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The truth behind the superfood myth

Free superfoods – hurry while stocks last  >  If you listen to all the fear-mongering research peddled in the Media, you would scare yourself to death. Just this week we are being told sad music will make you age faster, while laughing is bad for you heart. It is enough to make anyone stressed. What […]


Stick a candle in your ear and be happy!

Wicks ends for those at their wits end >?  If you want a more balanced emotional state you need to stick a lighted candle in your ear for 15 minutes. No, this is not a sketch from a Roald Dahl story, rather a new age therapy being peddled in health mags. If you believe what […]


At the root of jealousy is fear & sadness

Don’t be a slave to envy >  The view in our previous Posting that jealousy is a sign of insecurity and lack of self-confidence, attracted criticism.  Many callers disputed that jealousy is an irrational emotion. The problem is that callers to Tonic rarely give ‘jealousy’ as the cause of their misery, even though it is […]


How to overcome baby jealous

Is your new baby a threat?  >  We are told that ‘if people are jealous you are doing something right’. Unfortunately this proverb does not hold true for young children when a new addition to the family arrives. Logic goes out of the nursery window in the face of tantrums and sulks. Of course, some kids […]


It’s official – coffee IS good for you

Drink coffee and live longer >  As children we were told an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but the new well-being mantra is that coffee will give you health and longevity. We were reminded of this advice following our last Posting, when a client emailed to say caffeine is the ingredient needed to live longer. […]


Worry more and live longer

Stress your way to longevity >   If you believe research, stress is the secret to longevity. This theory is not new, but is such a concept believable? One book which argued the case is the ‘The Longevity Project’, which based its case on the supposition that not all stress is the same. It advised that if […]


Trauma does not ‘have to be a life sentence’

Fresh approach to trauma therapy >  A client this week asked for advice about Somatic Experiencing (SE). This is promoted as a non-invasive therapeutic intervention for trauma sufferers. Based on research into animal behaviour, it was developed by Peter Levine as a way of using our natural nervous system responses to relieve physical and emotional […]


Troubled tots

UK girls becoming more miserable  >  Girls in Britain are becoming more unhappy because they feel worthless and ugly. Among 10 to 15 year old girls, 14% are unhappy with their lives as a whole, and 34% with their appearance. This sad wake-up call comes from the Children’s Society which warns that misery levels are being […]


Positive mind – positive vibes – positive life

Positive thinking is a way of life >  People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. This external outlook on life is refreshing at a time when we are encouraged to look inwards in the quest for happiness. The ‘power of […]


The Fear of Freedom

Sometimes plan, but sometimes wing it >  One of our therapists who was reminiscing about her previous life organising major political conferences, said one of her jobs was organising spontaneity!  Her confession resulted in a debate as to whether we are all in danger of losing this mysterious human emotion. After all, when was the last […]