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Dr. Anna Hall

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  • CARRIE FISHER – SUDDEN DEATH LINKED TO MAGNESIUM? The actress Carrie Fisher stopped breathing whilst travelling by air: after resuscitation and transfer to a hospital, where she died a few days later, never ...
  • INFLAMMATION – KNOW YOUR ENEMY The word “Inflammation” is used to describe the symptoms of heat, swelling, pain, redness and disturbed function that is found when the body tries to ...
  • WARFARIN & STATINS – caution STATINS & WARFARIN – advisory If you use either of these medications, please be aware that certain supplements, other drugs, and even some foods may interfere ...
  • Silent Cystitis Many women have bladder infections without realising it, as they may not have a definite burning sensation when urine is passed.  There may be only ...
  • Deep Vein Clots Under certain circumstances, clots can form in veins anywhere in the body. The commonest site is in the veins deep inside the legs, and this ...
  • What is Shingles? And how do you treat it? Shingles is a painful rash that tends to affect one side of the body, most commonly on the chest or abdominal area. This most often ...
  • Mindfulness and your dog – some comments from the Harvard School of Medicine Dog owners know that their furry friends offer unparalleled companionship. A growing body of research shows they also do much more. Owning a dog can prompt you ...
  • DEALING WITH WARTS Here is some practical advice from Harvard medical school to help you get rid of common warts. Warts are small growths that occur when the surface ...
  • STAY BALANCED Maintaining good balance is essential for even the simplest of movements such as walking, climbing stairs, turning to look behind you or rising from a ...
  • PODCAST: Listen to Dr Hall’s Tim Noakes Talk We’ve made a great start to our Northern suburbs Noakes program: 42 people attended the introductory talk in my rooms, and 16 will be participating ...
  • You’re never too old for an underactive thyroid!   Harvard Medical School has compiled this summary to help you spot and underactive thyroid, especially I older people. It is reproduced here for your benefit: When ...
  • Cholesterol Alert! In November this year, new guidelines for the detection, evaluation and treatment of high cholesterol were released. Up to now, treatment was aimed at reducing ...
  • Heart valve disorders Some heart valve problems are due to birth defects, but most are acquired, due largely to either Rheumatic fever in childhood, or atherosclerosis and degenerative ...
  • Is grapefruit dangerous?   Consuming grapefruit is often advised as part of healthy eating. Many weight-loss programs also promote grapefruit as a “carb-burner” which helps with weight loss. Is ...
  • Rat poison could save your life In parts of the body where blood tends to flow slowly, e.g. in veins, near heart valves (natural or artificial) or in heart chambers which ...
  • Atrial fibrillation Your house has plumbing and electrical wiring – so does your heart. The plumbing pipes are your arteries which bring oxygenated, nutrient rich blood to ...
  • AHA/ADA give cautious nod to sweeteners A joint statement released (July 2012) by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association cautiously recommends using sweeteners to help people maintain a ...
  • A pain in the… Odd aches and pains may be the start of osteoarthritis, (OA) especially if there is a family history of OA. This condition causes deterioration of cartilage, ...
  • Rheumatic heart disease In the initial phase of ARF, all the tissues of the heart may be involved: the muscle, its inner and outer lining, and the valve ...
  • You and your Thyroid The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in your neck, just in front of your larynx (voice-box). It produces a hormone which is carried ...
  • Up in Smoke Tobacco is the only freely available product which, when used as intended, kills every second person using it. Because of its transient effects on the brain, ...
  • Salt and Blood Pressure If you have high blood pressure, your salt intake may be partly to blame. Salt (sodium chloride) is essential for nerve and muscle function, and, together ...