Radio 5 LiveDr Helen Webberley, Oxford Online Pharmacy’s dedicated GP, was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s 5 Live Drive on April 21st. Speaking about the dangers of ordering counterfeit diet pills online, in the wake of the tragic death of the 21-year old student, Eloise Parry, Dr Helen discussed the dangers of DNP (dinitrophenol), the highly toxic active ingredient believed to be responsible. Dr Helen explained the importance of using a legitimate and trusted online pharmacy and advised listeners to check the credentials of the company when ordering pharmaceuticals online.
Dr Helen Webberley is a GP in Wales who also specialises in online medicine for Oxford Online Pharmacy. She told us: “As a busy GP, a lot of my day is filled with requests for treating minor illnesses. “With recent advances in training in healthcare, pharmacists and nurses are taking on a lot more of the minor illness treatment, but aren’t necessarily qualified to prescribe medication, only advise on its use. “The ‘Minor Ailment Scheme’ allows registered pharmacies to supply certain medications on NHS prescriptions.”
One of the scariest outcomes for my patients is to be told that they have cancer. The big C just seems to be the worst thing….It still surprises me when my patients eventually summon up the courage to tell me their symptoms – “You’ve had that lump for five months and you haven’t told me?” “You’ve been passing blood for six months and you haven’t told me?” “You’ve been coughing for four months and haven’t had it checked out?”
Helen Webberley, founder and head doctor at My Web Doctor says, “I have a particular interest in the developing field of online medicine, and am passionate about providing safe and accessible healthcare for patients preferring to use the internet. My Web Doctor is a pioneering platform which has the power to help not only patients but all NHS employees and the healthcare industry as a whole.”
Dr Helen Webberley …explains: “May offers the perfect combination of means, motivation and opportunity for those wishing to shed a few pounds. The weather is a little warmer, so we are more inclined to venture outside and take some exercise….And, with the main summer holiday months being July and August, there are at least eight clear weeks, which means if you start now, by the time you’re ready to leave, you will be able to see a difference.’’
O’Brien said both U.S. and U.K. legal counsel consulted with U.K. regulators and have signed off on the operation. Customers must fill out a health questionnaire on the site, which will be reviewed by a U.K. physician with 20 years of experience, Dr. Helen Webberley. If Webberley finds no problems, she will recreate each prescription for the U.K..
Dr Helen Webberley … specialises in online medicine for one of the UK’s leading pharmacies, www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk For years we have been criticising the fashion world for using super-skinny models, fearing for the negative body image this portrays to children and young women, while on the other side there are growing health concerns about the nation’s trend towards obesity. So which way should we turn?…In my work as an Internet-based doctor, I treat the patients who are too busy or embarrassed to see their own GP. A surprising number of patients ask for private and confidential help with prescription weightloss medication.
So, is Slim-Fizz the ‘miracle cure’? Dr Helen Webberley, the GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, says not – and warns that we should be very wary. “It has not been medically evaluated in clinical trials and its safety is unknown,” says Webberley. “There are fully evaluated licensed weight loss medications, and doctors would advise people to ask the help of a doctor before ingesting chemicals with unknown safety profiles. It has only shown effective weight loss when used in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet, which alone would achieve weight loss anyway.”
Dr Helen: “The medical profession advises against leaving it much past 35 to think about having a family …However, we would not discourage women in their forties from trying to conceive if that was what they wanted. Even through the risks are higher for women as they get older, and their chances of a healthy pregnancy are reduced, again we all know of very successful, healthy births in older women.”
Health Screening has always has its naysayers, with NHS GP’s among them, but Doctor Dr Helen Webberley is not one of them. She believes that the MediChecks service catches many people that the NHS can’t, especially surgery-shy men and busy working people who prefer to take a test at their convenience, rather than try to make an appointment at an overloaded GP’s surgery…As Dr Helen points out in the broadcast, some of the problems of screening are just as relevant to the NHS screening programmes as a test done privately.
“This is bringing technology into something we’ve known about for a long time,” Dr Helen Webberley of the Oxford Online Pharmacy says. According to Webberley, anyone who uses this method will automatically understand their menstrual cycle, and for motivated women who have regular cycles, it can be an effective method of birth control. ”If you went up to someone on the street and asked them if they knew that there’s a completely natural way, without hormones, coils, condoms or diaphragms, to avoid pregnancy, they wouldn’t know it,” she says.
Joint pain isn’t the only type of soreness – there are several different types, says Dr Helen Webberley, the GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy.The first are traditional “aches and pains, which may be caused by overdoing it at the gym, walking too far on the beach, using muscles that you’re not used to using”. The second, is wear and tear arthritis, or osteoarthritis. “This happens to everyone to some extent at some age, but the degree and severity of the pain varies from person to person.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle that the male menopause is a gradual process and is “officially” known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome. “It doesn’t happen suddenly… it gradually creeps up on men as their natural testosterone levels decline…”The problem we face is that it has very common symptoms which could be attributed to almost anything – such as tiredness, lowering libido, loss of concentration and reduced exercise tolerance. These symptoms…are often ignored.”
The urethra can be irritated by bubble baths, vaginal toiletries and sex, adds Dr Helen Webberley, a GP with Oxford Online Pharmacy.’The difference between this and an infection is that you can live with irritative symptoms and get by with drinking lots of water and taking painkillers.An infection, on the other hand, starts mildly and rapidly worsens into agony within hours.’ That’s when you need to see your GP, she says, so that a course of antibiotics can be started – left untreated, severe infections can travel to the kidneys, causing potentially serious complications.
Dr Helen Webberley, GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy told HuffPost UK Parents: “Headaches are a very common symptom among pregnant women.”Working out whether it is serious or not can be very difficult for the doctor and the pregnant woman alike.” Dr Webberley says there can be many potential causes of headaches in pregnant women: “Stress, lack of sleep, worry about the pregnancy itself and childbirth, raising a young family, combining work and motherhood are all issues which can cause tension headaches.”
Meanwhile, UK-based GP at Oxford Pharmacy, Dr Helen Webberley, says that the summary page by PDQ should be “interpreted carefully”.”The studies have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit cancer cell growth, and PDQ has been very careful to use the word ‘may’ rather than ‘does’ or ‘will’.”The results have come from laboratory studies and using animal cells, so we need to be very cautious in translating this into potential human cancer treatment or cure”.
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, cautions that parents who are concerned about their child’s health – even in relation to “routine” childhood illnesses such as chickenpox – should always trust their judgement and contact a doctor.”This is a really tragic case which highlights how important it is not to become complacent about common childhood illnesses,” she says.”Parents must not be scared to bring their children into contact with other children with the virus, as it is still a very important infection to encounter and contract. The general rule is the younger the better”.
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Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, said: “Eye infections can be very nasty and I would thoroughly recommend the good hygiene practices outlined for anyone using foreign bodies or chemicals near or in the eye. However, when considering the research it is important that we measure this advice in terms of outcomes.” Dr Webberley added that in her experience, eye infections tend to be prevalent in young children – not necessarily contact lens wearers.
“Some people are worried about bothering their doctor unnecessarily,” says Dr Helen Webberley, a GP who also provides advice at www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk. “Are they wasting their doctor’s time and NHS resources? “That’s where online services are really helpful, because you can pay and just email your question. Some NHS GPs are giving advice by email, too. “On the other hand, if you do have to see your NHS GP, then that’s what we’re there for”.
“It’s important to catch bowel cancer early, so get checked out at 40,” says Dr Helen Webberley, medical director of online tests site, Medichecks.com. “The test can detect tiny amounts of blood in the stool which can indicate cancer or precancerous polyps. These polyps can be removed before they go on to cause any harm.” The latest kits (from £39) are discreet, taking any embarrassment out of the process.
“Dementia in old age is mostly related to a decrease in blood supply to the brain as the tiny blood vessels age and block off,” explains Dr Helen Webberley, dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy. “When the tiny vessels at the very edges of the brain stop allowing enough blood through, tiny parts of the brain die. This causes problems with memory, speech and other bodily functions, depending on which part of the brain is affected.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk, added: ‘It is difficult to ascertain whether this is caused by a recognised pattern of mis-wiring in the brain, or whether this is a learned condition which means that some people may just be very susceptible to noise, perhaps due to past experiences in their life. ‘In order to identify misophonia as a genuine condition, more work needs to be done on larger numbers of people, including detailed brain scans and nerve pathway imaging.’
Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH, dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy said controlling asthma is about making sure your children are using the preventer properly. She told HuffPost UK Parents: “Parents need to know how to spot the warning signs of worsening symptoms. The twice daily preventer inhalers should mean that the reliever inhalers are only used every now and again, maybe during coughs, colds or with exercise. “Many kids are embarrassed to bring out their spacer devices in school, and prefer to just use the inhaler with their lips. This means the medication is not getting down deep to where it needs to be, in order to be fully effective”.
Dr Helen Webberley, dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle that we should be mindful of the hazards of radiation in order to minimise risks. “This is a really sad but interesting case, and we thank people like Wendy for bringing cases like this into the public eye,” she says…. “We are waiting for results on long term studies…until then we can only take common-sense precautions and minimise our risks as far as we can.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, explains that the flu jab has been “well evaluated” and, in the past, has been shown to be “very effective” against the strains of flu that it is active against. However there are other options out there to consider. “For those who are not eligible for the flu vaccine, an anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu can provide some relief,” she says.
Dr Helen Webberley, dedicated GP for www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk confirmed what Claire Henderson posted, that it can be extremely dangerous. She told HuffPost UK Parents: “Herpes can cause cold sores, genital sores, shingles and chicken pox. These are very dangerous to newborns and if anyone has any of these active infections then they should be very careful when handling newborn babies. “If the virus gets into the blood stream it can go to the brain and cause a fatal type of meningitis.”
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Dr Helen Webberley, dedicated GP for www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk added: “Losing a baby is an extremely harrowing experience for everybody concerned and my deepest sympathy goes out to the family involved in this case. “The NHS is committed to providing excellent healthcare for all and anybody who has any concerns over the care that they have received should contact their provider’s ‘Putting Things Right’ team.”
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Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, explains how sphincter preservation works. “The large bowel runs from the lower right hand side of the abdomen where the appendix is, up and then along the top of the abdomen and then back down to end at the rectum and the anus,” she tells HuffPostUK Lifestyle. “When bowel cancer occurs within the bowel, the surgeon must remove a piece of bowel long enough to be completely clear of the cancer, and take enough ‘normal’ bowel either side of the cancer to ensure it has been completely removed”.
However, Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH… told HuffPost UK Parents: “This is an interesting analysis of lots of studies, and it certainly shows that more work is needed in this field.”To be absolutely sure of a link we need to prospectively follow a large number of pregnant women and compare diagnoses of autism in relation to maternal weight. “It is very easy to find incidental relationships when looking at studies that are not set out to look at that particular outcome. Autism is a very hard condition to understand and can be difficult to diagnose for certain, we need to do a lot more work in this field”.
“The degree of severity can differ from person to person,” explains Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy. “Mild cases may be caused by lack of sleep and factors such as night time alcohol consumption and nicotine. More severe cases have been linked to the way in which the body handles dopamine, the chemical responsible for controlling muscle movement in the body’’… “It’s also more common in middle age, although the symptoms can develop at any age, including childhood,” she adds.
“The vast majority of tick bites do not transmit Lyme disease but, if patients are truly concerned, there are serological blood tests that detect antibodies to the infection, which can be arranged through your GP,” says Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy. “The main problem is that Lyme disease is often not thought about by the medical profession because the symptoms can be very vague,” she says. “In fact, in most cases there are no significant symptoms at all.”
According to Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, malignant syphilis is a rare form of destructive secondary syphilis. “Primary syphilis is actually on the rise in the UK and we are seeing more and more cases in our GUM clinics and in General Practice,” she adds. “Primary syphilis can go unnoticed but if left untreated the infection can take hold and it can develop into secondary syphilis which causes very nasty symptoms, such as in this case. Untreated syphilis can also be a problem much later in life as it can develop into tertiary syphilis which causes nerve and brain damage.”
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Dr Helen Webberley….told HuffPost UK Parents: “The medical profession is continually amazed by the properties of aspirin and this is a very exciting study. “Low-dose aspirin is not licensed for this use yet in this country, but this may well change. We do know that aspirin is very safe for most people, but we also need to be aware that, in rare cases, it can cause internal bleeding, from the stomach for example. “The good thing is that, based on these findings, more research will now be done and we will be able to know for sure whether this is safe and effective”.
Dr Helen Webberley GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy agrees: “I do tend to see more SAD in women. Women are more likely to ask for help when they feel under pressure”. She often hears her female patients tell her that this can’t be happening to them – after all, they are the one who needs to be as strong as an ox and the person their family leans on. “The strongest often fall the hardest” she adds. “So it is vital that we look out for any warning signs and listen to our bodies”.
Dr Helen Webberley, a GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, agrees: “Each patient’s ideas, concerns and expectations need to be fully evaluated in order for them to feel that they have received a satisfactory level of attention from their GP. “This may be even more acute in the case of the confident male professional GP dealing with the timid female patient. “Ultimately, patients should not feel shy to persevere and make their GP take their concerns seriously, and GPs need to remember that excellent listening skills and good eye contact are essential when evaluating all patients.”
Commenting on the drug, Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, says zopiclone “initially works well at inducing sleep, which is not the same as naturally occurring sleep”. However, she says the medication has two key problems. “Firstly, it is highly addictive, so once you have used it for a short time your body relies on it and finds it very hard to get to sleep without it,” she says. “Secondly, as time goes on your body builds up a tolerance to the medication so it stops working as well, and your body craves higher and stronger doses.”
We spoke with Dr. Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy who has years of experience in reproductive health and fertility tracking. She told us, “Women have been using this so-called ‘natural family planning’ method for years – either as a way to know when to increase sexual activity and conceive, or as a contraceptive to avoid getting pregnant during fertile times.”
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The results were then assessed by Dr Kyriazis, London-based dental surgeon Dr Charles Ferber, Dr Helen Webberley, a GP and medical director of MediChecks, where the tests were conducted, and Mr David Lloyd, a consultant liver surgeon at Leicester General Hospital. However, ‘Barry’s weight, cholesterol and blood sugar control are excellent, and he clearly looks after himself,’ adds Dr Webberley.
“There’s no doubt that the seasons profoundly affect our mood as well as our health and well-being”, says Dr Helen Webberley MBChB MRCGP MFSRH. “Sunshine makes us feel happy whereas turning the clocks back in October signals the beginning of the darker winter months – also the time of year when we all suffer from more coughs and colds – and while most of us cope with the changing season well enough, if you’re just teetering on the brink of anxiety, depression or a condition like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then you might feel your symptoms worsen once the clocks change.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, says women shouldn’t be afraid of speaking up if they want the treatment. And equally, some GPs need to be better informed, too. “Many women and doctors have been scared off HRT, although it is known to be very safe and effective,” she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.”I have a lot of requests from women wishing to receive HRT who have been denied the treatment by their GP. “GPs can be ill-informed and scared of prescribing HRT and are not willing to have a proper discussion with their patients about the risks and benefits.”
Dr Helen Webberley, who consults patients online through My Web Doctor, says although we can never replace the physical GP, online healthcare could soon be the status quo: “Online healthcare is just about to boom, and people are beginning to trust and use it much more. “It is surprising these days what can be dealt with remotely. Advice is easy by email or telephone; mobile phone photos are easy to upload for looking at spots and rashes; and more detailed looks at the body can be achieved via real-time video conferencing. Prescriptions can be arranged and sent out in the post to home and work.”
Dr Helen Webberley, GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, hails the new study as a “breakthrough”. “There has been very little evidence for why women should fast during labour and many women find the ordeal so physically draining that a light snack would certainly help them on their way to motherhood,” she told HuffPost UK Parents.
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, says : “We have known for some time that many genital cancers including vulval, cervical, penile and anal are associated with the wart virus, so it seems a logical conclusion that the same should apply to mouth cancers.” She highly recommends using condoms or oral barriers when engaging in oral sex and adds: “The HPV vaccine programme, which is open to all girls aged 12 to 13 as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme, should also be embraced and will help to reduce the ongoing prevalence of these cancers.”
“If you hang your arm over the back of the chair for too long, what can happen is the top of the chair cuts off the blood supply going into your arm,” explains GP and online doctor, Dr Helen Webberley. “It’s not critical because there’s blood getting through, but if it happens for long enough, what happens is that the blood supply to the nerves at the end of your arm gets cut off. “Then the nerves start to fire to warn us that this is happening, and that we need to do something about it because the blood supply’s cut off. “So the nerves firing is what causes that funny pins and needles sensation that we all know about.”
Express.co.uk quizzed Dr Helen Webberley, Chief Medical Advisor at MediChecks, about the infection – who is most susceptible and how it can be avoided. What is pneumonia? HW: “Pneumonia is classified as a chest infection that also has changes that are visible on a chest x-ray – so this could be because the infection has caused a radio-opaque pocket of pus, or a collection of pus within the lung.”What are the symptoms of pneumonia? HW: “Some or all of: cough, breathlessness, tiredness, fever, feeling unwell, shivers, shakes, chest pain. “Some people have very few of these symptoms despite having a nasty infection.”
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Dr Helen Webberley, told HuffPost UK Parents: “The NHS provides excellent care for most of the people, most of the time, but over the weekend there will be less availability of senior consultants, open theatre space and emergency cover. “Medical training has changed a lot over the years. When today’s senior consultants were training, they were expected to do the very long hours that today’s junior doctors are exempt from.”But now senior doctors are having to provide cover for the less experienced juniors who just haven’t had the same hours of training and exposure.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, warns that placing a filled condom on your head could impact your ability to breathe. “While I am a big fan of anything that promotes safe sex and, crucially, gets our youngsters talking about safe sex, the act of putting a very strong rubber bag on someone’s head makes me very concerned due to the potential risks of suffocation,” she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. “Please be careful here, I would hate for an innocent game to end in tragedy.”
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, is also sceptical about the benefits of cupping therapy. “I am shocked to see people, in this day and age, embracing these techniques and that current practitioners are recommending them,” she tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle. “Western medicine uses research and trials to carefully evaluate therapeutic techniques and medicines. I can in no way see, from what I understand of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, that this treatment would be of any benefit, yet the harmful effects will be clear to everyone.”
Dr Helen Webberley, GP at www.oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk, said parents need to be more aware of how much medication they are giving to their children, however, they shouldn’t avoid using paracetamol when their children have viral symptoms. ”All medication should be given according to the instructions on the bottle or packet, and any carers must be very careful to ensure that there is some clear handover when transferring care of children or vulnerable adults,” she told HuffPost UK Parents.
Dr Helen Webberley, the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy, told HuffPost UK Lifestyle: “This once again highlights the importance of sensible usage of antibiotics. The more we expose bacteria to antibiotics, the more they learn how to adapt and change to stop the antibiotic from killing them.”Bacteria are very clever at making slight changes to their shell, or membranes or internal parts, which can stop the antibiotic from targeting the very part of the bacteria on which they work.”
GP Dr Helen Webberley has treated many patients with the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and warns of the damage that long-term exposure to the gas can lead to. She said: “People should not think there is a safe level of poisoning, as exposure to the gas over time, even at a low level, can lead to brain damage. “Everyone must be vigilant to symptoms which include dizziness, headaches, breathlessness and loss of consciousness.”
Dr Helen Webberley is the dedicated GP for Oxford Online Pharmacy. She told HuffPost UK Lifestyle: “Marketing is very clever and some of the brand names have become well known for dealing with certain conditions. For example, being the best at fighting period pain, symptoms of flu, muscle pains etc. Some may claim to work faster but essentially they are the same drug”.
Dr Helen Webberley says: “This is one of the most common health symptoms, but thankfully most of the time it isn’t serious. “Headaches are most often caused by stress or simple dehydration and can be treated with paracetamol. “As doctors, we want to see you if your symptoms are new, so if you’ve never suffered from headaches before, that might be a cause for concern. “Or if the headaches are accompanied by other worrying symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the arms, speech problems, vomiting or visual disturbances.”