Month: January 2020

Brain Training

I keep seeing advice that it’s important to keep my brain active, especially to delay the onset of dementia, or at least of its effects. But is this true? And if so, what should I do about it? Will a daily crossword or Sudoku be enough? The UK Alzheimer’s Society says that: “Keeping your mind …

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Heart Disease

For many of us, heart disease is perhaps the number one threat in terms of healthy longevity. And the bad news is that often the first attack is fatal. The National Health Service says that “Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by …

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Doctor You

I was on holiday when I read a book in the hotel ‘library’, which certainly got me (the cynic) thinking that alternative medicine may indeed be beneficial. That book is “Doctor You – Revealing the science of self-healing” by Oxford academic Doctor Jeremy Howick. The author’s starting point is that many medical trials have shown …

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Healthy Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in the Western world has been increasing over recent decades, but the later years are often with some illness or disability, and in fact the “Healthy Life Years” or “Healthy Life Expectancy” has not improved, and even shows signs of declining. Health authorities are now increasingly concerned with raising that last measure, as …

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Water Tester

Water Filter

I’ve been reading occasionally about the chemicals in tap water, and decided to buy a water filter jug. The timing was interesting, as there’s just been a news item (15 Jan 2020) that a study in Europe showed that bladder cancer was linked to the presence of chemicals created as a by-product of chlorination. Of …

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Fish

Mercury

Mercury is a metal that has no place in our diet. Yet it is present in all types of seafood. The mercury originates from natural phenomena like volcanoes, but more importantly from industrial processes and mining. Rain takes it out of the atmosphere and into the sea, where it enters our food chain through fish. …

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How Not to Die

How Not to Die

I’ve read several books on health in the last year, but perhaps the most important for me was “How Not To Die” by Dr Michael Greger. He addresses a whole range of diseases, including cancer, dementia, heart disease and strokes, gathering a mass of published evidence from medical trials. His conclusion is that it is …

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