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Pregnancy, antibiotics and baby’s immune system

From the moment you fall pregnant, your body starts to change; what you might not know is that these changes can lead to an increased risk of picking up an infection, which can mean needing to take a course of antibiotics. Certain macrolide antibiotics have the potential to cause congenital abnormalities in newborns. The four […]

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Should I take supplements?

I have spoken before of my struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression during the early 1990s.  During that time, I tried every natural remedy and treatment under the sun in my quest to heal, and that was when I came across colon hydrotherapy and experienced my ‘light bulb moment’ to train in the practice […]

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Does good gut health boost your immunity?

Our digestive health has a lot to do with our immune health and vice versa. Its role in maintaining our immune health and, eventually, our overall wellbeing cannot be underestimated. The two systems work closely to keep us in good physical and mental shape. The immune system is the group of cells and molecules that […]

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How long should I take probiotics for?

In the modern world, there are so many things that detrimentally affect the levels of live beneficial micro-organisms in our gut; including drugs such as multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, long-term regular use of proton pump inhibitors (antacids), long-term regular use of steroid medications, to name just a few.  Throw into the mix a gut […]

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Antibiotics – do you really need them?

The over-prescribing and over-consumption of antibiotics is a subject that has long troubled me.  When I first went into clinical practice almost 28 years ago, I noticed even then a complete lack of responsibility from some GPs and their patients when it came to how antibiotics were being prescribed. Patients were coming to expect that […]

The benefits of taking charcoal

I’ve been a natural health therapist for over 28 years and have carried out over 100,000 consultations and treatments in that time. I’ve always recommended a charcoal cleanse when the seasons change in March, June, September and December for a general gut ‘re-set’. However, you don’t have to wait until the seasons change before embarking […]

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What will enable me to live longer, healthier and happier?

What will enable me to live longer, healthier and happier? If we want to remain healthy and independent into our more senior years, we need to ensure that we are properly absorbing nutrients from our food. We are not what we eat, we are what we absorb through our human ‘root’ system. The digestive system […]

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How damaging is alcohol to my liver

How damaging is alcohol to my liver? If you place your right hand over your abdomen, just below your right ribs it will cover the area of your liver. The liver is the largest gland and the largest solid organ in the body and that is because it is such an active, busy organ.  The […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a complex condition

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a very complex condition, causing Doctors and Gastroenterologists to scratch their heads as they try to find the cause and a solution in an attempt to reduce the often debilitating symptoms of painful bloating, excessive smelly wind, irregular bowel movements, heartburn, acid reflux, fatigue and weight issues of their […]

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Beautiful skin really is much more than skin deep

Beautiful skin really is much more than skin deep. The prevalence of auto-immune skin conditions alongside other auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and type II diabetes is on the rise. Our wondrously complex immune system can successfully protect our bodies while recognising and eliminating billions of […]

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Loving Your Ladybits

Loving Your Ladybits. We’re about a month away from Valentine’s Day when romance hopefully is in the air, but who wants to go upstairs and have fun when you have an embarrassing, not to mention painful, problem downstairs… I’m talking about a urinary tract infection (UTI) like cystitis and embarrassing itchy vaginal thrush. I talk a lot about dysbiotic intestines, where […]

Don’t let the killjoys ruin Christmas!

My vegan and gluten-free Live Bacteria probiotic capsules are my best seller on Just For Tummies, but hot on its heels are my plant-based gluten-free Digestive Enzyme tablets, and that’s not surprising, especially at this time of the year. I certainly wouldn’t be without my magic little tablets. I carry a small pill pot around […]

Yoghurts – the good, the bad & the ugly

Yoghurts – the good, the bad & the ugly. I’m sure many of you have heard about the gut healing benefits of yoghurts – the ones that are rich in probiotics, that is.  With a reputation as a health food superstar, yoghurt is a fridge staple in most homes.  It’s a quick and easy dessert […]