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An innocuous drug

What is it about sugar and refined carbohydrates that has recently been creating such a lot of media interest? It’s true that most of us love a sweet treat or two; a little bit of what you fancy does you good right? Well, that depends…

Paul Michael, consultant medical herbalist at Health Matters London, explains:

‘Sugar acts like a drug. When sugar is eaten it stimulates areas of the brain in a similar way to addictive drugs, promoting further consumption.

Studies have also shown that sugar and refined carbohydrates can affect immunity by reducing the ability of neutr...

When you hear words “Healthy lifestyle” what comes to mind? Exercise and all of those healthy things we put in our body: nutritious food, pure water, and good quality supplements.

How about what we use on our precious skin? You might have some nasty surprises exploring content of your makeup, cosmetics and skincare!

But why are the ingredients of these products so important? It all hinges around how the skin functions.

Under our skin

Our skin prevents heat loss, acts as a shock absorber and a protective shield for the body. 

Human dermis also has an impressive ability to absorb subst...

At Health Matters in Barnet we have a unique and valuable resource, something that sets us apart from the majority of health food stores:

Paul Michael, our resident medical herbalist, uses something called endobiogenic medicine in conjunction with classical herbal remedies to treat a wide range of conditions.

He has extensive knowledge & experience:

He is one of the few practitioners of Endobiogenic Medicine in the UK, having trained for more than five years with Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz, one of the founders of Endobiogenics.

Paul is NHS Registered and a graduate, with first cla...


The word zeolite literally means ‘boiling stone’ and is a term given to a unique type of mineral, which emits steam when it is heated.

There are over 200 types of zeolite. 40 of these are naturally occurring and typically found in rocks or clay. The rest are synthetic zeolites used primarily for industrial purposes.

Health benefits

So what is this to do with health? Well, zeolites have certain properties that make them very good for a number of uses, including as a health supplement.

They have a porous crystalline lattice structure, making them excellent at absorbing contaminan...

Centuries ago British seafarers discovered the key to staying away from scurvy: Vitamin C. Scurvy is caused by insufficient vitamin C [e.g. from fresh vegetables and fruits] and results in a range of symptoms including skin haemorrhaging, bleeding gums and joint pain. 

Vitamin C plays a vital role in our health. That’s because vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is crucial to the synthesis of collagen, a protein that gives the body’s tissues structural strength and durability. Collagen also keeps skin firm and supple and helps wounds heal.


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