The Vitamin D Industry

The Vitamin D Industry

Vitamin D supplementation has exploded in recent years.. But is it really that effective? Recent research is showing not necessarily. The most recent findings on muscoskeletal health showed Vitamin D has no effect on total fracture, hip fracture or falls. Also no...

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Saunas – Healthier than we thought?

Saunas – Healthier than we thought?

An interesting study done in Finland has shown that Sauna use 4-7 times a week reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimers by 66% and 65% respectively. The study was done over 20 years as part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease (KIHD) study. This was a huge study...

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Squid & Cuttlefish Ink – a new class of medicines

Squid & Cuttlefish Ink – a new class of medicines

After consuming a bowl of hand made squid ink pasta last night with a friend, I pondered about the medicinal properties of this substance. I've always believed that virtually every substance on earth has medicinal value so i thought to myself, surely there must be...

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Gut Microbiota – we are entering a new era

Gut Microbiota – we are entering a new era

As of the science is literally turning its head around and starting to look away from probiotics, a massive lucrative industry that thrives on impressive marketing and claims of more is more through the use of wording such as "50 billion active" etc.. Its been shown...

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Iron & your health

Iron & your health

Friends I found a really good study last night! Here is a massive Report by the UK government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on Iron and Health. Its about 374 pages so ill need to check it out later . Some things of note thus far : -21% of women...

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The grass is always greener on the other side

The grass is always greener on the other side

The grass is always greener on the other side.. As a medical herbalist i see this concept applied way too often in our society, particularly when it comes to ones own health.. The west is completely obsessed with Ayurveda (Indian herbal medicine), Chinese medicine,...

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Electronic Cigarettes – Safety Update

Electronic Cigarettes – Safety Update

A new study has been released which shows that E-cigarettes are not as safe as we think. its not a long read but it basically shows how vaped e-cig juice is significantly more toxic than none vaped juice. unwanted effects include: -higher production of ROS - Reactive...

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The Coconut Industry – a reality check

The Coconut Industry – a reality check

When I sit and contemplate modern food trends, the one food that always came to mind is.. Coconuts. With the explosion in demand for coconut oil, sugar, milk and water, I thought to myself.. where on earth are we getting all these coconuts? Coconut trees, on fertile...

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Clarified butter VS Ghrita (Ghee)

Clarified butter VS Ghrita (Ghee)

The ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years, and has been gaining a lot more popularity in the west. One of the main elements that drew me to Ayurveda is the focus on using dietary protocols and food combinations to address...

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Bitters – Your Best Friends

Bitters – Your Best Friends

The first few thoughts that pop into most peoples heads upon the mention of bitters are: Angostura and cocktails! However, there is much more to to the wonderful world of bitters! Lets take a quick look. In the world of Herbal medicine, there are many actions that a...

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Ayurveda & The Six Tastes

Ayurveda & The Six Tastes

For my first Ayurvedic related post, I would like to briefly introduce the system and its concepts. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that originated in India and is at least 5000 years old. The word Ayurveda means “The Science of Life” in Sanskrit, and its...

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Why See A Herbalist

Why See A Herbalist

In my experience I have found that the term “herbalist” is often misunderstood. Some of the most common misconceptions I’ve come across include: Gardening specialists Culinary seasoning experts Botanists Wild food foragers Although a skilled herbalist should be quite...

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Oyster Mushrooms – The Cholesterol Fighter

Oyster Mushrooms – The Cholesterol Fighter

When considering the use of medicinal mushrooms, one doesn’t have to venture into the deep woods! Consider the elegant Oyster Mushroom commonly found in grocery stores, and fine food suppliers. “Pleurotus Ostreatus” is its latin name. This delightful and tasty...

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Fermented Foods – Not Just A Probiotic Powerhouse

Fermented Foods – Not Just A Probiotic Powerhouse

Fermented foods are once more gaining popularity, which is a great thing considering the myriad of digestive disorders that plague our modern day societies. These foods are supportive of a healthy digestive ecosystem & Immunity. Did you know that an estimated 80 % of...

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Kitchari – The Perfect Meal

Kitchari – The Perfect Meal

Kitchari is one of my favorite meals to consume, and tends to find its way on to my menu at least twice a week. It is an Indian preparation used in Ayurveda as a healing and nourishing food that is balancing to all doshas (body types / constitutions ). It is a...

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Antibacterial Soap – A Well Marketed Fallacy

Antibacterial Soap – A Well Marketed Fallacy

“Somehow, through marketing or misinformation we’ve been led to believe that if we get rid of bacteria we’ll improve our lives and our health”, “In fact the opposite is true” says Dr Martin Blaser, director of the human microbiome program at New York University and...

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