Dr Amanda Gillies

Articles by Dr Amanda Gillies:

Bach’s Flower Remedies

Dr Edward Bach, a physician and homoeopath, was born in Mosely in 1886. He qualified as a medical practitioner in 1912. Throughout his career, Dr Bach observed that peoples’ personalities and attitudes affected the way they reacted to illness and he became increasingly dissatisfied with conventional medicine, with its emphasis on curing symptoms. He set out in search of a natural type of treatment that addressed the root causes of illness in different types of people.

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Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie – review

This second novel in his three-book deal with Polygon sees Guthrie revisit Edinburgh’s underworld for another gruesome instalment. In just 236 short pages we are exposed to murder, suicide, incest, betrayal and rape then roughly spat out to confront our own feelings towards such harrowing violence. The rather gritty writing style in this book fits perfectly with its amoral tone and only accentuates its blackness.

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Good Buzz, Bad Buzz – The G I Index for Carbohydrates

Just what is the Glycemic Index?
Magazines and the media seem to be full of buzz words for this trendy diet and that latest supplement – leaving us wondering what the best approach for eating a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining an ideal body weight, without constantly yo-yo dieting, actually is. This month we will attempt to take the mystery out of The Glycemic index (GI).

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Hard Man – Book Review

Hard Man is a non-stop, high impact, ‘in your face’ tale about crime and Edinburgh’s underworld. It leaves you feeling kind of emotionally drained and battered, but is impossible to put down. After the first chapter I was hooked and read it in almost one sitting. I am an avid crime fiction fan and extremely selective in what I read. Very few books tend to stay with me after I have finished them. This one will be fresh in my memory for a long time.

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The Highs and Lows of Blood Pressure

This month we take a look at blood pressure, what the figures mean and what steps we can take to keep ours healthy.

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Cholesterol – what it is, what it does and why too much is bad for you.

Cholesterol – one of those words that frequently hits the headlines. But what is it? It gets loads of bad press but nobody really tells you what it is. We’ve all seen the adverts for various products that have been ‘scientifically proven to actively reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood’. Ever tried these products? Ever had your cholesterol level tested? In this month’s article we will be looking at what cholesterol is and does and what we can do about it.

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