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Sun, 6th May 2018
 

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FEET

Q: 

My mates have long since discarded socks, and most leave shoelaces untied. But this gives sore soles, and Iíve tripped several times.

A: 

Why not use mini-socks, unseen when worn. Massage your feet twice a day with Metho which dissolves surface moisture and toughens the skin. Or use a urea based cream, or sorbelene and glycerine which helps retain deep moisture. Please tie laces, as this is a one way ticket to serious falls and possible broken bones.

 
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HEADACHES

Q: 

I am 17 and just started the pill but now I often develop a headache which is unusual.

A: 

The pill usually contains female hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, and either may cause headaches, more commonly oestrogen. There are alternate forms of contraception. Discuss it with your doctor. The mini-pill suits many women. Rings, IUDs, implants, patches are available.

 
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MERCURY

Q: 

We keep hearing disturbing reports that many fish, especially large ones years old that live deep down may contain dangerous amounts of mercury, increasing risks to consumers.

A: 

These reports are often well substantiated. It is a case of options and making choices. Switch to vegetarian living. But growers say many leafy greens, such as broccoli, cabbage and lettuce are sprayed many times with potentially dangerous insecticides. Although supposed to rapidly break down, who really knows? There is a calculated risk to everything. Two thousand are killed in road accidents each year.

 
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NEWS

Q: 

I am a senior and stopped watching TV because of the unceasing violence. Now I feel relaxed and stress free. If something important happens, somebody will tell me! If they donít know worry.

A: 

What a sensible person. Tailor your life to suit your needs and inner feelings. Violence is often disturbing, so tune out and enjoy inner peace.

 
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PREGNANT

Q: 

We use the "ovulation method" for contraception during the risk dates around ovulation (mid cycle) imagine our surprise when I became pregnant when this system was carefully followed. We do not endorse abortion.

A: 

Nature can be very fickle. Although ovulation (release of the egg) usually occurs mid cycle, and avoiding sex at this time is a pretty good guarantee of not becoming pregnant, this is not always so. Sometimes, for reasons unknown, an egg may pop out any time, even weeks early. Despite every care, pregnancy may take place. The only complete answer is total abstinence. Ligating the tubes and vasectomy come next, the pill, IUD, implants and other interventions after that.

 
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READING AND SORE BACK

Q: 

How can a person avoid developing a sore back when reading for many hours a day?

A: 

Ideally sit in a firm chair. Tuck the buttocks (rump or bottom into the back of the chair at right angles. Try and sit straight, legs touching the floor, and back straight if possible. This maybe a bit difficult, for the body tends to sag after a few hours. Ideally hold the book with one hand for a while, and then reverse to the other hand. This way you are keeping right and left side of the body in balance. Leaning to one side, stretching out, or other unusual positions will overstretch certain muscle groups, and relax others, causing pain from muscle fibre spasm. Walk around for a few minutes every half hour.

 
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PYRAMID HEALING

Q: 

Some friends sleep under a cardboard pyramid which hangs from the ceiling by a piece of string above their bed. They claim it imparts good health. Is this whacky?

A: 

Pyramids have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians believed they had it right, and life, energy, vitality and health were intimately wrapped up in their shape. Whether it was this, or the spiritual belief that went with it, and mental vibes, nobody is sure. If it "works for you", give it a go. It cannot hurt. Unless the pyramid falls down and hits you in the eyes when asleep!

 
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DICKENS

Q: 

Years after being forced to read Charles Dickens at school; I have re-emerged reading him for relaxation. I find it amazingly absorbing. It gives unbelievable insight into London life in the 1840 era. It makes one appreciate the enormous strides in health, social customs, marriage and love, workplace practice, schooling, and raising a family. Today we are cleaner, healthier, more humane, although they still swim in a sea of alcohol. Maybe these are small enjoyment of life.

A: 

Modern medicine was unknown, and doctors totally useless, with their nostrums, leeches, bleeding and opium. Reform took another hundred years. Today, we have the opposite, an over-medicalised society, but today heaps live in excess of 80 years, better than the average 50 of Dickens time, including himself.

 
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RED EYES

Q: 

If I become over tired vessels seem to become prominent in the whites of my eyes.

A: 

This is a tell-tale symptom that your body needs more rest. Do not flog nature. It is very kind, but you must help. 6-8 hours sleep a night is essential. Bathe eyes regularly if uncomfortable, get red or gritty. Liquid tears used often give relief.

 
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LONG IN THE TOOTH

Q: 

Why are older people often referred to as "long in the tooth"?

A: 

With age, gums tend to recede exposing more white crown and the teeth appear to be longer. Regular cleaning and massaging of the gums is very important to maintain gum health, and avoid premature dental deterioration. See the dentist once or twice a year.

 
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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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