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Fabafterfifty: Medical

  1. Antibiotics: How can we reduce our personal use?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). With international calls to cut down on the over-use of antibiotics, how can we reduce our personal dependence on them? Antibiotics are life-savers when used appropriately and when essential.  However, their capacity to save lives has been endangered by the emergence of an antibiotic-resistance crisis for humans. What has contributed to the crisis is not only the over-prescription of antibiotics as a first resort medicine, but by the routine mass-medication of farm animals to compensate for the fact that animals are kept in intensive conditions where risk of disease runs high. Natural health practitioners believe that the use of antibiotics should be sparing and in conjunction with other measures to mitigate their adverse effects.  This is because antibiotics come with negative effects on the gut which can...
  2. MediRead – Medical Bracelets with a Difference

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    Article by Ram Venkataraman Medical bracelets have been around for years, even decades. The basic idea is that, in emergency situations when the person is unable to communicate effectively, the bracelet can provide key information to paramedics and doctors that is potentially life-saving. As such, medical bracelets can provide some peace of mind to the wearers and their family members. MediRead, a recently launched medical bracelet, provides a clever and low-cost alternative to more traditional forms. It works in conjunction with a free Android app of the same name which is used to read and update the user’s information on the bracelet. All that is required is for someone in the medical team to have an NFC-enabled Android phone, which are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Paramedics and doctors simply need to scan the...
  3. Why is Vitamin D so important?

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton News out today stresses the importance of Vitamin D in preventing as many as 3.2 million colds and flu in the UK each year. So health expert and NHS weight loss consultant, Dr Sally Norton, is offering a load down on this valuable vitamin Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often. What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods –...
  4. How do you cope with Incontinence in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For the 10 million women living in the UK today experiencing incontinence, coping with this in the workplace can be a very real issue. I recently attended a round table discussion  held by Depend, during which they released brand new research and we heard from a panel on how to continue living the life you love after experiencing incontinence. It was interesting to see how panel members Lorraine, a Pilates instructor, Jo, a Teaching Assistant and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha talked about how incontinence impacted their working lives. Jo shared the fact that, although she was initially reluctant, she eventually confided in a colleague about her incontinence. Faced with a school trip where she was responsible for a group of children, she knew she could not simply...
  5. Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Dementia is NOT a normal part of the ageing process. It currently affects three in ten people over 70 years of age, with approximately 70% caused by Alzheimer’s Disease . Circulatory disease (ie. stroke) accounts for the majority of other cases. The causes of Alzheimer’s Disease are poorly understood and there is currently no cure. The naturopathic view of health, which emphasises prevention, is that all disease starts with disruption to the body’s balance, and that the two pillars governing health are toxicity and deficiency.? It is for that reason that naturopaths advocate eating a wide-ranging, healthy, balanced diet consisting ideally of organic whole foods, and reducing toxins in our everyday lives as far as we can. Increasing B Vitamins High blood levels of...
  6. Are you missing out on life due to incontinence?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘You only get old when you stop being busy’. This was a quote I was deliberating over coffee with attendees of a roundtable discussion put together by Depend, to talk through their research on how women deal with incontinence. I hadn’t realised just how apt this conversation was until I heard the views and stories of the women taking part in the panel discussion. Incontinence impacts your activities and self confidence What if you are one of the 10 million women in the UK living with incontinence? We discovered it can impact your life and confidence, prevent you from doing the things you love, limit your activities and make you feel old before your time. The panel openly discussed and shared their personal experiences of incontinence and how it...
  7. Ways to deal with vaginal dryness during menopause

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    Many women will have suffered from vaginal dryness by the time they experience menopause. Menopause is one of the main causes of uncomfortable symptoms such as burning, itching and pain during sexual intercourse. Although it is also possible for younger women to suffer from vaginal dryness, the reduction of oestrogen levels brought on by menopause is generally the cause for these unpleasant symptoms. Reduced oestrogen levels lead to a lack of adequate moisture in a woman’s genital area. There is a decrease in the amount of milky white fluid released by a woman’s body to protect the genital area. This means that the mucosa is more susceptible to bacteria and viruses as well as a higher rate of infection. The sexual organs also undergo a change. This can include vaginal atrophy, meaning...
  8. Breast Cancer – What Does it Feel Like?

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    Article by Dr Kathleen Thompson   As a doctor I found having breast cancer a difficult challenge. But at least I knew ‘the system’. It made me realise how hard it must be for people without the benefit of a medical background. So I wrote an award-winning book. My aim was to provide all the key information for people embarking on this bewildering journey, in an easily absorbable format. So I mingled my story with factual information. The chapters are short but pertinent, with a summary and further information box. Amongst many other things, I talked about what it feels like to have cancer. Here’s an excerpt, I hope you find it helpful: The ensuing weeks and months after my diagnosis were an emotional roller-coaster. Looking back, I was mainly in denial....
  9. 8 Lifestyle Changes to help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). According to official 2016 statistics, 1 in 8 women in the UK develops breast cancer. So what natural dietary and lifestyle measures can we take to reduce our risk? Fast.  Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Maintaining a sensible weight is protective against many forms of cancer. Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet is a good way to lose excess weight and keep it off. Nightly fasting of 13 hours without food also appears to reduce the chance of breast cancer reoccurrence. Eat cruciferous vegetables. Compounds found in members of the cruciferous vegetable family; (broccoli, cabbage, Brussel’s sprouts, kale and turnips), contain anti-cancer properties, currently under investigation for breast cancer therapy. Keep cooking times to a...
  10. Herbal help for a sharp memory

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    By Jill R. Davies for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Maintaining a healthy brain and a good sharp memory is something we would all wish for. The herb Ginkgo has received much public attention in recent years in connection with its ability to promote better mental clarity and recall, particularly in age-related memory loss. Ginkgo can be helpful on a number of counts. One of the herb’s main attributes is the ability to increase the flow of blood through ageing blood vessels, particularly in the brain.  This enhances memory, mental agility, alertness and other brain functions and eases some types of depression.  It aids the work of neurotransmitters in the brain, which in turn helps memory agility and enhancement. It also helps speed up the rate of information transmission, thus improving...
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