‘My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where she is.’ ˜Ellen DeGeneres According to Hippocrates, walking is the best medicine. Walking is one of the least expensive and most broadly accessible forms of physical activity. Studies have shown that walking has higher levels […]

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The older people get, the more inefficient the metabolic processes become, and hence the greater the need for high-quality nutrition and supplementation. The elderly have their own specific health challenges because the body is in a constant process of ageing. Try to form an image of the ageing process, by imagining a factory that prints […]

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Are statins really the wonder drug they are claimed to be? They do lower cholesterol, but at what cost? It’s important to weigh up the benefits and the adverse effects. This article takes a comprehensive look at the evidence. WHAT ARE STATINS? Statins are a group of drugs developed to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting […]

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It can be very distressing when a loved one starts becoming confused. It happens more commonly with increasing age, and is especially disturbing when that person was previously a vital and capable member of the family. Is this just a temporary state, or does it herald a permanent, irreversible decline? Can it be cured, or […]

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Some people think chocolate is in its own separate food group. I personally think, as do many others, that it is an ‘essential’ superfood and that life would just not be the same without it. Chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, has a long and interesting history. The word cacao has changed over the years to […]

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Vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins and affects your whole body, from your brain to your bones. The older you are, the more you need. B12 deficiency is extremely common among people over the age of 60, but it appears that even slightly lower than normal levels may be detrimental. B12 […]

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Q I have been hearing more and more about how a poor diet may cause dementia and am getting really concerned about my memory. I have noticed that I forget things. I sometimes make a mental note to take something with me when I leave home, but forget to do it a few minutes later. […]

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As your elderly family members enter their golden years, there is much that can be done to help them do so with comfort, grace and dignity. Growing old, for most, is challenging as the later years can bring with them a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease and depression to backache and […]

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‘If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.’ – Emerson M Pugh. This article attempts to explain how this complex and precious organ works and suggests how we can keep it working optimally. The human brain is one of the largest organs in […]

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Q.: My memory is not as good as it used to be. I’m wondering if I just have a lot on my mind or am just overtired. What can I do to sharpen my mind? Fish oil supplements are proven to help children with ADHD but what about adults without attention or behaviour issues? Andrew […]

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