Alternative Medicine

Complementary/Alternative Medicine: The People’s Choice

I used to think of it as “the underground health economy.” For those of us who have been involved in complementary/ alternative medicine (CAM) for ten or more years, there was little surprise in David Eisenberg’s findings, published in the January 1993 New England Journal of Medicine, that a sizable portion of the public was using these therapies. The surprise was in just how large a portion this was – one in three, or 33% of the population — and the amount of money this group spent out-of-pocket: more than 10 billion dollars, exceeding what was spent on all hospital visits throughout the country.

Eisenberg’s paper unleashed a torrent of reaction. This was one large market! The alternative side beamed and glowed – and grew. Mainstream health professionals and physicians who had long been in the alternative closet came out in droves, now that there seemed to be a demand. “Alternative Medicine” conferences were organized, and journals were born, such as Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, spearheaded by Larry Dossey, a physician who had been paying attention to these issues and writing books on them since at least the early ‘80s.

Raising Healthy Children

Complexity in Health and Medicine

Getting vindicated for announcing bad news years before anyone recognizes them is a bittersweet validation.

I spent almost 8 years, from 1990 til 1997, writing a book that never got published. It ended up being 700 pages long, after three major re-writes, with hundreds of references, and a clear but unpalatable message. The working title, which went through many changes, was “Raising Healthy Children.” The original title was actually “The Fourth Generation”.

What was the message? Essentially, it was “be careful with the drugs of pharmacological medicine – they could make your children really sick. And they’ll make their children sick and their children’s children too, until the fourth generation.” With much research in the biomedical literature, I had uncovered numerous issues that at the time very few people addressed. Among them were the following:

Drug-Addiction

The Effect of Addictive Drugs on the Brain

Drug addiction is a physical problem that can’t be recovered from by determination or ‘trying’ harder. It usually requires undertaking drug rehabilitation at a facility such as Sivana Rehab for the best results, especially if counselling for other problems is also undertaken.  Taking drugs has a physical effect on the brain that is part of why addiction happens.

When drugs are taken the brain is flooded with the chemical dopamine, known as one of the ‘feel-good’ chemicals. This is the same effect that happens when we indulge is pleasurable activities like eating and spending time with our loved ones. Only with drugs, the amount of dopamine released is far greater. Basically, the brain is overstimulated.

Liposuction

5 Reasons to Consider Liposuction

Not everyone is considered to be an ideal candidate for liposuction. You may think that only obese people would be accepted for the procedure, but in fact, doctors often advise a different method of weight loss for those who are too overweight for liposuction. This is because Perth liposuction is not really done in order to lose weight; it is done to restore your body to a more acceptable shape. In order to do this, the fatty deposits that are causing the problem must be removed.

Doctors will want to speak to you about the reasons for having liposuction done and they also need to examine you to see if your problem is one that liposuction will really help. So if you are considering undergoing liposuction, here are 5 reasons why doctors would consider you to be a good candidate.

Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is needed when a decay is left untreated for a long time and the infection gets into the root of the tooth. A dentist like Joondalup City Dental will need to treat the tooth to remove the pulp where the nerve is. This essentially leaves the tooth without feeling and it will lose its colour and go greyish, but it will remain in the socket and can be used for many more years.

This is better than the alternative of having it pulled out and missing the use of the tooth, which will impact your ability to chew food properly. And if the tooth is visible when you smile, you’ll have an unsightly gap there, so you’ll want to have a part-plate made to replace it and this will be a further expense, not to mention it takes a while to get used to having a plate.

Health-Benefits-of-Creating-Outdoor-Living

The Health Benefits of Creating an Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor living has become very popular in Australia due to our wide temperate climate that means even in the winter time we can enjoy a warm day. Iron Design Roofing reported this week that many people have set up their homes to facilitate alfresco dining and entertaining or even just relaxing outside under patio extensions or a shade sail. What they may not realise is that there are many health benefits to being outside.

The sun is healthy

The sun is actually something that provides health benefits, even though today many people try and avoid it.  The sun on your skin makes Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for health that can actually protect you from several serious diseases.  Of course, it is not good to get sunburned, but sitting outside in the early or late sunshine for half an hour will not burn your skin, but will provide vitamin D.

Teeth Whitening

Why You Should Talk To Your Dentist About Teeth Whitening

According to Candlewood Dental Centre, teeth whitening is not something that should be done without consulting your dentist first, especially if you have had dental work done on your teeth in the past.  There are several reasons for teeth to look discoloured or stained and some of those reasons will not respond to any whitening agent at all.  What are they?

  • Dental decay. Decays can make your teeth look as if they are stained, but the cause of the discolouration goes deep into the tooth. The decay must be filled before any whitening treatment is undertaken. Bleach can make a dental cavity worse.
  • Caps or crowns. If you’ve had a broken tooth replaced by a cap or crown, it can become yellowish compared to your natural teeth, but whitening methods don’t work on it because it is not made from enamel and dentin, like normal teeth are.  So while the surrounding teeth may become whiter after treatment, the cap will remain the same colour. In fact, it will probably look dingier in comparison.

Botox

What is in Botox?

A toxin from the bacteria that causes botulism is used to make Botox or botulinum toxin type A. Botox is well known as being used by celebrities and others to reduce or prevent wrinkles. It does this by paralysing the muscle into which it is injected. The effects are not permanent as the body works to remove this toxin, even though it is in a very weakened form. The amounts used are very small and in a diluted state, which is why Botox work is very safe to do, even though it springs from the toxin of a bacteria that causes food poisoning.

The many uses of Botox

Botox is not only used in the pursuit of smooth skin. It can be used to alleviate the symptoms of many nasty diseases and conditions, including migraine, upper motor neuron syndrome, blepharospasm, (uncontrollable twitching of the eyelid) and bruxism (teeth grinding), underarm sweating and overactive bladder, to mention just a few.

Day-and-Night-before-Rehab

The Day and Night before Rehab

If you’re planning to go to rehab, well done! Respect.

Thousands of people know that heading to rehab to get control of their lives back was the best decision that they ever made. What a large percentage also know, is that the night before rehab, was scary. But they got through it, and changed their lives for the better, and wouldn’t want it any other way.

You’re about to leave your life for a designated amount of time, you will be with strangers, you contact with the outside world will be limited and possibly monitored, you don’t know what’s going to happen at drug rehab, what will the people be like, what will they make you do, and withdrawal looms, how is it going to feel, will you be able to bear it?

A Bug In The Dark

A Bug In The Dark

Our language is so curious. “I have a bug,” we says, and the mental images can be varied: we hold a small cage with a little bug in it; we cradle a bug in her hands; a bug sits in our throat. The latter is probably the closest to what we mean: an invisible organism (bacteria or virus) has taken hold of us, attacked our integrity, and caused us to have certain symptoms such as a cough or a stomachache. The image is compelling, but is this really how we get sick?

Our notions of sickness are peculiar to our time and culture. Immersed as we are in this culture, these notions have the aura of absolute truth. We KNOW that bacteria exist: smart people see them under the microscope, and are able to influence them in one way or another. We KNOW that certain bacteria or viruses are associated with the appearance of certain symptoms: smart people tell us so. They also tell us that the fact that the “bugs” appear together with the symptoms means that the bugs caused the symptoms.