November 2002

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Q. My mother has Alzheimer's disease and hasn't spoken coherently for more than two years. She fell and broke her hip and was given a shot for pain. Like magic she became lucid and responsive. This continued after surgery for... (Read More)
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Q. For several years my cardiologist has had me on Lescol to lower my cholesterol. Lately I have noticed muscle pain and weakness that I think are tied to this drug. When I had my blood tested, my overall cholesterol... (Read More)
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Children are at the mercy of parents and physicians when it comes to pharmaceuticals. If a grownup says "take your medicine," there's not much a kid can do. And that is happening more and more often these days. According to... (Read More)
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Q. Is it true that buying prescription medicines in Canada is illegal? I have seen ads for online pharmacies based in Canada and I am desperate to save money on my drugs. I spend well over $100 a month that... (Read More)
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Q. I've heard that too much vitamin A can be dangerous. I drink 4 oz. of carrot juice every day and I'm wondering if that might account for my dry skin. A. Regular intake of vitamin A at a dose... (Read More)
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Would you like a longer penis, bigger breasts or a better memory? Perhaps you would prefer to lose weight overnight or grow hair on a balding head. If any of this sounds too familiar, you've been reading your email or... (Read More)
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Q. I have been taking Zoloft for four months and my doctor wants me to stick with it. He keeps increasing the dose so that it will relieve my depression, but it hasn't done so yet. It has made me... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I have found that olive oil is the best sexual lubricant, and it's natural. First we tried Astroglide but didn't find it helpful. We got rid of the product but kept the little container and filled... (Read More)
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For more than 100 years aspirin has been a staple in medicine cabinets all around the world. At pennies a pill, it remains the best bargain in the drug store. Amazingly, even after all this time aspirin continues to astound... (Read More)
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Q. I have a friend who says that Preparation H can smooth wrinkles on your face. She has lovely skin, but I am dubious. Could a hemorrhoid product really do any good against wrinkles, or is this an urban legend?... (Read More)
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Q. A couple of months ago I read a letter in your column about a man with allergies. Because of an enlarged prostate, he couldn't take the usual over-the-counter antihistamines. You suggested the herb "stinging nettle" as a substitute that... (Read More)
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Who says home remedies don't work? When it comes to warts, even dermatologists sometimes use unorthodox approaches. For years such doctors have whispered the tricks of their trade. Some have claimed that they could "buy" warts from a child by... (Read More)