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firstly lets wish Melania Trump a speedy and full recovery, with no future kidney or related scares, a fervent wish I make for all who have such issues.

Kidney Condition Puts Melania Trump in the Hospital

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Melania Trump, the first lady, underwent a surgical procedure on Monday morning. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

 

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure on Monday morning to treat what the White House called a “benign kidney condition” and was reported to be recovering without trouble at a military hospital outside the capital.

“The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” the White House said in a statement. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”

President Trump spoke with Mrs. Trump on Monday morning before the procedure and later spoke with the doctor after it was over, according to a White House official who asked not to be identified describing the private communications. In the late afternoon, the president flew by helicopter to Walter Reed to visit the first lady for about an hour before returning to the White House.“Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. “Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!”

The White House said Mrs. Trump, 48, underwent an embolization procedure. The Johns Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Kidney Cancer describes an arterial embolization as a procedure in which a special spongelike material is placed into an artery that supplies blood to the kidney. A thin tube catheter is inserted into a vessel in the leg and into the main vessel feeding the kidney.

Such a procedure would block the blood supply that feeds the kidney and might be used to stop bleeding from a benign tumor, a small aneurysm or to reverse the growth of such a tumor, according to specialists. The Johns Hopkins guide said it can also be used to make it easier for a surgeon to remove the kidney but is more frequently used to control symptoms for someone who cannot undergo surgery.

 

Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday that Mrs. Trump’s procedure was “long-planned,” citing her visit to Walter Reed as the reason Mr. Trump had sent him to represent the administration at a reception hosted by the Israeli Embassy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence.

The fact that Mrs. Trump will remain in the hospital for the rest of the week was unusual in the most typical cases, according to leading medical experts.

“It’s like literally an outpatient procedure,” said Dr. Eleanor D. Lederer, a professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and past president of the American Society of Nephrology. “You go in, you have it done, you lie in bed for a while to keep the blood vessel from bleeding and then you go home.”

Another doctor, however, said Mrs. Trump was probably being kept in the hospital longer because of her position. “That’s because she is the first lady,” said Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, a professor of urology and radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “If it was you, you’d be in and out in a day, I promise.”

Still, embolization kills some surrounding healthy kidney tissue, which causes swelling and pain as a patient recovers, so a longer stay could be helpful or necessary, doctors said.

The White House did not explain what led Mrs. Trump to seek treatment or whether the “benign kidney condition” meant she had a benign tumor or something else. Specialists said it could be that doctors had been monitoring a mass for a while and decided to act on it now because it had grown. Or they said it could be that she experienced symptoms of some sort, like noticing blood in the urine or experiencing back pain or stomach pain.

Doctors may also have discovered bleeding while conducting routine tests for other reasons.

Dr. Joseph A. Vassalotti, the chief medical officer at the National Kidney Foundation, said his guess was that Mrs. Trump had either a benign tumor known as an angiomyolipoma or a bleeding cyst. “It sounds like it was a benign tumor,” he said.

Dr. David G. Warnock, an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a past president of the kidney foundation, said doctors frequently perform an embolization if a biopsy or other diagnostic procedure causes bleeding.

“My list of benign conditions that you’d embolize is pretty short,” he said. “Ninety percent of them are to stop bleeding after some procedure like a kidney biopsy.”

But Dr. Joseph V. Bonventre, chief of the renal unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said that it was unlikely Mrs. Trump would have a biopsy on this type of tumor and that doctors probably decided to conduct the embolization procedure to prevent a benign tumor from growing by starving it of blood, and therefore oxygen.

“In general, you want to embolize it because you don’t want it to continue to get bigger and erode into the larger vessels of the kidney where it can cause significant bleeding,” he said. He added that embolizing in this case was “most likely a preventive thing.”

The procedure came just a week after Mrs. Trump formally kicked off a public campaign to encourage children to put kindness first in their lives, particularly on social media. She has generally maintained a low profile during her 16 months as first lady, focusing primarily on raising her son, Barron.

Mrs. Trump makes a point of leading a healthy lifestyle. In New York, she has said she would walk with ankle weights and eat seven pieces of fruit every day. “I live a healthy life, I take care of my skin and my body,” she told GQ in 2016. “I’m against Botox, I’m against injections; I think it’s damaging your face, damaging your nerves. It’s all me. I will age gracefully, as my mom does.”

The health of first ladies has long been a factor in White House life. Three first ladies died while living in the White House — Letitia Tyler (wife of John Tyler), Caroline Harrison (wife of Benjamin Harrison) and Ellen Wilson (wife of Woodrow Wilson) — and Andrew Jackson’s wife, Rachel, died between his election and inauguration.

Others have suffered serious ailments that, for much of the country’s history, were shrouded from the public. In recent decades, first ladies have been more open, although not in every instance. Betty Ford set the tone for modern times by being open about having a mastectomy to fight breast cancer. Following her example, Nancy Reagan also disclosed her own mastectomy, although she limited the details released.

Barbara Bush disclosed her Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition, while living in the White House. Her daughter-in-law, Laura Bush, however did not reveal that she had a skin cancer tumor removed from her shin until weeks later, deeming it “no big deal at the time.”

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Do note that a friend of mine who is a little older than Melania Trump recently had a nephrectomy on suspicion of cancer, the kidney was removed by hand assisted laprascopic surgery and two days later she went home and was back at work inside two weeks. She was fortunate that the biopsy on thesizeable tumor in the removed kidney it was found to be currently benign and no further medical action or treatment was required.

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#Statins – The Pros & Cons are readily Available I Suggest Your Doctor Decides But Here Are Some Facts …

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Hi,

here are a few informed and responsible articles regarding Statins – I do not presume to advise as I feel this is a decision you must make led by your Consultant and/or Doctor.

Suffice to say my medics have managed to keep me alive for 20 years of cancer and since my major Heart Attack 19-Nov-2012 and I take my prescribed drugs regularly including 80mg Atorvastatin, 5mg Bisoprolol LA25 of Elantan, 1.25mg Ramipril & 75mg of dispersable Asprin each day!

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Personal Health

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins

By JANE E. BRODY

Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking them.

The New Old Age

You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?

By PAULA SPAN

It’s not clear that statins prevent first heart attacks and strokes in older patients, and the drugs do have side effects that can be harmful.

Are Statin Side Effects ‘All in Our Heads’?

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Muscle pain and other common side effects of statins may be influenced by psychological factors.

Having Heart Surgery? Don’t Stop Your Statins

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Patients who continued to take the cholesterol-lowering drugs on the day of surgery had a 48 percent reduced risk of dying in the next 30 days.

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Can Statins Cause Diabetes?

By RONI CARYN RABIN

Numerous studies have shown that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are linked to a small increase in the risk of Type 2 diabetes, even as they reduce the risk of heart attacks.

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there are better ways to wake up and clearly 06:05 is not the best time to start a day, as far as I.m concerned!

On Thursday I woke and woke instantly aware I was having a heart attack, which is not a good way to wake up even though the fact that I woke up must be seen as a plus!

I had a strong pain in the center of my chest and consequential discomfort that crossed my pectoral muscle to my armpit, which felt as if it had a warm lump in it the size of a golf ball and a dulol ache running down the inside of my arm to the elbow.

Relative to my original heart attack 19-Nov-2012 I knew this time it was as yet nothing like as bad – so I decided to act!

I immediately took 3 ‘squirts’ of GTN spray (Glyceryl Trinatrate) which I always have to hand, ever since the first heart attack, it is a spray that you administer under the tongue and it is designed to alleviate angina (Heart Pain/Discomfort), the drug dilates the blood vessels and reduces the risk of annurism by reducing blood pressure rapidly.

GTN is normally used when stress or activity leads to discomfort in the chest.

Immediately after taking the GTN I took a 300 milligram dispersable Asprin disolving it under the tongue.

This seemed to halt any escallation in the discomfort/pain I also fely I was in no imminent danger.

I remained in bed relaxed and turned on the TV to distract me and at about 07:00hrs. repeated the GTN and Asprin dose.

At 08:30hrs. I phoned my Doctors surgery and asked for a Doctor to call me as soon as one arrived – I declined to accept their offer to call an ambulance but I pointed out that the Heart Attack started 2.1/2 hours ago and I not only felt considerably better but was still alive!

At 09:00hrs. the Doctor phones, she knows me and my medical history having seen me several times before. She did try to insist she called an ambulance but I asked her to stop trying to wind me up and that after my last (first) experience of a heart attack when I drove myself to The Royal Gwent having seen my Doctor and was admitted to MAU (Medical Assessment Unit) where I arrived at 09:45hrs and sat in the crowded main waiting room appart from when I had an ECG test and two separate blood tests – all of which seemd to show nothing!

I was then sent to walk to the Radiology department for a CTC scan. I guess that didn’t show anything either.

Eventually they found me a bed in the unit as the pain had not abatted one iota since about 06:00hrs. Finally I saw a Doctor at about 02:45hrs. it was he who took the first medical intervention!

Later that morning saw me moved onto the Cardiac Unit where I was monitored and relevantly drugged – 4 days later I was given an Angyogram, where a probe is inserted through a small incision in the rist and it follows a blood vessel to the heart. It was at this stage it was discovered I had no Right Coronary Artery!

CORONARY ARTERIES 19 Labeled

Yep – No Right Coronary Artery – it seems that over the years the artery has steadily blocked and is now blocked from end to end and thus no longer delivers blood/Oxygen to the heart muscles it is supposed to supply!

Neither a stent nor a bypass is a possibility! The only option would be to bore the artery out but my Consultant has advised against this as it may not work anyway but more concerning is the likelihood of breaking the artery wall requiring emergency open hear surgery with the risk that I could ‘bleed out’ before the team could get to the heart.

Well that was5.12 years ago and although I have had a couple of scares since I have only had this one recent repeat heart attack!

Astonishingly with all the equipment telling Doctors my heart performance is normal and there are no abnormalities appart from a bit of backwash on the Aortal Artery valve which is slightly dilated, as the Aorta is slightly enlarged.

Yet an Angyogram clearly shows there is no Right Coronary Artery!

Oh well I’m still here 😉

Although my Doctor dissagrees I believe avoiding Hospital was in my best interest, but I can understand my Doctor wanting to cover herself by reffering me to hospital, which I am sure she has entered in my notes!

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I do make a lousy patient!

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If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms in 1998 see The TAB at the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer ….< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order, many linked to specific blog postings. . Later in the sequence of my experiences with cancer you will note that I introduce some results and events most probably linked with cancer such as enlarged & damaged Prostate and a consequential Heart Attack leaving me with no right coronary artery! . I have also included numerous articles and anecdotes regarding health – primarily related to cancer, prostate and heart conditions – FYI! . Thoughts, articles and comments will be in chronological order in the main blog and can be tracked in the >ARCHIVE< in the Left Sidebar. . You may find the TABS >MEDICAL LINKS< and also >CANCER LINKS< of help, also many of the links in articles and >HOT LINKS< in the Sidebar.
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Why Doctor Doesn’t Always Know Best

By MARCUS STEAD

How often do you question the advice your GP gives you? Are you aware of the intense lobbying that takes place between pharmaceutical giants and local GPs? Do you know how many more prescriptions are issued in the UK compared to just a decade ago?

My story, about how a prescription I did not need left me with serious health issues, should act as a warning for everybody. Here is the story of what happened to me, and the alarming evidence I discovered about why GPs prescribe so many unnecessary and sometimes harmful drugs:

During the summer of 2017, the toenails on my right foot became discoloured and brittle. It wasn’t a pretty sight, but I was in no pain whatsoever and didn’t feel the need to bother my GP with it.

Around late October or early November, I visited my GP about an unrelated medical issue that has since been resolved, and I showed him my toenails in case the two problems were connected. He said that he thought it very likely I had a fungal nail infection and that I’d have to go on a ‘tough’ course of tablets if that turned out to be the case. But first, he wanted me to provide a toenail sample so they could attempt to grow fungus on them in the laboratory to determine whether they were infected.

A few days later I dropped off my toenail sample at the surgery in the small container provided, and was told I would receive a letter in the post in due course. A number of weeks passed and I heard nothing. At no point was I in any pain, and the fresh nail near the bed was showing signs of becoming healthier and more ‘normal’ looking. Whatever the problem was, my body appeared to be finding its own way of treating it.

Shortly before Christmas, I received a letter asking me to make an appointment with my GP to discuss the results, but the letter stated this was no cause for alarm and that it was routine procedure. The Christmas holiday period meant there was a delay in getting a non-urgent appointment, so I did not see the GP until early January.

Terbinafine PictureOn this occasion, I saw a different GP, one I had never met before. She told me that the results showed I had a fungal nail infection (as expected). She took a quick look at my feet, and said that she would be prescribing me Terbinafine (sometimes sold under the brand name Lamisil, though not in my case). I was to begin with a 28 day course, which was to be followed by another 28 day course on repeat prescription, with a view to me taking the tablets for around six months.

But first, I would need a blood test to check my liver function was normal. Upon hearing this, I was immediately suspicious as to whether these drugs were really necessary. After all, I was never in any pain, I wasn’t feeling any ill effects, and by this stage a substantial part of the nail bed was looking healthy, as more fresh nail gradually appeared.

However, I went ahead and had the blood test about a week later. A further week passed and I phoned the surgery for the test results. I was informed that my liver function was ‘normal’, and that my prescription would be ready for me to collect within a few days.

By the time I collected my prescription, it was around the third week of January. I was very wary about taking the tablets. It struck me as a huge overreaction to a problem with a mild infection that was gradually clearing up by itself. At the absolute most, I should have been prescribed Terbinafine in cream form. The instructions stated I was to take one per day. Against my better judgement, I took my first Terbinafine tablet the following morning.

Within an hour, I sensed something wasn’t right when I went to the toilet and my urine gave off a copper-like odour. By the following evening, I was beginning to experience serious side effects.

First of all, my sense of taste was much diminished. I managed to eat a meal that evening, but I didn’t enjoy it. By the following day, I was suffering from an upset stomach, mild diarrhoea, a fuzzy headache, and a dry mouth.

Within a few days, eating a full meal became difficult. I had no interest in snacking between meals or eating desserts, and my portion sizes were much reduced. All food tasted like cardboard and my stomach had a ‘full’ feeling, even if I had eaten virtually nothing.

By the end of my first week of taking Terbinafine, the side effects became more serious. I was unable to sleep for more than about four hours at a time, and I began to suffer from very low moods for no apparent reason. I have suffered from tinnitus my whole life, but the ringing in my ears became louder and more intense than before. I found it difficult to concentrate on anything for long periods, which is very unlike me.

The days dragged by and the situation did not improve. Eating was a chore, I was permanently tired, I found it hard to focus due to continual ‘brain fog’ (not easy when I make my living through writing and broadcasting), my mouth was dry, the mild diarrhoea continued, and it was badly affecting my quality of life. I drank very little alcohol during this period, partly because of my lack of appetite, and partly because I dreaded to think what this Terbinafine was doing to my liver.

After three weeks of taking one Terbinafine tablet per day, I had lost a stone in weight, a dangerous amount to lose in such a short space of time. I looked noticeably thinner and my general wellbeing was suffering considerably as the symptoms intensified. A friend, who is no stranger to tough and gruelling medicine as a long-term cancer survivor suggested that a chat with my pharmacist would be a good idea, so I did exactly that.

I am quite a big fan of pharmacists. I find them more open-minded and less ‘preachy’ than GPs on the whole, and I strongly recommend them as a first port of call when suffering from mild health problems.

I took my packet of Terbinafine and the accompanying leaflet with me to my local Boots store and the pharmacist showed me to the private consultation room. I explained the situation to her and she read the leaflet, which listed the possible side effects. I had experienced most, if not all of them by this stage.

When I told her about the drastic weight loss and deterioration in quality of life, she without hesitation advised me to stop taking them. What happened next struck me as extraordinary.

The pharmacist, a bright woman in her late 20s or early 30s, told me that she, too, suffered from a fungal nail infection some time ago, and had refused to take the tablets upon reading the side effects and discovering that a blood test would be needed prior to starting the course.

Instead, she did her own research (how many GPs do that?) and discovered a far less severe course of action. She bought a bottle of white vinegar from a supermarket and a packet of cotton wool sticks.

For the next six months, twice per day, she would wash her feet, dip a cotton wool stick in the white vinegar, and wipe it under and on the bed of the infected nails. It required a lot of discipline, her boyfriend said she smelt like a chip shop, but over time the infection cleared up.

She advised me to do the same thing, and to ‘do a bit of Googling’ to discover alternative ways of treating it. I bought a bottle of white vinegar on my way home from Boots, but I didn’t feel the urge to ‘treat’ my nails in any way as by this stage a substantial part of my lower nails were clear and healthy-looking. But I have a plan of action if the situation changes.

Needless to say, I stopped taking the Terbinafine immediately. I had a little rant on my Facebook wall about the experience that same evening, and a hospital doctor wrote a comment below my post saying that prescribing Terbinafine was a massive overreaction and there was no way she would take it.

My health began to improve somewhat within 48 hours. I was able to eat and digest a full meal, but was not enjoying it particularly, and I still had no interest in desserts or snacking. The ‘brain fog’ gradually began to clear within a week.

That said, more than a month later, I am still far from fully ‘back to normal’. I still have a number of symptoms including a dry mouth, a skin rash on my hands and difficulty sleeping for more than a few hours at a time. My sense of taste is still much-diminished, and I have lost a further half a stone in weight. I am eating food, but I’m not enjoying it.

In other words, I was given drugs I don’t need, for a problem I don’t have, and whose effects I am still suffering from more than a month after I stopped taking them.

So why did this happen? We have an overly-deferential relationship with GPs in this country and with the NHS in general. Yes, they do a lot of good, but there are fundamental flaws in the system and they are far from always right.

The term GP stands for ‘General Practitioner’. As the name suggests, they aren’t really ‘experts’ in anything, but have a basic understanding of most areas of medicine. That is not to say all GPs are bad, or that everything the GP tells us is wrong, but we DO need to question what we’re told far more often. Yes, GPs have gone through medical college and passed numerous exams. But what they are told becomes dated very quickly, as new drugs become available and medical understanding increases.

To keep their medical understanding up-to-date, GPs frequently attend seminars, tutorials and networking days put on by major pharmaceutical companies, complete with hospitality (nice lunches etc). The drug companies provide the food and a pleasant setting (a conference centre or hotel) and in return they get the opportunity to ‘talk up’ their latest products. This strikes me as dangerously close to bribery. At its kindest, it can be described as ‘lobbying’. What these representatives are NOT going to do is give totally unbiased, independent advice about their products to the GPs in attendance.

These companies are often huge multi-billion dollar organisations who have a vested financial interest in getting people to take these drugs. They do not put on these events for GPs and provide hospitality for fun. They have huge pockets and a deep focus, and they know that such events influence the way GPs prescribe drugs. Even on a day-to-day basis, the average GP surgery is full of stationary, equipment and gadgets containing the branding of these companies, subtly and subconsciously reinforcing the message that prescribing their drugs is automatically a good thing.

This very obvious conflict of interest is not given anywhere near enough publicity. The number of prescriptions issued in the UK has increased 50% in 14 years, and GP surgeries spend half of the NHS’s drugs budget. Prescriptions for painkillers have increased 50% in 10 years. In Blackpool, one in five adults takes so-called ‘antidepressants’. Between 2005 and 2012, the number of young people prescribed so-called ‘antidepressants’ increased by 54%. In Jersey, the number of people being prescribed ‘antidepressants’ increased by 48.5% in the six years between 2010 and 2016. The average person in the UK receives FIFTEEN prescriptions per year.

Re-read that last paragraph. Those statistics are extraordinary. And when we consider how heavily lobbied GPs are by the pharmaceutical industry, these figures begin to make sense. Over the last few years, the drugs industry has paid $13 BILLION in fines in the USA alone for a range of unethical activities, including bribing doctors to prescribe their drugs.

GPs are, for the most part, ‘repeaters’ rather than ‘thinkers’. How many GPs seriously question what they’re being told, firstly at medical school but especially in seminars put on by pharmaceutical giants, or give anywhere near enough thought to the fact it’s in the interest of these huge companies to get as many people as possible to take these drugs? And how many GPs are courageous enough to send substantial numbers of patients away from their surgeries WITHOUT the prescription drugs they were expecting?

We need to be much more aware of the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics and the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance. One of the major challenges GPs face is distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections. Viral infections do not require antibiotics, but if a person has a bacterial infection and is not prescribed antibiotics, patients can die and doctors can get sued. Therefore, to avoid taking a chance, GPs resort to prescribing antibiotics for all infections, even though this presents far bigger risks in the long run.

A solution to this problem would be for GP surgeries to buy the machinery that instantly tells us whether the patient has a viral or bacterial infection via a blood sample. The problem is that the machinery costs £700-£800 and each test costs £4.50. But he NHS would recoup these sums when we consider that viral infections would no longer be treated with a prescription of antibiotics, and that the cost of the tests would be when offset against the cost of ‘free’ prescriptions, available to all patients in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with a substantial number of less well-off people in England.

We take the ability of antibiotics to fight off infections for granted, but their effectiveness is declining as viruses evolve to resist them. It is no exaggeration to say that without antibiotics, life on earth as we know it would end.

Without antibiotics, many medical procedures simply wouldn’t be possible. It’s not just the case that doctors would not be able to treat your infected finger. They wouldn’t be able to do any more bone surgery. They wouldn’t be able to treat cancer. They wouldn’t be able to run intensive care units in hospitals. These are harsh realities, but they are also facts.

Drug companies aim to prescribe as many pills as possible to maximise profits, but it is certainly not in the interests of the human race to see antibiotics lose their effectiveness . 97% of patients in the UK who ask their GP for antibiotics are prescribed them. Younger people reading this may live long enough to see this doomsday scenario unfold unless swift changes are made in our attitude towards antibiotics. It is estimated that superbugs resistant to antibiotics will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined within 30 years.

The culture of GP surgeries does not lend itself to a thoughtful, flexible course of treatment, with appointments generally lasting ten minutes or less, so a dogmatic ‘prescription cure’ is seen as the easiest and quickest way of resolving any issue, often without addressing the root cause, or assessing the side effects and long-term impact of the drugs they prescribe.

Perhaps the most dangerous example of this is how GPs treat people with depression. There is a conventional wisdom among drug companies that ‘depression’ is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, known as ‘the Serotonin theory’. The scientific evidence backing this up is underwhelming to say the least. The drugs companies even kept the finding of their own research secret until compelled to release them by Freedom of Information requests.

There is likely to be a far more pragmatic explanation – people become ‘depressed’ because bad thing have happened to them, and the way our society operates is largely to blame. Why are so many people so unhappy in modern Britain? Families are not as close as they were 50 years ago, and are often spread out around the country or even across the world. There is no sense of ‘community’ in many areas. All too often, people do not have a ‘support network’ in their lives. They may have lots of superficial relationships with work colleagues and others, but in many cases they won’t feel ‘close’ to many people living locally.

A child who has grown up in an unstable household with an alcoholic parent, an absent father, or a single mother with a series of ‘boyfriends’ coming and going (who may well dislike the child), will very likely carry large emotional scars well into adulthood. The child who was bullied at school will not forget it as an adult.

A lot of people who claim to be ‘depressed’ are actually alcoholics. Alcohol is a depressant and those who use it to attempt to temporarily numb the pain of experiences they are having in their lives are doing themselves no favours whatsoever. They are using alcohol as an excuse not to address the problem at its core, and when the affects wear off, they feel more depressed than they did before, and so the vicious circle continues.

But how many GPs who see a patient who claims to be suffering from ‘depression’ will seek to address its root cause, or send them for appropriate therapy, when they can prescribe so-called ‘antidepressants’ and get them out of the room within the 10 minute appointment slot? Very often, GPs diagnose depression using the ‘PHQ-9 depression questionnaire’, which is loaded with negative questions and does its best to force you to think about how miserable your life is and how unhappy you are. It does not contain questions to balance it up such as ‘how often do you feel positive and optimistic about life?’

Unsurprisingly, the PHQ-9 questionnaire was devised by a drugs company that makes ‘antidepressant’ pills. This is not a coincidence.

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Nic Barrow, a therapist, and a friend of some years, shares my deep suspicion of ‘antidepressants’, partly because of his own experiences when he was younger. He says that he gives people who come to him claiming to be depressed five pieces of advice: 1. Cut sugar out of your diet. 2. Work like mad. 3. Surround yourself with three to four positive people. 4. Exercise rigorously two to three times per week. 5. Develop a purpose for living that is greater than yourself.

Most of us spend far too much time staring into hypnotic gadgets, or sitting at desks, or slouching on the sofa, or taking our cars for journeys of less than a mile. A brisk, half-hour walk each day is a good remedy for a lot of psychological problems people think they have. It also reduces the risk of obesity and cancer. It’s a win-win deal. If a more drastic remedy is needed, cold water swimming helps anxiety and depression. Our bodies respond to cold water in a similar way to an anxiety attack. As the skin cools down rapidly, the body enters a state of shock, flooding the blood with stress hormones. Once the initial shock wears off, the chemical surge leaves swimmers feeling euphoric, as the ‘skin stimulation’ releases adrenaline.

Exercise, diet, friendships and a job that makes you feel fulfilled are usually the keys to resolving issues relating to ‘depression’. Even if the solutions described here don’t work for absolutely everybody, it is surely advisable for them to get to the root cause of the problem with the help of therapy rather than to rely on pills.

To paraphrase Dr Robert Lefever, I want my moods to change. I want to feel happy when I achieve something worthwhile, or when a sports team I support wins. I want to feel sad when somebody I know dies, or I see an injustice while watching the news. This is all part of the human experience. So-called ‘antidepressants’ prevent people from fully experiencing life’s highs as well as the lows. Furthermore, the evidence they actually work in helping people suffering from depression when compared to placebos is also shaky to say the least. But even if they do offer some relief, it’s a treatment of the symptoms rather than the root cause.

And it gets more serious, still. There is a growing body of evidence that so-called ‘antidepressants’ have dangerous and unpredictable side effects. I have personally witnessed how somebody I know underwent a deeply unpleasant personality change after taking them. More than 40 million prescriptions for SSRI antidepressants were handed out by doctors in the UK last year. In a small number of cases, evidence suggests the devastating side effects can lead to psychosis, violence, and possibly even murder.

In July 2017, the BBC broadcast a Panorama documentary about this very subject. They focussed on the case of 20-year-old James Holmes, who had no track record of violence or gun ownership, but at the 2012 midnight premiere of a Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, he murdered 12 and injured 70 people. The programme showed there was substantial evidence that the drugs he was taking may well have played their part, and this was by no means an isolated example.

Further analysis of this can be found by reading ‘Cracked’ by James Davies. I can also recommend two clearly-written and straightforward articles on the subject by Dr Marcia Angell, a distinguished American doctor, and certainly no crank, which can be read here and here.

But the scandal surrounding prescription drugs goes way beyond so-called ‘antidepressants’. There is no evidence that opioid painkillers work beyond the first four to six weeks, and cause serious side-effects beyond that. In the long term, they may well make the pain worse, not better, and the withdrawal symptoms can be deeply unpleasant.

Raised blood pressure, raised levels of cholesterol and type two diabetes are not ‘diseases’. To a large extent, the risks they present can be remedied by exercise and moderating their diet. Giving patients supportive programmes for exercise would be more effective than medication, such as encouraging them to join walking groups.

Instead, there has been an intense campaign by the pharmaceutical giants to get more and more older people to take Statins (though the age at which people are encouraged to take them is getting younger and younger due to lobbying), and, as usual, GPs have followed this advice. Indeed, in recent weeks, a number of newspaper articles have appeared that have stated that ‘half or Britons’ will be offered ‘high blood pressure tablets’, while curiously the word ‘Statins’ failed to appear in any of them, which struck me as extremely odd. Most newspapers who covered the story did so sympathetically. It was as though they were relying on a press release from a pharmaceutical giant for their story, or maybe it was a press release from the NHS, who in turn had been lobbied by a pharmaceutical giant. If it carried the ‘NHS’ tag, it would make the press release appear more trustworthy.

Statins have a considerable number of common side effects, including a sore throat, nosebleeds, headaches, constipation, and muscle and joint pain. I have two stories from older people I know personally, who have had negative experiences with Statins.

One friend of mine, a man in his mid-70s, had been suffering from joint pain and mobility issues for some months. Upon reading an article in the Times about the side effects of Statins, he decided to stop taking them, and within days, he phoned me to tell me of an astonishing improvement in his mobility and overall health.

The other story comes from a man in his 60s who works as a writer, and he complained of a ‘brain fog’ soon after beginning to take Statins, though it cleared up fairly quickly soon after he stopped taking them. This is merely anecdotal, but it does appear to me as though a lot of people who take Statins become much more ‘doddery’ and unclear in their thinking, though it does appear the effects are reversed when they stop taking them.

Indeed, there is now growing evidence that Statins and even hayfever pills could be driving antibiotic resistance by changing the growth of bacteria in the human gut. Surely we should at the very least pause the mass prescription of Statins with this in mind?

The information in this article may appear shocking and outrageous, but we need to consider how medical advice has changed within the last 50 years. The Thalidomide scandal was a particularly prominent example of ‘bad medicine’. But those of you old enough to remember the 1970s (I am not!) will recall how after donating blood, you would sternly be told to take iron tablets. This is now considered completely unnecessary, possibly even harmful.

Furthermore, in the 1970s, burns were treated using greasy creams, which is now considered one of the worst things you can do. It was around the same time that X-ray machines disappeared from shoe shops, and today, we are told that X-rays should be kept to the absolute minimum.

Even in the last 15 years, the piles of old magazines have disappeared from my GP surgery waiting room, as they are considered a means of spreading viruses.

As times change, medical advice changes with it. The heavy lobbying by multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical giants is causing numerous drugs to be accepted and prescribed without sufficient scrutiny. 50 years from now, we will look back on this as a major scandal.

In the meantime, we ought to be far more questioning about what we are told by our GPs and be wary of the multi-billion dollar forces that influence them.

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Wales runs out of nurses: Hospitals appeal for any qualified staff to help out in bad weather – despite outcry over £30-a-night accommodation charge those who did keep working through the big freeze

  • Health chiefs are examining the claim against an unnamed Welsh health board
  • A Welsh CBI representative said that nurses were being charged £30 a night
  • The Welsh government aid that it was wrong to charge ‘excellent’ NHS staff 

Nurses and healthcare staff are urgently needed to help out at two Welsh hospitals because of the bad weather.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has appealed for any qualified nurses and healthcare staff who can help as other struggle to get to work in the snow. 

Meanwhile a claim has been made that stranded nurses in Wales were charged up to £30 to stay overnight in hospital student accommodation during Storm Emma.

It comes as yellow weather warnings remain in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, threatening to leave ‘death trap’ patches of ice on roads up and down the country. 

Nurses at Nevill Hall hospital in in Abergavenny worked a 12-hour shift and then stayed overnight at the hospital - where they were not charged accommodation expenses - to look after victims of the big freeze 

 

Nurses at Nevill Hall hospital in in Abergavenny worked a 12-hour shift and then stayed overnight at the hospital – where they were not charged accommodation expenses – to look after victims of the big freeze 

Critics say that it is completely wrong for nurses to be charged when they have worked so hard to help out during the big freeze 

 

Critics say that it is completely wrong for nurses to be charged when they have worked so hard to help out during the big freeze 

Shop fronts blocked by snow drifts in Brynmawr, South Wales, illustrated just how badly  the big freeze affected Wales

 

Shop fronts blocked by snow drifts in Brynmawr, South Wales, illustrated just how badly  the big freeze affected Wales

Leighton Jenkins, head of policy for the Welsh Confederation of British Industry exposed the 'snow storm' charge on his Twitter account

 

Leighton Jenkins, head of policy for the Welsh Confederation of British Industry exposed the ‘snow storm’ charge on his Twitter account

The south of Wales was one of the worst hit snow storm areas of Britain with most roads impassable

 

The south of Wales was one of the worst hit snow storm areas of Britain with most roads impassable

The University Hospital Of Wales in Cardiff is one of the hospital affected by the shortage of nurses

 

The University Hospital Of Wales in Cardiff is one of the hospital affected by the shortage of nurses

Hospitals in Wales have been especially stretched by the recent spell of bad weather, which brought the south of the country to a standstill 

 

Hospitals in Wales have been especially stretched by the recent spell of bad weather, which brought the south of the country to a standstill 

A total of 53 flood alerts have been issued nationwide, with 14 out of 15 located in the south west of England as Devon and Cornwall prepare for excess rain, melting snow and high winds. 

Around 2,000 families in Devon and Cornwall are without power, with hundreds of others suffering power cuts in mid Wales and East Yorkshire. 

Now, health chiefs are investigating the allegations against an unnamed Welsh Health Board after they were revealed by an outraged business chief.

The NHS is devolved and run by the Welsh assembly government. 

Welsh health boards on Saturday said the claims that nurses were charged to stay in student accommodation during Storm Emma were not true.  

A total of four Welsh health boards – Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf and Hywel Dda – have all responded to the allegations on social media, rejecting the claim, a Wales Online report said.

In a statement Cwm Taf University said: ‘Overnight there have been some claims that some NHS staff are being charged for accommodation if they need to stay overnight because of severe weather.

‘We are immensely grateful to all our staff for their dedication to patients in this weather and we would like to make it clear that we are NOT charging any of our staff for accommodation.

‘If they have been asked for any payment this is totally unacceptable and they should contact their site manager immediately. In the event any staff have had to pay they will be reimbursed in full.’

Nurses and healthcare staff are urgently needed to help out at two Welsh hospitals because of the bad weather, reports say

 

Nurses and healthcare staff are urgently needed to help out at two Welsh hospitals because of the bad weather, reports say

The Aneurin Bevan University Health Board also posted a message online that read: ‘Just to be clear, we are NOT charging any of our staff for accommodation. 

‘We are also providing meal vouchers for our staff who have needed to stay in work. If anyone has been asked to make any payment they are asked to contact their site manager immediately.

‘We are grateful to all our dedicated staff who are going the extra mile to provide first class care.’   

Tina Donnelly, head of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, said any storm charge was ‘abhorrent’ – after staff walked up to 10 miles to reach hospital. 

The claim was made against an unnamed Welsh health board on social media. 

Leighton Jenkins, head of policy for the Wales CBI (Conferation of British Industry), exposed the alleged charge on his Twitter account as thousands were stranded by heavy snow.

Mr Jenkins wrote: ‘Some Welsh hospitals are charging those nurses who volunteer to not go home the cost of sleeping in on-site student accommodation (£20-30 a night).

‘This is despite the fact they are saving the NHS the cost of sending a 4×4 to collect and return them to their homes.’

Welsh Government Health Secretary Vaughan Gething pledged to investigate – and praised the battling NHS staff.

He said: ‘NHS staff who have stayed overnight to try and make sure that their employer – the National Health Service – can continue to function the next day, I just don’t think that should result in a charge to any of our staff who are doing that.

Critics say any storm accommodation charge would be 'abhorrent' - especially after staff walked up to 10 miles to reach hospital

 

Critics say any storm accommodation charge would be ‘abhorrent’ – especially after staff walked up to 10 miles to reach hospital

‘There is extraordinary public sympathy and support for our national health service as people have seen the extraordinary efforts being made to maintain a service for our most vulnerable citizens.’

The names of the hospital accused of charging nurses were not revealed but Mr Gethin said his staff were investigating.

‘I’m expecting that situation to be resolved, and for every part of the service to understand very clearly my expectation and to act in accordance with it.’ he said.  

A statement made by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in relation to the nurses shortage on Saturday morning said: ‘We are appealing for nurses, in particular critical care nurses, to attend for duty at the University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough.

It is asking staff to undertake extra shifts at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff and University Hospital Llandough in the Vale of Glamorgan.  

Heavy snow has caused widespread disruption across parts of Wales, but people have been helping healthcare workers across the country get to work.

A snow plough is pictured desperately trying to clear grey sludge from the side of a road in Dublin, Ireland today 

 

A snow plough is pictured desperately trying to clear grey sludge from the side of a road in Dublin, Ireland today 

Stormy seas are pictured out of the River Tyne in the north east as a ferry sets off for the Netherlands this afternoon 

 

Stormy seas are pictured out of the River Tyne in the north east as a ferry sets off for the Netherlands this afternoon 

That's a lot of snow! A man is pictured with a  gigantic snow drift near Shepton Mallet in Somerset this afternoon 

 

That’s a lot of snow! A man is pictured with a  gigantic snow drift near Shepton Mallet in Somerset this afternoon 

Huge snow drifts are still on the ground in Somerset as cold temperatures persist across parts of the south west today 

 

Huge snow drifts are still on the ground in Somerset as cold temperatures persist across parts of the south west today 

There have been lots of examples of people using 4x4s to take dozens of NHS workers to and from hospitals and doctors and nurses have been staying overnight and hospitals to make sure they don’t get stranded at home and are there for their shifts. 

Speaking about the overnight accommodation charges, Vanessa Young, the director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, which represents all the Welsh health boards, said the claims needed to be examined.

‘We would want to ensure that if staff are coming in to help with the situation that we are facing at the moment, that they wouldn’t be incurring additional cost,’ she said.

‘It may be to do with the fact that they need to pay in advance and then claim it back from their health board.

‘But as I say, we need to look at the detail and deal with that.’

She praised the work of Welsh staff over the last few days, adding: ‘They really have pulled out all the stops.’

The director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales, Tina Donnelly, said she wanted to hear from anyone affected by the allegations.

‘I would be keen to speak with them to address this issue – this is abhorrent,’ she said. 

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first may I wish Stephen Fry a speedy and full recovery from the actions he and his Oncology Consultant decided to take when he had been diagnosed to have Prostate Cancer.

Do listen to Stephen Fry’s story in his own words and if you need more information on Prostate Cancer just put >prostate cancer< in the >SEARCH BOX< at the top of the >Right Sidebar< on this web site and follow the links.

Here is a film of the Robotic operating machine Stephen Fry spoke of, it is commonly known as a Da Vinci Machine and is operated by a surgeon or trained operator remotely via a VDU:

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These Are The Signs You’re Having A Heart Attack

Don’t worry if you have doubts. Call 999 and get help.

With a new study showing women are more likely to die than men after experiencing a heart attack, knowing the signs and treatment could easily mean the difference between life and death.

A heart attack is a medical emergency caused by a clot forming in one of the three coronary arteries that supplies blood to the heart muscle. This prevents blood from flowing to the heart, which can prove very dangerous.

 

At this stage, it’s vital that blood flow is restored to the heart, which is why you should dial 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance if you suspect you’re having one.

As the NHS puts it: “Don’t worry if you have doubts. Paramedics would rather be called out to find an honest mistake has been made than be too late to save a person’s life.”

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Signs of a heart attack

Emily McGrath, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), told HuffPost UK that symptoms of heart attacks can vary from person to person and women are less likely to recognise symptoms. For example they might mistake a heart attack as indigestion, as the symptoms can feel similar.

 

The most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort. NHS Choices describes this as “a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the centre of your chest”.

If it feels like indigestion, it can be difficult to determine whether it’s a heart attack or not, which is why it’s important to be aware of other symptoms that may arise such as: 

:: Feeling lightheaded or dizzy

:: Sweating

:: Feeling short of breath

:: Nauseousness or vomiting

:: Coughing or wheezing

:: Feeling very anxious (like having a panic attack)

:: Pain in other parts of the body. Emily from BHF explained further: “Pain can radiate to the arms, neck, jaw and back. You might experience pain down one side of the body or both. It doesn’t necessarily happen on the left side, which some people believe.”

Diagnosis

If you’re suspected to be having a heart attack, you should receive an ECG within 10 minutes of arriving at hospital, according to the NHS.

The test checks the heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, which is essential for swift diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment

Treatment options given to patients will depend on the type of heart attack they’ve had.

For example, if they’ve had ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), which is where the coronary artery is completely blocked by a blood clot, they will need to be treated as soon as possible to minimise damage to the heart. Treatment for STEMI involves a procedure to widen the coronary artery. 

Another treatment option is called coronary angioplasty. This involves inserting a tiny tube known as a balloon catheter into a large artery in the groin or arm. According to the NHS, the catheter is guided to the heart where it is then positioned in the coronary artery and inflated in order to open the artery and free up the blockage.

A stent, which is a flexible metal mesh, is usually inserted into the artery to help keep it open afterwards.

Patients may also be given medication like aspirin or heparin to thin the blood and prevent further blood clots. Some of these medications may be continued for some time afterwards.

Some patients might receive medication to break down the blood clot, known as thrombolytics or fibrinolytics. They may also be offered something called glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor which can prevent blood clots from getting bigger and stop symptoms from worsening.

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