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Health Hack #6: Paleo Christmas Hacks (9/Dec/17) - Don't let Christmas compromise your dietary standards (too much) with these paleo tips for traditional festive fare. 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
Fasano – short video on Zonulin, gut permeability and chronic disease (9/Dec/17) - A brief video from the world expert on gut barrier function is totally relevant to the way I work with my patients, across a wide range of chronic diseases. Continue reading
An insider’s view of naff NHS treatment. (5/Dec/17) - A nurse's letter in the BMJ reveals the incompetence of our 'wonderful' NHS as they fail to address her own health issues again... and again. Continue reading
November 2017 News Round-Up (2/Dec/17) - Juicy Diet News (Garlic, Mushrooms, Cheese, Broccoli, Oily fish...) & Chewy Medical News (Aluminium and autism, Screen-time and mental health, Baldness and heart disease, Big Sugar cancer cover up...) Continue reading
Armistice Day lectures WSHOMS Nov 2017 (26/Nov/17) - 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
Carbohydrates, not animal fats, linked to heart disease across 42 European countries (19/Nov/17) - A study of 42 European countries found lower cardiovascular disease and mortality among countries that consumed more fats and animal protein. Higher cardiovascular mortality was linked to carbohydrate consumption. Another nail in the coffin for the diet-heart hypothesis?
Leg o’ lamb with home grown veg (12/Nov/17) - I just brought in some lovely fresh veg from our garden this afternoon – the broccoli and celeriac were really top notch! Plus we have enough carrots to see us through to April.  It might be late in the year, … Continue reading
“Always get a copy of your blood test results” (11/Nov/17) - Even if they tell you "everything was normal" insist on having a copy. Here's why your health may depend on it... Continue reading
Health Hack #5: Kicking the potato habit (8/Nov/17) - Trying to cut down your carbs, but can't live without chips and mash? Here are three hacks that make life after potatoes worth living again. Continue reading
October 2017 News Round-Up (1/Nov/17) - With the clocks going back the media focused on the health effects of disrupted sleep. Plus the month's best nutrition news: bone broth; low carb; vegan; gluten-free; vitamin; organic... Continue reading
Cholesterol and CVD – How reliable are the risk calculators? (22/Oct/17) - The SCORE (Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation) model for predicting CVD deaths can over-estimate risk by 500%. Continue reading
Cholesterol and CVD – putting the risks into perspective (14/Oct/17) - “Heart disease risk”, “raised cholesterol”, “Statins” – these six words are guaranteed to strike fear into almost anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be cursed by their local witch doctor wielding these hexed mantras. For years the public psyche has … Continue reading
Health Hack #4: Seafood and eat it (11/Oct/17) - Many people neglect seafood, yet research shows health benefits from eating it at least twice per week. Here are some facts to help you choose wisely. Continue reading
My obituary for a saint (9/Oct/17) - Obituary for an extraordinary colleague and friend: Priscilla Noble Mathews Continue reading
Depressed Vegetarians for Corbyn is a thing? (2/Oct/17) - “Vegetarian diets make you depressed” the article said. Tell me about it! Just being around vegetarians makes me depressed, I thought. The article in question was in Medical Express (Sep 11th). It was reporting on a study of 10,000 people from … Continue reading
September 2017 News Round-Up (30/Sep/17) - A neat balancing act of wit and wisdom from this month's news outlets: alcohol and diet; good fats bad fats; low carb and zero carb; and Mayo Clinic scientists can't see what's in front of their face (s). Continue reading
Where to buy pasture fed Beef and Lamb in the UK (28/Sep/17) - A quick link to useful map of grass-fed meat suppliers in the UK. Continue reading
Pasture for Life Farmer explains why he does not feed his cows grains (16/Sep/17) - Here is an excerpt from a BBC World Service programme The Food Chain, in which farmer Tom Morrison explains his approach to grass fed beef production. Continue reading
Health Hack #3: Muesli that’s worth eating (13/Sep/17) - When it comes to giving up grains or going low-carb some habits die hard. Here's how you can have your muesli and eat it. Continue reading
A critique/rant of Elsie Widdowson on Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’ (7/Sep/17) - I rarely listen to the BBC any more, as they have revealed such poor judgement, bias and willingness to engage in indoctrination, mostly by sleight of hand, that I want nothing to do with them. However... Continue reading
Goat’s cream is back! (2/Sep/17) - Goat's cream is back in the supermarkets. If you can't eat cows products, this is a great product. Continue reading
August 2017 News Round-Up (2/Sep/17) - Low fat diet 'could kill you'; NHS no longer uses post-it notes to arrange life-saving heart transplants - Yes, it's silly season, but we find some gems among the dross. Continue reading
Thinking of going vegan or avoiding red meat? Read this first… (19/Aug/17) - This article was originally going to be part of the July 2017 News Round-Up, but there were so many news items about veganism that month that I decided to give it it’s own post and include more commentary. Vegan diets … Continue reading
Health Hack #2: Starters to improve digestion (9/Aug/17) - Starting a meal with bitter and sour foods will stimulate digestive juices, improve appetite and reduce over-eating. Here are some delicious ideas to try. Continue reading
Home-grown ratatouille (5/Aug/17) - 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
JULY 2017 MEGA News Round-Up (1/Aug/17) - Let food be thy medicine; Grow your own microbiome; Cod: back on the menu, then off again; Bog butter - it's a thing; Bring back the bear, wolf and lynx. or not; Plus a bit o' bitter news. Continue reading
How can bitter foods be good for us when they taste so bad? – Resolving the paradox (28/Jul/17) - 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
The bitter truth is sweeter than we thought (23/Jul/17) - 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
Health Hack #1: An alternative to fizzy drinks (19/Jul/17) - Love a social drink but want to avoid soft drinks and alcohol? Here's a tip for a fantastic drink you can order in most pubs, mix at home or take to a BBQ. Brilliant for kids too. Continue reading
June 2017 News Round-Up (2/Jul/17) - Mistrust of medical research; Diet and Bowel cancer; Infant growth; Sleep health; Sunscreen problems; Coffee and the liver; Fungi in the home Continue reading
Even in the land of barbies and beer vegetarians DON’T live longer (25/Jun/17) - A second big study finds no all-cause mortality benefit of vegetarian diets, among the general population. Continue reading
Gary Taubes on American Heart Association confirmation bias (21/Jun/17) - Gary Taubs provides some insight into the apparent intransigence of public health authorities when it comes to diet and heart disease. Continue reading
Giant Puff Ball with Garlic and Rosemary (21/Jun/17) - 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
Low fat (but not full fat) dairy associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s disease (10/Jun/17) - A new study gets me considering the role of diet and uric acid in Parkinson's disease. Yet again full fat dairy comes out on top. Continue reading
May News Round-Up (1/Jun/17) - Cancer & sugar; Bone broth for skin; Tree nuts, not peanuts; Cinnamon for fat reduction; Pasta sales down; Cheese is good; More protein for elderly; Cauliflower recipes Continue reading
Amazing results challenge guidelines in new study (22/May/17) - American Heart Association: "Replace saturated fat with PUFA and MUFA"; Recent study: "No. This advice needs revising" Continue reading
Know your fats (infographic) (20/May/17) - A helpful little graphic reference for the different fatty acid groups: MUFAs, PUFAs and Sat Fats. Continue reading
Gluten-free diet MAY be unhealthy and MAY increase risk of heart attack (or not) (12/May/17) - Fake news; alternative facts; plus a dose of healthy skepticism. We take a look behind the recent gluten headlines. Continue reading
Paleo veggies (video and infographic) (7/May/17) - Spoiler Alert! The Paleo diet included veggies. Recent evidence confirms the obvious: our hunter gatherer ancestors both hunted AND gathered. Continue reading
What a shop! (3/May/17) - This lovingly restored victorian shop located in Hasting Old Town surprised and delighted us. Come poke around inside with us... Continue reading
Vaxxed – the film, coming to a venue near me! (1/May/17) - Last year a film was made about some of the troublesome issues around vaccination that most people are not aware of, and the film is now going to be shown in Bosham, near Chichester, at the end of this week. … Continue reading
April News Round-up (1/May/17) - Great British Beef Week; Ketogenic diet in diabetes; Low fat foods cause weight gain; Sat fat spat; The perfect cuppa; Health benefits of cheese Continue reading
Gluten Update April 2017 (28/Apr/17) - Gluten disrupts microbiome; Relatives of coeliacs often gluten sensitive; NCGS persists after 8 years on gluten-free diet + more Continue reading
Oxtail Caserole, country style (25/Apr/17) - A simple but classic dish making use of some of those 'odd bits' that make nose to tail eating so easy. Continue reading
Neanderthal Herbal Medicine (10/Apr/17) - 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
Jordan Peterson on Diet and Health (8/Apr/17) - Jordan Peterson (born 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include self-deception, mythology, religion, narrative, neuroscience, personality, deception, creativity, intelligence, and motivation. He is a highly cited and … Continue reading
March News Round-Up (1/Apr/17) - Happy Easter! Ten reasons chocolate is good for you. Getting your 10-a-day. Fish oils and vitamin D for kid's brain health. Continue reading
Salt and cardio-vascular disease: Policy and Science clash (19/Mar/17) - Salt recommendations - way out of step with the science Continue reading
Aloe vera plants – why every home should have one (14/Mar/17) - Aloe vera is the number one treatment for first and second degree burns. Easy to grow - a must have plant for every home. Continue reading
Salt vs sodium measurements (12/Mar/17) - Confusing sodium and salt measurements - it happens to the best of us. Continue reading
Cardiologist attacks diet dogma at 2017 Symposium (3/Mar/17) - MUST WATCH - Cardiologist Dr Salim Yusuf presents findings from the PURE study which challenge fat, carb, meat, salt and 5-a-day dogma Continue reading
February News Round-Up (1/Mar/17) - Arsenic, asthma, bison, sleep, coeliac, mercury, chocolate, PPIs, BPA, mammoths - We join the dots - PLUS: Mummy Mouse and Baby Mouse special Continue reading
Kids eat sugar. But no one knows how much. Apparently. (28/Feb/17) - A lack of standardisation in the units of measurement of sugar are putting our kids' health at risk. Or is it just me? Continue reading
Whole grains? Not a health food say these researchers (19/Feb/17) - In the conclusion to their study examining the links between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and food consumption across 42 European countries, Pavel Grasgruber et al. make this bang-on-the-money statement about the propaganda surrounding so-called “heart healthy whole grains”: A very important case is that of cereals because whole grain … Continue reading
Fish n Chips a l’Afifah (16/Feb/17) - It’s Friday tomorrow. Are you thinking fish and chips? This is my version. None of those reheated, oxidised seed oils and wheat batter here! Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon fillet (Waitrose) Organic peas with samphire (Waitrose) Broccoli with grilled sheep’s cheese (Parlick Fell, Sainsbury) Chips … Continue reading
Why aren’t hospitals doing their detective work? (13/Feb/17) - I was talking to a doctor today about a seriously ill patient who I am keeping close tabs on, but whose medical condition is still unclear. His comments about the hospital were very telling. Here is the gist of the … Continue reading
Acrylamide – is it really a risk? (11/Feb/17) - Acrylamide is a potentially cancer causing compound produced when starches are browned during cooking. As reported in our Jan 2017 News Round Up concern about dietary acrylamide has led the Food Standards Agency to recommend the public ‘go for gold’ – avoiding medium and … Continue reading
The idea behind our short posts (10/Feb/17) - When I started this blog a few year’s back I had intended to write fairly informally about my clinical experience and share interesting medical and nutrition studies I was reading. In the event together with my husband Keir, we ended up writing more … Continue reading
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 2) – the Great Imitator (7/Feb/17) - In part 2 of our gluten update we look at 20+ conditions that were linked to gluten in 2016. Essential reading for understanding this multifaceted toxin. Continue reading
2017 January News Round-Up (4/Feb/17) - Had enough of experts? Judge their latest pontifications for yourself: chopping boards, statins, roast potatoes, high fat diets and metabolic syndrome, eggs and brain health. Continue reading
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 1) (22/Jan/17) - A summary of key developments in our understanding of grain related disorders. Continue reading
December News Round-Up (1/Jan/17) - HAPPY NEW YEAR! This month's nutrition news is shoe-horned into a Christmas theme, and it's just about bursting at the seams with festive good news! Continue reading
My Grain-Free Christmas Dinner (27/Dec/16) - Our traditional Christmas dinner worked exceptionally well this year, and included roast turkey with all the trimmings. Continue reading
Grain-Free Christmas Pudding (18/Dec/16) - It's the traditional pud gone paleo. Soaked fruit, almonds and honey make this rich Christmas bomb go with a bang. Continue reading
The three wise herbalists brought… Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (13/Dec/16) - Let's take a look at three herbs brought from the East, valued for their broad therapeutic use. Continue reading
Heart disease trials: Low-fat diet fails. Nuts and olive oil succeed. (10/Dec/16) - Two of the largest intervention trials ever undertaken demonstrate that nuts and olive oil beat low fat diets when it comes to heart disease prevention. Continue reading
Featured news site: NewsMedical.Net (7/Dec/16) - A useful site packed with thousands of health articles, news and medical science. Here are 7 interesting stories I found. Continue reading
November News Round-Up (3/Dec/16) - Parkinson's may start in the gut. Your calf muscle may stop you losing weight (!) Plus coffee, aspartame, vitamin D, high-fat running and the importance of cooking. Continue reading
Keto Bounty Bars (28/Nov/16) - Coconut filled chocolate sweet-meats that are suitable for ketogenic diets. Continue reading
WSHOMS Nov 5th 2016 (19/Nov/16) - 1) How Graylingwell Hospital near Chichester West Sussex served war wounded during WW1 2) Why Malta was known as the 'Hospital Island' Continue reading
WSHOMS Dec 5th 2015 (19/Nov/16) - (1) The incredible history of plastic and cosmetic surgery that was initially mastered in ancient India (2) Toulouse Lautrec and his Muse, Jane Avril Continue reading
Orange & almond cake (5/Nov/16) - This delicious sponge is light, moist and very tasty, made with whole whizzed boiled oranges. Citrus pizzazz! Continue reading
October News Round-Up (31/Oct/16) - Lots of interesting items that are in the news this month inc 8 on vitamin D! Continue reading
5 everyday ancestral foods with proven health benefits (25/Oct/16) - Our ancestors developed complex methods for turning inedible seeds, leaves and fruit into nutritional powerhouses. Five of them made it into modern life. Continue reading
Hold fire on the Sea Bass recipe! (Retraction and Apology) (15/Oct/16) - Breaking news: Scientists say Wild Sea Bass stocks are dangerously low. DO NOT EAT SEA BASS - use one of these sustainable alternatives Continue reading
Stuffed (Farmed) Sea Bass (13/Oct/16) - A delicious baked dish using wholesome ingredients that bring out the best in this fish. Continue reading
Red light phototherapy (3/3): Hair regrowth, Pain reduction, Wound healing and Practical applications (9/Oct/16) - 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
September News Round-Up (1/Oct/16) - Full fat cheese good for heart health, Pharmaceuticals in our water supply, Body clock and cancer, Meat and fish in pregnancy protect infant from eczema. Continue reading
The Waterside Ape on BBC Radio 4 (30/Sep/16) - Listen Again: an excellent introduction into controversial theory that humans evolved in riverside / shoreline environments. Continue reading
Male fertility ~ a fishy business (14/Sep/16) - The 20th century saw a huge decline in male fertility, and a huge increase in omega 6 oil consumption. Are the two connected? We fish out the latest research on seafood for semen. Continue reading
Red light phototherapy (2/3): Brain, Muscles and Eyes (10/Sep/16) - 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
August News Round-Up (2/Sep/16) - We serve up a plate of top nutrition news, and finish with a knickerbocker-glory of articles from our guest publication: New Scientist magazine. Continue reading
Red light phototherapy (1/3): The Skin (25/Aug/16) - 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
July News Round-Up (3/Aug/16) - Sleep and health: inflammation and ‘intestinal jet-lag’ The Mail (6th July) explains why ‘Too little and too much sleep is as damaging to your health’. Dr Irwin concluded: ‘Together with diet and physical activity, sleep health represents a third component … Continue reading
Spiced-up nuts, four ways to make your own super-snacks (11/Jul/16) - Four ideas to jazz up your nuts: Cashews with lemon and black pepper, Tamari 5-spiced mixed nuts, Curried macadamias & Balsamic pecans Continue reading
Natty ceramic egg holders -review (5/Jul/16) - These stylish egg trays are a great way to keep eggs right on your counter top, displaying them in all their eggy glory! Continue reading
June news roundup (2/Jul/16) - Toxins in food linked to autism; emulsifiers & artificial sweeteners in obesity; Coffee good for liver; Butter off the hook; Dr Mosley sees the light; Gluten psychosis; Dangers of vitamin pills Continue reading
The Microbiome on BBC Radio 4 (2/Jul/16) - Listen again to these two excellent radio broadcasts from BBC Food Programme on the micobiome. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Continue reading
Why the EU is bad for herbs, supplements and vegetable seeds (18/Jun/16) - Four EU directives that target natural products reveal the influence of big business in limiting competition and consumer choice. Continue reading
May News Round-Up (1/Jun/16) - Nutrition controversies: high blood pressure linked to potatoes, salt exonerated, low-carb diets for diabetes challenged. Medical errors: a leading cause of death Continue reading
Study: dairy, not plant based diets is the best way to feed the planet (14/May/16) - New Zealand farm analysis finds that mixed dairy/cropping systems feed the greatest number of people. Protein considerations prove pivotal. Continue reading
April News Round-Up (2/May/16) - Latest research on Vitamin D, fructose and paleo diet. Bone broth, pastured livestock and mis-shapen veggies. Fermented foods: good for gut diversity. Continue reading
Vegetable oils losing their halo (14/Apr/16) - Just published: A US research group has recovered raw data from a large scale study from the 1970's and finds no evidence for benefits from switching butter for vegetable oils. Continue reading
“The sugar conspiracy” – recommended read (7/Apr/16) - A rollicking read about how for decades nutritional science ignored the dangers of sugar whilst needlessly demonising saturated fat. Continue reading
March News Round-Up (2/Apr/16) - Health benefits of rosemary, blueberries, coffee and organic eggs. Vegetarian populations at increased cancer risk from vegetable oils. Calls to extend sugar tax. Fish recipes. Continue reading
Curly kale crisps (27/Mar/16) - Kale. Yes. I know. It's got a little halo, but it's... well, dull. DON'T DESPAIR! This recipe actually makes it worth eating. Continue reading
Behind a healthy eating quiz – Australia’s nutritional mafia (6/Mar/16) - Why was a healthy lifestyle quiz in the Independent quietly linked to an Australian government funded researcher? We dig into the murky world of nutrition politics. Continue reading
February News Round-Up (28/Feb/16) - Government announces eggs are safe (phew!) even emu eggs (?) Plus the ketogenic diet in cancer, seafood in APOE4 Alzheimer's and vitamin D in prostate cancer. Continue reading
Processed food, obesity and flagella (15/Feb/16) - Food additives and obesity, flagellated bacteria and TLR5... Where will the amazing human microbiome take us next? Continue reading


 

 

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