Nickel al­lergy doesn’t nix knee re­place­ment surgery

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION - Keith Roach

later, my choles­terol was 190.

Now a year and a half later, my count is 170. It has not been this low for as long as I have medical records. I know you are in agree­ment with us­ing as few med­i­ca­tions as can be re­placed by nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. I be­lieve wal­nuts should have even more pub­lic­ity than they now re­ceive. -- W.K.

AN­SWER: Wal­nuts con­tain mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats and plant sterols, which can help lower choles­terol. Per­haps more im­por­tantly, there is mod­er­ately strong in­for­ma­tion that they also re­duce the risk of heart dis­ease. I do agree that diet is the best first-line ther­apy for choles­terol, and that with a bet­ter diet (and of­ten some in­creased ex­er­cise), many peo­ple who would oth­er­wise be rec­om­mended for med­i­ca­tion will no longer need it.

The only part of your story I don’t like is that you didn’t con­sult your doc­tor; nat­u­rally, I think your doc­tor should be part of your treat­ment plan for your health. That be­ing said, your doc­tor will, I am sure, be happy with your re­sults, which are re­mark­able and bet­ter than I usu­ally see.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is there a cure for her­pes? Are they work­ing on one? I met some­one who has it and didn’t tell me be­fore­hand. Now I have it. I feel I’m doomed. -- L.

AN­SWER: You are not doomed. Re­search con­tin­ues to work on bet­ter treat­ments and on preven­tion, but there are ef­fec­tive treat­ments now. Gen­i­tal her­pes is very com­mon. Some peo­ple take medicine when an out­break ap­pears (or when they get the symp­toms that an out­break is about to), while oth­ers take med­i­ca­tion all the time to pre­vent an out­break. Men and women should talk to their reg­u­lar provider; women also can con­sult their gy­ne­col­o­gist. Dis­clos­ing your her­pes status to any po­ten­tial new sex­ual part­ner is dif­fi­cult, but I think it is nec­es­sary.

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