Cooking for chemo

It’s important for people on chemotherapy to eat well, so as to stay strong through both the illness and the treatment. And yet, because chemotherapy strips away all fast-growing cells, your mouth may be sore and your digestion upset; you may feel sick, and food loses its savour when your taste buds are blunted. So what can you do to stimulate your appetite? Some doctors prefer their patients not to take medicinal her...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 7 Sep 2018

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Boosting brainpower

Herbs that boost brainpower have been attracting a lot of research funding in recent years. It’s not just because we want superpowers like unlimited stamina, mental acuity and brilliant concentration (though that would be very nice, thank you). It’s also to do with the rise in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and finding ways to improve recovery from strokes and brain damage. When the right...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 20 Jul 2018

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Herbal Remedies - the risks

With my other hat on, I am a writer of fiction. When I meet other writers, they don’t ask me, like everyone else, what they can take for their insomnia or anxiety or arthritis. They ask, ‘What would you use to poison someone?’ ‘What would you give to cause an abortion?’ And of course, I wouldn’t; I use herbs to promote wellbeing, and I’ve sworn an oath to that effect. But for most of human history, ...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 6 Jul 2018

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St John's Wort

St. John’s Wort blooms at midsummer, and its clear yellow flowers capture the essence of sunlight. It’s been well-established for decades now as a reliable remedy for ‘mild to moderate depression’, but its healing action on the nervous system goes much further than that. For anything from easing the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia to slowing down the progress of degenerative conditions like multiple sclerosis, St.Joh...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 22 Jun 2018

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Sunshine - good or bad?

Vitamin D has been getting more attention in recent years, as our understanding of its importance deepens. We’ve always known that severe deficiency disrupts the formation of bones and teeth, leading to rickets in young children and contributing to osteoporosis in the elderly. But not quite getting enough is more difficult to pin down. It can lead to joint pain, muscle fatigue, tiredness and depression, and some nutritionists advise r...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 8 Jun 2018

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