Rachel Shackleton's blog

Menopause as Nature Intended

Menopause is a natural part of any woman’s life, not a disease as some might think.  Women can now expect to live 20-30 years past the menopause.  Quality of life is vital to enjoying these years, including abundant energy, good memory, skin and hair, as well as being able to have a good nights sleep, be free from aches and pains and have a good sex life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not the only option out there to achieve this desired life quality.  Treating menopause naturally through diet, herbs, supplements and exercise can make a huge difference to life quality.

Muscle Memory, Loneliness and Health

The recent news and discussion on the connection between ill health and loneliness is sad, whilst at the same time the root of many questions.  Humans are social animals.  Socializing in a face-to-face manner may not only be fun, stimulating, comforting and motivational, but also necessary to sustain who we are whilst essential to support a healthy mind and body.

KARAOKE AND LAUGHTER - TO BOOST THE IMMUNE?

As we come to the end of the summer season and school begins with a long awaited excitement of seeing friends again, sharing holiday news and other celebratory moments from the last six weeks, the weather also slowly begins to get colder as the sun changes its location in the sky, and the days become shorter.  This is the time when our immune system needs a little boosting to manage the change and avoid falling victim to often circulating colds and flu.

Confusing English Language - To be Bitter, Bitter Foods, Weather and People?

When looking at the word “bitter” there are many uses in the English language – to be bitter about something, to have a bitter taste, or to refer to the weather – It was bitter on top of the mountain.  Humans are not exempt from this word “bitter” as it can also be used to describe an attitude or emotion of a particular type of person or a person’s feelings on a situation  – “he is very bitter about…. “.

HOW MUCH AM I “LIKED” VERSUS PERFORMANCE ON THE SPORTS FIELD? ANTI DEPRESSANT USE IN SCHOOL CHILDREN ON THE RISE

Reported in the BBC news headlines this morning is the fact that antidepressant use, based on a doctor’s prescription is increasing dramatically in school children. The UK has seen the fastest rise in the prescribing of antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs to children, a new study of nine countries shows. In total, there were 950,000 prescriptions issued between April 2015 and March 2018.