Category Archives: Paradise… In Sickness & In Health

HOW SAFE IS THE PORK ON YOUR FORK?

STREPTOCOCCUS SUIS Many of you may have seen the warnings regarding the  consumption of locally produced pork recently. The warning concerns particular bacteria, the Streptococcus Suis. This nasty little character can cause Meningitis (brain infection) in humans. Human infection by Strep. suis occurs mainly in adults. It is transmitted through direct contact and often related to exposure through wounds on the skin while handling of the infected pigs or pork. Consumption of raw or undercooked pork is also a concern. S. suis infection can be treated              effectively with antibiotics.   High-risk groups People at risk include pig breeders, abattoir workers, meat processing and transport workers, butchers, and cooks. People ... [ Read More ]

A PILL FOR ZIKA?

  The race is on to develop a vaccine for the Zika virus.   But what if a drug that already exists could stop an infection in its tracks? According to new research, at least one medication may already be available and is currently used to treat internal parasites (worms). Other classes of drugs considered for Zika – which treat  infections, cancers, and even depression – also showed potential to prevent infection in certain cells tied to fetal defects in pregnant women. Researchers first screened 774 drugs to see if they could protect isolated human cells from a strain of the virus taken from Aedes ... [ Read More ]

DOMESTIC VIOLANCE…Trouble in Paradise

In Indonesia last year at least 154 women were violently killed, most commonly by their husbands and partners. In the same year more than 316,000 experienced domestic violence. The problem is the figures are not precise and are very likely to be an underestimate. Indonesia does not have any consistent or official way of documenting cases of a crime so taboo that women rarely even go to the police to report it. In a country like Indonesia, violence against women is more complicated because it is often related to culture.When a case reaches the police, it is considered a domestic matter, and often she is ... [ Read More ]

HEALTH in 2017 and BEYOND What can we expect?

Medical technology is progressing in leaps and bounds, and for future health care innovations think small, very very small, like microchips so small they fit INSIDE a single cell. While much of this technology is not yet on the general menu, and certainly a long way off being integrated into the Indonesian medical system, it certainly is a taster of what may soon be commonplace. Here are 10 innovative new therapies which may soon change the face of medical treatment for many years to come. Genetically tailored treatment Should you could get medical care tailored just for you based on your genetic information? Studies ... [ Read More ]

BUTEYKO (Boo Tay Ko) Buteyko Breathing Technique

Can This Simple Breathing Technique Can Radically Transform Health? Most of us who care about health generally pay close attention to the food we eat and the water we drink – settling for nothing less than the cleanest and most nutritious choices whenever possible. We exercise, get enough sleep and try our best to keep stress levels down. Even so, we can somehow feel less than vibrant. Whether coping with a serious disease or simply experiencing a sense of chronic fatigue, depression or anxiety, we may wonder what we’re doing wrong. It may surprise you then that many of our health ... [ Read More ]

TOO MUCH MEDICINE?

  Advances in medicine have propelled health care to new heights and a vast array of diagnostic tests and drug therapies is now available. But are we getting too much of a good thing? In this country, no matter what your ailment, you are likely to come away with an array of pills and potions; some may be necessary but a good deal are not. An increasing number of doctors now say that sometimes, “less is more” when it comes to medical interventions. Our relentless pursuit for good health might actually be making us sick. One of the major contributors to the overuse of treatments ... [ Read More ]

CESAREAN SECTION – Too Posh to Push or a Life Saver?

There has been a lot of chat lately on social media regarding birth & cesarean section. Many of the comments from mothers are negative or express disappointment at having been perhaps forced into a surgical birth. C-Section is much more common than ever before. The rate for C-Sections varies greatly between hospitals, practitioners, countries and cultures. Some centers have a C-Section rate of as high as 70-90 %, others as low as 20-30%. (In Bali many doctors have a rate as high as   80-90 %). If you particularly did not want a C-Section choose a birthing facility/practitioner that has a low rate of C-Section. ... [ Read More ]

IT’S MOVEMBER! Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

It is easy to forget about health screening while we live in a tropical  bubble. Regular health screening reminders which are part of everyday media in developed countries, can easily be forgotten when you live far from the madding crowd. Women, for some reason, seem to able to keep on top of it a little more than men do. So for those of you that might have forgotten…..IT’S MOVEMBER!! “Movember” is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, and you can go “www.movember.com” to find out more about it. ... [ Read More ]

SALON SECRETS – HIV – Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C What You Need to Know

It has been quite few years since I have enjoyed the pampering of a manicure or pedicure, and as many since I have had a facial. The reason? While having a pedicure at a local, but very clean “nice” salon, the chap filing my toe nails with a metal file slipped, stabbingmy toe…not too painful really, but he did draw blood. I immediately looked around for the “sterile” tray where the instruments were stored, but there wasn’t one. When I asked him how the instruments were cleaned he told me they were wiped down with “wet tissues”; hardly a technique that would suffice in ... [ Read More ]

CANCER, What’s New? ……IMMUNOTHERAPY

Cancer is the fastest growing disease of the modern world. 14.1 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2012 worldwide. More than half of these – 8 million – occurred in economically developing countries. There were 8.2 million cancer deaths in 2012 worldwide.On current trajectories, 21.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2030, with 13 million cancer deaths predicted. Lung cancer is the common cancer in men, closely followed by prostate cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Looking at these statistics it is not wonder that medical research is largely focused on the prevention and ... [ Read More ]