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The Drivetime Sessions W/KatiePlusJuan

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 7:12pm
Joining us for this week's edition of the Drivetime Sessions we had the fantastic Katie and Juan in the studio.

The original songs they were kind enough to share with us were 'The Sun Goes Down' and the  'Blueberry Lady', and as if that wasn't enough we got a cover/mashup of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You/It Ain't Over Til It's Over'!

For the latest details on KatiePlusJuan you can check their facebook out:

The session is available for seven days after broadcast on - just navigate to Wednesday from 5.30pm.
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Chris' Film Club: Ben-Hur

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 25/11/2015 - 6:30pm
On tonight's Film Club our Fifties classic is the epic 'Ben-Hur' from 1959.

The historical drama focuses on the betrayed Jewish prince Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston), who begins enslaved and then starts a quest for revenge.

A remake of a silent film from 1925, it also stars Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet and Hugh Griffith, and won 11 of the 12 Oscars it was nominated for.

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Chris' Film Club: Rear Window

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 6:30pm
Continuing this week's Fifties themed Film Club is the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock thriller 'Rear Window'.

James Stewart features as L.B. Jefferies, a photographer who is trapped in his apartment with a broken leg, and so decides to spy on his neighbours, only to later witness a murder.

The cast also features Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey and Raymond Burr, and has been considered one of Hitchcock's finest productions to date.

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Gorgeous Gwendoline and Christmas Interior Designs tips @GA_Interiors

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 6:28pm
A very sparkly Gwendoline joined us in the studio this afternoon to share with us the latest trends for your home at Christmastime.

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GOLD! is on trend.  There are lots of gold accessories...lamps, baubles, stars and glitter.  Gold works well teamed with creams and neutrals as well as black.  Introduce loads of new cushions and throws - its the time of year to be indoors and feel snuggly.

Golds and metallic shades will continue to be on trend through to next year.

White is also very fashionable this Christmas.  White trees especially.  If you have a generally white themed room, break it up a little by introducing textures such as fur, wool, glass or crystals.  Pastel colours are also beautiful to avoid the starkness of too much white.

Be careful not to bee too fussy with your decorations - keep it elegant and themed.

Traditional colours always look good and are timeless. Red and Green are quite Scandinavian too. It's lovely to add homespun decorations to a red and green theme.  You can also make the look more masculine by incorporating stags heads or other animal accessories.  Green adds balance and a natural feel, whilst red is energetic and gives a lift.

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For more tips visit Gwendoline's facebook page:
Follow her on Twitter: @GA_Interiors
& Instagram: gorgeousgwendoline

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Cowspiracy at the Odyssey & sustainability and the Baha’i

Environment Matters - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 8:49am


Local Mum Susan Leggett spoke to Amanda about why she was going to lengths to get the film Cowspiracy shown at the Odyssey Cinema in St.Albans as part of Sustainable St.Albans Week.

She explained that the film was not a gruesome insight into the horrors of the meat industry, but a fascinating exploration of the damage that our consumption of animals is doing to the planet in so many ways, and the shocking way that these facts are being kept from us. Susan said that friends and family who had already seen the film had enjoyed its style and, even, its humour and had come away looking at the world in a whole new light.

If you’d like to see for yourself, you can book your FREE place here.

Turning to something rather different, Amanda spoke to Sally Spear from St.Albans Baha’i Community. They too are running events for Sustainable St.Albans Week. Sally explained that the key theme behind the Baha’i faith is unity – which has particular relevance when considering care for the planet. They are a non-evangelical group. Their events for Sustainable St.Albans Week include a talk by the internationally renowned speaker Barney Leith OBE on How Faith Communities Can Contribute to a Sustainable Future, an arts and crafts event suitable for all ages, and a peaceful evening of music and readings entitled Sacred Space. Take a look at the Sustainable St.Albans website for more details.

Also at Sustainable St.Albans Week you can find details of the Green Careers Fair, showing of Naomi Klein’s film This Changes Everything and many more of the events scheduled for this local week of sustainable activity.

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New Music Playlist w/c 23rd November 2015 & this week's featured track by @NoelGallagher

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 11:43pm
Hi Drivetimers

Here is our new music playlist for the forthcoming week:

Adele - Hello
a-ha - Forest Fire
Ben Haenow - Second Hand Heart (feat. Kelly Clarkson)
Brandon Flowers - Still Want You
Carrie Underwood - Heartbeat
Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime
Elton John - Looking Up
Enya - Echoes In Rain
Fleur East - Sax
Hozier - Jackie and Wilson
James Bay - If You Ever Want To Be In Love
James Morrison - Stay Like This
James Taylor - Stretch Of The Highway
Jess Glynne - Take Me Home
Kylie Minogue & James Corden - Only You
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Mumford & Sons - Tompkins Square Park
New Order - Tutti Frutti
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - The Dying Of The Light
One Direction - Perfect
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - I Don't See Them
Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
Rod Stewart - Way Back Home
Shane Filan & Nadine Coyle - I Could Be
Simply Red - Love Gave Me More
Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave
Stereophonics - Song For The Summer
The Corrs - Bring On The Night
Tom Jones - Take My Love (I Want To Give It)
Will Young - Brave Man

Items in BOLD are new additions

This week's featured track is The Dying Of The Light by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds:

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This week's shows, starring @kosappeal @ga_interiors @matthertsad & #KatiePlusJuan

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 9:57pm

Coming up on this week’s West Herts Drivetime with the gorgeous Danny Smith...

Monday:  We chat to Olivia Beach about her Kos Refugee Christmas Appeal;
Tuesday:  The glittering Gwendoline Alderton will be offering more Interior Design insights;
Wednesday:  The meticulous Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, will be discussing Tomorrow’s News Today; LIVE music on The Drivetime Sessions courtesy of Katie Plus Juan;
Thursday:  Olivia Dunbar from Loreto College tells us about what her team are doing for Dragons Apprentice;
Friday:  Our very own stupendous Simon Carver brings us the Radio Verulam Film Guide. 

If you ever miss the show, it is available for seven days after broadcast at

So make sure you join Danny and the team weekdays from 4 to 7 PM on 92.6 FM Radio Verulam.
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Chris' Film Club: On the Waterfront

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 7:43pm
Today on Chris' film club we start off the week of Fifties films with the award-winning 'On The Waterfront'.

The film was released in 1954, and tells the story of how former boxer Terry Malloy (played by the amazing Marlon Brando) crosses a corrupt dock workers union, slowly getting more and more mixed up in their criminal activities.

Starring along side Brando are Rod Steiger, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb and Eva Marie Saint. The director was Elia Kazan.

Overall the film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won 3, including best picture, director, actor and supporting actress, and in 1989 it was selected to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry.
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Kos Refugee Christmas Appeal

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 23/11/2015 - 6:06pm

Today local university student Olivia Beach was in the studio to discuss her involvement with the Kos Refugee Christmas appeal.

After a trip to the Greek island in the summer, which she had visited before, Olivia was struck by the suffering of the refugees who had arrived there after fleeing various conflicts in their homelands.

After returning to the UK, she decided that Christmas would be the perfect time to offer some charity to those who need it most. She has since worked with Stevenson's in St Albans and Harpenden Public Halls, to provide bags for people to take home, fill and return so they can be shipped to the refugees. There are 5 categories of bag:

  • Baby
  • Young Boy
  • Young Girl
  • Teenager
  • Adult
The charity will be represented at the Weathampstead lights on the 29th of November, and Stevenson's on the 6th of December.
For more information visit the website, and to donate visit the appeal's Crowdfunding page

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Lundi 23 novembre : Le sommeil!

Bouche à Oreille (Word of Mouth) - Sun, 22/11/2015 - 10:03pm
Rendez-vous lundi 23/11 entre 21h et 22h (heure de Londres), pour une emission sur le sommeil.
Nous commencerons par faire un point sur l'actualité depuis les attentats de la semaine passée. Olivier Lebreton, 3eme Adjoint a Maire de Tours, charge de la sécurité, se joindra a nous pour la second fois pour nous informer de l'evolution de la situation en France.

Quant a Melanie Gardner, elle fera un point sur les événements, en particulier les spectacles et rassemblements prévus en France en cette saison, pour nous indiquer ceux qui ont été maintenus et ceux qui ont été annules du a l'Etat d'Urgence.

Elise Lines nous parlera elle, de ce que nos auditeurs peuvent faire "Dans le coin" : marches de Noel, sorties, etc.

Puis nous serons rejoints par Corinne O'Loughlin, une habituee de Bouche a Oreille, qui nous fera partager le fruit de ses recherches sur notre precieux Sommeil.
Pourquoi doit-on dormir?
Combien de temps?
Qu'est-ce qui vient troubler une bonne nuit de sommeil?

Finalement dans notre section "Tranche de Vie" nous aurons le plaisir d'accueillir Dr Camille Pomel, Senior Lecturer a l'Ecole de Droit, a Hertfordshire University. Elle nous parlera de Liverpool, une ville qui lui est chere.

Alors ne vous assoupissez pas avant 21h lundi soir! Ecoutez-nous sur Radio Verulam 92,6FM ou

Bouche a Oreille
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The Radio Verulam Film Guide: 20th November 2015

West Herts Drivetime - Fri, 20/11/2015 - 7:30pm
Simon was in fine fettle this evening. He seemed to be a lot more upbeat and energetic than usual, and it wasn't just down to the massive amount of meth amphetamines he was on. Turns out that he had received some rather good news earlier in the day. Simon was going to be the cover model for the December issue of Beige Wearers Monthly. Turns out this is somewhat of a big deal, and before the show he was fielding phone calls from other big players in the beige wearing community. He didn't want to drop any names (he's modest like that) but he did mention that he'd been called by a certain Nigel Mansell, who offered his congratulations. Seems like Simon is going places. Chingford, perhaps.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

11.35pm – 1.05am
True Entertainment

White Christmas
4.30pm – 6.55pm

The Help
9.45pm – 12.05am

3.30pm – 5.30pm
Channel 4

5.00pm – 6.50pm

It’s Complicated
11.15pm – 1.35am

9.00pm – 11.25pm

10.35pm – 12.10am

Kind Hearts and Coronets
8.00pm – 9.40pm

11.35pm – 1.20am

Total Recall
11.05pm – 1.25am
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HIV Awareness With Ian Murtagh From @CrescentSupport

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 19/11/2015 - 8:50pm
We were joined by Ian Murtagh today, who spoke about the publicity of HIV and the overall support and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. A topic that has recently been publicised in the media/press from the recent news of Charlie Sheen, as well as the underlying stigma that still remains a challenge for those affected.

The Crescent are an organisation that offers an 'open door' approach in which all are welcome to call in during office hours for information, advice and support in regards to those affected by HIV/AIDS. A dedicated centre located in St Albans whose philosophy is that if you're living with or affected by HIV then they are very much there to help!

Ian continued, to speak about HIV home testing which is now be offered by the Crescent within an HIV home sampling kit for those who wish to test in their own home with results delivered by the Crescent once analysed. This is an addition to their instant result HIV testing service and the other services that Crescent provide.

A HIV awareness raising and busking event is taking place at the St Albans Clock Tower from 11am-4pm on Saturday 5th December for the fundraising of the Crescent support group. More details of the event can be found below on the poster. You can also visit their website or their Twitter(@CrescentSupport) and Facebook page for more details on the organisation and their support.

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Annie's Film Club: Toy Story

West Herts Drivetime - Thu, 19/11/2015 - 6:30pm
Tonight we finish up the week of Annie's film club with Pixar's first full-length film; the classic 'Toy Story!'

Toy Story answers the question of what toys get up to when we're not watching with a fantastic fun filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys – Woody, the lanky, likable cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger.

The film stars Tom Hanks as Woody the cowboy, along with Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear the Space Ranger, as well as featuring other toys voiced by Don Rickles, Jim Varney and John Ratzenburger.

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Annie's Film Club: Monsters Inc.

West Herts Drivetime - Wed, 18/11/2015 - 6:30pm
One of my favourites, the beautifully animated Monsters Inc, is the third Pixar produced film for this weeks Film Club theme. I adored this film when I was a little girl and I just had to include it in the Film Club, as it displayed true emotion and affection within a children's animation!

The film was released back in 2001 and follows the life of two monsters, Mike and Sulley, who accidentally let a child through to Monstropolis, which is considered toxic towards the monsters. There's a reason why they hide in children's wardrobes... because its their job to scare children and power the city using their scream. However, for Mike and Sulley, the boundary between child and monster is slowly faded and things become a little bit of challenge!

Pete Doctor and David Silverman directed the animation which features the voices of John Goodman as Sulley Sullivan, Billy Crystal as Mike Wazowski, Mary Gibbs as Boo and Steve Buscemi as Randall Boggs.

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Annie's Film Club: UP

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 7:01pm
The second of the Pixar films for this weeks Film Club theme is UP, which was released back in 2009 during the Summer as a Disney Pixar collaboration. The film is known for its emotional introduction to the narrative with the gorgeously composed soundtrack, Married Life, which left many of the audience expressing a great deal of emotions!

The animated comedy follows the journey of a young Carl Fredrickson who meets a young adventure-spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of living beside Paradise Falls with each other, but 70 years later, Ellie has died. Still up for the adventure and to complete his promise to her, Carl and his balloon lifted house begin to embark the journey, to soon be halted by a stowaway aboard. 8-year-old wilderness explorer, Russell, joins an unforgettable adventure with talking dogs, a villain and talking dodo bird named Kevin. All Russell wanted was to achieve his 'Assisting the Elderly' badge!

Directed by Pixar Voice actor and Writer Bob Peterson, who also appears in the film as Dug the talking dog who adventures with Carl, Russell and Kevin. It also stars the voices of Edward Asner as Carl, Jordan Nagai as Russell and Christopher Plummer as the evil explorer, Charles Muntz.

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Delicious Angel Food Cake from @heavensacupcake

West Herts Drivetime - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 6:28pm

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Owner and award winning cake baker Lucy Clark joined us in the studio this afternoon to share her scrumptious Angel Cake recipe.  You can see the full recipe by following this link:

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Angel Cake is a healthy option for cake - there's no butter or vegetable fat.  Its the 12 egg whites that give it such a fluffly texture.  If you've never bought Cream of Tartar before, you'll find it in the supermarket alongside baking powder.  Lucy told us about this novel way to separate eggs using a plastic bottle:

To accompany your Angel Cake, you can choose from fruit, jam, cream or creme fraiche - yum!

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For more recipes and details about Heaven is a Cup Cake go to:
or follow Lucy on twitter: @heavenacupcake

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Helping kids engage with nature

Environment Matters - Tue, 17/11/2015 - 8:59am

(RSPB image)Visitors to RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Hertfordshire

A new You Gov poll from the Wildlife Trusts reveals disturbing figures about our childrens’ exposure to nature.

Whilst evidence has been growing for a number of years pointing to the array of health and social benefits to be derived from contact with the natural world for people of all ages1 results from a new YouGov poll, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts reveals a generation of children  growing up disconnected from nature, with just one in ten ever playing in wild places.

So 90% of children never play in wild places.

The poll also reveals:

  • 57% of parents said their children spend a little less or a lot less time outdoors than they did – many children are missing out on contact with the natural world:
  •         Less than half (46%) of children aged 8-15 had looked for wild flowers with their parent/ guardian or grandparent with even fewer (42%) listening for birdsong together
  •         71% of children have never seen a lizard in the wild in the UK, more than half (53%) have never seen a flock of starlings  and more than a third (37%) have never seen a hedgehog

And schools are doing little better

  • Although more than half of the children polled (56%) have learned about wildlife in the classroom in the last six months, under a quarter (24%) said their school has an indoor nature display area, like a nature table, and  
  • Only 50% of children said their school had an outdoor nature area and less than half (46%) of the children said they had been to a place in the wild with their school to learn about wildlife in the past year

Sir David Attenborough, President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts, said:

We will be physically, mentally and spiritually impoverished if our children are deprived of contact with the natural world.  Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged.  It is critical to the personal development of our children.”

And I would add that it’s not just the children who are loosing out, but potentially our wild places. How can we care about the fate of the places and all the plants and animals that inhabit them, if we have never experienced them?

So on this week’s show we spoke to Debs Allbrook, the Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Rye Meads nature reserve.

She told us about the Great Schools’ Birdwatch – a great opportunity for a few children, a class or even a whole school to spend a little time looking at the surprising amount of bird life that frequents school grounds, using the resources provided to learn about them and appreciate them, and to contribute to this valuable survey. Debs also told us about how much there was for children to enjoy at RSPB Rye Meads. There are quizzes, trails and activities especially designed for children, and lots to see and discover in this beautiful wetland reserve. There are also tailor made packages for school trips – a great opportunity for children to get out of the classroom but continue their learning.

Rothamsted Research have a totally different way of encouraging children and young people to engage with nature. Dr.Erin O’Rourke told us about their new photo story competition Illuminating Life: Personal Encounters. It. It is free to enter and has three age categories: 7 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years. Children and young people are asked to submit an original image of life, in the form of plants, animals or landscapes. A brief description of the life encountered must accompany each photograph submitted. Entrant’s photo-stories will be judged on the basis of the photo’s originality and the imaginative description of the theme of the picture taken. Photographs from smart phone devices are accepted. Original photographs submitted can have been taken between 2013 and 2015. For full details, including details on how to make a submission, please see:


There are lots of great ways for you and the kids to get out and enjoy the natural world together during Sustainable St.Albans Week from 21st to 28th November

Winter Planting Day at Heartwood Forest Sun 22nd  10am – 3pm: Heartwood Forest, Sandridge AL4 9DQ (Meet at the Heartwood Forest car park). Come and be a part of the creation of Heartwood Forest! Please dress appropriately – it can be cold and muddy. Refreshments are available to buy. No need to book, just turn up on the day and please bring a spade if you have one.

Also on Sun 22nd Nov but from 10.30am – 12.30pm Sandridge Family WalkJersey Farm Woodland Park, Sandridge.  Join a 5km family walk around the beautiful areas of Sandridge. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, contact 07789 485052. Meet opposite Woodland House, St Helier Road, Sandridge, AL4 9LQ.

And there’s a couple of litter picks – which kids are often surprisingly good at! 

On Sat 21st Nov: Community Litter Pick  10.30 – 11.30am from the top of the causeway in Verulamium park. Run by Cllr Chivers. She will provides the bags, gloves and pickers, or bring your own. Verulamium Park St Albans. Meet at the top of the causeway (the stretch of footpath that leads from the lake to the King Harry Park entrance).

And on Sun 22nd Nov the Park Street Pickers invite you and the kids to a  Community litter pick with a recycling twist  10am – 12pm Park Street Recreation Ground AL2 2NE . Meet at the carpark Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Please bring gloves and appropriate clothing. No need to book. In case of very bad weather on the day, check with Organised by Park Street Pickers


And Rothamsted Research are running an event for Sustainable St.Albans Week: 

Tales of Willow 1pm to 4pm Wed 25th Nov

Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden AL5 2JQ An engaging and interactive event covering the past, present and future uses of willow. The event includes a walk to the National Willow Collection, so wrap up well. Book a free ticket via the Eventbrite link and  – and just in case you needed more enticing,  there’s tea time treats including a glass of mulled wine thrown in too!


For more information about all the activities for Sustainable St.Albans Week go to

And next Tues and Thurs lunchtimes we’ll be bringing you reports from events in this exciting week.

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Kim Leuenberger on Night-Time Photography

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 16/11/2015 - 6:48pm

Today, 'Instagram Influencer' Kim Leuenberger was in the studio to discuss night-time photography, which she said is usually more of a challenge due to the lack of light.

Regarding smartphones, she said its best to use a torch to light a subject rather than a flash, because a constant light source looks more natural. For traditional cameras she said it's best to use a wide lens, as it captures more light and makes the picture clearer.

For more information you can check out her twitter or her website 
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Annie's Film Club: Finding Nemo

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 16/11/2015 - 6:36pm
Annie's Film Club has returned, as a fill in for Chris, and it makes a splash with the first PIXAR produced film for this weeks theme being Finding Nemo! The theme was chosen due to the recent release of the trailer for Finding Dory, which is hoped to be available for viewing next year! You can view the trailer here.

Finding Nemo follow's the journey of a clown fish named Marlin who in search of his son, Nemo, who like all young fish, is eager to explore the mysterious reef. On Marlin's search for Nemo, he comes across a bouncy, energetic fish named Dory, who assists in helping find his rebellious son back to the safety of his reef.

The 2003 film was budgeted at a hefty 94 million dollars, and stars the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Albert Brooks and Willem Dafoe.

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National Self Care Week from Alan Bellinger

West Herts Drivetime - Mon, 16/11/2015 - 5:05pm

On the program last Tuesday I mentioned that this is National Self Care Week (NOV 16-23). Here is the link to the fact sheets I mentioned covering:
  1. Low Back Pain
  2. Eczema
  3. Heartburn and indigestion
  4. Fever in children
  5. Constipation
  6. Headache and migraine
  7. Coughs
  8. Acne
  9. Sprains and strains
  10. Sore throat
  11. Middle Ear Infection
  12. Common cold
  13. Sinusitis
  14. Urine symptoms in men
Click on these links directly or go to  and then to the Self Care section.Go well
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