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Café Coronaries and the Heimlich Manoeuvre

A few weeks ago I posted a piece about head digestion. It was entitled ‘Something to Chew Over’, and stressed the importance of chewing each mouthful of food until it was properly broken down and of a suitable consistency to be swallowed. At its end I pledged that ‘in the near future we’ll have more […]

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Sleep well: Night Caps and Midnight Feasts

It’s widely believed that the foods we take at the end of the day have a direct effect on the quality of our sleep. Most people accept that coffee can keep them awake, but is there any truth in the old idea that eating cheese provokes bad dreams? If we go to bed on an […]

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A Fishy Story: Fatty Fish and Omega-3

Folk beliefs about health always merit serious consideration. Some maybe are total moonshine, but others are based on years of clinical trial and error. The difficulty lies in sorting the wise woman’s gems from the witch doctor’s garbage. When I was a lad my Aunt Ethel told me that I must eat fish to develop […]

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Rocking Chair Revival

Rocking chairs are currently front-page news. Not because of their physiological benefits, but because they have been embroiled in the scandal over the outrageous living expenses demanded by our ‘honourable’ Members of Parliament. (We’re not in the naming and shaming business, so we’ll merely say that a certain lady MP had claimed £1,200 to pay […]

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The Vegetarian Solution

One of the great problems that health educators face is making their advice attractive. This is particularly true in a sybaritic age, when people opt to watch the telly rather than go for a bracing country walk, and nibble sweets rather than follow a less seductive ‘wholesome’ diet. This makes it difficult to get the […]

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