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All posts by Alexandra Ames

Deworming Debunked.

It’s August and we’ve begun to hear the ads on the radio and Tv for “de-worming medicine” Here’s Dr Solomon on the evidence about why we should or should not be giving worm medicine to our children if they are well and do not have symptoms.”How many of us Trinidadians are accustomed to our grandmother, […]

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It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Day If you have symptoms of Lung cancer like a persistent unexplained cough, unexplained weight loss or unexplained hoarseness then it’s fine for your Doctor to do a Chest X-ray  to see if you might have lung cancer, but if it’s normal, you should go on to have a CT Scan […]

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The Science of Aging Part 2: The Free Radical Theory

Are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Antioxidants the “Fountain of Youth”? The Free Radical Theory of Aging has been around for a while. We’ve all seen the adds for  “antioxidants “. But what is a Free Radical, how can it age me and are vitamins the answer? A free radical is an unstable molecule that has an oxygen […]

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The Silent Cause of Infertility in Young People

Why should I care about Chlamydia? I have no symptoms. Worldwide Chlamydia is the most prevalent sexually  transmitted infection (STI), and it is more common in young people. The problem can often cause no symptoms at all, so you may not know you have it. If it is around for long enough causing inflammation of your pelvis, […]

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Lifespan vs Healthspan: The Science of Aging Part 1

Science has allowed us to keep you alive for longer but at what cost? I have had many conversations with my patients about this over the years, and everyone has a different perspective. From the fatalist 50 year old man with chronic disease: “Doc I feel I will die soon, because my father died at […]

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Here’s why you may NOT want to do a PSA

It’s Men’s Health Week So you’ll probably be getting all the information about why you should go for a “Prostate test” or PSA….but most people don’t tell you why you may decide, that  you do  not wish to do this. There is no right or wrong answer. Be warned: This is controversial. It’s controversial because doctors […]

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No.. It’s not the start of another Pandemic.

Keep calm and don’t be rash. I am getting lots of panic about Monkeypox. This is a virus usually found in Africa which has been spreading in certain communities in Europe. It has now spread to America, Canada and Australia and the UK. The case numbers are small. There have been no reported cases in Trinidad […]

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