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Filter by category of article: The best alternative treatment for . . . stopping smoking Each year, around 120,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking-related illnesses. Non-smokers are at risk, too, as second-hand tobacco smoke can increase their chances of lung cancer by as much as 19 pe... The best alternative treatment for . . . raynaud’s syndrome - What to do instead * L-arginine. This is a precursor to nitric oxide, which improves circulation, bringing more oxygen to tissues (Stroke, 1994; 25: 429-35). In Raynaud’s, oral L-arginine can reverse tissue damage in th... Herbal combination best for burns After years of studying and using alternative remedies, I find that the most effective treatment for burns (first- and second-degree) is Weleda’s Combudoron Lotion [a herbal combination of Arnica flow... So you think you need . . . a vasectomy - What are the alternatives * No-scalpel vasectomy is becoming the operation of choice as postsurgical complications (such as haematoma, bleeding or infections) are much less likely. Instead of a knife, the technique uses a smal... So you think you need . . . a vasectomy - If you must have the operation . . . * Make sure you know ALL the possible options available * To avoid feelings of regret, don’t make your decision at a time of stress, for example, during a relationship crisis * Know all the risks o... So you think you need . . . a vasectomy Male sterilisation is a permanent form of contraception that tends to be favoured by men in the older age- groups. In the US, 20 per cent of men over 35 have had a vasectomy, and around a half-million... The best alternative treatment for . . . raynaud’s syndrome In this condition, the small arteries in the fingers, and sometimes the toes, suddenly constrict in response to cold or emotional stress. The fingers/toes turn white and feel numb. When the blood retu... Say no to new drugs When your doctor reaches for his prescription pad, possibly the most important question you can ask is the age of the drug he’s about to prescribe you. If it’s brand-new, as Nancy Reagan once put it,... The latest, the deadliest New drugs seem to be getting more toxic. Since 1997, more drugs have been withdrawn because of toxicity than in any other era in the history of modern medicine. Guinea pigs are we Often, the short-term clinical trials, which also often involve only small numbers of ‘healthy’ patients don’t uncover the worst side-effects, which then only emerge when a drug is taken by the public...

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27 Jun 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)

Beyond your genes

When it comes to cancer, modern medicine is in firm denial. For all the triumphalism over the latest claims that approximately 50 per cent of people survive cancer for at least 10 years, the bald fact... more »

30 May 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)

Catching it early

It’s all over the newspapers.  Deaths from breast cancer have almost been halved, and the bow belongs to screening with routine mammography. So persuasive is the catch-it-early argument tha... more »

28 Apr 2014 | Adverse Reactions (Caitlin Hubbard)

Farsighted

Failing eyesight has become so closely associated with old age that medicine has applied a number of adjectives synonymous with ‘geriatric’ to conditions like ‘age-related macular de... more »

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10:40 | Health Conditions (Ian Yarham)

Re: psoriasis

Psoriasis is very connected to gluten intolerance - not particularly Coeliac but Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity. NCGS is far more insidious in nature than Coeliac (which affects only the gut and absor... more »

16:11 | E-News Responses (Wyandotte)

Your article dated Sept. 18/14...

I think this is simplistic.  Yes, we need some fat (of the right kind, of course).  I am not convinced that all people can eat all the fat they want all the time throughout their lives. ... more »

11:11 | Health Conditions (yvettecostall@gmail.com)

Calcific Tendonitis

I have just been diagnosed with calcific tendonitits in my shoulder, it is very painful after a flare up. I believe I have had this to a milder degree for 8 years and just passed it off as shoulder st... more »

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