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04Apr
04Apr

The Top 100% Dark Chocolate Bars

Posted in Nutrition By LiftYourWay

Last year, Hotel Chocolat discontinued their limited edition speciality dark chocolate range, replacing it with their "Rare & Vintage" selection. This article takes a quick look at what is now on offer from this highstreet chocolate supplier.

16Feb
16Feb

Vitamin D Supplements

Posted in Medical By LiftYourWay

A meta-analysis published yesterday, and reported on this morning by the BBC, highlights the importance of Vitamin D supplementation.

16Jan
16Jan

The British Pound once again fell this week, ahead of Theresa May's anticipated speech, which many believed would signal a 'hard Brexit.' Despite a modest recovery since the speech took place, ameliorated by a temporary dip in the Dollar, the overall trend looks set to be downward.

In a resource and labour-rich economy, deterring foreign imports would give a huge boost to domestic businesses. But in an island economy which has always looked to other parts of the globe for its resources and labour, unless British consumers begin to ask questions about where their products are coming from, we risk taking the last shred of hope from our hardworking domestic businesses, and handing over full control to foreign companies and criminals.

Sound over dramatic? Let me explain...

29Dec
29Dec

Heart attack vrs heart failure

Posted in Medical By LiftYourWay

Over the past 48 hours, we've looked at the differences between heart failure and a heart attack. Whilst one can lead to the other, they are fundamentally different conditions with very different presentations.

27Dec
27Dec

Yesterday, we questioned the accuracy of the widely reported cause of George Michael's tragic death, predicting that we were likely to discover in time that the cause was cardiac arrest, probably due to drug use. Today, worldwide news sources have begun to revise and re-report on the story.

 

 

26Dec
26Dec

Yesterday, we heard the tragic news that George Michael passed away. This morning, the news is awash with the announcement from his manager that the singer died from heart failure. Even reputable news sources like the BBC and CNN carry this headline, but as further information emerges, we are likely to discover that this is highly unlikely to have been the case. We explain why.

20Dec
20Dec

Earlier this year, we predicted an immenent increase in tanning equipment pricing. This, we theorised, would be due to two main factors: the loss of not only British but European-wide manufacturing of tanning equipment with the takeover of Earlex by Wagner, and post-Brexit weakness of the Pound, and inevitable instabiltiy of the Euro, against the US$.

17Dec
17Dec

Lessons of a tumultuous year

Posted in Medical By LiftYourWay

In a world where so much seems outside of our comprehension and control, what does 2016 teach us about ourselves?

17Dec
17Dec

A reflection on 2016

Posted By LiftYourWay

The political events of 2016 have been extraordinary by anyone's standards. Following the results of the EU referendum, we discussed the anticipated impact of Brexit on our customers, in both the short and medium term. We mentioned that, in the fitness and tanning industries, a huge proportion of equipment is now sourced from China, particularly since the takeover of Earlex, where the last true European-based HVLP manufacturer in Britain was eliminated. The impact of Brexit on this industry, therefore, will be either an increase in prices (with the huge weakening of the Pound against the Dollar), or a reduction in quality.

Small medical devices (such as fingertip pulse oximeters), similarly, are purchased in US$, almost always from Chinese manufacturers. Some companies, such as Contec Medical, have built a reputation for quality, are involved with individuals worldwide, and invest heavily in R&D. Given that items purchased in US$ effectively cost UK businesses 20% more now than they did only a few months ago, again, end-users can expect to see an increase in prices, or an attempt by some sellers to source cheaper options. In the medical field, where a strong track record of performance is everything, this would obviously be of particular concern.

In the following article, we take a step back from our usual topics to address 'the Trump phenomenon.'

12Dec
12Dec

The importance of 'winding down'

Posted in Medical By LiftYourWay

Managing stress is important for everyone, whether you are managing a medical condition, pursuing a more active lifestyle, or adjusting your diet and nutrition. All too often in our hectic lives, we overlook the importance of ‘winding down.’ Yet, studies as seemingly unconnected as church-goers living 30% longer than non-church-goers, and greater longevity in individuals walking for 30 minutes or more per day, may share a common link. Could it be that both these groups of people are taking time out to quieten their minds?

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