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Understanding BRCA: The breast cancer gene

BRCA (pronounced ‘bracka’) stands for BReast CAncer susceptibility gene. There are two BRCA genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes function as tumour suppressors, helping to prevent the formation of cancer. When either of these genes carries a mutation, a woman has a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and men with these…

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Rethinking Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has always been defined by high blood glucose levels. Most people now think of Type 2 as a lifelong battle against high blood glucose levels, usually beginning with tablet treatment, then more tablets, and finally possibly insulin. After twenty years of basic scientific research and some recent clinical trials, we’re now in…

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The Health Benefits of Going Alcohol Free for Dry January

To coincide with the public health campaign ‘Dry January’, which urges people to abstain from alcohol for 31 days, we bring you three brief extracts from Hammersmith Health Books which touch upon just a few of the reasons for avoiding alcohol: Drug and alcohol misuse Drug and alcohol abuse can cause great distress, leading to…

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‘Tis the season: Two festive paleo pudding recipes

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Christmas can be a tricky time to try and stay healthy. Author and naturopathic health practitioner Eve Gilmore puts a paleo twist on a couple of classic festive rice pudding recipes, guaranteed to be a favourite with all the family this Christmas. ‘Rice’ pudding with hot cherry sauce This is a traditional Christmas pudding in…

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Eating the rainbow part 2: The health benefits of the nutrients that colour foods

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The following list of nutrients in foods, that produce their colours, is by no means complete as more are being discovered all the time.  However, it provides the reader with some reasons why the consumption of colourful foods is vital for ultimate health. Anthocyanins (blue to black) Anthocyanins are a water-soluble bioflavonoid pigment and the…

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Eating the rainbow part 1: The six colour categories of natural foods

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Why we should “eat the rainbow” Nature’s colours give strong clues about the nutrient content of foods which we should not ignore. For instance; beetroots are rich in betacyanins and iron which gives them their deep red colour and provides the essential ingredients for optimum health. Iron is essential to the production of red bloods…

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The invisible illness

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What is inflammatory bowel disease? Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for diseases which cause either whole or part of the digestive tract to become sore and inflamed. It commonly starts in younger people aged 10 to 40, although younger and older people may be affected too. The two most common types of…

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The Urban Caveman: Winter Warmer Recipe

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Looking for ways to stay healthy this winter? Extracted from “The Urban Caveman” by Eve Gilmore, these two paleo-inspired recipes will undoubtedly be the perfect fix for a cold winter’s night. Slow-cooked winter warmer Ingredients: Serves 6-8 3kg/3lb brisket or silverside joint Himalayan salt 1 ½ tsp cayenne pepper 2 tbs coconut oil or goose…

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Prevent and Cure Diabetes – The blood-sugar roller coaster

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Sugar is extremely damaging to the body for many reasons. It is damaging to the body in high levels, it is damaging to the body in low levels, and the swinging of levels between the two is additionally damaging because of the hormonal response to those rapid changes. I call this the blood-sugar rollercoaster –…

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