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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Packing for the Hospital

30Sep

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Last week I found myself heading to the hospital mid-afternoon, and although I was not completely surprised, I had not packed for the hospital at all. In fact I had brought business casual clothing, makeup and hair accessories in order … Continue reading

  

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

30Sep

Bowel cancer charity logo

“At Bowel Cancer UK, we were all saddened to hear of the news of Lynda Bellingham’s diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer.” “But unfortunately it’s all too common.  Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that’s why we … Continue reading

  

Please vote for What Allergy? in the Free-From People’s Choice Awards

30Sep

Please vote for What Allergy? in the FreeFrom Food People's Choice Awards 2014

I am absolutely delighted to announce that What Allergy? has been accepted as a nominee in the Free From People’s Choice Awards run by Foods You Can. You get one vote each in different categories like best freefrom supermarket, best … Continue reading

  

Oral health report encouraging, charity claims

30Sep

Children smiling

The news was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section The first national survey examining the oral health of three year old children has revealed more than one in 10 have signs of visible tooth decay. The report, … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by Larah

30Sep

KCL LOGO

It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

My Big Girl and I, Part 2

29Sep

This is my last Monday with only Ella while Lucy is in nursery. Then it’s back to normal from next week. So today I thought we’d do something that would be nigh on impossible with both of them and that … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by RMdietetics

29Sep

KCL LOGO

It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

Support and the silent someone.

28Sep

“When someone is going through a storm your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words”- Thelma Davis. Support. Something that speaks volumes and shouldn’t cost a penny. Whether you be silent or outspoken having the right support … Continue reading

  

Support and the silent someone.

28Sep

“When someone is going through a storm your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words”- Thelma Davis. Support. Something that speaks volumes and shouldn’t cost a penny. Whether you be silent or outspoken having the right support … Continue reading

  

Marrow – a tasty vegetarian meal

28Sep

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This is a really tasty recipe that can be quickly prepared for an evening meal. Ingredients 1 Marrow (or as in the picture above 1/2 a green and 1/2 a yellow marrow) 400g of new potatoes leave on the skin … Continue reading

  

Marrow – a tasty vegetarian meal

28Sep

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This is a really tasty recipe that can be quickly prepared for an evening meal. Ingredients 1 Marrow (or as in the picture above 1/2 a green and 1/2 a yellow marrow) 400g of new potatoes leave on the skin … Continue reading

  

Fund raise with freefrom cake at The Perfect Retreat

26Sep

The best freefrom cafe in the world, The Perfect Retreat in Chesham, Bucks

Remember the blog post last month with that amazing freefrom chocolate cake I had at The Perfect Retreat in Chesham? The best freefrom cafe in the world, The Perfect Retreat in Chesham, Bucks Well if you’re looking for an excuse … Continue reading

  

Five things about Boundaries for Life

26Sep

Boundaries for Life

The blog was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section Last Saturday, I spent the day with Boundaries for Life at Lords Cricket Ground for the Royal London One-Day Cup Final. The group, who tours cricket grounds all … Continue reading

  

talkhealth news

26Sep

Bristol Half Marathon Medal

As usual we’ve been busy in the talkhealth office. Last week our online clinic on skin conditions opened, and on the day of the opening we ran a Twitter chat all about sensitive skin which kick-started the conversation amongst people … Continue reading

  

Comment on I’m now researching FODMAPs at Kings College London! by Larah

26Sep

KCL LOGO

It’s been a few months since my last blog post and I have been very busy with my food poverty and dementia work.  Firstly, as my alter ego; the Chairman of East London Food Access @ELFA_Ltd , a social enterprise based in … Continue reading

  

Allergic to bad grammar – laughing about allergies

24Sep

Are you allergic to bad grammar? Me too!

Being a writer and a bit of a grammar pedant this cartoon made me laugh, probably more so because I am all three, an allergic writer who is pedanatic about grammar. I saw it on Facebook last week and just … Continue reading

  

Taking to the skies for charity

23Sep

Dental Skydive

The blog was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section Two members of the British Dental Health Foundation are jumping 10,000 feet to raise money for charity. Communications Manager David Arnold and Website Officer Doychin Sakutov will be … Continue reading

  

A Locked in Syndrome diagnosis – not necessarily a death sentence

23Sep

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The brain stem controls all basic activities of the central nervous system: consciousness, blood pressure, and breathing. So after a brainstem stroke some patients will be formerly diagnosed with Locked In Syndrome. This doesn’t necessarily mean a death sentence for … Continue reading

  

Why are oxygen chambers so effective at healing?

23Sep

Why does going in the chamber work better than sitting on the wall breathing O2? Henry’s Law states that a liquid can hold a certain quantity of gas at a given pressure. If you increase the outside pressure then the … Continue reading

  

A Double MAD Night

22Sep

*WARNING* This post contains countless clichés! So apologies in advance for a post likely to be packed full of obvious statements but I just can’t find the words to express my total shock at coming away from Friday night’s 2014 … Continue reading

  

Oxygen therapy for eczema and allergies

21Sep

Oxygenchamber

This week I’ve been doing something very peculiar. I’ve been diving to great depths, but not the kind of diving that involves water. I’ve just started an intensive month of oxygen therapy at The Chilterns MS Centre in Halton. Before … Continue reading

  

Proud moments – September

21Sep

There’s this lovely little thing that happens on the 21st of every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the … Continue reading

  

Problems… Get them out.

20Sep

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit and talk about your joys” Anon. Haven’t we all fell into this category? Chatting to anyone and everyone about our problems striving for the solution to be right under … Continue reading

  

Problems… Get them out.

20Sep

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit and talk about your joys” Anon. Haven’t we all fell into this category? Chatting to anyone and everyone about our problems striving for the solution to be right under … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP learning at the hospital, flapjack recipe.

20Sep

flapjack

I have just realised it was June when I last posted a recipe or anything else for that matter, How time rushes on! The above recipe was developed from a learning day at the hospital, everyone brought a low FODMAP … Continue reading

  

Sickness absence – the road ahead

19Sep

A look at how employee absence figures have changed for the better There are, of course, times when people have to take time off work due to illness. Whether it’s a mild viral infection that means your bones ache and … Continue reading

  

My Experiences With Suicidal Thoughts

19Sep

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When I was 15 I attempted to kill myself. In a very typical story I was ground down by school, home and in an abusive relationship with an older man. There seemed to be no end, no escape that I … Continue reading

  

Win a pair of eczema friendly soothe bamboo pyjamas for adults

19Sep

Soothe bamboo pajamas for eczema

To celebrate National Eczema Week the amazing people at Everything for Eczema have offered you lot a chance to win a pair of these amazing SOOTHE bamboo pyjamas, made especially for adults with eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. If you have … Continue reading

  

Are you Comfortable with being Abnormal?

18Sep

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“To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity” William Arthur Ward To the average observer, I look normal.  I look like the the average college student: in a sorority, serving … Continue reading

  

How to join the 10% of Brits who think they’re good sleepers

18Sep

At the end of each day, we Brits love nothing more than to sink into our mattresses and enjoy a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, this is only a reality for a relatively small amount of the population with following research … Continue reading

  

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

18Sep

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My almost-two-year-old daughter doesn’t seem to like meat. I’m not sure if it’s the taste or the texture – either way, I am determined to get good sources of iron and protein into her. Lentils are a great source of iron. … Continue reading

  

A Day in the Life of a Paranoid Schizophrenic

18Sep

It’s 9:45 am when my mum comes into my room to wake me up. This is early for me. Despite my medication being quite sedating, I’m rarely asleep before 1 am. And because of the sedation, I need at least … Continue reading

  

Living with Eczema book, Mom asks, Doctor answers

17Sep

Living with Eczema book by Marcie Mom

You know how it is. If you’re lucky you’re actually seeing a specialist dermatologist but most of you are probably going backwards and forwards to your GP, desperate to find answers, always leaving with more questions than you arrived with. … Continue reading

  

How Protopic for eczema changed my life

15Sep

How Protopic healed my facial eczema

Protopic is an ointment for treating eczema but it’s not a steroid, instead it is an immunosuppressant containing Tacrolimus, so it doesn’t have the negative side effects that even weak steroids have like thinning of the skin and steroid withdrawal … Continue reading

  

Allergic to wheat? List of wheat free lager and real ale

14Sep

I’m really doing this for myself as a reference because I have a wheat allergy and love of real ale – not always a good combination. I plan to contact the brewers to find out if their draft beer is … Continue reading

  

Talk Health Online Clinic on Skin Conditions

14Sep

10 Eczema secrets your doctor won't tell you about

If you’ve got a skin condition you might be interested in this TalkHealth Online Clinic on Skin Conditions. This month sees the opening of their Skin Conditions Clinic. The clinic is open now for pre-clinic questions & the experts will … Continue reading

  

Win Pure Potions Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil

13Sep

Win your free sample of Pure Potions Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil

Because it’s National Eczema (Awareness) Week, all you lovely What Allergy? readers have the chance to win yourself a free bottle of Skin Salvation Bath and Body Oil. Yes that’s FREE! This is what you could win… Win a free … Continue reading

  

National Eczema Week 2014 is just around the corner

11Sep

Next week is National Eczema Week 2014 so I will endeavour to produce a whole week’s worth of eczema blogs to whet your appetite and scare your eczema into submission. Apologies to those who don’t have eczema but do have … Continue reading

  

Has Antipsychotic Medication Made Me Worse?

10Sep

The first time I took psychotropic medication was when I was 18. I had been suffering with depression for about two years and I was finally given help in the form of a prescription for fluoxetine (Prozac). I was put … Continue reading

  

Budlington Begins Nursery

10Sep

So last Wednesday the day finally arrived for Rosie to begin nursery school. It’s a day that three years ago we could only dream about. This time in 2011 we were two weeks away from signing the medical forms that … Continue reading

  

My Big Girl and I, Part 1

9Sep

To cut a long and rather boring story short, for the next few weeks Lucy is going to nursery on a Monday meaning I get a day a week with Ella by herself.This Monday was our first day together.  After … Continue reading

  

The joys of laughter and looking up.

9Sep

“Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart”- Mort Walker. Bloody hell how long has it been since I’ve been on here? I think my laptop is officially giving me a grilling because I haven’t blogged … Continue reading

  

The joys of laughter and looking up.

9Sep

“Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart”- Mort Walker. Bloody hell how long has it been since I’ve been on here? I think my laptop is officially giving me a grilling because I haven’t blogged … Continue reading

  

What Allergy? voted in the top 10 Health blogs in the UK

9Sep

What Allergy voted 4th in Top 10 UK Health blogs

Very quick blog post today, I am just back from an amazing week’s holiday in Dorset (hence the radio silence) in a self-catering cottage, just me, my notepad, writing my novel and lots of books to read. I went on … Continue reading

  

I Heart my girl

3Sep

Just a quick post.  Ella had her yearly cardiac review today. It soon comes around! I know I’ve said this before, but it’s still the appointment I worry about the most and the one I lose sleep over. I doubt … Continue reading

  

Perceptions of living with a Skin Problem

3Sep

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Alongside our online clinics we run monthly surveys. August’s survey was on skin conditions. We wanted to find out about how living with a skin condition can affect someone’s life. From our results, we found that living with a skin … Continue reading

  

When a Skin Condition Returns

3Sep

Rosacea treatment

It was touch-and-go for a while but now I’m certain: my rosacea has returned with vengeance. Once again my skin is flushed, flaky, spotty and my god so itchy! I’m ashamed of how much I’ve been scratching lately but half … Continue reading

  

Flowering Bud

2Sep

I apologise for beginning this post with an age old cliché but seriously, where does time actually go? Another couple of weeks (and more) have passed since I last wrote and suddenly I find everything happening at once. No sooner … Continue reading

  

Skin cancer hospital admissions soar by 41% in just five years

2Sep

skin cancer melanoma

The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the space of just five years, according to a study being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the … Continue reading

  

Word of Mouth, Issue 22 – August 2014

1Sep

Word of Mouth - Issue 22 - August 2014 - Dental Megazine featuring the Latest news on oral health and wellbeing, Dental Skydive, Doctoral Award, Boundaries for life at Lords - oral health checks

The blog was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section Hello, and welcome to August’s edition of Word of Mouth. August is traditionally a time where summer is in full swing and childrenand parents alike are readying themselves … Continue reading

  

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