Food and Supplements

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  From Health Rising.   Ritalin Is… a central nervous system stimulant. Created in 1954, Ritalin has been in use for over sixty years. (Check out a History of Ritalin here). It was first FDA approved in 1955 to treat ‘hyperactivity’ and later was approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin increases extracellular levels […]

Coconut Oil Production Threatens Five Times More Species Than Palm Oil – New Findings

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  By Erik Meijaard in The Conversation.   Born in the Netherlands and brought up in Germany, it wasn’t until I was 21 that I met my first coconut. It was on a beach in Thailand where I ended up during a one-year sojourn away from home, trying to grow up. With nothing better to do, […]

Does Vitamin D Ward Off Coronavirus ? Don’t Reach For The Supplements Yet

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  By David C Gaze in The Conversation.   It has been suggested that taking vitamin D may protect people from getting COVID-19. But should we be using supplements to ward off the virus? We need to separate fact from fiction. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining overall health, especially for bones, teeth and muscle. It regulates the […]

The Impact Of Food On Cognition: Potential Implications For Brain Fog In ME

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From Jisc R&D.   This study is looking to recruit both healthy individuals and those with a diagnosis of MILD ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue). The aim is to investigate how food impacts your performance on 2 short cognitive tests, a colour naming task and a memory task. Participants will be allocated to either a food […]

Healthier Food Can Contain More Contaminants – But There’s A Simple Way To Stay Safe

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  By Ruth Fairchild in The Conversation.   A recent study found that brown and organic rice sold in the UK tends to contain significantly more arsenic than white inorganic varieties that are often considered less healthy. Arsenic is found in many foods but can be especially concentrated in rice, particularly in the husk, which is removed to […]

Drugging The Gut Microbiome

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  By Clare Sansom in Chemistry World.   All disease begins in the gut. That saying is attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who gave his name to the oath that doctors still use today. It is undoubtedly a simplification, but an enormous range of diseases, many with no digestive symptoms, have been associated […]

Eating Meat: Links To Chronic Disease Might Be Related To Amino Acids – New Findings

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    By Laura Brown and Kelly Jones in The Conversation.   Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan isn’t only good for the environment, but for our health, too. Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some cancers. […]

Plant-Based Diet: Everything You Need To Know

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    By Christine Byrne in Huffpost.   On the surface, a plant-based diet sounds simple. And although it’s been trending lately, the idea of eating “mostly plants” has been in the zeitgeist since Michael Pollan spelled it out in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” in 2006. That said, anyone who has tried to move towards a […]

Do Drugs Go Off ? What Happens To Medicines After Their Use-By Dates

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  By Michael Cole in The Conversation.   It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take these medicines if they are past their expiry date? Expiry dates are put in place after rigorous trialling and controlled experiments to ensure the safety […]

Huel: What Happens If You Replace Every Meal With This Vegan Meal Powder ?

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  By J Bernadette Moore, Mark Hopkins and Matthew Campbell in The Conversation.   Imagine a synthetic product that can give your body all the essential nutrients it needs to survive, is easy to prepare, affordable, and has a low environmental impact. While it might sound too good to be true, this is what Huel, […]

Popular York Restaurant To Take Over City Centre Shop

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    By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix. A popular city centre restaurant is set to expand into a neighbouring shop. Ate O’Clock on High Ousegate has applied for planning permission to take over the former Joy store next door to its entrance. If the proposals go ahead, the company would create a new deli shop […]

Older People Need To Stay Hydrated – Here’s How

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  By Cini Bhanu in The Conversation.    Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital. But an appetite for food and drink can diminish as people age, so older people should drink regularly, even when they’re not thirsty. Older women […]

General election 2019: What’s Pledged For Disability And Mental Health ?

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      By Damon Rose & Beth Rose in BBC News.   With 13 million disabled people in the country, plus their friends and family, the political parties have a huge community to court. Universal credit is still making headlines, while the main parties are divided on what to do with the social care […]

Antibiotics: Even Low Use In Children Can Have A Negative Impact On Health – New Research

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  By Oliver van Hecke in The Conversation.   GPs in the UK carry out over 300m patient consultations every year and at least a quarter of these deal with children. Almost two-thirds of such appointments are for coughs, sore throats, or earaches – illnesses which young children commonly get. Doctors and nurses group these types of illnesses […]

Fake Drugs That Could Kill Are On The Rise In Western Countries – Here’s Why

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    By Susanne Lundin and Rui Liu in The Conversation.   Fake medicines – illegal and substandard pharmaceuticals – have until now largely been a problem in low and middle-income countries. Ranging from lifestyle products to lifesaving medicines, such products are now also on the rise in the Western world. The spread is concerning, […]

I Swapped Plastic Milk Cartons For Glass Bottles Delivered To My Door And I’ll Never Look Back

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      By Natasha Hinde in Huffpost.   Our readers care about the environment, but making sustainable choices isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like. Swap Shop is our regular series hoping to tackle that, each week a HuffPoster will take on a new green challenge and write about their journey to live a more […]

URGENT RECALL Two New Alerts Over Common Heartburn Drug Recalled Over Cancer Fears – Including Boots And Morrison Own-Brands

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    By Lizzie Parry in The Sun.   COMMON heartburn drugs sold over-the-counter have been urgently recalled – over fears they could contain cancer-causing chemicals. It’s the third major recall of its kind, six types of prescription-only Zantac were recalled earlier this month. Now, six more products have been added to the list, the Medicines and […]

Gut Microbes Can Be Picky Eaters – Here’s Why It Matters

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    By Tim Spector in The Conversation.   We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we should also take our gut microbes’ preferences into account, a new study published in Cell suggests. The bacteria in our guts, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome, live on […]

National Roll-Out Of Electronic Prescription Service

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      From the Yorkshire Times.   All prescriptions across England will be digitised to make staff and patients’ lives easier, Primary Care Minister Jo Churchill has announced today. The electronic prescription service (EPS) will be rolled out nationally next month, following rigorous testing involving 60 GP practices and hundreds of pharmacies. Almost 70% […]

The Myhill Mitochondrial Test And ME/CFS Studies Take A Hit

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The ATP Profiles test developed by Dr John McLaren-Howard (and the Mitochondrial Energy Score developed from it) has been a big deal for the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community. The test formed the basis for studies dating back to 2009 by Dr. Myhill, Dr. McLaren and Dr. Booth which asserted […]

Rituximab For Patients With Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Fail

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    From Questioning Answers.   B-cell depletion using several infusions of rituximab over 12 months was not associated with clinical improvement in patients with ME/CFS [Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome].” That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Øystein Fluge and colleagues [1]. Their findings based on the use of rituximab, “a drug that is often used to treat inflammatory diseases (for […]

Unsolicited Health Advice Is Intrusive & Invalidating – Please Stop

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Everyone living with a chronic illness has had to deal with unsolicited advice about their health. Whether it’s from strangers on social media or from well-meaning friends and family, uninvited advice is a frustrating part of living with an incurable chronic illness. It’s […]

York’s Wheelchair-Accessible Indie Coffee Shops And Cafes

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  By Pippa, from The Life Of Pippa Blog.   If you’ve ever visited York, you’ll know it’s an absolute goldmine for cute and quirky independent businesses. You could visit a different indie coffee shop for breakfast every weekend, and in my former years as a student (prior to becoming a wheelchair-user), that’s pretty much […]

I’m Disabled & I Rely On Single-Use Plastics – Please Don’t Judge Me

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      By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Reading through this month’s writing prompts, the one that sparked my interest the most was ‘Reusing’. When I think of ‘reusing’ I automatically turn to the need to reduce single-use plastic, and the detrimental effect plastic has on our oceans. It’s been […]

Drinking A Little Whiskey Might Actually Help Relieve Cold Symptoms

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    By Kate Bratskeir in The Huffington Post.   There’s no real cure for the common cold, but a little bit of whiskey or bourbon (that’s a little bit, we said) could offer some relief. The classic hot toddy, typically made of whiskey, honey, lemon juice and hot water, can subdue the injustices of your inevitable winter cold. The hot […]

Dietary Advice For Bedbound ME/CFS Patients: Protein

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      By Dr Courtney Craig.   Dietary protein requirements for the average person are about 0.8g/per kg body weight/day per the U.S. and European standards. That equates to about 67-114g per day for men, and between 59-102g per day for women. Adequate dietary protein allows for: Repair of tissues and cellular proteins: a […]

Hospital Food Review Announced By Government

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  From The Yorkshire Times.   The government will work with the NHS to improve food quality in hospitals and provide consistently safe, nutritious and tasty food. The review will consider: 1. How food can help aid faster recovery, taking into account the unique needs of vulnerable groups 2. Support from national bodies such as […]

Vitamin B12 Deficiency: The Six Main Signs You’re Lacking B12 And Could Be Deficient

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      By JESSICA KNIBBS in The Express.   Vitamin B12 is the water-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in the production of red blood cells. Lacking in the vitamin could cause a number of signs in the body. What are the six main symptoms that could mean you are vitamin B12 deficient?   Vitamin […]

10 Health Benefits And Uses For Turmeric Curcumin Supplements

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  From Life Botanicals.   Throughout history, our ancestors have relied on numerous herbs and spices, not only for cooking but for their powerful healing properties. Few have survived the test of time quite like turmeric, arguably the most well-studied dietary supplement in modern natural medicine. Turmeric root powder originates from the Curcuma longa plant, […]

Marijuana As Medicine For ME/CFS And FM III: Cannabis – More Than Just THC And CBD

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   For the relief of certain kinds of pain, I believe, there is no more useful medicine than Cannabis within our reach. Sir John Russell Reynolds 1859. This is the third part of a five-part series on the use of Cannabis in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). […]

David Attenborough Urges Everyone To Leave A Spoonful Of Sugar And Water In Their Garden To Save Humanity

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  By Newsroom24.   Bees are often seen as one of humanity’s biggest enemies, and yet they help to keep us alive. You don’t have to be a tree hugger to respect the environment that you live in. For two million years, before the agricultural revolution, humans foraged the land and brought thousands of species […]

Inside York’s First Cat Cafe

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    From YorkMix. After one false start and a lot of anticipation, York now has its very first cat café. The Cat’s Whiskers opened a few days ago in a listed three-storey building on Goodramgate. Complete with 11 cats, including Freddie and Teddy, Simba, Bear and Snowy and Olaf – who are both deaf – the café […]

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