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Weight loss success is something practically everybody battles with at some point or another. "Are there really extreme weight loss diets?" is by all account not the only question you should be asking. Self acceptance is also just as equal in importance to weight loss.  Going for true self-worth gets you to stare the problem right in [...]

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Now that summer is here, remember that many psychiatric drugs pose a risk of potentially lethal heat exhaustion or heat stroke, including antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, and stimulants. Any drug that disrupts major neurotransmitter systems like dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, or histamine can disrupt heat regulation and poses a potential for causing or aggravating heat stroke. That includes almost all psychiatric drugs.

Older people are at especially high risk of fatal reactions. Epidemic deaths, often associated with psychiatric drugs, have been reported (Martin-Latry 2007, Kuzuya 2013) on hot days among the elderly in apartments and other housing without air conditioning. People of all ages are at risk when vigorously exercising in the heat. Hypotension and shock induced by heat stroke are among the causes of death or lasting organ damage, including the kidneys, liver and lungs.

If you want to know the risk of heat stroke associated with drugs you are taking, you can directly Google the drug and the effect, such as “Prozac and heat stroke” or “Abilify and heat stroke” or “Ritalin and heat stroke.” The results can be startling. Key words to search on-line include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat intolerance, heat sensitivity, hyperthermia, temperature dysregulation, hypothalamic dysregulation, and dehydration. You can broadly search with a term like “drug heat intolerance” or “psychiatric drug heat intolerance.”

Initial symptoms of heat exhaustion, hyperthermia and heat stroke include headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, pallor, cold skin, elevated heart rate, and weakness. As the reaction worsens, symptoms include high fever, trouble breathing, hot or red skin, dehydration with lack of sweating and dark urine, fainting, collapse, and seizures. Mental symptoms include cognitive dysfunction such as confusion and delirium. In the elderly, any abrupt decline in physical or mental health and well-being on a hot day or in a hot room should raise the question of heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention. Emergency measures under clinical supervision include emersion in a bath of cold or ice water, a cooling blanket, and/or ice packs to the groin, neck, back and armpits to lower body temperature. Shivering increases the body temperature and sedative medications can relieve them. 

Prevention is the best approach. Especially if you are concerned about elderly and otherwise impaired people in your life, even if they are living in a managed care facility, be sure to check on them during hot weather to make sure they are not suffering from heat exposure. If they are taking psychiatric drugs, they will need special attention to protect them from the risk of heat intolerance or heat stroke. People with impaired judgment and compromised physical health can rapidly decline when confined in a hot room or when their air conditioner fails. And, of course, they can always benefit from our attention!

Going Meat-Free On A Vegetarian Diet Plan Reducing your meat consumption is good for the planet, but a new study has confirmed that going veggie can work wonders for your personal health too. Following a vegetarian diet is twice as effective than a carnivorous one when it comes to losing weight, researchers from the Physicians [...]

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Quick announcement: I’ll be officially launching our latest book, The Illustrated Art of Manliness, in Tulsa, OK this Saturday with Booksmart Tulsa. I don’t currently have plans to do any other public events, so if you’re in the OK area (or farther afield!), I’d love for you to come so I can shake your hand, sign your book, and say thanks for the support over the years.

Here are the details of the event:

When: Saturday, June 17, 2016 2PM-4PMish

Where: Fair Fellow Coffee, 1 N Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74110

Booksmart Tulsa will be selling copies of the book at the event, so if you haven’t bought a copy yet, you can get one there.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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A single mother with a young daughter was so strict on her diet and refused to take in anything sweet for weeks. And she has also been faithfully watching her portions. She work outs for an hour for 4 times a week. However, she has not lost any weight, and doesn't know why. So do diets really [...]

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The cervix is a cylindrical shaped passage, around two to three centimetres long that connects the uterus to the vagina. The cervix has three skin layers or ‘zones’. It is the top layer of skin that is tested for abnormal cells during a smear test.

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a common virus amongst sexually active adults. Most likely you will not be aware that you have the virus and usually the immune system will get rid of it naturally. However, sometimes HPV can cause changes to the nature of the cells in the cervix, creating abnormal cells. If left unchecked these abnormal cells can become cancerous.

What Is Cervical Cancer?

Every year in the UK, over 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under.

Almost all cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. There are over 100 different strains of HPV, two of these are known to cause over 70% of all cervical cancers. Even though most cases of HPV are dealt with by your own immune system, HPV can last in the body for years. It can take a considerable amount of time, then, for cells to mutate.

It’s important to note that most cases of HPV do not result in cancer.

Can I Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer can be hard to detect outside of your regular screening. That’s why it’s important to look after your general health, have regular pap (smear) tests and be sensible about your sexual health. These key points will help minimise risk:

  • Practice safe sex (use condoms). This will prevent, to some extent, the spread of HPV.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Make sure your diet is healthy and varied.
  • Make sure your daughters get their HPV vaccine.
  • Attend regular screening.
What Can I Expect From My Pap (Smear) Test?

Smear tests are a quick (around 3 minutes) and simple procedure in which a sample (swab) of the top layer of skin from your cervix is taken to test for abnormalities. You might not like the idea of being investigated in sensitive areas, but it’s good to remember that this short test can save your life and that medical professionals carry out these tests all the time; they can help if you are nervous.

A speculum, usually lubricated, is inserted into the vagina. The speculum will then be opened slightly so that the medical practitioner can see your cervix. A special brush, like a long cotton bud, is then used to gently rub off some of the cells from your cervix. The sample is sent off for investigation.

What Are The Symptoms Of Cervical Cancer?

Unfortunately, cervical cancer has few or no symptoms early on. This is why it is so important to keep up to date with your smear. There are some symptoms that present themselves (although bear in mind that some of these can be signs of other gynaecological issues too):

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • a. During sex
  • b. After sex
  • c. After the menopause
  • d. In between periods
  • Unusual or smelly vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the pelvic area
  • Lower back pain
  • Uncomfortable or painful sex
  • Treatment

    Dr Eskander, renowned Gynaecologist and Director of The Gynae Centre, explains: “If high grade cell abnormality is detected, this is investigated with microscopic examination of the cervix and sometimes biopsy of the cervix (Colposcopy). These are both simple procedures carried out with little discomfort as an outpatient under local anaesthesia. Should the biopsy confirm high grade changes, it is removed with minor surgery called Loop Excision (LLETZ), again under local. This results in total cure in 90% of cases. Follow up smears are recommended annually to pick up recurrence – usually due to persistence of the HPV virus.”

    As with all cancers, the earlier the diagnosis, the better. If found early, chances of survival past five years are 80-99% (for stage one). If cancer is detected at stage four, this figure shrinks to just 20%.

    Depending on your stage of cancer, your treatment will be tailored to be most effective. Treatments for cervical cancer include:

    Surgery (particularly for early detection cases).
    Radiotherapy and chemotherapy (for large cancers and those that have spread).
    Other life extending drugs.

    Around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. 1,000 women will die from cervical cancer each year.

    Time and again we read stories of women who don’t keep their screening up to date; women who are nervous of having smear tests; and women who ignore important gynaecological anomalies for too long.

    Dr Eskander, says: “It’s so important to keep up to date with your screening; it could save your life.

    “Whether your symptoms are related to cervical cancer or not, any form of vaginal bleeding should be investigated by your gynaecologist. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms I would highly recommend booking in a consultation at your earliest convenience.

    “At The Gynae Centre we can perform an investigation by ultrasound to understand the cause and recommend appropriate treatment. We also offer a Well Woman Check which includes cervical cancer screening and we deal quickly and effectively with abnormal smear results.”

    Here at The Gynae Centre we provide comprehensive screening and same day appointments are available to put your mind at ease. We make sure you receive the best screening and treatment available when it suits you. Simply call us now on 020 7580 8090 to arrange a consultation with Dr Eskander.

    Are you interested in losing weight? Whether you would like to improve your health, improve your appearance, or do both, you may be interested in finding weight loss programs to use. When it comes to weight loss plans, you will find that you have a number of different options. Two of your most common options include [...]

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    June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is an ever growing field of research where there are still many hidden mysteries. It is an irreversible and progressive disorder that affects 5.2 million people in the United States. Interestingly, two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. It is the 6th leading cause of death in […]

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    Keep Track of your Weight Loss Know What Your Efforts Are Worth Setting a goal and knowing how to keep track of your weight loss is the key factor for weight loss success. Doing this will encourage you to organize your thoughts about what you need to accomplish and enables you to come up with [...]

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     When you purchase an aura camera, you get a software bundle along with it. This software bundle is just as important as the camera itself so you shouldn’t disregard it. Without your aura imaging software, your aura camera just won’t perform as well as you expect it to. You won’t be able to give your clients the advice and information they need to understand their aura. Here’s what you need to know about the software and how it helps.

    What is Aura Imaging Software? 

    Your aura camera and imaging systems capture the image and energy of the aura. This information is stored in the form of data and transferred to your computer. Without the right software, you just have a picture that tells you nothing about the aura and might not even show up correctly on the monitor screen.

    Aura imaging software is also essential if you want to use biofeedback sensors in your sessions. The software will read the information provided by the sensors, interpret them for you, and present the data to you in a coherent form.

    What Kind of Software Can You Get?

    The aura imaging software bundle will contain anywhere between 5 to 10 different programs. Each program serves a different purpose and can work together to provide a comprehensive service to aura readers. For example, some companies will provide a program to:

    • Accurately read the aura photograph data provided by the camera.
    • Provide a 3D image of the aura.
    • Read the data provided by biofeedback sensors.
    • Study the aura of pets and animals.
    • Provide aura videos.

    Some companies even provide specialized software to help keep client lists and details organized and manage accounts.

    How Do the Software Programs Help?

    Software programs are developed after years of careful research and in-depth understanding of the auras. Regular cameras without any aura imaging software will only provide an image with a cloud of colors over it. A lot depends on the aura reader’s skill and perception and sometimes, you can miss certain details. That’s why an aura imaging software package will help you avoid errors. Here’s what they can do:

    • They will provide a more detailed and clear image of the aura so you’ll be able to see all of the colors properly.
    • The software programs will also provide their own report on the aura along with graphs and the descriptions. This will help you give more well- rounded advice to your clients on the state of their aura.

    The software will also present all this information in a very organized and scientific manner, which can convince even the most skeptical client. You can show the reports and 3D images generated by the aura imaging software to your clients to prove just how precise aura reading can be.

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    Hi Dr. Gordon

    It was so nice to see you today with your staff especially for the occasion of meeting baby Matthew, our miracle baby.

    I Thank God everyday for leading me to you, it took many years and so many struggles but we finally got what we wanted.

    Dr. Gordon you are a wonderful doctor that has a huge heart.  In my experience with you, you were always honest with my options and never gave up on me. You were patient with me and helped me in any way you could. You always answered my emails! You always tried your best and at the end with so much prayer we got a perfect result.  On behalf of my husband, family and especially me thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    While on our visit today you mentioned that you wanted to share my story.  Please do!  I promised God that I would be sharing my journey to give someone else hope that all things are possible through God. This journey has been a journey that I will never forget and this next journey will be even better to raise my handsome son.

    If you don’t mind I will continue to be in touch with you with Matthew pictures as he gets older.

    I would love to say that I will return to your office for another treatment but I do think I can but only God knows our plans so you just never know.

    Many Blessings always and Thank you



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