Dear Doctor, Should I use coconut oil as mouthwash?

Dear Doctor, Should I use coconut oil as mouthwash?

I love coconut but coconut oil ... solid coconut oil... gross! Well, at least at first it was. A hard lump of oil, that doesn't melt in the mouth quickly, is like the fruit pastille challenge! Anyone remember that advert? But back to coconut oil, I have heard lots of people rave about it's benefits for oral hygiene, fresher breath and teeth whitening. I'll admit the prospect of a natural solution to whiter teeth is what really got me interested. So, I decided to give it a try....

Dear Doctor, Is the Mediterranean diet the healthiest diet?

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!