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Have you ever had a stomach ache and decided to google the symptoms, and self diagnose? Bad idea.

Have you been taking your brothers pain medication he got when he broke his leg because you have a sprain and don’t have time to visit the Doctor? Really bad idea.

Did your Doctor prescribe you some blood pressure medication to take once daily, and now that your BP has gone down (the nurse said so when you went for your last check up!), you have decided to cut down on the BP meds, and only take one every other day?Terrible idea!

Do you feel your Doctor doesn’t really ‘listen’ to your complaint when you go for a consultation? Or that your Pharmacist doesn’t take the time to explain anything about your medication when they are filling your prescriptions? Perhaps you take the medicine as the Dr directs you to, but you don’t read the inserts in the medicines which outline what its for, the side effects and what to do if you suffer from any of these adverse effects? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, or the scenarios seem all too familiar to you, then the good news is that you have arrived at the right place.

This blog covers common conditions, how to prevent them and what treatment options are out there, covering both natural remedies and conventional medications.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking down the great Physicians who actually provide the highest level of care for their patients, or the brilliant Pharmacists who go above and beyond their line of duty to educate their patients and give them advice on how best to manage their medications.

I am actually a registered Pharmacist myself, working in England, with a Masters degree in Pharmacy from the University of London so I’m talking from experience here.

I’m simply saying that limited resources and time both on the part of the healthcare professionals and patients themselves, and lack of public education on conditions and treatments means that the situations posed above are happening all too regularly.

After working as a Pharmacist both in the UK and in the Caribbean, I realised a common theme amongst people overall. A sort of global pattern that runs in people of all ages, race, and gender. People fall into one of two broad categories: either they feel they don’t have time to visit a healthcare professional (and they tend to google the symptoms, self diagnose and treat, often incorrectly), or they visit their physician, get a prescription, go to the Pharmacy to get the medicines and take the drugs as directed (if directed) without doing any further research.

To me both approaches are erroneous. In the first instance, by entering your symptoms into google, diagnosing your illness based on what you find and treating accordingly (or leaving the condition to get worse by not treating it) can lead to incorrect assessment of symptoms, which means you take the wrong medicines to treat it, and that results in little or no improvement in the symptoms at best or a marked worsening of the illness at worst.

On the other hand, going to the Dr, getting medication from the pharmacy and taking the medicines as told to is a better scenario, but doing no research yourself on the side effects or what its even for, can also be detrimental.

If I tell you the amount of times I have had patients come in with allergic reactions to medicines, or that they went to the Dr with a complaint about one thing, but have been given medicine for something totally different, or even patients that are suffering severe insomnia after beginning their new medicine, but cant figure out why….you would be shocked.

So. All this led to me coming up with the idea for this health care blog.

About common conditions.

Typical symptoms.

Prevention techniques.

Both natural & conventional treatment options…with particular emphasis on natural therapies as first line treatments.

I have already published articles on Hubpages centred around health, which have received upwards of 125,000 reads, but this blog will allow me complete freedom to publish what I want, when I want, how I want and with no external editing – after all I am the healthcare professional here, not the editors who may hone my articles so they fit in with the style of their site.

I will be posting reviews of health related products too, and posts outlining questions and conundrums I receive both on this blog and in reality (during my work hours) from the public.

I promise to give you honest and complete, holistic guidance so you can make informed decisions about your health.

If this blog can help even ONE person, or can ease their concerns about the illness or medicines used to treat common conditions, I will feel the effort and time and is worth it.

I full believe in educating people so that they can make the right decisions for their health, and not follow directions without engaging their brain. So they can take the right treatment (natural or conventional) for the right condition, at the right time (of day or night), in the right way (with or without food for example).

I would love to hear from you, my readers, about any thing you may have on your mind concerning your health…any questions you might be pondering over with regards to your medications, no matter how big or small…

Enjoy the posts….my aim is that this site helps you learn whilst easing your mind, and puts you in control of your health. Remember, no one will care more about your health than YOU….and ME of course!!

Oh, and if you are wondering what the picture above has to do with a health based site – wonder no longer. It is my source of inspiration for writing insanely useful, engagingly killer posts that you, my readers, will love and want to share…for me, the pink rose sunset is a muse, symbolic of the unbelievable, majestic power of writing. Of touching hearts, soothing minds, giving inspiration and all this… Just by the art of storytelling.

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Fulltime Mommy, Wife, Blogger, Pharmacist & Natural Health Advocate. Part time, hopes to be full-time, World Traveler. Huffington Post Contributor. Owner of NeedAPharmacist.com, the blog dedicated to empowering patients, and allowing you to make informed decisions about your health. The blog aims to provide advice and counseling for various health conditions, and information & recommendations for both conventional drugs and natural therapies.