Ever wondered why spiders, cats, owls and bats - to name a few - are so popular at Halloween? The answers may lie because of beliefs from the dark and superstitious past...
In the late 1960's/ early 70's we didn't celebrate Halloween with sparkly shop bought costumes, nor with pumpkins or trick or treat! So how did we liven things up at Halloween all those years ago?
The Public Health Office, England has issued a warning to supermarkets about the dangers of daffodils. According to some reports people have eaten daffodil bulbs mistaking them for onions...
It's always lovely to visit a beautiful mansion or castle, but for a more intimate experience with the past, the old historic cottages can't be beaten.
Cottage gardens are loved by people of all ages. Some have become so famous that they receive thousands of visitors every year. However, how many know the history and the folklore behind them?
For hundreds of years familiar routes were used to convey the newly departed to the cemetery - and became known as corpse roads. Beliefs and superstitions surrounding them are still prevalent today...
Starting from Iron Age settlements to castles and coal mines, Lochore Meadows boasts a history spanning centuries. It has survived many changes to become the conservation and leisure park of today.
The bra has been around for a long time. However, would women be healthier without this 'necessary' accessory?
Full of myth, murder, history, romance and of course ghosts! Scotland's abbeys tell many stories both from this world and the next.
Scotland's beautiful castles are famous for their history and ghosts. However, the country's historic houses also have their fair share of paranormal activity...
A fairly common sight in June is when Willowherb comes into flower. It might surprise you to know just how many health benefits can be produced from this beautiful plant.
Our face can say so much about us - the mood we are in, the emotions we feel. However, look closely and it can also reveal how healthy you are...
A potentially life threatening condition that is still present today - and still taking lives. This article explains what gangrene is, the main causes and symptoms.
Thousands of animals and insects all over the world are venomous. However, how many of us know why venom is dangerous or why it produces the affects that it does?
Pneumonia is a killer and one of the most serious complications of other medical conditions. So what exactly is pneumonia and is it the same as pleurisy?
There are numerous species of flies and everyone of them carries a potential health threat straight into your home...
Diabetes, is a condition that affects millions of people - both young and old. However, it is a complicated illness. This article aims to give a clearer understanding of diabetes.
Dismissed by many as a modern urban myth, what is the truth about ghostly hitchhikers and spirits roaming our roads? Is it all tall tales or are some cases genuine paranormal activity?
Deep vein thrombosis may occur without warning and can be life threatening. Learn about the causes, risk factors and serious complications of DVT...
When we think about ghosts and hauntings we often envisage old houses and creepy castles. However, there are many supernatural accounts of everyday vehicles also being haunted...
Whether they are still working or in permanent dock, ships are long known to be hotspots for the paranormal. Here are some of the most haunted British ships...
Mosquitoes are famous for carrying malaria. However, if you are planning to go on holiday or live in mosquito zones, malaria might not be the only condition you need to worry about...
Usually ghosts are known to be dead. Yet thousands of cases involving bi-location, doubles, doppelgängers, and vardogers suggest that we have a ghostly side whether we are alive or dead...
Anaemia is a common condition but it might suprise you to know just how complex a complaint it is. In addition, there are various forms of anaemia requiring a different therapeutic approach...
The common nettle (Urtica dioica) is often shunned as a pest of the summer months. However, in the past people were well aware of the wonderful properties of this neglected plant...
In the past, because of the high death toll of mothers and babies, it's not suprising people felt fear before, during and after birth, giving rise to many weird beliefs and superstitions...
They are found all over the planet from jungles and beaches to the grass on your lawn. Never mind sci-fi stories - nothing in fiction or film can match the horror of these parasitic monsters
It may suprise you that such a 'safe' occupation as writing would have any health issues. However, there are a number of problems that writers may develop - some painful and others that could lead to more serious...
Most people have heard of the thyroid gland and perhaps the parathyroids. However, if you were asked the question: "what function do these glands perform in the body?" would you be able to answer?
Morning stiffness and pain affects thousands of people everyday. However, there are some simple solutions to ease the discomfort.
Most of us have heard of the medical term 'stroke' - but how much do you know about it? Would you know when someone was having a stroke? Did you know there are different kinds of stroke? Strokes are one of the biggest...
Medical words can seem like a foreign language to the uninitiated! But don't worry! Once you get an insight into how medical words are made up, all will be revealed...
The paranormal is a strange field to investigate but one of the weirdest aspects are the 'shadows'.
Septicaemia is a condition that can be potentially fatal even today and affects hundreds of thousands of people all over the world every year. However, how many of us understand what this conditon is and what can...
Although asthma is a common condition in adults and children, it is nevertheless frightening to see someone having an asthma attack. What would you do to help someone?
Some of the the most compelling evidence for paranormal phenomena happens in bedrooms. In addition, these experiences can also be terrifying! Why does so much activity take place in a location where people are the...
If you ask people what the spleen is or where it is in the body you often get a shrug of the shoulders and a blank look. Yet the spleen carries out very important functions as well as supporting roles for the health of...
All types of negative energy can build up in a room or house. Not all are paranormal in nature but they can cause unhealthy atmospheres and even illness.
Yule logs, holly and ivy are all traditions previously associated with the winter solstice. However, you don't have to be Pagan to enjoy the beauty and mystery of this occasion. Celebrating the solstice in a traditional...
Christmas is for having a great time and eating delious food. However, as with all things that taste great, there's always a down side. This is particularly true at the festive season when our stomachs start to protest...
We have all heard of the deadly strains of meningitis that kills so many people every year. However, for the majority of the time our brains are extrenely well protected even against dealy agents such as meningitis. If...
Bacterial skin infections can be anything from a mild irritation to deadly! In addition, the bacteria that cause these infections are very near to us every day - they live on our body!
Histoplasmosis is a nasty fungal infection that in certain cases can be deadly. Although most cases occur in Equatorial regions, the fungus is endemic in certain areas of the USA and can be a serious threat to some...
What are nightmares and do they have a hidden meaning for us?
Fallen arches may seem like a trivial complaint to those who have never experienced it. However, it can not only be extremely painful but lead to much more serious conditions and pain in other parts of the body.
Jealousy has caused more distress, trauma and hatred than any other emotion we possess. This poisonous sensation has not only ripped families and friendships apart, but has even led to battles between nations!
To ask what are hallucinations seems too simplistic when you look into this subject. For example why do people hallucinate that their skin is falling off, or that their body has been invaded by snakes, when other people...
Tuberculosis is one of the most lethal and oldest infectious diseases known to man. It seems to have been one of those terrible illnesses that are confined to history books. However, it would be a mistake to think so....
It can be terrifying, it can be disturbing, it can even be beneficial on rare occasions - but what exactly is a spirit attachment? Could you be at risk of experiencing this phenomena? This is a fascinating and scary...
In quite a few hotels around the world you might get more than you bargain for. In addition to room service, catering and fresh sheets you might also be dished up a good helping of paranormal phenomena!
Does your dog love to indulge in Coprophagia? In other words does your dog love to eat poo? Believe it or not there is more often than not a natural explantion for why dogs love to feast on poop!
There are a number of warning signs the eye will reveal to show that your health may be at risk...
They are neither plant nor animal but fungi are one of the most fascinating forms of life. We eat them and use them in industry. They can cure us but they can also kill us!
Toothache is a pain - physically and literally and we all have our favourite remedy for this affliction. We either store painkilling medicines and preparations at home or pop out to the nearest chemist/supermarket for...
For most people cocaine is a modern drug associated with the rich and famous! Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only has this drug been around for hundreds of years - its not only the well off who are...
Whether you're walking the dogs, cycling or hiking, Harran Hill in Fife is a superb place to get close to nature and experience geological history...
Most of us think that itchy skin is just a nuisance. However, persistent itchy skin could be a sign of a serious medical condition.
The pineal gland is one of those wonderful areas of the body that is never mentioned that often but is essential to us as human beings. Find out what this rice grain sized organ does and why it's so important.
Edinburgh is thought to be one of the most haunted cities and the area of the Royal Mile, running from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, is packed full of history and teeming with ghosts!
The Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest trees on the planet. With this comes one of the most ancient medicines. Even today we still use the leaves from this spectacular tree and one main benefit is maintaining a healthy...
Is your garden a wonderful place to unwind? For most of the time our garden is a safe haven from the stresses of life . However, lurking in the soil could be a nasty surprise...
If there is one group of buildings that will almost guarantee paranormal activity then theatres are that group. They seem to hold everything from residual ghosts, poltergeists, orbs and voices right up to the wandering...
This is a disease that can be prevented with a little care and attention. However, ignorance and not being vigilant could cost your dog its life
Infection in wounds is not always that easy to identify but there are signs you can look for...
Nursing care shouldn't just be about treating the physical diagnosis of the patient, but therapy should encompass the whole person and their environment for real healing to take place.
It's easy to become a paranormal invesitgator - it's difficult to become a good one. Have you got what it takes to be among the elite? Read on and find out.
When you see a finished project created by cross stitch do you think "I could never do that"? Well, think the again - you can and you could produce your first piece of work within a matter of hours.
How do you know if the bumps over head are ghostly footsteps or bad plumbing? There are a few simple techniques that can be used to detect paranormal activity...
Holy places they might be. But they're still the focus for paranormal forces. in the UK many churches are just as haunted as Britain's famous castles and mansions...
Hauntings always conjure up images of creepy houses and malevolent castles. However, try taking a look around the countryside where frightening supernatural encounters are abundant...
Many of the traditions surrounding weddings are very old and still practiced today. More importantly, where did they come from and why?
The Victorians are well known for the rules they followed to maintain a place in 'polite society'. For us today, many of these 'rules' are shocking and downright weird!
All over the world there are thousands of weird artefacts and haunted objects that defy explanation. We take a look at a few of these in this article.
Transylvania and Count Dracula come to mind when thinking about vampires. However, Scotland has its own legends of blood sucking creatures of the night...
Stones, rocks, hill or mountain! They all hold a fascination for humans past and present. So much so, that rich legends and myths are told about them. But are they just cold and lifeless minerals? Or do they, as some...
From the real witches who inspired Shakespeare to evil goblins, Scotlands myths and legends span over a thousand years...
They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Female ghosts are the most common form of apparition in the world - and Scotland is no exception. Here are a few of the bad, mad and sad lady ghosts!
Hermitage Castle in the Scottish Borders - is this the most evil castle in the UK? There must be a few contenders for this title, but Hermitage must at least be in the top 5!
The wolf is one of the ancestral guardians of Britain. But along with this powerful symbol, this beautiful animal, as a spirit guide, can teach us much about ourselves.
Within history and legend there are many stories of people using mirrors to contact other worlds. It's also believed that mirrors are portals between the physical and non-physical worlds...
Eccentrics? We've all heard of them. We've all shook our heads in disbelief at them. We've even laughed at them. But what exactly is an eccentric person and what makes them so? This is not a new phenomena - there have...
Coincidence happens to us all. However, with some people this synchronism seems to take on a whole different meaning...
The Victorians were the people who gave us the Christmas traditions that we love - but how much do you actually know about these Christmas traditions? Their origins? Why did they come into being? Once you've learned all...
Christmas is usually a time for celebration. However, the term 'Christmas Spirit' takes on a chilling, new meaning for some unfortunate people...
Every year the same old message gets trotted out and every year the same stupid people ignore it. When are people going to understand that a pet is a life long commitment - not a cute Christmas present?
The funniest thing about children is that they are humourous even when they are being serious - and never more so than when talking about their favourite subject - Christmas!
The history of Mary Queen of Scots has been well documented. Perhaps not so well known, but just as intriguing, is the places where her ghost is said to walk...
We are all familiar with a fear of heights, spiders and snakes. However, there are some rare phobias that are utterly bizarre...
Thousands of people vanish off the face of the Earth every year leaving a trail of unsolved mysteries in their wake.
Forget about haunted castles and houses. Travel through the UK's forests for some terrifying encounters with ghosts and other supernatural entities...
It's not just people who survive death and move into the spiritual realms. Our beloved pets also continue to exist in spirit form.
It's not only human spirits that cause hauntings. Many supernatural animals have also been observed. A few of these animal spirits are friendly but others are not...
Do you understand your blood results? Why do doctors need to know what's in your blood? Read this article to find out - in language you can understand.
A small tribute to this spiritual man of genius who has inspired me for many years and continues to do so...
Be very greatful that we live in the times we do. Imagine what it was like in days gone by when you had to wipe your bottom with leaves and moss!
I promise you, after you have read this article, you will never complain about your doctor or health provider again! Have a look at what the poor souls from the past had to put up with. What was worse - the ailment or...
Why are there so many 'white' or 'grey' lady ghosts but few green or pink ghosts? Lets explore why ghosts might be the colour they are!
Hauntings, Curses and murder are all part of the fascinating history relating to one of Scotland's most beautiful and famous castles - Fyvie.
Everyone of us has been unfortunate enough to commit a verbal sin at one time or another. Find out how to survive life's most embarrassing moments.
The Hawthorn is magnificent and beautiful at any time of the year - but even more stunning are the legends and folklore surrounding it...
From ancient bloody battles to witches and ghosts! The beautiful and mysterious Kingdom of Fife has it all!
There is a negative bias against the elders of our society. Not only is this harmful to elderly people but to the young as well.
Don't try to change your shyness. Don't listen to all the negative hype about being shy. Instead celebrate being shy and the very special person you are!
You may think your cosmetic bag is clean, but you're probably wrong! There are monsters hiding among your mascara, brushes and sponges...
Why is your life dull and full of bad luck? Why are you not more confident? The answer is simple - you create your life for good or bad by the way you think!
You hate your job and feel that life is one long nightmare! Is there anything you can do to make the situation better? The answer is yes!
For many centuries Medusa has been loathed and feared but is her nightmare image the true picture?
Death is an unavoidable event that has more taboos and superstitions attached to it than anything else humans experience. Death is a very weird world indeed!
Millions of medicines are taken every year by human beings - but how many of us know how they actually work? Why they can be dangerous and the reasons it's important to take them as prescribed?
Scotland has a rich history of the supernatural, not just in it's castles, but in more unusual places like its churches. Even the streets have ghosts..
Who said Britain's wildlife was dull? Take a look at the beautiful Adder. Okay, he may not be as big as his tropical cousins, but he can survive in places that the 'big boys' are too wimpy to live in!
The Plague did not die with it's victims all those centuries ago. It is alive and killing right here in the 21st century!
The Loch Ness Monster - Nessie - is a playful kitten compared to some of Scotland's monsters legend says lurk beneath our cold, dark waters. Demonic horses, nasty merfolk, sea hags and more...
Do hangover cures really work? Why might some work and others not? Find out in this article what really does help a hangover...