DR. ELLIE CANNON: Prince Charles is wrong – homeopath is dangerous

Prince Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy last week. It is worrying that someone who is so influential supports this pseudoscience

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Prince Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy last week. It is worrying that someone who is so influential supports this pseudoscience

Prince Charles became patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy last week. It is worrying that someone who is so influential supports this pseudoscience.

Homeopathy is not just a waste of money – luckily it is no longer available on the NHS – it can be dangerous.

If you use these medicines instead of conventional medicines, you run a high risk because you avoid life-saving treatment.

I have had patients for homeopathic & # 39; vaccinations & # 39; have made their children susceptible to a fatal disease.

And a friend opted for a homeopathic treatment of an infected wound on her finger.

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When she finally saw a doctor, she was almost getting gangrene and sepsis. She was saved at the last minute.

How did the doctor miss my bowel problems?

I am always bloated and I feel constantly tired.

My doctor did a blood test and said there was nothing wrong with me, but a breath test performed by a nutritionist showed bacterial overgrowth in my gut.

Why didn't my doctor find this?

Swelling should never be ignored by doctors. In women, it can be a sign of ovarian cancer.

Fortunately, however, this is not common and a bloated feeling is much more likely due to common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or celiac disease.

More from Dr Ellie Cannon for The Mail on Sunday …

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Eating lots of legumes, such as beans and lentils, as well as vegetables such as cauliflower, can also cause bloating. And, in combination with fatigue, bloating can be a normal menopause symptom.

Bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine can also cause bloating, tiredness, gas, discomfort and sometimes diarrhea. Doctors call it SIBO – bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.

Usually the bacterium is limited to our colon (also called the colon). With SIBO, bacteria in the small intestine react with the sugars in digested food. This reaction causes gas and a bloated feeling. It is these gases that are identified in a diagnostic breath test. However, these breath tests are not often performed by a general practitioner because they remain controversial within the medical community. Different practitioners use different tests and their accuracy varies enormously, depending on which one is used.

Some people have more gut bacteria than others and experience no symptoms, so a test may incorrectly indicate that something is wrong.

Some scientists believe that breath tests are not valuable or accurate for diagnosing bowel problems. Due to questions about the precise cause of SIBO, there is a lack of research into treatment options.

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Antibiotics and medicines that improve bowel movements can help. Otherwise, the type of exclusion diet that we advise those with irritable bowel syndrome may be of value in reducing the gas-producing sugars and bacteria in the gut. It includes cutting a whole range of fruits and vegetables, and introducing it slowly to see what can and cannot be tolerated.

A doctor told my son that he & # 39; multiple chemical sensitivities & # 39; and must prevent pollution.

This has left him at home, he can only tolerate liquids such as soups and smoothies, and he cannot handle the smell of his deodorants from his brothers and sisters.

Can doctors do something?

Multiple chemical sensitivities, or & # 39; sick building syndrome & # 39 ;, has symptoms such as fatigue, severe pain, dizziness, and headache.

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Patients often see their symptoms worsen when exposed to contaminants or household chemicals. But this condition is not recognized as a disease by doctors, because tests and scans show no abnormalities.

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR DR ELLIE?

Send an email to DrEllie@mailonsunday.co.uk or write to Health, The Mail on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT.

Dr. Ellie can only answer in a general context and cannot respond to individual cases or give personal answers.

If you have a health risk, always consult your own doctor.

This is very different from allergies, where doctors can see signs in the blood and skin tests that the immune system is not functioning properly.

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We do not know for sure if chemical sensitivities are the cause, so it is possible that this is not useful if you focus solely on this.

These symptoms can be caused by a whole range of other conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic migraine or even mental illness. An anxiety-related, or perhaps agoraphobia (a fear of going outside) can be a more likely cause.

A doctor can pay a home visit and then perform blood tests to find the underlying culprit. In the meantime, pain relief, antidepressants and allergy medication can help relieve symptoms even without a definitive diagnosis.

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide, new research reported last week.

Doctors like me have always known that patients who start taking the medication run a slightly higher risk of worsening symptoms in the first weeks of treatment.

Of course this is alarming and frightening. But we know about it and try to mitigate it with careful supervision and awareness.

It is important to remember that the risks are incredibly small and it remains clear that antidepressants are actually life-saving for many.

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