Monthly Archives: July 2013

World Hepatitis Day


Sharing her OT experience and a bit of kink! – Melanie Reid, award winning journalist

I had to share this video of Melanie sharing her experience of OT at COT annual conference.

It shows many of the varied skills OT’s demonstrate as well as the natural personality attributes required to make a great OT.

It makes me very proud that I am becoming to belong to this wonderful profession.

Gem X

Unhealthy levels of fluoride in tea


Click on the pic for the article

Being a tea lover myself I found this Mailonline article interesting.  As a student I have at times opted for the economy tea bags but will think twice in the future. ”Study reveals they contain high fluoride levels that could damage teeth, bones and muscles (The daily mail)


The tea plant accumulates fluoride as it grows, with mature leaves containing the most fluoride. 

When tea is harvested, the older leaves are used to produce lower quality, stronger teas such as economy teas.

The bud and newer top leaves are used in the  higher grade and speciality tea products.

It is suggested that an adult consume no more than three mg of fluoride a day.

The new study showed that on average, four cups of cheap supermarket tea provided six mg of the substance.

Excessive intake of fluoride can cause a variety of health problems including joint pain, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, brittle teeth, kidney problems and has even been linked to cancer.

(The dailymail online)

The top 10 causes of death

These interesting figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that heart disease, stroke and respiratory infections are still top killers in the world.  Also sadly, not much change from the percentages of deaths for HIV/AIDS.

The percentages for deaths from diabetes and  road traffic accidents have also increased and whilst TB figures have decreased slightly it still killed one million people in 2011.  TB is preventable with the vaccination and could be wiped out if it was available to all world wide.

Many of these illnesses can be prevented with the right treatment and education.

From an Occupational Therapy perspective, there is much scope in this profession to promote and educate on well being in the community rather than just treatment and re rehabilitation.

Please visit WHO for more information about these facts and figures by clicking on the picture or this link


Click for more info from WHO

Female Genital Mutilation


Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).

It always saddens me when I read articles or see television programs about  FGM.

Seen from a human rights perspective, the practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. (World Health Organization)

More importantly it is a painful and traumatic experience and I see it as yet more suffering for the sake of religion and social culture.

Please see the attached link about Global strategy to stop health-care providers from performing female genital mutilation

and further information about this subject from the World Health Organization.

Prostate Check Part Two

A Mixed Bag

If you read my previous post on the first part of my test, then you will know that I threw everything aside and went to the doctor’s to be checked for Prostate Cancer.

Part one involved the DRE … Digital Rectal Exam … and you can find that post HERE.

Part two was the Prostate Specific Blood Test. This is actually a misnomer. It is not specifically for the Prostate levels. It was a standard blood test, and so nothing to worry about. If the first part comes up as normal, you don’t even need the blood test.

For the sake of showing there is nothing to fear, I decided to for the whole lot, so I could blog about it and allay the fears of men.

So I implore you … go for the test. It is a a few seconds for the first part, and…

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