Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Your Questions Answered – March 2010

Some time ago in the days of 'posting', you kindly sent me a recipe sheet on how to GAIN weight. The drink consisted of molasses and honey but I can't remember the rest and I have misplaced the sheet.
Do you think you might e mail me a copy?

I am so glad that you found this information helpful and I am happy to resend my Healthy Weight Gain Plan to you via this email.

And before all you constant dieters start thinking "lucky beggars" you should know that it's far more difficult for skinnies to gain weight than it is for fatties to shed a few pounds.

Healthy Weight Gain Plan - Gain weight & build beautiful muscles.: Healthy Weight Gain Diet Plan

My swollen ankles used to go down at night but they don't now. My GP can't find any reason for them he doesn't want me to take any more of the water pills. Is there anything I can do to help myself?

Drink two cups of parsley tea daily - chop a handful of fresh parsley, put in a jug and add one pint of boiling water. Cover, leave for 10 minutes and strain. Drink half in the morning, the rest mid afternoon. If you have dandelions in your garden - and no dog - have a few of the bright green leaves every day in salad or a sandwich. Both these plants are gentle diuretics.

Take 400 mg of vitamin E every morning and use frequent applications of alternate hot and cold water. Lymphatic drainage from a qualified masseur helps, especially when there is no underlying problem. Your GP might know someone locally as this type of treatment is even used in hospitals after mastectomy.

My 27 year old daughter has slightly high blood pressure but doesn't need medication. There is a family history and my sister died of a stroke at 43. Can my daughter do anything to keep hers down?

Caffeine, whether in coffee, tea, chocolate or cola drinks, in large quantities, raises the pressure, as does nicotine in any quantity - avoid them both. Salt is one of the commonest causes, so encourage your daughter to throw away the salt cellar and read the labels on everything she buys. More than half the salt we eat is hidden in manufactured foods - even cornflakes.

Exercise, yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques, all reduce blood pressure and the risk of strokes and there are books, tapes and videos to learn from. Oats, beans, apples, pears, garlic, onions and leeks should be eaten in generous amounts to help reduce cholesterol. Take a daily dose of 1000 mg lecithin, 25 IU vitamin E and a garlic supplement.

Make sure your daughter goes for regular checks on her blood pressure, which should decrease gradually if she follows this advice.

Since getting glandular fever, my 19 year old son suffers constant sore throats and swollen glands, so he's always on antibiotics. How can I help him improve his resistance to these infections?

Start with a healthy diet. Lots of essential fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, all vital for their protective antioxidants, like vitamins A and C, the plant chemicals which are highly protective, and the minerals the body needs. Add vegetable oils like olive, corn and sunflower, for vitamin E, and plenty of nuts and seeds for energy as well as nutrients.

Give him wholemeal bread, potatoes, rice and pasta for healthy calories and a supplement of KALOBA, the only registered traditional herbal medicine containing Pelargonium in the UK. Use this herb at the first signs of your son getting a sore throat, cough or sniffle, or any indication that he is getting run down. (More info at www.kaloba.co.uk).
A daily dose of extra vitamin C and zinc is also important.

If he gets throat problems, instead of resorting to antibiotics straight away try gargling every four hours with a glass of sage tea - add a heaped teaspoon of fresh chopped or two teaspoons of dried sage to a glass of boiling water, cover and stand for 10 minutes. Pour through a tea strainer and use when cool enough.

Also dose him up with the herbal medicine EchinaCold. One effervescent tablet contains 176 mg of dried pressed juice from fresh flowering Echinacea purpurea, used for many years in the fight against colds and flu-like infections. From Boots, chemists, health stores and direct from www.echinacold.co.uk

My husband Wayne is a fit, healthy builder, but after laying some flooring his right knee became very swollen and painful. The doctor sent him for X rays which showed nothing, but he hasn't been able to work properly for nearly a month now.

Wayne has got himself a case of housemaid's knee! A proper, thick kneeling pad is essential for any job which means you're on your knees on a hard surface - I've seen special overalls with pads built in for protection. Relieve the inflammation by soaking in a hot bath containing half a teacupful of Epsom salts. Rub the knee alternately with hot and cold water for 5 minutes twice a day and massage gently with 3 drops each of pine and eucalyptus oils in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

Start him straight away on a 10 day course of the herbal anti inflammatory, Devils Claw, available in good health stores, pharmacies and Boots as FlexiHerb, a registered traditional herbal medicine – www.flexiherb.co.uk - give him two tablets twice a day for five days, then one twice a day.

A cabbage poultice works wonders. Remove the central stalk from a couple of large dark green leaves. Bruise all over with a rolling pin, then warm in an oven, microwave or steamer. Wrap round the knee, cover with a towel and leave for half an hour. Repeat daily.


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