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…

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…

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…

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…

Killing Time: Manila Airport.

It is currently 4am on the 2nd of January and I have just arrived in Manila, The Philippines. I didn’t think I would make it. It took me 4 hours to get to the Airport from my home in Waihi Beach, when it should only take 1.5-2 hours. There had been a nasty crash on…

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…