Article: Acupuncture doubles chance of having a baby

I’ve heard several success stories about people that have been treated with Jin Shin Jyutsu, that have been able to get pregnant, here’s an article with the same theme, about acupuncture – it doesn’t matter if “they” think it is placebo or not, as long as you get a good result… 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/04/acupuncture-doubles-chance-of-having-a-baby-with-ivf-study-sugge/

Acupuncture could dramatically boost the chances of IVF treatment working, a study suggests.

A British study found that rates of success were twice as high among those having the alternative therapy. Fertility experts said the findings were interesting and statistically significant.

However, they warned that it was unclear whether the apparent benefit stemmed from the traditional Chinese practice – or from a placebo effect, because the women became more relaxed after time was invested in them.

The study by Homerton University Hospital in London, involved 160 couples suffering from fertility problems. Half were assigned to have four sessions of acupuncture during their IVF cycle.

Fertility treatment is stressful and it can be quite helpful to have a therapy which relaxes themDr Adam Balen

One year on, those who underwent the ancient practice, involving fine needles, had achieved pregnancy rates of 46.2 per cent. Among those who had not, pregnancy rates were just 21.7 per cent.

Dr Adam Balen, chairman of the British Fertility Society described the findings as “very interesting”.

He said: “There is no doubt that when people are given acupuncture it can feel like an extra dimension of support. Fertility treatment is stressful and it can be quite helpful to have a therapy which relaxes them.”

He said there was no evidence that the controversial practice – dismissed by critics as “mumbo jumbo” – does any harm to those trying to start a family.

But he said some of the herbs associated with traditional Chinese medicine could be dangerous, and cautioned against their use.

Stuart Lavery, consultant gynaecologist at Hammersmith Hospital, said many women suffering fertility treatment were interested in alternative therapies.

“There is a patient demand and a patient interest in the field of acupuncture and probably in the area of traditional Chinese medicine overall, but the area is sadly lacking in rigorous prospective randomised assessment,” he said.

“This study is interesting in that it does seem to show a statistically significant difference.”

He said it was not clear whether acupuncture had a physiological effect on the body, or whether who underwent the sessions became more relaxed because therapists spent time listening to their problems.

“The weakness of this study is that you can’t control for the placebo effect,” he said.

“Patients are often looking for someone who can give them time and listen to what’s going on in their lives,” he said. “And that may have some therapeutic benefit.”

 

Article about Red Bull “energy” drinks, from telegraph.co.uk

Another warning about those so called “energy” drinks…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/01/red-bull-addict-who-drank-20-cans-a-day-has-liver-so-damaged-doc/

Red Bull addict who drank 20 cans a day had liver so damaged doctors thought she was an alcoholic

mother from Devon (Mary Allwood) has had to kick her Red Bull habit after her addiction to the energy drink left her with a liver twice the size it should have been.

Mary Allwood, 26, was drinking the equivalent of 16 Mars Bars in sugar daily and as much caffeine found in 17 cups of coffee.

She damaged her liver so badly, doctors thought she was an alcoholic.

Ms. Allwood would stash the cans all over the house and spent nearly £2,300 a year on the drinks.

She was forced to face her addiction when she was admitted to hospital with severe pain.

An MRI scan revealed the damage the sugar had done to her liver.

Worried doctors thought she was an alcoholic – until she revealed her Red Bull addiction.

Five months ago, she went ‘cold turkey’, and a test last week showed her liver is back to normal.

She said: “I needed it and I didn’t care at the time what damage it was doing to me.

“If I didn’t get my fix I would be miserable and grumpy and it just wasn’t an option – I would make sure I got it.

“At first I would feel as if it would give me a buzz and energy, but eventually it wouldn’t give me energy – I just needed it.

“I needed the taste and fizzyness. It was my heroin. I would feel awful if I didn’t have it.

“Now the thought that anyone can go to the shops and buy it makes me so worried. I think it should be treated as if it is alcohol and cigarettes.”

She initially started drinking it at age 22, in order to get more energy.

This worked for a few months, but she relied on having more and more until she was drinking 20 cans a day.

Ms. Allwood drank two as soon as she woke up, then continued throughout the day.

“If I didn’t have any in the fridge I would walk to the shop and get two,” she revealed.

“I’d drink the first one in three sips, and then try and make the second one last longer.

“I would go to the supermarket and get 10 multipacks at a time. I’d tell the person at the till that I had a restaurant and was buying them for that reason.”

She went from a size 16 to a size 24 – but after she tackled her addiction, she managed to lose the weight.

Ms. Allwood swapped her Red Bulls for water, and at first experienced withdrawal symptoms including mood changes and shakes, but is now back to normal.

“It was really hard and there were times when I bought one, opened it, but I never drank it,” she said

“I tried a drop on my tongue and it tasted like pure sugar. I’ll never go back to how I was now.

“Now I think the rules should be changed and it should be treated in a similar way to cigarettes, with the blank packaging.”

 

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