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Sun, 27th May 2018
 

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SALAD FOODS

Q: 

If I eat a lot of salads I feel awfully full then about two hours later feel starving. Are they of much nutritional value?

A: 

Salad veggies are largely composed of water, some minerals and vitamins, fibre and not much else. The body is happy to have these valuable products, but they fill but do not fatten and are good when trying to lose weight. Most produce a lot of wind in the digestive process, and flatulence is usually a major issue.

 
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AMBULANCE

Q: 

Ambulances are always screeching past my place making an enormous noise with their sirens. It annoys me that so many car drivers ignore them, and do not move over to let them pass.

A: 

Australian ambulances services are top rating, and deserve every praise. The officers are courteous, efficient, and quick, and do their best often under trying conditions. Although the public are aware of their value, many are not very co-operative. If you see an ambulance coming, always give them right of way. The sooner they reach their destination, the higher chance of saving lives. One day the recipient maybe any one of us.

 
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BLACK DOT

Q: 

I have a tiny black indented dot on my shoulder and a hard lump underneath.

A: 

This sounds like a sebaceous cyst, common around the head, neck and upper part of the body. See the doctor. Often if the black dot is removed, a mass of gunky stuff comes away. This is sebaceous or fatty material. Sometimes it shells out like a pea. If it bursts, very foul gunk can spray everywhere!

 
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KELOID

Q: 

My appendix was removed a year ago. Now the scar has become a dark purple line raised from the skin and looking very ugly. I am olive complexion.

A: 

This is keloid scar tissue, more common in olive toned skin. It is an abnormal skin repair process. In time it may fade, and turn white. Some have the incision repaired by plastic surgery, when special precautions to try and prevent a recurrence is made. Sometimes steroid injections or laser therapy are also used.

 
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BULLYING

Q: 

Today many youngsters are physically challenged by the overbearing school bully who often is not too bright but a real menace, especially to youngsters who are not efficient in self-defence.

A: 

In my view, all children should be taught the basic rudiments of self-protection. At some state in life, they will be challenged by some aggressive character. Some parents for moral reasons do not like to be aggressive. However, it is a tough world, competition is strong and can only increase. Consider your children and their future, rather than be over-swayed by your own politically correct agenda.

 
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BAT EARS

Q: 

Children are often taunted at school because their ears stick out.

A: 

Bat ears, or prominent ears are common. The ear reaches its adult size by around eight years. Today, there are excellent plastic surgical interventions which give a positive outcome. It is no big deal, and this can re-make the life and personality of a growing child. It is amazing to see how they change. They feel better in themselves and more empowered to cope.

 
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SLEEP MIXTURE

Q: 

In younger days, if unable to sleep, we could take "Pot Brom and Chloral" a foul tasting but effective sleeping potion. Is this still available?

A: 

This noxious mixture was once universally used. Potassium bromide and chloral hydrate. Many reacted to bromide and developed an itchy skin rash. It was also notorious for dampening libido. It has not been used for decades, but most hospital patients were given a sedative at night, usually about 7pm.

 
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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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