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Sun, 1st December 2019
 

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MAGNETS

Q: 

I have frequent back pains. A friend, semi-humourly suggested magnets.

A: 

Too true. They have been used for years. It may be applied directly to the point of pain. Or try lying on a sheet studded with many magnets. Magnetic shoe insoles are also available, as well as a sheet placed under the upper layer of the pillow case. The stronger the magnets the better. I have used this for years and now rarely suffer backache, despite hours at a keyboard each day. The Harvard Health Letter gave approval following a small scientific trial.

 
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CLIMBING 22 MONTH OLD

Q: 

My 22 month old son is forever clambering onto chairs, tables and out of his cot. I am desperate?

A: 

Calm down. Climbing, discovering and exploring are part of the wonderful new world of growing up. Far better than being constantly immobile. Falls are frequent, but with soft pliable bones, are seldom serious. Just watch. Within 30 seconds, he will be up again and running around. If worried see your GP, maybe a paediatrician. The Early Childhood Health Centres are pretty good at offering sensible advice. Do not panic.

 
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CALM ME DOWNERS

Q: 

I took benzodiazepenes for 30 years, and have now changed to a different but related kind. Is this OK?

A: 

Benzodiazepenes, wonder drug 20 years ago at calming pent up worries and related symptoms are now out of favour on a regular basis. Certainly for acute anxieties they are helpful, but stop as early as practical and as symptoms abate, is now advised. For severe anxieties, the SSRI family of medication is currently in favour. Never stop medication abruptly. Re-dialogue with your doctor.

 
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SORE RUMP

Q: 

The left buttock is painful.

A: 

Who kicked you? Or did you inadvertently back into the corner of a table or desk? This can cause pain. Maybe you are developing an infection, commonly a boil where a hair root becomes infected and can be extremely painful. Antibiotics usually fix promptly. Occasionally it maybe pressure on the sciatic nerve in the back. Often deep massage, stretching exercises and manipulative physiotherapy or remedial massage will quickly fix. Many options are open.

 
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GREEN

Q: 

My 4 month old grand-daughter has green loose slimy motions. She has been on 4 different formula foods.

A: 

No wonder her gut is rebelling. Pre-birth, food comes warm and nourishing via umbilical cord. But that changed suddenly. Breast feeding usually delivers high quality food, and is sure best for bub (and the relatives). The constant changes are inadvisable. Talk to the early childhood centre staff for simple sensible advice, or maybe your paediatrician. Fortunately, nature usually copes quite well in time.

 
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BACK CYST

Q: 

My daughter has a cyst at the end of her backbone. She drives a car a lot. Aged 30.

A: 

This is probably a pilonoidal cyst. Caused by constant rubbing. Germs penetrate down hairs, set up infection, form pus, fluid and pain. Antibiotics may give relief. But if it persists, incision or removal by the doctor usually gives a permanent cure. Do not delay. Use a cushion when driving relieves pressure in the meantime, and paint with tea tree oil.

 
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ANXIETY

Q: 

I often become tense and anxious and worry about trivial things. I do not want to take drugs.

A: 

Anxieties and phobias are common, often in younger women. Phobia is an imaginary often major fear of items or events of minor significance. I have found medical hypnotherapy very successful, often with an 80-90% remedy rate. Ideally attend a doctor qualified in this field. The patient listens to this via head phones each night at bedtime. Results are often amazing and rapid.

 
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HERBS

Q: 

Is there a simple herbal remedy for gluggy stuff coming down behind my throat?

A: 

Allergies, temperature changes and infection are common causes. Each should be excluded. Sniffing weak salty water through the nostrils is often effective. Or place a drop of basil or aniseed on the back of the tongue daily for a week, my herbalist mate says. Place a few drops of eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, or the Fragrant Garden Breathe Easy oil on the pillow at night. This often has excellent results.

 
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SUNSHINE

Q: 

We constantly hear bad reports about sunshine. But it MUST have a good side.

A: 

UV rays of the sun helps form invaluable vitamin D in the body, essential for strong bones. 20 minutes a week is adequate. It is also the worlds best germ killer, knocking off viruses and bacteria. Harmless too, if not overdone. Sitting in the sun partially clothed for endless hours is a risk factor, so be cautioned. But do not knock it. Sunshine in the house freshens it up and gives washing on the line a lovely fresh tang.

 
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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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