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Category Archives: Health

Food Cravings

There can’t be many people who have never had a craving for a certain food at some time in their lives.  Cravings, which may be indicative of allergies, are more often nature’s way of FOOD PEANUTBUTTER 2 KCletting us know that we are not getting enough of certain vitamins or minerals. Frequently these cravings start because the overall diet is inadequate. It is interesting that when a client begins a weight reduction programme they often complain of cravings. Eric Mindell a world famous nutritionist gives an excellent description of some of the more common food cravings.
Peanut Butter is one of the top ten and this is not surprising when we know that this is a rich source of B vitamins. If there is a craving for peanut butter


QHello Dr Machi, I have enjoyed reading your recent articles in the Courier, and especially the one on the influenza vaccine. About 20 years ago my father-in-law, who lived in North Wales, was told to visit his chemist to get the influenza vaccine, and then take it to his doctor who would inject this. As I was waiting at the Medical Centre with him, I read the leaflet in the box. I was shocked when I read all the details about problems this vaccine could cause, and decided there and then never to have this vaccine injected into me. Even though I am in the high risk factor, having a heart condition so am encouraged to have this, I have always refused, and after reading your article I will never consider having this vaccine.

Dance your way to a higher education…

THE newly-formed Academy of Performing Arts can proudly proclaim that several of its pupils now have the Performing Arts equivalent of GCSEs and A-Levels.
The highest achiever and student teacher (15yrs) has 15 GCSE’s and 6 A-Levels with the youngest being just 10 years old with 6 GCSE’s!
This represents a phenomenal start not just to a Performing Arts career, but an academic career too as these qualifications are recognised by UK employers.

Cambridge win the bloat race!

Cambridge Weight Plan, one of the leading weight management solutions in the UK – developed at Cambridge University in the 1960’s and founders of The Obesity Forum, has launched a range for the Spanish market. The Spanish product is Cambridge 800, part of the successful range of Cambridge Weight Plan products.

Mercadona in Cancer Scare


LEADING Spanish supermarket Mercadona has taken 11 cosmetic products off its shelves after they were found to have links to cancer.
The chain recalled the Deliplus and Solcare products, including moisturisers and after-sun lotions, after it was found two of the ingredients could produce a substance linked with causing cancerous tumours.


Gout Nov 06 005

Gout is a disease in which there is an abnormal metabolism of uric acid, resulting in an excess of uric acid in the tissues and blood. People with gout either produce too much uric acid, or more commonly, their bodies have a problem in removing it. It usually attacks only one joint at a time. It most often strikes the joint of the big toe, where it’s also known as podagra, but other toes can also be involved. Gout is typically a condition that occurs in middle age, is ten times more common in men than in women, is unusual in people under the age of 30, and is rarely seen in women before menopause. A first gout attack most commonly occurs around age 47. It’s most common in countries with high standards of living, mainly because diet plays a big part in this condition. It affects about 1% of the population.

The pain and swelling of a gout attack are caused by uric acid crystals building up in the joint and leading to inflammation. The body normally forms uric acid when breaking down cells and proteins, releasing it into the bloodstream. The uric acid usually stays dissolved in the blood and ends up being flushed out by the kidneys. If there’s too much uric acid in the blood, called hyperuricemia, or if the kidneys can’t get rid of it quickly enough, it may begin to form crystals that collect in the joints and even the kidneys, skin, and other soft tissues. Although most people with gout have hyperuricemia, about 3 in 10 turn out to have normal uric acid levels during an actual attack. Meanwhile, hyperuricemia by itself doesn’t mean that a person will develop gout – less than 1 in 5 people with high uric acid end up with gout.

Although uric acid exists naturally in the body, the amount of it in the body can be increased by certain foods that contain a lot of purines. The kidneys normally break down purines into uric acid and then eliminate the acid from the body. People who have gout or who are at risk of getting gout are encouraged to avoid many types of foods that are high in purines. In general, foods that are high in fat and/or cholesterol are also high in purines.  Because most commonly eaten foods contain purine, it is advisable to people prone to gout or suffering from gout to avoid foods that are extremely high in purine. These include: Beer, alcoholic beverages, anchovies, sardines, yeast, and organ meat such as liver, and kidneys. For sufferers of gout, the rule should be to live temperately; eating moderately and restricting the diet as far as red meat, and alcohol are concerned. Whole grains, dairy products, green vegetables, fruits and foods low in protein are very good. It is also well to take large quantities of water. With care acute attacks of gout will be avoided.

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What is Alcohol Poisoning

With the amount of toxins and environmental contaminants in the modern world, the need for periodic detoxification is evident. Toxins exist everywhere, from our food, soaps and shampoos to the air we breathe and the clothes we wear.

These environmental toxins are suspected of playing a role in a number of diseases, including cancer, arthritis, weakened immune systems, autism, fibromyalgia, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and many more. The toxins that infest our bodies come from a variety of sources, including industrial pollutants, pesticide residue, food additives and heavy metals. With all these health challenges coming at us every day, the need to detoxify our bodies is obvious.

There are several methods of detoxification, and there is still considerable debate as to which method works best. The first detoxification method is chelation therapy, in which preparations of enzymes are injected into the bloodstream, where they bind with toxins and remove them.

Another popular detoxification method is fasting, either alone or in combination with herbal therapies and mineral preparations. Fasting allows the toxins in the body to be stripped away.

Another popular method of detoxification is the sauna method, in which toxins are removed through heating. One advantage of the sauna method is obvious. The sauna method is the easiest method, and it can be used effectively by just about everyone. In addition, the sauna detoxification method can be used in conjunction with the other methods to make them more effective and useful.

Sweating and sauna baths are an ancient tradition, and one long associated with good health and healing. The tradition of the sauna goes back at least as far as ancient Rome, with the famous Roman baths, and includes such popular and well-known institutions as the Finnish Savusauna, the Sweat Lodge of the Native Americans, the Russian Banya and the Hammam of Morocco. It is obvious from studying history that people have been enjoying the detoxifying effects of the sauna for many years.

In today’s world, there are a great many choices when it comes to sauna and steam treatments and detoxifying programs. There are choices to fit almost any budget, from exotic and expensive built-in home saunas to simple and less expensive portable units. Some saunas use conventional steam, whereas others use heated rocks and still others use modern and efficient infrared heaters. The effectiveness of any sauna detoxification program will depend in large measure on the type of heat that is used and the protocol that is employed.

There are some important differences between a traditional sauna and the type of steam room often found at gyms. Even though a steam room feels hotter because of the high humidity it contains, it is actually harder for the body to sweat in a steam room than in a sauna.

The traditional hot rocks sauna is still quite popular today, but it has begun to lose ground to the modern infrared saunas, which are able to provide benefits like energy efficiency, increased comfort, deeper heat penetration, and better detoxification.

Infrared saunas have been found to produce sweat that has more toxins and other organic compounds in it. As much as 15% of the sweat produced in a typical infrared sauna, for instance, is composed of dissolved fats, toxins and other materials, whereas only about 5%-6% of sweat in the traditional hot rock sauna contains these materials, with the remaining 94-95% being composed only of water.

No matter what type of sauna you choose, there is little doubt that such sauna treatments can be good for the body as well as the soul. Saunas are a relaxing, and very effective way to remove the many toxins that build up through everyday living.



Insulin resistance is a condition where the natural hormone insulin becomes less effective at lowering blood sugars. As a result, higher levels of insulin are needed in order for insulin to have its effects. The resistance is seen with both the body’s own insulin (endogenous) and if insulin is given through injection. The pancreas, a gland in the abdomen, secretes insulin in response to certain signals mainly a rise in blood sugar levels. Insulin then acts on various sites in the body to initiate different mechanisms that ultimately removes glucose from the bloodstream. One of the actions of insulin is to cause the cells of the body, particularly the muscle and fat cells, to remove and use glucose from the blood. This is one way in which insulin controls the level of glucose in the blood. Insulin has this effect on the cells by binding to insulin receptors on the surface of the cells. You can think of it as insulin “knocking” on the doors of muscle and fat cells. The cells hear the knock, open up, and let glucose in to be used up. With insulin resistance, the cells don’t hear the knock as well (they are resistant), and the pancreas is notified that it needs to make more insulin, which increases the level of insulin in the blood and causes a louder knock. The resistance of the cells continues to increase over time. As long as the pancreas is able to produce enough insulin to overcome this resistance, blood glucose levels remain normal. When the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin, the blood glucose levels begin to rise, initially after meals when glucose levels are at their highest and more insulin is needed, but eventually in the fasting state too. At this point, type 2 diabetes is present.

There are probably several causes of insulin resistance and there is thought to be a strong genetic factor (an inherited component), some medications can also lead to insulin resistance. In addition, insulin resistance is seen often in the following conditions: obesity, stress and pregnancy. There are no definitive symptoms of insulin resistance. It is commonly associated with a group of conditions that are collectively known as metabolic syndrome. The symptoms of these other conditions like high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and high glucose levels (hyperglycemia) often in the presence of abdominal obesity may be indicative of insulin resistance. Sometimes a person with severe insulin resistance may develop darkening of the skin at the folds of the body, a condition known as acanthosis nigricans. There is no specific treatment for insulin resistance. The focus is largely on diet and exercise to manage insulin resistance with the goal of reversing it. Dietary modification for insulin resistance should involve avoiding high glycemic index (GI) carbohydrates such as white sugar and white flour. These foods cause the blood glucose level to become significantly elevated after a meal thereby requiring insulin. Low glycemic index (GI) foods are broken down slowly and do not cause spikes in the blood glucose level as is the case with high GI foods. A person with insulin resistance should consult with a dietician to develop an eating plan that is calorie-restricted for specific weight loss goals, comprising low GI foods, be palpable for individual tastes yet be convenient for one’s lifestyle.





Your brain controls how your body moves by sending out small electrical signals through the nerves to the muscles.  At any given time, there is extensive electrical activity in the normal human brain due to the incoming, outgoing and crossing over of signals. The brain therefore has controlling mechanisms which prevent over activity or under activity. However, sometimes these mechanisms may be impaired and the activity is out of control. If there is any abnormal electrical activity in the brain, it can disrupt various processes and functions of the body. This may manifest as a seizure. While any seizure is cause for concern, having a seizure does not by itself mean a person has epilepsy. Epilepsy also known as a seizure disorder is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar.

Almost all seizures are sudden, short-lived and self-limiting, mostly occurring spontaneously without warning. The symptoms that accompany a seizure depend on which part of the brain has experienced odd electrical activity. However, signs generally include a sudden altered state of consciousness; changed emotions, sensations or vision; involuntary muscle movements or lack of control, such as convulsions and falling; and a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth. A seizure typically lasts from several minutes to approximately 15 minutes, and afterward, the individual usually goes into the postictal period, a deep state of sleep that shouldn’t be interrupted. There can be a number of reasons why someone has a seizure. In fact anything that disturbs the normal pattern of brain activity, from illness to abnormal brain development, will cause seizures. Some possible causes may include: Infection- meningitis, encephalitis, syphilis and HIV; high fever – Many young children experience convulsions that are caused by fevers, called febrile seizures; Brain injury – caused by a stroke or head injury; Alcohol – particularly alcohol withdrawal; Sleep deprivation; Withdrawal from certain drugs, such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates;  Physical and mental exhaustion; Hormonal changes linked with the menstrual cycle; Flickering lights – may be as innocuous as those from television or computer screens; and stress.

There is no single method that prevents every type of seizure. Nonetheless, people prone to experiencing seizures can take precautions to decrease their likelihood, such as avoiding stress and recreational drugs, eating properly, exercising regularly, following instructions for prescription drugs and getting sufficient sleep. Individuals with uncontrolled seizures should take prescribed medication diligently, never drive a vehicle and avoid solitary activities like biking that could lead to bodily injury during a seizure. In the event of a seizure, never force an object in the person’s mouth to hold the tongue down because the item could harm the teeth or lead to other injuries. Those nearby shouldn’t hold the person down to prevent movement. If vomiting begins, turn the individual on his side to keep his stomach contents from flowing backward into the lungs, which could cause choking. Finally, always call emergency services immediately if a person has a seizure for the first time, because seizures can indicate an underlying and potentially fatal medical condition, such as meningitis.



Washing Hands Under Faucet

FOOD poisoning is a very common, yet distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people throughout the world. Most cases of food poisoning occur when people eat food or drink water containing bacteria, bacterial toxins (substances produced by bacteria), parasites, or viruses, Food poisoning can also occur when non-infectious poisons or heavy metals find their way into people’s stomachs. Most of the illnesses are mild and improve without any specific treatment. People at greatest risk for food poisoning are seniors, pregnant women, young children and babies, and people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and liver disease.

Food poisoning is frequently triggered by infectious organisms and their toxins.  However, it can also occur when contaminated food or water is ingested.  Cross-contamination is often the cause, and is especially true for raw foods, such as salads. Because these foods are not cooked, harmful organisms are not destroyed before eating and can cause food poisoning. Many bacterial causes of food poisoning can be found in undercooked meats, poultry, eggs, dairy, processed meats, fish, custards, cream pies, and contaminated water. Viruses and parasites also cause food poisoning, most commonly through contaminated, raw or uncooked meat.  Other causes of food poisoning include; Shellfish: Clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops can cause poisoning when they ingest substances that produce the toxin saxitoxin; Mushrooms and toadstools: Dozens of species can cause muscarine poisoning. These poisons attack the central nervous system, causing partial or complete paralysis in severe cases; Insecticides: There are many types of poisons found in insecticides but the most dangerous types are the organophosphates, which are basically nerve gas for insects.

Almost all forms of food poisoning produce nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhoea. The bacterial causes of food poisoning tend to cause these symptoms as well as fever and headache. Symptoms can start within hours to days after eating the contaminated food and last from a day to a week. Many non-infectious (not caused by bacteria and their toxins, viruses, etc.) food poisoning affects the central nervous system and cause symptoms typical of nerve poisons. Eating shellfish contaminated with saxitoxin, for example, will produce weakness or paralysis around the mouth in a few minutes, which slowly spreads to the rest of the body. Mushroom and insecticide poisoning also attacks the nervous system.

The treatment of food poisoning depends on the cause and on its severity. For most people, food poisoning resolves quickly without treatment. For people with mild diarrhoea lasting less than 24 hours, treatment should consist of drinking clear fluids such as oral replacement solutions which contain the right balance of water, salts, and sugar needed to prevent or treat mild dehydration. People with severe symptoms or severe dehydration may need to be admitted to the hospital for intravenous rehydration. If poisoning is very severe, a patient may require a ventilator (artificial breathing machine), kidney dialysis, and or admission to a hospital intensive care unit. You can’t always prevent food poisoning, but the best step you can take to minimize your risk is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food, after using the bathroom, changing nappies, or touching animals.