Get Happy With Recycling Textiles

Recycling textiles sounds quaint, unlike recycling electronics which sounds obvious – all those precious metals that can be used again and many toxic substances which we don’t want in landfill where they can pollute the water table and outgas greenhouse gases. Turns out that the same considerations come up for textiles too. After all textiles will generally decompose and the bacteria that find their way into the material may well generate Methane which is a very potent greenhouse gas. SoSee More… Get Happy With Recycling Textiles

After a Diagnosis of Cancer…

Fear is the usual response to a diagnosis of Cancer. Even though other diseases may actually be a bigger threat and Cancer has such a grip on our imagination. The Cancer establishment offers and mandates only 3 ways to respond to Cancer and they are Surgery, Treatment with Cancer causing chemicals and treatment with Cancer causing radiation. It takes a an independent thinker with some courage to withstand the assault by the establishment – they will do their best orSee More… After a Diagnosis of Cancer…

Air Pollution and Our Health – What Can We Do?

I have been breathing polluted air and reading about air pollution all my life. And of course old news is no news at all. This post is not so much about the facts of air pollution or its causes but about what we can do about it. Setting the scene – I want you to imagine being in London in the 1950s. The smogs that cloaked the city were so thick that we could not see more than a fewSee More… Air Pollution and Our Health – What Can We Do?

Air Pollution and Disease: Can Air Filters Help?

Pollution is not just ugly and smelly; It is a serious health issue too. And it is not just about causing and exacerbating lung disease and sinus problems, but much more seriously there is now evidence that air pollution is a powerful factor in the causation of ADHD, autism and infertility. We got to see just how serious air pollution could be back in the 1950s in smoggy old London. The smog was caused by the smoke from sulphur richSee More… Air Pollution and Disease: Can Air Filters Help?

What do the B vitamins do? | The ABCs of Vitamins

You know by now if you have been following this series on The ABCs of the Vitamins that vitamins come in different forms and that is especially true of the B vitamins. There are several of them… It started with Thiamine There was a widespread disease amongst sailors and prisoners – that is amongst people with a poor diet. The main symptoms were muscle wasting, irregular heart beat and mental confusion. The disease was called Beriberi and was first noticedSee More… What do the B vitamins do? | The ABCs of Vitamins

How Vitamin F Cured Scaly Skin and a Lot More | ABCs of Vitamins

One of the biggest breakthroughs ever made in nutritional research occurred in 1923 when vitamin F was discovered. Studies of groups of animals fed on experimental diets were going on and it was soon found that lacking this essential vitamin lead the poor animals used in these early experiments to quickly develop skin sores and lesions which were quite different from those caused by other vitamin deficiencies. In fact the diet had vitamins A, B and D added to makeSee More… How Vitamin F Cured Scaly Skin and a Lot More | ABCs of Vitamins

Vitamin K, Strong Bones and Healthy Ageing

Although discovered in 1929 it was not until 1943 that a Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery of vitamin K. The K in Vitamin K stands for “coagulation” or “Koagulation” as spelled in the Danish and German speaking areas in which the research was done and published. And it refers to the ability of the blood to clot as part of the healing process that happens naturally when you cut yourself. But the way in which vitamin K worksSee More… Vitamin K, Strong Bones and Healthy Ageing