WebMD – dealing with

If we go to the WebMD website, by clicking on www.webmd.com, one of the things we’ll be taken to is this.

What interests us most in this is this sentence – “We regret that we can’t give you medical advice or answer individual medical and pharmaceutical questions through email, but we hope you’ll find answers within our site.” Why? Because, to us, that’s exactly what we, the people, want most – answers to our individual medical and pharmaceutic questions through email!

WebMD, and other organisations like them, seem interested, very, in signing us up to receive their daily emails, in advertising various products, in promoting various articles, and so on and so on – but NOT in answering our individual medical and pharmaceutical questions through email???!!!

To us, arising out of all this is this question which has us absolutely fascinated – Why isn’t WebMD in the business of providing answers to individual medical and pharmaceutical questions, as well as all the other things they’re into?

Also, a GP once told us that, in his opinion, he was at his peak when he’d been a doctor for 3 years – because when he’d been a doctor for 3 years, he had 3 years of experience, but what he’d learnt in Med School was starting to be out of date. And that was 30 to 40 years ago, when knowledge on medical matters wasn’t advancing as quickly as it seems to be in 2020.

Another doctor told us once that he’d read that, on an average, it took 17 years for medical breakthroughs to become common medical practice!

And after at least 30 years during which Low Dose Naltrexone has been more and more talked about as one of the 5 most significant medical breakthroughs in human history, perhaps the most significant, despite extensive searching recently, we’ve only been able to find the names of 3 doctors in the whole of Australia who are advising on it and prescribing it – 2 in Queensland, and 1 on the south coast of NSW, more than 200 kms from Sydney.

We’ve been working on these things for nearly 12 years now, never worked so hard, and to us, the answer to these things has been becoming clearer and clearer – something which we were reluctant to accept at first – and that it that, we, the people, in general, are too slack in looking after our health. Even those in the Medical Profession are too slack in seeking out answers to their individual medical and pharmaceutical questions. In a word, providing the latest and best answers to medical and pharmaceutical questions doesn’t pay, isn’t a worthwhile occupation.

Readers, do you know of people – it has to be people, not organisations – anywhere in the whole wide world, this, when they can be anywhere in the whole wide world, and they can be keeping up-to-date themselves by constantly searching the internet, who are in the business of providing answers to individual medical and pharmaceutical questions by email, not the WebMDs of this world, who are into everything but this. If so, we’d love to know their details, for ourselves, and for sharing with other readers.

That, we, the people, in general, are like they are, is no reason why you and I should be like that.

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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner in action.

Forty or fifty years ago, someone gave us this advice, which we’ve always remembered – “If you want to know what someone is like, get them to write something down.” And with modern technology doing this is so easy – just send them an email.

One of our readers reports that, in a face-to-face consultation with a doctor, the doctor left something of great importance out, which he was only told about by another doctor some 17 months later, by which time he could have been quite badly affected, although luckily, it seems, he wasn’t. And when he made a complaint about this to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, how did he get on?

He was told, “It’s all your fault! The doctor says that he told you to take not the slightest notice of what he’d told you, and, that, as soon as you left your consultation with him you should have sought the opinion of others. You have no basis for a complaint.”

(We’re always saying Sue Dawson and her people are geniuses at coming up with excuses for doctors!)

And when the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, Sue Dawson, was emailed reporting this, pointing out how stupid it was, the email wasn’t even acknowledged, let alone responded to.

Another of our readers reports that, when he complained, that, amongst other things, a doctor hadn’t responded to one of his emails, one of the HCCC people responded with, “It’s all your fault! The doctor didn’t get your email because you used the wrong email address. You should have used the email address available from the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency. (AHPRA.) You have no basis for a complaint!” But when AHPRA was emailed about this, they advised, firstly, that they didn’t have an email address for the doctor, and secondly, that they had no idea what the HCCC person was talking about.

And when the NSW Health Care Complaints Commissioner, Sue Dawson, was emailed reporting this, with a copy to the HCCC person concerned, the email wasn’t even acknowledged by either of them, let alone responded to.

So now we know what Sue Dawson is like, what happens next? It would seem that, at least, while Gladys Berejiklian remains the NSW Premier and Brad Hazzard remains the NSW Minister for Health, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

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Being on Low Dose Naltrexone

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A New Type of Professional

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The “frequency problem” – having to get up 2 or 3 times during the night to urinate

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Dr Christopher Stephen James Grant, General Practioner – dealing with

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“Patient and Family Experience Units” in NSW Government Hospitals

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Dr Kerrie Meades, Ophthalmologist – dealing with

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We all run on Chemicals/Chemistry

We all run on Chemicals/Chemistry.

(A post put together with one of our readers, a retired General Practioner.)

We all run on chemicals – hormones, endorphins, neurotransmitters, enzymes and thousands more chemicals. How well we feel, perform, our health and our quality of life all depend very much on our brain and body chemistry. To have a good life we need to develop habits that keep our chemicals/chemistry normal, which isn’t difficult if you get a simple understanding of how we each make our own chemistry.

Our chemistry is mostly made from what we put in our mouth. The foods and drinks we put in our mouth are broken down and then made into chemicals/chemistry, firstly by our stomach acid and other digestive juices, secondly by billions of helpful bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in our intestines, and thirdly by our genes in every cell in our body.

Our gut and genes come down to us from our ancestors, through our parents, very little changed in the last 150,000 years. But what we put in our mouth today is drastically different to what our ancestors ate and drank. Today it’s from farms, market gardens, factory farms and factories, not from the uncultivated virgin nature our ancestors got their foods and drinks from. These greatly changed foods and drinks are very difficult for our unchanged ancient gut and genes to create normal chemicals/chemistry systems from. So many people now have high sugar, salt, fat and cholesterol in their food, and so suffer from obesity, blocked arteries, high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes, diabetes and dementia. Also, altered brain chemistry causes mental disturbances and chemical cravings that can cause substance abuse and addictions.

The three most damaging changes to what we put in our mouths today are, (1) the great amounts of sugar and white flour products, (2) the lack of fibre from fruit, vegetables, berries, nuts and seeds that our helpful gut bugs need to thrive, which has changed our gut flora, and, (3) the increased saturated fats and cholesterol in meat, dairy and eggs from caged, cramped, inactive grain fed fat factory farm animals that eat no greens. High saturated fat is very different from the small amounts of unsaturated fats and cholesterol in the diets of our ancestors’ diets that came from the lean meat and the small eggs of free wild active lean grass and plant eating animals.

The changed foods and drinks changes the type of bacteria, viruses and fungi that thrive in our gut, which further changes the raw materials passed through our genes to make our chemistry from.

We need to get raw materials through to our genes that they are used to and adapted to making into our chemicals/chemistry from over a period of 150,000 years. The more our foods and drinks come direct from nature and are like our ancestors’ foods and drinks, and the less they are changed by factories, factory farms and cooking with lots of sugar, white flour, saturated fat and cholesterol, the more normal our chemistry is. And then the better we feel and perform and the longer we stay healthy.

Our chemistry is also changed for many of us by a lack of daily physical activity and exertion in sunlight and fresh air, and a lack of nightly rest and sleep in quiet darkness that humans adapted to over thousands of years. Our chemistry is also changed by water, air and noise pollution.

So American health and life expectancy have got worse each year for the last 3 years despite largely beating the starvation, infections, physical injuries and childbirth problems that killed most of our ancestors. And despite Americans tripling spending on health care from 5% of their GDP in 1965 to !8.5%  in 2018, which has produced far better knowledge, laboratory tests, imaging, thousands of new medicines, and many new surgical operations, devices, facilities and hospitals, average life expectancy is falling.

And the zeitgeist of our times has deteriorated because so many products and so much marketing hype today have upset the very important balance between the brain effects of the chemicals, dopamine and serotonin. We need a balance between two kinds of happiness – dopamine based pleasure and excitement and serotonin based satisfaction and contentment. Too much dopamine based pleasure and excitement is giving excessive restless quickly discontented consumerism, waste and pollution, and is crowding out the calmer serotonin based satisfaction and contentment that we all need.

The books, “How Not to Die,” (See this review, and other reviews.) “The LDN Book,” “The Disordered Mind,” and “The Inflamed Mind,” are excellent source of information on physical and mental chemistry, health and addictions.

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The Australian Health Care Systems generally

We’ve mentioned this before, but we think of it so often. One of our readers reports that someone he’d been at university with in Australia, who’d ended up as a University Professor in the US, recently wrote this in an email to him – “I’m 73, and should have retired years ago, but here in the US, any nest eggs we may have built up for our retirement can be gone in a flash if  we have any sort of medical problems, and so we all keep working – it’s a strange culture we live in.” So, a Univestity Professor, no less, working past his normal retirement age in fear of the possibility that he may not be able to afford proper care if he has any medical problems!

This, on top of what one of our other readers has told us, and that is that pills that can be bought in India for $5 are sold for $1,200 in the US?

So what about those  who don’t have the incomes that University Professors have?

Our point, of course, is that we very much fear that, in relation to these matters, Australia is heading in the same direction.

One of our Australian readers has recently claimed that erectile disfunction tablets that he can get from India for $1 cost him $26 each if he buys them from an Australian pharmacy, (so $104 gets him 4 tablets in Australia and 104 tablets form India!!!) and anything he has to pay to get the prescription he needs to get them comes on top of this – and each prescription he gets gets him only 4 tablets, there are no repeats.

It’s claimed that Americans were spending 5% of their GDP on health care in 1965, and that this had increased to 18.5% by 2018 – you can imagine how happy these developments make the pharmaceutical companies, the private hospitals, and so on. But, oops!, their life expectancy has declined in each of the last three years!

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