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Cold is for dead people!

By Steve Coster / 22nd December 2023

As I’m always saying to anyone that will listen, we should be in tune with nature and the seasons, so I’m trying to love the winter months. Although winter in the UK means short, soggy, grey days, and long cold nights. As I write this it’s the winter solstice, so I take comfort in that […]

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I’m Trying to Slooooow Down

By Steve Coster / 6th July 2023

On the weekend I met someone who has swapped their smart phone for a dumb phone; that is, a phone that just allows calls and texting, none of the bells and whistles.  And I thought to myself, could I live without my smart phone?  How many times have I found myself looking at my phone […]

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Hay Fever and Acupuncture…again

By Steve Coster / 19th June 2023

I’ve suffered with hay fever my whole life, but every year it always seems to catch me by surprise.  And this year feels exceptionally bad.  I think I’m allergic to oak pollen of all things, and grass of course.  Grass is my nemesis.  In June I only have to look at it and I’m sneezing.  […]

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Yin and Yang and Work/Life Balance

By Steve Coster / 9th June 2023

In health, balance is everything.  Even in day-to-day life we talk about balance, particularly work/life balance.  If we are out of balance, then we can feel exhausted and unwell.   And if someone does something crazy or out of character, we say they are unbalanced.  Homeostasis In Western medicine it’s called homeostasis, which is a fine […]

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It’s that time of year again!

By Steve Coster / 31st March 2023

In the UK the weather is always unpredictable of course, particularly at this time of year.  It’s never a surprise to have a heatwave one day and a snow storm the next.  In the time it has taken me to write this, it has rained then snowed and now it is sunny!  So why do […]

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The January blues are real!

By Steve Coster / 21st January 2023

Isn’t it funny how on January 1st, after several weeks of sitting around and over-indulging, we’re all expected to get down the gym and reinvent ourselves, when all we really want to do is be tucked up at home and finish the quality street!  You only have to look out the window to see that […]

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If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

By Steve Coster / 29th December 2022

Recently I listened to an interesting programme on Radio 4 from Matthew Syad called Sideways, in which he surmises that things only come into existence once they are given a name.  I find this interesting, because it is highlighted more than ever in the field of medicine.  Without being named and documented, a disease simply […]

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Defy Change at your Peril!

By Steve Coster / 8th October 2022

If there is one belief that has been reinforced in me over the last few years, it’s that change is inevitable.  Which sounds obvious really, but it can still be rubbish when it happens. Sometimes it can be quick and shocking, throwing you off kilter, leaving you reeling.  But other times it is slow and insipid, and […]

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How’s your Summer Catarrh this year?

By Steve Coster / 8th July 2022

Hayfever has nothing to do with hay or fever.  It is in fact more accurate to call it seasonal rhinitis, or seasonal conjunctivitis if the eyes are affected.  The first recorded description of hay fever was in an academic paper in 1819 by John Bostock, in which he described it as Summer Catarrh.  At the time he […]

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The Rise of Fear

By Steve Coster / 2nd April 2022

Are we addicted to fear? Watching the events in Ukraine unfold over the last few weeks is terrifying.  At times, watching the news is like watching a horror film.  I cover my eyes, but I can’t help peeking through my fingers to see what will happen next.  Too scared to watch but at the same time unable to […]

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