2/16/2013 (Andrea's California Rice)
#1 Arcadia, OK Concern on Fillings
Z explains that the FDA has not found any measurable toxins in the blood from mercury fillings. Z goes on to say that it can be expensive and painful to remove mercury fillings.
#2 Carbondale, IL Active Release Technique therapy?
Z explains that there are all kinds of massage and that different forms can help specific people, especially with chronic pain. Z recommends keeping it up, if its working! However, if it is not relieving pain, Z strongly recommends conventional therapy or medicine.
Topic Is “Matrix” learning possible?
Z and T discuss a new theory of learning similar to the one in the Sci-Fi blockbuster, “The Matrix.” The study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) or blood flow in the brain and then “decoded” it and put it into a visual stimulus. They then showed that on a screen to other people to try and match those brain patterns! It was a similar learning process to hypnotism.
#3 Adams, WI Itching Ears
Z says deodorant soaps and shampoos should be the first spot to troubleshoot because they remove oils from the skin and can leave the area dry. Z recommends OTC hydrocortisone cream and apply it 3x a day. He also recommends avoiding washing the ears with soap.
E-mail Shower Shoes
T reads an e mail from a listener named Bob who is looking for shoe wear his daughter-in-law should use for help with her plantar fasciitis. Z recommends Crocs or other sandals with an arch in them.
#4 Madison, WI High “True”blood Pressure
Z says that if an improved lifestyle is helping to control BP, he recommends lowering or stopping BP medications (with doctor approval). Z also recommends buying an automatic BP cuff (Omron) to measure your BP. He strongly recommends measuring before you visit the doctor to see if your readings match the doctor’s.
E-mail Bacon (Disagreeing with the Doc)
T reads an amusing e mail from Michael in Waterloo, WI who argues for the merits of regular bacon vs. turkey bacon! Z and TC love the e mail, but Z finds it hard to recommend bacon as a doctor. He does find common ground with the listener’s attempts to eat regular bacon more moderately.
TOPIC: All or Nothing Not Best for Breast Cancer
Z and T discuss a recent study that showed that women with stage I or II breast cancer who underwent breast-conserving therapy plus radiation exhibited higher rates of overall survival and disease-free survival than did women who had a mastectomy.
#5 Philadelphia, PA Back Exercises
Z suggests exercises, which you can view easily on You Tube. He recommends using a reliable video, preferably one from a University setting. Z also suggests taking an anti-inflammatory (2 Aleve, twice a day) for one month.
Mythbuster: Resting Heartbeat
T reads a myth about the common wisdom of the resting heart rate. Z says that the traditional resting healthy heart rate was 80 bpm. New research shows higher resting rates tend to be more. Additional research shows that a higher resting heart rate increase heart attack risk. The new thinking is to lower your resting heart rate by 10 or 20 bpm.
#7 Norman, OK Cholesterol drugs and muscle aches?
Z says that studies have shown that using the Albuterol inhaler frequently is indeed unhealthy. It could also be the inhalent that's causing the trouble. He suggests using a nebulizer with a steroid (Duoneb) to avoid the gas from the inhaler.
E-mail Separated Shoulder
T reads a note mail from Kurt in El Paso, TX who is suspicious of his doctor’s recommendation to wait six weeks before performing surgery on Kurt’s recently separated shoulder. Z sides with the surgeon and explains that the timeline is most likely to allow for the swelling to subside.