3/02/2013 (Mushroom Quinoa Risotto)
#1 OK City, OK Foot Odor
Caller wants to know what to do to help with her foot odor problem. Z tells her that it is a moisture issue, and recommends that she have 2 pairs of shoes between which she rotates back and forth. He also recommends bringing multiple socks along with you during the day. He advises keeping feet dry to talcum powder and also “DrySole” – a super anti-perspirantthat reduces the amt. of sweating in feet. There are also shoe dryers available for purchase than can assist with the odor.
#1 Bozeman, MT Dry Skin
The caller suffers from dry skin. Z recommends using lotion like Dove or Aveeno oatmeal lotion. Z advises only showering once every 2-3 days (can wash specific areas, but not whole body everyday). Z also recommends not bathing with soap so often, because that dries out the skin and not bathing in very very hot water. Z says he needs to leave some oil on his body. Z also recommends buying an ultrasonic air vaporizer for $35-$45, filling it up with water every day and putting it in the bedroom. Z also says that a salt water hot tub can help (caller is in the hot tub business).
Topic Plusses of Polar Bear Plunge?
Z and T discuss whether Polar Bear Plunges have any health benefits. There is no science backing this up. It may even be dangerous for the heart.
#3 Reedsburgh, WI Toe Tingle
Caller suffers from itchy//tingly toes only in the winter months. Z says she probably has Raynaud’s and he recommends wearing 2 socks. The inner sock should be a fabric that wicks away moisture – like nylon. The outside sock should be something warmer – not necessarily cotton, but a polypro sock or a wool sock (like Smartwool or Fit). We'll put links to good socks up on our website.
E-mail Neck Gurgle (Stump the Doc)
T reads an e-mail from Douglas, who is a massage therapist with a customer who always gets a gurgling sound in her neck. He wants to know the cause of this. Z jokes that he is Sherlock Holms, and says the client should try brushing and washing with mouthwash every night to clear out mouth/throat. He thinks it is just some water in the throat.
#4 Dallas, TX Crooked Collar Bone
Z explains that in Indian medicine, Tumeric is a common, traditional remedy for pain, etc. He says that if it works, continue it.
E-mail Pinched Nerve Pain (4 Cent Advice)
Debbie in Pewaukee, WI wants to know if all of her husband’s severe pain can really be caused by a pinched nerve. Z says gabapentin 100-300 mg 2-3 times a day can really get stuff like this to settle down.
TOPIC: Serious Risks of Snoring?
Z and T discuss a study at the University of Pittsburg that found that people who reported snoring loudly were more than twice as likely as quiet sleepers to have metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low “good” cholesterol, high triglycerides, and excess belly fat. Z says that snoring is often a marker of when someone is not getting enough sleep. T comments, however, that “loud” is very subjective. Z also advises, as he always does, that snorers first get checked for sleep apnea.
#5 Jacksonville, FL Blue Finger
Caller cut finger while cooking, put pressure on it to stop bleeding, and now it is blue. Z says this is because she put too much pressure on it, and that it will heal, but may get worse worst. He warns that the back and blue coloring may spread to other parts of the hand as well.
Mythbuster: Spoonful of Sugar
T and Z discuss the myth that sugar can ease pain. It was found that when sweet-tasting solutions were given to infants under 1 year old while they received injections, they cried less. Effect only lasts about 2 minutes, so it should be given right away
#6 Billings, MT Too Big Taste Buds
Caller is concerned about her enlarged taste buds. Z says that if they’re not causing her discomfort, she shouldn’t worry. Z says if they don’t get better within a few months, she can get steroid nasal spray prescribed. Until then, avoid foods that irritate them (spices).
E-mail Lard Letter (Listener Comment)
T reads an e-mail from Henry in Missouri who doesn’t like fat, but swears that fat tastes better in cold weather. He pontificates that this is why Eskimos can eat sticks of butter and northerners can eat lard sandwiches. Z says he feels that way too.