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Sun, 20th January 2019
 

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PEPTIC ULCER

Q: 

Shock horror! I went to hospital for an endoscopic examination and was told I have peptic ulcer caused by a germ.

A: 

Helicobacter, present in about 80% of Oz stomachs, in the presence of acid, bores into the stomach or duodenal wall causing an ulcer, and horrible pain below the breast bone. Fortunately, an antibiotic and acid reduction medication usually quickly and permanently cures it. If resistant, another antibiotic will be used. Most are fixable.

 
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CRACKED SKIN

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I spoke to a friend about your suggested remedy for cracked finger tips in cold weather. He claimed to "cure them" in 3 days. Simply paint area with clear nail polish lacquer several times a day and at bedtime. Bingo, it works. Now I have my own bottle of nail polish lacquer and I do not even own a handbag.

A: 

Great stuff. This probably protects the skin from the surrounding moisture-free air, which dries out the skin. If it works that is fine. I will pass the message on.

 
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CHILLI

Q: 

Does Chilli have any medical uses?

A: 

It is supposed to heat the body, so maybe good for colds, coughs, the flu and respiratory disorders, my herbalist friend Michael Bailes declares. Some women have chilli curries each month which helps reduce their menstrual pains and cramps. It is a bit like heating the body from within - hot baths and packs help on the outside.

 
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RASPY THROAT

Q: 

What is a good remedy for a raspy, uncomfortable throat. I do not want to take antibiotics.

A: 

How sensible. Antibiotics are usually useless for a common sore throat. Gargle with warm salty water 3 hourly. Drink lots of water. Keep rooms and body warm. Avoid direct heat. Soak a cotton wool ball in honey, place between cheek and gum, letting it trickle down the throat. It is very soothing and healing, containing many anti-oxidants and healing properties. Others find Echinacea useful.

 
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GINGER

Q: 

I love ginger, but does it have any medicinal value?

A: 

I like it too. Current research indicates it may help alleviate morning sickness of pregnancy. It is drug free. Available as a black capsule from pharmacies and health stores as Zinaxen, which is also used for arthritic pains. It may reduce elevated cholesterol levels, so is more than just an attractive garnish to hot meals, sweets and ice cream. The best is said to come from Buderim in Queensland.

 
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SWALLOWING

Q: 

I am finding it increasingly difficult to swallow bread and sandwiches which get stuck in my chest somewhere.

A: 

Go see your doctor at once for a prompt endoscopic examination. This may indicate narrowing of the lower part of the food tube, and is an early sign of ulceration or cancer. If present this must be treated aggressively and immediately.

 
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BAD BREATH

Q: 

Is there a simple remedy for fixing bad breath?

A: 

Start with a dental check. Plaque, caries, rotting food in hidden crevices head the list of fixable causes. Smoking is probably the worst single cause. Then a check of the sinuses, airways, chest and tum come next. Gut upsets often re-cycle unpleasant gasses via the lungs. Chew up parsley, probably the best natural breath sweetener around. Try it and see.

 
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SUDDEN DEATH

Q: 

A friend does a lot of mountain climbing and marathon walks, recently returned home jumped into his car, and as he turned the car key, slumped over the driving wheel dead. He had always been healthy.

A: 

About 1 sudden death in 5 has a similar story. Apparently a healthy person, good at sports and exercise, and no obvious symptoms. However, a scan of the heart arteries before the sad event would inevitably have shown walls of the heart arteries clogged with calcium. It only takes a bit to suddenly block a major vessel and death may be instant. A regular heart imagine check, in my view, is good value, even though the test is expensive.

 
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CORNFLOUR

Q: 

My young son has a rash in his groin, where his underpants rub. Is your simple cornflour applications OK, as creams have not fixed it?

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Wash with body warmth water and neutral soap. Pat dry with a soft towel. Then gently sprinkle skin with cornflour, and gently massage. It is soothing and silky in texture. Carried out 2-3 times a day it often fixes irritable skin, from the special natural enzymes in the flour. It cannot hurt, and is inexpensive.

 
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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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