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Nairobi – united and stronger

  I won’t lie to you, I’ve been very distracted for the past 5 days by the troubles in Nairobi Westgate Mall. This is in no small way due to the fact that I know so many people who live in Nairobi. In fact I was born there, my parents grew up there and most…

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Ingredients – Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Cosmetic preservatives could cause eczema and more, experts warn Two chemicals in cosmetics and toiletries could cause an eczema epidemic, dermatologists claim. The preservatives, methylisothiazolinone (MI) and methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) are often used in combination and are commonly found in shower gels, wipes, suncreams, deodorants, hand lotions and even washing-up liquids. They also have multiple industrial…

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Ingredients – Sodium Benzoate – 10 Top Facts

  Ingredients and chemicals, such as Sodium Benzoate, are used in our foods and cosmetics.  But what is safe and what isn’t? This is a particularly engaging topic for me, especially coming from a background where I studied organic chemistry at a degree level.  So I thought that I’d share some of these facts with…

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Am I a slave to technology or proactive like Joanna Lumley?

The lovely Joanna Lumley was recently interviewed on the Jonathan Ross Show and she said something that was exactly what I’ve been thinking and saying a lot recently.   We have become a society where we’re fortunate enough to have technology at our fingertips and be able to respond to issues as soon as possible….

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Detox – is it healthy or not?

Doing a January detox seems to be the fashion these days, and if we believe all the papers and magazines it seems that everyone is doing one and that it’s the best thing for you. There are so many people who go totally cold turkey from 1st January and then within a week they are…

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Happy new year!

  I just wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope that 2013 is a happy & healthy year for you all. I’m sorry for the online silence from me over the last few months, but it’s just been so busy that I’ve had no time to write any blog posts…

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Does Breast Screening help or harm?

  Does breast screening help or harm? This seems to be one of the headlines today, on the second to last day of breast cancer awareness month.   So what is this all about then? The debate about whether an NHS Breast Screening programme is necessary and whether it helps has been hotly debated for…

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Massage: Do you feel comfortable?

Earlier this year Daniel Pytlarz (now practising under his wife’s name, Daniel Nowozeniuk), a male massage therapist, was in the press as he’d been taken to court for ‘inappropriate behaviour and sexual assault’ whilst giving treatments to some female clients including a member of Paul McCartney’s staff (now ex staff).  He was acquitted of all…

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Chickenpox – how to scratch the problem away

We all know and hear about people talking about childhood infectious diseases and a big one of these is Chickenpox. But how much do you really know about it, and would you know the signs and symptoms if they were to strike you or your family? I often get asked about natural remedies that could…

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DCIS – the Controversial Breast Cancer

Everyone has heard of Breast Cancer. Those 2 words are enough to scare any of us, men or women, as we all know someone who has had a fight with this disease. With this disease everyone always thinks about lumps being detected, and then being removed followed by further treatment. How many of you have…

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Aromatherapy – An Introduction Part 4 – Essential oil Methods of Use

Essential Oils – How to Use     In Part 4 of our Introduction to Aromatherapy we are introducing the different methods of use as there are so many ways that you can use and enjoy essential oils and aromatherapy. Below are some of the main ways to use them, taking note of the precautions…

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Aromatherapy – an Introduction Part 3 – Safety and Storage

Essential Oils Safety and Storage There are a number of things to consider when using aromatherapy and buying essential oils for personal use. Things like storage and safety are key to looking after yourself and your family, plus prolonging the quality of the essential oils.   Storage of Essential Oils   To maximise the shelf…

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