Natural Health

Natural health with Megan Sheppard

My sister is prone to urinary tract infections. She is currently in hospital and is concerned she will develop an infection while being attached to a catheter. What do you think?

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Natural health: The benefits of liquorice root tea

I have recently been given a bag of liquorice root tea by a friend, and I was wondering what benefits it has. Are there any risks to taking liquorice tea? I don’t take any medications and haven’t any problems with my health in general.

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Natural health: Are flaxseeds harmful and how to deal with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Is it true that flaxseeds can help with breast cancer? I have read information that suggests it is. However, I have also read that flaxseed turns rancid easily and so might actually cause cancer. Please can you clarify?

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Advice on treating gout, giving up cigarettes, and explaining free radicals

I find that my gout flares up whenever I neglect to drink enough water. Is there anything in this or is it coincidence?

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Natural health: Migraine treatments and oil pulling

Megan Sheppard answers readers queries on migraines and oil pulling.

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Natural health: Should people take selenium supplement

Q: I have read that our soil is deficient in selenium and everyone should take a selenium supplement to address this. What do you suggest?

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Natural health: Sarcoidosis and bruising

Q. I have been told that there is no treatment for sarcoidosis. Is there anything you can suggest, even if it isn’t an outright cure?

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Natural health: Help with Chilblains

My father has recently read that cinnamon can help with his diabetes. He has type 2 diabetes. Can he use regular cinnamon, or is there a specific medicinal kind that he should buy?

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Natural health: Gilbert’s disease and a hiatus hernia

Q. I was wondering if you have come across Gilbert’s disease, and if you have any suggestions to treat it?

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Natural Health: Ance and trying for a baby

Q. I’m a woman in my mid 40s and I’ve suffered with acne since my early teens.

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Natural health: Lichen - a chronic skin disorder

I have a friend, in her early 60s, who has been living in France for more than 10 years. For the past year she has been suffering from a condition called Lichen and is at her wits’ end. 

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Natural health: Haemorrhoids and liver health

Q. My mother has ongoing issues with haemorrhoids for as long as I can remember. Do you have any suggestions as to how she can get some relief?

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Natural health: Fungal infections and senile cataracts

My big toenail seems to have had a fungal infection for more than a year now. What would you recommend?

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Natural health: Complementary medicines for Parkinson’s disease

My husband was diagnosed recently with Parkinson’s disease. His doctor has encouraged us to find out as much as we can about complementary medicine.

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Natural health: Reflux, scabies and homocysteine

Q. My 18-month-old daughter has just been diagnosed with reflux. She often has a great deal of pain in her gut and becomes very irritable. 

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Natural health: Echinacea for colds and the flu

My mother swears by echinacea to ward off colds and ‘flu. In fact, her health is excellent and she is rarely ill. However, I have read information to suggest it is not safe to be taken over long periods of time. Should I be concerned?

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