Give Relief To Restless Legs


I was at a play last night when my legs began twitching. It has been happening quite often since I reached late middle age. Is there anything I can do about it?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common condition of the nervous system. As well as involuntary twitching, RLS, which is often worse at the end of the day, can cause an irresistible urge to move your legs voluntarily (and sometimes other parts of the body) and/or a creeping crawling sensation in the legs. The charity RLS-UK offers information and support (01634 260483, Read More…

Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant


India Knight: fresh start

  • Before I start about deodorant, here’s a weird thing I discovered from following a series of beauty links on YouTube. If you have slightly dark armpits and feel annoyed that they’re dark, perhaps because you are planning on exhibiting them (everyone else move on, be annoyed about something important), rub a potato on them. If you’re in a hurry, don’t even peel it, though peeling is good. It works. Potatoes lighten dark armpits. Life is amazing.

    “My armpits felt nice — the least glamorous sentence I’ve ever written” Read More…

Time to Fix Sore Feet


Q: I have a bunion on my right foot. How can I stop it getting worse and is it possible to reverse the problem?

A: More than 15 per cent of women in the UK suffer from bunions, due in part to our liking of pointy toes and high heels. Men may develop them, too, but far fewer do. Many sufferers have a family history of bunions.

A bunion (hallus valgus) is a deformity of the big toe joint. The main sign is the big toe pointing towards, or sometimes overlapping, the other toes on the foot. This may force the outer bone of the big toe to stick out and a bump to form. The big toe joint may be swollen and painful, especially when wearing shoes. Read More…

August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Welcome to the August newsletter where we do a rather big (understatement!) NIOD update, which I ask that you read carefully because at the end of it we may well have changed everything, again! We take a look at several health concerns, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, what it means to have an underactive thyroid and Diverticular Disease. Somewhere in the middle of all this is a treat and I report on the death of a product, actually make that three that have entered ‘product heaven’; additionally there is another new launch from Margaret Dabbs and a rather chic water bottle to have and to hold. Let’s go:


When we launched NIOD, I was very clear that we were launching on a health platform and although NIOD can of course be categorised as a health/beauty crossover, the single most important thing to Brandon and I was that the products made a positive difference and in some way, shape or form changed lives, which for so many of you it has gone on to do on so many different levels.

I’ve written several times that NIOD is not a brand, it is a collection of extraordinary formulations, which are light years ahead of all else; it has a heart, it has a soul and we always do NIOD in depth because anything less would be deeply disrespectful. But it is more than that, far, far more: NIOD loves, NIOD shares and NIOD gives. And you give back; you give back in the most loving and beautiful way by sharing your thoughts and in so doing you help others and that is where I am throwing the focus on this newsletter because there can be no greater gift than loving and supporting each other. Read More…

Life’s Short


There are two good things about Big Birthdays (the sort with a zero on the end). The first is the excuse they give for a jolly good knees-up and the second is that in this deadline-dominated, too-much-to-do-in-too-little-time, crazy-paced world, a major birthday (which I’ve just celebrated) offers an opportunity for a bit of welcome reflection. A reassessment. A time to ask, perhaps, if the deadlines really do matter so much. Read More…

What is Diverticular Disease?


Diverticular disease affects nearly 10% of the population over the age of 40 and nearly 50% of the population over 60 years of age. Diverticular disease is, in most cases, free from recognisable symptoms with the exception of chronic constipation which seems to be a common symptom. For those who do develop other symptoms, the most common complaint is intermittent and unpredictable griping lower abdominal pain often accompanied by a fever.

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