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Wed, 18th May 2016

Easter comes but once a year. Supposedly the time of Christ's crucifixion in the Christian world, a different interpretation is one of New Life. Spring is in the air, renewed vitality abounds. Rabbits, probably the most prolific animal of reproduction on earth is merely a symbol of this. Eggs are a sign of reproduction and a new life. Europeans often swap coloured eggs, preferably red, to indicate Christ's life blood. But commerce has found new ways of profiteering. The humble egg has become the adorable Easter egg (usually covered in bright paper), sitting in the Easter bunnies nest. Which means, of course, the more eggs are eaten, the more kids are likely to vomit, and then eat some more.


Current views on chocolate vary. Once regarded as fat and sugar, it is now believed by some doctors chocolate contains ingredients that promote cardiac health. Ideally go for dark solid choccies. Light ones usually contain more fat from milk and are invariably filled with high carb fillings, yummy, but not ideal for teeth nor stomach. Sticky stuff around teeth, specially at gum level, increase risk of caries (or decay as we once said). That means holes, fillings, pain and agony. Fortunately, most big expensively wrapped eggs are about five mm thick, and contain nothing but air. Probably the best kind. Don't think you're doing Fido a kindness by offering him choccie eggs.


Dogs often react badly to chocolate products. Give him a bone instead. Choccies are best stored in a cool room. If the base is indented, this means it is not fresh or has been incorrectly stored. It's a bit hard to tell with oval eggs. If shoveling eggs down, eat some fruit, veggies, nuts, berries, low fat dairy products, legumes, real eggs and other sensible food as well. Otherwise, ten seconds in the mouth, and ten years around the middle as fat and flab may occur. Happy Easter, which is another year away. At least clip this out for next year and is about chocolate whether at Easter or any other time of the year.



I was always taught to tie shoelaces. My mates wear sport shoes, with long laces untied, and ridicule me for tidiness which my mum instilled into me.


Long laces dragging on the ground are a tip top way to trip, fall and probably cause body self harm. If your friends make fun of you, ignore it. One day they may learn the hard way. Today, elasticised sides or tops have long since overtaken laces in most dress shoes, but laces will inevitably return.

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I am 17 and wonder when I should start having Botox injection to enhance my facial appearance, and self esteem.


At 17, the body is still growing and skin cells are reproducing at an amazing rate. Nature takes every care to keep you as beautiful as possible. Go very quietly on facial sun exposure, for this is the most common cause of facial blemishes, wrinkles, parched and leathery skin which is totally incurable once established. Botox, currently the western worlds most popular facial enhancement procedure, is for those determined to stay in the beautiful body business for life. It works by temporarily paralysing underlying muscle fibres smoothing out wrinkles. Repeat injections 3-4 monthly for life may be necessary. It is also very expensive. Using a simple non alkaline soap, dabbing face with a soft towel and applying a simple moisturiser (eg. glycerine and sorbelene or urea cream) is cheaper and very effective. Sun exposure is the cause in nearly all cases

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I find peer pressure is enormous. If you don't do what your circle of friends do, you're out. This specially includes smoking (which I do not wish to start), boy talk, sex, and alcohol, relations with parents. I find it a dilemma and a challenge.


All schools have heaps of groups in each class. If your present circle is not to your liking, try and edge out and join another group. You will soon find one which suits your tastes and moral and social mores. Smoking, drugs and alcohol are not on the agenda of heaps of school kids your age. Try and enlist the support of your parents, who hopefully will endorse and support your feelings.

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I have noticed my feet seem to lack feeling, and sometimes I get pins and needles.


See your GP at once. This may be early diabetes, which comes on silently. It can affect nerve endings, especially in the lower limbs. A blood sugar level of 5.5 or more is indicative that diabetes is starting or well on the way. Some are born with Type 1 diabetes, but often not diagnosed for several years later. Type 2 comes on in later life, say anywhere from 20 to 90 years. Much can be done in the early stages to reduce risks of it advancing and causing irrepairable damage. Lose weight if obese, get more exercise, reduce intake of carbs. It may also indicate other disorders.

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At what age should I get my kids onto swimming?


The fetus, fully developed by about 14 weeks, has been swimming around in a warm sea of amniotic fluid ever since, so is well acquainted with fluid. Some parents get their kids swimming in the first year of life, when it is all so natural. Of course common sense is essential, water ideally body warmth, avoiding getting cold, and often using a trained instructor. Every Australian kid should be taught swimming. Note many drowning deaths in Australia are from overseas visitors where swimming is not the norm due to their colder climates. Unlike here in the Land of Oz.

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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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