Mechanism and health effects of heavy metals toxicity in humans

Mechanism and health effects of heavy metals toxicity in humans

We have known for some time the intimate connection between our health and the environment. By supporting our natural ecosystems, promoting green spaces, and preserving crop farming, we can actively improve population wellbeing. However, the environment does not simply comprise plants, animals, and water. Naturally occurring elements such as heavy metals are found ubiquitously and, at normal levels, are part…

Positive mental health and wellbeing

Positive mental health and wellbeing

Content warning: this article will discuss elements of mental health issues. If you are struggling with your mental health, please seek the help of a healthcare professional. If you feel unsafe, please contact the emergency services or see a healthcare professional.  The pandemic has shone a light on many aspects of physical health and we are more aware than ever…

Preventive Care Benefits

Preventive Care Benefits

If health is a road, traditional medicine can be thought of as the practice of repairing cars when they break down on the road. On the surface this seems simple; when a problem arises, you fix it. If a patient develops an infection, we give them antibiotics and support their immune system. If a patient breaks a bone, you straighten…

The lymphatic system and its function

The lymphatic system and its function

Introduction The cells of our body are in constant demand of oxygen and nutrients, provided by the constant pumping of blood through a complex network of arteries and capillaries. Blood that has passed through is then “recycled” to the heart where it can be sent to the lungs to pick up oxygen, and is then pumped back to the active…

Your personal support network: Characteristics of connective tissue

Your personal support network: Characteristics of connective tissue

Characteristics of connective tissue There are many aspects of the body that we know well: what they do, where they are and what happens when they go wrong. We can confidently predict what diseases will occur if these major bodily structures fail. As both patients and healthcare practitioners, we see these structures mentioned frequently and many can exist in everyday…

A sour taste: Does sugar cause acidity in the body?

A sour taste: Does sugar cause acidity in the body?

Whether pure table sugar is added to hot drinks or processed food enriched with hidden added sugar, plates and cupboards around the world have sugar in abundance. With such ubiquitous consumption, attention has turned to the damaging health effects of sugar on our population, with Sugar Awareness Week and World Diabetes Day being two recent examples. However, whilst the more…

Feel younger, live longer: The Biological Age Test

Feel younger, live longer: The Biological Age Test

For many, the phrase “you are only as old as you feel” is a comforting statement, designed to emphasise positivity, vitality and a healthy approach to life.  But is there a deeper implication behind the words? We are all familiar with the concept of chronological age; from birth, we age at a steady, fixed pace and use this age to…