September 2013

Published 16/10/2013
Twins 2

I must apologise for being so late with this newsletter, but we have been so busy and we try to make sure our customers are serviced as quickly as possible with orders and hair samples.

Our winter has been a dream; so mild with wonderful sunny days, combine this with our glorious ocean views, who could ask for more.

For the price of a cup of coffee on Burleigh Beach, you have a millionaire’s view, a warm sunbath (great for Vitamin D which surprisingly many Australians lack) and any depression that may be there lifts in the moment. It is hard to feel ill, poor and depressed in that environment.

Taking in the sunshine one day I started to daydream a little, and tried to recall where the 20 years that I have lived on the Coast had gone. I started to remember some special patients that I had treated, all patients are special but some just stand out more than others.

One in particular came to mind, a little boy named Ben. He was 4 years old at the time, a beautiful child but had a sense of loneliness about him, a charming manner but yet didn’t mix. It reminded me of the many stories I had heard of the survivors of the Vanishing twin Syndrome.

This syndrome is recognised by the Medical profession where it occurs that in up to 78% of twins that are conceived, one of the twins does not make it. If this is true then this means that the conception of twins is 5 times more common than the birth of twins.

As we learn more of life in the womb it is easier to accept that a child would be aware it had a twin that it had lost. In known cases where the mother knew she had lost one of her babies it had been noted that the remaining twin appeared to have intense emotional issues, loneliness, anger even a strange grief, which has been shown to grow into the adult life of the child. Always the adult searching for the “soul mate”, “the other half”, “the perfect companion”.

I remember the story of the “Pregnant boy of Kazakhstan” a story featured by the New Idea. For now I will leave it and continue to tell Ben’s story in the next newsletter.

Your health is your wealth

Barbara

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