rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.

Monthly Archives: July 2012

Charity Shine needs you!


Shine is a registered charity, which was formed in 1966, initially to help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Today, Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals, families, friends, and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on … Continue reading


£1.25 Billion – The Staggering Cost Of Eating Disorders In England


A newly released report carried out for national eating disorder campaigning charity Beat by a volunteer economist from the charity Pro Bono Economics (PBE) has found an overall estimated cost of £1.25billion per year to the English economy from eating … Continue reading


British Dental Health Foundation


The British Dental Health Foundation is an independent charity that along with our global arm, the International Dental Health Foundation, is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, by running educational … Continue reading


10-ish Things Allergic & Atopic People Don’t Want to Hear


If you read my blog, you know I’ve had allergies and atopy for a very long time. So, I’ve had to tell a lot of people about my conditions. This has certainly become easier as I’ve gotten older, but there … Continue reading


The Sanctuary goes Global!


Slight exaggeration, but since my work was featured in the Yorkshire local press, I have been overwhelmed with enquiries. To this end, I have decided to offer telephone counselling to those outside of my catchment area. We are also working … Continue reading




I love all the feedback I receive on my blog. We are family members and just like family we can disagree with one another. Last week, I received a response to a previous blog post about how this responder is … Continue reading


What every Eating Disorder clinician should know


No two eating diorder patients are the same If you are treating all eating disorder patients in the same way, you are doing something wrong.  Boys and girls are different. Each patient comes from a different creed, class, colour, country. … Continue reading


My first eczema blog


My name is Steph and I am an atopic eczema sufferer. I have suffered with it, on and off, for the best part of my life. I’m now 28 and I can’t remember a time where I went more than … Continue reading


Proportion of school children taking drugs fell over the past decade, says new report


11 to 15-year-old pupils are also smoking and drinking less than ten years ago Drug-taking among secondary school children fell by 12 percentage points in the past ten years, according to new figures out today from the Health and Social … Continue reading


A Blast from Your Menstruation Past


And now, for your viewing pleasure, an old film! This film, produced by Disney in 1946 and underwritten by Kotex, was shown in elementary schools into the sixties in the U.S.  Listen to hear the wonders of becoming a woman … Continue reading


The Inner Child


Even after all these years of being sober, using common sense and logic, facing the world without the aid of any enhancing drugs or medicines that take away the rough edges, I still have yet to come to terms with … Continue reading


The Power of Animals


I went to visit my mother the other day with the familiar feeling of dread in my stomach arising.  The last few visits she has been extremely bad, and the visit before last was in A&E has she had had … Continue reading


Keeping Cool With Eczema


I’ll be honest. Summer has never been one of my favourite seasons. I’m not a big fan of heat in general. I have no reason to tan, since I’ve got a built-in self-tanner. Most importantly, I have eczema. My skin … Continue reading




Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading


What every doctor should know


An eating disorder is a physiological and a psychological disorder. Regarding an eating disorder as a purely psychological problem and treating it as such can prolong and perpetuate the disorder.  Treating the purely physiological symptoms by refeeding to 90% of … Continue reading


Risks and Reward


I have always been fascinated by risk takers, and when I was at the height of my drinking career, I took many risks. Not only with my health, and my relationships, but sometimes I am quite sure I got a … Continue reading


Why you should make exercise a priority as you age.


A question has just been asked of me on Twitter: “How can I get my parents to ignore Homes Under The Hammer on tv screens at gym & focus on working out?” I tend to view exercise similarly to giving … Continue reading


Menopausal Klutziness


When I was in the midst of Menopausal Madness, there were days when I felt truly clumsy. Cliff was especially unhappy when I went down in a split second on the cobblestones near Boston’s Quincy Market. Granted cobblestones do add … Continue reading


How to treat Heat Rash/Prickly Heat?


When the summer months arrive everyone wants to go for a walk or a jog, but the thought of a heat rash turns people off. You should not fear because heat rash can be easily treated. Summertime can either be … Continue reading


Living with Rosacea – How to spot it, live with it and move on…


I’d never even heard of Rosacea until my late 30’s when I began to notice a persistent redness around the ‘t-section’ of my face which was subsequently diagnosed as Rosacea. Rosacea can often be triggered by stress or anxiety, this … Continue reading


Health care and confusing profit, patient, cost and quality.


Danny Lieberman, the founder of Pathcare – talks about why we should be spending less money on healthcare and more on collaboration. The root cause of big failures is always hubris. Think about hubris in healthcare when you read this … Continue reading


Why You Should Eat Foods Your Allergic Child Can’t


An Atopic Girl’s Perspective on “Disordered Eating” This post was inspired by reading yet another amazing post by the Allergist Mom: “My Disordered Eating“. Essentially, the question is do you avoid eating food your child is allergic to? Part of … Continue reading


Sorting Hormone Fact From Fiction


Hormone balance is every woman’s right, and there has been a growing interest in bioidentical natural hormone usage. What always goes along with that of course is that there is often a negative response that is not always informed but … Continue reading




It’s been so hot…how do I deal with the dog days of summer? Barking with a vengeance, while my thyroid walks to the beat of a different drummer. How do I cope with these record highs? Fearing what will spark … Continue reading


Improve the patient-physician relationship with 4 simple tools.


Danny Lieberman – the founder of Pathcare, the private social network for a physician and his patients, talks about how to improve the effectiveness of  the patient-physician relationship with 4 simple tools. Walter had struggled with pain on his side … Continue reading


Harlequin ichthyosis featured in Channel 4’s Beauty & The Beast: Ugly Face of Prejudice on Tues 17 July 2012


Twenty-one-year-old glamour model Holly Kent meets 27-year-old Nelly Shaheen. Nelly was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a rare skin condition, which makes Nelly look like a burns victim. Nelly’s skin could literally suffocate her if she doesn’t take care of it. … Continue reading


Itchy Skin week here


A tough few days with itchy skin for MyItchyBoy at the moment.  A bit of a runny nose and chesty cough and he’s flared up quickly in about 24 hours.  It doesn’t help that he had one night with a … Continue reading


Why You Need to Know More than an ER Doc


This post was inspired by a conversation with some great people who work for an amazing allergy-related social profit organization Canada. At one point, we discussed the misconceptions and misinformation that even some medical professionals have about anaphylaxis. I’ve certainly … Continue reading




A day in the life of a thyroidian is so exciting! James Bond 007 has nothing on us. I never know what the day will bring, what exciting adventures I will encounter. For example, it is unclear what will mysteriously … Continue reading


Viral Meningitis Warning As Footballer Taken Ill


A viral meningitis warning has been issued after Chelsea and England footballer, Daniel Sturridge, has been hospitalised with suspected viral meningitis this week. The Meningitis Trust is urging people to look out for the symptoms and act quickly if they … Continue reading


All in the mind


It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I have continued to have health challenges, physical and otherwise but I’m still standing and that’s a Good Thing. I wanted to take a little time today to try to … Continue reading


CQC Reports Shows Desperate Need For More Midwives


A report published on Thursday, 28th June 2012 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) includes a section focusing on maternity services. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is deeply concerned at the report’s findings and calls on the Government to … Continue reading


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer


Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so … Continue reading


Can you screen for skin cancer?


Skin Cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the UK, but of the 100,000+ cases only ten percent will be the most deadly kind – melanoma – and of those affected only around 2,000 will die.  If detected … Continue reading


What to Avoid in your Body Washes & Shampoos


If you are interested in natural beauty products you’ll no doubt have a keen interest in the ingredients that go into your body washes and haircare products. If you have skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin then it … Continue reading


2012 Olympic babies live 30 years longer than their 1908 counterparts


2012 Olympic babies live 30 years longer than their 1908 counterparts Now, almost all die after retirement – in 1908 almost all died before Partnership, one of the UK’s leading enhanced annuity specialists, reveals startling data from the last 2 … Continue reading


9 pounds and counting ….


Quick update … I’ve now lost 9lbs – it might have taken me 6 months so far, but I’m not ‘dieting’ as such, just continuing to make sensible food choices and watching my portion sizes. And, slow as it is, … Continue reading


Isn’t it time we changed the way we do bereavement?


Bereavement doesn’t have to mean suffering. It can be a period of reflection, from which we, the survivors, draw comfort and strength to face the future without our loved ones. I have been close to my Dad this week as … Continue reading


Fashions Change but Tattoos are Forever


A significant number of people regret having a tattoo, and the longer they have had one the more likely this becomes.  With a tattoo parlour popping up on every high street1 and the popularity of tattoos increasing2, a study, due … Continue reading


Get active at your local gym for free on Tuesday 10 July!


“Age UK in conjunction with Bannatynes, David Lloyd Leisure Ltd, LA fitness and Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre’s (including Greens Health and Fitness) present Age UK’s Gym Open Day on 10 July 2012. Go along to your local participating … Continue reading


Dementia Awareness Survey Results


Last month’s talkhealth survey came up with some very interesting results about people’s general understanding and views upon dementia – I certainly found it very interesting… There appears to be a wide difference in people’s understanding of dementia ranging from … Continue reading


The New Maudsley Approach website


Although the New Maudsley Approach website is not quite finished, it seems to be helping some of those picky folks on the forum so I thought I would do a bit of promotion on my blog. Thank you to Pam MacDonald, for … Continue reading