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By Dr Leena Uppal

It’s winter time..but don’t let less skin fool you-it is still our largest human organ. The average adult carries 3.5kg and 2sq meters of it!

Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of Melanoma in the world?

This year it is expected there will be close to 1 diagnosis of Melanoma every 30 min

Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in both Australian men and women and THE most common cancer in Australians aged 15-39 years

SCAN your skin
Is it Sore?
Is it Changing?
Is it Abnormal compared to the rest of your spots?
Is it New-especially over the age of 40?

If you haven’t had a skin check in the last year, it is an easy and painless procedure, book yours in today.

By Dr Leena Uppal

Did you know that Breast Screen WA provides FREE screening mammograms to all Australian women over 40 every 2 years?

Although 75% of all breast cancers occur in women over 50, 25% occur in younger women

Did you know that 1 in 7 women in Australia will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime?

The risk increases with age

Mammograms can detect 70-90% breast cancers and are the only validated screening tool to detect early stage breast cancer

Breast cancer cannot be prevented but the earlier it is detected the better your chance at successful treatment

And if you are not sure whether you need a mammogram or ultrasound of your breasts or both, book an appointment to see your GP today.

This is a fantastic website

If you are > 40 yrs and haven’t had a mammogram in the last 2 years book yours in today.

https://www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au/

Thank you Mead Community for your overwhelmingly generous and kind-hearted response to our previous blog post.  In less than 24 hours our 1 roll of toilet paper multiplied to over a hundred rolls in our overflowing baskets and the donations have continued. Please ask us for a roll if you are in need. Our toilet paper elves will be working hard over the next few weeks distributing to those in our community who can’t get out and about as freely.

Our new Telehealth consultation options can assist in social distancing to prevent community spread of the coronavirus. However in these times of great uncertainty and change it is important that our social retreat does not lead to social isolation. Now more than ever we need to reach out and connect with each other (using no-touch techniques of course) particularly with those who might be alone or anxious. There are many ways we can all do that. Phone a friend. Leave a little card in your neighbour’s letterbox letting them know if or how you could assist them if they were quarantined. Offer to collect someone’s mail, or shopping. Join an online community. Support your local business owners. Or be like the Italians and sing in your streets… and wash your hands.

Your generosity and community spirit continue to inspire us as we deal with coronavirus together. Fear and anxiety can drive us to become self-focussed and inward-looking. When we are afraid we have the tendency to tense against the unknown. It is hard to connect with generosity and open-heartedness when we are shut down and tight. But our global community also needs us. And we will only overcome this by working together. So, be an agent for spreading kindness. Donate blood. Share the dignity and buy an extra packet of sanitary products to add to the collection bins in your local supermarket for distribution to homeless women. Monitor your social media posts and spread love not fear. Ask for help. Be kind to one another… and keep washing your hands.

Mead Medical is pleased to advise you that Medicare now permits Telehealth consults for patients that have attended Mead Medical in the last 12 months and meet the following criteria:

  1. the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
  2. the person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC); or
  3. the person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:
    1. at least 70 years old; or
    2. at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
    3. is pregnant; or
    4. is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
    5. is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised; or
  4. the person meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection.

Our current protocol for conducting a Telehealth consultation is via phone commencing today.

Next week video conferencing will be available for selected GPs, which will require you to create a Skype account if you do not have one already.

Our protocol for making a Telehealth appointment is as follows:

  1. Call Mead Medical administration on 9293 4455 with your name, usual doctor, and Skype address or phone number.
  2. You are able to make Telehealth appointments online on HOTDOC.
  3. Please indicate at the time of booking if your consultation is urgent so that an earlier consultation can be arranged if possible.

Toilet paper panic has probably been one of the more interesting and unexpected side effects of the coronavirus. It is a curious phenomenon that warrants further exploration. There are probably few of us who are unaffected. At my home we are down to our last 3 rolls. On my last 5 visits to the supermarket, I’ve not been able to buy more. But I’m a fit, healthy person with access to transport. And if it came down to it, I’d get by with soap and water… And stop shaking hands. Many of our patients at Mead are not so lucky. This week I’ve spoken to a heavily pregnant mum who doesn’t have the energy to drag her two year old around to multiple shopping centres in search of toilet paper. I’ve seen an elderly gentleman who relies on his carer to take him on a shopping outing for an hour once a week, miss out this week because there was no toilet paper to be found. Then there’s the 79 year old woman who urgently needs to prepare for her colonoscopy. But amidst these, there are also stories of hope, such as the 94 yr old patient who had a stranger with surplus, drop off a packet of toilet paper on her doorstep.

There’s no doubt we are living in uncertain times. The information (and misinformation) we receive about Corona virus changes on a daily basis. It seems inevitable that many of us will face a period of self-isolation. So it makes sense that you might want to have an adequate supply of toilet paper. But behind our wanting is a fear of lack, of not having enough. And this fear makes us small. It is a form of suffering that makes us want to hold on and grasp for what we don’t have. Panic buying can be seen as an attempt to assuage the fear, and to gain a sense of control in the vastly and rapidly changing landscape. However it fails to recognise that we are all in this together. We are community. We are connected. If some among us suffer, in the end, we all suffer.

I am inspired by the stories of hope and I invite you remember you are a valued part of our Mead community. I’ve brought one of my remaining toilet rolls and a basket to the reception area in our Kalamunda practice. I’d invite you to share the love… and the date roll or bog roll or whatever Aussie slang name you prefer to call it. Bring a roll to add to the collection. Please, if you have run out, take a roll, knowing that your community has your back… and your bum. With lots of handwashing of course.

Mead Medical staff and Directors would like to wish both Brooke and Tania the best of luck on their new journey in whatever they choose to do, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to Mead over the years, you will be missed.

ALERT: CORONAVIRUS / WUHAN VIRUS

If you have recently travelled to Wuhan, China and have a fever, difficulty breathing, a cough or sore throat please

DO NOT ENTER THE CLINIC.

Please call the practice and ask for Nurse Manager for advice on 9293 4455.

For further information on this virus please refer to following link:
https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-novel-coronavirus.htm

 

We welcome Dr Emma Vitale and Dr Rebecca Smailes to the Mead Medical team. 

Dr Emma Vitale

Emma began her career in medical research before taking a leap to study medicine at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated in 2016 and has worked in a number of medical and surgical specialties at a numerous hospitals around WA including Kalgoorlie before applying to for specialty training in General Practice. Emma has an interest in women’s health and sexual health and has completed extra training in these areas. She is also undertaking a Diploma of Child Health and working towards Fellowship with the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners. When she’s not at work, Emma enjoys being outdoors and recently completed a 6 day hike through the mountains in Tasmania.


Dr Rebecca Smailes

Dr Smailes was born and raised in Perth. In 2008 she moved to Melbourne and then completed her studies in medicine and surgery at Monash University in 2012. She then moved back to Perth to complete further training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, SJOG Midland Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Osborne Park Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital. In 2019 Dr Smailes finished her specialty training to attain fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Smailes’ particular areas of interest are women’s health (especially young women’s health and implanon insertion and removal), cardiology, chronic disease and diabetes management. Dr Smailes believes laughter is the best medicine and is known for her friendly consultation style.

Outside of doctoring, Dr Smailes enjoys hiking, taking her dog practically everywhere and spending time with friends and family.

Our beloved Dr Russell Tosh retired as a General Practitioner with Mead Medical on the 24th of December.

Dr Tosh was much loved and Iconic part of Mead Medical for 40 years and will be missed by staff, colleagues and patients.

We wish him all the best in his twilight years.

I’m Dr Leena Uppal from Mead Medical.

Medical Myth Busting and the Black Salve

Myth: Black salve can be used safely to treat skin cancer and other skin conditions naturally and effectively. This myth is responsible for serious harm and even death in some cases. The sale of Black Salve in Australia is illegal.  But-it is also easily available online from countries with less regulation. It most commonly it contains bloodroot and zinc Chloride. Zinc chloride is a synthetic corrosive chemical with nothing natural about it. This combination causes tissue destruction and scabbing and the dead tissue eventually sloughs away.

It has an interesting history.

In the 1850’s American surgeon, Jesse Fell popularised Fell’s Paste. He learned of bloodroot from the Native Americans and added in zinc chloride. On emigrating to London he briefly established a lucrative cancer practice using this paste but was soon ridiculed by the medical establishment.

In the 1920’s, Harry Hoxsey, an insurance salesman, began selling Hoxey’s Red Paste which had antimony trisulfide added to the bloodroot and zinc chloride. . Hoxsey opened 17 clinics across the US and treated thousands of patients-but the American Medical Association branded Hoxsey a fraud and the US FDA posted warnings about Hoxsey’s Paste in 46,000 US post offices!

In the 1930’s Dr Frederick Moh noted that zinc chloride fixed and histologically preserved skin in vivo. He patented a paste that contained stibnite and bloodroot and zinc chloride to help him map tumour margins. This technique was very successful but Dr Moh patented the paste to prevent it being used improperly as standalone therapy.

In 1975 Dr Almeida Goncalves, developed a paste with galangal + bloodroot + zinc chloride. He applied this salve for 24 hours to a lesion as well as 5-10mm of normal looking skin around it. Biopsies taken during 5-10 yr follow up showed no recurrences but there were high failure rates on initial application. Up to 38% BCCs and 21% SCCs failed to respond. Multiple applications were needed.  This suggests that treatment Black Salve is very risky and patients using Black Salve are at considerable risk of residual cancer if they do not have biopsies after salve application.

In the 1990’s Greg Caton formed Alpha Omega Labs, which made Black Salve. Caton served a US prison sentence for mail fraud and the introduction of new, unapproved drugs,  but after he got out of prison he moved to Ecuador where he still sells Black Salve online to the world, just outside US jurisdiction.

In summary, Black Salve is not natural, it is not cancer specific and it harms normal human tissue!

Medical Myth number one, busted.

Skin Cancer

By Dr Leena Uppal It's winter time..but don't let less skin fool you-it

Breast Screen WA – Free Screening Mammograms

By Dr Leena Uppal Did you know that Breast Screen WA provides FREE

Thank You!

Thank you Mead Community for your overwhelmingly generous and kind-hearted

Skin Cancer

By Dr Leena Uppal

It’s winter time..but don’t let less skin fool you-it is still our largest human organ. The average adult carries 3.5kg and 2sq meters of it!

Did you know that Australia has one of the highest rates of Melanoma in the world?

This year it is expected there will be close to 1 diagnosis of Melanoma every 30 min

Melanoma is the 3rd most common cancer in both Australian men and women and THE most common cancer in Australians aged 15-39 years

SCAN your skin
Is it Sore?
Is it Changing?
Is it Abnormal compared to the rest of your spots?
Is it New-especially over the age of 40?

If you haven’t had a skin check in the last year, it is an easy and painless procedure, book yours in today.

Breast Screen WA – Free Screening Mammograms

By Dr Leena Uppal

Did you know that Breast Screen WA provides FREE screening mammograms to all Australian women over 40 every 2 years?

Although 75% of all breast cancers occur in women over 50, 25% occur in younger women

Did you know that 1 in 7 women in Australia will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime?

The risk increases with age

Mammograms can detect 70-90% breast cancers and are the only validated screening tool to detect early stage breast cancer

Breast cancer cannot be prevented but the earlier it is detected the better your chance at successful treatment

And if you are not sure whether you need a mammogram or ultrasound of your breasts or both, book an appointment to see your GP today.

This is a fantastic website

If you are > 40 yrs and haven’t had a mammogram in the last 2 years book yours in today.

https://www.breastscreen.health.wa.gov.au/

Thank You!

Thank you Mead Community for your overwhelmingly generous and kind-hearted response to our previous blog post.  In less than 24 hours our 1 roll of toilet paper multiplied to over a hundred rolls in our overflowing baskets and the donations have continued. Please ask us for a roll if you are in need. Our toilet paper elves will be working hard over the next few weeks distributing to those in our community who can’t get out and about as freely.

Our new Telehealth consultation options can assist in social distancing to prevent community spread of the coronavirus. However in these times of great uncertainty and change it is important that our social retreat does not lead to social isolation. Now more than ever we need to reach out and connect with each other (using no-touch techniques of course) particularly with those who might be alone or anxious. There are many ways we can all do that. Phone a friend. Leave a little card in your neighbour’s letterbox letting them know if or how you could assist them if they were quarantined. Offer to collect someone’s mail, or shopping. Join an online community. Support your local business owners. Or be like the Italians and sing in your streets… and wash your hands.

Your generosity and community spirit continue to inspire us as we deal with coronavirus together. Fear and anxiety can drive us to become self-focussed and inward-looking. When we are afraid we have the tendency to tense against the unknown. It is hard to connect with generosity and open-heartedness when we are shut down and tight. But our global community also needs us. And we will only overcome this by working together. So, be an agent for spreading kindness. Donate blood. Share the dignity and buy an extra packet of sanitary products to add to the collection bins in your local supermarket for distribution to homeless women. Monitor your social media posts and spread love not fear. Ask for help. Be kind to one another… and keep washing your hands.

COVID-19 and Telehealth Consults

Mead Medical is pleased to advise you that Medicare now permits Telehealth consults for patients that have attended Mead Medical in the last 12 months and meet the following criteria:

  1. the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
  2. the person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC); or
  3. the person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:
    1. at least 70 years old; or
    2. at least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
    3. is pregnant; or
    4. is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
    5. is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune compromised; or
  4. the person meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection.

Our current protocol for conducting a Telehealth consultation is via phone commencing today.

Next week video conferencing will be available for selected GPs, which will require you to create a Skype account if you do not have one already.

Our protocol for making a Telehealth appointment is as follows:

  1. Call Mead Medical administration on 9293 4455 with your name, usual doctor, and Skype address or phone number.
  2. You are able to make Telehealth appointments online on HOTDOC.
  3. Please indicate at the time of booking if your consultation is urgent so that an earlier consultation can be arranged if possible.

Toilet Paper Panic

Toilet paper panic has probably been one of the more interesting and unexpected side effects of the coronavirus. It is a curious phenomenon that warrants further exploration. There are probably few of us who are unaffected. At my home we are down to our last 3 rolls. On my last 5 visits to the supermarket, I’ve not been able to buy more. But I’m a fit, healthy person with access to transport. And if it came down to it, I’d get by with soap and water… And stop shaking hands. Many of our patients at Mead are not so lucky. This week I’ve spoken to a heavily pregnant mum who doesn’t have the energy to drag her two year old around to multiple shopping centres in search of toilet paper. I’ve seen an elderly gentleman who relies on his carer to take him on a shopping outing for an hour once a week, miss out this week because there was no toilet paper to be found. Then there’s the 79 year old woman who urgently needs to prepare for her colonoscopy. But amidst these, there are also stories of hope, such as the 94 yr old patient who had a stranger with surplus, drop off a packet of toilet paper on her doorstep.

There’s no doubt we are living in uncertain times. The information (and misinformation) we receive about Corona virus changes on a daily basis. It seems inevitable that many of us will face a period of self-isolation. So it makes sense that you might want to have an adequate supply of toilet paper. But behind our wanting is a fear of lack, of not having enough. And this fear makes us small. It is a form of suffering that makes us want to hold on and grasp for what we don’t have. Panic buying can be seen as an attempt to assuage the fear, and to gain a sense of control in the vastly and rapidly changing landscape. However it fails to recognise that we are all in this together. We are community. We are connected. If some among us suffer, in the end, we all suffer.

I am inspired by the stories of hope and I invite you remember you are a valued part of our Mead community. I’ve brought one of my remaining toilet rolls and a basket to the reception area in our Kalamunda practice. I’d invite you to share the love… and the date roll or bog roll or whatever Aussie slang name you prefer to call it. Bring a roll to add to the collection. Please, if you have run out, take a roll, knowing that your community has your back… and your bum. With lots of handwashing of course.

Goodbye and Goodluck

Mead Medical staff and Directors would like to wish both Brooke and Tania the best of luck on their new journey in whatever they choose to do, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to Mead over the years, you will be missed.

ALERT: CORONAVIRUS / WUHAN VIRUS

ALERT: CORONAVIRUS / WUHAN VIRUS

If you have recently travelled to Wuhan, China and have a fever, difficulty breathing, a cough or sore throat please

DO NOT ENTER THE CLINIC.

Please call the practice and ask for Nurse Manager for advice on 9293 4455.

For further information on this virus please refer to following link:
https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-novel-coronavirus.htm

 

New Doctor Updates

We welcome Dr Emma Vitale and Dr Rebecca Smailes to the Mead Medical team. 

Dr Emma Vitale

Emma began her career in medical research before taking a leap to study medicine at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated in 2016 and has worked in a number of medical and surgical specialties at a numerous hospitals around WA including Kalgoorlie before applying to for specialty training in General Practice. Emma has an interest in women’s health and sexual health and has completed extra training in these areas. She is also undertaking a Diploma of Child Health and working towards Fellowship with the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners. When she’s not at work, Emma enjoys being outdoors and recently completed a 6 day hike through the mountains in Tasmania.


Dr Rebecca Smailes

Dr Smailes was born and raised in Perth. In 2008 she moved to Melbourne and then completed her studies in medicine and surgery at Monash University in 2012. She then moved back to Perth to complete further training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, SJOG Midland Hospital, Joondalup Health Campus, Osborne Park Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital. In 2019 Dr Smailes finished her specialty training to attain fellowship with Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Smailes’ particular areas of interest are women’s health (especially young women’s health and implanon insertion and removal), cardiology, chronic disease and diabetes management. Dr Smailes believes laughter is the best medicine and is known for her friendly consultation style.

Outside of doctoring, Dr Smailes enjoys hiking, taking her dog practically everywhere and spending time with friends and family.

End of an Era

Our beloved Dr Russell Tosh retired as a General Practitioner with Mead Medical on the 24th of December.

Dr Tosh was much loved and Iconic part of Mead Medical for 40 years and will be missed by staff, colleagues and patients.

We wish him all the best in his twilight years.

Medical Myth Busting and the Black Salve

I’m Dr Leena Uppal from Mead Medical.

Medical Myth Busting and the Black Salve

Myth: Black salve can be used safely to treat skin cancer and other skin conditions naturally and effectively. This myth is responsible for serious harm and even death in some cases. The sale of Black Salve in Australia is illegal.  But-it is also easily available online from countries with less regulation. It most commonly it contains bloodroot and zinc Chloride. Zinc chloride is a synthetic corrosive chemical with nothing natural about it. This combination causes tissue destruction and scabbing and the dead tissue eventually sloughs away.

It has an interesting history.

In the 1850’s American surgeon, Jesse Fell popularised Fell’s Paste. He learned of bloodroot from the Native Americans and added in zinc chloride. On emigrating to London he briefly established a lucrative cancer practice using this paste but was soon ridiculed by the medical establishment.

In the 1920’s, Harry Hoxsey, an insurance salesman, began selling Hoxey’s Red Paste which had antimony trisulfide added to the bloodroot and zinc chloride. . Hoxsey opened 17 clinics across the US and treated thousands of patients-but the American Medical Association branded Hoxsey a fraud and the US FDA posted warnings about Hoxsey’s Paste in 46,000 US post offices!

In the 1930’s Dr Frederick Moh noted that zinc chloride fixed and histologically preserved skin in vivo. He patented a paste that contained stibnite and bloodroot and zinc chloride to help him map tumour margins. This technique was very successful but Dr Moh patented the paste to prevent it being used improperly as standalone therapy.

In 1975 Dr Almeida Goncalves, developed a paste with galangal + bloodroot + zinc chloride. He applied this salve for 24 hours to a lesion as well as 5-10mm of normal looking skin around it. Biopsies taken during 5-10 yr follow up showed no recurrences but there were high failure rates on initial application. Up to 38% BCCs and 21% SCCs failed to respond. Multiple applications were needed.  This suggests that treatment Black Salve is very risky and patients using Black Salve are at considerable risk of residual cancer if they do not have biopsies after salve application.

In the 1990’s Greg Caton formed Alpha Omega Labs, which made Black Salve. Caton served a US prison sentence for mail fraud and the introduction of new, unapproved drugs,  but after he got out of prison he moved to Ecuador where he still sells Black Salve online to the world, just outside US jurisdiction.

In summary, Black Salve is not natural, it is not cancer specific and it harms normal human tissue!

Medical Myth number one, busted.

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Skin Cancer

By Dr Leena Uppal It's winter time..but don't let less skin fool you-it is still our

Breast Screen WA – Free Screening Mammograms

By Dr Leena Uppal Did you know that Breast Screen WA provides FREE screening mammograms

Thank You!

Thank you Mead Community for your overwhelmingly generous and kind-hearted response to

COVID-19 and Telehealth Consults

Mead Medical is pleased to advise you that Medicare now permits Telehealth consults for

Toilet Paper Panic

Toilet paper panic has probably been one of the more interesting and unexpected side

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