Here’s the Skinny on Obesity and the Fats in Your Diet!

Obesity is getting more and more common all over the world and the question is why? Are we all eating too much and vegging out on the couch? Is it due to our deficient genes or is there anything wrong with "Western" food and would we all be a lot better off if we eat like Grandma? Looking to Doctors for these answers results in more confusion. Atkins tells us to eat more meat and Pritikin, McDougall and Ornish tellContinue reading… Here’s the Skinny on Obesity and the Fats in Your Diet!

Benzene Poisoning: What To Do if You Are Exposed to Benzene

What smells sweet, is as colourless as water, burns like gasoline and may give you cancer? Well the clue is in the title – it's benzene. Being part of crude oil and used in gasoline as an anti-knocking agent to make petrol engines work better, there's a lot of it about. It's not just in the oil industry where you can have exposure either. Naturally any occupational connection to transport will provide opportunity for exposure – truck drivers, mechanics, logisticsContinue reading… Benzene Poisoning: What To Do if You Are Exposed to Benzene

Is Quinoa the Healthiest Alternative to Wheat?

Quinoa is in the news these days partially because 2013 was declared the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations. Lots of publicity ensued so now lots of cooks are trying it out. Of course people in South America have been cropping, eating and thriving on Quinoa for 7,000 years. It looks similar of grains such as wheat and rice but is not technically a true grain and contains no gluten at all. For those of us who likeContinue reading… Is Quinoa the Healthiest Alternative to Wheat?

Detox in 3 Days! You’re Kidding, Right?

The title of my first book on Detox is "Detox in 3 Steps" and so when I saw Sandy Halliday blog post on "Detox in 3 Days" my jaw dropped. We had spent some time at the same Nutrition Institute years ago and although we did not meet, we are on the same page with Detox. She was not being serious! You can't detox in a long weekend! There is a lot of focus in the media on the "howContinue reading… Detox in 3 Days! You’re Kidding, Right?

Stress is a Toxin Too!

There's lots more to detox than smoothies and diets, although you wouldn't know it from the avalanche of pseudo detox drivel on the Internet. Before detox can really begin you must get the body into Healing mode and that means getting good at relaxation. Here is a very nice Relaxation process with the excellent Sonia Choquette talking you through it. Get comfy this takes 12 minutes and is very soothing.   And if you want to learn just how toContinue reading… Stress is a Toxin Too!

Is Buckwheat a Healthy Alternative to Wheat?

What is Buckwheat?   First of all it is not related to wheat at all and is not a grain in the normal sense of the word. It is a relative of rhubarb and has been grown for 8,000 years all around the world. So a lot of people like it! Buckwheat starts off with a super advantage over wheat – it is gluten free. So although you can be allergic to just about any food with protein in itContinue reading… Is Buckwheat a Healthy Alternative to Wheat?