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Haulage – A Healthy Career Prospect ?

Health is an absolutely key driver of future success and wellbeing, and this article from Dave McFarlane of Monarch Transport, who operates a network of courier vehicles in Glasgow, explains how a business life in the hayulage industry can bring tremendous benefits.

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Starting up a haulage business in the UK involves a certain amount of risk, just like any other startup enterprise. The haulage industry is a highly competitive one, and there are some very large, well-established companies in the UK that dominate the haulage market. Even if you don’t intend to compete head-to-head with the large haulage companies, you’ll still need to have all your ducks in a row, and you’ll need to make a serious commitment to the business.

Startup requirements

The first thing you’ll have to do is acquire a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) or a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) license. Once you have this in hand, you must also acquire an operator’s license, then pass a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) test. The haulage operator license is comprised of several legal documents, including bank statements that demonstrate you have the financial wherewithal to conduct business in the haulage industry. You can find out plenty more information at the Road Haulage Association website.

These bank statements must confirm that your finances are in good order, and that you are financially prepared to conduct business in haulage. Since your application will be passed on to the Ministry of Transport, these legal documents must be up to snuff before you will be granted a license to operate a haulage business.

Not to be overlooked is the fact that the capital cost for a haulage startup is fairly significant, so before even considering entry into the haulage industry, it would be best to have a good supply of capital on hand, or at least available to your new business.

Haulage work

There are several aspects of the haulage industry which present opportunities for interesting and rewarding careers. Obviously professional drivers are needed with the requisite skills for driving heavy vehicles, but that is by no means the only career available. Employment is also available for those having a background in logistics, i.e. managing all the details of transport from one place to another. Then too, there are the financial careers within the haulage industry, including account management and general accounting.

One of the fortunate aspects of the haulage industry is that it is heavily driven by competitive pricing. In effect, this means that even start up companies can gain a foothold in the marketplace by offering very competitive prices, and then following through with good service. Once a foothold has been gained, a startup haulage company will probably have opportunities to direct-call potential clients and start building their own customer base.

Regulations in the haulage profession

The UK haulage industry is one that is regulated fairly heavily by various government agencies. These rules and regulations change relatively often, meaning that any haulage company must play close attention to directives which govern industry issues such as truck maintenance, vehicle weights, road usage, and tachograph laws.

There are several ways to stay abreast of these constantly changing regulations, one of which is to either belong to the Road Haulage Association, or to at least regularly consult for any new directives. It also helps to have friends and associates already in the business who can supply information about new regulations, or clarify new directives which may be unclear. In this same area of rules and regulations is the requirement to have insurance covering the vehicles themselves and the cost of all goods being transported.

The haulage lifestyle

For people involved in the haulage industry in the UK, the lifestyle can be a very challenging one. For office workers and those primarily concerned with logistics, there is little difference compared to office workers in other industries. However, for the drivers of large good vehicles or heavy good vehicles, the lifestyle can be quite challenging.

Throughout the past several years, there has been a growing shortage of drivers in the UK, because fewer and fewer young people are attracted to the profession. Truck driving often involves long, tiresome shifts, and sitting for hours at a time while driving is not conducive to good health. Only now are driver wages beginning to rise, because the demand for qualified drivers continues to grow, and the need for haulage has never gone away.

Rewards of a haulage career

The potential rewards for setting up a haulage company in the UK can be very significant. Since the industry is a large and pervasive one, the flow of capital creates numerous opportunities for companies to prosper and build thriving businesses. It is an industry that provides a very valuable service and is in great demand throughout the UK, all of which contributes to a business climate where huge profits can be made by very committed and very hard-working companies.

Startup companies which conduct their business in an ethical manner, with great attention to professionalism, and which demonstrate a high degree of fiscal responsibility, have a very good chance of success in the UK haulage industry.

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A dentist’s view on a sugar tax

In July of 2015, the British Medical Association (BMA) urged Downing Street to require the food and drink industry to pay a 20% tax on sugary drinks like sodas, claiming that the excess sugar costs the National Health Service (NHS) more than £6 billion annually, as well as 70,000 lives. The BMA contends that the poor dietary habits which include soft drinks and sugar-laden juices have contributed to serious health issues, as well as rapidly soaring dental problems among youth.

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Sugar, obesity, and dental problems

In the UK, one out of every four adults is considered obese, and one out of every three children is classified as obese or significantly overweight by the time they even reach primary school. This is an increase of epic proportions, and holds the potential for crippling medical and dental costs in the future, because the numbers of people affected are growing so rapidly and so enormously.

The team from the BMA which compiled the report issued to Downing Street was led by Professor Sheila Hollins, who asserts that “If a tax of at least 20 percent is introduced, it could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by around 180,000 people. We know from experiences in other countries that taxation on unhealthy food and drinks can improve health outcomes, and the strongest evidence of effectiveness is for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.”

Dean of the Royal College of Surgeons Dental Faculty, Nigel Hunt, goes even further and claims that sugary drinks should carry warnings on their packages similar to those of cigarettes, which highlight the dangers and health risks associated with regular consumption. Some drastic action is needed, asserts Action on Sugar campaign researcher Kawther Hashem, to counter-act the aggressive marketing from soft drink firms which target children and entice them to drink fizzy, sugar-rich drinks that literally rot their teeth.

Further BMA recommendations

The BMA further recommends that grocery stores do away with ‘guilt lanes’ which prominently feature sugary soft drinks and candies at checkout lanes, where children seize on them and prevail upon parents to include them among purchases. “Regulations should be developed that prohibit retailers from displaying unhealthy food and drink products at checkouts and in queuing areas, and the use of schemes that require retail staff to promote unhealthy food and drink products at checkouts.”

Sugar intake

Current sugar intake for most adults in the UK is estimated at about 14.5 teaspoons per day, with teenagers’ intakes estimated at about 19 teaspoons daily. The World Health Organization (WHO) has studied the matter, and its recommendation calls for no more than 6 teaspoons per day for adults and all other groups. However, the newest health study available on sugar intake suggests strongly that even lower levels than the WHO recommendation – no more than 4 teaspoons daily – are needed to reverse the trends of tooth decay.

In a paper issued by Professor Phillip James, of the London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine, it is claimed that “Previous analyses based on children have misled public health analyses on sugar. The much greater adult burden of dental caries highlights the need for very low sugar intakes throughout life, e.g. 2-3 per cent energy intake, whether or not fluoride intake is optimum.”

Katharine Jenner, Director of the Action on Sugar campaign, completely agrees. “Added sugars are completely unnecessary in our diets and are strongly linked to dental decay as well as to obesity and Type II Diabetes.

The dentist’s perspective

From the foregoing, it would seem that the dentist’s perspective on the issue of a sugar tax in the UK is solidly in the affirmative. Having witnessed an alarming increase in tooth decay attributable to sugary foods and drinks in the last several decades, UK dentists have become personally aware of the end result of the damage done by so much sugar in the diet. The tax on sugar in soda which is being championed as a boon to health in the UK, would then be used to subsidize the sale of more fruits and vegetables – which just may have the pleasant effect of taking matters in the opposite direction.


Looking after your teeth

Common Mistakes People Make When Brushing Their Teeth

Hopefully, you already understand that it’s essential you brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you’re not already doing this, then your teeth are definitely suffering unnecessarily. However, brushing your teeth is probably a bit more demanding than you think. Most people don’t know that they’re making a number of critical mistakes every morning and night that could be leaving their oral hygiene worse off as a result. Ben White from tell us more about how to properly brush your teeth

Using the Wrong Brush

We’ll begin with the basics, which is that you need to select the right toothbrush for the job. With so many to choose from these days, you can definitely find one that is right for your needs, but this also means you have to avoid all the wrong choices too.

If you find you have to strain your mouth to keep it open wide enough for your brush, you’re probably not using the right one. Straining to keep your mouth open can mean that eventually you’re not getting the brush all the way to the back of your mouth. Plus, any uncomfortable experience is unlikely to be one you give enough time to.

You also have to think about the bristles you’re using. If your gums hurt when you’re done brushing, then the bristles on your brush are probably too hard. As a rule of thumb, it’s almost always a good idea to go a bit softer because you can actually rip the enamel off the teeth if the bristles are too hard.

Brushing Too Hard

Speaking of which, you don’t want to apply too much pressure to your teeth when you’re brushing. Most people brush far too aggressively, because they’re thinking about all the debris they want to strip from their teeth. Just like with bristles that are too tough, though, this is a great way to leave your teeth with less enamel, which is ultimately essential to keeping them safe.

One really great way to avoid this problem is with an electric brush that comes with a sensor designed to monitor the pressure you apply. It will actually turn the brush off if it senses that you are pushing too hard on your teeth.

Not Brushing Enough

So long as you’re doing it correctly, the more time spent brushing your teeth the better. While twice a day is a minimum, brushing three times a day is even better. If you really want to see results, brush after every time you eat.

Of course, if you’re not putting in a full two minutes every time you brush, you’re not doing much good. You should spend 30 seconds on your upper right, upper left, bottom right and bottom left rows of teeth.

Here, too, an electronic brush can benefit you as many models nowadays have timers on them that let you know when you’ve spent enough time and can move on. If you don’t like electric brushes or don’t want to spend the money, use some other type of timer. Chances are you’ll find out you haven’t been spending nearly enough time in the past.

Keeping the Same Routine

This might seem like the perfect habit to create, but many dentists disagree. Always begin on a different quadrant because this will keep you from getting lazy with your brushing. By always switching things up and keeping it new, you’ll be more likely to concentrate on the task at hand and do a thorough job.

Brushing your teeth may seem simple enough, but that’s the problem. Make sure you haven’t been habitually committing the mistakes outlined above and both your smile and overall oral hygiene will thank you.



Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

We had an interview with the nice chaps at about the rise in popularity of chemical peels.

Chemical peels, also referred to as acid peels, are a non-invasive cosmetic surgery that is performed to rejuvenate your skin and decrease or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. This type of cosmetic surgery is very common and is generally performed to the hands, neck, and face and will provide you with dramatic results as well as a youthful appearance. Chemical peels are performed at various levels, however the most common is the deep peel which not only causes the most injury, but also creates the best and longest lasting results of any other level of chemical peel. You also have the option to have a medium or superficial chemical peel as well, depending on the level of correction you want made to your skin.

Layers of the Skin

There are two main layers of the skin call the epidermis and the dermis. While the epidermis is the outer most layer of the skin, it acts as a barrier for our muscles and dermis from the outside world. The dermis is the layer of the skin that lies beneath the epidermis and is responsible for the elasticity of our skin as well as structure and support. Overtime, through age and sun exposure, the fibers that make up the dermis begin to break down and lose elasticity as well as collagen. Through continuous movement in the facial muscles, wrinkles and lines begin to form in our skin.

Deep Peels

When a deep peel is performed, the most common chemical that is used for the procedure is called Phenol or Carbolic Acid. This organic compound is aromatic and should be handled very carefully as it can be very dangerous. If misused during a deep peel, this chemical can cause poisoning and result in the need for medical attention. Phenol is also the strongest of all the chemicals that can be used in a chemical peel, it can be used in its purest form or mixed with water, soap, and various oils during a chemical peel. This is because the purest forms of phenol don’t penetrate very deeply into the skin to perform the procedure as well as phenol-based mixtures.

As a result of having a deep peel, some people may have scarring, sun sensitivity, and it is good to keep in mind that deep peels will cause your skin to become lighter after a chemical peel which is why it isn’t recommended for people with darker colored skin. However, deep chemical peels have the ability to do much more than just rid your face of wrinkles, as they have been used to correct pigment abnormalities, deep scarring from acne, extensive damage caused by the sun, blotchy skin, and pre-cancerous lesions on the skin.

The Deep Peel Procedure

It is best to keep in mind that the procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours and you may feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. However it is common that you will be able to undergo this process while under general anesthesia, local anesthetic, and sedation are common practice to keep you comfortable during the procedure. An alcohol cleaner will be used to clean the area that will be treated before the procedure begins, this ensures the cleanliness of the area before the application of the phenol or phenol mixture.

During the procedure, the chemical mixture is applied using a brush or sponge to the entirety of the face. Unlike other chemical peels, deep peels damage both the dermis and epidermis. This encourages new cellular growth and rejuvenation of cells such as collagen. During the peel after the chemical has been applied, it then soaks into the skin and can go as deep as the lower dermis. Once the chemicals have set, the skin begins to turn white. This process is called frosting, the degree of whiteness is what is used to determine the depth of the treatment and once the desired depth is met, and the chemicals are then removed. The damaged layers of skin will begin to peel off overtime and slowly reduces the appearance of wrinkles over time.

Post Treatment

After the procedure, you will see redness and irritation on the skin, and it is recommended to take at least 1 week off from work during the initial healing process. Petroleum jelly or bandages are applied to the face during this time and pain medication is prescribed to help with the pain of the healing process. You may even notice some frosting after the initial peel which will fade over time. The results of a deep peel can last for as long as a decade with proper care of your skin.

Great Couriers Saved Our Bacon

I know this website is meant to be about health, but believe me, this post is about a courier company who improved our health – our financial health that is, by going above and beyond the norm in terms of customer service.

A big shout out to Monarch Transport, the best courier service in Glasgow, who somehow managed to get a pallet of implant parts to one of our clients in London, all the way from Glasgow , in around 10 hours – and that time includes all the panicking we did ! Seriously though, if you’re looking for a first class courier to get something delivered fast, and we mean really fast, then Monarch should be at the top of the list of companies you phone.



What is the best way to fix missing teeth?

How to Fix Missing Teeth

Everyone wants a better, straighter, brighter, healthier smile. This is why so many people buy whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, get braces, etc. However, of all those in need of help, it’s hard to argue that people with missing teeth may be at the front of the line. Missing teeth, especially toward the front, are especially noticeable and can leave people practically unable to smile out of shame. If this sounds like you or someone you know, consider how the following methods can help you smile better than ever before.


This is the old standby just about everyone is familiar with. If you have missing teeth, dentures can be molded to your mouth and made to look like your normal smile. Then you simply adhere them to your gums and take them out at night for a regular cleaning.

The main drawback to dentures is that they can easily fall out while you’re talking, laughing or eating. Even the quickest moment of them popping out means that food can jump between them and your mouth or gums, causing more problems.

Removable Bridge

One popular method to solve this problem is called a removable bridge. This solution can address areas where multiple teeth are actually missing. As the name sounds, the underlying apparatus resembles a bridge, attaching at the two teeth bordering the area where the others are missing. Of course, prosthetic teeth are attached to the spine of the bridge so people only see what appears to be a normal smile.

Bridges can be removed as well, making it simple to apply basic cleaning necessary for maintaining your healthy smile.

Dental Implants

The most natural way of solving the problem of missing teeth is with dental implants. It’s really as simple as that. With this method, metal studs are drilled into the jaw line where your teeth are missing. Then prosthetic versions are attached to these metal components. The result is a tooth or teeth that are permanently bonded to your mouth.

Despite how severe this method is, rest assured that the finished product is plenty comfortable and looks great. It’s also extremely easy to talk with these teeth in place too. There is a great video explaining the procedure on the Dental FX website.


Veneers are largely used by those who want a prettier smile, but have all their own teeth. They simply want each one to be as white as possible and are sick of other solutions. It’s also a good way to take care of smiles that may involve a crooked tooth or two.

However, more and more, people are using this popular method to solve the problem of having missing teeth. Veneers bond with concrete right to your teeth, but if one or two are missing, the application will simply covering the area with a prosthetic. Not only will you get full mouth of teeth, you’ll also have them extremely white for 10 years before needing them replaced.

No matter which application you pick, don’t go another day with missing teeth. Having the perfect smile is probably a lot simpler than you think.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Some excellent information from Dr Gardee at The Smile Clinic in Glasgow delivered in a relaxed and understandable way.

Do you have damaged teeth or one or more that are missing? Have you decided it’s time to do something about it? If so, the good news is that there is a whole industry dedicated to helping you get the help you want. However, the bad news is that, with so many options to choose from, you could wind up picking the wrong one. To help with your decision, think about the following reasons so many people love dental implants. You can also watch the Youtube video below which is an excellent introduction .

Second Only to the Real Thing

In just about every way that matters, dental implants are basically the best option besides actual teeth. Dental implants are stable, strong and durable. Best of all, though, it looks and feels the part perfectly. No one will notice your implant is fake and you’ll quickly start treating it like the real thing: talking, eating, laughing, etc. without issue. You can find out plenty more information about implants on the Association of Dental Implantologists website here

Long Lasting

Dental implants need very little maintenance from you. Every once in a while, they may need an adjustment, but that’s hard from an emergency procedure and the same dentist who helped with the implant can take care of it for you. However, with proper care, your implants will be with you for your entire life.

Now compare that to some of the best alternatives. For example, traditional bridges that rely on your other teeth need to be replaced ever five years or so. If you take great care of them, they may make it closer to seven to 10, but that’s it.

Stay in Place

No matter how good they look or real they feel, no one wants to deal with fake teeth that are going to run the risk of exposing themselves at some point. Most of us have heard horror stories from people who had their teeth fall out or click around while they were in a social situation. This is embarrassing in the moment and sometimes lasts for minutes until you can get them back into place.

You’ll never have to worry about dental implants causing this kind of problem for you though. Once they’re in place, they literally become a part of your body. It’s virtually impossible for them to come loose. In fact, if you did decided you wanted them removed, you’d have to have a professional do the procedure for you.

As a result, people with dental implants tend to be far more confident. They don’t dodge social situations or have problems being outgoing and expressing themselves.

Stay in the Entire Time

Along the same lines, you’re never needing to take out dental implants to drop them in a cup at night so you can wake up to a fresh smile. Never again worry about running out of solution to keep your teeth in or the fact that you knocked the glass over at night. Don’t ever worry that someone will notice the utensils in your room and realize your smile isn’t real.

When you go to sleep at night, the dental implants join you.

Protect the Rest of Your Mouth

Going with dental implants ensures that the hole in your mouth where the other tooth used to be is now covered. This helps in a big way by ensuring that diseases like gingivitis can no longer sneak in and cause serious problems for you.

Plus, as implants don’t depend on other teeth in your mouth like dental bridges, you don’t have to worry about a real tooth having to get ground down or otherwise adjusted to prepare them for the procedure.

For all these reasons and more, dental implants make a great solution for those who would like a smile free of missing teeth.


Dental Fear – There is help out there


Many thanks to Dr David Cashel, an experienced dental practitioner with a special and long term interest in patients who are frightened of the dentist. There’s more information on his website page phobia and there’s also plenty of information on this wikipedia page about fear of the dentist.

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Afraid of the Dentist?

One of the most common fears out there isn’t public speaking or even death, it’s going to the dentist. Even though the profession exists solely to help the public with a very important area of health, most people do everything they can to avoid a dentist appointment. However, some people have a legitimate phobia that can keep them from a dentist’s chair for years, even if it means putting their health in serious peril. While somewhere between 5% and 10% probably have this type of extreme fear, closer to 20% hate going to the dentist enough that they’ll only go when it becomes completely necessary.

The Root of This Fear

It’s not hard for most of us to understand this kind of fear, even if we don’t share in it. Sitting in a dentist’s chair is never fun. At some point, it also generally involves sharp objects and at least minor amounts of discomfort. That being said, a good amount of people who fear the dentist associate their anxiety with a feeling of giving up control. They don’t like feeling as vulnerable as they do when in a dentist’s chair.

Other people simply have anxiety issues to begin with. They may have disorders or stress brought on by domestic violence, war, sexual abuse, etc. Going through any type of stressful situation, then, will trigger much greater amounts of anxious.

Be Assertive and Upfront About Your Fear

Trust me, dentists know that most of us would rather not visit them. They won’t be offended if you make it perfectly clear that you have a phobia about coming in for an appointment. One of the main problems with dentistry is that a lot of dentists simply assume that everyone has the same threshold for pain. As such, they often cause undue pain to their patience without ever knowing it.

So let them know upfront that you don’t like being there and that the pain and discomfort may have something to do with it. If you do feel pain at some point, simply let them know.

Go to a Specialist

Furthermore, many dentists specialize in patients who have a phobia of seeing them. These dentists will go out of their way to create an environment that is as calming as possible. They may provide you with anesthesia to help numb any pain or uncomfortable feelings you’d otherwise feel. Today, there are even TVs attached to the ceiling so you can watch shows and distract yourself from what’s going on in your mouth.

These dentists are also great about handling your nerves and the type of personality that hates being in the chair. They’ll constantly ask for permission to do certain things, so that you’ll always feel in charge. You’ll also be notified before they start any new procedure so you see it coming and aren’t taken by surprise. This is also a good way to help the patient feel assertive.

Go with Someone

It’s easy to become fearful when your mind has plenty of time to collect nerve wracking thoughts. Even if you get to the dentist’s office, you may soon leave if sitting in the waiting room means you have time to think about your fears and allow them to grow greater. Consider bringing someone you trust, then, who doesn’t fear dentists themselves, but understands your issues. They can help keep you distracted and feeling safe when you’re waiting for the dentist.

Don’t be ashamed of your fear of the dentist. Chances are more people have this kind of phobia and simply don’t admit it. However, you shouldn’t let this fear impact your health. Instead, think about the above and make an appointment as soon as possible.