Menopause, Bio Identical Hormones, Sexual Health, Lack of Libido, Erection Problems,
Gender Issues, Prostate Cancer, Psychiatry, Cancer
‘By optimal health we mean the best possible health to which you can realistically
aspire and which we can help you achieve. Our interest is in your good health for
as long as possible’.
Dr Michael Perring, Medical Director
“Our philosophy is to provide person centred care. We believe in the importance
of listening to our clients with close attention.
It is not only their medical history but also their hopes, concerns, personal history
and lifestyle that give us a benchmark from which we can work to achieve optimal
health and well-being”
While 'person centred' practice in psychotherapy puts the individual at the centre
of decision making, psychiatric training tempers the softer skills of listening with
an ability to step in where necessary and prescribe medication and acute care. more>
Dr Michael Perring, Medical Director, a leading expert in the field, is a regular
contributor at specialist symposiums and conferences, world-wide. more>
Welcome to Optimal Health
Walking is as Good as Running for the Heart A brisk walk will lower the risk of heart
disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and do so (slightly) more than the same
amount of energy expended on running, according to a new study from the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
If the energy expended in the two activities is the same the health benefits are
identical and walking for an hour is about the equivalent of running for half an
hour. And, within limits, the more the distance we walk, or run, the better it is
for our health.
P. Williams et al, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 2013
The official guidelines for weekly exercise recommend two and a half hours of moderate
activity, and it will ’count’ if the exercise is taken in ten minute bursts.
Research has suggested running can cause injuries to joints and muscles but it’s
been shown recently that this may be outweighed by long term benefits to joint function
and delay to the onset of arthritis.
Golf and gardening ‘count’ to! April, 2013
The British Society of Sexual Medicine has recently released new agreed Guidelines
on the Role of Androgens to which Dr Perring is a subscriber, and which spells out
their importance in male health, the criteria for their replacement and the benefits
that result from the adjustment of androgens to their correct level.
Declining levels of testosterone puts men at higher risk of heart disease. Dr Mark
Porter in The Times quotes research to say declining levels of testosterone puts
men at higher risk of heart disease. More>
Testosterone Replacement may prevent Early Memory Problems. From a study published
in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. More>
Are Bio-identical hormones safer than those that are not? An article in the Journal
of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has reported a further study that links
increased risk of breast cancer with a regime of HRT that combines an estrogen with
a progestin. More>
Premature Ejaculation (PE) is in the news again. Dr Mark Porter reports in the Times
that apparently the problem of PE is so common that two High Street chemists have
thought it worthwhile to promote new products to treat it. More>
Our Areas of expertise
Male Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT); Screening for Cardiovascular Disease and
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Information and advice on traditional and non-traditional
Sexual relationships, gender issues and maintenance of sexual function. more>
Achievable lifestyle changes that can make a marked improvement to your health. Essential
information for ageing well. more>
See Dr Perring’s lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine on February 2012
Dr Michael Perring traces the evolution of sex therapy over the decades and celebrates
a new interdisciplinarity in the field.
In the 1970s I remember uncertainty about how we, as sex therapists, should identify
ourselves and the clinics we ran. The label over my clinic door said ‘Sexual Dysfunction
Clinic’ and only much later ‘Psychosexual Counselling’.
How sex therapy has changed from the 1970s to the present:
a personal view
Dr Perring’s article From the June 2015 edition of The Psychotherapist
I plan to retire from my clinical practice as a medical doctor at the end of July,
2016. I will, however, continue to practice at Milford House as a psychotherapist/counsellor
and medical appraiser (for which I will retain my medical licence) as well as voluntary
and charity work with independent doctors, clerical work as a gender specialist for
applications to the Gender Recognition Panel, and Consultant Psychosexual Counsellor
at University College Hospital.
After 25 years as a private doctor on Harley Street I intend to remain available
as an advisor on the services of independent specialist and GP practitioners in the
area and I will continue in this capacity for all patients currently under my care.
For the above purposes Optimal Health of Harley Street will remain a working entity
(as a limited liability company).