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What is chronic pain and why is it hard to treat?

Unrelieved pain contributes more to human suffering than any other disease; it’s time to understand more about what causes it.

Mindfulness is not a waste of time – it can help treat depression

Critics say it has been corrupted from its Buddhist roots, but mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MCBT) is helping people to avoid relapses into depression.

Food

Barley risotto

There are many wonderful ways to eat barley. This risotto recipe is adapted by nutritionist Daphne Lambert from an ancient Roman cookbook.

Baobab and bee pollen yoghurt

This delicious recipe is full of functional foods to help boost your resistance to allergens in hayfever season.

GMOs

Is Roundup killing our honeybees?

Evidence is growing of a link between the world’s most widely used herbicide – Roundup – and Colony Collapse Disorder in bees. Is there a human health threat too?

Q&A: Why should I worry about non-food GMOs?

It’s a question that needs to be asked: if you don’t eat them are GMOs OK? The answer is definitely NO!

Health Tips

Protect your hearing this festival season

Noise is the most common cause of hearing loss. Here are some simple tips for taking care of your hearing during the festival season.

How to remove a splinter

Splinters come in all shapes and sizes and most of the time they are easy to remove with the right tools and technique.

Herbs

Herbal relief: Pregnancy and birth

Several herbs can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms that are common to pregnancy and birth. Here’s what you can – and can’t – use.

Herbal relief: Women’s health

Herbal remedies have a long history of use in treating a range of discomforts and health problems that women experience throughout their lives.

Life Lessons

Change your life: Busy vs. Productive

There’s a very clear distinction between being ‘busy’ and being ‘productive’ – can you spot it in your own life?

Change your life: Emotional bank account

A thought for ‘Blue Monday’: Depression is just one of many things that can result from a denial of the interdependent nature of our relationships.

Q and A

Q&A: Antioxidant health claims

Whether you are eating them or putting them on your skin antioxidants have verifiable benefits for both health and beauty.

Q&A: Do flower remedies work?

While there is still only scant published research into flower remedies, many people who use them report remarkable results.

Newsletter Archive

The problem with packaging

Food packaging is a minefield of misinformation – being aware of what you eat, and why, is the only way to avoid being fooled.

Sugar, sweeteners and science for sale

An unremarkable study shines a spotlight on corporate science