The Alternative – Mens Health

June 7, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Introduction – Vox-pops from the case studies. Dr. Ian Banks, Men’s Health Forum, introduces the programme by exploding the myth that men don’t care about their health and instead points to the way society does not expect men to discuss their health. Throughout the programme he introduces the different issues: stress, prostate health, exercise and maintaining your identity as you get older. Case Study 1 – Graham was dragged off to yoga by his girlfriend. Case Study 2 – Randy, our second case study. Case Study 3 – Using clear, concise language, together with pictures, the therapist Max Tomlinson is able to describe the prostate gland. Case Study 4 – The final item in the programme shows how complementary medicine can help those men who are going through some kind of change or stressful time in their life.

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The Alternative – Women’s health

May 4, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Introduction – Vox-pops from the case studies. Nick Avery, a GP and Homeopath, has taken an interest in the relationship between hormones and women’s health problems. He describes how difficult it is to treat hormone problems because even if you have a blood test progesterone and oestrogen vary widely within the normal range. Case Study 1 – We hear from Anne, who had been treated extensively with hormones by her doctor to try and combat painful and almost continuous periods. Case Study 2 – Annette had been trying to have a baby for over a year before she was diagnosed as experiencing early menopause. Case Study 3 – Dr. Marilyn Glenville is a nutritionist who provides a natural alternative for people not wanting to go on HRT. Case Study 4 – Scilla, however, approached the menopause another way under the supervision of zero balancing therapist, John Hamwee.

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Headache: A Common Medical Problem

June 2, 2010 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

Headache is a common complaint in Medical Practice. A vast spectrum of disorders are behind the causes of headaches.

First of all, the causes of headache are:

I. Common Causes:

  • Tension Headache
  • Migraine Headache
  • Cluster Headache
  • Sinusitis

II. Less Common Causes are:

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Meningitis and Encephalitis
  • Brain tumor
  • Acute narrow angle glaucoma
  • Stroke
  • Temporal arteritis
  • Tetanus

III. Other Causes Are:

  • Benign Intracranial Hypertension
  • Uveitis
  • Hypoglycemia

I’d like to elaborate on Tension headache and Migraine:

A. Tension Headache:

  • Most common cause of headache. Patient complains of ’Bandlike’ tightness :” Like a tight band being applied around the head”
  • This type of headache aggravates at the end-of the day ‘ Office Headache’.
  • It is usually related to Stress.
  • Headache occurs posteriorly, or temporally . This type of headache is related to muscle spasm. It may continue for days to week.
  • All the Laboratory Studies and investigations are normal.
  • Relaxation therapy is helpful along with analgesics.

B. Migraine Headache:

  • It is a form of Vascular headache and ranges from mild headaches to severe disabling headache.
  • It results due to cerebral vasospasm followed by dilation.
  • Food ( nuts, alcohol, chocolate etc), Stress, Weather Change, Hormonal changes in the body in female have been Implicated as the precipitants
  • Coffee once thought to precipitate migraine is now known to be quite helpful in Migraine and is used therapeutically combined with analgesics.

Migraine consists of Vasospastic and Dilatory phase:
Several Neurological defect like temporary loss of vision, deafness can occur in Spastic phase. Headache occurs when vasodilation occurs.

Usually Unilateral headaches- may be severe and throbbing .
Reccurence on the same side
Prodrome symptoms are: Nausea, Vomiting, and Aura ( feature of classical migraine)- flashes of light, Zig zag lines , halos, Scotomas .
Photophobia is quite common.

Diagnosis: Migraine is a clinical diagnosis. Tests aren’t much of help except to exclude other pathology.


  1. Prophylaxis : Calcium channel blocker: Flunarazine is choice drug lately.
  2. Treatment: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (“NSAIDs”) can effectively alleviate migraines.Trials have consistently found that a 1000 mg dose of Aspirin (also called ASA) could relieve moderate to severe migraine pain, with similar effectiveness to sumatriptan.
  3. Paracetamol/acetaminophen benefited over half of patients with mild or moderate migraines.
  4. Simple analgesics combined with caffeine may help.
  5. Analgesics combined with antiemetics
  6. Serotonin agonists- Sumatriptan
  7. Antidepressants: Amytriptylline
  8. Ergot alkaloids: Dihydroergotamine

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