NHS Choices Website
This site is a good starting point to check for various health topics, and well worth a visit.
Another useful site is NHS Live Well site
Patient Info - Health information you can trust
The Patient Info site has a wealth of information and is well worth a visit.
Top 100 foods for Health
Too many snacks and convenience foods can leave you jaded and lacking in energy. Adjusting your diet - even slightly - will soon restore your get up and go. Check out this list of the top 100 healthy foods and find out what you're missing!
Read the article Top 100 foods for Health to improve your well being!
We've made a few changes to finding the foods you are interested in, so why not visit the section and take a run through?
It's still in the experimental phase so if you find anything untoward or a limitation or just a suggestion, then please feed it back in the usual manner - click on Contact Us!
Top 10 Fruits for Health
You've seen the Top 100 Foods for Health, so now see what the experts say are the Top 10 Fruits for Health.
The article appeared in a recent copy of Woman's Weekly, 27th June 2006, and has been compiled by Nutrition expert Judith Wills who has picked her top ten fruits for the extra-special health benefits they provide.
Just read through the entire article, which is relatively short, or click the down arrow and select a fruit (or veg) from the drop down menu.
The hidden danger of Phenylalanine - as found in Aspartame
The 1976 Groliers encyclopedia states cancer cannot live without phenylalanine. Phenylalanine makes up 50% of aspartame. Aspartame is found in artificial sweeteners used in soft drinks and confectionery amongst other things.
Phenylalanine is a hidden danger to anyone consuming aspartame. Most consumers don't know that too much Phenylalanine is a neurotoxin and excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death.
There's some useful information available on the web, written by a Doctor and I would encourage you to read it at some time.
What is Cryptogenic Fibrosing Alveolitis - CFA ?
CFA (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) results from injury to the lining of the lung, causing inflammation, further injury and scarring. Scars serve a good purpose on the skin where they heal injured areas. In the lung, scar tissue stops the lung performing its normal function of taking oxygen from the air into the blood and removing carbon dioxide from the blood.
Read the full article - reproduced from the British Lung Foundation.
Sharp increase in diabetes cases
The number of people with diabetes in the UK has jumped to 1.8m, latest figures show.
Diabetes UK says this is an increase of 400,000 in just eight years, and represents 3% of the total population.
The charity predicts numbers will continue to rise as the population ages and becomes more overweight.
Did you know that there are around 9 million sufferers in the UK alone? Frightening statistic when you look at these numbers taken as a percentage of the total UK population - around 17% - that's one in six!.
Basically some research the Rosie embarked upon pointed her to the beneficial effects of organic seed oils rich in Omega 3, 6 & 9.
Contact details for a number of arthritis research groups can be found by a simple web search.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Some Facts to be aware of:
- Breast cancer now affects one woman in 9 during her lifetime in the United Kingdom
- Breast cancer is the commonest cancer in minority ethnic groups in the UK
- Breast cancer claims more years of life from women under 65 than coronary heart disease
- Every week 730 new breast cancers are diagnosed and 250 women die from breast cancer
- Each year 38,000 women are newly diagnosed and 13,100 women die from breast cancer
- Survival rates are improving, on average 74 per cent of women are still alive five years later
- 80% of breast cancers occur in post-menopausal women
- 1% of those diagnosed with breast cancer are men
Why not visit the Cancer Research site, amongst others, where you'll find further information on the above and what to do etc. You know it makes sense. Alternatively do a web search on the subject.
Food safety advice and information from the Food Standards Agency
More and more people are ordering food from home, whether it's a specialist/luxury product, or day-to-day groceries by phone or web.
The Food Standards Agency offers some good advice so worth a visit to their site.
Teflon, beloved of cooks, at centre of fears about cancer
It's on saucepans, clothing, even buildings, but now Teflon - the famed non-stick chemical - is at the centre of a slippery controversy about cancer and birth defects.
Since its invention in the 1930s, amateur and professional cooks alike will acknowledge their debt of gratitude to Teflon. Over the years, the non-stick coating on pots and pans has helped turn out countless perfect fried eggs and cheese soufflés.
But for how much longer? Environmentalists have called for the withdrawal of a chemical which is a key ingredient in the manufacture of Teflon because of growing health fears.
See BBC web site for a more in depth report.
Additional Health Items
Dentists have developed an alternative sedation procedure to potentially risky general anaesthetic.
Here's a couple of interesting BBC Health links .....
Going on holiday? Find out about diseases and vaccinations
Dangerous household chemicals
A supermarket chain has banned a range of potentially dangerous chemicals from its own household cleaning brands and other everyday products.
The Co-op has banned chemicals which have been linked to cancer, fertility problems and environmental damage even though they are still legally usable.
Head of Co-op Brand David Croft said there was "credible evidence" against the chemicals which could be replaced.
The Co-op is urging the rest of the industry to follow its lead.
Many cleaning chemicals around the house can be replaced by a safer alternative and that's plain old white vinegar, ans a web search will show you how and wheer to use it! We use it to clean the shower cubicle including walls, floor, ceiling and glass. Nicer smell than a number of the chemical solutions that are promoted for the cleaning!
Do you suffer Nut Allergies?
Whilst watching BBC2's Working Lunch on Tuesday 13th July, an article appeared that I felt might interest some of you and it was about guaranteed nut free food products.
A company called It's Nut Free Ltd., based in Ripon, Yorkshire, manufacture cakes, biscuits and desserts, with a view to developing savoury dishes too.
Their full contact details are on their web site but please say where you heard about it!