Earlier this year (20th Jan newsletter) I called your attention to the possible cause of ADD, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder as a result of acetaminophen (Tylenol in the USA; Paracetomol in the UK and elsewhere). This is not a new idea. Evidence has been gathering. We all want to blame vaccinations; but is that valid? In the […]

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    Telomeres are protective “helmets” found at both ends of your chromosomes. It’s a pivotal part of your base DNA that offers protection from deterioration. Each time your cells divide and replicate, these tiny caps gradually shorten until they disappear entirely. They limit how many times a cell can divide. When the protective benefit of telomeres […]

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    Last week I quoted a lady whose motto is “The purpose of life is living.” I’d like to add that the purpose of living is to learn. We could never stay as newborn babies; that would not suit the human temperament. Humans instinctively want to learn, to grow, to become wiser. It could be argued […]

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    Aging might be a natural part of the human experience but it isn’t always a happy part. Your attitude toward aging can affect the severity and speed of getting older. North Carolina State University found that being upbeat in the face of challenges faced when aging made their participants more resilient and better equipped to […]

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    August is the time of the Edinburgh Festival, in Scotland, and a good time for me to catch up with my friend Hunter Walker (see photo, which was just before the cloudburst!). I have known Hunter for over 20 years. He is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, possibly the longest surviving in the world. Between […]

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    In a world filled with those who suffer from chronic pain, pharmaceutical companies (and illegal drug suppliers) are making a killing. Prescribed drugs have a fairly short lifespan in the treatment of pain. The doses get ever stronger, the effects gradually lessen, and the potential for addiction is incredibly high. When patients no longer find […]

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    Do you ever stop to think much about your body? Apart from women who are fighting aging—and therefore pretty hostile towards their bodies—most of us take it quite for granted, I think. Well, you might have had a startling wake up a few nights ago on British television (Channel 4)! Vivien and I were surfing […]

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    We’ve all seen those couples in a restaurant who seem to argue over their meal. It’s almost always the wife telling her husband that he can’t have this because it’s bad for his heart or he can’t have that because of his blood sugar. I bet most of us feel sorry for the husband. Not […]

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    Jan Christiaan Smuts, The Man Who Invented Holism

    We use the word holistic a lot, but what does it really me­­­an? As I wrote in my amazing book Medicine Beyond, holism (and thence holistic) is a word that was originally coined by Jan Christiaan Smuts, the South African soldier, statesman, and philosopher (1870-1950). He defined it in his 1926 book, Holism and Evolution, […]

    E-Cigarettes May Have Their Own Health Risks

    In the pursuit of easier methods to quit smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) roared onto the scene ten years ago. These devices are hand-held and run on a battery. They heat the liquid (a combination of oils, flavors, water, and so forth) to a vapor so it can be inhaled. While countless studies have been […]

    Take Time To Think Of The Universe & Human Consciousness

    I’m reading from a copy of the New Scientist (journal) promotional email: Quantum physics has always been a source of mystery and delight. It defies common sense yet we have learned to manipulate these strange phenomena. Hey, is this even the right question? I think we should be saying that “common sense” defies physics. “Common […]

    Yes, You Can Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

    There are few things that literally frighten me as much as loss of cognition. With the steadily growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, every single one of us must be diligent in the fight against these debilitating diseases. Early detection is crucial! If you’re diagnosed, get a second (even a third) opinion. […]

    Picture Postcard from Prof’s African Travels

    I’m in a fascinating new world, south of the equator: Namibia, in Africa. It’s Africa as you probably picture it from the movies. But Namibia is modern, advanced and thriving in its way. Most of the problems now are between the blacks themselves, not whites vs. blacks. Namibia achieved independence from South Africa in 1990. […]

    Does Gut Health Affect Autism?

    In the year 2000, approximately 1-in-150 children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The last year for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has data is 2012 and that number is now 1-in-68 children and becoming more prevalent by the year. An almost 8% climb in twelve years is the […]