Posted on Fri, 14 July 2017
The adrenals are small glands that sit on top of each kidney. They control hormones like DHEA, adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. These glands are known as the stress glands because they help one to respond to stress using a cascade of hormones. If there is stress a high cortisol situation may arise. High cortisol is linked to a larger waistline, increased incidence of a stroke and alzheimer’s disease. Low cortisol and adrenal output is called adrenal fatigue. This can happen for a number of reasons. Adrenal fatigue is not a disease but a collection of symptoms. In the clinic we see more and more cases of adrenal fatigue.
Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:
- difficulty waking, fatigue not helped by sleep and waking unrefreshed
- craving for salt and salty foods, craving more alcohol and coffee
- lack of energy where everything...Read More
Posted on Sat, 8 July 2017
Yes, it’s this time of the year again… the hay fever season is upon us. While most of us look forward to spring and summertime, for hay fever sufferers it marks the return of debilitating sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes and the irritating side-effects of antihistamines. Severe cases of hay fever can include symtoms such like blocked sinuses, tightness of the chest and wheezing. When this occurs conventional medicine not only offers antihistamines but also corticosteroids nasal sprays and puffers, which have nasty side-effects and are detrimental to our health.
What causes Hay Fever?
Hay fever is an allergic response to pollen. Symptoms can arrive with tree pollens from March to May, depending on the climate, and continue through the summer months with grass pollens. Exposure to these airborne allergens is made worse by the fact that when the weather is warmer windows are left...Read More
Posted on Tue, 6 June 2017
I don’t know if you are aware of what has been happening in my life over the past couple of months. Luke (my husband) and I decided to go ahead and have a family – due to circumstances I won’t go into here and after a lot of different options we opted for surrogacy in the Ukraine. Our son Hector was born on 7th April 2017 and he is a source of constant delight and joy.
There is a lot of paperwork and officialdom to get a passport for Hector and we needed to do a DNA test before the passport is issued. We did the first test at the end of April while living in Kiev and then decided to travel to Odessa (which is by the sea to wait for the passport and get out of the city) 10 days later we heard that the Ukrainian doctors had messed up the test and it needed to be repeated – annoying, but mistakes happen. Luke and Hector flew up to Kiev for the day to repeat the test, which was then sent to the UK the...Read More
Posted on Fri, 26 May 2017
What is Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis, as the name suggests is a gastrointestinal disease that causes ulcers in the colon or the large intestine and also the rectum. It is a disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the large intestine and the rectum and is therefore known as an inflammatory bowel disease.
Who is affected by Ulcerative Colitis
Although there is not much awareness about the disease, it is quite common and affects the young people more as compared to the old people. In fact, it is the most common in the age group of 15-35 years of age. The second highest incidence is in the age group of 50-70. The cause of this preference for the above mentioned age groups is poorly understood.
What does ulcerative colitis do to the intestines
Ulcerative colitis may affect large parts of the intestines. The ulcers can be superficial or...Read More
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017
Atopic dermatitis (AD), also called eczema, is an inflammatory, pruritic skin condition associated with immune dysfunction and altered skin barrier function. Prevalence is highest among children, at 10-20%, with 60% of cases beginning within the first year of life. Signs and symptoms include a pruritic, erythematous rash, which may present as dry or thickened skin with excoriations. Patients presenting with pyoderma often have a secondary bacterial infection which may require antibiotics. Location of AD in infants typically begins on the scalp (“cradle cap”), face/cheeks, or extensor surfaces of arms and legs; however, it may present at any location. It is important to check behind the ears, back of the neck, and in folds of skin in any infant suspected of AD. Risk factors for development of atopic dermatitis by 6 months of age include male gender, family...Read More