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This also page shows a selection of previous ask-the-coach queries (names removed of course), and the responses to the queries. It may well be that you’ll find something that concerns you here, and we hope the reading will prove helpful.

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Heart attack; recognising the signs

A heart attack is a medical condition where part of the heart suffers from a lack of blood flow & oxygen. Heart attack can lead to severe disability and or death. A heart attack is a true medical emergency in that a LOT can be done to reduce and even reverse the damage, but time is critical. Heart attack victims need to be seen in a high-level hospital facility within 3 hours, in order to optimise the outcome. Time can mean the difference between life and death, normal functioning and severe disability. One of the challenges is to recognise [...]

Stroke; recognising the signs

A stroke is a medical condition where part of the brain suffers from a lack of blood flow & oxygen. Stroke can lead to severe disability and or death. A stroke is a true medical emergency in that a LOT can be done to reduce and even reverse the brain damage, but time is critical. Stroke victims need to be seen in a high-level hospital facility within 3 hours, in order to optimise the outcome. Time can mean the difference between life and death, normal functioning and severe disability. One of the challenges is to recognise a stroke and [...]

My secret wellness weapon

My favourite wellness tip: use your diary I am a doctor and a wellness coach. I have made my living designing and delivering health & wellness services of one type or another. For 25 years now. I know what is healthy and what is not. I am, in all seriousness, something of an expert. And yet my own wellness journey has been rather different from what you might expect... I have avoided smoking, drugs, excess alcohol (mostly). I have never been overweight. I have avoided hospitalisation entirely (since my tonsils were cruelly removed at age 9 or 10). So it has not [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Headache

HOW DO I HANDLE MY HEADACHES? ------------------------------------------------ There are many different causes for headache. Common causes are: Tension headache - caused by stress and anxiety and tiredness; can be quite severe and felt over any area of the head & neck (neck stiffness is quite common). Migraine - very specific type of headache that involves vision changes, nausea, and sudden severe attacks). Sinus congestion  - causes headache around the face and eyes mainly; associated with sneezing and or nasal stuffiness. Tension headache is the most common by far but it is really important to see your doctor about headache and [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Sweeteners

ARE SWEETENERS REALLY BAD FOR ME? ----------------------------------------------------- For many years (decades actually) we have used sweeteners because they provide a sweet taste without the calories (and ultra-high-GI calories at that) of sugar. For many of us this has really helped with weight control and healthier living in general since it is really not that hard when compared to many other healthy-lifestyle changes we struggle with! In recent times people have become concerned that sweeteners are unhealthy, cause cancer, create headaches, cause diabetes, etc. The list of evil things attributed to sweeteners includes almost every illness known to us! I recently became [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Genetics & Weight Loss

I HAVE HEARD ABOUT SOME NEW MEDICAL RESEARCH TO DO WITH GENETIC CONTROL OF WEIGHT LOSS? ------------------------------------------------ Yes indeed. There has been some very exciting genetic in this area. The ground-breaking work has been led by teams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School, with the most important academic publication being in the New England Journal of Medicine in September 2015 (link here). The research has shown that our fat cells can use excess calories (energy) to create heat (thermogenesis) OR to store fat (causing obesity). More crucially it has been found that these cells can [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Energy

I FEEL SO TIRED ALL THE TIME AT WORK AND AT HOME. I JUST HAVE NO ENERGY, PLEASE HELP ------------------------------------------------ The problem of fatigue is a very real one indeed. It affects many people but there are many possible causes so it is really important that you do not take casual advice from someone who says something like "....well my problem was xxx and I'm sure if you do what I did...". This might be very well meant but is likely to lead you astray. The trick is to understand that you are unique and you need to understand why YOU [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Weight Loss

I AM DESPERATE. I AM AT LEAST 20KG OVERWEIGHT AND HAVING TRIED MANY DIETS I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT!!?? ------------------------------------------------ What a question! This must be THE million-dollar question in the world of health & wellness today. The truth is that more and more people want (and mostly need) to lose weight. A massive industry now exists to offer solutions, services, promises, products, etc. What is often missing is good honest advice on what works and what does not work. The most important thing about weight loss is not medical or nutritional science. For the most part, most [...]

Ask-the-Coach: Preventing Heart Disease

MY FATHER HAD A HEART ATTACK AT AGE 52 AND I THINK MY GRANDPARENTS BOTH HAD HEART ATTACKS TOO. I AM 44 NOW, AND WORRIED! This is a very important question because heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in today's modern world. A heart attack occurs when the heart (which is really a muscle that pumps blood around the body) becomes starved of oxygen because its own blood supply is blocked or narrowed. Heart attacks can be very serious and they can be fatal although rapid medical care can make a huge difference to outcomes. Besides [...]

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