March 2022 MALE INFERTILITY – MEN TALKING I’ve realised that my book written in 1993 is as relevant today as it was then and merits another blog with more detail on their experiences MALE INFERTILITY – MEN TALKING (A SUMMARY OF THEIR STORIES)
February 2022 The Pandemic seems to be diminishing meanwhile we’ve been so taken up with that we’ve lost sight of projects on various issues which are inspiring.
Hope for the future for instance
The RHS Science Strategy 2020 -2025 which is tackling how gardeners can deal with the challenges we face posed by global warming
The College of Medicine Integrated Healthcare offers a broad based view of what works e.g. social prescribing and more for us all – not just popping pills.
Place2Be is an amazing charity offering children mental health support in schools – so good
Jan 2022 Men are crying out – they want their voices and experiences acknowledged when it comes to male childlessness for whatever reason. A book just out by Dr Rob Hadley’ How is a Man Supposed to be a Man? Male childlessness a life course disrupted’ highlights the pain and sense of loss and missing out, that can happen and the consequences of this. Such an important book.
THE PANDEMIC RAGES
3 February 2021 the Pandemic is still raging and the stress is getting worse for many of us, how long will this go on? Jon Kabat-Zinn’s discussion about how to deal with it for Action for Happiness is here and is essential viewing see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx7cpWcF5Nw
July 2020 Andrology and Male Infertility – Brilliant piece on male infertility https://undark.org/2020/07/01/male-infertility-andrology/ my book ‘Male Infertility Men Talking’ is flagged up in it. See my latest blog Male Infertility
APRIL 2020 COVID 19 PANDEMIC we’re in the fourth week of lockdown and trauma is affecting us all. Pandemonium reigns about the extent of the Pandemic of this infectious disease. Lockdown supposed to slow the rate of spread is proving hugely stressful as we all have to stay indoors most of the time, social distance when we’re out and about and self-isolate when we’re ill. Mindfulness – paying attention on purpose to the here and now helps to steady me. Thank you Jon Kabat- Zinn for introducing mindfulness to us.
2019 I wanted to flag up ‘Understanding the Nature of Trauma’, an illuminating seminar run by the Guild of Health Writers 13th May 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR7fYH1NtyY&t=9s
Social Prescribing is taking off and one in 4 GPs regularly use it according to a GPonline article 17 July 2018 reporting on its survey results into the subject. Instead of prescribing pills healthcare professionals can prescribe activities like gardening (see my blog) and a host of other activites to improve health and wellbeing. Visit the Social Prescribing Network to find out more https://www.socialprescribingnetwork.com/
2017 Psychological trauma isn’t rare, please read my blog on the subject.
WELCOME! How to stay well, cope with health problems and face the inevitable uncertainties of ageing concerns me as it does most people. I’ve been fortunate enough to write about some of these issues over the past 20 years contributing articles that I hope have been illuminating – a recent feature was shortlisted for the 2016 Guild of Health Writers Awards, see the journalism section. And there are so many more therapies/treatments on offer now which is heartening – prescribing gardening treatment is something I’ve just written about see my blog – then there is neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and so many other tools which may be helpful in our increasingly complex and challenging world. And questions to ask about overdiagnosis, placebo – the intertwining of the body and mind and so much more.
I try to keep sane by practising Mindfulness each day, and dance (all sorts) which I love. Trees are a special passion. I’m a tree warden and very interested in the health and environmental services that trees provide for us and the need to price them in a way that recognises the benefits they provide.
Back to the past my early health pieces appeared initially in newspapers like the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent also New Statesman, see the journalism/testimonial section, but for the past 15 years or so I’ve mainly written for the health pages of women’s magazines, providing news, features and interviews. My aim has been wherever possible to research the subject thoroughly by speaking to a range of experts, interviewing people affected by the condition and consulting various sources so that readers get a rounded view. For the last few years I’ve also contributed features to Nursing Standard, e.g. ‘Consultant Role Bridges the Gap’ about people living with cancer and dementia, 26 August 2015, see my blog on the subject ‘Dementia – suffering in silence with pain’. Memberships include the Guild of Health Writers, Medical Journalists’ Association and NUJ.
See the books section to find out more about the subjects I’ve covered in greater depth.
I have a BA (hons) degree in social sciences and an MA in Public and Social Administration specialising in the voluntary sector.