Herbal teas were possibly the first medicines ever invented and are still popular to this day because they are effective and easy to use. Hot water poured onto dried tea leaves releases plant chemicals called polyphenols and proanthocyanidins. These potent antioxidants are thought to offer us protection from aging and disease, and this has recently […]
The politics and practice of healthy eating on a budget (updated for food costs as at December 2014) We are heading for a perfect storm. The triple whammy of rising living costs, shrinking incomes and public spending cuts herald a new era of what is now labelled a “nutritional recession” by The Guardian in their […]
In one of the richest countries in the world, food poverty and hunger are a reality… The Department of Health defines food poverty as “the inability to afford, or to have access to, food to make up a healthy diet”.(1) I first became aware of the extent of food poverty last year when I met a […]
When Truus and David Sawyers, both former art and design teachers, lived in Dover in the mid 1960s, they took to walking from chalk cliff pathways to the beach with their two young children. On the way to the beach they picked cabbage-like plants with yellow flowers that grew along the cliffs. Truus later soaked […]
Almost a decade ago, I visited a relative in hospital and wrote a newspaper column about the ubiquitous hospital tuck shop (The Argus, 10/2/2004). Yesterday, I went to have another look at the same shop following the furore about the dire state of hospital meals. I wanted to see whether there had been any improvements […]
Alice’s CokeSpeaker of the Week award goes out to Gavin Partington, Director General of the BSDA – The British Soft Drinks Association – for his latest PR effort.
There is intense debate in the US concerning proposals to legally limit the cup size of soft drink portions sold in New York, down from 48oz to a mere 16oz – the “soda ban”. The issue is now heading for the appeal court, and Mayor Bloomberg explains the proposals well in this short video: A […]
Government health advisors get busy with the fizzy This is a story about why nothing is being done to stem the tide of added sugar and fructose in our food and drinks, even though organisations such as the UN are calling for public regulation and market intervention of the sweet stuff . This is about the […]
The popular press has recently been awash with the hazards of fizzy drinks, fruit juices and the sugars they contain such as sucrose, fructose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).1,2 The list of conditions which result from excess sugar consumption is depressingly long, and gets longer with each new study and each passing year. Nutritional Therapists have […]
Hobson’s Choice I used to turn the radio on early each morning to pick up on the latest news and current affairs. I don’t anymore – yesterday was the last straw. Yet another apparatchik, of some ministry or other (I think it was about Health, but could equally have been Transport, or Education) explaining with […]
Which? magazine has just published a headline scoop “Are Nutritional Therapists Gambling With Your Health?”. Martina examines the science behind the claims.
I absolutely loved this article in CAM magazine on “blinkered” scientists and was laughing out loud as I read it. It was written by my good friend and colleague Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride in her own direct conversational style and deserves all the attention it can get. We live in an age of evidence based medicine. […]
The artichoke With a tender heart Dressed up like a warrior, Standing at attention, it built A small helmet Under its scales It remained Unshakeable, By its side The crazy vegetables Uncurled Their tendrills and leaf-crowns, Throbbing bulbs, In the sub-soil The carrot With its red mustaches Was sleeping, The grapevine Hung out to dry […]