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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Menopause Tips from a Halloween Witch

31Oct

    “Menopause,” the witch hissed, shaking her broom. “Nothing to it.” “Really?” I asked. “You’ve got the magic potion? Do share!” She pointed a snarly finger my way. “You foolish blogger! There’s no potion for menopause!” Her face softened a bit. “But here are some … Continue reading

  

How To Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

31Oct

An amazing number of us are now on hypertension medication, and once on it is difficult to get off without a very long discussion with your doctor. This is particularly true as we hit our 50’s and may show signs … Continue reading

  

Ridding Yourself of Unwanted Acne

30Oct

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Researched, tested and proven at home treatments that I have developed for Acne and Acne Scars. I have never had a problem with acne, but for some reason, this new medicine I am on, Entyvio, has given me acne in … Continue reading

  

Holidays With Conditions In Mind

30Oct

It’s true that having a health condition really finds it’s way into all kinds of facets of your life. As I’ve mentioned previously, my chest reacts incredibly badly to the cold, which makes winter something of a pain. So I’m … Continue reading

  

Mental ill-health & stroke – the hidden consequence

29Oct

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As most now know Robin Williams committed suicide.  I think the immediate comments on Twitter summed up the widespread ignorance of the impact of severe depression and anxiety in our society when one wrote, ‘So What has Robin Williams got … Continue reading

  

Rise in Deaths Registered in England & Wales in 2013

29Oct

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Key Findings There were 506,790 deaths registered in England and Wales in 2013, a rise of 1.5% compared with 2012. Age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) decreased in 2013. There were 11,583 deaths per million population for males and 8,526 deaths per million population … Continue reading

  

Flaws and all.

29Oct

” Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you”- Anon. For those that are Beyoncé fans no I’m not going to break into the tune Flaws and all (A fabulous song by the way) however I’ve … Continue reading

  

Flaws and all.

29Oct

” Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you”- Anon. For those that are Beyoncé fans no I’m not going to break into the tune Flaws and all (A fabulous song by the way) however I’ve … Continue reading

  

Was it Something I Said?

28Oct

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Interviewing can be nerve-racking for everyone.  Saying the right thing, avoiding saying the wrong thing, and making yourself seem awesome.  But as I search for jobs for after graduation, I am faced with an interesting dilemma.  Do I mention my … Continue reading

  

The Pillow Fort: A Magazine For Chronic Health Problems

28Oct

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Living with a condition today is very different from when I was first diagnosed. It’s much easier to find documentation, research and advice on any number of strange health problems. Spelling Teitze’s Syndrome correctly is something of a demand for … Continue reading

  

Sisters #4

24Oct

Through the recent sleepless nights, two poorly girls, temperatures, tears (including mine!) and snot there have been lots of (mostly) lovely moments between my little ladies.  Seemingly small, trivial and fleeting things that don’t mean very much on their own … Continue reading

  

Be the Coolest Pooper on the Block–Poo Pourri Review

24Oct

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Warning: This Blog post will contain explicit material, but you are going to want to continue reading anyways because I will be talking about poop in a highly entertaining manner! I have a riddle and I encourage you to delve deep … Continue reading

  

How we’re preparing for winter 2014 – Eczema & Allergies

24Oct

Keeping hands safe from eczema

This week is Indoor Allergy Week in the UK and comes at the time of year that we’re all starting to realise that winter really is on its way. I thought I’d share a few things that we’re doing to … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP Spanish Peppers with Tuna, Lemon zest & Herbs

23Oct

Low FODMAP Spanish Peppers with Tuna, Lemon zest & Herbs

Its been ages since I posted a recipe and while in Spain this week I came up with the idea of stuffing the amazing LARGE peppers with a tinned tuna, lemon zest and herb marinade. Large Spanish peppers!! We go … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP Spanish Peppers with Tuna, Lemon zest & Herbs

23Oct

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Its been ages since I posted a recipe and while in Spain this week I came up with the idea of stuffing the amazing LARGE peppers with a tinned tuna, lemon zest and herb marinade. Large Spanish peppers!! We go … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP Spanish Peppers with Tuna, Lemon zest & Herbs

23Oct

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Its been ages since I posted a recipe and while in Spain this week I came up with the idea of stuffing the amazing LARGE peppers with a tinned tuna, lemon zest and herb marinade. Large Spanish peppers!! We go … Continue reading

  

It Takes Two to Tango

21Oct

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This isn’t a normal blog post for me, but I believe that I have a rather unique perspective on the issue of dating. Therefore, this post is written to women and men everywhere, but especially the ones who claim that … Continue reading

  

“Two Minutes Twice a Day” with Janet Goodwin

21Oct

Janet Goodwin Janet Goodwin BA(Hons) Business Management, board of trustee British Dental Health Foundation

It may be basic oral hygiene, but almost seven million of us in the UK regularly give cleaning our teeth the brush-off and admit to not brushing for two minutes twice a day. It’s hard to believe that taking four … Continue reading

  

{Proud Moments} – October 2014

21Oct

There’s a lovely little thing that happens 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 three copies of chromosome 21 … Continue reading

  

Carrot and Lentil Soup

19Oct

I recently made this carrot and lentil soup as part of a cooking course I was running. The recipe has been adapted from a recipe I found on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website. Most of the participants had never cooked … Continue reading

  

Live in the moment.

18Oct

“Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future” Anon. A short post this evening… I’ve seen this quote tonight and automatically think of the think of the saying I’ve once said myself that’s to … Continue reading

  

Live in the moment.

18Oct

“Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future” Anon. A short post this evening… I’ve seen this quote tonight and automatically think of the think of the saying I’ve once said myself that’s to … Continue reading

  

Am I Being Given Placebos?

17Oct

This is bordering on conspiracy theory territory and it may at first sound like I’m delusional. But hear me out before coming to any conclusions!One of the medications I currently take is quetiapine XL. I’ve taken it three times in … Continue reading

  

Attention: Out of Order

17Oct

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Someone the other day, told me I need to really delve into how I feel and share that with my readers.  And it’s true.  Emotions and real life experiences make a person relatable to others! But for me, right now, sharing … Continue reading

  

Alcohol Concern release an ‘Alcohol Harm Map’ as part of latest alcohol awareness campaign.

16Oct

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Ever wondered about the greater implications of excessive alcohol consumption? Today Alcohol Concern has released an Alcohol Harm map as part of their campaign to increase awareness of alcohol use. Interestingly this campaign allows people to look directly at their … Continue reading

  

Bathrooms are Awkward for Everyone

15Oct

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-Some Crohns Patients use the bathroom upwards of 20 to 30 times a day during a flare- Long Car Rides: Too many Bathroom Breaks So this past weekend was my fall break and my mom and I traveled to Wisconsin … Continue reading

  

Public Health England: Enhanced Ebola screening process

15Oct

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Public Health England (PHE) is helping to roll out enhanced screening for Ebola starting at Heathrow, then Gatwick and St Pancras (Eurostar), in passengers that Border Force officers identify as having travelled from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Passengers will … Continue reading

  

Lifescript: Tips from Menopause Bloggers

14Oct

Menopause Tips

Lifescript writer Susan Jara put together this collection of menopause tips and life strategies from nine bloggers, including yours truly. Jara writes, “Often, women who have experienced it have the best tips for managing perimenopause or menopause symptoms.” That’s for sure! Don’t … Continue reading

  

The Causes and Treatment of Endometriosis

14Oct

  Endometriosis is a surprisingly common condition that involves tissue behaving in a similar way to the lining of the womb. However, in the case of this sometimes distressing condition, the tissues is outside the womb. While there are several … Continue reading

  

Chronic atopic eczema in early childhood

14Oct

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  Atopic eczema easily becomes chronic, or longstanding, in early childhood, partly because of inadequate use of conventional topical treatment, and partly because of habitual scratching. The skin becomes thickened, or lichenified. Chronic eczema is established. What to do about … Continue reading

  

WE CAN WORK IT OUT

13Oct

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Today a new online platform has been released which focuses on mental health in the workplace. WE CAN WORK IT OUT is a membership site, which supports owners of SMEs to create a workplace environment where employees with mental health … Continue reading

  

Word of Mouth, Issue 23 – September 2014

13Oct

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The blog was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section.  Hello, and welcome to the very latest edition of Word of Mouth. I’m delighted to announce to registration process for Mouth Cancer Action Month is now open. Running … Continue reading

  

Comment on Reintroducing FODMAPs by RMdietetics

13Oct

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Having now completed the low FODMAP diet for the full 8 weeks (time does really fly!) the next phase was to reintroduce the foods high in FODMAPs back into our diet.  Following the low FODMAP diet had become part of our daily eating routine, and after … Continue reading

  

Comment on Reintroducing FODMAPs by Mike @ Beahealthygeek.com

13Oct

Brocoli

Having now completed the low FODMAP diet for the full 8 weeks (time does really fly!) the next phase was to reintroduce the foods high in FODMAPs back into our diet.  Following the low FODMAP diet had become part of our daily eating routine, and after … Continue reading

  

Gluten free, cow’s milk free rose pancakes for the breakfast diva!

12Oct

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Make these for a special occasion – gluten and cow’s milk free pancakes with an extra special flair for a birthday or wedding breakfast, of in fact you can make them plain for a tasty cooked alternative to kick start … Continue reading

  

A New Video and Huffington Post

11Oct

The last few days have been incredible. On Thursday, I was contacted by Huffington Post and asked if I would consent to them using one of my blog posts as part of their focus on schizophrenia for Mental Health Awareness … Continue reading

  

Boom Goes the Dynamite

9Oct

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“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.” -Fitzgerald Think back to the last time an unexpected crisis affected you and how you felt at that point in time.   Maybe a family member got sick and/or died, … Continue reading

  

Drugs for Heart Failure: New and Old

9Oct

My patients have been asking me about the new ‘wonder-drug’ for heart failure, as reported in the ‘Daily Mail’, so I am sure they have been asking you the same thing. The drug is LCZ696* (angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor) and in … Continue reading

  

Autumn colours

9Oct

Mom always enjoyed the autumn colours on her birthday. She would have been 70 today. We will be going for a walk in the woods later, to enjoy the colours and to celebrate. Mom’s cancer was aggressive. The first round … Continue reading

  

Managing Anxiety within Parenthood

8Oct

Emotions associated with anxiety are commonly felt at many times in our lives, arguably some of the strongest become evident when we ourselves become parents. Why might this be? Nurture or nature So many of the clients I meet will … Continue reading

  

Apologies. Yay or nay?

8Oct

“Make no apologies for your personality”- Anon. I’ve chosen this quote for one reason and one reason only. That’s for you to just be yourself. After looking through various material this morning I stumbled across this quote and you know … Continue reading

  

Apologies. Yay or nay?

8Oct

“Make no apologies for your personality”- Anon. I’ve chosen this quote for one reason and one reason only. That’s for you to just be yourself. After looking through various material this morning I stumbled across this quote and you know … Continue reading

  

September’s online clinic on skin conditions

8Oct

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We hope you managed to catch our talkhealth online clinic on skin conditions. It was a lively clinic with questions being answered by experts Dr Alison Layton, Dr Jonathan Bowling, Dr Christopher Bridgett, Dr Walayat Hussain and Dr Stephen Kownacki. … Continue reading

  

Making the most of New Prescriptions

7Oct

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Know the ins and outs of all your medications.  Starting a new medication can be both exciting and scary.  A new medication brings the hope of remission.  It can also bring the fear of another failed drug and sometimes even … Continue reading

  

Stress & Anxiety at Work- survey results

7Oct

Stress at work

In September we ran a survey based around stress and anxiety at work. The results were inciteful. We found that: 66% of people experience stress & anxiety at work frequently, and 21% experience stress and anxiety continuously. Stress and anxiety … Continue reading

  

10 Tips for Travelling with an Allergic Child

7Oct

Travelling with an Allergic child

Here are my top 10 tips for travelling with an allergic child that I wanted to share after our experience of MyItchyBoy having an allergic reaction on holiday this summer: 1. Agree beforehand who is best equipped to deal with … Continue reading

  

Allergic Reaction on Holiday

7Oct

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Finding somewhere to take an atopic child on holiday is hard. For MyItchyBoy, it’s not just the food allergies, but eczema too. We have to find somewhere not too remote (proximity to medical services and availability of food), somewhere not … Continue reading

  

Pre-school begins

6Oct

We are already 3 weeks into Ella’s first term at pre-school.  Time is flying by! And I’m happy to report that she seems to be loving it and has settled in really well.  I was able to drop her off … Continue reading

  

Hello Depression, My Old Friend

6Oct

You’ve come to torture me again… Depression is something I have had an on-off relationship with since I was thirteen. And for the past six weeks or so, the relationship is back on. In simple terms, I’m depressed again.The timing … Continue reading

  

6 Key Signs of Menopause

6Oct

October is World Menopause Month and if you are not sure whether you are pre/peri or post menopause this handy guide can help.    Wherever you live in the world, you are likely to share common symptoms with fellow menopause … Continue reading

  

Forever is a Very Long Time

2Oct

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There are very few things in life that truly last forever, you can change how you look, you can change partners, people die and families change, you can change your personality, and you can fall in and out of love. … Continue reading

  

WE SURVIVED!

2Oct

Survival of the fittest after finish

The blog was released on the British Dental Health Foundation Blog section.  We ran, clambered, and swam our way through some of the most beautiful parts of Cardiff. We surfed the white water rapids, were faxed through rolls of car … Continue reading

  

Pushing health up the workplace agenda

1Oct

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On 15 October 2014 the British Safety Council will be hosting its annual conference at the America Square Conference Centre, London. This year we are focusing on occupational health. The programme is designed to assist business leaders, managers and practitioners … Continue reading

  

Personalised GP care for everyone

1Oct

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For the first time in a decade, every patient in England will get a named, accountable GP, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. Under changes to their contract with the NHS, GPs will ensure all 53.9 million people in England … Continue reading

  

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