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A Grimm Tale for the times we live in

Here is a story about a king, a queen, a beautiful garden, and an evil virus Once upon a time, there was a king and queen who lived in a castle surrounded by a beautiful garden. When they were not sitting on their thrones, the royal couple liked to plant flowers and shrubs and harvest…

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Challenging formula companies

For too many years, formula companies formed strong alliances with healthcare professionals and institutions May marked the 40th anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. This Code was developed by the WHO/UNICEF to address unethical advertising practices by large formula companies that adversely affect breastfeeding rates globally. The Code…

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A recognition that we are not going through this alone

The experience of the pandemic for many of us is something close to grief I said that I didn’t think I could stick much more of this, and you answered, Tony Soprano-style, “what are you going to do?” I was paying €50 to hear that. I might as well have been talking to the postman.…

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Christmas past, present, and future

A seasonal consultation for the strange times we live in Esther looked sad as she settled herself at her kitchen table. “You caught me with my baking apron on, doctor,” she said. Behind her, a red enamel kettle stood atop the range. It looked like one that could whistle as it boiled. Fairy lights winked…

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The art of vaccination persuasion

Many anti-vaxxers are not set in their beliefs and are open to having their minds changed “Iam the second to last of 13 siblings, five of whom died of vaccine-preventable diseases in infancy. Born to poor immigrant parents, I remember well my mother’s account of the causes of their deaths. Three from pertussis and two…

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Taking a breath from the heart

Learning to re-set our physiology when we become aware of depleting emotions is a powerful life-enhancing skill Since March of this year, general practitioners have surfed the Covid-19 wave, hoping for a soft, secure landing before being overcome by the rough seas of winter. Six months later, some of us are still surfing; some are…

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Lessons from a full house

Here are 24 things I learned from my adult children during the lockdown On Friday, 27 March, the day that the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar placed the country under lockdown, our previously empty nest became a hive of activity. The prohibition on non-essential travel, the closure of pubs, clubs, gyms, cinemas and restaurants, and the…

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A good Neighbour in hard times

Consultations can still be ‘small miracles’, even with video technology “If one wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an ‘artless art,’ growing out of the unconscious.” — DT Suzuki (1870-1966), Zen Master. Dr Roger Neighbour, OBE, GP, practising Buddhist…

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The chill of the unknown

We must come to terms with living in a new uncertain world It was a beautiful spring morning. Bright, crisp sunshine dissolved the last vestiges of frost on the grass. Slievenamon lay dome-shaped and familiar in the distance, its edges blurred by a soft rising mist. The sound of birds chattering and chirruping filled the…

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The power of hope

As the healthcare system prepared for a significant rise in Covid-19 cases, Dr Lucia Gannon reflects on the momentous efforts of staff and the importance of remaining hopeful  Every day, for the past week, I have attempted to write this article, and every day I have abandoned it. It is hard to believe that less…

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