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August 2010
News & Views

Sprains & Strains
World Cup, Wimbledon & tag

Maybe the extensive press coverage of the World Cup and Wimbledon will have inspired some of you to try your hand at a sporting activity. Alternatively some may prefer the twice weekly tag walk sponsored by Blackrock Primary Care Centre. What ever outdoor pursuit you choose at some time you will, in all probability, need to cope with sprains and strains of various intensities. Here is a basic Homeopathic list to help you cope.

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  • Arnica - eases bruising and soreness
  • Bryonia - useful for torn/damaged ligaments or tendons, especially if the least movement is excruciating
  • Ledum - if injury is purple and feels cold to touch
  • Rhus tox - helpful for muscle strain, worse on first movement, better for continued movement, better for warmth
  • Ruta - particularly good for tennis elbow, use when bones feel bruised

Are we nearly there yet?

With school holidays now underway, it is inevitable that many families will be taking to their vehicles for their annual "car journey" to the seaside, grandparents or campsite over the coming months. Memories of previous trips may have you reconsidering the length of your journey and, unfortunately, even homeopathy can't help with pacifying backseat drivers,
occupying squealing impatient children with car games or dealing with that infamous line "Are we nearly there yet?" However, we appreciate that travel sickness is a prominent problem among many families on long-haul trips and hence hope that the remedies described here may alleviate at least one extra worry that your family will have to endure during the holiday season.

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 It is suspected that motion sickness, known as kinetosis, affects around one third of the population in mild circumstances, such as a boat in calm water, but about two thirds in more severe conditions. It is also generally more prevalent amongst children. The condition arises when there is a conflict between the visually perceived movement and the balance systems of the inner ear and symptoms include nausea, sweating, dizziness, headaches and vomiting. Any of these symptoms can be brought on by air, boat or car travel, as well as the smell of petrol and even watching 3D films!

  • Cocculus - use when you want to lie down and when food or the thought of food brings on a feeling of nausea
  • Petroleum - use if headache is overriding symptom but theres a feeling of hunger.
  • Tabacum - use when the slightest motion causes extreme nausea and you are pale,
    sweat a lot and feel better in cool, fresh air
  • Zingiber - use when there's a sense of vertigo and limbs feel heavy

For a more individualised remedy prescription please consult your local homeopathic physician.

Homeopathy & Sunstroke

With the Wexford strawberries and cream season now upon us and the school holidays in full swing, chances are you may be exposing yourself to the sun over the coming months. Naturally, in order to prevent any ill-effects which the sun and heat may cause, we suggest that you drink regularly to keep yourself hydrated, only expose yourself to the sun for short periods at a time and protect yourself with sun cream, re-applying frequently, especially after swimming. Despite these preventative measures, if you do happen to find yourself unwell due to the heat and sun here are a few remedies which will help you cope.

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  • Belladonna 30c for overexposure to the sun
  • Glonoinium 30c To ease sun burn
  • Calendula 6X cream to heal burnt skin
  • Hypercal 6X cream  for the healing of sore/painful skin.
  • Urtica 6X cream for healing of red patchy itchy skin

For a more individualised remedy prescription please consult your local homeopathic physician.

Latest research on the side effects of Statins

A new report, published in the British Medical Journal, researched the effects of statins for over two million users of the drug, including 225,000 patients who had recently started taking the medicine. Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels and therefore prevent cardiac diseases in those who are most susceptible to heart attacks, strokes or peripheral artery disease. This is achieved by interfering with the liver's job of producing cholesterol, whilst helping the liver absorb more bad holesterol from your blood. It is generally regarded that statins are a long-term solution to high-cholesterol issues and therefore most users of the drug are expected to be on it for life.

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The study concluded that statins did reduce the chances of heart disease by 2.7% but unfortunately the side-effects caused by the medication affected 4.4% of the participants. These ranged from liver damage to cataracts, acute kidney failure and extreme muscle weakness. To detail this further, they found for every 10,000 women on statins there were 271 fewer cases of heart disease but 74 cases of liver damage and 307 cases of cataracts. Given the potentially serious side-effects which have been described in the report and the longterm use that is often attributed with statins, it may be worth considering talking through other options with your local homeopathic physician to address the underlying causes of your cholesterol problems before embarking on the statins route.

 

For further information in order to make a fully informed choice contact
(Alternatively pass this to any friend or colleague who could benefit from the information)

H4H

Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract), FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

Tel: +353 (0)87 2621943


Consultations held at:-
The Natural Health Centre, 34 Princes Str., Cork.

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