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    How to deal with a sore throat

    I have researched three methods and they work for me, usually, but not always. Gargle with nasty cheap red wine. You know the wine that you get for free with a five euro lunch in France, it will be high in tannins and other phenolic chemicals that are great…

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    Acupuncture treatment for anxiety

    We now know which parts of the brain are involved with feelings of anxiety, sadness and pain. The two main parts of the brain that increase their activity when we feel stressed or anxious are the prefrontal cortex and the limbic centres. Recent research carried out in USA has…

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    What is the point – sham acupuncture

    Yet another waste of time. What is this obsession with sham acupuncture? Anyone who is involved in acupuncture realises that the effect begins when the tip of the needle touches the skin of the patient. After that there are two variables: the intensity of the treatment and the responsiveness…

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    Carpets of Salt

    I’ve been on holiday. Even when I have time off it’s hard to stop seeing every activity from a professional angle. Each sport and every physical activity has its risks and the “alfombras de sal” weekend in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is no exception. Every year at the…

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    Sharpen your mind with a Siesta

    I was talking to a medical colleague who had recently been to China. While there she had a conversation with some Chinese doctors about the types of complaints they encountered most often. When she asked how many patients complained of TATT (tired all the time) they looked blank. So…