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LATEST ARTICLES
How vegetarians bad-mouth themselves! (16/Feb/18) - A study into the prevalence of oral species of Candida yeasts discovered that vegetarian diets encourage the growth of some pretty ugly critters with health consequences far beyond thrush. Continue reading
Crippling negligence claims show NHS not ‘the envy of the world’ (12/Feb/18) - With spiralling negligence costs threatening to bankrupt the NHS, isn't it time we started challenging the very basis of the NHS? We include a thoughtful essay by blogger Jack Tagholm-Child. Continue reading
Should folic acid be added to UK flour? The arguments for and against (10/Feb/18) - Recent media stories call for fortification of UK flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects, but is mandated mass medication of the whole population a price worth paying? Continue reading
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IN THE NEWS
Crippling negligence claims show NHS not ‘the envy of the world’ - With spiralling negligence costs threatening to bankrupt the NHS, isn't it time we started challenging the very basis of the NHS? We include a thoughtful essay by blogger Jack Tagholm-Child. Continue reading
Should folic acid be added to UK flour? The arguments for and against - Recent media stories call for fortification of UK flour with folic acid to prevent birth defects, but is mandated mass medication of the whole population a price worth paying? Continue reading
Fake News #1 – Low carb diets linked to risk of birth defects - We take the papers to task for this highly misleading story which does not even apply to women in the UK. Continue reading
NUTRITION & HEALTH
How vegetarians bad-mouth themselves! (16/Feb/18) - A study into the prevalence of oral species of Candida yeasts discovered that vegetarian diets encourage the growth of some pretty ugly critters with health consequences far beyond thrush. Continue reading
Dietary guidelines are a disaster: here’s ten principles to fix them (20/Jan/18) - Nutritional research is increasingly challenging Government Guidelines on what constitutes a healthy diet. We present 10 important evidence based principles that get to the heart of the problem. Continue reading
Brussels sprouts – Not just for Christmas (9/Dec/17) - This lowly seasonal vegetable punches well above its weight nutritionally. Everything you ever wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask... Continue reading
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EVOLUTION & DIET
How can bitter foods be good for us when they taste so bad? – Resolving the paradox - Keir Watson presents his carefully argued hypothesis based on evolutionary considerations of hunter-gatherer feast-famine cycles, that explains why bitter foods stimulate cellular functions essential for health. Continue reading
Paleo veggies (video and infographic) - Spoiler Alert! The Paleo diet included veggies. Recent evidence confirms the obvious: our hunter gatherer ancestors both hunted AND gathered. Continue reading
Neanderthal Herbal Medicine - Recent evidence has uncovered the use of herbal medicines amongst our closest evolutionary cousin. We look at the therepeutic properties of these herbs. Continue reading
UNDERSTANDING GLUTEN
THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD PRODUCTION
Study: dairy, not plant based diets is the best way to feed the planet - New Zealand farm analysis finds that mixed dairy/cropping systems feed the greatest number of people. Protein considerations prove pivotal. Continue reading
Why home-grown food is up to ten times better than arable crops - Study shows that UK allotments and gardens are more productive and fertile than farmland. Continue reading
Safari in deepest Sussex – now you can experience the Knepp re-wilding project for yourself! - From glamping in a sepherd's hut to night safaris led by bat experts - Knepp estate now offers many ways to experience the UK's top re-wilding success story. Continue reading
Featured videos: the environmental argument for pasture raised meat
HERBAL MEDICINE
Mulled wine – packing a healthy punch - This traditional winter warmer contains many polyphenol-rich ingredients with health promoting credentials. We look into the research around this festive herbal brew. Continue reading
The bitter truth is sweeter than we thought - Cocktail bitters started out as Victorian patent medicines, yet their health credentials are being confirmed as researchers discover that bitter taste receptors affect cells throughout the body. Continue reading
Neanderthal Herbal Medicine - Recent evidence has uncovered the use of herbal medicines amongst our closest evolutionary cousin. We look at the therepeutic properties of these herbs. Continue reading
LATEST RECIPES
Opal apples (review) – a GMO beating UK grown variety ★★★★★ - A mini review of a fascinating UK grown winter apple variety which is delicious, versatile and naturally resistant to browning - with an interesting back story too! Continue reading
Gluten-free Yorkshire puddings - Can you believe your eyes? Gorgeous golden Yorkies without a grain in sight! These little babies were made with eggs and arrowroot. Here's how... Continue reading
Home-grown ratatouille - Whether you grow your own ingredients or not (we did), this is a must-try summer dish: a vibrant, garlicky stew of mediterranean vegetables dripping with extra virgin olive oil. Continue reading
Giant Puff Ball with Garlic and Rosemary - Giant Puff Balls have been spotted in the wild. We caught one and cooked it in true hunter gatherer style. Here's how... Continue reading
Oxtail Caserole, country style - A simple but classic dish making use of some of those 'odd bits' that make nose to tail eating so easy. Continue reading
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PHOTOTHERAPY: LIGHT AND HEALTH
Red light phototherapy (3/3): Hair regrowth, Pain reduction, Wound healing and Practical applications - In part 3 we look at NASAs original work on red light and pain reduction, recent discoveries about wound healing, and finish with a range of simple things you can do to benefit from red-light at home. Continue reading
Red light phototherapy (2/3): Brain, Muscles and Eyes - Red light stimulates mitochondrial function. We look at the accumulating evidence that phototherapy can improve brain function in Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and Parkinson's. Plus red light enhances muscle endurance and a has major role in eye health. Continue reading
Red light phototherapy (1/3): The Skin - Research is uncovering a huge range of beneficial effects of red light. In part 1 I look at the remarkable protective effects of red light on the skin. Continue reading
WEST SUSSEX HISTORY OF MEDICINE SOCIETY LECTURES
Afifah Is the official blogger for WSHoMSoc which meets in the Autumn at St Richard’s Hospital Chichester
Armistice Day lectures WSHOMS Nov 2017 - I was unable to attend the first two events in this the 2017 season of West Sussex History of Medicine Society, so forgive me for the absence of write ups. However, I am pleased to say that I made it … Continue reading
WSHOMS Nov 5th 2016 - 1) How Graylingwell Hospital near Chichester West Sussex served war wounded during WW1 2) Why Malta was known as the 'Hospital Island' Continue reading
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RECOMMENDED POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVE
The chemical warfare on your plate - The fascinating story of how natural insecticides in plants can be good for us, but how wheat has evolved the ability to turn an insect's immune system against itself... oh, and us. Continue reading
Vitamin A from animal sources – more good news - Studies show vitamin A may prevent obesity, diabetes, and protect the heart - but Beta-carotene may counteract vitamin A health benefits. Continue reading
Why were ancient teeth healthier than ours? - Unpicking the complexities of how human oral health changed with the advent of agriculture. Continue reading
Is Low-Carb really Normo-Carb? - Looking at the effects of high and low-carb diets on glucose, insulin and free fatty acids suggests low carb diets are normal. Continue reading
New study vindicates Weston A Price - Scientists identify Price's 'Displacing Foods of Commerce' as ideal for inducing full-blown metabolic syndrome in rats. Continue reading
Calorie Counting vs Meal Timing - Why a high protein breakfast might work better than calorie counting. Continue reading
Keto Pancakes - One of our most popular recipes. Makes low-carb breakfasts a doddle. Continue reading

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How vegetarians bad-mouth themselves!

Vegetarians have more oral candida species – and they’re the highly pathogenic kind

Candida albicans is the yeast that causes thrush when it gets out of control and can even become life threatening in immunocompromised patients. Despite this, Candida albicans is a commensal, meaning it is part of the natural flora found in and on humans – so many people have it, for example, in their oral cavities where for the most part it doesn’t cause any trouble. In recent years, however, new pathogenic species of Candida have been on the rise. These species are particularly resistant to anti-fungal treatment and cause more life threatening conditions so are an increasing cause for concern. Continue reading

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