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                                                                                                               Kate O’Reilly                            Cheryl Cole is a high-profile victim of malaria, but there are many
                                                                                                               WHAT’S ON                                ways to protect against the disease, reports Arlene Harris
                                                                                                         ■ SPIRITUAL TALK: There will be a free
                                                                                                         spiritual talk on The Key to Happiness,
                                                                                                         as well as a guided meditation and spir-
                                                                                                         itual music with Indian monk Br                     Serious strain
                                                                                                                                                         W
                                                                                                         Shubamrita Chaitanya, a disciple of Am-
                                                                                                         ma, next Monday at 7:30pm in The Gre-
                                                                                                         sham Metropole Hotel, Cork, doors
                                                                                                         open at 7pm. (Known as The Hugging                                  HEN Cheryl Cole bowed                                            STAR              treatment quickly enough,” he says. “So if
                                                                                                         Saint, Amma will visit Dublin later this                            out of her X-Factor com-                                         ILLNESS:          you experience flu-like symptoms after re-
                                                                                                         year.)                                                              mitments earlier this                                                              turning from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or
                                                                                                            Shubamrita will also speak in Dublin         month, no-one was surprised to hear that                                             Cheryl Cole       South and Central America, make sure you
                                                                                                         this Sunday, July 18 at 5.30pm in St            the singer was suffering from exhaustion.                                            who is            seek medical advice immediately.
                                                                                                         Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan. Both           But just hours after the initial statement,                                       recovering          “Alert your doctor to the fact that you
                                                                                                         talks are free and children are welcome.        a spokesperson for the star announced                                                from malaria      may have contracted malaria. And be
                                                                                                         For more details contact Brendan on             that she had been detained in hospital af-                                           has put the       vigilant as some forms of the disease may
                                                                                                         086-825 6110 about the Cork talk; or Liz        ter being diagnosed with malaria.                                                    spotlight on      take up to six months to surface.
                                                                                                         on 087-945 0912 in Dublin. More infor-             Having recently returned from a holiday                                           the disease.        “There is no vaccine for malaria. Several
                                                                                                         mation on www.ammaireland.org                   in Tanzania with friend Derek Hough, the                                             Picture: Zak      are in trials but are only about 50% effective
                                                                                                                                                         X-Factor judge was struck down with the                                              Hussein/PA Wire   at best. Many of us are working on research
                                                                                                         ■ TRAIL TREKKER: “I’ve done it, so can          potentially fatal disease.                                                                             to try to improve on this rate but, in the
                                                                                                         you!” said Dr Mark Hamilton, who ac-               The past week was tense for her family                                                              meantime, it is vital for people to be aware
                                                                                                         cepted the Oxfam Trailtrekker challenge         and friends as a vigil was held by her bed-                                                            of the dangers.”
                                                                                                         in 2009 and hopes to participate again          side, but on Monday the 27-year-old was                                                                  The Gates Foundation is currently work-
                                                                                                         this year. The closing date is Friday, Ju-      moved from intensive care and is now said                                                              ing towards eradicating malaria in the de-
                                                                                                         ly 23, and already 100 teams are on             to be recovering slowly. While she had a                                                               veloping world by helping to fund research
                                                                                                         board for the 100km trek which takes            lucky escape, many others are not so fortu-                                                            for a safe, effective and affordable vaccine to
                                                                                                         place over 36 hours through the                 nate, with more than a million people dy-                                                              be available by 2025. (For more information
                                                                                                         Mourne mountains and Cooley peninsu-            ing each year. In Ireland, between 90 and                                                               visit www.gatesfoundation.org.)
                                                                                                         la on September 4 and 5. Last year par-         120 cases are diagnosed each year.                                                                          To minimise your risk of contracting
                                                                                                         ticipants raised more than 360,000,                Professor Samuel McConkey, head of                                                                     malaria, experts advise you to:
                                                                                                         making it Oxfam Ireland’s top fundrais-         the Department of International Health                                                                     ■ Visit your GP and organise anti-
                                                                                                         er. Dr Hamilton, who presents RTE’s             and Tropical Medicine at the Royal Col-                                                                    malarial tablets and take as prescribed.
                                                                                                         Health of the Nation, said: “If you want        lege of Surgeons in Ireland, says malaria is                                                           ■ Spray insecticide on netting over
                                                                                                         to be part of something special, I’d urge       a very serious condition and anyone travel-                                                                 doors and windows of accommodation.
                                                                                                         you to get together a team of four              ling to affected countries should take every                                                                ■ Make sure bed is surrounded by
                                                                                                         friends, family or colleagues.” There           precaution necessary.                              ing near Mount Kilimanjaro where the                     netting which has been treated with
                                                                                                         will be a training walk for registered             “Malaria is a life-threatening disease, but     deadliest form of malaria is very common.           Deltamethrin.
                                                                                                         teams in Carlingford on Saturday, July          it starts off like influenza,” he says. “If not    Up to 50% of holidaymakers don’t bother             ■ Wear long sleeves and trousers tucked
                                                                                                         24. For more details visit www.ox-              treated quickly it could rapidly cause kid-        taking their medication as they don’t think         into socks, especially at night.
                                                                                                         famireland.org/trailtrekker.                    ney, lung, brain and heart failure.”               anything will happen to them, but I would
                                                                                                                                                            The professor says Cole had been holi-          advise anyone travelling to areas like this to      ■ For more information visit www.healthy-
                                                                                                         ■ PRANIC HEALING: Pranic Healers                daying in an area notorious for malaria and        ensure they take every precaution.                  travel.ie
                                                                                                         Colm Scanlon and Helen Geary will give          is likely to have caught the most serious of         “Malaria is a major world killer, but most        ■ To help purchase treated mosquito nets
                                                                                                         a Guided Meditation session, called             the four strains of the disease — plasmodi-        people who die from the disease do not get          for families in affected areas visit
                                                                                                         Twin Hearts in Cork city, at Unity Yoga,        um falciparum. “I believe she was holiday-                                                             www.irishaid.gov.ie
                                                                                                         22 Patrick’s Hill, on the third Wednesday
                                                                                                         of every month at 8pm. Helen is offer-
                                                                                                         ing a free taster meditation on the first
                                                                                                         night, Wednesday next. For qualified
                                                                                                         pranic healers, there is also the oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                HEALTH NOTES
                                                                                                         tunity to practise with fellow pranic
                                                                                                         healers afterwards. More information is
                                                                                                         available on www.pranichealerire-             SKIN from people with Parkinson’s is to be                                                                                   SPOON BLOW: Babies
                                                                                                         land.com or from Helen on                     used to grow the brain cells associated with                                                                                 may no longer get a
                                                                                                         086-1266550.                                  the disease.                                                                                                                 teaspoon of medicine if
                                                                                                                                                         The skin cells will be genetically reset to                                                                                new research findings
                                                                                                         ■ TOUR DE PICNIC: Join one of the             “zero” before being launched on a new                                                                                        are followed through. A
                                                                                                         most exciting cycling events in Ireland       development path.                                                                                                            report suggests
                                                                                                         this year for the 2Wheels Tour de Picnic        Scientists hope to use them to grow neu-                                                                                   syringes deliver a
                                                                                                         fundraising cycle to the Electric Picnic in   rons that produce the brain-signalling                                                                                       proper dosage. Picture:
                                                                                                         aid of Temple Street Children’s Universi-     chemical dopamine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Getty Images
                                                                                                         ty Hospital on Friday, September 3. By          Parkinson’s disease is said to be triggered
                                                                                                         taking on this cycling and fundraising        when dopamine neurons die off, upsetting
                                                                                                         challenge you will be helping to raise        the control of muscle movements.
                                                                                                         funds for Temple Street and their cur-          A team led by Richard Wade-Martins,
                                                                                                         rent Neurosurgery Appeal to assist chil-      head of the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease
                                                                                                         dren suffering from serious brain and         Centre, plans to recruit more than 1,000
                                                                                                         spinal conditions. In return, you will re-    patients with early stage symptoms.
                                                                                                         ceive a ticket to the festival, as well as
                                                                                                         remaining true to the eco friendly phi-       PEOPLE with big heads may be protected if           life, since the brain reaches 93% of its final       best of fashion and fun. The event takes place
                                                                                                         losophy of the picnic. For further infor-     they develop Alzheimer’s disease, a study           size at age six.”                                    in St Finbarr’s Hurling and Football Club,
                                                                                                         mation please visit www.templestreet.ie       suggests.                                                                                                Togher, Cork, on Wednesday July 21, 8pm.
                                                                                                                                                          Scientists found that large-headed individu-     AN ESTIMATED 10% of the population suf-              Tickets cost 20. For details contact event or-
                                                                                                         ■ HEART CLINIC: The Irish Heart Foun-         als with Alzheimer’s have better memory and         fers from tinnitus, with a growing number            ganisers Martha Phelan 086-0712562 or
                                                                                                         dation will hold a free blood pressure        thinking skills than sufferers with smaller         of young people presenting with the symp-            Thérèse Deasy 087-9210022.
                                                                                                         and cholesterol testing clinic at the         heads.                                              toms. The Cork Tinnitus Support Group
                                                                                                         Family Resource Centre, Faranree, Cork           The difference can be seen even when the         has just launched its own website —                  GIVING a teaspoonful of medicine to your
                                                                                                         on Wednesday next from 2.30 to 4pm.           amount of brain cell death is the same in           www.corktinnitus.com. The group meets                children may soon be a thing of the past.
                                                                                                         For more details call their Cork office on    both groups.                                        on the last Saturday of each month in the            According to US and Greek researchers
                                                                                                         021-4505822, or if you have questions            Study leader Robert Perneczky, from the          Cork Deaf Association, MacCurtain St. It             household teaspoons vary widely in size and
                                                                                                         about stroke or heart disease you can         Technical University of Munich in Germany,          also runs a help-line on Wednesdays from             can lead to over and under dosing.
                                                                                                         contact the Helpline: 1890 432787.            said: “These results add weight to the theory       10am to 12.30pm. For details phone: 021-               In a survey of 25 households, the largest
                                                                                                                                                       of brain reserve, or the individual capacity to     4505944.                                             teaspoon was three times the size of the
                                                                                                         Items for inclusion in this column            withstand changes in the brain.                                                                          smallest.
                                                                                                         can be sent to koreilly8@gmail.com               “Our findings also underline the impor-          A SUMMER fashion show in aid of the                    To deliver the exact dosage, the team
                                                                                                                                                       tance of optimal brain development early in         Niall Mellon Township Trust promises the             urged parents to use syringes.

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                                                                                                                   THE SHAPE I'M IN                                           Mary Coughlan                                              BECOME AN NCEF
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                                                                                                                   T’S an understatement to say Mary Coughlan has
                                                                                                                   been through a lot. Off alcohol for 16 years now,     Colm McCarthy’s Let The Great World Spin — it’s full               NFQ Level 6, EQF Level 5
                                                                                                                   there was once a two-year period when she went in-    of hope.
                                                                                                           to hospital 32 times.                                                                                                        Qualify and Progress with the best
                                                                                                              “What got me through? I suppose the will to survive is     What’s your favourite smell?
                                                                                                           the strongest of all. But when I stopped drinking, I did it   I really like lime oil.                                         Weekend Courses commencing in
                                                                                                           for my kids. At the end of the day, they barred the door                                                                             Cork October 2010.
                                                                                                           on me,” says the 54-year-old, whose children range in age     Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
                                                                                                           from 34 to 13. “Something happened to make me stop the        Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. I wonder constantly                     LMA Funding Available.
                                                                                                           drink. The penny dropped. They say in AA that it’s a spir-    about those two — what they do in the morning when             For more details contact 061 202829.
                                                                                                           itual thing — I believe it is.”                               they get up, what they think about.
                                                                                                              More recently, Mary has had her share of sunshine. She
                                                                                                           met John, her partner from New Zealand, while doing a         What would you change about your appearance?
                                                                                                           Billie Holiday tour in Australia and New Zealand. “He         I’d love to totally dispense with my glasses, though I’m
                                                                                                           was doing the lights for the show. That was that — love at    not so pushed that I’d get an eye operation. I wish I was a
                                                                                                           first sight.”                                                 bit slimmer but I’m working on that.
                                                                                                              Mary plays Kinsale Arts Week on this Sunday, July 18, at
                                                                                                           Actons Hotel. (Log on to www.kinsaleartsweek.com).            When did you last cry?
                                                                                                                                                                         About a week ago, about some family stuff.
                                                                                                           What shape are you in?
                                                                                                           I’m in very good shape. I’ve just done an MOT and I’m         What trait do you least like in others?
                                                                                                           grand. My cholesterol’s normal. I’m a bit overweight,         Small-mindedness and meanness of spirit.
                                                                                                           though I lost 17lb with Unislim over a period of six
                                                                                                           weeks. I go to Curves three times a week and I walk four      What trait do you least like in yourself?
                                                                                                           times a week for at least an hour. My aim is to lose the      I wish I wasn’t so hard on myself. Also, I fly off the han-
                                                                                                           next stone. Then I’ll be grand.                               dle a little too easily but I’m really getting much better
                                                                                                                                                                         about that.
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                                                                                                           I was a vegetarian for 12 years and ate a very strict mac-    What would cheer up your day?
                                                                                                           robiotic diet at one stage. Then I found the rasher — it      Last night, it was looking at the moon in the sky. Today,


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                                                                                                           drove me crazy. Now, I eat a very vegetable-based,            it’s just sitting among magnificent trees and butterflies.
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                                                                                                           cook a family dinner every Sunday, for up to 10 people.                                                 Helen O’Callaghan



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                                                                                                               An infant’s instinct to explore can be hazardous. Kya deLongchamps says                                                                                              simple measures and the right household devices can prevent a serious accident


                                                                                                               Where tiny tots dare to wander
                                                                                                                                                                       B             ABIES and toddlers are equipped
                                                                                                                                                                                     with an instinct to explore, to
                                                                                                                                                                                     bravely go where no
                                                                                                                                                                       18-month-old has gone before. Up on their
                                                                                                                                                                       hands and knees (even one will do) and lev-
                                                                                                                                                                       ered to their feet, the infants’ curiosity is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             POISONING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ■ Everything goes straight to baby’s sensory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             central — its mouth. Bathroom products, un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             like other household solutions, will not have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             any trickery to their lids. Put cosmetics,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cleansing products and detergents out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                70.5-109cm and comes in an attractive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                beech. Www.babyaccessories.ie. 39.99.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pressure-indicator models start at around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  68.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ■ On hard flooring, bare feet have more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                traction than socks.
                                                                                                                                                                       driving their little brains into increasingly         reach.                                                                                                                                                                                                             ■ Babies should never be left, for even a
                                                                                                                                                                       perilous adventures. Every parent knows life          ■ All adult and child medicines and acces-                                                                                                                                                                         moment, on a couch or chair. A wriggle
                                                                                                                                                                       becomes the spaces between head bangs and             sories should be locked in a medicine cabinet                                                                                                                                                                      sideways and they can have a significant
                                                                                                                                                                       skinned knees, until their child’s motor and          that is known by older children to be out of                                                                                                                                                                       fall.
                                                                                                                                                                       reasoning skills improve.                             bounds, and a life-changing transgression if                                                                                                                                                                       ■ If you are carrying a baby up the
                                                                                                                                                                          Even then, older children see little differ-       they ignore your wishes.                                                                                                                                                                                           stairs, don’t carry anything else that will
                                                                                                                                                                       ence between the clambering equipment in a            ■ Every kitchen drawer and cupboard (bar a                                                                                                                                                                         engage your free hand. If you fall, you’ll
                                                                                                                                                                       playground and the high obstacles to be               low, well-staged children’s cookery or crafting                                                                                                                                                                    need it to grab the rail, or to stop you
                                                                                                                                                                       scaled around the house. It’s a challenge, and        drawer) should be out of bounds. A blanket                                                                                                                                                                         landing on your little one.
                                                                                                                                                                       its enticement will outweigh every stern-             ban is better than expecting them to remem-                                                                                                                                                                        ■ Don’t neglect window and door locks
                                                                                                                                                                       ly-worded conversation or loud ‘no, no, no’,          ber the no-go areas.                                                                                                                                                                                               on landings and other transition zones,
                                                                                                                                                                       all filtered out of a still undeveloped brain.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           these distant areas can be the stage for less
                                                                                                                                                                          Simple safety measures, forethought, and              SCALDS AND BURNS                                                                                                                                                                                                expected tragedies.
                                                                                                                                                                       good habits around the house protect child               ■ A baby’s skin is up to 15 times thinner                                                                                                                                                                       ■ Infant walkers can walk a child right
                                                                                                                                                                       visitors to your home from injury or worse,              than an adult’s. If you’re not sure your craggy                                                                                                                                                                 into danger, and many children are soon
                                                                                                                                                                       but nothing takes the place of constant super-           adult elbow is up to a 46C reading (36-38C                                                                                                                                                                      speeding across a wood floor like Michael
                                                                                                                                                                       vision.                                                  for babies), buy a thermometer to test the                                                                                                                                   Picture: Getty Images              Schumacher, launching themselves cheer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bath water. Ideal Standard Alto Ecotherm                                                                                                                                                                        fully off split-level platforms. It’s a super-
                                                                                                                                                                       CRUSHED FINGERS AND TOES                                 thermostatic control tap keeps the tap cool,                                                                                                                                                                    vised activity, if you read the small print
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ Doors are the finger-crushers and
                                                                                                                                                                       toe-snaggers par-excellence.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 while the temperature-limit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 stop control allows the water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Simple safety measures, forethought and good                                                                                                     on the box.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ■ The hearth edge can be made safer in
                                                                                                                                                                       Their vice-like action can be
                                                                                                                                                                       mitigated with hinge covers,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 temperature to be set to a cer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tain level, 198. Don’t allow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      habits around the house protect all child visitors to your                                                                                                the event of falls, with an edge guard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                from CleverMama, which attaches with
                                                                                                                                                                       jams (put two on each side to
                                                                                                                                                                       paralyse the door), and stop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 small children to fill the bath.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ■ Never cook with a baby in             home from possible injury or even death, but nothing                                                                                                   3mm tape (46cm lengths). Www.babyac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cessories.ie, 22.99. An enclosing fire-
                                                                                                                                                                       pers in a variety of designs for
                                                                                                                                                                       just a few euro from any DIY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 your arms or in a sling. Place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 them close by, but at a safe                   takes the place of close, constant supervision                                                                                                  guard is a must and Argos does a solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                model that extends up to 152cm. 32.
                                                                                                                                                                       shop. Clippasafe door stoppers                                            distance from splashes or the                                                                                                                                                                  ■ Would you want your child strapped
                                                                                                                                                                       just fold over the door edge,                                             consequences of dropping hot                                                                                                                                                                   to a catapult and dropped from a height?
                                                                                                                                                                       and are priced at 2.50 per                                                food, or heavy articles, while                                                                                                                                                                 Baby bouncers are intended for floors, not
                                                                                                                                                                       stopper.                                                                  you work.                          al Standards Authority of Ireland has a handy       ■ The bed is not a trampoline or resting             wound into a cable tidy. As you work, exam-        counters or seating.
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ In new furnishings, look                                                ■ Front-mounted cooker             tip sheet with advice on the new safety stan-       place for unsupervised babies. If you have to        ine the condition of cables for any breaks or
                                                                                                                                                                       for soft-closing mechanisms                                               controls must feature              dards for blinds, and how to retro-fit any          stop during changing, leave the baby on the          loose connections.                                CUTS
                                                                                                                                                                       less likely to trap fingers.                                              child-proof covers, and it’s       blinds that have a dangerous, continuous            floor.                                               ■ Ensure any fuse box (if your house is old       ■ Appliances with embedded, sharp
                                                                                                                                                                       Where you cannot lock draw-                                               wise to shut the cooker off at     loop: at www.nsai.ie.                               ■ Television sets have increased to enor-            enough to have a real fuse box) has a residual    tools and blades can be quickly disem-
                                                                                                                                                                       ers, drawer stops will interrupt                                          the wall, when not in use.         ■ Always note the age-appropriate tag for           mous size and, as their profile has slimmed to       current device fitted (RCD). A RECI quali-        bowelled by a curious child. Lock them
                                                                                                                                                                       any sly infant explorations. A                                            ■ Place pans at the back of        the toys and furniture you buy for your             chic proportions, they can be unsteady. En-          fied electrician can attach one to your mains     away with the knives.
                                                                                                                                                                       six-pack of Clippasafe drawer                                             the stove top and ensure all       child’s room, and plumb your knowledge of           sure the stands your television is supported by      board.                                            ■ Take a close look at the way you place
                                                                                                                                                                       locks start at 2.95 for a                                                 hot, kitchen devices, from ket-    your child’s individual maturity into the           are rock solid. Use the designated wall              ■ Keep drinks away from TVs, DVD play-            your furniture. Pieces set under windows
                                                                                                                                                                       three-pack.                          Picture: Getty Images                tles to toasters, are out of       equation, adding years, if nec-                                     mounting for your model of           ers, stereos, speakers, computers,                                    can give handy access to
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ Reclining chairs with                                                   reach, including that alluring     essary, to ban their use.                                           television, or pay for a profes-     games consoles and other electri-                                     a little monkey, and a
                                                                                                                                                                       pop-out foot supports have                               cord. The Lion Heart stove guard provides a         ■ Don’t allow dine-and-dash                                         sional installation.                 cal items. Charger cords are ‘live’.                                  lofty dresser with attrac-
                                                                                                                                                                       strong mechanisms that can crush limbs and               polycarbonate shield across the front of the        behaviour. A lollipop shoved                                                                             ■ DVD slots are a favourite post                                      tive ornaments on shelv-
                                                                                                                                                                       trap a child’s head. Disable the handle and              stove that only you can reach beyond.               down the throat after a fall                                             SHOCKS AND FIRE                 box for babies to ‘feed’ the unit                                     ing can become a climb-
                                                                                                                                                                       fold up when not in use.                                 61-91cm, and self-adhesive. 29.99. The              could prove a silent killer. Ask                                       ■ Don’t give tiny children        sodden biscuits. Lindam do a                                          ing frame when you dart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Clevamama oven door lock is heat-resistant          your children to eat downstairs,                                       plug-in toys connected to the     range of flexible play pens that                                      to answer the phone.
                                                                                                                                                                       WATER SAFETY                                             and attaches to that primary knob: 4.99.            while seated in full view, when                                        mains. They may take out the      can also be used to gate off vul-                                     ■ Block single-pane,
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ It takes less than 5cm of water to drown a ■ Fireplaces, including wood- and coal                          they are very young.                                                   plug or remove the lead,          nerable areas and open plan room                                      glazed internal doors
                                                                                                                                                                       young child. Letting children bathe together             burners, are hot spots for gruesome accidents.                                                                             putting in their mouths and       spaces. 99.99, Argos.                                                 with furniture or replace
                                                                                                                                                                       is delightful, but don’t expect a toddler to             A full surround and close supervision are the       FALLS AND FELLINGS                                                     causing serious injury.                                                                                 the unit with toughened
                                                                                                                                                                       monitor a baby while you answer the phone.               bottom line. Don’t leave fire-starting materi-      ■ Tall, top-heavy cupboards,                                           ■ Install a mains-operated        FALLS AND TRIPS:                                                      glass.
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ A shower tray can fill with a pool of wa-              als, including lighters, matches and splin-         including high-boys, dressers,                                         smoke alarm with battery             Walking is just a form of arrest-                                  ■ Table edges can be
                                                                                                                                                                       ter quickly and the tray itself is perilously            ter-laden kindling, where it can be reached.        and wardrobes have been re-                                            back up on every level of         ed falling, and simple trips ac-                                      made at least softer with
                                                                                                                                                                       slippy. Supervision for children under six is            ■ Central heating radiators can be very hot.        sponsible for many accidents                                           your home, including the          count for the greatest number of                                      the addition of corner
                                                                                                                                                                       critical, and even older children should be              As they are intermittently hot and cold, a          with young children.                                                   bedroom areas. Test it at least   accidents in young children. Cir-                                     cushions, bought in
                                                                                                                                                                       within earshot while bathing or showering.               child cannot gauge their safety. If you can’t          The open bottom drawer acts                                         once a month, replacing bat-      culation areas, often hurried                                         packs of four. For slim
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ Use a non-slip bath mat and forbid chil-               block the children reaching a radiator, box it      like a treadle, pitching the unit                                      teries bi-annually, even if the   through in by a head-heavy                                            edges on, say, a glass
                                                                                                                                                                       dren from standing in the bath.                          in with an attractive, DIY cabinet.                 forward or unbalancing the top                                         alarm is working. A carbon        two-year-old, are key areas to                                        coffee table, try foam
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ The toilet is a treasure chest of complete                                                                 section, sometimes with fatal                                          monoxide alarm is best placed     consider.                                       Picture: Getty Images pipe insulation covers,
                                                                                                                                                                       fascination. It can be kept closed with a sim-           CHOKING HAZARDS                                     results. Bolt these pieces direct- Picture: Getty Images               outside bedrooms to guard         ■ The stairs is not a play area                                       which can be slipped on
                                                                                                                                                                       ple safety latch. Back up with a potty, if you           ■ Window blinds and curtains cords appear           ly to the wall.                                                        against CO poisoning.             for toddlers. It should be kept                                       across their open side
                                                                                                                                                                       think your kids might be caught short in an              so innocuous that it is only recent tragedies       ■ Most bunk beds and high sleepers, with               ■ Cover all unused outlets with plug-in           free of all clutter and gated top and bottom      and taped.
                                                                                                                                                                       effort at self-training.                                 that have brought their dangers into stark re-      their wonderland of platform, ladder and hid- covers. Yes, they are a nuisance to prise out,             when children are under two.                      ■ Paediatric first-aid training is available
                                                                                                                                                                       ■ Ideal Standard FIRST bath (from 430)                   lief. Cords should be fitted with a tassel, not     ing cabins beneath, are not recommended for but cheap and effective, are a superb device                 ■ Use screw-fitting gates rather than             privately through a number of organisa-
                                                                                                                                                                       has a lower step of just 48cm, 7cms less than            a loop, and set at least 1.6 metres off the         children under six, and some standard beds             to keep minute fingers and deftly-plunging        self-supporting pressure gates at the top of      tions, including ClapHandies.com,
                                                                                                                                                                       an average bath, making it easy for small chil- floor, unreachable from furniture.                           feature bar spacings on the headboard and              tools out of the current flow.                    the stairs. Auto-close gates are more expen-      throughout Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                       dren to get in and out. The lowered height                  Cut and clip up any blind or drapery that        footboard that could trap a toddler’s head.            ■ Do a ‘hands and knees’ tour. Explore the        sive, but shut by themselves for extra peace of      Call Liza, at Clap Handies, on 087-919
                                                                                                                                    Picture: Getty Images              also allows easier access to the child when              could be grabbed by a child from the height         Bunk beds must conform to the standard BS              narrow alleys behind lumps of furniture. Tidy     mind.                                             6042. From 140 per place, for a
                                                                                                                                                                       you are bathing them.                                    of a sofa back, or other perches. The Nation-       EN 747:1993.                                           cables away using zip-up covers, strong ties or      The Baby Dan Flexi-gate extends from           day-long course.


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                                                                                                              Nutritionist Rosie Shelley gives her top eating guide for inside-out maintenance


                                                                                                               A to Z of summer beauty

                                                                                                              H            OME or away, holidays are beck-
                                                                                                                           oning, and many of us are look-
                                                                                                                           ing for a way to be at our best
                                                                                                              when we hit the beaches and bars this sum-
                                                                                                              mer. So it’s good to know there’s a very sim-
                                                                                                              ple and cost-effective way to get your skin,
                                                                                                                                                                 F         is for fish, not only for the fats in
                                                                                                                                                                           the oily varieties but for selenium, a
                                                                                                                                                                           mineral available from any seafood
                                                                                                                                                                           that helps skin to neutralise toxins
                                                                                                                                                                 from the holiday perils of sunlight, smoke,
                                                                                                                                                                 fried foods and pollution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    than apricots, along with antioxidant vi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tamins for a youthful glow.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    N
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            is for nuts, which are rich in all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the skin, hair and nail nourishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nutrients and act as a filling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 V         is for vanilla. While not a lot of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           testing has been done on vanilla
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           regarding any specific health bene-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           fits, it is classed as a vanilloid along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with capsaicin — contained in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 chile peppers — which has numerous
                                                                                                              hair and nails in top condition — just by             Folic acid, a B vitamin found in leaves and             snack that even, in moderation,      medicinal properties and health benefits. It
                                                                                                              paying attention to what we put in and on to       beans, gives great shine to hair.                  work for weight loss.                        also has a reputation of old, as being an
                                                                                                              your body. So here’s the lowdown on glow-                                                                                                                    aphrodisiac. Sip it in some tea
                                                                                                              ing good looks this season and beyond…
                                                                                                                                                                 G        is for garlic and all the sulphur-rich
                                                                                                                                                                          foods that provide keratin — a pro-       O         is for organic, as far as your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              budget allows. Chemicals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           made from vanilla pods infused in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           hot water and see for yourself.

                                                                                                              A
                                                                                                                       is for apricots with their                         tein that nourishes skin, hair and                  that your liver has to detoxi-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           W
                                                                                                                       powerful antioxidant                               nails.                                              fy will also take their nega-                         is for water, which Patrick
                                                                                                                       vitamins which help to                         Also include eggs, beans, wholegrains,        tive toll on your looks.                                        Holford calls “one of the
                                                                                                                       protect and repair                              cabbage and Brussels sprouts (maybe                                                                          most important nutrients
                                                                                                                       sun-exposed skin as well
                                                                                                              as giving a youthful radiance.
                                                                                                              Avocados are rich in antioxidant
                                                                                                                                                                        not directly before a date).
                                                                                                                                                                          Goji berries are a cosmetic super-
                                                                                                                                                                       food — not cheap but bursting with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    P        is for protein, consisting of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the building blocks of skin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             hair and nails. Choose from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for skin. Imagine a bal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    loon filled with water —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          taut and firm to touch”. Again,
                                                                                                              vitamin E and healthy fats for a mois-                amino acids, every mineral you could                     fish, poultry, meat, eggs,                   dehydrating salt, alcohol and coffee
                                                                                                              turised, plump complexion.                         wish for and that collagen-supporting vitamin      dairy, soya, nuts and seeds, beans and                are not your friends this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                  C.                                                lentils.                                              Two to three litres a day, and don’t

                                                                                                              B        is for berries, again for those
                                                                                                                       antioxidants and especially for
                                                                                                                       their wealth of vitamin C —
                                                                                                                       essential for making collagen,
                                                                                                                                                                   H        is for honey, healing and cleansing
                                                                                                                                                                            inside and out. For the face, mix it
                                                                                                                                                                            with lemon juice, plain yoghurt         Q      is for quinoa, one of a raft of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           wholegrains that are much higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in protein, more digestible (and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 leave those plastic water bottles out in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sun — the chemicals in the plastic end up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in you.
                                                                                                              the ‘mortar’ that holds skin together.
                                                                                                              Beetroot is very cleansing and dietician
                                                                                                              Nicky Hambleton-Jones says it’s “also
                                                                                                              responsible for increasing the cellular
                                                                                                                                                                            and egg white. For another hair
                                                                                                                                                                  treatment, try it with juiced cucumber and
                                                                                                                                                                  yoghurt. Rinsing with chamomile/nettle tea
                                                                                                                                                                  or lemon juice will enhance blonde tones.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           so skin-friendly) than wheat. Ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    periment also with millet,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    amaranth, barley and oat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 X        is for Xigua the Mandarin Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for a small watermelon. It, howev-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             er, not only helps to quench your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thirst on a hot summer day,
                                                                                                              uptake of oxygen by around 400% —                   According to Hambleton-Jones, hyaluronic                                                                      but may also help quench the
                                                                                                              rosy cheeks mean youthful looks”. Bi-
                                                                                                              otin is a B
                                                                                                              vitamin found in yeast extract, brown
                                                                                                              rice and animal produce that is essential
                                                                                                                                                                  acid in beans and lentils “effectively mois-
                                                                                                                                                                 turises the skin from the inside and is also
                                                                                                                                                                 depleted by things including sunlight”.            R        is for rosehip oil,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             which Nicky Ham-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             bleton-Jones advises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             using internally or ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                inflammation that contributes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to conditions like asthma,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cancer, and arthritis. It is actual-

                                                                                                                                                                  I
                                                                                                              for healthy hair and nails. Beta carotenes                    is for iron, which many of us lack      ternally to protect against sun                           ly packed with some of the most
                                                                                                              (see below) are the precursors of vitamin                     and is crucial for healthy hair and     damage, “soothe, rejuvenate, mois-                     important antioxidants in
                                                                                                              A, which lubricates skin and scalp — eat                      energy levels. Red meat and offal       turise and repair skin”. Yinka Thomas             nature and an excellent source of vita-
                                                                                                              plenty of liver, oily fish, carrots and water-                work here but so do beans and           agrees that using oils “can have a pro-      min C and a very good source of vitamin
                                                                                                              cress.                                             lentils, and (again) dark greens.                  found effect on both the health and ap-      A, notably through its concentration of be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pearance of the skin”.                       ta-carotene.

                                                                                                              C       is for carotenoids, a particularly po-
                                                                                                                      tent class of antioxidants found in or-
                                                                                                                      ange/yellow fruit and veg as well as
                                                                                                                                                                  J        is for juicing: if you can’t chew
                                                                                                                                                                           through your five a day over the
                                                                                                                                                                           holidays, you can glug it down.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is for strawberries, for “keeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             our skins looking glowing,” says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Y        is for Yams, most commonly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          known in its orange-coloured form
                                                                                                                      dark leafy greens. Scientists at Bristol                                                               Nicky. And silica, says Yinka, is            here as sweet potatoes, are great for
                                                                                                              University confirmed recently that most peo-
                                                                                                              ple “prefer the golden glow of a complexion
                                                                                                              nourished by fruit and vegetables to a
                                                                                                              sun-lover’s tan”.
                                                                                                                                                                  K        is for kale, one of the best sources
                                                                                                                                                                           of lutein. Holistic nutritionist Yinka
                                                                                                                                                                           Thomas points to research showing
                                                                                                                                                                           that this plant chemical “boosts skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             an essential nutrient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for strong and healthy skin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hair, nails. Get it from those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wholegrains, onions, pota-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your heart health. The knobbly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          looking vegetable is a good source
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of vitamin B6 which is needed by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         body to break down a substance
                                                                                                                                                                 hydration and elasticity”. Just 2oz of kale a      toes and beetroot. Oh, and                              called homocysteine, which can

                                                                                                              D
                                                                                                                      is for deep conditioning, especially       day, she says, “can help the skin look younger     sleep.                                                   directly damage blood vessel
                                                                                                                      before and after sun exposure, treat       in a few weeks”. Apricots are another great                                                                 walls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T
                                                                                                                      your scalp to a coconut oil treatment.     source of lutein, which also helps protects                 is for tomatoes, brim-                            Since high homocysteine levels
                                                                                                                      Just leave on wet hair for half an hour    skin from the sun.                                          ming with antioxidants                        are significantly associated with in-
                                                                                                                      before shampooing. The face will re-                                                                   including sun-protective                    creased risk of heart attack and

                                                                                                                                                                  L
                                                                                                              spond equally well to cleansing and moistur-                 is for low GI. This popular                       lycopene — which also increases     stroke, having a good supply of vitamin B6
                                                                                                              ising coconut or olive oil, with a little lemon              weight- loss diet, which involves        cell turnover. The Mediterranean diet,       on hand makes a great deal of sense. High
                                                                                                              juice to tone. Dark green veg also                           foods that release their energy slow-    remember, is the healthiest in the world.    intakes of vitamin B6 have also been shown
                                                                                                              contain the nutrients necessary                              ly (think wholegrains and proteins),     T is also for whiter teeth: try              to reduce the risk of heart disease. Yams are
                                                                                                              for the production of natural-                             avoids the problem of glycation which      brushing (occasionally) with ac-             also a good source of potassium, a mineral
                                                                                                              ly conditioning sebum.                                     causes break outs and inflammation,        tivated charcoal or bicarb, after            that helps to control blood pressure.
                                                                                                                                                                      and attacks proteins like collagen with a     that glass of red or coffee, crunch

                                                                                                              E                                                                                                                                                  Z
                                                                                                                       is for essential fatty                     directly ageing effect. Limit sugar and any       on some raw vegetables.                               is for zinc, crucial to skin, hair and
                                                                                                                       acids, which nutri-                         refined carbs, obviously, and also alcohol,                                                            nail health, supporting levels of col-
                                                                                                                       tionist Patrick Hol-
                                                                                                                       ford calls “essential for
                                                                                                              smooth and supple skin”, glossy
                                                                                                                                                                   caffeine and salt. Avoid fried foods, fizzy
                                                                                                                                                                  drinks, trans/hydrogenated fats and smoking.      U       is for ugli fruit which like oth-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            er citrus fruits is packed with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            vitamin C and makes a deli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lagen and hyaluronic acid. Indulge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in seafood, poultry and nuts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Whole grains are a better
                                                                                                              locks and strong nails. Eat oily fish or seeds
                                                                                                              every day, or take an omega supplement. Vi-
                                                                                                              tamin E, along with vitamin A, softens rough
                                                                                                              skin and locks moisture in.
                                                                                                                                                                  M        is for MSM, methyl sulphonyl-
                                                                                                                                                                           methane. A bit of a mouthful, but a
                                                                                                                                                                           form of sulphur that is known as
                                                                                                                                                                           the ‘beauty mineral’. It’s easily de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cious addition to fruit salads or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            green salads. Eaten raw as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    snack, it is best to peel the fruit and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    divide into sections like an orange,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              source of zinc than refined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               grains, but for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               non-vegetarians, it’s worth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                noting the zinc you get from
                                                                                                                Exfoliate weekly: mix olive oil with sea salt    stroyed by processing foods. A supplement is       rather than the traditional way of                          eating meat is four times more
                                                                                                              for the body, with sugar or sesame seeds for       a good way to go. Or eat a mango — a sum-          scooping grapefruit from the seg-                           bio-available than in grain
                                                                                                              the face.                                          mery treat that packs in more beta-carotene        ments after it is cut in half.                             foods.

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                                                                                                                   Tony Humphreys


                                                                                                          L           IFE is a mystery — our presence is a mystery,
                                                                                                                      and it is highly unlikely that we will ever in one
                                                                                                                      lifetime find all the answers. Indeed, because the
                                                                                                          universe continues to expand all of the time, the mystery
                                                                                                          deepens and, so, in many ways will always remain elusive
                                                                                                          — somewhat like the search for one’s own soul.
                                                                                                             Is it better not to question, just live for today and not be
                                                                                                          concerned about the deeper questions? In my opinion, it is
                                                                                                          certainly wise to live for today, but I do need to question
                                                                                                          as if I am going to live forever.
                                                                                                             That a question arises in our minds indicates a state of                                                  Picture: Getty Images
                                                                                                          not knowing and knowing. The not knowing is clearly ev-
                                                                                                          ident, but no question could emerge if I already did not
                                                                                                          have a knowing. To put it in another way, you cannot ask
                                                                                                          a question unless you are aware that you do not know.
                                                                                                                                                                                              During the
                                                                                                             To decide not to question — consciously or uncon-
                                                                                                          sciously — means you are blocking the emergence of the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Government’s summer
                                                                                                          self and getting to know and understand the world we live
                                                                                                          in.
                                                                                                                                                                                   recess and bankers’
                                                                                                             A question indicates there is a knowing of an unknow-
                                                                                                          ing. Something is prodding you from the inside, saying,                   holidays, I hope the
                                                                                                          ‘There is something here that you need to know’. When
                                                                                                          we ignore that inner nudging, personal, interpersonal, so-            individuals responsible
                                                                                                          cietal and spiritual progress is jeopardised.
                                                                                                             In a previous column, I wrote that prior to the recession          for the economic crisis
                                                                                                                                                                                   will take the time to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A DIFFERENT
                                                                                                          top line managers of banks and other financial institutions
                                                                                                          and politicians either knew what was going on and did
                                                                                                          nothing (failed to question), or did not know what was
                                                                                                          going on and were not in a mature place to question. The                    reflect and to ask
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               VIEW
                                                                                                          old saying ‘when good men do nothing evil thrives’ misses
                                                                                                          an essential point: that ‘good’ (‘mature’) men will auto-
                                                                                                          matically question and seek answers when they do not feel
                                                                                                                                                                                 themselves questions
                                                                                                          competent in their work. They would not turn a blind eye


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ON LIFESTYLE
                                                                                                          to the recklessness, avarice, greed and narcissism that are
                                                                                                          now so evident.
                                                                                                             During the Government’s summer recess and bankers’
                                                                                                          holidays, I hope the individuals primarily responsible for
                                                                                                          the economic crisis will ask the ‘how’ and ‘what’ ques-           prosperity are dependent on mature emotional and social
                                                                                                          tions: “How was it that we allowed such a major crisis to         processes. Money and wealth do not create stability or matu-
                                                                                                          develop?” and “What are the personal, interpersonal and           rity but transparency, real responsibility, accountability and     Your guide to fitness, health,
                                                                                                          professional actions that we need to take to remedy the sit-      management that are head and heart directed do.
                                                                                                                                                                               The power of a question is that it touches you somewhere        happiness and lifestyle.
                                                                                                          uation?”. For those who claim that they did not know
                                                                                                          what was going on, the questions are: “How was it that I          within your heart — if it did not touch you, no question           Great writers and mentors.
                                                                                                          was not up to the job I was doing?” and “What are the             would arise. In the light of what has happened over the last
                                                                                                          things I need to do to increase my personal, interpersonal        two years — religiously, politically and economically — the
                                                                                                                                                                            absence of questions, worryingly and sadly, indicates heart-       Where you come first.
                                                                                                          and professional maturity?”
                                                                                                             Personal maturity is the sine qua non of professional ef-      lessness in the actions of people (mostly men) in the carrying
                                                                                                          fectiveness. Recent revelations about financial institutions      out of their responsibilities.
                                                                                                          withholding information from NAMA regarding the ex-                  When no questions arise then somehow you are stuck, stat-       Phone: NIAMH O’CONNELL
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                                                                                                                                       Most women are wearing the wrong-size bra. Getting properly fitted can make a huge difference, as Kathy Foley discovers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       GET THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FIT RIGHT



                                                                                                                  A BRAND NEW DAY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NOT only do badly-fitting bras do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       women no favour in terms of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       silhouette — we all know the dread-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ed ‘four boob’ look caused by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       too-small cups – but they can also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cause chronic back, neck and shoul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       der strain. For her health and her fig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ure, every woman needs a proper-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ly-fitting bra.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Traditionally, women were fitted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for bras by being measured under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the bust and at the bust’s largest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       point. There followed a complicated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       formula of adding inches to either or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       both measurements to figure out the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       band and cup sizes.




                                                                                                                                                                              S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clodagh Weber of Bramora, who is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also the ‘knicker picker’ for RTE’s Off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Rails, says women should forget
                                                                                                                                                          There is a trend                  INCE she opened her lingerie
                                                                                                                                                                                            shop five years ago, Clodagh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    available, most women continue to wear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the wrong size.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Having worn my 32F ‘engineered prod-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     uct’ with pride for a couple of days, I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the tape measure and worry about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the fit. When trying on bras, work
                                                                                                                                                           now in fashion                   Weber knows exactly how
                                                                                                                                                                              many women have walked in for the first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Matters are improving, however. Irish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    experts believe one of the main reasons the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     still sneaking glances in the mirror at my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ‘new’ figure. A friend I meet for coffee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       through the following checklist and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       you should find the perfect bra.
                                                                                                                                                               of sizing to   time wearing the right-sized bra. It hasn’t
                                                                                                                                                                              been difficult. Of thousands of customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    average bra size sold is increasing is because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    more women are getting properly fitted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     exclaims immediately how much weight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I’ve lost and is impressed when I let her in      Checklist

                                                                                                                                                                flatter the   in that time, just three were wearing the
                                                                                                                                                                              correct size before being fitted by her.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Gok Wan, Trinny and Susannah, and of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    course Brendan and Sonya on Off The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on my ‘diet secret’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It’s not been the most comfortable expe-       ■ If the centre front part of the bra is

                                                                                                                                                          customer. What         As she tells me this, I realise suddenly it’s
                                                                                                                                                                              statistically unlikely the 36D bra I am
                                                                                                                                                                              wearing is the right size. Weber asks me to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rails, have been making such a big deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    about getting the right bra and they have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    made a huge impact,” says Weber.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rience, however. The new bra feels tight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and as it compels me to sit straighter and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     walk with a ramrod back and my shoulders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       not lying on the breastbone or the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cups are cutting into the breasts, it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       too small. Go up a cup size (or two)
                                                                                                                                                          was a 14 is now     try on a 34E. I do, although I’m loudly
                                                                                                                                                                              sceptical. The E cup doesn’t fit, but my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Whereas bigger-busted women were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    once embarrassed (hence minimiser bras),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     back, I’m a bit worn out from it. I call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Clodagh Weber to make sure I have the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and then down a back size if neces-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sary.
                                                                                                                                                          a 12, but that is   gloating doesn’t last long as she hands me a
                                                                                                                                                                              32F. To my utter shock, it fits. An F cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    big boob pride is growing. “Women are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    celebrating their curves and embracing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     right fit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Initially, it is going to feel quite tight,   ■ If the
                                                                                                                                                          really not going    sounds enormous, but once I’m wearing
                                                                                                                                                                              clothes again, my bust actually looks small-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hourglass silhouette by purchasing push up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and moulded cup styles which enhance the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     but it will be fine once you get used to it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and have worn and washed the bra a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       straps are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       too far apart
                                                                                                                                                          on in bras. They    er, higher and neater in the mirror.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Through this encounter in Bramora,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shape, instead of hiding it away,” says Jenk-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inson.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     times,” she says. “I often hear this from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     customers and tell them to come back to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       at the back,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the band
                                                                                                                                                                     are an   Weber’s shop on Earlsfort Terrace in
                                                                                                                                                                              Dublin, I have joined the rapidly increas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Furthermore, lingerie brands and stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are now catering to bigger busts with pret-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     exchange it if it is still too tight after a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     while and they never come back. Your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       size is too
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       small. Go up

                                                                                                                                                               engineered     ing ranks of women wearing bras with
                                                                                                                                                                              small bands and large cups..
                                                                                                                                                                                 Ten years ago, the most-sold size in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SIZE MATTERS: Clodagh Weber, owner of Bramora, says a woman’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 posture totally changes when she wears the right bra. Picture: Nick Bradshaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ty, flattering designs. “The bra companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are really aware what a big market there is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for larger-cup bras,” says Mary Mullin, lin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     posture totally changes when you have the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     right bra, because you are not taking the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     weight on your shoulders any more.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a size and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       then down a

                                                                                                                                                                   product
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cup size if
                                                                                                                                                                              Marks and Spencer was 34B, but that’s                                                                                                 gerie buyer for Brown Thomas. “They                                                                necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NAKED TRUTH:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BIG CHOICES
                                                                                                                                                                              now 36C and the company now stocks J                                                   size. They just got a 36E or a 38D and got     have reacted to what is happening in the                                                           “There are
                                                                                                                                                                              cup bras in its stores.                            Gok Wan has                         on with it. I’m not sure the number of         market and spend a lot of money on de-                                                             two inches
                                                                                                                                                                                 “We have seen a real increase in the sales      drawn attention to                  women with a slim build and large breasts      velopment. Bigger bras now are prettier                                                            between the
                                                                                                                                                                              of fashion bras in DD and above,” says             bras. Picture:PA .                  has necessarily increased.”                    and have better fit, cut and shape.”                                                               tightest hook and the loosest hook,”
                                                                                                                                                                              Soozie Jenkinson, head of lingerie design                                                 This year, the bra celebrates a 100th          While the increase in obesity may have          ‘Ava’, Charnos, 32D to 38G, 38,                 says Weber. “Always start on the
                                                                                                                                                                              at Marks and Spencer. “A quarter of our                                                birthday of sorts. In 1910, a 19-year-old      had an effect on breast size, so has nutri-        Bramora and other stockists                     loosest hook and when the bra has
                                                                                                                                                                              bras sold are DD+”.                                                                    New York socialite called Mary Phelps-Ja-      tion. “People of our generation are taller                                                         been worn and washed, you can
                                                                                                                                                                                 In Brown Thomas, the average has gone                                               cob sewed an undergarment for herself          and broader than their parents, so breast          Grey striped bra, DD to G cup,         22,      bring the hooks in.”
                                                                                                                                                                              from 34B to 34D and far more E, F and G                                                from two hankies and a pink ribbon be-         sizes may be larger because our overall            Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                              cup bras are sold than used to be. In                                                  cause she didn’t want to wear a corset un-     build is bigger than 50 or 60 years ago,”                                                          ■ If the back is riding up, it’s too big.
                                                                                                                                                                              Bramora, the most-purchased sizes are                                                  der a sheer evening gown. She went on to       says O’Riordan.                                    Black lace bra, up to E cup,     22,            Go down a band size. Likewise,
                                                                                                                                                                              32G, 34G, 34FF and 36F to H, although                                                  patent her bra in 1914. The birthday is           Furthermore, no one stays the same              Marks and Spencer                               strapless bras that slide down are
                                                                                                                                                                              the shop stocks up to 50J.                                                             disputed, however, as Vogue magazine           shape forever. “Women change shape and                                                             too big.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Carl Dearey, co-owner of the Ophelia                                                claims to have coined the word ‘brassiere’     size throughout their lives, but they often        ’Artistry’, Elle McPherson, up to G
                                                                                                                                                                              chain of lingerie shops in Dundalk,                                                    in 1907 and bra-like garments were made        continue to wear the same size bra they            cup, 45, Brown Thomas                           ■ If the bra is digging into your
                                                                                                                                                                              Drogheda, Sligo and Malahide, has also                                                 throughout the 19th century.                   were wearing in their teenage years,” says                                                         shoulders, it’s probably too small in
                                                                                                                                                                              noticed an increase in customers looking                                                  These days, women can choose from a         Jenkinson.                                         ’Cassiope’, Elixir, up to G cup, 68,            the cup and too big on the band. Go
                                                                                                                                                                              for larger sizes. “We would find greater                                               dizzying array of styles including balcony,       If you gain or lose more than 10% of            Brown Thomas and other stockists                up a cup size and down a band size.
                                                                                                                                                                              demand now for larger cup sizes, up to J                                               plunge, seamless, soft cup and strapless       your body weight, you need to be refitted
                                                                                                                                                                              cup in certain brands. Pardon the pun,                                                  bras, along with sports bras and bras that    for a bra as your size will probably change.       ’Martha’, Elixir, up to G cup, 56,              ■ If you have a fatty bulge under
                                                                                                                                                                              but it is definitely a growth area,” he                                                 hook closed at the front. The latest devel-   Likewise, a woman taking the birth control         Brown Thomas and other stockists                your arm, live with it and don’t get a
                                                                                                                                                                              says, adding that the general percep-                                                  opment is memory foam bras, which ‘re-         pill or hormone replacement therapy could                                                          bigger bra to hide it. “Every woman
                                                                                                                                                                              tion of what makes a big bust is mis-                                                  member’ your shape from wear to wear.          find her bra size increasing by at least one        Spot lace bra, up to GG cup,          22,      in Ireland has it, but it’s more notice-
                                                                                                                                                                              guided. “An F cup is not that big.                                                     Despite, or perhaps because of, the range      cup size.                                          Marks and Spencer                               able in the wrong bra,” says Weber.
                                                                                                                                                                              It’s at the upper end of the                                                                                                             And women need to persevere with fit-                                                           “Women make the mistake of think-
                                                                                                                                                                              mid-range.”                                                                                                                           tings if they are buying from different                                    Red Bra, up to          ing they can hide it, but a bigger bra
                                                                                                                                                                                 Though an estimated 54% of                                                                                                         brands.                                                                   GG cup, 22,              is just going to make it worse.”
                                                                                                                                                                              Irish women are overweight or                                                                                                            “You might be a 34DD in one range                                      Marks and
                                                                                                                                                                              obese, this doesn’t mean they                                                                                                         and a 36C or a 32E in another,” says                                      Spencer                  ■ If you have one boob bigger than
                                                                                                                                                                              end up wearing bigger cup sizes.                                                                                                      Dearey, who says this is not down to vani-                                                         the other, don’t worry — every wom-
                                                                                                                                                                                 “As far as I know, there is no                                                                                                     ty sizing. “There is a trend now in high                                    Plunge bra, up         an does. Get the bigger one to fit
                                                                                                                                                                              scientific reason why sizes are in-                                                                                                   street fashion of sizing to flatter the cus-                              to GG cup, 24,           right into the cup.
                                                                                                                                                                              creasing,” says Margaret O’Rior-                                                                                                      tomer. What was a 14 is now a 12, but                                     Marks and
                                                                                                                                                                              dan, a consultant plastic surgeon                                                                                                     that is really not going on in bras. They                                 Spencer                  ■ If it is too tight on the tightest
                                                                                                                                                                              specialising in breast surgery at Aes-                                                                                                are an engineered product that have to ad-                                                         hook, the band size may be too
                                                                                                                                                                              thetic Surgery Ireland. “In the past,                                                                                                 here to standards.”                                                         ‘Lizzie’, Freya,       small. Go down a size, but remem-
                                                                                                                                                                              people may just have gone and                                                                                                                                                                                   32D to 38G, 42,          ber you might need to go up a cup
                                                                                                                                                                              bought whatever bra they could.                                                                                                       STYLE ADVICE: Brendan and Sonya from                                      Bramora and oth-         size. So if you were wearing a 36E,
                                                                                                                                                                              They might actually have been a                                                                                                       Off the Rails say your clothes will look                                  er stockists, pic-       for example, you might need a 34F.
                                                                                                                                                                              36H, but couldn’t or didn’t get that                                                                                                  better with the right bra.                                                tured left.
                                                                                                               Picture: Getty Images


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                                                                                                                10 Medical matters
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                                                                                                                                                Q            MY 12-year-old daughter
                                                                                                                                                            hates going swimming with her
                                                                                                                                                            friends. She says her breasts are
                                                                                                                                                            smaller than her friends’ and
                                                                                                                                                            she is the only one that hasn’t
                                                                                                                                                started her period. She’s also worried that
                                                                                                                                                one of her breasts is bigger than the other.
                                                                                                                                                Is this normal at her age? She’s asking to
                                                                                                                                                have hormone tests?
                                                                                                                                                A. It can be really difficult for girls to watch
                                                                                                                                                their friends grow and develop when the
                                                                                                                     Dr Niamh Houston           same is not happening to them. She may feel
                                                                                                                                                like she will never catch up. For girls
                                                                                                                                                puberty occurs between eight and 14 years.
                                                                                                               FAMILY
                                                                                                                                                Breast enlargement is the first obvious sign
                                                                                                                                                and usually occurs between 10 and 11 years
                                                                                                                                                of age. For some, one breast may initially de-
                                                                                                                                                velops ahead of the other. Menarche (first pe-
                                                                                                                                                riod) tends to occur about two to three years
                                                                                                                                                after the start of breast development. For two
                                                                                                                                                years before puberty there is a rise in levels of
                                                                                                                                                adrenal androgens that sometimes results in
                                                                                                                                                the early appearance of pubic hair and spots.
                                                                                                                                                   Delayed puberty may be suggested in girls
                                                                                                                                                with no breast development or pubic hair by
                                                                                                                                                14 years and no period by 16 years. Puberty
                                                                                                                                                can be delayed for several reasons. Most often,
                                                                                                                                                it’s simply a pattern of growth and develop-           TROUBLED WATERS: Concerns about small breasts are not uncommon among girls who
                                                                                                                                                ment in a family. You may find that the                experience late on-set of puberty. Picture: Getty Images
                                                                                                                                                mother, sisters or aunts developed later than
                                                                                                                                                usual too. This is called constitutional delay
                                                                                                                                                and usually doesn’t require any kind of treat-         Q. Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? I         sweeteners because they make food taste
                                                                                                                                                ment. These teens will eventually develop              have a sweet tooth and have been taking             sweet without raising blood sugar levels. But
                                                                                                                                                normally, just later than most of their peers.         sugar with everything for years. My doctor          remember that if you have diabetes some
                                                                                                                                                   Sometimes medical problems can cause de-            warned me that I could be at risk of dia-           foods containing artificial sweeteners, such as
                                                                                                                                                lays in puberty. Having a chronic illness, such        betes due to high blood sugar levels. I now         sugar-free yoghurt, can still affect your blood
                                                                                                                                                as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease, or       try and substitute sweeteners for sugar, but        sugar level due to other carbohydrates or pro-
                                                                                                                                                even asthma, can make it harder for children’s         have heard that these are worse.                    teins in the food. Be aware of certain foods
                                                                                                                                                bodies to grow and develop.                                                                                labelled “sugar-free” — such as sugar-free bis-
                                                                                                                                                   Girls who are extremely active in sports            A. We are born with a sweet tooth. Human            cuits, cakes or chocolate as they may contain
                                                                                                                                                may be late developers because their level of          milk is quite sweet, so as a child we make an       sweeteners, such as sorbitol or mannitol,
                                                                                                                                                exercise keeps them so lean. Girls’ bodies             early connection between eating, drinking           which contain calories and can affect your
                                                                                                                                                require a certain amount of fat before they            and pleasure. Sugars are one form of carbohy-       blood sugar level.
                                                                                                                                                can go through puberty or get their periods.           drates and can differ in their degree of sweet-        Numerous studies have shown that artificial
                                                                                                                                                Not having enough food, proper nutrients or            ness. Complex carbohydrates, such as starches,      sweeteners are safe for the general population.
                                                                                                                                                being malnourished can delay puberty. The              while being the least sweet, are the best for       Aspartame isn’t safe for people with a rare
                                                                                                                                                eating disorder anorexia nervosa can cause so          your body. They don’t cause blood sugar fluc-       hereditary disease PKU (phenylketonuria).
                                                                                                                                                much weight loss that girls’ bodies can’t de-          tuations the way simple sugars do. Fructose is         Use artificial sweeteners sensibly. Alternative
                                                                                                                                                velop properly.                                        one of the main sugars found in fruits and          sweeteners include fruit concentrates, such as
                                                                                                                                                   Some girls who don’t go through puberty             honey. It is often preferred to straight glucose    pear and apple. Cinnamon is a sweet spice
                                                                                                                                                at the normal time have problems with their            and sucrose as an energy source, since it is ab-    and a little goes a long way. Instead of sugar
                                                                                                                                                chromosomes. Turner Syndrome happens                   sorbed more slowly and doesn’t produce the          in your tea or coffee, try a cinnamon stick.
                                                                                                                                                when one of a female’s two X chromosomes               roller-coaster effect of refined sugars.            Try sweet herbs and spices such as mint,
                                                                                                                Dr Niamh Houston is a           is abnormal or missing. This causes problems             But too much sugar can take its toll and          cloves, aniseed and ginger when cooking.
                                                                                                                GP with a special               with how a girl grows and with the develop-            adds extra calories, which can cause weight            Other ways to curb sugar cravings include
                                                                                                                interest in integrative         ment of her ovaries and production of sex              gain. Many people opt for artificial sweeteners     regular exercise. Do this often enough and
                                                                                                                medicine. If you have a         hormones.                                              or low-calorie sweeteners as a way to enjoy         you’ll find yourself craving the exercise rather
                                                                                                                question about your child’s        If there are any concerns about delayed             their favourite foods or drinks without as          than the sweet snack. Eat smaller, more fre-
                                                                                                                health email it to              puberty have your child assessed by her                many calories. Artificial sweeteners are chem-      quent meals instead of three high-carbohy-
                                                                                                                feelgood@examiner.ie            doctor. In most cases the doctor will be able          icals or natural compounds that offer the           drate meals a day or snacking on sugary foods
                                                                                                                or send a letter to             to reassure you that there’s no underlying             sweetness of sugar without as many calories.        between meals.
                                                                                                                Feelgood                        physical problem.                                      Because the substitutes are much sweeter than          Cut back on refined starches such as white
                                                                                                                Irish Examiner                     He will chart her growth and also may or-           sugar, it takes a small amount to create the        flour, white rice and white pasta as these are
                                                                                                                City Quarter                    der blood tests. A “bone-age” X-ray will see           same sweetness. Products made with artificial       more likely to turn into body fat. Whole
                                                                                                                Lapps Quay                      whether her breasts are maturing normally. If          sweeteners have a much lower calorie count          grains or natural starches contain a high level
                                                                                                                Cork                            a problem is found her doctor can refer her to         than do those made with sugar.                      of fibre, are digested more slowly and have a
                                                                                                                                                a paediatric endocrinologist.                            People with diabetes may use artificial           less dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.


                                                                                                                   NOTE: The information contained in Dr Houston’s column is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a doctor first



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                                                                                                                                                          DVISING your child on a choice of             school teachers to talk me out of my choice.       er and could boat race with the best of them.
                                                                                                                                                          career is as fraught and as futile as try-    “None of us could understand why you               I also managed a decent degree, proving Arts
                                                                                                                                                          ing to whip up the perfect meringue           wanted to study English and Irish when             is a faculty for dossers. My mother now tells
                                                                                                                                                   when an egg yolk has tainted the process.            teaching was the last thing on your mind,”         anyone who asks that my degree isn’t worth
                                                                                                                                                      No amount of effort to beat it into shape         he said.                                           the paper it’s written on.
                                                                                                                                                   will produce the desired outcome, and the               He sent me for career guidance coun-               Academically, she probably has a point, but
                                                                                                                                                   harder you try, the stiffer the resistance.          selling. He helped expand on the possibilities     she is nowhere near the mark if you consider
                                                                                                                                                      I wondered recently why I had been                of a future in law. But my mind was made           the social and emotional development part of
                                                                                                                                                   allowed pursue an Arts degree after killing          up. My days of studying were done and Arts         your education. I made friends in college
                                                                                                                                                   myself for the Leaving.                              would allow me get by doing as little as           that I hope are friends for life. I learned that
                                                                                                                                                      I could understand why, as a 17-year-old,         humanly possible.                                  a broken heart is not forever. I learned that
                                                                                                                                                   I had lost all interest in further study, but           My sister, who worked in the university         there are several ways to skin a cat, and who’s
                                                                                                                       Catherine                   my parents could surely see I was capable of
                                                                                                                                                   more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        where I studied, came home with various
                                                                                                                                                                                                        tales.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to say which is the right one. And I learned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that only I can decide which cards to play in
                                                                                                                       Shanahan                       My father looked stunned when I asked
                                                                                                                                                   why he hadn’t shown more ambition on my
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “She’s not doing a tap,” she would say.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        “She’s playing poker and smoking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           order to win the game.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lughaidh and Dearbhail, on the other
                                                                                                                                                   behalf. “We did everything we could to               basically having a ball.” My parents were          hand, will have the benefit of my hindsight.
                                                                                                                                                   dissuade you, but it was pointless as a kite         appalled by claims they presumed false and         A toy gavel is as good as a hammer and a
                                                                                                                       MUM’S WORLD                 without wind,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                      I asked for an outline of his efforts. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                        prompted by sibling rivalry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I did have a ball. By the time I graduated, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           plastic stethoscope never went astray.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Don’t follow my path,” I will urge them,
                                                                                                                                                   had asked one of my more influential                 was a dab hand at Don, smoked like a troop-        “it never works the same way twice.”


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                                                                                                                                                                            True grit 11
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                                                                                                               Dave O’Leary has MS and is tackling a triathlon, Helen O’Callaghan reports


                                                                                                               Beating the odds
                                                                                                               D             AVE O’LEARY is going to ask a
                                                                                                                             lot of his body this summer.
                                                                                                                             Nothing less than a 3.8k swim,
                                                                                                               followed by a 180k cycle, followed by a
                                                                                                               42.2k run — and all on the same day, August
                                                                                                               1, in Regensburg, Bavaria.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In a perverse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              way, MS has
                                                                                                                  O’Leary, 39, who grew up in Ballintemple,
                                                                                                               Cork, is competing in the Ironman, the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            made me more
                                                                                                               rigorous and challenging of all triathlon
                                                                                                               events. “It’s a big ask,” says the man who                                                                                                                           health
                                                                                                               works in a medical lab at University College
                                                                                                               Cork.                                                                                                                                                       conscious. I’ve
                                                                                                                  All the more so because Dave has multiple
                                                                                                               sclerosis, a progressive neurological condition,                                                                                                           changed my diet
                                                                                                               in which the body’s immune cells attack the
                                                                                                               covering of the nerves in the brain and spinal
                                                                                                               cord, leading to deterioration in functions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and go very light
                                                                                                               such as vision, speech and movement.
                                                                                                                  Diagnosed eight years ago, from early on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on alcohol
                                                                                                               he made up his mind that MS wouldn’t take
                                                                                                               over his life, though he was naturally horri-
                                                                                                               fied when he discovered at the age of 31 that
                                                                                                               he had the condition.
                                                                                                                  “In March 2002, I had a lack of sensation
                                                                                                               in my right leg, pins and needles, and I was
                                                                                                               very tired. The numbness got worse. It trav-
                                                                                                               elled up my body to my chest and it was in
                                                                                                               both my legs. I had very little sensation. That
                                                                                                               went on for three weeks. That was the only
                                                                                                               time I was really knocked out. It struck out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New theory
                                                                                                               of the blue.”
                                                                                                                  Despite being pretty much on the flat of
                                                                                                               his back for three weeks, Dave initially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          offers hope
                                                                                                               thought he had something mild, but his doc-
                                                                                                               tor felt it could be MS. “I was referred for a                                                                                                             CHRONIC Cerebro-spinal Venous
                                                                                                               lumbar puncture. My consultant said, very                                                                                                                  Insufficiency (CCSVI) is a new theory
                                                                                                               matter of factly, that it was most likely MS                                                                                                               on the diagnosis/treatment of MS.
                                                                                                               and I got full confirmation after a few days.                                                                                                                Italian vascular surgeon Dr Paolo
                                                                                                                  “I was horrified, very shocked and sur-                                                                                                                 Zamboni has done research, which he
                                                                                                               prised. Initially, I spent a lot of time analysing                                                                                                         believes shows MS is caused by
                                                                                                               how I felt. Every little twinge I had, I’d think                                                                                                           narrowing/obstruction of blood vessels
                                                                                                               it was the start of a MS flare-up. I’d be think-                                                                                                           to the brain. This leads to a build-up of
                                                                                                               ing ‘is that twinge because I crossed my legs                                                                                                              iron in the bloodstream, which can
                                                                                                               or is it MS?’ It took over my life for a while.                                                                                                            pass the blood-brain barrier, leading to
                                                                                                               Then I realised I couldn’t let it do that. I was                                                                                                           inflammation and damage to the
                                                                                                               writing my PhD when I got MS so I re-                                                                                                                      central nervous system.
                                                                                                               turned to college to finish it.”                                                                                                                             Dr Zamboni and his team used
                                                                                                                  On weekly injections of disease-modifying                                                                                                               balloon-dilation, a surgical procedure
                                                                                                               drug Avonex (it reduces number/severity of                                                                                                                 that opens/widens veins, improving
                                                                                                               MS relapses), Dave hasn’t had any flare-ups                                                                                                                drainage from the brain.
                                                                                                               since 2002. “I’ve led a perfectly healthy life                                                                                                               Research hasn’t yet proved the
                                                                                                               for the past eight years. I’ve had a couple of                                                                                                             efficacy of the treatment and further
                                                                                                               minor things that lasted a few days. If I get a                                                                                                            studies are needed to examine how
                                                                                                               cold or flu, it exacerbates MS symptoms. My                                                                                                                useful it is in treating CCSVI or MS.
                                                                                                               left arm’s always slightly dodgy — it’s sensi-                                                                                                               Because of the lack of clinical
                                                                                                               tive to cold. It’s like a kind of nerve pain.”                                                                                                             evidence, the treatment isn’t licensed
                                                                                                                  His weekly injections sometimes give him                                                                                                                by the European Medicines Agency or
                                                                                                               24 hour flu-like symptoms, but he controls           ACTION MAN: Dave O’Leary is training intensively for next month’s Ironman triathlon, he               the FDA in the USA, outside of an
                                                                                                               these with paracetamol. “In a perverse way,          refuses to let a serious illness stop him in his tracks. Picture: Denis Minihane.                     approved experimental study. It is not
                                                                                                               MS has made me more health-conscious. I’ve                                                                                                                 used in Ireland to treat MS.
                                                                                                               changed my diet, cutting out junk food, eat-                                                                                                                 MS Ireland believes Mr Zamboni’s
                                                                                                               ing less meat, more fruit, more nuts and veg-        has been training since January. “I train six       further research is done. “The preliminary re-    theory is very exciting and may offer a
                                                                                                               etables. I go very light on alcohol. I eat less      days a week for between one to five hours           sults are very promising, but more research is    new way of treating MS.
                                                                                                               fats and I’ve been taking Udos Oil for the           each day. I swim twice a week, run three to         needed before the findings are proved cor-          A spokesperson says: “On behalf of
                                                                                                               past eight years.”                                   four times weekly and do two weekly cycles.”        rect,” he says. (See sidebar)                     the thousands of people with MS,
                                                                                                                  Married to Aoife, Dave was interested in             Aoife, who works in organisational devel-          While he has a keen interest in the latest      we’re hopeful that the research will of-
                                                                                                               triathlon events ever before MS struck. “I al-       opment at Pfizer, and who will accompany            research developments, Dave is happy, for         fer new, better ways of treating MS.
                                                                                                               ways kept fit. I always ran and I’ve been a          him to Germany, has been very supportive.           now, to stay with his current treatment           However, all treatments need to be
                                                                                                               swimmer for years. About two years after the         “I couldn’t do it without her. And I’ve             regime. “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it,” he     vigorously tested to ensure they’re
                                                                                                               initial shock of diagnosis, I said I’d give          promised to tidy up the room I’ve filled with       says. “But if someone was to come up and          safe and effective.
                                                                                                               triathlon a go. I did my first triathlon — the       triathlon gear as soon as it’s over!”               ask me if I wanted to be tested for vascular        “We encourage those with MS to
                                                                                                               sprint event, which is a 750m swim, a 20km              It was Aoife who first heard of the work of      restriction, then I’d probably do it.”            monitor developments in CCSVI
                                                                                                               cycle and a 5km run — in 2004. I’ve done             Italian vascular surgeon Paolo Zamboni, who           Meanwhile, the Corkman is adamant that if       research but stress that research isn’t
                                                                                                               between four and eight races a year since, but       began investigating MS after his wife was           he suffers a flare-up of MS, it won’t be          complete. There have been other
                                                                                                               this will be my first Ironman. Such a long           diagnosed. “He found in a large percentage          because he hasn’t taken care of his health. “It   theories and treatments over the years
                                                                                                               race always amazed me, so last autumn I de-          of people with MS there seemed to be re-            won’t be because of something I did or            that haven’t proven successful, so we
                                                                                                               cided I’d look into doing it.”                       strictions in the veins in the cerebral-spinal      neglected to do. And I know there’s life after    ask people to be cautiously optimistic
                                                                                                                  A member of Cork Triathlon Club and               area. This leads to a build-up of iron in the       MS — and, in my case, a very good life.”          about where the CCSVI path will lead.”
                                                                                                               coached online by a professional tri-athlete         body and he believes that’s related to MS.”
                                                                                                               (“he makes out programmes for me”), Dave                As a scientist, he’s naturally sceptical until   ■ Visit www.ms-society.ie

                                                                                                               Feelgood                                                                                FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
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                                                                                                               12 Healthy food
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                                                                                                                                                                                 BRIGHTER

                                                                                                                                                             LIGHTER AND
                                                                                                                        Roz Crowley


                                                                                                               I       T’S natural for us to reach for deli-
                                                                                                                      cious and nutritious salads when the
                                                                                                                      days are long and warm. Produce is at
                                                                                                               its best in four years (since we last had some
                                                                                                               good sunshine) so we must make the best of
                                                                                                               vitamin-rich leaves. Making a meal of salads
                                                                                                               means we can eat lightly, but satisfyingly, and
                                                                                                               adding a little protein, such as eggs and ham,
                                                                                                               makes a complete meal of them.
                                                                                                                  Here are three I experimented with recent-
                                                                                                               ly and another from a chef who knows how
                                                                                                               to enhance seasonal ingredients.
                                                                                                                  You can add toasted or untoasted mixed
                                                                                                               seeds to just about every salad to increase in-
                                                                                                               take of healthy omega oils and add more fibre
                                                                                                               to the diet. I dry fry enough together for a
                                                                                                               few days. Stale bread makes excellent crou-
                                                                                                               tons, which are delicious in salads to mop up
                                                                                                               tomato juices and dressings.
                                                                                                               Poached Egg, Bacon, Watercress and En-
                                                                                                               dive Salad
                                                                                                               This recipe comes from Flemings restau-

                                                                                                                                                                 Salads don’t have to be boring
                                                                                                               rant, Cork, which is celebrating 21 years in
                                                                                                               business this year. A chef with high standards,
                                                                                                               Michael Fleming has taken delicious crisp en-
                                                                                                               dive (chicory) and made
                                                                                                               a meal of it with
                                                                                                               smoked bacon and a                                eggs until heated through for about a minute,    salads for a barbecue. Without the avocado        Handful chopped chives, French tarragon,
                                                                                                               few poached eggs.                                 remove and drain.                                and herbs, well chilled, it will keep for a few   chervil or parsley
                                                                                                               A perfect lunch or                                  Place two eggs per portion on top of the       days.
                                                                                                               supper dish, with                                 watercress and place the bacon on top. Driz-                                                       Heat one of the spoons of olive oil in a pan
                                                                                                               some chunky bread                                 zle with the warm dressing and scatter chives    Mozzarella, Bean and                              and cook the garlic slices slowly so the oil is
                                                                                                               on the side, it has                               on top.                                          Lettuce Salad                                     infused with the garlic. Remove the garlic af-
                                                                                                               just about as many vi-                                                                                                                               ter three minutes. Add the croutons and fry
                                                                                                               tamins and protein as we                          Couscous, Quinoa or Brown Rice Salad             Mozzarella can have                               until golden. Set aside.
                                                                                                               need in one meal. Michael’s trick of prepar-                                                       quite a rubbery tex-                                 Blend all the other ingredients together,
                                                                                                               ing the eggs ahead is handy for a crowd.          This versatile salad                             ture, so buy the fresh-                            except the ham and herbs, and top the pulse
                                                                                                                                                                 uses up whatever is                              est possible. When                                 mixture with them and the croutons just be-
                                                                                                               Serves 2                                          fresh in the gar-                                fresh it can be torn                              fore serving. The tomatoes may be kept raw,
                                                                                                               2 heads of baby Belgian endive, sliced            den, along with                                  into chunks, while                                but the grilling enhances their flavour and
                                                                                                               crosswise                                         some juicy                                       older and more                                    gives a sumptuous moisture to the salad.
                                                                                                               4 large eggs                                      fruit to pro-                                    processed is best sliced
                                                                                                               2 tablespoons white wine vinegar                  vide a bit-                                      thinly. Blue cheese, or                           Watermelon, Feta and Peach Salad
                                                                                                               1 bunch watercress                                ter-sweet                                        semi-soft goat cheese are good
                                                                                                               2 thick rashers smoked bacon cut into             freshness.                                       too. The croutons are lightly garlicky            Chilled watermelon is delicious in summer.
                                                                                                               pieces                                            Any of those                                     and soak up the delicious dressing. Make the      Paired with salty cheese we can make an in-
                                                                                                               2 tablespoons sherry or wine vinegar              listed maybe                                     chunky part of the salad as early as you like     teresting starter or dessert. As there are such
                                                                                                               1 teaspoon Dijon mustard                          omitted, but all                                 and add the lettuce, ham and croutons just        delicious peaches and nectarines available,
                                                                                                               2 tablespoons olive oil                           of ingredients to-                               before serving. The beans benefit from being      they add a summery sweet-
                                                                                                               Squeeze fresh lemon juice                         gether are an amaz-                              softened by the acid of the vinegar and the       ness which contrasts
                                                                                                               Freshly ground black pepper                       ing explosion of taste and                       lentils soak up the healthy olive oil.            beautifully with the
                                                                                                               Large beef tomato                                 texture, vitamins and minerals. Don’t stint on      I use dried ham — Prosciutto, Parma, Ser-      salty cheese and is
                                                                                                               Pinch of salt                                     the herbs, you really cannot have too much       rano, Pata Negra — whatever is to hand. It        delicious as a
                                                                                                               Chopped fresh chives                              of them.                                         adds a lively saltiness and a meaty sensation     dessert/cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  without too much fat. However, any leftover       course after a
                                                                                                               Poach the eggs, in boiling water with the         Serves 4                                         ham or rashers will do well.                      light meal. The
                                                                                                               white wine vinegar, carefully breaking the        300g couscous, quinoa or rice, cooked and           When cooking pulses add a few bayleaves,       watermelon and
                                                                                                               eggs into briskly boiling water. Cook until       cooled                                           a chopped onion and carrot, and clove of          feta idea came
                                                                                                               the whites are solid — about two minutes.         1 orange, grapefruit or pomegranate              garlic and leave them in for the salad. Left-     from Café Paradiso
                                                                                                               With a slotted spoon transfer eggs to a large     ½ cucumber, cubed                                over pulses keep for a few days and can also      which had been inspired
                                                                                                               saucepan filled with very cold water. Or pre-     3 spring onions, chopped, green tops in-         be frozen for emergency dinners. Great cur-       by Peter Gordon’s Sugar Club.
                                                                                                               pare the salad first and poach the eggs just      cluded                                           ried.
                                                                                                               before serving.                                   1 stick celery, chopped finely                                                                     Serves 4
                                                                                                                 Cover each salad plate with the sliced en-      ½ avocado, cubed                                 Serves 4                                          Half a watermelon, skin and seeds removed
                                                                                                               dive, then place the thinly sliced beef tomato    3 radishes, sliced thinly                        200g mozzarella                                   200g feta, crumbled
                                                                                                               on top, seasoned with a little salt. Place a      Handful broadbeans, cooked 1 minute and          100g green beans, boiled for 1 minute             2 peaches, skinned and cubed
                                                                                                               cluster of watercress in the centre of each       skins removed                                    200g chick peas or lentils, cooked                Juice 1 lemon or lime
                                                                                                               plate.                                            Handful each fresh mint and coriander,           1 red onion, chopped finely                       Half a red onion, finely chopped
                                                                                                                 Sauté the bacon in a pan until brown but        chopped                                          2 cloves garlic, grated                           Black pepper
                                                                                                               not yet crispy. Lift onto a paper towel and cut   2 limes, juiced                                  2 raw carrots or beetroot, grated                 Fresh oregano or mint leaves
                                                                                                               into small, bite-sized pieces. Add the sherry     1 tablespoon olive oil                           4 tomatoes, halved and grilled                    1 tablespoon olive oil
                                                                                                               vinegar to the bacon fat and stir over a high                                                      4 slices dried ham                                Mixed seeds (optional)
                                                                                                               heat to blend. Stir in the mustard, then slow-    Peel and chop the peeled orange or grape-        Handful cubed bread
                                                                                                               ly whisk in the oil, the lemon juice and pep-     fruit, or halve the pomegranate and tap out      1 clove garlic, sliced                            Cut the watermelon into chunks and mix
                                                                                                               per to taste.                                     the seeds. Mix with the rest of the ingredi-     3 tablespoons olive oil                           with the rest of the ingredients, except the
                                                                                                                 Keep warm.                                      ents and allow to blend for half an hour if      1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon            fresh herbs which should be sprinkled on top
                                                                                                                 Trim the eggs to a neat shape. Fill a large     possible. Serve on the side with meat, fish,     juice                                             just before serving. Top with toasted mixed
                                                                                                               bowl with very hot water and immerse the          other vegetables, or as part of a selection of   Crunchy sea salt and black pepper                 seeds.

                                                                                                               Feelgood                                                                             FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Male health

                                                                                                                                                                                    History on hand
                                                                                                                                                                                    in emergencies
                                                                                                                                                                                    I      F YOU care for someone in your family — an el-
                                                                                                                                                                                           derly parent, an ill spouse — you may be worried
                                                                                                                                                                                           how they will cope if caught in an emergency when
                                                                                                                                                                                    you are not around.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Several years ago, one of the market leaders in the
                                                                                                                                                                                    pharmaceutical sector revealed that in emergency situa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Deirdre O'Flynn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               MOSTLY MEN
                                                                                                                                                                                    tions, many patients were unable to convey their medical
                                                                                                                                                                                    history and conditions to emergency staff. In some cases            “The research conducted by Pfizer found that over half
                                                                                                                                                                                    this lack of information became an impediment to proper           of children said their parents were on a prescription
                                                                                                                                                                                    care.                                                             medicine but 77% did not know the name of the
                                                                                                                                                                                       As a result the Personal Information Pack (PIP) was de-        medicine. What is equally worrying was that one in five
                                                                                                                                                                                    vised with vulnerable populations in mind, such as older          did not know the name of their parent’s doctor.
                                                                                                                                                                                    people and those with long-term illnesses, eg diabetes or           “The PIP contains all of this crucial information about
                                                                                                                                                                                    asthma.                                                           a patient and if the need arises for emergency services to
                                                                                                                                                                                       The PIP contains all relevant information, including a         be involved, they will have ready access to their medical
                                                                                                                                                                                    brief medical history, current medication, next of kin,           history.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    donor status, doctor and allergies. It is stored in the refrig-     In a joint promotion with Mulligan’s Pharmacy of
                                                                                                                                                                                    erator, a common location for emergency staff to check            Tramore, Co Waterford, PIPs will be available free and
                                                                                                                                                                                    and the least likely place to be compromised by fire. A           there will also be advice on hand from Home Instead per-
                                                                                                                                                                                    notice is also put beside the hall door signalling that a PIP     sonnel and Mulligans’ staff about the most effective ways
                                                                                                                                                                                    is in the refrigerator and emergency personnel will look          to use the PIP.
                                                                                                                                                                                    out for this.                                                       “Any publicity that focuses the spotlight on the PIP is
                                                                                                                                                                                       “The PIP, when used correctly, is an invaluable aid for        good publicity,” says pharmacist Niall Mulligan. “Many of
                                                                                                                                                                                    seniors to inform family and friends of their medical his-        our customers are prescribed a wide range of medicines.
                                                                                                                                                                                    tory and conditions, in case of an emergency,” says               In order to keep track of that history and to guarantee the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Danette Connolly of Home Instead Senior Care Water-               best medical care when needed, the PIP is crucial.”
                                                                                                           KNOW YOUR PATIENT: A Personal Information Pack gives vital               ford.
                                                                                                           information on medical history, medication, doctor and allergies.                                                                          ■ For further information log onto www.homeinstead.ie



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                                                                                                                                                                                          80% of car seats have some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Children’s car seats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3          THE RIGHT SIZE: The cor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rect seat is determined by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 4         ISOFIX: Most new cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           have Isofix points and
                                                                                                           six-month old baby, it             seat it may not be compatible               problems with fitting and 60%                       child’s height and weight.                   the RSA is keen to pro-
                                                                                                           was found she had suf-      with your car. “It’s all about the                 have a serious problem,” says                       Group 0+ seats are for babies                mote the use of car
                                                                                                           fered positional asphyx-    make and model of your car and            Brian Farrell of the RSA, which runs reg-         from birth up to 13kgs (usually around       seats which can be fitted by
                                                                                                           ia due to slumping          while manufacturers give detailed         ular Check It Fits campaigns.                     a year). Group 1 seats are for children      simply plugging into them.
                                                                                                           down in a car seat that     instructions about fitting, too many        “While parents want to protect their            weighing 9-18kgs (nine months to             “Our message is to use Isofix, it
                                                                                                           was too big.                people make mistakes,” says Paul          children with a good car seat, unfortu-           four). Group 2/3 seats are for children      gets rid of all the misuse prob-
                                                                                                             While Irish parents       Kealy of Tony Kealys. “It is the re-      nately they can totally negate their good         weighing 15-36kgs.                           lems,” says Brian Farrell.
                                                                                                           invest in good-quality      sponsibility of the retailer to ensure    intentions by not installing it correctly           All seats for babies up to around          Maxi-Cosi has launched a new
                                                                                                           car seats for their chil-   that every car seat in every car is          and, alarmingly, can even increase             13kgs in weight are designed to face         Isofix base — the FamilyFix
                                                                                                           dren, statistics from the   comfortable and safe                         their child’s risk of injury,” says Mark       backwards because a young baby’s             Base, 175 — designed to be
                                                                                                           Road Safety Authority       and fits the child.” As                      Bennett, technical support                     neck muscles are not yet                     used with its Group 0+ seats
                                                                                                           (RSA) show that three       well as fitting seats                        manager with car seat man-                     developed enough to                          (the CabrioFix and the new Peb-
                                                                                                           out of four seats are       purchased in their                           ufacturer Britax, which has                    support its head in an                        ble, 185) and with its new
                                                                                                           used incorrectly, posing    Dublin and Cork                              launched the new Britax                        accident, say Maxi                            Group 1 Pearl seat, 210.
                                                                                                           a serious safety risk. So   stores, staff at Tony                        King TS Group 1 car set,                       Cosi, manufacturers of                        ■ For more advice on choos-
                                                                                                           here are the main           Kealys are also happy                          149, designed to make                        the award-winning                             ing the right car seat and fit-
                                                                                                           points to consider:         to check the fit of                          proper installation as                         Cabriofix Infant Carri-                        ting it correctly see www.rsa.ie
                                                                                                                                       your existing car                            easy as possible.                              er, right, Mothercare’s                        and
                                                                                                                                       seats.                                                                                      best-selling car seat.                         www.which.co.uk/child-car-seats


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                                                                                                                                                             Scent of summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The news on ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GLAM SHINE REFLEXION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PERSONALLY, I’m a bit over the whole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gloss thing, but I seem to be alone as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gloss phenomenon rages on. The latest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glam Shine Reflexion, 10.49 from L’Ore-

                                                                                                                      Emily O’Sullivan                                                                                                                                      al delivers seriously glossy shine with an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iridescent effect. The heart-shaped appli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cator is good for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sweeping on a good

                                                                                                               Banish stale odours                                                                                                                                          amount of colour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            while the shades in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the new range are

                                                                                                               and opt for some                                                                                                                                             bang on trend, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my favourite being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No 172 — sheer wa-

                                                                                                               seasonal perfumes                                                                                                                                            termelon.



                                                                                                               with coconut,
                                                                                                               jasmine and citrus                                                                                                                                                TAKE THREE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AFTERSUNS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Let this be the word: sunburn is bad. You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           should never allow it to happen. Yes, acci-




                                                                                                               I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dents do happen, and occasionally you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           can miss a bit while assiduously applying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           your factor 50. If you do, turn to one of
                                                                                                                      F YOU’VE spent any time on public                                                                                                                    these babies for a little help.
                                                                                                                      transport over the last few weeks, you'd
                                                                                                                      be forgiven for thinking that summer                                                                                                                 Piz Buin Allergy Aftersun Soothing
                                                                                                               smells of feet, armpits and dodgy fake tan.                                                                                                                 Lotion, 13.93. Here’s an aftersun that
                                                                                                               But there is another summer out there. There                                                                                                                amps up your skin’s own tolerance to UV
                                                                                                               is a summer where everything smells fabulous                                                                                                                exposure, thanks to a unique Calmanelle
                                                                                                               — where the scent of jasmine wakes you up                                                                                                                   shield complex, if you don’t mind. It’s
                                                                                                               in the morning, coconut greets you in the af-                                                                                                               richly hydrating and definitely a good
                                                                                                               ternoon and balmy nights abound with the                                                                                                                    choice for sensitive skins.
                                                                                                               sumptuous fragrance of citrus.                                                                                                   Picture:Getty Images
                                                                                                                  The problem is that so much conspires to                                                                                                                 Soltan Aloe Vera Aftersun, 6.99.
                                                                                                               make us smell quite foul during the warmer        of sunshine, even if it’s granite-skied outside.    to get you through the summer, from simple            Soltan is one of the best suncare brands
                                                                                                               months — feet rot inside cheap plimsolls,         If you like the Mediterranean, you’ll like this.    soaps to lip butters to whipped body lotion.          around and this aftersun is no different.
                                                                                                               skin gets slathered in noxious false tans that       Grass is an integral part of summer life for     Part of what makes citrus scents so appealing         Housed in a cooling blue bottle, the
                                                                                                               summon up the aroma of old boots, cheese          me — I sit on it, mow it, and wash its stains       is their ability to whip up an immediate sense        aftersun is easily absorbed and feels real-
                                                                                                               and damp clothes, and nobody seems to use         out of clothing ad nauseum. If you’ve a pen-        of freshness, and most beauty ranges incorpo-         ly lovely when applied straight from the
                                                                                                               enough deodorant. But facing the day with         chant for the stuff, you might like to turn to      rate them into their lines for spring/summer.         fridge. It’s dermatologically tested and hy-
                                                                                                               the kind of smells that make our hearts sing      Lush’s new shower gel called Grass, which              L’Occitane’s Verbena range is now verging          poallergenic, too.
                                                                                                               in summer — freshly cut grass, lemons, the        uses the scents of wheatgrass juice and citrus      on a classic, but it’s one I return to year after
                                                                                                               sea — can make an enormous difference to          oils to make your bathroom smell like your          year. With verbena from Corsica, and lemon            Clinique Sun Care Aftersun rescue
                                                                                                               our mood, and brings the kind of joyous           favourite park. It’s a great way to start the day   and grapefruit from Italy, this is summer             balm with aloe, 24. You shouldn’t
                                                                                                               feeling to summer mornings that you’ll al-        with a burst of freshness in the morning.           zingyness bottled. According to Albrecht Von          judge a beauty product by its packaging,
                                                                                                               most feel like skipping down the street.             Peppermint and all things minty are anoth-       Keyserlingk, a distiller of aromatic plants in        but we love the way Clinique’s sun range
                                                                                                                  Nine or so years ago, Carthusia Mediterra-     er excellent wake-me-up scent and really em-        Corsica and the man L’Occitane sources their          looks with its bright sun-yel-
                                                                                                               neo entered my life and it’s become a sum-        body that fresh summer vibe. If you don’t           verbena from, “Verbena is the finest, most            low shade. The lotion itself is a
                                                                                                               mer staple ever since. Based on an old recipe     want to smell like Wimbledon (the lawns             subtle lemony nuance there could be. A deli-          cool blue, enriched with aloe
                                                                                                               used by monks on the isle of Capri in the         rather than the sweaty players), then bypass        cious and volatile freshness.”                        vera with a lovely gel-balm tex-
                                                                                                               Bay of Naples, this fragrance was updated by      Grass and made a beeline for another of our            Finally, there could be no better embodi-          ture that deeply hydrates the
                                                                                                               Italian nose Laura Tonatto in 2002. No other      favourite shower gels — Original Source’s           ment of summer scents than sun-tan lotion.            skin.
                                                                                                               fragrance I know has the ability to transport     Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel.                       This scent can transport us back to childhood
                                                                                                               you to a Mediterranean summer with its glo-          The new Sweet Lemon range from The               in an instant. For a smell of the ’70s, reach
                                                                                                               riously fresh, clean and fizzy citrus notes un-   Body Shop really amps up the summer sensa-          for a bottle of classic Hawaiian Tropic and go
                                                                                                               derpinned by green tea and light florals. The     tions with scent and colour. This range is          loco for the coconut scent that defined not
                                                                                                               crisp, lemony notes inject a serious infusion     well priced and has pretty much all you need        only a summer but a decade.



                                                                                                                       STUFF WE LIKE
                                                                                                               Bobbi Brown beach Fragrance, 50.                  coconut scent that really sets things going         Body Scrub, 6.99. Using lemon oil to                ed, this perfume uses real essential oils to
                                                                                                               Yum, this is how summer should smell a la         in your head. Thankfully, the range has             get that super-fresh scent, this gentle exfo-       get its authentic citrusssy scent. The
                                                                                                               Bobbi Brown — a perfect light and nostalgic       been updated since the 70s and while you            liating scrub is great for getting your skin        Mediterranean feels like it’s been distilled
                                                                                                               blend of sand jasmine, sea spray and man-         can still get the tanning oils, there are also      soft, smooth and reasonably bikini-ready.           and poured into a bottle — the scent lasts a
                                                                                                               darin. It’s an eau de parfum, but hits all the    high SPF creams and lotions to choose                                                                   long time on the skin, too, thanks to the
                                                                                                               right light and fresh notes.                      from.                                               Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Mist,                     quality of the ingredients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       28. Using practically any product
                                                                                                                    Lush Grass Shower Gel, 6.50.                 Original Source Mint and Tea Tree                   from Origins helps to put a smile on                     L’Occitane Verbena Sorbet Body
                                                                                                                    Wimbledon may be over but you                  Shower Gel, 2.99. If you need a bit of            our face, but this one really does sum-                  Cream, 36.95. Body creams are
                                                                                                                     can summon up the spirit of all that          pepping up in the morning, then take the                mon up the spirit of summer.                          just far too sticky for warm sum-
                                                                                                                     Centre Court action in your very                 shower equivalent of three cups of                       It’s light and feels tailor                       mery weather. Try, instead, this
                                                                                                                     own shower with Lush’s Grass. A                   coffee. It’s so zingy and energis-                         made for those hot and                         lighter “sorbet”. It has a cooling
                                                                                                                     gorgeous choice for sunny sum-                    ing, you’ll find it hard not to                              sticky days when you                         and refreshing
                                                                                                                     mer mornings.                                     skip out of the shower. The                                   need a fresh start.                         texture and hy-
                                                                                                                                                                       new more environmentally                                                                                  drates the
                                                                                                                     Hawaiian Tropic Protective                        friendly packaging means it al-                              Carthusia Mediter-                           skin very
                                                                                                                     Lotion SPF 50, 14.45. Nothing                     so cuts down on the plastic.                                 raneo eau de toi-                            well through
                                                                                                                     quite screams summer like a bot-                                                                              lette, 48. Elegant,                           the day.
                                                                                                                     tle of Hawaiian Tropic — it’s that                The Body Shop Sweet Lemon                                  refined and sophisticat-


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Natural health

                                                                                                                                                              T        HERE are many supple-
                                                                                                                                                                       ments and cosmetics
                                                                                                                                                                       claiming to slow the age-
                                                                                                                                                                       ing process. But I’m
                                                                                                                                                                         interested in finding-
                                                                                                                                                              more natural ways to help me feel
                                                                                                                                                              young and vital. What foods would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       contains a more complete EFA profile,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       including double the amount of GLA of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that in EPO.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GLA is an important source of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       prostaglandins, responsible for regulating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the immune system, maintaining supple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       skin, and balancing the menstrual cycle in
                                                                                                                                                              you recommend to slow the ravages                                                                        women. This is why blackcurrant seed oil
                                                                                                                                                              of time?                                                                                                 is recommended for ailments such as dry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       skin disorders, inflammatory conditions,
                                                                                                                                                              A. We literally are what we eat since                                                                    chronic pain, menstrual symptoms, and
                                                                                                                         Megan Sheppard                       everything we consume is broken
                                                                                                                                                              down to rebuild and repair every cell,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       immune support.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you want to focus on immune sup-
                                                                                                                                                              therefore how we age does indeed                                                                         port for children, then Elagen (www.ela-
                                                                                                                                                              have everything to do with our diet.                                                                     gen.com/shop; 00 44 1248 431057) is a
                                                                                                                            Do you have a question               I have looked at many old health                                                                      great choice. It is a standardised extract of
                                                                                                                            for Megan Sheppard?               books written by people who lived                                                                        Eleutheroccus senticosus with 60 capsules
                                                                                                                            Email it to                       long and healthy lives, seemingly un-                                                                    costing £19. For allergies and hayfever,
                                                                                                                            feelgood@examiner.ie              affected by the ailments we have come                                                                    try Oralmat drops (www.oralmat.co.uk)
                                                                                                                            or send a letter to               to consider a rite of passage as we en-                                                                  which are made from rye grass extract
                                                                                                                            Feelgood                          ter our golden years. There were cer-                                                                    and cost around 25.80.
                                                                                                                            Irish Examiner                    tainly many dietary and lifestyle fea-
                                                                                                                            City Quarter                      tures in common, regardless of which                                                                     Q. In a recent response you mention
                                                                                                                            Lapps Quay                        culture the individual was from.                                                                         taking one or two tablespoons of psylli-
                                                                                                                            Cork                                 The keys to longevity through diet                                                                    um husks in a large glass of water twice
                                                                                                                                                              and lifestyle appear to be eating small                                                                  daily. A large glass of water is not
                                                                                                                                                              meals, and eating slowly. Often these                                                                    specific and your answer would be
                                                                                                                                                              individuals would only eat one or two                                                                    much more helpful if given in litres or
                                                                                                                                                              small, simple meals daily — chewing                                                                      millilitres.
                                                                                                                                                              each mouthful until it is paste to un-
                                                                                                                                                              lock the nutrients within the food. All                                                                     A. You are quite right, and I will en-
                                                                                                                                                              of the people I have read about, who                                                                     deavour to be more clear in the future, as
                                                                                                                                                              have lived with optimal health and                                                                       ‘large’ when applied to a measure can
                                                                                                                                                              vitality, have eaten living foods (fresh                                                                 certainly be in the eye of the beholder.
                                                                                                                                                              fruit, vegetables, sprouted and fer-                                                                     Typically, a large glass will be around
                                                                                                                                                              mented grains, and raw dairy products                                                                    300-500ml, while a small glass indicates
                                                                                                                                                              — typically from goats). Regular fast-                                                                   150-250ml. A recommendation of eight
                                                                                                                                                              ing also seems to be a common event.                                                                     to ten glasses of water daily, for example,
                                                                                                                                                                 The non-dietary aspects in common                                                                     will often refer to 300ml of water. Some
                                                                                                                                                              were daily meditation and apprecia-                                                                        health advisors increase this amount to
                                                                                                                                                              tion of life and loved ones, little or      WELL GROUNDED: Deep breathing, barefoot connection             10-12 (or more), knowing from experi-
                                                                                                                                                              no stress, a strong spiritual connection with soil on a daily basis, plenty of quality sleep and other ence that most people will assume a
                                                                                                                                                              with nature and/or religion, daily          lifestyle choices including a good diet, are the keys to       glass to be around 200ml of water.
                                                                                                                                                              movement, deep breathing, barefoot longevity and good health. Picture: Getty Images                           When it comes to taking psyllium
                                                                                                                                                              connection with soil on a daily basis,                                                                     husks for intestinal health, I personally
                                                                                                                                                              plenty of quality sleep, no electronic                                                                     go for the largest available glass in our
                                                                                                                                                              gadgetry, no personal or household chemi-                                                            cupboard, which is 500ml — but since this
                                                                                                                                                              cal products, and working with the seasons           the most popular brands, and 60 capsules        size is a favourite in our household for
                                                                                                                                                              and daylight hours rather than in spite of           typically cost between 9 and 12. It is          smoothies, I often have to substitute a 300ml
                                                                                                                                                              them.                                                widely available in health stores or through    glass instead. Both work equally well, al-
                                                                                                                                                                 So, in short, diet is a great place to start,     online suppliers. At the time of writing, the   though I have to be quick to down the psyl-
                                                                                                                                                              but not the end of the story. Living foods           online health store www.positive-               lium combination in the 300ml glass as it
                                                                                                                                                              certainly appear to be the key to providing          healthshop.com offers the best value for        goes very thick in a very short space of time.
                                                                                                                                                              the optimum nutrients for health and well-           money if you are unable to source this sup-     The 500ml glassful can be consumed at a
                                                                                                                                                              being. Keep an eye out for my feature next           plement locally. Of course, it is always        more leisurely pace and is more liquid than
                                                                                                                                                              week where I will be discussing food and             preferable to support local businesses, so do   solid — however, I have met many people
                                                                                                                                                              lifestyle tips from David H. Murdock, an             ask if you are unable to find it.               who prefer to down the thicker blend. It is
                                                                                                                                                              American whose appearance and health are                Blackcurrant oil is high in essential fatty  certainly a case of preference, based on trial
                                                                                                                                                              decades younger than his 87 years.                   acids (EFAs), which cannot be made in the       and error.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   body, so must be sourced from the diet.            For those who find this bland concoction
                                                                                                                                                              Q. I am trying to get hold of blackcur-                 EFAs are required for energy production,     hard to swallow, you can make a thick blend
                                                                                                                                                              rant oil for my toddler, but any health              regulating body temperature, maintaining        using one to two tablespoons in 250ml of
                                                                                                                                                              food stores I have tried only have cap-              tissue health, and insulating the nerves.       water and then blend this with 250ml of
                                                                                                                                                              sules at very high strength. Can you rec-            Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is the other         freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice to
                                                                                                                                                              ommend a brand name so I can order it?               well-known source of GLA (gamma                 add flavour. Psyllium husks can also be sprin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   linolenic acid), besides mother’s milk, but it  kled on breakfast cereals such as porridge or
                                                                                                                                                              A. Nutri Blackcurrant Seed Oil is one of             has been proven that blackcurrant seed oil      muesli.



                                                                                                                                    Megan puts the spotlight on:                                                                                                    VITAMIN K

                                                                                                                            A
                                                                                                                                   DMINISTERING vitamin K to            traction, heart decelerations during late    mental and surgical births often lead to       min K absorption by
                                                                                                                                   a newborn is now routine prac-       stages of labour and circumcision fol-       the need for vitamin K supplementation,        loading your diet
                                                                                                                                   tice. There is a perceived defi-     lowing birth are all factors which indi-     since they often disrupt the natural moth-     during the last few
                                                                                                                            ciency of vitamin K at birth, which         cate an increased risk for haemorrhage,      er-child bonding process as mother and         weeks of pregnan-
                                                                                                                            can lead to a lack of the ability to form   and vitamin K should seriously be            babe spend significant time recovering         cy with vitamin
                                                                                                                            blood clots. This in itself is a concern,   considered by the parents and                physically and emotionally from the birth      K-rich foods
                                                                                                                            however, in most straight-forward           birth-care providers.                        process.                                       and herbs,
                                                                                                                            births there is no risk to the baby. The       The practice of separating newborns         The injection contains a high dosage of      such as net-
                                                                                                                            key word is ‘straight-forward’. With        from their mothers coincided with the        vitamin K, so do consider the oral dosage      tles, alfalfa,
                                                                                                                            instrumental and surgical birth on the      introduction of routine vitamin K in-        option which eliminates the need for           leafy greens,
                                                                                                                            increase, the percentage of babies who      jections. Separation naturally reduces       overdosing and lessens the risk of haem-       Brussels
                                                                                                                            are at risk of haemorrhage is no doubt      the amount of time the baby spends at        orrhage and jaundice as a typical side         sprouts,
                                                                                                                            on the rise. Currently 0.05% of babies      the breast. Colostrum, the rich fluid        effect, as well as the pain of the injection   broccoli,
                                                                                                                            have a haemorrhaging issue due to lack      which precedes breastmilk, is very high      and exposure to harmful preservatives.         parsley, aspara-
                                                                                                                            of blood clotting ability.                  in vitamin K, and a baby who is              Vitamin K is absorbed through the gut,         gus, okra,
                                                                                                                              Extremely fast labours, prolonged         breastfed on demand following birth          and an intramuscular injection bypasses        horsetail,     VITAMIN BOOST: Breast milk
                                                                                                                            labours, significant molding of the         will get significant levels of this nutri-   the gut, making it difficult for the body      yarrow, and contains colostrum which is
                                                                                                                            head of the newborn, birth trauma,          ent.                                         to absorb.                                     slippery       high in vitamin K, essential
                                                                                                                            surgical birth, forceps or vacuum ex-          Of course, this is also why instru-         Improve your baby’s chances for vita-        elm.           for blood clotting.



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