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What Happens When You Quit Caffeine?

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday September 29, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Caffeine must be the number one addiction in the UK. I'm no statistician, but I don't know anyone who doesn't drink at least tea. By tea I mean builder's tea - not those flavoured witches-brew bags of filth. Do you know how much caffeine you drink? I drink three teas in the morning, then three teas in the afternoon, and one just before bed. Apart from the grammatical pleasure derived from typing 'three teas' that's not good is it?

How Baby Boomers Are Beating The Dementia Epidemic

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday September 22, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
It wasn't long ago we were warned that baby boomers would come of age, develop dementia and put a huge strain on families and the finances of Britain. But baby boomers appear to have swerved it. What's happened? Have they invented the pill of eternal youth, otherwise known as laughing a lot?

Why And How You Should Eat More Protein

By : Becky | Published : Thursday September 10, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Protein is the stuff of life. We need it for innumerable reasons. If your knowledge of protein is bit foggy from GCSE days, then read on.

What Is Antibiotic Resistance And What Can We Do To Stop It?

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday September 8, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Antibiotics are the saviour of our time. Along with the contraceptive pill, they have changed our world for the better. Illnesses that killed in the 1930s are now trivial to us. Major operations can be carried out because the level of infection afterwards can be controlled. Cancer patients without immune systems can be treated without dying from infection. Alexander Fleming ought to be thanked every day at school assemblies.

What Not To Say To Someone With Acne

By : Becky | Published : Thursday August 20, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Acne, not to be confused with teenage spots, is a horrible thing. Painful, embarrassing and difficult to shift - it can cause misery. There are plenty of acne-related misconceptions out there, and sometimes these can lead to ignorant or thoughtless comments directed at those who have the condition. Let's take a look at some examples.

Should Healthy Foods Be Subsidised?

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday August 18, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Our nation's trousers are expanding. We're becoming obese and unhealthier than ever before. So should the government step in and stop us eating ourselves to death?

Things You Don't Need The Doctor For

By : Becky | Published : Thursday August 6, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
When I sit at the doctor's surgery I often hear people saying 'it's just a cold'. Well, why are you there then? People like that are the reason I can't get an appointment for two weeks, unless, of course, they are lying and actually have an embarrassing poo problem, in which case, that's OK.

How Can Asthma Affect Your Sex Life?

By : Becky | Published : Thursday July 30, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
Asthma can be very trying when you want a healthy sex life. Perhaps it's already ruining yours. When Berlin sang 'Take My Breath Away' that's not quite what they meant. Wheezing and coughing during your performance does not a good sex life make.

Coke Or Energy Drinks - Which Is Worse?

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday July 28, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
What's your poison? Coke (It's Pepsi, is that OK?) or an energy drink? I say poison because it's just a case of which you'd prefer to make you ill. Energy drinks are more popular than Coke now. In 2014 sales of Coca-Cola drinks were down 3%, while drinks like Red Bull continue to grow in popularity. This is probably due to our chronic exhaustion, non-stop iPad use and crappy sleeping habits - or perhaps it's the energy drinks that are keeping us up?

Are We All Drug Dependent? Does It Matter?

By : Becky | Published : Tuesday July 21, 2015 | Posted in : General Health
I've thought about this topic a lot. I'm one of those people that will resist a paracetamol if I can. That's the problem with being a doom-monger. I'm always thinking about the end of civilisation, and what we would do if there were no more paracetamols (or electricity, petrol, contraceptives). I need to be prepared. So I am right to worry? Are we drug dependent, and does it even matter if we are?
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