Veganism – considering becoming a vegan? Then read this infographic!

In the last couple of years veganism has become all the rage.

As anyone who has been to India know the food is great!

But this fascinating infographic sheads a whole new light on the diet and it’s fascinating.

Researched and produced by Advanced Physical Medicine – Chicago Chiropractic.

Why you should ride to work or school on a bike?

Full disclosure! I’m a born again cyclist. I was told by my doctor to lose weight a couple of years ago and took up cycling.

In the last two years I’ve lost pounds , got fitter and seen loads of places I’d never thought I’d go.

Next month I’m riding down the Rhine with a old college buddy.

So check out the benefits and join us!

Bike to Work Week

Adenoids and adenoidectomy – signs , symptoms and treatment!

Adenoids and adenoidectomy
Adenoids and adenoidectomy


An adenoidectomy is a quick operation to remove the adenoids – small lumps of tissue at the back of the nose, behind the palate.

What are adenoids?

Adenoids are part of the immune system, which helps fight infection and protects the body from bacteria and viruses.

Adenoids are only present in children. They start to grow from birth and are biggest when your child is approximately three to five years old.

But by age seven to eight they start to shrink and by the late teens, are barely visible. By adulthood, the adenoids will have disappeared completely.

The adenoids disappear because – although they may be helpful in young children – they’re not an essential part of an adult’s immune system.

You will not be able to see your child’s adenoids by looking in their mouth.

When do adenoids need removing?

It may be necessary to remove the adenoids if they become swollen or enlarged due to:

infection with bacteria or a virus (adenoiditis) – although the infection will eventually clear up, the adenoids may remain enlarged
allergies – allergens (substances that trigger an allergic reaction) can sometimes irritate the adenoids, making them swell up

Adenoids can also be removed to treat recurrent ear infections or glue ear.

Read more about why adenoids need to be removed.

What is an adenoidectomy?

An adenoidectomy is a quick operation to remove the adenoids. It takes about 30 minutes to perform and is carried out in hospital by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon.

In most cases your child can go home on the same day once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.

Read more about how an adenoidectomy is performed and recovering from an adenoidectomy.

Are there any risks?

The operation carries very few risks. Removing the adenoids will not put your child at greater risk of developing infection. The body’s immune system is perfectly able to cope with bacteria and viruses without the adenoids.

However, as with all surgery, there is a small risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, nasal discharge, or an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic.

There may also be some temporary minor health problems such as a sore throat, earache or a blocked nose for a few weeks.

Read more information about the risks of an adenoidectomy.

Children’s Mental Health Disorders – A Journey for Parents and Children

Watch this video from the CDC meet two families and hear about their experiences living with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome.

More information can be found here National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

Boys Playing in the Leaves
Boys Playing in the Leaves

The Amazing Health and Medical Benefits of Turmeric

As some of you know by now I’m very interested in alternative ways of treating medical conditions.

In particular how everyday herbs and spices might be used to benefit different medical conditions. So I was delighted to find this fascinating this infographic on the medical benefits of turmeric. Interestingly it is often used to treat arthritis and diabetes.

You many find this article showing a great way of preparing turmeric of use!

If you have any other suggestions for using turmeric please feel free to tell us more in the comments box below.

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric

From Visually.

Platform MS – how get involved in the Multiple Sclerosis blogging world

Platform MS
Platform MS


A few weeks after I started blogging for the site, I started receiving comments and emails from different kind of people who have been reading my blogs and said that they finally understood the life of people who live with a MS patient. The blogs where understandable, happy, sometimes sad but mostly honest. Honest about our life with MS. Yes, our life. My wife has MS. And last year (summer of 2015) she got a heavy schub. She couldn’t move the right side of her body and at that moment I realized I had to write about our experiences.

My blogs started getting populair and more people asked for some sort of advice. Two months ago I registered the domain and a few days later I started thinking about how I can reach people with stories about people who live with MS. I asked some friends around me (, @BeertjeBrult) if they were interested in writing for Platform MS. They were thrilled! YEAH! We wanna write our stories.

And so the first week of is a fact. Now its time for new authors, contributors, bloggers or other people who have a story to share. A story about Multiple Sclerosis. A story which can help other people identify themselves. A story to help people!

I hope to see you all soon!


Floris (Founder & Creator Platform MS)

One year on from the devastating Nepal earthquake one Brit makes short film about his recent journey to a British funded medical camp

Today marks exactly one year since the devastating 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake which killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. It was Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years. Travel videographer Olly Pemberton has just returned from Nepal having captured the stories and sights of a country on the road to recovery and has created a short film to document his journey.

year ago Nepal was hit by one of its worst ever natural disasters; an earthquake that killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. Entire villages were also flattened and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless.

Today, the country still has a long way to go in the rebuilding and recovery of its towns and villages

Videographer Olly Pemberton recently returned from Thulopatel, 6 hours east of Kathmandu where he has documented the work of one British funded medical camp as a nation tries to get back on its feet 12 months on from the earthquake.

Through documenting his trip, he has met countless villagers who have suffered significant hardship and emotional and physical pain since the disaster.

His footage tells the stories of many villagers, as well as showing just how badly hit the area was by the earthquake and how far away it is from getting back to normality for those who live there.

The camp was set up by British company Exodus Travels and staffed by Nepali doctors, volunteer nurses and local Exodus staff such as tour leaders, porters and cooks, who have all come together to provide vital help for locals still very much in need.

The work has been carried out thanks to a fund set up by the company immediately after the earthquake which they kick-started with a £15,000 donation which quickly grew to £274,000 thanks to donations from their generous clients. Exodus also won a Sunday Times Travel Award for the money raised and work they have done.

Exodus Travels has been working in Nepal since 1974. To help with relief efforts since the earthquake, they initially provided emergency relief, followed by temporary shelters and then the rebuilding of homes and schools. As well as the medical camp, they are also providing food to children in the area.

However, like many, the company believes the best way for Brits to help in the recovery is by returning to Nepal to experience it and help put vital money back into their economy.


MS Awareness Week 2016 – Let’s make MS care fair

Today sees the start of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 2016. This year’s theme is “Let’s make MS care fair”.

Can we ask you to like and share the Facebook Cover we have produced for the week to help us raise multiple sclerosis awareness.

MS Awareness Week
MS Awareness Week

Weight loss – dieting for a year show weight loss can be maintained!

CWP 2016 choc shake and sachet port RGBExperts have welcomed newly published research that shows how weight loss can be maintained, without dieters inevitably regaining their original weight, by dieting for a year.

They say the breakthrough study by the University of Copenhagen into hormonal adaptions to weight loss sheds light on how weight loss with formula diets may help address the UK’s escalating diabetes and obesity problem, by showing it takes 12 months of dieting before the body’s chemicals change and a new weight can be permanently maintained.

The study showed that healthy, but obese, people put on a Cambridge Weight Plan 810 calorie formula diet for eight weeks lost 13 percent of their weight and kept the weight off after a 52 week maintenance formula diet.

The study looked at hormonal changes associated with effective long-term weight loss and feelings of fullness and allowed researchers new insights into the complex processes involved in obesity and especially weight loss in obesity.

Researchers in Denmark have found that obese people who had shed an eighth of their weight on an intensive diet and then kept it off for a year saw dramatic changes in the chemicals governing their appetites.

Professor Leeds, medical director of Cambridge Weight Plan said: “This shows for the first time that if enough weight is lost and kept off for long enough then the body seems to adjust to the lower weight and does not fight to try to regain it.

“This has very important implications for considering the use of formula diet programmes in community settings and GP practices as a way to combat obesity.”

“Since we now have good evidence that people can lose about ten percent of their body weight, usually about one and a half stone, and maintain that, it helps to have evidence that explains how weight loss is maintained.”

“Weight maintenance can be achieved by a permanent change in diet and eating behaviour and by physical activity, but not everyone can do this using conventional diet and keep the weight off, so this study reinforces the value of formula diets.”

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“Thus, the body is no longer fighting against you, but actually with you, which is good news for anyone trying to lose weight.

“We were able to show that you shouldn’t give up. If you’re able to keep your weight down for a year, then it shifts and becomes easier.”

“Other clinical trials are addressing the question of whether a ten percent weight loss with a total diet replacement of formula foods for eight weeks can prevent diabetes if followed by an effective weight loss strategy,” continued Professor Leeds.

“This new paper from Copenhagen encourages us to believe that we’re on the right path, when Britain is facing the risk of another million people with diabetes in 20 years’ time. Losing enough weight is known to be the key component of diabetes prevention programmes, an essential requirement for early diabetes reversal and for improving more advanced diabetes.”

Professor Gary Frost, who studies how people with diabetes can successfully lose weight at Imperial College London also welcomed the study: “Getting the right amount of weight loss to reverse early diabetes or improve more advanced diabetes is important. Just a few pounds won’t do. The right amount of change can be delivered initially with formula diet, followed by carefully managed re-introduction of conventional foods.

“I am convinced that when doctors and dietitians become familiar with how to help people through these impressive weight losses this will become a standard option within health care services on a global scale.”


The study findings were recently published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

The main finding in the study revealed that after one year of successful weight loss maintenance, the researchers were able to demonstrate that postprandial levels of two appetite inhibiting hormones (GLP-1 and PYY) increased (=appetite inhibition) from before-weight loss level – in contrast to the hunger hormone ghrelin, which increased immediately after weight loss but returned to normal levels (= low hunger) after one year. This demonstrates that the hormones GLP-1 and PYY are able to adjust to a new ‘set point’ and thus may facilitate the continuation of a new and lower body weight.

“We know that obese people have low levels of the appetite inhibiting hormone GLP-1. The good thing is that now we are able to show that you can actually increase the levels of this hormone as well as the appetite inhibiting hormone PYY by weight loss and that the levels are kept high (=increased appetite inhibition) when you maintain your weight loss for a year,” adds first author of the study MD and PhD student Eva Winning Iepsen

Cambridge Weight Plan is an evidence-based formula diet programme that delivers safe weight loss and maintenance at greater rates than occurs after conventional diet. Gold-standard clinical trials have shown weight loss and maintenance of about 10kg (10 per cent) of body weight for four years in elderly obese people with knee osteoarthritis with reduced pain and improved cardiovascular profiles maintained for at least one year. Similar findings have been shown in men with moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnoea, in women following heart attack and in people with psoriasis. Studies to demonstrate prevention of diabetes and reversal of early diabetes are underway. A recent presentation in Britain showed that a weight loss of 10kg in those with obesity and insulin treated type 2 diabetes can improve blood glucose control and reduce insulin dose. Four out of 10 participants were able to stop taking insulin.

Color, Health and Medical Science is there a link?

Years ago my dad told me about a guy at his work who had just had a heart attack. On his return this office had been painted a rather unpleasant light blue. Why my father ask the reason behind this vulgarity? It was explained that the colour made him feel colder than thus lowered his heart rate (or something).

Anyhow the point has remained with me all these years that there is a relationship between colour and health. (It also applies to alternative therapies as well I’m told).

So I was fascinated when I found this infographic looking a health and color. And thought I would share it with you.

The Link Between Colour and Medicine

From Visually.