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QUESTION: Please help! I am severely anemic and just found out that I need to go for blood work again this weekend. The problem is that I am absolutely terrified of needles. When I was in the sixth grade and getting my shots, I went into anaphylaxis because of an allergic reaction to something in the needle. The experience left me traumatized and now I have severe panic attacks when I have to get my levels tested. I was going to get tested every two to three weeks just last year and I was sure I was over it, but my doctor said that my levels were no longer threatening enough for me to be tested that often so he asked me to wait six months until my next test. But I am afraid I have relapsed into my attacks. Any advice or suggestions for this weekend on how to keep calm?

ANSWER: Dear D,

I believe you should tell your doctor that you have an abnormal fear of needles. I wonder whether you have abnormal fears in other areas of life. If so, you may be suffering from anxiety attacks, which in many cases can cripple your life. Most people with abnormal fears are found to be hypoglycemic (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/).

This can be treated by going on a hypoglycemic diet (   http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-hypoglycemic-diet/)

Please read:

Beating Anxiety and Phobias
         http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/beating-anxiety-and-phobias/  

and discuss with your doctor.

One remedy is taking GLYCERINE before you see the doctor. (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/research-evidence-for-hypoglycemia-part-3/#G) and obtainable from a health food store.

I hope things work out for you, let me know how you go?

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook for more questions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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QUESTION: Hello again. My appointment got pushed back because of bad weather and icy roads but I have a few questions. Is my fear still considered as abnormal if I the incident in sixth grade was only three years ago?  I am only fourteen so I was wondering: is it still okay/safe to go on a hypoglycemic diet or take glycerine?  Do you think my mother would approve? By the way, do you have on tips on how to stay calm, or calm myself down during my appointment? Thank-you once again.

ANSWER: Hello,

In my opinion taking glycerine is OK for calming yourself down. See:

Glycerine
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/research-evidence-for-hypoglycemia-part-3/#G

and discus with your parents and doctors.

______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook for more questions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mentalillnessnutrition/

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QUESTION: Terribly sorry to bother you again.  The weather has been terrible lately so it is possible that my appointment might have to wait until next month. I just have one last question, do you have any other tips than the glycerine? I asked my doctor if I would be allowed to take it before, because I am not allowed to eat or drink anything six hours before my appointment. I was told that I couldn't. Any ideas? Thanks again.

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I am sorry, but I cannot give you any other answers than the ones I have given, BUT you should discuss all your problems with your parents. That's for sure.

Let us know how you go?

_______________________________________________
Jurriaan Plesman, Nutritional Psychotherapist.
Emeritus Editor of
The Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia.
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/
Author of "Getting off the Hook"
Freely available at Google Book Search
Skype: jurplesman
Also at Facebook for more  

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapy of various mood disoders

Organizations
Editor of the Hypoglycemic health Association of Australia

web site;

http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

Publications
Author of the book:
"Getting off the Hook", It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. Various articles in the Hypoglycemic Health Association's Newsletters

Education/Credentials
BA (Psych) Sydney University; Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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