Homeopathy can kill pets and should be banned, say vets

Vets are calling for a ban on homeopathy for pets claiming animals cannot benefit from the placebo effect because they are unaware they are being treated.
Danny Chambers, who teaches at the University of Edinburgh, said that homeopathy has no basis in science and prevents the use of orthodox remedies, which can lead to unnecessary suffering and even death. More than 1,000 vets have now signed a petition, started by Mr Chambers, which calls on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to prohibit homeopathic treatments.
Writing in New Scientist, he said: “Amazingly it is still offered and promoted by a small number of vets in the UK. This is plain weird when you think about it. Animals do not experience a placebo effect because they are unaware they are being treated. Vets who practice homeopathy should not be permitted to use their professional standing to promote its validity."

Why broccoli really is a superfood

Eating broccoli could lower your risk of having coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, a new study suggests. 

Flavonoids found within the 'superfood' could aid the body's response to diseases, scientists claim. Just consuming the vegetable once every three days could improve the immune system by aiding inflammation. And scientists believe they are now one-step closer to creating other vegetables such as kale and cabbage with mega-doses of phenolic compounds.   

Geneticist Dr Jack Juvik from the University of Illinois said: 'Phenolic compounds have good antioxidant activity, and there is increasing evidence that this activity affects biochemical pathways affiliated with inflammation in mammals. We need inflammation because it's a response to disease or damage, but it's also associated with initiation of a number of degenerative diseases.... '

Source  - Daily Mail

Ginger and acupressure 'options for morning sickness'

Taking ginger or using acupressure on the wrist may help some women with mild morning sickness, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says.
Its guidance suggests these therapies could offer alternatives to women who want to avoid medication. But it says anti-sickness drugs and hospital treatment are important in more severe cases. The recommendations are in line with advice from NHS watchdog NICE.
Nausea and vomiting affects about 80% of pregnant women.
Source  - BBC