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Ask Dr. Gott 4/10
Waist bends help keep things moving
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DEAR DR. GOTT: Thank you for your interesting, useful information over many years. Here's one that may help older readers when they experience sluggish (though not constipated) bowels. This was a hint framed and on display where I worked as an RN at a nursing home.
    With feet flat on floor as you sit on the commode, hands resting on top of thighs, slowly bend as far forward from the waist, up and down, as you can comfortably. It may take five to 10 bends to help nature along. Works for most people.
    DEAR READER: This is a new one on me, but if it can help you avoid medications or over-the-counter laxatives, so much the better.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Constipation and Diarrhea."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: At the age of 19, I inherited an ailment from my father and fought it for over 50 years. My sister and her daughter developed the same problem at age 15. My affliction was long, deep, bleeding fissures imbedded in thick, crusty skin on my heels. Soaking and grinding with a pumice stone plus spending thousands of dollars on dermatologist visits and applications of very expensive prescription ointments brought no relief to my cracked and bleeding heels.
    Several months ago, I picked up some Reader's Digests from a 10-year-old collection someone had left at a camping lodge. One of the magazines had a short medical tip printed within a 1-inch box. It simply stated that Vicks VapoRub would heal fungus. Because one of the dermatologists had told me my cracked heels were caused by a fungus, I thought I'd give the Vicks VapoRub a try.
    It's hard to believe, but the open cuts in my feet healed over in just four days. Within a week, all the thick, crusty skin was normal and smooth. I do soak my feet and grind the skin with a pumice stone once a week and continue to use the Vicks daily. There are no scars or evidence of ever having had any problem. I am amazed.
    I informed my sister of my successful treatment, and she and her daughter started the same regime. Both reported a total cure within a very short period of time.
    My dermatologist states my reported cure using Vicks is unlikely because if it worked, he would have had prior knowledge of this treatment.
    DEAR READER: Just because your dermatologist had never heard of the VapoRub therapy for cracking skin doesn't mean that Vicks isn't effective. Maybe he simply fails to read the right journals.
    Thanks for reporting yet another breakthrough for this inexpensive product.
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