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Sun, 27th October 2019
 

Questions & Answers

 
WALKING

Q: 

I regularly walk for 30 minutes twice a day. My limbs and trunk are slim, and ribs stick out. But the bulge around my gut remains. What now?

A: 

Continued vigilance on the nature of food you eat. Reduce fat content as much as possible. Omit butter, cream, cheese, fried and fatty foods, oils, pastry, cakes and choccies which contain heaps of fat. High fibre fruits, vegetables, wholemeal bread and similar foods are best. Then you will lose weight.

 
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FALL

Q: 

I attend footy regularly. Last week I slipped on a tiny lump of fat on the corner of the exit step, fell and smashed my right shoulder and arm.

A: 

Care at all times when walking especially on steps is essential. Tiny bits of food are notorious for causing life endangering falls, broken bones, and serious injuries. Grab rails whenever possible, irrespective of age, but especially if older.

 
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SHOES

Q: 

I purchased an expensive pair of brand name walking shoes at a sale, thought they were a good fit, but later found they are tight and very uncomfortable.

A: 

Cut price rush purchases at sales are often a disaster. Ideally, visit a good quality sports store where trained attendants (and sometimes a podiatrist) can measure and accurately fit your feet. It will cost more, but the results are invariably good. Shoes that are too tight and too narrow lead to ingrown toenails, cramped deformed feet, sore nails which are pressed down, and often bleed underneath.

 
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ROLLED OATS

Q: 

I enjoy rolled oats, but a friend says they are swamped in fat.

A: 

Of all cereals, oats have the highest fat content. But it is still low compared to high fat foods like butter, ice cream, pastry, choccies, full cream milk and fat foods. In general all cereals are very low in fat.

 
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SWEATING

Q: 

I am ruining my white shirts from sweating under the arms. I also suffer hot flushes. This is very awkward for business.

A: 

Stress is a common cause. Medical hypno-therapy (I prefer the term relaxation treatment) often dramatically reduces the bodys reaction to pressure. Attending a doctor qualified in this skill is often rewarding. The liberal use of Prantal powder helps others. If mainly underarm, surgical removal of an enlarged sweat gland in the armpit is often curative, done by plastic surgeons. Talk to your GP.

 
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LOLLIES

Q: 

Some of my tablets look like lollies, and I am always afraid the kids will find and eat them.

A: 

Bright coloured tablets are a trap, especially for little ones who will certainly think they are sweets. Bright greens, reds, orange are so attractive. Iron often comes this way, and can be life endangering if taken in excess by children. Either explain to them they are your special medicine and not lollies, and/or lock them in your medicine cabinet, and keep the key in a hidey hole or around your neck!

 
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DEPRESSION

Q: 

Since taking medication for a severe bout of depression and anxiety, sleeplessness and not eating I now feel remarkably well. But I am now eternally ravenous, and stacking on the kilos.

A: 

This is common. A few extra kilos will probably make you look fitter. But try and go quietly on high fat and sugar foods. Eat as much fruit veggies and greens as you like, they fill but will not fatten. Regular exercise, like a daily walk is also excellent.

 
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SORE KNEE

Q: 

My 13 year old son has been diagnosed with Osgood Schlatters disease which sounds horrifying. His friend has it also. Both play soccer. Will it vanish?

A: 

Fairly common in growing sporting teenagers, most settle down with age. A sports physiotherapist can assist. Temporary reduced activity, and graded exercises are often helpful. Keep in touch with your GP or sports medicine doctor or orthopaedic doctor. It is usually self-limiting, lasting 6-12 months, often settling within 9-12 months. Do not panic. Constant over-exertion on the knee tendon is the cause.

 
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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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