How is Profiling People Useful?

London Life Coach & Relationship Expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about profiling. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com

Being able to profile someone is not a complete science because no matter how good you are at recognising the facial patterns for surprise, happiness, disgust etc… for true interpretation of why the emotion just flashed on the face you need just that little bit more insight. Sometimes, life provides you with the missing piece to the puzzle, but sometimes you need to delve deeper.

Staring at this face in the audience of my group talk the other day, it was so obvious  9B+24C… +62D… 5B+7B+24D… +4c.

No, I didn’t accidently press number lock! This is how facial profilers code the movements of your face.

Simplified the above means a slight nose wrinkle and more pronounced lip press followed shortly by eyes glancing sideways then an upper lid raise, eyelid tightner and an even strong lip press concluded with a eyebrow lower. Even more simply, the face was angry, but that is only a starting point because I had no idea why the anger was present. I had yet to meet this person, so any attempt to hazard a guess as to the exact cause of the problem would be my perception and not a factual judgement, which as a J type is against my make-up anyway. Perceptions in general are a dangerous water for any profiler to dip their toe in, acquisition of the facts is always necessary for a thorough interpretation.

In life there are lines, yellow lines at the tube station to mark the point where the platform is no longer safe to stand on, red lines that mark a point where accessible turns to off limits and white lines, often in sport, to mark a boundary for play. Whether these lines represent safety, security, conformity or merely guidance they are all there for a reason. If you choose to cross the line you do so at your own risk… But what happens when that line is internal, a personal boundary of sorts. Most likely a quick flash of 9B+24C… +62D… 5B+7B+24D… +4c! At this point, all one can conclude from registering that face is that a personal line had been crossed, but what and by whom was still left unanswered.

People can’t help themselves, they see a physical line they just want to cross it and it’s not just INTJ’s that are the greatest culprits of rule breaking/aversion. It’s seen across the signs less so in some SF typology though. Maybe it is the thrill of going to the unknown or forbidden, a sort of personal dare who knows. However, personal lines/boundaries once crossed are slightly taboo as once the line has been violated it feels almost impossible to go back. This concept and it’s remedy is interestingly discussed in the comedy movie ‘Anger Management’.

During the lunch break, I took time out to speak to the gentleman and found out that he was annoyed at the interruptions by a fellow audience member. The talk finished at 4:30pm and he was concerned we would not cover all the material in time due to his colleague acting as if he owned the room. There it was, the obvious reason and the underlying reason, plain as day. This gentleman was both angry at his colleague as he said but also angry at himself that he had not developed assertiveness skills. I continued to talk to him and uncovered that he got passed over at work for a promotion the previous week amongst other things in his home life. After a few assertiveness sessions in the following weeks at my next group session with the firm, our subject was happily contributing with the others and reportedly up for a promotion.

The gift about seeing that which others try to hide even from themselves, is the ability to help them move on and grow. In this case, put the lines back up, respect them, play the game within your boundaries and above all assert such when needed.

And, when you manage to do that just as my client did, once you make it back across the line, you find your life starts to unfold in ways that you only dreamed of.

Profiling is an invaluable skill in psychotherapy arenas etc… but this is only one aspect, I will endeavour to write other articles on its other uses over time.

I look forward to your comments, either below or send them to us via our contact pages if you wish them to be anonymous.

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How Do We Rid Ourselves of Negative Emotions?

London Life Coach & Clinical Hypnotherapist Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about negative emotions. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com

Thank you for your question. There are many ways to rid ourselves of unwanted negative emotions but further to my response on energy therapies in one of my previous articles I thought it would be interesting to look at how we rid ourselves from negative emotions via energy psychology. There are other ways to deal with the same issue and as most people reading this will know, as a hypnotherapist/life coach myself I also use those techniques when addressing this problem. However, for the purposes of this article I am going to focus mainly on energy therapy.

How do we rid ourselves of negative emotions?

The basic factor that encapsulates energy psychology and all other meridian energy therapies is the fact that they base themselves on the belief that “All negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system.”

This disruption can be measured and is calibrated in units called SUD also known as Standard Units of Discomfort. Such a measurement system was first used in order to evaluate a therapeutic technique called systematic desensitisation as developed by Joseph Wolpe (1958), but they are now common place and used as a standard evaluative measure of the success of energy psychology treatments. The optimum read is Zero i.e no discomfort and this is completely achievable with this form of therapy.

Often client’s come in for treatment and they say that they want to lose weight or quit smoking but however hard they try they just cannot achieve their goal. This is called psychological reversal and can be described as when the subconscious mind does not perform as the conscious mind requires. For example the client who says they want to lose weight may have a secondary gain embedded in their subconscious that prevents them from carrying out their conscious will, perhaps their love of food, or a belief that thin people are unhappy or that thin people are unhealthy. Although these beliefs may not be based on objective facts and evidence, they will feel very real to the client and will hinder their attainment of the original goal.

These beliefs and or secondary gains will disrupt the body’s energy system, and as we saw in my previous article, they can be addressed with many of the energy psychologies available. However, I have chosen to look at EFT as devised by Gary Craig (who trained with Dr Callahan the brains behind thought Field Therapy). Gary Craig reduced TFT to make a simpler approach more accessible and applicable. Craig reduced the 361 meridian points down to 13 which are used in EFT with the first 12 being percussed no matter what the emotional upset followed by a 9 step Gamut on the 13th point.

An overview on the process I would use with a client if they came to me for a treatment in this area (if they did not want to go down the route of hypnosis) would be as follows:-

I would start with the Set up. The “Set-Up Protocol” refers to the process by which the psychological reversal (PR) is solved. It consists of finding one’s sore spot (most likely found on the right or left side of the chest). This point is a pressure point/reflex on the lymphatic system. The sorer the spot is an indication of how strong the psychological reversal. Once found the client would make an opening statement that resonates such as ‘I deeply and profoundly love and accept myself’. More often than not this will not feel comfortable for the client and we would work together on finding out how true each statement is on a scale of 1 to 10 and then re-evaluating after the percussion of all the points. Once the set up point has been calibrated the 12 step tapping routing can commence.

After completion of this the final stage is called the 9 Gamut Routine.

The 9 Gamut routine is carried out by continually tapping on the TH03 meridian point while following a 9 step routine slightly oversimplified this would be – eyes closed, eyes open, eyes down right, eyes down left, rotate eyes clockwise, rotate eyes anticlockwise, hum, count to five and hum again.   Its purpose is to engage and balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain – creating activity and balance bilaterally will also increase the number of neuron firing in each hemisphere allowing communication as well as balance.

Once this has been achieved the original statement would be re-evaluated and the client would then see how they feel about the change. More often than not clients who are new to this type of therapy are surprised at how much emotion is let go by what appears on the surface as such a simple process. The great thing about tapping is that you can do it at home and in between sessions be improving each and every day.

I am pleased to be able to use this procedure in my treatments where necessary and when the client is interested in a different approach to the issue before them. If you have any further questions contact me through City Connect, leave a comment or ask a question through our Q+A page.

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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Bridge”

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Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mike (J. August Richards)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had a very difficult season. Time and again, the show has failed to find a coherent tone or a captive audience (in the US, ratings for the show have steadily declined since the Pilot). Between the poor dialogue writing, lack of interesting characters and an inability to decide what kind of show it wants to be, it is not hard to see why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is unlikely to be winning any television awards in the near future. This is unfortunate as the show has been getting progressively better recently. The newest episode, The Bridge, is a high watermark for the programme so far. The Bridge is the first episode in which the series realises its potential as a combination of drama, action and comedy television. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that for the first time in this superhero television show, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team actually work with a superhero.

The episode begins as a psychopathic military strategist named Edison Po (Cullen Douglas) is broken out of prison by a group of superhuman soldiers created by Centipede; the mysterious organisation that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team have been pursuing since the Pilot. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his fellow teammates begin the hunt for Po, his accomplices and an enigmatic figure called “The Clairvoyant” who seems to be one step ahead of S.H.I.E.L.D. (interestingly, Marvel Studios has a policy against using clairvoyant or psychic characters in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to avoid any perceived connection to the X-Men franchise). In order to combat the Centipede-enhanced soldiers, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team recruits Mike Petersen (J. August Richards); the superhuman “villain” of the pilot episode, who is now attempting to turn his life around. With a literal superhero in tow, Coulson leads an assault on Centipede… with shocking results.

The fact that it has taken this long for a superhero character to join the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is a clear demonstration of how directionless and misguided the show has been until now. What separates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from other science fiction procedural dramas is the fact that it is set within a pre-established universe filled with superhuman heroes and villains. Until the re-introduction of Mike, the creators of the show have ignored the perfect opportunity to create unique characters and stories out of this premise. Now that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team have a superhero of their own, the creators seemingly intend to finally embrace the comicbook source material. Mike is even given a “costume” that resembles the kind of black rubber outfits worn in superhero movies of the 90s and early 2000s. Clearly, the show’s creators are having fun with the premise of a hero on the team. Mike’s superhuman strength provides for more visually interesting action sequences then what is usually offered by the show. J. August Richards delivers a strong and poignant performance in this role. It is abundantly clear that Mike should have been a recurring character from the very beginning. Interestingly, Skye (Chloe Bennet), the character who began as the “audience surrogate” figure that viewers were supposed to relate to, has been very much pushed to the sidelines. Her ongoing search to find her birth mother is mentioned and then very quickly dismissed; May (Ming-Na Wen) literally walks on screen, faces the audience and informs Skye (and by extension, us) that her quest to find her mom is simply no longer important.

The episode attempts to provide a shocking ending that will rejuvenate interest in the show. Between this ending, the introduction of new heroes and villains and the temporary dismissing of Skye as main character, one could argue that the show’s creators are trying to reassemble Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up. The episode’s second scene reintroduces all of the team members as if it’s the start of a new season (rather than the end of a short mid-season break). The episode’s tone also feels very different from what has come before. Many of the Joss Whedon-esque one-liners and snappy dialogue is surprisingly absent from The Bridge. Whereas there was a period in the show’s history when 90% of the dialogue was made up of sassy jokes, the characters now communicate to one another in a more serious and more realistically human manner. Perhaps by the time that this episode was filmed, the initial episodes had aired and the production team realised that a change was needed if the show was to survive. Even the introduction of a new villain in the personage of The Clairvoyant feels like a sort of “narrative housecleaning”. Ruth Negga returns of Raina, the femme fatale in the flower dress from a previous episode. However, whereas before, Raina was written as a leader in the ranks of Centipede, she is now presented more as a henchwoman to Po and The Clairvoyant. In one sense, this is an embarrassing reminder of the state of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; that is has to essentially re-invent itself in order to become compelling television. However, in another sense this transformation should be very much welcomed. For the first time since the Pilot, the mystery villains seem genuinely compelling and the stakes for the characters are truly gripping. Here’s hoping that the show lasts long enough to become the programme it was always supposed to be.

Should I Tell Her I Love Her?

London Life Coach & Relationship Expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams gives some relationship advice. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com

Vincent van Gogh once said “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done”

I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t spoken to your sister for nearly 3 years, but am pleased circumstance is throwing you a chance meet at your cousin’s wedding.

The fact that you have asked the question is a clear indicator you are looking for resolve.

A lifetime of love and not just the romantic kind but the unconditional and friendship kind. Now there’s a miracle. We all want to be loved…to be happy but we tend to be scared to show we love until someone shows us first. Our inability to show love and compassion due to the fear of rejection and the choices we make because of it, these are the things that tear us down and sabotage our happiness. However, when something bad happens, our instinct is to reach out and grab the special people around us, the ones who matter the most, the ones we take for granted all the time and tell them how precious they are to us, how knowing them makes our life better every single day that we are alive. In those moments our fear of rejection is superseded by our love.

Is there really any reason we should only have this courage in the face of adversity, death, tragedy….surely not… perhaps this wedding, a joyous occassion anyway, is the perfect place to mend the rift.

In general we all need to look to the vibes we give out before we criticise those we get back. So in summary, prepare yourself for the worst but give it your best attempt as then whatever happens you know you held up your end with dignity.

Good luck.

Obesity Linked to Poor Cognitive Health

A study of 6401 Whitehall civil servants has revealed that obesity and metabolic abnormalities, including high blood sugar, abnormal lipid levels and high blood pressure, can increase the risk of cognitive decline. The research, by scientists at the INSERM research institute in Paris and University College London, are published on 21 August in the journal Neurology.

Research groups have been following Whitehall civil servants for a number of decades, gaining valuable insight into risk factors for ill health. This research, part of the Whitehall II study, followed 4556 male and 1845 female civil servants over a ten year period to look for factors influencing cognitive decline. The average age of the volunteers was 50 at the start of the study.

Over the course of the study, each civil servant was assessed for body mass index (BMI), metabolic status and cognitive function. Metabolic status took into account blood pressure, blood lipid levels and blood sugar levels. Volunteers were classed as having a ‘metabolic abnormality’ if two of the measures were out of the normal range, including high blood pressure, high blood glucose or diabetes, low levels of ‘protective’ HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides in blood. Cognitive status was tested three times over the ten year period using memory and thinking tests.

The team found that cognitive performance at the start of the study was poorer in those with a higher BMI in the metabolically normal group, suggesting obesity to be a standalone risk factor for cognitive decline. For volunteers of a normal weight, metabolic abnormality was also associated with poorer performance on memory and thinking tests.

When looking over the ten year period, the scientists observed a trend towards faster cognitive decline with increasing BMI in volunteers with metabolic abnormalities, suggesting both may contribute to memory and thinking problems later in life.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“This large study of Whitehall civil servants may not be representative of the population as a whole, but it does provide valuable insight into the potential risk factors for cognitive decline. We do not yet know why obesity and metabolic abnormality are linked to poorer brain performance, but with obesity levels on the rise, it will be important to delve a little deeper into this association.

“While the study itself focuses on cognitive decline, previous research suggests that a healthy diet, regular exercise, not smoking and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol in midlife can also help stave off dementia. With dementia figures spiralling towards a million, the findings suggest we should be conscious of our general health throughout life.”

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Marriage Equality & the Ice Cream Truck of Love

Here at City Connect, we believe that everyone should have the right to marry the person they love no matter what their sexual orientation. That is why we are proud to support Features Writer Adrian Fernand and his project to raise awareness about marriage equality in Australia.

Many of you know Adrian Fernand as the creator of the blog I Do Believe I Came With A Hat and he is a regular contributor on City Connect sharing his unique etiquette and social protocol advice as the unoffical Agony Uncle of Australia and the World!

We all love ice cream (unless you’re lactose intolerant!). Some people like vanilla. Others like chocolate and some prefer strawberry. If the government were to say that someone wasn’t allowed ice cream just because they prefer strawberry rather than vanilla, that wouldn’t be considered very fair.

When it comes to marriage equality, it’s the same principle. Why should a loving and committed gay or lesbian couple be denied the right to get officially married just because of their sexual orientation?

Adrian Fernand has become a spokesperson for marriage equality in Australia and has come up with the innovative idea of the Ice Cream Truck of Love which will be travelling around Australia handing out free ice cream to demonstrate that people should be treated the same regardless of their personal preference.

The campaign is a non-political and a-religious way to raise awareness about marriage equality across several locations in Australia including Sydney and Brisbane. Adrian says: “For too long now only a certain portion of the community has been able to get hitched to the person they love, and quite frankly we think that stinks. What’s to say that marriage can’t be between two people, no matter their gender or whether they’re purple and covered in yellow polka dots? So we’re doing something about it.”

Soon, the Australian Senate will be discussing same sex marriage and what it means for the country. Adrian believes that the Senate needs to hear the voice of those who believe that same sex marriage should be made legal. At City Connect, we tend to agree with him. Watch the video below for more information about this worthwhile cause.

City Connect is supporting Adrian’s worthy cause to get the Ice Cream Truck of Love on the road and spread the word about marriage equality. Adrian is raising money through crowd funding for the project which is estimated to cost $30,000 AUD. Your donations will help give Australians not just free ice cream but hopefully the ability to marry the person they love regardless of gender when the Senate votes on marriage equality.

If you would like to support this worthwhile project, please click here to donate. No matter how big or small your donation, you will be supporting the important issue of marriage equality and helping to change the lives of same sex couples all over Australia who want to get married. In the UK, City Connect also supports marriage equality for same sex couples and we will be responding to the UK Government’s consultation in support of this key issue.

To keep updated on what’s happening with the Ice Cream Truck of Love project, follow all the latest developments on Twitter or Facebook.

Dating in the Workplace – Recipe for Disaster?

London Life Coach & Relationship Expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about workplace dating. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com

Dating at work is definitely becoming more commonplace but just because everyone else is doing it, does that mean you should too? If that was the case then I’d dye my hair the new trendy shade of orange in the style of Pixie Geldof and watch as my clients flocked anywhere but my therapy couch!

Dating is a form of interaction - in the olden days more a courtship. With the hours of workers increasing and the recession playing its part in the reduction in socialising, is it any wonder we are looking to find love over the photocopier?

The muddy waters tend to appear if you work in very close proximity or the hierarchy of either of your positions has an effect on your working life.

I am not saying you cannot meet the perfect person for you at work, but just before you jump in with both feet, perhaps ask yourself:

1. Is this just a natural progression as we spend so much time together and we would like to get to know each other on a romantic level?

2. Would I still have chosen to date my current object of affection if I managed my time better, accepted a few more invitations out with my friends and opened myself up to meeting new people?

If your answer to the first question was yes, perhaps take the leap but don’t forget your safety net. If you answered yes to the second, run while you still can – you deserve better.

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Repairs”

 

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 The shadowy figure haunting the S.H.I.E.L.D. team

Almost all science fiction television shows attempt a “horror episode”; a stand-alone story in which the main characters are thrust into a plot that echoes the conventions of a horror movie. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts its first horror episode with Repairs. Whilst not quite as engaging as last week’s The Well, the episode is certainly strong in comparison to the majority of entries in the series so far. There are still some major faults that puncture any sense of consistency, but Repairs is certainly evidence of gradual improvement (the episode’s title is somewhat ironic).

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team investigate a young woman, Hannah (Laura Seay), who has been demonstrating dangerous telekinetic abilities (moving objects with her mind) since a terrible accident occurred at the particle accelerator where she worked. Hannah has been facing ostracising abuse from her neighbours as they blame her for the deaths of several of her co-workers. This bullying is seemingly causing Hannah’s powers to become progressively more dangerous and S.H.I.E.L.D. is required to move her to a save location. However, once Hannah is relocated to the plane, she is tormented by a shadowy figure that can appear and disappear at will. Soon Coulson and the others begin to suspect that things are not as they seem. The episode has multiple plot-lines unfolding simultaneously; the main narrative involves Hannah and her haunting tormentor, yet the episode also touches on Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) frustration about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s policies as well as Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons’ (Elizabeth Henstridge) childish attempts to pull pranks on their team-mates. The underlying sub-plot that links these three separate plots together concerns the previously unknown back-story of May (Ming-Na Wen). May’s troubled history provides a contrast to the other three plot-lines. The episode’s theme is about mistakes and regret; the mistakes of May’s past are contrasted to the mistakes that Hannah believes that she has made. These themes are complex and to the episode’s credit, they are explored in a delicate and mature manner. Hannah is a very religious person and so frames her mysterious powers and her shadowy attacker as evidence that God is punishing her for her mistakes. May is so traumatised by her mistakes that her entire personality has changed as a result. Repairs could be seen as a rather cerebral episode, taking interesting stances on challenging concepts. Themes of blame, forgiveness and the impact that mistakes can have on a person’s life are all examined in the narrative.

The performances are relatively strong. Guest star Laura Seay does a great job at making the audience sympathise with Hannah and the tragedy of her life. Ming-Na Wen imbues May with a great deal of sadness despite never exactly addressing her dark past. Also impressive is the combination of atmosphere and clever special effects techniques that help to create a sense of tension. The “horror” aspect of the episode begins when the mysterious figure cuts the plane’s power, forcing the characters to stumble around in the dark whilst trying to protect themselves and Hannah from attack. Not only is the villain concealed in the background and in shadows, he is frequently shown disappearing and reappearing through the use of computer effects. There is a real feeling a dread as the characters blindly amble around the dark corridors, being attacked on all sides by their antagonist. Unfortunately, it is extremely obvious from a very early point who the villain is but the show’s writers should be commended for inventing an interesting motivation for the villain; something more complex than the antagonists of previous episodes. Indeed, the writing of this episode is particularly good. For the most part, the characters interact and communicate like real people as opposed to a few episodes ago when everyone spoke in a series of one-liners and witticisms. There is a particularly effective sequence in which Skye and Hannah share a moment together and discuss the nature of God (the atheist Skye has a more positive view of God than the religious Hannah). The science fiction aspect of the show, the explanation for Hannah’s powers and the powers of her attacker, are very clever and subtly tie in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (of which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a spin-off).

Not that the writing is faultless. Once again the show has difficulty defining exactly what kind of organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. is. Skye’s protesting about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s apprehension policies and the revelations about May’s back-story paint the organisation as very morally grey, something more akin to the way they are presented in the Marvel films. However, this is inter-cut with Fitz and Simmons playing silly pranks on each other and the characters meeting up at the end of the day for a game of Scrabble. The show’s creators seem to want S.H.I.E.L.D. to be both a sinister paramilitary force as well as a big happy family of nice friendly people. The dissonance is astounding and very off-putting. If it was clearly established that Coulson’s team where the exception, that they are a team instead of a unit and that is what makes them special, then there would be no discord. Such a notion is never brought up; S.H.I.E.L.D. is whatever the writers and production crew need it to be for the episode to work.

Repairs is another strong episode but many more will be needed to balance the plethora of extremely underwhelming episodes that have aired so far.

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How Can I Raise My Energy Levels?

London Life Coach & Wellbeing Consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about energy levels. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website www.sloansw.com

Thank you for your question on how to raise your energy levels and whether it could be supplemented by diet. As a Life Coach I am not a nutritionist but it seems quite evident from what you’re talking about that your decreased energy levels and decreased immunity may be based on iron deficiency.

I would suggest iron deficiency as my first port of call because of the hair loss, the brittle nails, the fatigue and the fainting and dizzy spells that you’ve been having. It is indeed a most common nutritional deficiency in our modern diet and it’s possible that even as many as 1 in 4 people could be lacking in iron.

Alternatively it could be a B12 deficiency because in addition to the symptoms you gave me you have also expressed that you feel quite angry. By not knowing the other symptoms or potential causes for this, it is difficult to jump to any conclusion with 100% satisfaction, however in a recent study of 100 people the majority of people who were anaemic we also found to be deficient in B12.

Therefore if you do not want to go to the doctor – although I heavily advise that you do – you may find  some relief from having a combined multi-vitamin tablet that includes iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin C. I choose vitamin C to be taken with these tablets, either as part of one tablet or in addition because a lot of what I’ve suggested to you helps vitamin C helps the absorption of such. There are many products available be it from high street shops such as Holland & Barrett and GNC or online reputable companies such as GoldShield and Health Span.

However before you jump on the bandwagon of introducing supplements into your diet, which I know you have suggested, I would highly recommend buying a juicer or blender and trying to find natural alternatives for these vitamins. You will find  that green leafy vegetables also play a part in a lot of the things that you may be lacking so I suggest Googling the items of fruit or vegetable you enjoy and seeing how many of these contain iron, B12, folic acid and vitamin C.  Whatever you can’t naturally increase in your diet perhaps then supplement with nutrition.

In addition it is always good to increase the antioxidants in your system as you have mentioned a decrease in your immune system and these are highly sought after to increase your immunity.

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