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Wimborne town councillor Henry Bartlett dies

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Mar 062017
 
Henry Bartlett pictured in 2014 when he received an award for his work with Diabetes UK

Henry Bartlett pictured in 2014 when he received an award for his work with Diabetes UK

Tributes have been paid to Wimborne town councillor Henry Bartlett who has died at the age of 76.

A former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School he lived in the Wimborne area all his life and was very involved in the community. He married Heather in Wimborne Minster Church 53 years ago.

Henry ran his own building and decorating business and more recently ran a newsagency in the rural area north of the town.

He was chairman of the Vale of Allen Parish Council from 1987-1993 and a member of East Dorset District Council from 1985-1999.

He was elected to Wimborne Town Council in 2010.

The Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor Sue Cook said: “Henry was a much respected councillor for many years across East Dorset. Not only did I value him as a Wimborne Minster town councillor, but as a good and wise friend to myself and to my husband Robin. Although in latter months, his health was deteriorating, he still involved himself in the many organisations with which he was connected. Robin and I attended a dinner with him and Heather on 21st January to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Royal Air Force Cadets 1069 (Flight Refuelling Wimborne) Squadron, which was very dear to his heart. I have such happy memories of the last evening spent in his company.”

Len Pearce who has been a friend of Henry for over 50 years said: “He has contributed a great deal to both the youth and adults of the town and the surrounding area.”

Henry influenced many young people with training for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Ten Tors and the Four Day Marches at Nijmegen in Holland. He also worked with Homewatch and organised fortnightly walks for the Poole Heart Support Group. He was very involved with the West Dorset branch of Diabetes UK, a diabetes UK volunteer and a recent chairman of Wimborne Diabetes UK.

He was also a patient representative member of both Dorset Primary Care Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Heather said: “I have been overwhelmed with the response from people from all over the county. I have received so many kind messages.

“He was a gentleman and always had time for people.”

As well as Heather, Henry leaves two sons.

His funeral is to be held at 1.30pm on 17th March at Poole Crematorium.


Article by Marilyn Barber, published in the Stour and Avon Magazine.

Read more at http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/wimborne-town-councillor-henry-bartlett-dies/story-30168071-detail/story.html#YdMWHfAwelEu48JA.99

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Protection from stroke: How the internet can help 1.3 million UK Atrial Fibrillation patients

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Feb 032017
 

Atrial Fibrillation (also ‘AF’ or ‘AFib’) is a serious health condition that, if untreated, can have severe consequences. In the UK alone, 1.3 million are diagnosed with AF. Every 18 minutes a UK citizen suffers an AF-related stroke. Battling AF and its life-changing consequences is not only a task for medical professionals: patient behaviour greatly influences the risks associated with AF. Our infographic on Atrial Fibrillation in the UK summarises what patients need to know, what apps they can use, and what sites they should turn to for more information.

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Choosing the right treatment for an AF patient is up to the cardiologist or GP. However, patients themselves can do a lot to manage their risk. This of course assumes informed patients with access to the right set of tools. To give an overview of AF as well as helpful tools and sites, we sat down together with Anticoagulation Europe and designed an infographic on Atrial Fibrillation in the UK: What is AF? How wide-spread is AF in the UK? What can you do as a patient to mitigate the risk of stroke? And what are apps for Atrial Fibrillation patients and sites building a sound understanding of the disease?

What is atrial fibrillation and why is it dangerous?

Atrial Fibrillation describes episodes of irregular heartbeat. As a consequence, the heart may not empty completely and dangerous blood clots can form. If a clot breaks loose it can travel from the heart to the brain, where it can cause a stroke. People with Atrial Fibrillation have a 5 times higher risk of having a stroke. In the UK alone each year 30,000 patients suffer from an AF-related stroke.

The causes of atrial fibrillation are not fully understood. UK data shows that men are more often affected by AF than women and that the risk increases with age. There are also a couple of conditions that often go along with or precede AF, such as Hypertension, Angina Pectoris or Diabetes. Atrial Fibrillation should be taken seriously. The good news: When discovered early, the right treatment can control your heart rate and lower your risk of stroke significantly.

I have Atrial Fibrillation. What can I do?

AF is a serious health condition and your doctor will guide you through diagnosis and treatment decisions. Regular doctor visits are important to monitor your treatment and your symptoms, such as shortness of breath, tiredness and dizzyness. However, also when you are on your own, there is a lot you can do to ensure treatment success and safeguard yourself:

Never miss a dose

With AF, you typically receive different kinds of medication: Heart rate control drugs manage your irregular heartbeat. Anticoagulants such as Warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis or Pradaxa prevent clots from forming. So while you might feel an immediate benefit from taking your heart rate control drugs, regular intake of your anticoagulant is key for preventing stroke. The MyTherapy app (available for iOS and Android) has been clinically tested for supporting you in safely taking medications, be it Warfarin or one of the newer NOACs (‘Novel Oral Anticoagulant, e.g. Xarelto (Rivaroxaban), Eliquis (Apixaban) or Pradaxa (Dabigatran)). MyTherapy reminds you to take your meds on time. It also supports you in monitoring your measurements, such as your heart rate and weight. The built-in health report summarises your medications, measurements and symptoms so you and your doctor can oversee your health progress.

Stay fit

Exercising is a great way to improve your quality of life. Even with Atrial Fibrillation you can do moderate physical activities to keep a healthy weight and to reduce your heart rate. Apps like the ‘7 Minute Workout’ can help you finding the right exercise and staying motivated. Before you start, please consult your doctor what you can and what you cannot do. Also, make sure to slowly ramp up your level of exercise and to always watch your pulse and symptoms.

Minimise risk factors

High blood pressure, poor diet or smoking are proven risk factors for stroke. Take action and protect yourself from a stroke. Apps like ‘Lifesum’ and ‘Smoke Free’ can help you set up and reach your individual health goals.

Buildling a sound understanding of your disease is a pre-requisite for taking informed decisions regarding (un-)healthy behaviour. If you are based in the UK and need additional information about atrial fibrillation and stroke, also check out:

  • NHS Choices
  • Anticoagulation Europe
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Stroke Association
  • Thrombosis UK
  • AF Association

Article from MyTherapy on 17th January 2017

 

£5 blood test can predict risk of heart attack

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Jan 232017
 

A simple blood test could be used to predict which patients are at risk of heart attack up to 15 years later and determine those who would benefit from statins, according to research.

About seven million people take statins to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, yet there is continuing scientific debate about their effectiveness.

The £5 test, which is currently used to diagnose heart attacks in patients arriving at A&E, has been found to predict accurately the chance of someone suffering an attack in the future.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow claim that the highly sensitive test, which picks up on damage to the heart muscle, is a more effective way of assessing future heart disease risk than blood pressure or cholesterol.

The study of 3,000 men with high cholesterol but no history of heart disease found that changes in troponin blood levels could predict whether a person was at risk of heart attack or dying of coronary heart disease up to 15 years later.
The test measures the levels of proteins in the blood known as troponin T or troponin I, which are released when the heart muscle has been damaged, as occurs in a heart attack.

Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, accounts for nearly 70,000 deaths in the UK each year. About seven million people take statins regularly to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, yet there is continuing scientific debate about their effectiveness.

The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggested that measuring levels of troponin in the blood could determine which patients were responding to the statins used to treat them.

Researchers found that patients whose troponin levels decreased after taking statins had lower risk of heart attack later on compared with those whose troponin levels were unchanged or increased, according to the paper.

However, because the study group consisted of middle-aged men with high blood cholesterol, the researchers said that further work was needed to see if the results were the same for women or men with lower cholesterol.

Professor Nicholas Mills, senior clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, who led the research, said: “Whilst blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure are important and associated with the risk of developing heart disease, troponin is a direct measure of injury to the heart. Troponin testing will help doctors to identify apparently healthy individuals who have silent heart disease so we can target preventative treatments to those who are likely to benefit most.”

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Before the findings from this research can be clinically applied, the usefulness of measuring troponin findings needs to be demonstrated in a wider group of patients. If this confirms its value, the test could easily be administered by GPs during standard check-ups and could ultimately save lives.”


From The Times 20th December 2016

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Thousands of heart patients are missing out on cardiac rehabilitation

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Jan 102017
 

Thousands of heart patients are missing out on cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, increasing their risk of suffering a fatal event, according to new figures released today.

Around 66,000 heart patients missed out on cardiac rehabilitation in 2014/15, an effective service to help recovery following a heart attack or procedure.

Despite this shortfall, participation in cardiac rehabilitation has improved in the last decade, with uptake in the UK reaching 50 per cent for the first time last year.

But this is still just half the number of eligible heart patients across the UK, meaning tens of thousands of people are missing out.

Female patients in particular are being left behind and not accessing vital services to improve their chance of recovery and reduce the risk of suffering another heart attack.

New statistics

Statistics published today in the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR), hosted at University of York, reveal:

  • 66,000 people took part in cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack or procedure, but this is still just half the number of eligible patients
  • More than 20,000 female patients are missing out
  • Half of patients are left waiting too long to start rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack can help achieve better physical and psycho-social outcomes for patients. This year’s audit report found that patients with clinical depression almost halved from 7% to 4% following cardiac rehabilitation, while the number of patients meeting national exercise guidelines increased from 40% to 70% following their programme.

Encouraging more women to take part

In England, around 52% of eligible male patients take part in cardiac rehabilitation compared to 44% of female patients.

It’s recommended that heart attack and angioplasty patients start cardiac rehabilitation within 33 days, but just half of programmes are meeting this target.

We are calling for cardiac rehabilitation services to do more to meet waiting time targets and wants to encourage more female patients to take part.

Dr Mike Knapton, our Associate Medical Director, said: “It is hugely encouraging that more patients are accessing rehabilitation services, but there is still much more to be done.

“Half of heart attack patients are still missing out on this effective service and are at greater risk of suffering a deadly heart attack. There are also delays in patients getting access to care, with half of services failing to meet targets.

“There is variation between services which needs to be ironed out to ensure that every patient has access to cardiac rehabilitation which can reduce their risk of suffering another heart attack.”

The National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR), which we have funded and is hosted at the University of York, combines data from hundreds of rehabilitation centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Cardiac rehabilitation offers physical activity support and lifestyle advice, such as exercise classes and dietary guidance, to help people living with heart disease manage their condition and reduce their risk of associated heart events.

Rehabilitation can help reduce the number of deaths by 18 per cent over the first six to twelve months and can cut readmissions by nearly a third (31%).


Article published by the British Heart Foundation

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Have your say on health changes at Poole drop in session

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Jan 042017
 

People living in and around Poole are being invited to an event to give their views on proposed changes to healthcare in Dorset.

The event is part of the ongoing public consultation on proposals that have been developed as part of the Clinical Services Review, a major review into healthcare in Dorset.

The Clinical Services Review was launched as a response to major challenges which the NHS faces in Dorset. This includes a growing population, a workforce shortage, increased demand and a potential funding gap of £158m a year by 2020.

The event will take place at St Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre on Thursday 19 January. There is no need to book a place and anyone wanting to attend is welcome to drop in at any time between 2pm and 8pm.

Staff from the local healthcare community will be on hand to answer questions and direct people to how they can make their views known. Copies of the consultation document – Improving Dorset’s healthcare – and questionnaire will be available to take away.

Anyone who is unable to attend the event can still have their say by picking up a consultation document and questionnaire locally. Copies are available from a range of places including GP practices and hospitals. A full list of where copies can be collected from is available at www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk along with links to an online version of both the consultation document and questionnaire.

People without internet access can call 01202 541946 to find out where they can pick up a copy locally or request a copy through the post.

There are lots of events happening throughout the consultation and everyone is welcome to attend them.

For the latest information visit www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk or follow us on social media twitter.com/DorsetCCG or Facebook.com/NHSDorsetCCG.

The public consultation runs up to 28 February 2017.

Further information

Members of the local media are welcome to attend the sessions. Please notify our Communications team prior to event. All interview requests should be directed to the Communications team.

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Why more people die in the winter

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Dec 182016
 

More than 23,000 elderly people died as a result of being too cold last winter in England and Wales.The year before the toll was 29,000, which is nearly 10 people aged 65 or older every hour.

Yet temperatures only dropped to 4C on average.

Latest figures for Scotland show the nation’s winter death toll was the lowest on record. Deaths fell by nearly 1,000, but still totalled 1,790.

Meanwhile, the coldest city in the world, Yakutsk in east Siberia, has no excess winter deaths, even though temperatures there can drop to minus 49C.

So why and how are so many people perishing in the UK from the cold?

The deaths in winter are not due to massive cold…It’s down to quite minor degrees of cold that people were getting every day
Expert Professor Bill Keatinge

Professor Bill Keatinge, an expert from Queen Mary University of London, has studied the issue extensively.

He said: “On the whole, the countries that have the mildest winters tend to have a higher mortality than countries with very cold winters.

“This is because the deaths in winter are not due to massive cold, with people being overwhelmed in their own houses and dying of extreme cold.

“It’s down to quite minor degrees of cold that people were getting every day.”

Prolonged exposure not big chill

He said very few of the deaths were caused by true hypothermia, where the core body temperature drops significantly.

“Most of them are due to strokes and heart attacks.

“This is because the blood becomes more liable to clot in people who are exposed to the cold.”

TEMPERATURE EFFECTS ON COMFORT AND HEALTH

  • 24C – top range of comfort
  • 21C – recommended living room temperature
  • Less than 20C – death risk begins
  • 18C – recommended bedroom temperature
  • 16C – resistance to respiratory diseases weakened
  • 12C – more than two hours at this temperature raises blood pressure and increases heart attack and stroke risk
  • 5C – Significant risk of hypothermia

Source: West Midlands Public Health Observatory


When exposed to cold, the body contracts down the blood vessels in the skin to stop blood flowing to the skin and to prevent heat loss.

This means more of the blood circulates to central parts of the body, which overloads the heart and lungs with blood.

The body gets rid of fluid to reduce this load by excreting salt and water, but the net result is the blood becomes more concentrated and liable to clot.

The next biggest cold-related killer is respiratory infections such as flu.

But Professor Keatinge added: “Flu epidemics have been declining for over 30 years. The last really big one was in 1976.”

He said this was mainly down to recent flu viruses being less virulent rather than medical interventions such as annual flu jabs for the elderly.

“The fact that we now keep much warmer in winter and we are aware of the problem means that all the various causes of cold-related illness and death have declined,” he said.

Winter woollies

But he said people in the UK and places like Portugal, which also has a high rate of excess winter deaths, were still pretty poor at keeping warm in winter.

“People in the north of Finland take great precautions against cold. They keep their houses warmer in winter than we do, and they are much better equipped for outdoor cold.

“They have much better outdoor clothing. They take it very seriously.”

Although we are getting better at keeping our houses warm, Professor Keatinge said people in the UK often dress unsuitably for cold weather.

“There is no problem about being out in winter if you are suitably clothed and you are exercising and you stay warm.

People need to realise that cold can kill and they need to keep warm
Mr Patrick Sachon from the Met Office


“But if you wait for a bus and you assume a bus is going to come in five minutes and it doesn’t come for 45 minutes, and you are at a windy stop with no shelter and without adequate clothing you can get very cold indeed.

“Public transport is a menace from this point of view. It doesn’t have to be, but we tend not to have very well heated waiting rooms for trains and bus shelters that are not wind-proofed. That is probably a substantial source of problems,” he said.

Global warming

Studies show elderly people, and particularly those on low incomes, are at the greatest risk. There are a number of reasons why.

Those that succumb are not necessarily sick already, but older people’s blood vessels tend to have rougher linings than those of younger people, which makes them even more susceptible to clotting.

Even mild winters claim lives

Those on small pensions might struggle to keep their houses warmer and might have to rely on public transport or walk rather than use a car, for example.

Professor Keatinge also warned that global warming could make the situation worse rather than better.
“Global warming is making our winters milder and that could be dangerous. If people stop worrying about cold they get more careless about heating their homes and wearing warm clothing.”

‘Don’t be complacent’

Mr Patrick Sachon from the Met Office said winter deaths go up by about 1.4% for one degree drop in temperature below 18C.

“So it doesn’t have to be that cold to start to increase mortality,” he said.

“Our winters are much milder than in other countries. It rarely gets below minus five. Most winter days, the temperature usually gets above freezing and when it’s mild, it can be 13C.

TIPS ON STAYING WARM AND SAFE

  • If you take medicine for a health condition, make sure you have enough of it and keep it at hand
  • Wrap up warm
  • Keep active
  • Keep your bedroom at 18C
  • Keep your living room at 21C

“But even when it is relatively mild, if there is a strong wind that can make you cold and people are not prepared for that when they are out and about.

“In this country, people don’t think about what getting cold will do to them because it doesn’t kill them immediately.

“We don’t have well insulated houses and we have a culture that believes having a window open to let in lots of fresh air is good for us, even though it is not.

“What you should actually be doing is keeping your living room at 21C and your bedroom at 18C, which is quite warm by most people’s standards.”

He said this winter was likely to be another mild one in the UK, but he warned this was no reason for people to be complacent.

“We could still get a cold snap. People need to realise that cold can kill and they need to keep warm,” he warned.


Published on the BBC website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5372296.stm

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Older People’s Forum in Poole

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Apr 172016
 
Older People's Forum poster

Older People’s Forum poster

Are you a Poole resident aged 55 or over?

Are you interested in local issues?

If so, this is an opportunity to have your voice heard and get involved in an independent over 55’s forum.

Borough of Poole, the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner, the Poole Well-being Collaborative and some of Poole’s residents are looking for members to help start up a new forum.

Come to the drop in event being held on 28th April and find out more!

The event will tell you:

  • information about the forum.
  • about projects and aims for the group.
  • how you can be involved.
  • how you can vote on a name for the group.

The forum will be run independently by older people, for older people.

Over 55’s Forum Open Day – Thursday 28 April 2016

Drop in any time between 10am and 4pm

The Spire, High Street, Poole BH15 1DF

For more information

email comments.adultsocialcare@poole.gov.uk or phone 01202 261060.

Refreshments will be provided.

We want your views about ideas for health and care in Poole

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Apr 032016
 

The NHS in Dorset is asking local people to give their views on health care in the county.

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Here is the content of a message from Frances Aviss of Dorset CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) :

I was wondering if you could circulate some information for me to members of Poole Heart Support Group?

In response to the need to co-design integrated community services with local people we are hosting a series of 9 public engagement events (supported by a virtual/online engagement opportunity) in late March and early April 2016. The Poole event is on the evening of Thursday 7 April at Parkstone Grammar School.

The initial focus at each event will be on the importance of us learning from people’s lived-experience, exploring their views of health and care services in their particular area of Dorset.

We will then briefly introduce the need to change how health and care services are provided and what is being done about this.

The main focus of the evening will be to seek views on emerging ideas/proposals (based on national and local need) around integrated community services and community vanguard proposals.

We plan to do this through an interactive ‘walk-through’ – where information on emerging ideas is displayed on clear accessible posters on a series of display boards.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions and people will be invited to capture their views on the posters – reflecting on what they feel is good/positive about the ideas/proposals and what they feel should be given consideration/any concerns they might have.

Further information on the events along with promotional materials and details of how to register are available on our website www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk/events and I have attached the Poole flyer (see poster on this page)

With very best wishes and many thanks
Frances Aviss

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Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

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Nov 202015
 

Eating a diet rich in potassium could reduce the risk of renal and cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes, new research finds.

Type 2 diabetes patients have an increased risk of end-stage renal (kidney) disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular (heart) disease. Having uncontrolled high blood sugar levels for a prolonged period, high blood pressure and excess lipids in the blood are well-known risk factors for both.

Researchers from the Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan, investigated the effect of potassium on the heart and kidney health of 623 Japanese type 2 diabetes patients. None of the patients were using diuretic medication or had any history of cardiovascular disease.

Potassium and sodium levels were measured through urine samples, which the researchers report is an accurate indicator of the amount consumed.

Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

Over a median follow-up period of 11 years, patients who had higher levels of potassium in their urine had a lower risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular problems. Sodium excretion showed no correlation with reduced risks.

Lead researcher Dr. Araki believes these findings show that increased potassium in the diet could prevent renal and cardiovascular problems from developing, but also urged caution.

The aim of the study was to further research into dietary recommendations, but does not provide conclusive evidence that potassium has a protective effect on the kidneys of diabetic patients. Moreover, elevated levels of potassium in the blood can cause hyperkalemia, a dangerous condition that affects some people with diabetes.

Dr. Araki’s team are now planning interventional trials to determine whether increasing dietary potassium is beneficial for diabetes patients.

The study was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


Source: Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

Stress and Relaxation

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Nov 152015
 

Dear PHSG,

I was recently asked to do a talk on stress and relaxation for PHSG members. Following my talk, I was asked if I would do an article for PHSG. I thought I would cover the main aspects of my talk.

After talking about what makes us stressed and the way stress affects us I focused on coping and reducing stress levels. This included introducing Stephen R Covey’s Circle of Influence. Covey was a professor, an educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His book ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people’ is thought to be one of the most influential books of the 20th Century (Forbes 2002 and a survey by Chief Executive Magazine). I would thoroughly recommend looking up his 7 habits – I found them inspiring.

I focused on Covey’s habit number one: being proactive instead of reactive. Covey states that the problems, challenges and opportunities we face fall into two areas – Circle of Concern (outer circle which has things we have little or no control) and Circle of Influence (inner circle which has things we can control and do something about).

He advises you to focus on the inner circle of influence and to be proactive by working on the things you can do something about. Prioritise and make changes from the inside out, focus your energy and efforts for the greatest effect instead of being reactive and focusing efforts on things you have little or no control.

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