What’s going on in the NHS?

I think we all love our NHS and in the Coronavirus outbreak we have stayed at home in order to ‘Protect the NHS’. I kept wondering why it needed protecting if it really was the best health service in the World?  I didn’t understand what privatisation of the NHS  was and I don’t see any hospitals that aren’t NHS or doctors’ surgeries for that matter. Then I came across this. It’s quite long, but it’s really clear about what is happening. Do you think it’s too late to do anything about it? I’m pretty sure that almost no one wants the NHS to go, but it is is being dismantled. Listen to this podcast and you’ll be surprised.

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Coronavirus – What is it and where has it come from?

Those of you I’ve talked to about Covid-19 and the strange, strange place lockdown leaves us, will know that, at best, I am confused about what is going on. That is partly because I know that vaccines are NOT the answer to individual and public health issues, but also because there are noticeable positive outcomes from the lockdown that I really appreciate and don’t want to leave behind.  I also know that lockdown is causing a lot of problems of loneliness, isolation, suspicion and alienation – as well as damage to our international, national and personal economies.

This is a great video that I think explains what is going on and what we should and should not be doing about Covid-19 and whatever else comes our way. It is a call to all of us to take responsibility for restoring our external and internal environments to the best health we can.

Do watch the video, leave a comment below with your reaction and us know what changes you can make to improve the health of your own system and that of planet.


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Coronavirus – strange times indeed

Stuck indoors
It’s just not normal

Whether you are being asked to shield yourself at home, work from home, not work at all, or you are still working when most of us aren’t, I haven’t spoken to a single person who isn’t finding these very strange times.

There are good things about this enforced change: travel is quick and quiet, lots of people are sleeping longer and better, we are having to get back to basics and we are a lot less distracted by our hectic lives however most people are experiencing a feeling of dislocation from their normal lives. ‘It’s like being jet lagged’ one patient said.

That made me think. In homeopathy we often use Arnica in a high potency for jet-lag; that feeling of not quite being here; not quite being able to navigate our environments.

Today I heard back from that patient.  I’d suggested that her symptoms sounded Arnica-like because of the feeling of unreality she was experiencing. She’s much better. Getting used to the way life is now, but still looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality.

Homeopathy is the opposite of a one size fits all prescription, but it is interesting to think that one of the most commonly known remedies, might be helpful in this very uncommon situation.

If you’re uncomfortable, think about what is going on for you and you think your symptoms match Arnica Montana, why not try that? If you find it hard to get in touch with how you feel, try and look for an on line meditation, it really helps to practice regularly if you timetable it in to your day. If it doesn’t help and you are really struggling, you could contact me or a homeopath near you for an appointment.


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Coronavirus and homeopathy

Lots of people are asking me how homeopathy can help them to avoid getting Coronavirus. I think it’s a broader question than that. Homeopathy is a way, my way, of staying well. But it doesn’t work alone.

There’s a new virus out there.

We can’t do anything to change that. Now, it’s disrupting our lives in ways that seemed inconceivable a month ago; streets are empty, shops are empty, theatres and restaurants are closing and we are being asked to practice social distancing (a phrase I wouldn’t have understood until two weeks ago).

It’s frightening, but it is also interesting jumping off point to think again about our health.

We all know that the medical model is to inoculate against it. Right now, even if you were of a mind to do that, there isn’t a vaccine.

So what can you do?

If the government is right and 80% of the population is going to get it, there’s a good chance that you are too. You can reduce the chances of getting it soon if you follow advice; you should definitely ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, try to avoid touching your face and eyes unless you have scrupulously clean hands and throw away tissues you sneeze into, keep away from anyone who might have the symptoms or who has been in contact with someone who has, monitor your health closely and keep up with recent advice.

What else can you do?

You can take precautions like avoid contact with people, wear a face mask or isolate yourself for the time being, but it seems to me that, as with all contagious health problems, the most effect use of your energy is to take steps to be as well as possible so you have the best chance if you become infected.


Eat well, drink lots of water, don’t suppress symptoms (from sweat to headaches, bad breath to skin rashes) enjoy your fiends, take exercise, sleep well and try to minimise stress, perhaps by meditation and if that is new to you, you could try an app to help.

I know that!

Yes, me too. All of the above are actions we should always take because a healthy person is less likely to succumb to external pathogens. I’m sure we all know this. But do you do them? I don’t. But I am now.

Could this perhaps this could be the silver lining of Coronavirus; we could stop taking our health for granted? This is a wake up call. It’s up to you whether you pull the duvet over your head or get up and get at it.

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Three weeks – Day two

Amazingly, I do seem to have let go of worrying about events I can’t control. That’s new. The meditation maybe? I’m allowing myself TV that isn’t trash, so yesterday I watched just The Planets and that’s meant I’ve read more and had phone calls with friends.

Easy lunch at home
Food is ok when I am in Suffolk.
In London, it’s a whole different story and I have stood in M and S wondering how processed everything is.
Meditating twice a day is good. Exercise not so good. In London, I cycle but only just 30 mins and in Suffolk, weirdly, unless I specifically go out to exercise I do even less.

Tomorrow I will go out and run. It’ll have to be very early or late as I don’t like running in heat.

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There’s been quite a lot going on in my life recently and this morning, one too many people said that I look tired. I saw this joke on Facebook, the laugh of which presumably is that anyone would feel better after doing that for three weeks, so I decided to do this myself. To make sure I do and that I keep it up, I am going to post every day with my progress.

Join me? Leave a comment if you’d like to do any or all of it.

Day 0: Sleep, some good, some bad. Waking with the early light but I am feeling sluggish.

I can definitely fit everything on my check list into my days, but I feel like going without TV is going to be a challenge. My sluggish default is lying on the sofa reading or watching TV. Gulp. I’ve also realised that although chocolate isn’t mentioned, it is processed food so no more chocolate for three weeks.

Tomorrow is Day 1 of my self-imposed challenge. I have patients to see but I can easily fit the gym into my day. I’m hoping I wake up with determination and ambition to succeed, but I’m not confident at the moment that is going to be how I feel.

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Forgiveness – the hardest step

alt= forgiveness
The path to forgiveness

I know you find it hard to let go, forgive and move on. Me too. You find yourself thinking about people who’ve let you down or a time when you’ve felt attacked or someone’s hurt you. You go over and over what you could have said or what you should have done. The fact of the matter is that if you continue thinking about past for  years, it shows the energy is still alive inside you.

It’s really hard to forgive other people. But it’s even harder to forgive yourself.

Two years ago, I booked for Bev and I to go diving in Malta and we got to Stansted in plenty of time. That’s fortunate, I thought, because the queue was huge. Continue reading If you like this, please share it

I think I drink too much

Too much wine alcohol
I think I drink too much

Do you sometimes think you drink too much. Or you wonder how much alcohol is too much alcohol. You can’t sleep well and you wake feeling creaky and stiff after getting up in the night to pee. Your digestion isn’t good and your eyes are dry. You have a sneaking idea that all these things are related to alcohol rather than to ageing or life in general.

Well, you are not alone. We are bombarded by TV programs and articles telling us that we have become binge drinkers and we can’t even congratulate ourselves that we have never been seen out in a drunken state because now we know that most alcohol is consumed in the home, not in the pub.

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