The use of heat in healing dates back to antiquity. It is reported that Hippocrates stated that “those who cannot be cured by medicine can be cured by surgery. Those who cannot be cured by surgery can be cured by fire [hyperthermia]. Those who cannot be cured by fire, they are indeed incurable.”[i]   The

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Flotation tanks, otherwise referred to as “isolation tanks” or “float tanks” have also been referred rather scarily to as “sensory deprivation chambers” or more recently (and more eloquently) referred to as “floatation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique)”. My personal journey with float tanks started off in late 2015 when I decided to try it out after

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Sleep is such as important function fo the human body that it can hardly be emphasised enough. Without deep restorative sleep it is hard to heal from chronic ill health, especially if the brain or neurological system is involved.   A 2015 study published in “Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology” suggested an association between poor

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Researchers from New York recently published an amazing study in the journal Microbiome.1 With 48 ME/CFS patients and 39 controls a sophisticated technique (sequencing ribosomal RNA genes) was performed to comprehensively profile the bacteria within stool samples. Five different blood inflammatory markers were also measured. A number of key findings are as follows. Firstly as

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Researchers from New York recently published an amazing study in the journal Microbiome.1 With 48 ME/CFS patients and 39 controls a sophisticated technique (sequencing ribosomal RNA genes) was performed to comprehensively profile the bacteria within stool samples. Five different blood inflammatory markers were also measured. A number of key findings are as follows. Firstly as

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I worked in intensive care medicine for around five years. During this training I was fascinated by sepsis syndrome, or what was now called “Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome” or SIRS. This syndrome often started with a fairly mild bacterial infection which spread to the bloodstream, and triggered a cascasde of events, often causing very low

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Comments from Sandeep Gupta: I first experienced the fact that many patients who were not diagnosed as having Coeliac disease still appeared to experience significant improvement in their condition with excluding gluten-based grains from their diet many years ago. At the time, the literature on this phenomenon was a little lacking. It’s encouraging to see

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Introductory comments by Dr Sandeep Gupta: I have recently been struck by the tremendous amount of suffering that those with a chronic disease may go through. In addition to the direct effect of the symptoms such as pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression, the additional burden of loss of employment, loss of financial security, isolation,

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Health-wise and also emotionally, menopause can be an extremely difficult period in a woman’s life. The menopause and peri-menopause (which includes the years leading up to menopause) can require a few tricks to navigate successfully from a health perspective. Important factors can include supporting the thyroid gland, ensuring optimal nutrition (including removal of toxic non-foods),

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I have been surprised to find that the internet, and particularly Facebook, now hosts a range of support groups for almost any type of chronic illness. Often there are no admission criteria, so the diagnosis may not have to be made formally for an individual to join a such support group. Instead the members may

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