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DR JAMES WRIGHT HEALTH COLUMN No. 539
Sun, 24th February 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
BUILDING UP THE SYSTEM

Q: 

My doctor says my immune system is run down, and needs to be built up. But how?

A: 

This system protects the body against unwanted invaders, and is composed of many complex parts. In general, you can help yourself with sensible living. Adequate rest, exercise, relaxation, freedom from stress are important and are up to you. Plenty of fresh water, less alcohol and no smoking are vital. So is good nutrition. Each day eat high fibre, low fat, high vitamin-mineral natural foods. Fruit, vegetables, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), lean meats, seeds, herbs, low fat milk and soy products, eggs, fish, nuts are on the list.

 
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ACNE

Q: 

My 15 year old son has acne pimples on his face and shoulders. Over the counter products have not cured it.

A: 

85% of teenagers develop skin pimples during adolescence due to hormonal changes occurring inside. Do not despair, for nature will eventually solve the problem. Meantime, wash daily with non-alkaline soap and warm water. Dab dry with a soft towel. Then apply eryacne/differin gel depending on whether inflammation is present or not. Your doctor will advise and provide scripts. Many say zinc supplements help. Sensible nutrition, rest, exercise, outdoor exercises and freedom from stress are also important.

 
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BAD BACK

Q: 

My 16 year old daughter has a bad back.

A: 

90% sill similarly suffer, it is only a matter of time. Alternate hot and cold showers for 10 minutes 2-3 times a day, then rubbing with a brisk towel is the starting point. Take pain killing analgesics. Massage with a heat producing cream. There are many available. Deep massage reduces muscle spasm, which in turn increases circulation, fresh oxygen, food and vitamins. This fixes many. But manipulative physiotherapy, muscle-tendon stretching, rhizolysis, and acupuncture assist others. Occasionally x-rays or MRI are required if pain persists.

 
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SINUS PROBLEMS

Q: 

My nose clogs up, it is painful under the eyes, and I bring up gunky goo.

A: 

You have an allergy or infection in the nasal airways and sinuses. Nasal irrigations are excellent, said my nose specialist last week. Half a teaspoon of salt is dissolved in a cup of water. This is inhaled into each nostril separately. It washes gunky stuff to the back of the throat when it is coughed and expelled. This clears the microscopic "cilia" (hairs) on the cells which then automatically keep the airways clear. It is also drug free.

 
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HAEMORRHOIDS

Q: 

I had my haemorrhoids removed due to heavy bleeding, but the spot is still sore 8 weeks later.

A: 

This is a very tender spot. Haemorrhoids are enlarged vessels in the back passage. Removal is by "rubber band ligation" (the usual method) or deep dissection. Both take time to heal. Applying Proctosedyl cream or similar brings some relief. Soft regular bowel actions are essential. Take 2 teaspoons psyllium with water daily.

 
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VISION

Q: 

My vision is deteriorating, and the doctor says it is permanent and irreversible.

A: 

This is macular degeneration, aggravated by smoking, directly or the passive smoke of those nearby. Avoid this at all costs. There is no cure. It is aggravated by advancing years, lack of vitamin C and possibly diabetes. Risk is inherited, and we will have the answer in a few years time. Various new treatments have been tried with varying success. Eye hygiene and artificial tears will help what vision is left.

 
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HEEL SPUR

Q: 

I suffered a heel spur, and bought a device overseas with firm rods sticking out to massage the heel. Presto, the pain quickly vanished.

A: 

Any stimulation to the muscles and tendons in the heel may help, whether by deep massage, stretching, hot and cold soakings, ultrasound, physiotherapy, injections with xylocaine and hydrocortisone, acupuncture, or heel insoles. Manipulative physiotherapy or remedial physio with pressure points help others.

 
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SHAKY HANDS

Q: 

I have developed shaky hands. Is this fixable?

A: 

Disease such as Parkinsons must be excluded, or treated if present. There is often no obvious cause. The beta blockers, often old time Inderal helps many. Rivitrol assists others. Medical hypnotherapy can also assist. But a careful check first for the cause is essential.

 
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ECHINACEA

Q: 

Is Echinacea an effective remedy?

A: 

It is often used to prevent and treat respiratory ills. Ideally, take for a few weeks, discontinue and resume later for similarly short periods. The roots are made into a tea, or preserved in vodka or gin and a little taken each day! Do not overdo. Some claim "less" is better than "more". It comes in a variety of forms.

 
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LYMPHOMA

Q: 

A friend is very ill in hospital with lymphoma. What is that?

A: 

It means cancer of the lymphoid system. Glands are scattered around the body, producing valuable white cells called lymphocytes which fight germs. However, treatment in specialised centres usually at a major public hospital is the best way to be treated. Your GP will steer you in the right direction I am sure.

 
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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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