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Mark and Natasha’s blogs from 2009

January 23, 2010

Avatar: A Wake-Up Call For Humanity (Mark)

Last week’s Sunday Times article on the film Avatar was a real eye-opener. Apparently the film is causing all sorts of small-minded, parochial outrage particularly in America. David Brooks, a rightwing New York Times columnist finds the film offensive with the hero “going native” and leading a “righteous crusade against his own rotten civilisation”. There’s […]

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January 18, 2010

Is Curvy the New Skinny? – An Inherently Flawed Question (Natasha)

Yesterday, at stupid-o-clock for a “school night” (11.45pm), I was invited to debate “is curvy the new skinny?” on Eddie Nestor’s late night BBC Radio London show. Being, as I am, of an Amazonian build, and embodying the notion of genuinely curvy (my bust and hips are 12 inches bigger than my waist), people immediately […]

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January 15, 2010

Hooked on Happy Pills (Mark)

Hooked on Happy Pills I’m afraid this is a classic example of modern medicine treating the symptoms and not the causes! There’s been a couple of articles in the Daily Mail this week about anti-depressants and both shake this cornerstone of current British medical treatment in the UK. At last, given that the articles are […]

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January 14, 2010

Announcement – Mark Newey Invited to Become Associate of Royal Society of Medicine (Natasha)

I am extremely proud to announce that Mark has been invited to become an Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine. This not only shows that it’s not just me who thinks his middle name should be “Genius” but also how NLP and hypnosis are becoming more widely recognised as highly effective tools in the […]

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January 13, 2010

The “B” in BMI…..(Natasha)

…..does not stand for “be all and end all”. It’s an unfortunate side effect of being a woman and living in a culture which constantly demands superficial measures of “perfection”, that we always want what we cannot have. Ladies with lustrous, poker straight, shiny, swinging curtains of blonde hair long for a head full of […]

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January 12, 2010

I like Big Butts & I Cannot Lie……(Natasha)

Happy New Year! And the beauty debate has kicked off once more, even more ferociously and controversially in a new decade. Today BBC Cambridge invited me on their Drive Time show to discuss two pertinent stories emerging today. The first is news that UK health experts have confirmed that having large hips or bottom in […]

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December 21, 2009

Natasha -v- A Few Very Narrow Minded Daily Mail Readers – Another Beauty Debate

Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Eating Disorder deprive you of your ability to eat in response to hunger and being able to register when you’re full. When I came to Mark Newey 18 months ago, with a hole in the roof of my mouth, suffering from life crippling depression and having alienated most of my friends […]

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December 17, 2009

Today’s News- Teens and Alcohol – Mark’s Views

Teenage Alcohol: Under lock and Key? So the politicians are waking up to the problem of teenage alcohol abuse. But as usual their solution is to interfere and sensationalise! Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson has been in the news saying how parents must stick to the law and not allow their children to drink […]

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December 16, 2009

Twiggy -v- My Mum! (Natasha)

I will remember 2009 for two reasons. It was the year that an email I sent really quite casually, in retrospect, turned out to completely shape the course of my life. I emailed Mark Newey, who’d freed me of a life life-crippling decade long battle with bulimia nervosa about a year earlier and I’d now […]

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December 14, 2009

The Holly and the Anxiety! (Mark)

Mark was interviewed recently by BBC Radio Essex to give advice to their listeners on getting the most out of their Xmas break and avoiding the stress and depression that often occurs over this “special” time! The following is a summary and contains some gems of advice. It’s all supposed to be idyllic isn’t it, […]

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