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Sun, 16th June 2019
 

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HARD PALM

Q: 

I have noticed there is a hardness on the palm of my right hand.

A: 

This is probably thickening around the tendon, and may gradually spread. It is often aggravated by continual pressure, like a tennis racquet. In olden times, it was caused by horse reins constantly irritating the palm. Later it may contract, causing the finger(s) to curl inwards, called Dupuytren s contracture. It is often treated by hand or plastic surgeons.

 
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GRINDING TEETH

Q: 

My little fellow often grinds his teeth when asleep.

A: 

This along with grunts, groans, and a variety of nocturnal happenings are common. Increased tension and stresses (yes, even in little ones) and bad dreams may play a part. They usually vanish with age and development. If it persists seek referral to a paediatrician to check for underlying causes. Worms are often blamed!

 
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EXERCISE

Q: 

You often extol the value of regular exercise. But how about a busy person who does not have time?

A: 

Do you have time to eat, shower, clean your teeth, and socialise? I will bet you do. If you put exercise as No. 1 Lifetime Priority, you would certainly find time. Half an hour per day is a meagre one forty-eighth of your day. It will bring better health, improved sleep, longevity and greatly reduced risks of illness. Walk, skip, jump, run, swim, dance, garden, cycle, breathe deeply, the options are endless and often very pleasurable.

 
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SLOWING DOWN

Q: 

Mum s speech is becoming slower and slower, she is gaining weight, her hair is falling out and she is always tired.

A: 

I will bet her thyroid gland is under-active. A blood test will quickly give the answer. Thyroxine, often 50 to 100 mcg a day may dramatically improve the situation. But a prompt check with your GP is essential. Otherwise the condition will gradually deteriorate.

 
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LOOSE SKIN

Q: 

After losing a lot of weight, then comes the loose saggy skin which looks even worse. Any suggestions?

A: 

Around the neck, chest and tummy and thighs are the spots that suffer most. Ideally, go for a vigorous exercising programme, and this will tend to tighten up the skin. Daily massaging with a simple moisturising cream is worth a try. As a last resort, the obvious and embarrassing saggy parts can be removed by plastic surgery.

 
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SAUNAS

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I constantly read about people with cellulite, and their efforts to dissipate it. Havent they heard of the value of saunas, half to one hour a day will make the fat evaporate! Iíve discovered its wondrous magic.

A: 

Saunas produce body heat which means perspiration (body water) pours out. Of course you will lose weight. Only to put it back on as soon as you drink more fluid. It will not and cannot dissolve fat. Eat less fat containing foods each day, more fibre, and take at least 30-60 minutes vigorous exercise every day - the only known cure.

 
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PSYLLIUM

Q: 

You often extol the value of psyllium and water in improving bowel activity and probably reducing cholesterol levels. But how much, and when?

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Psyllium is readily available at modest cost from health food shops and pharmacists. I take 2 tsp each night quickly mixed in a glass of cool water (about 250 mL), followed by another glass. It swells in the gut, and being soluble fibre, seems to suck up cholesterol (fat) in the bowel preventing it from being reabsorbed. Reduced levels often follow. Orange flavoured tastes best. Any brand is OK.

 
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SWEATY HANDS

Q: 

My 8 year old son is highly strung, worries a lot, especially about school work, and his hands are often clammy and sweaty.

A: 

Stress and nervous tension are notorious for increasing the activity of the sweat glands which are present in scalp, hands and feet. So the persisting clammy problem persists. Try and discover any inner fears, solve his stresses and you are a good way into fixing the problem. Often a child psychologist (or psychiatrist) can help. Relaxation therapy (medical hypnotherapy) is also often helpful.

 
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SORE FOOT

Q: 

I have a very painful spot under my foot towards the toes.

A: 

You may have a neuroma, a swelling around the nerves of the foot, which may be very painful. It can be surgically repaired and the relief is often magical. Check with your GP, for some investigations to prove the diagnosis. Treatment should then automatically follow.

 
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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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