Patricia

Patreon – a new horizon for me

So I’m a therapist who works with trauma and emotional release. It’s a joy but also hard work and I am limited in the number of people I can see in a week (and the toll on me is obviously quite hard). So, I recently decided I need to...

Vitamin K – new discoveries

Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 by a German scientist Heinrich Dam and named K for blood ‘koagulation’. How it does this is via activation of a Vitamin K-dependent (VKD) ‘gla’ proteins which stimulate various factors to make the blood clot. However this is now known to be only...

Fear and Loathing in a Lost Vagus

Well I had to give my blog that title – it’s brilliant isn’t it! Actually it’s very apt because when your vagus nerve (the largest nerve in the body – also called the wanderer for how far it goes) is ‘lost’ i.e. dysregulated, nothing works. Not your digestion, your heart and...

Magic pills part 2 experience of the mental health system

Continued testimony from my client Claire at how she ended up on high-dose multiple medications in a psychiatric ward after going to her GP with depression. See Part 1 here. I tried moving counties in the hope of a fresh start and new beginnings.  My “mental health” problems followed me.  My...

towards a new view of mental health

There has been much talk recently of increasing awareness of mental health issues1 – but of course most of the discussion is centred around mental illness – not health. There are valid points to be made: we need more resources on a par with physical health. We need to...

The Importance of the Appendix

The human appendix, a narrow pouch that projects off the caecum in the digestive system, has long been known as a vestigial organ with unknown function. It is largely ignored until it gets inflamed (causing appendicitis) when it can cause high fever and a lot of pain leading, usually, to...