12/15/2012 (Angel Food Cake Tiramisu)
#1 Mezomanie, WI Knee Knob
Jeannie has a bump on her knee that she has had since she fell months ago. Zorba says that it is probably a blood blister/clot, and it will heal on its own. It is unlikely that it is a broken bone fragment, though that is always possible.]
#2 Knoxville, TN Heel Pain
Scott wants to know how to help out the bursitis on his heel. Z recommends 1. To stop walking barefoot around the house (wear crocs, Tiva sandals, or athletic shoes), 2. To take 2 Aleve twice a day (440mg) for 2-4 wks & 3. To do stretching exercises that we’ll show on our website.]
Topic Popularity and Success
Z and T discuss a University of Wisconsin study that found that those who had more friends in high school went on to be more happy and more successful. This is contrary to the belief that nerds always do better later in life.
#3 Augusta, GA Achilles Ache
Jessica wants to know if she has to see a physical therapist to help cure her sore Achilles tendon. Z recommends new shoes, using heel cups, and not walking barefoot around the house.]
E-mail Heat Bad for Health (Judge Zorba)
Arthur in Tennessee wants to know if keeping his thermostat really high will shorten his life span like his friend tells him it will. He is 90 years old. Z says he’ll be fine. Keep doing what he’s doing.]
#4 Shullsburg, WI Take the Toe Off?
Eugene wants to know if his son, who has been diagnosed with malatoe, should have his toe removed according to his doc’s recommendation. Z says no, he would get a second opinion first. He also advises going to www.pubmed.gov for more info.
#5 Pocatello, ID Should I Get Shingles Vaccine?
The caller had his spleen removed as a child, and now he wants to know whether or not this means a shingles vaccine will put him at risk. Z says he needs to check with his doc, to check in the medical pamphlet or to check with a pharmacist. T asks Z what the general guidelines for shingles are and Z says the age is about 60 now.
E-mail Rapid Fire
Garland Garland in Wakefield, Michigan wants to know if canned beans are nutritionally different than dried? Not really.
Ed needs solution to his wife’s seasonal depression? SAD light.
Harry wants to know if there’s a cure for exema? Steroid creams and non-steroid creams and cold tar in cream form.
Everette in Hilliard, FL wants to know: Do MRI’s have the same radiation risks as X-rays? No.
Rebecca from Livingston, MT wants to know Z’s take on Genetically Modified Organisms? Z says they’re not “frankenfoods”, and that he kind of likes them.
Gary wants to know - does instant coffee have the same benefits as brewed? Yes. But tastes worse.
TOPIC: Poisoned Pork
Z and T discuss the latest Consumer Reports findings that 69% of the pork products tested contained Yersinia enterocolitica (fever, cramps, bloody diarrhea). Ground pork was more contaminated than pork chops. Z says that you should cook your pork to 145-160 degrees.]
#6 Minneapolis, MN Lethal Laughs?
Caller from Minneapolis wants to know if “laughing fits” where one rolls on the floor with stomach pain can be dangerous? Z says this is one of the weirdest questions he has ever gotten and that they’re not dangerous.]
Mythbuster: Eleven O-Clock Execution?
T asks Z if it’s really true that people are more likely to die at 11AM than any other time. Z says you’re more likely to die in the morning, but he doesn’t believe that this necessarily means 11AM.
#7 Stephenville, TX Wrinkly Hands
Kimberly wants to know why her hands wrinkle up so easily and actually become painful? Z says it probably has to do with a genetic abnormality relating to the tensile strength of her karatin. He says she can try anti-inflammation drugs like Kenalog. He also recommends putting salt in her bathwater, because she mentions that it happens less in the ocean.
E-mail Allspice Advice
T reads an e-mail from Bruce in Boulder Junction, WI that corrects Z on his statement that allspice is “just a mixture of spices”. Allspice is a single plant called the Pimenta dioica. It’s native to the Caribbean, but it is grown in many tropical areas.