It began in my mid-thirties when I started to wheeze and cough. I became breathless at the slightest exertion and repeatedly woke during the night struggling to breathe, with a tightness in my chest and coughing up a thick, slimy green phlegm. I was suffering from adult-onset asthma. It felt as if I had been … Continue reading Asthma: Who Stole My Breath?
A staggering 5.4 million people suffer from asthma in the UK. Asthma is an illness that seems to belong to modern, Western society and its prevalence has been on the increase since the 1970’s. Although mortality rates from asthma have been on the decline this is only due to the fact that asthma is now … Continue reading Asthma’s Down the Pan
Everybody knows the argument. You’re not allowed to drive a car but you can have a baby. Having a baby requires no license, no permission, no training, no exams. It’s something, given the constraints of nature, that anybody can do anytime they like. The single most important act that people do – raising a child … Continue reading “I Blame The Parents” Where do children go wrong?
Both as a society and as individuals it seems we are extremely and often rather irrationally tolerant of others. Why, when I observe people, do I not recognise the fact that in some cases their condition or lifestyle will involve a financial cost to me? Take, for example, the over-weight. We know the risks. We … Continue reading Obesity – Tolerating a Weighty Burden
In managing society, the true test as to whether we have done a good job is measured by the extent to which the following generation are in a better place than us. Are they financially better off? Do they enjoy a better lifestyle? Are they better educated? Do they have better jobs? Their homes, their … Continue reading Generational Progress
Getting the best start in life is about having a good education .…wrong. Getting the best start in life is about being offered opportunities to utilise and develop potential ….. wrong. Getting the best start in life is about being in a supportive and nurturing family environment ..…wrong. These facets may all be beneficial, but … Continue reading The Best Start in Life – Conceptual Parenting
Nobody is really too sure as to what causes asthma. Many theories have been proposed. None have proven definitive as a scientifically accepted universal explanation. This article seeks to contribute to that debate by offering a less widely recognised reason why asthma may have become so prevalent over the last half century. Pushchairs have existed … Continue reading Pushing Asthma – a possible cause?