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March 2005 (Vol. 15 Issue 12)

MagazineMarch 2005 (Vol. 15 Issue 12)

This issue

FEATURE The bleeding bladder mystery

, a 42-year-old financier originally from Kenya, was troubled by recurrent dull pelvic pain accompanied by blood in his urine

FEATURE Drug side-effects

I was prescribed Lamisil for a fungal toenail infection

FEATURE The best alternative treatment for . . . bell's palsy

What is Bell's palsy?This form of acute facial paralysis arises from inflammation of the facial nerve that controls the muscles used for facial expressions

FEATURE Recommended reading: mercury-free dentistry

My husband and I were mercury-toxic for many years

FEATURE Alternative treatments for pneumonia

PREVENTATIVE MEASURESPneumonia is rarely a problem in individuals with healthy immune systems - in these cases, the body's normal defence mechanisms can either shrug it off or weaken its impact

FEATURE So you think you need . . . an appendectomy

* Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and L

FEATURE The best alternative treatment for . . . bell's palsy

One study found that patients treated with 500 mcg of injected vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) three times a week for eight weeks made the quickest recovery compared with those taking steroids

FEATURE Other iatrogenic disorders

Indeed, doctors are becoming increasingly worried about the damage they're causing to patients' lungs leading to sickness and death

FEATURE Drug side-effects

In 1980, I had a prostectomy to improve the flow of urine and, as I also had an undescended testicle, it was agreed that it should be removed as a precaution against possible cancer

FEATURE The zs, the newest sleeping pills

The pharmaceutical industry has never quite got it right with mother's little helpers

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