Fear is a Dangerous Thing, Live Fearlessly

Fear is a dangerous thing: A report by the US National Council on Aging (NCOA) called ‘COVID-Driven Isolation Can Be Dangerous for Older Adults’ published in March 2021 found that the effects of social isolation among older adults may be more pronounced and have more dire consequences than among people of other ages. Kathleen Zuke, […]

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Mask Mandates are Harmful to Children

Mask Mandates are Harmful to Children: It is reasonable to expect any health related intervention on the public at large to be justified, proportional, undergo a harm-vs-benefit review, be informed and consented to. Where restrictions for health purposes are still considered necessary, they should not be applied equally across entire populations as one size does […]

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Older adults, fear, freedoms and germs

In early 2020 when the WHO declared a virus pandemic governments around the world, introduced a number of restrictive measures that included reducing social mixing in the community, not having friends and family visiting the house, and minimising the use of public transport. Individuals with certain high-risk conditions and older adults  were advised to not […]

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Digital Detox, Children, Parents and Schools

In her report called ‘The Impact on Mental Health of Children and Young People During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic’ published in July 2021, Sarah Foster, a UK based play and creative art therapist, emphasises that “Those concerned with the over-use of screens and its effects on children’s brain development, mental health and coping abilities […]

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Isolation and Loneliness are Harmful

“Human beings are social creatures. Our connection to others enables us to survive and thrive. Yet, as we age, many of us are alone more often, leaving us vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness—and related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression, and heart disease.” This is the central point made in research published by […]

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Health Mandates, Children, Parents and Screen Time

In her report called ‘The Impact on Mental Health of Children and Young People During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic’ published in July 2021, Sarah Foster, a UK based play and creative art therapist, noted that children and young people have had an increased exposure to non-ionising radiation as a result of health mandates. Chris […]

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Children, Parents and Health Restrictions

“Children and young people’s mental health has been declining throughout the past few decades with little being done to address this. The problems have not gone away but have only intensified under the more recent restrictions and lockdowns. The consensus is that children’s mental health is suffering and depression is increasing.” This is one of […]

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The Human Microbiome & the Wilderness Within

We consider natural wilderness to be the wild places in nature and ignore the desolate wilderness that is the urban areas we live in. There is another wilderness hiding in plain sight and that is the wilderness within. Scientists have identified a number of human body systems and more recently, the human microbiome. The skeletal system […]

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Mycorrhizal Fungi, How Plants Communicate

Next time you are walking in a forest, woodland or just open countryside on undisturbed fertile ground consider that there is more activity and biodiversity below the ground than what you can see above it. Amongst the vibrant range of lifeforms is a mostly microscopic network of fungi. Fungi are a distinct kingdom from plants. […]

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Soils and Life Beneath the Ground

There is more life beneath the ground than you know. Healthy soils contain a vibrant range of life forms such as protozoa, nematodes, mites, springtails, spiders, insects, bacteria, fungi, earthworms and numerous burrowing animals. This rich biodiversity plays a vital role in mitigating climate change, neutralising pests, purifying and storing water, providing antibiotics and preventing […]

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