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  • Do you have vitamin B12 deficiency? Do you know what the cause is? Are you getting B12 replacement injections? Then you should be back to normal - simple? This is what most doctors believe - that simply providing standard B12 replacement-treatment will return sufferers to 'normal' and that they will be able to live just like people who do not have pernicious anaemia, or B12 deficiency from some other cause. All the textbooks say so. The general population - if they stop to give this some thought - will think the same. If you have pernicious anaemia - or B12 deficiency from some other cause - you may well know different. But you may think you are alone? In this book you will find you are not. Living with Pernicious Anaemia and Vitamin Deficiency includes: How vitamin deficiency continues to affect the lives of many sufferers; Practical guidance on how to deal with work and family issues; Insight into how other sufferers manage their ongoing symptoms; Real life case histories illustrating the wide range of problems sufferers face every day

  • With 33 years' experience in health and social care Suzan Collins believed she could ensure good care for her mother, and her family relied on her to do so. She was actually delivering training on best practice when she was first contacted with the news her mother had broken her leg at her nursing home and been transferred to hospital. This is the story of what followed - the gradual revelation of a whole ongoing chain of bad practice and poor care that Suzan, with all her knowledge and experience of 'the system', could not influence. In this highly topical book, Suzan shares her story from her personal and professional perspectives and looks ahead to how we can all contribute to keeping vulnerable people in the health and social care system safe from harm.

  • This practical manual comes from a nationally recognized centre for CFS/ME and is jointly written by health professionals and their patients. They give straightforward and specific expert advice, accompanied by real life stories, on managing different aspects of everyday life that can affect energy and they show how to put this advice into practice. They understand the way fatigue affects concentration and therefore break their guidance into easy-to-follow steps that can be worked through at the reader's own pace. Unlike other available books, this does not cover causes, symptoms or the controversy around whether the condition is 'real'. Looking in detail purely at how to get better, it is for patients who have been diagnosed with CFS/ME and for their carers. It is also highly relevant to health professionals wanting to provide their patients with self-help strategies that are compatible with the current evidence base. Anyone suffering ongoing, abnormal fatigue will likewise find it a 'must read'.

  • Anglais Go Paleo?

    Gilmore Eve

    Is eating like our hunter-gatherer forebears the healthiest diet we can have? And is it possible, or sustainable, to eat like this in the 21st century? Naturopath, clinical nutritionist and CST and CEASE Practitioner Eve Gilmore has been researching the links between diet and specific health problems for more than 20 years while working in private practice with patients with complex, long-term conditions, and training health professionals in natural medicine. In Go Paleo? she looks at the problems associated with 'civilised' foods (refined carbohydrates, dairy, grains and legumes), reviewing the evidence for the benefits of avoiding these and replacing them with traditional foods. Given most of us are unable to go hunting for our food in the wild - and our modern cravings for filling foods and sweetness - Eve has developed the Urban Caveman diet which will deliver the benefits of: Reducing inflammation; Avoiding degenerative diseases; Building and maintaining a healthy body; Reducing the effects of ageing - while satisfying our 21st century expectations.

  • Mary Jordan brings together the findings of a wealth of research papers and other sources that together give strong pointers as to how changes in diet and lifestyle might reduce the risk or mitigate the consequences of dementia. Currently there is no cure or known cause for dementia, but the book reviews the empirical evidence on causes and connections - much of which is not widely disseminated because it has not passed the 'double blind trial' test - so that readers can judge for themselves what might be effective. In his Foreword, Professor Graham Stokes, Visiting Professor in Person-Centred Dementia Care at Bradford University, says: 'Mary Jordan's book is a timely must-read. ...I am in no doubt this book has the potential to change how countless numbers of people might otherwise have ended their lives.'

  • Anorexia nervosa is a potentially fatal disorder that is notoriously difficult to treat and provokes feelings of great frustration in carers, families and friends. Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Agnes Ayton FRCPsych, offers a new perspective, bringing together what is currently known and scientifically verified with her own ground-breaking work combining psychotherapy with nutritional support. Providing sufferers and carers with a knowledge of the full range of treatment options empowers them to make informed choices that can be tailored to the individual's needs. To assist them, Anorexia Nervosa - hope for recovery: focuses entirely on anorexia and other eating disorders associated with being significantly underweight; emphasises nutrition, especially what is known about the physical and psychological effects of starvation and the process of recovery from these; offers dietary 'prescriptions', menu plans, and recovery strategies; integrates treatment options, showing how the individual can achieve a balance. This is a practical book helping sufferers and carers to make informed choices that can change the lives of all concerned for the better.

  • In this updated (2012) second edition of this acclaimed book, you will learn how to recognize thyroid dysfunction and its many associated problems. Do you have a constant battle with weight? Do you have inexpicably high cholesterol? Do you feel cold and tired all the time? Is your hair thinning? Do you feel very low, or even depressed? Do you have a fertility problem? Dr Durrant-Peatfield will help you to assess your symptoms systematically and then take an active part in your own treatment, which may include understanding digestive and nutritional issues, including food intolerance and systemic candida.

  • Have you ever, unsuccessfully, tried low-calorie dieting? There are very good reasons why it doesn't work, but somehow they remain a secret... After more than 35 years of clinical practice and helping many hundreds of patients to live at their ideal weight, Dr John Mansfield shares his unique approach: weight gain is a condition that has specific causes that can be identified and tackled, and which will be individual to YOU. Discover: Why there is no one-size-fits-all diet that works long term; How low-calorie and low-fat dieting CONTRIBUTE to weight gain; How refined carbohydrates result in 'hyperinsulinaemia' and weight problems; How gut yeasts can make matters worse; How to tell if your thyroid is also part of the problem; Most importantly, the significance of individual food sensitivities - how to identify and tackle what is specific to YOU

  • Natural Health and Weight Loss explains in non-scientific language, supported by a huge body of evidence from clinical trials and population studies, what really constitutes a healthy diet, not just to prevent and cure obesity, but also to lead a long and healthy life. The author can claim to be one of Britain's leading exponents of the low-carb/high-fat way of life, having lived, researched, lectured and written about this subject for nearly 50 years.

  • Trick and Treat asks the key quetions: has 'healthy eating' coincided with a reduction in health problems and health spending? Who benefits from the effects of 'healthy eating'? What is the evidence to support the principles of 'healthy eating'? If 'healthy eating' isn't healthy, what is? Barry Groves brings together over a century of relevant findings, including classic papers and the latest research, to examine each of these issues in depth. He concludes that there is a simple, evidence-based alternative approach that will allow us to take charge of our own health.

  • This essential guide for carers, be they professional or friends and relations, provides guidance around a range of concerns associated with end of life. The book tackles this difficult subject in a practical and caring way, showing how appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure the dying person's wishes about death and post-death are carried out. From the practical point of view, the book covers making a Will, making an Advance Directive, donating body tissues and organs, and giving directions for one's own funeral or life celebration. From an emotional point of view the book discusses grief, including anticipatory grief, coping with grief and the importance of grieving

  • The Smart Guide to Infertility provides an authoritative companion to seeking help from specialists, giving clear but indepth guidance as to the causes of infertility, the pros and cons of currently available treatments, and an approach to deciding what is right for you, unbiased by any commercial interests

  • Based on the author's experience of developing type 1 diabetes at 13, this book provides insight and practical guidance on the issues facing young people in managing their condition while coping with school, social life, family and the future.

  • Accessible, user-friendly guide to the causes and consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency, higlighting the problems with diagnosis and treatment and what sufferers can do to overcome these difficulties. Illustrated throughout with case histories and focused on awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for.

  • This practical guide to protecting and strengthening your back, together with determining what treatments will be best for your individual problem, will help you understand the causes of the condition, the possible range of treatments, and how best to avoid future episodes.

  • When TV producer Clin Ludlow is admitted to hospital for an operation, he expects to be home in 10 days. In the event he ends up staying for five months, nearly dying on several occasions, and contracting MRSA. More than nine years later he is still recovering from his experiences. In Shadows in Wonderland he tells his story, and takes a fascinating journey through chronic illness as he explores its wider significance. The book is a moving account - a poetic, personal reflection - of how the author pieced together the shattered fragments of his life and sought to make sense of them again.

  • In these often hilarious, and always thought-provoking tales of medical intrigue and misadventure, drawn from the author's experiences as a doctor in rural Nepal and the inner-city wildernesses of the UK, Prasanna Gautam encounters medical conundrums with some very surprising outcomes. But there is much more to these stories than simple entertainment. How do your practise medicine ethically under a totalitarian regime? How do you pit the interests of the individual patient against strongly held cultural practices and beliefs? And how do you help a patient who is determined not to be helped?

  • Why Am I So Exhausted? can help you by explaining the many possible causes of chronic fatigue, how these causes can be systematically investigated and what to do about problems identified; practial and realistic it shows there is rarely a single cause and never a magic bullet

  • Dementia may be progressive and incurable, but there is much that can be done to make life easier for people with the condition and for their carers. This book is about how to do just that, from diagnosis on. Mary Jordan has been supporting people with dementia and their carers for seven years while working for a national charity. Drawing on that experience, The Essential Carer's Guide to Dementia explains what people want to know about the condition and what Mary has found to be most helpful in managing its effects. Non-prescriptive and not restricted to any fixed programme, practical advice offered here can be used flexibly and selectively, as the individual requires. As Mary Jordan says, for each person the experience is unique.