Caroline is a professional writer and researcher, and a graduate of the University of Manchester, England. A mother of two, Caroline is committed to raising awareness of natural alternatives to medical treatments. She runs Lisa Janse Copywriting www.websitecopywriting.org

Smile Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Having a healthy heart could be as simple as taking the time to relax and enjoy yourself, according to researchers at Columbia University, New York. While previous studies have looked at the negative emotions of stress, anxiety and anger, and the way they increase the risk of heart disease, this new research published in the…

Ginger Eases Aches and Pains

A daily dose of ginger can naturally reduce muscle pain by up to 25%, according to research by the University of Georgia. Whether you’ve overdone it on the treadmill, spent all day gardening, or simply strained yourself spring cleaning, ginger is a safe and effective way to reduce common muscle aches. What does the study…

Sleepless Nights Linked with Early Death

In two separate studies, researchers in the UK, Italy and Holland have revealed that people getting less than the recommended six to eight hours of sleep per night have a higher chance of going to an early grave, and that regular sleepless nights could lead to the onset of diabetes. UK and Italian study links lack of…

Crack Cholesterol with a Bag of Nuts

A small bag of nuts a day could dramatically lower cholesterol levels, according to a study by the Archives of Internal Medicine. Various types of nuts seem to produce the same effect, although experts warn against salted or sugar coated nuts, which can have negative consequences for health. What does the study show? A series of…

Trans Fats are a Deadly Ingredient

An editorial in the British Medical Journal is calling for trans fats to be “virtually eliminated in the UK by next year” claiming that reducing the proportion of trans fats consumed by a mere 1% could prevent 7000 deaths each year in England alone. But what are trans fats, why are they used, and why the fuss?…

Behavior Shaping as Effective as Drugs for Treating ADHD

Behavioral shaping with immediate rewards can work in the same way as stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall to treat ADHD, according to UK based research published in Biological Psychiatry. Researchers at Nottingham University have discovered that for children diagnosed with ADHD, rewarding positive behavior straight away, and penalizing impulsive behavior can normalize activity in…

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Statins are hailed as a wonder drug in the fight against heart disease, with some doctors going as far as recommending that they be prescribed to everyone over the age of 50. But what about the 1 in 5 users that suffer potentially devastating side effects? Reducing cholesterol naturally lowers your risk of developing heart disease…

HRT Drugs Offer No Protection Against Disability

Hormone Replacement Therapy using hormone substitution drugs doesn’t protect older women from physical decline and disability as has previously been suggested, according to a Philadelphia study. Women taking HRT drugs are just as likely to lose muscle strength as those who go through menopause naturally. Why would HRT protect against disability?         Women’s muscle cells have receptors for the…