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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: … […]

A Dog’s Life

ShareTweet So my daughter’s boyfriend has in recent months adopted this gorgeous little puppy called Guinevere. Tan in colour, rolls of skin, a gentle nature and those sad doggy eyes to match. She’s just beautiful and loads of fun along with her sister Boadacea. Last week the dynamic duo reached the required age to be […]

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 […]

Keep Moving

ShareTweet They say when life’s hard the best thing you can do is to keep moving forward. And after watching Catalyst’s episode on Exercise and Cancer it proves it’s true in more ways than one. If you haven’t seen this episode, you must. Because what they’ve done is to demonstrate without a doubt that when we […]

Memories of yesterday

ShareTweet Yesterday was an interesting day. My middle daughter and I were invited to speak to a group of young student doctors. Fresh faced, open and with such a beautiful energy. They still have their training wheels on. And it is such a privilege to be able to speak with them, an opportunity to help […]

Loving my Amygdala

ShareTweet I was watching Star Wars with my kids on Saturday. And while I’ve now seen it more times than I can count, I am still amazed at how I hear the same things in new ways. The emotional intelligence in this movie is way ahead of its time. Drives my kids mad because they […]

The Perfect Set Up

ShareTweet It was the perfect set up. A woman primed perfectly to feel nausea on the commencement of chemotherapy. And it was so simply done. Unknowingly, innocently, almost certainly. But if only they realised the importance of what is said at the chemo education session. And in the doctor’s office. I am told it went […]

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 […]

Upside Down

ShareTweet We were enjoying a Christmas cup of tea with a family friend when he was struck by a flash of insight. An author who has just published his latest book, he suddenly realised where the inspiration came for the name of his characters. My two younger daughters. They were the names he had given […]

The Blind Spot

ShareTweet In his book The Emotional Brain, neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux tells the story of a woman. And this one’s a gem. You see this woman had no ability to make new memories as a result of damage to her brain. She simply couldn’t remember things that she had experienced only moments before. The more I […]