April 2002

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Q. Have you ever heard of using castor oil for bruises? My mother-in-law swears by this remedy. Whenever one of my kids bumps a knee, she rubs castor oil on it and there is never a bruise.    A. Arnica and... (Read More)
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Q. I have a sensitive stomach and cannot tolerate aspirin, ibuprofen or even Celebrex or Vioxx. Tylenol isn't very helpful for my stiff fingers and sore knees.   My doctor seems frustrated about treating my arthritis pain. I have tried glucosamine... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking St. John's wort for the past three years for mild depression. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I am doing better than I used to. My mood and outlook improved without the... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 48 year old woman who has been happily married for 17 years. Now I have entered menopause and have no more sexual desire. Since my mother died of breast cancer, I am reluctant to start hormone... (Read More)
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The old wives have been proved right yet again. They believed that a regular dose of cod liver oil would be good for what ailed you. Cod liver oil isn't fashionable any longer, but cutting edge research has just shown... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 50 year old male in good health. For years I have perspired heavily in my armpits. This begins early in the morning and continues all day. By the time I get to work, my shirt is... (Read More)
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Q. I have a nervous stomach. This results in frequent, unpredictable bouts of diarrhea. I have also been chewing sugarless gum daily for years.   I just heard that sugarless gum can combat constipation. Does that mean it could also cause... (Read More)
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Q. A friend of mine sent me an article about garlic being toxic. He says it slows reflexes and impairs concentration. I am a great fan of garlic and use a lot of it when I cook. Now I am... (Read More)
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Q. I am a pediatrician concerned about parents' use of two over-the-counter medications. I often feel like a "one-woman army" trying to combat simultaneous use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, etc) for children with fever. Parents sometimes alternate doses... (Read More)
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Are cigarettes drugs? The FDA once argued that a cigarette is a "high technology nicotine delivery system" and therefore should be subject to regulation. A lot of people thought the FDA was way out of line with such an argument.... (Read More)
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Q. I just found some left over sunscreen from last summer. Is it safe to use it again this year?   A. Check the expiration date on the label. Most sunscreens are good for a couple years even if stored at... (Read More)
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Q. In a recent answer to a laxative addict, you suggested psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, Per Diem Fiber, etc.) as an approach to easing constipation. But you left out a patient-friendly solution.   When you mention Metamucil, most people automatically think of... (Read More)
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Q. We've recently been buying grapefruit by the box from a truck that comes up from Florida. They are incredibly delicious, but my neighbor says they interact with lots of drugs. Where do I find a list of medicines that... (Read More)
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Q. I'm a 39-year-old woman in need of an herb that can decrease sex drive. I think you've written about this before, but I can't recall the herb you suggested. I'm in excellent health, taking only Flonase, Ortho Tri-Cyclen and... (Read More)
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Q. My skin is so dry and itchy that sometimes I have to stop and scratch in the middle of a tennis game. This annoys my partner, and of course it bothers me more than I can say. What suggestions... (Read More)
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Q. I have a 19-year-old cat to which I am very attached. I know her time will come soon. I don't want to take her to the vet to be put down because she is terrified of both vets and... (Read More)
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Once upon a time anyone who wanted to be a doctor had to study Latin. It was the language of learning. It also created a mystique that patients could not penetrate. It's been decades since Latin was required for pre-meds.... (Read More)
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Q. What is the value of the "enteric" form of aspirin? I need to take aspirin for my heart and I'm aware it can cause gastric ulcers. I thought the enteric aspirin would be safer than regular aspirin but my... (Read More)
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Q. After 30 years of frequent and severe sinus infections, I was delighted when an allergist put me on Vancenase nasal spray. It afforded me great relief, and I've been using it since 1993.   Last year there was a recall... (Read More)
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Q. Your column is a blast. Have you compiled a list of all the uses of Vicks VapoRub? I find it amazing how many things can be done with one simple product! A. Vicks VapoRub has been available for nearly... (Read More)
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Q. Years ago I had a serious eating problem (anorexia) and began to use laxatives to help me keep weight off. I eventually became dependent on them and now would like to discontinue their use. When I try to stop... (Read More)
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Q. I heard today that red wine and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are a bad mix. Is this true and if so how come? I thought red wine was supposed to be good for you. A. Red wine in moderation... (Read More)
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For decades Americans have looked for a quick and easy way to lose weight. Despite the popularity of vibrating gizmos and battery-powered gadgets, diet pills are the preferred method. No muss, no fuss, no will power, no exercise.just swallow and... (Read More)
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Q. I have high blood pressure (about 180/80) and my doctor has prescribed nearly everything he can think of. We have tried over a dozen different medicines, with unacceptable results or side effects. I am currently taking Diovan which makes... (Read More)
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 Q. I have read that sauerkraut juice is good for canker sores, but I can't find it in stores. Where can I get it?    A. Many grocery stores carry or will order pure sauerkraut juice. You may have to ask... (Read More)
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Q. Do avocados have cholesterol? I've been told to watch my diet, and I've heard that I should avoid avocados, but I love them. Are they really bad for my heart?   A. Avocados contain no cholesterol, but they are high... (Read More)
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Q. My wife suffers unmercifully from Restless Leg Syndrome. Over the years physicians have prescribed a variety of medications, but only two worked. Both are powerful pain relievers--Talwin and Vicodin. She took Vicodin for a broken rib and it allowed... (Read More)
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Q. I've been fascinated by the discussion of jock itch in your column. I've had this problem for years and tried dozens of over-the-counter medicines. None of them worked for more than a few days.  Last year my doctor came... (Read More)
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Q. I keep reading about how much good "a glass of red wine" can do, but nobody ever says how big the glass should be. Any ideas? A. Harvard epidemiologists who study the effects of alcohol on heart disease and... (Read More)
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Humans have been using herbal medicines for millennia. Every culture on earth has learned to harness the pharmaceuticals mother nature provided. But what happens when an herb is adopted by people who don't appreciate its power or potential toxicity? Ephedra,... (Read More)