Crash Diet – Emotional Fallout

Crash Diet – Emotional Fallout

A couple of conversations I’ve had in the past few days reminded me of just how dangerous fasts and crash diets can be, emotionally if not physically. When the allocated time is up, you love the fact that you’ve lost weight but you’re feeling so hungry and deprived that your willpower will be tested to its limit. I believe that using willpower to control behaviour is like holding...

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Living My Life For A Dog

Living My Life For A Dog

Jimmy is the sweetest, best-behaved, most entertaining dog I’ve ever owned. Now I’m living on my own he’s great company. Without him, I’m not sure I’d be quite so committed to my daily half-hour walk. And, while he’s hardly big or ferocious enough to protect me from a determined attacker, he’s certainly alert and noisy enough to warn me if anyone were trying to break...

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If pregnant women should minimise their exposure to everyday chemicals, shouldn’t we all?

If pregnant women should minimise their exposure to everyday chemicals, shouldn’t we all?

A couple of days ago, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) released a Scientific Impact Paper recommending that pregnant women be made aware of all possible sources of chemical exposure in order to minimise harm to their unborn child. This paper is called Chemical exposures during pregnancy: Dealing with potential, but unproven, risks to child health (my italics). If we...

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A Fruit Fly Made Me Do It

A Fruit Fly Made Me Do It

It seems bizarre to worry about pesticides in food when you’re being pumped full of chemicals so toxic that you have to flush the loo twice for fear of injuring the person who uses it after you. However, as I was being treated for cancer that had already spread into my lymph nodes, I was inclined to do anything within reason that might help me to get well, ‘Within reason’, of course, means...

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Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

Is Alcoholism Really a Function of Cheap Alcohol? I’m not Convinced

The article at www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/30/hospital-admissions-alcohol-million-year discusses National Health Service findings that, in 2011-12, an estimated 1.22 million hospital admissions in England were linked to drinking too much alcohol. This represents a 51 per cent rise over the past nine years. Not surprisingly, the figures drew more comment on the question of setting a...

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