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Does the mind matter?

ShareTweet I received some feedback about a talk I gave recently. And while the large majority of people found the content of my talk enlightening (which I am thrilled about because this knowledge will go on to help even more people), there was someone who wasn’t too happy. The feedback went something like this: … […]

Stress spreads cancer

ShareTweet There’s some great stuff on Catalyst and the episode on stress and cancer is no exception. An interview with the Australian researchers who’ve worked out at least one of the ways in which stress helps cancer to spread. And there were a few things in particular that grabbed my attention. The first… The beautiful […]

Thinking outside the box

ShareTweet My husband Steve received a Christmas card from Oscar this year. Now this may not strike you as unusual. After all, another Christmas as just been and gone. But when you consider Oscar is a gorgeous brown sausage dog it might just get you to wondering. When I first met Oscar he was completely […]

Pain, Pain Go Away

ShareTweet A young GP asked me about a patient yesterday. Very concerned, she asked if I thought her patient’s chronic pain issues could be related to his emotional and mental state. Of course they are I said, without a doubt. I take my hat off to this young woman being brave enough to ask the […]

What effects?

ShareTweet I once met a man who laughed at the very idea that there could be side-effects to drugs. Because if you take something and it causes an effect then it’s a direct one, isn’t it. And there’s some truth to his reasoning, isn’t there. Everything really is a direct effect. Some desirable, some less […]

Mere Mortals

ShareTweet We often forget the good times, don’t we. When things go pear shaped and all hell breaks loose. So easy to be caught up in the drama of the crisis. The need to focus on day to day survival. But I was reminded the other day of that part of us that keeps a […]

Trompe L’Oeil

ShareTweet Trick of the eye. That’s what it means. A French word for art that fools the eye into thinking something is real. And I’ve suddenly come to realise the very big difference this could make in my life. After the reconstruction I haven’t bothered to get a nipple done. Mainly because there’s more reconstruction […]

When life gives you lemons

ShareTweet One of my friends had to give a sample of saliva the other day. Only problem is there was a drought on. Her mouth was dry and she could only manage half the volume. Not a problem. ‘Allow your eyes to close,’ I said, ‘and imagine you’ve just picked a lemon off the tree […]

Finding the connection

ShareTweet I was talking to a woman the other day who told me she’d had two types of cancer in three years. But it was the next sentence that truly dumbfounded me. ‘There’s no connection between them’ she said. It was all I could do to bite my tongue. After all, she wasn’t asking for […]

Reading the signs

ShareTweet These days, when it whispers, I listen. The signs have always been there. I just didn’t know how to read them. My body’s way of communicating to me if it’s stressed or if it’s healing. And while this may sound a little ‘out there’, would it surprise you to know it’s as simple as […]