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Neve Akridge

Hepatitis virus (HCV) is a bloodborne virus that causes a liver disease called hepatitis C causing both acute (a few weeks mild illness), and chronic (lifelong severe illness). This disease ultimately is a major role player in developing cancer. Hepatitis C has multiple modes of transmission most commonly through blood exposure. This may happen due to unsafe injections, drug injections, and sexual practices that have blood exposure. According to the report of WHO, globally approximately 71 million people are suffering from chronic hepatitis C virus infection and about 399,000 people died from this viral infection in 2016. After initial infection…

Since the COVID-19 pandemic broke in last December in the city of Wuhan in China, there has been a careful and long search for answers. With the vaccine still months away, there has been a number of experimental drugs and controversial recommendations in the last five months. At our infusion centers, Aysha and I see waves of patients requesting high dose of Vitamin C infusions every single day and so we have decided to write some facts about Vitamin C and what you can expect from it if you are trying to prevent or fight COVID-19.

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A number of researchers…

Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating and potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord), in which the insulating covers (myelin sheaths of the nerves are damaged by the immune system itself. This damages the nervous system’s ability to transmit signals and thus causes communication problems between the nervous system and body parts, which may lead to a wide range of signs and symptoms depending upon the type and location of nerve fibers and the number of fibers affected. These symptoms range from numbness and weakness in limbs to tremors. Vision problems occur including double vision, blurry…

Dealing with neuropathic pain is always challenging for every physician. It occurs due to the primary lesions and dysregulation patterns in the peripheral and central nervous systems. Despite a decade of research, the physicians are unable to find a definite method to relieve this pain. Many methods are being used currently but none of them is ideal.

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History of Ketamine

As soon as you hear the word ketamine, instantly, your mind may think of a street drug, “vitamin K”, “super K”, or “special K”. But Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic drug in human and veterinary medicine for 5 decades. In humans…

In his recent book, “Let Them Eat Prozac”, David Healy questions : “Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them?”. Healy’s books and research took the pharmaceutical industry by surprise in a time when the health care system as a whole was accused of capitalizing on depression patients. This research and many others paved the…

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Botox? Yes, we all have heard and seen the miracles Botox can do as far as wrinkles and other cosmetic dermatological imperfections are concerned. But Botox is a lot more than that and the recent clinical trials and experimental uses have shown extremely relevant results in several medical fields.

Botox is a toxin (neurotoxin) produced by a bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and other related species. Our muscles need nerve impulses to contract and are connected to nervous terminals through neuromuscular junctions. The mechanism of action of Botox is that it blocks…

We all know the basic biological factors that lead to most forms of cancer : the cells in the body grow and divide as a normal cell cycle. The nucleus in the cell controls this process. Sometimes DNA is damaged and cannot repair itself leading to cancer. This causes uncontrollable growth and tumor forms which even displaces the normal cells. As the tumor develops and grows in size it forms its blood supply. These cells may not stick to a place like normal cells do, but they may move through the bloodstream to another place of the body leading to…

Projection is a process psychologists define as attributing traits we strongly dislike in ourselves to other people. This can be a result of, but also leads to, hurtful feelings like sadness, anger, frustration or fear. It is a defense mechanism of the mind that wants us to feel validated, recognized, valued or loved but leads to an imbalance inside our heart and mind. During these treacherous times of confinement and COVID-19 pandemic, we are more than ever confronted to ourselves, our thoughts and indubitably projection.

Joseph Burgo, Ph.D. who wrote the book “Why Do I Do That?” Explained that “Parts…

Mirroring is a complex but infinitely inspirational process. Mirroring is when one person subconsciously or consciously reflects back the gesture, speech pattern, or attitude of another. It can be used as a tool to work on one’s own soul. It is also a door to introspection and a key accessing new knowledge about ourselves. Simply said, through observing how others behave we can learn about ourselves and vice versa. Whether we are mirrors to others or are learning from the mirror that the other is providing for ourselves, we are constantly learning and teaching. It is a never-ending journey with…

Encouraging ourselves to develop a routine of self-reflection is important at all stages of our lives, from childhood to adulthood but also in our careers. Cultivating self-reflection techniques can be extremely beneficial for our development, as it helps to develop resilience. The workplace can sometimes trigger bad emotions, stress, mood swings, fatigue and frustration.

Jennifer Porter wrote:

Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning.

It surely helps us grow, take a good step back from tricky or difficult situations and gives us…

Neve Akridge

Proactive, creative & versatile senior Integrative Care, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical & Health Tech Director with 8 years of targeted successes.

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