Just for Today: Be Kind to Yourself and Others

Part of my journey in Reiki training is to get in touch with the five principles of Reiki, namely: Just for today: Do not be angry Just for today: Do not worry Just for today: Be kind to yourself and others Just for today: Express ones Gratitude Just for today: Be diligent in work   […]

Book Review: The Devil Within.

Stephanie Merrit (2008). Published by Vermillion. I do not have bipolar disorder (once called manic depression), yet I recognize so much of myself in Merrit’s terrifyingly honest memoir. A part of me kept thinking – ‘how can you write this? … all this shame and humiliation. The irony is Merrit; before her bare all book, […]

Reiki Part Two: What does the Research Say

This is part two of a three part series on the ancient biofield healing modality of Reiki.  The parts are: What is Reiki What the research says My personal journey Here we will talk about the research on the topic. But first let me explain – in scientific research an individual study is not seen […]

Book Review: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?

Long Title: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty and Happiness. Timothy Caulfield. Published by Beacon Press 2015. Spoiler alert – yes it would seem poor old Gwyneth is wrong about everything; from juice cleanses, to coffee enemas and steaming her fanny (OK – I added that […]

Reiki Part One: An Introduction

This is part one of a three part series on Reiki, the parts are: Reiki Part One: An introduction Reiki Part Two: What the research says Reiki Part Three: My personal journey Reiki & Me I have received Reiki several times in the past from trained practitioners and always loved the experience.  In the UK […]

Book Review: Dying to Wake Up

Dr Rajiv Parti, MD with Paul Perry. Published by Atria Books 2016. Sometimes I like to draw inspiration form unlikely quarters. Not research based ones.  Parti tells of his journey from ambitious, callous and pain killer addicted Anesthesiologist to founding a conscious based healing center after a profound Near Death Experience (NDE). This is a […]

Chronic Illness and the Search for the Holy Grail.

There comes a point after many moons of doctors tests and a vague incurable, poorly understood diagnosis or six (often with word ‘syndrome’ attached) that we get the Big Dr Shrug (BDS).  The BDS goes like this: well you are not dying, there is nothing seriously wrong, and nothing more I can do, um yeah, […]

SIBO Part D: My Treatment Plan

This is part four of a four part series on Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).  The other parts cover what it is, what the experts say, what diets are commonly used in treatment. This post is focused on my personal treatment plan for my Methane dominant SIBO.   See previous blogs for definitions etc as I […]

Learnings from the Trenches of Illness: It is possible to heal the busyness addiction!

Sometimes there are nuggets of good in the very bad.  There is even the odd bonus in getting sick enough that surviving some days is a triumph. I have cured myself, completely, of the busyness addiction.  How many times have you asked a friend you have not seen for a while “how are you?” only […]

Health Anxiety and the Chronically Ill: Oh So Many Faces Has She.

Yesterday I had throat cancer …. It was horrific. You can’t possibly imagine all your worst fears coming true.  Just imagine if your doctor said those awful words to you ….. “Look … I’m sorry … it’s … C….” heart racing, shaking, stomach churning, the world closing in. My mind is stunning … within a […]

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