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Sun, 20th May 2018
 

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BLACK SOLES

Q: 

My friends and their children are into thongs and going barefoot. Their soles are black as black and look hideous.

A: 

Part of the lifestyle of "back to nature" is the body reaction. Soles toughen, thicken, pick and absorb grime and debris from walking on dirt surfaces. That is life, and their choice. We were born shoeless and clothing-less. So that may be how it is meant to be. Developing countries at home rarely wear shoes, or much else. Getting rid of the embedded grime will only be temporary. Cleaning regularly with soap and a brush, massaging with Metho (further toughens the skin), and moisturising creams (often contain urea) is helpful. There is no cure if the cause persists.

 
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LIFESTYLE

Q: 

Today many people are into holistic medicine and lifestyle changes rather than swallowing strong drugs, but few doctors seem interested as a priority.

A: 

This depends on who you talk to. Many try and treat the entire body, not just a symptom. Others treat the presenting symptom; leave it at that, hoping nature will do the rest. Today, better health is possible with a few simple lifestyle modifications, requiring less medical intervention.

 
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DISCS

Q: 

A friend had the disc injection some years ago and his back and leg ache vanished. I have the same issue now, but the doctor recommends other treatment.

A: 

Chymopapain was often injected into bulging discs that pressed on the sciatic nerve root in the lower back. But this caused serious reactions in some and was stopped. Today, surgical micro-discectomy is used instead, and is much superior. But this is undertaken only after all the simple interventions have failed.

 
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BREAST

Q: 

Why is it that some breasts are firm and prominent whilst in others there is marked sag? Today it has become a societal issue.

A: 

All women are identical in that breast tissue is composed of fat (lots of it) milk glands and fibres which hold it all together, heaps of fluid covered with skin. There is no muscle, no skeletal structure. Fluid content is governed by female hormones. Genetics plays an enormous part in size and shape. Tissue is dense when young, and usually more prominent. Fluid content alters according to hormonal production, if pregnant or taking the pill (similar effect). After childbirth and breast feeding, over-stretching stops, fluid content dwindles, and they tend to sag. This is normal and natural. It can be altered by plastic intervention.

 
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SCALP

Q: 

I had an irritable spot on my head, had a look and all this gunky stuff came away. I discovered that it was dried out shampoo which the hairdresser had not washed away properly.

A: 

There is no excuse for this. Change hairdressers if unhappy. Most soaps and shampoos are alkaline, and can irritate the scalp if left.

 
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GOLDFINGER

Q: 

If I wear gold, I often notice dark marks underneath after wearing regularly?

A: 

This is probably from gold being rubbed by dry skin, and the tiny flecks embedded in the skin oxidise and turn black. A cause is diabetes. A blood sugar check will quickly tell. There are a million undiagnosed diabetics wandering around. Everybody should have a blood sugar check annually. If elevated intervention is successful.

 
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RE-MARRIAGE

Q: 

A friend nearly 50 and acrimoniously divorced plans to marry a single girl aged 30. Is there any chance of a successful re-marriage?

A: 

"Be not unequally yoked," is an old philosophy. Twenty years is an enormous difference, and will be aggravated with time. When she is fifty he will be seventy. Whatever caused the original rift is probably still there, whether it had been a "him" or "her" issue, and my bet is it will re-surface in time.

 
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TINEA

Q: 

Is it necessary to change socks each day with tinea infection between the toes?

A: 

Yes, yes, yes! Tinea thrives on dirty socks, sweat, dark spots and warmth. Wash and sun socks daily, sun shoes also as this kills the germ. Wash well between the toes, and dry thoroughly. Some dab with Metho before applying tolnaftate, still the best remedy, best as a liquid. Some find tea tree oil also effective.

 
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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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