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A colourful way to get 5-a-day

07 November 2019 at 11:03

A colourful way to get 5-a-day

Following a recommendation by the World Health Organisation that individuals consume 'a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day (excluding potatoes and other starchy tubers)', the current UK advice is to try to consume ‘at least 5 A Day’ meaning 5 portions of combined fruit and vegetables daily.


The decision to divide the 400g recommendation into a more consumer-friendly message of five 80g portions was part of a pragmatic approach taken by the UK government to encourage the consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

Are we meeting the target?
The latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (years 5 and 6 combined) reports that only 27% of adults aged 19-64 years are meeting the 5 A Day recommendation. The researchers found that eating fruit and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, looking especially at deaths as a result of cardiovascular disease and cancer, so it’s well worth thinking about your current intake. The higher a person’s intake of fruit and vegetables, the greater the protective effects seemed to be. People who ate seven or more portions a day had a 33% reduced risk of death compared with people who ate less than one portion. This figure can only increase if we eat more! Nutritional Therapists recommend aiming for nine portions daily, including several good helpings of dark leafy greens.

Balance of fruit and veg
Recommendations vary from one country to the next and there is no robust evidence to suggest the consumption of a specific ratio of fruits to vegetables has more benefit than simply consuming at least 5 portions of a variety of fruits and vegetables. That said, the sugar (fructose) content of fruits can be high, so it would be wise not to focus too heavily on fruits across the week as a whole.

Eat the rainbow
Nature provides a full spectrum of colours within the fruit and vegetables we can grow. This rainbow of colours gives us the opportunity of eating foods rich in nutrients that are linked to the various colours, each having their own health benefits:

  • Green Foods – anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, cell protection, skin health, hormone balance, heart health, liver health, rich in minerals.
  • Red & Pink Foods – anti-inflammatory, DNA health, immune health, prostate health, vascular health.
  • White Foods – anti-microbial, gastrointestinal health, heart health, hormone balance, liver health. Generally sources of complex carbohydrate.
  • Yellow & Orange Foods – anti-inflammatory, immune health, reproductive health, skin health, eye health, heart health, vascular health. Source of beta carotene (carotenoids).
  • Blue & Purple Foods – anti-inflammatory, cognitive health, heart health, vascular health. Source of proanthocyanidins.


Final thought
Increasing our intake of fruit and vegetables can only be a good thing, and even increasing by one portion a day will have some benefit. If you don’t want them all at mealtimes experiment with healthy smoothies and buy organic where possible. Aim for a colourful mixture every day to ensure you’re getting a good all-round intake of nutrients, and don’t forget those dark leafy greens!

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Fasting - costs nothing

07 November 2019 at 10:50

Fasting - costs nothing Fasting is in some ways one of the easiest diet rules to follow – there are no complicated recipes, you consume only water. It can be difficult to start with but once ... [ read more ]

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Sugar free for life

07 November 2019 at 10:46

Sugar free for life People often ask if it really is beneficial to cut refined sugar out of their diets. One reply is to ask them to compile a list of the health benefits of refined sugar (beet, ... [ read more ]

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The whole grain of truth?

07 November 2019 at 10:34

The whole grain of truth? The world of nutrition is full of controversies and conflicting information – the latest is that whole grains may actually be causing as many health problems than ... [ read more ]

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Diet drinks cause early death

24 September 2019 at 11:20

Diet drinks cause early death New study reveals diet drinks and sugary soft drinks linked to early death. Think diet soda is a healthy alternative? Think again…   A new ... [ read more ]

Posted in Health | Nutrition | Research | Clinical Trials

Top tips on how to help tackle climate change

31 May 2019 at 15:46

Healthy Planet, Healthy People A new study commissioned by The School of Health reveals that three quarters of us think climate change is the biggest threat to humanity. The School of Health ... [ read more ]

Tags: Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Climate Emergency, Climate Change, Sustainable Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Sustainable Living, Protect the planet, Natural Healthcare, OnePoll, Low-Carbon, Anti-microbial Resistance, Low-cost medicine

Posted in Homeopathy | Health | Nutrition | Environment

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring

29 April 2019 at 14:59

Seasonal Smoothies for Spring There’s nothing better that using fresh, seasonal produce - recently harvested and with minimal time spent in transit or storage means fruit and vegetables are ... [ read more ]

Tags: Smoothies | Nutrition

Posted in Health | Nutrition | Inspiration

Can a vegan diet help the Environment?

27 March 2019 at 15:31

Can a vegan diet help the Environment? The environmental impact of meat and dairy consumption has been well-publicised recently, with cattle accounting for considerable amounts of greenhouse gas ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Environment | Nutrition

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Should you go vegan for health?

27 March 2019 at 14:45

Should you go vegan for health? Veganuary 2019 was the biggest ever, with hundreds of thousands of people officially pledging to eat vegan during January. The number one reason given for ... [ read more ]

Tags: Vegan | Nutrition

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Food for the winter blues

19 December 2018 at 14:01

Food for the winter blues With the cold weather and the short days upon us, many people in the UK struggle with the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at this time of year. But ... [ read more ]

Tags: Nutrition | Seasonal Affective Disorder

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7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting

02 November 2018 at 12:39

7 Reasons To Stop Calorie Counting Should we stop calorie counting? Yes, yes and yes!! Counting calories is time consuming, can be wildly inaccurate, and is increasingly controversial in the world ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calorie | Nutrition

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5 Foods to Boost Joint Health

02 November 2018 at 12:26

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Tags: Protect Joints | Nutrition | Boost Joint Health

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Coconut oil - healthy or hype?

08 October 2018 at 15:32

Coconut oil – healthy or hype? Coconut oil has become hugely popular in the last few years, with a whole host of claimed health benefits and some people adding large quantities into their ... [ read more ]

Tags: Coconut Oil | Nutrition | Saturated Fats

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Gluten intolerance - The problem with modern wheat

26 July 2018 at 12:23

The rise of gluten intolerance The problem with modern wheat... Gluten-free diets were rare in the 80s and 90s but nowadays most of us know at least one person who avoids wheat or gluten.  ... [ read more ]

Tags: Gluen Free | Nutrition | Gluten Intolerance

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Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes?

17 July 2018 at 17:35

Is your diet making you attractive to mosquitoes? Why is it that some people seem to avoid being bitten by the mozzies, while others are covered in bites as soon as they step off the plane? ... [ read more ]

Tags: Mosquitoes | Nutrition

Posted in Alternative Medicine | Health | Nutrition | Evidence

Reduce hayfever misery through diet

10 May 2018 at 09:41

Reduce hayfever misery through diet Hayfever is a widespread issue, being estimated to affect around 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. Symptoms often arrive without warning and can cause ... [ read more ]

Tags: Hayfever | Nutrition

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Sugar, Sweetie. The Sugar Tax - Is it a sweet thing?

18 April 2018 at 13:24

Sugar, Sweetie The Sugar Tax – is it a sweet thing? The new sugar tax finally arrived in April 2018 – but is it going to benefit health in the way that the Government hope? ... [ read more ]

Tags: Sugar | Sweetners

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Spring Clean your Diet - Now is a great time

04 April 2018 at 11:18

Spring Clean your Diet With winter behind us and Easter treats safely out of the way, now is a great time for a quick spring clean of your diet. If a full detox sounds too challenging, there are ... [ read more ]

Tags: Diet | Nutrition

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The great soy debate - one of the most widely misunderstood foods

28 March 2018 at 15:18

The great soy debate Soy is possibly one of the most widely misunderstood foods around. In the late 80s and early 90s, soy products grew in popularity as a low-fat, high protein alternative to ... [ read more ]

Tags: Soy | High Protein

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Probiotics unravelled - a regular part of life for many people

28 March 2018 at 14:35

Probiotics unravelled Probiotics are becoming a regular part of life for many people, but with so many different options available it can be tricky to know where to start. Here we unravel some of ... [ read more ]

Tags: Probiotics | Health

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Christmas calorie countdown

15 December 2017 at 12:36

Christmas calorie countdown   Research by food historian Dr Annie Gray revealed that the average person in wartime Britain consumed 3,500 calories (kcal) on Christmas day - half of ... [ read more ]

Tags: Calories | Diet | Nutritiion

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Eat away Eczema

02 November 2017 at 10:11

Eat away Eczema Dietary approaches to Eczema Say goodbye to Itchy and scratchy… Eczema refers to a group of inflammatory skin conditions causing red, dry, flaky, itchy or blistery skin. ... [ read more ]

Tags: Eczema | Skin Conditions

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Eat right to sleep tight

09 October 2017 at 16:02

Eat right to sleep tight Many people have experienced difficulty sleeping after eating a heavy meal or drinking coffee late in the evening, but there are a number of other ways that diet can ... [ read more ]

Tags: Sleep | Nutrition | Melatonin

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Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts

21 September 2017 at 16:09

Why whole food may be greater than the sum of its parts Naturopaths have long believed in the health benefits of eating whole, unprocessed foods and a panel of experts has now recognised the ... [ read more ]

Tags: Whole Food

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To salt or not to salt? Can salt be beneficial to blood pressure?

31 August 2017 at 16:26

To salt or not to salt? Can salt be beneficial to blood pressure? Earlier this year a large, long term study found that a low sodium diet wasn’t beneficial to blood pressure. This goes ... [ read more ]

Tags: Salt | Blood Pressure | Minerals

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What is Homeopathy?

23 August 2017 at 09:12

What is homeopathy Did you know homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years? It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second ... [ read more ]

Tags: Homeopathy | Natural Health

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Eating the Mediterranean way

02 August 2017 at 16:22

Eating the Mediterranean way The Mediterranean diet comes up time and time again in reports as one of the healthiest diets one can follow, with studies finding it beneficial to a whole host of ... [ read more ]

Tags: Mediterranean Diet

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Flexitarianism: is it for you?

24 July 2017 at 15:50

Flexitarianism: is it for you? Flexitarianism (or ‘flexible vegetarianism’) is becoming increasingly popular as a move towards better health without the commitment of going fully ... [ read more ]

Tags: Flexitarianism | Vegetarianism | Diet

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The Prince will see you now

19 July 2017 at 16:24

The Prince will see you now: Charles opens 'holistic' clinic at the stately home he saved for the nation Prince Charles is creating a state-of-the-art clinic that will offer free ... [ read more ]

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The Natural Health Taster Seminar

20 April 2017 at 09:25

The Natural Health Taster Seminar Come and join us for the most amazing 5 days of learning. During this event you will learn about natural healthcare from a truly holistic perspective looking ... [ read more ]

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Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism

27 January 2017 at 12:29

Stretching Further Increasing Confidence Gaining Professionalism As complementary and alternative medicines and yoga continue to enjoy a boom in popularity so does the need to raise standards and ... [ read more ]

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Reversing the clock on biological ageing

05 January 2017 at 10:52

A Cytoplan Practitioner Education Day Saturday 25th February 2017 | 10am – 5pm Riverside Building, County Hall, London, SE1 7PB Is reversing the clock of biological ageing possible? ... [ read more ]

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More NHS homeopathy, not less

21 November 2016 at 14:56

More NHS homeopathy, not less The debate about whether homeopathy should be available on the NHS invariably sees the opposing sides citing numerous research papers in support of their argument. ... [ read more ]

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Ibuprofen link to heart failure

05 October 2016 at 16:06

Over-the-counter painkillers raise risk by almost 20% MILLIONS of Britons taking powerful painkillers could be at risk of heart failure, a major study claims. Research suggests that common ... [ read more ]

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Arlene Phillips Attends NTAs in a living dress

21 January 2016 at 16:26

Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips walked the red carpet last night at the National Television Awards wearing a “living” dress decorated with real flowers that are all used for ... [ read more ]

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Eczema: Homeopathic Help for Sore and Itchy Skin

30 July 2015 at 10:28

Eczema is a widespread and unpleasant condition caused by the skin’s overreaction to common substances such as soap, food and dust. The skin reddens, itches, and becomes dry, scaly or bubbly. ... [ read more ]

Tags: Eczema | Skin

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Latest findings in homeopathy research to be presented in Rome

28 May 2015 at 09:46

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#homeopathyhour on Twitter

04 February 2015 at 15:32

Join in with #Homeopathyhour on Twitter   Hoping you can join us to a (or lots of) session(s) - it's always an enjoyable evening with learning, networking and homeopathy related chat. ... [ read more ]

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New Course - Homeopathy First Aid for Pets

05 December 2014 at 13:13

Learn the basics of homeopathic first aid prescribing for pets, animals and farm from the comfort of your own home. Take care of  your pets and animals health when they most need it. Course ... [ read more ]

Tags: Homeopathy | First Aid | Pets

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Dr Elizabeth Thompson Research and homeopathy research challenges

27 November 2014 at 13:03

NHS Consultant discusses her varied research experience, including testing homeopathy for treatment of hot flushes caused by tamoxifen in breast cancer patients, and her latest work investigating ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathy for Sports Injuries

11 October 2014 at 11:06

Did you know that there is a fast, effective and safe way to relieve the pain of sports and exercise-related injuries?   Fans include Tour de France cyclists, David Beckham, Martina ... [ read more ]

Tags: Sport Injuries | Homeopathy

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Treating plants with homeopathy

27 August 2014 at 10:12

Treating plants with homeopathy Julian Jonas was confronted by a problem – his tomatoes had blight. Three days after spraying with a homeopathic remedy, the problem was gone. He says, ... [ read more ]

Tags: Plants | Homeopathy

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Homeopathic healing: The stars who swear by alternative medicine

28 July 2014 at 15:58

Many celebrities and top athletes have a homeopath on speed dial and here some of them share their stories While many don’t believe it even works, more than 10 million ­people in the UK ... [ read more ]

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A Winning Combination - German Football team and Homeopathy

14 July 2014 at 11:01

A Winning Combination – German Football team and Homeopathy A study shows that, not only do most doctors who work for football teams in the top two German football leagues (Bundesliga 1 and ... [ read more ]

Tags: Football | Homeopathy

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Call to update Homeopathy at Wikipedia

09 July 2014 at 13:11

As you may be aware that the Wikipedia information page on Homeopathy does not represent the true definition of the homeopathic system of medicine (Click here for Wiki page)  Rather than ... [ read more ]

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Farm Homeopathy, What the Farmers Say

02 July 2014 at 10:00

Farm Homeopathy – What the Farmers Say   Here’s a fascinating newsletter from Farm Homeopathy. It’s opening paragraph says: “Because there is nothing in it and ... [ read more ]

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Validity of homeopathy in the treatment of animal and human diseases

19 May 2014 at 11:16

Video describing the validity of homeopathy in the treatment of animal and human diseases. Documentary by the south German BR television.   Watch the video: ... [ read more ]

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Does the weight of evidence signal the end of Homeopathy ?

22 April 2014 at 10:28

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently completed a review of the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness and, after analysing systematic reviews of clinical trials, ... [ read more ]

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The Truth about the Advertising Standards Authority

26 March 2014 at 13:00

Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill, PHD has called for a Government investigation into the behaviour of the ASA and their stance on the marketing of alternative ... [ read more ]

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Five Homeopathic Remedies for the Treatment of Heartburn

19 March 2014 at 09:00

One of the main remedies for most digestive complaints is Nux Vomica. The individual may complain of stomach pains of all types including burning, bloating, aching, constipation, nausea, belching ... [ read more ]

Tags: Heartburn | Acid | Reflux

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In One Year: Homeopathy Could Have Helped

19 February 2014 at 10:30

In his Journal, John Benneth takes a look at the yearly statistics of death and illness in America and ponders how Homeopathy could help. To read the full article please follow this link ... [ read more ]

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Homeo Pie - An Entertaining Look at the History of Homeopathy in the US

10 February 2014 at 09:39

Few people know about Homeopathy's long and dramatic history in the United States. This music video will educate and entertain you in under 10 minutes. From Bara Waters: In the early 1990's, as my ... [ read more ]

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Drug Company Penalties are Failing to Curb Illegal Activities

04 February 2014 at 11:45

The system that hands out financial penalties to multinational drug companies for illegal activities is failing to deter companies from repeatedly breaking the law, argued a senior doctor on ... [ read more ]

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Martine McCutcheon regains her health with the help of homeopathy

16 January 2014 at 10:35

Singer and actress Martine McCutcheon flaunts her figure in her most sensuous photo shoot in over a decade in November's HELLO! magazine, as she reveals how she has got her body back to its best ... [ read more ]

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Christmas Survival Kit - A 'Stocking List' Of Remedies

18 December 2013 at 12:23

December is the time when Christmas preparations start in earnest – the shopping, the cooking, the decorations and the family gatherings. We all aspire to the ideal of a happy, peaceful, and ... [ read more ]

Tags: Christmas | Survival Remedies

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New Study finds Ultra-diluted Remedies have Cytotoxic Effects on Breast Cancer Cells

07 October 2013 at 09:40

The use of ultra-diluted natural products in the management of disease and treatment of cancer has generated a lot of interest and controversy. We conducted an in vitro study to determine if ... [ read more ]

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Find a Homeopath Website voted Website of the Week!

23 September 2013 at 09:50

In a recent publication, the Daily Mail voted findahomeopath.org.uk as their website of the week! The article focused on Jo Wood's passion for homeopathy after she was misdiagnosed by a ... [ read more ]

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Jane Gilchrist Shows Support for Homeopathy at the age of 100

02 September 2013 at 10:30

Jane Gilchrist is 100 years old and a passionate supporter of the NHS Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. In this short film she tells how she believes homeopathy has helped her reach ... [ read more ]

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Homeopathic Remedy Offers New Hope to Cancer Sufferers

12 August 2013 at 09:37

One of the most exciting developments in the war on cancer has just been published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, where new research shows that the homeopathic remedy, ... [ read more ]

Tags: Cancer | Homeopathy

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Homeopathy Doctors' Hunger Strike

05 August 2013 at 09:40

Homeopathy doctors demanding permission to prescribe allopathic medicines and permanent employment in government hospitals continued their hunger strike at Azad Maidan Saturday. Around 100 doctors ... [ read more ]

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Swiss Government Report Provides Scientific Evidence that Homeopathy is Cost-effective and Safe

19 July 2013 at 15:18

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HRI Conference Advances the Science of Homeopathy in Barcelona

01 July 2013 at 09:50

In what was considered by participants to be a landmark event, the Homeopathy Research Institute's first international conference in Barcelona on 31 May - 2 June 2013 proved to be a showcase for ... [ read more ]

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Alternative Therapies Increasingly Popular with Women

07 May 2013 at 09:50

According to a recent article published by PRWeb, more and more women are turning to complementary therapies for their overall health and well-being. A recent study showed that women aged between ... [ read more ]

Tags: Women | Complementary Therapies

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Is Stress Giving you Back Ache?

22 April 2013 at 11:24

This article suggests Homeopathic remedies for relieving office workers and those who live a more sedentary lifestyle, from stress-induced back pain. To read the full article please click here ... [ read more ]

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Antibiotic-resistant Diseases Pose a Deadly Threat

11 March 2013 at 16:20

Britain's most senior medical adviser Dame Sally Davis has warned MPs that the increase of drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack or ... [ read more ]

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Dr Oz Show Promotes Homeopathic Remedies in US

10 February 2013 at 11:10

The popular American TV show 'Dr Oz' has been promoting Homeopathy and exploring different remedies. In this clip Dr. Oz reveals his favourite homeopathic solution: rescue remedy, a floral formula ... [ read more ]

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