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The Boost Box Company Knows Just What to Gift a Patient

The Boost Box Company Knows Just What to Gift a Patient

When we were contacted by Nadia, founder of The Boost Box Company, it was at a time when I had a friend who had just been diagnosed with cancer and I was going to visit her the next day and had no idea what to take her. It is a terrible sign of our times that these moments occur all too frequently and consequently, it has become a steep learning curve for most of us, to find the right words and the right gifts. The Boost Box Company was the inspiration of a family who faced just such a crisis...

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Coping Strategies and Survival Tips

Coping Strategies and Survival Tips

Coping Strategies and Survival Tips - Look, I’m going, to be honest. I am not a medical practitioner or an expert in health, nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, acupuncture, aromatherapy, reiki, reflexology, yoga, or any type of religion - traditional or otherwise. I am a mum and my daughter got ill and these are the things I did to support her. Sometimes it was based on things I read, but more often than not it was based on instinct and my overwhelming need to do anything I could that I thought would help her feel safe, protected and hopeful. All I know...

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Chemicals to Avoid

Chemicals to Avoid

Some chemicals you may wish to avoid - it’s not an exhaustive list, but as a general rule of thumb - if you can’t say it it’s probably best to avoid it. Aluminum Found in deodorant and antiperspirants could be related to an increase in breast cancer cells because of the compounds ability to mimic oestrogen in the body Artificial Colours Labelled as FD&C or D&C on the label, followed by a colour and a number. Synthetic colours are thought to be cancer-causing agents Artificial Fragrance or ParfumFound in perfumes, moisturisers, body washes, shampoos, conditioners as well as air fresheners and candles. Connected...

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Lemons - Why We Love Them

A plate of healthy lemons

Lemons - Why We Love Them

Believed to have originated in Assam, northeast India before spreading to the Middle East, Europe, and then Africa, lemons were first introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Columbus made his second voyage. The health benefits of the lemon really came to prominence in 1747 when a naval surgeon named James Lind realised that you could cure scurvy with the juice of a fresh lemon diluted in water. Some of the benefits of this humble superfood include: Rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as citric acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, fibre, flavonoids and B-complex vitamins...

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Our Family's Story

Our Family's Story

Hello, welcome to my first blog post. I thought I’d dive straight in and share our family’s story in a bit more detail in the hope it might help others who are facing a challenge. Bibi had been ill for some time - we just didn’t realise. She was losing weight, had developed a persistent cough and was complaining of feeling tired and out of breath. When I first took her to the doctors they told us it was a virus and that it would pass. A week later she went into school and fainted. This time the doctor took...

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