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Grow Your Own Medicine – Avocado

Avocados were a mainstay of the Aztec and Inca diets. Amidst their conquering and plundering, the Conquistadors employed an historian, Fernandez de Oriedo, who, in 1519,  .....

Green tea and weight loss

Weight loss is always going to be a popular topic. Most of us have a few unwanted kilos we’d like to shed. So, when a miracle weight loss product containing green t .....

Fibre

What’s so good about fibre that has everyone from grandmothers to doctors and dieticians recommending it? A little-known fact (except among us nutrition nerds) is t .....

Fall in love with garlic

I have always had the utmost respect for garlic. Even so, I was surprised when I fell in love with it. The romance began several years ago when I ordered a whole ba .....

Echinacea Trial

You may have read in the papers of a trial reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which concluded that Echinacea has no effect on the prevention and treatment of the common co .....

Eating for teenagers

Am I imagining it, or are teenagers taller, cleverer and better looking than they were twenty years ago? Every so often, under the guidance of their shorter stubbie .....

Don't toss the salad

The Renaissance saw a return of the preprandial salad, restoring a custom from ancient Rome where bitter green leaves and herbs were dressed with salt (‘salata’ - salad), vinegar  .....

Caffeine - a good guy after all?

Mim Beim on caffeine and the benefits that drinking a small amount of caffeine daily could bring. She compares teas, and instant coffee against espresso. For many y .....

Detox ... if you must

Detoxing has become as fashionable as a Manolo Blahnik stiletto. In certain circumstances a gentle detox is justified. However I have several “issues” with the concept!  .....

Doctrine of Signatures

The Doctrine of Signatures is an ancient belief whose origin is lost in the mists of time. It purports that certain physical attributes of a plant indicate its therapeutic val .....