GABA supplements: why this ‘natural cure’ for anxiety and poor sleep is a bad idea

  Anxiety and poor sleep are some of the most common issues reported by individuals that seek out my services. While there can be many underlying reasons for these issues, I have seen an increase in the number of people asking me about GABA or who come to me with this item already in their […]

Meat, Saturated Fat and Steroid Hormones

When people think of steroids, they often think of failed drug tests and controversial allegations surrounding Olympic athletes. However, they are thinking of a specific sub-group of steroids, those we call anabolic androgenic steroids, which can be used to enhance muscle mass and increase recovery times. The reality is that we have more that 50 […]

Serotonin 101: Why 5-HTP Does not Work for You

The link between serotonin and depression has long been established and the most common anti-depressant drugs work through boosting serotonin levels. However, these Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are also notorious for causing a wide range of side effects, which include increased risk of suicide, apathy and sexual dyfunction. Therefore, with rates of depression rising […]

Will I Recover from CFS? And in How Long?

If any disease state demonstrates the fallacy of symptom-based medicine, it’s CFS. This all-consuming problem typically describes an extreme lack of energy sustained over a period of several months and can see individuals unable to work or exercise. Beyond that, it can severely hamper brain function. It is no wonder that so many want to […]

Is Dark Beer as Healthy as Dark Chocolate?

Held responsible for the ‘beer belly’ seen beside many Benidorm pools, beer isn’t necessarily the weight gain juggernaut you might imagine. All beers contain a reasonable amount of B vitamins, with a 330ml bottle averaging: 0.018mg of B1, 0.089 of B2, 1.828 of Niacin, 0.164 of B6, and 0.07 mcg of B12. It also contains […]

Yoghurt Does Not Reduce Diabetes Risk: Why the EPIC-Norfolk Study on Low-Fat Dairy is Wrong

If you’ve ever wondered what the milk industry get back for their annual £46m PR spend, today you got your answer. “Yoghurt The Key to Beating Diabetes”, screamed the Daily Mail headline. On the front page, no less. Worthy of the front page? I doubt it. Any truth in it? None whatsoever. Let me explain. […]

Debunking Soy: The World’s Worst Health Food

All of us are influenced by marketing at some point. If we were not, companies would stop ploughing funds into their marketing departments. Of course, this is just basic capitalism when it comes to choosing a pair of jeans. But the issue becomes decidedly unethical when food choices are concerned. Soy is a perfect example […]

Changing Breakfast for Weight Loss

Many individuals have embarked upon weight loss routines at some point or another. The vast majority fail to achieve the results they crave. And, while other factors like exercise have a potent impact on the success of a regimen, increased dieting success may be just a breakfast away. The inclusion of breakfast is one factor […]

Since When Was Bread Bad for Me?

There are few things people want to hear less than a recommendation to avoid wheat. The grain is present in such a wide variety of foods that pointing out potential problems often results in strong emotional responses: What am I meant to eat instead? Isn’t wholemeal OK? Surely a few slices of toast each day […]

Kefir FAQs

It occurred to me this afternoon that I had not publicly espoused the benefits of kefir for a while. This is not to say I have not been busy kefir-pushing with clients. This special yoghurt stands out as one of the most useful changes any individual could make to their diet, providing a wide range […]