Let Kids Play Outside

Something magical happens when kids connect with nature. This weekend I celebrated my daughter’s 14-years birthday with our entire family. At one point I’m in the garden with my beautiful 3-years-old niece who was climbing trees for the first time. She is used to climbing on playgrounds, but she had never tried climbing a tree. A chair helped her reach […]

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Symptoms of depression in dogs

Just like people, all dogs are different and how their depression manifests will vary from case to case. Some dogs will simply seem to be a little flat, whereas others will exhibit a wide range of symptoms and their feelings will be quite clear. Be on the lookout for a combination of several of the following signs: *Lack of interest in food, which can range from a mild disinterest right up to a refusal to eat *Slightly slow reactions? *Not as keen to go for walks *Disinterested in play *Sleepy and listless *Clinging to their favourite person or toys more than normal *Not keen to leave the home *General flat mood It is important to note that any of these symptoms may also be symptomatic of any one of a variety of physical ailments or illnesses, and in fact, depression itself can be symptomatic of something bigger too. So it is still important to talk to your vet and ask them to check your dog over for physical problems before reaching a diagnosis of depression yourself. Causes of depression in dogs Depression in dogs really mirrors that of people- or at least, what we understand of it does. There may be no underlying root cause for depression in your dog that you can pinpoint, however a variety of factors and life events can potentially lead to your dog becoming depressed and unhappy for a time. Key triggers to look out […]

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What is restless legs syndrome?

Article from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) in USA What is restless legs syndrome? Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom Disease, causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms commonly occur in the late afternoon or evening hours, and are often most severe at night when a […]

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4 Warning Signs of Gas-Lighting.

This article describes gas-lighting nice & clearly. Thank you to Kiddy First. Gas-lighters rewrite history, deny reality, and blame you for reacting to their abuse (rather than taking responsibility for their abuse) Gas-lighting is one of the most dangerous and insidious forms of emotional abuse. Left untended, it can have long lasting effects like self-doubt, anxiety, and low self-esteem. What […]

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Fiona Elias was told she was a hypochondriac… only to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 15 years later.

I saw this on The Mail Online & thought it would interest many of you who like me, have been suffering for years with a chronic illness while wondering if I have the correct diagnosis. A mother-of-two from north London suffered for years with bouts of unexplained paralysis and weakness before she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Fiona Elias, […]

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Ice cube cravings & Iron deficiency

I saw this article about iron deficiency & some of the unusual symptoms, on the Mail Online website.  Lack of iron is the most common vitamin and mineral deficiency in the UK — at least four million Britons are affected, including one in three hospital patients and one in ten of the general population, according to research published in the […]

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