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It’s amazing how many conversations have followed in the wake of our recent blog post about the modern day addiction to being “busy, busy, busy”. Hearing that people have actually read the post is great but, even better, it seems to have got you thinking too! 
 
Interestingly, many of these conversations have led on to a discussion about a related addiction; that of expecting a quick fix to everything that arises in our lives. Oh, and it must be easy, and cheap too. 
 
Whether it be food, communications, getting from A to B or health improvements; the expectation is the same. We want a QUICK FIX NOW!!! Just look at the adverts in a newspaper or on the television, and you’ll find this is the box they’re all trying to tick. 
Having posted two stories on our facebook page about Candida in the last few days, it seemed like the perfect topic for this week’s blog. 
 
Oh, and in case our choice of picture this week has completely confused you, our logic goes something like this. Here in the UK it’s now autumn; time of mushrooms, fungi and yeasts – which of course include Candida. Yes, we know it’s a bit of a tenuous link, but we loved the picture! Anyway, before we digress any further, back to Candia. 
In the last few years cholesterol has been one of the media’s favourite subjects, with many column inches being devoted to it. The current focus is on statins – cholesterol lowering drugs – and proposals to automatically prescribe them to certain groups of patients on a “just in case” basis. 
 
Sadly the picture portrayed in the media that cholesterol is bad for you is only part of the story. While it is true that excess levels in the blood stream can lead to clogging of the arteries, cholesterol also plays a vital role in the overall functioning of the body. 
Last week’s post focussed on the physical side of stress. What happens to our bodies when we experience a stressful event – and how it’s changed little over the millennia. 
 
But have you ever stopped to wonder why we each have our own unique list of things that press our “stress buttons”? True, there are some things which we all tend to find stressful but, even then, you’ll still find those who are exceptions to the rule.  
 
So, if it isn’t the thing itself which is inherently stressful, what determines whether we find it stressful or not? 
Stress is the modern epidemic and scarcely a day goes by without it appearing in the papers or on the news. With it being such an ingrained part of our culture, it’s surprising that so many people struggle to explain exactly what it is. 
 
In part this is because there are so many possible causes but, more importantly, what is considered “stressful” varies from person to person. What is one person’s “enjoyable challenge” is another’s “last straw”. 
Nowhere is the advertising hype greater than in the beauty industry, with “natural” or “organic” being some of the favourite claims. But what do these words actually mean – and are they worth paying extra for? 
 
Thanks to “our friends” in Europe, you’d have thought it would have been a simple job to find some regulations setting out the criteria to be met before any of these words could be used. So did we. 
It’s amazing the number of conversations we’ve had with people about our blog post a couple of weeks ago about mindset – What do you see, the rain or the rainbow? If you missed it, just scroll down to the picture of the rainbow. 
 
This has led on to a more general discussion about happiness and what makes each of us happy. While we instantly know whether we’re feeling happy or not, it’s much harder to describe in words. Why is this? 
Here in the UK, August is traditionally known as the “silly season”. With many people away on their summer holidays, the media are busy looking for stories to fill their newspapers and news bulletins. 
 
This year the silly season has started early, with stories about Ebola sweeping across the media. From the coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that it had already reached epidemic levels and was sweeping out of control across the globe. 
 
If you’re thinking you’ve seen this all before, you’d be right. Just think about Bird Flu, Swine Flu or SARS. Go back to the 1980’s and it was HIV and AIDS. 
 
So are we saying that you should ignore Ebola and hope it’ll go away? No, of course not. 
Soaring rates of Type II Diabetes, particularly among teenagers and young adults, continue to make the news. While it’s often linked to obesity, few reports go into specifics – or mention that it can be reversed with a few simple dietary changes. 
 
So what is Type II Diabetes and why are rates soaring? 
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