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It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Privategp.com will be closed with effect from the 30th of September 2023.
It has been our privilege to look after you, our PGP “extended family”, which includes over 30,000 patients during our 28-year history.
Our integrative work has been groundbreaking with some truly remarkable and humbling results for which, I believe, we became quite famous.
I would like to thank past and present patients and staff for your tremendous work as an extended team, together with our network of colleagues throughout the UK.
We have worked very hard to try and ensure a smooth transition for your healthcare.
We hope that the information below will be helpful to you.

Your future medical care

It is important that you have access to your NHS GP or other medical service in future should you need prescription-based medications. We are unable to recommend a medical practice but may be able to signpost you to appropriate support via drpiper@privategp.com
If you have special requirements as a past patient please email drpiper@privategp.com. Responses are not guaranteed and will be discretionary.

How we handle your data

We have a legal duty to inform you of the way we are managing your data. Over the past two or three years, our policy has been to send you copies of all your letters, blood results, and notes from your consultations. Therefore, you should have enough information to provide any new GMC-registered medical practitioner.
Past medical records are held securely. Please send any SARS requests to drpiper@privategp.com

PGP still retains the contact data of all patients with an email address. This is with a view to making future contact to advise of any services being provided by PGP going forward. All patients are offered the option of opting out of this and having their contact data removed if they so wish.

Yours in health and happiness.
The PGP Team

Sleep

This is the time that our bodies reboot and heal.

Did you know that the brain, during sleep, undergoes a regeneration process which squeezes toxins & waste products into the lymphatic system and helps to rebuild neuro cognitive processes?

So without proper sleep, our bodies can find challenges in maintaining their delicate balance or homoeostasis. When we go and see our doctor, sometimes we will get a few minutes to chat about our stresses that may be causing us to lie awake at night and worry, and we may be given a prescription for sleeping tablets. In the short term, this can be very helpful. However there are some longer term issues that sometimes need addressing. These deeper issues can sometimes take quite a long time to assess and treat; so it is essential to encourage the body to sleep appropriately in the process.

When you stop and really consider the dirty world we live in with chemicals, metals, possibly an increasing exposure to tickborne infections; also EMF (electro smog) and the constant exposure we have which changes the way our bodies are driven, it is not surprising that our sleep can be affected.

It is important to watch carefully the developing scenario of 5G. Please educate yourself about 5G in order to protect yourself and your children. EMF also has a huge effect on sleep.

There are all sorts of other factors that can interfere with sleep ranging from a physically obstructed airway, sometimes due to high Weight or obesity,  to hormonal problems, for Example in the menopause or premenstrually, or with the adrenal glands.  When the adrenals are either overactive or underactive, they have a direct effect on cortisol levels, also adrenaline, both of which affect sleep profoundly.

Melatonin also has a profound effect on the lymphatic drainage of the brain and it is important that this level is measured and corrected.

Interestingly, in the new world (or some would say “pre prohibition old world) of cannabis medicine and cannabidiol (CBD) there is some evidence that sleep can be helped.

However, due to the vast variation in quality of products that are available over the counter, it would be sensible to speak to your doctor or to someone who knows a lot about cannabis and cannabidiol, to ensure proper certifications, toxicology testing and governance with dosing.

When sleep problems are associated with severe underlying illness;  more prolonged support with medication is necessary. This too must be discussed with your doctor.

Any prescription for sleep, needs to take place within a formal holistic, i.e. whole person medical history, examination and set of investigations, to ensure that there is nothing else that may be causing or influencing the problem. Please remember that any underlying hidden physical illness may also affect your metabolic’s and chemistry, thereby interfering with sleep. So it is important to get help, and not to suffer needlessly.

Remember that lack of sleep, causes stress upon our bodies and is likely to promote the underlying condition of inflammation and disruption to the immune system. This in turn can be part of the pathway towards more serious underlying disease and health issues.

So if you have a prolonged sleep problem, please don’t hesitate to see your Doctor to discuss.

You are unique and we are ready to listen

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