Health&Fitness

Mary O'Donnell

Mary O’Donnell: Organic Products Which Are Kind To The Skin

January 5, 2015 at 11:39 am Comments are Disabled

RECENTLY I was a judge for the Irish Spa awards and I had the pleasure to be introduced to Voya. This company from Strandhill, County Sligo, is fast becoming an Irish success internationally. Voya has adopted organic and sustainable ways of creating products. They use only sustainable harvesting practices to ensure that […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Quick And Tasty Dish For January

The Chef’s Table: A Quick And Tasty Dish For January

January 4, 2015 at 10:37 am Comments are Disabled

  Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies, on a healthy dish for January… If your new years resolution is to eat healthy, try this tasty chicken dish. Cheap, tasty, quick and healthy this recipe pushes all the buttons to start the year with a healthy diet. Grilled Harissa […]

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Roger Harty: The Mastery Of Habits

Roger Harty: The Mastery Of Habits

January 4, 2015 at 10:36 am 1 comment

  THIS is the start of a new year. A new dawn beckons so this is the perfect time to discuss habits. So what is the big deal about habits? Probably the most interesting statement I have ever heard about habits is the following: ‘Habits make Habits’. Very simple, very […]

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Fitness: Should You Train Sore Muscles?

Fitness: Should You Train Sore Muscles?

January 3, 2015 at 10:01 am Comments are Disabled

Tom O’Regan of RnR Fitness in Tralee has some advice on whether you should train with sore muscles… We explore whether your DOMS (Delayed onset muscle soreness) mean you should skip the gym or grit your teeth and power through the pain No pain no gain. At least, If you […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Healthy Essentials For Your Food Press

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Healthy Essentials For Your Food Press

January 1, 2015 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled

  Our health expert, Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park, on the healthy foods you should have in your press as the new year dawns… What should you have in your press? It’s easier to eat healthily and whip up delicious meals if you already have […]

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Roger Harty: Mindfulness In Everyday Life

Roger Harty: Mindfulness In Everyday Life

December 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm Comments are Disabled

When you ask the question ‘what are we?’ an obvious answer is ‘Human Beings’. To an alien coming from outer space that would sound very strange as he would observe that we spend the majority of our waking time ‘Doing’. Perhaps we should be called ‘Human Do’ers’ instead – at […]

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Roger Harty: Mindfulness At Work

Roger Harty: Mindfulness At Work

December 21, 2014 at 11:24 am Comments are Disabled

  From the beginning of time mindfulness and meditation have been very misunderstood practices in The Western Hemisphere. The reason it is misunderstood is that you cannot really understand it. You have to experience it from doing it (or at least experience the benefit of it) in the same way […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: All You Wanted To Know About Gout

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: All You Wanted To Know About Gout

December 18, 2014 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park, on a condition that mainly affects  men and can be very painful… Gout is a rheumatic condition that predominantly affects middle-aged men. It is ten times more common in men than in women. The most common site for an […]

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Fitness: The Five Components Of Fitness

Fitness: The Five Components Of Fitness

December 18, 2014 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

This week, after examining some of the principals of exercise, Michael Ryan, of RnR Fitness in Tralee,  looks at the five components of fitness and how to train them effectively. Components Of Fitness The five components of physical fitness are: • Cardiovascular endurance • Muscle strength • Muscle endurance • […]

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Roger Harty: The Meaning Of Truth

Roger Harty: The Meaning Of Truth

December 14, 2014 at 11:32 am Comments are Disabled

AS I wrote in a previous article, happiness can be best achieved in life not necessarily by finding the right answers, but perhaps by asking the right questions. To this effect a great question to ask is ‘What is the meaning of Truth?’ Now Roger figure your way out of […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Raynaud’s Disease Explained

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Raynaud’s Disease Explained

December 11, 2014 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Raynaud’s Disease… What is Raynaud’s Disease? Raynaud’s disease is a condition which affects the extremities – predominantly the fingers and toes, but sometimes the ears, and on rare occasions the nose, chin or cheeks. The symptoms are a […]

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Fitness: The Principles Of A Proper Exercise Regimen

Fitness: The Principles Of A Proper Exercise Regimen

December 11, 2014 at 9:28 am Comments are Disabled

  This week in the second of a 3 part series, Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness in Tralee, continues to examine the principles of a proper exercise regimen… 1. Adaptations The body will react and adapt slowly overtime to the increased training loads imposed on it. Adaptation occurs during the recovery […]

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At the launch of touch therapy treatments in Nádúr Spa in the Ballygarry were, from left. Emma Garry, Zebib Jemal, Bridget Concagh and Sandra Rwan. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

New Treatments For Cancer Sufferers Launched At Nádúr Spa

December 10, 2014 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

THE Nádúr Spa at Ballygarry House Hotel launched a new line of ‘touch therapy’ treatments aimed at people suffering with cancer on Tuesday night. The new series of treatments is specifically developed for those experiencing the discomfort of common side effects associated with Radium, Chemotherapy and Cancer Related Surgery. “Unfortunately we […]

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Roger Harty: Panic Attacks

Roger Harty: Panic Attacks

December 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm Comments are Disabled

MY sincerest sympathy and empathy goes out to anybody who suffers from panic attacks. Having experienced them in reality myself I can honestly say that I don’t think there is a worse feeling in the world. If you are an onlooker it is a scary experience to witness someone having […]

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Visitor Restrictions As Vomiting Bug Back In Kerry General Hospital

Visitor Restrictions As Vomiting Bug Back In Kerry General Hospital

December 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm Comments are Disabled

STRICT visitor restrictions have been introduced with immediate effect at Kerry General Hospital (KGH) due to a number of patients with suspected norovirus – commonly known as the vomiting bug. Visitors are asked to adhere strictly to the visiting times which are 2pm-4pm and 6.30pm-8.30pm. Two visitors are allowed per patient with […]

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Fitness: Principles, Components And Variables Of Fitness

Fitness: Principles, Components And Variables Of Fitness

December 4, 2014 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness in Tralee on basic exercise principles… In developing an effective physical fitness program, you must adhere to basic exercise principles, regardless of your fitness level. In the first of a three part series I will look at the principles of an effective training programme. This […]

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Roger Harty: The Chakras

Roger Harty: The Chakras

November 30, 2014 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

WHEN we look at life and particularly the human body through the ‘eyes’ of energy everything begins to make sense. Because our bodies are energy, there is an energy field around every single living thing so it would make sense that we connect with other energy sources such as heat, light […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Alzheimer’s Disease

November 27, 2014 at 10:41 am Comments are Disabled

  Dr Caitlin O’Connor of the Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Alzheimer’s Disease… What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is type of dementia that causes a progressive decline in the mental functions that affect memory, thinking, language and behaviour. It is most common in people aged 65 […]

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Fitness: How Interval Training Can Be A Great Tool To Reach Your Goal

Fitness: How Interval Training Can Be A Great Tool To Reach Your Goal

November 27, 2014 at 10:41 am Comments are Disabled

  Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness in Tralee explains the benefits of interval training in your routine… Interval training: What is it? An interval training involves alternating bursts of high-intensity exercise with periods of low-intensity exercise (the recovery phase) predominantly used in running or circuits. The  constant variations in speed […]

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Roger Harty: The Power Of Laughter

Roger Harty: The Power Of Laughter

November 23, 2014 at 9:07 am Comments are Disabled

SOME of the old sayings carry great wisdom within and one of the best known of these old sayings is ‘laughter is the best medicine’. The reason these sayings are so wise is that they carry a great deal of truth in them, so I think it is worth examining […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Common Problem Of Arthritis

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: The Common Problem Of Arthritis

November 20, 2014 at 9:48 am Comments are Disabled

  Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on the common problem of arthritis… About 10% of all Irish adults have moderate or severe Osteoarthritis (OA). Women are 2-3 times more likely to be affected than men. Arthritis is common in older people. This condition can […]

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Roger Harty: ‘I Have A Plan’ Part 2

Roger Harty: ‘I Have A Plan’ Part 2

November 16, 2014 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

AS I wrote in my previous article (here), in the area of psychological illness (depression anxiety, panic attacks etc.) I believe many lives have been saved due to medical intervention. However, unfortunately,  I also believe many lives have been lost because adequate attention has not been paid to the other […]

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Fitness: All You Wanted To Know About Carbs

Fitness: All You Wanted To Know About Carbs

November 14, 2014 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness in Tralee talks about carbs and how they can help your exercise regime… Carbohydrates can be a useful energy source for fuelling your workouts and achieving your fitness goals, however they must be treated with a certain degree of caution. Below I will tackle and answer some […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Osteoporosis – The Silent Disease

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Osteoporosis – The Silent Disease

November 14, 2014 at 9:29 am Comments are Disabled

Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on Osteoporosis… Osteoporosis means porous bones. It is a silent disease that is usually not diagnosed until a fracture/s (broken bone/s) occurs. Bone is a living tissue that is constantly being removed and replaced. As we get older, more […]

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Blood Donor Clinics In The Brandon Hotel This Week

Blood Donor Clinics In The Brandon Hotel This Week

November 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm Comments are Disabled

BLOOD donor clinics will be set up in the Brandon Hotel on behalf of The Irish Blood Transfusion Service next week. The times and dates the blood clinics will be operating are… • Monday, Nov 10, 5pm – 8:30pm • Tuesday, Nov 11, 3pm – 5pm and 7pm – 9pm • Wednesday, […]

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Roger Harty: ‘I Have A Plan’

Roger Harty: ‘I Have A Plan’

November 10, 2014 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

  BEFORE I begin, I believe I should inform the readers that I got most of my knowledge as a direct result from recovery from mental illness (depression). Having travelled the journey and made a full recovery (whatever that is!), I realised the importance of having a good plan as […]

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Fitness: Advice For Weight Training And What’s The Best Day To Exercise?

Fitness: Advice For Weight Training And What’s The Best Day To Exercise?

November 6, 2014 at 9:25 am Comments are Disabled

Michael Ryan of RnR Fitness in Tralee answers some common questions about exercise and fitness… Q: What time is best of day for exercising? I don’t seem to have enough time for it? A: There is no right or wrong answer to your question as everyone is different both emotionally […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Everything You Wanted To Know About Antibiotics

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Everything You Wanted To Know About Antibiotics

November 6, 2014 at 9:25 am 1 comment

  Dr Caitlin O’Connor of Tralee Medical Centre in St Brendan’s Park on antibiotics – the benefits, the side effects and the potential dangers… Antibiotics are a group of drugs used to treat various infections caused by bacteria. The first antibiotic was discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 in […]

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Roger Harty: The Art Of ‘Kaizen’

Roger Harty: The Art Of ‘Kaizen’

November 2, 2014 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

  ‘KAIZEN’ is a Japanese word meaning ‘good change’ but it is used in business terms meaning the philosophy of ‘continuous effort at improvement’. The great Toyota car company in Japan would be a good example of the kaizen philosophy at work. As I have often said, there is a […]

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Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Bullying

Dr Caitlin O’Connor: Advice On Bullying

October 30, 2014 at 9:59 am Comments are Disabled

Our health expert, Dr Caitlin O’Connor, on the problem of bullying… Many children and young people experience the long-standing dilemma of bullying sometime in their lives. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and helpless but no one deserves to be bullied and you owe it to […]

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