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Posts from February 2017

Just to prove that we listen to what people say (!) this week’s blog post is in response to a comment recently received from someone we know very well. (And, to avoid any embarrassment we won’t say who it is.) 
 
It went along the lines of “Why haven’t you done a blog about constipation, I’m fed up with being told to drink more water and eat more fruit and veg.” 
 
We can’t promise that we won’t mention water, fruit and veg but can guarantee that you’ll learn lots of other things as well. So, here we go (!). 
You may have heard this saying before or one like it. On one level is sounds so simple. Easy to apply. However it also conceals much greater truths. 
 
Even so it’s amazing how many people say they understand it – on an intellectual level – but don’t then apply it. Somehow it applies to everyone else but not them (!). 
 
Now we appreciate that some people will dismiss this as being far too new agey – “peace, love and pan pipes, man” – but, bear with us, it does make a lot of sense. 
 
Not only does it help explain why you encounter certain things in your life. And so gives you the power to change them if they’re not to your liking. But also why some things seem to keep happening over and over again. And who hasn’t experienced that?!? 
Placebo is a topic we’ve wanted to write about for a while but not easy to pin down. It’s one of those words that seems to be so misunderstood; meaning different things to different people. 
 
All too often it’s used as a “catch all” response to anything that goes against perceived wisdom – whatever that is (!) – particularly within the medical profession. The logic goes that whatever it is only works because it was expected to work by all those involved, both patient and practitioner. 
 
Hence it being used to explain – and at the same time dismiss – any approach outside the “accepted norm” that produces positive results. However, as so often is the case, life just isn’t that simple. 
While we may not like to admit it, humans are driven by their feelings. Positive and negative. Good and not so good. Those we’re fully aware of and those we’re not – even though they may be very obvious to those around us (!). 
 
Interestingly, most of the time people seem to be completely oblivious of this simple truth. And that’s regardless of whether they consider themselves more of a logical left brained person or an intuitive right brained one. 
 
We’re naturally drawn to people and things that make us feel “good” – or at least less “bad” (!) – and away from those that really make us feel “bad”. Since everyone’s idea of what constitutes “good” and “bad” is different; it’s not surprising that it can be difficult to fathom out the choices those around us are making. 
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