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‘Ask the Doctor’ with Dr Christian Jessen – March 2015

Welcome to my latest digital edition of Ask The Doctor magazine. I'm delighted to be back guest editing this issue, which is packed full of advice and tips that are relevant for anyone who wants to improve their overall health - regardless of age, gender or fitness levels. It's never too late to make a change. I've had a good start to 2015 with my new Channel 4 show Weighing Up The Enemy. It was such a grea ...

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Dr Christian Jessen talks being gay and the pitfalls of fame

Never someone to shy away from controversy, Dr Christian recently took part in a television documentary about ‘curing homosexuality.’ At one point he found himself sitting in an empty room, covered in his own vomit as part of an aversion therapy treatment to ‘stop’ him being homosexual. ‘It was like torture,’ he told at home. ‘It was really horrible and very emotional.’ Called Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’ ...

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The eight most common cancer risks

Dr Christian Jessen, renowned for his no-nonsense approach to health issues, tackles common cancer myths head on   You’ve heard it all before – the most sensible way to help cut your risk of the big C is by quitting smoking, exercising regularly, eating healthily and protecting yourself from the damaging effects of the sun. But there are some unexpected risk factors for the disease you may not know abo ...

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Give your loved one the gift of new teeth!

The Christmas season is over, but with it came parties and get-togethers with friends and family members. Although these joyous occasions were filled with opportunities to bond with beloved people; however, for those who have missing teeth, these occasions are a major source of embarrassment – especially when loose dentures are part of the entire scenario. Dental implants can give missing teeth sufferers th ...

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Infertility: the facts, causes and treatments

One in six couples experiences difficulty conceiving, but advances in medical techniques mean that many of the causes can be rectified Failing to get pregnant after two years of regular unprotected sex is classed as infertility, according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). However, it’s advisable to visit your doctor after one year of trying, as 85% of couples conceive naturally withi ...

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Why a morning workout is the best way to start the day

'If you are not a morning person, the thought of dragging yourself out of bed even earlier in the morning to do a workout may sound like a horrific idea,' says health and fitness industry expert David Cox. 'Plenty of people find it hard enough to get into work on time without going for a run or a gym session before they head to their place of work. The thing is, there are plenty of benefits of getting up an ...

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Seven top tips to keep that beach body

You might have worked hard to shift those few stubborn pounds ahead of your annual pilgrimage to the sun. But the hotel’s breakfast buffet, days lazing by the pool or on the beach followed by cocktails and barbeques in the evening may have added up to you coming home with more excess body baggage than you bargained for. Here's how to keep your beach body when you get home… 'Going on holiday doesn’t have to ...

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Skincare secrets revealed

Not sure if face oils are right for you? Worried about scars or age spots? find the solution to your skincare worries… Q. My skin is oily. Does that mean I shouldn’t use a facial oil? Emma, 30, Nottingham A. Oils can actually help to control sebum production, so there’s no need to steer clear. ‘Because they are lightweight, purifying and deeply moisturising, they’re great for everyone,’ explains Nichola Jos ...

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6 risks to warn him about

Men are experts at burying their heads in the sand when their health fails – so swot up on what he needs to know… 1. Bowel cancer Man up on the stats Also known as colorectal cancer, this is the third most common cancer in men – 6% will get bowel cancer, compared with 5% of women. If it’s caught in the early stages, the survival rate after five years is 70-80%. If diagnosis is late, however, the survival ra ...

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Child obesity epidemic

The number of children in the UK who are overweight and obese is on the increase. Dr Christian Jessen warns it’s time to act fast. ‘Unfortunately there is a generation of kids who will die before their parents – in the US there are so many overweight kids and it’s now happening here,’ says Dr Christian. ‘These children will develop all the conditions associated with being obese at a young age and will run i ...

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“I hope I never drink again”

Richard Brown*, 52, a plumber, began drinking as a teenager. By his early 20s his drinking was out of control. At 25, he accepted he was an alcoholic and sought help. Here’s his story. My very first memories of when I started to drink alcohol go back to when, on special family occasions, I was offered a glass of wine with a meal. It wasn’t alcoholic drinking at this time, but I always enjoyed it and it defi ...

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Why are clinical negligence cases rising?

Rising numbers of people are seeking compensation because of clinical negligence. But why? You’ve all read about the horror stories of people who find operating equipment sewn up inside them or are left for inexcusable lengths of time awaiting hospital treatment. No longer content to roll over, more and more people search for at least an apology, and possibly monetary compensation, when medical procedures g ...

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Growing up

Dr Christian Jessen’s new book is the best way to help you answer your child’s awkward questions – read on… Being a parent is no mean feat. From the second they are born to the moment they leave home, raising your kids can be both a joy and challenge; and, as most parents will admit, the teenage years can be especially hard. During this period, a child’s body undergoes dramatic changes, and with this proces ...

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Your mental health is just as vital as your physical wellbeing

The nation’s mental health (and its decline) returns to the headlines again and again. While the recession has undoubtedly taken its toll on the state of the UK economy, it seems to have impacted Brits’ psychological state, too. A report published in 2010, soon after the downturn took hold, revealed a sharp rise in the number of people with symptoms of mental health conditions. More needs to be done The onl ...

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A reason to smile?

With holistic and homeopathic treatments you’ll be able to banish your fear of visiting the dentist once and for all. Rather than just concentrating on one part of the body and treating that area in isolation, holistic and homeopathic dentists believe in treating the whole person. They have the same dental qualifications as regular dentists, and are governed by the exact same laws and health regulations, bu ...

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22 ways to healthier teeth

Your mouth is the first thing people notice, so keep yours in top, sparkling condition. 1. Time trial Get in to a decent dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-medium brush and a fluoride toothpaste. 2. Out with the old It’s time to replace your toothbrush when its bristles are out of shape, as bent bristles won’t clean your teeth efficiently. Old brushes ...

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Remove headlice: nit by nit…

We get up close and personal with head lice. Few things are more annoying and difficult to get rid of than head lice, which nowadays are a more common occurrence in primary schools than grazed knees. While they can appear at any time of year, the increase in outdoor games and swimming (where combs are often shared) tends to lead to an increase in infestations during the spring and summer months. They’re tin ...

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Cosmetic surgery: the facts

Figures show that cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever before. But it’s vital to make sure you know what’s involved before going ahead. The face of the UK cosmetic surgery industry is changing – not only are the procedures now more affordable and accessible than ever before, but the development of less invasive treatments has meant that more and more women are choosing to go under the knife, laser or ...

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Effective skincare treatments: turn back your body clock

Rewind the damaging effects of the sun, bad habits, and the rest of life’s stresses with a range of safe, modern and effective skincare treatments. From sunscreen to anti-ageing moisturisers, we regularly treat our face to a range of skincare products, but for most of us, the skin on our body is lucky to get a look in. Unfortunately, as we grow older, the body skin changes in the same way as the face does, ...

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Achieve the perfect smile: come on… open wide!

A yellow, crooked, or crumbling smile is hardly a joy to behold. luckily, with just a few cosmetic corrections, anyone can have a perfect smile. Your smile is likely to be the first thing that people notice about you, and so having a less than perfect grin can make you self-conscious and dent your confidence. The good news is that there is no longer any need to hide away from the world if your pearly whites ...

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