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Thank you for visiting my profile. I am married with two sons and my job is in healthcare. We live in the country in Ireland and I enjoy reading and writing here on hubpages. I don't have any other hobbies any more but I used to play guitar and read before spending most of my time looking after my family now. Gardening is something else I enjoy doing. I hope you find something useful and/or interesting to read here

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  • 2

    Quitting Cigarettes:The Second Part of my Journey

    3 months ago

    Stopping smoking is a journey not an event. It is a journey of challenge and hope which brings it's own rewards on a daily basis. We all deserve freedom from smoking.Stop smoking before it stops you!

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    The Irish Sense of Humor

    3 months ago

    This hub is a selection of true stories which illustrate that the Irish are blessed with a sense of humor which sustains them through hard times and helps them make the most of good times.

  • 4

    Quitting Cigarettes:My Journey so Far

    4 months ago

    For a long time I have promised myself that every packet of cigarettes I bought would be the last one. My motivation to stop was high but this time I think I have the commitment to STAY quit

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    Get real;we only have one life

    6 months ago

    We only have one life-that is the reason we have to make the most of it. In many circumstances it is surely best that we don't give in to the option of "oneuppersonship" because so many people have an axe to...

  • 4

    The Myth of Male/Female Roles

    12 months ago

    We are all stereotyped in male/female roles to some extent or another and those roles have a negative impact on our environment.We can all be the best we can be-here's how

  • 8

    Live to Learn;Learn to Live

    14 months ago

    We all have basic human needs for companionship and/or contentment. This hub explores what we need to do to achieve these things and how to redress the balance when we don't have them

  • 3

    Mind Matters for Positive Mental Health

    15 months ago

    A wholesome,gentle discipline is a much better way of dealing with the challenge of maintaining positive mental health than struggling and fighting a losing battle against it.

  • 11

    Bursting the Bubble of Isolation in Mental Illness

    15 months ago

    If one is in a bubble it is difficult to "connect" with other people in any meaningful way so one becomes isolated and withdrawn. It is nearly impossible for others to help someone in such a bubble.

  • 4

    Taking Devil's Claw for Arthritis

    22 months ago

    Devil's claw is a plant native to the Kalahari desert in Southern Africa. The fruit of the plant is covered in small claws which is how it got it's name.At the end of the First World War a German named Mehnert began...

  • 8

    Why do Different People Need Different Amounts of Sleep?

    22 months ago

    Sleeping is something that is common to all animals, including humans. All animals sleep at some point in a twenty-four hour cycle.Humans are diurnal rather than nocturnal which means that they sleep in the dark and are...

  • 2

    Definition of RGP Contact Lenses

    22 months ago

    The main feature of rigid gas-permeable lenses is that even though they are made of hard plastic they allow oxygen to pass through them which is important for the health of the cornea of the contact lens user.Many...

  • 6

    Effectiveness of Alternative Medicine for Osteoarthritis

    22 months ago

    Osteoarthritis is a condition caused by degeneration of the joints which can lead to loss of cartilage.Although there are various alternative remedies reported to be used effectively by osteoarthritis sufferers the...

  • 4

    History of Terrorism in Ireland and the United Kingdom

    22 months ago

    To understand the history of terrorism in Northern Ireland, it is necessary to provide a history of when it started and how it evolved.This phase of Irish/UK history is known as "the Troubles" and started in...

  • 2

    Benefits of Hip Replacement

    22 months ago

    As arthritis of the hip is not a life-threatening condition, hip replacement surgery is elective and the hardest part is in deciding whether to have the surgery or not.There are many advantages to having a hip...

  • 7

    Research on the Causes of High Blood Pressure

    22 months ago

    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is a common risk factor in the occurrence of strokes and the development of heart disease. Research into the condition has established that there are two main types of...

  • 2

    Practicing the Speech Skill of Listening

    22 months ago

    Listening is an important part of learning and communication. Without listening, we cannot learn what we are being taught verbally nor can we have efficient communication. To define listening it is necessary to outline...

  • 4

    What is Language?

    22 months ago

    A definition of language which is quite comprehensive is the use of a system of words which people in the same country,community or cultural tradition have in common. Language can also be divided into language...

  • 8

    How Alcohol Affects Your Eyes

    22 months ago

    It is clear that alcohol affects your eyes in many ways. Firstly, there is the temporary effect of distorting vision due to the effects of alcohol on the brain. This is a short-term consequence, occurring mainly during...

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    How is Blood Pressure Measured?

    22 months ago

    Everybody has their blood pressure checked at one time or another either in the context of a general medical check-up or because of specific concerns a doctor may have about their health. There is a range of blood...

  • 1

    Pressure Washers for Outside Cleaning

    22 months ago

    Pressure washers are used extensively for outdoor jobs that require easy cleaning of large areas such as paving and concrete. They are also used for preparing walls for painting outdoors as they require a lot less...

  • 0

    Feeding and mulching roses

    22 months ago

    There are two main reasons for feeding roses. Firstly,well-fed roses have better growth and produce longer-lasting blooms. Secondly, healthier roses are better at resisting disease. Mulching roses has many benefits. It...

  • 2

    Football Fever in Donegal

    22 months ago

    For the first time in twenty years Donegal has reached the All-Ireland final. There are thirty-two counties in Ireland. Each year, all these counties compete for a chance to win the Sam Maguire Cup.Gaelic football is an...

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    Irish Proverbs and Sayings

    22 months ago

    As well as being known for their sense of humor, the Irish have also made a name for themselves with the many sayings, proverbs and blessings that they use. Indeed, every culture has their share of proverbs which are...

  • 5

    A Selection of Irish Jokes

    22 months ago

    The Irish are well-known for their sense of humor and especially for their ability to laugh at themselves.Here is a selection of Irish jokes, designed to make you laugh, giggle or at least smile. As you know, laughter...

  • 2

    Hydro Energy: A Viable Alternative

    22 months ago

    Hydro energy is obtained by harnessing the power of falling water for various uses. It has been used effectively since ancient times to run machinery such as waterwheels, turbines and dock cranes. Throughout history,...

  • 8

    Solar Energy: A Viable Alternative

    22 months ago

    The practice of harnessing solar energy for heat and light has been around since ancient times in one form or another. The current technology of solar energy is in a position to make a significant contribution to the...

  • 2

    Wind Power:A Renewable Source of Energy

    22 months ago

    Wind has been used for energy in the past by sailing ships which used wind to propel the ship along in the absence of any other fuels available. Since then, wind power has not been used in any significant way until...

  • 4

    DIY:Home Improvement Made Easy

    22 months ago

    To undertake a DIY or do-it-yourself project in your home you need a number of things. First of all, you need a plan of what you are going to do so you can focus on the job in hand. The next thing you need are...

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    Decorating:Home Improvement Made Easy

    22 months ago

    Anyone interested in home improvements will appreciate ideas and tips for home decorating in the process of making positive changes to their home. Even if you have specific ideas on how you would like your home to...

  • 6

    Quotations and Words from the Wise

    22 months ago

    The following is a list of my favorite quotations and short poems that I have found inspiring.If I know the source I will add it but sometimes I don't.I hope you enjoy reading them and get some inspiration from them as...

  • 4

    Mental Health Care:A New Approach

    22 months ago

    The problem with traditional mental health care which is currently being addressed is twofold: 1.An over-emphasis on the use of the medical model. 2.An over-use of inpatient treatment. The development of a recovery...

  • 14

    The Dangers of Modern Medicine

    22 months ago

    There is a lot of money spent by pharmaceutical companies and others on advertising the benefits of modern medicine.Consequently,a lot of negative information on the subject does not reach the public domain.Although...

  • 7

    How to Benefit from Meditation

    22 months ago

    It is said that meditation can enhance physical health,help deal with stress and assist one to deal with chronic pain.Other benefits include an improved sleeping pattern as well as feeling happier and more at...

  • 4

    Affirmations: I love and approve of myself

    22 months ago

    Affirmations are used to develop a positive mindset which in turn has positive effects on our lifestyle.They can be described as the power of positive thinking,helping us to achieve whatever we want out of life.Positive...

  • 6

    Ten Top Tips to deal with slugs and snails

    22 months ago

    Slugs and snails are a real headache for the gardener because they do so much damage to plants.They are similar except for the fact that a snail has a shell and a slug doesn't.There are many ways of disposing of them in...

  • 6

    Aloe Vera: A versatile herbal medicine

    22 months ago

    Aloe vera is a very versatile medicinal plant which is used topically for the treatment of wounds,burns and rashes.It is ingested as a colon cleanser or for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.It contains many...

  • 7

    The Benefits of Echinacea

    22 months ago

    Echinacea is a member of the daisy family and includes a variety of flowering plants native to North America.Echinacea is also known as the purple coneflower.It blooms throughout the Summer and is used as a herbal...

  • 2

    A Hub for Hubbers:Content

    22 months ago

    It looks to me that the hubs that get most views are those which are of a general nature and the most successful hubbers are those who write content for the readers rather than what they would prefer to write themselves...

  • 8

    Take Time,Make Time,Have Time

    22 months ago

    Time is the great leveller.It is something everyone has in common whether they are rich or poor,young or old,busy or idle. Another thing about time is that it is finite.We all have a certain amount of time which...

  • 13

    A Collection of Irish Jokes

    22 months ago

    I am a firm believer that a sense of humor is the best gift to have and it is especially important to be able to laugh at ourselves.So without further ado,here is a selection of jokes that I have heard along the journey...

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    A Hub for Hubbers:Traffic

    22 months ago

    What motivates you to be here?You want the elusive opportunity of earning revenue from your hubs and to be a successful writer at the same time. If you are publishing,you are already successful. The only question that...

  • 3

    Psychonutrition: Supplements for Mental Health

    22 months ago

    I saw the word psychonutrition in a magazine article recently and thought it was a great term to use for the discipline of optimizing mental health using diet and supplements. Psychonutrition is basically the study of...

  • 4

    The German Shepherd:King of Working Dogs

    22 months ago

    German shepherds have the best temperament of any dog I have ever come across. This is because they are bright like spaniels and labradors but they are easier to live with because they are not hyperactive.Having...

  • 15

    The Dangers of Alternative Medicine

    22 months ago

    Alternative medicine (also known as natural medicine) is an umbrella term for disciplines such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine etc. Although alternative therapy has a lot to offer as I have...

  • 7

    Fitness and weight loss

    22 months ago

    A balanced diet and a healthy fitness regime are two essential elements when it comes to having a healthy lifespan. They are both different elements of a good lifestyle. For example, someone could eat very well but have...

  • 4

    How to Benefit from Natural Medicine

    22 months ago

    By definition, natural medicine is the use of herbal remedies, natural approaches and traditional practices to cure diseases. The use of natural medicine is present in every culture but most especially in olden times...

  • 3

    How to be a public speaker

    22 months ago

    There is so much to know and say about communication in it’s various forms that the list of talking forums and situations is endless. For example, people communicate on television talk shows, in conversations,on...

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    Alcohol and drug rehabilitation

    22 months ago

    Addictions to drugs and/or alcohol is a common outcome of stress and pressure in one’s life. It is positive however that there is now an understanding of issues of dependency and these addictions can now be...

  • 2

    How to Eat More Fiber in Your Diet

    22 months ago

    There is plenty of research into the benefits of eating enough fiber but a lot of people still don’t eat enough of it to maintain optimal health. The following is a summary of the eight main reasons why eating...

  • 5

    Some tips on dog-training

    22 months ago

    When you get a young dog, it is important to spend some time with him so that he becomes easy to live with and a part of your household or family. There are some hints and tips here to give you some idea on training...

  • 0

    Grow Your Own Vegetables And Fruit

    22 months ago

    In this day and age, there are lots of people undertaking the task of growing their own vegetables and fruit instead of buying them in the supermarket or greengrocers. This new trend ranges from cultivating a small herb...

  • 0

    Colds and Flu in Children

    22 months ago

    It is common for flu and cold to occur together in their attack on a child’s immune system. This combination resuIts in an infection from the cold symptoms while the flu virus causes other symptoms, The treatment...

  • 2

    How to Manage Motion Sickness

    22 months ago

    Travel sickness occurs in children when they are traveling in a train, plane, car, bus or boat. It is characterized by nausea and can lead to vomiting. It is otherwise known as motion sickness and is caused by the wrong...

  • 4

    Boost your metabolism the easy way

    22 months ago

    Metabolism is defined as the rate at which the human body consumes calories and energy. A low metabolic rate means this is done slowly whereas a high metabolism means this transfer of energy occurs quickly. Raising your...

  • 4

    Lose weight the Healthy Way

    22 months ago

    mproving awareness of the risks of obesity is one way of tackling this problem. Carrying excess weight increases one’s risk of stroke or heart attack. It also causes high blood pressure and cancer as well as being...

  • 4

    How to Benefit from Yoga

    22 months ago

    Yoga increases the health of the body by the use of different postures. It is also a good way to relax. For good physical and mental health, yoga is practised regularly by many people.

  • 6

    The History of Dogs

    22 months ago

    From earliest times, man has had dogs for a companion. In the beginning, the dog protected it’s master from attacks from wild animals as well as guarding his livestock.In social evolutionary terms, it is true to...

  • 0

    Stay Healthy with the Right Vitamins

    22 months ago

    The presence of vitamins in food helps to keep us healthy and fit. They are organic substances which are essential in the optimum metabolic function in all systems of our body. They occur naturally in the food we...

  • 2

    Vitamins and Minerals For Good Health

    22 months ago

    There are so many vitamin and mineral nutritional supplements that it is worth while finding out more about them before you purchase.Synergy is the key to the right intake of supplements as many vitamins and minerals...

  • 0

    Nonfluency and Stuttering in Children

    22 months ago

    Fluency problems are just one type of speech and language impairment which occur in children.In some children, nonfluency may be a part of normal language development or may be the beginning of a stammer which the child...

  • 0

    Mania and Depression in Bipolar Disorder.

    22 months ago

    Bipolar disorder also known as manic-depression is characterised by serious shifts in mood which has implications for energy levels,thinking and behaviour.Mania and depression are the two phases of bipolar but there is...

  • 2

    Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

    22 months ago

    Bipolar disorder,previously known as manic depression is a psychiatric condition characterized by serious shifts in mood,thinking,energy and behaviour. Treatment of bipolar involves medication,therapy,lifestyle changes...

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    A History of Irish Whiskey

    22 months ago

    Another name for Irish whiskey is uisce beatha which means water of life.In olden times it was a liqueur and following this it was drunk by the upper classes in Ireland.An illegal form of alcohol called poteen was...

  • 0

    Staying Well with Bipolar

    22 months ago

    Bipolar is a chronic,relapsing condition.Those who have it can live a normal life if they take ownership of and responsibility for it so that it doesn't control their lives.Medication,lifestyle changes and...

  • 0

    Keep Your Heart Healthy

    22 months ago

    Exercise,healthy eating and managing stress are three essential things to do to maintain good health.Get some tips for each of these three areas and be on the way to a healthier lifestyle.

  • 1

    Sleep well,live well

    22 months ago

    Having good sleeping habits is known as sleep hygiene.There are six essential things to do to maintain a healthy sleeping pattern as well as some other tips which might help as well.

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    A Hub for Hubbers:Getting Traffic

    22 months ago

    Getting people to read what you write is important to those of us who write and publish online.This article reviews two sites for getting traffic-best reviewer and social adr which you might find useful.It also outlines...

  • 2

    Vitamins are Good for Your Health

    22 months ago

    Supplementing the diet with vitamins and minerals is one way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.Vitamins and minerals can be taken individually or as a multivitamin supplement. There is a combined or synergistic effect...

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    Eat well and exercise to be healthy

    22 months ago

    Exercise is essential to keep healthy and have a good quality of life.Eating patterns before and after exercise are essential for getting the balance right between the two.The two basic types are aerobic exercise and...

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    How not to be afraid of panic attacks

    22 months ago

    Panic attack symptoms mimic those of a heart attack or stroke so they are very frightening.They can be a problem in themselves or a symptom of a more general anxiety disorder.Treatment of panic attacks has to be...

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    Decluttering your home will declutter your life

    22 months ago

    Getting rid of clutter is essential for good housekeeping because living in a cluttered place drains energy.Make your home easier to live in by following these simple steps to declutter and feel better for your efforts.

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    Skin cancer:What it is,What to do about it?

    22 months ago

    There are three types of skin cancer-basal cell carcinoma,squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.It is common in fair-skinned people with blue or green eyes.Exposure to ultraviolet light i.e.sunlight is the main cause of...

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    The Hedgehog:Organic Pest Control

    22 months ago

    The hedgehog is the gardener's friend as it is a natural predator of common garden pests. The hedgehog is one of the first mammals to evolve and is adapted to an insecctivorous,nocturnal lifestyle.Hedgehogs hibernate in...

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    The Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment

    22 months ago

    Orthodontic treatment straightens and aligns teeth along with promoting optimal growth of the jaw.It helps to bring teeth,jaws and lips into better alignment with each other..Mouth-breathing,abnormal dental occlusion...

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    Feverfew:Herbal Medicine for Migraine

    22 months ago

    Feverfew is a perennial plant originating in Southern Europe with medicinal leaves.It can be used to prevent or treat migraine headaches in a reliable,natural,alternative way when it is taken for a continuous period of...

  • 0

    Some top tips for Job Interviews

    22 months ago

    Preparing for and attending an interview is challenging for the potential employee.Find out about the employer and research what skills are necessary for the job in advance of the interview. Interview performance will...

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    Make Money Online for Newbies

    22 months ago

    Affiliate marketing and freelance writing are two ways for someone new to the internet to make money.The two problems with internet marketing are information overload and aggressive advertising.Data entry is another...

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    Men:Stay well and Be healthy

    22 months ago

    Women are simply healthier than men.Men are ahead of women in all diseases except Alzheimer's disease which men simply don't live long enough to develop.If you get your car serviced regularly why not do the same for...

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    Arbitrage betting:a good approach for gamblers

    22 months ago

    Arbitrage is a betting system that works well in sporting events where there are only two possible outcomes eg.tennis and boxing.It is also commonly used in horse-racing using the difference in odds between two...

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