Other Links

Many thanks to Christine Reyes and Jasmine McCarthy in the US for sending us this information on a couple of organisations where she volunteers:

QuitSmokingCommunity (https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/)  and AlcoRehab (https://alcorehab.org/).

Quit Smoking Community, for example, is being used by many educational and governmental organizations to better inform people about the dangers of smoking.

You can find the examples at Indian Health Service (https://www.ihs.gov/california/index.cfm/for-patients/) and on Washington State Univerity's site (https://nursing.wsu.edu/faculty-staff/professional-resources/)

The Food Dimension: Food, Jobs & Wars

Drug Rehab (Alcohol Addiction)

Incredible Edible has nearly 50 groups across the UK and hundreds worldwide with the movement stretching from Canada to New Zealand.

Groups run independently and each is different, some with scores of members and official committees, others with small numbers of dedicated individuals. Each also has its own way of doing things - some offer members their own plots, others are run through housing associations.  However, every group under the Incredible Edible banner, shares the ethos of enriching the world around them through access to local food...more

One Man's Story


The film below is showing the work of Dr. G.C. M'Gonigle  (played by Murray Metheson) medical officer of health for Stockton on Tees (1924-39) and isportrayed by dramatic reconstruction set against the streets of Stockton on Tees, with voice-over acting the part of an enquirer who follows Dr. M'Gonigle on his rounds and elicits information from a range of witnesses. 

Dr. M'Gonigle worked with Sir John Boyd-Orr on the committee to investigate malnutrition in Britain. He fought for better housing, insisting that this was no use if those who were rehoused ended up going without food in order to pay rents that were beyond their means. 

He saw the importance of compiling patients' health histories and threw himself into public health issues such as food hygiene, contact tracing in the case of disease and care of the disabled. His observation that "no diseased beef can get through the food chain if everyone's doing his job" strikes a chord with our own troubled times.  

Credits:  Written and Produced by Max Munden with the co-operation of Dt H.J. Peters, the Stockton-on Tees Medical Officer of Health. A Central Office of Information film for the Foreign Office. Notes This video was made from material preserved by the BFI National Archive - 
from the website http://wellcomelibrary.org


Community First Responders

Community First Responders, is a part of South Central Ambulance Foundation Trust which covers Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire...more

CLA - Can this fatty acid help you get thin?

Fans of the nutritional supplement CLA believe it does. Here’s the skinny on how CLA works and how you can best incorporate it into your fitness regimen.

“LOSE FAT WITH FAT!” Yes, it sounds like yet another dubious infomercial promise. But a growing number of American dieters who take nutritional supplements containing the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) believe this latest weight-loss trend has real substance. They have found that, when used in conjunction with a regimented plan of diet and exercise, CLA not only reduces body fat but also increases muscle strength and exercise endurance. Now science has stepped in to explore CLA’s too-good-to-be-true health claims – and CLA has stood up to the skeptics...more


Bee stings are very common - one in ten of us get stung every year and, for a small number of people who go into shock, they may even proved deadly

US researchers have challenged the standard idea of gently scraping out the sting with a knife blade or fingernail by suggesting that it is important to remove the venom as quickly as possible.  They found that the longer the sting is embedded in the flesh, the longer the venom is expelled.

Could the water you're drinking be harming your health?

Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life. Water is the elixir of life- without it we cannot exist. You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water? The water you drink every day could be harming your health!  In the United States, we have many different options for our drinking water, but they are not all healthy...more

The Missing Ingredient to a Slim, Sexy and Healthy Body
Has the sight or smell of a Cinnabon ever every cast a spell on you and turned you into a helpless, powerless, dribbling fool, caving into its every wish to be scarfed down in a flash? Or perhaps you tip toe around that tempting chocolate cake or box of ice cream, telling yourself "No, I don't need that, I know that's bad for me."...and then 5 minutes later you succumb, telling yourself"I deserve this" or "just this one last time"and bam!, you devour that tasty morsel in the blink of an eye? And then the feelings of guilt, disappointment and frustration sets in...you tell yourself "I'll never do that again"...and your waistline expands!  Have you ever wondered WHY something like the enticing smell of popcorn in a movie theater or the sight of a sumptuous piece of chocolate cake at a bakery can literally hijack your own free will? The reason is that today's food has been engineered to be even more addicting than cocaine and even heroin, so no wonder we all feel helpless at times...or for some of us, all the time.  (The Primary Reason Why All Diets Fail.  Watch the video on this site - www.naturalhealthsherpa.com/unleash/video/foreverthing)

Kissing It Better - All over the world simple ideas are transforming patients' lives
Whilst visiting hospitals across the country, Nicola Matthews and Jill Fraser of Kissing It Better found that a good idea on one ward may not even get passed on to the ward next door, let alone the wider world. And despite award ceremonies at many hospitals which recognised innovative projects, there seemed to be no mechanism which allowed those ideas to become more widely accessible more........

A Powerful Role Model and Champion for Fitness

Jack LaLanne thrived into his 90’s, in fact he died at 96 and he easily looked decades younger. He was a fitness advocate decades before the value of fitness was commonly recognized, and an anti-sugar pioneer as well.  His devotion to health, nutrition and physical fitness will be truly missed. As he once said, "People don't die of old age, they die of neglect" -- and he certainly lived up to this statement. Here are some words of wisdom from a great man... more