Fish on Good ‘mood’ Friday

As a Nutritional Therapist, I believe that fish is an important part of the human diet. I know there’s a wave of veganism sweeping the Western World right now, and I’m certainly not against us eating more plants. However, fish has many health benefits that we need right now….

Do Children Need Vitamins?

There’s an ongoing debate about whether we need vitamins or not. As a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve always believed that a healthy diet could be enough. If you’re eating well, there’s no need to take a supplement. Before I had children I always made sure I was eating more than 5 portions of fruit and vegetablesContinue reading “Do Children Need Vitamins?”

Diary of a Doctor on the front line – chapter 1

Alex is an Infectious Disease Registrar at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He’s also a Scientific Group Leader at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics where he specialises in looking at genetic susceptibility to certain diseases. As you already know, his focus right now is coronavirus. I’ve been recording his day-to-day events, thoughts and feelings for the past few weeks. The aim is to give insight into the wonderful work happening here in Oxford, not only by Alex, but by the amazing people at the hospital and university.

Is it Safe to Cuddle Our Children?

Alex came home from work at the hospital on Friday night feeling achy and clammy. Our immediate worry was that he’d caught coronavirus. Deep down we knew it would be inevitable at some stage. He surely couldn’t go three months working directly with covid-19 patients every single day without catching it himself, could he? EvenContinue reading “Is it Safe to Cuddle Our Children?”

Coping with Isolation Meltdown

Our son was in a bad mood this morning. He stomped around and wrecked the front room throwing everything around until it was a complete tip. We sent him into the garden to get some fresh air, but he started digging up the plants and switching on the hose. I was getting mad, telling himContinue reading “Coping with Isolation Meltdown”

How to Explain Coronavirus to a Pre-schooler

I cried in the middle of Tesco’s today. I’d just popped in for some essential items with my ‘only just’ four-year-old in tow. It happened to be approaching vulnerable people shopping hour, which is 9-10am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I’d completely forgotten until I was halfway round the shop. I’d been in my ownContinue reading “How to Explain Coronavirus to a Pre-schooler”