February 2003

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Q. For over half a century, my family has been curing our canker sores quickly and easily. Just this week, I bit my lip during sleep and the spot kept growing. When the sore was 2/3 inch by 1/4 inch,... (Read More)
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Q. I just heard about a newly released drug equivalent to Viagra. It is pronounced something like 'Syallis' but I don't know how to spell it. Have you heard about it yet? A. There are two new pills that have... (Read More)
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More than 100 years ago, doctors recognized that some patients with a slow pulse, low body temperature, swollen hands and feet and mental and physical sluggishness were suffering from too little thyroid hormone. The treatment back then was a diet... (Read More)

#443 Wild Health

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Wild animals have no doctors and no medicines. So how do they keep themselves healthy? Cindy Engel, Ph.D., describes the actions taken by animals from rats and birds to rhinos and elephants to recover from illness and injury. Research indicates... (Read More)
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Q. My sister-in-law says that emu oil has helped clear up both her psoriasis and her arthritis. She had tried all sorts of medications before that without much success. What can you tell me about emu oil? A. The emu... (Read More)
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Q. Heart disease runs in my family. My maternal grandfather died in his 30s of a massive coronary, and my dad has had bypass surgery. He is now on several medications, most of which have dreadful side effects. Given this... (Read More)
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When was the last time you used an over-the-counter remedy? Tens of millions of us pop down products like Advil, Alka-Seltzer, Bayer Aspirin, Benadryl, Excedrin, Sudafed, Tylenol or Zantac without hesitation. Do you read the label when you swallow a... (Read More)

#442 Open Show Format

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Open Lines. Topics include: Thyroid function and new research on thyroid testing. Addiction to anti-anxiety drugs. How can patients phase off drugs like Ativan or Xanax? Are there any alternatives to ephedra for weight loss and energy? And of course... (Read More)

#442 Open Show Format

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Open Lines. Topics include: Thyroid function and new research on thyroid testing. Addiction to anti-anxiety drugs. How can patients phase off drugs like Ativan or Xanax? Are there any alternatives to ephedra for weight loss and energy? And of course... (Read More)
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If you think you are in love, you probably are...but have you picked the right person to love? Today's show will help you determine if that special person will make a great partner for the long term or lead you... (Read More)
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Q. I read about some herbal pills on the market that are supposed to increase the length and girth of the penis. I wonder if there is really anything to that. They offer a money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied... (Read More)
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Q. My beautician says that hair dyes are absorbed into the circulatory and lymphatic system and can cause some forms of cancer. Is this true? A. The safety of hair dyes has been debated since the 1970s. Questions have been... (Read More)

How Good Are Generic Drugs?

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Generic drugs have become a huge business. As prices for brand name medicines skyrocket, people are looking to generic equivalents to save money. Over the last two decades the market share of generics has increased to almost 50 percent of... (Read More)
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More than 41 million Americans have no health insurance. What impact does that have on the health care system? Hospitals are absorbing huge costs in caring for the uninsured. How does that affect everyone else's expenses? Small businesses have difficulty... (Read More)
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Q. My adult son eats large amounts of black licorice regularly. I have told him that eating large amounts of licorice can have a negative effect on his health. He tells me I'm crazy! I can't remember the particulars of... (Read More)
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Q. My 15-year-old son has a hard time getting up in the morning. He's always running late and insists that I have Red Bull for him to drink on his way out the door. He says it gives him energy.... (Read More)
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Most people think of the flu as a minor inconvenience, in the same category as a bad cold. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that influenza is a major killer. In an average winter 36,000... (Read More)
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Have you become totally confused about making healthy food choices? The government has created the USDA Food Pyramid to "simplify" our decision making. But our guest, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, says the pyramid should be turned upside down. Dr. Willett... (Read More)