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Wed, 26th November 2014

I live on a busy highway, once a tranquil two lane street that started and went nowhere. Now ten lanes carry more than 100,000 vehicles screeching past every day.

In quieter times there was a zebra crossing outside. My two children coming home from school one day were hit by a car in the "safety zone". It happened to be a patient trying to locate my surgery. They sustained broken legs, injured backs but survived. As a result a local petition asked for a bridge crossing. Twenty years later this eventuated. The zebra was eliminated and fences erected to prevent people wandering onto the road. What happens now?

New Bridge

The bridge is used less than a dozen times a day. Locals stand at gutter edge, wait till cars stop one way (due to traffic lights) then leisurely cross to the first narrow median strip. Then onto the second. Finally to the third, and ultimately to the opposite side. I look on in amazement every day to witness the recurring scene. At present a new high-rise is going up across the road. Which means legions of workmen park on "our side" and in throngs try and cross the road. They are local strangers, but do they use the bridge? Never, never. Not knowing the red light system a km on either side, they literally barge in front of fast moving cars, trucks and semis.

Good Luck

It is just good luck many have not been struck or killed. I still gasp every day in wonderment. If somebody was hit, of course, it would be "the motorists fault"! We humans are crazy, ignoring what has been set up by government bodies to protect us. Do we like the thrill of escaping death? Is there an undercurrent adrenaline rush each time a speeding vehicle brushes within a few cm of the body? Similarly to people wandering along roads, median strips (terribly dangerous places), not looking where they are stepping on footpaths (often tripping and risking broken bones). It is probably all part of the human lottery of life, the instinctive belief of invulnerability. Please be careful and use what protective strategies are available. We could all live longer.



I often think my memory is dropping off a bit. Any tips.


Activate the neurons as much as possible. When out walking, momentarily look at number plates of parked cars, then look way. Then try and recall the letters and numbers. This is a good simple start to reactivate sleepy cells. Also, try making up in your mind meaningful phrases from the number plate letters. Such as AGT may be A Good Thing. Another is to read a lot. This beats telly and radio. Names and places especially are often hard to remember (jot them down if you like). Completing crosswords is a good brain teaser. We can all help ourselves to enhanced mental acuity.

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My doctor has recommended a "punch biopsy", as there is a persisting skin lesion.


This means a tiny device is placed into the skin cutting a small circular piece under local anaesthetic. This is sent to the pathologist for analysis under the microscope, and quickly gives the corrects diagnosis. This may alter the doctors management plan. Suspect skin cancers are probably the most common reason.

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I am having difficulty in adhering to my "good diet" routine. I start the day with orange juice with vitamin C (powdered) and Vitamin E drops, then take a variety of mineral-vitamin pills, calcium (for bones) and what not. Then my weet bix, stewed fruit, toast (no butter, no marmalade) coffee, sandwich for lunch, and hot meal (fish 2-3 times a week for my heart and arthritis) at night. Also, I must eat a handful of nuts (walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pecan ). Plus drink 1.5L of water, and eat yoghurt for calcium, with acidophilus and bifidus for gut health. Plus a few bits of fruit. Now there is not much room for all this, let alone anything else. I often feel bloated at the end of the day.


This is all fine, but spread it out evenly over the week. Do not shovel it all down every day like a slave. Fermentation of this stuff in the gut causes gas formation, best eliminated with a regular brisk walk.

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My mum is in her seventies and we want her to carry a mobile for safety but she refuses. She says it was not necessary in the past 70 years, so why now?


Many seniors are not interested in the new technology. In 1900 few rode cars, most used horses, and were happy. Charles Dickens wrote his books with a quill until metal nibs were invented, then fountain pens, later ball points and now the palm. Personal comfort is important. One thing never changes. We are all destined to end up in a wooden box, shoveled into the earth, or sit in a pot some place. It does not really matter in the fullness of life. Let mum have her way.

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My partner sneezes dozens of times a day for no obvious reason. It drives her crazy (but it sure improves sex at the time).


An allergy to something in the air, food, soaps, perfumes, clothing, temperature variations (e.g sudden coolness) is the most probable cause. It is the body's way of trying to eliminate it. Check all possible causes, and gradually eliminate them one by one. Try and maintain an even room temperature. Check on soaps, skin applications, washing powders, detergents. Sneezing causes sudden pelvic muscle fibre tightening and often enhanced sexual pleasure for the guy. Referral to an immunologist (allergy specialist) is suggested.

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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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