Your body language shapes who you are

Another great TED Talk.

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Sometimes the little things can make a big difference to our health and to our lives.

Hope you enjoy this video!




You say potato….


Hello everyone, here’s yet more justification for eating most Irish people’s favourite food, the fabulous potato. Below is a video by Dr. John McDougall about the health benefits of starch-based diets, we hope you find it interesting.



And if you’re looking for inspiring ways to cook our noble spud, check out Elgy Gilespie’s cookbook ‘You Say Potato!’

Bon Appetit!






Have you watched these videos yet?




Why did Steve Jobs Die? – Dr. John McDougall






Loving Your Lady Parts – Alisa Vitti






23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?






What’s wrong with what we eat? – Mark Bittman






Natural Cure for Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Schizophrenia – Dr. Abram Hoffer

Happy Mother’s Day!




In celebration of Mothers Day this Sunday 30th March, we are celebrating all things feminine with a video from the inspirational TedTalks, and some information on the benefits of Vitamin B for women of all ages.



 TEDxFiDiWomen – Alisa Vitti – Loving Your Lady Parts as a Path to Success, Power & Global Change





Vitamin B

Many people take a vitamin B complex to increase energy, enhance mood, improve memory and focus, and stimulate the immune system, however B vitamins may be particularly important for women for a number of reasons. B vitamins can help alleviate PMS symptoms, and women taking the contraceptive pill may particularly want to watch their B vitamin intake as there is an established link between contraceptive pill use and depleted vitamin B6.

A vitamin B complex is a dietary supplement that contains all eight of the B vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B7 (biotin), B9 (folate), B12. Also found naturally in a number foods, B vitamins help the body to produce energy and form red blood cells.



Health Benefits of B Vitamins

Each B vitamin is essential for specific bodily functions:

  •          B1 and B2 are important for healthy functioning of the muscles, nerves, and heart
  •          B3 helps regulate the nervous and digestive systems
  •          B5 and B12 are required for normal growth and development
  •          B6 supports the immune system and aids the body in breaking down protein
  •          B7 is involved in the production of hormones
  •          B9 helps cells make and maintain DNA

Studies show that taking supplements containing certain B vitamins may benefit your health. For instance:

  •          B1 may help prevent kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes and reduce risk of cataracts
  •          B2 may prevent migraines; B3 may lower cholesterol levels
  •          B6 may protect against heart disease, relieve PMS symptoms, and alleviate pregnancy-related nausea
  •          B9 may help prevent breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer. B9 (folate) can also decrease the  risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women
  •          B12 may lower cervical cancer risk and reduce levels of homocysteine (an amino acid thought to contribute to heart disease when it occurs at elevated levels)


Why Do People Take B Complex Supplements?

Proponents claim that vitamin B complex supplements can help with a variety of health conditions, including:

  •       Anxiety   
  •      Depression    
  •      Fatigue   
  •      Heart Disease    
  •      Premenstrual Syndrome    
  •      Skin Problems     



Food Sources of B Vitamins


  •          cereals and whole grains (a source of B1, B2, and B3)
  •          green leafy vegetables (a source of B2 and B9)
  •          eggs (a source of B7 and B12)
  •          chicken (a source of B3, B6, and B12)
  •          citrus fruits (a source of B9)
  •          nuts (a source of B3 and B9)
  •          kidney beans (a source of B1 and B2)
  •          bananas (a source of B6 and B7)

Vitamin B5 is found in almost all foods.


When Should You Take a B Complex Supplement?

If you’re not getting enough B vitamins from your diet, taking a B complex supplement may be beneficial. Deficiency in B vitamins can cause a number of symptoms, including tiredness, anemia, loss of appetite, depression, abdominal pain, muscle cramps, hair loss, and eczema.


Consult your health care provider to find out whether a B complex supplement is right for you.


The B Complex we currently stock is Douglas Lab’s Tri-B-100.


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Energy and stress control


Tri-B-100 provided by Douglas Laboratories® is a six

to eight hour timed release formulation of all the B

vitamins as well as several other important dietary

components metabolically associated with the B



As coenzymes, the B vitamins are essential

components in most major metabolic reactions. As

water-soluble substances, B vitamins are not

generally stored in the body in any appreciable

amounts (with the exception of vitamin B-12).

Therefore, the body needs an adequate supply of B

vitamins on a daily basis.

Vitamin B-1 (thiamin), vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), and

niacinamide are all essential coenzymes in energy

production. Thiamin is required for the energetics of

the glycolytic and Citric Acid Cycle reactions.

Thiamin is also related to nerve impulse

transmission. Riboflavin is a component of

coenzymes FAD and FMN, which are intermediates

in many redox reactions, including energy production

and cellular respiration reactions. Niacin is a

component of the coenzymes NAD and NADP,

which are also integral components of energy

production reactions.

Vitamin B-6 dependent enzymes are required for the

biosynthesis of many neurotransmitters, including

serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. Vitamin

B-6, a coenzyme in amino acid metabolism, is also

necessary for the processing of homocysteine and the

conversion of tryptophan into niacin.

Folic acid together with vitamin B-12 serves as a

methyl donor for biosynthetic reactions, including the

conversion of homocysteine to methionine.

Optimum metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and

fats depends upon adequate levels of biotin and

pantothenic acid. Biotin is essential for many

metabolic carboxylation reactions, while pantothenic

acid, as part of Coenzyme A, is essential to energy

production via the Citric Acid Cycle.

While not truly vitamins, choline, inositol, and paraaminobenzoic

acid are important, related nutrients to

B vitamins. Choline serves not only as a methyl

donor for homocysteine metabolism following

conversion to betaine, but also as a structural

component of cellular membranes as

phosphatidylcholine and of the neurotransmitter

acetylcholine. Inositol aids in the cellular response to

hormonal signals, serves as a source of arachidonic

acid, and is active in cellular membranes as

phoshatidylinositol. Finally, para-aminobenzoic acid

is an integral component of folic acid as well as

having antioxidant properties.



Tri-B-100 tablets may be a useful dietary supplement

for those individuals who wish to increase their

intake of the B vitamins to help maintain the higher

energy levels needed for stress control.


FORMULA (#7913)

Each Timed Release B-Complex Tablet Contains:

Vitamin B-1 ………………………………………….100 mg

Vitamin B-2 ………………………………………….100 mg

Vitamin B-6 ………………………………………….100 mg

Vitamin B-12 ………………………………………..100 mcg

Niacinamide………………………………………….100 mg

Folic Acid …………………………………………….400 mcg

Pantothenic Acid …………………………………..100 mg

d-Biotin………………………………………………..100 mcg

Choline Bitartrate ………………………………….100 mg

Inositol…………………………………………………100 mg

PABA ………………………………………………….100 mg

(Para-Aminobenzoic Acid)

In a base designed to provide prolonged

release over a 6 to 8 hour period.

Douglas Product Data



Adults take 1 tablet daily or as directed by physician.



No adverse effects have been reported.



Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light.

Keep out of reach of children.



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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat, Ted Talk

In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.

Mark Bittman is a bestselling cookbook author, journalist and television personality. His friendly, informal approach to home cooking has shown millions that fancy execution is no substitute for flavor and soul.

Natural Cure for Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Schizophrenia..

Abram Hoffer PhD, RNCP, President Orthomolecular Vitamin Information Centre speaks about treating mental health concerns with nutrients. This alternative therapy employs vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to create optimum nutritional content for the body, as well as the right environment and equilibrium. Like most alternative medicine techniques, orthomolecular medicine targets a wide range of conditions. [depression, bipolar, adhd, schizophrenia, add, addiction, alcoholism, drug addiction…]

Orthomolecular medicine was developed by Linus Pauling, Ph.D., winner of two Nobel prizes, in 1968. It is designed to enable individuals to reach the apex of health and the peak of their performance by utilizing only naturally occurring substances (e.g. vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, co-enzymes). The proper balance of these substances in the body is the key to reaching physical, mental, and emotional health and stability. Orthomolecular medicine can be used therapeutically to treat diseases such as cancer and AIDS, or preventatively to impede the progress of degenerative disease and aging. When all is said and done, however, the main objective of orthomolecular medicine is to help the patient reach an optimal level of health; his or her self-esteem will probably improve in the process.

Although orthomolecular medicine did not fully develop into a therapy until the late 1960’s when Pauling coined the term “orthomolecular,” the premise behind this practice originated in the 1920’s, when vitamins and minerals were first used to treat illnesses unrelated to nutrient deficiency. It was discovered that vitamin A could prevent childhood deaths from infectious illness, and that heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) could be stopped by dosages of magnesium. Hard scientific evidence supporting nutritional therapy did not emerge, however, until the 1950’s, when Abram Hoffer, M.D., and Humphrey Osmond, M.D., began treating schizophrenics with high doses of vitamin B3 (niacin). As a consequence of their studies, it was revealed that niacin, in combination with other medical treatments, could double the number of recoveries in a one-year period.

Eventually, it was determined that malnutrition and consumption of refined, empty-calorie foods such as white bread and pastries and overconsumption of sugar could yield disease and psychiatric disorders. It became apparent that a person’s diet was an overwhelmingly integral part of his or her health and well-being. Further studies showed that decreased intake of dietary fiber, bran, minerals, and complex carbohydrates was prevalent in patients with certain forms of mental illness, accompanied by a loss of vitamins and an increase in dietary fat.

Biochemical individual is a main principle of orthomolecular medicine. This principle was elucidated by Roger J. Williams, Ph.D. This principle is quite simple: every living organism is unique! Furthermore, each individual requires different relative amounts of nutrients for his or her satisfaction and optimal level of health. The government sets a minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) which is supposed to be adequate for all individuals. However, many may need to exceed the RDA as well as the recommended 2,000 calorie diet in order to prevent severe deficiency disease. Thus, RDA values are not perfect guidelines for everyone. Several studies have proven the existence of biochemical individuality. For example, studies of guinea pigs showed a twentyfold variation in their requirement for vitamin C. A study conducted with human subjects revealed that children have varying needs for vitamin B6.