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Sun, 7th April 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
NAUSEA

Q: 

Is there a simple remedy to prevent travel sickness?

A: 

Stemetil has been used for years. But many gain relief from ginger capsules, like Travelaide or Zinaxen. In fact, ginger is now being used by doctors at some of the major womens hospitals to prevent morning sickness! It is also used to treat arthritis! Many herbs have a wondrous spread of benefits.

 
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BRUISES

Q: 

How are bruises best treated?

A: 

Apply crushed ice in a flannel and repeat every couple of hours. Also, arnica ointment (an old but very successful herbal remedy) may yield amazing results. Apply often, and the blackness and swelling may quickly vanish. Comfrey ointment is suggested if the skin is broken. Doctors often prescribe Hirudoid ointment.

 
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LOSING WEIGHT

Q: 

Is it safe to aim losing 3 kilos a week for a month?

A: 

It is not only not safe but practically impossible, even if you starved entirely. All that is occurring is fluid loss, and the breakdown of muscles rather than dissipation of fat. Ideally, eat less food per day, less fat (fried) foods, and more high fibre products. Drink lots of water and take at least 30 minutes exercise every day, all safer and quicker long term. Good luck. Have a chat with your doctor.

 
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COLD SORES

Q: 

I have tried most usual ways of treating cold sores. Is there any simple natural "preventive".

A: 

Some claim taking Lysine each day helps. This is an amino acid, part of the normal protein food chain. It is present in casein (protein of milk), and gelatine, available in health food shops as a capsule or tablet. It is certainly worth a try, as I have seen many benefit.

 
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PERFUMES

Q: 

A lady visits our shop regularly wearing a strong perfume, and I immediately start sneezing if I have to serve her.

A: 

You are probably allergic to the perfume, a not uncommon situation. Tact will be required if you wish to discuss the matter with her. Perfume is a very personal choice. Meantime try a non-sedating antihistamine as soon as she enters the door.

 
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DEPRESSED

Q: 

I am very depressed. The doctor wishes to prescribe medication, but I am terrified of this, and wonder if natural alternatives are available.

A: 

Your fear is understandable, all being part of the anxiety-depression problem. This affects about 1 in 20. From experience, I think it is more likely one in five over a lifetime. St Johns Wort is widely used, and recent medical journal reports claim it is as successful as tri-cyclic anti-depressants, used for years past. Alternately, for severe cases, the stronger SSRI family is excellent. Recovery is essential otherwise it can quickly deteriorate. Please follow your doctors recommendation.

 
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ITCHY

Q: 

I have a very itchy tail. Is this fixable?

A: 

Certainly. It is often due to moist rubbing skin surfaces, probably irritated by strong bowel activity. Use of a non-alkaline soap, dabbing with a soft towel or paper tissue, and then applying a low strength cortisone cream can often help. If a yeast or fungus is the cause, Canestan cream is often helpful.

 
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SORE THROATS

Q: 

Do sore throats need antibiotics?

A: 

No, no, no. Invariably, they are due to a mild virus infiltration, allergy to airborne pollens or particles, more rarely glandular fever, and very occasionally antibiotic sensitive germs. If tonsils are swollen, pussy and painful, they might need them, but not often. Gargling with warm salty water, Paracetamol for fever or pain, rest, plenty of fluids, keeping warm, fix most within a few days.

 
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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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