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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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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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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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Top tips for how to use Coconut Oil

  There’s always a super food that’s in fashion and one of those currently is Coconut oil. There are so many people who have never tried this oil and some are unsure about exactly how to use it. I’ve grown up around this oil and it’s numerous uses, so I want to give you my…

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Science is an art

I was browsing through the BBC Radio 4 earlier today and I came across a programme called “All you need is Lab”.  This episode was all about how science and technology have been key in the music industry.  It was presented by Midge Ure of Ultravox.     What I found so interesting about this…

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Uncovered: Simple skincare

“Skin loving ingredients. No Harsh Chemicals” is the strap line for Simple skincare’s recent TV advert. They sell themselves as the leading brand for sensitive skincare product in the UK (SymphonyIRI Group All Outlets UK Non Medicated Facial skincare 52 w/e 25th February 2012). But how true is this really? I took a closer look…

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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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Diet plan virgin – 1 week on

  So one week done on the Jane Plan, another 3  weeks on the diet plan to go. As promised here is a review and update on how I’ve got on with it all. I won’t lie to you, it’s not always been easy and smooth sailing.  And I never thought I’d spend my time…

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Diet plan virgin goes on the Jane Plan diet

  I am a diet plan virgin and I’ve been sent this lovely lot of goodies from Jane Michell at Jane Plan.   I first met Jane many years ago at a business networking meeting, and we got chatting about the links with our work.  One evening we sat down to discuss the plan that…

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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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