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Wed, 23rd September 2015
 

This is the time of the "Feeding Frenzy". Inhibitions go out the door, ideas of being modest and moderate take a turnabout, as we stuff, throw down litres of multi coloured beverages and in general make merry. It is burnt in mythology, honed by time and habit. Be sensible? Why bother. The simple explanation is that with a bit of care, we (you, me everyone) will suffer less, and regain normality quicker. The weird organ called the human body does not like abuse. It strives to survive, it strives to be symptom free.

Common Sense

The more we steer from the straight and narrow, the greater the penalty. This is nothing new, it is simply common sense and general knowledge. The system is geared for "x" kJs a day, plus or minus a bit, but not too much. This all mixes around in the 10 metre gut system, where it sits, ferments, distends, bloats, and feels heavy. It is claimed 750-1500 mLs of gas are produced each day. So besides the fodder, there is the processing. Distension is the only way to go. The gut does not like expanding.

Suffering

Result? Suffering. So, simply be sensible. If you plan to overeat, temper this with a reduced intake for a few meals in tandem. Go quietly on ultra-fat high kJ stuff. Beverages are often filled with sugar, alcohol and gas. That's a great combo. The trap is that it takes quite a few hours for the engorged gut to signal the satiety centre in the brain that it is filled to overflowing.

Damage

The damage has been done. It now has to wind through endless metres. The more one can burp the better. Eliminating wind also helps and bending at the waist several times each 30 minutes is beneficial. This is not green-house friendly, but gives inner relief. The simple antacids are also OK, such as Mylanta, around for decades. De-gas helps deburp, so do the acid suppressants, as well as old fashioned charcoal, the original and still claimed the best by some. Exercising also shoves the food along the track. It beats snoring it off. Take the dog for a walk too.

 
PREVENT DIABETES

Q: 

We are continually being told to avoid diabetes, but I thought this was an inherited disorder.

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The tendency for diabetes is genetically handed down from parents or grandparents. However, that is not a guarantee it will occur. An enormous amount can be done to personally stop it from developing. Most important is to avoid overweight which throws a huge extra burden on the pancreas which produces insulin. This means a sensible food intake, low in fat and high kJ foods. Regular exercise (even walking) helps prevent overweight. Go easy on the slops (high in kJ), fried and fatty stuff like pies, chips and cakes. Drink lots of water. This is also a healthy heart and low cancer risk routine. Have a blood sugar test annually. Ask your GP. It should be 5.5 or under.

 
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SLEEP APNOEA

Q: 

As I often become sleepy and inattentive during the day. The doctor ordered a sleep breathing test which indicates sleep apnoea and now suggests I wear a mask.

A: 

Snoring is often followed by partial wakening, and reduced oxygen to the brain which means cloudy thinking next day and potential long term brain and heart damage. It takes some time to adjust to the mask and is awkward at first, but the benefits are worth the effort. It reduces risks of future cardiac disorders. The brain and heart cells must have their regular supply of oxygen.

 
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BOW

Q: 

Why do some doctors wear a bow tie?

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Today, some doctors wear a tie, others do not. The bow tie has been popular with surgeons, who spend a lot of time examining patients. With a loose tie, the ends simply get in the way. Fashions come and go, but convenience and protection from germs is always important, and today is a major issue.

 
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ELECTRICAL GEAR

Q: 

I wonder if parents are electricity savvy, specially around pools this time of the year.

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Water and electricity do not mix. I am always scarey of power points anywhere, but specially near pools at peak risk when there are children around. Their constant running, jumping, slipping, skylarking (great to see), can be dangerous. Underwater pool lights give me the creeps, although I am sure they are all very safe. Teach children electricity safety from an early age. Respect switches, power points, plugs and power cables. Uncovered power points should be covered with safety devices. Although new houses have inbuilt safety. If there is anything loose or suspect, call an electrician. This is not DIY stuff.

 
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EAR CREASE

Q: 

I was told a deep crease in the ear lobe indicates heart disease.

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This was a popular medical idea about 20 years ago and indeed, it may be true. The body is always trying to tell us something. A pale complexion may indicate poor quality blood (anaemia). Sneezing an allergy, yellow eyes hepatitis, a flaking skin sore skin cancer. The ear crease, which may be mild or very pronounced, suggests a visit to the doctor. For a check of the blood pressure, symptoms of chest pain called angina, or breathlessness known as dysponea, early markers of heart lung disease. Early diagnosis of any abnormality means early management and less risks of a negative event. Such as a heart attack, today, common even in those in their late thirties on.

 
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