Wine as Medicine: Part Three – The Modern Age

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) In the 18th century, doctors frequently prescribed wine for medicinal purposes. The leading English physician of his day, Dr. William Heberden (1710-1801), advocated the use of wine to benefit one’s health. As a result, the use of wine as a medicine increased in…

Is White Wine as Healthy as Red?

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While there has been a lot of coverage in the press about the health benefits associated with moderate consumption of red wine, there has been less discussion of the health benefits associated with white wine. To find out more about the health benefits associated with white wine, VINE TALK consulted Dr. Philip Norrie, a Family…

Wine as Medicine: Part Two – The Middle Ages

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, Europe entered the “Dark Ages” where many traditions and much learning were lost, including knowledge of Greek healing—which included the use of wine as a medicine. During this period, it was Byzantine physicians…

Wine as Medicine: Part One – The Ancient World

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By Dr. Philip Norrie, MBBS, MA, MSc, MSocSc (Hons), PhD, MD (cand) Wine was widely used as a medicine in the ancient world. In fact, wine is man’s oldest known medicine. It was well suited to this purpose for a variety of reasons. First, it was easy to make. Ancient winemakers used whatever grapes were…

Pampering Your Skin…with Wine?

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After a hard day’s work, why relax with a glass of wine when you can soak in a wine bath instead? Or have a wine body wrap? Whether you think it sounds relaxing, indulgent, or like a waste of good wine, the fact is, wine is being incorporated into a variety of spa, skin care…

Red Wine Headaches

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Do you have a friend or associate who won’t drink red wine because he says it gives him a headache? Although it might sound strange, some people have a sensitivity that makes them susceptible to headaches when they drink red wine. To learn more about the cause of “red wine headaches” and how to mitigate…