For Men

This week has been Men’s Health Week and I have been pondering what I would say to many Men in my life, to support them in being who they are, and in turn with their health. Here are a few things I felt to say:

Sacred Space

by Dr Amelia Stephens As I have experienced training and working in medicine, there is all manner of chaos and turmoil that can present in the space of a day’s work. Our home is our sanctuary and the place we come back to, to rest and repose at the end of the working day. It…

Lack of Appreciation: Where Does it Leave Us?

by Dr Amelia Stephens Recently, I was talking to a friend about preparing for a self-care event that she was due to speak at as part of her work role on that day. She was admonishing herself for leaving things to the last minute, and feeling the tension of not being as prepared as she…

Preciousness

by Dr Amelia Stephens Last night when going to bed, a particular word came to me to consider – and this was preciousness. This is not a word I have spent much time thinking about in the past, and was certainly not a word that I felt pertained to me. Being ‘too precious’ is something…

Who’s Paying For Lunch?

Every day, doctor’s lunch rooms around the world are filled with the aroma of various delightful foods. From pastries to sandwiches, to your favourite Thai takeaway – it’s all on offer. But who is offering, and what exactly?  The lunches I am referring to are those sponsored, paid for or conducted by pharmaceutical companies. It has become…

Big Pharma/ Bad Pharma – What is Our Way Back to True health?

Currently we are in a position in healthcare where big, billion dollar companies – including pharmaceuticals and private health conglomerates – are funding and governing many important decisions, health care models and trials for up and coming medications. More and more as people we are realising that the outcomes of many of these decisions are…

Misogyny

Misogyny means the hatred of women and the word as we know it in the English language is derived from the Greek ‘misos’ meaning hatred and ‘gyny’ relating to women, and can also be related to the female physicality expressed through the ovaries, womb (uterus) and cervix. There is a culture of misogyny that runs deep and wide…

Cyber-Abuse: A Very Real Threat to Our Health

The effect cyber-abuse has on our society is something that is emerging more and more, but is not yet fully seen for the immense damage it is creating amongst young people and adults alike. A recent global survey conducted by ‘All Rise: Say No to Cyber Abuse’ of over 12000 people showed that 3 in…

Self-Nurturing – Where to begin?

  For many the concept of self-nurturing may seem like a very foreign concept. I know for me it has been a process of unfoldment over the past few years, to get to the stage now where I know what nurturing is for me and can easily incorporate it into my day, if I so choose to (which…

Alcohol Consumption: Is There a Recommended Daily Intake?

Alcohol is a toxic substance that has many effects on the human body (Zakhari, 2006). As humans, we have been consuming it for leisure for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. We know that alcohol causes damage to the delicate tissues of our body – including of course our heart, liver and brain. As…