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DR JAMES WRIGHT HEALTH COLUMN No. 533
Sun, 16th December 2018
 

Questions & Answers

 
SLEEPING POTION

Q: 

What is your wonderful new sleeping concoction I partly heard on radio?

A: 

There is nothing new under the sun, just the way it is put together. For the hapless sleepless 4-million Oz victims, slip 2 thin slices of fresh lime into a cup of boiling water. Add 2 cloves and half a tsp of honey (preferably dark.) Stir and mash till lime skin turns yellow. Sip slowly. This calms the nerves, heat is soothing, and "bye bye" follows in 10 minutes. Avoid tea, coffee and cola drink for maximum benefits.

 
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COLDS & FLU

Q: 

How does one eliminate a persisting bout of the flu, which can become debilitating?

A: 

Adequate rest, gentle exercise within your tolerance, plenty of fluids (water is best) avoiding cigarettes and its smoke, and sensible food head the list. A good spread of fruits, veggies, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), low fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, low fat low sugar products, wholemeal bread, lean meats, egg and dairy products head the list. The "fatigue" factor is usually self-limiting, but may persist for months. A positive outlook always benefits. Laugh with your friends. It helps.

 
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TALKING KIDS

Q: 

My grandson is 3 and a half years and still not talking apart from isolated words. Is this anything to worry about? He is the youngest of four, who babble incessantly.

A: 

He may feel deprived or that talking is un-necessary or he will not be heard in the crowd. My youngest son had a similar problem, but as an adult is now part of a major lecture circuit and he never stops. Nevertheless, referral to a speech pathologist is strongly recommended. Talk to your GP.

 
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IRON TABLETS

Q: 

My husband, was terribly anaemic, admitted to hospital for blood treatment, is now on iron tablets but has developed a rash.

A: 

This may be an allergic reaction from the colour, often red-yellow-green in the coating. A change of brand may help. Oral iron is often a quick way of fixing anaemia. But underlying causes must be sought and corrected, for silent killers may be lurking beneath the surface.

 
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HAIR LOSS

Q: 

My grand-daughter aged 4 years is losing her scalp hair.

A: 

This could be juvenile alopecia. In babies, it is common as the scalp rubs on the pillow, hairs being sheared off at skin level. But time cures it. Teenagers often pluck hairs out one at a time (tricotillomania), leading to partial baldness. It occurs in older people with low thyroid activity. Why the Youngster? Maybe tensions and stresses at home? A paediatric opinion is suggested. If there is no physical cause, maybe a child psychiatrist could offer assistance. This is unusual.

 
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WASP STING

Q: 

I was stung by a wasp several weeks ago and the area is still red and itchy.

A: 

Apply ice cold packs, crushed ice, frozen peas, or a cool flannel for 10 minutes every few hours. A non-sedating anti-histamine tablet once or twice a day may help. Apply a low strength cortisone cream 4 times a day. Or sprinkle with corn-flour and gently massage into itchy areas. It is often effective! No kidding.

 
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WHOOPING COUGH

Q: 

Can we not do something to stop the frightful up-surge of Whooping Cough?

A: 

Stupidity is the main reason. Due to a minor scare in England about 15 years ago, where some brain complications were attributed (probably wrongly) to the Whooping Cough vaccine and the enormous media response that followed, thousands of mothers worldwide suddenly ceased immunisation, with the inevitable long-term results we are now seeing. Until mass Whopping Cough vaccine recommences, the "epidemic" will continue. The a-cellular forms are now considered very safe. It is largely in the hands of young mums.

 
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CANDIDA

Q: 

I have candida crawling all round my body. I feel eternally tired, bloated, "off colour", can not sleep with worry, and am now off my food. Is this treatable?

A: 

Western medicine does not recognise the Candida Hypothesis, although many alternate practitioners claim it causes this and many other symptoms. Acidophilus checks monilial proliferation and is available as capsules. Also many yoghurts contain acidophilus and bifidus cultures which are also helpful. Sensible foods, less alcohol (contains yeast), will also help. So will freedom from stress, adequate sleep and exercise, and a positive outlook on life. Everything plays a part.

 
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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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