A Christmas feast - keep it simple!

With the festive season approaching, many people find the thought of preparing the Christmas dinner terrifying. Don't get frazzled. Appetiser: Dips and crudités Give everyone time to mingle while partaking ..


Pimples en masse are called acne or officially acne vulgaris. Vulgar(is) meaning common rather than vulgar meaning uncouth. Common or uncouth, acne is better absent than present. Acne occurs when the sebaceous ..

Acne Rosacea

Rosacea, from the Latin word rosaceus, meaning ‘rose coloured’, describes the main feature of rosacea: rosy red skin. Sometimes known as acne rosacea or adult acne, rosacea is not related to pimples (acne vulga..

All Guns Blazing Supercharged Muesli

This grain-free and nutrient-packed muesli puts commercial varieties to shame! Where to begin with the nutritional benefits… Almonds deliver protein, fibre and good fats. Despite having ‘wheat’ in it..

Almost Shepherd's Pie

Adding different vegetables into the meat component of the meal is a good way of getting kids used to eating vegetables. Ingredients (Serves 4) 500g lean beef mince 1 onion, diced 2 sticks celery, diced 1..


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Are you exhausted? I mean really exhausted. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being full-of-beans, do your energy levels hover around 2 or 3? It could be iron deficiency anaemia. Don’t worry, iron deficiency anaemia is ..

Anorexia Nervosa

Any eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, is special torment for both the sufferer and those who care for them. Anyone who has not experienced this condition has difficulty understanding how completely i..

Anxiety, Panic Attack

Anxiety is a marriage between body and mind. An unhappy marriage. The more anxious you feel, the more symptoms your body exhibits. From diarrhoea and nausea to heart gripping chest pains. Defined as a ‘generali..

Appetite, Excessive

Our bodies are creatures of habit, and if lunchtime is always 12.30, the odds are that we will feel hungry at 12.25. Just like Pavlov’s dog we salivate at the right trigger, such as the jingle on TV for a snack..

Appetite, Poor

In our ‘thin is beautiful’ society, we can easily forget that a good appetite is a measure of good health. Just what is a normal appetite? See also Anorexia Nervosa (/health-encyclopaedia/anorexia-nervosa) ..

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

If by chance you have some left over (never happens in our house), you can keep it covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days. Ingredients (Serves 4) 400g can pie apples, no sugar added 1/2 pkt frozen b..

Apple and Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients (Serves 6) 2 ½ cups wholemeal flour 1 ¼ cups milk 1 cup pie apples, diced 1 cup frozen blueberries 2 tablespoons molasses 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 teaspoo..

Apple and Walnut Pie

This pie resembles a strudel but is a lot simpler to make. Ingredients (Serves 6) 1 cup pie apple, diced (‘no added sugar’ variety) 1 cup walnut pieces 2 tablespoons sultanas 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 4 shee..

Apricot & Tofu Pudding

Tofu makes this pudding high in protein so it can double as a good breakfast choice or a snack. Ingredients (Serves 6) 415g can apricots in natural juice 300g silken tofu 2 tablespoons honey 4 te..

Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

By the time we reach 50 years of age, most of us will have some degree of osteoarthritis (OA). Almost all vertebrates are affected, even whales and fish. OA is not a new fangled disease, skeletons of mummified ..

Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is the vicious cousin of Osteoarthritis (OA). Rheumatoid arthritis is often excruciatingly painful, more so than OA. Whereas OA goes about its business of slow degeneration over time m..

Asparagus, Beetroot and Fetta Salad

A lovely summer entree, or salad, perfect for the warmer weather... really tasty, healthy and easy. Ingredients (Serves 6) 2 bunches asparagus, washed and trimmed. 1 bunch beetroot, roasted (Se..


A Treatise of Asthma was written by Moses Maimonides, Rabbi, philosopher and medico. In this text, written over 1000 years ago, Maimonides clearly describes how asthma symptoms often start as a common cold duri..


Atherosclerosis, the hardening and thickening of artery walls that restricts blood flow, is not a disease in its own right, yet it’s presence invites all the heavy hitters including coronary heart dis..