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Interviews with Experts

Health and Alternative Therapies

  • Dentist Sophie Gallagher

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    "As with any fear it can usually be overcome with familiarity to the dental practice and staff. Building confidence through educating and giving the patient control. Parents unfortunately often pass on their own fears to their children. Its best to avoid words such as needle, pain, drill when talking an upcoming visit to the dentist. We prefer words such as clean, healthy and smile! We rarely provide treatment for a child until they have attended for familiarisation visits, i.e meeting staff, playing with equipment and computers" (SG, Nov 2011)

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  • Chiropractor Russell Dean

    "Just before I came over to Sant Cugat I saw a four week-old baby in Windsor who had not slept more than a few hours at a time at night, since birth. Both Mum and baby were pretty exhausted and distressed! We found a restriction in the upper neck of the baby. Treatment, which in newborns is just gentle finger pressure, allowed the spine to free itself and work correctly. After one visit there was a slight change, after three visits the baby was sleeping five to six hours at a time through the night and clearly not in distress. We saw her once more and then discharged her." (RD, Nov 2008)

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  • Acupuncturist Uby Muñoz

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    "For women (meditation) is a chance to connect with your own identity - besides being daughter, wife, mother etc. Women begin life as someones daughter, and then someones lover, wife, someones mother. Not only does a woman need an understanding of her body but also needs to connect with the essence of her true self, beyond gender, beyond fluctuations of hormones, beyond family expectations and other superimposed personality patterns.¨  (UM, July 2009)

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  • Holistic Therapist Rose Favell

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    "We believe reflexology does wonders for all those ailments common to pregnancy...such as back pain, nausea, reflux, high blood pressure, diabetes etc. There are studies to show that labour times may be shorter and of course by helping the client to feel relaxed and happy it is also affecting the baby too."

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  • Osteopath Jeremy Kenton

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    "The Spanish are keen on exploring natural therapies but for me it was like stepping back to the UK 30 years ago as there is so little information available for patients as to the choices of treatments. Again it has to be said that the lack of Government control of practitioners means there is no safeguard for patients here in Spain. GPs’ are reluctant to refer to osteopaths as was the case in England until registration took place. In the UK when I practised there, over 80% of my patients were directly referred by their doctor or specialist, here it is very different." (JK, Jan 2012)

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  • Osteopath Katy McConkey

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    "Osteopathy is not only for back and neck aches, or sports injuries, but includes asthma, constipation, diahorrea, heartburn, sciatica, lumbago, headaches, menstrual problems, posture, knee problems, tendonitis, bruxism, neck pain, attention difficulties, poor concentration ,lack of energy, insomnia. The list is endless. It treats most dysfunctions. It doesn’t,for example ,treat infection or disease (though is able to treat some of the presenting symptoms)." (KMc, June 2011)

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  • Reflexologist Benedicte Taillard

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    "I would not say that reflexology is more effective on children, but rather that children are particularly responsive to reflexology. There are two possible reasons: first, children have not yet experienced the difficulties of life, so they carry less emotional baggage than grown-ups. Second, their conditions can only be fairly new, thus less resistant to treatment." (BT, April 2010)

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  • Drug counsellor Debbie Smith

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    "Many people come to live their dream, sun, sea and sangria and their alcohol intake becomes problematic. Worries about the economic future, wages, pensions etc. Loneliness can have an impact if a spouse is bereaved or if friends move away. Peer pressure can have a massive impact with the younger generation i.e. getting involved with the clubbing scene where drugs are ready available." (DS, April 2011)

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  • Nutritionist Dorte Froreich

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    "The majority of meals in school cafeterias do not provide what I would recommend for your health. You can find an excess of animal protein and refined grains, leaving both metabolic waste, difficult to debug and causing fatigue." (DF, March 2011)

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  • Psychologist Susan Baker

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    "A relocation puts similar strains on a relationship as would any big project – having a baby, renovating a house, etc. And of course some couples are doing all at once! Each individual will be feeling unsure and wishing that they or their partner knew what to do. It is very easy to take out frustrations on the person nearest to you ‘If only you would… Why did you have to do it that way?’ etc. It helps to remember that the difficulties are not the fault of your partner. Also celebrate small advances or discoveries. Take time for yourselves – go for a walk, have coffee together, and find the humor in the strange situations you encounter." (SB, March 2011)

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  • Health Clinic Director David Donaldson

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    "123 women a day will be diagnosed with cancer and 8 out of 10 of these will survive. Cervical Cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer if caught earlier enough. There are many forms of treatments available. It is worth noting that Spain has been recently voted no 1 out of 27 EU countries for its diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer." (DD, Sept 2010)

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  • Nutritionist Carolina Harboe

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    "Spanish mums have relaxed when it come to their children’s diets, probably because they have in the past been famous for feeding their children so well! It has become a habit to run to school either on an empty stomach or munching on a horrific “Bollicao”. What happened to the olive oil on Grandma’s bread and the freshly squeezed orange juice? School lunches have animal protein everyday, which is not only unnecessary, but can be overkill if they are also being fed meat, fish or eggs for dinner." (CH, Feb 2011)

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  • Patient Advocate Cecilia Tacchi

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     "As a patient advocate from the states tells me, I speak medicalese, and that’s invaluable. When you talk between doctors it’s just another language that if you’re not a doctor it can be difficult to learn." (CT, July 2013)

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  • Kinesiologist Flavia Idun

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    "Kinesiology works incredibly well with babies from new born up to the elderly.... and can be used to treat everything from asthma to digestive problems, insomnia to skin problems, allergies to infertility, back problems to depression, stress to low immunity and much more." (FI, Oct 2013)

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  • Nutritional Therapist - Coriander Stone

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    "I manage each client as an individual, recognising that we are all biochemically unique and as such, must be approached with unique dietary and lifestyle recommendations. In this era of information overload it is easy to become confused about what we should, or should not, be eating. To add to the potential confusion, the “one-diet-fits-all” approach is misleading. What works for one person may not work for the next and this individuality is the core philosophy of nutritional therapy."
    (CS, Nov 2013)

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  • Orthodontist Dr. José A. Nakpil Lucas

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    "When patients have problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, then a first phase of treatment is indicated. This is during the mixed dentition stage at around 7-11 years of age. This is important because if left unchecked some of these problems may lead to more serious problems that would require surgery to correct in the future but easily treated when intercepted at the early stages in young children" (JL, April 2014)

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  • Child Psychologist Marisol Cortés

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    "The most common behavioral problems I treat are conduct disorders (CD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bullying. The emotional disorders that are most common are enuresis, excessive fears, low self-esteem, anxiety, aggression and anger, depression, divorce and grief."

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  • TNDR Therapist Sharon Gunning

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    "If there is a blockage and it is painful upon exploration, it is a TNDR blockage. With the technique – a specific “massage” with the hands – the blockage disappears and of course with it the inflammation. As inflammation causes pain, then so does the pain. TNDR also helps to let the patient know that there is a blockage, as sometimes the brain does not recognize all the painful blockages in the body. When someone tells me that they have no pain, I always tell them to give me 10 minutes to find a painful blockage!" (SG, July 2015)

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