Fresh news for a healthier lifestyle
The formation of varicose veins can sometimes be prevented, treated and kept at bay by natural or nutritional changes. Veins transport blood to the heart. If the blood is to flow efficiently through the circulatory system it must contain all the nutrients and vitamins that the body needs to maintain good health.
Veins are one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing back to the rest of your body. If these valves become weak or disturbed, the blood flows back into the vein, causing it to swell. As varicose veins become enlarged, they often appear raised or twisted, protruding from under the skin.
We all know we have a circulatory system, but we may not be so aware of the various different parts of it. The microcirculation is the bit between the veins and the arteries, and whilst blood is flowing through this part it feeds oxygen and other nutrients to the surrounding tissues and organs. The microcirculation is therefore pretty vital and if it’s in poor shape we are more likely to suffer from such ailments as memory loss, tiredness, cold hands and feet, chilblains, etc. Continue reading >
Losing your keys, or forgetting why you’ve gone into a room? These things happen to us all, believe it or not, but they do tend to happen more as we get older – usually because we’re thinking about something else. Among my peers it’s also fairly classic to come to a standstill in the middle of a sentence because one of us has suddenly forgotten the film or its star that was on the tip of our tongue a nano-second earlier.
Dr Mark Porter flagged up the use of Ginkgo biloba for Raynaud’s Disease in the Times this week. For those looking for remedies for this common and painful condition, which is notoriously difficult to treat, there is some encouraging research available. 
In Sydney, Australia, a group of doctors and researchers working in geriatric medicine decided to see if they could work out how fast the Grim Reaper walks . . .
Bear with me: they had a valid aim, however morbid it may seem.
The study, in collaboration with the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP), probed the link between walking speed and mortality in elderly men, humorously supposing that the Grim Reaper has a maximum walking speed and if one was able to walk faster than him (assuming that the Grim Reaper is male), you will be able to outrun death.