What is your specialty? What does your work consist of?
Designer and manufacturer of rehabilitation, mobility and exercise aids for amputees
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you or the activity you carry out?
What types of clients do you have? Why do they come to you and what can you offer them?
Both Amputees and service providers come to our site for the latest amputee news, technology and rehabilitation information.
What is your definition of health, and of a healthy life?
Happiness is an essential part of a healthy life.
What are some basic rules for those who want to live to be 100.
Maintain a healthy diet, do regular exercise, stay positive and treat others how you wish to be treated
Happiness and health: how much do they have in common, and how much myth is there in their relationship?
Happiness and health have a lot in common, I believe that they are directly related.
If you can stay positive you can overcome most health issues or at least learn to accept and tolerate them in your life.
Conventional medicine and alternative medicine: what is real and what is superstition?
I feel some methods are safer and have less unwanted side effects than others but all methods are real, for example, even a placebo can have a huge benefit to some patients.
In many cases simply believing in the result will give the result.
Can the mind cause or cure illness? What evidence do you have on the matter?
Yes. I have my own life experience of this.
Do you recommend Vitamins and nutritional supplements? Do you believe their benefits have been proven?
I don't recommend vitamins or supplements, I do recommend a good diet and exercise.
Every day there is a new product to stop aging. Is it solace that we are really buying?
I am not sure what exactly you are buying when you are looking at anti aging products.
Obesity, insomnia, and depression, are epidemic. What does that say about our way of life? What must be changed at the social level?
Eat healthier food, drop preservatives from your diet, exercise on a regular basis and be nice to people. These symptoms may well go away.
What is your opinion on the use of medical marijuana for terminal illnesses.
I think if someone is diagnosed as terminal all you can do is make their lives as comfortable and enjoyable as their condition dictates.
I have no complaints about giving something to someone that will make them happy therefore improving their quality of life.
The only real problem with this at this stage is that it is still illegal in many parts of the world.
The patient/doctor relationship is part of the success of treatment. What should it be like?
It should be an honest relationship, the patient should be able to be 100% honest to the Doctor and in turn the Doctor should only prescribe what is required.
The health system in many countries is driven by dollars and not by the needs of patients, with many unnecessary referrals and treatments been issued.
A doctors position should be to offer a diagnosis and a treatment without having to share the patient around through a maze of revenue gathering procedures.
Is it reasonable to treat a patient whose condition is hopeless, only for medical experimentation?
Only if it is clearly explained to the patient and they are agreeable.
Without experimentation many procedures and medications would not be found.
I completely disagree with experimental treatments without consent of the patients.
I believe that the majority of people who are diagnosed with a non treatable ailment would be happy to assist in finding a treatment which may save others if not themselves when asked to participate, but both the patient and their families would be offended if not consulted.
How do patient beliefs or superstitions effect recovery?
This will depend on their belief and their condition
What is the best way to give bad news to a patient?
Tell them the truth
Is the best preventive medicine teaching someone how to live?
Quite possibly, in the case of diabetes for example, many amputations would be avoided if people would just look after themselves with healthy eating habits and exercise
What are the most frequent errors of slimming diets.
Lack of nutrition
Are too many unnecessary tests and x-rays performed in hospitals?
Yes, hospitals have become a business and no longer a service
What new technologies have the most potential to save lives in the near future?
Stem cell research seems to be making a lot of breakthroughs at the moment, particularly with heart disease, I think this sort of research will save lives
If someone consults you, what is your recommendation regarding cosmetic surgery and implants?
This is not my area at all, I would not offer any recommendation
What is your opinion on the regulation of health care practice.
Regulations are in force for a reason.
How do you asses the potential or the risks of genetic engineering on nutrition and human health?
I think it is becoming more obvious now that genetic engineering of food products has already started to take an effect on the population.
Obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and amputations are all on the increase
Do you believe legalizing the use of narcotics would increase or lessen the damage caused to public health?
I doubt that there would be much impact at all to public health. Generally anyone that wants to use narcotics does so knowing they are breaking the law. I think the best thing that could come from legalizing them would be peace of mind for the user that they will not face criminal charges.
Of the thousands of beauty products on the market, what percentage has a significant effect?
How many times have you guessed what was wrong with a patient only by looking at his/her face?
What areas of health or of medicine are you most interested in devoting yourself to in the next few years?
Would you change your profession for any another?
I am undecided