Health Benefits of Love
Love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.
Whether you have been married for years or are single and looking for that right someone it is important to make room for love in your life. Love doesn’t just put a sparkle in your life – love can positively affect your health and wellbeing.
Love has a physical, mental and emotional impact on your life. Making time for a special someone can motivate you and help to keep you in better physical and mental shape.
Romance can bring you more than just butterflies in your stomach. It can:
- Lead to a longer life – The National Longitudinal Mortality Study, which has been tracking more than a million people since 1979 has found that married people live longer.
- Improve your Physical Fitness – Couples who exercise together have more success than people who exercise alone. Both men and women work between 12 – 15% harder when training with a romantic partner.
- Reduce Stress – People in happy relationships experience less stress and less stress means better health
- Protect your Heart – A University of Pittsburgh Study found that women in good marriages have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Hugging a loved one daily has also been linked to higher oxytocin levels and lowers blood pressure which is also great for your heart.
While LOVE can bring some surprising health benefits it is also important that you live a healthy lifestyle if you want your heart to keep loving for many more years to come.
Reduce the Risk Factors that are under your control such as smoking, excessive weight, stress, lack of exercise and poor diet TODAY. If you are in a happy relationship, why not work together to tackle those areas that you know could do with improvement. This could include a better fitness regime, improved fruit and vegetable consumption or giving up a vice – such as smoking – with proper support.
Your Chiropractor here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne can give you the advice and support you need to change and apply new health strategies. Call us to book your appointment on 01323 722499.
‘Health is the greatest possession’ – United Chiropractic Association.
Reference: Health Benefits of Love. United Chiropractic Association Press Media Statement Feb 2014
Your Eastbourne Chiropractor James
Recipes from a chiropractor
Recipes from a chiropractor you should try
With the ever-increasing trend of TV chefs, I tend to use more recipes that I find online instead of those trusted recipes shared by friends or family. Everyone goes on about how we should cook healthy at home and that you can do it even with a budget. From my previous experiences, this is easier said than done. As a chiropractor I like to be able to give advice not only about your spinal or joint problem; I also enjoy looking at a person’s overall wellness and this can be altered by what you eat.
Luckily enough, I love to cook and try new things, so I feel it’s important to pass on my recipes from a chiropractor. Today I want to share my trusted healthy turkey burger recipe. Please feel free to use and adapt for your family and friends. They are pretty simple to do and scrumptious to eat.
This recipe uses an ingredient which many people turn their nose up at- turkey mince! Yes, it can become a bit dry and not taste of much. But if you follow this healthy recipe and give it the right amount of care and attention, you’ll be a turkey mince convert in no time!
Plus, turkey mince is a fantastic source of protein- essential amino acids and is also low in fat. Just one serving of turkey provides 65 percent of your recommended daily intake of protein. Research suggests that one such amino acid- tryptophan helps to increase brain serotonin. Serotonin is an effective antidepressant in mild-to-moderate depression.
Turkey meat is also a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It is also contains a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production. So not only are you eat something scrumptious it is also healthy for your brain, mood and will increase your overall energy for that day.
- 400g turkey mince
- Juice of half a lime
- 85g fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 large ripe avocado, or 2 small
- 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- Juice 1 lime
- Small handful of fresh coriander leaves
- 4 ciabatta rolls, cut in half
- 8 hot peppadew peppers, roughly chopped
- Mix the mince, half lime juice, breadcrumbs, half each of the coriander and onion, and some seasoning until combined. Form into 4 burgers, then chill until ready to cook.
- To make the guacamole, mash the avocado with the remaining coriander and onion, the chilli and lime juice, and season.
- Heat a griddle pan or barbecue until hot. Griddle the rolls, cut-side down, for 1 min, then keep warm. Brush the burgers with the oil to keep them from sticking. Cook for 7-8 mins on each side until charred and cooked through. Fill the rolls with the burgers, guacamole and peppadews.
For more healthy recipes from a chiropractor, check out my next yummy salmon recipe.
Exercise For The Faint-Hearted
Exercise for the faint-hearted – Confession time!
Like a lot of the guests I see at Lushington Chiropractic Clinic I am not a fan of the gym. When someone suggests I exercise, my response tends to be a groan and an eye roll. However, I’ve found that keeping fit can be done in Eastbourne in many ways and some of them are even enjoyable!
My first experience of fun, organised exercise was salsa dancing near Eastbourne seafront. As a beginner, I spent more time trying not to step on my partner’s feet than anything else but it really adds to your step count. I wear a pedometer and on a ‘dancing day’ can easily do 12,000 steps. Perhaps you prefer line-dancing? Or tango? They would also be a superb way of getting fit without even realising it, as well as learning body control and balance.
Swimming is also a great way of exercising in a non-arduous way. It allows core strength to build without putting weight on the joints so is brilliant for people who prefer more gentle exercise or who don’t think they are ‘gym people’. Try it and see if you like it. If you do then Eastbourne has several pools for you including the Sovereign Centre and Motcombe Pool.
I know that working my core muscles makes them stronger, that swimming strengthens my shoulders and makes them less likely to get injured in the course of my work and that better flexibility and endurance are good things for my body. However, it is the feeling of alertness I get after a fast swim that is well worth it. I know it is that feeling which keeps me going to the pool.
So my advice is to try a few sports and exercise classes and see which ones make you look forward to doing them again, as making yourself do things is rarely sustainable unless you have incredible willpower. And even if you do have that willpower, why do exercise you don’t enjoy when there are so many fun and exciting ways of getting fitter?!
Are there any sports or classes you enjoy locally?
Exercise for the faint-hearted… it doesn’t get more fun than running a pancake race in Eastbourne!
For more exercise and health tips, read our other posts – we have plenty to keep you going.
Thanks for reading!
Maintaining healthy feet
Pay attention to your feet to keep them healthy
We all remember to brush our hair and clean our teeth but how many of us remember to pay attention to our feet? We need to maintain our feet to keep them healthy.
You might not realise the stresses and strains that we subject our feet to every single day. Poor fitting shoes, high heels, walking on hard surfaces and even just standing still can take its toll on our feet.
Your feet take the weight of your whole body so it’s easy to understand how even a small problem can quickly lead to discomfort. Foot problems can affect the way you walk and this, in turn, can cause knee, hip and back problems.
The good news is that looking after your feet can prevent most of these problems.
The better news is that there are healthcare professionals who can identify issues and help you to treat them. In particular, podiatrists have the knowledge and expertise to help you make improvements to your foot health.
- If you are going on a long walk, prepare well ahead.
- Take your shoes for a ‘trial walk’ to break them in.
- Begin your walk at a slow pace and increase speed gradually. This will give the muscles, bones tendons and ligaments that make up your feet the chance to get used to the activity.
The College of Podiatry have suggested some general tips to keep your feet feeling great.
- Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water, and dry thoroughly especially between the toes.
- Trim toenails regularly with proper nail clippers. Cut them straight across, not too short and not down at the corners as this can lead to ingrowing toenails.
- If you have dry skin, applying moisturiser before going to bed will help keep your skin supple and more resistant to injury.
- Always wear the correct fitting shoes for each exercise and surface. When buying new shoes, always try on both shoes.
- Buy shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.
- Shoes should not slip at the back and should be wide enough, there should be no pressure on the joints on the side of your foot.
- Make sure there is ½ inch (1cm) of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Wear only good quality well-fitting socks.
Marie recently featured in an article in the Eastbourne Herald ‘Accomplished Women of Eastbourne’. You can find her at Lushington Chiropractic every Thursday & Friday Morning. If you are not sure if she can help you, book in for a complimentary chat to find out.
Call 01323 722499 to book an appointment.
How worrying affects our health
DO YOU WORRY?
The other night I woke and thought to myself, “What have I to worry about?” I realised then what I have always known; we are programmed to worry. I had nothing specific I needed to get uptight about, but realised that I nearly always have something competing for my attention and worry. Then I considered how worrying affects our health.
The following morning, whilst eating my breakfast, a thought entered my mind: “What if the card machine isn’t charged when I need it?” Able to catch myself, I was able to let go and come back to the present and my breakfast. This is typical of what happens to all of us every day.
Do you worry? Of course you do. We all do, as it is our natural default position. However, when worrying gets out of control, it can lead to anxiety and panic. If excessive, worrying can affect our health by causing illness – both mental and physical.
Worry, which could also be deemed “active problem solving,” is the result of the natural evolutionary response known as ‘fight or flight’, as you focus on “what ifs” or “what could happen.”
Worrying and mental health
Persistent or chronic worrying is what doctors refer to as anxiety. It can impact on your daily life to the point that it interferes with work, relationships, sleep and appetite, and it diminishes your quality of life.
Many people who suffer from anxiety turn to smoking, drinking and drugs (over the counter or prescribed) in an attempt to get some relief from their emotions. Some people comfort eat, whilst others starve themselves. In some cases, when worrying and anxiety gets out of control, it can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.
What causes anxiety?
We humans are funny creatures, always looking outside ourselves for the answers. We look to external reasons for tension and anxiety. All kinds of worries flit in and out of our minds, such as whether:
- We will have enough food to eat
- We will be able to find a partner so that we are not destined to spend our future alone
- We will get a pay rise
- We will lose a job
- We will suffer a car breakdown
- We will be able to afford a holiday
The list of worries is endless.
We look to “things” as the source of our worries. Often, we project our mind to the future and say to ourselves, “when this happens” or “when that happens, I will be happy and have no more worries!”
Look a little closer and you will see that these external things: job, money, relationships, etc, are not the true cause of the negative emotional states of worry and anxiety.
Worries do not come from outside and are not the result of “external circumstances,” they are the result of “internal circumstances”. Worry, stress, tension and anxiety are all the result of our thoughts.
Accept worry for what it really is
A worry is nothing more than a thought. Worry occurs when our mind is “future focused”. For example, if you were confronted by a lion or tiger your worry would not be about the fact there is a lion or tiger in front of you. Your worry would be that the lion or tiger might eat you!
When you sit an exam your worry is not sitting the exam, but whether you will do well enough to pass! Worry is all about things going wrong, in other words, threats to our existence. Worry is simply a particular type of thought pattern, nothing more. Stress arises as a result of the internal stories we tell ourselves. Those with good imaginations make wonderful worriers!
By going over things in our minds we get stuck in a cycle of thinking, replaying events, projecting forward. As we ruminate over and over we become tense and experience stress. Many engage in what I call “stinking thinking!” that king of negative rumination that spirals into a very black place and which can ultimately result in clinical anxiety or depression.
Because your mind doesn’t know the difference between reality and your imaginings, the thoughts have the same results on the body no matter what. In other words, imagining an event happening causes the same physiological responses as if it were actually happening!
Those who worry experience ongoing irritability, muscle tension, concentration difficulties, indecision and agitation just as though they were actually experiencing the things they worry about. The result is a constant state of arousal, feeling “on edge,” and unable to relax. Often the mental stress will be accompanied by physical stress, headaches, neck ache, back ache, chest tightness and chest pain and so on.
When you learn to recognise worry and anxiety for what it really is, which is simply “thoughts”, it begins to lose its grip on you. With practice, it can become very simple to let go of worry.
Using mindfulness to let go of worry
To begin with, it is important to have a clear understanding of what mindfulness is:
“Paying attention to the present moment, experiencing the present moment non-judgementally, with kindness and compassion.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
The easiest way to do this is to use our breath as an anchor. Breathing in and out, paying attention to what is happening in our mind and body, becoming aware of our thoughts – the stories playing out in our minds – as well as the emotions and physical sensations as they are arising. You will soon discover that your mind has a life of its own, taking off into the future or dwelling on some past event. This is totally normal, and when you notice that your mind is no longer on the breath, notice what is on your mind at that moment. Whenever you find yourself worrying about something, note to yourself simply that you’re “just worrying.”
By doing this you begin to witness your thoughts, instead of being in your thoughts. You now have the power to choose to let them go. So notice what is on your mind at that moment and then gently let go, NOT by consciously pushing your thoughts away, but by recognising them and letting them be. As you gently turn your attention back to your breathing, pay attention to the present moment and what you’re doing. Every time you catch yourself worrying – no matter how often – you simply acknowledge, let go and return to your breathing.
Don’t fight your feelings
Eckhart Tolle, author of “The Power of Now,” reminds us, “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and whatever you resist, persists.” The emphasis is always on what is happening, not why it’s happening. It is important not to fight your feelings, simply acknowledge in a non-judgemental way without criticism, without trying to push the thoughts away.
You don’t need to spend energy fighting your thoughts, but you also no longer need to follow them and dwell on them. Simply acknowledge them, label them, put them down and move on. As soon as you struggle with the thoughts you give them power. Instead, try to observe your thoughts and worries objectively and with calmness. Simply make a mental note, without giving them any more importance or power than they deserve.
Know that you will face each situation as you come to it and deal with it then. Learn to deal with stress and difficulties more wisely, by responding rather than reacting. Learn to let go of the past and leave the future until tomorrow. Let your “future self” deal with tomorrow and let your “present self” deal with today!
Until next time, Steve.
A Step to a healthier lifestyle
A Step in the right direction to a healthier lifestyle
We can’t all be marathon runners but a walk each day is a great way to embark on a healthier lifestyle.
The latest research shows that 25 minutes of brisk walking per day could add 7 years to your life. That is a really big deal, so there is no better time to start than right now…..
At Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, the team of chiropractors, massage therapists, clinic assistants and the other practitioners decided to track their own activity with the help of pedometers. These gadgets are a great way of keeping track of how far or how little we are walking each day.
Pedometers are cheap to buy, easy to use, they clip on to your belt and away you go. The Lushington team were supplied with pedometers from Eastbourne Health Champions and in return they were asked to each make a pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Vicky White, one of the Doctors of Chiropractic, had a head start, as she already owned a pedometer.
Eastbourne is a wonderful place for people to get out and about. Even for those who can’t manage a run across the beautiful but hilly South Downs like massage therapist Kirsty Ellis, most people can manage a brisk walk along the lovely flat seafront promenade.
Walking advice from Lushington
Try to build a walk into your daily routine. If you don’t currently do much walking start off gradually and then increase the distance or minutes each time you go out. If you drive to work then try parking further away and walking the rest of the way and if you get the bus then how about getting off a stop earlier – every step counts but to get the real benefits the walk needs to be faster than a stroll! Mykel Mason, Victoria White and Caroline Mulliner our Doctors of Chiropractic walk to work most days.
From Sunday 26th September 2015 to Sunday 4th October, Sussex has its own walking festival so if you are already an experienced walker visit their website for some suggestions for Coast & Country walks. www.sussexwalkingestival.org.uk
The benefits of walking?
- It’s simple
- It’s free
- You don’t need any special equipment
- It’s one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier
- It’s ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Walking with others can be fun, so ask a friend to join you
- Eastbourne and our lovely Sussex villages have so many fabulous local walks
- Try to walk briskly for at least 30 minutes most days of the week – As well as improving your health and fitness, regular walking can help to avoid heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers
- Chiropractors also often recommend walking to help people with their back ache
Start your walk to a healthier lifestyle today.
Don’t forget your feet though! A common complaint among walkers is that their feet hurt over more substantial distances. If you are one of these people, why not check out or blog article on “Maintaining Healthy Feet” http://backblog.co.uk/health-and-advice/maintaining-healthy-feet/?
Winter Wellness at the Chiropractors
On 29th September here at Lushington Chiropractic in sunny Eastbourne (ok, it’s not sunny all of the time but you will always get a warm welcome here at our clinic) the chiropractors, clinic assistants, massage therapists and all of the practitioners will be embarking on our Winter Wellness campaign.
The aim is to take a conscious look at ourselves during Winter Wellness to see if there is anything we can do to improve our health. We will be looking at our lifestyle, trying out new activities and new healthy living ideas . . . and I will let you know how we get on at our half way point and then again at the end.
To kick start it all the Health Trainers from mytimeactive will be at the clinic from 9am – 1pm on the 29th September to measure our Body Mass Index (BMI).
This is open to our guests as well so if you’d like a free BMI test come along and join us.
The other thing that we are launching on that day is our Pedometer Challenge: our team are all being issued with pedometers curtesy of Eastbourne Health Champions. In exchange for the pedometers we will each make a healthy pledge. The practitioners may come up with their own ideas but here are just a few starters for 10 . . .
- Exercise – Using a pedometer is definitely a step in the right direction. It can be surprising how far some of us walk each day; for others it can act as a prompt for us to do a little bit more. Who will take on the challenge to get sweaty for 40 minutes twice a week? Perhaps the Beginners Beachfront Bootcamp that James Revell Doctor of Chiropractic is suggesting will spur us on?
- Forget 5 and try 7 portions of fruit and veg each day – hopefully with the help of a few good recipes we can get one or more of the team to take on this challenge.
- Water, water, water – do we all drink enough of it? We need to aim for at least 3 pints a day.
- Meditate for 15 minutes each day – Acupuncturist Rob Bowley will be giving us some tips on how to do this.
- Get adjusted – make sure we have our regular adjustments at least once per month
- Sleep, rest and recovery – Are we getting enough? Turning off the TV, computer and phone an hour earlier each night could aid our sleep.
- Massage – we have 3 massage therapists here at Lushington. For those who don’t already have a regular massage, this is an opportunity to get one booked in. Steve Clifford who practices CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) here at the clinic will be giving us a demonstration of Rhythmic Movement Massage and our massage therapist Kirsty Ellis is the lucky guinea pig.
So watch this space and we’ll post some regular updates of what we have all signed up to during Winter Wellness.
If you want to use our Winter Wellness period as the catalyst for a healthier, better lifestyle then don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne at www.chirocare.co.uk.
My First Massage Therapy Experience
Massage therapist Andy Swan works at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne. In this blog post he shares how the pain and discomfort caused by overtraining first led him to trying massage therapy as a way to help him get his health back on track.
It was over fifteen years ago now. I was kickboxing at the time and was in a state from over training. Being young and thinking that I was bullet proof, as you do at that age, I was trying my best to ignore the constant muscle aches that were simply not going away.
When I finally decided to seek help, I was very nervous about the whole process. But I soon realised that there was nothing to worry about. I was greeted and made to feel very welcome by the massage therapist who treated me, a gentleman called Ken Oeley.
In my case, it was my legs and lower back that were overly tight as a result of not consistently stretching and cooling down after training. Over time this had caused the muscles in my legs and back to freeze in an almost constant state of contraction. To make matters worse, this issue was impacting on my body’s biomechanics, causing imbalances and placing even greater strain on my muscles, joints and ligaments.
Ken ran me through this and explained how the massage would help. However, he was quick to point out that it was equally important that I started consistently cooling down and stretching after training. If I didn’t, he warned me that I would risk undoing all the work that he was doing or that, at the very least, it would significantly prolong the course of treatment required.
The massage it self was great with lots of deep tissue work to start to break down adhesions between muscles and fascia. I was also pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t the excruciatingly painful experience I had been expecting. Sure, there was a bit of tenderness after a session but I found that I enjoyed the feeling of flexibility and mobility that came after a session. Ken did a lot of stretching and frictional work to help break down the matted mess that I had let the tissue become. At the end I felt great at least fifty percent better and my movement patterns felt much freer and easier. This continued to improve with each following treatment.
I had been told many horror stories about how the massage would be hell and I would feel like I had been hit by a train the next day none of this was the case. The next day felt great which in turn motivated me to get on top of stretching and getting a really good cool down routine done daily.
Sugar Vs Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar Vs Artificial Sweeteners
The largest proportion of disease within the western world is that caused by excessive inflammation. Dietary sugars and refined flours are the biggest triggers of inflammation. Eating refined sugar weakens your immune system and promotes yeast overgrowth and yeast overgrowth plays havoc with your immune system – it is a vicious circle. It also causes spikes in your insulin levels causing disruption with your bodies biochemistry leading to chronic and persistent inflammation.
With this in mind, many people often ask if trading in their sugar intake for artificial sweeteners will benefit their health. But the answer is that sweeteners present many of the sale pitfalls as sugar. Yet many shoppers are sucked in by advertising slogans such as “no sugar”, thinking that what they are eating or drinking is better because there isn’t sugar present.
READ the ingredients LABEL!
The truth is that you should try to AVOID most sugars and natural sweeteners as much as possible. This includes corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maltodextrin, dextrose, molasses, rice milk, white grape juice, fruit juice sweetened, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, date sugar, cane sugar, corn sugar, beet sugar and lactose.
Artificial sweeteners also cause insulin spikes as well as disrupt the normal hormonal and neurological signals that control hunger and the feeling of fullness after eating (satiety). They are likely to cause a slowing of your metabolism, and trigger you to consume more foods and more calories – all these things lead to weight gain.
You should not consider artificial sweeteners to be a healthier substitute for sugar. My advice is to start being more aware of what is in your food and drink and stay away from Aspartame, Sucralose, and sugars such as Xylitol and Malitol unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become addicted.
Yet cutting down on sugar and sweetened food is easier said than done. Many people are addicted to sugar and will find it hard to cut it out completely. As a very general guideline, you should aim to eat food that contains lower levels of sugar – often indicated when sugar is no higher than 4th or 5th on the ingredient list. For optimal health, however, it is advisable to avoid all sugars on a permanent or semi-permanent basis.
Is it possible to cut out sugar and sweeteners?
The first few days are always the hardest when cutting sugar from your diet. Often, people relapse because missing out on sugar leaves them feeling grotty while the body tries to stabilise blood sugar levels. In fact, it is not much different than someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol kicking the habit.
But it seems more socially acceptable to go back on to the sugar than it does to relapses after going cold turkey. Keep working on it every day and keep this in mind PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION.
Getting the help and support of an experienced healthcare professional such as a chiropractor is a great start if you are looking to make a change to your lifestyle and nutritional intake. Due to the holistic nature of chiropractic care, chiropractors are well versed in nutrition and the best techniques to achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle.
If you are based in Eastbourne and are looking to make an appointment with a qualified chiropractor, visit Lushington Chiropractic or call us on 01323 722499.
What could you do to change your health tomorrow?
You can start to change your health and remove bad habits whenever you feel ready
Life is all about choice and making decisions. If you choose, tomorrow could be the day you start to get up earlier, read more, exercise regularly, eat better and worry less. That is the beauty of every new day, it is a free gift for you to use as you wish.
You have the ability to change your health each and every day. If you make enough of those small changes over time then you may start to notice a bigger transformation occurring – one that your body will thank you for.
A simple thing like having a regular raw juice first thing in the morning can do a lot more than just nourish your body. It can focus you on having a healthy day. Starting with a positive action can keep you on that same path throughout the day. It can help focus the mind and the person to make better choices throughout the day, it can give you motivation to exercise more, it may put you in a better mood on your commute to work, it may start to make you more grateful for what you have and where you are going.
With a more positive mindset and a proactive approach to your lifestyle, you can find joy and contentment. You may even develop a confidence that helps you in your relationships with others. Often, taking steps to bring about change can unlock a creative edge as you begin to think outside of the norm on a more regular basis.
These are just some of the health benefits I think juicing regularly brings to me and my life. It is a small change that I have made, yet when I think about how it has brought about bigger changes it’s quite mind-blowing. Those effects can be far reaching and even influence parts of my life I would never have associated with making and drinking a juice in the morning.
Here is the one I made today:
1 large Beetroot
1 small Orange
2 large handfuls of Spinach
Making a change to your health doesn’t have to be a grand gesture
If you are looking to change your health, it can be helpful to speak to a health professional to share ideas and explore how improvements can be easily integrated into your daily routine. Making a change to your health does not always have to be a complete overhaul of diet, exercise regime and lifestyle. It can instead begin with a small tweak that leads to other baby steps. The accumulation of these changes over time is where you will really see the difference.
Even a simple step like reading Back Blog can help you to change your mindset when it comes to wellbeing. If one person takes something positive from the articles we contribute here, then it is a worthwhile endeavour.