Follow-up to Diet in Pregnancy

What a coincidence and what a disaster that on the same day I wrote¬†the previous post, the UK’s Prime Minister has over-ruled the health secretary’s plans to restrict promotions on junk food (supermarket 2for 1 deals etc.) as she doesn’t want to ‘burden the food industry’.
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Diet in pregnancy affects child health

I refer in my recent book Live Well Live Long to the idea of ‘ancient wisdom, modern forgetting’. One of the most dramatic illustrations of this is the fact that as the 20th century progressed, modern medicine forgot the ancient knowledge¬†that a mother’s diet, emotional state and exercise during pregnancy will have potentially lifelong impacts on the health and wellbeing of her child. When UK Professor David Barker published his findings in the 1980s that low birth weight was associated with increased lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, it was even called ‘the new science’. Since then, copious evidence has confirmed
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Keep moving

Sun Simiao, the great 7th century Chinese physician, said, “The Way of nurturing life consists of ‚Ķ never sitting nor lying for a long time ‚Ķ extended lying down damages the qi ‚Ķ extended sitting damages the flesh.” The truth of this observation has been gradually¬†revealed over the last few years of exercise research. It has even been said that however much exercise you do, extended hours of sitting (for example an eight hour day in the office followed by an evening on the sofa) will significantly increase your risk of heart (and other chronic) diseases. Various studies have shown
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The soil and the human microbiota

Science magazine reports today that adding small amounts of¬†soil¬†from one terrain such as a wild meadow can ‘inoculate’ barren soil elsewhere. It is of course the uncountable organisms in the healthy soil that achieve this effect – the¬†microscopic bacteria and fungi, nematode worms and other invertebrates. Different communities of these organisms in soil will form relationships with different plants,¬†and so choosing the right soil to draw from will influence which plants grow best in the inoculated¬†soil. This is a dramatic discovery since attempts to restore¬†grasslands, forests and other precious damaged ecosystems¬†are often either unsuccessful or take many years to work.
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Dr. John Shen

I was asked to write another piece¬†for The Acupuncturist, the newsletter of the British Acupuncture Council, on a teacher who inspired me, and this was my submission: ¬† Dr. John Shen ‚Äď who gave two memorable seminars in London in 1979 and 1981 ‚Äď probably had more influence on practitioners of my generation than any other teacher.¬† He was a man of extraordinary intelligence, enhanced by his practice of daily meditation from the age of 17 until the end of his life. His single greatest skill was diagnosis. Combining a forensic knowledge of the pulse, traditional Chinese face-reading, a vast
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