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Below you will find a selection of the most recent entries from bloggers in our Family section. To view the entries from individual bloggers, click on the links below:

  • Birgit Suess is a Swiss-American who grew up between the US and Switzerland and speaks English, German and Swiss-German. Because of a worldwide shortage of Speech Therapists, she uses technology to connect special needs students around the world with English speaking Speech Therapists. With almost 20 years of experience as a Speech Therapist and 10 years experience with Teletherapy, she is a pioneer in the Teletherapy world. Her personal specialty is working on social language with high functioning children on the Autism Spectrum. Her passion is finding new and innovative ways to help children with special needs.

  • Dr. Irina Schurov is a Nutritional Neuroscientist with a PhD from Cambridge University (UK) and over 20 years’ experience in science and health-providing services. She created and founded LiveRight, an initiative to help others through nutrition and wellbeing strategies. By building an educational platform around healthy eating habits, by restoring the relationships between people and food, by supporting your individual circumstances and through personalized coaching in nutrition, she wants to help you and your family achieve the optimal balance between help and life.

  • Micaela Crespo started her expat adventures at the age of 17. During her expat journey she obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering, she became a project manager, started blogging, got married and had two children. She believes all expat mums have the potential of carrying out their dreams! She created Expat Lifehacks to help expat mothers who feel overwhelmed and lost develop the confidence and strategies they need to feel fully supported and thrive.

  • Hiba Samawi (formerly Giacoletto)
    Hiba is a Psychologist and Coach working in Geneva, Lausanne and online. She previously ran Healthwise.ch, a health coaching business where she also created healthy recipes. She now specializes mostly in difficulties around relationships, emotions, making healthy change and eating, and also offers group sessions, both in-person in Geneva/Lausanne and online.

  • Dr. Penny Fraser
    Dr Penny is a British-trained Emergency Medicine doctor, who lives in Geneva.  She is also the mother of two busy little skiers aged 7 and 8. Along with Dr Michelle Wright and her other colleagues at HealthFirst, she has a passion for delivering health education and First Aid training to the English-speaking community in Switzerland. 

  • Milena McRae

    Milena McRae works with individuals and groups from all walks of life, helping them build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.  As a certified life coach, she specialises in helping you discover your purpose and create an environment that is supportive of it.  In working with Milena, you will be guided to analyse your existing beliefs, patterns of thinking and behaviors that are at the core of your current results and then transform and align them with your desired results.

  • Johdi Woodford
    Born in Zimbabwe in 1979, Johdi discovered Pilates in 1999 when a leg injury ended her marathon running career and an osteopath suggested she try Pilates. Arriving in Switzerland in 2004, she decided to make her passion her career and trained to become a Pilates Instructor after the birth of her first child. Johdi opened Little Bird Pilates in 2014 with the aim of sharing her passion for intelligent exercise to a wider audience. Her main aim is to help people, of any age and any sporting background, to find freedom of movement, and gain strength and suppleness without pain and discomfort.

  • Tanya Jeannet
    With children of her own, Tanya understands only too well the challenges of working and having children, and is determined to provide a service, through her franchise business, Rockmybaby, that will help make life a little easier for families when it comes to childcare. She strives to help parents feel confident in the care of their children so that they can have some well-deserved time-out’s for themselves.
  • Duncan Delreeve (formerly Reeve) - Peak of Wellbeing
    Duncan has been in the health, fitness and wellbeing industry for over 19 years and works with clients in Europe and the UK on a one to one basis, in small groups and via workshops. His specialist areas include Golf Performance Conditioning, Back Pain and Core Strengthening, Rehabilitation and Corrective Exercise.

  • Jennie Delreeve (formerly Delbridge) - Peak of Wellbeing
    Jennie has worked professionally in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and is passionate about helping others to achieve peak health and wellbeing.  She works on a one to one basis and runs workshops, talks and seminars throughout Europe, including the UK.


By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Why people have high cholesterol levels and what does it mean?

Cholesterol’s main job in the body is to clear up inflammation. It does many other things, but this is one of it’s main roles. So if a person has high cholesterol levels, it means that their body is inflamed. Inflammation tends to be in the gut or digestive system.

Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely through the body. In fact, the body actually produces 12 eggs worth of cholesterol daily in the liver!  However, inflammation in the body causes the cholesterol to become trapped. Inflammation is your body’s natural defense to an invader such as bacteria, toxins or virus. If we constantly expose the body to large amounts of toxins and foods the body was never designed to eat, we create chronic inflammation. Same applies to cholesterol.

Although a lot of people are eating low fat diets with very little meat, a huge percentage of the population are taking cholesterol lowering drugs and heart disease is at an all time high.

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Today a client asked me ‘What is the thyroid gland and what does it do?’

A great question! According to Dr. Cass Ingram, author of the Body Shape Diet, the thyroid is known as the ‘master of metabolism.’ One of it’s most important roles is controlling the metabolic rate. This gland also has a role to play in immune function and circulation. Hence why most people who have a thyroid condition suffer from freezing cold hands and feet.

The thyroid needs iodine to function optimally. Iodine can be found in fish and seafood. The idea is that water runs down the rocks, collecting iodine and depositing it into the sea. Hence why fish, seafood and kelp should contain good amounts of Iodine. In the Alps for example, water runs extremely fast down steep mountains and often there isn’t enough time for large quantities of iodine to be collected. People in these regions can often suffer from thyroid issues. On top of this, in certain parts of Europe and the Alps, sauerkraut is a local dish. Extremely nutritious if you don’t have thyroid issues. However, It is known that these kinds of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli etc. can block thyroid function when eaten raw.

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By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Wild Salmon is a great food which feeds the adrenal glands, thyroid gland and pituitary gland. It should be bright pink in colour if it’s wild. The paler versions are often farmed. It provides good levels of Vitamin A, E, D, B12 and B6 plus great levels of calcium, potassium and copper. All are vital for healthy skin, teeth, bones, glands and a balanced mood.

It is very high in protein and good Fats, which will ensure energy levels are high all day long.

The high levels of omega 3 oil in salmon is extremely beneficial for people with depression or diseases such as Alzheimer.

There is currently a lot of controversy surrounding omega 3 fish oils. Some say they cause inflammation in the body and some say it reduces inflammation. I have found it has only ever caused inflammation when people are using fish oil supplements. Many fish oil supplements are toxic and contain soya oil plus other fillers. Yes, this will cause inflammation in the body.


By Duncan Reeve, Peak of Wellbeing

Did you know that existing muscle imbalances could be hampering your swing, causing a potential injury and preventing you from improving?

The full swing requires nearly perfect joint mechanics for optimum performance & injury prevention.

Through years of training golfers and rehabilitating backs, shoulders, knees and hips, I have found that the majority of male golfers could greatly benefit from improved flexibility in the hips and low back. This lack of flexibility in the back could show up as excessive movement from the hips, with too much sideways movement in the backswing. In addition, the upper back and arms tend to be overused due to make up for this lack of movement in the lower back.