What's Wrong with Them?
I'm forty and married with two children. My trouble is
that I haven't got enough to do. The kids are at school all day and the
house is empty. So I eat chocolates, mostly. I've put on a lot of weight ,
but I can't give them up. I try as hard as I can but I just can't stop
Doctor Bruce writes : I think Mrs Allen would be
happier if she found a job, or if she got out of the house more and made
some interesting friends. If she did that, I think the weight problem
would be solved.
I'm sixteen. My trouble is my spotty skin. I've used
all the creams on the market, but none of them do any good. And now I've
met a marvellous girl. But I'm afraid to ask her to go out with me.
Doctor Bruce writes: Most teenagers suffer from this,
of course, at some time or other. And it makes them very shy and
self-conscious. 'What will other people think of me, if they see me like
this?' they wonder. And it's a pity, because if they didn't worry so much,
the skin trouble would soon disappear. Tom should learn a relaxation
technique, yoga for example. Then I think he'd solve the problem very
My problem is time. I haven't enough of it. I sleep
badly, and I wake up tired. I get indigestion every day and now I'm
beginning to get bad headaches and pains in my chest. And don't tell me to
take a holiday, doctor. I haven't got time.
Doctor Bruce writes ; If Mr Tyler had more common sense
,he'd find the time to have a holiday, or change his job. If he thought
for a minute, he'd see that he can't go on like this. He should rest more.
Then he'd work better. But that's the silly thing about men like him. They
only believe they're ill when they're almost dead.
Dear Doctor :
I am forty-seven years old, male, and of average height
and weight. My health generally seems quite good except for one problem. I
wake up every morning feeling tired-so tired that I can hardly get out of
All day at work I fight this tired feeling, just
dragging myself around. When I get home from work around 5. 30, I have a
good dinner with my family and then sit dow n to read the newspaper. But
before I have finished reading the front page, I fall asleep in my chair
and often sleep until 8. 30 or 9. 00 p.m.
When I wake up from this nap, I feel wonderful. I'm
full of energy and ready to do a day's work. But at that hour there is
nothing to do but watch television, which I do until after midnight.
Even at midnight I still do not feel sleepy, but I know
I ought to get a good night's rest, so I take a sleeping pill and go to
bed. It's often two o'clock in the morning before the pill puts me to
sleep. Just a few hours after that I have to drag myself out of bed again
to go to work. All day I feel too tired to work. I just drag myself around
until it's time to go home.
Do you think there might be something wrong with my blood?
J. T. L.
When this letter appeared in the DEAR DOCTOR column of a newspaper, the
doctor's reply zeras printed belozo it. Here is mhat the doctor answered :
Dear Mr L. :
I don't think there is anything wrong with your blood.
The key to your problem is that long nap after dinner.
If you didn't sleep for hours during the early part of
the evening, you would be more ready to sleep at bedtime. If you didn't
nap after dinner, you would not want to stay up so late, and you would not
feel the need to take a sleeping pill. The pill is still working in your
system when you get up in the morning. This helps account for the fact
that you feel tired all day.
You should get out of the habit of sleeping during the
evening. Right after your evening meal, engage in some sort of physical
activity-a sport such as bowling, perhaps. Or get. together with friends
for an evening of cards and conversation. Then go to bed at `your usual
time or a little earlier, and you should be able to get a good night's
rest without taking a pill.
If you can get into the habit of spending your evenings
this way, I am sure you will feel less tired during the day. At first it
may be hard for you to go to sleep without taking a pill. If so,get up and
watch television or do some jobs around your house until you feel sleepy.
If you fall asleep and then wake up a few hours later, get up but do not
take a leeping pill.
while or listen to the radio, and make yourself a warm drink. Eat a
sandwich or a cookie. Then go back to bed. Even if you get only a few
hour's sleep that night, you will feel better, in the morning than you
usually feel after taking a pill. The next night you will be ready to
sleep at an earlier hour.
The most important thing is to avoid taking that nap
right after dinner and to avoid taking pills.
Yesterday's drizzle did not dampen Beijingers'
enthusiasm in events marking the first national dental care day.
People of all ages crowded around medical experts who
answered questions about dental care, and about toothbrushes and
A girl in her 20's approached the consulting desk set
by the Oral Medical College of the Beijing University of Medical Sciences
at the Xidan crossroad. She wanted to know if there was anything wrong
with her teeth.
The girl dreamed about losing all her teeth , and ,
worse yet , her teeth ached when she awoke every morning.
After examining her mouth, a consultant said her teeth
looked all right. Sometimes,however, tension makes peoples' teeth ache.
Relax, she was told. And if that does not help, get a thorough dental
Young parents wanted to know how to keep their
children's teeth healthy.
One by one , the doctors answered their questions and
outlined the best solutions for them.
More than 500 medical specialists from 18 districts and
suburban counties across the municipality as well as over 200 teachers and
students from the Oral Medical College of the beijing University of
Medical Sciences took part in the sidewalk consultations.
And about 47 consulting stations were set up in major
streets and the four big department stores at downtown Xidan, Wangfujing,
Dongsi and the Dong'an Market.
In addition to offering suggestions, the medical
workers also brought with them some simple medical equipment for fast
dental checks and toothpaste and toothbrushes for sale.
Posters and propaganda blackboards were also set up in
most primary and middle schools in beijing.
"I never thought there would be so much scientific
knowledge on tooth brushing," said a middle-aged man. "National
Dental Care day has taught me how important it is to take care of my teeth
and how to do it," he said. According to information from the
National Dental Diseases Prevention Group , similar activities were
conducted yesterday in most of the country's provinces, autonomous regions
"A massive campaign to teach people how to care
for their own teeth is the best way for China to deal with dental diseases
in the face of a shortage of dental medical workers," Chen Minzhang,
Minister of Public Health said on Tuesday at a symposium on dental care in
beijing Stomatological Hospital.
At present, almost half of the population is suffering
from dental caries (cavities).
While the figure is even higher among children, 80 per
cent of urban children have dental caries and 60 per cent are so afflicted
in rural areas.
In some cities, the rate with children may reach as
high as more than 90 per cent.
The minister also pointed out that dental care should
be taught in primary and middle schools and the vast rural areas in order
to raise the whole nation's dental care standards.