Three of The Best Head Lice Treatments


Picksan Lice Stop Anti-lice Shampoo and No Lice Preventive Spray, £7.95 each for 100ml. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends this natural, neem-based range. Use the spray when term starts or when head lice are detected at school. If head lice are found, the shampoo removes 94 per cent in three hours. To remove eggs, repeat ten days later.

Full Marks Solution, £16.99 for 300ml, This contains cyclomethicone, a silicone-based ingredient that dehydrates the lice. You then use the comb provided to remove the dead lice and any eggs. It also dries the hair, so colourist Louise Galvin has developed a protocol for restoring lustrous locks; see Read More…

Diverticular Disease: Readers’ Solutions


My recent article on diverticular disease (16 June) prompted several readers to send in their own solutions to this distressing digestive condition, which occurs when small pouches (diverticula) form on the colon. The symptoms are intermittent lower abdominal pain and/or bloating, sometimes with diarrhoea or constipation.

  • Fiona, who says the pain aged her by ten years, found that food combining using the Hay Diet gave her immediate relief. ‘It’s so easy to follow,’ she says, ‘simply do not eat carbohydrates and protein together. Eat either carbs or protein with vegetables – just don’t combine potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc, with meat or fish.’ A useful book on this subject is The Complete Book of Food Combining by Kathryn Marsden (Piatkus, £14.99*).
  • Nigel, who suffered for eight years, stopped the course of antibiotics he’d been taking on his doctor’s advice. ‘Then along came manuka honey from New Zealand,’ he says. ‘I eat a teaspoonful every morning – two if I feel discomfort coming on – and the activity in my guts has not reappeared for 13 years. It is not cheap, but for me it has been a blessing.’ Comvita UMF Manuka Honey 10+ costs £17.55 for a 500g jar.
  • Ten years ago, one reader’s husband was advised to take acidophilus, a well-documented probiotic. ‘He has done this ever since, and has had no further symptoms,’ she says. BioCare Acidophilus, £21.35 for 60g, from
  • Finally, David says: ‘My 95-year-old mother-in-law’s uncontrollable bowel movements [due to diagnosed diverticulitis] were a big problem until we discovered slippery elm capsules, which she takes with meals. This has made a huge difference and reduced the problem dramatically.’ Bio Health Slippery Elm, £8.90 for 60 capsules, from

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Latch On To Pain-Free Feeding


This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Many new mothers find that breast-feeding doesn’t come as naturally as they’d expected. When you have finally mastered the technique, you may have to cope with the common and painful problem of a blocked duct, which may lead on to mastitis. ‘That can really test even the most dedicated mother’s commitment to breastfeeding, but there are quite simple ways to manage it,’ says Emma Cannon, the complementary women’s health specialist whose devoted patients include Sophie Dahl and Eva Herzigova. Read More…