Archive for June, 2008

Contents Page – June 2008

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Letter from Marilyn – June 2008

In the News: recent progress in the world of health


  • Eating for a change: Five dietary changes that are essential for the menopause

Ease bloating

  • How to ease PMS related bloating

Vaginal infections

  • Natural ways to treat vaginal infections

Help save the rainforest

  • Brazil nuts: good for you and keeping th Amazon rainforest alive

Weight loss

  • The weight-loss benefits of mindful eating

Case Study – June 2008

  • Early menopause


  • Osteoporosis: why good digestion matters


  • Cleaning your house could give you asthma


  • Homeopathy and infertility

Discovering herbs

  • Motherwort: the benefits

Morning sickness

  • Natural ways to beat morning sickness

– Ask Marilyn:

Ingredient Spotlight:

  • Carrots – the health benefits

Monthly Meal Idea:

  • Carrot and raisin loaf

Coming Next Month (July 2008)

Letter from Marilyn – June 2008

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

MarilynDear Reader,


You probably read the headlines the other month to the effect that ‘supplements may do you harm’.  It is very difficult when we get so many conflicting stories in the press and then it makes it hard to know what to believe.


The study that was quoted was actually a meta-analysis which is a combination of the results of a number of studies. For a meta-analysis, the researchers can decide which studies to include and what not to include depending on what criteria they choose.  The researchers identified 748 studies that could be included in this meta-analysis and then decided that there were only 409 eligible trials which were randomised controlled trials.  But then they decided to look at only 67 of those.  They excluded 405 trials where no deaths were reported. 


It is difficult to see how 405 trials which reported no deaths were excluded from an analysis which was supposed to look at the effects of vitamins on mortality.  The other big problem with this meta-analysis is that they assessed all-cause mortality, which means death due to anything.  So people whose deaths may have been caused by road accidents, murder or suicide would be included and of course would have no connection with taking vitamins. 


So do take these results with a large pinch of salt (well maybe not so large because of the link with high blood pressure!) but it is easy to see how statistics can be manipulated and that people will only end up seeing the doom and gloom headline.  My recommendation is to take good levels of vitamins and minerals along with a healthy diet to give yourself the best chance of good health.



Kind regards,




Marilyn Glenville



Coming next month (July 2008)

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Look out for more answers from Marilyn, the latest news, case studies from the Clinic, Monthly Meal Ideas and also:


Phytoestrogens: Why you need them during the menopause

Eating to beat PCOS

Hypnotherapy and infertility: Is it all in the mind?

Do vegitarians have an increased risk of osteoporosis?

Discovering herbs: Ginger


And, as always, much, much more …