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  1. Why is Vitamin D so important?

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton News out today stresses the importance of Vitamin D in preventing as many as 3.2 million colds and flu in the UK each year. So health expert and NHS weight loss consultant, Dr Sally Norton, is offering a load down on this valuable vitamin Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often. What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods –...
  2. How do you cope with Incontinence in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For the 10 million women living in the UK today experiencing incontinence, coping with this in the workplace can be a very real issue. I recently attended a round table discussion  held by Depend, during which they released brand new research and we heard from a panel on how to continue living the life you love after experiencing incontinence. It was interesting to see how panel members Lorraine, a Pilates instructor, Jo, a Teaching Assistant and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha talked about how incontinence impacted their working lives. Jo shared the fact that, although she was initially reluctant, she eventually confided in a colleague about her incontinence. Faced with a school trip where she was responsible for a group of children, she knew she could not simply...
  3. Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Dementia is NOT a normal part of the ageing process. It currently affects three in ten people over 70 years of age, with approximately 70% caused by Alzheimer’s Disease . Circulatory disease (ie. stroke) accounts for the majority of other cases. The causes of Alzheimer’s Disease are poorly understood and there is currently no cure. The naturopathic view of health, which emphasises prevention, is that all disease starts with disruption to the body’s balance, and that the two pillars governing health are toxicity and deficiency.? It is for that reason that naturopaths advocate eating a wide-ranging, healthy, balanced diet consisting ideally of organic whole foods, and reducing toxins in our everyday lives as far as we can. Increasing B Vitamins High blood levels of...
  4. Are you missing out on life due to incontinence?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘You only get old when you stop being busy’. This was a quote I was deliberating over coffee with attendees of a roundtable discussion put together by Depend, to talk through their research on how women deal with incontinence. I hadn’t realised just how apt this conversation was until I heard the views and stories of the women taking part in the panel discussion. Incontinence impacts your activities and self confidence What if you are one of the 10 million women in the UK living with incontinence? We discovered it can impact your life and confidence, prevent you from doing the things you love, limit your activities and make you feel old before your time. The panel openly discussed and shared their personal experiences of incontinence and how it...
  5. Ways to deal with vaginal dryness during menopause

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    Many women will have suffered from vaginal dryness by the time they experience menopause. Menopause is one of the main causes of uncomfortable symptoms such as burning, itching and pain during sexual intercourse. Although it is also possible for younger women to suffer from vaginal dryness, the reduction of oestrogen levels brought on by menopause is generally the cause for these unpleasant symptoms. Reduced oestrogen levels lead to a lack of adequate moisture in a woman’s genital area. There is a decrease in the amount of milky white fluid released by a woman’s body to protect the genital area. This means that the mucosa is more susceptible to bacteria and viruses as well as a higher rate of infection. The sexual organs also undergo a change. This can include vaginal atrophy, meaning...
  6. Breast Cancer – What Does it Feel Like?

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    Article by Dr Kathleen Thompson   As a doctor I found having breast cancer a difficult challenge. But at least I knew ‘the system’. It made me realise how hard it must be for people without the benefit of a medical background. So I wrote an award-winning book. My aim was to provide all the key information for people embarking on this bewildering journey, in an easily absorbable format. So I mingled my story with factual information. The chapters are short but pertinent, with a summary and further information box. Amongst many other things, I talked about what it feels like to have cancer. Here’s an excerpt, I hope you find it helpful: The ensuing weeks and months after my diagnosis were an emotional roller-coaster. Looking back, I was mainly in denial....
  7. 8 Lifestyle Changes to help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). According to official 2016 statistics, 1 in 8 women in the UK develops breast cancer. So what natural dietary and lifestyle measures can we take to reduce our risk? Fast.  Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Maintaining a sensible weight is protective against many forms of cancer. Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet is a good way to lose excess weight and keep it off. Nightly fasting of 13 hours without food also appears to reduce the chance of breast cancer reoccurrence. Eat cruciferous vegetables. Compounds found in members of the cruciferous vegetable family; (broccoli, cabbage, Brussel’s sprouts, kale and turnips), contain anti-cancer properties, currently under investigation for breast cancer therapy. Keep cooking times to a...
  8. Herbal help for a sharp memory

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    By Jill R. Davies for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Maintaining a healthy brain and a good sharp memory is something we would all wish for. The herb Ginkgo has received much public attention in recent years in connection with its ability to promote better mental clarity and recall, particularly in age-related memory loss. Ginkgo can be helpful on a number of counts. One of the herb’s main attributes is the ability to increase the flow of blood through ageing blood vessels, particularly in the brain.  This enhances memory, mental agility, alertness and other brain functions and eases some types of depression.  It aids the work of neurotransmitters in the brain, which in turn helps memory agility and enhancement. It also helps speed up the rate of information transmission, thus improving...
  9. Is Adult Incontinence the last taboo in women’s health? A new documentary

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With 1 in 3 women affected by adult incontinence, how can more open discussion be encouraged? In an industry first, Always Discreet for Sensitive Bladder releases a short documentary to help break the silence around the condition    “If another woman can be open about it, I can be open about it too, there’s no shame in it”, Sandra Small, age 53.   Inspired by the stories of real women across the country, UK film director Flora Berkeley has partnered with Always Discreet to create a ground-breaking documentary that aims to give a voice to the 1 in 3 women suffering from a condition that many feel reluctant to talk about; adult incontinence (AI).   Silenced by shame, nearly half (45%) of sufferers...
  10. 1 in 7 women attending mammograms never check their breasts for signs of cancer

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    1 in 7 women attending routine mammograms never check their breasts for signs of cancer Women aged 50-70 relying on NHS screening to spot breast cancer One in seven women aged 50 to 70 who attend routine breast screening1 are not checking their breasts for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, according to new YouGov figures released today by Breast Cancer Care. Routine breast screening only takes place every three years, so it’s important that women check their breasts between mammograms as symptoms can occur at any time. The survey of 1,012 women aged 50 and over showed that, despite the majority of those aged 50 to 70 attending breast screening when they are invited (84%), one in seven (14%) never check their breasts outside these appointments. The...
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