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Sun, 23rd June 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
CHOLESTEROL

Q: 

My cholesterol is elevated, but I am not keen to get hooked on drugs.

A: 

ry the simple natural alternatives first. Reduce the daily intake of animal fats in all forms go for lean meat, trim away fat, and grill. Use low fat milk and dairy products. Food tastes just as good without butter! Go for a 30 minute walk (or similar activity) at least once or twice a day. This is great to reduce dangerous LDL cholesterol and increase the protective HDL kind. Add l0g (approx 2 tsp) orange flavoured psyllium to 200ml of cool water and drink each day. Follow with another 200ml glass. Results are often amazing. If this fails, then medication may be essential

 
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HEART ADVICE

Q: 

Please summarise the chief culprits of heart disease and premature ill health.

A: 

Take Note: Major risks are high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and a family history of heart and blood vessel disease before 55. Lesser, but significant risks include: overweight, physical inactivity, stress, specific infections and gout. Read Highway to Heart Health (Kingsclear Books) by ebullient cardiologist and lifestyle enthusiast, Dr. Ross Walker.

 
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ROSS RIVER

Q: 

I developed a rash, aches and pains all over, a fever and the doctor diagnosed Ross River virus infection.

A: 

This mosquito transmitted virus is more common in hot very wet weather. Once confined to northern regions, it is now universal. It is a bit like arthritis, sore joints and muscles due to viral toxins in the system. Treatment is often slow, and the condition may be very debilitating. Time, rest, activity within ones capacity, plenty of fluids, sensible nutrition, sleep, freedom from stress, analgesics, the NSAIDS, and similar treatment, plus time, ultimately heal. Fatigue is often a persisting problem. Do not despair. Keep in touch with your doctor.

 
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PIMPLES

Q: 

Is there a simple drug free treatment for facial pimples?

A: 

Find some marigold or calendula, press between the fingers, and apply directly to the pimples morning and night. It is quite safe and often effective according to Michel Bailes, my herbalist friend who has a wonderful medicinal herbal garden on the Central Coast. But make sure your hands are clean. First washing the skin with warm water and a non-alkaline soap is also a good idea. So is sensible food and lots of water.

 
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ARTHRITIC KNEE

Q: 

I have been told a new injection could fix my painful arthritic knee.

A: 

Synvisc now has a good and proven track record. It may relieve the pain in up to 70% of cases with moderate to severe arthritis. Several injections may be needed and it is expensive. It is usually carried out by specialist rheumatologists. Have a chat with your G.P.

 
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HELICOBACTER

Q: 

We are told most stomach ulcers and maybe cancers are due to the helicobacter germ. But how do we catch the horrible bug?

A: 

The Helicobacter bug discovered by Dr Robin Warren in Perth in 1983 is now universal. It is now believed up to 70% are infected. Kissing children, using the same drinking glass as an infected person, are claimed to be common ways of transmission. In the majority of cases, no symptoms occur. When resistance flags or excess acid is produced, it starts to bore holes in the wall of the stomach or duodenum. Today it is quickly diagnosed by a simple breath test. Daily medication for one week is usually curative. Meantime, kiss with care!

 
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ECZEMA

Q: 

I have awfully itchy skin, which sometimes weeps especially if I scratch. Usual medications and applications have been ineffective.

A: 

A check for diabetes is suggested. Take short body warmth showers and dab the body dry with a very soft towel. Do not rub hard. Then sprinkle gently with corn flour! Sounds crazy but it often works. Avoid any food to which you may be allergic.

 
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PAINFUL SHOULDER

Q: 

I find it terribly difficult to raise my right arm due the pain.

A: 

You probably have a frozen shoulder or torn rotor cuff. An x-ray may indicate calcium deposits, which are often treated by physiotherapy or cortisone injections. Ultrasound will show any damage to the cuff. If torn, it may have to be surgically repaired, a large but usually very successful operation. Meantime, hot and cold packs, analgesics and physiotherapy may help.

 
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BLOCKED EARS

Q: 

What is the best treatment for blocked ears?

A: 

Instil several drops of hydrogen peroxide every few hours, and then direct the shower into the canals later on. Or insert some cerumol or waxol drops and similarly wash. Check with the doctor to see if there is any major blockage, for often probing and gently syringing may be required. Never put any gadgets into the canals for damage may occur.

 
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CYSTITIS

Q: 

Is there a simple remedy for burning and frequency?

A: 

Cystitis, bladder infection, is common, especially in women. Drink, lots of water, alkalinising agents help, such as Ural powder three times a day. A test may quickly indicate the germ and appropriate antibiotic. This should be taken for a week. Recurring cases need fuller investigation. Sometimes long term treatment for 6 to 12 months may be recommended.

 
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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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