My Camino - If I can walk 500 miles….

I had a lot of excuses not to do this Camino, but fear is a bad advisor. Overcoming this fear taught me that I’m capable of so much more than I realise. I have come back with a clearer sense of purpose and I now have more confidence to keep walking in that direction, I know that I can cover a lot of distance by taking consistent steps in the same direction. It gave me the courage I needed, made me a fit and happy self-confident person, ready to take on the world which is calling out to be explored. So I’m following the call

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Ruth Wilson
#365: Instagram ... For Better or For Worse

When it comes to the health implications of social media, it's hard to decide what's good for us. Amid the contradictory advice and sensationalised media reports on the state of technology, it's easy to follow the siren calls of those clever algorithms. Driven by our compulsive appetites, the tech industry is intent on developing ever more powerful channels and platforms.

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Can a 'sick-care' system make us healthy?

What does it mean to be healthy? And if you won’t answer that question, here’s another: If you don’t understand healthy, how do you know when you are sick?

Across the globe, systems of healthcare are symptom-led. A multinational industry thrives on treating diseases. Industrialised nations, especially in the West, face an epidemic of chronic conditions. Diabetes. Heart and Respiratory diseases. Obesity. At the same time, each of us is beset by hydra-headed incentives to make lifestyle choices which adversely affect our health – diet, for example; screen time and social media on digital devices; smoking; unprotected sex. We experience the consequences of our lifestyle choices – then, when some of us become ill, we stigmatise people who show visible signs of ill-health.

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Ruth Wilson
Why are we waiting to be sick?

Health is overwhelmingly complex. It’s a multi-faceted challenge: economically, cognitively, emotionally & socially. Consequently, the health industry is complicated too. Provision of care and medicine has become commoditized and reactive. #personbeforepatient

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