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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...

Breaking the sleep deprivation/anxiety cycle.

One of the worst symptoms of anxiety, sometimes preceding it, is insomnia – a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep. When I was suffering from my CFS in my mid-30’s, this was the first symptom to arise. I now know, my stress ‘cup’ was overflowing and my adrenals...

Epigenetics and detoxing the cell

Recently I got my genome sequenced by the company 23andme.com – on the advice of a nutritional therapist who is helping me look at my genetics – specifically how it interacts with the environment. Working on the ideas of Dr Ben Lynch, author of the course and book ‘Dirty Genes’,...

Being a specialist practitioner

I was recently asked by ME/CFS Recovery organisation, The Chrysalis Effect, to record a ‘warts and all’ expose of  my journey to becoming a specialist practitioner and I agreed as, although it may seem like we therapists ‘arrive’ fully formed in our new roles, in fact it’s often a long...

Attachment and the Biology of loss part 2

Relational trauma (I.e. chronic repeated trauma with significant figures in your emotional life – parents usually – as opposed to one-off traumatic events) changes the child’s brain in many ways: it is a profound disconnect from yourself a disordered relationship to the present moment it shapes your view of yourself...

Attachment, Disease and the Biology of Loss

We are seeing an unprecedented rise in mental health issues like depression and anxiety. They are considered by mainstream medicine to be biological entities; i.e. disordered brain physiology which demands a biological resolution. A different approach is the behavioural model which seeks to explain it as ‘bad behaviour’ e.g....

The truth about vaccines

Vaccination vs. Immunisation Any blog that begins with this title better have it right – I am aware this is a controversial subject and for years I have sat on the fence believing that the benefits outweighed the risks but a recent film and the subsequent research I did...