Today I decided to write about calcium. Usually my blogs stem from questions I see on the Vegan forums, but this is one that I decided to research for myself, as I'm sure I've not been getting enough calcium since I turned vegan. For those of you who don't know much about calcium, I'll tell… Continue reading Keeping Those Vegan Bones Healthy
As a GP, I have noticed many more people complaining of hay fever this year. There are so many remedies available for this annoying and uncomfortable condition, but as with most tablets, they contain either lactose or gelatine, and believe me, I've checked a lot of them! So how does a vegan hay fever sufferer… Continue reading Help for Sneezing Vegans
I've seen a few queries over the last week about contraceptive options for vegans. So I did a bit of digging and came up with a few ideas. As with any medication, contraceptives will be tested on animals, so not truly vegan. To make matters worse, most contraceptive pills contain lactose. In fact, I couldn't… Continue reading Vegan Contraception
We all know that no medication is truly 'vegan'. In the UK, medications have to be tested on animals, by law, before they can be given to humans. So nothing drug-based that we take for our health will ever be vegan in the true sense of the word. But wouldn't it be nice to know… Continue reading ‘Vegan’ pain killers – What can you take?
There are a few nutrients and deficiencies that seem to cause vegans more concern than others. I covered one biggie, B12, last week, and today I want to write about Anaemia. This describes the state of low haemoglobin levels in the blood. But what is haemaglobin? Haemaglobin, shortened to Hb, is a protein found in… Continue reading What is Anaemia and how do Vegans avoid it?
I often come across lots of queries about B12, and this is often met with widely varying advice, some of it not entirely accurate. Recently, I even saw somebody suggest that vegans should buy B12 for injection online, and invest in some insulin needles. I can firmly advise that you should not be buying injections… Continue reading The Truth About B12
Many vegans are surprised (and sometimes annoyed) when their GP refuses to carry out blood tests they’ve asked for. I thought I might write a little about this, and help to rationalise it from a GP’s point of view, but also give you some pointers on when you do need to see your doctor. One… Continue reading When Should Vegans See Their Doctor?