An intelligent approach to a more beautiful you
By Dr Max Sawaf
At Novomed Centers, our unique combinations of safe and effective treatments for men and women transcend temporary beauty solutions. Our experts address the root causes of hair loss and skin problems with a carefully selected menu of services customized to your unique condition, unique biology and unique needs. Read more
Tennis ace Rafael Nadel is just one of many sport stars to rely on Platelet-Rich Plasma for swift healing
By Dr Kris Lewonowski, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon
The world’s top athletes, whose very livelihood depends on speedy recovery from injury and pain, have highlighted the effectiveness of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in pain management and healing. The list of luminaries who have made successful comebacks following treatment includes Usain Bolt, Steven Gerrard, Paula Radcliffe and the world number one in men’s singles tennis, ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal. Luckily, unlike high-priced, top-secret celebrity perks, PRP is available to us non-famous folk too. Read more
A therapy for eliminating toxic metals from the body is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to fight heart disease. In the US, the FDA has approved chelation (pronounced ‘key-LAY-shun’) therapy for treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals, but it’s estimated that more than 100,000 adults receive the therapy each year as a form of complementary medicine.
Spurred on by the increased use of chelation therapy for treating heart disease, plus positive reports and small-scale case studies, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the US National Institutes of Health, decided to conduct a lengthy clinical trial to research the phenomenon on a large scale. The aim was to test the safety and effect of the disodium EDTA chelation agent in patients with cardiovascular disease. The positive results of the study, particularly among diabetic patients (where death rates were 43% lower in patients receiving chelation), led the NHLBI to fund a second long-term research project, which began in 2016. Read more
Makers of today’s popular detox products present a tempting offer: undo a lifetime of unhealthy habits by drinking a special juice or tea for three days. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But I’m afraid it doesn’t work.
These simple products are everywhere, offering a one-size-fits-all approach to detoxification (the removal of toxins from your anatomy) which is not only scientifically unfounded but can actually be harmful. Official dietetic organisations suggest that detox diets can cause the loss of vital electrolytes and damage the gut’s protective bacteria layer.
But the detox fad masks a serious underlying truth.
Tired? Who isn’t these days? It’s all part of keeping pace with the modern world, isn’t it?
We’re conditioned to regard tiredness as something we just have to cope with, a sign that you’ve been working hard or something’s been keeping you awake at night. It’ll pass. Grit your teeth, dig in and get through it.
But what if you never get through it?
A new USC-led study has shown that a diet designed to imitate the effects of fasting appears to reverse diabetes by reprogramming cells. The fasting-like diet promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells that reduce symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in mice, according to the study on mice and human cells led by Valter Longo, Director of the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. The study published on February 23rd, 2017 in the journal Cell, is the latest in a series of studies to demonstrate promising health benefits of a brief, periodic diet that mimics the effects of a water-only fast.
Amid the euphoria of childbirth, the congratulations, celebrations and wondrous attention heaped on this new life, one important factor is too frequently overlooked: the physical recovery of the mother.
A natural vaginal birth exerts extreme physical stress on the mother’s birth canal, yet it is generally assumed that she will recover with a little tender loving care and regular cups of tea. The truth is that the impact of childbirth leaves many women with a catalogue of lifelong problems, including slackening of the vaginal wall, dryness, inflammation, incontinence, infection, pain, and loss of sexual confidence. And it’s not just childbirth that affects women in this way. The ageing process alone brings about a natural deterioration of muscle tone in the pelvic region, while the menopause is another time of radical change in a woman’s physiology, which can take a heavy toll on the feeling and function of the vagina.
The thyroid gland plays a vital role in your body’s functionality, helping to regulate your metabolism and thereby affecting a wide range of functions, including breathing, sleep, mood, energy, weight and digestion. It’s estimated that 200 million people worldwide have a dysfunctional thyroid and that one in eight women will contract a thyroid disease in their lifetime. Thyroid disease is particularly common in the Middle East, affecting up to 47% of the population in some countries.
Coronary heart disease (CHD), the number one killer worldwide, is commonly regarded as something that afflicts men rather than women. But it would be a mistake to assume, as a woman, that you are not susceptible to CHD, especially if you are about to enter, or already going through, the menopause.
CHD may occur later in women than in men on average but it remains the biggest killer of women worldwide. As with any disease, awareness of your own susceptibility is your first layer of protection.
Have you ever lifted a heavy bag too quickly and hurt your back? Or gone for a run and twisted your ankle? If so, you will know the lingering pain that such injuries can inflict – and also that feeling of reluctance to seek medical treatment.
Because they often occur in mundane, everyday circumstances, we tend to dismiss joint and muscle injuries as minor and don’t want to trouble anybody with having to treat them.
The rest, it seems, just grit their teeth.