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  • 16 Nov 2013

    Do you really need the flu jab?

    Vaccination decisions are, naturally, a touchy subject. They divide opinion with many worrying about the effects of either decision. From the outlandish conspiracy theories and claims of pro-vaccine sites to the dogmatic denial from health professionals that vaccines are in any way harmful, it can be difficult to find any truth or way to move forward when making this important decision for yourself or your family. Growing up, influenza was never something we really feared. It was a common illness, striking mainly in the winter months, that we understood to be nasty but almost always completely benign. […] more

  • 8 Nov 2013

    The seeds of anxiety

    With as many as 1 in 6 young people in the UK suffering from some form of anxiety disorder at some point in their lives and many more having regular feelings of “intense” generalised anxiety, we are seeing an increase in anxiety cases year upon year. Over the past 70 years, the numbers have been rapidly increasing. And whilst some cases of anxiety develop later in life for unrelated reasons, a large number of cases can be traced back to childhood. […] more

  • 6 Nov 2013

    Look after your feet in winter

    Our poor old feet. After a glorious summer of feeling the caress of sweet fresh air, they often spend the winter trussed up in socks, slippers or winter boots. My own feet rarely see daylight in the winter months; without carpets, the floors in our house are pretty cold underfoot and I like to wear socks in our chilly bed. Our feet can get forgotten just at a time they need our attention. I have to admit to finding people who made a fuss of their feet a little highly strung before I trained in reflexology. My study of the feet – and their unique connection to the health of our body – instilled in me a deep respect for these miraculous workings of nature. Because feet really are incredible! […] more

  • 31 Oct 2013

    ARE CHILDHOOD INFECTIONS A GOOD THING?

    We vaccinate against lots of childhood diseases now because we are told that having the diseases is a bad thing and leads to thousands of deaths. However, when we look at the figures from the Office for National Statistics, we see that 95% of the people who used to die from measles stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968 and similarly 99% of the people who used to die of whooping cough. The mortality rate for tuberculosis fell no differently in countries that did and did not use the BCG vaccine. Scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and typhus were deadly killers. They all disappeared without a vaccine. Why? […] more

  • 29 Oct 2013

    Five books to help you conceive

    There’s every chance that a woman or man you know well has experienced infertility. Perhaps you or your partner has. Though it is still a taboo subject, 1 in 6 couples in the UK experience difficulties conceiving – that’s about 3.5m people. There are many factors cited; more stress, toxic lifestyles, families planned later in life. Many of these factors point the finger of blame at the hopeful couple, adding to the stress and guilt at an emotional time. There are also the well-meaning but frustrating comments from people such as ‘just relax’, or the endless stories of someone they know who got pregnant when she went on holiday/gave up her job/stopped eating wheat/filled in adoption forms/delete as appropriate. […] more

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