Are you getting enough vitamin D?

I’m often asked for my opinion, or to give advice, on taking supplements. Mostly from people opposed to taking conventional medicines. The truth is, I don’t really know enough about nutrition to give advice. However, I recently read a review ‘Vitamin D in health and disease: Current perspectives’, (Zhang and Naughton, 2010), and was so taken aback by what I read that I thought I should review their review and outline the key aspects relating to vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. The two precursors to Vitamin D are, Vitamin D3 which is formed when the skin is exposed to sunlight (UVB), and Vitamin D2 which enters circulation through the diet. These two

An absolute inspiration

My dad served as a Royal Marine for 33 years, 22 years as a member of the elite SBS, so over the years, although I’ve met some amazing people, I’ve rarely been taken aback by stories of individual endeavour and resolve. Then I met James! James Moore was born with spina bifida, a rare condition where the embryo’s neural tube, that later forms the spine and the nervous system, fails to mature correctly, leaving a gap in the spine. Spina bifida is linked to paralysis, cardiovascular problems, bowel conditions and learning difficulties. James considers himself very lucky to have escaped paralysis, reflecting on how much worse his condition could have been. The spinal defect did however result in

Enjoy your pregnancy - don't let aches and pains get in the way

Pregnancy should be a time of joy and excited anticipation for expectant mums. Unfortunately, many suffer from severe back or pelvic girdle pain, turning the experience into a ghastly nightmare. In fact, back or pelvic pain during pregnancy is so common that some obstetricians even consider it normal. Thankfully, I don’t. I believe that with careful assessment, treatment and advice I can help you enjoy the most wonderful, beautiful, and fulfilling, time of your life. By rebalancing your pelvis and lumbar spine with gentle osteopathic techniques, supplemented when required with acupuncture, I can help alleviate many of the symptoms allowing you to enjoy, not endure, this very special time. Th

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