The Happiness Advantage

You must watch to the end to get the happiness prescription! Dr Sean Dunphy.


Have a happy and healthy New Year!

At this time of year you may be energetically and economically burnt out so here at Dunphy Medical we’d like to share some easy and cost-effective tips to have you on-track for the new year.

1.  Golden Honey – Honey is delicious and has antiseptic and  anti-bacterial properties and turmeric is an immune-boosting powerhouse, it is an excellent antioxidant and antibiotic; it has cancer-fighting properties and it is also anti-inflammatory. It has been used in Ayurvedic and eastern medicine for thousands of years, partly thanks to curcumin, it’s active phenol which also causes turmeric’s yellow colour.

Golden Honey is simply a mixture of these two ingredients, just mix 1 tbsp of tumeric powder with 100gr of raw organic honey, store in a clean glass jar, you can leave it at room temperature and take a spoon as needed. 

turmeric-honey-super-booster (4) recommends taking a spoonful directly in your mouth, or diluted as a drink with hot water, or taken as a spread on toast to ward off allergies in spring time.

And upon the first symptoms of colds and flu, recommends keeping the Golden Honey mixture in your mouth until it completely dissolves for:

  1. Day 1 – Take ½ tsp. every hour during the day.
  2. Day 2 – Take ½ tsp. every two hours during the day.
  3. Day 3 – Take ½ tsp. three times a day.

Golden Honey is also useful to combat respiratory diseases and it lowers blood pressure, and turmeric reduces blood sugar levels.

Turmeric also causes muscle contractions of the gallbladder so avoid turmeric if you suffer from gallbladder disease.


2. A turmeric, lemon, cinnamon and black pepper drink is delicious, quick, healthy, warming and cheering at this time of year.

Simply add a pinch (or two) of turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon and a grind or two of black pepper to some hot water with some sliced lemon. Stir occasionally as the spices can sink to the bottom.


Black pepper makes the wonder-spice turmeric more easily absorbed by the body and cinnamon, along with tasting yummy and festive, also boasts anti-inflammatory properties and helps regulate blood-sugar levels.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile dysfunction.


According to a study in Diabetes Care, cinnamon may help improve glucose and lipid levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, and at Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimers disease.


Cinnamon may also help stop the destructive process of multiple sclerosis (MS) according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Center, and Penn State researchers revealed that diets rich in cinnamon can help reduce the body’s negative responses to eating high-fat meals.



Lemon has antioxidants and vitamin C which is always useful, but it’s particularly great when the immune system is busy battling colds, flus and various bugs at this time of year.


3. Exercise! It boosts the immune system, causes a rush of endorphins and it is vital to balance your body and your brain to keep you healthy and happy. Here’s a favourite video of ours that nicely sums up the benefits of exercise.


4. Smile and Laugh! It floods the body with feel-good chemicals called endorphins, it relieves stress, boosts the immune system, relieves pain, improves heart health (it improves blood vessel function and increases blood flow) and it fosters social bonding.

And it’s 100% free, it has no side-effects (bar perhaps the odd wrinkle!) and almost everyone can do it almost everywhere, but best of all, it’s contagious! So by making yourself happier and healthier, you’re also helping others to do the same!

5. Remember the ratio 5:1 – Eminent psychologist Maureen Gaffney has found that the golden ratio of positive to negative thoughts that you need everyday to push (or keep) your life in a positive, fulfilling upward spiral is 5 positive thoughts to 1 negative. So keep that in mind throughout the day and pay attention to all the positives, there may be many more than you realise! For more tips on making 2015 your best year yet check out Gaffney’s book called ‘Flourishing’.


Camden Art Fest


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An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 12 artists are on display at the wonderfully restored Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven, Co. Cork until the end of September.

Dr. Sean Dunphy (AKA Dr. J.B. Dunphy) was invited to give the opening address to a large international gathering, including participants from USA, Finland, Estonia, UK, France, etc.

Dr. Dunphy complimented the volunteers for the great restoration of this unique Fort overlooking Cork harbour – and the artists who presented their work for this exhibition, so beautifully arranged by artistic director Dorothee Roberts.

“As some of you may know I work as a general medical practitioner at the Cork Road Medical Clinic in Carrigaline. I share my clinic with a homeopath, a French cranial osteopath, a psychologist and an art therapist. We share lots of useful information and videos on our blog which is free to use

As I’m not an art expert, I decided to take a humorous look at what others have said about art and artists. People often complain that art, music and fashion has gone too far. So the question I pose is ‘How Far is Too Far?’

So I started my research with my favourite poet/songwriter and sometime artist Leonard Cohen – who the Cork wits nicknamed ‘Leonard Moan’ and sure enough he came up trumps.

“I came so far for beauty,

I left so much behind,

My patience and my family,

My masterpiece unsigned.”



From there I checked out an old reliable Oscar Wilde – the quotation I chose was influenced by the fact that my nephew Miles Dunphy is one of Ireland’s foremost upcoming fashion designers currently based in London ( “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.”


Fellow Corkonian Graham Norton once commented on Michaelangelo’s David “now there’s a guy who works out.” I’m not sure if he’d agree with Rita Mae Brown’s opinion “that if Michaelangelo had been a heterosexual , the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.”


Renoir once commented that “I would never have taken up painting if women did not have breasts.”


And Salvador Dali famously said that I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.”


Patrick Kavanagh who wrote my favourite song made famous by Luke Kelly  Raglin Road “there is something wrong with a work of art if it can be understood by a policeman.”


Tom Hobbs suggested that “Van Gough would have sold more than one painting if he had put tigers in them.”


John Ciardi said that “modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea.”


Raymond Mortimore

“Many painters have made beautiful works out of repulsive objects – Picasso enjoys making repulsive works of art out of beautiful objects.”


I like Nancy Banks Smith’s observation on modern architecture “in my experience, if you have to keep the toilet door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.”


Frank Lloyd Wright whose house I stopped in outside Chicago, “a doctor can bury his mistakes, an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”


I find that one learns something new everyday. A few weeks ago my daughter Liz wrote a full page feature on Crosshaven – in which she noted that Crosshaven had been mentioned twice in James Joyce’s Ulysses. That was news to me, I thought that, like most people I knew all there was to know about Ulysses, even though like most people I had never read it! Except for Molly’s soliloquy at the end of the book which David Norris explains brilliantly.


Although I did know that two of Joyce’s nieces were borders at Crosshaven Convent School at the time.


Which returns me to my theme, ‘how far is too far?’


In Joyce’s earlier work ‘Portrait of an artist’ Stephen Dedalus who academics describe as Joyce’s alter ego tells his buddy that he has decided, in spite of being raised Catholic and schooled by Jesuits, he has decided to turn his back on God and become an atheist. His buddy suggests why not join the Church of Ireland instead?? To which Stephen replies “I’d never go that far!”




The exhibition features work by well-known local artists Raffael Cappieri, Liz Charleson, Mandy Dale, Fiona Devlin, Liz Kavanagh, Maeve McManamon, Charlie Mountjoy, Lousie O’Shea, Constance Roberts, Dorothee Roberts, Carmel Smyth and Mick Wilkins.