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DR JAMES WRIGHT HEALTH COLUMN No.543a
Sun, 19th May 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
KIDS

Q: 

It terrifies me seeing small children riding aluminium scooters, or kicking balls on the roadways, which are often busy and often with no adult in sight.

A: 

I agree, and automatically slow down to a crawl whenever little ones are in sight. Mothers, please educate your babes from infancy on the inherent dangers of the road. Serious accidents and fatalities are so easy and continue to be so common. Care at all times is essential. Constant vigilance and education is the key.

 
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STICK

Q: 

How can I get maximum value from my walking stick?

A: 

Select one of correct length, with a comfy handle that easily fits your hand and does not squeeze the fingers. Most come from small tree cast-offs from nurseries. A light weight is best. Carry the stick at 45 degrees to the path. If right-handed, bring stick forwards with the left leg, so that each hit the ground simultaneously. Keep this going - you will quickly fall into the step. Reverse if left handed. Maintain the 45 degree at all times. This helps prevents falls and serious mishaps.

 
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BOILS

Q: 

The Bible gives a herbal cure for boils but I have forgotten. Does it work?

A: 

In 2 Kings 20-7 we read: And Isiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took them and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. Does it work? Not sure. Try it and see. Comfrey ointment (and drinking comfrey tea) is claimed to help. If it erupts, wash with 20 drops of essential lavender oil in a cup of water, and cover. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics which often quickly kill the germ and stop the boil before it develops.

 
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HOT BED

Q: 

I often become awfully hot in bed at night, even on cold nights. I am a 55 year old woman, not on any medication.

A: 

This is probably due to hormonal changes and the menopause. Throwing off the heavy blankets and sponging the body with a cold facecloth give prompt relief. But hormonal replacement therapy could gradually reduce symptoms, I feel sure. This is very safe, despite continual rumours to the contrary. Disregard negative stories and be guided by your own doctor.

 
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LUPUS

Q: 

I am in the city visiting a relative who says she has been diagnosed, at 18 with lupus. Is this fatal?

A: 

With early diagnosis and prompt treatment, most do well. Avoid sunshine, follow medical instructions which often involve cortisone, maybe vitamins along with good nutrition. Neglected, it will worsen, affecting skin, kidney, heart and other internal organs, plus the collagen that holds body cells together. Make certain you attend a major hospital clinic (or endocrinologist) for maximum assistance. It is not a disorder to be treated by amateurs.

 
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ANTI-OXIDANTS

Q: 

We are often urged to increase the intake of anti-oxidants. Why?

A: 

These scavenge or neutralise potentially dangerous chemicals in the body. These come from body metabolism. Also from inhaled or ingested toxic products, such as cigarette smoke, car exhausts, pesticides, chemicals in the work-place or general environment. There are vast numbers constantly in the atmosphere. Vitamin C, E and beta carotene (present in many fruits, grains and vegetables) are excellent. Various herbs are also a rich supply, including comfrey, garlic, ginseng and aloe vera.

 
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TEA TREE OIL

Q: 

Is it safe to use tea tree oil with children?

A: 

If swallowed, it is poisonous, as it is produced to kill germs, bugs, fungi and yeasts, all living organisms. With children in the house, it must be kept in a safe lockable spot. Explain to the children its potential risks. All youngsters must know what is safe and what is potentially dangerous. Such as washing-up detergents to name another common product.

 
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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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