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Monthly Archives: June 2012

So Much to Do, So Little Time..


First of all apologises for my absence for the last few weeks. Life has been full of customers who have battled long and hard with the demon drink. Time is such a fundemental thing that we all take for granted. … Continue reading


Conference selling out so quickly – dementia a national crisis


Dementia – A National Crisis is a conference at Manchester Conference Centre featuring an array of expert speakers.  Each speaker will outline the challenges faced in combating dementia and how better outcomes can be achieved. This event would be beneficial … Continue reading


Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme.


Advice to a mother on sending her daughter to college straight out of an Eating Disorders Programme. My dear friend I have thought long and hard about this. You must understand that I am a parent advocate and have no … Continue reading


One Hundred Ways To Fight Obesity


Nutrition scientists at the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) believe that a key to tackling the nation’s obesity epidemic could lie with Aristotle and the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.  Their announcement is made as … Continue reading


Sticky Child


Finally, the sun is starting to shine.  And with it, comes warmer weather.  Hot days and nights are not always a good thing for a child with eczema.  We are fairly lucky that heat itself doesn’t seem to worsen MIB’s … Continue reading


South London Healthcare faces being dissolved


An NHS hospital trust has been formally warned it could be declared bust – in the first case of its kind. South London Healthcare had a £69m debt at the start of the financial year. The health secretary has told … Continue reading


From the Other Side of the Kotex Box


I love these old Kotex ads!  They make me feel a part of the sisterhood of the ages even though I’m not having periods anymore. But I thought being finished would feel more joyful. Like winning a free trip to … Continue reading




This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading


5 Common Myths about Treating Eczema


I want to clear the air regarding common misconceptions about eczema. Here are 5 common misconceptions that I hear a lot.  Knowing what’s real will help you to heal! Myth #1: Eczema is a skin disorder: We are so used … Continue reading


NHS failings lead to deaths of 24,000 diabetics each year, says report


Last month it was reported in The Guardian that “Widespread failings in NHS care for the growing number of diabetics lead to 24,000 unnecessary deaths each year and many others suffering complications such as blindness and amputation, a damning report by … Continue reading


The men who made us fat


Whatever you conclude from this blog post, there is no getting away from the fact that as a nation we are fatter than we were 50 years ago. Up until the 1950’s, obesity was not an issue but by the … Continue reading


NICE Consults On Draft Guideline To Improve Care Of Women At Risk Of Miscarriage Or Ectopic Pregnancy


The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is today (22 June) launching a consultation on a new draft guideline which, when published, will help the NHS in England and Wales provide consistent, effective, high-quality care for pregnant women experiencing … Continue reading


The Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid Of Acne


Every acne patient has one question burning in their minds. How can I get rid of this? What can I do to get clear skin? Often dermatologists are powerless to help, and acne always comes back. The web is full … Continue reading


Studies Suggest Natural Remedies for Restless Leg Syndrome and Insomnia


The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation describes RLS as a disruptive neurological disorder that affects up to 10% of the U.S. population.  It results in an irresistible urge to move the legs (and sometimes the arms), often accompanied by unusual or … Continue reading


Psoriasis and shame


I’ve been mulling this blog post around in my head for quite a long time but an article about one woman’s experiences of psoriasis I read in the Daily Mail online, highlighted by fellow psoriasis blogger Jessica (@jessnpsoriasis) had spurred … Continue reading


Online Clinic on Diabetes with NHS Choices


NHS Choices and talkhealth have teamed up to present an Online Clinic on Diabetes supported by Diabetes UK, The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) and MedicAlert which has opened today. To post your questions for the experts follow this link.  To post … Continue reading


Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance


There has been much debate with the rise of food allergies as to whether or not many people have a food allergy or just a food intolerance. With so many different ideas and opinions floating around out there, how do … Continue reading


Beacons of hope


This is the title of my latest post. It lists links to other posts which discuss positive and even inspirational things I’ve come across in my search:   +826   


J&J files for expanded use of prostate cancer drug Zytiga


Johnson & Johnson has filed for approval of a new indication for its prostate cancer drug Zytiga in the US and EU, which could allow it to be used earlier on in the course of the disease. The company’s Janssen … Continue reading


Back on track as time’s running out …..


I’ve been quiet on the blog front with regard to my weight recently (‘unusual’ my colleagues would say as I always have plenty to talk about!). But time is running out and I need to get a grip …. Firstly, … Continue reading


Can General Practice handle the emotion of terminal illness?


Reading a GP’s Twitterings made me realise that we have very different ideas about what patients should expect from GPs. GPs expect patients to fit into the numbers game (alcohol consumption, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol). Patients expect GPs to treat … Continue reading


Atopy and Ocular Conditions


Why Your Optometrist Should Know That You’re Atopic Before I continue, I would like stress that nothing you read here should cause you to stop using your medications as prescribed. I am not a medical professional and I am not … Continue reading


Jack Osbourne diagnosed with MS


The Osbourne family have revealed that Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Earlier this year he lost 60% vision in his right eye.  Tests revealed MS which is a neurological condition that damages the nerves and affects … Continue reading




While doing some research for my book, I stumbled upon an interesting news story regarding thyroid disease. The article was about a murder trial and the defendant’s attorneys argued that a “mismanaged thyroid disease” led to her actions on that … Continue reading


Coeliac Disease: How to avoid contamination with gluten free toast!


Ok so I wanted to take a few quick moments to share with you the secret to how you can share your gluten-consuming family’s toaster without fear of contamination! Toasters are usually a hazardous looking object for coeliac disease sufferers. … Continue reading


Prickly heat: the summer curse


Although we in the UK haven’t been blessed with much sunshine so far this summer, for those who suffer with prickly heat this may be something of a relief. It is very common condition, affecting thousands of people. In fact, … Continue reading


Positive Results Of Joslin Diabetes Study


optomap® equivalent to the ETDRS Gold Standard Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), a leading medical retinal imaging company, today announces the results of a clinical validation study comparing Optos ultra-widefield imaging to Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) protocol fundus photography, … Continue reading


Exercise and Depression – A Cautious Approach


Dr Eva Cyhlarova, Head of Research at the Mental Health Foundation: “Last week, the British Medical Journal published results of a research trial suggesting that, contrary to NICE guidelines and current research trends, the addition of facilitated exercise doesn’t improve … Continue reading


1 in 20


Carrie Arnold, of the excellent ed bites is starting a campaign to raise the profile of just how common eating disorders are. The statistics are very scary: Each year, roughly 4 million babies are born in America. Approximately 500,000 of these … Continue reading


Checking in?


or checking out? to be honest, I have had a bit of an up and down time recently manfully trying to deal with the impact of PD on my life, work, family…everything basically. This may be a surprise given i … Continue reading


More on the juice detox…


Well, I had the sixth and seventh day – Friday and Saturday – during which it was really difficult to keep focussed, because I felt really exhausted and I missed food, though in those two days I had about five … Continue reading


So Aqua Aerobics, why?


So Aqua Aerobics, why? There are a multitude of benefits of exercising in water instead of on land. The stress and strain on the body is reduced because waters density means  that 90% of a body’s weight is supported (if … Continue reading


Is sunburn a child protection issue?


Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

I recently noticed a news story, in The Huffington Post on 27th May, relating to a story which is receiving a lot of coverage in America this week about a mother who is facing second-degree child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing … Continue reading


Pull Yourself Together…It’s Only A Mental Health Problem


Pull yourself together’ has topped the cliché chart in a new poll, commissioned by Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which explores unhelpful comments that people face when … Continue reading


Huge regional variation in patients having diabetes care checks


Younger patients less likely to have all checks, new figures show Diabetes patients are up to four times more likely to have all their essential care checks depending on where they live in England and Wales, new figures reveal. Today’s … Continue reading


Can Antioxidants Cure Acne?


Chances are you’ve read about antioxidants in the popular media. Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals and other forms of inflammatory damage. Free radicals have been linked to many health problems ranging from heart disease to cancer. A recent … Continue reading


Make your own herb-infused base oils


I’ve just made two herb-infused base oils, Marigold and Lavender.  Base oils are great for making your own creams, massage oils, salves, liniments, plaisters and even suppositories for your first aid kit. You can also make your own skincare products … Continue reading


Waiting, waiting, waiting.


Unfortunately I still have not got my results back from the allergy test! I went to the hospital a few weeks ago and he said I need to leave it a few more weeks before I can get my results … Continue reading


Cleansing oils for greasy / oily skin ?!


As strange as it may seem, cold-pressed, unrefined vegetable and nut oils make excellent cleansers for greasy skin. They not only impart nutrients to the skin, but dissolve grime and dirt from the surface. These oils work because when the … Continue reading


3 Reasons You Should Consider Green Tea As Your Next Acne Treatment


A lot has been written about health benefits of green tea. It’s said to help you lose weight and fight heart disease. But did you know what green tea can also treat acne? In this post we’ll look at three … Continue reading


Aggressive pre-diabetes approach needed


An “early and aggressive” approach to people on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes is justified to reduce cases of the disease, a study suggests. People with “pre-diabetes” have higher than normal blood sugar which has not yet reached … Continue reading


Eczema & Exercise


Growing up I was always quite athletic and enjoyed playing sports. When I was little I did ballet, then we moved to Vancouver where in the summer I would play baseball and in winter I would ice-skate. Then we moved … Continue reading




  This week’s picture has nothing to do with the blog. I figured if I put up a picture of what my blog is about…y’all probably would not read it. I want to talk about something that no one wants … Continue reading


The Think Quick Forever Love List: A Game for Menopause and Other Times, Too


Think quick!  Name as fast as you can, in random order, ten things you have loved since you were two (or so): 1. Dolls 2. Pretzels 3. My mother and father 4. Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten 5. Icing (on cakes, … Continue reading


Life on hold


On online forums carers, and not just carers for people with dementia, complain about their life ‘being on hold’. It’s pretty obvious really  –  life is never on hold. The sun rises and sets, you get a day older, your … Continue reading


Migraine Masterclass!


Everything you need to know to update your knowledge about migraines. Did you know that over eight million people in the UK suffer from migraine and that on average 190,000 thousand of them experience an attack on any given day? … Continue reading


Our latest blood test experience


A while ago MyItchyBoy showed signs of a reaction to fish.  Since then, we have had a consultant appointment and agreed to go for another RAST test.  This is mainly because I hold no faith in the scratch tests since … Continue reading


Raging Hormones


Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, the sun is making a brighter, longer appearance. Summer will be here soon. Thus, it is time for me to think about the bright side of having thyroid disease. I once heard someone … Continue reading


Treat the patient, not the laboratory test numbers


Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare, talks about the importance of treating the patient not the numbers.  As an example of this notion, Danny presents some guidelines from the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine … Continue reading


Exercise Referral Schemes


This post is going to talk me out of business but it was bought to my attention that not everyone is aware of what their GP can offer them in regards to support to increase physical activity. The GP Exercise Referral scheme … Continue reading


How to play the ADHD game


Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare, reviews an innovative online service for clinicians that uses distracters to help improve ADHD diagnosis and treatment plans. Do you have a child with ADHD? Then surely, you … Continue reading


Alcohol and Depression


It has been an incredibly busy couple weeks at the Sanctuary, clients presenting with trepidation as the Jubilee celebrations approached, and looking for avoidance tactics or more upsetting, ways of completely missing out on what should be a happy event … Continue reading


Over-60s put off seeing GP


The Department of Health have discovered that people in their 60s are ignoring signs of ill health because they fear being dismissed as hypochondriacs or believe medical problems are a by-product of ageing. It was announced that almost a third … Continue reading


UK study into whether physical activity aids depression finds no additional benefit


Current clinical guidance recommends physical activity to alleviate the symptoms of depression (1). However, new research published today [6 June] in the BMJ, suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more … Continue reading


Health risks of cannabis underestimated


Experts are warning that the public dangerously underestimates the health risks linked to smoking cannabis. A survey carried out by The British Lung Foundation of 1,000 adults, found a third wrongly believed cannabis did not harm health. Furthermore 88% incorrectly … Continue reading


We have a lymphedema pandemic – while IT is busy evaluating systems


IT (information technology) is about executing predictable business processes. Doctors are about handling the unexpected and dealing with the extreme and unfamiliar like lymphedema. If they will ever bridge this gap, IT and physicians must adopt a common goal and … Continue reading


Peppermint tea – great for stomach pains


As all Coeliacs will know, it’s easy for your stomach/intestines to get irritated about something when you have a gluten-intolerance. The gluten damages the villi of your intestine, leaving it weak. Sometimes it’s easy to eat gluten by accident, and … Continue reading


More on detoxing…


Today is the fourth day of my detox. I think I have to recap and say that on day two it was really good. I felt alive, bubbly, full of energy, and the juices were great. I had amazing juices … Continue reading


ten tips from the menopause owl


“WHOO!  WHOO,” says the Wise Ms. Menopause Owl. “I have ten tips for you!” Not. I tricked you, so you would read my post.  I don’t know if there really IS a Menopause Owl, but until she makes her apprearance, … Continue reading


Allergies, Atopy and Health Care Reform: Why You Should Care


I’ve written about why public relations matters for atopic and allergic people. This post will deal with why allergic and atopic people need to get involved with government relations, specifically health care policy. While this post is about the future … Continue reading


Doctors too quick to resuscitate


An enquiry into patient outcome and death has reviewed the care given to 585 acutely ill patients who ended up having a cardiac arrest. They found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) had become the default action.  It is believed that a … Continue reading