have been developed by two dietitians who … Continue reading

  

Moroccan Salmon – Low Fodmap

3Sep

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At the last Allergy & Free From show I purchased a range of three spice mixes from Fodify Foods, a company started by two dietitians – this is the first of the recipes I have tried for the Moroccan spice … Continue reading

  

Back in business: treatment options for lower and chronic back pain

2Sep

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While back pain can be debilitating and distressing, there are a number of treatment options available. As the largest private hospital group in the UK, BMI Healthcare are used to providing a range of options and treatments for back pain, … Continue reading

  

How to get fast access to GP appointments

1Sep

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Private GP appointments at BMI Healthcare enable fast access to diagnosis, quality facilities and a calm, dignified patient experience. Despite the National Health Service (NHS) providing essential healthcare services free of charge at point of delivery, many people in the … Continue reading

  

Could An Allergy ‘Cause’ An Eating Disorder?

29Aug

People who grow up with food allergies typically have a different relationship to food than those who grow up allergy-free. While this by no means indicates that an eating disorder will naturally develop (far from it!), it is worth noting … Continue reading

  

What did my office think of the new Newburn Bakehouse thins?

29Aug

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The lovely people at the Newburn Bakehouse sent me a huge box of their new #glutenfree thins to try out. Look out for the new Seeded Sandwich Thins and Fruity Snack Thins with orange and sultana. Both varieties were really … Continue reading

  

Pecan and raspberry Rocky Road – Low Fodmap

29Aug

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Rocky road is so easy to make and a great looking snack, but not for regular consumption as it is very calorific! This version is not too sweet as dark chocolate is used and the recipe is low fodmap.  I … Continue reading

  

Coronation chicken – low fodmap

27Aug

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Coronation chicken is a favourite traditional dish in the UK and was first devised for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 by the Cordon Bleu chef Rosemary Hume and Constance Spry. Rosemary was described by Constance as the ‘brains’ of … Continue reading

  

8 Apps for Your Emotional Health

23Aug

The pace of our life speeds up constantly. The environment we live in today is safer, but ironically, much more stressful and hectic than the world of our ancestors. Our smartphones alone cause enough troubles and distractions to drive us … Continue reading

  

Where have all the O’s, B’s and A’s gone? You can help fill the gaps – #missingtype?

22Aug

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NHS Blood & Transplant need your blood. You may have seen their latest campaign entitled #missingtype. The campaign has been designed to attract blood donors new and old. The campaign is running across several social media channels including Twitter and … Continue reading

  

End of an era: Lucy leaves nursery

21Aug

This was our last time ever through the big blue doors…   Five years ago, I carried Ella through these doors in her car seat as a little baby, when life was still so full of worry and uncertainty.  The … Continue reading

  

Why a Career in Biostatistics Could be the Best Move for You

21Aug

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If you are thinking about pursuing a career in the diverse and expanding field of public health, you should consider becoming a biostatistician. In this dynamic position, you will be able to put your knowledge and skills to use in … Continue reading

  

No longer being updated – visit my new website!

20Aug

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Greetings! You’ve found me. Welcome to my first website where I’ve shared an immense amount of research on healing histamine. I haven’t shared any new posts here in quite some time because I’ve moved to a new website which has … Continue reading

  

Looks, toasts and tastes just like REAL crumpets!

19Aug

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This week we tried the new Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets and we were very impressed. Thank you for sending us a free sample Look, toast and taste just like ‘real’ crumpets! Newburn Bakehouse #GF crumpets So what’s in them? … Continue reading

  

How the growing elderly care sector is leading to increased responsibility for nurses

17Aug

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Along with a national nursing shortage, growing debts and the ongoing dispute about junior doctors’ contracts, the UK’s ageing population is often cited as a major threat to our National Health Service. Today, over 3 million people in the UK … Continue reading

  

Summer Baking Class with Ella

16Aug

We are almost half way through our summer holiday.  We’ve had some lovely family days out, seen family and friends. There have also been days where we’ve had nothing planned and just spent some much needed time at home and … Continue reading

  

The Moorland Wild Bilberry

14Aug

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In the month of August, the moors around Lancashire and Yorkshire provide an abundance of wimberry (more frequently called bilberry). These little berries are delicious but it takes some effort in gathering them, but it is certainly worth that effort. … Continue reading

  

Fight histamine inflammation: live longer and younger

13Aug

Inflammaging is the ageing effect of inflammation on the body and brain. We have modern medicine to thank for life span increases, but scientists believe part of the reason inflammation takes such a toll on us is because the immune system … Continue reading

  

What’s in My Rosacea Flare-Up First Aid Kit?

11Aug

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The best way to survive a rosacea flare-up is to stop it from happening in the first place. Easier said than done! I’ve been living the Rosy Life for 16 years. I eat foods to avoid rosacea triggers and boost … Continue reading

  

6 Ways Acupuncture Could Benefit Your Health

10Aug

Acupuncture had been practised for thousands and thousands of years over time, perfecting and refining the techniques used. Extensively studied, acupuncture has shown significant results for those with ongoing health issues or problems. Although some still remain sceptical, there are … Continue reading

  

Listen very carefully, I shall say this many times…

8Aug

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This week a waiter in Canada has been charged after an allergic diner was served fish instead of steak; the customer was seriously allergic to fish and has alerted the waiter about this but sadly he had an anaphylactic attack … Continue reading

  

No, not ‘poor Ruth’… NEVER say this!

5Aug

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This is a rant and I may be being unreasonable again but don’t pity me. Don’t look at me and think… poor thing. And NEVER EVER say, “Oh Poor Ruth!” when a table of food is mostly off limits apart … Continue reading

  

Soya allergy and guar gum – is there a connection?

5Aug

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If you are allergic to soya you should take a very hard look at anything containing guar gum. This is something I’ve never come across from any doctor or allergy specialist so I’ve never worried about it before. However, if … Continue reading

  

Rosacea – A Day in the Life of

5Aug

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Sarah Jagger, Celebrity makeup artist and rosacea sufferer, recently embarked on a venture which aimed to shed new light on the struggles those with rosacea will experience day to day. As a part of Galderma’s ‘Experience my Rosacea’ campaign, Sarah … Continue reading

  

It’s not in your head: gluten hurts non-celiacs too

31Jul

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The next time that annoying friend (or family member) snarkily comments on how your “gluten intolerance” isn’t a thing, go ahead and point them to a new study released by the Colombia University Medical Centre. Researchers there discovered that people with non-celiac … Continue reading

  

How a skin condition like psoriasis can affect your body image and what to do about it

27Jul

Your body image is how you perceive yourself when you look at your reflection in the mirror or when you think about the way you look.  How accurately your body image matches the way others actually see you is dependent … Continue reading

  

Learning and Growing

27Jul

That’s it! Reception year is finished… School is finally out for summer… Wow, that year went fast. The once pristine book bag is now looking well used, the hem on her dresses is much shorter and I’ve been praying for a … Continue reading

  

Experience My Rosacea – with Sarah Jagger & Dr Dawn Harper

26Jul

Watch the Experience My Rosacea campaign video, featuring many talkhealth faces including one of our skin experts, Dr. Anton Alexandroff. Want to know more about rosacea and get support? Visit our rosacea hub and our rosacea forums. Don’t forget to … Continue reading

  

talkhealth voted number 2 in top 10 health blogs

25Jul

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This month we were delighted to learn that talkhealth has been voted the number 2 health blog in Vuelio’s top 10 health blogs of the year 2016.                       Vuelio, Europe’s … Continue reading

  

Voted in the Top 10 Health blogs AGAIN!

22Jul

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We’ve done it again! This is a really quick thank you to everyone who reads, shares, comments and enjoys this blog. What Allergy voted in the Top 10 Health Blogs 2016 So how do they decide the Top 10 Health … Continue reading

  

Comment on End of Week 1 on Low FODMAP diet by RMdietetics

21Jul

End of week 1 on low FODMAP diet

Well now that we are at the end of the first week of following the low FODMAP diet I can see why some people find it very difficult to follow strictly. If you’re the sort of person who eats everything … Continue reading

  

A focus on cataracts

20Jul

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A cataract is common, easily diagnosed, and highly treatable. And its success rate makes cataract treatment the UK’s most common surgical procedure. A cataract is a common clouding of the lens that can affect vision in older people, although there … Continue reading

  

Best Apps for Healthy Sleep for You and Your Children

20Jul

Sleep deprivation is a worldwide problem of our time. Although the recommended amount of sleep is 8 hours daily for adults and about 10 hours for school-aged children, an average grown-up barely sleeps 6 hours a day. As for teenagers, … Continue reading

  

Innovative ovarian cancer test detects the disease before symptoms are present

20Jul

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Find out more about the brand new ROCA test, which is helping to detect ovarian cancer at an earlier stage before any symptoms are present. Ovarian cancer is common in the UK, affecting around 7,000 women each year. It can … Continue reading

  

Rosacea and Antibiotic Resistance

18Jul

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One of the biggest dangers we will face in the future is that we will become resistant to the antibiotics that are currently in existence, and we are unfortunately not making quick enough progress when it comes to developing new … Continue reading

  

Coeliac disease and other concerns

18Jul

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Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. In people with coeliac disease, one of the proteins in gluten causes an inflammatory reaction in the small intestine, leading to the symptoms like pain … Continue reading

  

Comment on End of Week 1 on Low FODMAP diet by Jane

18Jul

End of week 1 on low FODMAP diet

Well now that we are at the end of the first week of following the low FODMAP diet I can see why some people find it very difficult to follow strictly. If you’re the sort of person who eats everything … Continue reading

  

Can you cook a cucumber? British cucumber week

16Jul

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The humble cucumber – stalwart of the afternoon tea finger sandwich has it’s own week, dedicated its summer fresh light green crispness. I find the cucumber a great salad vegetable and obviously it has been used in sandwiches for afternoon … Continue reading

  

Parasites trigger mast cell histamine release

16Jul

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Mast cells are a key player in the immune system response. They release histamine and other inflammatory agents into the bloodstream to fight viruses and bacteria, parasites, and promote wound healing. Pretty much any invader can cause this mast cell activation, … Continue reading

  

A Butterfly In The Wind…

15Jul

I can’t believe that Ella only has two more weeks left in her reception year at school. This time last year I was so full of anticipation, hope and worry at the thought of sending her to school…     … Continue reading

  

How to travel on a low FODMAP diet in Vietnam

15Jul

How to travel on a low FODMAP diet in Vietnam

We spent a little over 3 weeks in Vietnam, travelling north to south from Hanoi all the way to Ho Chi Minh City. We absolutely loved Vietnam, being so diverse with so much to do, really low prices, friendly people … Continue reading

  

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