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Allergic reactions to pet hair are very common. Within minutes of contact with an animal, a runny nose, red eyes, cough or skin rash may appear. In recent years the incidence of this type of allergy has increased.  It affects between 20 and 30% of the population. How can these allergies be explained? How are they treated?

After first contact with an allergen, the latter penetrates the respiratory tract and sensitizes a person’s immune system. The immune system begins to defend itself against a seemingly harmless substance. Subsequent contacts may cause more pronounced symptoms.

The time it takes for a child to become sensitive to an allergen varies from the age of 6 months to 4 years. Occasional contact with an animal seems to be more “sensitizing” than constant contact. Sensitization can occur in the absence of direct contact with the animal, through clothing or furniture.

There are several categories of allergens. Among them are pneumoallergens or aeroallergens, which enter the body through the air and respiratory tract. The most common are dust mites, animals, pollen and mold.

 

Causes and risk factors

Allergens are small proteins excreted by animals and are present in all body fluids: tears, saliva, urine, anal glands, sebaceous glands, etc.

 

Two conditions are necessary for allergies to occur:

  • Exposure to an allergen.
  • Genetic predisposition.

Nowadays, animals are more likely to live in urban apartments, which explains the increase in the frequency of animal allergies.

 

Animals that cause allergies :

  1. Cats: the main allergen is found in the saliva that cats put on their fur when they lick themselves;
  2. Dogs: they are known to be less allergenic than cats;
  3. Horses: dead skin cells and horse hair are strong allergens;
  4. Cattle: dander, nails, hair, urine and saliva are major allergens of cattle. Sheep wool, sheep skins, skin and bovine dander can also cause allergic reactions;
  5. Rabbits and rodents.
  6. Birds and, in particular, their droppings
  7. Insects (cockroaches, fleas, ticks). Stinging insects (bees, wasps, hornets) can cause serious allergic reactions.

Children in direct contact with pets most often suffer. Animal allergies are a frequent cause of chronic respiratory tract infections (colds, bronchitis) or asthma in children.

 

Symptoms of allergies :

Allergies can manifest as skin, respiratory or general signs (anaphylactic shock), which is the extreme manifestation of an allergic reaction.

A few minutes after contact with an animal the following may occur :

Nasal discharge, red eyes, cough, or skin signs (eczema, urticaria).

More serious symptoms are also possible: asthma attack; quincke’s edema with swelling of the face and respiratory tract, which can lead to death by suffocation.

 

Allergen Screening Examination

The examination includes a detailed history taking, including the patient’s account of symptoms, what causes them, family history, environment, lifestyle, etc.

This is followed by lulatory tests :

1. Skin tests – skin is lightly incised and injected with a small amount of common allergens that minimally reproduce the cutaneous manifestations of the allergy;

2. Blood tests. It allows you to confirm the identity of the allergens detected by skin tests or in cases where the latter cannot be performed.

 

Treatment of animal allergy

The first step is to eliminate the animal causing the allergy from the allergic person. If this is not possible, desensitization may be recommended, which involves gradually accustoming the body to a given allergen by administering increasing doses of the allergen orally, using allergen drops.

Allergen extracts in liquid form should be placed under the tongue for two minutes. The treatment consists of one intake a day every day for several years: 3 or even 4 or 5 years. Necessary improvement is felt between 6 and 12 months. Side effects are minimal, but some patients may experience tingling under the tongue and swelling of the mucosa, but this is temporary. The fluid is then spit out.

The protective effect of desensitization usually lasts for several years after treatment is discontinued.

Anti-allergy medications may also be prescribed. You can take antihistamines, eye drops, or nasal drops as supplements. For example, if a child with allergies goes on vacation to grandparents who have a pet, they can take antihistamines the day before they leave and daily for the duration of their stay.

Prevention

Ideally, it is best to stay away from an animal that causes allergies. If this is not possible and a person comes into contact with the animal, a few guidelines can prevent an allergic attack:

  • Wash your hands after petting your pet;
  • Avoid carpets, pillows, stuffed toys, and any other coatings that can pick up allergens;
  • Vacuum your home regularly, wash linens at a high temperature, and use protective covers;
  • Air the house frequently.
  • It is extremely important not to allow a pet to enter the allergic person’s room or climb on sofas. In the case of a cat or dog allergy, the pet can be washed or wiped down its fur with a damp flannel, thus removing surface allergens. This is repeated about once a week.

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When we are stressed, the body’s production of cortisol increases, causing our heart to beat faster, breathe more frequently, and our blood vessels to narrow. While in prehistoric times a high blood flow to the heart and muscles helped us escape predators or dangerous circumstances, today we are in a different situation.

Instead of helping us escape, this reaction can lead to chronic health issues such as hypertension, headaches, depression and anxiety disorders. Moreover, stress can exacerbate other health problems such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome or insomnia, among others.

 

Do you want the good news?

According to the American Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, just as we have a “stress response,” we have a “relaxation response,” in which our breathing slows, our blood pressure decreases, and our need for oxygen decreases.

If we cannot prevent stress, we must work to eliminate its effects.

With this in mind, here are 5 effective ways to discharge the nervous system.

  1. Physical activity!

Regular exercise increases the amount of gray matter in the brain. This part of the brain is associated with memory and cognitive abilities, which is a good prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Sports also act on the hypothalamus by releasing endorphins, which have similar effects to morphine. These hormones can reduce pain, alleviate depression, reduce stress and increase self-confidence. Even a simple walk can help clear your head and increase your endorphins.

  1. Deep and slow breathing!

Breathing exercises help us to relax.  Special pranayama or even just a few deep breaths reduce tension and relieve stress thanks to the flow of oxygen. Rapid breathing – a sign of stress – stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, while deep slow breathing has the opposite effect – it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to calm down, reduce high blood pressure and even change the expression of certain genes.

  1. Watch your diet!

The brain needs carbohydrates to function properly, so choose foods with a low glycemic index. And also foods rich in omega-3, which are necessary for the growth and proper functioning of neurons, give preference to turmeric, which increases the brain’s ability to heal itself.

The connection between the gut and the brain is very important – it’s called the “gut-brain axis.” There is a lot of interesting research supporting the idea that the gut is a fundamental mediator of the stress response. Stress is something that goes through the immune system and the brain, and our gut is the largest organ in the immune system.

Choose hearty snacks – like half an avocado, a handful of nuts or a hard-boiled egg – because there’s nothing more stressful for the brain than feeling like food is running out. Get away from the computer, go and sit in a quiet place. Focus on the food: its texture, its taste, the way it makes you feel. And then your snack will become a meditative process.

  1. Healthy Sleep.

Lack of sleep can cause or exacerbate brain disorders. A good night’s sleep helps protect our nervous system, preserve our memory and even repair some brain cells.

  1. Meditation

Various meditation practices help develop our intellectual abilities, rejuvenate our brains, and get rid of stress.

 

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No, hypertension does not increase the susceptibility to Covid-19 disease.  Does it lead to an increased mortality rate?

In the early days of the pandemic, many doctors claimed a link between Covid-19 and hypertension. Could this be the most common disease in the world (in people over the age of 65) increasing the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus? Or perhaps hypertension leads to a higher risk of death? At this point, it’s impossible to definitively answer all of these questions. But given the first few months of the epidemic, some conclusions can already be drawn.

NO, BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS DON’T INCREASE THE RISK OF COVID-19 INFECTION

A study published by scientists from the University of Basel at the beginning of the pandemic suggested that some antihypertensive drugs, particularly converting enzyme inhibitors (based on perindopril) and angiotensin 2 inhibitors (Candesartan, Eprosartan, Irbesartan, losartan, Olmesartan, Telmisartan, Valsrtan), two types of drugs commonly used by patients with high blood pressure, contribute to the infection by Covid-19. By affecting a protein that plays a key role in blood pressure regulation, it has been hypothesized that they may have facilitated the virus’s campaign to infect the body.

However, 3 studies published in May in the New England Journal of Medicine put patients at ease. Based on results from thousands of coronavirus patients, the researchers found no relationship between taking antihypertensive drugs and the virus. In addition to ACE inhibitors, the researchers found no risk from other commonly used classes of blood pressure drugs: beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and thiazide diuretics.

Later, a team coordinated by the Department of Cardiology at Wuhan University in China presented data that may also reduce concerns about the topic.  The researchers studied 1,128 hospitalized patients with hypertension who tested positive for Coronavirus. Of these, 188 were taking blood pressure medication, and 940 were not. The mortality rate in the first group was 3.7%, compared with 9.8% in the second.

THE RISK IS ONLY IN THE CASE OF COMPLICATED HYPERTENSION

Hypertension affects a huge number of people worldwide. Patients with complicated hypertension are considered at risk for severe coronavirus. Complicated hypertension can lead to heart failure, heart attack, stroke, atrial fibrillation. The development of these conditions in turn can also be provoked by coronavirus, as well as aggravate the course of pneumonia as a complication of COVID-19 virus disease.

DO NOT STOP TAKING MEDICATION FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

As mentioned above, high blood pressure is not a predisposing factor for Covid-19.”  Although people with this pathology have a higher mortality rate, this is more due to the “age of these patients.” In any case, patients taking hypotensive medications should not discontinue treatment unless recommended by a physician.

At our Health and Prevention Center, you can have a Hypertension screening, after which treatment will be recommended if necessary.

MENOPAUSE is the complete stop of the menstrual cycle due to the end of active ovarian activity. Eggs stop ovulating and follicles no longer mature. On average, this occurs at the age of about 50 years.  If a year has passed since the last cycle, a woman is considered to have gone through menopause.

The symptoms of the transition to menopause are very different, and there are various ways to cope with them. To live this stage most peacefully, it is helpful to know the following information.

  1. Menstruation does not stop suddenly

Menopause is a process, not a single moment in time. Symptoms of menopause can appear slowly, peak, and then slowly diminish. The earliest stage of menopause is called perimenopause. During this period, menstruation is irregular and the possibility of getting pregnant decreases. When menstruation stops for a year, a woman goes from perimenopause to menopause. The adrenal glands continue to produce estrogen and progesterone, but their overall levels decrease.

 

  1. Is it possible to predict when a woman will go into menopause?

Despite all medical advances, scientists cannot accurately predict when a woman will end her childbearing years because of individual differences. However, there are factors that can help determine when a woman will probably enter menopause. This information will be helpful to women who are most likely to enter early menopause and therefore at increased risk of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, depression, and osteoporosis.

 

  1. Length of transition to menopause

Transition is a  period of alternating short and long cycles and the appearance of the first hot flashes and night sweats. The length of the transition to menopause differs from woman to woman. Elevations in estradiol and follicle-stimulating hormone levels, irregular menstrual cycles and early menopausal symptoms mean that a woman is approaching menopause The periods gradually become irregular, they may last much less or, on the contrary, much longer than usual. But these biological factors are not the only ones to consider.

 

  1. Factors approaching menopause

Recent studies have shown that lifestyle and sociodemographic factors are important: alcohol and tobacco use, relationship status, physical activity, and use of hormonal contraception.

 

  1. External changes

During perimenopause, a woman may notice changes in her skin and hair. Changes can go from skin turgor decreasing, mood swings  that are frequent, vaginal mucosa that becomes drier, frequent urge to urinate, and bones that become more brittle. Whatever the cause, these changes can be unpleasant. If they are sudden or too intense, don’t hesitate to see your doctor to find solutions that will ease your condition.

 

  1. The symptoms of menopause are varied: hot flashes, sleeping problems…

Most women experience many symptoms during perimenopause. The most common are hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, bladder weakness when exercising or sneezing, mood swings, loss of muscle mass and weight gain, and osteoporosis.

 

  1. Sleep disturbances may contribute to weight gain during menopause

Weight gain is thought to be related to estrogen deficiency because menopause is a time of life when the ovaries decrease production of this sex hormone. But it is unlikely that estrogen is the only factor, since all women stop producing estrogen during menopause, and only half of them gain weight.

This finding led endocrinology researchers to wonder whether sleep disturbances during menopause, a symptom that affects about half of all women, might also be a significant contributor to weight gain. The results of their study, published in March 2021, support this hypothesis. The researchers found a significant decrease in the rate of fat metabolism by the participants’ bodies after three nights of disturbed sleep.

 

  1. Solutions to better manage hormonal changes

Hormone treatments have been widely used for decades. But recent studies have noted significant side effects. Hormone medications are good for mood swings, dry vaginal mucosa, hot flashes, etc. However, hormone therapy increases the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, so physicians recommend that you use it very carefully. It is recommended to take time to discuss with the doctor to choose the best medications and their dosage. Hormone therapy at menopause is not necessary for everyone. Psychological support, regular exercise, a balanced diet, use of lubricant and a fixed sleep schedule can also reduce discomfort.

 

  1. The risk of pregnancy exists during perimenopause

Just as menstruation does not end immediately, neither does fertility end. It doesn’t end until after menopause. Therefore, a woman can still ovulate, and the eggs may be healthy enough to cause a pregnancy. Contraceptives are recommended for one year after menstruation ends. Consult your doctor to find the best option.

 

  1. Menopause and libido

The libido during perimenopause and the onset of menopause itself may behave differently: for some women it will fade, while for others, on the contrary, it will vividly and violently awaken, and for some it will not change at all. Often women say that after they let go of the fear of unwanted pregnancy, they began to have much more pleasure in sex, and their desire for intimacy has increased significantly.

For some women, the difficulty is accepting the changes associated with aging. As with any situation, the way a person reacts to the change will affect their body and emotions. If you are experiencing psychological difficulties during this transition period, a therapist can help you find inner balance. Menopause is not a “disease” that requires treatment. It is a normal, natural and physiological process for women.

At our Health and Prevention Center you can be examined for menopause. After the examination our doctor will give you all the necessary recommendations for the most harmonious passing of this stage of life.

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Focal One® is a computer-controlled medical device for the treatment of localised prostate cancer by focused ultrasound (HIFU = High Intensity Focused Ultrasound). The energy is delivered via an endorectal probe. The ultrasound waves travel through the rectal wall and are focused on a part of the prostate. This focusing produces intense heat, resulting in tissue destruction within the target area. The treatment lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours and can be performed under loco-regional anaesthesia.

Focal One® is a non-invasive treatment option that allows for a precise, local treatment in one session, that can be repeated if necessary, with a short hospital stay and few side effects. In the event of incomplete results, the choice of therapeutic options is wide and includes retreatment with Focal One®.

Focal One® may be indicated as:

  • a first line option for patients with localised cancer, stage T1-T2 (Gleason 6 or 7, PSA less than 15), according to their age and general condition.
  • a salvage therapy option for patients with local recurrence of prostate cancer initially treated by radiotherapy.

HIFU for prostate cancer

HIFU uses a high intensity convergent ultrasound beam generated by piezoelectric transducers. This focusing of ultrasound waves into one point greatly increases the temperature around the focal point, thus resulting in tumour destruction i.e. pathological biological tissue.

The application of HIFU for prostate cancer treatment involves focusing high intensity focused ultrasound to destroy, by heat, prostatic tissue affected by cancer, without damaging surrounding tissue. This technique is non-invasive because it avoids incision, allows loco-regional anaesthesia and limits the characteristic complications of prostate cancer treatment (incontinence or impotence).

Clinical results

In 2013 and 2014, two prospective cohort studies demonstrated the long-term (10 years) results of whole gland HIFU as a first-line option and have validated its effectiveness: according to the cancer risk, the specific survival rate at 10 years is between 92 and 99%; survival rate without metastases at 10 years is between 86% and 100%. These results, which are completely comparable to the best radical surgery results, demonstrate that HIFU is an effective first-line treatment option for localised prostate cancer.

From today we offer in our center:

  • The flu vaccine: with 4 different strains of virus
  • The pneumoccocal vaccine: that will protect against streptococcus pneumoniae

These vaccines can be done in our center or in your home.

They can be provided together or separatly.

Do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment.

This problem that can affect fertility, concerns between 10 and 15% of women between the ages of 25 and 40. But it remains difficult to diagnose.

Every month, because of hormones, the internal lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is transformed to accommodate an embryo. If there is no pregnancy, the endometrial tissue is eliminated: it is the menstrual bleeding. In endometriosis, this tissue is disseminated outside the uterus. It sets itself on other organs: the peritoneum, the intestine, the bladder, ovaries, between the vagina and the rectum, the lining of the abdomen, certain ligaments or on the lungs. These remaining tissues are subjected to the hormonal cycle, and undergo inflammation and bleeding during menstruation, what causes a pain often misunderstood.

Thus, the various locations of endometriosis causes different symptoms. It also explains why, when they occur during the menstrual cycle, the connection is not made. For example,  when located in the bladder, it can be confused with recurrent cystitis. Especially when antibiotic treatment appears to succeed. But it’s actually the end of the menstruation bleeding that put an end to the pain.

The causes are still not certain

For most women, during menstruation, a little blood containing endometrial cells pass into the abdominal cavity. For some, these cells survive and settle in the peritoneum. But this only explanation is not enough. There must also be a dissemination through the blood and the lymphatic system so that these cells can develop outside of the abdomen. Another hypothesis points to environmental factors. Thus, exposure to dioxins (POPs) seems to favor endometriosis.

It is important that the disease is diagnosed as early as possible. The more advanced is the disease, more the surgical procedures are long and difficult, because the organs are more damaged. The risk of recurrence is also higher. Furthermore, in 30 to 40% of cases of female infertility, endometriosis is discovered. If the disease is discovered too late, the ovary can be destroyed. But the time between the first symptoms and diagnosis is on average of six to seven years, according to a study published in 2013.

How is this possible? The first two or three years of delay in the diagnosis are mainly because of the patient and his family. “One says to the girl that it is normal to have pain during menstruation. The patient herself may be ashamed. If there is pain during sex, for example, often the patient doesn’t dare to talk”, says a specialist. In the following years, it is rather the medical profession that is responsible. This period goes by with consultations without that the diagnosis is made. One must say that thorough examinations, such as CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging, do not allow to detect endometriosis systematically. The definitive diagnosis can only be done during an exploratory laparoscopy, to see what is happening inside the abdominal cavity. Ideally, the treatment is carried out during this procedure.

However, the traditional gynecological examination may also very well reveal endometriosis. If the examination is painful, and it often is, the gynecologist must ask himself the question. Excessive pain (6 on a scale of 10) during menstruation should also be a hint. As well as deep pain during sexual intercourse (7 of 10). Other obvious symptoms: deep rectal pain when the patient has bowel movement and cystitis coming back every month. But there are cases where endometriosis is asymptomatic.

What to do to stop the disease? There are drug treatments: the pill or specific hormones (progestin). But it may be necessary to operate to reduce endometriosis lesions. In these cases, you really have an experienced surgeon.

In severe cases, it is necessary to completely block hormone production, which dries the endometrium and causes menopause. This can be done transiently for women who wish to have a child. They are first operated to remove a maximum of endometriosis lesions. Then, after hormonal stimulation by injection, in vitro fertilization is performed. Studies clearly show that this treatment increases the chances of pregnancy.

Focus on Mediterranean diet

Apart from drastic treatments offered to women, patients are also advised to pay attention to their lifestyle and diet. The Mediterranean diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, cereals and olive oil, low animal proteins) seems to be a good weapon in the fight against endometriosis. The literature shows that saturated fat, for example, favor endometriosis, probably because of their pro-inflammatory effect. Experts also believe that complementary medicine, such as acupuncture or Chinese medicine, can have a beneficial effect.

They can occur because of many causes.

General health questions such as:

  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Unhealth nutrition
  • Alcohol
  • Heat
  • Social drugs
  • Stress
  • Aging

All these points should be first discussed with our specialist in preventive/holistic medicine

Then there are more specific questions such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Genital infections
  • Pelvic inflammations
  • Hormonal disbalance
  • Prostatitis
  • Varicocele

That should be discussed with our gynecologist/urologist specializing in fertility questions.

Check our fertility checkup.

One patient of 52 years was complaining of increasing pain in his left knee. The patient is likes to exercise regularly. During the winter season he’s used to go skiing and this pain was starting to really be a problem for him. He did some radiographies that showed a beginning of arthrosis (stage 1). He went to see his orthopedics specialist that suggested to start with anti-inflammatory creams  and maybe not to put too much stress on the knee.  The patient didn’t want to reduce his sport activities and the cream helped a little at the beginning but then the pain came back being the same and even to worsen. The patient came back to his doctor. He was explained that the problem will get worse and that at one point in a few years he will need to think about a knee prothesis. In the mean time some hyaluronic acid infiltration to lubricate the joint or some cortisone infiltration to relieve the pain was suggested. The patient didn’t want some cortisone and started investigating some other options. He heard about our mesotherapy method and came to see our specialist Dr Jubin for some advice. He decided to try this technique that is painless, non-traumatic and leaves no traces. This was 4 years ago. Right now the patient has almost no pain anymore, the arthrosis didn’t disappear but didn’t increase and he practices sports as he likes it. He comes and does his mesotherapy once or twice a year.

Our mesotherapy uses formulas that have been created specifically for challenging, chronic and pejorative situations over time. We are not only treating pain, even if it is the first request of patients, but initiating a repair process allows a lasting relief that can be counted in months or even years.

There are many toxic metals (including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury) that contribute to multiple health problems and persist almost indefinitely in the environment.

All the toxic metals contribute to a more rapid aging of tissues, and increased risk for heart disease and cancer. A common mechanism for all these toxins is depletion of antioxidant protection as they create free-radical damage. Glutathione, the key cell-membrane antioxidant, as well as other antioxidants (including vitamin E and lipoic acid) are depleted by oxidative stress from toxic metals, leaving cells more vulnerable to membrane damage and chronic disease.

Diseases such as autoimmune conditions, kidney disease, memory defects, muscle weakness, and thyroid disorders all can have a heavy metal trigger. Much of this damage is going unnoticed by most doctors, mainly because the focus of academic medicine has been on toxic effects of acute large exposures to metals (such as industrial accidents) and not on the subtle lifelong accumulation that most people experience.

Recent studies have also shown a significant connection between toxic metals (especially lead and mercury) and Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. If there is an elevated body burden of these toxins, the brains’ response is to increase amyloid production to reduce the inflammation and damage these metals create – the consequence of more amyloid is dementia. This vicious cycle can be stopped by reducing the body burden through chelation and other means of clearing the toxins.

In addition to these deleterious effects, it is now becoming clear that several of these metals can cause epigenetic alterations. The metals most studied regarding epigenetic effects are arsenic, cadmium, and mercury.

Heavy metals analysed in our blood and urine biocheckup:

Trace of toxic elements in urine

  • Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Bore
  • Cadmium
  • Chrome
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Selenium
  • Thallium
  • Tin
  • Titan
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc

Trace of toxic elements in blood

  • Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Mercury