November 28th, 2018
The Mayor of London has announced plans to implement a ban on junk food advertising on the tube.
Under new guidelines, adverts for products that are high in fat, salt, and sugar will not be permitted on the underground. The ban will also include overground stations and bus stations and stops.
Sadiq Khan said that the measure would hopefully help to combat the “ticking time bomb” of childhood obesity in the city and contribute to healthier lifestyle choices and lower rates of dental disease. Tube stations and bus stops currently feature posters advertising items and products from fast food meals and chocolate bars to fizzy pop and energy drinks. The new ban will reduce exposure to junk food advertising for people who travel on the underground or via buses or trains on a regular basis.
Studies show that advertising can have a significant influence on consumer habits, and ministers are clamping down on advertising across the board. There are already bans in place at certain times of the day on TV, and shops and supermarkets are also being urged to eradicate displays of sugary and fatty foods close to the tills.
The TFL ban will come into play on the 25th February and will cover all areas and networks that are managed by TFL.
A consultation on the matter revealed widespread support for the ban. Of the 1,500 survey respondents, 82% supported the idea.
Mayor Khan said that it was crucial to take “tough action” to tackle preventable childhood illnesses, such as obesity, and stated that preventing exposure to advertising would make a difference, not just to children, but also to their parents and carers.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, described the ban as an “important step in the right direction.”
October 4th, 2014
Sleeping disorders are relatively common and there are thousands of people suffering from sleepless nights as a result. If you suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea and it’s taking its toll on your energy levels, your health and your mood, we are here to help.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder, which is characterised by periods of apnoea, disruptions in breathing. When you have sleep apnoea, your breathing becomes suppressed as a result of the airway becoming blocked; this is usually the result of the muscles in the airway relaxing. Sleep apnoea can be extremely dangerous and even fatal and it is important that it is managed carefully.
The main risk factor for sleep apnoea is being overweight.
Snoring is not the same as sleep apnoea, but persistent snoring often indicates that the body is struggling to get enough oxygen and this can be a symptom of sleep apnoea.
Managing sleep apnoea
There are various different approaches, which are used to treat and manage sleep apnoea. In mild cases, simple lifestyle changes, including giving up smoking, cutting down on alcohol and losing weight. The best way to lose weight and sustain healthy weight loss is to exercise regularly and eat a healthy, balanced and calorie-controlled diet.
If you have concerns about sleep apnoea, don’t suffer in silence; we can help you to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
July 12th, 2014
Sleep is that beautiful time when your body shuts down and you re-generate for the next day ahead….well that’s the idea and it will indeed if you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
However, sleep for lots of people in London can also be a very dangerous scenario if you fit into some of the following scenarios: – Are you a heavy drinker? Are you a smoker? Are you obese? Do you take lots of medication? Well if you do identify with any of these, you could well be treading the dangerous waters of sleep apnoea.
Why is Apnoea so dangerous?
When you go to sleep, the brain, heart and lungs clock-in and automatically set about running your system, but if your airways are blocked for any reason, this will overload this system and to compensate, all of these three organs will become strained and that’s where apnoea sets in.
Over time, such strain will end up with you dying because the organs can’t cope anymore; your heart will especially be the one to suffer. If you are any of the above scenarios and you snore badly, you are at danger. But once you have identified this problem, your dentists/orthodontists are the crew to turn to for salvation. They can kit you out with devices that will help free-up your breathing when you sleep with breathing apparatuses or jaw splints.
Eventually you will need to go that extra mile and address your lack of fitness, your smoking, your drinking and your medication and these people can help you here as well and proffer guidance so that you can tackle any of these issues; it won’t be easy, but it may just save your life.
August 21st, 2013
There are a lot of things going on in our London bodies that are taken for granted; the way we think, the way we breathe and the way our hearts keep ticking along, and we assume nothing about how all of this works- we just expect it to happen. But if your body starts to suffer through illness, over active smoking and drinking, obesity or if you are on a heavy programme of medication, this will start to impede on your breathing- especially at night when your body goes to automatic during your sleep. Now for your system to function, your brain, heart and lungs work together to keep you going, but if the airflow into your lungs is being tampered with, it will lead to sleep apnea and then you are in trouble. Your heart will trip up because there is not enough regular oxygen going through the bloodstream; this in turn confuses your brain and it doesn’t know what to send to your lungs. The three are then forced to work harder just to keep you alive. Over a sustained period, something will give and it is normally the heart. Apnea is a killer- make no mistake about it, so if you identify with any of the above, then make sure you see your dentist about getting something done to clear your airways when you sleep.
August 6th, 2012
Teeth grinding is one of those conditions in central London that doesn’t seem too much of an issue at first and so you might be fooled into the idea that if you get a mouth-guard to wear, the problem is solved, but you could never be more wrong as this is nowhere near remedying the problem of grinding. In fact, the destruction that it can cause in the long run may well lead to some very hefty surgery coming your way. Not only do your teeth bear the front line brunt of the condition, but sustained grinding, even with the mouth-guard in, will start to overload your jaw joints and cause them to wear and click and ache. These forces can also lead to tinnitus, nasal difficulties, headaches, damage to the neck and putting the spinal cord in danger, and damage in the upper back. Stress is the main contributor to teeth grinding and this is the real issue that needs to be addressed. If you talk to your dentist, you may find that you require stress and anger management in order to identify the things that are causing you to get uptight and then how to deal with them. Then you have to learn how to relax at home, especially before you go to bed at nights, as this is the time where the problem is rife.
May 7th, 2012
The city of London is a complex place to live: for all its glitz and glamour and the fun to be had, it can also be a very hectic and stressful place, and being expensive only adds to the stress. Stress shows itself in many ways, normally when you have taken too much of it, but it can also manifest itself in the form of teeth grinding.
Again, you won’t immediately notice it at first, but unchecked, it can cause untold damage to your teeth, jaws and upper body. The causes of it are the build-up of stresses throughout the day and that are not dissipated before you go to bed, meaning a high chance of you grinding your teeth during sleep. The initial damage is done to the teeth and this can be remedied by the use of a mouth-guard from your dentist, but that will not stop the grinding action and the more you do it, the more pressure and hence, damage you will be doing to your jaws, damage that may require surgery to overcome in the long run. But it doesn’t stop there, prolonged grinding and pressure on the jaws can lead to headaches and tinnitus, and even more seriously, damage to the neck and upper back that may well affect the nervous system too.
To stop this constant grinding requires you to address the causes of daytime stress though therapy and possibly, anger management in order to get to the root of the problem. The important time of the day is that when you finish work and when you go to sleep. It is imperative that you learn to use these hours to de-stress and relax- even forget about the day, only then will the grinding become controllable.