Staying Healthy

As we get into the 60s and 70s, we become more vulnerable to a range of diseases and ailments. So, what steps can we take to stay fit and healthy in our later years?

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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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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Telomeres are bits of DNA at the ends of each chromosome, and protect the chromosome during cell division. Over time, the bits of DNA get shorter, and it’s exacerbated by things like sun exposure. When the telomere is too short, it blocks cell division, and leads to aging of your cells, and thus to various …

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