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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 Since 1997, more drugs have been withdrawn because of toxicity than in any other era in the history of modern medicine.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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