Simple strategies for living well
Sep27

Simple strategies for living well

Take a piece of string, measure your height with it and fold it in half, does it fit around your waist? Waist to height measurement is a pretty good indicator of whether you really need that extra helping of… cake/pie/favourite foodstuff! A balanced diet is made up (thanks to Paul Chek for this simplification) of food with eyes (protein and fats) and food with no eyes (carbohydrates). Avocados and nuts are exceptions to that...

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eat your greens!
Sep22

eat your greens!

We can science-ize the term ‘eating your greens’ for the 21st century by talking about the beneficial effects of folate on our methylation cycle. As people with a long term condition we can seem easy prey for all sorts of quackery. This is an article that I believe might chime with our innate penchant for experts. This is another article that mentions the therapeutic use of a substance for a range of chronic...

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Is feeling a bit better as good as a cure?
Sep13

Is feeling a bit better as good as a cure?

I remember when as youngsters who knew no better, we used to wave our inebriation like a badge of honour; happy happy days but not really suitable as a long term strategy! I think a bit differently about life now and have different priorities. Whilst I’m with Dylan Thomas on this one and all in favour of not going gently into that good night I don’t like the fight, struggle and battle analogies common with various types of...

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Personalised help for MS and other long term conditions?
Sep01

Personalised help for MS and other long term conditions?

So, in the post “eat your greens” I mention the process I’ve just begun which involved sending some spit over the Atlantic to have my DNA sequenced by these folk. I had some reservations about finding out something in my genetic code that might be lurking in the future but, knowledge is power. I might be worried about how this data could be used if it fell into the wrong hands but having an ms diagnosis in the here...

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we need a new, functional way
Aug15

we need a new, functional way

This post will mainly be about how the folk in white coats aren’t always going to be aware of the best direction for us to go in so we’d best make ourselves aware of our options. This was in the news in July. It questions how equipped doctors are for reading results of tests they’ve suggested for their patients and their ability to assess their patient’s risk in choosing action or inaction in light of them....

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Learning for life
Jul28

Learning for life

Until we have a need to access professionals who can ‘fix’ us, healthcare’s all a bit fuzzy and indistinct in our minds. We’re built to not spend time on things that aren’t immediately concerning to our continued existence. We imagine if at all, everything will be working in our favour. Caregivers at all levels from consultants to care assistants are there primarily for our benefit. This article from the...

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