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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...

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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

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 adequate sleep lost more fat than lean.

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Shame on the bullies

Thirty to forty percent of children with serious food allergy have had it ‘thrown in their face’ by classmates, teachers and other school staff. As if the condition itself wasn’t a big enough burden to bear, where meticulous care has to be taken to avoid contact with...

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Will I ever grow out of my allergy?

Food allergies are diagnosed in about 8% of toddlers tested. The incidence in adults is much less than this (at most, 4%). This means that by the time a toddler reaches adult life they have a good chance of growing out of their allergy. Even children with significant...

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