The Family Doctor 1939 ..
The routine was as follows. Immediately you became unwell with a temperature, sore throat or spots you would be confined to your bed. First thing the following morning after the dreaded symptoms your mother would contact the Doctor’s Surgery and be immediately reassured that the Doctor would call in on his rounds before midday..
The Doctor would arrive, thermometer stuck into your mouth, neck glands felt, mouth opened and spots examined. He would then tell your mother what ailment you had incurred and reassured her that medicine would be delivered before nightfall that evening and also that he would call in sometime in the following two days to check progress. There was no NHS then, so the Doctor would quickly write out an ‘Account Rendered’ which was normally for two guineas. By no later than 5pm a boy on a bicycle would deliver the prescribed medicine from a basket that would contain at least another twenty medications. True to his word the Doctor would also make his second call two days later to confirm your return to school.
In 1939 the Doctor would have been 65 to 70 years of age, and so born in 1869-1874 and attended his medical training in the 1890s, served in World War One and should have retired by 1939 but continued throughout World War Two which was a familiar situation throughout the country. These doctors who should have retired but soldiered on to fill the gaps left by the younger doctors at war.
Nowadays, I have to wait ten days to see my own doctor and make my own way to his surgery, pick up a prescription, take to a pharmacy and then have to call back the following day to collect the medication. Such is progress.
( Story taken from an article by Joe Branson, Dorset, UK )
Thousands Die After UK Government Cut Benefits ..
Nearly 10,000 people have died after being denied full sickness benefits – with almost one in four of them dead within two weeks of being ordered to get a job, the Government admitted. The Department for Work and Pensions revealed that 2,380 people died between December 2011 and February 2014 after failing controversial government tests and being found ‘fit to work’. A further 7,200 people claiming Employment and Support Allowance died after being forced into the ‘work-related activity group’, which means they get reduced benefits and are told to get a job.
( Nick Sommerlad, 28.08.2015 )
Just A Pinch Of Salt Can Make You Fat ..
It’s well known that eating too much salt can increase the risk of heart disease – but it may also contribute to obesity. A study of 458 children and 785 adults showed an increase of just one gram a day made volunteers around a quarter more likely to become obese. It is believed to be related to salt having an effect on the body’s metabolism of fat.
( Metro, 02.09.2015 )
Dodgy Dentists ..
The number of dentists being investigated for ‘fitness to practise’ has almost doubled in four years. Figures from the General Dental Council show 3,099 cases over the past year. One dentist was jailed for 18 months for defrauding the NHS of nearly £48,000. Another was struck off after a string of failings relating to 18 of her patients..
And Daniel Stocks, 37, was banned from the industry for filming staff in the toilet..
The rising toll is placing pressure on the GDC, which was promised reforms by the Government which would save taxpayers around £1.8million a year..
Chris Dean, a lawyer at The Dental Law Partnership, said, “There are major concerns about the standard of some dentists. The Government needs to act now.”
( Lee Sorrell and Nick Dorman, 13.09.2015 )
Patients Euthanised Without Consent ..
A recent study by the Journal of Medical Ethics revealed a disturbing practice being carried out in Belgian hospitals. Namely, the deliberate euthanasia of patients without their voluntary consent. Raphael Cohen-Almagor, professor of philosophy and ethics at the UK’s Hull University and author of the report, discovered that lethal drugs were being used to ‘shorten life and without explicit request’. These cases of deliberate euthanasia accounted for 1.7% of all deaths in Belgium during 2013. The practice typically involved patients who were comatose, suffering from dementia or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest”. A very contentious judgment, indeed. This highly questionable and unethical practice is all the more curious since a 2002 Belgian law called the Euthanasia Act prohibits administering life-ending drugs except in cases where the patient has given explicit, voluntary consent.
Professor Cohen-Almagor wrote, “At the heart of this legislation is the free will of the patient who asks for euthanasia. It is worrying that some physicians take upon themselves the responsibility to deliberately shorten patients’ lives without a clear indication from the patients that this is what they would want”. The law clearly states that a request for euthanasia from a patient must be “voluntary, well-considered, and repeated and, not the result of any external pressure.”
A paper published in 2014 by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine Council explores the use of drugs “with the direct intention of shortening the dying process of terminal palliative care in patients with no prospect of a meaningful recovery”. The paper also advises that the withdrawal of care and the increased dosage of lethal sedatives “must not be interpreted as killing”. Which begs the question. How is euthanasia without consent any different than murder? An even more shocking revelation is that in many of these cases even the families of the patients are not being consulted, with doctors viewing the practice as a “medical decision” that only they should have the power to make. The cases in which euthanasia without consent has been carried out are rarely reported, which is also a violation of the Euthanasia Act.
( Daniel Barker, Natural News, 16.07.2015 )
Coffee And Alcohol Can Beat Dementia ..
Boozing in moderation and drinking coffee could cut the risk of developing dementia.
Up to three alcoholic drinks daily kept Alzheimer’s at bay, according to Chinese experts who led a review of 300 studies. Vitamins C and E, statins and folic acid were also linked to a reduced risk of the illness, which mainly affects over-65s.
Diabetes, depression and high blood pressure were said to increase the chances, along with lifestyle factors like lack of education and weight problems.
Separate research shows fewer people are developing dementia due to healthier lifestyles. In Britain, the number of 65-year-olds with Alzheimer’s has fallen by 22% since 1990 – despite past fears of an epidemic.
( Andrew Gregory, 21.08.2015 )
Diabetes Link To Antibiotics ..
Taking too many antibiotics could raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A study found those who took them five times in the last 15 years were 53% more likely to get the disease than those who took them once. Dr Kristian Mikkelsen, behind the study by a Danish hospital, said antibiotics can affect people’s metabolism.
( Daily Mirror, 28.08.2015 )
Expectant Mums’ Whooping Cough Alert ..
Expectant mums have been urged to get a whooping cough jab to protect their unborn babies after a rise in cases of the potential killer. A jab cuts the risk by 91% but only 56% of mums-to-be had one in 2014-15. There were 1,744 cases of whooping cough in the UK in the first half of 2015 – up 332 on the same period for last year.
( Daily Mirror, 04.09.2015 )
Aspirin May Be A Cancer Lifesaver ..
Cancer patients could boost their chances of beating the disease by popping an aspirin. The simple painkiller blocks a cancer molecule that lets tumours dodge immunotherapy treatment. The find by British scientists gives new hope to the 330,000 diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK. Immunotherapy ‘wakes up’ the immune system so it can fight tumours. Giving mice aspirin alongside it slowed the growth of bowel and skin cancer in the study by the Francis Crick Institute in London.
( Andrew Gregory, 04.09.2015 )