The threats to our health have changed, but the health systems designed to protect us have not. Across the world they are creaking under the growing strain. The traditional model - hospital-centric, doctor-dependent, providing episodic, reactive, disjointed care in which the patient is a passive recipient - is tottering.
New research published in the last few days suggests less than 2% of children's packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards. We can offer an obvious explanation for this. The reason why less than 2% of packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards is because parents have worked out what their children like and what they don't like for their lunch.
Labour should welcome the way place-based planning can draw people together to find solutions, as a potential means to resolve some of problems caused by the Health and Social Care Act.
Most bladder problems respond well to physiotherapy, medication or simple lifestyle changes. However, the challenge is encouraging women to seek help in the first place. It can take an average of seven years before someone will actually discuss their incontinence with their GP.
A very real but subtle war is quietly being waged against those who would challenge the status quo. Government's are reliant on the huge profits generated through animal agriculture. And with a looming pensions crisis and creaking health services around the world it could be argued that governments don't want us to live the extra 7 good years that a vegan diet could provide us with.
The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...
When sufferers are trying to fight but are struggling, it isn't simply a case of being "scared of food" or "scared of gaining weight", often it is also a fear of what they will lose, of throwing away everything that they think they are, the removal of their core identity, leaving a hole they have no idea how else to fill.
Generally speaking, many Brits still feel uncomfortable when sex is brought up in a conversation (even the younger generations to whom easy access to online porn is no big deal) and attempt to offset their embarrassment by laughing it off or resorting to smutty innuendo (in true "Carry On" fashion).
I have just come out of my third stay in hospital this summer. It's sucked, but there have been many things I've picked up along the way that helped empower me during my hospital stays and made them suck a little less.
So with all this in mind the Government want to squeeze these people even tighter? It's almost like they want the NHS to implode so they can, ya know, maybe privatise it, give jobs to their friends? Take care of the rich and screw the poor? Just a thought...
My stroke was, to all intents and purposes, a mystery. In order for me to emotionally survive the experience this was something that I was going to have to learn to accept. Something must have caused it, but it was unlikely that I will ever know. I could speculate long into the night but that was to get me nowhere, this was a question where the answer section will forever remain blank
The secret to a lot of what I do as a strength coach and nutritionist is supplying my clients with cutting edge training methods and the best nutrition advice currently available. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of those secrets with you in this blog.
By our mid-to-late teens most of my friends and classmates at school were regulars on the local pubs and clubs circuit. By the time we understood the long-term ill-effects of alcohol it had become a deeply-ingrained habit, a part of who we were. The demon drink was like fast-growing ivy, coiling it's suffocating fronds around our vulnerable minds.
When a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, there is shock, sadness, and there's the inevitable question of what to say? All too often people stumble, hesitate and then go on to make some ludicrous comment (all well intended) that is about has helpful as a chocolate teapot.
The value placed on children and young people's views and, critically, their specific involvement in making changes and seeing the impact of their views on change, is a source of continual frustration for organisations such as mine.
Some of losing these things is just growing up. It's a natural part of life. But it's almost as though cancer came into my life and slowly took my interests, and what made me 'me', erasing them from my life one by one.