My best advice is to seek medical attention if there is swelling in the palm of your hand, especially if the fingers are losing their nimbleness, because you have a family history.
DEAR DR. ROACH: Hi. I live in Eugene, Ore., and we have seen “stuff” wash up on our shores from the storm in Japan.
Now the nuclear waste is in the ocean waters. I am concerned about eating fish. I love it and think it’s good for me, but I also wonder whether eating fish could be bad for us, with all the poison in the water? I love salmon, cod and halibut, so I have a good reason to worry about this. — J.S.
ANSWER: The damage to the nuclear power plant in Japan did cause the release of contaminated water into the ocean. Fish caught off the coast of Japan in 2011 and 2012 did exceed recommend levels. I personally wouldn’t recommend eating fish caught off the coast of Fukushima. However, marine biologists have stated that fish caught more than 100 miles away from you should be safe. Locally caught seafood in Oregon should not be affected at all.
TO READERS: Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer. The booklet on clogged heart arteries explains why they happen and what can be done to prevent clogging. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Roach — No. 101, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.