10/20/2012 (Cream Corn Pudding)
#1 Spokane, WA Extreme Tennis Elbow
Z says the first thing to examine is what kind of repetitive action might be causing the stress. Z strongly recommends the callerchange his ergonomic workstation at his job. It's the first treatment option for tennis elbow. Z says that steroid injections work, but they're invasive and can loosen ligaments over time. Surgery can work, but Z mentions that it's not 100% effective and chronic pain can remain. Z recommends exhausting all conservative therapis (PT, OT, injections, patches, splints, and ergonomic changes) prior to surgery.
#2 Cedar Falls, IA Mystery Abdomen Pain
Z quips that the cause of this pain is "as clear as mud." Z explains that her diagnosis of "Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (IBS) is a "wastebasket" diagnosis - because it's used to describe many unclear or unknown pains. Z recommends maintaining a food diary, because certain foods activate IBS. He also recommends a month-long trial of Priolosec OTC (40 mg a day) becaus it can help with a host of acid issues - many of which may cause this pain.
Topic Chase away the Common Cold
Z and T discuss a study (BMJ) that found that regular workouts may reduce the risk of a common cold. The large study (over 12,000 people) showed that the virus lasted only half as long in folks who worked out. The reason may be that exercising stimulates the immune-system cells and the more you workout the more "alert" the immune system is.
#3 Castle Rock Ridge, WI Daughter's Sneezing Technique
Z says there is no adverse effect from holding in a sneeze, contrary to common thinking.
E-mail Flight Risk
T reads an e-mail from Amy who is on a flight to the Netherlands and is nervous about having a panic attack (induced from her fear of flying) on the plane. Z recommends OTC Dramamine and Benadryl to help with motion sickness and to induce sleepiness. Z cites bars inside terminals at airports as a marker to the commonality of air travel anxiety. Rx Xanax will work well. If you don't have insurance, Z recommends asking a doc for a 4 pill prescription just for the flight and pay out of pocket.
RECIPE: Creamy Corn Pudding
#4 Dubuque, IA Belly Fat
Z explains that dieting is the issue here and that losing weight overall will decrease the belly fat. Z recommends spending a half hour per week to plan out your meals accentuating proteins and veggies. For school days, Z recommends putting a daily cooler in the car filled with a variety of veggies to pick and choose through the day on campus.
E-mail Poison Apple
T reads an e-mail from Cindy in St. Louis, MO who is concerned about the black tint her neighbor's natural apples have. Z says that unusual coloring is common to naturally grown fruits and vegetables and not to fear. he recommends removing the skin as an extra precautionary measure. Tom quips that Cindy just needs to check to see if her neighbor is still alive!
TOPIC: Meningitis Outbreak
Z and T discuss the health risks of the fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012 that began in mid-September and was caused by contaminated injections of methylprednisolone acetate manufactured and shipped by the New England Compounding Center to outpatient facilities in 19 states.
#5 Fernandina Beach, FL Food Poisoning
Z and T discuss a British study that found that alcohol's societal impact is more destructive than hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Society's prolific use of alcohol is at the base of these findings. Excessive alcohol use damages all organ systems and its societyal impact is far reaching, including a higher death rate and crime rate involving alcohol.
Mythbuster: Exercise Chair
T reads a myth about the new ergonomic trend of using an exercise ball for an office chair. Z says this works to burn off small amounts of calories throughout the day and may be helpful in terms of posture, according to anecdotal advice.
#6 Knoxville, TN Will added weight add warmth?
Z says no. It's a myth that added body weight will provide warmth because warmth comes fromthe blood. Z recomends layers inclothing in all situations.
E-mail Can't Score
T reads a note from an aspiring Dad-to-be in Beaver Dam, WI who can't seem to "score" when it comes to his "duty" in the process. Z recommends a fertility workup. It may take one or more tests for that. Z say that a woman is most fertile near the middle of the month right before a woman's temperature elevates, because that shows she's just produced an egg.