Dear Dr. Z: I am hoping you will settle a dispute with my husband. I love yoga; he does not. I want my hubbie to attend yoga class because he’s laughingly inflexible – can’t get his fingers anywhere near his toes. I say yoga will work, but he says he was born with short hamstrings, that it’s genetic and nothing will make a difference. Could he possibly be right? BTW, love the show.
– Katy, from Jacksonville
Dear Katy: I love handling marital questions – just call me Judge Zorba. You’re right, but he is, too. We’re all born with a certain amount of flexibility, some more than others. Just look at those yoga instructors who can put their heels behind their neck.
But even if you’re inflexible, you can still gain something by doing yoga or stretching exercises. So he’s right about the “birth” thing, but he’s wrong that he can’t improve.
Sign him up and drag him along for a few yoga sessions. It just might improve your sex life, too.
Dear Doc: A while ago on your radio show you had a caller who had problems keeping her toes warm. I was diagnosed with chilblains as a child and my mom started putting zinc oxide on me. Messy but effective. What’s your take? By the way, love the show.
– Chilly Chris
Dear Chilly: When the temperature is frosty and the humidity is high, the capillaries in your skin can suffer from chilblains. Toes are the most commonly affected, but your nose, ears and fingers are next. A hallmark of the problem is red, itchy, blistery skin.
The best way to prevent chilblains is to dress warmly all winter long. But your mom was right about applying zinc oxide. Aloe and Vaseline are great runners-up.
Dr. Zorba Paster is a family physician, university professor, author and broadcast journalist. He also hosts a radio program at 3 p.m. Saturdays on WBFO-FM 88.7.