#1 Buffalo, NY Altitude Sickness
Z recommends the Rx Diamox (but warns it can affect your taste buds) for bpeople interested in amedicinal remedy. He recommends (if possible) staying over in Denver or Idaho springs - a location with a higher altitude - in order to acclimate to the elevation difference. He also recommends limited activity for 24 hours and prioritizes hydration!
#2 Pittsburgh, PA Milk Spots on Skin
Z explains that there are severa, common issues that ca de-pigment the skin. on einfection -similar to Athlet's Food - called Tinea Versicolor, can whiten spots on the skin. Lotion can kill the infection, but the spots will stay until the next time you tan the skin.
Topic Cognitive Decline May Start Earlier
Z and T discuss a Whitehall II study that uncovered a troubling trend: that cognitive decline may begin as early as age 45! The study followed about 7000 men and women (ages 40-75) for 10 years and offered cognitive testing throughout, measuring; memory, reasoning, speech and semantic fluency. The results showed a 4% decline in the ages of 45-49. That doubles by age 65-70. The researchers (and Z) says it's significant because cognitive decline can be alteredby physical health and this is just more proof of the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle!
#3 Wichita, KS Yeast Troubles
Z recommends that the caller should visit an Infectious Diseases specialist to the severity and redundancy of the caller's yeast infections. Z explains that we all colonize yeast, but that for some, the body lacks the approrpiate defense mechanisms.
E-mail Peeling Fingers (Stump the Doc)
T reads an e-mail from a listener named Krista who is at a loss about her 13-year-old daughter's persistently peeling fingers. Z advises her that it's an issue of dryness and that her daughter should avoid deodorant soaps, should wear gloves when dealing with moisture, and should use moisturizing cream.
#4 Jacksonville, FL Turmeric/Ginger tea
Callers swears by drinking 2 cups of Organic Turmeric Ginger Green tea a day to relieve daily aches and pains. Z explains that in Indian medicine, Tumeric is a common, traditional remedy for pain, etc. He says that if it works, continue it.
#5 Eagle River, WI Restless Shoulders
Z believes this to be neuropathic pain - a nerve somewhere is firing off intermittetly. Z recommends range of motion exercises for the neck (see resources).
E-mail Tub Butter v. Margarine
T reads an e-mail from Shawn in Eau Claire, who is hearing opposing advice from his docs and his natural food store friends about margarine. Z says margarine is from vegetable oil, and when you make it harder it adds trans fats. He recommends 0 trans fats margarine or butter in moderation.
TOPIC: Coca-Cola Cares?
Coke launched an ad campaign aimed at "reinforcing its efforts to work together with American communities, business and government leaders to find meaningful solutions to the complex challenge of obesity." Z and T talk about the ups and downs of such an ad campaign, and how you should approach soda.
#6 Vici, OK NOT Moving @ Night
Z explains that there is nothing to fear by a lack of moving and goes on to say that we ALL actually do move (even if slightly) to avoid "pressure ulcers".
Mythbuster: Shoveling Snow
T reads a myth about snow shoveling being a hazardous activity to folks with heart troubles. Z admits that it can be, citing the exertive nature of the task. He recommends moderation or pacing if you have heart troubles. Better yet he quips, get a kid to shovel for you!
#7 Oak Ridge, TN Asthma Spray Causing Asthma
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 Red Wine Sneezes (Disagreeing with the Doc)
T reads an e-mail from Kurt in Grayslake, IL. He is in the wine trade, and takes issue with Z suggesting to a past listener that they should avoid winer ore any alcohol altogether that causes an allergic reaction. Z's theory that it was the sulfites - albeit a common one - is ultimately incorrect, according to Kurt, who caims that it is most likely the histamines in RED wine that are causing this reaction and that the listener should switch to WHITE wine. Z loves the idea nd is happy to learn of his mistake.