Lynne’s blog

Aug
5
2016
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Britain and America: How to connect when people don’t agree with you

In the recent British referendum and the ongoing American Presidential campaign, we’ve all had a front row seat to one of the biggest misunderstandings in the West, namely, that most relationships, good and bad, are forged from the erroneous idea that we have to be the same to get along. In fact, conflict is considered […]
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Jul
22
2016
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Making America whole again

As I contemplate the deep divide between the American people and how to re-unite the country – or Britain, for that matter, after the divisive Brexit vote – I think of the work of Don Beck. A former professor of social psychology at University of North Texas, Beck, a florid 75-year-old Texan, is most known […]
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Jul
15
2016
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Brexit: A lucky escape from the Vitamin Laws

Whether or not you’re for or against Brexit, there’s one undeniable area where Britain has an opportunity to improve things: the natural health and supplements market. Back in 2000, the Brussels European Commission declared that there was a wide disparity between the laws of individual EU members on the dosages allowed for vitamin supplements. In […]
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Jul
8
2016
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Brexit: igniting evolution

I live in the UK, but as it happened, I was in America the day of the Brexit vote and the US press reacted as though Britain had taken leave not just of Europe, but of its collective senses. Fox News gave us the moment by moment collapse of the British pound against the US […]
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Jun
17
2016
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Learning from a group of 11 year olds

In 1954, twenty-two 11-year-old Protestant boys from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of similar middleclass backgrounds, unacquainted with each other, boarded two buses bound for a 200-acre Boy Scouts of America summer camp near Robbers Cave State Park in Oklahoma. Observing all of this from his perspective as camp “janitor” was the architect of the study, Muzafer […]
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Jun
3
2016
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The grieving monkey

The papers acted like it was a revelation: the first example, they said, of a wild animal displaying grief. A female snub-nosed monkey was weak and bleeding from the nose. Her partner, the alpha male of the monkey group, warned the other monkeys of their group away and began touching her hand tenderly, before climbing […]
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May
27
2016
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Don’t pass the salt

Thyroid disease is one of the silent epidemics of our time. Around one in every 100 people in Britain suffers from an underactive thyroid, and many more walk around with a general feeling of malaise without knowing why. According to the American Thyroid Association, some 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, 60 […]
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May
20
2016
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Busted: a big lady killer

This is a true story, with just her name changed. Annalise decided she would not die in vain. The Dutch resident suffered for years with pain and a host of strange undiagnosed symptoms before contracting the breast cancer that would eventually kill her. Before her death at the age of 56 in 2008, Annalise decided […]
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May
13
2016
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Why I won’t be moonwalking this weekend

London is holding its Walk the Walk Moonwalk this weekend in various parks this weekend. The ads have been on the radio, making the battle cry, firing up the pink army troops: ‘For together, we will beat breast cancer.’ Hundreds of thousands of women will be showing up in Battersea Park and Clapham Common on […]
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May
5
2016
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How a ban became a blessing: A diary of my workshop in Kuwait

This is a true story of how calamity turned into celebration. Last Wednesday, I got to the airport for my 10:30 am flight to Kuwait only to be refused entry because I was traveling on a US passport that would expire in less than six months. (I’d checked and my travel agent thought it would […]
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