There never seems to be enough money in health or education. The calls for more “funding” become deafening. In Australia we have had numerous “education revolutions” over the last five years each costing more than the previous. And so successful that another is apparently needed.
And there are endless calls for (even) more hospital beds. The assumption being that if we just throw enough money all will be well with the world. Naturally those who scream the loudest want other peoples money to be spent.
So what happens when the fundamental assumption about more dollars equating to better outcomes is questioned.
Anger is a natural human emotion, and the issue of handling it is one that all children and their parents must face eventually. In their early teen years, boys may struggle with the hormonal changes that their bodies are undergoing. At this point in their lives, their hormones will have a profound effect on the part of the brain that governs emotions. Adolescence is often the point at which the problem of a bad temper emerges in boys.
Once in a while one comes across something, which really captures the essence of an issue in one simple line. So it was with the ADHD debate this week. An article on Bloomberg news was discussing the difficulty that drug companies had in “cracking” the European market. The big hurdle for companies wanting to get sales for ADHD drugs was convincing people that the condition exists!
Mary Barker, president of the Brussels based European Brain Council told Bloomberg” Parents are loathed to get their child labeled. Children are easy or difficult, that’s the diagnosis in society”.
And that in five words sums up the whole issue-children are either easy or difficult. You will notice that it is not “children are either healthy or diseased” or “normal or have a condition”.
Eggs got a bad wrap in the 1970′s due to false concerns about cholesterol. Having protein with breakfast is an excellent start to the day.
In turn eggs are a great source of protein and are easy to cook and serve. Free range is best!
There is a wonderful quote by Aldous Huxley: “Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.” With the degree of disease mongering, over diagnosis and awareness that we have at present this prediction is coming true.
Medicine is wrongly presented as being black and white. One either is sick or well. One either has a condition or not. In some instances, such as a broken bone, it is fairly clear-cut. However in the vast majority of instances it is not.
How can that be?
The sun is starting to shine so now is the time to start thinking about taking your exercise outdoors.
Shed the winter layers, bask in some Vitamin D goodness and spring into fitness!
There are many outdoor fitness options and you can work it out alone, with the guidance of a Personal Trainer or in a group as part of a regular training session.
Last weekend the family decided to get take a ways from a new Singaporean restaurant we had heard good reports about. After making menu selections I rang up to place the order. As it turned out I dialed the wrong number. The kids had a laugh; I apologised to the lady who answered the phone for dialing her number by mistake and then, second time round got the right number.
This is a simple enough error of no significance. Unless it is part of a screening program for dementia in which any lapse in memory or concentration is a warning sign of dark days ahead.
I recently had a client who was warned not to see me by her physician. He recommended she go back on anti depressants despite her explaining to him that she has improved remarkably over the past 3 months. Her attempt to also explain she was only feeling down due to a recent circumstance at work and needed a couple of days to implement some personal development exercises that will reduce the stress and get centred was greet with disinterest.
I get a lot of clients who are caught between following a doctor’s medical advice and wanting a drug free solution to addressing their personal challenges.
Earlier this year it was shown that people who had a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 30 actually lived longer than those who had a “healthy” BMI of between 20 and 25. Naturally those who profit from promoting an obesity crisis ridiculed this. Fortunately others have delved deeper to find out more.
The notion of “healthy obesity” seems a contradiction in terms and it is certainly the case that at some point excess weight is a health problem. However we do not know where that point is and it may indeed be different for different people. It certainly is not a BMI of 25.
New work is focusing on metabolic health.
How to Look Fit and Fab in Your Favorite Swimsuit
The girl in the well-known “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” suffers from a lack of bikini body confidence. In the song’s three verses, she hides herself and her sexy swimwear in a locker, a blanket, and the open ocean—all because she’s afraid to show off her figure.
Don’t fall into the same traps she did. It is possible to look great in that bikini you’ve been eyeing. Follow these 7 tips to get in bikini shape and you’ll look amazing as you stroll down the sand.
Once upon a time medical practice was about the consulting room. Here the patient and doctor could consider what was best for the individual based on their unique circumstances. The aim was to treat the patient, not to treat a number, or to treat to a target or to some arbitrary protocol.
Then something changed!
How is it that with little warning, our body starts to hurt? We wake up during the night trying to get comfortable, and rise the next morning feeling tight, stiff and sore. We push through, organise school lunches, business meetings, attempt the gym, and pain becomes a familiar acquaintance. Maybe it is the mattress, the fancy foam pillow, or is this what it’s like to get old? Sitting for long periods is irritating, making our head pound and our shoulder blades feel like they are glued together.
There was an interesting article in the paper a little while back discussing the behaviour of teenage girls. A headmaster of an all boy school was quoted as saying that their behavior was increasingly like bad boys. This lead the headmaster of a nearby all girl school to say that bad behaviour was not a gender issue and that any suggestion that it was amounted to “discrimination.”
Really? If the behaviors of both genders are similar how can the discrimination card be played?