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Sun, 9th September 2018
 

Questions & Answers

 
INTERNET

Q: 

How reliable is the internet for medical advice?

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If you get sick, please see your own doctor. Net advice varies enormously. As it is not policed, available to anyone anywhere in the world, it is open to abuse, misinformation, good and bad advice, and who is to know? Of course, there are many sites from reputable sources with sensible reliable information. But just see the mass of uninvited "stuff" that arrives on your e-mail each day. Your own body is important to you. Accept only the best advice specifically for you and your symptoms. Do not trust to luck, or put yourself into the hands of others many of whom have their own agendas.

 
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BOTOX AND SWEATING

Q: 

Will Botox cure my excessive sweating?

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Many believe Botox is all things to all people, and its applications are wide. It temporarily paralyses nerves, which in turn means muscle fibres are also paralysed and lose their power of contraction. Hence its use in smoothing facial creases and wrinkles. Similarly, reducing activity of sweat glands in the extremities and armpits. But as soon as its effect wears off, the original activity is resumed. However, re-use does not seem to have negative outcomes. It is expensive, but what price does one pay for beauty and reduced sweating?

 
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BLADDER AND CRANBERRIES

Q: 

My doctor has suggested I use cranberries to reduce risks of recurring bladder infections. This sounds a bit "alternative", which I am not into.

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Cranberry juice has been used for years to prevent bladder infections. It is now widely recommended by doctors for recent medical trials indicate it is of considerable value. Simplest way is the capsules, for with the tangy red beverage, there is not much active ingredient present by the time it has been diluted down and sweetened. The berries are not on the usual menu in this country. Barley water has been used for many years. Also lots of water and Ural sachets.

 
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SCARLET FEVER

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In reading older books, one often hears about scarlet fever, and deaths in children. But this is seldom reported today.

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For reasons unknown, the terrifying danger of scarlet fever has changed dramatically over the past decades, and deaths are now almost unknown. It was once an insidious and life threatening disease of infancy and childhood. Even though symptoms (reddening of the skin) were minimum, the toxin produced was potent and destructive. Many hope the HIV virus in time will similarly "mutate" (change) into a non-serious infection. Who knows what the future holds in store.

 
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COFFEE ADDICTION

Q: 

Is the mad desire to drink coffee just a habit or a true drug addiction?

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Caffeine is the most widely used legal drug of addiction in the world. Yes, the body develops a true "need" for it, and once that need is supplied, its recurring nature continues. It acts on the central nervous system, gives it a kick start, increases mental acuity and euphoria, sleeplessness if used excessively, along with the shakes and trembles. Also there is a letdown after its effect has subsided. It stays in the system for up to 18 hours, so beware! Fortunately, it does not seem to lead to any serious consequences as do other drugs of addiction. It is claimed to be beneficial in diabetics and may lower cholesterol, but others say it increases readings.

 
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TIA

Q: 

My mum had a strange turn and was diagnosed as having a TIA.

A: 

This means Transient Ischemic Attack (or Event). Blood supply to part of the brain is temporarily stopped, maybe for seconds only. Often called "mini stroke" chances of a recurrence or a large stroke are very high. Medical intervention is essential. A management plan will usually offer a good outcome, and delay the onset of a serious event. Inter-current disease will be treated, and often daily aspirin is prescribed. Any temporary weakness or numbness, difficulty in speech or understanding, dizziness or loss of vision, or headache may be symptoms.

 
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OLD CLOTHES

Q: 

I feel more comfortable in old clothes, for they fit, there are no irritating rubbing surfaces and labels, but my partner says I look daggy. Who wins, modern gear or personal comfort?

A: 

The body will tell you which is preferable. "Listen to your Body" I have been saying for years. If it hates skin irritation, or restrictions to the tummy, breathing, and general comfort, why subject it to these. On the other hand, we live in a society which has certain standards and norms. This varies with occupation, surrounding company, and the opinion of ones peers. There are positive and negative connotations, and it is for you to decide. Fortunately most have options today. Also, most work for a living, but spend time at home, which increases personal choices.

 
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NEW TABLETS

Q: 

I have commenced taking new medication prescribed by the doctor, and find my bowel actions are now offensive.

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Medication can often affect the normal "flora" (normal living inhabitants) of the remarkable gut system. In turn, this can reflect in aroma. If the medication is helping regain better health, it may be a small price to pay. If it is distressing, discuss the matter with the doctor. There are often alternative to any treatment protocol.

 
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EXCESSIVE IMAGING

Q: 

Each time I visit the doctor a new battery of investigations are often ordered. I think I have been x-rayed until I am nearly radio-active. Is it possible to suffer from excessive radiation?

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This is being closely monitored by many doctors. Many believe that new imaging gear with the huge increase in applications is leading to excessive radiation. Radiation accumulates in the system, and it is well known it may lead to cancer by marginally affecting the cell nucleus. When ordered more, why not ask the doctor if they are absolutely necessary and express your concerns. Incidentally, remember the government bears most of the costs which means they are being used more and more extensively. There is nothing for nothing in this world, even though there is often no or minimum up-front cash payment.

 
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WART VIRUS

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I have heard the wart virus in women can now be treated by vaccination

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The new wart virus vaccine, developed by a qualified doctor is now in mainstream use by doctors. It will ultimately have a revolutionary effect, as it focuses on the wart virus which untreated may lead to cervical cancer, and genital warts which may also become cancerous. It has a favourable effect on the bodys immune system which can overcome the virus. It is currently on offer to adolescent women, preferably pre-sexual activity.

 
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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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