Last week the Daily Mail featured a letter written by Paul and Jennifer Tonks; it told the inspiring story of how Jennifer had been diagnosed with ME by a Professor in Nottingham and was so severely affected that she was dependent on a wheelchair for three years... until she took the Lightning Process, about seven years ago now, and has been well ever since.
For me, breast cancer is both personal and professional. My sister, Adrienne, has breast cancer. Adrienne's cancer has spread to her bones, known as secondary breast cancer, for which there is currently no cure.
Fattist folk are just unhappy people. That's the truth of it. Happy people don't have prejudices because they don't spend their time fixated on the people that surround them. They just live their own happy lives. All prejudice comes from a deeply unhappy place inside ourselves.
Recently I walked into my local swimming pool at 6.30am. Among the swimmers wiping sleep from their eyes, there was one woman racing up, down, up, down, up, barely raising her head for breath. What assumptions are you already making about her? Keen? yes. Fit? clearly. Thin? no.
In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.
Everyone knows fruit is healthy, but surely not all fruit is created equal. From a nutritional perspective, when deciding which fruits to eat, we should favor those with more of the good stuff and less of the questionable stuff. The good stuff is vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. The questionable stuff is sugar.
Sleep is vital for so many reasons and not just for world class athletes. There must be good reason why we spend over a third of our lives doing it; when we sleep, and sleep well, the body undergoes a series of physiological and hormonal changes which enables it to repair, grow stronger, realign and rebalance from the exertions of our waking hours.
I definitely don't walk around everyday thinking about how beautiful post-cancer life is, I think about that bastard who pushed in front of me at Upper Crust. You are allowed to grumble, it's cathartic, just don't stomp around acting like the world owes you one.
sually, I work out 4 times a week, and I eat healthily, But, for one week during every month, I am, shall we say, less than vigilant with my food choices! Obviously I don't want the fact that I fall to pieces once a month to sabotage all my other anti-ageing efforts. It's scary to think that for 12 weeks of the year I eat junk and empty calories that do my body no good at all.
Rather than championing dangerous and butchering weight loss procedures - which by the way are offered privately without any mental health assessments or help - shouldn't we be asking for a long term solution to better our health not 'fixing' a 'problem' that wont go away unless tackled at the root cause?
It is vital that UK students are aware that there is a new freely available Meningitis C booster, which they need before they head off to university... New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher's week.
Making huge, sweeping generalisations about the particulars of a person's lifestyle based on how they look is not only fist-gnawingly unfair, it's preventing overweight people from getting the medical care they need and deserve (and it's keeping the Daily Mail in business).
Mental health is something that's increasingly appearing in conversation these days. This is a huge, huge step in the right direction, because historically it's the stigma around mental illness that has been one of the biggest obstacles for people in seeking help, or in fact, in even acknowledging that there's a problem in the first place. I'm impatient though
Nearly half of the UK's adult workforce are more stressed than 12 months ago and according to a study released today a third are unable to go a whole day without turning to a sugary snack for relief.
New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.
Be it those ubiquitous 'cancer selfies' or the bemusing proliferation of posts saying 'If you hate cancer, like this', this is a disease that provokes us to do something, even if that something is utterly trivial.