Rima Shah

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Breast Cancer and Complementary Therapies

To mark this October as Breast Cancer Awareness month I would like to focus on the use of Complementary Therapies (as opposed to alternative therapies) for anyone dealing with Breast Cancer.   So what are Complementary Therapies?   There are literally hundreds of different complementary therapies available, but below is a list of some of…

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What do you mean wet wipes are being banned?

All wet wipes to be banned over the next 25 years …. From the UK Government last week.   This statement, along with the banning of plastic straws, plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers, tampon applicators and microbeads has created quite a lot of upset with the public. So why has the government suddenly decided to…

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Are you carrying non human genes?

How do you feel about knowing your body is only made up of 43% human cells, the rest is formed from “microscopic colonists”?  The headline on the BBC website to promote a new series of radio programmes about our relationship with our own microbes states this fact loudly to grab our attention.   Every single…

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Are painkillers causing your headaches?

1 million Britons have headaches from overusing painkillers was one of the many headlines to hit the papers back in 2012 when I first wrote this blog post. This week The Evening Standard has published results of a big investigation it has done into the overuse of painkillers, and in particular opioids, in the UK,…

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Winter warmer – Turmeric milk

These colder winter days have me reaching for the comforting warm drinks and food such as hot turmeric milk, as well as the hot water bottle. Growing up in a Gujarati household with not just my parents but also with my grandparents has been such a joy for me.  My grandmother and mother have always…

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Allergies and Intolerances – a rising nuisance?

If you look at the media and in health food shops you’d be under the impression that the majority of the population in the UK has a severe allergy or intolerance. Just the other day on the escalator on London Underground I saw a poster for the Allergy Show – a whole show just related…

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Treatment Q&A – can I still receive a treatment?

I often get asked about when it is and isn’t appropriate to receive a treatment, whether this be reflexology, facial rejuvenation, pregnancy massage or similar. I have set up a dedicated FAQ page on the website, but of course not everyone will go to this (or know about it).  Some people just want some basic advice…

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5 Top Tips for Summer Allergies

  The summer sunshine brings a smile to most faces. However, it can also bring along some misery for a few particularly those who suffer from seasonal allergies such as hayfever. Luckily, there are a great number of things you can do to help naturally reduce the irritations that come with the seasonal allergies.  …

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness month – not a silent killer

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. There are a number of myths and facts about ovarian cancer that are spread around, some due to incorrect information available to the public and others due to misdiagnosis from the medical world – and that includes using the phrase “the silent killer”. Ovarian cancer is…

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To Chew or not to chew, that is the question.

Quite recently I’ve noticed an ever growing trend of people drinking their meals rather than eating them.  Juices, smoothies and like have really exploded into our modern city life.  Nutribullets, Vitamix and Nutrininjas are all over the place and probably some of the most talked about machines in 2016.  If you listen to people they…

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The power of Superfoods

  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years the term “Superfoods” will have hit you from all directions, and it’s all over social media and the mainstream press.   What is the power of Superfoods and what does the term “Superfoods” mean to you? I asked a few people and…

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That just takes the gall (bladder)

Do you know where your gallbladder is and what it does? No? Then you’re not alone. Most of us have heard of people suffering from gallstones or problems with their gallbladder but unless you remember your biology you may not remember details of what it is and why we need it. The digestive system is…

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