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We don’t mind admitting that water is one of our pet topics (!), both with clients and on this blog. 
 
While we usually focus on how much water is being drunk each day – and “no” tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and beer don’t count (!) – there’s another aspect of water which is becoming an increasing concern. 
 
It’s something we’ve all considered when travelling to faraway places. But not when we’re at home in the UK. 
 
And that’s how safe the water coming out of our taps is to drink. 
 
We know this question may invoke a rather indignant response from some – “of course the water’s safe to drink” – but is this still the case? 
Not surprisingly we’re often asked this question by people. And, to be honest, there isn’t a simple answer. 
 
Certainly not one that neatly fits into a single sentence, as all the marketing people suggest. 
 
The closest we’ve come to this is talking about offering a more natural and holistic approach to health issues. But that still isn’t very helpful. 
 
Listing the therapies we offer – which is much longer than appears on our leaflet and website – isn’t much better. Particularly if it’s the first time someone has considered the complementary approach. 
 
Nor is going to the other extreme and giving a huge amount of detail about each therapy. Unless you want a long conversation, with a great deal of confusion thrown in for good measure! 
 
The problem is that we don’t have a standard, one size fits all, approach. We don’t treat everyone in the same way. 
We know that even raising this question may be considered heresy by some – or us luddites by others (!) – but has our modern obsession with communication just gone too far? 
 
Has it transformed from a useful tool – our servant – making life so much easier, to an insatiable monster without us even noticing? 
 
And are we so distracted that we don’t actually live our lives anymore? 
 
Go out and about these days and it won’t take you long to see this modern obsession in action. People crossing the street while hypnotised by their phones. Texting or talking on the phone while driving cars, riding bikes or eating out at the restaurants. Really, doing almost anything you can think of with their phone glued to their hand or ear. 
 
Completely oblivious to what they’re doing – or those around them. 
It never ceases to amaze us how little many people know – or seem to care – about the food they eat. And how willing they are to take on trust that whatever is on the shelves of their local supermarket is safe to eat and good for them. You wouldn’t believe how often we hear this from clients… 
 
The subject of this week’s blog, MSG, is an excellent example of this. Those three little letters sound so innocuous, but is this really the case? 
 
MSG – or mono sodium glutamate – is a form of salt added to foods during processing. Not only does it help to enhance the flavour of the food, but it also acts as a preservative, so extending its shelf life. Added to this it’s cheap to produce from fermented sugar beet. 
Life, these days, seems to be a constant barrage of mixed messages. 
 
On one hand we’re encouraged to take the easy option. To be more sedentary. 
 
To use the lift rather than the stairs. Park the car as close as possible to our destination. Sit more, both at home and at work. In short, to utilise every device designed to save us time or effort. 
 
On the other we’re told to be more active, with government backed recommendations on the amount of exercise to be taken each week. 
Boundaries – or, often, lack of them (!) – is a topic we seem to hear a lot about these days. 
 
Where that “line in the sand” is. What’s acceptable to you. And what definitely isn’t. 
 
What’s interesting is how often they’re seen as a way of controlling another person. Of making them behave in the way you want them to. 
 
But this isn’t what boundaries are for at all. They’re never about controlling another person but always about protecting yourself. 
It’s been a while since the last instalment of this rather occasional series about the hidden health hazards we encounter every day. And, if we’re being completely honest, we were only reminded about it the other day by an article about rising levels of mercury in fish. 
 
While fish is one of the most common sources of mercury we regularly come into contact with, it’s interesting that two others are rarely mentioned in the press. Amalgam dental fillings and thimersol, a preservative used in many vaccines. But, before we get into the specifics, let’s talk a little bit more about mercury and why it’s a health concern. 
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about spending time alone – and how “alone” has an entirely different meaning to the one understood by most people. 
 
Since then we‘ve had some fascinating conversations with clients about some other words. Not to mention a few “ah ha” moments of our own. 
 
So, this week, we’d like to highlight a few other words you’re sure to use every day. Ones you probably don’t think twice about using. And have never stopped to wonder what they actually mean. 
One of the most common questions we're asked by clients is whether it's worth taking a multi vitamin and mineral supplement. This is usually accompanied by an assurance that they're eating a healthy diet, although it's amazing how often this differs from our idea of a healthy diet (!). But let's leave that one for another day… 
 
The widespread view – and one usually portrayed in the media – is that supplements are unnecessary. And, even worse, a waste of money. While we'd agree with the later in many instances – although not for the reasons you may think – these days even the healthiest of diets is unlikely to give all the nutrients needed for full health. 
You probably won’t be surprised to hear this, but most of the ideas for our weekly blog post come from our clients. 
 
Usually, the same topic will come up several times in a few days and we’ll take the hint and get writing. Or, more accurately, Elaine will get writing while David does editorial comment (!). 
 
Other times the hint will come from seeing several articles all on the same topic. Or in other people’s blogs. Or, perhaps, the time of year. 
 
So where did the idea for this week’s post come from? 
 
Well, from conversations we’ve had with clients this week, which have highlighted a very common myth about spending time alone. And one we’re very happy to dispel. 
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