Today’s Subject: Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Part 2.

Part 2: Here we address the hormones involved in menopause and HRT. There are three forms of oestrogen responsible for female reproduction, oestradiol, oestriol, and oestrone. Oestradiol is the most predominant form of Oestrogen during the reproductive years in females, Oestriol is perhaps the most important in pregnant females and Oestrone is predominant during the…

Today’s Subject: Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Part 1.

I thought I better do this in two parts as it can be quite a heavy subject. Menopause is a condition which all reproducing females will go through, and majority of these will use some form of hormone replacement in order to manage this period of life. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the administration and…

Perspective: One girls struggle

In my line of work, it isn’t unusual to see some horrific things. I live in a developing country and I work for a humanitarian organisation. There are many inspiring stories and the work that is being done by dedicated people and their organisations is fantastic, as a result of this there are many inspiring…

Killing in the name of: Religion

In the light of recent events and in the wake of Eid (End of Ramadan) I have started to become curious as to why there is so much fear in our communities, particularly surrounding religion. In India I was invited to friends’ houses to celebrate the end of Ramadan, and I was actually quite surprised…

Today’s Subject: Rotator Cuff Strain or Tear

When I am taking a health history with my patients I always ask about previous injuries, a common reply will be something like “oh yeah, I did my rotator cuff a few years ago”, when I ask which muscle and what the mechanism was they generally look at me quite blankly, and rightfully so. Most…

Today’s Subject: Menopause

I was working doing a consultation with a patient the other  day, with the help of a translator. The patient was a woman, her husband had brought her to see me to discuss possible reasons as to why they had not been able to conceive. I went through a case history and eventually came to the…

Kathmandu: One Year On.

April 25th. A day that is synonymous with kinship for all Australian and New Zealanders. Where we join together to commiserate and celebrate the lives of those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is a day of reflection and celebration, from the dawn service at 5am to the…

Today’s Subject: Hypothyroidism

Anyone who has had thyroid issues can tell you that it is not fun! Hypothyroidism is a disorder which, like Polycystic Ovaries and Endometriosis, is becoming more and more prevalent in the first world.  It is a pretty serious issue and I think everyone should at least be aware of the disorder. If thyroid disorders are untreated…

Have Hands, Will Travel

A few months ago I wrote an article for the Australian Magazine “Hands On”. Since many of you lovely people do not live in Australia I thought it would be a shame not to share it with you. The brief was to chronicle my career in order to inspire students and graduates about pursuing a…

Lonely: or alone?

It is a strange and humbling experience to realise that you are alone. It has been very hard being so far away from home while my loved ones are going through some difficult and life changing situations. And it has made me realise just how caught up we get in our own lives that we…

Today’s Subject: Endometriosis

Nowadays, infertility and IVF are words which have become increasingly common in today’s society. Everybody seems to know someone who has been affected by infertility and recently I have been listening to a lot of people discuss this concept and find that there is a lot of misconception and stigma surrounding it. As a health advocate I…

Guni Medicine: Revitalizing Indian Tradition

In 1989 there was a series of fatal misdiagnosis of Diphtheria which resulted in the death of 14 local children in Southern Rajasthan. During this time the local medical facility remained inactive and Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti felt a need to intervene. Jagran accepted the challenge and concentrated its efforts to procure necessary relief for…