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December 2003 (Vol. 14 Issue 9)

MagazineDecember 2003 (Vol. 14 Issue 9)

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FEATURE Antihypertensives: the drugs don't work

None of the 66 pharmaceutical drugs currently licensed as treatment for high blood pressure, or hypertension, are any better than 'water pills', according to a new breakthrough study

FEATURE Keeping blood pressure in check safely

There are literally scores of ways to reduce high blood pressure (BP) without having to take recourse to drugs


Women with PMS often have low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1984; 150: 363-6)

FEATURE Could ibs drug affect eyesight?

Antispasmodic drugs are a huge moneyspinner for drugs companies

FEATURE Pms: evening out the highs and lows

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a constellation of more than 150 known symptoms that occur one week to 10 days before a woman's menstrual period

FEATURE There's no evidence that msg can trigger a migraine attack

Re prevention of migraine (WDDTY vol 14 no 5, p 10), we are concerned that the references linking monosodium glutamate [MSG] to headaches may cause unnecessary concern among your readers

FEATURE What are diuretics?

Diuretics were invented 70 years ago to reduce body swelling due to water retention

FEATURE Why hrt is the new thalidomide

After years of being the odd one out against the likes of Dr John Studd, Theresa Gorman, MP, and broadcaster Dr Miriam Stoppard, Britain's greatest apologists for hormone replacement therapy, I am pleased to witness that HRT is finally on the downward slide

FEATURE Knowing the form

This is a story about forms; yes, those objects of hate that you have to fill in all the time


Women with PMS can benefit by boosting levels of specific nutrients

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