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General Posted on May 13th, 2010

The “white-coat” effect

Stress is thought to raise blood pressure, so it follows that the stress of visiting your doctor can raise your blood pressure. This is known as the “white-coat” effect.  This is discussed in an article on the BBC health website.

If your blood pressure is already high this can result in an even higher reading at [...]

Newsletter Posted on May 10th, 2010

May eHEALTH out now

Sign up for our monthly newsletter eHEALTH, co-authored with Fiona Whitfield, Nutritional Therapist and Fitness Instructor.   Every month our newsletter will be sent to your email address.

~ Joanna Harper

General Posted on May 7th, 2010

Laughter is the best medicine

We have often heard the phrase, but what is the science behind it?

Here is an interesting article in Science Daily, looking at laughter, pain tolerance, stress relief and healing.

For your amusement here is a link to a great cartoon, which always raises a chuckle from me.   If you are not familiar with Simon’s Cat, more [...]

Recipes Posted on May 5th, 2010

MAY RECIPE – ROAST CHICKEN WITH LEMON, GARLIC & HERBS

Next time you roast a chicken – try adding flavour, aroma and nutrients to your meal.

Free range, additive free or organic chicken
Whole lemon - pierced several times with a sharp knife
Whole garlic cloves
Fresh or dried herbs – woody herbs such as rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme 

Prepare your chicken as usual, but line the inside with stems of [...]

General Posted on May 4th, 2010

Heston Blumental tackles hospital food

60% of elderly people are reported to enter hospital with malnutrition!   As we age appetite decreases,  as does mobility for shopping and cooking for elderly people who are not well supported.

The scientific, celebrity chef Heston Blumental is aiming to tackle hospital food and have recommendations in place by 2012.   He is set to develop a [...]

General Posted on May 2nd, 2010

Getting outside for a short time can give you a boost!

Taking a break from your desk, or busy day to go outside and walk for 5 minutes can really give you a boost!

An interesting article on BBC health pages discusses this.

Those of you who regularly read my blog will know I get outside every day with my dog.   We love walking on the Downs near Eastbourne, Sussex [...]