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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Back to school checklist


With the summer holidays over for yet another year, parents up and down the country have been preparing to get their children ready for going back to school. Having to prepare school uniforms, shoes, sports kits, school bags, stationary and … Continue reading


Taking allergies on holiday


Having recently tried to book a cheap break in December for the three of us, I have once again been left debating with myself about what risks I want to take when it comes to food. Staying somewhere ‘safe’ is … Continue reading


The Lost Toys


Am I the only one who wonders about her lost toys? The doll in the picture is Baby Sue. She was the first baby doll I remember. I loved her so much I gave her baths, slept with her, took … Continue reading


The Cost of Austerity


Simon Lawton-Smith, Head of Policy: “Last week I spoke on Sky News about the Austerity Britain report which surveyed 300 GPs across the UK to gauge their opinion on what impact the recession is having on their patients’ health. 77% … Continue reading


Turn of Mind – A review


I am pleased to ‘report’ that I have now read ‘Turn of Mind’ by Alice LaPlante and would highly recommend it as both a great read and as a way to further understand dementia.  A definite page turner and written … Continue reading


Allergies, Atopy and Television


I’ve written a post with my PR cap on. This time, I’m writing it with my media cap on since I have a ridiculous amount of media education. I find it interesting whenever I see a character on television or … Continue reading




At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading


The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.


‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading


Should I clap?


This is a blog about serial yo yo dieting.  Not a blog about those who lose weight for medical/psychological reasons. Parents don’t cause eating disorders. “I’ve lost 10 lbs.  I’ve been on this marvellous new protein/low carb/grapefruit/wasp-sting extract/shark tooth/stinging nettle … Continue reading


When your time is up


I am writing this today, the day after Tony Nicklinson died. I don’t know his family, but I do understand how brave they are. To see your loved one suffer is so very hard to bear. We knew that Mom’s … Continue reading


Time to say “Cherry-Oh” to sugary fruits?


Working as an oral health educator it’s a question that comes up time and time again…. “Is fruit bad for me? It’s full of sugar!” I seem to have this put to me a lot more over the last few … Continue reading


Help For Menopausal Hair Loss


Among the many changes of menopause that are not so welcome, many women are devastated to see the condition and quality of their hair undergoing a change. We expect to see some grey or silver hairs, to reflect the fact … Continue reading


Tips To Help You Eat A Healthier Diet


In a perfect world, nutrition would be easy to understand and apply to your diet. Unfortunately, in our information-overload society and the rampant opinions of so-called diet experts, it’s increasingly tough to know what to believe. Here you will find … Continue reading


If Measure I Must…


A poem, written by me, inspired by my old measuring cup: It’s the measuring cup’s job To measure, not mine, But if measure I must, May it be with a Good measure of love. I find there’s a laidbackness (sorry … Continue reading


My hot night of three in the bed


Yes, we had another hot night down south – over 20 degrees. MyItchyBoy was already suffering an eczema flare-up from Friday so the heat was not at all welcome.  We had all the windows open throughout the house as well … Continue reading


First blog


Hi.  My name is Donna Barrowman and I’m delighted to have been asked to write a blog for talkhealth.  I was going to say I’m not normal – but then who is??  The best way I can describe myself is … Continue reading


Coping with anxiety and panic attacks


In the years when cavemen roamed the earth, survival was based on knowing the appropriate response when confronted with a predator. If, while out hunting, you rounded a corner and came across a sabre-toothed tiger, you had 3 choices for … Continue reading


Are doctor-patient relationships like being married?


Danny Lieberman, founder of Pathcare, the private social network for doctors and patients, asks “What are the ingredients for a successful doctor-patient relationship” and makes a surprising discovery. A conversation with a twice-divorced colleague, got me thinking about relationships: doctor-patient relationships … Continue reading


Easy, Allergy-friendly Chili Burritos


I promise I’m not going to make a habit of posting recipes, but this one was just too easy. It’s a bit of a non-recipe, since I’m not going through all the steps, but I loved the result I got … Continue reading




Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading


How to make care coordination work


Danny Lieberman, founder of Pathcare, talks about how to help doctors and patients coordination care with simple, easy-to-use commodity digital tools that can be provided on the Internet as a service. Leaving in the Middle East, our experience has been that … Continue reading


How do Israeli nurses sustain high stress with low burnout?


Nursing is, by its very nature, an occupation subject to a high degree of stress. Every day a nurse confronts stark suffering, grief, and death as few other people do. Many tasks are mundane and unrewarding. Many are, by normal … Continue reading


Turn of Mind


Alice LaPlante’s book ‘Turn of  Mind’ which drew on her experience from her mother’s condition of Alzheimers was the first fiction book to win the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, awarded for outstanding medical writing . It is this month’s Daily Mail book of … Continue reading


My eczema and Prom


I had eczema when I was a young baby and luckily that fizzled out before I started school but when I started my GCSEs aged 13, the stress of it all made my eczema come back again. It started just … Continue reading


Baby Blues Now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?


Natural birth is hailed as a good thing but a new study calls it ‘highly traumatizing’ along with terrorist attacks and car accidents.   People love labels, and the psychotherapist Eric Maisel in his book on depression recently questioned the … Continue reading



I have had a lot of empathy with my son and his eczema this week due to the insect that has had a few bites out of my leg. I’ve woken up three days in a row with a new … Continue reading


Vocal Lessons, the Olympics and Asthma


Well, the Olympics is finished, the Paralympics is about to begin and I am only two weeks of singing lessons away from singing at a wedding. Since you’re probably asking what an international amateur sport competition has to do with … Continue reading


Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner


Gandhi always knew how to nail a subject, and never better with this quote when referring to alcohol addiction. Even the sinner using alcohol hates the sin that they are embroiled in. Without becoming narcissistic, to recover you really have … Continue reading


How I lost weight


Last  year I lost 20 pounds in weight over the course of three months, going from a size 16 (UK) to a size 12. Unlike previously, when the weight piled back on again within an alarmingly short time, this time … Continue reading


How to keep that winning smile


Olympic Blog – How to Keep that Winning Smile With London 2012 well under way, everyone is very excited about sports and all the medals Team GB is winning.  Hopefully the whole Olympic atmosphere will result in a renewed enthusiasm … Continue reading


NHS Constitution to be modified to allow drug companies patient records access


PM, David Cameron has announced the NHS Constitution is set to be changed to allow pharmaceutical companies access to anonymised GP records ‘on a scale never seen before’. Currently, the constitution sets out to guarantee the right to patient confidentiality … Continue reading


It’s people, not hackers who threaten patient privacy


Danny Lieberman, founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare that enables  physicians to care for more patients with less stress in less time explains that patient privacy breaches are caused by people, not by hackers. Dateline 2011 Canada –  a … Continue reading


Thinking better with high-fat diets


Danny Lieberman, founder of Pathcare, the private social network for healthcare that enables  physicians to care for more patients with less stress in less time brings some interesting research that challenges conventional wisdom on what foods are healthy. The role of pasta … Continue reading


Mona Lisa smile. or not.


I dont normally do this but I wanted to post a link to my post today about Bob Hoskins’ annoncement last night that he has PD. Here’s what I wrote on the subject of shaky celebs on my other blog. … Continue reading


Another Menstruation Movie. Meet Nurse Jansen!


Here’s another film about getting your period! Meet brave Nurse Jansen, who speaks confidently about womanly changes. Watch melancholy Molly, a a girl named Barbara!!, and the other girls in the sad-looking class as they voice their questions. Hear the nurse’s … Continue reading


The Enemy Within


I am in the middle of what is probably the worst flare up I’ve had in ten years. I’m getting little patches of it on my hands and feet which I’ve never had before and my skin makes me resemble … Continue reading


Get your ducks in a row


That’s what Mom always said. She was a wise woman, right to the end. And her clarity and comprehension of her situation helped us to help her. My wonderful husband was pro-active in getting Mom to decide where she wanted … Continue reading


Grr, my eczema is driving me mad!


So, my eczema seems to be on a yo-yo at the moment, but not enough to give me respite for more than a day or so. To be honest, I’ve never known it to be so persistent, but I think … Continue reading


Good cotton pjs for eczema kids


After the usual hunt for pyjamas for MIB that are the right size, 100% cotton and not extortionate in price, I was really pleased to find a two pair pack in the supermarket. I usually find it so hard to … Continue reading


Kim Woodburn’s first blog


Kim Woodburn

Hello my loves, I’m Kim Woodburn. You probably know me best for my cleaning expertise and time on Channel Four’s “How Clean is Your House” and ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity”. I’m well known for not using nasty chemicals and instead … Continue reading


The Bravery of Surrender


It becomes more apparent to me each day of how courageous the step to surrender, honestly and openly is. Those who have never been addicted are often not only totally perplexed, but also appalled at the behaviour of a drunk. … Continue reading


Does she take sugar?


I seem to find it hard to keep this blog on a regular basis but I hope you find the posts, when they come, are worth a quick run through at least. One of the reasons I don’t post very … Continue reading