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THE BODY SHOP
Wed, 7th December 2016
 

Today's story is for the young at heart (the kids), and the frail in form (ageing parents). What will occur when the clock strikes 12 and the last breath is exhaled. Most don't care to consider death, of themselves or anyone else. Too horrible and "it will never happen to me". In life we get two certificates. First when we arrive. Second when we say a final farewell. Options are limited, but worth a thought.

One. Normally a funeral, with tears, sad hearts, flowers and remains buried or cooked, both horrible and expensive.

Two. Sign up as an Organ Donor. Forms are available at a Medicare office. You must be registered. Ticking your licence is no longer adequate.

The donor rate in Australia is appallingly low. However, only around 1.5 of deaths per 100 make suitable candidates. One must die in hospital on a respirator so their organs can be immediately removed, otherwise they rapidly die also. Whatever outcome, family must arrange and fund the funeral.

DONATE

Three. Donate your body to medicine. This means writing to the "Body Donor Programme" at the university medical school nearest to you (Anatomy Department). The person must be free from HIV, TB or other infectious diseases. The body will be used to help budding surgeons hone their surgical skills. In turn, this equals an enormous benefit to society, and you are "putting something back".

You must have a registered number. When the time comes, make a specific pre-arranged phone call, and the deceased is removed (no charge). No funeral, no graves, no smoke decreasing the ozone layer. Probably a celebratory gathering for friends later on (using the money which would otherwise go to the funeral industry).

A decision is necessary, for you cannot be in both options 2 or 3. Both in a sense mean there is life after death.

 
VIRTUAL INVESTIGATIONS

Q: 

We hear more and more about a "virtual" colon examination, heart, chest, brain or other check. It is claimed no gadgets are shoved into the body. How come, and how reliable.

A: 

The "virtual" story began several years ago, when doctors sought less invasive ways of checking the internal organs. The gut system (looking for warts and possible bowel cancer) was one of the earliest. It rapidly grew, and today extends to nearly every part of the body. Rays emitted from a machine locate and photograph any part, any organ, any blood vessel or bone. This can be seen in "real time", (while you are lying there conscious being examined) or photographed, still or moving and in colour. It is claimed to be very reliable. However, if abnormalities are discovered, appropriate action (colonoscopy or surgery or other intervention) is still necessary.

 
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WONKY DICK

Q: 

My penis bends like a banana and there are rough knobs on the underside. This all makes normal sexual activity difficult, if not impossible.

A: 

This is Peyronnie's disease. Exact cause and why it occurs is unknown, but considered a viral infection. This causes the urethra (tube leading from bladder to exterior) to thicken, and fibrous nodules to develop. Referral to an urologist (the "male plumber") is strongly recommended. Often the nodules and thickened parts can be surgically corrected.

 
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CRADLE CAP

Q: 

My little one often develops a thick yellowish coating over her scalp.

A: 

This is cradle cap. It means the fat producing glands in the scalp are overworking. This spreads over the scalp, dries out leaving the thick film. Some suggest massaging the hair and scalp each night with olive oil or liquid paraffin. Next morning, wash baby's scalp with warm water and non alkaline soap. The crust will gradually vanish. Do this regularly. Dry with a very soft towel. It is not dangerous, and usually cures itself as baby grows.

 
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CRADLE CAP

Q: 

My little one often develops a thick yellowish coating over her scalp.

A: 

This is cradle cap. It means the fat producing glands in the scalp are overworking. This spreads over the scalp, dries out leaving the thick film. Some suggest massaging the hair and scalp each night with olive oil or liquid paraffin. Next morning, wash baby's scalp with warm water and non alkaline soap. The crust will gradually vanish. Do this regularly. Dry with a very soft towel. It is not dangerous, and usually cures itself as baby grows.

 
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LACK OF SENSATION

Q: 

As I get older, penile sensations diminish. Each day my inbox is jammed with offers of Viagra and similar medications to restore flagging desire and capability. They all seem too good to be true.

A: 

Heaps of issues contribute to sensory (and even erectile) issues. Overuse is one of the commonest. The more times you "kick start" in a given time interval, the slower and less the reaction. It is a very common male problem. Smoking is the worst offender. Don't smoke and keep clear of smokers. Many prescription drugs have an adverse outcome, even though help in other ways. The stomach acid suppressants, blood pressure pills, sedatives and antidepressants head the list. So does too much grog, one of the worst.

 
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ZINC

Q: 

A mate said our food is zinc deficient. So I take a 40 mg tablet a day. What I've noticed now is the hair on my scalp, nose, ears grow like mad. Better still, I can smell and all food tastes better.

A: 

If the soil is zinc depleted (as in Australia and most food producing countries), the produce grown will also have inadequate amounts. Probably most of us should be taking a 40 mg zinc tablet a day. I have for many years. The soil is often deficient in many other micronutrients, and a multi-mineral vitamin tablet supplements is also a good idea. Many doctors scoff. (They are probably bald too). The wider the spread of colours in daily fruit and veggie intake the better.

 
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