How to Regain Your Life Balance in 15 Minutes

Here’s a blog posting from my client and friend Joanna Taylor on the value of self-hypnosis. Do take her up on her offer of the free CD it’ll do you no end of good.

The technique of self-hypnosis can help you to regain your life balance, using as little as 15 minutes a day.
Hypnosis allows the use of a deeply relaxing state in order that change can take place at the unconscious level; the power of hypnosis lies in the connection that is built with the unconscious mind.

Being able to use self-hypnosis can provide unmeasurable benefits, both physically and emotionally, and can help in achieving goals that otherwise might appear too difficult, or even impossible. Self-hypnosis is a way to connect with your own potentiality, your own infinite possibilities and your own creativity.

Clinical Hypnotherapist Joanna Taylor is running introductory courses in self-hypnosis at her Consultancy Offices in Pickering, North Yorkshire. See the website at for more details, and you can also request a free relaxation CD.

Resources – Fresh Business Thinking

Fresh Business Thinking is a useful website full of links to all sorts of information for the small business. They produce newsletters on a regular basis that are usually an interesting read.

Here’s the link and here’s a recent article on making the most of your existing customers.

How To Lose Your Job On Facebook

From the ever excellent John Naughton

How to lose your job on FaceBook


The Monday Morning Quote #52

If you could actually stand in someone else’s shoes, to hear what they hear, see what they see, and feel what they feel,

you would honestly wonder what planet they live on, and be totally blown away by how different their “reality” is from yours.

You’d also never, in a million years, be quick to judge again.

Just sayin’

The Universe

(Mike Dooley

PFI interest rates by bailed-out banks unjustified


PFI interest rates by bailed-out banks unjustified

The UK government is allowing banks to restore their profits by charging unjustifiably high interest rates for health service private finance initiative (PFI) projects, a study claims.

An opportunity to negotiate better interest rates is being missed, researchers suggest, now that two banks providing investment for new hospitals are partly owned by the government.

As a result, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the quality and financial performance of NHS services are being impaired.

The study analysed the 149 major PFI hospital projects that have been signed by the NHS so far. The researchers found that two banks in which the government is the major shareholder – Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds – have provided senior debt (the low interest portion of the borrowing) to 38 projects and have equity in 16.

The researchers say that these projects have raised £12.27 billion under PFI – but that over the next 30 to 60 years, the public sector will pay a total of £41 billion for the cost of capital alone.

Prof Allyson Pollock, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for International Public Health Policy, said: “Instead of using the opportunity of the taxpayer bail-out to reopen the contracts and negotiate better rates in favour of the public sector, the UK government is allowing the banks to restore their balance sheet by charging relatively high rates of interest for PFI schemes.

“The increased costs of servicing the debt are met from annual budgets of the NHS, and result in reductions in the money available for services.”

Prof Pollock said that the policy of using private finance is used to disguise public expenditure liabilities, since it takes capital investment off the government’s books. International accounting rules that would have required government to put PFI back on the balance sheet are being ignored.

She added: “The policy is expensive; compared with conventional government borrowing and procurement, PFI is associated with high costs of borrowing which include high rates of returns to the investors.

“There is a risk that reductions in public expenditure could provide a new political impetus for using PFI regardless of whether the policy is socially and economically beneficial and this will continue to be at the expense of major reductions in public services and public expenditure cuts.”

For further information, please call

Prof Allyson Pollock, Centre for International Public Health Policy
+44 (0)131 651 3964; +44 (0)7976 978304

Why Can’t Americans Get Health Care Right?

Good piece from Harvard Business Review by Jim Heskett. I particularly enjoyed the reasoned and balanced opinions that follow.

Read it here:

Oral Cancer Rates Up – but is the real truth hard to swallow?

There have been a lot of mentions in the media over the past 10 days that the rates of Oral Cancer have risen in individuals in their 40s.

When I was a student & during my hospital career we were told that Oral & Lip Cancers were related to the “5Ss”:

  • Smoking,
  • Spirits,
  • Sepsis,
  • Sunshine
  • Syphilis.

Of these without doubt the greatest cause was and remains smoking; spirits were usually blamed but heavy drinkers frequently smoked heavily and there was a synergistic effect of the two. Sepsis was implicated because frequently victims were in poor condition already and heavy smokers’ mouths were never the best with widespread gum disease. Sunshine without doubt led to an increase in tumours of lips & facial skin. Syphilis well that shows my vintage; however we seem to retain some of our puritan attitude to talking about sex.

The recent news has picked, as ever, on the easy target ‘Alcohol To Blame For Rise In Oral Cancers’ said the Sky News headline, ‘A sober look at the rise in mouth cancer’ in The Times blames binge-drinking, a phrase that has only been in use for a few years far too soon for the effects to be measured properly. It is impossible to properly understand an epidemic until it is over.

As ever the anti-booze bandwagon has used this information to threaten doom, but whilst most reports mention there could be involvement of the human papilloma virus it gets very little publicity. As long ago as Feb 2004 BBC News reported “Oral Sex Linked To Mouth Cancer”. This is the same virus implicated in cervical cancer and causes genital warts, a vaccine is available and should be given to both girls and boys before they become sexually active. This much we can do easily and far easier than persuading sexually active and experimental young people into changing habits. I realise that the nay-sayers will tell you that it leads to promiscuity as it removes the fear of infection but that is really an unrealistic argument.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Maura Gillison at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center furthered the premise that HPV is linked with certain types of oral cancer. In 25% of 253 patients diagnosed with head and neck cancers, the tissue taken from tumors was HPV positive and HPV 16 was present in 90% of these positive HPV tissues. This information helps to confirm that there is a strong link between HPV 16 and oral cancer. 25% of those diagnosed with oral cancer are non-smokers while the other 75% of those diagnosed have used tobacco in some form during their lifetimes. The research into the relationship of HPV and oral malignancies may give us clues as to the origin of cancer in those 25% of diagnosed individuals who did not smoke. Further research is being conducted into the relationship of HPV with oral cancers.

The habits that dare not speak their name?

On the Pop in North Yorkshire

DSC02263_2I enjoyed a couple of working days in Yorkshire last week. I met old and new friends including Janet Mason from DPAS who I bumped into outside a Dental Practice in a certain market town. This particular practice has been in place for a couple of years but hasn’t managed to get as far as any external signs (not even a brass plate, in spite of GDC regs). It’s true there are a couple of printed paper notices stuck in the window claiming that this is a “Dental Health Care Clinic”. My local guide told me that this practice has been doing lots of advertising for new patients in the local press recently.

I thought I would take a peek through the blinds into the reception area and see what prospective patients would get as their first impressions. The area was uninhabited but the half drunk bottle of fizzy drink on the reception desk seems to tell a story. Would you want to use a practice that greets you like this? Dental Health? Please walk the talk.

For mystery shopper services don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Why Bother Having Expert Advisors?

A report in today’s Guardian concerning the free availability of anti-virals to treat the symptoms of swine ‘flu.

Before I left for my holiday in Ireland in mid July it seemed that the population was going to succumb to this dread plague but in the nick of time Gordon and his chums had come to the rescue with that most Blairite of concepts, the helpline. Just phone the helpline, repeat the symptoms that everyone knows off by heart thanks to the media bombardment, and send your “flu friend” to the Pharmacy to collect your Tamiflu. No mention of side effects or of whether you really NEED the antivirals or the benefit to the population of taking the medication.

As I suspected at the time, it was a knee jerk reaction by politicians to assuage the public. Why bother appointing experts in their field if you are going to take decisions based on what the daily Mail might say? In Ireland, during the UK’s foot and mouth outbreak, there was a minister for Agriculture called Joe Walsh whose family were farmers, who had studied agriculture and who truly understood the devastation that would be caused should the disease get into the country’s herds. He succeeded. Can’t imagine the UK ever having a minister who truly understood his brief as well as Mr Walsh did.

Here’s the article:

Here’s another Joe Walsh (and another hero).

The Monday Morning Quote

Basics #1. “It’s always ‘the people.'” It may be glib, but in this instance I don’t care. Network, keep your promises, behave decently. Your are as good as your relationships. Period. Short term. Long term. Good times. Tough times. This is the time (though all times are, in fact, the time) to “over” invest in relationship building and maintenance.
Tom Peters

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