Forage for edible seaweed in West Kerry

Seaweed

Seaweed

Spend a day foraging and cooking with seaweeds on the shoreline west of Dingle, Co Kerry.  Learn about this free superfood, which can also be used in the bath and in the garden.

Darach O Murchu, a former Silicon Valley engineer who moved back to Kerry, will lead this adventure on Sunday August  30th which ends with cooking and eating a four to six course meal Continue reading

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Irish seniors among biggest drinkers

alcoholic beveragesIrish over 65’s are some of the biggest drinkers.

One in five older people who drink alcohol are consuming it at “unsafe levels” with the risk of premature death or serious health effects. Continue reading

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Chestnut leaves disarm MRSA super-bug

Chestnut tree

Chestnut tree

The leaves of the chestnut tree may hold the key to dealing with anti-biotic resistant bugs like MRSA.

The HSE admits that “antibiotic resistance is an everyday problem in all hospitals across Ireland”.

Now European chestnut tree leaves have been found to contain a compound that blocks Staphylococcus aureus, the drug resistant bug which causes MRSA. Continue reading

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A spoonful makes the medicine go down

SugarIt has been linked to everything from rotten teeth to diabetes but food scientists have five very good reasons for adding sugar to our food.

1. Taste – the sweet taste makes many food more palatable and also interacts with other ingredients to enhance or lessen certain flavours. Continue reading

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Acupuncture reduces blood pressure

AcupunctureAcupuncture has helped patients with high blood pressure bring the pressure down.

Patients who had the treatment found the drop in their blood pressure lasted up to six weeks.

Electroacupuncture was used in the project, which is the first to scientifically confirm that the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture can benefit mild to moderate high blood pressure. Continue reading

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