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Non-allergic triggers to Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disorder of the airways that causes a variety of reactions including tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, wheezing or a cough. Asthma is characterised by hyperactive airways that are very sensitive to all manners of change, including the...

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What’s Causing Your Cravings?

Are you constantly craving a late night chocolate bar? Or counting down the hours till you can have that pint of ice cream to finish off your day? Most of us experience different levels of cravings at different times in our lives. But did you know there may be more...

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Types of Allergy

Some individuals develop allergic symptoms without the involvement of IgE. But what exactly is IgE? Let’s take a look. IgE is a highly reactive antibody that protects us from invasion by parasites. While it’s incredibly helpful in protecting our bodies...

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Allergy or Intolerance?

Struggling to understand whether you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food? There are several mechanisms we can look at to help you understand what may be happening. But please take note, to fully understand your reaction, it is advised to have a...

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Weight Loss for Health Gain

Struggling to lose those extra pounds? Ready to do something about it? There are many possible explanations for weight gain. For a small percentage of people, medical causes can be identified, such as underactive thyroid or other hormone disorders, but what about the...

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Chronic Fatigue: What is it and how to deal with it

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can happen to anyone. It’s not ‘just another form of depression’ but instead a debilitating illness that permeates into every area of your life. It is a fatigue which cannot be explained by physical or psychiatric means. With over 80% of...

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Principles of a Healthy Diet

You’ve heard it said before that a healthy diet is all about balance. Some live by the 80/20 principle, others follow paleo or ketogenic diet plans, but ultimately, too much or too little of anything can lead to nutritional problems. There is no one-size-fits-all...

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CFS/ME controversy rages on

Fiona Godlee, editor of the BMJ, provides an interesting commentary on the controversy that besets the scientific research and clinical management of CFS/ME (BMJ 2011;342:d3956). Sadly, some people have reacted to her comments with anger, and in so doing unwittingly...

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Sleep is important for weight management

New study reveals the impact sleep can have on weight management. Nedeltcheva AV et al. have just reported in Ann Intern Med (2010 Oct 5; 153:435) that getting adequate sleep is a vital part of any weight loss programme: calorie-restricted participants who got...

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