Wednesday 19 June 2019

Dr Ciara Kelly, (inset) Domini Kemp

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'Domini thinks it stinks that you're not allowed to claim scientific benefits - but that is the correct way to go about things' 

The ASAI (Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland) has upheld a complaint brought by INDI (Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute) and supported by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) against Patricia Daly, a nutritional therapist who runs a nutrition website and recently co-authored a cookbook with Domini Kemp, the chef, founder of the 'Itsa' restaurant chain and food writer in The Irish Times.

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Dr Ciara Kelly. Photo: David Conachy

Dr Ciara Kelly: 'Imagine we didn't praise little girls for being pretty. Imagine we praised them for being clever' 

I was, ironically, as you'll read, in a hairdresser's recently and there was a little girl getting her hair done. She was having a lovely time and it was remarked upon how tall she was for her age. Someone said she might grow up to be a model. Or a basketball player I thought - but wasn't sure it was polite to butt into other people's conversations - and it was agreed she could easily be...

Ciara Kelly

Dr Ciara Kelly: Sex is more available now - and at a far younger age 

I was once asked on a radio panel what invention had most changed the modern world. I was with three male panellists and they answered in this order: 'The wheel', 'The internet' and 'The plough'. There was general murmurings of agreement at each other's answers and then it was my turn and I said 'The oral contraceptive pill'. There were general looks of confusion. That didn't register as being up there with the other more obvious, dare I say, predictable answers.

Ciara Kelly

Dr Ciara Kelly: How to compact dreaded allergies this summer 

It's allergy awareness week. Although I'm sure if you're one of the very many Irish people who suffer from allergies, you're probably more than well aware of them. Allergies tend to kick off at this stage of the year - so allergy awareness week is very well timed. As all around the country people's sinuses are starting to block. Their noses are starting to drip and their eyes are starting to stream, as the allergy season fully takes hold. And that's not even to mention the poor people who end up with the rashes or the wheezes.

Dr Ciara Kelly was not impressed with Eilish's one lb weight loss

It wasn't about Eilish - it was about how we view alcohol 

If any good has come from last week, it's that we're at least discussing, if not truly debating, our national pastime - drinking. This week on Operation Transformation, RTE's health show, I came under sharp criticism for how I reacted to Eilish, one of our leaders, drinking at the races whilst on the programme. "Too harsh" said my critics. "Sure what's wrong with you - it's only a bit of craic." "Everyone's entitled to a drink. If anyone's a disgrace it's you", I was told.

Good enough for Uncle Sam: A US Marine is vaccinated against smallpox.

Doctor's Orders: Don't believe all the anti-vaccine hype 

They haven't gone away you know. The anti-vaxx movement may be finally in decline - with protests against anti-vaxx proponents getting visas to campaign in Australia, and vaccination rates climbing globally - but not before many lives have been needlessly lost because of misinformation. Every now and then though, you'll still come across someone who refuses to vaccinate their child on the basis that they don't 'trust' vaccines or 'they don't like putting something into their healthy child.' Which of course doesn't make sense, when what you're putting in, is antibodies to potentially fatal diseases.

There’s a huge amount of services provided by our hospitals at massive cost that could be provided by GPs at a fraction of that. For example, there’s no reason why minor surgical procedures should not be provided by the local doctor

Ministers, a couple of ways to make health better 

It's hard not to feel sick at the thoughts of our health service. Since the new year began, we've heard nothing except there's almost 600 sick people on trolleys in A&E waiting for admission - and do bear in mind you no longer get admitted to an Irish hospital unless you are extremely unwell. The INMO have called for all elective procedures to be cancelled for the first half of January, to ease the pressure, and nurses are serving strike notices at Beaumont hospital. Health is a mess.

Billy Bunter, as portrayed by Gerald Campion

We have to face up to childhood obesity time bomb 

Two interrelated things happened today. First, I was in a supermarket beside three secondary school girls, each of whom weighed about 15 stone. And second, as I left the shop, I ran the gauntlet of colourful adverts on the way out for fizzy drinks with your name on the side, oven chips that make you happy, frozen pizza as good as a takeaway and chocolate breakfast cereal with a happy jungle theme. None of the ads appealed much to me, but my five- and eight-year-olds who were with me, were in the words of another popular ad - 'Lovin' it.'

AUTUMN LEAVES: Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. September is the time of year when we often decide to do those things we have been putting off for a long time

Doctor's orders: It's back to school, back to reality 

September, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness on the one hand, and season of frenetic, expensive, back-to-schoolness on the other. All over the country, children have returned to school in oversized uniforms and briefly smart shoes, to prepare for a new year. Parents have sworn to themselves that this year, the school lunches will be imaginative, and they will put to good use the start of the school year to begin an evening class, get fit, or initiate some other plan they've been long fingering - because they're really not that into it. September, as much as January,...

Gavin Glynn and his dad John

Doctor's Orders: Last chance to save little Gavin 

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about a family I know from my town but they could just as easily be from your town, indeed they could just as easily be your family. The Glynns and their son Gavin are currently in Texas, where Gavin is undergoing radical treatment for a rare form of cancer - Rhabdomyoscarcoma - that he developed when he was just 17 months old. This cancer affects his little muscles. The family is in Texas because there's no further treatment available for him in Ireland, and his parents have been told that this major surgery and intense chemotherapy is his...

DEPRESSION: The black fog can make you seem cut off from the world around you, isolated in a dark and lonely place

Doctor's Orders: Half of us are going to be depressed 

This week, I want to discuss something more sobering than my usual offerings. It’s a sad fact of life that up to 50pc of us will suffer from depression at some point. That sickening black fog descending. Destroying your ability to interact with other people. Tainting your every waking moment with sadness and affecting your ability to function — or even care about functioning. You feel cut off from the world around you. Isolated in a dark and lonely place. Ten pc of us feel that way, at any given time. That’s 450,000 Irish people right now and about 100,000 people reading this article.

The rate of obesity here is higher than in most other European countries

Doctor's Orders: It’s not a man’s world when it comes to health 

Today is Father’s Day — didn’t forget this year and bought the socks ahead of the rush — and it’s Men’s Health Awareness week too, so it seems fitting that this week’s column is devoted to all things male and the health of our lovely men. Irish men have a life expectancy of 78, a full five years less than Irish women at 83. They’ve a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. They’re more likely to take their own lives. And they have a greater risk of getting and dying from cancer. Yet they attend the doctor far less frequently than women and in the main don’t engage with health...

Pollen is a torment to hay fever sufferers

Doctor's orders: Hay fever is nothing to be sniffed at 

If you're reading this through bleary eyes and a stuffed up nose, chances are you, like almost 30 per cent of the Irish population, are starting to feel the effects of the pollen season. Hay fever – or allergic rhinitis, as clever medical types like me call it – is a bit of a misnomer, as it has little to do with hay but is an allergic reaction to environmental triggers such as pollen, dust, animal dander, smoke, foods and other stuff too. Personally, I sneeze like one of Snow White's dwarfs after drinking mineral water.

LOVE MATCH: Keira Knightley and Jude Law in the movie, Anna Karenina, the tragic story of a married aristocrat and her love affair.

Being caught in the tender trap does hold some benefits 

AH, THE Tender Trap. There must be something to it, considering how much of life's great art, music, literature and column inches are devoted to it. I remember reading, years ago, that despite Gallic men's sexy reputation, 80 per cent of French women said they'd never known 'great love'. (The culture of endemic infidelity might have something to do with that). And feeling quite pleased with my then-24-year-old self, for being fortunate enough to feel I had.