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Duke Medicines 007Health is a condition which we generally ignored until we are stricken down by a disease or an accident.

Penang Free School Class 1964 -1970 Gathering at OFA, Penang on Sunday 22nd March, 2015 was the final reunion of the week. Ending the busy intense week-end of Reunions, Gathering and Fellowship – exOfficemates, Photographers and Classmates of PFS, I was inflicted with sore throat and voiceless/pharyngitis ( not due to karaoke ) with slight fever due to bacterial infection. Hopefully it is not dengue fever which cases is rapidly raising in urban areas. Even my tenant caught the disease on the beginning of this month and had to be hospitalized. Luckily he recovered safely.

Tried to be clever to try the natural holistic approach by taking coconut water, barley water, Chinese herbal tea, etc etc but maybe due to my Senior Citizen age it shall take time to work. My body defence was too weak. Anyway to cut it short, we must depend on modern medicines and treatment – advice from a retired pharmacist.

Nothing like a strong antibiotic with steroid to “finish off my bacterial” URT (Upper Respiratory Tract) infection after a visit to my doctor, recovering slowly with my osteoarthritis heel … so complete rest for me and missing a few meetings and the JCI Penang Installation 2015 so far. Luckily my lungs are all right and body temperature normal – ruling out Lower Respiratory Trat Infection like bronchitis and pneumonia. The normal temperature ruled out dengue fever.
Now on Klacid MR – Clarithromycin (modified erythromycin) and dexamethasone as doctor deemed the bacterial infection is quite severe. Though I was given a bottle of Cough Linctue – Sedilix – DM, I skipped using this as my cough was not too severe.

It was a double whammy as my heel was also stricken severe pain out of the blues. It was not gout but osteoarthritis. My take on osteoarthritis – take glucosamine as preventive as recommended by doctor and pain-killer when needed NSAID Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug – I use Diclofenac Na 50mg and better ones – Arcoxia (etoricoxib) use when needed basis only.

Yes, I am on the road to recovery and I shall take greater care of my health by shedding my extra pounds of fat and stop reading the on-line portals on the depressing current Malaysian political news.

SP Lim
Retired Pharmacist

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the human condition. For other uses, see Health (disambiguation).
Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans it is the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social challenges. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health in its broader sense in its 1948 constitution as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as lacking operational value and because of the problem created by use of the word “complete” Other definitions have been proposed, among which a recent definition that correlates health and personal satisfaction. Classification systems such as the WHO Family of International Classifications, including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), are commonly used to define and measure the components of health.
Systematic activities to prevent or cure health problems and promote good health in humans are undertaken by health care providers. Applications with regard to animal health are covered by the veterinary sciences. The term “healthy” is also widely used in the context of many types of non-living organizations and their impacts for the benefit of humans, such as in the sense of healthy communities, healthy cities or healthy environments. In addition to health care interventions and a person’s surroundings, a number of other factors are known to influence the health status of individuals, including their background, lifestyle, and economic, social conditions, and spirituality; these are referred to as “determinants of health.” Studies have shown that high levels of stress can affect human health.


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