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The Ritalin Effect (ADHD)

The Ritalin Effect (ADHD)

This week is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) awareness week. Ritalin (methylphenidate) has become a regular treatment for hyperactivity across America and the U.K.  Ritalin’s popularity amongst doctors has increased to such an extent that one in seven American children under the age of 18 is regularly taking a medication like Ritalin to treat their...

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Avoid Painkiller Addiction

Painkiller addiction is becoming more common. Infact GP’s have been advised to cut down on prescribing sleeping pills and painkillers due to concerns that many patients are becoming addicted to these medicines. Prescribes have now been urged to recommend complementary therapies such as physiotherapy and counselling to treat these conditions. This is a positive step...

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Antibiotic Resistance – A Real Threat

Antibiotics are becoming dangerously over prescribed, say the Health Protection Agency (HPA). This and the concern for antibiotic resistance is a view that is shared by most health care professionals. Patients have been urged not to request prescriptions for antibiotics from their GP’s. There are plenty of natural remedies that can help to treat everyday colds and...

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Do painkillers cause headaches?

Do painkillers cause headaches?

The national health watchdog, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has warned that taking too many pain killers such as paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen can make the brain more sensitive to pain. This results in the sufferer being more prone to headaches! So the tablets that are supposed to be treating your headache can actually cause...

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Can Antidepressants Cause Depression?

New research published in the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology has stated that serotonin has many effects in the body, not just helping to elevate mood levels in depression. Antidepressant medication such as Fluoxetine, Paroxetine and Citalopram, also known as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) work by increasing levels of serotonin in the...

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How safe are my medicines for me?

The number of drugs being prescribed by doctors is on an ever increasing upward slope. Latest figures show that the NHS is spending nearly £12 billion on drugs. These drugs are given to patients who believe that as they have been prescribed by a doctor, the drugs must be safe.  The public have been made to believe that all drugs available on the NHS have been...

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What are side effects of medicines?

All orthodox drugs produce side effects, though their severity can vary enormously from person to person. The side effects occur because a drug does not act only on the particular symptoms for which the person is being treated, but also on other aspects of the body’s function. The existence and magnitude of side effects are a consequence of the individuality of...

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Is homeopathy an alternative to traditional sleeping tablets?

Is homeopathy an alternative to traditional sleeping tablets?

Sleeping tablets that are commonly prescribed for thousands of people in the UK have been linked with a higher risk of death. An American study in the BMJ Open analysed more than 10,000 patients taking sleeping tablets such as temazepam. These patients were compared to 23,000 similar patients not taking these drugs. The death rate among the group taking sleeping...

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Statins Increase Risk of Diabetes

A recent US study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) may be responsible for an increased risk of diabetes in post menopausal women. The report found that women who took statins of any kind, were on average 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Statins are commonly prescribed medications in the UK....

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Reduce the Side Effects of Antibiotics Naturally

Antibiotics can cause a range of side effects that affect the digestive system. This arises because the natural balance of the flora in the body is disturbed by the intake of antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria, which play an important part in balancing the flora, as well as the bad bacteria that are responsible for the infection. Common symptoms and...

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