Dear Doctor, is fasting good for your health?

We probably all know someone who is observing the fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan. It’s a common practice in lots of religions. So surely there must be some health benefits to this practice or is it all just purely spiritual?

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Dear Doctor, my hayfever feels like an illness!

Hayfever is another one of those conditions that affects all people differently. Over time some people develop a sensitivity to certain triggers. For some people that can be pollen, and of course it couldn’t be as simple as just pollen…

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Dear Doctor, Is the Mediterranean diet the healthiest diet?

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with adverts and social media posts, it can be hard to know what diet we should be following.
I want to talk about the Mediterranean diet. A lot of research has shown that the people living in places like Greece and southern Italy who follow the local diet are healthier than the average person. On the whole they have less heart problems, less diabetes, less blood pressure problems and lower cholesterol. So surely they must be doing something right!

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Dear Doctor, Mindfulness… to be or not to be?

Mindfulness is now recommended for the treatment of mental health problems in the UK. It’s all about literally being more mindful of things you already do. The aim being, that as you become more mindful you become more in tune with yourself. In time finding it easier to cope with situations knowing how your mind and body would normally respond.

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