The Sheldon Press October Release!

On the 19th October 2017 Sheldon Press is delighted to be publishing a debut book from GP and writer/broadcaster Matt Piccaver.

It is well known that GP’s don’t have that long per standard appointment with each patient, and that their training and experience means they often have more to say. The NHS is the UK currently allows ten minutes for a consultation with a GP – which is not really enough time to go in-depth about some more complex conditions, or even enough time to take off a coat and hat!

Matt is an experienced GP who thinks that writing a book, published by Sheldon Press and easily available in both print and digital editions, is a great way to continue that conversation. In everything your GP doesn’t have time to tell you about… arthritis, Matt attempts to delve deeper into arthritis and the way it can affect patients. Sheldon Press is delighted to have a great new author on board, and we can’t wait to see the impact of this book.

As @enkababu on Twitter, Matt is a keen tweeter and very much looking forward to hearing from readers.


You can preorder via Amazon

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June release: Sleep Better by Professor Graham Law and Dr Shane Pascoe


Is it true that you fall asleep more quickly if you wear warm socks? Can you lose weight while you snooze? Do you really need a solid eight hours sleep?

Some people say that it takes 10,000 hours’ practice to become an expert at something. By that logic, we should all be expert sleepers by the age of three. So why is it, with all this expertise, so many people have difficulty with their sleep?

From increased weight-gain to a loss of productivity, sleep deprivation can have a profound impact on our lives, health and well-being, with sufferers trialling some of the many myths that surround sleep in search of curing ‘solutions’.

Written by a leading sleep scientist and a psychologist, Sleep Better explores 40 myths about our nightly journey to the land of Nod.

Professor Graham Law and Dr Shane Pascoe draw on years of research and laboratory work to present the facts. Unlock the secrets of sleep, from babyhood to later life, with this wise and expert book. 

‘A clearly written, informative book. Highly recommended.’ Lilley Harvey, founder and principal teacher, Peacock Tree Yoga

‘Excellent – top tips for better sleep.’ Professor Mary Morrell, President of the British Sleep Society

Sleep Better is out today

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: The importance of early intervention

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 February–5 March 2017). To help raise awareness of these mental illnesses, forthcoming author Emma Woolf explores this year’s key theme, Early Intervention.

 One of the single most important aspects of the treatment of eating disorders is early intervention. It is clear that the sooner one intervenes to tackle disordered eating, the more effectively it can be treated. This is simply because disordered eating becomes habitual – and human beings are creatures of habit. The spiral of self-starving or binge-purging can be hard to escape.

‘One of the single most important aspects of the treatment of eating disorders is early intervention.’

Early intervention is also essential from a health perspective: while early-onset eating disorders (i.e. before puberty) are relatively rare, the number of children developing them does appear to be increasing. The damage of a childhood eating disorder, in physical, social, educational and emotional terms, can be even more severe than eating disorders in adolescents and adults as it occurs at a time of crucial development, and could lead to delayed maturation and stunted growth, among other things.

‘The number of children developing [eating disorders] does appear to be increasing.’

Socially, individuals with eating disorders also suffer isolation and depression, which in turn affects their education, work and family lives. Physical, social and emotional problems tend to intensify the longer the illness goes on, and the illness becomes more difficult (and expensive) to treat.

‘Early intervention is essential from a health perspective.’

For all these reasons, spotting the warning signs and understanding the symptoms is imperative for effective mental health treatment. Early intervention is essential in this process.

Emma Woolf is a writer and journalist. Born and brought up in London, she studied English at Oxford University. She worked in publishing for ten years before going freelance and now writes for The Times, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia, Red, Psychologies and Top Sante, among others. Her media appearances include Newsnight, and Woman’s Hour and she was a co-presenter on Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny.

Emma is the great-niece of Virginia Woolf and her previous books include bestselling An Apple a Day (2012), The Ministry of Thin (2013), Letting Go (2015), and Positively Primal (2016.)

Emma recently talked about the importance of healthy role models and going back to basics with exercise and diet regimes at Food Matters Live. You can still catch up here.

A-Z of Eating Disorders.jpg This is an edited extract from Emma’s forthcoming book, The A-Z of Eating Disorders out this September.

Extract: The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book by Tessa Buckley

Increasingly, the evidence is that nutritious food can improve the health and well-being of those with MS.

9781847094155The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book explains the role that a healthy eating diet may play in MS, as well as other autoimmune diseases, such as coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes.

The new edition of this popular book has been updated and includes information about the Overcoming MS and Wahls diets. It also presents research findings into the importance of vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids, and discusses the effects salt and sugar may have on people with MS.



Topics include:

  • types of diet, including the low-fat, Best Bet and paleo diets
  • which foods to eat, which foods to avoid and why
  • supplements – benefits and dangers
  • food intolerance
  • practical advice on food preparation
  • coping with problems such as swallowing and fatigue
  • new recipes
  • updated case histories

This detailed guide presents a wealth of information to help you get the very best from nutritional therapy if you have MS.

The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book is out on 16 February 2017 and is currently available to pre-order. You can read an extract from the book here

Dr Dawn’s tips for having some ‘me time’ as a new mum

The first few weeks and months after having a baby can be a busy time but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take some time for yourself. As a GP and mother of three Dr Dawn Harper (as seen on Channel 4) knows only too well what the experience of being a new mother can be like. Here are her top tips for having some ‘me time’:

Make the most of when your baby is sleeping

There is nothing wrong with soaking in a bubble bath, shaving your legs and doing your hair at two in the afternoon if that’s when the opportunity arises and it will make you feel so much better about yourself.

If you are breastfeeding, try to express early on

Having a supply of breast milk to hand means that someone else can give the occasional feed meaning you and your partner can take the opportunity to be a couple again even if it is only for an hour or two.

Accept offers of help

Friends and family really do want to help and if they offer to sit with your baby while you pop round to see a friend or nip to the shops say ‘Yes, please!’ It’s normal to feel that no one else can look after your baby as well as you but you are only human and the truth is you will be an even better mum if you can take a few minutes out here and there, so don’t feel guilty. Do it in the full knowledge that when you get back, you will be refreshed and able to give even more of yourself.

Extract taken from Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.

Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year is available now.

IBS Awareness Month: Dr Dawn Harper addresses some common questions

IBS is a very common condition affecting as many as one in five British adults. In her new book, Dr Dawn’s Guide to Healthy Eating for IBS, Dawn Harper answers a number of frequently asked questions:

Is IBS a lifelong condition?

About 20 per cent of the population have IBS at any one time but actually around one in ten sufferers each year will notice their symptoms have subsided. It isn’t a condition that we cure as such but just because your symptoms are interfering with your life now, that doesn’t mean it will always be so. Most people notice periods when their symptoms improve for weeks, months or even years and some find their symptoms disappear completely.

Are there any long-term complications of IBS? 

People often worry about a possible link between IBS and bowel cancer, for example, but there is no evidence that there is any link here. Sometimes I meet people who have developed depression as a result of their IBS but that is because they have been really dragged down by symptoms and, hopefully, after reading this book you won’t be one of them!

Is lactose intolerance linked to IBS?

Lactose intolerance and IBS are separate conditions. One doesn’t cause the other but it is possible to have the two conditions at the same time.

Can IBS cause rectal bleeding?

IBS can cause constipation which in turn can cause haemorrhoids or an anal fissure (a tear in the delicate skin around the anus). Both of these can cause fresh rectal bleeding but IBS itself does not so blood in the stools should always be checked out by a doctor. It is usually something simple like piles or a tear but bleeding from the back passage can be caused by a cancer so should never be ignored.

What is post-infectious IBS?

Post-infectious IBS was first described after the Second World War when soldiers were returning from war having had bacterial dysentery. It has since become a well-recognized condition and has been described following infections with campylobacter, salmonella and shigella. Interestingly, it is uncommon after viral gut infections and generally occurs after a bacterial infection. The good news is that 50 per cent of people recover without the need of treatment.


Dr Dawn’s Guide to Healthy Eating for IBS is out now. 

Healthy lifestyle could reduce risk of dementia

The Public Health Education (PHE) has published a new report that shows that dementia is not necessarily an inevitability of old age but is the result of circumstantial factors such as smoking and physical inactivity. As many as one third of dementia cases could be as a result of modifiable lifestyle choices.

The full article can be found here.

Further resources:

Dr Tom Smith’s Reducing Your Risk of Dementia looks at the medical evidence about ways to reduce the risk of dementia

Brain Awareness Week 2016: Blueberry brains . . .

Eating blueberries may protect ageing brains against symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research at the University of Cincinnati in the USA. Already dubbed a super fruit for its potential protective power against heart disease and cancer, blueberry was found to improve the thinking performance of adults aged 68 and over with mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor of Alzheimer’s. Blueberry powder improved memory and access to words and concepts, said lead researcher Dr Robert Krikorian.

You can read more via The Telegraph here.