January 2003

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Is your child flunking lunch? A lot of schools now provide fast food in the cafeteria along with vending machines that sell sodas and candy. One principal is bucking that trend. We will discuss her decision to throw the junk... (Read More)
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Q. Several weeks ago, I read in your column about getting skunk smell off a dog. I had a dog that got skunked several times and the best natural remedy was plain tomato juice. I soaked him in it for... (Read More)
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Q. Recently, our physician prescribed Lipitor for my husband and myself. We both have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We both take Glyburide and my husband takes Avandia as well. Since we started on Lipitor, our blood sugar has... (Read More)
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Are you a drug company sales representative? If you actually were, you might be earning close to $100,000 per year. Not a bad salary for trying to convince doctors to prescribe certain drugs to their patients. Chances are you're not... (Read More)

#439 Open Show Format

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Open Lines. Topics include: How much vitamin A is enough and how much is too much? We'll discuss the consequences of consuming high doses of this nutrient, which is found in cold liver oil and some fortified foods. Do diet... (Read More)
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Viagra became a household word almost overnight. Now Levitra will soon offer competition. How do they compare and what other drugs are in the pipeline for erectile dysfunction? How do hormones affect libido? And what is available for women? Our... (Read More)
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Q. I have been plagued with nummular eczema for years. It does not respond to Benadryl, prednisone or any kind of topical cortisone ointment. I read in your column about some doctors in Japan who had people with eczema drink... (Read More)
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Q. Have you ever heard of eating orange peel? After almost every meal I eat, especially after eating something sweet, I get a craving for orange peel. It seems to satisfy some unknown dietary need in my body. Is orange... (Read More)
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Drug interactions are one of the most complicated and neglected problems in health care. Physicians, pharmacists and nurses all realize how dangerous it can be to combine certain medications, but they are often too busy to double-check for incompatibilities. One... (Read More)
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What do you do when you come down with a cold? Is Nyquil your preferred treatment...or do you reach for the vitamin C? On this show you will learn about the benefits and risks of cold and flu remedies. We... (Read More)
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Did you gain a few pounds over the holidays? Are you continuing to overeat because you are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Is the cold weather making it hard to get mobilized to exercise? What can you do to keep... (Read More)
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Q. I recently heard part of a medical segment on the news regarding the effects of dark colored fruit juices like grape or cranberry on iron absorption. I regularly drink cranberry juice and I am also being watched for hemochromatosis.... (Read More)
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Q. After being divorced several years ago I have started dating again. I am now spending time with a wonderful man but I have discovered to my dismay that whenever I have an orgasm I experience an excruciating headache. My... (Read More)
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Ask physicians about mistakes, and if they are honest they'll admit that medical errors are common, especially other people's errors. In a recent survey in the New England Journal of Medicine more than a third of the doctors had observed... (Read More)
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There are uncertain times and people are feeling a great deal of stress. This in turn can have many negative effects on health from anxiety and depression to hypertension and headaches. How can we learn to cope with the stresses... (Read More)
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Q. We have had a strange experience with prescription drugs combined with a multiple vitamin. My husband takes Verelan, Altace and Proscar. His doctor also recommended a daily multi-vitamin. Shortly after he began this regimen he began to have very... (Read More)
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Q. For years I have been conscientiously avoiding eggs. I am hoping I won't need cholesterol-lowering medication. I recently heard that it's not necessary to give up eggs entirely. But if eggs are loaded with cholesterol, how could it be... (Read More)
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Last summer the Women's Health Initiative toppled the estrogen bandwagon. For years doctors had been told that women needed estrogen after menopause, but the government-sponsored study contradicted years of drug-company research. Now a huge $120 million government study has created... (Read More)
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A large government-sponsored study has shown that old-fashioned inexpensive diuretics work at least as well as the newer medications drug companies promote so aggressively. Even more shocking, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol did not demonstrate superiority over "usual care" when it... (Read More)