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Wed, 13th August 2014
 

How many of us have faith, and what does it mean? Faith indicates that something we passionately believe in will come true. My contention is that we all have enormous faith, live by it, and without it, life health and vitality would come to an abrupt full stop. The more faith we have, the better we will live. Some like to call it "positive thinking", or a "positive mental attitude". As a family doctor I know that if I can convince my patients they will soon recover, that the medical intervention will have a positive outcome, then in most cases, that is exactly what will occur.

Doom and Gloom

If neighbors and friends fill the patient's mind with doom and gloom then results maybe jeopardized. See the good side down the track. Picture in your minds eye the goal of a happy healthy "you", free from symptoms and misery. Work towards that goal. Of course, one must make every effort to recover, take appropriate advice and action, but that enhances and empowers.

Do Not Scoff

Do not scoff at the faith concept. How many times a day do we live by it. In fact, each time we send an e-mail, post a letter, wait for the bus, turn the light switch, turn on the water tap, open a can of food, we have faith that what we have come to expect will take place. That is faith and expectation from experience. But it is still a mental image, it is still faith. The goals and objectives in life are governed by faith, faith in ourselves, faith in products, faith in food labels and brand names, faith in our fellow man. Faith in ourselves heads the list. That is why simple health tips are worth following, for we know from many years of past experience that they work, and will help maintain good health and vitality. Have faith in your doctor, your dentist, your heath care provider, good food, regular exercise, the value of water, adequate sleep and rest. Faith moves mountains, whether the mountain be a negative health issue, a new job, a challenging situation, a sporting outcome or anything else in life.

 
WATER

Q: 

I thought it was an affectation to see people walking carrying a bottle of water everywhere. But I recently tried this with a 250 mL plastic bottle. Now I take frequent sips on my daily walk, and I find it very refreshing. So I take back my negative thoughts about them.

A: 

With activity, the body continually uses up water or disperses it via sweat which is often unnoticed. Regular replenishing it with a new supply is excellent. It is a bit like the steam engines of old which needed water tank refills at frequent intervals to enable steam to be formed to keep the machine operating. Needs of the human machine are not much different. It produces energy in both cases. Go for 1.5 litres a day, more in summer, a bit less on cold days.

 
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DIPTHERIA

Q: 

Today young mothers have never witnessed diphtheria, only hear gruesome stories from the past. So why the continued need for childhood vaccination?

A: 

Immunisation of most infants is the reasons why the diphtheria horrors of yesteryear (and not that long ago) seem to have vanished. But once the level drops to a certain point, it could just as certainly recur. The germ lodged in the tonsillar area, caused a deadly toxin which was quickly fatal in large number of infants and children. That is also why adults are often encouraged to have a combined TD, tetanus-diphtheria immunization update. Talk to your GP.

 
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MEDICATION COSTS

Q: 

A friend has a rare disorder and has been told that a new drug may fix it, but it will cost $70,000, but the government will not make it available, and bear the cost.

A: 

The government tries but cannot be all thing to all people. Also, most modern "miracle cures" are not. Many are still in the clinical trial stage, their efficacy often not clearly established and the final proof may not be known for 5, 10 or even 15 years into the future. Australia has an enormous positive track record of providing health care funding. It is amongst the best in the world. Becoming sick in America, where the patient must purchase medication, is terrifying and expensive and outside the reach of many.

 
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ANTIBIOTICS

Q: 

I had a sore throat but the doctor refused to prescribe antibiotics, and they are not available over the counter.

A: 

Over the past 50 years the enormous over prescribing of antibiotics for simple virus induced minor illnesses is why today there is such widespread resistance of many germs to these powerful drugs. Antibiotics have no effect upon simple virus attacks. The body’s immune system usually copes with them quickly. A small number of "anti-viral antibiotics" are available, but mostly for a narrow range of herpes (cold sore) viruses. This has nothing to do with the common cold and the usual range of upper respiratory infections.

 
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THE SNEEZES

Q: 

Is there a cure for recurring sneezes?

A: 

This is the body's reaction to inhalation of particles often floating around in the air to which it is super-sensitive. It is trying to get rid of the offending particles, which are commonly grass pollens, and house dust. Drink lots of water to flush out histamine that has been produced by the body in self defence. Take a non-sedating anti-histamine (Telfast, Claratyne), and try nasal irrigations with warm salty water if you are brave. It often helps.

 
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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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