Blastocystis Hominis

Blastocystis hominis is a parasite that inhabits the gastrointestinal tract of humans and many animals. It has a worldwide distribution, and, is often identified as the most common parasite reported in human fecal samples (5–15% of individuals in developed countries and 50–100% of individuals in developing countries). The parasite has been known since the early

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What Might Cause Fibromyalgia?

Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been defined as a separate syndrome, up to 70% of patients with fibromyalgia are also diagnosed with CFS and 35-70% of patients with CFS have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Thus studies of patients with CFS may have clinical relevance to Fibromyalgia. Every patient with chronic widespread pain requires at the

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Ankylosing Spondalyitis

What Is Ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis, thought by some to be autoimmune in origin. It would appear that the most likely causative agent in the development of Ankylosing spondylitis is an environmental factor in the genetically susceptible, HLA-B27 positive, individuals. What is HLA-B27? It has been shown that more

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Mindfulness: Part 2

In part 1 of this two part series on mindfulness (click here if you haven’t yet read it) we discussed the three components of mindfulness (intention, attention, attitude),  introduced the term “reperceiving”, and, highlighted the four direct mechanisms which lead to this shift in perspective. “Reperceiving—the capacity to dispassionately observe or witness the contents of

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Mindfulness: Part 1

What Is Mindfulness? It is “inherently a state of consciousness” which involves consciously attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience. Meditation practice is simply a “scaffolding” used to develop the state, or skill, of mindfulness. This post summarises just one paper, which must be one of my favourites in this area of health and performance (the paper

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Self-Compassion

Researchers are beginning to conceptualise self-compassion as a buffer, or moderator, of the relationships between distressing events and negative self-feelings. Self-compassion contains three components: Self-kindness versus self-judgment Common humanity versus isolation Mindfulness versus over-identification These components combine and mutually interact. Self-compassion is relevant when considering personal inadequacies, mistakes, and failures, as well as when confronting painful life

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Magnesium

With magnesium often claimed to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, and with so many clients asking about the nutrient I thought I would start creating a ‘master document’ on this amazing nutrient. So over the coming days/week I will add to this article with the aim of covering all necessary questions: What

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Food Intolerance

Food intolerance is estimated to affect 10-20% of the population, though diagnosis is difficult and so the number could be lower or even higher than this. Intolerances are a non-immunological reaction or hypersensitivity to food, often associated with gastro-intestinal symptoms. There are three potential causes of a food intolerance: 1. Pharmacology There are a number

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Food Allergy & Oral Tolerance

The UK has some of the highest prevalence rates of allergic conditions in the world, with ‘prevalence’ meaning the number of cases that are present at a given time. AllergyUK estimates that a staggering 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy, and the number of sufferers is on the rise. Almost

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