September 2002

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Q. I am a private investigator. Believe me when I tell you the job is not as glamorous as most people think. I spend hours sitting in a car watching and waiting. I have read that people who sit through... (Read More)
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Q. I read the article about using catnip as a mosquito repellent. Will merely planting catnip around the house ward off mosquitoes? Or is it necessary to crush the leaves, releasing the plants' oils? Given the situation with West Nile... (Read More)
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Q. I cannot talk to anyone about this embarrassing problem, not even my doctor. Some days I experience bouts of flatulence that are so smelly that I cannot bear to go out in public. My niece is getting married next... (Read More)
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People hate change. Even scientists get comfortable with their theories about the way the world works. When Galileo challenged the prevailing 17th century belief that the sun revolved around the earth, he was persecuted. Church officials banned his writings and... (Read More)
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Q. I've never seen this subject addressed in your column, and hope it is not taboo. My husband had one problem which Viagra addressed, but now he cannot ejaculate. I've read that ejaculating at least once a week keeps the... (Read More)
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Q. I was alarmed to read that eating licorice can lead to high blood pressure, weakness, fatigue, loss of libido and mineral imbalance. Is this only true of black licorice? I eat a good deal of strawberry licorice (Twizzler's). Besides... (Read More)

Reader Worried About Licorice Fetish

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Q. I was alarmed to read that eating licorice can lead to high blood pressure, weakness, fatigue, loss of libido and mineral imbalance. Is this only true of black licorice? I eat a good deal of strawberry licorice (Twizzler's). Besides... (Read More)
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Election day is just around the corner. Over the next few months we will be bombarded by political messages from candidates who are desperate for our votes. The high cost of prescription drugs is once again a key issue in... (Read More)
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Q. Whenever I turn on the television and see another report about West Nile Virus it scares me to death. I live in Florida and play golf at least three times a week and also work outside in the yard.... (Read More)
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Q. Whenever I turn on the television and see another report about West Nile Virus it scares me to death. I live in Florida and play golf at least three times a week and also work outside in the yard.... (Read More)
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Q. For many years, from age 25 to 45, I experienced the horrifying feelings that I now have learned are associated with "sleep paralysis." I never knew what it was and had no one to ask about it. Luckily, I... (Read More)
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Gun enthusiasts are fond of pointing out that guns don't kill people; people kill people. Drugs are a lot like loaded guns. When used with great care, they rarely cause harm. But if they are prescribed casually, without appropriate cautions,... (Read More)

Sage For Stopping Bleeding

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Q. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to... (Read More)

Sage For Stopping Bleeding

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Q. More than 40 years ago I worked in a Chinese restaurant. One day at work I somehow stabbed an icepick through the end of my thumb and it bled severely. I couldn't get it stopped even long enough to... (Read More)
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Q. I was shocked that you recommended DEET for a 12-year-old child at summer camp. Don't you know that DEET is dangerous for children? Even if he is allergic to chiggers, you had no business telling the parents to send... (Read More)
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Have you been to a pharmacy lately? If you got a prescription filled, chances are pretty good that you had to wait a long time to get your pills. Pharmacists are slammed with too much work and not enough help.... (Read More)