10 Of The Best Holiday Essentials

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Top 10 of the best holiday essentials:

1. Compeed Blister Mixed Plasters, £4.39. From blisters to corns and cracked heels, these soothe, soften and protect.

2. Murine Refresh & Soothe Eye Mist, £9.99. Easier to apply than drops for dry, tired or itchy eyes. Read More…

My Organic Life

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Helen Browning OBE, 54, is an organic tenant farmer in Wiltshire and chief executive of the Soil Association. She has been chair of the Food Ethics Council since 2002. I grew up on the 1,350-acre livestock and arable farm that I now run. I always knew I wanted to farm and did a degree in agricultural technology.

I had all the usual aspirations about getting huge yields, but then I saw the countryside changing, hedges being ripped out, wildlife disappearing and poor welfare of farm animals – especially pigs and chickens. Organic farming seemed like a possible solution, so I started to experiment. Read More…

June Newsletter

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Welcome to the June newsletter where I write about a new NIOD product that had a rather unusual start to life, we say hello to The Wet Brush, OMGTEA and a few new cutting-edge supplements. We look at Psoriasis, Restless Legs and Osteopenia because they all matter; there is a pretty fabulous treat from Aromatherapy Associates (we are getting ready for the deluge!), Ameliorate and Sarah Chapman and there is a new product launch from Sarah too.

Additionally we’ll do all the news and feedback and despite me announcing that if there was one more wait list I would put myself on a one-way ticket to the moon, I still appear to be here and I’m jumping onto The Podium to talk about it. Really not loving all the delays, but here is something I do love:

Non-Acid Acid Precursor 15% (NAAP)

This is the product that we were meant to launch at the beginning of April, except very obviously we didn’t. And this is why:

Brandon and a lab sample of NAAP came to dinner; I had literally just stepped off a long-haul flight that afternoon and there was no way that I was cooking for him; it was take-away or starvation. We did the former, we ordered sushi. Fast forward: NAAP went onto my skin and within a few hours I was being violently sick, huge welts appeared all over my body and I fell into a virtual-non-conscious state of being. Brandon wasn’t sick (damn!), so it had to be the product, not the sushi; I told him in no uncertain terms that I was not launching NAAP, I would never, ever list NAAP and I was suffering a severe case of near-death-by-product. Read More…

A Probiotic To Prevent Traveller’s Diarrhoea

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Many people travelling abroad take a probiotic with them in order to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea. When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, the risk of becoming ill increases because many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted.

Traveller’s diarrhoea, as the name suggests, is a medical condition which results in diarrhoea whilst travelling. It is often caused by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contaminated food by insects and other factors.

The bacteria responsible for causing traveller’s diarrhoea include Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella and various strains of E. coli. Read More…