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Too clean?

November 12, 2015 Harley Farmer

It’s amazing how those old phrases are so often proven correct, isn’t it? The “hygiene hypothesis” is one of science’s attempts to explain why a bit of dirt is a good thing. But is all dirt equal? And does timing have a lot to do with the outcome? No, all dirt is not equal and yes, timing is very important. Both are really relevant aspects of this much debated topic and there is only time to skim over the issues here. Dirt is dirt to the uninitiated. This photo shows Olivia from next door helping transplant strawberry plants in my...


SLS is the bad boy

November 03, 2015 Harley Farmer

SLS is the bad boy of the pack. It’s an ingredient in all sorts of products from toothpastes to shampoo to food. Basically it makes life cheaper and easier for product manufacturers who appear to care little for the negative effect it has on atopic people who use their products. There are plenty of alternative chemicals which do the same thing as SLS so it’s just not necessary. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is an emulsifier which keeps other chemicals in suspension in products. It’s a truly useful ingredient from the manufacturer’s perspective but a potentially hazardous chemical for many people. It...


Book reveals eczema cure.

October 13, 2015 Harley Farmer

When your purpose is to bring health and happiness, it’s important to remember that nobody does it alone. Luckily there are millions of people who want to share positive values. “What is eczema? A path to ending the misery” is the title of my newest book which encompasses the contributions of numerous people.  My role was to provide them with a voice; a means of sharing their wonderful success stories with the world. That includes photos of skin before and after success in ending eczema. The book also includes a review of the current medical literature showing what the researchers  have...


Open Water Swimming

October 06, 2015 Harley Farmer

It’s intriguing how much nostalgia is generated when you swim in an English river. People on the bank stop to talk with you about the times they used to enjoy a dip “when the children were young”. Common courtesy has you join the conversation which usually means your swim is punctuated by a phase of treading water for the duration of a good old natter. It’s good to talk and treading water is still exercise so everyone is happy. Except their dogs! Even dogs from my village who know me very well raise their hackles and bark at me in...