BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Are you suffering from London disease

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Are you suffering from London disease - First it was chronic fatigue syndrome. Now the mysterious illness that has people running to their GPs is London disease. But beware - as with yuppie flu, living beyond

by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR - helen@kirwantaylor.demon.co.uk
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

First it was chronic fatigue syndrome. Now the mysterious illness that has people running to their GPs is London disease. But beware - as with yuppie flu, living beyond the Essex border will not guarantee you immunity from this latest syndrome. The symptoms are rather broad: everything from constant colds and flus to exhaustion. And according to the doctor who thought it up, it now claims up to 50% of the capital's population. Diagnosis is tricky, given that anyone using public transport or kissing their children goodnight is a germ magnet, and people who work in London feel wretched most of the time anyway. Treatment is vague, too: a good diet, anti-oxidant supplements and time off to boost the immune system. But don't write it off - they did that with ME and, boy, were they wrong.

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