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The exquisitely crafted documentary about Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials Trilogy Imagine: Philip Pullman: Angels and Daemons aired on BBC1 on Monday 5 March 2018 provided a glimpse of this writer’s genius in inventing a fantasy Oxford, with brilliant literary devices about stepping stones to other worlds, people possessing their own animal as a type of persona / animus called a daemon, as well as an elite revolutionary group battling the Magisteria - holders of the Church’s power and authority. Philip Pullman, inspired by poets including Milton - Paradise Lost - and William Blake – Songs of Innocence - over his long and hard working life where he honed his story-telling craft as a schoolteacher, was able to exert a powerful influence through his fantastical books which vividly stimulate the imagination yet never satiate our permanent yearning for wonderful stories

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We now publish Positive Health PH Online Issue 244 in February 2018. That we have been publishing PH Online for some 24 years is mind-boggling to me, considering that we started from our kitchen back in 1994, following setting up the Bristol Cancer Help Centre - BCHC [now Penny Brohn Centre] Nutrition and Cancer Database after BCHC was almost shut down over the tabloid and media scandal caused by erroneous research published

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Positive Health PH Online Issue 243 publishes an array of authoritative clinical, nutritional and fitness and bodywork features. Several articles in this issue help to shine a light on universal mental / psychological health issues which have recently been at the forefront of health and popular media attention. Every-Day Struggles of an Introvert, Magical Piers: the Lovers Journey and Breakup, Breakdown, Breakthrough, Breakdance confront personal / spiritual struggles which most of us have had to overcome in our own lives.

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As production with Positive Health PH Online Issue 242 was underway, it was announced on 2 Oct 2017 by The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet that the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

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I was incredulous to hear on the news this week – Sept 2017 -  results of a five-year study of patients which reported that cyberchondria -  people researching health symptoms online and seeking medical attention - were “fuelling an epidemic of health anxiety”; psychiatrists suggested these “cases” should be offered counselling.

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/07/cyberchondria-fuelling-anxiety-epidemic-clogging-hospital-clinics/

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