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Two years ago I had a prolapse operation which was successful but since then I have had a lot of urinary tract infections, which means I have been on antibiotics continually, which is getting me down. I would be pleased if you could give me any advice that would help me.

I am sorry to hear of your problems and will certainly do my best to help. In addition to the antibiotics prescribed, I would also suggest that you take as soon as possible the herbal preparation Uva Ursi, at a dose of 15 drops, twice daily, in a little water, and hopefully this will help to improve the situation.

In addition, you may be interested in reading my book Questions and Answers on Family Health, which should be available from the local library, or it can be bought from our Mail Order Service, and this will provide you with a lot of help and advice.

As I am, of course, very interested in hearing of your progress, I would be grateful if you could write to me again in six to eight weeks' time with an update.

After a recent consultation with my doctor he said I am very ‘bloodless’. Would you be able to help me — I would like some information and advice on what I should be eating and drinking.

I am assuming that the phrase ‘bloodless' means that you are anaemic, the condition of having less than the normal number of red blood cells or less than the normal quantity of haemoglobin in the blood. This means that the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is decreased. The best thing would be to eat a well balanced diet and incorporate iron-rich foods such as lean meats, beans, lentils, iron fortified whole grains, green leafy vegetables, raisins, prunes, dates and apricots. The multi vitamin, mineral and trace element preparation Anduvite would also be of help at a dose of one capsule first thing in the morning.

Six weeks ago I visited a friend and walked from the bus station there and back. I didn't realise it was so far. Two days later I felt pain in my leg and my back. I’m 87 and I expect a little wear and tear but I also have pain on the left side of my neck and it cracks when moving. Can you help?

You may have strained the muscles in your leg and back. Perhaps you could try taking Phytodolor, a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller. As for your neck, it could be osteoarthritis, which is due to wear and tear. You may benefit from Celadrin, a fatty acid complex which can be particularly helpful in cases of degenerative arthritis and soft tissue inflammation.

I have constipation — can you advise something that is mild?

I would recommend the remedy Eliminex, a bowel-regulating agent taken at a dose of one teaspoonful of the powder sprinkled over your breakfast or dissolved in warm water first thing in the morning. This is not a laxative agent, it is simply a powder to help keep the stool soft and also promote a healthy bacteria flora within the gut. I would also suggest you read my book, Stomach & Bowel Disorders, which will give you helpful information and advice regarding diet and lifestyle.

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