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Sun, 14th July 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
ATTENTION SEEKERS

Q: 

I believe my infant son is putting on an act when I leave him in his room in the evening. Carrying on with all sorts of antics, just to entice me back to cuddle and coo.

A: 

Cuddling, cooing (bonding) is fine, and part of the mum-bub relationship. Enjoy it whilst it lasts. It vanishes all too soon, and you will miss it. Sure, junior knows how to grab your attention. Head banging, breath holding, yelling, turning blue, are all part of the little ploy to run your life as well as his. You did the same when tiny! Remember? A happy line between being too soft and too harsh is not hard to find. Ideally, there should be no winner, just a happy twosome. (Sure, it can include dad also).

 
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PILES

Q: 

Mum said never sit on cold steps as this causes piles. Is this true?

A: 

A cold rump probably tightens the buttock muscles, reducing the desire to visit the loo. So, constipation may develop. This is a common cause of piles or haemorrhoids (dilated blood vessels in the anal canal) as it may lead to straining. Mum was partially right. Eating lots of high fibre foods, fruit, veggies, legumes (peas, beans, lentils) psyllium husks and lots of water reduces all risks.

 
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INJECTIONS

Q: 

Where is the best spot to have vaccinations?

A: 

Ideally, a wide bore needle injected into muscle tissue either in the deltoid muscle (upper outer part of the arm), or on the upper thigh, towards the side is best. In these spots, blood supply to muscles is large, quickly dispersing the material enabling suitable protective effects to quickly occur. Injected into the rump (once a popular spot, but now out of favour) or other parts with a thick layer of fat, causes delays possibly changes to the material, and a reduced beneficial effect.

 
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SKIN

Q: 

Do you have a nice universal natural skin cream?

A: 

Comfrey cream has been used for years. It contains special healing properties, often alleviating many problems. This may include tender dry skin, ulcers (especially legs), irritation, psoriasis, eczema, and many other conditions. Readily available at health stores and some pharmacists. Comfrey is for external use only. Aloe Vera is also helpful.

 
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HUSKY VOICE

Q: 

I have developed a husky throat. Very sexy, say some, but I am worried, says a smoker for years.

A: 

See your doctor at once. You will be referred to a throat specialist. A change in voice maybe the first and only symptom of cancer of the larynx. Diagnosed and treated early, results are usually good. But if left, it may be a one way non-return ticket to doom. Do not delay.

 
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DEPRESSION

Q: 

Is it OK to take medication for anxiety and depression?

A: 

It is certainly wise under supervision and if symptoms occur the sooner the better. Otherwise it may rapidly escalate. Probably 20% or more will experience this problem. Australians now head the world in consumption of anti-depression medication, now taking three times more than in 1990. They have caught up with the Americans, long since outstripped Britain, and most other countries. Fortunately, the new SSRIs are very safe and effective. Probably more people are now willing to seek help for symptoms once swept under the carpet and endured.

 
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MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Q: 

We often hear about the value of the Mediterranean Diet.

A: 

It is widely followed overseas, and most fare well, with reduced heart disease. Probably due to the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and olive oil, one of the good oils. However, a recent report in the British Medical Journal says eating in Greek restaurants is not likely to prolong life. Greek salads may contain as much saturated fat (bad kind) as a cheeseburger, and donor kebabs are loaded with as much red meat as a 16oz T bone steak!

 
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ANTI-OXIDANTS

Q: 

Anti-oxidants are said to be healthful. Are these available from herbal sources?

A: 

Anti-oxidants neutralise unwanted and potentially dangerous radicals which damage blood vessels, and aggravate arthritis, and other disorders. Helpful herbs include garlic, ginseng and possibly Fo-Ti Tieng. Most know vitamin C, E and beta carotene are powerful anti-oxidants. These are widely dispersed in fruits, vegetables, legumes and many natural foods.

 
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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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