Homeopathy and menopausal depression

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study carried out in Mexico City and published on Mar. 13 compared the effects of treatment of post-menopausal depression with fluoxetine and individualized homeopathic medicines.

The women, all diagnosed with moderate to severe depression, were treated for six weeks and then their progress was measured on three different depression scales.

Conclusions: “Homeopathy and fluoxetine are effective and safe antidepressants for climacteric women. Homeopathy and fluoxetine were significantly different from placebo in response definition only. Homeopathy, but not fluoxetine, improves menopausal symptoms scored by Greene Climacteric Scale.”

The full link can be found here: Homeopathic Treatment and Fluoxetine in the treatment of menopausal depression

Manual Osteopathy by Kati Waygood

We would like to welcome Manual Osteopath Kati Waygood BSc, RMT into our clinic.

Kati’s interest in hands-on manual therapy originally led her to study the art of massage. From there she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and finally into her current study of Manual Osteopathy.  Kati pulls from several toolboxes, working on the body as an entire unit, to help the client achieve their physical goals. She is trained in therapeutic, deep tissue and sport massage, advanced fascial work, and advanced remedial exercises, and builds her treatments on a foundation of functional assessment and whole-body focused osteopathic techniques to help understand and fully correct the issues her clients are facing.

Kati’s scope of practice focuses, but is not limited to:

  • General and specific back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Joint problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Structural misalignment
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Cases of unexplained or medically undiagnosed pain

Appointments can be scheduled for 90min, 60min, 45min and 30min slots at 780.455.6123.

The “face” of acne is getting younger.

More doctors are seeing younger patients with breakouts.  In our practice we have seen the increase of hormone related issues and earlier onset of menses in young children between the ages of 7-9 years old.

(Infographic: Schweiger Dermatology Group.  http://www.schweigerderm.com/)

(Infographic: Schweiger Dermatology Group. http://www.schweigerderm.com/)

Grace Gold of Yahoo Health explores how earlier onset adrenal gland awakening and menstruation is leading to increased rates of acne in children as young as 7 years old.  The complete report can be found here: https://ca.shine.yahoo.com/7-year-olds-with-breakouts–why-the-face-of-acne-is-getting-younger-200534869.html

Hormone replacement therapy “increases ovarian cancer risk”

Health editor James Gallagher of BBC News website, talks about the latest research regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs and the increased risk of ovarian cancer.

  • Women have a one in 50 chance of developing ovarian cancer in their lifetime
  • Taking HRT for five years is linked to one extra case of ovarian cancer per 1,000 women
  • That takes the expected incidence from 20 women in 1,000 to 21 per 1,000
  • One million women in the UK are on HRT
  • There are 7,000 cases of ovarian cancer in the UK each year

You can read the complete review here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31439203

Rates of Medical Error in Canada increasing along with lack of public knowledge

Tony Blackwell, Health correspondent for the National Post, reports on the secret world of medical error.

In reality, no one knows exactly how prevalent medical error is in Canada. The best approximation comes from a widely accepted 2004 study spearheaded by the University of Toronto’s Ross Baker and University of Calgary’s Peter Norton, now known simply as Baker-Norton.

The researchers examined patient charts at a representative sampling of 20 acute-care hospitals. They found that 7.5% of adult patients — which extrapolates to 185,000 a year countrywide — suffered a serious adverse event, almost 40% of which were preventable. Between 9,000 and 23,000 people die annually from preventable error, they concluded.

Eight years later, a similar study looked at pediatric patients, finding the rate at which children are hurt by adverse events was even higher, 9.2%. And, if anything, the numbers may have climbed since, says Hugh MacLeod, chief executive of the federally funded Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

“With the pace, the increase of new technology, new drugs, new approaches … the probability of risk and incident has grown,” he said.

Add psychiatric and obstetric patients, and residents of nursing homes and chronic-care hospitals — none of whom were covered by the two studies — and the true number of preventable deaths is likely in the realm of 35,000 annually. That’s four every hour, says Dr. Robson.

Four provinces — Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island — release no data on adverse events at all.

The complete article by Tony Blackwell can be found here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/16/inside-canadas-secret-world-of-medical-errors-there-is-a-lot-of-lying-theres-a-lot-of-cover-up/