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Many liters of water accumulate in a huge plastic storage box intentionally and strategically placed under the tube emanating from our home air conditioner. We use it for watering the grass, filling the iron and washing the car. Can this distilled water also be safely used to fill the children’s plastic swimming pool in the garden, assuming that the children will swallow some of it, and it will splash into their eyes? J.S., Ra’anana
Dr. Tamar Berman, the Health Ministry’s chief toxicologist, replies:
We’ve never analyzed such water so can’t say for sure what is in it.
However, intuitively, I think there shouldn’t be a problem. The water is
distilled from air in the house. The water might contain dust, but that
would be the same dust that is in the house (and kids are exposed to
husband (aged 75) and I (aged 71) want to buy a treadmill for our home
so that we can exercise in a comfortable environment.We are both
overweight, and my husband is being treated for high blood pressure. We
both have a lipid problem. I consulted with our orthopedist and he was
very much in favor. Our other doctors are also in favor.However,
some of our friends tell me another story. One said that the treadmill
“ruined” her knees, and another said it hurt her back.Although it is
probably best to walk outside, this approach is not suited to our
lifestyle, so we want to purchase a good treadmill. What do the experts
think? P.H., Kiryat Ono Dr.
Naama Constantini, a leading sports medicine expert at Hadassah
University Medical Center’s orthopedics department and head of Hadassah
Optimal’s sports medicine unit, replies:
congratulations on your decision to start physical activity; its
benefits are clear. As long as a treadmill doesn’t turn into a clothes
hanger, I don’t see any difference between exercise indoors or outdoors.
The important thing is that what you do is suited to your lifestyle and
nature – and that you will do it regularly.
I suggest investing
in a quality treadmill with a good shock absorber to minimize harm to
the joints. You must also do it right by warming up, cooling down,
starting slow and increasing activity gradually if you are not used to
Another option is an elliptical machine, which creates
elliptical movement of the legs while requiring pulling and pushing of
the arms. Not all like it, but some enjoy it. It places the knees in a
comfortable position that is easy on the knees. There are cheaper manual
(magnetic) ones and the more expensive electric ones. Go to a sports
equipment store to try out the equipment and see if you really like it.
If not, you will have just wasted your money as it falls into disuse.
and a half years ago, I underwent cryoscopic ablation of the prostate
(to remove an advanced malignancy). One effect of the procedure is a
total stoppage of the urge to defecate. Periodically there is a feeling
of clogging of the anus and with considerable effort, some feces are
extruded. At the recommendation of a gastroenterologist, I take Peglax
every evening, but this has little effect. I have tried suppositories
and enema, and the only consequence is considerable discomfort and
periods of sustained liquid extrusion. What possibilities of treatment
are there? A.M., via e-mail Prof. Shimon Bar-Meir, a leading gastroenterologist at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, replies:
I don’t think that the cryotherapy for the prostate has anything to do with the constipation.
Peglax is an option, and if this is insufficient, you should consult a gastroenterologist.
it is possible to overcome constipation; it is just a matter of living
habits and medication. It is important, however, from the very beginning
to avoid certain laxatives that in the long run will damage the nerve
function of the colon.Rx for
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