Men’s health is quite often sidelined. We assume that they are tough and resilient, the stronger sex, and in some ways they are. But like women, with their unique makeup, they face health trials and worries. Sadly suicide remains as the most common cause of death in men between the ages of 20-49 in the … Continued

The Great Mimicker – Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

The ileocecal valve (ICV) is a sphincter muscle in the digestive tract. It opens and closes to allow digested food to pass from the small intestine to the large intestine. If you draw an imaginary diagonal line from your right hip to your belly button, you will find it about two-thirds of the way. Pressing … Continued

Take Heart

The heart. The organ of life. Located in the centre of the chest, an adult heart measuring about the size of a clenched fist. In 1653 the English physician William Harvey said: “The heart is situated at the 4th and 5th ribs. Therefore [it is] the principal part because [it is in] the principal place, … Continued

Stewed Apple – The Comfort Food for a Healthy Gut

Stewed apple is such a comfort food. My mother made it and my grandmother before her. It would be served with custard or cream and was always received with a smile. It is not only heart warming food but both soothing and healing on the gut.   Stewed Apple Benefits for the Gut Stewed apples … Continued

5 Reasons for Hair Loss

Hair loss is an issue that can effect both women and men, resulting in low self esteem and mood. Thinning hair is an indicator of general health, and is an outward sign of an imbalance under the surface. Most products on the market are there for topical use, and if anything will only offer marginal … Continued

Silent Inflammation – Brian Lamb, Medical Herbalist

We usually associate inflammation with an injury to the skin such as a cut, scrape or bruise when we see redness and swelling and experience pain. This is a normal protective reaction. However, it is less commonly known that inflammation is at the root of all disease — from the common cold right through to … Continued

Kidney and Bladder Cleanse Recipe

Health note by Brian Lamb Medical Herbalist Barley is a specific therapy for the kidneys and bladder. This drink is valuable for eliminating toxins and during a bout of cystitis. In most cases it will assist in the treatment of Eczema or other inflammatory diseases of the skin where the kidneys may be stressed. Here … Continued

Ribwort Medicinal Properties

As I walked through the fields today I felt that the prolific ribwort or plantain  (Plantago lanceolata) deserved some attention. Dark green, prominent ribbed leaves help you identify it. The stem has a brown flower head, surrounded by a corona of stamens. Buttercups, red clover, dandelions, cleavers and plantago intersperse the green grass. The land … Continued