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Headers: GP Phone Service
24/7GP is a subscription medical helpline. Not sure if you need to bother the doctor? If you have a medical matter you need advice on, telephone 24/GP and a trained operator will answer the phone, take details and arrange for a GP to call you back for a telephone consultation. You can call as often as you like, and, as the name implies, the service is available 24 hours a day. The service costs (annually) £60 for a single person, £110 per couple or single parent and £150 for family membership. Calls are charged at national rates. 24/7GP is based in Earlsdon, Coventry.

Headers: Body and Skin Care, Condoms, Foot Care, Hair Care and Colouring, Hair Removal, Incontinence, Lubricants, Male Grooming, Medical and Personal, Pregnancy and Contraception, Sensual Products and Gift Ideas
Er, how best to describe this ... In their words "the best shop on the net for anything that makes you blush. From condoms and lube to haemorrhoid cream and blow up sheep". They also have a range of saucy gifts plus a range of products for those wanting to get pregnant and for those who are not!
Free UK Delivery on orders >£40
International Delivery Available

Headers: Diet & Fitness, Beauty, Premium, Fragrance, Health, Baby, Toys, Mens, Travel, Photo, Electrical, Gifts
Boots online store stocks over 10,000 items, including Boots' exclusive brands plus a wide range of products that you will not find in a Boots store, from pushchairs to fitness equipment. Click on travel and not only will you find sunscreen, but luggage, beachwear and more. You can even buy your travel insurance here. Lots of advice and information on a variety of subjects. You can also sign up for a Boots advantage card and get points when you shop. Boots usually have several online offers and clearance bargains.
Free Delivery on orders >£40

BUPA International
BUPA International is the world's largest provider of international expatriate health insurance, supplying cover to people in their home country or living and working abroad. They offer a range of health insurances including international medical insurance, employee health insurance, specific industry insurance, maritime insurance and medical travel insurance plans. Members of BUPA International have access to a network of over 5,000 participating hospitals and clinics worldwide.

Electronic Healing
Headers: Air Purifiers, Biofeedback, Books, Chi Exercisers, Detox, EMF Protection, Energy Tools, Homeopathy, Inversion Equipment, Juicers, Light and Sound, Magnetic Therapy, Massage Accessories, Massage Tables, Massagers, Oxygen Therapy, Pain Relief, Pet Plants, SAD Light Boxes, Saunas, Smell Busters, Sound Conditioners, Superfoods, Supplements
If you are looking for that health related electronic appliance, then the chances are you'll find it here amongst this range of electronic healing equipment. Electronic Healing is based in Hove, Sussex.

Express Chemist
Headers: Perfume & Aftershave, Men's Products, Diabetes Products, Family Health, Allergies, Beauty Products, Medicine Cabinet, Diet & Fitness, Sexual Wellbeing, Kitchen Appliances, Health Products, Alternative Health
Based in Brighton, Express Chemist is an international online pharmacy, supplying an extensive range of pharmaceutical products, including day to day toiletries, medicines and disability aids. 30 day returns policy. Very fast and easy to navigate website.

Headers: Kits & Bags, Hot & Cold Therapy, Exercise & Fitness, Footcare, Support Braces & Protection, Strapping & Taping Supplies, Wounds - Care & Protection, Pharmaceuticals, Sports Accessories, Magnetic Therapy, Equipment, Publications
As their banner says, this is a site for the prevention, treatment and on-going care of sports injuries, so you will find everything from first aid equipment to insect repellent amongst the large range of products on offer. You will also find a list of first aid training centres on the site. The site is owned by Medicircle Ltd of Lincoln.

Headers: Male Impotence Treatments
FirstMed Consulting specialises in male erectile dysfuntion treatments, including Cialis, Viagra, Uprima and Levitra. To gain access to the treatments and pricelist you have to register first and undergo an online consultation with a UK registered doctor. All prescribed medicines are supplied by a UK registered pharmacist. FirstMed is a UK company based in Aldershot and is MHRA compliant. See for more information on Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Garden Pharmacy
Headers: Makeup & Skin Care, Fragrance, Bath & Body, Toiletries, Healthy Living, Pharmacy, For Men
Garden Pharmacy offers most leading brands of fragrances, cosmetics and skincare, plus a wide selection of vitamins and health products, including products such as Tendskin, Nads, Carmex, hanel, Revlon, Estee Lauder and many others. They also carry miscellaneous supplies such as travel aids, electrical goods and contact lens solutions. Plus there is a variety of advice and information on health and beauty topics, from skincare to emergency contraception advice. Garden Pharmacy is based in Covent Garden, London.

Health Express
Headers: Hairloss, Impotence, Obesity.
Health Express offer a range of treatments for impotence, hair and weight loss, plus lots of information on each topic. As Health Express is a clinic, you need to complete a (free) consultation form before you are shown treatments that are right for you. A GMC registered doctor performs diagnoses and you will be emailed with a personalised diagnosis plus treatment options. Health Express Ltd is based in Barton-upon-Humber.

Healthy and Essential
Headers: Bulk Packs , Cheese , Books, Fish Oil, Flax Oil, Flax, Greens, MorDHA, MorEPA, High Lignans, Omega Man, Omega Twin, Essential Woman, Vegetarian
Based in Fleetwood, Lancs, Healthy and Essential offers a selection of flax and fish oils, rich in Omega 3 which is essential for good health. In addition there is lots of information on essential fatty acids, recipes, and advice from their scientific advisory panel.

Higher Nature
Headers: Vitamins & Minerals, Skin Care, Mind Mood & Sleep, Digestion, Energy & Superfoods, Detox & Cleanse, Weight & Shape, Heart & Circulation, Immune Support, Muscles Joints & Bones
Higher nature offer an excellent range of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements for men, women and children plus a skincare range. Become a member (£9.00 per year) and enjoy discounts on products plus a free gift when you join and every time you renew. Higher Nature is based in Burwash Common, East Sussex.
Free Delivery

York Test Laboratries
Headers: Laboratory Tests, 'At Home' Tests
Modern life brings with it a number of health concerns for all of us, from allergens to food intolerance to heart concerns. If you do have concerns, then Home In On Health provides a number of tests, for both men and women, that could identify potential problems, which you can then deal with as necessary. In addition, they provide health information in the form of research papers, FAQs, news and case studies. York Test Group has laboratories are in (ahem) York.

IvyRose Energies
Headers: Aroma Dough, Candles, Crystal Jewellery, Crystals, Minerals & Gemstones, Crystal Pendants, Crystal TumbleStones, Less than £1.00, Energy Balancing, Gemstone Chip Bracelets, Incense, Incense Accessories, InnerTalk CDs, Laser Art: Fairies & Angels, MAGNETiC, Norstar Magnetic Goods, Mobile Protection Chip, Power Bracelets, Rock Salt Lamps, Silver Jewellery, More Products IvyRose Energies has a large range of crystals, polished and unpolished, plus a small range of crystal jewellery, candles and incense. Decent prices, too. There is also a number of Inner Talk CDs. The website is crammed with information on crystals and gemstones, alternative therapies such as herbalism, crystal healing, aromatherapy and much more. The site also has extensive web links to other websites to do with this topic plus links to UK and Eire therapists - hands up those who have ever heard of a Hopi Ear Candle Practitioner! Excellent resource. IvyRose Ltd is based in Oxfordshire.

Maplin Electronics
Headers: Blank Media, Cables, Components, Computers, Home & Office, In Car, Outdoor Leisure, Sound & vision, Tools & Service, Toys & Kits
Audio, video, electronic and computer products, components and accessories, all available online. Especially good for components and more obscure electronic bits and bobs. Plenty of gadgets and gizmos also. You can order the famous Maplin catalogue online, either in paper form or on cd. Maplin currently has 75 retail stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
Free Delivery on orders >£35

Headers: Head Lice Control
NITMIX Total Head Lice Control System comes with a 100% no questions asked money back guarantee. Seems like a good deal plus the prices seem pretty reasonable. Furthermore you can only buy it direct from their website. This is a US product but they sell to countries worldwide. VAT and delivery charges are added at checkout. Nitmix Ltd is based in Loughborough.
Special Features: 30 day no quibble money back guarantee.
International Delivery Available
Headers: Genitals, Body, Lubricants, Sexual, Hair Products, Condoms, Breast Enlargement, Furniture, Skin
Shytobuy offers a range of products that deal with a range of "embarrassing" conditions; from baldness treatments to breast enhancement supplements; from sexual dysfunction to cosmetic skin peel systems. All goods arrive at your door in discreet packaging and by Royal Mail special delivery. Shytobuy is owned and operated by Hexpress Ltd which also owns several other websites including and The group is based in Barton-Upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire.
Special Features: Live website help available
International Delivery Available

Summerbee Products
Headings: Honey Bee Products, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, Propolis, Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, Aromatherapy Products, Food Supplements, Herbal Products, Foot and Hair products, Skin Care
Summerbee manufactures and sells an excellent range of natural health products including bee products, vitamin and mineral supplements, aromatherapy oils and products plus cosmetic creams, prepared to their own formulation, and foot preparations. Summerbee is a family business and was established in 1991 by Duncan Summers who is a qualified chemist. They are based in Torquay.
Free Delivery

Sweet Cures of York (UK)
Headers: Waterfall D-Mannose
Bladder Support with Pure 100% Bio-Active Waterfall D-Mannose. The good news is that Waterfall D-Mannose, a 100% natural extract of Sweet Forest Timbers, works fast to support a healthy bladder. This product has a six year history of no problem use, and has developed an unbeatable reputation. It can also be used one hour before sex, and immediately after, to provide ongoing support. The Waterfall D-Mannose passes almost completely into your urine within an hour of taking it, getting to work quickly for fast support. It's simple, foolproof, and incredibly effective. Sweet Cures is a major (and currently the only) company producing this product in the UK. Sweet Cures is based in Foxwood Lane, York.

Think Natural
Headers: Aromatherapy, Natural Health Remedies, Beauty, Bodycare, Haircare, Flower Remedies & Homeopathy, Books/CDs, Herbal Remedies, Men's Health, Natural Home, Pets, Pregnancy & Kids, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital Intl Ltd, Sex, Slimming & Detox, Vitamins, Minerals & Other Supplements, Women's Health
Many of us are now turning to more natural products, whether it is cleaning products, cosmetics or natural health remedies. ThinkNatural provide not only a very large range natural products for just about any area of everyday life you can think of, but also a huge number of articles on nearly all aspects of health and lifestyle. ThiinkNatural is based in West Lothian.
Free Delivery on orders >£45

Your Health Food Store
Headers: Amino Acid, Antioxidants, Cosmetics, Essential Fats, Fish Oils, Herbals, Homeopathic Remedies, Jan de Vries Range, Ladies Only, Men Only, Menopause, Micro-Nutrients, Minerals, Multi Vitamins & Minerals, Natural Food and Supplements, Polyunsaturates, Protein, Slimming, Vitamins
Your Health Food Store offers an excellent range of supplements at what seem to be very reasonable prices, plus a small range of natural care skin and hair care products, with creams and gels for a variety of skin conditions including headlice! The site is well laid out and easy to navigate. Your Health Food Store is owned by Chorley Health Food Store which is in Chorley, Lancs.
Free Delivery

Health Information


NHS Local Services Search
Headers: Dental practices, GP surgeries, Opticians, Pharmacies, Walk-in centres, Hospitals, NHS organisations
Excellent site if you are looking for health services in your local area. Simply choose the service you are looking for and enter your postcode. In addition there is a very useful section called "Are you getting the right treatment" where you will find information and advice on which services you should be looking for.

NetDoctor Premium Service
Headers:Diet Programme, Stop Smoking, Health Advice, Ask The Doctor, SMS Services, Search Medline, Test Yourself, Find a Health Service, Support Groups, Discussion Forums
Netdocotor offers a wealth of information on diseases, medicines, examinations and procedures plus discussion forums and support groups, on and for a variety of issues including Arthritis, Children's health, Depression, Fertility, Men's problems, Pregnancy and childbirth, Sex and relationships, Sexually transmitted diseases, Skin and hair problems, Smoking cessation, Stomach and digestion problems and Women's health. If you want to lose weight Netdoctor will provide you with a personalised diet plan that aims to help you lose weight by altering your diet naturally and realistically to fit in with your lifestyle. For your money you get: Personalised eating plan, Day-to-day support, Weekly analysis. The cost works out at roughly £10 per month.
Headers: Information leaflets, Self-help, Web Directory, Books, Find me a ..., Phone a GP is an information resource on health in general. Note the "Phone a GP service" is only available for paid subscribers. The information leaflets cover a wide variety of medical disorders and are well laid out and easy to read. An excellent resource for self-help groups in the UK and overseas

Private Healthcare UK
Headers: Hospital treatment Fixed price surgery, Cosmetic surgery, Cosmetic dentistry, Laser eye surgery, Private specialists, Private GP services, Health insurance, Dental insurance, Infertility treatment, Psychiatric care, Health screening, Medical laboratories, Care of the elderly, Coming from overseas
This is an extremely useful site where you can obtain information about private hospitals, specialists, clinics etc in the UK. You can find out typical costs for going private, or get a quote for an operation.

Headers: Toning, Fitness, Healthcare, Accessories
With over 40 years experience, Slendertone is the world leader in muscle toning technology and offers a variety of muscle toning products that aim to get you toned up in 4-8 weeks! Prices start at around £70. Plus you can also buy the Baxolve belt for back pain control with a 30 day free trial.
Special Features: 8 week money back guarantee plus a 2 year warranty!
Free EU Delivery
International Delivery Available

Win Health Ltd
Headers: Medical Devices, Medical Equipment, Home Health, Self-care, Beauty Products
Scottish based manufacturer and supplier of medical equipment for the home as well as for professional use - from health monitors to CAM devices. Win Health is based in Roxburghshire.

Childhood Asthma has kindly supplied some nutritional information regarding asthma in children.

Fish oil wards off Asthma

FISH oil supplements appear to ward off asthma symptoms in young children with a family history of allergies, Australian researchers have found.

Children who consumed higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from birth were 10 per cent less likely to experience coughing and wheezing at the age of three, Sydney University's Professor Craig Mellis and colleagues found.

"It's very hard to know who's got asthma and who hasn't in preschoolers," Prof Mellis told AAP.

"But we are starting to see a reduction in respiratory or asthma-like symptoms in the group that took the fish oil."

Omega3 Fsh Oil and Coronary Heart Disease has kindly supplied some nutritional information regarding the link between Omega 3 and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

Omega 3 fatty acids from fish and fish oils can protect against coronary heart disease

Omega 3 fatty acids from fish and fish oils can protect against coronary heart disease. Both health professionals and the public are increasingly interested in their role in the prevention and management of coronary heart disease ..

... So what is the current evidence regarding fish oils and cardiovascular disease, their possible mechanism of action, and potential future developments and research strategies.

Fish Oil and Attention Span has kindly supplied some nutritional information regarding the link between diets rich in fish oil and improved attention spans in children.

So THAT'S why fish swim in schools .

A study into the effects of fish oil and vitamins on children found that the behaviour and attention span of pupils at a Yorkshire school improved by 35 per cent.

A study involving 24 schools across the UK was launched in July to test pupils aged six to 11.

At Crossley Hall Primary School, Bradford, teachers and parents completed a questionnaire to assess the children's behaviour before and after they were given Omega 3 Fish Oil.

The results seem to show a vast improvement in attentiveness and concentration. Children were more conscientious, better at paying attention, more alert and focused, and were listening more carefully. The findings come in a report written by Dr Amanda Kirby, founder of the Dyscovery Centre in Cardiff, and conducted with the University of Wales in Newport.

Dr Kirby said: "I am surprised by these results. They are very interesting as this is such a significant difference. "The key thing here is that these children in mainstream classes have shown such a significant improvement in attention and behaviour, which will mean they are learning better and therefore learning more, which has long-term implications."

Some nutritionists believe modern children do not get enough Omega 3 and that this causes attention problems and learning difficulties because it is vital to brain function. The body cannot manufacture Omega 3 fatty acids and so they have to be consumed.

The Government recommends we eat two portions of oily fish each week, but 68 per cent of families admit to eating no fish and it is thought that most children are lacking in Omega 3.

Fish Oil for Kids - The Omega wave

Fish oils are supposed to boost our brainpower. But do the facts really stack up? We went in search of the evidence.

Elliot is nine years old. A year ago, he was falling behind in his schoolwork, particularly reading - which he found a struggle. He had little interest in studying and would crash on the sofa to watch TV when he got home from school.

But over the past year, a dramatic change has taken place in Elliot. He has soared through the Harry Potter books and now heads to the library after the school bell has sounded.

Elliot has been taking part in a scientific study on more than 100 children from 12 Durham schools. The children were required to take a course of capsules with their meals for the duration of six months.

"His reading jumped 18 months (over the trial period). He's just a lot more interested in everything. He's even developed an interest in classical music," says Sheila, Elliot's mother.


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