Coeliac Disease - Diet and Diagnosis

Coeliac (pronounced ‘see-lee-ak’) disease, was not identified until 1950, even though the symptoms had been observed for many years. It is an intolerance to alpha-gliadin, a component of gluten which in turn is a protein..

Cold Sores

Cold sores are little blisters that erupt on the surface of the skin and mucous membranes, mainly on and around the lips. The virus responsible for cold sores is known as Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1). Oth..

Colds & Flu

Colds and flu (influenza) are both viral infections. Head colds tend to be affairs of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat and sinuses) and chest colds affect the lungs; Influenza or flue is felt all over ..

Colitis

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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane lining the eyes. Symptoms Bloodshot eyes. Blurred vision. Crustiness around the eyelashes. Sensitivity to light and ..

Constipation

Horace Fletcher (1849–1919), a self-taught American nutritionist, was known as ‘the great masticator’ for his advice that one must chew each mouthful of food 32 times before swallowing. Horace had more on his m..

Cough

Coughing is an important bodily function. Normally the cilia, or the tiny hairs that line the airways, move in unison (like a ‘Mexican wave’) and transport mucus and particles up from the lungs and bronchi to b..

Cradle Cap

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Cramp

See Muscle Cramps (/health-encyclopaedia/muscle-cramps) ..

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Broccoli – Turning Presidential Humiliation into Triumph That green knobbly unassuming vegetable, broccoli, soared to fame in 1990, when George Bush Snr banned it from Airforce One, saying “I haven’t liked it since..

Creamy Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup

As the weather cools why not whip up a nourishing soup to warm the body. Ingredients 500g Kumera (sweet potato), chopped 500g carrots, chopped 1 small onion, peeled and chopped 1 good sized piece ..

Cystitis

Cystitis, also known as a urinary tract infection (UTI), is quite common in women and young girls and frankly, can be described as like ‘weeing razor blades’. Caused by a bacterial infection, cystitis..

Dairy Free Eating

While many people are quite comfortable including milk products in their diets, it is not uncommon for some people to develop an allergy or intolerance to milk. These allergies and intolerances are primarily to cow’s mil..

Dandruff

Dandruff is a condition whereby the skin of the scalp sheds in white scales. Dandruff is not contagious, nor is it a sign of poor hygiene, but it can be a cause of sartorial concern for those who prefer dark-co..

Degenerative Joint Disease

See Arthritis (/health-encyclopaedia/arthritis-osteoarthritis), Osteoarthritis (/health-encyclopaedia/arthritis-osteoarthritis)..

Delicious Cabbage Salad

This salad is colourful, delicious and great for you -- perfect for barbecues. It’s full of vitamins and antioxidants, and very good for your digestion. Ingredients ½ red cabbage (also known as purple cabbage) ½..

Depression

For a rainbow to be a rainbow, all the colours must be there – from bright yellow to sombre indigo. A depressed mood is part of being human, but depression is more than just a mood. Depression is as much physio..

Dermatitis

See Eczema, Dermatitis (/health-encyclopaedia/eczema-dermatitis) ..

Diabetes

Formerly known as non-insulin dependent diabetes, type 2 diabetes is a condition where the blood-sugar levels are high. It affects around 250 million people worldwide, mostly in affluent countries where people ..

Diarrhoea

The Aztec two-step and Montezuma’s revenge sound like a heap of fun, unless it’s you. Diarrhoea is the frequent passing of watery faeces and it’s nature’s way of ridding the body of toxins. Pronto. If you have ..