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Do legal highs show up on drug tests ?

Are there drug testing kits for legal highs?

This is a very common question with the increased availability of drugs known as legal highs (now, in fact, illegal in the UK for just over 12 months) and also known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Drug test manufacturers are constantly bringing out new drug test kits that can detect these new drugs. The problem for the drug testing kit manufacturers is that as quickly as they bring out a new test, the drug manufacturers quickly try and alter the drug slightly to try to avoid it being detected on drugs tests.

However, we do now have reliable drug test kits available to purchase in the UK for the following new drugs ( NPS ):

drug testing kits for legal highs

MCAT drug test kit

  • MCAT also is known as Mephedrone
  • K2 also known as Spice
  • MDPV Bath Salts
  • Ketamine

Access Diagnostic Tests have been leading the way in the UK in bringing out a multi-panel urine drug test kit that detects these new drugs.

They can be purchased online at UK Drug Testing

Single-drug test cassettes are also available to detect

  • Mephedrone MCAT drug testing kits
  • K2 Spice drug testing kits
  • Ketamine drug test kit

How to do a ketone test to see if you are in ketosis

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Ketone test strips are available to buy online in UK from Valuemed in canisters of 100 tests strips for under £5

How to do a ketone test on your urine

Simply collect a urine sample at any time of day. There is no need to wait for a first-morning sample or post meal, any time is good to start ketone testing. Collect the sample in any clean container, glass or plastic won’t affect the results. Open and remove an unused ketone test strip and immediately seal the pack. The colour on the pad should be a light fawn or beige tone which roughly matches the negative colour tone on the side of the bottle when dry, and should match the negative result immediately after wetting. Dip in the urine for 3 to 5 seconds, then remove and tap off any excess urine sample. If ketones are present in the sample, the pad will start to discolour towards a purple tone. ( the colour varies from brand to brand) Match the pad colour to the corresponding colour on the results chart at the specified read time and note the ketone level.

How do ketone test strips work

Ketone test strips use a simple chemical reaction that measures the level of one of the 3 ketone bodies, (bodies is a technical term for chemical structure type) produced when fats are being metabolised to produce energy. In healthy, non-dieting adults consuming a modern western diet energy is produced almost exclusively from glucose, with the excess being converted into glycogen or fat. Fat is hardly ever converted back to produce energy as there is almost always an excess of sugary carbohydrates being eaten.

What colour should ketone test strips be when in ketosis

A positive result for ketones in urine is shown by the pad on the strip changing colour. Most ketone test strips give a purple colour change and the degree of colour depth indicates the semi-quantitative level or amount of ketone in the urine. The higher the urine ketone level, the higher the blood ketone level when the urine was being produced by the kidneys.

How to tell if you’re in ketosis with strips

Ketosis in strict physiological terms is when the body is consuming and only burning fat as a primary source of energy. Ketone test strips only tell you when some fat is being used for energy. For most dieters this is all they need to know, it is a good indicator that the carbohydrate total calorie intake has been restricted to a level where the body has used all the available glucose and glycogen reserve and has switched to burning fat deposits. Getting into ketosis requires a much longer period of strict diet modification, moving to fat and protein as primary sources of energy.

Other signs you’re in ketosis

It is often described by dieters as ‘Ketone Flu’

Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Cramps
  • Bad Breath
  • Poor sleep
  • Digestive upsets, most commonly constipation
  • Reduced exercise tolerance

And hopefully

  • Weight loss
  • Appetite Suppression

Once some of the symptoms of “Ketone Flu” subside, the urine ketone level will normally reduce once the body has adjusted to ketosis and the symptoms will often subside. It is normal to only measure trace or moderate urinary ketones. This occurs as the liver enzymes increase which converts more of the ketone body measured in urine to the energy producing ketone body used in the Krebs cycle for energy.

Ketone test strips for urine  and blood ketone meters can be purchased online in UK from Valuemed medical supplies

Drug Testing Kits

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This is a drug testing kit for urine that detects 13 different drugs

Drug testing kits for urine and saliva are now available to screen for most drugs of abuse including many so-called legal highs (now actually illegal under the New Psychoactive Substances law. )

The drug testing kits are very simple to use and give rapid highly accurate results within minutes. They are particularly useful in a workplace setting where being under the influence of drugs or alcohol could endanger the worker or others working with them or members of the general public.

The cheapest and easiest form of drug testing kits are urine drug tests. These are very simple to administer and read. Saliva testing using an oral mouth swab is a slightly more expensive option, and it can sometimes be difficult to get an adequate sample if the person being tested has a dry mouth or is anxious. Oral drug tests are popular with employers, as the chain of custody is much simpler as you can be sure that the sample that you have is from the person being tested.

For more information or if you require any help or advice on choosing drug and alcohol testing kits visit UK Drug Testing 

Medical Student Discounts

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Student discounts available

We know how expensive being a student is these days and with this in mind Valuemed medical supplies do offer student discounts. To obtain a student discount coupon for your university or college to spend on medical equipment or supplies please e-mail us as marketing@adtuk.co.uk with the details of your college or university,  so that we can set a discount code up for you.

In the meantime you can use 5% discount coupon code AUT until the end of January 2017.

Home testing kits for diabetes

With the increase in the number of diabetics diagnosed in the UK and the surrounding publicity in the press in recent years, there has been an increasing demand for home testing kits for diabetes.

Can you test for diabetes at home?

Diabetes can be easily and quickly screened for at home using a urine test strips that detect glycosuria (glucose in the urine ) which is a sign of diabetes.

The presence of glucose in the urine is not a normal finding, and if detected in a non-diabetic means a trip to the doctor for further tests.

You may not have any symptoms and the urine test may be the only indicator of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can develop quite quickly and usually presents with some or all of the symptoms below, though not always. It is most commonly presents in children or young adults.

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination (passing increased volumes of urine or having to urinate more frequently )
  • unexplained weight loss
  • increased hunger
  • fatigue
  • slow healing or increased infections
  • recurrent thrush
  • blurred vision
  • dry mouth

Type 2 diabetes 

In type 2 diabetes the onset is often more gradual and symptoms less severe. Weight loss is not usually a feature of type 2 diabetes. Because the onset is so gradual you may not realise that you have it until it is picked up on a urine test or blood test at the doctor’s. It is much more common if you are overweight. It may also present with any of the symptoms above though not usually weight loss.

How do you test for diabetes at home?

Home diabetes testing kit

Diabetes urine test strips

Collect a urine sample ideally about 2 hours after you have eaten but screening may be carried out at any time of day and dip the glucose test strip into the urine sample and wait the allotted time to read the result. If glucose is detected the pad on the urine test will change colour and give you an indication of how much sugar has been detected in the urine.  The test is very quick and easy to perform and gives immediate results making it very easy to screen your whole family for diabetes regularly.

What to do if the diabetes home test is positive?

If the test is positive or if you have symptoms that suggest you may have diabetes, then you need to make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible for further investigations. Do not put it off as it is important to diagnose and treat diabetes quickly to prevent complications.

Buy home testing kits to screen for diabetes online from Valuemed

If you are diagnosed as diabetic by your doctor it is very helpful to get a buy a blood glucose meter as this enables you to monitor the glucose levels in your blood and aim to keep them within target levels. Blood glucose meters are available to purchase from Valuemed Medical Supplies

FED Blood Glucose meter

Blood Glucose Meter

Workplace drug testing kits

Workplace drug testing is on the increase in the UK, and drug testing kit manufacturers are offering an increased range of instant near-patient drug testing kits for both urine and saliva to meet this increased demand.

Problems with drugs and alcohol are responsible for poor performance at work, days off sick, and they are also implicated in a very large proportion of workplace accidents. As an employer, you have a duty of care to make the workplace as safe as possible. being under the influence of drugs and or alcohol at work has implication for the health and safety of not only the individual using them but also for other members of staff and the general public who come into contact with this employee.

Oral fluid saliva drug testing kits

The range of saliva drug test kits has increased markedly in the last 12 months with manufacturers now offering up to 12 drug screens including alcohol in one test. These 12 in 1 test kits offer businesses a very comprehensive drug and alcohol screen.

Urine drug testing kits

Urine drug test kits are also a popular choice for many companies, as they are far cheaper than an equivalent oral fluid drug test kit, and also offer comprehensive drug screening, and come in a range of drug options.

Visit UK Drug Testing to see our recommended drug testing kits for workplace drug testing

GP’s are well placed to offer occupational drug testing either as part of an employment or pre-employment medical, or on request by companies or individuals. Many occupational health providers already offer drug testing, but as demand for workplace drug testing increases the number of service providers will also need to increase. Many UK companies are already doing there own in house drug & alcohol testing, or are using outside providers to come onsite and perform the tests for them. It is important to remember that onsite tests are screening tests, and that any positive test should be confirmed with a laboratory GCMS urine test with full chain of custody.

If you require any help or advice on choosing and using workplace drug testing kits contact UK Drug Testing  or telephone 01263 731 168 during office hours Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Valumed Coupon Code

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Just a quick post to remind you to use 5% discount coupon code ADT before the end of January 2016 at UK medical supplies website Valuemed

The discount can also be applied at drug and alcohol testing kits website UK Drug Testing

Delivery is free when you spend over £25 at Valuemed, and when you spend over £75 at UK Drug Testing

What is Gout & can you test for it at home ?

Uric acid meter UK

Monitor uric acid levels at home with the Easylife meter

Gout is a painful condition affecting muscles and joints. It is relatively common and can affect up to 25% of western populations during their lifetime.

Elevated levels of Uric Acid, also known as Urate can crystallise in sold tissue around joints and also in the fluid lubricating joints leading to painful inflammation and eventually arthritis.

Until now the diagnosis of gout has depended on hospital laboratory whole blood analysis, but there is now a handheld digital uric acid meter available giving doctors and patients the ability to test a tiny finger prick sample of blood accurately for uric acid levels.

The digital uric acid meter is distributed by Valuemed in the UK and also tests cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The uric acid meter kit is supplied with a comprehensive easy to follow manual and separate test strips for Uric Acid, cholesterol and glucose. lancets and an auto-lancing device also come with the starter pack. the lancing device is a sprung auto-lancer, so taking a finger prick sample is automated for anyone who may be squeamish about needles.

Testing for gout and monitoring levels during an attack or between episodes is now available as a home test option for thousands of patients affected by this condition. The Easylife uric acid meter is also certified for clinical use by doctors, so it is expected to also find use in outpatient departments and casualty departments where it will come into its own during out of hours consultations, where access to lab services are further restricted.

The price for the 3 in 1 meter is expected to be below £40 and the refill packs of Easylife gout meter test strips well below £1 per test, with the glucose option expected to be even cheaper per test.

Best reflex hammer for medical students

This reflex hammer from Valuemed is both a queens and a babinski reflex hammer

This reflex hammer from Valuemed is both a queens and a babinski reflex hammer

We are often asked the following question: Which is the best reflex hammer for medical students?

The standard traditional choice has always been the Queens reflex hammer. The Queens hammer is a standard round-headed hammer, usually with a metal head (for weight) surrounded with a firm rubber tyre like ring. The head is fixed at 90 degrees to the handle, which is usually plastic or metal with a pointed tip for neuro pressure examinations. Ward reflex hammers are usually long handled 30 to 38cm which make them too long to fit most pockets but a short handled 21cm Queens reflex hammer is available which is perfectly adequate for examination, but also much more practical for white coat pockets or GP bags.

So our first choice for function and cost is a 21 cm Queens reflex hammer.

For a little more, the options offered by the telescopic Babinski Queens hammer give greater examination options and is a more robust reflex hammer. A metal telescopic extending handle (with the point) extends from 21cm to 36cm, giving a full-size hammer option as required. The metal and rubber head unscrews from the handle and can be attached at 90 degrees as in a traditional Queens, or in line with the handle, giving an inline hammer similar to the Taylors reflex hammer arrangement. Look for models which un-screw rather than twist and lock, as the latter tend to loosen as they get older, leaving the head dangling, loose on a metal stick (not great and not useful)

Finally, if you want something functional, practical and unbreakable go for a good old Taylor reflex hammer. Steel handle holding a firm plastic triangular head. No moving parts, basic and functional.

If you still can’t decide consider the full reflex hammer pack, with everything you are likely to ever need in a neurology examination.

There are a range of reflex hammers in different sizes and makes available to buy in the UK from Valuemed medical supplies including Queens, Babinski, and Taylors reflex hammers.


New roadside drug testing for drivers in the UK came into force 2nd March 2015

Saliva drug driving test kit screens for Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamine, Methadone and Benzodiazepines

Saliva drug driving test kit screens for Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates, Amphetamine, Methadone and Benzodiazepines

The big news story this week has been the introduction in the UK of new rules that enable the police to perform roadside drug tests on drivers.
The new regulations came into effect on the 2nd March 2015 and allow the police to perform a roadside drug test using a saliva drug testing kit on motorists that they believe to be under the influence of drugs.

If the driver tests positive with the mouth swab drug testing kit the police will then take them back to the police station for further testing.

The penalties if you are found guilty of drug driving are similar to those for drink driving. This new test will make it much easier for the police to test drivers whom they suspect of driving while under the influence of drugs. Some of the drugs being tested for are prescription drugs including a group of drugs known as benzodiazepines which include amongst them Temazepam, Diazepam, and Lorazepam. Drivers may also be tested for Opiates and Methadone as well as Cannabis, Cocaine & Amphetamine.

For more information or to buy oral drug testing kits that screen for the drugs that are tested for on a drug driving drug tests visit UKDrugTesting.co.uk

Drug Testing Kits Saliva

Swab cube saliva drug testing kit

Swab cube saliva drug testing kit

Drug testing kits for saliva also called oral drug testing kits are becoming increasingly popular as more employers use onsite drug testing to screen employees for drug use and in particular being under the influence of drugs at work.

The introduction in March of the new drug driving law will see the police in the UK also using saliva drug test kits to screen motorists at the roadside.

The advantages to saliva drug testing are that it can be done anywhere and does not require the individual being tested to use a toilet to provide a urine sample so saliva drug testing kits are particularly popular for testing at building sites, roadsides, tracksides and for post-incident drug screening.

It is important to remember when performing a saliva drug test that adequate saliva needs to be collected on the mouth swab to run the test correctly. The more drugs that the individual oral drug test kit screens for, the more saliva that is required to perform the test. It is not merely a quick wipe around the mouth. This means that a 12-panel saliva drug test will require more saliva then say a 6-panel saliva drug test.

The range of saliva drug testing kits available has increased markedly this year and so employers now have a choice of which kits to choose and which drugs to test for.

If you need help deciding which is the best saliva drug testing kit for your company or business please contact us and we will be happy to advise.

For more information on saliva drug testing kits or to buy online visit UK Drug Testing

Ketone Test Strips & Dieting

Mission urine ketone test strips

Mission urine ketone test strips

We have had a rush on ketone test strips after the recent BBC Horizon programme “Which diet is right for you’ aired earlier this month.

In the programme they showed some of the dieters who were following one of the diets using ketone test strips to check their urine for ketones. The presence of ketones in the urine when you are dieting is an indication of ketosis & that you are burning fat.

This can help to motivate the dieter to stick to the diet. Other popular diets that use ketosis test strips are the Atkins diet and other low carbohydrate diets.

Buy ketone test strips online in the UK from Valuemed

Recruiting Guest Bloggers For Medical Blog -Would you like to guest blog on this site

We are currently recruiting guest bloggers for this medical blog.

If you are working in a field of medicine or alternative medicine or if you are a medical student or student studying medicine or a related subject and would like to guest blog for this medical blog then please get in touch to kate@adtuk.co.uk or simply register and post in comments and we will contact you.

If you are planning to apply for medical school we would also love to hear from you as we have and many student bloggers who have gone on to study at medical school. Many of them have found that writing blogs a helpful way to increase their knowledge of areas of medicine and to share it with others. Some have written about their experiences of applying to for medicine.



Drug Testing Kits-latest discount coupons

Use 5% discount coupon ADSUM to save 5% every time you order drug testing kits this summer at the following websites.




Coupon code may be used multiple times. One coupon is applied per order. Coupon must be used at the time the order is placed.

Coupon active until end of August 2014

Wholesale professional drug testing kits & supplies

Instalert professional drug testing kits

Instalert professional drug testing kits

Professional drug test kits by InstAlert, manufactured by Alere, one of the worlds largest biotech companies are available wholesale in the UK in professional CE packs of 40 cassettes and 50 strip tests and 25-panel test for multiple drug group screening.

Individual packs of these very reliable & accurate professional drug test kits are available for sale from ukdrugtesting.co.uk 

Instalert professional drug testing kits

InstAlert offers the highest level of professional accuracy available from any instant near patient brand, and also a full range of up to 14 drug group test strips. All cut off levels for detection are set to European and UK standard sensitivities, ensuring consistently high standards of drug detection.

Instalert professional wholesale drug test kits are suitable for all types of healthcare drug testing, including clinical trial drug screening and all drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation drug testing. The InstAlert range of professional drug testing kits is also ideal for employment and workplace drug testing.

Bulk supplies of professional drug testing kits in any quantity can be supplied in the IntsAlert brand. Also available is a made to order service, where any bespoke combination of drug test strips can be manufactured to a requested combination in 7 panel, 8 panel, 10 panel and even 14 panel drug combinations. Standard combinations are normally available from stock for next day delivery. Professional drug testing kits are available in both urine drug test and saliva drug test formats, but the range of saliva drug testing kits are available in a smaller range.

Access Diagnostic Tests UK also import and distribute WHPM drug test kits, Saliva Confirm drug testing kits , and their own branded range of UKDrugTesting drug testing kits for both urine and saliva.

More information about how to order wholesale professional drug testing kits & supplies is available by contacting UK Drug Testing by e-mail on trade@adtuk.co.uk or telephone 01263 731 168 during office hours Monday to Friday

Uric acid test meter now available in UK


A home test kit for uric acid, the cause of gout, is now available for the first time in the UK. The uric acid test meter is a handheld digital meter which uses a finger prick of blood to test blood levels of uric acid, also known as urate.

High levels of uric acid are associated with painful joint and muscle condition gout. The uric acid test meter allows instant measurement of the uric acid blood levels making a diagnosis of gout fast and easy. The meter is expected to be used by healthcare professionals in surgeries and clinics as an aid to diagnosis. The uric acid meter is also expected to be popular with patients with a history of gout, giving them the ability to monitor their condition and enable earlier treatment decisions when flare-ups occur.

Blood uric acid tests have previously required a whole blood sample to be sent for laboratory analysis, delaying the results for patients and doctors. the uric acid meter uses single-use uric acid test strips which are supplied with the uric acid meter starter packs and are available for sale as uric acid refill test strip packs of 25 uric acid tests

Uric acid test strips

Uric acid test strips

Separate uric acid test strips are supplied with the meter which tests cholesterol blood levels and glucose blood levels. Separate refill packs of cholesterol test strips and glucose test strips are also available making the meter multi-purpose. Extra uric acid test strips for the meter can be purchased online

The uric acid meter starter pack is supplied with lancets and an auto-lancing device which makes finger prick blood sampling simplicity itself. Packs of 100 universal lancets are also available from Valuemed UK Medical Supplies

In conclusion, the uric acid meter system makes uric acid testing simple, easy and low cost, giving fast access to uric acid test results, aiding diagnosis and treatment decision making for physicians and patients.

Urine Testing Strips UK

We have an extensive range of urine testing strips manufactured by leading international biotechnology companies. Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd import and distribute the Mission brand of urine Testing kits (URS tests) used by NHS trusts, GP surgeries and private healthcare providers. The urine testing kits are available in single urine test kits for glucose, and ketones, two test urine testing kits for glucose/ketones and glucose/protein,  A 5 pad urine testing kit, and 8 pad urine testing kit (URS-8) and a 10 pad urine testing kt (URS-1o)

Urine testing kits are used by doctors in hospitals and clinics to test human urine instantly for a wide range of disease. A simple urine dip test can detect multiple indicators of disease, most have 8 or 10 individual results, some test up to 12. (these will be available in the Mission range spring 2014)  The great advantage of near patient urine testing kits is that the results from urine dip test are almost instant, available in 1-2 minutes. This makes the decision to seek further tests or to start treatment much easier than waiting for a lab result which may take several days.

The Mission range of urine testing kits is CE marked for import and sale across Europe and worldwide. The brand is marketed at professional healthcare users but is also available for home testing by individuals with medical conditions requiring home diagnosis and monitoring as part of their ongoing healthcare.

The Mission range of Urine Testing kits is available from Valuemed.co.uk and wholesale and bulk sales of the urine test kits are available from adtuk.co.uk

Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd also import and distribute the InstAlert brand of professional urine drug testing kits. InstAlert is a leading internationally branded urine drug test kit range, offering both urine drug testing and saliva drug testing options.

Urine drug testing kits are available in single urine test kits for cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, opiates, methamphetamine, MDMA, ketamine, buprenorphine, benzodiazepines, phencyclidine, barbiturates, oxycodone, cannabis, methadone, TCA, and EDDP. Urine drug testing remains the most cost-effective and clinically reliable method of drug screening used in healthcare and employment procedures. InstAlert urine testing kits are CE, FDA, ISO AND TUV quality certified with market-leading accuracy, specificity, and sensitivity, making them the first choice brand for healthcare professionals worldwide.

The InstAlert professional range or drug urine testing kits is available from www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk

Contact us for wholesale pricing on drug testing kits

Medical Student Discounts

Use your medical student discount coupon to purchase a Littmann Classic 11SE

Use your medical student discount coupon to purchase a Littmann Classic 11SE stethoscope which still remains in our opinion the best stethoscope for medical students and is recommended by UK medical schools.

The cost of being a medical student has never been higher in the UK. Not only do students have to take a student loan to cover their six years of medical school, (most other university degrees are only 3 years ) but they also have the added expense of purchasing medical equipment and medical textbooks which can be very costly.

To help ease the financial burden Valuemed issue discount coupons to medical students on request. We remember what it was like to be in your position.

If you are currently a medical student and would like a medical student discount that you can use & share with your fellow students then please do get in touch with us by e-mail to marketing@adtuk.co.uk

Once you have your medical student discount coupon it can be used at www.valuemed.co.uk to purchase any items on the website including a Littmann stethoscope & any other medical equipment you require for your clinical studies.

Read our FAQ section for medical students if you are unsure which is the best stethoscope & medical equipment to buy

Wholesale Urine Drug Test Kits UK

Wholesale urine drug test kits

Wholesale urine drug test kits

Access Diagnostic Tests have an extensive range of professional multi-panel urine drug testing kits that are available in wholesale volumes to business, trade & NHS customers.

They also have an extensive range of professional integrated cup urine drug test kits 

If you are using large volumes of urine drug testing kits please contact our wholesale team for pricing either by e-mail on trade@adtuk.co.uk or by telephone during office hours

Visit UK Drug Testing kits website to purchase drug testing kits online

‘Love your Littmann’ Stethoscope Student Promotion


This Thursday thousands of UK students will find out if they have the required grades to gain entry to medical school. The successful ones will start their course in October and amongst the list of required items for many medical schools will be a stethoscope.

The Littmann Classic 11 SE Stethoscope has been the first choice stethoscope for most UK medical students now for many decades and still remains so. The reason is that it is a reasonably priced high quality double headed ie with a bell and a diaphragm acoustic stethoscope that is ideal for medical students who need to master all the basics of auscultation.

The Littmann Dual 111 cardiology stethoscope is also a popular choice due to its superior acoustic performance particularly when listening to heart murmurs and has always been a popular choice wit final year medical students & young doctors. It also makes a good choice for medical students.

This year Littmann in their ‘Love your Littmann ‘ promotion is offering a free cardiac sounds auscultation cd with each Littmann Classic 11 Se stethoscope in the promotion and also with the Littmann Dual 111 cardiology stethoscopes in the promotion.

To find out more about the current ‘Love your Littmann ‘ stethoscope deals visit Valuemed UK and to see our full range of Littmann Stethoscopes available to buy online

Drug and alcohol testing kits for parents in UK


With parents being increasingly concerned about teenagers abusing drugs & alcohol the demand for drug and alcohol testing kits has increased in recent years.

UK Drug Testing offers an extensive range of drug and alcohol test kits and breathalyzer kits that can be used by parents to monitor whether their teenagers are abusing drugs or alcohol.  The use of the test kits can act as a deterrent to drug or alcohol use and may help the teenager to resist peer pressure to take drugs or to drink.

For more information or to buy drug and alcohol testing kits and breathalyzers for parents from UK drug testing kits supplier visit UKDrugTesting.co.uk

Weight loss tips-How to prevent the Christmas weight gain

I love the festive season and really enjoy the process & the food. If you are like me you will have a tendency to put on weight at this time of year. Long cold dark nights coupled with lots of tempting foods in the shops always make this a tricky time for the waistline. The cold weather & shorter days also makes it more difficult to keep active at this time of year. 

So what should we do-do we give in to it and then go on a diet in the new year as lots of us do. Slimming classes are always particularly busy in January-a combination of new years resolutions and overindulgence.

Here are some tried & tested tips if you do not want to have to lose weight in the new year:

  • Ask friends & family not to buy you biscuits or sweets as christmas gifts. Advise them that you are watching your weight or that you need to reduce your sugar intake for health reasons- this second reason ie health seems to carry more weight (excuse the pun) in my experience.
  • If you are going to a party offer to be the driver so that you won’t drink and then overeat. Alcohol munchies is real.
  • If you are going to a buffet have a a healthy snack before you go so that you are not ravenous & tempted to eat everything in sight-party food tends to be very calorific and moreish so you will usually be more restrained if you have already eaten something.
  • Resist seconds. This one is surprisingley effective.
  • Don’t go shopping for food when you are hungry-you will be tempted to buy a lot more junk food
  • Go food shopping on your own so that you are in control of what goes in the trolley
  • Keep out of the crisps, sweets, biscuits & cake isles of the supermarket
  • Do not buy a family size tin of chocolates unless you have enormous self control or you will eat far too many. If you fancy them buy a small box for around 99p and enjoy. The big tins look great value but you will pay with your waistline. 
  • if you have been losing weight by attending a slimming or weight loss class keep going to the class-its very easy to think ‘oh I will go back in the new year’ but by then you may have gained 7 to 12 lbs
  • Get active-there are lots of ways you can get active in winter-try something new-maybe swimming, badmington, a fitness class or Pilates or just wrap up warm and go for a walk. The hardest bit is often getting started. Once you do you may well enjoy it and surprise yourself. Do it now-don’t wait until new year.

These are my tips that I will be following for a healthy start to 2013.

If you have any tips please leave them in comments.

Pedometer Tips

Buy pedometer step counter online UK


I wear a pedometer every day and yesterday I went christmas shopping in Cambridge (great place to shop & stunningly beautiful architecture) and was pleased to see at the end of the day that I had clocked up a very pleasing 18,000 steps. On several occaisons I started to flag and even contemplated getting a bus instead of walking but my pedometer kept me motivated to keep walking. There are lots of coffee shops & benches where you can take a rest and admire the lovely views or simply soak up the great atmosphere. Anyway I digress.

I have worn a pedometer for about 10 years on on & off now I think and thought I would share with you some tips for those that are new to it or thinking about wearing one.

Pedometer Tips

  • Best place to wear your pedometer-I have found that I get the most reliable results if I wear it directly over my hip on my right-hand side-I prefer right because this feels more natural to me and I find it easy to check it throughout the day to see how I am getting on. I am right handed so this may well have a bearing on why I prefer this side.
  • The best type of pedometer. I find the sort that clip on to your waistband or belt are the best as they tend to stay horizontal which is necessary for accurate recording of steps. In fact, I have found that it is best to clip it to a leather belt as this keeps it in place. Without the belt, it tends to fall off and get lost, fall in the toilet or fail to record accurately.
  • What to do if it falls in the toilet (this happened quite frequently to me before I started to wear it with a belt) Dont panic they usually recover. Whip it out of the loo and dab it dry with a towel. Then put it somewhere warm and dry. Airing cupboard if you have one is ideal or next to a radiator.  Avoid putting it somewhere too hot as too much heat could damage it. You have to be patient now as it may take a day or two to come back to life. If you are lucky it may be quicker-it depends on how much water has gone inside. In my experience, they nearly always recover. This method also works very well if you drop your iPod or mobile phone down the toilet or in a sink of water (I have done both)
  • How many steps should you aim for? Health guidelines have suggested that aiming for 10,000 steps per day is associated with significant health benefits.
  • How to start using your pedometer, To begin with just find out where you are at. Wear the pedometer for a couple of days and monitor your daily number of steps so it will give you an idea of how active or inactive you are. When I started I was doing between 2000 and 3000 a day. Now I exceed 10,000 steps every day. Then you can begin to increase your activity level. My advice as with any increased exercise program would be to do this gradually, aiming for an increase of 1000-2000 steps daily and then sustaining this for at least a week. This way you can work up to 10,000 steps per day over several weeks or months. if you do it gradually you are often more likely to keep it up-it will simply become part of your daily routine. Studies on human behaviour have shown that it takes about 21 days of doing something for it to become an ingrained habit. If you find that the increased activity is easy then you can increase more quickly but be wary of increasing too quickly and making it too hard for yourself to sustain it.
  • Put the pedometer on 1st thing in the morning when you get out of bed and take it off the last thing at night to get an accurate picture of how many steps per day you are doing. Make sure to reset it each morning.
  • If you have any health issues that affect you walking eg knee problems, hip problems, heart problems then talk to your doctor about what you are planning to do and get their input. Most medical conditions benefit from increasing your activity levels but you may need to take things much more slowly so that you do not exacerbate any underlying medical conditions. Talk to your doctor if you have an underlying medical condition. They will be able to advise you on the best way you can safely get more active and how many steps you should aim to increase by and the rate at which you should do it.

Anyway enough, for now, I have been sat down far too long. Hope you have found these tips helpful. Enjoy your pedometer

You can buy this pedometer online in UK from Valuemed

Sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health

I recently read an article that discussed new research showing that sitting on a daily basis for prolonged periods was associated with increased morbidity. As many of us, me included, these days earn our living working at computers this involves long periods of prolonged sitting. We also increasingly spend our leisure time sitting either surfing the net, watching television or playing on computer games.

It set me thinking of ways that we can help to reduce the negative impact of all this sitting.

Here are some suggestions:

  • set a timer when you are working at your computer or surfing the net. Time passes very quickly when you are working at a computer-it is easy to get into a state of flow and completely lose track of time. When the timer goes off take a break and move ! How long you set the timer is up to you. I suggest trying 45 minutes to begin with but if you are like me the temptation is to keep resetting it. Resist this and move.
  • Take regular breaks to use the toilet, make a drink. If you work from home take a break and do some housework or go outside and pull some weeds in the garden. The break will often refresh you and you will be more productive afterwards.
  • Take a walk in your lunch break-a walk in the middle of the day is very refreshing. You could run errands or just get out in the fresh air. If you do it every day it will quickly become a a habit and you will look forward to it.
  • wear a pedometer (step counter) so you can see how active or inactive you are. It is very motivating when you are trying to become more active. I was shocked when I first started to wear one at how inactive I was compared to my perception of how active I was. You should aim for about 10,000 stpes per day but you can start by just increasing you activity level-any increase is an improvement. I have worn a pedometer now for about 8 years and find it very motivating.
  • walk your dog each day if you have one-studies have suggested that dog walkers are healthier and happier. If you don’t own a dog maybe you could borrow one or walk with a firend who has a dog. Maybe you should even consider getting a dog-dogs generally love to walk and are always enthusiastic whatever the weather-mind you it is a big commitment so maybe just try borrowing one to begin with.
  • take up as sport that you do in the evening. At this time of year with the dark evenings it is all too easy to collapse on the sofa in front of the TV after your evening meal and not move again until it is time for bed-apart from those trips to the fridge to snack !
  • if you are watching TV do something active when those annoying ad breaks come on. Here are some of my favourites: tidy up your kitchen, put laundrey away, put a load of laundrey on, dust, tidy up-anything to get you active. Look upon the adverts as an opportunity to get your steps up.

Anyway these are just a few ideas to increase your activity level.

You can get a great little pedometer step counter here that will help you to increase your health and fitness if you use it

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