Why clock watchers end up losing weight

By Natasha Blair, July 15, 2010

Most people think of hypnotism as a form of showbusiness. However, thousands of people are finding that hypnotherapy, while not as dramatic as a half an hour with Paul McKenna, can be an invaluable aid to giving up smoking, losing weight or getting over a fear of flying.

In fact, there are lots of fears and phobias that can easily be resolved by hypnosis, according to clinical hypnotherapist Leila Hart.


Going away for sun, sea, sand and stress

By Ruth Joseph, July 8, 2010

At last summer has arrived and those dreams of sun-kissed beaches, palm trees and gentle walks on balmy evenings are materialising as your planned summer holiday becomes a reality.

Of course you are looking forward to it - it will be great, all the family together, good food, plenty to drink and hopefully a good time enjoyed by all. But statistics show that often this big holiday, with its huge expectations and cost, can be the cause of arguments, sickness and even, in some cases, depression. But organisation can help you to protect yourself against the negative consequences.


I made Colin Firth fit and I can do it for you

By Simon Round, July 1, 2010

So what exactly is it that enables movie stars to appear on the silver screen showing off sleek, svelte bodies with no saggy bits while we munch popcorn, grateful for the fact that the darkness hides the slight overhanging paunch?

Of course, celebrities have important advantages over the rest of us. They have the time to follow fitness programmes. They have the money to join exclusive fitness clubs and employ trainers, nutritionists and chefs.


Religious code for doctors

By Simon Rocker, June 24, 2010

Doctors should be sensitive to the religious needs of terminally ill patients and their families, according to new guidelines issued by the General Medical Council, the regulatory body for the medical profession.

The guidelines, which take effect on Thursday, say patients may want to discuss what happens to their body after death, in accordance with their beliefs and values. "You must treat the patient's body with dignity and respect," they state. "You should make sure, wherever possible, that the body is handled in line with their personal religious or other beliefs."


John Suchet: our carer saved my life

By Anthea Gerrie, June 24, 2010

John Suchet has a tough week ahead, he confesses at the Baker Street block of flats where he grew up and now sits surrounded by boxes. On Tuesday he will close the door on the happiest chapter of his life when he walks out of the home he shared with his beloved wife Bonnie for 25 years. The night before, he has a talk to give at a Jewish Care fundraising dinner.


How badly do you want unlined skin?

By Natasha Blair, June 17, 2010

We live in the era of wanting to feel and look younger than we are. There are plenty of procedures out there but is it worth the effort and the pain?

To a certain degree it is possible to control fine lines with the use of creams. However, there are now other ways to eradicate or, at least, soften them.

Filler injectables will give immediate results, although Botox can take anything from two to 10 days. They will, however, need topping up after six months. Lasers require a series of treatments, anything up to 12. However, the results are longer lasting.


Boning up on your bones

By Ruth Joseph, June 10, 2010

We are constantly being told how important it is to look after our hearts but perhaps we should be paying a little more attention to our bones as well. According to National Osteoporosis Society statistics, one in two women and one in five men over 50 in the UK break a bone, mainly due to poor bone health. Osteoporosis costs the country £2.3 billion per year. The so-called "silent epidemic" has no obvious symptoms and often the sufferer is unaware they have the disease until too late. The results can be excruciatingly painful and sometimes even fatal.


Training with Madonna's fitness coach

By Simon Round, June 3, 2010

Imagine what it must be like to be Madonna's fitness trainer. The 51-year-old star is famously demanding and is obsessed with keeping her body in shape - so much so that her workouts have become legendary for their length and their intensity.


Jewish old-age: It's in the genes

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

They smoke, drink, and are overweight. They are nearly 100 years old - and Jewish.

This week an Israeli-born academic revealed the secret: it's in their genes.

In London this week to speak to the Royal Academy, Professor Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute of Ageing in New York, discussed his pioneering 12-year study of 500 Ashkenazi Jews aged between 95 and an astonishing 112 years old.


To kill cholesterol, go pre-industrial

By Ruth Joseph, May 13, 2010

According to Bupa figures, two out of three people in the UK have a cholesterol level higher than the recommended figure. Having high cholesterol affects your heart and blood vessels and increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease as it causes fatty deposits (known as plaques) to build up inside your blood vessels.