DR WRIGHT'S FEBRUARY HEALTH BULLETIN



Hello Reader

WHAT YOUR BEST FRIEND WON'T ADMIT

The worst place is a crowded London bus mid-summer. There is no mistaking it. The moment you step inside and the doors slam shut, you already need a knife to slice your way through the terrible odour. If you’re jammed between a heap of other standing passengers and the money collector it reaches its zenith. The topic of course, is that unflattering term called BO, short for body odour. A more euphonious term is probably Body Dysmorphic Insence, or something like that.

BODY ODOUR

Body Odour is universal, but probably because westerners wrap up more and sweat more, with moisture trapped in key spots where it cannot readily evaporate, they head the field. Sweat glands are most prolific in the armpits. Followed by scalp, hands, groin between the toes and soles. Of course, there are millions all over the body. It is part of the heat regulatory system. Sweat glands just under the skin react to heat. Body fluid, really salty water, is pumped to the surface. Here it evaporates, cools the skin and body. The hotter the body, the greater the volume which in very hot days can reach thousands of mLs. It evaporates in air.

Germs go mad no air, and it stays on the skin surface. Encased in man made nylon fibres, in dark spots germs and fungi jump aboard and madly multiply, then promptly die. Rotting bugs have a nasty odour. The longer they stay, the worse it becomes. So what to do. Ideally, wear cotton underwear, not nylon or similar fibres. This allows the skin to "breathe". Try and avoid sitting and working in really hot humid places. Don't overdress in hot weather.

Air conditioning helps. Sit in a breeze for a while, but don't get a chill. Shower often, at least twice a day in hot weather. Dab dry with a soft towel. Do not rub vigorously as this makes you hotter. Take moist face cloths to work and use often in vital spots - underarm, groin, feet and hands.

Tea Tree Oil helps, underarm deodorants may help, but not much. Those with a mild antiseptic such as tea tree oil are probably best. Aluminium based ones are out of favour. Drink lots of water to replace sweat if taking medication, the odour of this sometimes comes out in the sweat making it smell worse. Change and wash underwear at least daily. Before venturing out, take a sniff of yourself to see how sweet you really are.

FEELING ILL

If feeling ill, go to docwright.com.au. In the left hand column, type in your symptom at the Search area and click for immediate advice. The search data is available by topic or article and updated weekly.

NEW HOME

If you are thinking about a new home, check out Dr Wright's PBI and non-profit Vimiera Village at Eastwood, NSW. Phone David on 02 9868 7544, email david@macf.org.au or visit www.vimieravillage.com.au

We can assist you whatever your financial position.


Best wishes



DR JAMES WRIGHT


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HERE ARE A FEW FROM THE Q&A SECTION

STRETCHING

Q: When doing stretching exercises, how long is it necessary to maintain the stretch to achieve any positive results?

A: Most practitioners have their own ideas. However, 30 seconds is considered effective. Hold the muscles in that position, count thirty slowly (or use a clock), then release. Repeat for 30 seconds with the muscles on the the opposing side, for the purpose is to re-establish muscle balance and equilibrium, as well as marginal lengthening of the muscle fibres. It is effective. It must be carried out when warm, and this is easy in bed.

TINY PILLS

Q: I take half a tablet at night, which means I put the other half back in the box. Then shake it out next day. Imagine my annoyance when it occasionally drops out of my hand onto the floor (same light colour as the tablet), and spend the next half hour on my hands and knees trying to find it. (Its value is nearly one dollar, so cannot be swept away!)

A: This is common. It indicates extreme care is needed whenever you open the box. Otherwise it will continue to happen. Why not stand over a table or large surface before opening the tablet box.

NPS

Q: My doctor often quotes the NPS about medication but does not say what this means.

A: NPS stands for National Prescribing Service. Information is regularly sent to all doctors, updating them on recent trends in medication and interventions. It is well received by doctors who may alter their methods when reviewing the updates. The government provides pretty good services to doctors, and takes an enormous interest in health. After all a huge slice of public money is dedicated to this each year.






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