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…

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…

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…

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…

Perspective: One Man’s Struggle

I was on my way to the airport yesterday to pick up a Volunteer when I received a call from her telling me she hadn’t even left Mumbai yet. So we decided to turn around and head back to the office. As fate would have it Dr RK Deshwal received a phone call from a…

Kumusta: Manila

    So I have arrived safely back to India. The past two weeks have been extremely hectic but just as rewarding. My colleague Rotana Cheng and I started off in Manila City with no contacts and a vague idea of what we wanted to achieve as representative for Hands on Health Australia. The first…

Today’s Subject: Oestrogen dominance.

I loved exploring the research behind this! There is just so much to learn. It makes me sad that nowadays so many people are suffering from these issues. We are ALWAYS so quick to blame hormones, which is completely correct, but shouldn’t we address WHY the hormones are such an issue? Well I have done…

Volunteering: The Cons

I have the best job in the world. I have no doubt about that at all. To wake up every morning and know that you are making a difference and know that you are doing exactly what YOU want to do is the best feeling in the world and I wish all my friends could experience…