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High blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of those things that you couldn’t know about until reliable ways to measure it came along. Even then, it was a while before enough readings had been taken and collated for statistical analysis to begin. When I started in practice, the recommended blood pressure was 120/80, which was the average for people in their twenties. It was recognised that it tends to rise with age, but doctors would still recommend m...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 19 Jan 2018

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High blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of those things that you couldn’t know about until reliable ways to measure it came along. Even then, it was a while before enough readings had been taken and collated for statistical analysis to begin. When I started in practice, the recommended blood pressure was 120/80, which was the average for people in their twenties. It was recognised that it tends to rise with age, but doctors would still recommend m...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 19 Jan 2018

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Herbs and Antibiotics

Patients sometimes ring me up to say, ‘I had to take antibiotics for my bronchitis/cystitis/infection of some sort, so I stopped taking the herbs for a while.’ There’s a misunderstanding here. Some antibiotics should not be combined with alcohol, but if you are taking herbs in tincture form, you can evaporate most of the alcohol by adding hot water to the tincture and letting it stand for a few minutes. The herbs themselve...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 12 Jan 2018

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Mood food

We’ve known for a long time that processed foods high in fat and sugar make it harder for children to concentrate at school. When children with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity or simply behavioural problems are put on a vegetable-rich diet, they calm down. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the same rules apply when it comes to depression and anxiety. At the simplest level, it’s to do with b...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 22 Dec 2017

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Coughs and colds

It’s the season for coughs, colds and chest infections. If you know you’re likely to succumb, there’s plenty you can do to make them as mild as possible, or even avoid them altogether. Herbs to take as a precaution include well-known ones like Echinacea and Garlic (not the deodorised capsules; lose the smell and you lose some of the magic), and lesser-known ones like Thyme and Elderflowers or Elderberries. As a general rul...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 15 Dec 2017

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