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HEADING FOR A CURE

There are certain ailments that we simply live with because a cure seems so out of reach; instead we soothe the symptoms and try not to let them get us down. One of the biggest – and most debilitating – has to be migraines. They affect more than 23 per cent of adults, causing almost 200,000 attacks every day, but they have no cure. Until now, that is. The first drug specifically designed to prevent migraine, Erenumab, has been approved by European health officials. English and Scottish health agencies will now decide whether it’s appropriate for NHS use but, whatever the decision, patients should be able to get it privately from September if they have at least four migraines a month. It works by blocking a peptide receptor, thought to activate migraines. So if you’re a sufferer, or look out for someone who is, this is cause for celebration.

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.