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NYR Natural News

In 2011 I was so happy to be asked to help launch and edit a new project of Neal's Yard Remedies called NYR Natural News – a web resource dedicated to natural health and healing with news, articles, videos and interactive features.

NYR has a long history of support for many of the things I hold dear, including organic food and farming, comprehensive chemical reglation and 'clean' toiletries and cosmetics. The website is unique in a lot of ways not the least because unlike most natural health websites it is UK-based – and non-commercial. Its pages are a very full mix of news, articles, videos, health tips, further education and campaigns. It also features a unique Remedy Finder to help people explore their natural health options for a range of common conditions. We also produce a recently introduced twice-monthly newsletter, the editorials for which you can access below (or you can just sign up for the new
seltter on the site!).

2016

Sugar, sweeteners and science for sale

27 January 2016 - An unremarkable study shines a spotlight on corporate science. Read more

Fracking? Crazy!

8 January, 2016 - Why the UK U-turn on fracking is a threat to our health and environment. Read more

2015

The sins of the fathers

17 December, 2015 - Evidence increasingly shows that dads can pass on the damage from toxic exposures and poor lifestyle choices to their children. Read more.

Defining dietary diversity

5 November 2015 - Sorry, it’s not about how many varieties of crisps you eat. Read more.

Try this app and callme in the morning

15 October, 2015 - Virtual depression treatments let patients down. Read more.

A deathly diet

1 October, 2015 - Poor diet is now the number one killer in the world. Read more.

Shopping with your conscience

10 September 2015 - Putting the focus on values for youe weekly shop. Read more here.

The sugar push

20 August, 2015 - Time to stop tinkering around the edges of our sugar addiction? Read more here.

Pollution, pollination and planetary health

6 August, 2015 - Time to start seeing the big picture. Read more here.

We are all ‘lab rats’

9 July, 2015 - If lab rats routinely eat poison food, how does that affect the reliability of scientific tests? Read more here.

Cocoa loco?

18 June, 2015 - Can chocolate really be a health food? Read more here.

Why ban glyphosate?

4 June, 2015 - Because it could cause cancer! Read more here.

Eat your veggies

21 May, 2015 - Embracing National Vegetarian Week for health and sustainability. Read more here.

Milking it

28 April, 2015 - What the media got wrong (again) about organic milk and brain development. Read more here.

Can heavier be healthier?

9 April, 2015 - Inconvenient data shows that being a bit overweight extends life, Read more here.

Stand up for good health

26 March, 2015 - How sitting undermines our wellbeing. Read more here.

Vaccine nation

13 March, 2015 - Are vaccines really the magic bullets for every health problem? Read more here.

Are we too soft on plastics?

19 February, 2015 - Ubiquitous plasticisers called phthalates are causing health havoc. Read more here.

GMOs are coming to the UK

23 January, 2015 - Here’s what that means for you – and what you can do about it. Read more here.

Is cancer just “bad luck”?

8 January, 2015 - A revealing look at media and medical agendas. Read more here.

2014

What is health?

18 December, 2014 - Acknowledging the role of the mind-body connection. Read more here.

THAT comment by Vivienne Westwood…

20 November, 2014- …and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read. Read more here.

Fake sugar, real problems

16 October, 2014 - Soda companies are running scared from artificial sweeteners – with good reason. Read more here.

Want to eat better? Do it yourself

2 October, 2014 - If we are what we eat, and we eat mostly ready meals, what are we? Read more here.

What’s the beef about beef?

11 September, 2014 - When it comes to meat should we still be talking about “all you can eat”? Read more here.

Turning flax into fish oil

14 August, 2014 - The abracadabra of GMO camelina and the lie of ‘public good’. Read more here.

Hug a tree, save your life

31 July, 2014 - Planting more trees could have significant health benefits – especially for city-dwellers. Read more here.

How we farm matters

17 July, 2014 - It’s time to focus on the quality, rather than the quantity, of our crops. Read more here.

Going with your gut

26 June, 2014- Clean up your diet, clean up your gut, clean up your health. Read more here.

Flame retardants are the new lead

5 June, 2014 - They damage the brain and lower IQ in children, so why are we using them? Read more here.

Can science save us?

22 May, 2014 - Not unless it saves itself first! Read more here.

The dose doesn’t make the poison

8 May, 2014 - When it comes to hormone disrupters, small amounts have big effects. Read more here.

Climate change – we’re truly forked

24 April, 2014 - Climate change makes food less nutritious. Why aren’t we taking this seriously? Read more here.

Breast cancer – shall we scare women or empower them?

10 April, 2014 - Dose waging ‘war’ on cancer stop us from focusing on prevention? Read more here.

Organic food: does it or doesn’t it?

28 March, 2014 - How reliable is a new study claiming to show organic food doesn’t prevent cancer? Read more here.

Throwing precaution to the wind

13 March, 2014 - The chances politicians are more than happy to take with your health. Read more here.

What’s stopping you?

27 February, 2014 - We become the stories we tell ourselves, make sure it’s a good one. Read more here.

The friendly face of multinational drug pushers

February 13th, 2014 - How Big Pharma is embracing the ‘brand personality’ to hawk its wares. Read more.

DDT’s legacy – a ‘silent spring’ of the mind
January 30th, 2014

Banned for 40 years, and still causing chaos, DDT is now linked with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. Read more.

Let the GMO circus pass us by
January 9th, 2014

For health’s sake, it’s time to turn to innovative and non-toxic ways of producing food. Read more.

2013

Another toxic cosmetic ingredient bites the dust
December 19th, 2013

Guess what? Just because they said it was ‘safe’ didn’t make it so. Read more.

All the things money can’t buy
December 5th, 2013 

The negative effects of materialism on our health and well being. Read more.

Autistic economics
November 21st, 2013

The hidden force that stops us counting the true cost of ‘cheap’ food. Read more.

How safe is your food in their hands?
November 7th, 2013

The shocking extent to which EU food and nutrition advice is controlled by corporate interests. Read more.

When ‘inactive ingredients’ aren’t so inactive
October 24th, 2013

The myth of the ‘inert’ ingredient is one of Big Pharma’s biggest lies. Read more.

The not-so-silent killer
October 10th, 2013

Noise pollution from transportation is an increasing threat to human health. Read more.

Child mental health – beyond ‘screening’
September 26th, 2013

Should schools really be providing routine mental health screening for 7 year olds? Read more.

Are you eating ‘pesticide plants’?
September 12th, 2013

GM plants absorb more of the pesticides we use on them – how can THAT be safe to eat? Read more.

Your brain on heavy metal
August 29th, 2013

The role of toxic metals in our declining health has been ignored recently; maybe it’s time to pay attention again. Read more.

When it comes to food, will fake be the new real?
August 15th, 2013

The recent lab-grown meat saga has lifted the veil on the money behind the future’s processed foods: Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Sun Microsystems and Paypal. Read more.

Bad seeds - GMO health risks hit the headlines
August 1st, 2013

Elle magazine might be more well known for its fashion tips than its activism, but a courageous article on GMO health risks has taken the issue to a whole new audience. Read more.

The air that we breathe
July 18th, 2013

Air pollution is one of the biggest risks to our health. So why do we ignore this real problem in favour of ‘soft target’ attacks on supplements that carry minimal risk? Read more.

Pharmageddon - society's great big drug problem
June 27th, 2013

70% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug; in the UK we prescribe the equivalent of 17 drugs per person per year. What’s going on?! Read more.

Beware the 'revolving door' regulators
June 17th, 2013

Continuing and deep links between major corporations and government regulators are a threat to our health and safety... Read more.

Why millions marched against Monsanto
May 30th, 2013

Last weekend more than 2 million people worldwide joined a March Against Monsanto – here’s why. Read more.

Regulating herbal practitioners - what's the hold-up?
May 16th, 2013

Time to put pressure on the government to keep its promise to regulate herbal practitioners. Read more.

Celebrate the victories, face the challenges
May 2nd, 2013

The EU, for once, stood on the side of the angels and voted to suspend the use of three toxic neonicotinoid pesticides. But the victory came with conditions. Read more.

Show the Arctic some love on April 20
April 18th, 2013

The Arctic. You know, that remote place that ‘explorers’ like to conquer but beyond that that has nothing to do with the rest of us. Read more.

Bees with Alzheimer's - the price of pesticides
April 4th, 2013

Imagine what it must be like to forget your way home. To not be able to communicate effectively with others, especially those you live with. To forget the faces, colours, sounds and smells that have been the landmarks in your ‘map’ of life. Read more.

Climate change is doing our heads in
March 21st, 2013

Distressing, urgent news is coming at us so thick and fast at the moment that it is hard to keep up. There’s the EU’s failure to ban bee killing neonics, the UK government’s increasingly pro-GM stance, the ongoing scandals of horsemeat adulteration in our food and shockingly poor care in our hospitals. And then there’s the weather. Read more.

It's food, but not as we know it
March 7th, 2013

What is food? For the purposes of ensuring a booming food industry the basic definition of food adopted by most government agencies is vague and non-committal and goes something like: “any item that is to be processed, partially processed, or unprocessed for consumption”. Read more.

The environmental triggers of cancer
February 21st, 2013

This week’s UNEP report on the environmental causes of cancer was spread across the newspapers with a great splash. Anyone would think that this analysis was our first inkling that toxic chemicals in our environment, particularly in everyday items like household cleaners, cosmetics and paints as well as those chemicals that leech out of plastics bottles and plastic lined tins, could be harming us. Read more.

Challenging nutritional dogma
February 7th, 2013

Entrenched ideas about health get reinforced by commercial interests, cyber-trolls and deep inertia - it's a wonder anything ever changes! Read more.

What we ignore, what we won't see, what we don't say
January 24th, 2013

Genetically modified salmon and vaccine damaged children - it's not inevitable if we pay attention and speak out. Read more.

Antibiotics in your food - beyond bacterial resistance
January 10th, 2013

Overuse of antibiotics can lead to bacterial resistance. Did you know it also leads to weight gain? Read more.

2012

Eat real food
December 13th, 2012

Eating fake foods, like artificial sweeteners, can cause more health problems than it solves. Read more

The kids aren't all right
November 29th, 2012

When our kids ask us what we did to make the future safe and healthy for them, what will we say? Read more

Parabens – why are they still being used?
November 15th, 2012

New evidence suggests parabens can turn a healthy cell into a cancerous one. Read more.

Good food matters
November 1st, 2012

It's time to reject the idea that good food is just the frivolous preoccupation of the rich. Read more

Antibiotic resistance is yet another good reason to embrace organic 
October 18th, 2012

Antibiotic resistance is yet another good reason to embrace organic... Read more

Is there any good news
October 4th, 2012

Good news about the benefits of natural therapies is all around us - we just have to keep looking. Read more.

Global threat to health from 'chemical intensification'
September 20th, 2012

Emerging threat to health and environment by economies built on 'chemical intensification'. Read more.

Take the web by swarm and help save our bees
September 6th, 2012

Help us get the 100,000 signatures necessary to ask Parliament to ban bee-killing neonic pesticides. Read more.

Where's the evidence? 
August 23rd, 2012

Quietly, and without consultation with relevant bodies, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) has banned the use of echinacea in children under 12. Read more.

Your body is a remarkable thing - enjoy it
July 26th, 2012

We are meant to use our bodies – to twist and bend and stretch – and yet inactivity has become our default mode. So what's stopping us? Read more.

Herbs and supplements - our clearest picture of risk to date
July 12th, 2012

Preventable medical injury in UK hospitals is nearly 300,000 times more likely to kill you than taking a food supplement. Read more

 

Our health in their hands
June 28th, 2012

Who’s looking after our long-term health – and what kind of a job are they doing? Read more.

Doctors have a duty to understand environmental illness
June 14th, 2012

Would your doctor be able to answer your most basic questions about environmental illness? Read more.

The times they are a changin’
May 18th, 2012

This past week has seen a flood of new visitors to our site to read more about two court cases where the judges ruled that the MMR vaccine did cause autism… Read more.

Staying healthy in a toxic world
April 19th, 2012

These days ‘natural health’ is as much about the poisons we choose to avoid healthy behaviours we seek to include in our daily lives... Read more

Spring is in the air!
March 13th, 2012

Spring is in the air, and as the weather warms up our focus inevitably turns to diet and food… Read more.


The sugar push

20 August, 2015

 

Time to stop tinkering around the edges of our sugar addiction? Read more here.

 

Pollution, pollination and planetary health

6 August, 2015

 

Time to start seeing the big picture. Read more here.

 

We are all ‘lab rats’

9 July, 2015

 

If lab rats routinely eat poison food, how does that affect the reliability of scientific tests? Read more here.

 

Cocoa loco?

18 June, 2015

 

Can chocolate really be a health food? Read more here.

 

Why ban glyphosate?

4 June, 2015

 

Because it could cause cancer! Read more here.

 

Eat your veggies

21 May, 2015

 

Embracing National Vegetarian Week for health and sustainability. Read more here.

 

Milking it

28 April, 2015

 

What the media got wrong (again) about organic milk and brain development. Read more here.

 

Can heavier be healthier?

9 April, 2015

 

Inconvenient data shows that being a bit overweight extends life, Read more here.

 

Stand up for good health

26 March, 2015

How sitting undermines our wellbeing. Read more here.

 

Vaccine nation

13 March, 2015

 

Are vaccines really the magic bullets for every health problem? Read more here.

 

Are we too soft on plastics?

19 February, 2015

 

Ubiquitous plasticisers called phthalates are causing health havoc. Read more here.

 

GMOs are coming to the UK

23 January, 2015

 

Here’s what that means for you – and what you can do about it. Read more here.

 

Is cancer just “bad luck”?

8 January, 2015

 

A revealing look at media and medical agendas. Read more here.

 

What is health?

18 December, 2014

 

Acknowledging the role of the mind-body connection. Read more here.

 

THAT comment by Vivienne Westwood…

20 November, 2014

 

…and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read. Read more here.

 

Fake sugar, real problems

16 October, 2014

 

Soda companies are running scared from artificial sweeteners – with good reason. Read more here.

 

Want to eat better? Do it yourself

2 October, 2014

 

If we are what we eat, and we eat mostly ready meals, what are we? Read more here.

 

What’s the beef about beef?

11 September, 2014

 

When it comes to meat should we still be talking about “all you can eat”? Read more here.

 

Turning flax into fish oil

14 August, 2014

 

The abracadabra of GMO camelina and the lie of ‘public good’. Read more here.

 

Hug a tree, save your life

31 July, 2014

 

Planting more trees could have significant health benefits – especially for city-dwellers. Read more here.

 

How we farm matters

17 July, 2014

 

It’s time to focus on the quality, rather than the quantity, of our crops. Read more here.

 

Going with your gut

26 June, 2014

 

Clean up your diet, clean up your gut, clean up your health. Read more here.

 

Flame retardants are the new lead

5 June, 2014

 

They damage the brain and lower IQ in children, so why are we using them? Read more here.

 

Can science save us?

22 May, 2014

 

Not unless it saves itself first! Read more here.

 

The dose doesn’t make the poison

8 May, 2014

 

When it comes to hormone disrupters, small amounts have big effects. Read more here.

 

Climate change – we’re truly forked

24 April, 2014

 

Climate change makes food less nutritious. Why aren’t we taking this seriously? Read more here.

 

Breast cancer – shall we scare women or empower them?

10 April, 2014

 

Dose waging ‘war’ on cancer stop us from focusing on prevention? Read more here.

 

Organic food: does it or doesn’t it?

28 March, 2014

 

How reliable is a new study claiming to show organic food doesn’t prevent cancer? Read more here.

 

Throwing precaution to the wind

13 March, 2014

 

The chances politicians are more than happy to take with your health. Read more here.

 

What’s stopping you?

27 February, 2014

 

We become the stories we tell ourselves, make sure it’s a good one. Read more here.