Apr 18, 2016

Do You Get A Regular Cervical Smear Test?

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I popped into the GP surgery the other day for an unrelated reason, but both the nurse and the GP with whom I spoke, both reminded me that I was due a cervical smear test. In reality, I stopped having regular smear tests after my first child was born. (I think they could probably see that on my records.) I had done considered research at that time and decided that my 'choice' was to opt out, but gave myself the option of changing my mind.  That was years and years ago. I don't have need to visit the GP often so hadn't really thought about it until both the nurse and the doctor reminded me the other day.  It got me thinking that maybe I should re-visit my feelings about this. Then, I came across this article written by a GP in 2012 for The Independent.  I appreciate how she appears to have the view that what we screen for should be a dynamic 'shared' decision between doctor and client. (I intentially use the word 'client' because 'patient' insinuates that we are passive participants in decisions that affect our health).  I also appreciate that anyone reading this may still feel like they want the screening. That is absolutely fine. I pass no judgements. I am quite aware that my decisions are for me and for no one else and would not be the right thing to do in different circumstances.  One size does not fit all.  

Anyway, for what it's worth, I have added the link here so you can read her article, which to me, feels like a fairly measured and practical point of view.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/why-im-saying-no-to-a-smear-7577967.html

Mar 8, 2016

Maybe A Little Compassion All 'Round

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I have just finished reading Vaccine Epidemic edited by Louise Habakus and Mary Holland.  

Before you recoil in horror and start chanting ‘anti-vaxxer’ at my virtual door, let me explain.  This is a book of collected essays written by prominent professionals.  Included in this book are eloquently written chapters by medical doctors, biochemists, attorneys, gastroenterologists, microbiologists and military veterans, just to name a few.

 

It isn’t so much about ‘don’t vaccinate’ but about ‘informed choice’. What saddens me about this whole debacle is that people have polarised  into two camps. Those who feel the need to vaccinate and those who don’t.  How much better it would be if we could join forces and use a united voice, a united power, to call for ‘better science’ regarding vaccinations and ‘improved properly licensed’ ingredients in vaccinations. All our children are valuable and deserve the best. A parent doesn’t take lightly the decision not to vaccinate. Many parents that cross my threshold are equally hesitant about carrying out the vaccination program on their tiny babies. It is an agonising decision for all.

 

The heartbreak endured watching a desperately sick child fighting an illness is not owned by one camp or another. Often, it is the family that HAS vaccinated and has lived through the horror of vaccine damage unfolding within their family, that precipitates a change in their choices.

 

Perhaps a little compassion on both sides would help us rise up and demand that vaccines be made safer.  Isn’t it a little too easy for the Big Pharma to keep bankrolling billions in profits from vaccine programmes whilst we fight among ourselves about who is right?

 

No one is right who has suffered the death of a child through illness or who has suffered the catastrophic disability of  vaccine-damage. They are only heartbroken and would do anything, anything, anything to turn back the clock in order to make a different decision.

 

We could do ourselves a favour and find one voice and protest for better science, better trials, and a more practical schedule; perhaps one that vaccinates children who actually have immune systems rather than infants who are born with very immature, unused ones?

Or separated vaccinations?  Why on Earth does an infant need a diphtheria vaccine in England? or a tetanus? for instance.  Why don’t we have a choice to vaccinate with the MMR with separate injections?

 

And one last point which I find interesting. Has anyone EVER been given the list of side-effects and contraindications that go inside the vaccination box when received from the pharmaceutical company?  No? I didn’t think so.

Mar 6, 2016

I'm Back!

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So, I’ve decided, with a little cajoling from a friend, to resuscitate my blog.  My poor blog has been lying dormant and now it’s time to blow off the dust and restore some dignity.

I thought long and hard about what shape this blog should take. As an osteopath, should I just be writing about osteopathy?  As a doula, do I get to include thoughts about childbirth and labour? Should I be strict about keeping it a professional page, because I am also a mother and a wife, a friend, a daughter and a sister, too. Should these important parts of my life be excluded?

 

Osteopathy is about wholeness and ‘seeing the whole’: treating the whole. It is a lifestyle perspective, much like yoga is, so I decided ‘the wholeness’ of me could be explored in this blog.  The wholeness of Osteopathy includes everything I do. I cannot stop being an osteopath once I step from the confines of my clinic so, surely this blog can include ‘parts of the whole’.

 

I guess I am a philosopher at heart because I find relaying, for instance, the mechanics of a rotator cuff injury, or how the sciatic nerve runs down underneath your piriformis to supply your leg, a little dry. I’d much rather discuss how discomfort or pain changes your personality or impacts the way you live your life. Or, if you feel there is a psycho-social aspect to your pain/injury or maybe, even an old pattern learned as a pre-verbal tiny person, that could be understood within the context of your dis-ability.

 

You can find reams of websites, blogs and you-tube clips that will take you through the mechanics of injury and the anatomy of pain. I think I will leave that sort of information to those who love to write about it. 

 

I just wanted to let you know, today, that my blog is back. I feel like she will have the opportunity to morph into an interesting place for you to visit.  I have cleaned have cleaned her proverbial carpets and thrown open the shutters.

 

I look forward to sharing with you. And a little nervous. Please don’t  be too judgey! 

 

Feb 19, 2013

Eat Right!

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I think this is a great way to change the way you think about food.

From the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma comes In Defence of Food and the Omnivore's Solution for a new way of eating in the New Year...:

 

1: Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognise as food

2: Avoid foods containing ingredients you can't pronounce

3: Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot

4: Avoid food products that carry health claims

5: Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle

6: Better yet, buy your food somewhere else: farmers' markets or the CSA

7: Pay more, eat less

8: Eat a wide diversity of species

9: Eat food from animals that eat grass

10: Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food

11: Eat meals and eat them only at tables

12: Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure

 

Jan 31, 2013

Fighting Depression

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There has been a lot in the press of late about depression and whether the best way to tackle such a difficult problem is to reach for the anti-depressants. They are not aways as effective as we would like them to be. In What Doctors Don't Tell You, a magazine published by Lynne McTaggart and Brian Hubbard, they have itemised a list of alternative ways to treating depression. In the November issue, they highlight the fact that the serotonin theory was never actually proven. This feels alarming but, sadly, not all that surprising. What I like about this article is how they have mentioned other ways  to think about treating depression. In their research, they uncovered these things:  One in five sufferers of chronic depression were also found to have and under active thyroid. This is easy to check. Take your armpit temperature for 10 minutes first thing on waking. If it is consistently below the norm (36.6-37C), go and have your thryoid checked. Low blood sugar can happen if you eat alot of processed and sugary foods. Your blood sugar will yo-yo up and down as your body tries to regulate the sugar levels with insulin. Reducing sweet and starchy foods and replacing them with whole foods and natural unprocessed foods may help in lifting your depression. Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to depression; a relatively easy thing to remedy by visiting your local nutritionist. Mouldy, damp environments appear to be linked to depression, as well as allergies either to certain foods or allergies like hayfever. They also mention Coeliac Disease, irritable bowel disease and belly fat (the tendency to put weight on around the middle) can all be triggers for depression.  To me, these are all diseases that can be reduced in severity by a good nutritional turn around.  We need to start listening to our bodies.  We would never dream of putting diesel in our petrol run car, but we expect no complaints from our body when we put the wrong fuel in!

www.wddty.com  What Doctors Don't Tell You, November issue, page 29

Interesting Stuff

Here are some services that you may find helpful:

Acupuncture                             David Reynolds  www.southviewclinic.co.uk

Allergy/Food Sensitivity
Christine Wilson
www.lovemyhealth.co.uk

Aromatherapy/Massage
Cheryl Brickell
www.relaxintohealth.co.uk

Meli Paramio
01628 625313

Hypnobirthing                            Harriet Hancock   www.stressfreebirth.co.uk

Hypnotherapy
Ros Mandeville
www.highersolutions.co.uk

Homeopathy
Anita Happy and Sheila Carter Homeopathy for Children in Henley   01344 867 411

Catie Sharples
 01628 530302

Manual Lymph Drainage
Marilyn Homer
01628 671406

Massage/Injury Rehabilitation
Sharon Price 0787 623 7367

NLP/Reflexology
Jeanette Wallis
www.wallishealth.co.uk

Nutritional Therapy
Suzie Walker
www.wondersoffood.com

Physiotherapy
Alex Reynolds
www.southviewclinic.co.uk

 

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