Fight Parkinson’s – have a tea-break

Daily Mail: A cup of tea a day could reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by three-quarters.
Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows research obtained from more than 63,000 Chinese men and women.
Those who drank at least 23 cups of black tea a month were 71 per cent less likely to develop the neurological condition.

“Dr Ann Walker, a member of industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel, said the probable protective effect came from antioxidant activity.
She said “Tea is one of the strongest dietary antioxidants available. “

Get a pig in the kitchen

Or possibly turn yourself in to one with these great recipes.

“My recipe blog is in response to my daughter’s dairy, egg and nut allergies. As there is gluten intolerance in my extended family, I’ve made the recipes gluten-free as well. Sounds awful? Ah, but the food tastes good and the pictures are pretty, come on in!”

There are plenty of great recipes here for those with allergies, mixed with a little humour! Check it out, it’s a great, well-maintained blog site.

The shady life of Aspartame

The Ecologist: Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history. The most recent evidence, linking it to leukaemia and lymphoma, has added substantial fuel to the ongoing protests of doctors, scientists and consumer groups who allege that this artificial sweetener should never have been released onto the market and that allowing it to remain in the food chain is killing us by degrees.
This is a great and scary insight into Aspartame from Ecologist. It’s a wonder that the Pentagon’s once-listed biochemical warfare agent and winner of an 8 year FDA ban for toxicity is still all around us.

Aspartame is independently reported to produce a range of disturbing adverse effects in humans, including headaches, memory loss, mood swings, seizures, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s-like symptoms, tumours and even death.

The FDA managed to previously keep it banned for 8 years on evidence of serious central nervous system damage and the cause of cancer in animals.

Ecologist covers the full story in depth.

Energy efficient heating for your home

Atmos provide energy efficient and specially designed boilers and heating products.
Suppling the latest generation of high efficiency condensing gas boilers, together with Solar hot water heating and Underfloor heating, Atmos systems are designed to maximize efficiency and reduce fuel bills – which is good for you and the environment.

All Atmos boilers are “solar compatible” and have won industry awards.

Also available are the latest high efficiency Robur warm air heaters for commercial and industrial settings. Products have been used in a wide variety of settings and received critical acclaim from the construction industry press.

So why choose an Atmos Heating System? Maximize energy efficiency, reduce your fuel costs and help the environment.

* All models deliver hot water straight away (and we do mean instantly)
* Peak efficiency around 98% gross
* SEDBUK band A rated – independently certified
* Save up to 35% on fuel bills.
* Can take pre-heated water (from a solar heater)
* Mains pressure delivery – no need for a separate shower pump

Atmos heating systems

Table salt low in important Iodine

ScienceDaily: Scientists in Texas found 53% of tested iodized table salts were low in iodine – a key nutrient.
Tested samples contained less than the FDA’s recommended level.

Iodine is important in children for normal brain development with other researchers noting a link between iodine deficiency and attention deficit disorder or ADD.

The researchers expressed particular concern about the adequacy of iodine nutrition in women who are pregnant or nursing. “If salt does supply a significant portion of the iodine intake of a pregnant/lactating woman in the United States (note that a large fraction of postnatal vitamins contain no iodine), and she is unfortunate enough to pick a can of salt that is low in iodine or in which distribution is greatly uneven, there is a potential for serious harm,” the study states.

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Apples, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Research from Cornell University indicates that eating apples protects against the tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.
The antioxidant quercetin which is found in apples and some other fruits and vegetables appears to protect the brain against oxidative stress.

Fresh apples have the highest levels of quercetin, which is mainly found concentrated in the apple skin, compared to other fruit and vegetables.

Onions have the highest levels of quercetin among vegetables. Berries, particularly blueberries and cranberries, are next in line.

Salt is good! (Up kids noses anyway)

The news all over is saying that salt water is good for sorting colds out in kids. Children with colds who took a salt water nasal spray had less symptoms of runny and blocked noses after using it.

Anyone who lives near the coast will know of this. If you have a cold – take a walk along the beach and your nose will soon be streaming and clearing out!

After long-term use, children in these studies had fewer symptoms of cough, sore throat and runny nose and had less time off school because of illness.