In case you’ve been living under a rock, the World Health Organisation declared the global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. In our new recent reality, coronavirus stories abound — from panic buying of toilet paper to entire countries going on lockdown. But the most heartbreaking stories come from the men and women on the frontline of this fight: doctors, nurses, medics, medical volunteers and other health professionals risking their own safety and that of their families to put others’ lives and safety first. The men and women who, in the worst affected places, are put in the horrible position of having to decide essentially who gets to live and who dies. Let’s take a moment to remember that this has been the daily reality of doctors in war-torn places like Syria for years, or simply a fact of life for doctors practicing in extremely poor countries with very limited resources. Since news of the virus broke, I’ve been constantly discussing the science, the news, virology, epidemiology, people’s reaction (both overreaction and brash dismissals) with several doctor …
Is it a hype or does it work?
The first time a good friend of mine mentioned bulletproof coffee or BPC, I visibly flinched. How can coffee, butter and coconut oil be good, let alone drinkable?! I soon discovered its cult-like following on social media, and numerous fitness influencers who swear by its effects. Of course, I have also come across articles warning me of my potential ignorance should I “fall” for the BPC craze. So far though, it seems supporters outnumber detractors, at least in my ‘algorithmically’ manipulated social media networks.
What’s your why? That is the single most important question you should answer for yourself. Your why may stay the same or change over time, so it’s crucial to constantly reassess and always have this ultimate personal truth in mind. It’s not faux spirituality or an abstract new age concept. It’s logical and quite simple: how can you be the captain of your own life’s ship if you don’t know where you’re heading?
In recent months, there have been a lot of media coverage on the proliferation of ‘fake news’ on social media sharing sites such as Facebook. The fact of the matter is, this isn’t a new phenomenon. Fake, misleading, incomplete, misconstrued, or manipulative information have been and will always be around. It’s up to us to take the bull by the horns and decide what we allow to shape our own opinions.
You know that glow some celebrities have that makes them look way above average and stand out in a crowd like some sort of goddess? It’s called beautiful skin.
In my line of work, I’ve met enough celebrities and TV personalities to know that the ethereal beauty that makes them so mesmerising goes beyond makeup. Beautiful, healthy, youthful skin makes a world of difference and for those moving around in elite circles, they have access to some of the best products out there, not to mention time and money for regular facials, spas and the full R&R treatment.