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23. Nov, 2019



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28. Dec, 2016

All the topics covered in 'My Blog'.

  •  Medical Travel Insurance
  •  Pet Refuge
  •  What happens with addiction?
  •  Applicate yourself
  •  Bullying in the workplace
  •  Debt
  •  Age UK
  •  My ageing parent
  •  Free advice on housing for older people.
  •  The Biopsychosocial model of disease
  •  POhWER
  •  Elder Abuse
  •  Dementia Care Matters
  •  Public Health England
  •  Medical Travel Insurance
  •  Pet Refuge
  •  What happens with addiction
  •  Applicate yourself  
  •  Bullying in the workplace
  • Beating the Blues  
  •  Road Safety
  •  Be Dog Smart thanks to the Dogs Trust
  •  Helping our Elders
  •  Dear Diary....
  •  Inflammatory Bowel Disease  
  •  Kris wants you to coppa feel
  •  IDDT 2
  •  The Prince's Trust
  •  Baby Changing Facilities on the tube system
  • Runaway Helpline
  •  When school is not cool....
  •  Hoarding-the Hidden illness
  •  More useful apps  
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  •  Emergency SOS
  •  EHIC
  •  SilverCloud   
  •  Are you looking after someone?
  •  Everyone needs a buddy
  •  Top Apps for the Elderly
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  •  Healthwatch
  •  It's a Breezie!
  •  The CEA Card-improving quality of life
  •  Be Fearless teenagers...Don't do crime, don't fight crime...just stop crime
  •  The role of the Occupational Therapist
  •  Helping yourself and others with Clinical Trials
  •  Understanding ill health and the biopsychococial impact on all affected
  •  Hearing impairment help
  •  Smiling Mind App

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22. Nov, 2016

For James and Lulu- Heroes!

Animal assisted therapy is a complimentary medicine intervention. Although dogs will never replace therapists, research suggests that animal therapy is beneficial in many areas. Some studies suggest that animals assist in physical health, mental health as well as literacy support.

I am certainly of the opinion that pets have some phenominally positive effects on the sick. I have certainly witnessed some life changing results from our four legged friends.

Treatment for any condition should be approached holistically so if you have a healing pet and want to get involved in pet therapy,or if you want to know more about pet therapy, please visit

There is more useful information regarding pets in earlier pages of this blog including information about pet refuge (April 2015) and becoming dog aware (June 2015). Both very worthwhile sources of information.

15. Nov, 2016

Drinking alcohol regularly can increase the risk of 7 different cancers. It is likely that different cancers are caused in different ways. Cancers linked to alcohol include:

What is acetaldehyde and how can it cause cancer?

In our bodies, alcohol (ethanol) is converted into a toxic chemical called acetaldehyde.

It can cause cancer by damaging DNA and stopping our cells from repairing this damage. The International Agency for Research on Cancer have classified acetaldehyde formed as a result of drinking alcohol as being a cause of cancer, along with alcohol itself.

Acetaldehyde also causes liver cells to grow faster than normal. These regenerating cells are more likely to pick up changes in their genes that could lead to cancer.

Ethanol is broken down mainly by the liver, but lots of other cell types can do this as well. Some of the bacteria that live in our mouths and the linings of our guts are also able to convert ethanol into acetaldehyde.

How can alcohol’s effects on oestrogen and other hormones lead to cancer?

Alcohol can increase the levels of some hormones, such as oestrogen. Hormones act as messengers in the body, giving our cells instructions such as when to divide. Unusually high levels of oestrogen increase the risk of breast cancer.

Why is it worse to both drink and smoke?

People who smoke and drink multiply the risk for certain cancers, because tobacco and alcohol work together to damage the cells of the body. For example, alcohol makes it easier for the mouth and throat to absorb the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco. This is one reason why people who drink and smoke multiply the damage they receive and have especially high risks of cancer.

Can liver damage lead to cancer?

Drinking lots of alcohol can damage the cells of the liver, causing a disease called cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can make you more likely to develop liver cancer.

What about folate?

Folate is an important vitamin that helps our cells produce new DNA correctly. People who drink alcohol tend to have lower levels of folate in their blood and some studies have found that some cancers are more common in people with low folate levels. But at the moment it isn’t clear if alcohol does cause cancer in this way, or whether the amount of folate people get in their diet affects the risk from alcohol.

How else can alcohol damage DNA?

Alcohol can cause highly reactive molecules, called Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), to be produced in our cells. These molecules can damage the DNA, which could cause cancer to develop.

What about possible benefits of drinking alcohol?

There have been some studies in the past that suggested drinking a little bit of alcohol may be good for heart health. But recent reviews have called these findings into question and the UK Chief Medical Officer’s review of the evidence concluded that potential benefits only apply to women aged 55 and over who drink very little (about 5 units per week). The new government guidelines clearly state that drinking for health reasons is not recommended.



26. Oct, 2016

The four-year-old boy with autism was vomiting and constipated after taking too much calcium, vitamin D, camel milk and zinc.


Image Caption: It was three days before doctors were told about the supplements the boy was being given

The unnamed child was rushed to Accident and Emergency having lost three kilos in weight after vomiting and being constipated for three weeks.

He was diagnosed with severe hypercalcaemia - or very high calcium levels in his blood.

Police were called to investigate the naturopath who had advised the parents to give him a combination of 12 different complementary therapies including calcium, vitamin D, camel milk and zinc.

Doctors at Barts Hospital in London only learned about the supplements three days after the boy was admitted.

They have now recommended it become "routine practice" to take details of alternative therapies as part of the patient's medical history.

Writing in the British Medical Journal's Case Reports, doctors from Barts Health NHS Trust said: "His parents were devastated that something they had given to their son with good intent had made him so unwell.


"The safeguarding team became involved as well as the police to investigate the naturopath who had advised the therapies.

"Many families view these therapies as safer 'natural' options. But, as this case demonstrates, there can be significant adverse effects which may go unrecognised due to lack of monitoring, recognition and experience with these therapies."

Jane Harris, of the National Autistic Society, said: "This awful case shows we need more professionals in place to give families accurate advice and talk to them about what really helps and how to find the right support.

"It's crucial that doctors and healthcare professionals take the concerns of families seriously and are able to talk through the potential risks of alternative therapies, even when they might seem harmless."

The boy recovered fully within two weeks.