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Calpol or no Calpol?

Calpol or no Calpol?

Interesting article from The Telegraph and Calpol... It explains that fever is our body's way of naturally fighting off an infection and its important for kids to build their immune system, so perhaps we need to think twice about reaching for Calpol if it's just for a mild temperature...? According to this article "Parents should not give children with a mild fever regular spoonfuls of paracetamol and ibuprofen, doctors advise today, as they warn that doing so could extend their illness or put their health at risk." "It should be emphasised that fever is not an illness but is, in fact,...

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10 top tips to help sore ears!

10 top tips to help sore ears!

Are you or your children prone to sore ears? Amazingly it’s one of the most common reason parents take children to the doctors! Ear infections It’s often due to middle ear infections when the build-up of mucus causes the thin tube that runs to the back of the nose (Eustachian tube) to become blocked or swollen which can lead to infection. In lots of kids this tube is smaller than it should be, so they often retain fluid in their ear which can affect hearing and learning, even when they don’t have a cold. Due to this level of fluid,...

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Combat flaky and dry skin in this cold weather with Colloidal Silver

Combat flaky and dry skin in this cold weather with Colloidal Silver

It’s cold! And it’s the time of year when our skin is noticeably more dry and flaky. Nice!  It’s not necessarily the lack of moisturising that causes the dryness, as sometimes adding certain oils or creams can make things worse… The right moisturisers for your skin So use the right moisturizers (avoid those with petroleum or paraffin as they don’t penetrate beyond the first layer of skin). The dryness can even be caused by a mild skin condition (associated with an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus) which you wouldn’t even know you had, or even mild eczema and psoriasis. Dryness can...

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Alternative Health or Placebo Effect?

Alternative Health or Placebo Effect?

The surge towards alternative health medicine, vegan lifestyles and natural health products is growing rapidly.  People are more and more aware of the importance of looking after their bodies and avoiding damaging toxins. Basically, we’re looking for other ways to improve our health that are as natural as possible. Alternative Health Care Practices There’s a wide range of alternative health care practices, products and therapies now which I’m sure we’ve all tried at some point, whether it acupuncture, homeopathy, supplements etc. One thing we all have in common when trying these things is a willingness to ‘give it a go’...

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A World Without Antibiotics?

A World Without Antibiotics?

Are you finding it harder to get antibiotics from the doctor? Well this blog might explain why... I’m sure you’ve heard lots in the news recently about antibiotic resistance and according to the NHS, it’s one of the most significant threats to date. The NHS and antibiotics The NHS have launched a huge awareness campaign as they believe we are overusing then (both in humans and animals) and prescribing them inappropriately.  http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/ARC/Pages/AboutARC.aspx One thing I didn’t realise was so prevalent was the use of antibiotic in livestock. Antibiotics are used for the treatment of infection but also put into animal...

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