May 2002

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Q. There was something on the news about how tea drinkers are less likely to have heart attacks. Does it matter if it is regular or decaffeinated tea? What about hot tea compared to iced tea? And is herb or... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter suffers from excessive underarm perspiration. I told her to ask her doctor about it, but the doctor said she has not heard of a prescription deodorant to deal with this problem. My daughter has ruined many of... (Read More)
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Placebo power can be embarrassing. A recent study of St. John's wort found that it was no more effective against major depression than placebo-but neither was Zoloft, the prescription antidepressant to which it was compared. While the headlines blazed, "Herbal... (Read More)
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This is one of the tastiest and most unusual home remedies we have ever collected. Donald Agar had suffered from Crohn's disease for many years. Diarrhea was a constant problem. By accident he discovered that Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies helped... (Read More)
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Q. I was eating a piece of chocolate when a friend said, "That's not good for your arthritis." Since then, another friend told me to avoid tomatoes. All this advice is confusing me. Are there really foods I should avoid... (Read More)
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Q. I want to warn people about using baking soda to treat heartburn and indigestion. Although there are instructions right on the package for treating GI upset with baking soda, I must stress the importance of following the directions exactly.... (Read More)
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Bill Cosby likes to tell the story about his childhood chemistry experiments. He liked to mix the components of his chemistry set in the basement to see what would happen. When he succeeded in producing an impressive explosion, the chemistry... (Read More)
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Q. Can you tell me what to do about sunblock? I have become increasingly sensitive to the sun, although I always wear sunblock. The problem is that I seem to be very allergic to the ingredients that make sunblock work.... (Read More)
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Imagine it's the end of a long day, and you gratefully climb into bed, put your head down on the pillow, and relax. But just as you are drifting into dreamland, you're awakened by a sudden violent motion of your... (Read More)
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Q. I have suffered from an embarrassing problem for years and I cannot bring myself to discuss it with my doctor. No matter how much I try to concentrate on other things or how slow I go, I climax within... (Read More)
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Beware politicians and pharmaceutical firms that promise lower prices for life-saving medicine. What do they deliver? During the last election, the high cost of prescription drugs was a major campaign issue. Congressmen vowed that they would do something about the... (Read More)