Corn: the hidden Allergen in your Food and Drink (and Where to Find it)

When I wrote last year on how a maize allergy almost killed my wife, it was just the beginning of her journey. Since then she (we) have had to check every single item of food and drink that she has consumed and have often been shocked how often the cheap bulking agent corn is used […]

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BBC Panorama’s ‘A Prescription for Murder’ was a Grossly Irresponsible program

As someone who takes the SSRI Citalopram for anxiety and mild depression (and whose family has a history of mental health problems including manic depression and bipolar) I was absolutely furious after watching BBC Panorama’s ‘A Prescription for Murder’. The program focused on the case of murderer James Holmes who killed multiple people in a […]

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Ingrown Toenail – living with the ugliest toes in the world

My ingrown toenail saga left me with some of the the ugliest toes in the world. After playing rugby from the age of 11 and having my feet stamped on various times I eventually ended up with ingrown toenails. This would eventually become infected despite my best attempts to keep them clean. The red, swollen […]

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Would you pay £10 to see a GP?

Would you pay £10 to see a GP?

Front-line NHS services are struggling and seeing a doctor is more difficult than ever, so would you pay £10 to see a GP? This is just one of the many suggestions that has been put forward recently in an attempt to reduce pressure of vital front line NHS resources and raise money for the underfunded […]

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Lidl Bakery food allergy advice and ingredients

Recently, a new Lidl opened in Colchester. It’s an impressive store for a ‘budget’ supermarket, and also boasts of flash new bakery. The problem is that the bakery staff can’t confirm any ingredients in their foods which might cause allergies. Since my wife has a serious corn allergy, it’s really important that we know what’s […]

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Common Medical Terms related to Personal Injury

A few years ago, I was involved in putting together some Common Medical Terms related to Personal Injury for a company which specialised in legal claims. The company is no longer trading, so I decided to put the glossary of terms here for you to use. Feel free to duplicate it on your own website […]

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Frontal lobotomy conducted using ECT (video)

A video has emerged on Youtube showing the graphic detail of a person receiving a frontal lobotomy. The footage, shot in black and white and appearing to be from c.1960 shows a female patient receiving Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT) to force unconsciousness, followed by a procedure which includes entering the frontal lobe from above the eyelid […]

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Sudden Corn Allergy

Sudden Corn Allergy Almost Killed My Wife

My wife had eaten maize products all of her life, until one day I arrived home to hear her vomiting in the bathroom due to what we would later discover was a sudden maize allergy (also known as a corn allergy). She’d eaten some chips and dip and within an hour or so was being […]

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Pauline Cafferkey

Pauline Cafferkey: the Nursing and Midwifery Council should give her a break

Pauline Cafferkey gave up her time to save lives, fighting against a barely understood disease, Ebola. Then, after a 20 hour shift was flown home to the UK. Pauline Cafferkey arrived home, knackered, in a “busy, disorganised and even chaotic” airport and then the wrong number gets recorded on her notes by someone else. She then […]

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Kidney Stones and how to prevent them – my experience

Kidney stones can be a real surprise. On Friday I woke up feeling fine, got showered, had some breakfast and went to work. At about 9.30 I had the sudden urge to pee so off I went to the loo and what happened next can only be explained as the feeling that someone had taken […]

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