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Wed, 2nd April 2014

You're in bed with a blinding headache, unable to move. You look out the window and a mad lion has just escaped from a van, and is racing inexorably at your house, your window which is wide open. Sudden death looms. What happens. You lie there awaiting the great jaws and agonising death? Not likely. The thudding headache is forgotten as you leap out of bed and run like mad to safety - gasping. "Just made it in time! Phew".

Headache Vanishes

What's happened to the headache? It vanished. The adrenaline rush, the endorphins suddenly eliminated the pain, motivated the muscles and led you to safety! Mind over matter. That is right. The billions of neurones, and connections called synapses, and neuro-chemicals produce amazing outcomes, with the speed of lightening. It is possible to think yourself both into and out of illness. Symptoms are all in the mind. Pain, the most common, is appreciated in certain areas. That's why kids develop stomach aches on Monday morning when it is school time.


It's why soldiers keep running in battle with a leg blown off. Some call it positive thinking, others say to see the way you want to be on the inner screen of your minds eye. See a fit healthy body, symptom free, hold the picture, etch it in memory and keep re-visualising it and it will surely come to pass. Expect pain and you will suffer pain. Expect quick relief and that too will occur. It may be teemed in with total body relaxation.


Relax the entire body, all muscle groups, visualise good things, freedom from symptoms, such as migraine, arthritic pain, backache, asthmatic wheezes, and in many cases that is exactly what will occur. Believe in the "truth". The truth is you are a complete healthy symptom free being. Eat sensibly, exercise regularly, drink lots of water, sleep well, don't smoke and think positively. It will come to pass. You control your own destiny, i.e. the way you feel.



My friend sustained a fractured fibula - where is this and is it serious?


Any fracture is serious, but provided the skin was not broken, it usually heals quickly. It is located on the outer part of the leg, between knee and foot and forms the outer ankle. It is not weight bearing, and is often associated with an ankle sprain. With RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression bandaging, Elevation it often heals rapidly. But imaging and medical intervention are usually needed.

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Kissing the lips is the usual form of love play in western cultures, but is “deep penetration kissing” OK?


Any kind of kissing with lip and saliva contact means germs can be transmitted. The helicobacter pylori which causes stomach ulcers is probably the most common. Saliva teems with bugs? It sounds so unromantic, but true. Deep kissing, and shoving the tongue way down exposes to greater moisture exchange. Which means if a partner has hepatitis B or HIV, there is a possible risk of transmission.

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I have a red flakey sore on the margin of my right lower eye lid which looks like a skin cancer. But how is it removed in such a delicate spot?


Skin cancers must be removed, for they always grow, and around the eyes is a common spot, often missed if wearing spectacles. Often plastic surgery is required. Being close to the eye makes this more difficult, but there are surgeons expert in all fields, and their services are readily available. Talk to your GP.

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My dog gives me a welcome bark when I come home at night, wags his tail, and actually smiles at me, if I ever yell at him (pleasure or rage) he simply smiles back.


This is the amazing relationship many have with Fido. They are an amazing anti-depressant, tranquilliser and sedative. They can ease the days burdens in ten seconds, and make a person feel like a million.

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I wish my little guy would squat when having a pee like his sister, but now he stands and it sprays everywhere.


Infancy is a difficult world when social standards are being learned. Conversely, his sister might like to stand which would make an even bigger mess. Point the way, educate, and finally he will get the drift, specially when he starts attending kindy. Have him throw a ping pong ball into the bowl and aim at this. It is good fun, and with in a very short time he will be hitting bulls eyes. Put up a calendar, and stick on stars for each hit.

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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.



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