December 2002

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Q. My son has ADHD. He was on Ritalin twice daily for about a month, but we had problems with mid-day "crashes." He is now taking Concerta. So far the results have been favorable, except for loss of appetite and... (Read More)
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Q. My son has ADHD. He was on Ritalin twice daily for about a month, but we had problems with mid-day "crashes." He is now taking Concerta. So far the results have been favorable, except for loss of appetite and... (Read More)
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Q. I think I heard that chemists have isolated pheromones from the human body, both male and female. Is this true? I believe they are being sold on the Internet, but I wonder if tests have been conducted to show... (Read More)
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Topics that were once taboo are now seen on prime time television, at least in the commercials. Erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder and constipation are discussed openly. But bedwetting remains cloaked in shame. A few weeks ago a mother wrote us... (Read More)
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Q. Is there a point when herpes stops being contagious? I was diagnosed with herpes 15 years ago. I stopped having vaginal outbreaks after I started taking Valtrex daily. Because I was worried about long-term use of this anti-viral drug,... (Read More)
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Q. Is there a point when herpes stops being contagious? I was diagnosed with herpes 15 years ago. I stopped having vaginal outbreaks after I started taking Valtrex daily. Because I was worried about long-term use of this anti-viral drug,... (Read More)
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Q. My dog got too close to a skunk yesterday, and now he's not fit to come in the house. I've given him three baths, but he still smells terrible. Do you have any recommendations? A. A few years ago,... (Read More)

Getting Skunk Smell Off The Dog

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Q. My dog got too close to a skunk yesterday, and now he's not fit to come in the house. I've given him three baths, but he still smells terrible. Do you have any recommendations? A. A few years ago,... (Read More)
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Viagra revolutionized the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In fact, the term "ED" first gained popularity when former senator Bob Dole went on television to promote Viagra. It may come as a surprise, but Viagra is not the only treatment for... (Read More)
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Q. My wife lost her health insurance and we cannot afford her medications. We saw an ad in the paper about buying drugs by mail from Canada at substantial savings. Needless to say, we are very interested. But your newspaper... (Read More)
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Q. Is DHEA a safe way to increase testosterone and improve libido? My wife and I take good care of ourselves, but we do have some health problems that require medications. Our sex life has suffered over the last few... (Read More)
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For years the dietary dogmatists have told us to avoid lots of delicious foods. People were supposed to eat brown rice and broccoli and avoid steak, chocolate and nuts. But now the nutrition nay-sayers may have to eat crow. Walter... (Read More)
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Q. My daughter still wets the bed at age six. She has been seen by a urologist who didn't find anything wrong. Needless to say, she is extremely embarrassed about this situation. She can't sleep over at a friend's house... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that duct tape works to get rid of warts. How do you use it and how long does it take? A. Research on duct tape was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (Oct.... (Read More)
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Restoring life to the dead is in the realm of miracles and mythology. The fabled phoenix rose out of the ashes of its own funeral pyre. The Bible tells us that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, though he had... (Read More)
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Q. I have been amused reading your columns about sexual lubricants and would like to offer a cheaper alternative. Years ago I found out about Corn Huskers Lotion for this purpose. The ingredients in this hand lotion are quite similar... (Read More)

Coconut Solves Diarrhea Problem

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Q. I read in your column that coconut macaroon cookies could help control diarrhea. I have had chronic intermittent diarrhea once or twice a week for 20 years. The doctors have never been able to solve or prevent it. I... (Read More)
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Howard Hughes was a genuine eccentric. He let his hair and fingernails grow to amazing lengths. He was so paranoid about germs he refused to shake people's hands or touch doorknobs. When this kind of germ phobia is carried to... (Read More)